Why did God give prophecy? To let us know what is ahead To encourage us to hope in Him So we can see the big picture Authenticating the Word of God The Purpose of Prophecy Deuteronomy 29:29 (ESV) “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Why did God give prophecy? To let us know what is ahead To encourage us to hope in Him So we can see the big picture Authenticating the Word of God Pointing us to God’s glory The Purpose of Prophecy
Pointing us to God’s glory Isaiah 44:7-8 (ESV) Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. 8 Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”
Pointing us to God’s glory Isaiah 45:21-22 (ESV) Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. 22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
Pointing us to God’s glory Isaiah 46:9-10 (ESV) remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
Pointing us to God’s glory Isaiah 48:3 (ESV) “The former things I declared of old; they went out from my mouth, and I announced them; then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
God speaking God’s purpose Not just for knowledge Not some hidden secret The Nature of Prophecy 2 Peter 1:20-21 (ESV) knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.