One of God’s early Hebrew prophets, Amos by name, had this to say:
“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
The apostle Peter in writing his second letter to the Christian believers wrote,
“And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:19–21
I cannot over-emphasise the tremendous importance of this particular passage. What Peter is saying is that we must pay attention to Bible prophecy, as it is the light that we need to sustain our faith until the morning star takes a place in our hearts. The morning star is defined for us in the closing chapter of the Bible, in Revelation 22 at verse 16.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
I recall many years ago having a discussion with the chief engineer at the place where I worked. I illustrated to him the incredible odds associated with the proven fulfilment of just one Bible prophecy. I remember clearly his response:“I know that the prophecies have but one possible explanation. But I can’t accept that explanation, because then I would be responsible to God, and that is something I could not do.”
That person died a few years back now, having never accepted his responsibility to his Maker. He had recognised that Biblical prophecy was uncannily correct, but he was unable to accept the logical conclusion that God was real, and that He was the true source of information to the prophets. He did not let the Morning Star arise in his heart. He shut out the Lord Jesus Christ.
The prophet Daniel spoke of a time we believe is now close at hand, when God will intervene dramatically in human affairs. Daniel wrote,
“At that time there will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:1,2
There is a choice placed in front of each of us. We can believe the Bible as being the Word of God, or we can reject it as myth and legend. If we take the former choice, we can gain faith by studying its prophecies and their fulfilment until we admit Jesus Christ into our hearts, our minds, and our life. If we take the latter choice, and ignore the Bible as the Word of God, we will forever remain in the grave. Eternity can be a very long time.
Reading the Bible.
To gain confidence in the Bible, and to become familiar with its contents, and especially the valuable prophecies, we must read the Bible. We cannot leave the reading of it to others, and let them tell us what is in it. They might or might not tell us the truth about it. We must read it for ourselves, to convince ourselves that we have the correct understanding of it.
To this end a reading plan is included with this booklet that will, in the course of a year, introduce you to the key chapters of the Bible story. This reading will allow you to begin to form your own perspective on the Bible message. When you are satisfied that you are achieving this, then you will be ready for reading plan No.2, which in the course of a year, will lead you through every chapter of the Bible, covering the New Testament twice. It is available free of cost by down-loading from the web site at www.bible.co.nz.
John recorded the following message from Jesus Christ.
“Whoever believes in the son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36
The choice is yours. I believe the Bible. I trust the Bible – do you?