Why Bible Prophecy?
Bible Prophecy is simply the foretelling of events before they happen. What makes its study, however, so critical to the spiritual life of a believer? What does it accomplish and prove?
The importance of this subject in the Bible is underscored by the fact that God declares that the words of Jesus are "the spirit of PROPHECY" (Revelation 19:10). The apostle Peter reminds us that its importance derives from the fact that it is not the creation of the mind of man but rather something that originates from God himself (2Peter 1:21).
There are many reasons why we should study what God's word says about this subject. For starters, almost two-thirds of Scripture, in one form or another, is related to Bible prophecy. This alone warrants our attention! Additionally, the apostle Paul states that the prophetic word, in both the Old and New Testaments, exists for our instruction and benefit (2Timothy 3:16 - 17).
It is foolish to dismiss studying different parts and subjects in the Bible as not being necessary for one's spiritual maturity. The last few verses of Scripture warn all humans that how all of God's words are treated has serious consequences (Revelation 22:18 - 19).
Proof of God's existence
The second and third reason regarding the important of this subject is that it is a proof of God's existence and that he has the power to do as he wills. The accurate fulfillment of predictions in the Bible, in every detail within a specified time frame, testify that a divine Creator does exist and that he has the power to influence people's lives and foreordain events on planet earth.
God accurately predicted in advance, and made come to pass, the rise of world empires like Persia and Rome (Daniel 2:32 - 33, 40 - 41, 7:7, 8:3 - 4, 20). God also predicted the rise of the Greek empire through Alexander the Great. Additionally, he foretold that NOT ONE of Alexander's family would rule the empire after his death and that it would split into FOUR pieces (Daniel 8:21 - 22). For more information, please see our article "World Empires from Babylon to the Beast."