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Bible Prophecy

August 2013, by Norman Edwards

Even since mankind was created, people have wanted to know what lies ahead in the future. They have sought prophets (ones who claim to hear from God), prophetic interpreters (those who interpret Bible prophecy), wise men and a host of spiritual advisors (people who claim to have future knowledge from the spirit world apart from God). A significant part of the Bible is prophecy and the Bible encourages us to read it. It also encourages us to seek the gift of prophecy—to receive present revelation directly from God or to divinely know the meaning of prophetic scriptures. But it also discourages us from seeking future knowledge from demonic or ungodly sources.

Most presentations of prophecy put forth a specific interpretation of prophetic Scriptures. While it may initially feel exciting to see future events from the Bible, nearly all of such prophetic interpretations prove wrong after 10 to 20 years and are revised or discarded by their authors. This has been going on ever since Bibles were printed in the 1500s. For more information, read Why Prophecy is Symbolic and Only God Knows Date of the End.

While not very many modern-day churches accept it, the overwhelming teaching of the New Testament is that we should seek the spiritual gift of prophecy to understand our future now. This does not mean that God will reveal anything we want—several scriptures tell us that some things we are not ready to know (Dan 12:4; John 16:12; Acts 1:7). But things we need to know should be available to us through prophets in the church. Read Need Prophets more than Prophecy.

The last two links in the section are more to answer specific questions. Modern Israel in Prophecy is helpful for those sorting out news and the role of the Modern Middle-Eastern Nation of Israel in prophecy. Church Eras in Revelation 2 & 3 expounds the straightforward meaning of these two chapters and shows the error of trying to impose a meaning that Christ did not impart.


Bible Prophecy Articles:
Need Prophets more than Prophecy Why Prophecy is Symbolic Only God Knows Date of the End Modern Israel in Prophecy Church Eras in Revelation 2 & 3 Sample Modern Day Christian Prophecy Prophecy Home

About the Author

Picture of Norman Edwards, about 2009

Norman Edwards is the author of all these pages and articles--unless otherwise noted. He has been a life-long Bible student, teacher and author and is now in his 60s. His career, in round numbers is:

The purpose of this site is to encourage everyone everywhere to study and better understand the Bible. Norman has not been a member of any religious denomination or sect since 1995. He does not study to confirm what he or a church group already believes. He reads the Bible, does research and writes what he understands through prayer and the Holy Spirit. Research usually consists of looking for other related scriptures, but also includes the meaning of Hebrew and Greek words and the historical context in which the Scriptures were written.

Yet he also believes that "iron sharpens iron" (Proverbs 27:17) and welcomes corrections and comments about his writing. The peer review of fellow believers has caused him to change his teaching on some subjects.

While Norman has written many hundreds of articles and it will be some years before they are all added to this site. He realizes he will not be able to study every subject of interest before he dies. He realizes this website needs improved organization and new software for a more modern look.

But the purpose of life has never been about doctrinal or technical perfection. It is about learning to love God with all are hearts and to love our neighbor as ourself (Matthew 22:36-40). God gives knowledge and many other spiritual gifts which we should use to His glory (1 Corinthians 12 - 14). But the greatest of these is love! (1 Corinthians 13:13).

This writer encourages Christians everywhere to:

God is very interested in answering prayers about these subjects. He will show you what to do. Be peaceful and gentle with others who are not as gifted or able as you—even with Christians who are clearly in error. God gave us time to bring us to where we are now, and we all still have more to learn!

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