Last week Pastor Stephan Nash wrote an article entitled: Get Your Hands Off Israel. In it he made the point that the spirit of the Anti-Christ not only hates Israel but also hates Christians. Pastor Nash was right to relate current events to prophecies regarding the “End Times.” However, the relationship between prophecies and current events goes beyond traits attributed to the Anti-Christ or the spirit of the Anti-Christ.
Unfortunately, many believe that reading the Book of Revelation is too confusing for the average person to understand. That is true. But taking time and studying the Book is a blessing, as Revelation 1:3 promises. Many also believe that prophetic writings serve as a type of crystal ball, so they tend to treat them as things that tickle the ear. They miss the point. There are reasons God has dedicated nearly one-third of Scripture to prophecies:
1. God’s prophecies are infallible and come true 100% of the time, assuring us that God doesn’t lie and that we can trust Him;
2. Prophecies are written to call people back to righteous living; and
3. Prophecies give us a heads up about what is about to fall upon us and thus
help us to persevere and to prepare.