There is much interest today in prophecy because we have reached a millennial milestone along that old pathway we all travel known as human history. The book of Revelation is being previewed with an increasing ferocity and intensity, spurred along by the ever quickening pace of events surrounding God's chosen nation, Israel; and also by a distinct spiritual tone of anxiousness deep within the souls of many Christians all around the world, who can sense climactic ramifications from current everyday news events.
Included within all this intensified interest in Bible prophecy, there is, as there has always been amongst enthusiasts of the field of Eschatology, an element of of misinformation. The study of prophetical events is a subject, that by its very nature invites skepticism to its credibility when abused by eccentric, over zealous prognosticators. Also there is always an element of a scoffing mindset which usually belittles the study of serious prophecy at all.
Eschatology; is the field of study which pertains to the science of historical and theological study of last events. It has probably seen more abuse than any of the varied fields of study among Bible purveyors.
This unfortunate situation is of course the product of the great deceiver himself. Satan probably knows detailed prophecy better than any human being alive. The devil has had centuries of experience in utilizing prophecy as a playground to distort the simple intent of Bible prophets to expose the truth to humanity in advance of fulfilled history and judgement.
Biblical Prophecy is a self-authenticating science. It is precise, it is error free, it is God given. It comes to us from an informer that is beyond our concepts of time and dimension. He is Alpha and Omega!
He personally pierced the planes of dimension and infused himself into our humanity 2000 years ago. He is constantly available, and never very far away, even though our perceived distance into his Heavens is so vast that it has yet to be fathomed.
He was here in the beginning, and knows the end! He utilized the prophets to transmit his knowledge about mankind’s past, present, and future from points in his transcendent perspective.
John 1:1 informs; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
This Word that was God became manifest into a human body at a fixed, or arranged point in earth's linear timeframe. We know him as Jesus! He inserted himself from outside the created cosmos, for in the book of Colossians 3:16-17, it says that everything was created by him, and that he existed before all things, and He maintains its total continued existence.
Revelation means; a manifestation of Divine Truth or the dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized.
Whereas the Old Testament bears a record forward toward the first advent of Jesus, and the history line of the national vehicle (Israel) that he chose to enable his manifestation; the New Testament delineates the providence of his second advent.
Just imagine; a visit of a supernatural being from beyond space and time. This is a subject which most people commonly think is possible from outer space visits from extraterrestrial civilizations. But when this subject is connected to an appearance by the Son of God, people think it is absurd!
Again, the devil has prepared the playground well for his tactical delusionary purposes!
Most skeptics will say that this business about the return of Jesus is old, old stuff, and that there isn't any reason to preoccupy oneself with any notions of his return. This attitude was spelled out as foolish by Peter 2000 years ago, and is exponentially even more foolish by today's generations.
II Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the "Last Days" scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
Knowing what first, you may ask:
Well in the previous verse, it indicates that we are to be mindful of the information that was transmitted to the holy prophets of old, lest we become ignorant of prophecies pertaining to imminent events; even like generations in the past. Those past generations chose to be ignorant of prophetical implications. Why would anyone choose to be ignorant? Again, the devil makes prophecy seem like fanciful fable in order to obstruct the truth about his demise.
It should be pointed out that Satan has his very own prophecy field, and his own prophets. Any false prophetical interpretation only serves Satan's designs. Beyond that, he has for centuries utilized the arts of soothsaying, astrology, channeling, clairvoyance, and a host of other realms of the supernatural world as a means to divert people from the practical prophetic words of truth contained only in the Bible. Prophecy from any other source is of the demonic nature.
Prophecy is the Divinely inspired transmittance of messages from a source beyond human capacity.
Soothsaying is the art or practice of foretelling an event by receiving signals from beyond the 5 human senses.
Lucifer, who has existed from the inception of the Creative process, and has 1/3 of all the created angelic beings at his disposal, is capable of channeling signals into our minds that seem to be futuristic. After all he knows where Heaven is. He has been there!
In this era however, God has no need of prophets; He has already spoken his final word about prophecy. Satan, on the other hand spews out his garbled leaks of enticing poison incessantly.
God utilized Divinely inspired righteous Godly men to convey his message of prophecy, as he did with all his word to mankind; but God does not simply keep sending messages that has already been transmitted.
II Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Again; knowing what first:
Verse 19 indicates that we have a "sure" word of prophecy. Ah; oh how I love that statement! We have a "sure prophecy transmittance" from God!
Please note, this sure prophetic transmittance came to us in "Old Times" by prophets of God. In today’s time the transmittance of the sure word of prophecy has been completed.
God has no need of prophets today. I am often amused when I hear someone today purporting to be a last days prophet of God. Either they are sadly mistaken about what a prophet is, or God is confused.
This is a key point to remember as one ponders the study of the Book of The Revelation.
Listen carefully to the opening statement from the book of Hebrews:
God, who at sundry (different) times and in diverse manners (various) spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
This is how he transmitted his word and his prophecy to us in "time past". The time past was of course prior to the writing of the The Revelation. How does he transmit his word to us today?
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these "Last Days" spoken unto us by his "SON": Jesus himself confirms that the last days has begun in the opening lines of the book of the Revelation. This is a fundamental point in understanding the revealed prophecies contained within John's revealing writings within the book of "The Revelation". Jesus was the Revelator and the Last prophet. John was merely the author.
Notice that I used the words, "The Revelation", and not the plural word "Revelations". A quick turn in your Bible to the last book will exhibit that the correct phrasing is singular. It is a revelation, not a broken series of revelations.
The Revelation was penned by John in about the year 95AD; some 63 years after Jesus had died and been absent from the world scene. John was a close associate of Jesus, and close in age also. While all of Jesus' other disciples had met an early and horrible death, John lived to be a very old man. It is as if he were supernaturally preserved unto a ripe old age for the express purpose of recording The Revelation.
Little did Rome figure that this would fit perfectly into God's scheme for exposing the world to his last installment of Prophecy contained within "The Revelation".
In essence then, Jesus, "The Word" which was with God in the beginning, and was likewise the creator of all things, was foreordained before the foundation of this world to become manifest in a fleshly body like that of the first Adam.
Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
It was this mysterious foreordained revelation about the second Adam which ignited a prideful jealousy in Lucifer!
Romans 16:25-27 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the Revelation of the Mystery, which was kept a secret since the world began,
But now is made "manifest", and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
It may be correctly asserted that God had to send His Word into the created human species to enact a foreordained plan to express his Love!
Listen to I Peter 1:19-20:
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who was verily foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was "manifest", in these last times for you:
How do you top the action of loving someone before you even make them, or know ever them; and then even to express that love by pre-arranging an epic demonstration of your love?
The Revelation of last events could not be revealed until the foreordained expression of Love had been completed! It was completed of course at Calvary! Only then could the Revelation be revealed.