Why we should study the Prophetic Scriptures? (Wesley Irwin)
First of all, we should study the prophetic Scriptures because they form a large part of the inspired canon of Scripture. We believe in an inspired Bible. We believe, unapologetically and unequivocally, that God has given us an inspired revelation.
We believe, wholeheartedly and without any equivocation, the truth set forth in 2 Timothy 3:16, ’All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’ Notice that word ‘all’ and the words ‘is profitable.’ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable.
The Prophetical Scriptures are as much a part of the inspired canon of Holy Scripture as the historical parts of the Bible. We do not believe in secondary degrees of inspiration.
2. Prophecy Reveals the Sovereignty of God
Secondly, we should study the Prophetical Scriptures because they will cause us to see the sovereignty and omnipotence of God. Daniel was a man that was greatly favored of God. To him the Lord gave some remarkable prophecies as you will know from your reading and study of the book by his name. In Daniel 7:3-8, the Lord showed to Daniel things that were to take place in the future. Without going into the detail of these verses, Daniel was told that, in due time, certain kingdoms would arise, After one kingdom there would come another kingdom. And then, in turn, another would arise and defeat the former king and take power, and so on through the four kingdoms.
As Daniel reflected upon these prophecies, and considered the changes that would be brought about with these kingdoms in that area, he would have been brought to see that God Is sovereign.
3. Prophecy Reveals Detail Of The Future That God Wants Us To Know
Thirdly, we should study the Prophetical Scriptures because they will give us that view of the future that the Lord wants us to possess. The Lord wants you to know about the future. The reason we have the Prophetical Scripture is because there are things that an all-wise God wants us to know.
Romans 15:4 says, ‘Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning.’ The things God has put in His Word are written for our learning, and we dare not say that that is only true of the historical and that there is nothing we can learn from prophecy. No, all Scripture is given to us for our learning. The Lord does not want us to be in ignorance concerning prophetical truth. The prophets and the apostles wrote because they wanted to tell us about future events. We can know the future.
4. Prophecy Leads Us To Christ
Fourthly, we should study the Prophetical Scriptures because they will lead us to see and to cherish Jesus Christ more. What is the theme of this Book? It is Jesus Christ and Him crucified; He is the central figure of Holy Scripture.
Isaiah 63 is a misunderstood chapter. Verse 1 reads, ‘Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.’ Many people think that this is talking about the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, about His suffering upon the cross at Calvary, because His garments are dyed red. Verse 2 continues, ‘Wherefore art Thou red in Thine apparel, and Thy garments like him that treadeth the winefat?’ They think this is talking about the sufferings of Christ.
If you read it carefully, you discover that it is not talking about that. It is actually referring to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His treading down of His enemies, It is Him coming as judge, and conquering all His foes, For in verses 3-4, we read, ‘I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment, For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart and the year of My redeemed is come.’
Christ did not come the first time in wrath. As you read these prophecies, your thoughts will be led to see Jesus Christ, and that great work that He will do upon His return.
5. Prophecy Comforts Us
Fifthly, we should study the Prophetical Scriptures because they will comfort us in our Christian walk, For the child of God, the doctrine of the last things, of the return of Jesus Christ and the events that surround and follow that return, fills his heart with comfort, with cheer, and with hope.
Taken from “Watching and Waiting” October/December 1998, Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony, Article by Wesley Irwin.