Matt 16:2: But He replied to them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' "And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
Careful study has identified over 300 prophecies on the coming of the Messiah in the OT. In Matt. 16:2, Jesus expects the Jews of His days to discern His first coming based on all these predictions.
In a similar way, there are many predictions of Christ regarding His second coming. Surely, God wants us to study them so that we can discern the signs of the times concerning His return. In fact in 1Thess. 5:20-21, we are commanded to carefully examine all prophetic utterances.
What is the “Prophecy 1-page Bible Study”?
All the one pages on prophecy are written as a tool to help us in studying the key prophecies connected to His second coming. It is always limited to one page to ensure simplicity but this must not negate the intense effort you must put in to understand the passage. Other key verses related to the passage under study will also be discussed in the one page.
There is also an attachment under this section of the website that is entitled “Timeline of prophetic events”. This provides the entire timeline for all the one pages on prophecy and the location of the passage under study in the timeline section should be identified. It will provide better understanding of how the passage under study relates to the rest of the prophecies.
The need to strive for application in the prophetic studies.
We are called in Philippians 3:20 to “eagerly wait” for the return of Christ. Note that the verb “eagerly wait” (Greek: apekdechomai) is in the middle voice and not passive. This means that we are to produce the action from within ourselves and not just wait passively. Similarly, 2Pet. 3:12 mandates that we should be looking (Greek: prosdokao) for His second coming and it is in the active voice and not passive. This means and stresses that we must be seen actively doing it.
Therefore, as you study these passages, you must ask the Lord to show you what you must do. Plead with God to lead you in a very special way to contribute to His return. It can be declaring to others the details you have discovered regarding His return but it can also be a unique or special task that God has revealed to you.
It is so clear that we are in the end times. Christ’s second return will only occur once and this is our opportunity to do sometime unique for His glory. We must study hard and plead for His special guidance to act in the best possible way.
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