Yes, study of prophecy is necessary! However, if the only fruit that comes from it is a Bible that looks more like a road map and a stack of charts showing us God’s timetable, I’m afraid we’re missing the point. It is vitally important that we be able to see through the maze of visions, dreams, and other prophetic details.
Knowledge (in itself) puffs up. The apostle Peter tells us that anticipating the coming of the Lord should encourage us to holy conversation and behavior. Likewise, the apostle John says that everyone that has this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure. The Lord Jesus tells us to Occupy till I come.
Because we do not know the hour our Lord comes, we are exhorted to Watch. Watch what? The stock market? Television? No. Watch what’s happening in our world ñ compare it to Matt :,; Tim :-; Tim :, ñ and realize that the return of Jesus is very soon. Does that mean that we quit our jobs and find a cave to hide in? No. It’s harvest time!
Do you have your heart right? Is Jesus set apart in your heart and are you a ready vessel? Or should you be teaching others, but instead are drinking milk? Is your home a place where Christ would feel comfortable? Is Christ the very center of your career?
What does this have to do with prophecy? The Scriptures state that believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. How will we fare? May the prophetic line of Scripture renew your faith today and rekindle the flame of devotion to Jesus. Be an example of the believer; keep yourself in the love of God. Stay in fellowship. Be faithful. Stay fruitful.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.