A Study on Bible Prophecy
About the Author
Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.
Introduction to the Book
The reason for this study book: The Church often struggles to find balance with regard to teaching on the topic of prophecy. Some ministries teach almost exclusively on eschatology and prophecy — others rarely teach on prophecy or end-time events at all. Nearly one third of Scripture is prophetic in nature. Those who study this significant segment of Scripture will find comfort and gain insight as prophecy notes what God has done, and what God is going to do. I believe that God’s prophetic message is given as a gift to prepare, equip, and inspire His people. Further, I believe there are three primary reasons that prophecies are presented in the Word. These reasons are noted below, and should facilitate a desire to gain a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, holy Scripture:
- Prophecy notes the goodness of God. The Lord warns those whom He loves. It is a good and loving God who takes the time to reveal, in advance, what will happen in the days to come. The wise make themselves aware of the warnings and declarations of God.
- Prophecy confirms the wonder and integrity of Scripture. The record of prophetic fulfillment is 100% accuracy. There are no parallels in all of history. Prophecy sets the Bible, and Christianity, apart from all other religious books and teachings.
- Understanding prophecy can better one’s witness. The world today is spiritual, but skeptical. A strong witness will include reasons to believe. Presenting information on the accuracy and statistical probability of prophecy fulfillment strengthens one’s witness. When one concedes that biblical prophecy is verifiably true, what often follows is an acknowledgement that there is a divine hand behind the writing. And when one acknowledges that past prophecies have been fulfilled, one must concede that future prophecies will likely come true and that wise spiritual decisions should be made in order to prepare for what is to come.
May God richly bless you as you seek Him (Acts 17:11).