Biblical prophecy had it’s beginning in the Garden of Eden when sin entered the picture of mankind and spiritual death resulted from that sin. God announced the coming of One who would crush the serpent’s head. As time marched on, more prophecies were made to and through Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Zachariah and others among the patriarchs and prophets. The promises and prophecies told of a coming redemption of God’s Son, the messiah and the redeemer. This redemption was to come “in the last days”. Historically and biblically the study of prophecy is the study of God’s plan of redemption for man. There is no greater study than biblical eschatology, for it is the story of God’s dealing with all of mankind through Abraham’s seed, through the Jew’s, and finally, in the last days, through Jesus Christ the Son of God. Eschatology IS the fulfillment of all of God’s promises and prophecies made throughout the history of God’s people.
“---obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the GRACE THAT WOULD COME TO YOU made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to THEM that THEY were not serving themselves, but YOU, in these things which now have been announced to YOU through those who preached the gospel to YOU by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-things into which angels long to look”. (1 Peter 1:9-12). These words were written to the “sojourners of the dispersion” (1:1) by the apostle in approximately A.D. 64. Please note they were not written specifically to the citizens of the U.S. of A. in the twenty-first century, or to any other citizenry in any other country at any other time. The “prophets who prophesied” were the prophets we read about in the Old Testament. The “YOU” of the verses were the first century recipients of Peter’s letter. A critical look at just these few verses reveals an abundance about the nature of biblical prophecy. The prophets of old made “careful search and inquiry” seeking to know the time and nature of their prophecies, but the prophecies remained a sealed mystery to them. Then, in the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son and the “grace that would come” was revealed to the first century Jews, and later to the Gentiles as well. These were the “called out” and they received blessings beyond any ever given.
It was a very special, unique time in history. Prophecies were being fulfilled which had been given throughout the Old Covenant age.
“---and there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, ---men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near”. (Luke 21:25-28). The “redemption is drawing near” statement sounds a lot like the “grace that would come to you” in
the 1 Peter 1:10 quote above, doesn’t it? (Different words but the exact same meaning). All of these passages have their origin from the prophets of old. (see Dan. 7:13, Micah 3:6, Haggai 2:6, Joel 2:31,Jer. 31:35,36). Also see Heb. 12:26 for an explanation of what can be shaken and removed. These scriptures speak of a changing of covenants and kingdoms. They use the language of the Eastern cultures, which was (is) filled with hyperbole and symbolism.
If Daniel, Micah, etc: prophesied of these events, then we know they were making application to the first century saints. Recall from 1 Pet. Cha. 1 that “they were not serving themselves, but YOU”, and “the grace that would come to you”.
“When you see these things happening, recognize that the