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Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

Bible Prophecy-past or future - bob cravens



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 kingdom of  God is near. Truly I say to you, THIS GENERATION WILL NOT PASS AWAY until all things take place. Heaven and earth” (the old covenant) “will pass away but my words will not pass away”.   (Luke 21: 31-33).  To emphasize his statements as to the TIME of the events, Luke states in verse 20 and 22 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is at hand---because these are days of vengeance when all things which are written may be fulfilled”.  Luke does not say some things, or part of the things which are written, but “ALL THINGS”.  The Old Testament presents the promises and the New Testament their fulfillment in Christ.  A new spiritual kingdom is established (one that brings the forgiveness of sin, grace and redemption). The old physical kingdom is judged and found to be wanting, and cast out.  The shadows and types, the physical and carnal things set up in the Old Covenant, have been broken and destroyed in the covenant changing events of A.D.70. All things which are written have been fulfilled and  the plan of redemption has been completed. These were the days anticipated by the prophets of old and the faithful of all generations up to the destruction of Jerusalem. “and I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away---and I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God---and I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people’---and He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new’”.