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Why Prophecy Matters, Part 1

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December 16, 2021 7:00 am

Why Prophecy Matters, Part 1

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December 16, 2021 7:00 am

When you’re reading a mystery, you don’t want anyone telling you how the story comes out. But in this lesson, Dr. Tony Evans says that when you’re living through tough times, knowing there’s a happy ending ahead can make all the difference.

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This is not all there is Dr. Tony Evans is one reason the Bible gives us glimpses of the future overshadow that with C is meant to stabilize, particularly in times of crisis, celebrating this is the alternative Dr. Tony Abbott authored speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative when you're reading a Mr. you don't want anyone telling you in advance how the story turns out. But when you're living through tough times, knowing there's a happy ending ahead can make all the difference. Let's join Dr. Evans as he explains why prophecy matters when you see the particular you are interested in viewing the first 15 or 20 minutes will be spent giving you previews of coming attractions to entice you and motivate you to want to come to see the WBA when the film will be previews will merely give you and what you can expect to see the movie preview coming soon. You don't know if you promise to show up where beginning to series on prophecy predictions of things to come. Prophecy has to do with the future what God has given us clips previews to know you don't want to miss the motion picture going to save all God's prophetic program to you so that you clips of what tomorrow will look like. Based on what God says today.

The movie and see the clips that have victory see things of defeat scenes of love and scenes of violence as we go prophetic journey that we begin on today to see some exciting scenes you don't want to mess scenes you don't want to be a part of. But the only reason God will show you both seem because he wanted you to understand both sides of this equation, you're going to discover your future not only help future. The future of the family.

You will even discover throughout this series the future of this world. Today I want to begin our series by giving you the six reasons why prophecy matters reasonable one. Practicing matters because the case the ability already currency means without era of the Bible really matters is that it is proof perfect that the Bible is exactly what it is declared to be the absolute mistake proof word of God, the Bible made up of 66 books covering 1600 years, written by 40 different authors re-detail and one of the perfection is its prophetic accuracy. You may hundred percent right. All be a false document. No other book can likely to prophetic perfection. Second Peter chapter 1 verses 19 to 21. Reread the prophetic word made more sure what you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart but let's first of all that know Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation. For he was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God as God's prophetic word is sure, you can buy what the Bible says is going to happen tomorrow.

Give me come up with accuracy about what it said yesterday that has already occurred because the prophecies that were prophesied yesterday has occurred, the prophecies from tomorrow. It will ensure making the Bible a perfect prophetic document goes all the way back to Genesis chapter 3 verse 15, where God said the woman. The seed of the woman would destroy the seed of the serpent, but in the Bible, the woman see the man have to see if the seed of the man because this woman's baby would have no human father. He uses the word seed only other woman with male Isaiah chapter $7.14 project before the birth of Jesus Christ with the book of Isaiah was written. It says and that will be will give birth to a baby boy you will call his name Emmanuel well meaning God is before the birth of Jesus Christ.

That would be the prediction of a virgin birth, something that has never happened before. Micah chapter 5 verse two it says this baby that would be born, Israel would be born in a little no-name town called Bethlehem Bible is so precise it would pick one of the communities existing in Israel. Like finding a needle in a haystack and declare that that's where the baby would be born, and it was not knowledge that would leave the wise men to look for this baby at that location because of the prophecy can be COMMITTED prior to the birth of Christ, the prophecies in Scripture I have to do. Also in human history. God prophesied in the book of Daniel that the nation of Babylon, headed by Nebuchadnezzar would be over by a twofold nation and historians will firm the fact that Don was conquered by the Medo Persian Medo Persian upon would be overcome by an empire that was destroyed quickly and historians will tell you that the Medo Persian Empire. The way by Alexander the great says that that nation would split up and be overcome by military force that would bring it to its knees and secular historians will show you that it was the Roman empire and its military might came upon breeze and destroyed it and became a worldwide dominant power in other words, the Bible will tell you what happened before it happened. Watching in history is his story working itself out. Historians thought they had the Bible because Babylonian records had no record of a man named Bell to Chavez that was the wreckage.

They had a record of Nebuchadnezzar, but that was no record of Delta shadows. You see the Bible is incorrect giving personalities that existed yet when the archaeologists Begin because whenever God says just keep digging when the urologist kept digging and digging, they came upon a plat that was dictated to the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar called Bill to show what it looks like God is wrong because the Bible will always the player itself to be the with word of God, something document can claim Jesus said in Matthew 24 and 25 with his people rejected him. He says because of your rejection is going to fall and not one stone will be left in this temple that was before Jesus died 3031 32 A.D. and 70 A.D. Titus the Roman general secular historians schoolteacher this building beside them about Titus and the Roman soldiers came into the room destroyed the city ransacked the temple so that not one stone upon because when God makes a statement in his word. You can bank on its infallible accuracy. So the first thing you need to know is that God's prophetic word is perfect.

So everything we talk about it will happen exactly as God Because it always happen that way. Revelation 22 verses 18 and 19 is what it says.

I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part in the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. Translation don't mess with God's prophetic word because you will discover use not it will happen precisely as he declares it to be because it always happened as precisely as he declared it would. So you hold in your book prophetic document one fourth of the Bible is prophecy books written about Daniel Revelation is a prophetic book talking about the future of the world and the future of your life. Dr. Evans will come back with a look at how prophecy can give us strength in tough times, when he returns with part two of today's message stay with us despite the continued struggles.

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Today's message why prophecy matters and more just get in touch with us today. Make your generous year-end contribution and letter sent you the best of Tony Evans, 20, 21, and as a special bonus will also include one of three additional resources for you to choose from any one of which can make a wonderful gift for a friend or family member. Get the details and make the or call our resource Center at one 800 832, 22 team members are standing by to help you day and night. Again, that's 1-800-800-3222. Dr. Evans is back now with more of today's message. The second benefit of studying the series on prophecy is not only often indicates the Bible but it validates the character of God. One of God's claims to fame is his truth only declares himself to tell the truth.

He declares he is. In other words, truth in him going to the question is can the God of the Bible be trusted because we've established prophetically that the Bible is true, but God is also true because of his very nature. Isaiah chapter 46 versus 8 to 11 reads as follows.

Remember this and be a short recall it to mine you transgressors remember the former things long past God and there is no other God and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, things which have not been done saying my purpose will be established and I will accomplish all my good pleasure. Guess what God says about himself.

He says I declare the end from the beginning.

The way to be in to do a job you see how this all worked out the location in the beginning. Remember what he told Moses that he was present personal pronouns in present tense.

God has no past, and he has no future. That's on the grass because we live in a linear world we go from 1 to 10 beginning to end. We live linearly life. That's how we live. That is not how God exists. Now you and I will experience that when we get to eternity, but God exists in the eternal present tense. Therefore, for God, everything is now got a surprise party because everything is now everything is in his now mess.

So while you waiting for tomorrow. He's already been there and come back so awake to see whether what he said in his eternal existence is we can't make a mistake because it is his reality not only like to go around, I know my true God is because everything is now speaking the class begin from the beginning. Wait for it to occur and so that means that the God who can perfectly about every subject can be trusted you look up Raven.

You see this man comes by that man comes by using the float come by.

You can look a little bit down this way and that way you can see some of the parade within the purview of your capacity to see in your peripheral visit. What you don't sleep if you're standing on the street as was coming from around the corner because you have a limited site.

God does not have limits like I see the whole parade. So when he tells you that this man coming from the school is around the corner. You can disagree with him because he's already seen how many times he told the children when you have kids, what do you have kids teenage and anyone tell you what to do they want tell you what what you don't know that they know and they been here that long, long, but you know they know they know they know now course you already been there and come back know, but you have to give you race against so you know what the issue is because you with explaining the event. This is not how this is how it works doing with you because it might mess. They think they know what you think God must be where informing him that information we have with the college Mission missions is a word that means all knowing Jassy doesn't help something you wish for things to happen. He knows the end from the beginning in the beginning you can bank your bottom dollar on it even though you do not see it yet. The Bible validates indicates reveals God's all-knowing character and therefore his trustworthiness. But here's one number three study of prophecy when you get it with this thing grabs you right series, it will produce stability, particularly in times of crisis, prophecy is meant to stabilize you when things appear to be out of control regularly throughout Scripture the prophetic word is brought in during times of difficulty. Jesus told his disciples in John St. John chapter 14 verse one let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me and my house are many mansions. If it was not so I would've told you. I go to prepare a place for you if I go to prepare a place for you, I shall come back and receive you and myself, that where I am, you may be also. So, so don't be too trouble is not a when you understand God's prophetic program, even when you're frustrated you can be frustrated with Paul writes in first Thessalonians chapter 4 1318 people who had lost their loved ones because you do not sorrow as those who have yet to follow you cry, but because death is not the end he says while you wait and ditch appraisal because it is not as old as it looks. When loved ones who are committed to Christ will be with the Lord. Once you understand that there is a small role not merely a hopeless, because nothing feels more hopeless than death good to know and take notice and help you with your fear of death is fear of death is a natural thing, particularly when you surround somebody you know you love dies creates a fear within you is good to know prophetically when you die, not dead long enough to know if this is a good thing to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord is no everybody else is at your funeral except you just know but if you understand that prophetic word and down and you get not just that means is way down and distance something not to hot but you just that's the deep thing sinks and you have the assurance then of course it brings hope during times of trouble. Paul said in the Romans 818 and that the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compliant to the glory that shall be revealed to down to be so.

But, he says, but because I am suffering because I refuse to renege know I got more coming my way back to us deal with the pain of my real is just not all that there is an prophecy helps you to grasp that it bring stability in the midst of difficulty things are actually playing out precisely as God Dr. Tony Evan sharing some of the practical benefits of biblical prophecy even in the here and now, as I mentioned earlier, today's message is part of our special year-end audio compilation the best of Tony Evans 2021. This giant collection of 20 powerful lessons is available for a limited time is our gift when you make a donation to help us keep Tony's teaching on the station. In addition to these most requested messages of the year will also include Tony's kingdom and rising devotional or one of his new books for children made by God or his latest work for adults kingdom race theology. The choice is yours and you can find out more about each of these resources when you visit Tony Evans.orc while you're there, be sure to take some time to browse through our huge collection of CDs, DVDs, books, Bible studies, and more.

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