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Why Prophecy Matters, Part 2

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July 2, 2021 8:00 am

Why Prophecy Matters, Part 2

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July 2, 2021 8:00 am

When the Bible tells us what’s going to happen in the future, what difference does it make in terms of what’s going on today? Find the answer in this lesson as Dr. Tony Evans takes us to the book of Revelation to explore the reasons why prophecy matters.

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Dr. Tony Evans talked about how prophecy should motivate us to share our faith's celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Abbott authored speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the urban alternative when the Bible tells us was going to happen in the future. What difference does it make in terms of what's going on today. You want to have your Bible open to Revelation chapter 22.

As we join Dr. Evans for the answer is that the Bible is what it is to be the absolute mistake proof word of God. No two perfection second Peter chapter 1 verses 19 to 21. Reread word made what you do well to pay attention shining in a dark place, until the date on the MorningStar ball but no Scripture interpretation was ever made by human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke shall going to happen tomorrow to see about what has already occurred because the network has occurred. The prophecies sure making the Bible a perfect prophetic document so you need to know is that God's prophetic word is perfect. So everything we talk about God always happened.

Revelation 22 verses 1819 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. Translations 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 so you hold in your book prophetic document one fourth of the Bible prophecy books written about Daniel Revelation is a prophetic book talking about the future of the world and the future of the second benefit of studying the series on prophecy not only authenticates the Bible but it validates the character of God only declares himself to tell the truth.

He declares he is the truth. In other words, truth in him going to get the Scripture makes it clear it is for God to lie, he could if he wanted to. The question is 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 to be in to do a job you see how this all worked out convict the location in the beginning of wait for it to occur and so that means that the God who can perfectly about every subject can be trusted. But here's one number three study of prophecy when you get with this thing grabbed you right series will produce stability, particularly in times of crisis, prophecy is meant to stabilize you when things are. All of control regularly throughout Scripture the prophetic word is brought in during times of difficult Jesus told his disciples in John St. John chapter 14 verse one, 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 no when you understand God's prophetic program, even when you're frustrated you can be frustrated with fourthly, prophecy is designed to promote holiness of life intentionally seeking to be pleasing to God. In Philippians chapter 3 verses 13 to 21, Paul talks about his passion to know Christ. He said the first 13.

I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind him, reaching what lies ahead.

And I'm pressing on to the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Verse 17 brother enjoyed in fellowship with my example observe those who walk according to the pattern you have enough from any wall, of whom I have often told and now tell you weeping that they are enemies of the cross of Christ foods in his descriptions.

God is the type whose glory is in their shame and to set their minds on earthly things for our citizenship is in heaven, from which we are eagerly awaiting our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ will transform the body of our state into conformity with the body of his glory and by the exertion of his power that he even to subject all things to himself. The return of Jesus Christ means you live your life is coming. Paul put it this way in second to the fourth verses 6 to 8 feet of the time of my departure with me and then he says I thought a good fight, I kept the faith. And I finish Michael's and many sins and now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, and then he says, but not for me only, but for all those who love him and his appearing. She says the time of my departure is near what you just got the death he said, and I can't wait because I know that there is something waiting for me, prophecy is designed to keep us so heavenly minded that it affects our walk on earth now we can change yesterday. We wish we could change a lot of things in yesterday.

That's why Paul says, forgetting those things which are behind, I can't live in yesterday (soon. Beginning today, based on his prophetic word he says based on network. I want you to adjust your life in light of God's prophetic plan and his returns.

Subjects were going to talk about on a lot of different levels throughout the series is designed to produce stability and loneliness that is to adjust our lives to pleasing him to get up every day we all fail in this have failed. But forgetting those that you gonna start today getting up every day you say today I want to live my life as though this could be the day of my departure is for family prophecy promotes worship when this thing is real to you and gets good to you will have to be told to worship in Romans chapter 11, Paul gives a doxology a doxology is a praise. Melanie set this up for you. Romans 910 1103 chapters is God's prophecy about Israel because all you are seeing today is related to Israel. Israel is the centerpiece of the program because it will be the capital of the earth when Jesus returns, God had come to work through Israel.

Israel rejected the Savior, creating a delay in God's program of the ladies knew about but nevertheless a delay predicated on the decision and so in Romans chapter 11, after talking about Israel's rejection of Christ. He comes in he says in verse 25 not want you brethren to be uninformed about this. Mr. so that you will not be wise in your own estimation. That is a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Israel is rejecting me and they will continue to reject me until the last Gentile essay the fullness of the Gentiles command after the last Gentile essay going to return to my work with Israel right now, Israel has rejected me so I am now working among the Gentiles the church but when the church has been complete and the Gentiles come in he says. 26 all Israel will be saved, but then it comes with is not reimbursed 3311 you know somebody getting regular praise when they open up with all the overwhelmed is just blowing his mind. He says the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments about his ways for who has known the mind of the Lord became his counselor will has first given to him that it might be paid back to him again for from him and through him and to all things to him be the glory to you, you get to see how God creates the mixup movement have to create a result got me. Dr. Evans will come back with more on what we do differently we see how God's plans are coming together for so don't miss your chance to get a copy of Tony's current series, prophecy, and our world is a look at God's prophetic plan for our planet focusing on the difference it makes in our lives today along with the 12 full-length CDs or digital downloads included in this two-volume collection will also send you the luxury addition of Tony's book prayers for victory in spiritual warfare packed with principles about productive prayer in real-life examples of how to connect with God when you need his power and protection. The most over 100,000 people have been helped by this powerful resource and we want to offer that same help to you just make a contribution toward Tony's ministry and will send you the CDs and book as a thank you gift. Again that's Tony or call us at one 800 832, 22, where friendly resource team members are standing by 24 seven to help you.

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I'll repeat that contact information for you after part two of today's message is Dr. Evans. Finally, when it really gets you really catch on to it and it catches on to you. Nobody will have the force you to witness as well.

Want to take you in conclusion, second Peter three know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own loss Unlocker is a person who makes light of spiritual thing makes fun of serious spiritual things, say where is the promise of his coming for ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation. It escapes their notice and miss that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago the earth was formed out of water and by water through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with God. Total man-made no one is going to rain now you understand it. It never rained before on earth. What was so water came from underneath the ground. There was no rain, so no is told to build a boat called no I did not know it was going to come hundred and 20. To do this is a huge ship's ship is because a few football fields so he's told to build this boat and he told the builders boat on driving. Why, because no discovery was a preacher of righteousness. So he's building about doing today and is preaching. He's going to trial an exam I got that lost someone will come down from that yeah and is going to cover the whole earth and God's gourmet building about what his family looking like a fool about man talk about something that had never been seen before rain. Can you go back.

I think he usually goes to the town to get them to print contracts is this going. No one hitting them out before, now known. I think I would've known when I saw the men would lend up to Benton's lien situation by telling the dog bark. Mr. Battelle and Ms. Bayless get on the boat miss the line to line and is going great animals would do would be marked and this is when escape notice is that God kept his word. He just gave them 120 years to change them except for Noah and his family. They refused to change their mind and soul. His point is this verse seven, but by his word the present heavens and earth where you and I'm living now are being reserved for. We wanted to be fire is being reserved for fire For the day of judgment, and the description of ungodly men.

So what I got to do with you and me versus 89. Do not let this one.

I got one for you. Escape your notice below that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years. You're looking at all. God is not to talk to talk to talk to Cox makes ours was made days and weeks and weeks make month months make you just make dictate make up, but God is checking one day thousand which we can relate to toys that let me tell you that God is operated on a different clock for verse nine, the Lord is not slow about it. You just not slow about his promise, as some counseling but is patient toward new wishing for any to perish all the come to repentance. If you and the prophetic word that we will be teaching that you can keep it to yourself. You got brothers and sisters and mothers and who have an eternal destiny out there that you can afford to be said about you know somebody's house burned down tomorrow.

You keep silent. Today you become motivated because of what you believe the closing 1996 to the year 2000 there was a TV show.

I love to watch called early addition Gary Hopson one day came and opened his door and was sitting on a newspaper was curious if he picks up the newspaper into his shop.

The newspaper had tomorrow's date, every single day.

Gary Hopson came out to get the paper for the next day. So Michelle was called early addition because he got tomorrow's news today and the point of the show was still trying to save people from the tragedy that was in the newspaper that was going to happen tomorrow because he's gotten news about it today about tomorrow's bank every week. He delivered somebody helping somebody saving somebody doing stuff about PCs taking people destiny could turn them around because he had gotten the early addition, God and prophecy is giving you the early addition he's telling you today about what's coming tomorrow so you can use to change the law because you only addition you addition and let's hope that you stay you got there early addition as prophecy, God declaring you about tomorrow.

Tomorrow world giving you the opportunity to influence its direction.

How we choose Dr. Tony Evans with a look at why exploring biblical prophecy is relevant to each of us today. There's more to this lesson and we had time to bring you on the year with the full-length version is available as a part of our current series prophecy in our world. It's a 12 lesson collection focusing on terms that everyone in the church years, but may not fully understand subjects like the rapture, the tribulation, the white throne judgment and many more. This series digs deep into their meaning not just for the future but for the way we live from day to day and as I mentioned earlier if yours is our thank you gift when you support Tony's ministry with your contribution along with the luxury addition of Tony's book prayers for victory in spiritual warfare.

This special double offer won't be around for long, and we don't want you to miss out so visit Tony to make the arrangements today. That's Tony or get some in person help from our resource team by calling 1-800-800-3222 day or night. Again, 1-800-800-3222 Dr. Evan says looking at God's prophetic plans for the future can just be some kind of mental exercise until we realize our part in the story goes far beyond being mere spectators.

I hope you'll join us Monday for that discussion right now though, will wrap up our week with a quick shout out we received commemorating 40 years of God's faithfulness to the ministry. Here's Dr. Ed Young is not to say a word of congratulations for 40 years of service to none other than my brother and my friend Dr. Tony Evans. He rightly divides the word of truth. They by day and weekend by weekend, not only to his church, but really he's a spokesman for Christ around the world.

Tony, one of ministry.

What a blessing you been to countless millions of people in these 40 years, and I'll tell you a secret.

The best is yet to be congratulations. I'm thrilled to be your brother and I'm thrilled to just follow in your weight as you make a wide swath for the kingdom of God throughout this world. God bless you and your terrific family. The alternative with Dr. Tony Evans is brought to you by the celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you

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