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Why Prophecy Matters, Part 2

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December 17, 2021 7:00 am

Why Prophecy Matters, Part 2

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December 17, 2021 7:00 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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No you to sign in today. Dr. Tony evidences prophecy should motivate us to share our faith when it really gets to us celebrating faithfulness.

This is the alternative Dr. Tony Abbott authored speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the 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 want to have your Bible open to Revelation chapter 22.

As we join Dr. Evans for the answer is proof that the Bible is what it is to be the absolute mistake proof word of God.

No perfection. Second Peter chapter 1 verses 19 to 21. Reread the word made more so what you do well to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the date on the MorningStar but no ball but no Scripture interpretation was ever made by human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God's word shall read the Bible's going to happen tomorrow to see about what it said yesterday that has already occurred because the problem is that with proper side yesterday has occurred, the prophecies from tomorrow. Sure, making the Bible a perfect prophetic document. So the first thing you need to know is that God's prophetic word is perfect. So everything we talk about it will happen is God because it 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 and 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 you 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 prophecy books written about Daniel Revelation is a prophetic book talking about the future of the world and the future of your life.

The second benefit of studying the series on prophecy not only authenticates the Bible but it validates the character of God not only declares himself to tell the truth. He declares he is the truth.

In other words, truth in him going to the Scripture makes it clear it isn't for God to lie, he could if he wanted 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 assured we call it mind you transgressors remember the former things long past God and there is no other God and there is no one like me Dick begin 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.

Not worth the wait to be in to do a job you see highs all work out the Aaron from my 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 it with this thing grabbed 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 troubled is metal 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 verse 13, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to 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 patterns you have enough for many walk, 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 appetite whose glory is in their shame and who 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 had even to subject all things to himself. He says in life.

The return of Jesus Christ. Watch how you live your life in light of this coming.

Paul put it this way in second Timothy four verses 6 to 8 feet of the time of my departure is near. Many says I thought a good fight, I kept the faith.

And I finish Michael's and many says, 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 nearing the upward to discuss the debts and 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't 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. Less press on 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 holiness that is to adjust our lives to pleasing him to get up every day we all fail in his have failed. But forgetting those that you gonna start today getting up every day you said today I want to live my life as though this could be the day of my departure is fitfully 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 doxology is a praise. Now let me 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 dinner lady 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, he says in verse 25 I do not want you brethren to be uninformed about this mystery, 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 has come in he says. 26 all Israel will be saved, but then it comes with the elegy in verse 30 30 a letter could you know somebody given regular praise when they open it would all just overwhelmed is just God is been blowing his mind. He says all the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments unpatentable his ways for who has known the mind of the Lord who became his counselor also 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 forever. Amen.

When doing this, we come together you get to see how God works with you to create the mix when asked to create a result, we got beat me. Dr. Evans will have more on what we do differently as we see God's plans come together when he returns to continue this message just a moment before he does, though, I want to let you know the lesson your hearing today is one of Tony's most requested messages of the year.

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A mocker is a person who makes light of spiritual thing 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.

Jesus been coming back. My mama told me to come about my grandmother with Jesus with the production a great grandma, but the language is a guy I am saying of Jesus. Everything's essay for this religion thing y'all got call box that is the opiate of the people withdraw. Just keep your passive and not doing anything is okay so yeah so that they make fun of this. You believe in this eternal state. Believing in this crappy believing in this kingdom you believe in his heavenly existence.

He says they will be those who make fun of.

He says and when they do when they verse five maintain this when I say this, it escapes their notice and missile 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 told a man may know what is going to rain now you understand it. It never rained before on earth. What was soft water came from underneath the ground that there was no reason so no one is told to build the boat called the 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 install 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 no rain that lost us the water will come down from yeah and is going to cover the whole earth, and God told me to tell you it's gonna rain out there building a boat with his family looking like a fool about a man talk about something that had never been seen before by the rain.

Can you go back.

I think he usually goes to the town to get them to print contracts is going rain. No one hit it never happened before know I think I would've known when I saw the men would lend up to but maybe some rain situation missed bar telling the bar I got Mr. Battelle and Ms. Banas get on the boat. I got Mr. line to line and is great in other words, the 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 where you and I living now are being reserved for fire, 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 fact will you escape your notice below that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years will God is not to talk to talk to talk to Cox minutes that it makes hours was made, days, weeks, weeks Lakemont months make you yes make dictate make up millenniums, he says, but God is checking one day, which we can relate to toys that let me tell you that God is operated on a different clock therefore verse nine the Lord is not slow about it. You just not slow about his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. If you in the prophetic word that we will be teaching that you can keep it to yourself.

You got brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers 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.

That was a TV show.

I love to watch called earlier this Gary Hopson one day came and opened his door 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 admission 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 what happened tomorrow because he had gotten news about it today about tomorrow's date every week. He delivered somebody helping somebody saving somebody doing stuff about PCs taking people's definition 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 the day to change the death of the of your tomorrow because you've now gotten the early addition to the addition and let's hope that you state you got there early addition as prophecy, God declaring you about your tomorrow the tomorrow the world giving you the opportunity to influence its direction. Dr. Tony Evans with a look at why exploring biblical prophecy is relevant for each of us today not before we go I want to let you know that you can get today's complete message is a part of our current year-end series the best of Tony Evans, 20, 21, as I mentioned earlier, all 20 messages in this collection are a gift to you.

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