What is prophecy? Is it merely the attempts of both Satan and God to show that they have the ability to predict the future? Is it their ability to prove that they can manipulate our world? Or is there something more to it? Could it be that biblical prophecy is relevant, powerful and life changing? Or is it merely a revelation of what is about to happen in the future?
The very first biblical prophecy is found in the book of Genesis chapter 2. Gen 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” We will look at the interpretation and understanding of the prophecy later. For now, let us look at the motivation behind the prophecy. It would appear like God is trying to keep us from something hurtful. It is protective in nature. This prophecy speaks of a desire to keep you safe.
Right throughout the bible, we find many such warnings. Two chapters later, we find another such warning directed against Cain. Gen 4:6-8 “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” God clearly tried to warn Cain against the natural results of sin. He saw the dangers in the course of actions that Cain was heading into. If he had headed divine warnings, he would have never found his brothers blood dripping from his hands. So much family pain and turmoil would have been prevented. But sadly, we didn’t see the love and care that tried to keep us safe. Rather, humanity sees boundaries, limitations and judgement. Those that choose to head the warnings look across the boundaries and yearn to have the freedom that the deviant has. But what is the price that people pay for this freedom? Is it worth having?
However, there is hope. While we all sin, mess up our lives and get hurt; there is a second type of prophecy. This prophecy speaks through the darkness that sin has brought into our lives, and sets a sparkling ray of hope at the end of the crimson stained worlds of darkness that we call our homes. Hope saw within our broken beings, before we ever knew how to pray. It knew of the turmoil that our actions would cause. And in mercy God prepared a way through which your darkest hours could be light up with the evidence of His gracious touch.
This does not mean that you should head into the darkness. Make no mistake, the darkness is bad. Sin is deadly. It could cost your own life. Even worse, you might survive while the blood of innocent victims clings to your hands. Bitter hatred, reproach, agony, self doubt and hatred are only some of the bitter fruit that knows the taste of sin. God knows best. He can prevent a lot of hurt in your life, if you will only let Him.
But for those who know the sting of pain, and find themselves living in an empty world of shadows and despair, there is hope. God understands. Through Him, there is a way in which your pains, sorrows and shattered dreams can be healed. Jesus came to earth, in the words of Paul, to prove that He understands. Heb 4:11-16 “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
However, such a general statement often misses the spot. It sounds nice. But does God really understand me individually? Are my personal experiences and emotions really important to Him? Does He really see me when I cry?
Come with me on a fascinating journey that would change your life forever. Yes, prophecy was written for you! It was designed to fit into your insecurities, dreams and challenges. God put them in His holy word because you mean the world to Him. Every word and phrase within His word contains a plan that was meant to uplift, enhance and brighten up your world today. Prophecy was written to bring you the assurance that God was present when you sinned, that He will be there tomorrow to see you through, and that He is with you today, to understand, comfort and improve your life today. Take His hand, He can and wants to bring you a new life.