What Do You Believe?

What do you think about prophecy? It is not uncommon for people to scoff at biblical prophecy, or to compare it to prophecy of others, such as Nostradamus. But those who scoff at prohecy tend to become less arrogant after actually taking a closer look at it.

The fact is that Nostradamus’ record of prophecy was not just hit and miss, but more miss than hit. He made a lot of predictions that did not pan out. However, the same cannot be said of prophecy that is in the Bible.

It is true that not all Bible prophecy has yet come to pass. But hundreds of prophecies contained in the Bible have already come to pass.

Take a look at just one small set of prophecies in Amos 1. There it was prophesied that several places would be destroyed, including Tyre, Gaza, Damascus, Ammon, and Edom. Three are no more. Gaza is barely a remnant, and will disappear. Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city on Earth, is in danger at this time.

Christ prophesied conditions that would prevail in the end times, and we see these conditions now. Of course, the more you consider the specific details, the more it becomes clear that conditions Christ prophesied now prevail.

For those who understand what I am saying, I will add this: Christ prophesied our end in case we obey or do not obey His words. In Matthew 7, he said this: 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

And Christ also made it even more clear when He said the following in Matthew 25: 31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

If you believe in prophecy and you believe in Christ, those words must leave an impression on you that no comment of mine could enhance. If you do not believe in them, be advised that the time is coming when we will all answer for the choices we made.

I believe in them. But even if you do not, you should still be moved by the spectacle of millions dying of starvation while the world looks the other way. Be moved to do whatever you can to not be a part of that spectacle.

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