Because of the increase of prophetic signs, there has been a growing interest in biblical prophecy in the last years. However, many professing Christians, especially those in the mainline denominations continue to reject or ignore the great portions of the Bible dealing with prophecy. This is very sad and unfortunate, because there is a great blessing in the study of these prophecies. “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” Revelation 1:3
It is important to know that only the book of Revelation makes a specific promise to this effect. Not only in the verse above, but also at the end of the book in Revelation 22:7 – “Behold, I am coming quickly blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”
As we read Luke 24:25, we see where Christ rebuked certain disciples who had failed to believe the prophecies concerning His first coming. “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!”
When we study Revelation’s last chapter, it ends with an even more serious warning: “If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book” 22:19.
It is very vital for both Jewish and Gentile believers to understand these very important words, since the warning was also given to the Jewish people in the Old Testament. “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” Deuteronomy 4:2
As believers we need to read the Bible, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand – “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God” James 1:5. We need to believe God’s inerrant Word, and obey the divinely inspired prophecies, as well as all the other revelations of the Holy Scripture.
David prayed “Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things in your law.” When we hunger and thirst and express our sincere desire for the Holy Spirit to teach us, we are opening ourselves to receive true riches that only the Spirit can give.
We need to be very careful not to pay attention or be led into man-made traditions or false prophetic teachings. We are to abide only by the Word of God and need to dedicate time to search the scriptures carefully. Remember if anyone “adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which 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 from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”
Today as throughout history, there are “Christians”, especially among scholars who say they believe the Bible, but are nevertheless quick to adapt their own interpretations of Scripture to the latest speculations, or feel the need to add or change God’s Word. Beware this is an insult to our Creator.
As Paul was saying farewell to Ephesus he told them that he did “not hesitate to proclaim to (them) the whole will of God” (Acts 20:27). If we desire to honor our Maker, then clearly that is what we must teach with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.