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What Should I Do When Bible Prophecy Frightens Me?
Posted on Jun 15, 2017 Topic : Prophecy
Posted by : Ron Rhodes
Does Bible prophecy ever frighten you? If it does, a great antidote is the recognition that Bible prophecy consistently points us to the greatness of God. Take some time to consider these truths:
God is eternal. The God of prophecy has always existed. He is the eternal King (1 Timothy 1:17), who alone is immortal (6:16). He is “the Alpha and the Omega” (Revelation 1:8) and “the First and the Last” (Isaiah 44:6). He exists “from beginning to end” (Psalm 90:2). A great comfort related to God’s eternal nature is the absolute confidence that God will never cease to exist. He will always be there for us. Human leaders come and go. Countries come and go. But God is eternal and is always there! The prophetic future is in His eternal hands.
God is everywhere-present. There is nowhere one can go where God is not present (Psalm 139:7-8; Jeremiah 23:23-24). While the world in these last days sometimes seems dangerous, it is comforting to know that no matter where we go, we will never escape the presence of our beloved God. We can be confident of His real presence at all times.
God is all-knowing. God knows all things. “His understanding is beyond comprehension” (Psalm 147:5; see also Psalm 33:13-15; Proverbs 15:3; Hebrews 4:13). This is why we can trust God when He communicates prophecies about the future to us.
God is all-powerful. God is almighty (Revelation 19:6) and has incomparably great power (2 Chronicles 20:6; Ephesians 1:19-21). No one can hold back His hand (Daniel 4:35; Isaiah 14:27; 43:13). Nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17). This means that none of the nations of the world are beyond God’s control. His prophetic plan for the world will unfold just as He decreed.
God is sovereign. God rules the universe, controls all things, and is Lord over all (Psalm 66:7). He asserts, “Everything I plan will come to pass” (Isaiah 46:10). Indeed, “It will be as I have decided” (Isaiah 14:24; see also Proverbs 19:21). Supreme peace in the heart is the natural result of trusting that God is sovereignly overseeing the world—including all that comes into our individual lives. We can be at peace, no matter what the prophetic future may hold.
God is just. God carries out His righteous standards justly and with equity (Psalm 11:7; Zephaniah 3:5; Romans 3:26). We can therefore rest assured that justice will prevail in the end. God’s end-times judgments will see to that!
My friend, the more you understand about Bible prophecy, the more you understand about God’s greatness. And the more you understand about God’s greatness, the stronger your faith becomes (see Romans 10:17).
Thank you, Lord, for your prophetic word!