Bible Prophecy: Its Popularity

Why is prophecy so popular? Because Bible prophecy dealt with what was to come. Man has a desire to know what the future holds. Old Testament prophets spoke of future events. Modern-day, self-proclaimed prophets appeal to this desire!

Bible prophecy is not a difficult subject. Prophecy must be understood in accordance with God’s eternal purpose:

For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret (counsel) to his servants the prophets.
Amos 3.7


The secret counsel of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he reveals his covenant to them.
Psalm 25.14

If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God.
John 7.17

It is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who live him.” For to us God revealed them through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2.9-10

These “things” were only known by revelation of Holy Spirit. They were what God revealed to/by the prophets. What were they? God, in accordance with his eternal purpose, promised eternal life to all humanity through this only begotten Son. Compare:

In hope of eternal life, which God…promised before the world began…
Titus 1.2

…That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life…
Titus 3.7

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus…
2 Timothy 1.1

This “eternal life” was purposed to be in Christ, and the church that he established is comprised of those who are “in Christ” (Ephesians 1.3-11). 

In the creation of the church, the manifold wisdom of God has been made known (Ephesians 3.9-11).

  • How was God going to accomplish his eternal purpose?
  • How was Christ going to be brought into the world?
  • How would our salvation be accomplished in Jesus?
  • How would the church (his body) begin?

This is the subject of Bible prophecy! He revealed this purpose to/through the prophets.