Today I am starting the first official blog post of my series on Bible Prophecy. I hope that this series will both soothe and sober minds and that it will inspire everyone with hope and courage.
Many people are afraid of Bible prophecy. Whenever we forget that our loving God is the One who has given us prophecies, the beasts and the judgments talked about in the books of Revelation and Daniel can be terrifying to think about. In order to quell such fears, I am going to start out this series by revealing that the same loving Jesus Who walked, taught, and healed on earth, Who was so tender and compassionate, and Who died on the cross for our sins is also the One who has given us the prophetic messages in the books of Revelation and Daniel.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:1-3 (KJV)
Furthermore, the book of Daniel, which is also a book full of prophecies, mentions Jesus. Firstly, the “Messiah the Prince” mentioned in Daniel 9:25, is Jesus. John 4:25-26 confirms this fact.
Having shared this, I will share another compelling verse from Daniel along with verses in the New Testament which prove without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is in the book of Daniel.
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 (KJV)
In the book of Matthew, we can see that Jesus refers to Himself as the “Son of man” and states that He will come “in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”.
“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 (KJV)
Note: For further proof that the “Son of man” is Jesus, feel free to visit the following verses: Mark 14:21; Matthew 17:9-and there are more. I welcome you to look up references for the phrase “Son of man”. Look at the references in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Here is a good place to start your search.
The following verses make it abundantly clear that the Son of man, who comes in the clouds is none other than Jesus Himself.
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:5& 7 (KJV)
Wow! How comforting and amazing it is when we realize that the same tender and loving Jesus who has drawn- and Who continues to draw, so many people by His gentle love is also the One Who inspired the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation! We can see from the Gospels how caring and merciful Jesus is. We can also see that He is a God of justice too, though, even in the Gospels. (You can read about both Jesus’ softer and sterner qualities in this blog post.)
Jesus is tender, caring, and merciful, as well as strong, decisive, and just. He is Someone who has our best interests at heart; He is Someone who can be trusted. What a wonderful Savior He is!
So, why has Jesus given us prophecy?
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21 (KJV)
Who is the “day star” mentioned in 2 Peter 1:19?
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:16 (KJV)
(More proof that Jesus is referred to as a “star”: Matthew 2:2; (Mark 15:1-2 confirms that the “King of the Jews” is Jesus.) )
Jesus wants to live in our hearts and He wants us all to be ready to live with Him in heaven. This is why He has given us prophecy.
I am looking forward to continuing this journey through Bible prophecy. I hope that you will stay with me on this journey. Blessings. 🙂
Note: I write this series on a bi-weekly basis. In other words, I am blogging on Bible prophecy every other week. In the weeks between my posts on Bible prophecy, I plan to blog about nature, music, happy memories, food, etc. In other words, the blog posts in between my blog posts on Bible prophecy will be on a variety of subjects. (this note was copied, pasted, and slightly adapted from the second paragraph in this blog post.)