THE GIVING OF PROPHECY
WHY were the Sacred Writings given?
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4.
By what 'means is all scripture given?
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God." 2 Timothy 3:16, first part.
For what is it profitable?
"And is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." Same verse, last part.
How was the prophecy given?
"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 1:21.
SECRETS OF THE FUTURE
What is the Lord able to do regarding the future?
"Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth 1 tell you of them." Isaiah 42:9.
How far-reaching is God's ability to reveal the future?
"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, . . . and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done." Isaiah 46:9, 10.
NOTE.—Since He knows all things, the future is present with God. More, perhaps, than any other one thing, the prophecies of the Bible and their ful- fillment bear witness to its divine inspiration.
To whom does God reveal the secrets of the future?
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets." Amos 3:7.
To whom do the things which have been revealed belong?
"The secret „things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever." Deuteronomy 29:29.
MORE CERTAIN THAN SIGHT
What testimony did the apostle Peter bear concerning his ex- perience on the mount of transfiguration?
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty." 2 Peter 1:16.
When did he say he saw the majesty of Christ, and heard the voice from heaven?
"And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount." Verse 18.
How does he emphasize the reliability of prophecy?
"And we have the word of prophecy made more sure." Verse 19, R. V. "Fresh confirmation of." Moffatt. NOTE.—Every fulfillment of prophecy is a confirmation of the truthfulness and reliability of prophecy.
What admonition is therefore given?
"Whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts." Verse 19, last part, R.V.
JESUS AND THE THEME OF PROPHECY
What has ever been the theme of God's prophets?
"Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched dili- gently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you." 1 Peter 1: 9, 10.
Whose spirit inspired their utterances?
"Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified before hand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow." Verse 11.
In what prophecy did Christ recognize Daniel as a prophet?
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)." Matthew 24:15.
To what time were the prophecies of Daniel, as a whole, to be sealed?
"But thou, 0 Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Daniel 12:4.
What assurance was given by the angel that these prophecies would be understood in the last days?
"And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." Verses 9, 10.
What is the last book of the Bible called?
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him." Revelation 1:1.
What is said of those who read, hear, and keep the things contained in this book?
"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein." Verse 3.