Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday March 11, 2015

1. What is the reason WHY we have prophecy. 2.  WHERE the prophecies are that God predicted in the Old Testament. 3.  HOW He predicted them and HOW they were fulfilled. 4. The ROLE of prophecy and the illustrations God gives us to see the accuracy and preciseness of His prophecies.

1CO 1:22 which says For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom;

We are headed toward some biblical prophecies which are phenomenal and have been totally precisely and accurately fulfilled.

There are believers who I know of right now, who do not realize why it is that Peter, Paul and John, and even other men of God, have taught us why it is so important to learn about prophecy.

ROM 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1CO 10:6  Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.

1. 1PE 3:15  Sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts,  always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

2.  To allow those who are miles away and not face-to-face, to experience being a little more closer to us and also us to them.
1CO 5:4  In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,

3.  To promote unity in the body of Christ so that we may be more in touch with each other and what others may be going through.

4.  To protect me as well as you from arrogance and to realize that we should thankful for each other.

GAL 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

GAL 6:9-10,  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

PHI 2:3-5;  Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;

PHI 2:4-5; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.PHI 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

It's one thing not to want to participate in a ministry that is dedicated for the unity of the brethren, if you have a legitimate reason, but it is another when you mock and ridicule those who do.

GAL 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?

JOH 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

PSA 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

ECC 4:9-12;  Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.

ECC 4:11-12, Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

2. Let us note WHERE the prophecies are that God predicted in the Old Testament.

We have noted many times passages in the N.T.,  such as EPH 3:1-6; COL 1:25-27; ROM 16:25-26, which all make it crystal clear that the church was a mystery and was not known in the O.T.

EPH 3:3-4, Paul says  that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

EPH 3:5  which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

COL 1:25-27,  Of this church [CA] I was made a minister according to the dispensation from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,

COL 1:26-27, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

ROM 16:25-26,   Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past,

ROM 16:26  but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;

REV 3:10  "that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth."

JER 30:7 'Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob's distress, But he will be saved from it."
Jacob represents Israel, remember that Jacob's name was changed to Israel in GEN 32:28.

The individual described as "a man" was literally TLJC in a Theophany form.

The Bible says that the only visible member of the Trinity, according to JOH 1:18; JOH 6:46; 1TI 6:16?

1. Because the man or the individual had the authority to bless Jacob, verse 29.   2. Because Jacob said I have seen God face to face, again JOH 1:18; 6:46; 1TI 6:16.

Jacob represents Israel and as the prophet Jeremiah said JER 30:7  'Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of

Jacob's distress, But he [Jacob or Israel, that is true Israel] will be saved from it."

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