Thursday, December 15, 2011

God’s definition of prophecy

All the books of the bible outside of Paul's 13 epistles are considered books of "Prophecy" by God.  They all teach the nation of Israel to look forward to their long promised Messiah and his kingdom of Heaven on earth for them. [Paul's 13 epistles are referred to as "Mystery."]

Because of Paul's message—the present dispensation of grace to us gentiles, the Apostle Peter has to explain to Israel the delay in the coming of their kingdom.  And, Peter says that all those old testament books to Israel are called "prophecy."

2 Peter 1:21
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.

One of these "holy men" that were moved by the Holy Ghost and wrote these prophecies is David, who wrote most of the Psalms.

Earlier in the book of Acts, Peter explains to the men of Israel that those things that were written in the old testament spoke of a future time to come (the kingdom), which is the definition of prophecy.

Acts 3:18-21
But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

In Acts, Peter says that what David wrote in Psalms is a passage that was being fulfilled, as Israel was about to enter into the prophesied Tribulation period/Day of the Lord:

Acts 4:24-28
And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

And one more passage...the Lord Jesus himself, during his earthly ministry to Israel says that what David wrote in Psalms was a prophetic look into the future Tribulation/kingdom:

Mark 12:36
For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

This is a passage explaining the wrath of God being poured out during the Tribulation period (future from us) and the Lord Jesus Christ setting up his earthly kingdom in Israel in the future.

So yes, the book of Psalms (and all the "poetic" books of Job thru Song of Solomon) are not only historical books for Israel, but they are also prophetic books looking towards the future!

James also uses the book of Job (and calls him a prophet) for that very purpose! Job is the oldest book of the bible, but James tells Israel…

James 5:10-11
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

As Israel in the future reads the book of Job, they can endure the persecution of the Antichrist by seeing how God was faithful to deliver Job from Satan's attack as well!   

Hopefully this helps!


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