Dr. John Ankerberg: I go into a lot of churches where I am asked not to speak about prophecy. The reason they usually give for asking me not to preach on prophecy is that “It’s too complicated. There are too many verses, too many different views. We don’t want to split the people in our church.”
But if you do that, I think you’re dishonoring the Word of God. For example, did you know that approximately 27 percent of the entire Bible contains prophetic material? Half of that has already come true; half remains to be fulfilled. That means that of the Bible’s 31,124 verses, 8,352 contain prophetic material.
Also, did you know that 1,800 verses in the Bible deal with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? In the New Testament, approximately one out of 25 Bible verses refers to the Second Coming. Would anyone dare to say to God that what He wrote in Scripture is worthless, unimportant, and shouldn’t be studied?
In fact, God brags about His prophetic statements as being proof that He exists. Have you ever read Isaiah 46:9,10 where He says, “I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come. I say my purpose will stand and I will do all that I please. What I have said, that I will bring about, and what I have planned, that I will do.” Jesus in Matthew 13:23 said, “So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. When you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. What I say to you, I say to everyone, Watch!” Jesus in John 13:19 said, “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe that I am He,” that is, God.
So prophetic statements in the Bible:
prove that God exists,
prove that Jesus is God,
warn those without Christ, and
comfort those who have believed in Christ.