PROPHECY – PAST AND PRESENT
What is Prophecy?
Answer: History foretold in advance.
Isaiah 41:22; 45:21; 46:9, 10.
2. How was prophecy given?
2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 Peter 1:11.
3. Is prophecy sure of fulfilment?
Habakkuk 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:19
4. What power is there in prophecy?
1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 1:19
5. What is one of the first prophecies given in the Bible?
Genesis 3:15; [Romans 16:20].
6. Note some of the prophecies fulfilled in Christ’s first advent:
A. Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-9
B. Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:5, 6
C. Numbers 24:17; Matthew 2:1, 2, 9
D. Psalm 41:9; Matthew 26:21-25
E. Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:15
F. Psalm 22:19; Matthew 27:35
7. What are some prophecies of Christ’s second advent?
Zechariah 14:1-9; St John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
8. While Nineveh was still a great city what prophecy was uttered concerning her?
Note: Nineveh was so completely destroyed that its very existence was unknown and doubted by the 18th century infidels. Excavations made since the beginning of the 19th century have uncovered even its royal palace and many of its long lost records.
9. What did prophecy say about Babylon while she was still in her glory?
Isaiah 13:19-22; Jeremiah 51:37; 25:12
10. Did God name the General who was to destroy Babylon before he was born?
Note: Isaiah prophesied 745-695 B.C over 150 years before the days of Cyrus. Yet He calls him by name and predicts that he would rebuild the temple, which in Isaiah’s day had not yet fallen. Furthermore, in Isaiah’s time Assyria was the dominant power in the world. Babylon was a dependency of Assyria. Babylon rose to world power 606 B.C and fell 535 B.C. Thus Isaiah sang of the fall of Babylon 100 years before its rise. Modern critics, therefore suppose that these cannot be the words of Isaiah, but of some later prophet. However, it is specifically stated that they are Isaiah’s words. [Isaiah 13:1]. The splendour to which Babylon rose a hundred years after Isaiah’s day, as Queen city of the pre-Christian world, “the glory of kingdoms” [Isaiah 13:19]; “the city of gold” [Isaiah 14:4] is here clearly envisioned as if Isaiah had been right there. But the burden of the prophecy is the fall of Babylon, pictured in detail that awes us into profound wonderment. Medes, who, in Isaiah’s day were an almost unknown people, are named as the destroyers of Babylon [Isaiah 13:17-19].
11. What did God say of Egypt while it was still a mighty nation?
Isaiah 19:17; Ezekiel 29:14, 15.
12. What did God say of Tyrus while she was the greatest commercial city in the east?
13. Notice the tremendous prophecy of Jacob in Genesis Chapter 49.
14. What prophecies foretold an outpouring of the Spirit in New Testament times.
Joel 2:28, 29.
15. What prophecy foretold that the Gentiles would inherit God’s promises.
Isaiah 60:3; 54:1-5.
16. What are some of the prophecies concerning the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem:
Jeremiah 29:10-14; Isaiah 65:9, 10; Jeremiah 23:3, 8; Ezekiel 28:25, 26; 34:13; 36:24-38; 37:21-28; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Joel 2:25, 26.
Note: All the above prophecies were given before the return from Babylonian captivity and it appears that the return and restoration under Ezra and Nehemiah was the initial fulfilment; but in reading carefully the context one can readily see that not every detail of prophecy was was fulfilled then. So we see a duplication of prophetical application to the present day move in Israel as well as a spiritual application to the Church.
17. What prophecy will be fulfilled in respect of modern Babylon and the anti-Christ systems of our day?
Revelation 17:1-5, 8, 11; 15-18; 18:6-10, 15-24; 2 Thessalonians 2:8.