I like confidence in my mechanic, doctor or other professionals who are offering me a service. I see it as a good thing. There’s security in knowing that the person I’m seeking help from knows what they’re doing.
This does not apply across the board though, so I’m finding out. Bible prophecy is a discipline where confidence is suspect. You would think insight into a critically important topic, such as what the Bible says about the future, would interest everyone. Not so.
God has gifted my friend, Elijah, and I with tremendous revelations about the last days and beyond. If I make the statement—which I have on occasion—that I have a firm grasp on The Book of Revelation, then I might as well say I have the plague. End of conversation. In company where my obsession with prophecy is well-known, questions about it never come up.
Why can’t I have confidence? I love to discuss my passion, but I rarely have the opportunity.
Why can’t I know what I’m talking about? My theory is this: We have bought into the false notion that no one, including the scholar or world famous preacher, is supposed to know anything about tomorrow. It is a mystery that cannot be solved–or so we are told.
Recently, I heard the live radio broadcast of a sermon. The evangelical leader who delivered it is at or near the top of the heap among the celebrated preachers of our day. In his message, he said that—this is not an exact quote, but it’s close—we won’t know the meaning of prophecy until after Jesus’ comes. (Help us, Lord!) If a prominent Christian says we cannot know what the Bible teaches about the future, then what’s the use of the rest of us trying to figure it out?
If I declare that I have accurately cracked the genetic code, it is newsworthy. Fellow scientists would demand I share what I discovered. But, if I contend that God has revealed the code breaker for prophecy by focusing on Jacob’s descendants, it barely rates a ho-hum.
Here’s my feeling on why my God-given ability does not generate more interest: Prophecy is often associated with end-of-the-world, doom and gloom scenarios. It’s human nature to avoid discussing things we dread. Prophecy, also, has been plagued by quacks who loudly predict things that never happen.
Yet, I believe the major reason confidence in prophecy is not welcome is that Satan has shrouded the subject with much confusion. Most want their fragile beliefs to remain undisturbed. (“Don’t confuse me with the facts!”)
The Lord, nevertheless, wants his people to have clarity so they can prepare for coming events. He is raising up confident teachers, men and women who will be free of doubt or uncertainty. With authority and confidence, they will proclaim God’s word to this generation. My desire is to help train and prepare this next wave of prophets.