Featured in the October, 2012 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Because the Bible is a supernatural book it contains accurate information about the future.
There are 1,817 prophecies in the Bible and 27% of Scripture deals with prophecy. Eighteen Bible books are prophetic books. In addition, I Thessalonians mentions the second coming of Christ in each chapter, II Thessalonians tells about the anti-Christ and II Peter 3 describes the end of the world. Thirteen Psalms deal with the future, an example is Psalm 2. Then, also you have Christ’s Olivet discourse, Matthew 24, 25, which deals with the end times. There is no other book that accurately forecasts the future.
Bible prophecy gives rise to many questions. Is the United States mentioned in the Bible? When will the rapture take place? Is the anti-Christ alive now? Will the temple be rebuilt? Will Islam’s goal of world-domination be realized? Will there be a one-world church? Will the European Union become the revived Roman Empire? Will Israel survive its enemies? When will Armageddon take place? When will the end of the world occur? But there is one question that is more important than any of these or all of them put together.
The most important prophetic question is personal! Where will you be 100 years from now? Amazingly, you can have a definite answer to this important question.
Jesus said that He would, “Go and prepare a place for you” (John 14:3). And since Jesus is preparing the place, it will be a perfect place. The problem is that we are sinners and not ready for heaven. That is why Jesus came and died, bearing “our sins in His own body on the tree” (I Peter 2:24). So that He, having suffered for our sins, is able to give us as a gift of total forgiveness and full salvation.
Don’t assume that because you’ve lived a tolerably decent life that you are automatically going to heaven. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Don’t assume that saying a few prayers, giving a little to charity and being occasionally religious will get you into heaven. Counting on what you do is an insult to Christ, Who shed His blood for you because nothing you do can save you. The Scripture says, “By grace you have been saved, through faith, this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). If you have savingly believed on Jesus Christ, you will be a changed person and there will be “fruit” (Matthew 7:20). You will be eager to study the Scripture, you will want to regularly meet with God’s people and you will have a passionate commitment to Jesus Christ.
Having savingly believed on Jesus Christ and received eternal life from Him, you can definitely know where will you will be 100 years from now (I John 5:13).
However, if you neglect receiving Christ as Savior or foolishly supposed that joining some church or performing some religious duties will make you acceptable to God, you are dead wrong and cannot expect to go to Heaven. If you have neglected to receive Christ and His glorious salvation, then it is guaranteed that you will appear at the judgment of the “Great White Throne” (Revelation 20:11-5). In fairness to you, Christ will give you the opportunity to tell how good you were, but you will realize that no one saves himself and you neglected to trust in Christ. Sadly, but definitely, 100 years from now, your place will be in “the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
So, you see, the greatest prophetic question is not about Israel or Armageddon or some event in the Middle East, the most important prophetic question is about you!