God’s people believe in prophecy. Prophecies are God’s down payment on His promises. Through the centuries of salvation history, God’s prophecies have applications that are both personal and corporate, and always for the benefit of His people.—Editors.
“I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crushyour head,
and you will strike his heel.”
God to the serpent (Gen. 3:15).
“I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
God to Jacob (Gen. 28:13-15).
“I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. . . . And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
God to Moses (Ex. 3:7-10).
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virginwill conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Isaiah TO the house of david (Isa. 7:14).
“Eli answered, ‘Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.’”
Eli to Hannah (1 Sam. 1:17).
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.”
God through Isaiah to the kingdom of Judah (Isa. 9:6, 7).
“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”
God to Daniel (Dan. 12:13).
“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.”
God through Malachi to the nation (Malachi 4:2).
“‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’”
Angel to Joseph (Matt. 1:20, 21).
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Jesus to His disciples (John 14:1-3).
“According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
Paul to the believers in Thessalonica (1 Thess. 4:15-17).
“‘Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.’ . . . He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’”
Jesus to His church (Rev. 22:12-20).
“[God] took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspringbe.’ Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
God to Abram (Gen. 15:5, 6).