Where am I going when I die? How do I know what’s true? Is the geo-political world in a death spiral? In a day when truth has been thrown to the ground, and lies and “false news” are the norm, these questions, and many others, are impossible to answer objectively. That is, unless one has an internal compass that is calibrated to Prophetic Truth.
One of the most important reasons for studying and understanding Biblical prophecy, is not so we can predict specific times of events. Rather, in knowing how things have been prophesied and fulfilled in the past, we can have a certain hope of God’s faithfulness to fulfil future events with the same exactness. This certainty and hope not only pegs our place on the time line but also informs us of what God is doing and what we need to be doing in response and participation with His plan and will.
Approximately one third of the entire Bible is prophetic in nature. Some have suggested there are as many as 2500 specific prophecies, 300-350 of which have reference to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. To help us grasp the certainty of future prophetic events, and dispel any notion of mere coincidence, we need only look back at the way in which once future prophesied events have been fulfilled.
In the Old Testament there are 61 major messianic prophecies fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. If we were to take just 8 of those and ask “What are the statistical chances of these 8 events being fulfilled in one man?” we would find the scientific and statically calculated number to be 1 in 10 to the 17th. That’s right…1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. For one man to be born in Bethlehem; be proceeded by a messenger; to enter Jerusalem on a donkey; be betrayed by a friend; sold for 30 pieces of silver; have money be thrown into God’s house; be silent before his accusers; and to be crucified with thieves having his hands and feet pierced…for just these eight to be fulfilled by one man would be equivalent to covering the entire state of Victoria (or Texas for our US friends) in fifty cent pieces two feet deep, hiding just one marked coin amongst them, then blindfolding a man and sending him out to pick up that one coin on his first attempt. Impossible…for just 8 prophecies. We cannot even comprehend the astronomical improbability of 48 prophecies which is 1 in 10 to the 157th. Yet this is exactly what has happened, and will happen in the future.
Many times "A picture is worth a thousand words" and the pre-millennial, dispensational prophetic charts of Clarence Larkin (1850-1924) are no exception. In an age before computers, Larkin used his draftsman's skills to consolidate vast landscapes of prophetic scripture into over 90 charts. Six of these key charts can be viewed and downloaded along with his entire book "Dispensational Truth" on the Read page. Blessings as you re-calibrate your internal compass.