2 What Does the Bible Say about the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Gathering Together to Him?
1. Hebrew words used to describe a “prophet”:Prophets were the immediate organs of God for the communication of His mindand will to men (Deut 18:18,19).- Their great task was to correct moral and religious abuses, to proclaim thegreat moral and religious truths which are connected with the character of God and which lie at the foundation of His government.a.
signifies “one who sees” (Isaiah 30:10)b.
, a “seer” (1 Samuel 9:9)c.
(1 Samuel 9:9) -- different roots -- “to announce” or “to call” or “tobubble up” or “to pour forth”2. Related word: “
” = a “burden”, a “load”, a “thing” lifted up (Zechariah12:1; Malachi 1:1).Prophecy is a divinely given burden to be delivered to others; a heavy “load” of revelation lifted up and placed upon the prophet by the Lord Himself.3. Greek word for “prophet” is
= “one who speaks forth”Prophecy is basically the forth-telling of God’s mind, rather than the foretellingof the future, as generally understood.- Prophecy, as prediction, has been defined as “miracle of knowledge, adeclaration or description or representation of something future, beyond thepower of human sagacity to foresee, discern, or conjecture.”D. FORTH-TELLING -- WHAT IT IS1. Dealing withcontemporarysituations and conditions (Isaiah 37:6; 2 Chronicles20:17)2. Used forexplanation(Revelation 1:20) andclarification(Joshua 7:1-15; Job 1-
2).3. Was a word of definition(Jeremiah 38:1-4, 17-23 compare Isaiah 36-39).4. Was a word of correction(Jeremiah 7:3-7; Isaiah 1:18).5. Was a word of encouragement(the book of Hosea; Haggai 2:4-5).E. FORETELLINGForetelling is thefore-telling of God’s mind concerning the future.
The prophetic Word has always been the declaration of God’s mind concerning Hisgoal(the glory of God), and how all future events, both general and particular arerelated to that end.
Lesson Zero -- Introduction to Predictive Prophecy