What View of Prophecy is Right? Wrong Question!

Prophecy is an important part of the Bible. In fact, about half of the Bible involves prophecy. When Mark was in college, he spent countless hours debating various prophetic schemes with his Christian friends. They were trying to figure out from Scripture which view was the correct one.

Is it the amillennial view that believes we are in the great tribulation now? Believers in this view don’t take the 1,000-year reign of Christ mentioned in Revelation 20 as literal. Instead, it’s spiritual and helps us understand history. The post-millennialism also doesn’t take those 1,000 years to be literal, but thinks that the reign of Christ already began many centuries ago. The third view is pre-millennialism, which believes that Revelation 20 speaks of a literal 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth. Within pre-millennialism, there are also three differing views of when Christ will return. Will it be before the tribulation (pre-trib), during the tribulation (mid-trib), or after the tribulation (post-trib)?

Like Mark and his friends, theologians have debated for centuries which view is correct. However, the truth is that it may be none of the above. When all is said and done, God will do whatever He wants to do.

Many books have been written predicting the time of Christ’s return and have all been wrong. Over the last century, a popular view came about that said Christ will return within one generation (40 years) of the birth of Israel in 1948. But Christ did not come back in 1988. So, for us to ask the question of when Christ will return can be the wrong question to ask. While it’s good for us to examine Scripture, the truth is that Jesus wants us to prepare for His second coming, not just simply try to predict it.

Consider Noah, who when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family (Hebrews 11:7). Like Noah, we need to get and keep our priorities in order because it affects how we live. Peter also told us this in 2 Peter 3:11, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”

When talking about the signs of the end times, Jesus said in Matthew 24:45-51 that God rewards those with attitudes of alertness, attentiveness, perseverance and consistency because they prepare themselves for His Second Coming.

Not only does one need a proper attitude and spiritual grounding, each person requires proper actions to prepare for the Second Coming. This is why it is important to fully invest your time, talents, and treasure in God’s Kingdom, especially with the poor (Matthew 25:14-27). Moreover, we need to show compassion to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the unclothed, the sick and the prisoner as if you were ministering to Christ since each one is His brother (verses 35-36, 40, and 45-46).

If our devotional exercises, prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and evangelism become ends in themselves without serving others, what is the consequence? Read what Isaiah has to say in Isaiah 58:3, 6-7. 

How will you prepare yourself spiritually in your relationship with God?

What talents, skills and resources will you invest in God’s Kingdom? And to what sphere of service will you devote your time, talents and treasure?