by E.W. Bullinger

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The Importance of Prophetic Study (1 of 11)
The Second Advent, Part 1 of 11
E.W Bullinger
2 Peter 1:19

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed (as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise) in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19, parentheses mine).

However unimportant the study of prophecy may be in the judgment of men, we learn from our text that it is a subject of the greatest importance in the sight of God.

It is true that the great majority of professing Christians dismiss prophecy as being unimportant and uninteresting. This may be because instead of allowing God to mean what He says, each interpreter declares that He means something very different. Thus, the ordinary Bible reader is bewildered with the Babel about it. It may be that the belief that Christ will not come until at least a thousand years makes it useless to look for Him or to study the Scriptures that speak of His return. It may also be that the belief that Christ comes at the death of each believer renders it a matter of little consequence whether He will return before or after the Millennium.

Hence when one and another raises the midnight cry, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, it is treated as the warning of Lot was treated when he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons-in-law.

They are confessedly ignorant of the subject and this doubtless is the reason of their confidence that the prophecies are unprofitable, if not dangerous.

But we are to consider this great subject together because we believe in the importance of the sure word of prophecy; our object is to have this importance impressed on our hearts.

Let us first consider the place which God Himself has given it in His Word. Our aim ought ever to be to hold all truth in proportion, for truth out of proportion becomes error. Not only must we receive God's truth because it is the truth, but we must receive it in the order in which God has reveal ...

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