Reflections: Why Prophecy?

When you search for “prophe” in the KJV, you get 573 results.  “Vision” gets you 96 results.  It is said that between 1/4 and 1/3 of the Bible is prophecy.  Obviously, prophecy is an important part of the Bible, and understanding it is one step closer to understanding the mind of God.

However, Paul says we understand now “in part” but one day even that “part shall be done away” (1Co 13:9-10).  You may have recognized that this is part of the “Love Chapter” of the Bible.  Love trumps prophecy, it would seem.

However, let us consider whether or not Jesus will be pleased with us upon His return.  One group uses prophecy to beat another group over the head.  One group claims to be led by the Elijah to come, another to be led by a prophet and yet another claims to be one of the Two Witnesses.  Is this what prophesy is supposed to be used for?

Consider instead that prophecy is to keep us focused on the Law (Pr 29:18), to bring humility (Isa 22:12-13), to give us guidance (Ac 16:9), but perhaps most of all to give us hope (Ac 18:9; Rev 1:17; 22:12-13, 20).

Prophecy that has been fulfilled in the past should give us faith.  Prophecy not yet fulfilled should give us hope.  What 3 qualities are extolled in the “Love Chapter” and are juxtaposed with prophecy?

 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:12-13, King James Version)


  1. It is sad to me so many "COG" leaders say their the true church etc. How do they get lost in identity when it is plain we (the called, the begotten) are the church. I know I should fellowship with brethren in churches somewhat close to me….but I have learned more listening to a few live streaming churches and other sermons and literature sent to me.