Biblical prophecy is meant to bring hope and comfort for God’s people while simultaneously delivering a warning to those not yet committed to Christ. Why hope? Because hope rescues people from the trap of despair and gives them an expectation that God’s promises will surely come true. Hope is the precursor to genuine faith (Hebrews 11:1).
By gaining an understanding of Bible prophecy, you will never again fret over what may be about to transpire on earth or fear the impending events foretold by God through his prophets.
God never intended for us to walk in hopelessness. He intended for us to be people of faith—the substance of things we hope for. The biblical definition of hope is “confident expectation.” From that hope springs the faith to do supernatural exploits. As a biblical prophet told us, “…the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32 KJV).
Hope is our enemy’s main target.
His goal is to destroy our vision and then steal our futures. Hopelessness is one of the most sinister traps we can fall into.
The Bible pulls us out of that trap by giving us generous promises. They compel us to look toward tomorrow with soaring hope and vibrant expectation.
As ambassadors of Christ, God is calling us to be “hope distributors” in these last days. God is calling each of us as ambassadors of heaven to give hope freely to those in our spheres of influence.
There is every reason to hope. God is ultimately in control! Great news often comes right alongside dire warnings of impending trouble. For example, Jesus warned of increasing, frequent earthquakes in the last days (Matthew 24:7). That’s not good news. On the other hand, other Bible prophecies tell of a coming spiritual outpouring in the last days. “‘In the last days it shall be,’ says God, ‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams’” (Acts 2:17).
Now, that’s great news!
Increasingly, we will see good and bad happening simultaneously. The world will be given a choice. To turn toward God and his hope and protection or away from him to increasing darkness and confusion.
God is already fulfilling this positive prophecy. In Cuba, for instance, there were less than 100 churches in the 1990’s. Today there are more than 9,000 evangelical churches in communist Cuba. God is divinely adding to His church. Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, God is breaking through in a “final round-up.”
It’s just as Jesus prophesied: “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
A few years ago, I conducted a special seminar, especially for pastors, teachers, and interested believers, to prepare them for the days ahead and to give you hope in these last days. Audio from the seminar is available here.