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EndTime Prophecy 101 Why Should You Study Biblical Prophecy

Gary Petty Welcome everyone to the BeyondToday Wednesday night Bible study. If you will please just bow your heads, we'll askfor God's blessing on what we do here. Great Father, our King, we come before youas our Father. We need You, Father, to guide us because we are little children. Spiritually,we're just small children trying to understand the reality of who You are, who Jesus Christis, the world You've created, and the purpose that You have for us in this world, Father,that's under Satan's rule and has been really changed from what You intended us to be andhow You intended us to live. So, Father, You gave us this Book that helps guide us, directus. And it gives us also a vision of the future,

Father, and what You're doing, what we callprophecy, when You tell us in advance what You're going to be doing. So please guideus now through this book. Please help us to be able to understand and grow from it throughYour Spirit that we may be encouraged, Father, and have faith in what You are doing and faithin what You will achieve. So we praise You, and we ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen. So this is the second study in a new sortof series of studies we're doing on Bible prophecy. The question I would like to asktonight and answer is why study Bible prophecyé Now, for some people, that's the easiest questionto answer. They just love Bible prophecy.

In fact, that's what most of their study is,to get into the Bible, the book of Revelation, and make up charts and figure out what Hoseais saying and not only to the people then but what's his message for us today to gothrough the Olivet Prophecy of Jesus Christ and the book of Daniel and connect all thesethings together. And that's the center of their Bible study. Now, other people will say, “I don't studythe Bible much as far as prophecy because I'm more interested in doctrine—basic doctrine,core doctrines, like I wonder who God is and I want to know how to live my life.� Otherpeople say, “To me, the most important thing

about studying the Bible is Christian living.It's how to live life, how to have a happy marriage, how to raise my children.� Ofcourse, how you answer some of these things depends on what period of life you're in,too. But for some people, prophecy is an important part of the Bible study. For others, it'sthe core of their Bible study.  Well, the truth is if we're going to getthe message God gives to us, then we have to study all these things. We need to studyChristian living, because prophecy without Christian living is rather meaningless. Weneed to understand how to have a happy marriage. We need to understand basic core doctrine,what the Bible does teach about heaven and

hell or whether we have an immortal soul.These are all important things. We need to study the Sabbath, the holy days. But we alsoneed to study prophecy. So why should we study prophecyé So what I'mgonna do today is I‘m gonna give you six reasons why prophecy should be part of yourBible study. I'm not saying it should be all of your Bible study. In fact, I'm noteven saying it should be the majority of your Bible study. But if we understand it as partof our mix of understanding what the Bible is all about, we will find that prophecy isinvolved in every other subject in one form or another. So reasons why, and we'll gothrough these reasons and we're gonna go

through a number of scriptures. So if youhave your Bibles, you can keep up with what we go through here. The first one, first reason why we shouldstudy Bible prophecy, prophecy reveals that God is active in human history. There wasan old deist belief that God was like a watchmaker. He just made the universe, wound it up, stoodback, and said, “Let's see what happens.� And that's not true. Now, it's true that youand I live in a world that's not God's world, in terms of society. He didn't make thisworld the way it is. This is a product of Satan. It's a product of us. But what wesee in prophecy is that God just didn't let

EndTime Prophecy 101 Outline of Revelation

Gary Petty Well, good evening, everyone.I'm glad all of you could make it here this evening. We were discussing what we wouldlike to do for our next series of Bible studies, and the subject came up of prophecy. And sowe discussed, well, what type of prophecy or what prophecies do we want to cover. Andwe came up with the idea, we just called it EndTime Prophecy 101. We wanted to, overthe next five studies, just give an outlines of what the endtime prophecies talk about.We could have gone through messianic prophecies, we could. there's all kinds of prophecieswe could have gone through. But we want to go through the basics. And we want to givesome details, some details, we won't have

time to give. Other times, we're going tobe covering material that we don't have all the answers to. So before we get started, why don't we alljust rise and bow our heads. Father in heaven, we thank you so very, very much for the opportunityto be here tonight. We ask You to open our minds to Your Word, and to Your truth, andto be humbled by it, Father, that You give us this information, that we, in our mindsguided by Your Spirit, understand part of it. As Paul said, “We see through a glassdarkly,� but we can understand what You give us. So we ask for Your direct help tonight.You will inspire us to learn more about what

You tell us about the future, so we cannotlive in fear, but we can be prepared, Father, and know that You will be with us. So we thankYou, we praise You, and we ask all things in Jesus's name. Amen. So in our theme of EndTime Prophecy 101,tonight, what we're going to try to do in an hour is tell you everything you alwayswanted to know about the Book of Revelation. Now what I want to do is just give an overviewof the Book of Revelation. Now, we're going to go through a lot of material, and we'regoing to be through it, some of it very quickly. I'm just going to be touching on certain things.I mean, obviously, we can spend an hour on

each chapter of the Book of Revelation andstill not cover everything. We're not going to speculate a lot. When we're speculatingsome, I'll tell you when we're speculating. We're just going to try to give you an overviewof what the Book of Revelation shows us about endtime events. One of the reasons, too, we decided to dothis was because of the questions that we get. Our people write in to Beyond Today,or they write in to the UCG website, and a lot of questions we get lately, because peoplesee the world unraveling, is “Is the tribulation startingé Is the tribulation about to beginéHow will we know when it beginsé Is President

Obama the Beastéâ€� We get those kind of thingsall the time. So I think we can go through tonight and at least figure out that the tribulationisn't going to start tonight. We know that much. There's some events that have to happenbefore, and I think we can come to a pretty, pretty clear understanding that Mr. Obamais not the Beast. Okayé There's something greater here that God is doing. And thereis an evil that is on the horizon, and is probably going to happen in our lifetime. Let's start with the first slide we're goingto show here is Revelation 1:3. quot;Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the wordsof this prophecy, and keep those things which

are written in it, for the time is near.quot;So we know that this book was written specifically to help Christians throughout history, butalso specifically to help those at the end of the age when the time was near, so theycould see what was going on. Now, not to always know and predict exactlywhat's going to happen next, but to know what's happening as it happens. Sometimes we tryto speculate on specific prophecies so much. If you've been in the Church long enough,you've been through many times where there was some specific prophecy with the idea ofhow it would be fulfilled. Those are fun things to do and we should be watching prophecy,but we have to be very, very careful. Now

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