The office received card/letter from Joan Wherley, Steve’s wife, last week updating his condition and thanking you all for your concerns, cards and prayers. Steve appreciates receiving cards from Fairlane. It has been around fourteen months since his severe stroke. He has made remarkable progress but still has a long way to go to regain his full abilities. He gets out some and unfortunately when he attended the Brentwood 5K, he fell and broke his shoulder. He has recovered and is working towards full recovery.
Sunday nights we are studying fulfilled prophecy. The Old Testament contains more books of prophecy than any other kind. The prophet occupied a major role in God’s scheme of redemption. The first thought most would have are the many Messianic prophecies about the coming of Jesus. But that is not the primary focus of this study. The primary focus is national prophecies. Prophets were God’s spokesmen declaring his will for his people Israel. Much of what the prophets said spoke of Israel’s sinfulness and the need to repent and to turn back to God. Idolatry was their chief downfall. But many of the prophets included prophecies regarding the nations around them and it is in these that we find the greatest degree of foretelling. It is both remarkable and faith-building to study what the prophets foretold and what history tells us unfolded. Over and again the prophets are proven to have revealed events that proved to be true years and decades before they happened. There is only one way these prophets could have consistently foretold these things: God revealed them to the prophets. I should mention that there were many false prophets in Israel’s history. It was such a problem that Moses included rules by which to judge whether a prophet was true or false (Ex. Deut. 13:1-5 & 18:9-14). Because of the many false prophets, Israel was very careful to test any who claimed to speak for God. The prophets whose books are included in the OT are prophets who were tested and found true. The idea that a prophet could write after the fact and pretend he had foretold the event would have never been allowed; no more so than it would be allowed in our day. We should not assume that people in that day were any less skeptical about such things than people today.