I am having a ton of fun doing my prophecy class. It isn’t so much the teaching but the study that I am doing in preparation for the class that I am enjoying so much. I do a fair amount of reading in books and commentaries on prophecy anyway, but in teaching there is a whole new level of motivation for me to study, read, and write. There isn’t much that I enjoy as much as learning truth from the Bible, and then getting to teach it is the cherry on the Sunday. The verse that I think about all the time now is Proverbs 25:2, ”It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” God hides things to see if we are really interested in learning and discovering the truth, and if we demonstrate to Him that we are, He guides and leads us in discovering what He has hidden.
There probably isn’t a topic in the Bible with as many different views and opinions as prophecy. The reason is that the language of prophecy is metaphor and typology and requires a much more careful study to arrive at the right interpretation.
Arriving at the one correct interpretation is undoubtedly my goal but it isn’t required to get into heaven. So why study prophecy then? A key benefit of studying prophecy diligently is the great security it gives, and the peace in the midst of all the craziness going on that comes from knowing that God is God, He is sovereign, He planned everything out, and it truly looks like things are coming to an end quickly. I am so ready to get my new body and to be done with this life.