What Do the Prophets Say about the End Times?
When most people think of prophets, they think about prediction of events that will happen in the future.
But did you know? Only a fraction of prophetic literature actually concerns the future—as little as 8 percent, according to Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart.
However, that small fraction of predictive prophecy presents us with some of the Bible’s greatest interpretive challenges.
The main interpretive challenges for us regarding the predictive aspects of the Old Testament prophets can be grouped around six central issues:
the land the near view/far view phenomenon conditional prophecy…
Old Testament Prophecy is Not About the Future (Mostly)
This post is adapted from The Message of the Prophets online course, taught by J. Daniel Hays.
When many people think about prophecy, they think about predictions about the future. For modern Christians, this usually means predictions about how the world will end.
But this wasn’t what the prophets in the Old Testament thought—or how they were heard.
Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart write:
“Less than 2 percent of Old Testament prophecy is messianic. Less than 5 percent specifically describes the new-covenant age. Less than 1 percent concerns events yet to come in our time.” 1
So if the prophets aren’t talking about the future, what are they talking about?
Most of the material in the prophetic books relates to the indictment of Israel and Judah for breaking the Mosaic…