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  1. The problem in trying to project the importance of this prophecy to others is that there is nothing physical that we can point to and say, There it is! There's the proof. Christ's ministry is unseen. It does not appear in the news, social media does not have any photographs of it, and there are no peer-reviewed academic articles evaluating measured data for us to consider. And in the sceptical mind, if you cannot hear, see, touch, taste or smell the evidence, it does not exist.

    There are two significant scriptures that throw light on providing the sort of "touchable" evidence that convinces the skeptical minds.

    Peter says:

    The day of the Lord is surely coming, as unexpectedly as a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the heavenly bodies will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be burned up.

    And so since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living! You should look forward to that day and hurry it along — the day when God will set the heavens on fire, and the heavenly bodies will melt and disappear in flames. 2 Peter 3: 10-12 TLB

    ...and the author of Hebrews wrote:

    Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.

    Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. Heb 12:1,2 TLB

    The prophecies make sense when we who claim them live in a relationship with Christ that is "touchable".

  2. Prophecies are evidence to those who believe in the Word of God. Other than that, prophecies are just a pile of nonsense metaphors. Today's graphic image summarizes all of the 2300-day prophecy events. It points to the most important event that ever took place in the Universe, the death of a God for His creatures. And while on earth, God openly announced the second most important event: His return. Why would He fail? Prophecies can only be evidence to those who believe in the Word of God.

  3. It's clear that the Holy Spirit was guiding William Miller as he searched the scriptures. I am puzzled as to why the Spirit didn't reveal to him that the sanctuary to be cleaned was not the earth but the heavenly sanctuary? I believe there is a warning here for those of us who have the tendency of thinking that our understanding of biblical truth is perfect and every other explanation is wrong. We must remain humble whenever we are in the divine realm, there is always more to learn.

    • God doesn't overwhelm us with light. He reveals to us as much as we can take, by His grace. What William Miller discovered in his Bible study is huge.

      And there's also this: Perhaps God did not want His last-day movement to depend on the study of just one man.

  4. I read Acts 7:1-60 with fresh eyes and greater appreciation of its place in the history of time. In light of its fulfillment, it greatly moved me to read Stephen's account how God appeared to Abram when he was still in Mesopotamia to lead him on the long journey into the Promised Land, and how God's prophecies/promises have come true.

    When Stephen spoke to the leaders of the Sanhedrin, he was able to clearly describe how by the Hand of God the non-existing nation of Israel was already formed in God’s mind until it became established as He fulfilled His promise to settle them in the land He had promised Abraham that it would be his to inherit.

    I think it is very important that we do not neglect to keep God’s fulfilled prophecies in our hearts as a reminder of those yet to be fulfilled; acknowledging with deep gratitude God’s faithfulness to His promise of the redemption of mankind.

    I believe that keeping the prophetic Word of God in heart and mind provides an important perspective when going about our daily life. Reflecting on faithful Abraham, fervent Saul who became the apostle of God’s ‘Good News’ to the gentiles, feeling Stephen’s joy as he shares from his heart his love for God and His Word, can change 'prophecy' into the precious testimony how God’s loving providence reaches man’s heart and soul with its powerful Light.


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