Isaiah 46:9-10 NASB95. 9“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Whole Bible prophecy is my attempt to meld or blend or weave all of the words God has given us into a complete picture of what He wants from us, what has happened when we don’t give it to Him, and what will happen if we continue to reject Him. The message from God is “REPENT.” Return to following the whole of His Word, including all of His laws.
Too often, interpreters grab parts of books or verses and patch them together while attempting to plug in current events. They ignore passages that don’t bear on the message they want to convey. I, on the other hand, do not think that any one part of the Bible stands alone. God has breathed out a complete picture in His Words, and anyone who wants to understand that picture not only has to look at the whole thing, we need to live the whole thing.
The place to start for understanding prophecy is, well, The Beginning. The book of Genesis is the back drop for every succeeding event or prophecy. In loving grace, God made a perfect place and created perfect beings to inhabit it and take care of it. Dad and mom (Adam and Eve) decided to ignore His Word and go their own way, and every child since has done the same thing. Some of us have repented and order our lives after His wisdom and ways, but the majority of people insist on continuing the sin of Adam.
All the world’s troubles can be traced back to rebellion against anything to do with God. Imagine a place and time with no war, disease or pestilence. Paradise. We had it, and didn’t want it. We chose and still choose to pursue our own ways and goals, but apart from God and His life, we just create death and destruction. I don’t know if you see it or not, but our world is already gone. You can see it in the way we cater to people with money, and the way people with money use it to further the destruction of godly culture. It is there in the thinking that everything is fine and getting better. It is in the distancing of ourselves from the morality and life in God’s Law, with the Church leading the way. It is illustrated for us in so many of the ways we treat each other, from the ho-hum reaction to the slow disappearance of our rights, on up to the spinelessness of political leaders. We are at the exact point of thinking “peace and safety” as the storm from sudden destruction is on the horizon and coming fast, just like the flood.