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Prophetically Hearing Instead of Doing

1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. (Rev. 1:1-3)

I have never really  come across another person phrasing it the way I do, so perhaps I am singularly obsessed or simply self-deceived, but why is it that I can gather a roomful of sound Bible teachers who, regardless of denomination or theological association, basically all agree on the doctrines of salvation, justification and sanctification, but cannot come to anything resembling a consensus when it comes to eschatology? In fact, why is it that in this arena, so many of them are ready to shoot each other dead? Christian-on-Christian hate crime is nowhere more publicly prolific than when the discussion turns to the End Times and especially the timing of the Rapture. I have come to believe that one of the principle causal roots is in the opening to Revelation above, that when it comes to God’s prophetic Word, we are not just supposed to stop at “read” and “hear”, but to follow through with “heed”. In other word, it seems like the standard behavior even across denominational and theological divides is to employ a new set of rules and standards to prophecy which at the least deviate from, and often outright violate, the way all other Scripture is handled.


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