Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino - 8 Para

INTRODUCTION: And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers (0:1)

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (0:2)

And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. (mat 4:18-20) (0:3)

The holy scene immortalized in the above verses speaks to us from across twenty centuries with a message that transcends time and place. The response of the simple fishermen to Christ's words - instant, obedient, unquestioning - is a precious jewel set in the tapestry of our religious experience. It speaks of a divine love and a surrender to that love; an awakening of the spirit of man to the Will of God (0:4)

On that day, Peter and Andrew needed no outward proof, no scriptural evidence to persuade them to follow their Lord. They had responded to Him on a deeper level, one that is in no need of such proof (0:5)

In this day, however, scriptural proof has become a standard by which many believe they will recognize Christ at His Return. Many feel that the prophecies of the Bible have given them a sure guide to the Second Coming and that through their understanding of them they will know Him. In contrast to the response described by Matthew above, peoples' minds have constructed a test of sorts by which they believe they can distinguish the Christ (0:6)

Can prophecies be used for this purpose? Was this God's intention in revealing them? And if not, what is their purpose, and what are the implications for the Second Coming? (0:7)

This book is an attempt to present evidence in the Bible relating to the purpose of the prophecies of both the Old and New Testaments and the assumptions that have been made about them throughout the ages. It is evidence, which in a sense has been staring us in the face for some two thousand years, but which, until now, could not have been fully appreciated. In this book we will consider it intently, and find that what it reveals is quite unexpected, yet fully understandable, and indeed, a priceless gift (0:8)

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Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino