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Reminding of the Past

Prophecy is more than just foretelling the future. A quick read-through of the biblical prophets reveals that much of the content of their prophecies were reminders of the past. Prophecy is God-inspired speech (Read 2 Peter 1:19-21Read the context of 2 Peter 1:19-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17Read the context of 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Prophecy is more than prediction. It is human-divine communication with a purpose. As such, prophecy often points toward the past.

Prophets were sent by God to remind his people of their past choices, to turn them from their past sins, to help them recall God’s past promises, revelations, protection, and punishments. Change in the present and hope for the future depend upon God’s people remembering the past. For it is God’s activity (in words and actions) in the past that is the foundation of our faith. It is also our past that reminds us that we are in need of a Savior.