1. God’s way has been to reveal His future plans to man, not keep them hidden (SEE APP.X ).
Gen 18:17-19 Then the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
ABRAHAM knew he would be the father of Israel : Gen 18:18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
The JEWS knew they would be in Egypt 4 generations: Gen 15:13-16 Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. … In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
The PROPHETS knew the Jews would go into captivity (Babylonian)
2. Men have known about and looked forward to Jesus’ coming to earth.
ENOCH – Jude 14-16 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
JOB – Job 19:25-26 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
DAVID – Ps 2:4-6 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my King on Zion , my holy hill.”
ISAIAH – Isa 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
The JEWS IN JESUS’ DAY were looking for the Messiah, knowing it was time for Him to come: Matt 11:23 -When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (also see Luke 7:19)
3 God’s prophetic plan for man is revealed in the Old Testament (APPENDIX A). It isn’t something new, something just in the New Testament. (SEE APPENDIX W, X)
4 God promises special blessings for those who study prophecy, for it keeps their perspective of this life in balance (for the importance of studying prophecy see APPENDIX B, X).
Rev 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.