Deuteronomy 18:21-22 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2018:21-22&version=NKJV )
Product user guides — especially the “WARNING!” parts — are provided so consumers remain safe, the products work as designed, and the purchaser enjoys the product. Those benefits are almost the same as the biblical benefits of prophecy: “edification and exhortation and comfort.”
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We can think of edification as teaching and information — God telling us what we need to know about the future and revealing to us His omniscience, the fact that He sees past, present, and future as one. Exhortation can be thought of as a warning in the present in light of dangers in the future. Anyone who reads prophecies about end-time events ought to be motivated to “get right with God” before it is too late. And comfort comes in the form of future hope and certainty when life is troubling in the present. When Daniel received prophecies about the Son of Man and His eternal kingdom (Daniel 7:13-14), they were words of comfort to those who were captive in Babylon.
Every Christian is a student of prophecy. Previously fulfilled prophecies give us certainty that the Word of God is true and the future is certain.
No Bible subject holds more practical implications than the matter of prophecy.
By David Jeremiah.