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the ancient prophets, backwards
A survey of the ancient prophets, but backwards—starting with the last book of the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament, history and prophecy are closely related; God used the great events of Israel's history to communicate messages and revelations. When an Old Testament writer recorded history, he was not interested exclusively in writing history. He was preoccupied with what God might be doing in and through that history. As a result, prophetic writings testify to what God has done, what He has said about what has happened, and about what He will yet do.

In Hebrew thought, and particularly for prophetic writers, history is understood uniquely. Old Testament prophets recognized that an overruling divine providence was purposely directing human history toward a goal. With a common voice they declare that the One controlling history is bringing about His purpose—the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth.

An absolute imperative for understanding biblical prophecy is the realization that the source of true prophetic messages, while it often related to historical events in which the prophet lived, was nevertheless supernatural in its origin.


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