An Analysis of Prophecy in the New Testament

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Analysis of Prophecy in the New Testament Introduction As Lewis Chafer notes, continuity in the Bible is best shown through the fulfillment of prophecy (164). Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. And the Second Coming of Christ is the expected fulfillment of the New Testament prophecies. In both cases, and throughout the Old and the New Testaments, "highways of prophecy" are directed towards Advents of Christ. The first of these two Advents is witnessed in the Incarnation of Christ, depicted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The second of these two Advents is prophesied in great detail in the Book of Revelations, as described by John. The Bible, in all its books, is ultimately directed towards God's message, centered on Christ in His coming as the Redeemer of Man and, finally, in His coming as the Judge of Man at the end of time. Thus, in the various Biblical prophecies (abundant in the Old Testament but culminating in the New with Revelations), the "Divine Purpose," as Chafer calls it, is clearly outlined (165). This paper will analyze the "Divine Purpose" as it appears in the various "highways of prophecy" in the New Testament, and show how those "highways" may be followed to a deeper and fuller appreciation of God's message. Revelation Chafer states that "the Book of Revelation cannot be understood apart from all preceding prophecy, nor can the preceding prophecy be understood until it is traced for its consummation to this
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