Why is Prophecy Important?

I go into a lot of churches where I am asked not to speak about prophecy. The reason they usually give for asking me not to preach on prophecy is that “It’s too complicated. There are too many verses, too many different views. We don’t want to split the people in our church.” However, if you do that, I think you’re dishonoring the Word of God. For example, did you know that approximately 27 percent of the entire Bible contains prophetic material? Half of that has already come true; half remains to be fulfilled. That means that of the Bible’s 31,124 verses, 8,352 contain prophetic material.

Also, did you know that 1,800 verses in the Bible deal with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? In the New Testament, approximately one out of 25 Bible verses refers to the Second Coming. Would anyone dare to say to God that what He wrote in Scripture is worthless, unimportant, and shouldn’t be studied?

In fact, God brags about His prophetic statements as being proof that He exists. Have you ever read Isaiah 46:9,10 where He says, “I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come. I say my purpose will stand and I will do all that I please. What I have said, that I will bring about, and what I have planned, that I will do.” Jesus in Mark 13:23 said, “So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. When you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. What I say to you, I say to everyone, Watch!” Jesus in John 13:19 said, “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe that I am He,” that is, God.

So prophetic statements in the Bible:

  • prove that God exists,
  • prove that Jesus is God,
  • warn those without Christ, and
  • comfort those who have believed in Christ.



This article was written for The John Ankerberg Show By: Dr. John Ankerberg; ©1996.


  1. Pauline Dorst on April 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t understand why people don’t want to know about what is happening Right Now in our world. I Love to learn about prophecy

    • raphael on December 28, 2018 at 3:39 am

      we have to know what will happen now and in future,its true Pauline

  2. Geri Ungurean on July 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Bible prophecy can be used to witness. I am a Jewish Christian. When I finally saw Isaiah 53 – I was speechless!!

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  4. Odion Isiramen on October 27, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I am so pleased and blessed by this short article. I have always believed in the prophetic. Indeed there are varying views but true followers of Christian must embrace it. We must.

  5. Clara on October 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    In answer to my own question about learning prophecy I was convicted to read Romans 15:4 (NIV) “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”

  6. neelam on October 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks dear sir

  7. [email protected] on October 28, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Thank you Sir. Briefed in a nutshell way

  8. Dennis Geouge on October 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Hebrews is on the fuller side of the bible. We do not and are not supposed to be looking for signs and wonders as the Jews. They did not have the full revelation of God: We do.Hebrews says we live by faith not sight in the FINISHED WORK of Christ. I also find a plethora of both biblical and extra-biblical revelation to support the Partial Preterist view of Scripture. You guys are good men and do wonderful things for God but this pandering to peoples emotions with flashy headlines and ominous videos is not honoring the cause of Christ.In the opening chapter of the Revelation (OF JESUS CHRIST) we read the time is at hand and warnings to John not to seal the book. Ever asked the question why not seal the book. Could it POSSIBLY be because those terrible times were happening (enter the total destruction and almost complete annihilation of the Jewish people and persecution and many warnings to those Christians 2,000 years ago for coming TRIBULATION. The book is CLEARLY NOT written to us but to THEM. The church is waiting for the Bridegroom because she was betrothed by her kinsman redeemer. There is no real EVIDENCE of a secret rapture but only the second advent of the KING OF KINGS. AND SINCE WHEN DID GOD HAVE TO DO ANYTHING IN SECRET. You guys started back in the 70’s and continue on even till now setting dates, looking into current events and saying THE TIME IS AT HAND. I challenge all who would be willing to get outside the proverbial box and search the scripture and look at the origin of the so called rapture theory. A good starting place excuse me the only starting place to find the origin is not the early church or even any church documents. The starting point is John Nelson Darby and his protege C. I.Scofield. Our Lord and Savior said search the scripture for in them you will find TRUTH. Not John Nelson Darby or any that follow his teaching. Acts 17:11 Please e-mail for further discussion as disciples of Christ Not to argue but to reason [email protected]

  9. Socorro Castro on October 31, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Good day Dr. John, thank you for your sharing. You are right, there is nothing wrong in preaching and sharing the prophecy in the Holy Scriptures. This is written in the Holy Bible-for all to read. The Prophecies in the Holy Bible prove that there is GOD.

  10. E.M. Samuel on November 16, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Every Christian should have some knowledge of prophecy told in the Bible :it strengthen our hope and faith. A student of bible prophecy finds no difficulty in defending his faith and to make his hearers hopeful of future events. But prophecy is not story telling:it needs accuracy and precision in arriving at conclusion with the support of the verses. I pray to Almighty to strengthen Dr. John in all his endeavours..

  11. Salome Benjamin on November 26, 2016 at 5:56 am

    The absolute truth of God. His word.

  12. Chel on January 4, 2017 at 8:12 am

    An eye opener to everyone.

  13. veerendra on February 17, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Yes brother the knowledge of prophecy is important.

  14. warren on May 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Why is fomer US President is often associated with the anti christ by some American ‘prophets”

  15. Sherry on April 6, 2018 at 11:35 am

    I’m not trying to be rude so forgive me if I am but there was an error. It is Mark 13:23 Not Matthew.

    • John Ankerberg Show Staff on April 10, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Thank you! Accuracy is very important to our team, and although we do proofread our articles when we write them, we are still human. The article has been fixed and we appreciate your help!

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