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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Why Studying Bible Prophecy is So Important (Part 6)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
Remember the scene following the resurrection of Jesus when He encountered the two disciples on the road to Emmaus? They were racked with hopelessness because they thought the man they believed to be the Messiah of Israel had been crucified and that all was lost. They had heard that “certain women” had found His tomb empty and had seen “a vision of angels who said He was alive.” But the two disciples obviously did not believe the women’s story and were en route to their home.
The resurrected Jesus approached and confronted them with one of the hardest concepts to explain in that hour when He said, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” The Jews were expecting their Messiah to come and deliver them from their Roman oppressors. Those who had not studied the Scriptures (containing the prophecies of the Messiah and His word of redemption) didn’t realize (or in many cases didn’t care about) the fact that there were to be two comings of the one Messiah — the first time to suffer for the sins of mankind, and the second time in power and glory to deliver His followers and reign as King.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: Serving God in the Last Days — 1 Peter 4 (Part 11) from David Guzik’s Commentary on the Bible
MUSICAL SELECTION: “There’s Something About that Name”