The theme continues from the last blog on 2 Peter 1:20, which reads: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” We discussed then that this verse was powerful, and that no prophecy found in scripture is of any private interpretation, it is not from someone’s own interpretation.
We read in verse 21, that this came from God, who gave it to men as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. This is a reminder that prophecy, along with all scripture is from God, so that it can help improve us as people. This point is reiterated in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Scripture is from God and is for our training.”
Furthermore, having looked at the examples previously, of Noah and the restoration of Israel that have come to fruition, these events could not have been predicted by man. The third example we used last time was the Olivet Prophecy, where we are told that the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, is coming like a thief in the night at an hour in the future that only God knows. This prophecy is yet to come true and is a time we should be preparing for as it would be like the days of Noah before the flood where there was eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.
An example of a man who spoke from God is Moses. After the ten plagues of Israel, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the wilderness, where they were for forty years. Throughout this journey they were led by the LORD, as it is written in Exodus 13:21-22, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.”
When they first crossed the Red Sea on dry land, they were based at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the ten commandments and more laws. These were then given to the Israelites as they were instructed to serve God. We read in Isaiah 63:11-14 of the Holy Spirit dwelling with Moses during this time. “Then he remembered the days of old, of Moses and his people. Where is he who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? Where is he who put in the midst of them his Holy Spirit, who caused his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses, who divided the waters before them to make for himself an everlasting name, who led them through the depths? Like a horse in the desert, they did not stumble. Like livestock that go down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest. So you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name.“
Like the Israelites being led by Moses, we too are in our wilderness as we await the glorious time to come in our promised land that will be perfect when Jesus returns! We must patiently be awaiting this prophesied time. That future time to come is described in Revelation 21:1-4.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.