The Bible and Prophecy

(page 88 of Standard Edition)

The Bible and Prophecy
Sabbath afternoon
Read for This Week’s Study: Dan. 2:27–45, John 14:29,
Num. 14:34, Dan. 7:1–25, Dan. 8:14, 1 Cor. 10:1–13.
Memory Text: “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three
hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Daniel 8:14,
ible prophecy is crucial to our identity and mission. Prophecy
provides an internal and external mechanism to confirm the
accuracy of God’s Word. Jesus said, “ ‘And now I have told you
before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe’ ”
(John 14:29, NKJV; see also John 13:19). This presents a crucial ques-
tion: How do we interpret prophecy correctly so that we know when the
prophecy has, indeed, come to pass?
During the Reformation, the reformers followed the historicist
method. This method is the same one Daniel and John used as the key
for their own interpretation. The historicist method sees prophecy as a
progressive and continuous fulfillment of history, starting in the past
and ending with God’s eternal kingdom.
This week, we will study the pillars of historicist prophetic interpre-
tation. “We are to see in history the fulfillment of prophecy, to study
the workings of Providence in the great reformatory movements, and
to understand the progress of events in the marshalling of the nations
for the final conflict of the great controversy.”—Ellen G. White,
Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 307.

  • Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, June 13.
    *June 6–12Lesson

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