The Purpose of Revelation .... Bob Moore

God has revealed his intentions from the beginning of tune. He told Isaiah, "I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done" (Is 46:9-10). He gave His first revelation when He judged Adam, Eve and the serpent. In the Garden of Eden He told the serpent, "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Gen 3:15). Even before they were driven from the garden, God told His creation about the coming of the Savior. Since then He has revealed His will according to His pleasure.

The reason God reveals beforehand what He will do is to increase His glory. When Babe Ruth pointed to the very spot he next hit a home run, the baseball world was amazed at the feat. His performance seemed superhuman. Similar accolades surrounded Ali when he predicted the round in which he later knocked out his opponent. Just as sports fans are astonished by athletes who both predict and perform their accomplishments, the faithful are awed when God both prophesies and completes His acts.

Competent people sometimes are able to do what they determine. Their success testifies of their ability. However, no one is able to always do what he forecasts. All people fail sometimes. Only God is able to always do what He predicts. His continual success witnesses that He is greater than any person. It tells us that He is God.

Jesus told his disciples, "I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe" (Jn 14:29). Before his crucifixion Jesus said that he would rise after three days. He told the Pharisees the only sign that he would give them was the sign of Jonah who spent three days in the belly of a whale. When he rose from the dead his glory was enhanced by the predictions he had made about his resurrection. They made it easier to believe that he was the Christ.

God has told us his plans from the beginning. They have been recorded in the Bible. The fulfillment of His prophecies increases our reverence of Him. When we see that centuries ago He predicted through the prophets the very things he is now completing, it makes it easier for us to believe his sovereignty and submit to His will. He wants us to properly interpret His revelations not so we can just predict the future, but that we can better believe and worship him. The primary reason God reveals Himself is to cause us to so respect His greatness that we will respect His word. He wants to hear His plan of salvation and come to Him.