I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:1-3
What was prophesied will surely come to pass, in God’s perfect timing. It’s like the aging process. Nothing can be thrown at it to stop it!
It’s amazing and distressing to see big chunks of the Bible passed over that relate to things to come. The prophets of old were given these visions to warn future generations. Men like Daniel and Ezekiel were stunned by what they saw, and most of it remains around the corner. John had his staggering revelation of the Great Tribulation and the return of Christ. Make no mistake, what resides in the last book of the Bible is imminent! Jesus himself sat on Mount Olivet and warned his disciples, prefacing his words with “When you see.”
“Therefore when you see (italics mine) the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.” Matthew 24:15-16
Note the Lord says “let the reader understand.”
Back to Habakkuk. He’s vividly witnessed the Lord’s plans to discipline his people. It wasn’t pretty. So real was this vision, he was to etch it in stone.
Historically, we know that what was prophesied to Habakkuk came to pass. The same can be said for all of the Bible’s prophetic words. Again, what was prophesied to Habakkuk came true! Let that sink in. Can we not expect all other oracles from God to do the same, no matter how abstract?
What’s scary is there’s so much more to come and even Christians are not well versed in it! Peter talks about the importance of prophecy in his second letter and in one of his sermons.
You should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. 2 Peter 2:2
But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Acts 3:18
God tells Habakkuk that he needed to record what he saw in order that “the one who reads it may run.” What does this mean, to run away? No, it means to run and tell others.
We Christians need to continually remind each other that there is more to come. We needn’t shy away from all that is eschatological. And we should be absolutely confident that what has been written down and has yet to transpire will, and exactly as described.
Let’s not run away from prophecy. Let’s pick up the ball and run with it.