Old Testament Survey : Introduction to the Books of Prophecy. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4). The Prophetic Books.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
Spokesmen for God to instruct and exhort the people about the Law.
“Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: ‘Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.’” (Jeremiah 1:9,10)
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets.” (Hebrews 1:1)
To reveal His will during the Old Testament period.
“Because My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in pathways and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)
Prophets had messages that were, first of all, relevant to the moral and religious condition of the day.
“Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah to the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread from the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was gone. Thus, Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.” (Jeremiah 37:21)
They forewarned and admonished rulers, often face to face.
“Take a scroll of a book and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah even to this day.” (Jeremiah 36:2)
They preserved, in written form, the messages they received directly from God.
“That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws.” (Daniel 4:33)
They recorded the history of their times.
“I will stretch out My hand against Judah, and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, the names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests.” (Zephaniah 1:4)
The prophets counteracted the people’s idolatrous tendencies.
“For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house.” (Jeremiah 32:2)
Examples of great faith and courage. Most suffered persecution and death because of their work.