Published 7:54 am Wednesday, August 31, 2022
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: Why are some of the prophets considered less than the other prophets if indeed they all were spokesman for God? — M.P.
Dear M.P.: The Minor Prophets are not so named because they are in training or because they are of less value than prophets such as Isaiah or Ezekiel. Nor are the 12 books minor in message. They are minor in terms of brevity only; but they are power-packed messages from men whom God appointed and called to deliver His warnings of judgments and His ever-faithful invitation to Israel and its neighbors, saying, “Return to Me.” They provide an important study for those who truly desire to understand the end times. These prophecies will be fulfilled when the Eternal One comes back to Earth. His name is Jesus.
In the last 12 books of the Old Testament, we see the name and voice of Almighty God and His message to the world of the last days. Studying names and numbers in Scripture is boring to some, but they carry great significance. The number 12 in Scripture is an eternal number.
From Genesis to Revelation, we learn of the 12 patriarchs, 12 sons, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 judges, 12 gates, 12 stones, 12 fruits, 12 angels, 12 apostles, 12 stars, and a heavenly city 12,000 furlongs square. The Bible also tells us that after Jesus’ birth, nothing more is revealed about Him until He reached the age of 12, when His first words on Earth were recorded. Jesus told those who had been looking for Him, “I must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). This number is also foreshadowed when 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel will be saved and evangelize the world in the last days.
Those who take up the study of the richness of God’s prophecies should do so in prayer, asking God’s Spirit to give understanding.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)