But wherever you come down on Bible prophecy, there are at least three bedrock principles we all need to hold onto: (1) Christ is coming back (Acts 1:11); (2) no one knows the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36); and (3) we must keep in balance this world and the world to come (1 Corinthians 10:31Luke 21:25-28).

My new book—A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy: 60 Predictions Everyone Should Know—is all about learning from Bible prophecies, no matter which eschatological system you choose. The prophecies A Concise Guide describes have value far beyond simply satisfying our curiosity about the future—as God intended from the beginning. As my friend Luis Palau has said, “Nothing is more exciting—or more important—than the promises and prophecies of Scripture. Nothing brings greater hope. Nothing brings greater clarity to our lives.”

For as it is written, “All Scripture”—including its many prophecies—“is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).

You’ll get no argument from most Christians about that.

Stan Guthrie is author of the new book, A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy: 60 Predictions Everyone Should Know. Stan blogs at stanguthrie.com.

Publication date: July 10, 2013