I think the Prophets of the OT are some of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. Ever since I have become a Christian, I have struggled to understand what the authors meant by their distinct symbolism and apocalyptic style of writing. Once I went to school and studied the OT Prophets at CBU, I learned there is a wealth of knowledge regarding prophecies of the Messiah, and the NT quotes most of the Major Prophets to showcase Jesus Christ as the Suffering Servant (Isaiah) and Son of Man (Daniel), all to validate his identity as the Son of God in the gospels. NT scholars J. Daniel Hays and Tremper Longman III put together an interactive survey on the message of the Prophets. In The Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament, the resources are printing all over the pages with articles, pictures, quotations, and maps. The book is written in such a way to help you experience living in the times of the Prophets. This biblically educates the reader to properly understand the Prophets messages and why they were preaching to Israel. I have been checking this book out from CBU library, so I cannot wait to buy it around Christmas time for my library.
Below are a series of videos that help make sense of the Prophets and how to read them, brought to you by OT scholar Gary Smith. I find these videos so insightful. Enjoy!
"And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
(2 Peter 1:19-21)