In recent times, some 'people of note' in Christendom have put forward the idea that the study of prophesy is not really necessary. They advocate that people should concentrate on 'doing good' instead.
I would propose that the study of prophesy is indispensable. As we see from scripture how God foretold things in the past through the prophets and brought them to fulfillment, our faith should grow and we should become certain of the future fulfillment of the Word yet to happen.
As our faith in God grows, so will our desire and ability to do the works God has for us to do. So I fear the 'people of note' I mentioned earlier have things in the reverse order.
"Let the potsherds strive with the potsherds of the earth"
Isaiah 45:9 NKJV