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Prophetic Revelation: Networking the Nations
Word for the Month: May 2017
Friends, fellow pilgrims and disciples of Jesus Christ Wickedness abounds in the world and now, through the marvels of modern technology, it is easy to see the truth of the scripture that tells us that the whole world is in the grip of the evil one (1 John 5:19).
In Matthew chapter 24, Jesus told us about signs of his imminent return and one of them was that we would hear of wars and rumours of wars. This is certainly true today; daily we are being bombarded with threats of nuclear war, civil war, terrorist atrocities and terrible news of one kind or another.
Jesus also warned that we would be hated and betrayed by the world because of our faith in Him. In many parts of the world, professing Christians are being persecuted, tortured and killed. However, persecution of believers only serves to increase, strengthen and purify the true church. Here, in the West, most of the Christian denominations have become apostate and compromised the truth of the Gospel. False teachers, wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing have infiltrated our churches and are leading many sheep to eternal damnation.
A study of biblical eschatology clearly shows us that Israel will be back in their homeland when Jesus returns.
The Jewish temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70AD and the Jews were persecuted and scattered throughout the world. This was known as the diaspora, but against all the odds, biblical prophecy was fulfilled when in 1948, the nation of Israel was recreated. Since then, God has shown Himself to be faithful to His ancient people by miraculously protecting them from the attacks of those trying to obliterate the nation.
However, Jesus tells us not to fear. His covenant promises to His ancient people are ours through our faith in Him. The Church has not replaced Israel (as some erroneously teach) but in Romans 11: 11-24 the apostle Paul compares Israel to the natural branches of a wild olive tree. The natural branches (Israel) were broken off because of their disobedience to God, and the wild branches (Gentiles) were grafted in. We Gentiles have been made partakers of the promises and inherit the blessings of God’s salvation. We are grafted in and nourished by the root which are the promises to Abraham. Deuteronomy 30:1-10 tells us that the nation of Israel will one day repent and grieve for their Messiah whom they failed to recognise.
Romans chapter 11 shows us that God has not yet finished with Israel who has only temporarily lost the privilege of representing God as His people, since “the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable” (11:29). His purposes are not complete until Israel is also grafted back into the people of God to share in the promises to Abraham and his seed. This brings God’s plan of redemption full circle.
Psalm 122:6 tells us “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love thee”. Our God keeps His promises and His covenants. He is faithful even when we are not. Psalm 121:4 says “He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps”. His promise to His people is “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you”.
The knowledge of the Jewish roots of our faith and our Messiah strengthens us and helps prepare us for the ever-increasing onslaught on the Body of Christ. Jesus told us to look out for the signs of His return and rejoice, but also to be prepared.
When He returns, or when we go home to Him, whichever comes first, let us be found righteous, washed in His blood and continuing in the Great Commission. A true disciple never retires and the Christian life should not be boring. Our Commander-in-Chief has given us a call to arms. In Matthew 11:12 we are told “The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force”. Our battle strategy is contained in Ephesians chapter 6. We are to protect ourselves with the full armour of God and then to stand and to go on the offensive with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Bible is a supernatural book written by a supernatural God. It says of itself that it is “… alive and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, between joint and marrow and is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)
Intimacy with Jesus, who told us that it was better that He should be resurrected so that the Holy Spirit could come and teach us and help us in the battle of our heavenly calling (John 16:7). Friends, we do not want to be counted among those referred to in Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesised in thy name? And in thy name, have we not cast out devils and in thy name done many wonderful works?” We must be sure we are doing God’s will and not our own. What a commission, what a purpose in life we have!
Jane Crouch (Shekinah Legacy – www.shekinahlegacy.org)