Prophecy part 1
We are going to get into prophecy! One thing before we start is we must pray. We must pray that God will give us His Holy Spirit to make known these things to us AND that we be convicted of its truth. I encourage you all to study these things for yourself and see if they are so.
Daniel chapter 2 is where we will start. Daniel 2 give us an image. According to Daniel it had a head of gold, chest of silver, belly of bronze, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay. And then a big stone comes in and smashes the image to nothing and grows into a mountain. We know this from Daniel 2:31-35. And the beautiful thing about this prophecy is that daniel explains it a few verses later starting at verse 37. So we KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that Babylon is the first kingdom. That head of gold. And we know that 3 kingdoms will come after Babylon. The second will be inferior to Babylon (verse 39), the 3rd shall rule the earth (verse 39) and the fourth shall be strong as iron and shall shatter all these (Verse 40). And then as the feet and toes were part iron and part clay, you will have some strong nations and some weak nations that come out of the 4th kingdom and they will be divided (verse 41). And at last we have the STONE which will smash all these and grow into a mountain that will never be destroyed (verse 44)
So this is where we will begin our journey. We have been given a reference point, starting with the kingdom of Babylon. So the question is what kingdom came after Babylon? Thankfully we will use scripture and KNOWN world history to help us along the way.
Psalms 33:1 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
When was the last time that you just shouted for joy in the Lord? One of the things that we need to remember to do is to praise our God. The psalmist even says that praise befits the upright. Or to use a synonym in the text…praise is appropriate for the upright. So if you are not praising is it right to assume that you are not upright or righteous? Perhaps you have just forgotten your true self and who you are in the Lord.
So go ahead today and get it in. Remember its fitting to praise and shout for joy in the Lord.
PS – starting a new series shortly on prophecy. Pray for me.
1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Was reading the daily verse of the day on my bible app and I came across this verse. With everything that is happening in this world (i.e. wars everywhere, famine, talk of unity) I think it is important for us to understand where our faith is. So the question must be asked: Does your faith lie in the wisdom and commandments of men or does your faith lie in the wisdom, commandments and power of God?
Far too many of us are not willing to open up the scriptures and search them for ourselves to see what they say. The context of the passage for today talked about how Paul wanted the Corinthians to receive the Spirit of Truth, who would then reveal to them the things of God. For it is the Spirit that knows God and reveals Him to us. And this revealing is not done in babbling words or deep theological contexts, it is revealed in simple truths. It is made plain so that ALL may understand the Power of God. And this Power of God is nothing other than the gospel itself, Christ and Him crucified and there being a way out of sin for us.
So does your faith rest in the wisdom of men or in the power of God?
Exodus 31:16 Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever.
Interesting text today if only for its ramifications. For there are many people who make the following statement, “we don’t know which day TRULY is the Sabbath…” Again we forget that God would not leave us without evidence. Hence the importance of Exodus 31:16. There are a people on this planet that can trace their lineage back to Abraham and if you talk to them you find out that the SEVENTH DAY of the week is the Sabbath day. They have kept this throughout their generations, just as the text said they would. So there should be no doubt in our minds as to which day is the Sabbath of the Living God.
1 Corinthians 7:19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.
Want to deal with something real quick, this idea of the commandments. Quite simply when you look at the word commandments in scripture it is usually accompanied by an action word (i.e. do, keep, obey, etc.). Yet there are those who would say that keeping the commandments doesn’t matter. So why would scripture almost ALWAYS have an action word near the word commandments? Could it be that God expects us to not only talk about it but be about it? I mean these two things are together always.
What is wrong with us is that far too many of us are talking about the commandments and not enough of us are doing the commandments. And you cannot do, because we have not fully given ourselves to Christ. We are not together always with Him and as such our keeping of the commandments suffers. As I recognize this in my own walk, I understand that I must die daily and allow Christ to be the ruler of my life, in order to obey the commandments.
And when Christ is the ruler of my life it is EASY to:
1. Have no other gods besides God
2. Not make graven images of God
3. Not take the name of the Lord my God in vain
4. Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. The 7th day (commonly known as Saturday in the English language).
5. Honor my father and mother
6. Not to kill
7. Not to commit adultery
8. Not to steal
9. Not to bear false witness (aka lie)
10. Not to covet
I guarantee that when Christ is the ruler of your life, when you are together always, you will find these things easy too.
Where is the love?
1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need AND shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
There have been a lot of people running around screaming about how people need to stop living off others, stop living off the government, etc. And I understand why people would have those feelings. But the word of God says something else to those of us who are called into His wonderful light. IF we have this world’s goods AND we see our brothers and sisters in need AND we do nothing, how can we claim the love of God abides in us? I mean, where is the love? We are to be known by our love and that for us includes helping one another and helping strangers in need. After all, is that not what Christ did? Christ was giving on so many levels, (time, healing, spiritual growth, etc.) that there was no question as to whether or not love abounded in His heart.
But can the same be said for us? Are we truly Christians meaning that we follow Christ’s example of loving all and not shutting up our hearts?
History repeats itself
Ezekiel 22:27, 29 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice.
I was listening to Pastor Seth Yelorda break down this scripture and it got me to thinking….man this sounds an awful lot like the country I live in right now. “Elite” class people who destroy lives to get dishonest gain, oppression of the poor AND needy and extortion of the foreigner without justice. Yup these are all things that I see going on in the USA. And what the text is really getting at is not the problems that the land is facing but the lack of people (men in particular) who are willing to stand up and call what is going on wrong.
Far too often now if you try to call something out as being wrong or immoral you get labelled as a bully or a hatemonger. Standing on the word of God is never wrong. Saying thus saith the Lord is never wrong. There needs to be more people who are willing to stand up and make that stand and call sin by its right name. God is looking for a people who are loving and care for others but also those that are not afraid to hold fast to His Word.
Interestingly Ezekiel 22 closes with this statement: 30 And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. 31 Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God.”
Now I don’t want to speak for everyone but God pouring out His indignation doesn’t seem like the way to go.