This article is a bit of a departure from my usual writing. I usually reserve this space, this medium, for something fresh or new. Tonight, however, I am going to do something new. I will be sharing, in this article, excerpts from a sermon that I had prepared and delivered on April 1st, this year, 2015. What I will be sharing will not be the complete message. I hope you are blessed with the following message, which I titled “When the Prophetic Becomes the Present”.
- What is prophecy exactly? It is the proclaiming future events. A better definition is: History written before it happens. It is like reading next months news headlines today.
Why is prophecy important? The most important reason, I believe, is, God wants you to understand the future is just as divinely appointed as the creation. He states in the Bible that “He knows, and has told, the beginning from the end”. Another reason to study prophecy is because it shows the exactness and truth of His Word. It shows that there is only one in control, and we call Him God, our Father who are in heaven, we call Him Savior, we call Him Messiah, we call Him Jesus!
Some question, is prophecy important, does it matter? The answer must be, absolutely, for the same reasons we just mentioned. It tells us what is coming next, and that we must be ready.
Tonight, the main part of the message really comes from the question, what happens when prophecy comes to pass? Have you ever asked that question? Have you ever considered the question?
Our foundation for tonight’s message is found in Luke 4:16-22 –
Lu:4:16: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Lu:4:17: And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Lu:4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Lu:4:19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Lu:4:20: And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Lu:4:21: And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Lu:4:22: And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
Before we get into the message, can I just take a moment and express how great this verse is. Here we find Jesus, the Son of God, on the Lords Day, the Sabbath, sitting in the synagogue, which is a house made to honor God, and Jesus takes a scroll, which is the Word of God, and we know according to John “in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God”, So Jesus takes the word of God, and says the Spirit of God is upon me… This is God, in a house of God, proclaiming the Word of God, by the Spirit of God…there is so much truth here its almost hard to comprehend. So powerful! Before I get too far from where I hope to go, lets get back to the message…
Here we see Jesus as a preacher, and as a prophet, for He proclaims this day these things are fulfilled in
your ears. Prophecy fulfilled by the Prophet, Priest, and King, Jesus. Yet, there seems to have been a problem, today we can understand how magnificent this truly is, but they seemed to have an issue, they did not just accept it. What did they do? They questioned. How much is the world like that today?
3 Past Prophecies Fulfilled
Lets keep moving and look at some past examples: Noah in Genesis chapter 6 (verses 12 – 22)
Noah, faithful, prophesied, preacher of righteousness. Noah preached for about 120 years, while he built an ark. His faith was on full display in the shape of a huge ship. Think about it, a ship built on dry land awaiting an event that none had ever seen. Yet, the world continued on in disbelief. Only 8 were saved, only 8 from the entire world.
Noahs work was visible, His faith manifested where everyone could see, it was not hidden. How about yours? Are we building our ark where others can see or are we attempting to hide and build a boat for one? Noah preached, others heard his words and they fell on deaf ears. Are we still preaching even if the words are falling on deaf ears or are we whispering? Just as it was in the days of Noah, the world is refusing to hear what “thus saith the Lord” but let me tell you that Noah boarded that ark and with the first drop of rain, the prophetic became the present and God moved. The righteous were saved, all others faced the judgment of God.
- Current Prophetic Events
The current events unfolding speak even more to the truth of God’s Word. In Matthew 24 we find many things that are going to be, but we’ll just focus on the first few verses:
M’t:24:4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
M’t:24:5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
M’t:24:6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
M’t:24:7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
M’t:24:8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.
These are called the “beginning of sorrows” or the “birth pains”. Just as labor pains, these will start, or should I say have already started, and will not stop until the end. Also, just as labor pains they will increase in severity and become closer together. These are listed, by Jesus, first. These are the first things to look for at the coming end of the age. Deception, has there been a time when deception was abundant than today? Wars, and rumors of wars. Isn’t that all we see, hear, or read in the news? Famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Are there one of these that are not or have not happened? Have you, yourself, seen these things multiply?
It goes on to say these days will be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot. There were at least three major things present in those days. Unrighteousness is the first, how many would say this would describe our world today? Unbelief. The state of unbelief in the world today is staggering. Oh sure, there is belief in Buddha, in Hinduism, in being positive, in Islam, there is belief in nothing, belief in everything, belief in being positive, belief in spirituality, but all these are still unbelief. Belief has a name and it is Jesus Christ, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is only one name under heaven given whereby man must be saved, that name is Jesus, and that is belief! The third and last prevalent sign, is sexual immorality. Listen to these words and think about how commonplace they are today: Rape, sodomy, pedophilia, adultery. Rape is a criminal epidemic that has moved into bars and college campuses and made a home there. Sodomy is a lesser heard term, but in the news more than any of the others, but it uses more friendly names such as marriage equality, pro choice, those associated believe in terms such as life partner, march in parades under the banner of gay pride. This is not an isolated problem, these are all world wide problems and getting worse.
Even with all these things at the forefront of our attention, so many are calling us the crazy ones. We preach Christs return and they ask, where is he? There unbelief, all the fun they make of it, is proof He is almost here according to 2nd Peter 3:3. There are so many signs screaming for attention, yet, the world does not hear. Can you? Can you hear it? Can you hear what I hear? Can you hear the preparations of a wedding feast about to take place?
5 Seeking A Sign, A Sign Given
A wicked and adulterous generation seeks a sign. We live in a wicked and adulterous generation and many are seeking a sign. Ever wonder why the generation that seeks a sign is called wicked? I have, and the answer that came to me is this: It’s wicked because it seeks a sign and not a Savior. How’s that for blunt? The generation that sought a sign, however, was given a sign. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for 3 days, so Christ was in the belly of the earth for 3 days. And just as we have already discussed, it wasnt enough. This is what happens when we seek the wrong things, it is never, and will never be enough, until you seek the One who is able to heal you, restore you, save you, raise you, and call you His. So, let me ask, are the churches seeking a sign or Jesus? Are the churches still looking for proof or walking in faith? I assure you, these are very valid questions.
Ac:2:16: But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Ac:2:17: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Ac:2:18: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Ac:2:19: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Ac:2:20: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Ac:2:21: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Today, the prophecy of the Blood Moons is very popular and discussed among many scholars and congregations. Here is a quick run down of the teaching, if you have not heard it or read about it, you’re about to hear it now. These blood moons taking place fall on Jewish Feast Days, specifically the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles last year and this year, which should make them of particular interest. Of the major feasts, the Feast of Passover is the first and the Feast of Tabernacles is the last (Leviticus 23), and I cant help but to be reminded that in the book of the Revelation Jesus says He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, He is the beginning and the End. On April 4th, just a few short days from now, the third blood moon will take place, hows that for a timely message?
This has only occurred three other times since 1492. When it occurred the first time, the Spanish inquisition took place, America was discovered. The second time it happened Israel became a nation once again. The third time it happened Israel claimed Jerusalem from Arab control and it once again became the capital. Those are the major events of the last set of blood moons, or lunar eclipses, on Jewish Feast days. You may also hear them called a tetrad of blood moons, it simply refers to 4 lunar eclipses. Naturally that leads to question what events have taken place with the latest set of blood moons. With the first blood moon ISIS became prominent on the world stage. With the second blood moon, Ebola became a worldwide concern. Now, what I am going to say is, if you are looking for, perhaps a deeper meaning or understanding, let me offer this: If these things are a foreshadow of things coming upon the earth, a shadow of what the Bible says will be, ISIS could be seen as peace being taken from the earth, a reference and again a foreshadow of one of the seals found in the book of the Revelation being broken. Ebola could be pestilences being unleashed upon the earth, and in case you’re keeping count, that would be 2 of the 4 horsemen found in Revelation 6. I am not saying that’s what is, but if you want a deeper opinion, thats what mine is, and it didnt cost you a dime extra. We have 2 more to come, and only time will tell what they bring with them. Perhaps we’ll go on to see a financial collapse or natural disaster, or a coming conquerer. Time will tell.
Make no mistake though, the sun, moon, and stars were put in the sky for more than light.
Ge:1:14: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Now, the bible has one thing to say about this prophecy of the blood moons and that is: These things will take place before that great and notable day of the Lord comes. That should be more than enough to grab your attention. One less talked about part of this prophecy is the blood, fire, smoke, the part just before the blood moons. I believe this relates to volcanic activity during the time of these blood moons. For emphasis, there have been volcanic eruptions also during these blood moons. Who but God Almighty could have set these things in motion? Only God has told the end from the very beginning.
- When the Prophetic becomes the Present/Gift
With signs and wonders coming to pass, I have to ask: Are the churches guilty of a lukewarm response? The church has a job, and it is not to be lukewarm:
Lu:21:28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
We must be rejoicing. We were put here, at a certain time, in a certain place, all according to the plan of God. We were born for this! Are we living like it? The Word of God teaches us there are “the few” and “the many” and we mentioned this about Noah’s day. Jesus said the way to the Father was straight, narrow, and few find it, and broad is the way that leads to destruction. He also says He is only coming for those who are looking for Him. That He is coming and such an hour as you think not.
Consider this your wake up call. You can not see all these things, hear these things and continue in doubt, in unbelief, and not be held accountable. Every day we are seeing the prophetic become the present. One day the prophetic will become the present, that is to say the Prophetic will become the gift, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God. When that prophetic becomes the present, praise God, this corruptible body will put on incorruption, this body which is sown in dishonor will be raised in glory, when this weakness will be raised in power, when this body will be put away for a glorified body! The King is coming!
In closing, let me say this: Jesus is coming back, ready or not. In Matthew 25 you can read the parable of the ten virgins. All ten were virgins, all ten were waiting for the same thing. All ten were together. Yet, only five were ready. There will be no warning, except maybe this one. One day, and I believe it will be soon, the prophetic will become the present and the world we know will change, the salvation that is free today will cost dearly then. There may never be another day or night where the righteous of this church will enter these doors because the call Home, into God’s presence could happen now, I mean right now. This altar is open, if you seek a Savior, He is here with open arms. If you need to recommit your life, if you need to repent, whatever your need, He knows and is waiting. Be prepared, the King is coming!