Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Daily Word from the Lord for December 21, 2016:
And the Lord shall deliver you from every evil work, and will preserve you unto His heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Studying of this blessed promise of our Lord & Savior Yeshua HaMashiach's coming, this prophecy helps us trust the Bible and all of its promises. When we fully realize that events came to pass exactly as the Bible predicted long ago, we gain confidence in the Bible as the inspired Word of God. The prophet Isaiah reminded believers that God will bring all His plans to reality: "Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it." Isaiah 46:11.
The New Testament writers instruct readers to "stay awake spiritually" and "watch" (Matthew 25:13; Ephesians 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6). Understanding prophecy unfolding in front of our very own eyes helps us these last of the last days to be mindful of the times in which we live in. Studying prophecy nurtures wisdom and understanding, so readers can understand what to do in the perilous days ahead. It helps Christians become like the men Issachar who "had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do." (1 Chronicles 12:32).
Studying prophecy the Lord has put on my heart helps us identify false prophets and recognize evil. Without knowing the prophecies of how evil will manifest itself in the last days, Christians risk being deceived and led astray (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22).
Studying prophecy removes fear literally. As Christians watch the signs of the times and are waiting expectantly for Yeshua's return, hope replaces fear of the unknown. Because Yeshua has fulfilled prophecy in the past, we can be SURE He will fulfill all of the glorious prophecies about his return when He comes crashing back down to the Mount of Olives and fulfills not only Revelation 19:14 and Zechariah 14:4,5, but also Ezekiel 39:11 killing the Antichrist (gog who initiates the Gog and Magog war)and buries him in his own grave in the nation Israel. The Lord has put this on my heart that this day is not too far ahead.
Ezekiel 39:11 KJV And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
If believers have confidence and hope in the return of the Lord in all His glory, they will be motivated to live godly lives. Knowing the lord is returning very soon, James encouraged believers to "be ye also patient; and to stablish our hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws nigh." (James 5:8)
Prophecy can be a powerful evangelistic tool. The early church used to fulfill prophecy to spread the good news of Yeshua HaMashiach. Peter's sermon in Acts 2:14-42 demonstrated how Yeshua fulfilled what the prophets had anticipated in the Old Testament. The result? That day "about three thousand souls" were "added" to the church (Acts 2:41). Likewise, Philip used prophecy when explaining to the eunuch who Yeshua was and why Yeshua is the Son of God, the One True Messiah who will rule and reign with a rod of iron for a 1000 years. Even Yeshua used fulfilled prophecy to evangelize. While walking with two men on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection, Yeshua reminded them of all the things said about Him in the scriptures (Luke 24:27).
Prophecy fills in all the gaps we can know for sure. There is a gap of about four hundred years from the end of the Old Testament to the beginning of the New Testament. From the end of the New Testament to the present day, there is another gap of more than 1,900 years. Has God been silent or inactive during these windows of time for which we have no written Word? Not at all! God's fulfillment of previous prophetic events assures us He is still at work. Studying prophecy brings blessings and God promises blessing to those who faithfully examine the prophecies of scripture (Revelation 1:3). While it may seem difficult, it is also worthwhile.