“Surely, the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets,” (Amos 3:7, NJKV). Those in Christendom today that dismiss the Old Testament as irrelevant truly lack the knowledge and wisdom God wills to impart to His people and worse, may not know Him at all! For the Old Testament of the Bible like the chunkiest of soups, is chocked full of truth, instruction and spiritual activity not the least of which is His use of prophets and their messages from Him. From Enoch to John the Baptist of those named to the many unnamed, God’s prophets play a key role in declaring His Word in the Old Testament (Genesis 5:18-24; Mark 1:1-8; Jude 12-15).
In my recent four-part blog, God Of Restoration And Judgment under the category, The Cause with three others, God’s use of His prophets to communicate with Israel during the time of its kings was shown to be extensive. Not only that, but the potency of His Word through His prophets was seen to impact that historical period right on down millennia later to us living in the latter days they often spoke of. As I was led by the Lord to warn you about in that blog, Israel’s nation destroying judgments came only after they refused to heed His Word through the prophets (revisit 2 Kings 17:5-23 and 2 Chronicles 36:15-21) and finally, of course His Son, Jesus Christ (Luke 20:9-19).
The prophets were a manifest token of God’s love, grace and mercy to Israel as He deployed them at strategic moments in the life of the kings and people they served. God expected His people to be faithful to, reverence and serve Him only. This is declared by Him on Mt. Sinai in the opening commandments of ten and written down later on tablets of stone as part of the covenant between God and Israel which they violated right away (Exodus 19:3-20:21, 32:1-24). The prophets kept calling the people back to faithfulness to the covenant as the basis of their relationship with God, His grace and blessings. Their refusal to be faithful brought upon them His promised consequences.
Many times the consequences God announced through His prophets were dramatic. One of those times occurred by the word and actions of an unnamed prophet from Judah who had been sent to announce judgment on king Jeroboam after he set up his rival idolatrous religious system for the ten northern tribes. Not only did God announce through him the destruction of the altar in that system, but the specifically named king of Judah, Josiah, that would burn the bones of the system’s priests on it three hundred years later! When the king sought to arrest the prophet, God caused his hand to wither and restored it after the prophet’s intercession (1 Kings12:25-13:10; 2 Kings 23:15-18).
It is to the spiritual peril of any professed Christian to ignore or dismiss the prophecies of Old Testament prophets. The secrets of the Lord they spoke of have not yet all been fulfilled! Indeed, we who love God and His entire Word contained in the Bible, have in these latter days been granted the awesome privilege to watch His secrets in prophecies long ago uttered by the prophets explode in fulfillment like fireworks shot into the night sky--Israel back in its land as a nation among them! This in itself is prophecy fulfilled since Daniel was told his prophecies would be sealed until unsealed (opened, unveiled) at the time of the end to those that are “wise,” (Daniel 12:8-10, NKJV).
Who are the wise generally but faithful Christians that have been redeemed from sin and restored in God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ! To know Him is to know something of God’s whole Word in certainty, truth, instruction and prophetic importance (Matthew 24:32-35; John 1:1-3, 14, 5:39, 14:1-6, 15-31; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 19:7-10). God wants us to take Old and New Testament prophecy to heart because in all generations we have needed prophetic understanding and discernment, but now, all the more in these latter days marching to the end and our Lord’s return. For this reason too, among His spiritual gifts to the Church are still prophets wisely interpreting and delivering His prophetic Word (Matthew 23:34; Ephesians 4:7-11)!
As I celebrate my fortieth year as a Christian, I am grateful to God to have been gifted and called to serve Him and the Body of Christ as a watchman/prophet and teacher in His love (Ezekiel 33:1-9; Amos 3:8; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3). While many others in rejection of and disobedience to God’s Word add to their sin the dismissal of ministries like mine, I pray that the faithful will continue to give heed. For truly, those that heeded the instruction and warning the Lord gave me about not voting by race, but righteousness, do not now live with regret from having voted for President Obama.1 That was another practice test from God in making proper judgments in these fast approaching days of the Antichrist--His final exam (Deuteronomy 13:1-4; Revelation 13, 14:6-13). In that day, my faithful God will fully vindicate my service (Hebrews 6:10; Revelation 18:1-20)!
1 Read the October 2008 Journal, Judge Righteous Judgment at https://fromslaverytovictory.org/Journal-Oct-2008.
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