Purim: Retribution For The House of Saul

Purim: Retribution For The House of Saul

The Jewish celebration of Purim is recounted in the book of Esther, and tells how an orphaned Jewish girl living in exile with her people rose to be the most powerful women in the Persian kingdom. It also tells Hadasa as was her Jewish name, was able to save her people from total extinction. I summarized these events in my previous blog. Purim is the plural of “Pur” meaning lot in the sense that something has been crushed or destroyed. It was begun by Mordecai to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plan to destroy the Jewish people. It began on the fourteenth day of the twelfth month.

You may be asking what any of this has to do with The House of Saul, and better yet just what is the House of Saul. The House of Saul is simply the ruling or royal house and line began by Israel’s first king, Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin, Saul was killed in battle as well as his son Jonathan, resulting in a 7 year civil war between Israel and Judah, with David assuming the throne as the anointed king by Samuel the prophet. Unfortunately for David only the tribe of Judah followed him, the remaining 11 following Ishbosheth, son of Saul. David ruled Judah from Hebron for seven years.

The civil war between the House of Saul and House of David can be found in II Samuel chapters two thru four. If you recall, David was anointed king by Samuel but Saul remained king until his death. That brings up to speed regarding the House of Saul. Thus, there were only two actual rulers from the House of Saul. But, all of that is simply mentioned to reDavid was the king anointed by God, as God had chosen him. Saul and his family was rejected by God for disobedience.

I Samuel 15: 26 “ But Samuel said to Saul, ‘ I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” verse 28 “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to your neighbor who is better than you.”

Verse 29, “And the Glory Of Israel will not change His mind; For He is not a man that He should change His mind.” (NASB)

Thus, Samuel sought and found David and anointed him king, but it would be quite some time before he became king and then even longer before he ruled all of Israel. But, what happened that caused God to tear the kingdom of Israel from Saul? Why not just remove him as ruler and let the line continue through one of his sons? God had already chosen another as Saul was the people’s choice. He was from the tribe of Benjamin, not Judah.

We find the answer to this in I Samuel 15 verses 1-9. Samuel gave Saul strict orders to ‘listen to the words of the Lord,’! The Lord said he would ‘punish Amalek for what they did to Israel when they came out of Israel. Saul was charged with wiping the Amalekites out. He was to destroy all, including the oxen and sheep. So Saul’s orders were to not leave anyone or anything alive. However, he ‘captured’ Agag, king of the Amalekites, alive, and kept the best of the sheep. In essence by keeping the king alive and the ‘best’ of the sheep he disobeyed the Lord. Partial obedience is still disobedience.

Saul was rebuked by Samuel and thus by his disobedience he forfeited the kingdom. Samuel killed king Agag, yet somehow he had descendants to survive until the time of Queen Esther and the Persians. The Book of Esther chapter 3 verse 1 tells us that Haman wa sthe son of Hammedatha the Agagite, Sources confirm that Haman was an Amalekite, and descendant of king Agag. Perhaps there were some Amalekites away that day, we don’t know. What we do know is that Haman was an Amalekite, who were fierce enemies of Israel. We also know that Moredai, and thus Esther, since they were cousins, were of the tribe of Benjamin and descendants of Kish. Saul is not mentioned in Esther 2:5 it says, Shimei, son of Kish. Again sources confirm Mordecai was of the house of Saul.

Perhaps the text doesn’t mention Saul, since he was not thought of in good light after his disobedience and corresponding fall. Nevertheless, they were Benjaminites of the royal family of Saul, Is this a mere coincidence? I doubt it, further even though God tore the kingdom fromm Saul’s family, He still is a gracious God full of mercy and compassion. We see that here as he places the most unlikely person in the only place to save her people from their most famous enemy. It seems that even though Saul acted wickedly and prove unworthy to shepherd God’s people, God used descendants of his family to save all of Israel, in exile and in their land.

The fact that God would go to these lengths to set the right person in for the right time just to point out and see the demise of the most notorious enemies of all of the Jews up until that time proves His compassion, love, and goodness over His people. God rejoice over His people. He is for them. Even when we fail, and He must discipline us He is waiting as a good good Father for us to be restored. That is the message of the cross. Still, so many can’t get past the angry, mad God syndrome. He is angry at our sin, and hates it when we are disobedient, and yield to our flesh or the ways of the enemy. When we return He is overjoyed and delighted to see us restored. God was delighted to see children of Saul’s family over 400 years later have the opportunity to bring justice and defeat the evil plans to destroy the Jews.

As we move closer and closer to the return of Jesus remember that God is rejoicing over us and delights in us, and we are part of the plan to defeat all of His enemies. We are here to advance a kingdom greater than Saul’s or even David’s or any that has ever or will exist. Nothing can stand against the kingdom of darkness.

Esther 4:14 “ who knows whether you have obtained royalty (or come into the kingdom for such a time as this.” NASB

We are in the kingdom of God for such a time as to see all of The ‘Haman’s’ of this world’s plans come to nought. !!!!!

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Preparing For The Wedding: Acquiring Oil

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Preparing For The Wedding: Acquiring Oil

AS times grow harder and harder with society and culture growing more evil we need to be reminded of our call as believers to prepare and be ready for Jesus’ return culminating in the Bride of Christ being ready. It seems that the level of demonic warfare and hatred of anything good and decent and moral continues to escalate. Many believers are challenged on every facet to fall into temptation and sin and ultimately apostasy. Jesus warned the early followers of such times, We are further from the day when Jesus first spoke about His return and likewise closer to the occurrence of the event.

In Matthew 25: 1-13 Jesus outlines what is known as the parable of the ‘Virgins’. This is a commonly preached and studied parable, but it’s deep meaning often overlooked. In this parable virgins are believers before the Lord who are waiting for the ‘Bridegroom’ to return. Jesus is the Bridegroom. 5 of the virgins add enough oil and were prepared, while 5 were foolish and not prepared. Most of the church teaches that we get saved and that is all that there is. There is no real emphasis on intimacy and living holy and as Jesus is really teaching here, to ‘watch and pray’.

Jesus repeatedly tells us we cannot know the exact day or hour of His return but He repeatedly gives us signs and things to watch for to let us know that ‘the season’ is here. Being prepared requires a lot of preparation. The enemy is pulling out all of the stops to pull as many as he can away from a love relationship with Jesus. As times grow harder and persecution increases we must be remain ‘burning and shining’ lamps for Jesus and His kingdom.

John 5:35 “John was a lamp that burned and gave light.” Here John is writing about John the Baptist. He referred to him as a lamp that burned, meaning he was a light, glowing, burning for the Lord. The people saw John and they saw the glow and shining light that he had when he spoke of Jesus and spoke of Jesus’ ministry. How did John burn? He spent a lot of time in prayer and fasting. He spent much time in the wilderness in preparation. He studied the scriptures and sought the Lord. He knew what his ministry was and what it would take to maintain it.

“WATCH AND PRAY”

Several years ago when I was at the Garden of Gethsemane as I studied the olive trees and the olive pressing process I was reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples in the garden, “Watch and Pray that you enter not into temptation.” Matthew 26:41, Berean Study Bible. Jesus was praying and found his disciples asleep. He asked them if they couldn’t pray and watch for just one hour. I studied the scriptures, and I felt then that the Lord was saying this is the one thing I am calling you to do and really the whole Body of Christ in these last days. Yes. we need to evangelize, we need to serve, but above all else we need to ‘watch and pray’.

The oil is the oil of the Holy Spirit needed for ministry. Every born again believer has some sort of ministry. Moms, caregivers, business people, etc. as well as the small percent in full time ministry. To do whatever we are called to do we need all of the oil we can get. There are too many things pulling on us every day to lose our focus.

A Bride Made Ready

Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and the Bride has made herself ready.”

Here the Bride made herself ready, meaning she has to prepare, get clean, remain pure, get ‘clean linens’ and put on jewels, and all things a bride does in preparing for her Bridegroom. The Bride of Christ is no different. AS the hour grows late, and evil is more rampant, and persecution increases, we must go deeper in the word, in prayer, an in time we spend in His Presence, Acquiring our own oil requires sacrifice of time and sometimes money as we let go of some things the world see as important. The Kingdom of Heaven means that we live kingdom minded which includes watching for the King, watching for the Bridegroom, and burning and shining, like John, so that the world sees the Light of Jesus burning brightly and come, not so much to us, but the source of our light, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Before we can say “come” we need to have something for the lost to come to. We have to have water for the thirsty as Revelation 22:17 says, “ Let the one who is thirsty come; let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.”

Get some oil, get some water, and keep getting it, so that when the dark look for light they see us shining. They can also find drink. How can we expect there to be a great harvest if we do not spend time with the ‘Lord Of Harvest”? Lord we need your oil, give us each grace to spend time with you to get the oil, so that our lamps burn brightly. Amen!

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

In the world we live in and especially in the perilous times we currently are in there is much suffering, persecution, and sometimes even martyrdom. People in general suffer from sickness, disease, poverty, hardships, disasters and death. Loss and suffering have been with mankind at some level since our first parents lost the original status in the garden of Eden after disobeying the commands of God. There was never supposed to be death, but that entered as a result of the ‘fall’ of man. So how can we speak of rejoicing in such evil times? How can we have joy when there is so much destruction, and evil and it only seems to grow worse?

Christians all around the world face persecution at various levels just for being Christian. Because they have chosen to follow and be disciples of Jesus they are faced with imprisonment, abandonment, loss of personal property, families being torn apart and ultimately death, sometimes violent. Most believers in The Western Church, particularly in the United States have no real understanding of persecution. We here have so many freedoms, and we tend to take so much for granted. Rarely, if ever do most Christians tell of the faith outside of the four walls of the church. Many don’t want to ‘rock the boat’, or upset someone, or get involved in matters that they feel should be avoided.

It is for this reason that we are faced with the current crisis here and in many western nations. A crisis where we are losing some freedom to speak or take a stand for our faith. Or when we do there is no real outcry from within the body of Christ. Many are left to stand alone to choose to take a stand against gay marriage or abortion, or just immorality or indecency. We don’t want to offend anyone, or hurt someone. While it is important to have good relationships with peers and co-workers, there comes a point where we must be recognized as true believers of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” (NASB)

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange was coming upon you, 13- But to the degree that you share in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing so that at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.”

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells His listeners, which includes anyone now who reads and hears His words, that when you are persecuted, or insulted and when people say all sorts of evil things because of Him. In other words, if you ‘truly follow Him’, and obey Him, at some point you will be insulted, and yes persecuted. You will suffer. Suffer for being human is one thing, but for serving Jesus is another. Peter speaks about sharing in Jesus’ suffering. We forget that because we have been redeemed and Jesus paid it all that we still suffer like Him, and must endure hardships from time to time.

Believers in many nations today face suffering just for naming the name of Jesus. They don’t have to speak out against current events or issues. They just confess, ‘Jesus is Lord’. We here in the US have no real knowledge of the level of persecution and suffering the rest of body has in the world. We seem to be isolated or feel we are insulated against it.

However, there is a level of persecution coming that we never thought we would face here. AS times grow more evil, the church or ekklesia will grow more glorious. There is glory in suffering for Jesus, and I’m not talking about some unkind word. I mean for instance like the Pastor who basically lost his job because he said ‘homosexuality was a sin.’ He never said anything about the people, just the act is indecent and sinful. Yet, his congregatio felt that that was not the right thing to put on there sign. Or what about the clerk in Kentucky who was fired for not granting a marriage license to a gay couple because it went against her beliefs.

When we take a stand we must count the cost and be ready to suffer whatever consequences here man may offer. Yet we must rejoice. Keep on rejoicing. The revelation of His glory is a daily thing, but the full revelation of that glory will come in the Millennial reign as we rule with Christ. In John 17:13-14 Jesus prayed for the joy that the Father put in Him would be in his disciples. He said ‘the world hates them.’ If the world hated the early followers how much more are we hated today. Yet we need His joy.

John wrote to various churches in 1 John 1:4 that his purpose in writing was that their joy might be complete. In John 15:11 Jesus said that He spoke about abiding in Hi so that His joy may be in them. Whatever comes our way in this age we are not to let it steal our joy. WE are to agree with God’s word that we have the abiding Word (Jesus) living in us, and that word brings us joy. In Hebrews 12:2 we are told to ’fix our eyes on Jesus’, for the joy set before Him endured the cross.

There is an age coming where we will rule and reign with Him. Many of us will have a lot of responsibility while some less. What we do now prepares us for that age and how we will serve. We should weep for those that persecute us especially the lost or those perishing without Jesus. God doesn’t desire that any should perish.

Count everything with joy, esteem others higher than yourself for there is coming a day when we will have Jesus and He will make all things right. Let us run the race set before us with ‘joy’. Of all of the disciples John was the one that fully understood what it meant to have Jesus and the joy that went with that. He often wrote about joy and rejoicing. Yet, John was persecuted, so much that they tried and failed to kill him. He was finally forced into exile on The island of Patmos, where he received the final Revelation Jesus.

None of no for sure what we may face but one thing is for sure we can face it with joy and rejoice that we will be with him forever. We are part of the plan to bring restoration to the earth.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!!!!!!! Phil. 4:4 my paraphrase

Don’t forget to pray for our brothers and sisters all around the world who are facing torment and imprisonment daily.

Visit opendoorsusa.org or voice of the martyrs on how you can pray effectively for the persecuted church

2019 Promises, Blessings, Decrees & The Will of God

2019 Promises, Blessings, Decrees & The Will of God

We all have needs and situations that went unmet in 2018. There are many reasons why we may not have seen everything we felt God was going to do, or goals we set not achieved. There are many speaking promises, and prophetic words today, or will be in the days and weeks ahead of what they believe God may be speaking over our nation or a particular situation. Sermons will be preached, resolutions made, goals set, decrees made, and blessings given, all with the intent of speaking ‘comfort and hope’ for the coming year.

I am all in when it comes to edifying and comforting people, so long as we speak it from the hope of the cross.I love prophecy and all of the gifts of the ‘Spirit’. We need to hear what God is saying through leaders and those gifted in the body to speak forth what He is saying. But, we also need to weigh every word against the Word of God, and as Paul says ‘test the spirits.” We need wisdom and discernment.

All of that said we know that God speaks in many and varied ways, including circumstances and even non-believers. Whatever we need for God to do or we what to see Him do we must first ask what His will is and what is He saying about a particular situation. All of this obviously comes from a relationship built on time in the Word, worship and prayer.

Speaking a blessing over someone or asking God to bless is a good thing. He certainly does not want us to go around speaking curses over ourselves, families, friends, nation, etc. Speaking blessing, and being thankful and praising Him in all things, 1 Thes. 5:18. Praying the Word of God is also important and you can’t go wrong as it is His Word. Unless of course you misapply it. Praying the Apostolic prayers and the blessings found in the Psalms and throughout the Bible are good.

Then there are decrees and declarations. As priests we are mediators making intercession, and as kings we make declarations, but they must be made on His Word or through what God shows us and tells us. Again, that comes from a place of intimacy. Job 22:28 say, “you will decree a thing and it will be established for you.” (Nasb) The previous verse talk about Job delighting in the Lord, and these things will happen.

You see there is always the part we play. God gives us a promise or prophetic word but it doesn’t happen like magic. We have to pray and guard and keep the enemy from stopping it from coming forth. We have to let our hearts line up, and remain pure, and be thankful, and not grumble, complain or be accusative. God will do what He said, but not when we want it or how we expect it.

James 4:13 says, “Come now you who say ‘tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills we will live, and do this or that’ 16 But as it is you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.”

Now don’t misunderstand what James is writing about. He is talking about us making our plans without God’s input, direction, leading etc. Even when we get a “Word from the Lord’ and we pray and everything checks out it does not mean it will just happen immediately and certainly then enemy will try to stop it. By the same token, we need to plan every day according to what God would have us do. There are some things we don’t need to ask or plan too much. Getting up every day and going to our jobs or doing the work we have for that day is something we must do. Often He interrupts us and changes things.

When God called me to serve Him I wasn’t ready nor prepared for all that it required. Further, I have always heard Him speak for me and my wife to do something or He was going to do this or that but we had to always do our part, and even in that we had to be led by the Spirit. When He told us to move to Pensacola and for me to go to school at Brownsville we had to make some adjustments. We had to ask Him when and how.

I pray and ask Him for His guidance about everything. I used to ask for direction and then go and do what I wanted to do and say the Lord said for me to when I was just asking Him to bless what I was doing when I was clearly out of His will. Now, He has through the years afforded much mercy and grace and I am thankful. He also disciplined us when needed. It is better to seek His will and not make my plans and then ask for mercy and forgiveness.

Let 2019 be the year we all say ‘I will seek the Lord with all of my heart, and obey His commands.’ Let this be the year that we ask Him in everything ‘what is His will’? Let our boasting be that God has ordered our steps.(Psalms 37:23).

Remember prophecies and prophetic words are meant to encourage, exhort, comfort, and confirm. They should never be used as a guide or for direction except to confirm what God is already speaking.

He has promised us all certain things, mainly salvation, deliverance healing, and His return. Again we had to do some things, but the rest we wait on Him. So let us also, wait for Him to do what He promised, loving Him more each day.

Just like He left the rainbow as a token of His promise He is faithful to do what He said.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

How To Know What God Is Really Saying!

It’s that time of year when everybody likes to forecast what lies ahead for the up and coming year. Likewise we all like to reflect and ponder what went right and what went wrong. Where did we as individuals get off the path God has for us, or did we do alright? If you are one to make New Year’s resolutions, then by now you probably have taken an inventory of how well you did.

But is all of that really important? Remember it is only what God says that really matters. If you are disappointed with your results then ask God what He thinks. Repent and ask for grace to move on. Still, why do we need to make resolutions. I believe it is important to have goals both short-term and long-term. We must make sure they are of course bathed in prayer and based in the Word of God.

In the ancient days the Children of Israel knew when it was time to reflect, repent, and look for the New. That took place around three seasons called ‘feast days’. The spring feasts, focused primarily on Passover, then 50 days later there was Pentecost, then the ‘fall feasts’ beginning with Trumpets, Atonement, and finally Tabernacles. There were other times like New Moon Feasts, and Jubilees that had special significance, and special meanings.

So, we have precedent to take a season to stop and look back and ask God to examine us over the past season. Yes, it is a daily thing but sometimes we need to see the bigger picture. In the Book of Acts we typically don’t read of New Year’s resolution, but see Peter talking about repentance and experiencing seasons of refreshing. The early Church began with just Jews and until later centuries they always celebrated the feasts. The feast were and are a good time to also sow special seed.

That seed sowing can be giving an offering to your church or a missionary or orphanage, or special need. We can sow our time and from our talents or skills. It helps us to break the cycles we have fallen into over the year. We can see others less fortunate or in need and we have not only opportunity to help but we are ‘storing up treasure in heaven.’

I began by talking about looking ahead. How do we know what God is really saying when we have 20 prophetic words over our nation or church or government. Or the prognosticators of the world start speaking. Who do we believe? We need to always submit everything to the Spirit of the Lord and His Word. Pray, and ask the Lord first what are His plans for your individual life for the upcoming year. Seek Him in prayer the Word, worship, and then pray with others. Every Word is not for each of us.

If the Lord moves on you to make changes be obedient, but make sure if you are married you are both in agreement. Pastors and leaders need to fast and seek the Lord for their Churches. Business and government leaders should seek heaven. The world is not where we get our guidance. Psychics, astrologers, wiccans, or anything from the world is not for believers of Jesus Christ to seek out or even give an ear to. Pray about everyone in authority over you and what they are telling you and make sure that it lines up with God’s word and that your spirit bears witness.

By staying in God’s Word and seeking Him in prayer you will be on the right path, and it will keep you there if you are obedient and if you stray and are quick to repent He will forgive and be merciful and bring you back to the place you need to be. Embrace the new seasons ahead with joy and delight and be thankful that it is also a time to just ‘wipe the slate clean’ in some instances.

It is my prayer that each one will seek God first before making any decision and obey. Perhaps this may be your biggest year where all of your dreams and everything you have been waiting for God to do will be accomplished. But, if not, grab onto the horns of the altar and don’t let go. Enjoy Him every day and do not give the devil any place.

The Watchman’s Watch

The Watchman’s Watch

The Lord Sets The Watchman In His Post

He Sets Him In His watch

He Watches The Lord To See What He Says

He Will Watch His Word With Thanksgiving

The Watchman Looks With Praise And

Waits In The Lord With Thanksgiving

The Watchman’s Watch May Go on for one hour

Or it may Go On An Entire twenty-four

The Watchman Knows Not How Long

For He Watches In Listening And Inquiring

Yet, He Must Not Forget To Watch His Household

Watching His Heart And His Ears

His Mouth And Especially His Eyes

The Word Is His Diet

The Watchman Watches Joyfully Shouting

Entering Into Victory Warfare

The Intercession He Makes Stirs The Heavenlies

He Reports What He Sees

Yeah, He Shouts Even More THe Shofar Sounds

For The Enemy He Sees

Then He Watches And Prays

Not To Enter Into Temptation

He Stays Awake His body Always Alert

His Spirit Never Slumbers

Weary He Must Not Be

For Not One Second He Shall Not See

He Strengthens What Remains

He Stands Pouring Out His Heart

Before The Chief Watchman

His Cry Comes!

Finally, The Watchman Watches

Coming Up Out Of Zion

Sounding The Shofar Warning

All The Way Long

In The End The Watchman’s Watching

Is Finally Finished!

When He Sees The Return Of The Chief Watchman

Then He Will Bow His Head

Lay His Head At His Feet

Just To Hear Well Done

You kept Your Watch Well

What Type Of Prophet Is A More Than A Prophet Prophet

What Type Of Prophet Is A More Than A Prophet Prophet?

We are all familiar with the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:9 where Jesus asks ‘what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you more than a prophet.”

Many sermons have been preached and books and other writings talking about the fact that Jesus said John was more than a prophet. But, have we really grasped what Jesus was saying? What was Jesus trying to say.?

I will only discuss this simply here for this could involve a great deal of discussion. Regardless, Jesus did in fact say John was a prophet. At that moment and time John the Baptist was in the Old Covenant and thus he was an Old Testament Prophet. So, what does that mean. Simply he was to remind the people of God’s covenant and call them to return to the teachings of God and His commands thus he was calling them to repentance, but in the Old Covenant.

John is often compared to Elijah and Jesus even said, “if you are willing to accept it he was Elijah to come.” (Matt. 11:14) Elijah did many things but the main thing is to call for Israel to return to righteous living, and obeying the commands of God. John called for repentance. All of the Old Testament prophets spoke of repentance. So we have established the fact that John was a prophet under the Old Covenant. Yet, here he is with the Messiah, Jesus the Christ the one many prophets spoke of.

If John was indeed a prophet, then why did Jesus say he was more than a prophet? This could be either a Messianic statement or eschatological one. In other words he did more than call for repentance, he pointed to the Messiah, and thus to the beginning of the “End of The Age”. The term eschatology simply refers to the end of the age or the time before the return of Jesus when he comes to establish His kingdom on the earth.

Malachi 3:1 talks about Elijah returning before the great and terrible ‘Day of the Lord,” which is often meant to refer to Jesus return. There is another Day of the Lord where judgment is meted out. That is later. So when Jesus said John was Elijah if you care to believe, He is saying in essence he is one that has come before the great Day of the Lord to announce it is near, or right around the corner.

So, John is a prophet who calls for repentance in the manner the Old Testament prophets and also is more than a prophet in he is saying the kingdom of God is here, because the Messiah, the one who rules and leads it, is here!

We know that Jesus later died in Jerusalem, in the manner of many prophets, but also arose and ascended to heaven where He is waiting to return. So, John was right in saying the Messiah is here and thus the kingdom of God was here, but it was only partially fulfilled. Also. Jesus continued John’s ministry in that he called for repentance, but as usual, He took it deeper calling for the Spirit-man to be born anew or come alive. That is how you enter this kingdom.

So, John was a prophet calling for repentance and change in living, but also more than that he established a new type of prophet or pattern in saying that the kingdom of God is here, now, because the Messiah is here and with Him is soon to come His kingdom established on the earth permanently. John pointed to more than changing your life to obey God’s word but he was also preparing the hearers for what was next. John’s was indeed a preparation ministry, making the way clear for Messiah.

In these last days it is more urgent now than ever that we declare more than just repentance, and repentance bearing fruit. We must declare that the kingdom of God is here, yes, even though it is only partial, but that it is also near, closer than ever. The fullness of the kingdom of God is ready to be poured out but we will only see the that when Jesus returns and sets it up. In the meanwhile as we get closer we will see more signs pointing to His soon return. Signs, wonders, miracles, judgments, etc. are all part of the kingdom of God. Like John, God has raised up and will continue to raise up those forerunners who are “more than a prophet prophets.”

You may not be called to be a frontline forerunner or carry that message with a burden, but f you are a believer in the kingdom of God then you have a voice and can still share the message of Jesus to repent and turn to Him and follow Him and prepare for His soon coming!!!

One of the hallmarks of John the Baptist is found in John 3:29, “the one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is made complete.” Preparing the way for Jesus’ returns is not a ministry of dread, but rather one of joy. All believers, but especially those called to point the way for His return should be full of His joy, not only for hearing His voice, but that He is coming.!