Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Time of Distress (23) - Christian Prophets

At the peak of the big battle, God will intervene and bring it to an end.

The LORD will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God (Is 52:10).
His arm will be released by his prophets. When Israel is besieged and the people are full over fear, Christian prophets living in Jerusalem will speak out prophetically and warn the nations gathered for battle that they will be destroyed. They will speak judgment in Jesus name. Their prayers will release God’s hand (Is 67:6-7).

Christian prophets will speak to the Jewish people and encourage then to trust in God for their deliverance. They will warn them note to hope in military deliverance. This prophetic message was foreshadowed by Isaiah.
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins (Is 40:1-2).
The Christian prophets will announce that Israel spiritual exile has ended. They will promise that Israel will be delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit, not my military force (Zeph 3:14-16). The people of Israel will not believe the prophets, but when deliverance that was prophesied becomes a reality, they will remember their words. They will bless those who prophesied in the name of Jesus. This is the true sign that the Times of the Gentiles has ended.
Look, your house is left to you desolate… until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Matt 23:38-39).
These prophets will have to be scrupulous about timing. They must not announce Israel’s return to blessing, until God gives the word. Some Christian prophets have already disqualified themselves for this role by announcing the end of Israel’s desolation, when God had not spoken. These prophets would have no credibility if they were required to promise deliverance for Israel during a time of great disaster, because they have promised this before and been proved wrong by events.

The prayers and declarations of the Christian prophets will release the power of the Holy Spirit. He will bring the destruction of the political and military powers of the world by causing their weapons to fall back on themselves. There are several reasons ways that he might achieve this goal.
  • Atmospheric conditions might make remote controlled weapons go haywire.

  • Computers viruses and worms might sabotage the control of weapons.

  • The people controlling the weapons might fall into confusion and turn the weapons on themselves.

Every man’s sword will be against his brother (Ezek 38:21).
On that day people will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another (Zech 14:13).
The outcome will be amazing.
  • The military forces that are besieging Israel will totally destroy themselves. Their destruction is described in Zechariah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 39:3-5.

  • This military destruction will back fire on the headquarters of these nations as well. Their leaders will be destroyed by their own weapons.

The cities of the nations collapsed (Rev 16:19).
The declarations and prayers of the prophets will save Israel from terror.

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