THE PROPHETIC IMPERATIVE FOR THE CONCEPTION, BIRTH AND LIFE OF ISRAEL.
No Prophecy! No Israel! No prophecy! No Church!
It is necessary to perceive the importance of prophecy in the life of the nation of Israel. Israel was conceived through the prophetic words spoken to Abraham. God Himself spoke to Abraham. The Source of all prophecy spoke directly to Abram when he was still in Mesopotamia. The text informs us also that, “The Word of the Lord came to Abram”. In normal parlance that would simply suggest that a thought from heaven had dropped into Abram’s mind. But when talking to Abram we realise that the “Word of the Lord” that came to him was a person (whom I understand to be He who was the Living Word who was with God and was God i.e. The Lord Jesus Christ.). It is commonly understood by Bible readers and scholars that, as well as the Angel of the Lord (understood by many to be a Christophany) uttering God’s Words over him about his seed, the Land and the nations, he would be the father to, and the ownership of that land for that nation in perpetuity. This tells us that the nation of Israel was conceived through prophecy.
It is important to note that just as the prophetic word spoken to Abraham brought Isaac into being, as against Ishmael; and just as the far flung future of Abraham’s people in Egypt and their deliverance was given prophetically to the patriarch; and just as the prophetic word to Rebekah brought Jacob into focus as against Esau, and again, just as Jacob and the 70 members of his people went down into Egypt as foretold to Abraham, so the essential nature of the prophetic word was embedded into the DNA of all Jews. Moses was the deliverer whose mission was foretold in prophetic circles. The deliverer who would set Israel free. It was the word of God prophetically delivered by Moses that set the nation in order as they approached Canaan from the Eastern bank of the Jordan.
The entire gestation period of the nation, the birth and the battles, the sojourning in the desert and the settling in the promised land was soaked in prophecy and directives from heaven.
Israel as a nation was preordained, predestined, predicted and prepared to possess the land of Canaan, to be innumerable in their multiplied numbers, to preserve the oracles of God, and to be the people to whom the Messiah would be given, and from whom a virgin would produce the Messiah.
Prophecy birthed them, maintained them, re invigorated them at times and condemned them at others. Israel, throughout the entire Old Testament period, was a hotbed of prophetic pronouncements, prophetic characters, prophetic fulfilments, and prophetic historical events. God speaking to them, through them, for them and for the world. Israeli prophets and prophetess’s heard God, and spoke. And we read them today and tremble at their authority.
Christ Himself was the ultimate fulfilment of all the ultimate prophecies of human deliverance. The Old Testament prophets foretold not only the coming of Messiah, but without understanding their own words, predicted that the whole world would submit and be held accountable to Messiah. Yes! The gentile church was spoken of, even though Peter tells us they did not know of what they were speaking. The church age was prophesied, though not seen or understood by Jewish people, or even those prophets that gave the utterance.
We need, at this early point of our Samuellian considerations, to understand the absolute essential and imperative nature of prophecy to Israel. Prophecy concerning Israel’s existence, prophecy re the Land of Canaan becoming the home land of Israel, and never forgetting that prophecy re Messiah and the church is what the Old Testament is all about. Then after Christ’s ascension and the descent of the Spirit of God, prophecy was still common within the church. Saul was sent out as a missionary minister and became the Apostle Paul through the means and direction of prophecy. We need also to be clear concerning the vast body of prophetic statements and predictions within the corpus of Hebrew prophecy that vast swathes of biblical prophecy have not yet been fulfilled. Christ will return. Jerusalem will be the centre of his millennial reign. Nation states, still existing in Christ’s earthly reign, will make pilgrimages to Zion to sit at His feet and learn.
All this cannot be ignored or refuted. These facts embedded in the DNA of the entire bible, and in the genetic structure of the beliefs and practices of the heroes of faith in the scriptures, are voluminous meant to feed us, set us to be spiritually aglow, and to live lives that prophetically present the gospel.
We need to grasp the whole vista that is prophecy.
- FFOZ TV Review: Jewish Prophecies (mymorningmeditations.com)
- The relationship between God and Israel is punctuated with judgment and mercy (joelmlayblog.wordpress.com)
- Storyboard: Prophetic (massively.joystiq.com)
- Seer (newinepouring.com)
- Festivals of the LORD reveal Bible Prophecy about End Times! (lastdayscalendar.com)
- Festivals of the LORD reveal Bible Prophecy about End Times! (lastdaysbible.wordpress.com)