Jesus wants us to realize that time is short and
that He is coming again soon, and so He tells us to discern the signs of the
times and to watch what is going on in the world. There is an interesting verse
that says prophecies will fail Ė how can that be?
1Corinthians 13:8 Godly love never fails: but
where there are prophecies, they shall fail.
Will the prophecies of God fail? Will they not
come to pass as we hope they will? What does this strange verse mean?
Luke 21:29-33 And Jesus spoke to them a
parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye
see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye,
when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the Kingdom of God is nigh
at hand. Truly I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be
fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Jesus tells us that His words shall not pass
away! That is very good news because that definitely means that all Jesus has
said will surely come to pass. Everything else on this earth will pass away.
Even Solomonís Temple Ė the house of God Ė is no more. The first-century
Churches of God in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia,
and Laodicea no longer exist as viable congregations. It is the spiritual
things of God that will endure forever. God gives us a lot of accurate details
as to how this present evil world will come to a close.
God has prophesied that the USA and Great
Britain, along with our sister nations, will soon experience the breakdown of
law, order and morality on an increasingly massive scale due to wars, economic
disorder, natural disasters and societal collapse. No one yet makes the
connection, but our physical demise is the outcome of spiritual disobedience to God.
China and Asia will make a bid for global
hegemony and economic supremacy backed by an enormous two hundred million man
army. Just when it looks like Europe is all washed up politically and
militarily there will arise a worldwide revival and popularity of enormous
magnitude for the Beast power and its leader.
Revelation 13:3-4 I saw one of the Beastís
heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the
world wondered after the Beast. And they worshiped the dragon which gave power
unto the Beast: and they worshiped the Beast, saying, Who is like unto the
Beast? Who is able to make war with him?
This is an example of Godís prophecy. Prophecy
is not for the purpose of our getting ahead of everyone else, but for the
purpose of preparing ourselves spiritually.
2Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of
prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shines in
a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private
interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Manís prophecies will fail, as will the gift of
any manís inspired preaching. They will cease and not go on indefinitely, but
Godís word is the sure word of prophecy. In todayís sermon we will look at some
of manís prophecies that are bound to fail.
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