Friday, January 26, 2018
This weekend of meetings begins with a message by Apostle Benjamin Tovstiga. The message takes up the topic of Believe the Prophets.
There have always been preachers preaching doctrines that are not able to effect salvation of the soul nor freedom from the bondage of sin. 2 Peter 1:16-19 mentions “cunningly devised fables” and also “a more sure word of prophecy.” We have the privilege to be in the time of the greatest concentration of the fulfillment of prophecy.
In Acts 26:22 in his address to King Agrippa, the apostle Paul appealed to the same source, prophecy, the apostle Peter did in 2 Peter. “I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come.”
In this time, the enemy wants to attack our faith. If he succeeds, he renders us useless!
In Acts chapter 6, Stephen was full of faith and power. Stephen was operating from a deep-seated faith in the scriptures and in the prophets. His discourse begins in Acts chapter 7 with: “Men, brethren and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham…” He went from Abraham and he worked on through the prophets. Because of the stream of prophecy that he charted, he was able in the end to point to Jesus. Stephen loved not his life to the death (Revelation 12:11) because he believed the prophets.
Stephen had such a promising future. We believe that he was a young man. The Bible says that great wonders and miracles were done by Stephen among the people and that he spoke with wisdom and a remarkable spirit. Surely more healings could have been done and think of the excellent messages that could have been preached by him. And yet he loved not his life unto the death. When we see that we are minute players ordained to work within the prophecy, we will be able to live in such a way as to have said of us “…and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
John the Baptist also built on the prophets who had gone before him. He was prophesied of by Isaiah and Malachi. They preached about John long before he came and somehow John found out that Isaiah was talking about him! How Zacharias must have talked to John! “And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways…” (Luke 1:76). Something motivated John to go away from the norms of society in his time, to eat locusts and wild honey. It was in the wilderness that “he grew, and waxed strong in spirit.” The prophecies waxed strong upon him and we can see John, a young man, making his choices because of prophecy.
There were tremendous, awe-inspiring resources at Christ’s disposal, for His deliverance, “But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” Matthew 26:54
How do we speak to our children, saints? There are multitudes of scriptures, multitudes of prophecies that revolve around us and our time. As we make life decisions, we need to allow ourselves to be constrained by the scriptures. Would what we do be a hindrance to the gospel? Lord help us to be persuaded of the prophecies. There is a difference between acknowledging the work of God and being persuaded of it!
In Luke 24:25 it is written of the two disciples on the Emmaus Road: “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” Lord help us not to be Restoration fools. Let us war a good warfare by the prophecy that has gone before on us. Amen!