Meridian Star

Religion

February 8, 2014

Signposts on the road to Armageddon

MERIDIAN — Coffee, eggs, bacon and biscuits for breakfast in your Sunday school classroom has always been on the mind of some believers as the Bible is read in church. The Radio Bible Class is on the air at 9:05 a.m. every Sunday morning and is now resident at  Magnolia Restaurant at the Queen City Truck Stop, I-20, Exit 150.  

    As the study engages prophecy from the book of Daniel it is easily observed that God controls the destiny of the world and specifically, America.

    When we speak of prophets and the Bible definition many wonder about the meaning of that word, prophet. The Apostle Paul defined the fivefold ministries of the church in his first letter to the Corinthians, 12:28. “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”  

    By definitions your pastor is a prophet of God as he or she proclaims the will of God as it is relayed in order to prepare the people for a specific situation. The people of America ask, does God pass on information to the world today? Yes, there are still prophets, today, and the prophet of today may not wear animal skins or sackcloth, but more than likely will wear every day cloths like we wear, a collar or a suit and tie.  

    Jesus warned about false prophets in sheep’s clothing in Matthew 7 that “inwardly are ravenous wolves.” He is saying that a fake may only represent the real prophet.  

    In biblical times a prophet was feared, illusive and probably not liked by many. However, respect was always there because the true prophet represented God.  

    The lexicon word for prophet is “nave” from the Hebrew that means someone who has been directed to pass on a message from God. A prophet imparts God’s message to the people. And when God the Holy Spirit imparts that prophetic Word, peace settles into the soul.  

    Confidence in God’s plan encourages the believer and the scripture screams through the mind. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil4:13)

    A prophet of God is sent with a message from God. (Jere23:21) How could any man believe that anything he says comes from the throne of God and is specifically for a particular people?  

    No man is interested in my opinion; however, everyone wants to know the plan of God! Everyone wants the blessing of God whether you are a believer or not.  The main reason people may believe there are not any modern day prophets is because they have the idea that a prophet is special with God.  

    Today, God speaks directly to every believer when we listen as John 14:17 states that the Holy Spirit of Truth “dwells with you, and shall be in you.” The church should understand (Eph4 & 1Cr12) that the office of a prophet is a function ordained by God and the church is encouraged to receive the prophet with open arms.  

    Matthew 10:41states, “He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward.” Why should I do that if I don’t know? God never forces anything on the believer, but encourages a personal relationship that discerns the spirits with Godly fear. (1Cr12:10)  

    Now, you have made it a personal thing and this indicates it is my responsibility. That, my friend, is the truth. The Apostle Paul articulates the distinction clearly in 1Timothy 2:5 where he says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”  

    James 4:8 encourages us to “draw close to God and he will draw close to you." God is so personal that He told Jeremiah in 1:8, "Be not afraid, ... for I am with you to deliver you."  

    Why would this awesome omnipotent God want to be with me? Romans 8:14 states, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  (15) For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”  

    A relationship is given from God that is sonship and is as personal as a daddy.   

N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at rbc@wmerworldwide.com.

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