Dark prophets vs prophets of the light
I saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. – Revelation 14:1
4 Jesus told them, Don’t let anyone mislead you,
5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.
11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.
12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
23 Then if anyone tells you, “Look, here is the Messiah,” or “There he is,” don’t believe it.
24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.
25 See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.
It seems as though the world we have known is in convulsions. It is rapidly changing. Moral and societal structures are crumbling. Many believe this is the beginning of the end of planet Earth as we know it. Wars, famine, brutality, disease, and drastic weather changes seem rapidly increasing. The world as we know it is disintegrating.
Wickedness, cruelty, and selfishness are on the rise. Both unseen dark, spiritual and physical forces are at work to bring about vast and almost universal destruction. People are confused, shocked, and fearful of the chaos around them. Is it all happening for a reason? If so, what?
The Scriptures predict these spectacular events as birth pangs that lead up to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 24:3 His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of signs that would indicate that the generation that saw these signs was on a collision course with the Second Coming (Matthew 24:34).
As the dark and destructive forces gather, how do you suppose the Father will respond? “I believe God is going to raise up holy men who will be so super dynamic that it would be uncomfortable to live with them” (Ravenhill).
REFLECT & PRAY
1 Peter 3:15 Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
Father strengthen me to be a godly child of the King and stand firm in the difficult times ahead.
The Father’s mighty men are called to battle: 144,000 men, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. Although not explicitly stated, they appear to be the ones responsible for the conversion of untold numbers of individuals from the nations of the world (Revelation 7:7-19). Their evangelistic efforts are unstoppable because they are sealed and protected by God.
In addition, there are two witnesses with prophetic powers that are reminiscent of Moses and Elijah. They, too, cannot be harmed until their mission is complete and their protection removed. Then will be killed, and the entire world will view their bodies left on display and will gloat over them. But the Father has the final word. The whole planet Earth will be awestruck after 3 1/2 days. They will be resurrected, called from above, and ascend back to heaven. The entire world will be astonished by the almighty power of the omnipotent God.
3 Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.”
4 And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God – 144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel.
3 And I will give power to my two prophets, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days.”
6 They have power to shut the sky so that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. And they have the power to turn the rivers and oceans into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they wish.
7 When they complete their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit will declare war against them, and he will conquer them and kill them.
8 And their bodies will lie in the main street of Jerusalem, . . . where their Lord was crucified.
9 And for three and a half days, all peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will stare at their bodies. No one will be allowed to bury them.
10 All the people who belong to this world will gloat over them and give presents to
each other to celebrate the death of the two prophets who had tormented them.
11 But after three and a half days, God breathed life into them, and they stood up! Terror struck all who were staring at them.
12 Then, a loud voice from heaven called to the two prophets, “Come up here!” And they rose to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched.
What will happen in the future during the 70th week of Daniel and the final great and terrible tribulation is clearly predicted.
The enemy put his man in power, the Antichrist. Dark human and spiritual servants will attempt to take over the planet. But the Father will raise up an army of mighty men to resist. They will proclaim the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and untold numbers of people will believe. They will fight against evil. But the entire war does not end until the triumphal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.
12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself.
13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.
15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress.
16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
Between now and then what do you suppose the Father will do? Could it be that He is raising up a precursor, an army of mighty men and women of God who will serve Him faithfully under the most difficult and horrible conditions imaginable? The children of light will take on the children of darkness. A fight will ensue for the souls of people on planet Earth.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
1 Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you.
2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.
4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.
5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.
6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.
7 Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk.
8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
9 For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
Let all children of the King rejoice!
Revelation 19:6 I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder, saying, “Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigns.”
© Dr. H 2022