Spies And Prophets

   
At the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, 21-year-old
schoolteacher Nathan Hale was asked to spy on the
British. He personally despised the morality of spying, but became
convinced that foreknowledge of British intentions was necessary. Hale
was captured as a spy and ultimately hung by the Redcoats. In one of
the most famous quotations we have recorded in our history books, just
before he was hanged, Hale declared, "I regret that I have but one
life to give for my country."

   
The British and Americans used a total of about 500
spies during America's battle for independence. We have historical
documentation that George Washington used his spies and
their gathered information more effectively than the British, and was
able to defeat a superior force by acting upon his foreknowledge of
enemy actions.

   
The LORD has given Christians a type of spiritual spy - a
prophet
- to help us in the battle with Satan
and his forces of evil. The scriptures are full of prophetic
information (foreknowledge), which has been provided to allow Christians
the same advantage of foreknowledge that the father of our country
used to fight, and win, against an overpowering force. Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance describes a PROPHET (Strong's #5030) as a
"foreteller."

   
The last chapter of the Bible, Revelation, opens with
the prophet John explaining that God has shown
him, "things which must shortly come to pass" (Revelation 1:1).
The book of Revelation is a written version of John's
visions and foreknowledge of future events. Christians can use
John's "intelligence information" and form a last day's
defense armed with this foreknowledge of the enemy's intentions.

   
John tells those "that readeth, and they that hear the words of this
prophecy" (those that study and understand the gathered intelligence
of God's spy) - that they are blessed (Revelation
1:3).

   
In Revelation, Christians read that the true
church of Jesus Christ will keep the Commandments of God
and have the Testimony of Jesus (Revelation
12:11, 14:12). The testimony (Strongs #3141) of Jesus is
the "evidence" and the "witness" of Jesus Christ.
Prophecy is a God inspired evidence and witness of the truth of who
JESUS is, who His Father is, and that the scripture is
100% true and correct.

    
Only the true God can foretell the future of all things unerringly.
God, through his Old Testament prophets foretold the
coming of JESUS in exact detail - so that those who
truly sought after Him would be led to him. In Revelation, the prophet
John has explained in exact detail the events that
foreshadow and precede the return of Jesus.

   
In scripture, we find there were other prophets during the early
church era. Men like Paul, Peter, Philip, and
others are described as leading the church through the gifts of
understanding
given to them from God. These prophets were given
understanding of the existing scriptures. For example, Paul
wrote to Timothy interpreting the nature of the
scriptures when he wrote "All scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable...." (II Timothy 3:16).

   
To the Romans, Paul also prophesied
utilizing the existing Word of God when he wrote "For the scripture
saith unto Pharaoh, even for this same purpose have I raised
thee up, that I might shew my power in thee...." (Romans 9:17). The
prophet James likewise taught concerning the understanding of
fulfilled prophecy concerning the faith of Abraham when
he wrote "And the scripture was thus fulfilled which saith, Abraham
believed God...." (James 2:23)

   
Other prophets, like Philip and Agabus led
the early church as prophetic spies invading the kingdom of
Satan with the truth of what God was doing in their day
(Acts 8:26, Acts 21:10). Peter even warned the church
they need to listen to the prophets when he wrote "We
have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that
ye take heed...." (II Peter 1:19) Even though all these prophets
led the church, modern theologians now say that there are no more
prophets because the apostolic era has come and gone.

   
The Bible itself prophesied that the last day's church
would do this when the Word tells us they shall "turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (II Timothy
4:4) Thus, the mainstream "Christian" church is devoid of any
understanding of these end times prophetic events. Without superior spies
(prophets of God) the church cannot hope to understand its enemy, and
defend against the forces of evil that it faces. Because the majority
of the modern church has no acccurate foreknowledge of Satan's plan,
the prophesied "strong delusion" has already
overtaken significant portions of the church, and the Antichrist
and his False Prophet will soon replace the true Christ
as the head of the earthly church, and the one-world government.

 But
God has promised that he will always preserve a
righteous remnant, and that remnant church of Jesus Christ
will receive the truth of God "as he hath declared to his servants
the prophets." (Revelation 10:7)

January 28, 2002 -- Doug Hudson

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Beyond Babylon

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