Our faith does not hinge on history, believing in what has already taken place, our faith hinges on prophecy and its fulfillment [Like when Sarah hears she is going to have a child in her old age she laughs (Gn 18:10-15)]…it is hard to have faith in prophecies or promises that seem almost impossible to us.
“…However, when the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth?”
2000 years ago, at the time of the first coming, the Pharisees and Jews said they believed in God, but they didn’t believe in Jesus. Therefore, they didn’t truly believe in God either. The Spirit of God dwelt within Jesus (Mt 3:16; Jn 1:32), and seeing Jesus was like seeing God (John 14:9). By not believing in the one that God had sent, the Pharisees and Jews were actually turning their backs on God and refusing to accept Him.
In John 13:20 Jesus says,
“I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
God sent Jesus at the first coming. The Spirit of God was with Jesus, and because of this Jesus spoke the words of God, giving God’s message to the people – the lost sheep of Israel (Mt 15:24). Jesus did the things he saw the Father doing (John 5:19), and the words he spoke were not his own, they were the words of his Father (Jn 14:24; Jn 17:8). Because of this, believing in and accepting Jesus, was the same as believing in and accepting God.
In Revelation 1:1-2 we see how there is a time when the revelation of Jesus Christ gets passed down so that it eventually reaches the group of the ‘servants’. How does this revelation travel? Looking at this passage, Rv 1:1-2, we can see that it starts off with God, who then gives it to Jesus. Jesus makes it known by sending an angel to Apostle John, who testifies to everything he saw, and ultimately makes the revelation known to the group of the servants. Apostle John is sent by Jesus, he carries Jesus’ message, to the ‘servants’.
However, there is a problem…Apostle John is not alive today, so how will the revelation of Jesus Christ be made known if there is no more Apostle John to physically make it known? The book of Revelation in a book of prophecy, and so we have to find the physical fulfillment of these prophecies. We have to find the one who is like Apostle John, the fulfillment of the Apostle John figure.
We have to find the one who can testify to everything he has seen (Rv 1:2), who has ‘eaten’ the opened scroll (Rv 5:5; Rv 10:10-11), and who has overcome (Rv 2-3). Then we will find the one whom Jesus has sent to give his message to his servants.
Have you ever had a hard time believing and having faith when something felt impossible?
Is anyone else suffering from severe allergies this year? Ugh!
I realize I have not been posting as often as usual, besides the onslaught of allergies, it is also a crazy time of year. Hopefully I will be “up and running” again soon. ~with much love, HL