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Israel has a crazy timeline of captivity for almost 600 years.
It starts with the Babylonian Captivity and goes on from there. It is considered a dark time where it’s said that “God did not Speak.” What do you do when it seems God is not speaking?
How long have we dealt with the pandemic? It hasn’t been 600 years, but there is a meme that said “2020 — the longest 10 years of my life.” Can you relate? It’s safe to say, “Right now — THIS IS A DARK TIME.” People around us are leaving for various reasons; some are dying; others are losing their jobs and income. We don’t even know who’s going to lead our country. There is so much uncertainty about tomorrow. Counties and Cities are starting to shut down again. And it seems as if God isn’t speaking or isn’t found … the word of the Lord is scarce.
What do we do? Do we hole up and hope we can ride all of it in seclusion? Do we pull away from everything out of fear? We will share with you 7 Prophetic Words that came out of such a dark time … I think it is more applicable to us right now than just about any other time I can think of.
Key Passages: Luke 1:67-70, 76-77 (NKJV)
67 Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David,
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,
Who have been since the world began,
76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the [j]Dayspring from on high [k]has visited us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Do you believe that God speaks prophetically?
A Word from the Lord can change everything. Prophetic Words didn’t fix their today, but it gave them hope for a better tomorrow.
A Prophetic Word is an invitation for us to join in with The Father in what He wants to do. If you don’t have faith that God speaks prophetically, it will be hard for you to trust in a “better tomorrow.” A Prophetic Word is God speaking … so what was He speaking at such a dark time when it says, “the voice of the Lord was scarce?” What was He saying about the birth of His Son, and why did that matter? How was that going to help their situation?
Q: Do you believe in the prophetic word of God? Why or why not? What word do you need to hear right now?
Christmas Season is said to be the “Season of Perpetual Hope.”
Christmas should remind us of God’s plan to save humanity out of one of the darkest times in Israel’s history.
The first word comes through Zacharias. He was a priest in Temple, and his wife was unable to conceive a child. He is performing his priestly duties in the Temple and is praying for his wife to conceive a child when an angel visits him. It’s amazing what happens to those that are willing to serve and not back down even though there is oppression, captivity, beatings, imprisonments, uncertainty, and the word of the Lord is scarce. Zacharias didn’t believe initially and was struck mute until he confirmed John’s name after he was born.
The first prophetic word spoken was one of salvation. Salvation is our forgiveness, redemption, and remission (the cancellation of a debt, charge, or penalty). It is saving us and reconnecting us with God. It also means that there was something that caused us to disconnect from God, causing separation.
Q: Write in your own words what salvation means to you.
His name will be Jesus, for He will save his people from their sins.
Jesus in the Greek — Jeshua in the Hebrew. If you study out the full meaning of His name, it is a derivative of Joshua. Jeshua means … I am God your salvation.
- I AM –The Way
- I AM — The Door
- I AM — The Bread of Life
- I AM — The Alpha & Omega
- I AM … THAT I AM
Is that the only thing that Salvation through Jesus does for us?
Jesus Himself, while on earth, said …
John 10:10 Amp
10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
A quick breakdown of life more Abundant
- More than enough
- Superior in Quality
- Excessive in Quantity
- More than you could need or use
Did this change the lives of the people who heard it instantly … Maybe, but I know for sure it’s changed mine …
Jesus is THE GREAT I AM …
Jesus is THE I AM OF ABUNDANCE — amid scarcity.
Jesus is THE I AM OF HEALTH — amid a pandemic.
Jesus is THE I AM OF PROTECTION — amid oppression.
Jesus is the God of your salvation — the great I am of your life, and that’s why we celebrate his birth!
Q: How will you celebrate the birth of Jesus?