Last year, in 2020,
the Lord showed me Luke 12
as the scripture for this time.
It was overwhelming!
the Holy Spirit directed me to Luke 12:4-59,
and illuminated my mind.
Today, while reading Matthew 16,
He reminded me of the passage again,
This is the light that He continues to shed.
In Luke 12, Jesus said,
“I have come to set the world on fire,
and I wish it were already burning!
I have a terrible baptism
of suffering ahead of me,
and I am under a heavy burden
until it is accomplished.”
“Do you think I have come
to bring peace to the earth?
No, I have come to divide
people against each other!
From now on families will be split apart,
three in favor of me, and two against -
or two in favor and three against.
Father will be divided against son
and son against father;
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother;
and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
“Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said,
“When you see clouds beginning to form in the west,
you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’
And you are right.
When the south wind blows,
you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is.
You know how to interpret the weather signs
of the earth and sky,
but you don’t know how to interpret the present times.
“Why can’t you decide for yourselves what is right?”
Jesus was talking about their lack
of having a spiritual barometer -
their lack of knowledge and understanding
regarding what God has said,
and acknowledgement of Jesus the Christ.
Then, in Matthew 16, I saw it again.
The scripture says,
“One day the Pharisees and Sadducees
came to test Jesus,
demanding that he show them
a miraculous sign from heaven
to prove his authority.
He replied, “You know the saying,
‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow;
red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’
You know how to interpret
the weather signs in the sky,
but you don’t know how
to interpret the signs of the times!
Only an evil, adulterous generation
would demand a miraculous sign,
but the only sign I will give them
is the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
Then Jesus left them and went away.”
You see, every day before getting out of bed.
I break my fast and have a gourmet,
spirit-filled breakfast with the Holy Spirit.
I grab my Bible, journal and pen,
or I use the Bible and Notes app on my phone,
and begin eating from the Word of the Lord.
It’s always filling
and brings me great satisfaction -
even when the words are hard.
You see, God in the flesh
was standing right in front
of the the religious leaders -
and yet they could not see Him.
They did not have revelation.
They knew the written Word of God
like the back of their hand,
and yet, they did not understand it.
They didn’t see what was predicted
by the Old Testament Prophets.
If they had, they would have seen
the Passover Lamb,
the Suffering Servant,
the Faithful Witness,
the Righteous Branch.
They would have acknowledged
the High Priest,
the Righteous King
and the Almighty Prophet.
They would have recognized Jesus as Lord
and they would have heard the Voice of God
call Jesus His beloved Son,
when He was being baptized by his cousin, John.
They would have noticed
the changes and transformations
that were taking place
in people’s lives all around them.
They would have known
He was healing people
and casting out demons -
all in the Name of Almighty God.
But they didn’t.
They could not see it
because Jesus did not match
Jesus was NOT who the religious leaders predicted.
He was not the kind of king they wanted.
He was not domineering and wealthy,
nor pompous and self-centered.
Rather He was about love and compassion,
and the reconciliation of all people.
Somewhere along the line,
humans changed the rules.
Many people abandon God and His Words,
long before He leaves us alone
and stops knocking at our door.
If you don’t believe
that God will turn away from you,
then go and read Romans Chapter 1.
It’s all there!
So now, let me ask you a question.
Do you believe that Jesus
came to divide men into those going to Heaven
and those going to Hell?
Do you believe that He had to suffer
a terrible baptism by blood
just so that He could save you from complete doom?
Do you understand
that God does not want anyone to perish,
but all to return to Him in repentance?
Do you know
there is a permanent separation
between Heaven and Hell?
If you don’t, then let me spell it out -
don’t be afraid of those
who want to kill your body;
they cannot do any more
to you after that.
But I’ll tell you whom to fear.
Fear God, who has the power
to kill you and then throw you into hell.
Yes, he’s the one to fear.”
Isn't it crazy how humans have twisted the truth!
So many Christians today
believe that since God is good,
everyone goes to Heaven.
But that is NOT what Jesus said!
Don’t we get it?
Our own religious leaders,
and so called “Christians”
have hearts bent on evil intent
because like the Pharisees-
they focus on the self,
rather than what the Word of God says.
Can you imagine
being so focused on your own truth,
that you spit in the face of God?
Can you imagine
how that makes the Father feel?
To know that He sacrificed
His beloved Son to redeem you,
and you say that his blood
was never needed!
Well, that is exactly what happens
when people try to be God -
just like Eve and Adam.
Let me skip ahead to Luke Chapter 16
to provide some scriptural evidence
for this poetic sermon.
“There was a certain rich man
who was splendidly clothed
in purple and fine linen
and who lived each day in luxury.
At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus
who was covered with sores.
As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps
from the rich man’s table,
the dogs would come
and lick his open sores.”
“Finally, the poor man died
and was carried by the angels
to sit beside Abraham
at the heavenly banquet.”
“The rich man also died and was buried,
and he went to the place of the dead.
There, in torment, he saw Abraham
in the far distance with Lazarus at his side.”
“The rich man shouted,
‘Father Abraham, have some pity!
Send Lazarus over here
to dip the tip of his finger
in water and cool my tongue.
I am in anguish in these flames.
But Abraham said to him,
‘Son, remember that during your lifetime
you had everything you wanted,
and Lazarus had nothing.
So now he is here being comforted,
and you are in anguish.
And besides, there is a great chasm
No one can cross over to you from here,
and no one can cross over to us from there.’
“Then the rich man said,
‘Please, Father Abraham,
at least send him to my father’s home.
For I have five brothers,
and I want him to warn them
so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’
“But Abraham said,
‘Moses and the prophets have warned them.
Your brothers can read what they wrote.’
“The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham!
But if someone is sent to them from the dead,
then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’
“But Abraham said,
‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets,
they won’t be persuaded
even if someone rises from the dead.”
You see, God is so good
that He put His Word
into the mouths of many humans!
He created prophets
to speak and write about
His past, present and future time events.
This way people would have a way to pay attention
to the changing patterns of the wind.
The truth is
every believer who has the Holy Spirit
living inside of them,
has the ability to do this.
But, many don’t.
The question I pose to you is “why not?”
Well, that’s a deep subject!
Perhaps we should take a deep dive into the heart.