By Gordon King
Hello folks, I pray that God is guiding you in spirit and truth!
I went to church today, as I do every Sunday. The pastor led a great sermon and nine people were baptized in water today!
However, there is one thing that really bothers me about most churches today, I have never heard any teaching about bible prophecy! I have a strong craving for biblical prophecy. Prophecy is not only found in Revelation, but throughout the bible. God even tells us that there is a special blessing for those that read, hear and believe his prophecy!
Revelation 1 New International Version
1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
So what gives? Why is prophecy not taught in the church? It is part of God’s word. In fact about 30% of the bible (according to sources on the internet) is prophecy. So why is this not taught?! This withholding of God’s Word from the church is, to me, a sin. I am probably going to get many comments on what I just said, but, what else would you call it? I don’t know, but, it can’t be a good thing. Could it?
God gave us his prophecy for a reason, not just to fill the pages of a book! He gave it to us so that we would know what is coming, to prepare and watch. Bible prophecy not only tells us what is to come, but is a witness to the authenticity of God’s Word. Bible prophecy therefore, is proof for the existence of God!
So why don’t most churches today teach about prophecy? Well, this is why I think that they don’t:
- 1) Lack of knowledge and education.
- 2) Afraid to make people uncomfortable.
- 3) Believe that Revelation is allegorical.
- 4) Afraid to teach judgement and wrath.
- 5) Only want to teach love, peace and harmony.
- 6) Do not believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
I don’t know about you, but, I say “HogWash!”. God wants us to read and study the entire bible, not just the parts that feel good. We are not to pick and choose what to study and believe. The entire bible is the truth and word of God Almighty! If you do not believe that then why do you believe any of it? What makes a pastor better than anyone else, that he can choose what he wants to preach about? Nothing! Not one darn thing! Not that I don’t appreciate the work they do for the Lord or feel that they don’t have a special calling on their life. They do, of course. With that being said, I believe that this places a unique responsibility upon them. They need to take serious the entire word of God. They need to be teaching the church all of what God has to tell us and not just bits and pieces!!! They will be held accountable before God.
I thank God for the pastors that we do have who are not afraid to speak the whole truth. I also pray for all of the other pastors to grow a spiritual backbone and teach the whole bible! We don’t have much time left, Jesus is returning soon for his bride.
Many people believe as many pastors do: “Teach love and peace, but, just leave out all of the difficult stuff! That’s not important!” Baloney! If you are one of them, then I pray for God to bless you and show you the whole truth, not just a part of it! I say this out of love and compassion.
May God Bless you all! Praise God! Maranatha! Come quickly Lord Jesus, we eagerly await your return! :-)