The Light Of Bible Prophecy

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2 Pet 1:19

There Is Light In Every Cloud

The Light of Bible prophecy, is the fact that there is Light, in every cloud. Jesus is the “light that shines in a dark place,” (2 Pet 1:19, and Jesus is the Light of The world. (John 8:12).

And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. (Job 37:21)

There Is Light In Every Cloud

There Is Light In Every Cloud

According to the text, as Elihu was speaking, a thunder-storm was gathering, and much of the imagery in the first part of this chapter is suggested by that fact. The little group listened to the sound of God’s voice in the thunder. Peal followed peal without cessation, Job 37:4. When I read this chapter in the book of Job, I somehow got the impression that not everyone there got or gave the same message. When it comes to the why’s and the how’s of all the dark clouds in our experience, we do not all translate that the same way. What I get out of it all, as the “whole-picture” view, is that we can and should be much more eager to look for the bright light in the clouds. It is always there. A rainbow for every storm; an arbor for every difficult hill; a sure hiding-place in every tempest. Such is Jesus to all who love and trust Him.

As promised last week, we are going to take a look at another one of those little red astericks in my old, Hebrew Greek Study Bible. I not only have a small red asterick beside Gal 6:14, I actually have Gal 6:14 written in red, under or beside quite a few texts throughout this entire Bible. At first glance, I was not sure why.

I did have a little trouble with this weeks devotional, because, in theory, there are so many ways to say this message, and of course, a great deal of it is very competitive in vying for the “top spot” as “the truth,” or perhaps as “the straight testimony.”

In all the competing “doctrines” and theories on the internet,  being bandied about by today’s churches, how do we interpret all of the forebodings of dark clouds, apparently coming our way, as much of the “end-times prophecy” being published seems to depict? The stoic attitude we are seeing insists that their list of all of the perceived sins or slights of “the church” are secret plotting of the most malicious character, and the power of Satan is therein gloriously extolled; and then we are simply told that said criticism is “the straight testimony.” “The everlasting gospel.” These prolific messages of hate and prejudice are poisoning the church, and poisoning the world. IS there another way to view the many dark clouds, The Super-Cell Maelstrom predicted by prophecy as coming our way, (Rev 3:10), or in some cases, already here? (see eg of above picture)

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If you are like me, if you are even a little bit human, you are bound to sometimes look at all of the condemnations being artfully crafted as “truth,” and wonder: “is this all there is?” I find it very hard some days to look at all of the lone-wolf ministries out there purporting every conceivable secret plotting and divisive “truth” as “the gospel” and then to somehow feel “encouraged in the Lord.”

“How,” I have been asking, “can I deal with all of these dark clouds in the experience of today’s Church?”

As I wrestled with these troubling questions, I realized that I have inadvertently stumbled onto the solution, many years ago. I realized that although there are many and varied apriori by which we all view the scriptures, and that it is quite normal for people to have differing opinions; and yet, there was something missing from that realization.

If we move on to view other scripture that is related to Gal 6:14, we can start to get a picture of why. As I mentioned above, many “messages of warning” seem to steer away from Gal 6:14, and certain of the things that it indicates. I think I may have found a clue in Phil 3:3:

“For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh…” (Phil 3:3, ESV).

In Phil 3:3 we are told about “glorying in Christ Jesus,” and as it compares with Gal 6:14, it amounts to the very same thing. When a Christian says that they “glory in the cross,” they should mean, as we see in Phil 3;3, that we “glory in Christ Jesus.” It is not wrong to say that “the cross” as in “Christ and Him crucified” is the Light that we need for these times we live in. “The cross” adds a totally new and bright perspective on the dark clouds of our earthly pilgrimmage. The literal cross itself is the “cloud,” and Christ is The Light. Have you thought about what would happen if you were to change things up a little bit and use “the cross” as your personal litmus test, to interpret a given message that you hear, or that you have read on the internet?

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One of my favorite  Christian writers put it like this:

*1 There is one great central truth to be kept ever before the mind in the searching of the Scriptures–Christ and Him crucified. Every other truth is invested with influence and power corresponding to its relation to this theme. . . . The soul palsied by sin can be endowed with life only through the work wrought out upon the cross by the Author of our salvation. {FLB 50.2}

There are indeed other views on what constitutes “saving truth,” and other ones that I have read recently on the internet consist of a very comprehensive listing of all the sins in the Catholic, or sometimes, The Adventist Church.” “The truth,” they say, “is this list!” I am reasonably certain that anyone truly desiring “truth,” could agree that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6) And that Jesus is rarely on any of those lists! How we interpret all of the “prophetic” dark clouds drifting about us as in “every wind of doctrine,” (Eph 4:14), is entirely dependent upon how we “interpret” the cross, and its message for people today.

“The Cross,” meaning Jesus, (Phil 3:3), according to Scripture, is what the Christian can glory in. Christians have no business to glory in their (sometimes accurate) lists of the short-comings of their fellow human beings. Everyone needs Jesus, (John 1:29) and so what are we doing running around the internet, or in our neighborhoods yelping about all of the perceived sins of others for? When the Christian glories in the cross; they glory in the atoning death of Christ as our means of reconciliation with God, and we can find the evidence for this in the very next verse, after Gal 6:14:

“For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.” (Gal 6:15).

It is the person made new In Christ Jesus that is to spread the glad tidings of salvation. It is the message of the cross when we see someone literally changed from the inside out by Jesus THE Christ:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

The “new creation in Christ, as seen in His end-time followers, is the gospel that will “move the world.”

Christ declares, “I, if I be lifted up . . . , will draw all men unto me.” If the cross does not find an influence in its favor, it creates an influence. Through generation succeeding generation, the truth for this time is revealed as present truth. Christ on the cross was the medium whereby mercy and truth met together, and righteousness and peace kissed each other. This is the means that is to move the world. {LHU 230.3}

Brothers and sisters, is it not time for us to get serious and decide how we can make “the cross” our litmus test, in effecting the gospel message to prepare a people to meet their God? If you have no influence now where you are to talk about Jesus, if you belong to a shrinking Church, or a crazy Church, or a cold, lifeless Church, (as in the life of Christ in you Church), have you thought about how to “lift Him up” in order to create THAT influence so needed in the dark clouds of our age? How would your personal testimony look if you made just this one change in the coming week?

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HOW has Christ made you NEW? What is your personal story? (1 John 1:1-3)

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