SATURDAY 12 November, 2016
Out for a Count
Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab and against the captains of the army. Therefore Joab and the captains of the army went out from the presence of the king to count the people of Israel. - 2 Samuel 24:4
David did not listen to the wise counsel from Joab and the other captains. Instead, at the end of his life, he made another tragic choice to sin against God. His leaders followed his orders and went out to count the people with the knowledge that there would be tremendous consequences.
The Lord gave his servant Abram an amazing promise. He would be given a child and become the father of a great nation. God took him outside and said count the stars if you are able––his descendants would be as numerous (Genesis 15:2-5). Abram did not wait for the Lord to fulfill His promise he listened to his wife Sarai, who had grown impatient as she aged. Abram conceived a child by her handmaid Hagar (Genesis 16:1-4).
Imagine all that the one act of self will created––through his son Ishmael, the Arab nations. They are still engaged in a very ferocious war against Israel to this day! The rebirth of the nation of Israel on May 14, 1948 is a miracle that marks an incredible fulfillment of Scripture in Ezekiel 37:11-13. From that time, there has begun a prophetical countdown, which is moving towards the rapture of the Church and the return of Jesus Christ:
Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!…this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place… (Matthew 24:32-35).
The fig tree in Scripture refers to the nation of Israel; their rebirth places earth’s history in last days. As the prophetical count down continues; where do you find yourself spiritually?
Watch therefore, for you do not know what houryour Lord is coming.
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