For the second year in a row, we have descended into quite a drought here in eastern Missouri. Thankfully this year's drought is not as bad as the one last summer which decimated crops, dried up lakes and caused damage to thousands of homes due to the dry soil shifting. But, it is disconcerting to look out on what should be green grass and instead see grass more brown than it is in winter.
Weather runs in cycles and has done so ever since Noah. Until the Great Flood in Noah's time, instead of rain there was a mist which came up from the ground and watered the plants; sort of like a Godly sprinkler system. This is why no one believed Noah when he warned of a flood. It was beyond their understanding to think of rain coming down from above. It had never happened before.
There are many things God wants us to prepare for that we have little or no understanding of. Most of what lies ahead after Christ returns is shrouded in mystery. God has chosen to NOT share all the details of what is to come. Unlike man, God knows how to keep a secret as evidenced by the “surprise” He pulled on the Day of Pentecost.
That Jesus was coming, what He would do when He was here and what would happen to Him was recorded in the Old Testament in various prophecies. Those with eyes to see and ears to hear would have known that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Daniel had laid out when Christ would come and He arrived right on time.
The Old Testament is largely silent concerning the current age in which we live. There are no prophecies of a mighty Church that would arise after Christ's death and resurrection. There is no mention in the Old Testament (or even by Jesus when He was here) of what is divulged in the “Church Epistles”.
Ephesians 3:5, 6 tells us of a great mystery which caught the devil, the Jews and the Gentiles by complete surprise:
“Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:”
That there would be ONE BODY made up of Jews and Gentiles who would be fellow-heirs of the promise of Christ was as foreign a concept in the First Century as the deluge from heaven was in Noah's time. Yet, because God kept this mystery a secret, the enemy thought when he killed Jesus, he had won. The enemy thought when Jesus ascended into heaven that he would have free reign until he returned. On both counts the devil was wrong.
On the Day of Pentecost God poured out the same Holy Spirit to both Jew and Gentile. Wrapped up in this Holy Spirit was eternal life, the availability to manifest God's power, pray perfectly and be spiritually related to everyone who received the same spirit. On all counts, this revelation was earth shattering and forever changed history. Yes, we must always remember that the true Gospel of Christ is HIS STORY and as such, we may not understand it all, but it must be ASTOUNDING.
As always, Blessings 2 You!