The definition of prophecy is: a prediction
Have you ever had a funny feeling that something just wasn't right, and that you needed to act in a way that would normally be contrary to your character to deal with it?
According to a spiritual gift survey that I was given this week by my Sunday School teacher, there are sixteen spiritual gifts. There may be more, but for the sake of argument, let's just go with that number. All of God's people have been gifted with at least one of these talents. Some more than others. That is not to say that we are limited to any number of these abilities. I believe that we possess all of them to varying degrees, but that some of them are more prevalent than others, varying by the individual. For instance, one of these gifts is prophecy. As the definition implies, God has given some of us the ability to “see” things coming, so-to-speak.
So, God said to Noah,” I am going to put an end to all people, for the Earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the Earth.” Genesis 6:13
Because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that He has sent us to destroy it. Genesis 18:13
It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance of Egypt in the land will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. Genesis 41:29-30
In each of the cases above, and many more throughout the Bible, God allowed men to have foreknowledge of coming events so that they could prepare themselves, and anyone else who had the good sense to listen to them, for the disasters that were on the horizon.
So, what does prophecy look like?
In the first scripture verses that I've referenced, God told Noah what He was going to do and for Noah to build the arc. The Bible doesn't tell us exactly how long it took Noah and his sons to build it but, considering that Noah had never built an arc before, and the monumental task of gathering all of the resources involved in its construction to God's specifications, I've heard it estimated that it took more than one-hundred years to build!
Now, that's patience.
In the second example, the angels told Lot to get his family and get out of Dodge! But what did Lot do? He went out and tried to warn the folks. He spent at least a few days doing this before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
That's not a lot of time.
And in the third example, Pharaoh's dream gave Joseph and the people of Egypt seven years to prepare for the famine.
The point is, that if God gives you some inside information, you really never know how long you're going to have to act on it.
Go ahead and ponder that for a minute.
I have taken the survey that I mentioned above, and I highly recommend that, if you haven't already, you take it as well. Now, I'm happy to report to you that I do not have the gift of prophecy. Why am I happy about that? Because, who wants that added stress of actually knowing what's about to happen? Am I right? But I do have three spiritual gifts that are more dominant in me than the others. One of them is the gift of knowledge. This gift does not mean that I know everything, although there are some who might think that I'm a know-it-all. The gift of knowledge just means that I like to learn things. I am constantly online, looking to expand my knowledge base. And if someone asks me a question that I don't know the answer to, it bugs me until I find out. It's almost a compulsion. One of my mottos is; the day we stop learning is the day we die. I live by these words. But it isn't just skimming the topic, whatever it is, and accepting the most obvious or accepted answers. It's about digging and finding out what the truth is. And, sometimes, that takes time. In at least one case, more than a decade and counting. The gift of knowledge gives me the ability to gather information and put it together in a way that makes sense. One of my other gifts is that of discernment. That one gives me the ability to, to put it in laymen's terms, put two-and-two together. To figure things out.
Now, I can smell the smoke from here. You're wondering why, in this article entitled Prophecy, am I going on about my gifts of knowledge and discernment. Do you remember when I said that we all have each and every one of the spiritual gifts to varying degrees? Well, I've been gathering information for years on a particular subject, and although I haven't come to any conclusions, I'm convinced enough by what I've seen, that I feel compelled to pass along what I believe might be happening. But I have no intention of simply telling you about it here. I'm going to give you all some homework to do so that, if you take the time to do a little research, you might have a chance to prepare yourselves for it, too.
I'm going to give you three names and three YouTube channels to check out.
The names: Presidential Scientific Advisor to President George H. W. Bush, John L. Casey
Mathematician and solar physicist, Professor Valentina Zharkova
NASA Atmospheric Scientist, Martin G. Mlynczak, Ph.D.
The channels: Suspicious0bservers
Ice Age Farmer
What do they all have in common? Here's a hint: it's in the name of the last channel.
Now, I know that many of you, including those who decide if this article will be published, might think that this isn't an important subject. But I won't mind if any of you want to remind me that I was wrong for writing this … if I am. But we'll all know in just eighteen months whether I am or not. There's no waiting around until the end of the century, like the global warming alarmists say, to find out. And remember, none of us know how much time we're going to have to react to this information. So …
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
G. J. Fortier is a member of Ironmen Ministries and First Baptist Church, Centerville, GA. Look for his novels on Amazon on Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.GerardFortier.com