Winston Churchill once said, “the further you can see into the past, the clearer the vision of the future.” Well, it’s a little like this with prophecy.
The more we can see the proof of the unfolding of prophetic events in the past, the greater our certainty that those future prophetic happenings will occur as well, and right on time. After all, our Wonderful God told us, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55: 10-11).
While listening to a visiting pastor from Idaho discussing the first few chapters of the Gospel of John, I was inspired to re-study the entire Book. It was like a new adventure, as one revelation after another flooded my mind. It astonishes how we can read a passage or passages over and over again, then all of the sudden; God enlightens us to new thoughts. Even before reaching chapter eleven, the study had been immensely enriching, yet as I read the story of Lazarus, I instinctively realized that this event during Jesus’ Ministry has a second fulfillment. “Why hadn’t I read about this before?” I thought, as my mind raced with excitement, “Surely other students of prophecy have perceived what I had!” My first inclination was that I made a wrong assumption. Still, the chapter is such a perfect New Testament double witness to Hosea 6: 2 that it had to be explored. And so, I share these thoughts with you dear reader with my prayer you will be enlightened further and have your own opportunity to inspire others. Can any journey be more worthwhile as we embark upon this, the seventh millennium from the fall of Adam.