Sunday Rest and Reflection:Dreams and Visions!

Dear Friends,

We are living in the exciting times of the last days mentioned often in Scripture.  These are days of great trials and troubles.  Earthquakes and wars are common news.  There are signs of the coming of the Lord in the news and we can feel an urgency in our hearts to be ready and help others get prepared.  The greatest event of history is the coming of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and it could happen any day!

In the last week’s readings, the prophet Joel had much to say in his short book.  He initially saw the destruction of the land by a swarm of locusts that represented the army of Assyria.  Later, he was given a vision of the restoration of Israel after its destruction and judgment.  The autumn rains would come and abundant showers would restore the parched and barren land.  God would repay His people for the years that the locusts had eaten!  (Joel 2:23-25)

This rain was really a picture of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Last days!  (Joel 2:28-32)  (Acts 2:16-21)  God was planning a Holy Spirit outpouring that would cause men and women, young and old, Jew and Gentile to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  They would prophesy, dream dreams and see visions.  God would do miracles, signs and wonders and everyone who called on the name of the Lord would be saved!  There would be a great deliverance for Jerusalem and Mount Zion.

We are living in these very days!  There is deliverance for all who will call on the Name of Jesus Christ!  We who know Him are filled with the Holy Spirit and have power to share the Gospel; the Lord can use us to bring healing and miraculous acts of His grace to those who are being witnessed to.  Let’s allow the Lord to use us daily and expect Him to confirm His word with supernatural signs!  We serve an awesome God!  The best is yet to come!

In His Love,

Pastor John

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