BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SUNDAY, JULY 14 2019.
KEY VERSE: John 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
Beloved, know this for certain; to be ignorant of biblical prophecies is a serious matter. For this reason, Jesus called His disciples fools. Acts 13: 14-16; 14. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. 15. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16. Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
This text gives an account of Paul in one of his missionary journeys. He came to this place and entered the synagogue of the Jews. They read “the law” and “the prophets” as it was customary. The Jews knew that the prophets are very important but they were ignorant of what they were reading.
Their regular reading of scripture was not for perfect understanding but something done mechanically and ceremoniously. After the reading, the ruler of the synagogue said, “Brethren, if any of you have any exhortation.” In response, Paul stood up and said, “Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning Him” (verses 26, 27 of Acts 13).
This is tragedy of ignorance! Every Sabbath they read the prophets and Paul is confirming to us that they read it yet they understood not what they read. If they did, they would not have carried out the very acts in the books (for the books prophesied how Jesus would suffer and be crucified).
They were reading it, yet they couldn't understand hence they became victim of their own ignorance. It is in the same way that many ignorant Christians who have read about the rapture in scripture will be left behind and later lament, “Oh, so it happened to me.” May that not be your portion in Jesus name.
From scriptural knowledge, I can boldly say the next prophecy to be fulfilled is rapture. Are you ready?
Thought for the day:
Are you cleansed in readiness for rapture?
Song for the day:
Make me ready, make me ready, make me ready oh Lord……
Bible reading for the day:
Psalm 13-16; Acts 18
PASTOR PAUL RIKA