The Prophet Speaks
“Lift Up Your Heads: Your Redemption Draweth Nigh”
By: Pastor Milton Coats
“Lift up your heads: your redemption draweth nigh” are the words of Jesus in Luke 21:28c.
The theme I sensed God gave me for 2017 was “2017: The Year of God’s Glory”! But as we enter the tenth month of 2017, it seems to have been everything but glorious. In fact, 2017 has been a very tumultuous year. It’s been a year of upheaval, agitation, turbulent uprising, riots, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and threats of Nuclear war.
But even with all that’s going on around the world, these are not the days for God’s people to hang their head in despair. Psalm 24:7, 8 says “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle”.
Yes, the earth is in turmoil! But I believe Romans 8:18-23 somewhat give explanation to what’s going on. The earth like a woman in travail has gone into labor and she is about to deliver. This delivery will cause the sons of God to be revealed. All creation, animal life and plant life have been waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. Hallelujah! There will be glory after this!
Beloved be encouraged! We are again entering into a very important season on God’s calendar known as the Feast of Tabernacles. Thursday, September 21st was Rosh Hashanah. (The Feast of Trumpets) This is the first day of the Jewish New Year. We need to keep our eyes on Israel, because Israel has been and always will be God’s time piece.
As we move into this new season, I sense 2018 will be God’s Year of Redemption. God’s redemption can be experienced on multiple levels. We have been redeemed, we are being redeemed and we shall be redeemed. Romans 13:11 teaches us that our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. We have been saved, we are being saved and we will be saved, ultimately when Jesus come!
We don’t know the day or the hour when our Lord is coming back. But I believe we can know the season of His coming. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. Beloved, based on Biblical patterns, I believe the probabilities get a lot higher during the season of the Feast of Tabernacles.
So, whether Jesus come during a particular season or not, “Lift Up Your Heads: Your Redemption Draweth Nigh”! It’s God’s season of restoration and recovery.