The Prophet Speaks

“It’s Our 29th Year”

By:   Pastor Milton Coats

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The month of October is a special month in my life because of a couple reasons.  First, the lady I’ve been blessed to be married to the past 36 years and the mother of my two children was born on October 22, 1961.  Lady Rose, as you celebrate another year of life, may the Lord bless you in a fresh and new way!  It is my prayer that you be blessed of the Lord to celebrate many more wonderful birthdays!  Happy 59th birthday!

A second reason October is a special month, on October 21, 1991, I began my journey as Pastor of Magnolia Baptist Church.  It has been an exciting journey with many highs and lows.  That’s ok because I understand the journey is just as important as the destination.  I am ever so grateful for the many people who embraced the vision and took the journey with me over the years.  Because of a faithful people, I’ve seen so much vision come to pass.  Proverbs 29:18a says “Where there is no vision, the people perish”.  It is equally true, where there are no people, the vision perish.  Thanks people of God for helping keep the vision alive.

2020 has been a very tumultuous year.  And I can honestly say 2020 has been the most challenging of my 29 pastoral years.  Even with that, God has shown himself faithful and my times and your times are in his hand.

In biblical numerology, numbers have prophetic meanings.  So, what does the number 29 speak to? Well 20 speaks to expectancy and 9 speaks to judgment.  Together 29 speaks to expecting judgement.  I know when most hear judgement, they go to a negative place.  But there is a positive side when it comes to judgement.

The seventh chapter of Daniel illustrates this.  Daniel 7 relates a dream and vision that came to Daniel that revealed the character and awesome majesty of the kingdom of God.  Daniel saw a procession of four frightening beast rising from the sea.  The four beasts represented the demonic and satanic forces that lie behind the power, wickedness and corruption of many kingdom of this world.

In Daniel 7:21, 22 Daniel observed a horn, which is a kingdom waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the ancient of day came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High God!  Child of God, the verdict is in and God has ruled in favor of the Saints.  This judgement was rendered 500 years before Christ.  Rejoice! Because it’s time to possess the kingdom.  Praise God the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.  It’s our 29th year!!!  It’s kingdom time!  And, I am eager to see what God has in store for our 30th year!  Blessings and Peace to you!