The Prophet Speaks
"2019: The Year of God’s Confirmation"
By: Pastor Milton Coats
You may be thinking isn’t it a little early to be talking about the New Year? To that I say no it’s not. Although the traditional New Year is months away, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is right upon us.
With the New Year, I’m sensing prophetically we’re coming into a special season of confirmation. Mark 16:19, 20 says, “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen”.
The question may be asked, doesn’t God always confirm His Word? Yes, He does! But we are coming into an “in season of the Gospel.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. Paul admonished the young pastor, Timothy in II Timothy 4:2a “Preach the word; be instant in season, and out of season”.
In Mark chapter 16:9-13 on the first resurrection Sunday, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and later to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Both went and told the other disciples they had seen Jesus, but they did not believe them.
Later Jesus personally appeared to the eleven as they were sitting down eating. He reprimanded them because of their unbelief and hardness of heart. They did not believe the report of them who had seen him after He was risen.
Jesus went on to commission them to preach the Gospel. He told them to go into all the world. He told them that those who believe and are baptized would be saved, and those who believed not would be damned.
Jesus made them aware supernatural signs would follow them that believe. In His Name: 1) They would cast out devils 2) They would speak in tongues 3) They would take up serpents 4) If they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them 5) They would lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
So, they went forth and preached and the Lord confirmed His words with signs following. To say the Lord confirmed His Word is to say He gave approval, He removed all doubt about His Word by authorative acts or indisputable facts.
The Psalmist makes an alarming observation in Psalm 74:9 when he says “we see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long”! I prophesize, Get Ready! We’re about to see the signs again! Hallelujah!