Series: SAWDUST - Conclusion
Sunday, May 20th, 2018: “The Greatest Prophecy in God’s Word” • Pastor David R. Stokes
The final message in the “SAWDUST” series dealt with the greatest prophecy in scripture. I suppose it’s a subjective opinion, but I think I can make a good case for my choice. The Bible is filled with prophetic information—messages from God to people. The 19th century pastor, Phillips Brooks (yes, spelled correctly) had one of the best definitions for preaching, in my opinion. He called it: “The truth of God communicated through the human personality.” Centuries earlier, the Apostle Peter put it this way:
“For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – II Peter 1:21 (NIV)
So, what is the greatest prophecy? It’s one that involves ALL the others. Everything about the Messiah, the Kingdom, the end of the world, the eternal state—all of it—points to something foretold by the very first of the “writing” prophets. His name was Joel, and the book bearing his name is just three chapters long, but it contains the greatest prophecy. Tucked into a sweeping passage about the great work of God’s spirit and cosmic manifestations accompanying judgment, we find these words:
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.” – Joel 2:32 (King James Version)
This powerful promise was fulfilled in the Finished Work of Christ and featured prominently in Peter’s life-changing sermon on the Day of Pentecost. Later, the Apostle Paul included it his manifesto of Christianity—his Epistle to the Romans. All these years later, lives are still being changed as people travel the “Romans Road” and “call on the name of the Lord.”
- How does Joel’s prophecy relate to all other prophecies in scripture?
- What is the difference between “prophesying” and “preaching”?
- Have you CALLED on the name of the Lord?