Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Jimmy DeYoung's Daily Devotional

From: jimmydeyoung@prophecytoday.com


Prophecy Today Devotions  
Jimmy DeYoung
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And Moses said, would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put His spirit upon them.

For further reading - Numbers 11:16 and 17

The leader of the children of Israel in the wilderness wanderings, Moses, made a very profound statement to Joshua and expressed his desire for all the Jewish people. He wanted them all to have the "power of the Lord" on each one of them so that they also would be "mighty preachers" for the Lord.

The word "prophets" used in our key verse for the devotional today is the office of one that would "foretell" the future and in his ministry would be the "spokesman" for God to the people of the world to understand the plan of God for them in the days ahead.

In addition to a "prophet" foretelling the future, his office was to be one of a "mighty preacher" who would evangelize, exhort and encourage the people as well. This desire of Moses for all the people was a Godly ambition.

Earlier in chapter eleven we read of the selection of "seventy" wise Jewish men, seventy men of the "elders" of Israel. These men would be given the responsibility of helping Moses to make decisions for the Jewish people.

The Lord said that He would put His "spirit", His power on these seventy, verse 17Verse 25 reveals that when the "spirit of the Lord" came upon them they "prophesied", continually. God would set these seventy men, and those who would replace them in the future as the "ruling body" of the Jewish people.

In the days of Jesus they were known as the "Sanhedrin" and had the responsibility of managing the activities of the Temple. It was also the Sanhedrin that would judge Jesus in the trials leading up to His crucifixion.

1,400 years ago the Sanhedrin disappeared and only recently have they resurfaced. The Sanhedrin has re-formed and is now in operation in the Jerusalem area where they have been recognized by the Judicial system of Israel as a "court" in the Jewish state.

These seventy wise Jewish scholars today are playing a major role in the preparations to rebuild the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Keep a close eye on these men as they increase their activity in anticipation of the coming of the Messiah.

Please also notice Numbers 13 and the verses in our "For further reading" section of our devotionals, verses 17 to 30. This is the record of Moses sending the twelve spies into the "promised land" to spy it out and give him a report as to whether the time was right for the Jews to enter the land.

Notice that they went to the area of Hebron and there they found a "land of milk and honey", verse 27.  The two spies, Caleb and Joshua, came back with a positive report that they should at that time enter the land that God had given them.

The other ten spies said that it was not the time to take the land because of the "giants" in the land. Having read the last chapter of this episode I know that the ten were incorrect in their evaluation of the situation.

What a lesson for the Jews today, those who fear their purpose that God has given them, to return to the land of their forefathers. In fact, the Lord told the Jews through the Prophet Ezekiel that this time when they return to the land, "it will be better than at your beginnings", Ezekiel 36:11.

Remember, I told you that the book of Numbers was a "manual" for the Jews to travel to the "promised land", 3500 years ago, and in truth it is a "manual" today for the Jews making their third, and final, return to the land the Lord has given them.

There is information for Christians in the book of Numbers as it relates to the end times, the Sanhedrin, but also the land that God will give the Jews in the last days. However, there are "spiritual truths" that can be applied to our daily living as well in these passages for our devotional today.

Please read these principles and apply them as we await the Lord's shout to join Him in the heavens at the Rapture, which could happen today.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for the record of the beginnings of the elements that will be included in the last days. Help me to realize the nearness of the Rapture in the future as I better understand the past and live in light of this knowledge.


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