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Oh that our eyes will see!

Rev. Enoch Thompson | June 8, 2023 | Matthew 17:9-13

KEY VERSE:

But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." Matthew 17:12 (NIV)


MESSAGE:

Do you see? Oh yes, I know you see, but I am asking if you see the things that God is doing in our times, in your life, in the world and in His Church. It is sad how very often we have eyes but do not see. The Jewish nation failed to see the time when God walked among them as a man in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. They did not see Him as God in the manger and did not see Him as God on the cross. Israel did not see the ministry of John the Baptist as the fulfilment of the promised return of Elijah to prepare the nation for the visitation of God.


Are we of this generation exercising the same blindness when God is actively bringing about right before our eyes the signs of the time, the end of the end times? In our key verse, Matthew 17:12, the Jews did not recognize John and treated him disdainfully, they did not recognize God in Christ and killed Him. There are always consequences when we fail to see the movement and actions of God in our midst. Concerning Israel, the Lord Jesus said ‘"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. ³⁸Look, your house is left to you desolate. ³⁹For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"’ Matt 23:37-39 (NIV).


Are we walking in the end time predictions (2 Tim. 3:1-5), and not seeing how vicious and evil we are? Information technology makes it possible to see all the moral decadence and the descent of the human race into a near state of unbelievable degeneracy all over the world, which confirms the word of God, but we may be so dulled into spiritual and intellectual insensitivity that we do not hear, see, or feel what is happening.


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Are you spiritually awake, or have you suffered the slumber of those who get tired while the Bridegroom tarries? Wake up, God is on the move!

PRAYER:

Lord, wake up your people, Lord bring us a revival. May we see the signs that are all around us. May we be aroused from the slumber of worldly comfort and meaningless religion into a vital spirituality that understands the times and depends on God to do God’s will. For your dear Name’s sake, Amen.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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