Prophet Of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 3, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

Now you have to ask the question, did the Jewish people become everything that was promised? Did they become as numerous as the sands of the sea or stars of heaven? No. You have to go back and say there is a division in the road. We’ll follow the division, but I say all this to show you something. Every prophet of God talks about it. Even Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 3, describes God’s people as two sisters, Judah and Israel. And He says, “I want a divorce from Israel because of her idolatrous behavior. I can’t stand her infidelity. I can’t stand her ways anymore. And Judah, this is a warning to you.” But He never divorced Judah. So you have this picture of two different groups woven throughout Scripture.

Now Jeremiah prophesies that the people will be carried away in captivity and they will be captive for seventy years. And the beautiful thing is everything begins to confirm itself as you begin to reach into the Bible. Every part of the Scripture is either one great conspiracy to mess with your mind, or it’s one great tapestry that God has laid out for anybody who has the eyes to see to say, “Wow, this is really amazing!” Isaiah prophesies and says that the deliverer of the people, the one who will deliver them out of the bondage of the seventy years captivity, would be Cyrus. Cyrus was not yet born when Isaiah penned this prophecy. You read in at least three different places in the Bible where it says that in the first year of the reign of king Cyrus, an edict was issued allowing God’s people to return to Jerusalem. There were six hundred and fifty thousand people who had been carried away into captivity in Babylon. Less than ten percent answered the call to come back to Jerusalem.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that before this edict is issued, Daniel is praying in Daniel 9. And he’s praying earnestly that God will honor His word and the time limit of seventy years.  Daniel had read what Jeremiah had written. While Daniel is praying, God says, “It will only be seventy years and I’m going to give you a word.” That is the background for this message.

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