Written by Tasha Ann Miller
February 26, 2021
The process of writing this series began shortly after I was led by the Holy Spirit to study the book of Zechariah. I started the day after my birthday in April 2020, and now the progress continues as I am currently in the Book of Isaiah. These Bible studies were birthed from my own questions for God as I desired more of Him. The cushion of studying these prophetic writings is one hundred percent credited to the Holy Spirit. There were days when my work at home station was covered in notes and my Bible would be sprawled open above my keyboard. It still happens today.
The pressure of the pandemic and the isolation of staying at home was the perfect temperature for God to get a hold of me. So as I started reading Zechariah, I encountered – ‘Turn to me’. It was the message of 2020, and still is today. As a minor prophet, Zechariah’s visions are critically relevant to the end time preparation of believers today.
Last year as I started to study the book of Zechariah – I later found out as the Holy Spirit led me that it was connected with Revelation, Genesis, and many other books of the Bible. It was almost like a summarized version of every prophetic book. The Bible as we know it cannot always be read chronologically as just one word is powerful enough to change your life-Jesus.
It is the living breathing word of God. It connects and syncs all of history while leaving some things hidden. Powerful! I can truly say that spending more time in the Word of God has cushioned me and filled me up so much with life, energy, and a desire to keep pursuing Jesus Christ until the rapture of the church. It has also equipped me to be a brighter and bolder light to those in darkness, and especially for today’s children, a cause I am very passionate about.
The screaming panic, fear, and cold hearts of the world today were prophesied long ago. It’s just taking effect now- some of it. People have increasingly become a caricature of a scarecrow. Walking zombies in human bodies because they are still alive. It’s the cry of Daniel 9 when he read of the desolations of Jerusalem that were prophesied by Jeremiah.
Today, it’s the same cry as we as believers must have as we see the increasing evil around us. We know that God will hear our cry.
How real is your cry? Who else is connected to your cry? Who are you crying for? Repentance is longed travailed upon in Bible prophecies. God kept reminding the prophets that His wrath was justified because the people were rebellious and wanted nothing to do with Him.
Bible prophecies are not predictors of merciless decimation. In Corinthians 13:9, it says we prophesy in part because we know in part. There was something greater than the knowledge – love. For God’s love is able to save you and bring you into eternal life and out of damnation. In Revelation, John could not reveal all he heard (Revelation 10:4), and Daniel enquired about how long shall it be to the end of the wonders (Daniel 12:6).
In understanding bible prophecies especially about end times, one of the key focuses is the call to repentance before the meting out of judgement and punishment. Jesus, as a prophet, taught his disciples and us believers the urgency of spreading the gospel because the ‘Kingdom is at hand’. Though, he would not say when, he knew the time for God to dwell with His people would come.
There is a great hope in understanding these prophecies for believers which will put great pressure on us to explain or defend our faith in this increasingly dark world. This justified hope is that Christ has given us the ultimate gift to live eternally and the prophecies show us that our troubled days will end in restoration.
Thank you for reading the final piece in the Harvest series on Joel 2. I hope this series was enriching to your walk with Christ. The Harvest series was produced in partnership with the Redeemed Christian Lifestyle Blog. Share, comment, and follow the Redeemed Christian Lifestyle Blog on Facebook and Instagram @redeemedja. You may also find me on social media at my personal handle – Tasha Ann Miller. Bless you! 😊