Through John the Baptist, we have received a message from the Lord. Read every word of this prophecy and do not let one word of it fall to the ground, for the time is near.
John the Baptist served the Lord as the messenger who was to prepare the way before the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Within the wilderness of Judea, he preached. “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” He called for God’s people to repent of their sins, for Jesus’ coming was well nigh at hand. Prophecy testified of this messenger’s cry in the wilderness, for it is written of him, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Isa. 40:3). His life was simple in dress and in diet. Dedicated to his work, John avoided anything that would hinder the Holy Spirit from working through him.
At the time of his message, God’s people were in the midst of a great spiritual crisis. Both Jew and Gentile were hungry for spiritual truths to feed their souls, but they were not getting them from their houses of worship. Thus, when John’s message pointed to the coming of the Messiah, their long awaited hope, they were willing to travel from Jerusalem, Judea, and all the region around the Jordan River to hear it. When they heard it, it pricked their hearts and touched their souls. It was like they spent the finer parts of their spiritual lives dying of thirst and John’s message was like water. For this message, they were grateful. They were finally satisfied and in gratefulness to God, they confessed their sins and were baptized.
The Pharisees and Sadducees contributed to this spiritual crisis, for they used God’s house for their own selfish gain. The Jews were greatly affected by this. They were not drawn to the Jordan out of a need for repentance, but they came to his work to sabotage it! They intended to use their influence among their people to scatter this First Advent movement. But before this could happen, John rebuked them for using the way of the Lord for their own personal gain. They had come to John’s baptism in order to avoid facing the judgment, but God would not allow the unrepentant Pharisees and Sadducees to taint the work or repentance with their false teachings that led them away from God in the first place.
They were vipers, for their twisted teachings had poisoned the faith of many of God’s people. Many were dead in their faith while they walked in their pride and their hardness of heart, as if they were not guilty of their role in bringing down the faith of Israel. They knew about the coming of the Messiah, but made no effort to prepare themselves or their people. Their heart was not right toward their God. As such, they led their people into sin.
John called for these leaders to repent of their sins. He called for them to put away the false gain they had acquired through cheating the people through their hypocritical ways. Their sins had come up unto the Lord and He Himself sent the rebuke they heard from the voice of John the Baptist. They had long trusted in the righteousness of Abraham to deliver them from the final days, but their righteousness was not that of Abraham, for he would not ally himself with the Pharisees, were he alive. And now, their protection was gone from them, for John had brought their sins to the forefront. This message had done in moments what none could do for years: expose the hypocrisy of their leaders and put them into the seat of judgment as they had put all those under them on it.
John’s baptism was one of repentance, but he pointed forward to a time when the people of God would be baptized with the Holy Ghost, which could only dwell within the hearts of His people. In that day, the wheat would be gathered and the chaff would be burned, a very express description of the judgment to come upon the wicked. But after his work was done, after his cry was given, Jesus came to the Jordan. The way, at this time, was prepared for Him to come. The messenger had given the message of repentance and now after him came the baptism of the Holy Ghost, to the pleasing of His Father.
The intent of these baptisms is to restore the image of God to man that was lost through sin. The physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of man had become marred. Man has become something God had never designed him to be: rebellious and finite, and subject to decay and death. This nature has so corrupted the earth that it is completely impossible for humanity to repair the world on its own. Thus, before His coming, a way was made to redeem fallen man and the Earth and restore it to its once-Edenic state. This is the plan of salvation and it is now in its final phase. Let’s look at this plan in one simple phrase: “If humanity falls, I will give my life to save it.” Humanity has fallen and our Savior has given His life, but do we know how God is going to save us? What happens from here until His Coming?
We have already talked about it through the lens of John the Baptist. But now we’re going to bring it full circle. Through the ministry of John the Baptist, God has revealed how He will restore us in His image and prepare us for His Son’s coming.
Right now, God’s people are in the midst of a spiritual crisis. Christian or non-Christian, there is a hunger that current shepherds of God’s people are simply not meeting. This is why many turn to drugs, alcohol, sex-based sins, non-Christian beliefs, suicide, and many other things they believe can fill the hole in their heart. It is at this time God is acting. Now, before His people are lost to these things, before His Son returns.
I have discussed this before on The HC, the final reformation. For the sake of those who have not heard of this, turn to Joel 2:28, 29 and read.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit” (Joel 2:28, 29).
The Lord is about to pour out His Spirit upon His prophets, wherever they are in the world. The world is about to be warned. Through His prophets, the Lord is going to warn the world that His Son is coming. It is written in Amos that the Lord will do nothing unless He reveals it to His servants, the prophets.
The Lord sent John to warn His people before Jesus came the first time. How much more will God warn the world at His Son’s Second Coming, when the entire world will be judged according to its doings? Whether in the wilderness, the major cities, the islands or the countries, every last person on Earth is about to hear this warning.
They will be a simple people, these prophets. They will avoid anything that would hinder the Holy Spirit from working within them. When they begin the work, all of God’s people will go forth to hear them. Denomination, faith, race and sex will not matter. Wherever God’s people are, they will travel far and wide just to get the message that their dying faith sorely needs to live. They need to know now that their faith is not in vain. Now they must know that the Lord is coming. It will be this message, this faithful warning, that will kind their hope anew and bring them to repentance of the sins they cherish openly or secretly.
But what else will they people of God see? The leaders among them who contributed to this spiritual crisis. They have used the Lord’s ministry for their own gain and they will put all their power into sabotaging it. Whether through personal appeals to disregard this message, sending in false believers to discourage the work, and even by openly denouncing it, they will seek to get you to focus on them and not Him!
These ravening wolves want to have their sin and their salvation, too. God is going to rebuke these vipers for withstanding the truth and causing many to err from the faith. These hypocrites know about all about Jesus’ coming. They know the signs, the prophecies, and the countless indicators that Jesus is coming: they know about them all. But they have not told so you can prepare for it. They have made no effort to get you ready for that day. They themselves do not take this event seriously.
In this, they have failed you and God calls upon them to repent of their sins, too. There is no person who unable to discern this, for by their fruits you know them! They’ll preach Christ’s name to you, but they live like kings and queens of the earth. They do not care for the promise of heaven at all! How many of them do you know? Through their hypocrisy, the enemies of the Lord have had great occasion to blaspheme. As John called out the Pharisees and Sadducees to repent, so do I and so will the rest of God’s prophets.
*This post has been edited due to conditions that will be explained at a later time.