The Future of Prophecy Part 8

 
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Sermon notes of Pastor Mark Downey

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6

We are creatures of habit sometimes moreso than creatures of God.  The first thing most people do when they wake up in the morning is to wake up, stretching, yawning and other bodily functions.  Then you shuffle to the kitchen to get a pot of coffee going in order to wake up and smell the coffee, which is also a euphemism used to tell someone that they are wrong about one thing or another and need to pay attention to what is really happening.  I woke up last week to a smoke alarm blipping; there was no fire, it's just that the batteries were low.  It got my attention and I was immediately focused to correct the situation.  Most people wake up to their routines and are not yet focused on what is really happening.  Their only alarm is their alarm clock and you turn it off as it so rudely interrupts a dream you were having.  The body and mind are activated to get out of bed.  But, how long does it take to charge your spiritual batteries?  What if our habitual routine of things were preceded by something completely different.  What if the Holy Spirit took charge right off the battery of life before the demands of body and mind.  This is what is called a paradigm shift, a change from one way of thinking to another.  Let's suppose that the first thing we do, the first minute of waking from sleep, whether laying down or sitting on the edge of your bed, your eyes are open and you contemplate the invisible presence of God and your second thought is that this could be the day that He makes His presence visible.  Quite a profound prospect don't you think?  As a result of the silent meditation, even if it's for one minute, your first contact of the day is with the mind of God, not your own mind.  The paradigm for the rest of the day is that your spiritual batteries are charged and you're ready to face the day with divine insight.

The Future of Prophecy Part 7

 
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Sermon notes of Pastor Mark Downey

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:21-25

If I were to encapsulate last year with one word I would say that it was the year of thunder.  I think there was an escalation of political, religious and economic rumblings and a whole lot of shaking going on; loud noises coming from all quarters.  Before we moved to Kentucky from Washington state, we had never heard thunder as loud as it gets here.  We live an area of northern Kentucky where the cold Arctic currents of wind clash with the warm winds coming up from the Gulf of Mexico and thus a great amount of thundering results.  Thunder usually precedes the winds of a storm.  Therefore, observing the signs of the times, 2016 looks like it will be the year of the winds, not only meteorologically, but the three components mentioned above, which happen to constitute Mystery Babylon.  Last year I wrote a two part sermon simply called 'Wind'.  Since I've been indulging in prophecy, I can now see a prophetic significance to wind, being that it has a lot to do with spiritual warfare.

The Future of Prophecy Part 6

 
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Sermon notes of Pastor Mark Downey

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 46:9-10

Prophecy is our heavenly Father's business and it's what His Son told His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, when inquiring as to His whereabouts, still a mere child, “Jesus said to them, Why is it that you were looking for Me?  Didn't you know that I had to be in My Father's house?” Luke 2:49.  In other words, it was necessary for Him to be engaged in matters concerning God's occupation of time; His time on earth was a divine work.  “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” Rev. 19:10.  God created time and therefore transcends the past, present and future.  The Lord is not bound by time and space as we are.

The Future of Prophecy Part 5

 
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Sermon notes of Pastor Mark Downey

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 45:9-12

Full page knee-jerk headline in the New York Daily News a few days after another alleged mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, on 12-2-15“God Isn't Fixing This” was the full page headline in the New York Daily News a few days after another alleged mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, on 12-2-15.  This time the theater of blood focused on Muslims killing 14 people for no apparent reason other than the FBI proclaiming it an act of terrorism.  Are we to believe everything the media scribes tell us after a steady diet of false flag operations and blatant deliberate lies following 9/11?  The pattern of cliches have become so knee-jerk and predictable that people's acceptance or rejection of the dialectic have become laughable or a great time of sorrow.

The Future of Prophecy Part 4

 
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Sermon Notes of Pastor Mark Downey

Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:5-8

Wars and rumors of war.  Which is worse?  Well, don't worry, the future of prophecy is good by way of intelligent design, that no man may write the destiny of mankind without the hand of God.  That design, expressed throughout the Bible, is the preordained purpose to accomplish the will of God.  It is for our edification, which means learning and improvement.  We can look back in history (His story) and witness the veracity of the Word.  That history is an accounting of the progression of the Kingdom of God.  If we have the ears to hear it and eyes to see, we can prepare for the future and learn from the past.  Jewish supremacist decry and deny White Supremacy as something evil; whereas judaism has been the historical adversary to Christianity and the Christian faith has only been advanced by the White race.  What's wrong with that picture?  It is hypocritical and preposterous to claim the identity of God's chosen people while mocking and failing to measure up to the standards of true Israel.  The power of prophecy has the supernatural wherewithal to make an entire race of people repent, because it is the Truth and the Truth is heard and seen.  “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” Romans 10:17.  It changes our behavior, going from backsliding sinners to repentant believers.  Zuwr strangers cannot hear the Word.  Christ said only His people Israel can hear Him.  “My sheep hear My voice” John 10:27.  The last 2000 years has been one conflict after another.

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