The Word This Week

Matt 16:1…

Of all people, these Jewish leaders should know what time it is.

Between the Pharisees and Sadducees someone should know something. Jesus doesn’t hesitate to tell them so. You recognize the signs in the sky – why do you fail to recognize the signs in your Bible?

Does Biblical prophecy mean anything to you?

The same question could be asked of us today. Does Biblical prophecy mean anything to you?

It is interesting Jesus appeals to Biblical prophecy in this discussion with the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Biblical signs are all around you, as plain as day, as visible as the sky. You can read the conditions of the day by the telltale signs in the sky, why can’t you read the Biblical signs of the day in which you live? They are just as obvious.

Jesus, for the second time appeals to the prophet Jonah when He is asked to produce a sign from heaven to authenticate His ministry. In Matthew 12, in response to the same sort of inquisition from the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus said it is “an evil and adulterous generation” which seeks after a sign.

No sign would be given except the sign of Jonah, which allowed us to understand Biblical typology as well as Biblical prophecy - as employed by Jesus. At the same time Jesus appealed to the prophet Jonah as a wakeup call about what these same scribes and Pharisees would do TO Him, He also allowed them to see Jonah as a type of His coming death and resurrection – which the scribes and Pharisees had missed entirely when reading their Bibles.

This is all shameful willful blindness to truth. What you should have known you could have known, by reading the signs of the times which the Bible predicted – in this case in Genesis 49 and Daniel 9.

Given Jesus’ consternation about the total lack of wisdom displayed by the Pharisees and Sadducees about the Biblical timeline they were presently living in during the day of Jesus’ first coming – can you imagine Jesus’ consternation over the Biblical ignorance of His Church pertaining to the days in which we live – those days immediately preceding Jesus’ return for His Bride? This should serve as a wakeup call for His Church, but instead the Church sleeps still.

Pastor Bill