They’re like gold bullion lying forgotten in a Swiss bank vault!
by Norbert Restrepo Jr.
Special promises and prophecies have been given for every age. When Daniel understood the Lord’s promise “to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem,” he cried unto the Lord in prayer asking for their fulfillment! Daniel 9:2. Nehemiah also cried unto the Lord as he recognized the unfulfilled promises of his age, and God opened the doors allowing him to be actively involved in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
When we read John’s letters to the seven churches in Revelation, we find wonderful promises offered to each of them. The blessings promised are based on the condition of hearing what the Spirit has to say. This hearing implies obedience.
The message to the church of Laodicea, the church or our age, emphasizes this opportunity of hearing Jesus in a special way: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. In fact, Revelation begins with a blessing for those who read and “hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3.
Today, as we are living in the antitypical Day of Atonement and Christ is finishing His redemptive work in the most holy place, we should cry unto the Lord and search the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy to see the promises and duties that apply to us. Then we should set ourselves to fulfill them. There are promises for us to claim right now—we must not wait till the Sunday law comes about.
God desires to make us a “spectacle unto the world, and to the angels, and to men.” 1 Corinthians 4:9. Just as Nehemiah was an instrument in the Lord’s hand to bring about the restoration of Jerusalem, we can be His special servants in these last days. We can arise and rebuild the walls—the walls of biblical economy, true education, and Christian service. As we perform this practical work motivated by God’s love, the world will marvel. Our neighbors and community will perceive the love of God and the wonder of His law. Our message will have power when His promises are fulfilled in us and through us. Oh that we may experience revival and reformation!