Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, December 30, 2022
(Early) Shabbat Shalom *|FNAME|*,

The Spirit Of Prophesy

This will be the last RR that I write for 2022.  (David Harwood is writing for tomorrow, as he does for every Shabbat.)  Early last January our Shomair leadership team met for listening prayer.  We inquired of the Lord for His direction in 2022.  This was the third annual such experience.  (And yes, we have already met similarly for 2023.). Here is the (now old) statement for 2022.

2022 Congregational Declaration

Shomair Yisrael is a community of disciples called to reflect the love of Yeshua, as we follow Him.  We believe the Lord has planted us to stand as mighty oaks of righteousness, for His glory.

As wise servants, we place our confidence in Yeshua, in Whom we find wisdom, courage and strength.  Following the ancient paths, where the good way is, we find rest for our souls.

2022 will be a year of taking back the ground the enemy has stolen by worshiping the One Who is faithful and true.  We stand steadfast and immoveable, knowing that, in Yeshua, our Lord, our labor of love is not in vain.

As we seek, knock and ask, He will guide us into greater levels of trust and intimacy according to His call.  As faithful and wise servants, we put our confidence in Him alone, remembering the lowly and the small whom He loves.

Therefore; let us draw near to the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help in time of need.  In Yeshua’s name.  Amen.

You might ask, “How prophetic was it really?  And I would answer, very prophetic, but we don’t yet know fully.  Many prophesies take years, decades and even centuries to achieve fulfillment.  For that matter, the entire area of prophesy is misunderstood.  Prophesy is not fortune telling.  It is speaking in agreement with the will of God.

Mirriam-Webster has their definition (with which I am not in agreement), “to predict with assurance or on the basis of mystic knowledge,” and I have mine.  The Bible tells us to agree with God.  James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all without hesitation and without reproach; and it will be given to him.

Yeshua is the reality of all things, so He must be the reality of prophesy too.  Revelation 19:10d “For the testimony of Yeshua is the Spirit of Prophesy.”  There are many other scriptures that tell us that prophesy is being in agreement with the will of God.  This is not “open season” on prophesy.  1 John 4:1 Loved ones, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world.  This is one of the major challenges for us in the end times.

It is important, even critical, that our community be led by the Lord.  That whole, “Thy will be done” is a very important principle.  Let us walk in it and embrace the Spirit of Prophesy.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 30-Dec-2022 6th of Tevet, 5783
Ge 46:28-47:10 2 Sa 13 Ps 85 Lk 8:26-56 (2 Co 8)