Good Bye 2021, Here Comes 2022

John 16:13 (NKJV) “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

The Holy Spirit came to the earth on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. So He’s already in the earth. Among the true believers in Christ, He’s guided many into all truth. He’s also heard what the Father said and has spoken it, showing us things to come.

What’s to come in 2022?

For me or for anyone to assume that the Holy Spirit said something, we have to look at the track record.

Did you write down what the Holy Spirit said and place a date on it?

And did it come to pass?

This has been the problem. We get emotional about a “word” but we never write it down and we never record when it came to pass.

The latest word about Covid appears to be coming from the world. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Lord spoke about it, years before it happened. There’s no doubt in my mind that someone received the warning.

However, as I look back, we look for 100% accuracy. Not inferences or similar words. When the Lord reveals something, God uses symbols, types, and shadows as identifying markers.

Matthew 13:14-15 (NKJV)

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’

When a person gives “a word,” these days, it’s predictable and unoriginal. It carries general meanings like when you’re reading a horoscope. It’s never specific. It sounds so close that if you’re not careful, your emotions will get used against you.

Don’t get me wrong. There are times when the Lord will use someone to give a specific word from God (see 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22). But it’s always done by the Holy Spirit, and not on your own (see 1 Corinthians 12:11).

You may not believe this, and that’s what you’ve decided to do. But just because you don’t believe this, it doesn’t mean that the Lord stopped.

Who are we to tell the Lord that He can’t do it, or that he stopped doing it?

Job 40:1-2 (NKJV) “Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said: “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV) “For who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

Romans 11:34 (NKJV) “For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?”

In Jeremiah 28, there was a so called prophet that came and spoke a word that Israel would be released from bondage to the Babylonians. He even took a yoke and destroyed it. Jeremiah heard it and called it the Word of the Lord and walked away.

But the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah and said that the prophet lied and he will die. The purpose of the captivity of Israel to Babylon was because the land of Israel had no rest and the children of Israel kept offending the Lord by serving idols. For 70 years, Israel would remain in Babylon.

God used this exile to set in motion Israel’s final days and the coming of the Messiah at the end of the 7 year great tribulation period. During the period of grace, the Body of Christ has been involved with the end time revival which has been in full swing since the Holy Spirit came into the earth after the ministry of the Lord Jesus.

I’ve said all of this to say this.

2022 is going to bring what God knows already. He will tell others and depending on who they are, depending on the instructions of the Lord, to give it or hold his peace.

Our job is simple.

Follow the Scriptures.

What Scriptures?

“Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.”

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, BUT, don’t accept anything that’s not of God.

Proverbs 14:15 is the measurement.

Expose false prophets and their prophesies. Don’t settle for generalized horoscope words.

Hold people to the fire. Hold them accountable.

Walk away when you see that what they’ve said is filled with empty words.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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