afterward He brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and His Voice was like a noise of many waters, and the Earth shined with His glory (Ezek. 43:1–2).
Some 500 years before Christ, the Prophet Ezekiel saw the Holy Spirit leave the Temple at Jerusalem. He could no longer remain. The idol-worship of the people had become so acute that there was no place left for the Lord. So He was forced to leave (Ezek. 11:23).
The return of the Holy Spirit will be after the Second Coming when Israel will finally have accepted Christ as Saviour and Lord. The Temple, which Ezekiel describes in the last eight Chapters of his Book, the new Millennial Temple, will then be occupied by the Holy Spirit, because Israel is finally right with God.
Israel is God’s prophetic time clock. In other words, one can look at this newly formed nation and pretty well tell the lateness of the prophetic hour.
Concerning this, Jesus said: “Now learn a Parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near” (Mat. 24:32).
Israel is here likened to a “fig tree.” For the first time in nearly 2,000 years, that branch is starting to “put forth leaves.” This refers to Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and following. So, looking at Israel as a prophetic time clock, we “know that it is near, even at the doors” (Mat. 24:33). The Dispensation of the Church is about to end, which will usher Israel once again back to her rightful place, but, as stated, through much trouble (Jer. 30:7).
The Spirit of God will return, but only after Israel has accepted Christ.
They are going to have to accept the Christ of the Cross. The Prophet Zechariah said so (Zech. 13:6).
Winning Spiritual Battles
Read 2 Chronicles 12:1 through 13:22; John 8:31–59
The Israelites were subdued on that occasion, and the people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors (2 Chronicles 13:18).
Joanne passed an organization that funded abortions—thousands of them. “Oh, God, we need a center with resources to help girls keep their babies,” she prayed.
“That’s a silly prayer,” Satan whispered. “You have no funding for that.”
Joanne recounted Scripture and reminded herself of other times God answered impossible prayers. For three years she prayed. One day, she saw a “for-rent” sign on a nearby house. She checked it out. The rent was too high, but she contacted pastors and businesses for support. In a few months she opened a center where girls could see their unborn babies on an ultrasound. Counselors directed the girls to resources for either adoption or raising their babies themselves.
God will answer our impossible prayer as surely as he did Joanne’s and King Abijah’s.
Thought for Today: Maybe the reason Christians don’t see more victories like King Abijah’s is because they don’t keep praying in faith and persistence.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 13:12–20
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