Threshed

For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time when it is trodden; yet a little while and the time of her harvest will come.” Jer.51:33

O my threshed people, and my afflicted of the threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I make known to you. Isaiah21:10

Grain for bread is crushed, indeed, He does not continue to thresh it forever. Isaiah28:28

The Threshing Floor is where the wheat is separated from the chaff.  This is how the Lord threshes out His people. First He separates the wheat from the weeds, that is, the true from the fake. He then removes the chaff from His wheat. He removes the lies and impurities from the truth. He separates the deception from the truth. This involves discerning truth from lies. It involves choosing truth rather than lies. It involves walking in the truth and abiding in the truth. This threshing process hurts. The process of separation brings pain. There is pressure, crushing, sifting, separation. Only God’s people will thus be threshed. And none that are truly His, shall escape it. But this shall not continue forever. When He is done threshing, He will gather the wheat into His barn.

 

 

 

 

Repent

Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your abominations.” Ez.14:6 (Ezekiel)

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt.3:2 (John the Baptist)

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt.4:17 (Jesus)

“repent of this wickedness of yours”..Acts 8:22 (Peter)

“repent and do the deeds you did at first”..Rev.2:5 (Jesus)

One time I heard a pastor teach that we don’t have to repent, that repentance is something we did back way back when we became Christians. He actually disparaged the idea of repenting again or continuously. But way before Jesus sent His disciples to the pagan nations with the gospel, God was continuously sending messages to His own people to repent. Isaiah’s message to God’s people was repent. Ezekiel told God’s people to repent. John the Baptist’s message to God’s people was repent. Jesus said to God’s people, repent! Repentance is not just for those who are hearing the gospel for the first time, repentance is for God’s people too. Repentance is for the house of God. That would be us. God wants us to live the gospel and repentance is a huge part of the gospel. God calls us to repent because we need to. God wants us to turn onto the narrow road if we find ourselves wandering on the wide road. (The way is difficult; we have to repent to keep on the narrow path.) He wants us to change our mind from false beliefs to Truth. He wants us to turn from sin to Him with all our heart. Repentance is required for entrance into His kingdom. Repentance prepares us for His coming.

Our Prophetic Calling

There are some that think that only certain special (elite?) Christians are “anointed”. They call themselves “prophets”. These claim to have subjective, personal, authoritative “prophecies” and “words from God”. Unfortunately, many of these “prophecies” are fake and unbiblical. Does this negate true prophecy in our time?

Bob DeWaay’s Critical Issues Commentary is a newsletter of theological essays addressing unbiblical teachings and movements in the church. One issue I appreciate is The Prophetic Calling of Every Believer from July/August 2006.

In this article, DeWaay explains that under the New Covenant, every believer has the Holy Spirit and may prophesy. He teaches that prophesy is speaking the actual written Word of God, declaring Truth from scripture and proclaiming the terms of the gospel, as well as valid implications and applications of authoritative scripture. He says that every believer who accurately (biblically) proclaims the terms of the gospel, or any Biblical truth, is prophesying with the full authority of God:

“The Reformation view was that prophecy was the teaching of the Word and proclamation of the terms of the gospel. Since every believer has the Holy Spirit, every believer….can authoritatively declare the terms of entrance into the kingdom. All are anointed and all have the authoritative teachings of Christ and His apostles. Therefore they may prophesy.”


He goes on to teach that all prophesy can and must be judged by other believers regarding whether it is biblical or not, and why this judging is so important.

One function of prophesy, he teaches, is for believers to be edified, as we see in 1 Cor.14:31: For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted.

Another theme in the article is that the proclamation of the gospel to the lost is prophesy in its most important form, since it testifies about the person and work of Jesus Christ. DeWaay writes:

“Let me illustrate. If I say to someone, “According to the Law of God, everyone is a sinner and stands condemned as a law-breaker. The penalty for all law-breakers is eternity in hell. Since you, like everyone else, have broken God’s law, you stand condemned. God is perfectly just and cannot lie. God said that the soul that sins must die. But God is also loving and merciful. So God’s own Son, Jesus Christ, came into human history through the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, and shed His blood on the cross to avert God’s wrath against sin, and was bodily raised from the dead and appeared to many witnesses. If you repent of living for self, trusting self, and spurning God’s Word and put your faith in Jesus Christ, you will be saved. But if you neglect God’s offer of salvation through the finished work of Christ, you will face God’s wrath in eternity and there will be no escape.” –- I have truly prophesied in a most powerful and true way. Those words are not inspired Scripture, but they are valid implications from Scripture. They have the authority of God not because I uttered them, but because they correctly describe the certainty of the consequences of either faith or unbelief. When they are applied to a given sinner, they constitute a valid and authoritative application.”

“True prophesy comforts and strengthens faithful believers, warns straying believers, and convicts the lost of their sinful condition.”

If you are in Christ, you have the Holy Spirit. You are anointed. You may boldly declare the truth of scripture and proclaim the gospel. As His disciple, you have the authority, power and calling to prophesy.

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me. John15:26

you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses…Acts1:8

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rev19:10