Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." --Jesus
The commander of angel armies, one being worth more than every living thing in all of creation, humbling Himself to come down and become human, willing to live our life and suffer the way we do. For only one of us He would have put this effort in, but He was worth all of us.
God’s grace doesn’t stop at taking our guilt upon His own head. God also tells us before He does things. This truly is love! God spoke to the many prophets in the bible, prophesying of Medo-Persia along with Greece, the Roman Empire, and even our day.
My personal favourite account is from the prophet Isaiah who lived somewhere around 700BC. He is the prophet who received God’s account of Medo-Persia , even learning the leaders name long before he was born:
"It is I [God] who says to the depth of the sea, 'Be dried up!' And I will make your rivers dry. "It is I who says of Cyrus, 'He is My shepherd! And he will perform all My desire.' And he declares of Jerusalem, She will be built,' And of the temple,Your foundation will be laid.'">
Isaiah also received many of the direct prophecies of Jesus Christ. Things like where Christ would be from, that He would be the Son of God, and even His crucifixion treatment. I love how God tells Isaiah that He will be brave, and innocent:
For the Lord GOD helps Me,
Therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set My face like flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.
He who vindicates Me is near;
Who will contend with Me?
Let us stand up to each other;
Who has a case against Me?
Let him draw near to Me.
God told Isaiah this is what really proves God's position as the Most High, the one who is before and after all things. One example of this is:
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure;'
Later on, Jesus would say something similar with His own mouth:
I [Jesus] am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.
We have not been left in the dark. Through the study of the books of Daniel and Revelation and their relation to the rest of the entire bible, we can see that God told us about the events after the death of Jesus Christ. God told us about the dark age, He told us about the reformation, He even pointed to Napoleans general taking the sovereign power away from the pope in Rome in 1798.
Now, these studies are much too in depth to display here, but I can personally give my oath that the studies are true, because I studied all of them on my own without just listening to what someone told me about. Its all there, and few people realize that all protestant churches (meaning, not catholic) were started because of this same information. Most unfortunately have given up on campaigning about bible prophecy and our times.
We are not in the dark, because the light of truth is shining in the darkness; and we know that one little match in a dark room casts light on the whole room. Our God wanted us to know what was going to happen. Isn’t God great?
Remember, He will do it, He will change us when we seek Him with our whole heart. Jesus Christ died so that you and I may have life, He really did – and that’s something the disciples like Peter and John were adamant about us recognizing. Both of them remind us that they have seen these things with their own eyes, and that they dedicated their life to spreading the Gospel ever since.
If you would like to study the books of Daniel and Revelation, please see the links below. For now, go in peace my brother, my sister. May God bless you more abundantly than you could ever ask or think.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses all knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.