I Got Tired of Hearing the Same Things Said Over and Over Again: A Pentecostal’s Confession and Realization

GOD IS SO MUCH SMARTER THAN US…..I want to say that from the outset.

I was raised in a Pentecostal church, so the gifts of the Spirit are nothing new to me. I have heard many prophecies, tongues & interpretations.
Something always seemed to bother me……THEY WERE ALL BASICALLY SAYING THE SAME THING:

1. God loves you
2. I’m coming back again
3. I’m with you

Then my critical mind started to judge the people , not the gift.
Some do it the other way, but I played it safe. I believe that God still uses the gifts but maybe these were just well meaning people with nothing else to say but God loves you, Jesus is coming back again, I am with you.

Then I felt God speak to me through His word .

I Thessalonians 5:20 “Do not treat prophecies with contempt”

“But God,” I said “it’s the same thing over and over….GOD LOVES ME, JESUS IS COMING BACK AGAIN, I’M WITH YOU…..surely You have to have more to say to us than that?”

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What are the Odds that Jesus Would Come the Way He was Predicted? Answer….. Crazy Odds!

In his book, Science Speaks, Peter Stoner applies the modern science of probability to just eight prophecies regarding Christ. He says, “The chance that any man might have …fulfilled all eight prophecies is one in 10 to the 17th. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.” (one hundred quadrillion) Stoner suggests that “we take 10 to the 17th silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state 2 feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly… Blindfold a man and tell him he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up [that one marked silver dollar.] What chance would he have of getting the right one?” Stoner concludes, “Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing those eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man,…providing they wrote them in their own wisdom



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RESURRECTION IN THE OT? WHERE?

Luke 24
44 Now He said to them, “ These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46 and He said to them, “ Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
 
I’m a Bible reader.
And as I read it, I often stop and ponder or meditate.
As I am reading through the book of Acts the past few days, I did my usual stop and ponder….
From the beginning of the book, the author Luke kept saying that the resurrection of Jesus was foretold about in the Psalms.  Now I have read the Psalms, but I don’t remember ever reading resurrection in Psalms. If I saw resurrection in Psalms I would be totally underlining that and starring it in my Bible with little personal notes by it.  
 
Listen to these words in 2:31…”with prophetic foresight he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ…” (Weymouth).  This is part of Peter’s Pentecost sermon.  Peter was preaching resurrection from the Psalms.  
 
Here is what I do know….
Jesus preached about Himself from the Psalms.

Luke that says that in the Law, the Prophets, AND THE PSALMS there is a lot of stuff about Jesus and especially his suffering and HIM RISING AGAIN.  Wow… have I ever underlined a resurrection verse in Psalms?  Nope.  
Without the help of Acts, I never would have noticed the Psalm’s resurrection verses.  That’s why you read the WHOLE Bible.  
 
Be careful of being a P/P reading….Psalms & Proverbs.  So many people do that and never realize that Jesus is in the Psalms because they did not get the treasure map that is in Acts, Luke, Hebrews and other NT books. Thes are books that cause a Psalm that just looked like abstract words about an event, to paint a picture of The Lamb of God, Jesus.
 
Let me throw in one more example. Judas and betrayal in Psalms? Never underlined that one either.  That is what Acts 1 says and what they talked about in the upper room.  They quoted Psalms again .
 
16 “Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
 
David once again talking about Jesus stuff.
Never saw it and never noticed it.
That is why we read the WHOLE Bible…..so I can underline cool stuff.
Where is Judas in the Psalms?
 
Ps 109:8 Let his days be few;
Let another take his office.
 
Ps 69:25 May their camp be desolate;
May none dwell in their tents.
 
Ps 41:9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
 
Never saw Judas in these verses.
But just because I didn’t see it, did not mean that it wasn’t there.
 
Oh by the way, I did go and underline, starred, and wrote in the margin of my Bible next to Psalm 2:7 & Psalm 16:10, “the resurrection of Jesus” prophesied . Acts 2 is written in AD 33.  And Psalm 2  & 16 is written by David and he lived from 1037BC – 967 BC.  So the prophecy of the resurrection was made at least 1000 years before Jesus rose again.  This book is supernatural.  This book is amazing. That book is the Bible.