The “prophecy” that I wrote about in DIG yesterday as a rather extreme example; there is another subtle yet more dangerous type of “prophecy” prevalent in the body of Christ.
This type of “prophecy” is associated with 2 Chronicles 7 v 14.
This verse says that God’s people (called by His name) should humble themselves, pray and stop sinning then God will forgive them and heal their land.
Many interpret this literally saying we have to perform in some way before God will forgive us, before God will bless Scotland for example.
We are told to pray (and fast, even though there is no mention of fasting) for a certain length of time (for 1 year for example by one organisation here in Scotland) and then we will be forgiven and our nation will be “healed”.
Yes, this is what the Word seems to say but that is not what it means.
This verse was written for an Old Covenant nation, we now live under the New Covenant.
In other words this verse is pre-cross, but we live post-cross.
Forgiveness (and reconciliation with God) was achieved through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and it has nothing to do with our religious performance.
Forgiveness is not earned; forgiveness was bestowed as a gift through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).
Forgiveness and reconciliation was given so that all men could have the opportunity to be saved; you see, reconciliation and forgiveness was a pre-requisite for salvation (see a picture for this in Mark 2 v 1 to 12, where forgiveness comes before salvation, in this case healing).
We were all forgiven at the cross as Jesus was made the payment (or propitiation) for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2).
Do not listen to the doom and gloom merchants talking about asteroids and God’s judgement, but also please do not listen to the more subtle and dangerous “prophecies” based upon 2 Chronicles 7 v 14.
This can lead you down the path of guilt and condemnation, begging and pleading for forgiveness and thinking that there is some kind of religious performance required.
You live under grace and benefit from the finished work of Jesus Christ; you have already been forgiven.
Yes, pray and fast and turn away from sin; that will be good for your life and for those around you.
But it is not required for your forgiveness.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that because of that I have been forgiven”.
Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace