Joseph Prince - Live Fearless In Dark Times
Do you know something, people, that we are living in a prophetic time? This year our theme for the year is the year of jubilee. So, sit back once again, let me just remind of the theme of the year before I come back and share with you something the Lord has put on my heart. It's gonna bless you. (...) Jubilee, amen? Now, remember, this jubilee is not for the world, okay? When we talk about all these things that God is showing us, God is not, the world is gonna get worse and worse. "Darkness will cover the earth, and gross darkness the people".
Now, last week I stopped at Isaiah 59, do you remember that? Let's show them Isaiah 59, verse 20 says, "'The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,' Says the Lord. 'As for Me,' says the Lord, 'this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your seed", according to the King James all right, "'Nor from the mouth of your seed's seed', says the Lord, 'from this time and forevermore'".
And then we did a contrast when this was quoted by the Apostle Paul, all right, Paul quoted from the Septuagint because in this case, the Septuagint was inspired, amen? The Greek interpretation of the Old Testament. Here it says, "So all Israel will be saved as it is written". It's quoting Isaiah 59, "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob". But in verse 21 of Isaiah 59 instead of saying, "My spirit is on you and my words in your mouth", Paul actually says by the Spirit, "This is my covenant with them when I take away their sins". Very interesting, amen? It is when God takes away your sins that the Holy Spirit can fill you.
Have you ever thought about how clean? When you are made righteous do you know that Holy Spirit, the wonderful third person of the Godhead, can actually come and dwell in you, which he could not do in the Old Testament? In the Old Testament, even the saints of God, the prophets of old, and the priests, all of them had the Holy Spirit coming on them for a certain task, even like Samson, all right, deliverers of Israel, they would have the Holy Spirit come on them for a certain task but then after they finished the task, the Holy Spirit lifts, and then they are very thirsty. They're like every other man, you know, they are desperate for water or something like, but then the Holy Spirit comes, and he leaves. He comes and he leaves, and that's why you and I cannot pray the prayer of David in Psalms 51 where David said to God, "Take not your Holy Spirit from me", because Jesus says, "The Holy Spirit will abide with you forever".
So, we have something that they didn't have before, amen, something they never possessed. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, and he abides with us for how long? Jesus said forever, forever, amen? Forever's a long time, people. Isn't God good? Just sense the anointing of the Holy Spirit today, and I just want you to know the Father loves you. Jesus said it like this, "The Father himself loves you". Now, back to Isaiah. That was good. Isaiah 59, the entire chapter ends with verse 21, but look at what happens when you pray in the Spirit, when you pray in tongues and the words are in your mouth. By the way, praying in tongues only can happen under grace. Therefore they had the other gifts of the Holy Spirit, all right, in the Old Testament, but the only gift of the Holy Spirit that was not manifested in the Old Testament was praying in tongues. It was a unique gift for grace, dispensation for the grace.
So, that tells something about praying in tongues. You cannot pray in tongues and be legalistic. Your praying in tongues is a prayer of grace. It's a tongue of grace. It's a spirit of grace. Can I have a good amen? Therefore, when you pray in tongues, something happens. In the next chapter, in fact, in the original scroll, there is no chapter. Just go to the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem and see the, Isaiah's scroll that was recorded down 2,000 years ago word for word, and Isaiah's scroll is there, and you'll find there are no chapters. But let me just tell you this, men put chapters so he put the verses together. If you speak in the spirit, if you speak in tongues, amen, something happens to you. "Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you", amen?
And then there are those who say, "Well, this promise, Isaiah 60 verse 1 here, is only for the millennium". Well, look, keep on reading, all right? Look at Isaiah 1, "Arise, shine; For your light has come! For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth". During the millennium, there's no darkness. Everything is bright, amen? Praise the Lord, Hallelujah. There's no sickness. There's no disease during the millennium, amen? So, here it says, "Darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people". I believe this is something spiritual, something oppressive, something heavy. Darkness covers the earth. Everything you see around you, there's darkness, and it seems like the more educated people are, the worse they become morally, amen? And the more they know about science the more they use it for destruction, amen.
Now, I know there are a lot of good things going on, but the good is not being heard. So, here we go, "Darkness is covering the earth, deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you". You here is his people. "The Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you". So, when these things happen, rejoice, we're in the year of jubilee, amen. Amen, not for the world, for us. So, when will the Lord arise on us and his glory be seen upon you? When darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the people. That's the time you rejoice. These are signs to us that God is gonna do great things that the blessings on us, the glory on us will so shine that the world will see it and the world will see the only answer they have is in the church of Jesus Christ. Can I have a good amen?
In fact, you go on reading verse 3, all the way down. "Gentiles shall come to your light, kings to the brightness of your rising". They'll be salvation. Your sons will come from afar. Fathers, mothers, dry your tears, your sons will come from afar, your daughters. I don't care if they are backslidden. I don't care how far they are. They're not saved or whatever. They will come, the Lord says, during this time of revival, during this time of God's outpouring of his glory upon his people. And then verse 5 says, not only that, all right, "You will see and become radiant. Your heart shall swell with joy". I love this expression. I wish I have time to go through this. "Your heart will swell with joy", expression. "Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles", other translations say the goyim, nations. "The wealth of the nations will come to you".
So, there'll be financial provision as well in these days. James says that you have hid treasure to the people that are wicked, the people that are holding back, you know, the salaries and the wages of people and all that. James says, "You have hid treasure for the last days". And the last days God says,God gives to the working wicked or sinner to gather and to keep up and then to give to the one who's good in his eyes. There's gonna be a transfer of wealth to God's people. Jesus himself was asked the question in Matthew 24, Jesus was asked, "Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them".
This is one of the longest discourse of our Lord Jesus Christ, and yet we think that, you know, it's up to us whether we believe in Bible prophecy or not. It was one of the longest, besides Sermon on the Mount, one of the longest... I should put it this way, it was one of the longest answers to a question. The Lord must really want us to know this. So, the question came, Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will these things be"? All right, "What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age"?
Three questions, when will these things be when the stones are overthrown, the temple? Number two, what will be the sign of your coming? Not the Rapture, they do not know about the Rapture. The first time the Rapture was mentioned will be by the end of this week. This is the last week, by the way, before Jesus was crucified. At the end of the week, they'll be on Mount Zion, the highest part of Mount Zion, the upper room is so beautiful to see that typology there, all right? And then Jesus will tell them, "In my Father's house are many mansions. I will go and prepare a place for you. When I prepare a place, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also". That's the Rapture.
Then God showed Paul, "Behold, I show you a mystery. We should not all die. We should not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in the twinkling". In the moment, all right, in the twinkling of an eye, in a moment, we should all be transformed and our bodies that are corrupted will put on incorruptible body, amen? You listening, people? And then Jesus says, now, the question is asked right, when will these things be? The sign of your coming, the coming is Second Coming, not the Rapture. The Rapture he comes for his bride, amen? But his coming, Second Coming, is for Israel, the nation of Israel. They'll go through a lot, so he will answer the first question first, amen? And then when will these things be? He will tell them, "Take heed that no one deceives you. Many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many". Then he goes on to say, "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars".
Are we hearing that now, amen? He's talking about our times. And then he after that from verse 9 onwards he talks to the Jews that will leave after we are Raptured, amen, by the expression you. We know it's the Jews, because many people get scared when they see all these things because they think that it's talking to Christians. It's not talking to Christians, it's talking to Jews, because Jewish disciples were asking him about the temple. His answer was an answer to the Jew. Of course we can learn from it, of course. It's also for us, amen. But primarily, it's for the Jewish believers that will be saved during the Antichrist's reign on this earth when we are Raptured, the worst will happen. Are you listening? So Jesus says, "Now to our times, you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled".
I don't know why we don't take what we says. See that you're not troubled, he says. Don't be troubled. When these things happen in the world, don't be troubled. In fact, we find a reason to rejoice when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness covers the people, amen, God says, "You can rejoice. I'm rising upon you". The glory of God will be seen on you and seen by Gentiles, unbelievers, amen? And then he says, "See that you're not troubled". Another translation says, "See that you're not fearful, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet".
So, there are those who say, well, nation against nation, Pastor Prince, we're in the end times. The end is not yet. Read what the says. But these things will happen, yes. There might be a World War III, we do not know. We might live to see it before the Rapture or the Rapture will happens, even so come Lord Jesus, amen, amen? "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, plagues, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows". It's not the end time. It's the beginning. We might see these things and we are seeing these things actually, amen? We are going towards the end, people. And the word sorrows here, these are the beginning of sorrows in the Greek is the word labor pain, a woman going through travail pain.
I don't want to use the word pain, birth pangs, labor pangs, amen? Because women are redeemed from the curse, amen? Women are redeemed from the pain and the curse. The curse is not bearing children. Hey, long before Adam fell, God said, "Be fruitful and multiply". The curse was in pain you will bring forth children. That was the curse, but Christ took the curse upon himself on the cross. So, women are redeemed from birth pains, labor pains. Believe God for that, amen? Receive that in Jesus's name.
So, all these are beginning of sorrows, birth, labor pangs and what he's saying literally is that when you see all these things happening, there's gonna be a new world coming, amen, where the son will reign, but it's gonna get worse and worse and worse, but before the worst happens, it's called the seven year, the day of God's wrath is seven years. We cannot be around because we are not appointed to wrath, the Bible says, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. It's a day of God's wrath, so we're not around, we are Raptured.
Now, if you believe in mid-trib, you believe in post-trib, help yourself. I'm taking the first train, amen? How about the rest of you, amen? That's what we are looking for. So, now it's the labor pangs. And from what I understand, correct me, ladies, as the baby is about to come, all right, the contractions get closer and closer, closer and closer. I don't know if you noticed something or not, there's an eclipse, there's a hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. There's all kinds of crazy things like rumors of wars, rumors of wars and then wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, all right, earthquakes. Do you think earthquakes are getting more and more often lately? Big ones? Rapture can happen anytime.
Now, why year of Jubilee? I tell you why, okay? God says these are the feast days. In Leviticus 23, you will find all the seven feasts of Israel. Jesus literally died on the feast of Passover. Three days later it's the feast of first fruits, Jesus rose on the feast of first fruits. Fifty days after is the Pentecost, God sent the spirit when the day of Pentecost was fully come. And now we are waiting for the few months before Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah happened, which is the new year of Israel, all right? Their new year actually happened just a few days ago. Do you know that Wednesday evening, 6 p.m. was the Rosh Hashanah, the brand-new year all the way to Friday, Friday 6 p.m. is the Rosh Hashanah?
So, watch this, Rosh Hashanah in the year of Jubilee for us, but their new year actually began, all right, okay let me tell you this, God works also with the our calendar, Gregorian calendar. Watch this, after 2,000 years, Jesus said this in Luke's account of this narration, all right, I just gave you Matthew, but in Luke's account, Jesus actually said that Jerusalem will be under the foot of Gentiles from A.D. 70. What Jesus prophesied when the Romans were coming, they are Gentiles, non-Jews, so Jerusalem will be under the foot of Gentiles, listen, until the times of Gentiles are fulfilled. So, from A.D. 70 all the way, Romans, the Byzantine all the way to the Mamluks, all the way down until the Turks, the Turkish rule. And then finally General Allenby 1917, December 11, marched in without firing a shot and Jerusalem was liberated.
Listen, the call was made, General Allenby believed in Bible prophecy. The call was made for the people of the land to come back, the Jewish people. But many of them were very comfortable in Europe. They were comfortable. Imagine if they had come back, they won't have to go through what Hitler brought them through, okay? The call was made. Now, watch this, 1917 isn't much to look at, I mean, in terms of Israel at that time, so I guess I understand in the natural but nonetheless if they knew Bible prophecy, they will rush to go back. So, God gave them a chance in 1917, which I believe was a new year.
Now, watch this, 50 years is Jubilee, right? Every 50 years is Jubilee. We have 50 years after 1917, what happened? '67, 1967 is the Six-Day War when Israel after 2,000 years of Jerusalem being under the foot since A.D. 70 in the Six-Day War and there's no parallel for Six-Day War in any military history except for Joshua and the walls of Jericho. Six days they went around the whole thing, and the seventh it was theirs. Six-Day War, the seventh, Jerusalem fell back into the hands of the Jews after 2,000 years. Jesus said this would happen and yet they can't fully possess it, why? Because you can only possess it when you know the righteousness by faith because they have rejected the Lord Jesus as a nation. The day will come when all Israel will be saved, amen? Are you listening, people?
Now watch this, 50 years, 50 years, 1967, now number another 50. You come to 20, whoa! 2017 did you say? This year, now you got no excuse. You should not have attended New Creation Church, amen? Now you know we are in the prophetic year. Something is happening. We're seeing a lot of birth pangs happening, travail pangs happening, amen. Good for the church, bad for the world. The world will get worse and worse and worse, you know? And I really think that there's really a hope found only in the body of Christ.
As long the church of Jesus Christ is still here, the corruption and the evil cannot get so bad, cannot. That's why they hate us. They think that we are hindering their progressive movement when actually they are regressing to the Book of Genesis. It's the same, same, same old, same old, same old, all right? So, we are the salt that is holding back the corruption. We are the light lightening up the darkness, but the moment the Rapture happens, can you see why the worst will happen? Why do you think the Antichrist, probably is still alive, probably is a man now, a grown man, but why can't he manifest himself? Because you jokers are still around, praise God, amen? You are the salt, you are the light, you will know who to pray against. So, he cannot manifest until the Rapture happens then he will manifest, amen? I better stop here, right? Praise the Lord. Okay, Hallelujah, give Jesus the praise, amen?