“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A PROPHET SHALL THE LORD YOUR GOD RAISE UP UNTO YOU OF YOUR BRETHREN, LIKE UNTO ME; HIM SHALL YE HEAR IN ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER HE SHALL SAY UNTO YOU…” Acts 3:22/Deut. 18:19.
A prophet proclaims God’s word to the people. Jesus said of Himself:
“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”John 12:49-50.
Not only did Jesus speak the word of God to the people, He is the living Word of God proclaiming the Father.
“In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1,12.
If indeed Jesus is that Prophet spoken of by Moses our responsibility lies in hearing, “all things whatsoever He shall say unto you.” In Matthew 24 Jesus reveals to His disciples things concerning the sign of His coming and the end of the world. He expounds on the message in Revelation and admonishes those who have ears to hear “…what the Spirit saith unto the churches…” He speaks of events occurring in centuries past and are happening in our world today, but says that’s not the end but the beginning of sorrow. After this He states, “…then shall the end come….But of that day and hour knoweth no man…”
Speaking of those in the days of Noah and the coming flood, Jesus says, “…they…knew not until the flood came, and took them all away…” At that time a great separation occurred. The righteous, those who believed the word of God, were saved. Those who did not know the truth until it was upon them perished in the flood.
The Prophet warns, “Watch…Therefore by ye also ready: for in an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Then He concludes with an illustration of the final separation of the faithful and unfaithful.
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Doing? Doing what?
“…give them meat…” “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding…As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby…man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live…Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…” (Jer. 3:15; 1Peter 2:2; Deut. 8:3b; Jer. 15:16).
“…Blessed is that servant…” “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever…Therefore…be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (Dan. 12:3; 1Cor. 15:58).
What message does the Prophet have for the unfaithful?
“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, my lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come …in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt. 24:48-51.
“…that evil servant shall say…my lord delayeth his coming…the lord…shall come…in an hour that he is not aware of…” “…take heed…lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life…so that day come upon you unawares…For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child and they shall not escape.” (Lu. 21:34; 1Thess. 5:3).
The Prophet delivered the message of God. He was and is the message of God. Will you hear Him? He will return to finish the word of God, fulfilling every word spoken. When is the time of the end? I don’t know. But I do know if He delays His second coming for all, He will come for each of us at our appointed time. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Heb. 9:27.
Praying all who read will hear and heed the message of the Prophet, so as to be ready when He comes.