One of the things that very often Christians struggle with is regarding the prophetic words they have received on the journey of life and in their walk with Jesus. Other times they struggle with the prophetic promises in the Bible and they wonder why it hasn’t come to pass or when it’s going to happen.
The thing is that a lot of times, soon after we receive a prophetic, we fall into a season of trials and tribulations, and sometimes even a season of persecution which may last from several months to several years. This happens especially if the word is a world-changing prophecy, such as we are going to bring the nations to Christ, or we are going to be the move of God, etc. I call these prophecies, the Prophecies in the Persecution.
You see, if we take a look at the life of some the greatest people in the Bible, such as Abraham, Moses, Joseph and David, in the old testament, or even Jesus and all the apostles in the new testament, we see that very soon after they received a word from God that are going to move a nation or bring nations into repentance, they fell into a season in which they were mocked, humiliated, put in prison, stoned, and even crucified.
Let’s take a short look at some of these stories:
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”
11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
… And we know the rest of story. Joseph was thrown into a cistern. Then he was sold into slavery, then he was put in prison. Finally, he was rescued and he was put in charge of the whole land of Egypt by the Pharaoh.
I want to encourage you today, that if you have a promise or a call of God upon your life, if you have received a prophecy which hasn’t been fulfilled, if you have been under heavy attacks from the devil, if you have been persecuted for your faith or for the calling you have, hang in there; stand strong. Because the Lord is a promise keeper and He will always make a way for you to fulfil the prophecies he has given you.