End of Time
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the
LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be
exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall
be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall
be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath
spoken it. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth,
the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the
people is grass. (Isaiah 40:3-7 KJV)
The prophecy of Isaiah of the one would prepare the way unquestionably is fulfilled
by John the Harbinger, and his work in preparation for the Lord. There is no
question about this.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the
children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite
the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:5-6 KJV)
The prophecy of Malachi is equally fulfilled by John the Harbinger and his
preparatory work for the Lord. They are two prophecies looking at the same thing.
The words of the angel in talking to Zacharias are clear and unmistakable: And he
shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers
to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a
people prepared for the Lord. The prophecy describes the preparatory work of
John. This is the “that” of inspiration.
What is there in any of these passages, anything which indicates that John the
Harbinger failed in his mission? Yet, this is the beginning point for Realized
Eschatology to discuss Jesus’ ministry. A point that has no validity. While some try
to make Jesus fail in what He was to do in fulfilling God’s mission to fit their
eschatology, Realized attempts to make John fail in what he was to do in fulfilling
God’s mission to fit his eschatology. The question is then, “Did God fail in doing
what He said He was going to do? Did the prophecies of God fail?”
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he
that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in
the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And
the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his
loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him
Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were
baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the
Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O
generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within
yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is
able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe
is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth
good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water
unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I
am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his
wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
(Matthew 3:1-12 KJV)
John was faithful to the work God had given him, even though it cost him his life.
Are you faithful to the work God has given you?