“Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said.” Deut. 34:1-5
Everything God does, he does in cycles. From the beginning God spoke through a prophet and as we near the end of the age, God is once again speaking through his prophets. From the last prophetic voice of Malachi, 400 years the voice of the prophet stood silent, then that voice once again shook with a fervor that the entire world and all its kingdoms took notice too – that voice from a man named John.
A few years ago the church world was saddened by the death of David Wilkerson, as one Bishop (who has also passed) remarked, “God is calling his prophets home”. Since that time we have seen many great men of God being taken from this world, and if we look at the last remaining men whom God has used for the past few decades, their will be many more who will be exiting this world, leaving only their legacies, good and bad, behind.
Just as Moses and his generation died, never partaking of the promise land, so too I believe many of the previous generation, those servants God used greatly in the past, will not share in the end time move of God. I fear a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to proper leadership for the future, as the void many of these men (and women) are leaving behind, the truth is, will there be a rise of a Joshua type who will take the reigns where the old has left to carry on the vision of God? Time will only tell.
Still, God is once again raising up a voice, a voice of trouble to the world and a voice of comfort to the body of Christ – the prophetic voice. I find it interesting that just before Jesus came on the scene to begin his ministry, a prophet was declaring the word of God, calling men to repent. Remember my first statement – God does things in cycles. As we grow nearer to the end, the message, I believe will begin to change, not from the gospel of Christ and the cross, but one of coming judgment. For centuries, the dispensation of grace has been one of “Jesus saves” and while that is the central message which will always remain the message, if we look to the word, we can clearly see that the message of grace was consistently followed by a message of judgment. While the dispensation of grace has been since the cross, that dispensation, or (season) is coming to a close rapidly.
It must be understood by all that the times we are living in are becoming darker, perilous, dangerous and those who are in Christ understands that what is shaping up right now; the rise of perversion, violence, civil unrest, natural disasters, political turmoil and the fleeting of Democracy in many nations, are a singular sign that we are nearing the end of the age.
When Moses died, Joshua filled his place, but when Joshua died, the voice turned back again to the voice of the prophet. What I believe we will see shape itself in the coming years as we go further into the end of time is the rise of a select few who God will raise up, (prophetic voices) that will not only declare the message of grace, but reinforce it with the urgency that the door of opportunity (as we know it) is shutting, as it certainly was to Noah, the same shall be once again in the last generation.
God has many voices, evangelistic voices, teaching voices, pastoral voices, apostolic voices and finally, prophetic voices. They all work under the same spirit, being guided by the same spirit which will produce the same outcome – repentance. Make no mistake, God has set a timetable for everything, the world began with a prophetic utterance, it too shall end with a prophetic utterance. This is the rise of the prophets, the day after Moses has passed. This too shall be the same cycle in our day, for God’s servants are dying and now God is bringing in a new voice, a firmer voice, a voice of hope laced with a word of warning – Christ is coming, but so is judgment.