Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (March, 2022)
Jesus is coming back for His church. We don’t know when, but He is coming. He will take His children to heaven. What a glorious day that will be. I believe that there is another coming of the Lord before the rapture (the catching away) of the church. You may be questioning that right now, but please let me explain. Even though, Jesus will never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), I do believe that He is going to come by His Holy Spirit in a way that the church has never experienced. What will that look like? I really don’t know, but it will be glorious. We will certainly see a multitude of people come to Jesus to allow Him to be their Lord and Savior. There will be multitudes that will come back to Him that have walked away from His Lordship. There will be the miraculous like never read about. It will be a revival that is beyond anything that we can imagine or think. Are we ready for this next coming of His visitation? What can we do to “prepare the way of the Lord”? (Mark 1:3).
First of all, it is important that we make sure that our lives are upright before the Lord. Have we been born again (John 3:7)? Have we asked Jesus to come into our hearts as our Lord and Savior? Do we keep our sins confessed to Jesus (1 John 1:9)? Are we obedient to what the Lord has asked of us? Do we believe that there will be a latter-day revival? We read in Ephesians 5:27, “That he might present it (the church) to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” So, what is it going to take for the church to be a glorious church? I believe that it will take a move of the Holy Spirit upon the earth. We read in Isaiah 40:3-5, “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.”
We know that John the Baptist prepared the way of Jesus coming in that day, but what does it mean “to prepare the way”? When this was written in Scripture, men would go out and make the path for the king as smooth as possible. This may mean cutting down trees and leveling the ground, so that the King’s way would be easy. John the Baptist preached repentance before the coming of Jesus. Luke 1:16&17, Passion Bible, says, “And he will persuade many in Israel to convert and turn back to the Lord their God. He will go before the Lord as a forerunner, with the same power and anointing as Elijah the prophet. He will be instrumental in turning the hearts of the fathers in tenderness back to their children and the hearts of the disobedient back to the wisdom of their righteous fathers. And he will prepare a united people who are ready for the Lord’s appearing.”
We know that John the Baptist did not fulfill Isaiah 40 (see above), because it says that all flesh will see the glory. That has not happened yet, but I believe that this is going to happen soon. We know that only a work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of mankind will cause the hearts of fathers to turn to their children. Let us pray for a move of the Holy Spirit in the earth. Let us pray that the Lord instruct us in preparing the way for this next revival. Let us pray for unity in the church; a readiness for the Lord’s appearing.
Zacharias prophesied over his son, John, in Luke 1. “…for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, … To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (verses 76-79). I believe that just as the Father guided John in his ministry, the Father will guide us. Let us prepare the way of the Lord to visit the world in His glory and experience the great revival that I believe is still yet to come. …Then, “even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).