Many have problems with the prophetic words of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel because of the harsh judgments pronounced upon Israel, God’s Chosen People. From those problems arise many questions and the most obvious might be, “Do these prophetic words have any purpose for us today?
”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.” John 1:1-5 NET2.
God’s Word is alive and active NOW and is more than capable to direct you in your daily life. “But evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves. You, however, must continue in the things you have learned and are confident about. You know who taught you and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:13-17.
For most of my life, I have heard all sorts of people question the veracity of God’s Word without blinking an eye, without thought, and without considering the sin of their actions. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.” Hebrews 4:12-13.
With this said, there is no doubt in my mind concerning the applications we are able to make from the Old Testament statements of prophecy for our day and time. Yes, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, and all the prophets of old have something for us NOW; we had best give our attention to them. Some have said something like this, “Harsh words will drive people away from the Good News and this is the reason we must not use offensive words.” This may or may not be true, but whether we like it or not the Word of God is sharper than any sword known to us and is able to separate evil from good exposing sin and convicting every lost person of personal sin, His righteousness, and judgment.
“So I will choose severe punishment for them; I will bring on them what they dread because I called, and no one responded. I spoke and they did not listen. They did evil before me; they chose to do what displeases me.” Listen to the Lord’s message, you who respect his word! “Your countrymen, who hate you and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of my name, say, ‘May the Lord be glorified, then we will witness your joy.’ But they will be put to shame. The sound of battle comes from the city; the sound comes from the temple! It is the sound of the Lord paying back his enemies.” Isaiah 66:4-6. God’s judgment is sure and swift, perhaps not today, but His judgment is coming.
Jesus is Lord