1 January 2017 - Vision Sunday: 2017 The Year of Jubilee - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
In the Old Covenant of the Law, God led man by the hand and led them out of Egypt.
But in the New Covenant of Grace, it's much more intimate. God leads man by the heart.
It's totally dependent on God, not on man.
God works with numbers, years and days.
He has special days in Ancient Israel that serves as visual aids for His people.
The first Passover was a visual aid for Israel. Since then, Israel has been observing it every year.
But when Jesus came, He was the fulfillment of what the visual aid was pointing to.
Jesus died on Passover and rose on the Feast of Firstfruits.
Jesus was born on a feast day as well - the Feast of Tabernacles.
There are seven feasts in Israel.
Why does New Creation Church have a theme of the year?
1) Many times God gives us things ahead of time so that when it happens, we know that it is God.
2) We thank God for His deliverance, miracles and help in our lives.
For example: God protected you from death in a car accident.
God gives us the theme of the year so that when it happens, you can give Him the glory.
The theme of the year also means that God is emphasizing a certain truth for that year.
It doesn't mean that it cannot happen in any other year, but God is emphasizing it in that year.
Don't expect God to speak about everything that's going to happen this year in just one Sunday.
God looks at churches not just as a corporate whole, but also individually.
There are different truths that He gives to individual churches to emphasize each year.
At the beginning of last year, Pastor Prince prophesied three words that there would be "floods, fire, and blood".
There were deadly floods in 2016.
Blood: tragic terrorist attacks in the world, one of the worst was in Nice, France.
Fire: Terrible fire in Israel that destroyed many hectares of land -
Because of the fire, even Turkey (who had cold relations with Israel) and Russia sent help to Israel. It turned out for Israel's good because she was isolated before that.
All the Messianic Jews and their properties were safe and unharmed by the fire.
Israel is the centerpiece of God's prophetic timetable.
God so loved the entire world, but God chose Israel so that Israel could demonstrate to the nations what a good God He was.
However instead, Israel failed in her mission.
Israel missed God and rejected their Messiah.
The beautiful thing is that God's love is everlasting.
Even when you're not faithful to God, God is still faithful to you.
Israel is temporarily set aside.
God started saving people out of nations of the world and forming out of both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jew), one body of Christ.
There's no such thing as a Christian nation, there's only Christian people.
In the Old Testament, God wanted Israel to be the prophetic time clock, but Israel failed and God led her into captivity.
It's God's discipline. If they don't want to manifest God's goodness, they will manifest that God is a holy and righteous God.
Israel was taken into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
Daniel who was taken captive in Babylon had a vision of a huge golden statue, and how the whole world would be dominated by the Gentiles, beginning with Babylon, then Medo-Persia, Grecians, Romans (when God sent His Son to Israel).
Then a rock not cut with human hands (Jesus) will smash the leg of the golden statue and the time of the Gentiles will end.
Israel rejected Jesus and the kingdom of God was held in abeyance.
If Israel had accepted Jesus as their Messiah, they would be in paradise and the whole world would be blessed.
Because Israel rejected Jesus, in these 2000 years, God has been dealing with the Gentiles and bring out a people for His church. God's now thing is the church.
God is dealing with Israel even now. After 2000 years we see Israel has come back as a nation.
Jesus will return and He will establish His kingdom on earth.
It may happen tonight, this week, it may happen this year! It's a very prophetic year.
Jesus will rule from Israel to bless the entire earth.
There'll be no more sickness and no more disease.
Even the animal kingdom will change its nature.
The Bible says that wolf and the lamb will lie down together.
Children will play near the poisonous snake's home and will not be in danger.
We're looking forward to that day.
That will happen after the seven years tribulation, and we will be Raptured before the seven years tribulation.
The Rapture can happen anytime now.
The Rapture is nothing more than believers receiving a brand new body - you will never grow old, never die, forever young, strong and healthy!
Jesus comes and give us the final piece of the inheritance that He died to give us.
In a twinkling of an eye, we will all be changed.
We're now entering into 2017. Does God know about the Gregorian Calendar? Yes of course He does.
But in the Hebrew calendar, this year is 5777 (3 sevens).
Revelation 13:18 - The Bible says that the number of the antichrist is 666.
When Goliath came against David, his spear was 600 shekels heavy, he had 6 pieces of armor and the final 6 was his cubits.
666 marked Goliath. 6 is the number of man. But 666 is extreme flesh, possessed by the devil.
In fact the Ten toes of the golden statue are ten nations, a revived Roman Empire. From there will come a leader that will promise false peace and will produce false signs and wonders in his hands.
He's the antichrist who will lead the world into Satanic worship.
Jesus will return and destroy this man.
“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18 NKJV)
That's the whole plan of God, before we hear about the year.
2017 is the Year of Jubilee! This theme of the year is for all the believers following Pastor Joseph Prince's ministry.
God is declaring Jubilee for you!