GOD’S WORD FULFILLED
In the end times the prophets of God will speak God’s truth and many people, scoffers, will not listen; they will suffer the consequences, just as in Old Testament times.
2Peter 3:3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this coming he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the creation.”
1 John 4:6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
2 Kings 7:1 Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: ‘About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.'”
Now famine had come over the land of Samaria because of the siege by Ben-Hadad, king of Aram. (see 2 Kings 6 for details) The king of Aram had sent troops to kill Elisha, because Elisha was continuously telling King Ahaziah of Israel about Ben-Hadad’s troop movements in Israel. The king of Israel, Ahaziah, had committed evil and his deeds led to the seige and famine in Samaria. This had caused great inflation in prices for food and goods. King Ahaziah’s messenger came and told Elisha he would not wait on God’s hand of protection any longer, to which Elisha replied that great amounts of cheap food would be available tomorrow, if they would wait on the hand of the Lord to deliver. The king and his officer did not believe the prophecy.
The Scene: Four gallons of barley (a large amount for the price) could be purchased for 1 shekel; 2 gallons of flour purchased for 1 shekel. A seah was equal to about 7.3 liters or 2 gallons, much food for little money.
Elisha told the evil king of Aram that the Lord would end the famine in Israel. The famine was broken when the Lord tricked the Arameans and they abandoned their camps. The Israelites plundered their camps, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Elisha, as found in 2 Kings 7:3-20.
The Lesson: God uses His people for good. God keeps His word, for He alone speaks all truth. However, the officer who did not believe God’s representative’s prophecy did not get any of the food or plunder, but was trampled in the city gate of Samaria: 2Kings 6:33 and 7:2,17
Ezekiel 12:25 “But I the Lord will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days, you rebellious house, I will fulfill whatever I say”, declares the sovereign Lord.
Those who believe God’s Word and believe in His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord,the Light of the world, will be saved.
John 1:12 Yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 3:16-19 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
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