Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children (Isaiah 66:8).
Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last (Revelation 22:12-13)
We know the fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8 took place when Israel was born all at once, coming out of Egypt a wealthy nation in one night.
In 539 BC, the Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon, where exiled Jews were being held captive. God used this heathen king to orchestrate the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple after seventy years of Jewish captivity in Babylon, sending a remnant back to Judah and financing their efforts. This too happened rather suddenly, even though it had been prophesied years before by both Isaiah and Jeremiah.
There are three places in the book of Revelation where Jesus said, “Behold, I come quickly” (see Revelation 3:11; 22:7; and 22:12). Quickly doesn’t necessarily mean soon, but rather, suddenly.
Israel was in Egypt four hundred years before their suddenly occurred. The Jewish captives were in Babylon seventy years when their suddenly happened.
I keep hearing the Spirit of the Lord say that we are in a season of suddenly, and I believe what we are beginning to experience is the fulfillment of Revelation 22:12-13.
This is not a prophetic Scripture somewhere in the future as we have been taught. It is happening right now, as we enter this new day (millennium) on the timeline of history. This is the Day of the Lord and He is coming in fullness in a people (parousia).
His reward is not one that is given to us based on our accomplishments but rather a reward based on His accomplishment at the time of the cross and resurrection. And it is given according to the work we have been called to do. It is actually the equipping we need to do the job we have been assigned.
When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men (Ephesians 4:8).
He was here in the beginning when the universe was created and He will be here at the end of this new age we are now entering, which I believe to be the Kingdom Age. And I can assure you that He will lead us right on into the next age, whatever that may be.
There is a sense in which He was the first Adam, and the Scriptures are clear that He is the last Adam. The last Adam is not only Jesus of Nazareth, it is the one new man that we all are becoming.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace (Ephesians 2:14-15).
This passage addresses the issue that there is no longer any difference between Jew and Gentile. We have become one new man in Christ. But I believe that prophetically it has an even farther-reaching application.
In Christ, the first Adam and the last Adam have been made one. Where the first Adam failed, the last Adam succeeded, making it possible for the first Adam to succeed as well.
In the past, the cross divided people. But in this new day—as we enter the Kingdom Age—the cross will begin to unite people, even though for now the separation seems to be even more pronounced.
What has taken a long time and seemed impossible will suddenly come to pass. I believe this will be true in our lives individually and on the world scene.
Recently I was at an Elijah List Conference in Albany, Oregon. On Saturday morning, before going to the meetings for that day, Jane Hamon, who was one of the speakers at the conference, gave me a prophetic word in the breakfast room of the hotel where we were staying.
She said, “Eighteen months ago there was a separation. You separated from someone you had been involved in ministry with over certain issues.” She assured me that the separation was part of God’s plan for my life and ministry and then told me that this year would be a year of divine connections that would benefit my ministry.
She had no way of knowing about the separation that took place eighteen months earlier, but she was right on the mark. And the divine connections she prophesied about had already started happening and are continuing to happen—suddenly!
Saints of God, expect this in your lives and ministries—this is a season of suddenly! What’s happening right now is the culmination of things that have been in motion for six thousand years. The time from the first Adam until the present has been preparation for what is now beginning to happen—and it is going to be glorious beyond anything we can imagine!
Be encouraged and look up, because your redemption draws nigh (see Luke 21:28).