Have you heard the story of the time all the people came out of their graves and walked around town?
People dressing up for Halloween?
A Zombie film?
No, not exactly.
I am talking about a story right from the pages of Scripture.
As Jesus hung on the cross, a lot of supernatural phenomena took place, including a mighty earthquake, the sun going dark at 12:00 noon, and the curtain in the Temple being ripped from top to bottom.
But one of the most amazing things of all is when people came out of their graves!
It’s only mentioned in one Gospel.
They left the cemetery.
Mathew 27:51-43 (NLT) “At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead after Jesus’ resurrection. They left the cemetery, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.”
A preview of things to come.
“They left the cemetery and and appeared to many people”!
Is this not an amazing passage?
What is this all about? It is a preview of things to come.
Sort of like when you are in the movies and you see the trailer for the newest films coming out. Fact is, most of the time, the trailers are better then the films themselves!
But as amazing as this event was, the one it is pointing to will be even greater.
Jesus is coming!
The Bible, speaking of this future day, says, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NLT)
One day, we will be reunited with loved ones who have gone before us to heaven. What a glorious day that will be!
In that day, dead people will come alive!
Do you have a tendency to start projects you don’t finish?
I know I sometimes do. Especially a project like cleaning my garage.
Aren’t you glad that God finishes what He begins?
On the cross, Jesus Christ gave seven significant statements.
One of those statements was “It is finished!”
And it was.
But what did Jesus finish exactly?
What was accomplished at the cross and why did Jesus have to suffer and die in such a way?
Thanks for asking those questions! (Actually, I asked them).
I will give biblical answer to those questions and more this Sunday at Harvest Riverside and Orange County.
Our service times for Harvest Riverside are 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 AM, PDT.
Service times for Harvest Orange County are 9:30 and 11:30 AM, PDT.
This message will be webcast live at www.harvest.org.
Joel is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including his latest, The Tehran Initiative. As a communications advisor, Joel has worked with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. As an author, he has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, CNN Headline News, and FOX News Channel. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Jerusalem Post, and World Magazine. He has addressed audiences all over the world.
Joel Rosenberg is an expert on the topic of Bible prophecy.
You will not want to miss this!
Here is my interview with Joel from last Thursday.
Advances in technology now make it possible for Harvest Crusades to expand beyond the borders of Anaheim Stadium.
Using HD streaming, we can now take the gospel from one location into thousands of locations all across America…
We’re already doing this every Sunday as we live stream our messages from our website to thousands of individuals…
The next step is to take this from Anaheim, on Sunday evening, and enlist churches, arenas, Bible study groups, coffee houses, and anyone who desires to set up their own Harvest Crusade…
Coming to your community?
We’re calling it Harvest America. We are asking some of our good friends around the country—
James MacDonald, Jack Graham, Bob Coy, Joe Focht, Skip Hietzig and many others—
to become host sites where they will have their own worship, bring in special music,
and then take the live stream of the message from Angel Stadium…
One Day, One Church, One Message
What we hope to accomplish is this:
One Day, One Church, One Message that will deliver a huge harvest of souls…
We are working on a special website now that will facilitate how a church can be involved to receive training, promotional materials, and follow-up materials.
Our goal is to reach more than 5 million people in live stream sites over the next 1000 days. That’s more people than we’ve reached in 22 years of Harvest Crusades.
And if our average percentage of 10% response holds, we could see some 500,000 people make professions of faith in Christ! So be praying for Harvest America!
Contact your Pastor and see if your church would like to be a host-site for this historic event.
I am speaking this weekend at Harvest on the topic of “Famous Last Words.”
We will look at the last words of some famous and infamous people; then we will focus on the last words of Jesus on the cross.
Service times for Riverside are 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 am and 5:00 pm.
Service times for Orange County are 9:30 and 11:30.
For more info, go to www.harvest.org.
OK, check this out. . . It’s a SUPER Blast from the Past!
It’s me preaching in 1973!
I was 21 Years old!
I was in full hippie-mode with a super high voice.
But I was preaching the gospel!
Have a laugh and enjoy!
No temptation has come your way that is too hard for flesh and blood to bear. But God can be trusted not to allow you to suffer any temptation beyond your powers of endurance. He will see to it that every temptation has a way out, so that it will never be impossible for you to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13, Phillips)
In the New Testament, we have the account of Jesus saying to Peter, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:31-32, NKJV).
Put yourself in Peter’s sandals. You’re sitting near the Lord when He turns to you, looks you in the eyes, calls you by name, and says, “Satan has been asking excessively that you be taken out of the care and protection of God. The devil has been asking for you by name.” I don’t know about you, but if Jesus Christ, the Son of God, said that to me, it would be cause for great concern.
The Big Fish
Peter was such a big fish that Satan himself went after him. I wonder if the Lord paused for effect: “Satan has been asking for you…by name….But I have good news, Peter. I have prayed for you.”
It’s a good reminder to us that when the devil comes knocking at our door, we should say, “Lord, would You mind getting that?” We are no match for the devil. But even though he is a powerful foe, he is still a created being, and certainly not as powerful as God. Even so, we don’t want to tangle with him—or any of his servants. We want to stand behind God’s protection.
In spite of the devil’s power and wicked agenda, he must first ask permission when it comes to attacking the children of God, because of the hedge of protection that God has placed around us.
God knows what you are ready for. And He won’t give you more than you can handle. We have His word on that!
This weekend at Harvest: A look at the trial, scourging, and crucifixion of Jesus. . . Why did this have to happen?
Let’s explore that together.
Also, special music from The Gettys, an amazingly talented Christian husband and wife from Ireland.
Check out their song “In Christ Alone,” a beautiful modern-day hymn:
This is me speaking at the third Harvest Crusade in 1992!
It was our second time in Angel stadium.
I am not quite sure what I was doing with my hair there.