January 2015HAPPY NEW YEAR!
First of all, I want to wish each and every one of you a happy New Year, actually, the greatest year that you’ve ever had. If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, and I’m certainly believing that you do, then whatever else there is will ultimately fall into place, in one way or the other. Knowing the Lord is the primary thing.
There are 115 million homes in America that have a television set or sets. We are presently airing in more than 73 million of these homes. Actually, by the time you read this, the number could be up to 75 or 76 million. We will not rest until the SonLife Broadcasting Network goes into every home in America, and to be frank with you, that goes for the entirety of the world. How we thank the Lord that in country after country, even though in many of these places we do not go in by cable, still, we do by satellite and the Internet. In fact, if they so desire, approximately 2 billion people can tune into the programming of the SonLife Broadcasting Network.
THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS
The other day, somebody asked us if we are trying to start a new movement, etc., because of the title, “The Message Of The Cross.” No, we aren’t!
Actually, that particular title comes straight from the Bible. Paul said: “For the preaching of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God” (I Cor. 1:18).
The word preaching in the Greek is logos and should have been translated “the message of the Cross.” The word logos actually means “message” or “word.” As to exactly why the King James translators used the word preaching, I have no idea.
THE INTERPRETATION OF THE DREAM
Some 3,700 years ago in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave two dreams to Pharaoh. Of course, this heathen monarch did not know what they meant, and his soothsayers and magicians did not know either. So, Joseph was called in.
The first dream would begin to come to pass very shortly, with Joseph being placed in charge. It pertained to seven years of harvest such as Egypt had never known before, followed by seven years of famine. To make it brief, it took that, the famine, to bring Jacob to Joseph.
The second dream, I believe, has not yet been fulfilled. I believe it pertains to that which is right ahead of us. I believe the seven years of plenty - represented by the seven buds on the stalk that were healthy and vibrant - represent the coming harvest of souls such as the world has never known before. It was followed by seven buds that were wasted and famished. That pertains to the coming seven-year great tribulation. As stated, none of this has been fulfilled yet. I believe we are on the very edge of the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever known. I believe the Lord has told me that this ministry (Jimmy Swaggart Ministries) is going to play a great part in this harvest.
This leads to the following statement: to think that we have the privilege of having a part in the fulfillment of a dream given 3,700 years ago is astounding indeed! To have that privilege is a privilege unexcelled. I would hope that you could see how blessed and fortunate that all of us are to have this opportunity. Think about it! It was a dream given to a heathen monarch 3,700 years ago but interpreted by one of the godliest men who ever lived, Joseph, and now it is about to come to pass. Let me give you another clue.
THE TWO DREAMS GIVEN TO JOSEPH
Before Joseph was sold by his brothers into Egypt, the Lord gave him two dreams.
In the first dream, he saw several sheaves of grain bowed to his sheaf, which was fulfilled a short time later when his brothers went into Egypt and bowed before him, not recognizing who he was. They were trying to buy grain, which they did.
The second dream pertained to the sun and moon and 11 stars, which bowed before Joseph. In this dream, Joseph was a type of Christ. The sun, the moon, and the 11 stars represented the 13 tribes of Israel, which will bow at the feet of Jesus when He comes back at the second coming. It will take that to bring Jacob to Jesus. Of course, that dream has not yet been fulfilled. Both of Joseph’s dreams had to do with the immediate future and the distant future. Likewise did Pharaoh’s dreams.
I’m trying to get you to understand how important that all of this is. In fact, it is the move of God that is beginning to take place in the world today.
No, I’m not overstating the case. If anything, I am understating it.
Thank you so much for praying for us, for supporting us with your finances, and for helping us to fulfill that which was prophesied, in a sense, some 3,700 years ago.
Again, Happy New Year to you and yours.