Devotional | Prophetic Revelation and the Birth of Jesus
Although there was a period of relative prophetic silence for 400 years after the close of the Old Testament, there was a burst of dreams, visions and angelic visitations around the time of Jesus' birth.
The angel Gabriel was quite busy, appearing to Zacharias to announce the birth of John and also to Mary to herald the coming of Jesus. An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, telling him to take Mary as his wife for the child in her womb was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20-21 NKJV). The wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod on their way home as he had requested. Angels appeared to the shepherds announcing the celestial birth. Joseph received a dream in which an angel warned him to flee with Mary and Jesus to Egypt to be protected from Herod; later, he was told in a dream to come back to Israel after Herod’s death.
Although Jesus is so much more than just a Prophet, he is indeed a Prophet and His coming ushered in a whole new level of prophetic revelation. Indeed, the New Testament is filled with prophetic encounters, ending with John's revelation on the isle of Patmos in which he is told of Jesus' second coming. Just as His first coming was surrounded by a marked increase in prophetic revelation, so will His second coming be marked by tremendous revelation. (Revelation 10 NKJV).
For in the last days the Lord is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh and we will prophesy, dream dreams and see visions (Acts 2:17-21 NKJV).
This Christmas, as we celebrate the first coming of our King, may we also hear the sound of His voice calling us. The shepherd whose sheep know His voice and follow Him (John 10:3 NKJV).