At the 20th Anniversary Commencement of Angelus Bible Institute, Pastor Jack Hayford reminded the graduates of God’s amazing capacity to transform. He referenced how the Romans must have taken comfort in the fact that they were sending the Apostle John to a forgotten place, when they sent him into exile on the Isle of Patmos. He would soon be forgotten and his influence would be forever silenced. A small mountainous island with rocky soil in the Aegean Sea, Patmos should have remained an anonymous piece of land that people were sent to and never heard from again… at least according to their plan! But God had other ideas.
Today Patmos is known to have multiplied millions around the world because of the Book of Revelation. No one could have ever imagined that it would become a tourist stop for thousands touring the Greek Isles. Somewhere around 95-97 AD, John penned the message that he received from the Lord – a message that has been repeated again and again. The next time you think that you’re serving in an obscure place, or that the enemy has been effective at stopping the “plans” of the Lord, remember what Solomon declared, “There is no wisdom, no insight, and no plan that can succeed against the Lord!” I’ll take the kingdom odds over the Vegas ones any day!
By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor