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The Intertestamental Period By Robin Carter

Do you ever feel that God is sometimes silent?

Robin Carter - Bird's NestYou have been praying and fasting, waiting patiently for the Lord to make a move on your behalf. You’ve been waiting for quite some time now and you realize that the race isn’t given to the “swift.” So you wait patiently, but still no answer. We know that God’s timing is not nearly comparable to our own, therefore remaining patient is imperative.

In the Old Testament days there was a time span between the last writings of the Old Testament and the appearance of Christ which is known as the “Intertestamental” (or between the testaments period). It is said that there was no prophetic word from God during this time. Some refer to this as the “silent years.”

Sometimes when it seems that the Lord has not heard us; it could just mean that He is rebuilding or restructuring some things. There are times when we need to decide who’s going to be in control of our lives–God or us. This choice sometimes becomes a struggle. There are things in our lives that we want to control. We will often find that a good “stress reliever” is just letting God be God. (Psalm 46:10) quotes, “Let go of your concerns, then you will know that I am God; I rule the nations, I rule the earth. When our relative state of peace and contentment is the calm just before our storm we need to hold on to God’s unchanging hands.

The period from the Book of Malachi at the end of our Old Testament to the opening of Matthew at the beginning, our New Testament comprises about 400 years. These “silent years” were silent only in the sense that there were no Prophets from God who were writing the Scriptures. These were years which brought about dramatic and sweeping changes throughout the ancient world. Rome was in command and a change in world events took place being there was no prophet nor inspired writer in Israel or Judah at this time.

Now in the first year of Cyrus King of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, “all the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of Heaven has given to me and has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.” Then he asked, “who is among you of all His people?

May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up. So just before you give up the wait, (Matthew 6:33) says seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. If He doesn’t seem to answer, be patient, this could just be the “intertestamental period” in your life.