The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
An understanding of heart for a prophetic journey
In his 20th year of captivity, Nehemiah inquired of men from Jerusalem who had escaped captivity. They told him (Nehemiah 1:3), "The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire." Nehemiah writes, "And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven." Nehemiah then turned his petition to the Lord into action. By the grace of God, he was granted permission to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
Those opposing Nehemiah were the enemies of God--Sanballat the Horonite, who was of Samaritan descent and a leader of the Persian Achaemenid Empire; Tobiah, an ammonite, who worshiped the false god moloch that required child sacrifices; and Geshem, the Arabian. All these men seem to portray modern principalities that oppose not only the one true God, but also represent those who are false gods, require children to die, and are of Islam. These are the very people who oppose the United States, and more directly, pure Christianity in the United States. These are the same people who today are tearing down this society. And, by our inaction, Christians are allowing it, sometimes even aiding and abetting it.
These laughed at, scorned, and despised Nehemiah, saying, "What is this thing that you do? Will you rebel against the king?" In essence, that is what the enemies of God are saying to the remnant even today. In fact, tares within Christianity will that Christians be distracted from rebuilding and restoring their families, their communities, their states, their nation. They vehemently stand against it, saying even God is in control, you have no faith if you pursue such righteousness. Or they say that it is not our right to impose our beliefs upon others--even Christians are saying these things. They ridicule those with the prophetic destiny of returning hearts toward the salt and light commandments of Jesus.
Nehemiah responds in 2:20: "Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but you have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem." And he led prayer to action and risking life and limb, rebuilt the wall even as his workers were attacked by the godless, the child sacrificers and the Arabs. I say to you today that the walls of your family, your community, your nation need rebuilding. The opposition is fierce. But the opposition has no portion, nor right, nor memorial to prevent the remnant from walking in its prophetic destiny. If you are reading this, you have been notified. You are accountable to God Almighty.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!