As believers, it is so important to know that God has an amazing plan for His creation—and our lives individually. We can get so caught up in the circumstances and situations that we face, and not see the God who reigns over all things. Today, we need a revelation of God as never before. Enjoy today’s blog; let’s ask the Lord for greater understanding, as well as the ability to see from His kingdom’s perspective!
I like when the scriptures declare, “none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Why? God had a plan to use their plan, to crucify Christ, in order to defeat them. He would take their evil intent and use it to bring judgment on them! There is a story like this in the Old Testament.
Maybe you are familiar with the story of Esther, and how she became queen. She was a Jew during a time of persecution for the Jews. There was a man named Haman, who held a high position in the Kingdom, who was at war with the people of God. He focused his anger on Esther’s uncle, Mordecai. He actually built gallows so he could have him killed. At the end of the story, the King gave Esther the authority to deal with the circumstances facing the Jews, and Haman was hung by the noose that he had intended to kill Mordecai with. The moral of this story was that Esther was willing to do whatever was necessary to get the King’s favor. In addition, she had a motivation to give her life for the people of God. In this sense, she was like Jesus Christ, who was willing to die on the cross for the people of God. The cross was meant to kill Jesus, but it became the tool used by God to destroy the power of the enemy. This is true of the Devil, who is the “ruler of this world,” but in the long run, it is also true concerning the natural realm. We are able to see that his plans to destroy Christ, and His influence in the world, were abolished, as the Christian church became the dominant religion of the Roman Empire.
This is a difficult observation, but we can see how the Roman Empire was used to punish Israel for her sin. As prophesied by Jesus Christ, Jerusalem was surrounded by enemies and destroyed in 70 AD. Jesus was, and always will, be victorious! When we review the story of Esther, or even the destruction of Jerusalem, we need to realize these are not isolated stories, but it demonstrates God’s modus operandi, or mode of operation. In order to fulfill our place as partners with Him, it is important that we understand how God does what He does. When speaking about the cross, the scriptures say it “is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” The wisdom of God is hidden, and it can only be fathomed by the spiritually mature. It is time for the ministries of the church to become mature, so we can discern the times we are living in!
Is It Really Wisdom Without A “Throne Room” Revelation?
In the early 1980’s, the economic condition of the United States was dire. Japan was the rising economic power of the time, and many people declared that the United Sates would be eclipsed in economic power by the “rising sun” of Japan. The 1970’s were a time of stagflation; the economy was poor combined with inflation, or rising prices. Typically, when times are bad, prices go down to accommodate the problem. Most economists of the time were caught up in very dire predictions. Unfortunately, most people who were speaking for the Lord saw this as the impending doom predicted in the Bible, and even prophets were predicting dark times. In prayer, the Lord told me, “Do not listen to the world, or the prophets who speak from their own spirit.” God said, “I will send a time of unprecedented prosperity and the Church must prepare for it.” Why were the prophets misguided? They allowed the fear of the time to get into their spirit, and their words became a mixture of flesh and spirit. We must understand that the wisdom of God requires maturity in the Church if we are to see what God is really doing, and not be led by the world. We need a revelation of the sovereignty of God!
Esther went to make intercession before her king, because she understood everything was in His hands. Favor comes from the King! Do you know Jesus Christ is the “King of Kings?” I hear a lot of prophecies that seem to coincide with much of the political debate, making declaration from the lenses of human observation. A mature prophet needs to see the world sitting with Jesus in heavenly places. Our observations must be from above; not from below. When we are seated with the King, we will see from the kingdom perspective, not from the perspective of human government. We continue to hear from so-called Bible prophecy experts, who go to the Bible and try to interpret current events. True prophecy should come from spiritual discernment—being more aware of what God is doing, than trying to figure out what God is doing based on human observations.
Have you noticed how often people use polling of human views as a basis for evangelism? The experts are telling us what people are thinking, so we can reach them for the Lord. This approach might work in marketing, when you are trying to sell something, but we are not trying to sell the gospel: we are called to proclaim the gospel. Remember, the gospel is the announcement of the reign of God, and that should be our proclamation in every encounter. God reigns over everything! If you are on the side of the Gospel, you are on the winning side. As John saw in his revelation, there may be times when the people of God are down, but we are never out. We do not need to lose our cool; we just need to re-affirm our faith and confidence in the King who reigns! The kingdoms of this world will fall, but the Kingdom of God will stand and be victorious over all the nations of the earth.
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Revelation 14:6-7