Esther and the Church
A Prophetic Look at the State of the Union?
Since most people feel they cannot trust their government any longer, many people in my path ask, “What is the actual state of the union?” In other words, “What is the real truth about the nation’s condition?” We also encounter those within the church who are unconcerned about where the nation and the world are heading. Their apathy does not want to face the full reality of our condition, so they choose to turn a blind eye and shrink back from any responsibility. Many are fearful and say they do not want to be anxious about anything, and consider the truth to be depressing.
The church needs to unite and be bold like Esther, who saved her entire nation. In ancient Persia, when the message arrived from Esther’s Uncle Mordecai that her people, the Jews, faced extinction, her initial reaction was to deny the actual reality of the threat. When Esther responded with a message of fear for her own life, her uncle sent this response:
“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: ‘Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this’” (Esther 4:13-14)?
Esther’s famous reply is recorded in verse 16, “And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
The Church Alone has the Solution for the Spiritual Battle America is Facing!
We are accountable before God to discern the signs of the times like the Sons of Issachar in the Old Testament. Jewish writers say that the people from the tribe of Issachar were renowned for their expertise in astronomical and physical science. Today, we have qualified prophets in our midst who are like the Sons of Issachar, and it is pertinent that we heed their message. They have spent their lifetime studying the ancient prophecies in the Bible, and are gifted with spiritual insight for discerning today’s national and world events. In mentioning just a few of the most prominent voices, credibility is given to the prophetic messages of Hal Lindsey, Jonathan Cahn, Joel Rosenberg, Perry Stone and John Hagee. These anointed scholars are blowing the trumpet of warning that America will either implode or be attacked unless we renew our nation’s covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
What are the Signs for Today? Where are we Headed as a Nation?
Unless we wake up and fall on our knees together, there is considerable uncertainty ahead. America is already on the road to implosion: economically, militarily, and morally. America is also vulnerable to its enemies, with cyber warfare as the most present threat. A senior Israeli cyber security expert with the INSS in Tel Aviv just warned that the next 9/11 could happen because of a cyber attack on flight systems on airplanes or air traffic control towers. Computer hackers have begun targeting electric and nuclear power plants around the world, as well as other critical infrastructure sites.
As the Church Goes, so Goes the Nation!
There are pockets of revival among pastors and church leaders across the nation, but presently, this equates to be “too little too late. Political correctness and division among the shepherds are silencing today’s church. We face an Esther moment in our history and a national revival is the only solution that will spare the nation! I firmly believe that we will not see political restoration until we experience a spiritual revival within the Church. God’s people must come to the throne of God for His mercy with repentance according to 2 Chronicles 7:13-15, and gather a solemn assembly with the urgent warning from Joel (2:1-11).
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around; no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ. Christians must get out and vote and cast their ballots for candidates who uphold biblical principles. Christians should run for public office at every level — local, state and federal.
A national revival is on God’s agenda for America. We must remember that when all of Nineveh repented, Yahweh spared this wicked city, the capital of ancient Assyria, for 148 years. Over 25 years ago, during a time of travail for the nation, the LORD spoke to me, saying; He desires to send a Nineveh-type revival to America. It appears that America’s cup of sin is almost full. It is time for the Church of Jesus Christ to arise!
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