“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins. You will raise up the age-old foundations, And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell,” Isaiah 58:12.
Many seem to have the notion that God will restore an entire nation or people, as new leaders are called to bring about their policies. Some seem to think that the land will be healed, that the people will be given new hope, and all will be well. However, those who think this way have fallen into the trap of thinking that earthly proposals can have everlasting solutions.
God has said in His word that He will restore His people. He has said that He will lift-up the broken-hearted and will set the captives free. He has said that he will repair the breaches and strengthen the weary.
But an entire nation, land, and world will never be ultimately restored until he sets up His future Kingdom. Even the Jews looked for an earthly king to deliver them from their plight of suffering and persecution from the Romans. They thought that the Messiah would come in the form of an earthly king who would deliver them. But as Jesus said to Pilate, “My Kingdom is not of this world.”
And yet many of us are still of the notion that an elected official will fulfill these functions. Many still seem to think that all the woes of the land will be taken care of through a new president or official. Those that think this way are not looking to a heavenly King, but their eyes are still focused upon those things that are earthly, and immediate.
And yet we want to be able to drink clean water and to live in a land free from terrorism. We want to live in a land where we can be assured that our earnings will provide for our families. We ultimately want peace to reign in the land, and yet it isn’t even seen in many of our own hearts.
So then, how can anyone expect to reign here successfully, and heal the woes of the land, if many of us are fighting with each other, and even with ourselves?
We want our world to be restored and to live in peace, but we will never see this type of restoration through an earthly person. We say to ourselves that God has chosen this particular person to be our next president. We are sure in our hearts that this one will bring about the change that is needed; for surely, he will keep us safe.
Surely, he will make us great again. And yet, how many realize that we won’t be great until we’re on our knees praying? And many of us are praying, but what is the substance of our prayers? Are the prayers directed in such a way that God would help a nation to become great again, or are those prayers bathed in a relationship with him, so that he would bring about who and what is meant to come prophetically?
And yet, there are those that actually think that someone can “unite” us as a people. Along with this type of thinking are those that believe that our nation will return to its former glory. But we have traveled light years past the time of Ozzie and Harriet, and we no longer see the champagne bubbles from Lawrence Welk. Our innocence has long been gone, and now our nation has become much like what Rome was before its fall. We’re not sacrificing Christians to lions and spearing them for enjoyment, but the depravity of our culture is reaching an all-time low.
Indeed, there seems to be few places that truly feel safe to live anymore. Our world is plagued by a rise in disease, financial insecurity, and the continued threat of Isis and other splintered terrorist groups. But even with all of these troubles and probably many more, there exists a division among most of us that comes in the form of intense hatred towards anyone that doesn’t agree with our political leanings, or eschatological beliefs.
Could it be that what God chooses is not to make us great, but to bring us to a place where everything has been shaken all around us so much that we are in a position then to trust him completely? Then when we see these things that are falling apart around us, it won’t matter as much because we will be looking to him instead. Then even though the mountains crumble to the sea, we still will trust him. Even when the financial institutions fail, and the floods come, he will be our safe haven in the midst of the storm.
The only way up in the Kingdom of God is down. And as the world’s violence is seen on every street corner, and sin is running rampant all around us, judgment will fall. It has started the process, and it will continue until the cleansing is complete. And then out of the ashes of that day, a people will come forth and their eyes will shine like the stars above. Then a restoration will come, and what was ravaged, will be healed.
Then as various future leaders come and go and the final man of perdition comes, the pages of the book will finally come to an end, and then true and everlasting restoration will be seen in the land. For at that time, the former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. All of the bickering over this presidential candidate or that one won’t matter anymore.
For then the King of kings will reign with an iron scepter and He will judge among the people with righteousness and truth.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?