Thursday, 3 October 2019

Standing on Holy Ground

Scripture: Exodus 3 v 2 - 5: "And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 
3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4  And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."

Moses was 80 years old when he was led up the mountain of God to meet Him in the burning bush.  He did not have an ordinary life being a Hebrew born in Egypt as a slave to Pharoah.  

Moses was forty when he found out he was born a Hebrew and he longed to find a way to help his kindred out of their slavery.  He was a Prince of Egypt but could not withstand Pharoah.  He had to flee into the Midian desert and be prepared by God for another forty years to be the humble, broken stuttering man who would meet the great I Am on the mountain.

God commanded Moses from the midst of the burning bush to remove his shoes as he was standing on holy ground.  It's not the patch of real estate that was holy but the spiritual state of being in God's presence.  Moses was not in a church or temple he was just face to face with His Creator and being given instructions on how to rescue the Jews and return them to their homeland after 400 years as slaves in Egypt.  At the same time God was increasing the burdens on the Jews so that when Moses returned they would be more than ready to escape.

Just before Jesus was born the Jews had spent 400 years without hearing a word from God.  When He wants to get their attention He has to let them feel His absence for a long time while He prepares them for someone who will show them His real power.

Spiritual strength is born in meekness and humility.  Two of the most humble men to ever walk this planet were Jesus and Moses.  So if you want to be used by God, when He humbles you and starts removing every shred of pride from you, get ready to take your shoes off because you will soon be standing on holy ground.

In James 4 v 6 says God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  What are the characteristics of the proud:  arrogant, stubborn, critical, harsh, aloof, status-seeking, independent, selfish, bullying, manipulative, judgmental, and unforgiving.  The traits of the humble are: approachable, kind, submissive, contrite, hospitable, willing, honourable and loving.

So allow Jesus to breakdown and destroy every shred of pride within you so that the fruit of the Holy Spirit can grow abundantly within your spirit.  This will produce holiness and the right environment for you to be in the august presence of Almighty God.  

This is where real purpose with God expands being fortified by confidence in God.  It took Moses and his brother Aaron into Pharoah's domain.  Moses needed someone who could talk without stammering to make demands of one who thought he was god. 

Pharoah, like Nero, Stalin, Hitler and Caesar, are types of the Antichrist.  Like David the shepherd who defeated Goliath, you must know how God Almighty will react when you step out in faith.  Whenever strong and powerful opposition comes against God's people, He will perform miracles and judgments upon the enemy in order for them to be free.

We read about it in the Book of Esther, where she defies death to petition the king to prevent a massacre of Jewish people.  We learn about the prophet, Daniel, being saved from a den of lions by the presence of God.  His presence transforms every place into a safe haven for His people no matter what the dire circumstances might be.

Pharoah's pride and power was broken by the death of his firstborn son.  He could no longer be immune to the reality of the God of the Hebrews.  He had to let them go and worship Him.

We are seeing God's judgment upon Syria, which has been hostile to Israel for thousands of years.  Likewise Gaza, Iraq and other Arab nations who want Israel wiped off the map because they dared to reclaim the land given to them by God.  God is present in Israel and His presence preserves His people.  Some have died in the war against annihilation but it only strengthens the resolve of those who remain to fight.

We saw a psychological battle being played out in the war zone called Brexit as Britain prepared to leave the EU. What is hidden is that the EU actually stands for the reconstruction of the Holy Roman Empire, the nations conquered by Rome's military might 2000 years ago.  The spiritual link is that out of this reformed empire the Antichrist will emerge, and martyr anyone who refuses his mark.  Anyone who takes this mark is permanently cut off from Heaven, unless they amputate their right hand.

In fact after Britain leaves the EU, others will follow, until only ten nations remain.  The beast with seven heads and ten horns on those heads, in Revelations is this scenario, and out of these ten nations the Antichrist will come.

Revelation 13 v 1 - 2: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 
2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority."

We always knew about Christian England after Henry VIII broke away from Rome and the Anglican Church was founded.  James 1 in 1610 produced the King James Bible, the first, and most accurate, English translation from the original texts.  The Lord God Almighty remembers the missionaries, the Welsh Revivals, and even the Royal decree that no Catholic monarch can ever rule Britain again.

This was vividly seen when the brother of Charles II, James II, a Catholic king, was dethroned by his daughter Mary II, married to William III of Orange, who were both Protestants, and actually the only true King and Queen couple to rule Britain from 1688.

God sees and sets in motion His plan to restore the nation to its rightful spiritual state.  One way or another Brexit will happen as part of God's will.  It is a spiritual fulfilment that should bless those who are watching for Jesus to return.

Everywhere that Christians are persecuted will also face God's wrath.  There are 70,000 Christians imprisoned in cages in North Korea.  They can neither sit nor stand but can only crouch in these cages.  Communist propaganda is blaring out from loudspeakers day and night to break their spirit and their love for Jesus Christ.  The pride and arrogance of their insane leader will be broken one day soon as God repays to his face them that hate Him.

To help those of God's people who are suffering in Communist, Islamic or other places we need to be humble and standing on holy ground.  From this position we have access to the throne of God to intercede for our family, His family, that are in jeopardy.  If it was your child, mother or sister in one of those North Korean cages how hard would you be beseeching God for their release and deliverance?  

Do not be indifferent to the sufferings of others.  Realise that these are your family members which you just have not yet met.  Jesus said we must love one another as He loves us.  Love is not an emotion or a feeling, it is an action.  Love for us nailed Jesus to the Cross.  Let us use the authority Jesus gave us to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel of love.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when people need freedom from oppression, You need us to intercede for You to respond.  You want us to take Godly authority to overcome Satan and his evil plans.  If we do nothing, nothing is going to change.  Stir our hearts Lord to rise up, pray, speak out, and condemn evil, and to reward goodness with praise.  O Lord put us on holy ground to worship you and appeal for peace and righteousness where there is none.  In Jesus' name. Amen.