Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Prophecy is not inevitable, but it is sure
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! 7 The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, 8 if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. 9 And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, 10 if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it. 11 “Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. (Jeremiah 18:5-11)
When the prophets of God speak against a nation (or nations), the judgements of God are not inevitable. The prophets simply are calling the nation(s) back to the Law of God. God's curses and God's blessings are sure, but they are not inevitable; they are promised, but they are contingent.
Any Christian may prophesy. Simply know the Law of God and look at the behaviour of the members of the nation. If there is general transgression of God's Law, then the stated consequences in the Law of God shall be visited upon the nation at some time. On the other hand, if the nation responds to the preaching of the prophets, then God's forgiveness and mercy will be visited upon the nation, and He will relent of His intended judgements.
The Western World is currently being visited by God's judgements, and deservedly so. If the West continues with its shameless and public displays of sin, then the destruction of the West is assured. However, if the grace of God prevails, and there is massed, general repentance, then maybe we could see the West restored and once again walk under the blessing of Almighty God.
Lord, begin your work in me and in my family. Convict us of sin, of righteousness and of judgement to come, and lead us to repentance. Amen!