07 | OF ZION, IN BABYLON: Babylon’s Proposal

Daniel 3: 4-12

 

Deep down in Nebuchadnezzar’s heart, he must have known by the reason of the interpretation of his dream that his government could not last forever. It was not a surprise that he made the golden image to try and solidify his reign as opposed to what GOD proposed. The revelation of GOD comes with solution. But because this solution means nothing less than destruction of all that Babylon represents, those who embody this revelation must face persecution and trials that would test their faith.

And because of Babylon’s knowledge of the revelation related to her, she would want to keep herself safe and would always want the LORD’s people to abide by these safety measures. She always proposes in her heart that as long as everyone accepts her reign and rulership, everything will be alright but little did she know that even the approval of men (even of GOD) cannot stop what GOD had already purposed in His heart. Worship of Babylon starts from endorsing what is not GOD’s and it gradually moves to buying into her agenda.

This is another test of faith and absolute allegiance to GOD come what may. We must not allow Babylon to drag us into what is majorly directed towards defying GOD. Our acceptance of the works of those who are not friend with GOD is no different than bowing down before the statute of Nebuchadnezzar. Accepting such works means that we accept the personalities of those who are at the helm of decision regardless of their sheer unGODliness.

We must know the heart of GOD concerning Babylon and even as we know, we must not buy into Babylon’s measure to avert the judgments that are already pronounced. Humanistic approach is not GOD’s approach!

06 | OF ZION, IN BABYLON: Critical Situation and GOD’s Revelation

Daniel 2: 10-23.

In critical times, man’s inspiration fails and only the revelation of GOD is able to keep us safe and true. It is in these critical times that we would know those who spend time with the king in Babylon or the KING who presides over Zion.

During critical times of life, men of earthly inspiration quickly give up because they cannot go beyond the realm of men and men of GOD get solutions because they are always tuned to GOD’s heart. People always wonder why principals in Babylon always resort to suicide. It is because whatever is beyond their level of inspiration can only be solved by death i.e. keeping them from humiliation. It is not strange that death is what they always think of because as strange as it sounds; death is the only choice that comes to their mind – Pride of life!

Daniel’s song of gratitude reveals that without the revelation of GOD through CHRIST, that brings wisdom and power, man has no answer to the world’s question other than death. GOD’s answer to the questions of this world is that HIS Life would destroy everything that the dead world represents and HIS Peace would be ultimately established on earth as it is in Heaven.

All these experiences in Babylon is for the purpose of establishing the truth and power of GOD. Just like the magicians in Egypt, it must be proved by GOD’s orchestration that the revelation of CHRIST through the HOLY SPIRIT is the only way to navigate life till we finally attain the Life HE purposed for us. Some critical situations are for the purpose of establishing in the hearts of people that there is a GOD that makes mystery seems normal and that it was this life of mystery that man was living before his fall.

The aim of every critical situation is the revelation of GOD. It is really orchestration for the revelation of GOD if we are not the one orchestrating these scenarios. When something like this wants to happen, GOD always keeps us in the dark and bring us to the light of things when all inspirational options have be expended and exhausted . . .

#HIM

05 | OF ZION, IN BABYLON: The Impossible Request

Daniel 2: 1 – 9

Babylon is an unfair system! It gives from the realm of possibility but expects impossibilities in return. Babylon nurtures so that he could kill and siphon every virtue out of his subjects. This is the exact opposite of what GOD desires for His people.

The world is an entitled system as it lures people in so as to get from them what they cannot offer even after all the ‘investments’ it must have made on them. It is not doing this because they can but because he wants to justify their destruction by his hands. And rightfully, he would be justified unless GOD’s mercy through the death of CHRIST prevailed.

The reason behind the devil’s nurturing is for the purpose of serving him but the ultimate reason is so that he could be justified in their destruction so he dulled their senses and fill them with all shades of lies till they could not longer be able to believe in the salvation through the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Every magician, wise men and soothsayers could not solve the problem that the king of Egypt put before them because the same king has dulled their senses to connect with the realm of GOD where answers are in abundance. The irony behind all these is that GOD used this impossible scenario to establish his own people because he rules in the affairs of all men. So no matter what the devil does through men, GOD is not bothered because it would further intensify His Glory and the devil never stops . . .

#HIM

03 | OF ZION, IN BABYLON: Proposition

Daniel 1: 9 – 14

Even though personal decisions have been made based on our convictions in the Law of GOD, we must put everyone around us at rest, especially those who the custodians of Babylon have assigned to us. They must report to the and the report must be a good one to save them from cruelty and unnecessary complications even though we cannot afford to flow with the tide of the world.

This is the time to prove GOD before these people not for the purpose of leaving us alone but for the purpose of making them believe that our trust is not in a dead GOD. This is where works is important after our profession of faith in GOD and His Laws.

Our proposition must never be out of a competitive heart but from a heart that does not want to be marred and changed by the world. This proposition must come from a heart that wants to be fit always in order to be able to serve in GOD’s court and in the epicentre of GOD’s agenda but operating from the courts of men.

The proposition is futile if it does not prove the basis of our decision. So as we decide by faith, our proposition must be by the same faith and it must be kept even till the end. The result of this proposition must relieve us of any complications (not persecution) otherwise, we must either succumb to or weather through the storm of complications and persecutions from the onset. Sadly, this is what is happening to most believers in this wilderness called world.

We must take note that Daniel and his friends did not lay emphasis on the food they decided not to eat and even if they did, it was merely vegetables and water. This goes beyond to say it all about Babylon and Jerusalem (Zion) and not the food.

#HIM

02 | OF ZION, IN BABYLON: Food and Language

Daniel 1: 3 – 8

 

Just like JESUS, Daniel would not let the hunger for food and exotics take him away from GOD. Daniel was captured from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon just as we are born into this world but GOD desires that we triumph over this world of sin by righteousness. And this was what Daniel kept in his heart from his time in Babylon till his dying days.

Babylon is not without its wisdom and cleverness but the Spirit of GOD in us is the embodiment of GOD’s Wisdom that is True and Pure. Babylonian system knew of a fact that what changes a man quickly is food and language. Food, being what opens him up to accept what the food bringer is about to offer next; and the language and literature tends to change the person beyond educating the mind only. It goes beyond curing ignorance to changing the behaviour and way of life of the person.

The most effective of attacks or assaults are the ones the victims accept or succumb to willingly. Just like CHRIST, Daniel’s delight was not in the choice and exotic food and wine of Babylon but in the Word of GOD. Even though he missed the noble and royal food of Judah/Jerusalem, the Word of GOD was his most cherished delicacy and means of communicating to/with the world.

So his decision was to avoid cultural change and stick with the Kingdom culture by making The KING’s Law is delight after all, he was a custodian of the same Law just as we all are as believers in this end time.

 

#HIM

Time and Quality

“But beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the LORD one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The LORD is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:8-9

Time as we know, is a human factor created by GOD for men to set up span of existence and milestones of achievements so as to know how often one is growing both in ages and in deeds (Psalm 90:12). It is used to study or measure the rate at which we grow or succeed and the sequence as well continuity of events. The question is “how does GOD put value on time?” “How does HE relate time with events and manifestations”?

Right from the Old Testament to the New, it shows that GOD is very particular about events more than HE is about time even though event is a function of time. GOD deals with the manifestation of HIS spoken Word and that is all that matters because in this manifestation, everything would be settled. HE does not work with time but with the way and sequence things are supposed to be.

What GOD really desire is the quality of what is being done . . . this is why 1000 years or 1 day does not really matter to HIM . . . all HE cares about is the quality of what is done during the period. This is why we must be careful about our walk and work with/in GOD. Even though GOD is longsuffering and would wait for thousand years if that is what it would take for HIS vessels on earth to realize whatever is needed for the manifestation of HIS glory, we should endeavour to submit ourselves unto HIM so that HIS Kingdom may reign supreme as soon as possible.

This must also be a warning for everyone who the LORD has given assignments for the enforcement of HIS Kingdom. The LORD has more than infinity to live or to reign on this “soon to be gone” earth but sadly, we do not have all the time in this world for our mortal body is everything but heavenly or eternal. This suggests that our relevance in GOD’s Kingdom is hinged on the quantity of the quality things we have accomplished through our wholehearted obedience to GOD that would determine our state of life in eternity.

There are some conditions that are to be met for GOD to do some certain things but the meeting of these conditions may take days or decades depending on the vessels that are responsible for these deeds . . . the best we can do is to let GOD use our time to bring forth the quality works HE desires to see.

GOD is never slack concerning HIS purpose but men who are failing to embody HIS covenant as agreed on the day of encounter. It is man that lacks the endurance to earnestly hope for GOD’s manifestation because GOD had already done HIS part and HE is waiting patiently for hearts to be inclined towards HIS heart and enduring our shortcomings in hope that we would one day get to where HE wants us to be.

1000days=1day and vice versa because whatever we are meant to realize and actualize had already been settled before time was made to be . . . so what HE is particular about is the sequence and the connection of what is done in eternity that should be evident on earth. GOD wants those who have knowledge understanding of GOD’s heart content and are ready to key themselves into its actualization.

#Selah
#HIM

HEAVEN ON EARTH

Before CHRIST will ultimately come the second time and wrought victory over the world and it’s wickedness, there is a kind of victory HE desires for His saints on earth . . .

Unlike we all have been made to believe, what CHRIST desires is beyond wroughting miracles that come in season or divination of what has happened or what is going to happen. Wat HE came for is far more than what Nathaniels if today are thinking with their natural minds.

No doubt, with JESUS in out lives, we would be able to connect the past, present and future together for a better living but beyond this, HIs desires for our lives cannot be held bound by times, seasons or chances.

Just like His response to Nathaniel, what HE earnestly desires is the seamless and unhindered interaction between heaven and earth. HE desires that the earth be filled with as many Gardens of Eden as possible so that the reality of Heaven will the same as the one on earth. HE came to establish that link between GOD and man. In truth, this is what GOD desires for everyone and that was the reason for His coming and sacrifice.

HE is the unbroken link between Heaven and earth. Heaven on earth is a settled reality but the question that remains is “How many saints have entered into this reality?’

Heaven on earth is the mystery that is supposed to be our normal day-to-day living. Heaven on earth is the Garden of Eden that GOD will build for any man who has acknowledged CHRIST as His head and is wiling to do the same for his eve and the children given to him . . .

Heaven on Earth is the real and actual miracle!

#HIM