ONE DAY SOON OUR AUTHORITY WILL BE RECOGNIZED!
PART 2- OUR ROYAL TRAINING GROUND
Stephen J Spykerman [September 26, 2018]
Today we will EXAMINE the outstanding example of the Apostle Paul, as he teaches us a most valuable lesson. Even though, much like the Apostle Paul, we share in the same status of being designated as Yehovah’s own ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, yet the world does not recognize our calling! In fact the world takes no notice whatsoever! The world does not recognize our God – given authority. Nevertheless, you only have to look at Scriptures like:
“Behold, I give you AUTHORITY to trample on serpents and scorpions and over ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY. And nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
(Luke 10:19, NKJV, emphasis added)
REALIZE WHAT AWESOME SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US! Messiah Yeshua refers to us respectively AS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD; this means that without our example of using the Torah as a lamp to our feet, the world is devoid of light!
YESHUA ALSO REFERS TO US AS THE SALT OF THE EARTH, this means that we and we alone are the preserving agent of this world!
Spiritually speaking, we have already been given huge authority – yet the world does not recognize it – NOT YET! It was the same for King David, as even though he had been anointed King of Israel, the authorities in charge, as well as the nation at large did not recognize his authority either. Of course our Messiah Yeshua too was born to be a King; His nation did not recognize Him as their much prophesied King Messiah. Instead, He was despised and rejected and crucified as a common criminal.
The authority of the Apostle Paul also was not recognised by the establishment of his day. In the account of Paul’s journey by ship to Rome in Acts 27, we have a very clear example of this – yet during the long journey there came a time and a moment when his authority was recognised, and so it will be with us! I believe Paul’s experiences on that journey have a prophetic meaning and application for us today.
Paul’s experience on that perilous journey was in fact a Divine TEMPLATE for us!
Paul’s role on that journey and the shipwreck that followed is almost exactly the opposite of the journey Jonah took. His journey ended almost in a disastrous shipwreck also. The man who could save the ship from the storm, and who also happened to be the very cause for the storm itself, was asleep beneath deck. Jonah had the message, he was a prophet sent by the God of Israel. He had been sent to Nineveh and he decided to get away as far as possible from Nineveh. He knew the message he had been given could save the Assyrian inhabitants of the city if they repented. He didn’t want those arch enemies of Israel to have the opportunity to repent, he would much rather see them utterly destroyed – at least that way they couldn’t do any harm. Jonah’s attitude in this regard is not much different from our attitude at times when we can’t be bothered to pray for our nation, because as far as we are concerned the whole country is going to hell in a breadbasket anyway. Jonah lacked compassion! As far as Jonah was concerned the only good Assyrian was a dead Assyrian! Jonah’s patriotism got in the way of his prophetic calling. Jonah’s big sin was that he reneged on his
calling. In the meantime there he was fast asleep, whilst the whole pagan crew of the ship were in dire straits facing almost certain death in the cruel sea. When those who have been given the Gospel of the Kingdom - the one message that can save mankind - are asleep on their watch, being lukewarm and unwilling to blow the trumpet of alarm, their lack of action brings utter disaster upon the people. We need to understand what our responsibilities are!
Now the calling does not rest with the ELECT BODY alone – it also lies with the CHURCH as a whole – I do not care what denomination they may be – the TRUTH is they have all been given free access to THE WORD OF GOD. Then beyond that, the calling from God also lies with our NATION! What do you mean, NATION???????
“And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation!”
(Exodus 19:6, NKJV, emphasis added)
“13 And of Joseph he said: “Blessed of the LORD is his land, with the precious things of heaven, with the dew, and the deep lying beneath, 14 with the precious fruits of the sun, with the precious produce of the months, 15 with the best things of the ancient mountains, with the precious things of the everlasting hills, 16 with the precious things of the earth and its fullness, and the favour of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come ‘on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.’ 17 His glory is like a firstborn bull, and his horns like the horns of the wild ox; Together with them He shall push the peoples to the ends of the earth; they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
(Deuteronomy 33:13-17, NKJV)
“2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
(Genesis 12:2-3, NKJV)
Great Britain is the only nation in all of world history that has been called GREAT – in fact the term GREAT has become an intrinsic part of the name by which she stands identified. Great Britain, as well as her Commonwealth daughters and the United States, are descended from those doubly blessed birth right sons of Joseph. They have been given a special calling from God to be a blessing to all the families and nations of the world. In the past, they have largely fulfilled their divinely ordained role in that Great Britain especially, together with the United States, supplied the whole world with God’s Word, by translating and distributing the Word of |God into over 6,000 languages. Whereas Judah has fulfilled her calling to meticulously guard and preserve the Torah and Scriptures of the Bible, it was Joseph/Ephraim, who has distributed it to all the nations, tongues and tribes of the world. This same Joseph in the guise of the English speaking peoples also has brought unheard of prosperity to the world. However, in the last fifty years Britain and the U.S. have thrown her calling overboard and they have run well ahead of the pack in promoting evil to the rest of the world, thus setting an appalling example. In terms of morality our nations have become utterly depraved and worse than the heathens. Instead of being a blessing and an example to the families of the earth, she has become a curse instead. Consequently our nations are sleepwalking into disaster! Our nations need to be violently shaken out of their slumber – just as Jonah was!
What a contrast between Paul and Jonah! Talk about opposites! From the moment he was called by God, he stood in the breech for all of Israel and the nations. He was a most powerful witness to the Gospel. To spread the message still further, he had appealed to the Emperor in the court where he stood accused. There he was a prisoner of the Roman Empire being transported by ship to Rome together with a number of other prisoners in chains. Paul gave them a very serious life and death warning – he was a man who spoke with divine authority, yet there wasn’t anyone on the ship who recognized his authority.
“10 Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives. 11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by things spoken by Paul.”
(Acts 27:10-11, NKJV)
If they had listened to Paul’s warning, they could have avoided shipwreck, huge economic loss and much misery. Yet, Paul was a subject prisoner. The centurion asked advice from the captain and the owner of the ship and it appears they consider Paul to be a “doom-sayer,” and their advice was to continue the journey.
“11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul. 12 And because the harbour was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set Sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbour of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there. 13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. 14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon. 15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive. 16 And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the skiff with difficulty. 17 When they had taken it on board they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and were driven.”
(Acts 27:11-17, NKJV)
Today, we are in a very similar situation to Paul before the storm, as we have information from the Word of God that a terrible storm is coming towards our nations. As the Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Yeshua, we have right on our side, but our problem is that our authority is not being recognized at the moment.
We have a colossal message to give. A superb message of a hope and a glorious future; a message of abundant life, forgiveness and renewal! Furthermore, a message full of the power of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), joy, trust, plus the certainty of a new day that is coming! We walk in the light. We have left death behind us, because our Yeshua has triumphed over it. Our sin and our guilt are left behind us, as they are buried in the grave of our Saviour Yeshua. In short, we have a fantastic message of hope and salvation. Our message is the only one that has the potential to avert the storm rushing at full speed toward our nations. IF ONLY THEY WOULD LISTEN!!!!!!!!!
The problem is that there are other people at the helm on the SHIP OF STATE OF OUR NATIONS. It is no good going to Parliament Hill in Ottawa or to Number 10 DOWNING STREET in London or even to the WHITE HOUSE in Washington – they do not want to hear our message, and in any case they do not recognize our God given authority. It is no good going to THE CHURCH either, as we will receive the same negative reaction. HOW LONG OH LORD – HOW MUCH LONGER WILL THOSE WHO ARE STANDING AT THE HELM OF OUR NATIONS BE ALLOWED TO STEER OUR SHIP OF STATE AT BREAKNECK SPEED TOWARDS PERDITTION??????????
Will there ever be room for our prophetic and apostolic message to be given out? When, Lord? When will it be? All we can properly do at the moment is to follow Daniel’s example by fervently interceding for our nation.
I dare say this is what Paul did for the crew of the ship upon which he was sailing. As he was fervently interceding for the crew of the ship, the Apostle Paul on his ship gives us the answer.
“17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven. 18 And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship. 19 On the third day we threw the ship’s tackle overboard with our own hands.”
(Acts 27:18-20, NKJV)
Here we are given the answer, it is at the moment when men, including those in authority, realize that all is lost and there is nothing they can do about it. They haven’t got the answers anymore; they have run out of options. When the ship of state is in such peril that it makes no difference if you are holding the wheel or not! When the ship is dancing on the waves being driven by a 200 mile an hour wind, it makes no difference whether you turn the wheel to the right or to the left. Every philosophy, understanding, wisdom and experience becomes totally redundant when your ship is being tossed to and fro on the waves, and you are totally at the mercy of the powers
of God’s nature. Because this storm too – has everything to do with our Creator.
“For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lift up the waves of the sea.”
(Psalm 107:25, NKJV)
“For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lift up the waves of the sea.”
(Psalm 107:25, NKJV)
The seamen on Paul’s ship have already taken all the preventative measures they can think of – they have under girded the ship – they have thrown the tackle and all sorts of equipment overboard to lighten the ship.
WHAT BRITAIN or AMERICA HAS ON BOARD CANNOT SAVE HER! She has an enormous load on board – brilliantly clever and inventive people – the latest technology – advanced computers – statesmen/politicians – social services, which ESPECIALLY IN Britain’s case have wrapped her population for decades in cotton wool – a national health service – local government – legions of charities and voluntary organisations – insurance companies – huge pension funds and stock markets, mighty armed forces – great industries and advanced technology - economic insight, and not to forget lots of money. Our ships of State carry a most impressive cargo! It looks as if our ships can never ever sink! Remember the song: “Britons can never, never, never be slaves?”
“20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up. 21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. 22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only off the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying ‘Do not be afraid, Paul, you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”
(Acts 27:20-26, NKJV)
THIS IS THE DIVINE END TIME TEMPLATE FOR US!
Now finally they are ready to listen to Paul – finally, when all hope that they would be saved was given up by the whole crew did they begin to recognise Paul’s authority. Paul gives them a positive message – ‘you will all be saved, we will lose the ship but there will be no loss of life.’ We will lose the ship is what will happen to Britain and America also!
At this point there was only one man of the 276 people on board who was in charge – why? Because only Paul had the spiritual competence to lead them through that terrible storm! Finally, they had come to recognize it. When all the brilliant leaders are lost for solutions, as they stare certain death in the face, then, and only then is the man who has the Word of God, the right man to lead. This is the place we are being prepared for in this OUR ROYAL TRAINING GROUND. After all, we have a message that can save our nations! I am not saying that there will be no casualties when our nations go through the TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE. I don’t know if you realize the TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE IS FOR ALL THE HEBREW DESCENDANTS OF JACOB! IT IS FOR ALL THE DESCENDANTS OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL! Stronger still: the birth pangs that will overcome our nations will bring calamity, death and disaster to many. Yet, these birth pangs are a precursor to NEW LIFE – so there is hope!
One thing is certain: When men and women begin to listen to the message of God’s Elect, who have a Kingdom vision for their country, God will entrust those people who are prepared to sail with them, just as they did in Paul’s case.
“30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the skiff into the sea, under pretence of putting out anchors from the prow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off. 33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have waited and continued without food, and eaten nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.” 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat. 36 Then they were all encouraged, and also took food for themselves. 37 And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship. 38 So when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship and threw out the wheat into the sea.”
(Acts 27:30-38, NKJV)
THEY THUS SHOWED REAL FAITH IN PAUL’S WORDS.
PAUL’S EXPERIENCE IS AN EXAMPLE TO US – YES INDEED; THE TIME WILL COME WHEN PEOPLE WILL COME TO RECOGNIZE OUR AUTHORITY. It is a huge responsibility we carry. We need to prepare ourselves for that time, when things have become so desperate all around that the survivors will put us in charge of their fate – just like they did with Paul. Just like Paul’s ship had to break into two pieces. The ship could not be saved – so it is also with our countries – our proud SHIPS OF STATE are doomed and cannot be saved. But we do know from the Scriptures that A REMNANT WILL BE SAVED. SAVING THAT REMNANT WILL BE OUR TASK. AS OF TODAY WE ARE STILL IN OUR ROYAL PREPARATORY TRAINING GROUND.
Let us be diligent students of the ROYAL CONSTITUTION OF MESSIAH’S KINGDOM – THE TORAH.
Let us truly prepare to become THE SALT OF THE EARTH – charged with its preservation.
Let us prepare for our task by becoming those priestly intercessors Yeshua is looking for.