Loyalty

I have heard many prophetic ministers liken the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to king Cyrus of the Bible (the king of Persia). I do not dispute that, but I stand by the video message I released several months ago comparing the president to king Nebuchadnezzar. Many Christians claim that it doesn’t matter who is the head of their country because Christ is still King. Sadly, many of those Christians do not treat Christ as King when they overlook a leader’s bad (ungodly) behavior. Some Christians even have a reverence for former president Obama that borders on worship, despite the ungodly things he advanced during his administration.

Before Joshua conquered Jericho, he had an encounter with an angel whom he asked which side he was on, theirs or the enemy’s. The angel simply said no, then he stated that he was the captain of the host of the Lord (Joshua 5:13-15). The angel’s response basically meant that even though he was there to help the Israelites, his loyalty was to the Lord. Let that sink in for a bit…

I am not an angel, but similarly, I am not on any political party’s side; I am on the Lord’s side. A part of why I was inspired to compare the president to Nebuchadnezzar is because the king built a golden idol that he wanted people to worship (Daniel 3). Christians, and especially prophets, be careful that president Trump does not become a golden idol that you bow down to. Yes, many people are against the president, and not for the reasons they profess, but in supporting the president, ensure you do not excuse or even defend his bad behavior. If you call yourself a Christian but have to tell lies to defend the president, I urge you to check yourself and your relationship with the Lord. Daniel, a true prophet of the Lord, worked for king Nebuchadnezzar but his ultimate loyalty was for the Lord. As a result, despite the peril to his own life, the prophet told the king to repent lest his pride result in his downfall (Daniel 4). Daniel also worked for king Cyrus, and just as how he did not worship Nebuchadnezzar, he did not worship Cyrus, he simply showed the kings respect commensurate with their positions. During the reign of king Darius, the Median, the prophet was put in the lion’s den for refusing to obey the royal decree to petition the king instead of the Lord (Daniel 6). Time and time again, Daniel showed that regardless of whom his boss was, the Lord was His God and he was not going to compromise his relationship with his God for anyone.

Prophets, do not become like the (400) prophets of Ahab who told the king exactly what he wanted to hear, which resulted in the king’s demise (1 Kings 22). Micaiah was the only prophet to warn the king to repent of his plans lest he perish; the prophet was willing to stand alone and tell the truth. The prophet Nathan served David as an advisor, but that did not stop the prophet from rebuking the king for his transgressions (1 Samuel 11-12). Prophets, whichever sphere the Lord has called you to serve Him in (church, government, business, etc.), never forget that your ultimate loyalty should be towards the Lord. Too many prophets and prophetic ministers have publicly spoken out against people who are persecuting the president yet are silent about the president’s behavior.

There is also a part of the video message where I encouraged people to pray for the president, and there was a specific reason for that. Again, I now implore you to pray for the president, or the leader of your country, in part because it is the Christian thing to do. If you view your country’s leader as your enemy, remember that Jesus told us to love our enemies and to pray for them (Matthew 5:44). And by prayer it does not mean witchcraft prayers for them to fail. Lest not forget that the Babylonian king did not fear or worship God, but in the end he said ‘Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.’ ~ Daniel 4:37 (KJV)

In addition, I close with the following reminders:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-5 (KJV)

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” ~ Romans 13:1-7 (KJV)

The king of Babylon did not even believe in the Lord when the Lord referred to him as His servant: ‘I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto Me. And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish’, saith the Lord, ‘with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand. Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, ‘Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon’: For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish. But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land’, saith the Lord; ‘and they shall till it, and dwell therein.’ ~ Jeremiah 27:5-11 (KJV)

Many people are opposing the president in ways that will have consequences the devil will love and people will hate. It is never good when evil powers are put in a position to make order out of chaos. Before you take your protest to the “streets”, take it to the Lord in prayer. If you say Jesus is Lord, do not allow any other affiliations to interfere with His lordship over your life.

 

 

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