Spiritual Intelligence: En Garde!

And again the word of the Lord came to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying:

‘I will shake heaven and earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them; the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

Good morning friends. The prophet Haggai declared these words thousands of years ago, at this time the nation of Israel was slowly recovering from one of her weakest seasons in living history. The walls of Jerusalem had just been rebuilt, and the new temple which was no way in comparison to the grandeur and splendour of the last had just been commemorated, and Ezra’s reformation was underway.

After this prophecy, I suspect Haggai would have been asking The Lord questions like; When Lord? How long? Or even, Did I hear correctly?

The kingdom he prophesied against are the governments of this world. This shaking will bring them all to their knees, as they finally bow to the superior and everlasting kingdom of God. This is evident with the diplomatic cracks that have come to public light within the very foundations of institutions like the UN, EU, NATO , G7, G8 and G20. For instance: “allies” spying on each other, proxy wars; selfish interest and greed forcing a lack of cooperation on climate change, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, fair trade, and other issues of common interest.

But in spite of the devil’s agenda, God’s plans for the ultimate redemption of humanity is still underway. Dear friends, as sure as Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection is; so also is His second coming and judgement. With this in mind, we draw courage and strength from the words of our dear friend, Peter:

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

This eminent judgement will sift the wheat from the chaff. According to Simeon the Intercessor at His first coming:

Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against

En Garde!


~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Rambling Rose

But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”

Good morning friends. At this point in history, the children of Israel were now in exile after years of rebellion against God. After years of flirting, coveting, lusting, and serving the gods of their neighbours. In my humble opinion, no other story better captures this situation than that of Gomer. She was prophet Hosea’s lustful and adulterous wife, who he was instructed by God to go and search for and remarry, after all her lovers had forsaken her. Reminiscent to the lyrics of the song Rambling Rose by Nat King Cole, particularly the second verse:

Ramble on, ramble on
When your ramblin’ days are gone
Who will love you with a love true
When your ramblin’ days are GONE

Like Hosea, God’s love for His people is unfeigned, His words will not return to Him void. His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; based on His love towards all humanity and their faithfulness, remained unbroken!

Nehemiah was deeply moved when he heard about the state of Judah; the wall, the gates, and the welfare of those that remained in the once exalted nation. He took up a fast and started praying for God’s mercy upon the nation. God responded to his act of faith, granted him favour with the king, and he took up the commission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

With this as a backdrop, let’s go back to our opening verses. When he arrived at Jerusalem, he experienced major hostility and psychological warfare from Sambalat, Tobiah and their posse of friends; but amidst these challenges he stayed focused and committed to his mission.

He maintained his faith in God, motivated the builders, and he stuck to plans without wavering. He led by example, he was selfless; depriving himself the pleasures and privileges of his office as governor of the province. His work inspired a major spiritual awakening among the people; which led to the rebuilding of the temple, and a major social reform and repatriation programme.

In the words of the psalmist:

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Nehemiah was an asset to the kingdom, a vessel of honour, who loved “rambling rose” with a love true. His work laid precedence for the establishment of Israel as an independent state within the Middle East by the United Nations in May 1948.


~ Sabali

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