Biblical Perspectives on Level 5 restriction in Republic of Ireland - PART 2
LIFE AFTER LEVEL 5 RESTRICTIONS
The Republic of Ireland has moved back to Level 3 effective from December 1st, 2020 which means Church communities might have to return to normal Sunday Church services with condition of obeying some Covid-19 guidelines.
What do we envision from here onward? What are the lessons learnt over several weeks under this lockdown? How do we see our lives during surrounding circumstances in post restrictions?
We shall answer some of the questions mentioned above, also identify some lessons learnt during this season and the posture of life expectancy during the post restrictions.
History has always indicated that restriction is not an end state of life existence, rather an avenue for exploring what I call, the science of recovery process which brought about development in the world systems. Looking at the past plagues in human history, there is always a recovery process after any plague or pandemic resulting to tremendous shift in human operations. Let us briefly scan through the most critical pandemics history has on record and their recovery processes during the post pandemics.
During the Black Plague (Pestilence) which occurred between 1347 – 1600, there was Rebirth of Reformation Enlightenment pioneered by Martin Luther.
Within 1492 – 1520, another pandemic, The Columbian Exchange often called Columbian Interchange resulting to the Age of Exploration or Discovery which constituted things like Colonization exploration.
Another pandemic broke out in 1665 – 1666 called London Plague and this gave birth to Explosive Creativity resulting to the Rebuilding of London Act 1666 passed by the parliament.
There was outbreak of Cholera Pandemic in 1817 – 1855, after which, the Age of Invention, Technological inventions started.
In 1918 – 1919, another pandemic called Spanish flu and resulting to what is known as Roaring 20’s. Things like Age of Convergence, Age of wonders, season of economic boom and so on emerged.
Now, we are right in 2020 – ?, we have Covid-19 pandemic. The question posed to every believer should be, what has the Church contributed to humanity ever since there has been pandemic rampaging the world? Apart from Martin Luther who was used by the Lord within the Black Plague to bring the Rebirth of Reformation Enlightenment, nothing else meaningful contributed by the Church during any post pandemic has impacted the world systems.
However, this is the most important time for the Body of Christ ever since the early Church started. We have the ample opportunity to get things right. God has ever since been speaking through the pandemic, but the Church has for long seized to listen but concern with their usual routine ritualistic Sunday services and crying as if closing Sunday meetings can affect the potency of the Kingdom of God on earth. When you refuse to follow the guidelines of your Maker and King who is Christ Jesus, when you refuse to submit to His governing rules and constitution, when you ignore to accurately listen to the voice of the Spirit of God, then you will loose your authentic voice in the world and God will allow you to be guided, subjected and affected by ordinary laws established by human ordinances. Prophet Micah gave us a template on what has been happening for so long, but no one ever has courage to listen accurately. He prophesied passionately about the coming judgment on Israel because of their transgression.
Micah 1:2-7 “Hear, all you peoples! Listen, O earth, and all that is in it! Let the Lord God be a witness against you, The Lord from His holy temple. For behold, the Lord is coming out of His place; He will come down And tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him, And the valleys will split Like wax before the fire, Like waters poured down a steep place. All this is for the transgression of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what are the high places of Judah? Are they not Jerusalem? Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of ruins in the field, Places for planting a vineyard; I will pour down her stones into the valley, And I will uncover her foundations, All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces, And all her pay as a harlot shall be burned with the fire; All her idols I will lay desolate, For she gathered it from the pay of a harlot, And they shall return to the pay of a harlot.” (NKJV).
The above verses are quite strong prophetic words that describe the situation of the entire Church as we know it in Ireland and across the global world. It has quite a lot of explicit conditions of situation we are facing right now. I will briefly examine some principles from the
A senior friend of mine, Wolfgang Simson puts the scenario this way, “Christendom has gambled away its right to be taken serious as a true spokesperson for God. All nations (governments) KNOW what Christians have to say – and they are not impressed. So when people do neither hear nor listen – they will have to LOOK how God is acting. In Micah words: LOOK THE LORD IS COMING and DOES 3 things: 1) He TREADS on the high places (what humans are proud of, our idols) of the earth, 2) He MAKES MOUNTAINS MELT (mountains stand for human domains, spheres of influence, nations) and 3) He MAKES THE VALLEYS SPLIT APART.”
This is exactly what is happening now across the globe including Ireland, The top idols of our world are shaking and trembling because God treads on it, has set his foot at its throat: Mammon (the business world), religion being shut down, entertainment, food, the education
system or travel and the list goes on..
The critical question is why this situation? Because the Church is in a huge mess – living in direct violation (TRANSGRESSION) to the constitution of the Kingdom of God. The word ‘Transgression’ from the above scriptural context is derived from the Hebrew root word ‘pesha’ which means act of rebellion. This means opposition of the Sovereign God and His rulership. The result of opposing the rulership of God and His constitution or laws of the Kingdom is what we find Micah prophesied in other verses 6 -7; & 8-10. God is in the business of uncovering the mess in the Church, its spiritual corruption, its cult-like mundane places of worship, its ‘prostitution-like’ mode of operations. He will expose all things and preserve His true remnant. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH says the Lord.
As God is breaking all falsehood in the Church system, He is equally building and releasing Micah and Jeremiah prototype Kingdom prophets who will prophesy with discreet and order while revealing accurate mind of God. The technology of recovery process in the Kingdom right now is ‘Build the TRUE and God will judge the FALSE.’
Jeremiah 1:18 “For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land – Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land.” (NKJV)
God has raised true Kingdom Apostolic company who will not be seduced by Church gimmicks but will accurately be an instrument in the hands of God as a fortified city to ruthlessly oppose wrong structures, false ministries who parade themselves as Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers and against company of their ‘church-mafia’ followers who are so heartless in recognizing the truth and can go any extra mile to defend falsehood. All of them will be brought to nothing for the Lord has come into His Holy temple to start the process of amendments. Fix the Church, you fix the nations.
Note, the scripture says ‘I have made you’… So this is a long progressive moment of sober reflection, overhaul of approaches to ministry, intense inner dialogue with God with humility, obedience, loyalty, faithfulness in order to obey the authentic constitution of the Kingdom of God. God is building us, and He will continue to build His people for the final onslaught of execution of the Kingdom rules over all things.
Can you say during the lockdown, God was forming something new in your life, adjusting how you will shepherd the congregation He committed to your charge or are you only eager to quickly start church service to showcase your egotistical spiritual syndrome all over again? Have you considered new approaches of working for God? Are you humble enough to recognise when truth is revealed to you and accept to change your ways?
God intends to change the earth, but He needs human corporation to achieve it. And we must be the stewards in His hand to fix the nations. The world is yet to see glorious innovative inventions that will be a wonder across all nations. The Body of Christ holds a lot of divine instrument if only we can understand how the Kingdom works. The hidden wealth of this world is in our reach, but God requires trust. He cannot commit into the hands of a weakened, untrustworthy Church with such magnitude of resources. He is carefully examining things and restoring order in readiness of the Kingdom wealth that is yet to come. We are in the final hour.
I stated earlier in my introductory message, how do we see our lives during surrounding circumstances in post restrictions?
There must be thorough repentance from everyone of us. Examine your ways. We must abandon all pseudo-church practices and come back to God in search of genuine truth. We must engage in true Kingdom lifestyle as exemplified by Christ Jesus.
Prophet Isaiah praying for Jerusalem demanding the need for activation of watchmen and said:
Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” (NKJV)
Isaiah identified God setting watchmen. The act of ‘setting’ by God means order, establishment, governance within His governing council called Ekklesia expressed through Kingdom Communities whether house churches, unit churches, local churches or focal group discussion, whatever forum that expresses the mind of God. Setting of the Watchmen is not just an act of praying as often interpreted by many preachers. The word is derived from the Hebrew word ‘shamar’, which means to guard, take heed, attend to, to notice, to observe. This is an Apostolic descriptive action which entails deliberate work that requires serious analysis of what is happening within a jurisdiction. It is like reporting a daily news on national television of unfolding occurrences within a nation.
One thing is to pray, another is to track details of what has been prayed for or engage on prophetic trend analysis of events that happened before.
However, prayer being one of the qualities of a watchman must be constructive or put in another way prophetic because it must be focused and specifically driven on a particular issue.
The watchmen are Kingdom observers, guards and they take heed of any such negative intruders crippling in any Kingdom Communities God has set them. God is setting and activating Kingdom Watchmen across every locality in the earth, whether in the far village in Africa to major cities in the world and right here in the Island of Ireland. He is setting them for a time like this.
Another identity of setting a watchman is that they will continuously and tirelessly engage in building the architecture of God’s Kingdom in people until the Body of Christ becomes a praise within their Jurisdiction. Just like Isaiah said, until He makes Jerusalem (Body of Christ) a praise in the earth (nation of Ireland).
Micah 4:1-2“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days, That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths. For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (NKJV)
Micah again, accurately pinpoint a well remarkable analogy of the perfect Kingdom people God will birth in the earth. We have not yet come to the reality of the above scripture but that is our goal. The mountain of the Lord’s house speaks of the sphere of systemic influence of every believer of Christ who is submissive to the rulership of our Sovereign King, Christ Jesus. Nations speak of government of any country like Ireland. Zion speaks of a perfect company of Kingdom Community.
This spiritual intelligent Kingdom prophet, Micah gave us an insight of the expectancy of life after restriction will look like. And he said, ‘Now it shall come to pass in latter days.’ We should be desiring that our obedience to God will surely command spiritual response from the unseen realm as a reward from God that will cause an influx of institutions to seek for answers, counsel and guidance from us once more.
Henry O. Okwara
Hagnos Empowerment Initiatives (HEI)