What is the Biblical Response to Persecution? As in days gone by and as spoken by The Lord Most High through His Prophets who exhorted the Peoples of their Nation to humble themselves and to call a convocation to gather to pray and offer up petitions with prayers and supplications in repentance to The Judge of All The Earth in Heaven’s Supreme Court of Justice. Then to actively seek to hear The LORD concerning how to make intercession on behalf of their nations as did Moses and the former day Prophets in the Bible.
As did they in former times those Godly Presidents, Premiers, Prime Ministers and Kings and Queens who were advised by the Seers and Prophets and Priests of The God Most High who sought The LORD for mercy on behalf of the Peoples who had fallen away into idolatry. The LORD is Calling YOU if you are reading this exhortation to “Come up higher and hear and to meet with Him in the 11th Hour!”
The LORD wishes mankind to cooperate with Him in creating interventions to enable corporate repentance to enforce the Overturning of the Verdicts of His Heavenly Supreme Court against these Your Governments and The Peoples in all their realms of endeavour and Ecclesia. Then under the wise counsel of The LORD to request and petition for His mercy. The Lord would hear a Righteous Company plead the case for their nation with heartfelt supplications of prayers for mercy with fasting and sorrowful repentance leading to conviction of their sins for falling away into apostasy. These are the prayers that move The LORD’s heart because they are based on obedient and loyal service to see and hear and perform His will in the earth for revival to break forth.
In Isaiah 66:8-9 we hear these Expressions of Passionate Intercession when one prays for a people of a nation to return and turn to The LORD and pray for The LORD to revive the People to heed His Voice. Yet we must pray that The LORD will send a Spirit of Repentance and Supplication to turn their hearts away from their idols.
The Father’s heart is being exposed through an intensified burden as it was in and through the power of The Holy Spirit moving in and through Evan Roberts of Wales, UK who cried out with longing asking The LORD to revive the hearts of the Welsh People to return and follow Jesus Christ again in attending HIs Words and pursuing His Ways in gatherings to raise up Worship in the land to restore the land and the people to prosperity as a Sheep Nation in His Pinfold.
For The LORD will vindicate His People among the Gentile Nations even as He sends correction and chastisement and His unrelenting scourge to root out the wicked deeds and evil practices that prevent the fullness of His Blessings being dispensed.
This is what The LORD says concerning these who oppose Him and attack Israel who wish to side line Divine His Plans and Purposes in establishing His People as blessed above all others who worship idols.
Judgment and Hope
66 This is what the Lord says:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?
2 Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.
3 But whoever sacrifices a bull
is like one who kills a person,
and whoever offers a lamb
is like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
whoever makes a grain offering
is like one who presents pig’s blood,
and whoever burns memorial incense
is like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways,
and they delight in their abominations;
4 so I also will choose harsh treatment for them
and will bring on them what they dread.
For when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, no one listened.
They did evil in my sight
and chose what displeases me.”
5 Hear the word of the Lord,
you who tremble at his word:
“Your own people who hate you,
and exclude you because of my name, have said,
‘Let the Lord be glorified,
that we may see your joy!’
Yet they will be put to shame.
6 Hear that uproar from the city,
hear that noise from the temple!
It is the sound of the Lord
repaying his enemies all they deserve.
7 “Before she goes into labor,
she gives birth;
before the pains come upon her,
she delivers a son.
8 Who has ever heard of such things?
Who has ever seen things like this?
Can a country be born in a day
or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labor
than she gives birth to her children.
9 Do I bring to the moment of birth
and not give delivery?” says the Lord.
“Do I close up the womb
when I bring to delivery?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice greatly with her,
all you who mourn over her.
11 For you will nurse and be satisfied
at her comforting breasts;
you will drink deeply
and delight in her overflowing abundance.”
12 For this is what the Lord says:
“I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried on her arm
and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
14 When you see this, your heart will rejoice
and you will flourish like grass;
the hand of the Lord will be made known to his servants,
but his fury will be shown to his foes.
15 See, the Lord is coming with fire,
and his chariots are like a whirlwind;
he will bring down his anger with fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For with fire and with his sword
the Lord will execute judgment on all people,
and many will be those slain by the Lord.
17 “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one who is among those who eat the flesh of pigs, rats and other unclean things—they will meet their end together with the one they follow,” declares the LORD.”
Gerald Flurry indicts these rulers Libya (Put or Pul) Persia (Iran) and Russia in his exposition of their plans in his books of divine revelation “America Under Attack” and “America & Great Britain In Prophecy” which you can find on the Trumpet.com website.
18 “And I, because of what they have planned and done, am about to come[a] and gather the people of all nations and languages, and they will come and see my glory.
19 “I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans[b] and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the Lord—on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the Lord. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels. 21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites,” says the Lord.
22 “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. 23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord. 24 “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”
- Isaiah 66:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
- Isaiah 66:19 Some Septuagint manuscripts Put (Libyans); Hebrew Pul