It is the watchman’s bond duty to declare what he sees, when he sees (Ezekiel 3:17). Everyone needn’t be pleased or comforted by what he announces. The watchman who would announce only what would please, should be called by another name. Worse still, he thereby risks his own life and mandate.
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth (Isaiah 21:6).
8 …If thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity;but his blood will I require at thine hand.
9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul(Ezekiel 33:8-9).
That there could be false alarms does not make every unsuitable alarm false; even Ahab for all his wickedness knew better (1 Kings 22:6-8). Because some have shut their hearts against warnings, God may sooner speak by other irrefutable means, and there shall be awe in the land.
I speak of Nigeria in this parable of the Red Dragon. I speak to the remnant few that sincerely enquire at God’s altar for a nation come to birth. Micaiah damned ‘political correctness’ when he swore to King Ahab in the name of the Lord, “If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me” (2Chronicles 18:27).
In Revelation 12, time came when the Government of Heaven decided an intervention in the government of Earth. A woman carried in her womb the son that should rule the world in the coming new season. His prophetic name was “The Seed of the Woman.” The magnificent emergence of the imminent queen-mother was announced in the sky as “a great wonder in heaven.” As soon as the heavens began thus to announce the new thing that God was about to do in the earth, a ferocious counter wonder was at once also orchestrated. It carried the name, “another wonder in heaven.” It involved a great red dragon,which stood before the woman in her travails, intent on devouring her son “as soon as it was born”; the same dragon that had been thrown out of heaven after losing there a desperate and bloody bid to power (Revelation 12:1-4). Contentions in the heavens for thrones on the earth!
Unknown to the beast and the anxious mortal observers, God had made a plan for preservation ahead of the dragon’s appearance and affront.True to the hidden agenda for which he had placed himself strategically close to the travailing woman and source of his target, the dragon moved “to devour the child” as soon as the baby came, but so instantly was the child caught up by unseen hands to the throne of God, to which the mad dragon had no access. Plan A aborted.
Plan B: When the prophetic infant could not be seized and destroyed, the dragon turned against the woman who had been the source of that son. An ocean of waters was vomited out of the dragon’s mouth, to drown the woman; watery death was manipulated after her and into her environment, to choke her until the life was from her. Again, God had gone ahead. Even“the earth helped the woman,” opening its mouth to swallow the dragon’s waters; then “two great wings” were given to her, with which she took flight to “a place prepared for her,” of which none had known.
The son was spared, the woman was saved. Everyone was relieved. Recreating the events, however (even though the Bible is silent on those details), I wonder what might have happened to the ‘others’ on the earth who had not been as privileged as the woman, to board wings and take off quickly to their pre-arranged place of safety. What happened to them and their houses? What happened to farmlands and animals while the earth gradually swallowed the vehement waters of a loser’s mass destructive frustrations aimed at leaving nothing to be ruled in the end? The dragon’s plot failed, but many ‘innocent’ others might have suffered the ‘stray bullet.’ That explains my first prayer request: the post-birth tribulations to the land after the Dragon’s fierce and repeated attempts at power shall have woefully failed again on Earth as he had previously failed in Heaven. Yea, no matter how hugely intimidating to the tender and disproportionately disadvantaged infant the red dragon might be, may he fail again his bids to frustrate whom God has birthed for the throne in this season. Amen.
As David aged, Adonijah, the eldest surviving son of the passing king, assuming that the throne should be rightly his, planned a coup, a palace coup. This time, however, God was not going to go by the natural rules of succession through eldership. Favour had picked the unlikely. At the start, everything was going for him; everyone supported him – respected religious leaders, the noble political class, as well as Joab the Army commander. There was a lavish ceremony at which the trumpets took the airwaves, loudly announcing Adonijah king. Yet, he was not to rule, and the heavens conspired his shame. The true anointing had taken place in a little throne-room. Solomon became king. Again, the parable of the Red Dragon: Adonijah was proclaimed, Solomon took the throne, and the casualties followed. In the priesthood, Abiathar lost his place; in the military, Joab lost his place and his life; in the political class and in the palace, Prince Adonijah lost his life, to say nothing of the untold casualties who had been a blinded part of the failed alliance.We have prayed much about the elections; may we also remind the heavens about the dispensations after the red dragon shall have lost, at the national and some state levels.
Last year, the echoes of a looming factional war were so loud in the spirit that one could not but announce it everywhere tearfully, calling for lamentations. We sent out “Drums of War” and “There was war.” Watchers were placed on duty in the last ten days of December. From about that period, thanks to the many other voices calling upon God from several corners of the land, those specific dark clouds began to clear. Earlier in the year, someone asked me, “How is the burden now? Is the war still coming?” That war is no more coming, but the contention is not yet over. Nevertheless, there have been wars, even if they have not grown into The War whose sounds we had heard; and many have been the casualties at those fronts.
We know in part, and each prophet sees only a part of the total picture that is God’s prerogative. God does not reveal all His mind to one single prophet. Therefore, according to Paul, when three prophets prophesy, one might sit still to judge the ‘parts’ from the other prophets who have received their specific insights into a matter of which he had received no ‘part’ of the revelation himself. From other ‘voices’ and watchmen also, I have been consoled that the specific dark clouds of a fractional crises intended to divide the nation have passed, but the dragon who has missed the man-child now threatens the woman, after the son shall have been rescued beyond his reach. Adonijah was announced and crowned, but Solomon was anointed and he ruled. Thereafter, things never remained the same in the priesthood, the military, and the political class. He that moved the other dark clouds can move this also. “He that hath an ear to hear…”
From The Preacher's diary,
February 12, 2015.