The men that God chose to reveal His truths were all persecuted and killed. Men of a “religious” mind set were easily used of the devil in an attempt to blot out His revelations.
Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And have slain them which showed before the coming of the Just One.
Every prophet that foretold of the coming of Jesus was murdered by “religious fools”. Jesus was God’s revelation of His love and redemption for all of mankind. The devil didn’t want men to know anything about God’s grace and the sacrifice that all men might be saved. The prophets were the pioneers of the Bible. They became martyrs for their Lord and now are enjoying the rewards of the faithful. If you believe what they said, you will be persecuted but not to the degree that they suffered. Thank God for those men who went before us to give us the revelations we need to live a victorious life.
Mathew 3:1-2 John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness. And saying, repent you, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.
John was a prophet and he was continuing what all the other prophets had said. The prophets said the Holy One was coming and John said He had arrived. Keeping in his tradition of killing those who acknowledged Christ, the devil had John beheaded. The devil believes that death is the solution to every problem. Despite his best effort, the Just One was born and fulfilled what He was born to do. God knew He could count on the devil to kill His Lamb that would bear the sins of the world. From the very beginning the devil was set up for his last best failure. Hollywood loves a great mystery plot. They could make a four star movie depicting the devil’s defeat. They won’t do it because they have no revelation and cannot be made to understand.
Mathew 27:18 For Pilate knew for envy the Jews had delivered Jesus.
The devil had no problem persuading the Jewish leaders they had to kill Jesus. He appealed to their erroneous doctrine that they added to the law of Moses. He convinced them that Jesus was a prophet that got out of the will of God by claiming to be one with God. Despite the devil’s best attempts, he could not stop what Jesus and the prophets spoke. Their revelations have become the word of the new covenant, the one we live by today. The devil knows he lost but needs to be reminded by those who believe the prophets. Now the devil has his hands full. The world is full of little Christs, those who bear the image of the one true God.
Philippians 1:21 For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
The devil doesn’t know when to quit. After the death and resurrection of Christ, he set out to kill all the apostles. He figured that if he killed the messengers, the whole event would just fade away. He made a strategic error. You see, God’s Word is alive and it comes from the Holy Ghost. There is no way to stop it. We must be giving the devil a headache. I sure hope so! We are the new messengers of the new covenant. We are speaking the same thing the prophets said and God is confirming the Word.
Jesus is the Lord of my life,
He said I can have whatsoever I say.
So, I say I am blessed,
God’s favor abounds in my life.
I will have divine health,
I will have more than enough.
I will not repeat what I hear the devil say.
I will have what Jesus died to give me.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming