As I’ve been studying the book of Jeremiah, the Lord has been drawing parallels between Babylon and South Africa that I’d like to share with you.
There is a clear pattern throughout the Old Testament of the workings of the Lord when it comes to drawing His rebellious people back to Himself. God raises up an enemy whom He uses to oppress His people until they humble themselves before Him, and repent. Then the Lord steps in to deliver them, binding up their wounds, healing and restoring them. Not only does He deliver them, but He also blesses and rewards them, taking them into His Promises and the inheritance He had prepared for them.
At the point of their deliverance, He also deals with the enemy. A visitation of the Lord occurs where His fierce anger is revealed, His vengeance released, breaking in pieces that which was set up against His people.
In South Africa, and Africa, the Lord has turned the hearts of His people back to Himself through the suffering and oppression that’s been brought upon its inhabitants by evil, wicked, and corrupt leaders. As their tears and cries have gone forth, His heart has been moved by compassion to deliver and save His People, and stirred with anger to bring vengeance on the wicked.
For the Lord is setting His Face against the enemy of Africa. He is stretching His Hand against the evil systems that have kept Africa in bondage. He is breaking her pride, He is cutting in pieces that which has been set up by blood-stained hands and hardened hearts. He is pulling down the strongholds, He is causing their statues to fall. For everything that has been built will shake and fall.
1 Samuel 5:3-6
3And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. 4And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. 5Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. 6But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.
Behold the Visitation of the Lord. Behold His recompense on the wicked. Who can stop the works of His Hand, or come against His Holy One?
The Lord is raising up a new generation of leaders. Humble and faithful men and women who will shepherd this nation. They will come forth out of the communities, gathering and leading micro-tribes, that will birth a new nation. This nation will be built from the ground up, from the communities she shall be established. The Lord is breaking the mountains, and lifting up the valleys. He is breaking the proud and elevating the humble.
I see micro-cells forming all across the nation. I hear the Lord say, these are micro-tribes formed by people, not joined together by ethnicity based on outside appearances, but by love. The Lord is going to build our nation in the same way as Nehemiah built the wall of Jerusalem. Through an apostolic system that operates in the communities, every strong micro-tribe will be a stone laid in the wall of Africa.
16Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
19Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?
Jeremiah 50:4-6, 29-34
4In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. 5They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
6My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.
29Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.
30Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD.
31Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. 32And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him. 33Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go. 34Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
Jeremiah 51:15-16, 25, 36
15He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. 16When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
25Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
36Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.