Why is Prophecy so Important?

When we know the Will of God for our lives and our nation, we have the authority to stand on that Word, and war for our future. God declares His Will to us through His Written Word, and through Prophetic Words, inspired by His Holy Spirit.

Jeremiah prophesied that the people of Israel would go into captivity for seventy years, but would then be released. When Daniel uncovered these prophetic writings whilst still being held captive in Babylon, he realised that he was in the season of their deliverance, seventy years later.

He did four specific things to bring an end to their captivity:

1. He prayed and fasted. Jeremiah said that God would turn a deaf ear to His people for 70 years, so this was the time to pray, knowing that God would hear.

2. He repented for himself and his people. Understanding the mind of God in this situation, he confessed and repented of his own sins, and the sins of his people, which enslaved them into captivity.

3. He received an angelic visitation. God visited Daniel, by sending His archangel, Michael. After three weeks of prayer and fasting, he appeared to Daniel to tell him what the future holds for His people, Israel.

4. He received revelation of the future. Knowing Jeremiah’s prophecy, helped Daniel to understand the times he was living in. He saw the window of opportunity that God was giving them, and started seeking the Lord with great fervency. Through his prayers, God gave him a revelation and understanding of the future that God had ordained for His people, and through obedience to God’s commands, he could move them forward out of their captivity.

When God releases a prophetic word, it is never forgotten. It is stored up in Heaven, until God is ready to release it back to the earth. If you have been waiting for the fulfillment of His Words over your life, ask God to reveal to you the season you’re in. If He is saying, ‘This is your time’, then you need to rise up and start warring for that Word to come to fulfillment.

South Africa is in her time, just as Israel was in her time at the end of her 70 years of captivity. Will you hear the Voice of The Holy One, The God of Israel, Who never changes?

He is saying, ‘This is the time of South Africa’s release out of her captivity! For surely, she has come out of the bondages and chains of apartheid, but she is tormented by evil spirits that have had access over her land for centuries. Will you war for her? You need to pull down the strongholds of witchcraft, ancestry worship, and idolatry. For I am a jealous God, I am calling forth this nation to seek Me, and Me alone. You have to stand as Daniel stood, praying and fasting, repenting and waiting for My visitation upon this land. For I will bring visitation, revelation and deliverance to this nation by My Power and My Spirit.’

Daniel 9:1-19

Daniel’s Prayer for His People

1In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.

3Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. 8To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. 9To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him 10and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. 12He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us,a by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. 13As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. 14Therefore the LORD has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. 15And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

16“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. 17Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord,b make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”

 

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