who anoints politicians
God, who anoints politicians
– The relation between Church and State
(Isaiah 44:24 to 45:8)
Now is the situation when Israel is deprived of its nation. For seventy years, the second and third generation forgot Hebrew. It’s like that Israelites in America can’t speak Hebrew any more. All the captivity of Judah, who are in Babylon, forgot their own language.
God’s revelation that he would destroy Babylon and build a new nation came upon Isiah, who is praying with tears. God said the nation would be built by Cyrus, who was among the most distinguished of statesmen 2,500 years ago.
44:24 "This is what the LORD says -- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
44:25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,
It was in this way that God destroyed Babylon. In those days Daniel was among the three administrators. Babylon was plagued by corruption; people became liars, and diviners, who are flattering the king, prophesied lies in return for the fee. But the Lord said He foils the signs of false prophets.
There are five hundred thousand shamans in Korea. Considerable legislators have their fortune told every day. But there’s no righteousness in the act of fortune-telling. As for those who come to the fortune teller, as long as they are blessed, it doesn’t matter whatever happens to others. They don’t care even if their own country perishes, so long as they are blessed. Blessing is what they try to get at the cost of others. But the Lord foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners. He also overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense
44:26 who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be built,' and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,'
It is the servants of the God that can save their own country. It is the prophets of God, who say what is right before politicians, who can save the country.
In the last days, God will pour out his Spirit on all people. Their sons and daughters will prophesy, their young men will see visions, their old men will dream dreams. (Joel 2:28)
The content of visions and dreams is prophecy. Prophecy is about what will happen to the nation. Prophecy is about who will be the next President. God defeats the diviners and the wise through carrying out the words of his servants.
44:27 who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,'
44:28 who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, "Let it be rebuilt," and of the temple, "Let its foundations be laid."
When the Lord rebuilds Jerusalem and establishes his kingdom, who is used? God uses politicians; they are the Shepherds established by the Lord. He sets up politicians to achieve what is pleasing Him.
45:1 "This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
The Lord is speaking of a politician concretely; he works hand in hand with politician. What is it the Lord wants to do hand in hand with Bush? What does he want to do hand in hand with Kim Jongil?
Now God plans to build the Persian Empire through Cyrus, the servant of God to destroy the world’s biggest nation, Babylon. Persia is the only nation the Roman Empire couldn’t crush. It is also the only nation of the East the West couldn’t defeat.
Five promises the Lord made to Cyrus
45:2 I will go before you and will level the mountains ; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
1. I will go before you
There are three kinds of generals : 勇將, a brave general like Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, 智將, a wise general like Zhuge Liang and 德將, a general with virtue like Liu Bei. But there’s a general surpassing all of these three : 神將, a general for whom God fights.
In several wars in history, there have been such generals that could be called 神將. The Battle of Waterloo, Roman-Persian Wars, Globalization of Genghis Khan and the Korean War belong to those wars. General MacArthur went to Philippines looking through binoculars on a warship, under heavy fire from the army of Germany and Japan. In the wars that changed history, the Lord fought the enemy directly, using the generals he had chosen.
2. I will level the mountains
God leveled the road ahead for Cyrus as John the Baptist did for Jesus. I pray that God will fight for you. If you don’t use your brain and behave properly before the Lord, He will put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men as He did in the Assyrian camp. All the enemy will be scattered when you proceed. He will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.
In 1996, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield had the fight of the century. Everyone thought Tyson would win the match. But the winner was Evander Holyfield, who had a biblical verse of Phil 4:13 on his boxing gown that says “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Muslims said the God of Christianity had defeated that of Islam Mike Tyson believed in.
I pray God may open doors for you. There’re many rough roads before our life and before our nation. May the Lord fight for our nation! Let the rough ground become level!
3. I will break down gates of bronze.
As running business, we encounter lots of enemies. There are many who pick on you, who try to kill you. I pray that God may defeat your enemies.
4. I will cut through bars of iron.
I pray that God may break any kind of monopoly and may grant you treasures.
5. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places
45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
The root reason God establishes politician is to tell the whole world that there is no other God like the Lord and that God is alive. God appointed Cyrus to rebuild Israel and His temple. God appoints politician to make Christianity prosper.
Christians should know the principle of God’s establishing politician and should get involved in politics actively. If Christians are indifferent to politics, Satan will send fortune tellers and secular scholars to seduce politicians, making our country perish. Righteous people should not keep silence. They should get involved in politics and should pray actively that such politicians as Daniel, Joseph and David may appear.
45:4 For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.
For the sake of Israel, God has chosen a politician. For now, spiritual Israel is church. God chooses politicians for church. Therefore we should pray for the two : church and politicians.
God summoned Cyrus. God summoned Junghee Park, Bush and Jungil Kim, entitling them Emperors, even though they didn’t know God.
45:5. I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,
45:6. so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
Zoroastrianism is based on dualism. The core of this religion is to try to keep the balance between tense conflicts of good and evil forces. This can be seen dimly in the Bible.
45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (陰陽 "dark—bright") describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world. And it is characterized by such dualities as light and dark, good and evil, red and blue and hot and cold. There’s no other nation that has the theory of yin and yang on its flag or in the subway station but Korea. The balance of yin and yang and the fight of good and evil are found on the Korean flag.
However, verse 7 is saying that Zoroastrianism is half right and half not. God is the one, who reigns good and evil forces, and who forms the light and creates darkness. He can spread the yin when it is necessary or vice versa. Praise the Lord, who is reigning the yin and yang as He pleases.
I bring prosperity and create disaster
What people want is prosperity, not disaster. But it is written in the Bible that God creates disaster. God can give us sufferings and disaster. He brings the hardship of the Cross as well as the glory of the Resurrection.
God sometimes grants us hardships, sufferings and tears, in His providence, so as to make us man of God. Look at the prison of Joseph and Paul. God can create our pains to accomplish His will. Welcome His providence.
God’s ultimate intention to create good and evil
45:8."You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.
The core of the religion of Persia is righteousness. The reason God anointed Cyrus and defeated the Babylon was to execute righteousness on the earth. There’s no righteousness in shamanism, nor is in crony politics. In the religion, in the politics and inside the thinking of Korean people, there’s no righteousness.
The core of Zoroastrianism is to rain down righteousness so that all the people can have the same opportunity. The righteous kingdom, Persia won the victory in the wars between the East and the West, which is unparalleled in history.
Be a man of righteousness. Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. The kingdom of God is that of justice and righteousness. I pray that Korea can become the nation where success can be won by whoever is faithful and competent. Love your enemy. Don’t love the man just because he/she loves you or gives you money or gains favor with you. Accept the man of ability even if you don’t like him of her.
5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
5:55 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.(Mt)
I pray that all of you may become the righteous man and become the general for whom God fights like Cyrus. God is the Lord of yin and yang. Sometimes He grants us prosperity, and sometimes grants us disaster.
God’s principle is simple : He anoints politicians and builds the church.
1. Cyrus - He destroyed Babylon and set up the empire of righteousness. He carried out righteousness to Israel and brought them back from captivity, for Babylon was unfair to Israel. And then Jerusalem was rebuilt.
2. Roman Empire – It dominated the world. Greek and Latin were globalized and the Bible was written during its reign.
3. Mao Zedong - He brought the unity of language to China. It is said he has achieved what ten thousand missionaries couldn’t do for 100 years.
4. Japan – Under the Japanese colonial, yangban (the aristocrats in Korea) were removed, who treated common people like a dog.
5. Bush - As soon as he was inaugurated as President, he set aside every Sunday as a National Day of Prayer. And he allowed the churches, nonprofit organizations and Christian organizations in USA to use the nation’s money.
The reason God anoints politician is to make God’s people prosper, establish the churches and execute righteousness of God on earth. Keep on praying for politicians.
God’s promise that he would rebuild Jerusalem can be applied to Korea. More than 70% of the people living in Pyongyang, Jerusalem of Korea, were Christians. Famous Korean pastors like Gyeongjik Han, Seonhee Gwak, Jojun Park studied at Soongsil school in Pyongyang and at Pyongyang theological school. But the holy city is under the dominion of Satan more than 60 years. Have to pray for the reconstruction of Pyongyang.
The reason God appoints the President is to rebuild Jerusalem. That’s why we need to pray that the Lord may grant us his servant like Daniel and David. Pray to the Lord that He may appoint a king like Cyrus.
Lord, grant us the politician like the King Cyrus the Great.
Have mercy on Pyongyang in North Korea and let it be rebuilt again.
Please, make Seoul become the spiritual Israel to save 4 billion Asians.