part 2 | DESTINY
Here is the promised Destiny Part 2 article.
Joseph was one of twelve brothers who would form the nation of Israel. He was raised to believe that there was one God. His father and mother, Jacob and Rachel, taught him the ways of the Lord, and the culture in which he was raised was far different to that of Egypt. Yet little did he know his destiny lay in Egypt. He never suspected for one minute that one day he would be the second most powerful man in the kingdom of Egypt, under Pharaoh. Even after having a powerful dream of his position as a monarch, he could never have fathomed the destiny that lay before him. The course of events that would transpire after he revealed the dream to his father and his brothers was the furthest thing from his young mind. How would he possibly be a ruler in Egypt without training and experience? As his own brothers were lowering him into a pit, his heart was racing and his mouth was dry. He must have wondered what brought that horrible event about. Joseph was going to be trained by people that he would rule over one day. Unto whom much is given, much is required.
When dealing with destiny we cannot ignore the issue of culture. Your destiny dictates your present circumstances. If you can get a grip of that, you will accept, and not reject or resist, your present challenges as difficult as what they may seem. The only thing you need to resist is the devil and it takes perception to know the difference.
Did Daniel ever dream that he would one day be a ruler in Babylon? When he was a little boy, raised as a Jew, you can only imagine that he had dreams – dreams of being a husband, a father and possibly a rabbi, carpenter or farmer. He could never have imagined that by the time he turned 15, he would have been emasculated, never to have children, and taken from his precious home in Judah as a captive of Babylon. And yet his destiny lay in Babylon. As a representative of the cream of Judah’s crop, he had been hand picked, along with his three friends, to be trained in the school of the Chaldeans. Rather than being forced into common labor or imprisoned like many of the other captives, he was being schooled to serve the Babylonian king. Thus he was required to learn the Babylonian language, embrace Babylonian customs and negotiate with foreign dignitaries on Nebuchadnezzar’s behalf. Daniel was forced to serve the barbarians who had murdered his people. He was trained in the “university of Babylon.”
The pressure to be squeezed into the mold designated by the Babylonians must have been intense. But Daniel resolved at the offset not to be defiled by even the same source of physical nourishment as the Babylonians. Daniel was a chosen man on a spiritual assignment in an alien culture.
What happened to Daniel has happened again in our time. The pressures they faced and the program they put on is here again. Babylon, the ancient city, is gone. Babylon, the spiritual power of the world, never left. You have the same choices Daniel and his friends had to face.
He will go down in the annals of history as the voice that guided the kings of Babylon and taught them by his knowledge and wisdom about the Lord God almighty, his gift, and more importantly his character. The kings of Babylon would ultimately declare that there is only one God, and that is the God of Daniel.
David, a simple shepherd lad, had a destiny – to be the beloved King of Israel. So why would the next thirteen or so years of his life be spent on the run from a raging maniac of a king, Saul, living in caves, mountains, and yes, even a foreign land, before he would actually take the throne of Israel?
Each one of these characters had a few things in common – a refined understanding and appreciation of other social groups and a passionate drive for reformation and reconciliation.
God has revealed to me that beginning in March 2010, and continuing throughout the decade, there will be a massive Reformation, as powerful as the time of Martin Luther during the 16th Century. The word reform means, “To amend; abandon what is wrong, corrupt, irrelevant and unsatisfactory.” In a reformation, something controlling is always abolished and something relevant always emerges.
IF CHRISTIANS ARE NOT RELEVANT IN THE MUNDANE, HOW ARE WE GOING TO BE RELEVANT IN THE PROFOUND?
In the 16th Century, there was religious oppression and the people were taught that faith alone, whether fiduciary or dogmatic, couldn’t justify man and only faith that is active in charity and good works can justify man. The benefits of good works could be obtained by donating money to the church. Martin Luther, a Catholic Monk, wrote his famous Ninety-Five Theses and nailed them on the castle door of the All Saints Church in October 31, 1517, almost 500 years ago, an event now seen as sparking the Protestant Reformation. Luther became convinced that the prevailing religious system was corrupt in its ways and had lost sight of what he saw as several of the central truths of Christianity. The most important for him was the doctrine of justification – God’s act of declaring a sinner righteous – by faith alone through God’s grace. He taught that salvation or redemption is a gift of God’s grace, attainable only through faith in Jesus as the Messiah. The Ninety-Five Theses were quickly translated from Latin into German, printed and widely copied, making the controversy one of the first in history to be aided by the printing press. Within two weeks, copies of the Theses had spread THROUGHOUT GERMANY; within two months throughout Europe.
We have entered into a period of great reformation. Reformers are emerging. They will be called heretics, as were the reformers of the 16th Century, but out of the persecution will emerge a movement far greater than what emerged in Luther’s day, giving birth to the Protestant Church.
America, more than ever, needs a reformation, spiritually and politically, and I believe that we are on the brink of such a reformation. It is time to make changes for improvement in order to remove abuse and injustices. So many revivals have ended up in abuse and malpractice, and the result is injury and damage to the flock of Christ.
The two great things to look forward to in these next few years are Reformation and Reconciliation. To Reconcile means, “To bring together opposing forces.” I believe the Lord is telling me that this movement of Reformation and Reconciliation will bring about major change and breakthrough in the Kingdom of God for 2010.
Prophet Kim Clement