THE ZEAL OF THE LORD and The Increase of HIS GOVERNMENT
“For to us a child is born, to us, A SON IS GIVEN, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. OF THE GREATNESS OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE, THERE WILL BE NO END. He will reign on David's throne and over HIS KINGDOM, establishing and upholding it with JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this” Isaiah 9:6–7
OUR APPEAL TO HEAVEN... FATHER, YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE, IN EARTH AS IT HAS BEEN DONE IN HEAVEN! PRAISE GOD, THANK YOU, JESUS!
JESUS CHRIST IN US is the Government of God
Our description of God's Government reigning on His Earth, JESUS CHRIST, who is IN US, and US in HIM, is powerfully presented recently by a humble brother in Christ, Dave Kubal. Mr. Kubal was a guest of "Give Him Fifteen: a Daily Devotional hosted by Dutch Sheets."
Dave is the President and CEO of Intercessors For America, a ministry that provides daily resources for believers to pray for our nation and their state. Dave was with Fellowship for Christian Athletes for many years, raising leaders in the athletic world. Dave authored Inspired Prayers, a book devoted to praying Scripture promises that motivated our founding fathers. He has a Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary. You can find Dave at IFApray.org.
Dave Kubal eloquently presented the reality that JESUS HAS ALREADY PREVAILED. Dave's message inspires FOLLOWERS of CHRIST to understand that WE ARE HIS GOVERNMENT and we are called to EXPAND THROUGHOUT THE EARTH. Dave's message presented below is meant to GET ALL FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST PREPPED AND EQUIPPED TO REIGN AND RULE IN GOD'S KINGDOM BECAUSE THE ZEAL OF THE LORD HAS ALREADY PERFORMED IT, praise GOD!
PRAISE GOD and let the truth IN Dave's message below SOAK IN. Let the MESSAGE OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST RING - JESUS WON! Receive this TRUTH and REJOICE IN HIM ALWAYS. No matter your circumstances or how things IN THE WORLD may seem, JESUS IS THE ONLY ANSWER, and HE ALREADY DELIVERED! Abide in this truth!
The Increase of His Government by Dave Kubal
These verses, most famous for being read during Christmas, have always intrigued me (Dave speaking). Of course, we understand that God gave us His Son in the form of a child. But what about this: The government will be on His shoulders, and the greatness of His government and peace will have no end? How could this be? Is this true? Is this happening today?
It seems we are watching the powers of darkness increase daily. We have battled in the heavens for our great nation, which has received countless prophetic words. Yet it seems to have a more corrupt government than ever. Does Jesus really know what He is doing?
I want to suggest to you that when we take a long-term, historical view of Jesus’ government, we can only conclude that His government has increased and that there will be no end of His rule.
The first increase of Jesus’ government is the historical growth of His rule over personal lives. The book of Acts tells us that the very first group of believers who placed themselves under Jesus’ rule, under His government, numbered about 120.
This small band of believers hid from the public eye until the Holy Spirit fell upon them at Pentecost. That day, Peter preached, and the number of people under Jesus’ government grew to about 3,000. Signs, wonders, and persecution followed; Saul was converted, and the Gospel spread from Jerusalem to Judea and then to all parts of the world.
From those early days of the New Testament believers, decade after decade, century after century, more and more hearts embrace the lordship of Jesus over their lives. There were maybe 200,000 by A.D. 200; by the end of the fifth century, there were about 10 million converted hearts. Pew Research estimates that in the early 1900s, the global population of Christ followers was about 600 million, and now, after just 100 more years, the number has grown to nearly 3 billion.
One-third of the global population practices Christianity today. Interestingly, the fastest-growing stream of Christianity is Pentecostalism. There is no doubt the increase of Christ’s government over the lives of individuals is never ending and always on the rise.
The second piece of undeniable evidence that His government is increasing involves the civil arena. There is something unique about the model for civil government found in the Scriptures: God is the one who grants us personal rights, and God is the one who makes laws.
This is first seen in Exodus 18 when Moses sets up the first representative republic based upon the moral code of the law.
This truth about the nature of personal rights, personal freedoms, and law has been at odds with dictators, kings, and autocrats throughout history. And yet, over the centuries, people have yearned and fought for the freedom that God has hardwired into us.
At the beginning of the second millennium, the idea that we all have rights began taking hold through documents like the Magna Carta, philosophers such as Augustine, and legal scholars. These ideas stirred and fueled the God-given desire in people to be free — especially the freedom to worship and freedom to speak their minds.
As recently as the 18th century, no country could be meaningfully characterized as a democracy. The entire world population was under the rule of closed autocracies. No group of people in the world enjoyed the privilege of choosing or electing their rulers.
Then, coming out of the First Great Awakening, when millions came under the personal government of Jesus, a God-given vision of government emerged. God inspired a small group of people to form a nation with the understanding that our Creator has given all of us equal rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The framers of the American Constitution understood that the most powerful government would derive its power only from the free consent of the governed.
For the first time in the history of the world, a government recognized that it is God, who gives us our rights, and that the only moral government is one whose leaders are put in position by willing and free civilians. The desires to be free and to be governed freely are written upon every human’s heart.
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Since the birth of America, we have been modeling for the world how the human desire for freedom affects government. According to Our World in Data, in the past 300 years, the percentage of people with the freedom and privilege to elect their leaders has gone from 0% to 85%!
Our founding fathers established a nation whose freedoms were so compelling that the entire world was changed. There are certainly variations of free elections, but the point remains: “The increase of his government” is not ending; it is only increasing further.
The freedoms the United States has put in place will forever affect humanity. The God-given desire to be free has fueled the expansion of Jesus’ civil government for centuries, and that will now only increase as the American experiment has demonstrated what this freedom could look like.
HERE'S THE POINT
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this” Isaiah 9:6–7
There is undoubted, uncontroversial evidence that Jesus’ government has increased over time: from a hiding handful of scared disciples to now one-third of today’s global population, 2.8 billion believers; from literally zero civil governments aligning with the God-given desire for personal freedom, to now over 80% of global governments. Of His greatness, there will be no end.
At the end of the passage, Isaiah prophesies: The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. This is a fascinating verse and requires its own treatment, but the word “zeal” (qinah, in Hebrew) is used only a few times in the Hebrew text. Every time the “zeal of the Lord” phrase is used, there is an absolute, 100% certainty that what is promised will occur.
Sometimes, we find the phrases “with great fury” and “by consuming fire.” The bottom line in the entire passage is this: As we battle for God’s will for our nation, we have His zeal behind us and in front of us, aiding our efforts. Our nation’s opportunity to be blessed by God requires the Church of Jesus Christ to stand up in this day and declare His government, look to Him, who is the Prince of Peace, and pursue His justice and righteousness as individuals and as a nation.
Lord, You have written the principles of good government upon our hearts. You have hardwired all of creation to desire freedom. As we watch the powers of darkness attempting to limit our religious freedoms and freedom of speech in the U.S., we ask You to cause Your church to rise today. Lord, cause Your Body to realize that You have a plan for government, that You desire a good government, and that Your government is based on true justice and righteousness.
Thank You for placing within us an inextinguishable desire to be free. Thank You for looking back over the centuries and seeing Your mighty hand move as Your government increases.
The responsibility of government rest upon the shoulders of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the INCREASE of His government. We declare that the ZEAL of the Lord ALMIGHTY will accomplish this IN JESUS NAME!
Click on the link below to watch the full message from Dave Kubal.