John Mark Pool: God’s Walls of Fire!
May 26, 2010 Leave a comment
There are all types of walls for all kinds of reasons in this world, so it would be absurd to say that walls have no place. However, to see the way humans have used them in contrast to the way God designed His wall, reveals that man looks on the outward appearance while our God looks on the heart. They say “good fences make good neighbors,” yet the wall of “offense,” no matter the size, creates division, regardless on which side a person lands.
We must allow the Lord to demonstrate His glory presence to destroy the man-made walls of division that work to separate everyone from Christ’s foundational purpose—as the only “Gate of Salvation”! Jesus Christ, like no one else could, declared, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through Me will be saved. Wherever they go, they will find green pastures.” Jesus is the door; Jesus is the way, the truth, the life and the only way of salvation for everyone. Jesus Christ is the one who established the Church without walls!
Early history reveals that a country made a monumental and lasting lesson for us to learn about walls. Consider the construction of the Great Wall of China. Frequently referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world,” it is a wonder that with the cost of many lives it was actually constructed. The Great Wall is over 4,000 miles, or over 6,000 kilometers in length. History tells us keeping out nomadic groups and raids were the reasons China constructed the Great Wall, as well as protecting their own from attacks by rival states. Yet all nations now freely trade and travel crossing the Great Wall, viewed mostly today as a tourist attraction.
Walls had their purposes in military strength and strategy when pioneers settled new outposts and forts in new lands. Nevertheless, as in the days of Israel, we should not live hunkered behind walls built from devices of humanity that will never solve the issues of the heart.
We Need God’s Walls of Fire While Abiding in His Glory Presence!
In Zechariah’s day, the exiles had returned from captivity to rebuild their Temple, but work on the Temple had stalled, and the people were ignoring the service of the Lord. Zechariah was a prophet who offered hope to a people of a desperate season. Zechariah had a vision that included a man with a measuring line, who was trying to determine the length and width of Jerusalem. His intention was perceptibly to initiate rebuilding the fortified walls surrounding the city. However, the man in Zechariah’s vision was told that this would not be necessary. The man was informed that the number of God’s people would be so great that Jerusalem’s walls would not be able to contain them (see Zechariah 2:4).
No matter the reasons, whether language, oppression from warring countries, or economic devastation across a river in another country, walls can be scaled or broken through, regardless of their height or strength! But God said they would not need “man-made barricades” because the Lord assured, “I…will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst” (Zechariah 2:5).
I Decree that We Will Agree and Bring into Existence, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven!”
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.—1 Samuel 16:7
Our protective “Wall of Fire” is never a “division” barrier to keep the lost out, yet it is a safe place where the enemy knows when we are resting in the everlasting arms of God’s loving and protective “Firewall.” We can abide in the fiery glory of God where no weapon formed against us could ever stand.
Remember, as God’s family, we could have no greater wall of safety than abiding in the Glory Presence, personally, with a loving Father! Then, out of the abundance of our heart, Jesus Christ’s truth of unconditional love, in concert with the Father’s heart, opens the Gates of Salvation for all the lost who will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
God’s plan is to form a city without walls of stone and barricades of human thinking, but to offer an everlasting shelter (God’s Kingdom), protecting His Beloved within endless Walls of Fire! God loves all of His children, even more than you love yours; and rest assured that no one, no enemy, can scale or break through to His family without going through God’s Great Wall of Fire!
God Has Walls of Salvation and Gates of Praise!
“Violence will not be heard again in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders; but you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise.”—Isaiah 60:18
There is coming a day where we will forevermore be within the Heavenly boundaries that may appear endless, yet we do not need to wait for that day to bring others, through Jesus guarding hearts with walls of salvation, into this City of Refuge. We must share the fiery love of the Father’s heart with those who will be looking for someone, in a shaking land, who knows the security from within the gates of praise. People will run into the sanctuary of hope offered by those who abide in the secret place of the Most High God. We are about to experience what Zechariah promised; although His vision was indeed for Israel’s hope then, it is for us now and all humanity!
I decree that the Fire of Pentecost celebration 2010 will be a part of Zechariah’s vision, that God’s people will learn to abandon carnal walls of division and embrace God’s Wall of Fire as we abide in the Glory Presence within His City of Hope! We are the New Jerusalem for thousands, and one day will certainly be hidden within His walls of glory presence forever. Let the celebration time of Pentecost baptize us again in the Fire! Bring the lost in and secure them with God’s Firewall today! Yes, today is indeed the “Day of Salvation”! Now is the time to bring others with us to safely abide in the Father’s family, sheltered within walls of fire and the glory presence of Abba Father.
John Mark Pool
Word to the World Ministries
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