days, Christians have been discussing the role of judgments in the New
Testament age. Judgment is a gloomy topic, so not many people study the
topic, but it is important for understanding how God works in the world.
A common view is God’s judgments ceased with the cross. We are living
in the age of grace when God works to transform nations by the gospel and
the spirit. He will not judge nations until the great tribulation just
before Jesus returns. The real judgments are stored up for the Last
Judgement at the end of the age. I believe that this view is wrong and
confused. To get to the truth we need to a clearer understanding of role
of judgment in the scriptures.
The Old Testament describes to different types of judgment. These two
types continue into the New Testament. Distinguishing these two types of
judgment is really important.
When God made a covenant with the people of Israel, he told them what
he required of them in the law given through Moses. God promised to bless
the people if they fulfilled the conditions of the covenant.
All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the
LORD your God (Deut 28:2).
These blessing are spelt out in detail. Moses also warned that failure
to keep the covenant and trust in God would bring them under a curse.
However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully
follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these
curses will come on you and overtake you (Deut 28:15).
Deuteronomy lists the curses in even greater detail than the blessings.
When left the true part and forgot about God, when these curses were
fulfilled, they were referred to as the judgments of God.
You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares
the Sovereign LORD (Ezek 24:14).
I judged them according to their conduct and their actions (Ezek
God is Israel’s King and Judge. The covenant made them accountable to
him for their behaviour. When they broke the covenant, he judged their
actions and pronounced judgment against them. By disobeying God, the
people of Israel placed themselves under the curse of the covenant.
The main role of the prophets was to be guardians of the covenant.
Whenever, Israel broke the covenant, the prophets would challenge them and
warn in advance of the judgments that would inevitably come, if they
continued in disobedience. The prophets called the people to repentance
and obedience, to prevent their warnings from being fulfilled.
Most of the prophecies in the Old Testament were warnings of
curses/judgments that would come upon Israel, if the continued to reject
God. Israel broke the covenant again and again, so the prophets had a
consistent message. They often seemed to be full of doom and gloom because
Israel was mostly living in disobedience. They could not be nice, because
the prognosis for Israel was usually bad.
A few prophecies were declarations of judgment against local nations
attacking Israel. These judgements were fulfilment of the blessings of the
covenant (Is 14:29).
They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven
The role of prophesying to the people of the old covenant was curtailed
by the cross. Jesus took over the role of guardian of the that covenant
and gave a final prophesy to Israel warning of the destruction of
Jerusalem (Matt 23:33-24:2). The people of Israel were about to place
themselves under the curse of the covenant by rejecting their messiah and
handing him over to the Romans to be killed.
Look, your house is left to you desolate (Matt 23:38).
They were coming under a curse that would last for a long time.
There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people
. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the
nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of
the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:23-24).
This judgement announced by Jesus will last until the Times of the
Gentiles are complete. Israel will not come back under the blessing of
their covenant until they believe in Jesus, so this is a long judgment.
Jesus warned the people of Jerusalem that they would not get another
prophetic word for a long, long time.
For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is
he who comes in the name of the Lord (Matt 23:38-39).
Being left without prophets is part of their desolation. All future
prophets will be Christians, so if the Jews will not accept those who come
in the name of Jesus, they will have no prophets (Micah 3:6). NT prophets
will only get to speak freely to Israel when the Times of the Gentiles are
coming to an end.
A new covenant was established when Jesus died on the cross. The
benefits of this covenant are received by faith and the Spirit is given to
enable those who trust in him to hear his voice and walk in obedience to
him. They Holy Spirit is able to convict believer of sin and teach them
how to serve God, so he generally does not need to send judgements to
teach us how to live in the fullness of the covenant.
Under the Old Covenant, the people of Israel could assess how they were
going with God by reviewing their external circumstances. Peace and
prosperity were signs that they were obeying God. Poverty and war were
signs of disobedience. The prophets just amplified these signals to the
The pattern is totally different under the New Covenant. The Sermon on
the Mount warns that external circumstances are poor indicator of our
spiritual state. Christians who are slack in following Jesus will often
have a more comfortable life.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort
Those who follow Jesus seriously will often be persecuted.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say
all kinds of evil against you because of me (Matt 5:11).
Our situation does not provide a reliable indication of our
spirituality. We need to to the witness of the Holy Spirit to know how we
are doing. The peace that surpasses understanding is the best indicator
that we are fulfilling the covenant. If we have fallen into sin, the
conviction of the Holy Spirit should turn us back to the right path. We
will sometimes need a jolt from a prophet to confirm his witness, but that
should be quite rare. God should not need to send judgments to keep us on
In New Testament times, the church is the people of the new covenant.
The prophetic role of watching over the covenant continues, but the focus
has shift from nation to church. New Testament prophets are primarily
responsible for watching their church, rather than their nation. Agabus,
Judas and Silas are New Testament prophets who watched over their church
to ensure that its leaders fulfilled their covenant with Jesus (Acts
11:28; Acts 15:31). This is not a doom and gloom ministry.
When a church loses the plot and persists in disobeying God, the Holy
Spirit will be forced to withdraw. This is a new covenant judgment. These
judgments should usually be called in advance by the prophets. They will
warn of the consequence for the church and explain must be done to return
to blessing. John’s letters to the seven churches are examples of a
prophetic challenge to a church that has lost the plot. John explained
what was wrong and where this would lead. He also told each church what it
must do to return to blessing.
New covenant prophets watch over the church. They will not need to
prophecy judgment against a church very often, because in contrast to OT
Israel, the victory of the cross and the gift of the spirit means that
most churches will mostly walks in blessing. More often they will need to
encourage the church through the troubles that often arise when it obeys
Judgments under a covenant follow a standard pattern.
The church or nation has a made a covenant with God.
The terms of the covenant are clearly understood.
The people of the covenant know what is required of them.
The covenant spells out the consequence for disobedience.
When the covenant is broken, God send prophets to challenge the
disobedience and warn of the consequences.
The prophets call the people to repentance and explain what they
must do to return to blessings.
The prophets are required to pray for the people
If the people repent, the judgment will be averted.
Covenant judgments are redemptive, not destructive.
The scriptures record a different type of judgment that does fit within
a covenant that spells out the conditions and consequences of obedience.
The purpose of these judgments is not to strengthen a covenant, but to
prevent evil from expanding and spreading. God has committed to preventing
evil from taking hold on earth through a powerful nations and empires. He
will sometimes send judgment to destroy the source of the evil, before it
does too much harm. These judgments are not redemptive. Their purpose is
to destroy evil, before it gets out of control.
If an evil nation or evil empire gets too powerful, a protective
judgment against it to prevent evil from growing too strong. Protective
judgments prevent evil from dominating on earth.
Protective Judgments began during the time of Noah. When God created
the world he gave dominion over the earth to man (Gen 1:26). This bold act
transferred authority over the earth from God to man. This is confirmed in
The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
but the earth he has given to man.
God has control over the heavens, but he has given full control of the
earth to man. This means that God cannot act on earth without human
permission. When humans sinned and let evil take hold on earth and got
caught up in evil, God had the power to put things right, but he did not
have authority to act, because he had given authority over the earth to
humans. God could not just intervene to put things right, but had to wait
until he is invited by the people on earth.
By the time of the flood, life on earth had gone on for nearly 2000
years. That was a long time, almost as long as the time from the time of
Jesus until now. The population had grown and humans would have developed
in many amazing ways. Unfortunately, for most of this time very no one
knew God and served him. Things were so bad that hen Enoch began to walk
with God, he had to be from earth, before he was destroyed by evil men
(Gen 5:24). Everyone ignore or hated God, so he received no invitations to
act on earth. With no one praying, the Holy Spirit was entirely shut out
of the earth.
Under these conditions, evil advanced in a terrible way. All human
developments were twisted for evil purposes.
The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on
the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart
was only evil all the time (Gen 6:5).
The situation on earth was abysmal.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth
had corrupted their ways (Gen 6:11-12).
The Hebrew word translated “corrupt” is “shachath”. This word
is used through the record of Noah’s covenant. It means “destroy” or
“ruin”. God looked upon the earth and saw that it was being ruined by
the evil in human hearts. When Noah’s prayers gave him permission to
act, he was able to destroy (shachath) the people of the earth by water to
prevent the earth that he loved from being totally ruined (shachath).
Everything on earth will perish (Gen 6:17).
Prior to the cross, a protective judgment was the only way to destroy
rampant evil and prevent wicked men from destroying the earth.
God did not just destroy evil people. He also took the opportunity to
lock up some of the evil spirits that had gained freedom to work on earth.
When the people they worked through died God shut them away where they
could do no harm (1 Peter 3:19; 2 Pet 2:4-5).
God wanted to restrain evil on earth, but he had given authority
over the earth to man. To implement a strategy of protective judgments
against evil, he needed permission from people on earth. He raised up the
prophetic ministry to give him authority to send these judgments on earth.
When the situation turned sour and God needed to take action, his
prophetic would proclaim God’s condemnation of the evil. This prophetic
declaration would give God permission to send a protective judgment
against the evil that the prophet had pronounced judgment against. The
prophet’s declaration expresses God’s judgment/verdict on the evil.
God’s action against the evil represents his sentence against the evil.
Prophets and judgments go together. Without the prophets, God does not
have authority to bring preventive judgments against evil. Unless God
sends judgments against emerging evil, the prophets would be just crying
in the wind. Prophets and protective judgments were God strategy for
constraining evil in the world.
The first prophecy recorded in the Old Testament was spoken by Lamech
when he named his son Noah.
He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused
by the ground the LORD has cursed (Gen 5:29).
This was an important prophecy, because it opened the way for Noah to
enter into a prophetic ministry that would begin to roll back the effects
of sin and the curse. Noah was the first prophet. James called him a
herald of righteousness (2 Pet 2:5) His proclamation that God would send
judgment on the evil of the earth gave God authority on earth.
Abraham was the next major prophet to emerge on earth (Gen 20:7). He
heard God’s voice and moved to Canaan, where God was planning to
establish an oasis of peace in a hostile world. His prophetic voice gave
God authority to remove the serious evil that was emerging in Sodom and
The Rainbow Covenant was the first crack in the wall of the defence
that the powers of evil had placed round the world. They had shut God out
of his creation, and stuffed it up. Noah opened the door a chink, and let
God back in.
God used Noah to make put in place this important tool for dealing with
evil. The covenant that God made with Noah allows him to bring protective
judgments on earth, during times of serious evil, without getting
permission from a prophet. This allows God to act against evil in a season
when there are no prophets.
This rainbow covenant is different from other covenants, because it was
not exclusive, but applies to all people and animals on the earth.
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and
remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures
of every kind on the earth (Gen 9:16).
The rainbow reminds us of covenant with all people forever. The rainbow
covenant is unconditional. No conditions are specified for fulfilling the
covenant. No consequences were specified for failure to keep the covenant.
The covenant with Noah is and unconditional promise to all the people of
the earth through all time.
The common understanding is that God was promising not to destroy the
earth by another flood. This does not seem very likely anyway, so this
view makes the covenant seem irrelevant. We do not see a rainbow and
think, “Wow, I am glad that God is keeping his covenant”. Christians
assume we have a better covenant and do not need this old one, but we have
missed the significance of God’s promise. God was not promising there
would never be another flood. He was actually promising that he would not
need to send another flood, because he would never let conditions get so
bad on earth that it needed to be destroyed. God promised to prevent evil
from getting so strong that it has potential to destroy the entire earth.
God was able to make this promise, because the covenant with Noah
increased God’s authority on earth. God had given authority over the
earth to man, so he could not intervene on earth without getting
permission. The Rainbow Covenant God gave him permission to intervene on
earth when evil was getting out of hand. This covenant was a serious crack
in the wall of the defence that the powers of evil had placed round the
world. They had shut God out of his creation, and stuffed it up. Noah
opened the door a chink, and let God back in.
Noah was the father of all who would live on earth after him, so his
covenant binds everyone on earth. Speaking on behalf of his descendants,
Noah gave God permission to intervene when evil is rampant. The Covenant
of the Rainbow gave God long-term permission to act on earth, if things
got really bad. This was not much of a constraint on human authority on
earth, because it does not apply most of the time, but it give a God
authority to act on earth, if becomes strong and destructive. This
permission still applies several thousand years later.
The rainbow covenant was a huge step in the battle against evil. Until
the time of Noah, God was shut out of the world and could do nothing to
prevent evil from destroying the world. The rainbow covenant did not give
God a free hand on earth. Most of the time, it does not apply, because the
situation is not bad enough. However, it does give God permission to
intervene on earth when evil gets really bad. This is a great improvement
over the situation that existed before the Flood.
Establishing Israel did two things to constrain the growth of evil in
God gave Israel the law to constrain personal and social evil. God
intended that other nations to copy Israel and get a similar reduction in
personal and social evil by applying God’s law. Unfortunately, Israel
chose to copy the nations and have a king, so they never demonstrated the
benefits of God’s law to the nations. The law should have constrained
personal evil in Israel and throughout the world.
God planted Israel in the playground of empires in the middle of the
world to provide himself with a prophetic voice to announce protective
judgments against emerging evil in the surrounding empires and nations.
The strategic position of Israel in the Middle East meant that any
emerging empire would eventually pass through it on the way to do battle
with its enemies. The rampaging of the empires gave the prophets of Israel
authority to speak God’s judgments against them. When the empires took
people from Israel into captivity, they bought prophets into their midst
and strengthening the power of the prophetic voice. Joseph and Daniel are
prophets who ended up within the empires that God planned to destroy.
Protective judgments and the prophets constrained political evil.
These two solutions were not perfect, because only the cross and the
spirit can fully deal with evil. However, this two-pronged strategy for
dealing with personal and political, should have kept the world from
totally going to the dogs.
The Old Testament records a number of situations where God sent a
protective judgment to prevent the advance of evil in fulfilment of the
The disruption of the tower of Babel was the first protective
judgment recorded in the scriptures. When the people of the world got
together to expand their power, God sent confusion among the people,
because he could see that it would lead to terrible evil (Gen 11:5-6). The
prophetic voice is not identified.
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed when evil was rampant and
threatened to spill out across the Middle East (Gen 18:20-21). Abraham was
the prophet who released God’s power to act ((Gen 20:7). The
faithfulness and righteousness of Abraham gave God to his prayers. His
prayers protected Lots and his family, but they also gave God authority to
remove a serious evil from the earth authority to destroy Sodom and
The Kings of Canaan were destroyed by and invading army when their
evil began to get out of hand (Gen 15:16; 17:8). Moses was the prophet who
pronounced judgment against the sin that had taken control of Caanan.
God destroyed the armies of Pharaoh to set the children of Israel
free from their captivity in Egypt. Moses was the prophet who made this
protective judgment possible (Deut 34:10). He prophesied specifically by
holding out his staff and releasing the power of God against the army of
The Assyrian empire was destroyed by God when it Got out of hand.
This event was prophesied by Isaiah (Is 14:25).
God used Babylon to smash the power of Egypt. This event was
prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 19:1-4) and Jeremiah (Jer 46).
The Babylonian empire collapsed when it was invaded by Darius Mede.
Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel were the prophets who made this possible (Is
13:17-22; Jer 50-51). Daniel was on the spot giving precise warnings (Dan
In each of these situations, a powerful forceful for evil was emerging
in the world. If these had been left to grow, they could have produced
tremendous evil. God cut them down before they got big enough to ruin the
earth. God has been faithful to the promise of the rainbow. Evil has never
been able to take control of earth as it did before the flood, because God’s
judgements have kept evil in check.
Isaiah described some of the methods God uses for protective judgments.
Natural events. The river Nile was dried up to constrain Egypt.
The waters of the river will dry up, and the riverbed will be parched
and dry (Is 19:5).
Confusing leaders. God sometimes causes confusion or foolishness
among the leaders of the evil nation. This happened in Egypt.
I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—brother will fight against
brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against
kingdom (Is 19:2).
Invading nation. God often raises up another nation to destroy the
an evil one. Babylon was destroyed by the Medes and the Persians.
See, I will stir up against them the Medes… Their bows will strike
down the young men; Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms will be overthrown by
God (Is 13:17-19).
An invading nation was the most common form of protective judgment.
One role of the Old Testament prophets was to speak to evil nations and
warn them of the approaching protective judgments. Their declarations and
intercession gives God authority to deal with political evil when the
rainbow covenant does not apply. God’s
purposes are clearer, if a prophet warns in advance. When the prophets
speak clearly, the people of the world see that God is fulfilling the
rainbow covenant that he made through Noah.
When announcing protective judgments to the nations, the prophets did
not refer to the covenant with Moses, because these nations were not
covered by it. The nations had never agreed to the covenant of blessings
and curses and blessings made with Moses, so it was not relevant to their
The protective judgments announced by the prophets were not redemptive,
so they never gave a call to repentance and conditions for restoration.
The situation was so evil that repentance was no longer possible.
Protective judgment only occurs when a people or nation has gone so far
into evil that it is beyond hope and in danger of becoming a destructive
force on earth. The prophets reminded these nations that they had become
so evil that God has no option but to bring them down. They had become a
threat to God’s promise that evil will never dominate the world again.
Nineveh was an exception. Jonah was sent to announce a destructive
judgment on a city that had gone too far into evil. Nineveh was so evil
that God had to destroy it to prevent evil spreading, so Jonah believed
there was not hope for it. This is why he did not give a call for
repentance. However, a surprising thing happened. The King of Nineveh did
repent and commanded the people to do the same. This caused God to defer
the destruction of the city (Jon 3:4-10). Unfortunately, the repentance
did not last long and the people returned to evil path that they had been
pursuing. God eventually had to destroy Nineveh to prevent evil spreading
Speaking to nations to warn of protective judgment was a minor part of
the OT prophet’s role. Most of their prophecies were spoken to Israel as
guardians of the covenant. Modern prophets should have a similar balance.
Announcing protective judgments against the surrounding nations was
Another two thousand years passed between the flood and the birth of
Jesus. During that time God fulfilled his rainbow covenant by constraining
evil on earth. Some seriously evil nations emerged, but God brought them
down, before was rampant in the way that it was before the flood. When
Jesus was born on earth, evil nations and empires were still at work, but
they had not been able to destroy the earth. The prophets and protective
judgments had limited the harm done by evil men.
The rainbow covenant was eternal (Gen 9:12), so God continues to
determine the rising and falling of the nations during the New Testament
He made all the nations…; and he marked out their appointed times in
history and the boundaries of their lands (Acts 17:26).
When nations go sour and begin to magnify evil, God causes them to
collapse and die. Sometimes they just collapse in on themselves, but often
they destroyed by the armies of other nations.
The big difference in New Testament times is that protective judgment
has become Plan B. God’s Plan A for dealing with evil nations and
empires is the gospel and the Spirit. If Christians take the gospel to the
evil nation, the hearts of the people can be changed. If these Christians
are willing to suffer in the face of persecution, they can change the
direction of the evil nation. If enough people come to faith in Jesus, the
leaders of the nation will have to change too. If the church heeds his
call, the Holy Spirit can use the gospel to transform an evil nation.
During the gospel age, God only sends protective judgments when the
gospel fails. This should be very rare. If the church is doing its job,
most evil nations will be transformed by the gospel. Situations where evil
gets so entrenched that it begins to threat to the world should not really
occur. Unfortunately, the church sometimes gets sluggish and does not
fulfil its role, which allows evil nations to expand and grow.
Rome is an example. For two or three hundred years, the church was very
effective and nearly transformed the Rome empire. However, after the
conversion of Constantine, the church was seduced by political power,
which compromised its witness. This left God with no option, but to send
protective judgment to destroy the power of Rome. After being invaded by
marauding armies, the Roman empire collapsed and disappeared.
During the New Testament age, God is still committed to the rainbow
covenant, so he continues to use protective judgements when this is
necessary. However, he prefers to work thought gospel and the Spirit to
transform evil nations. This is more effective way of dealing with evil,
because it gets to the root cause of the problem.
Statements that God has stopped using judgments during the age of grace
God’s role is clearer, if prophets warn the collapsing nation why it
is falling apart. When God is about to send a protective judgment, he
needs New Testament prophets to speak to the nations effective. John
demonstrated the role of prophet to the nations with his prophesy of the
fall of Babylon the Great (Rev 18).
Several changes have occurred in the modern world.
During the last few centuries, the church has been effective in
taking the gospel to the poorer nations of the world, be it has been less
effective in taking the gospel to nations where evil has taken hold. God’s
Plan A has not been very effective. When Hitler rose to power in Germany,
the church was compromised and ineffective. One reason Stalin was able to
get control of Russia was that they Russian church had compromised with
the Russian emperors.
Christians have lost faith in the rainbow covenant and the
protective judgments of God. Christian nations have usurped the role of
enforcing protective judgments on evil nations.
The British Empire was the first attempt to use Christian military
power to constrain evil in the world. British efforts to play God
eventually failed and their empire collapsed.
During the last century, the United States has taken over from
Britain as the decider of the rising and falling nations. Instead of
allowing God to deal with evil in his way, the United States has usurped
this role and how attempts to bring down nations they do not like. Because
America does not understand God’s plans, it usually makes these
The United States took responsibility for bringing down Hitler,
without realising that God had raised up Hitler to destroy the power of
Stalin’s Russia. America provided Stalin with military and economic
support against Hitler, allowing him to establish a huge evil empire in
Eastern Europe. Fortunately for the world, God destroyed the Russian
empire in his own way, without needing to use American military power.
The United States has now decided that Iran is evil and must be
destroyed. These efforts will fail, because the United States does not
understand that God is raising Iran up to bring down the Western Beast
when that becomes necessary.
When the United State decided that Saddam Hussein had become too
evil and tried to destroy him, their efforts produced large numbers of
casualties and very little peace. If a Christian prophet had pronounced
judgement against Saddam Hussein, releasing the power of God to remove him
from office, this would probably have been far less painful for the Iraqi
people than a ten-year war.
A mature prophet proclaiming a protective judgment would have
brought the downfall of Gadhafi of Libya quicker and more effectively than
Prophetic proclamation of protective judgments is the best way to
remove a bad government and evil nations. A militaristic Christian nation
dominating the world with the weapons of war is not God’s solution.
As we move into the Time of
Distress, when the church is weak and
the gospel constrained, God will need to use Plan B more frequently. He
will need to destroy several nations, to keep evil under control on earth.
To accomplish his goals during this season, God will need Christian
prophets to work with him and release his power. Many of the protective
judgements that occur during this season have already been recorded in the
scriptures by the Old Testament. However, their prophecies will need to be
given life in their time of fulfilment by Christian prophets moving in the
fullness of the Spirit.
Some Christians believe that that world is about to go into a “great
tribulation”. Their teachers claim that evil is going to control the
world for seven years while the Holy Spirit is removed. This teaching is
wrong, because if God allowed evil go gain total control the earth, he
would be breaking his rainbow covenant. Modern teaching about a great
tribulation is wrong, because God has promised that he will never let evil
take over the world again.
We are getting close to the end of the Time of the Gentiles and the
Fullness of the Jews. The prophetic ministry have a central role in this
transition. They will proclaim protective judgments against the nations
that are attacking Israel, in fulfilment of Jesus promise recorded in Matt
Blessed is he who comes in the name of Jesus.
God seems to be restoring prophets to the church. If he can mature this
gifting in the church, he might be able to raise up prophets with
sufficient maturity to act as prophets to the nations. This would allow
him to use protective judgements more effectively. Mature prophets would
be able to release God to bring downs kings and rulers who had lost the
plot, but we do not seem to be quite there yet. We really need genuine
Daniels and Jeremiahs, who understand God’s purposes.
A picture of the prophets who emerge in this time is given in
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He
said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in
your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from
the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth,
but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, “You
must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
We should be praying that God will raise up powerful prophets to speak
to the nations during this season.
Prophesying protective judgments against the nations will only be a
minor aspect of the prophetic role. Most of their activity will be in the
church, overseeing the covenant people. If the prophets can stir up the
church to take the gospel to evil nations, God’s Plan B will not be
needed. This means that most New Testament prophets will function within
the church. A few of these will speak to their own nation. Only a few of
the more mature prophets will be called to the role of prophet to the
nations. They will call protective judgments against evil nations, when
the church has failed to apply God's Plan A.