Are you a Galilaean?
Luke 23: 6 -
When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
A large part of the Lord's ministry and life as man Jesus was spend in this area of Galilee. The town of Nazareth was also in this area of Galilee. Most of the disciples too were from Galilee.
This place is a very fertile area, so much so that the tribe of Asher which was given this area was termed to eat fat as bread, yield royal dainties and dip his feet in oil.
This area which measured approximately 50miles by 30 miles was very important because of its strategic position. It connected the coast to the main land. The word 'Galilee' means 'circuit'.
In spiritual life we too need to be a Galilaean connecting the people (symbolized as sea in scriptures) to the Promise Land. It is because of this even the final battle between the army of Christ with the armies of Anti-Christ are fought about this location (the city of Megiddo or Armageddon is strategic to control this valley) (Armageddon means mountain of crowds).
The term Gentiles (Galilee of the nations) was coined in this location and was used for Jews (northern Galilee) who mixed with the heathens who dwelled in this place and merged their belief into Judaism. Similarly the term unbeliever is not used for a person not knowing God but to a person knowing Him and yet refusing to acknowledge Him. The greatest enemies to the Kingdom of God are those who sit on the fence, who try to bridge the Kingdom of God to the worldly kingdom of flesh and carnal desires.
It was due to the disillusioned Zealots and Patriots of this region who longed for the Messiah but hated foreigners and even fought among themselves, they did things which bought the Romans to utterly destroy Jerusalem in 70AD.
Galilee even today is very critical for all believers. I am not speaking of the place in Israel but the spiritual Galilee which connects people to the Promise Land. We need to be in control of this valley and we need to be one in purpose of Christ and one among ourselves. We need to not let the people with the spirit of anti-Christ to take charge of Armageddon for we need to protect the harvest of the Lord.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, everything You did gave us the depth of understanding beyond what human eyes can see and human mind can understand. Help your people realize You are beyond a location or a group of people but You came to save the world. You desire to save all mankind but salvation is a personal choice. Strengthen your armies and help us to take full control of the spiritual Galilee and Armageddon...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, And he shall yield royal dainties.
24 And of Asher he said, Blessed be Asher with children; Let him be acceptable unto his brethren, And let him dip his foot in oil.
25 Thy bars shall be iron and brass; And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
1 But there shall be no gloom to her that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the latter time hath he made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
12 Now when he heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee;
13 and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali:
14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
15 The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, Toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,
16 the people that sat in darkness saw a great light, and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death, to them did light spring up.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
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