A quick sweep of the headlines indicates that crisis is not unique to America – things are happening in every corner of the world. Political instability hasrippled across North Africa and the Middle East, toppling regimes and in the process pushing up the price of oil – an increase each of us feels at the gas pump. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan, along with the nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima reactor, has had drastic impact on global auto production, which is down 1/3 since March 11. Floods in Australia wipedout grain production, and food prices are up 30% over the past year.Crisis is happening everywhere and it is affecting people in every corner of the earth. In fact I received an interesting response to the first article in thisseries from my friend Joseph Njoroge, who leads Life Reformation Church(LRC) in Nairobi. Joseph writes:
I am reading this article and it is as if Scott is accurately describing thecurrent situation in Kenya. We have been experiencing fuel shortages that saw some long queues in some stations as many of the stations had nothing to sell. The inflation rate iscurrently 12% and isestimated to go up to 18%according to the economicreview released today. Pressure is mounting on the government to intervene onthe rapidly increasing cost of living but our economyheavily depends onimportation of most of the goods. In Uganda, we havewitnessed over the last onemonth on the high cost of living. It is a matter of time before we get a burst that may express itself in the fall of governments and collapse of economiesin this region.”
Quite amazing when a prophetic brief specifically prepared and targeted for one nation can apply in such detail to another, very different nation.America is the largest economy in the world while Kenya, which is animportant hub in East Africa, ranks 82nd; yet they are facing similar conditions. There are core systems which make up human life – economic, political and social realms – and God is dealing with them all across thenations. We are living in a time when Babylon is devolving and fallingapart.In addition to the marked similarities between our forecast for the U.S. andconditions in Kenya, we can see the global nature of crisis by looking at recent events. Earthquakes have struck both poor nations – Haiti, and richones – Japan. The crises themselves have been diverse – there have beennatural disasters, man-made catastrophes, travel and supply disruptions andevents which affect all sectors of society, including energy, technology, theeconomy and transportation.Therefore, since we know that crisis is global, why are we focusing onAmerica in this series of prophetic briefs? There are three compellingreasons, the first one is below and the next two will be in successive briefs.
1. I HAVE A PROPHETIC BURDEN AND CALLING TO THE U.S.
I have traveled to many nations (though I’ve never kept a count) and I have been used by the Lord to impact people on the various continents. Yet I have known since my very early days of walking with the Lord that I wascalled to speak not only to the nations but also to America specifically. Itwas an awareness that God put in my spirit in the beginning and I like describing it as a burden because that is a Biblical concept as it relates to the prophetic. Maśśā is a masculine noun meaning a burden or load; by extension, a burden in the form of a prophetic utterance or oracle. It is derived from the verb nāśā, meaning to lift, to bear, to carry. Ancient prophets used the word
The word of the Lord carried weight inside of the prophets – it had density - and the weight would not dissipate until“proclaimed”. Jeremiah said that if he failed to discharge, it was like having fire shut up in his bones – it was a burden!
“burden” to identify how they mapped out the authentic word of theLord from the midst of other concerns, motivations and perceptions. This could be called the Evaporative Process since the true burden of the Lorddoes not lift or evaporate. The word of the Lord carried weight inside of the prophets – it had density - and the weight would not dissipate until“proclaimed”. Jeremiah said that if he failed to discharge, it was likehaving fire shut up in his bones – it was a burden!
Some Prophetic Words
My burden and sense of calling to America has intensified over time as Ihave grown and matured. In addition, it has been spoken to me throughvarious prophetic words. More than twenty years ago one prophet said to me “I see you involved in the governmental affairs of the nation, in politicsand government, it doesn’t mean you won’t be in ministry, you will be a prophet, but I also see a national involvement…Congressmen will call you for advice.” Another prophetic word declared God was going to “give youa governmental authority like never before, and you’re going to be speaking to many in government in other nations, but also in this nation, I’ve placed a mantle of government and politics on you and you’re going to see things through new eyes… I’ve placed this mantle on you and released you as a sent one to speak my word, deliverance is the children’s bread and will be in your mouth and when you speak it will be with authority…Get Ready!”(A quick word about the phraseology used in these prophecies. Speaking to political leaders may be fulfilled literally, and in fact I have spoken hereand there to various governmental and business leaders. I don’t think it is correct to count how many politicians one has spoken to like an old west gunfighter who notched his gun with each shootout – man is much moreimpressed with human authority than God is. But what is really being indicated is that the core systems of thenation will be spoken to: leadership, economics, political, etc. The reason these systems exist is for the sake of the people – so when I hear this prophetic word my heart recognizes that God wants to influence and redeem the people in the nation. That is underscored by the words “deliverance is the children’s bread”; can you hear God’sheart for the people in that statement?)
A much more potent phrase in the prophecy is “I’ve placed this mantle on you” – repeated twice – since itindicates that the burden must come from the Lord. Being called to speak to people/nations does not find its originwithin our human strength, personal desires or deep convictions – everything must originate in God. We areaccepting the will of another, not embracing our own will; acceptance of the calling involves a radicaltransformation process. In one of the words I was told "Get Ready!” a concept that is always clearly implied butin this case spoken overtly.God told Jeremiah the same thing:
"Get yourself ready!”
(Jer 1:17). The implication is that there is a level of personal responsibility and commitment to a personal process of growth and development. Jeremiah started out asone who was immature, afraid and unable to speak, but God reproved him and told him he had to move awayfrom his childish stature – do not say I am only a child! That process totally transformed Jeremiah and it was a process of development that God assessed and validated when He said
“This day I have made you a fortified city,an iron pillar and a bronze wall”
(Jer 1:18). New architecture was built within this prophet, he became internallymore robust and spiritually complex, able to carry load in the spirit realm.
Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terriﬁed by them or I will terrify you before them.This day I have made you a fortiﬁed city, a bronze wall and aniron pillar.
I can say from experience that “Get Ready” has involved a multi-faceted process in my life, including:a) Undergoing a continual process of personal migration, growth and development that produces the correctlevel of maturity required to discharge the burden. I don’t mean here simply maturing in a prophetic gift. What isrequired is an entire life of maturity and development. There must be correct identity, strong and committed
family covenants, healthy relationships built on trust, dealing with personal deficiencies like the fear of man, pride, etc. All of these things imply that we have to become more Christ like and have dealt with mistrust and betrayal and moved away from isolation and towards community. b)Ensuring relational strength through correct placement in the body of Christ
so the declaration is not asingular ministry activity, but a proclamation that comes forth from a context of strong and sustained building.The prophetic utterance was never intended to be a “stand alone” ministry event – it must be the point of a spear that has behind it spiritual mass and the weight of correct building that validates the spoken words. A propheticorder that is primarily focused on speaking and blessing but without a strong and authentic apostolic buildingdimension is what Jude described as
clouds without rain (Jude 11) and Peter said were like wells without water…they mouth vain, boastful words (2 Pet 2:17).c) Moving away from nationalistic paradigms that would taint the word or put on it a wrong angle of sight.
You cannot prophesy to a nation from a political or parochial platform – that would make you an employee of the StateDepartment, not a prophet of God. Objectivity is seeing things as they actually are, the wayGod sees them, and to gain that impartiality we have to move towards God and away from the subjective definitions learned in our culture and nation. Far too many cannot hear what God intends for America today because they begin in thewrong place – they impose their subjective definitions that God wants to restore the nation or do only good things.Jeremiah said that Judah faced severe economic judgment: I will take away their harvest, declares the LORD.There will be no grapes on the vine. There will be no figs on the tree, and their leaves will wither. What I have given them will be taken from them (Jeremiah 8:13). But other voices were more loyal to their nation’s interestsand unable to discern the severity of the situation; they dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace (Jeremiah 8:11). Time and events proved Jeremiah trueand the others false.d) Waiting for the right timing and release from the Lord to proclaim what has been known for some time.
Knowledge of something is not permission to declare it; the two things are separate transactions before the Lord.The Lord revealed some things I’m writing here years ago, but it is only now that I have permission from Him to declare it. The issue here is not just my readiness, but also the culmination of events that have brought people’sminds to a place of greater willingness to hear, as well as the maturity of the building strategies we are engaged inwhich “back up” the utterance. There also has to be clarity and wisdom about how to discharge the burden – the principle that Solomon used in collecting and writing the Proverbs is true for us today:
“The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true” (Eccl 12:10).e) Letting the burden gain density and mass through prayer and enlargement of internal capacity, etc.
We must have internal weight, gravitas and spiritual mass – the idea of a burdenmeans we have to be spiritually robust so we can carry load. Internal enlargement usually comes from things like suffering unjustly, enduring wilderness experiences, being faithful over a long period of time
I like the description of Jeremiah as a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall because it describes the building of his inner man and the enlargement of his capacity. We must have internal weight, gravitas and spiritual mass – the idea of a burdenmeans we have to be spiritually robust so we can carry load. Internal enlargement usually comes from things like suffering unjustly, enduring wilderness experiences, being faithful over a long period of time, etc.All of these things describe the process that has led to the strong sense of calling and burden I have in my heart for the U.S. Although crisis anddestabilization will occur in every corner of the earth, we are looking at the U.S. because I must be true to that call – I can’t deny it because it has dominated my life and mastered me. My only choice is to obey because I want to make the Boss happy! I invite you to journey with me through this series of prophetic briefs as we track God’s purpose in the nations, and together bear the weight of God’s purpose for the inhabitants of the land.