So­lar Eclipse Across Coun­try Re­sem­bles Pur­ple Sash Of Roy­alty

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - CHURCH - Ron Wood Colum­nist RON WOOD IS A WRITER AND MIN­IS­TER. CON­TACT HIM AT WOOD.STONE.RON@GMAIL.COM OR VISIT WWW. TOUCHEDBYGRACE.ORG. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

The United States just ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing that was a once-in-a-life­time event — a to­tal eclipse of the sun. Here in NWA, we had 90 per­cent eclipse giv­ing us a “cres­cent sun.” The shadow of the moon crossed the con­ti­nent from NW to SE, from coast to coast. As I looked at its path, it re­sem­bled a sash such as is worn across a king’s uni­form, from shoul­der to hip, cross­ing the body at an an­gle. A pur­ple sash is a sign of roy­alty. Is there any­thing royal about Amer­ica? Yes — the pray­ing mem­bers of His church, in­ter­ces­sors, who are kings and priests unto God.

What does the eclipse sig­nify? Does it have any por­tent other than an as­tro­nom­i­cal event? The Scrip­tures speak of signs in the heav­ens; things that are no­table as prophetic clues. Last year we had sets of full moons (blood moons) on the ma­jor Jewish hol­i­days dur­ing the 50th year of Sab­baths, a time of Ju­bilee. Ce­les­tial events can sig­nal changes in di­vine sea­sons. In the Bi­ble, the Lord uses the moon to mark his cal­en­dar for Is­rael. The Lord put a rain­bow in the sky, a sign of covenant mercy, af­ter the world was judged by Noah’s flood. I be­lieve the Lord has put a mark of mercy across the United States.

Zechariah 3:9 says, “I will re­move the in­iq­uity of that land in one day.” Can God do that for us? Yes! The land it­self plus gen­er­a­tions of Amer­i­cans have suf­fered a curse from our corporate in­iq­uity — our na­tional sins. Our full mea­sure of fa­vor, mercy, and bless­ings have been held back be­cause of in­iq­uity.

What in­iq­uity pol­lutes our land? I be­lieve it’s the in­iq­uity that came from racism, bro­ken vows and mur­der. Our en­slave­ment of Africans, our mis­treat­ment of In­di­ans, and the Roe v. Wade de­ci­sion were his­toric sins com­mit­ted by our govern­ment. Our govern­ment rep­re­sented us with in­jus­tice. Decades of na­tional dis­grace have brought shame and re­proach upon our land. We’ve suf­fered loss of fa­thers in the fam­ily, eco­nomic down­turns, and civil un­rest. We need an awak­en­ing to turn our na­tion around. How can this change oc­cur? Be­cause of this: 1) The God of Mercy is faith­ful to his word, his covenants and prom­ises. 2) God’s peo­ple have been re­pent­ing and pray­ing earnestly.

For most of my adult life, var­i­ous move­ments of in­ter­ces­sory prayer have oc­curred among Chris­tians. I’ve seen God clean house po­lit­i­cally when His peo­ple prayed. The most re­cent na­tional ef­fort is “An Ap­peal to Heaven” which fea­tures a white flag with an ever­green tree, an em­blem used by Gen­eral Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton. If we humbly pray, God will hear us and will heal our land.

A hall­mark of this prayer move­ment is the in­vig­o­ra­tion caused by the in­clu­sion of prophets (seers, peo­ple with spir­i­tual in­sight) hav­ing

“I will re­move the in­iq­uity of that land in one day.”

rev­e­la­tion about how to pray, plus the en­er­giz­ing ef­fect of apos­tles (spir­i­tual fa­thers, sent ones) who carry au­thor­ity from heaven’s throne to issue God’s de­crees. The re­sult is the church is mov­ing from con­gre­ga­tion­al­ism into be­com­ing the Lord’s ec­cle­sia, able to leg­is­late heaven’s will on the earth in a way that holy an­gels can en­force. That’s when things will shift.

It’s time for us to con­fess our sins and cleanse our hearts so sal­va­tion can come.

Zechariah 3:9

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