Revolution means “sudden momentous change.” It can also mean “the overthrow of one government for another.”
Mike Bickle (Director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City) was in Cairo, Egypt, in 1982, when he heard an internal audible voice say: “I (God) will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in the earth in one generation.”
Mike said that he knew instinctively that this change had to do with the way unbelievers perceived the Church. Today, more than ever, unbelievers perceive the Church as hateful, intolerant, hypocritical, and irrelevant. I believe that in order for that to change, there has to be a new government of love established in both the Church and in the Nation.
In the Bible, King David was a type of the new government of love.
“A new government of love will be established in the venerable David tradition.” (Isaiah 16:5 Message)
There is a big contrast between the government of King Saul and the government of King David.
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. (2 Samuel 3:1)
David made mistakes but he modeled true humility. Saul, on the other hand, was arrogant and prideful. For example, when the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin, he quickly repented and asked for forgiveness. When Saul was confronted with his sin, he lied and covered it up. King David was kind and King Saul was cruel and often threw spears at David. David was “a man after God’s heart” and was obedient while Saul, on the other hand, cared more about what the people thought and was disobedient.
Henry Nouwen wrote: “Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships and have opted for power and control instead. Many Christian empire-builders have been people unable to give and receive love.”
Many in the Church follow leaders and elect those to political office who are like King Saul. I agree with this quote by Dr. Gabor Mate: “The flaws of our leaders perfectly mirror the emotional underdevelopment of the society that elevates them to power.”
In the following passage, Shebna, who was the second in command, was fired for misusing his authority and for building a monument to himself. Eliakim, who was a servant and a father, was promoted and given the key of David.
“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” (Isaiah 22:22)
Eliakim’s name means “God will rise up.” God said He would change the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation.
We have entered a new season where I believe that those who have been serving out of selfish ambition, and who have been building monuments to themselves, will be removed from their positions and will not have governmental authority. The new government that God is raising up will be humble and will model mature love.
In a world of hate, love is the revolution!