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Why do the nations rage?

Posted by appolus on July 6, 2015

nations rageWho by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together.(Act 4:25-27)

In the days just after Jesus died and rose again we see Peter praying prophetically. He quotes Psalm 2 as undoubtedly led by the Spirit and speaks of how the whole world will rage against God and His Christ. Brothers and sisters, we are entering into those days of this prophesy finally being fulfilled. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to speak the truth and the Word of God without being ridiculed or threatened. In verse 29 Peter prays on and says “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.”

It is interesting that Peter describes in his prayer, every aspect of society. There is Herod the King, and then there is Pontius Pilate who represents the power of the world. We have the gentiles who are simply the unbelievers in general and then finally the people of Israel who represents all the religious aspects of society. They all come against the Apostles. The nations do indeed rage and the people certainly plot against the Lord and His anointed. These are the days in which we live, these are the beginning of sorrows, the birth pangs if you like.

So, what was the point of Peter’s prayer? What was Peter praying for with such power that the Holy Spirit fell upon them? “And grant unto thy servants, that will all boldness they may speak thy word.” You see the prayer brothers and sisters? You see what Peter truly wanted in times of extreme persecution? He wanted courage and strength and boldness to be unashamed of the Lord and His word and speak the truth in love. He did not pray for deliverance from the world that was out to get them or from the threats of torture and violence they faced daily, He prayed for boldness to stand in that day. And what was the results of such a God pleasing prayer?

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.(Act 4:31)

Can I put it to you brothers and sisters that in a day and age where there is tremendous pressure on Christians to simply keep quiet, that what we need more than anything else is boldness and the power that comes along with such boldness. And what are we called to be bold about? The name of Jesus and the Word of God and the truth that is found therein. Will you be quiet? In this same chapter the Apostles are warned by some of the highest authorities in the land who stood in lockstep with the Romans on this, that they were not to mention the name of Jesus. And of course their answer was that who were they going to obey, men or God? Who will you obey brothers and sisters? When the whole world comes against you, when every aspect of society tells you to shut up, keep quiet, don’t mention that name, don’t talk about truth what are you going do?

And so we see a strange circular logic. We need power to be bold in order to move in power. We need to be ” filled with the Holy Spirit,” which will allow us to speak ” the word of God with boldness.” And when we share the word of God with such boldness and unashamedness before a wicked and adulterous generation then this releases the power of God and signs and wonders follow. For when we are unashamed of Jesus before men then He is not ashamed of us before our Father in heaven. Power gives boldness and boldness releases power. We see this in Act 2 when Peter, after being filled with the Spirit, speaks incredibly boldly to the crowd. In this boldness a power is released and the men are ” stabbed in the heart.” Thousands are saved. We see the same principle in operation in Acts 7. Stephen, already a man well-known for being full of the Holy Spirit, speaks with incredible boldness and men are again ” stabbed in the heart.” This time of course the power released leads to Stephen being killed. No one is apathetic to the power of God. When this power is exercised the Kingdoms of this world are shaken. Principalities and powers know well the effect that this kind of power has on their kingdoms of the earth.

I want you, when you have the time, to read the first several chapters of Acts. You will see the kind of preaching that the Apostles were engaged in. In almost every chapter they are are reminding the people that  it was them that crucified the Christ. They held nothing back. It was not the angry railings of some street preachers ( not all street preachers) It was the dynamic truth spoken with such clarity and power and boldness and it stabbed men in the heart. They had to respond. Can I ask you if you have ever had a single such conversation where by the power of God flowing through you, you spoke the truth in love and dynamos to such an extent and with such boldness that men either praised God or hated you?

Do you know that guys like Wesley and Whitfield and others who were used mightily in the past in great awakenings and revivals were often physically assaulted and utterly rejected? You see, they carried the power of God. They were unashamed of the truth. Do you know that for a huge percentage of the last 2000 years, millions of saints have paid a tremendous cost in sufferings and death because of such boldness and power? Saints, can I put it to you that today, in the West we are starving to death because of a lack of power and boldness and power. Today we need it more than ever. Will you cry out today that God would give you, in the face of threatenings and severe societal pressure, the boldness to share His word in love with a dying world. I believe that God will honor that prayer. And then, you will be challenged on it 🙂 God bless you saints and let us stand strong.

8 Responses to “Why do the nations rage?”

  1. Joanie Qualls said

    Frank , I thank you for this article!!!!!! I will be coming to this info and reading more. I looked up “stabbed in the heart” in my concordance and could not find it. Also I looked in the pages of my Bible where Stephen talked, and still did not find it .
    I either overlooked it or is it another translation. Would appreciate your info.

    Thanks very much, Frank.

    • appolus said

      Hi Joanie , it’s from Acts 2:27. A lot of translations use the word pricked. Yet the Greek word is katanusso which means to pierce thouroughly or to violently agitate. When Jesus was stabbed with the spear, the word that was used was nusso, a word that is actually less violent than katanusso. So you can see just what violence the heart suffers when it encounters the truth, it is violently agitated and must have a solution……………bro Frank

  2. Barbara said

    My goodness. First, I had already decided this week to start reading the book of Acts..then, I have been sensing a new boldness rising in me, and in my writings. I told a friend the other day while in a local store, “The Lord is making me bold!” Not knowing that when I got to the register that godly boldness I mentioned would rise up in me. (It was a good encounter). Today I asked a friend to pray for me because I am getting bold in my writings. I don’t want to come across as haughty, but boldly “speak the truth in love”. She told me she senses it is a godly boldness, not arrogance. Then I read this excellent article on being bold! God is definitely speaking to me, personally.

    • appolus said

      Hi Barbara, I am thrilled that this was a confirmation for you. It is always very encouraging and affirming when God speaks to His people at the same time on the same subject. Timing has always been a huge part of the supernatural work of God…………..bro Frank

  3. Great article! Thought you might enjoy this:https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/july-4th-declaration-heartland-apostolic-network/

  4. appolus said

    Amen sister…………..bro Frank

  5. KMH said

    Hi Brother Frank,
    Who were the apostles talking to? Jews? God’s people? This is where I believe revival will begin. Judgement begins in the house of the Lord!
    I spoke up to my pastor at church about the bad money flow and was dissed. I spoke appropriately and I had the authority to do it since I had been on the Finance Committee, Board, Elder search, Deacon, etc. etc. 3 years later everyone is seeing the bad money flow and this past week my little 19 year old daughter spoke up at the congregation meeting – praise! She returned from one year away at college and returned BOLD!!! Pricked to the heart all are now!!! (pastor has recused himself from the books now).
    When God’s people clean up OURSELVES then we can be bold. When we hold ourselves accountable to God’s word and apply it to US then the Holy Spirit will surely come and flow through us!!! Thank you for your insights! I love your blog!

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