Counted Faithful: Rebuilding the “Wall” and the “Gates” of the City of God

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Counted Faithful: Rebuilding the “Wall” and the “Gates” of the City of God

The Jewish remnant left Babylon and returned to Jerusalem. They carried the vessels of the Lord and restored the altar. With rejoicing they laid the foundation, and rebuilt the house of the Lord. Some revivals in church history, such as the Reformation and the Great Awakening, echoed the events described in the book of Ezra and also the prophets Haggai and Zechariah.

The book of Nehemiah takes place during a different generation. Many years have passed but things are no longer well in Jerusalem. The “wall” is broken down, and the “gates” are burned with fire. God’s people are at the mercy of their enemies. No one can tell who is in and who is out. Affliction, reproach, and disorder prevail. Sound familiar? Nehemiah means, “the Lord comforts.” We know that the Comforter is the Holy Spirit.

The book of Nehemiah is both historically accurate and a prophetic parable. Not only the end times, but also of the coming kingdom age of righteousness and justice. In this living parable, Nehemiah represents the earnest – or down payment – of the Holy Spirit that was poured out at Pentecost and the transition into the fullness of the Spirit promised for the end time.


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