Procession of Priests

Nehemiah 12:1 Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah, 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, 7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua. 8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren. 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over against them in the watches. 10 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, 11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua. 12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; 13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan; 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph; 15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; 16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam; 17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai; :18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan; 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi; 20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber; 21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.

The names of priests are mentioned. There is a procession of priests that followed Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews, numbering over 42,000, who returned from the Babylonian Captivity in the first year of Cyrus, King of Persia. There can be no restoration if the priests are not restored. I pray for revival and may it start in His Church.

When we pray for Revival, the concern is about God’s people, His chosen ones who have abandoned the narrow way …who have replaced the word with lies, who seek and rejoice in material things and not God. God’s people who have been lured away by wolves in sheep’s clothing …who have long been seduced by entertainment and motivational talks and have long abandoned the truths of scriptures. Today is a good day to pray for Revival. Pray for your pastor, your leader, your overseer, your bishop …they must be revived, woken up or millions will waste in perdition … in a wicked captivity. I pray that this year there will be an awesome revival of Godliness, truth … souls coming back …leaders confessing witchcraft and a return to God that has never been imagined – starting with the shepherds that have long gone astray.

May this restoration and revival begin with you. When the priests come up to God again …when the church rediscovers its mandate of being the salt and light. Then the walls have been built and God’s people will return in their millions to their inheritance … rediscovering a beautiful destiny. The people will be prepared for Christ’s return, and the ultimate procession …the rapture of the saints. Zerubbabel represents Jesus Christ …His saints are His priests who come up with Him to an eternal glory. May you not be absent from this procession for anything the earth has to offer.

Verses for further meditation
Isaiah 43:6 ; Genesis 49:18

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Without true Revival in God’s Church, little can change for the better in the market place.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, send revival … send revival to your people. Amen

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Divine Flame

Oba 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.

The imagery of a Fire is used in describing the refining role of God. Gold cannot be pure until fire has removed the impurities. Fire keeps off flies and demons. The proud and all that do wickedly sometimes need to be shown that the God we serve created the sun and all the stars …and they are as stubble only awaiting destruction.

The Church is like a fire … its ministers are flames that will not be put out. There are fire extinguishers –wrong relationships, strange marriages and compromising with worldliness. There are smoldering fires about to go out ….tired and weakened by long periods without prayer and sin … but Christ fans the smoldering flames back.

Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

God is a consuming fire. Esau is likened to stubble. The fire of God is a holy fire … the Holy Spirit is pictured as tongues of fire on the apostles at Pentecost. The fire is maintained by God and will not go out if we remain in Him. There are younger flames that must be protected and there are blazing flames moving fast into enemy territory. What kind of flame are you? Are you growing or is the fire smoking out? Go to God for a fresh touch and for fresh fire. Know that there are extinguishers to be kept at a safe distance. Every extinguisher of divine fire planted to kill the flame of God will be uprooted and burnt away – never to be planted again in your destiny. Keep glowing. Keep burning. Do not let your fire go out.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Prayer: Lord of Hosts, may your Holy Fire burn freely through me. Let demons flee our lives because of the fire of God in us. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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