The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Work of Restoration, #3

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. (Ezra 1:1,2)

We understand that the restoration of the Temple of Solomon and the rebuilding of the wall of the city of Jerusalem constitute a prophecy of what is to take place in the Body of Christ, which is the new Jerusalem, the Wife of the Lamb.

The Book of Ezra portrays the restoration of the Temple of God. The Book of Nehemiah describes the rebuilding of the wall of defense of the city of Jerusalem. The Book of Esther typifies the purification of the Bride of the Lamb as she is prepared by the King's servants for her marriage to the greatest of all kings, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A study of church history shows that the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God declined from the days of the Apostles of Christ until by the time of the Protestant Reformers there existed, for the most part, an empty form of what at one time had been the light and Glory of God in the earth—the Christian Church.

But (as happened also in the days of Cyrus—Ezra 1:1,2) the Lord God of Heaven began to move Christian leaders in the direction of restoring what had been destroyed by Satan.

The object lesson was created as the Jewish leaders were helped by the kings of Persia to rebuild the Temple of God and the wall of the city of Jerusalem. The Kingdom of God has experienced the fulfillment of this prophetic object lesson as God has stirred up men of God and has empowered and guided the long process of the restoration of His Glory in the earth.

The program of the restoration of the Glory of God in the earth has continued to this day. We are living in an hour when the spiritual pace is accelerating. No longer is there time for people to plan their own life in such a manner that some small portion of it is assigned to Christ. Such lukewarmness will be brought to judgment very soon. Christ will have our whole life or we will not be able to enter our inheritance in the Lord.

From now on it is necessary to move forward in faith one day at a time. May God grant us the wisdom to number our days and redeem the fleeting hours. Wonderful rewards are held out to those who will lay aside every other consideration and begin to seek Christ in earnest. God proposes to do a conclusive work of righteousness. Let us rise to the occasion and make every day profitable for Christ.

The harvest is worldwide. The Kingdom has been prepared for those who care enough to press vigorously into it. A multitude of souls hang in the balance, their spiritual welfare depending on our faithfulness in doing what Christ is setting before us.

Will you rise up and build as the Holy Spirit directs?

Let us turn now to the Book of Ezra and examine some of the concepts that have a direct bearing on the days in which we are living.

To be continued.