TIME TO REBUILD THE ALTAR OF PEACE – Part 2
Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms, and also into Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, so that they too went up to meet them. (Judges 6:34-35)
After Gideon destroyed the altar of Baal, all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel in wait of him. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and he blew a trumpet to summon reinforcements. The King James Bible says trumpet, but the original text says Shofar.
Why do we blow the Shofar here in this church? Because God said so: when Abraham went up the mountain and he was about to sacrifice his son Isaac, God said, “No, I will give you another sacrifice, a ram.” The ram is never found right on the mountain top because it cannot live there. But somehow God provided a ram, a male goat. And that ram was the sacrifice. The horn of the ram, the horn of the lamb, when blown, moves heavens. It causes earth to tremble. It says victory. It says gather to worship. It says gather to go forward, gather to hear the good news. That’s what the ram horn means. You know the ram horn is banned in many parts of the world, including Saudi Arabia? Why? When it is blown, we are activating angels. And so God gave Gideon a trumpet and Gideon blew the trumpet, he blew the Shofar. When Gideon blew the Shofar, Israel woke up. When he blew the Shofar, the angels worked up. When he blew, he was proclaiming victory in the midst of defeat.
The Lord chose Gideon to deliver Israel from the hand of the Midianites. The following is the exchange between the Lord and Gideon in Judges 6:14-16. The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Gideon with all these experiences was still unsure if it was truly the Lord who spoke. Maybe he was dreaming. Maybe it was an illusion. O Lord, I want to make sure it is you speaking. So, this is what I am going to do. I will put this fleece outside in the open. And if it is you, make the fleece fully wet. But all the ground to be dry. And so Gideon put out the fleece the first night and true enough, the next day when he came, he saw all the fleece was soaking wet but all the ground was dry. But still Gideon made another request to the Lord.
Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew. (Judges 6:39-40) Again, God fulfilled Gideon’s request. Gideon was just like you and I. Doubtful and unsure if God truly called him and appointed him, he came up with one test after another until he was sure.
It was at the end of the 7th year of the Midianites’ rule over Israel that the Lord told Gideon to make a sacrifice, a sacrifice that God wanted. When you come and give to God, you give Him what He likes, not the things you don’t want. The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. (Judges 6:20)
The angel of God said, on this rock will the sacrifice be made and the Lord consumed it. Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. (Judges 6:24) And then the altar was built. That same night, the altar of Baal was broken.
That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.” (Judges 6:25-26)
Because it was the 7th year of Midianite rule, God said to sacrifice a second bull that was 7 years old on the rock specified by the Lord. And this Gideon did. So the altar of Jehovah was established and he called it Yahweh-Shalom, The Lord Is Peace. Peace will now come to our land. Thus, the altar of Yahweh was established.
Listen beloved, the altar of Baal in Malaysia has been broken! It has been broken because of a 500-year prayer the church has prayed. We now have to build the altar of Yahweh so that the blessing can fall. Don’t take it for granted. Don’t go back to sleep. The altar of Yahweh must be built. The word Yahweh means covenant-keeping God, the God that keeps covenant. We are building it now. It begins with sacrifice. It begins with fasting. It begins with praying. It begins with 24 hours of crying out to God and to establish the altar of Jehovah Shalom. Shalom means peace. Jesus said, “I am peace.” When Christ was born, the angels cried out “Peace on earth.” Peace became flesh in Jesus. Then, we will have the covenant-keeping God covering this land. And we will have peace that passes all understanding and misunderstanding.
Are you ready to pray? Are you ready to give thanks? Are you willing to put aside your breakfast, lunch and dinner to spend the time fasting and praying and reading His Word? Shut your ears and shut your eyes to the things of discouragement and look into the Word of God and you shall live! You will triumph in the midst of discouragement. You will become light in the midst of darkness. You will become rich in the midst of poverty. And you will become strong in the midst of weakness.
We believe Malaysia will become a sheep nation. Thank you Lord for the threshing floor for it is at the threshing floor that you called David, Moses, Gideon and Ruth. Come forth, Gideons! Come forth, men and women of prayer! Come forth with your sacrifices. Come forth with fasting and praying. Come forth with your Shofars. Let us join hands with the Master and push back the gates of hell so that many shall be released and Malaysia will fulfil her destiny!
by Pastor Henry