This may explain why the people of Nineveh were so willing to repent when the prophet Jonah walked through the city in 759 BC, proclaiming, “Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.”
At the time, Nineveh was the largest city in Assyria, which was Israel’s hated enemy. The city was impregnable. It had double walls with the inside wall being 100-feet high and 50-feet wide. It had twelve-hundred 200-foot towers spaced along the sixty-mile circumference of the inside wall. Over a hundred-thousand people (maybe as many as five hundred-thousand) lived inside the walls and grew crops there. The city could sustain a military siege almost forever.
How is it that a pagan super-power could listen to the words of a reluctant prophet and had enough spiritual vision to change, but America with all of its churches, Christian TV and radio stations, Bibles and so forth only listens to prophetic voices that scratch its itching ears with teachings it wants to hear?
My prayer today:
Lord, remove the spirit of stupor from the American church so that its eyes can see and its ears can hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. (Based on Romans 11:8)
Join me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for the American church.