The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
By David Wilkerson
In the coming days, many are going to come under the power and presence of Christ. Those who return to Him fully—who repent, forgive, and feast with Him in prayer and in His Word—will see all their tears turned into joy. Around the world right now, vast rivers of tears are flowing from those who’ve already been set free. After centuries of satanic bondage, people are being loosed from chains and they are crying tears of repentance and praise to their Deliverer.
Isaiah prophesied that when we begin to see God’s miraculous works in our midst, we’ll cry, “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). Isaiah was so excited by what he saw, he nearly exploded in amazement.
“The rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth” (Isaiah 25:8). The word rebuke here comes from a Hebrew root suggesting “railing, disgrace.” This speaks of satanic powers that mock and rail against devoted believers. Such attacks come mainly when we are praying for a loved one to be rescued from a demonic stronghold.
Maybe you have heard these railing rebukes from hell. They taunt you, saying, “You boast that God answers prayer. Well, where’s His answer? You’ve fasted and prayed for your child for years, but you still haven’t gotten through. After all this time, nothing has changed. He’s never going to get saved.”
Then you hear this accusation: “It’s your fault. You planted the seeds of rebellion in that child (or that friend or loved one). It was you who hardened his heart.” Beloved, this is the devil’s foremost rebuke against God’s people and we are never to listen to it. Instead, we are to stand on God’s sure Word to us: “The rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth” (Isaiah 25:8).