By Richard Gazowsky
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My message to the dictators of the world is really good news because God is so merciful He’s giving you a final chance to save your regime. It’s overwhelming how merciful God is. He will forgive all the atrocities that you’ve done, even if you can’t see them that you’ve done any. I know, because I was one who couldn’t see my dominant personality operating in my family, my church, and my business. But when God opened my eyes, all I had to do was simply say, “I’m sorry”, and He changed everything. I promise that He’ll do this for you if you’ll just listen and do what’s in this simple message.
In the world we live in, every one of us, no matter how great or small our kingdoms are, have, to some degree, absolute power. It could be as tiny as a small apartment building in Bangkok, Thailand, there might be only three kids in your kingdom and you completely dominate their lives. That might be the extent of your dictatorship. Or maybe you are a Prime Minister that has made the legislature of your country obsolete and you now control the media, armed forces, and, to some extent, the wills of millions of people. In either case the message is the same. God, the Creator of this planet, has said, “The time is up. Your selfish rule is ending right now.” He is tired of your ego. Just as He did to Nebuchadnezzar, the ancient King of Babylon, He is planning on doing with you. But the good news is, if you’ll humble yourself immediately God is willing to fix everything.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream where he saw a mighty tree and all of the birds of the air built nests in the limbs and the animals of the field found shade underneath its branches. But God said to cut it down. Then the Lord, in His mercy, told them to put a metal band about the stump of the tree so it would be preserved for seven years. Then, out of the stump, would grow a branch of the tree and it would once again be glorious.
This ancient story was actually fulfilled in the life of the King (dictator) Nebuchadnezzar. For seven years he became mentally ill, ate grass like an animal, his hair was likened unto feathers, and was not allowed to dwell among men. When the period of time elapsed the king regained his senses and became ruler over Babylon again. But this time he gave honor and glory to God and ruled with benevolence and humility. Though Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, had heard the story about his father, he didn’t learn its lesson. Later, when he became a king (dictator) like his father, God removed the kingdom from his hand without a battle, and gave his kingdom to a shepherd king, named Cyrus. Although Babylon was the greatest kingdom in the earth and was feared and honored by every nation in the world, Belshazzar’s kingdom fell without a fight in one night. It was the first time recorded in history that a shepherd went from a sheepfold to a glorious palace of kingship in such an unprecedented time.
This archaic story is a message to all dictators, which includes me and you. No matter how big or small we are, God is judging us and we have a last chance to save our kingdoms. And, the wonderful thing about this message is, no matter how far you have gone God is giving you time to save it. His instructions to you are simply this:
·Everything that’s happening that you don’t like is your fault. No one else’s, just yours’s.
·All that you need to do is say, “I’m sorry” once to God, and to the people that you have offended.
·If you mean it, God will perform the appropriate changes inside you.
·You will become the most benevolent ruler, even Jesus-like.
These instructions are very simple, but life-changing.
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Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called The Voice of Pentecost, and is also president of Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”