The Broken Alter

1 Nov

The Broken Alter…

When God brought revival to ancient Israel, the sign that it had come was not church revival services, tent meetings, or gospel crusades – but something very different – broken altars. In the revival that came to Israel under the reign of Josiah, the central act was the king’s breaking, defiling, and pulling down the altars of the gods.

The breaking of the altar was the definitive manifestation that the reign of the false gods that had gripped the nation was broken. For ancient Israel it was the crowning act of repentance. The god whose altar was broken could not be worshiped. In the days of revival, the gods and idols that people or nation have served must be exposed and repented of.

The most brazen altar of the gods in modern times is the altar of abortion. They parallel most closely the altars of the gods that were erected in the Valley of Hinnom where the people of Israel offered up their own children as sacrifices. The Bible records that King Josiah specifically defiled and broke those altars down.

We must take it as the strongest of encouragements from God to rise to the moment. Will there be revival and a national return to God? That will depend. 2 Chronicles 7:14 still holds: “If My People who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land…” The key word is “if.”

Reference: 2 Kings 23

Let us take great encouragement and courage from God’s breaking of this darkest of altars. Let us be strong, courageous, and immoveable. Let us boldly proclaim the gospel of salvation and shine His light to this generation. For the altar has broken!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,



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