Nehemiah 1; 2:14-18
The nation of Israel no longer exists as a political entity despite much posturing with the other nations that don’t exist either except in the media, etc.; but are as a remnant scattered across foreign lands and all lands belong to the Most High who has scattered us among them as a Light and Blessing unto all. God is always faithful and fulfills His purpose for all His servants and creations everywhere, every day and never fails them, even when all have failed to live up to their end of the promise/covenant relationship.
We ought to seek the Grace of the Most High and His Counsel and Blessing every hour, but the leaders so-called are looking to one another and in vain making plans for themselves and the people listening to them. Nehemiah was given permission to do something wonderful at a time when all were mocking Jerusalem and the Jews. He didn’t hear the world. He heard God and went ahead with God’s purpose for Us.
Some people were not happy with what Nehemiah was going to do, and tried to prevent any work for improving the lives of Jews and accomplishing the Work God had instructed him to undertake. Foreign officials were ‘furious and indignant’ and they mocked his efforts, which had nothing to do with their plans and authority presumptuous and without representation authentic. And the people of God prospered, and the enemy became angry when they started to build up the wall and were happy with their work. The enemy planned to attack. It would have been easy to back down; yet despite all sorts of machinations against their work, they persisted. Nehemiah trusted God and left his enemies in God’s hands.
We all face obstacles. How do we know when to back down, and when to keep going?
2 Enoch 65:1-7
And Enoch said to all his people: “Hear, my children. Before all creatures were created, HaShem created the physical and the spiritual things. And then a long term passed. Then after all of that he created man in the likeness of his own form, and put eyes into him to see, and ears into to him to hear, and a heart to reflect, and intellect to enable him to deliberate.
And HaShem saw all the works of man, and created all his creatures, and divided time. From time he determined the years, and from the years he appointed the months, and from the months he appointed the days, and of days he appointed seven.
And in those he appointed hours, measured them out exactly, that man might reflect upon time and count years, months, and hours, as they alternate from beginning to end, so that he might count his own life from the beginning until death, and reflect on his sin and write his works, both bad and good. No work is hidden from HaShem, so that every man might know his works and never transgress all his commandments, and keep my writing from generation to generation.
When all creation, both physical and spiritual, as HaSHem had created it, shall end, then every man goes to the great judgment, and then all time shall be destroyed along with the years. And from then on there will be neither months nor days nor hours. They will run together and will not be counted.
There will be one eon (age), and all the righteous who shall escape HaShem’s great judgment, shall be collected in the great eon (age). For the righteous the great eon will begin, and they will live eternally, and there will be no labor, nor sickness, nor humiliation, nor anxiety, nor need, nor brutality, nor night, nor darkness, but great light among them.
And they shall have a great indestructable wall, and a paradise that is bright and eternal, for all mortal things shall pass away, and there will be eternal life.
(Note: An eon is one billion years but is used to describe a very long but indefinite period of time. The word, “eternal” means “unchanging, incorruptible, immortal.” The word used for “mortal” is the opposite of “eternal,” thus, “mortal, corruptible, changing.”) -Joseph Lumpkin