Righteousness Exalts a Nation

Righteousness Exalts a Nation

by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy · Sounds of Worship · September 25, 2022

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Righteousness Exalts a Nation

The Word of God in Psalm 103:19 tells us, “The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.”

This verse tells us that the Kingdom of the Father in heaven ruleth over all. So when He gives you power and authority to rule over men, be careful to use it judiciously, to use it with judgment and justice, and don’t abuse it and use it for evil.

In Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar bragged to himself, “There is no one more powerful than me. Look, I have built Babylon. Look at the beauty of Babylon.”

God heard him, but he did not give glory to God. So God made him insane and made him dwell with animals for seven years, eating grass out there in the field until he acknowledged that the kingdom of God ruleth over all. Let’s take a look at Isaiah 40:15, which reads, “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.” 

And Isaiah 40:22-23:

22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Look at how our Almighty Father sees us. He said, about the powerful men of this world — they are nothing. He can squeeze you right away if He wants to. 

In Psalms 75:6-7, we read:

6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

7 God is the judge: he putteth down one and setteth up another.

The Father is the Defender of the Poor and the Oppressed

The Almighty Father is often portrayed in the scriptures as the defender of the poor and the oppressed. He hears the cries of the oppressed. Take a look at Psalms 103:6, which reads, “The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”

This is echoed by Psalms 12:5, “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.”

Oppression is a general sense of wrong done to others by violence. The Father heard the cries of his people in bondage, those who were oppressed in Egypt.  It can also be read in Exodus 2:23-25, which reads:

23 And it came to pass in the process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

25 And God looked upon the children of Israel and God had respect unto them.

These passages tell us about how the children of Israel were oppressed for hundreds of years under the bondage of slavery in Egypt.  The Word of God says that “the children of Israel sigh by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.”

And God heard their groaning. God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And so He looked upon the children of Israel and had respect unto them.

The Father Hates the Perversion of Justice

The Father hates the perversion of justice, and He will suppress those who have afflicted the just.  In Proverbs 17:15, we can read that “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are an abomination to the Lord.”

It’s in the Word of God. And the Word of God is the right judge of us all.  Ecclesiastes 5:8 also speaks of this, “If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.”

He is higher than the highest rulers of men. “If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

God hates injustice. Justice is always inclined to righteousness or to what is good. It is not to be bent or twisted.  Injustice is a form of bondage and oppression. Thus, God’s judgment awaits anyone who forgets the basic rule of justice and equity. Isaiah 10:1-2 tells us,

1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed.

2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

This is God talking to His people. This is God talking to the unrighteous. This is God talking to those who wrest judgment from the poor.  Also in Proverbs 28:28, note this: “When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.”

The Philippines as the New Israel

There is a purpose for the choosing of the Philippines as the New Israel.

It is so that the Father’s righteousness through His Appointed Son will be implemented as His standard all over the world.  Let us read Psalm 33:12 and Jeremiah 18:7-9.

Psalms 33:12, “Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.”

Jeremiah 18:7-9 says:

7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;

8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

The Word of God here speaks of the power that is vested upon a prophet like Jeremiah, especially power and authority vested not only to a prophet but to a Son very close to His heart. It is the power to pluck up and to pull down.

If the Almighty Father speaks evil of that nation, and that nation repents, He will repent of the evil that He wants to do, and instead He will do them good. He promised us goodness, but if we do evil, He will repent of the good that He is about to pour unto us and evil will follow that nation. 

I have long preached about this. We will continue the promise that we have made unto the Father in our hearts and minds because His promises never fail.  It is humanity that always fails Him. Human beings that the ones that always fail Him.

Sons and Daughters: Faithful to the End

That’s why in this ministry of the Appointed Son, I see to it that all of those that will stay faithful to the end will be called sons and daughters of the Father Almighty. They are His own. 

That is the reason why there is a Baptism of Water, a Baptism of Fire. To those that are not worthy to be called Sons and Daughters, who are fence-sitters,  who will not endure the fire, and who are only seeking comfort, the gate is wide open. You are free to go out. Those that do not want to sign the Covenant or the agreement with persecution can go out. You are free. 

But those who will be like their model, like the finished product, their hearts fixed, minds made up, they will stay forever and ever.  Come, you are a blessed nation whose God is the Lord.  Let us read Jeremiah 5:26-29:

26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore, they are become great, and waxen rich.

28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

This is happening today. When you wrest judgment, when there’s no judgment and justice that is being done properly, even in any nation in the world, the Father’s visitation will come.  

That is why He said,  “Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?“  

A Nation with Righteousness

God has visited this nation with righteousness.  He put up and established a Kingdom Nation, where He has appointed a Son that will tell you the truth.  He has given the people a voice through Sonshine Media Network International, to tell the truth, no matter what.

Do you think it’s an accident that He put me up as an Appointed Son? Do you think it’s an accident that He put up SMNI as the broadcast media that will tell the truth? It is Divine intervention.

In Psalm 37:12-13, we read:

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

If you receive a righteous man because he’s a righteous man, you will receive a righteous man’s reward. If you receive a prophet because he’s a prophet, you will receive a prophet’s reward. 

If you receive the Appointed Son, as I am the Appointed Son owner of the heavens and the earth, you will receive the reward of the Appointed Son.  The reward is eternal life in heaven.

2 Chronicles 20:6 reads, “O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?”

The God of heaven is a God of justice. It means that He is fair and He condemns oppression. He is a righteous judge who will administer justice according to His will. We read of this in Isaiah 33:22, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.”

And in Psalm 89:14, “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.”

And in the following verses: 

Psalm 7:11, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”

Deuteronomy 10:17, “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a Great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:”

Deuteronomy 32:4, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect:”

For all his ways are judgment, a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Proverbs 21:3, “To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

Jeremiah 22:3, “Thus saith the Lord; Execute ye judgment and righteousness and deliver the spoiled out to the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.”

The Father Hates Those who have the Power to Oppress the Vulnerable

The Father hates those who have the power to oppress the vulnerable. He hates those who justify the wicked and condemn the just.  This is mentioned in Proverbs 17:15 which says, “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” 

Remember this verse, I say to those that have power in their hands, especially the power of life and liberty of every man. These are the words of God, they are alive.

For example, I am a judge and I was bribed to say something that is not according to judgment and justice.  Because I was bribed, I justified the wicked and I condemned the just. This is an abomination to the Lord. 

When it is an abomination to the Lord, it means this is not the end of it; you will pay for it. Do you believe in karma? This is what the word of God says: 

If you sow something, you will reap the same. 

If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind.

If you sow rice, you will reap rice.

If you sow injustice, you will reap injustice.

If you sow wickedness, you will reap wickedness.

That’s why if you’re a judge and you justify the wicked, be careful. And when you condemn the just, be careful; it will all come back to you.

We read about this in Isaiah 10:1-3:

1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 

2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?

Do you think all of the bashing, the oppressing, and the maligning words said against the Appointed Son are not recorded? They are. The offenders will receive a reward for that. They will give an account thereof on the day of judgment. We read of this in Matthew 12:37, “For thy words, thou shalt be justified, and by thy words, thou shalt be condemned.”

Those who have lied and made false accusations against the Appointed Son will answer in the account of their words.

What will the Father say when they lied about the Son when they falsely accused the Son? They will answer for that for one day, they will all die. One day, they will meet the Creator.

That’s why we have repented, and we have promised to follow His Will. Even for giving a glass of cold water to a son and daughter of God, a gesture as small as that will not lose its reward in heaven.

How about those who are not ashamed of the Son, who confess the Son, what will happen to them?  The Father will not be ashamed of them, He will confess them also. But, if they deny the Son, the Son will also deny them.

“Whosoever shall confess me before men, Him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven,” is what the Word of God tells us.  But “whosoever shall deny me before men, Him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

This is only a temporary life. The real life is the eternal life that we are going to face later. For us to be really sure of our eternal insurance, this is the message that we need today.


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