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My interest is drawn to this name and role of herald. The herald's job was to proclaim with the authority of the noble he represented. The word literally means to govern or manage an army. The herald was one who bore messages between rulers or commanders.(We bear a message to satanic principalities and powers that they have been defeated at the cross of Christ making his manifold wisdom manifest to them according to Ephesians 3 verse 10)) The herald is also an officer who proclaims war or peace. A herald gives tidings of or introduces a great event or a great arrival, proclaiming, announcing, or foretelling it. You can see the prophetic implications that has, and the connection to natural or spriitual warfare in that a herald can be one who declares war in the earth or in the heavenlies, or one who declares peace when that warfare has beem accomplished.(see Isaiah 40 verses 1-2) The traditional prelude for the words of a herald are akin to "Hear ye, hear ye" as though something of great weight and import is about to be spoken. He might even trot along ahead of a bride and groom formally announcing and introducing them as a couple as they approached the groom's dwelling that he has painstakingly prepared for them to begin their life together. (I go and prepare a place for you _ that where I am you may be also. Jn 14 v3) The presence of a herald generates eager anticipation or expectancy. May Christ's presence in us and His words through us as we represent Him generate a holy expectancy in our midst in these troubled times.
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