Introduction: Morris Ruddick, ICAL member, shares his insights on the commonality of Joseph and Daniel and how they relate to today's church. This is an expert from his new book, ”The Joseph Daniel Calling”.
“In the mid-90s, during prayer, I began receiving an understanding about a call of God defining unique spiritual leaders in the marketplace. With no promotions… and nothing more than my connections, a simple web-site and a small email list, I begin sending out pithy articles describing what I was gleaning in prayer. My target audience was prophetic intercessors and leaders seeking to better understand the changes in the times together with the role of leaders within the household of faith, based on the priorities of God’s heart.
As I prayed into the dynamics of this call of God and the shift in the times it coincided with, there came an unfolding of the high-stakes and significance of this calling. After a time the Lord led me to compile a selection of these articles into a book capturing the top-line thrust of what I had been perceiving.
While the focus of this book’s message was drawn primarily from the life of Joseph, I clearly sensed the Lord giving me the title for this, the first in a series of books on this calling as “The Joseph-Daniel Calling.” Coinciding with this calling has been a phenomenon involving a shift of power that has now become popularly known as the wealth transfer.
Now, with almost 25 years of describing this calling and shift to the times, I have begun receiving another side of the picture. While this additional revelation gives greater insight into the emerging times, it complements the distinctiveness of this calling with the mantle of Daniel.
Whereas there are significant commonalities between the Joseph and Daniel callings, the differences underscore the range of cultural distinctives operating as the clash of all ages comes into alignment.
"Joseph and Daniel were righteous men of God during times when their brethren’s indiscretions triggered judgment all around them. The commonalities begin with God’s orchestration of safe places, preserving and restoring his people to their covenant roots, in the midst of times of chaos and change.
The mantle of both was extremely holy. The worlds they lived in embraced the reality of the spiritual world and the supernatural.
Both Joseph and Daniel exercised unusual authority in the application of their gift and anointing. They had profound influence on the steps and the course of the cultures of which they became central figures. Joseph and Daniel each experienced unusual favor from those whose authority they were under – favor tied to the recognition of their mantles being from God, despite these rulers having very different spiritual orientations.
Each served God’s purposes, changing the spiritual climate of their host culture and ultimately directing their resources toward the restoration of God’s purposes for His chosen people. Both were of regal Hebrew lineage with unequivocal dedication to their holy calling and their instantaneous obedience to His guidance. They operated with undivided hearts that upheld God’s standard in the midst of their pagan host cultures.
Their oneness with the Lord was exhibited in fearlessly administering God’s decrees toward the fulfillment of His purposes. They lived by the covenant(s) of their forefathers and were disciplined in the focus of their intent, undistracted by either their own people or the rulers they served.. This is noted by Joseph’s brothers being settled in Goshen, apart from the activities he was administering. Then for Daniel it was illustrated by the dramatic judgment on both Nebuchadnezzar and his son Belshazzar when they got too full of themselves and strayed from acknowledging the sovereignty of God in the kingdom of men, as the One granting the power to rule to whomever He chooses.
Joseph was very different from his brothers. While he was a child of his father’s old age, he tended to set the standard and pace – which rankled his older brothers. This led to him being conspired against by them because of it. Daniel and his companions stood out from among the others taken into captivity and this difference is what landed them in the training to serve in the king’s court in Babylon.
Even within the court they stood out from the high-level occult practitioners surrounding them, upholding and setting the standard for their faith in the face of brutal challenges. Yet, it was not a blind following of tradition, but rather the Spirit of God living within them, that resulted in a wisdom and anointing that distinguished them from the other “wise men” of the court. They stood aligned with God’s heart, ways and priorities. Daniel clearly discerned what it meant to major in the essentials and let the minor things pass. He allowed his name-change to pass, but upheld practices that represented his protection. He never wavered from speaking the full counsel he received from God. His unrelenting courage demonstrated his fear of God. There was nothing mealy-mouthed about Daniel…
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Copyright 2019, Morris Riddick