The book of Nehemiah offers a vivid picture of what happens to the
church in times of ruin and apostasy. When Nehemiah and 43,000 other
Jewish patriots returned to Jerusalem, they found the city lying in
total ruin. The walls were torn down and the gates removed, so the
inhabitants had no protection from their enemies . . . and a whole
parade of antagonists plundered the city as they pleased.
These enemies had been given total dominion because of Israel's
backsliding and disobedience to God's Word. Nehemiah wrote, "Because of
our sins: also they [our enemies] have dominion over our bodies, and
over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress"
Jerusalem here is a type of the church of Jesus Christ today. Like
the Israelites, many Christians are under sin's dominion and the
iniquity in God's house has brought on distress and bondage, spreading
poison throughout the Body of Christ.