The Word of God instructs us to believe God's Prophets and we will prosper.
However, there are things that we must do on our part. First we must pray and ask the Lord to make our hearts fertile soil. Next pray for revelation and understanding of the Word. Not every Prophet is your prophet, and not every Word is meant for you.
But Apostle Bobbie Jean Merck made this statement: If you can believe it for your self, you can receive it, even if it was meant for somebody else! Discern the Word given by the Spirit of God. In other words you must check your preconceived notions and traditions of man in order to receive from God. All Words must line up with scripture.
Read the whole thing---
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
- An Apostle travels, plants, reproves and enables.
- A prophet speaks truth and encouragement to kings, warriors and declares destiny over them.
- Teachers make clear the mysteries in exploring the word of God in supernatural ways.
- Evangelists go from Phillipi to deserts burning with the fire of God's passion for the lost.
- Pastors are the Oil and the Wine in healing, restoring, encouraging and prayerfully gap standing providing for the Children of God.
None of these are well suited for leading a church over a long term. There MUST of necessity be people of organization, discernment and encouragement to make the House of God a fruitful house, in order and with opportunity for release of all the giftednesss God calls people into.
If you are truly a five fold minister in a five fold office you have been unsettled being at the head of a church or ministry where you have to be the administration and organizational center. God may have called you to Ephesus to find and collect the saints for a Hebrews 10:25 purpose, but Macedonia calls. You will be ill served and serve Ill if you don't answer and go.
When a five fold office tries to lead a church it's like an 8 cylinder car running on 3 cylinders. It will get up the hill, but it'll be slow, wasteful and tedious. When you are hitting on all 8 cylinders you know it, you are in the center of the office God called you to. You can't believe how it works. Then you go back to your church and the box is built around you.
You need a base. I knew a Five Fold Minister by the name of Reinhard Bonnke, he attended Church. Faithful. He wasn't the pastor. He would have been bad at it. He still does. Has a Pastor. Is faithful. Was then. And understood even if he could have preached better than Brother Bernt, he was resting and finding new places in God to launch from.
I hope you don't hate me, but the word of the Lord for Five Folds today is fulfill your call, occupy your office. Be released. Stay connected. Even to the church you may have started or the ministry you may have founded. But, be released to take the Gift God has given you to the places Jesus talked about unto the uttermost parts. That may only be down the block. A lot of uttermosts are very close.
Step into your calling, your office and be released to be what God gifted you for.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The five fold is here, now and if we embrace it we can release the equipping power of God for Christians around the world.
How do I know? I have been privileged to know or spend time with people who are genuinely Five Fold people. Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists and many Dear Pastors. When they are in the right place they manifest gloriously the power of God to change lives and equip the saints for the ministry.
I have known or met some True Apostles, people I have spent time with or have been under their apostolic leadership. Bill Hammond, John Eckhardt, Ron Carpenter Jr, Don Lyon and others. These come to mind because they represent the kind of person I believe God is using to equip the Body of Christ in this day. I know many who are gifted to the apostolic. Many who manifest apostolic tenancies. Who without a level of tentativeness and caution would today be counted among the apostolic of their generation. The true apostle opens doors that were closed, makes clear by declaration the plan of God, calls things into existence, causes people to lift up and move toward the purposes of God.
I know some TRUE modern prophets of God who operate in the Office of the Prophet. I know what it looks and feels like. I also know the nearly so's. A true prophet is one who when he or she speaks you hear the voice of God in their language. It's like they see and hear what God is seeing and hearing and when they put it into words and print you are pushed momentarily off center. Most good prophets do NOT predict the future although they can and do. Some I believe to walk in the office of the true prophet are Kim Clement, Chuck Pierce, Bob Jones, Bobby Conner, John Belt and Larry Randolf. They bear the marks and rejections that all Prophets bear. I understand this, I was called as a Prophet years ago and watch prayerfully the manifestation of this call in my life. One thing about a true prophet, they can't stop from prophesying. It's not an option. They are prophets, like they are men or women, black or white, tall or short. They can't change it. It's just who they are.
The Evangelist Office is most exciting. Many who are called Evangelists, aren't. An Evangelist is a fire carrier. They evangelize because it's the nature of the Call and the Office. The one who most represents this today in our generation is Reinhard Bonnke. I have been around this man. He just wins souls. There are others. Rodney Howard Browne would be one. Bill Bright was. Billy Graham. They aren't just good speakers, they love souls and win some every day. Like Moody. They usually need other ascension gifts around them to keep them on the path. It's hard to keep a fire in the box. We shouldn't. On the other hand, we need to work hand in hand with the Evangelists to help welcome souls into the fellowship. Equip them and send them out too.
The office of the Teacher is a tough one. The bible says not many should desire to be teachers. A teacher loves the word and truth. And he or she will dig and poke and prod to find fresh manna every day. Teachers don't need to be educated. They just are ravenous towards the word of God. Some teachers I have known are Kay McArthur, Beth Moore, Dan Rothwell, Butch Deer, Les Feldik and Mellisa Scott. They are often referred to as Pastor. But these are people extraordinarily gifted to open the word of God and make it clear to anyone listening. It's the supernatural office of the Teacher. We need them to keep the other offices from going off the deep end. I do. You do. When you are talking to a teacher of the word who is in the ascension gift they can't help but show you some fresh concept the Lord just opened to them. Like all the offices, they don't teach because they are teachers, they are teachers in the five fold because they can do no other. They are married to the word of God. When a teacher preaches he or she seldom refers to an outside book. They see so much in the word they can't help but share what they have found. I'm thankful the teachers. I have some of a teachers gift but do not see that I am at any level a five fold teacher in office. Just a gift.
The Pastor, mentioned as an office in Ephesians Four is the gift we find most of in fellowships today. A true pastor, a pastor who flows in the true gift of Pastoral anointing will be constantly on the lookout for lost and wounded sheep. They love the Body of Christ. They are passionate toward the people. They will give themselves sacrificially to be a lifter of the head of a hurt one. They are without asking, THERE. Pastors often end up leading churches. I'm not sure that's a good plan. I have known some dear passionate pastors toward the people of God. I won't mention names. Most people who carry the Title Pastor aren't. Many successful Pastor Title leaders are actually apostolic or Teacher in gift and calling orientation. Many have a rich gift of Administration and Wisdom. Education helps but it's what happens in the trenches that matters. A truly called anointed pastor who walks in the fullness of the fivefold spends much of his time in Prayer, anguish, and travail for his or her flock committed to them. I have known a few. It's not a system with them. They really want to see the flock prosper spiritually and in every other way. Therefore they pursue people. A person with a natural gift of healing most of the time has a Pastoral calling on his or her life. They are moved with Compassion.
No one has all five gifts at once except JESUS. He was all of these and is King. God in his wisdom is careful to not share his glory with any man. If someone truly had all these gifts he or she could use it for manipulation. I am thankful that I am called to the Office God has placed
me in. I don't want to be anything else. I want to walk in the fullness of the anointing in my life. I won't even try to be what I'm not. That is the flaw of Saul. I see Apostles who have some gift of the Prophetic believe they don't need to hear from God thru others. That is dangerous. I know Pastors who resent the Evangelist. The problem is they need him. How will people be healed unless more come? I know Church Leaders who are jealous of their pulpits such that they believe the only truth must come from Their mouths, so the office of the true teacher is silenced.
We need the Five Fold. We need all the gifts God gave for Equipping. We need all the spirituals. Let's allow God to put in place what and who he wants and get out of the way while he redeems the world thru the well equipped saints.
By the Holy Ghost I say to those in Spiritual Leadership, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, Stand up, be counted, speak boldly of Your God, find a Limb, get out on it, Fear God more than the Flock Father put you in front of, Step into the supernatural authority you were given as the Presbytery laid hands on you. STIR UP THE GIFT. The people will rise no higher than YOU ARE. It starts with YOU.
You need release to be what God called you to. Jesus said to the disciples who woke him in the boat during the storm: STOP THE FEAR. Mark 4:40 And he said to them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith?
There is a storm, you are in it. He is in your boat. He's not sleeping, he wants YOU to step out in confidence in YOUR GOD.
That's the word of the Lord to YOU today. STOP THE FEAR
Monday, September 28, 2009
I know the one who paid the price, more important he knows me.
I don't think everyone needs to, or should observe Yom Kippur with a fast and reflection, but I was moved to marvel at my salvation once more, even for the sins I might commit today, and say, THANK YOU JESUS.
Because the root into which I am grafted, the Jew, takes this day to fast and pray, I am doing the same.
I wonder how Jesus observed Yom Kippur before the cross. There is no history of it. Passover and Feast of Booths are recorded, but not this. I wonder as he knew he was the ultimate upon whom all the sins of the world would be placed, did he fast as I am today? He had no sin.
As a Christian, these things cross my mind. I don't know the hymn well, but the line rolling thru my head this morning is: HOW GREAT A SALVATION - SO RICH AND FREE.
Yom Kippur. Atonement. It is Finished.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I remember those days well and those kids I hung out with. If you were in, you were in, if you were out, you were talked about and looked down on as not as good as US.
Becoming part of that Clique was tough. Very tough. And if you left we really talked about you then. We thought we were better than the others. Superior. Exclusive.
We had a meeting place, just inside the east door of the high school. We would stand and do the cliquey things that we just knew made us who we were. WE were the IN Crowd.
We weren't really all that friendly to those who wanted to come in. OH, on the surface we were, we could be nice, but you weren't included.
I got a picture of that Clique and the Church this morning. The Church of Jesus is often just like High School: We have assembled ourselves into cliques. And we act just like those 16 year old kids I hung out with. We do all the same things.
I won't rehearse it, but you know it's true. Read how we were.....and see if it's true.
What is worse is we make it harder and harder to join. We use liturgy, form, secret chants and talk about how it used to be (implied, before the other clique members got here). We long for the good old days when only those few were among us. And how it used to be.
Sometimes we even purposely impose forms of cliquedom to keep people at a distance. Membership is a clique idea. If I fellowship with you, if I partake in sacraments with you, if I serve with you, if I minister with you, if I love you and am faithful to you even in giving, then I am a member. No Jet's or Shark's Clique ritual makes me less or more.
How much UNLIKE the Church Jesus loves is a clique.
If I could go back to those days I would tell those kids to cut it out. NOW, prophetically, I am telling the church, quit acting like a clique. The rest of the world sees you for what you are when you do.
This morning, at least for me, IT STOPS!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Beware, Jesus said.
I guess I thought I was better at this than the Disciples who walked with Jesus. I could handle it.
I need to become more peculiar than I have been.
“But ye are a chosen generation,a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light ” (1 Peter 2:9,
I had begun to fit in too well. Who was conforming to Whom??
Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible)
2Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
The occasional spiritual dope slap is essential. Thank you Jesus.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Every prophetic ministry as it becomes more focused on raising money for it's perpetuation becomes less effective and accurate.
That may be why prophets of Old were wandering vagabonds many times.
And those condemned by Jeremiah were the Court Prophets. Paid. Comfortable. Unreliable.
It seems like Isaiah became more effective as time went on after Uzziah died and until he was murdered by Manasseh.
Ezekiel was radical in many ways. Unconventional. Even weird. Daniel became more effective as he shook off the offices and money that followed.
So, if you are a prophet, prophesy. Freely. Without expectation for financial remuneration. You must not be muzzled by a fear that you will lose money by saying what God says.
Depend on God to keep the cruze of Oil and the barrel of flower filled. Depend on Him to send the ravens with your lunch.
Seems like we are in that time right now. Freely given, freely give.
Or serve mammon and become an inert voice in the nation.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Now, that's not a bad thing if in the yoking one is strong where the other is weak and vice versa.
But, in faith, in ethics, in convictions and in vision, the yoking must be equal.
That's true in marriage, in Ministry, In Business and even in intimate friendships.
If you are unequally yoked, one will draw on the other. That will cause deterioration. You have seen the woman with a heart towards God become entangled unequally with someone who took them into deep sin. In business where a partner yokes with someone who is unethical. In ministry where the vision is to elevate man above GOD.
I just had a negative experience in becoming nearly unequally yoked with a man in a business relationship where it would have been parasitic. I'm not interested. Sometimes you have to know when to hold em, know when to fold them, know when to walk away and know when to run. I didn't run, I just walked away.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
That's what is supposed to happen.
Supposed to, but last weekend after seeing a national prophet brutalize people from the platform, I wondered why so few prophets understand the mandate of 1 Corinthians 13.
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
A Lack of Love makes a prophet nothing.
Monday, September 21, 2009
It's a solemn time in the ten days. Time for reflection. Time for repentance. Time for recognition that our personal righteousness without the blood of Jesus is filthy rags. Time to say, GOD you so loved the world and ME that you send your only Son to carry MY sin to the cross.
These ten days leading up to the day of atonement are wonderful and awe inspiring. Like the bookend of Good Friday and Easter often is in the Church today.
We then celebrate the end of the day of atonement by a feast at sundown of Yom Kippur. This year Monday the 28th. Breaking the fast. In thanksgiving.
It is also a time to make an offering. The first of two special offerings, the other is Sukkot. More on that later. We give thanks for the provision of God in our lives.
There are a lot of TENS in this new year and they all have meaning.
The sevens have to do with the divinity of God in it all. God says in this that HE is in this new year in a double portion.
The Ten year 5770 can be understood by the TENS of God in the word. Last year was a 9 year. 9 is the number of Judgement. It was. 5769. 7 God, 6 the number of Man, 9 the number of Judgement. Let the reader understand.
This year is a ten year. A year of transition and instruction. And double 7's of God.
Ten is the number of instruction in Righteousness. TEN commandments.
Ten is the number of plagues that releases the Captives from Egypt. Look for release in a time of plague.
Ten is the number of Virgins waiting for the bridegroom to come. Be among the wise.
Ten is the number of tribes of Israel that were lost according to tradition and some biblical evidence. Now they are being restored, not as tribes but as a people. TEN as ONE. Look for restoration.
Ten generations according to scripture from Adam to Noah and the flood. A time for Judgement and renewal. Be on the Ark.
Ten days of waiting in the upper room for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Wait for his empowerment.
There are several other tens in the word and if we contemplate them we will figure out what God is saying in this year. Clarity and transition. From the old and to a new place as HE speaks clearly.
So, this new year is not without significance to those with ears to hear.
There is also a hatred by the enemy of this new time. Ten is also the number of Horns on the Beast of Revelation, horns represent Power. He wants to derail and cause chaos among his people. Watch out for the enemy as he tries to strike you, your family, your church, your nation and the World in these days. He hates the fact that God is in this new year in an extraordinary new way. Bringing people out of bondage and giving them a fresh word of clarity. There has not been a new year like this for a thousand years. 4770 was the last time.
Do not fear, but be aware of the attacks. It is going to get rough but YOU WILL prevail in Jesus.
The prophet got up, prophesied over a few people and it was precious. Then the Prophet began to preach. Some prophets shouldn't preach. I had been in this prophet's meetings before, and this was typical of this prophets approach. Harsh, loud, noisy and without any touch of the anointing on the prophet's words.
This prophet is on TV and I haven't been able to watch. It grates on my spirit and the Holy Spirit in me bears NO WITNESS.
A year ago I communicated with this prophet and an associate over a gross error I had seen. I was of course told I didn't understand. Maybe. I'll trust what God told me. Not them.
I don't question the gift this prophet carries. It's being a prophet. Not a teacher. Not a preacher. Not an Evangelist. Not an Apostle.
If this prophet would stick to being a prophet to the nation the prophet's effectiveness would be much enhanced and blessed.
I'm not calling out names. This is not the forum. But, I won't be going to this prophet's meetings again. I know the sound of the voice of God. When the prophet was prophesying the sound was clear. When the prophet moved out of the anointing of the call on the prophet's life, the prophet became a clanging cymbal, noise, clatter.
More than ANYTHING it was a warning to ME, NOT to flow in channels in which I'm not anointed to flow.
And to do what God has called me to do, IN LOVE!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The whole panoply of Jewish Holy Days and Observances?
HE didn't. Somewhere the Church did. I'm not talking about a Sabbath day observance question. But, when did the Feast of Tabernacles become passe? It was to be a feast unto the Lord and was to go on until Jesus returns. Many believe Jesus was BORN on the last day of the feast of Tabernacles. And many believe he will RETURN during Feast of Tabernacles. AND it was on the Feast of Tabernacles that he declared Himself to be the Living Water.
So it's no wonder that God says in Leviticus 23:41
You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.And we just abandoned the whole thing like God was just kidding about this.
When was the cleansing of the temple (Hanukkah) abolished, when did we decide we no longer needed to practice the Passover? Or change our calender to some pagan or Roman Church cycle?
I think we need to ask ourselves these things. I was stirred this weekend to do just that.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The good news is the Holy Ghost moved.
The bad news is, it's not how I am empowered to do "it".
At first I must admit, I was a bit intimidated. Then, I realized, God is not in the business of picking right and wrong.
I am who I am. God uses me as I am without any qualifications. So, if I don't "do it" like the rest of the folks in the ministry, sorry.
I'm just me.
And That's how I was gifted and created. Take it up with THE FATHER if that's not OK.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
He has been deceived. Profoundly.
Where is the spiritual gift of discernment?
Is this a Matthew 24:24 moment?
Be very very cautious. The roaring liar is roaming looking for whom he may devour with his deceit.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The greatest threat to the kingdom of Jesus Christ today is the carnal, compromising, effeminate, and worldly Christianity the devil has spawned to destroy the faith once delivered to the saints. False teachers promote it on every side. The cure is simple, but few ministers will use it, since most hearers are demanding fables and entertainment instead. The importance of this prophecy cannot be overstated."But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" 2 Timothy 3:1-5
OH Chika!! RING RING RING the bell.. wake us up from the sleep of HELL! Hell on earth is just a breeze.. it's when we rest and are at ease. As death and dieing sit all around, none of God's children can ever be found. Caught in entertainment, like the Israelite's glee, we sit with compromise and luke warm tea. Look and see there is new wine for us. One that makes your stomach burn and your mouth loose to say. That this is sin, go another way! I love you, my love.. but sin is sin, and while there is still time.. get to your post and get it in line. extra oil extra oil extra oil..
On the anniversary of 9/11, I learned that we need extraordinary prayer in this time of national crisis.
Last week I attended a prayer gathering across the street from the World Trade Center site in New York City. Several dozen Christian leaders met in a cramped room overlooking the place where terrorists destroyed the tallest monument to America's financial power and killed more than 2,700 people in the process.
It was the eighth anniversary of 9/11. Flags in the city flew at half-mast while a drizzling rain made the gray mood even more somber. New York City firemen and police officers got respectful applause as they marched in a small parade along Church Street. A few blocks south, in Battery Park, thousands of people filed past a mobile monument that bears the names of all 9/11 victims—including those killed in Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pa.
"Tears have always preceded the outpouring of the Spirit. We must allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us, even if that means He will intercede 'with groanings too deep for words.'"
The 50 or 60 Christian leaders who met that day at the Millennium Hotel in lower Manhattan did not come to create a spectacle. No one on the street knew we were there. And no one in the room was making small talk or working deals. Billy Wilson, the leader of the Awakening America prayer initiative, told us at the beginning of our two and a half-hour gathering that we were there to simply cry out to God for a spiritual awakening in the United States.
We were originally supposed to have our meeting on the 55th floor, in a room with sweeping views of the city. But Billy explained to us the night before that a group of lawyers who were working on an important case needed their meeting suite for an extra day. So we were moved to the fourth floor.
I later realized how fitting that was for a gathering of this kind. We did not need to be high. God wanted us low.
There was nothing fancy about the event. Robert Stearns, leader of the Eagles' Wings Ministries, led us in worship with a single keyboard. Denominational executives from the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.), the Assemblies of God and the Foursquare Church wore casual shirts instead of their trademark suits. Mart Green, the Christian millionaire who owns the Mardel company, read from the book of Proverbs and then led us in a simple prayer for a restoration of integrity in the American workplace. A group of students from Lee University sang their songs a capella.
And Vonette Bright, the widow of Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright, reminded us of how God answered prayers in the 1970s when a group of leaders cried to God for revival. She said the Jesus movement of that era was triggered by prayers for the youth of the nation.
At one point in the middle of the program Wilson interrupted the schedule. He asked if we could have a time of unscripted prayer, and he encouraged us to "cry out" to God in a humble entreaty for His mercy.
I really cannot explain what happened next. I felt compelled to fall on my knees, so I slid to the floor and buried my head in my hands. Suddenly I felt overcome with emotion. I had not felt stirred that day by any of the 9/11 events, and even being near the World Trade Center site had not evoked sorrow in my heart. But all of a sudden I was sobbing.
These were not like the tears that occasionally well up in my eyes when I attend a wedding or when I hear a particularly moving song. This was different. These tears were guttural. They were being pulled out of the deepest part of my soul. It seemed as if this weeping did not even originate with me. It felt like a holy cry that God had initiated.
What I was praying went something like this: "Lord, please forgive us. God have mercy on the United States. Forgive Your church, Lord, for our backslidden condition. Cleanse us from our moral failure. Reach down and awaken us. Set our hearts on fire again, for You and for the mission You called us to. We are crying out to you for another chance to reach our generation before it is too late."
I can't tell you exactly how long that time of weeping lasted, but I could hear people sobbing in other parts of the room. I knew I did not make this happen. God was in it. And His Spirit was orchestrating the prayers that He needed to hear.
We can't force moments like this. But I believe that at this critical time in our nation's history we must release the tears and the travail of the Lord if we expect to see His miraculous answer.
The prophet Joel told wayward Israel: "Let the priests, the Lord's ministers, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not make Your inheritance a reproach, a byword among the nations.'" (Joel 2:17a, NASB). And the Lord spoke through Jeremiah and said: "Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; And send for the wailing women, that they may come! Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may shed tears and our eyelids flow with water.'" (Jer. 9:17-18).
Tears have always preceded the outpouring of the Spirit. The fallow ground must be broken before the harvest can come. The alabaster box must be broken before the fragrance of Christ can be released. We must know true brokenness! We must allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us, even if that means He will intercede "with groanings too deep for words" (see Rom. 8:26).
This is the time to cry out. I encourage prayer groups around the nation to dispense with your normal routine and shift into extraordinary prayer. We must weep for our national sins and for the church's faithlessness. Please cry out until He sends a tsunami of His power to save us.
J. Lee Grady is editor of Charisma.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
as I walked into the forth row of the price chopper I looked down the isle in real time and space, and super imposed over what my eye's were seeing, was another image. I saw the people as they were standing there in real time and space, but the shelves were completely bare.
The image was just a brief second...almost like I had to do a double take ...I started to dismiss it then the dread and panic hit my spirit. This was not just a misfire of the synapse from my eye's to my brain, this was from God. As I stood there my strength began to leave my body and I had to grab a display to stay up right. All the color had left my face as the older brother in our Lord I was with looked at me with concern in his eyes. He came to my side and we began to pray in the Holy Spirit for understanding and strength to be granted. As I slowly regained the ability to move we finished our shopping and went back to my house with the eggs.
Continuing in prayer I received First Thess 5:3. And the Lord telling my we have hours not years, weeks and not months before He releases great and terrible judgment upon our Land.
For the past 4 or so years I have been seeing 9-11 everywhere. I have tried to dismiss it, but this has become a life message for me. Ezekiel chapter 9.
Judgment starts at the house of the Lord and only those who mourn the atrocities that are committed in the house of God receive the mark on their foreheads. Everyone else is slaughtered and their bodies are piled in the courts that once rang with praise.
I understand this is weighty and most of you don't know the personal anguish that has brought me to this place. I know this is a call to travail for God's Judgment mingled with mercy. For the justice of our God to be known far and wide. His name to be praised with reverence and awe.
The return of the fear of the Lord is upon us. His Glory and Presence are close behind.
I feel that this is fragmented and incomplete, but I am convinced that time is short and we are not all ready for what is about to be upon us.
"PEOPLE GET READY JESUS IS COMING"
God let the word of your mouth run swiftly over the land. " prepare and activate" are the words that resonate in my spirit. God lead us into your paths as we forsake our wisdom our kingdoms for your kingdom is so close.... it's at hand!!! O God have mercy. lead us out give us the courage to be separate and holy unto only you.
In the fear of the Lord I admonish you test these things by His word and Holy Spirit, buy oil loved ones.
I grant permission to share this as you see fit with those whom God would direct you to.
Now, an economist has described exactly what the final leg of this will be. An L.
When I spoke of this I said that when the next long down leg of the economy comes, it will be a long long time at that level.
Just don't be surprised. We'll survive, but life will be different.
Monday, September 14, 2009
What is a Prophet, how do you know if someone is or not? Or how do you KNOW if YOU are a True Prophet
To say what God says, said and is saying. His encouragement, His vision, His building up, His sometimes correction and sometimes direction and from time to time reassurance and warning.
If a person is doing this, and this is what they do primarily then the word Prophet may be what they are.
If a person doesn't do this, is tearing down, is speaking at odds with the Written Word, is discouraging, vision destroying, blaming and doomsaying, they are not a prophet.
It doesn't mean a Prophet never speaks of difficult days to come. Certainly to be faithful they must. It does mean that when he or she does, they always couple that with a promise of God's mercy and grace.
So, how do we know if someone is a prophet or not? Do they say what God says, consistently, faithfully. When you are with them, do you feel challenged and encouraged? That is the true sign of a prophet.
Should a person call themselves a prophet? Only after it has been over and over confirmed as the call on their lives and the fruit they produce. If you are called to be a recognized prophet, people WILL recognize you. You will be a prophet to them. You can't NOT be a prophet. It will be your spiritual calling to those with any level of discernment at all. Then, when someone wants to refer to you, or when you refer to your call in the Body of Christ, just as some are called to be Pastors, Teachers, Apostles and Evangelists, you are called to be a Prophet. Does Father want you or me to be secret agents, never publicly acknowledging the Gift God Gives? NO.
Of course, the world is at odds with the Prophetic. It's constantly denying the Power of God at work. It hates the fact that God uses fallen broken weak people to do mighty works by His Spirit. That's why there are accusations. It comes from fear.
If you are a true Prophet, you will be dismissed, abused, made fun of, rejected and ignored. Just like Jesus. You are no different.
Yet, if you are a true Prophet, it won't matter. The call of God on your life, the gift he has entrusted to you will be so valuable you wouldn't have it any other way. Just to hear his voice, just to have Him whisper to you in the night is enough to carry you for years.
Thank you Holy Ghost for your calling to be your voice in the world. Even if the world doesn't receive you. Speak Lord, your servant listens.
Today there are once more saints and villains. Instead of the uniform grayness of the rainy day, we have the black storm cloud and the brilliant lightning flash. Outlines stand out with exaggerated sharpness. Shakespeare’s characters walk among us. The villain and the saint emerge from primeval depths and by their appearance they tear open the infernal or the divine abyss from which they come and enable us to see for a moment into mysteries of which we had never dreamed.
(For those who are not familiar with Bonhoeffer–he was an important leader of the anti-Nazi resistance in Germany. He was executed in 1945.)
I was reminded of the above passage by something Cara Ellison wrote a couple of days ago in discussing the 9/11 anniversary:
I guess I thought they were all gone, those types of monsters, stranded on reels of black and white film.
And people are understandably reluctant to see the monsters emerge from the old reels of film…or from the “primeval depths,” in Pastor Bonhoeffer’s formulation. The villains are terrifying: so are the heroes, in a different way. Because we know that when monsters are about, heroes will be needed. And being a hero is very dangerous.
Bonhoeffer’s clear-eyed view of Nazism cost him his life.
I think the desire to keep the uniform grayness of the rainy day” and avoid the vision of “the black storm cloud and the brilliant lightning flash” is behind a lot of the failure to understand the meaning of 9/11 and the seriousness of the terrorist and rogue-state assault on civilization.
Apologies if the above isn’t terribly clear, but I wanted to capture these thoughts while they were still fresh in my mind.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I would make his age mid twenties. All of a sudden, among people filling gas all around, without any understanding of what I was doing I yelled out to the young man, "Are you the manager of this store?" He said no. Then Boldness came over me. I announced to him and anyone else who was listening to the sound of my voice, "YOU WILL BE".
I could see, he was startled at my words. Then he stopped. Looked at me, Smiled big, gave me two thumbs up and with a spring in his step walked back into the store.
That's it. 15 seconds on the way to destiny.
Why did I do that? Because I was being obedient. I opened my mouth and the Lord filled it. Amazing. I didn't think, I just spoke as he gave me the utterance.
And, a destiny was pronounced. I have no idea how this will play out. I do know this, God is as good as his word and he didn't have me yelling to some guy I didn't know about something not my business for no reason at all.
That young man WILL be the manager of that station and who knows what else after that.
The word of Prophecy is the word of Destiny. And for that I am thankful.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I don't think so.
You came most likely as I did because you knew life was empty and going nowhere. That without something different life was all over. You were lost.
You know how that felt. I do.
Then a light shown in a dark place, deep in your soul. Hope called out to you. You began to believe. You said yes and things began to change. Slow. Sure. But change, and for the better.
Then you found yourself loved, safe, amazed.
That's how it was for me. I wanted HOPE. And it came. His name is Jesus.
So, let's evangilize people like HE evangilized YOU and ME. Offer Hope.
They don't need a prophet to tell them they are terrible rotten sinners. They do need one to offer them HOPE. Jesus.
And, that is the word of the Lord to me and maybe to you.
Friday, September 11, 2009
If you're feeling a little pain, if a little sadness, if a little grief, it's OK, There is a time to Cry
"It's OK to feel pain, it's OK to be sad for a while, the memory is real, I gave you memory. My plans are for better. You can look up, your redemption draws nigh. The tears you shed are not lost. I know them. One day I will wipe them all away."I had been moved by this story as told by Os Hillman:
On 9/11/01, New York City firefighter Stephen Siller had just completed his shift when he heard on his truck's scanner that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. Siller quickly turned his truck around and attempted to drive back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel but found the entrance blocked by abandoned vehicles. Desperate to join his elite Squad One brothers, Siller donned 75 pounds of fire gear and ran a mile-and-a-half through the tunnel, before an emergency vehicle picked him up and dropped him off at Tower Two.
Siller had been orphaned at the age of 10 and raised by his much older brothers and sisters. Siller died that day trying to save others. He left behind a wife and five children.
His story proved so inspirational that it became a legend in the newsrooms and firehouses of New York City. His six siblings - who in many ways viewed Siller as a son, as well as a brother - found themselves grappling with a dilemma: should they allow the tragic circumstances of their brother's death to paralyze and embitter them or use it as a catalyst to help others and preserve his memory?
The Siller family chose the latter.
Once they made that decision, and armed with no extraordinary wealth or political clout, the siblings combined forces to convince New York officials to close down the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel the last Sunday morning of each September and stage the "Tunnel to Towers Run" to commemorate their brother's heroic last run.
Each year since 9/11 tens of thousands of runners have retraced the steps of a hero. As part of the event 343 New York City firefighters, each representing a fallen comrade and holding an American flag, stand throughout the length of the tunnel. They are joined by firefighters from across the United States, each holding a poster-size picture of a firefighter who perished on 9/11.
The Siller family has raised more than $1 million and donated the money to charities that benefit families of those affected by the 9/11 attacks.
This is a tribute to one heartbroken family who opted to channel its energy into triumph out of tragedy.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It rings true today....
Calm Before the Storm - There is a sense that we are ready for the Perfect Storm cycle prophetically announced. Stay in the safe harbor of the Lord's presence while waiting --
Late Add: This guy thinks something is about to happen too
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
There is a meaning however a little deeper than meets the eye.
9-9+9 = 9/18
September 18, 2009, 9/18 is the beginning of the New Year in the Jewish Calender: Rosh Ha Shanna. It will be one year in Jewish time from the Big Market Crash of 777 points on Rosh Ha Shanna September 29, 2008. God showed himself in control.
Once more as he did that day, he will reveal himself. I don't know, yet. But I will know it when I see it. Stay tuned. Something is up. The clock is running.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I believe I hear the Spirit say, this is not that. People will not willingly go into a mark of the beast economic system and it's one world currency. They will retreat from it.
Not until it is imposed will it be enforced.
Until then the money systems of the world will do battle, ebb, flow lose and gain value. There will be exchanges. There will even be generated regional and local currencies.
Until the Beast.... Which is not yet.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Of course I know and knew there were 12. Why 10. Even in the published prophecy, the ten tribes didn't arise. This was one of those cases where words just came...Before I knew.
I now get it. Ten tribes were lost according to tradition. And there is some biblical evidence.
The disappearance represents a loss, a case of not knowing what the connection is.
I spoke it out without having a clue what I was saying. I give Holy Spirit to embarrass me any way he chooses.
I won't try to fix this. There's nothing to fix. The ten was by the Holy Ghost.
Who knows what this means and where it will lead?
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The other day I was watching a movie that was set in a remote African village in which a local parishioner was just sent to serve in the village Church. This Pastor goes to the village chief and seeks for the right hand of fellowship of the elders. They then assure him that since a larger majority of their people have come to embrace ‘the White Man’s Religion’ alongside their idol worship, they have learnt to live together in peace. The village chief simply assures this new minister that all will be well since they all exist for the common benefit of all. As time goes on, the parishioner begins to have conflict with the village idol priest who begins to hate and see him as an obstacle or enemy. The Pastor preaches that salvation and deliverance is free in Jesus’ name, but the local priest who apparently earns his living by bewitching and imposing oppressive gifts and sacrifices on poor villagers is offended. Eventually, the wicked priest is exposed, put to shame and the parishioner is vindicated as more people receive the gospel. End of story.
What really caught my attention as I watched this movie was the reference made by the village chief to the ‘the White Man’s Religion’̶ an obviously erroneous description of Christianity! We are ever mindful of the fact that the Lord first sent European missionaries to Africa to show us the way of salvation. My own Grandfather was among the first set of converts of the CMS missionaries who came to the village in the early 20th Century; he accepted the gospel as conveyed by the white missionaries who indeed hazarded their lives to save the lost, preached the gospel and brought literacy to the people. Their impact is positive and eternal.
THE STORY HAS CHANGED!
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all THE NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD (Psalms 9:17).
It doesn’t seem realistic anymore to call Christianity ‘the White Man’s Religion’ because succeeding generations of Europeans have actually forsaken and rejected God. A most tragic case in point is that of the British society which has quickly drifted towards self-destruct: a nation that has purposely denied God and teaches their children so. What shall be their lot? What is the hope of the wasting youths and future of the UK? Through senseless and ungodly legislation, the rulers have carved an indelible pathway of doom for their children and children’s children because they have become fools. This hedonistic generation indeed claims to be wise, advanced, sophisticated and updated while stopping at nothing to satisfy the flesh. They are advanced in drunkenness, revelry, tobacco and drugs, teenage pregnancy, sexual perversion, occultism and violence. Their aim is to derive entertainment or pleasure from lewdness, absurdity and indecency. In fact, the most indecent and stupid acts often attract the largest audience, publicity and celebration just because a nation is irreligious and doomed. Unfortunately, they readily offended and provoked at the mention of God or Jesus!
WHAT SHALL WE DO?
Let us cry to God for the salvation of the Great Britain and the entire Europe, if perhaps we may be able to avert an imminent and catastrophic judgment. God will avenge the wasted blood of youths and helpless children who have been misdirected and destroyed in the land. The judgment may no more be delayed. Besides, let us strive to save the youths by first making sure that our own children become a perfect pattern and example of God’s desire for this generation. Let us invest (to the best of our ability) in missions to the lost continent. Should we fail at this, we may not be spared from the doomsday. Shalom.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The level of chaos and disorder running rampant in the remnant is almost laughable. Everywhere I turn, in speaking with other members of the Body, I find the same thing – people going through hellish circumstances. And yes, we can laugh at the devil when we accurate know what is really going on. Many of these same fine folks once walked in blessing and visible favor, yet now have had their lives turned upside down through one adversity after another. Take heart O Saint! There is Divine Design is what is happening, even down to the financial meltdown and subsequent crisis the country is now experiencing.
For some years, accurate prophetic voices have seen and spoken of the next great move of God. We have, in the past, seen great moves of healing, teaching, evangelism, and preaching. Some of these ‘moves’ have names and dot the landscape of our spiritual history; yet now, there is emerging move, a move for the Ages! The next great move of God is “The Kingdom.” The Kingdom is coming upon the earth with Kingdom evidence and Kingdom power as God is truly contrasting His own from those who are not. God is interfering in the affairs of men to bring them into His Power and His Glory for His ‘Kingdom’ purpose. Out of our chaos will come God’s order, as the ‘refining process’ is doing its work of producing individual and corporate order in the true remnant Body of Christ. How will a man receive the Kingdom of God…through much tribulation (Acts 14:22). There is no other way to find Kingdom purpose without test and trials. Those the Lord loves (has great purpose for), He chastens.
The current difficulties the world is experiencing, and our individual struggles are a sign of the Kingdom’s emergence upon the earth. Many steeped in religion today do not understand this incredible point, as they simply see God as good, which He most definitely is, but their understanding of ‘good’ is linked to surface blessing only. Many classically eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and are quick to recognize the ‘evil’ side of the tree, but have little understanding of the deadly ‘good’ side of this fruit. God is indeed good, but all good is not God. We classically measure God’s goodness to us based upon our understanding of ‘good.’ My bank account is full – “Good.” What if the bank account is empty? Is that bad? Maybe through this adversity one learns the meaning of prayer and faith, or learning to hear and completely depend on God. The Kingdom of God is “peace, righteousness, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” These attributes cannot be gained by any other means than through the Holy Spirit, and often come with a price - adversity.
Dennis Peacock, a noted Christian writer and speaker from California, has often said that he didn’t desire to walk with anyone in the things of the Spirit who didn’t walk with a limp. We must go ‘through’ in order to get ‘to,’ and the journey can be a challenge.
So, take heart O Saint; especially those who are going through deep trials, cumbersome existence, and grand feelings of disjointedness. You are part of the emerging Kingdom of God. Laugh at the devil; for soon you will see the hand of God as never before.
Friday, September 4, 2009
I take the Hebrew calender seriously. So does the Father. He uses it often to demonstrate his moving. Many believe Jesus was born on Sukkot. He proclaimed that man may have living water on Sukkot from the steps of the temple. He chose those High Holy days to proclaim his divinity clearly. Clarity and Transition. Some even teach that Jesus will RETURN on the last day of Sukkot when he does. The in same manner principle. Born and Return.
This year's most important times begin on Friday the 18th of September and continue thru the 9th of October. Be aware of the changes that take place. They will not be insignificant. God is on the move.
The number of this year 5770 speaks of double 7. The number used by God last year during the High Holy Days to announce his intervention in the economic collapse we have seen.
This is also a year of ten. There is no zero in Biblical number systems. Ten is a number of transition and the number of clarity. The tithe is 10, the ten commandments, Noah's flood was the tenth generation from Adam, there were ten plagues of Egypt and there are Ten Virgins, 5 wise, 5 unwise.
All of these speak of transition and clarity. The flood, the harvest season for the tithe, the law of God given, the troubles that released the captives in the Exodus and the return of the Bridegroom.
We are now in that season. Transition and Clarity.
God is saying to us:
I am bringing you out, giving you new instructions and telling you to be on watch like the virgins. You will see what I will want you to do in this new season, this new year, this ebb of the Flood that will place you on HIGH GROUND.Prepare for this time.....It's Holy, and HE is HIGH and Lifted UP. Now HE says, "Come UP Here"
Things will not be the same. They will be new. I will place my clarity in your heart as you move into this new time.
Watch and see what I will do. Stand still and see the salvation of YOUR GOD.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The ones who are most suited to the job may not look the best.
They are the sharp, prepared tools. But sometimes the handles are chipped. Sometimes there are marks on the shaft. But they fit, they are suited to the job.
I have some that I have purchased with shiny handles and bright chrome shafts. They aren't as steady and reliable as others I will always reach for in the Drawer.
I know they can do what I need done.
I have a sense this morning, that's a lot like the Holy Spirit looking for people to flow thru. The best looking, the one with the greatest publicity, the ones with the most noted position may not be as useful as the one who is ready, willing and prepared to do what needs to be done.
Lord Prepare ME.....
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Yet, if you enter into a bookstore and look over the offerings you see many books. Theologians have hundreds, even thousands. It's a lot of voices, some are confusion factors.
Yet, when I hear from Spirit Led believers it's nearly always the pure word of God or a word of revelation. The closer they come to the Heart of Jesus the closer they are to the pure word of God.
Today I heard the Spirit of God say,
"Hear from heaven. Listen to the sound of my voice. I will lead you into all truth. I will cause you to be instructed as I instructed Paul. I will give you reassurance. I will direct your paths. The voices you allow into your life with movies, television, books and other things that cause you confusion. Hear ME. Hear what the Spirit says. Depend on ME. I am your all in all. Just as the glory of the Son will dim the Sun in that day, so my revelation to you will cause all the books and other things to fade from view as you see MY Glory."
Yes Lord, Come Lord, my eyes are fixed on you.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Introduction by Larry Randolph
In 2005, I was visited by an Angel of the Lord who showed me a string of events that would unfold beginning in 2007 through the end of 2012. One of the most striking predictions was his proclamation that, "The economy of this nation will go down a long, dark hill." Among many other things, the angel also informed me that in the same year I saw the deaths of many Hollywood celebrities, it would signify the end of an era and the beginning of change in the nation. I shared these things in a few meetings, but felt that I should not yet release the details of the visitation on a national scale.
"What God Told Me in July of 2008 About THAT September"
Then in July of 2008, the Lord informed me that a "perfect storm" would hit the nation in the middle of September and that it would be the beginning of the economic collapse the angel revealed to me in 2005. Again, I was reluctant to draw national attention to the coming events and purposely restricted the prophetic word to a small number of conferences. Although the prediction came to pass around the 15th of September 2008, part of my reluctance to give the prophetic word was due to much of the negativity that is often associated with a number of prophetic ministries. As one called to encourage the Church prophetically, I tend to shy away from anything that sounds like "gloom and doom" and often wait for God to show me the redemptive value of what is happening.
"I NOW Feel an Urgency to SOUND THE ALARM!"
That being said, however, I now feel an urgency to sound the alarm that unprecedented events are approaching us on many levels. We are at the end of the "holding pattern" we have experienced this year and are about to enter another season of change and great shaking. In fact, there is a "super-shift" coming that is truly bittersweet and will ultimately reveal the best of times and the worst of times. In view of the sobering times we are approaching, I have decided to release a prophetic word that I recently delivered at Grace Center, my home church in Franklin, Tennessee.
As you'll hear in the prophecy, the shift begins this September, continuing throughout October, and will gain both momentum and velocity by December 31st. Interestingly, the 31st is a "blue moon" night that is an astronomical rarity—thus the phrase "once in a blue moon."
Also, a part of my decision to release the following prophecy is related to yet another encounter I had in August. Around the middle of the month, I had a vision of a 5.0 earthquake that would mark the beginning of a critical shift. I also saw a greater shaking that was to follow in the near future. The next day, I called my friend Bob Jones who confirmed that he was also feeling "a trembling" in the Earth. Several days after our conversation, there was a 5.0 earthquake in Alaska on August 19th, which confirmed to me the importance of the vision. (Reported on Fox News August 19, 2009: 5.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Anchorage, Alaska.)
And, if I am interpreting correctly what I feel and see, there is yet a seven-fold shaking of greater magnitude coming that will produce enormous and perhaps catastrophic disruptions on economic, political, geophysical, atmospheric, and spiritual levels.
No Matter What Events Unfold, God is "Unfailingly Redemptive"
However, the good news is that God is unfailingly redemptive, no matter what events unfold in the world. According to the Prophet Isaiah, when darkness invades the Earth, the glory of God is certain to arise upon His people. Although we are entering uncertain and turbulent waters, remember that the challenges we face can affect us for good or for bad. When God shook the fountains of the deep in Noah's day, for example, the flood had both negative and positive implications for that generation. For those outside the ark it was devastating, but for those inside the ark it was liberating. So depending on your posture in Christ, the coming days can either be the best of times or the worst of times.
Larry Randolph Ministries
Note by Steve Shultz: You've Got to Hear this Word Now! I have broken a normal guiding of mine. I need you to LISTEN to this word rather than read it—for the URGENCY is that great!
To LISTEN NOW to this most profound and sobering word by Larry Randolph click on the image below or go to http://www.elijahdownloads.com/files/randolph
Now in later years I get what he said. Sometimes when I speak or write a prophetic word, it's clear it's not me. It's not my ability. It's something else. It's a supernatural thing. My Natural ability is actually fairly limited. I am blown away by very skilled and articulate people who write and speak with rich clarity. That is a natural well trained ability. That isn't me.
I know I won't get any argument. Verbally and in print I am a honey and locust eating desert dwelling skin wearing unkempt prophet. My three piece suit doesn't fit me anymore.
The comment Ron makes in the post below is so excellent. So well written. So clear. I tip my hat and bow to greater skill.
Yet, beyond my ability, beyond my skill God chooses to use me, a chipped and cracked vessel without much honor in the earth to pour out what he has poured in me. I am faithful to do that.
Last Sunday in one of the Great Churches in America (Michigan), a prophetic word I had given the Pastor was read in part to the Congregation. It seems like much of what God has called me is to speak to leaders, not correction; confirmation, encouragement, vision, hope, faith and sometimes caution, sometimes a push to go ahead.
If that's what my purpose is, I'm happy with it. I'm in awe that God uses me. I'll never probably have a brochure with a picture of me with a microphone in my hand. I'll probably never have a big conference at Pheasant Run. That's not my calling.
If God's use of me is to be a bearer of His word to people who make a difference on platforms, I'm happy with that role.
God knows what he is doing even if I don't sometimes. He empowers me to say and write things beyond any human ability I possess.
Thanks be to GOD who CAUSES.....TRIUMPH