Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Impossible Yes .... by Rick Cruz Torres

"It wasn't so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God's gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there's more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this." ~Titus 3:3-8 (MSG)
I remember many years ago I was in a meeting with John Bevere and he preached, "The reason you haven't been delivered from that sin habit is you love your sin more than you love God!"

It sounded harsh but I knew it was true and I never forgot it. I also knew I couldn't make myself love God more; He would have to do it for me. For the next 17 years I struggled to get free from sin but I was never able to walk in victory for longer than a few days at a time.

In February of 2010, God suddenly showed up in my kitchen and began to speak to me very clearly about how I had been living and about the choices which were before me. He showed me that the sins I had given myself to were actually forms of demon worship and He revealed the ways these demons were ruling over my life and tormenting me and my loved ones.

He opened my eyes to see that I must forsake Self Rule and receive the Lordship of Jesus over my WHOLE life - this meant nothing was to be held in reserve - a complete abandoning of all rights to rule over my own existence. It was an impossible command; nothing in me was able to comply. I entered into a great anguish of spirit. His manifest presence departed from me and I was left shaken and empty.

A terrible, sweeping sorrow and numbness unlike anything I had ever known, seemed to break over me in a black wave and I glimpsed eternal separation from His love. The horror of those hours defies all human words. I came to understand that without His grace to empower me, I would never be able to obey Him, and without King Jesus ruling over every part of my life, there would be no grace.

The exchange had to be made; there was no other way to live. My thoughts, dreams, emotions, hopes, desires, plans, fears, strengths, weaknesses, understandings, perceptions, accomplishments, failures, victories and habits for HIM. For shining peace and fiery glory - for ecstatic hope and unbearable joy - for perfect victory and unbroken intimacy - for HIM.

The very instant I said "yes", my whole world turned upside down. That first "yes" catapulted me into a realm of revelation that utterly transformed my whole reality from the inside out, and EVERY "yes" after that has opened Heaven wider and wider to me. I learned that it is our agreement with God that changes our world THROUGH us. His dominion is advanced through our WHOLE life that resounds with the abandoned "YES" of our heart to His invitation.

All captivity to sin came to an abrupt end. It was so abrupt that it seemed to take my mind a few days to catch up with what had happened. I had lived and thought in fallen ways for so long that everything was raw somehow. Like all of life was brand new in a dangerous, exciting way. My spiritual senses were absolutely electric; it was very much like I had awakened from a long slumber in a dark place and been thrust directly into VERY bright sunshine without warning.

I kept waiting for it all to fade and days turned into weeks and months until finally I stopped waiting for it to come to and end. When I say 'it', I mean not just the incredible heightened spiritual sensitivity, but this impossible all consuming joy, like a HUGE torrent just under the surface of my daily life...a river that breaks out unexpectedly and throws me around.

One could use words like ecstasy, bliss, euphoria, gladness, happiness, drunkenness and such, but truly no human language can ever capture the wonder and splendor and majesty of His abiding glory. We are born to dwell in the unbroken glory of His presence. It is for this reality that every human heart aches, whether they know it yet or not, and it is the unspeakable privilege of those who are learning to navigate the depths of His glory, to ignite as many hearts as possible with the fire of His love.

"The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." ~Romans 13:12 (NKJV)

Throne Room Light!

Rick~June, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bill Hamon: Awake! Prepare! It's Coming!

We are about to move to a new level the Church has never functioned in before –Dr. Bill Hamon
Bill Hamon

The prophetic Scriptures reveal that the Day of the Lord's mighty visitation on earth will produce major manifestations:

For the World (those that are not God's people): "A day of darkness and gloominess" (Joel 2:2); "Darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness will cover the people" (Isaiah 60:2); and "Everything will be shaken" (Hebrews 12:26-27).

For God's People: A manifestation of God's glory like the bright dawning of a new day, and a Kingdom which cannot be shaken (see Joel 2:11-12; Isaiah 60:1-3; Hebrews 12:28).

The Lord Jesus decreed the beginning of the third and final Church reformation in 2008 (read on The Elijah List here).

The First Reformation began to be manifested at the water baptism of Jesus and continued on to the birthing of the Church and its establishment to the ends of the earth. The Second Reformation started with the Protestant movement in 1500 which brought the Church out of a 1,000-year Dark Age to full restoration. Nine restoration movements culminated in 2007 with The Saints Movement, which launched the Church into its Third Reformation, just as the Protestant Movement launched the Church into its Second Reformation.

Jesus told His disciples that they needed to wait until they received the Holy Spirit's gift, which was their own spirit language, before they were to begin fulfilling God's purpose for the First Reformation. The spirit language, working like a hydro-electric or nuclear power plant, produced the power that enabled the Saints to fulfill the great commission in the First Reformation.

After I wrote the book that describes my revelation of the Third Reformation, God spoke to me that the Church again needs empowerment in order to fulfill His purpose. Therefore I wrote a book on the power and purpose of God giving the Church members their own spirit language, 70 Reasons for Speaking in Tongues.

God is getting ready to release His glory, power and wisdom upon the Church. The first to receive will be those who have passed the three years of testing since the beginning of the Third and Final Reformation in 2008.

Zechariah 12:8, On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD going before them. Zechariah 12:8 is about to be activated in Christ's overcomers. We are about to move to a new level the Church has never functioned in before.

Daniel dreamed (in chapter 7) of four beasts. One prevailed against God's holy people until the Ancient of Days made a judgment in favor of His people and they possessed the Kingdom (v. 22). In the same way, God is making a declaration in the Heavens against the devil, in favor of the Saints, that initiates the time for us to begin possessing and demonstrating the Kingdom. We must possess until the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our Lord Jesus and His Church. (See Revelation 11:15; Daniel 7:27, 2:34-35, 44-45; Psalm 103:13.)

"Wake Up!"

Jane Hamon was recently awakened by an angel shaking her shoulder forcefully, saying, "Wake up!" She felt God was telling her that He is calling the Church to "Wake up!" Also, she felt it is very important that we know all of the "wake up" Scriptures, because they apply to us at this time. Get ready to wake up and participate by using your spirit language, which God gave the Saints to fulfill the first, second and now the third and final Church reformation.

Everyone needs to be knowledgeable of what is taking place in God's timing and purposes for the Church on earth. I want you to be informed and empowered. I encourage you to read my latest two books: "Prophetic Scriptures Yet to Be Fulfilled" (reveals the Third and Final Reformation) and 70 Reasons for Speaking in Tongues (which shows you how to use the Holy Spirit gift of your own spirit language to be empowered, enlightened and properly prepared to participate).

The only safe place with a future is in the Kingdom of God. While everything in the world is failing, God's Kingdom will be prospering and producing the glory that shall fill the Earth as the waters cover the sea. Prepare and participate to receive God's abundant power and provision for producing His purpose on earth. Amen!

In His Service,

Dr. Bill Hamon, Founder and Bishop
Christian International Ministries

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Moderate sinners are modest in sin

They do not commit all sins at all times

They do not rob God always

They do not steal everything at-a-go

Neither do they totally reject religion

Only God determines their worth

Even the heavenly Judge who is just

He will neither lie nor waver in judgment

Moderate sinners are `rational' sinners

Moderate sinners enjoy secret sins

They cleverly conceal their evil deeds

They prove smarter than any earthly watcher

Moderate sinners are hopeless gamblers

Whose foolishness will soon be revealed

They tell lies with ease and comfort

They reject the truth with tacit hate

In their heart lies the wicked, ol' serpent

They are of the stock of Reuben of old

They are ever unstable as seawater

They shall never excel in life

Their love for the Scriptures is selective

They hate God but love His prosperity

They use the Bible to establish lust

They are twisted philosophers indeed

Truly, they are perverse counselors

"If you drink, don't drive," they say

"If you drive, don't drink" they exhort

They plead against immorality, not because it is evil

But because of HIV/AIDS and STD's

They advise men to play safe and use condom

Evil homosexuals are referred to as "gay"

Their abominable evil as "Alternative Lifestyle"

Moderate sinners are the worst of hypocrites

They pursue worthless vanities with modesty

Moderate sinners will die twice and forever

They are candidates of hell whose abode is in Hades

They are people who claim that too much of sin is bad

The eternal consequence and gravity of sin they know not

But Christ died for all, moderate sinners inclusive

If all men will value what Christ did, they will hate sin


Culled from HOPEFUL THOUGHTS, a compendium of spiritual poetry by OLUFUNSO J OMIDIRAN

Going into war unprepared - WHY?

The body of Christ in the western world is unprepared for what is coming. When it comes most will fall away. There will be a few, many fewer than you can imagine that will make it thru.

This is why the teaching of a rapture is so popular. We won't HAVE to go thru. We will just be taken out. It's not true. I wish it were. The ark of Noah is a picture of our preparation in Faith to prepare for the flood to come. We will experience the rain, we will feel the storm, but if we are ready we will not be overwhelmed. The Ark of God in our life is his presence and our trust in HIM alone. That is our passing thru the deep waters to come.

The time of trouble will cause most people who name the name of Jesus nominally to become animalistic. People will be in Church dancing raising their hands one day and rioting in the street looting and even killing the next day when the trouble hits. We saw this after Katrina in a small way. It will be much worse. Look at Greece. We are going to see much worse.

The time of trouble will reveal the true believers. Sadly, the church in the west has failed to prepare their members to be ready. Many church folks have trusted in government to deliver them. Many are trusting in gold and silver. Some are trusting in a job, a pension, social security or some other supply without understanding that when the troubles come these will all stop.

Governments will fall. Anarchy will prevail --- for a while. IF you aren't on the solid rock you will not make it. This will be the time when persevering Christians will shine. The world will need, even want, hope. It won't come by will come by example. The time for preaching will be over. They must see our victorious life. That comes by preparation.

NOW is the time for Christian leaders to prepare their people to stand above the times of trouble. To be strong and courageous. To walk in true faith - not emotion. To be prepared to take places of spiritual leadership in a world that will face a vacuum at the top.

The primary mission must be that the Christian must demonstrate the benefits of absolute reliance on the provisional and protecting GOD. One who can and will meet every need. One who will supernaturally provide when everyone else is falling apart. OF course there will be persecution and abuse. There will be people who come against Christians. BUT the evidence will be so strong as Christians rise up in the catastrophe people will be drawn in. Unfortunately so few will shine that those who do will be placed quickly in positions of authority and leadership.

This is why people must lean the secret of Protection and Provision. Not for now...although that is important...but for the days to come. They must live it now because later will be too late to learn it.

I have an optimistic view of the world to come. I am hopeful. That optimism is not based on positive faith ...but in God bigger than any negative news that will come. It is not faith to hide our head in the sand and hope our circumstances get better. It is faith to believe God who is greater than our circumstances.

I have offered to share this with those who have ears to hear. I have shared this already in several places. I will share it freely with whomever would want to prepare the saints for whom they are responsible as a pastor/leader. It's time. Get Ready. Help get your people ready.

There is great victory after those days of trouble...if you survive. You won't be of much value in the kingdom dead or defeated. Rise up oh church!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Eschatology - like a Cigar Box nailed Shut

Most of what is taught with great confidence about the end times is like people speculating on a cigar box full of various items nailed shut with cigar box experts telling you what is inside.

I got this story from a friend and immediately the Holy Spirit said..."tell them this is what they are doing". THE STORY:

A teacher gave each of his students a cigar box with several items inside. They were allowed to hold the box, sniff the box, shake the box, turn it upside down, turn it on end, listen to the sounds the box made when it was shaken, try to peek in the cracks, feel the weight of the box...they could do anything in the world to the box EXCEPT open it.

They were then told to try to explain and tell from their analysis what was inside the box. Of course as they did they were wrong. Some even foolishly. A few got close. Knowing the person who placed the items in the box helped understand what might be in there. Since the person who placed the items in the box was close mouthed about could only speculate.

IF the one who filled the box were to give clues it might be worse. They would extrapolate the clues into all kinds of wild imaginations as to the contents based on them.

This is what has happened in the whole end times argument. This is what IS happening in the world of end times speculation. To carry the metaphor of the box a bit further, there are whole denominations of people who have taken a firm position on what is in the box. Others have written best selling books on the contents of the box and many people's opinions of the box's content are shaped by these books. Some groups have build great box churches by declaring the box contents to be thus and so. Some fear what is in the box. Some are hoping they will escape the box contents by a rapture. Some are looking forward to the opening of the box. Yet the box remains closed. Some even say the box is already open, but no one can find nor have they seen the open box. So the mystery remains.

IF we are wise, if we follow the lead of the Box Maker/Filler/Sealer, we will accept the idea that we do not know for sure. We don't know if or when the box will be opened. We can read the things that the Box Maker has written. Or the things he said about the contents of the box as clues. A few people were given revelations of what the box contains. That helps...but if I am going to speculate at all (understand anything I speculate about is just that and so is anything else said by others) I must be willing to admit my speculation is as good as the revelation I have received. Flawed probably. Speculation.

I reject the idea that anyone is certain of the contents of the box. I reject teaching that takes world events and twists them to get a clue as to the box and it's content. I reject the idea that any person has an edge on this or that one. I certainly reject the idea that for centuries people have taught the content of the box to be thus and so, therefore it must be true.

How we became so arrogant in our certitude of the content of the boxes we have is beyond me.

IF I am going to offer speculation it MUST come FIRST from the WORD of the boxmaker. No other author need apply. If you would instruct me as to the content of the box...consider everything the boxmaker said...everything. Taking one short passage from his writing or taking an implication of his sayings to prove a point won't carry much water.

The truth of the matter is we don't know. Thinking we do ends up with a Harold Camping moment. Thinking we do has preachers like John Hagee making a fortune on box speculation. Thinking we do has people at odds with each other in the Body of Christ.

Let's agree on this ONE THING....we don't REALLY know and we can't know until the box is opened. It hasn't happened yet. It will. We will all be surprised at what is really inside the box.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What you Reject is as important as what you Accept

There are many voices competing for our acceptance. Not all are true. Some are actually evil and intend to deceive.

Knowing which voice to heed is critical.

The voice of the Shepherd is the voice we all seek.

His voice won't be silenced by anyone. We are responsible to silence the voice of the deceiver around us.

That means we must be prepared to take whatever come to us and strain it thru the screen of the word of God. If it doesn't match up, it must go.

Some things you hear are freeing...some are bondage. We must be able to sort the two.

I have a friend who is just discovering the lie that some eschatology teachings have been for a long time. She said, "I feel like I have been living under a cloud". She is emerging from that dark pessimistic place. One that was looking to escape by a rapture, that takes events from the pages of newspapers and interpret each one as a harbinger of the end times. Deception. Darkness.

She may now fall into the trap of the other extreme. She will be in the light. It will be great. RIGHT? Sunshine. Optimism. Faith is NOT optimism. It seems like it should be..but it's not.

What this really means is as the enemy puts his crosshairs on her she will be destroyed when bad news shows it always does. Tribulation denial creates terminal disappointment. Many will fall away when the trouble comes.

Jesus was a pessimist but with the Optimism of HIMSELF.
These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
If your heart beat in the last five minutes or if you took a breath in the last hour you are still in the world. You WILL have tribulation. If you somehow have bought the lie that all the trouble is in the have been baited to be abused by the enemy of your soul.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Paul's Disagreement with the Prophet

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, "The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles'" (Acts 21:10,11).

In Acts 21, we find an interesting scene involving Paul, the disciples and a prophet named Agabus. Agabus tied Paul's hands and feet in a prophetic act to dramatize the word of prophecy he was going to give Paul that he would be bound and persecuted in Jerusalem. The leaders concluded from this that Paul was not to go to Jerusalem. However, Paul disagreed.

"When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, 'Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus'" (Acts 21:4-14).

Was Paul acting in disobedience to the counsel of others and even the Holy Spirit's confirmation by other believers? If so, does that mean that Paul was not to go? By his response, Paul seemed to know something the others didn't. He didn't disagree with the prophecy, he disagreed with the interpretation.

It is always the individual's responsibility to interpret the meaning and action required from counsel from others. This is not the role of the prophetic gifts of others. He is the messenger, the recipient needs to determine the action required from the message.

There is no reason to think that Paul went to Jerusalem in violation of the will of God. The prophetic forecasts were not prohibitions from the Holy Spirit but forewarnings of what lay ahead. Paul's friends tried to dissuade him from risking his life; but the apostle remained steadfast in accomplishing his mission that he believed was from God in spite of personal danger.

The important lesson for us is to understand that doing the will of God does not always have a positive outcome. If it did, we would make decisions based only on perceived outcome. This is not a biblical way of making decisions. Jesus was obedient to the cross.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thinking like a Hebrew starts with Obedience

Hebraic Thought
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding" (Psalms 111:10).

Education is a high priority in any society that wants to advance. Education should be sought after by every believer in Jesus Christ in order to better understand God's ways. However, education that is not mixed with faith and obedience will result in programmatic religion.

In the early Hebraic church, wisdom was gained by obedience. Hebrews learned that wisdom was gained by knowing and doing the will of God and that it often did not line up with logic. However, as the church became impacted by the Greek culture through the influence of scholars like Socrates and Aristotle, knowledge-based systems became more influential in the way education was taught and applied. Greeks believed that the way to gain knowledge was based on reason and analysis.

When Joshua walked around the city of Jericho seven times blowing his trumpets, he was exhibiting a Hebraic model of decision-making - pure obedience. Logic and reason played no part in this decision. When Elisha instructed the army general to go wash in a lake in order to be healed of leprosy, it confronted his intellect. This was Hebraic thought rooted in obedience.

The Church has moved into a more knowledge-based and programmatic system of operation over the centuries, rather than obedience-based methods that are motivated by a heart fully devoted to following God. We've replaced obedience with reason, logic, and slick marketing for attractive programs to entice people into our churches.

Ultimately, God desires us to take the Hebraic approach when making decisions. He wants us to make decisions based on our heart's desire to follow Him.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Communion..Heresy...Disunity...Putting the Body of Christ Back Together

I spent some precious time with Dr John Roberts in Tennessee. He's a facebook friend and I took the time to meet him. It was a good investment of time.

We did what we all love to do, poured over the word of God and talked about life in Christ. Ghost Stories. While we talked I brought up the disunity in the body; how fractured the Body of Christ has become, in Churches, denominations and whole nations full of Christians scattered like sheep without shepherds. How sad that made me and how could it ever be fixed.

John took his Bible and began to read verse by verse 1 Corinthians 11, a familiar passage, and unveiled how it's less about communion and words of institution, and MORE about the need for unity. It caused me to revisit my mindset over communion and the heresies that divide the Body of Christ. I hope I can do this justice. It was seared in my spirit and mind. I have since been reading it over and over again and believe this may help someone who is dealing with such divisions and factions in his or her church:

1 Corinthians 11
17Now in this I declare unto you that I praise you not: that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
Paul is about to be hard on them. He isn't coming to this on cats paws. HE DECLARES. It would be better NOT to have church than do what they are doing. They are making people worse.

18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it.
What follows is about DIVISION. Factions. And he seems to be a little sarcastic. "I PARTLY believe it". It's the divisions that are the problem and the results of them.

19For there must be also heresies among you, that those who are approved may be made manifest among you.
Those divisions are creating and root from heresies Paul says. If you don't buy into the "Party Line" you are kept out. Ostracized. Some are more equal than others. More approved. Higher status. Only certain people get to be in the places of manifest themselves. Authorized. Them and us. The big shots and the little people. We see this all the time in the Western Church. You have no trouble figuring out who the "important" are.

20When ye therefore come together into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper.
Paul seems to say, you are doing in church what you want to do, not to the Lord's purposes...but to some other end. To some selfish end. To fulfil a private agenda. It's division.

21For in eating, every one taketh his own supper ahead of another, and one is hungry and another is drunken.
People are being extravagant, ostentatious, selfish, presumptuous and others have nothing to bring. The haves exclude the have nots. Holy Chairs. That creates division as well. Sometimes the behavior in these situations ends up being just plain glutinous in it's excess. Like people who are drunk on power, on money, on position, on status. Division.

22What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God, and shame those who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not!
Paul says, if you want to act like that, all showy and such, then stay home. He seems to run out of words of indignation. He certainly is very unimpressed with the attempts at being impressive that is going on in churches. There is real anger in this verse. DESPISE and SHAME are strong words. He's about to try to show them what they are doing. Verse 23 is naked without the prior verses...

23For I have received from the Lord that which also I delivered unto you: that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread;
Paul says...there was division, betrayal, on the very night HE ate his last meal before the cross with his disciples. This was the night of John 13-17 events, impartations and prayers. The focus of this passage in John is servanthood and unity. This is no different. Paul is trying to help them see how the actions they are taking are not unlike what was so wrong that night...Judas.

24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me."
Here's what I had never considered before. There is so much Greek interpretation and theological seminary teaching over this verse we may have missed one simple approach to what Jesus said. He said. Do this to RE MEMBER ME. Since the issue is dis unity. DIS MEMBERMENT has taken place in the body. People have been cut off. There is a Need to RE Member. The Body of Christ, even today, is Dis Membered in many ways. Heresies. Power. Position. We need to RE Member Christ's body. We are his body. We need being put together again.

25In the same manner also He took the cup when He had supped, saying, "This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me."
The Blood shed by Jesus wasn't taken from him, it was given. He gives it now. We RE Member Him when we are brought together in UNITY.

26For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death until He come.
This is not to be considered without understanding that a monstrous price has been paid, GOD sacrificed himself, we show not ourselves..but HIM who Comes. We have nothing to boast other than Christ and him Crucified.

27Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
What is unworthily? When it is done for show. When it is done in division. "I hate you but I come to the communion table anyway. I disagree with you on everything but I take part in obligation". That is unworthy.

What is Jesus is saying we should do? We need to come to RE MEMBER his DIS MEMBERED body. In an old fashioned WELS church I couldn't take communion. I am DIS MEMBERED. Catholic and Orthodox as well. I confess, in unity with them from time to time I have taken communion. I want to be RE MEMBERing. That is Worthy. Looking at the the John seems to be. It is one reason that I am no fan of church MEMBERSHIP. It makes this situation worse, not better. I can't change the culture of Church...but I can speak against this weakness in it.

28But let a man examine himself, and then let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.
IF I really look in the mirror I see myself for who I am...I see that I am not in total unity with those I do love and should love in the Body. I might not agree with everything that is done. I might not be together on everything they teach...but I can be ONE with them...just as Jesus Prayed I would be.

29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
NOW the crunch comes. IF we are going to insist on our "us four and no more" mentality we bring damnation on our selves. We entered into this and never saw how DIS membered the Body really is. How continuing to tolerate and even encourage this "them and us" mindset that has destroyed so many good fellowships. I know of a strong fellowship that created a Lords Supper meal that was so exclusive it was by invitation only. It destroyed the ministry. I was once part of it. Unworthy.

30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
The consequence of DIS memberment is death, disease, dysfunction. People are separated from the rest and they are allowed to die off. They are considered less worthy. Disconnected. Dis membered and no one cares. The body is NOT being the Body of Christ. Just a cliquey country club. People dying all around and the body does nothing.

31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
Paul is saying, you should be able to spot this yourself. You wouldn't need me to come point this out. Look at your life. Look at your fellowship. Look at what is going on. Is there Dis Memberment..or is there REMEMBERANCE going on. Are people being brought in or kept out.

32But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
Paul now heals...this was a chastening. God Chastens those he loves. He loves them. They have by their divisions and heresies become no better than the world..but by their repentance will find that they don't have to be condemned. There is therefore NO Condemnation for those who have been RE MEMBERED into Christ.

33Therefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
Here's the crux of unity. Preferring one another. Waiting for. Seeing goodness. Caring. Building up. Taking Time. It's harder work than standing with a microphone and an I-pad or a guitar...but it's the call of God for the Church as the time draws near of great trouble.

34And if any man hunger, let him eat at home, that ye come not together unto condemnation.
Last, how you are at home..Paul says, I have no influence over. BUT when you are together....STAY in RE MEMBERANCE. There is enough DIS MEMBERANCE going on in the world outside our your fellowship. Don't bring it in and stain, condemn, the Body of Christ.

This was a great time of revelation for ME in this. I believe that seeing this familiar passage in the light of RE Membering the Body of Christ may build the kind of Unity we all want.

That is the Word of the Lord to someone. It was for me.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


There is a soon coming day when very difficult times will come. Some places have seen a glimpse of them. Joplin MO. Haiti. New Orleans. Alabama.

There are always people ready to come in and be help.

BUT, in the days to come will be such that there will be no one to come help from the outside. There will be no outside. We will all go thru this together. The whole world. There will be no rapture out of the mess. This is not the great tribulation, it is a time of troubles. It is in fact the work of God to bring people to himself. Jesus is not coming back in the middle of all this except in the hearts and hands of his Body on Earth. People will perish because they cannot discern the Body of Christ all around. It's an introduction to a new age.

The church we know today will collapse. We aren't ready.

My friend Ron from Christchurch NZ just experienced another earthquake yesterday. Not as big but a pummeling that is beginning to take a toll.

He writes (read the whole thing):

This Tuesday, the streets were full of people, because many work places and schools had not yet reopened. People will out with shovels and wheelbarrows, starting on the task of shoveling silt from their lawns and gardens. Where liquefaction had come up through cracked foundations, people were shoveling sandy silt out of their houses. In a few cases a bit of sewage is mixed in. This was the third time that many had undertaken this task.


The earthquake is not my real worry. The aftershocks will fade and disappear in less than a year. But that is not the end of distress. Our nation has lost the blessing of God, so there are worse economic shocks and social distress to come. My real worry is that the the body of Christ is almost totally unprepared for the opportunities that lie ahead.

I know we are not ready. People won't have money. Or gasoline. This will bring out the very best in people..and the worst. This will reveal the REAL JESUS on the earth in his Body and those who are pretenders. I appeal by the Spirit of GOD to all senior church leaders to take this warning seriously. Prepare your people to endure. Be ready for victory. It will be much different than you think.

A Visitation to the Throne Room by Peter Tan

I read and then listened to the MP3 of this revelation.

It's really good and I believe contains much of what we need to know about the throne room of God.


As you go to church tomorrow...think of this:
Somehow what we do spiritually on the earth, does bring some manifestation from the Throne of God. In heaven, one of the busiest times is when there are various activities going on with the saints on earth. Sunday is not only a very busy day on earth whereby many believers all over the world worship God. It pleases God when there are spiritual activities that go on in the earth. I saw the things coming out from the earth to heaven. Those things were substances of our praises, prayers, sacrifices, giving, right attitudes of our hearts described earlier that go up to God in worship.

It was not just a one-way thing upward, but a two way traffic - the rays of light that come upwards to heaven and rays of light going downwards. These rays were substances going up to heaven creating an activity in heaven and the angels of God were bringing the substances of the saints and bringing them to God like real offerings before Him. Oh, the awesomeness of the things of God.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Prophetic Windshield Musings

I am traveling this week on business.

Alone in the car, radio off, no music, no talk. I am alone with a steering wheel in my hand.

Sometimes these windshield times yield some interesting downloads.

Today was no different. I heard the Lord Say:

Be careful with the revelation I give you. Don't cast your pearls before swine. Some swine are religious users who will use the revelation I give you to manipulate others. Some revelation is just for you.

I am always forgiving. I am always restoring. I will always make you whole. Even when I am quick to forgive, the consequences of your disobedience will continue. When Nathan came to King David, the first thing God said was he was forgiven, but there were consequences. Don't confuse forgiveness for avoidance of consequence.

The turning point for churches now in decline came when the focus moved from the presence of God in my people to the presence of people on a platform. (He stirred in me remembrances of days in vigorous churches when a tongue, an interpretation of tongues, a prophecy, a word of wisdom, a Psalm, a Hymn, a Spiritual song would arise spontaneously from the people and not from the platform)
My people were designed to be vessels thru which I manifest by my Spirit. If any place or people quenches that Spirit flow I will remove the Glory from them. They become a work of pure corruptible flesh and die.

Sometimes these times in quiet teaches. Thank You Jesus!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dreams of Warfare from Mark Pavlot

The Following written by Mark Pavlot

For the last several weeks, I have had some pretty intense warfare along with dreams as to the battling of hordes of the enemy coming upon us. As they seemingly began their onslaught upon the earth and its inhabitants. Once they were working with the governments of the world to come after believers, another time I was in a house protecting believers and in the dream I could see in the Spirit as to their tactics, their devices, I was endowed with this as it were supernatural power to engage them.

Some years ago I was out with some students and fellow teachers from Bible school, when we were driving home, all of a sudden this travail came over me with a groaning that was so deep in my chest that I thought it would burst; I had to stop; there was no prayer or prophetic word or anything.

The next day one of the faculty that was with us came to me and said when I was travailing in the Spirit he saw this rather large table in the heavens, with Satan unrolling this large scroll, He heard him say, These are the schemes that we will use to frustrate the saints in the coming days. That was 30 years ago...I see it like it was yesterday now. The enemy has 13 weapons my scholar friend Gustav Hoyer taught me, the chief one is to the other 12 he never said, however I believe I see some and the rest we will him that overcomes...

The Scriptures in Revelation concerning the Laodicean era has never gripped me like it has lately, especially the part about raiment, eyesalve, and gold tried in the fire, coincidentally I clicked on a website all too familiar to me and their it was Revelation 3:17-21.

The interesting aspect as to God's love is found in those verses; A Call to come out of your present condition, and be clothed or endowed rather with the wherewithal from the kingdom in order to overcome and be co-heirs in the Lord Jesus' throne, Sit thou here until I make all enemies your footstool...; Heaven is my throne and earth is My footstool.

There is no other book to read except this one...Seek you from the book of the Lord;

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not mention Him, nor speak in His name any more. But His Word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with holding in, and I could not stop.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Lamentations of Jeremiah 2:11-19- My eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.
What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?
Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not revealed thy iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
All that pass by, clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call the Perfection of beauty, the Joy of the whole earth?
All thy enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.
The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thy enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thy adversaries.
Their heart cried to the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thy eye cease.
Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thy heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands towards him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger at the head of every street.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Devil's Clampdown

The spirit of the evil one is control, possession, sin, manipulation, using people and ultimately destroying them. This is coming from government, police, business and many other places. Government, Local, State and Federal and even world are under the influence of an evil spirit. It's all he has. He has no other method, he's a defeated foe, so he uses his schemes to mislead unredeemed people to carry out his plan. Government.

All in the name of helping, of avoiding pain, of dealing with difficulty. There outta be a they make one.

Every day we hear of new rules, new regulations, new constraints, new controls being placed on our lives.

Yet a Holy Ghost filled believer is to be led of and controlled by the Spirit of God. Men in authority by the influence of the devil attempts to make things different from Spirit Filled Living.

I spoke with a prophet friend today and he is convinced that prophets, himself in particular will soon need to compromise or become fugitives.

I wondered about that. BUT, if the law of God written on our hearts and the Laws of Man conflict we will have to do as Bob Dylan sang about...
You're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody.
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.
It's now time to decide who you are going to serve. It's going to get hard. The devil is trying to box you in and kill you - or silence you if he can.

As for me and My House...we've already decided.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

THE SECRETS OF THE LORD by David Wilkerson

Matthew tells us Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables: “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 13:34–35).

To many Christians today, the parables sound very simple. Yet, according to Christ, each parable holds an incredible secret. There’s a hidden, kingdom truth in every parable Jesus told. And that truth is discovered only by those who diligently seek for it.

Many believers skim over the parables quickly. They think they see an obvious lesson and quickly move on. Or, they dismiss a parable’s meaning as not applying to them

The Bible states clearly there are secrets of the Lord: “His secret is with the righteous” (Proverbs 3:32). These secrets have been unknown from the foundation of the world, but Matthew tells us they’re buried in Jesus’ parables. These hidden truths have power to truly set Christians free. Yet few are willing to pay the high cost of discovering them.

Consider with me one of the Lord’s parables.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it” (Matthew 13:45–46). Who is the merchant in this parable? The Greek root here explains him as a traveling wholesale trader. This merchant was also an assayer, or tester. In other words, he made his living by evaluating costly pearls for their quality and worth.

We know that Jesus is the pearl of great price that the merchant finds. He’s very costly, of incalculable value, because the merchant sells all his other possessions to gain him. I believe we find the meaning of the pearl in God’s eternal purposes. Obviously, the pearl belonged to the Father. He possessed Christ just as any father possesses his own son. Indeed, Jesus is the
Father’s most valued and treasured possession. Only one thing would cause the Father to give up this priceless pearl. He did it out of love.

Christ is the treasure chest in the field. And in him, I’ve found all that I’ll ever need. No more trying to find purpose in ministry. No more looking for fulfillment in family or friends. No more needing to build something for God, or to be a success, or to feel useful. No more keeping up with the crowd, or trying to prove something. No more searching for ways to please people. No
more trying to think or reason my way out of difficulties.

I’ve found what I’m looking for. My treasure, my pearl, is Christ. And all that the Owner asks of me is, “David, I love you. Let me adopt you. I’ve already signed the papers with my own Son’s blood. You’re now a joint heir with him of everything I possess.”

What a bargain. I give up my filthy rags of self-reliance and good works. I lay aside my worn-out shoes of striving. I leave behind my sleepless nights on the streets of doubt and fear. And in return, I get adopted by a King. This is what happens when you seek the pearl, the treasure, till you find him. Jesus offers you everything he is. He brings you joy, peace, purpose, holiness. And he becomes your everything—your waking, your sleeping, your morning, afternoon and evening.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Before HIS Time - and maybe yours?

I knew I was a Prophet for years before it became public. People just automatically began calling me Prophet Gene. Before I even said the word.

Not because I had a visit from heaven. But because I found myself constantly in that place. In ministry I would operate from that position. In preaching I would gravitate towards that subject.
Isaiah. Ezekiel. Daniel. Jeremiah.

Then the Holy Ghost downloads started. Hands were laid on for release.

Yet I stayed under the radar. I tried hard not to promote the office God had called me into.

BECAUSE it was not yet my time. More important not yet HIS time.

Many ministers are derailed because they try to step up and step out before their time.

Jesus, the Christ, God as Man, King of Kings understood this.
"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come." John 2:4
This statement at the Wedding at Cana. Jesus had the ability. He knew who he was. He could do whatever he decided to do. YET...My time is not yet come.

Too many ministers derail...decommission...deter the call of God on their lives by trying to step out before release comes.

It came for me in the basement of a dingy church in a wet cold winter's night when a Prophet laid hands on me some years ago and spoke release. Nothing has been the same since.

Don't get ahead of God. It's not about education. It's not about preparation, although you must be prepared. It's about ascension.

That's the gift a prophet is.

Stay in the secret place UNTIL.....Your time.

I was in my 50's when it came.

Long Suffering is a Fruit of the Spirit

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Barack Obama a man chosen by God for a purpose - by Dean Finnestad from CHINA

Life is all about lessons from God.

In February of 2009 I shared with the group what God had been showing me about coming events. I was immediately attacked. While the events I predicted are still coming to pass it has taken longer than I anticipated at that time. I anticipated a matter of months but it has been 2 years. This delay is due to the fact that God prefers mercy over judgment.

What I have learned is not to take rejection of prophetic words personally. People who reject what I say as a prophet are rejecting God. They are His words, not mine.

Having said this, here is another word I received a few weeks later in March of 2009. I have not changed a word.


God has chosen and raised up Barack Obama to accomplish His purpose on earth. Everything Barack Obama, as President of the United States, has done, is doing and will do is designed to accomplish God's purpose. This purpose is to destroy the United States of America as we know it. This is because the American way of life is anti-Christ and anti-God. The American way of life is all about pleasing self by serving money. It has become a way of idolatry idolized by the rest of the world. It deserves to be destroyed. It's destruction precedes the coming of a time of great pressure in which everyone will be forced to choose between man's way and God's way."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

3D VISION (Prophecy) by Elaine Tavolacci

"3D Vision"

~ Eyes to See in 3 Dimensions ~

The Lord says; I am releasing 3D vision to My people for such a time as this. I will anoint your eyes to see in three dimensions.

I will open your eyes to see in the heavenly realms. As you look to Me, portals in the heavens will open up and you will receive revelation that you have not known before. You will perceive My ways of speaking to you, and you will discover all that I have provided for you and have made available to you. Some of you will receive angelic encounters. As you follow My leading in obedience to My Word, these new dimensions will begin to open up to you. The seer anointing will open up to those of you who have eyes to see and you will receive visions and dreams from heaven.

As your eyes are opened, you will experience things on this earth in a whole new way. I will show you what the plans, purposes and the secret intentions are of those around you. I will open your eyes to see the needs in peoples lives as I reveal to you what is hidden in their hearts and minds. I will use you in the marketplace, in your families and give you words of knowledge and words of wisdom for those around you. You will see My plans and My purposes for your lives, families and ministries as you walk upright before Me.

I will give you eyes to see into the enemy's camp just as I had shown Gideon. I will reveal his distorted tactics and agenda to you. When you recognize the plans of the adversary, I will then give you discernment and the strategy to dismantle his plans. I will reveal secrets to you in your times of intercession. Your eyes will be open to see through the darkness that seems to prevail. Do not dismay when you see things go awry, but know that I am with you and My plans an purposes will surely come to pass for you says the Lord.

Judges 7: 15

And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, "Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand."

2 Kings 5: 17

And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain

was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Revelation 4:1

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking to me saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."

What Happens When the Money's All Gone? by Robert Blackburn

I'm already asking myself why I didn't leave this alone. I can't. We are so often naive. We've lived so long in abundance and well being, rocked to sleep by our successes and assured that we are the greatest and most powerful people on the planet. We're so busy focusing on a one world government, the anti-Christ, world events etc. that we are temporarily distracted by the reality that one day we could walk to the bank to withdraw funds or do our blessed on-line banking and there are simply no funds available, nothing.

We have lost all sense of monetary value and all common sense. Even the most unlearned of us know that you cannot continue to borrow and charge, you cannot forever spend more than you take in. Please, do not throw this Republican versus Democrat ideas on me and these distracting arguments on who has the best idea about our financial woes. Those in our leadership who are screaming the loudest just happen to be some of the richest people in the country. They are multi-millionaires and even billionaires and they fully intend on getting richer and fatter at our expense, no matter what they hawk. We are past that, way past that. We are foolish and unlearned and terribly in the dark about the money. Those who control it, manipulate it, float it, fluctuate it and own it smile gleefully as they consolidate, rake-in and buy up the world.

I am visiting a country where the currency once collapsed, when it took a wheel-barrow load of it to buy a loaf of bread. They are not as at ease as we are, they know the signs and they know just how precarious things really are even though at the moment their money is worth much more than ours. Think of that. Many of us do not even know that. Recently, our entire financial system almost collapsed and we just took that in stride as if it was just another day at the mill. I remember stopping abruptly one day and saying out loud, "this country's been robbed!" For the life of me, I kept seeing on a certain news channel where a printing press was printing money, and they kept showing this over and over. I finally asked someone, "why are they doing that, what does that mean." Subtle programming, the like of which has been occurring a long time now. Keep them watching A.I., send them more and more credit card applications, buy, buy, buy until you owe your soul to Slewfoot himself. Make it okay to live in debt the rest of your life, work until you literally drop dead and never, never pay off what you owe. Get rich quick, have everything you want now, not waiting until you earn it or deserve it. Having a good credit report became more important than having a good name or good character.

And because it did not all fall down then, we tucked in our belts, took a deep breath, blamed it all on the sitting president and said we'd wise up. Some of us did wise up but some of us lost everything, our house, our car, our jobs, our credit and those who didn't now hold their breath that their jobs don't fail tomorrow. Halt. A loaf of the good bread where I live now costs over four dollars and it's still going up. When you want to go on a trip, you must now inform your cc holder of when you are leaving and when you are coming back. Iris scans, facial scans, codes and more codes on Allies. And now I become one of those 'conspiracy theorists' they like to laugh and joke about, wacky doomsday person.

Apostolics, Pentecostals, Christians of all kinds, whatever you call yourself, listen to this. There is indeed a conspiracy going on in this world and we have known about it ever since we were old enough to read and hear scripture. We certainly know who is behind it, when it started and how it is going to end. God made sure we knew. We also know he was defeated by a Man hanging wide who went to hell itself and took away the keys and shouted loudly, "Give me back that which does not belong to you!" Hear me in the fear of God, the Holy Temple has not been rebuilt, the Gospel obviously has not been preached to the whole world and some of the Oil may have leaked out of our lamps.

We once sung and cited openly about remembering just where our treasure really is, that this world is truly not our home but we are just passing through. I guess it was easier back then when we didn't have much treasure to boast about. No fine cars or parsonages, no elaborate buildings or money in the bank. My God, being a preacher or pastor became a way to line our pockets and even become wealthy beyond our dreams. And I see a pair of dusty sandals.

So. What are we going to do about it. There's nothing we can do about it. The wheels are already set in motion. The day is far spent. We will help each other, it will be a matter of survival. This prosperity gospel craze has about run its course. When the money stops pouring in, those ministries will collapse, they have no real foundation. There may come a time when all we have left is the Gifts of the Spirit. I see Stephen smiling like an angel as the stones railed down upon him and his life slipped away. I see Paul standing up, brushing off his clothes when he was left for dead. I see Elijah running at the sound of an abundance of rain. And I see us, at a crossroads, standing on the edge, hearts beating wildly as we pull ourselves together for that one last leap of faith, the one some of us have watched and waited for so long.

Money is power. And the best way to usurp power is to control the money. Not many are interested in the way the world is being divided up into sections to be controlled by a select group. These people are already so powerful that they no longer care if we know about them, they are smug in believing there is nothing we can do about it anyway. Ask yourself how many were really held accountable and punished for the last widespread corruption and financial debacle and if nothing changes, nothing changes. Passing your hand over the scanner at the grocery may not be so far away. A cashless society is a goal being set even now. It is preferred and encouraged that we do everything on the computer, all done with the stroke of a finger. All of these wars are about money, they always have been. I cringe when I see pictures of extremely poor countries that don't even have clean drinking water but these poorly dressed men have expensive rifles and machine guns strung over their shoulders. They can't buy food but they have modern weapons and I don't have to ask anymore where they got these things. We free people sold it to their leaders or even gave them these in exchange for their natural resources. Today, there is almost nothing you cannot do with enough money. Our leaders are bought, our vote is bought, our regulatory agencies and inspectors of every kind are bought. And if one can control the geld then you can control all of them also. It's really already done.

It's not the money really. It's the way we've come to love it, making money and things more important than Him, idols if you please. And He doesn't like it. It's a world thing now and we are becoming a smaller player, stretched too far, owing our souls to those who do not have our best interest at heart and greedy to the extreme. Bigger barns for everybody.

The Church has to bow out of this and do it now. What happens and the speed at which it occurs depends on us. The longer we wait the more apathetic we become. The terrible wrath which God fully intends to pour out upon this world was not intended for us. However, the longer we argue and debate the return of full Apostolic power and squash the operation of true divine, scriptural leadership, the more we will taste and see these dark clouds and the troubles and disasters we are seeing and experiencing all around us. God will not rescue us when He has already given us the tools to rescue ourselves. The Holy Ghost fell and signs and wonders were done among us when we were poor as church mice. A line is being drawn. We are not to live in fear, that's an absolute fact, but we will if we do not have a firm grip on that supernatural power we say we have and operate and manifest it as it was fully intended. I will close by saying this. I don't recall people going hungry when miracles were being performed. Two fish and a little bread were multiplied, oil in the barrel never ran out and when the money's all gone, we know a man who owns the cattle on a thousand hills! But, we must do our part. The world is depending on us. Isn't that what we once taught. Let those who scoff and mock and put there positions, their influence and control issues ahead of God and his people, let them do whatever they want. But there is a remnant, those who can never forget, and I want to be among them. I simply must be! Let the truly called arise, those who were appointed for this hour, speak with the power of Heaven behind you. This beginning of sorrows can become the beginning of the greatest move of the Spirit this planet has ever known. Let God arise and His enemies be scattered!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Are we like the Sons of Thunder - we really DON'T understand the Kingdom of GOD?

Stories of Persecution around the world stirred in me this morning. People talk about the Kingdom. The Glory. The Rush. I love it too. Yet, there seems to be some precedent for this misunderstanding of what and how the Kingdom comes.

The misunderstanding has been around a while.

Salome, Wife of Zebedee, Mother of the Disciples James and John (sons of thunder) came to Jesus Matthew 20:20-28

She asked him to set her sons up in the Kingdom. She didn't understand the situation.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

Matthew 20: 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

And they martyrs.

I don't think we really get it. In the narrative of the same event in the book of Mark 10:35-45's clear what we are in the Kingdom.... Servants.

42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Do we really grasp the Kingdom mandate? Servants. Martyrdom. Difficulty. No earthly authority?

Are we really ready to be Baptized as Jesus described?
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

I am painfully aware as a prophet how unprepared we are in the Church in the western world to endure and have victory as these days unfold.

Unless we as Leaders begin to prepare the people we will have their blood on our hands as they fall away.

Shepherds......The call goes out. The Kingdom of God is at hand...but it will come without observation. It is not yet. Luke 17

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[c]

22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day[d] will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” [36] [e]

37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.

He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

What did Jesus MEAN by that last line?

Is that about today?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Better Than Gold?

Everyone in the markets is terrified. The Dollar is done. The Euro is collapsing. The Yen is debt ridden from the earthquake. The Yuan is a communist controlled currency. There is only ONE safe haven. GOLD.


Not if I read my Bible right.

Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time. Daniel 11:35

In the coming troubles there will only be ONE currency that matters...Faith in God. It's a substance. It carries Hope. It pleases Him when we have it. And He responds to it with provision.

Those who bow down to the idol of gold will think they are safe. But they are in bondage. Faith must stand.
Daniel 3:4 "This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language:5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."

That is the threat of the day... bow or burn.

Yet those who trust in their money, trust in gold will find it useless as the fall comes.

Isaiah 13:17 Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,

Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold.

18And their bows will mow down the young men,
They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,
Nor will their eye pity children.

In the end you can't eat gold and silver. It won't protect you. Only your Father in Heaven, the Lord of all the Armies can.
They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be an unclean thing. Their silver and gold will not be able to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it, for it has made them stumble into sin. Ezekiel 7:19

Your silver and gold will not save you on that day of the LORD's anger. For the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy. He will make a terrifying end of all the people on earth. Zephaniah 1:18

It was true's true now. Those who trust in horses and chariots have false trust. Decide this day who you will trust. Who you will serve. Who you will bow to. Satan has no new schemes, just old ones polished silver.