Sunday, September 30, 2012
Exodus 5:6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”You are expected to produce more and more with less and less. You are supposed to continue to live up to expectations that are impossible. This is a sign that you must leave Egypt. The oppressor will not let you go without a fight. He may even make life more difficult. Yet unless you leave you will sink into even greater slavery to the enemy. Your promised land waits for you, but first you must leave Egypt, leeks, onions and all.
Numbers11:4The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”IF you remain in the land of oppression you will perish under the hand of Pharaoh. God is calling you out...
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Kingdom of Heaven has authority over the earth and over all natural laws. The miracles of Jesus were a demonstration of how the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven has dominion over any condition on the earth. To the degree that we abide in the Kingdom by abiding in the King, we too can walk in authority over any condition on the earth. As we approach the end of this age, this will change from "can" to "must."
In John 14:12 the Lord said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father." Jesus demonstrated this with His life, and this is what He has called us to walk in. It is a high calling, and such authority can only come from abiding in the King who is above all rule, authority, and dominion. So our primary goal should not just be power or authority, but the One who has all power and authority. Even so, at the end of this age, His Body is going to demonstrate His power and authority to prepare the way for His coming Kingdom.
This summer I was given one of the most powerful dreams I have ever had. In this dream, I was given authority over all natural laws. I did not have to obey the law of gravity, but it had to obey me. Except for the dreams I've had of being before the throne of God, or seeing the Lord, I have only had one other like this, and it too was about doing the "greater works" that Jesus said we would do in His name. The first dream in which the Lord taught me about this authority came nearly twenty years ago. As Joseph told Pharaoh, the repeating of the dream twice means that it has been established by God (see Genesis 41:32).
After the first dream, I only experienced what was in the dream one time, and it was for encouragement that the dream was a real promise. After the recent dream, I know that the time is short when we will actually walk in this authority. We are about to experience the greatest move of God ever upon the earth and the greater works that Jesus promised.
Before the end of this age, there will be some who say to mountains "be plucked up and cast into the sea" (see Matthew 21:21), and the mountains will obey them. This must be done to prove that His Word is true. There will be those who see every miracle Jesus performed and even more. Some are already growing in authority and will one day walk in authority over every disease or affliction.
There is no greater adventure one can have in this life than the true Christian life, and there are no more exciting times to have ever lived on the earth than those we are entering. Even so, the greatest miracle of all will be the unity of God's people and their love for one another. The miracles will be exciting, but the unity and the love that makes it possible will be even more important and more wonderful. Above all things, and above seeing great miracles, we must pursue loving God and demonstrate this love for Him by loving His people.
From the time that there were just two brothers on the earth, they could not get along. One basically said, "The world is not big enough for the both of us." People, clans, and nations have been in conflict since. When the Church matures and becomes what she is called to, it will be in such unity that the world will marvel. The Lord Jesus Himself prayed to the Father in John 17:22-23:
"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You did send Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me."
As we see here, the glory that will be revealed on God's people as in Isaiah 60:1-2 and other places is so we can be one. When this happens, the world will know that Jesus was indeed sent by the Father, and that He loves us just as He loves His Son.
Those who experience the glory are bonded in a special way that is hard to describe or understand until you experience it. The glory simply erases the pettiness and lack of forgiveness that separates so many Christians. It is by beholding His glory with an unveiled face that we are changed into His image. Our first calling is to be like Him, and our second calling is to do the works that He did. If we are like Him, we will walk in love, and when we walk in love, He can trust us with the power. For those who walk in love, it becomes the greatest treasure that allows us to be who we were created to be—the image of the One who is Love.
The Father says today excuse Me? -- Prophets Russ and Kitty Walden: "It is our privilege to voice the Father's Heart to You!"
Ezekiel 7:26 "Disaster will come upon disaster and rumor will be added to rumor; then they will seek a vision from a prophet..."This verse is unfortunately descriptive of the conditions of many cities, nations and churches just before the prophet of God emerges to significance. The greatest platforms for the voice of the true prophet is during days of gross darkness, confusion and chaos.
During those times, the prophet will bring clarity and distinction, to what God is doing. God is building and allowing for a global platform to be built for true prophets to reveal the word of the Lord. In times of national distress, spiritual compromise and religious perversion.
The prophet of God through the vocal gifts and the gifts of revelation is given articulation of what must happen next! Desperation will unfortunately drive the most hard hearted leaders to once again inquire of the Lord, through true prophets of God. This is the genesis of any legitimate prophetic move of God.
This is why true valid new testament prophets must live distinct and separate from those who are publicly raping our office. This includes but is not limited to, their fraudulent monetary abuses, which is perhaps most common among the popular false prophets, and their sexual impurities which wreaks from most of their pores.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
would have to have your HEAD IN THE SAND to miss it!! If that's you,
then GET YOUR HEAD OUTTA THE SAND! DON'T close your eyes to the OBVIOUS!
YES! The world as we know it is changing! Our country is changing! And
not for the better! But that is not all.!! THERE IS A PARALLEL...natural
vs spiritual! CHANGE IS HERE!! COMING....COMING, READY OR NOT!!
The spiritual season is changing right before your eyes, for I am
starting a new thing that will open the eyes of My saints who have been
asleep too long.
I shall stir up the fire within you that will
burn like never before. I am restoring the vision that I have placed in
you many years ago. The vision was put on the back burner because of
disappointments in life. You let the disappointment rob you of your
destiny. I am stirring your vision that I gave you to the point you will
not be able to run this time, the vision will be so strong in your
heart you will not be able to think of anything else.
The anointing will be so strong on you when you step into your vision so that you can fulfill your destiny.
For this is YOUR APPOINTED TIME...YOUR APPOINTED SEASON!!
AMEN!! CHANGE IS HERE!! As gross darkness fills this earth, our lights
will shine brighter! THIS IS OUR HOUR TO SHINE! 1 "Arise, shine; for
thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For,
behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the
people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen
upon thee. " Isaiah 60:1-2 (KJV)
P. O. Box 160043
Mobile, AL 36616
The spiritual season is changing right before your eyes, for I am starting a new thing that will open the eyes of My saints who have been asleep too long.
I shall stir up the fire within you that will burn like never before. I am restoring the vision that I have placed in you many years ago. The vision was put on the back burner because of disappointments in life. You let the disappointment rob you of your destiny. I am stirring your vision that I gave you to the point you will not be able to run this time, the vision will be so strong in your heart you will not be able to think of anything else.
For this is YOUR APPOINTED TIME...YOUR APPOINTED SEASON!!
AMEN!! CHANGE IS HERE!! As gross darkness fills this earth, our lights will shine brighter! THIS IS OUR HOUR TO SHINE! 1 "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. " Isaiah 60:1-2 (KJV)
P. O. Box 160043
Mobile, AL 36616
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
There is a passage in 2 Thessalonians 2: We ask you, brothers,a 2not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessnessb is revealed, the son of destruction,c 4who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
There is a verse that connects to this in Revelation 21:3
I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will adwell with them, and they shall be his people, and bGod himself shall be with them, and be their God.Last, we must be certain to note that the coming events are centered around persecutions:
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more adeath, neither bsorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more cpain: for the former things are passed away.5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things anew. And he said unto me, bWrite: for these cwords are true and faithful.6 And he said unto me, It is done. aI am bAlpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the cwater of life freely.8 But the fearful, and aunbelieving, and the abominable, and bmurderers, and cwhoremongers, and dsorcerers, and idolaters, and all eliars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the fsecond gdeath.9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last aplagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.” Matthew 5:10 (MSG)
“It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Cor. 12:9 – 10
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.” John 15:18-20 NIV
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12 NIV
“Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.” 1 Thessalonians 3:7
There is a great delusion coming. It will strike fear in the hearts of men. It comes on several fronts:
- There is fear of Islamic radicals. The threat of Islam on the world and on Christians in particular. It will be scary. The temptation will be to compromise when the tough times come.
- There will be fear of government and the evil that men do in the name of order. Those who were Christians in Nazi Germany had to deal with this. In many places we are at that place again. New World Order is in this camp. HAARP is in this camp.
- There will be those who live in fear under premilleianist doctrines and hope for a rapture which never comes. They will find themselves hiding out hoping. Hoarding food, ammo, water or whatever they think will preserve them until the rapture. They will not be overcomers, they will be hiding out. Read Rapture Ready for more. The attack on IRAN (next week for sure) is in this camp.
- There will be those who are convinced that the world as we know it will end in economic collapse. That all wealth is going to be destroyed. That people will be digging in the dirt with a stick looking for their next meal. Gold and sliver is their only hope. They are becoming driven by fear.
- In the last few weeks I have been sent articles and heard of fear of an alien invasion. That these green eyed monsters will come and eat us all. That we have been farmed. That they placed us here like cattle. That we are controlled. This one would be funny except when you hear and read what they say, many are former Christ followers now living in delusion to the point of renouncing any faith in God. Agnostics and atheists will be easy prey for this delusion.
There WILL be a great crisis. It may be any one (other than the alien invasion) or a combination of all three. The truth is the Bible PROMISES there will be persecution in the days and years to come. That there will be martyrs. That there will be delusions, some even from God to sort the spiritual men from boys. These delusions will look good at first. They will be causes we can be caught up in. I am cautious. We need to be aware and prepared as best we can. YET...fear on this side of the veil is a tool of the enemy to cause us to stumble. IF we are not prepared for martyrdom, we aren't prepared for heaven. Jesus gave us the capacity to be ready when he said:
Acts 1:8Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses (Martyrs) in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
John 16:13Amplified Bible (AMP)13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
We must not be unaware of the truth that we are on the edge of a great delusion which has already begun. Fear is in the hearts of men.
People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Luke 21:26
The great delusion has many fronts. God has already provided the fullness of truth in HIS word, by the mouth of his Prophets and by the Spirit of God. Many will overcome. Most will not. When it gets very hard, when they come for your wife or child to take them into slavery, torture and eventual death unless you recant your belief in God and commit yourself to support evil most will recant (hoping that their fingers crossed gets them off the hook later). That choice is one that the Pastor from Iran faced. He overcame, but it's probably not over yet for him. The enemy doesn't give up that easy.
There will be no lukewarm Christians that will be overcomers in the end.
I don't know about heaven, how many will make heaven but not get the overcomer's crown. I am familiar with John Bevere's theory. I do know this, MOST Christians I know, when it gets really hard will fold up like a bad house of cards. We do not prepare them for the days to come.
We must become centered on Jesus. This noise is OK to hear, but don't believe every conspiracy theory that comes down the pike: blogs, late night programs, talk radio, Fox, MSNBC and a thousand other places. We must be focused on things above and not things below.
Be ready...The great delusion is on the horizon...it's already here.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Moses goes up the mountain to hear from God. To receive the great law. He is away for some time. His people, those who were rescued and had seen great miracles begin to get nervous. They begin to create from their own mind a "god" (the golden calf) on whom they could project the credit and place their hope in it. They said, this is the "god" that brought them out of Egypt. Exodus 32:1-6
If you were there and had questioned any one of them about the True and Living God of Abraham Issac and Jacob they would have denies turning their backs on HIM. They would have offered lip service about what a good God HE is.
The reality is however, their hearts were divided. Exodus 32:7-10
The judgement on this chasing after false God's was swift and deadly. There came a place of decision. The crowd was told to decide. Follow the true God or follow the golden calf. Only the Levite priests had the courage to walk to "God's" side. The rest stayed unmoved or indecisive. Shaken by the decision they had to make. The popular, the peer pressure was to stay with the crowd. Exodus 32:25-29
After the question, the earth opened up and swallowed about 3000 of those apparently closest to the golden calf idol. There were over 3 million people present.
Yet that example was enough. Exodus 32:30-35 The people abandoned (for a time) the idol worship.
It's a story we all learned well in Sunday School. The Ten Commandment movie has dramatic scenes of this event. Yet we see this once again in our day.
2 Tim 4:3-4 “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
Those who are rescued covenant people in our day have allowed an Idol to take the place in worship of the true and living God. They have drawn near in their hearts to this idol. They confess faith in Jesus yet they act and make decisions as if Jesus never lived and died for sins they still commit.
Here is the word of the Lord: "IF you stay too close to the idol you have placed above me I will send a consuming delusion upon you that will destroy all you have worked for. Your work, your ministry, your whole life will be made totally shipwreck unless you repent from your idol worship and come away."
At Sinai it's apparent in the reading that those who were the spiritual leaders had to stay closest to the golden calf. They couldn't afford to change their minds. They would lose face. They would look unstable. Yet it is those very spiritual leaders who were the consumed when judgement came.
Choose this day whom you will serve, come to the Lord's side. If it be mammon, serve him---- If it be God...serve Him all the days of your lives.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
It was always crystal clear when the decision is was made: To embrace the Prophetic or to embrace Jezebel. When the prophetic is silenced, Jezebel arises and the ministry becomes spiritually constipated. It doesn't ALWAYS die at once, that is the deception, but most of the time it is dying and will dry up (I have a dozen cases that I can identify). Once Jezebel is embraced over the prophetic it is very hard to reverse course.
As a prophet it is easy to spot this spirit. It manifests in obvious ways prophetically. There is a lot of teaching on the Jezebel spirit. I won't review it here.
When it happens the people involved in the ministry, could be the congregation, could be partners, they will always know something is not right. They will find themselves disconcerted. Feeling frustration. They cannot identify what is happening. They only know something has happened that is not as it should be and they don't know what it is.
When Jezebel is a worship leader, people will disengage from worship. They cannot enter in. Leadership will think it's because of talent when in fact the Jezebel spirit has taken the platform with an instrument or a voice. When it's an elder or a leader, he will often block the flow of the spirit by calling anything not in "Order" out of line. Jezebel.
Control and dominance is the essence of the Jezebel spirit. It is worse now that we have control of the platform by electronics... the Microphone.
The Jezebel spirit can reside in a senior leader. How often does Holy Spirit spontaneity happen. If it's a rare occurrence it may well be Jezebel. This can get very confusing because sometimes the person manifesting the fullness of the Jezebel spirit comes against it the most. This is a common syndrome, those who are suffering from the spiritual problem will try to preach hardest against it.
You often see the Jezebel spirit in operation when young people are attracted to the "Platform" where Jezebel operates when he or she is manifesting it seems to be a gateway to visibility. What they don't comprehend is that Jezebel has no interest in them supplanting him or her from the "High" position.
Jezebel is a fake anointing. Can look good. Did in the days of Ahab. Can be enchanting. But the spirit is flesh with a demon underneath. It looks like the same thing as an anointing, but it strips away any pretext of anointing. Counterfeit. The fear Jezebel has is, if People experienced the fullness of the anointing he or she would be exposed for the fraud he or she is. So by control there is not danger of that exposure. A Jezebel Spirit can pray good, but not with the anointing, a Jezebel spirit can sing good but not with any anointing that touches the heart of God, a Jezebel spirit can even preach good, even accurately but with zero anointing from the throne and so when he or she does it comes off as OK but no one is moved. It's just good enough.
The true danger is that if a Jezebel is among you as a leader you will find yourself addicted to him or her. You will think to yourself, "He or She is faithful, if he or she didn't show up we couldn't do this". That is the worst trap of all. The idea that Jezebel is not just tolerated, but indispensable is when Jezebel wins. So you continue to have a demonized elder, worship leader or preacher.
When a prophet of God comes along and identifies the Jezebel spirit in your midst you will make a grave mistake treating that identification as an opinion rather than prophetic insight. More than once I have had to go to someone to identify this problem and have it treated as simply an opinion. They discounted the voice of God. Nothing was done and I watched the ministry suffer decline. Sometimes I have strongly resisted going to that person. Yet, when called to do, I did. Not very often with desired effect. Jezebel is a powerful spirit and cannot be simply cast out. Jehu must throw her down.
Tolerating Jezebel is ALWAYS the easy way out for a leader. No one's feelings are hurt. You can get along with him or her in high visibility in your church. When that happens Jezebel has won. You are faced with spiritual death. Your church or ministry is just marking time till it ends. You never have to set anyone down. You can be a person pleaser and allow Jezebel to continue to put a lid on what God wants to do in your midst. I have met many. Sometimes they come in the form of a big giver. Sometimes they come in the form of a good singer or musician. Sometimes they come in the form of a leader that you rely on. They are indispensable. Ask yourself this question, if they dropped dead tomorrow, would the ministry you are responsible for continue? If you have a hard time imagining that...there is a problem. The demon's name is Jezebel.
Seek out the prophetic. Have a REAL prophet in your midst. He or she will become the watchdog over your ministry. You cannot do that for yourself. You might be the one suffering from the demonic influence. When the Prophet Speaks, listen. You can't discern this for yourself. Deception is strongest on leadership.
Of the ministry leadership I know, and I know many, the bulk of them need deliverance from demons that infect leaders. They are operating under torment. I know that sounds strong, but we all have too many hiding out keeping us from true effectiveness. We entertain them and allow them to occupy in our midst what should only be a home for the Holy Spirit.
Get Jezebel OUT OF THE HOUSE OVER WHICH YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE or watch your church or ministry drift into oblivion.
As history was made that night, I sense the Lord saying, "The older Stars in My Kingdom are going to shine brighter and do greater exploits than ever before!" I sense there is a special anointing coming upon older men and women in the Body of Christ. God is not through using you. Your age is not against you, it is for you. Job 12:12 says, "With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding." You have more wisdom now than ever. With years comes understanding.
This anointing is going to cause you to live longer. Many of you have not planned to live long enough! It will be an anointing similar to Caleb when he reached eighty-five years. He said to the Lord, "I am as strong now as when I was forty, and I want to take another mountain!" There is coming a "spiritual fountain of youth" into your midst—a renewing, a release of God's strength. Psalm 68:28 says, "Thy God hath commanded thy strength." God is commanding His strength into you! One translation says, "Your God has decided you will be strong!"
Our older years are when we are in our prime to be used and bring forth fruit. Psalm 91:16 says, "With long life I will satisfy (you) and show (you) My salvation." There is an anointing coming upon God's people to live longer. The joy of the Lord which is our strength is lengthening our days upon the earth.
Many have made out their wills, but before you think about leaving, check out your Father's will for you. I don't think you are going anywhere for a while! As Abraham and Sarah conceived in old age, you are about to conceive and live to see your Isaac...your impossible dream!
Blowing the Shofar Ministries
It is dangerous to align your calling and your vocation as dependent on each other. God calls us into relationship with Him. That is our foremost calling. It is from this relationship that our "physical" calling results. Whether that is to be a teacher, a stockbroker, a nurse, a pastor, or any number of vocations, we must realize that when He calls us, the change in vocation never changes His call on our lives. It is a mere change in the landscape of our calling. This is why it is dangerous to associate our purpose and calling too closely with our work. When we define our work life exclusively as our calling, we fall into the trap of locking up our identity into our vocation. This promotes aspiration because of a need to gain greater self-worth through what we do.
Os Guinness, author of The Call, describes the great artist Picasso, who fell into this trap.
"'When a man knows how to do something,' Pablo Picasso told a friend, 'he ceases being a man when he stops doing it.' The result was a driven man. Picasso's gift, once idolized, held him in thrall. Every empty canvass was an affront to his creativity. Like an addict, he made work his source of satisfaction only to find himself dissatisfied. 'I have only one thought: work,' Picasso said toward the end of his life, when neither his family nor his friends could help him relax." [Os Guiness, The Call (Nashville, Tennessee: Word Publishing, 1998), 242.]
What happens when you lose your job? Do you lose your calling? Do you lose your identity? Do you lose your sense of well-being? No. Calling involves different stages and experiences in life. Disruptions in your work are an important training ground for God to fulfill all aspects of His calling on your life. Trust in your God who says your calling is irrevocable and that all things come from Him.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Winter is coming. For the Jew it's a New Year.
Seasons are changing. We take notice. We know what's coming, at least in the North. Snow. Cold.
The same thing is true in the Spirit. People are saying...something is changing. Something is happening. I hear this all the time. It's true. Something is happening. Seasons in our lives, in our nation, in our world, in our culture is changing. Change is not always welcome. Change is nearly always considered loss.
We are discomforted by change. YET there is comfort. Comfort in the one who says:
Psalms 102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
As things change...remembering the Uncreated Unchanging Father God who knows every hair on your head, every cell in your body, who cares about you more then you can imagine, who paid the full price for your redemption, who see you as his favorite one (along with all the others), the perfect Father CHANGETH NOT!
Friday, September 21, 2012
August 21, 2012 - From The Matrix:
AFTER A HOLY SPIRIT INTERRUPTION: I sense very strongly that God's grace, a season of great favor is upon us. Favor is upon us. It's always there, but during this season of grace, our hearts must not be hard, but our hearts must be sanctified and broken so He can cast the truth into us. Then we will yield Him a bountiful harvest. The word that I hear from God is "bountiful" – bountiful, bountiful, beautiful bountiful – coming from our children, coming from the unborn that will come forth, coming from the elderly. Bountiful harvest is the will of God. Bountiful. Asia. Africa. The Americas, bountiful. In these homes, bountiful.
September 11, 2012 - From The Matrix:
"Never forget, never forget what your enemy is capable of doing. Keep your sword, your shield, held. For they plan and they plot; they look upon the nation of Israel and America and say, 'We will succeed. 'But I sit and I laugh in derision," says the Lord. "For they fight not against man, against kings of the earth, they fight against the Lord and His Word and His covenant, which is forever. Therefore, the prophets will prophesy the doom, not of My chosen, but the doom of those who hate My Name. My Name shall be exalted; My Name shall be hallowed on this earth. My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, turn from their wickedness, and I will heal, heal. Retribution is Mine. I laugh at those who stand up and say these words. I laugh at you, for your day is coming."
September 15, 2012 - From The Den:
Israel, My light, My light will shine on you again, Israel.
Israel, My light; Israel, My love; Israel, My joy; you will burn again
With the flame of the Mighty God, with the flame of Yeshua.
Israel, My love, Israel, My light, Israel, My joy, Israel, My life
I prophesy to Israel: Though everyone abandon you, I, the Lord, will stand with you.
Israel, My light; Israel, My love; Israel, My joy; Israel, My life.
I see satan fall like lightning!
"Israel, again you are surrounded by enemies. But today, watch how I, the Lord, can change the heart of mankind. You must stand alone. Why? So that I can prove Myself, that I am the Lord, and I have stood with you for millennia and I will stand with you again. In the month of October, I will arise and shake the enemies of Israel," says the Lord.
And from the very caves of Hell, the very dungeons, these words are being uttered: "We have done everything we can. Why don't they just act? Why don't they just strike at Israel? What more can we do? We plan; we stir the hearts with hatred and yet light continually shines. We must do something lest we be punished! What? Israel? We have infiltrated the minds of the Christians to believe that God has forsaken Israel, and yet as we convert one, another gets converted to understand the glory. Hah! I have a reputation to keep," says the spirit of ancient.
"Why do these Daniels constantly come back? Why do these Davids constantly come back and resurrect in the bodies and minds of others? Oh, that we would slay them just once. Finally, but Joseph appears again, and Paul, that scoundrel. They're all over. What do we do? The prophet hears into our chambers. We've stirred in Colorado, we've stirred in Wisconsin, we've stirred in Las Vegas; we've stirred the Gulf. We have stirred Chicago, we are stirring, and yet they arise, these menaces, praying – and just one word strikes the very core of our being. The earth is in a rain, and yet we hear sounds. We must go. Try one more time with a strong king. Whisper in his house to believe a lie. We have taken over national media, yet there's that stinking Fox and other righteous ones. Let us return and work."
I was caught up into a place of absolute peace. Still. All I could hear was breathing; nothing else, just breathing. It was like some storm had just gone by and there was still. This is a very crucial time for this nation, America. I kept hearing this breathing. Spirits of unjust men made perfect. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses watching this moment that Daniel saw, and the prophets, to see. Again, Israel is forsaken, but not for long.
Again I will say those words that I wrote down when I was filled with the Spirit like I was now, and I'm seeing things about to unfold, quickly, very swiftly. It's been holding on and holding on. We can never overestimate the consequences of the sacred filling of the soul. Light, power, love, purity and many other blessings are inseparable from the Spirit's benign presence. Enlightened now by His pure celestial ray, darkness is gone for a moment and there is only light.
Fire that is present – every one of you, wherever you are, lift your hands up. There is a pure fire. Fire depicts the destruction of enemies. Our God is a consuming fire. Fire. I pray for You, God, to go into every home and destroy the enemy that has stood at their door. The Blood is covering the doorposts, now. Fire in this Den, in my body, soul and spirit. Go forth into every home and into this nation and the nations that are standing up for good. Lord, let every family represented here receive this presence that I am possessed with. The fire of God's Holy Spirit consume the enemy of their souls, the soul of this nation, and the soul of Your people and set our consecrated nature ablaze. And now, Lord, the rains have come. The water has come. We pray for that heavenly water – the mist, the dew, now, now. Let it remove barrenness, drought and famine and fertilize our lives today.
Prophetic Image Expressions
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I stated I was saddened over the rapid moral decay over America. But after looking at some of your responses I am even more saddened over the biblical decay of some Christians.
First let me say I am not allowed by law to endorse a candidate. But I have too much of a healthy fear of God to not use my platform to proclaim God's biblical position on sin! All
men are sinners. This is why we need to repent and believe the Gospel. However there are national sins that release God's judgment on a nation. This is why I said I could not vote for a candidate that was for abortion (child sacrifice) and homosexuality (Sodom and Gommorah). But the tipping point for God's judgment on a nation is cursing the Jew and "dividing up God's land, Israel."
I know what it is to be a minority. Like Paul, I am a Jew that believes in Jesus. Over 40 years ago when I became an outspoken believer in Jesus there were very few of us. I know what it is to suffer for your faith.
I do not vote color for President, I vote Bible. I do not vote party for President. I vote Bible. Look at all the blood that was shed for us to have the right to vote. Your vote is necessary for us to continue to have freedom of religion and evangelize the whole world.
What if both candidates have unbiblical positions in their life? Then I vote for a candidate that is opposed to the three sins that I mentioned that will trigger God's judgment on a nation.
In addition, God has much to say about debt. "The debtor is servant to the lender" (Proverbs 22:7). We are almost at the point of no return.
I see this as the most critical election in modern history. You cannot be passive. You must vote!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I don't often say this before a Prophetic Posting from others, but THIS may be the most important thing you will read this YEAR. I asked the Lord to give me something for the turn of the Jewish Calender. I got nothing...until THIS. I have great respect for Rick Joyner, I believe this is from the Throne. We are at a pivotal time in history. The valley of decision. Many will fall into perdition and favor will come on many. Favor is coming...but it's not what you think. Read this whole thing...WHOLE THING and then ask the Lord to Show you what is about to take place.
The world is now in the Valley of Decision. The consequences of every decision will be magnified and a little turn can lead to strikingly different destinations. This kind of repercussion for our choices has not been seen since the Garden. This is because the world is getting very close to becoming the Garden again – the Kingdom of God is at hand.
Because of this, it will be the time of the greatest darkness for those who do not love the truth, but the time of the greatest glory for those who do. The response to this by those who do not have true faith will be to think negatively about the Valley of Decision, becoming fearful and timid. For those who have faith, the reverse is true. This is the greatest opportunity of all, when our positive choices will do far greater good. Even a small decision to do what is right in the sight of the Lord could spark a great revival. A subtle turning in the direction toward the Lord by a nation can begin a Great Awakening.
We have examples of this in history. When a humble, black housemaid named Rosa Parks stood on her convictions and refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, it sparked the Civil Rights Movement that changed a nation. Who could have foreseen such consequences from this one little action? Such is the result of it being "the fullness of time" for civil rights in America to include all of its citizens. As we see in even the Old Testament prophets, the Lord deals with nations concerning righteousness and justice. The wood had become so dry for the Civil Rights Movement in America that even a tiny spark could set it ablaze.
One of the great factors making this time so opportune is that it is so dry spiritually. Just a little spark and a little breeze from the Holy Spirit and great fires of revival will begin blazing. Those who complain about the dryness of the times do not have vision. We have come to the time when even a seemingly insignificant prophetic word from an unknown prophet can set worldwide events in motion. The fullness of time means the times are full of potential. We should be rejoicing that it has become so dry!
The harvest that Jesus said would be the end of this age is "the fullness of time," for many such sparks will ignite many revivals. Once ignited, these fires will spread even faster because of the dryness. Some will ignite before the end of this year, and next year there will be many more.
There also will be magnified consequences to evil choices. The harvest is when all of the seeds, both the wheat and the tares, come to full maturity. This is why we see in Isaiah 60 that when darkness is covering the earth and deep darkness the people, the glory of the Lord will be revealed in His people. We are entering the ultimate battle between light and darkness, between good and evil. After this conflict, all will be able to see clearly what both good and evil are. Now we are in a time when many are calling good evil and evil good, honoring the dishonorable and dishonoring the honorable, but that will change. This is only exposing the wheat from the tares. As we see in the Gospels, the tares are the first to be plucked out of the earth, and that time is coming.
In Isaiah 60:3, we see that the result of this clash between light and darkness will be that the whole world will come to the light. Ultimately, the light is going to win every confrontation with evil. Even a small light can be seen much farther in great darkness. Light is going to prevail, regardless of what it may look like for a time. Now is the time to choose the light and resolve that we will only walk in the way of the light. Now is the time to let our light shine boldly.
Now is the time to establish in our hearts that evil is what God says it is, not man, and good is what God says it is, not man. Those who do not speak according to the Word of God do not have the light, and they are not of the light but are in darkness. Now is the time when all are in the Valley of Decision, determining who they will follow.
Seize the Day
Great people are rarely recognized on earth in their own times, but only after they have passed and are no longer a threat. Then the living will lament, having not appreciated them more or listened to them better. The same is often true of great times and great opportunities. Only a few have the vision to see them early. The source of the greatness of the great ones is that they see and understand their times, and they seize the opportunity. Now is the greatest time there has ever been to walk with God, to stand for His truth, and to preach His Gospel. Now the consequences, the fruit, will be magnified.
Great spiritual movements are often referred to as waves of the Holy Spirit because they move like waves of the ocean. To ride a wave requires balance and skill, but those would not matter if one did not also have the ability to discern where the wave is going to break and get into position at the right place and time. Even then, the wave rider cannot be idle but must be moving in the right direction when the wave comes.
One reason so many Christians have been repositioned in recent times is because the Holy Spirit is helping them get into position to catch the spiritual waves they are called to ride. There is a great wave of the Holy Spirit that is about to move across the entire earth, but it is still crucial for every individual to be in the place that they have been called.
The Holy Spirit is omnipresent, so we may think that it does not make a difference if we are in a specific location, but it can make all the difference in the world for us. The Lord Jesus appeared to more than five hundred people after His resurrection, and He instructed them to go and wait for the promise of the Father in Jerusalem. Three hundred and eighty did not wait long enough and missed the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Hopefully those who were of the three hundred eighty received this promise later through the Church, but we do not know for sure. Certainly the Lord is gracious, but as the Apostle Paul warned, we must behold both His kindness and His severity. God resists the proud, and it is the pride that caused the fall in the first place, which has us thinking we do not need to obey the Lord, but rather we can attain by our own means.
We are told in Hebrews 6:12 to be imitators of those who through "faith and patience inherit the promises." Waiting forty days in Jerusalem did require patience, and it sifted out those who did not have it. Impatience is not a fruit of the Spirit, and those who are led by their impatience will not be led by the Spirit. Three hundred and eighty did not fully obey the Lord, and they missed Him on the Day of Pentecost. Being in the right place is one of the telltale signs that we live our lives in obedience to the Lord. He told us not to call Him "Lord" if we do not do what He says. Only those who follow Him, obeying Him as Lord, will be in the right place at the right time to receive what is promised.
Impatience is a main reason why some never receive their promises. Another reason why opportunities, great movements, and visitations of the Lord are missed by so many is that their vision is clouded by the affairs of everyday life. Few are able to pull themselves away from the clamor of their lives to climb up to a place of vision where they can see with His eyes. This is why the Lord rebuked those who could perceive the signs of impending weather better than the signs of the times. The weather affected their everyday lives, and this is what they had most of their attention on. To discern the purposes of the Lord, they have to be our main focus. We must truly "seek first the Kingdom" in order to see its coming.
The "Sons of Issachar"
When the strength of King David's forces was recorded in I Chronicles 12:32, we have a unique and remarkable group listed: "Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do." For many years, I prayed for the Lord to raise up those with these gifts for our times. I felt that this inability to know the timing of what we were seeing was one of the greatest weaknesses in the prophetic ministries today. I also knew that in the times to come, this ability would be crucial. Seven years ago, I was shown that such last-day "sons of Issachar" would be raised up, and they would receive this anointing the way that the sons of Issachar did, which is recorded in Genesis 49:14-15:
"Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between the sheepfolds.
"When he saw that a resting place was good and that the land was pleasant, he bowed his shoulder to bear burdens, and became a slave at forced labor."
In prophetic symbolism, the shoulder represents authority because "the government will rest upon His shoulders." I was given an invitation to pursue this anointing and shown how to do it. I would have to lay aside growing in authority and influence with people, and instead become a slave and do what others did not want to do. I would have to go through a second seven-year period when I would be given very little prophetic revelation, but instead I would be given hard labor to do. I would have to leave the high place I had in the mountains and go back into the valley to the city to embrace hard labor. I think it was the hardest thing I have ever done, and I had the choice, but I also had the promise that it would be worth it.
One of my assignments was to begin restoring the Heritage USA property. This property had brought reproach upon the entire Body of Christ, and we would have to bear this reproach to be associated with it. At that time, this property had been vacant for seven years and looked like it had deteriorated beyond where it could be restored. However, I was shown that one day this property would be a worldwide testimony of God's power of redemption. It has not fully become this yet, but we have made progress, and it will become a marvel to the world in due time.
The work has been hard, and the reproach we've had to take on at times has been hard, but it has been worth it. Now it is the most wonderful home we could have ever dreamed of having for our ministry. The best part was being joined by so many noble souls who had the vision for this and were willing to work or contribute to it.
I am not claiming that the sacrifice I made to come down out of the mountains was that great. It has been hard at times, but there has also been too much joy for me to think of it as a sacrifice. In truth, there is no greater freedom than we can ever know than to be Christ's slave. Even the "hard labor" in Christ leads to rest and refreshing when we take His yoke. It is always better to choose the highest purpose. So, I am not claiming to have done anything that hard or great, but rather the results have been greater for me.
Then, I was instructed to help restore people that no one else wanted to restore. To do this we would also have to bear reproach and attacks just like Nehemiah did when he sought to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem. However, people are more important than buildings, and even though this would hurt my reputation, to receive the authority with God requires that we, like Him, are willing to "become of no reputation." Even so, there is possibly no greater way to gain the favor of God than to help His people whom no one else wants to help. The favor of God is far better than our reputation with men.
The Dream of Favor
In 1989, I was given a dream in which one of my children had fallen into a sewage ditch and could not get up. A large crowd gathered around my child just to ridicule and scorn as he struggled in that terrible filth. As a father, my grief was unbearable, but in the dream I could do nothing. Then a man pushed through the crowd, reached down and helped my child up, got him clean, and on his way again. My appreciation for this man was unlimited. If I could have given him all that I owned, it would not have been enough. Then I heard the voice of the Lord in my dream saying, "Jim Bakker is My child. Will you help him?"
At that time, Jim Bakker was possibly the most scorned and ridiculed person on the planet. I knew the Father felt just like I did watching my child struggle while people scorned and ridiculed him. Even though I was dreaming, I think this was the worst feeling I have ever had. When I woke up, I knew that to relieve the Father of what He was feeling for Jim Bakker was worth any price I had to pay. I also had it implanted in my spirit that there is no greater way to gain the favor of God than to help His children who no one else wants to help.
Since then, I have considered it a mandate to help Jim in any way that I can. I also think it is one of the great opportunities to help any of His children that I can who have fallen. Still, I can't help them all, but only the ones He shows me. I count this as one of the most important things I can do.
I do not mean to imply that this is something I am very good at. I often think I may be the worst one at this, and that the Lord's people deserve someone who can do it much better, but I do think it is the greatest honor I can have and do try my best. If I was to leave this life today, I would consider that I have already been rewarded many times over what I deserved for the little I did give. I am sharing this now for your sake. If you want to gain the Father's favor, help His people. If you want to receive the greatest favor, help those no one else is willing to help. The more unpopular it is to help them, or the harder it is, the more of His favor you will receive. As Tommy Tenney once said to us, "One moment of the favor of God is worth a lifetime of effort." This is true.
It may be the greatest wisdom to help God's people who are struggling, but even if we were to receive nothing, the Father deserves this. When the world rebelled against Him, He did not condemn us, but sent His own Son to redeem and restore us, even when we were still in our sin. Those who have His heart, who are truly spiritual, are like Him, always looking to restore (see Galatians 6:1), not condemn. When He walked the earth, consider how much patience He had with sinners and how little patience He had with the self-righteous.
Restoring was the main labor I was called to do to receive the "sons of Issachar" anointing. I am sure others have been called to pursue this too, because there will be a great company with this gift in the coming times. Their call to hard labor may have been different than mine, but I do know that most had to bear great hardship and reproach, going through a long period of being humbled and made "of no reputation." That will be a hallmark of the true leaders who are to come.
As the Apostle Paul spoke of how the apostles were considered to be the "dregs of the earth," this is a hallmark for the true apostolic ministry God is about to release. They may not be very well-known on earth, but they will be very well-known in Heaven. Many who are considered the dregs of the earth are kings and princes in Heaven. When the Kingdom comes, those who have been lifted up here will be humbled, and those who have embraced humility here will be lifted up.
Many people write to tell me how sorry they are for all of the attacks that I receive. I appreciate their concern, but this is actually a part of my reward. We get more "martyr points" when we receive reproach for doing the will of God. After the apostles had been beaten and threatened for doing what they were called to do, they went out rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for the sake of the Lord. They understood the true riches of the Kingdom. This is why it was said of Moses:
"By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward" (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Consider how Moses chose affliction rather than pleasure and considered the reproach of Christ greater riches than all the treasures of Egypt. Moses could see, and as we are told in the next verse, "he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen" (Hebrews 11:27). Do we see? Can we see what others cannot see? Those who see, like Elisha, can have an entire army coming after them and sit in perfect peace because they can see that those who are with us are much greater than those who are against us. This vision is available to us now.
Those who see the true treasures of the Kingdom know that all of the treasures in this world are not worth as much as a single grain of sand in the Kingdom. When we see, we will feel like the Apostle Paul – that all of the things we may have given up here are but rubbish. The favor of the Lord that we have experienced has already been much more than I could have ever dreamed, and much more of His favor is coming. His generosity knows no bounds, and He rewards many times over what we ever deserve.
A Clear Trumpet Sound
I do not mean to boast, but even if I am, I am doing it for a purpose. From 1980 to 1987, I went through a seven-year period where I received almost no prophetic revelation, but at the end of this, I received a two-and-a-half-day prophetic experience that was the greatest revelation I had ever received. It became a trumpet call heard throughout the world when a brief of it was circulated as, "A Vision of the Harvest." When I completed the book on this revelation, The Harvest, it became a #1 best-seller in many nations and remains one of our top distributors twenty-five years later. It has proven true.
Most of what I was shown in that vision has now come to pass, but the biggest and most important event in that vision is still to come – the harvest that is the end of the age. I was shown two waves that composed this harvest, both of which would be the biggest the world had ever seen, but the second was far more so than the first. The first wave began just a couple of years after I had the vision and lasted for more than a dozen years. It was estimated that more people came to Christ during that move than had come to Him from the original Day of Pentecost until that time. Whole nations were transformed, and at its peak, it was estimated that as many as 475,000 people a day were coming to the Lord around the world. However, it virtually missed North America and Western Europe. Now our time has come.
I was shown a time of relative spiritual quiet between this first wave and a much bigger one that was coming after it. This quiet time would last a few years, and we needed to use it to prepare the laborers for the coming much greater ingathering that would mark the end of this age. Last year I began to receive warnings that this great wave would soon be upon us, and that we were not ready. We had not used this time wisely to get ready for the next wave.
I was shown that this next wave would come like a tsunami. When a tsunami approaches, the ocean waters recede. I was shown that it would look like Christianity was in retreat around the world just before the greatest move of all time broke upon the earth. I was told that when we see this happening, we must not chase after the sea, the people, but we must get to the high ground. That "high ground" is to be seated with Christ in the heavenly places, not just doctrinally, but in reality united with Him and His authority. I will have more to say about this momentarily.
After the first seven-year period ended and I received the vision of the harvest, it seemed to open a floodgate of prophetic revelation for me that just kept getting better. Then I was given the promise of the "sons of Issachar" anointing and began another seven-year period of almost no prophetic revelation. I am now within weeks of the end of this second seven-year period. In July, I was given a foretaste of what is coming in a series of dreams. In some ways, these were the most exciting dreams I have ever had. I was also told that after the first seven-year prophetic wilderness I went through, I was given a vision of the harvest, but after this one, I would see the harvest itself – the fulfillment of the vision.
I was also given some insight into the kind of authority that would be released to those who had made it to the high ground, to be seated with Christ in the heavenly places. This high ground was also the top of the mountain that I had been shown before and wrote about in my book, The Final Quest. Unprecedented authority is about to be given to those who have been faithful and obedient.
The following are just a few things we can expect just from the prophetic ministry:
– Prophets will be raised up who will have a permanent place in the presence of the Lord and access to all of His plans and secrets.
– Prophets will be raised up to do exploits that eclipse anything done under the Old Testament prophets, including Moses and Elijah.
– This was to demonstrate that the New Covenant really is "a better covenant."
– Some will tell literal mountains to be plucked up and cast into the sea, and this will be done to prove that the Lord's Word is true.
– Some will be used to unravel a thousand years of the enemy's strategy and dominance over a nation, which they will do with a single prophetic word, setting multitudes free in a day.
– Some will have authority over all natural laws such as gravity, time, space, and mass, demonstrating the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven over all earthly authority.
– This would even make the Jews jealous so that they would pursue the Lord like they had not done since they were in Egypt.
– There will be companies of prophets that no enemy can hide their plans or their secrets from, and these will constantly thwart the attacks of the enemy and those who serve him.
– There will not be a major event that happens on the earth that God's prophets do not foresee.
– There will be companies of "sons of Issachar" who know the timing of coming events and have words of wisdom about what God's people are to do to be prepared for them.
– The counsel of these "sons of Issachar" will be sought by the most influential of this world, but it will be more important for them to serve the least of God's people than the mighty of this world. They will help leaders of this present age, but their main devotion will be to the future leaders of the coming Kingdom.
– Some of God's people will be given authority over every disease and affliction of man.
– Food and other resources being multiplied will become a common occurrence.
– Counsels between God's people and angels will be common and expected.
– Every great thing in Scripture was but the seed of what we will now see as a harvest. Even the first century Church was but a seed of what the Church will become.
– The Lord Himself will be so close to His people that He will be loved far above any gift or power by His people.
I have witnessed many great things in the Lord, but what I saw in these dreams was greater than what I had ever imagined that we would see on the earth. The "greater works" that the Lord said would be done in His name are much greater than I had ever considered. I should have known – the Lord always exceeds what we can ask or think. We are heading into the most exciting times there has ever been to walk with God.
Hear the Call of the Trumpet
The Lord has saved His best wine for last. The greatest move of God that has ever come upon the earth is very close. For those who have given up much to pursue the purposes of the Lord, now their reward is near.
Others have been distracted during the dry times. Like the remnant who returned to rebuild the temple of the Lord, after the foundation was laid, they got discouraged and went off to build their own houses. Like Haggai and Zechariah, prophets will arise to call them back to the work, and the work on the house of the Lord will be finished. Even many who have fallen away from the faith will come back.
In James 3:2 we are told that "we all stumble in many ways." There has only been One who has not fallen to sin. In Galatians 6:7 we are told, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." If we want to receive mercy, we need to sow mercy every chance we get. If we want to receive grace, we need to sow it every chance we get.
Proverbs 24:16 says, "A righteous man falls seven times, and rises again." Our falls do not displease Him as much as our getting back up and pressing on pleases Him. This is not to imply that our falling pleases Him – it does not. However, He knows that the faith it takes to get back up and continue on after a fall can be the greatest faith, and faith pleases Him.
Many have fallen in the same way that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob fell. When it got dry, they left the land they had been promised and turned to Egypt for their sustenance. It ultimately led to the bondage of their whole family. God let this happen so that they could taste the pain of their bondage and be willing to pay the price to pursue His promises. When they cried to Him, He delivered them. Regardless of what you have gotten yourself into, He will deliver you if you will call upon Him.
Israel's deliverance was not easy because it took much longer to get the Egypt out of them than it did to get them out of Egypt. Even so, He brought them into their Promised Land, and He will bring us into ours. If you are alive today, you were called to serve the Lord in the greatest move of God that has ever been upon the earth. Get free and get in your place.
The last few years have been exceedingly dry prophetically for many of God's people. Because He has not said as much to us does not mean that He has not been close to us. Even so, this spiritual dryness caused many to turn away from their purpose and become occupied with other things to seek fulfillment. For those who remained faithful, doing the work they were called to, the reward will soon come, and it will be great. For those who drifted, have the wisdom of the prodigal. For those who did not drift, but remained faithful, let us not become like the older brother, but rejoice at the return of the prodigals for the sake of the joy our Father has in this.
We are entering the fullness of times. The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church. He is the author of more than forty books, including The Final Quest, A Prophetic History, and Church History. He is also the president of The OAK Initiative, an interdenominational movement that is mobilizing thousands of Christians to be engaged in the great issues of our times, being the salt and light that they are called to be. Rick and his wife, Julie, have five children: Anna, Aaryn, Amber, Ben, and Sam.