The Day of Reckoning!

In my last word I shared on the book of Amos, and from the time that the Lord said I was to read this book, I have been mulling over it. Amos was uncompromising in his devotion to God and through this prophet, the Lord made it clear to the nation that their religious prayers and sacrifices did not compensate for the evil taking place and would not protect them from the ruling of the Righteous Judge. God always looks at the heart of man and its motivations rather than its actions, which can often camouflage unrighteous motives. The foundation of God’s throne is justice and righteousness—this is by His determination. God highly esteems righteousness, fairness, and balanced scales, that is at the heart and core of who He is!

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream,” Amos 5:24

In the time of Amos, God confronted the great injustices happening in every sphere of the nation; he addressed the blatant disregard for those living in abject poverty and lack, while the rich and elite got fat on excessive and lavish lifestyles. The nation did not guard against the accelerating demonic drift into lawlessness, nor did it comprehend the level of God’s displeasure over the injustice and unrighteous living. Warning after warning was sent, but the nation did not regard the message. The word of the Lord Amos brought to the nation was rejected. They admonished him to stop prophesying and questioned his credibility, condescendingly noting that he was just a lowly shepherd.

Through the prophesying of Amos, God repeatedly said that he would not relent or pass by the nation’s sin any longer—it was a wake-up call to change their ways. The Lord gave much time for repentance and much opportunity for the nation to turn from their wicked ways, as happened in Nineveh. At this time other prophets like Hosea were also prophesying of a coming day where they would be called to account—a divine intervention was impending. But to no avail! In God’s longsuffering, thirty to forty years passed before Assyria suddenly marched against Israel.

There was a time when I was to share a word from the Lord at a church, but lost my voice. I fervently prayed for God to heal my voice, but he didn’t. Instead, He said to give the word in the voice that I had—that my whisper was to be a sign and a wonder. He said that those who had ears to hear would hear. As it turned out they did hear, and God moved powerfully. How important it is to hear what the Spirit is saying—to understand His movements and hear His warnings. God gives the humble ears to hear, and He gives much time to repent. However, the day does come when He says, I will not pass by any longer!

A Day of Reckoning is at Hand

During a recent time of intercession, I heard the Lord say the words, a day of reckoning. There was weight on the statement, and I felt led to check the definition of the word reckoning. It means in essence, a settling of accounts, the time where we are forced to deal with a grave situation—the time where God has reached His limit or patience—the end of the discussion. In the Hebrew, the word reckon is pquddah and also means visitation—a time of encountering the living God for a time of discipline. In the book of Ezekiel, God declared that even if Noah, Moses or Daniel were to intercede on behalf of the land, that He would not listen to them (Ez. 14:20). Even though God is longsuffering, He does have limits to his patience. When time is up, the time for dialogue is over.

A Day of Reckoning is at Hand. The present U.S. administration has clearly not been given the mandate or the anointing to lead the nation, or to carry the responsibility of being the world leader. They are presently fumbling and stumbling under the weight of the office and the mandate the job carries. The shadow government of the prior Obama administration seems also to be very much in play as the press secretary recently admitted that he was meeting on a regular basis with Biden. Many news sources are now calling the present administration, Obama’s third term. It could well be called the Obiden administration.

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Isaiah 10:1-3 

Nations have fallen to a gross departure from the norms of a civilized society. Horrendous things are now taking place such as young children not only being trafficked in the sex trade, but the latest horror has become organ trafficking. Children’s organs are now a valuable commodity and can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars. This has become big business in Africa, China, and Mexico where children are kidnapped, and their organs sent to Europe and North America.

Recently a Democratic state lawmaker spearheaded a bill that would criminalize medical enhancements given for children and minors under 18, for transitioning to another gender. It should not be necessary to legislate against insanity, however, even so, a multitude of his colleagues denounced both him and the legislation. There are also many with liberal mindsets, who find babies being aborted up to the day of its birth as acceptable. A culture of death and evil is steadily and ominously seeping into society where it has become acceptable to call good evil and evil good, where pastors and Christian leaders are prevented from meeting and preaching Christian values.

A day of reckoning is also coming for the elites of the world whose lives are being weighed in the balances. What is owed must be paid. What is stolen must be returned, a balancing of the accounts is being called for. Those who thought they had gotten away with fraud, theft and robbing the nations of its wealth will be called to account for it. There is an extraordinary ever-growing disparity between the rich and the poor, those dominated by the rise of the mega corporations. During the space of one year, during the time of Covid, when so many people have suffered, lost their livelihood, their businesses, their incomes and even their lives, these corporations have doubled their profits in the hundreds of billions. Thousands of small businesses have had to permanently close their doors, while mega corporations grow to become Global giants, increasing their dominance and influence over nations and even governments.

Where is God in all This?

Some may have wondered where God is in all of this, and why He has not moved to stop the madness. Why has He allowed it to continue? God sees it all, as nothing is hidden from him. We cannot try to fathom the higher and surpassing ways of God, His perfect understanding of all things, and the ways and timing of how He chooses to move. But can we imagine How grieved He must be! The One who loves beyond understanding, especially the children. Repeated examples in scripture warn us that, though it may be long in coming, the day of reckoning does come! The Word reveals that God chooses to be silent in seasons, but His silence does not last forever!

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” But God says to the wicked: “Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant? For you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash. When you see thieves, you approve of them, and you spend your time with adulterers. Your mouth is filled with wickedness, and your tongue is full of lies. You sit around and slander your brother—your own mother’s son. While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn’t care. But now I will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you. Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:14-23 NLT

I don’t particularly like writing words highlighting darkness or the discipline of God. I would much rather write of the Joy, the Glory, and the Light, but know I have to be obedient to what I feel God is leading me to share. Writing about the Light and about Jesus is easy, as He is so magnificent and beautiful, full of goodness, majesty, and Glory.  But God is grieved about these things, and if we carry His heart, we will be grieved also and be moved to align with Him in His intercession. It is easy to become self-centered and inward focused on our own needs, desires, and comforts. It is easier to choose to ignore the presence and realities of evil. But there is a rising cry, that is becoming a crescendo, coming up from the Earth before the throne of God—from the children, from the despairing, and from the blood of the slain that speaks.

According to a new report, a large percentage of Europe have abandoned Christianity. Unless God moves to do something, a generation will be lost.  God will move on behalf of the children! He will have a posterity that carries His name into the future. God does have a people who will serve Him whole heartedly in this hour, who will not be shaken by the shakings that will come. He does have a people prepared who will walk in His likeness, who will walk amongst the evil and the sinners, to save those who will hear. He does have a people who will walk like He walked and do the works that He did and more—its promised in scripture!  He will have a people who will carry the mantle of Isaiah 61, on whom the Spirit of the Lord rests. An army of compassionate souls who bring beauty for ashes. In the Day of Reckoning the Lord’s intention is to save many! He will not be silent for long. He will come to save!

The LORD will march forth like a mighty hero; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies“I have long been silent; yes, I have restrained myself. But now, like a woman in labor, I will cry and groan and pant. Isaiah 42:13-14 

The Lord is calling for a heart change in His people and not an outward show of piety—a true move of brokenness over sin. Rather than attempting to justify our sin nature, its time to get real with God. For many days I have been hearing the words, rend your hearts and not your garments, and later found it in scripture:

“So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.  Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him.”  Joel 2:13-14

Get Ready For The Plumb Line to Fall!

Over the past week I have been hearing the Lord say to read the book of Amos. As I read, what was  outstanding to me, was that things had reached a state where God decided it was time to do something—that He would no longer turn aside. The situation was grave and called for significant measures, where it became necessary to bring out Heaven’s ultimate weapon against corruption—the only solution to the problem!  God said to Amos, I am sending the Plumb Line!

“And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.”  Amos 7:8

The Plumb Line is the stature and measure of Christ, the King! It is a revelation and manifestation of the true authentic Christ in fullness of stature and Glory; where in beholding Him, all fall prostrate and declare, “Woe is me; I am a man of unclean lips.” The Plumb line will expose and bring all mixture within the House of God into the light to reveal what is of Christ and what is not. Nothing and no one is pure and perfect other than Jesus Christ! Nonetheless, the repentant are safely hidden within Him. It will become increasingly important to be secured in Him—to recognize and become aligned with the authentic Christ and not another christ. Jesus warned that there would be many false christs manifesting and giving false testimony as the days draw closer to His return. It is in knowing Jesus intimately in His five-fold High Priestly role, and in all the attributes and virtues resident within Him, that we are able to discern the counterfeit and not acknowledge another.

Our God is a jealous God who dislikes mixture. At present there is a mix of good and evil in every sphere of humanity—becoming more clearly defined with each day. We see a mixture of the lie with the truth, mixture in the motivations of heart and mixture of all kinds of spirits functioning. God is clearly drawing a distinguishing line between light and darkness, thereby eliminating the fence sitters and confronting the lukewarm in His Church.  In the parable of the wheat and tares, God said, let them grow together to their fullness until the time of harvest (Matt. 13:30). Well, it’s harvest time and the Plumb Line will be moving to separate the wheat from the tares. In a previous word that I wrote regarding 2021, the Lord showed me that good and evil would be coming to a head beginning in 2021.

In these times, it has become extremely important to discern the veiled deception within every discourse, as everything now spoken through all forms of media—written, audio or video, is now mixed with politics, innuendo and lies, and is releasing deliberate, intentional duplicity. What was thought to be conspiracy in the past is now proving to be factual, however, to confuse, it is being presented cloaked in lies and propaganda.

A common tactic of the enemy—his chief strategy used in the garden, is to conceal truth within error and ambiguity, to discredit the truth. He does this brilliantly on both sides of the equation as a masterful propagandist. He creates mixture so truth is masked and undiscernible. People see or hear the error and either throw out the treasure with the defiling influences or embrace the truth along with error. God is the two-edged sword discerning the thoughts and motivations of man and is the Revealer of truth. Only the Spirit of God by the Word has the power to divide between flesh and spirit, and truth and the lie. How important then is it for us to become one with Christ in His heart and mind.

“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12 AMP

It has become critical in these times to have a mind that is renewed, formed in union with the mind of Christ. The mind is the new wineskin now being fashioned to perceive the thoughts and intentions of God for this volatile season. There is much flesh and too little Spirit and Word presenting right now. A smorgasbord of opinions has infiltrated the Church based on secular ideas and philosophy and not on the supernatural Word, Will and nature of God. Paul admonishes us in Romans 12:2 too have a renewed mind.

“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.” TPT

The prayer of power is the one Jesus taught us to pray—Thy will be done, Thy Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven. Every Kingdom has a King! We have one King, one Lord and one Master, and every knee must bow to Him. What does it matter what we have to say and about our many opinions! All that matters is what the King’s opinion is and what He has to say! The only thing that produces for eternity is what is done through Him, in His Name.  The Lord is not asking us to rule for Him, to govern for Him, to pastor for Him, or to evangelize for Him.  He is not calling us to work for Him! He has called and chosen us that He—the King, might rule through us, govern through us, pastor through us, evangelize through us, and administrate His House through us.

Some focus all their energy on building their own houses and empires when God is saying, build My House! His House is a corporate body of many parts, and without Him as the centre in the mix, we can do nothing and accomplish nothing of eternal value. The new move of God coming, is Christ moving through a newly formed and submitted wineskin, where the King rises, moves in, takes over, cleans up the messes we have made, and cleanses the defiling secular and even demonic influences we have allowed in His house.

The King comes to establish His Kingdom, and the Faith as it is in Heaven! In comparison to His intentions, the humble will recognize that, at present there is mixture in every aspect of governance of His House. When He moves, all must yield to him and every knee must bow to His demands. As He says in Amos, He will overturn, just as He overturned everything in the temple when He first came. We have built His House according to the world’s blueprint and standards, when, as the Chief Architect, He designed it to be a House of prayer!

“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:7

“And he taught, saying unto them, is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17 KJV

The word for as used in for all nations, is not in the original translation I believe the King James Version translation is more accurate, where God is saying that all nations shall call the House of God a House of Prayer. The word prayer in Hebrew is tefillah, which embodies the heart of love and worship in communion with its Creator. Tzvi Freeman’s commentary on this verse captures the essence of the definition of the word tefillah in Jewish thought:

But what kind of labor can the heart do to serve G‑d? The classic Jewish answer is that this is tefillah: a labor of awakening the hidden love within the heart until a state of intimate union with the divine is achieved. That’s why the common translation—prayer—is horribly inaccurate. Prayer implies two distinct entities, an inferior one making a request of a superior. There is another Hebrew word for this: bakashah. Similarly, worship has a word: shevach. Tefillah includes both these elements but is itself neither of them. Instead, communion may be a better word—defined as a joining together of mind and spirit.” (Chabad.org)

In Mark 11, God is declaring that all nations will call His House a House of tefillah—a place where Communion with Him transpires, where He is exalted—a place where He is acknowledged as Lord, where He directs and administrates His House. In tefillah we discern, we understand, we receive revelation, and we receive direction. What were the leaders of the Ecclesia doing at Antioch, they were fasting, praying and ministering to the Lord in tefillah? These are three requirements for Governance of God’s affairs and estate. We can’t fear the people, we must fear God first and foremost.

In writing this word, I saw a picture of the Plumb Line having a diamond as the tip; the diamond representing all the facets of Christ—our multidimensional God. A diamond is the hardest known material on earth, even stronger than steel, and can even cut through glass. It is said that only diamonds can cut diamonds. The Plumb Line of Christ is the Diamond being sent through the Holy Spirit to now cut and shape His corporate people, to fashion us into the most brilliant reflection of His Glory and all the facets of the marvels of His life.

God is calling His people to come out of the world and be seated at His table. He is presently preparing a feast, setting a table for us, and asking us to come and dine with Him. Much of the world is presently dining at the table of demons, feasting on hate, anger, and every kind of foul bird. We can’t seek to appease and compromise on God’s Word. Preaching must be founded on the Word of God—even the tough passages on sin. Righteous, fearless, preaching must rise once again to declare righteousness and holy living in the House of God, according to the Plumb Line of Christ (without religious controlling spirits).  As I was reading Amos God got my attention with another scripture.

“This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked. “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered. Then the LORD said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.” Amos 8:1-2 

Amos saw a basket of ripe fruit; other translations say a basket of summer fruit.  God spoke in this passage using two similar Hebrew words as a play on words, the first is qayits meaning harvest, ripe or summer fruit; and the other in reference to Israel is qets meaning an end or extremity.  The basket of fruit represents the people of God. I Believe It is possible that by summer we will see a shaking begin and God move in unique ways. The dynamic of the Plumb Line is two-fold in that it works to bring the righteous and submitted into fullness of alignment with Christ, yet, by its nature as the piercing Light of God it will stir and shake the demonic foundations of the Earth.  The Plumb Line will rebuild the House of God to represent tefillah.  Amos 9:11 tells us that the Lord will return to raise up and rebuild the Tabernacle of David—a House built within the Jewish dynamic of Jeshua, in the order of tefillah to possess the harvest of all the Gentiles called by His name!

“On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” Says the LORD who does this thing.”

God is getting ready to release the Plumb Line to Build the House of Tefillah! I believe He is saying that the people are ripe, and the time is ripe for a move of God! Will we be found ripe and ready for action in surrender to God, or will we be found ripe and ready to be spoiled? Selah

White House Down!

 

Although I live in Canada, my grandfather was an American and I do have a burden for this nation. Over the last five years, God has focused my attention and intercession on the United States and its government. There has been some objection within the Church regarding Christian involvement in the political realm, however, in the scriptures much of the discourse between God and His servants, was directly related to the rulership of the nation or of nations, to the sin or righteousness of the rule of its kings, and of God’s consequent blessings or judgments regarding their rule. The examples are too numerous to share! Others say our focus should be on God, not on politics. I believe that our attention should be focused first and foremost on God, always, and from that place we then move in obedience to wherever He directs our attention and our actions in our service to Him. As someone I know wisely once said, “To follow God’s ways is to follow Life!”

Today, regarding how we as Christians relate to the rule of governments, certain scriptures such as Romans 13:1-7 cannot be broadly or religiously applied. In the New Covenant, with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and God’s move from the dispensation of law to Grace, God deliberately made unclear the application of many of His ordinances, especially in regard to church structure, as they are now subjected to the administrations of Holy Spirit, as Galatians 5:18 states, “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”  In these times, the Government’s level of control over our lives raises legitimate and important questions—questions that many are now having to wrestle with.

Have there not been times when, because of conscience, the people of God were required to resort to civil disobedience, and in certain extreme cases even to outright resistance? For example, when Pharoah ordered that all baby boys were to be killed, the midwives disobeyed. When Peter was told not to preach of Jesus, he disobeyed, and said, shouldn’t he obey God rather than man. And in instances where some found themselves living under evil regimes such as the Nazis, Mussolini and others, resistance was necessary to preserve life. The Holy Spirit warned Joseph to flee the nation and go to Egypt to preserve Jesus’ life. How important then does the gift of wisdom and discernment become in times of the overreach of governmental rule. The gift of discernment and the leading of the Holy Spirit is therefore vital to our well-being and the stand we may have to take.

Today, I believe there is a strange lack of discernment among many regarding satan’s evil agenda for this hour of history, and the manner in which he is now exploiting the governments of nations to “…change times and laws,” to his diabolical purposes for humanity (Dan. 7). In just the same way that many could not accept or believe the level of atrocity, and the scope of the demonic agenda executed through Hitler—to annihilate an entire race of people from the face of the Earth, so at present, many also refuse to accept or believe the depth of horrific evil, and the present unfolding of the sinister plan being rolled out in the earth—even infiltrating high levels of the church and many denominations. The disbelief is puzzling, especially since they have blatantly come out from the shadows into the open with their agenda. It is all there to see for any who so desire.

America, in this notable hour of history, and as the last bastion of Judaeo-Christian values, is presently the primary target of dark forces bent on its destruction. For their diabolical plan to succeed to attain world dominion, America must be subdued, contained, restrained, and subjected to anti-Christian regulations. Since the inauguration of the new president, the forces backing him have been feverishly and systematically moving in a comprehensive and strategic plan, to implement the take-down of America. Their intention is to deplete her military might and her economic strength. Evidence of this plan can clearly be seen coming out of the White House in the barrage of executive orders—fifty and counting—and legislation now being enacted to weaken the nation.

Executive orders have been passed allowing transgender men to now participate in women’s sports and compete in every arena where women have been prospering and succeeding. The very aggressive LGBTQ agenda has now established a firm stronghold being used successfully to change times and laws based on the false premise of inclusiveness. This legislation seeks to undermine women at a time when God is moving to establish women in all spheres and on all fronts. The Biblical foundation of marriage and family has been removed in the courts and the push is now on to eliminate God’s creation and determination of male and female. Pronouns such as he and she, and motherand father are now banned in congress and certain arenas where only gender-neutral terms are allowed.

Gender-neutrality is now being pushed on children at a young age where they are encouraged to choose their sex from as young as three years old. In certain states stores are no longer allowed to separate toys by gender. The intent is the cross breeding of genders where there is no longer distinction between male and female in body or in dress. The assault against children continues with child trafficking which has grown at an exponential rate in the last few years with cases rising on human trafficking to over 842% over the last ten years. Arrests skyrocketed under the Trump administration that aggressively targeted pedophiles and human traffickers. The move to destroy and defile the next generation of children and teenagers in every evil an horrific way, is now proceeding legally. From pedophilia to gender confusion, and with the funding of abortion now increasing in the world through the present Governments of Canada and America, the slaughter of babies, even up to nine months, grows at home and in nations abroad.

Executive orders have also been passed to open the nation’s borders to illegal immigration and demolish security forces protecting the borders. There can be no other conclusion than that their intent is opening the gates to a flood of all forms of illegal activity especially related to drugs and human trafficking. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are beinginvited to enter the nation illegally without being tested for Coronavirus, and are being wooed by $1400 cheques, free health care and education. The present administration has also cancelled Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from failed state nations; because of this, the potential for terrorist attacks increases and becomes a real possibility.

In his hatred of God, satan’s ultimate target, however, is Israel, and his intent is the annihilation of this nation and its people from the face of the Earth. The progress of peace in the Middle East that was made under the Trump administration, between the Sunni Muslim nations and Israel, is being incrementally dismantled on all fronts, while sanctions set in place against Iran are removed. The destabilizing of America in its self-sufficiency as the number one producer of oil is now being undermined with executive orders resulting in a great loss of Jobs. The invitation to the antichrist spirit is being issued to breed chaos in order to bring forth the Antichrist—the man of peace who will solve the world’s problems with solutions predetermined on man’s submission and servitude.

The demonic realm has tasted power and will not give it up too easily!  If the satanic plan is successful, draconian laws will begin to be rolled out to bring people into full subjection to their will, and to usher in a new world order. After Donald Trump’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in January 2020, where he snubbed their agenda for Globalism and the Great Reset, George Soros ominously declared in response: “I regard it (Trump’s administration) as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020, or even sooner.”

I don’t believe it is too late for things to be turned around, God is able to do the impossible and inconceivable! However, if America falls, and the role given to champion the causes of God and to restrain evil in the Earth is lost, the demonic grip on the world will tighten. For these reasons, it is extremely critical for every believer of every nation to be praying for America at this time! During a recent time of intercession, I saw a picture of the White House surrounded by soldiers, and a fence with barbed wire, with the words White House Down written over the picture. This is actually a movie, where enemy forces gain control of the White House, the nation and therefore the world.

I also saw a picture of a White House representing the House of God, and the White House in Washington DC, side by side, and understood that their condition was related. I then saw the Supreme Court in Washington and the Courtroom of Heaven as also related. My sense was that there were outstanding, undealt with issues in the House of God—legal issues in the spirit, having its effect on what was playing out in the White House. Because these issues were not being dealt with in the Courts of Heaven lawyers were being barred from presenting their case to the Supreme Court on Earth.

 Satan is using the laws of God written against sin, to hinder breakthrough in the defense of America; his intent is to change times and laws. Much of everything taking place at this time is related to law, legal issues and lawyers who are at the forefront. Shortly after receiving this understanding, I began reading Robert Henderson’s book on The Courts of Heaven, where something he said seemed to jump of the pages. He said unanswered prayer was because something legal in the Spirit realm was resisting. He went on in another chapter to discuss a dream he had, that God had related to Isaiah 66:17, where the people were going after idols and eating strange food. The following morning in my devotional time I opened my Bible to this very same scripture and began to receive and write this word.

The Lord also took me to Ezekiel chapter 8, where He takes Ezekiel on a tour of His House to show him all the abomination taking place in it. In this instance God was very angry with those who were not grieving with Him about the condition of His House—the House He loved! I believe God is making it clear that we must first deal with the sin in His House, in order to cleanse the White House, the reason why Lawyers have been barred from bringing their case before the Supreme Court on earth. God’s desire is for those who represent Him on Earth, who love truth, who love justice and mercy—to walk humbly before him, and to live in holiness before Him (Mic. 6).

“God’s will is for you to be set apart for him in holiness and that you keep yourselves unpolluted from sexual defilement. Yes, each of you must guard your sexual purity with holiness and dignity, not yielding to lustful passions like those who don’t know God.  Never take selfish advantage of a brother or sister in this matter, for we’ve already told you and solemnly warned you that the Lord is the avenger in all these things.  For God’s call on our lives is not to a life of compromise and perversion but to a life surrounded in holiness. Therefore, whoever rejects this instruction isn’t rejecting human authority but God himself, who give us his precious gift—His Spirit of holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Has the Church been pointing fingers and judging others while there is possibly a big log in our own eyes? How are we to respond to God? We respond in humility, with fasting, with prayer and coming before His Throne in deep repentance.  We don’t come flippantly, and we don’t come casually or complacently. We don’t come in pride or in arrogance, we come dressed for Court in the Royal Robes of Salvation and with the mantle of sackcloth of humility. We are coming before a holy God, standing at the side of a righteous King who gave His life for our sin—we come by the way of the Cross!

Receive The Scepter of Authority!

 

Over the days of Purim, in a devotional time with the Lord, He began to open certain aspects of Esther’s story to me. I have taught many times on the story of Esther as have many, and have tended to focus on certain chapters, as in chapter 4, where she courageously makes the decision to go before the king, despite protocol stating that unless the king put forth his scepter, her death would be guaranteed. Esther made the decision to risk her life for the cause of her people and said those famous words, “If I perish, I perish!”  Both Esther and Mordecai received great favor because of their obedience to God.  That morning however, God began to highlight to me the process Esther went through before she was chosen to be Queen.

Esther was greatly favored by Hegai the king’s eunuch and was given a special room in the king’s house with seven women from the king’s courts to serve her. Hegai is a picture of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, to prepare us for our King Jesus. The Holy Spirit is there to love on us, teach, prepare, equip, heal, and refine, to bring us forth in Glory.

Esther was prepared for twelve months in oils—twelve representing governmental authority. For six months she was prepared with the oil of Myrrh and for six months with oils to beautify her.  Myrrh was the oil used to anoint Jesus for burial. Nicodemus brought one hundred pounds of Myrrh and aloes with which they anointed Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen after His death on the Cross. Myrrh represents the willingness to offer one’s life as a sacrifice for the greater good, and for the Kingdom of God.

Esther was soaked in these oils representing the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  She was being prepared in purity, to go before the King. She was being prepared for her position as a representative of the Royal kingdom. Esther was prepared in purity for intimacy and relationship with the King. She was prepared in wisdom to carry the scepter of the kingdom’s authority, and she was prepared in character to write the Royal decrees.

In my time with the Lord, I saw a picture of myself being clothed in the Royal garments of the Kingdom and saw God handing me His scepter. I believe this picture is representative word for all who have paid the price and made the choice to remain in His Fire through the refining process.

As I pondered this picture, I suddenly felt led to check the definition of the word Scepter and discovered that it meant to invest with authority. I was then led me to check the definition of the word invest and was surprised that both these words were confirmed the meaning and significance of the picture God was revealing to me.

The word invest means to provide or endow someone with a quality or with an attribute; to formally confer a rank or office on someone; to invest something or confer a right or power to someone; to endow with authority. Invest also means to clothe or cover with a garment; to clothe with the insignia of a rank.

God is presently investing and endowing many with great authority, this includes many of His daughters called to the frontlines. He is clothing with Royal garments all those having come through the fires of purification and having been soaked in the oils of the Holy Spirit. He is placing His overcoming ones in the rank He has prepared for them. He is putting Royal garments on His Bride who will wield the scepter of righteousness and decree the demise of the enemy campaign against His people and the destruction of their strongholds.

There are many who have persevered in intimacy, who have persevered in prayer, and have continued to believe to see the salvation of the Lord against present tyranny.  Esther is now rising to be presented and seen before the courts and before the world stage, truly prepared for such a time as this! Esther represents those who have been called to stand in authority in the courts of Heaven and legislate the heavens in Christ as described in Zechariah 3:7:

“If you will walk in My ways, And if you will keep My command, Then you shall also judge My house, And likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk Among these who stand here.” Zechariah 3:7

When king Ahasuerus summoned Vashti to come forth and show her beauty she refused. Vashti represents the religious and disobedient wife. Esther was brought forth to replace her.  Esther was on the edge of making the same mistake of not rising to her place in her hour, to stand in the place of destiny created for her.  Mordecai declared to Esther that if she chose to remain silent, deliverance would arise from elsewhere.  When she hesitated, Mordecai wisely admonished her with these words:

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.”  Esther 4:14

Esther made the wise decision to be courageous having understood that she was called and created for this moment of history. Today we are living in a time of great trouble on earth and may be approaching times of even greater trouble and God is now calling for His Bride to arise and present herself!  As  Mordecai admonished and warned Esther to take her place, God is calling His Bride to come out from their dressing room and is saying to her: ‘Arise and shine for your light has come! Come forth into the Glory I have prepared for you.”

God has been at work carefully preparing His Body as the vessel that will give birth to the establishment of His Kingdom on Earth.  We have been in a long season of learning and growing in maturity.  During this time of growth, we have been kept by God within the confines or parameters of His protective shield.  This shield has acted like a giant incubator where God has been transforming us, as in the case of a caterpillar, from one form of species into a brand-new creature.

Many are now experiencing the sense of being on the edge of breakthrough, as the Body outgrows this place and pushes against the confines. There is a sense of having been trained as a prize stallion to run a race yet waiting in the stall for the trumpet to blow.

When the trumpet sounds, we will be given a window of time to do the work of building the Ark to contain and gather in the harvest.  We must be ready to run, with everything we have in us, when the trumpet sounds. God will sound His trumpet through His leaders who have been prepared to forge ahead and lead His tribes; those who have ears to hear Him and who have the anointing to marshal the army.

The Lord declared out of our belly would flow Rivers of Living Water (John 7).  This Greek word koilia sometimes translated as belly or heart, also means womb or a hollow cavity. The womb of the Bride is the container filled with all the treasures of God prepared for this hour. As the Bride comes forth in Glory, she will begin to birth God’s treasures in the Earth.  She is being cleansed and prepared as the womb that will give birth to the most glorious hour of all history.

The River flowing from the womb of the Bride will birth Life where death once reigned. Where the River flows there will be life! In the times surrounding the Day of the Lord, the Bride will enter the travail to bring forth birth the Harvest and God’s Kingdom on Earth. This travail and intercession will be aggressive and sometimes violent.  It is a determined travail that will not settle for anything less than the new life. What does this new life look like in the Bride? It looks like Isaiah 61; it looks like Jesus:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

“For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

The Bride’s water is about to break and gush forth, the baby is coming, and God will ensure that nothing will get in the way of the delivery.  The waters of the Holy Spirit will break forth over the Earth, ushering an intense and painful time of travail.  We will get through this time because of the joy of knowing the baby is coming and will arrive on time.

The Lord will cleanse His Body and make His Bride Glorious. This is the work the Lord must do in His Bride as He makes her harmless to humanity and dangerous to the enemy (Matt. 10:16). This season of circumcision and healing we have been in must have taken place before the Bride could be released to bring transformation in the Earth.

The Lord is seeking out those who will humble themselves and submit to His ways to release them to go and conquer lands for His kingdom. God is asking us if we love Him enough to take the risk and trust Him enough to believe that through Him, we can overcome all hindrances in us and all obstacles on the path ahead.

There are two prominent revelations in Esther 4:14, the ‘time’ we are called to, and the ‘cost’ of holding back, “…you will perish.”  Our attitude must become that of Esther’s—she drank the Lord’s cup and declared, “If I perish, I perish.”  I believe that this is the name of the aged bottle of Wine reserved to be served in the last days, for the Day of the Lord!

When Esther chose to come before the king in boldness, the sceptre of the authority of the kingdom was lifted toward her.  She was given great favour and her requests granted, up to half the kingdom!  Esther touched the head of the Sceptre of the kingdom, representing an act of union with the king.

The Hebrew word for top is rosh, which means head.  Under the governance of the king—the head of the kingdom, sanctioned by the full weight of his rule, Esther was granted power and right in the kingdom!  Esther was given great authority and the liberty to write any decree on behalf of her people to foil the plots of the enemy! As the number eight represents new beginnings, Esther 8:8 ushered a new season  and beginning for the people of God:

“Now write another decree in the king’s name on behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring—for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.” Esther 8:8 

The King told Esther to write another decree, taking into consideration the decree Haman had already written to destroy the Jews. The king tells Esther to write a new decree that would eliminate Haman’s decree. Esther wrote one that gave her people the right to rise up and defend their rights, property and families, and completely annihilate their enemy.

Esther completed the job given by God to Saul, to destroy the Amalakite enemy. Saul like Vashti represents the religious in this hour, who through sin, deception or disobedience are working against the purposes of God. The Lord declared in His Word that if we were not for Him we were against Him.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Matthew 12:30 

Like Esther, God is now calling forth His leaders to now present themselves; this includes His daughters who play significant roles in the government of His House. They are to be granted great authority, power, and right to thwart the worst plots of the enemy in these last days. They will be anointed to write new decrees to drive them out, and release great blessing for the people of God!