School of the Last Wine

THE WINE IS READY AND KEYS TO UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY!

WOW! What an opportune time to be alive on planet Earth and living in the Kingdom of God!  God is on the move! He has shifted the world into a new dispensation of time that is alive with potential and pregnant with possibilities as Heaven moves to break in with the supernatural and the miraculous!  God is moving to release on planet Earth a new and fresh apprehension of His Goodness and Glory in the Face of Jesus Christ.  With 5777 we have shifted into a new era in which God is doing a NEW THING in New ways, where His intentions are ultimately focused on reaping a great Harvest of precious souls and bringing them into the family of God.

It is important to be aligned with the mind of Christ that we may comprehend the ‘NEW dynamic of this hour and His strategic purposes for this dispensation of time.  Throne union with Him is His desire and goal, that we may legislate the Heavens and rule with Him in His holy endeavors. Critical thinking united with revelation will unlock the marvels prepared for this hour.  The fire will be ignited and the provisions released—prepared and made ready specifically for this season.  To stay in sync with the Lord, we must know how to process this time and understand what He intends to accomplish.

Recently I had a dream of driving a car, I turned on to a very familiar street not knowing that it had been changed to a one-way street, and I was heading into the flow of on-going traffic.  The Lord revealed that this was a new day! The day of going our own way, traveling old familiar paths had ended. The present shift in times was transforming old roadways where we flow together on the Highway of the Lord in the direction of the union in His Will. Together on this Higher-way, we become A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH THROUGH OUR AGREEMENT AND UNION WITH HIM! As we let go of the familiar and launch out in faith we become unstoppable on a one-way ticket where we will not, and cannot return to the old place we were before.

This is an apostolic season of being sent out; of His sons coming to the fullness of maturity, and of His Harvest—a season of being centered in His Will, positioned to take the land assigned to us!  God is preparing a new wineskin to meet the challenges of this season; one prepared with a new mind-set to think outside the old religious box of irrelevant traditions that served His purposes in the past seasons.  An apostolic mantle is being activated to shift and shake up the ways we have done church.

Recently I heard the Lord say clearly, “THE NEW WINE IS READY! I NEED A NEW WINESKIN!” God has also been emphasizing His desire to bring Heaven to Earth!  From the start of this year, Heaven to Earth, is a phrase I keep running into in some form, everywhere I turn! Being rightly positioned for harvest and Cities of Refuge are two issues I feel God is now emphasizing for the fulfillment of His purposes in this hour.  Having understanding of the Keys that unlock your Destiny is vital in this incredible season ahead!

Being Rightly Positioned

Being centered in Christ and positioned in the land of your inheritance unlocks our destiny! Circumstances may seem to be holding you back, or life situations and finances but obedience to take your place in your appointed sphere, unlocks your destiny and positions you for Favor—favor that opens the necessary doors for you to accomplish your assignment.  Recently the Lord told me to read a book I had read over fifteen years ago— Commitment to Conquer by Bob Beckett. As I read, the Holy Spirit was with me on every page of the book! I have read this book many times and highly recommend it if you feel called to a city. However, it reveals startling and powerful revelations in regard to the significance and importance of being positioned in the right place at the right time! As the title states, the book’s emphasis is on COMMITMENT as the first step.  Bob states, “The first step in taking spiritual possession of a territory is making a commitment to that place,” and, “Only when we accept the responsibility and accountability can we SEE the vision!  He says, “A person may know WHAT God’s call is but never fully realize that potential until he knows WHERE the call is to!”

These are a few points I gleaned on the immediate results of making a territorial commitment:

  • We will be INCREASED – enlarged in abundance, in prosperity, in authority, in multiplication
  • Choosing to set yourself firmly in the place where God has called you, unlocks a spiritual principle that results in increase—finances are released and effectiveness. The principle works!
  • When this level of commitment is made, he says, “I have seen the Lord stop the diminishing process and activate the increasing process.” Then you will have everything needed to accomplish what He has called you to do!
  • Making a commitment to a community makes a vital difference and impact in the unseen realm!
  • Our vision for the community, LIKE A DIAMOND will then begin to sparkle with new facets we had not seen before

Cities of Refuge – Called to a City.

God is moving now to establish Cities of His Presence that are places of Refuge from the storms—true Sanctuary Cities guarded by the Presence of God and His Heavenly Hosts.  This is a key strategy in His plan for the hour. How Does the Government of Heaven Invade Earth? In the Old Testament, Heaven first invaded Earth through a man—Abraham, then a people, a City and then the Nation—all of Israel saw the Glory!  In the New Testament Heaven invaded Earth with Christ then at Pentecost—the Glory fell on 120 praying saints who were prepared and made ready for the Promise of the Father—a City and nation were revolutionized!  GOD IS LOOKING NOW, ON A WIDE SCALE, TO ONCE AGAIN INVADE CITIES AND NATIONS WITH HIS GLORY!

The Lord’s strategic plan for Dominion embodies both the micro and the macro—from the individual soul to His Global and national intentions!  God is in the business of nation building through individuals—reaching a nation begins with His Glory overtaking, people, Cities and communities. The Lord is looking for those who will be bold enough now to ASK HIM FOR CITIES AND NATIONS—not just in the emotional fervor of the moment, but with intentionality and willingness to pay the cost. He is seeking co-laborers who will reveal His heart to the lost!

Only ask, and I WILL give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.” Psalm 2:8 NLT

The enemy has made great gains over the last eight years, but has also lost much ground in 2017. He is enraged and fighting to regain ground and increase his plans for chaos on the Earth.  However, God has provided a window in this opportune time for His people to move in Light & Fire to establish safe spaces before this window closes.

I do believe God has given us time before Jesus returns to establish His Cities of refuge and Glory, and lay the groundwork for much that He plans to do in Cities and Nations.  The world seems to be shaking in turmoil right now as years of deeply rooted iniquity in demonic structures and things hidden in dark places are being shaken, stirred up and exposed.  Spiritual earthquakes are demolishing demonic mind-sets and unproductive ways that have worked to keep lies and deception hidden—God is draining the swamp! God is exposing the enemy in order to bring forth the New and Fresh, to re-align nations, establish new foundations and forge new strategic partnerships. Many world Leaders will suddenly begin to embrace new possibilities that produce Life and good fruit, as He moves the heart of leaders like a river.

God will turn much that the enemy is attempting to do right now on the world scene, for good, as His people align with Him and intercede accordingly.  The best days of the Church ae upon us—a time to embrace our Divine Destiny.  God is Good and He is Faithful! We are at the beginning of the Season we have been waiting for!  Lets wake up and not blow this! This is the hour of the fulfillment of His promises of Glory and Light! Even though darkness will cover the earth in time, RIGHT NOW, the people of God are beginning to ‘ARISE & SHINE’ for our light HAS COME!

Satan is also working at establishing his cities and nations, lead by his anti-Christ leaders who are positioned to produce panic and fear.  However, HE MUST submit to God’s timing and cannot go beyond his boundaries however dark things may seem.  Tribulation will come! Jesus prophesied many times that everything written ‘must be fulfilled.”  However, I do sense that this is not that time—the enemy is overplaying his hand and is about to be shot down!

In this hour and season ahead, God is saying to His people, “…rule in the midst of your enemies” (Psalm 110).  The LORD has provided us with powerful tools to accomplish our assignment and LEGISLATE THE HEAVENSthe ability to call forth what is not as though it were, the power of the Blood, the power of His Name, the power of His Word, the power of Decree, the power of the Holy Spirit to bring it to pass, and Angel Armies assigned to God’s kingdom purposes!  He has given us everything needed to rule and reign!

OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE THERE SHALL BE NO END,  upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. THE ZEAL OF THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL PERFORM THIS.”  Isaiah 9:6 -7

Babylon Will Fall! The Word of The LORD: “Come Out of Her!”

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A LOOK AT THE COLLUSION BETWEEN THE GLOBALISTS, THE MEDIA AND POLITICIANS!

When spending time in the Lord’s Presence, very often He will shine His light on a single word that with insight becomes a revelation He desires I take note of. A few weeks ago, this was the case with the word collusion. I did not think it significant until in I checked the definition, it means: a conspiracy, especially in order to deceive others. What arrested my attention however, was the sentence in which the word was used as an example: ‘A collusion between media and political leaders.’ I was greatly taken aback as during the period of the campaign for the presidential election and the period since Donald Trump won the election until now, I have been observing the coverage of the media. As I watch events take place, and take note of how the various main stream media covers it, I have noticed, as most discerning people have, that the coverage of Donald Trump is extremely negative, biased and antagonistic; clearly revealing an aggressive agenda to take him down at all costs—this is true especially of CNN! I knew God was speaking to me!

As I sought the Lord for understanding, I heard the words, “I want an exposé.” In our prayer meetings, we have consistently prayed that God would expose all lies, deceit and corruption, something He has faithfully been doing over the past year, but I sensed an exposé meant something more to Him! I checked the word and discovered that it meant: the act of bringing a scandal or crime to public notice; an article or statement that unmasks or discloses a scandal. The word article stood out and knew immediately that the Lord wanted an article exposing what I had seen and learned regarding the agenda of the media. My first thought was that I don’t possess any evidence, but I heard the Lord say, you have what you have seen!

Fair and balanced people will have also seen what I have seen, however, as I have been watching and studying this with careful observation, but more importantly with spiritual insight and understanding, I would like to share my thoughts. Before I do so However, I would like to set the stage by laying a spiritual foundation to what is now taking place as seen through world events. It begins with the tale of two cities!

A Tale of Two Cities

It is not possible in an article to reveal the depths of this revelation, I therefore begin with the core truth revealed in the Bible that there exists two spiritual cities to which everyone belongs—to either one or the other. These two cities are JERUSALEM and BABYLON. In the Bible Babylon is referred to as MYSTERY BABYLON and encompasses all that is not founded on the Kingdom of God, or built on the Rock that is Christ. JERUSALEM on the other hand is THE CITY OF GOD, it encompasses all that is founded on the ROCK that is CHRIST, referred to as the Bride of Christ in the book of Revelations! The foundations of the City of Jerusalem have been laid in Christ in Israel—the nation chosen to represent God, and through whom God has implemented His Divine plan of Redemption on Earth! EVERYONE is now invited to enter this City through the Gate of Christ—the Son of God born on Earth as a Son of Israel. It is vital to our spiritual health to be able to discern between these two cities, understand their characteristics and functions, as they presently co-exist in the spiritual realm around us.

JERUSALEM is characterized by passionate love for God, full submission to the Will of God, His precepts, and His ways. BABYLON on the other hand can be characterized in various degrees, by a despising of God, rebellion to His Will, and rejection of His precepts and His ways. Babylon exalts itself in pride above God and wants nothing to do with God! God is described in many ways in the Bible—as Holy, as a Consuming Fire and the EVERLASTING FATHER. He also describes Himself as the God of Patience, and because of His intense love for humanity, He is great in longsuffering, giving much time for repentance.

God is also known as the God who “…changes times and seasons.” HISTORY IS HIS-STORY, CRAFTED TOWARD A CERTAIN END AND FORETOLD AS PROPHECY IN HIS WORD—THE BIBLE. God works to change and move His-story towards His end, through the prayers and intercession of His people, as they draw close and submit to His desires! Accurate and correct intelligence from the Lord and from sound sources, is vital to our intercession. Prevailing intercession is essential to combat the devil’s agenda! It is imperative to note that intercession that gets results must be characterized by humility, integrity, be void of control and all attempts to direct the Lord according our will.

We now live in a momentous hour of History where God has moved in love, mercy and compassion, through the prayers and cries of His people ascending before His throne! The Intercession of a faithful people has united with the intercession of Christ in a move to halt an escalating SEASON OF REVOLT to the ways of God, unleashed through a spirit of rebellion observed on the world scene right now! With discernment, we see the spirit of these two Cities warring today in a clash of the two kingdoms! The spirit of Babylon is rising in our world and on the street of our cities as God draws the line distinguishing the two. In his book A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens reveals a measure of insight into this phenomenon:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”

The rulers who are at the helm of the City of Babylon have an agenda that they are determined to see realized! These leaders comprised of the wealthiest of the world in collusion with the Liberalists, have the finances and the power to undergird their plans for Globalism, open borders, the undermining of the Judeo-Christian God and His precepts, and the promotion of a liberal worldview devoid of all restraints on morality! These Elites believe they are greater in wisdom than the masses, and are determined to gain full control through cunning, deceit and manipulation! Their plan is for the destabilization of nations and to gain the power and control necessary to implement their agenda for world dominion! Their purpose is to unleash a measured chaos through wars, immigration and open borders, riots, protests, and economic downturns. Such events all work to produce an outcome, in which the masses willingly submit to any means necessary to regain peace of mind. To implement their agenda, and with their great wealth, they are organized; they bribe and purchase Politicians, media executives, paid protestors, university professors, Hollywood and leaders who are at the helm of all spheres of society, who willingly present the narrative of their agenda through PROPAGANDA.

Propaganda is a powerful and extremely effective tool employed by these globalist, executed mainly through dishonest journalists and media executives—it is the deliberate spreading of information, ideas, or rumors, dispersed widely to create a negative narrative that harms a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc. It is presently being used very effectively against President Donald J. Trump, his administration and his agenda to return the United States of America back to the honoring of God, its Judeo-Christian foundation and values, and to the rule of law. President Trump has surrounded himself with great Christian and conservative leaders, he has promised to eliminate the Johnson Amendment stifling the voice of the Church, and has chosen to stand and support the nation of Israel! The Globalist elites and the Liberals have presently lost control of their agenda with the Presidency of Donald Trump, this by the power of the Hand of God! They are enraged and desperate and are now employing devious and sinister measures to regain control!

What I have Seen!

As a person who has always been inclined to question everything I see and hear, who profoundly loves the truth and has searched it out diligently throughout my life, I am deeply disturbed by the deceptive media coverage of President Trump! I have observed the negativity, the mean-spiritedness and the anger displayed openly by the main stream media. I have watched repeatedly every show throughout the day on CNN and have observed how they employ methods for twisting information, distorting the truth to produce a narrative that Donald Trump is incompetent. They edit, cut and manipulate statements made by the President with the intention to besmirch and inflame the leftists. They repeatedly use deceptive flashing banner headlines to propagandize an incident or an event negatively, with the intent of conditioning the masses to a lie.

Over the past year, I would say 95% of their news regarding the Trump’s administration has been negative with the intent to damage his presidency and ultimately remove him! From early morning until late at night they pump out deceptive incendiary rhetoric to craft a false worldview of the Conservative party and the Trump administration! Anyone can observe this day in day out! The problem for those who love and want truth, is that if they are getting their news only from CNN and a large percentage of other sources of media, they are absorbing a twisted version of the truth and buying into the Great lie! It is refreshing to watch Fox News and get a fair perspective of the news.

The Babylonian left is now mobilizing rapidly in a devious campaign to regain control. They have hundreds of organizations nationwide in the United States that are marshaling to create the appearance of chaos in everything Donald Trump touches. There is a movement well underway through organizations such as Media Matters (please read their manual to stop Trump), Indivisible and the OFA—The Organization for Action, the brainchild of Barack Obama to protect his progressive actions. So far, they have 32,000 trained agitators and growing, with the sole purpose of sabotaging President Trump at every turn. Their tactics are fear, threats, violence and intimidation in the same manner that satan mobilized Goliath and the Philistine army against Israel. There is an army however, presently rising, whose faces are like lions; they have the heart of David and are ready to make a stand for the Kingdom of God. David had no fear and was ready to go on the offensive, he declared boldly:

“…who is this uncircumcised philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”…Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 1Samuel 17:26,45-46

God has graced us—His people, with a set time to complete a set agenda of His purposes, to RESET, TO TURN AROUND and RETURN to the Ancient Paths where the good way is, and to the foundations of Justice and Righteousness (Jer. 6:16). We cannot afford to squander one minute of this gift of mercy! On His heart is the Harvest and the cry now being trumpeted from Heaven is: “Come out of her, my people!” (Rev. 18:4). BABYLON WILL FALL AND HER IDOLS DESTROYED! This is a now season to wake up, to leave Babylon and to align ourselves with the Living God—the God of Glory and Victory!

“This is what the LORD says: “Tell the whole world, and keep nothing back. Raise a signal flag to tell everyone that BABYLON WILL FALL” Jeremiah 50:2

“…Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit…” Revelations 18:2

Word for 2017 – “Let God Arise and Let His Enemies Be Scattered.”

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When I sought the Lord for His word for 2017, He gave me Psalm 68 with an emphasis on verse 1: “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered…”  An unprecedented, momentous and extraordinary year is about to shift into full throttle with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  As the anointing to be President falls upon him, a REPRIEVE (see previous word) will begin, as God moves to restrain and push back the powers of darkness.  In this time, God will thrust a prepared people in the Body of Christ and in the secular world, into an hour of history prepared by God for a fresh Outpouring of His Life; this will come with a fresh release of Divine strategies and breakthroughs in innovation, medicine, technology, industry and for clean air and energy—deception will be exposed and hidden truth revealed!

Doors will open for many Christians who have known the call on their lives and have been perplexed by the wait to see its fulfillment. Many have not understood that the coming forth of their ministries was timed for the great REPRIEVE now coming on the Earth— a time set to offer the world an opportunity to recognize and receive the Living God—our King, Jesus Christ, and to gather in a great Harvest of souls as His reward.  For countless souls, this will be their last opportunity, hence an urgency for an army of harvesters—laid down lovers of God—to run the race of strength set before them.

As I contemplated the words, “Let God Arise,” the Lord began to highlight some points related to this Arising!   I sensed both His question and His answer of how does God arise! God showed me that He can ARISE spontaneously in the Earth, but more often than not He arises IN HIS PEOPLE!  God highlighted the need right now for His people to be preparing themselves for His Arising!  I recently had a demonic encounter in the middle of the night through which God began to address many issues to take note of in this new season.  The first was that as He moved to take His people to higher heights, with a greater measure of the Holy Spirit, the enemy would also increase his offensive!  However, He reminded me that this is the Year of Victory ordained by God and showed me that the roar of satan might be loud, as he intends to make a lot of noise and stir a lot of trouble, but that ultimately he is restrained and bound in his attempts to steal, kill and destroy!  Yes, there will be great battles but we have been given the VICTORY to accomplish the purposes and the will of God!  God says we are to stir up our faith to believe and the gifts given to us to accomplish our mandate! We are to fan into flames the passion He has deposited inside of us and begin to move out at His Command without fear!

This leads me to another point God was highlighting—the importance of moving out in obedience from a place of REST!  Over the past season, in His mercy and great love, but also as a lesson He wants us to take note of—generally, we have with great intentions, done much, but have seen little fruit in comparison to our great expectation. God has purposefully allowed us to work hard and to do our very best for Him, yet fall short of our intended goals—all this to bring us to the day where we will be willing to lay it all down, and to enter HIS REST with great faith in Him and His power and ability to accomplish His Will! Sometimes we work so very hard because of unbelief that God would actually do as He has said He would; and as Hebrews 3:19 says, “…they could not enter because of unbelief!” Hebrews 4:4 also speaks of the SEVENTH DAY when God rested from all His works. God is now saying to His people, “Rest in Me and let Me show you what I can do in and through you! We are to cease from striving and lay down our good and even excellent intentions and LET GOD ARISE!

May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. May you blow them away like smoke– as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—His name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. When you, God, went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.  The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng: “Kings and armies flee in haste; the women at home divide the plunder. Even while you sleep among the sheep pens, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.” When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon. Psalm 68:1-14

This appointed 7th day Sabbath of rest coincides with this Hebrew year 5777—a day of rest for the people of God when He will take over and arise to complete His Will!  In Hebrew, the number seven is Zayin and the ancient Hebrew symbol for this number has the appearance of a sword with a crown on its head. 5777 will be a year characterized by both—the clashing of swords and great battles, but also of Victory in His promise, “You crown the year with your goodness and your paths drip with abundance” (Ps. 65:11).

This will be a tremendous year for the United States of America that will affect all nations and all peoples for the better, if we so choose!  God is about to ARISE over the Land of America in extraordinary ways!  This year on August 21st the Great American Solar Eclipse will occur! This will be the first total eclipse in four decades and will be visible only over continental United States—it will be the first time in ninety-nine years an American Eclipse is visible from coast to coast.  The Eclipse will cross 10 States beginning in Oregon and ending in North Carolina, crossing a stretch of 70 miles; the next one will be in 7 years.  In a year characterized by a multitude of sevens, God is marking this incredible year of the Trump Presidency with the Great American Eclipse, where HE WILL ARISE within and through this nation to do great and marvellous things for All!

sunrise-from-space-hd-free-wallpapersThat they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me.  I am the LORD, and there is no other… Isaiah 45:6

So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19

Let us all—from every nation, continue in united prayer for the United States of America, for Donald Trump, all His administration and his Cabinet members. Pray that they will be protected, and the will of God be done in and through them for humanity!

Let us also continue to pray fervently for the peace of Jerusalem as God moves to re-establish Jerusalem—His Bride, as the Center of administrations on Earth, the Capital of the Kingdom of God, the place where He has chosen to position His Throne.

And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. Ezekiel 43:7

The Bible speaks of a time when Israel’s blindness to Christ and the plans of God would be removed from the Jewish people and they would begin to see!  The Obama administration’s decision to abstain from the U.N.’s resolution vote was satan’s last attempt to stop the new Trump administration from moving their embassy to Jerusalem—this abstention in the spirit had nothing to do with settlements—it’s all about preventing the movement of the people of God up to Jerusalem!

God has said that Jerusalem would become a heavy stone for all people, and that any who try to move it would be cut in pieces! (Zech. 12).  It is extremely disappointing that while 70 nations gathered to plot against Israel in Paris, the Pope was entertaining Mahmoud Abbas to establish the opening of their first embassy within Vatican City.  Donald Trump has declared that he will fight for Israel, and all God’s people must now make the decision also to fight for Israel.  The Church in every nation must rise up to make a stand for Israel and unite in prayer and intercession with increased discernment as to the will of God in this historic moment. Pray that the blindness begins to be removed over Israel as GOD ARISES OVER JERUSALEM HIS PEOPLE!

 

The Holy Spirit Shall come Upon You!

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Having shifted into a new spiritual dynamic, one aligned with the present transitioning of a new presidential administration in the United States, it is imperative in all our service to the Lord and to His Kingdom interests, that His people now press in to receive understanding of His objectives for the season ahead—for our lives, our ministries and our churches.  Prophetic interpretation of God’s times is a vital function of the prophetic ministry, important for maintaining God’s shalom through our fellowship and in all our movements.  We see in scripture, recorded throughout Israel’s history, prophets bringing direction to the people of God. Haggai and Zechariah, after Israel’s release from captivity under Cyrus, were commissioned by God to direct the movements of His people and to maintain a unified perspective through an understanding of God’s Will.

It is important to be found moving with God positioned in the centre of His will for any given period of history, as Scriptures states, He has seasons and times for everything, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…” (Ecc. 3:1). We must have understanding of God’s movements to be aligned with Him in the purposes He has established for any set boundary of time!  There will be many prophetic voices now releasing God’s directives for the new epoch of time we have entered; it is important to our health and safety that the voices we listen to are the voices of fathers and mothers who have proven track records, a faithful history with God, and are honored as such in the Body of Christ. Amid the cacophony coming from the media and even the religious, a posture of humility allows for the discernment of voices whose intent is to release confusion and fear in the House of God. (If unsure, I believe the Elijah List is a safe Ministry and a great source for sound prophetic words and teaching.)

God alone has the power to cause sudden shifts in epochs of time, to break us through demonic spiritual walls into a new world order, and He does this through wholehearted intercessory prayers aligned with righteous action! I believe recent events in the United States reflect this! Years of preparation in deep waters and in fire, produced a crescendo of voices crying out in intercessory prayer; compounded over the years, they have caught the attention of God and have been the impetus that has broken us through into a season of victory!

In the United States, God has supernaturally prepared an unprecedented political and spiritual platform to serve His plans and purposes for the world in the decade ahead. The tenets of which this platform is fashioned will usher in His new world order to serve the Kingdom of God in a comprehensive campaign to implement certain strategic mandates. Saints who understand His Will, who are moving in sync with the Lord, will work with Him to build foundations and lay the groundwork for future generations!

It is vital to understand that times have changed, and in faith, unite with Christ in His movements! The chief characteristic of this new world order is VICTORY!  God has suddenly changed the dynamic and moved His people out on the offensive to push back the darkness through victorious intercessory inroads.  In this season, we are not warring from a place of defeat and desperation, we are warring from a place of ASSURED VICTORY and must maintain our place of peace and rest in His Presence.

“BLESSED BE THE NAME OF GOD FOREVER AND EVER, FOR WISDOM AND MIGHT ARE HIS. AND HE CHANGES THE TIMES AND THE SEASONS; HE REMOVES KINGS AND RAISES UP KINGS; HE GIVES WISDOM TO THE WISE AND KNOWLEDGE TO THOSE WHO HAVE UNDERSTANDING. HE REVEALS DEEP AND SECRET THINGS; HE KNOWS WHAT IS IN THE DARKNESS, AND LIGHT DWELLS WITH HIM. DANIEL 2:20-22

As Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matt. 12:30). The Greek word for gather in this verse is sunago which means to lead together IN UNION! Jesus is looking for the apostolic leaders to be sent, those who will lead together with Him in a union forged on submission to His Word!

We are presently leaving a season where the enemy’s agenda was moving forward with full force, with an acceleration into gross darkness, where it seemed they had the upper hand—GOD HAS HALTED THAT!  As I wrote in my last word we are now in A Season of Reprieve, where God is holding back the powers of darkness as we stand in faith and keep the momentum as we continue to prayThis is a time set for God to get His House in order, that we can stand in strength through the battles that will come in the future!

There are certain things God has shown me that are at the top of His agenda during this time of reprieve—firstly an acceleration of souls coming into the kingdom with a great emphasis on young people, with fresh innovative strategies to gather and house them. Secondly, apostolic, prophetic schools established for revelatory training in the Word, discipling and empowerment in the attributes and knowledge of God. And lastly, a new thrust in the cleansing, purifying and purging of the House of God of heresy, iniquity and the doctrines of demons that has infiltrated, and weakened its position of faith and authority on a personal level, but also importantly on the world stage.

Many prepared ambassadors of righteousness are about to be released into the nations with apostolic mandates to re-establish the House of God on the Word of God and return it to its foundation of strength through Holiness.  A prepared people who have been found to be wholehearted toward God and have grown in the nature of mature sons are about to be released like flames of fire into the Earth, and their missions—sometimes seemingly impossible, will be guaranteed great success!

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy and He will be called the Son of God.”  Luke 1:35       

holy-spiritMany saints of the character of Mary have been prepared to birth the purposes of God for today.  As Mary gave birth to Jesus, these saints have been prepared to give birth to the MAN Christ Jesus—Christ in union with a mature body of saints!  We are entering the age of the Mature Man of the stature of Christ spoken of in Ephesians 4:13—Mature saints fashioned and formed through fire to walk in the mind and the heart of Christ!   The dragon sought to devour the mature this mature Man Child who would rule with Christ in Revelation chapter 12; however, the dragon was not able to touch these saints as they are caught up and protected in the Presence of God and the authority of His Throne!  Plucked out of the fire as Joshua was in Zechariah 3, or snatched away (according to the original Hebrew), these mature saints will be given access to God’s Throne and authority over His House!

Satan’s wrath over his present losses is evident and he is pushing back through many schemes and tactics but he will not succeed at whatever he tries to hinder this present move of God. Political and religious spirits are presently raging, pushing liberal ideologies; their war is with the Word of God!  The great trap that saints must avoid at all costs, is to become emotionally embroiled in politics and hardened with cold love and hatred by these two spirits.  We are not here to take sides but to represent the Kingdom of God and maintain a watchfulness in order to discern accurately and intercede accordingly. We are not here to do the enemy’s bidding but are to serve the Living God who is seated on His Throne in Power while nations rage and the people plot vain things, and kings set themselves against God and His anointed (Ps. 2). 

We are to walk carefully as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves in this season of power and answered prayer! Training time is over! Be Light, be peace, be love, be at rest, secure in the love, protection and purposes of God. Leave the old season behind, “Behold I do a new thing, do you not perceive it?” Success, excellence, provision and victory are words that will become the norm for this day!   God has said that in the time of rain we are to ask for rain! As the pouring out begins, ASK! In making His will known, AGREE! With the release of His Word, DECREE!

As I was in prayer,  the Lord revealed to me an incredible sense of freedom coming to the Body of Christ and a great release of His people into their prepared destinies. He said we are to: “Be ready to be empowered to accomplish the task set before you!” And He led me to this scripture :

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the Earth.” Acts 1:8

Be courageous and move out without fear to accomplish your mandate.  El Shaddai will provide the necessary protection and provision to ensure that we are successful! As He Said to Gideon, “…have I not sent you?”

The Coming Reprieve

The Coming Reprieve

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Photo by Edi Israel

In the last word that I wrote I shared that the enemies of God were attempting to take us into a time of great chaos on Earth and that God had chosen Donald Trump as His ‘Reset’ to take us into a time of a great awakening, and victory. This would be a new season of strength, courage and increased authority in the body of Christ.  Shortly after that, God downloaded a single word to me—a word that felt weighty in my spirit and ripe with prophetic significance. I then had a short dream I believe significant to the season ahead, and as I was pondering the dream I felt led to check the definition the word, and discovered that it was connected to the dream.

The word is REPRIEVE. I thought it simply meant a break, and was very surprised by the definition, its gravity and its significance. Reprieve means: to delay impending judgment, to relieve temporarily from evil, a respite from impending punishment and, a warrant authorizing this!  One of the definitions of the word warrant is: something as considered being the positive assurance of a thing.  I believe a Donald Trump presidency is God’s warrant that will issue a far-reaching reprieve! I was overjoyed by the revelation of the coming relief and respite from the enemy’s advances, and the possibilities that this would open to the saints and to the world! However, I was also taken aback by the revelation and understanding that it was temporary, that we have been given a limited time—a window of opportunity to accomplish our mandate.

As I sought the Lord for more insight into this period and its timing, I can’t say that I received a definitive answer but I sensed that it was at least a decade, possibly two.  Thoughts came of Hezekiah being granted an additional 15 years of life and God’s word to him that judgment would come after that, and of Israel’s numerous times of reprieve in the book of Judges and over their History. God also granted Israel a reprieve after a 70-year period of captivity in Babylon where Israel was released to return and rebuild what had been ruined!   It is very interesting to note that in the year 5777, 70 years after Israel received the right to exist with the U.N Partition Plan of 1947, Donald Trump, who is 70 years old, is primed to become the president of the United States! This will affect the entire world and the Global Body of Christ.

As I contemplated the idea of a reprieve, a question began to form in my spirit undergirded with an urgency from the Lord to understand His desires: Lord if in Your mercy we have been granted a reprieve—a delay of judgment, and a window of time, how then must we live during this season? What kind of Christian does this day demand? As I have pondered these questions I believe I have been given some insight into God’s heart for the days ahead.

How then should we live?

Over this year we have had great expectation of a move of God, and seen an increase in intercession because of it. However, this election season in the United States has been the trigger that has mobilized the Global Body of Christ, to rise up in boldness with unified focus on an offensive such as has not been seen for a very long time!  The word of the Lord now ringing in my spirit for the season ahead is this: Do not lose the momentum you have gained! Do not stop! Do not slacken the pace. Stay on the offensive; take the war into the enemy’s camp and breakthrough the enemy’s defenses. God’s desire is that within the sphere and the boundaries He has given each of us, that we would rise up as a unified army to rule and reign with Him as co-heirs of His Kingdom, and as a force that takes back, holds and occupies the ground that He gives!

In the dream referred to in the first paragraph, I saw a crib set in the midst of a public setting.  My son who was too old for the crib was sleeping in it. I said to him that it was time to dismantle the crib. I then saw the crib turn into stone.  The Lord showed me that the crib represented the House of God and my son, the Body of Christ; I understood that the dismantling and the stone were two aspects of one revelation.  When I saw the crib turn to stone, I saw the word memorial, and understood that it represented the memorial of the season we were leaving behind as we entered the new season ahead; we were following the Lord into uncharted territory on a path we have not taken before.  This reflected the same picture as when God commanded Joshua to take stones and make a memorial as they were crossing over the Jordan to take the Promised Land and God cut off the flood waters from before Israel. I felt that the Lord said that the season we are leaving was not for us to curse, criticize or bemoan – it was a season of preparation that we were to give thanks for!

“When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” Joshua 3:3-4 

Regarding the dismantling of the crib, I saw the railings being taken apart and being removed. The word dismantle means to disassemble, or to take apart, and I sensed that this was a picture of the walls of the Church coming down as a process, not a suddenly.  The dismantling of the Church walls and the release of a prepared and fervent army of saints into all spheres of society, combined with the influx of an enormous harvest of souls, will produce a new dynamic that requires multi-dimensional diverse structures prepared to accommodate God’s purposes for an exceptional hour of history. At Jesus’ first coming, He changed the existing structure to accommodate His new work. Jesus challenged religious mind-sets and traditions; He challenged His disciples to think in new ways outside of the box of religion and to embrace change; He also challenged the crowds, those enamored by His words and His miracles but who stood watching on the sidelines in the valley of decision.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 

I was recently in a library and a small gold covered book caught my eye; it was a book by Donald Trump. It turns out he had only written the introduction, and the remainder of the book was advice given to colleagues over their lifetime. Trump reasoning: “You can’t know it all. No matter how smart you are, no matter how comprehensive your education, no matter how wide ranging your experience, there is simply no way to acquire all the wisdom you need to make your business thrive. So, I asked the brightest most successful business men and women I know, what was the best business advice they ever received” (The Way to The Top – Donald Trump). A lesson the Bible teaches also, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part…(1 Cor. 13:9). In the season ahead we must unify and bring our parts to the table!

Take Ownership!

As I held the book, I suddenly sensed that God wanted to give me some advice and opened it randomly to advice given to his friend on an interview with a CEO of a large corporation, who told him, “Do you know what your problem is? You think like an employee instead of an employer.”  This was confirmation of a recent word God had given me regarding the parable with the elder son, who was thinking like a slave instead of as His firstborn, who owned everything.  To think like an owner in the Kingdom of God is to care passionately about the things the Father cares about; to invest our lives and to take ownership of His work to bring it forth! There is a higher dimension of sonship that the Father wants us to now identify with that we may rule with authority in the season ahead as co-heirs with Christ, possessing all that is needed to fulfill our mandate to OCCUPY TILL HE COMES! (Lk. 19:13).  The coming reprieve is a gift of time to run a race of strength, undergirded by God to overcome all obstacles in the path of His will.

Should we achieve victory in this election, can we afford to become complacent and go back to life as usual?  As I have wrestled with this word “reprieve”, many questions have come to mind that I am presently seeking the Lord about, such as: are we able to extend the time of the reprieve by our obedience, or will it be shortened by disobedience?  How does my obedience affect the harvest and the destiny of souls and of nations? Can I maintain the level of discipline, courage and self-control needed to fulfill the call on my life and finish the race well?  Only God has the answers to our questions, but we do have to trust that if we are willing He will do the work in and through us, to equip and qualify us!

sunraysGod is releasing us from captivity to return and build the House of God as He has blueprinted it, to repair the ruined cities; to prepare Cities of refuge and Light for the incoming harvest.  As Nehemiah was called to build a wall for protection, God will be sending His Nehemiahs out to build a spiritual wall of protection from enemy forces, forged through the love, relationship and unity of His leaders. The Divine Will is that we prepare Him a Sanctuary permeated with His Presence, fashioned with His DNA, to receive Him at His coming. There is much to do until He comes!   I find the words of Katie Torwalt’s song very appropriate to the time of Reprieve—a time of God’s Light and Power ready to be released in a time of awakening; a time very much related to the word I released in January of this year, Let There Be Light.

When You speak, darkness has to bow, confusion has its final hour

Let There be Light!

The Season of Completion!

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In the early 1990’s, God invaded my world with a series of encounters that radically changed the course of my life and moved me to leave my career to begin my journey with the Lord. This began a new season in my life fraught with trials, testing and loss, yet it has been a time also filled with much joy and discovering the love of God the Father. From those early years until this present day, the Lord has been opening up to me much revelation in regard to the many facets of the Headstone and the Headstone generation of Zechariah 4:7.   (Artwork by Anne Reid used with permission)

“Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” Zechariah 4:7

After having informed me at the outset that He was returning, the Lord began to teach me about this generation living prior to His return, those who would partner and work with Him to chart the course of the incursion of His Presence into all spheres of influence—an invasion of His Mercy, Light and Glory!  Of course this movement would cause the powers of darkness to tremble, and would be greatly contested and resisted, as they attempt through chaos to hinder the approach of the Almighty, especially in Israel!  The training for this high call is therefore severe as this company will be called to stand resolute under the shalom of God, and not be shaken by very trying times!

This company of people who would rise up to be counted, is the Headstone generation—the completion stone, prepared for union with the Head Stone—Jesus Christ.  These were a people who would move boldly, fearlessly and with precision to make straight the paths of the Lord.

In the early 90’s, God moved in Toronto Canada and subsequently in the nations to awaken His Bride. I believe this move was chiefly intended to call out this revolution force—an army carrying the love of the Father who would become Agents of Change bringing transformation into all spheres of influence around the world. These men and women were those who would rise up to be His eyes, arms, hands and legs, through whom He would work to gather a great multitude of souls into the Kingdom of God.  This calling out began a season of trial, testing, teaching and equipping, purposed to enlarge the capacity of a people to contain Him in much greater measures than has been seen since the book of Acts, where the very shadow of Paul produced healing.

The Headstone or Capstone, as some Bible versions have translated it, is the final stone prepared by God to be set in place in His Temple or House, to bring it to completion in the times of the summing up of all things in Christ—the time when a mature Body will enter into an authentic union with Christ the Head.  Whatever God start He will finish! His word guarantees that He will complete what He has started!

“All Solomon’s work was carried out, from the day the foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid until its completion. So the temple of the LORD was finished.”  2Chronicles 8:16 

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 

I believe the Body of Christ is now approaching a long awaited season of completion and fullness!  New plans, new strategies, new innovation are about to be released on a grand scale to infiltrate all spheres of society—the love of God is about to be shed abroad through the hearts of an army of laid down lovers of God, who will lay down their lives sacrificially in love for the lost!

The word headstone in the Bible (KJV) is a combination of the two Hebrew words eben, meaning stone and roshah, the feminine form of the word rosh, meaning head. Roshah is used only once in scripture whereas rosh is used well over 500 times. I believe that God’s decision to use the feminine form in this one instance is a revelation of the Bride of Christ coming forth in completion to meet her Bridegroom; however, roshah also prophecies the release of a vast company of women as leaders and heralds into the harvest fields, who by their example depict passionate bridal love.

The Headstone united with Christ represents the Kingdom Ecclesia, the government of God, leadership, and a generation of overcomers rising up to take their place, who willingly say, here am I Lord, send me!  It represents the mature Man Child of Revelation 12:5 (JKV) who will rule the nations in union with Christ, brought into maturity in the time of completion—given birth for an unprecedented hour of history!

 “…And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.”  

“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ‘HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; THEY SHALL BE DASHED TO PIECES LIKE THE POTTER’S VESSELS’— as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.” Revelation 2:28 

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I believe that the stone cut out of the mountain without hands in Daniel 2, that struck the image of the beast on its feet, and destroyed it, is the Headstone—the final stone raised up by God, shaped and fashioned by his hands alone as a stone of Kingdom authority—a stone conformed to the image of Christ that rules and reigns in union with Christ!

“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.” Dan 2:44-45 

I find it very interesting that as a Headstone company is entering a season of completion, that we are also approaching the Hebrew new year Rosh Hashanah 5777. In the Hebrew alphabet Zayin is the seventh letter with the equivalent numerical value; in classical Hebrew script it is constructed of a vav, representing a tent peg, having a large crown on its head. In the Bible the number seven represents completion, perfection and fullness. For the Headstone company who have come to the completion season in their preparation, this will be a triple crown year, crowned with the fullness of God! This will also be a significant year for Canada whose flag with the Maple leaf is designed with three distinct crowns. The triple crown represents the Trinity evidenced by the whole counsel and fullness of God.

“You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it. You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 

Major changes and shifts are on the horizon for the world and the Body of Christ corporately and in our personal circumstances.  I hear the Lord saying, Change is certain, Don’t resist the changes coming in your life!  This is a new day that requires boldness, courage and a willingness to step out and take Godly risks…rise up, overcome the fear, I will be right by your side!

 

In The Mount of the Lord It Shall Be Seen!

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.  It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is mount Zion, the city of the Great King.”  Psalm 48:1 NIV

The High and lofty place of Zion embodies the character of God, His attributes and the very essence of His being.  The Mountain of Zion is the great edifice of the Temple of God. The work of building the Temple has been the climb up this great Mountain to the Throne of God.  “This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy” (Ez. 43:12).

Zion inspires, challenges and moves the heart of man to aspire to greatness, to break through impossibilities and accomplish great feats in the Spirit of God.  Zion is very close to the heart of God as it represents the courageous acts of His servants throughout history, in their deep quest, to know Him, to obey Him and to meet with Him.  The path up this mountain stretches all the way from Abraham to this present day and reveals the Great Journey the Body has travelled on its ascent to the Throne to take its Seat in Glory.

mountain-690122_1280Abraham’s willingness to offer Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to God was the act that opened the First Gate to the very high and lofty place of Zion—the dwelling place of God.  Because of Abraham’s faith, the climb up the mountain to this meeting place with God was brought into man’s realm of possibility.  On this Great Journey as we persevere in the struggle of the climb up this Mountain, we discover that OUR EYES ARE OPENED TO SEE MARVELLOUS THINGS, THE MIRACULOUS OCCURS SPONTANEOUSLY, WE ENCOUNTER ANGELIC HELP, AND GOD THE FATHER PROVIDES FOR OUR NEEDS!

It Shall Be Seen!

 “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw THE PLACE afar off…) Genesis 22:4

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and LOOKED, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:13-14 KJV

The Hebrew word for saw in verse 4, and looked in verse 13 is the word raah which means to see, to discern, gaze, behold, take heed. Something far greater is being implied in these two verses than simply a casual glance. The same word and inference is used when Moses turned to look at the burning bush—this was looking with discernment and intent!  Abraham named THE PLACE Jehovah Jirah, generally translated as the Lord will provide, however, as the same word raah is being used, the correct translation is Jehovah has seen—the implication is, JEHOVAH HAS SEEN THE NEED!   On the Mount, Abraham also looked and saw the ram—and he called the place: “IN THE MOUNT OF THE LORD IT SHALL BE SEEN” (KJV).

summit-1209168_1280The location for this event, chosen by God, was Mount Moriah, which means SEEN BY GOD in Hebrew. As we press on in the struggle of the climb, God will provide what is needed for us to be victorious! In the Mountain of the LORD, as we draw close to the Lord in intimacy and obedience, as Abraham had, our eyes will be opened and we will see and discern the counsels of God and receive revelation of His intentions!

Mountain climbers who press on in their pursuit of God, achieve greater heights where vision is clearer and eyes are open to see and comprehend the width, the length, the depth, and the height. We can choose to play it safe and camp out at the base of the mountain or take the risk, and the step of faith to climb the Mount where we encounter God and experience Him in ways we would not have known otherwise. Mountain climbers encounter God on the Mount of the Lord, and like Moses, they get to see His Glory!

Mountain climbing is not a sport that I would ever consider attempting; I have seen images of people like tiny flecks on the side of great massive mountains, and have wondered, as they are at mid-point of the climb, do they ever get the desire to turn back.  Sometimes as Christians we may feel like we have been on the side of that mountain for a long time; we may have the desire to give up when the going gets tough and we are weary, but as we have come this far, there is no turning back!

Many years ago, at a time when I was feeling greatly discouraged the Lord spoke to me in capital letters as He sometimes does to emphasize something. and said, “DO NOT CAPITULATE!” As I dug into this word I understood that God was exhorting me not to give up, or to cave in to pressure, not to surrender to the enemy and give up resistance.  In these times, when we repent the Holy Spirit floods us with renewed strength for the battle and we are able to go on!  In the Mountain of the Lord He sees our need and will supply what is necessary for the journey to equip us for the battles ahead.

The Body of Christ has been waging a fierce war in the struggle to overcome, breakthrough and to experience the power of God move in our circumstances, our families and communities. We have been prepared for this hour, have been mobilizing in intercession and are on the edge of great moves of God as the bowls begin to get poured out on Earth.  As servants of God dwelling on the Mount of the Lord, our eyes will be opened to see great and mighty things we know not!

Recently I have been following and praying about the Brexit issue—yet I was surprised at the level of Joy that burst forth within me when I heard the results.  At that moment great revelation and understanding broke forth—I was tasting victory, and I sensed it was a foreshadowing of much more victory to come! I saw cracks in the wall of darkness trying to overcome our nations, and I believe that the enemy suffered a great blow that day!  Over the past two years it seemed as if we have been accelerating toward great chaos and turmoil, however over the past few weeks I believe God put forth His Mighty hand to slow down the enemy’s movements, causing him to suffer some significant losses.  The great wall of global prayer is presently pushing against the darkness and we are beginning to see Light beginning to break through.

I HEAR GOD SAYING WE ARE NOT TO CAPITULATE AS MOMENTUM IS ON OUR SIDE!  We cannot afford to slacken the pace; it is now important to continue to push back even harder in prayer against the devil’s agenda! Answers to prayer are on the way, victory is ours if we will persevere in prayer!  The Brexit result is releasing great hope, courage and boldness to the Body of Christ—and to all people, to stand up and let their voices be heard!  It is time to decree the will of God with great authority as Esther and Mordecai did—Esther was not satisfied with only the hanging of Haman.  She pressed for more in order to finish the job! The King gave them full authority to write their decrees, to continue on an offensive against all the enemies of God’s people and His purposes.

When the enemy tries to comes in like a flood, God WILL lift up a standard against him!  The enemy is presently losing ground as we fight in prayer, revivals are beginning to break out in various places, and there is a sense of heaven mobilizing to flood planet Earth with a great awakening, to inhabit our praises and to release long awaited answers to prayer! Let us be found on our knees praying, as He comes to take vengeance on His enemies!

He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, Fury to His adversaries, Recompense to His enemies; The coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59;16-19

When we re-calibrate our vision toward success, refocus our intentions on the Lord’s power, ability and intense love for us, unite with His passion to see us overcome and become giants in the faith, we will be victorious!  God has made no accommodation for our failure, as He is the strength through which we overcome!

 

Protocols of The Kingdom & Revival

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(I have included a Prayer for Personal Revival at the End of this Word)

In this time of great unrest, uncertainty and chaos in the earth, the Lord is raising up a great company of sons and daughters who exude His Peace and reflect His great Light, see: “Let there be Light!” The mandate given to this company is to: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Is. 40:3).   Their job description is to see that: Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth (v. 4). As they accomplish this tremendous task they will receive the Glorious reward: “The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken” (v. 5).

As the Lord prepares to usher in a massive Awakening and to launch a vast company of saints into their divinely ordained destinies—some into the marketplace, some into the harvest fields and some to minister to His House—the enemies of our the Lord are attempting to derail this move by launching a campaign of confusion, to cause division in the ranks, miscommunication and offense in relationships.   This has always been Satan’s greatest tactic from ancient times, and many can testify, through experience, of the suffering it causes. However, recently, in this year of great expectation of the fulfillment of God’s promises, the enemy is attempting to sabotage divinely ordained destinies from coming forth. As I have been in prayer over this, the Lord revealed that the cause of much of the offense lies in a lack of adhering to the PROTOCOLS OF THE KINGDOM, coupled with unloving attitudes.

Protocols of the Kingdom govern rules of conduct and accepted behavior clearly laid out in the Word of God. According to Wikipedia’s definition protocol is: a rule which describes how an activity should be performed. They are often unwritten guidelines. Protocols specify the proper and generally accepted behavior in matters of state and diplomacy, such as showing appropriate respect to a head of state, ranking diplomats in chronological order of their accreditation at court. In any great kingdom or government, and most certainly in the Kingdom of God there is order and protocol to be observed in all relationships but most especially in observance with the leadership or elders appointed by God.

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12

Some guidelines in relating to leadership:

  • Show honor to your leaders through love, kindness, listening to their advice and counsel with respect.
  • Love them in prayer, intercession and kindness, He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.” (Matt. 10:41)
  • Refrain from: criticism, judgment, gossip and slander of leaders God has appointed.
  • Be sensitive and give leaders their space as they are dealing with many people on many fronts and it can be overwhelming and tiring.
  • Try not to flood leaders with your revelations especially leaders that you do not have a relationship with. Trust God for your timing. Jesus went into the grave carrying the greatest revelation of all history—that He was the son of God and very God! If your revelation is from God, it cannot die; God will bring it forth in its time with far greater anointing and impact when you wait for His timing.
  • Do not be presumptuous in word or action; Luke 14:8 is a great scripture to meditate on:

 “When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  • Resist the temptation or desire to correct leaders on their messages or their doctrine, especially if you are not in relationship with them. If you feel that a leader is in error, follow proper protocol and take it to the leader that you are accountable to—or better still, take it to God in prayer! Ultimately leaders are set in their position by God and they must answer to Him. He is most capable of correcting His servants if it is needed. In seeking Him first, God may just reveal a greater revelation of truth that you did not see.
  • To presumptuously begin to minister to others when visiting someone else’s ministry is outside of protocol—wait to be invited to minister by the leader or someone in charge.
  • God sets leaders in within boundary lines established by Him.   Within these regions they sit at the gates and are mandated with the authority to govern. There are spheres of authority in the kingdom of God and protocol related to those spheres. It is dishonoring and dangerous to attempt to move in kingdom authority outside of your own jurisdiction without honoring the leadership authority God has set in place in any given region. This will certainly open the door to demonic oppression.

Leaders with other leaders:

I personally find it very disheartening and discouraging when I see leaders in the Body of Christ that I honor, love and respect, criticize, judge and mock each other openly on the internet, in print or on YouTube. The Bible gives the protocol for dealing with all situations that may arise. When there are concerns, we should first go in private, then with others—the last resort is in public, and in that case it is done with dignity, and integrity—never to mock or put shame on anyone, but to always handle God’s servants in an honoring way. If it is of a prophetic concern or related to accuracy, I believe it grieves the heart of God when we publicly shame the sons and daughters that He loves, who are sincerely trying to be obedient to Him. Ultimately we reap what we sow—as we publicly criticize and attack each other the world looks on and mocks our hypocrisy and lack of love.

Leaders with the Saints of God

If we were to encourage and build-up one another publicly, and correct in love and honor privately, so much confusion, pain, offense and shame in the Body of Christ would be eliminated. When we speak the truth in love we will have a far more receptive audience and build long lasting relationships—I have found! I have learned the hard way that it is better to wait and take time to think things through prayerfully, and ask for counsel before I go rushing in with correction or with my opinions. We so easily forget that Jesus hung on a cross for the very people we are so angry and offended with—that He loves them passionately with everlasting love, and yet we handle them so carelessly.

castle-pixlWhen God first released me in the area of counseling I had a very vivid dream. I was walking on a narrow path up a very high hill. At the top of the hill was a great mansion like a castle. I was dressed like a servant, on my way to work in the mansion of a great King. The King took me to a very special room that contained his most priceless treasures! He handed me a cloth and instructed me to clean these valuables and then left. As I turned to begin my work, I saw a large sign on the wall that read ‘HANDLE WITH CARE.’  I knew the dream was a warning from God to handle His children, the treasures of His heart with great care!

As stated in Isaiah 40, the High places of pride, arrogance, cold love, presumption, desire for power, bossiness and control over others must come down. God knows the motivations of our heart! The low places of unbelief, fear, anxiety, despair and discouragement must be renounced and our thoughts raised up to a higher place. The crooked places crafted by religious spirits who love contention, argument and debate, breeding hatred and anger, must be straightened out with honor, preferring others, compassion and love—its best to choose not to engage with those of this spirit as there is never a peaceable outcome. And finally the rough places of angry and aggressive personalities must be smoothed out—unchristian ways and traits not representative of the Prince of Peace and the Kingdom of God. I am often shocked and surprised by the way Christians sometimes speak to others with such angry responses—presenting an angry and cold presentation of God and the Gospel that is supposed to be GOOD NEWS! 

It is important to remember that God doesn’t takes sides, He is His own side—one that is always founded on a higher way. When Joshua asked the Captain of the Hosts whose side He was on, theirs or their enemies, He answered, “neither”For God so loved THE WORLD! In disputes it is always important to ascend to the place of God’s heart to get His perspective. To be an ambassador representing the Kingdom it is important to always maintain an objective position in all circumstances, and not be hooked in through emotion. When we are caught in the situation emotionally we become a part of the problem, and we are not equipped to bring God’s solution.

There was a time early in my Christian walk where I was busy criticizing God’s leaders and God’s Church, even though I knew the scripture about not touching God’s anointed. Well the Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, so the Lord took me to an account in Ezekiel 8 & 9 that really shook me up! In this passage God showed Ezekiel the things taking place in his City that grieved Him, “He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? In chapter nine God calls for six angels to release terrible judgment on the City, He then calls for a man clothed in linen to “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it” (9:4). God then spoke to my heart and said, I did not call you to criticize but to unite with My heart to intercede and pray accordingly. This incident caused me to be so grateful for the Cross and the Blood of Jesus that protects us! God does want his children to grow up into the fullness of the stature of Christ, and the Holy Spirit patiently works with us that we may become the fragrance of Christ wherever we are.

God has put a deep travail in my heart, rising inside me over these issues—a cry up that wants to shout and warn. We are all so hungry for more of God and on the edge of the move we have been longing for—it is so important to remove these things that have hindered this move from coming forth, that will cause us to stumble as we move out. I believe God not only want us to pursue unity, He wants us in union to drive out the enemy from the midst of us, that His shalom can rest heavily upon us and His Glory be evident to all!

If we choose to study and learn of the fragrant and beautiful ways of Christ, and the protocols of His Kingdom, as we move out into the harvest fields of the world, the plans of the enemy to divide us will be greatly hindered. When we move as a unified force the Commanded Blessing of the Father will be upon us and the world will know that we are sons of God by our love for each other and for them.

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:38

Revival and Awakening begins within us. The Azusa Street Revival began when some had the courage to pray “Lord BEND me!” Repentance makes the way for the Spirit to move.

On my journey, God brought these issues before me and inspired me to write this prayer for personal revival:

Prayer for Personal Revival:

“I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15 

O Father, Sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, please forgive me for breaking Your first and second commandment, for not loving You with all my heart and entertaining idols in my life. Forgive me for putting people and other things as priorities in my life before You.  Forgive me Lord for turning my eyes away from beholding Your beauty to gaze at worthless idols. Forgive me for wasting precious time on the things of this world.

O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years! Habakkuk 3:2 

Forgive me LORD for when I have not hearkened to the word of Your prophets and apostles and submitted to the leaders you have given to guide and direct me.   Forgive me when I have made the choice to criticize and dishonor your chosen servants with my words and grieved the Holy Spirit. Forgive me when I thought I knew better than they did, or had greater revelation, and I did not submit in my heart, nor did I humble myself. Lord forgive me when I have through criticism, slander, judgment and murmuring, stepped out from under the protection of fathers and mothers whom you have set in place over me. Forgive me Father!

“Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name. Restore us, O LORD God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”   Psalm 80:19

Father, forgive me when I have not preferred others as Your word commands and not honored the gift in others. Father I have been guilty of pride, striving, competition and a lack of Your great Love and compassion. Forgive me for holding on to offense and unforgiveness, forgive me LORD when I have not chosen Your higher way of Love and servanthood.

“Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, o lord, according to your loving-kindness.” Psalm 119:159 

Forgive me LORD when I have misrepresented you and not reflected Your goodness, Your compassion and great mercy for others, the lost and the poor.   Forgive me for any prejudice I have harbored toward precious people of other cultures or social standing, created in Your image, and in pride have treated anyone as less than myself.

“Great are Your tender mercies, o lord; revive me according to your judgments.” Psalm 119:156 

O lord forgive me when my heart has been proud and lofty and I have chosen reason and logic over Your Word. Forgive me for compromising and attempting to live out Your Life on my terms; for I am owned by You, bought by Your Blood. Forgive me Lord when I have been selective in my obedience and disregarded Your commands and precepts as not relevant or agreeable. Forgive me for adjusting your commands to suit my circumstances, lifestyle and my comfort level, and deceived myself into believing I was walking the Christian walk.   

“Hear my voice according to Your loving-kindness; o lord, revive me according to your justice.” Psalm 119:149 

Father Your Word declares that Righteousness and justice are the foundations of Your Throne, forgive me Lord when I have not walked righteously; forgive me for when I have lied or been dishonest, and I deceived, controlled or manipulated others for my benefit. Forgive me when I have chosen to compromise on Your Word and Your Way, and have not chosen to obey the clear directions in Your Word.

 “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.” Psalm 119:37 

Precious LORD, please hear the cry of my heart and forgive me for the lusts of my eyes, the lusts of my flesh and the pride of my life. Forgive me for grieving your precious Holy Spirit when I have not chosen Your way and Your Words of Life. You long for me to share Your heart and Your desires, forgive me for having chosen my ways above Yours.

 “I long for Your precepts; revive me in your righteousness.” Psalm 119:40 

Forgive me lord for displeasing you with grumbling, murmuring and complaining, and for having a despairing heart of unbelief and doubt. Forgive me for not trusting Your faithfulness and goodness, for You are Good and Your mercy endures forever. O Father, forgive my unbelief and help me to believe once again.

“My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word.” Psalm 119:25 

Father please forgive me for undermining any revelation You have prepared and birthed through chosen vessels to enhance the building of Your House, to enforce Your coming kingdom and to display Your great power on earth.   Forgive me for words I have spoken against other churches and ministries, and the work You have birthed through them.   Forgive me for giving the enemy any place to harm others or to bring judgment on ourselves, as Your word declares that I will reap in the measure that I have measured out judgment. O God have Mercy!

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6                 

Precious LORD, I declare my love for You today, I choose to pick up my cross and follow you. I choose obedience and I choose the way of love. I honor You as my LORD and confess that You are the Sovereign LORD of all creation! I Praise Your wonderful Name and lift it high above every name that is named on earth or in heaven. You alone are God and You alone are worthy of praise and honor. You are great and greatly to be praised. All honor, majesty, dominion, power and Glory belongs to You O God! I declare to the Heavens, to principalities and powers that You are my God, that you are Good and Your great mercy endures forever! Be lifted up you gates that the KING OF GLORY may come!”

“Forgiven!”

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Breaking Out Into Destiny in 2016!

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At the start of 2016 many may have found themselves in very narrow, tight and constricted places; places of anxiety and discomfort, of perplexity by the turn of circumstances. Having just walked through such a time, I have discovered that God is using the trial of the narrow place to eliminate any outstanding blockages that would hinder us in the coming season of HARVEST AND GLORY.  God is a GOOD FATHER who is perfecting and completing all that concerns His children that they would stand in secure places of strength in the volatile season ahead.

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul…Though I walk in the midst of trouble, YOU WILL REVIVE ME; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. THE LORD WILL PERFECT THAT WHICH CONCERNS ME…” Psalm 138:3,7-8

The word perfect is the Hebrew word gâmar which means to end in the sense of COMPLETION.  The English definition of the word to perfect, means: to bring to completion; to finish; make flawless or faultless: to bring nearer to perfection; improve; make better: to make fully skilled.  God has promised us in His Word to complete that which He has started in us and He is presently doing a spectacular work to see His intentions in and for us realized (Phil. 1:6).

In the narrow place, if we have ears to hear, and will listen for His voice, the Lord is releasing keys to remove demonic schemes and barriers that have kept His people from freedom over the years. Sudden revelations and answers are being released from Heaven right now to open spiritual prisons that we may not have even been aware of!  THE NARROW PLACE IS THE BIRTHING CHANNEL that is now moving His people forward out into broad and spacious places of freedom and victory!

us-army-379036_1280The Lord is bringing His people OUT and establishing their boundaries in pleasant places!  We are coming out with strength and with revelation!  We are coming out with direction and strategies; we are coming out with ideas and inventions; we are coming out with joy and with passion!  WE ARE COMING OUT AS AN ARMY ON THE OFFENSIVE READY TO CONQUER AND TO OCCUPY!  We are now being established at higher levels of faith, undergirded with a double portion of Grace and with a greater understanding of His Great Power and Sovereignty over our lives.

God is giving us the word of authority to move the mountains before us, and as we speak forth in faith our very BIG God breathes into the word and all things begin to align to His will!  He is aligning us in His will and securing our lives in Him!

God is strategically establishing His people to accomplish His intentions for people groups, communities and nations.  NOW IS THE TIME to boldly run a race of strength, to occupy all areas of society for the Kingdom of God.  Psalms 110 prophecies that the people of God will volunteer freely to work the works of God in the DAY OF HIS POWER—a Day that is now upon us!  As the Lord showed me in the last word that I wrote— “Let There be Light” He is now opening a GREAT & EFFECTIVE DOOR for us to reap a GREAT HARVEST.  There are certain words that have a Kairos timing attached to them, however, recently God has impressed this word on my heart as a now word, with a sense of urgency:  “WHATEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT…” (Ecc. 9:10).  As the GREAT AND EFFECTIVE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY OPEN to us in the days ahead, let us lay hold of God and run with endurance…with all our might, the race He has set before us!

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:1

Contending For The Dream!

Take Ownership!I am Ready to Perform My Word!

I recently attended a significant Elijah List conference at the River Church in Hamilton, Canada. Steve Schultz & Doug Addison both spoke very unique and powerful words related to ‘contending.’ My heart was very moved as God had been stirring me in this direction in the days prior to the conference as the Holy Spirit brought to mind certain revelations He had given me on aspects of this particular subject. Contending is clearly a now word for the Body of Christ and imperative to the advancement of the Kingdom of God in this important hour of history. God is awakening our spirits to rise up to contend for our breakthrough, the dreams He has given us, for our family’s and communities, cities and nations, and for His intentions to come forth.

The Lord usually speaks to me through scripture then over time will unpack the revelations embedded within it as it unfolds at opportune times. Ezekiel chapter 36: 36-37 is on e such scripture He has been highlighting over the years. This chapter speaks powerfully of Israel’s restoration to the land and the abundant outpouring of blessings God makes clear He plans to release to them—as we are grafted into Israel, these blessings and promises are for us also. Each blessing spoken of is with intentionality as something He has predetermined to do as the One with whom, “…there is no variation or shadow of turning” (Jam. 1:17). I was therefore baffled when the Holy Spirit highlighted verse 36 and 37, the first revealing His determination, “… I, the LORD, have spoken it, AND I WILL DO IT,” the second revealing the condition: “Thus says the Lord GOD: “I WILL ALSO LET THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL INQUIRE OF ME TO DO THIS FOR THEM…” The Hebrew word for inquire means also to seek continually, ask and pursue.

As I prayed and sought the Lord about this, I received an understanding that God was looking for a people who would be willing to TAKE OWNERSHIP of His dreams, desires and intentions. A people who would tend the dream and travail in union with Him to bring it forth; a people that would unite with Him in mind and in heart for the promise to be realized and the Kingdom enforced & advanced. The example that came to mind was of a father who owned an empire and had two sons; to one son everything came on a silver platter—everything he asked for he was given, he did not have to exert himself for anything. The other son went to work with his father in the company at an early age. He started at the very bottom and worked his way through every department learning every aspect of the business. He spent time getting to know all the people who worked for his father, building relationship with them. He listened to His Father’s heart for the company and not only understood his vision for it, but united with his father to see his dream come forth. When the time comes to hand over the company to his sons, which son will the father put in charge? The one who will protect the company and pursue the vision and contend for its success; the one who paid the cost and travailed for its achievement with his father!

In Ezekiel chapter 36 the Father clearly lays out his intention, places it before Israel and challenges them to rise up and own the vision. The implication in verse 37 is that if they take ownership and contend for it—it would be theirs! God’s dreams are guaranteed for the contenders…the reason why He raises up those with a spirit to contend to inspire others to contend—to give Him no rest until He fulfills what He has promised! I once was heard a leader share a related story; he promised his children that after church he would take them to their favorite restaurant, the children were very excited! After church he was asked to attend a leaders meeting and told his children the outing would have to be cancelled. However, his children refused to accept this. He was pummeled over and over with statements of, “You said,” “You promised!” until finally he had no choice but to give in. At that moment he heard God say to him, “I wished that my children would hold me to my promises the way that your children hold you to yours!” Our Heavenly Father is looking for those who will not only believe his promises, but who will hold Him accountable to his Word.

The Lord once gave me a vision for something He wanted to do. I was not to thrilled at the idea and was wrestling in my spirit about it, but I said I was willing. As I sat in prayer over it He reminded me about Ezekiel 36:37 and I understood. I not only agreed to be willing but I began to pray and ask Him for the vision as though it were mine. As I did that a supernatural exchange took place and I receive joy and passion for this vision to come forth. However, time passed with no breakthrough in that direction. I soon stopped praying and actually forgot about it. One day the Lord spoke clearly to my spirit and said, “That was very easy for you to drop the vision.” I was very convicted as understood that Ezekiel 36:37 meant to pray, ask and contend for the vision until the breakthrough came! That is the spirit of a contender who will birth the purposes of God on planet earth! To knock, seek and ask until the door is opened!

After teaching this word for many years, and I must say faltering at many times to stand on its truth, the Lord brought to my attention a most powerful commentary on this same passage in Ezekiel that again began to stir me to contend again! It is so potent that I am putting it in point form that no one will miss anything, he said:

1. God’s promises are given not to restrain, but to INCITE TO PRAYER.
2. They SHOW THE DIRECTION in which WE MAY ASK,
3. And THE EXTENT to which we may EXPECT and answer.
4. They are the SIGNED CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO ORDER
5. Which we must endorse and PRESENT FOR PAYMENT.

The day must come when we leave the wilderness and begin to take the promised land of God’s intentions. The world is daily descending into dark times. The light of the Glory of His Presence will rise upon those who have broken through in contending for the Glory. These are the ones being called forth to do exploits in His name; they have travailed with the Father and carry His burden for the lost and for the world. Those who have travailed with Him will enter into union with Him; they will carry His authority and the strategies to complete His will to save and transform nations and people groups. God does not exclude any who are willing!

According to Ezekiel 36:36-37, first we must ASK—we must desire what He desires and receive it in our spirits as our own. Second we TAKE—we endorse the cheque and present for payment. We put our finger on His promise and say, “As you have said Lord.” We hold God to His promises as David did: “You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, LORD, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant” (1Ch 17:25-26). FAITH IS CONFIDENT ACTION IN WHAT GOD HAS MADE KNOWN TO US—God cannot bless us beyond our belief and belief will lead to action—to contending!

Job chapter 22:28 states, “YOU SHALL DECREE A THING AND IT SHALL BE ESTABLISHED FOR YOU.” To decree a thing is to contend for it! The Hebrew word for decree also means to decide, to make a firm decision, one where we will not waver, and the Hebrew word for establish means to rise. This verse closes with, “…light will shine on your ways.” The word light means to be illuminated, the word shine means to glitter and ways also means the road. A mature Christian will have learned the discipline of contending through much trial and tribulation and will see the rising of the vision and the dream. The illuminating Light of God will light up the road ahead with the glitter of His Glory. It is time for the sons of God to TAKE the Promised LAND – Time to declare and Decree. Esther & Mordecai prayed, they fasted then they decreed the deliverance of the Jewish people.

I hear the Lord saying, “TAKE OWNERSHIP! The Kingdom of God is yours! All that I have belongs to you, invest in it. With the currency of your faith purchase stock in it! Set your focus on the eternal not the temporal.The dividends are magnanimous and superlative!  Ask large! I am a great and mighty God, greater and mightier than you could ever imagine, though you may try. Bring all you’re your appeals and petitions before the court of Heaven, the time of fulfillment has come. Show your faith, give Me something to work with. I am ready to perform My word!

God is preparing vessels of Glory to stand in the last days having the fortitude of spirit to withstand the demonic assaults, and like the mountain tree, to thrive in the midst of the swirling and violent winds of change.

mountain tree

“A Mountain tree if it would see
The far horizons and the stars
May never know a sheltered place
Nor grow symmetrical in grace.
Such a tree must battle doggedly
The blasts and bear the scars.”
(Lloyd Marion Thompson).

“The mountain tree is the price of those ascending to the realm of intimacy with God. It is a lone tree jutting out from the crest of a very rugged, windswept mountain, far above the peaceful forest beneath. There is truly a reward for its singular loneliness and struggle to survive. It has unobstructed vision to see, ‘the far horizons and the stars.’ Abiding in an unpolluted atmosphere, this lonely, battered tree can view the distant skyline or look up into the glorious expanse of the heavenlies in all their glory…But there is a price—such a tree has been set apart from all others” (Wade E. Taylor).

“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;
for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

ONE NEW MAN

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Illustration by Martha Charlton

For close to two thousand years from the time of Abraham, the Father has worked to cultivate the Olive Tree that is Israel, establishing the protocols of relationship to an omnipotent God. He established the altar of worship, laying the foundations in preparation to receive the grafting in of the Gentiles to the Hebraic root, through Jeshua—the Christ (Rom. 11). Since establishing His Church in Christ on the foundations of Israel, God has been at work in the Gentile nations, also for approximately two thousand years. This may appear to be a very long time, and may have given the impression to some that God is finished with Israel, but a thousand years is a day to the Lord (2 Pet. 3:8).

In God’s use of numbers in the Bible, the number four is representative of creation, especially the New Creation (Rev. 21:16). God is now making the necessary preparations to shift into the final completing phase of His work, where the fullness of His purposes in and through Israel will be made manifest, to those who have eyes to see, as Israel awakens once again to their God.

“By Abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [One new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace. And [He designed] to reconcile to God both [Jew and Gentile, united] in a single body by means of His cross, thereby killing the mutual enmity and bringing the feud to an end.” Ephesians 2:15-16 AMP

Jesus became a stumbling block to Israel, but Israel has also become a stumbling block to the Church! In this last phase of the Father’s work, He will remove the veil of blindness from Israel’s eyes, and from the eyes of the Gentile church concerning Israel; this will usher in a significant Awakening and a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit—the fullness and completion of what began at Pentecost! At the time that both the Foundation and the Cornerstone was laid, there were notable invasions of earth by Heaven, releasing great signs and wonders! The establishment of the Headstone and the release of the ‘sons of God’—the Headstone generation, will also come with a great invasion of earth by the angelic hosts, accompanied by great signs in the Heavens and on the earth!

Israel is a both a natural and spiritual entity, a vessel that is progressively being transformed by God, from the natural into a Heavenly City (Gen. 22:17). Many look at Jerusalem with natural eyes and all they can see is a bloody City; it is time to begin to see with God’s eyes; to understand with his heart, His passion for this nation, a nation that has paid such a tremendous cost to be marked with His Name, from their conception to this present day!

It is important to challenge our beliefs and examine carefully in the Holy Spirit our doctrine concerning Israel, as Heaven begins to shine Light on the Word, releasing fresh revelation concerning Israel, for such a time as this!

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace…” Ephesians 2:13-15 NIV

One-United

Painting by Christine Peterkin

On the Day of Pentecost the disciples who gathered together were in one accord; they were of one mind as they waited to receive the Promise of the Father spoken of by Jesus (Acts 1:4). Because of the unity amongst them, the disciples were positioned to receive the commanded blessing (Acts 1:14 2:1). The Commanded Blessing will be released in power, in the Day of His Power, when we are of one accord in the One New Man!

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.” Psalm 133

God’s view of union is portrayed by oil flowing down from the Head of Aaron—the high priest of Israel, down his beard to the edge of his priestly garments. Union of the Body of Christ cannot be accomplished until there is honor that produces union between Israel and the Gentile church, and Israel is restored to the place of the head and not the tail! The River of God flows from Heaven through Christ’s secured position in Jerusalem, and the oil flows from the Head of Christ through Israel to His Body.

The Lord’s ultimate plan is that the Gentile Church work together with the Jewish servants of God, to become in unity the Israel of God, and is restored and prepared as the Bride for her coming Bridegroom and King, “…make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Isaiah 40:3).

“For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.” Again, it says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” Romans 15:8-12

To everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose; the time has come for Jew and Gentile to work together to build the Temple of the Lord according to God’s blueprint, and to bring in the Ark of His Presence. In the same way that David made all the preparation and provisions for the building of the Temple of God, Jesus has made all the preparations and provision for the Temple to be completed. The stones have been prepared, the wood has been cut, the iron for the doors and gates is now ready; there is bronze, silver and gold in abundance, and the wine and the oil is prepared (1 Chronicles 22).

God has been at work preparing His skilled workers—Intercessors, leaders, churches and ministries: specialists in every field of building work, “all types of skillful men” and women, each one having their part to contribute, important the completion of the House. The wine and the oil are being prepared to be poured out, to sustain and equip all the workers to complete the building, and for the procession to bring the Ark of His Presence into the Sanctuary.

“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the LORD.” 1Chronicles:22:19

The enemies of God have been uniting against the Kingdom of God and have been gaining ground. The Body of Christ has proven to be very weak because of its many divisions. It is time to set our focus on the Father and submission to the Father’s Will and the Father’s ways, as the fullness of time for the Father’s purposes and the Father’s dreams has come! As Victor Hugo once said, “Like the trampling of a mighty army, such is the force of an idea whose time has come.”

We are now approaching the time for the Father’s dream of the completion of His House—the building of the Headstone; the time of the Father’s dream for his daughters; the time of the revelation of the Sons of God; the time of the restoration of all things.

It is time for the fullness of the Father’s Promise—the commanded blessing; the time of the Day of His Power—when His people volunteer freely. It is time for the day of the Harvest—the day of multitudes of harvesters being sent into the fields to bless the world in the Spirit of the Father!

It is time for the restoration of the nation of Israel and the Jewish people; the time for the Messiah’s unveiling of Himself to His brethren. It is the time for love and union in the Body of Christ, the time to end the night of wrong as stated by the poet William Merrill:

Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things;

Give heart and mind and soul and strength to serve the King of Kings.

Rise up O men of God! His Kingdom tarries long;

Bring in the day of brotherhood and end the night of wrong.

Rise up O men of God!

The Church for you doth wait,

Her strength unequal to her task

RISE UP AND MAKE HER GREAT!

(Excerpted from the book: The Blueprint by Faith Marie Baczko)

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Faith Marie Baczko: “BRING YOUR GOLD & BUILD”

Jesus is the Pattern of the House of God and the Pattern of the New Man God has been fashioning over the centuries. Jesus is the Plumb Line that holds all things to account pertaining to Yahweh’s House. For three years on this earth Jesus worked with the Father to prepare a corporate vessel fashioned in His very likeness. On the Day of Pentecost the vessel—one hundred and twenty saints, were prepared to be filled with His Divine Life. The Holy Spirit fell and ‘Yahweh Shamah—THE LORD HE IS THERE was written over the Temple of God!

Apostles, raised up by Him were released to ensure that the blueprint remained true to the specifications of The Christ—the revealed pattern of God’s Temple. Over the following two thousand years, because of a variety of reasons, the Pattern became misunderstood and corrupted. Jesus Christ is as vast in depth as our forever expanding universe— yet every detail of the Temple of God must be true to Him, nothing is left to chance or to flesh!

“They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “SEE TO IT THAT YOU MAKE EVERYTHING ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.” Hebrews 8:5

Every detail of Christ, revealed through His first coming—the manner in which He came; the heavenly precepts and principles that He taught and lived by, the nation and culture He chose to born into—the body prepared for Him (Heb. 10:5); His death on the Cross, resurrection & ascension—were meticulously planned before the foundation of the earth, and all are vital parts to the Blueprint of the future habitation of God in corporate Man—IF WE BUILD WHAT HE BUILT, HE WILL RETURN TO FILL IT!

Over the span of History, since the time of Pentecost, key features of the blueprint were lost and are presently being restored. Much of the Blueprint that was stolen, destroyed or corrupted by Satan relates to God’s chosen nation of Israel, women in His House, the believer’s authority and the supernatural nature we have inherited in Christ to live a life characterized by sign, wonders and the miraculous.

In these last days God is working to bring the Body into a Holy Union with His Mind and His Heart—once again caught up in the momentum of His Will! As the mixture is being removed, the heavens are opening and the Body is being prepared to receive a fresh revelation of ‘The Christ’ in His Glory! God is releasing us from the captivity of the mindset of religious pride, to return to build the Headstone—the final and last phase of Yahweh’s House, blueprinted by God, prepared for Christ at His return. Religion is being stripped away as the Body prepares to mount up with wings of eagles to fly once again in the Spirit!

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.” 1Corinthians 3:11-13

There is a call being sounded to Return and build a Holy place for His habitation, built according to the Plumb Line of Christ, acceptable to Him, having His fragrance, DNA, and Presence. Appearances can give an illusion of success and blessing. As is evident in the world, with a smart mind, belief in oneself and a good business sense, great things can be accomplished, but if Christ is not the beginning and end of all, our works have no eternal value!

BUILD WITH THE SILVER & GOLD YOU HAVE!

gold-513062_1280Carnal works cannot build the House of God! The only substance that can build the House of God, having continuance in eternity, is Silver & Gold tried in the Consuming Fire that is God! A new refined people of courage and fortitude like Nehemiah & Zechariah, came forth from a season of trial in captivity carrying with them God’s heart and blueprint for His House in Jerusalem. Seventy years of captivity was the fire that produced the gold required to re-build the House of God! Hidden within the account portrayed in Zechariah 6:10-15 is a revelation of the true Gold that is Christ!

“Take silver and gold from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon. Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jozadak. Tell him this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘HERE IS THE MAN WHOSE NAME IS THE BRANCH, AND HE WILL BRANCH OUT FROM HIS PLACE AND BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD. IT IS HE WHO WILL BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, AND HE WILL BE CLOTHED WITH MAJESTY AND WILL SIT AND RULE ON HIS THRONE. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’ The crown will be given to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the LORD.” Zechariah 6:10-15

The Hebrew names Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah mean, out of worldliness, the goodness of Yahweh, and Yahweh has known. These were three men known by God, who by His Goodness were saved out from the world! They were to take the silver and the gold brought back from the exile and take it to the House of Josiah son of ZephaniahJosiah whose name means the foundation is Yahweh, and Zephaniah whose name means Yahweh has secreted! The Israelites were to bring the Gold and silver to the house of the one whom Yahweh has secreted, into THE HOUSE WHOSE FOUNDATION IS YAHWEH!

They were instructed to use the silver and Gold to fashion a Crown and set it on the High priest Joshua, son of Jozadak. The name Joshua means Yahweh saves, and Jozadak means Yahweh has righted. Joshua is representative Jesus the Savior in whose righteousness we stand. They were then instructed to speak the Word of the Lord to him: “HERE IS THE MAN WHOSE NAME IS THE BRANCH, AND HE WILL BRANCH OUT FROM HIS PLACE AND BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD. IT IS HE WHO WILL BUILD THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, AND HE WILL BE CLOTHED WITH MAJESTY AND WILL SIT AND RULE ON HIS THRONE.

JESUS IS THE RIGHTEOUS BRANCH WHO BRANCHES OUT FROM THE DIVINELY SECURED PLACE OF JERUSALEM TO BUILD THE HOUSE OF GOD. Christ alone, along with those who are secreted and secured in him, known by him, who are saved out from the world by the goodness of God, builds the house of God! He is our King and High Priest who brings peace and Harmony between those who are called as kings and priests in Him. The Crown of Gold wrought from the precious trials of our life is to His praise and Glory.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. 1Peter 1:5-8

The Israelites were then instructed to put this Crown—made from the silver and Gold tried in the Fire of God’s love, and give it to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah to be a memorial in the House of God. Helem means to dream & recover, Tobijah and Jedaiah as said before means, the goodness of Yah and whom Yah has known, Hen means Grace and Zephaniah means Yah has secreted.

In summation, the Crown fashioned in the Fire for Christ our King, was to be kept in the House of God as a record and a reminder for those who dream the dreams of God, whom God has known and has kept secreted; that through the Grace of God and the Goodness of God, ALL WILL BE RECOVERED as these returning exiles came to understand!

“When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”… Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:4

It is God’s dream and His great longing that His children would attain to a level of the stature of His Son producing substance having value that lasts for eternity—substance that builds the Kingdom of God—not our kingdoms or earthly empires. Paul instructed the Church to build only on the foundation that was divinely laid in Christ. Paul’s focus was never on fame, glory or recognition for the work he accomplished…he actually said if it was approval of men he desired, he would not be a servant of God (Gal. 1:10). The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise. (Proverbs 27:21).

Paul’s focus was fixed on Christ—“…that I may know Him.” Paul was driven solely by the love of God. Paul’s word’s written in prison are still having impact on the world to this very day—that is Gold tried in the fire having value for eternity. Eternal Gold is produced only in the Fire that disciplines those whom God loves. Eternal Gold is the substance of faith produced in this crucible that builds the House of God. God admonishes us to seek this gold!

“I counsel you to BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock…” Revelation 3:14-20

I believe God is now asking us, in the closing days of history: “What are you building? Bring your gold…whatever you have, and build My House! A place where I who am the God of eternity, the beginning and the end, can dwell. A Place that I can make my eternal habitation, where you will not be destroyed by the fire of My Presence, because it is built from the very essence of My Life. My House is Holy, so handle with care! Nothing outside of My Son can stand or will remain! Walk carefully before me now, be holy as I am Holy, and we will accomplish great things in the earth! Multitudes of lives will be saved! I am the Lord of the Harvest, that is My name, and that is My burning desire!”

God is now asking many, like He did Adam and Elijah, “Where are you? What are you doing here?” One was in hiding because of sin, and the other on the run because of discouragement and fear. I believe God is asking each and every one of His children at this significant moment in history, as we are about to be launched out and catapulted into the time of the summing up of all things, “Are you with Me? Are you sold out to My agenda? Are you in time with Me? Are you in line with My will?”

“But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. HE WILL SIT AS A REFINER AND PURIFIER OF SILVER; HE WILL PURIFY THE LEVITES AND REFINE THEM LIKE GOLD AND SILVER. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years. “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, BUT DO NOT FEAR ME,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:2-5