This is from the blog A Word in Season:
“Moses took of the blood of it,
and put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear…”
“Take heed therefore how ye hear:
for whosoever hath, to him shall be given;
and whosoever hath not,
from him shall be taken even
that which he seemeth to have”
The sanctified ear brings one to the place of not only hearing His voice but of hearing it correctly. This hearing is coupled with obedience. In religious circles there is much information and often good and right teachings. The subtle challenge of our day is not so much what we hear, it is how we hear. True hearing must be accompanied with the corresponding act of obedience. It keeps the individual in a habitat of movement and change. A static Christian experience is not possible for the very call of Christ is for us to pick up our cross and follow Him. Following denotes movement and keeps us in an active state of attending unto Him in everyday life. No matter how demanding the business world, our home life or our secret life, there is watchfulness required that transcends all of these other things. The sanctified ear is set apart for Him, above all the noise and demands of this life, alert to His Call and His Will.
The authentic Christian life is one of being ”on call” and active in response to Him. Sensitivity to His voice grows as we hear and obey Him in even the little things of life. Integrity in business, selflessness in responding to the needs of others, going out of our way to bring a word of encouragement or exhortation to another even in the face of opposition, are all indicators of a healthy Christian walk. The phrase “take heed how ye hear” contains a warning that we can lose what we seem to have. Hearing without obedience brings a deception of thinking that because we know something we have something.
“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer,
he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way,
and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was”
The hearing of a good thing without the corresponding action leaves one in a state of ambiguity and uncertainty. It causes men and women to be tentative and filled with perplexity in their walk as Christians.
“Take heed how you hear” is the warning of Jesus to every one of us. It is a phrase intentionally set at the end of the Parable of the Sower. Time has a way of passing quickly and “take heed how you hear” is His exhortation to all of us to be watchful that we do not fall into the subtlety of routine and religion. The sanctified ear is God’s answer to the deception of our hearts. It is His way of keeping us from the narrowness and comfort of our own tendencies. This error (implied in the Greek for the word deception in James) is insidious in its workings. Not only we as individuals are susceptible but even more so in any type of corporate Christian gatherings. There is a blindness that can creep in of such delusion that without a strong prophetic ministration (often times from the outside) it may become ingrown and closed to others who do not “see the truth” as they do.
In Luke’s Gospel we read the story of Jesus’ parents going up to Jerusalem for the yearly feasts and then returning home.
“But they, supposing him (Jesus)
to have been in the company…”
They assumed He was with them. After all He was with them as they went to the feast and He had been with them since. They took for granted he was still with them. This is a warning to His people, especially those who have been gathering for a long time. There is an assumption that He is with us, for we are meeting and doing what we have been doing for a long time; God was with us in the past so surely He must still be with us. This is especially true for groups and organizations that in the past have had moves or stirrings of the Spirit. Yet over time the Son has moved on and they are unaware that anything has changed. The Son does not abide in a certain place. He is ever about His Father’s business. It is incumbent upon us to follow Him and not to presume He is with us! The difference between the two has eternal consequences. Obedience is a journey filled with movement, change and growth. He is ever calling us out of the “boat”; out from the other disciples to walk upon the water unto Him* (Matthew 14:25-32). It is here where we reveal whether we are His disciples or mere adherents to a teaching, doctrine or religious association. The beauty of this story in Luke is that when they discovered He was not with them they forsook their “company”* and sought Him out. He will always be found doing his Father’s business. We must be willing to do the same regardless of our relationships and understandings with others with whom we have fellowship.
“Take heed how you hear” is the living truth which must abide in our hearts continually. For He is our Way, He is our Truth and in the knowing of Him in these things He will also Become our LIFE which is what we have been called to.
“Take heed to how ye hear”
*Note: Obedience to Jesus is paramount in the our walk; all true relationships with our brothers and sisters are to be based upon Him being our head. When Peter rose up out of the boat was he was not forsaking the others in terms of relationship but he was stepping out in a living response to Jesus. True relationships that are the result of a vital connection with Jesus are never interrupted by such obedience. Relationships built upon a teaching or a religious affiliation will always be in opposition to the ways and the will of God. The essential thing in the life of the true disciple is our obedience unto Him. Religion brings conformity but the living way of God brings transformation; one is static the other is living.
“So David went on his way,
and Saul returned to his place”
1 Samuel 26:25
This is from the blog The Kingdom:
I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected. Habakkuk 2:1
In November 2016 another great earthquake struck the land, during a supermoon. It happened in the area of north Canterbury – with aftershocks in Seddon. This one was different though, as the scientists had never seen anything like it. Two huge earthquakes had happened simultaneously. Two earthquakes, that lasted two minutes, with two people dead, affecting two islands (the North and South Island) – and the land underwent a two metre shift south of Marlborough.
Wellington was struck along with Kaikoura. Parliamentary Service released CCTV footage from the Speaker’s corridor, showing portraits of previous Prime Ministers swaying and banging against the walls.
Strange lights flashed across the horizon in Wellington while the earth shook. The eerie lights were an extremely rare occurrence. After the earthquake, a huge storm struck the Wellington area.
I noted the strange signs, and the pattern of twos.
“Lord, I see the signs. “I know we are in a fault zone – but why is the land shaking so violently lately? What do want to say?” I asked.
The King replied, “Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat, a contemptible woman who gets
married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.” Proverbs 30:21-23 (NIV)
“Can you please explain the verse?” I asked.
“The context is about godless servants who have stepped outside of their delegated authority. These stewards are selling land that is not theirs to sell, and they are behaving in a contemptible manner.”
“The earth indeed trembles. Under what will it not bear up?” I asked.
“You will see. I have given you the context. Now write what you I show you,” the King advised.
I saw myself on a castle wall. I was there with the watchers, scanning the land with binoculars. But it was dark.
The day before the earthquake in November 2016, a self-appointed bishop lifted his voice; “The earth convulses under the weight of certain human sin. And it says it spews itself up after a while. That’s natural disasters. ‘Cause nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity. And so you get earthquakes. Take note because you’ll forget it out the door. But next year if this happens you’ll know why.”
Pointing to the ruined church in the distance, he said “See, massive earthquakes have already hit in Christchurch and you could have just about predicted that one.”
“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” I muttered from Psalm 11:3, ignoring the self-appointed bishop.
I went to the control tower and called the King. “We need to hear from you – not him!” I said.
“Go back to the wall, and switch to infra-red,” the King said. Grabbing the infra-red binoculars, I looked out over the land.
The gates of my country were wide open. Foreigners from the most populous place in the world were streaming in to buy the land. They were being freely admitted at the gates, after waving great wads of cash at the government. The children of the land are being displaced by them.
Cries of protest are being met with accusations of racism.
Globalists had put a name over the gates, and it was called “TRADE.”
“Trade?” I asked.
“Free trade is good trade!” I heard the globalists tell our little country of 4 million.
“The NZ-China free trade agreement started this. It didn’t put restrictions on house sales to overseas buyers,” the King explained.
“It’s not free,” He added. “New Zealanders are suffering because the wealthy 1 per cent from other countries buying the houses are driving up prices to levels they can’t afford. Because 1 per cent of China is over 10 million people, it’s the most obvious example. This is also destabilising your economy.”
“So it’s not about the earth convulsing under the weight of sin?” I asked.
“No. I am trying to warn you that Babylon is rising. It’s a Luciferian world government. His ministers are getting rich through trade. Look at the King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28;
By his wisdom and understanding he gained wealth for himself and amassed gold and silver in his treasuries. By his great skill in trading he increased his wealth, and because of his wealth his heart grew proud.
Lucifer, the ordained guardian in Eden, was and is the real power behind trade. This is what I said about Lucifer, “Through his widespread trade he was filled with violence, and he sinned.” Read it in Ezekiel 28. It’s the same spirit behind globalism, behind trade.
Your laws are being changed, and your land is being destroyed by globalism. Keep watch, because you need to explain what is happening.
When you sing the words to your national anthem, I hear. I take it seriously, even when your country sings it just as a song. The fight is sneaky, and insidious – and it’s not just about trade. The family, the building block of the nation and its culture is also under attack.
Ben Carson, an American leader, warned “If you look at the writings of the neo Marxists, when they talk about the new world order, there were two fundamental things in their way – the Judeo Christian faith, and their strong families. Those were the things that had to be attacked. There’s a book published in 1958 called The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen, which lays out the whole agenda. This stuff is not secret, you can read about it – in Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals. It’s a quick easy read, you can see all the things that are happening today.”
“Come with me,” the King said. I went from the castle wall to a dormitory. A series of rooms led off the main corridor. I entered the long corridor at room 2010.
Walking into the room, I saw that everyone was asleep. I could hear cicadas outside – and snoring. Even the guards of the land were sleeping. In September, the King shook the sleeping people gently. “Wake up!” he said.
The name of the room was ‘Christchurch.’ It was February 2011. I saw globalist Julia Gillard, the unelected leader from Australia give an address to the New Zealand parliament. She was the first foreign leader ever to do so – and she did not have the authority to say what she was saying, as she’d deposed the governor of her own land.
Gillard was praising neo-liberal economics, trade liberalisation and free trade agreements.
Looking into the future, she extolled the Trans Pacific Partnership, of which New Zealand had been a founding partner since 2005. “I was proud to stand with Prime Minister Key, President Obama and our seven other partners in November last year… pledging to the make the expanded Partnership a reality by the time of APEC this year. The Partnership could be a stepping stone to an Asia Pacific Free Trade Area. If we achieve that, we will create a free trade community as significant as the EU or NAFTA. A zone of trade, investment, jobs as big as the Pacific itself.”
“Wake up!” the King said six days later, as the land shook violently in Christchurch. The Cathedral was destroyed, and 185 people died.
The name of room 2013 was ‘Seddon.’ Richard Seddon had been the nation’s longest-serving prime minister. There was a prominent statue of him outside Parliament Buildings. Seddon had come to represent the authority of the state in New Zealand.
The parliament had just made marriage between homosexuals law, even though there was no mandate for it or referendum about it. In the time it was being passed into law, the land suffered the worst drought in seventy years.
I watched a member of the parliament mock the Church, and quote the Bible at them. “Don’t make this into a big deal,” he sneered; “Life will go on …”
“One of the messages that I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought. Well in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous gay rainbow across my electorate …”
In May 2014 of the following year, the traitor would be unceremoniously sacked from Cabinet following revelations he’d approached police seeking information into a criminal case being taken against Donghua Liu, a corrupt Chinese businessman and National Party donor.
But in the meantime, he had the floor.
He stopped while the parliament laughed. “It has to be a sign, sir, it has to be a sign. If you are a believer it certainly is a sign. Can I finish for all those who are concerned about this with a quote from the Bible; Deuteronomy 1:29, Be ye not afraid.”
He did not see that the context of the passage he’d quoted from was about rebellion against the King.
“Be afraid!” the King retorted, and indeed, there was a sign. Three days before homosexual marriage became legal, there was another earthquake, this time in Seddon.
No-one noticed the authority of the state in New Zealand being shaken.
The name of this room was Eketahuna, It is considered by some to be the stereotypical rural New Zealand town, a place occasionally used in conversation to represent “the real New Zealand.” It was marked by a giant Kiwi.
On Wellington Anniversary Day, the 20th January 2014, the land shook at Eketahuna.
During the earthquake, one of two giant eagles installed at Wellington airport to commemorate the film the Hobbit swung wildly from side to side, crashing to the ground at the gate into the land.
He said to those on the walls, “Put the trumpet to your lips! An eagle is over the house of the LORD because the people have broken my covenant and rebelled against my law.” Hosea 8:1
No-one noticed the King trying to shake real, rural New Zealand awake. Meanwhile, the first big debate about foreign land sales took place, when the Crafar Farms were sold to a Chinese investor.
Two years passed. So much land had been sold that the children of the land could no longer afford to buy a house in Auckland, the land’s largest city. I saw something I’d never seen before, people forced to live in cars while more than 30,000 houses owned by foreign investors sat empty.
The name of this room was ‘Apec,’ which stands for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. In the face of an increasing rise in anti-globalisation sentiment, Bollard, the former globalist governor of New Zealand’s central bank said Apec would achieve the globalist’s aims in incremental steps.
On the 14th November 2016 globalist John Kerry, the American Secretary of State, met globalist prime minister John Key at Wellington. They were worried about the TPPA – the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement not going ahead, because Trump, the new President Elect of America intended to stop it.
The people of the land did not know that the TPPA was even worse than Apec, because the non-discrimination provisions of the TPPA would prevent the Government banning TPP nationals from buying property in New Zealand.
After the meeting, John Key prepared to fly to Apec in Peru. Until he was stopped by the latest earthquake.
“Lord, what did you mean by the pattern of ‘two’s’ in this latest earthquake?” I asked.
“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” He asked by way of reply, before showing me a lion roaring, an eagle swooping, a trap springing from the ground, and a trumpet sounding in a city.
“Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
“What do you want us to do?” I asked.
“Keep watch. You are watching the heads of the beast appear” the King replied. “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” 1 Peter 4:7
Serve for my glory, for light casts no shadow.
Submit to the government, and love your neighbour, as you put on the armour of light. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13.
Standing in front of the ruined cathedral from 2011, the King spoke out of the book of Haggai.
He asked, “Do you remember this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?”
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LordAlmighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LordAlmighty.” Haggai 2.
This is from the blog A Word in Season:
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin”
1 John 1:7
True fellowship is a blessed and precious expression of the Life of the Son between His people. It is a function of light not of teaching. Many today within the landscape of the Christian Church have little or no concept of this vital flow of life. Being in one room does not constitute fellowship. Speaking of the things of God, singing, sharing, and praying together does not in itself imply this powerful act of the Holy Spirit. Fellowship in and unto God is a transaction wherein the depth of God in one vessel pours the very life and glory of God into another. The light of His Being is imprinted upon the whole; the ministration of the Blood of Jesus releases an impartation of the cleansing power of the Lamb. The wonder of community, the koinonia, is known by God’s glory. It is grievous to behold the blindness which exists between the religious things of men and the precious things of the Spirit. Within the mixture of today men cannot discern between that which is Holy and that which is lifeless and mundane. Light is the Life of Jesus within His own (John 1:4). It is so much more than words, actions and prayers. It is as we touch His Life within another person that we know the brotherhood of Christ. It is in the fragrance of another’s expression that the aroma of Christ in His Body is known. This flow of Life is the Light of the World and the wonder of Heaven.
“Then said the Lord to him,
Put off thy shoes from thy feet:
for the place where thou standest is holy ground”
Moses having left Egypt because of the recognition of his true identity as an Israelite by birth, was not yet aware of his call as a true Israelite (a prince with God) in his walk. He stood in the very presence of God and knew it not. Though he had left Egypt he still walked in the shoes of Egypt and was unable to sense God’s presence even in the place he stood. So it is with religion. Men and women may have teaching, may have even a spiritual heritage (as Moses with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), and yet be totally unaware of God’s reality. It is in the taking off of those shoes, (the religious and carnal ways of men) that we are introduced to the Holy Presence of God. We begin to “feel” our way into the life to which He has called us. While many boast of knowledge, or take comfort in their association with great teachers or organizations, it does not avail them of the knowledge of the Holy.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding”
In God’s estimation it is not in the accumulation of data and information that gives a person true understanding; it is in their knowing of the HOLY. Without this sense of awe we will never be able to really flow in the life and light of God. It is this flow which brings us to the Holy Ground of fellowship in God. There is an unseen line of demarcation which religious people cannot pass through; it is a realm of life and liberty in the Holy Spirit. People may behold it but it is always outside of them. It is a thing to see but not one which is internal and real.
“But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me?When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me”
In the midst of all the people thronging about Jesus there was one who touched Jesus in the realm of need and faith. Though many were “touching” Jesus, clamouring to hear his words and see His acts, there was one who touched Him in such a manner that virtue (power) flowed from Him into her. This flow is the power of true fellowship and life. Many throng about Him in meetings, services, Bible studies and prayer meetings, yet without the living faith of Him within the heart the virtue of Christ remains hidden and distant.
True and vital fellowship exists where each member shares the substance of Christ which they have seen and heard within their own hearts. It is the communication of their faith because of their relationship and walk with God. The flow of the sharing is orchestrated by the Lordship of the Holy Spirit and culminates in the symphony of His life within the whole. This is no longer a religious gathering. It is in fact the very essence of heaven and the true life of the Son being revealed through vessels of clay who walk in the knowledge of the Holy.
It is through the Glory of such fellowship that the change and transformation of our hearts occurs. It is in the beholding of Him, seeing His wonder in our brothers and sisters, that we touch the beauty of His true Body. It is only by the seeing of Him that we are changed, for no one can see Him and remain the same. While many gather in some manner or another, change will always be the fruit of those who behold His glory; where there is no change there is no glory. The Virtue of Christ always flows into the lives of those who touch Him in the reality of the living faith of God.
“But we all, with open face
beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the Lord”
2 Corinthians 3:18
The desire to know Him is the only impetus which can bring the mystery of this fellowship to the life of an individual. People who are content with the status quo will never know this vital flow of the Son. It is the story of this woman’s need and desire which caused the touching of Him in reality. Religion is content with things about Him, they who are of the truth are only concerned with the knowing of Him experientially (corporately and individually). Change is the fruit of seeing God. For fellowship with Him brings us to His light and the love of His people. No one can have fellowship with God and walk in darkness.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him,
and declare unto you, that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness,
we lie, and do not the truth”
1 John 1:6
This is from the blog The Voice of One:
“But the soulish person does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone” (1 Cor. 2:14-15).
These verses contrast two types of people: soulish and spiritual. What’s the difference? Some define the soul as a person’s mind, will, and emotions. First Corinthians 15 says, “The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.” The soul is the life we have in ourselves. It could also be called the self-life. It encompasses the mind, will, and emotions inasmuch as those are components through which the self-life is expressed. “Spiritual” refers to the life of Christ, the last Adam.
Just before 1 Corinthians 2:14, Paul says we have received the Spirit of God. The Spirit reveals “What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind” (1 Cor. 2:9-10). So what the soul fails to perceive, the Spirit reveals. The soulish person operates by the self-life, by the thoughts, feelings, and goals of that life. The spiritual person operates by what the Spirit reveals and by the life of Christ.
Sometimes “soulish” is translated “unbeliever” or “natural.” But Paul is not contrasting believers and unbelievers. He is contrasting soulish and spiritual people. First Corinthians 3 begins with Paul telling the Corinthians he could not address them as spiritual. They operated more by the self-life than by Christ within. Paul contrasted soulish and spiritual to show them the difference. He hoped they would learn to live spiritually instead of soulishly. As disciples, we are all learning this to one degree or another.
Paul met with an interesting mix of soulish people in Athens. Many Jews, though believers in God, resisted Paul’s message (Acts 17:17). They could not accept Jesus or that their scriptures and traditions testified of Him (John 5:39). Some of the intellectuals and philosophers in Athens called Paul a babbler (Acts 17:18). Others listened to Paul simply because they enjoyed the novelty of new ideas (Acts 17:21). They didn’t argue or belittle Paul’s message. But they didn’t accept it either. The Christ message was just the flavor of the day.
It is instructive to see the varied reactions of the soulish man. The spiritual messenger can meet everything from persecution to noncommittal interest. Soulish people can be religious–even Christian–or atheistic. Whatever the soulish person’s presentation, the result is the same—he rejects the message and the messenger.
If we are taught by the Spirit, if our mind is being renewed, we should be prepared for soulish reactions. Sometimes, we will be misunderstood, made fun of, discredited, or personally attacked. Or, someone may be politely indifferent. This rejection can come from non-Christians or Christians. The Word who became flesh, who was Message and Messenger, wasn’t received by His own people (John 1:11). The Holy Spirit is merging our experience with Christ’s. There will be times when we and the message we bring are not received.
My prayer for Christians and non-Christians is for the Spirit’s revelation. To the extent we know Jesus and have His mind, we can live spiritually instead of soulishly. Living spiritually is the only way to truly live. Living soulishly isn’t living, really. It’s just not dying (yet).
“The one who loves his soul will lose it, and the one who hates his soul in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25).
Adapted from my booklet, “Despising the Lamb: Contempt for Christ in First Samuel“
The Spiritual Man
Excerpt from coming Book
The Sanctified Ear and the Circumstances of Life
“Elijah and the Fire…”
“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave”
1 Kings 19:11-13
“And after the earthquake a fire…” Elijah, in obedience to God’s word, stood upon the Mount of God and as God passed by he was subjected to various repercussions of God’s movings. Yet this man of God did not respond to any of them “for God was not in them”. We even see fire as a final test for Elijah. In the Spiritual world there are many kinds of fires, none without significance. The Word declares that our God is a consuming fire; this may be the most difficult of all the tests to pass but they that know their God are able to discern the flames of different fires. In the scriptures we read of Nadab and Abihu who offered “strange fire” unto the Lord and died as a consequence.
“And Nadab and Abihu died before the Lord,
when they offered strange fire before the Lord”
This was the offering of a priesthood which knew not the fire of God. They supposed that one fire was as good as the next. It is the same today. Men and women make offerings and engage in strange and unsanctified workings of the flesh and spirit unto God not knowing or considering the horror of such things. As in Elijah’s day, those who know their God will not respond to sensationalism. Many with no discernment in the religious world delight in the offerings of Cain (the work of their hands). Men and women seek to stir up the flesh in ardent activities and programs in an effort to show their fervor for God; but God is not in them. There is so much blindness and callousness in the “Christian” world that there is not even awareness that God will not accept Cain’s offering, or the “strange fire” of the “ministry” of Nadab and Abihu. God withholds His presence and His blessing. In this unbridled atmosphere men become more and more brazen in their attempts to draw people to “their” church or ministry. What many call the “liberty” of the spirit is really the chaos of the flesh and in the seeming silence of God (as in Israel of old) we see the catastrophic introduction of churches which are operated not by the Spirit but by the ways of the corporate world and the introduction of false worldly religions creeping into the very fabric of the Christian landscape. Yet those who will not partake of such things are considered to be legalistic and narrow-minded.
After Elijah stood firm in the midst of the wind, the shaking, and the fire, God spoke to Elijah in “a still small voice”. (In the Hebrew it is better translated “the voice of stillness”). It is to this voice that Elijah responds wrapped in the mantle of His calling. These are those today who know their God and His voice within their hearts. They have been steadfast through the tests of God and have proven themselves faithful unto Him in a day of apostasy and spiritual harlotry. These are people of the sanctified ear. They do not respond to the activities of men. Neither are they are moved by the repercussions and shakings of God’s moving’s in the political, financial and religious worlds. They stand true in the midst of spiritual fads and the empty spiritual winds of overt signs and wonders; and the fires of men’s self-seeking agendas. The sanctified ear brings men and women to the threshold of God’s New Day wherein His Holiness is revealed and the folly of men judged in the fires of God’s anger.
We will soon see the day in which the five foolish virgins and the five wise virgins will be revealed and the tremendous ramifications of both.
“The days are at hand,
and the effect of every vision…”
One’s vision of God and their perception of Him are revealed in the effect it has upon their life. The man with the one talent “perceived” God as hard and austere and therefore hid his talent in the ground. His perception was that God was only interested in his gift not realizing that God expected him to invest his gift into the lives around him and bring an increase to God’s Glory. It is to such that God declares “Thou wicked and slothful servant”. The captain of the armies of Syria who came to Elijah with the “perception” that Elijah would call upon his God and strike the place where he stood and heal him became angry when told to go wash in the river Jordan. Those who “perceive” that God does not care about the condition of His House, who think He is unconcerned with the ways of men, the kingdom building agendas of this day, the unholy living, the loose morals and carelessness with which His people conduct themselves, will be shocked in the Day that is at hand. The effect of such a vision will render them unable to stand in the day of persecution and judgement. The fires of their lamps will grow dim in the waning hours of His return. Woe to those who preach and teach a Gospel of unaccountability for the effect of such things will be devastating and eternal.
It is in such an hour as this that a prophetic people arise and call out unto Him who rules and reigns in the heavens. Not only do they call out to God in the heavens they also speak with authority unto those who love and join themselves to the vanity of religion…
“O ye sons of men,
how long will ye turn my glory into shame?
how long will ye love vanity…”
The sanctified ear is the result of a sanctified heart. Those who walk circumspectly in this time will be kept by the power of God in the day which is about to break.
“And the Lord said unto him,
Go through the midst of the city,
through the midst of Jerusalem,
and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men
that sigh and that cry for all the abominations
that be done in the midst thereof”
While the masses join themselves to the chaos and “religion” of this hour there will be those who know their God and keep themselves “set apart” as virgins betrothed unto God even as they are accused of being legalistic and “out of touch” with the “new ways” of the Spirit. Though Jonathan knew the Kingdom of God belonged to David he could not find it in his heart to separate himself from Saul and perished with him in the judgement of God. God’s word to those who stand faithful in this hour is…
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him”
Donald Trump receiving Jewish prayer shawl (tallit) from Apostle Wayne T. Jackson
This is from the blog Elisha Vision:
Praying for President-elect Trump is an opportunity for me to explain a wider concept of intercessory prayer. Have you heard of prophetic intercession? It is a completely different approach to prayer. A friend and brother recently asked for my thoughts on the subject; and it seems worthy of sharing more widely. Contrast prophetic intercession with what I call “pathetic” intercession. Please don’t whine when you talk to God. Prayer is conversation with God; so be adult about it. He has made certain promises which He expects us to remind Him about, and hold Him to them. Pray with a basis for expecting Him to do what we ask because He said He would.
Praying for the new President and “leader of the free world” is a sobering assignment and is not for the faint of heart. The future of our country, Israel and indeed the world is at stake. So, let’s look at a few simple ideas about prophetic prayer.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2
Prophetic Intercession – a Twelve Step Plan
- Pray into what God has already declared He will do.
- Prayers are answered if you pray what God wants.
- Don’t whine or beg; but agree with God.
- Authority is from above; God’s heart, not your heart. (King David Acts 13:22)
- Pathetic intercession is about what I want (general, all about me).
- Prophetic intercession is targeted (specific, God’s plan). Example: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
May they prosper who love you. Psalm 122:6 This is a prayer God will answer.
- What do you see God doing? Pray into that.
- What do you hear God saying? Pray into that.
- What has God already said and done? Base your request accordingly.
- Requires scriptural foundation.
- Requires hearing the Holy Spirit
- Requires seeing by the Holy Spirit (Elisha and his servant 2 Kings 6): eyes to “see”.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19-21
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists
The Remission of Sins
God, in Christ having paid the price of our sins and remitted them forever from His presence, now proclaims us forgiven and justified in His sight. He now brings us into the workings of His Love, His Truth and His Spirit to complete His full plan of salvation. Having been declared righteous He now begins in earnest to make us His righteousness in truth. The experience of His joy in our hearts and the incomprehensible knowing we are freed from the penalty and the shame of our past sins is the sure sign of His truth in our hearts. However, we soon discover that the declared righteousness, as wonderful as it is, leaves lingering sins and issues. Even though much of the former sins have passed away we inherently recognize the need for a further work of God to complete that which He has begun.
“…being persuaded of this very thing,
that the One having begun a good work in you
will finish it until the day of Jesus Christ”
This is the point at which His people reveal their desire for religion or truth. Voices of the nominal church will tell the young believer to believe the work of God is done; that they have been forgiven and justified so go enjoy life in this world. These voices of reason speak the words of compromise and death. These are the voices of a thief that would rob His people of the truth and power of the Cross to which we have been called. It would steal from us the riches of the promises of God given to those who overcome. If there is no overcoming there will be no reaping of the rewards which God gives to those who live and overcome by faith.
“To him that overcometh
will I give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the paradise of God”
“He that overcometh
shall not be hurt of the second death…”
“To him that overcometh
will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone,
and in the stone a new name written,
which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it”
“And he that overcometh,
and keepeth my works unto the end,
to him will I give power over the nations:
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron;
as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers:
even as I received of my Father.
And I will give him the morning star”
“He that overcometh,
the same shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,
but I will confess his name before my Father,
and before his angels”
“Him that overcometh
will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,
and he shall go no more out:
and I will write upon him the name of my God,
and the name of the city of my God,
which is new Jerusalem,
which cometh down out of heaven from my God:
and I will write upon him my new name”
“To him that overcometh
will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame,
and am set down with my Father in his throne”
These promises are not ours because we were forgiven and justified; they are for those who overcome! These promises are to those who refuse to compromise with the enemies of their own hearts. These promises are to those who desire the true righteousness which is ours by the power of the faith, life and truth of Jesus beating in our hearts. These ones know the truth of “working out their own salvation”; not by the works of the law but because it is God who is at work in their hearts.
“Wherefore, my beloved,
as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only,
but now much more in my absence,
work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you
both to will and to do of his good pleasure”
Our working out of this great salvation is the result of God working in. This is not religious works but the works of faith. Faith cannot exist within an individual without producing these works. They who do little have little faith.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead,
so faith without works is dead also”
The voices of compromise and of a lukewarm spirit will cry out Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast”
What they fail to quote is the verse that follows…
“For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them”
The working out of God’s salvation as a result of His working in brings us to the knowing this one thing: We are not saved by works; we are saved unto good works. Those good works are revealed in overcoming the obstacles of our hearts, our weaknesses, our thinking, and the lusts of this world, the pride of life and the accuser of the brethren. These are the works and victory of His faith in us.
Our part in the remission of sins is summed up in this scripture.
“John did baptize in the wilderness,
and preach the baptism of repentance
for* (unto) the remission of sins”
While much of the church would preach and believe in the remission of sins on God’s part, few would dare to preach or believe we are called to walk out the remission of sins in our own lives. We are to co-operate with God’s work of salvation in our lives. We also are called to “send away from ourselves” our sins. John the Baptist preached the baptism of repentance in which people would be convicted and brought by the power of the Holy Spirit to the place of repentance. Repentance is the power of God at work in lives to “turn” from their sins. John preached this repentance unto the remission of sins. This is the preaching of the Gospel whereby people are convicted in their minds of the horror and bondage their sins have brought upon them and in that sorrow they find in God divine enablement to remiss (turn away, send away) their own live sins. It is here we discover the power of God’s salvation working within the hearts of men to bring them to the point of action: the turning away from sin. How the truth and power of the Gospel has been polluted! It is here, by grace, we enter into a covenant with God. It is a covenant that He instituted by the death of His Son through the shedding of His Own Blood. How can we linger in sin any longer?
“What then? shall we sin,
because we are not under the law,
but under grace?
God forbid that we should compromise with sin because we are under grace. God forbid that the battle of faith within my own life should cease until everything within my heart is brought under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.