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How Black Lives Matter in the Kingdom of God – From IHOP-KC

I had to share this article here below, its long but worth reading the whole thing. The anger and condescension that I am seeing from Christians and disrespect towards other races cannot be pleasing to the Lord I don’t think.  Liberal-bashing is not a Christian practice.  Neither is Trump-supporter bashing.

I believe the Lord is doing something in America with politics.  He is shaking us and testing our foundation, our stability, our heart connect.  He is using the current climate to see which Kingdom we are of, and testing our compassion.  There are attitudes Americans have about race that he wants to bring into alignment with His attitudes.  We know there are places where liberal politics are not aligned with Christianity.  And yes the Lord is highlighting that are actually places where conservative politics are not aligned with Christianity.  The issues of Race, refugees, Muslims, and black lives matter are being used to test us around compassion.  How susceptible have we been to the Republican gospel in the fault lines where it did align with what the Lord was saying?  How often did we ask?

Some say we would have had Black lives matter a long time ago if we had camera phones back then.  That said many police officers risk their lives and are quite noble and unprejudiced.

We must move from Republican minded to Kingdom minded and turn off the memes and news stories and articles that rile us up and begin to hear the Lord around the heart of compassion.  It’s going to get a lot worse, it’s the hour for the Church to Shine in the Darkness!!

How Black Lives Matter in the Kingdom of God – From IHOP-KC

by David Sliker

This is not an easy article for me to write.

It should be easy, shouldn’t it? Really, the facts of the matter are plain. The passion of Christ for black lives is not difficult to discern in the scriptures. The blood of a Jewish Man was spilt for everyone in every tribe, tongue, and nation on the earth, in every generation. He paid so much—a deeply personal cost—for the privilege of fellowshipping with black men and women in unity and joy for all eternity. If this is about the worth Continue reading

Antichrist’s Political Aggression

First Seal: The Antichrist’s Political Aggression

Preface: The first seal is quite an interesting study.  Now I have been drawing strongly here from Mike Bickle’s Study of the Seals Trumpets and Bowls. A strictly scholastic approach won’t work here, that usually ends with people making it mean something less offensive or symbolizing it away. I want to lean on the teachers of the body throughout the centuries, but also seek His guidance. The Lord will give revelation and understanding to those who ask for it, especially as we get nearer to His Return. There are many interpretations of the book of Revelation, but only one Holy Spirit. I have sought to ask Jesus what His plans are, more than read into the book a denominational view. Even as you read this, you want to keep asking for the Spirit of Truth to guide you into truth, even beyond the page here.

First Seal: The Antichrist’s Political Aggression

  1. And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Rev. 6:2)

The first seal is unique because it signals the beginning of the final three and a half years. This is after the first 3 1/2 years of false peace. After the time of false peace there are the 7 Seals, the 7 Trumpets, the Rapture and then the 7 bowls.

The first seal is the release of the Antichrist as a political leader on the worldwide stage with authority. The Antichrist begins as a regional, political leader who is not taken seriously by many other leaders around the world. They do not know who he is. He knows who he is, but they do not. He is a regional leader.

He puts together a series of covenants and peace treaties among the nations creating false peace. That is one of the key events that thrust him onto the world stage. It is more than that, but that is the beginning of the events that put him on the world stage.

When he comes on the world stage at the first seal, then it signals the final three and a half years before Jesus appears in the sky to rapture the Church, establish His throne in Jerusalem, and take over all the nations. When the first seal is released and the Antichrist takes a world stage, it signifies the last three and a half years. It is forty-two months, the Bible says, until the Lord’s appearing in the sky, landing on the earth to take over the earth.

A CHANGE IN PRAYER TYPE

The prayer life of the Church changes focus starting with the first Seal. Right now the way that we pray is, we see sin in the nations, and we ask God to shine His light on the sin and change it.

It is a positive prayer. We say, “Lord, stop the sin. Shine Your light. Change the situation. Send revival.” That prayer for the release of light and glory releases light and glory (but side note, it also usually releases judgment on darkness).

We do not pray that way; we pray for light to touch where darkness is, and judgment is the byproduct of it. When there is a final decision for darkness, when the hearts are reprobate (that is a fancy word for when they have made a decision for darkness), there is no turning back. That is the key issue. This begins at the final three and a half years, at the first seal.

PARTNERING WITH THE LORD IN RELEASING HIS JUDGMENTS

From the first seal to the second coming, people take the mark of the beast and they make decisions of which they cannot reverse. Their conscience is fully seared. The mark is complete agreement with the man of sin and is a statement of worshiping him as God. Our prayers then go from, “Lord send light,” to “Lord, release your judgment on the reprobate.” Because this empire will be oppressing all who resist it. And because they will be in places in the government where it is clear that there is no possible repentance for them. We do pray specifically for judgments in very rare situations today if the Lord revealed it and confirmed it by a prophetic word.

But I do not know of many prophetic words that I would have confidence in today if someone said, “Hey, the Lord told me to pray for judgment against this or that.” There are not too many situations I would have confidence in. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the prophets of old, the Lord actually visited them for that kind of thing. It is rare. It is unique, but it is a Biblical reality.

That is not the rule of how we pray today. We do not pray for the release of judgments today. We pray for the release of light that causes judgment, but it is in God’s hands with the judgments. We do not know. We are not asking for the judgment in specific ways. From the time of the first seal to the second coming, we have clarity and confidence to pray for judgment. Moses had confidence to call down judgment on Pharaoh, the church will have confidence in the face of horrible oppression of the Antichrist’s world empire.

THE FIRST JUDGMENT IS THE RELEASE OF THE ANTICHRIST

It is interesting. The first judgment that is released is the release of the Antichrist. It is the Antichrist judging the Harlot Babylon of Revelation 17 who has been murdering the saints for some years before this point. This is actually a positive thing, in a way. The release of the Antichrist is actually in part a fruit of the prayers of the saints against Babylon. God raises up an evil force to judge Babylon and all the nations that are aligned with her.

Then, our prayer focus shifts after that to praying against the Antichrist himself. That is a point of introduction to make the point that from the first seal to the second coming—the final three and a half years — the prayer focus of the Church shifts in a dramatic way.   We know that when light is released, it does bring judgment to darkness. But as a rule, the Church does not have the details, even prophetically, of how that is going to happen.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE SEALS, TRUMPETS, AND BOWLS

A. The structure of the seven seals, seven trumpets, the seven bowls. That is called the three judgment series. It is three series that brings judgment with seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls. These three judgment series, they are structured in a similar way, all three of them.

The first four events belong together. Then the next two go together. Then the final event stands alone. Knowing this helps us understand the interpretation of the judgment events.

DISTINCTION ON SEALS

B. The first four seals are distinct from the next two, which are separate from the last one. The similarities are a horse with a distinct color (white, red, black, pale).

The four horses parallel the color of the horses (red, black, white, dappled) seen by Zechariah (Zech. 1:8-11; 6:1-8).

As we look at the seals here in Revelation 6, the first four seals are clearly distinct from the next two, which are very distinct from the final one. The first four seals, they have a similarity—quite a few similarities. Number one: there is a horse with a distinct color. There is a rider on the horse, and that rider is released by a decree from one of the living creatures. The result is judgment. All four of them have those similarities. Which is very different than the next two seals, the fifth and the sixth ones.

GOD LIFTING HIS RESTRAINING HAND OFF EVIL MEN

The judgment of the seals is actually God lifting His restraining hand off of evil people. There is much blessing happening in the earth today because God is restraining the evil in people’s lives, hearts, and governments. There is a lot of evil happening, but God is restraining much evil.

The great judgment of the seals is God letting human beings have what they want. They want sin. He says, “I will take My hand off, and I will let you have that which you are pursuing and you will find it, it will judge you.”

He takes His hands off of human beings in a certain way. He is still in control, but He lets sinful people let their fill of sinful people. Then they find what they do is they destroy each other.

In the seals God takes His restraint off the human realm. In the trumpets, He takes His restraint off the demonic realm. In the bowls, He takes His restraint off His judgments. His judgments are fully released in the bowls.

In the seals, humans are released fully to do their will. In the trumpets, demons are released fully. In the bowls, God’s wrath is fully released upon the earth.

There is an element of restraint being lifted in each one of these judgment series. Again, I am making the point of how the first four go together. I am going to apply that point below (the first four seals).

FIRST FOUR SEAL JUDGMENTS INVOLVE NATURAL ACTIONS ON EARTH
They all involve natural actions of events that occur on the earth. Whereas the fifth, sixth, and seventh seals involve supernatural actions with events occurring in the heavens, or in the sky, or in the heavenly realm—whether the sky or around the throne, etc.

The seal judgments are actually the raising up of the Antichrist. It is a judgment against the harlot Babylon religion that will have existed for some years.

We do not know how long the harlot Babylon exists in a formal way that has power to kill the saints. The harlot Babylon will not only be a religious system; it will actually have the political ability to kill the saints.

That is what it states in Revelation 17:6. It states the harlot Babylon (this religion) will be drunk with the blood of the saints. They will have the political, legislative ability to kill saints who they see as a threat to world peace.

The activity of the harlot Babylon religion is the first big thing that is going to happen before the Antichrist appears. This world religion will require that religions of the world will join it.

The Harlot will be an actual, official organization which will be much more in-depth than the world council of churches. I have heard people over the years say that, that is it or that the Catholic Church is it. “A Woman rides the Beast” is a popular book on that. No, it is far bigger than that. It is far bigger than the Catholic Church. It is far bigger than apostate Protestantism. It is far bigger than anything. It is an entity that has never existed in this magnitude. That is what it emerging in the earth right now.

That will occur before the Antichrist. As a matter of fact, the Antichrist is used by God to judge this evil system. Then God judges the Antichrist afterwards.

GOD USES EVIL MEN AS HIS INSTRUMENTS TO JUDGE EVIL MEN

It is a fact of Scripture; it is always surprising to our natural mind that God will use evil men as His instruments to judge evil men. That happens all through the Bible. But when we encounter it, it often surprises us. If we take a step back, look at the Scripture, it is a principle of Scripture that God uses evil men, even evil nations. He actually empowers them and allows them to have resources in an unusual way to judge other evil men or other evil nations. Then God judges the one He used to judge the other. That is a pattern of Scripture.

THE SEAL JUDGMENTS TARGET NATIONS THAT ALIGN WITH HARLOT BABYLON


The seal judgments will target the nations that align themselves with this harlot Babylon religion. Many nations, many kings will line up and align themselves in a very practical and real way—not just in a casual way, at a distance with endorsements. They will be involved in a real way. Biblically, we do not fully know the details, but they will be. Religion is going to take the center stage on a global level. People are saying the nations are going to become more secular. Actually the truth is the nations are going to become more immoral but more spiritual. Instead of becoming more secular, the Bible makes it clear that the nations are actually going to become more spiritual, meaning spiritually aware, sensitive, but in a dark way. It will actually

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Understanding the Book of Revelation pt 1

Important!

The Book of Revelation is called the revelation of Jesus because it reveals first the majesty of His heart, power, and leadership in His plan to transition history to the age-to-come.

This revelation will sustain our hearts in the deep darkness of end-times before the rapture, as we ask the Father for revelation on this.  The descriptions of the beauty of Jesus are given to fascinate the church in a time when temptation and lust and demonic distraction is at an all time high.  We must discipline ourselves in seek the Holy Spirit to escort us with revelation on the Word.  He wants to fascinate our hearts and we can’t get there without Him.  The issue is that hunger and persistence are the only way forward into this fascination.  Journal revelation and meditate slowly.  Long and loving meditation is the way in, at ihop we are focused on singing these truths, as that is how Paul said the Word will dwell in us richly (Col 3:1,16).  (Jesus asked that we seek to have His word abiding in us, Paul tells us how.)

REVELATION 1

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him (Jesus) to show His servants–things which must shortly take place. He sent and signified it by His angel to…John… (Rev. 1:1)

Much of the bible is veiled, so that we would take the Scriptures to God and not be wise in our own understanding.  Sadly most commentators have missed this and this is why there is such division as to how things should be interpreted.  The prayer movement has an advantage in this, as they call the body to seeking God with fasting for revelation and understanding a virtue (Eph 1:17, Matt 9:14-16.).

Revelation is secondarily a prayer manual detailing events in the End Times to purify the church, bring in the harvest, and to replace all the evil governments on the earth as He drives Satan off the planet.

But God’s purpose in this book is meant first to reveal Jesus as the Man behind the plan.  He gives us this revelation of Him to sustain our hearts, through tribulation, if we would but take these Scriptures to God and mediate on them, sing them and keep asking for revelation on them, journaling that which the Spirit tells us.  1 Cor 2:10 talks about the Spirit searching the deep things of God, so that the Spirit can reveal them to the one who is asking, seeking, and knocking.

Each Scripture is an invitation to an experience in the knowledge of God.

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EIGHTEEN DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 1 WITH COMMENTARY

A. Jesus is the First and the Last: humanity. He is the first to be raised from the dead and the first in authority (Col. 1:15, 18; Rev. 5:12). This is the title Jesus used most (Rev. 1:11, 17; 2:8; 22:13).

He spoke it in the context of His death and resurrection, calling us to resist fear of martyrdom.

8 These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life … 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer … be faithful until death. (Rev. 2:8-10)

15 He is…the firstborn over all creation… 18 He is the head of the body…who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Col. 1:15-18)

B. Alpha and Omega: deity with absolute completeness in wisdom and love. The Greek alphabet started with “alpha” and ended with “omega.” The common phrase “Alpha and Omega” means the first and last letters, including all the letters in between to indicate completeness.

1. This title sets forth Jesus as the sovereign Lord over everything that takes place in the entire course of history. Jesus established an eternal plan for us in which nothing is missing. His Bride has all the elements necessary for eternal love, joy, peace, and fascination without sin yet retaining a free will. The government is right, the human dynamics are right, and eternal rewards are right in varying measure according to love, yet there is no jealousy—only gratitude in God’s partnership with people forever.

2. Because of His wise leadership we will live forever with awestruck affectionate gratitude.

C. Voice like a trumpet: witness who faithfully warns the people of coming judgment. He is the Faithful and True Witness telling us the truth (Rev. 1:5; 3:14).

6 If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned … [their] blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezek. 33:6)

D. Son of Man: the God-man who rules all nations as the King of kings, seen in Daniel 7:13-14.

13 Behold, One like the Son of Man … came to the Ancient of Days … 14 Then to Him was given dominion … that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away. (Dan. 7:13-14)

E. Garment down to His feet: by wearing the robe of the high priest, Jesus shows Himself as the sympathetic High Priest who made a way for us to live in God’s presence.

19 Having boldness to enter the Holiest … 20 by a new and living way … through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest … 22 let us draw near. (Heb. 10:19-22)

14 We have a great High Priest … Jesus the Son of God … 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:14-16)

F. Girded about the chest with a golden band: breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 25:7; Lev. 16:4)

G. Head and hair white like wool, as white as snow: the Ancient of Days has white hair (Dan 7:9).

Jesus’ eternal preexistence was with pure, perfect wisdom and dignity (Lev. 19:32; Prov. 16:31).

9 The Ancient of Days was seated … the hair of His head was like pure wool. (Dan. 7:9)

H. Holding the seven stars in His right hand: Jesus holds the seven stars (apostolic leaders) as His promise to anoint, direct, and protect them. He is tender towards us when we feel inadequate or like a failure. Jesus holds His leaders as He helps us to do that which He entrusts to us.

I. Walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: manifest power with consequences because of His goodness and holiness. He walks in the midst of the candlesticks (church; Rev. 1:20) in His deep involvement with us. He walks with us, aware of our needs, frailty, and pressures.

3 I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way. (Ex. 33:3)

J. Eyes like a flame of fire: His knowledge searches and penetrates all things as fire penetrates metal. He is fully God, with eyes like fire to impart holy love and remove all that hinders love.  He has eyes of love and zeal for His people as a Bridegroom. He imparts love and holiness.

18 The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass …  23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. (Rev. 2:18-23)

K. Feet like fine brass: judgment of sin. His feet are like fine brass and judge all His enemies. His commitment is as a mighty warrior to trample over Jezebel in victory. He will bring all His enemies under His feet (Ps. 110).

L. Voice as the sound of many waters: powerful, as in Gen. 1, and directs the armies of heaven.

11 The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great. (Joel 2:11)

M. Sharp two-edged sword coming out of His mouth: releases the Holy Spirit and judgment. He has zeal to fight for us against all that opposes us with the sword of His mouth. The breath of Jesus’ mouth is another way of expressing the power of His words.

17 The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:17)

15 Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. (Rev. 19:15)

N. He who lives: He came back to life. He has power over death and gives eternal life. He was “dead and came to life” after He experienced the suffering of a cruel death. He understands our humanity and suffering and possesses power over death, knowing the way to victory. Our view of death is different from Jesus’ because He is rooted in eternity.

O. Countenance like the sun: exhilarates His Church and is a weapon against His enemies, since it is impossible to look directly into the sun. He is the Morning Star that fills us with brightness.

8 Then the lawless one [Antichrist] will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (2 Thes. 2:8)

P. Keys of the kingdom: authority over Hades and Death, and key of David to establish the kingdom. He has the key of David to open and shut all necessary doors.

n Rev. chapters 1-3, John reports one visionary experience which highlights 30 specific descriptions of Jesus’ personality and ministry. This passage gives us the clearest picture of Him in Scripture. If we read it with the right perspective it inspires us to adore Jesus and trust His leadership. There are nearly 100 descriptions of Jesus in Revelation (especially see Rev. 1-3; 14-15; 19; 22).

Jesus is initially seen as a loving priest, righteous prophet, and warring king who judges all that hinders love in Rev. 1. However, as the book unfolds, He is presented as our Bridegroom, King, and Judge in Rev. 19-22. Jesus is shown as fully God and fully man as He openly manifests His love, power, and wisdom before all the nations.

Now these are just phrases, but at Ihop, i have heard an amazing worship set done on just one phrase!  You’re maybe heard “the firstborn from the dead” one that is popular, but I heard audra lynn’s team do 30 mins on “Voice like rushing waters.”  Click on archives/image on the right to see such worship with the word.  Deep calls unto deep, one verse in revelation corresponds with many other verses and the Holy Spirit can take you ‘into’ the reality of a verse and teach you on it.  Singing the Word to Him, opens up your heart like nothing else does.  Fasting intensifies this.  

 

Everything about Jesus’ appearance, apparel, and actions are very intentional with the purpose of communicating a message to His people.

A. We can only understand these truths about Jesus in Rev. 1-3 by seeing them in the context of eternity. We can endure persecution and understand His judgments with an eternal perspective. If we are anchored only with a temporal perspective, then His judgments seem to contradict love.

B. In Rev. 1, John is commissioned to prophesy by seeing these aspects of Jesus’ majesty. These truths will prepare the Church and form the way we prophesy about the End Times. With these insights we can avoid prophesying with a wrong spirit. We must speak with confidence, boldness and tender love without anger, fear, cynicism or timidity so that we impart a right spirit to others.

C. We must search out these truths which will produce love, humility and the fear of the Lord in us. These truths will exhilarate us with love, stir our faith, and empower us with righteousness.

D. The theme of Revelation is Jesus’ Second Coming (Rev. 1:7). It is set forth with three primary emphases: what Jesus wants us to know about His personality and ministry (Rev. 1), how He wants us to dwell together as the Church (Rev. 2-3), and what His end-time plan is (Rev. 6-22).

E. Rev. 2-3 describes how we are to live before Him. It describes how the saints dwell together on His terms, so we can mature in faith that we may fully release His power. We must build our ministry on these insights.

F. Hearing someone teach the Scripture can be compared to reading a menu that stirs our appetite. We do not fully feed on the Word by hearing someone teach. We may be inspired in our faith, but we actually feed our spirit as truth becomes part of our prayer language with God. In other words, we are not really fed until truth enters into our dialogue with God in our private life.

G. The goal of this message is to draw attention to the 30 specific truths of Jesus, in order to stir your faith, so that you may feed on them in your private prayer life for many years.

 

 

 

VI. SIX DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 2-3 (NOT MENTIONED IN REV. 1)

A. Son of God (Rev. 2:18): He has all power as the eternal, omnipotent God.

6 Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (Rev. 19:6)

B. Has the seven Spirits of God (Rev. 3:1): Jesus has authority to release the diverse ministries of the Spirit to equip and revive us.

C. Jesus is holy (Rev. 3:7): two primary applications: His holiness as a man and as God. As a man, Jesus lived set apart fully to obey the Father. He understands what it means to walk out costly commitments among sinful people. He is sympathetic (Heb. 4:15). As God, He is transcendent (wholly “other than”), or infinitely superior to all. He is worth whatever it costs to obey Him.

8 He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Heb. 5:8)

D. Jesus is true (Rev. 3:7): reliable in giving extravagant promises. They seem too good to be true, but He is faithful to follow through with us, for His promises are sure.

E. The Amen (Rev. 3:14): He requires agreement with us as the way to finish what He started in us.

F. Jesus is the Beginning of the creation of God (Rev. 3:14): He is first in cause and authority. The power and authority over all creation “begins” with Him (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Rev. 1:8; 21:6).


Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Prayer

Many are awakening to the love of prayer, and are seeking to connect with God in a deeper way.  Seeking to experience the Holy Spirit is a biblical, tangible reality.

In John 5 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees; He says, “You do not have His word abiding in you, because [Him] whom He sent, Him you do not believe”   The Father sent Jesus, but they don’t believe Him. Why? Because they don’t have His word abiding in them.

  • Verse 39 is when it began to really become clear. He says, “You study the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are those which testify of Me. You are unwilling to come to Me that you might have life (Jn. 5:38).
  • Often we as believers confuse the value of bible understanding we get. We confuse its value, thinking, “It’s complete; it’s enough to have this.”  Yes, it’s valuable to understand the passage, but it’s incomplete, but often you end up with leaders who have head knowledge, but they don’t interact in a fresh way with the Living Son of God, by the Spirit.
  • I read that verse once and I was shocked, I said, “That’s what I do.  I’m searching”—you can also use the word ‘studying’—“the Scriptures. I’m engaging my mind. I thought that through Bible study I would experience life. That was the same problem the Pharisees were having; but here’s the key phrase, in verse 40: “But you are not willing to come to Me that you might have life” (Jn. 5:40).

    What came to my thinking the first time I saw this, changed me forever, it is that you can do Bible study all day long, but if you don’t take the Word to Jesus with a hungry heart, you don’t experience life. It hit me like a arrow, that I wasn’t coming to Him in this way. “You’re not dialoguing with Me. You’re not interacting with Me in your searching of the Scriptures.”  The written word must take us to the Living Word, this is the way to the life and food of the Word..

    So from that point on, I began to try and have a running dialogue with Jesus as I read the Scriptures.  Each passage is a door to knock on and ask Jesus for the Eph 1:17 spirit of Revelation.  The bible never says to read it in a year, but it says over and over to meditate on it.  A verse can be made a prayer quite easy.

  • The implanted Word delivers our soul from bondage to filthiness. 21 Lay aside all filthiness…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save (supernaturally deliver) your souls. (Jas 1:21)   7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…ask…and it shall done. (Jn. 15:7)

  • There are three components necessary for the power of the Word to live in us. First, we use our choice to pursue God with a spirit of obedience, faith (confidence He answers) and loving devotion. Second, we feed our heart continually on the Word (implant it in our heart) through mediation. Third, we need the activity of the Spirit to turn meditation into living revelation (turn water into wine, Jn. 2) to save or deliver us from sinful desires.  We must fellowship with the Holy Spirit by talking to Him.   Summary of the three components: we must obey God, feed on the Word and talk to the Spirit.

  • The bible highlights two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our innerman.  The Spirit flows from our “innermost man,” its where the Holy Spirit lives in us if we are born again.  We know from Scripture that He dwells in our innermost man (John 7:38), but we only experience Him in the innerman.  The innerman contains our mind will and emotions (Eph 3:16) We turn the attention of our soul to the Spirit in our spirit to grow in the deep things of God.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • Meditation must be made prayer to enter the heart.  Christianity is relationship with the Man Jesus, we are sanctified and transformed by beholding Him, via the Word and Spirit.  Paul reveals here, that Scripture verses aren’t too just be figured out by the mind, but require the Holy Spirit to impact the heart, we want living understanding.  It takes God to get God.

38 If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believes on me, the way the Scriptures say,  From his innermost being (belly, KJV) will flow rivers of living water.  (Jn. 7:38 NAS)

  • By believing the Scriptures with authentic faith, we will connect with God and experience the Holy Spirit.  This experience Jesus likens to drinking from rivers of living water.  I’m going to talk about some very powerful activities that have been highlighted as a focus in the prayer movement.   Its easy to slip from the discipline of pursuing God, we must resolve to go after loving Him with all of our heart.  Getting the Word alive in your heart takes time and focus, it must become your main priority, and you must resist activity and speech that hinders it.  If we will commit to agressively feed our heart on the Love of God, we will take spiritual ground and be anointed by the Spirit to love God in yet greater ways.  If we are not agressively taking new ground, we will lose the ground we have, in stagnation.
The Mind Mouth Heart Method
Reading Scriptures gets them in our mind, and we need to love God with all of our mind, but speaking them over ourselves and speaking them to God, gets them in our heart.  John 15:7 reveals that if His words abide in you, you will have greater authority in prayer and see more answers.
4 ways to go Deeper-

1) Pray-Read Scripture to God (thanking Him, asking for revelation or power to obey).

  • Jesus said “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)   Scriptures will impact us when we pray them directly, not just thinking about them or studying them.  We when meet with Jesus, the Scriptures are our anointed conversation material.  “We let the written word take us to the Living Word, Jesus.”
  • So depending on the verse, we can thank God for the truth in it, and then ask for revelation on the verse, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful to transform us and renew our mind as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man enabling us to abide in God/Christ to dwells within us (Eph 3;16-19).  We renew our mind (Col 3:10) and walk as a new creation.
  • So with a verse like 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) We would pray, Thank you Holy Spirit that you teach me, I ask for revelation on what it truly means for you to teach me, and help me to understand you leadings.  Or John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, I love you.  We would pray, Jesus thank you for this love, strengthen me with might (Eph 3:16) to experience this love.  I ask for greater revelation of this love.  And we would worship and journal revelation.
  • Continually asking for revelation is so powerful, we grow in revelation.  Each Scripture is like a door we knock on, as God is inviting us into encounter, in the Knowledge of God.
  • The Holy Spirit is with us to teach us, like Jesus taught His disciples.  We must lean not on our own understanding, but seek God.  It helps to ask for the Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlightening of the spiritual eyes.
  • 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26)
  • 13 The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13)
  • 27 The anointing…abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

2) Sing the Scriptures to Him

  • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:18-19 Niv)
  • I believe Eph 5:18-19 is being emphasized by many Spirit-led ministries, as the way to be filled with the Spirit.  The verse says we should not answer the longing of our hearts with drunkenness, but rather be filled with the Spirit, by Singing to Jesus the Scriptures. I believe this is one of the most important verses in the bible about prayer.   This message of singing the Word is being spread all over the world through the prayer movement, and it needs to be a part of our prayer life.  God created the human heart so that singing opens the heart in a way that nothing else does.  Singing the Word is the main biblical prescription, the premier way, to be filled with the Spirit and set on fire for God.  Jesus was the Living Word before He became a man, and now we encounter Him by singing and praying/dialoguing the written word.  So we let the written word take us to the Living Word.  But we must grow our hearts in praying the Word.
  • “Biblical ideas that you sing are ideas that you own.” They become yours.
    Premiere means to get the scripture deep in us: sing it, pray it, and not to the air, but to Him. Often.
    Is there anything as satisfying and powerful as singing about the details of Jesus, and declaring to Him that He is beautiful?
  • To pray consistently, pray the scriptures. The word of God is the “chariot” the Holy Spirit rides on best in our lives and heart.
    To pray consistently, sing the scriptures. Singing unlocks the heart, causes truth to go deeper, and makes prayer enjoyable.
    Sing the word of God until you feel something on the inside move. Then sing more.
    To study the word and comprehend it is transforming; to then pray it and sing it – consuming.
    Prayer & the corresponding power of the Holy Spirit makes the heart fertile soil for the seed of the word to flourish.
  • Click on the picture on the top right to see an archived worship with the Word set, with us at Ihop-kc, a 24-7 worship and intercession ministry.
  • When we stand before God on Judgment Day, He is not going to ask us how big of house did we get, or how big did we make our bank account, but how big did our heart get by experiencing His love and revelation (1st commandment.)

3) Fast

  • Fasting does not ‘earn’ us more of God.  It does increase our capacity to experience the Holy Spirit, and accelerate the process of communing prayer.  I have found fasting on water, 1 day a week, to be unparallelled in terms of its impact on my experiencing of God.  I am calling fiery believers to fast at least one day a week.  The benefits are tremendous in fasting two days a week, but let desire for God drive your fasting, not commands or religious spirit.
  • This depth of fasting is well within the reach of most people.  But we desperately need more revelation of Jesus as our Bridegroom who has burning desire for us and fiery affections toward us.  As we live in the truth of the bridal paradigm, we fast because we long for Jesus.  Jesus told the Pharisees the day would come when the Bridegroom would be taken away from the disciples, and then they would fast out of longing for Him (Matt. 9:15).  When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His death and resurrection, He was taken away in the sense indicated in this Scripture.  The Bride of Christ is meant to long for His return, His Second Coming, and fasting is one way we express this longing.
  • By knowing Jesus as our Bridegroom and seeing ourselves as His Bride, we will become energized with a spirit of prayer and filled with courage to live lives abandoned to God in holiness. Only then will fasting seem appropriate, reasonable or Continue reading

Word for 2013

The coming days will bring greater dimensions of darkness in the world; yet our hope is for the appearing of God’s weighty Presence.

My daughter-in-law is preparing to give birth to my grandson, Isaac. It was prophesied before his conception that his birth would be a prophetic sign for our ministry and mark timing for the Body at large. I do believe something is about to arrive and the dawning of a new day is imminent. The child of covenant and promise is about to be birthed.

Even so, I find myself in this spiritual dilemma; I’ve seen the great needs of our generation, yet I’m being compelled by the Spirit to pull aside and “wait on God.” Presently, I have been required to remain at home for a season. I am daily spending hours in prayer, meditating on God’s Word and waiting upon the Spirit. There is something of vital importance that we must obtain in this season that is essential to move forward. Perhaps you are in a similar place.

 

The Open Door

As emphasized in Revelation 3:20, the Lord stands at the door and knocks and to him who hears and opens the door to his heart, the Lord will dine with him. This is an individual commission and requires an individual response. On the other side of the “open door” we will find Living Word revelation vital for this season and the Heavenly blueprint.

The fullness of the ministry model God has ordained to respond to the great needs and challenges of the 21st Century is not presently on the earth. It is something that we must obtain from behind the veil in the unseen realm. It is the hidden manna reserved and set apart for this generation that will equip the Bride of Christ without spot or wrinkle and empower her for the harvest.

Hebrews 8:4-5 tells us how Moses discovered the Heavenly pattern for his generation:

Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “SEE,” He says, “THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.”

It seems that oftentimes Moses was required at the most inopportune time to pull aside and ascend the mountain of God to receive insight, instruction and empowerment. It was on the mountain that Moses obtained the heavenly pattern for the Tabernacle and God’s ordained order of worship. So it is today.

 

Lessons Learned

Great value is placed upon learning from our past mistakes. In the prior generation many distinguished leaders found themselves captured by doing things for God and unknowingly lost their sensitivity to the voice of His Spirit. It is imperative that we guard against doing so much for God, when our invitation is to do things with Him. Even so, that is in no way an endorsement on complacency.

Our highest purpose is to have relationship with Him. Intimacy with the Lord is the essence of our design in Creation and the highest purpose in the restoration of all things. To walk with God in the “cool of the day,” is still our foremost aspiration. It is in that place of “union” that we are empowered to influence our culture and manifest His Kingdom.

The earth is entering into a season of travail. World systems will be powerless in responding to the needs that are about to be present in the earth. Even those obtaining revelation through spirits of divination are prognosticating essentially the same thing. Only when anointed with the Holy Spirit can the Church impart wisdom and revelation that will provide genuine light in this dark generation!

The day is fast approaching when the prophetic ministry of the Church, through the spirit and power of Elijah resting upon a company of people, will once again encounter the “prophets of Baal” in a Mount Carmel showdown. We must contend for that higher standard.

When the genuine is present, it makes the counterfeit appear all the more perverted. The Church should not fear to take the prophetic gospel to the marketplace where our enemy is presently attempting – often successfully – to dominate. This generation is desperate for authentic spiritual representation from the Kingdom of Light.

In another Old Testament example, the 400 prophets of Ahab each received spiritual revelation containing measures of truth, yet the origin was a deceiving spirit the Lord allowed because of Ahab’s unrighteous leadership. A true prophet of God, Micaiah, was then summoned and was able to soar above the deceiving spirit and receive a true revelation from God’s heart (1 Kings 22:1-28).

Spiritual discernment and a good foundation in truth clearly identify false revelation, thereby motivating the Believer to press in all the more earnestly to receive the genuine. The Spirit of Truth will render the false spirits of revelation powerless, as with Paul, Elijah, and other loyal servants of the Lord. Instead of their prophecies bringing numbness to us, those with the true revelatory mantle will precipitate immobility and disarray in the camp of the enemy. Light dispels darkness.

 

David’s Example

Although David’s destiny was one of greatness and divine favor, he was required to endure times of separation and hardship before being released into the fullness of his calling. It was during these difficult times that character was being forged to prepare him for being a king. Decisions he made in the wilderness helped formulate the pattern of David’s life when he ascended to the throne.

A similar situation has occurred for many in the Church. It appears our enemies are prevailing, despite great promises given to us by the Holy Spirit. However, it is during times of disappointment and hardship that divine character is formed in us; we are purged and purified from our own carnal plans and agendas and equipped to faithfully accommodate the anointing. Righteous decisions that are made during these dry intervals will reap immeasurable dividends throughout the coming seasons of great prosperity that we are transitioning into.

While experiencing the baptism of trials, it is challenging to wait upon the Lord for His perfect timing in releasing all His promises to us. Like David, we cry out to the Lord, “How long must we endure these difficult and trying times?” Patiently, the Lord admonishes us to “be still” and wait for the completion of His sanctifying work of grace within us, allowing the full release of His anointing through us.

However, our tendency during these times is to “do something.” So we often misinterpret ministry activity as “doing the will of the Father” and confuse endless motion with progress. In Matthew 7, Jesus describes many who were involved in ministry but their eternal destiny was outer darkness.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven. Matthew 7:21

In doing the Father’s will, we access the Kingdom of Heaven and find favor and grace during times of need. In the Scripture, one of the Hebrew terms translated as “salvation” is yeshuash, which denotes deliverance, welfare, prosperity, and victory. Its unique application bespeaks deliverance from present troubles and the assurance that the Lord is aware of our condition and will intervene on our behalf. He assures us, saying:

‘I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Our Savior’s plans for us are for welfare and prosperity, not calamity. However, wilderness experiences are allowed to establish godly character in us and to allow us to sow seeds of righteousness that will reap bountiful harvests in the seasons ahead. We must pray with the same assurance as David, despite the external circumstances and trustingly realize that the Lord is faithful to His promises. Not one of His promises has ever failed in all of history.

 

Beholding God’s Beauty

After years of walking with the Lord, David gave expression to his heart’s longing. He had ultimately concluded there was only one thing he truly desired and one thing that would fully satisfy the purpose of his life: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life and to behold the beauty of the Lord and meditate in His Temple (Psalm 27:4).

David’s passion was to gaze upon and perceive the Lord’s beauty and delight in His loveliness. His expression signifies an experiential comprehension of the beauty realm of Heaven. Can we behold the King in all His beauty?

In Isaiah 33:14-15, the Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah asks a revealing question: “Who can live with continual burning?” Or, in other words: Who can live in an atmosphere where there are perpetual expressions of God’s justice? The prophet provides the answers:

1. The one who walks righteously.
2. The one who speaks with sincerity.
3. The one who rejects unjust gain.
4. The one who shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe.
5. The one who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed.
6. The one who shuts his eyes from looking upon evil.

Such a person lives in a state of consecration and purity, which allows them to dwell in the heavenly heights; their refuge will be the impregnable Rock. Such a person’s heavenly bread will be provided and their spiritual water source will be sure. Such a person’s eyes will see the King in all of His beauty and will behold the far-distant land (Isaiah 33:14-17).

Although the Lord first appeared as the suffering Lamb, He is now being revealed as the victorious King. Presently, Heaven is unveiling the Lord’s great glory and kingly authority. It is our outstanding privilege to be offered the opportunity to possess anointed eyes to see, behold, and perceive the revelation of the King and His Kingdom design.

To Behold by Revelation

According to biblical scholars, the Hebrew word chazah means “to see, behold, or select for oneself.” It appears fifty four times, and in every period of biblical Hebrew. Chazah literally signifies the ability to see “in a prophetic vision or as a seer in an ecstatic state.” In Numbers 24:4 the word means to see by way of a prophet’s vision, to see with intelligence and by an experience.

The oracle of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered,

Through biblical promises, opportunities are given to apprehend experientially the glory attributes of God in perceptible and tangible ways as we “wait” upon Him. The sum of David’s passions were captured in that one thing.

May it also be our chief desire to see, behold, comprehend, and explore the mysteries and infinite riches of the Lord’s goodness and beauty and discover His plans and purposes for this unique hour in which we live so that we can build according to God’s ordained model.

-Paul Keith Davis

I personally feel the Lord is highlighting the sermon on the mount in this next year, here is a post on it: https://thekeyofdavid.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/sermon-on-the-mount-pt-1-14-2/

Word for 2013

Bob Jones: Prophetic Word for 2013

Bob Jones is certainly an elderly statesman in the prophetic seer realm in the Body of Christ. I’ve gleaned the following from a message he gave recently. Bob is a seer, not a teacher. Sometimes he just makes a statement and then is on his next point, and you’re not sure if he’s left his former point or not. Sometimes he spends a lot of time on one point and you’re not exactly positive when he’s on another point. So the following is how I heard it. -Gary

Word from Bob Jones

The year 2009 was the year of the OX. We plowed repeatedly. It seemed that all we did was plow and there was no or little reaping. We became exhausted with all the plowing. We even became discouraged and sometimes wondered if we had missed God. But God was plowing out things in us and the Body at large so He could use them. There had to been a cultivated soil so that seed that was planted would grow.

That year is over. The year 2010 is the year of the EAGLE. This year vision is carried and it begins to grow. This is the time to get the Word of the Lord out of our mouths as much as possible so it can bear fruit. The eagle has a protection on it that allows it to fly into the sun. Our country (the eagle is our symbol) has a protection on her if we fly into the Son. This year healing will arrive. You will begin to see some incredible miracles, and you will begin to be recipients and do incredible miracles.

The year 2011 is the year of the LION. That speaks of authority. Christians will walk in the authority of God like they have not been walking. We have the same authority that Jesus had on earth. We can do the same acts that He did. In John 14:12 the Lord says we will do even greater acts that He did.

The year 2012 is the year of MAN. The new man in God will begin to be seen. This speaks of unity in the Body, the Jews and Gentiles coming together, the world seeing a different type of Christian. This new Christian walks in love and power!

Though there will be revival pockets before 2013, it will become full scale in 2013. We’re talking world wide revival. ( Remember Tim McClellan’s prophecy over Jason Hubbard and Jon Hammil?)

Judgments are coming to the Body. Some of them are not for us, but we must trust in God or they will overcome us. The devastation of many others judgments can be reduced by us

1. Severe anxiety–We’re not entitled to have this judgment; it belongs to the world. We are supposed to have the Answer to show to others who are very anxious.

2. Fear–This comes from having a big devil and a small God. People will die from anxiety and fear (e.g. heart attacks, suicide, etc.) Our faith needs to be anchored on Jesus, not what the news commentators tell us. In fact, many newscasters are witches putting curses on their viewers and listeners.

3. Depression and self pity–You cannot have your way, but God will have His way. Get over yourself and grow up. Stop living with a poverty spirit.

4. Financial collapse

5. Nicolaitan spirit–This spirit is condemned by the Lord in Rev. 2:6 (church at Ephesus) and in Rev. 2:15 (church at Pergamum). This spirit has victory over or rules over the people. It’s the pastor (and sometimes other leaders in the church) being on a different, higher level than the people. The Lord says in Revelation that He hates this spirit, to repent of it, and that He will come against it with the sword of His mouth. The reign of the pastor over the entire church is coming to an end. There will be a community of believers with their various giftings operating. Everyone will be important.

Bob added that it was not necessarily so that the woman would come along side the man and together they would be successful. Wherever he has gone to speak in the United States, it has been the women who have shown hunger for God–about 85% to 15%. It could very well be that the men will come along side the women and be successful.

6. Plagues coming to crops. Bob saw fleas hit the fruit in Florida and wipe out the crop. There will be new viruses and new infections. The medical community will have no answers. These plagues will promote fear everywhere, but we do not have to buy into it. Don’t pray to God for help. He’s already given us the authority over plagues, but we must rise up and use our authority. Bob gave an example of a virus that hit North and South Carolina a few years back. It killed many people and there was no medicine to stop it. The church pleaded with God to help them.

Then the Lord told Bob in an angry voice that He wasn’t going to pull the virus back; He had already given the church authority to do that. So Bob and Rick Joyner came against the virus in the name of Jesus and cast out the curse over the two states. After that, not one person died of the virus.

Watch Iceland. The Lord told Bob years ago that Iceland would be the barometer of what was happening and about to happen both in the U.S. and in the world. The volcano action there is a sign that God is shutting down the world economy. Three years ago Iceland went bankrupt. That’s in our future, too. However, how long these things last is determined by us, the Christians.

Let God’s shaking only shake out that which is not of Him in you. That way the Christ in you can cause you to grow up.

Mark 11:17 And as He taught them, He said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?

I personally feel the Lord is highlighting the sermon on the mount in this next year, here is a post on it: https://thekeyofdavid.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/sermon-on-the-mount-pt-1-14-2/

The Harlot of Babylon

Revelation 17 The Great Harlot of Babylon
The Scarlet Woman and the Scarlet Beast

17 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,“Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. 5 And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

JOHN SAW THE NATURE, HISTORY, AND THE JUDGMENT OF THE HARLOT
John saw the nature, the history, and the ultimate judgment of the harlot. He saw the harlot religion and the harlot economic power. John saw the nature and the history of it. Its nature is evil, its history is linked to the tower of Babel, and he sees its inevitable judgment in the end times. Revelation 17 is a fantastic chapter in terms of relevant for us to be equipping the Church. The harlot will have such power; the harlot will seduce the kings of the earth. Imagine 210 kings, or presidents of the earth right now. The kings of the earth: these powerful leaders who are cautious and really guarded. They only want to do something that is going to help them. They buy into this system completely.

There will be kings, multibillionaires, and even those who in the next decade, or two will have trillions. There will also be powerful, political leaders like kings, prime ministers, and presidents; they are going to come into unity. The masses are going to see the rich and the famous say, “These things are good.” This is going to actually help the deception, as these famous people will endorse the harlot Babylon, and they are men and women who appear to have wisdom and a history of success.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-5

It says in 2 Timothy 4:3-5: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they having itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” For the time will come, when the people will not endure sound doctrine. Meaning, they will not be able to endure..—that word endure is an important word. Sound doctrine requires endurance because our flesh resists it. The Sermon on the Mount takes endurance. I, like most, have a natural tendency to want to reduce it and dismiss it. By the grace of God, we hear it, and we respond to it. However, Paul said it really requires endurance to receive the real message of the truth. Many believers are not aware of that. They think that truth is just exciting because it is truth. They do not know that there is an endurance dimension to hearing it.

The main and most repeated exhortation by Jesus in the Bible is “he who has ears, let him hear” (Mt. 13:43). He says that more than any other phrase in the Word of God. It is talking about the effort, and the intentionality that is required to hear truth. Truth does not just automatically land in our being. Even as believers, we have to be intentional about setting ourselves to go after truth and to hear it. We cannot just feed our spirit on it, but this requires us to encounter truth in our personal life agendas.

How many people have I heard through the years say, ‘I do not like all this end times stuff?’”  I mean it is pretty obvious, but I ask them why anyways. One of the honest reasons is because it disrupts their life plan and their agenda. They have an agenda that these ideas mess with. So they would rather get rid of the ideas and hold onto the agenda, as though God could be manipulated that way. You know: it is the ostrich effect. They think, “Let’s put our head in the ground, and then the trouble goes away.” A diminished view of the Word of God, and the God of the Word, sincerely imagines that re-interpreting what Jesus prophesied will make it happen or make it true.  Also many give mental ascent to doctrine and attend church but conveniently forget or diminish the reality of God when considering their lifestyles and decision-making.

 

SATAN’S STRATEGY TO SEDUCE THE CHURCH, ISRAEL, AND THE NATIONS
In this passage, an angel revealed to John a significant insight to Satan’s strategy is to seduce the Church, Israel, and the nations.  To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Knowing this gives us a significant advantage in not being seduced by it. The problem is that we have to take time to know it. I do believe, though I could be off on this, but I do believe that we have some decades before the Lord returns. We have time for the Church to get familiar with these chapters. A number of you reading this are forerunners. You are called to be just a short step ahead of what the Lord is going to emphasize.

The Holy Spirit is not really pressing these points right now, but he is stirring up some thousands, or maybe some millions right now. He is going to emphasize these subjects to hundreds of millions in the next decade, or two. He is stirring up some ahead of time to get clarity on it, so they can make sense of it, before when the Spirit begins to emphasize it in a major way.
This is what a forerunner is: a forerunner is a minister who is feeding their spirit and getting clarity on what the Holy Spirit is not yet emphasizing universally. He is going to, in a short amount of time, in maybe a decade or two. So, I want to really challenge you to go deep in Revelation 17-18. I want you to understand that this is, especially chapter 17, a difficult chapter. It will challenge you, but it is really worth it. It really is worth it because there is so much insight about the great falling away.

A HARLOT WILL BR RAISED UP ACROSS THE EARTH

A harlot is going to be raised up across the earth. It is going to have two powerful expressions that are going to operate simultaneously. Expression one: it is going to be a religious network. Expression two: it is going to be an economic network. These two are going to have a complex interaction together. There is going to be a distinction, yet there is going to be an overlap of these two global institutions and networks.
Revelation 17-18 is the longest prophecy in the book of Revelation. Just to give you a sense of it; the second longest one is the New Jerusalem. You would think that the New Jerusalem would be the most emphasized. The deception that keeps us from the New Jerusalem is actually the longest, and the most emphasized prophecy in the book of Revelation. It is like the Father’s heart is crying out, “If you get trapped and deceived by the false, you will not enter into the true Bride, the New Jerusalem.” Interesting, not only is it the longest prophecy in the book of Revelation, which therefore makes it the longest prophecy in the New Testament by far. It is also the longest prophecy in the Old Testament. I find this more than coincidental. This is significant. The longest prophecy in the Old Testament is the prophecy of the end-time harlot Babylon.

DIFFICULTY
It is the most difficult chapter in the whole book of Revelation. I believe Revelation 17 is most difficult chapter in the Bible to understand its fine details. Its main message is clear. Anybody can get the main message if they want to. The Lord, in His mercy, made the main message clear. Its fine details are very complex and intricate. The Bible interprets the Bible; the symbolism is all interpreted in the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel. It takes some real attentiveness to distinguish the intricate detail and nuances that are in this chapter. We want to as we want to understand these nuances, and these totally distinct details because each one of them will help the Church to stand strong. As shepherds or people with a forerunner spirit who care deeply about the welfare of others, we must prepare now to prepare others. I am very energized about these little details. These details are not insignificant. They will help; they will help forewarn and forearm the Church to not be deceived. Even the little details will.

VEILED IN CRYPTIC LANGUAGE
Why is Revelation 17 the longest prophecy and the most important one in terms of length? It is about the whole end-time Church not being deceived in the heart of this prophecy. It is as if God is telling us, “Do not be tricked. I am allowing a great deception to happen. I want the Church purified but not deceived by it. Many will not obey Me; they will not pay attention. They will be swept away by their lusts and swept into this darkness. They will deny their faith.”

I respond, “Lord, why is this most important? Why is this the longest chapter, or prophecy in the Old and New Testament? Why is it veiled with such cryptic language? There is this cryptic language in terms of the details.”
  I believe most of Scripture is intended for hungry believers to press into God for revelation, that He doesn’t want us to be able to do this without Him.  He so values our partnership.

Its good for small groups to diligently pour over the text line-by-line. To discuss it, and debate it.  These little phrases because they are difficult it takes time and prayer, that we would be a prophetic witness rooted in the Word.
All of the themes of Revelation 17 concerning the coming worldwide religion, and it’s power to seduce and deceive are crucial to understand. The people who get deceived by it are going to end up in the lake of fire. If they get fully deceived, people can get deceived for a short time, and then they repent of their deception. If people get fully deceived, they can end up in the lake of fire. This is really worth understanding this chapter—really these two chapters. It deserves careful study. It deserves energetic dialogue. We need to be very familiar with its truth and its principles.

HER ROOTS AND ORIGIN ARE FROM THE TOWER OF BABEL (GENESIS 11)

This is important. The first surprise in this mystery is that her roots are established in what happened at the tower of Babel. It is as if John is saying, “You mean the thing at the end of the age that is going to seduce part of the Church is what happened in the tower of Babel back in Genesis 11?”

It is as if the angel responds to John, “Yes, John. You know, that tower back in Genesis 11 is going to reemerge again. I do not necessarily mean that specific tower, but more the reality that the tower represented. The tower is Babylon.” He identifies it with Genesis 11, and that surprises John. John responds, “I did not really know that. Now, the tower of Babel was the Continue reading

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