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Bringing Heaven and Earth Together

CENTERPIECE OF GOD’S PURPOSE: BRINGING HEAVEN AND EARTH TOGETHER

9 Having made known to us the mystery (hidden plan) of His will…10 that He might gather together in one ALL things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him. (Eph. 1:9-10)

This is a huge verse which gives incredible insight into God’s Kingdom and how it connects to Heaven and the Age to Come.  This is a game changer for understanding God’s plans.
The centerpiece of God’s eternal purpose is for Jesus to come back to fully establish His Kingdom rule over all the earth as He joins the heavenly and earthly realms together. God’s purpose has always been for God and His people to live together in this way. This is the interpretive key to understanding the End-Times.
Heaven speaks of the supernatural spirit realm where God’s power and presence are openly manifest. It includes the realm of angels and is the place believers go for the last 2,000 year (cross to Second Coming) “temporary holding pattern” as disembodied spirits. The saints do not have a resurrected body in heaven because they do not need one to relate to the environment of heaven. When the New Jerusalem comes to earth, it is referred to as heaven. When the Scripture says our reward is in heaven it speaks of the New Jerusalem as heaven on earth.
Earth: speaks of the material physical realm as the place where human process and human emotions and physical sensation reach their fullest expression. The materiality of the Millennial earth, then the New Earth will consist of concrete reality. The earthly realm requires a resurrected body. On the earth, saints will need a resurrected body to fully relate to it.
As Gentile believers, we most naturally think of worshipping Jesus as God in the supernatural conditions of heaven. We emphasize Jesus’ deity as the Son of God. Whereas the Jewish paradigm thinks of reigning with the Messianic King as a man in the natural conditions of the earth. They emphasize the Messiah’s humanity as the Son of David. Continue reading

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The Forerunner Message in Isaiah 2 Pt I

Isaiah
The Lord entrusted the prophet Isaiah with more passages, more revelation, more information about the end times than any man in the Bible, more than John the apostle in the book of Revelation. Isaiah has far more information than anybody else. We are not going to look in this series at the whole book of Isaiah, but rather we are only dealing with the passages related to the end times. There are a remarkable number of them, but not all of Isaiah. So we will be skipping some really good passages because they are not end-time-oriented. We are looking for the forerunner message. We are looking for understanding of how we can interpret Jesus and what He is doing, and what we say to people, and how we say it.
We are saying, “Holy Spirit, teach us through the prophet Isaiah here.” So this for this first posts here it is the forerunner message in Isaiah 2. Next will be the forerunner message in Isaiah 4. Then after that we are going to go over to Isaiah 9. Isaiah 9 is amazing, Isaiah 9-10. Then Isaiah 11 is a dramatic passage about the end time. Every one of them has so many different angles and turns and twists to it. The kind of skeletal structure of the end-time message was entrusted to Isaiah throughout his sixty-six chapters. There are quite a few chapters on that topic.

Isaiah 2 outlines foundational truths for God’s end-time plans. It describes Jesus reigning over the whole world, expressing God’s zeal to fill the earth with His love and to remove all sin and pride.
Isaiah 2 outlines foundational truths for the end-time message. Not only was Isaiah entrusted with more than any other man in human history on the end times, Isaiah 2 is strategically the beginning. It is essential. It describes Jesus reigning over the whole earth. And, it is not just Jesus reigning, but He is expressing His zeal to fill the earth with love. If we do not know that Jesus has a plan, that He wants to remove everything that hinders love in order to fill the earth with love—His plan is to remove pride and drive it off the planet entirely so that for billions of years there is this prosperity and this goodness—if you know that is what the end-time message is, you read it very differently.

It is not a doom-and-gloom message. That is not what is going on. It is a glorious love story about Jesus ushering in a new world order, and He is doing it with His people and for His people. He is glorifying His Father. When we grasp that, then we look at the negative things through a positive lens because we see redemptive value and purposes behind the things that are tough and that are challenging.

Isaiah started his end-time teaching by pointing people o the millennial Jerusalem. In a similar way, Abraham, the father of our faith, began his journey in seeking God’s eternal city (Heb. 11:9-10).

10…he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 
(Heb. 11:10; NAS)
Isaiah 2 is the foundation of the end times, and Isaiah begins with Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem in the biblical narrative, there is an earthly city in the Millennium that is glorious. The most glorious city just in the earthly sense, and then the New Jerusalem from heaven comes down and joins together with the earthly Jerusalem. The combination of this glorious reality, the two cities joined and functioning as Jesus’ vast governmental complex that He rules and reigns in, the whole earth is awed by it, the beauty of it, the splendor of it, the extravagance of Jerusalem. The earthly and the heavenly as one that is the epicenter of the entire end-time plan with a glorious, beautiful Man sitting on a throne in the middle of it. If we do not see that, then we only see judgments or we see sin growing or the devil raging. We lose our way so quickly if we are not anchored in Isaiah 2.
Well, Abraham was very similar to Isaiah in this. Isaiah first is concerned about Jerusalem, that you would see the city. Abraham did not know where he was going at the very beginning of his journey when God called him left his home and began to travel, but he went, and it says in Hebrews 11:10 that he was looking for Continue reading

Intercessory Prayer Meetings

When I intercede, I almost always use the prayers of the Bible. The prayers that Jesus, Paul, and Peter prayed are recorded for our benefit. Ihopkc refers to them as the “apostolic prayers” because they are the prayers that Jesus prayed as our chief apostle (Heb. 3:1) and that the Spirit gave to the apostles. Including doxologies, there are about thirty apostolic prayers (see a list of these on mikebickle.org).  It doesn’t mean only Apostles can pray them etc.

When I pray, when I intercede in a prayer meeting, I almost always, if not always, use the prayers of the Bible. That is not the same thing as using a Bible verse. Some people use a Bible verse. That is not exactly what I mean. They will say, “The Sermon on the Mount, blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” They close their eyes, and they give an exhortation in the prayer room on purity. “Well, Lord, You said the pure in heart. They are not becoming pure. You know they are going to get in a mess.” They preach for a while. They are praying from a Bible verse, but they are actually preaching with their eyes closed.

Over the years, Mike Bickle has said, “The best way to kill a prayer meeting is to have preaching prayers in the prayer meeting, where people are giving exhortations to people with their eyes closed.” he said, “It is better in a prayer room to talk to God about people, and then in ministry we talk to people about God.” Of course we can mix those two together, but what you do not want to do is have an exhortation to righteousness in the form of a prayer. That is one of the clearest ways to make a prayer room really boring. One by one people get up and give an exhortations with their eyes closed. I encourage them to pray the prayers of the Bible using the vocabulary of the Bible, not just base their prayer on a verse. That steers them away from preaching prayers. They are actually talking to God. People in the room are far more likely to talk to God as well if the intercessor is talking to God, as opposed to just listening to the exhortation. It is far more edifying. When I talk about the prayers of the apostolic prayers, I am talking about the prayers that the Holy Spirit gave the apostles. The chief apostle is Jesus. He is called the chief apostle. Even His prayer I consider as an apostolic prayer.

A Gift from God

The apostolic prayers are a valuable gift to the church being the prayers that burned in God’s heart and give us the language of His heart. He never changes, so be assured they still burn in His heart.

These prayers are a valuable gift. There are about thirty of them. Mike Bickle has a two-page document on his website called, “Key Apostolic Prayers and Prophetic Promises.” It is a summary of the apostolic prayers. Then there is an expanded nine-page version called, “Apostolic Prayers (9-page expanded version) linked above.” It has applications of how to pray, language to pray. I give you a lot of beginner’s guides if this is new to you. Like, “how do you pray it this way? How do you pray that verse? What is that verse about?”

The apostolic prayers are a valuable gift. These are the prayers that burned in God’s heart. These were burning in His heart, and He gave them to the Holy Spirit to give to the church. Because God never changes, they are still burning in His heart. I assure you that when He inspired Paul to pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that request is still burning in His heart right now. We can know 100 percent God will answer that prayer. It is exactly what He wants to be prayed in the church. It is the language of His heart. Over time it becomes the language of our hearts.

Guaranteed Answered

These prayers are guaranteed! They are like checks already signed in heaven and waiting only for a co-signer on the earth to be cashed. They are as relevant today as they were in the early church. Continue reading

Song of Solomon Worship Music

This is a repost, rediscovered this first link today in a big way. Enjoy.
Song of Songs Worship Music:

https://archive.org/details/SongOfSongsMusic

check out Bride without spot pt 2 for worship details

or download GaryWiens Song of Solomon teaching”

https://archive.org/details/SongOfSolomonAll

Dining with the Ruler of the Pharisees

Wanted to direct followers of this site to a video that I enjoyed.  This is from Opening Up the Gospels which is a weekly video series on the life of Jesus as told through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

 

Upon heading into Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication, Jesus dines with a member of Israel’s ruling council, the Sanhedrin. At the meal, He rebukes them for taking the places of honor at the table and not seeking humility as they should. This episode examines the events from Luke 14.

Misty Edwards-How to Fellowship with the Spirit

Revisited this today, such a great message.  For us to be a corporate House of Prayer, we have to be individual houses of prayer!

MARY OF BETHANY: “WASTING” HER LIFE

3Being in Bethany at the house of Simon…as He sat at the table, a woman [Mary of Bethany; Jn. 12:3] came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard [perfume]. She broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4Some [apostles] were indignant…and said, “Why was this…oil wasted? 5It might have been sold for…300 denarii [a year’s wages] and given to the poor.” They [apostles] criticized her sharply. 6Jesus said, “Let her alone…she has done a good work for Me…9Wherever this gospel is preached…what this woman has done will be told as a memorial to her.” (Mk. 14:3-9)

  1. Very costly: The perfume was worth 300 denarii (a year’s wages). Jesus told His disciples that He was to be crucified in two days (Mt. 26:2). Mary seems to have been the only one who heard Him and thus she poured her perfume on Him (the fragrance was on both of them at the cross).

    3Mary…wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance… (Jn. 12:3)

  2. Mary broke her most precious earthly treasure over the One who was her greatest treasure. The perfume was probably her inheritance, thus representing her financial security. I imagine her saying to her friends, “I have Jesus, He is good enough for me. My future is in His hands.”
  3. Criticized: The apostles appealed to serving the poor as their reason to criticize her extravagance; they appealed to a scriptural mandate to serve the needs of the poor. All who love Jesus like Mary will receive criticism from others who love salvation, but who do not deeply love Jesus.
  4. Why this waste: Anything above the minimum commitment is seen as an “unnecessary waste.” To “waste on Jesus” money, exceptional musical talent, or a brilliant mind with good career opportunities is regarded by some as an unnecessary waste of one’s life and talents.
  5. Let her alone: Jesus vindicated Mary just as He did John the Baptist (Mt. 11:19). Jesus will vindicate the lifestyle of extravagant devotion to Him in this age and especially in eternity.
  6. A good work: A year earlier (in Luke 10), Jesus had commended Mary for choosing the “good” part in sitting at His feet to hear His word; she developed her personal history in God in this way. Principle: Unusual acts of devotion come from cultivating a spirit of devotion as a lifestyle. Her lifestyle of choosing good by hearing the Word equipped her to choose good in other things.
  7. Memorial: Mary’s extravagant devotion is remembered by others because God remembers it.
  8. What are you wasting your life on? People seeking to live with extravagant devotion to Jesus are not content with the minimum requirement of salvation. Rather, they ask, “What is the most that God will empower me to give Him?” Or, “How far will You let me go in devotion to You?” They give themselves to God without regard for cost. Wealthy people obtain what they want without regard to its cost. They do not have to look at price tags when buying clothes or cars, etc. How do you waste your life? Make it your life vision to pour yourself out on Jesus like Mary did. J. Hudson Taylor said, “Only one life will soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last.”
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