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|Posted on November 25, 2021 at 11:40 PM||comments (58)|
I have been studying the history of discipleship and catechism of early converts in the early church and what I find some alarming things when compared to much of the spiritual formation today especially when it comes to our Charismatic and Pentecostal tribe. One of I most alarming is how the word mystery is defined compared to modern times.
The instruction of new believers in the early church is both a fascinating and troubling study. It is fascinating to see how much emphasis that was given to the training of new converts, yet troubling when compared to the overall emphasis of discipleship today. The early church called the practice of discipleship the catechumenate, derived from the Greek word katechein, meaning “to teach” or “instruct.” The practice was preparation for the new believers in baptism and the Holy Sacraments of Communion.
The section of the Apostolic Tradition treating the catechumenate begins with the following statement: “concerning newcomers, those who will give their assent to the faith” (15.1). The church leader who interviews them is guided as follows: “let them be asked the reason why they have given their assent to the faith” (15.2). Similarly, the Didascalia Apostolorum says, “When the heathen desire and promise to repent, saying ‘We believe,’ we receive them into the congregation so that they may hear the word, but do not receive them into communion until they receive the seal and are fully initiated” (2.39).
Paul says something interesting in Philippians 4:12: “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have LEARNED THE SECRET (Greek word “mueo”; from the base of musterion or mystery (Matthew 13:11. I have been initiated and fully instructed in the mysteries of Christ) of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
In Maximus the Confessor’s treatise is titled, “On the Ecclesiastical Mystagogy.” The term “mystagogy” is simply a transliteration of the Greek word μυσταγωγία and means “initiation into the mysteries.” The Greek term μυστήριον (mystērion) is translated into Latin as sacramentum and may refer to either baptism or the Eucharist.
In the fourth century, we have four Church fathers who delivered “mystagogies,” or structured lectures on the theology of the sacraments: (1) Cyril of Jerusalem (AD 313–87) in the Introductory Lectures (procatechesis), Lenten Lectures (catecheses), and Mystagogical Lectures (catecheses mystagogicae), (2) Ambrose of Milan (333–97) in On the Sacraments, (3) John Chrysostom (349–407) in the Baptismal Instructions, and (4) Theodore of Mopsuestia Mopsuestia (350–428).
The language of the early church in catechumenate was initiating them into the mysteries of the sacramental life of Christ following baptism which seemed to occur at the end of the catechumenate which was called “mystagogy” or interpretation of the mystery.
Secondly, within approximately the first four hundred years of the church alone, the New Testament writings were completed, early church fathers were writing against heresies regarding the nature of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and explaining liturgy. They were writing regarding what it means for the believer to come into union with Christ before and after the canonization of New Testament as Scriptures as those like Maximus the Confessor instructed regarding the perichoresis (mutual indwelling) of theosis to bring us to the true meaning of what it means to be human.
Thirdly, I would argue that in many ways the power of Cross to bring us into union with Christ is veiled to much of the modern Pentecostal and Charismatic expression which hinders our ability to come into union with Christ into maturity.
As Father John Behr argues “Those who read scripture without the explanation of the treasure (Crucified and Risen Christ) that it contains, the gospel it anticipates, see in scripture only myths and fables. It is through the Cross that light is shed upon the scriptures, removing the veil that lay over Moses himself and now lies upon those who read Moses without a knowledge of Christ..” The Mystery of Christ.
It will be challenge for us to make a declaration that we need to get back to the Book of Acts and the early church if we have very little understanding on the ways of those who produced the acts in the Book of Acts. I’m not even convinced it’s about simply going back because the early church new profound truths about the future reality of what it means to taste of the good word and the power of the age to come.
They lived from the future in the present so in my opinion, if we want to understand the fullness of what future we are called into….. we must go back to the foundation of the past.
|Posted on September 5, 2019 at 3:55 PM||comments (170)|
I Am Preparing My Eagles To Be Instruments of Deliverance
We are in a kairos or opportune moment in history where the Holy Spirit is inviting us to prepare unlike we have in the past as we cross over into a new era. Through recent visions and dreams the Spirit of the Lord began to highlight some key point of preparation.
The Brooding of His Glory
While in prayer for our monthly Barn Fire Gatherings for our kingdom center, I had a vision of the glory cloud hovering and brooding over the barn. As the glory cloud was brooding, the Holy Spirit began to speak scriptures to me starting with Genesis 1:1-2 where the Spirit of God brooded over the waters as an eagle broods over the nest exciting them to leave. This is why Scripture declares that God brought them out of Egypt on eagle’s wings (Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 32:11).
The four living creatures that were surrounding God’s throne were the lion, the eagle, the ox, and the man were also the four standards of the tribes of Israel (Revelations 4:7; Numbers 2). The tribe of Dan positioned in the north, was the standard of the eagle. The name Dan means “judge” and derives from the Hebrew root word “diyn” which means “the door of life”. Judges in Israel who ruled cases were also seen as deliverers who restored righteous life to the people (Judges 3:9). His glory is brooding over deliverers who will be instruments of God’s justice that restores righteousness back to the life of His people. It will not be condemnation that brings us into bondage, but it will be the door that brings people into the holy and righteous life of true freedom Christ paid such a high price for us to possess.
Preparation of Deliverers
In this vision, the glory of the Lord was manifesting over the barn as an eagle stirring His people to come out of bondage. The brooding of Genesis 1:2 also refers to a hen brooding as her eggs are in an incubation period waiting to be hatched. The Lord is brooding over a remnant of deliverers who have been in incubation in the midst of chaos. God has been cultivating and forming His nature and standard as an eagle in them.
The prophetic window of 2010 (Hebrew year 5770) to 2020 (Hebrew year 5780) God has been cleansing and refining the prophetic eyesight of His Bride in the hidden place as He unfolds blueprints for a new time. He is cleansing the eyes of His people to be able to have hindsight, insight, and foresight that pierces through the darkness and to see and declare the reconstitution that is upon us so we can enter into it. The eyes of His Bride have been prepared to see into the new era that will bring a distinct difference between light and darkness (Genesis 1:3).
In the midst of what seems to be unformed, God is forming an eagle company who will no longer stay in the confines of the nest but are ready to take flight and step into their roles as deliverers. He is strengthening those who have been hidden in Him with His strength and character of an eagle (Isaiah 40:31). They shall run with message of revival, restoration, and reform and not become weary. They will walk in union with Messiah and not faint in the midst of gross darkness spreading. He is reforming them while preparing them to be a standard for Reformation.
Sent Angels that Gather
As this vision continued, while the glory cloud was brooding, angels came in and began gathering out of us all things that offend the kingdom or things that will cause us to stumble, put them in a bundle and cast them into the fire. Immediately, I knew the Lord was referring to Matthew 13:24-32 regarding parable of the wheat and the tares. In this text, Jesus says that when men slept the enemy sowed in tares (false grain that looks like the true). It was only when fruit started to manifest in the wheat, did the tares appear. There can only be separation at the time of the harvest where the tares are thrown into the fire and the wheat is brought into the barn (Matthew 13:30)! Our meeting at the barn I believe was a prophetic sign of the coming harvest. It is the remnant of harvesters and deliverers that are being processed in the midst of darkness as new wineskins are unfolding. He is pulling things out of His harvesters all things that offend in the kingdom so they can shine forth bright as the sun and their hearts are pure and eyes clean to righteously judge according to the plumb line revelation of Jesus Christ.
The Brooding of His Glory
As the vision continued still, The Lord brought to my heart several accounts of in the New Testament of His glory overshadowing. It was Mary that was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and became pregnant with The Word of God Jesus Himself (Luke 1:34-35). In Matthew 17:5 the glory cloud overshadowed Peter, James, and John on the Mount of Transfiguration. Then there was the overshadowing of Peter as many attempted to get in Peter’s shadow to be healed (Acts 5:15). The Lord declared that He is brooding over His remnant like an eagle over her nest for He is birthing newness and glory in the midst of what seems to be chaos in the Body of Christ. The harvesters are being prepared to shine bright in the midst of gross darkness as He will make a clear distinction between light and darkness, wheat and tares, clean and unclean, and true and false.
God is preparing deliverers and will send them into the land of promise to war and advance the kingdom. He is birthing His war eagles that will be instruments to deliver many out of the jaws of Leviathan in Egyptian and Babylonian systems. The standard of the eagle will cause His Bride to see with keen prophetic eyes while God’s nature as the Lion begins to roar from His throne as the culture of the King begins to advance in the nations. Let the delivering eagles arise!
|Posted on January 6, 2019 at 2:15 PM||comments (49)|
One of the words that I have received for this year was “prepare”. As I pressed into this particular word “prepare” coming into 2019, I knew that it was imperative to understand this so we could be properly positioned for the shifting that is already happening. I was shown in 2011 that we were in a ten year window (2010-2020) where God was cleansing the prophetic eyesight of His Bride to restore normal prophetic vision (2020) for what is to come. Just as in Genesis 1:31 evening and morning were the first day, the new day is dawning though to many it is still dark. The early Semitic translation of Genesis 1:31 rends that the first day started in unified chaos meaning though darkness (chaos) was present, light was emerging. There is shaking, sifting, and shifting happening as the voice of one who cries out in the wilderness “prepare the way of the Lord”.
Forerunners: The Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness
It was John the Baptist who came in the spirit and power of Elijah who was “the voice” in Isaiah proclaiming to Israel to prepare the way for the King. In Isaiah 40:3 the Hebrew word for “prepare” is “panah” which also means “to turn” is the singular form of “paniym” which means “face or presence” thus the full meaning is “turn back to the face or His Presence”. When the voice of the John the forerunner cried out in the wilderness, he would turn Israel back to God’s face or His Presence. As John the Baptist was preaching repentance, he was telling Israel to turn back to God’s Presence or His face so that you will recognize the face of the coming King! According to Isaiah 40:5 it would prepare the people to see His glory because He is the King of glory!
Recognizing the Face of the King
We are in a time where the face of King Jesus is unrecognizable to many and we in desperate need of forerunning voices who are sounding the alarm for the church to repent. Repent of adding belief systems and structures to fill the void of not seeing His face. Repent of having gatherings that more build upon personalities and great sermons without Presence. Repentance or a turning back to His Presence not because the King is coming, but because He is already here and we are in danger of missing our day of visitation. As John the Baptist ministered in his day, Jesus the King was already in the earth!
It may be dark and chaos may seem to be all around us, but the alarm is sounding for us to arise and shine for the light of His glory is coming. There are levels and dimensions of glory that are coming from within and upon a people who have learned to turn and run towards His face with thirst and hunger. This type of pursuit will produce union with the King of glory and allow every false image to be consume in the fire of His Presence.
Prepare for Kingdom Culture
An entire new culture is coming with the King and we are about to transition into a way that we have not gone before in our generation therefore, we cannot afford to halt between two opinions. The King is coming not just to have a revival and glory meetings (which we will experience), but to establish His people in the culture of the King.
Forerunners of the coming shift are going to cause a major shaking, sifting, and shifting as the sound of the voice from the future begins to be heard in the present. It will cause every crooked road to be made straight, every rough place smooth, every valley to be filled, and every high place to come down to make way for the King of glory. Lift up your heads, lift up your gates and let the King of glory come in!
|Posted on January 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM||comments (162)|
Unlocking Blueprints of Destiny
I believe we have come to a juncture in time where individual and corporate destinies are being unfolded that will release a great harvest in the earth before the coming of the King. A dream that I had ten years I believe holds a key. I had a dream in 2008 of a man of God whom I consider to be an apostolic father to our generation. As I opened the door to my house, he walked up to me holding a sealed scroll and handed it to me like a baton. Even though I knew his name I asked him “Who are you”? His reply was “I’m Paul Keith Davis”. At this time in my life I knew who he was but I did not follow him closely. In the dream Paul Keith was older with white hair and his body was smaller and weaker. Once I came out of the dream, I looked him up and found out he was coming to a conference with Bob Jones in my region the very next week. I attended the conference and I briefly met him, yet he looked nothing like he did in the dream as his hair was black and his body was stronger. I knew that the significance of the dream would be found in what he represented as well as the timing.
Day of Atonement 2013
Fast forward to the Day of Atonement in 2013, the Lord brings the dream back to my remembrance and says to me “Paul Keith Davis and Scrolls of Destiny”. I knew when He spoke that to me biblically speaking, places in scripture where the word “book” is used can also translate “scroll”. Immediately with anticipation I googled the phrase “Books of Destiny and Paul Keith Davis” and discovered that is the title of a book he wrote in 2004! This incredible book chronicled heavenly encounters Paul Keith Davis had regarding books of destiny being unveiled to the body of Messiah. This is a small yet profound excerpt from “Books of Destiny”:
“The library rooms of Heaven are incredible places—palatial rooms filled with books, scrolls, and journals containing precious mysteries, unfathomable knowledge, and boundless wisdom. Visions, revelations, and divine encounters are being given today by God's grace for some to access and articulate the riches contained in these archives of Heaven” (Paul Keith Davis, Books of Destiny; 2011 p. 10).
Scrolls of Destiny
In 2013, the Lord began to speak to me about His desire to speak to us in the cloud of His glory and reveal blueprints of things to come. The two scriptures that He emphasized to me were Exodus 25:22 and Exodus 25:40:
22 There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony; I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel
40 See that you make them after the pattern for them, which was shown to you on the mountain.
It was on the mercy seat between the wings of the cherubim that the blood of Messiah was applied during the Day of Atonement. Moses was shown the pattern or “blueprint” of how to build a dwelling place for God’s glory at the very place the blood of Atonement was applied. The word “atonement” is also translated “reconciliation” where Paul declares to the Corinthian church that we are called to be ambassadors of Messiah who carry the word and ministry of “reconciliation” or atonement (II Corinthians 5:18-20).
Scrolls of Destiny are being unlocked in the realm of God’s glory and ambassadors who carry the word and ministry of atonement are being sent to reveal the power of His blood and bring unity within His body. Their very words that have been received out of the Presence of God will be empowered by the blood of Jesus that still speaks victory and enable His Body to mature and grow up into the Head (Ephesians 4:15).
2018 It’s Time to Build and Run Together
Since the time of that dream in until now, I have discovered that Paul Keith presently looks exactly like he did in my dream in 2008 which I believe is a sign of a season of transition happening in the body of Messiah. Paul Keith represented to me in the dream an Apostolic Father, but also the message of “The Bride and the “Dove Company” since the name of His ministry is White Dove Ministries. The closed scroll represented blueprints of the “Scrolls of Destiny” that were about to be unlocked to our generation. I believe the blueprint of “the Dove Company” is being unlocked and handed to this generation as a baton given from the apostolic fathers and the previous generation that has paid a dear price to see reformation come in our day. It is the mandate of our generation to run the race not apart from the previous one, but run together with them to bring to about the fullness of what they have pioneered.
The Unfolding Blueprints and the New Wineskin
It was on that Day of Atonement in 2013 that I began to understand that God was calling us to enter into His glory and receive blueprints for the new wineskin that would carry His glory (Matthew 9:17). The Holy Spirit revealed to me that the “new wineskin” was a bridal company where the Bridegroom would dwell within and the “new wine” would be an outpouring of His power as well as the union of the Bride and Bridegroom. There was Wedding in Canaan (John 2:1) and it was time for the Bride to make herself ready (Revelations 19:7).
The Unveiling Blueprints and the Revelation of Messiah
These blueprints will not simply be revealed in one great visitation, nor will it come to one person or group. These blueprints will unfold corporately just as a scroll as we individually walk with Jesus in intimacy comparable to the relationship of Enoch and God walking together (Genesis 5:24). The beautiful truth and the reality these “blueprints” are pointing to, is as we walk out the revelation of how to build new wineskins and dwelling places for His glory, we will discover it is not just about structures and buildings. As we walk in continual intimate encounters with Jesus, the scroll is being unlocked and we are becoming the reality of what the blueprint is pointing too.
The blueprint or pattern we are to build from is the revelation of Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 3:4-5)! As we walk in union with Him, His image will become our reflection in every dwelling place of our lives! Just as Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam, we are an end time generation poised to come into the fullness of His glory as we enter into the seventh day of rest and union with Messiah.
In the Father’s house (us) are many dwelling places and as we walk daily with Jesus, the more places in us He occupies, the more we are being fit to carry and express His very nature (John 14:2). As the nature and revelation of the Son is unveiled to us and in us, we are entering into the likeness of His death so that we may walk in the likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:4). The desire of Messiah is for us to be in such union with Him that He can declare that “Where I AM we MAY BE also (John 14:3).
I believe the months of February and March of 2018 will be significant this year especially the Feast of Purim because it is a picture of the Bride receiving new access to the King in order to set His people free. Something new is about to “spring up” as we enter into the spring season (Isaiah 43:1). Seeds of destiny that have been hidden will begin to be seen as the Oxen (the apostolic, fathering anointing) begins to plow the heart of the nations.
|Posted on December 15, 2017 at 4:45 PM||comments (227)|
Feast of Dedication: From Discipleship to Apostleship
During this season of Hanukkah which in Hebrew means “Dedication”, I believe the Spirit of the Lord is inviting us into a season of preparation for the coming shift in the body of Messiah. Just as the temple was cleansed and rededicated back to God during the time when the small band of Maccabees defeated the Syrian army, the body of Messiah is being called to a new season dedication to carry the weight of His glory that will bring in the harvest.
Enoch and the Feast of Hanukah
I believe one of the secrets God is revealing to us this season is found in one simple verse that declares “Enoch walked with God until He was not for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). The Hebrew word for “took” actually means “to snatch and take away a wife and to marry”! Enoch walked with God in daily communion until he was finally was taken by God. The name “God” in Hebrew is the word “Elohim” which speaks of an older and younger ox that are yoked together. In Hebrew culture, the older ox would teach the younger how to plow the field as they were yoked together. Yokes are symbolic of learning while walking in covenant which can be seen in God’s relationship with Israel. In the Old Covenant, the older ox was understood to be God and the younger ox was understood to be Israel therefore, Israel was walking in covenant with God. We see this same truth conveyed when Jesus declares to his disciples to “take of My yoke and learn from Me” (Matthew 11:29).
There is a profound truth revealed when we understand the meaning of the name Enoch. Enoch’s name means to “dedicate, or initiate” and it derives from the root word that means “to train or discipline”! Enoch walked with God until Enoch “was not” and in the same way we must walk with Jesus as He trains us, disciples us and we become a “was not” or simply put they no longer see us but Him only! Just as Enoch walked with God and was being raptured into secret places of intimacy until he disappeared, we must walk in intimacy and discipleship with Jesus until we disappear and all that can be seen is Him in us. Paul declares that when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away and what was hidden is now revealed (II. Corinthians 3:16). The phrase “shall be taken away” is actually one Greek word which means “to remove all around, to unveil and cast off an anchor and take away or up”. When our Bridegroom reveals Himself to us through intimate communion as we walk with Him, anchors that have kept us “stuck” will begin to be lifted as we are raptured in intimacy with Him. The more He reveals Himself and the more we become like Him our mortality is swallowed up the victory of His life (II Corinthians 5:5; Isaiah 25:8). Frances Metcalf declared a similar process would happen to an end time remnant called the “Dove Company” who would transition “From Rapture to Translation” very similar to how Enoch walked with God. It is in this secret place that we learn how to die to self and become His habitation and manifest the fruit of what He reveals.
Discipleship to Apostleship
The truth that I want to communicate regarding the life of Enoch and the disciples walking with Jesus is unveiled as we look at the correlation of the meaning of the Hebrew words for “walk and kingdom”. The Hebrew words for kingdom “mamlakah” and messenger “malak” comes from the same root word for walk “halak” which means a person’s walk or daily lifestyle. One of the meanings of “malak” or messenger is “a theophanic messenger or God manifesting in the form of a message through the messenger”. This word also speaks of one whom is an ambassador sent from another country to walk for another. Interesting also is the word for work is “melakah” which shares the same root means a “message through action”.
The most profound place where the disciples saw the kingdom manifested in the life of Jesus was not in His miracles, signs and wonders but in His daily walk! The kingdom of God should first be manifested in our walk or lifestyle where the fruit and actions of our life are a reflection of the Jesus we preach. The disciples learned how to manifest the kingdom by walking and watching the daily life of the King. I believe this is why they desired for Jesus to teach them how to pray because they experience how profound His daily prayer life was. God is engaging us to learn how to walk out messages in discipleship with Jesus so we can be sent forth as a message and witness of the very life of Jesus! This was the journey of the disciples of the Lamb as they transitioned from disciples to apostles! That’s why The Book of Acts declares with great power they were “witnesses of His resurrection” (Acts 4:33) and why Paul declares to the church in Corinth that we are to be ambassadors of Messiah (II Corinthians 5:20). This does not mean we are all called to be apostles, but we all called to be disciples to walk with Jesus until His life becomes our life and we are sent forth as a witness that He is alive in us! May God raise of messengers who understand learn how to manifest the kingdom in their daily walk so the glory of God will be manifested with power for all to see!
|Posted on December 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM||comments (147)|
The Breaking of Cycles and The Alignment of His Bride
My heart has been arrested with the reality of God’s desire to bring reformation to His body so that His glory can fully dwell in His people. As we turn the corner of the Hebrew year 5778 and enter into 2018 I believe we are coming to a significant turning point. There is a sound of reformation that is like the voice of many waters as apostolic and prophet voices are declaring the heart of the Father. Scrolls of revelation are unfolding to show us the patterns and blueprints of His dwelling place and we must build according to the pattern similar to Moses. In Exodus 25:40 God declares to Moses to build a dwelling place according to the pattern:
Build According To the Pattern
Exodus 25:40 “And look that thou make them after their pattern which was shewed thee in the mount”.
The Hebrew word for “pattern” is “tabniyth” which means “a structure, model, likeness or pattern”. The root word to tabniyth is “ben” which means son and in Hebrew thought, sons were builders of the family name. Prophetically speaking, Moses building a dwelling place for God's glory was a picture of His church being built according to the pattern of His Son Yeshua to establish the place where His glory will dwell.
John 1:14 The word become flesh and dwelt (tabernacle) among us and we beheld the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.
Just as Moses was shown the blueprint of how to create a dwelling place for His glory, God is inviting sons and daughters into His glory to see that Yeshua Is the Blueprint for how to build a dwelling place for His glory. The revelation of the Son is the pattern that brings alignment back into the body of Messiah.
Reformation and Alignment: Loose the Bride and Let Her Go
In Luke 13 as Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, there is a woman present who had been bound by Satan with a spirit of infirmity for 18 years. This woman for 18 years was completely bound with some kind of severe curvature to her spine and could not stand up straight. According to the text and understanding of the culture, she was more than likely a regular attendant of the synagogue so she would have been attending service bound for 18 years! The significance of the number eighteen in the Bible comes from its symbolic meaning for bondage and cycles. In the book of Judges, Israel would go through many cycles of repentance, disobedience, bondage and deliverance. During those times before Saul became king, there were judges that ruled in Israel. Two of their enemies, Eglon the Moabite king and the Philistines oppressed them for 18 years and God brought deliverance through Jephthah and Samson (Judges 3:12, 14, 10:7-8).
Jesus loosing this woman from 18 years of bondage by Satan is a picture of what He is about to do in His Bride. He loosed her from the spirit of infirmity that left her spine severely crooked. The word infirmity means a “disease, sickness, weakness and feebleness of body or the mind”. When it comes to the soul it carries the meaning of “the lack of strength, capacity to understand a thing, restrain corrupt desires or to bear trials and troubles”. Satan has bound many through crooked teachings and demonic doctrines that have left the church without strength to truly understand what she was called to be, but she is about to be loosed from bondage and stand up straight! There is coming a unity within the five-fold ascensions gifts of Messiah that is about to manifest the life of Jesus and loose His Bride from the spirit of infirmity in the soul and body and bring about spiritual alignment.
2018 will be a year of breaking cycles of bondage and sin that has been a result of crooked teaching by the release of righteous voices that come to make the paths straight. This will compel the body of Christ to maturity where she is no longer tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah to make the paths straight by correcting the crooked mindsets of the people caused by the crooked teachings of the Pharisees. In the same manner, the Spirit and power of Elijah is being released to make the paths straight for the coming King and His glory to our generation. Repentance must precede Revival and Reformation to make way for the King of glory!
The Key of Knowledge
John the Baptist confronted the teachers of his day because they were supposed to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah, but their interpretation was actually causing Jesus to become unrecognizable when He came. Jesus declared in Luke 11:52 the Pharisees had taken away the key of knowledge and locked themselves out as well as those who followed them. Their interpretation had the ability to lock or unlock the minds of the people to recognize the Messiah or to miss Him.
God is releasing the key of knowledge through repentance that will unlock revelatory truth through intimacy into the heart of the Father so we can recognize the move of His spirit when it comes.
Equipping and Alignment of the Bride
Reformation will bring much more clarity to what Paul refers to as “the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry”. (Ephesians 4:1-13). The Greek word “perfect” is “katartismos” which means “the complete furnishing and equipping of the body”. It also derives from the word “katartizo” which means “to repair, frame, mend and adjust”. This is a Greek word that was used to describe a broken or dislocated bone being snapped back into place! Bill Johnson shared “the fear of man has the ability to dislocate a person”. Dislocate in Webster’s Dictionary means to “put out of place, to disorder or disrupt” which is usually referring to a bone in the body. Apostolic fathers and mothers will speak identity to those who are “dislocated” in the Body of Messiah and snap them back into their proper place and calling so we all can be fitly joint together (Ephesians 4:16).
As apostles and prophets are properly aligned as foundational ministries, the bride will be equipped, adjusted and snapped back into alignment so she can become the habitation of the glory of God (Ephesians 2:20). Many cycles of bondages will be broken and new paths will be released as a result of the light of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shining from the face of Jesus Christ that brings order and alignment. The Spirit and the Bride say come!
|Posted on November 6, 2017 at 11:25 AM||comments (36)|
Who Will Stand In The Secret Counsel of the Lord?
Jeremiah 23:18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? Who hath marked his word, and heard it?
7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
In Jeremiah 23, The Lord is rebuking the prophets in Jeremiah’s day of prophesying from their own hearts and not from heart of God. The scripture actually declares they did not prophesy from the mouth of the Lord (Jeremiah 23:16). Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34) therefore, God’s words reveal what is on His mind and in His heart.
The Lord then begins to reveal an incredible truth we need in this hour. “Who has stood in the counsel of the Lord? The Hebrew word “stood” means to stand with someone as well as to stand in an office and be a pillar. The Hebrew word “counsel” is the same word translated as “secret” in Amos 3:7.
The Lord is asking “Who has been in My secret counsel to know what is on My heart? Who is ready to stand and partner with Me and prophesy out of this secret place of intercession where I reveal my heart, plans and intentions for My people? Who will hear My heart’s desire and stand as a pillar and connect the governmental kingdom of Heaven to the earth?”
Restoring Foundations of Intimacy
The Hebrew word for secret counsel is “sod” which also derives from “yasad” which means foundation. This is why Paul the Apostle declares that the foundation of the church is apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20)! Understanding this foundation is essential to fulfilling the call of the church to be a Holy temple and habitation of God (Ephesians 2:21-22). Sod can also be understood as hidden counsel that establishes a foundation of truth. The word “testimony” also derives from this word “yasad” which gives us a powerful picture. Ephesians 3:4-5 declares that secrets and mysteries are revealed to apostles and prophets. Jesus taught in parables to crowds yet to those He was intimate with (disciples) He revealed mysteries, secrets or His hidden counsel (Matthew 13:11). The common thread of the apostles and prophets is they spent intimate time with Jesus and not only revealed the mystery of His will, but became a witness of His resurrection by manifesting His nature. We see the same with Jesus as He spent intimate time with the Father, He did more than unfold the mystery of Father’s will in words, but become a witness of the invisible Father in the earth (John 14:9). Jesus even goes as far to say if you don’t believe the Father is living in Me then believe the works that I do testify of His nature coming out of Me (John 14:11).
The progressive revelation and mystery the Lord is revealing to us is the foundation of the church is built on, through the blood of Jesus, the ability to abide in the realm of intimacy and receive the secret counsel of His Will. As we spend time in that place we are transformed to not only bring a message but be a manifestation of that message in the earth and demonstration of His power, glory and nature coming out of us will testify of this!
If the world wanted to see the Father it was the Son that manifested Him. This is the season where if they want to see the Son, the Bride will manifest Him! Just as Jesus was in the bosom of the Father and declared Him, the Bride who abides in the bosom of the Son will declare Him as well. The foundation the church is built upon is that we have access to be in such union with Jesus, that the world does not see us but only sees Him because our life is hid in His (Colossians 3:1-3).
Reformation Is Coming
God is raising a generation of prophets, apostles and an apostolic prophetic generation who will reveal that one of the main positions of the office of the prophet and apostle is to stand and abide in the secret place. It is there they will receive God’s secret counsel to act as pillars to manifest and establish His will in the earth. God will produce nothing in the earth until He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). The first place the word “prophet” is used in scripture is in Genesis 20:7 and it is revealing how Abraham, being a prophet, can come into the counsel of God to receive His secret counsel to bring life to the King Abimelech! It is in this place of counsel that we can become the voice of God in the earth that causes other to pass from death and into life (John 5:24). It is the voice that causes those in the grave to come into resurrection life! It is out of the secret counsel that the voice to awaken the church will come forth like the sound of the lion of the tribe of Judah.
Roar of the Lion
The Lion is about to roar(Amos 3:8) out of His secret place and it is going to cause the Fear of the Lord and the Awe of God to be restored back in the church first and then the earth. Who will understand the door to God’s heart is not simply from the pulpit but on the floor in a position of intercession? The door is in the floor. The way up is to have our face down and to sometimes to put our plates down. Keys of intimacy and prayer are being released to give us access into His counsel so we speak a clear word in season for our generation. May the Lord raise up a people who will stand in the secret counsel of the Lord and speak from His heart and cause His will to be manifested in the earth.
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Feast of Trumpets: The Feast of the Open Book and Revival of the Word and Spirit:
“When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed the world, has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years”. Smith Wigglesworth 1947.
The Coming Move of God
Smith Wigglesworth prophesied of and end-time revival that would combine the word and spirit and it would be the greatest move we have ever seen. The emphasis would be on the revelation of the Word and the moving of the Spirit through signs, wonders and miracles. The heart of God is that we would unlock the power of His word through intimacy that will manifest His nature by not separating the studying and preaching of His word from the demonstration and power of His Spirit. Paul the Apostle declares that He declared the mystery and testimony of Messiah not with man’s wisdom but through the hidden wisdom of God (I Corinthians 2).
This generation will be mantled with the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and the keys of knowledge to unlock scripture that will manifest the nature of Yeshua on the earth like never before. This Feast of Trumpets and season of High Holy Days I believe is unlocking revelatory truth we need to begin to usher in as William Branham declared it “The Bride’s Revival”.
The Water Gate and the Feast of the Open Book
1And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel.
2Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.
In Nehemiah 8:1-2 it was on the Feast of Trumpets that Ezra the priest opened the scriptures and read the word of God to those who left Babylon and were preparing to rebuild God’s dwelling place. As Ezra opened the scroll and read the book, the people heard and understood the word of God. It was at the Water Gate on Feast of Trumpets that the scroll was open! Water is symbolic of the Spirit while gates are places of access.
Trumpets are sounding, eye gates and ear gates are about to open and the King of Glory is coming into us so He can manifest out of us! The Spirit and the Word will bring revival, refreshing, renewal and cleansing to prepare our hearts to not just speak truth but manifest it.
The Ezra Company: Unlocking the Mystery of the Counsel of His Will
Ezra who was a scribe and priest is picture of what’s coming on the scene. Scribes had to be scholars in the word of God as they had the great responsibility to handwrite the word onto scrolls. According to the Jewish commentaries, these scholars were referred to as “sofer stam”, which is an acronym for sefer torah (Torah scroll) tefillin (phylacteries) and mezuzah. Mezuzahs were scriptures in a black box and place above the doorpost fulfilling the command of Deuteronomy 6:9 to inscribe His word upon the doorpost. Phylacteries were boxes that were bond around the hand and above the forehead to fulfill the command of Deuteronomy 11:18 to bind the word of God on their eyes and on their hand. We see this in scripture and when understood there is a powerful truth in regards to scribes:
18 You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
The scribes were called sofer stam because it was another way of saying they were a Torah scroll themselves! Scribes are coming who are not just scholars of the word, but they are a living breath Torah scroll being revealed.
13 For it is not merely the hearers of Torah whom God considers righteous; rather, it is the doers of what Torah says who will be made righteous in God’s sight. 14 For whenever Gentiles, who have no Torah, do naturally what the Torah requires, then these, even though they don’t have Torah, for themselves are Torah (Complete Jewish Bible)!
A clarion call is being released and the beginning of the revival of the Word and Spirit will be released through scribes who have such intimacy with God, they will possess the ability to create synergy through the Word and the Spirit. Just as Paul declares all scripture is God Breathed, Ezra’s are coming with the ability to unlock God’s breathe in the scriptures and release His life into those who hear and understand it (II Timothy 3:16). It will be God breathed words and when they speak, their mouth will be like the pen of a ready writer inscribing upon the hearts of the people. This will create strongholds of righteousness and joy that produces supernatural strength that will not be hindered! The joy of the Lord is our strength (stronghold) (Nehemiah 8:10).
The Bride is a Scroll Being Unveiled and Manifesting the Bridegroom
1 I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire; 2and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land; 3and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.
In Revelation 5 no one was worthy to open the scroll but Lion from the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb. In Revelation 10 this angel has a scroll open in his hand, wrapped in a cloud just as God would come down in a cloud and His face is like the sun just as Yeshua’s did on the Mount of Transfiguration in Matthew 17. The appearance of the rainbow is connected to the glory of God around the throne in Revelation 4 and Ezekiel 1. I believe the description of this strong angel with the scroll open in his hand is the Messiah Himself. The Lord is about to about reveal Himself in a Bride that will manifest the very nature of Messiah. Before He physically comes back, He will tabernacle in a Bride who has made herself ready (Revelation 19).
Ezra and the Bride
The name Ezra comes from the word “ezer” which the same root to “help meet” describing the Adam’s bride in Genesis 2! When we look at the meaning of the Hebrew for the description of the Adam’s wife it means she is his counterpart who could explain, declare and manifest the glory hidden in her husband! Ezra’s are coming who will explain, declare and manifest the glory hidden in the Bridegroom Yeshua! An Ezra company is coming to reveal the hidden revelation of Yeshua through intimacy and bring the body to maturity.
Unlocking the Scroll
The scroll in the strong angel’s hand is the unveiling of the Bride and the seven thunders will reveal the mystery of the bride’s revival. The Lion is about to roar and the authority to take dominion over the beast that comes out of the sea the beast that come out of the earth is about to unfold (Revelations 13). May we have ears to hear when the Spirit and Bride says come!
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We Are in Birth Pains
And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her “Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
Just as Rachael was in hard, intense labor and needed someone to speak into her life, we as the body of Messiah need that now. Midwives who have been commissioned for this hour to speak strength and boldness in the midst of hard labour are coming on the scene. They are not here to say the tribulation is going to stop, but not to fear the loss of promise in the midst of it. Rachael is prophetic picture of the body of Messiah in travail to give birth to Benjamin whose name means “son of the right hand”. Sons who are seated at the right hand of power are coming forth, but the labor pains are intense to bring about much needed change.
The word for “hard” is the word “qashah” which means hard severe and grievous. This is also the same word used to describe Pharoah’s hard heart (qashah) (Exodus 7:3) and the stiff-necked people whose hearts have not be circumcised (Deuteronomy 10:16)! When God is bringing us into something new, the battle and intensity will be great when a new mindset is being formed while we are still stuck in old thought patterns.
There is so much more to be said on this subject, but I will leave you with this: as Rachael’s soul was leaving her body in verse 18 she called the name of the baby Benoni which means “son of my sorrow” but the father named him Benjamin “son of the right hand”! Apostolic fathers are about to speak with clarity and truth that the hard labour was not bring you sorrow, but to bring you into truth, power and holiness. It was meant to bring us into kingdom reality and not leave us without our full inheritance. Rachel’s name means “ewe or a sheep” meaning this tribulation is meant to make us a sacrifice which will bring us into a place of fruitfulness and now bareness. It’s a season of giving birth to fruitfulness as we come through the narrow way.
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The Coming Hebrew Year 5778: The Year to See (Ayin) The Chet (Wall): The Year to See the Wall of Opposition and Breakthrough
This Hebrew year 5778 will be a pivotal year within this ten year window of the Ayin (70) 2010/5770-2020/5780 to restore normal prophetic vision (20/20) back to His body. The Lord showed that from the year 2010 which was the Hebrew year 5770 to 2020 and 5780 ten-year window of restoration. The Lord is increasing our spiritual eyesight to see the wall of opposition and several areas to bring breakthrough and unity in His body to position us for the great harvest.
The Year to See and Destroy the Wall That Divides Us
The sword of 5777 will begin to break through and cut down walls that divide His Body in 5778. This will come by the sword of the Spirit that will cut through veils and cause His people to see what seeds of division the enemy have sown. This demonic spirit of division against His body and the destiny of this nation is in direct opposition to the third great awakening that must come through unity with God and each other.
If the coming outpouring of God’s Spirit is to pour out upon all flesh and cause the multi-colored, multi-ethnic diversity of His body to move together, then division is an important tactic of Satan to discern in this hour. I believe a key to this is in Ephesians 2:14-15:
14 For He is our peace who hath made both one and hath broken down the middle wall of partition.
15 Having abolished in His flesh the enmity even the law and of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man making peace.
His death brought all of us into the unity of the Father through the Son. What is paramount to understand is that peace was accomplished in the flesh of Messiah. The revelation is true unity can only come as we all come into unity with Yeshua first.
Binding and loosing are legal terms used to unlock and lock, forbid or to allow, or to make legal or illegal. The blood of Yeshua satisfied the enmity between us and God as well as each other and made the wall that divides us illegal in the government of the kingdom! It is in union with His death that we find the grace to break division and enmity between us and walk in unity as His one new man. God is about to open our eyes to not just see what divides us in the body, but also receive the grace to die to that mindset they keep us apart. Messiah is our peace which means He brings the ability for us to be healed and mended within ourselves so we can be unified with Him and each other.
Peacemakers Are Coming
There is a remnant of peacemakers coming on the seen that have come into such union with His death that the very nature of the Prince of Peace shall manifest out of them. Just as Yeshua became our peace and destroyed the middle walls of partition between Jew and Gentile, these sons of God will manifest the government and nature of The Prince of Peace to “loose” the reality of unity into the body of Messiah.
Peacemaking sons of God (Matthew 5:9) will be ambassadors bringing righteous judgment first into His body by manifesting the standard of the Son of God. These ambassadors will carry about in their body dying of the Lord Yeshua as Paul declared (II Corinthians 4:10).
Breaking down Language Barriers
Yeshua spoke to the crowds that followed Him in parables, yet to His disciples He unveiled the meaning to them (Mark 4:34). There was a language barrier between the crowd and the Yeshua. One of the words for parables or dark sayings in Hebrew is the word “chiydah” which means a parable, proverb or riddle that must be understood and answered (Numbers 12:8). The root to chiydah are the two Hebrew letters “Chet” which means “wall” and the “Dalet” which means “door”. When we combine these meanings, we get “wall door” which is interpreted as “the wall is the language barrier and when the parable is understood one passes through the door and the two are united”! In Numbers 12:6-8, God describes three ways He makes Himself known to His prophets which are dreams and visions, parables and dark sayings, and face to face (Numbers 12:6-8).
Prophetically, He is bringing us from dreams and visions, and parables to being fully awake and speaks to God face to face! When one passes through the wall of chiydah, it forms the word “echad” which is be one or union with God. The Lord our God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4).
The language barrier that has resulted from God’s people being sleep is about to be removed as they become awakened and come into face to face encounters in the Holy of holies.
Year Hidden Manna is Being Revealed to the Overcomer
The number 78 is significant in many ways this coming year. Every Hebrew letter has a numerical value that reveals hidden truth for His people. The number 78 is the same value for the Hebrew word for “bread (lechem)”. The Lord is about to give hidden manna to those who overcome the doctrine of Balaam and the Nicolaitans (Revelations 2:13-17). At the introduction of each letter to the seven churches in the book of Revelations, Yeshua is described in a different fashion which includes to how He is manifesting to that church. He comes to the church at Pergamum as “He who has the sharp sword with two edges”. If Pergamum church did not overcome the stumbling block of the doctrine Balaam (compromise and worship of idols) and the Nicolaitans (suppression of laity coming into maturity), then He would fight them with the sword of His mouth! Apostolic hubs are increasing out of God’s desire to see His body mature and to remove compromise.
Worship Warriors Are Coming with A New Level of Healing and Deliverance
The number eight will be significant this year the body of Messiah will begin to break through walls and veils to see new things. These worship warriors liken to David will disclose secrets and mysteries because they have broken through the wall to understand God’s heart. They will release of new sound from the harps that will cause God’s people to vibrate on the same frequency as Him and create beautiful symphony in the Spirit. This sound will drive out unclean spirits that keep God’s people in bondage. Just as David played the harp and brought refreshing, enlargement to Saul’s lungs and drove out the spirit of fear, worship warriors will release sounds of His love to drive out the spirit of fear upon this generation and expand people’s capacity to receive of the life of God (I Samuel 16:13-28).
See Through the Wall and Expose What Divides Us from Him:
7 So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall.
8 Then He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall”; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door.
Several months ago, the Lord sudden spoke these words to me: “5778 Ezekiel 8:7-8”. Ezekiel 8 Verses 7 and 8 was a sign of that God is opening our eyes to see (Ayin 70) through the wall (Chet 8), understand His language and enter the door to see the wickedness within the Body that has created division between God and His people as well as each other.
We have entered a year of the exposure of compromise that started to be exposed with the sword of 5777. This exposure is redemptive in purpose so the stumbling blocks in our lives and in the corporate body can be removed as we entered an new era of His glory.
Cleansed and Initiated into the New
Another significant Hebrew word with the value 78 word “chanak” has the value of 78 as well as the word “mabbul”. Chanak means to dedicate, train, to disciple and initiate one into something new. It’s used in Proverbs regarding training up a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6). The word mabbul is the word for “flood” used in Genesis 6:17 of the flood meant to cleanse the earth of the wicked. Chanak is also the same word used when Solomon dedicated the temple through sacrifices for the glory of God to dwell (I Kings 8:63).
• We are coming into a season of revival where the outpouring of His Spirit will cleanse His body and begin to initiate us into new places and revelatory truth we have not been before.
May the Lord prepare our hearts to receive all that He has in store fo