Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Third Part

The Lord awakened me at 4:40 a.m., and I knew the number "44" was significant. He then began to speak to me from 2 Kings 4:44.

2 Kings 4:42-44 - "Now a man came from Baal-Shalishah, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And he said, 'Give them to the people that they may eat.'"
"And his attendant said, 'What, shall I set this before a hundred men?' But he said, 'Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, "They shall eat and have some left over."'"
"So he set it before them, and they ate, and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord."

The Lord quickened me to look up the meaning of "Baal-Shalishah". "Shalishah" means "third part". The Lord spoke:

Zech.13:9 - "And I (have brought) the third part through the fire, refined them as silver is refined, and tested them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people.' And they will say, 'The Lord is my God.'"

For the past number of years, the Word of the Lord has been testing His body. Each time we have received a revelation, it has been tested and proven in our lives. We've been through the refining fires of the Holy Spirit so that the Word of the Lord is now a "pure" word in our mouths, proceeding from a pure heart.

All prophetic voices agree that we have come to the time of miracles, signs and wonders. These signs will be released as a confirmation of His word spoken under the unction of the Holy Spirit. After Elijah raised the widow's son from the dead, she said, "Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth!" (1 Kings17:24).

We will know the people of "the third part" by the signs that follow. One of the key ways in which the Lord will be moving is in the area of multiplication of resources. That which is dedicated to the Lord (as in first fruits) will multiply, resulting in ample provision for those that we're ministering to. There will also be an overflow, so that our own needs will be amply met. Let us be alert to the new thing the Lord is doing in this season! Let us walk by faith and not by sight, expecting the supernatural in our midst. Let our words not be "in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power"! (1 Cor.2:4)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Let Deborah and Barak Arise!

Most prophetic voices agree that the Lord, the Captain of the Host, is calling His people to the battle lines as never before. The enemy is amassing an army, and the body of Christ is now being required to go on the offensive. We are to receive His strategy and march according to His command.

The Lord gave me a vision in which three battle-worn commanders of the Lord's army, one woman and two men, were consulting with one another about a course of action. They had been in the process of setting a group of prisoners free (mostly women), then arming and training them for the upcoming battle. These three knew the enemy was coming, and were expecting an onslaught. However, it was reported that the enemy didn't have horses, and this was slowing them down. Where previously the commanders had been waiting for an attack, they now decided to go on the offensive. Instead of fighting in ankle-deep mud in the current location, people could position themselves on flat, solid rock for better footing. The commanders went about arming the people and training them for hand-to-hand combat.

We are in a time of arming and preparation. The war has been raging, and there have already been casualties. The Lord is now calling His Deborahs and Baraks to unite in battle, leading His people to sure victory. These are the men and women who have fought and overcome many battles with the enemy. They are established in their faith and have gained credibility in their places of service, just as Deborah was an established prophetess and judge. The Lord revealed both His will and strategy to this noble woman, who then summoned Barak.

Judges 4:6 - "Now she sent and summoned Barak... and said to him, 'Behold, the Lord, the God of Israel, has commanded, "Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men...."'"

Note that Barak didn't initiate this course of action, nor did he decide to "include" Deborah in the campaign. Instead, He realized that he couldn't proceed without her at his side.

Judges 4:8 - "Then Barak said to her, 'If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.'"

Deborah had the anointing required for battle. She had been given the strategy for victory. Both were God's chosen instruments to lead the army of God at His command. So, too, is it in this day. As many have prophesied, men and women will be going forth as one in battle. One cannot go forth without the other. Watch for many supernatural "joinings" as the Lord continues to muster and prepare His troops for the battles ahead.

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Time For The Horses

I believe the Spirit of God spoke that He has now released the horses for those in the bridal company who have prepared themselves. Jesus has come as Captain of the Hosts of the Lord, and He is calling forth His army. No longer are we to be on the defensive against the enemy, but He is now leading a mighty throng against injustice in the land.

A horse is indicative of great strength, swiftness, and authority in the Spirit, and the Lord is calling forth those people and ministries that He has birthed and equipped for this hour. The focus will not be on individuals, but only on the Captain of the Host. Heavenly portals have been opened throughout the land for the "King of Glory.... The Lord strong and mighty.... The Lord mighty in battle." (Psalm 24:8) Those who have prepared themselves will be following Him on these spiritual horses, as a foreshadowing of the Bride at the time of the end.

Rev.19:11-15 - "And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war..... And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses."

Many have prophesied of a time of acceleration in this new year, accompanied by great manifestations of His glory, with miracles, signs, and wonders. Those who are now being given a horse have "run with the footmen in a land of peace" (Jeremiah 12:5), and are now qualified to "run with horses".

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Signs In Nature

I had a dream in which I was in a lovely forest with a small number of people. Suddenly, we noticed that a large herd of animals had gathered in an opening close by, and that there were many monkeys in trees surrounding us. A large number of these monkeys were hanging from the trees, and several of them were riding the backs of lions. These and other animals began increasing in number and activity, and we knew that we had to run to our nearby house for safety.

As I pondered this, as well as another recent dream in which I was surrounded by sharks in a large body of water, I heard the Lord say the word "amass". The meaning of this word is to "gather or assemble into a large number". The Lord went on to reveal that the enemy is now gathering his people in a way that we haven't seen before. Satan is beginning to reveal his strategy, as evidenced by the recent deaths of birds, who dwell in the second heaven (which is Satan's throne), as well as fish in the waters below the earth.

We know that the Lord is our refuge and sure place of safety. In recent months (and even years), He has been drawing His people out of the world and the world system. He is also gathering His people together in the places that He desires, and we are being assembled together with those who have the same heart, mind, and purpose in His Spirit. This will increasingly be the only true place of safety in the days ahead. It will also be a time of the church's greatest triumph!

Jude 1:10 - "But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed."

Psalm 2:1-12 - "Why are the nations in an uproar, and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed..... He who sits in the heavens laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.... Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning O judges of the earth.... Do homage to the Son, lest He become angry, and you perish in the way. For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!"

"monkey" - deceit; dishonesty; using flattery to gain an advantage; foolishness
"lion" - intimidation
"shark" - judgmental spirit; people you know attack unexpctedly; formidable enemy who is jealously working against you

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Called, Appointed, Anointed

The Lord has called and appointed His witnesses to proclaim the living Word in this hour. This company is now going forth with great power and authority, having been prepared and designated by God as His chosen vessels.

Mark 3:13-15 - "And He went up to the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach and to have authority to cast our the demons."

I heard the Lord say that He has given "golden pipes", or vocal cords, to those He has appointed (named officially) to carry His message. These people will have the "golden oil" that will be continually poured out from His throne room. They are the anointed ones who "are standing by the Lord of the whole earth" (Zech.4:14). This company has complete access to heavenly strategies and the hidden wisdom that is being released in this season. These sons of fresh oil are a foreshadowing of the two witnesses spoken of in Revelation 11. Great power and authority have been given to them.

Zech. 4:12;14 - "What are the two olive branches which are beside the two golden pipes, which empty the golden oil from themselves? These are the two anointed ones, who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth."

Rev.11:3-6 - "And I will grant authority to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy..... These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies.... These have the power to shut up the sky, in order that rain may not fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire."

The number two is signifiant, as the Lord is not sending this company out singly, but by two or more. The number "two" signifies the following: testimony; witness; blessing; judgment; revelation; harmony; the living Word; incarnation (giving bodily form or substance to).

NUGGET OF GOLD: The Lord Himself has called, appointed, and anointed a remnant to go forth with His living Word in this hour of earth's history. Great is the call on their lives. Those counted among this number have already laid down their lives. They have come out of the world system in every way that the Lord has required of them. The testimony of Jesus is in their mouth, and they "love not their life even to death" (Rev.12:11). We'll recognize them by their fruit, and by the signs and wonders that follow them.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Prayer For the New Year

The Father of Glory has many things planned for His sons and daughters in this new year (and new age). Much has been prophesied and we are eagerly awaiting the fulfillment of His promises. The prayer that Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Glory, impressed on my heart this morning is Ephesians 1:17-19:

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the true knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe..."

It's not enough to pray for wisdom and revelation. I believe God is saying to pray specifically for a revelation of His glory and power, which are already deposited within each believer, and which provide for us "everything pertaining to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3). The key is to walk in the true knowledge of this inheritance.

On December 21st, I heard the Lord say the word, "Attributes". I knew that He was referring to those qualities listed in 2 Pet.1:4-8. We can become partakers of His glory and power to the degree that we're walking in these divine attributes.

NUGGET OF GOLD: Let us test ourselves to see if we can be found walking in His divine nature. Then, make it the cry of your heart to know, understand, see, and experience more of His glory and power in this new year! Both are already in us, and it is the desire of the Father to manifest both His glory and His power through us.

May this be our best year ever!

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Instructors Will Shine Brightly

We have entered a time when those with the true Word of the Lord will "shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven" (Dan.12:3). The people who truly know God will stand out among all those professing to be Christians. There will be a clear distinction between those who the Lord has filled with His message and those who have not stood in the council of the Lord.

These are the days prophesied by Amos when people are beginning to "go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord...."

Amos 8:11,12 - "'Behold, days are coming,' declares the Lord God, 'When I will send a famine on the land. Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord. And people will stagger from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.'"

The Lord is highlighting His true messengers.... His true instructors. These are the believers who have a history with God of "not living by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deut.8:3). Only this company will have words of life. In the midst of darkness that will increasingly cover the land, these "instructors" will stand out as the the only light. Signs and wonders will be done by their hands.

Daniel 11:32,33 - "But the people who know their God will display strength and take action. And those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many..."

I believe the Lord indicated that Isaiah 8:11-22 best describes the period of time we've now entered:

- We are not to fear what is coming upon the world, but we are to fear God!
- Our only place of safety and refuge is in walking and speaking according to the Word of the Lord!