As we did an update today on the event, Father spoke to my heart to change it from “rising” to an apostolic command “ARISE!!” Rising is definitely a process and the Ekklesia has been in that transition, but now it is time to have a “Resurrection!” It means a “raising up, a “standing up again”, a making WHOLE!
In the days of the restoration of all things, restore means to “repair, to set in order, to complete.” Ps. 102:13- You will arise and have mercy upon Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.
As we enter into this new Era of the Ekklesia, the corporate overcomer and representative of the kingdom, we will Arise and stand on our feet, taking our place in the army of the Lord!
Ezekiel 37:10- So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath (the breath of life) came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, AN EXCEEDINGLY GREAT ARMY…
Yours for the kingdom,
Jim and Pam
1 Tim. 1:18-20- (Message)
I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.
There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two of them. I let them wander off to Satan to be taught a lesson or two about not blaspheming.
Great passage from Paul concerning his son, Timothy, about keeping the faith and “waging the good warfare”- strateia- “the apostolic career”, which is where the real fight of faith is! The apostolic career is not just a “profession”, or saying I have 20 or 30 years in my career so I can now retire! No, the apostolic career is a lifestyle of spiritual “military service”, the apostolic career (as one of hardship and danger): — warfare.
This warfare is as a soldier serving in a military campaign; To Paul and Timothy it was executing the apostolate (the apostleship) with its arduous duties and functions, to contend with carnal inclinations. Go to War-fare. It is about dealing with the mindsets and strongholds that hold men in fear, religious traditions, and even heresies, or those being diverted from truth. When we see the apostolic as contending with carnal minds and inclinations, then we can understand what the “good fight of faith is.”
We will be looking at this more extensively over the next few weeks, as we prepare for our apostolic campaign beginning in the month of July. We will look at the scripture concerning the apostleship and how territories are where the greatest battles are, because men are “territorial!” The apostolic career is NOT something we choose, it is the calling and choosing of the Father that through apostolic fathering relationships, we can begin to take back the land through inheritance, blessing, and birthright. May we continue in “fighting the good fight of faith…”
Isa. 62:1,2;6,7;10-12- FOR ZION’S SAKE I will not hold my peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, UNTIL her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a NEW NAME, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
I HAVE SET WATCHMEN ON YOUR WALLS, O JERUSALEM: They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD , DO NOT KEEP SILENT, And give Him no rest TILL HE ESTABLISHES, AND TILL HE MAKES JERUSALEM A PRAISE IN THE EARTH.
Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples! Indeed the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, AND HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.'”
And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; And you shall be called Sought Out (After), A CITY NOT FORSAKEN.
Matt. 5:14- “You are the light of the world. A CITY THAT IS SET ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN.”
Gal. 4:19- My little children, for whom I labor in birth again UNTIL CHRIST IS FORMED IN YOU…
Hebrews 9:10- concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings,and fleshly ordinances UNTIL THE TIME OF REFORMATION. (NEW ORDER)
Heb. 12:22,23a- But you are come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CHURCH (CONGREGATION) OF THE FIRSTBORN WHO ARE REGISTERED IN HEAVEN,…
Isa. 4:1-6 – AND IN THAT DAY seven women (church systems) shall take hold of one man (Christ/apostle), saying, “We will eat our own food (teach our own doctrine) and wear our own apparel (Our own covering/order); only let us be called by Thy name,(co-habitate/false authority), To take away our reproach.” (rebellion/lawlessness) IN THAT DAY the Branch of the LORD (Christ in His church) shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy-everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem.
When The Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning (cleansing of the temple/house and baptism of fire), then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion (region/city of the Lord), and above her assemblies (local house/assembly), a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. FOR OVER ALL THE GLORY THERE WILL BE A COVERING. (defense or “canopy of protection”, or a covering.) And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
IN THAT DAY…The Day of The Lord, the “Seventh day” 2 Thess. 1:10-12- …when He comes, IN THAT DAY, to be glorified IN HIS SAINTS and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of The Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and The Lord Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:11-13- For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope (appearing of Christ in His saints) and glorious appearing (appearing of the glory) of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,…
PSALMS 87:1-3- HIS FOUNDATION IS IN THE HOLY MOUNTAINS. THE LORD LOVES THE GATES OF ZION MORE THAN ALL THE DWELLINGS OF JACOB. GLORIOUS THINGS ARE SPOKEN OF YOU, O CITY OF GOD! SELAH.
Beth-el does not only mean “house of God” but the “Gate of heaven!” When Jacob had his dream of a ladder set up on earth that reached to heaven and there angels were ascending and descending on it. Gen. 28:16-18 says, Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it!” And He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the GATE OF HEAVEN!”
To me, the spiritual significance of Jacob’s dream and ladder, is that many are ‘waking up’ from a dream of going to bed searching for God and their place, to an awareness that the Father is there, right in the midst of them! You may be waking up outside of the camp, so to speak, in a new situation that you are afraid! But you can find the house of God, not church as we have known it, but the place where the oil is flowing and covenant is established in the Father’s House!
The stone that he laid his head on became a ‘pillar’ where he poured the oil and where he made a vow to the LORD that brought the provision of the Lord to him! Gen. 28:21-22- “so that I come back to my Father’s house in peace, then the LORD will be my God. “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.”
This is the present truth that church is moving from a feminine, passive gender where there is only comfort and solace and hope, but a place of the Father’s kingdom where the ecclesia becomes the “embassy” of the kingdom as the “Gate of heaven” on earth!
I. Tim. 3:15,16- but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how to conduct yourself in the house (hold) of God, which is the church of the living God, THE PILLAR AND GROUND OF THE TRUTH.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
Many are perplexed by the circumstances that are surrounding them because of the abundance of revelation and insight they have received! You entered into 2013 with such expectation but it seems like you have found yourself in the fire! I found an article I wrote in Dec. of 2003 called “The Crucible!” The meaning itself should help many- Crucible- 1) An earthen vessel (clay pot) made of a substance that can resist great heat; 2) A severe test or fiery trial; 3) passing from one dimension to another (RELATIONSHIP=PROCESS + EXPERIENCE, which brings CHARACTER!
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. ( I. Pe. 4:12,13)
Ephesians. 4:1-16- I Therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye would walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye were called with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
THERE IS ONE BODY, AND ONE SPIRIT, EVEN AS YOU ARE CALLED IN ONE HOPE OF YOUR CALLING; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL, WHO IS ABOVE ALL, AND THROUGH ALL, AND IN ALL.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore He saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
AND HE GAVE SOME, APOSTLES; AND SOME, PROPHETS; AND SOME, EVANGELIST; AND SOME, PASTORS AND TEACHERS; FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF THEIR MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST;
TILL WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, AND OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST:
That we henceforth be not more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
FROM WHOM THE WHOLE BODY FITLY JOINED TOGETHER AND COMPACTED BY THAT WHICH EVERY JOINT SUPPLIETH, ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF EVERY PART, MAKETH INCREASE OF THE BODY UNTO THE EDIFYING OF ITSELF IN LOVE.
The Shift in the church, as we know it, is taking an incredible turn! Just in the last month, since the beginning of the second half of this year, July 2012, we are seeing the people of God beginning to be mobilized from just special seasons, or Kairos, into a quality time of walking in alignment with the Father! This is the “chronos time”, or “chronological” time! It means a “duration of time, which may be a point, a lapse, a span, a period, a quantity, a measure, a duration, or a length.” Kairos (seasons) suggests kind of time. Chronos tells what day it is. Kairos tells of special happenings occurring during the time frame of Chronos!
The church, as we know it, has come to its “wit’s end!” It has come to the end of it’s own wisdom. I keep using the phrase, “AS WE KNOW IT”, because what we’re entering into is a prophetic cycle that will bring us back to our ‘apostolic course.’ I want to bring I Peter 4:7-11 to your attention, with an emphasis on what the Lord spoke to my heart when bringing a message to a conference in a church in East Texas in 1999! “But the end of all things, AS WE KNOW IT, is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister in to one another (employ it in serving one another), as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, or serves, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
The End of all things is not the finality as we might think, it is the ‘END’ of the transition, from one age to another! Again, the end of all things, as we know it, is here! The church can no longer operate out of its own strength or wisdom, we must have the “manifold wisdom of God!” (Eph. 3:10) This present evil age is being swallowed up with the ‘powers of the age to come’, that is, those who have been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,… (Heb. 6:4,5) This manifold wisdom of God is helping us transition from the old to the new, being made known “to the principalites and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed, or accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him.” (Eph. 3:10-12)
So, through His grace and wisdom, we are moving from “crisis to commission!” The love of God must increase in His people, not wane, or decrease. Our hospitality and fellowship must be sincere and done without murmuring, or complaining. Every one must be equipped to serve and minister to each other, being good stewards of what the Father has given us. Two areas are addressed in I Peter 4:11- If anyone speaks… and, If anyone serves…If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracle, or the utterance of God. If anyone serves, let them do it as to bring glory and honor to God through Jesus Christ. This will restore his dominion (his power, authority, and rule) and glory through Christ in the church. To come out of the crisis, we’ve had to experience the baptism of fire and the baptism of suffering. I. Peter 4:12-14 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”
THE KEY TO COMING OUT OF CRISIS: JUDGMENT!
When many hear the word “judgment”, they immediately think of “hell-fire and brimstone.” But the word “judgment” is from the Greek, krisis, or where we get our english word ‘crisis.’ Isn’t that interesting? What does it mean? It carries the idea of a “separating, the process of distinguishing, and selection, making a decision.” Another word for judgment is a legal term describing the judicial process of dealing with guilt or innocence. The word if used chiefly for the verdict itself, reached after an investigation. That’s why, continuing in I Peter 4:17-19 says, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house, or the household, of God; and if it begin with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “if the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful creator.”
This judgment that is not coming, but is here, is discerning the things that are different! The reason why we have not been able to judge or discern good from evil, is that we have never learned to discern or recognize, that different is not necessarily demonic! In fact, in Phill. 1:10, that says “that you may approve the things that are excellent”, means to be able to discern the things that are different. Difference, or diversity, is a part of the manifold ( multi-faceted, much colored) grace of God! We will not have true unity out of “sameness” but out of diversity. Unity is not everyone looking the same or being able to parrot the same doctrine but comes out of the “unity of the Spirit” that brings us to “unity of the faith!” (Eph.4:3,13) God made us all different, each one with a unique quality to respond to him, so He could take the differences of many, and bring them into harmony, or agreement, with Him. Coming into agreement with Him, is arriving at the same time for a “divine appointment” with Him!
The goal of the “Great Commission” (Matt. 28:19) is to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, not just converts…” The church has been in crisis because we have been content to preach the gospel to a few just like us, rather than to receive the authority that Jesus has given us, not only in heaven, but on earth, to “make ALL see what is the fellowship (stewardship, or administration) of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 3:9) The mystery is being unveiled, or made known, through the “preaching of Jesus Christ and made known by the prophetic scriptures to all nations…” (Romans 16:25-27) This is according to the “commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience of faith–to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”
There we have it: Because of the righteous judgment (crisis) of God, we are able to be commissioned with the commandment of the Father, to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. I Peter 5:10,11 says, ‘But may the God of all grace, who called us by His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, AFTER THAT YOU HAVE SUFFERED A WHILE, will Himself restore, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20,21 sums it up: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory (in the church) by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen! Yes, Yes, Yes, and Amen!!