Understanding The Times

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know
Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be  enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparable great power for all who believe.
Ephesians  1: 17-19 

Paul here is writing while in prison to the Ephesians, to encourage  them. He had put himself at risk  preaching the gospel to them. His desire was  now for them to come to a greater knowledge and understanding of God’s  truths. For the Holy Spirit to illuminate God’s word to them , so they were  able to apply them to their own lives and in God’s service.

It is the same for today. A mature Christian is continually growing in Christ, constantly thinking and acting more like Christ. We won’t be perfect  until we get to glory, because we live in a sinful world, but God’s goal is for us to become more like Him.
For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the  likeness of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many  brothers. And those He predestined, He also called, those He called, He also justified, those He justified He also glorified.
Romans 8: 29-30
The good work God desires to do in us, is a spiritual, eternal  work, preparing us for future  glory.

Do not be Deceived

To understand the times we are living in, we need  to be soaked in God’s  word. To the spine of prophetic revelation. To have the wisdom and  knowledge of the prophecies in the bible.
We have to be careful we are not deceived. Prophecies that are man made,  can supersede or contradict God’s word and timing, and there are many out there.
Watch out that no one deceives you, For many will come in My Name,  claiming “I am the Christ .”
Matt 24:4

Babylon is reappearing in a spiritual sense. The greatest enemy of the True Church is the False Church, and the bible tells us even the elect will be deceived.

For false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect- if that were possible. See I have  told you ahead of time. Matthew 24:24

Life on earth is being threatened, the antichrist is soon to come on the scene. Many will be deceived by him, but we have nothing to fear, as true believers, we are part of the kingdom of God, underneath the kingship of Jesus on earth. And we are also told “And God has raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms. For  above all rule and authority, power and dominion , and not only in this  present age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:19-21

And  God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages, He might show the comparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness in us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7

It is vital we flow with God’s plans. We cannot pray against the  lawlessness mentioned in Matthew 24. To do so would hinder the return of the  Lord. The climate we are living in is ripening the wheat, the good and bad harvest. Good and evil will continue side by side until the end. The wheat  is ripening, but also the tares. Tares are difficult to distinguish until the wheat comes to fruit. The harvest will not be gathered in until it is ripe. Mat 13:24-30

Revelation 14 speaks about the harvest of grain and the harvest of grapes. Grain brings salvation, and grapes bring judgement.
Then another angel came out of the temple, and called to Him who was sitting on a white cloud. Take your sickle and reap, because the time has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe. So he who was seated on the  cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and it was harvested. v15 – 16

Still another angel, who has charge  of fire, called to him who had the  sharp sickle. Take and cluster the cluster of grapes  from the earths vine. The angel swung his sickle on earth, gathered the grapes and threw them onto the wine press of God’s wrath. They were trampled in the wine press outside the city, and blood poured out of the press, rising as high as the horses bridles for a distance of 1, 600 stadia. v18-20 

Prior to this will be the great tribulation, by now the saints will have gone in the rapture, depending on one’s interpretation of scripture! All the focus will be on Israel, the Jewish people will have made aliyah, and the gospel will have been preached to all nations, and then Jesus will return.

This is Our Prayer

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ , the Father of all glory, may give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we 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 exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at the right hand in heavenly places far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His  body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1: 17-23

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit redeemed, cleansed, and sanctified  by the blood of Jesus. Our members, the parts of our bodies are instruments, yielded to God for His service and for His  glory. The devil has no place in us, no power over us, and no unsettled claims against us. It has been settled by the blood of Jesus . We overcome satan by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony,  and we do not love our lives to the death. My body is for the Lord and the Lord is for my body.

Perseverance in Prayer

But you dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and  pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s  love as you wait for the  mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful  to those that doubt, snatch  others from the fire and save them, to others  show mercy, mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy-to the  only God our Lord our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever more. Jude 20-24
Amen 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeking the Heart of God

Nehemiah 1: 4-11
When I heard these things, I  sat down and wept. For seven days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. V4

Nehemiah was a man who knew God’s heart. The wall of Jerusalem had been broken down and the gates burned, and God was grieved. Some of  the Jewish people had returned home after exile, but the place was in ruins.  Nehemiah was moved with compassion and grief for God’s beloved  Jerusalem.
He was a great leader, with many skills and giftings but more  important  though, he new how to touch and reach God’s heart.
He was able to see the world from God’s  prospective.
He saw the need, and was obedient to the calling.

If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15: 7a

Under His Wing

When we live a holy life before God, we too can have that privilege,  of sharing His heart. God gives us the burden, we are then led to  persistently intercede, in the spirit, until we see the victory in the natural.

Nehemiah might have been considered righteous, but he was still part of a  sinful nation, and as an individual he prays on behalf of Israel.
Likewise this is what God requires of us. He uses people who are available, who feel His heartbeat, and love Him above all else, and who He  can trust to carry out His commands. Revelation is conditional upon obedience.

Prayer Changes Everything

Through Nehemiah’s life changing prayer, the world was greatly impacted. The wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt. His prayer was based on Moses law, and Solomon built his favourite prayer on Moses too.
The word of God was used as a legitimate copy of God’s word, to the point God can be held bound to what was written.

There has been an inadequate understanding within the body of Christ of the power of using the word of God in prayer.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth, it will not return to Me  empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it Isa 55:11

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do the  words of the law. Duet 29:29

God is in Control

Nothing happens on earth and in heaven until God says. Speaking in faith  the spoken Word, releases powerful supernatural force, backed up by all  the resources of heaven. There is a miracle in our mouth when we send  the word of God prophetically.
The written prophetic word is authoritative, other prophecies given by man need to be judged and tested.

Declaration

No eye as seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has  prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, and the deep things of God. For  who among men know the thoughts of God, except the Spirit of God. We  have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,  that we may understand what God has freely given us 1Cor 2: 9-12
For who has known the mind of the Lord that we may instruct him? But we have the of the Lord.  v16

Confession

O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love, for those who love Him, and keep His commands, let your ear be attentive and you eyes open to hear your servant in praying  for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins of the Israelite’s, including myself and my fathers house have committed against you. Neh 1:4-6

Thank you Lord, for the trust you bestowed upon us in the UK, to nurture  your people Israel. However, we have miserably failed and are guilty. We  never fulfilled our commitment to the Balfour Declaration. We neglected  and failed to act when 6 million Jews were killed in the concentration  camps. We turned the Jewish people away from their homeland after the Holocaust. We repent, and ask for your forgiveness.

We are guilty of allowing anti-Antisemitism to continue, even in the church, and this brings us to “Weep between the portico and the altar.” Joel 2:17
We humbly confess, on behalf of the government, where ungodly laws have been introduced in the past. Lord have mercy.
Your word says “Righteousness exalts a Nation, but sin condemns any people. Prov 14:34

Restoration

Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying “if you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey My commands, then even if your people are in the furthest horizon, I will bring them to the place, as a dwelling for My Name.
Neh 1: 8-9

We intercede for the final in gathering of Your people from the four corners of the earth. For all hindrances to go. We know you are whistling for them. May their ears be opened to hear your voice calling them, and to respond accordingly.

O Lord, let your ear be attentive  to the prayers of this your servant, and to the prayers of your servants, who delight in revering your Name. Neh 1:10a 

Proclamation

As for Me, this is my covenant with them says the Lord “My spirit who is on you, and My words that I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the  mouths of your descendants , from this time on forever,” says the Lord. Isa 59:21

For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one, and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in the  flesh, the law with it’s commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself, one new man out of the two, thus making peace,  and in the one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to  you, who were far away, and peace to those who were near. For through  Him, we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Eph 2:14-17  

 

Nothing happens on earth and in heaven until God says  

Shavouth

You shall observe the Feasts of the Harvest of first fruits of  your labours from what you sow in the fields. You shall  bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the House of the Lord  your God. Exodus 23: 16-19

This Hebrew festival has a variety names, each having a particular meaning and significance. Shavuot, Feast of Weeks, Feast of  Harvest, Day of Fruits and Pentecost. Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks.”
Pentecost literally means fifty days.

In Old Testament times, farmers brought their first fruit offering of barley to the Temple on the Sabbath at  Passover. Shavuot celebrates the first fruit of the wheat harvest seven weeks later. Fifty days later after the 7th sabbath two loaves of bread, baked with leaven, as a wave offering, were brought to the Lord.

Another significance is the late spring, God’s gift of the ten commandments was remembered  on Mount Sinai. The 50th day after the Israelite’s were led out of captivity in Egypt. Exodus 19. The covenant between God and Israel. The Jewish people call  it the giving of the Torah.

God’s Timetable

God’s time table is remarkable, First He established His pattern for redemption in the death of His sacrificial Lamb. As death visited the first born of all the homes in Egypt not covered by the blood,  Israel, was set free from bondage.

Passover is memorial to freedom, Many years later, Christ concluded that sacrifice, setting us free from sin and death. Paul identifies Him, in the resurrection as “Christ the first fruits”1 Cor 15: 23.
For it was on the morning of the offering of the first fruits of the barley harvest that He rose from the dead! The disciples waited 49 days after Jesus’s departure, just as the Jews waited 49 days  from Passover to Pentecost.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all  with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound  from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and  came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy  Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4

Peters Discourse

Peter then addressed his countrymen, witnessing to them in great  power urging them to “save themselves,” from this untoward generation. v 10
Many received the Word and were baptised, and the same day, 3,000 souls were added to them, Jew and Gentile proselytes, and the  Church of Christ was formed.

The meaning of the two wave loaves baked with leaven now brings significance. The Church of Christ (Jew and Gentile) is not without sin. It reminds us to look for perfection, not in the church, but in Jesus, the perfect Son of God, in whom there is no leaven of sin.
These 3,000 believers became the “spiritual first fruits” of the church of Christ, purchased by the blood of the Lamb!  It was customary on the eve of Shavuot in the Old Testament to stay up studying and discussing God’s  word. They were called the night watches.
It is the same as believers, we are called to be watchmen on the walls, and as we approach Pentecost, many prayer ministries will be fasting and praying at this time, especially in the wake of the  current situation we find ourselves in. For God, to pour out His blessings again on a dry and thirsty land.

Let us Pray

Father Your word says that “Godly sorrow brings repentance, that leads to salvation, and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Cor 7:10

The world is so far removed from what You created it to be. You are a loving, just God, whose desire is that no one should be lost. As believers we have to take responsibility, and feel the weight of  sorrow of living in a fallen world, so that we can enjoy the  expression of joy in salvation, when victory comes.
Throughout history, you had a perfect plan for mankind, from  Genesis to Revelation.

Forgive us Lord, we repent and renounce our wrong attitudes as a church.
For forgetting where our inheritance comes from, the covenant You made with Your chosen people Israel.
We have ignored and neglected the roots of the early church. “If some of the  branches have been broken off, and you being a wild olive shoot, have been grafted  in from the olive root, do not boast over the branches. You do not support the root, but the root supports you.” Rom 11: 17-19

Because of this, the church has become weak, and not able to stand in that authority that bestowed upon Peter, and all the believers in the Upper Room at Pentecost.
We have watered down Your Word, and  embraced ungodly practices in our land. Have mercy on us Lord, come and heal Your land for Your glory and glory alone.
Thank you for  Your promises to all those that demonstrate godly sorrow.

Declaration

Repent and be baptised  every one of you in the Name of Jesus  Christ, for the forgiveness of sins, And you will receive the gift  of the Holy Spirit … The promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, and for all whom the Lord, our God  will call. Acts 2: 38

Father, our desire is to be fruits righteousness for you. Phil :11
To continually offer to You our sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips confessing Your Name. Heb 13:15

Come Holy Spirit Come, Come  Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit Come!

To conclude let us sing or say this wonderful song written by William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army Send the Fire.

Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame, Send the fire!
Thy blood bought gift today we claim  Send the fire!
Look down and see the waiting host, give us the promised Holy Ghost. We want another Pentecost, Send  the fire today!

God of Elijah, hear our prayer, Send the fire!
To make us fit to live and die, Send the fire!
To burn up every trace of sin, To bring the light and glory in, The revolution now begin Send the fire today!

It is fire we want and fire we plead, Send the fire!
The fire will meet our every need, Send the fire!
For strength to do what is right, for grace to conquer in the fight. for power to walk the world in white, Send the fire today!

To make our weak hearts strong and brave Send the fire!
To live a dying world to save, Send the fire!
O see us on the altar lay our lives, our all this very day,
To crown the offering, now we pray Send the fire today!
Amen!

Build Your House on The Rock

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and  the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had  been founded on the rock.

And  everyone who hears these words of mine and  does not do them will be like  a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the flood came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Matt 7: 24-27 

Here in the UK and beyond, we have been having extreme weather conditions of late. Severe flooding, high winds, and typhoons and earthquakes  further afield.
In Africa and the Middle East they are experiencing swarms of locusts which  are destroying crops, of biblical proportions. We also have a world wide pandemic, Covid 19 is affecting every country in the world in some way. All these things are causing devastation across our planet. Loss of lives and livelihood in  great proportion, and a global economic crisis. Have we reached Matt 24: 6-8 You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not  alarmed. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes , in various places. All these are the beginning of  birth pains.

Alpha and Omega

As Christians we are being told by Jesus, not to be alarmed, these things must  happen before He returns. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

The very core of our security is being shaken.
Can we honestly say, our security is in Jesus and Him alone?

This parable, analogy that Jesus was demonstrating, I believe was referring to  our own spiritual condition.
Is our faith grounded on God’s truths, the Word of God?
Is Jesus our Cornerstone? Isa 28-16 See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will  never be dismayed.

Our  foundation has to be upon the Rock, anything else will crumble and wash away.
Ministries that have not been founded on Jesus, but out of ambition, will tumble.
Big empires will be destroyed, like the walls of Babylon. Only the meek will inherit the earth. Matt 5:5

When we grasp the importance of God’s Word, that it is a living Word, a two edged sword that does not return void, we shall be able to stand firm on solid ground.

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

Can I encourage us all to pray the Word, proclaim it, prophecy it, and live it! Man’s words and thoughts are empty and limited, but God’s Word is eternal.

Declarations

Find rest O my soul in God alone, my hope comes from Him alone.

He is my fortress, I will  not be shaken.
My salvation and honour depend on Him.
He alone is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in Him at all times, O people, pour out your hearts to Him. For God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8

As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is flawless, He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.
For who is God beside the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is a God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the  heights.
He trains my hand for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You give Your shield of victory; You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
2 Sam 22: 32-37

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any other foundation other than the one  already laid which is Jesus Christ.
If  any man builds on this foundation using gold or silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw,  his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer  loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Cor 3: 10-15

Proclamation

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and  the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writing by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him-to be the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen
Rom 16:25-27

This is the Word of the Lord concerning Israel. The Lord who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man  within him, declares I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling, Judah will be besieged as as well as Jerusalem. On that day, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to remove it will injure themselves. Zech 12: 1-3

Grace to you and peace from Him who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits before His throne, and from  Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler over the Kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us Kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and  dominion for ever and ever Amen.

God’s Prophetic Warning

Even now declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping, and mourning. Rend your heart, and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and  He relents from sending calamity. Joel 2: 12-14 

In the days of Joel, swarms of locust devastated the land of Judah, followed by drought, destroying it’s economy. The plague was allowed by God, as a wake up  call, to rouse the people from their many sins. ( Joel 1:5)To see the need to turn to the Lord with penitent hearts. If they continue to spurn God’s  gracious call to repentance, judgement will inevitable.

Joel stresses the sovereign power of God over nations, and points out how God uses nature to get His peoples attention. Does this ring a bell?
He also gives a prophetic solemn description of what will happen at the judgement of all nations in Joel 3:14 in the valley of decision in the end times. God alone controls the course of history.

Peters Address

Yet, at Pentecost, Peter recited Joel’s prophetic discourse, that will happen to all those that repent.

And afterwards, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions, Even so on my servants, both men and women. I will pour out My Spirit in these  days. I will show wonders in the heavens, and on the earth, blood, fire and billions of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the  Name of the Lord will be saved, for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be  deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls. Acts 2: 16-21

We are seeing God pouring His Spirit  out in various places, and revealing Himself directly through signs and wonders. This picture was taken on the 7th May, the last super moon this year, when the moon is nearest the earth on it’s orbit, on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. The image taken   by an unbeliever, who gave me  permission to use it!
It is good to pray blessing over the land and the church, but I believe it is premature at present. The church  has to dig deeper, and come to God in humbleness and brokenness, and confess it’s failings before God, before that can happen.

Personal & Corporate Repentance for our Land

Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You are worthy to be praised, for You have created us by Your mighty power, and redeemed us by Your precious blood, and we are eternally grateful.

We acknowledge that we have sinned against You , and acted in rebellious and wicked ways. We  stand poor, wretched, naked and ashamed before You. We fall at Your feet of grace, and repent of our sin against You, for You are a holy, righteous God, who abhors, sin.

We have allowed unrighteous laws to be passed in our government, and turned away from You. We have failed  to fulfil our obligations with the Balfour Declaration, and San Reno Treaty, which You bestowed upon the UK for protecting Israel, and we are guilty Lord. May You show mercy on us and forgive us Father.

Hold Your face from my sins and blot out all  my  iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:5

The Church

As the church in the UK, we have progressively embraced the wicked ways of the world, of ungodly philosophies and practises. We repent of being weak in proclaiming Your Word, watering it down to make it more attractive.

Allowing the political arm of the various denominations to over rule Your precepts, will and  purpose for Your church, causing bondage to many, and restricting the flow of Your Holy Spirit.

Allowing same sex marriage and the ordination of homosexuals in the Church, an abomination to You.

Engaging in Replacement Theology, thinking the church has replaced Israel.  This is arrogance, our inheritance comes from the Jewish roots, and we should  embrace Israel in all that we do. The nation and kingdom that will not support You will perish Isaiah 60:12

This is why much of the church is sick and weak. Lord, we turn from all that is evil. Come refine Your church, that Your remnant may become a bride, that is fit and ready for the Masters calling .

Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. 2 Cor 6: 17 

But  the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshippers  will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him, God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24

Proclamations

Blessed  be the Name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His, And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge  to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is right in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.

For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth.
No one can restrain His hand, Or say to Him, “What have You done”? Daniel 2:20-22, 4:34-35

Hallelujah!

For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. fine linen, bright and clean.

Then the angel said to me “Write” Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!
And He added “These are the true words of God.
Rev 17:6a-9 

Amen and Amen !

 

Living in His Presence

Where can I go from  Your Presence? if I go to the heavens, you are there, if I make my bed in the depths you are there. If I rise on the wings  of the dawn, if I settle on the far side, of the sea, even there Your hand  will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139: 7-10

Living in Gods presence reqires an intimate relationship from our hearts, through the Holy Spirit to God’s heart. He  is always available, He never sleeps, and He is always waiting and ready to hear our call. The psalmist in Psalm 16:11 says “You have made know to me the path of life, You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

In the Hebrew, David was saying He was “seated” by the “abundance” of joy that comes from being within God.
He discovered that those who live rightly could dwell literally, inhabit,sit down in the presence of God. The  presence of God, does indeed give us a sense of “rest,”  even during adversity, we can be at peace.

A Life of Sacrifice

Ther is nothing to compare with bathing in God’s presence, where one is  overwhelmed and saturated in His love. It is a place where God shares His desires, His burdens. As we lean on the breast of Christ, we hear His heart  beat.
Our ancestors, the early saints, knew how to live in the secret place, and had a life full of His glory. It is the place of humility, and surrender in worship and intercession, which brings with it the anointing.

We may feel insignificant, but not in God’s eyes!  It is not the big ministries that God looks at, it is the heart of the individual. It was the two elderly sisters, one blind that interceded by day and night, that brought revival to the Isle of Lewis in 1948.
When  God moves, and I know He will soon it will take us all by suprise. In the meantime, as we pour out our hearts, before His throne of grace, not only are we being
changed, but we are advancing the kingdom of God.
In these difficult days, I believe God is calling us to go deeper, to have a fresh encounter. To hunger and thirst after righteousness. True intimacy  captures the attention of God, what can we do, to agree with You Lord, and usher in Your Kingdom?

Seeking His Face

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not  cast me  from  yor presence, or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me, the  joy of Your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Psalm 51: 10

Submit yorselves then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and He will come near to you. Wash your hands sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, moan, wail. Change your  laughter to mournng, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves befor the Lord, and He will lift you up.
James 4:7

Seek the Lord, while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way, And the unrighteous man His thoughts, And let him return to the Lord. And He will have compassion on Him, And to our God. Isa 55: 6-7

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousnes, for they will be satisfied. Matt 5:6

God’s Promises

Come, let us return to the Lord, For He has torn us, but He will heal us, He has wounded us, but He will heal us. Hosea 6: 1

When you are in distress, and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice. Duet 4: 30

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be trasformed by the renewing of yor mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what’s God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will. Rom 12: 2

Delight yourself  in the Lord, and He will give the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this. Psalm 37: 4-5

Proclamations

No age has seen, no ear heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit  searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among  man knows the  thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the  world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand what God has freely given us. 1 Cor 2:9:12

The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and our strength will equal our days. There is no one like the God of Jeshrun,  who rides on the heavens to help  us and on the clouds in His majesty. The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out our enemy before us saying, “Destroy  him! ”
Duet 33: 25-27

Let all the earth fear the Lord, Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast. The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord, And the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 38: 8-12

May we all stay under the shadow of the Almighty, embraced in His loving arms !

Go Through The Gates

Lift up your heads O you gates, be lifted up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads , O you gates; lift them up you  ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory, the Lord  Almighty, He is the King of glory. Psalm 24:7-10

Gates were places where the elders gathered in ancient Israel. They were associated with authority and decision making, for government, judgement and commerce.
They are also associated with praise and protection .
In 2 Chron 31:2 the priests were appointed to praise in the gates, Neh 12:30 tells us the priests and their lives  purified the gates.

Gates also signify the entrance or blockage of good and evil, both at the beginning and end of God’s plans.
Gen 3:24 we are told that God placed a cherubim with a flaming sword, outside the garden of Eden, to guard the tree of life.
When Jesus died the curtain was torn in two, and the Talmud records that the gates of  the temple opened miraculously by themselves in 30 AD.
Rev 21: declares the New  Jerusalem will have 12 gates of pearl, with the names of the  tribes of Israel, inscribed on them. The gates will not be shut, and there will be no darkness.

God is a God of order, and when we can grasp this blueprint for coming into His presence, we shall be blessed beyond measure. Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, give thanks to Him  and praise  His Name. We are instructed to come into His presence with thanksgiving, and enter His courts with praise, worship then takes us into the throne room. So often, we fail to follow  this order, we sing songs about our own human condition. But God is a jealous God, and He requires and deserves all the praise and glory that is due His Name. Only then will we experience the anointing and fullnes of God’s Spirit.

THANKSGIVING
“Be joyful,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thess 5:16

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1Chron 16:14

Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord is a great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95: 2-3

You are my God and I will give You thanks, You are my God and I will exalt You. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 118:28-29 

PRAISE
Open to me the gates of the righteous, and I will go through and praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous may enter: I will give thanks, for you answered me and became my salvation.
Psalm 118:19-21

Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds Me finds life, and receives favour from the Lord.
Prov 8: 34-35

Through Him, then let us continually offer up a sacrifiice of praise to God, that is the fruit of lips that acknowledge His Name. Heb 13: 15

CONCERNING ISRAEL
“Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people” Build up the highway! Take out the stones. Lift up a banner for the peoples! Isa 60:10

That in blessing, I will bless them in multiplying. ” I will bless the seed as the stars of heaven, and as the seed which is upon the seashore, the seed shall possess the gate of the enemies, and in the seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou has obeyed My voice. Gen 22:17,18

PROCLAMATIONS
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matt 16: 18-19

Evil men will bow down in the presence of good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. Prov 14:19

PRAYER
Finally, in the Name of Jesus, and through His precious blood, covered in our spirtual armour, we stand at  the gates of the Nations, and speak righteousness and truth. We bind and push back every thing that opposes the Word of God. Everything  that exalts itself higher than the knowledge of God we do condemn. And we release the Holy Spirit afresh, to bring revelation,and  salvation to the Nations. Let Your kingdom come. we pray. THANK YOU JESUS.

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty  and the Lamb are in the temple. The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it  light, and the Lamb is it’s light. The nations will walk by it’s  light, and the kings of earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its  gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever go into it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful, but only those whose whose names are written in the Lambs book of life. Rev 21:22-27
Amen & Amen

 

The Battle

No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is  their vindication from Me declares the Lord.
Isaiah 54: 17

Here the writer is expressing God’s protection and compassion for His people Israel. There have been many types of weapons that have been made to hurt and destroy people and nations throughout history.

However today we are seeing a different kind of weapon, a deadly virus, which is destroying human life, regardless of culture, colour, age, stature and nation.
The virus attacking parts of the lungs, which distribute oxygen around the organs of the human body. It’s aim is to kill, yet Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it in abundance.” John 10:10

OUR SPIRITUAL ARMOUR

All believers today, living under the new covenant are equipped with spiritual weapons. “Finally be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the whole armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Therefore put on the whole armour of God, so that when the evil day comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand, stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.

With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6: 10-17

This is not the time for the church to be indifferent or passive, and be in the trenches. It is the time for it to be on the front line standing together shoulder to shoulder in the Spirit. Jesus has already won the victory at the cross, prophetically we just proclaim it until we see it come into fruition in the physical realm.

DECLARE

The Lords Prayer

PROCLAMATIONS

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God, will raise up a standard against him!
Isaiah 59:19

Do not fear then, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you. Deuteronomy 8:22

Behold I have given you authority to tread on serpents,  and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Luke 10:19

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The  weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every though to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5

May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double edged sword in their mouths and a double edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their chains in fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence of all the saints. Psalm 149:6-9

SPIRITUAL WARFARE

We praise you Lord for your love forgiveness and long suffering. Forgive, forget, restore we pray Lord in Your mercy.
In the authority of the Name of Jesus and through His blood, we bind this corona virus from the nations from the earth, and command it to go to the pit of hell where it belongs, and never to return.

Father we pray, for the power of Your Holy Spirit to flow from the four corners of the earth, to bring repentance, salvation, healing and restoration. Thank you Jesus, for  nothing is impossible with You.

And they conquered him by the blood of the Lamb, and buy the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Rev 12: 11

Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End.
Rev 22:12

COME LORD JESUS – COME !

The Three R’s – Repentance, Renewal, Revival

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully commit to Him. “You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” 2 Chronicles 16: 9

This chapter focus’s on Asa the King. He had a heart that was fully commited to the Lord all his life. However in his final years, he rejected God’s word given through Hannai the prophet, and became an oppressive ruler. He refused to seek God’s help in times of national crisis. He allowed his faith to be eroded by complacency. He was inflicted with a disease, which God had wanted to use as a spiritual wake up call for Asa back to trusting Him.

REPENTANCE

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take away Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You. Save me from blood guilt, O God, the God who saves me, and I will sing of Your righteousness.
Psalm 51: 10-15.

Come let us return to the LORD, He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; he has injured us but He will bind our wounds. After two days He will revive us: on the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surly as the sun rises, He will appear, He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.
Hosea 6: 1-3

RESTORATION

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for His compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness “The LORD is my portion: therefore I will wait for Him,” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Lam 3:22-26

“Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the  way of My people.” For this is what the high and lofty One says – He who lives forever, whose Name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit. To revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite, I will not accuse forever nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me – the breath of man that I have created. I was enraged by his sinful greed. I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept in his wilful way, but I will heal him,  I will guide him and restore comfort to him, creating peace on the lips of the mourners in Israel.
Peace, peace to those far and near, says the LORD, ” And I will heal them.”
Isa 57:14-19

REVIVAL

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him is before all things, and in Him things hold together. And He is the head of the body; the church; He is the begining and the firstborn among the dead, so that in everything He might have supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or things in heaven, by peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20.

I will surely gather all you O Jacob; I will surly bring together the remnant of Israel, I will bring together the sheep in a pen, like a flock in it’s pasture: the place will throng with people. One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through the gate and go out. The King will pass through them, the LORD at their head.
Micah 2:12-13

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all families of the Nations will bow down before Him, For dominions belong to the Lord and He rules over the Nations!
Psalm 22: 27 -28

As we declare these sciptures, let us continue to stand our ground, and keep standing, having girded ourselves with the armour of God.
JESUS HAS WON THE VICTORY!

 

Christ our Passover

Passover began at sundown Wed 8th April 2020. An eight day holiday that commemorates the departure of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, more than 3,000 years ago. Exodus 7-11, God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians when Pharaoh refused to free the Israelites.

By day the Lord went ahead of them, in  a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar  of fire by night left it’s place in front of people.
Exodus 13: 21-2

Are there similarities to today? The world is in lock down at present from a lethal, mystery virus, a plague. Interestingly, Passover coincides with Easter this year. From the eve of Passover a large pink moon is shining down nearer to earth than any other time, What is God saying?

    1. If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray  and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
      2 Chronicles 7:14

       

    2. Turn to Me and be saved, All you ends of earth! for I am God and there is no other.
      Isaiah 45:22

PROTECTION

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge, and my fortress; my God in whom I will trust. “I will say .”Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield a buckler.
Psalm 91:6

DECLARATION

But He was pierced for our transgression, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

PROCLAMATIONS

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:15-16

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, scorning it’s  shame, and sat down at the right hand of God
Hebrews 12:2

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they had pierced, and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a first born son.
Zechariah 12:10

For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in the flesh the law with it’s commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself, one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body, to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to all those who were near.
For through Him we have both access to the Father by one Spirit. Amen!
Ephesians 2: 14-18

On this special day, many are participating in the breaking of bread, and taking the cup, the blood of the Passover lamb, aligning themselves with God’s people, and you are welcome to join with us today.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5: 7-8

“The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace, “
Numbers 6:24-26

When the shadow of the LORD is in the camp it is the sound of victory! He is the Rock of our Salvation.
Amen & Amen!