A New Season
With the passing of our friend Bob Jones and many other powerful saints, there seems to be a clear message of transition and transformation being heralded by the Spirit. After Bob’s passing the Lord highlighted to me Philippians 3:20-21 saying:
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
By supernatural grace many will be transformed from a humble state into conformity with the body of His glory through the exertion of His power. This is a divine impartation that I believe will mark many in this season and change them forever. Paul clearly had such an experience on the road to Damascus. (See Acts 9) Jacob likewise was radically transformed at the river Jabbok. (See Genesis 32)
It will be like a baptism of fire coming upon those who have been set apart and prepared to be mightily anointed in this juncture of church history. The Lord clearly has a strategic blueprint that is continuing to display His perfect plan and purpose for this age. It is His roadmap to the Prince of Peace with signposts along the way to indicate progress.
Having Insight with Understanding
This crossroad is presently alerting us to a present release of spiritual virtue and Heavenly power for the vessels that have gone through a grooming and purging process in order to qualify them to carry this dimension of His authority. The Angel speaking with Daniel referenced this reality and its timing saying:
He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. ” Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. –Daniel 12:9-10
We are now broaching the completion of a spiritual stepping stone that ultimately leads to the Throne of Heaven. Many of the central figures used in the process of completing this important step in God’s plan are receiving their Heavenly reward and crossing over into eternity. The Lord spoke it to us this way,
“These men and women have been carried to their reward so others can take the next step to go far beyond the valuable foundation established by these devoted leaders. As Elijah was a prophet in the wilderness, the Lord will now establish the Elisha’s who will be prophets to the masses. ”
These Godly saints going home have left us with a rich heritage and a responsibility to carry Heaven’s torch to greater heights. No longer will the Lord’s anointed ones be hidden in the wilderness. They will now be revealed on a broad scale to a number of people in a corporate way. A new generation of radical prophetic voices will now emerge who have encountered Heaven and carry a fresh expression from God’s heart.
The prophet Elijah once prayed and observed a cloud the size of a man’s hand on the horizon of Israel. So also can we now perceive a new cloud to bring the “reign” of Heaven on our spiritual horizon! The prophetic prayers offered to the Lord for the release of governmental leadership will now be answered in a more pronounced
The church is entering an age of militancy and spiritual confrontation. The “end of days” is characterized with great conflict. The struggle between “light” and “darkness” will continually escalate. We are entering days that will introduce amplified revelations of God’s kingdom and Heaven’s spiritual economy. The Bible plainly foretells this battle as violent and spiritually bloody.
The Kingdom of Heaven truly suffers violence and God’s army must take it by force. As was prophesied, “The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
Our adversary will not willingly hand-over his influence in this earth without conflict. We may as well come to an understanding of this reality and accept it as a part of our generational calling.
Redemption was purchased in a most violent way. The shedding of the Lord’s blood was brutal and unattractive to the natural eye. Nonetheless, it was the greatest demonstration of divine love ever expressed.
The innocent blood of Abel cried out from the ground with a prophetic voice of recompense. Jesus is the mediator of a new and better covenant; His blood speaks better things than that of Abel. (See Hebrews 12:24)
It is the destiny of this generation of overcoming saints to enter the “fullness of the stature of Christ.” It will be there calling to “taste the good word of God and the powers of the age to come.” (See Hebrews 6:5) We have only seen isolated forerunners who introduced this more excellent way. A new day is upon us! This divine Life is in the blood of Jesus; our quest is for a more comprehensive apprehension of its power.
Moving on to Maturity
The victory has already been won; it is now our place to appropriate it. This process is necessary for our spiritual development and maturation to rule and reign with Him as priests and kings. It would be quite simple for the Lord to eradicate every evil influence standing in our way. However, it is His desire to achieve it through us in a series of victorious battles that bring us to spiritual maturity.
These will be days of “blood and fire.” Greater appreciation of the redemptive virtue of God’s blood and fiery conflicts between good and evil will prevail in coming days. Something truly noteworthy has been imparted into the spiritual DNA of this generation who qualify as overcomers- they are jealous for God in a militant way.
The Lord is a Warrior and those joined to Him share in His warlike attributes. His ministers are as a flame of fire and the angelic hosts assigned to co-labor with us are as winds that fuel the fire. This anointing will begin to address the “lukewarm” condition prevalent in much of the Western Church.
Great warriors will emerge in this hour. The Holy Spirit is preparing a body of people to expose spiritual gates and open everlasting doors that the King of Glory may come in. He will reveal Himself as the awesome man of war Who is strong and mighty in battle. (Psalms 24:7-8)
Substantial authority will be given to this warring band to sever the head from spiritual influences that have successfully stolen the inheritance of God’s people. According to Psalms 74:14, “You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. “
God intends to retrieve His precious gifts and the vessels to which they are entrusted. These days will see many who are leaders of wickedness become vessels of light and righteousness. This is true in both the natural and spiritual arena. God is able!
Gleaning from the Past
For the past two decades I have had a keen interest in understanding modern revivals and the positive things that were done and also understanding failures and mistakes. Part of the mandate for this generation is to recapture and restore to the Church our lost heritage. Many forerunners and pioneers obtained a testimony from God and blazed a spiritual trail that left an indelible mark upon their generation and understood this high place in God.
Recently I was sharing some of the great things the Lord has shown prophetically that He will do in the last days through His mature Sons and His spotless Bride. Someone then asked me “how can these things be? They seem so tremendous!” When I inquired of the Lord the response came authoritatively saying, “tell them there’s power in the blood. Tell them there will be the full appropriation of My blood before the end comes.”
Without the shedding of blood there would be no forgiveness of sin or end-time plan of redemption. (Hebrew 9:22) This empowerment will likewise be carried to the four corners of the earth. God is about to download, through His government, messages that teach and preach Calvary’s cross in profoundly powerful ways.
The Body of Christ has scarcely touched the great redemptive truths of the cross; these will prepare the bride for her union with the Bridegroom. The enthusiastic preaching of Christ’s shed blood will be recaptured in the Church through great revivalist in the order of John Wesley and George Whitefield.
New Wave of Revivalist
I was just recently in New London, Connecticut and preached from the very pulpit from which George Whitefield declared great awakening in 1740. You could feel the richness of the heritage and God’s desire to release a new wave of revivalist to our generation.
Likewise, pastors and teachers will discover notable anointing on messages that stress the importance of the Lord’s sacrifice and the great price of redemption. The Lord is coming with the now “opened” book of redemption in His hand. We are called to “eat it” and prophesy great mysteries of the Kingdom to every nation, tongue and people. (Revelations 10:8-10)
As in all wars, liberty and freedom are acquired at a cost. These realities will be imparted to those willing to consider the cost and pay it freely. We pay the price by allowing the pruning of the Holy Spirit so we may know Christ, the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ.