Eyes and Ears
We are living in a time that can clearly be recognized as the “harvest” generation. All the seeds deposited in the Garden of Eden are coming to full maturity. Both the seeds of darkness and the seeds of light are developing and requiring an active response on our part. This will cause some who have straddled the spiritual fence to take one side or the other in this heightened spiritual environment in which we presently live.
We must either be blistering hot or we will find ourselves overcome by darkness. The times will no longer allow for lukewarm Christianity. The spirit of anti-christ is coming to full maturity in the earth. Likewise, the Spirit of Christ is developing maturity in the hearts of many who will demonstrate, through mighty expressions of spiritual authority and power, the overcoming victory He achieved.
The Lord has prophetically promised to establish a Biblical government with apostolic authority necessary for the preparation of His end-time Bride. A great opportunity of grace is being released to the Church…we must embrace it. This will begin the process of separating the precious from the worthless allowing us to “taste the good word of God and the powers of the age to come. (Heb 6:5) The Lord can only trust us with the fullness of His rich power and Kingdom authority, when our character and nature is consistent with His.
To facilitate that spiritual objective, we must clearly recognize that the Scriptures are not a matter of private interpretation but an expression of the Living Word. The Lord Jesus, on the eve of His crucifixion, prayed His high priestly prayer that His disciples would be sanctified in Truth. (John 17.17) That prayer is of paramount importance in this hour as righteous leaders are being set apart to become vessels of glory who give expression to the mysteries of the Kingdom and the anointed Word for this generation.
The victorious leaders, in whom the refining process is complete, will be the “good shepherds” upon whom the favor of the Lord will be apparent. They will mark the restoration of the mature judges and counselors evident in the early Church. These leaders will emerge possessing the mind of Christ and imparting Godly counsel essential for our spiritual well-being. The Presence of Christ evidenced in their life will bring the Word of God to life and make it a living presentation of Heavenly reality.
Our previous lack of “comprehension” has greatly inhibited our ability to be the bright shining light in this dark world. This is beginning to change. The Lord is bringing forth a people of great spiritual understanding who will become beacons of light in the midst of deep darkness.
These leaders will surface from the process of separation and washing in Truth, anointed with Holy Spirit power displaying the Lord’s victory over demons, disease and death. This “span” of time we are experiencing is providing a season of preparation and purging for the ones being groomed for this anointing and commissioning. That is the goal for which we set our sights as we lay aside all that would stand in the way of this incredible destiny for which we are privileged to participate.
Washed By The Word
It is presently the desire of the Holy Spirit to create radical purity essential for entering the secret place of the Most High and union with Christ. The emphasis of the Spirit is now fixed on the cleansing and purifying work necessary for believers to enter a higher dimension of anointing and relationship with God.
That He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word that He might present to Himself the Church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:26-27)
When the anointing of the Holy Spirit quickens the Word with life and power, truth is allowed to penetrate into the very fiber of our being, transforming us into the likeness of Christ. When the ultimate process of sanctification has been achieved, we will be presented to the bridegroom in the fullness of His reflection. That is being washed by the water of the Word.
The Holy Spirit will identify issues within us contrary to His nature and quicken the Word of Truth to provide a divine alternative. When we embrace the revealed Truth with our arms of faith, it will begin to change our nature and character, creating purity and a Christ-like mind.
The mark of genuine Christianity is clearly recognized in the virtue of a consecrated life. This takes place when our thoughts and ways are made to be consistent with His, expressed in His Word. It is in the possession of the mind of Christ we discover the secrets of His Kingdom and embrace the keys that unlock the vast resources of our promised inheritance.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
There is available in God a place of peace and rest that serves as a guard or garrison over our hearts and minds. The term “guard” is taken from “phroureo” meaning to protect by a military guard or to prevent hostile invasion or an unwanted besieging. A spiritual watch is assigned to govern and express the pure and powerful qualities of God inherent in the Living Word.
The Zadok Priesthood
There is an emerging group of church leaders that can be prophetically characterized by the Zadok Priesthood portrayed in Ezekiel 44. This distinguished division of the Priesthood remained faithful to the Word of God during times of apostasy and infidelity. For their faithfulness, they were rewarded with a divine invitation to minister to the Lord at His table. As they emerged from that place of intimacy and fellowship, a commission was granted to teach God’s people the difference between the precious and the profane and extract the clean from the unclean.
But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood,” declares the Lord GOD. They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge. (Ezek 44:15-16)
This is denoting an emphasis on the five fold ministry of “inspired teachers” as they prepare the body of Christ to receive the strong Apostolic and Prophetic ministries yet to commence. These specially anointed saints will provide fresh revelation of His Word reserved for this generation.
The government is coming forth to be properly placed in its role as the foundation with Jesus Christ as chief Cornerstone. These will be leaders in whom the Lord has found pleasure and can be trusted with the power and authority necessary for Kingdom purposes to be accomplished in the earth. Presently, these emerging leaders are in a season of pruning and sifting— forging their character to carry this distinct anointing.
They will be the judges and counselors who will not judge by what their eyes see nor what their ears hear, but in righteousness make judgments of equity and justice. The refiner’s fire is thoroughly purifying these leaders so the anointing would not be lost nor the wineskins destroyed for lack of character. It will be a true impartation of the divine nature and Holy character established in the spirit and soul of the Lord’s leadership.
The term inspired priests is one taken from both Old and New Testament scriptures generally referencing teachers who receive their understanding of the Word “through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galations 1:12) The Apostle Paul stated that his revelation of the Word came not by the teaching of man nor by reading a book but by a divine revelation of Jesus Christ. The inspired teachers present truth that will begin to sanctify believers according to John 17:17; “LORD SANCTIFY THEM IN TRUTH; THY WORD IS TRUTH”.
One of the Old Testament redemptive names given to the Lord is Jehovah M’Kaddesh – The Lord Who Sanctifies (Exodus 31:13) The term holiness is derived from the Hebrew word “Kodesh” and is allied to “sanctify” and is translated as dedicate, consecrate, hallow or holy. “I am Jehovah M’Kaddesh – The Lord who sanctifies you”. This term’s main influence relates to moral and spiritual purity. In the New Testament, many scriptures relate to the process of sanctification, the sum of which is provided to the church through the atoning work of Christ.
The inspired teachers will promote sanctification within the church making her a suitable dwelling place for the fullness of God’s Spirit. His manifest Presence will empower believers to become partakers of His divine nature and His Holy character. All of these purposes, related to the inspired priest or teacher, are identified with the true biblical definition of discipleship. That is, teaching believers to become the Lord’s friend. This form of discipleship will also lead the church into the full revelation and realization of Galatians 5:22-23.
The main assignment of the “inspired teachers” will be to Biblically reveal the requirements of the Lord for the end-time church to taste the good Word of God and prepare her to walk in the power of the age to come. Through their revelation of the Word by the Holy Spirit, they will teach the church the necessary steps of preparation and consecration in order to be viable participants in the glorious ministry yet to come.
Cleansing The Soul
The Lord is looking for men and women who live in agreement with His Word and stand before Him as His spokesmen. In this place, we become the expression of His voice. Those who are depicted as the “overcomers” will be granted a white stone with a new name imparted to them and allowed to share in the “hidden manna” reserved for the time of the end. There are secrets and mysteries yet to be unfolded from the depths of God’s Word that will transform the bride, making her ready for the bridegroom.
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Cor. 7:1)
Conversely, there is a demonically inspired “dark light” that will send deluding influences into the soul of man with delusions of grandeur. That is why we must continually cleanse ourselves from all that would contaminate and defile both body and spirit. Delusions of grandeur and spiritual deceptions result in the manipulation of the church body through “selfish ambition” and “self justification.” These will utilize the “control” and “religious” spirits to accomplish a counterfeit agenda and twist the Word of God to suit that agenda.
The Lord’s servants will always be meek and teachable. The Holy Spirit is calling us back to the place of a humble heart and contrite spirit, trembling at the Word of the Lord. From this place of devotion, we will easily discern the demonic influences the enemy tries to initiate in us and quickly dispel them. This process will keep us “hallowed” before the Lord.
This season of the spirit will begin to see an emphasis on — purification and cleansing of the soul. As we do, we will begin to grow in the things of God and share in His divine nature and Holy character. This sacred promise will be released in the body through anointed vessels bringing to life the Word of God through demonstrations of the Spirit.
Combining Spiritual Thoughts With Spiritual Words
Through His Church, the Holy Spirit is beginning to unveil the mysteries of the Kingdom by articulating and giving expression to spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. (1 Cor. 2.13) It will be Kingdom Truth not taught by human wisdom, but the Holy Spirit granting the proper interpretation of spiritual Truth through spiritual language. From this posture, we will begin to understand His ways and apprehend His thoughts. The Lord is promising to reveal His thoughts and ways, which are much higher than ours. His is a “higher way” of holiness.
Words, when anointed, become a piritual “vehicle” that transports us from one realm to another…The natural word becoming spiritual through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In John 6:63 the Lord stated that the words He spoke to them were both SPIRIT and LIFE.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (John 6:63)
Through the anointing of the Spirit, words attain a spiritual life of their own. The Spirit gives life to the message of the Kingdom that points to the cross and transports one from the natural into the Spirit realm. It is in that place we discover the hope of our calling and the immeasurable greatness of His unlimited power toward those who believe.
Jesus Himself was actually representative of the “anointed Word.” He was the Word of God incarnate in flesh and He was the Messiah, which translated means, the Anointed One. God’s inspired Word is a spiritual vehicle which delivers us from the natural realm to the spiritual. His anointing is the fuel that propels the vehicle. Without the anointing the vehicle cannot operate. The letter killeth but the Spirit giveth Life. (II Corinthians 3:6) For For the ministered word to become spiritual food, it must proceed from the Presence of the Lord through an anointed ministry in an atmosphere of the anointing. As His anointed word is quickened within us and we receive from it an impartation of Spirit and Life, we are then growing into “the fullness of His stature”.
Truth Springing Forth From The Earth
Acquiring knowledge about the Bible is a noble pursuit. However, it cannot be a substitute for knowing the Lord intimately as the Living Word and the express image of the invisible God. He is Living Truth. A “word” is a “thought” that has been given expression. Inherent in God were His attributes and thoughts. He gave articulation to His thoughts and virtues through the Word. The “Word” then became flesh and dwelt among us that we could behold His glory and comprehend the perceptions and qualities of God. Truth sprang forth from the very heart of God in Word form imparting Spirit and Life that is tangible and spiritual substance.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Lovingkindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs from the earth; and righteousness looks down from heaven. (Ps 85:9-11)
The “spotlight” of the Holy Spirit will be on the Kingdom truths expressed in this passage during the coming days. The salvation here promised is not restricted to the future life in our Heavenly home, but includes deliverance of all kinds… rescue from trouble, distress, and calamity in this generation.
All who truly reverence Him and posses the Fear of God rather that the fear of man, may expect His impressive support and aid. This depicts the confident assurance of God’s people that He will intervene in the troubles of His children and will deliver them.
It is the hearts cry of all God’s people to see the Glory abiding in the land. As the prophet David once said, “For Thy lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Thy truth.” (Ps 26:3) As we discover the fullness of the Spirit of Truth and walk in Him faithfully, we will experience His promised inheritance set before our eyes. The benefits of the Kingdom (His glory, lovingkindness, mercy, righteousness and peace) are produced by the Spirit of Truth. If we are going to be fruitful, we must be faithful to the Spirit of Truth.
The Spirit of Truth will expose the spirit of deception. When this is accomplished, great conflict results between the two camps. Again, we are confronted with making choices by the testing of our motives and desires. If we embrace the correct commission, we will be catapulted to greater measures of loving kindness and righteousness and experience heightened expressions of His glory.
Testing produces choices which we must make in righteousness as we choose this day whom we shall serve. We must especially pray for a guard to be placed before our tongues so that our words are spoken in agreement with Him. Our prayerful petition should continually be for a covering to be placed around our hearts so we will not embrace deceptions, but only the Spirit of Truth.
All of our words should be galvanized with charity. Even if words of correction are necessary, when vitalized with charity they will always be fruitful because love never fails.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ (Eph 4:14-15)
If we do not cultivate a love for the Truth, especially in the season ahead, we will be turned over to a spirit of delusion. The apostle Paul prophetically envisioned this day and wrote of it saying, “The one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false.” (II Th 2:9-11)
Unfortunately, many erroneous doctrines continue to be embraced in the church, providing veils that separate us from the One we seek. A powerful release of the Spirit of Truth is coming to guide us into ALL TRUTH, dispelling the lies that have been taught as truth.
Encountering The Teacher
There is a present mandate from the Lord to respond to His voice providing the key that opens the door, accessing the invitation to “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” (Rev 4:1) In this place we will discover great and mighty things which we presently do not know, through close encounter with the Lord Himself.
Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30.20-21)
Teachers will emerge who have encountered the Teacher and heard expressions from His lips that will provide clear and concise direction that will prevent us from stepping waywardly to the right or left. The path we have been called to travel is straight and narrow. We can only remain on this path being ushered by the Spirit of Truth and embracing every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
The scriptures are not a matter of private interpretation, but men moved by the Holy Spirit will speak from the anointing of God. Their message will reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom that will present the Bride without spot or wrinkle.
Idolatry and precepts of man will be put away and dispensed by the bride as an impure thing when the Living Word makes Himself known. The prophet Isaiah utilized this wording to portray to the nation of Israel the hideous nature of false teachings and idolatry esteemed by God’s people.
Much “gold and silver” has been generated from teachings that have measures of truth but have been taken well beyond their prescribed parameters. This has caused great confusion and disillusionment among many and has brought a reproach upon the church from the very ones most needing the Good News of the Gospel. The Lord is announcing His intention to begin dealing with these issues. Truth shall spring forth from the Earth through the hearts of His people as the Spirit of Truth descends upon the church.
When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me, and you will bear witness also, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (John 15:26-27)
The mature teachers will primarily be commissioned to DIRECT the people to the Truth… He is the Truth. Christ is both the Way and the Truth and the Holy Spirit is the Guide who shows the way to the Him. The Lord desires to be the Teacher for all who believe. Anointed instructors will present to the people the seeds of biblical truth and point the way for each to cultivate their own relationship with the Lord. It is His great pleasure to enlighten His people in the ways of Kingdom Life.
Re-Reading The Scriptures With Spirit Eyes
A clear admonition is emanating from the Holy Spirit for us to truly re-read the written Word through Spirit eyes. Passages of scripture which we have read many times will now begin to take on new life as a fresh dimension of insight is deposited from the throne of Heaven.
For many passages, it will be as though we have never read them because of the unique hidden truth that will emerge in this day. Even the prophet Daniel foresaw our generation and understood the revelations he was privileged to observe were reserved for the time of the end. We have now entered that day and the present dimensions of Truth will be unveiled.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. (John 16:13)
The result of this fresh revelation of Truth will begin to transform our natures from FEAR to FAITH. On the surface, it will make the coming days seem turbulent. Nonetheless, the end result will be the re-establishing of the church on a firm foundation of Truth and Faith. Fear is a great enemy the Lord desires to overcome in His people. Like Joshua of old, we are given the admonition to be strong and of good courage without fear or reservation in our approach to this next season of the Spirit.
With the dawning of this new day in church history, the anointing of heaven is disbursed in the spiritual atmosphere so those truly seeking Truth can lay hold of it and obtain great insight with understanding. As the Lord’s people ask with sincerity for this deposit, it will be received. Our spiritual eyes will be illumined to see the scriptures from heaven’s perspective not merely man’s.
The spiritual realities that are being birthed in the earth now will have no end. They will literally flow into the millennial age and the coming manifestation of His Kingdom on the earth. Though we do not know when those days will be fully revealed, we do know that the purposes now being birthed will advance directly into that age.
We will begin to taste the good Word of God and the Power of the age to come. Like the beloved disciple John in his notable revelations, we will be allowed to eat the open book containing the full manifestation of the Lord’s redemptive plans and purposes. This will be the tasting of His Kingdom Word and a demonstration of Kingdom Might, in order to wonderfully introduce the Lord Jesus in Truth and Power, to an entire generation.