Flourishing During Days of Darkness
My book, Thrones of the Soul, is presently receiving much attention and emphasis. This is fulfilling a prophetic word given to me by Bob Jones when it was first published. When I handed Bob his copy of Thrones, his immediate response was a prophecy. He said, “This book will be more relevant 10 years from now than it is today.” At the moment that didn’t seem to be a very favorable prophecy. However, it is now being fulfilled. It is been just over 10 years and the truth of this book is more relevant today than when it was first published.
The purpose of Thrones is to hopefully quicken desire and vision for the end-time mandates and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in our preparation. This is perhaps the most important generation in human history, and comparable in importance with the day of the Lord’s death and resurrection. These are both sobering and exciting times requiring our full attention and sincere responses.
Vessels of Honor
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21
The end-time scenario is taking shape and the players are starting to take their position in the dramatic unfolding of events prophetically observed by prophets throughout history. Hunger and desire to become vessels of honor is being imparted to those given the opportunity to participate. It is our prayer that each person will respond with favor and give the Holy Spirit permission to fully clothe them with Himself, making us the instruments of His warfare and useful to the Master for every good work.
The Scriptures clearly outline, directly and through types and shadows, the consecration and sanctification necessary to become vessels in whom the Lord will find His rest and through whom He will do His greater works. From among the various redemptive names illustrated in the Old Testament, Jehovah Shammah—The Lord Who is Present, is the one with highlighted emphasis for this hour. When the promise of this redemptive name is realized, the Lord is fully present bringing with Him all of the other redemptive attributes inherent in His nature.
The Lord is our— Provider, Healer, Banner, Sanctifier, Peace, Shepherd, Righteousness, Recompense, Defense as the Lord who smites, and the Lord of Hosts orchestrating the armies of God providing a canopy of protection around those who are His sons and daughters. All of His attributes will be on display in amplified form during our watch.
An Open Door Invitation
There is a flourishing sense of anticipation and purpose concerning the days in which we are living. The marked increase in the intensity and focus within many Christians relates to the birthing of Kingdom purposes in our nation and throughout the earth. Some individuals are experiencing measures of increase in anointing and various expressions of outpouring to quicken and prepare us for the next wave of the Spirit.
I was recently allowed by the Spirit to witness some individuals being taken “behind the veil” and shown great and mighty things that have been reserved for the end-time.
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first
voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come
up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Revelation 4:1
The objective and commission given these individuals is to understand spiritually the mysteries associated with these great truths and convey them to the body of Christ. That is the hopeful aspiration of this book; to awaken God’s people to their destiny and create desire to be groomed for their purpose.
We prophetically decree that it is now time to begin to fulfill Revelations 4:1 and Jeremiah 33:3; As many saints call upon Him that He will begin to show great and awesome things which we presently do not know. The truths associated with this reality are quite significant and provide keys that unlock prominent mysteries of Heaven’s Kingdom. Many individuals allowed this experience must go through the preparation and refining described in this book and essential for this weighty responsibility.
It is difficult to adequately express the importance of being clothed with the garment of humility in the execution of this commission and the sharing of great mysteries imparted in this hour.
His Banner of Love
As the experience continued, the Holy Spirit revealed how the sharing of Kingdom Truths with the body of Christ was likened to the preparation of a great banqueting table being set for the Lord and His Bride. Seemingly, the “implements and banners” that were being revealed to this group somehow were utilized in the adornment of the banqueting table, particularly around the area that was clearly recognized as the “seat of honor.” Naturally, these things are shown in symbolic form to illustrate truth that will help us in the hour in which we are living and the responsibility being delegated to us by the Holy Spirit.
One of the banners emphasized depicted a picture of the High Priest in all of his adornment with the breast plate, golden miter and other garments. When the banner was displayed, a voice spoke with clarity and determined purpose and stated “My banner over you is Love.”
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. – Song of Solomon 2:3 4
There will be many who will be allowed to go behind the veil, to obtain and experience expressions of His Divine love that will transcend anything that we presently know. It will be a greater comprehension of His love and Heavenly design for us and also a fulfillment of John 17:26; that we may love Him with the love wherewith the Father did love Him. His love for us will supply the essential spiritual provisions necessary to see us through to our promises.
This central truth is an emphasis of the Holy Spirit pointing us to a form of genuine unity with Him that will also birth in us brotherly love and fraternal affection. Jealousy and selfish ambition have no place in the joining of individuals and ministries for the purpose of pursuing a higher mandate and greater fruitfulness during the end-time generation. Throughout the church there is an aligning of people and ministries that will produce a much higher anointing and authority in the realm of the Spirit.
Light in Darkness
One need only look at the evening news to discern the hour in which we are living clearly points to the many biblical prophecies foretelling and describing a day of profound significance. Just as the Bible describes, all things are being shaken so that those things which remain can stand under the scrutiny and pressure of the harvest generation.
The prophet Zechariah foretells a unique day which is known only to the Lord and is neither day nor night; a day in which light and darkness become apparent at the same time. It is a significant day in which individuals will become the light of the world displaying the bright and virtuous attributes of God Himself.
And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. Zechariah 14:6 7
This day is so remarkable that only the Holy Spirit can make ready a company of people to meet the challenges and spiritual demands of this hour. As it is written, “at evening time it shall be light.” This is the “evening time” of human history and the light of God is about to shine.
Many of the events that have taken place throughout history have provided a rehearsal for the confrontation between light and darkness as the Holy Spirit orchestrates the training of His army. Likewise, our adversary is also providing polluted authority to those who have set themselves in opposition to the Lord Jesus and His end time mandates.
A Threefold Mandate
Clearly, there are many purposes for which we are being equipped and prepared. However, three notable divine mandates begin to emerge as our primary focus. Our highest purpose and the one instrumental in allowing us to achieve all others purposes and mandates, is to know God as personally and intimately as He may be known. There is an open door and a call to come up higher to a place of fellowship and exchange with the Creator and establish friendship with God.
From that place of communion we begin to receive the unveiling of His nature and attributes as not merely intellectual perceptions but the revelation and comprehension of His Person. It was Isaiah’s great privilege to see Heaven’s design before the throne of God; there Seraphim spoke one to another declaring “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.”
They were allowed to see with their eyes demonstrations of His majesty and authority and give expression to it. Their words began to fill the temple with smoke and Glory by witnessing with their eyes and expressing with their lips the revelation of God sitting upon His throne in absolute and perfect supremacy and sovereignty.
As the Seraphim gave Glory to Him and He received the Glory due Him, more of his Divine attributes began to be revealed causing an even greater expression of praise and Glory. This Kingdom exchange and heavenly design continued filling the atmosphere with the Glory and illumination of God until the entire temple was saturated with the appearance and revelation of His Glory. That is the fashion of Heaven that is to be transferred to the earth; our second end-time mandate to create an atmosphere on the earth that is consistent with His nature and character in which He can dwell.
If we can fulfill this mandate, all the other purposes and desires for which we long will naturally be established and achieved by His Presence and anointing resting in us. We must likewise become the instruments that create a similar atmosphere on earth so He can tabernacle in us and accomplish all that He has foretold for this generation.
The third mandate for winning the lost and healing the sick will inherently take place because of the evidence of God’s Glory resting on the Lord’s friends experiencing close encounters with Him. We are given the incredible opportunity in this generation to function under the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven and experience intimacy with God and demonstrate the powers of the age to come.