Good Bye Night…Hello Day

I was talking to a friend on the phone the other day while walking around Wal Mart and I was telling her about a sermon I heard Paula White preach called, “A Map or A Compass”. I was so into our conversation I went to the automotive department to buy a compass, but they only had a thermometer, clock and compass combo. When I picked it up, I sensed this was prophetic and a needed tool for where we are going. I got home and the Lord spoke to me and said, “You will need to know the temperature of the atmosphere, the timing of God and the direction in which to go!” As we move forward, these three things are going to be necessary, temperature, timing and direction. Now, with that being said, I want to share with you what the Lord just said to me moments ago, I am still shouting on the inside and if I open my mouth, while typing this, you might hear me shout, for God has some really good news for us.

Genesis 1:5 says, “God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day” (NASB). Did you get that, there was evening and there was morning, that means to the Hebrews the beginning of a new day begins at night, in the evening. For westerners the beginning of a new day is at sunrise, but for God and for the Hebrews, a new day began at night or in the dark. Many of us miss what God is doing, because we don’t think like He thinks, a new day begins at night in God’s mind, therefore, we are in a new day, for it has been really dark lately, would you agree? The Bible calls deeds of darkness, drunkenness, sexual promiscuity, sensuality, strife, jealousy, lusts of the flesh (Romans 13:13-14). Can you see how we have been living in a night season, both in the world and the church?

Here is another example of life in the night. Luke 5:5 says, “Simon said, Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing…” or Isaiah 54:7-8 says, “For a brief moment I forsook you…in an outburst of anger I hid my face from you for a moment…says the Lord Your Redeemer” or Psalm 42:3 says, “My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, where is your God?” The night is a time of barreness, silence, mourning, it is a time of working hard, but catching nothing, it is a time of waiting, trusting, believing, hoping, navigating disappointment, it is a challenging time that tests your faith on a level that only the night can test it. It is not always deeds of darkness, it is also just times of being in the dark.

I believe we have been in a new day, but because it has been dark, many of us did not see it as a new day, but to God the new day began, when our darkness began. I have been, in the dark for 17 years now, not because of some deed of darkness, but I now believe it was by design, for I entered a new day and I did not know it. No one told me that a new day began in the dark. I had been saved for 10 years when this dark day began, I was in the ministry, obeying God, tithing, reading my bible daily, I was a “good Christian”, then I was invited into a new day and I believed I had done something wrong, that I was being sidelined for some sin I did not know I committed. I struggled to understand this new day, for it was dark. But even in the dark, there were prophets like Ron McGatlin, who spoke things over me in this new day, that I could not understand, for not only could I not see in the dark, I could not hear in the dark, when I first began. Can you relate? It’s been dark.

Then my eyes began to adjust about 4 years ago and my ears began to hear in a way I had never heard before. I was still in the dark, but now I entered into intimacy, revelation, understanding and a whole new world, even though it was still dark. I didn’t do everything perfectly, but I did continue to obey, even in the dark. I learned what love really is, in the dark, and now 17 years later, just today, I heard the Lord say, “The night is almost over and the day is about to appear!” I knew it was a bible verse, but where I was not clear, so thank you Google for showing me the way, quickly. Listen to Romans 13:11-12 “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now, salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near” (NASB).

I am shouting, the night is almost over, the day is near, what day, the Isaiah 2:2-4 day, the Micah 4:1-3 day, the Amos 9:11-15 day, the day of rejoicing is near, the sun is rising with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2), the night is nearly over, the day is breaking, can you see the signs of the coming sunrise, can you hear the sound of the birds singing, do you know the signs of the night leaving and the day beginning? We made it through the night and now we are going to live in the light of His presence. Will you join me in shouting, thank you LORD! and good-bye night…hello day!

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2018 “The Year of the Expected Harvest”

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In prayer the other day, the Lord spoke to me and said, “I AM shifting from the sword to the sickle!” I then heard the Lord say, “Gather the wheat into My barns, for wheat is for feeding and seeding the nations.” As I lingered on these words in prayer, I heard the number 18, so I went to a book I own called 50 Amazing Words by CJ Lovik, in which he breaks down the Hebrew words into words, pictures and numbers, for it is a tri-layer language. I open to the number 18 and discover that the picture for 18 is the fish hook and the meaning is harvest. As I made this connection to the words God spoke to me, I heard the Lord put it all together and say, “2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest”! I shouted praises, I began to dance in my living room, I could sense in my spirit this is what we have been waiting for.
 
2017 was the year of victory, or in Hebrew the year 5777, it was the year of the sword of the Lord. Now as we have entered the Hebrew year 5778, it is the year of the open door, so when the Lord told me it is the year of the expected harvest, I wanted to see how it fit into the year of the open door. Revelation 4:1 says, “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” (NASB). The things John is referencing is the 7 church ages of Revelation 2-3, of which the best teaching I have heard on this is from Paul Keith Davis, you can find it on YouTube. So, John was invited to see what was going to happen after the Laodicean church age (Revelation 3:14-22).
 
If you read Revelation 4, John saw the risen lamb of God on a throne, Jesus is what happened, His glory was the story after “these things”. If Jesus is the glory story that will begin to be seen after “these things”, either we are being raptured out of here or we are going to be the answer to Jesus prayer in Luke 10:1-3, “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves” (NKJV). I personally believe the latter, which is why I believe 2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest.
Here is what I see, based on what God said to me, I see wheat being gathered into barns (storehouses) so they can be trained (threshed), equipped and deployed to seed and feed the nations. Leaders of the barns (storehouses) in which God is going to gather the wheat into will thresh them, then send them into their perspective fields in order to seed and feed that field. In the kingdom of God, right now, we are in the harvesting time. How do I know this with such certainty? Matthew 13:30, speaking of the wheat and the tares, Jesus says when asked if they should pull up the tares, said, “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers (laborers), first gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into My barn” (NASB). You may see it differently, but I see God gathering up tares in the nations right now and bundling them for burning. Now this is not the weeping and gnashing of teeth burning, this is a refining, purifying, burning (Malachi 3:3/Zechariah 13:9).
 
You see it is a harvest season, not the end of the world. So, we turn on the news and much exposure is happening, like the Harvey Weinstein bundle is happening right now, as an example. So, Jesus said, first bundle the tares, then gather the wheat into my barns. Order matters to God. I believe we are in a season of harvest and that 2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest. I believe we are going to see a mass returning of the wheat into barns that will Ephesians 4:12-13, train, equip and deploy them to do the work of the ministry, which is to seed and feed the fields in which they work. Get ready for 2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest!

Slaying the Octopus…Accessing Abundance

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It was only two days ago that the Lord revealed to me an octopus that is in the lives of His people. This octopus is one of the gatekeepers to abundance. Once the Lord slays the octopus in our lives, we will have access to abundance, but it begins with slaying the octopus and we cannot slay what we do not see. That is why Solomon is penned as saying, “For where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). What we can’t see, we can’t deal with, that is why God exposes in order to dispose. So, often we don’t want to hear the truth, see the truth or know the truth, for we tend to see it as a way to shame us, condemn us or somehow criticize us. However, the Father in heaven, is way to kind to do that, He only exposes things in our lives in order to dispose of them from our lives. He is so generous that He will expose anything that is hindering us from accessing abundance. This is why He is exposing the octopus.
 
On the news about a week ago, they showed a blue ringed octopus and said it is deadly to humans. I looked it up, as I was sensing some prophetic relevance to this, but did not have all the pieces to see the picture God was releasing to me. Then while reading in Matthew 13:18-23 about the explanation Jesus gave to the disciples in regards to the parable of the sower, the word octopus came into my spirit again. I was befuddled and decided to check out Google to see what are the characteristics of an octopus, for obviously God was seeking to expose something in order to dispose of it. Here is what I discovered about octopuses.
 
Octopuses are soft bodied, eight armed mollusks whose mouth is in the center point of the arms; the body can rapidly alter shape and can even squeeze through small gaps; they have excellent sight; are one of the most intelligent and behaviorally diverse invertebrates; they live in water, grow fast and mature quickly, but they are short lived; the males die after fertilizing the eggs of the female; the female dies right after the hatching of the fertilized eggs; they camouflage themselves and are described as sea monsters in mythology (Wikipedia).
 
With that being said, let’s tie the characteristics of the octopus into Matthew 13:22 “The one on whom seed was sown among thorns, this is the man who hears the word, understands the word, but the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth, choke the word and it becomes unfruitful” (NASB). The choker is the octopus, who has camouflaged itself as worry, that has snuck in through small gaps, that has its mouth in its arms, so the words spoken suffocate or strangle the word and it cannot produce fruit. The octopus is worry and it is choking the word in our lives and making us unfruitful.
 
But you may say, it says thorns and the octopus is a soft bodied sea monster. You are absolutely correct, thorns above ground are hard, but below ground they are soft for their roots which are below ground are what is choking the word in us. Jesus said in this parable, the word took root in the thorny soil, but it did not produce fruit, for it was being choked at the root level, for roots produce fruits. Now to take this one step further, this octopus the Lord is wanting to slay called worry is camouflaged and we often don’t recognize it, but it is there and it is linked to the spirit of mammon, who is another sea monster. That is why Jesus said, it is choked by worry of the world (the octopus) and the deceitfulness of riches (spirit of mammon). The Lord is seeking to slay the octopus in our lives, so that we can access abundance.
 
Abundance is the kingdom of God, abundance is Jesus, abundance is wisdom, truth, life, grace, hope, love, peace, joy, wealth, signs, wonders, miracles, it is abundant life in every way, abundance is Yahweh.

The Gate Called Wait

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Doug Addison, a prophetic voice out of California released a blog and said, we are at the gate called wait. When I read that my spirit leaped, for I had felt like I missed something when we crossed over into 5778, the year of the open door. I checked my heart, asked my confidants and mentors to inspect me and I laid out before God, but all I kept hearing is “not everyone is here yet, just wait”. Being concerned I can say what I want to hear, I struggled for almost a whole month, but then this word came forth, that we are at the gate called wait. I knew this was true, for that is what God told me and I am confident many of you are exhaling like I did saying, yes, that is where we are.

After I rested into this word that we are at the gate called wait, God spoke to me and said, “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory”. I tried to remember the details of the movie, but knew I would not obtain the prophetic significance of it without watching the movie. So, off to the Thrift Store I go, and sure enough there is an original copy of the movie, not the Johnny Depp version. I come home and watch the movie and what I learned expanded my understanding of this gate called wait. The first wait in the movie is waiting for all 5 golden tickets to be found, we know 5 means grace. That means we had to wait for the grace upon people to run its course before we could meet at the gate of the “kingdom”, which opened in the movie on October 1 at 10am.

This of course caused me to leap, because we entered the through the open door late September and October 1 was a significant date for many of us. I know I personally had a showdown come to completion on that date this year and had a miracle happen that week, so for me that date was more confirmation that we are at the gate called wait. Then the 5 children and their one family member enter in, not knowing what they will see and the first place they go is through a very narrow door, again very biblical, we must enter through the narrow gate that leads to life (Matthew 7:13). Once through the door, they see the kingdom, but as they are going through the tour of the kingdom, the issue the children came in with, hooks them in the kingdom and they have to go through a process to remove that issue from them. One fell in the chocolate river and he loved to eat, another was addicted to chewing gum and she blew up like a blueberry, you get the point.

Even though we are in the gate of the kingdom, now that we are in there, God is removing from us the issues that plagued us before we entered. So, we are waiting because He is wanting to remove the issue that will hook us if not removed. For 4 of the 5 children, they got hooked and could not complete the tour. But one boy, though hooked in the carbonated room, burped and came back into the tour. By the end of the tour, only one boy, name Charlie (means man of God) and his grandpa Joseph (means blessing (Genesis 49:25-26), finish the tour and want their reward, but Willie Wonka sitting as his desk reminds them that they broke the contract by drinking of the carbonated beverage. Angry Charlie and Joseph are about to leave, but before they do, Charlie puts the everlasting gobstopper on the desk of Willie Wonka. Remember the man that was Wonka’s rival, wanted that gobstopper and they would be paid handsomely for it. But, Charlie gave it back and in that moment said, I want nothing from you Wonka.

The movie ends with Wonka saying to Charlie, “you passed the test! The whole kingdom belongs to you!” Charlie was stunned, then the supposed rival who wanted the everlasting gobstopper recipe actually worked for Wonka, for Wonka wanted to know who he could give the kingdom to, that would run it the way he does with integrity. Oh it is powerful, prophetic and explains even further why we are at the gate called wait. God is testing us to find out if we want Him or money, ministry, something else. When everyone makes their decision about what they want, the gate will open and we will go in lay it all at His feet and say, all I want is you. Once we get there, the wait will be over and He will give us the kingdom. For it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32).

The gate called wait is where we are right now, but it is not where we are going to be for much longer, my heart is crying out for Him, not ministry, not money, not anything else. He is who I want. He is teaching us that He is the reward, He is the destination, He is the promotion, He is the provision, He is everything we long for. When we are secure there, He will give us the kingdom, for it will not be about anything but Him, our cry will be like David’s when we say, I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. It really is all about a Man, named Yeshua, He is what we really want and we are the gate called wait, until we are rid of every other want. He truly is in the waiting (Kristi DeMarco).

Knock Knock

Knock, knock…who’s there? …Peter…Peter who? Peter who you are praying will be released from jail, that’s who.

Prayer without eyes wide open is going to release answers that we will miss, delay or forget about because we don’t recognize prayer has the power to release that which we are praying for. We have houses of prayer, churches that pray, Pastors and leaders that pray, but when the answer comes knocking, those same people that are praying can’t see, can’t hear, and many don’t believe their prayers are being answered. For some it is as though prayer has become another program that we do, even if we do it 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Prayer is not a program, it is a connection with a king, it is an access point to an answer, it is an invitation into revelation. The church is praying, but most are not believing, because the answer is knocking on the door, sitting in the pew, or speaking on Facebook, but the church doesn’t believe it.

Acts 12:12-16a “Peter went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”  “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” But Peter kept on knocking…”

Having lived in Malaysia for 9 years, I can picture this scene. Houses in Malaysia have gates to outer courtyards, then there is the house with the door to the house. They typically do not have door bells as many Westerners are accustomed to, so the people at the gate, either call with their voice to announce they are there or they grab a rock off the ground and tap the gate, therefore, the one in the house knows someone is at the gate. Then they usually, send out the house maid, to answer or check to see who is at the gate. When Rhoda heard someone at the gate she went out to check and it was Peter, but the church inside was praying and didn’t believe her. This scene is very common in Malaysia.

The reality of this story is very relevant for our generation. The Lord has released Peters (apostles) from prisons, from hiding, from the secret places and they are knocking on church doors, sitting in church sanctuaries, and but the church doesn’t believe their prayers are being answered for help from heaven. It is like we love praying more than we love the answer to prayer God sends, because it may not be in the package, gender, color, or style we are wanting. Unfortunately, the church in their unbelief keep praying, but God continues to press through the servants in the house saying, the Peter’s (apostles) are at the door. Your prayers are answered.

Apostles, prophets and others that know they have been sent by God to a church, a ministry or a city, must exercise great patience, for God sent them there to help, but the help has been rejected, not because they are rejecting you, but because of their unbelief. You see, unbelief blinds us to the truth that is knocking on the door, standing at the gate, coming through a servant who we think doesn’t know anything. Unbelief is subtle, but dangerous. This is why Jesus said to church people, repent for the kingdom of heaven is here. They were praying for Messiah to come and now He was there, but they could not see Him, hear Him, accept Him, because they were praying but in unbelief.

In Revelation 3 we hear the words of Jesus saying, behold I stand at the door and knock, many have taught this as an evangelistic message, but it is a message to the church, Jesus, Peters, people are standing at the door and knocking, they are coming as an answer to your prayers, but you must open the door and let them in. They are God’s answers to your prayers. Now my prayer is that the unbelief will be replaced with faith, that blindness will bow to sight and that deafness will be broken by the sound of salvation that is being released in this generation. Can you hear it…knock knock.

The Swordsmen Are Coming

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The Swordsmen Are Coming

During the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the famous words, “The British are coming, the British are coming!” was heralded among those preparing for the battles they were about to engage in. I hear in the spirit the Lord saying, “The swordsmen are coming, the swordsmen are coming!” I believe this is being heard in the camp of the enemy, but may not be being heard in the church. But I believe the Lord is saying this to both the enemy and the church, “the swordsmen are coming, the swordsmen are coming”.

Judges 7:19-22 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.”

Gideon is an Old Testament example of the swordsmen that are coming. They are coming with a sound of salvation for the nation. When the sound of these swordsmen is heard, the enemy will turn on themselves, because it is not the sound of men they are going to hear, it is the sound of God. Another example of these swordsmen is found in the New Testament, where Jesus was in a discussion with His disciples about the kingdom that is coming, on earth as it is in heaven.

Luke 22:35-38 “Then Jesus said, “When I sent you out and told you to travel light, to take only the bare necessities, did you get along all right?” “Certainly,” they said, “we got along just fine.” He said, “This is different. Get ready for trouble. Look to what you’ll need; there are difficult times ahead. Pawn your coat and get a sword. What was written in Scripture, ‘He was lumped in with the criminals,’ gets its final meaning in me. Everything written about me is now coming to a conclusion.” They said, “Look, Master, two swords!” But he said, “Enough of that; no more sword talk!”

The year 5778 is the year of the open door, Chuck Pierce at the Head of the Year Conference said, it is the year of a living 8 and it is the gate of 8. 8 as we all know means new beginning, God is inaugurating something new, but it is old, but it is new. It is new because we may not have seen it before, but it is old, because to God nothing is new. The year of the open door is opening for the Word Warriors to enter in. These are swordsmen who have learning to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15); they know their sword is not a carnal weapon of war (2 Corinthians 10:4-5); rather they have been in swordsmen training for years, for they were willing to sit down, wait on the Lord and in the waiting, they sharpened their double-edged swords (Hebrews 4:12).

The swordsmen are coming, the swordsmen are coming for the only weapon that is going to win this war is the Sword of the Lord (the Word of God). The only weapon against deception is TRUTH, and TRUTH is a person, not a ministry, not a calling, not a title, it is a person and these swordsmen that are coming know Jesus, not in theory, in reality. They hear His voice and another they will not follow (John 10:5); they have not sought their own glory, their own ministry, their own way, they have laid down who they are completely for Yahweh. Their call is not to make a name for themselves, but to display the glory of God on earth as it is in heaven. They know who they are, but more importantly they know whose they are and in that they rejoice: Luke 10:19-20 “See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 

The swordsmen are coming, the swordsmen are coming! For the Lord has heard the cry of His people and He is sending help from heaven. The swordsmen are coming, the swordsmen are coming!

Alarm of Awakening

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Ever since I can remember, despite living in 3 different states in the USA, on the first Wednesday of every month at 11am local time, there is an alarm that goes off to tell us they are testing the tornado siren in our area. When I hear it, I am initially startled, for I know it is a tornado alarm, but when they skies are blue and there are no storms in the forecast, I look at the clock and remember the day and say to myself, this is only a test. Speaking of tests, on television we used to consistently have our regularly scheduled program interrupted for a test of the emergency broadcast system, they would say, this is a test, this is only a test, in the case of an actual emergency…. Now we have cell phones, so when my phone starts sounding an alarm, it is for an Amber Alert or flash flooding in my area. Alarms are there to wake us up, they demand our attention, they will not be ignored, until we respond in one way or another.

1 Corinthians 14:7-9 says, “Even in the case of lifeless instruments, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone recognize the tune they are playing unless the notes are distinct? Again, if the trumpet sounds a muffled call, who will prepare for battle? So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying?” The context of these verses is prophecy and I believe people are confused by the “prophets” today because they are not sending out a clear sound. The more people hear the voice of God they more they have to discern whether the word is for them or for us all, these throwing words out there hoping someone will say Amen, is not helping the body of Christ. Yet, on the other hand believing every word that you read or like is similar to being at a parade sitting on the curb waiting for the floats that throw candy before you get out of your chair. It’s fun while you are at the parade, but it has no lasting impact on anyone. But, with that said, there is a clear sound coming out of heaven and it is an alarm that is going wake us up, but what we do with what we are about to hear is up to us.

God is about to sound an alarm. The feast of trumpets is on September 21, 2017, that is a day on God’s calendar when an alarm is going to sound, how long it will be sounding for, I am not sure, but as we enter the year 5778, the year of the open door, the alarm and the door are connected. In scripture when Moses sounded the alarm to Israel that they needed to put blood on the doorposts of their house, for the angel of death was coming into Egypt, if they did not heed the call of the alarm, they would have a dead child in their house that morning. The alarm that was sounded by God, through Moses gave 9 other alarms (plagues) prior to this alarm, the 10th alarm (plague) was the one that would bring Divine Order (this is what the #10 means) and would be the deliverance of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 7:14-11:10). In this year of the open door, the door of escape out of Egypt is about to open again. Now Egypt is not the world, only, it is any system of slavery, the door to escape Babylon, Egypt, any system that seeks to enslave you is about to open wide for you. But you have to choose to exit through that door by faith.

A second alarm is going to go off, this alarm is God’s alarm, but this alarm is not for exiting, this alarm is for entering. This alarm is not to awaken you, this alarm is to lead you into the land. In Joshua 1:2, God spoke to Joshua and said, Moses my servant is dead, now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.” God has already spoken to those who will lead this company of people into the promised land, but you may not know who they are as of yet, but you will, for their voices will arise with the gospel of the kingdom. It will be a sound like you have not heard before, it will be the sound of the new wine (mature wine). Again, as this alarm goes off it is an invitation to enter by faith into the land of inheritance, that is only accessible by faith. There will be no pushing you, demanding you to enter or forcing you, it is your choice to enter this land, but it takes faith to enter, which is different than the faith it took to exit.

An alarm of awakening is arising in the earth. What you do with that alarm is up to you, scripture is clear that most will make excuses why they can’t exit, can’t enter or as Jesus highlighted, can’t follow. Luke 9:57-62 says, “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him (Jesus), “I will follow you wherever you go. “Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. “He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father. “Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God. “Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family. “Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” An alarm of awakening is going off and it is a call to exit or enter, I sure hope you don’t hit snooze and go back to sleep, for the Lord is calling and He is a lot of fun to follow, I would hate for you to miss out on the relationship and adventure of walking with Him on earth as it will be in heaven.

What Days Are We Living In?

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One of the hot topics in the church is that of the end times. We love the idea of the rapture, so we can escape this evil and corrupt world. Others like the idea of being pre-tribulation, so we do not have to go through any pain, when God “judges” the earth. Many believe we are living in the days of Noah, where Jesus says in Matthew 24:37, “As in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the son of Man, for in the days before the flood people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark.” With what is happening in Houston, TX right now with record flooding hitting 52 inches and now with Hurricane Harvey landing in Louisiana for a stay before it considers coming back to Texas, some could say, lift up your eyes to the sky, for your redemption is here, Jesus is about to split the sky and come down in his second coming.

Others believe we are living in Matthew 24 with all the “signs” of the end of the world, but the Bible does not say that they are signs of the end of the world, but the end of the age, the end of an epoch, the end of a set amount of time. The signs are truly there, for the end of the age, but what age is ending and does that mean another age is beginning. I believe it does, I believe the church age has ended and the kingdom age has arrived, but I also believe there is a transition between these two ages, which can mean weeks, months, years. Remember Jesus prophesied the destruction of the temple in 30-33 CE, but it was not destroyed until 70 CE. Therefore, one age can end, the age of the Law and the Prophets, which included the temple and its animal sacrifices ended when Jesus said, repent for the kingdom of heaven is here, but we see a crossover or transition time with the arrival of the tongues of fire at Pentecost and the destruction of the temple.

What days are we living in then? Are these the days of Elijah, when fire came down from heaven and consumed the false idols of Baal and put an end to Ahab and Jezebel? Are we in the days of Ezekiel when dry bones are coming alive and being made into a great army? Are we living in the days of Ninevah, when an eclipse crossed over the land from west to east? Are we in the days of the Judges, when everyone is doing right in their own eyes? Are we in the days of Jesus, when people are leaving the temple to follow Him into the fields, mountains and beaches to hear what He has to say? I think the answer is yes to all of the above. These are days of transition, days of change, days of incredible awe and wonder. These are the days of the Bible!

This change we are in is not like any we have seen in our lifetime, with the darkness (ignorance of people) getting darker and the light (revelations of God) getting brighter, with despair seeming to sink lower and with hope seeming to rise higher. It is amazing to me how people are in distinct and different camps of thought whether they realize it or not. It was as though God drew a line in the sand and people made their choice, now we are seeing who is where. The name Christian is no longer representative of just one kind of people anymore, just like the name thief, when the two guys on the cross meant two different attitudes. One said, I am guilty, Jesus you are innocent, remember me when you come into your kingdom and the other said, if you are the Christ save yourself and us. Same cross, same title (thief), two distinct and different attitudes (Luke 23:39-43).

Now to answer the question, what days are we living in? We are living in days of opportunity like never before, but man-made plans are not going to stand. These days demand we slow down, get silent, and say, speak Lord, for your servant is listening. This is not the time to jockey for position, try to be the loudest, longest or most listened to voice, this is the time to pause, relax, trust, and wait for the call, the command. In days of extreme change, intense transition, it is critical, that we recognize we have hit a speed bump as a nation, as a church, as a globe and it is advantageous for those who know their God and want to do exploits, that they selah until they hear Him speak, then move as He says move, for He is positioning us purposefully for what is upon us. These are the days we are living in.

Favor or 40

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Today was a historic event for many in the United States of America, especially since we have not had a coast to coast solar eclipse since 1918. Sun watchers of all ages stepped outside for a minute or many minutes to watch this historic event today and the creator of heaven and earth did not disappoint, it was a sight to behold for sure. From the ground it was amazing, I can only imagine what it looked like from the air. What I saw was extremely impressive, watching light turn to darkness and then go back to light in a matter of moments, was like nothing I have ever experienced before. The sense of God’s presence for me was powerful as well, for I chose to be alone in my backyard, quietly, so I could not only see what God was displaying in the heavens, but I wanted to hear what He was saying. When sight and sound meet, there is an explosion that goes off on the inside that is indescribable.

I don’t need to describe what I saw, for many saw it, but what I heard is what I want to share with you, for it was a validation of what I have been hearing, but it was so clear, so simple, so God that I am in awe. First, I need to let you know, despite the love of the church to make everyone on the same playing field, as though we are all treated equally, God is very clear in His word, that wheat get separated from chaff (Matthew 3:12); 5 virgins get to go in, 5 virgins don’t (Matthew 25); there are the wise and the foolish (Luke 6:46-49), the weak and the strong (Romans 14), the obedient and the disobedient (Deuteronomy 28), the righteous and the wicked (Proverbs 11:23). We are all the human race, but we are not all making the same choices as it pertains to obeying God. I know it rains on the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:45), but that does not mean He has the same message to everyone.

As I watched the solar eclipse and listened to the voice of God, this is what I heard, “I hid my face from you for a moment in order for you to see my face in fullness forever.” I knew this was a word for me, the past number of years have been very hard, hard as in walking through the valley of the shadow of death, not because of some sin I committed, but because of the training I was undergoing. So, when He said, He hid his face from me for a moment, I knew this was a word for me and the bride of Christ. Psalm 30:5 says, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” And Isaiah 54:7-8 says, “For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In an outburst of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your Redeemer.” If you have sensed you’ve been hidden, I decree to you, your moment is over and your favor is upon you. He is shining His face upon His bride, upon the obedient, upon the wise, upon those who have been seeking His face.

But for those who have been disobedient, who have chosen to live in sin, despite the nudging to return to the Lord. There is a different outcome for you, for God is just and His love, His justice demands sin be disciplined. Hebrews 12:5-6 says, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines and He scourges every son whom He receives.” For the disobedient, discipline is coming, a season of His face being hidden from you is coming upon you. All the consequences I do not know, but what I do know is that discipline is coming to the disobedient. However, I believe you have 40 days to mend your ways. Remember Jonah gave Ninevah 40 days to repent and they too saw a solar eclipse (Jonah 3). Between now and Yom Kippur is 40 days and I sense this is the final 40 for those who have been living in disobedience to the commands of God. I know you have been told its okay, but it’s not, you must repent, not to escape discipline, but to return to the Lord. God is coming with justice to discipline the disobedient.

Today’s eclipse was a sign in the heavens of the day turning to night and then the night turning to day. For some it is going to be a day of favor, for others a day of discipline, but I believe there are 40 days until the discipline is doled out. For some it is a day of their mourning turning to dancing, for others their dancing is turning to mourning (biblical sign of repentance). The eclipse was a sign of favor or 40, but either way, we are all being treated like sons and daughters by a good good Father, because He is about to turn you around in 40 days, while, remember, for others it took 40 years. His mercy truly does endure forever (Psalm 136).

The Elul and Eclipse Convergence

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The solar eclipse is the talk of the town here in the USA and around the world. What does it mean? Is it just a historical event that one must see or is it a prophetic sign proclaiming judgment on the USA for all their sins? Many voices have sought to share what they believe this is all about. To science it is a cosmic phenomenon, to the Jews it is a sign, to businesses it is prosperity, to most, we are not sure, but we bought our glasses anyway. One thing we all can agree on is that this eclipse is something heavenly, that means the author of the heavens knows what it is all about. The thing about God is that He is omniscient, which means He is all knowing. He knew this eclipse was going to happen, for he planned it and I believe He enjoys the fact that we are spending time and money, cancelling school and filling our gas tanks in preparation to look into the sky and see a God show. It is proof that God can draw a crowd larger than any man or woman, God can get us to spend our money on seeing Him and God alone can put on a show that is going to be historic.

Since it is all about God, based on Psalm 19, which says, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands,” it would behoove us to take note of His calendar to see what is so significant about the timing of this eclipse. On Monday August 21, 2017 at 7:18pm in Israel, the sun will set, which will begin a brand-new day, the first day of the month named Elul. This time will be 9:18am in Portland, OR which means the solar eclipse will be happening over the USA on the first day of Elul on God’s calendar. What is significant about this is the truth about the month of Elul.

Elul, is the month where the Jews celebrate: THE KING IS IN THE FIELD. The scripture verse connected to this month is Song of Songs 6:2-3 “My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of balsam, To pasture his flock in the gardens And gather lilies.  “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, He who pastures his flock among the lilies.” This is significant because it means that God has left His palace, to come and walk among His people. Listen to what one rabbi says on Chabad.org “In the field, “he receives them all pleasantly and shows a smiling countenance to all.” In the “field,” G‑d allows His subjects to relate to Him as His presence is manifest.” This is not a coincidence, that this Hebrew month, which is God’s calendar, on the first day, we are having a solar eclipse, where God is going to manifest His presence.

For Elul 1 and the Solar Eclipse to happen on the same day across the USA is a sign that makes us wonder, are we on the verge of an awakening like we have not seen in our lifetime? Is it possible, the Lord is going to reveal His kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4)? With the king in the field, making Himself so accessible to people in this hour, is it possible, He is not mad at us, but rather He wants to make Himself seen in a parabolic fashion as a sign in the heavens like a crown upon the sun? No matter what you may think this is all about, one thing I know for sure, God is at the center of it all. You can’t make this stuff up, Elul has had the same meaning for year after year. So, while some are anticipating disaster, others are seeing at as science, I am going to be looking up into the sky with my solar eclipse glasses on knowing the king is in the field and I am going to say thank you Lord for being God alone!