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Lion Bites > Acceleration, acceleration, acceleration > >
Today’s daily prophetic word from Glasgow Prophetic Centre strikes a chord with my previous references to acceleration in Kingdom purposes:
I hear the Spirit of the Lord declare over you, “Acceleration! Acceleration! Acceleration!”
For many, you have been going round and round in circles for a season and found that you have not been making any progress. This has caused a frustration and confusion to land on some of God’s children.
And I hear the Spirit speak to those of you who have felt ‘stuck’. He says to you,
I am changing the season dramatically and quickly. I am moving you from the habitual, round-and-round-in-a-circle living into the forward-motion, adventurous journey that I have planned for you.
I am taking you to where you need to be quicker than you ever thought, imagined or dreamt possible. The speed at which I am bringing my acceleration will startle you’, declares the Lord.
He is beckoning you to begin to speak over your life the promises that he has given you for your life journey.
Try this model prayer: ‘God has said… [insert promise] …therefore this will be so, in Jesus name.’
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
[Published with the kind permission of the Glasgow Prophetic Centre. Click on image above for free subscription to an encouraging daily morsel of Lion Bites.]
‘God-incidence’ stresses urgency of US prayer alert
Once again the good Lord is getting our attention by repetition to draw attention to an important matter, as shown by the following from perhaps my longest-standing reader. Thank you also to Lynne for your prompt advice too.
Why pray? My American readers will be aware of their leaders’ misguided dedication for the month of June, as blogged yesterday by John McTernan (read here).
From: Bill Smith
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:18 AM
To: Richard & Nina
Subject: FW: Prayer Alert From Cindy Jacobs: A Call for United Prayer
This was in my inbox this morning, next to yours ! I guess you may have it, but just in case…
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:44:03 -0400
To: @hotmail. co.uk
Subject: Prayer Alert From Cindy Jacobs: A Call for United Prayer
June 26, 2014
Prayer Alert From Cindy Jacobs: A Call for United Prayer
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Cindy Jacobs is a respected prophet of God, and when she hears from the Lord, I listen. We would all do well to heed this emergency word and go to prayer!!
In HIS PROTECTION alone,
Steve Shultz, Founder and Publisher
The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News
PRAYER ALERT FROM CINDY JACOBS: A CALL FOR UNITED PRAYER
A few months ago, the Lord had me issue a warning called “Shields Up” to pray for the protection of our nation. Tonight, while reading my Bible, the following passage leapt off the page:
And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole Heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:12)
It does not take a prophet to realize that America is in trouble! We know there are many radical extremists who hate us – this is not new. However, as I read the verse this evening I was shaken by it. This is what I am hearing: “There is an another attack on the scale of 9/11 being planned!”
As I prayed to pinpoint how to intercede, I immediately heard these words: “Close the gates! All borders must be closed to terrorists and those who would aid them.” This includes all airport customs checkpoints, as well as border crossings.
We must pray for our customs and border agents to have eagle eyes to “see” any potential persons trying to make their way into the United States. We must also pray for all points of public transport.
The good news is that prayer works! This is a call upon every praying person everywhere to stand in the gap and pray for the protection of the nation.
Thank you for praying!
For the nation,
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Urgent prayer request for the United States
Everyone whose heart is concerned about the spiritual darkness in which the United States is immersed will be interested in a call for intercession starting on Monday week, from Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham-Lotz. It is published as received earlier this week from Bill Koenig:
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST FROM ANNE GRAHAM-LOTZ
We have received this from our dear friend, Anne and are forwarding it to you for your prayer consideration.
From Anne Graham-Lotz:
Blow the trumpet…sound the alarm…for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand — Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God… Joel 2:1, 13
As you may know, my husband is in declining health. I am no longer traveling and speaking as much as I have for the last 26 years since I am staying home to care for him. As a result, I have had time to be quiet and listen more to the whispers of the Spirit. He has revealed things to me in the stillness that I’m not sure I would have heard in my former busyness.
One of the things He has impressed on me is that we are living at the end of human history as we know it. In light of this, He has given me some practical assignments. One was to be the Honorary Chair for the National Day of Prayer 2014 this past May. He gave me the message I was to deliver, which was from Joel 1…the Day of the Lord is at hand. It was a message warning that judgment is coming.
Just recently, He has given me another assignment, which is to call His people in our nation to prayer. This assignment came indirectly from a Syrian pastor through a National Day of Prayer attendee. In obedience, I am blowing the trumpet…sounding the alarm…issuing a national prayer initiative entitled 7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month-July 1-7. Then on the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours. The purpose is…
- For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
- For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
- For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.
I’m asking you to partner with me, and send out the word to everyone on your email address list, or who follows you on facebook or twitter. I will be sending out an eBlast this week and next, which you can access at this url (or else by clicking image below); http://www.annegrahamlotz.com/events/urgent-call-to-prayer/. Please feel free to use it, and place your name in the paragraph that includes mine to make it more personal for your constituents. Feel free also to forward this letter.
I will provide a prayer I have written for each of the 7 days to help unite us in one spirit and one voice as we cry out to God. Those who receive the eBlast are invited to sign up for the daily email prayers. Please be assured there is no other agenda in this initiative. This is not about promoting anything or anyone. This is all about calling God’s people together to pray, before it’s too late, and judgment falls on our nation.
With prophetic implications, the Kurds, known as the Medes in the Bible, seize oil-rich region of Iraq. What does it mean?
UPDATE: Yes, it’s all about oil – what a surprise! The newly launched trans-Israel part of the export oil route from Kirkuk via Turkey is the real target of increased rocket fire from Gaza (details here). Also, instead of making straight for Baghdad, ISIS units are reported as having made a 2-pronged advance aiming for Amman, Jordan, and the Saudi border (details here).
(Washington, D.C.) — Could recent developments in Iraq have prophetic implications? Actually, the answer may be yes — especially with regards to the Kurdish people who live in northern Iraq. Let me explain.
As we’ve been seeing in recent weeks, the Radical jihadist forces of the “Islamic State of Iraq & al-Sham” (ISIS) are on the move towards Baghdad. They are leaving a trail of bloodshed and carnage in their wake.
The objective of the ISIS leaders is to topple the Iraqi government, seize control of all of Iraq, establish a jihadist state under Sharia law, and use Iraq to begin a regional — and eventually global — Islamic caliphate, or kingdom.
Now, the Kurdish leaders have taken advantage of the chaos of this moment to seize control of the oil-rich region of Kirkuk for themselves. (see AP story below)
The oil fields of Kirkuk have been a long-standing issue of controversy in Iraq…
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Several bear witness to this month’s prophetic word
Christians over in America as well as here in the UK have born witness to parts of the prophetic word received in Glasgow. So it wasn’t for Scotland only! Another instance of what I call ‘a bridge over The Pond’?
Be further inspired by those responses as below, the first two of which plus mine are at the foot of Advance the Kingdom now, the others are from the USA:
1. M writes, “This witnesses with me; I’m writing a summary today of two similar prophetic messages from speakers I’ve heard recently, with a similar urgency (both have a ‘wake up’ theme)” and he refers to a friend “who had to have the kingdom business he is setting up now functioning by 2016, otherwise it would be too late”.
2. L writes, “It has really witnessed to me…and encouraged me because there does seem a lot of mess and, after having retired from work where my main ministry was for the last 20 years, I can now look forward to the future with the hope that Father has put in my heart with another project which I am hoping I will be part of. Also to let go of those things which have either just come to a natural conclusion or just plain need to go”.
3. T writes from Tucson, Arizona, “Some of this word sounds like the puzzle vision that the Lord gave me. It also reminds me of a vision of a house church meeting in my house where people would come in with their armor on but as they came into my home they would take it off because they felt safe”.
[‘God-incidence’ featured in my first learning about Tony’s vision, and to which I referred in re-blogging his account in When we come together…the Body of Christ, which he revisited in more detail a few months later, as may be read here.]
4. T re-blogs with further remarks in connection with a dream akin to the dry bones of Ezekiel 37. His insights harmonise with what the Glasgow team heard and he adds, “The prophetic word posted by Richard is a continuation of the dream/vision that I had concerning the Lord’s heart for His people to be in relationship with Him and each other”.
5. Meanwhile over in Mobile, Alabama, and doubtlessly knowing nothing of our matter in hand, English evangelist Nathan Morris has returned from mission trips to the Far East and to the Baltic States of Europe. Recounting the huge, amazing events filled with with miracles signs and wonders, he says,
This is the time. God said to me that this would be the year of the Open Door.
Doors are going to close around the world that will shock the world – but at the same time God’s going to open doors in the Kingdom that have not been open for us for many years (RB emphases).
This is the time to preach the Gospel without compromise, to believe God like never before so we can step into destiny…
We’re living in the days that it’s dark but this is the greatest moment for the Church of Jesus Christ. And I want to tell you that people say, “Europe is too dark, it’s over”. I want to tell you it ain’t over – it’s only just begun.
You know, people tell you “People, the nations, don’t want o hear the Gospel”, BUT when you preach the Gospel and thousands are filling the altars you realise the devil is a liar.
And I want to tell you America SHALL be saved and when we declare the mighty acts of God the Holy Spirit backs us up!
6. Just prior to that, in the same service on Sunday, the congregation and pastor John Kilpatrick felt and responded to the presence of Holy Spirit during worship. Very excited, John interrupted welcoming visitors to prophesy as follows,
Just get ready, because I’m telling you God’s about to do some awesome, awesome things.
Listen, that doesn’t preclude the fact that there’s going to be a lot of hell going on in the world.
There’s going to be a roller-coaster coming in the next 90 days, a roller-coaster ride where things are going to be whizzing by you – it’s just going to be going so fast you won’t hardly have chance to assimilate it – things are going to be happening suddenly.
But I tell you what, the Kingdom of God is getting ready to come into full view – it’s getting ready to come into full view and you just need to get ready for that!
And yes, there are going to be some bad, bad things happening in the world, but I’m telling you God is NOT going to forsake His people – His Church is going to shine brighter than you’ve ever seen the Church shine. I say that the Church will shine brighter than it’s ever shone before! And you just need to get ready for that!
So, in my humble opinion both exhortations enhance this month’s word.
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Praying the prophetic word for June 2014
Here are some suggestions on how to respond to the words declared by the Glasgow Prophetic Centre and re-published in two parts here and here:
ADVANCE WITHOUT DELAY
“Am I positioned for advance and breakthrough, or do I have the brakes on and the anchor down?”
“Am I procrastinating – is there something I should be birthing / building / establishing in this season?”
“Is there anything I need to drop that is fruitless?”
Pray that we, the church, might individually and corporately fix our gaze on God like never before.
Pray for breakthrough for the people of God in every sphere and sector of society.
UNITY AND INTIMACY
“Where are the areas that I have my guard up and where I’m not living vulnerably with my brothers and sisters?”
“What can I do to favour and promote other people and the work they do?”
Lord, help us to do what it takes to be fitted together, living heart-to-heart.
Thank you Lord for sacrificially loving us. Help me to love sacrificially – show me what this looks like in this season, Lord.
Is there someone unexpected that needs to be given more responsibility?
For all leaders, as Jesus Christ would pray for them.
For young people and those who have been overlooked – that they would answer the new call to leadership.
JUSTICE AND CHILDREN
How can I be a Kingdom solution for children – in politics and in education?
…that unrighteousness would be exposed and that no evil would remain hidden, for the sake of those who have been victims of abuse.
…for healing, hope, peace and life on the streets of our villages, towns and cities and for our children.
(For those living in Scotland) Ask yourself, ‘If God asked me to vote differently to how I had intended/would like/feel I should, how would I feel? How easily could I be obedient to him?’
Do I need to spend more time in prayer and listening to God over my vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum?
That Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and all the nations of the world would choose to come into greater union with God.
That God will dwell in glory upon the land of Scotland.
Pray that all partnerships with ungodly spirits such as the political spirit, the religious spirit, the divisive spirit, pride, fear and poverty would be broken and not made in this season.
For love, not enmity, between nations and peoples, especially between Scotland and the other nations of the UK.
Prophetic Word, June 2014 – part 2
To continue last week’s publication from Glasgow Prophetic Centre, the first part of which is Advance without delay!.:
UNITY & INTIMACY
God is calling us to a new dimension of living vulnerably with each other.
1 Peter 2:5
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is asking us, as living stones, to not sit apart, but to allow ourselves to be built together. He is calling us, at this time, to close and personal fitted togetherness.
The Lord is promising His people in this hour a weight of His glory and presence – but only if we get ‘fitted together’. God’s glory will be seen most dominantly in places of unity of the Spirit and collective hunger. This means that we have to be prepared to get alongside each other, to learn to let each other close and to learn to let our guard down.
This is not a prophetic word of large displays of unity, but a word of the condition of our hearts. The next big battle of the church will be dealing with our fear of intimacy, our independent spirits – a journey into vulnerability and learning to trust.
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
We heard the Spirit of the Lord say that He wanted us to engage in ‘armpit living’ – living heart-to-heart with one another, in each other’s spaces (even if it is uncomfortable!). As we do this, there will be a new revelation of Jesus’ Bridegroom love for us – and the Church/Nation is about to step into a heightened sensitivity of the love of Jesus.
Commend each other, favour one another’s churches and ministries before your own. Promote each other, for the sake of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are new leadership mantles for the youth and for those who have been overlooked. They are surprising because they are not always given to the people we would naturally have thought of or expected.
God is taking unjust and unrighteous leaders out of position. There is a short window to choose God’s ways… or the grace will lift for leadership.
JUSTICE & CHILDREN
God is moving with righteousness and justice towards children. Scandals will be exposed, even within social services, education, the judiciary and the police. There will be nowhere to hide, even amongst the most wealthy and influential. There will be protests on the street as abuse rings are exposed. God is moving towards our nation to bring His righteous rescuing over the children.
[NOTE: later events corroborated this part of the word, as in this post at section 2.]
We saw space being made for ‘Kingdom Educators’ to find key roles – and also ‘Kingdom Influencers’ – over children’s issues in Government.
‘Oh land of mountains! I shall make you a mountain on which my glory dwells.
My glory on the land will not be like anything seen before.’
Scotland is being wooed by God and she is coming into a greater union with Him. Other unions will break as Scotland chooses to allow God to take her reins again. In a year of decisions for the destiny of nations, the most important one is this nation’s union with God.
Scotland will have a voice. Her voice will be heard in the nations. Scotland will be known around the world as a ‘healing hub’ – and nations will come here for healing. Scotland is in a re-birth time and, although there are – and will be – many aches and pains, she will become a garden of Europe agriculturally and a centre of innovation and of culture. This should not be held onto selfishly but will be shared over Europe. And Scotland will take a parenting role in Europe, as Europe continues to be shaken.
Scotland will become an ‘in vogue’ nation, pulling to the nation an increase in tourism, manufacturing, commerce and outside investment. Scotland will be attractive to new trading partners, especially China.
[Suggestions on how to respond and pray can be read here along with details about ‘Lion Roars’ and the team at Glasgow Prophetic Centre. See also: Prophetic words for 2014-16 for UK & Ireland from Dr Sharon Stone]
Much as the deep lack of unity between denominations turned me against churches many years ago, and now knowing Jesus prayed that we should love one another so the world might believe our Father sent Him as our redeemer, I have reservations as I weigh the words on unity.
It is accepted that it is time for believers to be far more appreciative and honouring of one another. Yet there are major issues yet to be resolved, especially where some fail to uphold the truth of scripture, promulgate inaccurate/incomplete theology (especially ‘replacement’), compromise with worldly fads and denial of sinfulness, all of which is exemplified by the announcements from Presbyterian General Assembly in the USA (see editor at Christian Post).
Nevertheless, although error may be noted and admonished it is possible for believers to become non-judgemental and demonstrate Jesus’ agape love for one another.
We can trust that Jesus is preparing his Bride for His soon return and will apply the full sanctification of His having ‘redeemed us from all wickedness to purify for Himself a people that are His own, eager to do what is good’ (Titus 2:11-14; sub-headed in NKJV as ‘Qualities of a Sound Church’).
SEE ALSO: Doug Addison on ‘Unity is Key’ at close of Yep, the time’s now – May 2014 and Dr Sharon Stone on ‘revival’ in Prophetic words for 2013.
[Suggestions on how to respond to the full word are here and click for information about ‘Lion Roars’ and the team at Glasgow Prophetic Centre.]
Lion Bites – Activating Life
I am washing over you with my Spirit today to refresh and bring a new level of ‘activating life’ to your very bones.
This life given by my Spirit will overwhelm and consume every part of you that is parched but it will also touch every part which is already saturated in me to bring new levels of life.
This new life is for you and for others you are in contact with but it is also for the place you reside in your day to day; and everywhere you walk.
As this ‘activating life’ drips and pours from you it changes the atmosphere, it releases the fragrance of my glory and the essence of my word – and so transformation and activation occurs.
Receive new life from me today and then go out… release it into your neighbourhood and your school, your workplace, your district and region.
Go and release life!
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
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Urgent prophetic word: advance the Kingdom now!
According to a national prophetic word for June declared from Glasgow, time is now short for starting new things of God’s Kingdom. How can we be sure now’s the time to do this? It isn’t because we’re at the summer solstice – this blog does NOT advocate ancient pagan or new age ideas: quite the contrary, as is obvious from our personal testimonies (here and here).
As with all prophecies and visions, the following is to be weighed, tested and checked for harmony with God’s character and purposes, as revealed in the Bible. A personal assessment follows the first part of this word:
PROPHETIC WORD, JUNE 2014
ADVANCE WITHOUT DELAY!
The anointing for this time is for advance and breakthrough. It is time for a new level and God is opening the doors of heaven to facilitate advance and breakthrough for you – personally, in your family, your business, your church, your community… God wants to take us to a new place.
2 Samuel 5:20
So David went to Baal Perazim and there he defeated [the Philistines]. He said, ‘As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.’ So that place was called Baal Perazim [means ‘God of the Breakthrough’]
God, as Master of the Breakthrough, is advancing His people and His church into a vastly different place. Just as an advance in science changes thought processes and practical applications, so the advance in the Church and in individual lives will change how we think and do things.
You can consider yourself successful in this season if nothing looks familiar to you and there is a little bit of mess around!
There is favour for birthing new Kingdom projects, relationships and businesses, building new Kingdom projects, relationships and businesses and establishing new Kingdom projects, relationships and businesses.
There is an urgency and a blessing in birthing, building and establishing. However, time is short, so be quick to act now, whilst there is a favour from heaven. Do not procrastinate, for this is an ‘open door’ time for advancing through!
In this season of advance, God is asking us to fix our gaze on Him like never before – for in this we will see His BIGNESS, and it will shift what we expect to see flow from His hand. If we don’t fix our gaze on God we will build too small and it will cap us for several years to come.
And the Lord would ask us to drop what is fruitless and to walk away from dead projects and relationships. If you have been stuck or frustrated in trying to build something that is not getting to where it should, now is the time to let it go. Don’t waste more years on the fruitless tree but instead sow the seeds that you have within you into a new, fertile soil for the season.
[Part 2 continues here and suggestions on how to respond are here. Also, click for information about ‘Lion Roars’ and the team at Glasgow Prophetic Centre.]
By the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. (Deut 19:15 NKJV)
Second jaw-dropping moment of the week! Little did I suspect that, whilst I was writing over Tuesday-Wednesday about the ‘Word’, as in ‘God’s Signature’, this prophetic team were putting the finishing touches to a closely related prophetic word! Thursday morning I added scripture to my draft and varied my concluding remarks to refer to the ‘Open Door’ as a means of breakthrough. Also, I had a very distinct concern over the fact that only a few months are left in this Hebraic year.
Therefore, it was so encouraging after publishing that post to have opened the team’s email that had dropped into my in-box earlier that morning. Thus, we find at least two or more people are receiving similar insights from the Lord. (See others’ comments below and other overseas ones bear witness to June’s prophetic word.)
Holy treasure of ‘The Open Door’
That the Almighty is not only providing believers with abilities and areas of personal empowerment, but also wanting us to grow and develop them for the good of others, as in Monday’s post, reminded me of the symbolism of an open door. That’s the symbolic designation for the current Hebrew Year 5774 and so it would be good to refresh our minds about that and revisit its importance.
Hence, Tuesday’s post linked into an informative article on this year’s significance, as outlined in last September’s post, The door into the ‘New Season’ is open. It is a time of new beginnings, and especially a good time to dispose of personal baggage and free us up to recognise and take new opportunities. This is signified by digit 4 being the Hebrew letter ‘dalet’, as shown here >
[NB: each character in the Hebrew alphabet represents a letter, symbol and number; and which is not to be confused with numerological interpretation of words and text.]
I noted that a visiting preacher said we need to know God more and grow lots more in areas He’s preparing for us. All we have in life cannot be compared with what we have in Jesus Christ. People have issues with Christians because we’re not living the right way, as Jesus wants us to. A mature tree produces the fruit of a Christ-like character and Jesus has the power to transform us into Him!
So, let’s take another look at how this symbolism of the open door may be activated…
The Unique Doorway
Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”. (John 10:9 NKJV)
Melissa Flores considers this means that Jesus is our ‘dalet’ – “the One who leads us into greener pastures. Too many of us follow our favourite ministers or voices hoping to find our destiny. Until you hone in on the voice of the Shepherd, the door of destiny will elude you. He alone can confirm. He alone can commission. He alone can grant entry into the next assignment or pasture of your life. Sell all of the stock you have placed in man’s ability to identify and promote you, and invest it where it belongs”. (Emphases mine)
Her explanation connects into what Bob Mazeroski brought from the Lord about His provision of mantles, does it not?
Also, one of the definitions Jesus gave of His identity was, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NIV). That is, we can regard Jesus as being ‘The Doorway’ into the throne room of God.
A Deep Insight From Hebrew
This year I’m dipping into an easy-to-read primer on Hebrew by Steve Maltz, God’s Signature, and any reference by me simply cannot do it justice. Steve’s explanations of the language’s essential contribution to the creation and meaning of scripture are just like being with a tour guide who drops gems of insights as we meander around famous sights. Starting from the premise that the Bible is God’s word to us, Steve promises to answer questions of who wrote it, how manuscript evidence can be traced, how errors are detected and who decided what material to put in the Bible, but first explains the important difference between the Hebrew and Greek mindsets.
That difference may arise from the origins of the Hebrew language lying in pictographic symbols of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, of which each symbol conveyed a defined visual meaning. Out of this developed the Phoenician-Old Hebrew form of geometrical shapes for those symbols and then eventually came the Biblical Hebrew letters.
To illustrate this concept Steve shows those alphabets’ characters for ‘shepherd’. Next he asks, why did God use Hebrew? In answer he shows those stages for the Hebrew for “word”, davar, which is comprised of three consonants only – dvr – as shown below. Note the inclusion and use of dalet:
Interesting? Surely an understatement!
The symbolical characters give such an obvious yet revelatory insight when we recall the Gospel according to John opens by describing Jesus as “The Word of God”, then tells of His coming into the world and the unique privilege He brought to those who would receive Him – the right to become children of God (verse 12).
Therefore, Jesus is the pathway, or entrance, into God’s mind, exactly as He states in John 14:6 above.
Of particular interest for our purposes is Steve’s examination of dalet itself:
The author goes on to state the root verb as dlh, or dala, meaning that which hangs down, or the idea of letting down or drawing up, as with a bucket in a well. Thus, for this comes the word for bucket, dly or daliy. It seems so mundane but the beauty of Hebrew is it can have a spiritual application, for which Steve quotes Psalm 30:1 and Proverbs 20:5 use of dalah, viz:
I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths.
The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
Also, Psalm 141:3 has a vivid way of using dalet to describe a mouth as “door of my lips” – Set a guard over my mouth O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
And in Jeremiah 36:23, dalet is used for ‘columns’ in “four columns of the scroll”. In other words, as columns hang off a central spine or side of a manuscript, Steve points out that “the word dalet has been used for the simple reason we have something (the “columns”) hanging”.
Hence, the clear sense that there is a doorway of opportunity for us to go through this year. Have you sensed, or even seen it?
It’s time for serious disciples of the Lord, to approach the threshold and enter and break through into what He has for us.
Advice with cautionary note
Let’s reconsider some special points Jesus gave His disciples as ‘one who teaches with authority’, unlike religious leaders, from his extensive instruction known as ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew chapters 5 to 7):
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened…
…seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous and all these things shall be added to you…
“I did not come to destroy (what’s written in the Law or the Prophets) but to fulfill…For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven…
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction…Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord” shall enter the Kingdom, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven…
“Therefore, whoever hears and does these sayings of Mine is like a wise man who built his house on the rock: and when the rains, floods and winds came upon it, it did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock…”
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23 NKJV emphases added)
Now read the next post to learn how the italicised closing thoughts, added after drafting the whole piece, were concurrently confirmed by a prophetic team. Or was it vice versa with the Lord impressing upon me what He gave them?? Click to continue >>
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The Year 5774: Ayin Dalet
Am re-blogging this excellent article by Melissa Flores for my readers to have a good background for my next post on the ‘Open Doorway’. Thank you again Melissa
Sundown on Wednesday, September 4 marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. For the Jewish community, this is a time of reflection, purification and hopeful contemplation of the future. Not unlike our Western New Year’s celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of recapping or regrouping in order to advance. The word I shared on Ayin Gimel is still being fulfilled in the lives of God’s people, both now and in the days ahead. What Father releases in any year does not expire at the close of the calendar year. Think of these timely revelations as layers of flavors added to the dispensational brew that Heaven is distilling in the earth. Each ingredient flavors the whole and affects the end-result. I encourage you to read what God has been doing thus far in the decade, here, here, and here. It’s quite impossible for a desiring…
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On stepping into your next move of God
Jaw dropping – that’s what happened when Bob Mazeroski described something similar to what I’d seen in a dream back in September 2011. Bob had got fired up talking about what happened to him in the Brownsville Revival, which saved him and his marriage, and urged everyone gathered yesterday:
“Listen! If a former, drunken horse trainer with no college degree – that didn’t even have a credential or ministry training – but was full of the fires of revival, baptised in the Holy Ghost – if God can use someone like me to put a mantle on, I want to tell you there ain’t one person in this room that God can’t use and He desires that for every one of you – but you need to just reach out and…all you gotta do is put it on!”
Leading into that remark, Bob shared a personal insight applicable to emulating any minister who’s moving powerfully in the Holy Spirit’s unction. He’d said:
A couple of years ago I had a dream and woke up to make notes and preach on it, for it was one of those ‘Now’ words for the Body.
In this dream, this BIG old cargo plane – you know the kind, like those they haul military supplies in – a big old cargo plane up in the sky opened up and out of that thing came all these parachutes dropping out of that thing.
“And connected to every parachute, different looking to all the others but BIG, was a suitcase. They looked like the old suitcases that you used to see people take on trains. That’s what they looked like. They were falling all over and they were hitting the ground and when they hit the ground the lids would POP open…they would burst open.
“I begin to think what is all that about and I heard the Spirit of the Lord speak into my spirit. He said,
“They’re mantles that I’m trying to put on the people in my Body today. They’re mantles I’ve used yesterday, they’re new mantles for today, they’re mantles where the ones carrying them died and moved on; but I still have the same power, I have the same heart and I’m the same God that wants to do the same thing.
“ALL I NEED IS SOMEBODY TO WALK OVER TO THE SUITCASE, PICK IT UP AND PUT IT ON!”
“That’s what He’s saying!
“You say, “Oh I wish I could move in healing…I wish I could move in signs and wonders”, but you know what God is saying…
“THERE IT IS! PICK IT UP. PUT IT ON. LET’S GO! LET’S MOVE!”
“That’s your move of God that’s coming! But it takes faith…” (continues into first quote, “Listen…”)
It was a fitting climax to exceptional teaching on applying lessons from how Elisha became anointed to succeed his spiritual father, the prophet Elijah. Listen to Bob’s inspirational address about stepping into your next move of God, starting here at 1hr27min for the whole, or at 2hr20 for the above excerpt.
Note: this theme continues in Thursday’s post Holy Treasure of ‘The Open Door’. Bob’s New Life Worship Centre Facebook page refers to CHP event with video.
What was it about Bob’s dream that made me react? It plugged into the details of a dream about the Kingdom being set up, which directly related in theme, location and timing to what Bill Johnson had prophesied about 1st September 2011 being a pivotal point in Kingdom activity in the UK. Consequently, I emailed friends and contacts about an Acceleration in Kingdom activity, the importance of which pushed me into blogging.
Here’s the opening part of my dream of 3rd Sept 2011, its commonalities with Bob’s dream are underlined:
Am in an open-plan, modern office environment overlooking a town centre. Upon glancing out of one side’s extensive windows I’m amazed to see a large white cube flying very low over nearby buildings! (It’s about the size of a Hercules transport plane.) Watching, I see a few more similar cubes follow and fan out in different directions.
Then I look from a different quarter’s aspect to see where they’re coming from and then notice this view is from a much higher floor and over a different location! Then, a couple of cubes hover and discharge some cargo, which floats down to settle on the ground – rather as furniture vans deposit items outside a house.
However, I’m seeing into a room being set up, as though the building itself is invisible! A large wooden table and its several chairs are already there as white porcelain bathroom furnishings descend, but stay hanging in space!
In a flash I understand what’s happening and, without thinking, declare aloud, “They’re setting up The Kingdom!”
The full account may be read at Father, Your Kingdom Come, which has Bill Johnson’s remarks as footnotes.
Plenty to ponder upon and become motivated to serve our heavenly Father and step into His next move, wherever we are.
Justin Welby’s call to convert this nation is no joke
This is excellent news when we recall Graham Goldsmith’s guest post asking two years ago, “Has the Church fallen asleep on its feet?”. Archbishop Welby’s words, Gillan’s own eloquent exhortation and in-depth commentaries bring hopeful promise to the fulfilment of 3 prophetic words/visions received 2 weeks earlier – and on the same day! – in Wales, England and Arizona! (See posts below dated 23 & 26 May)
This Sunday Christians around the world will be celebrating the day the Church was born. At the festival of Pentecost, not long after Jesus had left them, his followers who only numbered about 120 were together when the Holy Spirit came and engulfed the room with power. In a moment these believers who had previously been timid and afraid became the initiators of the biggest evangelistic movement the world has ever seen. Their boldness compelled them to devote themselves to sharing the news that Jesus alone is the saviour of the world.
Not long after that momentous day Peter and John were hauled before the high priest and rulers in Jerusalem and commanded not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. To this Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? As for us, we cannot help…
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