The Fear of the Lord #1 – Sword of the Spirit’s Separation Time

Further to my thoughts and prayers over the grave issue of the censorship Petition and the Lord’s desiring us to ask for “the revival of the holy, reverential fear of God”, as well as my having experienced that as a foretaste of His return, we consider a few prophetic words of direct relevance to this vital topic; the first of which was received when I posted Emma Stark’s video on deep disarray in the devil’s domain.:

THE DOUBLE-EDGED TIP OF THE SWORD – A TIME OF SEPARATION

‘A few weeks ago during our regular prayer meeting on a Tuesday night at Hastings 24-7 Prayer, I saw (with my spiritual eyes) the tip of a double-edged sword, and it was moving forward slowly, very sharp, cutting and separating as it moved. The scripture that came to mind was Hebrews 4:12 – ‘For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.’

‘This is a very critical point in time where God, by the power of His living and active Spirit-Word which proceeds from His mouth (and which we are to echo!), is beginning to cut through the body of Christ, making a separation between those believers that are soul-led, and those that are Spirit-led.

‘I felt that the two edges of the tip of the sword represented the true ministry of the apostolic and prophetic, and that the prophetic was twinned with the pure, undiluted truth of God, and the apostolic was twinned with the love of God to implement the prophetic expression of the desire of God for His people, Jesus’ bride-to-be.

‘As this word stayed with me over the last weeks and as I kept pondering it, I saw that the sword tip also symbolised the alpha, and the handle of the sword the omega of God, and that the moving-forward and completion of this process of separation through His (S)word would accomplish from beginning to end the full revealing of His will and nature in the earth.

‘As our society is rocked by many political issues, and as and our standards and values are polluted more and more by the influx of immorality, the calling into question of the very nature and identity of humanity in the image of God (sexual expression without borders, LGBT, abortion, euthanasia) along with the uprooting of the eternal principles of the Word of God, the Body of Christ is heavily influenced by this move, and many individual Christians, church groups and even whole denominations are pulled into darkness.

‘This is an urgent call from the Lord to His people to make a choice now as His double-edged (S)word moves forward. The fence is no longer a safe place. Lukewarmness will no longer be comfortable or sustainable. Those who choose to remain in the grey zone will be cut off, separated from the holy Kingdom of Light. The Lord is not doing this out of anger but out of the purity of His love: “He sent out his word and healed them, he rescued them from the grave.” Psalm 107:20. This process is meant to completely separate us from everything that is death so we can be fully filled with His eternal life!

‘As this process continues, let us search ourselves and pray for ourselves first, so God will find us as people who are led by His Spirit, faithful to His Word, fully standing in His Light. We are not to point fingers at other Christians or churches or denominations in this process as the Lord begins with us first! But let us also pray for the body of Christ, for people to choose well at this critical time, and not to be drawn into darkness with the rest of the world.

‘For those who do not want to choose, the relentless pull of darkness will be too strong to resist; they will not have the Holy Spirit-infused power to stand as they have depended on their soulish desires and prompts for too long. May God have great mercy on those who are undecided as the time to choose is becoming very short now.

  • Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
  • Ezekiel 34:17 “As for you, My flock,” thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and the male goats.”
  • Matthew 13:49 “So will it be at the end of the age: The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous…”
  • James 4:4 ‘You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.’
  • Romans 8:7 ‘…because the mind of the flesh is hostile to God: It does not submit to God’s Law, nor can it do so.’
  • 2 Corinthians 6:17 “Come out from them and be separate”, says the Lord. “Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
  • Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
  • Romans 13:12 ‘The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light.’
  • Isaiah 35:8 ‘And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.’
  • 1 Peter 1:16 ‘For it is written, You must be holy, because I am holy.’
  • Romans 8:14 ‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.’
  • 2 Corinthians 11:2 ‘For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband–Christ.’

Susanne Molina, 27th November 2017

[Published with the kind permission of UK Prophetic Words]

Reminder of vision of Holy Fire falling

World In Fire by Danilo Rizzuti (Freedigitalphotos.net)

This month has seen a rapidly growing number of powerfully encouraging and uplifting words and visions for followers of the Lord Jesus to weigh, ponder and pray. Into that mix, especially regarding visions of holy fire, UK Prophetic Words has published this from 2009 brought by Susan O’Marra. Her final paragraph is noteworthy in connection with the state of panic in the devil’s camp that the Lord showed Emma Stark (here):

VISION OF THE RAIN OF FIRE

‘In the vision, I was looking at the world from a suspended position. I could see people and areas from a panoramic position and also at times, I saw things close up. The position varied as it did with the scenes and with the messages that I was given to understand by the experiences given to me.

‘I saw what looked to me like great fiery rain coming from heaven and it came in great drops or elongated streams. It was not like the natural rain that we know of, but it was like spiritually infused living molten lava, a real fire, but it was Living Spirit; the living fiery essence of the Father that was raining down towards the inhabitants below.

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Sanctuary – Moments in His Presence

Sanctuary – `something set aside for sacred use’.  This new book by David Strutt is a collection of daily thoughts and insights. They are designed to encourage you to come into the presence of God; to praise Him, to hear Him and be healed and restored by the wonders of His love and faithfulness.

Sanctuary isn’t meant to replace daily Bible reading but instead aims to stimulate, inspire and refresh you by helping you go deeper into God’s love.

Reflecting on the nature of God, this Sanctuary contains exciting testimonies and encouragement to pursue the Lord for spiritual gifts to be evident in our daily lives. It is arranged so you can read the entries either by following as a calendar of dates and church festivals, else at your own pace by its numerical sequence of days. At the close of each day’s thoughts there is a short prayer as a source of inspiration for further meditation.

Its author David Strutt blesses the church we attend in Liphook with teaching that brings deep insights, and I especially appreciate his occasional explanations of the Hebrew meaning of scripture. After announcing the book’s publication his large box of copies was soon emptied!

David Reveals Book’s Beginnings

Chatting recently with David in his large but cosy ‘shack’ and by a warm small fire, I enquire of the book’s genesis. He points to a light-green large yet thin, vertical wooden letter rack brimming over with small scraps of paper upon which he’d jotted notes over many years, and to lots and lots more in a box-file labelled ‘Sanctuary’.  As stated in the book’s Introduction, they’re all thoughts and insights from his reading, preaching and being inspired.

With a flourish of the hand towards the box he divulges, “I knew that one day I’d use them to write a book for those who place great importance in coming into the Lord’s glorious presence each day.”  The Introduction offers gems of brief encouragement – like nuggets – on ways of getting the best out of those notes, as though riding on a tandem with scripture.

About four years ago David realised the Lord wanted him to transform all the notes into a devotional book called ‘Sanctuary’. He confesses that his first attempt at doing so in a diary format only produced rather ‘wooden’ first months of the year.

Last year a very awkward misfortune resulted in one leg being immobilised. “When my leg was encased in a heavy plaster cast it was quite a struggle to walk around. And so in 2016 I debated with myself about being able to go to Dorset and eventually decided we could go in August.”

David then pointed across from where I was lazing on the sofa to the large, soft leather satchel laying across the adjacent chair. “As I went to grab that bag I heard the Lord tell me, ‘Don’t take that! Take your laptop!’  So out came the box of watercolours and in went my laptop. Instead of sitting at an easel I ended up tapping away on a keyboard. From the first day away the writing flowed non-stop and I wrote daily ’til January 2017!

“In writing I had several different kinds of readers in mind rather than write for a niche market. As well as regular devotees I wanted it to appeal to new believers, to those wary of the Old Testament and to offer a ‘jigsaw’ of prophecies that lead into the Incarnation. In leading into Advent/Christmas entries during November introduce OT prophecies, even the more difficult ones, for our contemplation.

“So I tried to link together a chain of events to help us understand Father’s heart for His creation. ‘Sanctuary’ is for diligent seekers as we all need to understand the big picture rather than see the Bible within a niche.”

In view of my frequently blogging on both topics, my ears pricked up at David’s alluding to prophecies as a ‘jigsaw’!  I grinned. When launching this blog six years ago I’d wanted to call it ‘Invisible Jigsaw’ (details here), but couldn’t find a suitable graphic at the time.

Furthermore, a slight scratch to the back of David’s hand from a garden bush as we went to the ‘den’ had reminded me of a significant dream a couple of days earlier. The dream related to a formative place of my childhood (local library, as here) and my later calling to write. It closed with my looking at my watch, seeing the hands near 12 o’clock (similar to now, 12:07) and a short, narrow trickle of blood around the top’s inside edge. I awoke and understood most of the dream, plus the what and why of the last thing I was looking at – my watch; that is, ‘Richard’s Watch’!

Therefore, and as a regular reader, Sanctuary – Moments In His Presence is highly and unreservedly recommended.  Published by Malcolm Down (ISBN: 978-1-910786-77-2) it can be purchased from Eden Christian Books or Amazon.

[Puzzle Globe and Book by Thanunkorn, courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net]

William Booth’s prophecy of today’s dangerous apostasy

The First General of the Salvation Army, William Booth (1829-1912), is often quoted as shown above on foretelling changes in the approaching Twentieth century that could take place within churches.

His words are very accurate in prophesying global, liberal changes for the 21st Century Church, as reported in my recent posts. For more about this read Dr Joe Vankoevering’s brief article entitled 100 Year-Old Vision Coveys Sobering Warning to the Church.:

“I try to stay focused on what’s happening in the world as it relates to Bible prophecy—part of my assignment from God. And what’s occurring in the world today all points to the approaching return of Jesus Christ. However, another important part of my assignment is to deal with what God is saying as a warning to His church….”

New things have come

Thank you Mike Parsons for this excellent reminder of who we are IN Christ – time to take stock and rethink, to be transformed by renewal of our minds (thereby able to check, ‘test’ and approve for ourselves what is Father’s will for us) Romans 12:1-2.

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott  

Comparing the old and the new

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Cor 5:17).

When Jesus came two thousand years ago, He came with a completely new perspective and radically reinterpreted everything the religious people thought they knew. In my experience, He still does the same today. Here are a few things He has shown us in a totally new light:

Prayer – we used to pray from earth asking for God’s help from heaven, hoping that God would hear us from a distance. The new way is to come to meet Him face to face, to come boldly to the throne of grace, sit on His lap and talk to Him.

Revival – this is such a huge desire and expectation among the Christian community…

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The Hallmark of the New

After having looked at the dozens of prophecies for a new era in church and society we now need to consider the ‘nuts & bolts’ of how we can assist their fulfillment. In this post Mike Parsons brings practical instruction for doing so based upon our identity in Christ.

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

What is the ‘new wine’?

In this series of posts we are looking at new wine and new wineskins. Last time we saw how the new wineskin is each one of us, both individually and coming together as a new order ekklesia, but what is this new wine? What does it represent? Here is some of what I have seen (and if you will engage with God for yourself, I am sure you will see some of this and more besides):

    • New governmental mandates and new government patterned after heaven. New revelation and understanding of how to expand the kingdom, subdue and rule from a new heavenly perspective of servant leadership.
    • New values and ideals. Jesus introduced the manifesto of the kingdom, a completely new way of living. As we have seen, the ekklesia is to be a reflection of heaven’s values, an embassy…

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Jarrod Cooper: a fresh prophetic vision of God’s glory invading society

Thank you to Suzanne Payne at UK Prophetic Words for the heads-up on Jarrod Cooper’s previous post Many Prophets are Prophesying a New Era!, and this extract from his 500: Are We At The Dawn of a New Era of Glory?

GLORY ARISING – A FRESH PROPHETIC VISION OF GOD’S GLORY INVADING EVERY SPHERE OF SOCIETY

This summer (2017) God has been speaking to me about a new era of outpouring that is growing in these coming decades, following the 500 year anniversary of the start of the Reformation.:

The Church will be filled with glory. A weighty sense of presence that has grown since the early 1900’s will begin to flood every corner of the Church – even the most stoic of church expressions will be found weeping at the wonder of His goodness again. Of course, there will be a backlash, that the coming glory is a figment of overly excited “Charismatic” imaginations, but the rising tide of glory and power will reach everyone who is thirsty – the coming move will be so obviously brought by the hand of heaven, that most of the Church will eventually open itself to new realms of power.

The Catholic and even other more “High” traditions will begin to be influenced powerfully by a new presence from heaven. The beauty of history and liturgy will blend with presence and glory, in ways many Pentecostals and Charismatics have thought impossible – and glory will rise upon the most historic of churches.

The Church will become more of a movement, and less of a club for members. She will pour out into the streets and the various strata of society, invading the very fabric of communities. She will meet in buildings large and small, facilitated by new types of church governmental structure, that are fluid, relational, releasing and non-bureaucratic.

Denominationalism will give way to Kingdom authority, led by servant apostles. Different streams or tribes in the Church will no longer be seen as competition, or lacking doctrinal accuracy. Instead, each tribe in the Kingdom will bring fresh emphasis, a strength that the whole Body of Christ needs. New authority structures will create Kingdom flow that lacks bureaucracy and releases the Saints to march across the land in power.

Church unity will flow as never before – such will be the harvest of souls. There will simply be too many people being saved to worry about the politics of pastoring. No longer will pastors fight over members – they will send each other members when their discipleship systems become overwhelmed by the sheer numbers.

Signs and wonders will become incredibly commonplace – even among children, and denominations formerly thought of as “dead”.

Indeed the dead will be raised, remarkable healings and miracles, transfigurations, men and women glowing at the presence of God. Some will be lifted off the ground, objects will move, the smoke of glory will fill streets, rooms, stadiums, parliaments. It will rain indoors – even oil will flow in miraculous ways. The wonders will cause worship to God and become so commonplace in certain locations, that they even seem to no longer fascinate the believers.

But these signs will fascinate the world and eventually be impossible to ignore, even by the most wary of media outlets.

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

God said “My glory will invade politics, carried on the shoulders of the ambassadors of heaven. Men and women who have met me in my glory, will be given the opportunity and mantle to stand for office and call my presence in.

Prayer meetings will run like rivers through parliament buildings. The EU will become engulfed in a war for its soul, as the Kingdom of light begins to penetrate even the darkest corners.”

The war for power in the boardrooms and cabinet rooms of the world will rage – but a new grace from my hand, that seems to melt even the greatest authorities will begin to invade meetings and conversations. While some have felt an “Elijah-like” confrontation will be the thing that turns men of power around, it will actually be a release of softening grace that will melt the hearts of kings and presidents. This is the age of grace and glory. Favour from the hand of God and man will be released in the earth, and the Church will be established as prince among the mountains.

A rising of a new type of missionary from the Church will begin to transform politics locally – strong, spiritual, biblically literate and fearless, the Church will march into the political arena ready to be a city on a hill.

MEDIA AND THE ARTS

The Church will become known again as a womb of creativity – art, music, words, media – Christian artists will be recognised as the source of immense creative expertise – as training schools in the arts arise in every city, nation and continent.

Film makers will send shockwaves throughout the world, explaining the fallen brokenness of man, melting the hardness of pride and releasing a longing for divine grace and healing. It is the arts, not politics, that will touch and reshape the morality of nations back to the image of God. Through stories, song, the retelling of divine history, the arts will capture the hearts of humanity and make many question the moral anarchy that has swept the world.

Stadiums will be used for church services again and again. The greatest auditoriums in the land will be filled. The arts and signs and wonders will run like streams, blending into a river of grace and glory that will capture the hearts of millions. Kings, presidents, the influencers of the world will weep in worship at the presence of God. Royalty will fall prostrate before the Fathers presence.

Revivals will accompany theatre companies. Anointed productions will be performed that lead the audience to overwhelming travailing of soul. Queues will go on endlessly as people long to be in God’s presence and hear the words once again. Audience members will convulse in their seats, cry out, rush the stage, run out to the streets, overcome by the Holy Spirit’s presence, in deep repentance. Some will be left overnight in the theatre, as the glory of God moves and crowds become immobile under the hand of God’s glory. In some areas this will become considered a normal response to the arts, such is the power and anointing of God at work.

Successful and renowned singers will begin to turn their concerts into evangelistic campaigns – even giving away bibles, taking altar calls and working with local churches. In some great auditoriums, multiple celebrities will give testimony and perform, with thousands giving their lives to Christ and leaving new churches planted.

Small radio stations will spring up across the earth broadcasting the Gospel, power and presence of God – telling the stories, releasing the testimonies of communities in regional areas. They will become the new pulpits of the airwaves. Thousands will be healed simply by listening, as the wisdom and wonder of God floods the airwaves. Some of these places will become so successful, larger stations will model themselves on the pattern of these glory stations.

GLORY INVADING EDUCATION

Schools, colleges and universities will be in upheaval at the moves of revival. Christian Unions will hold prayer meetings that fill up like assemblies. Outpourings of the Spirit will interrupt classes. Teachers will at times become preachers, as God’s presence moves so strongly in the classrooms. Many will fall to the floor overcome by God’s presence.

Great wars will be fought around the classrooms, as the enemy vies for the minds of the young – but the glory of God will prevail. Schools, colleges and universities will be swept up in visitations of glory so strong, that head teachers will be unable to finish prayers and speeches, and as they weep under the hand of God and the young people assembled begin to sing under the infilling of the Spirit.

“Missionary” will become a common recommendation for careers advice – the hunger for millions to carry God’s glory to the ends of the earth will grow, as the compulsion of love drives a new generation to invade every last corner of the earth with the Gospel.

GOD AND MEDICINE

God’s glory will empty some hospitals. Saints will go in, and prayer will fast become another normalised route to wellness. There will be many times when wards are emptied by the visit of a group of glory carriers.

But what is more remarkable is that it will become acceptable again for doctors to pray and lay hands on the sick. They will see the dead raised, intensive care patients radically healed, and many will come to faith in hospital.

In many places, prayer will become activity accepted, taught and recommended as a legitimate means of healing. Some medical universities will specialise in prayer for healing, helping to release an army of “divine doctors” able to walk in miracles and medicine.

Some hospitals will develop “miracle teams” who are trained and released to move around the hospitals praying, caring and comforting the sick. Churches will be set up in hospital wings.

GOD AND THE FAMILY

The make up of the family will be restored not by the laws of man, but by a movement of grace upon the broken hearts of humanity. The oil of God’s grace will flow upon the earth, and through encounter after encounter, the hearts of humanity, so hungry for approval and acceptance, will be restored to the Father’s Heart.

There will be outpost, after outpost, where a restoration of families will become the norm; divorce will drastically reduce, fatherlessness will fade, sexual confusion will give way to peace and holiness. In some places it will be the Church that become the “father and mother” of communities, bringing stability, nourishment, approval, discipline and tenderness. The Church will seem, in some places, to be almost a parental figure in the nation, rather than an irrelevant relic. Adoption and fostering ministries will explode across church communities, as God sets the lonely in healthy families.

GOD’S GLORY ON BUSINESSES AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Businessmen will be touched powerfully by glory, and become Generals of Commerce – releasing finances and resources into the global harvest. But not only will they resource ministries and churches, but their very businesses will become strongholds of the Kingdom, bringing societal transformation and change. Godly business men and women will be seen as spiritual elders in the cities, and many will run churches alongside, and even within, their businesses and staff. The commitment to transform a city or region will mean businesses become places of Kingdom rulership, to better advance the glory of God across an area.

The glory of God will disrupt the business day again and again! It will seem some leaders will have to trust that everything will get done, and profits will be made, as some will give up days to prayer and seeking God, allowing staff to be in God’s presence, rather than remaining on “the production line.” But these businesses will prosper greatly in God’s hand –bringing wealth and influence for the Kingdom. Habakkuk 2:14 states that, “The knowledge of the glory of the Lord is going to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.”

Jarrod Cooper, 3rd October 2017

An Anglican ‘branch’ to bring revival

Thank you to Suzanne Payne for reminding me in her comment on the previous post  (on pruning dead-wood in Anglicanism) about a word brought by Sarah Rowlinson on our nation’s spiritual history and legacy.

In current consideration of the state of the Church of England this post will reiterate only the relevant portion of Word for the UK 2017. (To read in full tap/click that link.) Sarah opens that document,

‘I saw the Lord speak to the land of the UK, and I heard Him say, “There is still yet historical spiritual legacy in the land, that I am going to honour”.  And I saw two key areas. And this was on our Queen, Elizabeth. And it was on the Church of England. And the Lord said, “Because of prayers that have been prayed, because of promises and oaths taken, that were fulfilled, because of decisions that were made before Me, there’s a deposit of favour in the land still that I’m going to honour.”

She brings encouragement on how to pray for Queen Elizabeth and continues:

‘And then secondly, I saw a branch of revival coming through a branch of the Church of England. Not the whole thing, there’s a branch of it. And it’s coming strong, and it’s coming steady, and it will build significantly this year. And I saw that in some of the major cities in our country, Cathedrals would be filled once again. And the old church buildings will be filled with the sound of worship.

‘And these places will be empowered with acts of service again that this church denomination was once renowned for. There’s an activation in this stream, there’s a mobilization in this stream. And I felt like these churches would come into the heart of community activities once again, they would come into even places of government and influence for the good of the whole communities in which they serve.

‘And I felt like the Lord was saying to the rest of the brothers and sisters around these communities to support what the spirit of God is doing through these churches, put down some of your theological barriers and some of your ‘oh they’re just the religious lot, we don’t really deal with them’, that type of thing, put that down and support and serve because it was Him, and He was mobilizing a sense of revival through this stream.

‘Wisdom and Counsel will be found in these churches for many. I saw many going, like they used to, and say: “I have questions, I don’t understand, my marriage is falling apart, my business is falling down the tubes, I’m going to go and find the vicar.” And that coming back into our land, and that it was a healthy thing.

‘So, I’m prophesying that bit that I’ve seen, not because God’s not going to move dramatically , dynamically  into all the other church streams across the nation, that’s just the bit that I see, and it’s not a stream that I’m a part of.

‘You know how you would see a map, and then you would see the hotspots on a map? That’s how I saw some of these places. And I saw some within nearly all the major cities: Manchester, London, Liverpool, all the big strategic cities that these branches are coming out from. But I also saw, all along the South East coast there was just lots and lots of hotspots that were being planted out from these streams. And God was putting a spiritual guard on that Western coast strategically…’

Footnotes:
  • Reference to ‘hotspots’ reminds me of what Lydia Stanley Marrow’s had seen in July and brought a word on how and where Holy Spirit will be moving in Britain
  • The location of that ‘spiritual guard’ is particularly interesting in view of the necessity for Therasa May to include the conservative Christian Democratic Unionist Party of Ulster in her parliamentary majority. Also, that intercessor and seer Veronika West lives on the western isle of the British Isles.

London area awakening: refiner’s fire testimony

I’m honoured and grateful to Paul Marriott for having contacted me direct about his visit to Capstone Church, as told in the first half of the testimonies published by my friend Michael Marcel.  (I noted his confirming my impression of visiting that church as being like Toronto and reference to the burning bush, which featured in my meditations over several weeks.) Paul’s illuminating account of personal discipleship in giving the glory to God is published with his kind permission:

‘I came across your wonderful blog today and it blessed me greatly – thank you…

‘I wrote this testimony below on the 18th August. In the past 10 days my wife, daughter and myself have even been more profoundly affected by what is happening at Capstone and we could probably write several more pages of testimony. The Lord is moving in very deep and remarkable ways in the UK and He is using an extremely humble fellowship at the back-end of nowhere in Ilford, East London, to ignite the London Awakening, which is already having a profound affect across not only across London but also the nations of the UK and beyond into the Nations. I think the key to what is happening is humility – the Lord favours the humble – not so the proud. I hope this encourages you brother.’

MY REFINER’S FIRE TESTIMONY

‘The very top testimony below (ie. previous post) is mine from a week ago. What isn’t stated here is that it was the culmination of a significant period of private prayer where I asked the Lord to lead me through effective repentance of anything that put self above Him. As a result of a discussion with a dear friend whose faith-walk is a yardstick of integrity, I asked the Lord to cleanse me of all hindrances and blockages in me that would prevent me hearing His voice or understanding His word; I asked Him to purify me in His refiner’s fire of all the dross and impurities (the burning bush was not a consuming fire but it represented ‘holy ground’) and finally to make me a holy vessel fit to be poured out for His purposes.

‘On the day I went to Capstone Church Ilford, which I had never heard of before, I’d added a statement in my prayer group, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one could find a church where man completely took his hand off the service and allowed God to run it?” – to which several in that group responded with a resounding “Amen”. It seemed that no sooner had I uttered that and they had responded than the 2 prophecies mentioned below (ie previous) appeared in my facebook feed and the rest of the below became history.

‘Since then my passion for Jesus has grown exponentially, I am totally in love with Him; I have unspeakable love for my wife and family; Amanda and Sarah have been incredibly supportive. I dance like David danced in every time of worship, my love of the lost knows no ends and I am now daily leading people to Jesus or making Him known to them on a journey they are wanting to undertake. Talking of journeys every train and bus trip and high street walk and shop visit is a befriending-for-Jesus-time and even my hospital appointment today resulted in Him being made known to the waiting room in an utterly friendly way and in my praying for various people there to be healed.

‘In 12 days since I first attended Capstone I have been healed of a very painful post-viral knee condition (I laid claim to Isaiah 53:5d – by His wounds (stripes) we are healed); I feel like 26 and not 62; lost 14lbs in weight (1.5 stone over 3 weeks) – largely from “worshipping with all my being” which has now attained a remarkable prophetic edge (who me this previously demure 62-year-old Englishman?) and also within a week have attained an admittedly medically-aided blood-pressure reduction from 173/117 on Mon 7th August to 136/72 which I was told today…is the blood pressure of a healthy 17-year-old! I’ll have that. 1 Corinthians 1:31 says “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord”. Indeed I do and I give all the glory for this transformation to God

‘To my surprise even attempting to share such a testimony has led to numerous negative reactions (to the point where some will attempt to explain each part of the testimony away) but many spirit-filled encouragements too.

‘That however is another story. For now I’ll ‘just’ GIVE GOD THE GLORY.’

Paul Marriott, 18th August 2017

‘That was over 3 weeks ago now and it has not all been plain sailing as the Lord is doing a very deep work in me, showing me the effects of carnal thinking and convicting me of my sin nature and taking me through confession and deep anguish of repentance on my face before Him…a sobering, cleansing and releasing experience. I have discovered that fear of man is a snare that has caused compromise in my life…not pleasant to see where fear leads – but this is a direct as a result of praying and asking Him to make me a clean, pure & holy vessel fit for His purposes. I am learning too the importance of accountability and deeper submission to others (my wife especially!) in their exercise of wisdom & discernment. I have discovered that deep seated insecurities had affected a lot of my thinking and led to people-pleasing above God or family. I have been ‘addicted to doing’ out of guilt feelings rather than a true and deep love for the lost. All that has to go and the Lord is inviting me to take His yoke upon me instead, which, by comparison is light and easy. There is no going back to the religion of compromise – I have discovered that the journey out of bondage is not easy but I sense that the outcome and fruitfulness will be awesome.’

(12th September)

Selah!

Vision of Christian warriors, more on the angel’s message and a ‘wake up’ call

Final day at 9.00am and keen to be with new friends in His presence

After having been away it’s intriguing to compare our spiritual impressions with others who’ve heard from the Lord. After the first evening at Revival Alliance UK 2017 at least thrice-daily ardent worship started cleansing the New Bingley Hall in Birmingham.

Upon entering the auditorium it felt exactly like on my recent visits to Capstone Church, Ilford (extra meetings continue this month). And the sense there was just like when we travelled to Folleys’ End Church in Croydon’s Surrey Street market some years ago. On the opening evening of a weekend-long gathering there a ‘rock’n’roll’ guitarist opened up worship with extraordinary musicianship – after that song he addressed an unvoiced question I’d had!  As worship proceeded, Holy Spirit’s presence could be sensed and so it was just like when we’d been in the sanctuary at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship.

We were where Jesus Christ attends church!

SO, this time with Revival Alliance we were back in Toronto and the outpouring of God’s blessings once again. Many received a good measure of healings, including ‘D’, who’d sat beside us that first evening. Later, she responded to a word of knowledge Carol Arnott had from the Lord about someone having too many platelets in their blood. On going forward, ‘D’ said the problem’s caused her a great deal of pain but God has given her a promise in her own year of jubilee – and she’s 50 years of age. She soon began feeling the warmth of God’s power to bring freedom from pain.

NINA’S VISION OF WARRIORS

The next day we were unable to find ‘D’ until we saw her coming towards the building as we left for the lunch break. She told us how well she’s now feeling. We grinned and then I noticed Nina had gone silent, beyond conversational listening, and gazing very intently – but not at our friend, at everyone!  Is she alright?

“Everyone’s changed,” she says a minute or so later. “We’re wearing armour and ready for combat!”

I ask her what’s happening and she explains her sight did a sort of shimmer, or rather our bodies did. So I ask, “Like watching people going through the Stargate (movie)?”

“Yes”, replies Nina, and so we realise her natural and spiritual senses of sight became active to show another – truer – reality of believers in Christ as spiritual warriors. It looks as if it would be heavy and cumbersome armour but it’s light and supple, being spiritual.

The images are akin to when Nina attended the funeral of an atheist friend’s husband only to be shocked to ‘see’ people walking around as skeletons!  They’re the walking dead because unbelievers are dead to God. But believers are not only clothed in Christ but also in holy armour for fighting satan’s servants.

With that vision in mind let’s read Chris Bennett’s Facebook entries about the army of the Lord after having the vision of an angel warning him the Lord’s drawn a Line In The Sand (3rd Sept), which I didn’t read until yesterday (emphases mine):

THERE IS ANOTHER LINE IN THE SAND (4th Sept)

Yesterday, I wrote about a line in the sand as the Lord applies it to us, but He also gave me an interpretation of it as applied to the forces of evil. I wrote that interpretation to a dear friend and the effect was such that I am prompted to share it wider.

I wrote : “I felt the Lord say over you, “So far but no further. I will only allow so much to attack you, then – no more! I am limiting the enemy’s ability to harass you. I am setting my army around you. You are mine and I will protect and preserve you. I have plans for you that are as yet unfulfilled. So I rebuke the enemy. Thus far – not one step further!”

Does this ring a bell for anyone?

I feel a move in the Spirit. I feel the enemy is being dragged back from the worst excesses he was planning. The Lord is rebuilding His church just as Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. He is restoring hope where the world has been openly mocking us. He is restoring faith where faith has been shredded and all but destroyed. He is sounding a rallying cry to every Christian who will respond.

“TO ARMS! EVERYONE TO HIS OR HER POST. LET THE TRUMPETS HERALD A GATHERING OF THE SAINTS IN A WAR-ROOM TO PROCLAIM AND DECREE THE GREATNESS OF THE LORD AND TO DECLARE FRESH HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND! IT IS TIME TO CALL A COUNCIL OF WAR IN EVERY CHURCH, EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE. IT IS TIME FOR THE WATCHMEN TO WATCH AND STAND GUARD, FOR THE INTERCESSORS TO INTERCEDE DECLARE AND DECREE THE LORD’S WILL BE DONE, AND THE PROPHETS TO LEAD AS THEY HEAR AND SPEAK AND ACTIVATE THE WORDS OF THE LORD!”

“DO NOT SAY ITS NOT MY JOB! IT IS EVERYONE’S JOB. LET THE WORSHIPPERS LEAD YOU INTO BATTLE FOR THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S AND THE ENEMY’S WALLS WILL COME TUMBLING DOWN!”

I looked to the hills around us. The horsemen and chariots of Israel are in position. The Army of the Lord is ready. The trumpeters are standing, trumpets raised, ready for the command. The Lord stands to His feet and His voice rings out over us, “NOW IS THE TIME. LET BATTLE COMMENCE!” The enemy forces rise in unison with the Soldiers of the Cross. I see the Ark of the Covenant, carried by the priests, take up position ready to lead the worshippers into battle. Then . . . the battle cry is sounded.

Are you ready? Is the Army of the Lord, on earth as it is in heaven, ready? Then let us wage war on Satan and all his demon army. We cannot be defeated, the battle is already won! AMEN.

WAKE UP! (2nd Sept)

“Before you set about trying to get the Church right with Me – get yourself right with Me.” says the Lord. These words hit me like a brick as I was browsing Facebook today.

“Mote and plank! Cast the plank out of your own eye before you try to point out the mote in another’s eye!”, He continued. “My Word speaks about a spotless Bride, and so she shall be, but to be part of a spotless Bride, you must be personally ‘spotless’ or how can I use you to clean up the Bride?

“This is one of the last calls to personal holiness!”, says the Lord, “For in the coming months I will be ‘cleaning house’ in My Church. I will be ‘cleaning house’ among those I have appointed and anointed and many will lose their influence and some their platform because they have abused the anointing and have turned aside from the path upon which I set them!

“Why ‘one of the last calls’? Because I am raising a new Holy Army among My people, and these shall be anointed to carry the Church through the End-time. If My people will align themselves with Me and with the path upon which I have set them, then I shall add to their anointing, confirmed with signs and wonders following, and the world will recognise them as Mine.

“However”, says the Lord, “There will be two countermeasures the enemy, Satan, has set up ready to combat My people. First, he will counterfeit everything My people do, and you must discern the difference. Second, he will attack, harass, persecute, and try to bring down My anointed in any way he can, and you must stand in the face of this. Only by keeping themselves pure and unto Me shall My people stand and remain standing” says the Lord of Hosts.

A ‘wake up’ warning to a still complacent church.

Holy harvest is ripe for reaping – Time is running out!

In her opening message at last week’s Revival Alliance UK gathering in Birmingham, its hostess Lori Arnott Lawlor of Harvest Ministries told of a vision the Lord gave her when she wanted to ease back on her ministry. Lately, He’s reminded her of its importance.

Lori had a picture of being with many others fishing from a huge boat. Everyone along the deck was working very hard hauling in massive nets brimming over with fish. Her arms were aching so much from this immense and ongoing catch!

Therefore, she stressed NOW’s time to take Jesus out of churches and for Holy-Spirit filled believers to go into the public places and introduce people to His deep love and healing power.

Other Revival Alliance leaders from UK (Ken Gott & Dave Campbell), Canada (John & Carol Arnott), USA (Bill & Beni Johnson), Bulgaria (Georgian & Winnie Banov) and from Mozambique (Rolland & Heidi Baker, over in the concurrent conference in Norway after a UK tour) also reminded us that, in view of the signs of our being in the End-times, it is now absolutely vital to get outside churches into the streets and reap the harvest!

It should be our priority!

These leaders connected to the Toronto Outpouring are some of the few who allow Holy Spirit into their meetings; as does Church of His Presence in Alabama, through whom we heard yesterday a direct report from a church in Beaumont, Texas, that’s helping as many casualties of the terrible flooding as possible by taking and being Jesus outdoors in the disaster area!

AND SO it was most interesting to return home and read a couple of dreams that Tony Puccio had over the weekend, as well as an earlier one related to Lori’s ‘fishing’ vision:

TIME IS RUNNING OUT

‘I had a dream where I saw Jesus seated on His throne. He was leaning forward looking down at the earth. In His right hand, instead of a scepter, I saw a sickle which one would use to harvest wheat with…’ (published Saturday 2nd Sept)

‘I had a second dream where, like the one posted the day before, I saw Jesus on the throne with a sickle in His right hand. However, this time His was not on the world but on the church. I saw Him weeping and could feel that His heart was heavy. When I saw what was going on inside the church I understood why. What I saw was people dancing like one would see in a square dance, not that I am saying square dancing is evil.  What I am saying is is that I felt the Lord’s grief because the church is ignorant of the hour, the day, or the season that it is in. As He was looking at the church i heard the words, “they’re not ready” 

‘In another part of the dream I saw Jesus standing outside of the building called church which begs the question if Jesus was outside why would anyone want to go in. It sounds much like the Laodicean where Jesus was on the outside as well. In the dream I saw Jesus standing on the outside as I stated above, However, He had a sickle in His right hand and I saw Him trying to give it to the people entering the building called church but they totally ignored Him and proceeded to go into the building.

‘The body needs to know the hour, the day, and the season that is upon us. The Word clearly says that My people perish because of lack of knowledge.’ (posted Sunday 3rd).

See also The Harvest Is Plentiful (Nov 2015), Catching Any Fish? (Jan 2017) and my GPS#8 – on Britain Becoming a Fisher of Souls Once Again.

Veronica West: “WATCH!” – eclipse and post-eclipse visions

Two visionary events this week appear on Veronika’s Ignite Ireland Ministry Facebook and which I believe are connected. Monday’s on the promised displacement of demonic dominion and, first, today’s on spiritual awakening posted soon after midday:

White Door in Skydoor by Nattavut; credit Freedigitalphotos.net

WATCH! THERE IS A SUDDEN CHANGE IN SPIRITUAL EQUILIBRIUM BEGINNING TO MANIFEST IN THE EARTH, FOR A GREAT SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IS NOW UPON US!!

I see in the spirit three things taking place over the lives of many in this hour, A sudden Change in Direction, there are new and broadened pathways forming in the realm of the spirit, WATCH AND BE READY for this will begin to manifest in the earthly realm. In the last season many have wrestled with limitation, confinement, confusion, delay and constant detours. But NOW! In this new season many will be led by a new and unfamiliar way, you will hear many speak of being taken into “UNCHARTED WATERS AND DEEPER PLACES”. There will be a heightened sense of excitement, greater expectation and anticipation for we have truly entered into a ‘SEASON OF SUPERNATURAL SUDDENLYS AND UNPRECEDENTED SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES IN THE EARTH.

I see a New Door opening which leads to a deeper realm and dimension of the Spirit. (See Word I posted a few days ago on Darryl Andrew Fb:  WATCH FOR THE DOOR OF REVELATION FOUR IS NOW BEING OPENED FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE )

Prophetic Dreams and Visions will begin to increase and many who have hungered for a fresh touch from heaven in this area will suddenly find themselves being woken up at all hours of the night with fresh downloads from heaven. There is fresh anointing and a greater flow of divine and supernatural encounters coming for many in the Body of Christ. I see a release of 3 and 4 Dimensional Revelation being experienced by many in the Body of Christ in this season. Many will begin see “beyond their current borders” many are be taken deeper, the eyes of their spirits will be supernaturally enlightened to see in a past, present and future dimension for the purposes of furthering the Kingdom of Heaven upon the earth.

I saw a greater momentum and acceleration taking place, “THIS IS A SEASON FOR GOD’S KINGDOM UN-STOPPABLES”, the spiritual speed limit is changing, many are already beginning to feel and experience this happening over their lives and circumstances, there is a mighty shift taking place, there is a divine disruption and a demonic displacement that is beginning to manifest in the earthly realm, BE READY IN AND OUT OF SEASON! I see that long-awaited Answers to prayer will begin to suddenly manifest in the natural realm, there is a fresh oil of the Breaker’s Anointing being released over prayers of Intercession, WATCH! For Supernatural Miracles are going to suddenly spring forth in this season which will lead many to radical repentance, deliverance and salvation.

GET READY, GET READY, GET READY FOR A NEW DIRECTION, A DEEPER DIMENSION AND A GREATER MOMENTUM WILL BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE OVER YOUR LIVES IN THIS SEASON”

Now Monday’s, the day of the total solar eclipse across the United States:

WATCH! FOR NOW A DIVINE DISPLACEMENT OF DEMONIC DOMINION WILL SUDDENLY BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE UPON THE EARTH”…!

Some of you will remember that I shared two very powerful spirits encounters where twice I was taken into the Court Room of Heaven and shown both open and sealed Books of many Nations. Today as I was praying for the Nation of America and the start of the eclipse, immediately the Holy Spirit took me back to these powerful encounters and again I heard these words echo in the realm of the Spirit,

“WATCH! FOR NOW A DIVINE DISPLACEMENT OF DEMONIC DOMINION WILL SUDDENLY BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE UPON THE EARTH!”

My First Encounter In the Court Room of Heaven:

“WHEN THE FRAGRANCE OF THEIR PRAYERS AND PRAISES FILL MY NOSTRILS THE BOOKS THAT ARE SEALED SHUT WILL BE OPENED, AND MY TRANSFORMING GLORY WILL COME”, says God.

Yesterday during a time of prayer and Worship, I was suddenly caught up in a very powerful vision, where I had a deep encounter with the Spirit of Revelation, in this spirit encounter I was taken gently by the hand and lead up to two huge solid brass double doors, as I looked at these heavy brass doors I could see a sign of the “Scales of Justice” deeply engraved upon them, I stood still for a moment when suddenly the heavy brass doors began to open in front of me. I stepped inside and on taking the first step immediately I was overcome by a deep and dense fragrance that filled the air in this strange place. I asked, “What is it”?, and immediately the Spirit of Revelation replied saying, “My Child it’s the sweet fragrance of the Prayers and Praises of My people”!

Then the Spirit of Revelation lead me further inside the room, now I could see what looked like a very large Court room, At that very moment I suddenly became aware of Warring Angels who were standing in the four corners of the room, then the Spirit of Revelation spoke and said, “Child Be Still, Do not Fear”! As I dared to look again upon these mighty Angelic beings I could see that their faces were fierce and bold, these beings burned like a blazing Fire but they were not consumed, but rather the Fire within them seemed to burn more and more intense as we drew closer to them, these fiery beings were huge in stature and very powerful in appearance, they stood absolutely still almost as if standing at attention, each one totally undistracted and undeterred by my presence, it was as if I was not even in the room.

Then the Spirit spoke again and said to me, “Daughter Come closer”, as I drew nearer He lead me up to a large marble table, its enormous size filled half of the room, as I looked upon the table I could see hundreds upon hundreds of Books. Some Books lay fully opened while others were sealed shut, As I followed even closer, I saw that the books had the Names of different Nations engraved upon the front of them, as I looked again I could see that the Books that lay open upon the table had hundreds upon hundreds of entries written upon their pages, line by line each entry was written in gold, I saw Debits and Credits and each entry seemed perfectly recorded, But Before I could ask, the Spirit of Revelation spoke and said,

“Daughter See, The Books of the Nations are NOW being Balanced and Reconciled in this hour, and the gavel of My Justice and Vindication is coming down, For I am bringing compensation and recompense to My people in this hour and season”.

Now As I listened carefully to what the Spirit was saying, my hand moved slowly towards one of the sealed Books that lay upon the table, immediately the Spirit gently touched my hand and said “Child it is not time yet, but soon”, At that moment I understood, and the Spirit of Revelation whispered again, “Beloved, All the Books will be opened and All will be Vindicated, All will be Reconciled and All will see My Justice and All will be compensated”, after hearing these words I was lead by the Spirit out of the Court room and I watched as the large double doors closed behind me.

Then the Spirit of Revelation said these words to me,

“Daughter now go and tell My people to Open their mouths and let the sound of My Word go forth into the Nations, tell them the sound of My Word NOW Awakens the Roar of the Lion of Judah across the land, tell them that the sound of My Word is battering ram that goes forth to break down every stronghold of darkness and destruction, tell them the Sound of My Word goes forth like a hammer that smashes rocks to pieces”..!

Then again He spoke saying,

“Daughter go and tell My people to Open their mouths and speak forth My Word and it will go forth to pierce and penetrate the darkest of darkness, tell My people that the Power of My Word will forge highways in the realms of the Spirit for the Rivers of My Glory to Come, Daughter go tell My people to Go up to the high places, tell them that when the fragrance of their prayers and their Praises fill My nostrils the Books that are sealed shut will be opened and My Transforming Glory will Come, My Justice and Vindication will Come, My Compensation will come and I will pour out Healing and Restoration upon their land. Daughter now go and tell My people to Eat My Word, to Speak My Word and to Run with the Roar…!”

Then I came out of the Vision!!

My Second Encounter (7 months later) in the Court Room of Heaven:

Now In my second encounter in the Court Room of Heaven I found myself standing before the Council Of Heaven and I HEARD THESE WORDS, “DAUGHTER THE TIME IS NOW”, THEN SUDDENLY I SAW AND FELT A MIGHTY RUSHING WIND AND THE BOOKS OF THE NATIONS THAT WERE SEALED SHUT WERE NOW BEING OPENED AND I SAW THE GLORY OF THE LORD DESCENDING UPON THE NATIONS IN A CLOUD OF BLAZING FIRE, A GREAT AND TERRIBLE SHAKING BEGAN TO TAKE PLACE UPON THE EARTH, I WATCHED AS HIS HAND OF JUSTICE AND VINDICATION MOVED SWIFTLY AND POWERFULLY UPON THE NATIONS, I WATCHED AS THE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES OF DARKNESS THAT HELD AND OCCUPIED REGIONS WERE SHAKEN VIOLENTLY.

Then I heard these words, “WATCH! FOR A DIVINE DISPLACEMENT OF DEMONIC DOMINION WILL SUDDENLY BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE UPON THE EARTH”!