Prophetic word on manifestation of flames of fire and of the Glory

AWESOME ‘COINCIDENCE’!!  Just in from a walk and checking emails and note this from and courtesy of Chris Bennett and UK Prophetic Words. As I copy/paste and read ‘ramping up…’ it all matches the rhythm of Kenny Peavy and band on my hi-fi urging the Lord to purify them...”My heart is burning for you, my heart is burning for you…I’m hungry, thirsty longing for You…”, and then plead, “Set me on fire with Your fire” …

Tongues of Fire Acts 2-3

Courtesy of Iris Global Ministries, Mozambique.

PENTECOSTAL FLAMES OF FIRE WILL DESCEND AND THE GLORY WILL MANIFEST VISIBLY

It’s all ramping up! The wave just gets bigger by the moment. There is a build-up of Holy Spirit power and pressure and sometime soon it’s going to blow! I prophesy that it will have a different release point and a different effect and manifestation in each place Holy Spirit decides to let loose. The manifestation will be suited to the recipients – I don’t know how else to put it.

In a quiet church the manifestation will be quiet, while in a loud, bouncy church the manifestation will be more explosive. In both cases I see Pentecostal flames of fire descending upon the people. However, the result will be the same – an explosive growth in both churches with signs and wonders following. So – what will it look like?

The only examples we have are Argentina, Toronto, Pensacola, and later moves. There may even be some quite elderly saints who can go back to the Hebridean Revival of 1949–51, but it has been prophesied time and time again that this coming move will be different from anything seen or recorded previously.

I prophesy the Ruach, the wind of the Spirit, will manifest in meetings. The Ruach shall blow and the Glory shall enter. I prophesy that the Glory Cloud, the Shekinah Glory, will manifest visibly. I prophesy that those in the meetings where these signs are manifest shall, like Moses and others since, shine – their faces shall shine and reflect the Glory of God’s presence. I see people laying in the Glory as ones dead, only to rise again in a while singing and giving praises to the Lord, faces shining brightly from His presence.

The fire will fall and people will experience, many for the first time, the touch of God – that touch that sends electricity racing through your body, that fills you with such faith and power, that gifts us everything we need for our calling, our ministry. For some it will be a quiet peaceful thing; for others it will be like Elijah on the mountain – wind, fire, earthquake, and stillness. No two will necessarily be the same. I prophesy that each of us will meet with the Lord in the Glory – and we’ll never be the same again!

This is the coming season of revival. It is starting already and it is certainly coming to a church near you very soon.

Chris Bennett, 12th August 2017

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Greater London – An Awakening of Fire

Thank you to Suzanne Payne at UK Prophetic Words for transcribing this powerful word brought on 28 July by Emma Stark of Glasgow Prophetic Centre to Capstone Church in Ilford, Essex, east of London:

THIS REVIVAL WILL BE MARKED IN THE HISTORY BOOKS AS ‘THE AWAKENING OF FIRE’

Halfway into a prophetic word for this church (watch video), Emma brings this from the Lord about the next move of the Spirit He is about to release into the earth:

“There were moves that I sent to the earth that were about fathering.

“Then there were moves that I sent to the earth that were about the Spirit and about signs and wonders.

“And there were moves that I sent to the earth that brought a revelation of Jesus.”

But the spirit of the Lord says this:

“I have not yet sent a move into the earth that reflects the fullness of all that I am; Father, Son and Spirit.’

And the Lord says,

“I am about to reflect the full dynamic and the full facets of My nature”, says God.

And the Lord says,

“You have got to be prepared to be uncomfortable, for the Lord says, It is all the greatness of My glory and My magisterial Kingly anointing that is going to visit in the midst.”

And the Lord says,

“This revival will be marked in the history books as ‘The Awakening of Fire’…”

Selah!

Note: Upon walking into the building Emma heard the Spirit of the Lord say Capstone Church is “on the edge of a gigantic whirlwind of the Presence of God…and that they’ve only skimmed the top of the circle of that whirlwind…”!!!

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Is this an Awakening? An update from Greater London

More exciting news about the ‘London area awakening’ – Michael Marcell writes:

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IS THIS AN AWAKENING?

I consider this to be the most important email/post I have ever written.

I can hardly believe that the first stage of what I have been praying for for 20 years has finally arrived. I am so thankful to God for lighting a fire at Capstone Church, Ilford.

Here are two prophetic words within an hour –

What is happening there is a sacred move of God. In His wisdom He has lit the fire in an out of the way place in East London; in a small church made up mainly of people of Indian ethnicity.

I guess this might offend some people, as one might have expected God to move first in a nice church full of Anglo Saxons. However, God is wiser than we are! Rakesh and Preethy Kurian have experienced revival in India and they came to this nation for one reason and one reason only (two if you count God telling them) – Revival!

The Kurians are a wonderful couple, who are prepared to give everything they have (and they have done so in the past) for revival. They realise that there is a large cost for hosting a move of God – money (the one in San Diego costs £750,000 a year); exhaustion and a potentially a lot of criticism and opposition, but they have said ‘yes’ to God. I had been to this church many times before this move started 5 weeks ago. It was and is a church full of love. The people to a man (or woman), were and are hungry and passionate for God. I have not seen that amount of love and passion anywhere before. In addition the worship always brings in the presence of God. Capstone might be difficult to get to, but I understand exactly why God has chosen this church to reside in.

God has done His bit, but whether or not it develops into what this nation desperately needs – an awakening – is up to us. It is up to us to visit and receive what is on offer and then return home to start another fire. It is up to us to go out into the streets to release His glory and bring people to Christ. It is up to us to help pray for this move of God.

So why is it that relatively few people have visited Capstone in the last 5 weeks to drink the new wine?

– ‘busyness’ is the main reason I have heard. May I suggest that this is a season to cancel things to enable us to get to these meetings. We have been waiting 20+ years for something like this; are we going to be so busy that we have no time for the new wine of God? 

– ‘too difficult to get to’ comes a close second. As I mentioned above, it is God who chose this out of the way place. Some people have come from Glasgow, Sheffield, Macclesfield and Leeds, and one person travels 600 miles per week to get to the meetings.

– some people are watching online. This is absolutely great; I understand 3,000+ are watching each night from all around the world. Definitely, one receives that way, but there is nothing like going to the well.

– some are happy doing what they do for God and do not need any more. Might I suggest that many people are doing good things for God, but not the best. I believe that this is a new season and it is a time for many to leave the old wine skin behind and taking up the new. May I suggest it is a time for laying our ministries on the altar and saying to God, do you still want me to carry on with this or have you something new for me? 

The only way we are going to get our nation out of this awful place is to bring people to the Lord. This move of God is about Presence, Presence, Presence. If we carry His presence wherever we go; few will be able to resist Him. We have the opportunity to go to these meetings to be filled up so we can then take it to the streets and release it. Please, please do not let this outpouring pass you by. It may be gone in a day, a week, a year; we do not know.

During the 1994 outpouring plane-loads of people went over to Toronto to receive and then release it in the UK. However, the people of Toronto hardly went to the meetings. Please don’t let that happen here in London or in the UK. God is offering us something; I urge you to receive it and then change our nation.

Michael Marcell, 2nd August 2017

RB Footnote:

After watching live streaming last Saturday I had an unusually vivid dream of visiting a packed chapel in North Wales with the Holy Spirit powerfully affecting everyone. It was related not only to my being taken to that area as a young child but also to the work of Arthur Burt there and the “No Ebb” prophecy he carried, which the American prophet Bob Jones said would be released now he’s passed to glory. (Read Who is Arthur Burt? – Bob Jones on ArthurA clarification from Arthur Burt’s daughter).

On The Great Apostasy and Deception

This extract from a long piece blogged two years two weeks ago is reprinted as lead-in for the next post on how last week’s events in the Church of England and Parliament fulfill End-time prophecy of the soon return of Jesus Christ.

After writing about Humanism being the Forerunner of the Antichrist I looked at the spirit of Humanism’s offensive and its role in the Greece-EU crisis. A couple of letters to one of the first churches planted in Europe warn about its deceitful effects upon beliefs and values.:

EXTRACT from FUNDAMENTAL FLAW IN WESTERN SOCIETY…HUMANISM

APOSTASY and DECEPTION

The Book of Acts records that, whilst on a mission in Asia Minor, the apostle Paul was supernaturally called to visit Macedonia over in mainland Europe (Acts 16). In about 49 AD he arrived in the port of Philippi in northern Greece and planted a house church led by a business woman known as Lydia. From there he and his companion Silas went south to Salonika (Thessalonica), found the Jewish synagogue and preached there. A thriving church of devout Greeks and some Jews was established, but they helped Paul to escape from his violent opponents. Within a couple of years he wrote from Corinth two concise letters to those new believers to clarify points arising from his teaching.

One of those themes was upon the expected return of the Lord Jesus Christ and Paul’s second letter clarified the brief reference in the first, as follows (emphases added).

‘Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.’ (2 Thess 2 NKJV)

He proceeds at length to explain that the ‘mystery of lawlessness’ is already at work, but that someone who will be the very personification of evil will be revealed and come onto the world stage. Then the Lord will come from heaven and destroy him by the glory of His physical return to earth (2Thess 2:8)

Today – now – we’re well into that first stage, the ‘falling away’ from true faith in Jesus Christ, and which is also known as the ‘Great Apostasy’, as is so abundantly evident across the once-Christian Western world. (Eg. recent video clip on John Kilpatrick vision: ‘The United Apostates of America’.)  Paul proceeds,

‘The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

This means that those who fall away from the fullness of faith as originally taught by the Apostles, will become so unrighteous in God’s sight that they will be wide open to being deceived by Satan and his agents. They bring a distortion and twisting of the Gospel to accommodate people’s preferences and desires instead of obeying God’s commands.

It is clear this deception is the consequential result of not loving the truth, who is the very Word of God in the person of Jesus Christ, and thus not desiring Him and the salvation He bought them by dying in their stead on the cross.

The next verse is extremely ominous. Paul explains that, because their attitude remains deliberately ungodly, the Almighty is not only allowing them to be strongly deceived but is sending an irresistible delusion, the consequences of which will condemn them:

‘And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’

By way of a careful caveat we need to note that a number of believers too readily quote verse 9 about some people through whom miracles, signs and wonders are displayed. As in my recent post on the accuser of the brethren attacking prophecies such self-appointed inquisitors claim all such demonstrations are deception. But upon reading and understanding the chapter in its entirety (as here) we find their claims to be rather judgemental.

Verse 12 gives the game away! Only those who despise the truth of the Gospel will be misled and suffer the consequences.

Watch for the Lord’s Spirit moving powerfully in Britain and America

My jaw dropped upon reading this of Veronika West in yesterday’s mail because it plugged into a dream I’d just had:

WATCH! FOR THE SPIRIT OF YAHWEH IS  MANIFESTING THROUGH FIRE, THROUGH WIND, THROUGH RAIN “FOR THIS IS THE SEASON OF DIVINE PURIFICATION, RESTORATION AND REVIVAL” says God….!

I have been in a place of hidden-ness for the last few weeks and in this scared time I have encountered the presence of Yeshua in the most unusual and unprecedented ways. A few days ago I was caught up in a powerful encounter with the Lord where I saw “1,000 FIRES” being ignited in 100 different Nations, then I saw the Spirit of Yeshua begin to move and manifest mightily upon the earth. He first came as a RAGING FIRE, then He came as a MIGHTY WHIRLWIND, then He came as an UNSTOPPABLE RUSHING RIVER bringing FORTH REVIVAL TO ALL FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH.

Then I heard these words in the realm of the Spirit,

“Daughter of man, behold I will come as a RAGING FIRE to purify and cleanse, then I will come as a MIGHTY WHIRLWIND to gather what has been scattered and to restore what has been lost, watch! For then I shall come as a MIGHTY RUSHING RIVER to replenish the weary and to revive the dead. Daughter of man tell My people to make ready, to make room and to make way, for My spirit will manifest suddenly, quickly and severely upon the earth”.

Veronika West, 19th July 2017

Now upon checking her Facebook for inserting the Ignite Ireland Ministry link I notice this powerful vision also received on Wednesday:

AN URGENT WORD FOR THE NATION OF AMERICA; KEEP PRAYING FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, FOR GOD IS ABOUT TO MOVE IN YET STRANGER WAYS.

“I SAW MOLES BEING DRIVEN OUT OF THEIR HOLES AND BLACK SNAKES EMERGING FROM THEIR CAVES”!

Early hours of yesterday morning as I prayed for you as a Nation, Suddenly a vivid vision opened up before me where I saw in the Spirit realm, moles being driven out of their holes and black snakes began to emerge from the darkness of their caves. Now as the moles came out of their holes suddenly the black snakes began to devour the moles, Then I heard these words.

“I AM SENDING CONFUSION INTO THE CAMP OF THE ENEMY. WATCH! FOR THE MOLES ARE NOW BEING DRIVEN OUT OF THEIR HOLES AND BLACK SNAKES OUT OF THEIR CAVES, FOR NOW MY GOVERNING HAND IS MOVING TO UNCOVER AND EXPOSE EVERY EVIL WORK OF CORRUPTION AND DESTRUCTION THAT HAS BEEN HIDDEN AND CONCEALED UNDERGROUND FOR MANY DECADES, YES! FOR MANY HEADS WILL ROLL AS MY SWORD FALLS UPON THE NECK OF THE WICKED. FOR EVEN NOW MY SPIRIT OF TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE IS MOVING MIGHTILY AND STRATEGICALLY TO DRIVE OUT THE MOLES FROM THEIR HOLES AND THE BLACK SNAKES FROM THEIR CAVES, WATCH! FOR SURELY I TELL YOU A LYING SPIRIT HAS BEEN UNLEASHED AMOUNG THEM AND THEY SHALL TURN ON ONE ANOTHER AND SEEK TO KILL AND DESTROY EACH OTHER”..!

Veronika West, 19th July 2017

Amen and amen!

RB footnote – A Dream:

The ‘MIGHTY RUSHING RIVER’ reference astonished me because I’d seen one and MORE just before waking up yesterday a few hours before reading the above. Along with our Christian friends we were aboard a gigantic, ship-like vessel that made huge waves as it ploughed forcefully into a beach – and then rammed into it again but more deeply. I saw the impact made the nearby coastal area change shape.

Next, immense gushing floods came down an adjacent river and out to sea. Upon my waking I thought images of Monday’s flash-flood in Cornwall had stayed in mind – BUT although similar shapes and colours were in my view high up on that huge vessel, that recorded event was tiny in comparison with the immensity of what then happened – all I can say to convey the effect is: I recalled footage of the tsunami that hit Japan but what was coming was devoid of the detritus that had carried along with its flow! I sensed the whole land was being swamped with an immense flood of clear water. Then I awoke!

Hours later we returned from a ministry period over lunch-time at church. With our tall vicar Valentine, Nina and I worshiped, celebrated communion, waited on the Lord and prayed for the area and community.

Holy ‘rain’ featured for each of us in connection with the last item. During a quiet time I asked the Lord for more on that raging flood in my dream. Next, I heard Val quietly ask for something and so checked what he’d said, “Did you say ‘Open the floodgates of heaven’ Lord?“ I asked. “Yes!”  So amen to that, and I hadn’t yet told either of them about the dream; which I then did. But I knew he spoke into and unwittingly declared and released what happened in my dream!

In my dream I ‘sensed’ clear water was coming over the whole land behind a dirty flood. This afternoon I understood it signifies the land and people of Britain are parched dry by decades-long spiritual drought and are badly in need of rejuvenating spiritual water.

The dream-sequence may mean demonic and immoral filth that society’s wallowing in is first going to get washed away before an invisible deluge of the Lord’s holy living waters brings times of refreshing.

THE SHAKING: watch for signs on earth and in the heavens

Although I don’t agree 100% with John Kilpatrick’s reasons for a pre-Tribulation ‘rapture’ of believers in Jesus Christ, some significant serendipity alerted me to pay very close attention to his latest message entitled Your Redemption Is Drawing Near. I’m amazed to discover upon transcribing some of its video that a particular time-stamp reinforces a personal ‘bridge over the Pond’!

WORDS OF WARNING TO THE WORLD

After bemoaning the dearth of good, regular teaching upon End-times throughout Western churches and the increasing ungodliness across American society and churches, John brings a profound, prophetic warning. His tone becomes increasingly sombre as he speaks more carefully and pausing often (see video link):

(at 2:10:50 mark) “I really believe that 2017 is pivotal; not just because of The Radiant Woman of Revelation 12 [RB: in which he refers to its astronomical manifestation in September]…and not just because it’s possible that this is a Jubilee year, nobody really knows, but there are indications...

(2:11:45) “One thing I can tell you is this: the Lord spoke to me a few weeks ago, two mornings in a row and He said, “The earth is marked for change”.

(2:12:00) “I heard it when I was coming out of sleep (pausing to wipe his brow) and the next morning when I was coming out of sleep I heard the very same voice and very same words: “The earth is marked for change”

“It so shook me I called a meeting that night, took my staff out to eat…and I told them at the end of the meal what I just told you – it doesn’t sound serious when I say it, but that’s because you didn’t hear the voice I heard! But whenever the Lord or Holy Spirit tells you that,  I wasn’t able to convey it like that. So you can’t tell what I felt – but I know the earth is marked for change.

“And that is not just the earth but is also the heavens – and the Holy Spirit has said to me there’s going to be such things begin to happen…it’s going to be so shaking to people before we get out of here, before the Lord comes to get us, there’s going to be so many things that’s going to shake people that, if you’re not forewarned, it’s going to shake you!

“You will remember my voice, you will hear my voice ring in your head a hundred times when things start happening and you’ll say, “He told us!”. I hope it brings you some comfort that I told you ahead of time… but you hear me; when things start happening there will be no more headlines of Russian collusion…no more talk of tampering with the election, all that won’t even be in the papers at all…I want to say one more thing.:

“I never really put two and two together ’til Friday as I was preparing my message – but because Donald Trump is president and not afraid of anyone he’s saying things most presidents would hold…and we need a president now who says what we need to hear, even if it’s insulting. So when he came out and said about ‘fake news’…yes, I began to realise I’ve been hearing a lot of fake news…There’s no collusion, there’s nothing to it, it’s all just hype..

“So now listen, listen, if the news media is reporting fake news and hype…and they’re holding back reporting things they need to report, and reporting things they don’t need to report; it all of a sudden dawned on me and the Holy Spirit said, 

“They will do the same things about the signs of My Coming – they will NOT report things that need to be reported that will shake the nations about the soon coming of Christ. They’ll hold it and talk about a bunch of nonsense”.

“And He said,

“My people will have to search it out and have to go to places of truth to get the truth because they won’t be able to hear it on the news any more!”

“You might not agree with that, but I’m ‘Donald Trump the Second’ up here today – I’m telling you things that you need to hear. I’m not afraid to tell you things you need to hear. I’ve got nothing to prove, I’m only trying to tell you things that will help you get to heaven…

“Don’t take for granted what I’m telling you about the heavens. I’m more concerned about that than I am other things because in 2009 the Lord gave me the prophetic acrostic R.E.S.U.R.R.E.C.T.I.O.N. – you remember? The one that stood out in my mind more than any other was the ‘S’ for ‘Signs’, and the Lord said there’s going to be signs in the heavens. And the Lord said to tell the people to warn them, because He said when the signs start happening it’s going to bring great fear on the earth!”

A VERY PERSONAL LEAD-IN

We watched that live-streamed service from Church of His Presence in the afternoon.  A few hours earlier at the morning service in Liphook, one of our ministers had encouraged us to come forward for a blessing for opening up,  or developing, our personal journey and calling in Jesus.

After a number of recent indications on how He’s been steering me since a young boy, I gained an insight into my mother’s preference for using my middle name – John. Homing into that, I recalled Apostle John was favoured by leaning upon Jesus’ chest, and subsequently by a visitation from which he recorded ‘the revelation of Jesus Christ’. So I briefly recalled His visitation to me one night in September 1989, as recounted in On a Trapdoor to Hell – Jesus Swoops to the Rescue.

Therefore, I was doubly intrigued a few hours later to hear pastor John start to teach upon the Book of Revelation and use that same description of John’s privileged place. Furthermore, the title of his talk is that of a scripture directly related to my encounter’s similarity to the Second Coming of the Lord. That verse appears in my late mother’s Missal for readings for The First Sunday in Advent, viz: ‘Lift up your heads because your redemption is at hand‘ (Luke 12:28) – see final part and illustration of Triple Validation…

Puzzle in Sky by Idea Go, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

YET it wasn’t until today that I discovered a THIRD connection in pastor John’s talk! It’s directly relevant to a personally relevant number referred to in those two earlier posts: 212 – the number of the house I lived in when a boy. AND those preceding links reveal earlier instances of such ‘serendipity’; that is, God-incidents!

In listening to the recording of pastor I’m ‘God-smacked’ by the indisputable fact that only when the recording has been playing for 2 hours 12 minutes does he start telling how he got warned upon awaking from sleep!!

Hmm, so we have something significant to contemplate and wait upon with the Lord -and those personal markers are telling me to pay attention because they validate His word to pastor Kilpatrick.  How about you, my reader, what do you think?

‘Violent’ Kingdom breakthrough, seizing God-given opportunities – part 1

Hand and Puzzle Pieces by Anusorn P. Nachol, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

The violence referred to in this post is not that of physical assaults upon and wars against individuals and people groups, as depicted daily in the media, but of human and natural processes of force, exertion and upheaval that bring about change and growth. It’s the kind of violence I learned about as a ‘newbie’ investigating Jesus Christ’s answer to a question about John the Baptist and the Kingdom of heaven.

This post was started a week ago and I inserted the above image but thought its quantity doesn’t match the data pieces I’m blogging about. Therefore, this morning I’m delighted to discover blogger RJ Dawson’s latest reply to his readers’ congratulations upon the 6th anniversary of Real Christianity. Without realising it, this goes direct to the very heart of my subject as one of those awaited pieces – thank you Lord!  RJ writes, with emphasis mine,

“The Lord gave us a picture one time of a morning sheepfold all crammed into close quarters for the night wanting to get out into the dewy field and into freedom. Once the shepherd opened the enclosure out they streamed. This is a picture of what must happen. Too many Christians have grown used to the protective safe space that certainly has its place in times of danger, and resist breaking out.”

I’m grateful for his expanding upon this in the Comments to this post, as below.

[To continue as drafted…] As intimated in my introduction to last Wednesday’s Lion Bite on ‘new boldness’ I wish to pick up on the previous week’s two posts on 2017 being a year of breakthrough.

Their re-posting was unplanned because I was simply checking matters upon return home and then continuing with my break from blogging. Nevertheless, I’d been impressed to post an extensive prophecy on 2017 from Cindy Jacobs’ team that had been languishing ready for publication – a quick task, BUT I just had to insert a short connective scripture!

Little did I know an appropriate message was going to be heard over that weekend on a similar topic; definitely not unusual, just another ‘piece’ of the Lord’s ‘invisible jigsaw’ dropping into place!

These are the relevant paragraphs of a fortnight ago today, starting with the sub-head:

APOSTOLIC COUNCIL OF PROPHETIC ELDERS’ WORD OF THE LORD FOR 2017 THE YEAR OF THE BREAKTHROUGH (click to read the whole paper)

2017: The Breakthrough Year

“The One who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out. Pass through the gate, And go out by it; their king will pass before them, with the Lord at their head.”
Micah 2:13 (NKJV)

Immediately preceding that title and passage, and by way of introduction, I connected it into the New Testament with the following:

‘The opening verse is directly related to Mathew 11:12 on Jesus saying “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force”, according to David Bivin and Roy Blizzard in their Understanding The Difficult Words of Jesus (1983 page 123!). HA, on now checking the NKJV my bible opens right at the notes on that very verse headed, ‘Taking It By Force’!  The inescapable conclusion of this instance of ‘serendipity’ is: the ‘Author of the Bible’ is pointing His finger at both related verses!

Now, I’d add the Lord may want to point also to what was taught on the next Sunday too! (See Part 2.)

First, however, we should consider those verses and, with permission, I quote notes on verses and extract from ‘Kingdom Dynamics’ in Spirit-Filled Study Bible, editor Jack Hayward (emphases mine).:

vv11:12 – Though the Greek here is somewhat difficult to translate, the idea is that ‘the kingdom of heaven’, which Jesus set up as a powerful movement or reign among men (‘suffers violence’), requires of them an equally strong and radical reaction. ‘The violent’ who then take ‘it by force’ are people of keen enthusiasm and commitment who are willing to respond to and propagate with radical abandonment the message and dynamic of God’s reign (see Luke 16:16). This is an allusion to the messianic nature of Jesus’  ministry and to those who are participating in it…Jesus is likely recalling Micah 2:12-13 where the prophet speaks of the deliverance of the people from exile through the activity of the shepherd-like Messiah.

Taking It By Force, Conflict & the Kingdom – J.W.H. writes, “Jesus asserts the “violence” of the kingdom. The text’s unique grammatical construction doesn’t make it clear if the kingdom of God is the victim or if, as the kingdom advance sin victory, it does so through violent spiritual conflict and warfare. But the context does! Jesus’ references to the non-religious style of John and the confrontational, miraculous ministry of Elijah teach that the Kingdom of God makes its penetration by a kind of violent entry opposing the human status quo…The upheaval caused by the kingdom of God is not caused by political provocation or armed advance. It is the result of God’s order shaking relationships, households, cities and nations by the entry of Holy Spirit’s power working in people.’

Matt 11:12 ‘difficult’ common Greek translated literally reads, ‘the kingdom of-the heavens is-being-forced and the forceful-ones are-snatching her’. Note, Greek tense for ‘snatching’ is ‘harpazousin’, which reminds me of the renowned ‘rapture’ reference in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to believers being caught up to meet the Lord upon His return!  Therein, the Greek is ‘harpagesometha’ – literally, ‘shall-be-being-snatched’. In other words, ‘seized’.

Those ‘verses of violence’ seem to contradict the rest of Jesus’ teaching. In their thesis Bevin and Blizzard refer to a ‘midrash’ (old rabbinic interpretation) on Micah 12-13 that focuses upon the ‘breach-maker’ (poretz), who isn’t the same as the ‘king’ and ‘LORD’. They suggest Jesus was referring to that understanding and the translation of His words is better as “The Kingdom of Heaven is breaking forth [not ‘suffering violence’] and every person in it is breaking forth”

‘Two tremendous things are now happening simultaneously: the Kingdom is bursting forth in to the world (like water from a broken dam) and individuals within the Kingdom are finding liberty and freedom’. John the Baptist is the breach-maker for he makes the breach in the rock-fence of the sheep pen (per Micah 2:12) is the Elijah of Micah 3:1 and 4:5-6 who goes before the Lord to prepare the way for Him. So, Jesus then follows John and leads His sheep through the gate – the iconic, powerful image of breakthrough.

Since then the Kingdom – the Lord and His sheep – has been breaking out. ‘Though Jesus does not refer directly to His own role as shepherd leading the sheep out, no listener could possibly misunderstand Jesus’ stunning assertion – I am the LORD’. The authors opinion, therefore, is that the Kingdom is not futuristic but has been in existence since that time!

So far, of the illustration’s five jigsaw pieces we have a sequence of four, viz:

  1. first of 2 posts published a fortnight ago today in between posts on my testimony into which I insert Matt 11:12 referring to a book influential to my walk, especially as post refers to ‘2:12’ (which related to a validation aspect of my personal testimony),
  2. second post on 2017 as year of breakthrough, this time for the United Kingdom,
  3. A week later whilst blogging on item 1, my bible falls open at the verse’s notes,
  4. Today I find R.J. Dawson’s prophetic picture relating to Micah 2:12-13.

In Part 2 we consider the fifth piece, but which preceded the fourth and like it and the first came from over ‘the Pond’ – seizing God-given opportunities.

Two major prophetic words relating to North Korea

In view of heightened tensions with N Korea I’m featuring this item of 19th April 2017 for reference purposes:

The current convergence of biblical and historical cycles is coming to a head and, leading into my brief update on this, we need to be aware of how a couple of recent prophetical words mesh into the bigger picture. They come from a pastor and a preacher whom the Lord anoints with prophetic unction as and when necessary for instructing the Church (1 Cor 12:4-11). Continue reading

Get ready for a fresh, powerful move of the Holy Spirit

As ever, prophetic words are to be weighed against scripture and with the Lord, for we recall his admonition to check which are accurate and come to pass. Therefore, those gifted by the Spirit usually avoid forecasting ‘hatches, matches and dispatches’, and any specific timings of events. However, we’ve observed that nuance increasingly appear in recognised prophetical voices (eg. Revd Dr Sharon Stone and Chuck Pierce in 2013, as well as Patsy Southway and Revd John Kilpatrick in 2016, foretelling last year’s global shakings). Moreover, it may also connect into his teaching on prophesying into time by making declarations, as I reported in Prophesy TO 2014.

Below, Chris Bennett lays himself on the line for testing as we’ll soon be able to check the veracity of what he brought earlier this week:

TELL MY PEOPLE – GET READY. I AM SENDING MY SPIRIT IN GREATER POWER THAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN AND I WILL MOVE AMONG YOU AS NEVER BEFORE.

“Holy Week” and Easter are upon us once again and the Lord is impressing something on my mind. Pentecost this year is going to be pivotal to the coming move of God. May 1st marks the beginning of President Trumps ‘real’ reign – the first 100 days, which were always prophesied as being traumatic, end on 30th April. Five weeks later, on 3rd/4th June, is Pentecost weekend. Here in the UK it is my prophecy that we will see things start to move spiritually. In America, the church will see a turning point both politically and spiritually.

The importance of this date will not leave me. The Lord seems to keep whispering, speaking, or shouting to me, “TELL MY PEOPLE – GET READY. I AM SENDING MY SPIRIT IN GREATER POWER THAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN AND HE WILL MOVE AMONG YOU AS NEVER BEFORE.” I have heard this several times daily and the sense of urgency that goes with it is tangible. “JUST AS THE ORIGINAL PENTECOST WAS A SEMINAL MOMENT, A BIRTHING MOMENT FOR MY CHURCH,”, says the Lord, “SO PENTECOST SHALL ONCE MORE BE A BIRTHING MOMENT FOR MY CHURCH TODAY.”

This is what I see and hear. I see the Glory cloud over meetings. I see people prostrated by and in the Spirit. I see the hearts of ALL present turned back towards the Lord, their hearts healed, their souls set ablaze for God, and a breakout of miracles among those who receive Holy Spirit that day. I see angels moving among us bearing gifts for those whom Holy Spirit is touching. I hear the sound of repentance, of crying out to the Lord for mercy. I hear the cries of those touched by Holy Spirit as their healing manifests. I hear angels singing with the praise and worship and I hear the rustle of their wings as they minister among us.

I cannot but prophesy that this coming Pentecost will be both a healing point, and a turning point in church history. Those who receive Him will rejoice and be baptised in Him afresh. Those who deny Him entry into their meetings will miss out on nearly everything – I see the words, “Away from Me!” hang above them.

THE LORD IS COMING, HE IS ABOUT TO MOVE AMONG US THROUGHOUT THE WESTERN WORLD, BUT ESPECIALLY USA AND UK!!

BE PREPARED – DON’T TURN HIM AWAY!!

Chris Bennett 10th April 2017

[Published with the kind permission of UK Prophetic Words.]

Neville Johnson: new edition of ‘Our Finest Hour’ – warning re. USA

Received news this morning from Mark Johnson at The Academy of Light in Australia of the latest e-magazine of insights from renowned prophetical voices. It has an extra item about one of the anti-christ spirit’s current activities in the USA (the Official War Against Trump), to which my Footnote refers:

‘Winds of change are now blowing across the world and the church. This year will see enormous changes occurring across nations, affecting people and the church of Jesus Christ. Birth pangs are now beginning in earnest, with contractions coming more quickly. The whole of creation is groaning and this is a reflection of the battle between light and darkness.

‘God’s word makes it very clear that the true church will reach its greatest glory during the darkest times that this world has ever known.  It is of great significance that the best wine has been reserved for this generation. Many things have been reserved for this last generation which can be distilled into one word, fullness. The cup of iniquity is filling up and the fullness of God’s purposes for the church is now upon us. The fullness of our salvation, that perfect man is about to emerge.

‘Til we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: (Ephesians 4:13)

‘I trust that you will enjoy and be blessed by this edition of Our Finest Hour.’

Blessings
Neville Johnson

Download latest issue of Volume 2 here: Our Finest Hour 2.2

Click image to read about The Academy (doesn’t open new window)

Footnote (RB):

In my coverage of Obama’s Cairo Speech of July 2009 I expressed reservations about the claims of that new president of the United States being a brother in Christ. Also noted was his favour upon the notorious Muslim Brotherhood, the extremism of which I’d read in Egyptian Mark Gabriel’s personal account Islam and Terrorism. (He’s a former professor of Islam and of Islamic history at the prestigious Al-Azhar university – see this post).

I do not wish to be judgmental yet had noted knowledgeable writers’ assertions of Obama being a crypto-Muslim, or even Antichrist itself. The overwhelming evidence of his two terms supports the sentiment of such claims of his furtherance of the Antichrist’s agenda; not only against the nation he led, and especially Bible-believing Christians, but also against the Jewish nation of Israel – and in doing so brought the Genesis 12 curse for failing to bless those people upon the American people.

Read in the download of that ‘yesterday’ man’s reprehensible activities in Organising For Action, along with George Soros’ United To Protect Democracy, in plotting to sabotage his duly elected successor President Donald Trump. Never in the history of modern America have such undemocratic, marxist-style activities been undertaken and countenanced.

Read more about this in Paul Sperry’s Opinion in New York Post, which is quoted by William Koenig from his desk in the White House. In his Eye-View, Bill also cites Christian Post on Obama’s lifelong friend, marxist (?) fellow-traveller and supposed clergyman, Jim Wallis, as starting a witch-hunt against true, righteous Christians!  This crank claims White Evangelicals Voting for Trump Represents “A Crisis in the Church”!!

Preceding those two items quoted at length and under the sub-head Obama Called Himself a Christian, but:  Bill also cites dozens of examples of Obama’s deliberate failure to uphold Christian beliefs, twisting of scripture and causing deep damage to the church and Christians – not to mention Obama’s refusal to stand against persecution of Christians!!!

In view of recent words on the parable of wheat and tares now coming into play, perhaps the Lord is already arranging for the extraction of those tares from His harvest?

Prophets and Quantum Physicists

A thought-provoking comparison that perhaps hints at deep similarities between these apparent opposites. Agree 100% with Franco’s closing point.:

One on one with Franco

"Thoughts and Visions" collage. The prophet's bubble from a painting by Edoardo Rodriguez Caldazo. “Thoughts and Visions” collage. The prophet’s bubble from a painting by Edoardo Rodriguez Caldazo.

Theoretical physicists and quantum physicists are some of the scientists who attempt to pull back the veil and peak into the unknowable. In the Old Testament, that was the role of prophets. What I’m calling the unknowable, could probably be better phrased. Unknowable is not a good word here. What might be a better way to say it is to say that these people, seated in our four-dimensional world, are attempting to peer into the fifth dimension and beyond using the limited tools we have at our disposal. It is clear to me that the creator, through the Holy Spirit, is constantly broadcasting truth, inspiration which some are able to capture with our imagination, mind, and spiritual gifting. Some are aware of this source outside of ourselves, while others believe they are themselves the source. And…

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An invitation to enter the doorway of divine destiny

Espied this afternoon on Ignite Ireland Ministry’s Facebook .:

Ladies of Gold detail

‘He reveals the deep and secret things: He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells in Him!’ (Amplified Bible: inserted RB)

“AN INVITATION TO ENTER IN THROUGH THE DOORWAY OF DIVINE DESTINY”

‘Time to take hold of DANIEL 2:22’…!

GET READY, THIS MORNING WHILE WORSHIPING THE LORD, I WAS SUDDENLY CAUGHT UP IN THE SPIRIT WHERE I SAW A GREATER REALM WITH A DEEPER DIMENSION OF DIVINE REVELATION BEING OPENED UP TO THE BODY OF CHRIST. NOW I SAW THAT ONLY THOSE WHO ARE WAITING, PRESSING AND PURSUING HIS PRESENCE WILL RECEIVE ACCESS TO THIS PLACE OF SECRET AND DIVINE MYSTERIES, ONLY THE WILLING AND THE FULLY SURRENDERED WILL HAVE THEIR EYES, MINDS AND HEARTS FULLY ENLIGHTENED AND ILLUMINATED TO THIS NEW LEVEL OF HIDDEN TREASURES THAT HAVE BEEN CONCEALED AND PROTECTED UNTIL NOW, FOR THERE IS A NEW KINGDOM AGE BEING BIRTHED UPON THE EARTH.

THEN I SAW IN THE SPIRIT WHAT LOOKED LIKE A HEAVY GOLDEN DOOR THAT WAS BEING PROTECTED BY TWO MIGHTY ARCHANGELS OF THE LORD, THESE TWO MIGHTY BEINGS HELD A LARGE SWORD IN ONE HAND AND A SET OF KEYS IN THE OTHER HAND.

NOW AS I DREW CLOSER IN THIS ENCOUNTER I NOTICED THAT DEEPLY ENGRAVED UPON THE GOLDEN DOOR WERE THE NUMBERS (222), AS I PRESSED IN A LITTLE CLOSER SUDDENLY I HEARD THESE WORDS, “FEAR NOT, COME, DRAW NEARER TAKE THE KEYS AND ENTER IN FOR THIS IS THE DOORWAY OF DIVINE DESTINY”, SO I STEPPED A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE GOLDEN DOOR AND AS I APPROACHED THE DOORWAY THE ANGEL OF THE LORD HELD OUT TO ME THE KEYS THAT WERE IN HIS HAND, AS I TOOK HOLD OF THE KEYS SUDDENLY IT WAS QUICKENED TO BY THE WAY OF THE SPIRIT, (Daniel 2:22, which says, “He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light”).

Then suddenly the Encounter ended..!

FRIENDS THERE IS A INVITATION BEING RELEASED TO THE BODY OF CHRIST TO DRAW CLOSER, TO COME NEARER, TO PRESS IN DEEPER AND TO TAKE HOLD OF THE KEYS THAT ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO US IN THIS HOUR THAT WE MAY BOLDLY ENTER IN THROUGH THE DOORWAY OF DIVINE DESTINY WHERE WE CAN ACCESS A GREATER MEASURE AND A DEEPER DIMENSION OF HEAVENLY REVELATION FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

Veronica West, 23rd February 2017

Footnotes

  • Sense this is quite personal in view of my birthday being on 22nd and the word received from Isabel Allum on the ‘gift of Daniel’ (see Why Write/blog?)
  • Illustration detail from ‘Ladies of Gold’ by James Mahoney