Hebraic Year 5778 – Year of the Open Door

Further to Dave Hood’s reference to ‘open door’ in his For such a time as this I thank Chris Bennett and UK Prophetic Words for this on the new Hebraic year:

5778 – YEAR OF THE OPEN DOOR!

If the coming year is the year of the open door for Israel, then it is surely the year of the open door for Christians too. I read relatively little prophecy from others, that I may know that anything I speak prophetically is from God rather than something already implanted in my mind by another’s prophecy. So this, like anything else I write, is what I believe I am hearing from God.

We’ve heard a lot about open doors lately. I’ve written about it and so have others. I/we’ve had ‘open doors’ prophesied over us three times recently and, indeed, new doors have been cracking open before us. So when I read the other day that the Jewish new year, 5778, is the Year of the Open Door, I sat up and paid attention.

“Have I not opened every door necessary to bring you thus far?” says the Lord. “And will I not open every door necessary to ensure your path in the future?”

I feel the Lord saying that He is clearing a way for revival, opening doors of opportunity, preparing hearts both for the work and for salvation. He is changing mindsets from doubt to expectancy, and He is fulfilling the expectant heart by His Spirit.

Doors are opening for all His children. Some will be the answer to prayer, but some will be totally unexpected opportunities for bringing even the most lost of people with the hardest of hearts to the throne of grace.

Yet the most important doors the Lord is opening are the doors to revival. In the UK, this has already started to happen. In America, the course that President Trump is taking is opening many, many doors to revival. Indeed small spiritual fires are already burning in places, and I feel that, under the example shown by Mr Trump, many more will start until America is ablaze with revival.

“PRAY!” says the Lord, “PRAY for REVIVAL, PRAY for YOUR LEADERS, PRAY for YOUR CHURCH, PRAY for YOUR CITIES, PRAY for YOUR FAMILIES.

“LET YOUR PRAYERS RISE AS A SWEET AROMA BEFORE ME”, says God, “and let my enemies be scattered as I arise and bring MY SPIRIT with REVIVAL to both the UK and AMERICA and from there to THE WORLD.

“This is the season. This is the year. Now is the time to TEAR DOWN those things that hold you back. Now is the time for HARVEST. Now is the time for my spirit to show the world that I am God, that I am the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. That is my name and I will be heard throughout your land!

I have OPENED THE DOOR, I am coming, and I am bringing REVIVAL with me!” says the Lord!

Amen.

Chris Bennett, 26th September 2017

[White Door in Skydoor by Nattavut, courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net]

For such a time as this – I (eye) wonder… (note #1)

Written just after the total solar eclipse crossed USA from its Pacific to Atlantic coast, Dave Hood presented me with a thought-provoking article and gave kind permission to publish. Re-reading it 7 weeks later I notice several God-incidental prophetic elements – including a healing; hence (parenthesis) in the title – as in my observations appended below:

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

Like many, I’ve wondered if the very recent eclipse affecting mainly America had any meaning.

A number of days ago, an acquaintance posted some information on Big Ben and the eclipse on Facebook. At that time I was already toying with these following facts…:

It struck me, from information, that the sun’s diameter is 400 times greater than the moon…and the sun is ALSO 400 times further away. Add to this the component of 4 years, the anticipated period of Big Ben’s stoppage which began on the same day as the eclipse.

Then we have the factors of size, distance and time linked to the number 4 . The number 444 had been, and still is, appearing ’til one is dizzy. The number 4 is related, in part, to the context of the creation natural and supernatural. 444 has had a number of different interpretations, including one of the timing of mantles being released and of the fullness of time, to mention but two of many others.

Here’s a video-link to Steve Cioccolanti, that I received after the facts outlined above were discovered.

I discover at around 7min 47secs (#2) another 4 is introduced into the sequence… Genesis 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day  – Gen 1:14 .Then God said (of the 4th day), “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years” ; the seasons are not our summer, winter, etc, but rather God’s seasons.

But I then noticed in the video, at 26min 20 secs, he starts talking about the month of Elul, which BEGINS on sundown 21st August 2017, the day of the eclipse. Elul is the 12th month of the Jewish civil new year. Elul is the last month. From 24min 34 sec he explains Elul means ‘harvest’, but specifically the beginning of the harvest.

Just this Tuesday evening, the 22nd August, BEFORE I’d seen this video, I’d prepared a bible study on the word ‘tav’. In it I paid careful attention to explaining the place of numbers and pictures attached to this unique letter tav, as used and outlined in the Hebrew alphabet. We see this author of the video at 13 min 27secs provide also this focus. (#3)

Here is an excerpt of the study of evening 22nd August.:
Study notes, in italics, per John 4:35 (NIV) …”I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (#4 & #5)

Note…gaining the harvest…requires OUR eyes be opened and then…LOOKING, and not looking away (#6)He wants to open our eyes and fill our jars … to connect our place of authority in heavenly places with his purpose here below on earth this earthly realm (Jacob’s ladder)

So today the 23rd...I began to wonder, is God opening our eyes, through the event of this eclipse, to demonstrate, to us, that HIS, long promised and hoped for harvest, dreamt for…has, in fact, now begun…the day following the eclipse…the eclipse being the trigger point and of the beginning of the month Elul, the beginning of the harvest. Elul, means, translates to harvest. And this harvest, beginning on the first day of Elul, is the beginning of God’s harvest season.

Following this illumination, I found some other enticing, and supportive facts. In Hebrew the fourth letter is ‘dalet’. The figure 4 is pictorially represented as the open door.

Another source spoke of it as being an open tent door, as in the Tent of Meeting. It’s an invitation to enter.

Just the previous Sunday in a fellowship meeting I attended, a prophetic word was given emphasising the open door He was placing, that no-one, no thing could or would close. (#7)

The 4th day brought the moon, sun and stars into play and could point to division, in terms of them separating light from dark. We as believers were brought out of darkness into light. I saw a quote attributed to G.L.Parks? As well as representing division it also signified time. Excellent article noted below (by Julie Volby on Doug Fortune’s site).

And a reference to the 4th dimension …a coordinate in addition to length, breadth and depth; a coordinate in addition to 3 rectangular coordinates especially when interpreted as the time co-ordinate in space or time continuum. Something outside the range of ordinary experience.

Eph 3:17-19 ……to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love,

We have mass, distance and time…Ephesians shows the 4th dimension.  Earlier we saw the factors of mass, distance and time…and when computed together…determine
force.

Eph 3:7 …according to the working of His power; v 14 …according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; v 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. v20 according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

The love of god is the strength of god and the strength of god is the power of his love.

Gen 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day Gen 1:14 .Then God said, (of the 4th day) “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years”; The seasons are not our summer, winter, etc, but Gods seasons.

God’s seasons… The name Theresa, can be derived from Greek meaning (theros) “summer” and from Greek (therizo) to harvest.

Psalm 19 (YLT) To the Overseer — A Psalm of David. The heavens [are] recounting the honour of God, And the work of His hands The expanse [is] declaring. 2 Day to day uttereth speech, And night to night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech, and there are no words. Their voice hath not been heard. 4 Into all the earth hath their line gone forth, And to the end of the world their sayings, For the sun He placed a tent in them, 5 And he, as a bridegroom, goeth out from his covering, He rejoiceth as a mighty one To run the path. 6 From the end of the heavens [is] his going out, And his revolution [is] unto their ends, And nothing is hid from his heat.

I wonder, do you?  [Yes, ‘eye’ wonder – and what a wonder! See #1]

Dave Hood, 23rd August 2017

Credit goes to these excellent links: Doug Fortune and Mary Carpenter Burt, whose post of 21 Aug reads: “Take note. This is PROPHETIC !! The day the music died in the UK. (Westminister chime) Today is the day, 21/08/17, that Big Ben has planned to go silent at 12pm BST for 4 years due to repairs on the tower on the SAME day as a major eclipse in the USA. A season of darkness and silence connecting the USA and the UK? Prayer and perseverance will be needed as these will seem to be dark and silent times concerning the USA and the UK. Yet an outpouring is coming. The ‘timing’ and ‘length of time’ is important elements of this season.”

RB Footnotes:
  1. Exactly one month after that eclipse on 21st Sept a lady attending prayer for healing regained her sight in one eye. Her eye had glaucoma for which surgery was scheduled but after looking at herself in a mirror after prayer ran back to the chapel to declare she could see through that eye – praise the Lord.
  2. Number 47 (my birth-year) popped up when I updated my testimony about having been confronted over 30 years ago about my New Age activity. Whilst updating I was nudged to check how long it had been since publishing that part of my story and found 47 months had elapsed! The reason for updating was yet another event of several in recent months that were significant in my journey towards my coming to Christ had been highlighted. (See ‘First Contact’ section of Searching for Truth leads me into captivity.)
  3. See also Mark Biltz’s notes on the 1:400 ratio and ‘tav’ in this blog’s Today’s and one month away’s awesome events in the heavens.
  4. I’d been stirred to refer to the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus in John 4 in my post of 29th September, Does God make ‘jigsaws’ and arrange coincidences? 
  5. The next day at Rev Dr Sharon Stone’s International Gathering of Apostles and Prophets in Windsor the Lord returned my attention to John 4 but redirected it to His Spirit’s unseen preparation of the ‘harvest’.
  6. To read more about ‘dalet’ and ‘Open Door’ on this blog see search results ‘dalet’.
  7. Read Chuck Pierce on Hebraic Year 5778 The Year of the Door and Angelic hosts will take us through the Door, as well as the next post (appearing at 18:00hrs).

Thank you Dave, and William Smith for the photo of the solar eclipse (source unknown).

Meet the Real God

After Thursday evening’s soaking up gently jazzed-up worship I left Son-bathing to the song “Jesus, you are the radiance of the Father’s glory”, and confirmation of it came on Friday in Mike Parsons’ blog below. May you too be blessed with his excellent advice…

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott – 

New for old

God is always doing new things.

Please understand that, as we said before, He is always the same, faithful and full of lovingkindness, and He has never changed. But when we engage Him intimately, He reveals Himself in continually new, surprising and sometimes even shocking ways.

“Behold, the former things have come to pass,
Now I declare new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you”
(Isa 42:9).

“Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it,
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert”
(Isa 43:18-19).

God is revealing new things in our day, yet often we try to cling on to what is old, comfortable and familiar, just like…

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‘Thin places’, a ‘quantum’ veil separating heaven and earth

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The ancient Celtic saints’ concept of sacred spots – where heaven touches earth – may have a scientific aspect as a ‘quantum’ veil says Phil Mason, author of Quantum Glory.

Our ‘current trilogy’ of another look at the meeting place of scripture and science now includes Phil’s article posted on his website on 11th September. In view of my recent reflections upon Greek meanings buried behind our English translations, I especially note his focus upon that too.

I didn’t include the post with other science-related posts at the time to avoid any possible intellectual indigestion. Even so, his seminal work had already been introduced in Does Extraterrestial Intelligence Exist? Part 1 & Part 2.

First, an intriguing definition of ‘non-locality’ (emphasis added):

‘Another of the remarkable features of the microscopic world prescribed by quantum theory is the idea of nonlocality, what Albert Einstein rather dismissively called “spooky actions at a distance” …‘Nonlocality describes the apparent ability of objects to instantaneously know about each other’s state, even when separated by large distances (potentially even billions of light years), almost as if the universe at large instantaneously arranges its particles in anticipation of future events….’ (The Physics of The Universe )

Now over to Phil Mason:

QUANTUM GLORY: THE VEIL BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

Faced with the triple realities of quantum non-locality, the existence of God and the supernatural intervention of God we can move forward to theorise the relationship between these three fundamental realities of our supernaturally crafted universe. As we explore this dimension of non-local quantum reality in greater depth I will propose that this invisible layer of quantum reality acts as some kind of interface between the presence and power of God (who exists in the spiritual realm) and the world of matter.

The non-local quantum world appears to be some kind of invisible, intermediate ‘buffer zone’ between spirit and matter. It would appear that the non-local quantum realm has been strategically crafted by God to be directly responsive to the influence and activity of the Spirit of God so that these non-local quantum realities are capable of ‘materialising’ into a localised spatial formation. Quantum realities are the building blocks of matter. This is now an established scientific fact!

I have been exploring the nature of the creation of the heavens and the earth through the lens of quantum non-locality and the wave-particle duality. But before I can get to that subject, we need to delve deeper into this phenomena of quantum non-locality. I am proposing the simple theory that this twilight zone of quantum non-locality is the interface between two worlds. This is by no means an outrageous speculation in the light of trends in the scientific community.

Even purely secular physicists such as Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking and many others have embraced an idea called the ‘Many Worlds Interpretation’ as a way of resolving the quantum paradox. Richard Feynman said, “I think we are forced to accept the Many Worlds Interpretation if quantum mechanics is true” (ref 1). Stephen Hawking is a big fan of this interpretation. In fact, in a poll of 72 leading cosmologists and quantum theorists 58% claimed to believe in the Many Worlds Interpretation (2). That is almost 6 out of 10!

This theory was developed by an American physicist called Hugh Everett. Everett argued that there is no such thing as the wave function collapse when it is measured by an observer. Instead the act of quantum measurement causes a splitting into two parallel universes: one in which the sub-atomic particle exists as a particle and the other in which it still exists as a non-collapsed wave. This theory has given rise to the science fiction popularisation of the concept ‘parallel universes.’ Scientists who have embraced the Many Worlds Interpretation have sought to explain the phenomena of the double-slit experiment as evidence that we live in a ‘Multiverse’ rather than a universe.

The Multiverse is a hypothetical set of possible universes that exist alongside one another in different dimensions, of which our physical universe is but one of a series of parallel worlds. I am not an advocate of the Many Worlds Interpretation because I believe in just two worlds: the world of spirit and the world of matter. But I wanted to make the point that the idea of parallel universes or merely the idea of another universe alongside our own is not an idea that is on the fringe of contemporary scientific thought. Many well-known scientists who have become popular authors subscribe to this view and actively promote it as a solution to the quantum paradox.

Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world!” (3) The writer to the Hebrews indicates that Christ is the one through whom God “made the worlds” (4). Note that the term ‘worlds’ is plural not singular. We see this same term in a later chapter of Hebrews, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (5).

There are two worlds revealed in the Bible. Jesus frequently talked about this world and the world above. He said to those who opposed Him, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (6). On another occasion He said, “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father” (7). Clearly, Jesus revealed that there are two worlds. There is this material world and there is another world that is above and beyond this physical universe because it exists in another spiritual dimension.

‘THIN PLACES’

These two worlds are separated by a gossamer thin veil. They are continuously intersecting yet they are two entirely separate worlds. One is the world constituted by matter and the other is constituted by spirit. When Jesus walked upon the earth he displayed the supernatural powers of the world above which He identified as ‘heaven.’ Even when He was upon the earth He was still living in this other dimension called heaven. He said, “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (8). The ‘Heavenly Man,’ Jesus Christ, displayed heaven on earth and revealed the kingdom of heaven everywhere He walked on earth. The gospels continually reveal His world breaking into our world.

The Bible talks about a ‘veil’ that separates heaven and earth. The book of Hebrews talks about entering “the Presence behind the veil” (9). Matthew, Mark and Luke all record that at the exact moment that Jesus died on the cross the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom, prophetically symbolising that through the atonement of Christ the way had been made for humanity to pass “through the veil” (10) into this supernatural world called heaven. Elsewhere in the New Testament we encounter another interesting concept that appears to communicate a similar idea to the veil. Paul talked about a ‘mirror’ or a ‘looking glass.’ He said, “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face” (11).

Paul picked up this idea again in his second Epistle to the Corinthians where he deliberately dove-tailed the twin concepts of the ‘looking-glass’ and the ‘veil.’ He taught that whenever someone turns to Christ the veil is taken away (12). He then proceeded to teach that those who have turned to Christ are now able to peer through the looking glass into heaven in order to behold the glory of God. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (13). The obvious suggestion is that God is on the other side of the veil. He is on the other side of the looking-glass, peering into this world. We are in this material world but through Christ we can now peer through the looking-glass into heaven.

Next Invisible Jigsaw Pieces: ‘Thin Places’, Open Heavens, New Season in Wales

References:

  1.  Feynman is quoted in Frank J. Tipler: ‘The Physics of Christianity.’ p.6
  2.  http://www.hedweb.com/manworld.htm#believes
  3.  John 18:36
  4.  Hebrews 1:2
  5.  Hebrews 11:3
  6.  John 8:23
  7.  John 16:28
  8.  John 3:13
  9.  Hebrews 6:19
  10.  Hebrews 10:20
  11. 1 Corinthians 13:12
  12. 2 Corinthians 3:16

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John Kilpatrick: Midnight Words for 2017 and Beyond

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Readers will recall the 20 prophetic words Revd John Kilpatrick was given over Christmas 2015 for 2016 and beyond, especially the awesome prediction of nations being “shaken” and kingdoms “jolted”, as happened last year across Europe and the United States! (See Fulfilled Prophecies #7.)

In his Sunday service on Inauguration weekend John remarked about the powerful wake-up call he’d received that necessitated furiously writing down all he was given. Here is the published version that he delivered last Sunday. Those annotated <NB> I will cover in an another post, but you may know the word about Jordan is especially pertinent in view of King Abdullah’s visit this week to the White House, as reported in World Watch Daily.

A MIDNIGHT INTERRUPTION

JohnK 214_logoOne night this week, I went to bed at 9:00pm, which is very unusual for me. I was very tired from traveling and a busy schedule. I was awakened by the Spirit of the Lord speaking with a strong expression, and He said…

“At midnight, a cry was made, ‘Behold the Bridegroom comes, go out to meet him.’ Then they arose, both the wise and the foolish. They awoke from slumber.”

I sat straight up in my bed and looked at my digital clock. It read 12:00 midnight!

It was a very sobering moment for me.  Holy Spirit revealed to me that His people have indeed awakened from slumber! Many things were weighed in the balances, but the people of God rose up, and God heard their cry.

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The Lord says,

“Therefore, I have set before My people open doors—not just a door, but  many  doors. I am opening doors of opportunity that have not been opened to you before. Because there has been a great change of heart, I have hastened to answer. Many have awakened, but they have not arisen. My word now is, ‘Arise!’ Do not return to slumber as in times past, because there will be many opportunities that I am opening to this nation, and very effectual doors that I am opening to My Church. These doors will lead to greater resources than you have known. It is important not to be timid, intimidated or fearful. This is not one of the four seasons I have established in the earth, but this is a special season. It is a time of My choosing. As the men of Issachar had understanding of the times to know what to do, so I will give you that very same insight if you will ask of me. I will direct you and show you.”

CLOSED SOCIETIES ARE GOING TO OPEN

“Remember Naomi of old. After a painful season of loss, heartbreak and heartache, she heard I was visiting My people and that bread was readily available. She heard this news in a bleak place, a forsaken place, filled with reversal and hopelessness. Upon the report of fresh visitation, she arose and stirred herself. She left the desolate place and came to Judah. My people have been desolated and have suffered. I am going to cause the news of a fresh visitation to spread quickly—God is visiting His people once again!

“The thing that will mark this move of My Spirit to distinguish it from all others is that I am going to move mightily in closed nations and closed societies. The word of spiritual bread among these starving and closed nations will create spiritual refugees, which will immediately create movement of entire nations of hungry and spiritually starving refugees toward the outstations of fresh bread.

“My Spirit will spread like a fire through empires, dynasties, tribes, clans, and among the
heathen as well. I will set My table before them, and they will taste of My goodness and
experience My mercy just as Naomi arose and brought her daughter-in-law, Ruth, to the place of visitation. It was there that Ruth was joined with Boaz, her redeemer.

“I tell you, many will believe this good news to be a rumor, but they will continue to hear the reports until they will come and see for themselves the wonders of the Lord. It will cause a great stir among the nations.

“I am going to open three doors:

  1. I am going to unseat powers and principalities in those regions that have long deprived the people of My presence and of My Spirit. A brief, but widespread harvest will occur. A once closed society of unbelievers will now have the opportunity to hear and to believe upon the Lord Jesus.
  2. There will also be a movement of laborers, those that I have chosen and
    called to work the fields of harvest. This is their time. This is what they have
    awaited, many since childhood. This is their time. They will bring their sickles
    and reaping tools, and they shall come rejoicing, bringing their sheaves with
    them during this harvest. There will be great excitement!
  3. There will also be a great commotion of the leaders of the harvest taking
    their places. They shall direct the harvest and place the laborers where they
    best fit. They are My apostolic leaders overseeing this last day harvest. They
    will know the mind of the Spirit. They will know who is to go where, and who
    is to do what. There will be resources and wealth to fund the harvest of the
    ages. The newcomer and the veteran soul winner will be paid the same wage
    in that day.”

This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. In that day, the knowledge
of the glory of the Lord shall fill the earth as the waters cover the sea.”

MINISTRY MADE EASY

In the day of harvest, although brief, it will be said that it has never been so easy to preach, pray or prophesy. There will be no toil in leading the heathen to the wells of living water. The sick will be released. The bound will be easily delivered, and the lost will readily comprehend the way. This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then the end shall come…Even so, Lord Jesus!

THE JEWS’ DAY OF VISITATION  <NB>

Most importantly, there will be a long awaited harvest that will begin in the land of Israel. The light of salvation will shine upon the Jews. As God reveals His love for His people through a chain of miraculous deliverances, the house of Israel will begin to see Jehovah’s salvation in a new light through Jesus’ shed blood. This will surely be the beginning; but full salvation shall come at a later appointed time for the Jewish people alone, and Israel shall experience a rebirth in one day.

MUSLIMS WILL RECEIVE THE MESSAGE  <NB>

Because the Lord is no respecter of persons, a GREAT shaking is coming to the Muslim nations. It will be sudden! It will be an unexpected and unexplained shaking that will redefine many Muslim nations and their leadership structures. The Lord is now in the process of shaking institutions, cultures, dialects, nationalities, governments, political structures and their frameworks, which men have trusted through generations. Many of them will be so shaken they cannot survive the shaking. Holy Spirit will even destabilize power structures, and many of those things that men have relied upon will ultimately fail. Truth will grip men’s hearts like a vice, even the unbelievers’ hearts and the hearts of the heathen. Ears will be opened to hear, even the ears of the unregenerates.

WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE

RESTLESS FOR A REASON

You are in ministry, and you are restless where you are. You have reached a place where you have peaked in your vision and capacity. That is all right because God is opening a door for you by the month of July, and you will walk through that door. This door will stretch you — stretch your mind and stretch your confidence. You will be forced to change your mind about things, which you need to change your mind about. As a matter of fact, you will feel overwhelmed, not really knowing if you can do this. Indeed, it is an open door Holy Spirit has opened, which He could not have offered you until now because your frustration has peaked. You are now in holy desperation, and Holy Spirit will use that to remove you, so He can move you through this open door.

SISTER BLESSINGS

God has promised to open your womb, yet you are desperate and discouraged. With God, all things are possible. God opened Leah’s womb and blessed her, as He will open your womb and bless you. He will also bless your sister who cannot have children. He will remember her and give her the desire of her heart as well.

CLEANSING THE BLOODLINE 

Blindness has plagued your large biological family, and generational curses have plagued your bloodline; but Holy Spirit is now removing the blindness because of your prayers, and they will see of the goodness of God for the very first time. It will remove the questions of past and present generations. God has heard and answered. Revelation will penetrate them, and they will see and understand. Great freedom and ministry will come upon this family bloodline that was once considered almost beyond hope.

“I now have servants poised that I will use to break the entrenched lies and remove
the scales from their eyes as Ananias did from Saul of Tarsus. This will not be a single
person that will be freed, but an entire family. I, the Lord, already have plans to use
them to set many other captives free. These captives will receive ministry by those
who were once bound as they were bound. This will be the doings of the Lord, and
none will be able to resist or stop it.”

SHY SEERS AND INTIMIDATED PROPHETS

You have been frustrated and have felt rejected and left out—you have felt like a misfit, but because of the integrity and goodness of your heart and your unwavering love for truth, Holy Spirit is now opening to you visions, interpretation of dreams and even words of knowledge. Each time, as you release them, it will expand you, and you will become more and more comfortable with this gift; whereas before, you halted and had faltering confidence.

“I am going to open your eyes as Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, had his eyes opened to My
world of glory and power. You will become bolder and bolder and will not retreat again to the intimidation of the past. This will be very easy, so easy that you will not struggle with the transformation. It will be as though you were always this free. If you believe, you will see! Confirm yourself to yourself. Do not speak doubt to yourself any longer. The doubt delays your usefulness among My people.”

SILENT TREATMENT

Satan has attempted to still your voice. He has tried to destroy your ability to speak. You have been greatly alarmed at the loss of your ability to communicate by both word and song. It seemed as though you would lose vocal communication.

“I have already prepared those, which I will use to restore not only your voice, but also the air flow you need in order to be heard and have the success you have been destined to have. Do not fear things as they are, but rejoice that I have reached you with this sure word of deliverance. Your voice shall be heard again!”

STAY WHERE YOU ARE 

Your temptation is to go down to Egypt. You desperately want to depart, but you must realize that your increase will come by staying where you are. For Isaac, the hundredfold increase was found upon the famine of yesterday. The boughs of the trees will once again be found with blooms, and the corn that wilted and wasted in the fields shall surge to life with bountiful supply.

“Do not think famine, or talk famine. Lift up your eyes so that you may experience the plenty, for the plenty shall indeed replace famine. For right where you are is right where I have placed you, and that is where you will flourish—not in Egypt. BE STILL!”

YOUR INVESTMENT IS NOT IN VAIN

You suffered the loss of an investment that you have poured into, but the Lord is not
talking here today of a financial investment. He is speaking this word to you. You have invested in someone. That someone has been proud against the Lord and had a negative change of attitude. They have forgotten their roots and have violated your confidence and your dependence upon them.

“Be aware that I am also aware. I see, and I know. You are not to fret or forget that what I have promised I will perform. Your heart shall rejoice again. These matters are in My hands.”

MISDIRECTED GRIEF 

“You have been grieving over someone that I have deliberately removed from your life. You could not see what I could see, nor could you hear what I was hearing. How long will you grieve over Saul? I have a David, and he will do all My counsel. He will do all that I have commanded. All you have known was Saul. When you see David, do not laugh, for he will not be what you expected; but he will be what I have directed. How long will you grieve? I am admonishing you this day to lift your eyes past the present grief and simply believe! This one that I have chosen for you is far different from what you would expect, but he has the heart, the skill and the ability to grow with you. He will protect your interests and hold up your hands in the day of battle. Prepare your mind now to not look for the things you are used to looking for, or you will miss him. My anointing is already on him for this season.”

LAND TRANSFER

A tract of land is going to come into your possession. It will be a gift. The possibilities will be limitless, but Holy Spirit says He will give you direction upon possession of it. You were not even expecting it, but this word will make much more sense to you by October.

A CONFUSED SON 

You are a pastor and an effective minister. You and your wife are grieved and burdened for a son that is showing signs of gender confusion. This son is uniquely talented and extremely gifted, but a seed of deception was sown into him early. This confusion has produced a wrong perception of who he is, as well as his destiny. The Lord would have you know that he will pull through this, and your worry and uncertainty will not continue. There is one coming into his life who will be the source Holy Spirit uses to bring him into alignment with his identity. It will be the exact right time, and the exact one I have sent, to bring truth and healing to him. It will settle him, and thereby, settle you and your wife in the process.

“I have My hand upon him, and you know that I do. I have proved Myself to you many
times. This will take some time, but in time you will see My faithfulness.”

LOVE NEVER FAILS

“Just because the marriage failed does not mean that you are a failure. It simply means it failed. My plan for you did not fail when your marriage did. I know your heart, and I know the way you have chosen. It is the way of honor and kindness. You have preserved your dignity as well as your husband’s. Love covers a multitude of sin. Look forward, there is love awaiting you once again. I will remember you in that day, and you will recall this word to you. It will bring peace and hope to you!”

FAR AWAY PLACES

“You would never have chosen to relocate so very far away. You would never have
chosen that country to rebuild your life, but it, indeed, is the door I am opening. You have not even considered this opportunity because it had not presented itself to you. These people will become your people, and you will be a defender. Your gifting will be a wall to which they cling. You will never have this opportunity where you reside now. I will give you a heart for them. You will find much love and acceptance. You will know this opportunity, for it will present itself in the eighth month, the month of August—a time of new beginnings for you.”

MISTAKEN OPPORTUNITY

You have come into a large sum of money, and it is indeed a blessing from the Lord. However, you are going to be confronted with what seems to be a great opportunity for investment, but it is not an opportunity.

“It is a distraction. You must listen to My Holy Spirit. Hold fast to what you have. Do not be anxious. Do not be impetuous. I will guide you with My eye, and you will have great peace, which you presently do not have.”

A SANCTUARY COUNTRY <NB>

I keep hearing from the Lord, “Jordan, the land bordering Israel.”

Jordan shall be visited. It will endure a shaking, but it shall, unexpectedly, become a
sanctuary country. Jordan, you will be remembered by the Lord, and you will be an
important instrument in His hand. Remember, you will become a sanctuary country!

SMOOTH OPERATOR

You have been so lonely and even insecure regarding your future. Recently, someone
has entered your space, and it certainly has boosted your hope and self-confidence.
There has been limited contact, and you desire a deeper relationship. This is a word
of caution from Holy Spirit because of His love for you and the prayers of many who love you. This word is a confirming word to you for you have already begun to feel uneasy and question the relationship. If you pursue this relationship, it will be as though you are embracing a snake. The poison from this union will affect you, your well being, as well as destroy the relationship with your family that you love and cherish in your life. It will be an embarrassing mistake. He has covert intentions. Temptation is usually connected to serpents.

“So be aware, I have chosen a compatible companion for you. Wait on the Lord.”

WEAVING A WEB

I see a pastor’s chair on a church platform, and underneath his chair, is a series of webs. Someone, or some consolidated effort, seeks to spin things against the man of God. You have a very strong anointing, and for some time, you have been sensing this drag upon your ministry. You will not be surprised when you learn the details, and you will learn them. So be prepared.

“I will bring it to light, and they will be exposed, says the Lord, and you will more than prevail. I am giving you and your wife a new network of friends that I will bring to you, including effective and insightful intercessors to pull the webs apart before they have an opportunity to establish their deceit and confusion again. Do not be moved by what you learn. It is already coming to naught, and you will triumph over it all.”

TRUMP AND HIS GENERALS <NB>

As I was riding along the highway last Thursday evening, I was engaged in conversation by cellphone with my administrator regarding budget matters. While I was listening to her answer a question, I heard Holy Spirit interrupt and ask, “How do you spell Truman?” I thought for a brief moment, and I said, “T-R-U-M-A-N.”

Then He asked me, “How do you spell Trump?” I said, “T-R-U-M-P.”

I immediately made the connection. He then proceeded to ask me, “Who did President Truman lean on to help the Jews get back into the Holy Land?” I said, “General Eisenhower.” The Lord then said to me, “I have raised up Trump and have given him generals to lean on to help him defend the Jews and keep them in their land. General Eisenhower brought them in, and these contemporary generals will keep them there. What was, will be again.”

He then asked me, “How do you spell Truth?” I spelled it, “T-R-U-T-H.”

The Lord said that He is changing the appetites of people. Instead of rejoicing in rumors and lies, the people will now become excited to hear truth again. They will love the truth and reject the lies, as well as the liars. This will not be true of everyone in every place; but a shift has already happened, and it happened last week.

“Truth had fallen in the streets, but I am lifting it up again; and it shall cause great rejoicing. I, the Lord, have done this by My own power, by My right arm of might and by My justice.”

[Received by John A. Kilpatrick, January 2017 – click to download PDF.]

Simon Braker: 2nd wave of the Spirit and season of visitation

Simon_Braker-147x150Posted on School of the Prophetic Leicester 8th March:

Over the last few weeks I’ve found the number 5 has been popping up all over the place and then finally my wife and I were eating a meal at table 55.

I already felt the Lord was speaking about grace but this second 5 has opened the word of the Lord.

I heard him say the second wave of my Spirit has begun, this is a season of visitation, it is a time of encounter all who are thirsty shall be filled (Isa 55) this is a time to enter in and drink deep of the fresh release of my presence.

Many will be visited in the night, many will experience my presence in new ways. The last move was Holy joy and laughter the sign of this move shall be holy tears, many will weep in the outpouring of my glory.

At the start of the year these verses from Song of Songs have been highlighted to me –

5:2 I was asleep, but my heart was awake. There’s a sound! My beloved is knocking.
5:3 “I’ve taken off my clothes—am I supposed to put them on again? I’ve washed my feet—am I supposed to get them dirty again?”
5:4 My beloved reached out his hand for the latch. My feelings for him were aroused.
5:5 I got up to open the door, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handle of the lock.
5:6 I opened the door for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away; he was gone! My very life went out when he departed. I searched for him, but couldn’t find him. I called out to him, but he didn’t answer

It’s only as I write that I notice these verses are in chapter 5 and most importantly what is written in 5:5 –

church_doors-235x3505:5 I got up to open the door

This highlights what I feel is a major key at this time, as God’s people we must respond, when he calls we must open the door to him for him to come in, it would be very easy for us to be settled in our current location and not respond got his call for us to leave our current realms of comfort.

It is time for the bride to rise from her bed to arise from her sleepiness respond to the Lord’s voice and enter into the great awakening!

Notes:

Patsy Southway: Keys – Keys – Keys!

Here’s the prophetic word referred to at the close of Is this my exploding Bible’ 1,000th piece?, and which Patsy published on Sunday.:

Patsy Southway‘I shared with a few friends on Friday that for the past week I’ve been seeing lots of keys. God started speaking to me about KEYS & CLOCKS at the beginning of this year which I shared with my advisory team on January 9th 2016. But I was seeing in part and needed to see more in order to understand.

‘So I want to share with you what I’m currently seeing regarding this:

https://richards-watch.org/2011/11/24/key-to-foretelling-the-future/Matthew 16:19 says:
‘And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever doors you lock on earth shall be locked in Heaven; and whatever doors you open on earth shall be opened in Heaven!’

‘We have been given KEYS. I saw a large bunch of keys; different shapes and sizes. Some really really small and some really really large! The size was not important as EACH KEY unlocks for YOU whatever is needed RIGHT NOW!

‘Let’s just stop and think about that scripture. I pray that revelation will just explode in you about this! The immense privilege and authority that God has given to us, just blows my mind! (Emphasis added)

‘We, you and I, have been given KEYS of the KINGDOM of HEAVEN to LOCK and UNLOCK!!

church_doors-235x350‘During the latter part of this week I have been LOCKING and UNLOCKING doors. Unlocking doors of HEALING, RESTORATION, FINANCES etc praying in alignment with the WORD of God, the promises of God and the dreams, visions and prophetic words that He has given.

‘Also LOCKING and bringing to a HALT the works of darkness within families, church gatherings and NATIONS!

‘While I was in prayer with this I saw a MAJOR change happening in Europe and will be flying out to the centre of Europe in 10 days. Prayer cover appreciated – thank you 💕

‘So…..I want to encourage YOU to take hold of these KEYS and to begin to UNLOCK what the Holy Spirit shows you, both for your own life and for the wider; the Kingdom, your neighbourhood, Church and Nation.

‘Please feel free to send me some feed back on what’s happening as we see the Increase of God’s Kingdom throughout the World!’ [Patsy’s blog is at PICK Ministries.]

Newer subscribers may like this published a year and a week ago > Incredible timing of ‘unsealing’ and ‘keys’ re Daniel’s visions (and see Comments). Since New Year I’ve been wanting to update that as the 1,000th piece – but other material sprang up on the way, yet didn’t get in the way. As in John 3.8, I’m prone to blogging wherever the Wind of the Spirit blows…

[Image credit: Hand Giving A Key by Chaiwat, courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.net]

Profound prophetic word: “My people have reached a tipping point”

This prophetic word brought by James Bailey and published on Z3 News resonates with and amplifies many words received about the Lord’s worldwide action. On a personal note, James’ opening remarks reflect what’s happened this week through God-incidents with this blog and email. James writes:

MY PEOPLE HAVE REACHED A TIPPING POINT

church_doors-235x350I started noticing changes. It has been over a week ago, increased intensity with increased excitement. It hasn’t gone away. It has increased more. Here is what I heard today:

“Just as the world has reached a tipping point and their fate is sealed and major changes are coming, so have My people reached a tipping point and their fate is sealed and major changes are coming. Just as the world has cast out all restraint and entered into lawlessness, so have My people cast out fear and entered into fellowship, closer fellowship with Me. Because where there is fear there is torment and I do not want My people in torment, but My perfect love casts out all fear until the only thing left is fellowship, loving fellowship.”

“Things are beginning. Things that I have promised from long ago are now coming to pass. This is the day and the hour that you have awaited, that you have wanted to come for so long. Now it is here. Now it has come. I claim you to be My own. Deeper intimacy, this is what you have wanted. It has come. Stronger fellowship, this is what has come, greater peace, greater love, and far greater joy! For you belong to Me now.”

“I want you to walk with Me in fellowship like never before. I want you to know Me. Bind your heart to Me like never before. Make My paths straight before you. Let your feet never veer off course, neither to the right nor to the left, but stay on My path, for I put before you things that I, and only I, have desired from long ago, for you to know. But if you want to discover them, you will only find them on My path, which I put before you.”

“The day and the hour have finally come. My people get ready, for before you I leave an open door, and I say I am that door. So walk in, enter into the fellowship that I set before you. Come into the place. The table is set. The banquet is ready. I have prepared a table before you in the presence of your enemies and they will know that I am before you and you are before Me. They will see it in the midst of you. They will know it and they will declare, I am the Lord God Almighty.”

“Make known my innermost counsel. Make known My plans before men. Make known My heart and My will and My purpose and My plan. Make known all things I declare to you. Make known My will above the plans of men, above the will of men. Make My plans clear. Make them known and let them be established in the earth.”

James BaileyJames Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets. To add your thoughts to this re-post please click the above sub-header for a direct link to the original post. Illustrations by courtesy of James Bailey, Z3 News.

“OPEN up the gates!” decree and prophetic word for the UK

The following came to my attention soon after it was published by SOAR Prophetic International on 25th September. As would be expected, this prophetic word brought by Rebecca King is in harmony with other recent exhortations from Father’s heart for the British Isles. Rebecca is founding director of this Canadian and British international prophetic resource group and writes:

WORD FOR GREAT BRITAIN

Union Jack 672666_origI saw a release of angels coming towards us carrying supernatural energy to combat what I can only describe as complacency…. a slumber has come upon people in many cases and opened a door to complacency – which in turn has let in a difficult fatigue and with it a tendency towards laziness. At this point, I felt everything in me speak the command ‘open up the gates’ and at the sound of my voice and the strength of the command, heavy doors flew open. Even in the natural the weight of the doors would prevent this.  God is up to something.

I felt the Lord saying to leaders,

“Beware of locking yourself into your own plans and putting community and other leaders on the back burner” (emphasis added). 

Priorities will only bear good fruit when they are God’s priorities, and alignment with Sovereign priorities will bring into your storehouse what your heart is longing for – not necessarily sticking to your agenda.  His agenda must remain in front and centre for His Kingdom to be established.

This is not a season to ‘maintain.  It is a time to put one foot in front of the other and go ahead.  Steadily.  Do not miss a step – keep in time with the heartbeat of heaven.  God is opening ears and bringing a fresh sensitivity to this heartbeat and it will determine they rhythm for you to follow and walk with.

I ‘see’ the Lord handing out white envelopes containing a single piece of paper with the words ‘All Clear’ written on it.  These words ‘All Clear’, are words some of you have been waiting to hear but they don’t only relate to physical health.  Holy Spirit is saying that the way forward – up to this point blocked by rubble and baggage – has been opened up.

Do not be afraid of what you ‘think you see’ and do not rationalise your situation – it just may stop you from doing exactly what Holy Spirit is asking of you at this time.  The word being handed to you in the envelope is ALL CLEAR – and that is the declaration that will move you forward.

I also ‘see’ men and women standing together, dressed in a similar fashion – which shows me a willingness to work and to be together.  But unusually, all of the trousers (that each person is wearing) are far too short.  Everyone’s – across the board.  Not one of them is right.  I sense that Holy Spirit is saying that there is an invitation to step into new clothes, of a different size and style for the times ahead.  What fit last year is going to make you look silly this year and so the invitation is given to you now.  I see a man standing beside all of these men and women, with a tape measure in his hand and a pair of scissors as well and straight pins.  Holy Spirit is ‘at the ready’ to get the job done and get you clothed properly.   All that is required of you is that you make yourselves vulnerable – in the presence of your peers.  Holy Spirit will meet you there and make the necessary adjustments.

So to recap……a choice and a war against complacency, a stepping aside from everything that locks us into our own world and own plans.  A great declaration of All Clear’ and a redressing in order to be fully prepared for the new say.

Rebecca King

(Click above title for original post and comments. As with all prophetic words, this is for discernment and weighing against scripture and with the Lord. Rebecca’s reference to ‘complacency’ reminds me of Dr Stone‘s explicit warning of the same in her ‘clarion call’ of October 2013 not to miss our day of visitation – Prophetic words for 2014-16 for UK & Ireland: part 2 refers.)

Timely Lion Bites

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First tranche of timely words from Glasgow Prophetic Centre:

TIME TO MOVE FORWARD (Today)

“It is OK, You have my permission to move forward”, whispers the Holy Spirit, gently.

“Now is the time of decision for those things that you have been thinking about for a while and pondering, ‘when is the time?’  Delay and indecision has allowed doubts to float in and cloud the vision that I gave you. But even still, I have been using this time to teach you to wait upon me for my timing and my ways. I have been preparing your heart for this new season, so that you might believe in better. Faith has increased as you sought me ought – and know that I am faithful to complete all I am doing in you. So keep in step with me and let me take you through the door that is now open. It is OK; It is OK; It is OK… Let’s go! No more delaying excuses or distractions, the door is open.”

Revelation 3:8
I know your deeds.  See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

White Door in SkydoorMY TIMING IS PERFECT (Tuesday)

“Remember that I am God of justice”, says the Lord.

“As you wait for my intervention in your circumstances, know that I have not forgotten you. Though it seems like I am late, remember Lazarus, how I came to resurrect him four days after he had died. Although it seemed too late in the natural, my timing was perfect, and I am the same yesterday, today and forever! I don’t overlook my children and I don’t turn a blind eye to injustice. “Thank me for my perfect timing today. Thank me for my justice and watch what I am about to do in your life”, says the Lord.

Psalm 25:3
Indeed none of those who wait for you will be ashamed; those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
Psalm 89:14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; loving kindness and truth go before you.

[White Door in Skydoor by Nattavut, courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net]

What have Paul Keith’s video and Mary Magdalene got in common?

Flying puzzles by Nokhoog Buchachon, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.com

To God alone be the glory for this true story…

Join me as I meander along my musings and, as we wend our way, watch out for.:

  • a modern movie and its location
  • a medieval English abbey
  • a lost Renaissance painting
  • a legendary epic voyage
  • the earliest Christian letter
  • a new appreciation of prayer.

Except for the first, the rest took me by surprise the weekend before last. As pieces of an ‘invisible jigsaw’ they’d fallen into view like fresh snow.

Our long weekends off weekday busy-ness start on Fridays, and Friday before last we enjoyed strolling around Chichester city centre in warm sunshine. Even-tide, we relaxed by catching up on an iPlayer movie recommended by our eldest daughter…

‘The Way’

theway_gallery_L_04This movie written and directed by Emilio Estevez is most engrossing. It stars Martin Sheen as an irascible American doctor, Tom, who goes to southern France to deal with the loss of his son (Emilio Estevez) after his accidental death after setting off on  “The Way of St. James” (see map). Rather than returning to the States, Tom decides to honour his son’s ambition and complete the journey on his behalf. But he doesn’t expect the profound impact this trip has on him. The Way tells the story of his near-500 miles hike to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain.

The route is one of many to one of the oldest of pilgrimages sites in Europe. I recalled learning about its connection with Reading Abbey upon researching the abbey’s history Founded in 1121 by king Henry I, this English abbey was also one starting place for the Camino de Santiago, and is reputed to have the remains of St James’ hand as a relic. (My researches began in my office overlooking the ruins of the abbey’s mill, and are as copied here.)

So this movie had a personal, albeit indirect, relevance – but more was to come on the ‘morrow…

Lost painting found

The next morning I found buried inside Saturday’s paper some interesting facts about a ‘centuries-old art history mystery’ –

Caravaggio’s original ‘Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy’ has been discovered in a private European collection, the world’s leading expert on the Renaissance master has claimed.

Caravagio_Magdalene

The Telegraph: photo credit La Repubblica

Although the 1606 painting has been copied several times, historian Mina Gregori says the original has finally been found. The Telegraph’s Andrea Vogt says this expert won’t  reveal which country it is in but can confirm that when she first saw the 100 by 90cm oil on canvas in the owners’ home, she had no doubt. Andrea reports, Gregori called the find a “marvellous addition” to the art world. The 80-year-old scholar and authenticator said seeing the original with her own eyes was a career highlight: “I think after all these years, I deserved it”.

This article rang a bell deep in long-forgotten memories of my pre-Christian interests  because:

The painting refers to the legend in which Mary, living as a hermit in a cave in southern France near Aix-en-Provence after Christ’s death, was overcome seven times a day by “the delightful harmonies of the celestial choirs”.

That reference, especially about an ecstatic trance, would connect with remarks I was yet to hear on the third day, and thus start seeing a part of this ‘invisible puzzle’. But we should first consider the importance of this biblical person.

Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus alive after his burial in the garden tomb and so many, including Pope Benedict, regard her as an “Apostle to the Apostles”. She was the sister of Martha and Lazarus, whom Jesus brought back from the dead and was to later become Bishop of Cyprus. This family are reputed to have been of royal blood and owned estates in and around Jerusalem as well as at Magdala near the Sea of Galilee, where the younger sister Mary lived and is said to have fallen into a sinful life. Jesus is thought to have frequented one or other of their premises whilst travelling with dozens of disciples.

This blessed woman became deeply devoted to Jesus after deliverance – no wonder she later sat wrapt in His teaching instead of helping her sister. On that need Jesus remarked, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42 emphasis added).

Hence, Mary Magdalene is patron of contemplatives and Caravaggio’s painting reflects an outcome of her desire and her Master’s promise.

(Thank you to ‘Joe Catholic’ for also pointing out Mary is a model for penitent sinners. Also see this informative rebuttal of modern Catholic biblical scholarship.)

Next, I dived into my library and dug out a book bought in 1971 during my investigations into early Church history.:

The Coming of the Saints

Coming o'Saints

This book by John Taylor, first published in 1906, is   replete with source references and combines history and legend to portray the earliest Christian missions into western Europe (Spain, France and Britain).  It helped me  as a non-believer to learn about the early church’s transmission of Jesus’ original teachings. In my story, I explained my desire to find out why churches were not doing what Jesus had done, as He promised in John 14:12, as well as how much of  His teaching had been lost.

The editor of the 1967 reprint answers complaints about mixing written records and local legend, to say this book shows they substantiate one another and dovetail together. “Of particular interest are the references culled from churches founded by the saints who were companions of our Lord during His ministry”, maintains Gladys Taylor. She writes her namesake gathered evidence from a pilgrimage made to the French churches, and other countries, and thus produced impressive proof of their antiquity.

Coming o'Saints photos

From top: grotto cave of St Mary Magdalene; church of Les Saintes Maries; crypt of St Martha at Tarascon (J Taylor 1901)

One chapter summarises the Life of St Mary Magdalene complied by Rabanus Maurus (776-856 AD) – a manuscript copy of which is lodged in Magdalen College Library, Oxford. In his closing years he was Archbishop of Mayence (Mainz, Germany).

First however, I needed to re-remind myself of the book’s main thesis. Its first chapters examine the known historical  events, and those behind the scenes, at the close of and after Jesus’ life. Taylor thus adds detail to scripture’s narrative and he posits a list of disciples additional to the apostles, deacons and the family of Jesus. In addition to considering the ‘home-base’ of Capernaum, he lists names of followers from the house on Mont Zion and the city of Jerusalem, and towns of Bethany, Emmaus and Jericho.

Then Taylor covers some early missionary journeys not covered in Acts of the Apostles, noting Dr Luke’s historic account doesn’t refer to the evangelical mission in Sardinia and Spain of John’s brother James. The only reference to James after that of Pentecost is his death at the hands of Herod in Jerusalem in 44 AD (Acts 12:2). His remains are said to have ended up centuries later back in Santiago de Compostela. Hence, pilgrimages  to his shrine, as mentioned above.

Persecution following Apostle James’ martyrdom led to the dispersal of many disciples from Jerusalem. (This was about 10 years after that led by Saul of Tarsus.) Tradition of Provence, southern France, has a number of them being bundled into a boat without oars or sails somewhere near Mt Carmel and set adrift. They’re reputed to have been  Lazarus, Joseph of Aramathea, Maximin (leader of disciples after the apostles and a friend committed to the care of the Magdalen) as well as Martha and Mary, Mary wife of Cleopas and a third Mary (Salome) and others.

However, I was interested in checking John Taylor’s reference to the correct James at Jerusalem. Was it John’s brother, or Jesus’ brother James who later led the Jerusalem church and wrote a brief epistle. It is James’ historic ruling at the first Church council  that enabled non-Jews to associate with the Church without having to comply with the Mosaic laws their Jewish brethren had before coming to Christ.

So to clarify, I wasn’t so interested in Mary Magdalene as wanting to check out what Paul wrote to the Galatian churches about his post-conversion history. I recalled mention of  church leaders he met when in Jerusalem, as well as Luke’s account of those meetings (Acts 15)

Written circa 50 AD Paul’s letter is the first and therefore the oldest, canonical Christian document and earlier than the Gospels. Therein Paul tells what he did, where he went and how he learned the Gospel of Jesus by direct, personal revelation; that is, not from any original disciple or apostle:

13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it….15 But when it pleased God…16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.)  21 Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. 23 But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God in me.

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. (Emphases added)

Video on Sunday

The next day, Sunday, we wanted some extra teaching and – independently – chose to watch the Paul Keith Davis and James Levesque video discussion I’d blogged about.

In arguing for the supra-natural abilities and dimension required to bring in the harvest that meets the heart of God, “as it is defined in scripture”, Paul Keith maintains this is for those who walk with God in realms of glory and demonstrate the supra-natural. He defines and explains this relating it to Jesus’ own ability (from 27:00 on video).

Then he tells of his mis-perception of Jesus’ prayer life (at 30:35) and surmising what it had been like after a long day ministering and teaching and travelling on foot – and then go pray and spend hours in prayer…thinking,

“…what a disciplined life!” says Paul Keith.

“No, you totally misunderstood My prayer life!” the Lord said.

“He said, My prayer life was My reward!”

“The Lord’s been showing me how, at the end of the day, after He did everything He was supposed to do, He went out into the wilderness and He was released into the Presence of the Father!

“Just think about that for a minute…after a hard day could you go pray 5 hours…?  No?  Think of it as this:

“James, go spend 5 hours standing before the throne of God, go spend 5 hours in the Presence of your Father – let Him download on you, let Him refresh you, restore you.

“That’s why Jesus could pray all night! He lived under an open heaven and when He went to pray – as soon as He quieted His flesh – He was standing in the Presence of His Father, standing before the throne of God, getting refreshed and learning what the Father wanted to reveal.”

An exceptionally instructional and fascinating teaching. At 41:30 he  considers this was how apostle Paul spent lengthy periods with the Lord before he ever met any disciples and apostles and moved into any ministry.

Consequently, having considered that the day before I was ready for what he said!

Conclusion

This insight on Jesus’ prayer life is the common denominator between the discussion on video and Mary Magdalene, who spent lengthy periods immersed in God, as had Jesus.

Paul Keith’s insight doesn’t detract from but enhances the model prayer Jesus gave his disciples, as recorded in Matthew 6:5-15.  And it magnifies Jesus’ personal prayer to our Father in John 17.  It’s no wonder this Mary went so deep yet so high in contemplative  ecstasy – will we?

(Remember to, “First seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” – Matt 6:33). 

Furthermore, from apostle Paul’s explanation this kind of intimacy was the norm in the earliest years of “The Way”, as the fellowship was known before the term “Christian” was coined at Antioch. (See Acts chapters 18-24, especially vv 24:18 and 22.)

Also, Paul Keith later refers to the event on the road to Emmaus, about which and without any prior intention I’d inserted a remark just before publishing the latest blog  before that weekend!

Therefore, that weekend is yet another example of ‘God-incidence’ (footnote refers).

By the way!

A couple of days later upon opening up my Bible to find where I’d got to, I found at the second turn the beginning of Luke chapter 8 staring up at me. There from the left-hand column just beside the volume’s spine I just couldn’t miss these words:

Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities — Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.

Later, upon reviewing and adjusting the draft of this piece, I decided to refer to the first name for the group of believers as followers of the way of Jesus Christ; the way of life He taught and demonstrated as “The Way, The Truth and The Life”.

Then when I’d done and re-read the draft I realised I’d gone FULL circle – starting with the movie ‘The Way’ I’d ended up by including scriptures on ‘The Way of Jesus’ !!

Furthermore, an email arrived about that time which opens as follows.:

Truth, we find, is stranger than fiction. Some things that happen to us when in relationship with Christ no writer could make up. And I am amazed continually at what our God does in my life and in this world…(continue here)

Could the Lord be getting our attention to pray the way He does?

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footnotes:

Image: Flying puzzles by Nokhoog Buchachon, courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.com

Jesus & Mary fable:

My pre-Christian activities made me well aware of stories around Le Tresor Maudit, the cursed treasure of the Knights Templars, said to have been hidden for centuries but discovered by a parish priest. He spent a fortune on re-decorating a church in Rennes-le-Chateau and building a tower, both of which were dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.
Readers may know of it through The Da Vinci Code novel, which was based in part on serious research published in 1980s as The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail.  This book’s authors referred to fables about Jesus and Mary’s relationship, which were then used as a deliberate advertising ploy for marketing purposes.
Consequently, that book became a bestseller. The businessman who gave me The Invisible Hand (see About) sold mail-order books and he told me his own copywriter had worked with HBHG authors and so he knew about its publisher’s sales slant.
Years later I learned of another reference work by an expert on royal genealogy and who claimed the fables were correct. But his analysis of scripture was unreliable, as I demonstrated in his misquoting The Secret Gospel of Mark. Therefore, how could his claims hold water. (Details on this blog at The Magdalene Legacy – a critique.)

God-incidence:

I refer to coincidences that are more than serendipity (happy, fortuitous chance events) as ‘God-incidences’, for they seem to have been arranged with a clear purpose in mind. We may not always know the reason but there’s a distinct thread connecting two or more events that are closely related in time: an “aha” moment

Frequently I’m amazed by those which involve scripture and occur one day after another and sometimes even 3 or 4  consecutive days, and always from different sources. I liken God-incidence to completing a jigsaw puzzle and it seems the Lord is stressing the importance or relevance of something. So they get my full attention, as happened in the above account. (See main menu for fuller exposition.)

The Year 5775: The Year of Advance

Thank you Melissa for another excellent explanation, and to Victoria Heard for a prompt to visit her site – and Ephesians 1 once again turns up! This is well timed for what I was about to blog but got delayed!

Defining Words

ayinhey[For returning readers, the first part of this post is a rehearsal of prior research.]

Sundown on Wednesday, September 24 marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. For the Jewish community, this is a time of reflection, purification and hopeful contemplation of the future. Not unlike our Western New Year’s celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of recapping or regrouping in order to strategically move forward.

For the past month, I’ve heard the following declaration in my spirit. “God is on the advance.” Knowing this was somehow relative to the word for the year 5775, I could not wait to delve into the research you are about to read. While synthesizing the information, crystal clarity came on just how He will move in the days ahead. Prepare yourself for what will be a year of reorientation and permutation.

Shall we begin?

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