An insight on Smith-Wigglesworth’s ‘Word and Spirit’ prophecy – intertwining like the confluence of two mighty rivers (GPS #27.1)

At the beginning of last October we saw the double ‘God-incidence’ of having blogged on the Jean Darnall and Smith Wiggleworth’s visions and then learning about a prayer meeting being held by Call The Nation To Prayer that weekend in connection with both. It’s like the Lord used GPS, or Global Prophecy Signalling, to catch our attention and remind us that although decades old, they are still ‘in play’ and waiting to be fulfilled – ie. ‘now’ words.

Now, yet another double ‘God-incidence’ clearly attests to the Lord stressing the great importance of the Smith-Wigglesworth ‘Word & Spirit’ prophecy, as though four pieces of an invisible jigsaw are being put into place!  Last weekend what Steve Hepden and Chris Bennett had heard from Him was published by private email and public blog (UK Prophetic Words) respectively. Steve kindly permits me to publish what he received in the weeks before Christmas:

It is over three weeks ago when I first heard God speak to me.

I was walking up the road from the shops with a loaf of bread and was more concentrating on my walking and crossing the road. What surprised me was the suddenness and spontaneity of the word as I was certainly not thinking of this.

The essence of my prophecy is ‘the Word and the Spirit’ and I thought of something Smith Wigglesworth spoke in 1947. Having always loved and appreciated Pentecostal and Charismatic church history, this came to mind. He said, as part of his prophecy, ‘When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed the world, has ever seen.’

Why now? I believe it’s a reminder to the older generation, a new word to this generation and a call to prepare and position ourselves to enter into it.

Here is what I heard:

“There is a distinctiveness between Word and Spirit, yet they go hand in hand together.
However, in the move of God to come, the distinctiveness will remain but there will such a joining together that the synergy produced will become more powerful than you have ever seen. For the sum of the whole will miraculously be greater than the sum of the two parts. It will be like two mighty rivers coming together in a confluence where something greater, deeper, wider will happen and at the point of joining there will be disturbance. The influence established by this will be far greater than each individual river.

“This joining together will be an intertwining of the one into another and even though joined and thus influencing each other without measure, they will still maintain their distinctiveness. It really is a marriage. The Word and Spirit are different in nature, they are unmistakable, clear-cut and defined. Yet they will serve each other and bring their own distinctiveness together to enhance and release each other further than ever before. The Word will be the source by which the Spirit will move in the drama of signs and wonders and with such a purity of fruit, being the character and the Spirit will express and manifest the Word with power and authority in gifting.

“Some say you are men and women of the Word or others say you are men and women of the Spirit, but this will change dramatically and people will not know what to call you and will even wonder what is happening. There have been forerunners over the years and they are scattered over the Nations, yet it is time for everyone to be challenged and inspired in a way that has not happened before, for the fact of the matter is that everyone can come into this and in an accelerated way. Do not stay where you are, move forward by making a choice to open yourself up to the Spirit of God and to the illuminating Word of God, for the New Year will bring a new day for you.

I have been meditating on this prophecy and It’s amazing how many scriptures you can find where the Spirit and the Word are in union and unity.:
Ps 107:20, ‘He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.’
Luke 1:34-37, Mary said, ‘how will this be?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.’ ‘For nothing is impossible with God.’ ‘Let it be to me according to your word.
Rom 10:17, ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’
Acts 6:8, ‘and Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.’
John 6:63, ‘The Spirit is the one who gives life! Human strength can do nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are from that life-giving Spirit.’

However, there is an indictment from the lips of Jesus and I want to live as far away from that as possible. Matt 22:29, ‘Jesus replied, you are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.’

A challenge we need to take serious note of.

Steve Hepden, 5th January 2019

Footnote: See also Book Review: ‘Rejection Hurts’ by Steve Hepden

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Another prophetic word on Brexit being like Israel’s leaving Egypt

This stirring, revelation delivered by Veronika West confirms scriptural details of Dave Hood’s journal published in Brexit and The Bible (as ever, weigh with the Lord):

A WORD CONCERNING THE NATION OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

I heard the Spirit of God say, “WATCH AND PRAY! FOR EVEN AS I CALLED ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL SO I AM CALLING THIS NATION OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND OUT OF THE LAND OF CAPTIVITY LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL”, says God.

“YES BELOVED, WATCH AND PRAY FOR A GREAT SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IS NOW TAKING PLACE OVER THIS NATION, EYES HAVE NOT SEEN, EARS HAVE NOT HEARD NEITHER HAS IT ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN WHAT I HAVE PREPARED FOR THIS GREAT NATION, NOW WATCH! AS MY GOVERNMENTAL HAND MOVES UPON THE HEADS AND THE HEARTS OF THOSE IN GOVERNMENT IN THIS NATION, WATCH AND STAY ALERT, PUT A GUARD UPON YOUR HEARTS, YOUR MINDS AND YOUR TONGUES IN THE DAYS AHEAD!

“THINK IT NOT STRANGE AS AN EVEN GREATER SHAKING AND SHIFTING BEGINS TO TAKE PLACE OVER THE LAND AND OVER THE PEOPLE, FOR I HAVE PUT EMNITY BETWEEN THE LEADERS OF THIS NATION AND THE LEADERS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THEY SHALL COME TO HATE AND DESPISE ONE ANOTHER AND THEY SHALL EVEN SEEK TO DESTROY EACH OTHER IN THE DAYS AHEAD, FOR I HAVE HARDENED THEIR HEARTS EVEN AS I HARDENED THE HEART OF PHARAOH, YES! IT IS I, THE GREAT I AM, WHO HAS PUT A SPIRIT OF DISCORD AMONG THEM FOR I AM GATHERING AND SCATTERING, GATHERING AND SCATTERING IN THIS HOUR, I AM SHIFTING AND SHAKING THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH, I AM TEARING DOWN AND REBUILDING, YES! IT IS I WHO GOVERNS OVER THE DESTINIES OF NATIONS, IT IS I WHO CHANGES THE TIMES AND SEASONS, FOR I REMOVE ONE AND SET UP ANOTHER, I GIVE WISDOM TO THE WISE AND KNOWLEDGE TO THE DISCERNING, I REVEAL THE DEEP AND HIDDEN MYSTERIES OF MY KINGDOM, I KNOW WHAT LIES IN DARKNESS FOR LIGHT IS IN ME.

“NOW WATCH! AS I DISPLAY SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES IN THIS NATION IN THE DAYS AHEAD, FOR SURELY I TELL YOU, I WILL SHARE MY GLORY WITH NO MAN. BELOVED NOW TAKE COURAGE, LISTEN! FOR A NEW SOUND AND A NEW SONG SHALL RISE UP FROM AMONG THE PEOPLE, YES! THE SOUND OF A GREAT UNLOCKING IN THE REALM OF THE SPIRIT AND A SONG OF DELIVERANCE AND VICTORY SHALL GO FORTH ACROSS THE LAND, FOR I AM REMOVING THE YOKE OF DEMONIC OPPRESSION FROM THE NECK OF THIS NATION AND I AM BREAKING THE CHAINS THAT HAVE KEPT MY PEOPLE BOUND AND SHACKLED, FOR NO LONGER SHALL MY PEOPLE BE A NATION OF SLAVES AND SERVANTS BUT THEY SHALL BECOME A PEOPLE OF A GREAT NATION OF SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF A GREAT KINGDOM DESTINY”, says the Spirit of God.

The Choice – ‘tipping point’ for an Outpouring is close at hand!

Leisa Ebere contacted me last weekend and writes, ‘Please find the powerful Word the Lord gave me concerning His timing and authority.  I am convinced more than ever that the tipping point for His great outpouring to the nations is very near at hand.  But, He is waiting for His people to take their positions as is written about in Jude 1. I have attached the prophecy, if you could please publish this Word to bless God’s People.’ (Emphasis mine.)

THE CHOICE

“The lasting proviso which is required to access the full benefits of My Spirit is reaching out with great extended arms as I seek to surround My People,” says the Lord. “My measuring rod is going backwards and forwards, as My Remnant decide to receive peace instead of pain, and light instead of darkness. The choice is theirs and has always been theirs,” says the Lord. “But I grow weary of tarrying whilst My People waiver to and fro; and show fear, whilst stepping back from the wondrous depths of My Spirit. My Creation must walk in tandem with Me,” says the Lord, “as alignment with My Ways, however unusual or uncomfortable, is My requirement for a great breaking down of barriers that now batter My People with such force.

“Step Out, My People, and be not afraid of those who might bruise in Word or Deed. For My Servant, Stephen, feared not and saw all of Heaven, as He declared My Power and My Glory. And I say to you in this hour, that tapping into My Power must not come through trembling lips and hidden gestures; but by bold declarations and actions; as My People move with pinpoint accuracy, led of My Spirit in the next days ahead. Be bold, and be fearless, and see My Spirit increase as the days grow dark,” says the Lord.

“A Blood Moon with an eclipse in 2018, was the first true heavenly sign of the beginning of the new era of My Rising,” says the Lord. “And I shall cause My prophetic minstrels to gain prominence with a greater release of My Spirit, which shall curtail the power of the dragon. And I shall cast him aside like a limp cloth as My People stand encircled by My Glory and speak the Word of Truth to the masses. The tide of My Spirit has shifted and shall gain momentum as the Harvest comes into My storehouse. Take your positions, My People, for I have marked this season for change,” Amen.

Given to Leisa Ebere on June 1st, 2018.

For more delivered by Leisa click the ‘Ebere’ tag below. The first prophetic word she brought is God’s Mandate for the Prophetic Profiling of our Nation, followed by a very powerful collection known as The UK Nationwide Circuit Prophecies, the first of which promises the Lord will give His prophets the ability to see clearly ‘My numbers’ in 2018!

Leisa advises that the Blood Moon referred to above was the total lunar eclipse of 31st January last. It’s so named because of the typical red colour during a total lunar eclipse. Being near its perigee on 30th January 2018 this moon was also known as a “Supermoon”, as well as being described as a ‘blue moon’ it was also called a “super blue blood moon”. (The term ‘once in a blue moon’ refers to the occasional occurrence of TWO full moons within one calendar month.) 

What is the Last Trumpet? – THE ‘All Change!’ Signal

In 1 Cor. 15:52, Paul used a term “Last Trumpet” which is not found elsewhere in the Bible. Read this article to see what he likely meant by this term; and what he DIDN’T mean. DOES THE LAST TRUMPET = THE SEVENTH TRUMPET? If the timing of Matt. 24:31 is the greatest misunderstanding of nearly…

continue reading at What is the “Last Trumpet?” — The Gospel In The End Times .

There, Nelson Walters brings an in-depth appreciation to our ‘who, why, when and what’ of Watching and THE ‘All Change!’ signal, as in About Signs (items 12-13 refer).

22nd February: a powerful ‘now’ word for the body of Christ

This 3-minute video appearing on Russell S Moyer Facebook is powerfully inspiring and thank you to Carolyn Stewart for transcribing and to UK Prophetic Words for publishing this prophetic word. However, as it was rapidly delivered under a strong anointing which the textual version just cannot capture, watching the video is highly recommended:

A POWERFUL ‘NOW’ WORD FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST

Dr Russ Moyer, a member of the Ontario Prophetic Council, released this Word on 22nd February 2018, the day after Dr Billy Graham went home.

“This morning we’ve stepped through the threshold of yet another doorway. And know it’s going to continue to happen and it’s going to continue to accelerate, and we are going from one glory to the next.

“Know that this is the season when open doors will be before us and we’ll step into the new moment. Notice the acceleration of time. Know that everything is going to begin to accelerate, and things that took a long time will happen in an instant, and we will go from season to season and moment to moment.

“And know that at this moment, in this day, in this season, says the Lord, even as the seed has gone into the ground, know that a great and mighty harvest is ordained, right now in this hour and moment; as the seed of my servant goes into the ground, Billy Graham, know that I am releasing mantles in the earth today for evangelism. Know that I am releasing mantles now for the end-time harvest, says the Lord.

“Know that mantles are being released and many shall go, but know that I am about to raise up a prophetic evangelistic army, says the Lord, that will reap the greatest harvest in history, says the Lord. This is the harvest that everyone prophesied about, now. Step in, step up, step out. Know that this is your moment and season, says the lord.

“Know that I am about to do a mighty work within my body, says the Lord. I am about to do a cleansing in the earth, saith God. Know you shall go from doorway to doorway. Know you shall go in this hour, says the Lord, from glory to glory. Know that even times and moments in the past where you have knocked on the doors of many hearts, and even those times that you were abruptly turned away, says the Lord, this is a new hour and a new moment, and I am preparing the hearts of many around the world for the great harvest, says the Lord.

“Know that it shall be both the Greek and the Jew. Know that it shall be even the Arab, says the Lord, and know that I shall touch many hearts, and this shall be a moment of divine visitation, saith God, and I shall prepare their hearts, for I am sending forth an army now with a reaping tool in their hand, says the Lord.

“Know that it’s harvest time now. Take that golden sickle and put it to the ground, says the Lord. This is your moment and your hour. Know that the great end time army for prophetic evangelism shall be released in this season. Know this is your word. You have been sitting on the shelf and you have been dormant. You have been afraid and walking in fear and doubt and worry, but rise up and be bold and courageous in this moment, says the Lord, for I shall put a word in your mouth that shall be a word for the weary in season, says the Lord, and know that that word shall be tipped with my anointing, says God, and it shall open even the hardest of hearts.

“Know that I shall anoint your testimony in a fresh new way, says the Lord, and it shall unlock those hearts and bring them to the fullness of the knowledge of Christ. Know that it is my desire that not one perish. Know that I am after your family; I am after your neighbour.

“Know that I am after you afresh now, says the Lord, as I am turning the hearts of the evangelist, now, setting their hearts ablaze once again. Setting your hearts on fire for what’s on fire in my heart. Know that it is my burden that not one perish, but that all come to the knowledge of Christ. Know that this is your moment, saith the Lord, and I am about to bring forth the harvest for you.

“Now step up and make those bold declarations and proclamations. Come forth, says the Lord; come out of the cave now, saith God, and begin to declare what it is that I have put upon your heart, and watch what I do with it, says the Lord. For it shall be a harvest of signs and wonders and miracles.

“Know it shall be a harvest even of great healing, says the Lord. A wave of healing like the body has never seen. And it shall bring forth the harvest that I promised, saith God, for it’s harvest time. It’s harvest time now, says the Lord. Step up and step in.”

Dr. Russ Moyer and his wife provide apostolic oversight for approximately two hundred ministers and a number of churches through the Eagle Worldwide Network of Ministries, and they are ambassadors for the International Coalition of Apostles (Facebook).  Website: https://eagleworldwide.com/

What NOT to Watch for in the End-Times, by Nelson Walters

Here, Nelson brings his incisive mind to bear upon the fuller meaning of what could be the pivotal timing indicator of prophesied signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Be sure to read the discussion thread too :

Most Christians know we are to watch for events in the end times. But do they know what NOT to watch for? Might our own theories of the end times deceive the church? What to Watch for This is the third article in a series about watching. In the First Article (READ HERE), we defined…

Continued in What Not to Watch For in the End Times — The Gospel In The End Times

The Who, Why, When & What of Watching – the signs

After looking at who, why and when we’re to watch, we review what Jesus told us to watch out for:

WHAT?

Omitting those which appear to apply to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70, here’s a selection of signs stated in the first Gospel (Mark 13), augmented by Matthew (24) and Luke (17 & 21) plus insertion of Paul’s first and follow-up letters to believers in Salonika, to whom he stressed the origin of his teaching; ‘For this we say to you by the word of the Lord…’

    1. The Gospel must first be preached to all the nations.
    2. Disciples will stand before and councils, rulers and kings, beaten in religious assemblies.
    3. Many will come in Jesus’ name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 
    4. Wars and rumors of wars – nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom  (“Do not be troubled for such things must happen, but the end is not yet”)
    5. earthquakes in various places – famines and troubles – as the beginnings of sorrows.
    6. “Brother will betray brother to death – a father his child – children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death and
    7. “You will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
    8. SO, when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not (let the reader understand!), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” [This would refer not only to Roman standard placed in the Temple’s Holy of Holies but also to any profane object/person therein at any time (including its mount?).
    9. “those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.
    10. “And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days….
    11. “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it for false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
    12. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven…’and the dead in Christ will rise first,
    13. ‘then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up [‘harpadzo’ = rapture] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…’
    14. ‘You know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety” then sudden destruction comes…’
    15. ‘Let no one deceive you…for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first (Apostasy), and
    16. ‘the man of sin (lawlessness) is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped,
    17. ‘so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God…
    18. ‘The coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of satan with all power, signs and lying wonders, and
    19. ‘with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they didn’t receive a love of the truth, that they might be saved…
    20. ‘For this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie (!!)…’
    21. “After that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.
    22. “The stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
    23. “On the earth perplexity, seas and waves roaring
    24. “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and expectation of what’s coming on the earth.
    25. “As it was in the days of Noah, so also in the days of the Son of Man: “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”
    26. “Likewise as it was in the days of Lot…on the day Lot left Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
    27. “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife: Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
    28. “I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”
    29. “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory and
    30. “then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.” [The Rapture]

Jesus said, “Take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.

IS THE END NIGH?

No! I’m not of that alarmist brigade because, in my humble opinion, Jesus is coming back for a bride who’s ‘made herself ready’, which I understand to be a church that has been restored to move fully in the ‘greater works’ – one that has arisen with the glory of the Lord appearing over her and piercing the ‘thick darkness covering the peoples’ (see Revelation 19.7, Acts 3.21, John 14.12 and Isaiah 60.1-2)

There’s clear indications this preparation is already happening through many ministries.  Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16.18).

On praying to our Heavenly Father, He instructed us to ask, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matt 6:10).

The Lord’s Kingdom rule has yet to come in its fullness so, in my opinion, a reworking – even a significant sifting or pruning – may be necessary as the Lord finishes building his Church and believers make themselves ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Next, we look Nelson Walters’ theological nuances of the meaning of ‘watching’ (here).

[Scripture taken from the New King James Version; copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. used by permission. All rights reserved.]

The Who, Why, When & What of Watching – cont’d

Continuing the reasons for watching for the Lord Jesus’ return we consider when that might happen:

WHEN?

Jesus’ major End-time teaching was given soon after leaving the Temple with some of His disciples and having foretold its complete destruction, which was to happen about 40 years later after the infamous Roman siege of Jerusalem.

Jesus on the Mount of Olives:

When He went and sat on the nearby Mount of Olives, two sets of brothers (Peter & Andrew, James & John) asked Him to expand upon that prophecy, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?” (seee Mark 13, Luke 21, Matthew 24).

He answered in some depth, and by examination of the details we can conclude that not only does Jesus describe later events in that First Century but also those of a much later time, one yet to come but which is now at the door!  So Jesus did, but didn’t, tell them precisely ‘when’!

In talking of that far future time however, He tells them a parable about the appearing of leaves on a fig tree – which many believe refers to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel.:

“So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it (or ‘He’) is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place..But of that day and hour no-one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is…Watch therefore…I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:28-37 NKJV emphasis mine)

Other passages of the New Testament imply that He, or Holy Spirit, subsequently gave those leading disciples, and Saul of Tarsus who became Apostle Paul, further insights on the approximate timing of those signs, as below:

Peter preaching in the Temple:

After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven Peter, when teaching in the Temple, called people  to,

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since time began…” (Acts 3:19-21 – my emphasis.)

So there’s a huge contribution followers of Christ have yet to make across all spheres of society towards such restoration – we’ve hardly started; not to mention both human and demonic opposition – but however do we restore ‘all things’?  We must conclude that only The Almighty is able to bring about the ‘restoration of ‘all things’ – and doubtless in the manner Zecharia prophesied to governor Zerubbabel:

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, says the Lord of hosts. (Zech 4:6 NKJV)

Although we need to beware of false prophets, Acts 3:21 implies that the Lord will keep His prophets informed of His intentions in bringing this about (Amos 3:7). Hence the important relevance of contemporary prophecy.

Paul writing to the Thessalonians:

We know from Acts and accounts in Paul’s Epistles that this Apostle to the Gentiles was blessed with visions of and revelations from Jesus Himself as, for example, in the main scripture quoted by ‘pre-Tribbers’:

‘For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
‘For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.’ (1Thess 4:15-17 NKJV)

‘But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.’ (1Thess 5:1-5 NKJV – emphases added)

Maybe it’s as well the Palestinian leaders have been defiantly intransigent over the so-called ‘peace plan’ with Israel and, like Iran and Hezbollah, want to wipe Israel off the face of the map!  Even so, let’s keep watching!

NB: the theme of UN’s Year 2017-18 is ‘Together for Peace, Dignity, Safety  & Respect For All’, as outlined in Three Prophetic Jigsaw Pieces.

Next, we include Paul’s later explanation as we check what it is we’re watching out for...

The Who, Why, When & What of Watching

Recent re-blogs’ references to one of eight possible eschatological scenarios, that of a pre-Tribulation Rapture, plus a theological blog’s discussion has prompted me to revisit and expand upon one of this blog’s earliest entries – ‘Why Watch?’ (as on the menu!). It’s now time to consider who, why, when and what are we watching out for:

WHO?

You, me and everyone, especially those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ – HE is the WHO and thus the basic reason we should be watching.  If you’re not familiar with His life, ministry and status, or with the fact we can be in a close, loving relationship with Him, then dip into this blog’s brief outline at Do You Know Jesus?

WHY?

For me, a spectacular, life-changing event in 1989 made watching very personal and connected into relevant, directive scripture. Then in 2008, wanting to check Jesus’ parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13, I opened my Bible and IT EXPLODED! and I heard

“This is ALL about to be fulfilled!”

Thus began my series of emails to friends and church leaders about prophecy, as told nine years ago this month in part one of  The Endgame Is Now In Play, wherein I wrote:

‘Jesus urged His disciples to look out for and observe signs of the times. Regarding their questions about His return at the end of this Age, the earliest Gospel account has Jesus stressing 7 times, “Watch…be alert…on your guard“ (Mark 13). Matthew 24 reports Jesus saying 4 times, “Watch…and when you see…” followed by the parables of the burglar and of the virgins > “Don’t be caught napping!” [Is the Church still asleep?] Luke’s account has, “Be always on the watch…” (Luke 21:36 and chapter 12 (NIV) has sections on watchfulness and interpreting the times. In each Gospel Jesus commands, Learn the lesson of the fig tree…”. Also, the Apostles went on to give more indicators (Acts 3:20-1, Hebrews 12:26-7, 2 Peter 3, 2 Timothy 3 and the first and second letters to the Thessalonians).’

It’s claimed that for every OT prophecy about Jesus Christ’s birth and life there’s seven to eight times as many about His eventual return or ‘Parousia’, also called ‘The Second Advent’ or ‘Second Coming’. I’m of the opinion the likelihood of that event sometime in our lifetime is rapidly increasing !

Jesus stressed the great importance of His return. Eg, His instruction to the four who’d been with Him from the outset of His mission is given at Mark 13:33-37 (NKJV):

Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping! And what I say to you, I say to all, ‘Watch!’.”

That’s why I’m watching and, believer or not, you too are included, as can be clearly understood from Jesus’ words: “I say to ALL…

How can we be sure?

You may object and say, “But even if that’s an accurate quotation it’s only guesswork”. That is, prophecies don’t always come to pass.  In answer and in synopsis only [more details here], I therefore offer the following key to foretelling the future.:

We’re privileged to learn what Almighty God has decided is to happen. He shared his plans with a select number of ancient sages, or prophets, over a long period that started 29 centuries ago, and several centuries before Christ. Amidst extensive instructions He told the prophet Isaiah:

“For I am God and there is no other, I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand and I shall do all My pleasure’…” (Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV)

In fact, some years before Isaiah the first of the ‘writing prophets’ had received a distinct word about God’s intention to divulge His plans. This is recorded in Amos’ scroll at the seventh verse of the third chapter (in modern notation):

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

Next, we learn when we’re to be watching for whatever’s coming…click to continue

Holy Fire coming in two phases

The following prophetic words brought by Chris Bennett add to the few posted on this blog of many in the public domain about a cleansing fire from the Lord, especially re Capstone Church. In reiterating the ‘wheat and tares’ parable it reinforces a vital theme I’ve written about for the past eight years that’s now coming ‘to the boil’!

Chris posted this on Facebook the same day as the astronomical alignment resembling the ‘great sign’ of Rev 12:1. However, he’d surmised that the event isn’t related to the scripture because preceding parts of that book have yet to be fulfilled (eg. chapter 11’s two witnesses). Also, bear in mind pastor John Kilpatrick had a prompting that event may be a breakthrough for other ‘signs’.

Chris writes:

‘This follows my recent word about burning up the dross.

‘A long time ago, in 1904, Holy Spirit fire swept through the UK starting in Loughor, South Wales. It was led by one Evan Roberts, and that fire spread throughout the world including a house on Azusa Street, Los Angeles, under the leadership of William J Seymour. Millions came to salvation through these revivals and the off-shoots all around the world, and everyone is now waiting for the same sort of thing happening today.

‘The Lord will bring fire once again to His church and to the world. We know this much already because it’s been prophesied for decades if not centuries. The ‘signs of the times’ that Jesus and later Paul spoke about are almost universally accepted as being upon us. Earthquakes, floods, fires, storms – we’re just missing that few moments of stillness when the ‘still small voice’ of the Lord will be heard.

‘Actually, that still small voice IS being heard! I hear Him say,

“I am sending My fire once more. I am sending My fire in TWO PHASES!” (Note this is not to be confused with the three waves I wrote about recently.) “These two phases are first on the church, and second on the world. My Word speaks about judgement beginning in the church. The fire I am sending is NOT JUDGEMENT, rather it is the clean-up, the separation of wheat and tares. This will cause the church to DIVIDE, to split, because of the GREAT FALLING AWAY spoken of in My Word!” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

“The FIRST PHASE of this Holy Spirit Fire will be upon the Church.” The Lord continued. “The SECOND PHASE will be upon the world and will come as A WORLD WIDE REVIVAL. So much has been prophesied about this. Many are seeking more of that which came in past years – like in Wales and in Azusa Street, but have I not said, ‘do not look back’. Look what became of Lots wife! Have I not said in My Word, ‘Behold I am doing a new thing, do you not see it?’ – (Isaiah 43:19)

“For Behold”, says the Lord, “I will do a new thing again when I send My Holy Spirit Fire upon you once more. This coming FIRE OF GOD will mark My people for ever and will separate them. I have called My people to be separate from the world – IN the world but not OF the world. As with Paul’s jailer and Cornelius, whole families, whole clans and tribes, will be swept into My Kingdom because of the actions or healing of one key person. THIS COMING REVIVAL WILL BE KNOWN AND REFERRED TO AS THE ‘FIRE REVIVAL’, where hundreds, even thousands at a time will come running to the Mercy Seat at stadium events like those visualised by My Servant Paul Cain.“

“LISTEN TO ME! This coming revival WILL BE LIKE NO OTHER BEFORE IT.!” says the Lord of Hosts. AMEN?’

Selah! Let be so Lord!

[Graphic credit: World In Fire by Danilo Rizzuti, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net]

23rd Sept’s Revelation 12 ‘sign’ a breakthrough for many more

After co-hosting the special celebration of Feast of Trumpets at Church of His Presence over last Friday-Saturday, pastor John Kilpatrick shared his ideas on the significance of the ‘radiant woman’ alignment in the heavens. First, however, he told of a bald-eagle having been on their porch and then circling over and following him whilst driving around the property.

Also, his iPad had been lost for 3 days and turned up on the dashboard of his wife’s locked car, even though they and others had looked there! (At Revival Alliance UK 2017 Bill Johnson reported accounts of missing objects turning up mysteriously. The same thing happened to one of Nina’s brooches – she opened the box but it had disappeared; we searched everywhere and when we looked days later it had returned to the box!!!)

“Listen, it could be a sign – I don’t rule out anything that God can do”, says John. “The Bible says He uses foolish things to confound the wise…

“I believe that the Lord’s showing us that things we couldn’t find or things that have been lost, things that have been taken from us, are all of a sudden going to start popping back up

“On Friday I was talking about the next day (Saturday 23rd) when, as the Bible says, a great sign will appear in the heavens. When I said that, here’s the thought that rushed through my mind:

It’s going to be a sign that will open up many other signs – it will be the beginning of many signs

“A great sign (punching his hands) is a sign of a breakthrough that will bring about many other signs. Usually if there’s something big that happens (again punching hands) it punctures through and what’s been clogged up begins to filter through.

“So I’m believing that God is going to restore what the cankerworm and the palmerworm and the locusts have destroyed – I’m believing God to restore!”

“It could be, it could be that we’re about to enter into one of the greatest seasons of restoration that we’ve ever known! Matter of fact – I just proclaim that:

“Lord, we believe that we’re going to go through a season of restoration, restoration of children, restoration of marriages, restoration of health, restoration of revival.

“Lord, we believe for the restoration of mundane things and restoration of important things. We release it out and speak it out in the Name of Jesus! Let it be so in His Name…”

Watch and be blessed by the first five of minutes of the above video for fuller details leading into John’s prophetic insight.

God’s bookends – a guest post

I’m grateful to Mark Maddock for offering these thoughts as a ‘conversation starter’ (his words) on the current signs of the times: 

GOD’S BOOKENDS

Introduction

God has given us signs in the stars (including planets) at key times in human history (‘…let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.’ Gen.1v14)
Perhaps the most significant of these was the patterns of stars and planets seen by the Wise Men (Magi) in Babylon, ahead of Jesus’ birth. There was then a delay while they travelled to see the prophesied king of the Jews. He was not a new born when they met him but, of course, Jesus came to die. So perhaps the key time period is that from the sign in the stars appearing up to the culmination of the life of the man at the centre of the message. I believe the Father said to me “These signs are bookends…”.

If there is a pattern to be repeated at the end of the age we’re living in then it may give an indication of what lies ahead in the coming years.

A ‘bookend’ is used either end of a collection of books. The collection of ‘books’ in this analogy is all the stories of God’s grace and love moving around the world throughout the church era. This began with Jesus’ death and resurrection, and ends with Jesus’ return to reign and rule on planet earth. Both bookends have clear links with the first and last prophetic fulfilment of the vision of the woman in Revelation 12.

BOOKEND DATES

The first bookend : Jupiter and Regulus in a coronation dance in Leo, near Virgo*
Jesus’ birth sign length: Sept 3BC to June 2 BC (or Oct.?) **
Jesus’ birth after X months: 9 months
Jesus’ death/resurrection (Y years): 30 years later (26-27AD)
(See: The Star of Bethlehem for more details)

The second bookend : Jupiter in Virgo’s womb (Rev.12 fulfilled fully…)
Jesus’ return sign length: Jan to 23rd Sept 2017
X months : 9months
Add Y years (to Jesus’ return?): 30 years (2047)
And, add Daniel’s 70th Week ?: 7 years (2054, the day/hour unknown)
(See missionary evangelist Robert Breaker’s Sept 23, 20177 video for more details)

DANIEL

Where did the Magi get the wisdom to correctly interpret the sign in the stars? Some say that Daniel stayed in Babylon when the Jews returned to Israel in the sixth century B.C. Perhaps he established a school of prophets who passed God’s wisdom about astronomy from generation to generation. These men probably knew of Daniel’s prophetic writings which can be used to predict Jesus’ birth, the rebirth of the nation in 1948, re-capture of Jerusalem in 1967 and whatever events await us in 2018 (probably centred around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem). Perhaps there is an overlap of the 23/9/2017 star sign (Jupiter being ‘born’ from the virgin, Virgo) and the end of Daniel’s chronological predictions in 2018 (see Richard D Thompson’s ‘Almost Midnight’ for an explanation of this chronology).

There was ‘messiah fever’ around the time of Jesus’ birth based on Daniel’s prophecies. The message in the stars was all about Israel’s king arriving. It fits in that, about 2,000 years later, a sign appears again which is all about a king being released from Heaven. If there is a delay of 30 years (or 37 if Daniel’s 70th Week of years is included) then that speaks of God’s grace… delaying judgement for a season.

Many people missed Messiah’s first arrival, life and misinterpreted his death and resurrection. We need God’s wisdom about the correct interpretation of the signs in the stars in our generation.

Mark Maddock

*
1. The first conjunction signified birth by its association to the day with Virgo “birthing” the new moon. Some might argue that the unusual triple conjunction by itself could be taken to indicate a new king.
2. The Planet of King’s coronation of the Star of Kings signified kingship.
3. The triple conjunction began with the Jewish New Year and took place within Leo, showing a connection with the Jewish tribe of Judah (and prophecies of the Jewish Messiah).
4. Jupiter rises in the east.
5. The conjunctions appeared at precise, identifiable times.
6. Herod was unaware of these things; they were astronomical events which had significance only when explained by experts.
7. The events took place over a span of time sufficient for the Magi to see them both from the East and upon their arrival in Jerusalem.
8. Jupiter was ahead of the Magi as they traveled south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.
9. On December 25 of 2 BC as it entered retrograde, Jupiter reached full stop in its travel through the fixed stars. Magi viewing from Jerusalem would have seen it stopped in the sky above the little town of Bethlehem.

(From: Star of Bethlehem – Westward Leading)
**
Jesus’ birth date
From R Smith’s comment Dec 24, 2012  on The Star of Bethlehem – To Stop A Star :
God’s word does a great job of interpreting itself in many many cases. God ties things together for us to clearly see what He is telling us, and how He works, if we just use proper hermeneutical practices and let His word speak. First, regarding when these “lots” as drawn were to start would go back to Aaron and Moses when the Tabernacle was first built in the wilderness. Due to the Exodus from Egypt, their calendar was to thus begin in Nisan, the month of the Passover. So the descendents of Aaron would start the new year at that time and thus the “lots” would also would also start at that time. The story of Zachariah and Elizabeth immediately brings to mind the story of Abraham and Sarah. They are extremely similar. Zachariah and Elizabeth were well past the age biologically to have a child as were Abraham and Sarah. When Abraham was 99 years old we read in Genesis 17 that God promises him to have an heir through Sarah. Abraham and Sarah doubt God, Sarah even openly laughs. Abraham says, shall a man of 100 become a father? Zachariah in Luke doubts God as well and is struck dumb for his unbelief. In Genesis, after the Sodom and Gomorrah story unfolds in Genesis 19, we get back to Abraham and God saying he would have a child. In Genesis 21 it states that at the age of 100 Abraham and Sarah had a boy and named him Isaac. So obviously Sarah became pregnant very quickly after God told Abraham, at 99 y/o, that she would have a child. This parallel story between the OT and NT clearly leads the reader to the conclusion that Elizabeth would have gotten pregnant just as quickly as Sarah. God was ready in Genesis to pass the promises of Genesis 3:15 from Abraham to Isaac, and with Sarah of an advanced age, God acted quickly once the appointed time came. So also in Luke, God was ready to bring the Messiah into the world, so his fore-runner, John the Baptist had to be born. With John’s parents being also of an advanced age, God again acted quickly. Theses stories are mirror images of one another and for a reason. God is showing that when such appointed times arrive, He acts quickly. In Luke 1:55 when Mary arrives at Elizabeth’s home, Mary even ties together what has happened to her and Elizabeth by comparing it to the promises made to Abraham, thus uniting the OT and NT stories together. This adds more powerful hermeneutical evidence that God is repeating the miracle of Sarah again in Elizabeth. So we have ample Biblical evidence directly pointing us to conclude that God is repeating history. Sarah had her baby within a year, so I have no difficulty seeing God telling us that Elizabeth likewise had her child within a year. In the Companion Bible, an extensive study Bible with lots of notes and research, it calculates the dates for the service of Zachariah as being in June each year, for his one week. The dates I mentioned of June 13-19 was for the year 5 BC in the Companion Bible. But each year it would just move slightly within that period of June. This dating takes into account the weeks when all the Levites would be serving in the Temple, since the lots drawn were for weeks when just one Levite would be serving and performing the priestly duties by himself in the Temple. So I am convinced John was conceived in June 4 BC, Jesus 6 months later in Dec 4 BC. The triple conjunction as explained by Mr Larson in the Star of Bethlehem DVD, I think was announcing the birth of Christ in Sept/Oct 3 BC. Nine months later the brilliant star created by Venus and Jupiter I think was the spectacular sign needed to get the Wise men moving and on their way to Jerusalem, with them arriving sometime between Jesus’ 1st and 2nd birthdays.

Footnotes:
  1. Am editing Mark’s paper whilst listening to Robert Breaker’s video. It’s a tad indistinct as I focus on this, but suddenly clearly hear him mention a ‘two year’ period re Star of Bethlehem: it’s something I’ve been pondering in regard to my draft summary on Rev 12 and other scripture being prepared for publication!
  2. My initial observations: as Jesus has already been incarnate then it’s illogical to assume any time-frame of 30 years yet again for coming to earthly maturity – and then add Daniels’ 70th!  +
  3. He said He will be returning in full glory – and Paul knew we would be like Him (ie ‘heavenly  man’) and accompany Him from heaven post-‘Rapture’. +
  4. A good friend of a fellow team-member at Acorn in her 80’s is assured Jesus will return in her lifetime. Also, Paul Keith Davis walked past me about 10 years ago and, glancing at me without halting, said “Await His return!”
  5. Mark responds:
    I agree His return may well be earlier. I’ve (earlier) mentioned ‘Almost Midnight’ by Richard Thompson.. he gIves a strong biblical chronology case for 2018 being a next key waymarker; possibly then leading to Daniel’s 70th week? Bob Jones and Ian Clayton both refer to life here in the 2050s… so adding an end-time version of Jesus’ earthly life (= the church living as mature sons (as per Clayton) and/or the bride making herself ready) may link with the 2050s references (although Clayton is a non-Rapture guy).
    The ‘bookend’ concept can still apply if the extra 33 years are ignored…