Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Come to the Mountain"...Hid In Christ

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." (Isa2:2-3)

Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understand.

The Lord has really been pressing home the need to live in the spirit and not in the flesh. Our ways are not the Lords ways....we must lean not unto our own understanding. The things that are happening in the world today and in particular to our country are all in the hands of the Lord. These things were preordained before our time and the strength of our flesh will not be able to stop it. We are not to look to the arm of the flesh to “save” us.

As in the time of Noah, it is time to enter into the ark, which is Christ and be found hid in him. Come out from among this world and be separate says the Lord, let us not be found fighting for this world that Jesus said is not our own. As Abraham said, he is looking for a city whose maker is God.

God rises up nations for his own purpose, and again in these last days to “refine” his body through fire. Remember that God rose up Babylon to try Israel. God has vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor. Today Babylon has risen again and not only does it represent the world’s kingdoms with its religious systems of today, but has even entered the very way we think.

Let us put aside this kingdom and seek our real kingdom which is not of this world. Putting aside the cares of this world and it’s possessions and it’s ways. Let us hold things “lightly”, thanking God for the peace and comfort we have while it is here…..but have it settled in our heart, that God and his will is the only thing that matters! Those who love their life will lose it. Let us be found not loving our lives to the end!

(John 18:36) Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight.

(Isaiah 30:1) Woe to the rebellious children, saith Jehovah, that take counsel, but not of me; and that make a league, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin,
(Isaiah 30:2) that set out to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!
(This is the very picture of what we are seeing in our presidential elections)

(James 4:4) Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world maketh himself an enemy of God.

(1 Corinthians 1:19) For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the discernment of the discerning will I bring to nought.

(Isaiah 45:7) I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. I am Jehovah, that doeth all these things.

(Psalms 75:7) But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and lifteth up another.

(Jer 51:6) Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this [is] the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.

(Mar 8:35) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

(Rev 12:11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

(2 Corinthians 6:17) Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you,

(Rev 18:4) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jesus, You Are Wonderful!

I was lost, I was blind, but to me You inclined.
And Your ear heard my plea, now I live because of Thee.
You have shown me the way, that I must die each day.
Then I will cease from sin, live for God and not for men.
Jesus, You do all things well! Jesus, You are wonderful!
And there is no other name that can save.
Jesus, You’re my righteousness! You have come, now I am blessed!
Every tongue, they will confess, Your great name.

Lord, You came as a man, and they scorned Your great plan.
Still You died on the tree, bore my sins and set me free.
Now Your living in me. You’re my hope and my peace.
And I’m living by faith, as I walk the narrow way.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Real Christianity!

Real Christianity!
Part 1. What is it? Does it really exist? And if so, what does it look like?

September 8, 2008
Ron and Karen Schwartz

[Note: The last note we sent out was “The Spirit of Truth and Error, Part 1.” Since then, the sin and debauchery of the Lakeland fiasco has been exposed. Consequently, we have decided to set aside the remainder of that series for now. This new series will focus on understanding what real Christianity is meant to be.]

Why is it so easy for the world to believe that God is dead or that He does not exist? Why is it difficult to prove the world wrong? How is it that a God so powerful that He could create the entire universe and so wise as to design the miraculous human body and the complexity of our ecosystem could be so remiss as to fail to leave any proof of His existence?

We will never find a rock with the words engraved on it: “Made By God.” We will never find a plaque on a nearby planet that says, “I, God, made this planet and dedicated it to my good servant Gabriel.” There is simply no proof left behind that God has ever been here.

Humanity has searched for thousands of years to understand the truth about God, but it has failed to understand that “it” is the proof of God’s existence. God did leave something behind. He left mankind. God knew that a visible universe could never see or understand Him, so He left behind a creature that has the ability to see beyond the natural into the supernatural. Mankind has the unique ability to span the gulf between two universes. Mankind was made in the image of God to show the invisible God to the visible universe. So what went wrong? If creation was meant to see God through mankind, why is there any question as to God’s existence?

Why, indeed.

There can only be one reason that the world does not believe in God: it cannot see His image in the people who claim His name. The world believes that God is dead because He is dead in the people who claim to serve Him. The world believes that God does not exist because He does not exist in the lives of the people who claim to worship Him. In short, the world can see Him because the people who go by God’s name actually serve a different god. Consequently, all the world sees is a superficial form of religion, not the reality of God.

Aren’t you tired of the superficial nature of modern Christianity? Aren’t you tired of going to church and pasting a fake smile on your face when inside you are miserable? Aren’t you tired of going to church and acting happy, excited, and bubbly when inside you feel empty, lost, unfruitful, and desolate? Aren’t you tired of acting as if you were what everyone expects you to be?

Perhaps this is what frustrated us the most with the ostentatious activities at what was called “The Lakeland Revival.” It was hollow, pompous, and fake. Many of us have been waiting, hoping, and praying for revival for decades, so when this parade of pageantry appeared, the mockery of it was more than we could bear. We are tired of the charade of the modern charismatic and prophetic movements. We are tired of the deceit and pretense of prophetic groups like Peter Wagner and the International Coalition of Apostles. We want to see the real thing. We know that if this world is ever to come to believe in God, then the evidence that God left behind – you and I – must begin to show forth His glory: “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ (Ephesians 1:12).”

“Go to church less. Be the Church more!”

It began with a series of prophetic dreams and utterances. A close friend and brother in the Lord had a dream. He was traveling down a certain road in a large metropolitan area near where we live, and in the middle of the road, he saw a burning tire. He recognized this area of town. All around him was chaos and anarchy. Then he awoke and the Lord spoke to his heart, saying, “Islam will sweep this nation, and it will begin in the inner cities.” When this brother went to the area of the city where he had seen the burning tire, he found at that location a Muslim mosque.

The next night, he had another dream. Many of his Christian friends were in a city park witnessing to inner city youth. They were serving food to them, and people were lined up to be baptized. When he awoke, the Lord spoke to him, saying, “This is the answer.” If Islam is to be prevented from over taking this nation, then God’s people must start doing what they were saved to do: evangelize.

Around the same period of time, our son (who had been listening to stories of the evangelistic crusades we used to do when we were teenagers) longed to see that form of reality in his life. He had a vision. In this vision, he saw us going from room to room in hospitals, praying and witnessing to everyone who was there.

Also around the same time, God was speaking to us through the charade and travesty of Lakeland, saying, “Go to church less. Be the Church more!”

These three events through three different people began to coalesce into a charter. So we decided to step out and walk in the direction that God seemed to be setting for us. One weekend in June, we set out for a large hospital complex on a stormy Saturday morning. There were four of us brothers. We found the floors where patients lay in their hospital beds. One by one, we entered each room on two floors. We asked the patients and their guests what their needs were and prayed for everyone – perhaps a hundred rooms.

The last room we entered was an especially amazing experience. The man who lay in the bed had just lost his job, his home, and his family because of his drug addiction. His friend, a Christian, had brought him to the hospital, and his son, a newly saved Christian, was praying for him. He lay in his hospital bed looking up at the ceiling, a broken and lost man whose life had been shipwrecked. There, he cried out to God for help, and what do you suppose happened? In we walked, asking him if he needed prayer. He cried and threw his outstretched hands toward us as if to pull us to him, and he told of his loss and the prayer he had just sent up the moment before. We led him to the Lord and then contacted some local brothers to come there to follow up with him.

But through it all, it was clear that God was in it. The hospital staff watched as we went from one room to the next praying for everyone, but they made no attempt to question or prevent us. The people in each room were open and eager – some even desperate - for prayer. It was obvious to us that God was going before us to prepare the way.

The next day, six of us brothers went to an inner city park. Coming from the country, we had more than a little trepidation at what to expect. Would we be met with guns and knives from inner city gangs? Would we be ignored and treated with contempt and hatred? The truth is that we had no idea what to expect. We simply followed the dream. We brought a barbeque grill to cook food, a horse trough to baptize new converts, and a ragamuffin band for music. Finally, we brought ourselves to witness. No one knew what would happen.

We found that the (predominately black) youth were not just open to the gospel but desperate for it. Literally everyone wanted to be saved. In just six short hours, more than thirty youth gave their lives to God and about half were baptized. Moreover, just prior to that weekend, God began to lead us to local residents and ministry organizations of the city who felt a calling to mentor these youths. So after we spent time ministering to them, we turned them over to others for follow up.

During the afternoon, our son (who had had the vision about going into hospitals) stood at the top of a hill which overlooked the park. He saw a blue haze, like a fog, covering the park. He then noticed that he was also covered in the same blue haze. He saw that when he touched someone and prayed with him for salvation, that person also became covered in the same blue haze. Clearly, the anointing of God was upon what we were doing.

The next weekend, we went to another park and experienced similar results. Within the first six weeks, we had four park outreaches where we saw more than 150 inner city young people commit their lives to God and more than fifty of them get baptized. Clearly, we were “being” the church instead of just going to one.

As the summer wore on and dozens of converts turned into hundreds, we began to visit parks near the ones we had previously visited. We began to meet some of the young people who had made the decision to serve God and had been baptized in the weeks before. They all were excited about their relationships with God. In the beginning, we had spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what to do about follow-up. Then God spoke prophetically to us saying, “It will come to pass that all who hear My name will believe. Show them the way and I will receive them. They are mine, and I will care for them.” Essentially, He was telling us that He was in charge of the follow-up, and it should not be our concern. As we met more and more of the converts, we saw the truth in His words.

It became clear to us that because of our evangelism in the parks on weekends, we would not be able to attend church meetings as much as we had been. We were literally “going to church” less, and “being the Church” more!

The Three Primary Feasts

Israel observed seven feasts each year, but only three of them were primary (those which everyone was expected to attend). These three primary feasts all revolved around the harvest. The first one, Passover, was at the planting of the harvest. The second, Pentecost (or First Fruits), was the gathering of the fruit that became ripe. The final one, Tabernacles, was a celebration of the harvest. And when Israel was not celebrating one of these feasts, its people were busy working in the fields of harvest.

What if we, as the Church, followed the model God established for His people? What if we gather to “have church” only once a month or so, and the rest of the time we “are the Church,” working the fields of harvest? What if we were to go back to the model that God established and pitch out the model of “church attendance” that man invented? What if we lay emphasis, as God did, on the harvest?

Believe it or not, most of the resistance to this teaching will come from Christian leaders who will see it as the diminishing of their power base and financial support. They cannot afford to have Christians working out on the streets rather than lounging about in their church pews.

Consider this: never once did Jesus ever indicate that “going to church and paying tithes” is your duty as a Christian. He taught that His disciples would evangelize by preaching the “good news” to the lost. Nevertheless, in our twisted religious culture, most Christians feel that evangelizing and discipleship are optional. From where do you think this mindset comes? It comes from “ministers” who, after Jesus and His apostles were gone, began teaching instead that, out of the masses of Christians, only a few are chosen and anointed to preach the gospel; the rest are meant to sit in pews.

Christian leader, don’t you dare try pawning off the failure of your church onto the people. They are lazy, apathetic, worthless spiritual failures (for the most part) because of you. It is your ministry’s perverse teaching that makes them believe their duty is church attendance and tithing. It is your apostate influence that leads them to believe church attendance and tithing are more important than being the Church. If God merely designed for us to get saved and spend our years going to church until we are finally whisked away to heaven, then people would die immediately following salvation. If going to heaven is our only purpose, then there is no purpose for a Christian life.

We are convinced that the best thing that could possibly happen to Christianity and the world is for church buildings everywhere to come down. Perhaps then the “living dead” Christians inside would see that there is more to Christianity than the four walls of their church building. Perhaps then they would venture out into the fields. Perhaps then the world would begin to see that there is a God and He is alive in His people. Perhaps then God’s people would begin to fulfill their destiny: to become “the image of God.”

Traditions and Snares

Quite often over the course of these past few months, we did not know where we would go until a day or so before. We would wait until we knew where God wanted us to go. We concluded that this allowed God ample time to work and prepare hearts while leaving very little time for Satan to set traps in opposition to us.

Six times in the Book of Acts, Christianity was referred to as “the way (Acts 9:2, 19:8-9,23, 22:4, 14, 24:22),” and only twice as “Christians (Acts 11:26, 26:28).” Christianity was never meant to be a religion. It was meant to be a “way” of life. God tried to demonstrate through the Hebrew culture that serving Him was a lifestyle, not a performance of religious rituals. When we turn Christianity into a system of religious acts we perform in a church on Sunday, Christianity becomes nothing more than a series of traditions.

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Traditions are things we do repetitiously. Successful hunters learn to watch for the repetitious actions of animals in order to capture their prey. The path animals follow repeatedly is called a “game trail.” Animals tend to walk down the same path on their way to a food or water source or to their burrows and nests. Hunters place snares in the paths of rabbits and set up “blinds” near the paths of deer and other large game animals. The point is this: traditions can kill you as simply and as quickly as they do animals. Nature shows us that traditions, while making it easier to find shelter, food, and water, can also make the work of a hunter much easier.

Our form of “having church” is especially traditional. We do it the way we have always done it, not because it is right or because it works, but because – like finding shelter and food – it is easy. Church exists in its current model because it is easy. It requires no practice and very little participation. You can simply attend church, pay your tithes, sit in the pews, mouth a few songs, and listen to teaching. You have to do nothing more. You can virtually forget about church (and God) for the rest of the week as long as you just remember to come back again the next week.

Our practice of “going to church” (or “having church”) is the biggest, most successful snare that Satan has set for modern Christians. Most Christians have been snared and are choking to death in the very churches in which they expected to find life. But then, isn’t that how snares work? A hunter sets snares in well-travelled (traditional) animal trails and sometimes sets a little food inside or on either side of the snare. The animal, thinking it will find life-sustaining food, walks straight into the snare and ends up killing itself. In the same way, Christians everywhere believe that their form of “going to church” is life-sustaining when in reality it is killing them. It prevents them from experiencing true Christianity. It is a poor substitute for the genuine article.

Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life (John 5:39-40).” What He meant by this was that the Pharisees claimed to love the scripture but in reality they really loved their traditions. The scripture didn’t endorse their traditions but Jesus and the gospel He taught. Likewise, modern Christians – the Pharisees of today – claim to love the scripture but in reality they love the traditional church culture which they’ve created. That’s why they’re constantly searching and wandering from church to church, trying to find life. They’re looking for life in their traditions (and they’ll never find it) instead of the reality of the life of Christ.

Springs or Cisterns

John 4:13-14
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Over the past thirty some odd years, we have tried every conceivable model for church: the “five-fold-ministry” model with a strong prophetic and apostolic flare, house churches, independent, and even a “structure-less” form where we simply waited on the Holy Spirit. The outcome has always been the same: people inevitably become cisterns. They go week-to-week waiting to hear the teaching of prominent ministers and the emotional hype they receive from anointed worship music. The only people who truly grow are those who are participating in the ministry group. It is apparent that as long as we continue to follow the traditional model of “having church,” all we are doing is creating “game trails” – something that makes it easy for the enemy to set snares.

In most churches, there is only one group that grows spiritually: those who actually participate in what is considered “ministry.” They are actually “springs of living water.” They are not cisterns that need to go get filled again each week but those who come ready to give.

If you want to be like your pastor, then you must become a “spring,” and that will not happen as long as you vainly and loyally attend your church every week. Your “living water” will eventually dry up until you are just another empty cistern. You must stop going to church and become the Church - stop paying and expecting pastors to do the work of the Church and start doing it yourselves. Stop paying others to do that for which you are responsible!


Pastors, clergy, and others who make their living through what is known as “vocational ministry” will not encourage people to leave their church pews to become the Church. Quite the opposite. They need more and more people off the streets and into the building if they are to maintain their standard of living. Pastors and other forms of ministry do NOT want people to become “springs of living water.” People who are “springs” are competition for them. Instead, they need and want more cisterns: dry and thirsty people to fill their buildings and keep them gainfully employed. That is the reason you will NOT find Christian leaders doing anything but peddling the same inept model of clergy/laity, farmer/cattle, and aristocrat/peasant that has existed for centuries in worldly political systems.

In addition, you will not find run-of-the-mill Christians promoting change, either. The West has become a culture consumed by waste, overindulgence, and laziness. People like their fast-food (McDonald’s style) and fast-sermons (institutional style). They like not having to be, act, or think like a Christians for most of the week; they are satisfied just to “get their fix” on Sunday (or Saturday, if they prefer a messianic style). If God’s work needs to be done, they will pay someone else to do it.

The world says that God is dead because that is what they see in His people. Allow us to share what we have discovered during the past few months. When we first started going to inner city parks, we believed we needed some form of follow-up for the new converts. At first, we tried to contact churches in the area – some directly across the streets around the parks. The pastors seemed encouraged and excited about what we were doing. We explained that we would finance the event, we would witness and minister to the lost: in short, we would do all the work. All we asked is that their local churches provide people, elders, or ministers to connect with the new converts, introduce themselves and their churches, and begin the process of mentoring them. However, without exception, every single local church and pastor -- though excited and promising involvement -- never even bothered to show up.

Christians, pastors, churches… they all know that evangelism in the answer for this world as well as for the apathy of their churches, yet they change nothing. It is just too convenient to keep the status quo. It works for everyone. Christians do not have to do any work for their spiritual daily bread, and pastors get paid to serve it.

Some of the pastors who will read this note have good hearts and truly want to do what is right. If you, Christian leader, really want to serve God, then quit being a “pastor” in the traditional sense and start leading. Tell your church members: “Next week bring your street clothes. We’ll be going to a park or to the streets, and we’re going to stop talking about church and start acting like one. I will show you how to witness by witnessing. I will show you how to be a disciple by discipling. I will provide you with an example of what Christians should be like. ‘Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).’”

And for you who are tired of being cisterns, for you who are tired of being numbered among the living dead, for you who want Real Christianity… It is available. Be the Church instead of going to one!


What is Man......?
by Guy Morris

I awoke twice with this 10th chapter before me the other night and believe the Lord wants to speak about it. I will repeat some things that has been said in other letters to you but that is just what this book of Revelation does. What is said in one chapter is also spoken in others chapters as each vision is shown to the apostle John. Each vision interacts with other visions, plus scriptures in the old and New Testament.

When I read this 10th chapter again we find it is a short chapter; only 11 verses long. It is much like an outline of what is spoken in detail in other places of Revelation. I came to the last four verses of this chapter which says;

"And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings"Revelation 10:8-11.

Immediately in my heart these words come to me over and over again. WHAT IS MAN THAT THOU ART MINDFUL OF HIM? To those of you who read the scriptures know this is what Hebrews the 2nd chapter speaks of. It also comes from Psalms 144.

It's important to see the messenger in the 1st verse is Jesus because He is the only one worthy to take the book from God's hand and open the book one seal at a time. The book speaks to us of where we are in time.

This vision starts out with this "And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book (open) and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth."

The rainbow upon His head is the same as we see around the Throne in chapter 4:3. His face shines like the Sun and His feet are pillars of fire. In the next verse He roars like a lion which is the roar of the Lion of Judah.

In this vision when the Lord roared like a lion we think of Joel 2:11 "And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?"

Mankind will receive an awesome responsibility when we reach the time when the book is open. A book so important that when God says it is time; only Jesus is worthy enough to take this book from God and open the seals.

Now we see Jesus handing the open book to man. When it was said to the apostle John the he must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. He was not saying that it would be John himself that would do it. He was using John as a representative to man. Is it no wonder the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?"

When Jesus spoke of His coming again; He said many times the phrase, "coming of the son of man." He would be coming alright but it would be in the son of man, a body of people. Perhaps we can see a greater depth to Hebrews 2:5-8 "for unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, what is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him." But now we see not yet all things put under him but we see Jesus.

"And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey" Revelation 10:9.

To eat the open book by mouth with a taste like honey is self explanatory. The belly is a word which means the womb or matrix; a place within which something originates, takes form, the abdomen and figuratively the heart.

The time is the middle of a week period known as the 69th week of Daniel 9:25.

This vision shows us the last half of a time period known as a time, times, and a half; when he shall accomplish to scatter the power of the holy people, Daniel 12:7. The holy people our Lord is talking about here is Babylon; the religious systems, denominations, and false gospels of the world.

What really proves to us that this vision is in the middle of this time period is by the fact the little book in His hand is (opened). This means that all 7 seals are opened and all the tribulation that has accrued up to this point was to bring a people into the Temple to be one with Him.

The time for war has come; Jesus hands the open book to those who must prophesy. It is sweet to know that in about three and a half years time will be no more for this age. The kingdom of God will be set up. When the seventh trumpet is blown we will be changed into a body like our Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 10:7 says "but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory" 1 Corinthians 15:52-54. The war will bring us to that sweet victory.

War is also bitter as they digest the things written in the open book. These men are just like Moses and Elijah. Revelation 11:4-8, "These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."

It does not say what kind of death they must suffer but I'm sure they will know. The nations will hate them. What these have prophesied has embittered the nations so much that they will send gifts to each other when they are killed. In the book are also the bitter things that will happen to our brothers and sisters. The enemy of our souls will be very busy. Revelation 13:5-7 "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."

The congregation is ready to support the two witnesses that stand beside the God of the whole earth plus anything else the Lord may ask them to do. The Lord has His army ready to follow Him where ever He goes. These great people willingly gave themselves to the Lord as a sacrifice; a sacrifice spoken of in Daniel 9:27, (known as sacrifice and oblation). It is accomplished during the opening of the seals. It only ceases in the middle of the week because Jesus is here to receive them unto Himself.

"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate" Daniel 9:27.

These saints of God know full well of the price it would take to be a fruit harvested from the field and be changed into that which would be worthy enough to come into this heavenly barn and remain. It means that the Lord has already sealed them within Himself just like the days of Noah when he and his family entered the Ark and God shut the door. The women, (wise congregation) will be protected as it is written in the 12th chapter and the 91st Psalm. The two witnesses will also be protected until they have finished obeying the voice of God that comes to them at each trumpet sound plus what is written in the opened book. They must prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth as it is written in the 11th chapter. These which are 144,000 know full well that after their days are fulfilled they will follow the Lord back to Jerusalem. They know they must be slain in the same place their Lord Jesus was slain. Scripture must be fulfilled.

In Revelation 10:3-4 "When the Lord cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roared: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, the apostle John was about to write what was being said and he heard a voice from heaven saying , Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not."

This shows us that each trumpet is the voice of God. John could not write them down because I believe the voice that will come forth when each trumpet is blown is for the Lord's army only. We see more about this part of time in the 8th chapter. Revelation 8:2-6 "And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound."

When the first trumpet begins to sound...then will these scriptures begin to be fulfilled.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."

In Revelation this is repeated; Revelation 12:7-10 "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."

The seals are all opened which pertain to the tribulation that must be in the first half of the time period. For this reason the Lord speaks of it in this manner; Matthew 24:29-33 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."

The great tribulation which pertains to the 7 trumpets; the Lord speaks of it in this manner. Matthew 24:9-14 "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

These scriptures come into view Revelation 14:6-8 "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."

Daniel 12:3 "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever."

There are 7 trumpets that must be blown during this time called, time, times and a half. Each time a new trumpet sounds we get closer to the time when there is no time left and the 7th trumpet sounds. Revelation 10:5-6 "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And swore by him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer."

I know for a fact of what will be on your hearts; you who are on the inside of Gods refuge. You who will walk as Jesus walked when He was on the earth. You will be thinking about the rest of our family who are taken prisoner by the worldly kings of this world and the righteous judgment due to those kings with the armies they control. Just like Abraham when he knew of Lot had been taken prisoner. It is in the mind of the Lord to deliver all of the Lots of this age. It is those who fill the shoes of those which the Lord called foolish in His parable of the ten virgins.

By this time the foolish ones will be wishing they had not been so foolish and would have prepared themselves more wisely. This scripture says they are now keeping the commandments of the Lord but unfortunately they are not in the door. Revelation 12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

This scripture speaks of these also who are not in the door; not just those who had been foolish but those who receive Jesus as savior for the first time. Revelation 14:13 "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities" Revelation 18:4-5.

Keep preparing for the coming of our Lord.

In Jesus Name



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Saturday, September 06, 2008

BREAD FOR THE BRIDE: Are You Limping Yet?

Are You Limping Yet?

- Parts 1 & 2

Cheryl McGrath

Oct 16, 2005


The following message from the life of Jacob sheds light on aspects of our spiritual lives we as individuals following Christ desperately need to hear. It was not until after this message was prepared and ready to be posted, however, that I became aware there is also hidden within it a "now" word for the Bride-church that speaks loudly into the place we find ourselves corporately at the present time in the Spirit.

Many of us are discerning a spiritual season of desperate anticipation right now that is hard to vocalize. It is both the best of times and the worst of times, as the saying goes. Sensing we are on the brink of something beyond our capacity to adequately express, nevertheless corporately we are experiencing together the deep anguish of soul of those who smell, taste and hear but do not yet fully see. Our hearts cry out for the final emptiness from self, while we reach forward to grasp the fullness of Christ.

I believe the very spirit of the corporate Bridal company is wrestling with the Almighty as we seek the full revelation of the Face of Christ in our midst. Daybreak comes, and as our natural strength fails and we behold ourselves in all our desperate need for His Fullness to overtake and apprehend us, we are groaning within "I will not let You go until You bless me!". This is crunch time for the emerging Bride. For many years now we have sought His Face and been transformed by the growing revelation of His Holiness. We have desired an encounter that would leave us free of our flesh and baptized into His death and resurrection. We have been left breathless and speechless as His manifest Presence has broken through and we have been lost in the beauty of His holiness and depths of His love. Daybreak comes, and with all that is within us we now cry out with one corporate groan, "Lord either kill me or change me, but do not leave me as I have been." There is an intense struggle for life within us, but life as we have never before experienced it. There is an intense awareness that He MUST increase to the fullness of His stature, and we MUST decrease to emptiness of self, or we will die.

This is a critical moment for the corporate Bride, a season of violent abandonment and discomfort as our weakness is exposed and His all sufficiency overtakes us. As we wrestle and behold His Face, we are seeing with ever increasing clarity in the starkness of His Daybreak that truthfully without Christ we can do nothing, yet in Christ we can do ALL things. We are about to find out what that truly means.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Crucified Life….Then What?

(Romans 6:1-3) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Many of us as we have come out of the religious church systems have learned many great truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We learned that the Church system as we know it in America is deeply steeped into the ways of this world. Desiring to put off the world and it’s ways, we have taken up our cross to follow our Lord. We learned that we are to die daily to our own wants and desires, just as Christ did when he prayed “not my will, Father, by thy will be done”.

But I have seen a pitfall that some have fallen into. In the zeal to please the Lord, many have fallen back under the law that our Lord came to set us free from.

Paul said in Colossians 2:20-23, “If then you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things and have escaped from the world's crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism, why do you live as if you still belong to the world? [Why do you submit to rules and regulations?--such as] Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them], (22) Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines. [Isa. 29:13.] Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]”

Many that are still in the church systems believe that they are saved by grace alone. This means to them that, though they continue to sin, God will ignore it because of grace and will cover it up with the blood of Jesus. But we have learned this also is not true, we have learned that we are created to do good works. Quoting from Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

So what then? We die to ourselves daily, what’s next?...We learned it isn’t the LAW……Living as Christ was in this world cannot be done through the law. But the scriptures reveal that “the just shall live by faithHab 2:4, Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, Hbr 10:38. This faith doesn’t mean that we believe God will ignore our sins as we “try” to live a Godly life……that is only trying to live by the law, but denies the judgment that comes from the law. No, this faith is believing and trusting that Christ is able to cause us to walk just as he walked (1 John 2:6) as we yield to him. That we don't have to sin any longer.

We can only be justified by faith, as we freely yield our lives to Christ…..allowing him to work in us. Allowing him to fill us with his life…… Galatians 2:20 says “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

This is the newest of life that is spoken of in (Romans 6:4-5) "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.(5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:"

Even Christ had this mind: Philippians 2:6-8) "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
And Because Christ had this mind he answered the one who had called him "good master"
(Matthew 19:17) "And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments."

He laid down his own righteousness, even though it would not have been "robbery to be equal with God", and walked in the holiness of his father."

Oh the power of the resurrected life of Jesus Christ living in us! Many say that “Jesus lives in us”, but have not allowed him to live HIS life in us. Daily as our thoughts and emotions being to guide our paths that we walk, we recognize it as our flesh….we do not have the power in ourselves to destroy it….OH….but that resurrected life of Jesus Christ does! As the Lord shows our sins to us, we repent (meaning to turn away from it) we judge it as sin not coming from the Lord, we give it to him to destroy for us, replacing his thoughts, emotions and ways in us. Oh the power of the resurrected life of Jesus Christ, it is able to keep us from sin!