Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:13-17)
Very early this morning an image of a bullseye target was shown in a vision. Because darts are used by the wicked, I recognized that this was a warning of an attack of some kind. Yet there were no flying darts neither did any darts appear on the board. The Word “nothing” was spoken. Nothing was allowed to strike the board. I then realized that the board was, instead, a shield of faith. A shield which the enemy would love to strike and pierce but a shield that is resistant to his attacks!
In his description of the Armor of God, Apostle Paul significantly singled out the shield of faith as a powerful and effective means of deflecting the enemy’s darts. Paul was, by analogy, appropriating the military attire of his day. During the days of the Roman Empire, thureos (large military shields) were often carried and held by those who were at the front lines. Not only did these shields help to protect them, it also protected those who were behind them. When they lifted their shields up, it allowed archers from behind to shoot their arrows at the enemy. On a higher level of understanding it conveys the importance of stepping out in faith to serve the Lord in whatever capacity He has called us. It means knowing and believing that in all circumstances not a single dart has power over His finished works on the Cross and over Christ who lives in us! (Col. 1:27)
All faithful Christians will be attacked by the enemy until the Lord removes him entirely from this planet (following the thousand year resurrection). And the more we serve GOD, the more we will be attacked by Satan because we are a threat to his fallen kingdom. And to be sure, serving the Lord will always invoke the criticism of the enemy who will attack on different levels: spiritually, emotionally and even physically. It is a war that will involve many battles until the Lord puts Satan away permanently. Until then, we are called to continue serving the Lord righteously on the front lines with the armor and the mighty shield of faith. It will help “protect” us (Spoken Word of Knowledge) and those behind us whose faith might falter.
I was recently reading in a news feed that an increasing number of Pastors are being targeted by that fallen one in different ways. It is yet and again another sign of the latter days. It is critical for the church to don on its spiritual armor; to stay united in true faith on all fronts and for faithful Believers to cover each other in prayer. Sometimes it takes an army.
Keep the Faith in the Lord’s finished works. He is our Protector and Deliverer. He is the Lord of Salvation – the Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings.
“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. And he laid it upon my mouth and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips and thine iniquity is taken away and thy sin purged.” (Is. 6:6-70)
To explain a recent vision it is necessary that we go back in time to when Isaiah, upon seeing the presence of the Lord, became totally undone because of his iniquity and unclean lips. To think that even a chosen prophet of GOD sensed his sinful condition depicts the Lord’s incomprehensible holiness in contrast to the human condition. (It also highlighted the need for the redeeming Messiah who was to come.) Because Isaiah recognized his unclean lips and condition, it kept him from speaking with the Lord. A seraphim then brushed a hot coal over his lips to purge him of his iniquity. Only then was he able to respond to the Lord who, in an attempt to convert and heal the people, asked: “Whom shall I send and whom will go for us? With purged lips Isaiah responded: “..Here am I, send me.” In preparation for his mission GOD then revealed to Isaiah:
“…go and tell this people, “Hear you indeed but understand not and see you indeed but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and convert and be healed. “ (Is. 6:9-10)
Isaiah understood that he was commissioned to speak to an obstinate people who rejected GOD and would not be converted. A prophet who, among many other things, prophetically disclosed to them the coming of a suffering servant who would suffer for others because of sin. (Is.53:5). Ages later, Jesus appropriated Isaiah’s words which revealingly explains why He spoke in parables. (Mat 13:14,15; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; Jn. 12:37-40). This depicted the reality that despite the awesome miracles Jesus performed, many still did not believe He was the redeeming Messiah and elect Son of GOD who was destined to be the sacrificial “suffering servant“. They failed to recognize the call to repentance and conversion and the New Kingdom that was at hand.
Fast forward to some years later when Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, is called by GOD to preach: a mission that included revelatory experiences accorded to him through the operations of the Holy Spirit. In fulfillment of his mission, he called Jewish Leaders with the goal of instructing them about the New Kingdom and to persuade them that Jesus was the redeeming Messiah as written in the law of Moses and out of the Prophets. Some believed, others did not. And as was the case with Jesus, He also reiterated Isaiah’s commission:
“…Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet unto our fathers. Saying “Go unto this people, and say,Hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see and not perceive: For the hearts of this people is waxed gross and their ears are dull of hearing and their ears have they closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart, and should be converted and I should heal them.” And because they refused to hear him, Paul then says: “Be it known therefore unto you that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles and that they will hear it.” (Acts. 28:25-28) (Paul received these instructions and many more through revelatory experiences.)
I have been instructed to make the following vision known; one which I would have preferred to have kept private. A few weeks ago, a stone with some type of edges appeared in the air and brushed against my lips. Unlike Isaiah, it was not burnt coal, it was a small and distinct stone with particular edges This makes sense considering that New Covenant Believers have been purged of their iniquities through repentance and the fiery sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. Albeit, because of wayward ways many of us who are called will have undergone fiery experiences: repentance, chastising and trials to finally be strengthened, purified and solidified in our beliefs. Experiences that have stoked a fire in our bones that cannot be contained nor extinguished regardless of what the devil throws at us, what others think, do, say and even falsely prophecy against us (more on that later).
“And He (Jesus) answered and said unto them (the pharisees), I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Lk.19:4)
It is revelatory to know that the coal which brushed Isaiah’s lips was, in fact, a glowing tessellated stone (Strong’s # 7531). Meaning, the stone’s edges was characterized by a shape that is part of a pattern having no gaps or overlaps. It was then immediately understood that the stone which brushed against my lips was carved and taken from ‘The Rock and Stone‘ (Jesus Christ ). In Him is fitly set a pattern of belief (the New Covenant) and in Him are countless other carved out and tessellated stones called to speak during these latter days.
This vision makes me recognize yet even more profoundly the importance of the Word, revelatory experiences as disclosed by the Holy Spirit and the parable-like nature of this ministry because of its symbolism. And as was the case with Isaiah, Jesus and Apostle Paul; all who are genuinely called will continue to meet with an obstinate people; some will believe and others will not.
GOD is intensifying HIS call to have the gospel of Jesus Christ’s New Covenant ministered. It fits with the timing of the latter days when the gospel of salvation and of the New Kingdom is destined to be preached and witnessed to Jews and Gentiles in all nations before the end comes. (Mat. 24:14)
“And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Cor. 10:4)
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darknesswas on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Gen. 1:1-5)
More than twenty-five years ago I was shown a grid that took up my entire field of vision. It was as though I was floating above and looking down below into dark space. Every line that made up the grid was made of a different-colored bright neon light. And every vertical lines intersected with horizontal lines to form squares. I am guessing there might have been 12 of these large squares. Finally, on the right side and in the corner (which appears to be the south eastern corner because I was looking in a particular direction) appeared a large palatial house of some kind.
This grid was shown again a few weeks ago. Again, it was as though I was floating above and looking down into dark space. But this time, the grid lines no longer had the bright neon colors; only Light. And the palatial house was no longer there. As I looked at this scene and through the grid, I was shown bloodshed on the other side.
The grid primarily symbolizes the boundary between earth and heaven – between the expanse of darkness and light. Each colorful square represents the redeemed Church located in different nations on earth who is in the new covenanted parameters of the rainbow which is Jesus Christ. (Gen. 9:13-16; Heb. 8:4-13; Gal. 3:26-29; Rom. 11; Rev. 10:1). And a Church that has been destined to form part of Israel’s new commonwealth. The palatial-looking house on the right side and in the corner represents a holy habitation and a temple that unifies all lines and squares: in this case it is the Chief Cornerstone – Jesus Christ – who was born and crucified in that actual area of the world: Israel. (Eph. 9:12-22; Ps. 26:8) And it is through Him that the New Covenant was activated for all nations as symbolized by the bright colorful neon Lights of the rainbow.
But why now, more than twenty-five years later, am I being shown the grid without these colors? The reason appears to be because blood will be shed on earth at a particular time in history as prophetically declared by the Lord’s prophets. That the palatial house was removed and colors were no longer visible appears to point to a deactivation of some kind; a prophetic time when the redeemed Church will be lifted up above the grid in ways that surpass human understanding. In ways that appear to fit in meaning with Paul’s teachings of being taking up in the air above the great divide to be with the Lord and all His saints forever. (Gen. 1:1 and 1 Thess. 4:16-17). We ought to be encouraged and profoundly consoled with these words. It makes sense that the grid of Light remained because the protective barrier between heaven and earth must stay in place until such a time as the Lord sees fit to remove it. Perhaps when the new earth will be made ready and Satan is put away for a thousand years.
Some years ago someone who had a supernatural encounter with the Lord told me having had a vision of an amazingly large Angel who appeared through such a grid. It confirmed the vision I was shown and would again, more than twenty five years later, be shown. GOD has amazing ways of confirming HIS truths as He sees fit. And most importantly as declared by HIS Prophets and Apostles of old.
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together (the grid) grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. “( Eph. 2:19-22)
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line (the grid made of lines) on it? “On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone. (Job. 38:4-6)
“Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.” (Acts. 17:23-27)
Men make war over territories, kill, steal and destroy failing to realize that the lands they fight for belong to GOD who made and appointed all borders for HIS purposes. GOD has been patient (I am hearing “for so long“). Indeed, since the Adamic fall! But being ever loving HE wants everyone to know HIM and be united with HIM through HIS Son. A divine and redemptive master plan that humanity and even Christianity has failed miserably to understand and accept. History is a good predictor of the future and that which has been will be again when kingdoms will clash against one another and the blood of man who was made in the image of GOD will flow in vain and in contradiction to HIS law. (Gen.9:6) We are witnessing events fitting of the latter days. Days that foretell a cut off point when GOD will powerfully defend HIS anointed and elect ones through HIS Son – scriptures are very clear on that! (Mat 24:22) And being shown this vision appears to mean that we are getting closer to that time when GOD will finally and decisively declare that enough is enough!
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh (I am hearing:amusing – by definition something that causes laughter) the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Ps. 2)
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat. 18:2-4)
Suddenly in my field of vision I saw an inordinately large bouquet of bright red pointsettas resting in front of a door. The scene changes and I see people in a room somewhere (it appears to be a hospital room) holding smaller bouquets of bright red pointsettas.
Flowers in my dreams and visions most often always represent an aromatic and prayerful exchange between GOD and the Believer. In this case, to understand the pointsetta is to understand the vision even better. Some Believers, ignorant of the manifestations of the Spirit, will determine that the following explanation is nothing more than a myth or fable. They fail to discern that GOD uses the foolish and lowly things of this world to confound the wise and the strong. (1 Cor. 26-28) Indeed, he destroys the wisdom of those who profess to be wise and frustrates the intelligence of the intelligent.
The Pointsetta, also known as the Christmas Star and Christmas Flower, is rooted in a Mexican legend. The legend notes that a young impoverished girl named Pepita had aspirations of lovingly bringing a gift for the baby Jesus at the services in Church. And so she gathered a bundle of weeds and formed a bouquet. Upon depositing the bouquet of weeds on the altar, the congregation miraculously saw the weeds turn into brilliant red and green flowers. Hence the Pointsetta which eventually became associated with Christmas.
This vision is rich in meaning on different levels. Christmas, regardless of what time of year it really occurred, symbolizes the birth of Christ in the Believer – the born-again experience. The child Pepita represents the humble and poor in spirit. These are they who prayerfully approach GOD as a child and recognize HIM as our heavenly FATHER. A FATHER who hears our prayers because of the finished works of HIS glorified Son, Jesus Christ. A FATHER apart from whom we can do nothing and a FATHER upon whom we are completely dependent. Pepita whose name means “Jehovah increases” points to the Believer receiving graces in prayers. The weeds that were changed into lively red flowers (symbolic of Jesus Christ’s blood) represent prayerful requests flourishing and transitioning from something lowly into something of beauty (I am hearing ‘into something that is “vibrant”‘). The inordinate large bouquet symbolize a large group of people praying and denotes the importance of strength in numbers. (Mat. 18:19-20)
This vision conveys the importance of humility in prayer when addressing GOD, of trusting HIM and of keeping the faith regardless of situations and conditions. It most importantly conveys an exchange of Love; (Spoken Word of Knowledge) the Love of the faithful who pray and the Love of our heavenly FATHER. A FATHER who loved the world so much, HE sent HIS Son to sacrificially die on a Cross so that through Him the world can be saved. For GOD so Loved the world. For GOD so loves each and every one of HIS children.
Keep the Faith, In Christ we vibrantly love beyond the natural. In Christ we are vibrantly loved in liberal (liberating), wondrous and mysterious ways.
This morning I prayerfully asked the Lord if He had a message for His people who are hurting. The following Word of Knowledge was spoken: “Love”
We do not always understand why difficult circumstances happen. But today the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, is calling you to tap into the pure and purposeful love that lives inside of you and to find solace, comfort and strength there. It makes faithful Believers realize more profoundly that GOD is still in control. (Spoken Word of Knowledge)
Love lives in you because the perfection of Christ lives in you. And there is no fear nor worries in this perfect Love because it is the Light that casts out all torment.
May the awesome Love of GOD bless and keep you and yours.
In a vision a couple of days ago I was shown white horses that were standing side by side. They were race horses who had been trained to ride for a purpose. I could see the strength, excitement and determination they exuded as they were relentlessly moving from one side to another, lifting up their heads and trotting in place with anticipation. It was clearly understood that some horses had already gone out but these ones could not get going until they had riders.
Horses are biblically associated with war. White is biblically associated with holiness, purity and righteousness. It follows that these horses are destined to ride in a different war; a holy and righteous war – a battle for the victory of souls! The vision conveyed that compatible riders are needed to ride these particular white horses. Riders who have been made white and righteous through the blood of the Lamb, the Word and the Holy Spirit.
The fields are white to harvest during these end times but there is still a great need for laborers. Are you prepared to labor in the fields? Have you been called? Are you being called? Will you respond to the call in your appointed sphere of influence and even beyond? That is to say, your city – your town – your neighbors – your family – your friends – your place of employment – anywhere and everywhere else that you have been guided. Saints for white horses are needed; are you ready and willing to ride?
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Mat. 9:35-38)
“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (Jn. 4:35)
GOD our faithful FATHER, we prayerfully enter your gates with praises and thanksgiving in advance asking that you send us courageous laborers and riders! Send us laborers who have your heart, your word and your truth. This city alone is in great need – the world is in need. Awaken the indolent church and fallen world so they will receive them and keep them under your mighty wing of protection. In the glorious name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we ask this. In Him who is the Word. In Him whose vesture has been dipped in the blood He shed at Calvary. In Him whose thigh is inscribed with the heavenly words ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords’! In Him who will at the time of fulfillment spearhead an army of glorious saints on white horses. Amen.
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (denotes the compatibility of the rider and the horse – both are white). And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Rev. 19:13-16)
I have stopped listening to the news more than one year ago so today’s reports came as a surprise. It was brought to my attention that Russia threatens military deployment in two particular Central American hot spots against the United States over the Ukraine.
I would highly encourage Americans and their allies, all nations on all sides of the borders to be spiritually proactive, to repent and to pray.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways ( repentance) then I will hear from heaven, and will heal their land.” (2 Chr. 7:14)
“A Warning” had been previously issued with two ominous signs on December 22nd regarding this geographic area:
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Dan. 12:4)
I am posting a link of an article entitled: “The Bible’s Accuracy Vindicated Again” from “Christian Headlines” which, by no small coincidence, fits in meaning with a recent vision that will be posted at a later date.
Because of the article’s excerpt on geomagnetism, I have also included two messages chronologically posted months ago. As perfectly prophesied in the Book of Daniel, knowledge is certainly increasing and is again and again another sign of the latter days!
Science does not validate the Bible; the Bible validates Science!
The Bible’s Accuracy Vindicated Again – Christian Headlines – Link
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands. Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he gives to all life, and breath, and all things; And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and ** hasdetermined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation** That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: **Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness** by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts. 17;24-31)
After reading these verses, I began contemplating thoughts about the Spirit of Christ living in and through us when suddenly a colorful vision manifested. A glass of water and a beautiful white-petaled bouquet of flowers in full bloom were both shown on the tabletop of an altar. The scene changes and a white casserole containing an abundance of bright colorful fruit was being served.
The table symbolizes the altar of the Believer’s inner sanctuary. (1 Cor. 3:16 Cf. Heb. 9:24). Water is biblically indicative of the water of life available to Believers through the Lord Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit (for wisdom, knowledge and understanding). (Jn.4:14) And flowers shown in visions and dreams are most always symbolic of a prayerful and aromatic exchange between a Believer and GOD. Significantly because I was not praying when this scene was shown, the vision is a confirmation that GOD our FATHER and our Lord God Jesus Christ know and respond to our thoughts at all times. (Ps. 94:11; Is. 65:24; Mat 9:4) Finally, the fruit served in a white casserole represent the fruit of righteousness served to Believers for spiritual sustenance and growth. ( I am hearing food for the “Hungry”; otherwise said, it is heavenly food Christ serves to Believers who earnestly crave for truth and righteousness in His Word:)
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Mat. 5:6)
The Word of GOD is truth cultivated and watered as seeds of righteousness that comes to fruition in the minds and hearts of faithful New Covenant Believers. And it is truth that promotes “Longevity“ (Spoken Word of Knowledge)
Longevity: 1. A long duration of individual life. 2. Length of life. 3. Long continuance, permanence, durability. (Source: Merriam Webster)
After hearing this Word of Knowledge, I reread the above verses and discovered that I had missed an important point. And that is that GOD has appointed people from all nations a ‘determined amount of time’ and even a place to dwell to find Him; so that all can live and move and have their being in Him! Clearly, wherever we live or have been guided by Him to dwell on earth is based on HIS plan and purposes of primarily being unified with HIM the One and only true GOD. A preordained plan put in place for the Believer’s salvation, quality of life and longevity.
Increasingly more people all over the world are losing faith, are becoming fearful, are becoming despondent of being shut in and locked down during these days of pandemic failing to recognize that this time can nonetheless be turned into an opportunity. And increasingly more people are falling for this satanic ruse of mental and spiritual despondency. I am posting this vision to encourage everyone wherever in the world you dwell to see above the darkness and recognize that this can still be an opportunistic time to intimately seek and find the Lord. To heartily develop a craving and thirst for the Holy-Spirit inspired Word in order to live a durable, righteous and resilient life in Him for the length of years the Lord allots. It will uplift you! (“It is truth” Spoken Words of Knowledge)
The Bible is not a fabricated book of fables – far from it as testified in visions and dreams by the same Holy Spirit who inspired it! It is surprising – alarming – the number of Christians in this comparatively small city alone who still do not read the Holy Bible. Even more tragic than being unlearned in the faith are the lukewarm and double-minded Believers who know the Word but live contrariwise. In either case, they are at risk of remaining in a state of arrested spiritual development and of not taking advantage of the blessed opportunity of their determined time on earth however bleak and dark the world has become. At worse their faith risks being compromised making them vulnerable to sin. And this puts them at risk of not being unified with and living in Christ before their life expires and before confronting the heavenly judicial bench of righteousness.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:16-17)
“I (Jesus) tell you…..Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Lk. 18:8)
The clarion call for repentance continues to ring loud in all nations. It is a call to allow the transformative living Christ to manifest in all of us regardless of where we are living in the world; regardless of oppressive authorities and regardless of current conditions so that all can find life in Him and remain in the Faith. He is with us in all we think, say and do because He lives in us not only during prayer time but all day long and every day. How loving and comforting that is! Indeed in Him we live, we move and we have our being!
“If you love Me, keep My commandments (an authoritative prescription by He who is the Head of the Church worldwide). (Jn. 14:15)
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life (longevity)will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Ps. 91:14-16)
Praise GOD and thank you Jesus for this fortifying message and comforting Word of hope, love and truth!
In a vision a few mornings ago, I was shown a stormy winter scene with snow and wind blowing. The emphasis was on an evergreen tree. The scene largely zoomed on a particular branch in which nestled a cluster of beautiful, large and deep plum-colored grapes. The color contrasted with the crystal clear frost and white snow that had settled in some places on the grapes. Then the scene changes – the grapes had thawed and looked fresh. Next, I saw someone putting a grape to their mouth and the following Word of Knowledge was spoken: “Witnesses”
An evergreen tree never loses its leaves but neither does it produce large grapes; it follows that the vision is pointing to a deeper symbolic meaning. In brief, this tree represents those biblical Trees of Righteousness whose leaves never die and who keep producing fruit despite life’s stormy conditions. One would think by natural account that their fruit would be lost in the frost – but no! Despite the harshness of the season, the cold and the frost, they have been preserved and thawed by Christ our Daystar whose radiating Love, warmth and truth has re-arisen in and re-awakened their dormant hearts and minds! It follows that this is the fruit of their labors which has become nourishing, sustaining and imperishable blessings for them. And because they have not folded in defeat but instead have been strengthened by the storms they confronted, they have become worthy of their calling as tried, tested and true “Witnesses” of GOD’S Word and promises. It follows that their imperishable leaves and fruit are also for the benefit and healing of the nations during a difficult and stormy end-time harvest. Indeed, the fields are white to harvest! (snow)
This vision is reminiscent of Moses who sent twelve spies to investigate the land of Canaan and who brought back a branch bearing grapes so large that they had to be carried by two men. “Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole…” (Num. 13:23). Although the land was fertile, ten spies brought back a negative report of intimidating enemy giants who lived in the promised land. But two particular witnesses, Joshua and Caleb, trusted GOD to bring them to victory. Tragically and to their own demise, the Israelites distrusted GOD, Moses including the two witnesses and opted to return to Egypt rather than faithfully confront the storms of battling the enemy. Ironically, they all died in the wilderness except for a chosen younger generation. So it is that many Believers, in an attempt to avoid the storms that must be faithfully endured and battles that must be courageously fought, will backslide back into Egypt (the world). But there is a new remnant, a new planting, a particular latter-day generation of persevering overcomers and Witnessesdestined to enter the promises of GOD. These faithful and trusting ones are skillful in battling the giants that block their way to and in the promised land because they are fortified by faith and are blessed and strengthened by GOD. And these chosen ones will bring a good report; the gospel of the good news to those who will hear them!
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He is like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green. It does not worry in a year of drought, nor does it cease to produce fruit.” (Jer. 8:17-18)
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water (the water of life, The Lord working through the Word and Holy Spirit)yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. Not so the wicked! For they are like chaff driven off by the wind.” (Ps. 1:2-4)
“And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary (the inner sanctuary, 1 Cor. 3:16)and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” (Eze. 47:12)
“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” (Ps. 128:1-2)