Prophetic word 2017: USA & Australia

Regarding America:

I have raised up a man for my purpose says the Lord and many seek to bring him down and bring accusations against him but none will be successful because what I have established will not fall and those that think they have power will find themselves confounded. Even those that seek to bind him will themselves be bound for I will cause their words to return to them and they will be judged by their own words says the Lord.

The sin that stains the nation, even the innocent blood that cries for justice will not be silenced for long says the Lord. For though justice is near my heart calls for mercy, and surely my mercy is better than justice for the wicked. Many will drink from the cup of mercy and be saved while those that refuse will cry bitter tears in wrath and no answers will be found. Those that shout lies from high places will be undone by their own words, those that seek to tear down will themselves be uprooted. Those that seek to call what is holy something evil, and blaspheme even what I have declared good will be swept away says the Lord.

I will bring down the house of Gerald (spear thrower), and they will no longer cause grief amongst my elect says the Lord. Even though the powers of darkness seek to swarm and threaten says the Lord, yet will my strength prove greater. There are none that can stand against my will says the Lord, and even those that seek to hide amongst my own will be exposed because the Spirit of Truth will no longer allow lies to be told. I will allow a season of suffering but will bring a people with healing in their hands and many will be amazed at what I do.

Concerning Australia:

Even as the world watches America I will move in the heart of Australia says the Lord. I will allow a painful wound and many will turn to anger and out from anger will burn hatred. But others will speak peace and not a natural peace but my peace says the Lord. Out of that I will cause four pillars to rise and they will be a beacon to the nations, a sign that the Lord does good things to those who will seek him. I will also shake the political realm and those that seem small, those that seem to have little will have power over those in whom many trusted, and those that seem small will rule and many will be rebuked who have not trusted in my ways says the Lord. Many will say how can this be? The voice of those that wish evil will be silenced and my word shall be heard from the high places. Seek me now says the Lord for in the hour of pain it will be hard to stand. But my presence will be your high tower, my word your sure foundation and my Spirit will give you strength and you will not fear. You have not yet tested my strength says the Lord nor have you reached my limit for I have no limit says the Lord. There is none who can stand against my plan and I will cause my people to rejoice in it for those that see it will know, and in knowing they will find my power.

March 13, 2017

Prophetic word for 2017

This prophecy was given on Sunday morning the 26th February:

I hear you say “How long? How long Lord?” I tell you that I will move in my appointed time. It will be my time says the Lord, the time that I have appointed. And now you are walking in daylight where everything is seen, and the way is easy to know. But the time comes when the darkness will come and it will seem like there is no more light. But you will see the way because I with lighten it for you says the Lord and I will show you what happens, I will show you what occurs. I will show you so that you can see and look through the darkness and you will know my purpose, you will know what I am calling you to do. You will know what I intend to do on the earth says the Lord because your heart is pulling towards me and your heart is wanting to hear from me says the Lord your God. So even when the world walks in confusion, even when it seems like there is no God, even when it seems like the way is too hard I will show you even in the darkness says the Lord, I will show you the light, I will show you the path and you will step in my steps says the Lord. And I will bring about my purpose in you. I will bring about my purpose in this church and those whose hearts are for me says God I will draw you in says the Lord and I will speak to you and I will show you my way and my Spirit will be strong in you, my Spirit will be strong in what you do and my Spirit will go before you and be around about you so that even though the day is dark, even though the times are difficult you will rejoice in my strength, you will rejoice in the fact that I am with you and you will see my power says the Lord.

When giving the prophetic word I saw a person walking and then surrounded by darkness. The darkness was so thick that it was impenetrable just outside an outstretched arm. But as the darkness came close the way or path ahead was illuminated, and the light caused a tunnel around the person as they walked forward. The person was walking on steps and I had the feeling that these were the ways or steps that the Lord had prepared for them to walk on. They were stable and firm, and there was no question of slipping or uncertainty.

I had the sense that there was a certainty to the destination, and that what was in the darkness to either side and above didn’t matter because the Spirit of the Lord was a sure thing. The message is: don’t fear the darkness, it has no hold over you and will not stop you from walking in the path that the Lord has ordained. We will know His power and His strength as we walk in His purpose!

New home bible study topic

We’re working our way through the book of Judges – seeing how culture and faith were in tension as God’s people time and again went through the cycle of sin, judgement and salvation. It’s the story of a faithful God and his unfaithful people. It’s the story of broken and unlikely heroes from the worst beginnings, doing the most amazing things.

Come along to our fortnightly home bible study, all welcome.

Cease the ceasing!

As a person that grew up in a Pentecostal household, and attended Pentecostal churches my whole life, I have witnessed and experienced firsthand the demonstration of the moving of the Holy Spirit on many occasions. I am often staggered by the position held by many in the Body of Christ that miracles and signs such as those recorded in the book of Acts are ‘not for today’. There’s a term for this point of view called ‘cessation theology’. This term described those than believe that the age of the supernatural passed or ‘ceased’ with the death of the Apostles and the completion of scripture (canon).

Many who espouse this point of view do so by misunderstanding 1 Corinthians 13:8-10: “. . . but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away”. They maintain that the ‘perfect’ represents scripture completed in what we now call the canon (Bible). I maintain that this in fact refers to the post-resurrection experience we will have at the coming of Jesus Christ. This view is further supported by 1 Corinthians 13:12. The contrast is not about before scripture and after scripture, it’s talking about the life we have now (imperfect) contrasted with our post-resurrection experience, where knowledge and understanding will be perfect! “Where we will know fully, even as we are fully known.”

A walk down memory lane

It’s true that modern day Pentecostalism has its roots in a largely marginalized under-educated and under-intellectualized rabble that met in ramshackle houses and barns. But there’s no doubting that moves of the Spirit that sprung up (like the Azusa Street Revival in 1906) were game changers. The miracles, healings, deliverances and spiritual manifestations that occurred in those days are well documented and the stuff of legend to us from Pentecostal circles. I have always loved the raw, uncut, unpolished and slightly chaotic origins of the early Pentecostal movement. It’s no wonder that many of the established churches were so vehement in their opposition of the movement.

While I don’t hold to the doctrine that speaking in tongues are the proof of salvation as did some of the Pentecostal offshoots, I do see the gift of tongues as a valid and powerful spiritual practice and the heart of my prayer ‘engine room’. The spiritual gifts are not necessary for salvation, but they are a sort of spiritual toolbox Jesus provided to the church to continue His works.

Jesus himself promised the coming of the Holy Spirit. The fulfillment of His promise arrived on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:4. The Spirit came upon and dwelt within the disciples, teaching and reminding them all about Jesus just as He had promised them in John 14:26. This promise is the culmination of all that Jesus said and promised. Jesus assured them that they would not be left to look after themselves (orphans) but that they would have a supernatural Helper. Not only that, but Jesus himself returned to them after His resurrection and prior to His ascension and the events of Acts 2:4! The Greek word translated “helper” (parakletos) means “one who is called alongside.”

Called alongside to do what? Most of the roles assigned to the Holy Spirit are agreed upon across denominational boundaries. Most people can deal with concept of the Holy Spirit as helper, comforter, friend and guide. They are kind and non-threatening after all, and comforting adjectives.

While there’s no doubt that the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to show us Jesus Christ, there is so much more the Spirit does for the believer. Prior to receiving the Holy Spirit, the apostles were powerless to carry out Jesus Christ’s work. So in Acts 1:8 Jesus promised, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” The Greek word translated “power” (dunamis) is the source of the English word dynamite. This is the essential nature of what Pentecostals seek to understand, experience and embody.

No doubt many Christians feel they are lacking in power. If you feel that way, it’s not God’s fault and it certainly wasn’t His plan, but no condemnation! You can still experience this today! The role of the Holy Spirit is certainly to come along side us, to teach, lead and guide us while reminding us of Jesus. But the Holy Spirit also empowers the believer for an intensified life of powerful service, just like what happened to those who were filled on the day of Pentecost. It radically changed the way they saw God and the way they lived their lives for Him. They did things they had only briefly seen and experienced in the presence of Jesus, and they were never the same. This is what birthed the church! The church was born and sustained on the power of the Holy Spirit! You see when the Holy Spirit comes into your life, he brings gifts or ‘abilities’ that are supernatural in nature and character. The ‘super’ of God meets the ‘natural’ of our world and the impossible is suddenly very possible! Just like in the resurrection of Jesus, the rules of this world are no longer absolute. There has been a spiritual paradigm shift and nothing is the same.

So where did this concept come from?

The theological support for the idea of cessation is largely by those who espouse dispensationalism. Basically this is a futurist interpretation of Bible prophecy where God interacts with people in a series of “dispensations” or periods in history. Some correlate dispensations of church history with the seven churches in Asia written about in the book of Revelation. Many dispensationalists believe that the miracles ceased with the completion of the writing of scripture, and many also think that this will further lead to a ‘last days’ church that will be ‘Laodicean’ in nature, or facing the same judgment mentioned to the actual Laodicean church in Revelation. Many dispensationalist/cessationists see the last days church as a weak, powerless, compromised, and deceived Body out of which a true remnant will be rescued by the rapture. So this view of prophecy is best served and mostly validated by a powerless and weak Body of Christ, deeply in need of rescue.

Just to clarify, there are also some people that believe in the dispensational interpretation of prophecy but do also believe in the indwelling, empowering and gifts of the Holy Spirit. So not all dispensationalists are cessationists and vice versa. This futurist approach to Bible prophecy has led to a large industry within the modern day church and produced many books and movies that dramatize these end times events. I really don’t get the idea that Christ is returning to save us from a desperate and wicked world that is bent on our destruction. I believe that the first time Jesus was here He achieved all He needed for our salvation. That being the case, His second coming will be to gather believers to Himself and to return to earth where we will rule and reign with Him until all things have been placed under His feet. Then He shall hand all things over to our Father.

We don’t need to be rescued – we’ve been empowered to establish the Kingdom of God on this earth. I believe that far from longing for the rescue call, the church will be at its most potent and effective when Christ returns, having taken the gospel to our world in power and authority.

The basic truth is that living a Spirit empowered life is not easy! It draws criticism and opens people up to attack by those with opposing worldviews. It forces you to live on the edge of failure, to face your fears and to dare to trust God to do what He promised in His word. It takes courage and faith to stand publicly or privately in front of a needy person and declare God’s healing power in their life expecting to see it happen. Especially when experience tells me that it doesn’t always work the way you had hoped. It is so much easier to believe that we live in an age where God doesn’t do this stuff anymore. But it’s nowhere near as exciting and rewarding because there are many times when God does do it!

Experience vs. Argument

There’s an old saying that my friends and I used to quote as youth: “a person with experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument!” I have my own experience with God’s supernatural healing power, both as a recipient and as a conduit to others. The story of my healing is beautifully linked to the healing that took place in the life of a young lady who was infatuated with the first hand stories she heard from the Azusa Street Revival as a child.

As a young lady Jean Darnall loved to hear the stories of the Azusa Street revival, and herself experienced a miraculous healing as a child that led to her own preaching and healing ministry beginning at the age of sixteen. Later in life she would be mentored and then become one of the successors of Aimee Semple-McPherson at Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. In her time Aimee was one of the most publicized Christian evangelists, conducting public healing demonstrations before large crowds where tens of thousands of people received healing.

Many years later along comes Jean Darnall to a public meeting held in Melbourne Australia in the mid 1970’s. My mother was attending this meeting, and I was far away in rural north Victoria asleep in my bed. I had been diagnosed some time before with coeliac, which in those days was a rare condition. I recall being hospitalized on occasions as doctors searched to diagnose my condition.

That night Jean Darnall felt led by the Spirit to minister to sick children, and my mother responded to the call on my behalf. I wasn’t there that night, and I have no memory of anything special occurring. However I do remember the next morning when my parents informed me that Jesus had healed me and that I could now eat normal food like everyone else. From that day to this, more than 40 years later, I have never had a trace of coeliac in my body.

Someone can argue with me until they are blue in the face that God doesn’t heal today, that the gifts of the Spirit ceased with the Apostles, and I’ll just say “yet here I stand!” I have lived a life where healing is indeed the children’s bread. Healing is in Christ’s atonement. Talking about Jesus, Peter writes to the churches in Asia saying:

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 [ESV]

Healing is the children’s bread. It’s our portion. It’s what God has given to us! If you’re a believer healing belongs to you!

It’s just not logical

From the moment of creation we read about a God who creates something from nothing. He speaks and things appear. Over the length and breadth of Old Testament scripture God continues to interact with mankind, frequently performing supernatural acts on behalf of His people. The Bible is packed full of supernatural wonder. Then Jesus arrives on the scene, and what does He do? He does miracles, heals the sick, casts out devils, and brings freedom and forgiveness everywhere He goes. Then after His resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit is sent and the believers (not just the apostles!) start to do many mighty miracles and signs in His name.

Why would God suddenly stop?