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'A new song will come
A new anointing will come
To those who truly look unto Me.'

Amos 9:13
'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord,
'When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it.

Vision of Summer Fruit

Like a basket of overripe fruit - looked fine outwardly yet rotting inwardly. Often this manifests in some outward sin such as adultery. Many Charismatic leaders have fallen in recent times and yet often we can't discern the iceberg - the spiritual condition - which lies mainly beneath the surface.

AMOS 8: 1- 3
Thus the Lord God showed me:
Behold, a basket of summer fruit.
And he said, ' Amos, what do you see?' So I said, 'A basket of summer fruit.'

Then the Lord said to me:

'The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.
And the songs of the temple shall be wailing in that day,' Says the Lord God -
'Many dead bodies everywhere, They throw them out in silence.'
AMOS 8: 10a
I will turn your feasts into mourning,
And all your songs into lamentation.

Today we are seeing a shift from the Charismatic move to the fresh, anointed, deeper and more balanced move of the Spirit. It has been largely birthed by the Spirit in the wilderness. However, He has also been at work where He is permitted to do so in the established church. Examples include Benny Hinn and Pastor Ed Roebert. Notice how the worship changed when Benny Hinn and Pastor Ed Roebert entered into the new anointing. Observe how worship changed at Hatfield and the season of revival which they entered.

Many throughout the world entered the wilderness in the 80's and after. This occurred after the Faith movement of the 70's. The extent of this wilderness movement is staggering and I have personally encountered many who have been taken by the Lord into the wilderness.

The central focus of the coming move of God and that which is - the move which has begun as the call into the wilderness and is at present like an iceberg which is has been formed and which is submerged and which emerges here and there breaking the surface - Jesus Christ and knowing Him deeply and as a consequence of this deeper relationship, the Presence of God. Thus, WORSHIP, which is the entering into His Presence, will play a central role in the coming move.

Thanksgiving and PRAISE also play a central role, as it is the FOUNDATION from which one enters into the Presence of God through WORSHIP – one progresses from THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE to WORSHIP. Satan’s chief end – of which he has had much experience having been the worship leader of heaven before his fall – is to dilute or erode the FOUNDATION and hence stop the people of God from FULLY entering into the Presence of God. That is why BRASS appears mainly in THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE.

We have been taught that we enter the tabernacle first through the outer court - our soul - mind, will and emotions. However, those who have been through the wilderness and have experienced the depths of Jesus Christ have become spiritual and will struggle to begin in a soulish realm before entering into deeper worship as they live only in the spiritual realm. We need to change our theology!

Those who have not been through the wilderness and have not experienced the depths of Jesus Christ will not understand this article and may even oppose this revelation. Only those who have been through the wilderness and those such as Benny Hinn who have responded to the Laodicean call will have understanding in this matter.

In Christian rock and rap, Satan brazenly reveals himself and very little discernment is needed. In the Charismatic move, Satan masquerades as an angel of light and a greater discernment is needed.

Hype is of the flesh; it is unacceptable in the church of the living God. So also is the worldly beat and spirit of modern music entering the praise and worship of the Charismatic move.


A DANGER TO THE REMNANT
EZRA 4: 1-3

Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the descendants of the captivity were building the temple of the Lord God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and the heads of the fathers' houses, and said to them, 'Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do; and we have sacrificed to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.

But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the fathers' houses of Israel said to them, 'You may do nothing with us to build a house for our God; but we alone will build to the Lord God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.

The remnant from the wilderness can be likened unto the remnant from Babylon. The Samaritans and other Jews in Israel had not been through the wilderness and were not pure. They were of a mixture. Gold and brass. Many from the churches will seek to come in and build with the remnant but will not be permitted lest they damage and pollute the work of God with brass.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

We sing many songs, but we no longer know the meaning of worship. We no longer understand the 'Selah' of the Psalms. Madame Guyon helps us in her book 'Experiencing the depths of Jesus Christ' to be quiet before Him and how to worship in spirit and in truth.

Some churches have much brass and little gold. Others have much gold and little brass. Generally, the Charismatic move has much brass and little gold.

As the BRASS is removed, there will be a deeper and ber corporate anointing in churches who respond to the Spirit’s call. So we see that the CORRECTION concerns the BRASS and this surfaces mainly in the area of THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE.


KENNETH HAGIN’S VISITATION

Many years ago Jesus appeared to Kenneth Hagin, a respected charismatic leader of renown in the body of Christ and Jesus said this to him,

In the Charismatic move, Christians have brought the brass of the world into the temple of the Lord as a substitute for pure gold. What they have is a mixture; it is not pure. Therefore, I can only bless My people so far, because they have substituted brass for gold. They’ve brought the CLAPPING and DANCING of the world into the temple.

I was in the Spirit on the morning of July 16, 1987 -… I saw one of the services unfold before us. Jesus narrated as I looked on. I saw all of us in the auditorium as we were taking part in the service. As I looked down upon us we were all clapping like we do in Charismatic circles. Jesus said something that astounded me…He said to me; Clapping is neither praise nor worship. To clap is to applaud. I had never heard anyone say that. …. Well, if it isn’t praise and it isn’t worship, where does it fit in at all in our services?

In the visitation, Jesus discussed clapping with me from the Scriptures. He said, There is not one Scripture in the New Testament about clapping. The Bible says in Psalm 47:1: O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Clapping in this verse denotes an attitude of victory; it was not a form of praise. That is the only time clapping before the Lord is mentioned, and that is in the Old Testament. There are also some occurrences in the Old Testament where people clapped their hands for other reasons, but it had no connection with the worship of God. Then there are also scriptures about the waves and the floods clapping their hands, but you understand, that is figurative language.

There is not one single scripture, Jesus said to me, in the New Covenant about anyone clapping their hands. We do, however, have New Testament scripture for lifting our hands in worship to the Lord. In fact, the only instruction we have in the New Testament about what we are to do with our hands is to lift them up. [1 TIM 2:8 Praise is the highest form of prayer]

You see, the world claps or applauds, but you do not see them lifting their hands to praise or celebrate.

The world claps, Jesus said to me. Saints praise.

Sports event…Political rally… they will clap their hands. But in none of these places do you see the crowd lift their hands.

Clapping causes the anointing to lift and destroys that sweet closeness of His Presence that we all sense.

You can see how this could happen even in a natural relationship such as the relationship between a man and a woman. What if the man and the woman were sitting together talking for some time, exchanging words of endearment, and suddenly on of them began to clap? Wouldn’t that seem inappropriate? Friends, when we are praising and worshipping the Lord, He is present!

During His visitation with me, the main thing that the Lord was trying to say about clapping was to correct the excessive clapping that is taking place in our churches today. It should be at a minimum in services – if at all – and not at a maximum.

But when people begin to demonstrate in the flesh, the anointing lifts – it flies away like a bird taking flight because it grieves the Spirit.

The Lord went on to say to me, Some of the old-time Pentecostals knew something about that deeper move of the Spirit. The modern-day Pentecostals – this new generation of Charismatics – know little or nothing about it. Charismatics know little or nothing about the move of My Spirit. Charismatics know a little about praising Me, but they know nothing at all about true worship.

You see, when you talk about worship, there is a spirit of reverence that goes along with it. We haven’t really experienced that in the Charismatic Movement. There’s been a lightness in Charismatic services; a hip-hip-hooray type of atmosphere.


THE WORLD CLAPS. SAINTS PRAISE.

Clapping is not wrong in itself. But we do need to distinguish between clapping which is a natural expression of this world, and the raising of our hands which is a scriptural expression of the realm to which we as believers belong.

X Let’s all give God a hand or give God a clap-offering

I don’t think we can give God a hand like we would the President of a country. Reverence – an awareness of the awesomeness of God.
Don’t bring Him down on a level with man. He is high and holy.

A glimpse into the mind of Jesus concerning His people. Indeed, worship is a measure of where we are spiritually. However, are we discerning correctly – according to the church of today or the church of tomorrow? The discernment is remarkably different.

It seems that the Spirit of God is pointing to CLAPPINGas one of the main areas that He desires to change. Only those who have a acute sensitivity to the Holy Spirit will understand this. Those from the wilderness all have this sensitivity.


THE SEAL of the COMING MOVE OF GOD – SHALOM – THE PEACE OF GOD

'And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts. V9b

Today, everything is acceptable in the church of God as long as it is done to the glory of God. This is no longer acceptable in the sight of God. The walls are being raised by Me, says the Lord, walls which separate what is done IN THE FLESH and IN THE SPIRIT. I am raising a standard and that standard is My peace.

All that violates the Peace of God is of the FLESH. The person also understands that one cannot begin in the FLESH and then enter into the Presence of God fully – that which is birthed in the flesh must be maintained by the flesh.

COL 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts (as an UMPIRE - AMP)

AMPLIFIED:

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

This person may be accused of breaking the UNITY amongst the people of God, but is this true? Is it not a UNITY OF THE SPIRIT that I require? That which is IN THE FLESH violates the UNITY OF THE SPIRIT – whether it is one person or the entire local church praising IN THE FLESH instead of IN THE SPIRIT.

Much of that in Charismatic churches – clapping in the flesh – dancing in the flesh – outward display in the flesh – smile [true joy comes as we abide in His Presence] – be happy – hyper faith – hype - carnival atmosphere. Veer from one extreme [ religion ] to the other extreme [ in the flesh ] – instead of in the Spirit.


God’s PLAN is PROGRESSIVE – God is always moving forward. As we study the Bible, we see God’s plan gradually UNVEILED – increasing in CLARITY and FULLNESS.

E.G. TYPES and SHADOWS of a promised Redeemer
NT – Jesus unveiled
Epistles – fullest understanding of His DEATH and RESURRECTION

PROGRESSION OF WORSHIP
JOHN 4:23-24
They worshipped in different places
SAMARITANS = Mount Gerazim = a mt significant in the worship of God in FIRST 5 BOOKS JEWS = Jerusalem – after the TEMPLE was built and the Shekinah Glory of God appeared in the Temple.
CHURCH – to worship in Spirit and truth
WHERE IS THE PROPER PLACE OF WORSHIP?
ANS: The ORDER OF WORSHIP WAS CHANGING.

The OT saints COULDN’T worship God in Spirit because they didn’t know the Spirit of God as we do.
OT – the prophet, priest and king had an anointing from God that came UPON them to stand in those offices - TEMPORARY.
NT – born again – have the Spirit of God dwelling on the INSIDE of us - CONTINUALLY
That is why they had to present themselves in Jerusalem where God’s Presence was. There comes a time for change, both in the NATURAL realm and in the SPIRITUAL realm.

Certainly a change as DRAMATIC as the change between the OLD COVENANT and the NEW COVENANT would affect the way man related to and worshipped God.


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OT AND NT WORSHIP

OT– their worship was IN THE FLESH ONLY
Expressions – worshipped BEFORE the Lord (‘David danced BEFORE the Lord’)
Worshipped with all THEIR might (‘David danced with all HIS might 2 SAM 6:14)

NT– everything we do in worship must be IN THE SPIRIT
Unless the anointing is there, I don’t do it.
Same as trying to give a message in tongues with no anointing.
It is dead and it deadens the service.

WE MUST NOT GO BACK AND WORSHIP AS THEY DID

Though the PRINCIPLES and EXAMPLES in the OT may be the same as in the NT, the PRACTISES are not the same.


DANCING


IT IS UNSCRIPTURAL IN THE NT TO DANCE BEFORE THE LORD.
IT IS SCRIPTURAL TO DANCE IN THE SPIRIT.
Dancing BEFORE the Lord is done in the flesh. Dancing WITHOUT THE ANOINTING OF THE SPIRIT.

Jesus in a vision said to Brother Kenneth Hagin:

‘In this Charismatic move, Christians have brought the brass of the WORLD into the temple of the Lord as a substitute for pure gold. What they have is a mixture; it’s not pure. Therefore, I can only bless My people so far, because they have substituted brass for gold. They’ve brought the CLAPPING and DANCING of the world into the Temple.

Brass looks like gold; you have to examine it closely to tell the difference.


CLAPPING

Clapping is neither praise nor worship. To clap is to applaud.

NT
THERE IS NOT ONE SCRIPTURE IN THE NT ABOUT CLAPPING.

OT
PS 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people: shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Attitude of victory X a form of praise

This is the only time clapping before the Lord is mentioned , and that is in the OT.

There are also some occurrences in the OT where people clapped their hands for other reasons, but it has no connection with the worship of God. Waves and floods clapping their hands – figurative language.

LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS

The ONLY instruction that we have in the NT about what we are to do with our hands, is to LIFT them up.
1 TIM 2:8 I will therefore that men pray [ praise] every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

PRAISE is the highest form of PRAYER.

THE WORLD CLAPS. SAINTS PRAISE.

Clapping is not wrong in itself. But we do need to distinguish between clapping which is a natural expression of this world, and the raising of our hands which is a scriptural expression of the realm to which we as believers belong.

CLAPPING CAUSES THE ANOINTING TO LIFT

X clapping in the middle of a prophecy

CLAPPING DISTRACTS ONE MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SAYING

X Clapping in response to something said - there should be enough respect – reverence - for the Holy Spirit not to interrupt Him when He is moving.
X clapping after every song – disrupts the flow of worship

CORRECT THE EXCESSIVE CLAPPING THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN OUR CHURCHES – IT SHOULD BE AT A MINIMUM IN SERVICES AND NOT AT A MAXIMUM.


X applauding singers – they are not putting on a performance!
X Let’s all give God a hand or give God a clap-offering
I don’t think we can give God a hand like we would the President of a country.
Reverence – an awareness of the awesomeness of God
Bring Him down on a level with man

Be QUIET and REVERENT when the Holy Spirit is in manifestation.