'In that day,' says the Lord of hosts. 'I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,' says the Lord, 'and I will make you as a SIGNET RING; for I have chosen you,' says the Lord of hosts.
The blueprint of the final hour has been given in Haggai. The shaking began in the natural and has proceeded into the economic storm. It seems to have reached its bottom according to Wall Street. Soon, very soon the final tsunami of the Holy Spirit will break out. Authority is being given to those who have been chosen, called, separated and prepared in the wilderness for this final hour. They know who they are and the calling upon their lives. They have waited for a long, long time for His promises to be fulfilled. His plan will soon unfold. Remember: no man or woman will start the final move. God will initiate it Himself.
SOUTH AFRICA, ISRAEL and the US
President Mbeki, South Africa resigns after judges ruling.
"Olmert, 62, who took office after Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and fell into a coma in January 2006, resigned two days ago in the face of police recommendations that he be indicted for bribery and other charges. He denies wrongdoing and will remain as caretaker premier until a new government is formed."
US elections on 4th November 2008.
It is significant, indicating a change not only in the natural, but in the spiritual. Authority, denoted by the signet ring, is being given to those whom God has chosen to lead the coming worldwide revival.
Consider Haggai. Consider the date - 24th September. It is very significant.
GOD's PROMOTION DAY
Don't think that God has forgotten you! God is setting everything according to His sovereign plan and timing. When everything fits together, shall he not act? For the past days, He is just trying your heart, to see if you love Him more than 'all these'.
If fame, acceptance from men, popularity, titles and positions are no longer hindrances to you, He then can PROMOTE you.
This day is coming when the 'chief butler' will REMEMBER you and bring you up to see 'Pharaoh'. This day is coming when you have to quickly shave and change your clothing. (Genesis 41:14)
This day is coming when the foundation work is completed in you.
This foundation is built upon Christ and you don't need men's honour any more. You can bring glory fo God and say, 'It's NOT me, but God will give you Pharaoh an answer of peace.' (Genesis 41:16)
This day is coming when people around you say,'Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?' .....
This day is coming when you are being lifted up to sit next to Pharaoh, being put on the signet ring, clothed in garments of fine linen and a gold chain is put around your neck.
Those sufferings are worthy!
As you partake Christ's sufferings, you will be transformed into His image.
God is good to you and His thoughts towards you are not evil. He did have a hope and a future for you.
The END is always better than the BEGINNING ....
Children of God, can you hear what the Lord is saying?
He is saying,'I HAVE HEARD your prayer, I HAVE SEEN your tears, surely I will.....'(Isaiah 38:5)
Children of God, all the promises are established by God, not men, and God will SHORTLY bring it to pass. (Genesis 41:32)....
You will remember the dreams which you had dreamt about.
- I am addressing those who have callings like Joseph and are waiting to be promoted by God and be brought in to see the King.
BE PATIENT for ISAAC
OR SUFFER your ISHMAEL
-by Russell Durose
The promises of the Lord have a certain longevity that tries anyone's patience.
The Lord gave me this Word just now, as I have just walked in the door from a very full day, of challenges and grace challenges that come with discipling a life in a troublesome life. The Lord is calling us to wait for Isaac. Are you willing? Or are you wanting to produce what is easy and natural? You see when our patience level reaches a breaking point, we must at that point quieten ourselves, then hold ourselves, until we dominate our flesh. It is here where our battles lie...the impatience of our humanity abort many divine processes.
Between the promise of Isaac and his birth, I estimate that 25 years went by. But in between there was a great temptation that came and manifested itself. The answer which was of divine promised is polluted by a deceitful thought you must collaborate with God...YOU MUST MAKE THAT FIRST MOVE, YOU MUST DO SOMETHING...this was the greatest error ever made, and today we live with its costly consequences.
Rather, let us compare for a moment two women...Sarah and Hannah...Sarah was the initiator of impatience ...Hannah was the sufferer for the cause of the promise. For Hannah, the shame and the plaguing of that which was natural, but closed to her, for a season, yet she continued on until she surrendered herself, and God granted her desire. But her wait for the seed promised, took prayers, crying, fastings, torture, yet the benefits are felt today...
because Samuel brought in the reign of Saul, through anointing, and then David through anointing.
Let us transport this to your ministry dream...are you willing to wait for your Isaac? Or will you "help God out?" Ishmael spells trouble and strife. He mocks the promise of God...He wars against it. I am certain that in our churches there are so called Ishmaels, who were never truly born again, but go through the religious motions. Yet they cause so much strife. This strife even creates wars, between tribes, creates states and divides worlds. So what does it cost - our impatience? It can cost our very life.
THE OTHER SIDE of "THE DAYS of ELIJAH" -by Chris Anderson.
Something doesn't add up.
"These are the days of Elijah," we've heard it sung.
"These are the days of Elijah," we've heard it preached.
"These are the days of Elijah," we've heard it prophesied.
But then I look around. "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" I ask.
How is it that for all this singing, preaching and prophesying about "Elijah," there's next to nothing to be seen of the real spirit of Elijah in the land? There are some pretenders banging a few tinkling cymbals claiming to represent "Elijah. " But where is the true spirit of Elijah-confronting kings, calling down fire, raising the dead to life?
As I mused on this-which I have often-the Lord used some writings of a respected prophetic mentor (long since gone to paradise) to remind me of the "other side" of the days of Elijah.
It's true that every time we hear the name "Elijah" we immediately envision all the miraculous feats that marked his ministry. So this is naturally what we have been expecting in fulfillment of these prophecies. But when we read the entire story of Elijah, we see that there was more to his arrival than the obvious. Of special interest is the part of the tale from I Kings 17:2-5:
The word of the Lord came to Elijah: "Go away from here, turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, east of the Jordan. You may drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to supply you with food there." So he went and did according to the word of the Lord.
This "hiding away" of Elijah is of great significance. It comes from the very opening of the account of his ministry, long before a single miracle or power-confrontation is ever recorded. The context is this:
Elijah arrives on the scene to make a declaration of drought to king Ahab, and no sooner does he appear than he "disappears."
He has come, and yet he just as quickly is "gone." He knows where he is. But nobody else does.
This "other" part of the story of Elijah-the "hidden" part-can go a long way to encourage those of us who have been hearing and believing in the manifestation of the end time Elijah spirit, only to see everything but! Let's try to put some perspective on this. In the process, we'll see that the days of Elijah are indeed here after all as predicted.
For decades, people with Elijah-class hearts have been sitting in the backs of churches ruled by Ahabs and Jezebels. Despite their best efforts to remain at peace and to hope for repentance and change, they have been eventually precipitated by the Spirit into confrontations where they have ended having to declare the departure of God's glory ("Ichabod") to the leaders of these ministries. This emergence and precipitation of believers to such declarations is in fact the first fulfillment of the prophecies of the return of the days of Elijah.
Note more carefully the declarations and their effect. These "Elijah" believers and their declarations have not made the headlines of the Christian tabloids. Usually they are known only within the church they've been led into confronting. And their departures are often a hush-hush affair. But their story has been multiplied thousand-fold throughout the body of Christ. Warning after warning and declaration after declaration of the departure of the Spirit has been made by Elijahs to Ahab pastors and leaders of ministries of all sizes.
When translated into prophetic terms, the essence of these declarations is that "there will be no more rain" in this church.
Again, this has been prophesied multiplied times over in thousands of churches by innumerable Elijahs of all kinds-young ones, old ones; men, women; pew sitters, church staff; new comers, old comers - none of whom know the others across the body of Christ.
And what we are seeing now in the body-wide church is a veritable death and famine in fulfillment of these multiplied declarations.
What is the consequence for the Elijahs? They have been of course ushered straight out the doors of the churches. They are no longer to be found or heard. They are in fact, hidden away. This hiding is itself part of the pattern in early fulfillment of the days of Elijah. On the surface, it appears that the Elijahs have been "kicked out." But from the Spirit's perspective they have in fact been led to hide themselves away.
Not that the Elijahs have understood this. They haven't. They usually have not heard a voice saying, "go hide thyself by the brook Cherith." But in reality, that is what the Spirit has mandated - even against the attempts of the Elijahs to be profitably engaged with the body of Christ. Even in spite of themselves, the Lord has hidden them away.
Meanwhile the death continues. The real kingdom word of God and the power of the Spirit are hardly to be found in any western church today. The rain is indeed stopped, just as the Elijahs have declared it would. The land is utterly parched. There's hardly a morsel of real bread to feed on anywhere. Lots of show and theater.
Not much else. The prophecy has come true: a "famine for hearing the word of God."
Not only this, but the famine in the church is affecting the surrounding culture and governments. The knowledge of God is disappearing from the face of the culture. It's getting so bad that laws are being passed under various guises to effectively prohibit the preaching of the gospel - in supposedly "Christian" nations.
The Elijahs hidden away and seeing this, like John the Baptist confusedly ask, "Where is the Lord of God of Elijah?" They can't understand why they aren't being released to confront the society and the governments of this world with the bold claims of Christ - why their "hands are tied" as if in prison, having to stand by and watch society totally kick out our God from its midst, and possibly even eventually kill them all like sitting ducks.
As one who lives in the "east" of his country as Elijah was sent to, I have had larger cause to meditate on this story. But here is what God wants me to understand, and I pass on to you. A time is coming when we will indeed be released to confront the Ahab churches and the godless society they have allowed to fester under their watch. There will be a culture wide Mount Carmel showdown. There will be some kind of repentance, false prophets will be slain, and the true rain will indeed fall that has been prophesied. (Don't ask me when or how). Meanwhile however, other things will still happen before this:
1) The Elijah movement will still be fed and watered by the Spirit in hiding. We will still find spiritual nourishment and can pass it on to one another, despite the surrounding famine.
2) The "prophets of Baal" serving a false "culture-intoxicated
Jesus" will still keep "rain dancing" in the theater churches, singing meaningless songs about "revival" that they don't really understand and ultimately don't really want. Such rain dancing will manifest itself in earnest at the Mt. Carmel confrontation to come.
3) Before all this happens, the Elijahs will be paired with a "widow people" in "Zarephath" where together they will be mutually supplied by the Lord (the "meal" of the Word and "oil" of the Spirit will not fail here) until the confrontation back in "Israel" is ready.
Zarephath was outside of Israel. This means that the present hidden Elijah movement will make some kind of Spirit-directed encounter and form some kind of alliance with a divinely "prepared" yet equally unknowledgeable people outside the church as we know it. Watch for this.
The ELIJAHS OF GOD will ARISE
-Extracts from "Placebo" by Howard Pittman.
There are at least three men of God in history who have walked under the mantle and anointing of the great prophet Elijah:
Elijah himself, the prophet Elisha, and also John the Baptist (who came 'preparing the way of the Lord' at His first coming).
Now that we are approaching Christ's return, the Bible states that we can once again expect God to raise up such bold and anointed messengers who will go forth "in the spirit and power of Elijah" just prior to His return.
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse" (Mal 4:5-6). Jesus Himself stated that, "Elijah comes, and will restore all things..." (Mt 17:11). The task of these end-times Elijah ministries is to "prepare the way of the Lord" and to "make straight a highway for our God" (Is 40:3). These are to be the spiritually 'violent' new ministries that God has been speaking about over the last few years or so. What glor- ious days these will be, when such ministries arise to defend the name and the honour of the Most High once again.
The following is an extract from the book "Placebo" by Howard Pittman. Mr Pittman was a Baptist preacher who, on 3 August, 1979, went into a near-death coma following the sudden rupture of the main trunk artery in his body cavity and the collapse of his veins through blood-loss. He was brought back from the dead twice by the doctors who were working on him in the hospital, and it was during this period that his spirit was transported into the heavenly realm and he was shown much about his own life, the state of the church, and significant events that lay in the immediate future by God.
One of the startling facts that God first placed before him was that his self-righteous life of Christian work, passing out tracts, etc, was an 'abomination' in God's sight, as it was all done from selfish, pharisaical motives. This was a complete shock to Howard (as you can imagine) but he realized that it was absolutely true. Another thing that God told him to tell others when he got back to earth was: "For those who call them- selves Christians, this is the Laodicean Church Age in which we live. A high majority of so-called Christians are, in fact, living a deceived life. They talk Jesus and play church, but do not live it... Because of this our Lord said He would spue them out of His mouth. The Bible describes the condition of this type Christian in Revelation 3:14-22."
He was to share with others that, "God is now in the process of recruiting an army with which He will shake this old world one more time. By working through His soldiers, God will produce great miracles that will shake the established hierarchy of the so-called organized religion that is in this world today. These soldiers that God is now recruiting will demonstrate the power of God to a greater extent than did the disciples in the Pente- costal age. Some will be even greater demonstrations than that of Elijah... God's recruitment for this army has been going on for some time. Some of these soldiers have been brought up to a certain level of faith and placed in a "holding" position where they shall remain until He has brought all the new ones up to that level. Remember, the Bible says that He is the author and finisher of our faith. It is going to be through the faith of the soldiers that God will demonstrate His great power. As was stated earlier, for a long time He has been recruiting a few.
Now the recruitment has begun in earnest because God is about to perform the great miracles through His army that He promised us He would do in the Bible. John the Baptist brought the spir- it of Elijah into this world and he did not even know he had it. He denied it, but Jesus confessed that it was so. The pur- pose of that spirit was to make straight the paths of the coming of the Lord.
"I declare unto you that you the soldiers who are being re- cruited now to join with those who have been recruited in the past, will bring to this world the spirit of Elijah. Again the purpose is to make straight the paths of the coming of the Lord for He is about to come again! You that sleep, now is the time to awaken! You that have been in that "holding" pattern for years, look up! You're about to be put to work! To the new re- cruit, I would say study the Bible diligently and seek the Lord's will in every aspect of your life. Time is short for your spiritual training, but you will be used in ways you never thought possible if you seek the Lord FIRST in your life.
"You who are to be chosen will be the soldiers of the latter rain as referred to in scripture. This recruitment is for the end of the great revival spoken of by the prophet Joel and be- gun on the day of Pentecost. The end-time of that great revival is the beginning of the latter rain, so you must prepare for the battle with the discipline of a professional soldier.
"Know this also. There shall be a time or process of "culling" those who are not qualified to be a member of this "Gideon's" army. Just as in Gideon's army in the Bible, only a select few will be fit for service in the army of Christian soldiers the Lord will use in the battle of the latter rain."
~"Placebo" by Howard Pittman - published in the early 1980's.