Time to Arise and build

Time to Arise and build

Isa 46:10

10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. NIV

God has an objective

God’s eternal counsel stands from one generation to the next. His will, purpose and agenda will never be compromised by circumstance, change in season, human errors or failure. The Lords purpose for you and me will stand. However, it is important to know that God, who began creation but lives outside time, in his intelligence, ordained everything seen and unseen to move towards the direction his prophetic agenda.

One of the several duties of the prophetic ministry, is to connect the human spirit to divine revelation or what some prefer to call,  the current emphasis of the Spirit; such that clarity in knowledge, wisdom and understanding helps us make sense of events happening on a personal, regional or global stage.  Sound biblical doctrine and revelational truth are the plumbline of making sense of both the present and future events.  In other words, connecting several pieces of truths, like a puzzle to those confusing or dysfunctional areas of life and the society, gives direction and a clear assurance of the outcome of the future.

The year we about to step into is just a piece in a large puzzle call ‘the Lord’s prophetic program’ that is currently placing each piece of these puzzles back to their rightful place. The standard and quality of life’s system we allow God to build through our individual cooperation with the Spirit is what will ultimately set the precedence for the nations to desire to stream up to the mountain of the Lord in this new day according to Isaiah chapter 2.   The condition of the house of the Lord, which is the spiritual portal to our connection to heavens resource, will determine our level of relevancy and impact in this epic season.

There is no better time

If there is ever a time appropriate in history, where the blueprint of the Father’s house need to be precisely restored for the nations to be attracted to his wisdom is now. The Church seem to be missing in action regarding what is currently happening across the globe in terms of offering an alternative leadership perspective and direction.  It’s seem our ability and competency to engage on a national and global scale is not powerful or relevant enough to compel the Kings of the earth to notice what the Lord is saying to the nations,

Most individuals called in the scripture to represent the priesthood of the Lord, interfaced and interact with the dominions and principalities that influence their territories.  Abraham and the rest of the Patriarchs to the New Testament disciples all interact with the religious and political forces that controlled their society. They were neither afraid nor weakened by the false religious system of the day nor by the socioeconomic challenges of the time.

They had the approval of the Lord within them that gave them boldness and courage to speak even when the general opinion of the day was contrary.  For the prophetic promise in Isaiah chapter 2 to happen, you and I need to present ourselves as available material and tools for the Spirit of the Lord. The current speakings of the Spirit requires us all to be positioned in faith, obedience and courage for the will of the Father to prosper.  Building a house that will carry and display the knowledge of the glory of the Lord through our communities to the ends of the earth is not an option for believers today. Like Elisha,

 

The prophetic compass

We must follow wholeheartedly, the Elijah the Lord placed within our pathway to develop and perfect our prophetic faculty. Elisha must be determined to follow Elijah until he receives the mantle to govern and lead the nation into their ordained destiny.  Allow me to emphasize this statement. For any society, including the Church of the Lord to precisely start and finish its prophetic commission and assignment, they undoubtedly need to hear a well-defined and matured prophetic voice.  One that cannot be confused, corrupt nor weaken by the gravitational pull of the fallen humanistic nature; a voice highly compassionate by the needs of the people but not moved by the democratic opinion of the mass.

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.'” Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” (Haggai 1:2-4 NIV)

An increased release of the Lord’s prophetic program towards the perfection of our faith and the finish of all things should be the motivating factor of the people of the Lord as we press into 2013. Looking back at 2012 with it is socioeconomic failures, political destabilization, confusion, depression, discouragement and the loss of loved ones.  One can summarize this  activity in few words; the Lord’s prophetic program to manifest the knowledge of his kingdom in every sphere of our lives is in acceleration and the forces of darkness are not relenting in trying to confuse, weaken, destabilize and cripple our faith and hope in Christ.

Crisis, the force of spiritual renewal

As we move closer into the reality of the manifestation of the Lord’s kingdom, the power of hell will use every available means to try to stop, pollute or frustrate our effort.  However, as we regularly consider the joy set before us as we behold in the Spirit, the redemption of creation, we should be highly driven, motivated and courageous in breaking every limitation that tend to want to stop us.  Considering why we exist as the Church of the Lord in our various communities should give us enough reason and hope to keep our faith alive even in the most challenging situation. What the Lord spoke to us as his prophetic agenda for our family, community and city should keep us going because they do not change.

the use of crisis is one of the enemy’s most common ways in trying to discourage and cripple the faith and hope of followers of Christ as seen through out the church Age up until this present season. Yet, it also one of the most precise apostolic tools the father employs in the building and perfecting of the faith virtue of the saints. When we look at the New Testament church, we observe how crisis shaped and build the apostolic culture of the saints. They were glad to go through the challenges and persecutions the enemy threw at them.  The more they were threaten not to speak the name of Christ publicly, the more they proclaimed his name, power and glory until that generation was filled with the knowledge of the glory of God.   God often use what we define as challenges to build character stability within his own.

There’s a need for a change of perfective as we press towards the curvature of a new earth. Allow the seemingly complex trials and of your life to push you closer to the father. Let the crisis build your spiritman as you hunger for more of a prayer lifestyle. There is a place in the Spirit, where we no longer struggle with the will of the Father, and that is the place where all things lost will be restored in a new format. Challenges break our pride by opening the gateway for us to completely surrender to the Lordship of Christ.

This is what the life of faith is all about.

The Lord’s house must be build…

The Lord desires his house to be built even in time of intense trial of our faith. Crisis at any level should not deter us from pursuing the hope we have in Christ Jesus. The Lord in his earthly ministry prepared his disciple for time of persecution. He told them beforehand, his coming death and how they will be scattered like sheep without a shepherded. Even though, this foreknowledge did not immune them from being shaken and persecuted, they knew what was coming their way and they were glad to face it.

One of the core duties of Christian leaders today is to train and prepare their members for the dark days ahead. The Lord’s desire is to have a company of warriors who never retreat from the enemy regardless of what he throws at them. Like David, we need to learn to face the Goliath’s of our generation headlong. If we have spent enough time at the backside of the wilderness learning from the Mighty warrior himself, we shall certainly overcome.

The employment of human reason by most Christian leaders today is a major contributor to the current confusion and in most cases, the destruction of most believers’ faith.  Yes, we live in this world but we do not live by the standards or system of this world according to the word of God. The weapons of dealing with the issues of this life, we are told are not carnal. Living according to the Democratic humanistic wisdom will certainly keep us out of the scope of divine direction and provision.  Faith and faith alone in the promise of God should make sense to every believer in the 21st century or we will be in danger of losing the grounds we have gained in the past.

Humanistic reason will not help

We are in a serious situation in the Church today, where the decision template of both individuals and the corporate Leadership is becoming more humanistic, we need to hear the thundering voice of the Spirit to realign us back to the ordained pathway of the Spirit of the Lord.  We need highly skilled men and women whose still carry within their spirit, the Lord’s divine blueprint for the rebuilding of the ruined temple of the Lord.  We need powerful apostolic craftsmen with divine impetus who can precisely connect to heaven’s frequency in other to shape things down here the valley. The Spirit of the Lord is speaking expressly, let those with the voice to hear listen to what the Lord is saying, as the Church gets ready to march into 2013. For the Lord has not given us the spirit of fear… fear is of man and it is the product of the earth. it is one of Satan’s most powerful weapons.  To hear and know the current signal of the Spirit for precisely, you must step into the pathway of obedience!

God’s eternal promise

The scripture we are gleaning re-echoes the on relentless desire of the Lord’s prophetic objective to dwell amongst his people as the only compass that leads and direct them toward his ordained destiny. To accomplish this desire requires that his presence will live perpetually amongst them. One of the things that makes Israel unique among the nation is the promise God made with them to dwell in their midst forever. He promised that his Name would remain among his people.

This promise did not change even when Israel turned her back on the Lord and went to serve the gods of the gentile nation. The lord has been the source of Israel’s provision and security even in times of great trials and distress in the land of captivity. They were given a covenant of blessing and riches. However, the children of Israel like many of us today, had soon forgotten this unwavering promise of the Lord. in their quest to regain socioeconomic stability, having just returned from the land of captivity that have deprived them of their dignity as a nation, they seem less bothered or interested in first rehabilitating the sanctuary that houses the presence of the Lord in their mist.

Shifting from the core

Their passion to regain national pride and economic stability had overshadowed again the main reason that led them to captivity, which is the complete neglect and pollution of the house of the Lord according to Ezekiel’s Account.  It is important we put into perspective that one of the reasons why the Lord brought them out of bondage was to primarily to rebuild the nation, as much as that is important to the Lord, but to reestablish his covenant of promise to their ancestor to remain a nation of priest unto God. Meaning, their primary objective is to represent God by building him a house that can truly usher the nations into the presence of the lord.  These people, by design where ordained to raise a quality of life that reflects the pattern of God blueprint for human existence.

Therefore, rebuilding the ruined sanctuary of the Lord ought to have been their primary objective. Please make no mistake of what the Lord’s habitation represent here; we are not suggesting some arrangements of woods and plastering of bricks, called a house. This scripture is been use as a metaphor to reflect what the Spirit of the Lord requires his people to build in terms of a fortified apostolic hub, that can both create and release the accurate prophetic pattern and standard for human existence in times of intense darkness.  The Israelites, as the Lords priest, where ordained to be the gateway of spiritual reunion and societal reformation. Every community needs a company of saints, trained by the Spirit with a strong governmental grace to create oversight over its territorial region, such that they stand firm as portals that can either hinder the invasion of the spirit of darkness, or usher in the light of The Fathers glory into its region.

The impact of captivity

It is clear that the impact of captivity has grossly damaged both the spiritual and psychological template of the children of Israel to the point of seeing survival as their main objective. The enemy, as a war strategist, clearly understand human temperament, especially when they have being placed under intense emotional pressure for a long period, it seem he can almost predict our actions and reaction. Even the best of military training where soldiers are equipped with modern technology to withstand high level emotional and physical pain, we still see them breakdown. This has been proven to be accurate with some of the recent wars been fought across the globe.

One of the objectives of war or captivity, if you like, is that it destroys  personal self-image, dignity and identity; With war comes famine, disease, abuse, poverty and other emotional distress that makes the best of people lose both of their spirituality and humanity.  indeed, the current position of most Christian today is like that of the children of Israel who have allowed the battles of life to forced them into a mere state of survival instead of advancing into their called destiny.  The fear of political destabilization and economic uncertainty is currently assaulting the faith of most believers to the point where they are neglecting their primary calling to engage in building an atmosphere of apostolic leadership, designed to invade and transform societies across the nations.

Learning to be strong psychologically

The Church of the Lord cannot afford to drawback in its calling to lead and give prophetic guidance to the nations.  Regardless of what the coming year will offer society; we must take up the responsibility to continually build a strong apostolic system that can provide sustainable knowledge, wisdom and prophetic sight for the perfection of the upcoming generation.   The plan of the enemy is to use life’s emotional battle to distract many from what the lord is currently doing. Building communities across our cities with strong governmental prophetic insight that is capable to resist the assault of darkness is a priority the Lords prophets must engage themselves.  This explained why the Lord desired his own house to be build first as priority before any other construction is carried out by the children of Israel.

It is important we put into context what the Spirit of the Lord is emphasizing in the now as we are about to step into another year. The devastating impact of 2012 certainly will require beyond a professionally skilled psychologist therapy. The world has never been more polarized than we are currently witnessing. Democracy, regardless of the context in which it’s been practiced is forcefully being assaulted to the point of almost losing its leadership grip over society, which include, the American society.

The assault from the kingdom of darkness is shifting the position of many believers faith and hope in God to what they can gain and store for their sustainer.  Nations once known to be wealthy are facing the reality of poverty in every sense one can think of.   Could God be speaking to his people to read the handwriting on the wall? it is true that the effect and impact of a true governmental Church is born out of a season of great depression and need. To all Christian leaders out there, this is our moment to arise above the devastating challenges and offer hope and direction to the people down the valley.

Learning from Israel’s mistake

We need to learn from the mistake of the children of Israel never to allow our personal needs and desire to becloud our judgment. Our destined priority is to build a habitation for the indwelling and manifestation of the presence of the Lord to be seen in times of darkness.   Looking carefully that the scripture again, one immediately sees the emphasis of the Spirit; the Lord was certainly not against the construction of their houses or the economic restoration of its people. The Lord was establishing a spiritual principle that will restore and safeguard their identity.

The issue here is that of the misplacement of time.  Time is the definer of the accuracy of intention and purpose. What we do for the lord or in the name of the Lord is judged or approved according to the directive of the Lord’s demand in time. it is amazing how we can be judge for doing the right thing at the wrong time. The ability to discern or have the sense of time is one of the hallmarks of maturity. Can the issue of not responding to the timing of the Lord bring judgment to us living in the 21st century?  Certainly, if we turn our face against the needs and requirements of our time, especially when we have been given the right skill, capacity and resource, we shall be judged.

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” (Haggai 1:5, 6 NIV)

The neglect of the Israel’s leadership call to start the reconstruction of the Lord’s temple brought devastating consequence to the entire nation as we see in the above scripture.  The logical thing to do, especially when a people have just been set free from a very long period of captivity is to immediately start the rebuilding of once life again in terms of constructing a place of abode and economic sustainability. While these are highly necessary and important, they must however, be viewed in the context of obeying the set standard of the Lord. A good example is that of the prophet who told the widow to first prepare him food to eat before providing for the Son while he was just informed there nothing left to eat. In a humanistic society lime our where carnal reason has almost taken dominion over the virtue of faith; they will immediately label the prophet as insensitive and abusive.

Where do we draw the line between faith and human reasoning? I do believe that when there is a connection within our spirit concerning what the Spirit of the Lord requires from us through his servant, we shall reap the fruit of obedience.  Building a system of that seeks first to restore the spiritual life of the people will afford us the opportunity witness to the depressed and oppressed in our cities. The rehabilitation of both the spiritual and psychological state of mind is crucial to Gods divine program for the redemption of creation.  It is a common fact that many tend to slide down from a sound spiritual position when they face a prolonged life threatening issue.

 

Learn to take charge in time of crisis

The last thing must believer want in time of crisis is to be told to embark on  reconstruction of the damaged emotion or spirit of their brothers, especially when they also are involve in the same problem. The nations needs type of spiritual and mental fortitude that is able to rise a built the right order of life in the midst great calamity. We are told to a rise and shine for our light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon us…indeed, 2012 will leave many across the globe with more questions than answer. However, if we turn to the Lord and carefully listen to what he said in the past and what he is currently saying we definitely have reasons to rejoice and look forward to the coming year with great hope and anticipation.

There is a current prophetic call for all leaders across the board to reevaluate what our priorities have become. Those of us who began in the spirit years back but are been perfected in the flesh should reconsider the foundation and motive of our faith from the beginning. Many that where set free from the bondage of Pharaoh did not actually believe that God could truly change them. They only took advantage of the moment of freedom to leave Egypt but their pattern of thinking is still highly influenced by their slave master. When there has not been a true internal encounter with the Lord, like Paul on the road to Damascus, it is a matter of time before the fallen inherent human nature takes over. The foundation of our faith must be revaluated on the ancient apostolic truth so that we stand even in times of great crisis.

Building our own paneled houses in the name of the Lord without constructing an atmosphere within our communities or cities that can contain the moisture formed through the cloud of our worship and intercession will live our society in ruin. God demand we build him a lasting house that can adequately withstand the intensity of darkness and at the same time release the revelational knowledge of his glory for the earth to behold.

The call of Haggai’s ministry

As the spirit of prophet Haggai once again scrutinizes the current position of the people of the Lord, we are demanded to adjust our priority to that of Gods prophetic mandate.   Powerful programs and initiatives have been created in the name of spiritual or social transformation but little seem to be happening in terms of the inner reconfiguration of human behavior. Could it be that our neglect of a sound apostolic leadership foundation is the result of this failure? The seemly desolation of today’s society is undoubtedly connected to the utter neglect or delay in rebuilding a type of a dwelling place that does not only houses the presence of God, but that can effectively enforce development and transformation on a global scale.

King Solomon showed us this system of constructing a place that does to not only houses the presence of the Lord, but also gave answer to the difficult questions and philosophy of the queen of Sheba.

The appropriate construction of the houses of the Lord in any community or society sets the precedence for the precise reformation, development and transformation of the people’s identity and destiny.   Another reason why the accurate building of the house of the Lord is important in this new day is that it helps in giving prophetic clarity and direction to unabated life’s complex issues.

Fallen humans, regardless of how informed or educated they may seem to be, usually do not have required faith capacity or courage to effectively deal with life’s challenges without breaking down. There is no doubt; the wisdom of the world will certainly continue to fail. Therefore, the demand from the lord for the returned exile from captivity to first rebuild his house where hid knowledge and wisdom can be easily access by all does make a whole lot of sense.

Priority to build the house of the Lord according to divine blueprint in 2013 will help in injecting relevant spiritual and mental capacity that will awake and motivate communities to see Gods dream for their lives. The world at the moment is desperately in search for skillful leadership that can bring them out of the ongoing socioeconomic quagmire. However, true create visionary leader are product of God’s presence as we see in the life of King David. If this generation must witness change, then, the construction of the house of God according to divine design must be a priority in the Body of Christ.  visionary leaders representing the purposes of the Lord in the earth carries two objectives, one, to show society Gods divine blueprint for existence either on a p

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ersonal level or in a corporate perspective. Secondly, to see that the kingdom of God comes to bear in every facet of life and the Lord’s will becomes established on earth as it is already done in heaven. Therefore brethren, this is our moment to show the world that God’s dwell amongst his people and they can come and partake of his presence and find safety in time like this. Let your hands not be weak in building the ruin places call the house of the Lord.

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Before you click the like button next time.

 

While most of us are on social media to interact and develop productive friendship relationship, we nevertheless need to be highly mindful that not everyone on these platforms  are there for the right reason, and this includes those we may assume to be Spirit filled Christians.

It is becoming clearer that what we say or project on social media are instantly becoming the very extension of our physical, personal world to the degree that someone can gain instant opportunity or breakthrough. While others on the other hand can Incur the wrath of friends or be displaced at the work place because of a wrong attitude expressed on these media networks. Hence, we see these two parallel sides on social networks that we must be cognizant of.

My worry however is the increasing reality of the idea of those who employ the social media to project their false belief in regards to how they manipulate and interpret the word of God to frame their own narration of reality. Please friends, carefully read and understand the intent of what I am saying before I am misinterpreted. 

I am not proposing that people should not comment or like our post. It’s been proven that for the fact that someone clicked the like button on your page or post does not necessarily mean they are in complete agreement with you. My point is, clicking the like button has become a measuring yardstick of who we think like us or dislike us. 
This is such a shallow concept of relationship in terms of matured, biblical standard, and I suggest we should move away from this carnal notion.

Before you post your words, comment or click the like button, it’s important to capture the state of your thought and attitude, particularly with regards to what you’ve just read. Many of the posts and comments we read almost instantly on Facebook are reactionary by nature. While you have those who are given a true, inspiring, motivational, encouraging and challenging message to the body of Christ on the cyber space. 

You also bear on the other side, those who will be  either responding intelligently to what have been written, or those who will be negatively reacting through their unhealed and unbalanced emotions.

My focus, however, on this note, is to highlight this set of group who seek to use the social media to reinforce a seemingly biblical believe to enforce a rebellious (attitude) stronghold they know exist within them. Because of their knowledge of the word of God, coupled with some biblical traditions they’ve mastered down the years of their Christianity, it’s  easy for them to use scripture to say what they want to say without necessarily having the spiritual and emotional discipline to deal with matters objectively.

It is really difficult to falter these individuals if one lacks a deep sense of discernment and the operation of the Spirit of wisdom within. You have innocent, spirituality unskilled  Christians in the name of unity or relationship, following these individuals or group exclusively to be used for endorsing their false, unbiblical, disobedient narrative of what they term as the gospel of the kingdom. In most cases, they use their knowledge of scripture, giftedness and a sense of maturity to lure others who may be exposed to the scripture, but have very limited knowledge on the laws of sound, balanced biblical interpretation.

Let’s not seek to endorse or reinforce people’s inherent strongholds by merely clicking the like  button on social media, especially when such opinions are back up by  using the word of God outside. Anyone can  use the word of God to say or mean whatever they want it to say for them. Often times, scriptures are used for interpreting our own bias, narrow view of what we think, see or believe regarding a person or situation.

 I have often picked out how excellent scriptures are taken out of context to buttress the idea of a particular perspective we want to project. This is a clear reflection of witchcraft practice in its highest level. If we permit others to manipulate us to approve or justify their wrong belief system just because they’ve perfected the act of using scripture to validate their opinion, we shall be greatly judged for our blindness and lack of discernment. This is a word for all believers and followers of the lamb.

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DEMOCRATIC ELECTION AND HEAVEN’S PROPHETIC PROGRAM

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

The current ongoing America election is far from the race of two strong democratic ideologies. Ideologies are shaped and influenced by a preferred philosophy. The policies that shapes and determine nations are designed to project certain belief system either good or bad. Any wise one tracking the current global affairs, we immediately realize the strong direction of the two main candidates running for the position of presidency in the White House. 

The battle over the seat of the White House has never been this personal and challenging in the history of America. It’s clear that people are now hungry for a new direction in the policy of governance while the other seeks to maintain and push for the policy of globalization. Whoever wins the seat of the White House will certainly determine the next direction in the fulfillment of global prophetic affairs, in terms of the ultimate collapse of the empire of the kings of the earth.

 

There’s no doubt that what is behind the force of election shapes the economic, political and spiritual climate of a region. While democracy is not the concept of God’s government. It is however, accepted as the best way of human government, and if we are in this world, our lives and that of our family will be influenced by the democratic government and leadership in place.

 

The scripture abundantly made clear that we respect and honor human government, for it is the lord himself who placed them in the position of authority.  Therefore, it will be naïve of any Christian to suggest that the political shift within nations, but in particular, the nation of America, carries no serious meaning or relevance to the ongoing emergence of the kingdom of God. It’s like saying that the political architecture of the Roman Empire has nothing to do will the prophetic unveiling and fulfillment of Christ redemptive purpose for his generation.

 

The world of Palestine and it’s then socioeconomic and political landscape was planned and arrange as a portal for the prophetic redemptive program of the father. Everyone, including the Roman occupation of Israel had a key role to play in that which the father designed to carry out in those days. Nothing happened habitually. Every movement, thought, action and decision were divinely designed to lead to what was has been planned in the fulfillment of God’s program. Jesus said to John at River Jordan, let it be so for the fulfillment of what has been written to become manifest. 

 

Prophecy doesn’t fulfill themselves. They must be carried, nurtured and birth within the setting of their ordained place of fulfillment. The prophetic desire of the father is shaped by a company of watchers, positioned as salt and light within a geographical region. These men and women track the movement of the Spirit for their nation and generation.

 

Hence, they know what to do within any given situation in their region of assignment. As gatekeepers, they track and follow the prophetic trajectories of the Spirit, even amongst the things we will count as ordinary and irrelevant. It is, therefore, critically important, we understand that even things like election and voting plays a huge role in the advanced fulfillment of divine intent.   

 

A shift in the prophetic trajectory of any generation requires the ecclesia to update again, it’s revelatory wisdom and insight into the mind and will of the father to accurately adjust the structure posture and direction of what we are building. This allows the church to perfectly align with agreement towards what the Spirit was saying and demanding for the next season.

 

 The ongoing shaken of the foundation of the nations will continue to the attention of the kings of the earth is drawn to the hand writing of the father on their walls. Only those who have been sealed on the forehead will be able to read and interpret the writings of the Lord. There’s now a specific writing of the Lord upon the walls of every nation, including the nation of America. Those who are designed to play key role in the acceleration of the fulfillment of God’s prophetic calendar are now being posited to their rightful place with authority to speak with authenticity and accuracy.

As we continue to live in the days of the last kingdom of Iron and clay, we need to change our prophetic lens to see and understand the role each of are called to play in bring forth the judgment counsel of the Lord upon Babylon. The battle against the tradition, ideology and ways things has been for decades are now coming to an end.

 

 As new formats of leadership arises with a nationalistic agenda, we will continue to see the battle of ideology play out on every front. A globalist mentality is now being challenged even from within the Europe. The architectural purpose of globalization is being tested as iron and clay cannot hold together.

 

It is clear that the globalization socioeconomic policy builds on the foundation of the western world concept of democracy is now falling apart as people begin to realize how they are losing their identity and economic security. Americans also tow the same line the British did a few months ago by leaving the European Union.  Yes, this new direction of the policy will change the economic direction of the nations for a while until new relationship and bilateral agreements are reached. Our position as the church of the Lord is to continue to hold the standard of the Lord within the [blindness] confusion of the heart of men.  We are called to be a light house; a city set on the hill that cannot be hidden. It’s time we update of the prophetic software for increased engagement with the nations and kings of the earth.  Let’s make disciples of all nation. 

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REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION Conclusion

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By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

PERSONAL VIEW AND REVELATION

 

Many, in their zeal and excitement of describing what they’ve perceived or felt in their spiritual journey will usually accept such knowledge or experience to be the literal, general acceptable yardstick standard of spiritual accuracy and development. To the degree that they, in most cases, fall into the trap of measuring, viewing and even interpreting others spiritual life through their one-sided, piggy hole, personal revelatory position unfortunately.

The fact is, some of us, in our personal walk with the lord may have reached certain spiritual zenith or experience if you will, that may even suggest we have embodied some of the greatest depths of prophetic revelatory knowledge, and that is fine. However, we need to constantly remind ourselves at all occasions to put into context and perspective the kind of audience we are relating to. Meaning that the more we can discern the spiritual level and standard of the individual or community, we are interacting with helps us understanding what to share, and how best to convey the revelation we want to share.

 Declaring what you believe has been given to you doesn’t mean you’re wrong, particularly in an era of fast social media platforms. And it should not also be assumed that those who may refuse your persuasion and position of revelation at the ‘moment’ are wrong too.  We certainly all don’t wake up at the same time.

The sun rises earlier in some time zone than other places. This is true with the issue of spiritual development and maturity. This fact doesn’t stop us from sharing with others, the deep things of the Spirit. In fact, our desire is to leave behind the elementary realities of the gospel and migrate further into the ascended realm of transformation in Christ. My point is, while we may pursue the advance dimension of kingdom life, we should never impose that position we have just discovered with others.      

 

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND REVELATION.

While our journey towards the zenith of the revelation of Christ, the full status of all truth carries a universal sound of awakening and development. However, the transitional momentum and experience towards such confluence of sound is usually a unique, personal dealings of knowledge and experience that must be respected and appreciated by all. While others may get stirred, motivated and encouraged through what is preached and taught, how they process the information, and relate to the lord in terms of their exposure to the truth they’ve received will ultimately determine their spiritual growth, capacity maturity onto that next level in transition.

Revelation is one of the most beautiful and most important aspects of the dynamism of spiritual growth and transition. The elevated knowledge received through the opening of the mystery of revelation comes with the tendency, if care is not taken, to develop a sense of superiority complex.  The word of God says, Knowledge puffs up, including spiritual knowledge.

This is a highly sensitive and conscious place to be as we move to seek to know and build the designed mind of the father for our day. The desire to want to know things, more so, if they are things that must do with the future, is a quest more Christian and non-Christian alike tenaciously longs for.

 

The fact is, the quest to seek the unknown is what the enemy used in the first place in the garden to seduced Eve to disobey the instruction of the father. That same desire is what the evil one is using to lure many to seek all forms of false portals to gain access into what is unclear to them. Having access today into that which intended for tomorrow gives humans, some sense of security, and that answers the many reasons why millions today have fallen prey to the spirit of false prophetic ministry.

 

As believers and followers of the lamb, it is critical that we understand that revelation, regardless of it’s grand influence, is should never be assumed as the yardstick of measuring spiritual development or maturity. Revelation is a key that grants access to that which is hidden to the natural faculty. While revelation allows, us access into divine things, the condition and posture of our spirit-man, however will determine what we do with such revelatory information.

 

The act of revelation Itself does not determine nor alter the shape of affairs; it is how we understand and precisely execute the revelatory knowledge that produces impact and the desired transformation. Indeed, revelational [truth] knowledge can greatly enhance our process of development in making the necessary adjustments through the divine knowledge accessed, as we apply wisdom and understanding to the decisions we are taking. The part you’ve been shown or given in terms of revelational insight was designed to shift your understanding with regards to the demand of the lord for your growth.

 

Furthermore, the ministry of revelation, which is one of the core arm of the prophetic ministry, is designed as a schoolmaster, assigned to prep the saints on the oracles of biblical spiritual growth and development into the perfect day in Christ. So, when we make statements relating to our spiritual (status) state of knowledge, understanding or experience, regardless of how genuine our expression, we must vigorously seek to effectively communicate such position of truth in a humble, balanced, persuasive, intelligent manner.

 

Our communication of divine matters, including the ministry of revelation and restored truth should always cause our students, audience or listeners to seek to what to learn by appreciating what we are saying in the spirit of grace and humility. This implies that when people hear or read our stuffs, while they admire us, we should never create an impression or atmosphere that suggests we are better and indispensable to the people. While people can enjoy the freedom to respect, honor and even serve the grace of the Lord in our lives due to sacrificial lifestyle they can see in us.

 

 They should, however never be encouraged to think they cannot be more proficient than us in their pursuit of revelation in fulfilling their own given assignment. If our materials or message of faith directly or indirectly shifts the heart of the people to start looking at us as some super spiritual being, we have certainly set ourselves up to fail.

 

While people seek to honor and appreciate us, and in fact, they should do that as often as they are led by the lord. We must, however never suggest the idea of spiritual superiority in our communication and representation of divine things. There’s a need to always try to (display) show how the Lord brought us to that point of spiritual (experience) persuasion and understanding of spiritual things, for this is the chief purpose of the mission of a teacher.

Everything our lord did was reveal to his disciple after the crowd had left. The matters he felt they were not ready for was kept to be revealed through the ministry of the Holy Spirit after his ascension. Our spiritual expression should not be understood as if we are communicating revelatory knowledge with sublime arrogance and pride. We must seek to bring the people up to the next level of the father’s plan for the people and not where we think they should be in our own measure standard of life.

 

 It’s so easy to presume where the people should be because we measure ourselves by other’s standards. Constantly remember that there are three levels of believers and positions in our Christian Faith, and in in fact, all we know and express in our ministry of truth and revelation are also benchmarked by these three levels according to the word of God.

 

I am referring to what Christ called the thirty-fold position, the sixtyfold and of course, the hundredfold dimension which relates to the fullness or completeness of all things in Christ. All that was created in the development of the body of Christ are designed in parts. Your assumed fullness or completeness is only a part of a greater dimension within the body that must fit into its rightful place for the church to perfectly function towards that point of maximum creativity and productivity kingdom community.  It is naive for a community like the Corinthians church to be engaging in ideas of the second coming of Christ amongst themselves while they are just beginning the process of developing and integration as a community being commissioned to interpret the prophetic purposes of the lord for their region and time.

 

 

AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH

Those called to be leaders and role model in the current advanced emergence of kingdom order, must develop beyond the mere preaching and celebration of the revelation to its intended, precise position of strategic implementation. It is biblically clear that revelation is for personal development and corporate edification. Yet, the implementation of such given (truth) revelation becomes highly relevant when it can make contact and impact through the domain of its carrier to the society.

 

A revelation that does not produce the creative life force of growth, reform and transformation within and outside our immediate environment needs to be reconsidered of its source and authenticity.  Heaven centered revelation as seen through scripture must make contact and impact with the earth in a way that attracts the attention of the people of the world to a new standard and position of kingdom lifestyle.  Our lord Jesus Christ as we know, was, and he’s still is, the embodiment of all spiritual insight and revelatory knowledge. He is the Revelator and the revelation. Still, his life and message was felt in the corridors of political and economic powers of his days.

 

The entire Roman Empire system knew him. They recognized his authenticity and influence without raising an army or sword to fight. If truly, the revelation given to you has become flesh, it will progressively and naturally transform your world and environment without effort. It’s amazing how today’s church loves running with powerful kingdom truths that are yet to develop and transform us internally.

 

We revel in sharing what we’ve seen, and that’s good, but not good enough if we are going to represent the affairs of the kingdom. It must be that which we have seen, touched and our hands have handled having been with him on the mount. That is a true reflection of the force of an ascended life. The word became flesh and dwelt among men, and we beheld his glory…

 

After the encounter of the revelation at the upper room, there was an immediate contact with the religious system of the day that attract the attention of Roman Empire leadership. Authentic spiritual insight or revelation must be transformed into a viable, creative nonresistance force that attracts the nations into the field of the lord’s harvest. The big question is, are the nations beholding the glory of what we are today declaring as a revelation today? Something to think about.

 

THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH, A GOOD EXAMPLE

 As insightful and matured the Corinthians church seem in chapter 1 of Corinthians, one would expect this church to also be a community of peaceful, united, corporate community, pursuing the grace and life of their corporate assignment in the spirit of matured understanding. Unfortunately, it’s not so, as you begin to read chapters two and three further, you start to see the childishness and immaturity of this community.

 

Suddenly you get the sense of how far they are from what was depicted in chapter one as well spiritually developed community. I use to know folks back in my teenage days as a zealous Christian in separate search for anointing and revelation. In those days, there was a sense of deep respect and admiration for anyone who seem to have in depth knowledge and insight into the word of God.

Young fellow will spend there to school fees or their incomes to buy Christian literatures. Others, like me, who seem to have a partial understanding of a calling will go for concordance, commentaries and theological materials just to polish my spiritual insight, and I can tell you that it was enjoyable. Nevertheless, the purpose of this seemingly wonderful spiritual request was to prove a point to others that you’re the best. Thus, while people listen and applauded what was coming out of my mouth, my heart was taking the glory. The exercise was never truly designed to bring glory to the lord. It was all about competition. This is the same thing I see today amongst many leaders. While they are articulating the right things in terms of what is expected, their hearts, however are seeking to take the glory.

 

 When need to understand that the mouth can say all the right things while our hearts does not truly engage in the spirit of truth to want to see constructive change. A word that is yet to affect us cannot transform the listeners regardless of how finely fitted our lingual expression. Revelation is not simply about the use of words to communicate something we believe has been given or shown to us. Truly revelation is called to see and experience that which is behind the veil of human understanding to adjust our lives to fit that heavenly pattern.

 

 Therefore, seeking to understand what we’ve seen is a critical component of being custodians of the ministry of revelation. Making ambiguous statement, more so in our spiritual stands only without a standardized balance of a guiding doctrine, complicates the primary objective of the purpose of communicating our faith and hope which is to ultimately bring edification.  If we effectively communicate our spiritual position with the purpose to educate, reform and transform, we will eventually edify and build up the body into fullness in all things in as we convey revelation guided by the character quality of the fruits of our regenerate spirit.

 

 

 

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REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION

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INTRODUCTION

The most elementary, basic definition of the word revelation means to reveal or to unveil. Elohim, from the dawn of time has made the ministry of revelation his primary assignment. Creation itself is the very revelation of the father’s creative character nature.

Due to the deepest, hidden character nature of the father’s existence, he chose to create, formulate and express his own very nature through the creation of the first man in Eden. When he said let us make man in our own image and likeness, that was one of the most powerful and amazing declarations in the word of God that proves the ever-willingness of the father to both show and express his unveiling nature and creative wisdom.

 

It is obvious that Eden was not the genesis of all the creation of the Godhead. Eden however was the beginning of the introduction of another dimension of his character essence through the introduction of man. That which once lived solely in one dimension of eternity can now be seen or even accessed through the creation of man.  The conception of man in the garden of Eden was the beginning of the revelation of another dimension of the glorious, majestic, powerful nature of the father’s sovereignty over all things.

 

Man, was, and is still is the mystery that conceals and unveil some of the deepest secrets of the nature of the Godhead, and it’s for this reason it is said that eternality is (hidden) placed within man. Deep within the spirit of the regenerated man lies one of the most powerful spiritual realities and characteristics of the very essence of God, the creator of all things. Everything about man speaks and breath the very life of his creator. Man, is the seed of God, manifested in fruit of the character essence of his creator. The more man learns his place and substance in his creator, the more he can discover and recover from his fallen position from grace.

 

MY FOCUS

My focus, however, through this short note is not on the nature or purpose of revelation, but on how it is perceived, interpreted and misused in the vast community of saints across the globe today.

My intention is to therefore distinguish between the various understandings that guide and lead us to assume and prematurely conclude on the issue of personal revelation, which is today causing a major problem within the corporate community life of the church.

 

DEFINING REVELATION

Revelation, by nature, deals with issues and events that are both within the confines of time and outside of time. Revelation is designed to bridge two realms and worlds within the life of a redeemed person. Revelation is a sneak-view into the magnificent mystery of the life of Christ that is a living, embodied testament of an unfolding event that is already fulfilled within the characteristic life of the ministry of Christ in eternity.

The ministry of the (that which is revealed) mystery of Christ is the most eminent of all courses of knowledge and uncovering. There can’t be nothing higher or greater of either spiritual, academic or scientific than to possess a pure revelatory knowledge of the ascended Christ in his full glory. Nevertheless, this eternally fulfilled life in Christ must first become a working process of redemption and devotion in time for the union of what is already fulfilled to be completed in us.

 

Revelation is a continual process of an unveiling finished prophetic destiny of humanity and creation, carried out by a remnant generation, worthy to be chosen to participate in the birth and the fulfillment of the mysteries of the father, as seen through the exemplary life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Mary and Joseph.

 

COMPREHENSION AND REVELATION

 Our understanding and interpretation of revelation must precede beyond the confinement of what may have been suggested to us by various school of thought and opinions, or better still, by what may appear to be the obvious interpretation of the answer needed within our own limited definition and understanding of knowledge, and I am referring to spiritual knowledge.

Since the comprehension of revelation or other forms of spiritual reality is an integral part of spiritual development, then it is assumed that anyone given access into divine reality will vigorously seek the deepest and most precise meaning and interpretation of what has been shown. This was clearly seen through the engagement of most of the prophets in the word of God. A good example is Zachariah, Daniel and John the beloved on the island of Patmos.

The upgrade of our Insight and perception into the character nature of sound, biblical spiritual foundation must then give us the precise footing and framework in both approaching and growing to comprehend with the objective for accurate interpretation of the given revelation. This, of course, must be done within the context of both the scripture and what has been communicated to us through the vehicle of revelation. How well informed in the matters of sound and balanced biblical doctrine and the maturing of the spiritual template of the recipient spirit-man, in relation to the character quality of the Spirit described in the book of Isaiah chapter 11:2 will ultimately determine the degree or intensity of the accuracy of his or her interpretation.

 

A PERSONAL VIEW OF REVELATION

It’s so easy to describe and even paint the image of a view seen from a (elevated) point or dimension without the necessary awareness of higher heights of the same mountain. There’s no doubt that this same view reality defines how most Christians experience and apply their dimensionality (revelatory) insight of a truth received as the yardstick standard in measuring their own growth or worst still, the spiritual level or position of others.  Cast your mind back to the amount of time you’ve been in some sort of argument or quarrel with another believer based on the issue of revelation, or better still, what you believed is the truth that should be emphases. I can confidently state that the major battle taking place today within the body of Christ is that of revelatory acceptance and practice.

 

We struggle and push each other to accept our own side of the story without considering maybe there’s a greater depth to what we’ve received.  We long for people to understand and believe what we are so certain the lord showed and gave to us on the mountain. Many of us have made enemies of our own brothers just for the fact that they cannot understand or receive what we believe to be our momentary truth.  The war over truth is now one of the fiercest battles of all times. Some today, who have taken the position of determining what is truth or not, seems to be lacking in some of the basic character qualities of the fruit of righteousness needed as the template that formulate the nature of the truth they claimed to be representing.

 

In other words, we can claim to have what may be termed as revelation, but yet, not necessarily displaying the necessary transforming lifestyle of the ministry of kingdom truth that judges and holds the basis of our revelation.

 

REVELATION WITHOUT FRUIT

 

Some of the company of what may be recognized as the prophetic apostolic reformation is becoming more of a spiritual elite club that only allows a particular kind of individuals who exclusively believe and accept the doctrine and dogma of such groups. I sometimes wonder what would have become of my own fate and that of millions, if the father had left the benchmark of spiritual growth and attainment to the hand of few ‘spiritual elites’.

 

Spiritual elitism has become a major challenge among many today, who claim to be seeing and representing the new spiritual shift and standard within the apostolic reformation company. There’s absolutely no question that we are during one of the glorious days of the lord, since the advent of the ecclesia over 2000 years ago.  Seasons of refreshing have been witnessed across the globe. Still, a far more glorious day of the lord is now upon us that requires corporate development and mutual understanding of the ministry of ascending truth.

 The church has witnessed some major growth and development since its inception, and we are near to witness again a more powerful movement of the redemptive prophetic program of the father across the world, and all this will take place because someone hungry enough of the things of the Spirit will be given access into a dimension that can shift and impact realities in the natural realm.

When we tap into dimensions that allows us to see what heaven desire to birth and model in the world as a true reflection of the father’s purpose and will, his kingdom becomes even more and more visible in the earth. The increase and flow of the ministry of revelation, particularly that which holds a rich sense of prophetic initiatives and engagement, usually comes with a touch of excitement, mostly where there’s little or no sense of balanced knowledge and wisdom to absorb.

 

MISINTERPRETATION AND REVELATION

More so if the received revelation is immediately associated with prioritizing training, skill, preparation and of course, maturity for precise representation. This wonderful sense of preparation and readiness are in most cases, misjudged due to a misinterpretation of the time or season of the fulfillment of the received revelation, which usually leads to a fictitious sense of expectation.

When revelation is mixed with a sense of preparation, steadiness, consistency in the lifestyle of truth appropriation, this development will eventually bring to bear the ministry of fulfillment. There’s certainly no doubt of the fact that ninety percent of the challenges currently being witnessed in the body of Christ are associated with the issue of revelation. Think of how many times we hide behind the word revelation or ‘God showed or told me’ just to get even with those who hurt us and release a relationship we encounter no longer befits us.

USING REVELATION FOR PERSONAL AGENDA

Since there’s no monopoly to revelation, and there are very few biblical values being taught to help us accurately judge what brethren term as revelation, we have continued to witness confusion and chaos, so much that the sacred ministry of truth and revelation has become one of our best vendetta machinery to settle lots of unresolved issues among ourselves, and this has continued to hinder and weakened the maturing and manifestation of the fullness of Christ life within the body.

In my strongest view, that which we are seeing today in the name of revelation amongst the saints is not a true reflection of the kind of fruit that matches the divine, biblical measurement of the ministry of revelation.  There’s so much noise of what is expected, but less fruit. Many have perfected the act of identifying what the kingdom looks like or should reflect. But very few have (entered) accessed the realm of the kingdom life to accurately model and display what the kingdom truly is. We are still stock in the realm of our first day knowledge of the matters of the kingdom. Yes, we’ve been born again filled with the Spirit, but our conducts and level of understanding still proves that we are among the first and second day of the outer court activity of the kingdom life.

 

To be continued.