Friday, September 26, 2014

Prophetic Deliverance

And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free
          In Christian eschatology, the return of Jesus has been wondered about, predicted, made the subject of bestselling books  and even featured in movies based on such books and has been the subject of many gospel songs.  The Christian world debates when the rapture will occur and whether it is set in a pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation context.  I am of the post-tribulation view, but I will not venture into that in this post.  What is evident is that a considerable amount of time has elapsed since Jesus’ death and resurrection and he has yet to return.  In my post Prophetic Reality, I stated that a deliverance must once again be effected, but before that deliverance takes place there must be the restoration of all things. A major part of the restoration of all things is the restoration of the truth.  As a demonstration of this I will once more focus on Elijah and his confrontation with the prophets of Baal.
            I wrote extensively about Elijah in my post Prophetic Speaking and Backing Part 2 so I will not layout the background here to that extent.  To briefly sum up, Elijah had challenged the prophets of Baal promoted and sponsored by idolatrous King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. It was like a showdown at high noon at the OK corral.  It was one righteous man against a confederacy of evil and lies.  Here are the scriptures I want to highlight. “And Elijah said unto all the people, come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:   And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. (I Kings 18:30-32) .  .” The statement I want to spotlight in these scriptures is “And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down."
            In the course of Israel’s history under the rule of King Ahab, the altar of the Lord had been left to disintegrate in the wake of the erection of altars to false gods, so that before Elijah could deliver Israel from the tangle of idolatry he had to first repair the altar of the Lord which represented the truth of who He is as opposed to the falseness of Baal.  When the altar of the Lord is broken down lies are able to take root and the longer the altar has been broken the more tangled the web of lies become. 
This is our situation in the world today in regards to history and Israel.  I am willing to go all in as in a high stakes poker game, that the return of Jesus cannot happen under a tent of lies for it is the devil who Jesus dubbed the “father of lies.” (John 8:44) So it is the altar of truth that must be reestablished before the prophetic deliverance of Israel and the culmination of the age can occur.   Once the altar is repaired and the purveyors of deception are destroyed, then once again the Lord can send the rain.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Prophetic Reality and Hurricane Odile

And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus
A couple of days ago in Cabo San Lucas, I had a chance to live prophetic reality in the midst of a category 3 hurricane dubbed Odile.  I left for Cabo on Saturday September 13 excited about going to a new destination that I had heard was lovely, and true enough when I arrived at the resort the scenery was quite spectacular.  The water was a luminous sky blue and the sun was shining brightly.  The news earlier at the airport that a hurricane was headed toward Cabo seemed implausible. Maybe it seemed implausible because somehow I had missed checking the weather before I left home which is something I always do before traveling and so I had no idea that a hurricane had been tracking in that area.  My hope was that it would turn and head out to sea, but reality was that by Sunday evening I was in my room listening to howling winds beat against the patio door and  as time wore on I heard breaking glass outside my room in addition to water seeping through the patio. 
Somehow or another my companion and I missed hearing about a shelter on the property so we stayed put in the room with electricity gone and laying in our clammy beds from the humidity.  I was in somewhat of a catatonic state because I could not believe I had traveled into a hurricane and my mind tumbled about because having lived through other hurricanes I knew what a mess they could cause and I needed to be back home by Thursday.  My bed was closest to the patio and on more than one occasion, I thought about the glass breaking and being in the line of it, but it didn’t make me move and it never occurred to me to move to the bathroom as I had heard another resident had done.  So, I begin to sing until I finally tired at which point I thought about Jesus in the boat with his disciples and how a windstorm came as they were crossing the lake to Gerasenes. 
I remembered clearly that Jesus was sleep as the storm was raging and the disciples were panicking as the boat filled with water.  I am convinced that Jesus heard the winds and felt the waves but felt no need to take action because his reality was greater than the reality of the storm.  What was his reality? His reality was that they were going to the other side and he had a destiny to fulfill so he nor the disciples were going to perish in that storm.  Jesus’ life was not only governed by a greater prophetic reality but also prophetic mortality. Nothing could take his life until his call was fulfilled.  He reminded the disciples of this after he rebuked the wind and the water quizzing them, “Where is your faith?” Luke 8:25.  Once I mulled the story, I fell asleep as the winds became progressively less hostile.
The next morning I awoke to the calm after the storm and water on the floor.  As I dressed and went outside, my fellow traveler and I surveyed the premises and were in awe at the broken glass bent palm trees and tousled pool area that just a few hours before was sparkly and beautiful.  The next few days I witnessed small miracles that eventually got us out of Cabo on the original day we were to leave albeit in a sea of tourist that looked like lost refugees. I heard various stories of people’s experience and realized that we came out like thieves.  Our situation was trying at the resort but not as some others. 
We still had running water and the third day some lights and the hotel staff was great at keeping us fed and taking care of everyone the best they could.  I want to send a shout out to Southwest Airlines via Air Tran for coming in and taking passengers out of Cabo with genuine kindness and no charge for those not their original passengers.  They were a big miracle that we managed by the hair to get on their last plane on Wednesday the 17th of September. To the staff of Villa de Palmor, may God bless them and quickly restore their and the people of Cabo San Lucas fortune.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prophetic Reality

For that which is seen is temporary, but that which is unseen is eternal

       When one has a destiny rooted in prophetic significance, your reality must necessarily be greater than that of your opposition.  We live in a world where there are many beliefs, ideas, and opinions about everything from the origins of humanity to the existence of aliens.  A turn of the dial on the radio will expose one to people who can regale you with all sorts of experiences supernaturally and otherwise which shape their view of the world.  In our media dominated world, we are saturated with various news items of this war, this disaster, this environmental problem and on and on.  We are literally if one consumes the daily news always on the verge of disaster.  But when one has a destiny of prophetic significance, it is not you who revolves around the world, but it is the world and history which revolves around you.  One need only read my previous post about Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Jesus, even the apostles to understand this.
            In each of those posts those men had to confront in an all imposing reality of the civilization in which they were situated.  Moses had to demonstrate to Pharaoh that his reality of the God he served was greater than the spiritual reality of the Egyptians.  Elijah had to demonstrate that his reality was greater than the prevailing reality of Ahab and Jezebel and the gods they served.  In terms of those things spiritual Jesus always demonstrated that his reality was dominant.  In one particular instance Jesus demonstrates this reality in another way. 
In Matthew 17: 24-27 it states, “After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
 What should be considered from this passage is that the disciples and Jesus were confronted with a very real reality of their day and that was the paying of taxes.  For whatever reason, they apparently did not have the tax money readily available on their persons.  If a typical person was approached with this dilemma in his everyday life, he may have left what he was doing to go find work or some means to meet the obligation.  Jesus being in the thick of his call did not even fathom stopping what he was doing to meet a real world obligation, but instead used the power of the kingdom of heaven to exert dominant influence over the kingdom of men and showcase that his prophetic reality was greater than their material reality.  
            In one account in the book of Joshua, Joshua and the Israelites display their greater reality in a fight against five kings in the land of Canaan in which they were in the process of taking possession.  The backdrop of the story begins in Joshua 9 where Joshua and the Israelites were in the process of fighting the Canaanites and the people of Gibeon had heard what they had done to Jericho and Ai.  They deceived Joshua and the rulers into making a covenant to not destroy them and when the five kings of the Amorites and the king of Jerusalem heard about what Gibeon had done, they conspired to attack the Gibeonites who then petitioned Joshua to save and help them. 
It was in the midst of the battle that the book of Joshua records, “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun stand still over Gibeon; and Moon in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped till the people had revenge upon their enemies.” (Joshua 10:12,13).  Here, it is seen that when one has a prophetic destiny that even the natural order of things is a candidate for subservience to the prophetic call.  Joshua prophetically spoke and the Lord in keeping with prophetic speaking backed Joshua’s speaking with his power and delivered a great triumph on behalf of Israel that day.
            History has a way of repeating itself and that is no less true today.  What happened in the time of Moses and the time of Elijah will once more happen during this present time of the Gentiles.  A deliverance must be effected and a confrontation of the spirit behind the collusion of optical illusion of this world system must be addressed; and as in the Wizard of Oz, the wizard behind the curtain must be revealed for who he truly is.  There must once again be a demonstration of the greater Reality. Thus, as is stated in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”