As In The Days of Nehemiah

While in prayer this morning, I was thanking the Lord for our nation, for our President, and praying for Senators John McCain and Steve Scalise, asking the Lord for accelerated healing for both men. While praying in this context, the Lord spoke to me and said, “President Trump is like Nehemiah”. I was stunned by what I heard and even told the Lord, many have called him a Cyrus type figure based on Isaiah 45, but I have not heard that he is like a Nehemiah. The easy connection would be the “build that wall!” chant, which took off during the campaign, but that is not what God was referencing. I was sensing based on the opposition he is facing, that he is like a Nehemiah. Last night when the evening news reported Jared Kushner agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and Donald Jr. has yet to say if he will or not, my thought was, this family didn’t go into politics for fame, fortune or this kind of trouble, so why are they doing this? Then this morning the Lord said to me, because President Trump is like a Nehemiah.

In order for me to understand more clearly what the Lord is highlighting to me here, I had to go and read the book of Nehemiah and what I learned is that yes, truly we are living right now, as in the days of Nehemiah. With the glasses of President Trump as a Nehemiah type figure, I read the book and here are just a few of the verses that confirmed biblically for me what I heard God speaking to me in prayer. I encourage you to read the book as well and see if you see the same thing, or something different that can bring more clarity to what I believe God is seeking to show us in this season of history.

  1. Nehemiah got word that the remnant were in distress and reproach, the walls were broken down and the gates were burned. (The next step would have been the city being destroyed, if someone did not repair the protective boundaries)
  2. Nehemiah confessed that this was due to the sin of the people of the land, it was our own doing. (Chapter 1)
  3. Nehemiah requested he be sent to the city to observe the situation and help rebuild the walls.
  4. Sanballat (one meaning of his name is the moon god gives life) and Tobiah (possessed gold, Ammonite, verbally attacked Nehemiah, actively tried to stop the rebuilding of the walls) heard about Nehemiah and were very displeased because someone came to seek the welfare of the people.
  5. Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem (name means rain of destruction) mocked Nehemiah
  6. Nehemiah answered them saying, the God of heaven will give us success; we will arise and build! (Chapter 2)
  7. Eliashib, the high priest arose with other priests and built the sheep gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors.
  8. Priests, people and royal officials all helped rebuild the wall. It was a project so big that everyone got involved. (Chapter 3)
  9. When Sanballat heard they were rebuilding the wall, he became furious, very angry and mocked them.
  10. Sanballat spoke in the presence of his brothers (the moon god worshippers) and the wealthy men of Samaria.
  11. Nehemiah said, we built the wall, for the people had the mind to work.
  12. Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem (the Arab) and all their people conspired together to come and fight against the rebuilding of the wall and to cause a disturbance in it.
  13. But Nehemiah and the team prayed to our God and we set up guard day and night. (Nehemiah 4)
  14. The people cried out saying, we’re dying here because of the financial burdens being placed on us.
  15. Nehemiah went to the governing officials and said, give the people back all that belongs to them.
  16. The governing officials said, we will give it back and will require nothing from them.
  17. “I also shook out the front of my garment and said, “Thus may God shake out every man from his house and from his possessions who does not fulfill this promise; even thus may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said, “Amen!” And they praised the Lord. Then the people did according to this promise” (Nehemiah 5:13).
  18. For twelve years, neither I nor my kinsmen have eaten the governor’s food allowance.15 But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God” (Nehemiah 5:14-15).

I could go on in the book of Nehemiah and show you how what God said to me this morning is very accurate, but you will have to see it for yourself. I am not making a political statement for or against any party, I am not even interested in being involved in politics, but when God showed me this today, I felt compelled to share it with you for your consideration. I believe we as believers need to lay down our red, blue or other political glasses and see what the kingdom is doing, hear what the King of kings is saying, and align ourselves with him. For me it is important to know the season we are living in historically, so I can be aligned with what God is doing right now. Based on what I heard in prayer and what I see here in the book of Nehemiah, I concur with God, as in the days of Nehemiah, so it is for us in America.

Increase in Signs

If you have ever traveled to Wall Drug, South Dakota, you know that there are multiple signs for for many miles leading to this destination. Mrsjaybob’s website says “Wall Drug has been featured in Time magazine as one of the largest tourist attractions in the north. They have over 500 miles of billboards on Interstate 90, stretching from Minnesota to Billings, Montana. Wall Drug spends an estimated $400,000 on billboard signs every year.” 
If you have ever traveled on I-90 to Wall Drug, you know the closer you get the more the signs increase. I can only speak for myself, but believe others would concur, there has been a significant increase of God’s voice in the past couple weeks. The voice has one message, Glory of God coming on a massive level! Spoken in a variety of ways through a variety of known and yet to be known people. But nonetheless the increase in vocal activity sounds to me like we are very close.
Brian Simmons(author of the Passion Translation Bible) on Friday night at Bethel in Redding, CA said, “The rain is coming and it’s a flash flood. Dig ditches!” That same morning Friday July 14, 2017, the Lord spoke to me saying, “There is a river flowing from the mountain of God and it is filling the river beds.” Until hearing Brian’s sermon today and him pointing to 2 Kings 3, I had went to Psalm 46:4. 
Then today Ryan LeStrange does a video talking about Glory Storms and Prophetess Maureena Summers has been speaking about atmospheric rains. As I put all the signs together they all point to the same place and with many signs in a short amount of time, all I know is that I’m jumping on the inside with excitement, anticipation and am doing final preparations. A flood of His glory is coming, ready or not, here it comes!

What Do You See?

Jeremiah 1:11-12 says, “The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (NIV)

We are living in a time in history where God is asking the question of His people, what do you see? If God were to come to you today and ask you, what do you see, what would you say? What answer would you give God? Some would say they see politics; others would say they see a world leader or leaders; still others would say they see a mighty move of God that is going to change history. What do you see? When you peer into the spirit realm, when you lean into the heart of God, when you take your seat in heavenly places and look upon the earth, what do you see? Do you see anything? Do you see darkness or light? Do you see destruction or construction? Do you see life or death? What do you see? This is the question of the hour and the answer is telling.

It is undeniable that we are living in the revived hour of the prophetic. Five minutes on Facebook and you know that many people are prophesying what they see, what they hear, what they believe. For some it is confusing, for others it is confirming, it just depends on what you see. The gift of prophecy, according to 1 Corinthians 14:3 says, “the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” If this is what the gift of prophecy is biblically designed to do, does what you see strengthen the body of believers, encourage the believers or comfort the believers? If it does not, it may not be the gift of prophesy but rather a personal opinion based on what you are seeing.

In this season of seeing, it is imperative that we see clearly. When God asked Jeremiah what do you see, Jeremiah responded by saying, I see the branch of an almond tree and the Lord replied to him, you have seen correctly. My question to us is, are we seeing correctly? Pulpit or periscope, microphone or iPhone, face to face or Facebook, wherever you are speaking, what you believe God is saying, the questions must asked what are you seeing and are you seeing correctly? In an age where Facebook does not hold you accountable for what you say, where your opinions on Periscope can be deleted after 24 hours, and where people can share whatever they want whenever they want, we must seek out others to hold us accountable to see if what we are seeing is correct.

Now, with that said, I believe God is speaking through people who do not have a church they preach in weekly, who do not have a platform in which they are well known, who genuinely hear from God and post those words on open platforms, but there is a lot of people who are not seeing clearly so we must see clearly so we can eat the meat and spit out the bones. Freedom without responsibility and accountability is bondage and even though you love your freedom of speech, just like Gamaliel said to the religious leaders, if this move is not of God it will not succeed (Acts 5:39), but if it is of God, which many arising leaders are not recognized yet, it will be unstoppable.

The reason we are seeing so much fake prophecy, false teachings and self-promotion is because we are in the middle of a transition of historical proportions. We are going to see a move of God that is unprecedented in our generation and it is going to have one name that is lifted high: the name of Jesus, one man that is going to get all the glory: the man Jesus and one message that is going to be preached: the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, don’t be moved by all the negative, destructive, political, things you see. Desperate people go to desperate measures to be seen and heard, but honorable people wait their turn, knowing full well that it is God who lifts us up, and then no man can bring us down. The uprising has begun, can you see it?

Concealed In Order to Be Revealed

Where is the remnant? Where is the bride of Christ that is rising? We hear so many prophetic words about the bride, the remnant and her rising, but where is she? Many know they are a member of the remnant, many are aware of their position, but still they are asking, where are we, what is our position in what is happening on the kingdom calendar? Will our purpose be revealed or stay concealed? The darkness the bride sees is not ignorance, for she is saturated with revelation knowledge; she is intimately aware of her bridegroom, so why is it so dark, why do we seem as though we are without an understanding of our global positioning in the earth realm? While reading the book of Colossians the other day, the Lord spoke to me and said, “the bride is being concealed so she can be revealed”. 
Colossians 3:3-4 says, “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
As the Lord unpacked this verse for me, I saw in the spirit a trojan horse. Now I have heard of the trojan horse, but to say I have a working knowledge of it would not be true, so I looked up some details about it and I was delighted by the imagery God chose to reveal the truth He wants us as the remnant, the bride to hear this day. The trojan horse is a hollow wood statue of a horse which the Greeks concealed themselves in order to enter Troy. It is also defined as a person or thing intended secretly to undermine or bring about a downfall of an enemy or opponent. Can you hear what the spirit is saying to the remnant, the bride? 
God Himself is the trojan horse, the bible says, we are hidden in Christ and Christ is hidden in God, God is the trojan horse and we are hidden, concealed in Him and we are engaging the enemy, but our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers, principalities and rulers in heavenly realms (Ephesians 6). So, He has hidden us in Himself, for this battle is not ours but the Lord’s and when He wins this war over the enemy, He will be revealed in glory on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6) and we will be revealed with Him. Because we are hidden in Christ, as long as He remains concealed, we will remain concealed, once He is revealed, we will be revealed. 
When Jesus reveals His glory on the earth, not in the millennial reign, not in the second coming, but in the next move of God, we the remnant, the bride, we will be revealed with Him. We are being concealed because He has not yet been revealed. Once He is revealed, we will be revealed with Him in glory. The world does not need another man trying to make a name for himself, the world needs the glory of God to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. When the glory is revealed, healing will happen, salvation will spring up, deliverance will take place, and finances will abound. We are hidden in the trojan horse who is God and we are being brought into a war, of which we sense, but we are not being asked to fight in from a face to face fashion, because as Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord!” We are being concealed, in order to be revealed.

Words Made World 

We live in a world that has 24-hour access to every situation that happens on the planet. Some stories rise faster than others, like the London Terrorist Attack, the Pulse Night Club Shooting, the San Bernardino Shooting, or the Nice, France terrorist attack. Some have said that with so many things happening so often, we are going to become numb to the reality of terror, death and destruction, but actually the opposite is true. We are made in the image of a living God (Genesis 1:26); who came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), which are to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10); so no I am not numb to all that I see and hear, I am grieved, I am concerned and I am unable to hold back my thoughts on what is happening. The issue is not political, financial, or even social, the issue is the same one the Apostle James and King Solomon spoke of. We have been warned about it over and over again, yet we seem to misunderstand the power it carries. The issue I speak of is our tongue!
We live in a words made world. People are angry because of words they are hearing. People are deeply wounded, not because sticks and stones broke their bones, but because the words that were spoken over them, about them or to them have hurt them. Words are the issue the nations are dealing with. Words that come out of the mouths of politicians and pastors alike; words that parents and peers speak; words that are written on Facebook, in magazines, in newspapers or on billboards and placards. Words that are permeating our radios, televisions and movie screens. Words are containers of power, what you speak is powerful. We remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s words to this day, “I have a dream!” We can hear the words of Jesus when He cried out with a loud voice, “It is finished!” We can quote the words we said on our wedding day, “I do!” or heard in the hospital room at the birth of our first child, “It’s a girl/It’s a boy”. Words, they create images for us, they tell stories to us, they build us up and they tear us down. King Solomon was right when he said, “the power of life and death is in the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). 
Words are so powerful that once you speak them out, you can’t take them back, no matter how many times you say you are sorry. Words penetrate so deep, that people in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond are still carrying around words that were spoken to them in their childhood. So, with words being this powerful, why are we not more careful with what we say? Why do we not put a guard on our mouths like the psalmist said in Psalm 141:3? Why do we think we can portray in a music video or magazine shoot, the assassination of our president and those words have no consequence? Who told us we can say what we want under oath and go free? Where did we learn that we can say whatever we want about whoever we want and then think it will not impact those who are listening to us? Where did we lose our ability as leaders in politics, pulpits and parental roles to hold our tongue, choose our words carefully and not spew death over those who hear our voice? Have we forgotten people are listening to us when we speak and that microphones and media amplify what we say? 
It is shocking to me to have people who sow words of death, to be shocked when someone who was a campaign manager for their political party opens fire at a softball field at 7am in the morning. It is surprising to me when we expect respect from our children when we show no respect for our President. It causes me to scratch my head when I hear people continually blasting people because of the color of their skin or the amount of money they make. But then I remember, we have raised a generation on the belief that we evolved from monkeys rather than were created by a living God. You see words have power and those in leadership have to realize that we are living a world that their words made. So to be shocked by behavior of people who are losing their minds because we have told them there is no God, should not be surprising. 
The truth is, if words can destroy our lives the way they do, then words have the power to build our lives. Romans 12:1-2 says, do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to discern what the will of God is, His good, perfect and pleasing will.” If we change the way we speak, we will change the world in which we live. God is about to raise up word warriors, who carry the truth of the gospel of the kingdom in their mouth, because we live in a words made world and we are in desperate need for life, light and love to invade our lives again. Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God spoke the most powerful words we could ever hear, when He said, “I did not come to be served, but to serve and give my life as a ransom for many! (Mark 10:45). There are many that need to hear the words of a loving Father who gave His one and only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). 
When Christian leaders, parents and people begin to speak life, we will change the world in which we live, because Genesis 1 reveals to us that we live in a words made world. Our words are our responsibility and knowing how far those words travel is difficult to determine, so it is best to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19), because our words are containers of power and you don’t know who is listening and how you are impacting them by what you say. Speak life!

Maritime Lessons

The end of May marked the beginning of the Hebrew month of Sivan, which is affiliated with the Tribe of Zebulun, whose typical symbol is that of a ship. When I learned these details last weekend, while listening to Glory of Zion’s sermon on Sunday morning about the month of Sivan, it added substance to some details God was revealing to me, but of which I did not have the frame of reference to place them. Now, that I have a better understanding of why the Lord was leading me to learn about Naval Mines and Barnacles, I can see clearer, that this month is about maritime issues and the Lord is preparing us to be ones who can carry the wealth of the nations. However, in order to be effective carries of these resources, there are some things we need to watch out for, so these are the maritime lessons the Lord has taught me and I want to share with you. I believe they are prophetic warnings of which we can deal with in prayer and they are for our personal lives as we progress into the new that is upon us.

Naval mines are bombs that the enemy drops in waters just outside a harbor that explode when a ship comes in to harbor. These bombs are placed on the ocean floor and are detonated by the presence of the arriving ships in order to blow them up before they can dock. Naval mines are used by many nations around the world to protect their own harbors from enemy ships approaching their harbor. As I studied these naval mines, I realized that when ministries, people and nations rise in financial power, the enemy detonates these bombs in order to destroy the ship carrying those resources. Some naval mines blow up because of people who do not have the character to handle the cash they are called to carry; others have enemies that plant these mines in their lives prior to them become cargo ships, so when they get big enough it triggers the naval mine to cause the explosion. No matter the way, the reality is, Zebulun, is a money ship and this ship is coming into harbor and will be going out of the harbor and the enemy is willing to wait for an opportune time to blow up our lives.

The Lord revealed these naval mines to me and then had me study mine sweeping. Mine sweeping is taking a simulated ship and sweeping the bottom of the ocean so the naval mines detonate prior to the real ships moving about. I believe this is where we have been. God has been mine sweeping our lives from naval mines the enemy planted when we were young, waiting for the opportune time to detonate them. I also believe prayer, fasting, bible reading, worship and silence are all tools God has used to mine sweep our lives, so they enemy cannot blow us up after we set sail into what God has prepared us for.

The second lesson the Lord taught me is that of barnacles. I sense very strongly we need to beware of the barnacles. As I heard these words from the Lord, “beware of the barnacles”, I knew, like the naval mines, the Lord was seeking to protect me from an intruder that would seek to destroy what God was going to release into our lives. Barnacles are marine animals that tend to live in shallow and tidal waters. Barnacles attach themselves to hard substrate. Barnacles in the natural attach themselves to solid things like ships, dock pillars, and jetty rocks. Here is what I did not know, barnacles have no true heart (can you hear what the spirit is saying). “Barnacles are of economic consequence, as they often attach themselves to synthetic structures, sometimes to the structure’s detriment. Particularly in the case of ships” (Wikipedia.com).

Knowing I heard the Lord say, “beware of barnacles” and then learning about the function of barnacles, opened my eyes wider to the reality that Proverbs 30:15 says, “The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give” (KJV). Barnacles are going to try and attach themselves to your life for the sake of what they can get from you and it will produce an economic consequence, so we need to beware of the barnacles. Barnacles, I believe can be people, credit cards, poor financial choices, bad investments, a variety of things. One of the lessons we must learn, who are going to carry the wealth of the nations is cost benefit analysis (CBA). If we aren’t good financial managers, we will not be allowed to carry great amounts of wealth, for the money will destroy us, just like the barnacles.

In this month of Sivan, whose associated tribe is Zebulun and whose symbol is the ship, which is associated to economics, business and money, the Lord is preparing us for an increase, by warning us of some maritime issues, which are very practical and prophetic simultaneously. The Lord delights in the prosperity of His children (Psalm 35:27), that is why He prepares us in so many ways before He releases to us what He wants us to enjoy. I hope this was helpful, insightful and practical. We are entering some very exciting times that is the reason for the maritime lessons.

Titanic: A Prophetic Picture 

In church on Sunday, the Lord showed me a picture of an iceberg and said, “even the largest ship is no match for an iceberg”. I knew immediately the Lord was speaking of Titanic, so I went to the movie store and rented the movie. Before watching the movie, I Google’d iceberg to find out if there were any clues the Lord was seeking to show me in that word and this is what I learned. Iceberg (Wikipedia) is also called an ice mountain. I filed this information away as a puzzle piece and then began to watch the movie Titanic. I entered this journey about the iceberg and Titanic with a few puzzle pieces, but no clue of what He wanted to show me or say to me. 
While watching the movie, many details stood out to me, one being the reality that there were a majority of rich British people, heading to America to set up business and commerce in the new land. But there were also a few emigrants that were seeking a better life on that boat as well. They had varying levels of which the emigrants could only rise from the bottom up two levels, the other levels were for the wealthy British aristocrats. The attitude of the wealthy was very haughty in the movie, with the exception of a few, one being “Rose” who tried to commit suicide as a way of escaping the phoniness of this lifestyle, but was continually returned to the madness of the British aristocracy. Do you remember the movie? I don’t want to ruin it for anyone that has not seen the movie yet, but the boat hits an iceberg and sinks, killing over half of the passengers, majority of them being wealthy men. 
Here is prophetically what I sensed the Lord saying, once I completed the movie…Titanic was the 2nd of 3 passenger ocean liners built by the White Star Lines, which was going to ship wealthy British aristocrats to America and this was their maiden voyage. The Lord highlighted to me, that man and money think they can do anything, so they ascend the highest points of the 7 mountains of culture, seeking to rule as kings of the hill. (Johnny Enlow and Lance Wallnau talk about the 7 mountains, so you can reference them if you need more information on that subject). But the Lord said to me, “remember the iceberg!” The iceberg or the ice mountain, took out the wealth leaders of the nations. Isaiah 2:2 says, “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.”
I believe what Titanic is prophesying to us is that the ice mountain (the mountain of the Lord) punched holes in the “unsinkable” financial operatives of our day and at this moment it is taking in water. The captain of this ship knows it, some of the crew are aware, everyone felt the shaking, but some are acting as if it is no big deal. Eventually, people will try to pay people off to get them on a life boat, meant for women and children only, others will maintain a snub attitude, thinking this ship will never sink, but remember, the Lord said, Titanic is a prophetic picture of what happened. Even though the ship has not sunk yet, take notice of how many people are running here and there trying to convince people that it won’t sink. 
In the movie, 5 safety reserves were punctured, and the boat was only able to have 4 be punctured in order to stay afloat while taking in water. In the movie, one man asked the captain how long til we go under, he said, probably about an hour. Even though the band kept playing music and some kept believing nothing was wrong, eventually the reality of the situation was real and the stress of those who no longer could control things brought out the worst in them but their financial security could not save them. Many began to pray and call upon God, others just remained defiant, but the fate of that ship, once thought that not even God could sink it, was going down and there was no stopping it. 
I believe, the ice mountain or God has struck the financial powers that be and the Titanic which was headed to America, has now been averted. The ice mountain of God has saved our nation, yet again from some wealthy people’s agenda and one wealthy person, who saw the futility of the attitudes of the people in their category, broke away and fell in love with common people and those common people helped save his life. Yes, he is still very wealthy, but now his passion is evident, his ability to help this nation is real and God, the ice mountain, has struck a mighty blow to the Titanic that was coming our way. 
I am not sure if you can see the parable in this, the prophetic picture, but in the last days (we are living in the last days), the mountain of the Lord will be the chief of all the 7 mountains and all nations will stream to it on earth as it is in heaven. Remember, the glory of the Lord is going to cover the earth like the waters cover the sea and we are going to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, our best days are in front of us, not behind us. Get ready, we have entered the epoch of the mountain of the Lord!