Shadows are the appearance of something but not the substance of it. Shadows lack weight, they lack authority, they lack power, all they have is the allusion of something, they are not the substance of it.
In the movie the Wizard of Oz, once the travelers reached Emerald City, they encountered the shadow, the allusion of something powerful and they were frightened. However, once the curtain was pulled back all saw the reality which did not in anyway match the allusion.
The Lord is about to release a storm that is going to remove not only the allusion but also the ones who are behind the curtain and when He does the righteous will be rewarded and rejoice. How do I know? Because my prayer partner this morning, Psalm 58 says so and God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
Psalm 58:9-11 “He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike. The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”
A storm is coming to cleanse the earth of wickedness and establish righteousness!
I was awakened this morning at 4:16am with the story of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25 arising out of my spirit and the Lord said, “The oil is not anointing, it is understanding.” I immediately jumped out of bed and came to my desk to read the parable. Here it is…
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”
Lamps give light – Psalm 119:130 says, “The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” There it is the oil which produces the light is understanding. Once you understand what is going on you no longer stumble in the dark.
Five were foolish – dull, stupid, headless, void of understanding
Five were wise – to have understanding, to think, adapt view, observe
Understanding cannot be shared with another, we must each obtain our own understanding or we will cease to stand. The reason some continue to stand is because they understand what is going on. They have chosen to be teachable, they listen to others that know things they don’t, they gained understanding while others were doing other things.
Proverbs 4:4-8 says, “Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live; Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.”
We are witnessing the separation of the wise and the foolish virgins; we are hearing those who have understanding and those who don’t. This is why there are multiple messages being spoken by the church in this hour about the events of our day. Open wide your ears, and get understanding, the Lord says it’s your oil!
On this last and final day of the Feast we have been doing for the past 21 days I have two things to share with you, both taken from John 21. But before I share those two things, I want to say thank you so much to every one who joined this 21 day feast. I was honored to share with you the dishes God shared with me and I hope you enjoyed the feast as much as I did. Now for the final two ingredients used in this final dish.
First, may we never forget John was a lover of Jesus Christ and even though his words can sound extravagant and almost unbelievable at times, they are not inflated, for when you taste of God’s love, it feels over the top to you, but to God generosity is His nature. John reminds us of this when he tells us how he and the disciples joined Peter on a fishing trip, but caught nothing…until Jesus showed up on the shore. With one sentence from Jesus they went from nothing to abundance. “Jesus *said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.” (John 21:5-6). Get ready for sudden changes to happen that when the shock is gone will bring great jubilation.
Second and finally, may we all fall in love with Jesus like John did, for God’s love keeps you humble and humility is remaining teachable. Pride makes us think we know it all or we know enough and that hinders the abundance God is seeking to give to us. If we want to prosper we must remain humble (teachable) for even John said…”This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true.
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:24-25).
May we all fall so in love with Jesus that His kindness continually leads us to repentance so we stay on the narrow path that leads to life; and so His abundance keeps us humble because His wisdom is unsearchable and honestly we have a lot to learn. Love never fails, that is why God is love. Keep feasting for the more you feast the more you will fall in love.
When God speaks a word, He does not need us to fully understand at the time, but we need to speak it for we are His representatives in the earth realm. If it is your word you are speaking it may or may not come to pass but if it is God’s word you are speaking it shall come to pass. Authority comes from God’s word not our understanding. That’s why if God said it we stick with it even when we don’t understand fully what it means we just know God said it.
On March 27, 2020 the Lord spoke to me and said call for the fall of the iron and clay kingdom once and for all. I read my Bible then the news confirms what a God says. I’ve been declaring this for 10 months now and this morning I was sent an article explaining what is happening in Amer right now and it gave me understanding. God is destroying the iron and clay kingdom once and for all. Read Daniel 2 to know what I’m talking about then this article will make sense.
We are living in the days of the fourth kingdom falling and the kingdom of God rising. Everything is going to change and people will declare Yahweh is God, Yahweh is God! If God said it, it will come to pass, but you must wait, keeping on waiting and watch over Hos word for He will perform it. Be encouraged God Alone Is On The Throne!
Shut doors are a common theme in the word of God. God shut the door behind Noah (Genesis 7); the widow shut the door to pour oil (2 Kings 4); the church in Laodecia is said to be behind a shut door Jesus is knocking on (Revelation 3); and right here in John 20 it says the disciples were behind shut doors out of fear of the Jews.
The church is famous for quoting Revelation 3’s shut door that says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” This is a go to evangelism scripture and revival truth. These verses have served us well in the body of Christ and will continue to do so, but it’s a new day.
John 20 is about a new day, Mary arrives early in the morning on this new day to find a stone rolled away. She sees two angels and Jesus on this new day. She is then told to go tell the disciples what she knows, so she goes. They see, but the Bible says, they still don’t understand, so they hide behind a shut door out of fear. This is so us, we see so much and understand so little, but it’s a new day.
On this new day, Jesus doesn’t knock, doesn’t ask permission, doesn’t need anyone’s opinion, He just shows up in the room, the house, the place where they are hidden behind a shut door. He says 4 words to them, PEACE BE WITH YOU! Peace in Greek means, set at one again, national tranquility, harmony, security, prosperity, safety, quietness, rest. Jesus decreed this and it was so. No opinions needed.
In this new day we are in, Jesus is showing up in nations, not knocking, waiting, asking for permission, He is entering the room and decreeing PEACE BE WITH YOU! We see evidence of this in the Middle East and this is only the beginning because these peace deals were made with Israel and many other nations, only God can do this. Israel is always God’s first fruits so this should not surprise us.
Almighty God is showing up in nations who have lived behind shut doors and He’s doing it because He is God and it’s a new day. The earth is the Lords…Jesus was given the nations as His inheritance…He owns it all, so He gets to do whatever He wants to do and He is entering and saying PEACE BE WITH YOU…America (name your nation). Welcome to the new day where God does it His way because He is Yahweh!
A good drama whether on tv or at the movies has plot twists, suspense, intrigue, a great story line and actors who play their part flawlessly. Dramas capture your attention, pull on your emotions and bring you into the story. Many people love watching a good drama, but living one is not as pleasant.
Drama is hard to live, not knowing the outcome, being unclear of people’s motives, actions and reactions. We get emotional, reactionary, angry, distant or silent when we are living a drama. The emotional stress makes us physically tired, drama is challenging when it’s being lived out in now time.
The trial and execution of Jesus in John 19, if we actually put ourselves in the story step by step is filled with drama. If we look for a sermon rather than a story we miss much of the stories significance. These were real people like me and you living a real life, slow down and listen, watch, engage in the story. History was being made in that moment and many missed it in now time. Slow down, listen, watch, wonder, let it touch your heart.
This story with all its drama ends with three phases in John 19…I Thirst! …Sour Wine… and It Is Finished! Oh how we groan when a story ends like this, but if we will sit in the “It Is Finished” we will learn things about ourselves. Our thoughts reveal our hearts in It Is Finished moments. We are in a moment like this again and your heart is sharing things with you about what you believe you need to hear. Listen in the It Is Finished!
If you are inside strong you don’t need external weapons to prove your strength. Only those who are weak internally need to look strong, because they are actually weak. The word of God is always in perfect time.
Martin Luther King Jr. led with peace through strength. He never wielded an external weapon because he was inside strong. Not in his own strength, this preacher, leader and father knew that truth was a weapon and he wielded it very well. This is why he walked, he didn’t riot; why he stood his ground and didn’t back down. This is why he is respected and remembered.
Jesus did the same thing when He walked the earth in the flesh of a man. John 19:1-8 says, “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He.”
Jesus didn’t back down in the face of great opposition for He knew the truth that would set others free. MLK Jr. didn’t back down either, for he knew the truth that would set others free. Two men, two different generations, and yet same heart, same strength, same understanding that only the truth sets people free. To be inside strong you must know the truth.
We are living in a day, where we cannot shrink back, but those who are inside strong because they know the truth must continue to stand. Truth is yet again going to set nations free. It’s never without a fight, but that’s because lies live in the dark and they will fight to not be exposed. But without truth people can’t be set free.
Before they confronted Jesus He stepped forward and said, who are you looking for? Jesus knew the truth so was not afraid of the fight for our freedom. MLK Jr. did the same thing, he knew the price of freedom but he fought anyway. Today, we as the nations are in a fight for freedom and those who know the truth won’t back down, for the truth is going to set many people free!
Do you remember those Babushka’s that you open up and inside are smaller versions of the outside doll? There are multiple dolls inside the one doll. When I was younger this was a popular toy to play with. The description of glory in John 17 is pictured perfectly with the Babushka. Let’s have Jesus explain it to us…
John 17:22-23 “The glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
Jesus tells us the “glory” He had was oneness with His Father and our oneness with Jesus and His Father. He adds that glory is oneness and love. Hmmmmmm, not exactly what I think of when I think the glory of God, what about you? I thought glory was Mt. Sinai stuff like Moses saw? It was. I thought glory was turning water into wine? It was. But Jesus is revealing a glory that precedes those glories.
God’s original glory, before sin was oneness with mankind and mankind’s oneness with each other. (Genesis 1). I would propose God’s glory will manifest when we become one with God and one with each other. Remember Paul said, Jew and Gentile will be one new man; male and female will be one flesh; and Jesus said, we are one spirit with Him. Oneness with God and each other is the glory of God.
It’s no wonder Jesus said in Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” The glory of God is going to manifest in our oneness and it all starts with me becoming one with Christ and you becoming one with Him. Then we becoming one will be easy for He is Lord of all!
Did you know we as believers in Jesus Christ have a built in teacher inside of us? Now I realize cognitively we understand this, for at Pentecost the Spirit was poured out and now we who believe in Jesus Christ have the indwelling Holy Spirit. However, the revelation of this teacher inside of us has been lost to many in the tongues of fire, rushing wind and many getting saved (Acts 2). Elijah had the same challenge we do, the earth shook, the fire blazed and the wind blew, but it wasn’t until he heard the whisper that he fell to his knees (1 Kings 19). Can you hear the voice of truth inside of you…whispering?
Pentecostals love the demonstrations of the Holy Spirit; the denominations love the truth of the Holy Spirit; but Jesus said the Holy Spirit is not just one aspect but multiple ones. “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit living inside of you is a teacher, but are we students?
Here’s the continual curriculum of the Holy Spirit:
2. Guided into truth
3. Authority to speak comes from God not me
4. Only say what you hear God say
These are the courses the Holy Spirit teaches, so we can be led by the spirit and not the flesh. Jesus said the Holy Spirit gives us the God advantage in the earth, but to obtain it we must become students of the Holy Spirit inside of us. The issue is not a lack of a teacher, it’s a lack of people who want to be taught forever.
We have a kingdom in us that knows no end. The wisdom of God who is king of this kingdom in us is unsearchable, that means we will never stop learning as long as we remain a student or in bible language a disciple. Do you know what pride is? It’s ceasing to be a student, a disciple, a learner. Many people love being leaders, but today the Holy Spirit is reminding us to never stop listening, so we never stop learning. This is the God advantage, the Spirit of Truth in us.
The Word of God is living, it speaks, it reveals, it corrects wrong teaching in us, it aligns us to truth, it is the gift that keeps on giving for those who read it as students letting the Word be the teacher.
I was reading John 15:18-21 and the Holy Spirit revealed a correction in my thinking and I wanted to share it with you. Listen to Jesus…”If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”
The Holy Spirit said, “Who is the world?”
I have always been taught the world is the unsaved, the unbelievers who have no knowledge of the Bible or God. The Holy Spirit said, did “the world” by this definition persecute Jesus? I stopped immediately…no they didnt, unbelieving religious people did. The religious leaders and people knew the Torah, but they didn’t know God, for Jesus said if they did they would have known Him. Could it be “the world” in this passage is religious leaders who don’t believe in Jesus? The Holy Spirit said, keep reading.
John 15:22-25 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause”
Who is the them? The religious leaders of Jesus’ day that did not believe in the Messiah who was the kingdom of God on earth as in heaven. They are the world that persecuted Jesus.
Persecution for kingdom believers is not going to come from people who are what Christians call unbelievers, it’s going to come from religious leaders who don’t believe the kingdom is at hand again. Why, because just like then it is now, it will threaten their system, they will lose their followers and this will infuriate them. Multitudes of people are going leave the system to follow Jesus again, it’s already begun and will continue.
We are living in Biblical history and we must think cyclical not linear if we are going to understand what God is doing on earth right now as it is in heaven. Truly 2 Chronicles 7:14 is what we must do, My people, must humble themselves (become teachable); turn from their wicked ways (unbelief) Seek My face (Matthew 6:33) and pray (listen to the Holy Spirit and obey); then I will turn and heal their land (their life, their hearts, their soul)! This is the day the Lord has made, I am rejoicing and being glad in it.