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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Don't Get Left Behind- the Next Move of God!

"Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). "See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them" (Is. 42:9).

We've heard the revival stories of old: Great Awakenings. Welsh Revival. Azusa Street. Latter Rain. The Jesus Movement. The Chinese Underground Church explosion. The Argentine Revivals. Toronto. Brownsville. But for the last 15 years or so it's been pretty quiet in America and things have taken a turn for the worse spiritually, culturally and politically. However, there is a tremendous storm gathering on the horizon. The wind has shifted, and the people of God need to get ready! For the Lord is on the move again. 

 What are the prophets saying?
Here is a short list of some of the more notable prophetic voices. You can go on-line to read these articles and watch the videos to have a more complete picture.
1. John Kilpatrick. The Wind Has Shifted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wWyjlPFUsc&feature=youtube.

2. Cindy Jacobs. "Word of the Lord For 2016: The Year the Tide Turns". Elijah List, February 5, 2016 and at http://www.prophetic.tv/watch/watch.php?ID=25. From the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders conference in November, 2015.

3. Patricia King. "There's Revival in the Air!" Elijah List, 2-4-16. http://www.elijahlist.com/index.php.

4. Chuck Pierce's Conference with Dutch Sheets. Nov. 27, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04UqtxnseSE&feature=youtu.be.

5. Tom Hamon. “God is Raising Your Profile” Christian International, Vision Church, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. January 4, 2016. http://www.flowprophetic.com/tom-hamon-wol2016/

 
Keys to the Kingdom
Dutch Sheets, a forerunner in the body of Christ for decades, is calling Christians to pray for revival as the only solution to the mess we're in as a nation. His An Appeal to Heaven prayer rallies and PRAY 15 prayer app for your Iphone are motivating people to pray for 15 minutes each day. The Lord gave Dutch two scriptures that would release revival in our nation. He is encouraging millions of Christians to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the keys to revival.

Isaiah 22:22,I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.”
In biblical times, literally the door keeper was given the key to King David's household which was the city of Jerusalem. Each morning the door keeper would open the doors of the city and each evening, he would close them for the night. The door keeper held a position of rank and authority in David's army and was responsible for the welfare of the city. Other door keepers held the keys that locked and unlocked the doors of the prison cells, the treasury, any important strongholds that belonged to the King.

 Matthew 16:19, I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Spiritually speaking, we know it is King Jesus who holds the keys to the kingdom. There is a spiritual principle which says, as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual realm. Jesus gave his disciples and therefore, the church, the keys to the kingdom to do greater works than even He did. He has given mature, Spirit-filled believers the authority in Christ to bind up demonic strongholds and loose the people of God and situations from Satan's grip. When we do our part, the angels will carry out the actual binding and loosing in the spiritual realm. 
 
Doug Addison wrote a book called 2016 Prophecies. Doug says, “Keys of authority are being reassigned. There are spiritual keys that have been given to people that unlock and lock doors in the spiritual realm in and over people and regions.”
Revelation 3:7b:These are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open."

Patricia King experienced a “prophetic encounter” at 5:55 on the morning of January 31, 2016. She was taken to a corridor in heaven with doors that were shut. The Lord's voice spoke: "I am taking you to new levels.... I will show you things that you know not. I will reveal Kingdom mysteries to you in this season. I will demonstrate My power and there will be a great harvest as the river of revival goes to the nations. Partner with Me for I desire to pour out My Spirit in a new wave upon the earth in this hour.
On one of the doors was a sign which said, "REVIVAL" An angel stood outside the door guarding the room. People approached the door, but could not enter, because they did not have the right key. One person approached the angel showing the key called FAITH-FILLED PRAYERS. The angel's face lit up and proclaimed, "This is the key that will open the door" ...And the door opened. 

She saw a river of revival flow through the doorway, flooding the corridor and moving rapidly into the earth. Individuals who had no keys in their hands previously, were being swept into the current of the river. Some were elated and others were shocked and in wonderment. The river was unstoppable. She saw the river break off into tributaries...many tributaries. The river was filling the earth! The Lord said, "I have prepared a revival for you, an outpouring of My Spirit that will be filled with My glory, My fire, My love. Birth this outpouring with the key of FAITH-FILLED PRAYER.

2016 Prophecies can be characterized as a season of:
  • Shifting seasons and “suddenlies”
  • New assignments and re-alignments
  • Increase in supernatural gifts, miracles, salvations
  • Heaven will partner with earth to produce a great awakening
  • River of God will bring healing, deliverance. Position yourself in the river!
  • A rise in prophetic evangelism: prophecy and words of knowledge
  • Angels waiting for the Church to rise up and press the battle to the full. 
    • Dynamic release of power to accomplish the purposes of God
    • Radical move of God that occurs outside the current church structure
    • Keys of authority that will open and close doors in the spirit realm
    • A year of kairos opportunities- an appointed time to seize the moment
    • Many prodigals will be coming home this year. 

Keys for Being Involved in the Next Move of God by Pat James.
First of all, here are the people who will be left out of the next move of God and may even work to oppose it. These characteristics come from Revelation chapters 2 and 3 in the letters to the seven churches. Those who:
  • Forsake their first love for Jesus Christ. Serving Christ is not a priority in their life.
  • Are afraid of persecution, slander and rejection by others.
  • Have compromised their walk with God through the influence of a secular society or other world religions.
  • Practice sexual immorality, false prophets, or have tolerated the Jezebel spirit.
  • Have a reputation for being alive, but are actually “dead” or spiritually “asleep.”
  • Lukewarm Christians- compromised their faith with the world for wealth or success; who are apathetic, passive, lazy, content to just be a “sinner saved by grace.”
  • Refuse to give up doctrines of men, old mindsets and opinions that interfere with new revelations brought by the Spirit today.
  • Have blasphemed the Holy Spirit by saying what the Lord is doing is demonic or a work of Satan.

    Then, here are the kinds of Christians who will be included:
  • The church at Philadelphia- Rev. 3:7-8, “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
  • Those who have spiritual eyes that see, and ears that can hear what the Spirit is saying to the church today.
  • Those who are spiritually discerning the times and the seasons of God.
  • Those who “will embrace the pain of change” in order to crossover into a new season.(Doug Addison's prophesy for 2016). Includes being rejected by others and being re-positioned for God's purposes and advancement.
  • Those who “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called (them) heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-15).

Key Scriptures for the Body of Christ
1. Stir up the gift of God in you. (Acts 1:4, I Tim. 4:14, 2 Tim. 1:6) 2 Timothy 1:6,  "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands" (NIV). The “gift of God” is the power of the Holy Spirit in you. Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with "the gift" of tongues according to the book of Acts?
2. Pray in the Spirit. Eph. 6:18, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit." Jude 20. “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.” This means praying in the power of the Holy Spirit with the prayer language given to you by the Spirit.
3. Live in the Spirit. Romans 8: 4,5,9 and 11.
Galatians 5:25. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
  • Be spiritually minded, versus being naturally minded.
  • Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading, conviction, wisdom.
  • Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit- Romans 14:17
4. Take captive every thought.
2 Corinthians 10:5, We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Every thought! Of course, we understand how important it is to take captive thoughts that are evil, but in these last days, we will also have to take captive those that are natural, logical or even rational. Being naturally minded will interfere with our being able to hear what the Spirit of God wants us to know. Scripture tells us that the carnal mind in enmity toward God and does not discern the truth (Rom. 8:7).

Key Prophetic Words 
Through out the month of January, I have been praying and asking the Father to give me the message He had for our lighthouse this month. On several of those occasions between 4:00 and 5:00am in the morning, I heard the still small voice of the Spirit speaking a clear word.

I am bringing in the people and the resources you will need for this new season. I will fulfill My purposes for this lighthouse. I will supply all your needs to accomplish the purpose I've given to you. Look to me constantly for I am Jehovah Jireh, your Provider.” (and on another morning), “I am coming with the fresh wind of the Spirit to fill your sails with power that propels you into your purpose. Stay focused on your purpose, position and power."
 
Over the course of the next weeks, I kept hearing these three words: purpose, position and power. God is speaking to all of us that we need to know what our kingdom purpose is, we need to get in the position He wants us to be, and so He can release supernatural power like we've never seen before. A mighty river of living water is going to be released from heaven that will bring about the greatest awakening the earth has ever experienced. 

Purpose. Definition- a. the reason for which something exists or is done, made or used. b. a goal, something one aims to accomplish. Romans 8:28- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. Ephesians 2:10, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

The purpose of HAL is “to reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus Christ that they might become transformed into His image as sons and daughters of God.” Our purpose is NOT about getting people “saved” so they can escape hell and go to heaven. It's a message of transformation so they can help build the kingdom of God here on earth. HAL is called to be a hub, a central meeting place in our community, where people from different churches and backgrounds can meet in UNITY to worship God, to receive from Him and to be supernaturally changed by Him.

Life in the kingdom of God is all about serving the purposes and plans of God; not our own lifestyles, ambitions, interests or desires. We belong to God now; we are not our own. We have become His sons and daughters. He wants to know that He can trust us with the keys to His kingdom. What is your God-ordained purpose in life? What has He called you to do for His kingdom? 

Position ourselves. One meaning of the word position is your location. To catch the wind of the Spirit, we may need to relocate, change churches, change jobs, align ourselves with a ministry that is going where we want to go. It's time for a re-alignment and a new assignment so we can fulfill the call of God upon our lives.

Biblically and spiritually speaking, the word position means to position ourselves IN CHRIST. We have to have our identity firmly established in who we are in Christ. Our old nature has to be crucified. We reckon ourselves to be dead and buried. Jesus Christ lives in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are sons of God, the bride of Christ, carriers of His glory. How does God see you? That's what matters the most!

To quote Dutch Sheets, “Position yourselves to have FAVOR with the King.” Doug Addison said, “Positioning is very important. It is crucial to align with the right people and places this year. It is important to look at the lives of those you are aligned with. What is the fruit of their ministry or efforts? Are they producing fruit for the kingdom that will last?”

Power by the Holy Spirit. In a prophecy by Armstrong & LeStrange, it is written I began to see in my spirit creative miracles and power gifts coming forth on a level that I have personally never witnessed. I sense the Father urging a generation to contend for higher levels of miracles and to carry greater mantles” (Elijah List, 2-6-16).

Bobby Connor prophesied that “The Holy Spirit is truly anointing the Body of Christ in an unprecedented manner in these days. Believers are realizing that they cannot fulfill their role in the purposes of God unless they have His power.” (Elijah List, 1-24-16). 

During the third watch of the morning, I (Pat James) heard the Spirit say, “I have given you a new mantel of authority to help you do the work of the ministry and an angel to assist you in the spirit realm.” As a matter of fact, a group of angels has been assigned to our lighthouse to do warfare over us, and to carry out the process of opening and closing doors in the spirit, and to bind up demonic spirits and loose the captives into freedom! With God and His angel army on our side, who can stand against us!
 
How are we going to accomplish all this? By trusting totally in the plan God has for our life. We have to trust the Lord to take us sailing in deep waters of the open ocean leaving behind all that is dear to us, our secure surroundings, possibly our family and friends. We have to be willing to forsake all-- for the eternal joy of loving and serving our Lord, according to the path that He chose for us. Remember, God chose us first to love and to serve Him. It is up to us to respond by choosing to do His will for our lives and surrendering our own self-will.

Today the Spirit spoke these three key words to us: purpose, position and power. Here are some key questions you need to take before the Lord in prayer and wait on Him until you hear the answers. Let him who has ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying.
  • Do you know your personal purpose in the kingdom of God? What has God planned for you to do for Him?
  • Are you in the position where God wants you to be? Or do you need to re-locate?
  • Are you ready to partner with the Holy Spirit to release His power? Or do you always have some excuse not to go deeper in God? 
If the answer is YES, then you need the keys to the kingdom of heaven to do that! (Is. 22:22 and Matt. 16:19).
  • Key strategies that will defeat the enemy and lead to breakthrough and miracles.
  • Keys of authority to open doors and to close doors, to bind and to loose.
  • Keys of anointing to do the greater works of God.
     
Prayer for Today. Abba Father, I thank you that You have chosen me to be your child and have given me a purpose in Your kingdom. Forgive me for all the ways I have not surrendered to the call of God on my life. Forgive me for not living according to Your kingdom principles. Give me now the grace and the power to do Your will and to fulfill my destiny in Your kingdom. Give me Your divine enablement to continually live in the Spirit, pray in the Spirit, stir up the gifts of the Spirit and bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I love you, Lord, and thank you for hearing my prayer today. I thank you for baptizing me in the Holy Spirit so I can serve you with my whole heart, soul and spirit. In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

This message was given at the Hickory, NC, Aglow Lighthouse meeting on February 13, 2016 by Pat James, President. Tommy & Pat James founded Tree of Life Ministries in Morganton, North Carolina and serve the Lord by providing private confidential counseling, speaking at local churches, discipling individuals and couples, and writing Christian books and articles for publication. www.tolr.org. 






Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Prophetic Events Pointing to the Day of the Lord


The following message was presented at the Hickory, North Carolina, Aglow International Lighthouse on September 12, 2015.


Joel 2: 1-2.
2 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains, a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come.

Introduction- The Day of the Lord
Joel gave this prophecy prior to the fall of Jerusalem which occurred in 586 BC when the Israelites were carried off to Babylon into exile for 70 years. Earlier in chapter one, Joel wrote about an actual invasion of locust which devoured all the crops, ruined the fields, the grain harvest, the grape vines and the olives trees. He witnessed how the massive locust plague and severe drought devastated Judah-- as a harbinger of the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” and he called on the people of Judah to repent.  

As a prophet of God, Joel discerned that the plague and severe drought were indicators of God's judgment on the nation of Judah due to their disobedience and falling away from God.

In Chapter 2, Joel tells the people to “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on God's holy (mountain). Let all who live in the land tremble for the day of the Lord is coming; it is close at hand. Trumpets were blown loud and long to call the people to a sacred assembly, to fast and to pray. Today many prophets and ministers of God in America are sounding that same alarm.

God had a clear pattern of dealing with the the house of Israel. First, He sends a warning or multiple warnings through His prophets. If the people do not repent of turning away from Him, then comes judgment on the land and the people. When they finally cry out to Him, He brings restoration and blessings.

The Prophetic Events on God's Calendar this fall: 

The Blood Red Moons
The Mystery of the Shemitah
The Feast of Tabernacles
The Jubilee Year




God's Calendar- To understand how God thinks and how He makes His plans we have to use the calendar He gave the Israelites (Ex. 12:2).

Gregorian Calendar- developed by Pope Gregory and based on the cycles of the sun, January- December, dates from the birth of Jesus, 2015.

Hebrew Calendar- based on the cycles of the moon, Nisan (Mar-Apr) Adar (Feb-Mar), dates from the first Passover when the Israelites were delivered from slavery in Egypt. Each new day begins with sundown of the day before. On God's calendar, we are living in the year 5776.

2015 on the Gregorian calendar is actually 5775-76 on the Jewish calendar. The Jews had two concurring calendars which they followed. A sacred calendar for the holy days and festivals begins with the month of Nisan. The civil calendar based on the four agricultural seasons begins with the month of Tishri- which is actually the 7th month of the sacred calendar.

Three Annual Festivals: Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. God instructed the Israelites to travel three times a year to Jerusalem to celebrate these festivals. Passover is celebrated in our spring season in the month of Nisan and Pentecost is 50 days later, similar to when Christians celebrate Easter and Pentecost.

Our focus today is on the final fall Feast of Tabernacles which begins Sept. 14, 2015 with:
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur,  and Sukkot. These Jewish High Holy Days run for the first ten days of Tishri, focus on repentance and are called the Days of Awe. We'll come back to this feast later on.

The Blood Moons- the 1st prophetic event for 2015.
A total lunar eclipse is called a blood moon
. When the earth casts its shadow on a full moon and eclipses it, the moon will take on a reddish glow.
Lunar tetrad- four total lunar eclipses happening in a row. The total lunar eclipses happen six months apart. The dates of the most recent tetrad were April 15 and October 8, 2014- on Passover. April 4 and September 28, 2015 on Tabernacles. The dates coincided with Jewish feasts in these years. There have been eight sets of tetrads since the time of Christ.

Super moon over Greece.
A Blood Moon and “Super Moon combination will be seen on September 28 for a spectacularly large total lunar eclipse with the moon passing earth at the closest distance all year. It will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than normal.

Pastor John Hagee wrote in his book, Four Blood Moons, that God is trying to communicate with us. He belives that something historically dramatic will happen to Israel in the next one to two years which will effect the outcome of history.   
 
Biblical references to blood moons are found in Joel 2:28-32 and Rev. 6:12.
 
Joel 2: 28-32 describes the day of the Lord and was quoted by Peter in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost.

The Christian Broadcasting Network has a video with Pastor John Hagee talking about the significance of the blood moons. You can see it at: www.cbn.com/tv/3186562378001.

Two examples of blood moon tetrads which effected Israel in recent history.
1948- Israel became a nation when the Queen of England signed the Balfour Declaration. 1967- The Six-Day War Israel fought with six Arab nations. Arab soldiers saw an army of angels protecting the Jewish soldiers and surrendered or ran away. The Israeli soldiers took control of Jerusalem for the first time since 70 AD when the Romans captured it. 

Mark Biltz commented recently in Prophecy News Watch, “I believe and have always taught these signs in the heavens do not mark the end of the world. My interpretation is that we have at least another 1,000 years (the Millennieum). But I do believe these signs portend major changes, including a possible major war involving Israel and an economic collapse.”

According to Biltz, September is shaping up to be a perfect storm of global catastrophes. He cited several examples from at home and abroad. In the United States, civil order is under assault as police are increasingly under attack, homosexual marriage has been imposed on the entire country and Christians are being sent to jail for their beliefs.

God is giving signs in the heavens through blood moons and solar eclipses appearing specifically on significant dates on the biblical calendar to grab the world’s attention. Biltz argues, “These are not just harbingers of things to come. I believe the heavenly call is going out to all who would come to the Feast.” What feast? The Feast of Tabernacles.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/September10/101.html#Xk5x21H09moVopzb.99

The Mystery of the Shemitah, by Jonathan Cahn- the 3rd prophetic event in 2015.
Rabbi Cahn is the founder of Hope of the World Ministry and the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, located in Wayne, New Jersey, across the river from Manhattan. He personally witnessed the destruction of the twin towers and observed the building of the new World Trade Center. In his first book The Harbinger, Rabbi Cahn tells about 14 mysteries that indicate God's judgement is coming on America. (Notes below were taken from his book.)

The First Harbinger: THE BREACH or Sign of the Breach: Years before the judgment of a nation there comes a warning, a national shaking. The warning manifests in the form of an attack. The nation’s hedge of protection, its natural security, is breached. 9/11 was America's wake-up call. While watching the smoke rise to the skyline of NYC, the Lord directed Rabbi Cahn to study Isaiah 9 and 10 and there he found a vow pronounced by the leaders of Israel. Later he termed it- the Isaiah 9:10 judgment.

10 “The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down, But we will replace them with cedars.”


This vow was an act of defiance by Israel. The nation of Israel was saying: “You will not humble us. We will not repent. Rather, we will continue to depart from Your ways. We will rebuild. We will replant. And by our own power and resources, we will come back stronger than before.” In the last 50 years, America has demonstrated the same pride and arrogance that Israel displayed during Isaiah's time. By making this ungodly vow, Israel pronounced a curse upon themselves.

The Shemitah is one of the 9 harbingers that have taken place in our lifetime. To understand completely the revelations given to Rabbi Cahn, you will need to read his book. I have included only a summary here to illustrate how prophecy is coming to past in America.

1. A Blessing. The Shemitah is designed to be a blessing from God. For the nation of Israel, every seventh day was called “the Sabbath.” The Israelites were commanded to keep it separate and distinct from the other six days of the week. It was the Lord’s Day and all regular work and all worldly endeavors were to cease. The Sabbath was the day of rest, to be devoted solely to the Lord.

Lev. 25:1–4  Also every seventh year was the Sabbath year. The LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: Six years shall you sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruits; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the LORD.’”

Then in Deut. 15:1–2, we read where the Lord commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the LORD’s release.”

The original Hebrew commands every creditor to make a “shemitah.” In Hebrew it is called the Lord’s “Shemitah” and it took place on Elul 29, the Day of Remission. Jewish farmers who faithfully kept the Shemitah’s requirement ended up with an extra abundant harvest the following year. God blessed them abundantly for their obedience to his commandments. The Shemitah is a reminder that God is the source of all blessings, spiritual and physical alike.

2. A Judgment of God. The keeping of the Shemitah was, above all, an act of devotion and worship, to put God above everything else in one’s life. BUT when God is removed from their life, the removal of blessings will ultimately follow. Instead of having a year of blessing, it can mean a year of judgment on a nation. So the matter of the Shemitah was critical. Upon it rested the nation’s future. God is not waiting for His people to disobey so He can punish them, we bring judgment on ourselves by our choices. Read Deut. 28 for a complete understanding of the blessings and curses God's people bring upon themselves depending on whether they love and obey God's commandments, or if they refused to honor Him.

The Shemitah and World History
The judgment that fell on the land of Israel in 586 BC was a pivotal event in biblical history, Jewish history, and world history. The Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed and the words of the Hebrew prophets fulfilled. 586 BC was the end of a Shemitah year and the Jews were exiled to Babylon for 70 years. The seventy years of judgment were the seventy unkept Shemitahs from Israel’s past.

How does the Shemitah have an effect on America?
Israel was a civilization established on the Word of God, dedicated to His purposes, and consecrated to His glory from its very inception. Only two civilizations in human history were established, dedicated, and consecrated to the will, the word, the purposes, and the glory of God from the moment of their conceptions. The first was Israel; the second was America.

As did ancient Israel, America has progressively redefined what was right and wrong, adopting a new morality to replace the old. It now calls evil “good,” and good “evil.” What it once celebrated, it now condemns, and what it once worshipped, it now reviles.

Just a few examples of what occurred on Shemitah years.
  • The Crash of 1916–1917, World War I- 40 percent of the market was wiped out.
  • The Crash of 1930–1932, The Great Depression- 86% on the market whiped out.
  • The Crash of 1973- 45 percent of the market was wiped out.
  • The Crash of 2000–2001 The Dot-Com Crash and 9/11- more than 37 percent of the stock market was wiped out. The crash occurred on the Monday following Elul 29.
  • The Crash of 2007–2008, The Great Recession- It was the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. 2007- a shemitah year. 50% of the market whiped out.
Only the hand of God could have calculated such complex and precise phenomenon. The mystery of the Shemitah has effected the course of the market, America and countless other nations. 
 
How does judgment come? It can come through another nation or nations. It can come through natural disasters or man-made disasters, economic collapse, attack from terrorists or weapons of mass destruction. Without God, there is no true safety or security for America. Without God's hand of protection over our nation, our enemies will be allowed to come within our borders and attempt to destroy us. Without God, America will collapse.

HOWEVER, God can not be put into a box. Prophecy does not have to happen when men predict it will. It will happen how, when and where God wants it to. Any shemitah year does not have to bring destruction. It is up to God if and when judgment comes upon a nation. We do need to be aware and forewarned of any impending judgment and make preparations. Wisdom says to be prepared for difficult times and don't be caught off guard.

The Shemitah's most dramatic impact leads up to and occurs on or around Elul 29, the last day of the cycle- the Day of Nullification. The shemitah year we are living in right now will end September 13, 2015. Dramatic events associated with the shemitah can also occur into the next year. 

The Feast of Tabernacles- the 2nd prophetic event of this year. 
Three Events. The following dates are for 2015. To find out dates for another year, you will have to consult a Hebrew Calendar for that year.
  1. Rosh Hashanah- Tishri 1 (Sept. 14). The Feast of Trumpets marks the start of the Jewish new year. It is a season of judgment, as well as a time for reconciliation with God. It occurs in the 7th month of the the Jewish calendar year.
  2. Yom Kippur- the Day of Atonement, a day of fasting and repentance, affording man the opportunity to cleanse himself of his sins and renew his relationship with God. Sept. 22-23.
  3. Sukkot- the Festival of Booths (Tabernacles). The Jews camped out under the stars in huts made of branches for seven days to remember that God is our ultimate protection. Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
Jesus- the Fulfillment of the Feasts 
Dr. Richard Booker in his book, Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts, wrote that for 1500 years, the Jewish people learned about the one true God through the religious laws and rituals that God instructed them to perform. These rituals taught them how to know God and walk with Him-- and pointed them to the Messiah. In other words, God's pictures in the Old Testament pointed the Jews to the person of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Jesus fulfilled the first two feast seasons- Passover and Pentecost- at his first coming. He will fulfill the third feast season,Tabernacles- at His second coming.

Passover- the first feast. During the month of Nisan when the Jews were in the temple sacrificing a lamb on the altar for the remission of their sins, Jesus was being crucified outside on the cross on Golgotha. His physical death and resurrection took place on the exact day and hour that the Feast of Passover was being celebrated by the Jews.

Pentecost- the second feast. Traditionally, the Jews celebrated Pentecost as the day God met with Moses on Mount Sinai to give him the Torah- the book of the Law. Exodus tells us it was in the sixth of Silvan. 1500 years later on that same date when the Day of Pentecost came, the Jews were in the temple celebrating. However, on that same day and hour, the Lord's apostles and other believers were in the upper room-- receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues.

Dr. Booker explained, that just as the Hebrews received the book of the Law on the original Pentecost, 1500 years later 120 followers of Jesus Christ received the power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1 and 2). As Spirit-filled Christians, we understand the importance of following God's commandments in the Old Testament, but we also need revelation and enlightenment given to us by the Holy Spirit. The Law without the Spirit is religious legalism. The Spirit teaches us and empowers us to live under God's grace and mercy. The Spirit of Christ in us transforms us over time into sons and daughters of God.
 

Tabernacles- the third fall festival of the Lord. When Messiah Jeshua returns the next time-- He will return according the Old Testament picture God gave the Israelites- during the fall harvest on the Feast of Tabernacles. Jews from around the world will be gathered together in Jerusalem for seven days to celebrate the Festival of the Ingathering- the final harvest of the year and a time of rest from their labors. It will be a time of great rejoicing and they will sleep in booths or shelters outside under the stars. It will begin on the 15th of Tishri and end on the 22nd (Sept. 28- Oct. 4, 2015).

The Feast of Tabernacles represents the complete and final work of God in this present age. We know from Scriptures that Jesus Christ, Messiah Jeshua, is the ultimate tabernacle or dwelling place of God in human flesh. God dwells in our midst through Jesus who gives us His Spirit in our hearts. Jesus will fulfill the Feast of Tabernacles at His second coming.

Sunsetting over Jerusalem and the Eastern Gate

I can just imagine what that day will look like. One glorious morning Muslims around the world will be facing East toward Mecca worshiping Allah. The sirens from the mosques will be blaring away calling the people to morning prayer. In the synagogues of Jerusalem, Jews will be sounding the last trumpet call with their ram's horn shofars. For the last seven nights, they have been sleeping in booths or tabernacles on the roof tops of their homes. They will look up to the morning sky and see... a strange sight in the heavens.

Messiah Jeshua in all His Father's glory will descend out of heaven with all His glorious saints and a multitude of angelic host. He will land on the Mount of Olives and proceed to take the path that leads over to the Temple Mount-- just like He did 2,000 years ago in the year 33AD riding on a donkey. Read the passage in Matt.21:8-10 for his first entrance into the city of David. 

Except the second time, will be much different. Jesus Christ of Nazareth will make his second triumphal entry into Jerusalem-- with angelic voices crying... “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”


This time He'll be riding a white horse with eyes like blazing fire and on His head will be many crowns. He'll be dressed in a robe dipped in blood and out of His mouth will come a sharp sword to strike down the nations. On His robe and on His thigh will be written the words, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” (Rev. 19:11) Let's give a glory shout!

The Eastern Gate pictured here was sealed in 1530 AD when Muslims conquered the city of Jerusalem (the Ottoman Turks). 

However, one day Jesus will supernaturally pass through the now sealed Eastern Gate just like He did when He appeared to His disciples in His resurrected body and walked through the locked door (John 20:19). Then finally, the world will know that Messiah Jeshua has returned to set up His kingdom on earth. And every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord

We may not know what year he will return, but we most certainly know what season. And if we understand God's calendar of holy events and are a student of the Word, we will know the day and the hour and the place of His return. Hallelujah! 

Year of Jubilee. Finally, some more good news! The 4th prophetic event of this year.


Leviticus 25:8-18, "Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9.Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land.” (Tishri 10, Sept. 23).

The year of Jubilee is a super Shemitah all year long. Debt was released, the land rested, slaves and prisoners were set free, lost inheritance was returned and people returned to their own families and homeland. The Jubilee was the year of restoration, the year of reconciliation and the year of return.

Israel experienced a Jubilee Year in 1967 following the Six-Day War. The Old City of Jerusalem was one again in the control of the Israeli soldiers. The upcoming year 5776 which begins on Sept. 15 is prophesied to be a Jubilee Year as well. What will it mean for Israel? What will it mean for America? No one knows for sure. But when Christ returns the second time, it will be the Jubilee of all Jubilees! Messiah will come to rule and reign for a thousand years and the bride of Christ will rule the nations with Him.

How Do We Prepare?
How will we react when our nation experiences an economic collapse, a catastrophic disaster or we're attacked again by terrorists? Are we going to allow fear to control our emotional state and decisions? Will we live in fear or live by faith? Are we going to trust in God to take care of us? Here are five ways we can prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.

1. Humbling Ourselves in Prayer
2 Chronicles 7:14. if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


In order to be in right standing with the Lord, we have to come before Him humbly and acknowledge that we have sinned. We ask the Lord to forgive us for how we have fallen short in our obedience to His Word. We spend time asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas in our heart that are not completely surrendered to Him.

Psalm 139:1 Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.
That is one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins. Ask the Spirit to show you anything that you need to get rid of and anything you need to be filled with?

James 4:8, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."


2. Repentance
Revelation 3:19- Jesus warned the lukewarm church at Laodicea,Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

To repent means to turn away from sin, to feel genuine sorrow or regret for our past behavior, to have our conscience so stricken with remorse that we vow never to do that again. We go before a Holy God and ask for forgiveness for how we have sinned against others and against Him. Repentance means getting rid of everything that interferes with having an intimate relationship with the Father. Not trusting God is the #1 problem among Christians and fear is the #2 problem. Fear is a sin against God, because it means we are not trusting Him to take care of us, to meet all our needs or to have a plan for our future. Fear is the #1 way Satan attacks the children of God. You can't walk in fear and faith at the same time.

3. Circumcised hearts and flesh 
Ezekiel 11:19, 36:24-27, 44:7-9. Three times Ezekiel prophesied to the house of Israel that God would remove the heart of stone and put a new spirit in them. Hebrews 8 explains that Jesus came to fulfill the New Covenant by taking out of us the heart of stone and replacing it with a heart that is pliable and teachable. He came to give us a new, regenerated spirit by filling us with His Spirit. Gal. 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me.”

Ezekial 44: 7-9 tells us that the Lord rebuked the Levites saying, “No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary.”  

Have you circumcised your heart and flesh so that you will be acceptable before the Lord? Do you want God's will in your life over anything else? Have you died with Christ and your life is now hidden IN CHRIST?

4. Being Filled with the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:4- All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Matthew 25- The Parable of the Ten Virgins.
25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps (but) took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps...6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.” When the bridegroom came, those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

We need to be prepared for Jesus' coming by keeping ourselves “continually filled with the oil of the Spirit.” The baptism of the Holy Spirit we received 20 years ago may not be enough to get us into the wedding supper of the Lamb tomorrow. The oil we received last year, a month ago or even last week will not get us through the days of chaos and destruction that are coming on the earth. 

Like the five wise virgins, we need to be continually filled with the Spirit of God AND carriers of His Presence so we can do the works He created for us to do. We need to be ministers of Light which lead others into a saving relationship with Christ. We need to be manifesting both the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit in our walk with God.

5. Being Sensitive to the Voice of the Spirit.
Seven times in the book of Revelations, Jesus said to the churches, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says.” I am concerned so many westernized Christians in the church have ears that are dull of hearing and eyes that are blind. They would not recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit- IF He tried to speak to them. They have a form of religion, but deny the power of the Spirit. Have you quenched the voice of the Spirit trying to speak to you? Have you refused to yield your temperament and behavior to the Spirit of God?
 
During difficult seasons or tribulation, we have to know how to draw near to the Lord. We have to know how to practice His Presence and recognize when the Spirit is speaking to us. He will give us instructions and speak words of comfort to us. When we obey His leading, He will provide for all our needs. We have to have spiritual eyes and ears to follow the leading of the Spirit of God. Our natural mind and logical thinking can even get in the way of hearing the voice of the Spirit tell us something important to do for our safety or well being.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anything that is hindering your hearing?
  • Repent and ask forgiveness; get healing or deliverance if needed.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the divine enablement, the supernatural grace be more sensitive, and willing to listen and obey.
The Feast of Tabernacles- A summary of the significance of the season.
Tishri 1 begins Sunday evening at sundown. The first 10 days are the High Holy Days, the “Days of Awe.” The sounding of the shofar is a “wake up blast” to remind us that the Day of Atonement is near. To remind us that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was the atonement for our sins. It is a time to make amends for those we've wronged, to ask forgiveness for any vows we may have broken, and to ask the Lord to forgive us for any way we have sinned against Him. It is a time to make restitution to those we have sinned against. Of course, as New Testament Christians, we are instructed by the Word to do these things all year long, not just during Tabernacles.


Feast of Trumpets- a time to draw close to God
The Day of Atonement- a day of fasting & repentance
Tabernacles- God is our ultimate protection and provision. Jesus Christ will return one day to fully dwell in men.

A closing prayer for today
Ps. 139: 23-24 says, "Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting."

 

Additional Scriptures to declare over youself, your family, your church and community during times of trial or tribulation.

Psalm 23 A psalm of David.
1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


Psalm 27:1 A psalm David wrote while hiding in a cave from King Saul.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? (or what event)
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? (or what situation)


Psalm 32:7- You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Psalm 91- a prayer for protection and provision.

Psalm 112:7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Isaiah 12:2- Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Isaiah 60:1-5. Speaks to us of the future Glory of Zion.

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come."


Even so, come, Lord Jesus!