(BITTERSWEET TIMES ARE AHEAD)
Joseph prepared for 7 years of famine during the 7 years of prosperity. And so there is a time of preparation we’ve been in now for some time. The divine delay of the disciplinary judgments of the Lord is being lifted on our nation as the ministry of Divine authority begins.
What is this ministry of Divine authority? In the times of Elijah we see this ministry in manifestation in the spirit and power of Elijah as he stood on Mount Carmel and contested with the false prophets of Baal. The fire fell and consumed the sacrifice along with the wood, stones, dust, and even the water. This mighty manifestation caused the people to fall on their faces and declare the Lord as God.
“Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” (1 Kings 18:39)
We see this ministry of Divine authority exercised in the days of Moses as he stretched forth his rod and the Red Sea swallowed up and drowned the Egyptian armies. The results of this ministry of Divine authority are noted in Exodus 14:31:
“Thus Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses.”
This ministry of Divine authority administered in the spirit and power of Elijah will be seen again. Its purpose is always redemptive – to bring forth true repentance and cause the hearts of the people to turn to the Lord.
We are in the infantile stages of the release of the spirit and power of Elijah in the ministry of Divine authority. This will include a worldwide company of men and women who have been summoned by the Lord to be His messengers.
In the times of Moses and Elijah great severity was necessary to turn the hearts of the people back to the Lord. Often people quote the scripture in Romans 2:4, properly stating that it is the goodness or kindness of the Lord that leads to repentance. But when the Lord’s goodness does not lead to repentance then He is forced to move us into the realm of Divine severity.
Too many people have taken the Lord’s goodness to further their pleasurable, worldly, and even sinful lifestyles. Therefore, for the sake of their salvation and perseverance of their souls the Lord has to administer His severity.
And so we will see both the manifestation of the goodness and severity of God side by side in the days ahead. Bittersweet times are upon us. We will choose our own medicine. These things will come with great cost and great loss to many as well as great glory and victory to others.
How do we recognize this ministry of Divine authority? And how do we prepare?
Stay tuned for Part 2 in our next blog.