THE VEIL IS OPEN: WHY ARE MEN TRYING TO SHUT IT

This message was birthed in prayer when we saw leaders standing in front of a veil and pulling it shut. This is an utterance from the Lord.

“He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled” (Jn. 3:29).

The joy of the friend of the bridegroom (or best man) is to hear His voice. He is not to interfere with the union and intimacy the bride and the bridegroom are to enjoy. Yet in much of Christendom today this interference is what we see in one form or another.

The veil into God’s Holy Presence was rent in two so that the Bride of Christ could enjoy the presence of the Bridegroom and hear His voice. In the Old Covenant man needed  a mediator because the veil of the temple, which signified the way into God’s presence, was closed. But today under the New Covenant the veil has been rent in two and actually no longer exists, and now we can all come to God without a human mediator.

“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom…” (Mt. 27:51).

Closing the veil is a type of the spirit of religion and traditions of men that tell us we need to go through a man or a program. It engenders condemnation.

For the words I now write are from the Lord and are truly a judgment of the heart for believers to put their fellowship with God above religion and the traditions of man. For this was the spirit that always confronted Jesus and the manifestation of His compassion when the religious leaders would say, “Who does He think He is, healing and forgiving man’s sins?” The mind-set that leaders have put in the hearts of saints today is the same work of the spirit of religion, “Do this. Don’t do that. You gotta come when the doors are open or you won’t be blessed; if you don’t tithe you’re cursed, etc.”

What is most needed is to teach the people to go into the Holy of Holies themselves and enjoy unrestricted communion with God. This increases their chances manifold of never falling away from the Lord.

Beyond the veil is true communion with God, but man, through religion and traditions, seems to always attempt to shut that veil.

True spiritual freedom comes to the one who believes and knows they have free access to Jesus.

The part leadership is to play is to show the saints the access. It’s necessary and important that the young ones (lambs) know how to go into that place in the Spirit. The key is to train them to move into the Spirit and access that place on their own. Once they learn they can be established as strong trees of righteousness. It takes time to learn and to know and to flow with the presence of God. Never does it benefit when a man leads another to the wisdom and traditions of man. Keep pointing them to the open veil and the access.

That is why we can never be satisfied with just playing church; for when we learn to access His presence then Christ is formed in us. Instead of being as Joshua was in the old order of things when only certain ones had access to God, who stood on the outside of the tabernacle and listened (Ex. 33:11), it’s our place as ministers to draw them on in and teach them to stay there. There will always be hungry saints who want to go on in. Beyond the veil is the only place we are truly rooted and grounded in the Lord.

That is why this place of putting our dependence on man is such a bewitching place.

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you…” (Gal. 3:1)

This bewitching is such a diabolical move for it is the spirit that closes the veil and makes it hard to access God.(Spoken and prayed with the same zeal and Spirit that came on Jesus when He went into the temple and overthrew the tables and drove out the money changers). We’ve got to keep people moving toward the Lord where they are at home with Him. He is the door, the only door. He is the mediator, the only mediator. We all have free access through His Blood.

As a modern day example of this bewitching, the seeker-friendly philosophy of conducting church services closes the door and says you can only have this much access to God, and you can only go this far, by toning down on the Holy Spirit and His workings. God is in the midst of His people, not behind a veil.

As an example from the past, take the Brownsville revival. I was a part of it, and I witnessed the legacy and future fruit of that revival, cut short due to religious politics that insisted on a man being ordained with a certain denomination, when the man in good conscience before God could not. Ironically, this revival began with a man crying out to God, “we want God with no restrictions”, but then that same man shut the door years later through religious politicking. Multitudes of people were saddened, hurt, angered, and disillusioned by such a decision.

We have witnessed confusion and bewilderment in many lives who were used to free access but whose freedom was blocked and bewitched by man.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1).

This sort of thing happens on a wide scale. We believe in order. We believe in submission and authority, but not at the expense of the freedom of God’s people.

These two books are two of our readers’ favorites that I’d like to recommend to you. They will help to enhance your prayer life and communion with God. 

Prayer: The Language Of The Spirit  

The Journal Of A Journey To His Holiness  

 

THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO DEFEAT ISIS: HAHA!

There is a sweeping movement that began two decades ago. A phenomenal number of Muslims are coming to the Lord through dreams and visions, and are discovering that the true God is not condemning them but manifesting His love to them. Mighty signs and wonders are breaking out in the Muslim world.

For example, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2015 200 Muslim men inside a mosque all had a simultaneous vision of Jesus. This event was confirmed by three independent sources. In spite of numerous death threats these Muslim men are testifying of this vision and the reality of Jesus Christ.

Here are some other accounts of the power of God convincing Muslims of His reality and love for them:

An Isis fighter who personally killed Christians, had a vision of Jesus, who said to Him as He said to Saul long ago, “Why are you killing My people?”

Jihadist Converts

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/06/15/report-isis-jihadist-converts-to-christianity-after-seeing–jesus-in-his-dreams/

After visiting a prostitute and contracting Aids, a Muslim Imam, Sheik Mohammed Amen, lay dying and preparing for burial with no hope. Suddenly Jesus appeared in his room and stood by his side, and said, “Mohammed, rise up!” He rose up and was completely healed of Aids.

Healed From Aids

http://www.imsoblesseddaily.com/healed-from-aids/

In December 2001, Sheik Ahmad al Qataani, a leading Saudi cleric, appeared on a live interview on Al-Jazeera satellite television to confirm the Muslims were turning to Jesus in alarming numbers. “Every hour, 667 Muslims are becoming Christians,” he said. “And each day 16,000 Muslims are becoming followers of Jesus, and each year 6 million Muslims are deciding to follow Jesus.”

Leaving Islam

http://www.islam-watch.org/LeavingIslam/Muslims2Christianity.htm

Laboring Mohammed, a Nigerian, who studied the Quran for 5 years, met Jesus in a series of dreams. He was persecuted, imprisoned by his own father, but due to his unwavering love for his father he surrendered to Jesus just 3 hours before his death.

Quranic Student Converted

https://www.bing.com/videos/search

As much of the world has turned its back on God in record and unprecedented numbers, a move of the Spirit that is astounding in scale has begun.

As another outstanding example, in communist atheist China, there are estimates of more than 200 million Christians in that country, which is now on course to become the most populated Christian nation on the earth.

Also, Iran, formerly known as Persia, the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, despite a crackdown on the Christians and the gospel, there is an explosive and staggering growth of house churches and secret meetings all over the nation. At last count it is now estimated that there are more than 300,000 believers in Iran and growing daily.

Praise the Name of Jesus!!! It’s harvest time!

GONE IS THE AGE OF MAN

Gone is the age of man. We’ve entered into the age of God. The Lord is done allowing us to do things our own way. He has had enough of man taking His glory for his own personal gain, whether it is for fame, honor, financial gain or whatever.

Remember how Dagon fell face down in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant (1 Sam 5). God will not share His glory.

Ministers need to go back to the original place of their calling when they said ‘Yes” to it and ask themselves the reason and motivation for that “Yes”.

What will be our end if we are not in ministry out of simple, sincere devotion to Jesus?

It is in keeping our minds stayed on Him that we not only receive His peace but strength to resist the world’s wisdom, patterns, systems, ideals, and mind-sets.

Here’s a vision one of our spiritual daughters had not too long ago:

“I saw a picture of fresh concrete being poured. I knew as I saw this that all the structures of men had already come to nothing. I knew that this was a new day with new foundations being poured. I knew that we were stepping into the age of God. I knew that He was laying His own foundations for the Church to be built upon.

“Then I saw those who were pouring concrete but did not make Christ the Cornerstone, and consequently their concrete was not being allowed to harden. But for those who have made Christ the Cornerstone, their concrete was allowed to harden.”

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…” (Ps. 127:1). 

HOW THE LORD BUILDS

“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established…” (Pr. 24:3).

We are not called to work for the Father, but to work with Him. It is in hearing and obeying His wisdom and counsel that this happens. The Spirit of God always moves to perform the Father’s will, not some concoction of our own will devised by the carnal mind. The lack of hearing and obeying the Father’s wisdom and counsel produces the works of man. But hearing and obeying the Father’s wisdom and counsel produces the works of God.

Jesus is the Pattern Son and our perfect example. He felt no obligation or compulsion to do anything outside of the Father’s will and counsel. He knew that He did not come to this earth to do His own will but the will of the Father (Jn. 5:19). He also knew that He was not here to do His own will in the Name of the Father, which is the more common thing in Christendom today.

The Holy Spirit wants to bring clear communication between us and the Father and Jesus, for He has been sent for such a purpose – “to speak whatsoever He hears and to show us things to come” (Jn. 16:13). The greatest cry of the Holy Spirit on the earth today is that God’s people would learn to wait on the Lord and receive His wisdom and counsel for every situation. Praying in the Spirit at length and meditating on the Word of God is the best way to cultivate this ability.

Think about this: All of man’s failures are a by-product of a lack of clear communication between the believer and the Godhead. This is the devil’s greatest victory  – to keep us too agitated, frustrated, anxious, distracted, deterred, entangled, and too busy to wait on the Lord and hear the Holy Spirit’s clear communication. He delights in communing with us and sharing the Father’s wisdom and counsel. Nothing is impossible to those who’ve learned to hear and obey the Holy Spirit’s communication.

True ministers of the gospel are those whose thinking has been elevated above the ways of man, and who teach and train God’s people to receive God’s wisdom and counsel. God can only move where His counsel and instructions are heard and obeyed. God wants to move! The problem in this age of man has been that men are doing all the moving. There are few on the earth who live in the realm of the Spirit and understand these things.

I pray that you would learn the ways of  God and truly be among those who are taught by Him and led by Him. The fulness of God’s blessing is in hearing and obeying what He says to you both from the written Word and by His Spirit.

If you are a leader or aspiring to leadership in the body of Christ I highly recommend these three books that will refine your heart and cultivate your ability to hear the wisdom and counsel of God. The Journal, Purity of Heart, and Soulish Leadership.

 

AFTER 2000 YEARS MEN ARE STILL ARGUING OVER WHO’S THE GREATEST

(This is a godly response to our last blog, The Emergence Of The Church, by Patrick Keown, who leads a church in South Carolina)

The reason there’s no glory in the Church has nothing to do with location or where it meets, or compensation. The difference is there was honor, and gifts complemented one another. Today it’s more about, “Who’s the greatest?”

The Church is scattered, divided, and confused because in most cases not all the governing leadership can agree. Can the body be a church if all hell breaks out in our nation? Have the five-fold ministers equipped them, or are they still arguing over who’s the boss, who’s the most gifted, and who heard from the Lord?

Question we must be asking: Do you know and understand your responsibility to the body? Honor, respect, and keeping opinions to yourself while doing what your personal gifting and calling requires will turn into a harmony that will lead the leadership of God’s Church into unity.

Can the Church be the Church anywhere they meet? Only if we as leaders step up to the plate and lay down our concepts, our new ideas, old conversations that mostly deal with external things, and serve to create unity in the leadership. Then let come what may, crisis of all sorts – let everything be shaken – the Church will then stand in its unity. But if leadership continues to sell their own ideas through lectures and books it will detour the Church from rolling up its sleeves and getting dirty for Jesus and networking with other ministers.

Lack of true humility is causing ministers to shuck their responsibilities, and so the reason for a lack of readiness to any grave crisis in our culture. In leadership, no matter the cause, it always points back to you!

QUESTIONS TO ASK:

What have I contributed to a team lately concerning not just a remnant but the needy?

Have I considered that hanging around believers in social settings is easier than going out to the projects or prisons?

What about widows and orphans?

The issue with most leaders is they don’t pray so there’s no discernment, no direction, and their spirits are hardened to our godless culture and to God’s agenda.

Don’t focus on location or compensation, but just obey God and take your rightful place in the body and flow in your gifting. Stop competing and just work; do what He says, and say what He commands you to say.

The Church will mature, but only if our Church leaders grow up first.

“I didn’t leave a mainline denomination because they weren’t lovers of God or I didn’t like their way of doing church. I gave up a salary and housing comfort to obey God.”

If God told me to stay I would’ve stayed and then been classified as a traditional pastor with no zeal for the Lord.

Are we going to unite or still be looking for reasons not to serve a lost generation and honor one another’s gift in the Lord?

The American Church as we know it must come to an end. The true Church must emerge or there will be nothing of any real significance. Only dead orthodoxy and a religious social club…

Most of the churches and leaders I know are too busy with fluff and programs and non-essentials to make any lasting impact on the community around them. As a result, their members are losing all their zeal, fire, and love. The best of them are becoming like the church of Ephesus who forsook their first love.

The people of God are reconnecting with one another in the Spirit of truth and unity as a divine dissatisfaction with the systems of this world and of man fills us.

THE EMERGENCE OF THE CHURCH

The Holy Spirit continues to minister fresh revelation to our hearts as we seek Jesus. There is an ache and a hunger inside of us for a newer and simpler expression of Christ in our lives. In many ways, as some of you have also done, we’ve had to leave the many traditions, structures, and systems of men to re-discover Jesus. For us, the profession of ministry no longer has the appeal it had years ago, having been replaced by a purer desire to simply build His kingdom in a Christ-centered way in the context of God-ordained relationships, being rooted and established in Him alone.

Our heavenly Father is preparing His family and His army for that which is to come on the earth. “…As you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). In light of the coming gross darkness that is here and increasing on the earth, we believe the glory of the Lord will also increase that much more. In the days ahead of us the Church will look vastly different than it does right now. We are longing for His glory and the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21) and praying earnestly: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

My wife and I feel like we’ve been going through a process of metamorphism of late. You could say that our personal constitution is being radically altered. We’re asking heart-searching questions that we were once afraid to ask. These questions may disturb some who have grown comfortable in their controlled habitats and predictable environs, but they beckon to be asked and answered.

This current journey began with one question and then many that subsequently followed. How did 3,000 new converts on the day of Pentecost move from their conversion to continuing steadfastly in their new found faith – from Acts 2:41 to Acts 2:42? Without buildings, without budgets, without paid staff, and without a head pastor how was the early Church able to function and disciple a harvest of 3,000 new people? Not 30; not even 300; but 3,000! Then two chapters later another 5,000 men were added to their company (Acts 4:4).

FINDING OUR IDENTITY IN JESUS ALONE

One day a minister friend of mine blogged the following “what if” questions. What if churches today lost their buildings could they still function as churches? If there was war, or a great crisis, or severe persecution against the Church could they still function as a church? Would they be able to continue meeting as a spiritual family and a body in fellowship, teaching, worship, and prayer and taking care of one another without a large facility? Would the believers throughout the city stay connected? Are our connections based on a physical facility or simply on relationship with the Lord and with each other? Or would the loss of a building mean the essential loss of the church?

What if a large church today lost its budget, or paid staff, or senior pastor? Would there still be shepherds to care for the sheep? Or would there be hirelings looking for professional “ministry” elsewhere? What if a church lost its denominational affiliation, would it cease to exist? Or if a non-denominational church dropped their seeker-friendly philosophy or in-vogue style of doing church, or their various programs that attract people, would they still exist as a church?” – Robert Gladstone

How much of our dependence have we placed on these things? And perhaps the biggest question upon which hangs all other questions is this: Without any of these things could the Church have its identity in Jesus alone?

These are not easy questions, but here is the bottom line. How much of Christ do we have in our lives, our relationships, our churches, and our ministries? After all has been said and done, after we strip away all the props that are holding up these modern churches, how much of the church’s identity and character is found in Jesus alone?

My point is not to be critical of any existing church or ministry. I have no axe to grind or bone to pick. There are many good churches doing wonderful things for the Lord and we are grateful for that. We should never criticize another man’s labors, but instead rejoice wherever Christ is proclaimed.

On the other hand, churches should be living extensions of Christ Himself, but too often they are extensions of pop culture, denominational traditions, or the leader’s personality. In these cases, they depend more on their own ability to keep the church going. In doing so, we are declaring that helpful things such as buildings and budgets become more necessary and essential to function than the Spirit of God and His people.

I am not saying that all the amenities aforementioned here are not helpful and useful, but if a church cannot exist without them then I would say that you have an inflexible wineskin that cannot hold the coming outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s be honest. Many of our churches today have either become museums or monuments that celebrate the past, or Fortune 500-styled corporations that can exert themselves without the power of the Holy Spirit. Peripheral factors have become so deeply engrained in our methodology that we cannot fathom doing church without them. We cannot even imagine Jesus doing His work without these amenities. It makes me to wonder whether many of our churches today are really Christ-centered or consumer driven? I’m afraid we’ve substituted catering to people’s felt needs over catering to God’s demands. Keeping people happy has become essential, but the demands of Jesus have become optional.

Personally I believe we have begun to see a revolution of sorts in the Church. God is moving in an unprecedented way across the globe, but it is happening below the radar of the traditional church in a very quiet manner. Out of a deep spiritual dissatisfaction and a great hunger for God true followers of Jesus are leaving traditional church systems at an alarming rate across denominational and non-denominational lines. Many are not happy with their spiritual lives. The problem is not really their church, but it’s just “church” in general.

Even though we’ve been in ministry for many years we’ve sensed the same thing. There is a larger process of work God is doing in His people. He is bringing focus to Jesus and His kingdom. From all walks of life and church spectrums people are searching for something more, but most of them don’t quite know what that is.

Recently in prayer the Lord showed Carolyn and I two church worlds – a top and an underground one. The top had many limitations governed by the systems and structures of men, but the underground church was full of people hungry for God and His Word, for personal relationship with those of like-precious faith, and to be trained in the ways of the Spirit. The Lord then encouraged us to help equip them.

In addition to these instructions, the Lord gave us a strong warning not to be critical of other men’s labors especially those within the traditional church system, but to judge the fruit only. We are to help everyone.

Be much in prayer, beloved for everything that can be shaken will be shaken in this hour, so that truly Jesus will be the focus and center of it all.

Excerpt taken from my new book, The Real Jesus. Get your copy today in paperback or kindle. 

WILL JESUS FIND FAITH ON EARTH WHEN HE COMES?

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

You can’t have faith without the truth of God’s Word holding final authority in your life. Faith is based on the truth and authority of the Scriptures. The end of your faith is when you begin doubting the Word of God and it stops carrying authority in your life. The end of your faith is when you no longer live by the Word of God. Multitudes of professing Christians in the church system today have departed from the real faith. Many no longer even believe the Scriptures are inspired of God.

EYE OPENING STATISTICS

A few years ago in another national poll on Christianity in the churches of America these telling statistics were revealed.

Studies showed that even though 79% of those who actually attend evangelical churches find their faith “very important”, only 36% of them actually believe that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life. What!? That one is hard to believe! The slightly larger majority believe that many religions can lead to eternal life. These are church members!

The drop in percentages among mainline churches is even more telling. Only 14% believe that Jesus Christ exclusively provides the only way to eternal life, while 83% think many religions lead there. Only 22% of this group even believes that the Bible is fully inspired while another 28% believe that it is just a book written by men, not the word of God. Compare this to evangelical churches where only 7% do not believe the Bible is a divinely inspired book.

The great tragedy and deception is that many think they can be Christians while rejecting the Word of God and every major doctrine and practice of the true Christian faith.

The most disturbing trend, however, is in America’s 18-35 group. While some polls show roughly 9 in 10 Americans still maintain belief in a god or gods, the trend of religious young Americans is toward a conglomeration of varied religious beliefs, including atheism. A 2010 USA survey revealed that 72 percent of the nation’s young people identify themselves as “more spiritual than religious.”

Furthermore, with an increasing majority of younger Americans accepting evolution as fact, Christianity for many under 35 is becoming a watered-down hybrid version of eastern philosophy and biblical teachings. This trend among our young people towards being ‘spiritual but not religious’ points further to the declining belief and practice of Christian doctrine, and the embracing of a broader relationship with all other religions and beliefs.

This explains most of the above statistics, doesn’t it?

Falsehood is increasing at an alarming rate in our land. The true word of the Lord is becoming rare, and there is a famine of it. It is the reason God led me to write on The Real Salvation, The Real Gospel, The Real Jesus, and The Real Spirit of Revival. Readers think these books are radical, but they’re really not. It’s just that we’ve had the watered down version of the gospel for so long that these books seem radical. They are normal. They are filled with truth. When falsehood slips in, the plain, unadulterated truth seems radical. The day is upon us now when truth must be trumpeted loud and clear.

The prophet Isaiah lamented a defiled nation submerged in injustice, oppression, sin, and falsehood.

“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Is. 59:14-15).

Without truth there is no justice, righteousness or equity. He who stands for truth in this evil day will be the object of abuse, criticism, or ridicule. They will be as prey that are hunted and killed.

DOUBT: SATAN’S GREATEST WEAPON

Satan’s greatest weapon is disseminating doubtful reasonings into humanity as he did at the beginning, which led to man’s fall.

“The serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘you shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die?’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:1-5).

Notice how Lucifer, now Satan, deceived Eve. He made her doubt the Word of God by making these three core statements:

“Has God really said not to eat of every tree of the garden?”

“You will not surely die.”

“You will be like God.”

Jesus said that Satan is a liar and the father of lies. “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (Jn. 8:44).  Notice the progression of Satan’s fatal suggestions:

First, he injected doubt into Eve’s mind through deception concerning what God had said.

Secondly, he then outright denied to Eve’s face what God said.

Thirdly, he deified man and told her that she would be as God.

Therein those three statements lay the deification of man – the gradual dethroning of God and the exaltation of man.

First, Eve began to doubt the absolute authority of the Word of God. Unless the Bible becomes the basis and authority of our total belief system we will give place to lies, heresies, and doctrines of demons. Satan asked Eve a question that amounted to: “Did God really mean what He said?” That subtle questioning of God’s Word then turned into a bold contradiction of it: “You will not surely die.” And finally, it ended with a false promise: “You will be like God.”

It was when Adam and Eve acted on Satan’s subtle suggestion that sin was birthed. Then with sin came death, sickness, disease, poverty, hatred, strife, and suffering. It all began in Lucifer’s heart and then was injected into God’s first creation before being passed on throughout every generation.

The fall of man started with doubt. Doubt always brings death. Faith always produces life.

“For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3).

The greatest heroes of the faith have always been those who believed the Word of God (Hebrews 11). Don’t be a part of the apostate church and the unbelieving world. Do not be deceived by the devil’s chicanery and subtle lies. Rise up, resist the devil’s lies, and stand strong in the truth of God’s Word.

When Jesus returns, let Him find faith in you.