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Jubilee

Written By: Bill Britton

But I have said, and will say it once more…

that our God has spoken, His voice did roar.

He will send forth a people, who are humble and plain;

He will cause them to descend as a great latter rain.

Anointed of God, to the nations they’ll go.

From the mountain of God like a River they’ll flow.

They are sealed by His Spirit, marked as His own;

They speak with authority, for they sit in His throne.

They have not sought for escape, nor a flight to the sky.

But in the realms of the Spirit, they’ve ascended so high.

They have no reason to fear, nor a cause for dread.

There is hope for all, for even the dead.

For those in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son,

Shall arise and know that He is the One.

There is one Over-comer, one Son, and one King.

When this truth breaks upon you, it’ll cause you to sing.

You are bone of His bones, and you are one with the Head;

His image you’ll bear, and Adam you’ll shed.

Well, Glory to God, don’t you see what I mean?

The filth is all gone, and now you are clean.

Holy and pure, as the Father above;

His commandment fulfilled, because of His love.

You see, I speak as a prophet of the Jubilee year.

It’s not far off, but I declare it is near.

Be ready, be ready, oh dear friend of mine;

His glory is rising, upon you to shine.

The night is far spent, a new day is breaking;

The darkness is fleeing, hell’s gates are now shaking.

The demonic hordes are trembling in fear,

God’s Army is rising, His coming is near.

Rejoice I say, rejoice every one,

 for the sound that you hear is the voice of the Son.

He marches to battle; He knows no defeat;

His Army is great, and the victory is sweet.

Every enemy of God shall go down in the fray,

Every pain, every sorrow shall vanish that Day.

He’ll prove Himself a wise God to be,

And He’ll do it on earth that creation might see.

Out of sin He hath called me,

His word to declare;

Those who believe His glory will share.

Hallelujah!

Jehoshaphat = Afghanistan

Why are we having this lesson?

Psalms 78:9-11

The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; 11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them. 

The children of Ephraim were going into battle and they got scared. They forgot how God had won battles for them in the past.

 

We must remember God’s victories from the past. This gives us the faith to win. This is a testimony.

 

What is the battle of Jehoshophat? 

Joel 3:1-3 = Human trafficking 

For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 

They sold a boy for prostitution, and sold a girl so they could drink. If you look up that drink in the Strong’s Concordance it means a strong potion. I submit for your analysis that strong drink was taken from the girl’s body. I believe this is referring to adrenochrome.  

The battle of Jehoshophat is Human trafficking. 

 

Before we get started let’s lay some groundwork.

10 tribes, in the North, Israel, King Ahaziah (at that time)

2 tribes, in the South, Judah, Jerusalem, King Jehoshophat (at that time)

Please note (at that time) Jerusalem was in the South, while Israel was in the North. That will trip you up if you don’t watch it. Now Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It wasn’t then.

 

How did the battle of Jehoshaphat go? 2 Chronicles 20 

It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi. 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

Just a note here in 2020 everyone was fasting. They were fasting in Texas, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, etc. Some were fasting for 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 21 days, 30 days and even 40 days. Well we did it! We did a good job. We don’t need to do that again, unless personally called by God to do so. 

4 And Judah gathered them selves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 

 Now Jehoshophat prays, let’s join him in prayer.

6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And rulest not thou over all the Kingdoms of the heather? And in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to winthstand thee? 7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

We in American have built Him a Sanctuary. Let’s go to Washington DC and look at the Lincoln memorial, Jerfferson memorial, Washington memorial, Arlington National Cemetary.  The entire town is filled with scripture verses engraved all over the walls of most all of the buildings, giving credit to God. Oh sure there has been some recent pollution, some very bad things have been erected and built. But the good far outweighs the bad. 

9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgement, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. 10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

Okay everybody say, Ammon, bad guys, Moab, bad guys and Mt Seir, bad guys.

11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

Amen. That is the end of Jehoshophat’s prayer.

13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congration; 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. 

They lay prostrate as they worshiped.

19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Iarael with a loud voice on high.

So these guys stood up to praise the LORD. Point is, it doesn’t matter how you worship and praise, just do it.

20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. 22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 

The way to fight is to praise and worship. (sing)

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: 

Ammon and Moab fought against mount Seir.

23 And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

Then Ammon and Moab destroyed each other!!!

24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. 25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day. 

Berachah as in Obama. This gives us a time frame. I think Human trafficking got more prevalent during the reign of Berachah.

27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies. 28 And they come to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about. 31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD. 33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers. 34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel. 35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: 

Remember Ahaziah was the king of the Northern 10 tribes. It was a logical thing to do. But…. Jehoshaphat did not ask God first. And it was a mistake.

36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber. 37Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish. 

Look at the picture below:

God had to put Biden in office, so that he would leave our weapons behind. Because God had a plan. God can see the bigger picture. You see God really is in control. 

 

MOAB 2 Chronicles 20: 9 remember these are the bad guys. MOAB is the acronym for Massive Ordnance Air Blast, Mother Of All Bombs. This bomb was designed by the United States Air Force, for the Afghanistan war. This bomb is let down with a parachute and a GPS. When it blast this air with such force, it levels buildings. It does not destroy the land like a nuke. You can go there the next day. 

 

Ammon 2 Chronicles 20:9 remember these are the bad guys. Ammon is the acronym for Ammoniated, to combine or impregnate with ammonia or an ammonium compound.

If you add bleach to ammonia, you have mustard gas.

The Soviets used mustard gas in Afghanistan 

 

SIER 2 Chronicles 20:9 remember these are the bad guys. SEIR is the acronym for Simulating International Economic Relations 

Simulating = Fake, International, money, relations. = Fake money.   

 

Matt 17:20 If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

 Mt Seir = the (fake money) will be removed by Moab (the bomb) and Ammon (Mustard Gas).

 

So my sister and I thought, all  letters must have an acronym. So we tried different combinations of letters. Not all letters have acronyms. But these do. Thanks Rosie.

 

I was talking to my brother on the phone. I was sharing this lesson with him, and I told him I don’t know what the spoils are but it will take us 3 days to gather them. He said, Oh I know what the spoils are!! Thanks Mike. 

 

Afghanistan possesses a wealth of nonfuel minerals whose value has been estimated at more than US$1 trillion. For millennia the country was renowned for its gemstones – rubies, emeralds, tourmalines and lapis lazuli. These minerals continue to be locally extracted, both legally and illegally, in mostly small, artisanal mines. Far more value, however, lies with the country’s endowments of iron, copper, lithium, rare earth elements, cobalt, bauxite, mercury, uranium and chromium.

 

We will be 3 days collecting the spoils.

 

 

 Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Its opium harvest accounts for more than 80% of the world’s supply.

In 2018 the UNODC estimated opium production contributed up to 11% of the country’s economy.

 

 International Organization for Migration

The Head of IOM’s Counter Trafficking Department, Richard Danziguer, tells us there is a link between various forms of organized crime, such as the illegal drug trade and human trafficking.

“When there is criminal activity, especially drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, often we will find there is a link to human trafficking as well,” he said. “And, then some people actually are forced into working for the opium godfathers, if you will, working as practically slave labor in the fields cultivating the poppy.”

According to the 2006 State Department Report on Trafficking in Persons, Afghanistan is a source country for women and children.

The IOM says children are trafficked within the country to work as beggars or as bonded labor in the brick kiln and carpet making industries. It says women and girls are kidnapped or sold for forced marriages. They are pushed into prostitution and sometimes used to settle debts or to resolve conflicts.

Internationally, IOM says Afghan women and girls are being trafficked primarily to Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

The battle of Jehoshaphat is Afaganistan. This is when God is going to stop Human trafficking. God is going to stop the illegal drug opium trade. We will be 3 days collecting the spoils. You see right now those spoils are mined by children. Those children will be released when we come in with big LeTourneau like mining equipment and mine in a more efficient, better and bigger way. There is a lot there for us. Enough to share!! All we have to do is (like Jehoshaphat) stand still and praise God and we will see the salvation of God!!! 

 

Love 

Diane and Rosie

Overcomer, Remnant Chosen & Elect

Written On:  January 26, 2021  |  Written By: Rosie Thompson, Eileen Torres & Diane Sutton 


I. Overcomer

Revelation 2:11 (KJVHe that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith into the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death

Comments:

That means you can be hurt by the first death. I do not want to be an overcomer. These may be part of that great cloud of witnesses. They are cheering us on

Overcomer Strongs Exhaustive Concordance:

2634 & 3528: (G)Overcomer.

3528 & 3524:  Subdue, conquer, victory & conquest.

3534 & 2461:  Control & dominium

2962:  Ruler lordship, over supreme authority, God & Lord.

 

II. Remnant

Romans 11:5 (KJV)   Even so then, at this present time also there is a remnant according to election of grace

Remnant Strong‘s Exhaustive Concordance 

2640 (G): A few

2640: Leave behind abandon forsake

3007: Forsake remnant, leave and reserve. To leave, to fail, be absent, be waiting lack & destitute

3098: Just over, exceed, excel, remain, left behind and reserve.

Comments:

I do not want to be abandon or forsaken. I do not want to be absent waiting or destitute. I do not want to be part of the remnant

 

III. CHOSEN

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV): But ye are a chosen generation, royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light

John 15:16 (KJV): Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that he should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you

Acts 22:14 (KJV): And he said. The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will and see that just one and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth

2 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV): But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord because God hath from the beginning Chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth

Revelations 17:14: These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them for he is Lord of lords and King of kings and they that are with him called, and chosen and faithful

Comments

Thank you God for choosing me. I am chosen! You are chosen

Chosen Strongs Exhaustive Concordance:

1586 (G): Select, favorite, chosen and elect

140, 138: Choice and choose 

142: Take for oneself choose, left take away, sail away, weigh archer, loose, put away, up 

4400, 4253 & 5495: Handle for oneself, choose

4401: Elect in advance, choose 

4758, 4756 & 3004: Gather select in army, chosen and follow

5500, 5495: Voter by hand select or ordain

 

IV. ELECT 

Elect Strongs Exhaustive Concordance:

1588 (G): Select, favorite, chosen elect.

1586: To select make choice, choose, chosen and elect.

1537: Prim, point whence motion or action proceeds, of place time or cause exceedingly, abundantly about, grudgingly, heartily, heavenly, very highly often, of completion

3004: Prim verb, ask, bid, boast, call, describe give out name, put frothy say shew, speak, tell utter.

Comments:

Chosen and elect are the same thing

 

Summary: There are many more verses for this study. These are just a few that I chose

“Blessing or Curse” By: Derek Prince | BOOK REPORT

BOOK REPORT Written By: Diane Ebaugh Sutton | First Published 2018


Numbers 23:30 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

A curse can be a barrier to keep people from receiving healing. And a curse had kept me from the level of prosperity that God had intended for me. (Derek)

2 Corinthians  4: 17 – 18 But the things that are not seen are eternal.

Proverbs 26:2 A curse without a cause shall not alight.

Someone or something put that curse there. It is helpful to discover the cause. 

In most cases, it is necessary to deal with the occult involvement and to revoke the curse before demons can be driven out. 

The corresponding phrases from Deuteronomy 28 are, plague with diseases; consumption or wasting disease; fever; inflammation; boils; tumors; scabs or sores; itch; blindness; sickness.

This list creates what might be called the atmosphere of a curse. They suggest evil forces at work.

Sometimes it is sufficient to revoke the curse, without any specific prayer for healing. And the healing will come.

Malachi 4:5&6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

The most urgent social problem is the outworking of a curse. It comes between husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters. Its goal is the destruction of the family.

The tap root is what links many generations to worship false Gods. This brings on generational curses.

Matthew 15:13 Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.     

Two of the strongest cravings are the desire for knowledge and the desire for power. If a man is not satisfied he will turn to supernatural sources, and becomes entrapped in the occult. 

Deuteronomy 27:15-26  On the mountains of Ebal and Gerizim half of the tribes would invoke a blessing on all Israelite’s who were obedient. Then the other six tribes would invoke a curse on all who were disobedient. To both the blessing and the curse, all the people were required to respond, Amen! Some of the curses were: Acknowledging and worshiping false gods. Others were:

Disrespect for parents.

All forms of oppressions and injustice.

All forms of illicit or unnatural sex. 

All forms of disobedience to the Law.

Disrespect for parents brings God’s curse.

Galatians 3:1-10  Trusting in the works of the law (legalism) and making flesh our strength (carnality) culminate in a curse.

Legalism is just as deadly as other; less respectable sins.

Galatians 1:6-9  If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. The Greek word translated accursed is anathema. It means something that provokes God’s wrath.

Blessing and cursing can never be separated from one another, any more than heat from cold, or day from night.

Jacob reacted indignantly to Laban’s accusation of theft. Genesis 31:32  If you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live. The words of Jacob’s curse, was a death sentence on the one who stole them, Rachel. Shortly afterward, she died in childbirth. 

Daily confess; Galatians 3:13-14 Through the sacrificial offering of Christ on the cross I have been purchased out from under the curse and have entered into the blessings of Abraham, whom God blessed in all things. 

The significance of a ring is that it often symbolizes a covenant relationship. By biblical standards, a covenant is the most solemn and powerful form of relationship. Therefore Satan exploits covenant relationships in order to gain the strongest possible control over the people.

Titus 3:2 Paul says to speak evil of no one. The phrase no one applies to believers or unbelievers. The Greek verb translated to speak evil is from the word blaspheme. The sin of blaspheme includes not only evil words spoken against God, but also evil words spoken against our fellow human beings. Such language is forbidden to Christians. 

James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. The word here translated to speak evil is katalalo, which means to speak against. We are not to speak against fellow believers at all- even if what we say about them is true. This sin is not speaking falsely but speaking against. 

I bound the satanic forces at work against me, I loosed myself from the effect of my friend’s words about me. The pain in my abdomen ceased. (Derek)

Matthew 7:1-2 Jesus says, Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. The verb translated to judge is derived from critic and criticize. 

A different kind of situation arises when we are legally obligated to serve as a witness. No one can, be at the same time both a witness and a judge. In this situation we are not filling the role of a judge, but of a witness. 

God has not provided many different solutions for the many problems of mankind. Instead there is one solution. The cross of Jesus.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

Here is the basic problem of humanity. There are sins that many of us have never committed, murder, adultery, theft and so on. But, we have all turned to our own way. The Hebrew word here is avon, here translated iniquity. This is the cause for the curses.

The Divine Exchange!

Christians often limit salvation to the experience of having one’s sins forgiven and being born again. However it is only the first part. 

*Isaiah 53:6 The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Jesus identified with our iniquity and also endured all the evil consequences of that iniquity. He carried them away so that they might never return again upon us. Now God offers us all the good that was due to the sinless obedience of Jesus.

*Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed.

*Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might become righteous with His righteousness. 

*Jesus died our death that we might share His life.

*Jesus became poor with our poverty that we might become rich with His riches. 

A man who can provide a meal for five thousand men plus women and children certainly would not be considered poor by normal standards! Matthew 14:15-21

Jesus exemplified abundance. He always had all that He needed. He was continually giving out to others, and His supply was never exhausted. So when did Jesus become poor for our sakes? On the cross. Deuteronomy 28:8 Moses summed up absolute poverty, hunger, thirst, nakedness and need of all things. Jesus experienced all this on the cross.

*Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory.

*Jesus endured our rejection that we might have His acceptance as children of God.

*The shame Jesus endured on the cross has opened the way to be released from our own shame. 

*The rejection of Jesus resulted in our acceptance. 

Matthew 27:46, 50 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?….Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 

* God rejected His own Son. Jesus died not of the wounds of crucifixion, but of a broken heart.

*Jesus became a curse that we might receive a blessing.

Galatians 3:13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

There is no need resulting from man’s rebellion that is not covered by the same principal of exchange. The evil came upon Jesus that the good might be offered to us. Now you must lay hold of this principle to meet that special need in your life: release from the curse. 

Just before He expired, there came one final, triumphant cry: It is finished! In the Greek It is finished, means It is completely complete or It is perfectly perfect.

*Giving Thanks is the first step to release.

Jesus had taken upon Himself every evil consequence brought upon humanity. That we might receive every blessing. Such a sacrifice is stupendous in its scope, yet marvelous in its simplicity. If you are living under a curse, Jesus has made full provision for your release. Your response is to say, Thank You! 

Salvation includes the total human personality, spirit, soul and body and it is consummated only by the resurrection of the body at the return of Christ. It is normal to progress by stages. Many Christians never go beyond receiving forgiveness of their sins. They are not aware of the many other provisions that are freely available to them. 

A person may seek physical healing, not knowing that the root of his physical sickness is an inner emotional problem. In response, God will move to bring the emotional healing that is needed. If the person does not open himself up to this, but continues to beg for physical healing, he may in the end receive no healing at all, either physical or emotional. 

A curse over a person’s life is the barrier that holds him back from the other provisions of salvation. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. 

Like Israel, we determine our destiny by the choice we make. Our choice may also affect the destiny of our descendants. God is waiting for you to choose. Not to choose is, in effect to make the wrong choice.

*The response: Lord, on the basis of Your Word, I make my response. I refuse death and the curses, and I choose life and blessings. 

Confess your faith in Christ and in His sacrifice on your behalf. 

The word confess means to say the same as. Confession means saying with our mouth what God has already said in His Word. 

Hebrews 3:1 Jesus is called the High Priest of our confession. When we make confession, it releases His priestly ministry on our behalf. 

*Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are the Son of God and the only way to God, and that You died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. 

Repent of all your rebellion and your sins.

Mark 1:15 Without repentance, no effective faith is possible. 

*I give up all my rebellion and all my sin, and I submit myself to You as my Lord. 

Claim forgiveness of all sins.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

*I confess all my sins before You and ask for Your forgiveness especially for any sins that exposed me to a curse. Release me also from the consequences of my ancestors’ sins. 

Forgive all other people who have ever harmed you or wronged you. 

Forgiving is not ab emotion; it is a decision. 

You have in your hand IOUs from another person that total $10,000. In heaven, God has in His hand IOUs from you to Him in the amount of $10,000,000. God makes you an offer: You tear up the IOUs in your hand, and I’ll tear up the IOUs in Mine. On the other hand, if you hold onto your IOUs , I’ll hold onto Mine!

*By a decision of my will, I forgive all who have harmed me or wronged me-just as I want God to forgive me. In particular, I forgive….

Renounce all contact with anything occult or satanic.

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 What fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial (Satan)? Therefore Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.

*I renounce all contact with anything occult or satanic-if I have any contact objects, I commit myself to destroy them. I cancel all Satan’s claims against me. 

You are now ready to pray the prayer of release from any curse. 

Remember, there is only one basis upon which God offers His mercy: the exchange that took place when Jesus died on the cross. Included in that exchange was provision for release from every curse. You do not have to earn your release. You do not have to be worthy. 

Receiving is in the past tense; having is in the future. Receiving takes place when we pray. Then having follows.

*Lord Jesus, I believe that on the cross You took on Yourself every curse that could ever come upon me. So I ask You now to release me from every curse over my life-in Your name, Lord Jesus Christ!

*By faith I now receive my release and I thank you for it.

Now don’t stop at saying Thank You just once or twice. Your mind cannot grasp a fraction of what you have asked God to do for you, but respond to God with your heart!

Now believe that you have received, and go on in God’s blessing!

Do not try at this stage to analyze what form the blessing will take or how God will impart it to you. Leave that in God’s hands. Let Him do it just how and when He will. You do not have to concern yourself with that.

*Lord, I now open myself to receive Your blessing in every way You want to impart it to me. 

*Repeat these words. Exaltation, Health, Reproductiveness, Prosperity, Victory, God’s favor.

As you repeat them, pause and thank God that each one is now part of your inheritance. Remember that giving thanks is the purest and simplest expression of faith.

Satan has some foreknowledge of what God has prepared for those who escape from his oppression. The greater the blessings in store for a person, the more determined will be Satan’s attempt to hold him back. 

The sword is the sword of the Holy Spirit. If we take it the Holy Spirit will wield it. But if we do not take it, the Holy Spirit has nothing to wield. 

Each of Satan’s three temptations contained the word if. In other words, it was aimed to produce doubt. Jesus countered every temptation with the same phrase: It is written. Satan has no defense against the Word of God.

Joshua 1:6,9,18 Be strong and of good courage.

The Kingdom demands forcefulness, an attitude of fixed determination that presses ahead regardless of every kind of difficulty or discouragement.

One of the first steps is a correct diagnosis of the condition. Once you understand that your life is under a curse, you will be motivated to seek the release that Jesus purchased through the exchange on the cross.

Perhaps parents realize that they have brought curses upon their children, He has a special promise in Isaiah 49:24-25

Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce? But this is what the Lord says: Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.

Hebrews 3:1 Jesus is the High Priest of our confession.    

In every situation we encounter, we must respond with scriptural confession in order to invoke the continuing ministry of Jesus as our High Priest. Confession is limited to the statements and promises of the Bible. It consists in saying with our mouth what God has already said in His Word. Beyond this confession cannot go. So don’t confess your sins, confess what God has already said.

Hebrews 10:21,23 And having a High Priests over the house of God… let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

It is our confession that unites us to Jesus as out High Priest and releases His priestly ministry on our behalf. The words hold fast mean, we must consistently reaffirm our original confession.

When accusations come from human enemies, the issues are clear. But when the accusations are inward, directed against the mind by demonic powers, the issue is the same: to maintain the confession of the truth with unwavering determination until those invisible forces are silenced and routed. 

Psalm 118:15,17 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! …I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

Proclamation to shout aloud, implies a transition from a defensive posture to one of attack.

There is a distinction between thanksgiving and praise. We thank God for what He does; we praise Him for who He is. 

Psalm 100:4 First, we enter His gates with thanksgiving; then, we pass through His courts with praise. This brings us into the immediate presence of God. 

Faith begins to praise God before the promised victory, not after it. 

Psalm 50:23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.

Psalm 20:5 In the name of our God we will set up our banners!

Three effective banners are proclamation, thanksgiving and praise. First, we secure the blessings of God that we have proclaimed. Second, we shut out the satanic forces that would resist us and seek to withhold the blessings from us.

Hebrews 4:12 As we both speak and hear, both edges of the sword of God’s Word are at work in us simultaneously. 

The mind is the main field of battle. We must be careful to recognize dependency on the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, the carnal mind can reduce these principles to a system.

 

Here are some proclamations:

*Galatians 3:13-14 Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, I have passed out from under the curse and entered into the blessing of Abraham, whom God blessed in all things.

 Ruth (Derek’s wife) has received release from many curses over her life, but she has a continuing battle walking it out in experience. We make this proclamation several times a day. Each time, we move further away from the effects of curses and into the blessings of inheritance. 

*Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against I do now condemn. This in my heritage as a servant of the Lord, and my righteousness is from You, O Lord.

First, we ask God to condemn any tongue that speaks against us. God has given us authority to do this for ourselves. Second, our right to exercise this authority depends not on our own righteousness, but on His righteousness. 

*Lord, I forgive all who have spoken evil against me, and having forgiven them, I bless them in Your name. 

He instructs us to forgive those who seek to harm us, and to respond to a curse with a blessing. Blessing and forgiving, those who curse us, does not depend on our emotions. It proceeds from a firm decision of our will.

First, we condemn the tongue that has uttered the curse. Second, we forgive the person from whom the curse proceeded. Third, we ask God to bless the person. 

*2 Corinthians 5:17-18 I am in Christ, and therefore I am a new creation. All those old things have passed away. Everything in my life has become new, and everything is from God. And… Revelation 21:5 *Then He who sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful. 

Proclaim the above when pressures of sin or guilt or unworthiness pursue us from our past. 

*Psalm 118:17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. 

When oppressed by hopelessness and gloomy forebodings of death present themselves, Proclaim the above. 

*1 Peter 2:24 Jesus Himself bore my sins in His own body on the tree, that I, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose wounds I was healed.

*1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 13:12; Romans 6:13;8:33-34; Revelation 12:11; 1 Corinthians 6:13 My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed and sanctified by the blood of Jesus. My members-the parts of my body-are instruments of righteousness, presented to God for His service and for His glory. The devil has no place in me, no power over me, no unsettled claims against me. All has been settled by the blood of Jesus. I overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony, and I do not love my life to the death. My body is for the Lord, and Lord is for my body.

Proclaim the following when Satan attacks or home, our family, our business, our ministry, etc.

*The bolts of our gates will be iron and bronze, and our strength will equal our days. There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help us and on the clouds in His majesty. The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out our enemy before us, saying, destroy him!

Our gates represent our defense system. God will drive out our enemy before us. God says, destroy him! And He has given us the spiritual weapons we need to do this. 

* 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons of my warfare are mighty in God. With them I pull down the strongholds that Satan has built in my mind. I bring all my thoughts into obedience to Christ. Three of my weapons are proclamation, thanksgiving and praise.

Remember, our enemies are not human beings. Our enemies are spiritual forces from Satan. From Ephesians 6:12

*Forgiving is stronger than resenting; blessing is stronger than cursing; giving thanks is stronger than complaining; praise is stronger than accusation; and loving is stronger than hating. 

*I can do all things through the One who empowers me within. Philippians 4:13

God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness, and so when I am weak, then I am strong 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

*God is able to make all grace abound toward us, that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Abundance, not mere sufficiency.

*God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

*In the name of Jesus I submit to God and I resist the spirit of fear. Therefore it has to flee from me.James 4:7

Do not put your faith in your proclamation, or in any other method or procedure. Our faith must be in God alone. 

Be strong and of good courage.

 

Jesus took upon Himself all the consequences that disobedience to God had brought upon the human race. These fall into two main categories: those brought upon Adam by his original disobedience in the Garden; and those pronounced later in connection with the Law given through Moses.

Galatians 3:13 states, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. This relates to the fact that the Law had declared that anyone executed by hanging on a tree had- by that very fact-become a curse. This opened the way for deliverance from the curse through the sacrifice of Christ. 

God pronounced a curse upon Adam and Eve in the Garden. Genesis 3:16-19 this falls into two main sections, the first spoken to Eve, and the second spoken to Adam.

Eve’s curse, Childbearing would be arduous and painful. And She would be subject to her husband’s authority and dependent upon him for her desire for children. 

Adam curse, Genesis 2:15 Hard labor, thorns and thistles, and man would be subject to decay and death. These curses affected the earth itself. 

The crown on Jesus’ head represented the curse of thorns; the purple color of His robe represented the curse of thistles. 

Matthew 1:1-17 Traces Jesus genealogy back to Abraham. As a descendant of Abraham, Jesus was born under the law, Moses law. 

 Luke 3:23-38 the genealogy of Jesus is traced back to Adam. As a son of Adam, Jesus was subject to the curses.

On the cross Jesus died as the last Adam. He took upon himself all the consequences that Adam’s disobedience had brought upon the human race. When he died they were terminated. When he was buried, they were forever put away.

Then on the third day Jesus rose again from the dead as the second Man. He became the Head of an entirely new race-the Immanuel race. The God-man race, a race in which the nature of God and man are blended together in a new creation.  

Jesus on the cross was made a curse in order to cancel every curse on man and on creation. Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse. 

Matthew 21:21 Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree… In other words, He gave them authority to pronounce curses. 

When blessings are offered, but rejected, curses inevitably follow. The same applies to those who have the Gospel with its blessings proclaimed to them, but deliberately and consciously reject it. They expose themselves to corresponding curses.

Acts 13:9-12 Then Paul, FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, looked intently at him and said, O full of all deceit and all fraud, thou son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time. And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.   

Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit. His words were not the product of his own fleshly reaction to opposition, but represented God’s sovereign judgment on the sorcerer, uttered by the Holy Spirit. The proconsul was so impressed that he became a believer. 

James 3:8 But no man can tame the tongue. 

Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. 

 

Forever in His Love,

Diane Ebaugh Sutton

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Did Ananias & Sapphire die because they lied about the money?

Acts 5:1 (KJV) But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphire his wife, sold a possession,

  1. And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles‘ feet. 3. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, AND to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7  And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.  8. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

 Did Ananias and Sapphire die because they lied about the money? 

 No. Verse 3 has the key word, AND. They died because they acted like they were Christians, when they were not.

Let me explain:

Peter and the apostles had a commune. Everyone lived together and they had one common purse. Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. To be a part of this commune you had to believe in the resurrection of Jesus.

Law verses Grace:

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.  

Jesus fulfilled all the law, because of that we are under grace. The law is not disregarded, it was completed. If you go back now and put yourself under the law, it belittles the cross. If you put yourself under the law you will die. To receive salvation you must live under grace. The unpardonable sin is lying about your belief in the resurrection. If you believe in the resurrection, then you are under grace.

The law brings Death.

How was it that everyone in that commune lived in great grace? But when Ananias and Sapphira tried to join, they got law and death?  Ananias and Sapphira did not believe in the resurrection, this put them under the law. And when they lied about the money they got law and therefore death. Interesting side note, Sapphira comes from the word Sapphire. It is said that the 2 tablets of stone, containing the 10 commandments that Moses brought down from the Mountain were written on  Sapphire stone. This is a confirmation, that she was under the law.

Romans 7:7-9 what shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 

They were Jews, therefore under the law.  If they had believed in the resurrection of Jesus, they would have received grace. They died because they were imposters of Christians and God knew they were not true believers. The lie about the money, is what got them caught in their lie, about their belief in the resurrection. 

Question? Revelation 21:8 says all liars have their place in the Lake of fire. Answer: This is the second death. Not the first death. 

Punch Line.

You can lie about your age, the color of your hair, your weight, what you got your spouse for Christmas, If you got the shot or not, even about your finances. Lying about your finances is just as silly as lying about the color of your hair. Just don’t lie about your belief in the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:12-14 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say we among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 

A requirement to take Judas place, was to have witnessed the resurrection. Acts1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

Simon wanted to buy the Holy Ghost. Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Peter told Simon that he would die. Acts 8:20, But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Because your heart is not right in the sight of God Acts 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

The 7 sons of Sceva used the name of the Lord Jesus and Paul to exorcise evil spirits Acts 19:13 &14. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

The evil spirits didn’t know them Acts 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

The 7 sons of Sceva were attacked. It didn’t work Acts 19:16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

You see the 7 sons of Sceva didn’t believe in the resurrection.

Before the cock crew, Peter denied Jesus 3 times. Luke 22:31&32 Jesus prayed that Peter would keep the faith, be converted and strengthen the brethren. 31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 2 Corinthians 11:8 (KJV) I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service. Yep that says Paul admitted to being a thief. Punch line. But he believed in the resurrection and didn’t lie about it.

 

Written By: Diane Sutton & Rosie Thompson

Date First Published: 11/25/2017

DIRECTIONS

Written By: Rosie Ebaugh thompson  |  first published: July 2016

Directions.

Can I have directions?

If I only knew which way to go…what to do… who to talk to…where to go?

 

North, South, East, West

 

Have you noticed how many times those last four words are in the Word of God?

They are not there by mistake. He knows what He’s talking about.

 

[Gen 28:14 KJV]  14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

 

As an extremely simplified interpretation: North represents law/jealousy, South represents promise/inheritance, East represents past/refuge, and West represents now/future/trembling. Glory is everywhere, just like God!

 

All four directions work together. They cannot exist apart from each other. But, it seems peculiar because they don’t seem to be opposites or fit together in any way at all. And yet, they do.

[Rev 21:13 KJV]  13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.

Generally speaking, all buildings need four walls to support the entire structure. This holds true for the New Jerusalem that comes down out of Heaven, Moses’ Tabernacle, Ezekiels’ Tabernacle, and all the other biblical structures I know of.

[1 Ki 7:25 KJV]  25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea [was set] above upon them, and all their hinder parts [were] inward.

 

All of the directions, North, South, East, and West have good and bad in them. It is interesting to me, to see what comes from where.

 

North: [Eze 44:5 KJV]  5 And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of

the sanctuary.

Listen up! Take note. These are the laws of the doors.

 

[Psalms 48:2 KJV]  2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

[Pro 7:2 KJV] 2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

[Eze 8:3-5 KJV]  3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where [was] the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. 4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel swas) there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. 5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.

 

Gosh Abba, help me learn this lesson so that you don’t have to pick me up by my hair! The North door is Jealousy.

 

[Eze 40:39-40 KJV] 39 And in the porch of the gate [were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering. 40 And at the side without, as one goeth up to the entry of the north gate, [were] two tables, and on the other side, which (was) at the porch of the gate, [were] two tables. The north is where we present our offerings to fulfill the law.

[Jer 4:6 KJV]  6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

Evil comes from the North.

[Isa 41:25 KJV]  25 I have raised up [one) from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as supon) mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay.

If it’s heavy, like clay or mortar; it might be evil.

[Jer 15:12 KJV]  12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?

I got it. Cold, hard, heavy, thick…not good.

[Eze 8:14 KJV]  14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which (was] toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

[Eze 26:7 KIV]  7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

Crying and war are from the north. But What does that have to do with law?

[Eze 9:2 KJV]  2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them (was] clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. We strive to keep Moses’s laws, but we can’t because we are human. That’s why The Most High sent Jesus. God in the flesh. He fulfilled the law, and blots out our sins.

[Psa 51:9 KJV]  9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

[Eze 48:22 KJV]  22 Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, [being] in the midst [of that] which is the prince’s, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince. (NE)

 

Here’s something interesting: Are you looking for a promotion? Job? Award?

[Psa 75:6 KJV]  6 For promotion [cometh] neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. Promotions come from the North. That means you need to follow the law (hand book) of your company. Every jot and tittle. That is how to get the promotion you’re looking for.

 

Let’s turn around now, 180′ to the South: Promise/inheritance.

 

[Num 34:2 KJV]  2 Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this [is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, seven the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)

[Num 33:40 KJV] 40 And king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel.

Canaan is an inheritance, and Canaan is in the South.

 

[Gen 12:9 KJV]  9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south. Before Abram became Abraham he traveled South to receive his land.

[Gen 24:62 KJV] 62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country

 

Abraham and Isaac, his son, dwelled in the promise.

 

[Num 13:22 KJV]  22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, [were]. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

[Num 13:29 KJV]  29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

So, our enemies are in the South. In order for us to receive our inheritance/promise, our enemies must be defeated.

 

Whereas North and South represent law and promise, East and West represent something completely different. They represent timing. East represents the past, and West represents the future. The sun came up in the east, it happened. The sun will set in the West. It will happen.

[Psa 103:12 KJV]  12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

You can go West forever, you can go East forever. That is the distance He has removed our sins! As far as you can go to the East, turn around, go as far as you can to the west; that is how far he removed our sins. Blotted out. Forgiven.

 

Take a minute. Just think of His goodness.

 

Ok. Back to the lesson…

 

[Isa 41:2 KJV]  2 Who raised up the righteous [man) from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made [him rule over kings? he gave [them] as the dust to his sword, [and] as driven stubble to his bow.

Jesus was before the foundation of the earth.

[Mat 24:27 KJV]  27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

When Jesus returns there will be a spectacular light show in the clouds, from the East to the West. And, you can’t predict the timing of lightning, neither can you predict the timing of the coming of the Son of

Man.

[Mat 24:30 KJV]  30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

[Mat 24:31 KJV]  31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

[Mat 24:36 KJV]  36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man), no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

 

East: Refuge / Past

 

[Gen 3:24 KJV]  24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. That was a pretty long time ago, in the East.

[Num 3:38 KJV]  38 But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, [even] before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, [shall be] Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh night shall be put to death.

I sure am glad that Jesus is the door now. He welcomes everyone! He gives everyone eternal life!

 

[Deu 4:41-42 KJV]  41 Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sun rising; 42 That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbor unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:

There were three cities of refuge in the East for those who had unfortunate accidents.

 

[Mat 2:1 KJV]  1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaca in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Wise men are from the East. Your past gives you wisdom.

 

[Gen 25:6 KJV]  6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. He did not send Ishmael and Ishmaels’ sons and brothers to the South, the land of promise and inheritance. He sent them East, to the land of refuge. I am sorry that land was a desert.

 

[Eze 8:16 KJV]  16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the cast; and they worshiped the sun toward the east.

Do not worship the Sun. Do not worship the past. Remember? God is a jealous God. Worship Him.

 

[Eze 11:1 KJV]  1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD’S house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.

[Eze 11:2 KJV]  2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these [are) the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

There are wicked people in your past.

 

[Hos 12:1 KJV]  1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. Syria? Egypt? Oil? This thing has been going on for a very long time!

[Hos 13:15 KJV]  15 Though he be fruitful among [his] brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

[Eze 17:10 KJV]  10 Yea, behold, [being] planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.

If it comes from the East, your past, it is not fruitful. Make your decisions based on hope for the future, not on wrongs committed in the past.

 

[Rev 7:2 KJV]  2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea.

[Rev 9:4 KJV]  4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Get God in your head!!!

 

[Deu 33:23 KJV]  23 And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south.

Well, since Naphtali gets the West and the South, let’s find out what lies to the West.

 

West: Trembling / Protection / Future

 

[Hos 11:10 KJV]  10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.

[Isa 59:19 KJV]  19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

When we revere (fear) the name of the LORD, He sends protection.

 

[Num 35:14 KJV]  14 Ye shall give three cities on this side of Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, [which] shall be cities of refuge.

He is so full of mercy. He gives even more refuge!

 

[Zec 8:7 KJV]  7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

[Isa 43:5 KJV]  5 Fear not: for I [am] with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

[Isa 43:6 KJV]  6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

[Isa 43:7 KJV]  7 (Even) every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

[Isa 49:12 KJV]  12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. (China)

[Gen 28:14 KJV]  14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families

of the earth be blessed.

 

That sounds like a big mixing bowl to me. People from the North, South, East, and West. People from all sorts of cultures: law, grace, past, and, well….us! You and me! We are blessed! Amen! The United States of America is known as “the mixing bowl” and We are considered “the West ”. The West is the future, and that is us! We are the future!

 

[Eze 37:9 KJV]  9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

 

In conclusion, This lesson should give you another way to make decisions. Consider points from the North, South, East, and West. North points such as “How does the law, or jealousy affect this decision.?” From the South we might think “Is there promise, or inheritance involved?” To add the East, we should evaluate the past. And from the West, we need to conclude “Where will this decision take the future?’.

 

Please, never make a decision based on fear.

[Heb 13:6 KJV]  6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

[1Ch 28:20 KJV]  20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

[Joe 2:21 KJV] 21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

 

-Rosalie Thompson

God Has No Grandsons

By DAVID J. DU PLESSIS

Original Publication Date: January 1, 1974


It was early morning, around four o’clock, in the month of January. There was snow everywhere outside. Radio news had predicted 10 degrees below zero temperature that night. I was awakened from a deep restful sleep by a voice that seemed loud and clear. I sat up in bed and looked around the room. The street light was shining through one window. I saw no one in the room. All was quiet, yet that voice kept ringing in my ear. It seemed I could still hear it distinctly saying: “God has no grandsons.” 

Perhaps I had left the radio on. I leaned over and felt the set; it was ice cold. The thought struck me that even the radio must be warm before it can say anything. Cold Christians have nothing to say. But where did that voice come from? Who spoke those words? I kept listening, but there was only the sound of heavy breathing from those sleeping in the next rooms. Then it seemed as if there was someone in my room and the presence made me feel good. Suddenly it dawned on me. It must be the Holy Spirit who spoke to me. But why should He say those words to me? What does He mean? — God has no grandsons.

I snapped on the light and took my Bible. Is there a text about any “grandsons”? I could remember none. “How about sons?” I turned to the Gospel of John, chapter one, verse 12 and 13. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” 

I checked further Scriptures. Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” I John 3:1, 2, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…. Beloved, now are we the sons of God.” Galatians 4:4-7, “God sent forth his son…to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore, thou art no more a servant, but, a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” 

I could find nothing about grandsons. 

Then I began to check whether there was any. text that might signify that God could be the grandfather of anyone, but I could find nothing in the Old or New Testament. So I concluded: “God is nobody’s grandfather.” 

It was about five in the morning. I switched off the light and put on my “thinking cap.” What had I discovered? Nothing new. I always knew God is our Father in heaven. He is the Father of all believers, and believers in Christ are called sons of God. So what? I had only found a new way of saying an old truth. God has no grandsons, only sons. God is nobody’s grandfather, only Father. 

At breakfast that morning I discussed this experience with the pastor and his wife. The voice and the thought seemed to stay with me all the time. This lasted for all the ten days that I continued to minister in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I received no revelation or inspiration. Those who I talked to thought it was a very peculiar way of saying that only those who are born of God are sons of God. Beyond that there is no relationship. God has no grandsons. He is no grandfather. 

I had to fly to Chicago and by phone made reservations on an evening flight. I never checked just how that flight would go. After we were airborne I discovered we had to change planes in Milwaukee. I was a little displeased because it was another bitter cold night with below zero temperatures. . Then the “still small voice” whispered: “Maybe you should meet someone on this trip to speak to.” That settled it. I was watching and seeking to find that “someone.” I looked over the passengers in the plane. This gave me no guidance. Then after landing I looked over the people in the terminal at Milwaukee. No one spoke to me and I saw none that I felt led to speak to. 

Then came the call for the flight to Chicago. When I came to the gate, I was all alone, the only passenger. I felt terribly lonely and very home sick. Then I heard voices. I saw five men in black come toward me. They began to shake hands with each other, and only one came on toward the gate. The others waved farewell. So it seemed we were the only two passengers for the flight. Maybe this was the person whom I should talk to. There was no one else, so why not get acquainted? 

“Are you a passenger to Chicago?” I asked. “Yes, sir. Are we the only passengers?” said my friend. “There is the last call, and it seems we must be the only passengers. Are you an R.C. priest, sir?” I questioned. “Yes, I am a priest with an educational appointment,” came his reply as we walked to the plane. Then he asked: “And you, what are you?” “Oh, I am also a priest.” I said. “But what kind of priest are you?” queried my companion. “Sir, I am a Pentecostal priest,” said I. “You mean you belong to the Movement that is growing so fast around the world?” “Yes, sir, that is what is generally admitted these days.” “Could you tell me about them? Do you know much about the Pentecostal Movement?” I told him that I had been in the Movement since 1918 and that I had served as secretary for several world conferences. “Oh, how fortunate I am to meet you,” he ex claimed as we boarded the plane. “I have been hoping to meet with someone who could tell me all about the Pentecostalists.” 

As we took two seats, side-by-side, the stewardess offered her services, and my friend said to her: “Lady, we need nothing. We only want to talk. So you may go to the front seat and curl up and go to sleep.” When he said this the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Tell him that God has no grand sons.” Then I knew that now I would receive further revelation on the word that I heard in the early morning. 

I began to witness about my conversion when I was born again — born of God. I continued to relate how after my conversion in 1916 I had received the Holy Spirit in 1918, and how I was called into the ministry. I kept quoting New Testament parallels, first saying, “Christ was born of the spirit, which we call the Virgin Birth. Then at the age of thirty, at Jordan, He received the Holy Spirit – two distinct happenings. First there was birth, then enduement for service. Christ never ministered until He had received the Holy Spirit. So Christ commanded His disciples not to leave the city of Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost He came. That is why we are called Pentecostals. Later in Samaria they had been baptized and had enjoyed miracles, but after that the Apostles came from Jerusalem and only then did they receive the Holy Spirit. Again two experiences. Cornelius had a life of prayer and angels appeared to him. He already had experienced the grace of God, but when Peter preached to him he also received the Holy Spirit, and we speak of that incident as the Gentile Pentecost.”

Suddenly my friend interrupted with: “Oh, I see what you are trying to do: You are trying to revive the Apostolic Church of the New Testament in this century, and you expect the same things to happen now that were experienced by the early churches.”

“No, sir,” I replied. “We are trying nothing of the kind. We are only standing back and watching it happen all over the world. The first church was a creation of the Holy Spirit, and He has not changed; but in every generation He wants to repeat what He did in the first Christian Church through the first leaders and members.”

Then I proceeded to tell him how in miracle fashion, in many countries almost simultaneously at the turn of the century, the Holy Spirit moved upon those who were praying for revival. This happened in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa – on every continent and in almost every country of the world. The Pentecostal revival became known as the Pentecostal Movement which now has somewhere around ten million adherents. I have no time and space to give all the details here of what I told my friend that night.

Finally he interrupted me again and said: “I take it that you think all the other Christian churches are wrong or they have gone wrong?”

I prayed for guidance to answer this question. In a flash I got it. “Yes, sir, they have all gone wrong, and even now the Pentecostals are falling into the same ditch and they are going wrong too.”

He looked shocked. “But what do they do? When, why, where, how do they all go wrong?”

“Now, sir,” I said, “your church claims to be the oldest church. Is that not so?” “Yes, there you are right.” He answered. “Then your church went wrong first, and after that all fell into the same rut or ditch.” I added, “They all do the same thing – they begin right and keep right for a long time and then they go off the highway of God into the byways of men.

“What do they do? Please tell me quick. I must know this before we get off at Chicago and have to part.” My friend seemed very anxious.

With a deep prayer in my heart I said to him in slow, clear words: “They give God grandsons, and God has no grandsons.” Almost dumbfounded, he said, “I have never heard of such a thing! Grandsons? What do you mean?” 

I answered him, “Actually I never heard of such a thing until a few weeks ago when I heard an audible voice say to me, ‘God has no grandsons’; and only now, this very moment, have I learned what the words mean. Now I shall try to explain why, where, when, and how all this happens. 

“John the Baptist preached, ‘Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Then Jesus preached, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached: ‘Repent…and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.’ In the house of Cornelius, Peter told the Gentiles: ‘Whosoever be lieveth in him shall receive remission of sins.’ Thus – it was clear that every Jew and every Gentile that came into the Christian Church did so by repentance, or conversion, or being born of the Spirit. Everyone had a very definite encounter with the living Christ, the resurrected Son of God. The record in Acts also shows that they received the Holy Spirit. Or this Paul was so sure that when he met the disciples at Ephesus he asked them: ‘Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?’

“This revival continued and the Church grew and Christianity swept the world of that time. Then some Jew or some Gentile began to reason: ‘I was a Jew [or Gentile] and became a Christian by repentance of sin and conversion from Judaism [or paganism] and so was my wife; but this boy of mine has never been a Jew [or Gentile]. He did not grow up in the temple. He was born from Christian parents, in a Christian home, and was brought up in the Christian Church. He is born Christian.’ 

“Now this may all be true, but he has never been born of the Spirit, and that child has not repented as a sinner because he has had a strict training as the son of Christian parents. He was taught to try and live like a Christian, for he is the son of God’s children. 

“The nicest thing you could say about him is that being the son of two of God’s children who became a son and a daughter of God by regeneration, he is now a grandson of God–but there it is, God has no grandsons. 

“Gradually the early Christians began to accept as members into their churches their well-trained but unregenerated children until the pews were packed with members who had no encounter with Christ as Savior and much less a Pentecostal experience. They were not born of the Spirit and therefore could not be filled with the Spirit. God. says: ‘[It is) not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit.’ The Spirit found no more blood-cleansed hearts in the Church to dwell in, and the Church cooled off spiritually until even in the pulpit there stood well-trained but unregenerated preachers who spoke the letter but had not the Spirit. 

“When Emperor Constantine caused his army to be baptized into the Church, she was already so dead with a generation of unregenerate grandsons that these sinful soldiers felt quite at home in the Christian society. Spiritually the Church was dead. But God did not leave it at that. Time and again the Holy Spirit found a heart through which He could reach the ears of the people. Such men were the exception and were looked upon as fanatics and usually were persecuted or martyred. 

“There came, for instance, the man known as Martin Luther. Out of his ministry came the Reformation. There seemed to come into life a new church with membership that had a fresh and very real encounter with Christ and with the Holy Spirit. However, it was not long before some Lutheran parents began to reason and say, ‘But our children have never been Roman Catholics; they are just born Lutherans.’ ‘Right there it began again–grandsons for God in the Lutheran or Reformation churches. 

“Then came John Wesley in England, and we had the Western revivals. Again men and women were challenged to seek God and be born of the Spirit. But after two or three generations some parents began to reason: ‘Our children have never been Anglicans, or Lutherans, or Roman Catholics; why, they are just born Wesleyans or Methodists.’ Soon the grandsons filled the churches and the revival was over. 

“Now at the turn of this century came the Pentecostal revival. All were called to repentance. Everyone who was born of the Spirit was now encouraged to seek and receive the baptism in the Spirit with the New Testament evidence of speaking in tongues and with the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, such as prophecy and healing. No matter how the older churches objected, the revival spread. It was the same in the Catholic countries as in Protestant countries and in pagan lands. When people are born of the Spirit they live. When such people are filled with the Spirit, they receive power to become witnesses. 

“But what is happening now? We find that in the beginning of this revival, fifty years ago, every one was expected to be filled with the Spirit with the confirmation of ‘tongues’ before they could hold any office in the Pentecostal church or the Pentecostal Assembly, but there are today the sons and grandsons of Pentecostal pioneers who are teaching in Sunday schools and are holding all kinds of offices in the local churches without ever having had a real baptism in the Spirit according to Acts 2:4. The waves of Pentecostal power and revival are receding fast. There is danger that in another generation we may have a Pentecostal Movement without Pentecost–that is, without the experience, just like other revivals which still emphasize some or other truth but never experience it. Revivals crystalize into societies and establish churches when the ‘grandsons’ take over. But God has no grandsons.” 

“Shocking… shocking…,” was all my friend the priest could say at first. Then he suggested that we might meet again some time. “Your grandfather’s story has upset my philosophy,” he concluded. We parted with a warm handshake, and we have not met again, but I prayed for him. I wonder whether he pondered that evening: “What am I? A son or a grandson?” Then the next morning when he prayed, did he remember “‘Our Father, which art in heaven’? Is God my Father? Have I treated Him like a grandfather? But God is no one’s grandfather.” I often wonder what he will tell me if we should meet again. 

I have repeated the above experience almost weekly since 1959. I have related it to meetings of ministers, to the faculty members of seminaries, to students in seminaries, and to so many theologians that I cannot remember their number or names. Again and again I have been asked to write the story, and at the request of some leading Protestant churchmen, I do so with the prayer that this message might stir honest men and women all the way from Roman Catholic churches to the Protestant churches and even to the ranks of my own Pentecostal brethren everywhere. 

REMEMBER… GOD HAS NO GRANDSONS! 


Published by DAVID J. DU PLESSIS 

Original Publication Date: January 1, 1974

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