Posted: 09/27/2012 at 6:01pm
In This Issue
1. Kingdom Authority and Power
2. Love and Justice
3. Top News Headlines
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1. Kingdom Authority and Power
By Ron McGatlin
We will endure and our souls prosper through the coming apocalyptic cataclysmic events on earth if we truly abide in Christ and He abides in us. Peace abides within our souls as we live by the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. Only that which is of the Spirit remains unshaken as God once more shakes all things that can be shaken. The spiritual kingdom of God cannot be shaken.
By His Spirit, God is speaking clear warnings and instructions that bring encouragement and assurance to His kingdom sons, even though they will endure chastening.
Strong chastening for sons is a great blessing of purification leading to mature purity and holiness in preparation for shining forth the kingdom of God on earth. The chastening of sons is very different from the severe judgment that cleanses the earth. Severe judgment is to purify the earth by cleansing it from the works of evil brought about by those who will not turn to God with their whole hearts.
There are those who are receiving His kingdom, and there are those who will not.
Hebrews 12: 25-29: See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.
People of God, we are not come to the mountain of severe authority of judgment that is coming upon the world. We are come to the spiritual heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God, the joyful gathering of the true church in the presence of God Himself, Christ Jesus, many holy angels, and spirits of mature sons of God. What an awesome life, abiding in Christ and gathering in the very presence of God in the ruling city of the kingdom of God on earth as we live by the Spirit and walk in the Spirit (Heb 12: 22-24).
The glorious kingdom life with God is well worth enduring the hardships of discipline from our Heavenly Father that prepares us to fully live in the kingdom of God as mature sons that are unveiled to shine forth restoring the kingdom of God on earth.
The Authority and Power to Establish the Kingdom on Earth
Christ abiding in His people by the Spirit is the same Christ Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Mat 28:18).
The Christ living in our bodies, where we once lived, is the same Christ through whom all things were created and for whom they were created – the Christ to whom all authority in heaven and on earth was given (Col 1: 15-16). This is the same Spirit that lives in us to finish the work of restoring the kingdoms of this world to the kingdoms of our God.
Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
1 Cor 15: 24: Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
God is preparing a people to carry the authority and the power of Christ to establish the kingdom on earth. Power without the authority of Christ would be useless. Only in the perfect alignment of becoming one with God in the Lord is the authority given to release the power of God to establish the kingdom on earth.
Who are the people of God who are being prepared and crossing over into the promised land of the kingdom of heaven on earth? What are they like?
They are ordinary people filled with an extraordinary obsession for God and His kingdom. They are obsessed beyond reason with the love of their God. They are those in whom there remains no place for the devil to lay his hand or attach his hooks. They know the voice of their Lord and will not move without the direction of His voice. They are becoming a mighty army of ordinary believers that moves in unison with the leading of the Spirit of Christ. They are a people without religious bondages free from pride and self-exaltation.
A people who are dangerous because of their simple and real love that flows through them to the world – a people who forever will cling to the promises of God and gladly give their lives to be in His presence and serve Him with all their hearts and strength. These are the kingdom people coming forth in our world. They are the workers, the teachers, the moms and dads, the soldiers of all ranks, and the leaders of tribes and nations.
They will not rule as lording over one another but will serve each other as unto God. They are the scientists, the plumbers, the builders, the farmers, doctors, nurses, waiters, cashiers, machinists, the mechanics, business leaders, government workers, and people from every walk of life and every part of the world. They are the worshipers of God doing the works of God on earth - anointed by His Spirit and filled with undeniable power and strength to do all the will of God.
The sons of the kingdom are with us now and will continue to grow in numbers and stature. All that have gone before us who sacrificed their lives and brought forth notable works of God bathed in the blood of martyrs will rejoice as the sons of God arise to bring forth the kingdom of God. The glory of God shall cover the earth from ocean to ocean, and from mountain to mountain there shall be none who do not know of the glory of our Lord.
We are well past the beginning, and the work lies ahead of us. Anyone having put their hand to the plow shall not turn back. The plowing must continue. However, the planting has already begun, and the harvest is before us and shall not be stopped. At the same time the plowman is plowing and the sower is sowing, the harvester is harvesting (Amos 9:13).
The mustard seed of the kingdom has been planted. The yeast is in the dough, and its spreading will not be stopped. Through the dark night the kingdom will spread, and through the fire of the oven, the loaf will be prepared a sweet aroma to our Lord. And we shall rule and reign with Him in the morning of His brightness shining forth from His Body and glorious Bride filling the world with His great peace and full joy in the glorious union of pure worship of our King of Glory. Amen and Amen.
Keep on pursuing love. It never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
2. Love and Justice
By Kriston Couchey
GOD IS LOVE
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. (NAS)
Love is the substance of who Father is. Throughout history Father’s intentions toward creation has been redemption and reconciliation to Himself. While the redemptive purposes of God were manifest to men in space and time at the arrival of Jesus Christ; in the mind and heart of God redemption and reconciliation were finished before creation. Through Jesus Christ Father created all things and in His love He views creation from beginning to end through the finished work of Jesus Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He has always been love, and all of His interactions with men from the beginning of time to its end flow from love.
It is Father who defines love; love does not define Him. Righteousness, holiness, justice, judgment, and wrath are all expressions of His essence of love, and not competing traits in His character. Apart from knowing Him personally, and believing in and receiving His love for us; our finite minds cannot begin to fathom His character, understand scripture, and accurately understand His works and actions toward men. The justice of God upon the earth is an expression of God’s love both before and after the coming of Christ in the flesh. Both Old and New Testament scriptures clearly declare Father to be a God of Justice.
THE JUSTICE OF GOD
Father’s purpose in justice is not to delight in the suffering or death of wicked men. His justice comes to deliver and give relief to men from the suffering, oppression, and deception of evil perpetrated by wicked men. The following are some examples from OT scripture that make clear the justice of God.
· The justice of God toward Sodom and Gomorrah was in response to the oppression and suffering that came up as a “cry” to God. Gen. (18:20-21) Not only was there the cry of brutalized and abused people; Ezekiel speaks of the iniquity of Sodom as it relates to others, “…neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
· God said of the Israelites in Egypt that He had, “heard their “cry”, and had come down to deliver them. Moses was sent with the hand of God to deliver the people from Egypt with signs, wonders, terrible plagues, and even death of the firstborn and the army of Egypt. For the love of men justice came to relieve the oppressed people.
· The Israelites came into the land of Canaan removing a people whose wickedness had reached its limits. The innocent were subject to incest and were being sacrificed in fire to the god Moloch. It was for the love of the innocent that Father’s justice removed the defiling and cruel evil from the land.
· It was for love that in His justice God subjected all creation to the futility of the curse against its will and barred the way to the tree of life. (Romans 8:20-21) It was for HOPE of redemption and freedom from deaths corruption that men faced the futility of death. Father did not consider temporal death able to stop His redemptive purposes; but saw that His justice was hope for freedom from death.
· Those who died in the flood had become corrupt in every way, and their continual wickedness only caused suffering and oppression for the sons of men. Father brought temporal justice to man's flesh to ensure His redemptive purpose in Christ would still stand through Noah's lineage. This purpose was realized when Jesus descended (I Peter 3:19-20, Eph 4:9-10) and preached to those imprisoned within the earth since the days of Noah and then Jesus led captivity captive in His ascent.
NEW COVENANT JUSTICE
A friend of mine had written about a dream he received from Father concerning the justice of God upon leaders oppressing their people and he shared as follows:
On March 3, 2011, I had a dream about a group of world leaders who had ruled their nations unjustly for years. While the citizens have been abused, mistreated and murdered, these leaders have lived in relative peace. In the dream, the tables were suddenly turned. The leaders themselves were being held at gunpoint by the people they once led. In a wave of sudden revolt, these dictators were removed from power and some of them were killed by the ones who once followed them.
This morning, I asked the Lord to explain who this pertains to and what His heart is on the matter. I saw a vision of Moammar Gadhafi holding a gun. He had a cold, emotionless look in his eyes. I hear the Lord say:
"I have heard the cry of my people. I will bring swift justice and re-pay the evil they have done. Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword."
The message for the church concerns the fate of the leaders who are currently in a battle for power. An end will come soon and it won't go well for the leaders of these nations. I would invite you to continue in prayer for peace to come quickly to these nations. ~Dave Hayes~
That fall in October 2011, Moammar Gadhafi was killed trying to flee his hometown and a portion of the dream and prophecy came true. Swift justice came and is still in store for other nations that have oppressed their own people. Again the justice of God in response to the oppression of evil has not changed from the days of old.
Jesus clearly speaks of God’s justice by removing of all that offends in His kingdom at the end of the age. Once again referring to the fact that evil oppresses others and the justice of God is to relieve that oppression.
Some claim that we live in an age of grace in which God no longer judges and exercise justice upon the earth. Paul the apostle of Grace does not teach this, nor does any other apostle. Paul writes to the Colossians and writes similar warnings clearly in other places: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil lust, and covetousness, which is idolatry; for which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the sons of disobedience…
Paul writes to the Thessalonians about the persecutions and tribulations they have received from those who do not obey the gospel. The Lord Jesus will take vengeance upon those who are troubling and persecuting his own: “…it is a just thing with God to recompense tribulation to those that trouble you and to give you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with the angels (messengers) of his power, with flaming fire, to take vengeance on those that do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
We are told to rejoice over the retribution of God upon Babylon. Babylon is a city built upon the wisdom and works of men which: reigns over the kings of the earth. While Babylon is a system of evil by which men operate, it is also exists in the same manner as the New Jerusalem. It is built upon men themselves and apart from men who “partake” of her iniquities it would not exist. In the book of Revelation the angel says: Be glad over her, heaven, and you saints, and Apostles, and prophets; because she has been judged by God on your account. Rev. (18:20) …for true and righteous are his judgments; for he has judged the great harlot, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. (Rev 19:2)
A joyous party of praise is recorded in the scripture after the justice of God delivers men from the injustice of Babylon. (Revelation 9:3-7) The justice of God in response to the oppression of evil does not change.
THE DAY OF JUDGMENT
While many are looking to a literal earthly day in which they consider final judgment comes to the earth, I am convinced that the Day of Judgment is an “age” in which all creation is brought in subjection to Christ. It is truly a “Day” in the eyes of Father which is as a thousand years to us. That day is called, “The Day of the Lord”.
That day is upon us, and is the day that Christ fully reveals the Father to men as the full stature (maturity or age) of Christ is manifest and abides in His sons. This age is the day of revealing of things that were hidden or shrouded by man's own perceptions and misinformation. As it relates to Father Himself, a misinformation campaign by the enemy of our souls has depicted Him as He is not. Misconception of Him is the seed of errant doctrine and division. We know that He is love. For as He is, so we are in this world. We know that He desires to bring justice to a world of injustice. We are the Love that He is and the justice He is bringing. Justice is come to the world as an expression of the heart and love of God in and among His people.
We are announcing and proclaiming the Cross of Christ as the loving justice of Father upon the sin of those that believe in Him; that they might live in Him and He in them. The Gospel of the Kingdom is for some life from the dead and for others the justice of God upon the wicked.
For we are a sweet perfume of Christ to God in those who are getting salvation and in those who are going to destruction; To the one it is a perfume of death to death; to the other a perfume of life to life. And who is enough for such things? For we are not like the great number who make use of the word of God for profit: but our words are true, as from God, being said as before God in Christ. ~Paul~
In His Love
3. Top News Headlines
Euro Death Spiral: Spain, Greece in Total Emergency - 9/27/2012
The debt crisis plaguing several eurozone countries has crushed their economies. Now the situation in Spain and Greece is worsening, looking for food in dumpsters. On the streets it looked like revolution, with police and citizens attacking each other. Just as violent in Greece, where rioters hurled gasoline bombs at police. Stock markets tanked and the euro currency fell. Read on. http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40598&a mp;a mp;PN=1
Victory for Marriage in Australia - 9/27/2012
What was supposed to be a historic advance for "same-sex marriage" turned into an ignominous defeat and a victory for marriage and the natural family, when the lower house of the Australian parliament voted overwhelmingly against a gay-marriage bill by a vote of 98 to 42 in Canberra. Then a similar bill was defeated in the Senate by 41 votes to 26. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40601&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Nigeria: Catholic Cathedral in Bauchi Bombed In Second Attack on Christians in the Space of a Week - 9/27/2012
At least two people died and over 40 were injured on Sunday, in a suicide bomb attack on St. John's Catholic Cathedral, Murtala Mohammed Way. The bomber detonated his explosives at the church gate after being refused entry into the grounds at. A woman and a child are confirmed to have died at the scene, while many others are hospitalized with life threatening injuries. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40600&a mp;a mp;PN=1
In the face of intense persecution, believers stand their ground - 9/26/2012
Four believers perished in a suicide bombing associated with Boko Haram. Nearly 50 were injured in the attack on St. John's Catholic Cathedral Church, located in the state capital of Bauchi. Several were quite severe, and the death toll is expected to rise. Drive-by attacks and church bombings initiated by the Boko Haram have killed over 680 people this year. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40585&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
‘A Walking Miracle’ - 9/25/2012
Pat Boone Shares the Incredible Story of the Recovery of Ryan Corbin, His Eldest Grandson, saying ‘God’s putting him back together, cell-by-cell’ - June 19, 2001, was the worst day in the lives of veteran American entertainer Pat Boone and his wife, Shirley, their eldest grandson, Ryan Corbin, then 25, had fallen through a skylight. He fell three stories to a cement floor. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40580&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
White House on Hot Seat over Libya Consulate Attack - 9/24/2012
"What happened in Benghazi was not an anti-American protest. It was not as a result of a YouTube video. It was an orchestrated, anti-American terrorist attack," President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are now on the hot seat. In the days following the attack on the consulate, the administration claimed: "It was a spontaneous, not premeditated response." Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40572&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
More threats against Christians in Egypt - 9/24/2012
Egyptian Christians in border towns are getting threats of violence if they don't leave. In other parts of the country, the pressure has increased to the point where people are fleeing in droves. The atmosphere chilled quickly in the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power. The nation's Christians saw an uptick in violence against them alongside an overall rise in crime. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40571&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
London Charity Accused of Funding Terrorism - 9/23/2012
Boko Haram has targeted churches and Christians as it seeks to spread terror across Nigeria. Reports claim money raised by the London-based trust fund found its way to Boko Haram, causing concern throughout the United Kingdom. The fact that Boko Haram is responsible for hundreds of murders this year makes it an issue of international concern. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40570&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Pakistani Church and School Burned - 9/23/2012
Muslims have attacked an Anglican Church in Mardan Pakistan and an adjoining school. Some believe the stimulus was the government announced day of protest against an anti-Islam film. Protesters set the church and school on fire and looted the premises, taking everything from computers to chairs and whatever else seemed valuable from the school. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40568&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Pakistani teen Christian declared 'innocent' of blasphemy by police, but case still continues - 9/26/2012
The strange case of Rimsha Masih, the 14-year-old Christian Pakistani girl who had faced life in prison for allegedly burning the Koran, but then police declared her "innocent", took another twist today, when surprisingly her case was not dismissed, but instead her case will now be heard in a juvenile court. police concluded Rimsha was framed by an Imam (Muslim leader). Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40583&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Pakistani Bishop Peter Majeed asks the International Community for Help in Rebuilding the Church in Mardan - 9/27/2012
Muslims attacked the Church in Mardan near Peshawar following noon prayers last Friday. Thousands of people broke into the church compound, burnt the church, school books, Bibles, and copies of the Jesus film. The rioters destroyed 27 homes on the church compound, including the residences of two priests and the school principal, computers, office equipment, chairs stolen. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40599&a mp;a mp;PN=1
Rescue mission for 2,000 vulnerable Christians trapped in Sudan underway - 9/24/2012
Christians remaining in Sudan are extremely vulnerable. They were stripped of their citizenship after the South voted to secede and were given a deadline to leave. President Omar al-Bashir repeatedly declaring his intention to make the country's next constitution 100% Islamic. Many have made their own way to South Sudan, but hundreds of thousands remain trapped. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40573&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
'Jesus Not Allowed': Anti-Faith Sentiment Sweeps US - 9/26/2012
CBN News investigated the growing wave of hostility to Christianity in America that's led to hundreds of court cases. A federal judge ruled that no one at Angela's Texas high school could pray or even use words like "prayer" or "amen" during the 2011 graduation ceremonies. Her case is just one of more than 640 cases of religious hostility cited in the report. Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40584&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Pastor Thanks Those who Prayed for his Release - 9/23/2012
Youcef Nadarkhani, recently released from an Iranian prison, has written a letter of thanks to all those who brought attention to his plight and prayed for his release. Readers are encouraged to continue praying for Nadarkhani and his family. "They still face danger from militant Muslims and/or government agents who may want to kill them because of evangelistic efforts." Read On: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=40567&a mp;a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
For More Top News, GO HERE: http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_topics.asp?FID=3
Edited by Ron McGatlin on 09/27/2012 at 6:24pm