An End to Recession and Oppression. A Prophetic word for 2012

All over the world there seems to be crises – a siege of evil, be it in politics, economics, education, morality and particularly so in religion.  Depression seems to be lingering even longer than the over three years that God had ordained for it to be in the times of Ahab … causing many to ask, when are we going to experience the “rains” again.  The Bible indicates that God will often use dearth and oppression to draw the attention of His own to their false altars and remind His own, that the juxtaposition of Baal worship and worship of Jehovah in the palaces of Ahab may be convenient for Jezebel but is not acceptable to God who demands purity.  Still,  at the appointed time God turns the hearts of His own back by His divine intervention, and there will be showers again.

These are like the days of Ahab, an evil King, married to Jezebel the epitome of idolatry. Most prophets have been already killed –silenced by Jezebel’s baits, others dine and serve Ahab in his palaces – useful only to hide the hundreds who must remain concealed to protect their livelihood and thousands who had not bowed the knee to Baal but who also remain quiet as the altar of God remained in ruins, and the people who remain uncommitted, neutral … and Jezebel likes it so.   A broken altar always leads to trouble. It is man’s prerogative to boastfully scatter the altar of God … it is God’s to withhold rain and close the heavens.

And there was one isolated – Elijah (a man subject to like passions as we are, who prayed earnestly) and who at the appointed time was told to go and show himself to Ahab.  The encounter of Elijah with Ahab is bizarre …

I Kings [17]  And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? [18]  And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

At the United Nations, a world leader recently proclaimed that Religion is in the way of progress in advancement of Human rights without which peace is evasive … even as the liberal press all over the world continually labels the “narrow” paths of Christianity as offbeat to a search for global harmony and to be shunned if the troubles of civilisation are to cease.  We seem to miss the link between evil and continued recession… comatose to the decay that is the real undoing of the times.

At the time appointed God locates Elijah who lays the blame boldly at the feet of Ahab – the King that oversees the forsaking of God’s commandments (now termed legalism) and follows after Baal alongside the worship of Jehovah.  Elijah says it is Ahab’s creative syncretism and wickedness that has caused the recession and oppression.  Elijah knows something that Ahab does not know – and that is God has decided to end the period of suffering and usher in wellness and turn the hearts of His own back to Him again.

The confidence in God causes Elijah to challenge Ahab to a spiritual duel, repairing God’s altar and crying to God in prayer culminating in a dramatic divine intervention and slaughter of 450 of Baal’s prophets and another 400 prophets of the grove.

I Kings 18 [37]  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

I found an old prophetic message that speaks to the heart by Revd. Jackie McCullough delivered at an arena that dramatically foretells Elijah challenging Ahab and his alliances.

In 2012, God does a new thing and it will be well. The prophets of Baal and the prophets of the groove are in for a most horrible and terrible surprise. The sound of abundance of rain will be heard again unexpectedly even as God raises His own to repair the broken altar of the Lord.  A new purity of worship will be heralded as power is transferred from the wicked grip of Jezebel’s prophets and her political proxies and a new revival of justice, righteousness and Godliness will be evident.  This is the doing of the Lord.

Be on the right side.  Reflect on a previous blog post on Resolution to be a serious Christian in 2012.

I Kings 18[21]  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Do not fret – if in Christ, instead be still and know …   If you are not in Christ, it is time to return.  The fire of God is about to fall.

 

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When Heavens Open

Mark 1[9]  And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. [10]  And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: [11]  And there came a voice from heaven, saying , Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. [12]  And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. [13]  And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. [14]  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, [15]  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

There are times of unusual mercy and favour …not because of anything we did really but … for the special mercy of God the heavens open…God hears our cries and we can sense a sudden change…

What are some of these signs…

  1. Unusual openings and fruitfulness
  2. Willingness to serve and zeal to work that cannot be explained
  3. Accelerated elevation and fulfilment
  4. Unprecedented results for little effort
  5. Hunger for God suddenly increases

But there are other not so encouraging signs of open heavens … Satan brings temptation to abandon the prayer altar…beasts gather to frustrate the saint.  Darkness also observes that heavens are opened…it is no coincidence that John is soon imprisoned.

Matthew [17:1]  And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, [2]  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. [3]  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. [4]  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. [5]  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. [6]  And when the disciples heard it , they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. [7]  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. [8]  And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

… [14]  And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, [15]  Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. [16]  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Again you see unusual promotion for Peter, James and John … but soon after a terrible attack that the disciples could not handle…

What do you do when the heavens open?.

  1. It is time to climb…go up apart and get closer to God … leave many things behind
  2. It is time to watch closely your consecration and personal discipline… fasting and prayer to win and sustain spiritual victories …. new battles require divine strength at new levels.
  3. It is time to work hard and diligently…exhibit unusual zeal for God by the Holy Spirit
  4. It is time to be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit … a fresh visitation to be marked out and helped afresh to please God
  5. It is time to see Jesus only

Acts 1[9]  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight…. [13]  And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. [14]  These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

  1. It is time to continue… do not be tempted to give up.
  2. Do everything to be in accord in prayer and supplication – unity is important.

But what if the heavens are closed … what do you do?  Retreat … withdraw from public gaze… and ask God to reveal your heart to you …Psalm 139:23 …

1 Samuel 16 [7]  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

What happened when the heavens opened as Elijah was taken up to Heaven?

2 Kings 2[9]  And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. [10]  And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless , if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so . [11]  And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. [12]  And Elisha saw it , and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. [13]  He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

Elisha tore his own clothes.   When the heavens open we need to reaffirm our confidence only in the Holy Spirit and die afresh to the flesh … tearing up the old carnal ways of the flesh and putting on a new confidence in Christ…

As Elisha parted the Jordan, made the bitter waters sweet and cursed the little children that mocked Him …we will also exercise the power of the Holy Spirit in new mighty ways, having crucified the flesh and doing the impossible, spreading the gospel that makes lives sweet and cursing every voice seeking to mock, discourage or terminate God’s will, agenda and purpose in our lives.

May our heavens never close…Amen

 

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