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The Winds of Change are ringing the Wild Bells

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‘Love is a dangerous word to those who fear losing control. Love is a wild wind and no one knows which way it blows’ Jason Upton 

Big Ben

The wild winds of change are rattling through the UK once more, silencing the old religious answers and ways of doing stuff. Wild bells of fulfilment are ringing again.

A few weeks ago at the last Northern Glory I prophesied that we are in the season of ‘fulfilment’. I prophesied that as a sign of this Big Ben would be on the main news within a couple of weeks.

Sure enough a few weeks later Big Ben was in the main news because the bell is being silenced for several months for repair work. (Obviously I didn’t know this when I prophesied it). It is first time repair work like this is to be done on it in 160 years. Read about it here.

So what’s the significance of all this then? God’s voice rings louder than the noise from the age old traditions of man. God is interrupting business as usual to challenge the ways we have done stuff before. We love relying on our trusted and traditional formulas so we import the models, the programs, the things that seem to work in revivals all around the world, we get the books and listen to the podcasts, whatever works elsewhere, we’ll try it! Everything except the actual whack.  We love to rely on the manmade instead of the mystical. It can hide our unbelief!

All the noise made by our striving is being silenced. In the space the sound of the voice of God at rest, in fulfilment and living in Grace is being heard. It’s the sound of the Wild Bells from Heaven. It is time for us to get whacked, get a bit of the anointing and pioneer something new which will have global impact.

God is speaking and it’s the sound of fulfilment that is ringing out. It is calling the wild fire prophets to attention and the crazy apostles to wake up. It is sounding to those who have dared to believe there’s a different way, to those have believed in promises. The sound of the Father’s faithfulness to fulfil his promises can be heard again. The bells of fulfilment are ringing out to the prophetic promises that are hanging over the UK.

Simeon

Simeon is a symbol for our time. God started to speak to me about Simeon and I messaged a prophet friend of mine who said they too had been thinking about Simeon that same day.

Simeon was a prophet waiting on the fulfilment of God’s promises in Luke 2. His name means ‘he has heard’.  He was a man the Spirit was on. He lived in the anointing. He had heard and seen something different, something wild from Heaven which had stirred his soul to believe; he was filled with a Joy and anticipation that got him whacked. He had experienced something powerful enough to determine his life and lived to see the fulfilment of it. When the baby Jesus turned up in the temple Simeon announced ‘Sovereign Lord as you have promised… My eyes have seen your salvation…which you have prepared for in the sight of all nations.’ Simeon lived to see fulfilment and the faithfulness of God.

It is interesting to compare him to Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. Both men eventually saw the fulfilment of prophecies. Both men saw something, Zechariah had an angelic visitation from Gabriel about the same events but responded in unbelief.  Zechariah couldn’t believe there was something different to business as usual and like Big Ben was silenced. Simeon however, lived in the Spirit and caught a glimpse of something which would affect nations, he met Jesus.

Jesus was and is fulfilment, he embodies fulfilment. He wasn’t just a Prophet but was the fulfilment of the Prophetic Word.  Jesus says of himself in Matthew that He came to fulfil the Law and the Prophets. Galatians 4 says ‘But when the fulfilment of the time came, God sent his Son.’ Hebrews describes it as being the ‘culmination of the ages’. So in the incarnation you have God coming, bringing fulfilment, answers, breakthrough. He is the Manifestation of Fulfilment. It is in the Father’s very nature that He is faithful to fulfil His Promises and so Jesus is God’s answer, Jesus embodies God’s faithfulness. He is the embodiment of fulfilment.

Jesus is the sound spoken from the Father’s lips. He is the sound of the wild fire of God’s love. He is the sound of fulfilment.

Emmaus

Fulfilment is walking next to you. But you won’t believe it until you see it. I love the story of the guys on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. They were walking filled with disappointment, downcast, thinking the promises they had believed in were over, Jesus had failed, it was all a lie. Yet Jesus, having overcome death, resurrected and living in the fulfilment of all things and was standing right next to them. Jesus began to speak and they started to hear a different sound from Heaven. As they listened to his voice their eyes opened to see Jesus face to face – the Manifestation of their desires right before them. The Fire on the voice of God burned in their hearts. It burned fulfilment and the breakthrough of Jesus into them. It burned through the dark clouds of their disappointment to bring breakthrough to their hearts. This caused them to enter into fulfilment.

There’s a different sound from Heaven ringing out. God is speaking and His voice carries the wild Fire of His love that will burn in your heart. It manifests fulfilment to the promises He has spoken. It brings the Wild Fire of breakthrough to rest in our lives so that we can say like Simeon, ‘As you have promised… now my eyes have seen…’ The face of Jesus is being revealed and is being branded into our hearts. This is causing the manifestation and release of fulfilment to the promises over our lives. Promises are going to be fulfilled right in front of our eyes.

The manifestation of fulfilment

Wesley is a guy who walked in fulfilment, a true prophet, when he walked around he brought the Wild Fire of breakthrough. He embodied fulfilment in that he walked in the accomplishments of Jesus; authority, power and lived in Christ’s breakthrough. He had an encounter with Jesus which ignited his heart with a Wild Fire – this lead him to say his now famous phrase ‘my heart was strangely warmed’. It was this fire that people gathered to see in the thousands. They climbed trees to catch a glimpse of this guy to be warned by other people that they would fall out under the power of God. Thousands would be gathered, shaking under the shadow of the Fire that Wesley carried. He truly impacted this nation. He said ‘catch on fire and others will come to see you burn’.

I believe fulfilment looks different for different people, obviously we each have promises from God that are different and will be for different areas of life.

But I believe that one of the things that is coming is the same Fire that affected Wesley. The sound of Heaven, wild bells ringing out is releasing this Wild Fire. Two guys on the road to Emmaus had an encounter with the embodiment of fulfilment and it burned a breakthrough in to their hearts. Jesus spoke and it warmed their hearts like Wesley.

So to try and summarise what God is saying here:

  • God is challenging the traditional religious ways of doing stuff that come from the business as usual type mindset.
  • Zechariah and Simeon are symbolic of this time. Zechariah responded to the new with unbelief and was silenced. Simeon lived in the anointing and responded with faith… ‘as you have promised… now my eyes have seen… which you have prepared in the sight of all nations…’ He was privileged to see something in advance of nations.
  • We are in a time of fulfilment.
  • The voice of God will speak like a fire into disappointment and discouragement.
  • Jesus is the embodiment of fulfilment and He is causing the fulfilment of promises to appear in our lives.
  • Fulfilment will burn like a wild fire in our hearts so we can walk in it.
  • Fulfilment looks like different things but one aspect of it is the fresh manifesation of the John Wesley fire.

Fulfilment is not far off, His name is Jesus and He is standing next to you. He is upholding and sustaining your life.  His Fire will encounter you with resurrection reality. God is faithful to fulfil His promises. Listen to his voice, the sound of fulfilment will burn away your disappointment and discouragement. Be one ‘who has heard’ so that you can live in fulfilment. His Words will brand your heart with breakthrough.

 

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The Fullness of Time

suffAt the start of the year I prophesied that there would be increased intolerance towards the oppression of women, a re-look at terms like sexism and feminism and a celebration of the suffragette movement. I also said there would be a rise in women leaders. I have noticed a couple of events that have taken place in the nation along these lines, including an in depth look at sexism in our society at a national Teacher’s conference. Emily Davison, who died at a race course campaigning for the vote, has been commemorated in April in her hometown and the BBC honoured her life and death. The Times also did a feature article on why the next mayor of Paris had to be a woman. You can find all three articles here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-21620063

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21990043

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/article3726717.ece

As I said at the start of the year, I think it will continue into 2014 and reach Hollywood with a film about Emaline Pankhurst and also a focus on the issue of Trafficking in other parts of the media. Why? Because in Christ there is no male nor female! All I know is that there is a revelation of freedom that has been released from Heaven and is hitting humanity’s heart.

Mystical Obsession

Freedom was won at the Cross. This revelation is bursting up and out of the Body of Christ right now. It is uncontrollable! When the fullness of time came something happened! There have been mystics throughout the ages who have hit upon something, like Gold diggers stumbling upon treasure. Yes they had supernatural experiences, yes they had visions and ecstasies but they found something more. They were mystics, but more than miracle workers, they were lovers of the cross. They were consumed overwhelmed and obsessed by the cross.

Consider St. John of the Cross; a true mystic known for some of the most extreme and outrageous miracles you can come across, including the miracle of ascension- levitation. But what is he remembered for? Not ‘ol John the Levitator, or St. John the Supernatural but St. John of the CROSS. And there is something to learn in that!

I love what Jeff Turner said last week:

“It is easy for us to become fascinated with men and the miracles that they perform, but what is truly important is the message that the man brings. I am not impressed by supernatural activity, with stories of trips to heaven, or with endless lists of healing testimonies. I’m impressed with Jesus Christ, and what He accomplished on the human race’s behalf. To become enamored with a ministry or movement because of miracles is to miss the point of Christianity. This thing is all about Jesus, not me, my prophetic history, or personal experiences with Jesus in my secret place. This is about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus’ finished work.”

The Cross is not just some event that happened in history hundreds of years ago that we need to try and remember. For too long we have viewed it as that- some static event in history whose only power comes from us ‘applying’ it today! We’ve forgotten that the Cross is THE event of History! It is the culmination of the ages and the Fullness of Time. At the Cross change happened. Lets look at scripture to figure this out:

John 12.23- 33: 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be exalted and glorified… 31 NOW is the judgment of this world: NOW shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

Ephesians 1.10-11: 10 [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth. 11 In Him we also WERE made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtainED (Past Tense) an inheritance;

Galatians 4.4: But when the·right [appropriate; or appointed; L fullness of]time came, God sent his Son who was born of a woman and ·lived [L born] under the law.

Jesus knew how important the moment was for He exclaimed “NOW is the TIME!” He was showing us something about the significance of the Hour! When Jesus died on the cross He brought fulfillment. Athanasius, in his book ‘On the Incarnation of the Word’, describes that the natural consequence of sin is corruption, and Baxter Kruger explains this (in ‘The Undoing of Adam’) as being like rotten fruit- death manifesting in decay. The purpose of the law was to kill (2 Corin 3.7) and so at the cross we find the fulfillment of sin and the law- death. In death Jesus brought sin to its natural conclusion while simultaneously fulfilling every requirement of the law through His perfect nature! Baxter Kruger describes this act as ‘wrath’- God’s love in action- reaching out and decreeing “NO! Because of my love I cannot let this corruption continue!”

At the cross we also find the fulfillment of our ultimate rejection of God- the pinacle of human rage and anger through our murder of Jesus. God’s innocence met humanity’s corruption. As Andre Rabe says: Our greatest act of murder turned into His greatest act of Salvation.

This was the moment the Father, Son and Spirit had been waiting for- the restoring of friendship and union with Humanity.

Since before time, before the foundation of the world God conceived of a plan. Desire led to creation within the Trinity’s womb and they foresaw something – humanity’s inclusion within the Godhead. God’s plan A was union with Humanity and at the cross all of Heaven was trembling with anticipation. The Kingdom of God was spilling out and crossing over. On tip toes Heaven looked over the great divide and heard the earth shattering words “It is Finished!”

the-crucifixion-dino-muradianThe Cross was the hour in which the climax of the ages occurred and the devil was defeated. The Cross is the place we found union through our death and resurrection in Christ. The Cross was the place that God received you!

At the Cross the curse was broken and Isolation smashed. As Dave Vaughan has taught- with death defeated the resurrection brought immortality; Humanity’s corrupt flesh dead, giving way to the New Creation. Life charged forward out of the Grave, with lightning Glory and clothed in resurrection power. Heaven’s floodgates opened wide and rivers of living water surged out. How can those clothed in resurrection power now die?

Before the Cross God’s people were forbidden from eating unclean animals and God’s Holy people were separated- Jew and Gentile. After the Cross God says “Go Eat! Do not call what is clean, unclean” and Peter realises that he can eat anything with anyone, against Jewish law and should now not call Cornelius the Gentile, “unclean or impure” (Acts 10). Because of Christ Crucified, the Gentiles can now receive the Holy Spirit because in Christ there is no Jew or Gentile (Gal 3.28). At the Cross Jesus exclaimed “It is Finished!” 

Because of the cross we can rediscover relationship. This is the point of the whole thing. God is three Persons in One. The point of the Cross is that we can meet and have relationship with each of these three Persons! The Person of Jesus who drew us into Himself; the Person of the Father, Our creator and maker; and the Person of the Holy Spirit, the Wild Fire and Power of God which birthed the universe and who is our Comforter.

Because of the Cross we have been drawn into relationship, into Union with these three Persons. Three Persons remembered walking in the Garden, in the cool of the day, with Humanity and at the Cross God’s desire to walk with us again brought Emmanuel, God with us. I love what Brad Jersak wrote recently- “And the Gardener came to greet Mary, the new Eve, the first witness, in the cool of the morning of the New Creation, the second Eden.”

Isn’t it amazing that a woman, the first to sin, was also the first to be told about the resurrection? Through Christ women were liberated from the condemnation of the fall and were given the gift of liberation!

The Cross doesn’t help us to focus on the greater things of the Kingdom like the miracles, the supernatural and the mystical. The Cross is the mystical message, the mystical obsession! It is the message of relationship and Union. And when we get a revelation of the cross, I’m telling you, we will be able to handle the craziest miracle manifestations there have ever been!

Harvest Rest pt. 3

God’s rest is not apathetic, lethargic or lazy. The Rest of God is not about doing nothing. Its not about doing something either. Some people have been caught up with trying to understand God’s rest from a point of view of ‘doing’. You can be doing nothing and be locked up in anxiety and unbelief. Likewise you can be running around doing lots of stuff and be at complete rest.

People can make comments like: “Well what are we suppose to do If God’s done it all?” and “I’m not just going to sit around, I’m a do-er of the word,” or “I’m not doing anything, He did it all for me.” That has sort of missed the point.  Get your perspective right and the ‘doing’ will take care of itself.

If you are looking at it from a place of what you should be doing or not doing you are focused on man. Focusing on man is Humanism. If you look at God you get a better perspective. We are not called to have one eye on the world and one eye on Jesus, thats squinty eyes. Hebrews 12.2 says “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame…” But it doesn’t finish there. It puts Jesus in context. He is not in a battle, or defeated in some ditch somewhere. Jesus “…sat (passed tense) down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Colossians 3.2 says “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” But if we look at the in context we see why:

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth .For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Why should we focus on the things above? Because that’s where we see victory; Christ is sat down and so are you, in Him!

He is sat down, so what? Well Ephesians 1.19-23: “That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” So Jesus is sort of sat above EVERYTHING, in charge.

“Well you can have your rest. You can be idle, apathetic and lazy while we’re praying for a breakthrough in the city.” Did we not just read Ephesians 1.19-23?  If Jesus couldn’t get a breakthrough by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead do you think you could by having prayer meetings? Lets be real, breakthrough comes by BELIEVING He got a breakthrough on the cross. The issue is FAITH. Faith in what He has done. Hebrews explains why the Israelites could not enter God’s Rest, which is the Promised Land: their unbelief. When we start to believe and rest in His power and authority over a city, we will walk in a breaker anointing for a city.

For example: I walked into a situation where about 8-10 people needed healing for various different things. I didn’t have an intercession team, I hadn’t been at a prayer meeting the previous night, I wasn’t listening to worship music. I was a bit tired, grumpy even. What on earth was I going to do? I saw Jesus with me. He showed me that I was clothed in Him. Faith rose from my heart and I knew that every single person in the room who was ill would be healed. It was easy because I had faith that Christ had got a breakthrough in the area of healing through His death and resurrection. I knew that Jesus is seated above every sickness and disease and He showed me I was clothed in Him. So by faith I entered His rest and sat in victory over that stuff. I made the sign of the cross and fair play to God everyone got healed with 1 simple prayer.

But lets take a step back. That wasn’t the first time I prayed for healing. The first few times I saw healing was in 2007. Back then I spent lots of time pacing back and forth shouting in tongues and commanding breakthrough. I fought for a breakthrough and eventually saw an outbreak of healing. But what was I fighting against? My own unbelief. I was doing warfare against the mindset of unbelief I had, which did not believe that God heals today.

“Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves.” 1 Cor 14.4. The speaking in tongues and warfare I was doing was edifying myself and bringing me to a place of FAITH so I could believe in Christ’s victory over sickness and disease. Did I defeat a demon Jesus couldn’t? No. I built up faith so I could rest in His victory. I entered His Rest by faith, which is His victory. Entering God’s rest tore down a mindset of unbelief which set itself up against the knowledge of Christ and His victory. Rest is violent.

“For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)”.

Spiritual warfare in terms of demons? I believe demons take up residence in mindsets or areas of unbelief which have no knowledge of God and no faith in His Victory.

The violent advancement of the Kingdom of God comes by rest. This is what James 2.14 is talking about: Faith without works is dead because it is not seated in Christ’s victory; there is no manifestation of His victory. And so no advancement of the Kingdom. But what does James 2.14 look like? Isaiah 40.31.  The Hebrew word for wait (qavah) literally means ‘to bind together like a cord’. It is in being bound together with Him in Rest, seated high and lifted up, that we shall mount up like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. In God’s rest there is the supernatural strength to do anything. And this is what Paul is talking about in Colossians 1.29: The energy of Christ powerfully working within him.

It says in Hebrews “For we who have believed enter that rest”. And so entering God’s Rest by Faith creates a violent advancement of the Kingdom, it is powerful and full of Supernatural energy.

So lets be clear: God’s Rest is about Faith in His Victory. It is not about doing or not doing, its about having Faith that His doing actually did something!

God’s rest is about FAITH. But what are we supposed to have faith in? His victory. Fruit comes by abiding in Him because He actually won. So lets enter His rest and put our feet up with Him who sits in Victory, with the earth as His footstool (Acts 7.49).

“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world–just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.” True rest manifests His victory. That is the advancement of the Kingdom.

Phil Smith