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There are marketplace ministers all over the earth who are commissioned to bring in a great harvest in their sphere of influence.
There have been many teachings about the "seven mountains of influence" in earth and this word by Ben Peters touches on this as a NOW word to the Church.
Ben shares here:
God is saying that His people will rule over the other mountains to bring justice and righteousness to all. However, these mountains are currently under the control of ungodly rulers—although change has begun and the battles are getting fierce. No king easily surrenders his throne and neither will those who currently reign as kings on any of these mountains.
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"Let the Mountains Tremble! Conquering and Ruling From the Seven Mountains"
This is what I hear the Father saying: "Don't miss out! You have asked for help in times of need, but I want to do much more for you than just meet your need. I want to pour out My Spirit upon you and give you a life of great victory. I desire you to enjoy wonderful blessings of an anointed, fruitful and world-changing life. I want to use you to bring about a major shaking to change your world.
"Get ready! I will not tarry any longer. I will pour out the passion of My heart into every willing heart, and you will no longer worry about little things that have occupied your heart and mind. Embrace what I am doing. I will show mercy and favor to all who seek first My Kingdom and My righteousness. You will experience the joys of the harvest and the spoils of victory. Fear not the enemy nor the warfare. This is My battle! I cannot lose."
God recently downloaded a revelation and passion concerning the harvest which has me very excited. I don't know any more powerful master strategy for bringing in the end times harvest than the strategy of conquering and ruling from the seven mountains of influence in society which are:
1. Religion, 2. Family, 3. Education, 4. Government, 5. Arts and Entertainment, 6. Media and Communication, 7. Business and Finance. Each mountain influences other mountains and whoever sits on top of these mountains has control over the society and its culture.
Creation Groans, Holy Spirit Groans and We Groan
"If we want to shake the seven mountains, we need God's presence on the top of those mountains."
Romans 8:18-27 has been coming alive like never before: "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God" (Romans 8:18-19).
Paul's sufferings were significant, but not compared to the "glory" to be revealed in him as one of the "sons of God." For this revealing, the creation eagerly awaits. The creation itself will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (see Romans 8:21). If God's physical creation suffers from corruption, then surely the seven mountains of culture also suffer under this bondage.
For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within... (Romans 8:22-23)
Notice that the "whole creation" groans and labors with birth pangs "together." I believe that God is in every atom of matter, holding all things together by His Word. Thus, the weight of corruption is on everyone and everything, and the earth and every mountain on it groans. We also groan inwardly. (Photo via Wikipedia)
This groaning began when God cursed the ground after Adam's fall. I believe it literally means that every atom of every element has been corrupted. I believe that when the "sons of God" are empowered, they will be restored and the groaning will cease. Our greatest hope is spiritual wholeness that comes from a truly intimate Garden of Eden type relationship, reviving our God-nature and removing the sin-nature.
Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the Saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
It's a Strategic Time to Deploy our Secret Weapon: Praying in Tongues
Sometimes our mission is so top secret that we don't even know what we're praying about, but God does. We can bring about major change and transformation without knowing we had anything to do with it. It's God's brilliant way of keeping us humble.
Summarizing: Creation groans under the weight of corruption brought on by sin. The mountains of society, likewise groan under the weight of corruption on them. God is also groaning and allowing us to groan with Him in prayer.
"If God's physical creation suffers from corruption, then surely, the seven mountains of culture also suffer under this bondage. "
The groaning is a cry that we, the children of God, would take up our positions on top of these mountains. May we (as princes and princesses of the King) receive from Him the faith and courage to rise up out of our comfort zones. Then through the authority of the Holy Spirit, in divine unity, we confront and conquer the kings on these mountains, exposing corruption and replacing it with righteous justice.
Mountains That Shake and Tremble
Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence...that the nations may tremble at Your presence...the mountains shook at Your presence. (Isaiah 64:1,2,3 emphasis mine)
Isaiah cries out for the return of God's presence to the mountains that have trembled in the past. If we want to shake the seven mountains, we need God's presence on the top of those mountains. How will that happen? Let's look now at Isaiah 2:
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. (Isaiah 2:2)
With a New Testament understanding, we know that the House of the Lord is made up of His people – living stones that provide a temple for God. This prophecy says that the mountain (exalted authority) of His house will be firmly planted on the tops of other mountains. God is saying that His people will rule over the other mountains to bring justice and righteousness to all. However, these mountains are currently under the control of ungodly rulers—although change has begun and the battles are getting fierce. No king easily surrenders his throne and neither will those who currently reign as kings on any of these mountains. (Photo via Wikipedia)
God has been awakening and training His Church to use powerful spiritual weapons to conquer these mountains. They are not carnal, but mighty through God to pull down strongholds (see 2 Cor. 10:4,5). Jeremiah was given a similar charge: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down; to destroy and to throw down; to build and to plant" (Jeremiah 1:9,10).
Early Church leaders used spiritual gifts to defeat their enemies, including those on religious and political mountains. The victories and miracles we will see in the near future will far exceed what was seen in the early Church. The battle-lines are now being drawn. We must take these mountains for God and His Kingdom.
Are we ready for the battle? Let every warrior of Christ respond with a hearty, "Bring it on!" and "Count me in!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Ben R. Peters
Kingdom Sending Center
Ben and Brenda Peters have said "YES" to the call of God to challenge, equip, and send dedicated lovers of Jesus into the harvest fields of the earth, including the seven mountains of society. Together they have ministered to tens of thousands of individuals in several countries of the world. After establishing and serving churches and Christian schools for almost thirty years, they began a traveling ministry in September 1999 under the name Open Heart Ministries. This ministry consisted mainly of speaking, teaching, preaching, and prophesying in conferences, camps, retreats, churches, ministry schools, and homes.
More recently, they also founded an Illinois-based ministry called Kingdom Sending Center after hearing a clear word from God during a Heidi Baker meeting in Chicago. Ben began writing revelatory books in 2000, and has published 23 of them since then. His newest book is THE KINGDOM BUILDING CHURCH – Experiencing the Explosive Potential of the Church in Kingdom Building Mode. Ben and Brenda now live near Sacramento, California, close to most of their five children and twelve grandchildren.
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