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"The Transcript of the Joint Resolution
of Apology to the Native Peoples"
May 12, 2005
In a previous article about the Resolution
of Apology to the Native Peoples, we passed on a prayer alert concerning the matter
from Chuck Pierce. Just today we received a transcript of the actual resolution
and after viewing it myself, I felt it was important to make available to our readers.
This initiative will be addressed, refined, and put to a vote by U.S. Congress sometime
in the coming weeks, so that gives us time to pray about the measure. I believe
it can be a real catalyst in bringing healing and restoration in the relationship
between Native and non-Native American people and could very well be an important
key in the healing of the country overall. - Aimee Herd, Breaking Christian News
: May 12, 2005 : NativeRes.org
The transcript follows . . .
May 12, 2005
Activity Released to Judge That Which is Holding Back the Destiny That is Over You"
by Todd Bentley & Charlie Robinson
In this teaching, we will examine the angelic realm and how to get into position
for angelic encounters that go hand in hand with God's desire to release the fulfillment
of His promises in our lives. We'll close by joining together to carry out three
worth repeating -- God's Word always reflects His personality and character. Just
like a patient father goes to great lengths to help his children, so does our heavenly
Father go all out to help us win the race that He designed for each one of us to
run (Hebrews 12:1). One of the most significant sources of help that God created
for mankind is the ministry of His angels. However, the church's understanding of
the angelic realm today is quite limited so I'm going to share several keys about
how we can welcome and also be ready for the angelic realm that God wants to release
into our lives.
THE SET TIME
I had a recent encounter with the angel called "Promise" who comes at the set time
to announce the fulfillment of a word that we have received from the Lord. There
is something about this angel's presence that shakes those things loose that have
been tied up and held back in the spirit realm.
I believe that this angel's visit is connected
to the set time we are in now concerning God's desire to execute vengeance on His
adversaries as well as His desire to fulfill His promises in our lives. Many believers
are waiting for their prayers to be answered. Christians have been saying, "God,
You spoke this word over our church and over our region." Or, "God, when am I going
to see the things You promised me through Your prophet?" So I want you to think
back to a prophetic word, a dream, a vision, or a promise, because the Lord showed
me, in the spirit, that the answers which have been tied up and held back for years
are going to break through to fulfillment. Things are about to change!
ANGELIC SUPERNATURAL INTERVENTION
Just like Daniel experienced a hold up in seeing the fulfillment of the word of
the Lord, so have many of us. What God had intended to release to Daniel the first
day was held up for 21 days. It took Michael, the archangel, to break through and
say, "Daniel, God heard you on the first day. The first day the answer was already
released in heaven, but it took 21 days to bring it to earth" (Daniel 10:11-14).
How about 21 years, or 6 years, or 10 years? God
wants to release the angelic realm to do battle on our behalf so that what has been
held back, even for 20 years, is going to be released. It's going to show up with
salvations in our families and with financial breakthroughs. Incredible things that
we haven't thought about, all of a sudden, are going to be knocking at our door.
This applies corporately, as well as to individuals, and there will be a fulfillment
of prophetic words, dreams, and destinies that have been hanging over the Northwest
for 20 years.
The angelic realm is coming in supernatural intervention to bring the answer we
have been waiting for to our door! Let's remember the story of the apostle Peter
knocking on the door after the prayers of the saints released the angel to free
him from jail (Acts 12:5-13).
The saints were praying all night for Peter. They
prayed fervently because he was in prison and he needed supernatural intervention.
Their prayers released the angel to go into the prison to help him escape. When
he came and knocked on their door they couldn't believe he was really there! (vs.
We're like that too! We're so used to praying for
a breakthrough and waiting for it to happen that when the answer is at the door
we can't believe it! I've noticed that those with the seer gift usually see so much
about the future that they really don't expect anything today. Listen. Angels are
going to intervene in our circumstances. All we have to do is open up the door and
let the answer in! I'm talking about what we've been praying about for years!
Did you know that there are angels in heaven that not only scribe and record, but
there are angels who interpret and give us understanding of dreams and visions?
Gabriel came to both Daniel and Mary (the mother of Jesus) to bring understanding.
He oversees a host of angels in heaven that help men, women, and prophets in particular,
understand world events, times and seasons. He is also the angel that comes during
a major transition like when Jesus was to be born (Luke 1:26-33).
I believe that we are in the midst of a move of God and that Gabriel is coming because
we are about to break into something new. There is about to be an increase in angelic
activity. Feathers, diamonds, gold dust -- a lot of what has come in the past is
coming again stronger because we are about to break into something new. I don't
know exactly when it's about to hit and I don't know how it's going to hit, but
I know it's not just going to hit one place.
POSITIONING FOR ANGELIC VISITATIONS
We're going to discuss three different angelic encounters from the Bible that all
have similar key characteristics. This will help us get into position for an increase
of angelic supernatural activity, visitation, and intervention. We'll examine in
detail the encounter that Abraham had and then take a brief look at the encounters
that Gideon and Lot each had.
Abraham had several encounters with the Lord, but I want to talk about the one that
is described in Genesis 18:1:
"Then the Lord appeared to him
by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat
of the day."
God appeared to Abraham by the terebinth trees
of Mamre. Mamre means firmness, strength, and fatness. God
visits in the place of strength and fatness and with those who are living in the
fullness of the anointing. Is your spirit in a place that is strong? Are you focused?
The anointing is a prophetic picture of strength and firmness.
Terebinth means landmark, burial, and judgment. God chose to
visit Abraham in the place called landmark, burial place, and judgment. That is
the place where God comes in blessing. Firstly, every time God would supernaturally
visit the patriarchs, they would make a landmark by building an altar to mark the
place where heaven opened and God came down. Bethel was a landmark for Abraham and
it was marked as a geographical place that triggered an open heaven. Abraham went
back Bethel (Genesis 13:3-4) to the exact place where he had previously called upon
the name of the Lord and where he built an altar (Genesis 12:8).
Initially, when Abraham chose to move his tent by the terebinth trees of
Mamre in Hebron (Genesis 13:18), which in the spirit is the place of firmness and
fatness, he built an altar to the Lord there. There is something about when God
sovereignly chooses to visit a city and it becomes a landmark, but there is something
about when we choose a city and build an altar and God comes because of what
There are times in which God will sovereignly just
move in revival and say, "I'm going to put this city on the map!" But there are
other times where God says, "I'm going to visit you because of what you build."
Whether God called us to have revival in Abbotsford or not, we will surely have
revival. God will come because of the altar we've built.
Today, there are designated places -- landmarks -- found in cities, churches, and
ministries where God sovereignly chooses to visit. Modern-day landmarks are Toronto
and Pensacola, because God visited these cities. As well, when many believers think
about Abbotsford, they are reminded of Fresh Fire Ministries and Fresh Fire conferences.
For them, Abbotsford is a landmark where believers come and encounter God's presence
because God is visiting there.
So what is Abraham doing by choosing to move by the terebinth trees of Mamre? He's
building a landmark! And so God visited him in the very place in which he built
his altar (Genesis 13:18). Now, when God chooses to visit Abraham and release the
promise (Genesis 18:10), where does God come? To the place that Abraham built. Why?
God honors landmarks.
"BURIAL" AND "JUDGMENT"
Secondly, terebinth means burial place. We have to die to ourselves, our agendas,
and ideas in order to make room for a visitation from the Lord or from His angels.
There has to be a burial!
Thirdly, terebinth means judgment. Examine me, God. Try me. See if there is any
error in my way. We don't always understand why the Lord is examining us. When
the Lord appeared to Abraham by the terebinth trees, He took on the form of a man
(Genesis 18:2). Abraham saw three men standing opposite his tent. This was a test.
We'll discuss this later in this teaching under Angelic Encounters Bring a Test.
When Lot encountered the angels he did the same thing as Abraham!
"But he [Lot] insisted
strongly; so they [angels] turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made
them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate." Genesis 19:3
Lot actually got into an intense discussion with
the angels because they wanted to spend the night in the square, but he insisted
strongly that they come with him to his house. Little did he realize that his concern
for the angels, in the end, would save his life and the lives of his two daughters,
because the angels personally escorted them out of Sodom before it was destroyed
(vs. 12-22). [Lot's wife died because she didn't follow the angel's instructions
BECOMING "UNLEAVENED BREAD"
Now let's take a look at Gideon's encounter with the angel of the Lord.
"The Angel of the Lord
came and sat under the terebinth tree . . . " Judges 6: 11
There it is again! We're talking about Gideon,
not Abraham! Where does God visit Gideon? Under the terebinth tree. God visits landmarks
and burial places. Gideon wanted the angel of the Lord to stay and to give him a
sign that it was God speaking to him and sending him into battle against Midian.
So Gideon did the same thing that Abraham did!
"So Gideon went in and
prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he
put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under
the terebinth tree and presented them." Judges 6:19
In all three angelic encounters (with Abraham,
Lot and Gideon), there is the same response. Here is the similar key characteristic
that will help us get into position for an angelic encounter -- each one knew how
to entertain the angelic realm. They knew how to position themselves for the angelic
visitation. Abraham, Lot, and Gideon all prepared unleavened bread for their heavenly
guests. There was a feast going on in all three angelic encounters. Each feast symbolizes
"The Feast of Unleavened Bread." Isn't it interesting that this Feast also represents
Passover and the Last Supper (Luke 22:1-20). I believe that when all three men prepared
unleavened bread, their hearts were prophetically in agreement with the very essence
of the Last Supper when Jesus shared unleavened bread with His disciples saying,
"This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance
of Me" (Luke 22:19).
It is fitting that they did not prepare bread with leaven because leaven represents
iniquity, lust, hypocrisy, uncleanness, wickedness, false doctrine, religion, and
legalism. So we need to take this to heart because before the angel can come to
our house, we have to get rid of the leaven! God wants unleavened bread! The apostle
Paul knew this and he advised the Corinthians:
"Therefore purge out the
old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed
Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us." I Corinthians 5:7
It's like Paul is saying that we need to examine
ourselves; there must be a consecration in our lives in order to prepare ourselves
for a visitation. Let's not miss this! God is looking for those who will examine
themselves and allow the Holy Spirit to shed His light on their sin and then take
the necessary steps to get rid of the iniquity, the lust, and the hypocrisy.
So there is something about prolonging visitation by baking bread! Sitting down
and eating with people we don't know, or with people we do know, builds friendship
and intimacy. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door
and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and
dine with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20).
If we want to have angelic visitation and have
God come (and prolong our visit when God does come), then we need to learn how to
sit down, eat and drink with Jesus. There has to be a place of intimacy.
God always chooses terebinth trees -- landmarks, burial places, and judgment --
of Mamre -- the place of firmness and fatness. God is looking for people who are
strong in spirit, people who are pressing in, and for those who are building an
altar. Where did God visit? He came to the altar that Abraham built. The altar represented
Abraham's attitude of worship, prayer, fasting, and pressing in. Abraham came to
a place and said this place is going to become a landmark. I came to a place
ten years ago, Abbotsford, and I built an altar there. I've been calling on the
Lord ever since, and now God is starting to come and visit because of what we've
been building, and He'll continue to come.
ANGELIC ENCOUNTERS BRING A TEST
However, it needs to be said that the Lord usually comes disguised and the only
way we can recognize Him is when we have the eyes of our heart opened by the Spirit
of God. So often we mistakenly expect to see the Lord on a white horse or a glorious
angel like Gabriel decked out in all his shining splendor.
The apostle Paul says,
"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some
[you] have unwittingly entertained angels" (Hebrews 13:2).
Without knowing it, how we treat the stranger is
a test as to whether God will visit us with an angelic encounter or pass us by.
How can we have heavenly visitors if we can't remember the poor? How can we be trusted
with supernatural revelation and heavenly encounters if we don't give consideration
to the stranger and the afflicted.
The fact is, most of the time we don't feel comfortable
with the stranger. But how we treat the poor, the widow, the broken, the lost, and
the stranger will determine whether or not we are in the right position to receive
a visitation from heaven. So let every opportunity you have to bless the poor be
an opportunity to serve and bless Jesus, because you never know if "they" are angels!
When the Lord appeared to Abraham He hid Himself in the package of three normal
men because He wanted to see what kind of treatment He was going to receive. Listen.
If we knew an angelic visitation was going to happen at a certain time and place
we'd have the best of everything ready! But the fact is we never really know when
angels will show up and we never really know how they're going to look. So we always
have to be ready. And the test is when the broken and stinky street-person comes
and needs ministry. This "person" might be an angel!
DON'T DESPISE OR DEVALUE THE PACKAGE THE MESSAGE
It's clear that Abraham was ready in his heart before the Lord and the two angels
even appeared to him because he literally ran to them (Genesis 18:2)! Instantly
his attitude was warm and he asked them to stay. Nothing was going to stop Abraham
from blessing them with a foot washing, offering them a shady spot to rest up, and
then preparing a great meal. Sometimes our heart is ready to run right into God's
purposes! Have you noticed also that sometimes our heart is ready, but our mind
kicks in and argues? It's like our spirit recognizes God or an angelic encounter,
but our mind hasn't caught up with the reality of the experience.
The encounter that Abraham had here is absolutely crucial because it's in this visitation
that the set time comes to confirm and release the promise that Sarah (his wife)
will be holding her son at that same time next year (Genesis 18:10-14). Listen.
It is possible to miss something that God has for us if we despise or devalue the
package the message comes in. Jesus, Himself, and the two angels came to Abraham
in the form of three normal men. We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in order
to be ready and then recognize God and His angels when they come to visit us. The
Lord and the two angels were ready to come and leave right away. Abraham's answer
to the test was, "Please, stay a while." Is that the cry of your heart when the
Holy Sprit shows up? Do you hope that the encounter will never be over?
Isn't it interesting that the next thing God says is, "Shall
I hide from Abraham what I am doing?" (Genesis 18:17). Should I continue
to hide our plans from Abraham my servant or should I bring him in on what we are
doing? [So obviously he passed the test because he is invited into a conversation
about Sodom and Gomorrah.] Abraham, I'm thinking about coming down and destroying
these cities. Would you like to be in on that because I reveal my secrets to my
prophets? You are one of my friends now because of the way you treated us when you
didn't know exactly who we were.
ANGELIC ENCOUNTERS COME WITH A COST
We want the supernatural, but are we God's friends, ready to give whatever it costs
us? Are we going to sacrifice ourselves and pay our vows? We need to examine our
lives and make some decisions. It's the place of judgment, but it brings us into
the place of blessing. It's going to cost us something.
When God visited Jacob in a prophetic dream there was an open heaven, angels ascending
and descending (Genesis 28:10-15), and Jacob marked the spot where he had the encounter
-- he made a landmark (v. 18). He vowed that if the Lord would look after him and
bring him back to his father's house in safety, the Lord would be His God and He
would give the Lord one-tenth of his wealth (vs. 20-22). Can you imagine? Twenty
years later God shows up and says, Hey Jacob! I'm the God of Bethel! Get back
to the landmark! Get back to the place! And by the way, fulfill your vow. I want
the money! (Genesis 31:13) You see, it's going to cost us something. We won't
have a visitation without a burial in our life. Something has to die, change, shift,
What's your cross? I've asked God for an increase in the anointing, but when I ask
for an increase I know that more will be required of me, because with every increase
comes a requirement. So God responds with, What are you going to give? I'm going
to come to your house with three angels and not tell you they are angels, because
I told you a year ago I was going to come with the promise and I want to see if
you remember what I told you a year ago! I'm going to show up at your house disguised.
Why? Because I want to see what you're going to do when I come.
So, I want to ask several important questions. What are you prepared to give to
see your set time come to pass? If you're asking for more, then God is asking,
What will you give Me? Where is the goat? Where is the sacrifice? You want Me
to visit you and to stay? Do you want angelic activity to increase in your life,
your church, and your city? I'm about to release angelic assignments, but there
is a test in the promise. I'm coming and I want to know how you're going to welcome
Me when I come. I want to know what kind of sacrifice you're going to make.
What did you promise God? Have you paid your vow
yet? If you haven't fulfilled your vow then that could be hindering your destiny!
What are you prepared to give for the increase? What are you prepared to give for
the promise that is waiting in heaven?
We need to be like Abraham. He knew exactly what to do when the Lord and the two
angels came by. He was ready to give. He was in the right place in the natural and
in the spiritual. He built the altar, he was in a place of prayer, and he was calling
on the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:8). He positioned himself in a place in which
God would come and stay awhile, in a place of firmness and fatness. He realized
that he would have to change things in His life when God came, but he was willing
to pay the cost. God responded by releasing the set time (Genesis 18:10).
IT'S THE SET TIME TO PRESS IN
The set time or the appointed time comes to fullness exactly when God decrees. For
instance, at the set time on the day appointed by God, Jesus came into the synagogue
in Nazareth and read a particular passage from the scroll of Isaiah. He told everyone,
"Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing"
(Luke 4:21). That passage of Scripture was there for hundreds of years, but
there was a set time ordained by God when those particular words would be fulfilled.
Just like it was at the set time when Jesus fulfilled the words spoken from the
book of Isaiah, I sense that we are at the set time right now to make decrees and
see destiny and prophetic words come into fulfillment from today forward.
There is a shaking that is coming to the Northwest. I believe that the fulfillment
of God's promises for the Northwest is coming right now. We are saying, "God, open
up heaven! Come down! Shake; bring judgment, because it's going to release blessing
and answered prayer. Just move whatever you need to move, but let there be supernatural
intervention because I want the answer banging on my door." Listen. It's going to
happen quicker than we think.
This very day the angel could come. We may not see the angel or angels, but the
effect of their intervention is going to be released. I want you to think about
this with me now. What are the top two prophetic dreams that you have on your list?
It's the set time for the answers to come. It's going to be there on the computer
or on the telephone! The check is going to be in the mail and the property is going
to sell! The investment is going to come through. Your son and daughter are going
to get saved. That miracle is on its way! Revival is about to hit! There are pastors,
leaders, churches, and ministries that have been building altars for 12 years, 15
years. This is the year that God visits those very places. Believe it!
How long did Jacob wait? Twenty years! There is that number again. There are angels
in heaven that are ready to add incense to our prayers and mix the prayers with
the fire of the altar and then take the golden censer that is on the altar in heaven
and throw it to the earth (Revelation 8:3-5). It's answered prayer coming down!
Mark my words, this message will be confirmed with some natural event, because as
answers and blessings come down from heaven, judgments, voices, lightnings, and
an earthquake come with it (Revelation 8:5).
God is making His name known against His adversaries (Isaiah 64:1-3). He's judging
the very thing that's been holding back the promises from their fulfillment. The
very principality that Daniel faced, that held up his answer for 21 days, God judged
it by sending the archangel, Michael (Daniel 10:13). There is going to be angelic
activity released to judge the very thing that is holding back the destiny that
is over your city, region, nation, or church. And there is power in this set time
to pray it through.
God has come with a promise again and again for
our lives, for our cities, and over our regions! We want to receive it! The next
time the angel visits us, this angelic encounter will be different than all the
other angelic encounters! That's because it's not the word being spoken and then
repeatedly confirmed. The angel that is coming is the angel that comes to release
the set time! Let's go for it in the spirit today!
Start preparing your sacrifice, the price, the cost -- whatever it costs! I see
destiny hanging in the spirit realm being released and coming down in our lives,
our churches, our region, and in our nation. Let's prepare ourselves to go deeper
and higher, and let's prepare ourselves to live in the supernatural. Let the angelic
presence that we've been sensing today, let it increase. Let it come in dreams and
in visions at this set time! We're going to position ourselves before the Lord in
a way that is pleasing to Him because He is coming to the terebinth trees of Mamre!
RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PRAYER
So I want to invite you to lift up your voice today and pray. There is power from
God right now to pray through, to worship, and to make decrees. Let's cry out to
the Lord and lay hold of this appointed time, this set time, for the fulfillment
of God's promises, and untie them today as we pray.
Also, there are many believers reading this teaching who live in the Northwest somewhere:
Washington, Oregon, and California. We need to pray! Really pray that God will spare
the righteous! You know, when we walk in righteousness, principalities and powers
are weakened substantially! God can judge His adversaries through the righteous
living and righteous acts of the saints. We'll pray into this in a few minutes.
Remember, Abraham was in the right position not only for a visitation from the Lord
and angels, but he was also in the right position to hear the secret counsel of
the Lord. The Lord was about to judge the principalities and powers promoting wickedness
in Sodom and Gomorrah. So He said, "Shall I hide from Abraham
what I am doing?" (Genesis 18:17). Abraham was brought into the situation
and, not only that, he was personally involved because his relatives lived in Sodom.
So we're going to carry out three prayer assignments. The first one is that we're
going to ask the Lord to release the angel of promise (who comes at the set time
to announce the fulfillment of a word that we have received from the Lord). Second,
we're going to make a decree. Third, we're going to stand in the gap.
Father, we declare today that we want to build an altar in our heart that is
marked by prayer, fasting, and worship because we are desperate to see Your kingdom
come and advance in our lives, our cities, our churches, and in our region. We want
this altar to be soaked in purity so that we're in the right position to make our
requests to You and then to issue a just decree.
Father, loose the set time, the promises, the dreams, and the visions today in the
heavens! Let there be encounters, angelic encounters, angelic activity, supernatural
intervention in our lives today. God, let the angel of promise come right now. Let
the angelic realm that oversees prayer in heaven be released. Release the angel
that sends back the answer. Let them fulfill Your Word. Let them do what You promised.
Let them bring forth the manifestation of the answer.
Many of us have come to understand that you love decrees of justice, God. So together
we want to decree that You will come and oversee this set time for the fulfillment
of our destiny and those prophetic words and promises that you have given us. Thank
Father, we're drawing near with confidence to Your throne of grace so that we may
receive mercy and grace to help in a time of need. There's nowhere else to go. We
see the upheavals that are happening in the earth today and, in these upheavals,
we see Your hand judging Your adversaries, those principalities and powers at work
that promote wickedness.
We cannot help but also see many souls struggling in the valley of decision -- those
whose consciences are not completely seared. We also see Your children who know
You. Father, when Your judgments are released against principalities and powers,
many people could die. We want to stand in the gap at Your throne of grace and contend
for the salvation of the lost who don't know You, because Your word says that when
Your judgments are released there will be some who will turn to You and learn righteousness
(Isaiah 26:9b). And we want to stand in the gap like Abraham did and contend for
the lives and safety of the righteous who do know You.
May both groups receive mercy from You and repent. Please come with a spirit of
repentance, O God. May those who don't know You repent and turn to You for salvation
and may those who do know You repent for not walking with You with pure hearts.
You said that if Your people who are called by Your name would humble themselves
and pray and seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways, then You will hear
from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land. When we turn from our wicked
ways and walk in righteousness then the principalities and powers are weakened substantially.
Lord, then powers of wickedness are judged through righteousness prevailing in the
land. O God, you are always looking for ways to release your mercy and so we pray
that righteousness would prevail so that Your judgments come without a great loss
of life. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
by Todd Bentley
Todd Bentley's Upcoming Itinerary:
June 22-25, 2005
Strategic Keys Breakthrough Conference
Glad Tidings Church
3456 Fraser St, Vancouver, British Columbia
July 6-9, 2005
Joel's Army (West Coast)
Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly
3145 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford, British Columbia
Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations were taken from the NKJV.