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November 29, 2005
Rick Joyner: "TAKING
Are Establishing Our Eternal Place And Position Here On Earth"
Immediately after Joshua's encounter with
the Captain of the hosts, he had to face the seemingly impossible, impregnable
stronghold of Jericho. Of course, the Lord could have flicked Jericho with His
little finger, and it would have ceased to exist. But He did not want it to be
that easy. Though the defeat of Jericho was going to require His intervention,
the Lord was requiring His people to be vitally engaged in the fight for
their promises. This is because of an important basic principle:
anything that comes too fast or too easily is usually insignificant.
There are many things that the Lord wants to do for us. There are gifts He wants
to give simply because He loves us and wants us to have them. This is not to try
to devalue these special gifts or things that the Lord does for us. Indeed, the
greatest gift of all, our salvation, was a free gift that in no way can be
earned. However, it is a symptom of a basic misunderstanding about our purposes
here when Christians claim that because something has come so easily and fast
that it was God. This may be true, but except for the special gifts and things
that He likes to do for us as noted above, this is often either evidence of our
immaturity or the insignificance of what we are involved in.
As we have addressed before, the Lord could have bound the devil and established
His kingdom immediately after His resurrection, as He already purchased the
world and all that is in it. This entire age, the Church age, is for the purpose
of training for reigning for those who will reign with Him in the ages to come.
He purposely did not bind the devil because He does not want it to be easy. Easy
in this age usually equates to less maturity, less importance, or even less of a
ESTABLISHING OUR ETERNAL PLACE AND POSITION HERE ON EARTH
This will be an affront and perhaps a slap in the face to the immature or the
insecure, but it is time that we grow up and begin to eat the meat. When the
Lord said ". . . Woe to those who nurse babes in
those days" (Matthew 24:19), I think this could be
interpreted as, "Woe to those who keep their people in immaturity in these
Regardless of our own concepts or even what
we have been taught, we will not all be the same in Heaven. Scripture is clear
that there are levels and positions in Heaven, and we are establishing our
eternal place and position right here. One of the most destructive deceptions in
the church is that once you are saved, there is nothing else to work for.
I realize that those with the hunger and devotion to the things of the Lord, who
will even give themselves to reading material such as this, at least already
have a sense of this truth. We will later establish it further in the
Scriptures, but for now, we must understand that difficulties do not come upon
us as punishment, but as an opportunity.
The more difficult trials aren't because of
something we have done wrong, but because of what we are doing right. It was
because of Paul the apostle's high calling that he suffered so much. It was
understanding this that caused the other apostles to rejoice after they had been
beaten by the authorities because they had been considered worthy to suffer
shame for His name's sake.
Easy does not always equate with the favor of God. In fact, your trials are
probably a far greater evidence of His favor, as we are told in Hebrews
"My son, do not
regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by
Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son
whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as
with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you
are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are
illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to
discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the
Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed
best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His
holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;
yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful
fruit of righteousness.
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and
make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put
out of joint, but rather be healed."
For the Israelites, the process of just
getting to the place of entering their land was long and difficult. A whole
generation had passed away because they did not have the faith that was required
for taking and living in the promises. Now a great change was coming upon the
routine of their existence. In the wilderness, everything had been provided for
them. Now they were going to have to fight for their own inheritance, and the
obstacles that stood in their way simply looked impossible.
Just crossing the Jordan and then enduring the circumcision had been very hard.
The Lord did not let them wait until the floods subsided to let them cross, but
He led them across at the most difficult time, even when the river was
overflowing all of its banks. Then, they immediately had to endure the
circumcision and were humiliated and made weak in the very presence of their
enemies, while looking up at the seemingly impregnable walls of the fortress.
We are coming to the times when passive Christianity and passive Christians will
cease to exist. There is a maturity, a discipline, and a divine militancy coming
upon the people of God. Those who have succumbed to humanistic and idealistic
theologies may have a hard time with this, but we must understand that God is a
military God. The title that He uses ten times more than any other in Scripture
is "the Lord of hosts," or "Lord of armies." There is a martial aspect to His
character that we must understand and embrace for the times and the job to which
we are now coming.
AND LEARNING TO FOLLOW ORDERS
The Captain of the hosts of the Lord who has come to take over is indeed a great
Captain. The greatest commanders will always be found as having laid a strong
foundation for their victories by giving their soldiers the best training and
having them in the best shape. As it was said of the Shulamite maid, who was a
metaphor for the bride of Christ, the Church, "Who
is this that grows like the dawn, as beautiful as the full moon, as pure as the
sun, as awesome as an army with banners?" (Song of Solomon
6:10). That is what the church is about to become.
The captain would always lead the people to victory, and he would begin his
campaign by facing what seemed to be an impossible stronghold. They would learn
the way of victory from the beginning. However, to do so, they would have to
learn to follow orders--even orders that they did not understand. That is the
faith and the trust in God that would be required for walking in the promises.
There is another great change in our mentality that will come. It is often said
that the people will not come into unity without persecution. The unity that is
coming will not be from persecution. Persecution is being attacked, but what is
coming is a unifying to do the attacking--the church rising up to attack the
great strongholds of our times that have exalted themselves against the
knowledge of God. We will not continue to be on the defensive. This mentality is
going to radically change in the very near future. There will be no more retreat
before the enemies of the cross.
Let us also keep in mind that this is all spiritual and the weapons of our
warfare are not carnal. The armies of Christ are not armed with guns and bombs,
but our sword is the truth. Our resolve is to love. Our conquest of the land is
in order to set the people free, not to destroy them or take anything from them.
The kingdom is coming. The earth and all it contains is the Lord's, and He will
take it back, but far more valuable than all of the treasure and land are the
people. The people are His inheritance. The people are going to be His, and they
are going to love Him for conquering them.
The strongholds that are exalting themselves against the knowledge of God have
been set up throughout the territory of humanity. The great battles are for the
minds and hearts of people. There are strongholds in science, such as evolution,
which may now seem to have an impregnable grip on the minds of men, but they
will come down. However, the Lord is not going to destroy science--He is going
to conquer and possess it.
EVERYTHING IN CREATION SPEAKS OF HIM
All true science will lead to the Creator. As Jon Amos Comenius once said, as
sort of a paraphrase of Paul's statement in the first chapter of the Book of
Romans, "Nature is God's second book." Everything in creation speaks of Him. As
Elisabeth Barrett Browning said, "Earth's crammed with Heaven, and every common
bush afire with God. But only he who sees, takes off his shoes--the rest sit
round it and pluck blackberries." Only those who see take off their shoes. But
soon, all will have their eyes opened, and they will all take off their shoes in
The Lord is not coming to destroy the world, but to save it. The kingdom is
coming to save the earth from all of the consequences of the Fall, and not only
give the earth a future, but one more glorious than we can now comprehend. Every
evil stronghold that exalts itself against the knowledge of God will come down.
There is a war to fight, but it is a
spiritual war. The kingdom is coming to destroy war, child abuse, wife abuse,
animal abuse, environmental abuse, disease, famine, and even death itself. The
kingdom is coming to restore the earth and make it the paradise that God
intended for it to be.
There is no greater hope for the future than the gospel of the kingdom. This is
the gospel that must be preached before the end of this age can come. We cannot
allow the New Age movements and other cults to continue to hold the high ground
of hope for the future when that is our special domain. Our message is not only
one of hope for the future, but of the greatest hope of all. No other religion,
no philosophy of utopia, has a message of hope as great as the gospel of the
IF WE STAY CLOSE TO THE LORD, WE DO NOT NEED
TO FEAR THE TRIBULATION
But what about the great tribulation? What about the great time of trouble such
as the world has never seen before? These will come. We need to understand them,
and we need to be prepared for them. I once had a prophetic experience in which
the Lord showed me very simply how to be prepared for them.
In this experience, I suddenly found myself standing in front of a radar screen
on a warship, and the Lord Himself was standing right next to me. There was a
blip on the screen that was straight ahead and coming closer at a fast speed. In
this experience, I ordered the ship to turn 90 degrees to the right to avoid the
impending collision, but after we turned, the blip on the screen remained dead
ahead and kept coming straight at us.
I then ordered the ship to turn to the left
to avoid the collision, but with the same result--it kept coming straight at us.
I braced myself for the collision, but nothing happened. When I asked the Lord
what that was, He simply said, "That was the great tribulation, the great
time of trouble. You can't avoid it, but if you stay close to Me, you won't even
feel it." Then the experience was over.
The great tribulation, or time of trouble, is but a tiny blip on the radar
screen of all that is coming. It is coming, and it is unavoidable. But if we
stay close to the Lord, we do not need to fear it. As we are told in Daniel 11,
even when the "abomination of desolation"
(Daniel 11:31) is being set up, "the people
who know their God will display strength and take action" (Daniel
11:32). When this happens, the people who know their God will not be
passive; they will not be hiding. They will take action!
OVER INTO THE PROMISED LAND
There are many strongholds or deceptions that have exalted themselves against
the knowledge of God that are firmly planted in the church. These will be
removed, as the Lord promised in Matthew 13:40-43:
"Therefore just as
the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the
age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His
kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will cast
them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing
of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their
Father. He who has ears, let him hear."
Just as many issues had to be dealt with in
Israel before they could cross over and begin to posses their land, the Church
has some issues that must be dealt with before we can go any further. Some of
these issues will pass with the generation before God's people can cross over.
The emerging generation, the one that will cross over, is almost universally
examining and challenging the doctrines that led to many of the problems
suffered by the previous generations, doctrines which in many ways sowed
unbelief and kept them from entering the Promised Land. This examination must be
done, but it must be done without disrespecting those who may not have been able
to enter the land. At least they left Egypt and got the emerging generation to
the place where they could cross over.
You can examine teachings and beliefs in a way that does not dishonor the
fathers and mothers for all that they accomplished by learning from the many
mistakes they made instead of ridiculing them. As we will study, just as the
generation that crossed over made plenty of their own mistakes, pray that those
who cross over will not become arrogant. Pride always leads to a fall, and the
Lord gives His grace to the humble.
By Rick Joyner
Rick's Upcoming Itinerary:
January 4-6, 2006
Morris Cerullo World Evangelism
January 19-22, 2006
February 23-24, 2006
Passion & Fire Worship Center
Annual Prophetic Conference
West Chester, OH
"Journal of the Unknown Prophet"
A Visitation of Jesus Christ
by Wendy Alec
"We are riveted, (and riveted might be an understatement) by the contents . . .
- John & Lisa Bevere
" . . . few books have touched me like the
'Journal of the Unknown Prophet.' I highly recommend this book."
- John Paul Jackson
" . . . God has truly anointed Wendy as a prophet in these last days."
- Rodney Howard Browne
"This Journal was life to me . . . "
- Rick Joyner
|For as we enter the twenty-first century, there is a cry
that would ring out from Jesus Christ of Nazareth, as He who neither slumbers
nor sleeps, walks even today through the streets of London, Rome, New York,
Beirut, Los Angeles, Delhi, His cheeks wet with tears for a lost and fatherless
generation neither cognizant of His presence nor caring. But still He walks . .
. unseen . . . and still He weeps. Oh, and how long has He sought you,
beloved? How many nights has He stood listening silently waiting in the shadows
unseen by you? And as you lift up your tear-stained face to Him, half blinded
by the radiance from that most beautiful of countenances, He reaches out His
hand to you and His touch lingers on your cheek as He brushes away the tears
that flow. And He smiles that most wondrous of smiles. You? you mouth
soundlessly. And you hear His tender whisper: I have sought you all your
life. Through all the pain, through the loneliness, I have sought you. Each
time your heart broke soundlessly with the agony of not belonging, I sought
you. Through each rejection, through each hour of despair, I sought you. I was
there, loving you. Reaching out to you. It was Me all along. And as your
eyelids gently close, as you are engulfed in His tender embrace and the tears
fall, somewhere through the sands of time in the netherland betwixt sleeping and
waking, you recognize that familiar presence and you too know that He was
there. It was He all along.
During a ten day period in November of 1999, Wendy Alec
received a visitation from the Lord Jesus Christ. He spoke of mercy, He warned
of judgment... on the world's trading systems, on the media...Upon the church.
In two later separate visitations, He spoke in anguish of the last days
assignments against the elect. He warned of the great blinding, of seduction,
lust and Jezebel and the great falling away...
This is the extraordinary record of His discourse.
He Speaks of Mercy
That where you have counted to no man, beloved, you are
exceeding more value than rubies to Him. That where no man takes you up He
comes with His mighty arm of mercy and compassion. For the Master Himself would
whisper to your heart. Dearly beloved you are not forgotten.
He Speaks of the Media
It is to you, television network magnates, it is to you
Hollywood - you shall give account of your empire. For you broadcast lust, you
broadcast violence and millions of souls perished...
Journey into Heaven
Jesus took my hand in His and together we stepped
through the entrance. Immediately my senses were engulfed with the myriad
sounds and sensations of Heaven. Jesus and I kept walking, still miles away
from the pulsating brilliance of my Father's throne...
The Unleashing of the End-Time Seducing Spirits
And suddenly it was as though a heavy, heavenly veil was
drawn back in the Spirit realm and I saw the satanic princes in their
battledress standing in their chariots directing the great mass of hellish
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Volume One - MERCY
- The Desert Place
- On Being Passed Over
- To Those Who Have Been Wronged
- To Those Experiencing Weariness
- To Those Ensnared By Sin
- To Those Leading Desperate Lives
- To Those In Times of Grief
- Run to Me
- To The Abandoned Ones
- To Those Suffering Depression
- To Those Who Have Been Betrayed
- My Healing Touch
- To Those Who Have Been Misjudged
- To Those Who Are My Friends
- To Those Who Have Been Forsaken
- To Those Bound In A Homosexual Lifestyle
- For Those On The Point Of Giving Up
Volume Two - THE END-TIME MINISTRY
- To The Evangelists -- A Peculiar Grace
- To The Teachers -- A Quickening
- To The Pastors -- The Spirit of Faith And Revelation
- The Prophets -- A Terrible Company
- The Apostles --The Rising
- The Intercessors
- To The Pastors, Elders and Home Cell Leaders -- The
Great Joining And New Power For Evangelism
- Stadium Evangelism
Volume Three - THE CHURCH OF THE LAST AGE
- Prepare For A Time Of Suffering
- Prerequisites To Healing, Miracles And Power In The
- The Harvest
- End-Time Nations:
- China---The End-Time Dynasty Of The Son
- The Arab Nations---Visitation Of Jesus
- Israel---My Beloved---The Father Speaks
- To Germany
- Israel---Betrayal By Her Allies
Volume Four - JUDGMENT
- My Father's House---A Place Of Whoredoms
- Judgment Against The Shepherds
- The Present-Day Leaders
- To Those With Crooked Tongues
- The Word---An Idol In Men's Hearts
- Judgment On Those Who Serve Mammon
- The Spirit Of Treachery
Volume Five - BABYLON
- Judgment Upon The Media
- Judgment Upon Politicians
- Judgment Upon The World's Trading Systems
- Judgment Upon The False Secular Church
- To The Politicians, Lawyers, Media Moguls, Business
Executives And All Who Have Forgotten
Volume Six - THE FATHER
- Beyond The Veil
- The Son's Yearning For The Father Revealed
- The Voice Of The Father
- The Vision
- Journey Into Heaven
Volume Seven - LAST DAYS ASSIGNMENTS AGAINST THE
- The Unleashing Of The End-Time Seducing Spirits
- The Falling Away
- The Great Blinding
- Pride And Self-Righteousness
- Discouragement And Strong Delusion
- Seduction, Lust And Jezebel
- The Coming East Coast Revival
- The Entrance Of The King
- Scripture References
Alec's calling to the Body of Christ to work in
the area of Creative Evangelism in the media, has been integral in the
pioneering and establishing of Europe's first Christian Television Network - GOD
TV. Wendy had originally intended to keep her identity as the Unknown Prophet
anonymous - hence the lack of an authors name on the front cover. She
explains: "I sensed during the writing of the journal that I dare not touch His
glory; that these are not my words - this is not my work." That her identity is
revealed here is for reasons of accountability alone.
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Pickling in God's Presence
by Todd Bentley
This CD, the latest in Todd Bentley's soaking series, is sure to take you into
the glory and presence of God. Todd says he believes this is his best and most
anointed CD project so far. In this recording you will hear Todd speaking
powerful soaking prayers over inspiring instrumental sounds and sweet female
vocals. Titles of some of the tracks include: 'Waiting on the Lord,' 'Intimacy,
Fruitfulness & Anointing,' 'Drinking by Faith' and 'Marinating.' This CD is
recorded for those who want to be saturated with the presence of the Holy Spirit
and whose hearts long for deep intimacy with Jesus.
While recording this CD in Kelowna British
Columbia, Todd experienced visions and visitations of the Supernatural Realms of
Todd, his father Dave Bentley, as well as
others present in the recording studio felt the tangible presence and anointing
of the Lord in a new and exciting way. The tangible presence and anointing is
transferable and is definitely captured on this very special recording.
Drinking by Faith
The Esther Anointing
Waiting on the Lord
The Promise of His Presence
The Ark of His Presence
Praying in the Holy Ghost
Intimacy, Fruitfulness, & Anointing
Holy Spirit spoke to me a few years ago and said He was raising up a new, young
champion named Todd. He would be a raw young man with fresh faith, anointing,
power, fire and zeal -- the full-blown package. It's there; it's there." James
Goll, Leading Prophetic Voice, Author of The Seer, Founder of Ministry to the
Nations; www.jamesgoll.com "Todd is the
real deal." - Dr. Che Ahn, Senior Pastor, Harvest Rock Church, Pasadena, CA.,
CEO of "The Call", author of Into the Fire
has been my delight to serve on the board of Todd Bentley's ministry advisors.
I've been able to watch this young man from the early days of his ministry. God
has placed an awesome anointing upon Todd's life. I believe he is a forerunner
of a new breed that God is now raising up - part of a breed of believers with
great grace and anointing." - Bobby Conner, Founder of Demonstration of God's
love Todd Bentley's ministry and everything about it. Rarely have I seen such a
gift of faith in operation almost all the time. His faith is so contagious. When
you're under Todd's ministry, you feel like you can go anywhere and do anything.
No problem or obstacle is too big. He's so inclusive. He wants everyone to go
with him all the time. To me, that's how Jesus would be." - Stacey Campbell,
cofounder of New Life Church, Praying the Bible International and Revival Now
Bentley is a prophetic sign post of how in this end time hour, God is
supernaturally raising up men and women who will literally change the course of
history. Todd is not only a sovereign vessel, but he lives in a sovereign time.
The supernatural grace and the amazing acceleration that mark his life are not
only available to him, but also to you - if only you will grab hold of all that
God desires to give you! - Jill Austin, Founder, Master Potter Ministries,
Author of Master Potter and Master Potter and the Mountain of Fire
known Todd for a number of years and he is the most radical, faith-filled young
man I've known in the whole wide world. He's just out there going for it. He's
true blue to the Word, the Spirit of God and to the body of Christ. I'm excited
about Todd and Fresh Fire and about their global outreach to mobilize the body
of Christ. I encourage you to stand with this ministry and be partners in the
harvest." - Patricia King, Extreme Prophetic Television, cofounder of the War
Room and Christian Services Association;
Todd Bentley, his wife, Shonnah and their three
children, Lauralee, Esther and Elijah reside in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. In his
late teens, Todd had a dramatic encounter with the saving power of God. This
experience brought Todd out of a lifestyle of drug and alcohol addiction without
cravings or withdrawal symptoms. Todd's miraculous conversion to Jesus was much
like the Apostle Paul's on the Damascus road.
The passion of Todd's life and ministry is to
see others set free through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and to see them
come to the reality of an intimate relationship with Jesus. He also desires to
see Christ's body healed, equipped and rising up in the power of the Holy Spirit
to fulfill the great commission. Todd ministers prophetically, corporately and
personally. God has released an increase of the healing anointing into Todd's
life to the point where the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Jesus still
heals every sickness and every disease.
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"The Torch and the Sword"
by Rick Joyner
The Torch and the Sword continues the
message that began in The Final Quest and continued in The Call. It is a call to
live the greatest adventure for the most noble purpose. It is not for the faint
of heart, but for those who desire to live as true knights of the cross,
refusing to retreat before the great darkness of our times. It is for those who
will stand with courage and resolution for truth, righteousness, and justice, as
messengers of the age to come. These are the ones who Enoch prophesied would
come with power in the last days, and who are now awakening to their destiny.
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