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Happy New Year to you, our dear readers! There are a lot of keys with "meat to chew on" so to speak in this latest word by Bob Hartley. One word describes his latest article: profound.
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The Lord's Confident Answers and Magnificent Hopes for Each Wave of Challenge
As I marveled at what I had just seen, Jesus turned to me with the most radiant, hopeful gaze and He laughed a deep belly laugh as in Psalm 2:4, "He who sits in the Heavens laughs..." as the kings of the earth made their stand against Him. He was not moved! He was not anxious, fearful or disappointed...He was radiant with joy and hope. He said, "I shed royal Blood for you. I will fulfill all My good will toward you, and I will share with you My answers. Let Me tell you what I have planned for My people. Let Me share with you the Hope Answers I will give in response to these great waves and evil leaders. I will pour them out for you; it is all My desire to give you all you need to overcome with Me."
The First Great Answer in Him:
Hope in the Power of God
As He unfolded His plans for 2011, I saw His great answer to the first wave of Economic Challenge. I saw Him handing out Great Hope Golden Keys and Advanced Tools that cause voices to shout the wisdom of His heart, which will solve small money matters and large national money matters; and He had such kind eyes for the ones in present pain, but He was unmoved by negative emotions and He stood firm in hope.
The first great answer was to soar in Hope in the Power of God to combat the prevalent hope in the power of man. I saw that many would decide this year to hope in Him for food as in Matthew 14:18-21, with creative genius for harvesting, production and supply methods. He said many would hope in Him in a loving way for supply and for clothing as in Matthew 6:28-30, and like Deuteronomy 29:5 where clothes and sandals didn't wear out for 40 years!
Many would hope in Him for freedom of debt as in Leviticus 25, and many would hope in Him for prudence and saving as in Proverbs 30:25. I saw many would hope in Him for education to teach all of these hopes that would combat the great wave of economic crisis through creative genius and inventions for supply as in Daniel 1:17. I was delighted as I saw the Body of Christ rise above this great challenge with a greater hope in the power of their God!
He said, "Believe in Me and hope in Me, then you will live in an overcoming way, period. You will be full of hope, period." So the first great answer was hoping in Him. He would be all in all for us if we would simply adore Him, focus on Him and inquire of His heart.
The Second Great Answer in Him:
Hope in True Community
Next, Jesus unfolded His great answer to the second wave of False Unity. "My people must walk out 'New Jerusalem Sermon on the Mount ways,' like Acts 2:42. I am going to satisfy love, affection and loyalty, and I am really mindful of your loneliness and I want to bring beautiful companionship and passion in areas where people don't feel cared for... It's all about this true community." He handed out golden keys and advanced tools to establish a hope in the Church that brought about true community around the honor of God, people, the next generation, prayer (great intercession), and cites and nations versus Global False Unity.
I saw this Hope in God for Community come forth like in Nehemiah's day. Jesus brought me back to my catholic neighborhood where I grew up and showed me how I had 100 families that fought for me on every level: for my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, and for my calling. He shared that this is the type of community that He would restore again, like the early Church in Acts 2:42-47. This warmed my heart with hope as I reflected on how much the community of my childhood had meant to me and how I had prayed for this same type of community for my children.
The Third Great Answer in Him: Hope in the Care of God
Next, Jesus unfolded His great answer to the third wave of a "Nanny State" (click here to read this previously posted word). He said to me, sitting on Heaven's porch swing together, "People don't understand the loving care that is personal and practical that I have for them. I fed the 5,000, and I gave My life to feed you." He wanted the understanding of His care and affections to be shared between us in such a way that we would live and die for one another, just as the Cross was His expression of the lengths He would go to care for us. This would give us hope in the care of God versus hope in the care of Man. This would release a hope in God for the nation to return to Him that would stop the Nanny State mentality.
His desire was that we would not be conformed like bricks (that are all the same), but that we would become living stones, moving out of the care of God and walking into our unique creativity and ingenuity. Then I saw many that had confidence in God that He's a practical, patriarchal Father, and Jesus showed me that there are thousands of Scriptures on practical supply in His Word! He then turned to me with a confident smile on His face and said, "I know how to support the nations, and I know how to care for My people!" He was going to put in us this year the capacity to dream and create and solve all from the heart of God.
The Fourth Great Answer in Him: Hope in God's Leaders – Hope Craftsmen
Jesus and I laughed together on the porch swing as I shared how silly it seemed to worry and be anxious for anything, having seen and experienced the greatness of Who He is and the joy and peace that permeates from His presence. My hope and confidence in Him brought Him such joy, and He said, "Just wait, I'm not finished yet! Let Me show you My answer for the fourth Great Wave of False Hopes from False Leaders. I am a happy God and I am raising up My leaders in every arena of society who will rejoice in serving the sons of men."
His Hope Craftsmen
"This is the time where I will bring forth My five types of Hope Craftsmen as in Exodus 31:1-5, and I will put them through the AAA program (Adoration, Asking of Me and Applauding others). They understand the need to build out hope in Him versus being overwhelmed by darkness."
Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship."
According to Webster's, a "craftsman" is one who creates or performs with skill or dexterity, especially in the manual arts. Jesus shared that Bezalel was one that Scripture records as being "filled with the Spirit of God." He was an anointed craftsman! Jesus beamed like a proud father as He pointed out different ones that would bring true sovereign hopes to combat the socialistic hopes of the day. These ones knew the hope of their calling in the midst of the day and they were secure in their part of the coming Hope Reformation.
Jesus showed me His Hope Craftsmen who had legal right to His authority in all realms: in education, the political arena, family, the social arena, movies and media, the military, the economic arena, and the Church. These ones would have great skill in bringing sovereign hopes in their arenas, and would bring many to understanding. He showed me that these Hope Craftsmen would be bold and would bring forth Hope Miracles and True Hopes. They are Marvelous Comrades like the earth has never seen who will live and die for one another.
Jesus said, "This is the hour in 2010–2020 where I am sending My Hope Craftsmen out on the Holy Ghost Hope Glory Train to anoint the new kings and queens in all arenas of society who need love, appreciation and hope. They will be like Samuels who anoint the Davids." Jesus said, "Now let me show you these five types of Hope Craftsmen that I am raising up in this hour..."
"Big Diverse Love" Hope Craftsmen
First, He pointed out the ones that He called the "Big Diverse Love" Craftsmen. They carried the mantle of Jesus to deliver entire people groups. They could craft love and hope out of every difficult situation, and never saw themselves as victims. They would gladly lay down their lives for others. They brought many into a confident assurance of the goodness of God in the midst of the waves of challenge. I saw several Dutch women among others that were this type of Hope Craftsmen.
"Wise Governmental" Hope Craftsmen
Second, He showed me the ones that He called the "Wise Governmental" Craftsmen who were given authority by God over governments. These ones were like Solomon in 1 Kings 3-10 who could craft an entire kingdom by relying on the goodness, character and wisdom of God to build as true kings and queens of Him. Solomon had more wisdom given by God than any other man before him or since, but what overwhelmed the Queen of Sheba was his practical wisdom in God's holy, hopeful ways in the daily affairs of the kingdom and how he attained that wisdom in the house of the Lord:
"When the queen of Sheba perceived all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her." 1 Kings 10:4-5
"Patriarchal and Matriarchal" Hope Craftsmen of Families
Third, Jesus showed me the ones He called the "Hope Patriarchal and Matriarchal" Craftsmen of Families who brought forth the most intimate reflection of God as one who brings orphans into a loving family like the parable of Luke 15. I saw these ones exclaiming, "It's a wonderful life!" and they were filled with a patriarchal, hopeful, eternal, heavenly perspective above the clouds of doubt and despair and they walked out the Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy wherever they went. They were able to craft a radiant hope within families and they transformed the circumstances around them by a greater force – the force of Who God is. They brought forth the Malachi 4:6 reality in their families that began to impact their communities, churches, businesses, and eventually their cities and nations.
"He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse." Malachi 4:6
"Wealth Creation" Hope Craftsmen
Fourth, Jesus showed me the ones that He called the "Wealth Creation" Craftsmen. These ones brought a great Hope in God's Economy, or the nuptial reality where we are the spouse of Christ that He gives all for... There is such a great place of affection as co-heirs of all His riches as a Bride is – to rule and reign and steward with Him out of such rich love.
These ones were able to craft resources and supply for nations in crisis as Joseph did in Genesis 41:47-49. I saw these ones were given great foresight in years of abundance and indulgence, like our nation experienced in the roaring 20s, to foresee the famine that would follow, as the Great Depression did in 1929, and plan accordingly. I saw that Warren Buffet was one of these Hope Craftsmen. I also saw Che Ahn in this group, and he was helping Christians in the marketplace find their unique role in creating wealth for the sake of the vulnerable ones of the earth.
"Hope Builder" Craftsmen of the Church
Fifth, Jesus pointed out the "Hope Builder" Craftsmen that would help the Church enter into the greatest heights of love. They would help bring forth the Church as the true companion of God with great virtue of holiness and hope. They had a fierce dedication to Jesus Christ being revealed through His people. I saw ones in this group who were helping those who were not disciplined with credit cards and had racked up $50,000 a year for 15 years and now were up to their necks in debt. Additionally, these ones would help the Body of Christ to enter the Ephesians 4:13 attainment of "...the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ."
The Fifth Great Answer in Him: Hope in the True Kingdom of God
As we sat together on the porch swing, Jesus so enjoyed sharing His hopes and plans for 2011, and He had such a love for His people. After many heartfelt conversations with those He loves, He took my hand into His again, and He shouted, "A great hope in the true Kingdom of God is coming; it's major, major, major! Let me show you My answer for the Fifth Great Wave. I am bringing forth hope in the true Kingdom of God, and this is so key. It's a whole new lens and understanding of what My Kingdom is all about and its magnificence.
"My Hope Craftsmen will overcome the distant ones or the Deists of the day (because the Kingdom was first made for love, it is why I sought you out), and they will understand My desire to blanket the earth with My glory now and in the days to come." He said He was not ignorant of the challenges ahead, but these people will not be shaken because their hope is in a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.
Then Jesus began to share some of the distinctives of His Kingdom with me. He spoke of the Kingdom being the restoration of His reign through the understanding of the nature and value of who He is across cities and nations. It is a now and growing reality of the Kingdom as in Acts 3:19-21:
"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom Heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time."
First Distinctive of the Kingdom: The Secret of His Multi-Faceted Nature
He spoke of the first distinctive of His true Kingdom, which is the secret of His multi-faceted nature. He said, "It is time to really analyze deeply with your heart who I am to you in all seasons of life...because I am the whole reason for the Kingdom." He said it's about a discovery of Him as the God of all of Life in the different spheres of society: it's not about a cause and a calling but discovering Christ there.
Jesus said, "I am already in every institution; it's discovering Me there, as in Psalm 139:7-8. It is the Psalm 24:7 reality, "Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors that the King of glory may come in." He wants to be invited in to every gate and door of the city!
Second Distinctive of the Kingdom: The Secret of Appreciation
The second distinctive of the true Kingdom is the secret of appreciation. Appreciation of His heart and one another's hearts is the great nuance of love for Him. Jesus said, "Listen to Me, the rhetoric has to change immediately, and that will take great discipline. There is a wrong rhetoric and I want to change it where it is full of hope for your marvelous comrades." (Rhetoric by definition is the ability to persuade.) He shared that this will require being humble enough to get help from those you need help from and to drink from the wells you need to drink from to get there. "You must understand I arrest the human heart. I awaken it through appreciation of you and your life in Me."
Third Distinctive of the Kingdom: The Secret of His Placement
The third distinctive of the true Kingdom is the secret of His placement. These true Kingdom ones realize that men give titles, but God gives the reality of who you truly are. Jesus said "There is so much more understanding of what I did in Nehemiah's day that I want to give in this time, where significant love is displayed by families, not self-promoted but to build all."
He said that Nehemiah was a picture of Himself, and that Nehemiah had directed the people to build right where they lived, where their hearts flourish, as they were already strategically placed there. He said that a distinctive of the old wineskin is a perspective that the Kingdom is only within the Church and in order to impact the city with the Kingdom, we believe we need to bring the city into the Church. He said, "No! It should be the Church empowering the inhabitants of the city in their gates of influence."
Fourth Distinctive of the Kingdom: The Secret of Hearing His Heart
He said the fourth distinctive of the true Kingdom is the secret of hearing His heart. He tenderly and vulnerably spoke to me, "There will be those who will fight for My voice. They won't care if others think they're nuts...because I mean that much to them." The normal Christian life is walking out your life with Him by the Spirit.
He said, "The Kingdom is listening to My voice and co-laboring with My Father just like I did; I saw what the Father was doing and I did it. The Kingdom was not only displayed by the miracles I did, but by everything I did. I lived in My Kingdom and the earth simultaneously."
Fifth Distinctive of the Kingdom: The Secret of the Supernatural that Operates in His Kingdom
On the porch swing, He spoke of the past Kingdom and how the lack of power in the past would soon be a distant memory, as He would open up the fifth distinctive of the true Kingdom: the secret of the supernatural. He said we will be those who see the Kingdom differently, and then our story will change and we will be given another name, not living as paupers but brought into the palace as the wife of the Lamb, displaying His power and beauty.
He said, "There is a leaning and stepping into a supernatural Kingdom that is available to you where angels have been given to fulfill My will on the earth. The angel armies have been given as co-laborers with you to help fulfill the building of the true Kingdom on earth. Consider Psalm 91:11, John 1:51 and 2 Kings 6:17."
Jesus Calls Us to 40 Days of Asking the Right Questions for 2011
He said, "I've made some of My greatest statements toward you. Will you respond and seek Me? What questions are you going to ask Me about the vows I've made to you? Ask Me if I'm enough. I've given you a lot of thoughts to deepen this understanding so you become a force of hope and this becomes integrated in you at the deepest level." I felt the urgency of the invitation, so I asked Him why it was important to ask Him questions. He said, "Asking Me questions and dialoguing with My heart is the greatest way to love Me."
Then He said, "It is also My process," and He showed me in Scriptures, like Ecclesiastes 5:1, that drawing near to listen has always been the process and pattern of Scripture: "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong." He shared several occasions from His time on earth where He had asked a question of someone in order to get to the heart of a matter, like with Peter (John 21:15-17), with two blind men (Matthew 20:32), and with a rich man (Mark 10:18).
He then shared that there were right and wrong questions, and sometimes right questions could be wrong if asked at the wrong time. So I asked Him, "What are the right questions for us to ask You for 2011?" He smiled at this question (I think it was the right question to ask!) and He began to share with me His plan to prepare His people for 2011 and the next 10 years. He gave a call for the whole family of Christ:
"Take the next 40 days and first adore Me to get your hearts and minds above the clouds of doubt and despair and see Me rightly as the 'bigger than' God. Then ask Me the deepest heartfelt questions from a place of hope and belief and faith."
The Right Questions to Ask
Then He began to share some of these deep, heartfelt questions that we were to ask. I'm not going to give you all the questions He gave me, He will give more in the days to come, but here are a few to consider for now:
• "Ask Me, 'Will I be the Hope Craftsmen who will hope in the power of God over the power of man?'"
• "Ask Me, 'Do I love and believe in God and Your wisdom plan?'"
• "Ask Me, 'Who are the ones who will bring forth hope in God as our source and the beauty of His extraordinary gift in human beings?'"
• "Ask Me, 'Who will bring forth hope in God and will build using God's unity as living stones who unite around the heart of One who lived and died for us, versus Nimrod and false unity created around materialism and need?'"
• "Ask Me, 'Who are the false hope leaders and how do we help them to become acquitted and how do we love them and bring them into the Kingdom of God?'"
• "Ask Me, 'Who are the true hope leaders and how do we get them the advanced tools and the blueprint of Him that they need for the days to come?'"
• "Ask Me, 'What are these advanced tools and these agreements of hope, the hope journey and the hope reformation that God is bringing forth, which will obliterate the five waves of trouble and bring five tremendous waves of blessing?'"
The Advanced Tools of Love and Hope
In response to this last question, Jesus gave several hope answers and shared many advanced tools of love and hope that He will give to produce the force of hope to secure a Bride and Hope Craftsmen for Him. He showed me that many of these advanced tools were already in my tool belt, and He instructed me to share them with others. The first advanced understanding and tool was the Journey of Hope. Its worth is beyond gold and silver and fully unlocks hearts. There is a royal pathway as in Jeremiah 6:16, "Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls..."
Advanced Tool of Hopeful Prayer
Then He shared the second advanced tool of Hopeful Prayer (adoration and asking), which is a "greater than" weapon as in Jeremiah 50:25. He said we must learn how to pray in hope so that we can be His confident companions. It is the Psalm 27:4 reality of adoring and asking: "One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple."
Advanced Tool of the Hopeful Patriarchal Prophetic
On the porch swing, He shared His desire from the first commandment to "Hear O Israel" like John the Beloved who leaned His head on Jesus' chest to hear His heart (John 13:25). This is the third advanced tool He shared with me: the Hopeful Patriarchal Prophetic, which is a whole new way to hear and speak in the days to come! It is the ability to see history and the future through the "above the clouds" lens of Jesus. It helps us to see the way He wants us to see.
Advanced Tool of Marvelous Comrades
With great joy, Jesus shared the fourth advanced tool with me: marvelous comrades versus commiserate friends. He said, "I never desired you to be lonely. That's why there is so much covenantal language in Scripture." I exploded with desire for my family and community to come forth. He then showed me types of marvelous comrades that are to help guard us from false loyalties and help to position us rightly.
Advanced Tool of New Definition of Worship and Kingdom Callings
Then He shared with me, "I desire to place all into their own vineyard, providing each with their own vine and fig tree."
This was the fifth advanced tool He shared with me: a new definition of worship and Kingdom callings that gave understanding and application for the Hope Craftsmen to unlock each one's unique worship and Kingdom calling in Him in every arena of life.
Advanced Tool of Hope Miracles
The sixth advanced tool He shared with me was hope miracles. "I desire to give you greater grace through the power of a testimony, and others will be advanced into the force of hope when they hear the testimonies of those who have walked into hope in different arenas and seen miracles come forth."
The Hopeful Invitation
Then, on the porch swing, Jesus asked me the most profound question, "Do you really know your story? Please take My invitation." Then He explained that this hopeful invitation is for the whole Body of Christ to enter into for the next 40 days, beginning January 1. The invitation is to not only pray but to specifically review the word, then ask the questions together, and then simplify your life so you can focus on getting deep in the questions and answers.
Do this with marvelous comrades on the deepest level and focus on becoming a hope leader so you might be in a place to steward what God wants you to steward in your life and in the lives of others around you, for the sake of the Kingdom. Your goal is to bring people into a brighter future in God in building the Kingdom!
Three Days of Conversation
After these 40 days of asking Him questions, Jesus said to "Come together for three days of conversation with Me and one another to share what I have said. I will roll out a blueprint from Heaven that you cannot imagine and you will sing, 'O barren one, you will have more than you can imagine.' It will not be like the past where people have been afraid to come together because of wounds and not being on the same page. I promise that such a work and dialogue of hope and love will come out as you share what you heard when you asked these questions. It will bring forth a knitting of hearts and a force of hope that cannot be broken."
He said, "You will be amazed at what I speak to you! You will get the greatest of results and you will put your hands into My hands. You will become hope leaders that lead people into the brightest future to overcome these waves and advance the Kingdom in ways you could not even begin to dream of."
Let's join together on this journey of hope!
Deeper Waters Ministry
About Bob Hartley: Bob Hartley is the founder of Hartley Institute/Deeper Waters Ministry in Kansas City, Missouri, inspired through a dream the Lord gave to Bob more than a decade ago, where the Lord spoke that the "The youth of this nation are diving into 'shallow waters' of the knowledge of God, and it is killing them!" Bob's heart is to take this generation deep into the knowledge of God through hopeful, heartfelt prayer and intimacy with the Lord, and opening up their ability to hear from His heart and partner with the God of All of Life in every arena and season of the soul.
Bob served as a pastor at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle before entering the marketplace in 1983, with a vision to see the marketplace redeemed and cities established that value and love the person of Jesus. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Hartley Group, a "Hope Center" for the marketplace, consisting of Hartley's Executive Cleaning, Swift Chemicals & Supply, Prize Properties and H&H Management in Kansas City, Missouri. Bob is a frequent speaker to youth, churches, businesses and national leaders throughout America and the world. His quest has been to bring the Kingdom of God into every arena of life and give spiritual tools and equipping to those seeking to know and love God in the midst of their everyday lives. Currently, Bob resides in Kansas City with his wife and four children.