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By Mike McClung
Feb 9, 2007

February 9, 2007

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Steve ShultzKing Uzziah and God's Order

Isaiah 6:1-9: "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: 'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!'

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: 'Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.' Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: 'Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.'

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me. And He said, 'Go, and tell this people: "Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'"

During a period of 21 days of fasting and prayer at the beginning of 2007, I heard the Lord say, "This is the year that king Uzziah dies." Uzziah, whose name means "my strength is Jehovah," was a good king who faithfully followed the Lord until the last two years of his reign. For some reason, he decided that he wanted to either leave his appointed and commissioned place as king to offer sacrifices as a priest, or he wanted to add to his office and responsibilities those that pertained only to the priesthood.

For this he received a rebuke from Azariah the priest (2 Chronicles 26:17-20), and instead of repenting and returning to his calling, he got mad, and in turn, was struck with leprosy. Instead of repenting and accepting his God-given authority and position, he lusted for more and died an unrepentant leper.

This year, the Lord will begin to set His body, His leaders, and apostolic government in order. We must heed the Word of God and the voice of the Holy Spirit and come into proper alignment. We must begin to get "seated" in the middle of God's will for our lives, families, churches, and regions in order to prepare for the governmental order of the Lord to be established. The Kingdom of God is about to break-in upon us as we have never seen before. If we will make the necessary adjustments and realignments, we will see the glory of the Lord and receive divine strategy to mobilize the body of Christ.

Vision of the Glory and Strategy Released

sunraysIt is interesting to note that when Uzziah was removed, the throne of God was seated and revealed in the "Church" (temple), and the voice of the Lord was heard by the prophet. Deep brokenness and repentance came with the fear of the Lord, and Heaven's mandates were heard along with the accompanying commission to carry them out. I believe that it was not necessary for Uzziah to have died, and if he had repented and had come into proper alignment, he, too, would have experienced what was released.

There are many ministers, ministries, and churches that are actually hindering the full revelation of the Lord and His purposes in the Church and in the earth. When He is revealed, true transformation begins, both inwardly and outwardly. There is a clarion call for the five-fold ministry and the body of Christ to come into proper order and submission, and to embrace the specific calling and mantle that each one of us has.

Hebraic Year 5767--The Year of the Sword

"Once we take our proper places, and embrace and function in our proper roles and callings, the council of Heaven will be seated in our midst."

As my friend, Chuck Pierce has pointed out, this year is the year 5767 on the Hebrew calendar. Chuck has beautifully revealed how this year is the year of the release of the "sword" of God's word, as have many others including Bob Jones has said in his "Shepherd's Rod." The is a year of completion and recovery. The same was true in the year king Uzziah died.

In a recent TN State Apostolic Council meeting with Dr. Peter Wagner and Chuck Pierce, I relayed that I had heard the Lord say that this was the year when Uzziah died. Chuck smiled, and said that the year spoken of in Isaiah 6 was also the year of the release of God's sword, corresponding to 5767 and 2007. It is interesting that all of this was being revealed and spoken during a state apostolic council meeting.

Our TN (Tennessee) Apostolic Council is composed of pastors and leaders in the body of Christ from all across the state. Tammy Alsup heads up the convening, coordination, and administration of the Council. The state of Alabama also has a council, with whom we had a joint meeting in Memphis on January 26. It is my understanding that TN and AL are the only states in the union that have state apostolic councils.

During this council meeting, it was revealed that Isaiah 6 is a specific "prophetic type" of what the Lord intends to do this year. When Uzziah was removed, the throne of God was revealed and established in the midst of the Temple. This represents the Council of Heaven being established and convened on the earth because the way had been prepared, and earth had come into order and alignment with Heaven.

If we keep doing what's right in our own eyes, submitting to the traditions and patterns of men, and not taking our proper place and function, the Kingdom and glory of God will "remain veiled." Once we, on earth, take our proper places, and embrace and function in our proper roles and callings, the council of Heaven will be seated in our midst and over our regions.

Daniel 7:9-10: "I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; a fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened."

Note in the passage of Scripture from Daniel, it is not until thrones (plural) are put in place that the throne of God is established and the Lord seated. In verse 10, we're told that this is the "court" of Heaven, with the Lord seated as a Judge in glory. When this happens, He will deal out justice, which will restore all that has been stolen, killed, destroyed, or perverted. Judgment will come forth on evil, but for those who have aligned themselves with the Lord and His purposes, the power of God will be released in remedial and restorative blessing.

When the "Kingdom of priests" takes proper order on earth, coming into agreement and alignment with His will, purposes and order, then the court of Heaven gets seated over a life, family, church or region, and the transforming power of God's grace and justice is released over that person or place.

When the court is seated, the Scripture says, "I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the Kingdom" (Daniel 7:21-22).

When the decree of the Lord was made in favor of the saints, all of the devil's words, lies, and actions were destroyed, and the table was turned in favor of the saints. This will require night and day worship and intercession (Luke 18:7-8), coupled with God's people taking their proper place in the body, both geographically and functionally, the five-fold ministry operating in their proper calling, and apostolic councils arising to listen and decree what the Lord is saying over their area.

Apostolic Councils Arise!

Although the states of TN and AL have apostolic councils, many of those sitting on these councils, including myself, do not have city-wide or region-wide councils that are in place and operating. I have been a part of local movements in the past that have focused on prayer and fellowship, but they never evolved into what they were supposed to become--an apostolic council of pastors, leaders, businessmen, etc., that would convene to sit in the presence of the Lord and hear what He is saying and strategizing over their area. This entails much more than social action, although that is a part of the strategy.

Whether it was fear of what others might think, false humility, or something else, many were not willing to take the step to become a "voice" of strategic input into a region. Some thought this would appear to be "arrogant." Was the apostle Paul arrogant when he referred to himself as an apostle? That term meant something much different than it does today.

Many think of apostles as some holy man or woman who walks four feet off the ground and glows in the dark! Apostles are foundational to the body of Christ, both in ministry and person. The word "apostle" was the only one of the five-fold ministry that was not taken from a "religious" terminology. The etymology of the word "apostle" goes back thousands of years before the first advent, and it meant a "general" who led an army or armada into battle.

The word "ecclesia," translated "Church," came from a classic Greek word which described elected magistrates who made and decided on the policy of a city or locality. They declared war and made peace, treaties, and alliances. They were responsible for military actions and raising finances to support the work. The Church and its leadership is supposed to be ruling and reigning through intimacy, worship, and prayer (priestly function), hearing strategy (prophetic function), then training, equipping, mobilizing, and supplying the carrying out of the strategies (apostolic function).

Apostles, apostolic ministries, and councils are arising, which means the Lord is calling the body of Christ to war. And this is not a war we will lose, but win, if we get in place, submit to God's order, and obey the strategies He will release as He takes His seat as Judge over cities, regions, and nations. The power of the enemy will be broken and transformation will quickly come! (Luke 18:8).

Acts 13 Models

"It is time to come together with the expressed purpose of seeking the heart and mind of the Lord."

Acts 13:1-4 gives a Biblical precedent and model for apostolic councils operating. As the elders (recognized leaders by the Holy Spirit) came together to fellowship, worship (minister to the Lord), pray, and fast, the Lord gave clear, implicit direction and strategy. This model for apostolic councils should be embraced, but there should be much room left for allowing the Holy Spirit to adjust meeting times. Many leader's meetings that I have been a part of majored on fellowship and "backslapping." These are great and very necessary for the unity of the Spirit, but they must move on!

It is time to come together with the expressed purpose of seeking the heart and mind of the Lord. The Church must receive key strategies to execute a winning war over the souls and regions to which the Lord will call us to account.

The traditional model of THE pastor in a local church with duties centered around man must come to an end. Although each local fellowship needs strong pastoral guidance and ministry, we must recognize that there are many apostolic men and women who cannot fulfill their callings because of the demands placed on them. This needs to change and "old wineskins" must be broken off of the minds and hearts of God's people.

Many are being called to leave the comfort of the old to be released to fulfill the calling of the Lord, not only on their lives, but also on their cities and regions.

Apostolic councils are to begin convening, seeking the Lord as in Acts 13, and then releasing the decrees and strategies the Lord gives. Many with a traditional mindset will reject it, and will probably even mock and persecute it. Regardless, these apostolic councils must have the will to see this happen, because our lives and regions will increasingly depend upon it as we near the end of the age.

The Army Must Be Gathered

"The Lord is ready to be seated over entire cities, regions, and nations if the saints will adjust and align themselves."

pathJoel 3:9-13 is a passage of Scripture that is pertinent to the time we have entered. The prophet admonishes the leaders to "Proclaim this among the nations: 'Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up'" (verse 9).

As these apostolic councils begin to arise and seek the Lord together, warfare will be engaged as the Lord begins to seat Himself and His authority over their cities, states, and regions. This WILL mobilize the body of Christ as the army of God. MANY of the saints are WAITING for strategy and orders! If the leaders will get into proper place and alignment, the rest of the true body of Christ will also. As we do this, resources will begin to be released by the Lord to establish what needs to happen.

Our dance ministry director, Dolly Black, had a dream recently in which she saw me addressing a gathering that looked like troops. I was giving out specific direction, and she said that as the dream was ending, she heard me say, "There are three things an army needs...." She then woke up. When she told me this dream, immediately the Lord gave me the three things. They are:

1) Trained and equipped troops.

2) Strategy from headquarters with leaders who have authority and wisdom to implement and mobilize.

3) Resources to carry out the strategies.

One of the things Chuck Pierce is admonishing the body of Christ to do is "ask the Holy Spirit to reveal new supply lines." There is a multitude of resources yet untapped that the Lord is waiting to release to those who are desiring to see His Kingdom advance!

What happens on earth governs what of Heaven flows into this realm (see Matthew 18:18-20). Because the Lord has given the earth to men (Psalm 115:16), He is waiting on us to come into alignment with Him and His purposes. As we do, what is in Heaven will break into the earth realm. The Lord is ready to be seated over entire cities, regions, and nations if the saints will adjust and align themselves.

If His leaders will step out, and not be afraid to come together Biblically, say what they hear Him say, and then together mobilize to see His will be done, the court of Heaven will quickly be seated to release restorative justice into their regions. May it happen now!

Mike McClung, Director
Lionheart ACTS Ministries/IHOP Knoxville

Mike McClung's Biography:

Mike's mission is to unveil the knowledge of God in order that transforming grace will be released to bring reformation to the Church, and to rebuild, restore, and advance the Kingdom of God. While emphasizing proper New Testament order and a passion for Jesus in the Church, he is dedicated to the centrality and importance of intercession, worship, discipleship, and the training and equipping of the saints for the expression of the ministry of Jesus within each individual.

Mike is the senior pastor of Lionheart Fellowship in Louisville, TN as well as the Director of Lionheart ACTS Ministries, and the International House of Prayer in Knoxville, which is a ministry devoted to establishing night and day intercessory worship and prayer for the greater Knoxville region. Mike has also been involved in Native American reconciliation initiatives and forums both in the U.S. and abroad. His calling to intercede in order to "open up" ancient wells has led him to occasional travel and teaching both in the U.S. and overseas. Mike and his wife, Kelly, live in Maryville, TN and have one daughter.

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