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"The RIVER and the SCHISM:
A 9-Day Prayer Focus"
(Pray that God will Insert His Will Rather than Man's!)
With all the waters rising and rivers flowing, and societal structures changing, we must have revelation on how to interpret the times. The level of contention that is brewing in this land is overwhelming. You hear the concept of revolution and revolutionaries being discussed daily. This nation was birthed on revolution and will see revolution again.
This political election seems like the two women in the Bible arguing over the one live baby (I Kings 3). There are some that have a righteous heart for the Lord. There are others who are motivated by political ambition, a Judas spirit. May the "one" who has the true heart of God for this nation be exalted by God and come into a new place of nurturing and leadership for our nation.
How we vote is how we will be visited. I do know the people of this nation will be allowed by a Holy God to choose their future. We could make a choice that would be detrimental in days ahead. As the word of God says in 1 Samuel 8, the nation of Israel chose a king. In 1 Samuel 8:18 the Lord warns the people that if they choose a King that is not His choice, the following would happen: "And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the LORD will not hear you in that day."
The Rift or Schism
We are now determining our future. The real danger is the Lord turning His ear away from us in days ahead because we make a choice that is against His will. Kingdom people must do the will of God. We are a nation above other nations. Concerning this nation, the picture below is a great reflection of what I see ahead of us.
Notice in the picture the river and the rift or schism. I recently met Pam and some of my children at the Grand Canyon. I had been ministering in Las Vegas and then drove to meet them for one day before we proceeded on to Phoenix.
When I was viewing this magnificent display of God's power and creation, I saw something. What I saw quickened in me and reminded me of what I saw in August 2007. It was then that the Lord began to show me a nation divided.
He has continued to deal with me from an intercessory standpoint to get prepared for a great schism that is coming to this nation. On May 31, 2008, I was ministering at the major gate of this nation in Liberty Park, New Jersey, and as the Spirit of prophecy began to fall I exclaimed what our nation would look like in the future. I have not yet had the liberty to discuss all that I saw.
As my family and I looked at one of the incredible viewpoints on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Lord spoke to me and said, "A new type of river is now rising in this land. This River will create a schism unlike anything this nation has ever known before." Be prepared - this nation as we know it will no longer be the same. In the Hebraic Year 5769, the Year of the New Wineskin, we must be prepared for the structure of this nation to change.
A schism is a division or disunion of mutually opposed parties. In Ecclesiastical understanding, a schism occurs when a formal division or separation occurs where some doctrinal or administrative difference in one sect of the Body creates an offense resulting in division. Division is the opposite of multiplication.
I Corinthians 12:20-26 states, "But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you'; nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need.
"But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." (NKJV).
A rift means to burst open or split. A rift is an opening made by splitting. This can be like the picture you see above or can occur from a break in friendly relations or difference of opinion. We can agree to disagree without condemning each other.
I see the River of God that has been released from the heavenly realm creating a new place for us to stand and cry forth for His power and glory to come into the earth.
The River of God
"Rivers" and "waters" are frequently used in Scripture to symbolize abundance, as of the grace of God (Psalm 36:8; 46:4; Isaiah 32:2; 41:18; John 7:38), of peace (Isaiah 66:12), of good things of life (Job 20:17; 29:6), and of God's providence (Isaiah 43:19-20).
The fruitfulness of trees planted by rivers is figurative of the permanent prosperity of the righteous (Psalm 1:3; Jeremiah 17:8). However, rivers can also be related to affliction (Psalm 69:2; Isaiah 43:2). The drying up of rivers represents God's judgments (Isaiah 19:1-8; Jeremiah 51:36; Nahum 1:4; Zechariah 10:11), as can their overflowing (Isaiah 8:7-8; 28:2,17; Jeremiah 47:2) and moving outside of its originally intended boundaries.
How the water gushes or flows indicates a message from the heavenly realm by the Father-God of creation to His people. How to enter the "Harvest Waters" is of utmost importance to understand at this time in history. This is a time of violent praise. This River must rise! We are nation that has many factions within it. I share much about the blood war in God's Unfolding Battle Plan.
Watch this winter! Winter torrents sometimes come down with great suddenness and with desolating force. Get ready for accelerated changes that will begin this winter. What we see in the natural will become spiritual. That river will become torrential and devastating to some and refreshing and moving to others - bringing us to a new place of harvest. The river of God is stirring the fish. They are coming to the surface. The Lord will fill our nets if we will creatively stand in the rising river and not fear being swept away.
God's river is life. His life always overcomes death. There must be a fresh release of His Kingdom River in America. Ezekiel 47:9 says, "Everything will live where the river goes." This river even has power to heal nations (see Ezekiel 47:12 and Revelation 22:1-2).
Saying we need a release of the river of God is another way of saying we need a fresh outpouring of His Spirit. Nothing else will break this spirit of death and political schism that is rising in this land. We must return to the Lord. This means to repent, which means to change our minds. We must repent for having divisive political leanings that cause us not to represent the God of Righteousness in our choices we make. We are a nation above all nations and must always represent His Kingdom in our actions in the earth.
Stand Firm! Do Not Run!
I love reading about Elijah. James said that we have an emotional make up like him. I have been studying the end of 1 Kings 18 and the beginning of 1 Kings 19, and asking the Lord for revelation over the "Baal" structures that would oppose our nation. Elijah faithfully carried the word of the Lord in his heart until the time came to intercede, bring God's word into the atmosphere, and produce change. After the birth of the next season, he established himself in the gate of the nation. However, the strongman, Jezebel, made a decree that opened his eyes to the demon rule in the nation.
I Kings 19:3 says that he "SAW" her threat. That means that the demonic forces behind her threat could be seen in the atmosphere. He "saw" the demonic forces empowering her threat and could not stand before them. This caused him to vacate his position of victory and flee. He needed new strength from a new word of revelation that would produce a new faith so he could continue to stand.
Stand firm, do not run! Wait for the next word, and we will see a generation arise that will overthrow the Jezebel structure in the land. Babylonian spirits have brought great confusion into this land. There is something coming of God that will look confusing but will produce a new order in this land. We must not compromise or rearrange our support for God's covenant land. Babylon is shaking. We must stand in our relation with Israel and watch God produce a people in this land who will stand for our future. Stand and command these spirits that would negatively direct our government to be blown from their position of influence.
9-Day Prayer Focus
Nine Days for you to Make the Shift that God is Requiring NOW in our Lives at the Crossroads of History and the Blending of the Generations:
Day 1: Develop His MIND! Read Philippians 2 and Romans 8. Don't lean on your own understanding. You will never make the right choice with your limited knowledge. Philippians 2:5-8 says, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus...who made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant...He humbled Himself and became obedient."
Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Don't let satan's scheme fashion you into one who thinks like the world. Don't let outward appearances deceive you, causing you to miss what God is doing. We must prove the voice of God, and practice in everyday life what God's will from Heaven is declaring to us.
Romans 8:7 says, "The carnal mind is in enmity with God." Declare that the Lord will put His finger on every area of carnality in your thinking.
Day 2: Learn to express His heart! Memorize and Mediate on Proverbs 29:18 and 2 Chronicles 20:20. Prophecy is expressing the mind and heart of God. Let the Lord deal with your emotions. Invite the Spirit of God to subdue your emotions so His heartbeat can be heard. Declare that all self-pity and hope deferred is being removed from you. Command bitterness and unforgiveness to leave your soul.
Express the heart of God in your thinking. Don't let inordinate affections cause inappropriate alignments in your life. The heart can have weights or attachments. I declare a "free" heart over you. Without correct prophetic revelation we perish.
Day 3: Change your atmosphere! Read Matthew 13. Speak faith! Jesus could do very little in Nazareth because the atmosphere was so filled with unbelief. Jesus was the all-powerful God walking the earth, capable of signs and wonders, yet the atmosphere in Nazareth created a barrier for His intervention. Break the negative atmospheric presence around you by prophetic declarations of victory!
Day 4: Do exploits! Optimize resources! Memorize Daniel 11:32 which says, "...the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and do exploits for God!" Remember to "optimize." That means to see things from a positive standpoint. To do exploits means to take the resources you have and create new resources or bring them into a new level of fullness. This is one of the things that God means when He says to optimize resources.
Read Psalm 30 and Genesis 1-2. In a Mudslinging Year (9, the Hebraic character Tet, means Mud and Mire), take all the mud that is being slung and be creative. The Lord was creative with mud. He made us from it!
Day 5: Watch for the "suddenlies!" Read 2 Chronicles 29:20-36. We've heard about the suddenlies happening, but now they manifest. If hope deferred and weariness is ruling you, you will miss the time when our Lord moves on your behalf. If fear is influencing you, you won't understand when God starts breaking through on your behalf. The process that you've been going through is moving toward a SUDDENLY!
Day 6: Learn the process of going "OVER"! Read Isaiah 54 and memorize verse 17. We must have an "over" mentality. Overtake or be overtaken. Overthrow or be overthrown. Overturn or be overturned. Overcome or be overcome. Be sure you are being overseen. Also, define the sphere that you are overseeing!
Day 7: Develop a Kingdom mentality! Read Mathew 11, 13 and Luke 9, 13.The Kingdom of God is within you. We build the Church, but we get keys to the Kingdom. Study the Kingdom. Matthew 11:12 says, "...now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force."
The Kingdom advances in victory. This occurs through violent spiritual conflict and warfare. Fear not! The Church is God's warring agent. Worship and war! The Kingdom increases. Understand the sword and the fire because they are both important in the battle ahead.
Day 8: Find your new river of JOY! Read Psalm 30, Psalm 46 and John 11-12. Do not let the RIFT ahead stop you from standing. Praise causes Him to enthrone Himself in our midst. Jesus' display of glory to raise Lazarus from the dead created a rift. Do not let upcoming manifestations create a rift that keeps you from experiencing God's Kingdom plan.
Day 9: Experience a SHIFT in the Rift! Read Genesis 13-14. For God's covenant plan to make the next shift, there came a rift between Abraham and Lot. This was really over provision and worldly choice. A "shift" is a change of place, position or direction. A shift also includes an exchange or replacement of one thing for another. A shift is a change of gear so you can accelerate. A shift can also be an underhanded or deceitful scheme.
Therefore, in our shift, we must recognize that the enemy is plotting to stop it. A shift also entails a scheduled time. Shaking occurs during a shift. Think of a fault line. A rift is the place of dividing. God has a time where division is necessary for His covenant to come forth in a new way. Jesus said it this way: "I didn't come to bring peace, but a sword!" Let's just be sure that we, in God's Kingdom, don't use the sword on each other.
Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion Ministries
November 3, 2008 (7 PM)
Little Rock, AR
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