Prayer Alert: Tensions
Rise as "Massive prayer assembly" Planned at Jerusalem's Temple Mount
August 8, 2005
A Jewish Temple Mount group known as Revava is
planning in one week, Monday, August 14th, to hold a "massive prayer assembly
for the rebuilding of our holy Temple on its historic site" . . .
by Aaron Klein / Aimee Herd reporting : Aug 8, 2005 : World Net Daily
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August 8, 2005
"PREPARE THE WAY"
by Rick Joyner
greatest sign of the return of the Lord is recorded in Matthew 24:14:
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in
the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come."
An acceleration of transformation is now going on in the Church in order to prepare
the way for this gospel to be preached and this prophecy fulfilled. The greatest
force for truth is now being assembled for this purpose.
There are true, last-day prophets and apostles already living among us. Most are
still immature, but they are here, they are maturing, and they will soon be released
in power. Their commission will be foretold by the earth itself suffering spiritual
contractions, so that all who dwell on the earth will tremble. God is coming to
shake things up.
This "gospel of the kingdom" is not the same
as the gospel of salvation, commonly referred to as "the gospel" which has been
the primary message of the Protestant and the Evangelical churches for the past
five hundred years. It is now time to understand the gospel of the kingdom, how
it is distinguished from the gospel that has been preached, and how
the message of the church is about to change so that it is preached throughout the
We also need to examine the way that the gospel
of salvation has been perverted in recent times, changing it from Him coming to
save His people from their sins, to Him coming to save His people from their troubles.
This is why so few remain in the faith after their "conversion." The only true salvation
comes from the conviction of our sins and our profound and desperate need for the
atonement of the cross of Jesus Christ. Anything other than this is a wrong foundation
that cannot stand. He did not come to deliver us from troubles, but rather the opposite.
When someone comes to Christ, he or she needs to immediately be prepared for
troubles, as the whole fallen world will be against them.
and restoration are all part of the gospel of the kingdom, and these are reasons
for which the kingdom is coming.
Without question, the Christian life is the most fulfilling, wonderful adventure
that anyone can experience in this world, but it is also the most difficult life
that can be lived on this earth. When people come to Christ, they need to be prepared
for battle from the first day. If they are not prepared for this,
they are very unlikely to remain in the faith, as the glaring statistics of those
who "come to Christ" that are lost again to the
world should boldly teach us.
When we are born, it is not the goal of our lives, but only the beginning.
Likewise, to be born again is not the ultimate goal of the gospel; it is the beginning
of the greatest quest and journey toward the full maturity of what we are
called to be. It is now time for the Church to go on to maturity, and this must
begin with our message. It is the greatest message of hope, but also a call to battle.
To preach the gospel of the kingdom does not
in any way negate or denigrate the gospel of salvation. In fact, it is the gospel
of the kingdom that leads to true salvation, which is why the Lord Jesus Himself
preached this gospel, as well as the first century apostles. Redemption, reconciliation,
and restoration are all part of the gospel of the kingdom, and these are reasons
for which the kingdom is coming. However, the gospel of the kingdom does include
more than the salvation of believers -- it is the message that the rightful King
is coming to take over.
Those who are born again with the hope of salvation may be changed, but those who
are born again in order to see the kingdom will be so changed that they are a "new
creation" (see Galatians 6:15) -- which stands out in great contrast to those of
the old creation. Just as the first century Christians stood out in stunning contrast
to all who lived in their time, the radical faith that is about to be revealed through
such radical Christians will cause the whole world to stand in shock and awe.
Recent studies have revealed that modern, Evangelical Christians are really no different
from non-Christians in basic moral and integrity issues such as honesty, cheating,
and immorality. That is about to change. As the Lord warned in John 15, every branch
that does not bear fruit will be cut off. If you receive anything from this bulletin,
heed the following clear warning from Galatians 5:16-25:
"But I say, walk by
the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
"For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;
for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that
"But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
"Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions,
factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn
you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not
inherit the kingdom of God.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
"Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions
"If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit."
Again, we can know for sure that those who practice
such things as are listed under the works of the flesh "shall not inherit the kingdom
of God." The scariest thing in the world should be if we are doing these things
and getting away with them. As we are told in Hebrews 12, the Lord disciplines
His children, and if we are without discipline, then we are not His.
The Gospel of the Kingdom
The gospel of the kingdom is not just the gospel of our atonement, but it is the
good news of the kingdom of God and the declaration that the King is coming to establish
it here on the earth, beginning with us. To be saved with a vision of our salvation
is good, but it is man-centered. To be saved by a vision of the kingdom is an enlistment
into the army of the coming King. This is not a matter of "majoring on minors";
each has very different consequences and different fruit. When the gospel of salvation
is preached, we are compelled to "accept the Lord" and, often, it is done as if
we are doing Him a favor. When the gospel of the kingdom is preached so that His
kingdom is seen, we will bow the knee begging His acceptance.
As the Lord instructed His people to pray for
nearly 2,000 years, His kingdom is going to come, and His will is going to be done
right here on the earth just as it is in Heaven (see Matthew 6:9-13). This prayer
of so many millions for so many years -- the prayer that the King Himself gave us
to pray -- is going to be answered. He wants to start with us. That He came to be
our Savior is something we will marvel at for eternity; however, He did not just
come to be our Savior, but our King . . . There is a difference.
The coming of His kingdom is the greatest hope
that has ever been preached on the earth. There is no hope found in any other religion
or any philosophy of utopia that is as great as what we have been given to proclaim.
As the troubles of the end of this age increase, the light of the hope of His kingdom
will shine brighter and brighter. Now is the time to fill our lamps with this oil.
The earth will be restored to its former paradise
so that there is no more war, sickness, dying, hunger, or even pain. The lion will
lie down with the lamb, children will be able to play with cobras, and no one will
hurt anyone else. This is the greatest message of hope that the world has ever heard.
The gospel is not just "good news," but it is the greatest news -- the greatest
message OF A FUTURE -- that the world has ever heard. Our message must change from
proclaiming that the end is coming to proclaiming that the beginning is coming.
He Comes to His Temple First
This is a sure promise, and the time is near
for its fulfillment. The kingdom of God is surely coming to this earth, and soon.
However, it can
come to us today! We can live in the kingdom now, and those who begin to proclaim
it will do this as true citizens of this kingdom. As we read in Revelation 3:20,
the Lord has been standing at the door of His Church, patiently knocking to see
who would open to Him, but the time is near when He will suddenly burst into His
temple and take over. His Church is then going to be His body who does His will,
speaks His words, and does the works that He did.
Soon we will know the
difference between what was truly born in the heart of God, and that which was born
in the hearts of men.
We may think this is what we have been doing -- following His leading in everything
-- but, in truth, few have followed Him in much at all. Many wonderful things have
been done in His name, which the Lord has blessed, but He will bless many things
that He will not inhabit. There have also been many terrible -- even diabolical
-- things done in His name.
Soon we will know the difference between what
was truly born in the heart of God, and that which was born in the hearts of men.
He is going to cleanse His temple, destroy the idols that have been set up there,
and drive out the money-changers. He is then going to rebuild it so His church is,
in fact, His church -- His body of which He alone is the Head.
Great changes have been happening deep
in the heart of the church for years. These are about to accelerate, resulting in
such a great transformation that it will be viewed as the greatest move of God in
His people since the Day of Pentecost when He first poured out His Spirit on the
Church. Like the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, it will begin with a remnant
that has been very close to Him, but it will quickly get the attention of the rest
of His people in every nation. These will also begin repenting of their ways that
have in fact caused them to reject Him and live contrary to His will. Just as John
had to preach repentance before Jesus came the first time, a great repentance is
going to precede His second coming.
The sword of the Lord will sweep over the whole
earth and remove from among His people all who are not bowing before Him. He will
remove the arrogant and the stumbling blocks. When we see this deep repentance even
touching the most highly visible and influential leaders of the Church, we can begin
to expect a radical transformation of the Church so that true, New Testament Church
life as the Lord intended can be re-established on the earth. Then the Church
will not be known so much for its organization, facilities, or even its message,
but it will be known as the place where the living God dwells. His people will
be continually in awe of Him, and the rest will be in awe of His people.
Many of the things that
have been high and lofty in the Church will be brought down, and things that have
been kept in low esteem will be exalted.
Another sign that His kingdom is near will be the mountains being brought low, and
the valleys and low places being raised up. Many of the things that have been high
and lofty in the Church will be brought down, and things that have been kept in
low esteem will be exalted. The message of the cross and the crucified life will
be the first to be lifted up. The messages that have promoted presumption, self-seeking,
and selfishness will be brought low. The messengers who promote them will likewise
Through the coming repentance, a great and profound
maturity will come to the Church. It will be such a radical change that Christians
will claim that they have begun to see the kingdom of God and even the King for
the first time. To a large degree, this will simply be the result of getting our
eyes off of ourselves and turning to Him. Instead of the Church being so focused
on building itself, it will begin to focus on preparing the way for His kingdom.
This reorientation from self-focus to that which is greater will, in fact, do more
to build the Church than all of our self-focus was ever able to do.
Even so, this great repentance will result in
a great pruning of the Church. Many will not be willing to make these changes. The
recent split of many denominations around basic issues is but a small foretaste
of what is coming. Those who are more devoted to institutions or organizations than
to the Lord will have a hard time, and many will not make it. Even so, those who
do must press on.
In a relatively short period of time, the Church
will become more brilliant and powerful than it has ever been. The branches that
are cut off from it will wither and die very fast. Do not die with them. Our allegiance
must be to the Lord and His kingdom, which is bigger than any denomination or movement.
When denominations turn from the Lord and His Word, it is time to turn from them.
From Control to Authority
There have been many messages that have come proposing to be the gospel of the kingdom,
but, as Robin McMillan observed, most of these messages have somehow been about
how to control people. Indeed, a control spirit has not only entered into many of
these teachings, but has sat in the seat of authority in much of the Church since
the first century. There is still a great deal of confusion in the Church on the
issues of authority, but that will soon change as a true authority is raised up.
Obeying the Lord and His delegated authority is important. The Lord Himself explained
that if we call Him "Lord," but do not do what He says, we are building on a foundation
that will surely collapse (see Luke 6:46-49). Therefore, obedience to Him as the
King is crucial for being a true messenger of His kingdom.
However, the way in which the Lord preached the
gospel of the kingdom actually said very little about authority and obedience, but
rather He demonstrated their power over the conditions on earth.
For example, when the Lord saw a cripple it was
as if He said (I am paraphrasing), "You know, there are no cripples in
so watch what happens when the kingdom of Heaven touches this cripple on the earth."
Then the cripple would be made whole.
When He saw a multitude hungry with no food,
it was as if He said, "You know, there is no lack in Heaven, so watch what happens
when Heaven touches these few loaves and fishes . . . "
The condition of Heaven would touch the circumstances
on earth and prevail over them. In this way, the authority of the kingdom
of Heaven was demonstrated to be greater than any authority or condition on the
earth. He told His disciples to go and live the same way so that they could
preach the same message.
He promises those who
are faithful to bring the whole tithe into His storehouse that He will pour out
a blessing which they cannot contain . . .
It is noteworthy that when the Lord turned the
water into wine or multiplied the fish and loaves, He always made too much!
Of course, He did this purposely to demonstrate the abundance of His kingdom.
He did come to give abundant life! He promises those who are faithful to bring
the whole tithe into His storehouse that He will pour out a blessing which they
cannot contain (see Malachi 3:8-12). Likewise, the apostle Paul affirms the same
in II Corinthians 9:6-8:
"Now this I say, he
who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully
shall also reap bountifully.
"Let each one do just
as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves
a cheerful giver.
"And God is able to
make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything,
you may have an abundance for every good deed."
Life in the kingdom is one of abundance, having
"all grace" abounding to us, "all sufficiency in everything," and "an abundance
for every good deed." However, this is not just for our consumption, but for service.
It is also in Spirit and power, which is why the apostle Paul wrote:
"And my message
and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of
the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but
on the power of God" (I Corinthians 2:4-5).
"For the kingdom
of God does not consist in words, but in power" (I Corinthians 4:20).
The message of the kingdom is about the King.
The office of king is obviously about authority, but the authority of the kingdom
of God is not about beating people into submission. In John 18:36 the Lord
said, "My kingdom is not of this world."
His kingdom is from above and, in many profound ways, not like the kingdoms of this
world. Most of the doctrines concerning the kingdom, and even those which have been
declared to be the gospel of the kingdom, are very hard to distinguish from the
kingdoms of this world; they have very little evidence or demonstration of being
from the realm of Heaven. What is coming will be different.
The foundational purpose of the coming gospel
of the kingdom will not be about getting people to line up and obey. It will be
about healing them, feeding them, and transforming their minds by such demonstrations
of the goodness of God that people begin to love Him, His truth, His righteousness,
and His justice . . .
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