What Is This Phenomenon?
Tim shares: "Acts 2:1-12 gives the account of Holy Spirit's descent upon the apostles and others gathered in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost. In verse 12 (TPT), Holy Spirit's entrance into that upper room is described as a 'phenomenon,' which is defined as something impressive or extraordinary; something not fully explainable or understood.
"A phenomenon began in Acts 2, when an equal member of the Godhead entered the earth realm to be with the born-again heirs and fill them with His omnipresence. He came to be our 'paraclete' (Greek), meaning the One who comes alongside to aid, support, guide and strengthen us.(1) The greatest news of this New Testament event is that while the phenomenon began in the Upper Room, it didn't end there. His extraordinary activity continues, and an even bigger phenomenon is planned in this era. The Godhead has planned another phenomenal outpouring of power coming upon the Church.
"Hell cannot stop what God promises when we, His heirs, believe and say what He says. There IS a righteous remnant decreeing what God says, and this is preparing the way for a mighty move of Holy Spirit. I know of no better word to describe what God is doing in our day than phenomenal.
"I recently had a vision regarding this outpouring. I had gone to sleep meditating on Jesus being King of kings and Lord of lords, picturing Him seated at the right hand of the Father on His beautiful sapphire-blue throne. All around Him was the transparent floor, like a crystal sea. I was envisioning Him seated in glory, regal splendor, reigning over the universe.
Jesus in Glowing, Magnificent Strength
"When I awakened the next morning, the picture in my mind had changed; I had a different vision of Jesus. He was now glowing, standing in power and magnificent strength. His might and power could literally be seen. Everything about Him portrayed strength, power and might. He was also radiant, the aura of His might emanating from and surrounding Him. (Photo via Flickr)
"This vision of Jesus standing in glowing, magnificent strength began speaking deeply to me concerning the era we are now in. There was a strong witness in my heart, and my spirit leapt. I knew a word Holy Spirit had given me years ago was being remembered by the Father. In the remembering, He was releasing power, bringing the word to its fullness of time.
"In this word, years ago, Holy Spirit began teaching me concerning angel armies and how they assist the Ekklesia. Angels are ministering spirits sent to minister to the heirs of salvation. Holy Spirit spoke several things to me during this time that I believe are now being activated:
"The first thing Holy Spirit said was, 'I am coming to lead another campaign for King Jesus, similar to Acts 2. This time, I will be bringing far more of the angel armies.' Since then, I have had visions of ten or more divisions of angel armies being activated.
Holy Spirit spoke of a Kingdom revival that would go worldwide."
The Greatest Days of Church History
"He talked about the Ekklesia, the ruling and reigning Church that represents Christ's Kingdom government on Earth. This Ekklesia influences natural governments, societies and cultures for Him. In a vision, He showed me the Ekklesia as a wagon wheel, with spokes extending from the hub, reinforcing its movement into regions. I began seeing ekklesias raised up as hubs from which Christ's influence would reach into regions, territories and nations.
"Holy Spirit branded a phrase in my consciousness which I have declared many times: 'The greatest days in Church history are not in your past; they are in your present and your future.'
"Finally, He spoke to me about an era in which King Jesus would make a stand with His Ekklesia in unprecedented measures, affecting nations. I began prophesying and declaring the era of the standing King.
"As I said, Holy Spirit spoke these things to me years ago, but just recently I had the aforementioned vision of King Jesus standing in power. Holy Spirit then whispered to me, 'This has reached its moment.'
"Allow me to define the 'Standing King' anointing. The day of Pentecost, in Acts 2, was coronation day for King Jesus. On this day, Jesus sat down on His throne at the right hand of God. At that precise moment, Holy Spirit was dispatched to the earth. Simultaneously, Father God took a ram's horn filled with holy anointing oil and poured it over the head of Jesus, officially declaring Him 'King of kings and Lord of lords.'
"We know from descriptions of anointing ceremonies in the Old Testament that the oil flowed from the head to all the body (Psalm 133:2). When this was fulfilled in Christ, His anointing oil dripped from His head onto His beard and flowed down to His body, soaking even the edges of His garments and sandals. Ephesians 1:23 (NLT) says, '...the Church is His Body...' The oil flowed down, through Holy Spirit, onto Christ's Body in the Upper Room.
"The same anointing on the Head of the Church was now upon His Body, the Ekklesia. Why? So that we, Christ's Body, could do the same works He did on Earth (John 14:12). We have His anointing and we minister in His name. This is, indeed, phenomenal!" (Photo via Unsplash)
A Fresh Pentecost
"Holy Spirit said to me, 'A fresh Pentecost will now be poured upon you. The anointing of Heaven's King, seated at Father's right hand, is now flowing in fresh ways off His head, His Body. It will drip from His chin to the outermost parts of His garment. Soaking for ministry is now being poured forth. The anointing upon the Head of the Church will be upon His Body, enabling them to do the same works He has done.
"'You are also entering the season of Acts 7, where the seated King became the standing King. Heaven's King will rise to stand with His Bride, with His royal priesthood. He will stand as Messiah the Breaker, breaking open pathways to victory. There shall be great deliverance for His people as He breaks down barrier walls of Hell with His awesome power, ensuring their overcoming victory. And through difficult times you, too, will proclaim: 'I see Heaven opened, glory everywhere, and the King coming to stand by me!'
"The Bible speaks of the 'former' (early) and 'latter' rains which were used to symbolize Holy Spirit outpourings. The phenomenal outpouring of Holy Spirit at Pentecost was the former rain. But His outpouring in the latter rain will be even greater (see Joel 2:23).The heaviest concentration of anointing occurs at the end of the Church age. I believe it is now time for this.
"The posture of our King is changing. This word from Holy Spirit said that we are now entering into a season in which we will shift from Acts 2 to Acts 7. We're moving from the seated King to the standing King. One of the purposes of standing is to move. King Jesus still has the seat of power, but He is moving in great might. The posture of the Ekklesia is also changing in order to move in greater power and authority with Him.
"Let's agree with what Heaven is saying."
Pray with Me
Prayer from Dutch Sheets: Lord, release Your anointing upon this word. We pray that the season for which we have been contending would now unfold. We declare that this is the season in which You stand, and Your anointing flowing to us will increase. Pour out Your Spirit, Lord; let Your anointing rain onto us. Make it phenomenal! Bring deliverance, breakthroughs, healings and victories. Manifest Your presence and let revival spread across the earth, reaping the greatest of all harvests. Demonstrate Your splendor and might.
As was prophesied in Psalm 2, earthly kings and leaders have made a stand against You, declaring You will NOT reign over the earth. Though this rebellion has occurred throughout the ages, it is certainly taking place now, including with many U.S. leaders. They not only oppose You, they mock You. Your Father and ours – the Supreme Judge, Almighty God, the Ancient of Days – warned them in this Psalm, after a laugh of derision, to worship You or receive Your rod of iron. Lord, draw a line in the sand. Force them now to choose submission and honor toward You, or the shattering rod of Your authority. Arise and scatter Your enemies. We ask for these things in Your great name, amen.
Our decree: A phenomenal outpouring of power is being poured upon the Ekklesia, which will result in a phenomenal harvest.
(Today's post was contributed by my brother, Tim Sheets. You can learn more about Tim at¬†TimSheets.org. To watch this full word,¬†click here.)
[Footnote 1. from James Strong, The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nashville, T: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990), ref. no. 3875.]
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The Oasis Church | Tim Sheets Ministries
Dr. Tim Sheets¬†is an apostle, pastor, and author based in southwestern Ohio. A graduate of Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, he returned to Ohio in 1979 to pastor The Oasis, a CityGate Church, in Middletown, Ohio. The site is one of the largest in the Cincinnati-Dayton area and is host to many ministries/conferences. His vision is to raise up people who will authentically demonstrate the Church on the earth and passionately evangelize the world. His heart is for awakening and reformation in America. He has written¬†Armed and Battle Ready,¬†Being Led by the Spirit,¬†Heaven Made Real,¬†Angel Armies: Releasing the Warriors of Heaven, and¬†Planting the Heavens. Dr. Tim Sheets resides with his wife, Carol, in Lebanon, Ohio. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Dutch Sheets Ministries
Dutch Sheets¬†is an internationally recognized author, gifted teacher, and conference speaker. He travels extensively, challenging believers for passionate prayer and societal reformation. Seeing America experience a sweeping revival and return to its Godly heritage is Dutch’s greatest passion. Dutch has written over 23 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. His international bestseller, Intercessory Prayer, has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the board of directors of numerous organizations. He is fondly known to many as Papa Dutch. Treasuring time spent with their family and grandchildren. Dutch and Ceci, his wife of 40 plus years, enjoy quiet walks in the woods, reading, and playing a little golf. They make their home in beautiful South Carolina.
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