Sorrow, great sorrow has entered the heart of God because rejection continues to exist in the hearts of the Christian community in the form of carnal minded religious rules and laws. These rules and laws are of the sort that deny the power of God while replacing His truth with doctrines of humanism instituted by man, under the banner that these humanistic doctrines are God’s final word to man. In this, they continue to rebel against the continual revealing of God’s desire to make Himself known in a greater way. To make Him known in greater measures, God reveals and gives understanding concerning His hidden mysteries, which He has purposed to make known in these last days. The rejection of these revealed truths causes great sorrow in the heart of God and His body of people. Why does such a place of rejection exist among such a large portion of the Christian community? Will not God’s word speak to us and uncover a mind-set, which, embedded so deeply in man’s hearts, it finds strong feelings against further revealed truths from His word?
Has it not been heralded across the land, that God has purposed to usher in His greater glory, in bringing forth another generation that would serve Him in the fullness of spirit and in truth? For this cause, an enemy opposes all that is of God. Therefore, warring against this next generation God’s enemy seeks to keep them from their birthing into that place of God’s intended glory. In recognizing this truth, let us consider the children of Israel, the example God uses in revealing to the church the many defeats or victories that the church would and does encounter. Because of continual rebellion against God, the children of Israel became captives to serve the kings of Babylon. This captivity continued until Persia’s king captured Babylon and in their capturing Babylon, God eventually gave Israel favor in the eyes of Persia’s king, who then gave instructions for Israel’s return to their own land (that is for those who desired to return). In their return, they received instructions to rebuild the temple and restore the proper teachings on temple worship. This time of restoration began to uncover the many sins that existed, which was the cause behind Israel’s captivity in the first place, sins that remained and continued to oppress these Israelites.
It was during the revival that was taking place that God required the righting of wrongs, in that He might begin and continue to increase His blessings upon these children of Israel. Herein, the spiritual house of Abraham, the church of today, with open eyes also sees the oppression that rest upon the people and that which causes such a state of spiritual lifelessness. In this, we must consider the words of the prophet Malachi as written in Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse”.
Let us now consider the natural and the spiritual order of things and then know that the fullness of God’s divine purpose is taking place in God’s progressive enlightenment to bring forth a victorious church without spot or wrinkle. Why did such a condition of oppression exist? First, rebellion against God’s order became the springboard that lead to natural Israel’s captivity and it birthed another famine in the land. Among God’s people today, the spiritual house of Israel, we are likewise experiencing a famine because of a like kind rebellion and captivity. This is not a famine in natural crops alone, but a famine concerning the word of God. Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord”.
Another condition that existed and was uncovered in natural Israel during this time of restoration was the existence of unjust rulers. These rulers, found to be of those who misused and corrupted God’s laws to forsake them completely for individual gain. Nehemiah 5:1-2, “And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren. For there are those who say, we our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain that they may eat and live”. These had to sell possessions along with sons and daughters because they had a need for food to sustain them; they expressed that need that they might live. This word “live”, a Hebrew word meaning, “to live, to stay alive, be preserved; to flourish, to enjoy life; to live in happiness; to breathe, be alive, be animated, recover health. Live continuously”. This word is speaking of a life-style, which God intended, for His people to dwell, one that was to touch not only the natural people of God but also the spiritual house of God in our day. A life-style that touches the natural and spiritual until fullness comes, to bring the whole man, spirit, soul and body into God’s fullness of purpose.
Therefore, according to the need of our day, restoration is taking place as with the children of Israel; a time of restoration is revealing fallacies that exist which have also led the Christian community into captivity as well as a famine. While some would ask, how so, we would ask, where is that powerhouse church which came out of the upper room on the day of Pentecost? Does not Jesus speak of a church that does the greater things of God? In this, we declare a time of restoration is now upon us to move us higher and higher into God’s glory, which means that fallacies are being uncovered and corrected. As we continue in Nehemiah 5:3-5 we see the greater need, “There were also some who said, we have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine. There are also those who said, we have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed, we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards”.
“It is not in our power to redeem them”, a statement of fact because any power and authority to bring redemption has been taken from them as the result of their rebellion and the famine. This is the same famine, which caused the slavery in the first place. Lands, vineyards and houses mortgaged because of the famine. A famine brought on because of the various many forms of rebellion against God’s divine order. Why was it that the children became slaves? Was it not because the famine brought about a need for food, a lack of spiritual revelation and understanding, therefore establishing a vicious cycle of resorting to slavery unto carnal doctrines that some might receive a small morsel of religious food, some type of existence. A cycle that is and has been passed on from generation to generation to continue this cycle of slave mentality.
Is this not the established cycle that exist among the Christian community today? While God desires an intimate relationship with His people, for the most part simple head knowledge of knowing about Him only is resident. This puts the Christian community, for the most part, because of various rebellions against God, into that same cycle. This vicious cycle is the fruit of fallen man, which establishes for himself a religious community ruled over by the dogmas of fallen man, denying the power of God while establishing carnal doctrines and traditions that shackle the people from a life of freedom in God. This error continues as rebellion against God’s divine order is passed to each following generation, selling their offspring into slavery, producing the same results, “it is not in our power to redeem them”. Why, because the order of fallen man has possession of our lands, vineyards and houses, they have taking from us that which is our spiritual inheritance.
Why then allow the prison house mentality, which is the results of slavery, to continue in encouraging our children, the next generation, to partake and become like-minded slaves? Through each generation the results of such a mind-set has brought forth the certain results that affect the establishment (home, community and society in general). Know that God has established His purpose long before the fall of man and for this cause; the spirit of the Lord God is hovering over and moving among the populace to call forth those He chooses in establishing His kingdom of life, liberty and freedom. With the Holy Spirit moving to establish God’s kingdom, He causes these certain results in the fallen establishment. One result is, because freedom and liberty of the life of God is not promoted within these prison houses of slavery, in some a degree of rebellion exists against such a life-style of slavery because some now desire life and freedom verses death.
Meanwhile some parents as well as the leaders remain dogmatic in trying to teach, train and promote the established slave mentality in trying to force their offspring to remain a part of such prison houses. However, some of these children begin to break free from such bondage, at the dismay of parents and rulers, to depart and flee from these groups of slavery, to find their way to a God life of freedom and liberty in God. Secondly, those who remain are slowly dying a spiritual death resulting in many running to-and-fro, from slave house to slave house, seeking but never finding. Is not one house of slavery as bad as the next? Thirdly, some do their best to find a comfort zone to mature in the established dogmas by becoming the representatives and leaders of these houses of death. In this, while being trapped; they seek to pass slavery on to the next generation. In this, they not only support these acts of slavery but also become more and more dogmatic in the preserving of such places.
However, praise is to God; He has purposed and made available an antidote, which He has placed within the hearts of a remnant company of Priest/Kings that are coming forth in the power and authority of their God. These anointed ministries and centers of freedom and God-life are beginning to feed the people. In the eating the food from God’s table, the people are finding and knowing deliverance, which is freeing-up man’s spirit, soul and body. Nehemiah 5:11 shouts out loudly, “Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them”. Unto the early church and through Christ disciples the power and authority was given and that same power and authority anointing dwells among us today. Thus, a sent forth-anointed ministry, with God ordained centers are effectively ministering such deliverance. Matt. 10:7-8, “And as you go, preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give”.
Thus, the glory, which had its beginning in the early church, now restored to this end-time ministry even in a greater measure is among the body of Christ to re-establish the people of God that make up His kingdom in the earth. In this, we should recognize that as the Christian community continues in their enslavement because of rebellion against God’s divine order, the condition of the world likewise promotes and remains kingdoms with a slave mentality. Where are your children today? What have you done to encourage them? Have you made them slaves or is freedom coming forth because freedom, liberty and the law of life is manifesting through you, the parents who have gained freedom, liberty and life. The Christian community must understand that as goes the condition of the church, so goes the wicked condition of the world. Let us again hear God’s word through Malachi, “he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers”. This verse is also speaking of those who are the spiritual fathers purposed by God to establish an order of god-life, liberty and righteousness so the children might also pursue their intended purpose. Therefore, fathers, spiritual and natural, rise up, know the liberty, and become the righteousness of God to deliver our children into freedom.