Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Washed Free

"My beloved children in America,

"I am raising up and sending witnesses to you
to preach the Cross and help you free from idolatry.
The water of My word will dissolve your idol—
your belief in the righteousness of your country,
its foundation, Constitution, and its ideas.

"Will you let Me wash you with My word?
Will you let the Son set you truly free?
Or will you turn away and stay in slavery
to your kingdom's righteousness?

"You cannot worship Me and worship 'America'—
you cannot hold onto America's glory and My glory,
nor mix America's righteousness with My righteousness.

"Will you listen and turn to Me alone?
Will you let the Cross reveal your idolatry?
Or will you hate those who dare to touch it—even gently?
Will you reject those who love you so much
that they want you to be set free?

"I will send them with gentle words like waters of rest,
but a day is coming when the waters will rise
and sweep away all that is not founded on the rock."


Art: "One Righteousness Alone"

Friday, July 27, 2012

Assisting Abaddon

"Woe! Woe to those who urge the people
of the circumcision to 'return to Israel'!
Woe to those who send Jews into the furnace
of conflict with their Muslim neighbors!
Woe to those who say, 'Go repossess your land'
instead of teaching them to obey My command
to love your neighbors and your enemies
as I loved you while you were My enemies.

"You have been led astray by false prophets
and by the spirit of the antichrist.
You have served a different master
—and have set aside My law and My grace—
by declaring My unconditional favor
based on circumcision instead of the Cross.

"Precious Jews and Muslims are suffering and dying,
and the flames of hatred are being fanned
because you encourage and support Zionism's desire
to inherit land instead of the lives of their neighbors.
By assisting Zionists you have only helped
to destroy them and their inheritance.

"Woe! You have treated Jews and Muslims as pawns
to be moved around and used up for the sake
of bringing about 'the fulfillment of prophecy'.
"Woe to you who throw Jews and Muslims into the furnace!
You have been possessed by the spirit of the antichrist
and worship the abomination that causes desolation!"


Art: "Feeding the Furnace"

The Faithful Remnant

"My people cannot distinguish between My Spirit
and the spirit of the antichrist.
They welcome those who speak in the name of Israel
but suspect those who declare My righteousness alone.
My people are more certain of the righteousness of Israel
than the righteousness of loving neighbors and enemies.

"My people are serving and following a 'Christ'
who speaks through the image of Israel.
My temple has been defiled by idols and abominations,
and My commandment of agape love has been thrown down.
If they persist in their lawless rebellion,
then My people will be left desolate.

"But those who repent and return
to their first love and His teaching
will become part of the remnant."


Art: "Free From the Image"

"Abiding In My Word"

"My name has become an instrument of preserving division,
preventing reconciliation, and fomenting war!
My people have followed a great rebellion against My command
to love one another as I have loved you while you were My enemies.
An image has been set up in place of My law of agape love:
My people are taught to 'love Israel' before all others.

"But you who have refused to follow after the image—
you have kept My commandment to persevere in My love.
Ministers of reconciliation: be strong and courageous!
Do not be discouraged and do not be afraid.
Abide in My love and stand firm in My love to the end."


Art: "Sons of God"

Undesired Sacrifice

"My beloved! My beloved!
What are you doing?
Why are you giving your heart to another?
Why are you turning away from Me?

"Why are you devoting yourselves to Israel
when I laid down My life for all peoples?
Haven't I commanded you to love all
your neighbors and even your enemies?

"Am I pleased with sacrifices and offerings
made for Israel in order to gain My favor?
Didn't I give you My all on the Cross?
Who are you trying to please by 'loving Israel'?

"Is My heavenly inheritance not enough?
Is My kingdom of washing feet not enough?
Must 'Israel' have earthly land?
Must lives be sacrificed to gain it?

"Must a kingdom be seized before the King can return?
Will My throne be built on your sacrifices or on Mine?
Will My throne be built on Israel's blood or on Mine?
Is My sacrifice not holy enough for you?"


Art: "Kingdom Before King"

Unclothed In the End Times

"Woe! Woe to those who change
their clothes in the last days!
Woe to those who take off My robe
to put on their own covering!

"I have not required that My people possess
any special understanding of 'last-day events'
beyond the My testimony and My command of agape love.
I have not commanded My people to put on 'love for Israel'
or love for any one people above all others,
but to clothe themselves with My love for all people—
including those who seem to be their enemies.

"Many who profess to be My followers
cease holding to My testimony and My commands
in order to prepare for 'the end times'.
They put on the righteousness of nations and politics,
believing that their ways are My ways,
that their enemies are My enemies,
that their laws are My laws,
and that their 'gospel' is My gospel.

"Blessed are those who keep their robes with them,
who do not change their clothes for 'the end times'.
Blessed are those who clothe themselves with love
—with My righteousness given to them on the Cross—
and who clothe one another's nakedness with My agape love."


Art: "Becoming Naked"

Against the Image

"Babel, Babel!
Tower of confusion,
idol of My people:

"I am coming and I will tear you down!
You have brought confusion to My people,
uniting them against My law with one accord.
You have deceived My people into becoming prostitutes,
believing that they can earn My favor by bowing to 'Israel'.
You have blasphemed My name among the nations,
and you have been a snare to the people of Israel.
You have become an abomination
that will cause desolation to many.

"Woe! Woe to those who bow
to the image of the beast!"


Art: "Abomination"

Preparing the Bride

"Many of My people have lost their ability
to discern according to My heart.
Instead of discerning by the Cross and the Spirit,
they discern by 'Israel' and by the flesh.

"They believe they understand the times
according to their own interpretations,
and they 'prepare' according to their own commandments
instead of following My commandments.
They dress for battle and see their neighbors
as enemies instead of as those whom I love.

"But those who follow the Lamb are known by agape love.
Therefore they go to all nations as My disciples,
calling all people to My command of agape love
and repenting for those who have brought abuse in My name.
They spread the fragrance of the gospel
of the kingdom that is not of this world,
loving their enemies just as I loved them.

"My disciples are called foolish and traitors
by those who have exchanged My kingdom
for the kingdoms of the world.
But I have clothed them in My righteousness."


Art: "Discerning the Times"

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kept In The Dark

"The wall of division has been rebuilt!
What I joined together as one body
has been separated by man!
On the Cross in My body I abolished
the separation between Jew and Gentile,
but the teaching of dispensationalism
has annulled My word and trampled on My blood!

"I made My people citizens of heaven,
but dispensationalism teaches a
citizenship in 'Israel' that is separate
from citizenship in 'the church'.

"Through My blood I brought near
those who were far away,
but dispensationalism teaches
that some are fully 'God’s people'
while others are foreigners.

"I gave My covenant and promises to all
—both to Jews and to Gentiles—
but dispensationalism teaches that
some promises are only for one
but not for the other.

"Now, because of dispensationalism,
many of My people do not know their inheritance.
They walk in darkness because they have been taught
to see by the 'light' of Israel in the end times;
they put their hope in the shadows
instead of seeing by the Light of the world.

"Those who divide My house destroy My house.
I will rescue My children from the darkness they sit in
because of the teaching of dispensationalism.
But those who cling to the wall they have built
will be as shadows at the coming of the Light."


Art: "Held Inside"

Teaching Error

"False shepherds!
You are leading My children into rebellion!
I gave you a charge to preach the gospel
—the Chosen One and Him crucified—
and to teach all nations to obey My command
that you love one another as I have loved you.

"But you have preached another gospel
—a gospel of 'the chosen people'—
and taught all nations to 'love Israel'
first before their neighbors.
You have taught My people to give
conditional love to the nations,
but unconditional love and support to Israel.

"You have used My words from the old covenant
to justify ignoring My teaching.
You have led My people away from My light
and into shadows and confusion!
When you are questioned about your errors
and your departure from My teaching,
you use your knowledge and authority
to silence and dismiss My sheep,
and to persuade them of the errors you teach.

"I will hold you accountable
for causing My little ones to sin."


Art: "End-Time Fulfillments"

"Come and Join Me"

"Come! Come with Me, My beautiful bride!
Come and be My helper, as Eve was to Adam.
Come and join Me in My ministry of reconciliation.
Come and lay down your lives with Me for your enemies.

"Join Me, My bride, in crying out to the thirsty.
Join My Spirit in giving My love to the undeserving.
Join My Father in His mercy and perfection.

"Come, My bride, as I have loved you,
so love your neighbor and your enemy.
Come and abide in My love."


Art: "Hope"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rejecting the Gospel of Peace

"Woe! Woe! Woe!
My people have become ministers of war
instead of peacemakers!

"Woe! The feet of My people
bring justification for war
instead of the gospel of peace!

"Woe! Instead of seeking
to be known by My agape love,
My people seek to be known
by how much more righteous they are
compared to their enemies!

"Woe! My people seek to prove they are My children
by their prosperity and their might
instead of by being merciful as I am merciful!

"Woe! The world cannot hear My love for them
because My people fight to defend 'truth'
instead of loving one another
as I love them and their enemies!

"Woe! The gospel of My kingdom has been replaced
with the gospel of earthly freedom and earthly kingdoms!

"Woe! My people have taken up the sword
instead of taking up the cross!
Woe! Woe! Woe!"


Art from "Trienta Piezas de Plata"

"Do Not Reject My Love!"

"The time has come when I am calling My people to testify
to those who have forsaken My command of agape love.

"I am sending witnesses to speak My discipline
to children whom I dearly love—
to 'elder brothers' who reject My Father's mercy
because it rewards those who have not earned it.

"Whoever rejects My agape love for sinners,
for the wicked and for their enemies—
whoever rejects My love for these
also rejects My righteousness.

"I will be with you;
abide in My love."


Art: "While We Were Still Sinners"

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

End-Time Fulfillments


"Apostasy! Apostasy! Apostasy has begun in My temple!
False prophets have come and led many astray!
A different 'Messiah' is called upon to bring a different kingdom—
the kingdom that Jerusalem sacrificed Me for
and the kingdom that Israel sacrifices its neighbors for today."


"I am being sought for power and victory over enemies.
My beloved wants to make Me 'king' over nations and governments.
My beloved wants me to take dominion,
to give favor and prosperity to the righteous,
and to condemn sinners and the ungodly.
My beloved has left the gospel of My kingdom
and is seeking the favors of another.
It is not Me but another 'Christ' she has fallen in love with."


"My people cannot wait for My deliverance.
They do not trust in My salvation;
instead they defend their cause with their own hands!
They can only see 'enemies' as being other people;
they cannot see the enemies inside their own hearts.
They see their rebellion as their salvation,
and they fear the loss of their nation and freedom
more than they fear the loss of their soul.
They cannot enjoy peace because their light
comes from their swords instead of from Me."


"My people are building on sand instead of on My teachings.
They whitewash their lawlessness with My name
and with the appearance of morality.
With My words they build walls of division and judgment.
They proclaim that I stand on their side
instead of on the side of all people as My gospel declares—
for I took the sins of all and died for all.
Because they have forsaken My law of love
in order to build a place for themselves in My name,
I will sweep away the 'kingdom' they believe in."


"I have called witnesses to speak My word to My rebellious people.
My witnesses declare My righteousness alone
and call My people to repent of their adultery.
My witnesses call My people to obey My commands—
to love one another as I loved you, even your enemies.
My witnesses put on sackcloth and repent
for how My people have abused the nations in My name.
My witnesses cry out to Me to save their enemies,
to bring all people to repentance,
and to know My love for them above all."


"Dead signs and wonders are being hailed
as the mark of My approval and My authority.
Hollow words are called 'prophecy' and My people
are taught to seek blessing under their shade.
By seeking power instead of My spirit—My heart—
My people have wandered after the great delusion.
Because they set aside My righteousness and My commands,
My people cannot recognize the spirit of the antichrist."


"Woe! Woe! My professed followers
are not preparing the way for 'revival'—
instead they are preparing the way for their own desolation!
They have turned from My testimony to their own righteousness!
They have turned from My law of agape love
to their 'right' to self-preservation and prosperity!
They have chosen rebellion—
the abomination that causes desolation.
Repent, My beloved, repent before you are overtaken
by desolation in the house of Babylon!"


Art: "Signs of the Time of the End"

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"I Am Your Stronghold"

"I know how all you want to do
is to praise Me and sing of My love.
I know you don't like offending people
or going against the majority.

"My child, I am your stronghold.
I am He who was rejected, accused, hated and crucified.
But the darkness could not overcome the light.
And so nothing will overcome you
because I am keeping you in My truth.

"Speak when I command,
and do not be afraid of
the reactions of My people.
Rest in My love."


Art: "Stronghold"

Friday, July 13, 2012

From The Rocks

"Look! I am bringing My words to pass:
I am going to raise up children of Abraham from stones!
Many who call Me their 'friend' do not want to speak My heart;
instead they want to be judges of good and evil.

"My love is not preached to sinners and enemies,
but instead My words are used to attack them.
Sinners and enemies are given My love
only if they first become as 'righteous'
as those who sit in judgment of them.

"Therefore I am raising up witnesses
from outside of the synagogue—
from outside of churches."


Art: "In The Darkness"

Waiting For 1,000 Years

"I did not call you to a kingdom for 1,000 years,
but to a kingdom that will endure forever.
I have not said that the age to come will end after 1,000 years,
for aren't 1,000 years only as a day to Me?
Is this the 'hope' I have called you to?
Will My kingdom only last for a day,
or will it be as eternal as the life I give you?

"Many of you have interpreted '1,000 years'
according to the desires of your hearts.
Seeking '1,000 years' you have taken your eyes
off of the Cross and My love for all nations,
and instead seen My purpose according to the circumcision.
You have fallen from grace by trying to gain My favor
through doing works that please the people of the circumcision!

"Is My desire just to rule the nations?
Haven't I told you that My kingdom
is not like the kingdoms of the world?
The kings of the earth lord over their people,
but I came among you as one who serves.
Do My loving-kindness and My mercy
last only until the '1,000 years' begin?

"You who believe that I desire a rule of '1,000 years'
have not understood My heart or My kingdom!
I am coming to inherit all nations as My bride,
for the new covenant is for all nations!
I will not withhold the healing leaves
of the tree of life —the Cross— for 1,000 years!
I will not be bound for 1,000 years!"


Art: "The Millennial Hope"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Grown Cold

"Where have My disciples gone?
Why is My body no longer their righteousness
and My blood no longer their covenant?
Why is My teaching no longer their bread
and My Spirit no longer their wine?

"My people have left fellowship with Me
for fellowship with 'Israel'!
They prefer the righteousness of the circumcision,
the continuation of the old covenant,
the teaching of Zionism,
and the spirit of Barabbas.

"Their love toward the nations
and toward their enemies has grown cold,
and so their love toward Me has also grown cold.
For whatever you have done to the least of these
—your neighbors and even your enemies—
you have also done unto Me."

"The love of most will grow cold."
(Matthew 24:12)

"If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar.
For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen,
cannot love God, whom he has not seen."
(1 John 4:20)


Art: "The Gospel of the Millennium"
See also: The Release of Barabbas

Depending On Darkness

"I am He who sees the truth of all things,
and I am He who reveals that which was hidden.
I do not need any support from the shadows!
Who can add to My righteousness?
Who can fix what I have made perfect?

"Many of My shepherds are afraid of following Me
without using old covenant laws;
they are afraid My words will not be
sufficient to sustain My church.
They have chosen spiritual insufficiency
by considering the new covenant to be insufficient.
They have chosen to depend on shadows
and darkness to sustain their light,
keeping My children in the dark
for the sake of 'the church' and their ministry.

"Woe to those who depend on old covenant shadows
and keep hidden the abuse of My children!
I will allow darkness to overtake them
and the houses they have built with darkness.
When they fall because the darkness has overtaken them,
they will see no path beneath their feet,
for their trust was not in light but in darkness—
for you cannot choose both darkness and light.

"Come into the light, My shepherds!
Let go of the shadows of the old covenant!
I will show you the surpassing
glory of the new covenant."


Art & article: "Not Included!"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"They Do Not Know Me"

"Many are excited because they believe they
see signs of Revelation being fulfilled.
They are ready to warn the world that their behavior is evil
and that judgment is coming because of it.
Many hear of wars and rumors of wars
and declare that now is the time to make sure
that you are 'standing' on the side of the right nation.

"Their agape love has grown cold,
and they care only for themselves.
They speak My name only to make the nations
conform to what they believe My ways are—
but they do not know Me or My law.

"I am peeling off the sixth seal,
and many woes will increase.
Abide in Me and My command:
love one another as I love you—
even your enemies.

"Carry one another's burdens,
mourn with those who mourn,
comfort those who are in need,
share your food with the hungry,
clothe the naked and the ashamed,
and visit the sick and the prisoner.
Forgive as I have forgiven you.

"Many who are insincere will come alongside you.
Be patient and love them,
but do not yoke yourselves to them.
Follow the Lamb who was slain,
and obey My commands."


Art: "Looking Forward to Distress"

Sunday, July 08, 2012

"The Harvest"—Brought In By His Love

Part 13 of "Unsealed By the Lamb: Revelation Through the Lamb and His Love"

Just as the testimony of Jesus (the gospel) and God's commands (agape love) are the heart and center of Revelation, in the same way it is His testimony and obedience to His command of love which brings in the harvest of the earth:

The testimony: "'But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.' He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die." (Jn.12:32-33)

The command: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another... [Father,] may they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me." (Jn.13:34-35, 17:23)


When Christ called His disciples to go out and make disciples of all nations, He sent them out as laborers into the harvest:

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Mt.28:19-20)

The goal of their labor was to carry the testimony of Jesus to the nations, and call all people to obey His commands:

"And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us." (1 Jn.3:23)

The "harvest" in God's eyes are those who, since the days He sent out His disciples, come to believe in His Son and obey His command of agape love. The way that He brings in the harvest is through the sharing of His testimony and obedience to His command:

When His people share how He was lifted up on the Cross in love for all mankind, He draws people to Himself (Jn.12:32). And when His command is obeyed to love one another as He loved us, all people recognize His disciples and see that God has loved the world even as He has loved His own Son (Jn.13:35, 17:23).


Jesus told the disciples in their day,

"Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together." (Jn.4:35-36)

In Revelation, the same truth is shown in this way:

"I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one 'like a son of man' with a crown of gold on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. Then another angel [messenger] came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to Him who was sitting on the cloud, 'Take Your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.' So He who was seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested." (Rev.14:14-16)

Today we see Christ seated on the throne, and we believe His word that "even now He harvests the crop for eternal life," and we who are His temple agree with heaven, saying, "Take Your sickle and reap, Lord, for the harvest is ripe!" Since the time He told His disciples that "the fields are ripe for harvest," He has been swinging His sickle and harvesting the crop for eternal life. Those who come into Him have been harvested: they have passed from death to eternal life and will not come into judgment (Jn.5:24, 1 Jn.5:13).


The harvest is now, and will be completed at the very end of the age. Since He walked the streets of Judea, Christ has been building His house: an indestructible spiritual temple of living stones, held together in His love by a unity in the Holy Spirit, who is unseen. But by faith we see a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, thousands upon thousands of angels and the spirits of the righteous made perfect (Heb.12:1,22-23).

On earth, before Christ returns, we may see some of His harvesting at times; but whether we see it or not, we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor.5:7). We know that He is sowing and reaping, and that nothing we do in Him is in vain (1 Cor.15:58). The brightness and fullness of His harvest will not be seen until after He has removed evil from the earth:

"The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father." (Mt.13:41-43)


The heart of God's harvesting is the testimony of His love and grace in His Son, and His command to love one another (and even enemies) with the same love. But in the last days among God's people a great movement away from these, a rebellion, proclaims other righteousnesses and overturns His law of agape love. Many follow and bring the truth into disrepute (2 Pet.2:2), and the love [agape] of most grows cold:

"Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but those who stand firm to the end will be saved." (Mt.24:11-13)

God's harvesting may or may not be visible at times, and may or may not be accompanied by miraculous signs—because His primary and most powerful ways of drawing all people are His Son's testimony (Jn.12:32) and the agape love seen in His people (Jn.13:35). But the movement away from His righteousness and His law of love looks for and points to miraculous signs to support its authority:

"False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible." (Mt.24:24)

"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness." (2 Thes.2:9-12)

"Then I saw another beast... he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth." (Rev.13:11-14)


For those who seek power in the end times instead of His heart, God gives it to them: a "great delusion" which confirms the course their hearts have chosen, just as He sent a lying spirit to speak through Ahab's four hundred prophets (1 Kg.22:1-28). They see "the Holy Spirit" in terms of producing displays of power and confirming authority. The heart (the spirit) of Christ is less desirable and not as exciting. Their hearts scoff at the message of the Cross as something which is 'elementary'; the real goal for them is acquiring power, authority, prosperity, and other ungodly desires.

"In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit: keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life." (Jude 18-21)

"Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength." (1 Cor.1:22-25)

The greatest power and wisdom of God revealed to us is in the 'weakness' of Christ crucified. It was by dying on the Cross that Jesus triumphed over and made a public spectacle of every power and authority (Col.2:15). In the same way, His people defeat the dragon not through great displays of power, but through His blood, the word of their testimony, and not shrinking from losing their lives (Rev.12:11).

It is by the foolish "weakness" of the Cross (the testimony of Jesus) and the foolishness of obeying His command of agape love (even loving, forgiving and blessing enemies) that God brings in His harvest. By seeking these, all people will know His His love for them. But seeking power and might put us on the wrong side of His harvesting.


The heart of God's harvesters is His intense love for all people and His desire to be with them forever. But the rebellion seeks a great "end times harvest" movement not for the sake of the people, but as a means to other ends— power, authority, and fulfilling prophetic mystery.

In the midst of wars, disasters and tribulation, the rebellion attempts to fulfill its interpretations of prophecy by maneuvering into position with "sides" and nations that they believe God supports, believing that this will bring about the harvest and Christ's return. But by looking to sides and nations, the rebellion chooses the kingdoms of the earth instead of the kingdom of God—and misses the harvest!

God hasn't call us to an earthly inheritance, but to a heavenly inheritance—our neighbors and enemies! The things of the earth pass away, but the hearts of the nations are treasures so valuable to Him that He died so He could be with them forever! The nations are His inheritance (Ps.2:8), and the nations are our inheritance, too, because we share His inheritance (Rm.8:17, Gal.4:7).

Our neighbors and enemies are our inheritance!
Our neighbors and enemies are the harvest!

God draws the nations to Himself through His Son's testimony of agape love, and through the obedience of His people to His command of agape love; but the rebellion, in seeking to trigger "the harvest", sets aside Christ's law of agape love (becoming "lawless") and actually works against His harvesting.


The harvest is now, but it is not as many of God's people have imagined. The harvest is in forsaking the righteousness of our "sides" for His alone, and in loving all people as He loved us (especially including our enemies).

The harvest is not large numbers coming in because of performing great signs and wonders—that's the hope of the great delusion! The harvest now is as it has always been since He first said, "the fields are ripe for harvest." It is brought in by sharing the word of His love in the Cross, and by obeying His command of love.

There is no shortcut to speeding up His harvest, and we are called to be faithful to the field He has called us to, whether we see large numbers or small, and whether our part is sowing, reaping, or watering.

"This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." (Mk.4:26-29)

"Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near." (Jas.5:7-8)

There is no need to wait for a special "anointing", a special "power" or "time of favor":

"I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor,
now is the day of salvation." (2 Cor.6:2)

Christ is waiting for us today in the poor, in the needy, in the outcast and in our enemies! They are His priceless treasures that are worthy of our love today, regardless of the timing of His coming! Can we see Him there in the hungry and the thirsty, in the stranger and the sick, in the naked and the prisoner? (Mt.25:31-46)

"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,
to send out workers into his harvest field." (Lk 10:2)

Lord, please wake up Your people! Send us out to love the nations, our neighbors, the 'least of these' and our enemies, too! For so long we've thought of "the harvest" as something very different from what You do, and our vision of it has set us up for the great delusion instead! Forgive us for seeking "the harvest" for any reason other than for their sake! Forgive us for not seeing them as Your priceless treasures, and for wanting to convert them just to make You come quicker! Forgive us for not wanting to be with them like You do! Burn in our hearts with love for our neighbors, for the poor, and for our enemies! In Jesus' name, amen.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Wrath of the Lamb

"My wrath is against all that stands between Me and My children.
My wrath is against all that strives against My agape love.
My wrath is against all that hurts My beloved children.

"I am the Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world.
I gave My life for My enemies and those who crucified Me.
I took the punishment for your rebellion.

"Who is able to understand My wrath?
Do not be deluded into thinking that you are called
as messengers to declare the wrath of the Lion of Judah,
for you cannot understand My wrath until you are consumed by My love.
My wrath comes from My love—from the Lamb who was slain.

"Do not attempt to understand My wrath
if you are not willing to be broken
with My love and My grief for the lost.
Do not forget that My death was for them
just as much as it was for you."


Art: "Having Chosen"

Monday, July 02, 2012

"Freedom From Being Taxed"

"My people in America, do you know Me?
I am He who loves the guilty as much as the innocent,
and the wicked as much as the righteous,
for I loved and died for all of you on the Cross,
while you were all My enemies.
I am He who loves and welcomes the poor,
the weak, the outcast and the sinner.
I am He who was called a 'friend of sinners'
and who was rejected by those who seemed to be righteous.

"Am I welcome among you?
I come to you in the poor, in the weak,
in the outcast and in the sinner.
I am visiting you in the sick, in the jobless,
in the homeless, in the alien and in the uninsured.
I am waiting for you in the least of these.

"Many of you are angry because of laws and taxes
that you fear will threaten your prosperity,
but you are not offended when the poor and needy die
because they cannot afford to see doctors!
You rise up to defend your own pursuit of happiness,
but not to defend the poor and needy among you!
Yet when Caesar taxes you to help the needy,
you talk of your duty to rise up and fight him!

"Do you know Me, My people?
Is it Me that you are worshiping,
or something else?"


Art: "Who Is Your God?"

Not Finding Rest

"Was the threat too great?
Was the enemy too powerful for Me?
Would My hand have been too short to save
without the assistance of My people?

"It was not a pagan abomination that desecrated My temple,
but rather it was the rebellion of My people.
I did not command My people to throw off foreign yokes,
but rather to be a blessing to the nations where I sent them.
I did not command My people to re-establish
their former borders and their former sovereignty,
but rather to wait for the Deliverer—
who would also be a light for all nations.

"But My people did not wait for Me.
Instead they rebelled and made their own light.
They fought for freedom from flesh and blood enemies,
but remained captive to the enemies in their own hearts.
In My mercy, I have not allowed them to have rest on all sides,
so that they might seek Me and find peace in Me instead.

"Listen, My beloved children!
Your striving has brought you sorrow,
unrest and desolation.
Come to Me and I will give you rest:
I will give you peace in My Son.
And He will be your everlasting light."


Art: "Light of Unrest"