Insurrection Against God

This has been the “way” of our American evangelical family over the last seventeen months:

When the Lord visited the earth and our nation with a plague in 2020 our response was false prophecy, and then redacted false prophecy. We ran quickly to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and feasted on rumors, fear-mongering, malice, and vows of self-preservation. We did not humble ourselves. We did not cry out. We emboldened ourselves in our self-righteousness.

When racial hostility flashed (again) across our nation we did not extend justice, meekness, and empathy, we continued to self-protect and condemn, justifying our wicked history. We were not noble in compassion. We spurned every call to contrition. We even developed a theology to inoculate ourselves from having to listen to the cries of our black & native neighbors – many who are our own sisters and brothers in Christ.

When the elections did not give us the result we wanted we wrapped ourselves in a flurry of false prophecies, and we did the dance of baal before the Lord. We became unapologetic in our rebellion. Unaccountable and unrepentant, we spread rumors and scandal, we cursed and fomented counterinsurgency, and then shifted blame for the war that rages within our own hearts.

When the children of our native neighbors were unearthed, and the heinous racial sins of our nation and our family were exposed, we ignored the dead altogether… we did not weep with those who were weeping. We did not mourn with those who mourn…

Now that COVID is re-emerging we are doubling down in our resistance to His voice; we demand our liberty rather than humble our hearts. We vow to fight and protect our own selfish constitutional rights rather than extend ourselves with tenderness to our confused and fearful neighbors upon our Kingdom cross. Our faces are like flint. Our necks are stiff. Our hearts are hard. Our souls are intoxicated with rebellion – a revolt that heaven sees as insurrection against our King.

On top of all this, we divide, separate, and condemn and we ignore the testimony of God’s Word – from beginning to end. We do not know that He sees us as one body; one family; one people; one Church – us, and our fathers in this land. This is “us”. This wickedness belongs to the whole household of God in America. This is not only part of us. This is the whole of us. One people. When one part of the body has cancer, all of us are compromised. We cannot jump ourselves out of the number (Isaiah 53:12). The prophets did not. Jeremiah did not. And most importantly, Y’shua does not.

What will it require for God to purge us of our rebellion, and align our unrighteous hearts to His?

We’ve given our contentious selves to the social-media-driven opinions of men” non-stop, for 17 months. It’s time to sincerely, honestly, and thoroughly “seek His Face.”

JEREMIAH 22

1 Thus says the Lord: “Go down to the house of the (leaders of My people), and there speak this word,

2 and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, (you leaders) and you people who enter these gates!

3 Thus says the Lord: “Execute judgment and righteousness and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

4 For if you indeed do this thing, then you shall enter the gates of this house.

5 But if you will not hear these words, I swear by Myself,” says the Lord, “that this house shall become a desolation.”

6 For thus says the Lord to the house of the leaders of His people: “You are a testimony to Me; yet I surely will make you a wilderness, communities which are not inhabited.

7 I will prepare destroyers against you, every one with his weapons; they shall cut (you) down…

8 And many nations will pass by; and everyone will say to his neighbor, ‘Why has the Lord done so to this people?’

9 Then they will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.’ ”

10 Weep not for the dead, nor bemoan him; weep bitterly for him who goes away, for he shall return no more…

13 Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his chambers by injustice,

14 who says, ‘I will build myself a wide house…’

15 “…Did not your fathers eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Was not this knowing Me?” says the Lord.

17 “Yet your eyes and your heart are for nothing but your covetousness, for shedding innocent blood, and practicing oppression and violence…

20 Go up and cry out, and lift up your voice…, for all your lovers are destroyed.

21 I spoke to you in your prosperity, but you said, ‘I will not hear.’ This has been your manner from your youth, that you did not obey My voice.

22 The wind shall eat up all your rulers, and your lovers shall go into captivity; surely then you will be ashamed and humiliated for all your wickedness.

23 …How gracious will you be when pangs come upon you, like the pain of a woman in labor?

25 …I will give you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand of those whose face you fear…

26 So I will cast you out…

29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord!”

30 Thus says the Lord: “(These ones) shall not prosper in these days; for none shall rule anymore in the land.”

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JSB • August, 2021

2021: God’s Word to “Fear On Every Side”

Over the last two years the level of fear in our world, and our own nation has jumped significantly. Apart from the normal daily fears that besiege humanity in a world under the curse of sin there are several new and/or heightened fears in our lives.

Here’s a list of increased fear-factors in our world:
A. Fear of world-wide plague.
B. Fear of not knowing where it came from, why it’s here, how to respond to its presence.
C. Fear of not being able to avoid its troubling and destructive effects.
D. Fear of social disorder.
E. Fear of injustice.
F. Fear of nefarious forces purposefully creating chaos in our nation.
G. Fear of the “greater evil” that leads us to cut deals with “lesser evil”.
H. Fear that we cannot see or predict the Father’s narrative clearly.
I. Fear of disunity in the body of Christ.
J. Fear of nefarious forces subterfuging our democratic order.
K. Fear of ceding ground/liberty/narrative to a world antiChrist system.
L. Fear of severe economic destabilization.

A couple of observations about these fear-factors:

1. These fear-factors have put increased pressure on our soul, our relationships, and our relationship with God. (This can be a good thing.)

2. Some of these fear-factors have specifically been released by God. Others are the result of our own small faith response to other fear factors.

3. The Lord isn’t necessarily interested in removing the fear-factors and the fear that they engender as He is in building a tower of strength in our minds and hearts (individually and collectively) that will be stronger than the “fear that’s on every side of us”.

4. The fear-factors on the earth are only going to increase in the days and years ahead. The “thlipsis” (greek for “trouble”) must come to the earth as the Lord transitions us from this present evil age to the age of the Lord’s reign. It must. There is no other way. Any other escape scenario is a fantasy. If we want to be faithful and “made ready” (filled with first-commandment love and the beatitudes of the heart) for the return of our Bridegroom King we will experience increased “trouble” AND, by inference, increased circumstances that will heighten “fear” all around us.

“We must, through much tribulation, enter into the Kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)

5. The Lord is actually using the increased “trouble” (even fear) to align our hearts and minds to His way of thinking, relating and living. This is the theme of Psalm 27. This is why both “trouble” and “strength” are such prominent themes in this chapter. Here’s a link to a teaching we’ve been drawing on re: Psalm 27 over the last two years.

Side note: After intimately teaching and praying this Psalm for more than 24 months now here are 3 important, premise/conclusions I’ve come to:
a.) There is more trouble/fear arrayed against us than we’ve acknowledged.
b.) We’ve overestimated our ability to “handle” the little trouble/fear that we do see.
c.) We see the trouble/fear in our world imperfectly. (This is why we need “the Lord to be our light” [Psalm 27:1])
d.) The Lord has far far more emotional, relational and strength of soul for us to appropriate in our lives than we have yet seen (This goes for ALL of us.)

6. The Lord Himself is the “strength” that He wants “increased” in our lives. The manifestation of Who He is is the strength that will prevail against the “fear on every side”. He Himself is meant to be our strong tower (Psalm 18:10) and the stronghold (Psalm 18:2).

7. Existential truth needs to become experienced truth. The Lord wants to build sufficient, holy fortresses in our heart and mind that have the ability to “take every fearful and dissuading thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5) to the truth of His glory. These are the “thoughts” that will prevail against the daily onslaught of fear-factors that are increasing in our world. These thoughts and visions will not magically manifest themselves in our attitudes and ways. They must be cultivated through lifestyles built on DOING Psalm 27:4. “One thing”.

There are many reasons for this. The most prominent reason is that the strength that we will need from the Lord in the coming seasons is a strength that can only come from having a history of intimately dialoguing with the Lord in the context of mounting trouble and fear. Before David could come against Goliath, he learned that the Lord was gloriously “with him to be strong” against the lion and the bear.

This is why it is so essential for the body of Christ to emphasize, learn (yes learn) and become “households of prayer” in this hour.

In an hour when fear on every side threatens to capture our hearts and minds the Lord is saying, “Let Me strengthen you with superior revelations of Myself – the awesome and mighty One.”

In Jeremiah 20 a man that the Lord renames “Magor-Missabib” (Hebrew: “Fear on every side”) captures and imprisons the prophet of God. But the Lord quickly brings Jeremiah out of the chains and then strengthens him to prophesy against “Fear on every side”.

It is certainly true that “Fear on every side” is no match for the Lord and the Word of the Lord.

If we look at Jeremiah’s life as an allegory, we can identify with the fact that there are many many “Magor-Missabibs” in this hour that want to bind up the prophetic people of the Lord.

I believe the Lord is speaking 3 things to those who’ve chosen to walk in His prophetic purposes. Just as He does to Jeremiah, the Lord wants to strengthen us in the context of whatever level of fear it is that surrounds us.

The Lord says to His people:

1. Although the fear-filled opposition arrayed against you (Jeremiah 20:7-9) has made you want to withhold the testimony that I have made you to be for this hour, I am intensifying My Words in you. I am refining them through an eternal fire in your bones, so that you have prevailing power to be My witnesses to your generation. I am not removing the fear from all around you. I’m giving you something much greater than the fear. I’m giving you My own Word – which is greater than the sum of all fears – to speak in the middle of the fear. My Word doesn’t remove the fear. It displays My superior strength and increases your strength to stand through an hour of increasing fear on the earth. (Can you see the difference beloved?)

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One Who is (by His Word) able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

2. As great as the calamity is all around you: COVID, threat of national collapse, anarchy, loss of civility, loss of freedoms and rights, loss of righteous order, vulnerability to evil forces etc. it is not My intent to remove these evils from your midst. It is My intent to give you a vision of Myself that is, in all respects, superior to the evils in your midst. What you mostly have need of is not “liberty from the evil” but “an increased understanding of Who I Am in the midst of an evil generation”. Give yourselves to the increase of these revelations; in prayer and long hours of meditation; and beholding Me. Establish a lifestyle of cultivating the revelations of My superior strength. Do it now so that you don’t suddenly have to attempt to do something abnormal to your lifestyle in the midst of great and terrible realities.

“For I heard many mocking: ‘Fear on every side!’ But the Lord is as a mighty, awesome One. The persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed. They will not prosper. Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For His power to deliver is greater than the hand of evildoers.” (Jeremiah 20:11 and 13)

3. I am judging you; testing you; refining you; and tempering you for your increased strength now, and for the future of what is coming.

“The Lord of hosts, You test the righteous, and see the mind and heart.” (Jeremiah 20:12)

Both your heart AND your mind have great need of being strengthened. This will not happen in a less “threatening” context. The gold I am producing in you must go through fire.

(See Revelation 3:18 and Hebrews 12:29)

I am strengthening you with My Son for my Son, so that you stand with Him in His might as His like-minded and like-hearted Bride. You are being brought from strength to strength as I perpetually bring you to weakness. It’s essential that you deeply give yourself to this process. Saturate your mind and your heart with visions and understanding of the prevailing grace and strength of My Son. Do not allow “fear on every side” to capture your hearts or minds by anything that will overtake your focus on My Son. Again, I say “This is vital” for you to stand in the hour that’s coming.

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JSB • November, 2021

The Gospel According to Jeremiah

TERROR is not too strong of a word for chapter 21 of Jeremiah.

(It’s taken me a few days to measure the level of physical trembling in my own spirit as I read these words. In that space, I’ve also thought about asking the Lord to lift me out of continuing to pray through Jeremiah. It’s too intense. Too severe.)

Imagine that the Lord of glory is speaking this word against YOUR CHURCH! Is it within your theological realm of possibility that the Lord would speak these type of “terrible” words to any portion of His covenant people today?
“I’m against you.”
“In Wrath. Anger. Fury.”
“I will not spare.”
“I will not pity or show mercy.”
“My Face is against you for adversity.”
“I’m executing judgment.”
“My fury is going forth like fire.”
“Because of your evil.”
“I will punish you.”

Is it even kosher or healthy to consider whether the Lord would speak these words against us today?

I believe considering this question is not only prudent, it’s vital.

From a historical perspective, this is the comprehension that Daniel had to wrestle with as he read Jeremiah in (Daniel 9:2).

This is also the reality of the Lord’s relationship with all 7.4 billion inhabitants of planet earth.

Before we excuse ourselves from this company, let me say: I also believe this terrible reality is what the people of God, the redeemed of the Lord, the body of Christ needs to grapple with in this hour.

The fact of the matter is this IS our reality before the holy God. He is just and right and true to decree these terrible words over all of us – with zero exemption.
Wrath.
No pity.
Fury.
Judgment.
Anger.
Against us.
Punishment.

…EXCEPT FOR ONE PURE FACT: God Himself stepped in a received the full impact of these terrible terrible terrible realities upon His own Person through the death of His Son, Jesus, the Messiah on the cross.

He was wounded on behalf of our (evil) transgressions. He was bruised (in the wrath and fury of God) for our iniquities. The chastisement (from the Lord) for our peace (fell) upon Him. (He took our) stripes and we are healed. The Lord (set His Face against Him and) laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5-6)

This is the larger storyline. The Lord not only looks at our evil ways and pronounces judgment – He then steps in and receives the complete penalty for our evil, unfaithful, conniving, conspiring, twisted, destructive ways UPON HIMSELF!

We cannot read Jeremiah and the wrath of God against His own covenant people and NOT connect it to the wrath He poured out upon His own Son on the cross.

This is why we 21c Christians MUST engage the message of Jeremiah and not relegate it to Old Testament history. To fail to hear God’s heart in Jeremiah is to short-change our whole storyline; to short-change our God’s commitment to mercy-giving and the depth of the gift of His own Son.

In a season when the body Christian is filled with enflamed calls to all manner of “righteousness”, it is vital that we remember that we are fundamentally, first and always people who have been shown great great mercy. THIS is where all our prayers, our worship, our evangelism, our calls to repentance, our social justice, our conformity to His image, and our eschatology MUST remain rooted.

The incredible mercy that He has extended to us, our God is zealous to extend to others…

WHAT. IS. THIS. GOD/MAN. WORTH. BELOVED?

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JSB • November, 2021

The Importance of Race in the Father’s House

The degree to which the issue of racial injustice/sin animates our family is Holy Spirit (Psalm 27:4) fascinating… There is no other topic that seems to generate more strong objections, tears or deep, silent hope…This truth should tell us how important the matter of racial relationships is to the Lord, the One Father of us all. As long as we regard iniquity in our hearts He will not let us be at peace communicating with His Father’s heart. (Psalm 66:18)

Beloved. There is SUCH A GREAT REWARD in store for us in responding to Jesus’ judgment/analysis of our heart re: this issue and entering into the Father’s heart for bonafide, humble, compassionate unity through the reign of Christ! I’ve seen it here and there over 40 years when races engage in repentance, humility and celebration with each other. For years I’ve suspected that racial reconciliation is one of the Father’s BIG KEYS in unlocking revival in a region. The enemy fears this mercy-filled unity like nobody’s business!!!

I learned this years ago in several multi-racial incidents.

One of the most profound was in 1990 when I was serving as a teaching assistant with C.Peter Wagner at Fuller in Pasadena. He had gathered a hundred pastors from various countries into a class on evangelism and discipleship.

Throughout the two-week intensive course some of the Korean pastors were being offended by some of the statements being made by several of the Japanese pastors. After one particularly contentious afternoon session Peter wisely called for a break.

During the break the South Korean pastors gathered in the corner of the room and wept openly – and loudly. The rest of the class could hear them echoing through the garden that surrounded the classroom.

At some point two of the Japanese pastors re-entered the room (before the next session) and approached the Korean pastors. The two of them knelt down before their brothers and asked them to forgive them and their fathers and their father’s fathers for the long, racial hatred, murder and subjugation the Japanese people had inflicted upon the Korean people. When the rest of the class returned, we found the group of Japanese pastors huddled together with the group of Korean pastors all weeping together. (One of the most powerful spiritual encounters I’ve ever witnessed.)

How do you start a new session like that???

Peter again wisely asked if anyone could lead a time of worship. A beautiful pastor’s wife from Cameroon stood up WITH A GUITAR she had just purchased down the street at a nearby music shop and led the 100+ gathering into a ocean of praise.

After 15 minutes of streaming tears, the glory of the Lord filled the room, women and men were on their faces in the floor… overhead three of the large lights/chandeliers exploded nearly all at the same time raining glass and florescent powder down on the group…

Peter observed, “The enemy obviously doesn’t like what’s going on here…” And then he said with a wry smile: “Let’s keep exalting Jesus.

“Truth-be-told, the world has yet to face the greatest of all racial conflicts – and it will take the stage – front and center – at the end of the age the whole world will be confronted with the reality that the Savior of all 195 nations on the face of the earth is a resurrected Jewish God/Man. We haven’t yet seen the depth of offense that this racial reality will ignite both in the people of God and in the rest of the world.It behooves us today to enter into the chambers of the Father’s heart and discover the magnificently glorious vision He has for the diversity of “ta ethnos”. But buckle-up. It’s sure to be a rocky endeavor.

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JSB • October, 2021

The Lord Is Calling His Church to Embrace His Heart for Race

“How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (John 4:9)

This is JUDGMENT #3 of the 7 judgments of the Lord described in our book, “SEEK MY FACE: A Guide to Praying Through the Judgments of the Lord

JUDGEMENT #3 • RACIAL ANIMOSITY

The Lord of the Nations is calling His children to humble themselves, seek His face and take the cross to our centuries-old sins of racial hostility. He’s calling us to thoroughly turn from our self-justification and hear His heart for the ethnos in our communities. He’s also empowering us to live in meekness with those affected by the generational sins of our fathers. We need a thorough appreciation of the mercy He’s extended to our nation’s sins of RACISM, slavery, dehumanization, murder, and genocide. And He’s calling us to engage in the hard Kingdom work of celebrating and championing His Kingdom’s purposes for black, native, Hispanic, etc., individuals and cultures. Racial insensitivity is an abuse of God’s sacred design for the human community. He loves the diversity of nations and the multifaceted ways they express His glory.

(The riots that rose from the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, served as stimulants for a tsunami of protests, debates, and demonstrations that have exploded, in both unrighteous and righteous ways, across the United States and the world. The enemy continues to use the fire of ongoing racial flash-points to ignite unholy responses within our society’s politically conservative and politically liberal segments. The Lord is calling the Church to cultivate her voice to call a racially angry, wounded, and defensive nation to the way of the cross.)

PRAYER

Father, we need You! We need Your heart and wisdom to know how to navigate our relationships with sisters, brothers, and neighbors from different races. You’ve established us as a country made up of vastly different histories, cultures, and backgrounds. Thank You for the beauty of the diversity. Forgive us for the many ways that we’ve not valued your blessings. Forgive us for the official policies, theologies and personal biases of subjugation, genocide, and dehumanizing discrimination. We acknowledge that the centuries of unrighteous attitudes and cultural ways have left deep scars on millions of native, black, and Hispanic lives and families. Forgive us for attempting to distance ourselves from our nation’s sins and our neighbors’ pain and brokenness. We repent of this sin against Your intent for us as Americans AND as Your spiritual family. We repent and wholly turn from our nation’s history of racial sin. Forgive us for attempting to justify ourselves with unloving and critical arguments that only compound our sin. We ask for the shed blood of Your own Son to cover us and the water of Your Word to heal us and unite us. Your righteousness is the only way to heal the maze of wounds and relational paradigms. Give us the grace to show compassion to one another. Give us the grace to walk humbly with one another and to champion and celebrate one another. We pray that You will, in all manner, be glorified through our racial relationships – under the authority of Your Son, Jesus.

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JSB • October, 2021

The Anti-Christ

History has never been more ripe for the appearance of the antichrist.

But the most sure and holy way to make sense of who the antichrist is is by setting our gaze on Y’shua Christ (Colossians 3:1). The antichrist will be His dark opposite;

a.) seeking his own glory (John 8:50),

b.) breathing contra Sermon on the Mount threats (Matthew 5:3-12),

c.) doing his supernatural best to keep humanity from taking up their cross (Luke 9:23-24; Matthew 16:23),

d.) The religious pharisees and scribes will hail him (John 6:41-71),

e.) He will promise humanity bread (Matthew 4:3), security (Matthew 4:6) and glory (Matthew 4:9) just like he did our older Brother,

f.) He will arise to public acclaim (Luke 23:21); in response to humanity’s cry for a king Barabbas (John 6:14-15),

g.) and in turn he will feed on the praise of men (John 5:41),

h.) Whereas Jesus’ anointing is of the Father (Psalm 2:6-7) the antichrist’s anointing will come from the world and from men,

i.) His heart will wholly be antithetical to the ways of the Father (John 14:9 and 1 John 2:15-16).

Beloved. It is vital that in all our ways we give ourselves to beholding Jesus so that we may understand the heart of the Father. This is our one and true source of strength and wisdom in this hour. The rest will be apparent to us.

JSB • October, 2021

Here are two articles and a reprint of a third article about the antichrist that I posted exactly one year ago today (October 19, 2020)

FIRST ARTICLE

(Proverbs 16:18) tells us that “pride goes before destruction…” but most often, pride and destruction arrive together in an unholy, catalytic mixture.

Our culture is currently being torn between millions rising up to burn the civic and economic systems down, and millions who are rising up to take a wrecking ball to deep state and conspiratorial world orders. BOTH are looking for special exemptions from the Sermon on the Mount.

Beloved, we’re being primed.

In the heat of the chaos, and the emboldening of self, the earth has never been more ripe for the ascendancy of the anti-Christ. Nor has it been more stirred with an anti-Christ-spirit (which I believe is laden with the anti-beatitudes) to hail his dominion. We dare not be deceived that the factions of the devil would rise against each other. The kingdom of satan, though united in its destructive purpose is administrated through perpetual chaos, fear, deceit, prideful intimidation and hostility. Both factions (yea, other factions as well) will promise economic peace, or peace that comes through command, or a peace that comes through a new social order, but in the end, the spirit itself (in apposition to Jesus’ leadership of love) can only produce the fruit of compounding destruction.

“Now when they are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

This anti-Christ spirit is a spirit that entices both the “haves”, and the “wanna haves”.

“Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:9)

It will also be a “contra-Christ” spirit endorsed by the “prophets” who refuse to advocate first-commandment cross-bearing as the way of Christ.

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber..” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

Although each faction vows the destruction of the enemies that oppose their order of peace, the end of both is borne from the same animating principality that is fomenting their rise in this hour: “destruction”.

“They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon (the destroyer).” (Revelation 9:11)

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)

Beloved, there’s no other way. The day is far spent. We may have a willing rhetoric, but our flesh is indeed very weak. We cannot afford to let our eyes wander to the left, to the right, or be closed in slumber. This is the hour to watch Him and pray with Him.

“Could you not stay awake with Me for one hour?” – Jesus (Matthew 26:40)

ARTICLE TWO

“When the wicked come against me to eat up my flesh… though an army may encamp against me… though war may rise against me…” (Psalm 27:2,3)

One of the key objectives of the “enemy” is to foment soul-destroying attitudes in our emotions and relationships. At the end of the age, he will raise up the “man of lawlessness” (2 Thessalonians 2:2) – a real man – who will massively foment these destructive attitudes in humanity across the earth. By nature, these unrighteous attitudes will have the power to “war” against our “heart and flesh”, and grow stronger and stronger within us, so that they actually corrupt and “devour” our soul.

These attitudes (listed in the graphic above) will be the mirror opposites of those that Jesus blessed in the beatitudes. What’s more, these issues are deeply deeply engrained in our culture (meaning, we’ve become blind to them, and accept them and reenforce them as our social status-quo) – and they are mounting all the stronger…

It’s so vital that the redeemed learn to let the Holy Spirit guard their hearts against these attitudes today. We need the “light” (Psalm 27:1) of the Lord to illuminate us so we can agree with where HE sees them, and how He wants to “save” (Psalm 27:1) and “strengthen” us (Psalm 27:1) against these wicked (Psalm 27:2) attitudes growing in our hearts.

Being “saved” from these destructive heart-attitudes won’t just happen to us in our casual, on-the-run, Christian lives. This is why it’s SO critical that we be people of “one thing” (Psalm 27:4) who see the great value in seeking His Face (Psalm 27:8) in this hour.

We need to immobilize our fearful and restless hearts, posture ourselves before the Lord, and let Him shine His light upon us so He may graciously remove these cancerous attitudes from within us.

If I let the Holy Spirit identify the anti-Christ ways within me, I will have no need to fear an anti-Christ in the world. If I give myself to identifying all the clues about the anti-Christ in the Word and the world, thinking my detective skills will keep me safe from the power of anti-Christ, but give no vigilance to that which is anti-Christ within me, well……we don’t wanna be that guy.

THIRD ARTICLE

What I’m learning through the last few weeks of turbulence and prayer is that even more important than furtive signs that point to the identity of the “anti-christ” (1 Thessalonians 2:8-9), are the character traits of the many “anti-christs” that (1 John 2:18) tells us have already gone out into the world.

If “Christ’s” character was/is marked with the beatitudes of Matthew 5:3-12, it stands to reason that the character of the “anti-christ” (as well as the anti-christ spirit ref. 1 John 4:1-6) will be marked by the opposite of Jesus’ heart attitudes:

If Jesus is marked by Poverty of spirit Antichrist is marked by Narcissism & Pride

If Jesus is marked by Meekness Antichrist is marked by a Ruthless, Self-determination spirit

If Jesus is marked by Compassion Antichrist is marked by Bloodlust, revenge & retaliation

If Jesus is marked by Righteousness Antichrist is marked by Sinful Appetite

If Jesus is marked by Mercy Antichrist is marked by Acrimony and Condemnation

If Jesus is marked by Purity of Heart Antichrist is marked by Defilement

If Jesus is marked by Peacemaking Antichrist is marked by Hostile Alienation

These anti-qualities should tell our evangelical family more about the identity of “anti-christ”, (and all that we should steadfastly identify as hostile to the glory and reign of our Lord) than any speculative event.

“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that theAntichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)

The Wind of the Lord

This is a reprint of a prophetic word the Lord gave to our House of Prayer on March 8, 2019. One year before COVID-19. The Lord confirmed the word with a record-setting spate of tornado activity that spring – recorded below. Several features of this word stand out 30 months later. These features are more than fascinating correlations. They are meant to be sign-posts for the body of Christ so that we know how to function and what to give priority to during an hour of unique activity of the Lord. These features include:
1. The wind of the Lord will disturb both the sinful and that which is precious; the righteous and the unrighteous.

2. The wind will bring the Holy Spirit’s judgment, purification and purging to the Church.

3. The wind will cause long-held institutions and paradigms to suddenly collapse.

4. With a primary thrust to “prepare the way of the Lord!” the Lord’s wind will empower the prophetic and God’s supernatural gospel message to America.

5. Many (within the Church and without) will be so inebriated by self-determined ways that they will curse the disruption of the wind and yearn to fall asleep again in their self-absorbed ways.

Here’s the reprint of the original prophecy:

Beloved, the Spirit of the Lord is about to come like the wind!

When the wind comes, it disturbs both that which causes us problems as well as that which is precious. It spares neither our trash, nor our treasure. The Spirit will bring both judgment and revival to our world.  He will purify and purge, and He will empower and exhilarate the Church.

John the Baptist declared that in preparation for the Messiah’s arrival, that which our world elevates needs to be brought low, and that which our world has crushed, is to be elevated. (Luke 3:5) The wind of heaven will accomplish this on many levels.

It’s also important to remember that what looks indiscriminate to us, is actually perfectly precise under God’s direction. His Word divides joint from marrow (Hebrews 4:12) without missing a spot, a wrinkle, or blemish (Ephesians 5:27). His ways often look reckless. But then, His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8,9). His lines of division, and His lens of discernment are not our own.

Whether it destroys, or brings life, all aspects of the wind of the Spirit require that we ready ourselves for His work. “Prepare the way of the Lord!” (Mark 1:3) It’s eternally vital that we prime our hearts, our faith and our lives to perceive and prevail through what is about to sweep across our land.

THE WIND OF THE LORD WILL BRING GREAT PURIFICATION, PURGING DESTRUCTION AND A PROPHETIC AWAKENING

So He said, ‘Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord… (1 Kings 19:11)

PURIFICATION
Millions of believers struggle each day with stubborn unrighteous ways that cling to them like stains embedded in fine china. Within them remains a burning desire to live fully yielded to the reign of Jesus. A new wind of the Spirit will break in on thirsty hearts, almost overnight, releasing tens of thousands from the brutalizing ways of besetting sin; deceit, bitterness, complacency, sexual perversion, unforgiveness, idolatry etc. sweeping them into the joy and kindness of deep revelations of the beauty of God.

These winds will blow scores of believers, pastors, leaders, evangelists and intercessors to the altars of confession and repentance; hungry to abandon the ways of destruction for the sake of increasing exhilaration in the liberating winds of His presence.

In this atmosphere, it will be relatively uncomplicated for believers to engage the house-cleaning winds of deliverance. Demonization will be seen for what and where it is. Thousands in our communities (both saved and unsaved) will be set free and need mothers and fathers to feed them a love of Biblical truth (1 John 3:18). Many ungodly strongholds and ways of thinking, will amazingly crumble within the Church, and the nation.

Awake, O north wind, and come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that it’s spices may flow out. Let my Beloved come to His garden and eat it’s pleasant fruits. (Song of Songs 4:16)

PURGING
The wind will also purge the false church, and much of what steadfastly opposes the reign of Jesus Christ within orthodoxy. The Lord, in His love, will fall upon those of His who have made flesh their strength, and those who have troubled their own house, will reap the whirlwind. (Proverbs 11:29) His wind will ruin multitudes of arguments against the true knowledge of God. It will blow back alluring curtains that have concealed bones of death, in both conservative and liberal churches. Ministries will be undone in a day. This purging will fan wildfires of suspicion within the Church. Only those who seek refuge in the secret places of His heart in prayer will find God’s breath to stand in the midst of these storms. And those who refuse to enter into His strength will, out of emotional desperation, grasp for the naked lies of demons.

Therefore, I will scatter them like stubble that passes away by the wind of the wilderness. This is your lot, the portion of your measures from Me’, says the Lord, ‘because you have forgotten Me, and trusted in falsehood.’ (Jeremiah 13:24)

At the same time, whole systems of secular paradigms will be weakened by a series of typhoons from the Lord. In their wake, small and meek saints will speak a single word and watch charred frames collapse. The loss and weakening of these institutions will spell chaotic economic and social upheaval in our nation. Those who have built their lives dependent on the strength of these institutions will be left fragile and bankrupt. It will be an amazing time of gospel opportunity.

A wind too strong for these will come for Me; now I will also speak judgment against them. (Jeremiah 4:12)

The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place. It hurls against him, and does not spare; He flees desperately from its power. (Job 27:21-22)

NOTE: The truth is, when the Holy Spirit bring His wind to our nation, who, where and how people get saved, delivered and healed is going to do more to disrupt and uproot the ways of the American Church than any real, or perceived political, social or satanic assault.

PROPHETIC AWAKENING
When these winds blow, then His fire will fall. All across the land the Lord will bring His (Psalm 135:7) wind out of His treasuries and raise up John the Baptist’s who will be filled with the Spirit of Christ, speaking with authority and baptizing with fire.

Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire. (Psalm 104:4)

These messengers will emerge from the barrenness of nowhere, exhorting God’s people to enter into the house of the Lord and receive the promise of what has been prayed for, for decades – to stay, and not run out of the house, so that they may receive the suddenly – mighty rushing wind (Acts 2:2).

Multitudes across the nation will wonder at the message of these Christ-bearing ministers that have been brought up by the wind, and they will marvel saying: “Who can this be, that even the winds… obey Him?” 

NOTE: When I pray for a great harvest in America (as I do for hours each week), what I hear is that the Lord has only promised that He will raise up a great message unto America. Yes, the winds of the Lord will bring a great awakening. But much of America may be so drunk with love for her self-dependent, unrighteous ways that millions will simply curse the wind and tragically fall back to sleep.

O Beloved, pay attention to the wind! Pray that His wind will bring many to glory!

JSB • March 8, 2019
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NEWS REPORTS JUST AFTER “WIND OF THE LORD” WORD WAS RELEASED

“After several quiet years, tornadoes erupt in United States”  AP NEWS (May 27, 2019)

“12 Straight Days of Tornadoes Shatter US Twister Record”  Accuweather.com (May 28, 2019)

“The12th consecutive day with at least eight tornado reports, breaks the U.S. record. We are flirting in uncharted territory.”  Patrick Marsh, Federal Storm Prediction Center (May 28, 2019)

“More than 500 tornadoes reported by National Weather Service in past 30 days.”  TIME (May 27, 2019)

“The number of tornadoes across the nation is increasing, but explaining this uptick has been challenging.”  NBC News (May 27, 2019)

“In 12 days, the U.S. has reported 352 tornadoes in 22 states from California to New Jersey.”  ABC News (May 28, 2019)

“Use the strongest language you have ever used to get people out of the way of this storm.”  NWS Kansas City (May 28, 2019)

It’s An Hour To Put Our Narratives On The Threshing Floor

“They do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; for He is gathering them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion.” (Micah 4:12-13)

IT’S AN HOUR TO PUT OUR NARRATIVES ON THE THRESHING FLOOR

Rasmussen published the results of a survey yesterday. The stats shed light on how our evangelical culture is receiving truth and developing its narratives about politics, pandemics and the like.

This past April (2021) GOP and evangelical voters were asked if they believed the election was stolen from Donald Trump. 74% said “Yes.” 3 out of 4 of us believed the official results of the 2020 election were rigged against the former President.

This past month (October, 2021) the same group of conservative voters was asked this very same question. This time 84% (10% more of the very same population) now believed the official results of the 2020 election were rigged against the former President.

My friends. NOTHING new has been unearthed about the 2020 election in the last 6 months. In fact, what HAS been learned has only reenforced the official voting results certified by
The United States Senate
The Vice-President of the United States
Trump’s own cyber-security chief,
Trump’s own Attorney General,
200+ conservative state legislators,
the SupremeCourt,
15+ GOP pro-life Governors and Lt. Gov’s
More than 70 court cases,
and a highly partisan investigative team in the state of Arizona who very much wanted to find evidence of significant vote-tampering.

The results of the Rasmussen survey are telling us that SOMETHING other than the facts are driving a narrative that widely circulates within our household. Social psychologists call this type of narrative formation the power of “group speak”: when we say things often enough, attach enough emotion to it, add an unhealthy dose of threat to the plot, ascribe righteous virtue to “discerning the truth”, while ostracizing those who dissent from the forming narrative – viola! We’ve just built a kitchen where “cult narratives” can be made all day long.

I don’t have to tell you that creating a cult-narrative is always not a good way for a Christ-follower to live in the world. In a nut-shell, it means we’re being played by the father of lies – filled with his dynamics of fear, suspicion, malice and self-determination; operating with secret knowledge and using it for his destructive purposes while undermining the integrity of the gospel, all under the guise of “righteousness”.

When our world is shaking (because our Lord tells us He’s going to shake our world [Hebrews 12]) one of the great human temptations is to make sense of the shaking by leaning upon our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) – even our religious, Biblical worldview understanding. The Lord calls this type of “truth accumulation” eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:17) The truth we embrace may be “a truth” that is meant to fit another conditon or timetable of the Lord’s real narrative. But when misapplied by principle, or because we’ve not come to the Lord to hear His application of truth to our context, in spite of our best intentions, it becomes poisonous fruit.

This dynamic is all the more accelerated when we hear many leaders in the family calling for the saints to “stand up for truth”. Now you’ve added fervor, haste and emotion to the already destructive elements of the “group-speak” kitchen.

Beloved. It does us no good to simply demand our right to assemble if all we’re doing is further entrenching ourselves in our prefabricated storylines. Our family urgently needs a spirit of waiting on the Lord and seeking His face in this hour. Urgently! MUCH of the narrative we believe is true is in fact corrupting our hearts; undermining the preeminent narrative we’ve been commissioned to communicate; and, it’s bringing the judgment of the Lord’s rebuke and punishment upon us as a people – collectively.

With all this on the table, it behooves us to relentlessly and thoroughly put our narratives on the threshing floor.

Here are two practical encouragements:
1. Stop turning to the unrepentant false prophets, and pundits for information and insight into what’s happening in our world re: rigged elections and plagues. If they were not able to prepare us for COVID, incorrectly predicted the pandemic’s demise (several times over) and also falsely prophesied a mighty landslide victory for our former President, the Lord has not sent these prophets. (Jeremiah 14) Neither are we “to fear them or their words”. (Deuteronomy 18) “And the Lord said, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jeremiah 14:14) “You may be wondering, ‘How are we to know if a word has not been spoken by Adonai?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of Adonai, and the prediction does not come true — that is, the word is not fulfilled — then Adonai did not speak that word. The prophet who said it spoke presumptuously; you have nothing to fear from him.”

(Deuteronomy 18:21-22) Heeding Jeremiah 14 and Deuteronomy 18 is being people of the book.

2. Seek the Lord’s face for yourself; with your small group; your prayer group; your church. Learn how to engage the Lord in a prolonged and focused way that lays all our paradigms on the table, and listens for His order, His priorities, and His values. This won’t happen overnight. Paradigms and belief structures aren’t built in a day. Your’s weren’t. However, a resistance to laying our paradigms on the altar as we seek His face IS a 100% sign that we’d still rather reach for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil than receiving His peaceable fruit of “the right order of the King”.

There are many good ways to Seek His Face in this hour. He is so making Himself wide-open for dialogue and inquiry. Many churches and ministries are hearing the invitation and equipping the body to respond well to His voice of grace and His zeal to strengthen His Bride in this hour of confusion and calamity. If you don’t know of any other way to begin this process of seeking His Face, I encourage you to pick up a copy of our book “Seek My Face: A Guide to Praying Through the Judgments of the Lord”. You can get it on AMAZON here: tinyurl.com/SeekMyFaceTheBook. Or if you write me at xaris4u@yahoo.com I’ll send you a free PDF copy of the manuscript.

There will be a real end to the unrighteousness and deceit, and a real dawning of His everlasting truth and righteousness on the earth. In preparation for that day, He is training His people to lean into Him tighter so we may respond to the pangs of His heart.

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JSB • October, 2021