July 21 Vision: The Lot Has Been Cast

Thursday, July 21, 2022

I was about to lay down for a nap at 4:00. At 4:05 I was literally running to find my wife.
In a mere 5 minutes the Holy Spirit gave me one of the most vivid visions I’ve ever seen. (I can only think of one other as lifelike as this.)

As the vision opened, I saw several giant red and white dice being rolled out of the Father’s Hand, bouncing across the hills and plains of America.

Before the dice settled, apocalyptic storm clouds, filled with lightening and doom; clouds that stretched from the north to the south rapidly unrolled from the east coast to the west coast of our nation. A company of intercessors stood on what looked like a large relief map of the United States. Beneath the destructive canopy of the clouds one calamity after another burst onto the continent: hail; tempest; famine; plague, sword and more… One calamity spring-loaded the next – in such quick succession it was impossible to blink between each – like a slot machine filling its windows – bing, bing, bing, bing, bing – maybe 12 successive disasters; each thundering with darkness.

Once the disasters were finished being released, and while they were accomplishing their decimation the intercessors looked at each one saying: “Ah! that one!”, and “I remember the Lord speaking to me about that one from the scriptures.” We were very familiar with what we were seeing – but still filled with profound dread knowing they were actually being manifest in our day, in our land – and in such swift succession.

Before the vision finished, while the demolition was still raining down on our land, I (in real-life) actually jumped up and ran out of the bedroom looking for my wife, Kathy. I eventually found her outside watering the garden. My eyes were filled with alarm as I asked her, “Are you OK?” We stood there in the yard staring at each other for 30 seconds or so, until she realized I was serious… Kath is MUCH more attune to these realities. Finally she quietly asked, “What just happened to my husband?”

The Father has cast the lot over America. This is the most poignant aspect of the vision. The picture of the dice tumbling across the landscape still jolts my spirit with trepidation.

A sequence of destructive events is about to explode across our country – like the plagues of Egypt – packed into a much shorter time-span.

4 Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
5 For He brings down those who dwell on high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.
11 Lord, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see. But they will see and be ashamed for their envy of people; yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them. (Isaiah 26:4-5, 11)

The calamities are meant to compel us into an intensified season of preparedness – like preparing our house for the onslaught of a hurricane. The Lord is zealous that our nation know that it is “the Lord Who is speaking” (Isaiah 25:8) through the calamities. (This isn’t a subversive plot of the enemy to undermine our civic liberties or reshape our social structures.) The Father wants us to “be assured” that He’s the One Who is “casting the lots” so we respond to Him with abandoned holy sobriety.

Behind the storm is a King; “One Who is filled with might” and “Whose sandals we are unworthy to untie” (Matthew 3:11). The Giver of the vision; the Bringer of the storm; and the Bearer of the Kingdom is the One to focus on.

He is adamant that our world know “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

When John announced the Kingdom of heaven was at hand (Matthew 3:2), his exhortation was to “repent“.

When Jesus announced the Kingdom of heaven was at hand (Matthew 4:17), His exhortation was also to “repent“.

When Peter and the apostles announced the Kingdom of heaven was at hand (Acts 2:38), their exhortation was to “repent“.

The Lord is filled with zeal to extend mercy, even through these rapid-fire disasters, but the singular way to access that mercy is through repentance.

Repentance is the full-throttle message the Lord is calling His Church to saturate herself with in this hour. We must understand it, pray it, let the Holy Spirit bring it to bear on our lives and be convinced witnesses to its necessity in our churches, our gatherings, our prayer meetings, our evangelistic endeavors and all engagements with our culture. “Repent! The Kingdom of God is at hand!”

The good news is that one day the Lord will remove the clouds of doom. This truth is meant to produce faith and endurance within us so that we fully do what is necessary as we go through the difficulty of the hour.
7 There He will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
8 He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The Lord has spoken!
9 In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the Lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!” (Isaiah 25:7-9)

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JSB • July 23, 2022

5 Things that Happen When the Church Doesn’t Respond to the Judgments of the Lord

The Church in our nation (my tribe) has been under a season of intensified judgment from the Lord. a.) I hope this isn’t news to you. b.) This is a good thing. It’s not something irregular, or something we should be alarmed about. What should concern us is when we (for any number of reasons) believe that God does not and will not bring us under His judgment. 

There are 5 Biblical reasons why the Lord brings a people under His judgment. This is a major reason we wrote our book, “Seek My Face” a year ago. All of these reasons are designed to produce first commandment love for God in the human heart.

When a people refuse to respond to the Lord’s judgments in humility, contrition, and repentance five other things happen in our lives, and in our world:

1. We do not grow in increased first-commandment love for Jesus. The judgments are meant to produce dialogue. And dialogue produces intimacy and increased love and adoration for Jesus and the ways of His heart. When we do not give ourselves to His judgments (the things He wants to have conversation with us about) our love for Him is stunted and stalls.

2. Sin and unrighteousness goes unchecked and actually proliferates in our lives and relationships. The curse around us (in our lives and in our world) compounds. A pound of sin never sits quietly in the corner. Sin will always corrupt and grow unless checked. Evil begets evil. Unrighteousness begets unrighteousness. The old saying: “There is no honor among thieves” depicts the fact that those who give themselves to sin will, as a natural result, have more sin visited upon them. If we could see it clearly, we’d understand that this is a basic law of physics – as real as gravity – and more weighty than time. It’s only by the mercy of God that sin and the curse of sin doesn’t exponentially envelope us and consume all 7.5 billion of us on planet earth. This causal result has massive implications for the Church on nine different levels; from our pursuit of devotion to God, to how we serve others, to our experience of unity in the body.

3. We fail to grow in Christ-likeness. Our manifestation of Christ in and through us grows dim – it does not grow more vibrant. Apart from humbling ourselves, taking up our cross and obeying the Father, we have no means by which to cultivate true, authentic and Spirit-empowered Christ-like wisdom, character and supernatural power.

4. Our unsaved world does not receive a witness of how to respond to the holy and loving Lord of all the earth. When the judgments of the Lord are on the earth, the inhabitants don’t have a ready-paradigm and example that informs them about how to respond to this God that they have not known. This is the chief reason why the Lord brings His judgments to His household first… (See 1 Peter 4:17-18)

5. The Lord WILL visit us with increased pressure to have “must-have” and vital conversations about our patterns of thinking, and the ways of our hearts. He does this because He’s committed to us living in vibrant, and righteous love. He also does this because He’s promised a “like-minded” Bride (See Philippians 2 and 1 John 3) to His Son at the end of the age. 

To be blunt, this means that if we don’t respond to Him with humble, contrite conversation, He will up the ante. He will place more and more intense pressure upon us, in terms of greater social upheaval, trouble and natural calamity, in order to get us to stop trusting in our own way, and our own thinking, and get us to entertain the idea of coming to Him in our “inability”. Under this construct many eventually turn Him for help simply because we have lost our capacity to control our circumstances.

Ultimately, should we continue to rebuff the Lord’s judgments, He will give us over to delusion and the forces of unrighteousness that by nature would consume us anyway. The ultimate end of this state is to come deluded to THE DAY of judgment and have no awareness that your soul was so lost, and you were so detached from the heart of Jesus. (We don’t wanna be the guys in Matthew 7:23 and Matthew 25:44)

Consequently, I can say with great confidence: increased trouble and pressure is coming. It’ll come upon us – in our generation. It will come because the Father loves us and is committed to us – and to the promise that He’s made to His Son. This isn’t rocket science. This isn’t even being prophetic. It’s simply knowing God; know the record and intent of His Word, and doing the math.

Today is a very good day to cultivate that needed lifestyle conversation with the Lord; to humble ourselves, to embrace the spirit of contrition, and to repent into all that Biblical repentance entails. It would do us well for the fear of the Lord and our heart’s desire for increased first-commandment love to constrain us in this.

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JSB • September 15, 2022

“Speaking the Truth in Love”

An Exhortation to New Testament Dialogue Not More Carnal Calumny

Recently I had a friend who informed me of a new series of videos attacking our friends at IHOPKC. Within two days, the attacks turned against the thousands of Houses of Prayer around the world, and now, about our little Kingdom work at All Nations House of Prayer Southwest. The content of the accusations are thin, like vapor – the spirit behind the attacks is harmful and violates Matthew 18 and the heart of our Savior. This is a letter that I sent to a sincere sister who was compassionately inquiring about where we stand re: these attacks.

My friend,
I appreciate your heart to discern, measure by the Word of God, and walk in 1 Corinthians 13 love. I choose to not defend ourselves from innuendo and guilt-by-association-attacks. Just as I refuse to engage in the contra-Sermon-on-the-Mount public condemnation of others based on insinuation, rumor, and guilt by broad-brushed categorization. Neither will I publicly attack our accusers. Ever. (I’ve written privately to the two who have been rallying opposition against us, and assured them of my confidentiality. By the grace of God, we have kept it, in the real hope and expectation that redemption and reconciliation will best happen in that context.

When someone has a specific theological bone to pick with what I teach, and/or have taught for 45 years I expect that they will follow the order set forth in the New Testament and personally, privately, and specifically address that tenet of teaching or doctrine. For nearly all of my ministry I have leaned on the apostle Paul’s admonition to “speak the truth in love, one to another”. He concludes: “THIS is the way that we grow up in all aspects into Him, Who is our Head: Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 4:15)

Ephesians 4:15 is not happening in this episode, on a massive scale. 

Without following the New Testament order, Facebook posts become feeding frenzies of rumor, suspicion, malice, and slander. Regardless of what others may be saying, no one has ever come to me privately (or publicly for that matter) and confronted me with a single specific theological point that they are taking issue with. And I’ve asked them to – repeatedly. (Sending someone a hit-piece video about another person’s ministry in a PM doesn’t come close to the bar required to confront a sister or brother about specific doctrinal matters.)

Our House of Prayer’s statement of faith (posted on our web-site) has been the same statement of faith that I’ve subscribed to for 45 years of missions, apologetics, and pastoral ministry. Billions of conservative, Bible-believing Christians around the world subscribe to the very same tenets of faith. (For what it’s worth, so does every House of Prayer that I have ever heard of…) 

What’s remarkable about what the Lord is doing re: Houses of Prayer is that Houses of Prayer (in all their various expressions – same doctrine – different expressions, styles, emphases and spiritual gifts) are exploding around the planet. Missiologists report that over the last 20 years, more than 10,000 Houses of Prayer have been independently established in nearly every nation on the earth, (mostly) without any form of coordinated strategic vehicle.

Are they all linked to Kansas City? No. Some were started around the same time, (again, without intentional coordination) in Egypt, Hong Kong, South Korea, South Africa and even England and Mexico. It’s really sovereign – and extraordinary.

What do Houses of Prayer share in common? Three things I can think of: 

1. Commitment to worship and exalt the historical Jesus Christ of the Bible, 

2. Prayer and intercession that begins with scripture and aims at Biblical, New Testament results, and 

3. Encouraging the whole body of Christ into first-commandment love for Jesus Christ. (Again, the Jesus Christ of the Bible; as faithfully reflected through the inerrant Word of God, and thousands of years of Church history among leaders like Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Moody, Billy Graham, AW Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill etc.)

At All Nations there are two pieces of literature that we keep in all of our seats: A NKJV Bible and a 4-Spiritual Laws tract from Campus Crusade (where I, Jon, used to serve in missions). We keep the tract there for anyone who wanders into our Prayer Room, so they can receive a solid witness to the gospel and be brought to faith in Jesus. We’ve had the honor of leading many into a saving relationship with Jesus over our 4 years of work in our region. 

We also enjoy great support and encouragement from the local pastors and ministries and missions in our region; many of whom are very close long-time friends: Baptists, Assemblies of God, Vineyard, Lutherans, Calvary Chapel, and Independent Bible-Church leaders and believers all have regularly participated in our prayer gatherings. 

We also have many Mormons in our community. We purposely distinguish ourselves from them for the simple reason that the LDS organization rejects the statements of faith that we subscribe to. They believe in a different Jesus; a different gospel; and do not subscribe to the same view of the Bible. (Plus more…) 

What makes our little House of Prayer’s work distinct from other Houses of Prayer in the world? Three things:

1. The Lord has specifically given our House of Prayer the assignment to encourage the New Testament churches and the proclamation of the gospel among our Native American neighbors.

2. He has given us the assignment to help establish unity in the body by exalting Jesus Christ and first commandment love for Jesus Christ among New Testament believers in the region.

3. He has also called us to preach the cross of Jesus and train men and women everywhere to respond faithfully to Jesus’ call to the crucified life.

“When I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching werenot with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

I hope this is helpful. 

Again. I am very open to dialoguing with anyone who has questions about what we do and what we believe. Please email me here.

I’m 64 years old. This is the first time in my 45 years of ministry that sisters and brothers in Christ have questioned my commitment to Biblical orthodoxy. (Hahaha. I’ve spent my life defending historical Christian orthodoxy from cults, atheists, liberal “Christian” humanists etc., but never from those inside our own family.) The heresy-hunting that is going on in this season (not only in this particular episode) is a tragic reflection of the toxic atmosphere of “suspicion, fear, hostility and alienation” that’s infected the bloodstream of our culture. It grieves the heart of Jesus and it poisons His Body.

All this noted, our Father is a much much more faithful Defender and Shield than the enemy is proficient in his ability to wound. Ultimately, our trust and our appeal for validation lies with Him.

“We do not give anyone an occasion for taking an offense in anything, so that no fault may be found with our ministry. 4 But as God’s servants, we have commended ourselves in every way, with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses, 5 … in troubles, in sleepless nights, 6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, 7 by truthful teaching, by the power of God, with weapons of righteousness both for the right hand and for the left, 8 through glory and dishonor, through slander and praise; regarded as impostors, and yet true.” (2 Corinthians 6:3-8) 

Thank you again for your willingness to dialogue in the Spirit of love,

Your brother with Jesus,

Jonathan Boegl

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JSB • August 28, 2022

NOTE: What Are Some of the Dangers of Apologetics?”
From “Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry Institute”, here are 10 ways that an emphasis upon apologetics can be unbalanced and unbiblical.

Apologetics is always a sub-set of our primary commission to proclaim the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s one apostolic function of many that helps to build the Church. There’s no New Testament precedent for it to ever become the main thrust, and main event. None. No apostle, evangelist, pastor, teacher or prophet makes inspecting everyone else’s theology their central occupation. That’s the devil’s work. Not the work of the redeemed. • JSB

What Are We Groaning For?

I’m pretty sure I’ve never felt our world groan more than I do than in this hour. 

When you pause, you feel the atmospheric pressure. I don’t need to list the cracks in our culture and where we experience the weariness of humanity. There’s a heaviness on the earth that tells us something needs to break. Systems; the created order; morality; our own fragile frames; even religion all grind with disturbance. You don’t have to be a believer to feel the tyranny of compounding darkness and hopelessness. It weighs on the soul like a wet, wool blanket.

“There are many who say, ‘Who will show us any good?'” (Psalm 4:6)

As I walk through my community, I hear a low hum of desire for “good” that’s become smothered with disbelief and despair. In some it feels like the hope for “good” has been completely extinguished. “Whatever ‘good’ we hope for is only a mirage. It won’t be enough to fill the ache, the chasm, the vacuum inside.” 

And so we groan. 

Our communities, our nation, and the planet is “troubled”.

I’m intentionally using this word because “trouble” is doing what our righteous God designed it to do. It’s causing human hearts to groan. And, because we’ve been entrusted with the stewardship of creation, it also causes everything around us to groan.

What are we groaning for?

Peace. True peace. Not as the world gives. Not as the world has been giving us. Nor the kind of peace we’ve been demanding the world give us. We crave a substantive peace. A sense of order. A sense of immovable truth. A sense of love and being loved. A sense of understandable purpose and meaning.

Again. You don’t have to be a Christian to feel this. You just need to have a heartbeat. And if we listen deeply to the hearts beating around us… that’s… the… groan… we… hear.

We’re groaning for a tangible peace that won’t be exposed as fraudulent or insufficient. All 7.5 billion of us.

There’s only One Source for that kind of peace.
“He Himself is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:14)

But it’s His will that there be many many (billions) of witnesses to that peace.
“Blessed are the peace-bringers…” (Matthew 5:9)
Who are they?
“They’re called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
The ones “all creation groans” for.

In this hour of mounting trouble, the Spirit is raising up daughters and sons of God who will give themselves to “Letting the peace of Christ rule in (their) hearts.” (Colossians 1:15) and know how to help bring Him and His peace to groaning hearts.

“Letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts” is job one. (And as a prayer-guy, I can say, this will only be found in corporate prayer… where day-by-day we give the Spirit access to the conversations that are brewing in our hearts.) As we learn to let the peace of Jesus reign within us, the Holy Spirit will equip with the power to do job two: to speak words of eternal assurance; healing; reconciliation; life; destiny and glory under the perfect reign of the Prince of all peace.

“27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’” (John 14:27-28)

I’m groaning for His peace to be manifest within me, and my world.

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JSB • August 19, 2022

“The Winnowing Fork Is In His Hand”

At the end of the day, the current furor over our many social issues is all about the returning King bringing our American Church narratives, ways and values into subjection to the eternal narrative, ways and values of His Kingdom.

What did we think “Repent! The Kingdom of God is at hand!” was going to be all about?

What feels like chaos and calamity is really the separating process of the Lord’s winnowing fork. He’s blowing off the chaff so that only that which is fruitful remains. (He’s worthy of 100%…) The Body of Christ will not find peace anywhere unless we understand what the Lord is doing.

“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Lord’s process is so thorough that just as in the days of 1st century Judea, it required a willingness to let the old be lost; to bring the insufficient order to death – all to receive the dawning glory of our King’s new order.

“I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire… then all Judea… went out to him and were baptized… confessing their sins.”

Just like Caiaphas – where we see the unique ways of Jesus threatening the security of our national exceptionalism we are greatly tempted to defend the old glory of our fathers – rather than humble ourselves and risk it all on the Son. If we give in to this temptation we spurn His Kingdom in order to retain our own. 

“Bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have _________ as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to _________ from these stones.”

Our theology can also tempt us to believe that He would never manifest His wrath upon the temple and the land and whatever else we have come to regard with such jealousy.

“You brood of vipers. Who warned you to flee the wrath to come?”

We need to bring these vain imaginations to the waters of baptism as well. 

Just like faithless 1st century Jerusalem, our refusal to humble ourselves onto the threshing floor; and our unwillingness to undergo the refining process will be catastrophic. This is a promise.

It takes faith to let our old ways go – faith that believes that the new order that Jesus wants to give us is far far far superior to the old ways and values and narratives that we work so hard to hold onto.

“He Who is coming after me is mightier than I…”

The King is coming! And He is so committed to having you and I be ready for His Kingdom that He’s leveling every mountain in our lives in order to have us.

“Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight!” 

The only place our lives, our churches and our communities will find security in this hour is on the threshing floor of prayer where we allow our ways to be lost and brought to death, and allow His ways and glory to flourish.

“He must increase…”

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JSB • July 17, 2022

The Judgments of the Lord and the Finger of God

“This is the finger of God. But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 8:19)

The Lord is currently judging His household (1 Peter 4:17). Out of His faithful love for us, He has been inviting us to turn from our self-saving narratives in order to “seek His face” (Psalm 27:8).

The quickest way for a judgment of the Lord to turn into a “finger of God” (Exodus 8:19) is for an individual or specific group of people to refuse to respond to the Lord’s invitation in humility; to marginalize the beatitudes (where Jesus declared the blessings of the Lord would be found), and assert their rights and abilities in the midst of calamity.

Only the uncrucified flesh would make “the time of trouble” (Psalm 27:5) all about the loss of our freedoms, and proving our ways to be right. The fact that so many in the Church are barnstorming with this entitled spirit is proof that God’s judgments upon us are warranted. In the midst of the Lord’s tempest we’re found boasting before men instead of bending before God.

Just like Pharaoh, if we do not submit ourselves to the judgments of the Lord, our hearts will be hardened. This is a guarantee from all 66 books of the Bible. In our refusal to come to the Lord in contrition we’re becoming blinded by our zeal for self-actualized greatness.

How many of these unrighteous qualities in this list from Romans 1 do we recognize being normalized within our American evangelical family in this hour? 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a depraved mind, to do those things that are not proper,29 people having been filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, and evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unfeeling, and unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

I count 21. If you, or I had twenty-one symptoms of a fatal disease what would we spare to secure a sure solution to our malady? The mercy of God is such a “sure solution”. The question is, “Will we bear the ignominy and go and receive it from Him?”

This is the lay of the land for American evangelicalism in this hour. Perceived or not, we are being given over to the unrighteous task-masters of deceit, malice, violence, selfish-pride, and idolatry that we’ve been clamoring for. If we continue to mock God’s prophetic warnings; if we continue to spurn His call to “seek His Face” we will be consumed by the storm.

Where we go as a culture/family from here will only be determined by the mercy of the Lord, and our response to Him on the threshing floor of prayer.

“Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up; and it shall be brought low.” (Isaiah 2:10-12)

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JSB • August 13, 2022

9 Prophetic Words the Lord Has Released Through All Nations House of Prayer Southwest

Since the establishing of All Nations House of Prayer Southwest in the summer of 2018 the Father has entrusted us with nine amazing signs and prophetic words for ourselves, the Church in the Southwest and the nation.

Prophetic words from the Lord are intended to not only be a confirmation of His work among us, they are also meant to direct and nourish believers in specific ways as they cultivate faithful love for Jesus.

Below, I’ve recorded a summary of the prophetic words the Lord has released to us, along with links to their fulfillment and the key scriptures that accompanied each of these words. It’s my hope that in summarizing these words many in the body of Christ will be led to prayer and “to inquire in His tabernacle” (Psalm 27:4) about how He is leading us individually, and collectively to be fully prepared for His return.

1. THE WIND OF THE LORD IS COMING

In March of 2019 the Lord spoke a word to our House of Prayer: “The Wind of the Lord is Coming!“Beloved, the Spirit of the Lord is about to sweep across our nation 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.” (March, 2019)

This word was accompanied by historic, and record-setting tornado activity throughout the spring of 2019. In this word the Lord promised that this wind would do three things:
1.) It would bring great purification to the Church
2.) It would bring a purging disruption to systems and organizations in our culture
3.) It would bring a prophetic awakening to the Church

“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)

2. 911 18th ANNIVERSARY

On September 11, 2019 the Lord moved upon us, so that we wrote: “there’s something different about this 18th anniversary… We’ve been sensing that the Spirit is reminding us of the hour. It’s all the later. And our House feels His grief that so much of the Bride has fallen asleep again; distracted, angry, embittered, disillusioned, overwhelmed with the cares of this raging, transitioning world. We may be remembering the event, but we’re deaf to His admonition that was unapologetically meant to come with the event (9-11). The Spirit is groaning for the American Church to prioritize everything to engage Him in His ‘tent of meeting‘ (Exodus 33:7-11).”

The Lord was telling us to make specific adjustments in our ministries and lifestyles so we would not stumble at the “trouble” that was coming.

3. SEEK MY FACE

Throughout October and November of 2019 the Lord spoke to us numerous times that “the time of trouble was coming” (Psalm 27:5) and that He was calling His family to intensify our dialogue with Him by “seeking His Face” (Psalm 27:8). He called our little House of Prayer to curtail all of our additional church ministries and connections in order to “seek His Face” for 180 days; from the darkest part of the year, to the lightest part of the year.

Little did we know that we were going to receive massive help from the Lord, in that in March of 2020 the entire world went into a massive lockdown on account of COVID. Movie theaters were closed. Sports leagues suspended their seasons. Travel industries and schools and restaurants and even churches shut down to “business as usual”. The Lord had “troubled” the whole earth, and even provided humanity with “set-apart space” to “seek His Face”. This was an extraordinary word; one that eventually became the the foundation of the book we published in 2021, “Seek My Face: A Guide to Praying Through the Judgments of the Lord“.

Through it all – from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 – All Nations was miraculously allowed to stay open and offered our community and friends across the nation more than 1700 hours of corporate prayer in His “tent of meeting”.

4. A DECAPITATION IS COMING

As we were concluding our 180 days of “Seeking His Face”, in May the Lord gave us one of the most precise and fearful words of this 3 year season. He gave us a vision and a dream that He was about to strike the leadership of American Christian Nationalism. In the vision, Christian leaders had huddled beneath the Washington Monument during a violent lightening storm. One of the thunderbolts struck the tip, and it fell from the monument. In the dream, the Lord indicated that this decapitation would occur in twelve weeks.

On June 7, 2020, 3 weeks after the vision, the Washington monument was struck by lightening. Six weeks after that, the Statue of Liberty was also lit up by a thunderstorm.

During the week of August 8, Jerry Falwell Jr., the President of the nation’s largest evangelical university, named “Liberty”, and the founder of one of the country’s most prominent evangelical, political “think-tanks”: “The Falkirk Center”, was exposed in an immoral episode, amidst many Church leaders demanding that he step down from his positions. Falwell had been perhaps the first high-profile evangelical leader to whole-heartedly endorse Donald Trump for President in the spring of 2016.

The week that Jerry Falwell Jr’s story came out and many called for his resignation was exactly 12 weeks from the dream and vision in May.

Accompanying the multiple signs of “decapitation” was the promise from the Lord: “Even this will not move the heart of many zealots of idolatrous nationalism. Soon the event and the man will be forgotten and swept under the rug.

5. OPEN LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST

In November of 2020, All Nations House of Prayer Southwest issued an Open Letter to the Body of Christ in America. In this letter we detailed the extraordinary words the Lord had been giving our House of Prayer, and we encouraged our sisters and brothers: “The Lord has brought us into a time of global trouble to judge, reward & prepare hearts to herald the coming reign of our Bridegroom King. The God of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20) Hezekiah (Isaiah 36 & 37) and 500 billion galaxies says: “Church in America, do not take shelter in the promise of government. Let Me make you singularly jealous for the exaltation of My Son’s glory in this hour!” (November 12, 2020)

6. SEEK MY FACE: A GUIDE TO PRAYING THROUGH THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD

Throughout 2021 the Lord had us write and publish the story of how He led our House of Prayer to “Seek His Face” (Psalm 27:8). This book is available on AMAZON. It also explores what the Bible says about the topics of “the judgments of the Lord” and “repentance”, and calls the body of Christ to offer the Lord a bonafide response to His 1 Peter 4:17 judgments.

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’.” (1 Peter 4:17-18)

7. WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH NATHAN?

This past June, the Lord began to press “the fear of the Lord” upon us in the place of prayer. For nearly two months we felt a great weight on us every time we entered into our daily 5 hours of prayer. It was the most intense, prolonged time of face-down prayer I’ve ever experienced in my life. The Lord led us to fast for seven days. At the end of that fast He confronted us with the question: “What have we done with Nathan?” He was telling us that January 6 was our gathering; our spirit; our protest; our cause; our festival. The fact that we bear the same hostile arguments in our soul 18 months later testifies to our own condemnation. The fact that we cannot recognize that it’s our spirit that’s on trial signifies the depth of our blindness. Beloved. The Lord is aiming this arrow squarely into the heart of our American evangelical family. We have run out of time to put our false narratives, and false prophecies on the threshing floor. 

He had sent His prophetic word to His people declaring “We are the ones!” But, unlike David in 2 Samuel 12, we have not humbled ourselves. We’ve not received His word. We’ve turned Nathan away. In this wretched state the Lord has declared:

“Our evangelical family hasbrought violence into our house and wielded it against our nation. We’ve attached false prophecy to our hearts while violently resisting the Lord’s many prophetic warnings and stern judgments. We’ve refused to repent. We smolder with a spirit of rebellion within His courts. Nowwe bring holy violence upon ourselves and our nation.” (June 17, 2022)

The exhortation of the Lord that we are engaging with all of our energy in this hour is “Humility. Contrition. Repentance. Fear of the Lord.”

8. SNOW IN ARIZONA – ON JUNE 29th!

At the end of fasting and the intense encounter with the “fear of the Lord” it snowed in our little community. As I drove through the 2 inches of snow (with cars pulled off to the side of the road to make snow balls) the Lord spoke to me saying: “Don’t be deceived by what others are saying about this season. They may say it is summer (and the time for the ripening of the harvest). I say that it’s winter.”

9. JULY 21 VISION • THE LOT HAS BEEN CAST

On the afternoon of July 21, 2022 the Lord gave me a very vivid and very disturbing vision of His rebuke being released across the land.

“As the vision opened, I saw several giant red and white dice being rolled out of the Father’s Hand, bouncing across the hills and plains of America. Before the dice settled, apocalyptic storm clouds, filled with lightening and doom; clouds that stretched from the north to the south rapidly unrolled from the east coast to the west coast of our nation. Beneath the destructive canopy of the clouds one calamity after another burst onto the continent: hail; tempest; famine; plague, sword and more… One calamity spring-loaded the next… A sequence of destructive events is about to explode across our country – like the plagues of Egypt – perhaps packed into a much shorter time-span.” (July 21, 2022)

SUMMARY

What’s the summary of these words to the body of Christ? I’ll be brief. Our King is coming. Now is the hour to bring all of our ways to the threshing floor and “Seek His Face” (Psalm 27:8). Everything in our lives needs to be plumb-lined from the place of humility, contrition, repentance and the fear of the Lord, unto the increase of first-commandment love for the Lord.

It does no good to add additional elements to the assignments that the Lord has given to us to accomplish in this hour. If we’re not corporately engaging Him in humility, contrition, repentance and the fear of the Lord, whatever else we’re doing matters little.

There is abounding grace and great reward available as we make adjustments to our paradigms. But it is all accessed in this season through humility, contrition, repentance and the fear of the Lord.

Beloved, sisters and brothers. The Blessings of our Father to each us as the Holy Spirit makes us (Matthew 10:38) “worthy” of the One Who is coming.

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JSB • August 8, 2022

2 Thessalonians 2: The Deceit of Unrighteousness

“9 The coming of the lawless one is according to THE WORKING OF SATAN, (IS) with all POWER, signs, and LYING WONDERS,
10 AND with all UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION among those who perish, because THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved.
11 And FOR THIS REASON GOD WILL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, (LITERALLY: AN ACTIVITY OF ERROR AND DECEPTION) THAT THEY SHOULD (ACTIVELY) BELIEVE THE LIE,
12 that they all may be condemned who DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!” 
(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

PART I

PREFACE:
Sometimes we can be so enamored by the SHINEY object in a text that we miss the larger, the deeper, and more salient meaning and purpose of the text itself. When we have read 2 THESSALONIANS 2, 99.9% of our attention goes to “THE LAWLESS ONE” or the anti-Christ. We must guard ourselves from letting our carnal fascination with an historical reference to the anti-Christ to keep us from paying attention to the Kingdom principles that are at work all throughout the rest of these four verses.

There are critical truths about how God works that we must pay attention to here:
a.) truths that can give us insight into what we (and others are) experiencing in our own worlds right now; 
b.) and truths that will unlock God’s grace to know how to operate within the dynamics that are spoken of here.

This pericope is a treasure chest of advanced technical “equipment” that can help us discern the way of the Lord in a day of great deception. Put another way: there are universal principles that Paul is writing about that are lodged in this text that are meant to be applied in our own world – regardless of whether the anti-Christ is alive and at work right now, or not.

What follows is an attempt to extricate 8 universal truths from this text – 8 truths that can be applied to the world that we’re living in right now:

1. (v.9) Paul references THE (general) WAY THAT SATAN WORKS. He notes that satan works with supernatural power, signs that direct hearts into false, destructive paths, and lying wonders that captivate the heart and fill the mind with wonder.

2. The WORKING OF SATAN is intended to lead the human soul into UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION; a condition where we live in a way that’s contrary to the King… but we don’t know it. (That’s why he calls it “deception”.) We live from day to day without recognizing that our ways are out of sync with the ways of Jesus.

3. This condition is common to every human soul; from the time of Adam to today. This condition comes upon those who DO NOT RECEIVE THE TRUTH OF GOD WITH LOVE and passionate hunger and appreciation for more. They either did not receive the truth about God at all, OR they did not receive the truth of God with a spirit that compelled them to yearn for more of God; more of HIs truth; more of His ways. The lack of yearning is the symptom – the “tip-off” that something in me is out-of-whack with how God designed me to live. (In our unfallen, created state, we, His creation, would “naturally” hunger for more and more of God, the way a newborn child craves her mother – right??)  

This lack of yearning for THE TRUTH OF/ABOUT GOD could be within an individual for several reasons. Here are three that are common to today:

a.) We believe just enough Bible and theology to get us saved; and we’re content with the simplified essence of the formula of salvation. When others press us for more of God, we resist going on the journey because we’re content to believe the fundamentals of faith in Jesus Christ. “Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I believe He was raised from the dead. I’m good. This talk about “more” makes me suspect that the basics of our faith in Jesus Christ aren’t sufficient to save us.”

b.) We’ve made following Jesus about how it benefits me and my life. We mistakenly turn the things of God into principles and governing ordinances that tell us how to live in this world the best we can – getting all the blessings we can, while maximizing all of the opportunities that life brings our way.

c.) Or a lack of love for the truth of God may be due to the fact that our heart is filled with a love for something else; we’re passionate about justice issues, harmony with others, the well-being of our family and close friends, and/or politics and worldly amusements and accomplishments.

We must look at these three categories and realize that each of these mind-sets are what Paul was describing as “UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION” – meaning, they are ways that people live that are contrary to the way that Christ would have us live. We must not only recognize these mind-sets as “UNRIGHTEOUS”, we must examine ourselves to see how these ways exist within us. Because the fact of the matter is, UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION is meant to lead us to UNRIGHTEOUS destruction. Living disconnected from a LOVE OF THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD places our soul in peril.

4. Here is where Paul taps into the deep and mysterious way of God and reveals how contrary His ways are to our own. It is precisely because our soul is in peril that God does something that seems quite contrary to our logical and very much fallen way of thinking. When we’re entangled in UNRIGHTEOUS DECEPTION that threatens to destroy us, the Lord SENDS US STRONG DELUSION. The greek phrase literally means: He gives us something that will engage us into actively pursuing error and deception; what is false and – this is important – what will produce death and not life in our lives, our relationships and our world. 

The question that occurs to the natural mind is, “why would God do this? Why would He give us something that He knows is false and potentially destructive to our eternal soul?”

If we’re playing honest with this text this is an unavoidable question we must confront head-on. We can’t make nice with the words – because the words are in-fact “troubling”. We need to let these words “trouble” us. We need to let them sit like soap cleanser in the bottom of a crusty frying pan; steadily softening our way of thinking that’s been “baked on” by the world, so we can authentically begin to think as God thinks.

This is the place where we “inquire of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4). This is where we let the “contrary” way of the Lord “wash us with the water of His Word” (Ephesians 5:27). When He declared, “My ways are not your ways” (Isaiah 55:8), THIS is what He meant. It requires a mind-set that will take up His challenge to “go and learn what this means” (Matthew 9:13) to press into this (2 Thessalonians 2) text (and others) and perceive things from the Lord’s perspective.

But when we do, He unlocks the treasures of hidden grace to live in a way “that glorifies the name of our Lord Jesus Christ within us” (2 Thessalonians 1:12).


PART II
“FOR THIS REASON God will send them strong delusion…”

5. Why would God send anyone a “delusion”? The direct answer comes from the previous verse: “Because they did not receive the love of the truth.” This requires some breakdown.
a.) Who is “THEY”? For our purposes, it’s all those who are putting themselves at risk of being entrapped by deceitful and lawless unrighteousness. Paul is saying, the ones who have put themselves at risk are in need of urgent intervention from God.

b.) The phrase “did not receive the love of the truth” tells us there is a history that’s gone on here. The “they” have already been spurning God’s “truth”. God has been speaking “truth in love”  (Ephesians 4:15)  and it has not been received, nor cherished. The implication is that the truth has been rebuffed.

c.) “Truth” here isn’t just any truth. Paul isn’t speaking about mere facts about current events. He’s speaking about the truth about the King and the way the King operates in His Kingdom. Our fancy religious word for that is called “righteousness”. Righteousness literally from the greek source means, “the right order of the King”. The truth that has been spurned and rejected by “THEY” is the truth about the character of Jesus and the values by which He operates, and calls us to operate in our world.

d.) In one short sentence Paul is saying, “The Lord has been telling these people about how He operates in the world, and they neither agree with nor appreciate these operational values. The Kingdom values aren’t prized. Values like meekness, humility, mercy-giving, loving your enemies, cross-bearing, mutual honor and accountability etc. have been exchanged for brute force, pride, condemnation and malice, revenge, self-seeking, sowing dishonor and perpetual alienation and discord.” (Gotta be real here folks. This is the set of anti-beatitudes.) 

We’ve also got to acknowledge that wherever we dispute the wisdom of the former list and embrace the latter list, we’re putting our souls at risk of being enticed by the “deceptions of unrighteousness” and “the working of satan”.

6. Now we get back to verse 11: “FOR THIS REASON”. What is the reason? “BECAUSE” in spite of the Lord’s repeated attempts to disclose the wisdom of His ways, these ones still have no love for the truth about how Jesus wants us to operate in our world.

7. What does the Lord do? How does He reach the ones who have been dismissing His calls of love and truth and wisdom? He does what too many good parents have had to do to wayward children who refuse to respond to their parent’s good, life-giving love. He gives them over to the evil that they want to embrace so that they feel the natural consequences (even the world operates according to a natural order – ie. from order to disorder) of their lack of love for God’s truth.

This is the same strategy that Paul talks about in Romans 1 where he says three times, “God gave them over” (Romans 1:24, 26 & 28) to the forces of unrighteousness. 

The thought is, “They haven’t responded positively to the truth. Let’s let them experience some of the destructive consequences of unrighteousness, with the hope that they “turn from their evil ways”.

This is the tact the Lord described through the prophet Ezekiel: “10 “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?” ’ 11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’” (Ezekiel 33:10-11)

In essence the Lord is saying, “You have not let Me in my goodness be your Tutor into righteousness, I’ll let you feel the bad affects of having unrighteousness as your tutor.” As we mentioned above, the greek phrase for “SEND THEM A STRONG DELUSION” is an active phrase within an active phrase. He’s saying we will not only experience the terrible natural consequences of unrighteousness, but we will also experience the terrible tyranny of being led by unrighteousness; the brutality; the fear; the threats; the loss of freedom; the coercion etc. that comes whenever we have “sin as our master”. (Genesis 4:7).

This tact doesn’t change the Lord’s attitude toward the unrighteous individuals one bit. He is still the God Who “stretches out His hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good.” (Isaiah 65:2)

Again, the Lord declares through Ezekiel: “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, 15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.” (Ezekiel 33:14-16)

What’s more, they won’t be conscious of the fact that they’re being tutored by evil. They’ll believe the lie. They’ll only know that they’re being filled with desire to act in a certain way. The lie will actually spur them on with zeal, like it did with Jesus’ disciple, Simon, who was once a “zealot”. The “being filled with zeal” is the tip-off. Paul understood this zeal; this inner-compulsion and described it this way in Romans 7:20 “Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.” And he recognizes that this power of sin “is leading him to death.” “For sin… deceived me, and by it killed me.” (Romans 7:11)

Paul is saying “I was deceived. I didn’t see that sin was leading me to death. I didn’t see how terrible my condition was. Under the power of sin, I was actually thinking that I was heading toward life.”

And in this state, as He did in Paul, the Lord yearns for the deceived to feel the heat and even the terror of being helpless upon the conveyor-belt of sin and cry out, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)

8. In v. 12 Paul again reminds us that condemnation, or the awareness of the state of condemnation, ultimately happens to all those who “do not believe the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:12). Our prayer for ourselves and those we love is, “Father show us our condemned state early, so we might cry out to You for mercy and grace and forgiveness.” This is the blessed place of experiencing “the fear of the Lord” in a way that propels us into repentance and submission to Him and His ways.

9. (The Bonus Point)
Finally, Paul identifies a key symptom that can serve as a diagnostic for our soul – if we’ll let the Holy Spirit bring it to us in this way. He concludes this topic by saying: “There is a PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS within those who are in danger here.” The statement is meant to lead us to the question, “Is this pleasure in me?” Do I find cursing my enemies, exalting my self in pride, malice, defensiveness, unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, contention, violence and lust for more to be “pleasurable”? And the question, if sincerely applied to ourselves should lead us to the cry for mercy and repentance. This is where our God Who loves mercy (Psalm 86:15) meets us. He is the God Who even saves those who are caught up in a great delusion and are falling into the pit of destruction. He is our HighPriest Who “saves to the uttermost”. (Hebrews 7:25) He’ll save us from the deepest delusion, the deepest despair and the deepest “working of satan”.

There are two more general points to be made about this text. Two general observations that can help us recognize our personal need to have these truths applied to our lives.

PART III
1. There are six references to deceit in these four verses. Six! We don’t need to wait until the anti-Christ comes to understand that the ways of the “ruler of this world” (John 12:21) are fraught with falsehood. And he is at work on the earth today working his network of lies in thousands of different ways.

One of the chief indicators that satan is manipulating a movement is when those within the movement are working hard to redefine truth to the masses – through rallies, alternative news sources, fear-based propaganda… Wherever we find an atmosphere that’s thick with lies being reshaped and spun; wherever we find redactions in historical narratives; wherever people become obsessed with conspiracy; fake news; alternative facts; hidden operatives (ala “deep state”); redefining terms (ala. “that depends on what your definition of “is” is.”) false allies (ala RINOs); shame those who listen to differing opinions (ala. FOX news and fake news), diverge from the storyline and/or question the values that the movement is enthroning; we can be certain that we’ve entered the lair of the liar. (John 8:44) Every bit of his fading kingdom is built on deception and redefining truth. (2 Corinthians 11:14; Genesis 3:4-5).

2. There are also three references to “righteousness”, “unrighteousness” and “lawlessness” in these four verses. Paul is telling us here that the six references to deceit in these same verse are bent on deceiving us about the nature of lawlessness and righteousness.

As I’ve observed hundreds of times over the last several years, the greek word for “righteousness” is “dikaiosune”. It literally means “the right order of the king” – or “the way the king thinks and acts”. When we see words like lawlessness, righteousness and unrighteousness in a section of scripture we can be sure that the topic of discussion is “how would Jesus think and behave in this context? To embrace righteousness is to embrace the way of Jesus’ heart.

Here in this text, Paul us telling us that the way of the enemy is not only to lie, but it is to lie specifically about the ways of righteousness. At the end of His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7 Jesus expressly describes the way of lawlessness as the way that does not align with what He’s just preached in (Matthew 5 -7). Simply put, the way of righteousness (the way of Jesus’ heart) is to be found in the Sermon on the Mount. The enemy is dead set on perverting our understanding and application of the Sermon on the Mount. He will lie and tell us that there are times when it’s better to NOT live by the Sermon on the Mount. And he will lie and tell us that some people have a special designation to operate contrary to the Sermon on the Mount. This is the lie the “man of lawlessness” will attempt to deceive us with. It’s also the spirit of the delusion that the enemy wants to foster within people today. The lie that the enemy wants to sow in our hearts is “How do we define righteousness”, and “How are we to operate within righteousness?”

3. The “working of satan” described in (2 Thessalonians 2:9) isn’t exclusively a work in the future. As we observed above, the enemy is at work today – in 2022. Wherever we find his work of deception we must understand that it is a spiritual work – AND it may even be a work that God has purposefully given a people over to (Romans 1:24, 26, 28) in order to shock them back unto Christ. That’s some powerful deceit.

It does us no good to rail against that which is being supernaturally empowered. Prayer will be the only way any soul will break out of “great delusion”. Our singular, sober and steady work is prayer. Prayer, prayer and more prayer. Humble, contrite, repentant, fear-of-the-Lord prayer. There’s plenty to be done after we pray, but nothing even worth discussing “UNTIL” we’ve cultivated the way of much much prayer – within our private schedules and public gatherings.

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JSB • August, 2022