So if this vision is correct, the old moon (church system) is setting and a new wine skin, represented by the night warrior in the sky, and I believe Gideon, is upon us. The circumstances of my hearing this sermon on the “Gideon Anointing” is unusual also, because it came from the pulpit of the church I left, after I left it! I would check in once in a while to see if the church had changed at all. They record their messages and very easy to hear over the Internet.
This was a day I felt led to check in, and I found the “old” Pastor, who had pastored the church for many years was preaching that day! The current Pastor was not. The title of the message immediately caught my ear. And God spoke many things to me as I listened that day and pondered the message in relationship to the vision I already had. As the old Pastor preached, I kept seeing Orion in the night sky.
But as many churches are prone to do these days, I was amazed at the things the Pastor left out in the Gideon story. (For example, God reducing the number of people. This is a main part of the Gideon story, but this large church needs the money of many people. (Is that why it was left out?)
He was also saying there is a Gideon anointing coming to the church, as if he were saying that particular church, or was he? Which was God saying? I saw it to be God’s people as a whole, and my experience at that church was anything but a Gideon anointing! And as further proof of that, at the end of his sermon he asked all those who wanted this anointing to stand. Now who would not stand at a time like that? Do you want people to think you’re not hungry for more of God? And if 90 % of the church immediately jumps to their feet, are you going to just sit there?
I imagine 99% of the congregation stood, claiming they wanted an anointing that would send them in battle against idols, cause them to be hated by most Christians, send them into a discomfort zone while reducing the size of their large congregation, as God did with Gideon, and sending them out against impossible odds.
Gideon also changed everything! He went against the status quo as I had done. (This church is very programmed.) The whole town got mad at him and wanted to kill him! So all these people stood for the Pastor to pray and they receive this Gideon anointing, as if it is that easy!!!
If any of them got it that day, then I guarantee you their life was vastly different the next day! The Gideon anointing requires great change! New priorities! And the spirit of a breaker! But I also guarantee you those people walked out of there that day, after standing and saying they “wanted” that anointing, and the preacher prayed for it, and they thought they could get it just that easy, and then nothing changed in them on Monday morning when they rose from bed, did not pray, and did all their usual stuff! This is the modern church and how it sickens me! And these are the Pastors who set up such scenarios to look good but have no real effect! God hates it!
But I was sitting at home listening to this message and having fulfilled almost every characteristic of Gideon. I was led to study Gideon again after that message, and I made a detailed list of everything the preacher left out and the “slant” or “spin” he had put on Gideon, and then offered it to the people in a two minute prayer.
This Gideon anointing is important to the vision God showed me, and likely the reason God made sure I heard the form my old church preached it. God knew the fire it would light in my belly and send me searching for the whole truth, every detail, because it connected to what was coming. That church that day got a watered down version that likely did nothing for them, except act as a flu shot keeping them from getting the real thing!
Yes… we are about to study Gideon, because it is part of this vision. As the light of the modern church has faded to a splinter of a moon, and the darkness has grown, there is a night sky warrior glowing brighter! He hates the idols of Baal, Ashtaroth, and Tammuz! Gideon did all his best work at night! He even took the idol of Baal down in the night! And then the people wanted to kill him in the day. The Gideon anointing is not about seeking popularity, it’s about a discomfort zone known as the battlefield with God.
We will study Gideon and how he relates to this new wine skin next episode, but lets end with this: “The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and sober minded so that you may pray.” (1st Peter 4:7)
Mike Evans in an article of “Friends of Zion” magazine, described “sober” as this: “The word “sober” in the Greek means to be calm, collected, good sense, good judgment, good wisdom, and level-headed in times of distress. The Spirit of God is saying to be sober. Don’t trust in the flesh. Be sober. Seek the face of God and love him passionately. Return to your first love; passionately love the Savior.” He went on to say: “America has an epidemic of backslidden churches, pastored by backslidden pastors who are drunk on their own wine, obsessed with success and numbers, who refuse to preach repentance or the cross.”
The Gideon anointing confronts churches worshiping idols. There is a Gideon in the night sky and God made him an important part of this vision. Get ready folks, the new wine skin does not set well with the Midianites Gideon faced. These were descendants of Abraham! These were family! But they were robbing God’s people because God’s people had fallen into idolatry! The book of judges in chapter six starts out with… “Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years, and the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made for themselves the dens, the caves, and the strongholds which are in the mountains.”
Our “family” has played with Baal long enough. Many of us with a Gideon anointing has moved to dens, caves, and strongholds in the mountains. Gideon himself was found “at night”, at a “wine press”, secretly threshing wheat for food when the angel showed up and called him a mighty man of valor. Change is here! The new wine skin grows! The old one will burst open with great fear and confusion as they slaughter each other and flee in every direction. It will be the great falling away. There is much we need to know about Gideon and the 300!
Note the hour-glass shaped body.