Old Paths – Micro Church? #1

9021 Will modern church fight the Sea Change in spite of “over whelming” evidence of her failure in America? Why do I specify America? Because it seems we have not failed so badly overseas. It appears our dollars invested to send missionaries to third world countries, and such, is resulting in much multiplication and revival! But why is that? Is it because our American version of church is succeeding there? Not according to the studies I have read. They are succeeding for exactly the opposite reasons!

These oversea revivals are not adopting the big church modern system, but they are doing it much more closely to what the Early Church of the Old Ways did! House to house! What we see throughout our New Testament! Isn’t that interesting! You say No? Maybe? We will see.

And in a time when the American church should be self examining and asking why all this has come upon us “on our watch”, we do not self-examine, but simply say to pray, vote for Trump, and we will overcome! (Where is the humble yourself, repent, turn from your wicked ways, seek my face?) If this is your answer for where we are going, then what is your reasoning on how we got here? Have you yet to even admit it is the modern church that is responsible to God for America’s condition? And if these be judgments from God, then who has caused them, the unsaved world who do not know what they do? Or a modern church who is supposed to know what they do?

I must give Mario Murillo credit for this. I believe he pointed out our SIN in scripture, and once I saw it,  I needed no further explanation because it was all so plain! I don’t know the details he has taught on this, but here is what seems so prophetically accurate to me, and yes…this does relate to our new SERIES of Old Paths and Micro Churches. I’m so excited to be finally getting fully into this.

I recommend one and all to read Jonah in detail, for yourself, but here are a few points for us to “launch” with. 1)…The Lord gave a message to Jonah! This is 1:1 of Jonah! And what did he do with it? He did not speak it! He refused to even go to those people that the message was for…and he RAN from God!

He was to warn of coming judgment, but refused! You may say we have had lots of people screaming judgment for years. Yes…but did you listen to them? And the message of the modern church has not been judgment, but prosperity and success and king theology! It says in verse 3, Jonah did not preach the message of the Lord, but got up and went in the opposite direction! He went “DOWN” to Joppa and got on a ship for Tarshish, whose name in the Greek means = a stone, a jem, a reverse! And when I think of a “jem”, I think of money, prosperity, materialism!

2)…But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart! (Remember the vision I’ve shared in detail in previous articles? The whirlwinds, dry corn shucks, and wire fences? And two old gates?) Fearing for their lives these unsaved men started praying to their gods for divine help! But Jonah was not praying in the storm, he was sleeping! (Vrs. 5)

3)…The captain of the ship demands for Jonah to pray to his God also! This is like the world telling the church to wake up and pray! What are you doing sleeping in a storm like this? And soon, it is discovered, the whole storm is because of Jonah! It is not because of these ungodly men who know not what they do, but because of Jonah who knows exactly what he is doing! The storm has come on ALL of them because of Jonah, God’s man, not anyone else! This is our fault, church! And are you examining your modern ways to figure out why? Or must we be thrown overboard, by the world, into the sea, to be swallowed by a fish, before we will finally get serious about our calling as Priests in the earth!

We will be having much more to say about Jonah and the church, for example…in chapter 2, verse 10, it says the fish “spit” or “vomited” Jonah out of his mouth! That sounds a whole lot like the church of Laodicea to me! And what have we already been saying? But even as Jonah is spit out on that beach, he still has serious attitude issues! But I don’t want to just spend time on how we got here, but also where we go from here. In this series I want to talk about both. We need to speak about what Jonah did, and also what Jesus DID!

The clock is coming full circle! Is the church becoming as the Jewish church was in Jesus day? Jesus looked at the Pharisees and said, when speaking of Nineveh! > “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah.”

“Now someone greater than Jonah is here — but you refuse to repent.” (Matt. 12:41b)

He goes on to say, “Now someone greater than Solomon is here — but you refuse to listen.”

Refusal to take this seriously. Refusal to repent or listen. I no longer claim to be a Christian. I have tried to correct my habit of speech developed over many years of being a Christian. I try to always specify “I am a follower of Jesus”. I need to go deep into that, also. The modern church has so tainted the name of “Christian”, that I can no longer use that title in good conscience.

However, the name of Jesus still stands pure! If you truly follow Jesus, which is Christianity in its purest and simplest form, people will still respect you. But what does that mean? How have we sullied the name, Christian? Do you even understand? Love of money…king theology… power… sexual unfaithfulness. And related to power…”politics” now also “marks” the name Christian/church/Bible, in the eyes of the world. The world knows Jesus never went political, even though baited more than once by the disciples.

Do I plan to vote? Yes. Do I make a major issue out of politics? No. I focus on the transformation of hearts in Christ Jesus. I never want to speak of politics to the point someone will not listen to me concerning Jesus. Only if I were called of God to that work would I become that vocal, and God does call such people. But the church as a whole is meant to be preaching the Gospel! And multiplying through discipleship! Like salt out of a shaker!

Did you know the death of Billy Graham has proven itself to be a spiritual marker in time, for this nation? And consider this, even though Billy Graham was associated with every President we ever had, it seems, but he was not political! The few times he crossed that line he said he regretted! The young Rev. Graham got involved with Nixon and crossed the line. But the older Graham had learned! He was advisor to both Clinton and Reagan! He told “Christianity Today” in 2011 that he would have ‘steered clear of politics” and he had crossed the line a few times but would not do that now! He did not join the Moral Majority or the Religious Right! How do you think he was able to advise someone like Clinton and also Bush, or Jimmy Carter, and also Reagan? And yet remain above it all!

Billy Graham focused on changing hearts in the power of God, and then a right heart votes godly! And good political leaders with a true desire to serve the people become available. But in a world growing more and more worldly, it don’t matter how political you may get, soon, there will be no good choices! (And some would say we’re already there!) This storm is because of the church running from God’s true message and true ways! And the world plans to throw us in the deep blue raging sea! At least Jonah admitted it was because of him.

If the modern church fails to admit its sin, will God still prepare a fish for us? Or simply let us drown? If we are spit out on the beach, will we preach it then, or just remain a beach bum? Building sandcastles, and lamenting the days of yore?

I firmly believe when the first church in Acts was simply growing larger and larger in that one place, God was saying, “This is not what I want, guys.” So he put his Believers in a salt shaker and began shaking the bottle, because they were simply piling up in a large hump, in one place, not seasoning the whole plate at all! So he allowed persecution and sent them out like salt to sprinkle throughout the land and multiply. Invade, saturate, multiply, fight decay, and season the experience of life for all to see!

Is this thing being called “Micro Church”, the new move of God? Is it God trying to get us back to the wisdom and Holy Spirit power of the old ways? Are we in big lumps that don’t know how to truly be the “family” of God, experiencing shallow relationships instead of the deep? We have so much more to say on this subject, as to Modern Church…Micro Church…Jonah…and Jesus!

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Adam & Eve & shades of grey” #4

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“The Peace of God”

“I am leaving with you a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Signed… Jesus Christ.

No…the world cannot give this peace. It is impossible, for it is not of its nature. Is it any wonder? A friend and I had our Fellowship/church at the Dunes in northern Indiana this last week. I’m so glad it was not a hot sunny day, because the cool breezes, and the mixtures of blues, whites, and greys in the water and sky were so PEACEFUL! God knew the best medicine and what the aesthetics of our sanctuary that day should be! This was a view that was “felt” as much as seen.

The birds were at peace too, (imagine that), as they enjoyed the tan colored sand and green grasses against the backdrop of a lake so big, it seems as the sea. All of this and more mixed together to create an aesthetic of peace and beauty. Both the bird and the landscape seemed unaware of what was going on with man, in the big cities, in Indianapolis just three hours away, in Chicago not so far away, in the media, our cell phones, and the minds and hearts of so many. Racism, Covid 19, and politics. All our media’s current favorite subjects.

 

Is there something wrong with me that when I see how the world does things, I simply go farther out to sea? I seek more Holy Spirit, more of the love of God, more of the wisdom of God? And does that mean I don’t care about what has happened to the black man, and the pain they feel, and the rage they need to vent? Is that what it means?

The best answers come from a peaceful mind.

Less than best come out of minds of chaos, torment, fear, hate.

The world simply is not my way. It’s not that I don’t care, but I see the over reacting, the violence, the closed minds filled with socialist agendas and antichrist thinking, and I know where this is going. So I speak the Sword of the Lord, but no one wants to hear it, because the Bible is part of the problem, I am part of the problem, so they say.

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Doesn’t Jason look peaceful here? (Last Fellowship’s Sanctuary.)

So I found myself fellowshiping with the cool breeze, a great lake, a good friend, and some winged birds. God showed up in that place, and in my soul. I will continue looking to the vast ocean of God for my answers. He wrote them upon the waves of the pages of my Bible, the cool breeze of His Holy Spirit, and the sharp edge of His Sword.

This is why the world will shout the Bible down. It will not be allowed to speak. Darkness flees when light speaks, so it must not be allowed! God’s Sword must not be allowed to come out of our mouth, because Eve/Gaia cannot stand when this Sword cuts!

“Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole (Canaanite goddess) standing beside it.” (God’s instructions to Gideon. Judges 6:25)

“The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1st Cor. 11:3)

Yes…we are the greatest danger to the New Age Movement, Socialism, Rise of woman, and Gaia worshipers. This is true. And the modern church will “cave” right on time, but Gideon’s 300, and Elijah’s 7,000, and the message of John the Baptist will not cave. This world may shout down the modern church and put them in checkmate, but never the likes of Gideon, Elijah, or John the Baptist, whose souls were full of the Sea, the peace and power of God.

Sail on Soul Sailors… fill your sails with the Wind, not the chaos of this world. God is the Wind under our wings and in our sails. Prepare to walk on water, come what may. Pray now, so you will not be lacking later, if the Lord be your Shepherd.

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These gods and goddesses sink like the rocks they are, at sea, but only at sea.

 

 

“Facing the Naked Wave”

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“Facing the Naked Wave”

Racism today…Sexism tomorrow…the wave builds as it rolls.

They feel no shame as they shed their clothes.

But are we ashamed?

Ashamed of God’s Word; and what is written?

Will we be?

Those who are naked and unashamed…calling good, evil; and evil, good.

Calling darkness, light; and light, darkness.

Lies, truth; and truth, lies.

Love, hate; and hate, love.

Devolving as they roll…hating as they go…choosing no clothes.

They come setting fire!

Setting fire to the covering of God, setting fire to the houses of God…

setting fire to the people of God…setting fire to God’s Anointed.

But when Holy Spirit burns…

it gives Light.

 

“Changing Hearts” #1

Na8rinz How did Jesus do it? How did the early church do it? That’s what I want to know, and it seems others are having that same hunger for knowledge. While in the midst of this modern church system, some are growing ever more hungry for what Jesus DID.

In this series I hope to share thoughts and insights about where this hunger has taken us, because I believe it is essential to the real changing of hearts. First I spent several months searching my own heart and studying church history up to 300 A.D. when Constantine begins affecting everything. I eventually came to zero in on what I call the “Missing 200 Years”, because most Christians have so little knowledge of them. A time period that should be of utmost importance to us, and yet we know next to nothing? Why? How? How has our professional clergy failed us so? Have they become like politicians, with a personal agenda to hide?

So…the first thing that impacted me about what Jesus and the early church DID, was the simplicity of it all. I had a great hunger for this simplicity.

The last modern church I attended actually had name-tag machines we were strongly recommended to always sign in on, get your tag, and wear it, please. I don’t need to go into details of the many ways church has become a complex system of programs and events which feels more like a machine, than a family. Nuff said on that.

As I began feeling led of the Spirit to start a “Fellowship”, the first thing I did was “simplify”. What are the basics of following Jesus? I call it “Simple Church”. I call it “Church Everywhere”. I have various names for it, but we keep it SIMPLE, FREE, OPEN-HANDED, and we ask mainly one thing > Come to “FELLOWSHIP”.

My rule is very simple. As long as you are here to “fellowship”, then you are most welcome. If you begin to sow “discord”, then you need to leave until you have a desire to return in “fellowship”, at which point you will be most welcome again.

So…having spoken of SIMPLICITY and true FELLOWSHIP… I’d like to give 3 scriptural points  I like to focus on. These are main ingredients of our teaching, and I believe the pathway to the POWER of Changing Hearts.

#1> FELLOWSHIP : “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

#2 > Our Dilemma : SIN > “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2: 16-17)

#3 > God’s Power – Holy Spirit > “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses unto Me…” (Acts 1: 8a)

I believe we’ve got to get back to the “supernatural” power of #3. It is the dynamos that enables the born-again priesthood of God to deal with the responsibilities of #1 and #2. This Kingdom of Priest God has called is supernaturally powered, or it does not work. It is not by our own works that we have been saved, or save anyone else. We REST in God’s work. We live in the 7th Day. (L7D). By faith. And God grows us from the inside out, changing our hearts, and giving us the power to draw others to Him, so they can be transformed too. We change the world through the transformation spoken of in Romans 12:1-2. The priesthood involves living sacrifices who transform the world one person at a time. And a bonus to that is…if the world is truly transformed…you won’t have to worry about how they vote… and we will have better candidates to vote for. America will be transformed too, in a godly way, because perfect love does not sin.

Each of the above items need to be discussed in greater detail and likely to be future episodes.

I named our Fellowship: “Fellowship of the White Path”, because Jesus walked the red path of His own blood, so we could walk the white path of His own righteousness. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake.

I think this is a good start to understanding our Fellowship, and where God has led me in the changing of hearts. If anyone in Indianapolis area would like to meet and talk, that can be arranged. Simply leave your request in the comments and we will choose a place.

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“Vision Update” #7

Inala4 I have set my sails. Tomorrow the teepee.

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It was at the teepee, in October of 2018, that I experienced the events I have been sharing, what I call the Vision. I have not spent time in the teepee as a way of separation unto God since that time. That’s like 20 months. Now God has me going back, after all this time, at this time? Hhmmm.

The last time I was there for a total of almost two weeks, but this time only 3 days, and there will be fasting, starting tonight. It was there I so clearly saw the Orion constellation. Orion the Hunter, the Warrior, with bow, shield, sword, belt, and hour-glass shaped body. I hope to see the night warrior again, over these next 3 nights, and ask him what he knows.

What does all this mean? I asked the Lord if I could speed up the study of Gideon and hit just the highlights? But He said slow down, and give details. Because of that, I am convinced the story of Gideon is important to the New Wine Skin, a second Reformation. I feel led to take Gideon with me to the teepee. We will teach more of him from there.

Right now is my pause before the teepee. I spent all morning again roofing my house. I have been 9 days so far, but for the next 3 I’ll be at teepee. Roof can wait. And no, my house is not that big, I’m just that slow. But I want to ponder the Vision so far, and the historical event currently happening, because we crossed a line as we entered June. The incident with George Floyd is definitely causing change. Has COVID 19, George Floyd, and Elections created a perfect storm? We’re still in it. We may see COVID again. George Floyd is not going away. And the Elections, with Donald Trump, is on the horizon! Oh my! Are we only in the eye of the storm?

First came COVID. Then came weeks of quarantine, along with free money at the same time a robust economy took a complete nose dive! People were dying. The old were especially dying. People were forced to slow down. In this forced idleness some began thinking more about God, family, friends, and loved ones. But none of this was June yet. In my Vision God had put the marker on June.

I pondered what could possibly be next? Is this not bad enough? I continued preparing for June with prayers and faith. We had a wonderful Passover with Jonathon Cahn via TV. Then we became aware of Pentecost and how it was the eve of June! So we prepared for that, and we did not miss, even as our phones lit up that night telling us that ten minutes away, in downtown Indianapolis, a forced 8 p.m. curfew was in effect! My wife and I looked at each other dumbfounded. This has never happened before! Soon we were checking all sources of news and discovered our entry into June!

What’s going on? The gates were just beginning to open from COVID 19. But this had nothing to do with COVID! Who could have guessed we would go straight from a pandemic into rioting in the streets and forced curfews? But in both cases our government was forced to react, and we are the ones reacted upon. What are these dominoes falling? We are powerless to stop? Stop an earthquake if you can. Stop God if you can. And to what does it lead when the last domino falls? What does the new world look like? And where will you be in it?

In times like these we all want to protect what is “important” to us. Some people worry about loved ones, some about money or their job, some about their house and other possessions, or things they hope to possess soon. Some worry about their health, or their rights, and their country. How have these dominoes falling affected you, and where are they still going? The election? A Depression? Soup lines? Or perhaps greater prosperity than ever before. But what of your soul?

You see, I love Spirit. I love God. And I have seen a clear difference in people like me, and the effect of all this, compared to people who don’t believe in what they can’t see. For me, this all began with God alerting me to be prepared for June 2020. He alerted me in my spirit. He alerted me way before it came. I even stockpiled some food, just because he said to, and we were able to help a few. This was because I took two weeks to get away to a place I could separate myself and seek Spirit, Holy Spirit. Because what is “important” to me is Spirit! I do things of the Spirit.

God has shown me a connection between Trump and the church just barely holding together, and an old wine skin about to rupture so the new wine can come forth! I have seen it in the two old gates of the Vision. I have moved my wife and I to this new wine skin. God has shown me hurricane winds with dry corn shucks in complete chaos, helplessly driven by a crazy wind! But the teepee was in complete peace. Now God draws me there again, because I “love” Spirit, I’m that person, but those who “love” other things “do” other things. They deal with the falling dominoes in other ways, not in Spirit. But this is my thing, my love, and all this is different for me as I watch people react in such predictable ways. I shake my head in amazement, as I seek more Spirit.

God was ready to change things in Gideon’s time too. He found Gideon threshing wheat in a wine press, in secret. My teepee is one of my wine presses. Not my only one, but one. And he gave Gideon a path no one else could have predicted. He sent him out with 300 men against 135,000! And he sent them armed with vessels they would break in order to send light forth suddenly, and trumpets to blast declaring the sword of the Lord and of Gideon. The enemy, in mass confusion, as if driven by crazy winds, turned their swords on each other. We all know how precariously balanced this world is, and how easily this could happen.

What was their weapons again? Broken vessels. Burning torches of light. Trumpets of sound, and a shout! 300 against 135,000. This was no man-made plan. This was Spirit.

We have much yet to speak and consider about Gideon, from the teepee. Coming soon!

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Soul Sailor.

“Vision Update” #6

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“Gideon 101”

The warrior in the night sky is how I think of him. God branded my mind with him that night, and then sealed it forever with that message talked about in previous article. Now it’s time to take a good look at an old story and see what it has to say to a new people in our day. Will we be the people of a new wine skin? Or will it be business as usual?

The story of Gideon only requires 3 chapters in the book of Judges, chapters 6-8. Chapter 5 ends with this final line of: “So the land had rest for forty years.” The children of Israel had gone through another one of their “sin cycles”. Repent to God. God saves them from the harvest of their own bad seeds. God shows them mercy for the life of that judge, but then they have already fallen back into sin before that judge even passes and the cycle begins again.

It seems that the “blessings” and “abundance” of God is our own worse enemy. Human nature being what it is, we don’t handle prosperity well, not spiritually speaking. And then God has to look for another person to stand in the gap for righteousness that he can use. “So the land had rest for forty years. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (Here we go again.)

So God looks for a man again, and where does he find the one he chooses? He finds him at a wine press, threshing wheat, in order to hide it from the Midianites. He’s threshing wheat, but he’s at a wine press. He’s not at a wheat grindstone, he’s at a wine press! A new wine ready to come forth! But he doesn’t yet know it! So much of the church still grinding at this grindstone we’ve allowed to go on for far too long! But the Gideons are seeking the wine press, and bringing food for the hungry, in secret! And the Angel, (capitol “A”!) calls him, “Thou mighty man of valor!”

And what was Gideon’s response? “And where are all God’s miracles our fathers told us about?” Are we not in the same boat today? Where is the power? Do you think these political battles are the answer? These are the miracles of God? I fear you have placed your faith in man-made ways and will be greatly disappointed. The Midianites and the Amalekites are coming and it won’t be a politician who saves your day, it will be a Gideon! It will be a man who God speaks to, and he obeys! His strategy will be godly, because it will be from God, and it will be light in the darkness, spirit of a breaker, and a very “small” army sounding very large! Because of the power of God, not man!

Gideon was also very HUMBLE. Does your politician fit that mode? In response to the Angel calling him “mighty”, he says: “Oh my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least of my father’s house.” (vrs 15)

According to Gideon, God had chosen the least of the least.

So Gideon prepares an altar to the Lord and calls it, “The Lord Is Peace”. And the Lord tells him to tear down the idol of Baal your father has, and cut down the wooden image, and build an altar to the Lord on top of this rock. In verse 27 we find he took ten men with him and did it in the “night”, because he feared the reactions he would get, and sure enough there were those who wanted to kill him. Gideon has caused a great disruption as to what had become the status quo! He attacked the idols that had been set up in his father’s house! He built an altar to the Lord! Does anyone see our modern churches doing that? Maybe we haven’t suffered enough yet. Maybe Gideon is still in the secret place, in the wine press. Maybe he has not yet made the move that will disrupt the status quo, but it’s coming.

The Midianites were actually the descendants of Abraham, from a man named Midian. Can you believe it? The children of Israel were being tormented and robbed by their own family tree! And the Amalekites were descendants of Esau, who God judged because he sold his birthright for beans! This is all in the family!

Now the idols they worshiped are very interesting too, because they represented SEX and PROSPERITY. According to 1st Samuel 12:10, not only did Israel fall into Baal worship, but also Ashtaroth. Our churches today are full of these idols, falling down to sexual sins of all sorts and the love of money! If ever a Gideon anointing was needed, it’s today! Divorce rates in the church match the world! And babies were sacrificed to Baal! America is overflowing with the sin of abortion! (I hope not the church!) Both Baal, Ashtaroth, and Tammuz is very much alive and well in the modern churches of our day.

I believe there is a Gideon anointing coming to a few, a remnant, whom God will be moving through in this time of judging his church! God still says… “If MY people!” 

So what does this mean for you and I? Are you one this anointing has come upon? If you’re still dwelling in the status quo, then probably not. When I told someone God had showed me we were crossing some kind of a spiritual line at beginning of June, they said, “So what?” They didn’t know what to do with that. It wasn’t specific enough for them, and if I would have tried to tell them all these details, they didn’t have time.

But even so… there is much I have done because I knew this line was coming! I was faithful to prayers, fasting and Passover. And I was even led to prepare for Pentecost this year! (First time God did that to me.) And I’m about to have 3  days at the teepee. I have not done this since October 2018 when God showed me these events.

There is always much we can do in spiritual preparations. I went to the wine press! I was threshing wheat in the secret place! Because I knew something was coming! And now it is here and it is changing everything, almost over night! And we do not know its final form! But we must come out of the harlot church and enter the wine presses with God! I’ve torn down the idol Baal in my own life! And Jesus is showing up speaking to us! The idols must come down!

This same person is very busy developing a video game teaching site. He’s having good success with it so far. Even beginning to earn money! I hope it does not distract him from being in the wine press with God. He does not read my blogs even though we are related. His church fits the typical mode of today, in which a nephew of mine, who thought he was close to the Pastor, never got a call from him when they left. Just too big to be that personal. What does it all mean? But a Gideon army is growing, and will be ready to go forth right on time.

Through Moses, God brought forth water from the rock, but with Gideon he brought forth fire from the rock! “Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; (note: this sacrifice sounds like a Passover meal!)… and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.” (Vrs 21)

Now Gideon realizes he has seen the Lord! He starts to freak out! He thinks he’s going to die! But the Lord says to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” The altar was named, “The – Lord – Is – Peace”.

And so… we near Gideon’s battle. That will be next episode. But I know of no other Bible hero in which a “Sword” is mentioned like it is with Gideon, when it is shouted: “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” And yet… there is no swords in the hands of Gideon, or the 300 when they execute that first battle! Huh? They have a torch emitting fire and light in their left hand, and a trumpet in the right! No sword in their hands! But a sword certainly coming out of their mouth! (Interesting.) This is the beginning of our look at Gideon, thou mighty man of valor!

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“Vision Update” #5

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!

orion-constellation-wall-mural Note the hour-glass shaped body.