This is a different excerpt from my new quickly-to-be released book, Cleansing The Temple: Restoring The Glory Of The Lord.
A handful of years ago, as my wife and I have been praying, she saw a quite significant door and heard a distinct squeaking sound as it turned on its hinges. It was an ancient spiritual door that had not been opened in a lengthy time.
We think it is related to the spiritual door that opened in the time of Jesus’ birth. Following 400 years of silence, with no prophetic vision or revelation, considering the fact that the days of the prophet Malachi, a significant door started to open, and God lastly started to speak via particular consecrated men and women.
“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death ahead of he had noticed the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple” (Lk. two:25-27).
This old man, Simeon, was waiting for the Consolation of Israel. The phrase “Consolation of Israel” is linked to the redemption of Israel that some in Jerusalem have been hunting for (Lk. two:38) and of the kingdom of God (Lk. 23:51). Prior to the time of Jesus’ birth, there was a “remnant” in Israel who had revelation of what was coming, and they have been waiting.
The Consolation of Israel involved the coming of the Messiah and the revealing of salvation for all nations (Lk. two:29-32). Simeon even knew by revelation that the Gentiles would be supplied salvation as effectively (v. 32). This was unheard of in these days, as the Jews had been God’s selected folks for centuries of time. Several Jews never ever received this revelation of the salvation of the Gentiles, even when it came via Jesus and the apostles.
Anna was a different old lady, a prophetess, who received revelation by the Spirit of God regarding the coming Messiah.
“Now there was 1, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a fantastic age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity and this lady was a widow of about eighty-4 years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers evening and day. And coming in that immediate she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all these who looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Lk. two:36-38).
Notice how Anna spoke of Christ to “all these who looked for redemption in Israel”. A significant spiritual door had now opened.
WITH Each OPEN DOOR COMES THE RELEASE OF DIVINE ACTIVITY BUT ALSO ADVERSARIES
Attempt to think about the divine activity that was abruptly taking place in Israel for the duration of the time of Jesus’ birth. Apart from this revelation that was offered to Simeon and Anna, there have been warnings and path offered in dreams to the smart males and Joseph (Matt. 1:20 two:12-13, 19-20, 22). There have been angelic visitations granted to Zacharias, father to John the Baptist (Lk. 1:11-20), the virgin Mary (Lk. 1:26-38), and the shepherds (Lk. two:9-15). There have been infillings of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 1:41, 67) and prophecies (Lk. 1:42-55, 67-79). Recall, this sort of divine activity had not occurred in about 400 years.
As it was in the time of Jesus’ birth when a large door was opened that resulted in all this divine activity — as it was when Jesus started and fulfilled His public ministry about 30 years later, as it was in the days just prior to and following His crucifixion and resurrection, as it was in the days of the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and as it was in the time of the early Church, so will it be in the final days, just prior to the second coming of the Lord.
But as it was for the duration of the time of these events two,000 years ago, when only a remnant knew and understood these points, and there have been also a lot of adversaries, a great deal opposition, and demonic activity, so will it be in the final days just ahead of Jesus’ return. Several will not be prepared, and the opposition will be fantastic as Satan’s lease on the Earth shortens.
And as the Lord ready His remnant and revealed to them the time of His birth, so He is preparing His folks right now for that which is but to come. Is not it intriguing that almost a generation later following the birth of Jesus, a lot of nonetheless did not get Him as the Messiah? Several did not get their time of visitation (Lk. 19:41-44), and it resulted in their judgment.
Interestingly, it was promptly following Jesus pronounced judgment on Jerusalem that He cleansed the temple for a second time, as Luke records it (Lk. 19:45-46). But it was the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the folks who vehemently opposed Jesus and sought to destroy Him (v. 47-48). And so it is right now as the time of Jesus’ return draws nearer.
We are now in a time of preparation for the coming crisis of final days events, in particular as it pertains to the judgment of the planet, the final harvest, and also the glory that is to come. There are a enterprise of John the Baptist-like messengers who are of the spirit and energy of Elijah (Lk. 1:17), and who function as a Refiner’s Fire by the energy of the Holy Spirit, which will cleanse and purify these who get their words and ministry.
Let me say it a different way: Just before the worst shall come and the day of darkness encompasses us about, there will be these who shall be sent by the Lord, who shall carry the fulness of His truth and fire, not only to America but to other nations. For there is a perform that have to be performed — initially and foremost spiritually — ahead of the Lord returns. This perform has currently begun.
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