WHAT IS HAPPEN IN OUR WORLD?
GOD HAS COME DOWN!
By Dan Luehrs
"Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence" (Isaiah 64:1 NKJV).
This has been the true cry of the Spirit and bride for God to COME DOWN! But how will He come and what will it look like when He does? In Matthew chapter 27 we have a glimpse into this when Jesus died on the cross; the light of the sun was darkened, meaning they had no spiritual understanding of what was taking place. There was a great earthquake that released the dead saints from their graves to rise and walk amongst the living. People then began to tremble and proclaim, "This was the Son of God," their spiritual eyes being opened by what was happening in the natural. God used natural affects to open their spiritual understanding, even though it was darkened! Although the earthquake and darkness was not Godís judgment upon the people, for if He had wanted to destroy all the sinners who killed His Son, He could have done just that, but instead He sent messengers to save them! Praise God!
This was also a foretaste to us of the power of God that is coming at the end of this age to raise the dead, heal sick, and to change society as we know it. Those who see and walk with the eyes of their spiritual understanding will have great insight in these times. This is now the time when God is coming down and rending the heavens and is crossing over from the invisible into visible realm to touch the earth with the light of heaven. Most of the people on the earth, including much of the Church will not be able to comprehend the light that is coming and are unprepared to handle what they are about to see before their eyes. Great signs and wonders are about to be exhibited in the earth once again. Most people know that something is taking place in the earth, but most know not why, they may think that global warming is the cause of all this weather change. But that does not tell us why all the earthquakes, volcanoes, and signs in the sun are taking place. GOD IS ONCE AGAIN SPEAKING, BUT ARE WE LISTENING?
When Jesus died on the cross, not only were the people touched by Godís power, but the power of the Jewish religion (The Law) was fulfilled when the veil in temple was torn from top to bottom, which marked the end of the age of Law. The power of God was seen when Jesus died to demonstrate the end of one age, and the beginning of another. Even though things did not change over night for many that were caught up in religion, but the ax was laid to the root and true faith was being birthed on earth to defeat the power of the demonic false religions that was holding Godís people in bondage from serving Him.
Seasons change slowly, but they do change with great upheavals in the atmosphere bringing great storms upon the earth. The changing of dispensations (ages) is now upon us and could be this way for years to come.
We are now entering the Kingdom age from the Church age; the Kingdom age is Godís rule and authority on earth through Jesus Christ and His body. The Church age has been preparing Godís chosen people to rule and reign with Him through their tribulations. This preparation has been going on through all the ages since Adam and has only intensified in the Church age, and especially the last five hundred years of revelation to man. Right now as God is coming down to earth it is shaking once again through many different manifestations; greater earthquakes then man has seen before, tsunamiís, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, financial woeís, and governments toppling. Truly one would have to be blind to not notice that something different is taking place on earth. And many people are asking, "What is happening?"
"Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age" (Matt 24:3 NAS)?
The disciples and all inquisitive minds want to know what is the sign of Jesusí coming. The answer is found in this little word, COMING. The Greek word is PAROUSIA meaning, "Presence." When God comes close to the earth it quakes and trembles before Him because it cannot handle the glory of Godís weightiness. When a person is just touched a little by the presence of God they begin to tremble and shake and fall to the floor. Well, the same thing happens to the terraforma of the earth; it cannot handle the power and presence of God coming close to it.
When Jesus said, "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs" (Matt 24:7-8 NAS). Jesus is not saying this because God is mad at the people of the earth and wants to destroy them. But that God was coming down and the earth is going to go nuts because the mountains want to flee from the presence of the Lord. Whenever the presence of God gets close to the earth it quakes and there are problems on the earth just as if the sun has large solar flares it effects the atmosphere of the earth. How much more God Who created the sun? As believerís this is what we want, the kingdom of God to come and we should be over joyed of this fact! Even as God came close to the earth when Jesus died, the earth shook violently and the age changed from Law to the Church age. This took place in the small country of Israel where the Law was kept, but now Christianity covers the globe and in front of the whole world God will bring about this transition; the kingdom age through much tribulation in the earth as a women in childbirth. So fear not!
The coming of His presence will not take place all at once, but as the seasons change, it will happen over time. Jesus said His coming would be like the sun rising from east to west, it does not happen in one hour, but over several. (See Matt 24:27). So is the coming of the Lord. As the body of Christ grows greater and greater in the presence and likeness of the Lord, the earth will tremble greatly because we are the temple and the very dwelling place of God. The Lordís presence is now growing in His body and the earth cannot handle the glory of the Lord. Isaiah wrote:
"Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence. As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil-- to make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Thy presence! When Thou didst awesome things which we did not expect, Thou didst come down, the mountains quaked at Thy presence" (Isaiah 64:1 NKJV).
A TALE OF TWO MEN
MOSES AND JONAH
"Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. And the LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up" (Ex 19:18-20 NAS).
God had a man prepared through tribulations for His glory and fire, but the people that Moses was called to shepherd were unprepared for what they were encountering, even though Moses had told them what was about to take place. The people could not comprehend what was going on around them because they were spiritually blind.
I believe that our answers to what is happening now in the earth are found in the life of Moses and Jonah. And how we now respond to God in this time of our great trials will determine whether we reign with Christ or not, if we live or die. The children of Israel had a chance to go into a utopia in the Promise Land, but failed to enter in because they would not obey God and enter into His rest. All but the two original families that came out of Egypt would enter in through faith to reign with God, while the others died off in the wilderness. Joshua and Caleb believed that God was being good to them and wanted to bless them through their trials and tribulations, rather than complaining on how bad He was and turning from Him.
Moses also lived in a time of transition from the Patriarchal age, into the age of Law. At that time God came down in great glory and fire, earthquakes and thunder inaugurated the beginning of this new age much like He did when Jesus died when we entered into the Church age. But now we are coming into the Kingdom age of power and great glory where Jesus is Lord over all and He will rule in and through His people with a rod of iron. "And he (the overcomer) shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I (Jesus) also have received authority from My Father" (Rev 2:27 NAS).
This kingdom age will look much different than many think, as most Christianís look for a singular Christ to come, but the Bible clearly teaches that the body of Christ makes up the whole Christ which Jesus will be revealed through, this is called "the revelation of Jesus Christ". "That the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:7 NAS). Jesus is going to be revealed in and through a body of believers that have been prepared through the fires of life for His glorious appearing. "Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:12-13 NAS). Only those who overcome the spirit of this world in their lifetime will receive the crown of life, which is to share the exact likeness and eternal reward of Jesus. Our trials are Divine setups for us to receive His life giving power if we will pass them. Stop complaining about your trials and start rejoicing in them, for that is how we overcome!
Please hear me clearly on this. As God came down upon Mount Sinai in fire to speak to His people, He will now come down upon His Church in a most glorious fire to speak through His people to a sin filled world to repent of their sins and turn to Jesus.
"And to you who are troubled rest with us in the revelation (the revealing) of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with messengers of his power in flaming fire, giving vengeance to those not knowing God, and to those not obeying the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thess 1:7-8 YLT).
These prepared ministerís of flames of fire are going to be revealed with Jesus, and are Mount Zion from heaven that He will be unveiled as fire, to the Church first, then to the world even as He was revealed a top Mount Sinai. "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God (who we are), the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect" (Heb 12:22-23 NKJV). The earth will quake before the sons of God as great signs and wonders will be taking place in the earth and heaven above, because God is speaking and working through His people called Mount Zion. "The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel" (Joel 3:16 KJV).
Now is that time! The earth is shaking, fires are burning and nations are trembling because God has come down! What are you doing about the judgments of the Lord in the earth? Are you seeking the Lord through all what is happening or are you becoming hardened to sin with the world as it gets darker and darker with every passing day? Now is the time to REPENT and turn to the Lord with your whole heart and seek Him as Joshua and Caleb did while everyone else turned to their own way.
"Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me." But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD" (Jonah 1:2-3 NAS).
Jonah ran from the presence of God rather than to obey Him, but he could only get so far and the heathen had to tell him to call upon his God. They had more insight into the cause of the storm than the prophet of God had! This storm was not caused by the sinful people on the boat, but by the prophetís disobedience! So it is today, the storms that are ravaging the earth are caused by the sinful disobedience of the Church and soon they also will be judged and thrown out of the boat by the heathen unless they repent. Then they will call upon their God as Jonah did and He will deliver them so that they can preach the kingdom message to the lost. The heathen now have more spiritual vision than the people of God do because they are living for the things of the world rather than God. The world and many Christians went through much financial hardship back in 2008. This was to show us as believers where we stood in trusting God through it. If we were fearful and had no peace in the midst of the storm that should have told us that our foundation was not of the Lord. Iím sure we all could use some building up of our foundations, but soon time is up and we will have to swim or sink in what is about to hit the earth.
God used the natural affects on the earth to open the spiritual eyes of these men on the boat, even though they were darkened. The men knew that Jonah had been running from the presence of God and threw him over board so that they could save themselves from the storm that was ravaging them. The Church is now running from the presence of God so they can do their works of dead religion rather than sitting in the presence of God and getting right with them. Even though we have been through great financial trials most believers are back to seeking the world more than they are God. How can we know where we are with God? How much time do you spend seeking God each day and how much time to you sit before worldly things like the TV, Internet, hobbies, friends? This should tell us where we are and if we are going to make through what is coming. Because if we spend little time with God we are building our lives on sinking sand, and when the earth begins to shake violently our lives will crumble rather than prosper. The greatest travesty a person can do is to come to know Jesus as Savior and to live ones life unto themselves. This will always bring the judgments of God upon us if we do not live to know Him as LORD.
THE DAY OF THE LORD IS COME
"Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and it will come as destruction from the Almighty" (Joel 1:15-16 NAS).
The day of the Lord is not as we think it is, the day (is a season of time) that Jesus is being revealed through His people to destroy the works of darkness that are holding the earth in the power of sin. The day of the Lord is a day of great darkness for the world because the light of God is darkness to them. God is out to destroy the man of sin that is inside of every person holding them in bondage to sin and death. His wrath will burn sin out of every person that calls upon the name of the Lord with the brightness of His coming in and through His people. The very Word that created the universe will now come in such glorious power through a people that it will stagger the mind and deliver the earth from sin.
You might ask, "Why would God do this now?" Because there is a people ready to carry the glory of God from heaven to earth. They know how to ascend and descend from heaven to bring down the glory of God into a place to change the atmosphere from darkness to light.
"Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; surely it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, so there is a great and mighty people; there has never been anything like it, nor will there be again after it to the years of many generations" (Joel 2:1-2 NAS).
The day of darkness that is now coming on the earth is also the day of great light for the people of God. It will be much like the children of Israel in the land of Egypt when God sent judgment of such darkness the Bible says that it could be felt. "But all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings" (Ex 10:23 NAS). Night is coming when no man can work, but God can and will through a people that are prepared to stand against the tide of darkness.
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising" (Isa 60:1-3 KJV).
These verses above will be a guiding light in the darkness that we are called to walk into with the light of Godís word, to bring His light to the nations and they will come running to the light in us. Sin and death will ravage the earth as never before and multitudes of people will come flooding into the kingdom of God seeking refuge and a nation will be birthed in a day.
It will be as it was in the book of Genesis when the Holy Spirit moved over the darkness of the earth and brought light to expel it. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness" (Genesis 1:1-4 NAS). As the Holy Spirit moves this time He will expel darkness out of the hearts of the people and bring them into the great light of His Son, Who is the light of the world!
Again we are told of this in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9, "And then the lawless one (in the heart of man) will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth (the word of God) and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders." As satan is manifesting himself in and through evil people, the Lord will manifest Himself through a prepared people that will destroy the works of darkness with the light and many will be saved until the whole earth is covered with His glory. This glory will be the people of God that will shine over the earth radiating His glory. Oh what a day that we are living in!
"For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light" (Zech 14:7 NAS).
Do not fear the darkness that you see approaching the earth, but do as Jesus said, rejoice and look up for our full redemption is on its way and we will walk with a most glorious body that death can ever take hold of it.
If you are reading this message and understanding it, you are one of the ministers of flames of fire that God is readying for His glorious appearing. The Bible tells us that many are called but few are chosen because few will pay the price of becoming a mature son, which takes obedience to spend time with God daily. Many of these chosen ones will suffer much rejection and seclusion for periods of time so they can be much alone with God. This is Godís own choosing because He is a jealous God and He wants you for Himself to teach you His ways and to know His heart.
THE BRIDEGROOM AND BRIDE
HAVE BECOME ONE
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints" (Rev 19:7-8 NAS).
Now is the time of consecration for the body of Christ even as Moses told the people to prepare themselves to meet with God, He was coming down to reveal Himself to them. But now the revelation of Jesus is coming in and through His people. In 2006 I was asleep and an angel awoke me and said, "Now is the time of gold, you must be ready!" Gold is the nature of Godís character that cannot be tarnished in anyway, that is why the elders sitting on the throne had crowns of gold. (See Rev. 4:4). We must give our all to seek the Lord with our whole heart and go where He may lead us. We have been given the greatest invitation ever given to any people throughout the ages, and if we will just put everything down that is unpleasing to God and love the Lord with our whole being we will receive it. Those who become one with the Lord will pay any price to be one with Jesus and will enter the door of Fathers heart and come into the marriage of the Lamb and become one with God. "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut" (Matt 25:10 NAS). We must BE READY!
The only way I can describe to you what I am seeing in the word and the Spirit is to tell you that the Godhead will open a door to Themselves and receive in the bride and they will be One forever. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will open a door as in a perfect circle of Themselves and receive the bride of Christ into Themselves and the door will be closed to all others that are unprepared to enter in. For they will be One in Him Who sits on the throne.
Jesus promised the overcoming church an open door in the book of Revelation for those who would daily come and dine with Him. (See Rev. 3:20). "Ö He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: 'I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shutÖ" (Rev 3:7-8 NAS). He never says what the open door is or what it will lead to until we see the door open in Revelation 4:1, which is the throne room experience into the Fathers heart. Jesus has the key into the Fathers heart and He will gladly give it to us if we will just come and dine with Him. "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter" (Rev 4:1 KJV). Itís only seeing things from Godís viewpoint from a throne room experience we will ever see things truly of the Spirit in there right perspective. This is why we must come and dine with Him in the Spirit if we are going to preach and teach messages from the throne, because truth is what we will be dining on, which is Jesus alone!
John received an invitation as we do daily, "To come up here!" He then saw ONE sitting on the throne. "And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald" (Rev 4:2-3 KJV). Notice he does not see many people on the throne, but he sees One. Because Jesus and His bride have become One on the throne! John says in verse 3 that the One on the throne looked like jasper stone just as he saw the bride coming down out of heaven in Revelation 21:11. "ÖHer (the bride) brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper." The bride has become One with the Bridegroom on the throne and is dressed in royal apparel of most costly stone, which represents the brilliance of the truth of Godís word and His character.
The throne is the heart of God; it is the headwaters of the river of life that flows from Him and His people. John the revelator saw the throne made up in circular formation much like the children of Israel were camped around the ark of God (the presence of God) in the wilderness. "In a circle around the throne were 24 other thrones with 24 elders sitting on them. The elders were dressed in white, and they had golden crowns on their heads" (Rev 4:4 ERV). Those who overcome in this life will have the privilege to be One with Jesus IN His throne, because they have become One with God as Jesus prayed in John 17:21,23. "ÖThat they also may be one in UsÖ" -- "ÖThat they may be made perfect in oneÖ" To fall from this place of oneness with Jesus would be far greater than satan fell from his place of power and dominion that he lost in his rebellion.
To become One with God is the most profound experience anyone could ever ask or think, because we are speaking of things that the mind cannot grasp or even begin to get our mind around it. "And he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor 6:17 YLT). When I think of the Holy Spirit, I think of Someone that fills all time and space and for some unknown reason He wants to be One with us so that we to will fill time and space with Him. This to me is one of the most marvelous mysteries known to man and the angels, we get to be One with God and share His glory throughout eternity. WOW!
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Rev 3:21-4:1 KJV).
The King James Version of the Bible translated this verse right when it says, we will sit IN the throne and not ON a throne, because we are sitting in the heart of God and not upon it.
Because of His great love for you my brethren keep fighting the good fight of faith for your victory is for sure and the battle is won in Jesus Who overcame all!
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