More and more as we read and watch the news, we see war, devastation and the rise of Evil in this world.
Some don’t want to see or hear and bury the head, some are dismayed, fearful, and some are excited about what is coming……
I choose to be excited as my friend and mentor writes below:
By Ron Sawka – Arise 5
Over the last few years, many church leaders have been talking about the new era we’re in. I guess the best way to describe it is to say we are in the “end times.” Of course for different people it connotes different things. For me, it is something positive and exciting. Here are some of the scriptures I used on Sunday to describe what we will increasingly see and experience in the “end times.”
1. The most unlikely people getting saved in unprecedented numbers. “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me” (Isa. 65:1). Already I am astounded by the stories of different people that I hear of getting saved. They are often the most unlikely candidates—those who seem to have no interest in God at all—who are suddenly “pulled” to church and get saved. And the miracles that then occur in their lives are equally astounding.
2. We must be people who walk with God—not just ones who follow our own thoughts. “Who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts” (Isa. 65:2). The New Testament calls this “walking in the Spirit,” and this will increasingly be the hallmark of our lives. God will be able to do incredible things through us.
3. Cluster anointing. “As the new wine is found in the cluster” (Isa. 65:8). Cluster anointing is what happens when we get together for the purpose of worshiping the Lord and fellowshipping with one another. We lay down our own ideas and agendas and enjoy the Lord and each other. Then He begins to move and mighty things happen that will shift our families, neighborhoods, cities, and nations. This happened in our meeting Sunday morning in Tokyo. The presence of the Lord was so strong.
4. Easily obtainable faith for perfection. “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3). This is actually the heart of the gospel. We cannot be perfected by self-effort, but we must trust the Lord to do this for us. If you are having trouble with some issues, quit worrying and condemning yourself. Trusting the Lord will cause His perfecting work to speed up in you.
5. Water continually being turned to wine (enjoying the presence of the Lord). I was reminded of Ephesians 5:26, which states, “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.” We are washed by the water that is God’s word. I was reminded how Jesus turned the water into wine (John 2). Wine is for celebration. Water is good for cleansing, but not for a party. We must go beyond cleansing—to enjoying and celebrating with the Lord. The “end times” will be incredible times of joyful celebration with each other and with the Lord.
6. Marketplace, Marketplace, Marketplace! “And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17). On Sunday, it seemed the Lord brought this word before me dozens of times. The Lord is invading the marketplace through us, His people. He wants to use you now. It’s not a matter of starting a meeting or doing an event. He has set you free to be yourselves. Be joyful in the Lord. You carry His presence. Remember all creation is waiting for the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
7. Seeing and hearing like never before. “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given” (Luke 8:18). In Tokyo, my interpreter told me of a unique experience she had some time ago. She was awakened at four in the morning by a knock on the door. It was so real that she got up to answer, but then realized it was a dream and went back to sleep. Then she saw herself in a vision opening the door and long lines of people were waiting to come in.
This woman is always seeing visions and hearing sounds from heaven. I asked the Lord why? He said, “Because she always pays attention, even to the very small things.” She takes every prophecy and word she hears from the Lord earnestly. That’s why He shows her more.
We will be a listening people. The more we pay attention, the more the Lord will show us.
John for the Kingdom Builders Team