American Politics: A Distraction From Bigger Problems

American Politics: A Distraction From Bigger Problems?

The timing of the political turmoil in the United States may just be a distraction to keep our ‘focus’ off of larger worldwide events. While events in the United States are certainly of great importance to all of us, yet there are still a vast array of problems and situations that have the potential to alter events from a Biblically prophetic standpoint.

While we are embroiled in discussions about the ‘wall’ on the Southern border, child sacrifice in the form of abortion or even ‘infanticide’ in Virginia, socialism or even Marxism, and investigations of President Trump there is still a war in Syria. Persecution of millions of Christians continues at an alarming rate, while the church in America can’t agree that abortion is murder, and Acts 2-5 has nothing to do with socialism. We are so caught up in our situation, which is ‘alarming’, and we need to be, yet we have lost sight of world events that could open up a Biblical prophecy pandora’s box.

The war in Syria has been evolving since 2014. It has involved at one time or another with sometimes as many as 10 armies or coalitions of armies. All of the regional powers have been involved at one time or another, and two major world powers. The United States announced that president Trump intended to pull all troops out and move them to neighboring Iraq. Meanwhile Russia and Iran continue to dig in for what seems to be ‘the long haul.’ Is Syria important to the END TIMES? Is the fact that Iran is near Israel’s borders important to the End Times?

The answer to the first question lies in Isaiah 17:1,

“ the oracle concerning Damascus. Behold Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. 2- The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. 3 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.”

Verse 4 talks about Jacob being brought low. These verses have never been fulfilled, for Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The fortress in Ephraim speaks of Israel. Many speak of Damascus being leveled in a war with Israel, but fail to point out there is war and destruction in Israel. So, this war is not something that will probably just end and we will all go back to the way we were. It has eternal consequences. The fact that Russia and Iran and Turkey are involved and even allied should alarm any student of Bible prophecy.

Ezekiel chapter 38 is commonly referred to as the Gog/Magog war. In this war a confederation of nations from the Middle East, North Africa and Russia attack and wage war on Israel.

Verse 2 says, “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophecy against him, and say 3- Thus says the Lord God, “Behold I am against you O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, 4- and I will turn you about and put hooks in your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all of your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company, with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords.’”

5- Persia, Ethiopia, Put (Libya), with them, all of them with shield and helmet, 6- Gomer with all of its troops, Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all of its troops– many peoples with you.

The chapter continues to outlay events that have occurred in the past 100 or so years and continue to develop as hundreds of Jews return to their homeland after being scattered for nearly 2000 years. It goes on to say that Israel will live safely in the land called a land of ‘unwalled villages’, or open country. That is a reference to days of old where villages all were surrounded by a wall. The wall in Israel separates the West Bank Territory from Israel for safety and security.

The nations listed are nearly the same ones currently involved in the current situation in Syria. How Libya and Ethiopia or North Africa come in is yet to be seen. Currently as I write Iran and Syria are encroaching on the Northern border of Israel near the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel won as a result of Syria’s defeat in the ‘Six Day War.’ Russia has an army there and in case you are wondering, Turkey is involved as they are generally thought to be Gomer. The house of Togarmah is generally believed to be a people group from southwest Turkey. I doubt they are the Kurds since the Turks hate them.

There is so much that can be said. With the United States not mentioned in the prophecy we are not sure of her role. But, the nations that attack Israel will face intervention by God on behalf Of Israel. No one knows whether or not the current crisis in Syria will lead to the Ezekiel 38 prophecy, but one thing is clear, everything is set for that event to unfold. Yet, before Jesus comes back He told us in Matthew 24:14 that the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all of the nations. That has not occurred but is rapidly being fulfilled.

The end result is that we need to be ever mindful of events in places other than our back door. It is easy to get caught up in the politics, and issues, and praying for our President and the nation, while forgetting that we are just one of hundreds of nations and tribes in the earth. Pray for the Crisis in Syria, pray for Israel, and for Iran to stop nuclear proliferation, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the issues in society but pray for a wide sweeping revival in all of the nations. There will be a harvest before Jesus comes back, and there will be more evil. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, and remember that we are first citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Revelation 22:20 “Even So come Lord Jesus!”

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2019 Promises, Blessings, Decrees & The Will of God

2019 Promises, Blessings, Decrees & The Will of God

We all have needs and situations that went unmet in 2018. There are many reasons why we may not have seen everything we felt God was going to do, or goals we set not achieved. There are many speaking promises, and prophetic words today, or will be in the days and weeks ahead of what they believe God may be speaking over our nation or a particular situation. Sermons will be preached, resolutions made, goals set, decrees made, and blessings given, all with the intent of speaking ‘comfort and hope’ for the coming year.

I am all in when it comes to edifying and comforting people, so long as we speak it from the hope of the cross.I love prophecy and all of the gifts of the ‘Spirit’. We need to hear what God is saying through leaders and those gifted in the body to speak forth what He is saying. But, we also need to weigh every word against the Word of God, and as Paul says ‘test the spirits.” We need wisdom and discernment.

All of that said we know that God speaks in many and varied ways, including circumstances and even non-believers. Whatever we need for God to do or we what to see Him do we must first ask what His will is and what is He saying about a particular situation. All of this obviously comes from a relationship built on time in the Word, worship and prayer.

Speaking a blessing over someone or asking God to bless is a good thing. He certainly does not want us to go around speaking curses over ourselves, families, friends, nation, etc. Speaking blessing, and being thankful and praising Him in all things, 1 Thes. 5:18. Praying the Word of God is also important and you can’t go wrong as it is His Word. Unless of course you misapply it. Praying the Apostolic prayers and the blessings found in the Psalms and throughout the Bible are good.

Then there are decrees and declarations. As priests we are mediators making intercession, and as kings we make declarations, but they must be made on His Word or through what God shows us and tells us. Again, that comes from a place of intimacy. Job 22:28 say, “you will decree a thing and it will be established for you.” (Nasb) The previous verse talk about Job delighting in the Lord, and these things will happen.

You see there is always the part we play. God gives us a promise or prophetic word but it doesn’t happen like magic. We have to pray and guard and keep the enemy from stopping it from coming forth. We have to let our hearts line up, and remain pure, and be thankful, and not grumble, complain or be accusative. God will do what He said, but not when we want it or how we expect it.

James 4:13 says, “Come now you who say ‘tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills we will live, and do this or that’ 16 But as it is you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.”

Now don’t misunderstand what James is writing about. He is talking about us making our plans without God’s input, direction, leading etc. Even when we get a “Word from the Lord’ and we pray and everything checks out it does not mean it will just happen immediately and certainly then enemy will try to stop it. By the same token, we need to plan every day according to what God would have us do. There are some things we don’t need to ask or plan too much. Getting up every day and going to our jobs or doing the work we have for that day is something we must do. Often He interrupts us and changes things.

When God called me to serve Him I wasn’t ready nor prepared for all that it required. Further, I have always heard Him speak for me and my wife to do something or He was going to do this or that but we had to always do our part, and even in that we had to be led by the Spirit. When He told us to move to Pensacola and for me to go to school at Brownsville we had to make some adjustments. We had to ask Him when and how.

I pray and ask Him for His guidance about everything. I used to ask for direction and then go and do what I wanted to do and say the Lord said for me to when I was just asking Him to bless what I was doing when I was clearly out of His will. Now, He has through the years afforded much mercy and grace and I am thankful. He also disciplined us when needed. It is better to seek His will and not make my plans and then ask for mercy and forgiveness.

Let 2019 be the year we all say ‘I will seek the Lord with all of my heart, and obey His commands.’ Let this be the year that we ask Him in everything ‘what is His will’? Let our boasting be that God has ordered our steps.(Psalms 37:23).

Remember prophecies and prophetic words are meant to encourage, exhort, comfort, and confirm. They should never be used as a guide or for direction except to confirm what God is already speaking.

He has promised us all certain things, mainly salvation, deliverance healing, and His return. Again we had to do some things, but the rest we wait on Him. So let us also, wait for Him to do what He promised, loving Him more each day.

Just like He left the rainbow as a token of His promise He is faithful to do what He said.

The Watchman’s Watch

The Watchman’s Watch

The Lord Sets The Watchman In His Post

He Sets Him In His watch

He Watches The Lord To See What He Says

He Will Watch His Word With Thanksgiving

The Watchman Looks With Praise And

Waits In The Lord With Thanksgiving

The Watchman’s Watch May Go on for one hour

Or it may Go On An Entire twenty-four

The Watchman Knows Not How Long

For He Watches In Listening And Inquiring

Yet, He Must Not Forget To Watch His Household

Watching His Heart And His Ears

His Mouth And Especially His Eyes

The Word Is His Diet

The Watchman Watches Joyfully Shouting

Entering Into Victory Warfare

The Intercession He Makes Stirs The Heavenlies

He Reports What He Sees

Yeah, He Shouts Even More THe Shofar Sounds

For The Enemy He Sees

Then He Watches And Prays

Not To Enter Into Temptation

He Stays Awake His body Always Alert

His Spirit Never Slumbers

Weary He Must Not Be

For Not One Second He Shall Not See

He Strengthens What Remains

He Stands Pouring Out His Heart

Before The Chief Watchman

His Cry Comes!

Finally, The Watchman Watches

Coming Up Out Of Zion

Sounding The Shofar Warning

All The Way Long

In The End The Watchman’s Watching

Is Finally Finished!

When He Sees The Return Of The Chief Watchman

Then He Will Bow His Head

Lay His Head At His Feet

Just To Hear Well Done

You kept Your Watch Well

What Type Of Prophet Is A More Than A Prophet Prophet

What Type Of Prophet Is A More Than A Prophet Prophet?

We are all familiar with the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:9 where Jesus asks ‘what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you more than a prophet.”

Many sermons have been preached and books and other writings talking about the fact that Jesus said John was more than a prophet. But, have we really grasped what Jesus was saying? What was Jesus trying to say.?

I will only discuss this simply here for this could involve a great deal of discussion. Regardless, Jesus did in fact say John was a prophet. At that moment and time John the Baptist was in the Old Covenant and thus he was an Old Testament Prophet. So, what does that mean. Simply he was to remind the people of God’s covenant and call them to return to the teachings of God and His commands thus he was calling them to repentance, but in the Old Covenant.

John is often compared to Elijah and Jesus even said, “if you are willing to accept it he was Elijah to come.” (Matt. 11:14) Elijah did many things but the main thing is to call for Israel to return to righteous living, and obeying the commands of God. John called for repentance. All of the Old Testament prophets spoke of repentance. So we have established the fact that John was a prophet under the Old Covenant. Yet, here he is with the Messiah, Jesus the Christ the one many prophets spoke of.

If John was indeed a prophet, then why did Jesus say he was more than a prophet? This could be either a Messianic statement or eschatological one. In other words he did more than call for repentance, he pointed to the Messiah, and thus to the beginning of the “End of The Age”. The term eschatology simply refers to the end of the age or the time before the return of Jesus when he comes to establish His kingdom on the earth.

Malachi 3:1 talks about Elijah returning before the great and terrible ‘Day of the Lord,” which is often meant to refer to Jesus return. There is another Day of the Lord where judgment is meted out. That is later. So when Jesus said John was Elijah if you care to believe, He is saying in essence he is one that has come before the great Day of the Lord to announce it is near, or right around the corner.

So, John is a prophet who calls for repentance in the manner the Old Testament prophets and also is more than a prophet in he is saying the kingdom of God is here, because the Messiah, the one who rules and leads it, is here!

We know that Jesus later died in Jerusalem, in the manner of many prophets, but also arose and ascended to heaven where He is waiting to return. So, John was right in saying the Messiah is here and thus the kingdom of God was here, but it was only partially fulfilled. Also. Jesus continued John’s ministry in that he called for repentance, but as usual, He took it deeper calling for the Spirit-man to be born anew or come alive. That is how you enter this kingdom.

So, John was a prophet calling for repentance and change in living, but also more than that he established a new type of prophet or pattern in saying that the kingdom of God is here, now, because the Messiah is here and with Him is soon to come His kingdom established on the earth permanently. John pointed to more than changing your life to obey God’s word but he was also preparing the hearers for what was next. John’s was indeed a preparation ministry, making the way clear for Messiah.

In these last days it is more urgent now than ever that we declare more than just repentance, and repentance bearing fruit. We must declare that the kingdom of God is here, yes, even though it is only partial, but that it is also near, closer than ever. The fullness of the kingdom of God is ready to be poured out but we will only see the that when Jesus returns and sets it up. In the meanwhile as we get closer we will see more signs pointing to His soon return. Signs, wonders, miracles, judgments, etc. are all part of the kingdom of God. Like John, God has raised up and will continue to raise up those forerunners who are “more than a prophet prophets.”

You may not be called to be a frontline forerunner or carry that message with a burden, but f you are a believer in the kingdom of God then you have a voice and can still share the message of Jesus to repent and turn to Him and follow Him and prepare for His soon coming!!!

One of the hallmarks of John the Baptist is found in John 3:29, “the one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is made complete.” Preparing the way for Jesus’ returns is not a ministry of dread, but rather one of joy. All believers, but especially those called to point the way for His return should be full of His joy, not only for hearing His voice, but that He is coming.!

The Highest Mission With God

The Highest Mission With God

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I am sure if I asked ‘what is the highest mission with God I would get a variety of answers, ranging from preaching the gospel, serving, international missions, or ministering to widows and orphans. While all of those are certainly Biblical, I believe there is one thing that is of greater value in the heart of God, and requires us to become a ‘friend of God.’

In his lesson book “Abraham Friend of God”, author Henry Blackaby says that “the highest mission with God is intercession.” He is of course relating primarily to Abraham and how he interceded before God for Sodom and Gomorrah.

I tend to agree and further see all of the above acts in the previous paragraph as examples of intercession. We typically don’t think of evangelism or serving as intercession. Of course I am really talking about someone who stands in prayer interceding before a Holy God to have mercy or bring salvation.

By definition to intercede means to intervene, mediate, arbitrate, negotiate. Another word found in the book of Psalms 106:30 is interposed. That was a physical act where Phineas a son of Aaron stood and threw a spear at an Israeli man and Moabite woman caught in sexual relations. God had forbidden the Israelites from intermingling with the nations they encountered and to keep them from idolatry. Phineas had had enough and stood and interced and by taking out one Israeli man, stopping a plague that was devastating the Israeli camp.

Of course throwing a spear is not something we do anymore as an act of intercession unless someone is physically attacking you or your family to bring harm or even death. Jesus death on the cross is definitely an act of intercession as He offered the ultimate sacrifice for mankind’s sins, He did what none of us could ever do. So there is no greater act of intercession and even now Hebrews tells us that Jesus is ever interceding for us before the throne of God. (romans 8:34) Jesus also taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13.

Because we are in a fallen world and there are always needs and there are nations whose futures hang in the balance, and lives are at stake, literally and spiritually, the need for intercession before a Holy God is necessary. The fact is even though Jesus died for all sin and the gospel is free there are many who have never heard that or who do not believe and are thus destined for hell. There are the sick, the needy, the hopeless, the idolatrous, the thieves murderers, and so forth. There is ultimately the need for those who will stand and pray for cities, states, nations, etc.

By intercession in the Bible we are talking about standing in the gap, or making up the hedge. In Ezekiel 22:30 we see God is looking for someone to make up the hedge, “ I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap for the land, so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” God was looking for someone to stand and intercede. The gap occurs when there is a breach in the covenant, a break in God’s laws and commands as a result of idolatry, murder,extortion, stealing, sexual sins, and the list goes on. Even the blatant defiance of our governmental leaders we see now is unprecedented and points to a bigger problem. Not only is most of the church not in alignment the nation as a whole.

The answers is for those who know how to stand in that gap and build a wall. Pray util the wall is repaired. That usually happens when there is repentance and fruit of repentance. We need to do that in our community, city, state, and so on.There are a few solid examples in the Bible of men that God mentioned as intercessors that knew how to get a hold of hIs heart. Jeremiah 15:1 “even if Moses and Samuel would stand before Me my heart would not go out to this people. Send them out.”

Obviously these two men were able to ‘stand before God and make up the hedge. Jeremiah was crying out for the people but God had made up His mind. He had made a covenant and Israel had repeatedly broken it until atlast God said the land needs rest from this sin, so He sent them away for 70 years. Both Moses and Samuel were two who stood in the gap for God’s people and were able to turn His heart from wiping them out. God is looking for people like Moses and Samuel who, like Abraham, He can call His friend.

In Ezekiel 14:14 we see three more men, Daniel, Job, and Noah mentioned as those God would listen to. What was it about these 5 that caused the prophets to write that regarding them? What set them apart? There was righteousness, yes and they were blameless before God. But I think over and above all of that was they knew how to stand in the counsel of the Lord and interced, they uderstood God’s heart for mercy and repentance. They understood the times they lived in and the people around them. 1 Samuel 12:22, for the Lord will not forsake His people for His name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. You see God is proud and pleased of His people especially when they humble themselves and seek Him. He is not pleased with their continuous sin.

What we need are intercessors who are ‘friends of God’, who understand Him and all of His ways. That not includes His hatred of sin but how much He really wants to set His people . We need intercessors who understand all of God’s ways not just His hatred of sin and unrighteousness, but how much He loves and cherishes His people, and wants the best for them.

God is seeking in this late hour intercessors who can stand before Him and pray and make up the hedge for America, Israel, China, Russia, UK, France, Germany, India, Brazil and all of the nations. He is looking for someone who will stand up and say yes. This hour requires much more intercession, and intercession from a deep intimacy with the Father. We need His heart for America, and all of the cities. I challenge you to study the lives of Moses, Daniel, Samuel, Noah, and Job and look at their lifestyle of intercession and prayer. God is raising up and seeking and in need of those who can and will get in the gap and pray according to God’s heart

What’s Really Going On IN the Current Gaza Crisis

What’s Really Going On IN the Current Gaza Crisis!

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With all of the attention on the recent U.S. elections and then the prolonged ballot counting in two southern states it can be easy to forget about the rest of the world and especially Israel. There is an all out assault on the current administration and true Christian values and as we have seen even in state and local elections around the United States. This ultimately is a demonic assault conspired by various demonic forces that we are seeing played out in media, education, government, families, businesses, and all aspects of society.

Those same forces are working around the world and are bring anti-semitism and anti-Israel attacks to the forefront. Battles lines are being clearly drawn in the spiritual and natural. I have mentioned in previous writings that we as Christians are losing more and more freedoms and are thus persecuted but not at the level of other nations. At the same time, the wars in the Middle East are going on and Iran continues to be a major player. Worse is the fact since April there have been untold numbers of kites, balloons and rockets sent from the Gaza Strip into Israel reaching at times eerily close to Jerusalem. It has burned fields and olive trees and there has been much loss to crops and damage to homes and other properties.

This is obviously a new tactic setting kites and balloons on fire and sending them over to Israel. The latest attack resulted in hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas controlled Gaza. The Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman resigned last week citing disapproval of the newest ceasefire, brokered by Egypt. That resulted in all of Liberman’s party pulling out of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet and coalition government. That pulled the majority to just 61 of 120 seats, leaving Netanyahu a thin majority.

Another party threatened to pull out if that party’s man, Naftali Bennett, and all of there seats thus resulting in a dissolved government. You see things work differently in Israel. If the party with the most votes does not have over 62 seats in the Knesset then they must pull other parties in to form a ‘coalition.’ So many are in effect calling for early elections in Israel ahead of those dues late 2019. Prime Minister Netanyahu is focused on a war on three fronts and also is aware of what needs to be done.

You see many are newcomers to politics in Israel and thus may not understand the ‘bigger picture’. We know that Iran funnels money and weapons to Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza. So if Israel rolls into Gaza now it might be premature and cause a war on other fronts. Everything needs to be in place. But there is also a spiritual battle bigger than we can imagine. The area around the strip of land known as Gaza has never been occupied by Israel.

In Joshua 13 it was originally assigned to Dan and some parts to Judah. But if you were to look at any Bible map of the land of Israel and the 12 tribes division you would see Dan up near modern day Syria, and Judah confined to the region known as the Negev. The original promised land included the land area known as the Gaza strip. However, the children of Israel, i.e. Dan, were never able to occupy and dislodge the Philistines. So you see this problem is not a new one and don’t think it’s going to fix itself overnight or with one army attack. Further it is complicated by the fact that Iran or modern Persia is a major player behind the terror and providing weapons in the natural.

The Gaza strip as we see it on a map today was part of the 1948 partition, and was never intended to be possessed or ‘occupied’ by Israel or anyone else. From 1949 until 1959 t was administered by Egypt  under something called the All-Palestine government. From 1959-1967 it was still under Egyptian control administered as the United Arab Republic.

After the Six Day War when Israel gained control was under Israeli control. In August 2005 after building several settlements in the Gaza the Israeli government performed a unilateral disengagement and pulled all Jewish citizens of Gaza and gave control to the Arabs living there.Many Israeli’s supported this action thinking it would alleviate the situation and lessen tension. But, after Hamas was elected to run the government things have been quite the opposite, until we come to the current crisis.

It will take much prayer and intercession to see ultimate victory and it may not fully be won until Jesus returns. Yes, once again I’m pointing to the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we must not get so caught up on things in the US or Israel or in any other country to the point we forget that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God first, and that God has plans for His Son to rule and reign. In the meantime just be aware that we are seeing things play out according to Biblical plans.

There are a few prophecies that mention the land of Shinar. It is first mentioned in Genesis 10:10, and 11:2 as the place surrounding the tower of Babel. Later it is mentioned in Zechariah 5 as the place where a temple is built for wickedness. Without getting into a lot of unnecessary detail we can definitely see that Sinar is important in the days ahead. Most equate it with being in modern Iraq and some Iran, but nevertheless, that whole area will definitely be a scene in the days ahead of more destruction and terror coming forth in the earth.

For now we need to pray that there not be early elections so that Prime Minister Netanyahu can focus on the bigger picture and see the necessary plans thwarted so he is forced to campaign instead of running a country facing terror on three fronts. Pray for God’s will and protection for IDF soldiers and families. Also pray for the people of Gaza for ‘innocent’ lives to be spared. Also, for revival, yes revival even there. Pray for dreams and visions and revelation of Jesus for all. For Hamas to put down their rockets, kites, etc. We have seen God great and wondrous things in the more recent past. Pray God’s divine intervention and at the same time for many to recognize God’s hand of protection and turn to Him.

As with our own situation we need to keep our eyes on the Father and Son and Holy Spirit. As Paul said “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes. 5:17) Our only hope is in Jesus yet we need to pray for Israel and all nations as well as our own. There is a real, physical battle, but there is a greater spiritual battle. We can only fight the spiritual battles with spiritual weapons, and praying God’s Word is the best. There are many scriptures we can pray for Israel, but Psalm 122 pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Romans 10 :9 ‘all Israel shall be saved” are good starts.

Insight To Understand What Is Going On In The Spirit Realm

Insight To Understand What Is Going On In The Spirit Realm

You have probably heard the saying, “A demon behind every bush.” We use that phrase to refer to someone that says and believes that behind every little thing that happens, for instance a headache, or a sore throat, a car breakdown, or being late for an important engagement is due to a demon or demonic attack. I am one that knows the power of the demonic realm and how it operates, I am fully aware that things also happen as a result of mechanical failure, or circumstances, or just living. We live in a fallen world and sickness and disease is one result. Yet we do see an increase in demonic activity and more teaching on spiritual warfare.

Likewise, there is an increase in angelic activity in these days. There probably is a demon behind every bush, but there most likely is an angel or two behind every tree. If God shows us demonic activity it is most assuredly to make us aware of what is going on so we know how to pray. It is called insight.

We need to use wisdom and discernment. We need to understand how the kingdom of darkness operates, so that we will not erroneously attribute everything as an attack of the enemy, but we may need to eat better or get more rest or make lifestyle changes. Yet, we need to remember also that the enemy is really out to destroy us.

Knowing that Christ has overcome the enemy and given us victory through His death, burial, and resurrection we should praise Him and know that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Christ accomplished complete victory and has given us as disciples all that we need to live victoriously, including walking in the full power of the cross,  knowing that whatever evil we encounter we have victory and authority over it. I am not talking about people but rather as Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 ‘we wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities, rulers of darkness, etc.” In other words our enemy is invisible, yet God gifts some in the body to see or ‘discern’ their presence. Likewise there are those in the body gifted or are able to see and discern the angelic.

Why is there an increase in angelic activity in these days? We know that angels are messengers and are given assignment to help us. In the book of Revelation they are given to pour out judgment and wrath. They also came to Daniel and John with much needed breakthrough and revelation, some for the immediate hour they were in, and some for a future time, possibly our very own.

We are not to worship angels but we can revere them for who they are as messengers straight from the throne. Likewise, we are not to fear the demonic or Satanic realm, but revere the agents of darkness for what they are and can do. Reverence, not in a holy manner, but acknowledging they are powerful and can wreak havoc, but are defeated and we have been given authority over that kingdom.

In essence the angels then are coming alongside to assist us in the battles, warfare, and all that we engage in. Never has there been such open rebellion and downright spiritual warfare in our nation, and in the world. With that in mind, never has there been so much worship, prayer, intercession, and angelic activity in our nation, world, and perhaps in all of history.

Perchance this is a prelude to events described in the book of Revelation where angels are constantly doing something. The Old Testament talks about Israel being gathered back in the land in Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. Jesus talks about wars, famines, earthquakes. John writes about a lot of disastrous activity being carried on by angels. John also wrote and Jesus also spoke of a greater divide between holy and unholy, righteous and unrighteous in the latter days.

Obviously I am not saying we are at the point of all of the Book of Revelation, but perhaps the ‘birth pangs’ as Jesus described. If we hear more people describing angelic activity than before, and there is so much teaching on spiritual warfare, and understanding the principles involved, then certainly it is a prelude to events to come.

I have previously alluded to Daniel in other writings, and once again I go there where in chapter 12 verse 3 we find “And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness like the stars forever, and ever.”

and in verse 10 “ many will be purged, purified, and refined but the wicked will act wickedly and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”

Father I pray right now that you will give insight to your people in these last days, so that we can shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven. Purge us, refine us, and purify us to have insight and understanding.

Let us understand what we see and hear and know that your kingdom is greater in all it encompasses than the kingdom of darkness. Help us to shine as we prepare for your return.