Tuesday, September 22, 2015

An Official Title - September 13, 2015

In the past, when a tetrad of blood moons fall on significant Jewish holidays big changes take place for Israel and the world. Especially when the coincide with a Shemitah year. 

A Shemitah is the last year of a seven year cycle – the year of rest. Directly following this year, is God’s judgment. Two recent examples of Shemitah years are the Twin Towers attack and the stock market crash of 2008. 

A tradition of the Shemitah says the first ten days are a time for repentance, prayer, and correcting any wrongs to lessen the judgment coming. This year, the is not only a super Shemitah – called a Jubilee, the seventh of a cycle of seven – where the blood moons and eclipses also fall on Jewish holidays: including a partial eclipse on Rosh Hashana, the first day of the Jewish year. 

The quiet voice of the Spirit whispers, “God is giving people time to repent before He pours out his glory.” I shrug this off, surely God can pour out His glory while people are repenting… 
On Monday morning, I flip to the Sunday service I recorded. I stare transfixed at the live church program: a pastor and her husband say that God told them that something is blocking the Glory from coming, that there is a battle in the spirit realm and they needed to pray. Listening to the announcement about the three-day prayer conference, the Holy Spirit whispers, “They are praying about you.”

“Really? Me?” I ask. Immediately I am determined to participate in this conference. I clear my calendar and notify Tony that I will be busy Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening when I join to watch the live prayer conference. My husband is more than happy to get a chance to get a few things off his to-do list and promises to help watch the kids.

Thursday, September 17The worship before the message and prayer is powerful. The Holy Spirit moves upon me. Much of the prayer centers around asking God to give them words, utterances, so that His will can be done. My sister joins me in prayer (where are two are joined in agreement as in touching anything, it shall be done - Matthew 18:19): We repent for the actions of our nations and ask God for mercy. We ask Him to pour out His Glory, to show people how much He loves them so that they can turn to Him.

Friday, September 18: Again, the praise and worship is anointed with God’s presence setting my skin tingling. This time, the message is about being quiet before the Lord. During this time, I remember that God has spoken to me and shown me many wonders to confirm His will. I know that what He has said is already done for He is omnipresent – He exists everywhere, throughout all time. 

Later, my sister and I pray and rejoice for the fact that He hears our voice and does as we ask in the name of His Son. We also submit ourselves to His will, no matter what it may be. I also personally rejoice, remembering the program I watched with the Rabbi where he talked about Ester going before the King. How blessed am I to be called into the presence of the King of Kings! 

Saturday, September 19:  I watch the morning service, having to pause the program for some mom duties. At church, people are going to classes. I have been spending the time outside the prayer meetings studying as well. A show caught my attention earlier this week: the pastors were sharing the prophecies given by ministers they knew. “It will be good to see exactly what has been said and what they are expecting,” I think, clicking on the recorded from this ministry.

In years earlier, I had said to others that I didn’t think that prophets were necessary in this day and age – after all, didn’t we all have equal access to God? When your heart is honestly seeking to do God’s work, He is faithful to correct you. (Proverbs 3:12)

As this program starts, Terri begins explaining what a prophet does. I sigh, wishing she would get to the prophecies as I flip open my iPad to play a matching game while I listen. The pastor tells people why God still needs prophets today.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
“God still needs evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Prophets are right in the middle of the list of the things God uses, so why wouldn’t He need prophets today,” She says.

Okay God, you have me there. I guess you still do need prophets.” I think to myself.

As Terri explains what an apostle and an evangelist are I consider the options, “Those don’t sound so bad. I will be anointed for signs and wonders, praying for the sick in Jesus’ name and telling people what He says, so maybe I will be an apostle.” 

Next the pastor asks viewers to turn to Jeremiah 1:5. As she begins to read the words, the power of God, the tingling, wave of power that overcomes me when I meditate, washes over me. I shut my iPad thrusting it from my lap, turning my attention to God. The power is so strong that my eardrums vibrate as if I am ascending and descending from great heights. The words are dim to my ears as the waves come fast and strong and tears stream from my eyes. "Is He calling me to Heaven?"

Some of the words come dimly to my ears:
Jeremiah 1:9 (AMP): 
“Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, behold (hear Me), I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms…”

Lord, let it be so. Let me speak only Your words – put them in my mouth. I don’t want to get anything wrong when I am speaking about You.” After I think these words, the waves of power begin to lessen until they fade away.

I rewind the program to see where she started reading when God’s power fell upon me.
Jeremiah 1:5 (AMP): “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
I join the prayer conference that evening, a few hours later. In the opening worship, I am silent before the Lord, worshiping Him, weeping for the great honor He has bestowed upon me. Pastor George enters announcing something to the effect, “God told me a few hours ago (that would be about the time His presence came upon me) that what we have been called to do has been accomplished. I felt it. It was as if a huge weight had been lifted – we have victory!”

I am floored by the announcement… they really were praying about me! Here are these leaders; people who have devoted their entire lives to God, who strive to walk with Him and to lead others to Him, and they have prayed without knowing what they are praying for – a beautiful demonstration of faith. It is very odd, very… difficult… to have God tell me things, show me things, that He has not shown them – such as why they were praying; it is a bit overwhelming.

It took a couple of days for my heart to rejoice in this new revelation. All I have ever wanted in my life was to be used by God in some small way. This… this is so much more responsibility than I expected. But it is also so much of an honor that it is humbling beyond words to describe. 

Now I wait expectantly: Like the disciples who waited for the power of the Holy Spirit which came of the day of Pentecost, I wait for God to do as He has promised - as He pours out His glory. The whole world will be shaken as they see, for the first time in thousands of years, the true power of God as He reveals how much He loves us.

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