The fastest way to get somewhere is to drop whatever we are carrying, whatever baggage we are dragging and run. Dragging around heavy earthly baggage will only keep us from getting to Jesus quicker. That's TRUE freedom! ~Anne Schickowski
What God has planned for us in this moment of time was first prophesied to Zechariah. It is about to unfold right before our eyes here in the end times. This is what the Lord told me for this year. He gave me a vision a few months ago and spoke to me about it. Not only is God going to move in ways we don't expect; He is going to move in ways we have never seen before.
The Prosperity of Zion
When I looked again, I saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. “Where are you going?” I asked. He replied, “I am going to measure Jerusalem, to see how wide and how long it is.”(Zechariah 2:1-2 NLT)
When the angel told Zechariah that he was measuring Jerusalem, his message had several different meanings. First, this entire passage is obviously prophetic. It was literally fulfilled when Jerusalem (and Israel) was filled again when God brought back the exiles and returned Israel’s borders to its people. It is also a literal prophecy for the end times, when God will once again protect Jerusalem and Israel. Lastly, it is a spiritual prophecy for the entire Kingdom of God.
In the Kingdom of God context, Jerusalem figuratively means Zion, the spiritual place we are living in right now (spoken of in Hebrews). So when the angel is measuring how wide and how long [Zion] is, it is a measuring that is meant figuratively: to be extended -- measure, mete, stretch self. The message is clear: an angel has been sent to measure, stretch or extend the Kingdom of God.
Then the angel who was with me went to meet a second angel who was coming toward him. The other angel said, “Hurry, and say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem will someday be so full of people and livestock that there won’t be room enough for everyone! Many will live outside the city walls. Then I, myself, will be a protective wall of fire around Jerusalem, says the Lord. And I will be the glory inside the city!’”(Zechariah 2:3-5 NLT)
This is what the Lord gave me as a “cornerstone passage” for this year – especially verse 5*. This is where we are right now, spiritually. We are on the cusp of one of the greatest spiritual moves of history. There will be so many people filling up the spiritual Mount Zion that they will go spilling outside of any walls or conventional wisdom.
There is coming a wave of glory to Mount Zion (the kingdom of God) that is unparalleled. We haven’t seen anything like it and we won’t see anything like it again. It will be solely and completely of God. Nothing can stop it and nothing can slow down the waves of glory. His protective wall of firewill be around it.
The Exiles Are Coming Home
After a period of glory, theLordof Heaven’s Armies sent meagainst the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.I will raise my fist to crush them, and their own slaves will plunder them.” Then you will know that theLordof Heaven’s Armies has sent me.TheLordsays, “Shout and rejoice, O beautiful Jerusalem,for I am coming to live among you. (Zechariah 2:8-10 NLT)
He has told me that there is going to be one last big movement of God before He comes for us - After a period of glory. He did warn me that we shouldn't read anything into it being the last- it could take 100 years! He calls it The Glory Movement. He said that He would reveal to us His glory through this last move. We will flow and move in His glory. It will be an amazing time! This move is not regional but on a global scale.
After that will come the Rapture. Then will come the events in The Revelation: theLordof Heaven’s Armies sent meagainst the nations who plundered you.
Eligible to enter
Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? (Luke 24:26)
Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white andgleaming.And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem..While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them..(Luke 9:28-31,34)
When Jesus entered into glory after His death and resurrection, it made us eligible to enter the glory in heaven and here on earth as well. When Jesus brought Peter, James and John up to the “Mount of Transfiguration” one of the purposes was to join up mankind with the glory of God once again. The law had separated us from His glory so much so that Moses had to wear a veil. It was important now, before the crucifixion that provision be placed and mankind be joined together again with the glory of God. Only Jesus’ resurrection and His having entered into His glorycould seal this in place for us again.
The age of glory to glory
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.2 Cor 3:18
How do we become transformed into the same image of the Lord? It is by gazing at the glory of the Lord first.
When it says to go from "glory to glory", it means that glory is heaped on top of glory. There is always more on top of more in the kingdom of God. There is never a lack in the Kingdom of God. The realization of this will bring about great revival on a global scale. This is what is meant by the “age of glory”. As we are transformed into His image, we are made into His glory.
The Spirit has impressed upon me that there will be such an amazing outpouring all over the world and particularly on the continent of Africa in these next few years. If we will "only believe" as Smith Wigglesworth was fond of saying, we will see more and greater things. He has told me that there will be mighty miracles and great moves of God throughout this time –things we have never seen before. Since the beginning of last year, I personally have seen many people called by God to go to Africa. God is setting up a mighty work on the continent of Africa. We are already starting to see the fruits!
Angels at the ready
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God." (Romans 8:18-19)
I have seen visions of angels where they are sitting in rows, just waiting for the order to go help people. I saw this again last week. These are what God calls, "enforcer angels" and they kind of look like birds because of the way that they sit perched in a row and then when they zip off as they are called upon, like a very fast eagle. They cock their heads like a bird as they sit and wait, listening for our call to send them into action. All that we have to do is call for them and invoke the name of Jesus. As soon as they hear the name of Jesus, they brighten up, sit up at attention and our assigned angel leaves as soon as we have spoken what they are to do.
This is how we step out into the glory – by stepping out in faith and by boldly living and speaking the things that line up with scripture. Mere worldliness or suffering can’t compare with this kind of glory.
This is what the Spirit tells me over and over: "Greater Things." If we will open up and not limit our faith, there will be revival all over the world. He has told me this over and over. Continue to believe and speak faith. Then step into the God-ordained glory upon glory!
the watchman's call
*Zechariah 2:5 a verse that I declare over my household every night before I go to bed. Here it is, paraphrased:
Then [God, Himself,] will be a protective wall of fire around [us and all of our property]..And [He] will be the glory inside [our walls]!’
What happens when we get into the midst of trouble, hardship, pain and suffering but we aren’t getting out of it anytime soon?
Does it mean that God has abandoned us like Job’s wife seemed to think? Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9 NKJV) It’s so easy to feel this way when we are hurting and suffering. It feels like we’ve been left alone.
The truth is that there will always be a storm. No matter who we are; what we do. There will always be a hardship that we have to deal with. It may be small. It may be HUGE. However there is always something with which we are going to be dealing.
Psalm 138:7 NJKV
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me.
David knew all about “walking in the midst of trouble”. He was anointed as King while someone else was already king. He ran for his life and hid in caves from Saul for eight years. He learned how to live and depend on God on the run and in the darkest of times. The words that he wrote in Psalm 138 weren’t just words – they were battle-tested. He knew they were true because the Lord had revived him again and again.
Events like that will cause us to make some assessments of our lives. It will cause us to do one of two things: We will either become bitter and hateful or we will decide to reach out to Him in our weakness. We will realize that only God is our lifeline and our hope.
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
Stripped naked, beaten, thrown into prison, their feet put into stocks. This is where Paul and Silas found themselves. They were definitely “walking in the midst of trouble” and all because of the name of Jesus. They now had a choice. We all do when we find ourselves in situations where things are impossibly tough. Of course, it’s all relative. Things might not be Paul and Silas tough or maybe they are. The point is that we all go through the hardships and the sufferings. And we all come to a place where there is a choice. We come to the end of ourselves and we have to make a decision: What now?
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Thanksgiving is a choice. Praise is a decision that we consciously make. It comes out of great hardship and pain. It comes from the breaking of the heart and then the breaking of the dawn. One cannot understand great praise until they have understood great pain.
Many, many Christian leaders have suffered greatly in some way. They have endured a tremendous loss or heartbreak and have had to learn to praise the Lord in the worst of times.
Greg Laurie and Rick Warren each lost a son.
Steven Curtis Chapman lost his daughter when his son accidentally backed over her.
Jeremy Camp's first wife died of ovarian cancer.
Rick Heil, lead singer from Sonicflood had Crohn’s disease for years but has since been miraculously healed.
Sanctus Real’s lead singer, Matthew Hammit's son, Bowen was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
Stryper’s lead singer Michael Sweet’s first wife died of ovarian cancer.
Worship leader, Brenton Brown has M.E. (named Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the US).
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
Praising God is not necessarily done because we feel like it. It’s done out of the sacrifice of our hearts. There can be no real, true sacrifice until we know what it feels like to give up something. It is the continual laying on the stone of sacrifice – our will, our health, our joy, our child, our last bit of hope – whenever we are left barren.
This is an impossibly difficult thing to do. How can this be done? We can only offer this type of sacrifice through one name. Jesus is the only man who could understand every suffering and Jesus is the only God worthy to whom we can offer our praise.
However that is not all! When we make our sacrifice of praise and we metaphorically lay our suffering on the cold, hard stone we openly profess the name of Jesus – just like every one of these leaders. Above the pain and the heartache, Jesus becomes the fruit of our lips and that fruit multiplies.
Those times that we have “walked through the midst of trouble”, we might have picked up a “battle scar” or two. Some of us may even be ashamed of their suffering scars but they shouldn’t. Yes, we may have scars but we are beautiful because now we resemble our Savior. God bless!
About the copyright: please feel free to share, repost or print a copy for yourself or friends as long as you retain and attribute it to the above copyright info and link back to either http://www.facebook.com/thewatchmanscall or http://thewatchmanscall.com