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O dry bones, hear the word of The Lord!

May 16, 2015

Do not be discouraged brothers and sisters!  We are about to see it again!  And if we will keep this thought at the forefront of our minds as we enter into even more perilous times, we can rejoice all along the highway of greater holiness!  Along this highway we will have a greater opportunity than ever before to enjoy His glorious presence and power since we are among those who will make up His Glorious Bride!

A number of years ago the Holy Spirit quickened to my heart a likeness to Ezekiel’s prophecy about the restoration of natural Israel that the world officially signed into place on November 29, 1947, and that Britain permitted to become a reality on May 14, 1948 – some 2,500 years after Ezekiel prophesied.  In the same way that the bones stood up and came together then took on flesh followed by the breath of God giving His life, Old Covenant Law was like the skeletal structure upon which God would add “grace and truth” that came through Jesus Christ (adding flesh to the bones), followed by the infilling of the Spirit of The Lord giving His life.

Today, I would like to share another simple observation.  Those foundational truths that were rediscovered as a result of the Reformation era may be likened to those bones standing up and coming together again.  The spiritual revelation received that added spiritual knowledge with understanding for those who sought Him outside Mainline denominational institutions may be likened unto the flesh coming on those bones.  Then finally, periodic outpourings of His Spirit throughout the last few centuries have added His breath and life to much of His body.  I have been convinced by revelation of His Spirit lining up perfectly with His Word that the greatest outpouring is still to come; and all those outside the camp who seek Him in Spirit and in Truth will receive a fresh outpouring of His Spirit, even with the power of the first Pentecost, so that we will be completed as His Glorious Bride! (Ephesians 4:13-16)

Take heart.  There is much glory to come along with much persecution!  I remember the first time the Holy Spirit inspired me to preach about coming persecution to the West.  It was in the late nineties.  I was in a city somewhere in South America, the meeting hall was packed to capacity, and the believers were sitting on the edge of their seats!  What The Lord spoke through me that day has remained a primary part of my understanding since then.  In the midst of persecution we will see His manifested power and know His presence in a way that previous generations of persecuted believers have not known on a broad scale.  This is not to say that it will not be difficult, but that as we truly become more like Him, growing in our intimate relationship with Him, we will take on the attitude of Paul and Silas in prison, where they were singing in spite of it all!  Whatever evil could befall them was of no consequence to their joy in The Lord.  This is important to lay hold of, and even to look forward to!

Through continual prayer and seeking of His face for many years, I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me that even the very difficult road of persecution that awaits those of us outside the camp will have the opportunity to walk in the joy of His presence and power in a way that no other generation of persecuted Christians has ever seen.  This fresh surge of His presence and power has everything to do with the time in which we live, and what He is preparing us to become – His Bride.  His fresh breath is about to be blown upon us in a way that will enable us far beyond all that we could ask, or think, or even imagine!  Far beyond what we are seeing in the persecuted church in the world today.

Oh, dry bones… Take on flesh, and receive the knowledge of The Lord with understanding… Seek to become like Him exactly as He is, and patiently wait on an outpouring of His Spirit to accompany us all the way through with His life!

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