The Middle East and Israel are facing some of their greatest enemies in this hour. The praying church is her hope and way out. The problem is the church as a whole is not praying. Much like Jesus’ day when He went to the mountain to pray the disciples may have come but they were asleep. His response was, “Could you not pray with me one hour?” Many things keep the church from entering into the fullness of God, and whatever it is the Bridegroom God is zealous to remove it. You can see this when Jesus responds to a rich young ruler in Luke chapter eighteen
The young ruler approaches Jesus and says what must I do to receive eternal life?… Jesus responds sell everything you have and come follow me. Luke 18:18-30
For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest until the righteousness goes forth as brightness and salvation as a lamp that burns Isaiah 62:1
When we ask God for the fullness He will have a response and it may not be the one we were expecting. He wants everything so He can give us everything! He must be our first desire and whatever He requires that is what we must give.
Until the day break I will get me to the mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense Song of Songs 4:6
The Shulamite bride in Song of Solomon (a picture of the bride of Christ) says Yes, I will obey! She sets her heart to obey no matter the cost, even though she has yet to act it out. Jesus is moved by our heart making the determination by our will to obey.
Though the enemies rage against us and even threaten to kill us, we need to know we can trust His leadership and set our hearts to obey no matter the cost. We have no need to fear death because as believers we never die, we will live forever!
Death, Oh death where is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55
Longing for victory over our enemies, we seek the Lord and inquire of Him for direction and wisdom and often His response includes instructions about our relationship with Him, our personal life, our relationships in ministry and even in our vocation. If there is sin in our lives, even hidden sins or an area of darkness that will lead us to destruction, the Lord is zealous to see us delivered and set free from any snare that would give power the enemy to overcome us.
To stand in the presence of the Lord and receive counsel we must have a pure heart and clean hands. Our motives and thoughts need to be pure before the Lord, and if they are aligned with the enemy in accusation, unforgiveness, bitterness, strife, envy or lust we will not be able to receive from the Lord. Psalm 24 & Psalm33
Jeremiah in chapter 5 tells Jerusalem you are about to fall into the hands of political enemies because of spiritual enemies at work on the inside. So many times we complain to God about the enemies on the outside but God speaks to take care of the enemies inside.
But seek ( aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:33
The bible is our road map showing us what God’s heart is on every situation in life and when you look at how He spoke through the prophets you can be sure He will always communicate His heart to you, whether it is on your inner man by the Holy Spirit, through the word of God, by a person who is speaking to you, by way of message you heard or even a circumstance…… He wants to talk to you, He wants relationship and He longs for constant communion!
Draw me! We will run after you! The king brings me into his apartments! We will be glad and rejoice in you! We will recall [when we were favored with] your love, more fragrant than wine. The upright [are not offended at your choice, but sincerely] love you. Song of Solomon 1:4
In verse 7 Jeremiah quotes God’s response as to why He wasn’t going to help Jerusalem in their hour of attack and I believe this is the very word God is trumpeting to the church this hour. It isn’t that He doesn’t want to help. Quite the contrary, He longs to deliver us from all our enemies but if we are in sin He can’t help us, He won’t violate His own law.
Why should I and how can I pass over this and forgive you for it? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by those that are no gods. When I had fed them to the full and bound them to Me by oath, they committed [spiritual] adultery, assembling themselves in troops at the houses of [idol] harlots. Jeremiah 5:7
When God was asked for help His response was ….why are your children not serving me? I will hold this against you! God has such zeal for this generation…how much more should we?
Paul describes God’s zeal for His bride in Second Corinthians chapter eleven. He has such concern for the honor and purity of the church. He looked at the church like a father looks at a daughter wanting to purify her and prepare her for her bridegroom.
For I am zealous for you with a godly eagerness and a divine jealousy, for I have betrothed you to one Husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2
But [now] I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
The way to preservation for the church in this hour is to pour out all we have into this generation, to give them all the inheritance that is theirs in Christ, all of the knowledge of God we have to give, all of the time to disciple them, all the resources to equip them. Then the Lord will come, the King of Glory will fill the houses of God.
This task seems daunting, how do we turn the hearts of the Fathers to the children, how do we turn the attention, resources and purposes of the church to this generation?
In Jeremiah chapter 6 God speaks again on how to deal with the hearts of the church. He tells them their hearts are hardened and they are insensitive to their sin. The church today is the same; it’s as if they are dulled and numb to their own transgression. God has a plan, He has a solution!
Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it Jeremiah 6:16
Let our response be different. One hundred percent obedience is the key to protection.
When the Bridegroom comes for His bride will he find her watching and waiting? Let our response be whatever it takes, whatever you require this is what I want to give you.
God will always use the least amount of discipline to turn the hearts of His people.
He sends His prophets to shake them awake by making them like trumpets and though you read the scripture and think wow this is such a strong word and has such a cutting, stinging edge to it. The bible says the word of the Lord is like a hammer, like fire that burns dry grass (Jeremiah 23:29). The strength with which God must deliver His word is compared to the hardness of the heart that needs to receive it. His Mercy sends the Word to warn and remove everything that hinders love.
Continuing in Jeremiah chapter six we see that Jerusalem still thinks nothing is wrong they uphold all their deeds as if they are so righteous. Israel has always believed their strict obedience to written laws and religious works make them right with God, self-righteousness is one of the greatest enemies of the cross.
Jeremiah goes on to prophesy to Jerusalem saying your prayers and your sacrifices are unacceptable. (Jeremiah 6:20-21). At this point he lets them know God is going to allow the enemy to attack them in hopes that they may repent and return to Him. Filled with Mercy for His Beloved, He does a something so beautiful so insightful. His mercy will always triumph over judgment.
He sets watchmen over them and tells them to hearken to them….but in this season the people refuse to listen. Let it not be so in our day! Jeremiah 6:17
The watchmen are described as assayers which means they are to purify the hearts of the church. His plan is to put a prayer movement filled with the power of God to cleanse and purify the hearts of the leaders, government, and people. Today God has a prophetic church in the earth to cleanse and purify the land and prepare her for the return of Jesus, our Bridegroom, to help us get ready for the wedding!
Malachi talks about the same, and in chapter 3 he describes how God would send a messenger (referring to John the Baptist)to make Israel ready for her Messiah and in chapter 4 he describes how he will have the spirit of Elijah and turn the hearts of the Fathers to children and the children to the Fathers.
Today God is releasing the same spirit in sons and daughters, who will like John the Baptist did go into the wilderness, rid themselves of everything that would bring them into bondage and hinder love. They have entered into an intimate relationship with God so they can articulate His heart with clarity and power. Today there is a prayer and worship movement that will prepare the prophets and Messengers to fill the earth with His and prepare the return of Jesus.
Malachi further describes these messengers as a refining fire and a purifier of silver that will purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver so that their lives are a pure reflection of His Glory and His image in the earth.
BEHOLD, I send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. (v3)He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the priests, the sons of Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness. Malachi 3:1-3
If you understand the process of purifying gold or silver it goes through several levels of fire to bring the impurities to the service so that they can be removed. Jeremiah, who is an example of a prophet who was an assayer, a purifier of gold and silver, describes how the Lord touched him. He is much like this generation and in verse six you can see he has no confidence in himself.
Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth. Jeremiah 1:6
As God is inviting a generation to come away with Him into a lifestyle of fasting and prayer, much like He called John the Baptist into the wilderness, to touch them like He did Jeremiah. They need to be confident and strengthened as they enter into this season and they must understand the Lord will touch them and fill them with what to say in the hour He calls them to speak for Him.
But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. John 16:13
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] ought to say. Luke 12:12
Even now there are young prophets in the land that will come forth to prepare them and prepare the church. We desperately need them in Israel as the church faces such great enemies. God wants to surround it with a wall of fire on every side but first the church must purify itself for the Glory to come in and release the power to remove the enemies.
He has His hand on singers, musicians, intercessors, preachers and teachers, prophets and filled their spirit with a river of fire from His throne to be watchmen on the wall and to trumpet His voice. A global prayer movement filling the earth with the Word of the Lord, worshipping and exalting God as He is worthy of all our worship and filling the cities and nations with His Glory! Like Jeremiah, the Lord put His hand on their lips and His words in their mouth and they will prophesy with fire and it will shake the church and cleanse her like the fire that refines the gold and silver. Jeremiah 1:8-10
God’s plan is beautiful and we can fully trust His leadership!