As we move closer to the year 2017, what should be our focus and what is the Father corporately speaking? I’m sure that many of us would love to know, but why don’t you know? Maybe, we can start by understanding that although we do not live in the past, the past certainly lives in us individually and culturally in varying degrees. Warfare, conquest, and revenge is a major part of that past and has been a major developer within the cultures of world history. We experience the collective and cultural offspring in our generation today. Wars or battles of conquest have changed languages, economies, moral and social fabrics of entire people groups which continues to manifest and evolve today. These manifestations can be attributed via many mediums such as military, media propaganda, sociopolitical, and even economic within the marketplace.
As a result of man’s propensity to satisfy greed through conquest, the western American hemisphere (where I live) is today a much larger natural and spiritual geography of a European civilization than Europe itself! Even those today in the western hemisphere who may dislike European ideologies express that form of displeasure in European languages and denounce it as immoral by European standards of morality. Ironic? Have we ever really or truly thought about these actions and choices within a prophetic context? The truth is that America ‘had’ to rescue Europe many times such as World War 1 and World War 2 for very specific reasons. This statement is akin to children who still unconditionally love and oddly protect parents whom may even abuse them. Such is the relationship between America and Europe.
The history of conquest and man’s propensity to embrace secular, religious, and spiritual ‘armies’ and references to weaponry is not just about the past (although it has shaped the world’s cultures as I earlier stated) – it’s also very much about the present and the future as it unfolds. Warfare and conquest ultimately speaks to why we have arrived at where we are economically, intellectually, and socially. Likewise, it will define our future as the ultimate revelation.
Humanity in its spiritually unregenerate state is the offspring or first born of warfare/violence and its spirit has continued to grip many hearts (even those who are spiritually redeemed and especially of the prophetic persuasion). The flesh nature of man continually desires to conquer from selfish agenda to even perceived goodness. We need to look no further than much of today’s damning prophecies directed toward mankind within the dispensation of grace and God’s love.
The true picture comes into view that after thousands and thousands of years, mankind is still juvenile and delinquent in its treatment of one another. Greed for earthly treasure which is surely to pass in our short life rules the day as it did in generations past. Humanity’s legacy is stained by the blood of religious zealots, political greed, marketplace greed, and the lust for economic cargo which is forever tied to what is earthly and temporal.
Many have wondered where and how America will be positioned and its relevance in the future as the days unfold. Why is America or the western hemisphere not specifically mentioned in most ancient texts that speak to the prophetic future? The answer may be that America is still Europe extended and the soul-ties have never been broken due to the ‘conquest spirit’ that was inflicted upon native cultures and the soon enslavement of other peoples thereafter? The Revelation of days will unfold for America as it will Europe who birthed her. Essentially, the umbilical cord of mother Europe that nourished the hostile takeover of the Americas was never severed through true and genuine repentance. America is still drinking the mother’s milk and she has never truly asked for forgiveness nor been forgiven.
We must ask ourselves why are the predominate parts or verbiage of prophetic offerings today laced with such militaristic or conquest laded wording such as “army”, “swords”, “battle” continue in the dispensation of grace? I believe that these militaristic messages reveal spiritual importance and are significant as I sought clarity concerning our culture, impact, and heart condition as believers in Christ and how prophecy is meant to reveal the Spirit or mind of Christ. In other words, who are we culturally in regard to identity as a prophetic church? Do we accurately reflect the culture and mandates of the kingdom? What is our true agenda and genuine spirit for this generation and hour? Could we be missing something when we look back at the lack of impact we have had upon humanity as the church? Why has the church lacked impact with such catastrophic results? Are Christians really ready to have their paradigms, dogmas, and spiritual cultures turned inside-out? We continually cry out and seek a paradigm shift or breakthrough from God and desire change…But do we really? The answer is not yet…But we will.
The bible states in Revelation 22: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Much of modern prophecy and its culture is interwoven with words of condemnation, judgement, natural disasters, weaponry, rapture for the “righteous” or elect, self-righteous “set apart ones” and the list goes on and on in declaring the impending doom and wrath for the “sinner”. We should consider if these types of proclamations are essentially “adding to the book” since the Revelation has been declared, determined, and sealed. As a prophetic individual or generation, we can only justify our declarations of ‘judgement’ by stating that we have not added to the “words” of the Revelation as it has been decreed and sealed. To clarify: First, does it really matter? Yes! Doesn’t the words we speak or pen reflect our heart and culture in usurping the position of God in rendering judgement upon another as a supplement to “this prophecy” as stated in scripture? This is interesting since we are all likewise sinners saved by grace. To have received grace ourselves as filthy rags and then to turn and cast judgment upon another(s) via prophecy is questionable and should at least be prayerfully considered. Secondly, the Bible states this directive: “To everyone who hears the words of this prophecy.” It would seem that adding to prophecy through the actual letter or Word was and is not the intent or meaning since the far majority of folks (especially the saved) were not skilled in writing or literate at the time of this inspiration anyway. The warning was clearly directed to “everyone who heard” the prophecy and understood its meaning. In other words, it was not only adding to the canon of scripture that instituted the warning – but adding to it’s intent and purpose in our hearts as well.
Most prophetic utterances of judgement regarding family, people groups, countries, political leaders etc., generate from frustration. This is understandable and hinges upon the wickedness and debauchery of the world today…I get it. Although there are certainly many areas which are tragic in the culture of humanity as a whole, we have actually come a long way in regard to civilization and how we interact with one another (especially across ethnic, social and cultural boundaries). Just a generation ago, the United States was still exhibiting strong elements of racism and prejudice under a warped guise of ‘Christianity’. Native Americans were annihilated under the banner of manifest destiny. Private properties were confiscated under abusive immanent domain and the judicial government under the Hoover years were much more intrusive in spirit.
If we look back from the time of Christ’s burial and resurrection which ushered in the dispensation of grace, we can easily see a trend toward global behavioral and cultural improvement. Slavery and forced labor was common and accepted in all cultures and societies around the world. Human brutality, chronic rape, serfdom, child sacrifice, superstition or mythology, fear mongering, no rights for women, blood revenge, manhood rituals, taxation without representation, despotism, and continual warfare were the norm and expected rather than unexpected on every square mile of dirt on the planet.
How can we as a prophetic generation declare with a clear conscience that the world is so much more evil and wicked than any other time previous in history? This is simply not true and negates the authenticity of the prophecy at its conception and inception. Sin still ravages the world, but this is to be expected as long as souls encased in flesh and bone walks upon it! However, we have a choice to make moving forward in regard to how the prophetic voice (the Spirit of Christ) views the world, views its people, and how it translates the purpose and power of the cross.
The sacrifice and power of the cross must not be declared as having “no effect.” It is still active, powerful and cuts to the core of soul and spirit. As Ambassadors of Christ, the same mighty power to affect others resides in us as believers. But yet, many prophesy and declare judgement and disaster upon humanity and geographies because we fail to see results in our frustration. The core problem is that we have created a vicious cycle of judgement and plagues upon ourselves because we have not heeded the warning in Revelation 22 and have “added to these prophecies” in casting retribution upon others no different than ourselves – except that we have been saved and transformed by grace and not of our own merit. Many easily declare that the hearts and intentions of others will be revealed…But do we want ours revealed for all to see as well? Self-righteousness is the seed-bed which easily grows full bloom into pride and spiritual arrogance.
Man’s seeking for judgement upon another man rather than justice tempered with mercy always develops into a cycle of retribution. We can clearly see through history to the present day that if a wrong is committed against a certain individual – that individual will usually desire equal or oftentimes a more severe punishment than the crime committed against them. We know this as punitive nature which is ingrained in the flesh of man. This spirals out of control not only at the personal level, but at societal and national levels as well. These are the punitive retributions that most wars are made of. Humanity’s impulse and propensity for others to pay dearly for their crimes is an overwhelming one which we must take note of and wonder if it has affected our persona and culture (spiritually as much as naturally)?
The good news is that we can rest in Christ because we know that we serve a Lord and God who will make all things right at the end. This has been the overarching power that has held mankind back from destroying itself generations ago. The judgement and justice of God is awesome in both power and intense love. We see this attribute exhibited in the redeemed man in that we can possess wrath and anger not in spite, but because we love so deeply. Anger is not the opposite of love. Hate is. The final form of hate is indifference which many prophetic offerings sadly possess.
God’s wrath is not a mean explosion, but His intense opposition to the spiritual cancer which is eating out the insides of the human race which He loves with his whole being. If I don’t believe that there is a God who will eventually put all things right and in order, my flesh will take up the sword and will be sucked into the endless vortex of retaliation. Only if I am sure that there is a God who will right all wrongs and settle all accounts perfectly do I have the power to refrain. This not only includes physical violence, but the violence we declare from our words that so easily roll off our tongues which may be the the most powerful weapon of all…
We don’t need to judge and condemn the world, our countries, our societies, political leaders and others. They are already judging themselves in knowingly rejecting His grace and love. Our position is to proclaim truth in the spirit of faith, hope, and love. Our ‘culture’ is to extend love and hope in bringing them to faith in Christ in 2017.