At around 2010 a certain form of spiritual Darkness began manifesting which affected many people, in many places, in many ways.In August 2011, Alan Vincent said at a School of the Word he was teaching “in my 51 years of ministry I have never seen the hand of the devil so strong as during this last year”. His words were the epitome of all that we, as many others, had also started experiencing in our lives, which was going to continue for a few more years to come [Alan Vincent is an internationally acclaimed Apostle/teacher of the Word].
As I was seeking the Lord to understand why everything around us was shaking and crumbling, I understood that we had entered a season of walking through the valley of the shadow of Death, where there was very little light, and it felt “lifeless”.
During that season, economies failed on micro or macro levels, causing great financial loss or even financial destruction to many people, even at country level; it almost resembles the “7 years of lean cows” in ancient Egypt (story of Joseph).
Many people got sick or had accidents, some died, marriages broke up, churches shut down, Pastors fell in sin, and many hearts grew cold. A lot of devastation also befell the world by way of war, terrorism and accidents, but there is no need to repeat what we have all experienced and are well aware of.
On the spiritual side of things, the faith of many seemed to have withered, and many Christians lost interest and their fervency in the Lord was replaced by coldness towards the faith; some were even led to apostasy (complete withdrawal).
A prophetic insight that many received at that time was the following:
Hebrews 12:25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Now, back to today in Sept. 2017, during the last few days, as we have been worshipping, praying, seeking the Lord for the new season that started with the New Hebrew Year 5778, I’ve had a few thoughts which I am sharing here below:
Tears are but for a brief season, but then comes the Morning when the Light shines. When Darkness was permitted to prevail over the Ecclesia, the Lord allowed a season of uprooting, tearing down and destroying all that the hand of man had planted, raised up and built even in the name of God, but apart from God’s initiative or specific instruction and direction.
When the Lord permits the power of judgment to manifest against the Ecclesia, the power of the enemy cannot quench the indwelling Anointing, but has the power to destroy the works which were not blessed by the Lord, or, which lost the blessing of the Lord along the way, mostly due to disobedience and/or sin.
But even in the midst of judgment, God is at work to manifest His Love through the cleansing and purification which prepares His Bride to be used in the next season (which now is at hand), even more powerfully than before.
God’s Love and Grace have been manifest in the last several years of shakings and devastation, in that the season of Darkness and Death was not able to stop those whom the Lord has called, anointed and commissioned for His service for His Kingdom work.
Darkness and Death have been allowed to affect as much of our lives and ministries as what needed to be cleansed and purified, causing “branches” and “beauty” to be cut off, so that what remains and becomes resurrected in this new season of new outpouring of Light, Love, Life, may flourish as never before and multiply, expand, and produce an abundance.
By looking at what died in the last about 7 years, we may know what was either not filled by God’s Light and Life, or, had been defiled by Darkness and Death – so that had to be cut off and thrown into the fire to be burned, so that we may know what was made of earthly material that cannot survive through the devourer’s fire.
1 Corinthians 3:12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.
14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
By looking at what came through the season of Darkness and Death alive and standing, we may know what had been filled by and maintained God’s Light and Life even while walking through the valley of the shadow of Death.
What is made of and is full of God’s fire, the fire that devours cannot destroy – such “material” is only purified through fire and becomes all the more shining, as it reflects God’s Glory.
Where our strength failed us in the last about 7 years, now we know that it was not God’s strength that was empowering us, but the strength of man’s arm that needed to wither away and become powerless.