The gods of this age

How can one close ones eyes at the fact that the demons themselves have taken over the rule of the world, that it is the powers of darkness who have here made a awful conspiracy.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1932

This present world, which we live in, is governed by principalities and powers, rulers of this darkness, hosts of wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.

These powers that are the regulators of Gods good creation, are the very foundation of all systems and life.

These powers were put in place to be the structures of all creation.

These powers make up the fabric of this life.

They are what propel and energize this creation.

They regulate all creation events, as in weather, society, institutions, morality, and every such thing, which makes up the fabric of this life.

They are the hidden invisible realities that give movement to the all of things.

Without these powers creation would not be creation.

Behind this visible world, is this invisible phenomenon.

Its like a hand inside of a glove, we naturally see the glove, but inside the glove is the hand that gives movement to the glove.

We as Christians have been raised up believing in a Devil with horns and a tail, also little demons running around tormenting people.

I’m not saying there isn’t any reality to these things, but the picture is so much more than we know.

These powers are an organic part of creation.

They still in their fallen condition fulfill the purpose of their being.

The truth is creation would not be creation without their position in it. It would disengage into complete chaos.

But the truth also is that they are fallen creatures, which are in rebellion to the will of their creator.

They were created to serve man, but the reality is, they fell from this position as servants to Man and creation, to now as seeking to be served.

They have reversed the role in, which they were created.

Now instead of leading man to their God, They lead him astray against their God.

They have now become the Gods of this age.

In their lust and pride, they demand worship from the humans they were created to serve.

These powers make up the fabric of the fall of man. Humanity is now the expression of these powers.

Man now expresses through his actions these invisible realities,they truly are now the Gods of this age.

We have been duped by believing their cunning lies of deception; so God gave us over to their wickedness.

Now the human condition is other than God created; we now bare the image of these powers.

They have truly hijacked this creation through their deception.

They are hard taskmasters demanding great sacrifice from us; all we have to do is look at the world around us and see the affects of their work.

They promise freedom through their lusts, but we know through experience, they deceive and lie to us.

The poison of their evil fruit is in full bloom in this world.

They have turned us from the creator, to the creature; we are now worshipers of lust, money, greed, hate, and pride.

This truly is the spirit of antichrist.

Antichrist is here now, we need not wait for him to enter the scene of history, he is alive and present now.

The very foundations of this present world system is antichrist.

We are at this time in salvation history just witnessing the full expression of this world spirit.

Unfolding of divine truth

God is a God that is unfolding his eternal purpose in present time.

Present time is in subjection to his spoken thought regarding his salvation history with man.

The great stresses of the faith is being able to adjust to new unveilings of divine revelation, knowing that what we are leaving has been given and blessed by God for a season.

I think this is probably one of the hardest events that we face when confronted with, are we able to leave our safe place of spiritual comfort and follow the new unknown path, which is presented to us?

The history of this world is in subjection to Gods providential direction; history does not dictate its own direction, God dictates history.

History answers to Gods eternal purposes regarding his eternal kingdom.

God’s eternal kingdom is a prophetic reality now; present reality does not witness this eternal reality yet.

Every time God brings forth eternal prophetic reality, this triggers present historic event.

God isn’t making plans as history unfolds; history unfolds because of Gods plans.

When God speaks eternal prophetic reality into present time, there is always a time space before the word given, and the present historic display.

When we hear Gods prophetic eternal word, we come through faith into the event of the word, before the event becomes historic.

The spoken word of God gives us access into the event before history sees the event.

That’s were our faith is tried. Can we live in the event, which is revealed to us, while everything around us says there is no visible display of this?

Heroes of the faith have been people that were brought into this tension of time. Living in a time that was not yet the time.

This is the historic faith that is ours, Gods ways have always been like this, even our Lord had to endure this kind of tension.

This seems to be Gods way of trying our faith, can we hold onto this ground by faith, which has been revealed, or are we going to say it’s to hard and go back to the ground that we know, which is real and now, but also disappearing?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
For by it the men of old gained approval. Hebrews,11-1,2

the eternal church, which is his body

This present life is the training ground of the Church, which is his body. The destiny of this church is in the eternal ages to come, not in this present evil age.

Like King David running from Saul’s jealous evil hatred toward him, so the church is in the wilderness of this present world, vulnerable to the assaults of the evil one, but knowing that this false kingdom has already been judged.

They are patiently enduring in the midst of his enemies; waiting for the day when he comes, who’s right it is to rule. The lord teaches us very clearly, you are not of this world, even as I am not of this world, John said, love not the world, neither the things of the world, if you love the world, the love of the father is not in you.

The New Testament is full of these warnings regarding these things.

Somehow man has made Christianity an earthly thing.

The true church does not dwell in the earthly realms of this world, but in the Eternal heavenly realms of the age that is to come.

The true church is his eternal predestined body that will reveal the glory of God to his creation. Every member of this elect Church has already been chosen; the Lord knows all their names long before earth’s history reveals them.

They were selected in him before the foundation of the world. They were chosen not because God saw they would respond to his mercy, they were chosen simply because God selected them out of his good pleasure.

All they that were chosen, were called, all they that were called, responded to the irresistible grace of God.

He came out from eternity to find them.

He laid down his holy life for them.

He bore their eternal punishment instead of them.

He paid every debt they owed because of their sins.

When he arose from the dead, they rose with him.

He waits in eternity while present history reveals them.

When they are born into this world, he is with them.

The path they walk he has prepared for them. The discipline they endure, he has specially chosen to them.

In the fires and devastation’s of their lives, he is with them.

All their enemies that hate him are under the hand of his sovereignty. When they come of age, he reveals them to his father.

When their earthly life is over they awake in eternity in him. When he is released from heavens, they are released with him.

the risen life of the christ

The further one progresses in the faith and the more developed the new man becomes in you; you start seeing things that our human life just cannot comprehend.

The new man who is the Christ, which is growing in us, is not us, it is in us but it is not us, it is the life of the eternal Son of God, it will always be his life. This life that he gives to us is called the truth.

It reveals things to us that we naturally are not capable of seeing. Jesus said, you shall know the truth and it will set you free, this life is the truth.

To grow in this life is to grow in truth.

This new man is a different kind of creature. It is foreign to this world, it doesn’t go along with the program of this life that is ours.

It has its own direction. It does things much different than we are used to doing, it doesn’t follow our human life.

It leads, as soon as we try to control this life, it recoils from us, or it assaults our human direction. It simply will not be used or manipulated by us. This life dwells in the heavenly realms.

It is here in us, but it dwells in the heavenlies.

This life is the revealer of the mysteries of heaven. It shows us things, which are to come.

This life is a stranger to this world.

It does not belong to its systems.

This life is not wanted in this fallen rebellious world.

It draws out evil against it.

The fuller this life becomes your life, the greater the assaults become against it.

This life draws out the Gods of this present age. It becomes a very real agitation for them when we truly begin to live by this life.

This life is invincible, indestructible, nothing can stand against it.

To come to this life, is to come to the conflict of the eternal ages.

This life exposes the prince of the powers of this present world.

It reveals his secrets, shows his lies, and exposes his servants. The deeper this life becomes your life, the clearer you begin to see.

It’s like peeling away layers of lies that cover the soul, every layer reveals more freedom.

The whole work of the powers of this present age is to get us to stop living by this life.

If we choose not live by it, the powers will leave us alone, they couldn’t care less about us.

All they are worried about is this eternal life, who is the Christ. The more you live by this life, the greater the antagonism against your position becomes.

This life is here in testimony now, but some day when the Lord returns, it will be here in fullness.

living by the new man

Once we truly come into new birth, Paul says we receive our new man, which is Christ. Christ is Gods full representation of a new humanity. The fullness of God is in Christ. He is the meeting place of God and man. In Christ we find a new world that is not known to us by nature. As we have come into this present world through Adam, so by new birth we come to the world that is Christ. We see this natural world, which we live in through Adam. But we don’t see this other world, which is more real than this one. For this world, which we live in, is the reflection of the other. This other world, which is a different dimension, is hidden to us since the fall of Adam. Because the event of the cross of Christ, now in this life we are given access to this otherworldly, magical, mystical, beautiful, powerful place, which is the fullness of Christ. In this world that is Christ the father has elected us into an eternal destiny with his Son. But this other destiny is only found in the house of God that is Christ. Through the revelation of Calvary we step into this otherworldly place, which is alongside of time and space, which has been prepared for us. In this present world we know each other by what we are in this life. But in this other world we know each other by our eternal destiny, which has been given to us by the gift of God. We look at each other in this world and see common people, nothing really special, but once we are given true spiritual sight, we see people in a much different light. We judge people in this world by who and what they are; this also is very much the standard that is in the church. But in Christ we are judged by who we are in Christ. The measure of Christ’s authority given to us is our judgement and measure. Everything that we are in this life is fading away, but what we have been given and are in Christ will go on into eternity. The beautiful thing is that what we are eternally destined for, it does start in this life; our eternal ministry begins now, once we receive our new man, who is Christ, we start this journey.

Features of our new man

The new man that one receives in Christ is very similar to the old; he seems to take on the visible features of the old. To me it looks like the new man is moulded from the old man in appearance, but so otherworldly beautiful, but very recognizable to who we are in this life. Sometimes when one looks at people that are in a very intimate place with the Lord, one sees the old man, who is Adam, but also the new who is Christ, it’s like they are intertwined together in one reality. Sometimes when one looks at saints one can see their spiritual condition by the radiance of the new man. When the new man is in a place of ascendancy over the old, their condition is very healthy even visible appearance. The little I have seen of this new man, is unbelievably, stunningly beautiful. Unbelievable perfection, like some otherworldly radiance, but somehow rapped in the features of who we are in this life. Will we know each other in glory, I believe absolutely, but in glorified splendour. The resurrection of the dead started on the day when Christ rose from the dead, so also our resurrection starts in this present life. Once one truly enters into Christ, one enters the resurrection from among the dead, yet while we live in the world. We will not be fully into the glory until we shed this old humanity whenever our earthly time is over, or the lord reveals himself. The mystery is that the two humanities grow together in one body. One is destined for the grave; the other is destined for glory. The old theological statement is, already but not yet, already born into the other, were Christ and his church dwell, but not yet in fully. At this point we are creatures of two worlds, one is growing unto eternity, the other fading into history. This other world, which is the kingdom of the heavens, not in heaven, does not come from some place other than here. It’s in the very midst of us; the kingdom is now and here, has already come, but continues to keep coming. The Lords coming will just be the visible revealing of this other worldly place. The bible is clear; we are surrounded by clouds of witnesses. The saints of all ages are with us, as much as the Lord is.

Apostolic revealing

I don’t believe that this present dispensation will come to an end without an Apostolic witness from God to the nations of this world. The church age began with an apostolic proclamation from the Apostles of the Lord; this age will not end without this event being repeated. We have seen over the years the reappearance of prophetic men, these foundational men have brought forth oracular proclamations from God, they proclaimed event before the event was event, these men are seers, they see the event as living in the event. This ministry was the forerunner to the ministry of the lords own Apostolic witness to Israel. The Apostolic ministry is the fulfillment of the Prophetic ministry. The Apostolic ministry is the Prophetic ministry becoming event. When the Apostle comes on the scene he is the prophetic event now in time and history, no more in the future, the event is here and now. Prophet men speak the event before the event is here, Apostles speak event and it becomes event. The Apostolic man is the event speaking the event into being. The Apostle is the man that draws out the principalities and powers; they are exposed in his presence, they can’t hide from him, his very presence draws them out. These men are dangerous to the kingdom of darkness; the powers of the air have to obey their authority. When these men come on the scene, apostolic events follow them. I believe we are at the threshold of the historic moment in present time, when God will again send these men into the theater of this end time. When these men are revealed the war in the heavenly realms begins, they are the trigger to this event, the powers of the air will rage again when these men reappear. I believe these men represent the two witnesses of revelation. This end time apostolic ministry will result in martyrdom, that’s the destiny of a true Apostle. Paul’s picture of an apostle was a gladiator in an arena fighting to his death. Apostolic men know this; they consider it a privilege to come to this ending. The question is where are they; the answer is hidden in the nations of this world knowing the time is near for them to be revealed. As Elijah of old came on the scene to backslidden Israel, so these men will also come on the scene in the same way.

Apostolic end of the age witness

The end time manifestation of the Apostle will be the sign of the change of dispensations. As the early apostles were prepared by the Lord to manifest Gods new movement in the earth, so likewise at the end of the church age the apostolic man will reappear. Like it or not the church age will end, it was a temporary movement, God has never forsaken his original plan. The apostle comes on the scene to close one dispensation and to open another; he is given the responsibility to present to the people the new movement of God, but he is also the instrument of judgment to a system that was once given and blessed by God, but now no longer valid. The Apostle is the revelation of Gods new movement; he is the door that leads the people into this new and strange way. The Apostle is the consummation of the prophetic ministry; he is the vessel that consummates the prophetic word. When the Apostle comes on the scene the transition period begins; the prophetic word takes on movement. The apostolic ministry is a time of great convulsion, Foundations are shaken, people are challenged to leave the old ground once given and blessed by God, and enter into a new and unknown way.

The cosmic cross

What really happened at the cross? Why was it required for Christ to suffer such a violent death at the cross, was the cross an event just for fallen man, or was it something much bigger, I don’t think we really understand the magnitude of this cosmic universal event. This event was not an event of place and time; it was a universal event that transcended all time. This event was displayed in the city of the earthly Jerusalem, but it was also displayed in the heavenly Jerusalem. This event cleansed the earth, but it also cleansed the heavens. This event redeemed mankind, but brought judgment to another kind. At the cross mans evil was judged; at the cross universal evil was also judged. At the cross a new humanity was brought forth, at the cross an old humanity was destroyed. This great event was a universal display of Gods righteousness. This great event was a universal display of Gods humility. This great event was a universal display of Gods judgment. This event was witnessed by human kind, it was also witnessed by angelic kind. This event cleansed the earth, but also cleansed the heavens. The son of man hung on the cross as a man, but he also hung on the cross as the God of man. The crucifixion was God taking full responsibility for a fallen creation; the crucifixion was God taking full responsibility for a new creation. The cross is Gods final answer to a creation that was poisoned with evil.

Elijah anointing

This morning in my time of communion with the Lord, I heard the still small voice.

The Elijah anointing will once again be released into the earth, there will again be a sent people into the earth, with the mantle of Elijah, who will proclaim the coming of the Lord.

I believe we are right at the door of this release of prophetic authority in the midst of gods people, the heavenly veil is once again lifting, we are entering the times of refreshing.