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Another Coffee Break-2
A New Onoma, Part 14
April 29, 2013

Rich Warren and I have just returned from a three-day FGBMFI men's retreat
where we led worship for roughly 120 men. This was our third year of being
involved with this particular retreat, and it is safe to say that we saw and
experienced a dimension of the presence of the Lord in worship the like of
which we've never seen in a corporate setting like this.

You know that Holy Spirit is at work when you have a variety of different
individuals tell you that they visibly saw demons fleeing the place in the
midst of the worship. You know that God is at work when His Glory is so
thick that it rests like a huge blanket over the assembled group, and
people's lives are transformed, men receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and
Savior, and others receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit -- all in the
midst of worship.

We've shared this before, but what we do is to allow ourselves to become the
instruments that Holy Spirit plays. My guitar and Rich's bass are nothing
more than extensions of ourselves. We become the instruments that are
played. The sound of the Lord goes forth bringing healing, deliverance,
restoration and wholeness to those who will hear His voice and respond. We
don't always sing. Much of the time we prophesy with our instruments.
People see visions. At times they are transported into the heavenlies.
Others hear the voice of Holy Spirit speaking into their spirits ministering
life and breaking bondages. The music becomes the voice of Father bringing
His authority against the power of the Enemy.

We've had the addition of Craig Manley on drums, along with three young lads
from Heritage Christian High School who've joined us with their instruments.
Every time you add another musician to the mix -- normally, at least -- you
add another layer of complexity and another individual (or individuals) who
must respond and play the same heretofore brand new music they've never
played, heard or seen before, and have no sheet music in front of them.

As I noted in sharing with someone else this afternoon, it's akin to having
a group of people all speaking in tongues at the same time -- the difference
that everyone is speaking the same tongue at the same time, and no one has a
clue as to what comes next. In this case the tongues become the music that
we've never heard before, never played before, and have no idea whatever
where we're going with it. Nevertheless it literally flows like a river
with the presence of the Lord.

Anyway, Good Morning! Pour yourself a 16-ounce cup of that java and let's
get started with today's discussion.

6. The doctrine of "Eternal Judgment" is the sixth stone in the foundation
of our new onoma. We have already talked about the Spirit of Judgment and
Burning as being one of the seven spirits of the onoma of Jesus Christ.
Just as it is foundational to His character and makeup, so must it also
become foundational to ours. Because of His unique perspective, and ability
to see across time from beginning to end, He makes (and has made) judgments
which will stand through eternity. "The judgments of the Lord," David sang,
"are true, and righteous altogether." (Psalm 19:9)

He has pre-judged (from our perspective in a time-space world) His Bride,
and all those individuals who corporately consist, as righteous. In the
same manner, He has pre-judged all those who have accepted Him as Lord and
Saviour, but have not (or will not) overcome all things in order to become a
part of His Bride. Even though they have not been incorporated into His
Bride, the invitation has gone forth to them to attend the Wedding Feast as
His guests and friends.

Those who have refused Jesus Christ, those who have rejected His claim as
the Bridegroom, those who have rejected His payment of their dowry, and
those who have continued their willful walk of agreement with Satan's lies
have all likewise been judged. Their judgment is as final and eternal as
those who are a part of His Bride.

In what I sometimes call "The Letter to the Bride" (better known as The
Revelation), John graphically describes the unfolding of events which we
have all been living through. He underscores the judgment of the Lord to
all who accept the thought processes of the Beast (which we understand and
define as that system and power by which the world operates in this present
age), or function and do business after the manner of the Beast (i.e., take
"the mark of the Beast" in their forehead or right hand).

That judgment is the lake of fire. John likewise speaks of the judgment of
the Antichrist (that pervasive spirit of humanism which saturates our
society today), and those who succumb to that spirit. Likewise do we read
of the judgment given to that great whore, the spirit of Jezebel, which has
led or driven so many of God's people to destruction. And on and on it
goes.

So, how is all of this foundational to our onoma? The judgments -- the
decrees of the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ -- must be so integrated into our
character and makeup that we live them daily. His judgment towards His
people is mercy and truth. His judgment towards His Bride is love and
power. His judgment of those wicked spirits (and their father, the devil)
which permeate today's world is imprisonment and containment in a bottomless
pit for the next thousand years, a short span to be let loose to try the
generation of that age, and then final destruction.

For the Bride of Christ, those judgments must be ingrained into the very
essence of her existence. She must live - today - His judgment and
authority in the realm of the spirit. The millennium to come is only the
staging ground for eternity!

Now do you understand that these are only the very basic foundations for
relationship with Jesus Christ? Now do you see why there must be a "going
on to the completion?" These fundamentals set the stage for relationship
with Him, but they are not that relationship.

Isaiah prophesied of the onoma of Jesus Christ, saying, "The government
shall be upon His shoulder, and His shem (onoma) shall be Wonderful (Pele --
miracle), Counselor (Ya.ats -- advisor, resolver, deliberator) , the Mighty
God (Gibbowr -- {see previous discussion of gebuwrah} -- the champion
warrior), the Everlasting (Ad - perpetual) Father (Ab - founder, the
progenitor, the ancestor: hence, the source of creation), the Prince (Sar -
the head, the source of all dominion) of Peace (Shalom - health, wholeness,
soundness, safety: and, as a direct consequence thereof, peace). (See
Isaiah 9:6)

No prophecy could have better underscored what Jesus manifested during the
years of His public ministry as well as the two millennia that have passed
since. His shem is Miracle. There is no aspect of the natural realm over
which He does not exercise complete dominion. The laws of science as we
know them -- the laws of physics - are subject to His will and His word.
Jesus was and is naturally supernatural! So are we to be.

His onoma is the Spirit of Counsel and Might! Jesus described Himself as
the first comforter, and then said that He was sending "another comforter"
(Paraklete) whom we have come to know as Holy Spirit. We are both
recipients and bearers of that spirit of counsel, that ability to resolve,
that ability to deliberate in every situation, not to mention the ability to
war in the spirit as champions.

Jesus infuriated the religious people (the Pharisees and Sadducees) by
saying to them, "Before Abraham was, I AM!" In so saying, He made clear
that His existence was perpetual. But He was more than perpetual: He was
and is the founder, the progenitor, the source of creation!

It was Jesus who spoke the words of creation (witness the mathematical
demonstration of His number, 8-8-8, incorporated into the phraseology, "And
God said..." throughout the Genesis account), and it was He who fathered
Adam, forming him by His hand from the dust of the very same earth He had
spoken into existence. In like manner, Jesus Christ - as our Bridegroom -
has fathered us, has brought about our ability to exist in Him, with Him,
and for Him as His counterpart, His co-equal, His beloved Bride! And He has
seated us with Himself, giving into our onoma that same creative power which
went forth by His Word!

In Him is all dominion. In Him is all health. In Him is all wholeness.
There is nothing about Jesus Christ that is not perfection. In Him is
soundness. In Him is perfect safety. He is, therefore, the Prince of Peace
- the King of Glory - the great I AM! He is the Alpha and the Omega - the
Ab (pronounced, awb) and the Achariyth (pronounced, ahk.ar.eeth) - the
beginning, the end, and the future!

He is the originator, and He is the reward. No wonder He could speak the
word, and disease would flee. No wonder He could speak the word and storms
would cease. No wonder He could say, "I AM the Way, The Truth, and The
Life." He was. He is. It is His onoma. And it must be ours!

And by the Plan He set in motion before time began, in spite of all that
Jesus Christ is, yet has He been incomplete. It sounds like a
contradiction, doesn't it? Under any normal circumstances, and unless it be
revealed to you by Holy Spirit, it is impossible to see Jesus Christ as
anything but complete. Yet, He has been anything but sub-standard.

Have you begun to understand this new onoma - this new name? It is new
because it has never been up to this time. It is a new onoma, and though
envisioned by our Bridegroom and shown to us in the realm of Holy Spirit,
it has always been a Plan and a promise of Father to the Son.

Father promised to the Son that on the day of His reward, He would receive a
Bride who would complete and fulfill Him - a Bride who would have become
Him, even as He had become her. And thus it is unfolding before us.

Hence, the promise of the Son, the Bridegroom, to that people called out and
formed unto Himself, the Bride: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in
the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out; and I will write upon him
the onoma of my God, and the onoma of the city of my God, which is new
Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God; and I will write
upon him my new onoma!"

This is a conditional promise, made to the overcomer - not to those who seek
to escape tribulation, not to those who run from the fire, not to those
whose thoughts are focused on "the rapture," and escaping from the "wrath to
come." It is a promise made to those who rise above their afflictions, the
tribulation of this day, and the terrors which are befalling the wicked
generation in which we live. It is the promise to those who have overcome
the seven nations - the principal ruling spirits of the Enemy.

It is a promise made to those who speak Life and Truth in the midst of
increasing death, those who bring health and mercy to the afflicted, those
who live agape, might and soundness. It is made to those who overcome all
and endure all until they be presented to the Bridegroom by the Paraklete:
those who can say in Truth to Him, "All that I am is yours. I am One with
you, and you are One with me. We are complete!"

This is not a boast. It is not being presumptuous. It is an absolute
necessity, and Jesus Christ has so ordained it. While we certainly are
beneficiaries of this reward, His completion in and with us is His reward.
This Plan was set in motion by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for their sake!

Do you understand the significance of this promise to the overcomer? It is
multifaceted and all-encompassing. First, the promise is that we will
become a "pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out."
This statement is a parallel to some phraseology used by Matthew. Matthew,
being an orthodox Jew by birth and upbringing, used a typical Jewish
metaphor when he quoted Jesus, saying, "shall enter into the kingdom of the
heavens." John, on the other hand, uses a Graecism to identify the very
same thing: "...make a pillar in the temple of my God..."

They both identify "rulership in the house of the Lord." They both
illustrate becoming part and parcel of the dwelling place of the Lord. And
this promise is to "the overcomer." For those who have learned to rule in
the midst of every situation in this present age, a new dimension of
rulership lies ahead.

The very next part of this promise is, "...and I will write upon him the
onoma of my God..." The phrase, "I will write upon him," is unique to
middle-eastern thought, and is found in the Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and
Chaldean languages. It means: to strike a visible mark with the identifying
characteristics of a person, place, or thing. In this case, the identifying
characteristics are seen as, "the onoma of my God."

But that is not the end of the promise. "..And (I will write upon him) the
onoma of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem... "

From the time of Shem, the son of Noah, and throughout the history of the
nation of Israel, Jerusalem has been a picture of the Bride. Shem initially
established this as the city of Salem, building it as a citadel - a place of
protection and honor for his bride. Because of Shem's extraordinary stance
and reputation as a representative of righteousness, the Canaanite peoples
who dwelled in the land, referred to him as Malkiy-Tsedeq, "The King of
Righteousness. "

Anglicized in modern translations as "Melchizedek, " Shem demonstrated the
heart of the Lord for His Bride with Salem. Hundreds of years after Shem's
death, David took the city away from the Jebusites, who had renamed it,
Jebus, in honor of their ancestor (one of the sons of Canaan). He called
the city "Jerusalem, " and immediately set up his tabernacle with the Ark of
the Covenant on Mount Moriah. He thereupon established a picture of the
Bride which has stood throughout the ages.

John's picture of the New Jerusalem was a picture seen in the spirit. The
natural city of Jerusalem represented a physical picture of that which has
been being established in the spirit by the Bridegroom. What John saw was
the Bride of Christ coming down from Heaven. He saw Father presenting Jesus
with His long-awaited Bride and counterpart. The promise, therefore, to the
overcomer was that they would be incorporated into the Bride.

The final phase of this promise was, "and I will write upon him my new
onoma." And here we are! This has been what it is all about: our change,
and His change. Together, we make up one new being!

The transformation has resulted in a people whose entire existence
revolves around what the Lord desires of them at that moment - a people who
are immersed in Him. This is a people who eat from "The Tree of Life" --
"life" being, in this case, the living presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
That is a tangible, definable, discernible, quantifiable reality,
experienced in the realm of the Spirit - one which we have all tasted of and
experienced in true worship!

With this completion of His onoma, His character and makeup, comes a new
dimension for all of us - a future radically unlike that which we have
known. With that future awaits an expanse of rulership as spiritual beings
which transcends the natural, physical realm - and yet encompasses it.

The New Onoma is for the overcomer - and the overcomer only!

My beloved brothers and sisters: for Jesus' sake, and for yours, let nothing
stand in your way! Let there be no whim of the flesh, no attachment of the
past, no afflicting or tormenting spirit, no vain imagination of any kind
prevent you from being that overcomer. Let us together go on to the
completion.

When Paul was writing to the Philippians, he put it like this: "I press on
in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by
Christ Jesus."

"Brethren, (Sisters), I count not myself to have apprehended, or to have
laid hold of that total completeness. But this one thing I do: forgetting
the past, and reaching forth unto those promises and goals which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus (i.e., being One with Him)."

"Let us, therefore, as many as be perfect and complete, have this attitude;
and if in anything your attitude differs, God shall reveal even this unto
you."

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 13

April 19, 2013
G' Morning!

David Herzog is about as unconventional as they come among those of the
prophetic community. As I begin writing this Coffee Break, I've just
finished streaming his time of sharing, teaching and prophesying at Paul
Keith Davis' S.O.S. gathering for this week. Although he shared a whole lot
tonight, one thing in particular really stands out.

I'd venture to say that there's not a one of us who hasn't prayed for
healing or deliverance or resurrection for someone. Ever wonder why we
don't see more results? OK, think about it like this. Your Aunt Sally has
cancer and you're praying for her to be healed. Everything in you says that
you're praying according to the will of God. You know the Word of God! You
know -- at least you quote the Scripture from I Peter 2:24 from time to time
-- that "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that
we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye
were healed."

It's an accomplished fact! Right? Jesus already paid for all the healing
we could possibly need for every disease under the sun. There's nothing He
didn't already provide for by His death and resurrection! The operative
phrase here is, "ye WERE healed" ....... PAST TENSE!

So how come Aunt Sally isn't getting better? Why aren't you seeing the
answer to your fervent prayer? Here's the problem. Our mind -- our
subconscious thoughts -- are interfering. Subconsciously, we're planning
Aunt Sally's funeral. Here's how David Herzog put it: "We need a miracle of
mind-renewal! We need an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the restoration
of our minds and thoughts!"

OK? I could spend this whole Coffee Break on that theme, but maybe we'll
come back to that at a later time. Onward with our discussion on the
transformation of our onoma! Pour yourself a cup of some of that good
really dark roasted French Roast coffee and pull up a chair.

3. The "Teaching of Baptisms" releases within our onoma two things
essential to our transformation.

The first is baptism in water, which signifies our agreement with, and
testimony to, the efficacy of Jesus' shed blood on the Cross. Jesus' death
on the Cross was an event with legal implications. His blood represented
"life for life." He allowed Himself to be murdered by Satan so that the
sentence of death hanging over the human race could be nullified.

Roughly 20 years ago, I wrote an Open Letter to the Ekklesia titled, It is
Finished. Parts of that article have been quoted from time to time in
various Coffee Breaks in which we have talked about the necessity of
canceling Satan's legal hold over the human race. A Plan was set in motion
before time began which would provide the means for us as created beings to
overcome and defeat his authority in our lives. Jesus fulfilled the first
and most essential part of that plan by being murdered on the Cross, by
taking with Himself on the cross all of our bondages to Satan, all of our
failings, all of our sicknesses and diseases - and Satan himself - to the
death!

Then He nullified death by rising from the dead on the third day. By so
doing, He set the stage for all who would agree with His position as the Son
of God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Bridegroom who eagerly
awaited His Bride, all who would agree with His death and resurrection, all
who would agree with His ascendancy and superiority over Satan, and
empowered them to die and rise again from the dead even as He had done.

The simple act of agreement with Jesus' power over death was demonstrated in
water baptism. The "agreer" died as he or she was immersed - buried, if you
will - under the water. The "agreer" then rose from the dead as he or she
came up out of the water. The act of agreement with Jesus Christ legally
freed the agreeing individual from any penalties for sin which would have
been incurred as slaves to Satan. The act of water baptism testified before
the Universal Court, and before Satan and all his cadre of evil spirits,
that their legal hold was broken. This, however, was only the first phase
of the "teaching of baptisms."

The second phase was being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Baptism in the Holy
Spirit was the means by which those who agreed with all that Jesus Christ
had done, was doing, and had purposed for them, enacted legally their
acquiescence to being betrothed to Jesus Christ.

It signified their willingness to be taken into "the King's house," even as
Esther had done, to begin the "time of preparation and thlipsis" in order to
be readied as a co-equal counterpart for the King of Kings. Baptism in the
Holy Spirit also set the stage for the "betrothed&quo t; to begin receiving her
dowry: the gifts which were the promise of things to come - a foretaste of
the changed onoma, the promise of being "like Him." That dowry - those
gifts - were to be manifested as that which we have come to refer to as "the
gifts of the Spirit."

Let me pause for just a moment. Are you seeing the picture of
"foundations? " Are you beginning to understand how all of these things are
only the "baby basics" - how they must precede true intimate relationship
with Jesus Christ? Salvation does not create relationship with Jesus Christ
- it only sets part of the foundation for that relationship. Faith in God
does not create relationship, but it is essential to our existence if a
relationship is to develop. Baptisms do not create relationship - they set
the stage for our preparation by the Holy Spirit for that relationship.

4. "The Laying on of Hands" brings us to another foundation fundamental:
the impartation (or actual transmission) of the power of Jesus' onoma. One
of the basics of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ necessitates the
transference of that which we generally refer to as "the baptism in the Holy
Spirit," as well as His healing virtue, and the dynamic of true revelation
which comes through and by the Spirit. The transference of that dunamis
(power, "dynamite" Wink is consummated through the physical touch which comes
when a person already imbued lays hands upon another who is asking for "the
baptism of the Holy Spirit," healing, etc.

Generally implied - although there are exceptions to this - is the fact that
the one laying hands upon another has already entered into a place of
relationship with Jesus Christ, and has matured in that relationship. The
onoma of Jesus Christ must have already been at least partially developed
for that transference to occur. While the laying on of hands should imply a
degree of fellowship and intimacy between the individual (who performs the
act) and Jesus Christ, it is not necessarily an indicator of that.

By way of illustration, when our son, Chris, was six years old, he was
laying hands on other children who were suffering from various afflictions
including legs or arms which were too short or crippled. In each and every
case (without exception) a miracle of healing and/or restoration occurred.
He was not even yet baptized in the Holy Spirit when it happened. The Lord
simply took the opportunity of that simple expression of faith as a means to
demonstrate His grace and love for those children whom Chris touched.

He did not receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit until six years later when
he asked me to lay hands on him for that purpose. When Mike Scudder and I
laid hands on Chris, he instantly received the baptism of the Holy Spirit
and began to prophesy. Not long thereafter, Chris likewise laid hands on
one of his friends, Chris Schlotfeldt, who also received the baptism of the
Holy Spirit.

The laying on of hands, therefore, is a simple fundamental of Jesus' onoma.
It is part and parcel of His nature and makeup; and those who respond to His
expressed desire to manifest His grace, or love, or power towards some
individual become nothing more than a vehicle or a pipeline for His onoma.
By the laying on of hands, the Holy Spirit chooses to move through one
individual into another; and then into another, and then into another, etc.,
etc., ad infinitum, until the heart's desire of the Bridegroom be
accomplished and fulfilled.

5. "The Resurrection of the Dead" encompasses both the spiritual and the
natural realm. This is one of the most basic of truths at the foundation of
all relationship with Jesus Christ. First and foremost, it has spiritual
significance and importance. It is this dimension which is of greatest
concern to the Lord - and probably the one to which we have accorded the
least attention. From the moment Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the
Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they (and all their descendants)
became infected with what I have come to refer to as the "knowledge virus."
Beyond the consequences imposed upon their natural, physical beings, (i.e.,
death) their spiritual genetic makeup also became infected. Every human
being born into this world since has had an appointment with death.

That it has been, first and foremost, a death of the spirit is demonstrated
among those who make "knowledge&quo t; to become the priority of their existence.
That knowledge inflates the ego and the self-will, leading individuals to
walk according to that which they have learned intellectually, setting aside
the responses of the spirit to the Lord (because they are not logical to the
trained mind). The more they rely on their own intellect and mental skills,
the more this "knowledge virus" becomes ensconced as the HIV of the spirit.

An aging scientist friend of ours lamented one day in a luncheon
conversation with us that he would give all that he has to know the Lord
personally and enjoy the revelation he has seen us walk in on a daily basis,
but that he just can't seem to set aside the reasonings of his mind. I said
to him, "My friend, your problem is that you are so brilliant, you are
stupid." (A former colleague of Einstein' s, he has an IQ exceeding 200.)

Dr. Joe had intellectually assented to the knowledge of God and the claims
of Jesus Christ, and on more than one occasion even prayed "the sinners'
prayer," but says he feels completely lacking in a personal relationship,
and has readily admitted that he cannot cope with spiritual things because
"they don't make any sense." He has become a victim of the "knowledge
virus." Without deliverance from that virus none of us can walk in the
Spirit. Stated another way, Joe's "knowledge&quo t; and brilliant mind are
separating him from a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist prophesied of Jesus on the day of his baptism in the Jordan
river, "And now the axe is laid to the root of the tree." (Matthew 3:10)
What tree? The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. With Jesus'
resurrection from the dead, therefore, He reversed the course of the
"knowledge virus" for all those who would become one with Him, making it
possible once again to have the same intimate love-relationship that Adam
and Eve experienced during all those years they walked and talked with Him
in the Garden.

For Adam and Eve, death first occurred for them in the realm of the spirit
when they ate of the fruit of that tree. The immediate consequence was
their forcible eviction from the Garden and separation from intimacy with
the Lord. Jesus' first priority, therefore, was to "lay the axe to the root
of the tree," severing the possibility of a recurrence of that death; and
then raise from the dead all those who would choose to enter into life in
the spirit with Him.

During the three and a half years of His public ministry, He demonstrated
His power over all death by raising the dead. He sent forth His disciples
with the command, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
out demons; freely you have received: freely give." (see Matthew 10:8)

None of them had been raised from the dead in the natural realm, but all had
been raised up in the spirit. Thus, they were able to give what they had
received. And they went forth doing just that: healing the sick, cleansing
the lepers, raising the dead, casting out demons, etc. This should be the
hallmark of all those who live in a place of genuine relationship with Jesus
Christ.

Both Della and I have experienced raising the dead on at least two different
occasions each. On one occasion, I was the one who was raised from the
dead. My father was raised from the dead as a six-year-old and given to the
Lord as a direct part of that incident. Many of you are aware of Della's
part in raising Marcia from the dead after she was killed in an accident a
number of years ago. This is, and should be, the norm for all of us - not
the exception.

Resurrection from the dead was first established by our Bridegroom, Jesus
Christ, on our behalf. It was not a mark of our relationship with Him. He
did it so that we could have an intimate relationship together without the
curse of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil hanging over our heads.
He did it so that our onoma could be changed to compliment His onoma.

He likewise gives it to those who will enter into that place of love and
intimacy - not so they can prove that they have a relationship with Him, but
that His heart's desire will be met for a completed Bride.

Next week I'll try to wrap up this series as we conclude with The Doctrine
of Eternal Judgment, and do a final overview of God's purposes and destiny
for us as His people.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 12
April 12, 2013

This past Sunday we were really blessed to have Don Pirozok and his wife,
Cheryl, as our guests. Don is known nationally for his prophetic ministry
and the accuracy of his prophecies. Sunday was no exception. I really
appreciated the manner in which the personal and family prophetic words were
given. We took a few people (perhaps three or four) at a time, shared with
them and then took a break for a time of worship. More people would be
ministered to, and that would be followed with more worship. This process
was repeated again and again. Our time of gathering for fellowship, praise
and worship, and ministry -- both corporate and personal -- along with
fellowship around the table, lasted just over eight hours.

While we don't often have that much time together when we gather, five to
six hours is pretty common. Our times of gathering are designed to be a
true expression of Ekklesia -- NOT church. While I'm not condemning folks
who still utilize the traditional mode of church gathering -- and certainly
we've seen the Lord work very mightily within the church from time to time
-- the Greek word "Ekklesia, " which has been almost uniformly translated
"church" for the past four hundred years or so -- represents a kind of
gathering that is anything but the conventional structured mode we see in
the contemporary churches.

Ekklesia is really nothing more than the assembling together of the
Betrothed by the Bridegroom. (And when I say that they have been assembled
together by the Bridegroom, it is just that! This is not a club you can
join. If Holy Spirit doesn't draw you and bond you to the group of people,
you're just playing "church. ") Ekklesia is a company of people -- not more
than 12 families -- who've been drawn together among whom Holy Spirit is
developing a close-knit bonding, a place of absolute trust, a level of
confidence that each person in the Ekklesia has your back -- and at the same
time, is willing to administer reproof and correction in love when needed.

I could literally spend this entire Coffee Break talking about Ekklesia, and
the things Holy Spirit has taught us about Ekklesia as a lifestyle and a
processing period in our lives to prepare us for the Bridegroom. But that's
not where we will go today. Let me continue where we left off last week.

Throughout my years of walking with the Lord, enormous change has taken
place in me. Yes, responses have been required of me. Yes, obedience to
the word and will of the Lord has been mandatory. But the change, and the
glory which is manifested, have come because of the indwelling work of the
Paraklete, and the sovereignty of the Bridegroom in His choices for me.

This is what the onoma of the Lord Jesus Christ is all about! His onoma --
which incorporates the Spirit of Judgment and Burning, the Spirit of Wisdom
and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge
and the Fear of the Lord, The Spirit of Grace and Supplications, the Spirit
of Truth, and the Spirit of Glory (all summed up in agape) -- has been the
onoma of a Bridegroom-to- be seeking after a Bride, a Bridegroom who has sent
a Paraklete to prepare, mold, train, equip and dress that Bride for the
final day of joining: the Marriage of the Lamb!

All those things which we have treated as doctrines: Salvation, Water
Baptism, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Deliverance, Sanctification, Holiness,
etc., etc., have only been stepping stones in the process to have a Bride.
Those things which we have known as "the gifts of the Spirit" are simply a
dowry, given as a promise of that which would become the natural, everyday
operation and function of our lives and existence. The gifts of the Spirit
have simply been the "interest, " given to woo us onward toward the changes
and processing necessary which would result in those gifts being a
24-hour-per- day reality -- a part of the life and breath of our onoma.

The intention of the Lord is that we become so like Him that these things
which we have known as "gifts" are no longer gifts, but the natural
operation of our beings - an integrated part of our very existence. I've
said it before, and I'll say it again. His purpose is to make us naturally
supernatural, and supernaturally natural. Expressing it another way, His
intention is to see that which we have regarded as "miraculous&qu ot; become the
norm of our daily breathing and living.

Take a quick look at this process from the beginning through the perspective
of what we have often heard, and what has been taught to us as foundational
doctrines:

1. Salvation: the legal act of Jesus' death on the cross in order to free a
people from bondage to Satan, and bondage to the Law of Sin and Death: a
legal act necessary to make possible a way for people to respond freely to
His wooing and romancing.

2. Water Baptism: the legal act necessary as the first response of those who
accept Jesus' offer of freedom: a legal act which says to Satan, "the old
me, born into this world as a slave to you, subject to the Law of Sin and
Death, has died and been buried. The new me has been resurrected by the
power of Jesus Christ, made alive and freed to respond without your curses
and penalties hanging over me."

3. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: the first joint-legal act of the Bride-to-be
and the Paraklete, in which we release our tongue to Him and He evidences
that release by using it to speak in previously unknown or unlearned
languages as a sign of the release of our entire being, which then gives
Holy Spirit the right to begin the process of house-cleaning, change, and
restoration of the individual into the image and onoma of the Bridegroom,
Jesus Christ.

4. Deliverance: the legal right, and necessary act of the individual now
undergoing the housecleaning process of the Paraklete to expel all those
spirits He identifies, which have worked to shape and mold us into the onoma
of Satan.

5. Justification: a legal act, consummated by Jesus Christ, which
establishes our right to come before the Father as freely as both the Son
and the Paraklete.

6. Sanctification: the processing of the Paraklete to enact the necessary
changes of our onoma so as to conform us to those requirements of the
Bridegroom prior to the day of the Marriage of the Lamb.

7. Holiness: the change which is wrought to our makeup, our character, the
very essence of our being so that we become like our Bridegroom.

Now, I realize that the way I have defined some of these "doctrines&quo t; may not
be the way some of you are familiar with them, but bear with me for a
moment. Intriguingly enough, only the first three "doctrines&quo t; in this list
are so mentioned in Scripture. The last four are not. They are concepts
which have been taught as doctrines, often to the exclusion of those which
Paul taught as "stepping stones." In an Open Letter to the Ekklesia
entitled, The Strait Gate, which was sent out a number of years ago, we
talked about those doctrines which are laid as foundations in our lives; and
the necessity of leaving them, once established, so as to "go on to the
completion."

I won't try to cover all that ground again, but in brief (see Hebrews 6:1-3)
Paul talks about "not laying again the foundation of (1) repentance from
dead works, and (2) faith in God, of (3) the teaching of baptisms, and (4)
of the laying on of hands, of (5) the resurrection of the dead, and (6) of
eternal judgment." (Without getting into any argument on the subject, I
will repeat that we assume for the sake of this discussion Paul to be the
author of Hebrews.) The point he makes is that it is necessary to "go on."
The aforementioned teachings are simply the foundation place of our
relationship -- not the end! To make the assumption that we "have arrived,"
once these are locked down in our understanding is to fall short of the
Glory of God.

"Change" is the operative word. Consider again the significance of these
foundations of which Paul writes.

1. "Repentance from dead works." We have often expressed this as
"Salvation, " but let's look a little farther. The "dead works," of which
Paul speaks, takes on a different perspective in the light of his letter to
the Hebrews. Dead works are the keeping of the law, the performance of
duties and rituals "because they are expected of you," the observance of
commandments because "they are ordered," etc., etc., etc. Make sense?

(In case we forget, let's remember that the objective of all of this is the
most intimate of relationships with Jesus Christ.)

O.K! Where's the relationship if we keep the law? Where is the
relationship if we observe His commandments just because they were ordered
of us? Where there is a love relationship - an intimate love-relationship -
these things happen as a natural byproduct of that bond between us and the
Lord. There is no place for ritual in relationship. There is no place for
"duty" in relationship. There is no place for a careful observance of the
law. These things are all "dead works." Where there is a bond of love and
intimacy between us and the Lord Jesus Christ, His heart's desire becomes as
normal to us as breathing. It is integral to our onoma.

Let me use the relationship between Della and me as an example. Suppose
when we first got married that I handed her a list of requirements: ten
"do' s" and "don' ts" which she was required to carefully observe on a daily
basis, with the threat of punitive action on my part if she failed to keep
them. Suppose she had been given a list of duties and requirements -
whether written or unwritten - by which her commitment to me would be
required. Sounds insane, doesn't it? What kind of relationship would we
have? Zero! O.K., well, maybe a master-slave relationship but not a
marriage of counterparts, co-equals, or one in which true love was
genuinely manifested.

Now let me take it a step farther. Suppose Della took all of my letters and
writings over the years, along with various accounts of my accomplishments
which have been reported in the news media, Who's Who volumes and other
publications, and pored over them daily so that she would get to "know me
better?" Are those letters and writings, and news reports going to give her
an in-depth knowledge of me, my makeup and character, my personality, or my
love for her? Of course not! It's ridiculous! Especially when she has me
in person, and we can communicate personally, sharing ourselves with one
another on the most intimate basis.

So it is with the Lord Jesus Christ. To trade that which has been written,
said, and done for a personal intimate sharing relationship on a daily basis
with Him is to live in "dead works," ritualism and legalism. "Repentance
from dead works," therefore, begins with Godly sorrow over our having lived
legalistically and ritualistically, repenting or turning from such dead
living, and embracing Jesus Christ as lover, as Bridegroom-to- be, and even
more - as the totality of our existence without whom we neither live, nor
breathe, nor have our being.

2. "Faith in God" likewise has a deeper significance than that which we
have commonly accepted. Jesus made it clear that "Without faith it is
impossible to please God." Then He identified the means by which that faith
comes by saying, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Faith, therefore, is not faith if we have not heard the Lord.

Does that make sense? O.K. Let's try it this way.

The Lord often speaks through many different methodologies. For example,
we hear His Spirit speaking within our spirit. Sometimes we are reading and
a scripture will stand out. There is a quickening in our spirit by the Holy
Spirit that this is a truth He is applying to us, or to a specific situation
in our lives. Then there are the occasions when He speaks to us directly in
dreams or visions. On rarer occasions, we are permitted to hear the audible
voice of the Lord in our ears. In each instance - no matter what method He
utilizes - He will confirm that "word" through multiple avenues so that we
can know of absolute surety that we have heard Him.

Once we have heard Him, faith is generated. That faith becomes the very
substance of that which He has spoken by virtue of the creative power of His
onoma. As we speak out of that substantive faith, we speak our agreement
with that which He has spoken. When we agree with Him - not intellectually,
but in our spirit - within the very core of our beings, life explodes.
Creative forces are unleashed. Our faith in Him, therefore, becomes a
practical reality with signs following.

"Faith in God," therefore, is not some mystical, ethereal hope within our
hearts. It is a life-giving force with the very same creative dynamics
which were unleashed when Jesus Christ spoke the worlds into existence, and
set in motion the inevitability of His Bride.

We'll stop here and continue with "The Teaching of Baptisms" as we continue
to share on this onoma transformation. See you next week.

Blessings on you!
Regner
Regner A. Capener

CAPENER MINISTRIES
709 South 7th Street
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

(509) 515-0133
All Coffee Break articles are copyright by Regner A. Capener, but
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 12
April 12, 2013

This past Sunday we were really blessed to have Don Pirozok and his wife,
Cheryl, as our guests. Don is known nationally for his prophetic ministry
and the accuracy of his prophecies. Sunday was no exception. I really
appreciated the manner in which the personal and family prophetic words were
given. We took a few people (perhaps three or four) at a time, shared with
them and then took a break for a time of worship. More people would be
ministered to, and that would be followed with more worship. This process
was repeated again and again. Our time of gathering for fellowship, praise
and worship, and ministry -- both corporate and personal -- along with
fellowship around the table, lasted just over eight hours.

While we don't often have that much time together when we gather, five to
six hours is pretty common. Our times of gathering are designed to be a
true expression of Ekklesia -- NOT church. While I'm not condemning folks
who still utilize the traditional mode of church gathering -- and certainly
we've seen the Lord work very mightily within the church from time to time
-- the Greek word "Ekklesia, " which has been almost uniformly translated
"church" for the past four hundred years or so -- represents a kind of
gathering that is anything but the conventional structured mode we see in
the contemporary churches.

Ekklesia is really nothing more than the assembling together of the
Betrothed by the Bridegroom. (And when I say that they have been assembled
together by the Bridegroom, it is just that! This is not a club you can
join. If Holy Spirit doesn't draw you and bond you to the group of people,
you're just playing "church. ") Ekklesia is a company of people -- not more
than 12 families -- who've been drawn together among whom Holy Spirit is
developing a close-knit bonding, a place of absolute trust, a level of
confidence that each person in the Ekklesia has your back -- and at the same
time, is willing to administer reproof and correction in love when needed.

I could literally spend this entire Coffee Break talking about Ekklesia, and
the things Holy Spirit has taught us about Ekklesia as a lifestyle and a
processing period in our lives to prepare us for the Bridegroom. But that's
not where we will go today. Let me continue where we left off last week.

Throughout my years of walking with the Lord, enormous change has taken
place in me. Yes, responses have been required of me. Yes, obedience to
the word and will of the Lord has been mandatory. But the change, and the
glory which is manifested, have come because of the indwelling work of the
Paraklete, and the sovereignty of the Bridegroom in His choices for me.

This is what the onoma of the Lord Jesus Christ is all about! His onoma --
which incorporates the Spirit of Judgment and Burning, the Spirit of Wisdom
and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge
and the Fear of the Lord, The Spirit of Grace and Supplications, the Spirit
of Truth, and the Spirit of Glory (all summed up in agape) -- has been the
onoma of a Bridegroom-to- be seeking after a Bride, a Bridegroom who has sent
a Paraklete to prepare, mold, train, equip and dress that Bride for the
final day of joining: the Marriage of the Lamb!

All those things which we have treated as doctrines: Salvation, Water
Baptism, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Deliverance, Sanctification, Holiness,
etc., etc., have only been stepping stones in the process to have a Bride.
Those things which we have known as "the gifts of the Spirit" are simply a
dowry, given as a promise of that which would become the natural, everyday
operation and function of our lives and existence. The gifts of the Spirit
have simply been the "interest, " given to woo us onward toward the changes
and processing necessary which would result in those gifts being a
24-hour-per- day reality -- a part of the life and breath of our onoma.

The intention of the Lord is that we become so like Him that these things
which we have known as "gifts" are no longer gifts, but the natural
operation of our beings - an integrated part of our very existence. I've
said it before, and I'll say it again. His purpose is to make us naturally
supernatural, and supernaturally natural. Expressing it another way, His
intention is to see that which we have regarded as "miraculous&qu ot; become the
norm of our daily breathing and living.

Take a quick look at this process from the beginning through the perspective
of what we have often heard, and what has been taught to us as foundational
doctrines:

1. Salvation: the legal act of Jesus' death on the cross in order to free a
people from bondage to Satan, and bondage to the Law of Sin and Death: a
legal act necessary to make possible a way for people to respond freely to
His wooing and romancing.

2. Water Baptism: the legal act necessary as the first response of those who
accept Jesus' offer of freedom: a legal act which says to Satan, "the old
me, born into this world as a slave to you, subject to the Law of Sin and
Death, has died and been buried. The new me has been resurrected by the
power of Jesus Christ, made alive and freed to respond without your curses
and penalties hanging over me."

3. Baptism in the Holy Spirit: the first joint-legal act of the Bride-to-be
and the Paraklete, in which we release our tongue to Him and He evidences
that release by using it to speak in previously unknown or unlearned
languages as a sign of the release of our entire being, which then gives
Holy Spirit the right to begin the process of house-cleaning, change, and
restoration of the individual into the image and onoma of the Bridegroom,
Jesus Christ.

4. Deliverance: the legal right, and necessary act of the individual now
undergoing the housecleaning process of the Paraklete to expel all those
spirits He identifies, which have worked to shape and mold us into the onoma
of Satan.

5. Justification: a legal act, consummated by Jesus Christ, which
establishes our right to come before the Father as freely as both the Son
and the Paraklete.

6. Sanctification: the processing of the Paraklete to enact the necessary
changes of our onoma so as to conform us to those requirements of the
Bridegroom prior to the day of the Marriage of the Lamb.

7. Holiness: the change which is wrought to our makeup, our character, the
very essence of our being so that we become like our Bridegroom.

Now, I realize that the way I have defined some of these "doctrines&quo t; may not
be the way some of you are familiar with them, but bear with me for a
moment. Intriguingly enough, only the first three "doctrines&quo t; in this list
are so mentioned in Scripture. The last four are not. They are concepts
which have been taught as doctrines, often to the exclusion of those which
Paul taught as "stepping stones." In an Open Letter to the Ekklesia
entitled, The Strait Gate, which was sent out a number of years ago, we
talked about those doctrines which are laid as foundations in our lives; and
the necessity of leaving them, once established, so as to "go on to the
completion."

I won't try to cover all that ground again, but in brief (see Hebrews 6:1-3)
Paul talks about "not laying again the foundation of (1) repentance from
dead works, and (2) faith in God, of (3) the teaching of baptisms, and (4)
of the laying on of hands, of (5) the resurrection of the dead, and (6) of
eternal judgment." (Without getting into any argument on the subject, I
will repeat that we assume for the sake of this discussion Paul to be the
author of Hebrews.) The point he makes is that it is necessary to "go on."
The aforementioned teachings are simply the foundation place of our
relationship -- not the end! To make the assumption that we "have arrived,"
once these are locked down in our understanding is to fall short of the
Glory of God.

"Change" is the operative word. Consider again the significance of these
foundations of which Paul writes.

1. "Repentance from dead works." We have often expressed this as
"Salvation, " but let's look a little farther. The "dead works," of which
Paul speaks, takes on a different perspective in the light of his letter to
the Hebrews. Dead works are the keeping of the law, the performance of
duties and rituals "because they are expected of you," the observance of
commandments because "they are ordered," etc., etc., etc. Make sense?

(In case we forget, let's remember that the objective of all of this is the
most intimate of relationships with Jesus Christ.)

O.K! Where's the relationship if we keep the law? Where is the
relationship if we observe His commandments just because they were ordered
of us? Where there is a love relationship - an intimate love-relationship -
these things happen as a natural byproduct of that bond between us and the
Lord. There is no place for ritual in relationship. There is no place for
"duty" in relationship. There is no place for a careful observance of the
law. These things are all "dead works." Where there is a bond of love and
intimacy between us and the Lord Jesus Christ, His heart's desire becomes as
normal to us as breathing. It is integral to our onoma.

Let me use the relationship between Della and me as an example. Suppose
when we first got married that I handed her a list of requirements: ten
"do' s" and "don' ts" which she was required to carefully observe on a daily
basis, with the threat of punitive action on my part if she failed to keep
them. Suppose she had been given a list of duties and requirements -
whether written or unwritten - by which her commitment to me would be
required. Sounds insane, doesn't it? What kind of relationship would we
have? Zero! O.K., well, maybe a master-slave relationship but not a
marriage of counterparts, co-equals, or one in which true love was
genuinely manifested.

Now let me take it a step farther. Suppose Della took all of my letters and
writings over the years, along with various accounts of my accomplishments
which have been reported in the news media, Who's Who volumes and other
publications, and pored over them daily so that she would get to "know me
better?" Are those letters and writings, and news reports going to give her
an in-depth knowledge of me, my makeup and character, my personality, or my
love for her? Of course not! It's ridiculous! Especially when she has me
in person, and we can communicate personally, sharing ourselves with one
another on the most intimate basis.

So it is with the Lord Jesus Christ. To trade that which has been written,
said, and done for a personal intimate sharing relationship on a daily basis
with Him is to live in "dead works," ritualism and legalism. "Repentance
from dead works," therefore, begins with Godly sorrow over our having lived
legalistically and ritualistically, repenting or turning from such dead
living, and embracing Jesus Christ as lover, as Bridegroom-to- be, and even
more - as the totality of our existence without whom we neither live, nor
breathe, nor have our being.

2. "Faith in God" likewise has a deeper significance than that which we
have commonly accepted. Jesus made it clear that "Without faith it is
impossible to please God." Then He identified the means by which that faith
comes by saying, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Faith, therefore, is not faith if we have not heard the Lord.

Does that make sense? O.K. Let's try it this way.

The Lord often speaks through many different methodologies. For example,
we hear His Spirit speaking within our spirit. Sometimes we are reading and
a scripture will stand out. There is a quickening in our spirit by the Holy
Spirit that this is a truth He is applying to us, or to a specific situation
in our lives. Then there are the occasions when He speaks to us directly in
dreams or visions. On rarer occasions, we are permitted to hear the audible
voice of the Lord in our ears. In each instance - no matter what method He
utilizes - He will confirm that "word" through multiple avenues so that we
can know of absolute surety that we have heard Him.

Once we have heard Him, faith is generated. That faith becomes the very
substance of that which He has spoken by virtue of the creative power of His
onoma. As we speak out of that substantive faith, we speak our agreement
with that which He has spoken. When we agree with Him - not intellectually,
but in our spirit - within the very core of our beings, life explodes.
Creative forces are unleashed. Our faith in Him, therefore, becomes a
practical reality with signs following.

"Faith in God," therefore, is not some mystical, ethereal hope within our
hearts. It is a life-giving force with the very same creative dynamics
which were unleashed when Jesus Christ spoke the worlds into existence, and
set in motion the inevitability of His Bride.

We'll stop here and continue with "The Teaching of Baptisms" as we continue
to share on this onoma transformation. See you next week.

Blessings on you!
Regner
Regner A. Capener

CAPENER MINISTRIES
709 South 7th Street
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

(509) 515-0133
All Coffee Break articles are copyright by Regner A. Capener, but
authorization for reprinting, reposting, copying or re-use, in whole or in
part, is granted -provided proper attribution and this notice are included
intact.
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Another Coffee Break-2
A New Onoma, Part 11
April 5, 2013

It was back in the spring of 1983. I was heading up the ministry and
operations of the Christian Broadcasting Network - Alaska, and pastoring a
fellowship called The House of Praise. Because of the public (and even
national) attention we had garnered because of articles which had appeared
in national publications, as well as my appearances on national television,
there were people around me who began to treat me like I was really
SOMETHING (if you know what I mean).

I woke up one day to the realization that folks were putting me on a
pedestal and giving me an honor that didn't belong to me. It shook me to my
very roots, and I began to pray, "Lord, whatever it takes, get me off this
pedestal! Knock it out from under me so that folks realize this is all your
doing -- not mine."

Whewww!!! If I'd thought about it more, I think I might have changed that
prayer just a bit! My pedestal got knocked out from under me, all right!
Brother, did it ever! Within a couple of months, I was shell-shocked!
CBN-Alaska was dissolved along with our relationship with the national
network, the leadership of the fellowship had been passed on to another
brother in the Lord, and a whole fistful of other events were unfolding that
I won't even try to get into here!

On the one hand the quieting voice of Holy Spirit was reassuring me that my
prayers had been answered, and there was a settled peace in my spirit. On
the other hand, there was the very heartfelt knowledge that I was no longer
carrying a weight that belonged to the Lord. It didn't matter anymore that
I wasn't everyone' s fair-haired wonder; people weren't trying to bestow an
honor and glory on me that was God's.

By the way, in case you think that I handled everything well and behaved
honorably in the midst of it all, I've got a bridge to sell you cheap! :-)
Ahhh, but that's another topic. Human flesh does not do well when it is
given the honor, the glory, the adulation, the worship (and that's what it
amounts to!) that rightfully belongs to the Lord. We see the disasters that
result in people's lives when they are idolized by the public. The issue
becomes compounded when that adulation and glory are suddenly yanked from
them.

You understand where I'm going with this, don't you? I don't need to
belabor things. The point is that glory -- The Spirit of Glory -- when it
is seen in us as the Bride of Christ, is a reflection of the character and
nature of the Lord Jesus. THAT'S the way it is supposed to be.

We WANT His Glory -- the Spirit of Glory -- to so pour out of every aspect
of our existence that society sees Jesus Christ -- NOT us! When that
happens, our onoma has become merged into His onoma, and His onoma has been
merged into us!

Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's take a slightly different look
at the Spirit of Glory.

As we conclude our look at the Seven Spirits of God, once again for the sake
of review, here are the Seven Spirits as they occur in Scripture.

1. The Spirit of Judgment & Burning

2. The Spirit of Wisdom & Understanding

3. The Spirit of Counsel and Might

4. The Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord

5. The Spirit of Grace & Supplications

6. The Spirit of Truth

7. The Spirit of Glory

John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth.

I Peter 4:14: 14If ye be reproached for the name (onoma) of Christ
(Christos: the Anointed One and His anointing), happy (makarios: blessed,
prosperous) are ye; for the spirit of glory (doxa: very visible and apparent
honor, glory, dignity, praise; a weighty presence) and of God resteth
(anapauo: to take up residence, to take ease, to refresh oneself) upon you:
on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

The whole concept of Glory is one pretty much lost on the world of today.
People have become so rational, so academically- minded, so concerned with
human logic that the thought of some tangible - and yet inexplicable -
visible presence manifesting on a person gets lost in the translation.
Peter describes the manifestation of the Spirit of Glory as being the
product of the onoma - the character, the makeup, the personality, the very
essence of - the Lord Jesus Christ evidenced in us.

More than that, the Spirit of Glory comes with the anointing. Peter
specifically uses the expression, "If you are reproached for the onoma of
the Anointed One and His anointing ..."

That anointing is somewhat akin to a mantle. You'll recall our discussion
some weeks back concerning Elijah and Elisha, and the mantle of Elijah that
he threw over Elisha. Here is an instance of the use of the word "mantle"
in Scripture which is separate and distinct from every other use.

The Hebrew word which occurs ONLY in I Kings 19 and II Kings 2 where it is
translated "mantle" is the word, 'addereth. Although this word could be
translated out as "splendid robe" or "goodly garment" its proper rendering
is "glorious splendor."

It IS a covering garment of a type, but the word 'addereth denotes the
addition of special recognition, someone of renown, someone set apart for
some kingly duty or commission. In fact, it designated the unique anointing
that was upon Elijah. He - among all of the Old Testament prophets - became
the prototype of the miracle-working prophet.

When that anointing and mantle was passed to Elisha and he received the
"double- anointing, " the Glory of God was so marked upon him that not one
single person ever questioned his commissioning from God. The Spirit of
Glory rested upon Elijah and doubly manifested on Elisha. There was a
presence on them that was so strong it brought fear to the enemies of
Israel.

We have previously noted that the Seven Spirits of God occupy the Throne of
God - that they are in fact the essence of Who He is. When God fulfilled
His promise to Hannah and Samuel was born, she lifted up her voice in praise
and worship. As she worshiped the Lord, she prophesied. Here is a portion
of her prophecy:

I Samuel 2:7-10: The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low,
and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the
beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them
inherit the Throne of Glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S,
and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints,
and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man
prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of
heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the
earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his
anointed.

Everything that Hannah prophesies is a small picture of how the Spirit of
Glory operates and manifests. Samuel's mentor was the High Priest Eli.
Without getting into the whole story, the Philistines raided Shiloh, in the
process taking the Ark of the Covenant. During the battle that ensued,
Hophni and Phinehas, Eli's two sons, were killed.

When Eli received the news that his sons had been killed, it provoked a
reaction in him, but when he heard that the Ark of the Covenant had been
stolen, he fell backward breaking his neck on the gate. Phinehas' wife was
just giving birth to their son when the news of Phinehas' death was brought
to her. She named their son, Ichabod.

I Samuel 4:21-22: And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is
departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her
father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from
Israel: for the ark of God is taken.

It was a striking event. Because of the sins of Israel, and because of the
sins of Eli's two sons which he had done nothing to stop, God permitted the
Ark of His presence to be removed from the nation of Israel. Hannah had
prophesied that the Spirit of Glory was the defense of God's people. When
the Ark was taken, the Spirit of Glory departed from Israel and they were
left defenseless.

Not until David retrieved the Ark of the Covenant and established it in a
simple tabernacle atop Mount Zion in the midst of Jerusalem did the Spirit
of Glory return to Israel. David's 33 years of nonstop praise and worship
in Israel set the stage for the Temple to be built by Solomon. At the
dedication of the Temple almost 40 years to the day from the ushering in of
David's Tabernacle, the Spirit of Glory manifested Himself in a way Israel
had never seen.

II Chronicles 5:11-14: And it came to pass, when the priests were come out
of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified,
and did not then wait by course: Also the Levites which were the singers,
all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their
brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and
harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and
twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) It came even to pass, as the
trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in
praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the
trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying,
For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was
filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could
not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had
filled the house of God.

In every instance where we see "Glory" represented throughout the Word, we
see a weighty presence. Most of us have seen folks get "slain in the
Spirit." This is a rather trite expression, but what happens is that when
the Spirit of Glory manifests Himself, there is a weight that comes with it
which prevents people from standing. For at least the last 60 years, I've
seen more folks than I can count go down under the power of God. Because
I've also seen the phony acts of people who were putting on a show for their
own reasons, I've resisted this with every ounce of my being.

At a conference Della and I attended in Red Deer, Alberta a few years ago
with Steven Shelley, Paul Keith Davis, Bobby Connor and Charlie Robinson,
there was no amount of resistance that could keep me standing. I was down
and couldn't get up. The weight of the presence of the Spirit of Glory was
such that I simply had no power to get up; and I stayed there on the floor
until He lifted that weight from me.

By the same token, when the Lord took me to Heaven and I was ushered into
the Throne Room, the Spirit of Glory was so powerful that I fell flat on my
face. I was unable to get up or stand to my feet for some unknown period of
time. Two very large angels picked me up, carried me out and stood me on my
feet. Until they did so, I had no strength in myself whatever.

There is another picture of this in II Chronicles.

II Chronicles 7:1-3: Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire
came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices;
and the glory of the LORD filled the house. And the priests could not enter
into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the
LORD'S house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came
down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with
their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the
LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.

Here is an instance where we see the Spirit of Judgment and Burning
manifesting Himself with the Spirit of Glory. Notice that the fire came
first; and then the Glory followed. It is a picture of what is happening in
us and in the Body of Christ today.

As we've already noted, the Spirit of Glory is the last to appear in the
list of the Seven Spirits of God. The Spirit of Judgment and Burning is the
first named in Scripture. Consider the sequence.

1. The Spirit of Judgment and Burning begins the work of cleanup and
restoration on those who will respond to the total and complete rulership of
the Lord in their lives.

2. The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding (Revelation) come next to
bring us needed revelation of the character, the nature, the makeup and the
personality of the Lord Jesus Christ as the standard by which we are to be
measured.

3. The Spirit of Counsel and Might enters the ongoing processes in our
lives to bring counsel, guidance and direction, and establish the boundaries
of safety for our walk with the Lord.

4. The Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord commences to create
within us that necessary awe and reverence of the Lord, and make us Holy and
without blemish before God.

5. Now the Spirit of Grace and Supplications goes to work in earnest.
He's already been at work in our lives, but our focus now is the
Covenant-relationsh ip with have with the Father through the Lord Jesus
Christ. Access to our Covenant-privileges , rights and responsibilities
comes into focus.

6. Because of our contamination by the world around us, the
contamination that comes through religion, through the influence of the
myriad of voices about us, and through a host of other sources, the Spirit
of Truth must establish the baseline in our beings of all that Jesus is. As
Jesus noted, He is "The Way, The Truth, and the Life." "No man cometh unto
the Father but by me." Without the Spirit of Truth making this a certainty
in every cell of our existence, we can be led astray and miss the goal - the
mark that has been set before us.

7. All this processing must take place in us before the Spirit of Glory
can be manifested and demonstrated in such a way that the world will sit up
and take notice that we not only have been with Jesus - we ARE in Him, and
He IS in us!

In Matthew 22, Jesus is giving the parable of the Wedding Feast and speaking
of those who try to come uninvited, or unprepared. He makes the following
statement - and this is perhaps the central purpose for the Spirit of Glory:

Matthew 22:14: For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Spirit of Glory manifests Himself upon us, in us, and through us to
demonstrate that we have not only been called, we've been chosen. We've
been chosen because we have responded to His call at every opportunity,
without reserve, without drawing back, without compromise or argument of any
kind. We've permitted Holy Spirit to work the Glory of the Lord in us by
ignoring the cost to us personally, the cost to our reputation, the cost to
our esteem and the cost to our flesh. And...we' ve been commissioned and
given a mantle of the Spirit's anointing!

And we still have more to share on this onoma transformation. See you next
week.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 9
March 22, 2013

Hiya, Folks! This is the best day of your life! Sure it is. YesterdayÂ’s
gone, and tomorrow isnÂ’t here yet. Fact is, if you were any better, youÂ’d
be dangerous! HohohohohoÂ…Â….

Now wouldnÂ’t you rather start the day like that instead of some old cranky,
wheezy, whiny, “I jus’ don’t know if I oughtta get outta bed t’day or not!
My bones are jusÂ’ so tarred! Reckon, I gots to, though. WonÂ’t get nuthin
done in bed…..groan….”

See. Get your spirits livened up. Get your mind alert. Grab a good cup of
that really dark double French Roast made in the French Press, or somethinÂ’
like that! Wake up, sleepy!

Let's pick up where we left off last week. I made the observation that the
Bible is not "The Word!" Jesus Christ is The Word!

Here's how the apostle Paul expressed things, "All Scripture is God-breathed
and advantageous and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for
correction, for [the] discipline which [comes] in righteousness, that the
man of God may be complete and fully fitted for that excellence with which
he is occupied." (II Timothy 3:16-17 -- my translation)

Do you get it? Do you understand the significance of this statement? The
phrase, "for [the] discipline which [comes] in righteousness, " makes clear
the fact that the Scripture is "advantageous and profitable" for those who
are dikaiosune: walking (currently living) in an ongoing state or condition
of rightly-related personal relationship with the Lord. One does not walk
with words on a piece of paper; they walk with someone who is alive and
personally close! The Scripture, therefore, has been given for the purpose
of witnessing to and with that which Jesus Christ is saying to us
personally.

On at least five occasions, Jesus made the statement, "I speak to you in
truth," or, "Of truth I say to you........" It was impossible for Him to
speak out of anything but Truth, since Truth was an essential part of His
character and makeup. Truth, likewise, was integral to the existence of
Holy Spirit.

At the Last Supper, as Jesus was sharing with the disciples the specifics of
the Bridegroom/Bride relationship, He made a specific promise
concerning the coming of the Paraklete. Virtually everything He had shared
up to this point during the supper was drawn from the classical Jewish
wedding as He drew a picture of Himself as the Bridegroom, and the
disciples (along with all who would follow later) as the Bride.

In keeping with the well-established custom of a Bridegroom sending a
Paraklete to comfort the Bride-to-be during the absence of the Bridegroom
(as he prepared their marital home), and prepare her for the day of joining,
Jesus now said, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you a different
comforter -- the Paraklete -- who will remain with you forever: the Spirit
of Truth, whom the world has not the power to receive, because it does not
see Him nor perceive Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and
shall be in you." (John 14:17 -- my translation)

In so saying, Jesus has made clear that this "different comforter," the
Paraklete, is One with Him. Only moments before, Jesus had said to Thomas,
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." (John 14:6)

Now He has said that He will send the Paraklete, whom He refers to as "The
Spirit of Truth." Obviously if Jesus was "The Truth," and the Paraklete was
"The Spirit of Truth," they were in absolute harmony and unity with one
another, and the Paraklete was coming to* "....be in you." (*see note below)

You follow His train of logic, I am sure!

If Jesus' onoma was "The Truth," Holy Spirit was also "The Spirit of Truth,"
and they were One with each other, and He -- The Spirit of Truth -- abides
with us, and in us, it follows that we all become One -- in Truth!

O.K. so far?

Let's look at it another way. Part of Jesus' onoma incorporates the Spirit
of Truth. Part of the character of the Spirit of Grace is to comfort.
Jesus was, therefore, a Comforter. He described the Paraklete as being The
Spirit of Truth. He also described Him as being "another comforter." Yet,
they were One, both being part of the triune Godhead. The Father,
therefore, was Truth.

If He, the Spirit of Truth, dwells with us, and also in us, He becomes a
part of our onoma. We, therefore, have experienced an initial change of our
onoma so as to become like Him. The Paraklete dwells with us so as to guide
us into all Truth. He dwells in us so as to mold, shape, and change our
onoma so as to make us One -- not only with Him -- but also with our
Bridegroom-to- be. This is imperative if we are to be like Jesus when we see
Him.

[*Note: It is worthy of notation that the particular phraseology in John
14:17 puts the Holy Spirit with us at all times. However, Jesus says that
He "shall be in you." This is a future-tense promise conditional upon our
response to the Paraklete. I believe that the experience which we have come
to know as the "baptism in the Holy Spirit" is the initiating place for the
fulfillment of that promise. Those who have been "saved" but not yet
baptized in the Holy Spirit, are, for the most part, relegated to external
leadership by the Paraklete (through the unfolding of physical or natural
events) because they lack the ability to hear "in the Spirit." External
leadership is vastly different than internal leadership.]

Later, at the Last Supper, Jesus said, "When He, the Spirit of Truth, is
come, He will guide you into all truth..." (John 16:13 KJV)

When Holy Spirit came, we are told that "They were all filled with the Holy
Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave to them to
utter forth." (Acts 2:4 -- literal translation)

Obviously the Spirit had to be within if they were "filled. " Likewise, the
subsequent changes which occurred in these former cowards, who had fled when
Jesus was tried before Pilate and Herod, came from the internal presence and
leadership of the Paraklete. The beginning of change to their onomas,
therefore, came only after they were "filled with the Holy Spirit" and
indwelt by Him.)

Truth is mentioned not less than 90 times in the New Testament, but John
uses this term 47 times (or more than half) of all its occurrences in the
NT. ThereÂ’s good reason why John is the dominant writer concerning Truth:
he, of all the disciples, had the closest bond of love with Jesus during the
3 ½ years of Jesus’ ministry. Who better, therefore, to describe the
attributes and characteristics of the Spirit of Truth.

Observe!

John 16:7-14: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you
that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you;
but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will
reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin,
because they believe not on me;

"Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of
judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many
things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the
Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not
speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he
will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of
mine, and shall show it unto you."

I John 4:1-6: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the
world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that
confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and
this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should
come; and even now already is it in the world.

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is
he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world:
therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of
God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.
Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error."

To these Scriptures we add the following introduction by John of Jesus:

John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth.

It is in love – agape love – that Truth, the Spirit of Truth is revealed.
Right after John says, “Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of
error,” he writes the following:

I John 4:7-13: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God
at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is
perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because
he hath given us of his Spirit.

Now, letÂ’s see if we can extract from these Scripture references the
character and nature of the Spirit of Truth.

1. He shall guide you into all truth. (John 16:13)

2. Whatever He hears (from Father), that shall He speak.
(John 16:13)

3. He will show you things to come [give prophetic
revelation]. (John 16:13)

4. He glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ [only]. (John 16:14)

5. Whatever Jesus says and gives, He [The Spirit of Truth]
declares and announces to those who hear and believe. (John 16:14) The
Greek word, “anangello” occurs in this verse giving the sense that when we
have angelic visitations where truth is revealed, it is the Spirit of Truth
which has sent them.

6. Jesus goes on to clarify that everything that He has
comes from the Father, and that therefore the Spirit of Truth transmits and
conveys that to us. (John 16:15)

7. The Spirit of Truth is the Comforter – the Paraklete.
(John 14:16)

8. The Spirit of Truth will not speak to those in the world
because they neither see Him, nor know Him, and they will not receive
anything He has to say or to give. Neither will He reveal anything of the
Father or the Son to anyone who does not love the Lord Jesus Christ. (John
14:15-16)

9. For those who walk in love and an intimate relationship
with Jesus, the Spirit of Truth will remain with them in perpetuity (Greek:
aion: throughout eternity -- more accurately, "the eternities of the
eternities" ). (John 14:16)

10. For those who walk in love – AND in the Spirit – Jesus’
promise is that the Spirit of Truth will dwell IN us. (John 14:17)

11. A primary job of the Spirit of Truth is to reprove, confute,
convict and admonish the world of, for and because of sin. (John 16:8-11)

12. Along with reproving the world of sin, the Spirit of Truth
has the responsibility to convince (Greek: elengcho) the world of
righteousness (Greek: dikaiosune: justification and innocence through Christ
Jesus). (John 16:8-11)

13. The third element of the Spirit of TruthÂ’s primary purpose
and mission to the world is to demonstrate that the “prince of the world”
has been judged by God, convicted, stripped of his authority and sentenced
to everlasting hell fire. (John 16:8-11)

14. The Spirit of Truth always reveals and shows to those who
walk in love the spirit of antichrist, its operation and its presence in the
world around us. (I John 4:2-3)

15. At the same time The Spirit of Truth always uncovers the
spirit of error and makes clear how the spirit of error is rooted in the
spirit of antichrist. He accomplishes this with a simple question: will the
spirit that is speaking hear the Word of the Lord, or will it rebel against
that Word, insisting on having its own way and clinging to its own ideas,
thoughts or teachings of man. (I John 4:6)

16. When John begins his Gospel, he clearly states that Jesus
was full of the Spirit of Grace and the Spirit of Truth – that in Jesus
Christ was the Spirit of Grace and the Spirit of Truth manifested in the
flesh. (John 1:14)

17. The Spirit of Truth only manifests and demonstrates in the
presence of agape love. (I John 4:7-13)

18. It is the Spirit of Truth that brings to us the confidence
and assurance – the “witness of the Spirit” – that we dwell in the Lord
Jesus Christ, and that He dwells in us. (I John 4:13)

For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, the Spirit of Truth is the
one who reveals the character and nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is
the one who convinces us – convicts and reproves in love – of error and
misunderstanding.

The Spirit of Truth is our Guide in all spiritual revelation.

While the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation (Understanding) brings us
revelation and shows us what the Lord is up to, it is the Spirit of Truth
who applies that revelation in a practical, workable dimension.

We still have one more of the Seven Spirits of God to consider in order to
see all of the primary facets or aspects of Jesus' onoma. See you next
week!

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 8
March 8, 2013

Well......Howdy!

Vitamins! Yeah, you know, those four-inch in diameter old fashioned kind
with the holes in the middle and the frosting on the outside. Got a bunch
of them on hand for today's discussion. Uhh Ohh. They're not on my
change-of-diet. Shhhhh...don&# 39;t tell Della. Shelley went to Safeway and
brought them home. We're supposed to be in the middle of a major diet
change. Gotta lose some of this flab and get back in shape again.

Better grab them before somebody else does. Pour yourself a nice 16-ouncer
of Dark Roasted Columbian while you're at it.

Without any preliminaries, reminiscing or new adventures, let's get right
back into our discussion on the Seven Spirits of God as the expression of
Jesus' onoma -- His character, His makeup, His likeness.... .the very essence
of Who He is!

We wrapped our last Coffee Break by saying that because the Spirit of Grace
and Supplications was at work during the whole act of Creation, He was
involved in the selection and ordaining that we should be placed as
full-grown, mature and commissioned sons of God alongside the Lord Jesus
Christ as His heirs and joint-heirs.

The word translated "adoption" ; in the KJV is taken from the Greek:
huiothesia. This is the word which denotes the giving and granting of equal
status as trusted "sons" legally. We've already discussed this in the past,
but the word huios is distinguished from teknon - also translated as "son"
and nepios.

A teknon is any son between the age of 12 and 30 who is yet (as Paul
describes in Galatians) under tutors and governors "until the time appointed
of the father."

A nepios is a child under the age of 12 who has no recognized voice of
experience or authority to speak, and is therefore regarded as "not
speaking." (There are two other Greek words which describe a newborn babe,
and one who has not yet been weaned from the milk, but I won't get into
those today.)

The word, huios, designates one who has reached the "time appointed of the
father" and is recognized as someone who can speak for the father with his
authority and exercise the father's power.

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, the Father spoke from Heaven
and used the same phraseology the Jews were accustomed to hearing when a son
reached "the time appointed of the father." That phraseology was, "This is
my Beloved Son (huios) in Whom I am well pleased."

The Spirit of Grace and Supplications was being manifested on that occasion
since "sonship" was officially granted. Jesus became the officially
recognized "Son of God" in that moment. The Spirit of Grace and
Supplications has been tasked with seeing that we are "holy and without
blame before Him [The Father] in love."

His objective is to so work in our lives that we become transformed "to the
praise of the glory of His grace" in order that we become accepted,
recognized and commissioned as "Sons of God" - heirs and joint-heirs with
Jesus Christ.

The Spirit of Grace was at work in Jesus Christ when He redeemed us from the
curse through His Blood, forgave all of our sins and iniquities, and -
together with the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation - poured Himself into us
in such a way that we would manifest the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John demonstrates how the Spirit of Grace and Supplications was at work in
Jesus in the following statements:

John 1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth.

John 1:16-17: And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Writing in Acts, Luke tells us the following:

Acts 4:33: And with great power gave the apostles witness of the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Writing to the Romans, the apostle Paul says:

Romans 3:21-26: But now the righteousness of God without the law is
manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the
righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all
them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through
the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a
propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for
the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To
declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and
the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Are you seeing the picture? The Spirit of Grace and Supplications was at
work in Jesus Christ in order to bring redemption to us. The Spirit of
Grace releases and declares the Word to us in such a way that we hear the
rhema and faith is generated in us in the Blood of Jesus.

We often quote Paul's statement in Romans 4:17 as our authority for "calling
those things that be not as though they were", but we need to see the
context of that statement.

Romans 4:16-17: Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to
the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is
of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the
father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many
nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead,
and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Now do you see it? Faith is released by the Spirit of Grace and
Supplications so that the promise of this authority can be made "sure to all
the seed" of Abraham.

The Spirit of Grace and Supplications is the driving force of faith.

Let's wrap up this part of our discussion with a look at what Paul writes in
his letter to the Hebrews.

Hebrews 4:14-16: Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The boldness that drives our faith - that same faith that enables us to come
before the Throne of Grace - is empowered within us by the Spirit of Grace.
The Throne of Grace is that same Throne John describes (and we've talked
about this before) in Revelation 1.

Remember this statement?

Revelation 1:4: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto
you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and
from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

The word translated "before" in the KJV in this verse comes from the Greek
enopion, which means: in the place of and occupy.

Thus, the Throne of Grace is the same Throne which all Seven Spirits of God
are in the place of, and occupy. This is why we can come boldly before this
Throne and receive the grace we need for any and every situation.

Let's move on, now, to the sixth of the Seven Spirits of God.

In a previous Coffee Break, we discussed the fact that Truth was fundamental
to Jesus' onoma -- that Truth was the dynamic which went forth when the
first words of creation were uttered, "Let there be light." We talked about
the fact that it was Truth which clothed Adam and Eve so long as they were
in the place of intimate relationship with the Lord God -- that they were
stripped naked of Truth when they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good
and Evil. Pivotal to Jesus' essence, His character and makeup, is The
Spirit of Truth. Without repeating all that I've written on Truth in
previous Coffee Breaks, let me share the following perspectives.

Each time we see the word, "truth, " used in the New Testament as it relates
to either the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit, the Greek word, aletheia,
or its counterpart, alethos, is used. Aletheia represents: verity, the true
state of things, reality, absolute certainty; truth as a personal
excellence; that candor of mind which is free from affectation, pretense,
simulation, falsehood or deceit; that which does not hide or conceal the
actual reality. Beyond these definitions, Thayer states that, "aletheia is
opposed to superstitions, inventions of the mind, opinions and precepts."

As we have stated, therefore, on previous occasions, Truth is not a
collection of facts, nor the reciting of history, nor a compilation of
events, nor the quoting of Scriptures. Each of these things -- facts,
history, a recitation of events, or the quoting of Scriptures -- can be used
and constructed in such a manner as to convey a lie.

In an earlier Coffee Break, we noted how Satan quoted Scriptures to deceive,
and to create a picture for Jesus which was absolutely false. Yet he quoted
the Scriptures accurately. The problem was not in the Scriptures but in
that spirit that attempted to communicate them.

Some years ago, a sister called me who had been suffering debilitating pain
from a degenerative bone condition. She was shouting with joy over the
realization that while there were certain medical facts pertaining to her
physical condition, they were only facts -- they were not the Truth. After
grasping the Truth that Jesus had taken her diseases with Him on the cross,
that by those stripes which He suffered, she had been healed nearly two
thousand years ago, she was able to gain a large measure of freedom from the
pain and began to move about with a liberty she had not seen in months.

In the days and weeks which followed, she realized that each time she
focused on the Truth and agreed with the Truth instead of the medical facts,
she experienced marked change: the pain would virtually vanish, she would be
able to get up and move about with amazing mobility, and she was able to
rest at night without interruption -- something which had been impossible
for a long time.

Do you see the picture? While the medical facts in the situation certainly
existed, they were facts isolated from the Truth -- facts which by
themselves communicated a condition which was the polar opposite of what
Jesus was saying, and did. The same can be said of those who quote
Scriptures to validate some teaching or doctrinal position.

Dwain McKenzie, a friend for more than fifty-five years, close brother (he
and I used to be called "the Bobbsey twins") and co-laborer in the gospel
with whom I have ministered off and on in the past, once made a statement
which has stayed with me, "Things are not what they seem to be: they're what
God says they are." No statement could more accurately portray the
difference between "facts" and the Truth.

The Truth is not what has been said. The Truth is not some Bible verse or
group of Scriptures. The Truth is what Jesus is saying! Truth is always
current. Truth is always alive. Truth communicates Life! The Spirit of
Truth will often take Scriptures to testify as a "second witness" to that
which He is saying, but the attempted use or application of those Scriptures
apart from what He is saying -- now -- can convey a false picture which may
be diametrically opposed to what the Spirit is saying.

What's the difference? Words and letters on a piece of paper -- even if
they are words and letters which communicate a picture of what Jesus may
have said and done in the past -- are no substitute for a living
relationship. Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom, is not just some historical
figure who lived in the past. He is alive, now! Why in the world would
anyone want to relegate our Bridegroom, our counterpart and other self, who
is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to that which was written about Him?

As soon as you do, you turn what is supposed to be a
twenty-four- hour-per- day living, breathing, on-going-communicat ing
relationship into a religion. The Bible is not "The Word!" Jesus Christ is
The Word!

Paul put it this way, "All Scripture is God-breathed and advantageous and
profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for [the]
discipline which [comes] in righteousness, that the man of God may be
complete and fully fitted for that excellence with which he is occupied."
(II Timothy 3:16-17 -- my translation)

Do you get it? Do you understand the significance of this statement? The
phrase, "for [the] discipline which [comes] in righteousness, " makes clear
the fact that the Scripture is "advantageous and profitable" for those who
are dikaiosune: walking (currently living) in an ongoing state or condition
of rightly-related personal relationship with the Lord. One does not walk
with words on a piece of paper; they walk with someone who is alive and
personally close! The Scripture, therefore, has been given for the purpose
of witnessing to and with that which Jesus Christ is saying to us
personally.

A Tale of Two Brides

OK. Gotta stop there for today. There's a whole lot more to share on the
Spirit of Truth, and that's where we'll continue next week.

Blessings on you!
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 7
March 8, 2013

Let's see....how do we start this morning? OK! Coffee's on. Come and get
it!

We were doing a little reminiscing a few days ago, talking about a funny
experience I had when I was at First Assembly in San Jose back in 1963.
Attending Bethany Bible College at the time, I had access to a wonderful
group of musicians and singers who would join me periodically as I
orchestrated and directed music at the church. And that says nothing about
the fine group of musicians and singers, young and old(er) :-) that worked
with me regularly.

Oops...Almost forgot to mention that I was a fan of Ray Conniff and his
orchestra. Really liked the way he used voices as instruments, and
thoroughly enjoyed the syncopation he employed between the piano and the
bass. We had a 14-year-old piano prodigy at First Assembly, and it was easy
to get him to duplicate Conniff' s syncopated jazz-styled piano. The two
ladies who played stand-up bass were a different issue, and that's what
brings me to my story.

Apart from my love and enjoyment of praising and worshiping with brand new
spontaneous music as Holy Spirit downloads it into my spirit, I've always
enjoyed playing around with musical arrangements of older gospel songs and
hymns and re-orchestrating them in more contemporary stylings. One Sunday
afternoon the orchestra and chorus was working out with me at the church,
and we were doing a Ray Conniff-style version of an old gospel favorite,
Just A Closer Walk With Thee.

Our young pianist had things down perfectly. With a trio of trombonists
from the Bible College blending with some ladies voices, a sax player and a
string section doing their respective parts, and me providing basic rhythm
on electric guitar along with a light percussion group, that left us with
the bass players to get their parts down.

Besides the other various instruments learned throughout the years, I've
been a bass player since I was 12 years old, having learned on a big standup
bass that was taller than me at the time. I knew exactly what these two
bass players needed to do in order to provide the same "walking bass" sound
that Ray Conniff' s bass player created. Somehow it just wasn't getting
through to these two ladies.

It had been a fairly warm day, so the double entry doors at the front of the
church were standing open. Anyone walking past the church could hear what
the orchestra was doing. Sure enough, a gentleman walking past heard our
practice, came up the front steps and stood in the doorway listening as I
frustratedly tried to help our two bass players understand exactly what kind
of sound I was looking for.

After doing a run through Just A Closer Walk with the orchestra, the bass
players seemed to be stuck mentally on a "country western" style of slap
bass, and nothing I could say or demonstrate seemed to get through. The
gentleman who'd been standing at the back listening finally came up and
stood next to me for a minute. He introduced himself (his name meant
nothing to me at the time) and then walked over and took the double bass out
of the hands of the lady who'd been playing it, saying, "Do you mind?"

He looked at me and said, "Go for it." I somehow had the notion that this
guy was no stranger to the bass, so I nodded to the orchestra and we began
another run through the song. He had the sound absolutely down pat! He put
together a walking bass sound through the song that was exactly what I was
looking for. When we finished, he handed the instrument back to the lady
who'd been playing it and said to her, "Think you can do that?" She nodded
her head and laughed. "I' ve got it now!"

When he stepped away from the bass, I said to him, "Who are you, really?
Are you from around here?" He shook his head and said, "I' m the bass player
for Ray Conniff. We're in town to do a couple of concerts."

It was one of those unforgettable incidents for all of us. Needless to say,
our rendition of the old classic spiritual that night was a really fun
experience -- and one that has stayed with me ever since! (By the way, wild
horses couldn't have kept me away from Ray Conniff' s concert the following
night. Surprised))

OK! That's enough reminiscing. Time to get back to our real sharing.

Once again, my objective in sharing these pictures is to show you exactly
what the Bride of Christ has been being transformed into -- metamorphosed,
if you please -- so that the very character, the nature, the personality,
the true authority and power of the Lord Jesus Christ -- AS HE HAS WORKED
HIMSELF IN US -- can be put on display in sharp contrast to the spirit of
antichrist.

Again, it is important that we remember that The Spirit of Grace and
Supplications works toward the fulfillment of the Plan of the Godhead,
ordained, orchestrated, and set in motion before time began. There is
nothing sloppy about the mercy of His grace. It is precise, and yet
encompassing. Everything which unfolds in the development of our lives and
our relationship with Jesus Christ has been planned and ordained so that He
can receive His purchased inheritance -- a Bride who in every respect
fulfills His onoma.

We've already said this, but let me repeat once again. Two words occur in
the Greek text of the New Testament to translate out "grace" and
"supplications ."

The word, grace, is universally translated from charis. If there ever was a
word misunderstood or misapplied, this is it!

Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon defines this word like this: (1) that which
affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness; (2) good-will,
lovingkindness, favor; (3) the act of favoring; (4) the act of kindness of a
master towards his inferiors or servants; (5) charis is used of the merciful
kindness by which God the Father, exerting His holy influence upon souls,
turns them to The Anointed One and His Anointing, keeps, strengthens,
increases them in faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the
exercise of spiritual virtues.

While the concept of "unmerited favor" certainly is incorporated in this
definition of charis, that description oversimplifies what Jesus Christ
gives to us.

The same is true of the word, "supplications ." Here, the word in the Greek
text is deomai. This word is one which comes out of the concept of
"Covenant. "

Deomai literally means: to bind oneself to; to present a petition. It comes
from the root word, deo, and it means: to be in a bond with, to knit
together, to tie, to bind.

This, folks, is exactly how the Spirit of Grace and Supplications works.
This spirit binds itself to us. It exercises the grace and graciousness of
the Father towards us. It woos us. It draws us. It makes entreaty for us.

With compassion, this Spirit of Grace and Supplications acts on the behalf
of the Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to the place of repentance, acceptance
and acknowledgement of Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Because this Spirit is acting on behalf of the Lord, its primary function is
to prepare us as a worthy Bride for our Bridegroom, creating in us and with
us that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, and
loveliness to God. It is the act of our Master towards us - who first come
as undeserving servants - to bring us to Sonship.

The Spirit of Grace and Supplications turns people towards Jesus Christ, the
Anointed One - and His Anointing - so that there can be a "full house," a
completed family who is like the Lord in every respect.

This is part of the fulfillment of the Covenant that God made with Abraham.
We are being transformed into "friends of God."

We are having God's Covenant with Abraham extended towards us in order that
we might become heirs, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, and recipients of that
same Covenant through faith.

Paul puts it like this:

Galatians 3:6-15: "Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to
him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the
same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God
would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto
Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

"So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as
many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in
the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in
the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the
law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for
us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the
blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we
might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."

It is the Spirit of Grace and Supplications which works in us with and
because of this covenant in order to ensure that we are recipients of it.
Understand?

Consider another way in which Paul puts it:

Ephesians 2:5-10: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up
together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works,
lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ
Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in
them.

Let's back up one chapter in Ephesians and look at a different aspect of the
Spirit of Grace and Supplications.

Ephesians 1:3-8: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in
Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having
predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,
according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of
his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we
have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the
riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and
prudence;

Are you beginning to see something here?

It is by the Spirit of Grace and Supplications that we have been chosen.

It is the purpose of this particular Spirit of God to show us just how rich
this grace is that we have received, and to demonstrate the kheseed of the
Lord Jesus Christ.

The Spirit of Grace releases faith to us as a gift in order that we can
receive sozo (healing, deliverance, salvation, safety, protection, health,
wholeness and prosperity).

Salvation comes to us by and through the Spirit of Grace and Supplications.
It is by and through the drawing of this Spirit that we are even able to
receive Salvation from sin.

We have been made to sit in the Heavenlies in Christ Jesus by and through
the Spirit of Grace.

Ephesians 1:3 begins with the statement that the "Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings."

This word "blessed" and "blessings&quo t; comes from the Greek eulogeo, which is
very like the concept of "supplications " as it occurs in Zechariah 12:10.
It means: to speak over, to declare the Word of the Covenant, to command to
prosper.

The OT Hebrew word translated "supplications " is tachanun, which comes from
the root: chanan, which means: to bless, to bestow favor, to speak
prosperity.

With the prefix, tach, added, the word now becomes a request for release of
that covenant favor and blessing.

Thus the Spirit of Grace not only blesses and releases blessing and favor,
but looks to His companion Spirits of God for release of all they have ready
to give.

Because the Spirit of Grace and Supplications was at work during the whole
act of Creation, He was involved in the selection and ordaining that we
should be placed as full-grown, mature and commissioned sons of God
alongside the Lord Jesus Christ as His heirs and joint-heirs.

I don't mean to get overly technical with my explanations and sharing, and
my apologies if it comes across like that. There is so much revelation in
this picture that it is sometimes hard to condense it all. Anyway, we'll
stop for now and pick it up here next week.
Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 5
February 22, 2013
Greetings and Salutations!
A quick update for you concerning A TALE OF TWO BRIDES. Destiny Image has uploaded the e-Book version now for purchase at your usual e-Book suppliers, such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, as well as others. This is the first book in a series of books based on a unique revelation of the preparation of the Bride of Christ. The series is a prophetic picture which spans time itself to show the processes the Lord has taken, and the pattern of overcoming demonstrated in certain key individuals throughout the ages.

A TALE OF TWO BRIDES is designed to whet your appetite and magnify the spiritual thirst in your being to be a part of that called out and elect company of people we know as the Bride of Christ.

And THAT is, coincidentally (or not) what this series is all about. Having said that, grab that deep dark-roasted cup of coffee, and let's get right back into our discussion.

Sometimes, the definitions of the various Greek and Hebrew words given in these discussions is not as complete or as rounded as they could (or should) be, so let me revisit the basic Hebrew words at the core of our picture of the Spirit of Counsel and Might. At the same time, we'll make our transition into looking at the fourth of the Seven Spirits of God.

The word “Counsel� is taken from the Hebrew€eòtsaòh and we quickly identify this as a parallel to the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding.

€eòtsaòh means to provide wise and prudent advice; to demonstrate or show plan and purpose. This word comes from its Hebrew root yaò€ats : to resolve [issues or problems]; to consult and devise [a way out of the problem]; to guide.

The companion to “Counsel� is the Hebrew word gebuòraòh, which we have translated “Might.�

This Hebrew word in many ways directly parallels the Greek dunamis, and means: force (both literal and figurative), mastery, might, power and strength. Its root is the Hebrew gibbor, and literally provides us with a picture of “the ability to back up and enforce� [the aforementioned wise and prudent advice, once the ‘advisee’ takes the counsel].

In Proverbs 4, Solomon paints a pretty graphic picture of how the Spirit of Counsel and Might works.

Proverbs 4:5-9: Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Then he goes on to say,

Proverbs 4:10-13: Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Solomon then caps off this picture of counsel with the following:

Proverbs 4:20-23: My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

When Solomon opens up his counsel with the Proverbs (which by the way is sometimes referred to as The Book of Wisdom), he begins like this:

Proverbs 1:1-5: The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear [counsel], and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

The connection between the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, and the Spirit of Counsel and Might – and the revelation of how they function in cooperation with each other is demonstrated in the last portion of Proverbs 1. (Since we quoted this portion -- and it is a bit lengthy -- in the last Coffee Break, I'll refer you back to it. Read Proverbs 1:20-32.)

Let's move on now to the third of the Seven Spirits of God: the Spirit of Knowledge and of The Fear of the Lord.

As Isaiah continued his prophecy concerning the onoma of the Messiah, he described him as having the Spirit of Knowledge and The Fear of the Lord. As you might well realize, this Spirit of Knowledge differs radically from the "knowledge&quo t; associated with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The Hebrew word, da.ath, which comes from the root, ya.da, and is translated: "knowledge, " could be better defined as: understanding, wisdom, awareness. Ya.da is a primary root word with so many applications and uses it would take perhaps four or five pages just to write an exegesis. In brief, depending on usage and accompanying verbs and/or accusatives in the Hebrew language, it can mean: knowledge (in a general sense), or: the ability to foresee, to perceive, to exercise wisdom, to know experientially, etc.

Knowledge which comes from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil brings fear, unbelief, doubt, pride, arrogance -- along with a host of things too numerous to mention here -- and most of all, death.

Knowledge which comes from the Spirit of Knowledge comes as revelation -- an indefinable knowing in one's spirit. It brings life, peace, and a continuity of relationship with the Lord.

As I shared in a previous Coffee Break series, when Adam and Eve were first created, they were given every piece of knowledge at creation that they would ever need for functioning in the manner God first ordained. In Him was all the revelation they would need -- for eternity! There was no need for the "knowledge of good," and there certainly was no need for the "knowledge of evil."

The serpent sold Eve a lie in making her believe that they were missing some vital information -- "knowledge&quo t; -- which would make them "as God;" that this information had been deliberately withheld so as to keep them in a place of ignorance and subservience. Thus was born the lie that "knowledge is power; knowledge is authority; knowledge is essential to the well-being of the human race."

It was -- and is -- pure, unadulterated garbage! Knowledge which comes by any other means than the Spirit of Knowledge is missing one-half of its very existence: The Fear of the Lord. The quest for the knowledge which comes by study and education always leaves an individual wanting for more. They are never satisfied.

Paul wrote to Timothy warning him to avoid the peril of associating with those who are "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth." (II Timothy 3:7) He went to great lengths to describe those who have this drive to continue “adding to their education" and the motives behind that drive. "For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant and proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, hardened of heart and unforgiving, slanderers, lacking in self-control, fierce and savage, haters of those who do good, betrayers, stubborn and self-willed, puffed up and impressed with their own accomplishments, loving the pleasures of the flesh rather than being lovers of God, having a pretense of righteousness and Godly authority, but denying the [true] power of God. From these people, steer clear and avoid any kind of relationship. " (II Timothy 3:2-5 -- my translation)

A quick analysis of these "Tree of Knowledge-eaters&qu ot; shows a graphic picture of people in chaos. Why? Once again, it is because they are missing a principal ingredient indispensable to "knowledge. "

Isaiah doesn't just identify Jesus' onoma by the "Spirit of Knowledge:" he adds, "and of the Fear of the Lord." The Hebrew word, yir.ah, used here for "fear," is differentiated from pa.chad, the word normally associated with, and translated, "fear." Yir.ah is more properly defined and understood as: reverential awe; to regard as sacred and holy.

Pa.chad, on the other hand, is defined as: terror, alarm, dread, to be startled, to shake in fear, a trembling. It is the polar opposite of that which Paul described in his letter to Timothy as "[the spirit of] a sound mind." In II Timothy 1:7, he wrote, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (KJV)

The onoma of Jesus Christ consists partially, therefore, of what we could call "The Spirit of Holy Knowledge." It really is divine knowledge -- the knowledge of majesty. It is the Spirit of Revelation. It comes with the innate sense of the holiness and presence of the Lord, and an integrated sense of awe, reverence, and respect for the presence, power, wisdom and authority which give truth and credence to that revelation. For Jesus, it was central to the very essence of His existence since He shared that awe and reverence of His Father, in whom was all Truth, Knowledge and Revelation.

The contrast of pa.chad is that it is the onoma of the spirits of fear and terror which accompany -- often unsuspectingly to the one "learning" ; -- the knowledge of good, or the knowledge of evil. Satan's knowledge is the absolute counterfeit to the Spirit of Knowledge, which is integral to the Bridegroom&# 39;s existence.

The Spirit of Knowledge contains the Fear of the Lord, whereas the Tree of Knowledge contains the Fear of Evil (and the Fear of Man, and the Fear of Death, etc.)

For those who want to disavow the Lord God and the revelation which comes through the Spirit of Knowledge, there is knowledge available; but that knowledge will often ultimately lead to sickness, to ill health, to disease, to a dependency on illicit or prescribed drugs, alcohol, or nicotine, and finally to death.

Wholeness, health, strength, life, vitality, vigor, vibrancy: these are all the hallmarks of the onoma of Jesus Christ. They are the promise, and some of the gifts, in the dowry of the Bridegroom to the Bride -- so long as she can overcome the temptation to eat of the Tree of Knowledge.

The Spirit of Knowledge and Yir.ah are a part of the character and nature of agape.

Consider, then, John's statement in his first epistle (I John 4:18): "There is no fear (phobos -- terror) in agape, but perfect and complete agape casts out all fear." There is a unique significance to this statement.

We all know that we are triune beings created in the image of God. Just as God exists in three dimensions as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we exist in three dimensions as Spirit, Soul, and Body. We also know that Spirit always has the preeminence over Soul and Body. For each of these dimensions, there are individual manifestations in the realm of love, as well as the in realm of fear.

At the level of the Body (or the flesh), love is manifested as eros: lust, erotic desire, unreasoning craving. Eros is totally one-sided and demanding of self-gratification. (It is important to note that eros never appears anywhere in Scripture, either in the N.T. Greek, or the Septuagint, as a definition of love. Two other Greek words are used instead: pathos, which means: depraved passions, the unstifled and uncontrolled urges of the flesh; and, epithumia, which means: the lusts of the flesh, desires [in the mind] for that which is forbidden to the flesh; this word is also used to describe illicit sexual intercourse.

The word, eros, was never used in Scripture because it was the name of the Greeks' god of love. This so-called god was their incarnation of the basest and most licentious of sexual activities -- all under the guise of "love." The existence of this false god (which essentially made one's fleshly desires to be their god) permitted the Greeks’ promotion and encouragement of homosexuality and lesbianism.

Correspondingly, the Fear of Death operates at this level since death can only affect the body or the flesh. The Fear of Death is responsible for many major diseases and afflictions of the flesh. Panic attacks, asthma, nerve disorders, “clinical depression� and heart attacks, are just a few of the symptoms of the Fear of Death. Dare-devil stunts and many supposedly daring acts almost always stem out of the Fear of Death as an unconscious reaction to the need within one's being to "face it down."

In the realm of the Soul, the mind, or the will, love takes the form of phileo (pronounced, phi-lay' -oh). This is the word which is translated as "brotherly love." It is the love which functions in most marriages. It operates principally on the basis of reciprocation: that is to say, "I love you so long as you respond and love me."

Phileo is a conditional love, based primarily in prevailing circumstances. It is an emotional love capable of bringing great highs and lows to an individual&# 39;s feelings. It is the love of friendships. It is the word used most frequently in classical Greek literature to describe romantic love. Phileo's domain is that of human relationships. It is the basis for most "fellowship&qu ot; between believers in spite of the fact that fellowship is supposed to be predicated mostly in agape.

By the same token, in the realm of the Soul, there is a fear which attacks relationships, and it is described in Scripture as The Fear of Man. This fear is the greatest hindrance to genuine fellowship, and it -- perhaps more than any other spirit of fear -- impedes the growth of believers by interfering with the development of trust. The greatly needed capacity to expose our weaknesses without fear or intimidation is one of the primary purposes of the Paraklete during the preparation and processing which occurs within Ekklesia.
Let's pick it up here next week. We've already run a bit long today, and this discussion still has a ways to go.
Blessings on you!
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 4
February 15, 2013
Howdy, Howdy, Howdy!

It's got to be more than 20 years since we first began to introduce the
truth and the picture of real Ekklesia as it contrasts to the conventional
idea of "church. " For some folks it was pretty controversial but for most
it was revelatory. It was during that same time frame that the revelation
of the onoma of the Lord Jesus Christ leaped into our beings. For some
reason, it has continued to be controversial. Some people are so stuck on
the "name" that they just can't see what God is doing. They don't seem to
understand the truth of what John shared in his epistle:

"We know that when He shall be manifested, we shall be like Him." (I John
3:2)

THAT, folks, is the fundamental truth behind the revelation of what John
wrote otherwise in Revelation:

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he
shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the name (onoma) of my God,
and the name (onoma) of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from my God; and I will write upon him my new name
(onoma)!" (Revelation 3:12 KJV)

This is transformation! This is conversion. This is metamorphosis. This
is a total shift in our personality, our character, our makeup, our
nature...... AND it is a change of our name! No, I'm not talking about
changing your name from Lucy to Marie, or Bob to John, or anything like
that. This isn't what this prophecy is all about. This is what Jesus
prayed. Hear this in your spirit!

"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art [merged and immersed] in me,
and I [am merged and immersed] in thee, that they also may be one [merged
and immersed] in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be
[merged and immersed in] one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in
me, that they may be made (whole, complete and finished) perfect in one [new
onoma]; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved
them, as thou hast loved me." (John 17:21-23, with my amplification)

Jesus -- in His onoma -- embodied the entirety of the Seven Spirits of God.
That's where we go (or at least continue to go) with today's discussion.
Once again, here they are in the order in which we see them revealed in the
Word.

1. The Spirit of Judgment and Burning (Isaiah 4:4)

2. The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding (Isaiah 11:2)

3. The Spirit of Counsel and Might (Isaiah 11:2) -- referred to by the
apostle Paul as: The Spirit of Power

4. The Spirit of Knowledge and of The Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) also
referred to by Paul as: The Spirit of a Sound Mind

5. The Spirit of Grace and Supplications (Zechariah 12:10)

6. The Spirit of Truth (see John 15:26)

7. The Spirit of Glory (see I Peter 4:14)

Continuing on with our look at the seven Spirits of God, the third spirit
named in the onoma of the Lord is the Spirit of Counsel and Might.

The concept of "counselor&quo t; is one with which we are much more familiar since
we generally think of the Holy Spirit in this mode. The Hebrew word used in
Isaiah's prophecy is et.sah. This word is frequently used by Isaiah in a
prophetic sense as in: foreknowledge, the faculty of forming plans which are
carried out exactly; prudence, wisdom: in a more oblique sense, et.sah
means: the instrument by which one's purpose is carried out. Gebuwrah is
the Hebrew word for "might, " and it represents: strength, fortitude, virtue,
power. Micah (3:8) uses the word to describe the spirit of the prophet as:
being strong and intrepid. (Note also that gebuwrah has a companion word,
gibbowr, which we will take up a little later.)

These are words and definitions which we can easily see as part of Jesus'
onoma. It is even easy to see "counselor&quo t; within the purview of agape.
"Might, " however, is a little more of a stretch for some people. We all
know Jesus as being mighty, but considering "might" as integral to agape
requires some revision to our conventional thinking. It becomes a little
more understandable when we realize that because there is a specific and
definite purpose and objective in agape, gebuwrah is the capacity to
accomplish the purposes established by Jesus Christ from the beginning.

Were it not for gebuwrah, nothing would have happened with He spoke those
thunderous words, "Let there be light." The Holy Spirit could have
continued to brood over the face of the waters for eternity just hoping for
something to happen. Creation could not have started. The plan for Jesus
Christ to have a counterpart who would fulfill Him would have simply
remained a plan.

There is another side, as well. When the woman with the issue of blood (see
Matthew 9:20) scrambled through the crowd to simply touch the hem of His
garment, "Might" went forth. The Greek word which parallels gebuwrah is
dunamis, normally translated: strength, might, ability, power; the inherent
power resident in one by virtue of their nature.

It is this aspect of Jesus' onoma which enables Him to simply speak the word
(as He did at creation), and see demons flee. There is a force of authority
inherent in His nature and makeup. That force rules over every other power
in the universe. It is the authority to which "every knee shall bow, of
beings in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:10-11 -- my translation)

This is where the difference resides between using the "name of Jesus" as
some kind of formula, and speaking in His onoma. In Acts 19:13-16, we are
told of the seven sons of Sceva, who saw Paul casting out evil spirits in
the onoma of Jesus. They took it as some kind of magical incantation with a
power that would enable them to exercise the same authority. It wasn't.
The evil spirits made mincemeat of them.

Then there is the case of Simon, the sorcerer, (see Acts 8:9-24) a man who
had practiced various magical arts so as to manipulate the lives of people
and gain power and respect for himself. In that same mindset thought he
could buy this power. Peter's response was, "I see that you are in the
anger of bitterness and the bond of unrighteousness. "

(Note: The Roman Catholic historian, Werner Keller (in his book, THE
CHURCH AS HISTORY), writes that Simon not only did not repent after Peter's
rebuke, but that Simon later traveled to Rome, where he foisted himself off
on many as being "Simon Peter." There he was seized by Roman soldiers,
crucified, and buried on the hill, Vaticanus (now the site of the
present-day Vatican.)

One cannot appropriate this power for themselves. It is not just some
"force" in the universe, divorced from the makeup and essence of Jesus
Christ. It is the very life-flow, the virtue, the power, the authority of
His onoma; and it is freely available to a responsive and obedient Bride
being transformed by His Paraklete, the Holy Spirit. Though there were
strict legal implications because of the manner in which his crucifixion
occurred, it was the force which came forth as He shed His blood on the
cross which broke the bondage of sin, captivity to Satan, and the power of
the Law. It was that same gebuwrah/dunamis that reversed the curse upon
the human race -- or more specifically, upon all who would receive Him and
the price He paid as the cancellation of the curse.

It is that same force which must be resident in us as His Bride, otherwise
we are simply phony "name-sayers. " It is that power which demonstrates
Jesus' authority functioning in a people whom He is conforming to His
nature, His makeup, His character, His onoma!

Now, let me take a different approach. Let's look at this Spirit of Counsel
and Might from an entirely different perspective.

Proverbs 1:20-32: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the
streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the
gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple
ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning,
and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out
my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have
called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I
also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When
your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind;
when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me,
but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore
shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own
devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the
prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall
dwell safely, and shall be quiet from [the] fear of evil.

The Spirit of Counsel and Might reproves, rebukes, admonishes and corrects
us - in love! His purpose in so doing (see Verse 23) is so that He can
"pour out My Spirit unto you," and so that He can "make known [and bring
revelation of] My Words unto you."

Just as there are consequences for rejecting the Spirit of Judgment and
Burning, so likewise are there consequences that come from rejecting the
Spirit of Counsel and Might. "Might" establishes the baseline from which
"Counsel" is provided. "Might" knows the safety that is provided with
"Counsel" and establishes protective barriers for those who receive and walk
according to "Counsel&# 39;s" word - and those protective barriers are designed
to guard (with force and might) those who do.

Outside those protective barriers along the path which "Counsel" advises and
admonishes is a realm of terror and destruction, distress and anguish (see
Verse 27). "Might" is designed to protect those who walk according to
"Counsel, " but "Might" will not stretch forth a finger to help those who
choose their own paths contrary to the Word.

Solomon wraps up this first chapter of Proverbs with the prophetic promise
and statement that "Whoever listens and obeys me shall dwell safely and be
quiet from the Fear of Evil." The "Fear of Evil" is the granddaddy of all
evil spirits. It is the principal driving spirit of fear; and the father of
the Fear of Man and the Fear of Death.

The Fear of Evil is the controlling force behind all religion and the
deception in religion. The root of this fear is that it perceives God as
hanging a "Sword of Damocles" overhead just waiting for your mistake so He
can bring it down and destroy you. Thus God is perceived as "evil."

The corollary is that one must keep certain laws or perform certain acts in
order to please God. Distortion of God's commands follows, deception sets
in, and God's Word is automatically disobeyed by the keeping of certain
lesser commands to the setting aside or ignoring more important commands
which are rooted in the principle of loving and honoring God.

Let's see if we can look at a couple of examples of this.

Which is more important before the Lord:

(1) To feed and clothe the poor, or to spend time waiting on God?
Both are important, but is our relationship with the Lord more important to
Him, or is our religious observance of feeding and clothing the poor of
greater importance?

(2) To give gifts to the Lord (sow seed, bring offerings, give to
missions, etc.) or to reconcile differences between you and another brother
(or sister) in the Lord? Where is our priority, here? Is giving our
tithes, offerings, and supporting various missions of greater importance to
the Lord, or is His focus on having a whole and healthy Ekklesia whose very
existence becomes salt in the earth?

(3) To keep and recognize feast days and/or honor the Sabbath, or to
walk by faith? Is it more important to the Lord that we religiously observe
the feasts and keep the Sabbath, or is having our faith vested in the Lord
of Sabaoth of first importance?

(4) To offer praise and worship to the Lord, or to forgive
intentional offenses towards you by would-be brethren, or even those not of
the household of faith?

Are you getting the picture? Fear causes us to obey the right commands in
the wrong order. NONE of His commands are unimportant! Feeding the hungry
or clothing the poor IS a command from the Lord, but it comes AFTER our time
with the Lord - and as He directs.

It almost sounds like I'm getting religious here, like I'm trying to
proscribe strict laws and details of the Law, but that's not what this is
about! There is an order - a protocol - to our obedience to the Word and
the Counsel of the Lord. We don't get to pick and choose which commands, or
which counsel, we will observe and/or the order in which we will follow it.
Religion tends to justify this disorder "just as long as we keep the Word."
Nope. That's not the way it works!

Jesus made it clear that He wasn't interested - and neither was the Father -
in receiving gifts, offerings, etc. from us UNTIL we resolved issues of
unforgiveness or offenses between us and fellow-believers. He wasn't saying
"Go spend your money or give your gifts somewhere else because I won't
receive them." He WAS saying, "Set those gifts aside UNTIL you have
resolved the matter between you and your brother. THEN come and bring them
to me."

The fear that drives deception is a religious fear, and it is a fear that
comes upon us when we reject the Spirit of Counsel and Might.

The promise of the Lord to those who "hearken" (a word which literally means
"to hear and obey") unto Him is that

(1) They will dwell safely. They will live their lives in safety
and protection (see also Psalm 91) from harm and danger, and from attacks of
the Enemy - both verbal and weapons-based, and from disease, pestilence,
plague, AND from accidents.

(2) Their lives will be quiet. (See Psalm 105 and Psalm 91:3) The
phrase, "noisome pestilence" in Hebrew is the phrase, havvah deber, which
literally translates to "noisy disorder" or "words, events or things thrown
into confusion and disarray in the midst of a rushing wind."

(3) The Fear of Evil will have no power over them. Hence, there
will be no confusion, no deception, no disarray or disorder in their walk
along the path directed by the Spirit of Counsel and Might.

OK, so far?

There is a another, different dimension of revelation to the way the Spirit
of Counsel and Might operates, and we'll take that up in our next Coffee
Break.

Chuck Pierce once again has a fresh prophetic word, and it is relevant to
what I've just shared with you:

"You could easily miss the shift that is going on around you. Do not miss
the shift that I am bringing into the earth realm above you. I am beginning
to speak in ways to clarify what you have heard in past seasons. If you will
listen from Heaven and not walk in the earth, your ears will be clear and
your eyes will see. I say to you this is the beginning of a new season!

"This is a time when that which has looked dead will begin to bud - that
which has looked as if it had no life. Know that I'm going to bring life
where it looks like there's death. Where there has been death to finances,
where there's been death to dreams, know that Aaron's rod has budded and
life has come forth. Do not wait to see the full blossoming, but look for
the budding, for in the bud know that there is life.

"This is a season that I'm going to cause the budding to come forth. This is
a time where you're going to be able to see life where you thought there was
death. Know that it is only the death to the old. But I say it is the time
of the budding of the new. Do not miss the new! Do not miss the life that
I'm causing to come forth, for this is the time that I'm causing the rod to
bloom and I'm causing the rod to bud. New life has been released in this
hour.

"Know Me as Me and who I am, for seeds must fall into the earth for life to
spring forth. Know Me, for this is a time that from Heaven I am stringing
and making taut the lines that My word is coming on. I will bring words to
nations and words to families and words to those who have made mistakes in
the past. And in one day I will renew their life and their bodies. This is a
time that I am stringing and causing My word to come. I have stairs up and
down, ascending and descending, and angelic hosts are coming to redeem your
past and open up your future."

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 3

February 7, 2013

Mornin' Folks! Best day of your life, right? Awww, now, don't look at me
in that tone of voice! Think of it this way: this is the day that the Lord
has made - so take advantage of the day and walk in the blessings of the
Lord!

Let's get right back to our discussion. We've got lots of territory to
cover, and I'm likely going to run a bit long today. Here again is the
prophetic Word given to and by John in Revelation:

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he
shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the name (onoma) of my God,
and the name (onoma) of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from my God; and I will write upon him my new name
(onoma)!" (Revelation 3:12 KJV)

Because the name/onoma of the Lord is so clearly revealed in the Seven
Spirits of God, I want to pick up where we left off last time in talking
about the Spirit of Judgment and Burning. Before we do, here's a quick
refresher on those Seven Spirits as revealed in the Word:

1. The Spirit of Judgment and Burning (Isaiah 4:4)

2. The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding (Isaiah 11:2)

3. The Spirit of Counsel and Might (Isaiah 11:2) -- referred to by the
apostle Paul as: The Spirit of Power

4. The Spirit of Knowledge and of The Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) also
referred to by Paul as: The Spirit of a Sound Mind

5. The Spirit of Grace and Supplications (Zechariah 12:10)

6. The Spirit of Truth (see John 15:26)

7. The Spirit of Glory (see I Peter 4:14)

In case this needs restating, it is imperative to remember that all of
creation came into being for one purpose, and one purpose only: the bringing
into being, the nurturing and maturing of a Bride destined to become the
co-equal counterpart of Jesus Christ. Of necessity, that Bride must choose
Jesus Christ of her own free will, else there can be no fellowship. Jesus'
purpose has never been for a people who are robotically obedient to His
commands and laws just because those commands exist. He has sought after a
people who respond to His love and reciprocate with their whole beings --
because they love Him more than life itself.

The human race was given the same free will and choice that Jesus knows. He
knew with divine foreknowledge that Satan would attempt to deceive the human
race. He therefore incorporated His foreknowledge and creation of Satan
into His plan for a Bride.

In Ezekiel' s prophecy where he takes up the word of the Lord against
Lucifer, he says, "Thou hast been in Eden, the garden of God......... You
were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there." (See Ezekiel
28:12-14)

Correspondingly, He knew that only a small number of people would actually
respond to Him with their whole beings. He also knew that an overwhelming
majority would believe Satan's lies and deceit; that in their place of
agreement with him, they would become his pawns in the battle against the
Bride -and yet He still provided an open avenue and opportunity for their
redemption.

Over the course of the last six millennia, therefore, in order to nourish
and protect that Bride-in-processing , it has therefore been imperative that
Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, exercise judgment and extermination
judiciously -- not to wipe out the opposition, but to allow just enough
opposition to exist. The Bride would, as a consequence, be required to
continually overcome and rule over that opposition in the realm of the
Spirit.

The Spirit of Judgment and Burning, therefore, is pivotal to His onoma, His
existence -- and to ours as His intended Bride. "Burning, " of course, has
another less comfortable (to the flesh, anyway!) aspect. It can also be
seen within the framework of that which we have come to know as thlipsis:
the fiery trials, the tribulations, the furnace of afflictions, and the
"processing&qu ot; which prepares us for Him. "Burning" serves to burn away the
fetters which keep us in bondage.

A classic example of this is seen in the case of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, Daniel's friends who were thrown into the fiery furnace, bound
with ropes and fetters. Not only did Nebuchadnezzar not get his desire to
see the men die, the fire - heated seven times hotter than normal - only
succeeded in burning away those bonds and setting Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednego free! At the same time, those who threw them into the fire were
killed by the heat of the furnace. Furthermore, Nebuchadnezzar saw the
Lord walking with them in midst of the flames.

It is a choice reminder for us that whenever we are in the fire, the Lord is
with us. This is a principle which addresses a commonly held misconception:
namely, that the Lord does not want us to suffer. You can rest assured that
He is much less concerned with the suffering of our flesh than He is with
the building and development of our character, and the transformation of our
onoma. (Now, as sure as I make that statement, some folks are sure to jump
to the conclusion that I'm saying the Lord is cruel and heartless and that
He doesn't care about our suffering. Wrong! He does! Our problem is that
because we've lived our lives with such a humanistic perspective, we've lost
sight of what it means to be overcomers -- and to KNOW the power of the
Risen Christ over all disease, suffering and afflictions of every kind!)

Being changed into His likeness and image is the highest priority. It is of
far greater importance that we not suffer throughout eternity, being
separated from Jesus Christ (or worse, that we make it to heaven but are not
included in the Bride because we failed to overcome the flesh) than that our
flesh not endure pain for some short period of time - whether that period be
measured in days, weeks, months, or years.

Now, let's talk about the second of the Seven Spirits of God: the Spirit of
Wisdom and Understanding.

Intrinsic to the very essence of Jesus' being is the Spirit of Wisdom and
Understanding, Isaiah identified this second of the seven spirits using two
Hebrew words: chok.mah, and biy.nah. Chok.mah comes from the root, cha.kam,
which means: To judge with discernment; to be skilled in wisdom; to
ascertain through supernatural perception. Biy.nah, the word translated
"understanding ," comes from its root word, biy, meaning: to discern or
perceive; to have skill in insight; (in a mental sense) to stand apart, to
cause to be separate and distinct, to easily distinguish.

At first glance, the concept of Judgment and Burning, melding and flowing
with Wisdom and Understanding, seems to lose something in the translation.
When we see the true meaning, however, of "Wisdom, " in the sense of: judging
with discernment, or ascertaining through supernatural perception; along
with "Understanding " as: skill in insight, or the ability to separate
(events, facts, circumstances, or people) into their distinct
characteristics and qualities, we realize that without this Spirit, Jesus'
onoma would be incomplete.

Consider, if you will, that the operations and workings of these spirits are
promised as gifts -- a kind of dowry from the Bridegroom -- to the believer:
the Bride being prepared and molded to be a fit counterpart for Jesus
Christ.

Paul writes (in I Corinthians 12), "Now concerning spirituals, brethren, I
do not wish you to be ignorant.... ......... .to each is given the
manifestation of the Spirit to make them fit and suitable (for the
Bridegroom). For to one by the Spirit is given a word of wisdom; and to
another a word of understanding by the same Spirit...... .......and to
another, prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits..... .But [in] all
these things is operating the one and same Spirit, dividing distinctly [out
of His own nature and will] as He sees appropriate. " (my translation)

Obviously, I have skipped over some of the mentioned manifestations of the
Spirit -- "spirituals, " if you will -- so as to illustrate just the first
two aspects of Jesus' onoma.

In the phrase, "a word of understanding by the same Spirit" (we are more
familiar with this as "a word of knowledge" ), J. H. Thayer, in his
Greek-English Lexicon, suggests that the word, gnosis, is better translated:
Intelligence, understanding, advanced perception, a more perfected and
enlarged knowledge. Gnosis, however, has a companion word in the Greek
language, gnome, which helps us better see the framework from which this
"word of understanding" operates.

Gnome means: Judgment, advice, decree, the faculty of knowing; the capacity
to resolve with purpose and intention.

Judgment, therefore, is incorporated into this gift. Once again, this is
not a harsh judgment, but the capacity coming out of agape to resolve things
according to the desires of the Bridegroom. It is the best interests of the
Bridegroom which are at stake, with a view towards that which He is
accomplishing in the Bride's preparation. The Body of Christ has been slow
to understand this concept of judgment. We have all withdrawn and flinched
whenever there has been a perception of someone being judgmental, and have
even tended to call people "judgmental&qu ot; when they have simply spoken the
truth in love.

What has happened, however, is that the Enemy has quietly quoted and
inserted the scripture -- over and over and over again (within our
subconscious) -- "Judge not that ye be not judged" (Matthew 7:1), and in the
process, programmed us with a fear of judgment.

In Jesus' statement, "Judge not," an entirely different word is used in the
Greek text -- krino -- which means: To separate, to pick out, to choose, to
select; to approve, favor or esteem one over another: it also means: to
pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong.

Jesus, therefore, was referring to the choices and pronouncements of human
will, choice, and intellectual opinion -- not His divine purposes, and not
that Spirit of Judgment which is integral to His onoma.

Consider, once again, the significance of this truth. Human nature is very
judgmental in its unregenerate state. This judgment is fed by the Tree of
the Knowledge of Good and Evil. So long, therefore, as we (even as
Christians) eat of the Tree of Knowledge, we make "judgments&quo t; -- that is, we
form opinions -- of what is good or evil, and make pronouncements
accordingly. We make choices in our assessments of individuals. The result
is "exclusivity. " We form associations, attachments and friendships, and
fellowship only with those we find "desirable. "

Once we fall into the trap of becoming "exclusive&quo t; in our fellowship and/or
associations with individuals, we then prefer certain ones over others.
Without realizing what has happened, we have succumbed to The Fear of Man.
The end result is the inability to speak the revealed truth of the Lord (the
aforementioned "word of knowledge," or "word of understanding" ) to those who
need it because of the fear of losing that desired relationship.

My brethren and my sisters, we are -each of us - being processed and dealt
with in this area of our lives. Our responses to the dealing of the Holy
Spirit are absolutely critical. How can we expect the Lord to imbue us with
His onoma -- an onoma which incorporates true judgment -- if we make human
judgments based on opinions nourished by the Tree of Knowledge?

How can we expect to walk in an onoma that makes divine decrees which govern
not just the affairs of the human race, but also assert rulership in the
realm of the Spirit over principalities and powers and lords of the darkness
of this age, when we can't even speak the truth in agape to the brethren and
sisters closest to us?

It is imperative that this become life in our beings! It is the Spirit of
Wisdom and Understanding, working hand in hand with the Spirit of Judgment
and Burning - both of which are integral to agape - which are foundational
to the authority and rulership of Jesus' onoma. By the same token, they
must be linked and joined into, and made operational, as a part of the
foundations of our onoma.

Our onoma is being conformed and changed to complete and fulfill the onoma
of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. John wrote that, "We know that when He
shall be manifested, we shall be like Him." (I John 3:2) The Greek word
translated, "like," is homoios. It means: To resemble, to be similar, to be
like in form or look, in appearance, in nature, in mode of thinking,
feeling, or acting; corresponding to, or equivalent to in strength, power
and attractions, in authority, in mind and character.

No word could better describe the change of our onoma. In and of ourselves,
we are unable to make this change. Yet the change is as inexorable as His
power, and He makes the change in us, so long as we respond wholeheartedly,
without hesitation, without limitations, without compromises, and without
attempting to gloss over anything He exposes by His Spirit. In other words,
our responses to the Paraklete, who has been given the responsibility of
oversight for this change, must be with every breath of our existence.

It is the onoma of our Bridegroom which is at stake, and nothing less than
absolute conformity to His onoma will suffice.

No one who resists, draws back, compromises in any way, or attempts to cover
over any area of His dealing can expect to ever be incorporated into His
Bride. That is not being judgmental. This is not a decision or an opinion
of mine. It is simply truth! The Holy Spirit, in cooperation with the
Bridegroom, has set the standard of change and conformity.

If we cannot overcome the frailties of our flesh and emotions, if we cannot
dethrone imaginations and every high thing which exalts itself above the
onoma of God, if we cannot overcome the lies of Satan and his evil spirits,
along with their operations within us, how can we ever expect to be seated
at His right hand "far above every principality and authority and power and
lordship, and every onoma that is named, not only in this age, but in the
coming one." ? (Ephesians 1:21 -- my translation)

That's a good place to leave things for today. We'll return next week with
the third of the Seven Spirits of God: the Spirit of Counsel and Might.

Following is a very important prophetic word just shared by Chuck Pierce:

"Lift up your eyes! Lift up your eyes! Your redemption is drawing nigh, that
which you need Me to come through on your behalf. Lift up your eyes and see!
For you were looking in one plane and one direction. If you will lift up
your eyes I will show you a horizon line that is set further than you have
seen in the past. Lift up your eyes, for your help is on the way.

"For all the blessings in spiritual places I've given you, many of you have
forgotten what I have spoken. And many [blessings] were hidden from one
generation that I'm ready to reveal in another generation. So lift up your
eyes, for above you, where I am seated in that Heavenly place, I am ready to
reveal to you what you could not see even in the year that you have just
completed.

"For one generation will begin to pass off their gift to another. When that
happens, this generation will become a rear guard to those that are now
moving on the front line. Get ready, for a movement has begun and Heaven has
entered the earth realm and My people are beginning to move in a new way
with revelation.

"There is a sound that I am bringing forth. For I have a people that will
create the winds that are necessary to rearrange many events in the earth.
Watch for the rearrangement of events. Watch for that which couldn't be
bridged to be bridged. Watch for what could not be penetrated to be opened
up. Watch for that which was out of order to be reordered. Bring forth the
sounds into the earth that will cause some things to tumble, other things to
be rebuilt, and some things to rise up and display the power that Heaven has
not had displayed in the past season. Let Heaven be seen in the earth realm
and let My people go forth in triumph.

"I have purchased right of ways in the earth realm, and those ways have not
been pioneered before. But now I'm raising up a people and I'm giving them
rights to ways that need to be opened up. Go! I have the deed to the right
of way, and paved the way for many to come into a new place."

"I' m bringing down the wind into the earth realm that's stirring up the oil
and the anointing to anoint the vision of My people tonight. Judah is going
first and the sound is creating a salve to heal the eyes of My people. Some
of you have a hard time erasing certain pictures that your eyes have seen.
There's an anointing tonight for healing of a deep memory based upon the
reflection of what you have seen that was not aligned with My purpose. Allow
the sound and your worship to heal your vision."

Blessings on you!

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Another Cofee Break:
A New Onoma, Part 2
Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

Got your coffee poured yet this morning? Come and join me. I've got some
really dark roasted coffee that I picked up from Kaladi Brothers in
Anchorage. Alaskans know what I'm talking about. Years ago I used to drive
down the Seward Highway in Anchorage in the wee hours of the morning, andwhen you went past their place, you could smell the coffee roasting in their roasters. Fact is, you could smell it for blocks either way. That's a
tantalizing odor, folks! Anyway, I brought some of it back with me to
Sunnyside, and that's what I'm enjoying as I write this piece.

Let's begin our discussion today with a prophetic word in Revelation:

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he
shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the name (onoma) of my God,
and the name (onoma) of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from my God; and I will write upon him my new name (onoma)!" (Revelation 3:12 KJV)

This prophetic word is -- in my personal opinion -- one of the least
understood and most profound promises ever made to God's people -- and
especially those who have pressed in spiritually for the complete and total
transformation that comes in the midst of an intimate relationship with the
Lord Jesus Christ.

Without getting ahead of myself too much in this overall discussion, let me
just say that this is a prophecy and promise of total transformation into
the character, the personality, the very makeup of the Lord Himself -- His
very onoma, if you please -- and it comes as a product of our overcoming.
Nothing about this promise is automatic for anyone. There is an ongoing
process of overcoming the enemies of God who have pitted themselves against us with the objective of spoiling the plans and purposes of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As already noted in the previous Coffee Break, I did a series titled, Seven
Nations, Seven Letters, in which I detailed the principal areas of
overcoming described in the seven letters to the Ekklesia in Revelation 2
and 3. That's not what this series is about, however. My objective with
this discussion is to share what Holy Spirit's objective is in changing and
transforming us into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ as He
prepares us for His return. (The archives at our new website
http://www.RegnersMorningCoffee.com
have yet to be updated for access to the older Coffee Breaks, but if you
want to read the series on the Seven Letters, you can simply send me an
email and I'll forward it on to you.

Let me pick up with where we left off in the last Coffee Break in our
discussion of the Seven Spirits of God.

In Revelation 4:5, John writes, "Out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and
thunders, and sounds; and seven lamps of fire burning before the throne,
which are the seven Spirits of God." Now he illustrates a very basic part
of the nature and makeup of the Lord in the picture of these lamps of fire,
and I will deal with this as we go forward with this discussion.

In case you think that I'm really stretching a point to say that the seven
Spirits of God comprise the onoma of Jesus Christ, read on.

John makes his fourth reference to these seven Spirits of God in Revelation
5:6, where he says, "And I saw and beheld in the midst of the throne and the
four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing as
having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven
Spirits of God which have been sent into all the earth." Finally, John
makes clear that the Lamb which was slain (whom they all knew to be Jesus Christ) was He in whom consisted the Seven Spirits of God.

I won't take the time in this discussion to deal with all of these metaphors
since they are peripheral to that which the Holy Spirit is saying
concerning the new onoma. It is important, however, to identify these seven
Spirits. They appear throughout the Scriptures from beginning to end, and I
will list them in the order of their appearance in the way they are
specifically identified:

1. The Spirit of Judgment and Burning (Isaiah 4:4)

2. The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding (Isaiah 11:2)

3. The Spirit of Counsel and Might (Isaiah 11:2) -- referred to by the
apostle Paul as: The Spirit of Power

4. The Spirit of Knowledge and of The Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) also
referred to by Paul as: The Spirit of a Sound Mind

5. The Spirit of Grace and Supplications (Zechariah 12:10)

6. The Spirit of Truth (see John 15:26)

7. The Spirit of Glory (see I Peter 4:14)

Before we get into any depth in discussing these seven Spirits, it is
important to understand the framework which encompasses them. John -- in his first general epistle to the Ekklesias at large -- wrote the following,
"Beloved, we should love (agape) one another, because love (agape) is of
God; and everyone who loves (with agape) has been begotten of God and knows God. He who does not love (with agape) does not know God, because God is love (agape) ......... And we have known and have believed the love (agape)
which God has toward us. God is love (agape), and he that abides in love
(agape) abides in God, and God abides in him." (See I John 4:7-8, 16)

Twice he makes the statement that "God is love:" more specifically, that He
is agape. The seven Spirits of God, therefore, operate within the framework
of agape. The sum of these seven Spirits is agape.

Agape is a dimension of love which has been often taught and preached
throughout the Body of Christ, and -- unfortunately -- rarely understood.
There is nothing mushy, gushy, sloppy, or emotional about agape. Yet it
evokes emotions in a powerful way. For years I have heard it taught as
"commitment, " or "a decision of the will." That is about as sad and tragic
a definition as has ever been contrived! While the will is incorporated in
the act of loving, agape goes far beyond cold logic and/or some impersonal
sense of duty or commitment wrapped up in "a decision of the will."

This is a word which derived its origins in the work of the Septuagint
translators who sought for a means in Greek language structure which would appropriately define the love-relationship described in the Song of Solomon.
Agape, and its companion verb, agapao, were coined by the translators to
define a limitless love which followed neither logic, nor emotion (as seen
in the more common Greek word, phileo), but predicated its existence
entirely on the basis of that which was best for the recipient.

The Greek scholars, Lachmann and Tregelles, after much research into the
historical usage of this word, defined agape as: Love going forth from
one's whole being and taking up its abode within another as though they were one being. One of the best definitions given is that of the scholar and
Hebrew exegete, Gesenius: To prize someone so highly as to be virtually
unwilling to give them up for any price -- no matter what the cost.

Agape is not a romantic love, yet it transcends all romance. It is not
based in human relationship, yet it encompasses and rises above human
relationship. It grips one's being with a power which belies the love and
tenderness which exist at its core.

The more one attempts to define agape in human terms, the harder it becomes.
Agape transcends normal human emotions and abilities. It defies human logic and loves, even when that love is not reciprocated. Hence, Jesus made the statement to Nicodemus (who was trying to understand the whole concept of spiritual regeneration) , "For God so loved (agape) the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but shall have life eternal." (John 3:16)

Agape takes on a revolutionary dimension and perspective, however, when we realize that it encompasses the aforementioned seven Spirits of God.
Consider agape within the confines of "Judgment and Burning." Then "Counsel and Might." O.K? Have you ever perceived agape as the "Spirit of Power?"

Obviously, these are not concepts or perspectives which are normally
considered. In my roughly seventy years of knowing and walking with the
Lord, I don't believe I have ever heard anyone teach on agape with this
perspective, or incorporating these concepts.

This is the love of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, for His Bride! It is
elemental and central to His onoma. It is imperative, therefore, that we
understand His onoma.

The whole thought of "judgment" ; is usually seen within the context of
executing punishment upon evildoers. Doomsayers, who fear "The Great
Tribulation, " see judgment as doom and gloom. That is a perspective warped by the lack of a genuine agape, love-relationship with Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Judgment and Burning can, and may indeed, bring cataclysmic woes to those who play at religion and church, but it is actually defined as:
setting things right for, and on the behalf of, those in union with Jesus
Christ.

This is primary to Jesus' onoma. Judgment must be executed upon Satan.
There is a day of everlasting torment and burning in store for him. Those
who choose, by an act of their will, to agree with Satan's position must --
of necessity -- suffer his judgment. That doesn't mean that Jesus just
jumps up and down for joy over the prospect of executing judgment upon those who reject Him. Peter wrote that "The Lord is ........ not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (II Peter 3:9) That word, "willing, " in the original Greek text is boulomai.

Before I continue, let me digress momentarily.

The context of this word, boulomai, appears within the framework of
"desire. " Jesus' mind and will are not framed in such a way as to purpose
destruction (from some place of revenge) on all who do not know Him.
Rather, His heart's desire is to see "all" avoid the sentence of death which
came upon the human race through partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He yearns for a people who will repent of their partaking of
the Tree of Knowledge, who will repent of their giving in to the desires of
the flesh, who will repent of their association and agreement with Satan,
and every lying spirit which is a part of his onoma.

(All evil spirits, incidentally, are lying spirits. Every spirit of fear is
a lying spirit. Every spirit of anger and rebellion is a lying spirit.
Every spirit of witchcraft, control and manipulation is a lying spirit.
Every spirit of fornication, adultery, and sexual deviancy is a lying
spirit.) When we listen to, and follow the suggestions, the inducements,
the seduction, or the impelling commands of any demonic spirits (or our
flesh), we place ourselves in a place of agreement with Satan - and,
co-incidentally, in opposition to Jesus Christ. This causes us to miss the
mark or the target God has set before us, to err, hence to "sin."

The Greek word used throughout the New Testament for "sin" is hamartia.
This is an archery term taken from the ancient Greek Olympics which means
to: miss the mark; to go wide of the target. The metaphorical context of
its usage is this: we are the arrow shot from the bow. We have been sent
towards a target. If we bend or twist in flight, we veer away from the
target and miss the mark. Hence, we err. Applying this metaphor to our
relationship, the target towards which we have been sent is a place of
intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

To miss that mark is to miss His objective for us. While an arrow, in the
natural sense, has no will or mind of its own to determine its course, it
does - by virtue of its makeup - have its own individual quirks (e.g., the
wood may be slightly cross-grain; there may be a weakness in one section
which causes it to warp slightly when in flight; there are a host of other
oddities which can cause an arrow to miss its mark, no matter how true the
original aim and course of the marksman). We, on the other hand, have the
ability to choose while in flight to remain true to the set course, or
deviate from that course through our agreement or participation with Satan
and his wicked spirits, or yielding to the flesh which resists the forces of
the winds buffeting us in mid-flight. Hence, hamartia. Hence, error.

We have been raised with the notion that judgment is only something which
addresses gross misdeeds - that judgment is not for the believer in Christ.
In actual fact, we must be the recipients of judgment. There must be
correction brought about for "missing the mark," else we will never rise to
the place of adornment for the Lord; and - more than that - He will never
have a Bride who is His co-equal counterpart.

Repentance, therefore -- from Jesus' viewpoint - begins with coming to a
place of agreement (in the Spirit - not simply intellectually) with Him in
knowing we have missed the mark and the objective He has set for us; and
then submitting our will to His direction and purpose. Repentance is a
turning from eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Repentance is renouncing our place (or places) of agreement with Satan, his spirits, and our flesh.

O.K? Pardon the digression, but it seems an appropriate aside to our
overall discussion on the onoma of the Lord. To be transformed into His
onoma absolutely requires the kind of repentance just described.

"Burning" is also something we seem to shy away from like "The Plague."
However, it too is integral to Jesus' onoma. In Isaiah 4:4, where Isaiah
first refers to the "Spirit of Judgment and Burning," the word used in the
Hebrew text is ba.ar which is translated, To kindle and consume with fire;
to exterminate. Thus we are given a picture of the character of this Spirit
-- this part of Jesus' onoma -- in the execution of His righteous judgment
upon those enemies of the Lord who take up a stance against His Beloved, and the extermination of all those wicked spirits who rise up against His Bride.

There is an unusual picture of those enemies in David's cry (Psalm 139:19-24
KJV), "Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, Oh God: depart from me, therefore,
ye bloody men. For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, Oh Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect
hatred: I count them mine enemies. Search me, Oh God, and know my heart;
try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. "

Do you see the intent of David's prayer? He clearly recognizes that the
real enemies of the Lord are within one's own being -- that those who rise
up against God are wicked spirits whose entire being exists for the sole
reason to speak against the Lord and His purposes. His prayer, therefore,
is, "Search me, Oh God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked path, or course of direction in me...." (the use of the Hebrew word, de.rek, for "way" actually is meant for a path, a course of action, a course of direction.) David's concern was that the Lord reveal any of those "wicked" hiding within his character, his makeup, or his
thoughts.

I can see that I'm not even close to finishing this discussion on the Spirit
of Judgment and Burning as a part of Jesus' onoma, so let me stop here and
we will take this up the next time.
See you soon!
Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A Virtuous Woman, Part 2

Greetings and Solutions to all of you!

OK. That was supposed to be "Salutations&q uot; but "solutions&quo t; works, too.

This was intended to be the final Coffee Break for the year 2012, but events
conspired to hold it up until January. Nevertheless, I want to finish up
this discussion on the virtuous woman.

This is also the completion of our eighth year of publication of these
articles and discussions and the beginning of our ninth year. For those of
you who may not have yet noticed, or gone there,
http://www.RegnersM orningCoffee. com is our new site. Rich Hoffman has done
a spectacular job of transferring eight years of articles, photos and music
to the new site. Recordings which sample many years of praise and worship
in our gatherings are available for download free of charge. Just click on
the tab that says "Music, " and you'll see a wide assortment of available
recordings. Changes and refinements to the website will continue for
awhile.

As I write this Coffee Break, I'm in Anchorage. Della and I are staying
with our daughter, Danielle, and her husband, Anthony, (and, of course,
their two boys, Anthony, Jr. and Joseph) during the transition period until
we complete the purchase of a new home here. That will hopefully be
completed by the end of January. We just realized that this is the very
first Christmas holiday season we've gotten to spend with Danielle, Anthony
and family in the 20 years they've been married. We've had Christmas with
most of our other children at different times, so this year was a treat for
us.

Although we will likely commute back and forth fairly frequently to the
Yakima Valley for the foreseeable future for continuing ministry there, the
primary responsibility for the fellowship has been transferred to Gary and
Vicky Hyndman. Gary & Vicky are a brother and sister in the Lord who have a
rich and seasoned background and heritage in the Lord, and with whom we have
had the joy of fellowship and communion for the past couple of years.

One of the joys of being able to move on with freedom and liberty in the
areas of ministry God has called Della and me to - and especially the
upcoming labors in the arctic - is the backing, the unwavering prayer and
intercessory support we have from the families to whom the Lord has joined
us during the past seven years of ministry. There is a level of confidence
that no words can properly express. We have a constant sense of having been
joined by Holy Spirit in Ekklesia, along with the sense of teamwork and
koinonia that comes with Ekklesia.

That said; let's get on with today's discussion. Here again is the passage
from Proverbs 31.

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart
of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of
spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She
seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like
the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also
while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to
her maidens.

"She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she
planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth
her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not
out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the
distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth
her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself
coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

"Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the
land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto
the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice
in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is
the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and
eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her
blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour
is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she
shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works
praise her in the gates."

I've said this before, and it bears repeating. For years - many years, in
fact - I always regarded this passage as a model of perfection for a wife,
and one that was more theoretical than practical. How in the world do you
find a wife who meets all of those qualifications?

Of COURSE it was the Word of God! Of course it had to be real because the
Word clearly says so! But that was a long ways from reality for me - and
just about every friend or acquaintance I knew! That's no put down, by the
way, of my Mother. The Lord obviously designed her specifically for my Dad,
and particularly, to flow with him in an extraordinary way in laboring under
sometimes nearly impossible conditions in the arctic. Mom was an unusual
individual. She was a one-of-a-kind, and everyone who ever knew her would
agree! There simply wasn't another one like her - but that's another topic,
and I won't go there today.

Not until the Lord joined Della and me, and the years began to unfold in our
relationship, did I realize that this picture of the virtuous woman was more
than a theoretical ideal. It was and is a reality, and I've had the
privilege of living it and seeing it unfold in front of my eyes for nearly
thirty years. It made the Song of Solomon come alive to me and peeled away
layers of revelation in the Word which had been hidden.

Consider the picture in the Song of Solomon. This is a slightly different
kind of woman, but from every standard of measure, she is I'm quoting from
my own amplified translation of the Hebrew metaphors that abound throughout,
and picking up in Chapter 1, verse 4:

(1:4) (Much later as the radiant Shulamite leaves the bedchamber, the young
maidens gather around her.) "We have prepared a celebration -- a feast of
wine -- for you" (As they all gather together, the obvious questions
arise.) "What makes you so different from us? Why did He choose you? We
have a real desire to know and understand so that if an opportunity arises
for us, we will be ready! Your obvious display of love together gives us
something to contemplate and consider. You have our sincere appreciation!
We are genuinely blessed by what you have shown together.

(1:5) (Without hesitation, she responds.) "Although I am beautiful and
desirable for Him to look upon, the real answer goes much deeper. There is
a "search" that goes on in the heart of every person -- a seeking after
one's counterpart -- for their "other self." I have spent my life searching
for the man who is my "other self," knowing deep inside that when I found
him, an inner joining would occur -- a linking up to form a whole being
instead of two partial beings. That inner joining occurred when we met and
came to know each other. Just as our society views the tents of Kedar as a
symbol of strength, authority, loyalty to family, protectiveness, and the
absence of pretense, so does my lord, the King, see built in me a commitment
to those values. He sees in me a mobility, a flexibility, a willingness to
pick up and go -- to follow him wherever he desires to go. In the same way
that the curtains of his chamber shimmer and ripple in their color and
transparent beauty, so also does Solomon see an inner transparency to me --
and a physical body which shimmers and ripples with movement, to his great
delight! This is what he looked for in a bride, and why he chose me."

An Open Letter To The Ekklesia

(1:6) "Because you normally expect a woman who is taken in marriage to have
been prepared indoors, away from the sun, with oils and spices and perfumes
for several weeks or months, you look on me with shock because my skin is
deeply tanned. Ignore that! My preparation came another way! Instead of
scrubbing my skin, washing it, and rubbing it with oils and spices, my
spirit and inner being have been scrubbed through the washing of trying
experiences. For years have I been in the furnace of affliction with my
supposed "friends" and family. They hated me. They were angry and
extremely jealous of me. My family thought to rid themselves of my presence
by forcing me to tend the vineyards. I was made vulnerable to wild animals,
thieves and robbers. They exposed me to the elements of nature: the storms,
the wind and the rain, and the hot sun. I became responsible for work my
brothers were supposed to do. Because I was responsible for keeping several
vineyards, I couldn't keep up with all of them. Consequently, my own
vineyard fell into neglect, and my reputation went with it. The constant
exposure to danger and hard work with the attendant problems, and watching
God's provision and deliverance through those years, developed something in
my spirit more important to the King than scrubbed skin, olive oil and
spices..."

The picture of the Shulamite is the epitome of the virtuous woman. This is
a woman who, despite the arrows of accusation concerning her appearance and
her alleged failure to take care of her own business and personal
reputation, has met every qualification to be chosen by the King (Solomon)
as his bride, his counterpart -- his "other self," if you please. How could
that be?

The virtuous woman is more than an exterior beauty. She is much more than
what the world today refers to as "a trophy wife." As we all know, physical
looks and youthful beauty seem to fade through the years for most of us.
Appearance has its place, but of long lasting importance and significance is
character, integrity, honor and grace -- all of which exist in an atmosphere
of true love. Along with that goes patience, commitment, initiative and a
willingness to take on things that are greater than oneself. Now, add to
all of that the willingness and purpose of this virtuous woman to fit
herself into the very makeup and personality of her husband, to complete
those areas of him that are lacking or insufficient, to round him out into a
complete being.

What am I describing, folks?

We're talking about the Bride of Christ!

This passage from the Song of Solomon is descriptive of a preparation
process that takes place. Notice that the Shulamite has been through the
fire, in a manner of speaking. She has been exposed to every form of
danger. Yet, she has not only tended to a business of her own (albeit
falling short because of her care of the business affairs of "friends and
family" ), she has ministered to the needs of the aforementioned friends and
family and maintained a right spirit in the midst of everything.

In case you missed it, folks, that's pretty rare in the world today! She is
an admittedly beautiful woman to look at (Solomon wouldn't have chosen
someone who wasn't), but more than that, she has the kind of beauty that
shines out from within a character that has overcome obstacles, the storms
of life, persecution and opposition on every hand. She exhibits a peace and
tranquility and a self-confidence that comes from the constant presence of
the Lord. Besides all that, she has the self-possessed attributes that come
from watching the deliverance of the Lord and His protection over her no
matter what she went through.

Now, go back and take another look at the woman described in Proverbs 31.

This woman has the best interests of her husband and her husband' s
reputation at heart. She looks after the needs of her children and even the
household retainers -- the servants, the maids, etc. She's not afraid of
hard work and puts "the pedal to the metal" in order to ensure that her
business endeavors are successful. She is particular and tasteful in her
choices. She has a vision for the future -- not only for her own labors,
but also for her husband' s esteem and reputation in the community.

Out of her mouth comes grace and peace. Out of her spirit comes wisdom and
understanding. Her counsel is sought after by her husband, her children,
her family at large and the community of which she is a part. Her words are
backed with integrity.

In spite of her personal successes and the praise she receives -- not only
from her husband, but her children, her family in general, and the community
at large -- she has a clear and uncompromised understanding that everything
she has and everything she does can be directly attributed to the favor of
the Lord.

Now! We've been speaking somewhat in metaphors and similes, but let's bring
this down to earth a bit. This, my friends, is exactly what the King of
Kings, our Lord and coming Bridegroom, has been after in His Bride: the
virtuous woman of Proverbs 31.

Jesus Christ is coming back for a virtuous woman. Consider what John saw
and wrote in Revelation 19:6-7:

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of
many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for
the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give
honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made
herself ready."

Contrary to a lot of unfortunate and erroneous doctrine which has been
preached throughout the body of Christ for well over a century, the Bride of
Christ is NOT going to be made ready WHEN Jesus returns. The Bride of
Christ will have readied herself so that Jesus will have something and
someone to come back to and for!

This is no namby-pamby, Caesar-Milquetoast, quiet and meek lady! This is an
overcomer! This is a warrior! This is a lady who wields the sword of the
Lord boldly, but carefully and accurately, tearing down the Enemy's
strongholds. This is a virtuous woman whose integrity is that of the Lord
Himself! When she opens her mouth to speak, it is the authority of Jesus'
voice you hear.

When she ministers to the needy, she doesn't just "fix" the short-term
problem; she gets to the heart of the issues and brings the necessary
healing and correction needed so that the "healed" can go forth in the power
of that healing and duplicate what they've received. Whereas the virtuous
woman of Proverbs 31 might well have been considered a "miracle worker"
because she was able to juggle so many different things at the same time and
accomplish them successfully, the virtuous woman Jesus is after is literally
immersed in Him, in His character and makeup, in His personality. She's not
just "supernatural& quot;; she is naturally supernatural, and supernaturally
natural!

That's because she and He have been blended together into a complete being!
You'll excuse me, I trust, for using this personal example, but when people
see Della, they see me. When they see me, they see Della. It's simple,
really. I'm me because of, and with Della. She is who she is because I am
blended into her personality and character. We complete each other.

So it is with the virtuous woman prophesied of in Proverbs 31. She fulfils,
she completes, she rounds out everything that Jesus is. She is the
expansion of His personality. She is the augmentation of His love, His
authority, His grace and His power! She is everything He has been looking
for and waiting for these thousands of years since the first words of
Creation were first spoken.

The virtuous woman is the "what and why" Jesus suffered and died, and rose
again destroying death in the process in order to win for Himself. Jesus is
returning for this virtuous woman, but He's not coming today or tomorrow.
The Bride is yet to be completed, and there is no cry -- either among the
Bride, or coming from Holy Spirit -- which even begins to sound like, "Come,
Lord Jesus." Nope!

C'mon, Family! It's time to wake up and realize that Jesus will not return
until He has a disciplined Bride who has conformed to His image -- not their
religious image of what they are supposed to be. This is a people who, when
He comes, will make Him proud, joyful, and absolutely pleased in every
respect with what He receives!

See you again, soon!

Bobby Connor is a brother in the Lord whom I first met back in the 1970's.
He is a strong and clear prophetic voice to the body of Christ in this hour.
Here is a portion of a prophecy recently delivered by him:

God's Holy Spirit is stirring His people! The King of kings is awakening
warriors to take their place, to join the victorious, joyful band of
Believers known as the overcomers, those who stand strong for King Jesus and
carry His glory and love throughout the earth (1 John 5:4)!

As followers of this glorious King, each one of us is called and
commissioned by the Spirit of God to become mighty warriors of God. What is
a warrior? One who has experienced many battles and has defeated every
enemy. One who succeeds without fail! The warrior, however, is not a common
soldier. Warriors demonstrate nobility and honor, bravery and fearlessness,
and, above all, radical devotion to their Leader. Warriors will die for
their king!

You may well be asking, "Me? A mighty warrior?" Yes, you! Does this
calling sound impossible? It is! Is this beyond your strength and ability?
Absolutely!

Our identity as warriors of God is only possible because we, in ourselves,
are now dead! We have been crucified with Christ. We no longer live: our
lives have been bought by His Blood at Calvary. Christ now lives as God's
Warrior in and through us!

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ
liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith
of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

During these perilous, dark days, we can be fearless champions because
Christ, living within and through us, has already "overcome the world" (see
also Joshua 1:7). We don't have to overcome; Christ already has. He is the
mighty Lion of Judah! He is the King of kings! Remember His promise:
"Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).
The apostle Paul reminds us that we are NOW more than conquerors in and
through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).
(For the rest of this prophecy, go to:
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=11756.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
A Virtuous Woman

Well, here we are already in the final month of 2012, and it seems like the
year just started yesterday. The pace of events worldwide has been
quickening. God's Time Clock for this age is ticking in its final moments.

The Bride of Christ has been going through some pruning, some cleaning, some
refining, and a lot of final preparations for the coming of the Bridegroom,
Jesus Christ. This morning, just after getting up and heading into the
kitchen to start heating water for my French Press coffee, the Lord
downloaded a picture of the finished Bride for me in a way I've never seen
before. I'd like to share that with you today, as well as in the next few
Coffee Breaks as we wrap up our eighth year of publication.

A word of reminder before we begin today. Destiny Image Publishers is
preparing to release A TALE OF TWO BRIDES shortly. Many of you know that
this book is a product of a series of experiences in which the Angel of the
Lord took me out of time, into eternity, and back into time a different
intervals to see the preparation of the Bride of Christ.

A TALE OF TWO BRIDES is the first book to come out of those experiences, and
it is a picture of the preparation and responses of two separate women --
Vashti and Esther -- when they were called to become the wife, the bride,
the queen and the counterpart of King Xerxes (Ahasuerus in our KJV).

The book continues on into the present to see the exact parallel in the
processing and the responses of Christians in this modern age and separates
the body of Christ into two distinct groups: those who rely on their
religious upbringing, their doctrines and their traditions in the way they
respond to the quickening of Holy Spirit; and those who throw away all of
their preconditions, their religious understanding and their "learning" in
order to respond to the heart's desire of the Lord. It is a look at what
believers are experiencing today as the call of Holy Spirit quickens and
strengthens within their being, and it is a careful look at what is required
of us as believers if we are going to be a part of the chosen and called-out
company known as "The Bride of Christ."

That said, let's begin today with the portion of the Word (Proverbs
31:10-31) which specifically describes "a virtuous woman."

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The
heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need
of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is
like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth
also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion
to her maidens.

"She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she
planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth
her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth
not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold
the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth
forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her
household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh
herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

"Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the
land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto
the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice
in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is
the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and
eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her
blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour
is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she
shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own
works praise her in the gates."

Many years ago, when I was attending Bible College, I'd been dating several
different classmates. The "search" going on my spirit was for a wife, a
companion who would share my vision, my call and my destiny in the Kingdom.
When I became engaged to one of my classmates and asked her to marry me, one
of the young men who shared the house where I was living on campus felt
quickened to deliver a Word from the Lord to me. I came back to the house
late one night and his Bible was opened up on my pillow. Proverbs 31:10-31
was highlighted for my attention, along with an implied warning to be
careful that the young lady I was engaged to would meet those
qualifications.

It all seemed a bit overboard at the time and unrealistic. The picture of
this paragon of virtue wasn't something I could relate to and -- not
realizing the significance of the Word being given to me -- I set it aside
to my own peril. I closed the Bible and put back on my roommate's dresser.
The day would come when I would rue that decision. At that stage of my
life, I was devoid of any understanding of the concept of God having
designed a mate who was the exact counterpart and missing pieces of one's
existence.

That, my friends, is an area of teaching that has been sadly lacking in all
of the pre-marital counseling and instruction given by pastors or church
leaders in any recent generations within the body of Christ; and I'm not
even sure any of that teaching has existed in many centuries. Nevertheless,
the Word of God is filled with it!

There are uncountable hundreds of thousands of marriages that have ended in
divorce -- the one I just referred to included -- because folks entered into
them in absolute ignorance of the will, the design and purpose of the Lord
in joining a man and a woman together whom He had specifically created and
equipped for each other.

Were it not for the grace and mercy of the Lord in giving Della to me, I
would not be in any position to share what I'm about to share. I absolutely
understand and appreciate the picture of "the virtuous woman" of Proverbs 31
because Della meets every description and characteristic given -- and I have
almost 30 years of marriage to her as living testimony. We'll talk more
about that as this discussion proceeds.

Let's see if I can get to the nitty-gritty of this discussion right from the
get-go! In the same way that we have been created to be a counterpart -- an
"Other Self", if you will -- for the Lord Jesus Christ; in the same way that
we have been, and are being, prepared to complete Him in every respect, God
has created for each of us a wife (or a husband in the case of a woman) who
fulfills and completes us.

Here's the principle. In the same way that Adam was first created complete,
then rendered incomplete once Eve was created out of his side, and then
completed once again when Eve was presented to him as his wife, everyone of
us -- having been born of Adam & Eve -- have that same incompleteness
without our counterpart.

The world has a counterfeit that it refers to as one's "soul-mate." The
problem with that terminology is that it doesn't take into account the fact
that we are first and foremost spirit beings, created in the image of God.
When I refer to Della, I do not refer to her as my "soul-mate." She is much
more than that! She is my counterpart. She is my "other self." She has
every characteristic in her that I lacked.

As I said to her last night, I became "me" as a whole and complete person
when the Lord gave her to me. She fulfills and completes every part of my
being. She is what I am not. By the same token, I am what she is not.
Together we make one whole being!

I've used a portion of this illustration in the past, but let me repeat
myself. Let me share with you a segment from another book in progress
titled, THE GARDEN EXPERIENCE.

The Adam and Eve we consider in this place of timelessness (for time has not
yet begun) are a visible representation -- a prophetic image -- of that
which will be worked through six millennia of time, as our Bridegroom forms
for Himself a people -- a corporate entity -- who will become One with Him,
and in so doing cause Completion! They are a picture of unity. Yes, Eve is
different than Adam -- in the way she thinks, in the way she talks, in the
way she arrives at conclusions -- and yet, no two people could be more
alike.

They share the same existence. They are a part of each other. Without Eve,
Adam is incomplete. Without Adam, Eve is incomplete. They share the same
purpose. They are best friends. Yet they are spiritual beings, created to
have fellowship with the Lord, our Bridegroom, without whom they would be
even more incomplete.

Consider Eve. She is the perfection of Adam. No woman could more
compliment and finish a man. Yes, she is beautiful -- stunningly so -- but,
that is not our focus. She has been given an independent mind with which to
think. She has been given the independence to choose. Were a thousand
other men arrayed before her, she would still choose Adam.

Why? Because she was literally taken from him. She was extracted from his
side. Before she was, he was. Before she was, he saw her -- if only in his
spirit. Before she was, they were one -- but incomplete. Adam had no
separate feminine expression of his onoma. He was forever bound to exist in
only one dimension as a masculine expression. There was no independent
expression of love and commitment towards him from a like being who could
share his thoughts, his desires, his hopes, his purposes.

Though Adam was ruler over the earth, though he had been given power over
every living species, though he had been given the wisdom and revelation to
identify the onoma of every living creature, he had no one with whom to
identify his onoma.

Eve is like him. Yet, she is different. Full of grace and beauty, Eve is
the expression of all that Adam could not be. Her onoma is his onoma
because she was taken from his side. His onoma is her onoma because he is
in her as she is in him. Without Adam, Eve is terribly incomplete. Without
Eve, Adam is incomplete, lonely, unable to fully express that onoma which
was bred into his genetic structure when the Lord breathed those first
breaths into his being. Together, they make one whole being.

Even though the Adam we see walking here in the Garden is a picture of
masculine greatness, authority and power, he is only that way because Eve is
here to complete him. Remove Eve from the equation and you have a man
unable to be whom the Lord created him to be. Remove Eve, and his destiny
will never be fulfilled. Remove Eve, and you will have a partial man.

Eve, for all her stunning beauty, is incomplete without Adam. Remove Adam
from this picture and you have grace, form, stature, loveliness, compassion,
love, emotional expression and tenderness that will never be fully
expressed. There will be no counterpart with whom to express those facets;
there will be no recipient of her love; there will be no complete
demonstration of the power, authority and greatness incorporated into her
onoma.

With Adam, Eve is the personification of greatness. With Adam, Eve is the
complete expression of love. With Adam, Eve is the visible manifestation of
grace and power. With Adam, Eve is complete. With Adam, Eve is Eve!

With Eve, Adam has greatness. With Eve, Adam's authority can come forth.
With Eve, Adam can rule the dominion he has been given by the Lord. With
Eve, love will go forth in the land. With Eve, Adam is Adam!

Together, there will be a full expression and demonstration of the onoma
that is Adam. Adam is not Adam without Eve. Eve is not Eve without Adam.
Adam pours out his being to Eve. She reciprocates of her own free will and
choice. They are Adam.

And now we understand the mystery of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Now we
know why He brought us to the Garden to see this picture. He is the second
Adam. We are the second Eve.

Before we were, He was. Before we -- the second Eve -- became, we were One
in Him. Before we were, He saw us and knew us. We are because of Him. And
He now is because of us.

Before we were, He had no complete expression of the onoma which was
incorporated into His spiritual genetic structure. To be sure, He was full
of grace and beauty. To be sure, He was the personification of all that is
love, the manifestation of all power, all authority, all strength, all life.
And, yet, none of those facets had expression. There was no recipient of
His love. There was no way for His strength and life to be demonstrated.
There was no means for all that is His being, His essence, His makeup, His
character, His onoma to be shared and to be given back in a way that would
fulfill Him. They were capped, enclosed, sealed within Him awaiting a
counterpart: an "other self" who would receive and reciprocate His life --
all that He is -- by free will and choice, a co-equal who would know as He
knows, see as He sees, and function as He functions. By the same token,
this co-equal must have been taken from Him in order to be imbued with His
onoma -- his essence, his personality, his very makeup.

Before we were, He was incomplete, unfinished, lacking in the expression of
His innate perfection. For each of us here today, there is not a shred of
doubt that we are because of Him. We, the second Eve, the Bride of the Lord
Jesus Christ, came forth from His side just as surely as the first Eve came
forth from the side of the first Adam. In the same manner in which Adam
willingly was put to sleep in order that Eve could be taken from His side
and molded, conformed and shaped in his image, the second Adam, Jesus
Christ, willingly allowed Himself to be put to sleep on the cross, suffering
the pain of crucifixion and the sword thrust into His side so that the
second Eve -- us, His Bride -- could be taken from Him and molded, conformed
and shaped in His image and likeness. Just as Eve came forth to become the
source of ecstasy for Adam, we have come forth to become the source of
ecstasy for our Lord and second Adam, Jesus Christ.

This is the mystery of Godliness. This is the mystery of "the way of a man
with a maid." This is the mystery of Christ and His Bride. The mystery is
-- no more and no less -- the completed expression of His onoma. It is the
manifestation in both the first Adam and the first Eve of the completed Adam
-- all that had been hidden in his being from the time of creation, and now
expressed fully in both Adam and Eve. They were the complete Adam. The
mystery of Godliness is the complete expression of Jesus Christ as the
second Adam with His Bride who is the second Eve. Jesus Christ and His
Bride are the completed I AM!

And you've just seen a glimpse of "the virtuous woman" -- that perfected
Bride, the second Eve, that lady whose exquisite character and personality
compliment and complete the Lord Jesus Christ. You've just had a peek at a
corporate woman -- that many-membered Bride of Christ -- whose entire
existence revolves about pleasing her husband and seeing that every need of
His is fulfilled and completed.

You understand, don't you, that this isn't a one-sided arrangement? This
woman's husband literally suffered every indignity, every humiliation,
persecution, torture and death itself -- gaining victory over death in the
process -- in order to win her hand in marriage. This woman's husband
literally breathes her existence, and has provided every conceivable need in
order to assure her welfare, her safety, her protection, her provision --
and He has done it in such grand style and grandeur as to defy human
imagination!

Here's how the apostle Paul put it in I Corinthians 2:9 [my amplification] :

"But as it is written, [natural] Eye hath not seen, nor [natural] ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of [unregenerate] man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him."

This is where we will stop for today, and pick this up again in our next
Coffee Break and finish Paul's statement.

After years of walking with the Lord, David gave expression to his heart's
longing. He had ultimately concluded there was only one thing he truly
desired and one thing that would fully satisfy the purpose of his life: to
dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life and to behold the
beauty of the Lord and meditate in His Temple (Psalm 27:4).

David's passion was to gaze upon and perceive the Lord's beauty and delight
in His loveliness. His expression signifies an experiential comprehension of
the beauty realm of Heaven. Can we behold the King in all His beauty?

In Isaiah 33:14-15, the Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah asks a
revealing question: "Who can live with continual burning?" Or, in other
words: Who can live in an atmosphere where there are perpetual expressions
of God's justice? The prophet provides the answers:

1. The one who walks righteously.
2. The one who speaks with sincerity.
3. The one who rejects unjust gain.
4. The one who shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe.
5. The one who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed.
6. The one who shuts his eyes from looking upon evil.

Such a person lives in a state of consecration and purity, which allows them
to dwell in the heavenly heights; their refuge will be the impregnable Rock.
Such a person's heavenly bread will be provided and their spiritual water
source will be sure. Such a person's eyes will see the King in all of His
beauty and will behold the far-distant land (Isaiah 33:14-17).

Although the Lord first appeared as the suffering Lamb, He is now being
revealed as the victorious King. Presently, Heaven is unveiling the Lord's
great glory and kingly authority. It is our outstanding privilege to be
offered the opportunity to possess anointed eyes to see, behold, and
perceive the revelation of the King and His Kingdom design. (excerpted from
a recent prophetic Word delivered by Paul Keith Davis.)

Blessings on you!
Regner

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Another Coffee Break:
Understanding Our Rights, Part 2

Greetings, felicitations and blessings to all of you!

I really want to get right to our discussion today, so let's dive in!

We shared this in the previous Coffee Break, but let's go back and re-read
the passage from Genesis 15 which contains such a stupendous revelation of
this covenant the Lord was making with Abraham.

"And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an
horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a
surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and
shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also
that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they
come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace;
thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they
shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a
smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In
the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have
I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river
Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the
Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the
Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites."

Because of the impossibility of Abraham being able to keep this covenant in
the natural, God had to perform both His part of the covenant AND Abraham's!
That meant that He had to put Abraham to sleep -- and in fact a very deep
sleep. The Hebrew text here uses the word, tardeòmaòh, to describe a
trance or a vision. What was taking place was supernatural, and Abraham had
to be experiencing this in a vision in order to understand and perceive what
God was accomplishing.

Notice the following: And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and
it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed
between those pieces. Abraham saw the Lord fulfilling both parts of the
covenant -- God's part and his part -- in the form of the smoking furnace
and a burning lamp. Here's the part I've been getting to. The Lord was
walking up and down -- or back and forth -- in the blood that had been shed.
The furnace represented the consuming of the sacrifice, meaning that the
sacrifice and the shed blood had been accepted and the covenant ratified.

Abraham wasn't going to get to see the fulfillment of this covenant in his
lifetime, but he had an inviolable guarantee that his descendants would, and
that they would inherit a land which -- in his lifetime -- was filled with a
people whose entire existence opposed everything that represented the Lord.
The land was filled with a people who were covenant and truce-breakers. God
was not only promising Abraham and his descendants all those lands, He was
promising him that his seed would have victory over those enemies of the
Lord.

In order to accomplish this, of course, Abraham's youth had to be restored
so that he could once again procreate. Sarah would have to be restored to
her youthful body and reproductive capability. We know that this indeed
took place because even while Sarah was pregnant with Isaac, the Philistine
king, Abimelech, saw her beauty and thought to take her unto himself as his
wife.

So, what am I getting at, and what does all this have to do with
understanding our rights? Just this!

We have an even better covenant than Abraham! Abraham was in a very real
spiritual sense the father of our faith. He believed God. He believed that
the Lord would accomplish the impossible with him and began to confess it
from that day forward.

Abraham became the recipient of restored youth and restored health because
of the covenant God made AND KEPT with him! Abraham became one of the
wealthiest men on the planet. He ceased to be a Chaldean. His residency
became the land of promise. His home became the Kingdom of God.

The apostle Paul tells us in Hebrews 11:9-12: "By faith he sojourned in the
land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac
and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city
which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also
Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a
child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had
promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so
many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the
sea shore innumerable. "

The covenant we have with Father God through Jesus Christ provides all of
this and more. It remains for us to receive it all utilizing that same
faith that Abraham exercised.

Faith is not complicated. Faith comes by hearing the Word of the Lord. So
how do we hear the Word of the Lord? We simply open up our spirits to
receive from Holy Spirit. It isn't difficult, really! We have to get the
clogs out of the way, however -- the noise and the thoughts and the
imaginations that bombard our minds with such repetitiousness and rapidity
that we find ourselves in a mental fog. Faith comes easily to minds that
are stayed on the things of God.

I know I've shared this before, but when you are immersed in negative
thoughts, thoughts about your family, thoughts about your work, thoughts
about your responsibilities, thoughts about your financial situation,
thoughts about business -- and how about thoughts about some stupid movie or
TV program you are either watching, or have watched -- thoughts about your
physical condition, the aches and pains and/or diseases and infirmities you
are fighting, you can't simply screw up your will power screw and try to
change your thoughts. It doesn't work that way.

Thoughts don't chase away thoughts. Words chase away thoughts! You don't
try to think your way out of a hole, you speak to it!

And.....you can't just get angry and say, "Get lost!" The Word of God gives
us everything we need to deal with any situation! Are you in need of
healing? Are you fighting with some kind of physical infirmity? Then why
not speak the Word of God over it! There are a host of Scriptures which
make it abundantly clear that our healing and our physical health have
already been paid for by the Blood of Jesus Christ. How about I Peter 2:24?
How about III John, vs. 2? How about Isaiah 53:5?

There is nothing we have need of that Jesus didn't already pay for by his
suffering, death and resurrection! Got it? It doesn't matter what your
situation is, Jesus already paid for the answer, the healing, the
deliverance, the provision IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE!!! And, folks, He deserves
to get what He paid for!

Let me take a bit of a side-trip here for just a minute.

Ask yourself the question. WHY did Jesus pay for all of this? Why did He
pay for our healing? Why did He pay for our deliverance from every
affliction of the flesh and every affliction of the spirit? Why did the
apostle Paul write the following?

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich,
yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be
rich."

And, NO, the phraseology in the Greek text CAN'T be translated "spiritually
rich." That's not what Paul was talking about! The word is "plouteo" and
it means exactly what it says: rich, increased in goods, materially
prosperous, "loaded" (colloq.)

Let's take it another step. Why does Matthew record the following?

"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

All right. One more. Why does Mark record the following?

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that
believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new
tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing,
it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall
recover."

To recap, why does Paul record what he recorded (and I've only touched on a
microscopic drop in a ten-gallon bucket); why does Matthew record what Jesus
said; why does Mark record what Jesus said to His followers?

Folks, the answer is obvious, and the answer is simple! Pay attention, now!

BECAUSE IT IS OUR LEGAL RIGHT!

OK. for everyone who raised their eyebrows, let me take it the next step.
Why is this our legal right? Ready?

BECAUSE IT IS JESUS' LEGAL RIGHT FOR US TO LIVE AND FUNCTION LIKE THAT!

Hello. Ever stop to think about the fact that salvation is not about
getting to Heaven? Salvation, deliverance, health, healing, long life,
safety, peace of mind, provision for every need -- all these were a part of
the way we were first created! We were created for fellowship with the Lord
God in the first place. He created us for His pleasure! That's first and
foremost! The fact that we get pleasure out of that place of relationship
is a natural byproduct of being created in His image and likeness! Heaven
is only a byproduct of our loving relationship with the Lord.

The fact that we are entitled to all these things is a natural part of the
Law of Reciprocity. OK, don't grimace like that. Let me explain. The Law
of Reciprocity means that for every action, there is an equal and opposite
reaction. Clear? Then let me put it another way. There are consequences
for good or for bad for every action we take or reaction to God's Word!

Go back to the Garden. What was it that God said to Adam? "Of every tree
of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest
thereof thou shalt surely die."

Adam and Eve were entitled to eat of the Tree of Life as a natural part of
their existence in the Garden. With the fruit of that Tree came healing,
health, long life, provision for every need, painless and sorrow-less labor
and a work-ethic filled with joy and peace. There was a consequence that
followed the eating of that tree, and that consequence is quickly expressed
in the Law of Reciprocity.

The same was true if they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
They were never designed to acquire knowledge of good or of evil by their
own mental prowess, experiences or academic study. Knowledge (and wisdom)
was a natural byproduct of their walk with -- and fellowship with -- the
Lord God. They were warned, therefore, that if they deviated from their
created design and existence and fellowship with God that a very destructive
consequence would follow.

That consequence was a reciprocal action: the removal of their access to
eternity, the decay and ultimate destruction of the genetic makeup they were
given at creation resulting in eventual death, along with disease, sickness,
painful and sorrowful labor just to survive, and the loss of peace in their
lives.

Consider, then, the redemptive work that Jesus did on our behalf. His
objective was to (as Luke so carefully put it) "seek and to save (sozo -- to
restore, to make whole, to deliver, etc.) that which was lost." While the
word, "save," has become the byword of so many preachers, and so many
sermons throughout hundreds of years, the true focus of "salvation" has
often been overlooked or missed completely. Salvation has been
over-generalized as being "saved from sin" while the real concept of sin has
gotten lost in the fog.

What Adam and Eve did epitomized "sin." While sin has been categorized as
lying, stealing, bearing false witness against someone, cheating, committing
fornication or adultery, committing murder, etc., all those things are
really nothing more than the symptoms of sin. Lying, cheating, stealing,
etc., all take place almost automatically when a person decides that he/she
is as smart (or smarter) than God and fully capable of making his or her own
decisions -- never mind what God is saying, or has said, concerning the act
or acts he or she wants to take.

When an individual takes matters into their own hands irrespective of what
the Word of God is, they've just done the very same thing and thought --
whether consciously or subconsciously -- in exactly the same manner that
Lucifer did when he arrogantly rose up against God, considering himself to
be God's equal or superior and deciding to thrust God out of His place as
Supreme Ruler of the universe. (See Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28)

Lucifer was not the Creator, he was a created being. The end of his
pomposity and arrogance Isaiah prophesied as Hell. He was removed from his
place as an Archangel in Heaven and thrown out, along with all those who
took his side. He became the epitome of sin. He was/is the architect of
all lies and arrogance against God.

OK, sort of got a bit off-track there, but I wanted to get to the root of
what Jesus came to save us from. Jesus' objective was to not only restore
us to the place of fellowship and intimacy with

Father, with Himself and with Holy Spirit, it was to once again make
possible, make accessible, and put into practical living the naturally
supernatural life we were originally created for.

Let's get this discussion down to some brass tacks. If we attend church,
warm a pew, put our checks in the offering basket and/or teach a Sunday
School class, none of these things will make the rights of citizenship in
the Kingdom of God accessible. We can pray for the sick, preach wonderful
sermons, visit the widows and orphans and minister to the needy and still
not have access to our rights as sons of the Kingdom. Notice the phrase,
"sons of the Kingdom."

It is possible to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and cast
out demons and still die and make it to Heaven as diapered babies in need of
pabulum and milk bottles. Consider the parable of the ten virgins in
Matthew 25. Or, let's take it another step. Consider something that Jesus
said in His "Sermon on the Mount." (See Matthew 7:22-23)

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

When Jesus says, "I never knew you," the Greek word ginosko appears here.
What He is saying is, "You and I have never had a real relationship. I've
never known your love and affection, your faithfulness to Me or to My Word."

It becomes even clearer in the very next statement when He says, "Depart
from me, you that work anomia -- illegally, lawlessly." What is Jesus
saying? I think the best illustration of this comes from Acts 19:13-16
where the seven sons of Sceva, a Chief Priest, thought to use the name of
Jesus, and the name of Paul in casting out demons. They were attempting to
use the name of Jesus as a formula. They were not casting out demons IN the
name -- the onoma: the character, the essence, the makeup -- of Jesus! They
were working anomia -- illegally, lawlessly!

There are many professing Christians doing the same today. They don't have
a personal relationship with the Lord. They are not operating IN Him, and
He is not IN them.

This is the crux of all of our rights in Christ Jesus. And this is what we
need to understand. If we will dwell IN Him and have our beings as a place
He wants to dwell in, there is absolutely NOTHING withheld from us.
Whenever we ask something of Him, we will be asking it IN His onoma. He
will hear us. We will KNOW that He hears us. And we will have whatever --
whatsoever -- we ask, and He will give it liberally!

Here's the catch. Whatever we ask for of Father, whatever we demand of
Satan, whatever we require, we do according to and IN the will of God! One
doesn't have to second-guess or wonder if we are "in the will of God." Let
me describe the relationship like this.

Della and I have a place of relationship in love and trust that she doesn't
need to ask me if doing something is OK with me. She may do it anyway, but
by virtue of the Spirit of God we have become One being! She knows my
thoughts. She knows how I will think or how I will choose in virtually any
and every circumstance. By the same token, I know how she will choose, how
she will think in a given situation or circumstance, and what she will
decide. We still ask or discuss things with each other out of common
courtesy and love, but our choices and desires are no surprise to each
other. She knows my will, and I know her will! It just goes with the
territory!

That's how it is supposed to be between us and the Lord. The more we press
into Him, the more we focus our minds, our thoughts and the words that come
out of our mouths on Him, the greater the sense of intimacy between us. It
is a rare instance that I have to ask the Lord what His will is concerning a
decision or needed action. The ongoing communication between us in the
realm of the Spirit functions 24 hours a day.

This is the place we must live in order to understand and to access all of
our rights as sons of the Kingdom, as sons and daughters of The Most High!
It isn't hard to live here, but it takes diligence and commitment on our
part. And I'll share one more thing with you before I quit.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit receive the greatest of pleasure in us when we
live our lives focused on His pleasure, on His receiving His inheritance,
and on His right to that inheritance. That, my friends, is when we have
full and complete access to all of our rights in Christ Jesus! These are
covenant rights -- the same covenant rights He restored with His suffering,
His death on the Cross, and His resurrection from the dead.

Sorry, but I still haven't completely arrived, folks!! (Grin!) I'm still
learning. And I'm having the time of my life in the process! Wouldn't
trade this for anything! As I more and more have access and see these
things manifested in my life, it only whets my appetite for more!

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
Understanding Our Rights

G’Mornin’, Y’all!

Have a blessed weekend, did you? Ready to fire things up for another week?
Well, OK, for the rest of the week?

It’s hot water and lemon for me today. Maybe for the next couple of days,
actually. Time to do a flush of toxins out of my system. Hey, don’t look
at me like that! There’s nothing like drinking hot water and putting in a
slice of lemon. Tastes good, and works well.

I used to get strange looks at the restaurants in the south when I would ask
for a cup of hot water and lemon. The waiters or waitresses looked at me
like I fell out of a spaceship. I can’t tell you how many times they
brought me a glass of hot water and put some lemon slices on a dish. When
you try to explain that the glass is too hot (and sometimes they actually
bring you warm water – not hot) and you need a cup, they still didn’t get
it.

When Della and I have traveled in Alaska, Canada and the northwest, we tend
to order hot water and lemon. Unless the restaurant happens to serve
gourmet coffee, we just don’t order coffee in the restaurants because what
they serve is either instant coffee (yucckkkk!) or canned, pre-ground coffee
that tastes like last week’s leftover, and has all the acid to go with it.
For whatever reason, ordering hot water and lemon is pretty common in the
northern tier states. Oddly enough, when Della and I were in Washington ,
DC and asked for hot water and lemon in the restaurants, no one blinked an
eye.

Anyway, 'nuff of that! Hot water and lemon not only refreshes, it has a
real health benefit. The citric acid in the lemon does wonders when used
with the hot water. Drink that for three days or so, and you’ll be
surprised at what it does for you.

Several years ago, I did a series of Coffee Breaks dealing with our Covenant
position in Jesus Christ, and the rights we have in Christ as a result of
that relationship. I'd like to revisit a small portion of that discussion
and perhaps amplify that which Holy Spirit has been emphasizing in my spirit
of late. This might take some doing so let me begin by laying a few
foundations so you understand where I'm taking this discussion.

I've mentioned this before, but there is an aspect of covenant I don't think
I've ever heard discussed in any church or fellowship in my 50+ years of
active ministry. It is based in a Hebrew word that really has no direct
translation into English. That word is ãñç kheseed with the "k" sound
almost silent. Strong's Concordance is literally all over the map with the
word, and without explaining why, gives totally divergent meanings.

Gesenius, in his Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon explains the word like this in its
primary applications: to love with intense desire; to show oneself gracious;
zeal (towards anyone); ardor; kindness; benevolence; the grace, favor and
mercy of God; tender mercies; lovingkindness.

Depending on context, this word does have some opposite uses, but these uses
are limited in Scripture and always occur with appropriate diacritical
(breathing) marks. Because those uses are peripheral to our study, I won't
try to get into them other than to say that they always occur with
antiphrasis -- that is, set within the context of communicating a negative
article.

This word, ãñç kheseed, is -- in my personal opinion -- one of the closest
Hebrew words to the Greek agape in usage and meaning. Appearing most
frequently -- actually, almost entirely -- within the context of covenant,
it gives us a picture of the kind of relationship the Lord had with Abraham,
and the extravagant nature of what the Lord was establishing.

ãñç kheseed draws a picture of an almost intense rivalry in which covenant
partners seek to meet each other's needs, go out of their way to defend,
uphold and care for, and to display a sense of mercy and lovingkindness that
knows no bounds even in the face of dispute or disagreement.

In one of my Coffee Breaks dealing with the concept of covenant, we talked
about the fact that one of the first events to occur during the covenant
ceremony was the exchange of cloaks or outer coverings. It symbolized the
giving of all that a person was, making all that he had available to his
covenant partner: his wealth, the resources of his household, the
intervention of his family in time of need or distress, and his personal
guarantee or oath upon which the covenant hung.

Consider how the Lord showed His cloak during the covenant ceremony.
Abraham is put into a deep sleep as the Lord shows up to pass between the
halved animals and stand in the blood. The KJV puts it that "when the sun
went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp
that passed between those pieces."

That's somewhat obscure in the way it gets translated, but the word
translated "smoking" is the same word that gets used in some instances for
cloud or vapor. Remember the cloud or pillar of smoke that stood guard for
Israel when the armies of Pharaoh came after them? Now do you have the
picture? It is metaphoric of the covering, the defense of the Lord on
behalf of His covenant people.

We'll come back to this illustration in a few minutes.

ãñç kheseed is the core of covenant. It describes what we could call an
"alter ego." Let me explain.

I've shared this before, but it's worth sharing again. When a person is in
a covenant relationship, their covenant partner virtually becomes their
alter ego, their "other self." I can probably liken it to a description
that folks used to use in referring to Dwain McKenzie and me during our Long
Beach Christian Center days. We were so linked to each other in
relationship and companionship that even when folks only saw one of us, they
saw the other. We were frequently referred to as "the Bobbsey twins" (a
reference to two nearly identical twins in the famous series of children's
books).

The situation developed to the place where when we were in Barrow (we
ministered together in the church I [in my teen years] had helped my Dad
build years before we were at Long Beach Christian Center), people would see
me walking down the street and wave at me with a shout of "Hi, Dwain." He
experienced the virtually identical thing when folks would say to him, "Hi,
Regner, Hi, Betty June." (Betty June -- since gone to be with the Lord --
was his wife at that time).

You've got to know how strong this identity thing was when my father
returned from a boat trip along the arctic coast where he had been
ministering in some villages and summer campsites and saw Dwain coming to
meet him on the beach. His first and immediate reaction was, "Well, Regner,
what are you doing here?" Funny thing. I was in Nome at the time, and
that's a long ways from Barrow.

Anyway, you get the idea.

[Here's a side-note for you. Dwain and I developed the closest of
friendships and have had a bond in the realm of the Spirit for more than 55
years. We've had our moments of disagreement, to be sure, (they were so
long ago, I've all but forgotten what they were) but throughout the years
there has been a nonstop bond of love and fellowship between us closer than
any ordinary blood relationships. ]

Here's a good way for me to describe this. Within the framework of
covenant, kheseed describes a condition in which each other's blood flows in
each other's veins: so deep is the sense of caring and covering for each
other.

Now maybe you can begin to understand how the whole concept of covenant has
been so diluted and watered down throughout the centuries that we've lost
the true sense of it! Now maybe you can begin to get a grasp on the New
Testament (Covenant) and the use of the word, agape, as the descriptor by
which the Lord commands relationship.

Covenant relationships defined the character and nature of those in covenant
with each other. So deep was the sense of responsibility and concern for
each other that they would gladly die for one another if the situation so
demanded. It transferred over to the family members within that covenant so
that each party to the covenant, their wives, children, grandchildren,
great-grandchildren -- and even aunts, uncles and cousins -- all became
identified with each other.

The entire Old Testament -- the word "testament" all by itself scarcely
conveys the whole picture -- is a picture of God's covenant, His first
covenant with Abraham and his descendants. Everything framed in the Old
Testament is described within the structure of covenant relationship.

So what am I getting at? Why am I talking about covenant relationships?

While every covenant brings a level of responsibility between the covenant
partners, it also brings covenant blessings and covenant rights. I could
probably really get off track here by talking about this concept of
blessings and covenant rights if I began describing it within the framework
of human covenants, but the covenant we have with the Lord Jesus Christ far
transcends anything human imagination can perceive. In order to explain it
properly let me share something that I think a lot of believers have missed.

Let's go back to the time when God first made His covenant with Abraham.
(See Genesis 15)

The Lord proceeds to tell him, " I am the [same] Lord God that brought thee
out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it."

Abraham by this time, of course, was well aware of the significance of
covenant. To inherit is to have heirs. At his age, having children is
rare, if not impossible, so he says to the Lord -- within the framework of
covenant-thought, " Whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it."

Now we're going to see the enactment of covenant -- and this is no ordinary
covenant; this covenant is about as one-sided as you can get!

The Lord instructs Abraham to bring Him "an heifer of three years old, a
she-goat of three years old, a ram of three years old, and a turtledove and
a young pigeon."

The animals are slaughtered, their carcasses divided in two parts and laid
out with each half facing the other. One bird was placed on one side, and
the other bird the other side. (I don't have time -- and while important,
it isn't specifically relevant to this discussion -- to get into the
significance of each of these animals or birds, and their spiritual
implications. We'll save that for some later discussion.) Suffice it to
say that the halved carcasses were placed far enough apart that Abraham
could stand between them and the Lord could pass between them.

The significance of this IS relevant since the parties to this covenant
would be standing and/or walking in blood as the covenant was struck. Why?

The Lord spoke to Moses and said (Leviticus 17:11), "For the life of the
flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an
atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for
the soul."

Understand? Like every other member of the human race, Abraham had been
born under and grown up under the same curse that came after Adam and Eve
ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That curse was death!
That curse was poverty! That curse was the requirement to work and toil for
one's living instead of working so that one could have the wherewithal to
give. That curse brought about a break in fellowship and communion between
man and God.

Because the first part of the curse was death itself -- and the degenerative
and decaying process had entered the blood of every human being, as well as
their genetic structure -- God designed and established the physics AND the
spiritual order of things so that blood had to be shed as a redemptive
measure in order to reverse that death process. The Lord had first done
this with Adam and Eve by the shedding of the blood of lambs or sheep in
order to provide them with skin coverings. Abel had that revelation when he
brought to the Lord (Genesis 4:4) the first and best of the lambs from his
flock.

Once again, let's go back and re-read the passage from Genesis 15 which
contains such a stupendous revelation of this covenant the Lord was making
with Abraham.

"And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an
horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a
surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and
shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also
that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they
come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace;
thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they
shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a
smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In
the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have
I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river
Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the
Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the
Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

I thought I was going to get to finish this discussion with one single
Coffee Break, but it is obvious to me that's not going to happen. Let's
pick up this discussion in a few days and we'll finish it with Part Two.

Sadly, there are many Christians who are cheated out of their inheritance
and their rights as citizens of the Kingdom of God; and they are cheated
because they neither know what they have a right to, nor do they understand
that everything they have a right to has been either withheld until they
exercise the same faith that Abraham exercised, or they fail to recognize
that Satan has stolen what rightly belongs to them.

My objective in sharing is to help God's people receive what they are
entitled to -- and even more than that, in so doing see that Jesus Christ
receives His inheritance in a people who boldly and unashamedly walk in
their inheritance in Him, displaying God's glory in the process!

Make sense? Good! See you again in a few days.

[Back in the early 1980's I served for roughly three years as an advisor to
the area board of Aglow in Fairbanks. Seven years later I served in the
same capacity in Anchorage. The following prophetic Word comes from Jane
Hansen-Hoyt who is President & CEO of Aglow International. This Word was
shared November 7th.]

Last evening a President was elected to another term of office in the United
States. It was a measured victory with half of the nation voting for the
other candidate. Such a divided vote speaks to the reality that we are a
nation divided on many issues, serious issues, that continue to profoundly
change America. We have seen historically what occurs when a nation
continually turns from the principles of God's Word to walk in its own ways.

As you might imagine, there are many voters who are concerned with the
outcome of this election. While I am certain that we, as Believers, must
continue to make our prayers heard in the gates of our respective nations, I
also want to remind us of our true purpose.

When Pilate questioned Jesus about being "King of the Jews," Jesus answered,
"My Kingdom is not of this world!" Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a
king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this
cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world, that I
should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My
voice" (see John 18:33-37).

Jesus knew who He was. His identity was secure. His purpose was focused. He
could not be turned aside by people's opinion of Him or the questions they
asked. He never once wavered in the purpose for which He had come, which was
to demonstrate the realities of another Kingdom. That Kingdom was vastly
different from the world around Him. He had come to establish a new mindset,
a new culture, and a new way. We, as the followers of Jesus, have been sent
into the world to continue what Jesus began.

Think of Pilate's response to Jesus: "Do You not know that I have power to
crucify You?" (see John 19:10). In essence, Pilate was saying that he had
the power to destroy Jesus and all that He had come to do in the earth! The
bold answer of Jesus captured the totality of the situation, even as it does
ours, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given
you from above" (verse 11).

Jesus knew that there was a greater purpose He had been sent to accomplish.
While things around Him swirled in opposition to that purpose, He walked in
total confidence that God, His Father, was in control and would not allow
any deviation from the plan.

Nothing has changed! We, too, walk in the knowledge that God's plan is
marching on. We are the people of another Kingdom. We have joined ourselves
to Him in that purpose, as we move on with Him. The hour is more critical
than we know and our prayers and worship more vital than we perhaps see. It
is the time of our arising. We have stepped into a new place in our identity
and purpose. Do not be moved by what you see and hear. Keep your eye single
and you will be filled with the light of His revelation as we walk forward
together, male and female, taking dominion.

Blessings on you!

Regner

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Another Coffee Break:
Pictures of Tribulation & Wrath, Part 6

Greetings to you, Oh Great, Wise, and Illustrious Ones!

When's the last time you had a Good Morning greeting like that!

Coffee's poured. Mmmmmm... Love that aroma! Double Roast French Roast from
Winco Foods, thanks to Rich! Come and join me!

Before we with our previous discussion on tribulation vs. wrath, I didn't
want to do a full Coffee Break on the outcome of our election, but I would
like to make a few observations that are relevant to our discussion on the
wrath of God and raise a few questions for everyone to think about.

At the same time, it is critically necessary for me to state emphatically
(for the sake of those who will quickly jump to conclusions) before we get
into this commentary that (1) while this post may be regarded by some
readers as political, that is not my purpose; (2) my objective is to address
some genuine spiritual issues facing us as Christians, AND as Americans; and
(3) I am NOT an Obama hater. I simply cannot and will not align myself with
the agenda he has been pursuing.

According to the latest exit poll statistics taken on November 6th, there
were 42% of Protestant and Evangelical Christians (with 25% who specifically
identified themselves as Evangelical or Pentecostal) who voted for Obama in
this election. Although that's down from 57% four years ago, it still begs
the question. How in the world do folks who classify themselves as
Bible-believing Christians vote for someone whose agenda incorporates
support and funding for the murder of unborn children? How can people who
claim to have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives support a
leader whose agenda includes tearing down the definition of family and
marriage -- a tradition which has stood for not less than 6,000 years?

It gets worse, folks! Despite a call from a very large number of black
Christian leaders to vote otherwise, blacks who call themselves "Christian"
voted 70% to support Obama and his agenda.

Even more, in spite of strong condemnation from American Catholic bishops of
the current administration' s support for homosexual marriage and ongoing
promotion of abortion, as well as a warning to Catholics of spiritual
consequences, a solid 50% of Catholics voted for another four years of the
same policies that are dragging this nation into the gutter, and towards the
judgment of God!

Although the numbers are still pathetic, at least 32% of the Jewish vote
went to Romney. That's a historic high for Republican support -- and a ten
percent improvement over 4 years ago. That improvement can be attributed in
large part to the administration' s overt hatred of Israel and kow-towing to
Islamic leaders, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
active campaigning for Romney.

A friend of mine made the following observation to a group of evangelical
Christians whose paranoia of Romney's Mormonism was quite obvious. "We're
not voting for a national pastor (or Shepherd for the body of Christ)," he
said. "We're voting on the President of the United States." Put another
way we could say, We're not electing a Pastor-in-Chief, we're electing a
Commander-in- Chief.

While for a variety of reasons (the least of which was his Mormon roots)
Mitt Romney may not have been my first choice to lead this nation, that
didn't make him unqualified. Considering this nation's current financial
and economic dilemma, and the moral morass into which we are sliding, we
could not have had an easier choice as Christians.

Honestly, the choices that face America are far less related to a political
party and much more related to an increasingly intense spiritual crisis. My
comments and questions are not specifically directed at the Democratic Party
despite the fact that the DNC is rapidly leaving traditional Democrats in
the dust. By the same token, I'm no great fan of the RNC because of
political compromise within the party leadership which more and more creates
RINO's (Republicans In Name Only) who fundamentally reject some of the
party's most basic constitutional roots.

My concern is with America as a whole. My concern is with Christians who
are spiritually asleep, Christians who somehow have shut off their
"discerner" gift from Holy Spirit and justify their choices because of
personal pocket-book fears. Let's make it even plainer. They like being on
the dole from the Federal Government. They like federal handouts and ignore
the long-term consequences of those handouts.

This is a byproduct of a poverty mentality that has permeated the body of
Christ, reinforced by the Fear of Death and an absolute lack of trust in
God's faithfulness to keep His Word. I actually spoke with a woman
yesterday who openly acknowledged that she voted for Obama because she was
afraid Romney would take away her food stamps.

These "Christians" ignore the spiritual consequences of electing leaders who
are driving forward an agenda which perverts the Word of God, and they think
it doesn't matter because "this is just politics, and we have to have a
separation of church and state!" They close their eyes to the fact that
they become guilty of moral and sexual perversion by virtue of their
passiveness towards it, and their active support of those who promote it.

NO, THIS IS NOT JUST POLITICS!!! Political choice results in spiritual
consequence -- either for good or for evil. If we choose for evil, the
judgment and the wrath of God are what we head for.

Let's get something straight. I said it before and I'll say it again! I am
not an Obama-hater! But I hate the sin, the wickedness, the evil that he
has aligned himself with. I grieve for Barack Obama because I know what
will befall him if he continues to push this agenda. He has no idea what
lies ahead for him if he continues to promote such an anti-Israel stance,
his words of support notwithstanding.

By the same token, people who consider themselves to be Bible-believing
Christians are plunging headlong into the wrath of God who think they can
continue to ignore the Enemy's unfolding schema. That's where we are going
with today's discussion on the wrath of God.

Let me conclude this commentary by quoting from the 139th Psalm where David
writes, "Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved
with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred. I
count them mine enemies." (Psalm 139:21-22)

David isn't talking about people as his enemies; he's talking about wicked
spirits, idols, idolatrous purposes. Consider what he says next.

"Search me, O GOD, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts; and see
if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. "

You need to see this in the Hebrew text. Where the KJV translates the text
to read, "and see if there be any wicked way in me," the Hebrew text uses
the word, 'otseb, for wicked, and dehrek for way. The word, 'otseb, is more
accurately translated idol (as in something which is fashioned, either by
hand or by thought), whereas the word, dehrek, means: a course of life, or a
mode of action.

Thus those that hate the Lord, those who are His enemies, are the idolatrous
spirits that rise up within men and women. When men and women align
themselves with those wicked spirits and come into agreement with them,
whether passively or actively, they subject themselves to the same wrath and
judgment that awaits Satan and all who fellowship with him -- whether
passively or actively!

We've been talking about the wrath of God as compared to tribulation, and we
finished up last time talking about how His wrath is targeted against
anything and anyone who deliberately and unrepentantly seeks to pervert His
creation and perfect order.

To restate what has already been said, Creation was set in motion for the
express purpose of creating a species of being who would be like God,
created in His image and likeness, set in an environment where this species
of being would have the opportunity and responsibility of duplicating here
what already exists in Heaven. The primary objective for the creation and
existence of this species was so that the Lord would have for Himself a
family of beings with whom He could fellowship and share who and all that He
is at His level of existence.

Sin perverted that. Eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
contaminated and began to pervert both the existence and the DNA of this
species -- US! None of this caught God off guard. He was not taken by
surprise when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil. A redemptive plan had already been initiated by and through
Jesus Christ, of whom John writes as having been "slain from the foundation
of the world." (see Revelation 13:8)

The purpose of God's redemptive Plan through Jesus Christ was to recapture
and restore to relationship with Him those who had been the "servants (more
accurately, the slaves) of sin." It was an opportunity with consequence.
Choose the redemptive and restorative Plan made available by and through
Jesus Christ, or choose to continue to live as you please in and under sin.

Choose redemption and in so doing enjoy the benefits, the privileges, the
Covenant of life -- both now and in eternity -- along with deliverance from
sickness, poverty, disease and the curse! Have access to what the world
inaccurately refers to as "the realm of the miraculous." Live in the midst
of God's grace, His mercy and His Love! Have power over all disease, all
sickness, all weaknesses of any kind; access to the Blessing of God with
wealth and riches -- mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and financial --
beyond natural understanding. Have authority over all the power and works
of Satan.

On the other hand, choose to live as you please, ignore the redemptive price
that Jesus paid, and you live under the curse. With that curse comes
sickness, disease, poverty, weakness, mental and emotional diseases, the
affliction(s) that come as a byproduct of the dominion of evil spirits, and
-- when all is said and done -- if one does not repent, they will experience
the wrath of God in a dimension they don't even want to think about.

Before we get too far along here, I need to point out something regarding
the wrath of God. Except for the wrath of God being exercised against
Satan, his hosts and all who rebelliously align themselves with him, (and
that wrath is determined for eternity!) the anger of the Lord is not
long-lasting.

I've already noted that -- for the most part -- God's wrath is redemptive.
His objective is to bring His people back into fellowship with Him. That
said, let's take a quick look at some things Isaiah was commanded to
prophesy.

"In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with
everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the
waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I
would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall
depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from
thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that
hath mercy on thee."

Notice the context of what Isaiah is saying. This Word is targeted towards
God's people, Israel, during a time when they were chasing after idols and
other gods. The Lord is making clear the fact that, even in the midst of
His anger towards them for their adultery towards Him, He will still keep
His everlasting Covenant by showing mercy. They would still feel His wrath,
they would still endure captivity, they would still suffer at the hands of
their enemies, but it would only be for a time, after which God would once
again extend favor and mercy.

Without getting into the entire prophecy (you can read it in Isaiah 10) or
quoting the entire passage here, let me extract one piece for the sake of
illustration. In this instance you have the wrath of God again being
executed against Israel for their whoredoms and their hypocritical
representation of Him in the earth. This time He takes advantage of the
neighboring enemies of Israel whose hatred of the Israelites is not simply a
case of political jealousy, but rather an intense hatred of God Himself.
Because the nations of the earth knew that Israel was God's chosen people,
they took out their hatred of God on His people.

Here we have God's people in rebellion themselves, behaving contrary and
antagonistically towards His Word to them. So God permits the surrounding
enemies who hate Him to exercise their military might against Israel as a
means of pouring out His wrath, and then turns around and exercises that
same judgment against the enemies of His people. Watch how the Lord does
this! (see verse 12)

"Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his
whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the
stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks." Now
look at verses 20-23 [NASB]!

"Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who
have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will
truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, the
remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. For though your people, O Israel, may
be like the sand of the sea, Only a remnant within them will return; A
destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. For a complete
destruction, one that is decreed [against Assyria], the Lord GOD of hosts
will execute in the midst of the whole land."

See the picture?

Folks who've been programmed with the religious slop that says "A loving God
would never allow wrath and judgment and tribulation to come upon His
people" unfortunately do not see the larger redemptive picture. They don't
know the heart of the Lord. What a lot of folks seem to miss is that God is
far less concerned with the comfort of His people, and far more concerned
with the development of His character in them. For lots of people, it is no
small thing for them to get rid of the contamination and perversion of their
hearts, their minds, and their souls. The more they resist the dealings of
God, the greater the pressure that comes to bear in their lives.

There's one more aspect to this picture that we need to cover before we quit
for today.

When people ignore the redemptive plan of God made available to them through
Jesus Christ, they open themselves wide to demonic activity in their lives.
Often folks blame God for the things that have befallen them, and they fail
to understand that the things happening in their lives are a direct result
of Satan's anger and wrath directed towards God.

Consider the prophecy against Lucifer the Lord ordered through Isaiah: "That
thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How
hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The LORD hath broken the
staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people
in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is
persecuted, and none hindereth... ......Yet thou shalt be brought down to
hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon
thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to
tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and
destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"

That's only a tiny part of the entire decree against Satan from Isaiah 14.
Ezekiel was commanded to also prophesy against him, and he expands (in
Ezekiel 28) on the picture of Satan's pride, his arrogance, the unbelievable
conceit he had to think he -- as a created being -- was equal to or superior
to God.

John, in Revelation 12, is taken back into eternity before time began to see
the war that occurred in Heaven when Satan, in his arrogance and pride, rose
up against God. John sees the devil defeated, not by God Himself, but by
Michael and his angels acting at God's direction. Satan is cast out into
the earth where he gets locked into time. From this point forward, every
bit of fear, hatred and anger in the core of his being is targeted against
God and against His creation -- including mankind. The fact that God gave
possession of the earth to mankind (Psalm 115:16) and relegated his
existence to a time-space dimension only increased his hatred.

Hence, Satan's wrath. Hence, the chaos that follows him. Hence, his desire
to take control of the human race in order to get back at God and destroy
any chance of the Lord having a family. Hence, his desire to usurp the
place of the Bride of Christ.

This is where we will leave this discussion. Now you can understand the
wrath of God, and where that wrath is focused. And -- finally -- now you
can see the difference between the wrath of God and tribulation.

I'll be back soon.

Our Founding Fathers were just as afraid of the tyranny of the masses as
they were the tyranny of the king. They had witnessed in the French
Revolution what happened when the masses ruled, and they established in our
Constitution firewalls against the tyranny on both sides. Both of these
firewalls have been breached or torn down altogether now, and as the
Founders warned, the Republic cannot now long survive.

Thomas Jefferson warned that the Republic could not last if the people
learned that they could vote for themselves the resources of the national
treasury. That was breached a long time ago, and we are now at the point
where the entitlement mentality it has created in the masses is about to
destroy us. We were led down this road by both the Democrats and the
Republicans. This is not sustainable, but one is not likely to get elected
to office if they even talk about trying to correct this. We are now very
close to collapsing the whole system. Then elections will no longer be held
at all and we will face a terrible tyranny. We will first face the tyranny
of the mob, and then we will face the tyranny of the tyrant.

Even the former Labor Party British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is now
warning everywhere he goes that the entitlement mentality that has been
created will destroy Western civilization if we do not stop it now.

Could Obama become one of our greatest Presidents? Interestingly, President
Obama, who many think is purposely trying to weaken America and Western
civilization, may be the only one who can now turn this around and pull us
back from the precipice. Obama does not have to run again, and he can do
what is right regardless of the political consequences. He has the
potential to be one of our greatest Presidents if he is given the
illumination, and then has the courage and the support to follow it. That
is how I will be praying. He is in the best position of all to save us from
the pending economic doom, but if he doesn't change course, he will go down
as the worst President of all time, because the meltdown will begin on his
watch.

President Clinton, along with the Republican Congress, started to turn us
around on this road to collapse. They made brilliant choices and remarkable
progress. As Christians, we are commanded to pray for our leaders, not just
those we wanted, but those we have. I for one will be praying that
President Obama be given the wisdom and understanding to save us instead of
destroying us. He could do either. If he does the right thing, we will all
be winners. If he does not, we will all be losers.

(excerpted from a prophetic word this week by Rick Joyner)

Blessings on you!
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Another Coffee Break:
Pictures of Tribulation & Wrath, Part 5

Much change is in the wind -- not just for the body of Christ -- but for us
as a family. I've periodically shared our plan and intention of returning
to Alaska. More than 60 years have passed since my first experience of
being in Heaven and having the Lord tell me that He was going to pour out
His Spirit in unprecedented manner (think John 14:12) across Alaska. He
made it clear that what happened in Alaska would spread and fan out across
North America. The last thing He said about this move of the Spirit was
that part of His purpose for me was to be directly involved and to play an
integral part.

I can't say yet -- even all these years afterward -- that I have a complete
understanding of what that "integral part" is, but we do have an initial
objective. That objective is to revisit all of the communities where my
parents pioneered and to share in the churches I helped them to build.
We'll see where the Lord takes all of that, but here are the communities we
expect to share with: Nome, Barrow, Kaktovik (Barter Island), Nuiqsut,
Atqasuk, Wainwright, Point Hope, Kotzebue, and Saint Paul Island. Dad
didn't build the churches in Nuiqsut and Atqasuk, but he designed them and
ordered the building materials for their construction. (Those churches came
into being as a byproduct of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that took
place in Barrow, Wainwright and Point Hope during the late 1950's and early
1960's.

Now, all of that to say that after a nearly 12-year absence from Zales
Jewelers, the company asked Della to take over management of their largest
store in Anchorage as of October 15. It is a strange irony -- and a case of
things coming full circle -- that Della began a long career with Zales in
that very same store some 28 years ago -- and it was anything but their
largest store at the time. What this means is that we're in the middle of
hustling to get things in a state of readiness for this move. Della will be
there ahead of me. I will remain behind until things are wrapped up here in
Sunnyside and in the Valley -- or at least brought to a place of order so
that I can head north.

God's plans for us, and His economy are so cool! This is not quite the way
we had imagined our return, but -- Oh well!!! -- we just flex with what Holy
Spirit is doing and saying, and move accordingly as He opens the doors.

Before we get on with today's discussion, I'd like to make an announcement.
Several years ago as a result of a series of visions and experiences in the
realm of the Spirit, I launched into an effort to record my experiences in
book form. That effort has undergone many re-writes in a desire to capture
the essence of what I saw and experienced, and share what the Lord was
speaking to the body of Christ -- and particularly, the Bride of Christ.

At this point, it is fair to say that this process may well result in not
less than a dozen books. What I am pleased to announce is that the first of
those books -- A TALE OF TWO BRIDES -- is due for release shortly by Destiny
Image Publishers. It should show up first in the coming weeks as an e-Book,
available from a number of different sources, and -- after the first of the
year sometime -- in softcover form.

This book is prophecy shared in dramatic form. Though written partially
like a novel, it is a graphic portrayal of the character differences and
starkly contrasting responses between Esther and Vashti. It is a depiction
of the preparation each of these two women went through in order to become
the bride of an earthly "king of kings" whom we know alternately from
Scripture as Ahasuerus and from history as Xerxes I.

It is also an allegory of the preparation processes taking place in God's
people in this hour as they prepare for the coming of the King of Kings, and
a portrayal of two kinds of people with differing responses who make up the
body of Christ.

A TALE OF TWO BRIDES is both biblically accurate and factual as far as
recorded history demonstrates. You won't find some of the conversations
recorded historically or in any archaeological findings; they are recorded
as I ..... well ..... let's just leave it there. Watch for it -- and get
your copy as soon as it is released.

OK, time to get on with today's sharing.

Remember where we left off a few weeks back? We'd just talked about
calamities that followed the release of the four angels who were bound up in
the River Euphrates, and the fact that the accompanying plagues and
disasters resulted in the deaths of one-third of the human race. Chapter 9
of Revelation ends with the following commentary.

"And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented
not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and
idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither
can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of
their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."

As noted in the last Coffee Break we did on tribulation and wrath, the
purpose of these plagues and catastrophic events is to get people to repent.
So far we haven't seen the wrath of God. Despite all the chaos which
unfolds during this time of tribulation on the earth, Father God has yet to
pour out His wrath! When He does, folks, the earth will see and KNOW the
difference between tribulation and wrath.

Revelation 11 tells us that unregenerate and unrepentant mankind are going
to see one final opportunity to see the power of God on display. The human
race will see prophecy on display in a dimension hitherto unknown in the
form of two witnesses. There are several different portrayals of these
witnesses in the Word.

Daniel (see chapter 12) sees two beings clothed in white linen standing on
either side of a river. Zechariah sees them as two olive trees and
alternately as two olive branches (see chapter 4). John sees them first as
Zechariah's olive trees, and then sees them as two golden candlesticks. He
specifically tells us in Revelation 11:3-6:

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a
thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are
the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the
earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth,
and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this
manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the
days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood,
and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Obviously, the intended goal here is to bring as many people to repentance
as possible. Some folks just don't listen or pay attention and God's
purpose is to get people to awaken to the fact that this old earth -- as all
of us have known it -- is not going to survive in its present form because
of what we might ordinarily refer to as "natural disasters."

If they can be called "natural" it is only because they are the natural
result of the earth and its atmosphere being contaminated by such sin and
its pollution as the world was never created to withstand. There are a
couple of illustrations in the Word that make this clear.

First, the apostle Paul expressed himself like this: "For we know that the
whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." (Romans
8:

Two words in this statement really stand out in the original Greek text.
The first one -- sustenazo -- (translated, "groaneth") literally translates
out like this: to moan jointly, to experience a common calamity. The second
word -- sunodino -- (translated, "travaileth" ) is a graphic portrayal of the
pain of childbirth, and literally means: to have parturition pangs in
company (or simultaneously) with; to sympathize; to empathize.

Now, take a look at something that David writes as he is in the midst of
great evil: "In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God:
he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into
his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the
hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke
out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled
by it." (Psalm 18:6-8)

Again David writes in the 60th Psalm, "O God, You have rejected us. You have
broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us. You have made the land
quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters. You have
made Your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink that
makes us stagger."

One last illustration for contrast comes from Isaiah's prophecy over
Lucifer. (See Isaiah 14:16-17)

"They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee,
saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake
kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities
thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"

David twice (actually much more than that throughout the Psalms) speaks of
the Lord causing natural disasters because of his wrath which was incurred
by wickedness. But Isaiah makes reference to physical and political chaos
caused by Satan. There is a distinct difference, however, between what
happens (and what is soon to take place) when the wrath of God is incurred.

God's wrath is intended to wipe out the wickedness upon the earth. As Paul
noted in his letter to the Romans, the whole earth is moaning and groaning
and suffering calamities under the weight and the influence of sin. I've
heard folks say -- and I've seen a number of Christians in their ignorance
repeat this -- that "a loving God could not and would not bring calamity and
disaster upon people."

Let me correct this misinformation.

First of all, David makes it clear that God DOES bring calamity and
disasters (we tend to call them "natural disasters") upon the human race,
but everything He does has a redemptive purpose! [Here's a side-note for
you: even the insurance industry recognizes that there are "acts of God" for
which there is no seeming natural cause.]

Secondly, let's go back to the time of Creation. Six times in Genesis 1 we
read that "God saw that it was good." That word "good" in our English texts
is translated from the Hebrew tob (pronounced, "tobe") We can expand that
translation like this: good, orderly, peaceful, beautiful, pleasant,
productive, prosperous, well-ordered -- and here's the big one -- bountiful.

Get it? Well-ordered? Orderly? Bountiful (as in multiplying) ?

Sin, wickedness, evil, etc., are the exact opposite of the tob God saw when
He finished with Creation. They disturb the careful balance, the
equilibrium of the earth and its balance on its axis, not to mention the
atmosphere that surrounds the earth. Sin, left to its devices; wickedness
left unchecked; evil permitted to run rampant, all works together and
cooperates to affect the very geologic and atmospheric constitution of the
earth and our environment.

Let me break for just a second to offer an observation that some will
consider political -- and it is not intended for that purpose.
Environmentalists miss the mark because they want to correct the imbalance
that is taking place in our various environments by imposing laws,
regulations, taxes -- you name it -- and they fail to recognize that our
environments are polluted spiritually!

It is spiritual wickedness, it is sin, it is evil that is causing all these
things to happen. Natural pollution is hardly the cause. Global warming is
a natural cyclical event on the earth for the purpose of correcting
atmospheric imbalance. There's nothing "man-made" about it! It isn't the
result of burning fossil fuels. It isn't the result of too much carbon
dioxide. It isn't the result of the excessive use of certain chemicals.
God made it so to keep the earth in proper balance.

Let me take this another step.

Whenever we see major hurricanes (like Andrew, Hugo, Katrina, etc), whenever
we see major earthquakes (there've been many throughout history, but more in
the past century than in all of previous recorded history combined),
whenever we see tsunamis (think of the one that wiped out more than a
quarter million people at the end of 2004, or the one that devastated Japan
this past year), whenever we see major volcanic eruptions, whenever we see
the F-3, F-4 and F-5 tornadoes that strike the country bringing horrendous
damage and wiping out (in some cases) whole communities, we are seeing
events which are a direct result of the earth rocking and reeling under the
weight of sin and the pollution in the spiritual atmosphere.

Some folks are going to think I've just gone WAYYY off the beaten track, but
let me remind you of some basic fundamentals -- some spiritual laws which
supersede every natural law!

Law 1: The earth (and our universe) came into being by the spoken Word of
God. It was not simply some accident or random event caused by colliding
stars, or even by a "Big Bang."

Law 2: When God speaks His very breath comes forth. Incorporated in His
breath is His Spirit!

Law 3: Everything created by God has perfect order and perfect symmetry,
naturally, spiritually, scientifically, etc., etc., etc.

Law 4: With God's creation comes precise order and balance. That order and
balance govern not only the earth itself, but the entire universe.

Law 5: God warned Adam and Eve that the natural order of their creation
would be upset, that the balance of perfect, immortal life (as He created
them to exist) would cease IF they traded the perfection of His revealed
knowledge to them for humanly acquired knowledge. The specific methodology
for this trade came in the form of eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil.

There are other laws we could cite but let's simply apply these to the
events currently unfolding, and those that are shortly to take place.

Adam's decision to eat of that tree violated the exactitude and
meticulousness of the divine order in which he (and all mankind which
followed) and Eve were created. It altered the balance of nature God had so
carefully established. It triggered a sequence of events to follow which
would ultimately pollute the earth itself, render the soil incapable of
producing in the way that God originally designed it to produce, and
subsequently alter the critical balance of the atmosphere surrounding the
earth.

The events which followed throughout the next millennia and a half
multiplied the pollution to such an extent that God could no longer stand by
and watch His beautiful creation return to the chaos that existed when His
Spirit brooded over the waters (Genesis 1:2). He first issued an edict that
man's days would be normally limited to 120 years. His anger was so
inflamed at the sin, the chaos, the pollution which had so ruined His
creation that He released destruction upon the entire earth in the form of a
cataclysmic flood, wiping out mankind, the beasts of the field, the fowls of
the air and every creeping thing of creation, saving alive only Noah, his
family, and pairs of every species of animal and bird (except for those
which would yield sustaining life for mankind ["clean" animals], in which
case there were seven pairs).

With that pollution wiped out, the flood waters receded and the earth began
to return to its once pristine beauty.

The purpose of God's wrath being revealed and released upon the earth was so
that His original Plan for beings with whom He could fellowship -- at His
level of fellowship** -- would resume. This has ALWAYS been His objective
since before the very first words of Creation were spoken. God's plan has
always been to have a family of beings who were and are just like Him, a
family of supernaturals (and I use that word rather loosely) who would
exhibit His character, His personality, His love -- His very essence!

[**The level of fellowship God is after envisions and requires a species of
being who thinks and acts like Him and operates in His level of wisdom and
understanding. ]

When I refer to a "family of supernaturals" I'm talking about a people who
have overcome this "sub-natural" realm -- the realm of sin, the realm that
perverts the perfect order God first established, the realm of stubbornness
and rebellion; in other words, I'm referring to this place that folks think
of today as the "natural" order of things. It is anything but "natural" or
"normal."

Sin stops and prevents the development of a family of supernaturals. It
interferes with God's plan and purpose. It perverts the fulfillment and
completion of the "I AM" as He purposed from before Creation. And that
perversion incurs and incites the wrath of God.

OK! It looks like I need to stop and continue this discussion later -- and
hopefully finish it up with one more Coffee Break.

See you again soon.

(Steven Shelley is a friend, a fellow-pastor and a brother in the Lord whose
ministry I have come to respect and greatly appreciate, especially in the
last few years. Following is a short excerpt from a prophetic word he
delivered in a recent conference.)

"The Angel of the Lord explained to me that the true baptism of the Holy
Spirit would prepare the way for the white eagle. He said the white eagle
represented a revelation of the fullness of Jesus Christ; not just a greater
knowledge of Him, but an infilling and indwelling of the very character and
virtues of Jesus.

This revelation would produce the living Word made flesh again, not just in
one man as in the days of the Lord Jesus Christ, but in a whole company of
Believers. This message would act as a plumb line, a measuring device to
gauge the uprightness of all words given to the end time Bride of Jesus
Christ.

I spoke out to those in the room, "The world has never seen what it will see
in the Bride. Fools will mock and reject it, some religious leaders will
scorn it, but His true Bride will receive it with gladness."

I believe these words were referring to the Lord doing a new thing that will
not follow historical revival patterns but will have a distinct model and
administration. It will be an expansion of the ministry model of the Lord
Jesus Christ as seen in the Gospels. It will be authority and power
functioning and flowing in a corporate Body of Believers especially chosen
for this purpose, even before the foundation of the world.

(Steven's entire prophetic word is available for you to read at
http://www.elijahli st.com/words/ display_word. html?ID=11489)

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Another Coffee Break:
The State of Our Nation, Part 2

Thanks to all those who have written in and expressed their appreciation for
the things I've been sharing in the series on tribulation and wrath. While
these truths have been with me for a number of years, there really has been
a fresh outpouring of understanding and revelation in the past weeks and
months as I have followed the direction of Holy Spirit to share this. We
will return to that series next week as we take a different approach and
consider the wrath of God.

Let me simply dive in once again to this review of the spiritual, emotional
and political state of our nation, and talk about the why's and wherefore's
of our need to spend these last weeks prior to the election in some serious
prayer and intercession. I've shared some of these comments in previous
Coffee Breaks, but they bear repeating. Following is an amplified version
of some commentary I provided as a guest columnist this past week in our
local newspaper.

Without realizing it at the time, my father did a great deal to inspire me
to become involved in the political process. When Dwight D. Eisenhower was
running for President in 1952 against Adlai Stevenson, Dad frequently
offered up commentary on the political process, and on the ills of our
nation. I once asked him why he didn't run for President and he replied,
"Son, God didn't call me to political office. He didn't call me to run for
President. He called me to preach the Gospel, and that's what I'm doing."
It was the first time that I actually realized God does call some people to
political office and to government.

It was perhaps 14 years later that I sat on an Alaska Airlines flight to
Seattle with the then-chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. We had known
each other at a distance for several years and he urged me to run for the U.
S. House of Representatives in the upcoming election. I had already
committed to take on the youth ministry at Bethel Union Church in Duarte,
California (and in fact was headed there) and declined his offer of support.
But it planted a seed that would grow during the coming years.

It would be another dozen years or so before I actually got involved
personally in the political process, and I won't take the time in this
commentary to recount my various political activities other than to say that
I have actively campaigned for folks (and co-managed one gubernatorial
campaign) on both sides of the political aisle, based in large part on their
stance as committed Christians and support for issues that affect our
liberties as believers in Christ Jesus.

Allow me to pose something for your serious consideration. It's time we
asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by our
Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the
capacity of mankind for self government." The idea? That government was
beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power is still the
newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man.

In one of Ronald Reagan's speeches nearly 30 years ago he made a statement
that almost sounds like he wrote it for the election we have some four weeks
from now. Reagan said, "This is the issue of this upcoming election:
whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon
the American Revolution and confess that intellectual elites in Washington
can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

"We've been told we must choose between a left or right, but I would suggest
that in politics there is more than just a left or right. There is an up or
down: Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom
consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.
Regardless of their sincerity or humanitarian motives, those who would
sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path."

Now let me address my next comments to the "extreme right." (I've been
accused of being wayyy too far to the right, but I submit that I'm simply
"on the right" from the perspective of what the Word defines as
"right."(Grin! ) What makes people jump so far to the so-called "right" is
that they want to IMMEDIATELY undo the changes introduced into American Law
and society by the leftist, socialist-driven judges of the past 50-plus
years.

Patience, my friends! Patience! That reversal IS going to come; and those
changes are not that far away.

We WILL see an ultimate reversal of Roe v. Wade and an eventual ruling that
life begins at conception or fertilization. We WILL see it!

We WILL see the Constitution properly interpreted so that the rights of
Christians are no longer infringed upon -- so that Christians and
Christianity is not infringed upon or interfered with by Federal or State or
Local government(s) . We WILL see the restoration of the Ten Commandments in
public venues. We WILL see the return of the Bible as an acceptable text in
our public schools, in the same way that it was for some 200 years of our
nation's history.

We WILL see the homosexual agenda driven back, along with the executive
orders which have been issued by the current administration in violation of
the doctrine of the separation of powers enshrined by the Founding Fathers
in our Constitution.

Our society has degenerated into a "me first" society, with special interest
groups demanding their "rights." What our Constitution does NOT guarantee
is the right of one group to have more chances than another group to succeed
in our society. Opportunity abounds on every hand for those willing to get
out and take advantage of it.

Despite the cries we hear from the anti-American crowd both here in America
and abroad, people are trying to get to this country -- both legally and
illegally -- because America provides more opportunities for those willing
to make whatever effort is required to prosper. This nation is by far the
most prosperous nation on the face of the earth. It is the ONLY Nation that
-- for more than 225 years -- has had as its motto, "In God We Trust."

There is a fundamental spiritual principle that underlies our nation's
founding. We find that principle revealed in Proverbs 11:11: "By the
blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the
mouth of the wicked."

Again we read in Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin
is a reproach to any people."

From the earliest foundations of this nation, we have had pastors and church
leaders serving at just about every level in our Federal Government. In the
Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 (Yale University Press, 1911: Vol.
1, pp 450-452) James Madison records the comments of Benjamin Franklin in a
portion of his address to Congress:

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing
proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a
sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an
empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred
Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that
build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His
concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than
the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests;
our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach
and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter
from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human
wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the
assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this
Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more
of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.

Jedediah Morse, the "father of American Geography," delivered a sermon at
the swearing in of John Adams when he became the second President of the
United States. In that sermon, he stated, "To the kindly influence of
Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social
happiness which mankind now enjoys. . . . Whenever the pillars of
Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of
government, and all blessings which flow from them, must fall with them."

Yes, Ma'am! Yes, Sir! Once again, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but
sin is a reproach to any people." We as Christians have a solemn
responsibility before God to get involved in our affairs of government.

When I ran for Congress in 2003-2004, a friend -- Tony W. Smith -- who was a
political consultant helped me craft the following as a part of the
foundation of my campaign and my stance as a Constitutional conservative:

I believe that the writings of the U.S. Constitution apply to every man,
woman, boy or girl who is a citizen of the United States. There should never
be a distinction between a natural born citizen and a naturalized citizen.

I believe the Constitution should apply equally to every citizen, regardless
of age, gender, ethnicity (which is simply a circumstance of birth),
religion, or political affiliation. The Constitution creates a
representative government "Of the People, By the People and For the People."

I believe that the Constitution must apply to government at all levels, from
one's home town city council or school board to Washington D.C. I also
believe that when we choose a representative, they should actually represent
us. When they do not, I believe that they must be removed and someone else
chosen who will represent us.

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater
service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more
power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government
does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. Our Founding
Fathers never designed America's government to replace the private sector.

All political power and influence should flow from the grass roots upward,
not from government down to the people. All human rights are granted by
God, not by government. Government exists primarily to protect the
God-given rights of its citizens. The Constitution was written by wise men
under the inspiration of God; and the original intent of the Founders is as
valid and binding today as it was in their day.

No government in any nation can replace private enterprise, its abilities,
its inventiveness and its ingenuity. That's not its purpose. Neither has
it been anointed by God or commissioned to replace the body of Christ in its
support of the needy. Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the
do-gooders, we're denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals.

Throughout history, every single nation that has accepted and endorsed
homosexuality has disintegrated, been defeated by stronger nations and
scattered into oblivion. This is the judgment of the Lord against this sin.
Homosexuality makes a lie of the purposes of God. It flies in the face of
the picture of Jesus Christ and the love He has for His Bride, His people.
It distorts and perverts the whole purpose of creation and procreation.

What we must have, as the apostle Paul so appropriate describes it, is a
government that allows us "to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all
godliness and honesty." (see I Timothy 2:2)

This nation was founded as a Christian nation. It was founded upon solid
family foundations. We must return to those foundations and rebuild. Will
you help me begin that rebuilding on November 6th?

The Psalmist David wrote, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and
the people He hath chosen for an inheritance. " (Psalm 33:12)

The apostle Paul instructs us, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all
men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet
and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be
saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." (see I Timothy 2:1-2)

Our first responsibility as Christians, therefore, is to pray for our
government, for our nation, for our people -- BEFORE we pray for anything
else!

Why?

Because righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to the people of
that nation. Because a nation led by righteous leaders will facilitate a
quiet and peaceable life in all Godliness and honesty. Because a nation led
by righteous leaders, IN righteousness, will facilitate an environment in
which men can be "saved and come unto the knowledge of the Truth."

Finally, for us to have righteous leadership in the nation, Christians MUST
become involved at every level. That means we have to be involved in a
political party. It is through political parties that we choose our
leadership, first at the local, secondly at the county or regional level,
then at the state and finally at the federal level.

I've heard more Christians than I can count make the remark, "Well, God
didn't call me to get involved in politics." Really? That's about as cheap
a cop-out as I've ever heard!

Maybe He didn't call you to run for office, but you can't avoid your
responsibility to be involved. If we are going to have Christians -- born
again, committed, Holy Spirit-led Christians -- governing the affairs of our
cities, our counties, our states and our national government, we have to be
involved. I'm not telling folks to become Republicans or Democrats. I'm
saying they need to get involved.

The reason why the Republican Party has become a party of RINO's is because
compromisers have been allowed to be in authority in the party, causing it
to swerve from its conservative, Christian roots. The reason why the
Democratic Party has become the voice of insanity and shrill, hateful
rhetoric is because Christians have abandoned the party to leftists,
socialists and communists. Both parties have been contaminated by
extremists who have neither the will nor the backbone to hear and respond to
the direction God has, and has had, for America.

Having a different political philosophy is one thing. Allowing the
God-hating, the unrighteous, and the wicked to take control of the party is
another thing altogether. There's only one place where we can lay the
responsibility for that happening: at the feet of God's people who have
abdicated their responsibility for spiritual oversight of the nation.

Wake up, folks! Do you want a righteous judiciary? Do you want a righteous
President? Do you want righteous governors, senators, congressmen, state
leaders and mayors of cities? First, get on your knees and begin to fulfill
your responsibility in intercession. Secondly, get involved with the party
that God instructs you to get involved in! Don't pick a political party
because it's what you grew up with, because your friends are involved, or
because it just seems to fit your political philosophy. Get involved where
the Holy Spirit leads you. Make a difference - not so much for the party's
politics, but for righteousness' sake!

I cannot emphasize enough just how critical it is that YOU become involved
NOW at the precinct level, at the county level, at the state, and at the
federal level in shaping the policies and stances of your political party
according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit -- not the whims of deceitful
men! Della and I have served at the precinct level, the county level, and
the state level; and we have had the privilege of influencing national
affairs, even if it was in the tiniest of ways; so my remarks come from both
conviction and personal experience!

Once again, let me repeat: this nation was founded as a Christian nation.
It was founded upon solid Godly family foundations. We must return to those
foundations and rebuild. Will you help me begin the rebuilding on November
6th?

"Throughout our history, we have been a blessing to other nations. And it is
my belief that from a benevolent standpoint, the church in America has made
America great. No matter what difficulties we have gone through, we have
always been a generous people. We give to those who are suffering from
disasters or hard times, both in our own country and in other nations.

I believe this generosity allows us to hold onto God's redemptive thread as
a nation. By caring for those in need, the church has given the nation
access to God's promise in Isaiah 58:8, that in our time of need for
healing, our "recovery would speedily spring forth."

Samuel was instrumental to the reconfirming of God's covenant with Israel
following Hophni and Phineas' destructive leadership tenure. Samuel
represented a new generation-a righteous priesthood to replace that which
was profaned. He was an uncompromised, prophetic voice of courage used by
God to call the people back to His ways.

I believe in our own nation, God is going to raise up a new, prophetic voice
of courage, one that will call our nation back to God. This Samuel
generation will challenge the unjust judiciaries and corrupt politicians.
They will refill the lamp of God with the oil of the Spirit and restore His
light within the church.

Our restoration as a nation, however, requires that we take an honest look
at our true state. We cannot continue on as we have been and expect
different results. To remain on the same path will only mean a further moral
decline. God used Samuel to show Israel their true state. His predecessor,
Eli, had lost his eyesight. Eli had allowed the evil his sons were
committing to continue. He maintained the status quo. As a result, the Lord
had to raise up Samuel to expose the true state of Israel's leadership.

I believe God wants to empower a generation in our land who will serve this
same purpose. They are unwilling to allow the evil that is being committed
to continue unchecked. They are not interested in maintaining the status
quo. Their concern is for the true state of the church and of the nation,
and they will be courageous in speaking forth God's truth." (Prophetic Word
from Doug Stringer)

Blessings on you!

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Another Coffee Break:
The State of Our Nation

Good Morning! I need to take a break from the series dealing with
tribulation and wrath for a couple of weeks to talk about the current state
of our nation -- spiritually, politically and economically -- and talk about
the crisis we all face. I'll get back to our other series before too long.

A portion of what I'm about to share has been shared before in several
different Coffee Breaks, but said a bit differently.

There isn't a one of us that would disagree with the premise that our entire
body of law, and our nation is built upon the foundation of the Constitution
of the United States. "We the people of the United States, in order to
form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility,
provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the
blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish
this Constitution for the United States of America."

So reads the Preamble to the Constitution. From there we launch into the
specifics of that foundation to the laws our founding fathers saw fit to
incorporate as the starting place from which to build a cohesive nation.

When I ran for Congress back in 2004, I made certain that folks understood I
was running as a Constitutional conservative. What I meant by that stance
was that I believe in not just limited government, but small government -
government that does not intrude upon the fundamental rights of its
citizens, government that isn't in the handout business, but provides a hand
to help its citizens make a life for themselves and using some initiative to
prosper according to their individual skills and gifts.

Although I'm still registered as a Republican it seems to me that many of
the party leaders have abandoned the fundamentals upon which the party was
founded, becoming pretty self-serving in the process. I'm not a Libertarian
simply because the Libertarian platform goes too far in ignoring the
spiritual foundations of our nation and treats those foundations as an
intrusion into our Constitutional liberties. I'm not a Democrat because the
Democratic party has long since left middle America and become the party of
deviants, aberrants and promoters of everything abhorrent to me -- first as
a Christian, and secondly as one who espouses the core of how this nation
was founded and established.

The purpose of my discussion today, however, is not to rehash a political
campaign, nor is it to get into the basics of the Constitution of the United
States, nor is it to debate our laws. I believe that our Constitution was
founded upon a Law that undergirds our entire society, and indeed, separates
the United States from every other nation in the world.

Now, in case you are thinking I'm going to say The Ten Commandments, you're
wrong. The Ten Commandments certainly formed a fundamental core of the way
in which our laws were written, but what I'm talking about goes way beyond
that.

Let me begin with a portion of the Mayflower Compact - an agreement entered
into by the folks who fled England in order to provide a way of life and a
freedom they could not obtain there. (As an aside, Della can trace her
family's beginnings in this country to one of those original families aboard
the Mayflower.)

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal
Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of
Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having
undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, (my
emphasis) and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the
first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents,
solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and
combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better
Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid... "

While these settlers certainly had a reverence for King James, and England
as a whole, they sought something missing in their native land: the freedom
to worship God, and an opportunity to advance their faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ with all of the basic fundamentals that make Christianity what it is.
They looked to the establishing of a colony away from the King, away from
England, and away from the Church of England with its rigidity in order that
there might be freedom to grow spiritually.

Looking at each of the individual charters of the thirteen original
colonies, it becomes clear that - without exception - the freedom to worship
God and serve the Lord Jesus Christ was their underlying motivation.

One of the arguments that I've engaged in with some folks during the past
few months has been over the recurrence of the phrase, "the Christian
religion," in the body of many of our founding fathers' documents. The
argument raised of course is predicated on Thomas Jefferson's statement to a
Baptist preacher concerning "a wall of separation between church and state."
What most folks miss - and what most leftists and liberals want to argue
over - is that Christianity is not a religion. It is not a dogma. It is
not some kind of body of theological ideas.

Christianity - true Christianity - as our founding fathers saw it, was a
deep reverence for, and worship of, the Lord Jesus Christ. Folks could have
differences of understanding over some things and be a part of different
church groups or organizations, but the common denominator that bound our
founding fathers together was the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ. They
defined the differences that separated them as "religion," but not the
faith.

Are you understanding what I'm getting at? Some have supposed that there
were deep differences that divided our forefathers, that the division was
religious in nature, and that the colonies were established in order to
ensure that the Baptists stayed to themselves, the Quakers stayed to
themselves, the Anglicans stayed to themselves, etc., etc. Not true!

As I have often commented to some of my friends - perhaps rhetorically - I
am a very strong-willed and outspoken person. (Of course, you'd have never
guessed, huhh?) As a minister of the Gospel, and a preacher, I can be
verrry strong in some of the statements that I make. Those remarks are not
made in anger, nor am I trying to sell some nutty doctrine. I do have
strong convictions - convictions that are often based in years of personal
experience. That doesn't mean that I can't be wrong, or that the Lord
doesn't still have to beat me upside the head with a 2X4 once in awhile to
get my attention. He does, and I change. (OK. No smart alec remarks from
the peanut gallery!)

Many of those early forefathers were preachers. William Penn, for example,
was a Quaker. Just three weeks after his arrival (in 1682) in the colony
that would eventually bear his name, he called for an election of
representatives to a provincial assembly. Among Penn's first laws passed by
this assembly were guarantees protecting the freedom of conscience. These
laws permitted Christians who were considered heretics in the Old World to
escape their persecutions for worshiping God "differently" than some of
their brethren.

Roger Williams was from the Antinomians - a sect that eventually became the
first group of Baptists. A brilliant apologist for the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, Williams was influenced by the Reformation and Martin Luther's
theses on faith. Determined to ensure that the colonists had the freedom to
worship God, he labored long and hard to obtain a charter for the new colony
of Rhode Island and to establish laws and statutes that would provide the
colonists the right and freedom to worship the Lord as they saw fit.

Massachusetts (despite its present liberalism and the current attacks by
some of its judges on the institution of marriage) had John Winthrop (its
first governor) and John Eliot. Winthrop was so convinced that God had a
sovereign purpose for this new land that while on board the Arabella,
sailing for America, he wrote "A Model of Christian Charity," in which he
outlined the purposes of God for New England. He had a vision and what he
felt was a deep understanding of God's purposes for the new colony.

John Eliot, an ordained Anglican, but "nonconformist" minister, settled into
this newly developing colony to translate the Bible into the Indian tongue
of the local tribes, and evangelized the natives to such a degree that the
Massachusetts Parliament established, incorporated, and provided the
necessary financing to support "The Society for the Propagation of the
Gospel in New England."

Then, of course, you have the Moravians who settled North Carolina, and the
Puritans who settled Connecticut.

I don't want this to turn into a history lesson, but it is important to see
that these original colonists all shared a common goal, and there was a
common thread in their objectives: the absolute right to worship the Lord
Jesus Christ as they saw fit without interference from government. To the
contrary, as colonial governments formed and charters were established, the
common purpose in each charter was to guarantee that - even if the local
governments provided the funding to accomplish it - the Gospel would be
propagated, America, the "New Land" would be evangelized, and faith in the
Lord God would be spread throughout the new nation.

John Winthrop even took it farther by stating clearly that this new land was
established as "a modell of Christian charity," to characterize the
colonists' endeavor as part of a special pact with God to create a holy
community. He encouraged the colonists to "bear one another's burdens", and
to view themselves as a "Company of Christ, bound together by Love." He
told the colonists to be stricter in their religious conformance than even
the Church of England, and to view as their objective the establishment of a
model state. If they did so, God would "make us a prayse and glory, that man
shall say of succeeding plantacions: the lord make it like that of New
England."

It was this setting under which our Constitutional founders came together to
establish a single, unifying document which would combine the intentions of
the individual colonial charters and create a single new nation out of those
thirteen colonies.

Although much has been made of Thomas Jefferson's letter with the reference
to the "wall of separation," few people seem to remember that it was
Jefferson who, in 1786, used the charter for the Virginia colony to draft a
bill establishing guarantees for the freedom of worshiping God, and setting
the stage for the First Amendment to the now-developing Constitution of the
United States.

Fewer still remember that when Jefferson became President in 1800, he called
for preachers from various churches to hold worship services in the House of
Representatives on a weekly basis. His successors followed suit for many
years thereafter.

Somewhere in my document archives is a copy of a vision that George
Washington had for this country. The vision might be called by some
"apocalyptic, " but he had an experience in which the Lord allowed him to see
some of the very events that have unfolded in this country during the past
few years. He carefully wrote the details of that vision and expressed both
his concern and his prayer that God would spare this nation the horrors he
was seeing.

The overwhelming majority of our founding fathers shared a common goal.
James Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton wrote and published their
discussions abroad in what we now have compiled as The Federalist Papers.
Though these discussions take on just about every aspect of constitutional
law, the same common goal underlies those discussions.

It was Noah Webster, however, who summarized our Constitution and all that
went into its writing when, in 1833, he wrote, "The religion which has
introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles ...
This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions and
government ... the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scripture
ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws." (emphasis
mine)

So where does this lead us in this modern age of doubt, skepticism, atheism,
humanistic teaching and rampant attempts to rewrite our Constitution and
Laws so as to eliminate all reference to Jesus Christ, to God Almighty,
and/or the prevention of anything that could by the remotest stretch of the
imagination be termed "government sponsorship of religion?"

The truth is that our spiritual underpinnings are the entire reason for our
existence as a nation. Were it not for the prayer that bathed our
beginnings, were it not for the faith expressed by our founders, were it not
for the absolute trust in God and the declared intentions to build a nation
in which the Lord Jesus Christ would be honored above all else, it is fair
to say that we would not exist today as a people.

The Psalmist David wrote, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and
the people He hath chosen for an inheritance. " (Psalm 33:12)

That said, the United States faces a crisis at the moment - a crisis of
faith, a crisis of trust in the Lord. We have allowed authority to folks
who hate God with a purple passion. They have taken advantage of that
authority to create laws and statutes that are unconstitutional, that rip
away at the very fabric of our existence. We have tolerated - in the name
of freedom and liberty - leaders who, with every fiber of their existence,
hate the spiritual underpinnings that became the foundation of our nation.
We have permitted organizations to exist -- such as the ACLU -- and even
provided funding for them, that are systematically destroying the liberties
our forefathers shed their blood to guarantee.

We have permitted our educators to stand in our nation's classrooms for
decades and undermine our spiritual heritage, attempt to rewrite and revise
our nation's history, defame and slander many of our founding fathers with
false accusation and/or innuendo, and destroy the trust of our youth in the
very fabric of our constitution. We have allowed liars to stand in public
and - in the name of constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech - use
that freedom to attack any elected leaders who express their faith and trust
in God.

Four years ago we elected a Muslim for our President, a man who has no
compunction about lying and pretending to be a Christ, and all the while
demonstrating through his actions, his hatred and disdain of the God we
know, love and serve, and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now we as a
nation are paying the price for that insanity. We are swimming in a sea of
debt, spending pretend money to finance social programs that are supposed to
be the purview of the body of Christ -- not government -- and ripping away
at the social fabric of our nation by encouraging the murder of the unborn
and approving deviant alliances between same sex partners while pretending
that this is an acceptable "alternative lifestyle' to which we can append
and ascribe marriage.

There are spiritual laws that are higher than that of our Constitution.
There are laws which our forefathers obeyed and utilized as they set our
foundations in place which, if praying Christians and believers today do not
get a hold of, will bring this nation down. We will fail as every other
nation in history if we lose sight of those laws.

If those who have the opportunity do not seize this time to reverse the laws
and trends that have ripped away our liberties to speak out publicly in the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ and honor God, America is headed for the kind
of woes we have seen other nations suffer.

The right to free speech in this nation is not a guarantee of anarchy.
Contrary to the opinions of some, free speech is not a right to treasonous
proclamations by those in public leadership. The right to worship God, to
praise His name and honor him by public leaders is not some
constitutionally- prohibited breach of an imagined "wall of separation."

If we continue to tolerate the observance of this mythical wall, we will
most assuredly - in less than a decade - see the end of the American dream
our founding fathers sought to build. Come on people! Stand up and be
counted! Get your act together. Challenge the God-haters with their
agenda. No matter what it costs you personally, get involved in the process
to reverse the disintegration of our spiritual fabric.

Whewww... OK. Got a bit preachy, there! Can't help it, though. Every
bone, every cell, every corpuscle in my being says, "NO! YOU WILL NOT!!" to
those who seek to remove our liberties.

In the coming days or weeks, I hope to be discussing some of the particular
ways in which we can bring these trends to a halt - ways that every one of
us have at our disposal. In the meantime, have a good and thoughtful day.
Meditate on these things.

Most of all, be blessed today. Be blessed in the city, blessed in the
field, blessed coming in and blessed going out.

Blessings on you!
Regner
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Pictures of Tribulation & Wrath, Part 4

This past week I had an experience in which I was transported to Heaven. I
was taken to an area in which angelic beings were preparing white robes for
the Bride of Christ. There was a significant portion of the event which
dealt specifically with a covenant that the Lord has made with Della and me
concerning our children, but let me first share with you that portion given
as a prophetic message to the body of Christ.

Let me begin by sharing what I saw; and then I will share what Holy Spirit
was communicating.

I found myself standing in front of an area in which there were angelic
beings seated at desks or tables. As far to my left and as far to my right
as my eyes could see, there were angelic beings. By the same token, as far
distant as I could see there were angelic beings. All of them were working
on white robes, preparing them for certain believers. It was obvious that
they represented a virtually uncountable number of people -- all of whom
were destined to wear these robes.

I was positioned directly in front of an angelic being who was working on
the fitting and preparation of a specific robe for a specific believer -- in
this case our oldest son, Chris. An image of Chris flashed in and out as
the robe was being prepared, but he was not actually present in Heaven.
Another very tall angel stood right next to me and most of my conversation
was with him.

The angel who was working on Chris's robe made the remark that he didn't
understand why he was working on a robe for our son "since he's never going
to get to wear it anyway." In one sense his remark was understandable since
Chris has not been living or walking with the Lord in the place he once
knew, and has been living far beneath his destiny in God. Nevertheless, I
wasn't about to let that remark get past us unchallenged and immediately
said, "Excuse me, but we have a covenant with the Lord concerning our
children."

I immediately quoted Isaiah 59:21: "As for me, this is my covenant with
them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have
put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of
thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from
henceforth and forever."

I could have added (but didn't at that moment) the promise God made when
Chris was born, "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great
shall be the peace of thy children." (Isaiah 54:13) Note the emphasis on
ALL!

The angel standing next to me looked at the angel working on Chris's robe
and responded, "He's right, you know. He does have a covenant with the Lord
concerning all his children."

The events that unfolded next made me really appreciate that covenant, and I
understood just how important it was for me to lay claim to that covenant
when challenged, and to speak it forth! I also realized that a portion of
what I was about to see had specific implications for families with sons or
daughters who are not walking where they are supposed to with the Lord. (If
this applies to you and your family, take note of the events that followed
and lay claim to God's promises for your children with boldness!)

As we stood talking, a veil was suddenly drawn up between the two of us and
the rest of the area where the robe preparation was taking place. As the
veil went up, a brilliant light illuminated the entire area. The light far
exceeded that of the noonday sun for brightness, and had it not been for the
veil, my eyes would have been blinded. The light radiated an intense heat
with it, but it was a very different kind of heat I didn't really know how
to describe. As it was, it was very difficult to look at and I turned my
eyes aside toward the angel standing next to me.

"What is this all about," I asked. The angel responded, "All these robes
are being prepared for the fires of purification. " Instantly the parable of
the ten virgins flashed before me and revelation began to flood my spirit.

In that instant all the sounds I'd been hearing were suddenly silenced and I
was enveloped in total silence. It was as though someone had shut off a
switch. The sounds of conversation were gone. The sound of the continuous
praise and worship in the background was silenced. I turned again to the
angel standing next to me and asked, "What just happened?"

His answer left an indelible imprint in my being. "You are being cut off
from hearing the cries of those who will be purified. You cannot and must
not bail them out. You cannot and must not intervene in this midst of their
trials lest the fire they are experiencing overtake you. They must overcome
by themselves! They must fall on the rock, Christ Jesus! You cannot
intervene. They cannot have your oil."

I wanted to ask if this meant that all of us as Christians were going to
experience these fires, but before I could ask the answer flooded my being.

"These fires of purification are specifically intended for those who have
not yet responded to the dealings of Holy Spirit. Many people have already
responded to and embraced the fire in their lives. This that is coming is
not for them. This is a furnace of affliction intended to burn away the
bondages from those who've not yet willingly abandoned them or responded to
the opportunities presented by Holy Spirit. No one will be forced to
respond against their will, but those that willingly and purposefully reject
the dealings of God will open themselves to the wrath of God when it is
poured out upon the earth."

Although it was not specifically spoken, there was a realization once again
in me that the fire is not for destruction but redemption. When John the
Baptist came as a forerunner for Jesus Christ, he prophesied, "I indeed
baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is
mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you
with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will
thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he
will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:11-12)

One of Holy Spirit's principal aims and objectives is to "burn up the chaff
[in us] with unquenchable fire." It is a fire you can't put out, and its
purpose is to burn out everything that doesn't permit us to conform to the
perfect image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Consider the very first of the Seven Spirits of God. Isaiah names four of
the seven in his prophecies, the first being seen in Isaiah 4:4, the Spirit
of Judgment and Burning. The purpose of God's judgment is to set things
right or back in alignment with His Word and His purposes. The purpose of
burning is to burn up all that is impure, all that contaminates the very
character and makeup of the Lord Jesus Christ in our spirit, our soul and
our body.

I've written this before, but for the purpose of this application let me
again share II Timothy 2:15 from my own amplified translation from the Greek
text: "Be instantly responsive to the Lord, making yourself available to Him
in the midst of the crucible, a tried and tested laborer, who has no fear of
being examined -- one who, by virtue of God's testing and the time spent in
the crucible with Him, knows the proven word of truth."

The crucible is the vessel into which gold is place which needs to be
refined and purified. That crucible is heated in an intense fire in order
to get the impurities to float to the top where they can be scooped off.
This is a process that smelters and refiners use repeatedly until they can
certify that their gold is 99.999% free of impurities. Using that same
analogy it becomes clear that this is what the Lord is doing with His people
-- His Bride in particular. What's more, His fire "burns up the chaff with
unquenchable fire!" There are zero impurities in His people when He is
finished with this process.

You understand, don't you? This is NOT the "comfortable gospel": this is
the Gospel of the Kingdom! It is the rulership of the King in our lives,
and His rulership means we conform to His standards and His measurement --
NOT what we might like them to be.

WOW!! This certainly wasn't the way I expected to begin today's Coffee
Break discussion, but what I saw and heard in Heaven certainly fits and is
consistent with the pictures of tribulation I've been sharing thus far.

I was sharing with a bible study group earlier this week and we were talking
about the nature of tribulation. One of the characteristics of tribulation
that we really need to anchor down in our spirit is that its purpose is
redemption -- not destruction!

Tribulation is not a squeezing together, an application of great pressure
designed to squeeze the very life out of us! God intends for His people to
experience this so that He has an overcoming people, a people who've been
tried in the furnace of affliction and have come forth in His image and
likeness. His objective from the beginning has been our redemption, our
restoration, our return to that image and likeness in which he first created
Adam.

We can use the example of the three Hebrew children -- Hananiah (Shadrach),
Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abednego) -- who refused to bow to the image
of the king (Nebuchadnezzar) [see Daniel 3], and were subsequently cast into
a furnace heated to seven times its normal heat -- a temperature which
killed those who cast the three into the furnace. The king and his servants
standing by saw the Lord appear in the fire with Hananiah, Mishael and
Azariah, and they walked about in the fire with absolutely no effect! The
only thing that happened to the three was that their bonds were burned off,
and they were able to walk about and converse freely with the Lord.

That's the same thing intended for God's people today. Those who willingly
embrace the fire soon discover that the Lord is there with them. Those who
embrace tribulation find that there is a level of fellowship and intimacy
with the Lord Jesus Christ that words fail to properly convey! At the same
time, those who embrace these times of stress, pressure, accusation,
persecution come to the realization that the Lord has been delivering them
from fear, from past failures and from areas of weakness in their flesh that
have plagued them throughout the years.

How is it that I can say these things? If I were to tell you that I read
all this in a book somewhere, we'd all have a good laugh, and you'd know I
was telling one great big story. The fact is, I can give you a guided tour
(and already have to some extent in previous Coffee Breaks) of my personal
walk with the Lord in the midst of tribulation.

OK. Let me give you one more picture of tribulation before we change gears
and take a close look at the wrath of God.

Revelation 8 begins like this (see the first six verses): "And when he had
opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half
an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them
were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar,
having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which
was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the
prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. And
the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it
into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and
an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared
themselves to sound."

Without revisiting all of the events that took place on June 9, 1994, we had
numerous friends and brothers and sisters in the Lord who reported things
happening to them like the following:

One of our sisters in the Lord from High River, Alberta was driving to
Edmonton. Some 60 or 70 miles out of Edmonton she saw a hitchhiker standing
alongside the road. She had made it a practice to NEVER pick up
hitchhikers, and it caught her completely off-guard when Holy Spirit spoke
loudly in her spirit and instructed her to stop and pick up this hitchhiker.
Because it was not something she was inclined to do she drove on past and
kept going. Holy Spirit again spoke -- this time audibly -- and said, "I
said STOP! Go back and pick up that hitchhiker!"

She had no option but to obey, turned the car around in the center divider
and went back and picked up the hitchhiker. As she pulled back into the
traffic flow she turned to ask the gentleman where he was headed. Before
she could open her mouth, he looked at her and said, "The trumpet has been
set to the mouth," and he vanished into thin air. The whole experience
shocked her and she didn't know what to make of it. She contacted the RCMP
office in Edmonton upon arriving and related what had happened. The duty
officer said to her, "Lady, you are the ninth person to report that
tonight!"

In the days that followed (and she immediately shared it with us and our
fellowship) we had friends in Lethbridge, Alberta who reported the same
experience; and we subsequently heard of multiple like events taking place
all across the northwest from Montana to Oregon. I've no doubt that there
were other parts of the U.S. and Canada (and even very likely other places
in the world) who had the same identical experience on that date.

What was it all about? This is a personal opinion, but my conviction is
that the body of Christ was being prepared for the sounding of the seven
trumpets by the seven angels! Take a look at the very first thing that
happens when the first angel blows his trumpet.

Hail and fire came down together with the result that a third of the earth's
vegetation was destroyed. That's a picture of unusual heat, volcanic
eruptions and seismic events resulting in the destruction of crops worldwide
on a scale hitherto unknown.

The next angel sounds and we see what amounts to cataclysmic geologic plate
shifts resulting in the death and destruction of one-third of all life in
the sea, along with the ships caught in the resulting tsunamis.

The third angel blows his trumpet and a huge flaming meteorite falls to
earth resulting in the contamination of a third of the earth's water supply.

The fourth angel sounds his trumpet and the heavens are literally darkened
as what I will describe as a planetary object passes close by the earth in
what astronomers would refer to as a "near miss" causing a part of the sun
and moon and stars to be obliterated from view for a full 24-hour period.

Without getting into all of the events that follow (please read Revelation
9) it becomes very clear that God's objective is to bring people to
repentance and salvation -- sozo. Look at the ending two verses of
Chapter 9.

"And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented
not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and
idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither
can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of
their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."

You get the picture, don't you? The purpose of these plagues and
catastrophic events is to get people to repent. So far we haven't seen the
wrath of God. Despite all the chaos which unfolds during this time of
tribulation on the earth, Father God has yet to pour out His wrath! When He
does, folks, the earth will see and KNOW the difference between tribulation
and wrath.

That's where we go next!

"Fresh and exceptional things are about to take place in the Church around
the world. It will stretch our faith, but it will uniquely prepare us for an
awesome demonstration of God's glory. The Bible foretells that the spirit of
this generation will be as it was during the days of Noah. The Scriptures
portray Noah as one who found favor in God's sight.

Through a divine visitation, God specifically prepared Noah for
unprecedented events that unfolded in his generation. No human reasoning or
natural wisdom could have provided the necessary insight and strategic
blueprint for survival. Noah prevailed only by the Spirit of Revelation and
obedience to the spoken word of the Lord.

Only in the supernatural realm can we receive the provision for our
generation. This spiritual reality requires a far greater faith than we
presently possess on a corporate level. Therefore, we must set our faith in
order to access God's end-time promises to the Church. Jesus is the
Resurrection and the Life and He desires to display His resurrection power
and life, so we may behold God's glory. (Prophetic Word from Paul Keith
Davis)

Blessings on you!

Regner

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Another Coffee Break:
Pictures of Tribulation & Wrath, Part 3

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!

And the best day of your life to you!

Before we get started today, let me first begin by expressing my very great
appreciation to Rich Hoffman for his diligent labors in creating a new
website for the Coffee Breaks. As already noted, all 30 of the Multiply.com
sites that host these Coffee Breaks (for some 100,000 readers) will vanish
as of December 1. Rich is gifted in creating websites and he stepped up to
offer his services in creating a new site for us. When his labors and
efforts are completed, these Coffee Breaks will take on a new identity, and
we will change them from Another Coffee Break to Regner's Morning Coffee.
All of our archives will move to the new site, along with a fistful of
praise and worship music that we have recorded live during the past couple
of decades. We will keep you posted as to the shift and timing of the move.

That said, let's resume our discussion from Revelation 6, 7 & 8.

We've talked briefly about the first five of the seals being opened, along
with the four horsemen being released upon the earth; namely, (1) the rider
on the white horse going forth with the spirit of antichrist; (2) the rider
on the red horse going forth with the kind of death, persecution, and
tribulation that comes with a religious spirit (such as seen during the
Inquisition) ; (3) the black horse with its rider causing major weather
disturbances and changes, resulting in famine and disease being released in
unprecedented proportions; and (4) the pale (green) horse with its rider
empowered to rain death and destruction through even more famine (than the
rider on the black horse), rare and exotic diseases, wars on every scale,
pestilence and animal attacks.

I need to insert some commentary here that should have been included in the
past Coffee Break. It is important to remember what Jesus said when the
disciples asked Him what would be the signs and the indicators of His return
and the end of this sinful age.

And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.
For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead
many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are
not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the
end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and
in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these
things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you
to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations
because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray one
another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will
mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will
grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This
gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to
all the nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:4-14 NASB)

Jesus is making it abundantly clear that the same events He showed to John
(in the Revelation) would precede His return. He says of believers in
particular, "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you,
and you will be hated by all nations because of My name." Do you see it?
Tribulation is a natural part of our existence as believers -- and in
particular, what literally any reasoning individual would refer to as "great
tribulation. " But Jesus is not coming -- NOT YET anyway!

Ever notice that there's no such thing as a "seven-year great tribulation"
anywhere in Revelation? That's because tribulation has been ongoing since
the first century. This "seven-year tribulation" teaching is a total
misapplication of Daniel's prophecy in Daniel 9 -- and I'll probably get to
that before I'm done with this discussion.

Returning to Jesus' statement from Matthew 24, He makes a critical statement
that believers today need to get a hold of: "This Gospel of the Kingdom
shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and
then the end (of the age) will come." The "Gospel of the Kingdom" is NOT
the message of Salvation, although the message of Salvation must certainly
be included. The Gospel of the Kingdom is the message AND the demonstration
of the Kingdom of Heaven ruling in the midst of a wicked and perverse
generation, along with the signs and wonders that come through and with,
accompanying the citizens of the Kingdom -- Sons and Daughters of God who
boldly and uncompromisingly show forth every aspect of the Glory of the
Lord! It is -- as John clearly demonstrates in Revelation -- the teaching,
the preaching, the practice AND the demonstration of all that Jesus is
DURING a darkening age with gross darkness falling on people.

Jesus goes on to say, "But the one who endures to the end, he will be
saved." Endures? Yes Sir! Yes Ma'am! Endures AND overcomes all things!
Tribulation. Trial. Testing. Persecution. Temptation. The rebellion of
our flesh in the midst of it all. Yesssirrrreeee! Endures and overcomes
all things.

OK! My inserted commentary got a bit long, but let's continue with our
pictures.

The opening of the fifth seal made clear that there were many more believers
-- and especially those who spoke out prophetically against the sins in the
earth being committed by nations and leaders of nations -- to suffer
persecution, opposition and death because of the Word of the Lord in them at
the hand of those who were rebuked and conscienceless. Yet the promise of
the Lord was that He would personally avenge the deaths of all those slain
for their testimony.

Now we come to the sixth seal. Although the unfolding events will cause men
and women to blame the catastrophes on the wrath of God, it is clear that
this is nothing more than a colossal wrap-up of "great" tribulation in and
upon the earth because of the weight of sin upon creation.

Let's first take a look at the reference in Revelation 6:12-17: "I watched
as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned
black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and
the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when
shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and
every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the
earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and
every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They
called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face
of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great
day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" (NIV)

Now, take a look at how Isaiah prophesies with a nearly identical picture:
"And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear
shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit
shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the
foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the
earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall
reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and
the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not
rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall
punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the
earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are
gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days
shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun
ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem,
and before his ancients gloriously." (Isaiah 24:18-23 KJV)

Isaiah makes some clarification here as to why these events are taking place
when he says, "The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and it shall
be removed like a cottage; and the transgression (Hebrew: pesha': sin,
rebellion) thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise
again." He thus makes it clear that it is the weight of sin that is causing
the earth to reel to and fro, causing the massive earthquakes and upheavals,
along with the catastrophic hurricanes and flooding rains ("the windows from
on high are open") [e.g., Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo, Katrina, Isaac, just to
name a few].

There is a piece of hidden manna in Isaiah's revelation that I personally
find extremely exciting, and it comes in the form of Isaiah's statement,
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host
of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the
earth." This is a picture of highly successful spiritual warfare being
waged on demonic princes (Paul refers to them in the Greek text of Ephesians
6:12 as kosmokrator -- world rulers of darkness) who exercise their
influence over certain cities, states, nations, and regions of the world.

Isaiah's prophecy is a picture of a portion of Jesus' prayer (we often call
it "The Lord's Prayer") where He instructs believers to pray, "Thy Kingdom
come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Believers who engage
in spiritual warfare through prayer and intercession dethrone wicked princes
in heavenly places, and at the same time effect visible change in the
governance of cities, states, nations and regions of the world. When
intercessors exercise the authority delegated to them by a rhema word from
the Lord, and rip out the pinions of the thrones upon which demonic princes
exercise power and influence over the affairs of the areas of their
responsibility, they bring the Kingdom of Heaven, along with the authority
of the Lord Jesus Christ, to bear upon events, circumstances and the
governance of those areas.

Are you seeing it, folks? This is happening now, as we speak! What an
exciting time to be alive! These events are unfolding all around us, and
we're on the verge of a massive increase in this activity. Tribulation?
Yup! It is, but it is also a gorgeous time of victory for those saints who
overcome. I wouldn't trade this time for any other time in all of history!

There's a whole lot more to share in these pictures from Isaiah's prophecy,
and from John's Revelation, but it really would take us afield from today's
discussion so we'll save that for another time. That said, let's take a
break from these pictures of tribulation for a bit -- and Revelation 7 does
just that.

John makes is very clear that he sees an interruption to the opening of the
seven seals when he writes, "After this [the opening of the sixth seal] I
saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the
four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the
sea or on any tree." (Revelation 7:1 NASB)

Numerous times throughout the Word we see references to "the four winds" or
the four angels who stand at the four corners of the earth. Obviously the
concept of "the four corners of the earth" is a metaphor since the earth is
a globe without corners per se. Each time throughout the Word where we see
a reference to the four winds, it involves either a change of government or
a holding back of the government(s) of the earth. I don't have time in this
discussion to go there today, and exhaustively demonstrate this, but suffice
it to say that John -- in giving us a picture of the angels holding back the
four winds -- is communicating a pause in world governmental affairs while
the Lord does something extraordinary among the Jewish people.

We know that the Bride of Christ is comprised of two parts: the Jews and the
Gentiles (or other nations of the world). Metaphorically and pictorially
throughout Scripture, we see these two parts of the Bride represented by fig
trees (of which the fig, the sycamore and the mulberry are often
illustrated) and olive trees. The apostle Paul drew the analogy in Romans
11 of the Gentiles being illustrated as a wild olive tree whose branches
were cut off and grafted (contrary to nature) into the cultivated olive tree
(representing the Jews) so as to make one new and productive fruitful olive
tree.

Here's an interesting illustration for you. Remember the 24 Elders who are
worshiping before the Throne of God (seen throughout Revelation)? That's
two sets of 12. (I'll amplify this a bit more shortly.) Twelve come from
Israel and twelve come from among "the children of men."

Now, scientifically -- horticulturally -- speaking, the practice of
grafting wild and cultivated olive trees together has produced 24 separate
genus of olive trees resulting in 900 separate species. Think that's just a
coincidence? Nope! (That bit of information comes compliments of Microsoft
Encarta.)

Moving right along with the Revelation John sees (chapter 7) we are told,
"And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the
living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it
was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither
the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their
foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were
sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the
children of Israel."

Notice the command given the four angels: "Hurt not the earth, neither the
sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their
foreheads." The command is very specific: DON'T HURT THE TREES! What
trees? The olive trees!

How do we know this, and why do I single out the olive tree? Because of the
rest of the command, and the action which follows the command. The angels
are sent to gather out and mark (seal) the foreheads of twelve thousand
servants of God out of each of the twelve tribes of Israel.

[Let me pause parenthetically to note that the mark in the forehead of the
servants of God in the Greek text is the word, sphragizo (pronounced,
sfragidzo). This word differs from the mark in the forehead that people
take from the Beast. That word is charagma. Charagma is a mark or badge of
servitude. It is something which stamps itself indelibly in the character
or mindset of an individual. Sphragizo on the other hand, is a mark of
security and preservation: literally and figuratively, to attest to, to keep
secret.]

Thus, we have 144,000 (the number twelve taken to completion or perfection)
gathered from Israel -- a number which represents that portion of the Bride
taken from Israel -- who are to be protected and preserved from injury or
destruction during the horrific events that are about to unfold. Revelation
14 reveals to us the second half of the Bride as the 144,000 "redeemed from
among men, being the firstfruits unto God and the Lamb." We'll get to this
group in due time, but that's not part of today's discussion.

By the way, we are still NOT at the wrath of God being poured out! We're
still in the midst of great tribulation, stress, persecution and opposition.
We're still in the middle of events unfolding upon the earth as a result of
the weight of sin and rebellion.

The singular difference is that for the first time we are seeing the
protection, the safety and security of the Bride of Christ taking place so
that, no matter what befalls the earth as a result of the unfolding
destruction and chaos, the Bride of Christ -- that set apart and holy,
glorious people of God -- is protected! Understand, folks, that they are
not taken OUT OF, but rather PROTECTED -- SEALED BY THE WORD OF THE LORD --
IN THE MIDST OF tribulation!

Consider now the next thing that John sees along with the 144,000 redeemed
from Israel: "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man
could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms
in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God
which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."

I'm getting ahead of myself, but before we quit for today, compare that
statement to this one from Revelation 14:1-5: "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb
stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand,
having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice
from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great
thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And
they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four
beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and
forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they
which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they
which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among
men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was
found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God."

Here we have a second distinct group of 144,000 who are redeemed from among
men -- NOT from the 12 tribes of Israel. We'll get into this more in our
next Coffee Break, but it confirms the picture of the wild olive being
grafted into the cultivated olive.

We've got a long ways to go yet in this discussion, so let me point out that
John is told by the Angel of the Lord, "These are they which came out of
great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb." The significance of this is that these are the
overcomers. They have overcome tribulation, testing, opposition, and
persecution. They have overcome the same demonic principalities described in
the seven letters. By virtue of their overcoming (and that overcoming is a
spiritually disciplined decision and effort) they have "washed their robes"
and made themselves ready for the Marriage of the Lamb.

OK. Have to stop there. We'll continue this discussion again.

"Fresh and exceptional things are about to take place in the Church around
the world. It will stretch our faith, but it will uniquely prepare us for an
awesome demonstration of God's glory. The Bible foretells that the spirit of
this generation will be as it was during the days of Noah. The Scriptures
portray Noah as one who found favor in God's sight.

Through a divine visitation, God specifically prepared Noah for
unprecedented events that unfolded in his generation. No human reasoning or
natural wisdom could have provided the necessary insight and strategic
blueprint for survival. Noah prevailed only by the Spirit of Revelation and
obedience to the spoken word of the Lord.

Only in the supernatural realm can we receive the provision for our
generation. This spiritual reality requires a far greater faith than we
presently possess on a corporate level. Therefore, we must set our faith in
order to access God's end-time promises to the Church. Jesus is the
Resurrection and the Life and He desires to display His resurrection power
and life, so we may behold God's glory. (Prophetic Word from Paul Keith
Davis)

Blessings on you!

Regner

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Another Coffee Break:

Pictures of Tribulation & Wrath, Part 2

Felicitations and Blessings!

Before I get into today's Coffee Break, I have an issue that needs
attention. One of our primary forums for publishing these posts --
Multiply.com -- has decided to cease operating in its present form. Our
forum -- http://RegnersRange rs.Multiply. com -- has already been closed to
any updating. It is up to date as of a couple weeks ago, but eight years
worth of Coffee Break archives will vanish as of December 1, 2012. With
something on the order of 100,000 readers who access the 30+ Multiply forums
on which these columns appear will suddenly be without access. That means
we will have to scramble to move the Coffee Breaks to a new site -- and that
site has yet to be determined. If any of you are looking for something to
do and you have the necessary skills to create a whole new site from
scratch, please contact me immediately.

Secondly, for about the umptieth time, my MSN account was hacked and a large
number of you received spam messages which purported to come from me. Once
we are able to get a substitute website up to replace the Multiply site, I
will be dumping MSN as an email provider. Even though I've been with MSN
for nearly 20 years, the fact that privacy issues are not a priority with
them, and the fact that -- increasingly -- users of MSN are nearly as prone
to hacking as AOL users makes it necessary to make these changes.

Anyway, onward and upwards!

Let's begin today by drawing a completely different picture of tribulation
than the one (or ones) referred to in the previous Coffee Breaks. First,
let me lay a foundation for this from Revelation 5:9-11.

"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to
open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by
thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And
hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the
earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the
throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten
thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands."

(Note: The KJV translates the Greek zoon as "beast." This is a somewhat
misleading translation since the word actually should translate as "living
being" or perhaps more accurately, "living creature," without actually
identifying the kind of "being." That, however, is a separate discussion
for some later time.)

In sharing the Revelation of Jesus Christ, one of John's opening remarks
(see Revelation 1:5-6) goes like this: "And from Jesus Christ, who is the
faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the
kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in
his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

Where we're going in our picture of tribulation that John is instructed to
share is preceded by the fact that we are FIRST AND FOREMOST "kings and
priests unto God;" and that being the case, we are given an assignment and a
responsibility, specifically: "and we shall reign on the earth."

OK, so far? The ability to "reign on the earth" is a direct byproduct of
overcoming each of the enemies described in the seven letters -- and this is
important to our understanding of where John is taking us next.

Notice also that the 5th chapter of Revelation opens with John seeing the
Lord Jesus Christ as the Lion of Judah being handed a book which was sealed
with seven seals. Each of those seals had a prophetic significance for
which John now receives understanding and revelation.

Chapter 6 is a clear description of the opening of the first six seals and
gives us an understanding of events which have been taking place in the
earth since the day(s) that John was first given this Revelation.

The first seal is opened by the Lord, a sound of thunder (the Greek word,
bronte: a roar, an explosion of sound) is heard and John sees a white horse
and a rider with both a crown and a bow going forth to conquer. What John
is seeing is the spirit of antichrist. The particular Greek word used here
is the same word (actually the root) which appears in Revelation 2:6 and
2:15 as "Nicolaitanes. " In previous Coffee Breaks (and in a forthcoming
book titled SEVEN NATIONS, SEVEN LETTERS) I have dealt with the "doctrine of
the Nicolaitanes" as well as "the deeds of the Nicolaitanes" which the Lord
specifically labels as "which thing I hate!"

The unique thing about the word "Nicolaitane" is that it is a reversible
contraction of two words: nicos [or nicaos] -- meaning, power; and laos --
meaning, the common people. As previously noted, depending on how you
contract these two Greek words you wind up with "power over the people" (or
hierarchical church structure) or "power to the people" (more simply
described as democracy in the church) or "congregational" church government.
No matter how you slice it, you come up with humanism and humanistic control
-- i.e., "man in control" -- rather than the government of God.

It is antichrist because it substitutes mankind -- whether that be power
filtered down through tiers of leadership, or power exercised by the masses
-- in place of the Lord Jesus Christ and/or the leadership of Holy Spirit.
It presupposes that a man (or men) lack the individual ability to hear what
Holy Spirit is saying and how He chooses to lead His people; and it
substitutes man-made decision-making for direct leadership AND THE ANOINTING
of Holy Spirit.

Thus, depending on how you render nicos and laos, you have a single
individual (or a small group of individuals through tiers of leadership)
exercising the power to conquer the masses in the body of Christ; or you
have the masses in the congregations dictating (through the taking of votes)
who their leader is to be, how that leader is to lead, and what he (or she)
is permitted to preach or teach. You have a form of Godliness. You have
some real, genuine preaching of parts of the Gospel, but the demonstrable
authority of Holy Spirit is missing; and the promised signs to follow the
believer are absent. There is no "gospel of the Kingdom" with the attendant
authority and power to demonstrate.

In this illustration (in Revelation 6:2) of the rider on the white horse,
you see the false Christ going forth "conquering, and to conquer." It was
already happening in John's day, and it certainly is happening today!

John next sees the second seal opened, and with that seal a rider on a red
horse who was given the ability to steal peace in such a way as to cause men
and women to turn on each other with accusations, personal attacks and even
kill each other. You'll observe that John describes this particular rider
as having a great sword. What you are seeing is a classic picture of a
religious spirit being driven and motivated by the Fear of Evil. The word
in the Greek text translated here as "a great sword" is the word machaira,
and it is a commonly-used term meant to describe the execution of judicial
punishment.

Although this spirit is certainly alive and well and operating in the earth
today -- with a vengeance, I might add -- it is my personal conviction that
John saw the tribunals under the various Roman Emperors and the Inquisition
that took place in the Dark Ages in which false accusations were leveled
against Christians, and they were put to death through absolutely
unbelievable methods. Torture, mutilation, beheadings, being burned at the
stake, thrown to the lions, used as target practice for gladiators -- these
were but a few of the means used to try to get Christians to recant their
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (If you haven't read Foxe's Book of
Martyrs, I strongly recommend it to you.)

Tribulation? Yesssirrrreeee! !! We're at war, folks! We are at war
against Satan, his hordes of demons and his agenda of lies and deception
against the people of God. He opposes us. He opposes the Lord Jesus
Christ. He opposes the Plan that Father God put in place before the
foundation of the earth. Anyone who thinks they can live in this world and
walk as lights in this generation without suffering tribulation is simply
deluding him- or herself. So long as we walk with the Lord we will be
opposed, persecuted and fought against with death as Satan's purposed
objective.

Now John sees the third seal opened, and with that seal the release of a
black horse with a rider whose primary objective was to change weather
patterns that would alter growing seasons in such a way as to ruin crop
harvests, bring drought and release pestilence. His plan? To starve people
through famine and release plagues of diseases across the earth. Have we
seen this? You bet! So that you understand that John was seeing something
that was about to unfold in the near future -- let alone the distant future!
-- between 400 AD and 800 AD, the population of Rome lost 90% of its
inhabitants due to famine and starvation.

Let me bring this more up to date. Between 1810 and 1849, four famines
raged throughout China taking 45 million lives. Between 1959 and 1961, a
continuous cycle of famine took another estimated 43 million lives in China.
Even more to the present, in 2009 an estimated 10 million Kenyans lost their
lives due to famine and disease, and that doesn't count those in Somalia,
Ethiopia, East Africa and Niger. And we haven't even begun to talk about
the famines that have occurred within the past decade in Russia, Siberia,
Vietnam or North Korea!

Let's continue with the opening of the seals. Let me remind you that we are
NOT seeing the wrath of God! This, folks, is tribulation -- GREAT
tribulation -- and it is going on (and has been ever since John was allowed
to see it!)

The fourth seal is opened, and John sees a pale (Greek: chloros > green)
horse. The rider in this instance is Death, and John tells us that "Hell
followed with him." In this instance we have the picture of death having
authority over a quarter of the earth. Specific delegated authority was
given to kill with the sword (persecution, wars and conflicts), famine,
pestilence (all kinds of diseases -- some of them exotic diseases) and with
wild beasts (Greek: therion > savage beasts, venomous creatures).

Here again we have a picture of something that has been going on nonstop for
the past 2,000 years. I will remind you that literally millions of
Christians were killed at the hands of the various Roman emperors for their
testimony. Wars of one kind or another and conflicts have raged throughout
the centuries. The significant difference was the beginning of the 20th
Century in which -- for the first time in history -- much of the entire
world was engaged in a conflict. The world was still recovering from World
War I when Hitler came to power in Germany, Stalin came to power in Russia
and Mussolini came to power in Italy.

Everyone thinks that Hitler was the measurement standard of all that is evil
when he slaughtered six million Jews, (and we're not arguing that) but no
one thinks about the 13 million Christians and Jews (and people in general
who opposed Stalin) murdered during Stalin's regime. Add to that the
estimated 1.25 million killed under Mussolini's regime and you have more
than 20 million people who were murdered under these three dictators between
1939 and 1945.

Let's make it a bit more recent. How about the uprising in Tahrir Square in
Cairo? How many of you saw the news piece on CNN and on MSNBC (on February
2, 2011) where they were covering the uprising? In the video clip there is
a very clear picture of a pale green rider on a pale green horse riding into
the crowd. The rider has a sword in hand, and two angelic beings accompany
him. Suddenly the rider and the accompanying beings disappear as though
they simply faded away. The appearance of this rider really caught the
attention of the news media, but Christian commentators latched onto it
immediately as a sign of a prophetic event unfolding. Perhaps you've seen
the news being reported in the past few days by FOX News, the Washington
Times, World Net Daily and other news media where the Muslim Brotherhood is
crucifying Christians on trees in plain sight for the world to see.

Now, let's add to all of this the incredible famines we've already talked
about; and then there are all the stories in the news about pets turning on
their masters and killing them, zoo animals escaping and killing people in
the streets, wild animals -- cougars, bears, mountain lions (you name it) --
coming into communities and attacking people. OK, you say, but we've heard
these kinds of stories for years! Sure you have, but how many years? 10,
20, 30 years? Compared to the last few centuries, folks, these stories are
increasing dramatically.

The picture now changes as the Revelation continues to unfold for John. The
fifth seal is broken and John sees the great altar with the souls of the
thousands and millions of people throughout time who had been murdered
because of their testimony, and because of their faithfulness in standing
for and upon the Word of God. He hears the cry coming forth from them
asking the Lord how much longer the wicked would be permitted to continue
before the blood of those slain was avenged.

The Lord lets John know that white robes (wedding garments) were given to
all of them, and that they should just relax a bit longer until those who
still remained who would be killed were put to death. If you understand
this picture, then you understand that the tribulation and persecution seen
when the second and fourth seals were opened was still incomplete, and that
there was yet an additional number of believers to die because of the Word
of the Lord in them, and because of their testimony.

Let me pause for a moment to comment on remarks I've heard from numerous
Christians over the past few years. A common point of contention among many
is that a loving God would never put His people through such persecution and
tribulation, allowing them to be murdered in cold blood because of their
testimony. What these misguided Christians fail to see and understand is
that, first of all, God is NOT a sadist! He isn't the one doing all of
this.

This is the work of Satan who opposes and exalts himself above all that the
Lord Jesus Christ is (and has been) doing. With every cell of his
existence, Satan seeks to prevent the Lord from receiving His inheritance in
a people who are His exact counterpart, His other self, His precise image!
These are a people who victoriously rise above the persecution, the
opposition, the tribulation and the threat of death to overcome every effort
of the Enemy to prevent them from being that counterpart of Jesus Christ.

Death is no threat to them whatever! They have no fear of death! The
comfort of their flesh is irrelevant when compared to the Glory of the Lord
being revealed IN THIS HOUR!!! And John saw it! He could testify firsthand
to it. Let's not forget that when John was given this Revelation of Jesus
Christ and put it down in writing for the body of Christ to read, the Roman
Emperor, Domitian, had tried to put John to death. Failing that, he tried
to torture John by dipping him into a vat of boiling oil. John came out of
that vat unscathed and unmarked. When that failed, he exiled him to the
Isle of Patmos so as to rid the empire of John's influence. Even that
failed! John could therefore write the Revelation as a victorious survivor
and overcomer.

If we are to believe historical documents, John lived to the year 116 or 117
AD, finally dying in Ephesus at an age easily exceeding 110 years. The
early church father, Polycarp, who suffered martyrdom himself, was a
disciple of John being mentored in the Gospel by a man who clearly
understood the message of the overcomer.

Here's how John saw it, personally experienced it, and described it: "And I
heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of
our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

Get it? John is seeing the final moment of victory when every effort and
every device of Satan is put down because of (1) the legal authority given
to the believers by and through the blood of Jesus, (2) the faithful
testimony of the overcomers as they testified to what the blood of Jesus
accomplished in defeating Satan, and (3) they never let the threat of death
deter them, even though -- for many -- torturous death did come as Satan
tried to force them to change their confession.

I've said it before and I'll say it again! Great tribulation? You bet!
Getting raptured or caught away out of it so that you don't have to
experience great tribulation? NOT if you want the Glory of the Lord to be
revealed in the here and now AND gain the final victory that Jesus has given
us over Satan!

Next week we'll look at the breaking of the sixth seal and the significance
of the events that John saw, and if we have the time to do it we'll look at
the eighth chapter to see the wrath of God.

"A phenomenal opportunity to encounter and embrace our Heavenly Father is
being given to the Church around the world today. It is one that must be
welcomed and protected. With the dawning of this new day in Church History,
the anointing of Heaven is disbursed in the spiritual atmosphere so those
truly seeking Truth can lay hold of it and obtain great insight with
understanding. As Sons of the Kingdom ask with sincerity for this deposit,
it will be received. Our spiritual eyes will be illumined to see the
Scriptures from Heaven's perspective, not merely man's.

The spiritual realities that are being birthed in the earth now will have no
end. They will literally flow into the Millennial age and the coming
manifestation of His Kingdom on the earth.

Though we do not know when those days will be fully revealed, we do know
that the purposes now being birthed will advance directly into that age. We
will begin to taste the good Word of God and the power of the age to come.
Like the beloved disciple John in his notable revelations, we will be
allowed to eat the open book containing the full manifestation of the Lord's
redemptive plans and purposes. This will be the tasting of His Kingdom Word
and a demonstration of Kingdom might, in order to wonderfully introduce the
Lord Jesus in truth and power, to an entire generation. (Prophetic Word
from Paul Keith Davis)

Blessings on you!

Regner

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Another Coffee Break:
Pictures of Tribulation & Wrath, Part 1
Greetings & Solutions!

Without any ado let's get right to today's discussion. By the way, I do
have a French Press brimming with some very dark roasted French Roast. Come on over and set a spell with me.

In keeping with the theme of the past two discussions, this Coffee Break can
be regarded as part III of the Antichrist series as I seek to clear up some
confusion in the body of Christ concerning some of the end time teachings
and doctrines we've all been exposed to. Again let me begin with I
Corinthians 13:9,10,12):

"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is
perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away...... For now
we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know even as also I am known."

As already noted, my sharing with you comes out of the revelation Holy
Spirit has downloaded in me and that which I have been walking personally --
especially during the past 30 years. I do not claim to have all of the
blanks filled in yet so bear with me if some of what I share doesn't seem to
click in your spirit.

In our last Coffee Break, I noted that Paul used the Greek word thlipsis in
Colossians, and here we have it translated "afflictions. " Let's take a look
at that for a minute.

"Although you were previously alienated and hostile in your thinking by
virtue of the wicked deeds you were engaged in, yet He [Jesus Christ] has
now reconciled you to the Father through the death of His fleshly body [on
the Cross] in order to present you before Him holy, blameless and beyond
reproach -- if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and
immovable, and not removed in any way from the hope of the Gospel [of the
Kingdom] which you have heard, and which was proclaimed in all creation
under Heaven -- that of which I, Paul, was made a minister. I rejoice now
in my tribulation and sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my
share on behalf of His Body (which is the Ekklesia) in filling up that which
is lacking in Christ's afflictions. Of this Ekklesia I was made a minister
according to the administration and stewardship from God imparted upon, in
and through me for your benefit so that I might completely carry out the
preaching and teaching of the Word." (Colossians 1:21-25, my translation &
amplification)

We actually see the word thlipsis twice in this passage -- once translated
as Paul's tribulation and sufferings, and once as the afflictions of Christ.
Notice what that thlipsis produced in Paul.

It resulted in Paul's being able to share from a personal standpoint the
afflictions that Jesus went through on our behalf. It produced the change
of Paul's nature in such a way that the Lord imparted a stupendous
anointing. That anointing resulted in the efficacy of Paul's being able to
share a revelation of Jesus Christ such that 2000 years of fellow-believers
have been able to profit and grow in their relationship with the Lord as a
result.

Next, take a look at Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians.

"[We] sent Timotheus, our brother and minister of God, and our
fellow-laborer in the Gospel of Christ, to establish you and to comfort you
concerning your faith: that no man should be moved by these afflictions: for
yourselves know that we were appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were
with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it
came to pass and ye know." (I Thessalonians 3:2-4 KJV)

Here again, twice, we see the alternate translation of the word thlipsis as
"afflictions" and "tribulation. " Again, Paul is telling us that tribulation
and afflictions for believers [who press forward in Christ Jesus] is the
norm! Tribulation isn't something abnormal for the believer! Tribulation
is a normal part of our existence as believers. To create an imaginary
picture -- a fantasy, if you will -- in the mind that tribulation is
something to be avoided is -- once again -- a lie of antichrist. It is a
false Christ that says You don't need to go through tribulation! I'll just
snatch you out of the way and keep you safe in Heaven during "the great
tribulation. " It is a false Christ -- a substitute Christ -- that suggests
that A loving God would never put His people through tribulation!

We've been quoting this verse from John's Gospel in the previous Coffee
Breaks, and here it is again! Jesus said (and continues to say!):

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the
world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the
world." (John 16:33)

It's NOT the Lord that is putting us through tribulation and afflictions.
These things are a byproduct of the fact that sin is at work in the world.
We are enemies of sin. We are residents and representatives of a Kingdom
that is in the midst of overthrowing Satan's dominion in the earth today.
For us to think we're going to somehow escape experiencing tribulation is an
absolute fantasy. It is a demonic fantasy!

Let me take this another step. What about our fellow-believers in China
today? What about our fellow-believers in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and other
Muslim countries where folks worship a god who hates Yowd Hey Vav Hey
(Jehovah) and His Son, Jesus Christ, with a purple passion?

Father and mothers kill their sons and daughters who convert to
Christianity, and they feel absolutely justified in doing so. They cut off
the hands or the feet of believers. They starve them to death in prison.
They hang them on public display in order to demonstrate their utter hatred
of the Lord Jesus Christ and all who believe in Him. They drill holes in
the heads of Christians and string wires through them, connecting those
wires to electric current in order to hopefully destroy their brains and rid
them of any thoughts of serving the Lord Jesus.

Tribulation! It goes with the territory, folks! The overwhelming majority
of the tribulation that committed believers suffer today is a direct product
of other religious people (and very often those who call themselves
Christians) who oppose them as heretics, or simply do not want to hear a
Gospel preached that requires them to be anything other than passive
"believers."

I'll share with you some personal experiences for the sake of illustration.

You all know that I grew up in the arctic, and that my parents were pioneer
missionaries who went into communities where people either were hearing a
watered-down Gospel, or they were still steeped in ancient traditions under
the rule of shamans. The churches that did exist in those communities were
not challenging the status-quo and any concept of deliverance from evil
spirits was non-existent.

We saw a move of the Spirit in the late 1950's and early 1960's equal to
anything you read about in the book of Acts. After several years of being
absent from the far north, I returned in the late 1970's to Barrow, Alaska.
It was not my intention to start another church fellowship when I went, and
I expected to work with the pastor who was serving in the church I'd helped
my Dad build.

He was a fairly young man and one who was not confident in himself, nor in
the relationship he had with the Lord, nor in the church denomination he was
with. When I returned to Barrow, I had long been away from the denomination
my father was a part of -- not out of any antagonism towards the
denomination, but simply because the Lord had opened up doors of opportunity
for me to minister across denominational lines. By that time, I'd served in
a conservative Baptist church, spent a year ministering in a Methodist
church, filled in for a Lutheran pastor while he took a sabbatical, preached
in multiple seminars with Roman Catholic priests -- some of whom were among
my best friends, spent a year teaching classes on the Priesthood of the
Believer in a Mormon ward, done Charismatic seminars with Lutheran and
Episcopal denominational leaders, etc., etc., etc. You get the picture. I
went where the Lord directed me to go and He gave me the necessary grace and
favor.

Because I was not a part of my father's denomination any longer, all of a
sudden I was a threat. The current pastor of that church in Barrow I'd
helped Dad to build made it clear that I was not welcome there. At the same
time, elders in the local Presbyterian church who had known me from years
prior came to me and asked me if I would serve in an interim capacity while
they awaited the appointment of a permanent pastor by the Missions Board of
the denomination. I accepted gladly and served there for four months. The
new, permanent pastor and I became good friends and we were able to
fellowship together freely.

When people in the community realized that I was not going to serve at the
Presbyterian church any longer, and that I'd been declared persona non grata
at the other church, they asked me to begin another non-denominational
fellowship, and that I did.

I began to teach and preach deliverance from evil spirits, from the
traditions of man, and began to teach on the reemergence of the Tabernacle
of David (a society of praisers and worshipers) as a practical and
operational event in the body of Christ, religious opposition began to rear
its ugly head. When I began to teach and lead people in the realm of
spiritual warfare, I became the target of real warfare and persecution.

My name was spoken of in the pulpit of the very church I'd helped my parents
to build, and it was bandied about as that of a heretic. However my name
was used, people were encouraged to do everything in their power to drive me
out of the community.

For months my phone would ring and a muffled voice on the other end would
say words to the effect of, "The next time you step out the door, you're
going to get a bullet through the face." Hate mail filled my mailbox. My
two youngest children were repeatedly attacked and beaten on their way home
from school. My oldest daughter was shot at six times.

Driving one day from my office, I heard a thud on the side of the van I was
driving. I wasn't sure if I'd hit something so I stopped to take a look.
There was a bullet hole that had punctured the side of the van just behind
my seat. The bullet passed through the van and out the other side. Not
long thereafter, I was standing in a construction shack with one of the
elders in our fellowship on property we had acquired for building a worship
center. We'd been standing in front of a window studying the building plans
when suddenly Holy Spirit yanked us apart. In that same split second, the
window exploded as a bullet passed a couple inches from my face.

I opened the door to the shack and saw a man standing out on the road some
300 feet or so away with a rifle and a scope. Running toward him as fast as
I could, I hollered at him, "Hey, what do you think you're doing?" That
obviously was the last thing he expected. He turned to run and dropped his
rifle. He stopped to grab it off the ground and ran to a waiting vehicle
with the motor running and sped away.

A few days later when the construction crew was at work on the same property
getting ready to sink piling into the ground, a group of young men showed up
with rifles in hand and told the construction foreman that "You either stop
now, or we will kill you and your crew." He came to see me a few minutes
later and told me that they were all boarding a flight for Anchorage. "Call
me if you ever get this mess straightened out," he said. "If we can
actually get on with the work, let us know and we'll come back. Otherwise,
we're out of here!"

We had leased the community center from the city for our fellowship
gatherings. The building was in a severe state of disrepair, so we set
about to restore the building. We put in new flooring, linoleum and carpet,
painted the place and installed new bathrooms. Not long after the work was
complete, we showed up one Sunday morning for our services and the place was
a wreck. The city manager had rented the place out on Saturday for some
parties and no effort had been made to clean it up. When I went to report
it to the city manager, he let me know that the building was not ours to use
any longer and that our lease was terminated.

I'd been operating two for-profit businesses in Barrow as a means to fund
our growing ministry operations and to provide capital for the expansion of
the ministry of the Christian Broadcasting Network in Alaska. In the eight
weeks that followed the loss of the community center, my store was broken
into six times. Every time I tried to restock the merchandise (it was a
high-end stereo and TV business), the store was broken into and the place
cleaned.

In the middle of these robberies, two employees who were managing my
communications business embezzled $145,000 in cash and fled the town.

What's funny is that in the midst of all this turmoil we were seeing miracle
after miracle take place in the lives of individuals. In my mind, all of
these things just went with the territory. I'd seen Dad and Mom suffer
persecution and opposition for the sake of the Gospel. Why should I think
it would be any different with me?

I sent my two youngest children out of town to be with my parents for their
own safety and protection. My oldest daughter felt she could stick things
out. She was nearing graduation from High School and didn't want to leave
her friends.

The repeated loss of merchandise in my retail store eventually brought me to
the place where I didn't have the necessary cash to keep refilling the
shelves, and I couldn't pay for the merchandise that had been stolen. It
forced me into bankruptcy.

Within a matter of weeks after filing, there came a knock on our door. When
I answered the door, police officers stood there with guns drawn. They
announced that they had a search warrant and told me to get out of the way.
When I asked them what they needed or what they were looking for (and that I
would be glad to get for them whatever they thought I had) they pushed past
me and began ransacking the house. They took clothing, bedding, personal
papers, and some very expensive stereo equipment that I had in the living
room, and left.

Because I was closely linked to CBN in Virginia Beach at the time, I first
called Lyn Barnes (who was Director of National Ministries and my direct
supervisor at CBN), and then called CBN's Chief Counsel to let them know
what was happening. Lyn's reaction (and mirrored by CBN's Chief Counsel)
was to be expected, "This can't really be happening in America! This is not
the Soviet Union! How do they think they can get away with this?"

In the end, I had no attorney to represent me -- none of the local attorneys
(and they were few!) wanted to touch the case -- and by the time I was able
to get an attorney in Fairbanks (over 500 miles away) things had really gone
downhill fast. In the end, none of the items taken were ever returned, and
the stereo equipment wound up in the homes of two of the police officers.

Despite the furor and confusion, the opposition and the persecution, we were
seeing the Gospel spread through Christian television into the native
communities scattered throughout Alaska. We were hearing miracle after
miracle after miracle of changed lives, people receiving healing, folks
being set free from evil spirits.

The story I've just related to you is a fraction of all that took place.
There's a whole lot more that I could share, but you've gotten the picture.
It would fill a volume to just talk about the tribulation and the
persecution. You see it don't you? This was not the wrath of God! This was
nothing more and nothing less than what Jesus assured believers they would
experience.. ..remember?

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the
world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the
world."

Jesus spoke this promise in order to ensure that we would be at peace in the
midst of it. Tribulation, persecution and opposition all pale into
insignificance when you see Holy Spirit at work otherwise. None of it moved
Paul. Consider what he said as he prepared to be taken to Jerusalem: (See
Acts 20:22-24)

"And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the
things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in
every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these
things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might
finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the
Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

Later on Paul would write to Timothy and say, "But thou hast fully known my
doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at
Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered
me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution. " (II Timothy 3:10-12)

Now look again at the last half of verse 11: "what persecutions I endured:
but out of them all the Lord delivered me."

I've often wondered why so many Christians are anxious to avoid suffering,
persecution, affliction and tribulation when God's Word makes it repeatedly
clear that this goes with anyone who "will live Godly in Christ Jesus."

Without quoting the entire passage (and I refer you to II Corinthians
6:4-10) Paul makes the point that Father God demonstrates the difference
between those who have His approval and those who do not by the grace with
which they live through tribulation, afflictions, tumults, imprisonments,
necessities, distresses and every other form of thlipsis. How so? By the
way in which He vindicates His Word!

I've run out of time today to take this where I wanted to go, so we'll
continue with this topic next week, but let me finish up today by saying
that in the midst of all the persecution, the opposition, the losses that I
suffered, the accusations that were leveled against me, and all the attempts
that were made on my life, when all the smoke cleared away, the Lord
vindicated His Word -- that same Word He had sent me to Barrow to deliver --
in ways that simply left me breathless and astonished.

Tribulation? Yesssirrrreeee! !! Anyone who thinks they can live in this
world and walk as lights in this generation without suffering tribulation is
simply deluding him or herself.

Great tribulation? You bet! Getting raptured or caught away out of it so
that you don't have to experience great tribulation? NOT if you want the
Glory of the Lord to be revealed in the here and now!

Next week I'll take you into the sixth chapter of Revelation for a picture
of great tribulation. Then we'll look at the eighth chapter to see the
wrath of God poured out.

"A phenomenal opportunity to encounter and embrace our Heavenly Father is
being given to the Church around the world today. It is one that must be
welcomed and protected. With the dawning of this new day in Church History,
the anointing of Heaven is disbursed in the spiritual atmosphere so those
truly seeking Truth can lay hold of it and obtain great insight with
understanding. As Sons of the Kingdom ask with sincerity for this deposit,
it will be received. Our spiritual eyes will be illumined to see the
Scriptures from Heaven's perspective, not merely man's.

The spiritual realities that are being birthed in the earth now will have no
end. They will literally flow into the Millennial age and the coming
manifestation of His Kingdom on the earth.

Though we do not know when those days will be fully revealed, we do know
that the purposes now being birthed will advance directly into that age. We
will begin to taste the good Word of God and the power of the age to come.
Like the beloved disciple John in his notable revelations, we will be
allowed to eat the open book containing the full manifestation of the Lord's
redemptive plans and purposes. This will be the tasting of His Kingdom Word
and a demonstration of Kingdom might, in order to wonderfully introduce the
Lord Jesus in truth and power, to an entire generation. (Prophetic Word
from Paul Keith Davis)

Blessings on you!

Regner

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Another Coffee Break:
Wrath vs. Tribulation

And a supercalifragilisti c morning to you! Well, OK! Expialidocius, too!

WOW! Guess I should have seen it coming, but didn't realize my last Coffee
Break would stir up such a hornet's nest. Talk about angering religious
spirits! Even had one preacher call me the Antichrist because of what I
shared. Oh well! I know that when you begin to address long-held doctrines
and traditions, this comes with the territory. Nevertheless, I'm bound to
share that which Holy Spirit directs.

This Coffee Break can be regarded as part II of the Antichrist series, and
yet I'm dealing more with the confusion that has developed in the body of
Christ as a result of "antichrist doctrines" -- or doctrines which
essentially cheat the Lord Jesus Christ out of receiving His due inheritance
in His people. Before I get into the things I need to share, let me build a
"fence" around this discussion. In case you haven't figured it out yet, I
don't know all there is to know. (Grin!) The apostle Paul put it like this
(see I Corinthians 13:9,10,12):

"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is
perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away...... For now
we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know even as also I am known."

I can share to the extent of the revelation that Holy Spirit downloads in
me, and to the extent that I walk out and experience that which He imparts.
I used to look back a decade or so and think, Wow, the Lord sure has taught
me a lot! What was learned during a period of ten years ago in time past
has accelerated enormously as we draw closer and closer to the Day of the
Lord. Now I look back a matter of months and say, WOW!!!

Now, let me make a few quick corrections to some statements made in the last
Coffee Break. I'm indebted to a good brother in the Lord and fellow-laborer
in the Gospel, Keith Gerner, for steering me in the right direction. Keith
is a true apostle. He has overseen the move of God in Ireland for more than
50 years, and is one who has literally been responsible for tens of
thousands of people (and even more) coming into the Kingdom of God. That
said, Keith received his degree in history from Oxford, and was able to help
me get some facts straight concerning Margaret MacDonald and the influence
of the Scofield Reference Bible.

First, Margaret MacDonald was not an adherent of pre-trib rapture. Some of
her writings are available online, and as she wrote in an article the year
before she died, she saw the rapture coming AFTER "the tribulation, being
the fiery trial which is to try us," and for "the purging and purifying of
the real members of the body of Jesus."

Secondly, the doctrine of dispensationalism, along with the doctrine of a
pre-tribulation rapture was the product of a "revelation" by two Jesuit
priests in Spain in or around 1830. As they began to share these doctrines
within their sphere of influence, it drew the attention of the hierarchy of
the Catholic Church. They were subsequently excommunicated, eventually
leaving Spain for France where they fell in with local leaders of the
newly-spreading Plymouth Brethren movement.

These teachings became part and parcel of the Plymouth Brethren, and began
to spread into the Reform denominations -- along with that, the Presbyterian
leadership in America. C.I Scofield was converted in or around 1879 and
mentored by James Brookes, then pastor of Walnut Street Presbyterian Church
of St. Louis. Brookes had become a strong adherent of J. N. Darby (Darby's
Translation of the N.T.) who was a pioneer in the Plymouth Brethren's
beginnings. Darby was a strong proponent of the dispensationalist pre-trib
teachings. As a result, Scofield was mentored under those doctrines.

I originally stated that Scofield's Reference Bible was published in the
late 1890's, but in fact, Scofield only had his New Testament notes and
commentary at that time. His complete reference Bible was published by
Oxford Press in England in 1909, replete with Scofield's notes, references
and cross-references.

OK. Enough of that. Let's move on.

Over the past years, and especially the past few months, we have had
numerous discussions with various brethren concerning the confusion
surrounding the difference between tribulation and the wrath of God.

As I noted in the last Coffee Break tribulation is something promised by the
Lord for all believers. Jesus put it like this:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the
world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the
world." (John 16:33)

Before we get too far along in this discussion, it's necessary for us to
look at the Greek word used throughout the New Testament which gets
translated "tribulation. " This is an interesting word. Thlipsis (there's a
tongue-twister for you!) literally means: pressure, afflicted (affliction) ,
burdened, trouble -- and of course, the two uses we most commonly associate
with: persecution, tribulation. This word comes from the root: thlibo,
which means to squeeze into narrow places, to crowd.

Pretty clear so far, right?

One of the translated uses of thlipsis in Paul's letters is the word,
affliction(s) . I'll come back to this momentarily.

The word "wrath" which appears in the New Testament Greek as the word orge
(and comes from its root, oregomai) occurs some 45 times. It literally
means: violent passion, justifiable ire or abhorrence, and by extension,
punishment; indignation, vengeance. This is one of those picture words in
the Greek language which creates an image of the mind literally stretching
forth in violent excitement in order to execute righteous judgment.

Now that we have these definitions, let's take a look at some appropriate
applications in the Word so that we can clearly understand why tribulation
is a necessity for God's people; and why, in contradistinction, those in
love with the Lord and committed to Him will not experience His wrath.

Pardon me, folks, if at first this comes across pedantically or too much
like a lesson from a Bible College class. I don't want to bore you, but it
is necessary to lay a foundation so that you can understand the real picture
of tribulation and rejoice in the midst of it because of what the Lord is
doing in us.

Consider Joseph. Here's a guy who had some real revelation from the Lord.
He goes to share it with his family and gets mocked by even his father. In
fairly short order, his brothers kidnap him and sell him to some Ishmaelite
slave traders. He gets sold to Potiphar, Captain of Pharaoh's personal
guard, as his personal slave.

Despite the betrayal of his brothers and the unbelievable change of
circumstance, Joseph manages to refrain from becoming accusatory or bitter.
He behaves with integrity before Potiphar and in the process of time is
given charge over all of Potiphar's household and business affairs. Things
are looking up.

Potiphar's wife decides that she's going to have Joseph and attempts to
entice and seduce him. Nope. When she tries to lay hands on him and force
him into a compromising situation, he breaks loose leaving his outer garment
in her hands. When she cries "Rape!" Joseph is immediately seized and
thrown into prison without a trial or any opportunity to defend himself.
Still he refuses to become embittered.

Once again, the Lord is with Joseph (He has been all along in the midst of
this tribulation) and he gains the favor of the prison warden. Once again,
Joseph is given complete charge -- this time over all the prisoners and over
the operation of the prison. Something like five years pass. Pharaoh's
cupbearer and baker get caught in events which anger him and they get thrown
into prison, only to be placed in Joseph's care.

A few months pass and both dream dreams. Because the Lord is with Joseph he
is able to interpret these dreams. The cupbearer is going to be restored to
his position and the baker is going to lose his (and his life). Joseph
pleads with the cupbearer to remember him to Pharaoh when he is restored.
Sure enough the baker is executed and the cupbearer is restored to his
position. Unfortunately, the cupbearer forgets his promise to Joseph.

Two more years pass. Joseph has now been in prison for seven years. He was
17 years of age when his brothers sold him into slavery. He is now 30 years
of age. 13 years have passed -- years of trial, trouble, pressure, false
accusations and -- for the last seven -- imprisonment. These are years of
severe tribulation for a man who has had dreams and visions from the Lord,
and promises that are forever etched in his being.

Now it is Pharaoh's turn to have some dreams -- two of them. No one among
Pharaoh's wise men and advisers have any clue as to what they mean. All of
a sudden the cupbearer remembers Joseph and tells Pharaoh about him. The
long-awaited call comes and Joseph is retrieved from prison, cleaned up and
dressed in appropriate garments to be presented to Pharaoh. As Pharaoh
unfolds his two dreams the Lord reveals the prophetic picture to Joseph,
which he in turn shares with Pharaoh.

In less time than it took for Joseph to share with Pharaoh the prophetic
implications of his dreams and make recommendations to him, Pharaoh changes
Joseph's status from former slave and prisoner to Prime Minister of Egypt.
Now Joseph is second in command over the entire nation.

What am I getting at?

The tribulation that Joseph experienced wasn't God's doing, it was man's!
But God used those 13 years for Joseph's benefit, his training and
preparation to rule. He took what was meant for Joseph's harm and turned it
to Joseph's benefit, the benefit of Joseph's family, the preservation of
Pharaoh and all of Egypt, and the preservation of surrounding nations.

Consider David. Like Joseph, he was 17 years old when his life took a very
unexpected turn. Anointed by Samuel to become King of Israel, he came to
Saul's attention in fairly short order after the Philistines sent their
champion warrior, Goliath, along with the armies of the Philistines against
Israel. Sent by his father, Jesse, to bring bread and goodies to his
brothers who were on Israel's front lines of battle, David sees and hears
Goliath's taunts against the Lord and against Israel.

The Spirit of God rises up in David when he hears these taunts and he lets
it be known that if no one else is going to take on Goliath, he will -- and
the Lord will be with him. Saul is glad to have someone who will challenge
the giant but wants David to take on his armor before going to battle. Saul
is a big man, standing somewhere between 6'6" and 7' in height. David is
nothing like that, and Saul's armor is way too big. David shrugs off the
offer and takes on Goliath announcing and decreeing the Word of the Lord as
he heads toward him.

As a sling-fighter, David has developed deadly accuracy, and with divine
guidance directing the stone from his sling, David drops the giant with a
single stone to the center of his forehead. Leaving nothing to chance,
David rushes over, grabs Goliath's sword and cuts his head off. Seeing
their champion dead, the Philistine army turns to flee the scene of battle.
Israel's army under Saul's leadership takes off after them. That day, tens
of thousands of Philistines die.

Saul decides this is too good a warrior to waste anywhere but at his side,
and he takes David into his court. Jonathan, Saul's son, has a heart for
the Lord and a bond of love and fellowship develop between the two of them.
In the celebrations and victory dances that followed the slaughter of the
Philistines, the women of Israel -- throughout all the cities of Israel --
began to sing and chant, "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his
ten-thousands! "

In that moment, hatred of David is born in Saul's spirit, along with fear
and jealousy, and he determines to find a way to kill David. During the
next thirteen years, David will find himself at the wrong end of Saul's
spear, conspired against, falsely accused, on the run constantly for his
life, and occasionally taking refuge among the enemies of Israel, the
Philistines.

Interestingly enough, it was during these years of tribulation, trial,
persecution and being on the run for his life continuously that men and
women began to join themselves to David to stand with him. Initially we are
told (I Samuel 22:2) that some four hundred men (not counting women and
children) joined themselves with David's company. Later, we see that group
growing to more than 600.

Despite all that happened to him, David learned to conduct himself
circumspectly with honor and integrity, displaying the grace, the love and
the mercy of the Lord God in the sight of the entire country. When at last
Saul died at the end of a spear the men of the tribe of Judah crowned David
as their king. Another seven years would pass before the rest of Israel
would determine that David should be king over the whole nation.

It isn't necessary for me to recount all that David did, or the life he led.
We all know that according to recorded history, David was considered by the
Lord to "be a man after God's own heart." David became the king by which
every other king in the nation's history was judged and measured.

Why? It wasn't just the way he ruled. It was the way he functioned even in
the midst of great persecution, trial and tribulation. He became not only
the standard for kings, he was a classic example of grace, love and mercy in
the face of tribulation and persecution.

Let's skip ahead to the apostle Paul. Tribulation? Hmmmmm..... The way I
see it this man's life epitomized tribulation. How much more do you want to
see in the way of opposition, attempts on one's life, false accusations,
imprisonment, hunger, thirst, shipwreck, etc., etc., etc.?

How did Paul put it? "Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I
am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more
frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes
save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I
suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In
journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by
mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in
perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false
brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and
thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness." (II Corinthians
11:23-27)

Last time I checked, that counts as tribulation. How about you? Care to
try all that, and then suggest that Paul didn't experience great
tribulation?

So what was the fruit of all that tribulation? For Joseph, it was the
ability to show mercy to his brethren -- the same ones who started him on
his 13-year journey through Hell -- and rejoice because of what the Lord did
with him as a result of it all.

For David, it was a picture of love, grace and mercy demonstrated to the
grandson of the enemy who tried to hunt him to his death. It was a picture
of mercy and grace toward a son who betrayed him and tried to take the
throne away from him. For David, it resulted in the development of such
character that God promised a new covenant with His people predicated in
"the sure mercies of David." (see Isaiah 55:3, Acts 13:34)

For Paul, it produced in him the ability to communicate to every succeeding
generation the love of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Now, let's talk about the wrath of God.

Remember when Korah rose up against Moses along with Dathan and Abiram and
250 elders of Israel? Remember their rebellion against God's choice of
Moses to lead Israel and their jealousy of him? Remember their accusation
against Moses and against the Lord, saying that Moses had simply led Israel
out of Egypt to kill them? (Read Numbers 16)

Despite the fact that God had delivered Israel out of the hands of Pharaoh
and his great oppression, performing spectacular sign after sign with the
ten plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, the water out of the rock, the
manna from Heaven, and everything else that God did, Korah and his
conspirators were accusing God of having ulterior motives. Because they
took their anger and jealousy out on God's anointed and chosen leader,
Israel got to see the wrath of God in action in a way they'd never forget,
and at the same time see God's vindication of His choice in Moses!

"And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all
these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the
common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all
men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and
the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto
them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that
these men have provoked the LORD." (Numbers 16:28-30)

And that's precisely what happened! The earth opened up and swallowed
Korah, his household, his family, his tents and all that belonged to him,
and then slammed shut. Then fire came out from the Lord and consumed the
250 elders that had joined in the rebellion. But it didn't stop there!
14,700 people who had stood by in tacit agreement with the rebellion were
consumed by a plague. That, my friends, is a classic example of the wrath
of God.

There's a whole lot more to this picture and we'll pick it up there in our
next Coffee Break titled, PICTURES OF TRIBULATION & WRATH.

"The deep things of God are known only to Him, but are revealed to us
through His Spirit. That is the promise of 1 Corinthians 2. Therefore, it is
our expectation to witness an unprecedented outpouring of His Spirit and
unfolding Last Day mysteries that will perfect the bride and empower the
Sons of the Kingdom.

Mere human knowledge is not sufficient to bring in the great harvest. We
must be endowed with God's supernatural provision that is clearly promised
for this hour. To do so, every saint of God must come to the realization
that Christ is "all in all."

He is Light; He is the Way, Truth, Life; He is the Resurrection; He is
Wisdom; He is Righteousness; He is Goodness; He is Understanding; He is
Alpha and Omega; He is the Beginning and the End; He is All in All.

To merely acknowledge these as doctrinal truth is not sufficient. They must
become experiential reality through personal encounters with the Living
Christ. The Lord is standing at the door knocking with a personal invitation
for profound fellowship and the unveiling of Latter Rain revelation. For
those who will forsake all else to dine with Him, this will be an age of
greater glory and personal transformation into His very image. (Prophetic
Word from Paul Keith Davis)

Blessings on you!

Regner

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