We are entering a new season. This is a time that has never happened before. Time has changed a lot. In three years, something happened that had not happened before in decades.
There will come a time when we will not be able to hide safe. No big cities will rescue. It is in the cities that thousands of people die, and today large metropolitan areas are the most dangerous places in human life. We are in a new season.
One of our sisters, an intercessor, sent me a dream. She saw in a dream one of our dear friends, a bishop, who takes the roots of ordination directly from Voronaev. I never heard this sister see him in her dreams. But there she sees him singing a song with a small choir on stage. And he was surrounded by a wall. It was difficult for my sister to discern the words, and the sound didn’t go beyond the walls. And just a day or two later, I learnt that this brother had died.
It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit reveals His secrets. What for? It’s not just “for show”. And I wrote to her, to support her, that the Holy Spirit spoken to her. I don’t know if she ever saw him in real life, but she saw him in her dream. Imagine how accurate the Holy Spirit is!
At first I kept this dream because I didn’t understand why it was addressed to me. I read that my brother sings with the choir, but he sings behind the wall, and we can’t hear his voice. It was impossible to discern his words, because he was already on the other side, and the sound didn’t go through the walls. I wouldn’t be able to interpret it in any other way if my brother had not died.
I say that this image interests me very much, this brick wall in between. I think that one day we will all have to get behind this wall. And today these thoughts are so close. We shouldn’t be afraid of these thoughts, we are going to eternity.
We read about Apostle John: “Follow me, until I come, you will be with me”. We read about Peter, as he says that the time has come for him to “leave the tent,” as Jesus revealed to him. We read as Paul says that he would have to leave.
It turns out that these thoughts were always close to the Apostles. And that’s amazing, because one day we’ll all have to through that wall. If God allows something and it comes upon you, then “the covering will be too narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.”
I remember how in times of persecution, this Scripture was very relevant – Isaiah 28. I remember how this place was read to me, it was during the times of persecution. It says that when the overflowing scourge passes through, then… the bed will be short to stretch out on it and the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.” And they will say “here a little, there a little”, they will determine “precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept”. This place was especially relevant in times of persecution, when there was a compromise.
What Scriptures are relevant today? What passages of Scripture shall we choose to be our promises, to which we shall hold fast as islands, which shall not let us drown? What Scriptures will become saving for us, what promises of God will shine like a red light for us?!
Think about this, because only the Word can save you. We must hold on to the Word alone! Nothing else will save, so hold on to the Word. Cling to it, bite into it, because it will give us strength.
I remember one brother from Turkmenistan telling his testimony. There were severe persecutions, an attempt was made, a car accident was staged with his wife, with a child. He was forced to immigrate. They literally bought him out. He said that under torture he was saved by promises. He didn’t tell how he was tortured, he is a very weak person and all that gave him strength was the promises of God. A few promises of God that he clung to pulled him out. You see, when everything else fails, the Word of God can hold us back. Sometimes people go into eternity without being delivered, but he was delivered. One receives it this way, and another the other way.
I remember the story when terrorists climbed over the fence into the house when the mother went out to the store, and shot the family with a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl – teenagers. They ran into the house and began to shoot, children being the first victims. There was a small meeting and they started shooting at people. Some managed to hide, then a gunfight began, and the army excecuted those people.
The mother returned… she did not give her children and husband into the morgue, she washed them herself and prepared them for burial …
I heard this story from our friend. He said that the pastor where the family went didn’t come to the funeral. Their fear was so strong that he didn’t come to bury his brother because of fear. And the brother, who wasn’t a priest, had to perform a sacred action of the funeral.
That’s what happens when that wall comes close. We begin to manifest our real faith, which we are capable of. And fear is a great power. This is a very big power. But I have already said that there will be no coward in heaven.
The Scripture says: “…cowards and unbelieving shall be in the lake of fire.” This doesn’t mean that I should not be afraid, but we must overcome our fear. And the biggest fear is the fear of death. There is no greater power than the fear of death in a human life. But there are things that are more than fear – this is honor, this is good name, this is faithfulness, this is love. They are above fear, these qualities are something to die for, because the memory remains, and you go into eternity with this memory.
You will present to God, in the last moment of your life, who you are. If you lived a righteous life, but at the last moment became a scoundrel, then all your righteous deeds will not be remembered. As the Scripture says, they will be crossed out.
This is very serious. We must pass this exam. If we don’t pass it, our faith is worthless. I don’t know what goosebumps you feel, what trance you understand. If you don’t get through this here, then everything else is empty. Your visions, your revelations, all your knowledge about the Angels is emptiness, nobody needs them, because you are unfaithful. You cannot lay down your soul for the Church of Christ. For you brothers and sisters are nothing, because you are an individual, puffed up, elevated by self-conceit. This is spiritual deformity. Therefore, there are more important things than gifts. There are more important things than revelations. This is unity, love in the Body of Christ, and your belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven, you are “one of us” in heaven.
We are at the gates of a new period. But if the Church of Christ doesn’t endure at this time, if she has “played too much” with miracles, with success, then woe to us. The Apostles never pursued numbers. They didn’t engage with crowds, they followed Christ. Peter proved it all his life – he laid down his soul, he was crucified with his head down. Well, what is this success? He never had three or five houses. He never made even one. But he was crucified with his down, the supreme Apostle!
John was a prisoner on the island of Patmos; Paul was beheaded in Rome. It was an imperial city, the capital of the world empire, and there he laid down his head. It is also not easy to lie down under an ax with a smile, blessing and praying. In the last moments of his life, as he was leaving, he was blessing his executioners. That’s how he saw it saying: “… I have to leave, but I still remain here for you.” And the moment came and Paul transited worthily – beheaded.
These are the Apostles, these are miracles, these are supernatural trance, these are gifts, because there is love for the people of the Lord, love for the Church of Christ, love for God, love for His Kingdom, love for His Word, love for everything heavenly and God’s. I choose this. I choose God’s foolishness. I will go with Him in foolishness. I will go with Him into reproach. And let everyone laugh, let them not “like” me, let no one know me. Let them slander and slander and be disappointed in me, but I want to be where Christ is.
And today Christ takes off his purple robe and puts on sack cloth to go where there is pain, tears and suffering. And I want to ask you: where is your Christ today? Is He really so indifferent that He doesn’t see where the child is crying? Where is He today?
“I see a big star fall on the earth, and fire started from it, which destroyed the harvest in the field and some of the people who were in this field. This led to confusion, fear and horror of the livingon the earth. But instead of the fallen star, a new bright one has risen, like the sun, from which light proceeded, like a pillar of fire that showed the way. One just had to see and follow it. But many were in fear, they ran and hid so that no one could see them.”
“The man of God was teaching about the time, pointing to the clock, which was given by the Angel of God, about the beginning of a new time, about the fact that the seasons are changing very quickly now, and how every brother and sister must be prepared to stay awake and sober, go deep into the Word of God, especially the book of Revelation.”
Indeed, I have a feeling that we are saying goodbye to this season and to some of you, perhaps. It will indeed be a different time. And it’s not even what it will be that matters, but what we will be at this time – that is important.
The time may be such that there may be shortage of food – anything can happen. Perhaps there will be such a dark time that we will struggle with the sorrow that will dominate in our land. There is such a global spirit of sorrow. It is already coming, and I already feel it – its breath. How it’s breathing and stealing joy from God’s people.
But what will we be at this time, that is the question. And now I even feel that we are saying goodbye, we are letting go of this barge of last season with our past joys, sorrows, failures, sins – confessed, unconfessed, victories that already mean nothing today.
Do you understand? When you return home, what will you do there? Live the old lifestyle? It will not work, you have no right to live as before. None of us has the right to live according to the flesh today. We have no moral or spiritual right. I call to your conscience in the Holy Spirit that we stand before God ready to die for Christ. We don’t pursue success, we don’t choose where it is easier, better, more anointed – but where Christ is. And He is where He is sought with a sincere heart.
I want to read the promises from the Word of God.
“Behold, a King will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice.”
These are promises, this is a dream for any country, any state – democratic or monarchical. “The king will reign in righteousness, and the princes will rule with justice.” That’s the way it should be, that’s the promise, that’s the way it must be. This is a promise. So it shall be.
And I see hope in this, I see in this an open door where a star is shining, because the Lord said so.
Each of these princes will be like a hiding place from the wind. They build wind walls, wind shields, so that they protect from the wind. I remember one day when I ascended a mountain, I fixed a covering at the top so that I could hide, because the icy wind just blew me away, cramped my neck and I just had to hide. It was scary, because there was a strong, squally wind, but it was possible to take a break under the covering.
Our leaders, our princes must be a hiding place from the wind, so that the people can stand behind them and feel protected from the wind. From ice or fire. Do you understand? Pray for this, that our pastors may be protection from the wind. And the Scripture says that each of them will be like a hiding place from the wind, each of them will be like a shelter from bad weather.
Look: what a blessing it is to have such a pastor in the church! How happy the sheep will be to have such a pastor in the church! He is a covering from bad weather. He takes off his jacket and covers the children, and they feel this warmth, kindness and safety. Yes, arrows fly in your back. Yes, you can’t feel your back because of the cold, but there, under this cover, it is safe.
And they will be like rivers of water in the dry place. It will be possible to drink from them, they will always have the living Word. Always a word of hope and life! This is a dream.
Oh, Lord, how I wish that our brothers and sisters would release rivers of water in the dry place. And each of them will be like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. The shadow of a great rock in this heat, unbearable heat, dangerous heat that burns.
It is written that “in the daytime the sun will not strike you.” It gives heat on the one side, and the rock gets red-hot. It doesn’t simply cover, it takes all the heat in it and covers the weary with the shadow. This is the mantle of the princelike leadership.
We need to take this mantle of David, of whom God says, “I will make David a shepherd, who will shepherd the people with discretion,” which is the mantle of princely leadership.
Dear ones, take this for yourself. Receive it! We must be the kind of people who will bring peace and relief to the nations. We must be the ones who carry protection. And in this difficult time that is coming, such people must rise. They will not hide, seek profit, but will protect God’s people. That’s who we need today.
“And the eyes of those who see will not be dim.” The result of all this, this obedience of the people, will be that “the eyes of those who see will not be dim.” That is, they will be open. And the ears of those who hear will listen. Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge. See, the stupid will get smart. “The stammerers will speak clearly” – there are people who find it difficult to express their thoughts, but they will receive the anointing of wisdom, and God will anoint their tongue.
”The foolish person will no longer be called generous”. Yes, there will be justice. Fools will be fools. This is the other side of the truth, that the wicked be wicked.
“Nor the miser said to be bountiful. For the foolish will speak foolishness, and his heart will work iniquity”. You will look at this treacherous wicked one, and everyone will know that he is treacherous and wicked. It will come. I’m reading this to you from the Word of God. It will be. These are not the thoughts of a psychologist. These are the promises of God, so it will be.
“Rise up you women who are at ease, hear My voice; you complacent daughter, Give ear to my speach. In a year and some days you will be troubled, you complacent women! For the vintage will fail, the gathering will not come. Tremble, you women who are at ease; be troubled, you complacent ones; strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, and gird sackcloth on your waists. People shall mourn upon their breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines. On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city; Because the palaces will be forsaken; the bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, a joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks –
– until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a garden, and the garden will not be considered a forest. Then judgment will be established in this wilderness, and justice will dwell in the fruitful field. Tthe work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurence forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places, though hail comes down on the forest, and the city descends into the valley. Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.” (Isaiah 32:9-20)
It says here that a certain operation has to be made. And the prophet continues: “You women, who are at ease.” See, this is not another chapter, this is a continuation of the prophecy. He shows the beginning, the promise of glory and we need to hear the voice speaking to you. He says: “Rise up you women who are at ease, hear My voice; you complacent daughter, Give ear to my speach. In a year and some days you will be troubled, you complacent women! ” That is, this is an appeal to the brides whom He sees at ease. These are the churches of Christ that have lost their walk with God. He calls them “women at ease”, “complacent daughters”. That there will be no harvest, which you tell “fairy tales” of. “Tremble, you who are at ease!” is the command. You know, sometimes we can experience such a spasm. And you shudder and come to your senses, wake up. Today I ask the Lord to give us a shudder, that holy spasm that will bring us to our senses. What we need today is not lulling to sleep, but we need to shudder. “Be horrified, careless ones.” How else can we be terrified? How else can we wake up?
And strip yourselves. Perhaps you wear the wrong clothes? Perhaps these clothes bring grief to our Lord? Strip off your clothes! See, you seem to be reading all this for the first time. Because it is being revealed specifically for this time. Why do you feel like you’re hearing this for the first time? Because it used to be hidden, but at this hour it is revealed. Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, and gird sackcloth on your waists.
Ah, that’s how it has to be! This means that she must be made naked, and it‘s not a robe or underwear she puts first on, but a waistband – on her naked body. Turns out there was no waistband. And He says: “…strip yourselves and make bare, and then gird sackcloth on your wasitband,” – a waistband on a naked body.
The belt of truth is put on the naked body! Because this is the most important thing – gird yourself with the truth, and then everything else comes. And we’ve forgotten it. Should truth work for our egoism?! No, make yourselves bare, strip off your clothes! You’re not dressed properly, the belt should be inside. And on a naked body, it means that it girds the waists. See what calls we are getting, make haste, be horrified, strip off your clothes, undress, gird yourself.
“People shall mourn upon their breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines.” These are prayers. When did we pray like this? Repentance. They will hit their breasts – for the beautiful fields, for the fruitful vine. “On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers. Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city, because the palaces will be forsaken, and the bustling city will be deserted.”
An operation is needed for a “woman at ease”, an operation is needed for complacent daughters. For the palacess will be abandoned, the city will be deserted.
“Do not despise the chastening of the Lord.” Then the Lord continues. First, He shows the mountain, then the lowland through which the bride must have an operation, and then He says: “Until the Spirit is poured out from on high.”
Here is the operation of the Lord, to make us naked. He wants to make the church bare today, to see what it really is, what its faith is. Not the way we play and show off, but what we really are – are we ready to suffer for Christ, are we ready to suffer even barrenness, but to adore Him and die of love?! And He says: this is all you will have. For I carry out this action with your carelessness and disobedience, until the Spirit is poured out on you from on high, and the wilderness becomes a garden, and the garden is counted as forest.
We’ve been talking about it – that what you call a garde, with the presence of God’s glory you’ll see that it’s just a dense forest. You thought it was a garden, but when the light came it was a forest.
He says it will be until the Spirit is poured out from on high. When the Holy Spirit is poured out, we begin to see everything as it is in reality. Reality comes – this is the Apocalypse, these are open eyes. The Apocalypse is the reality, it is a revealed reality, it is a revealed Revelation.
“Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and ighteousness remain a fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace.” Lord, give us peace! We are losing it, it’s slipping away from us, but we want to have it back.
But we’ll have to get through, brothers and sisters, get ready. We will need to go through a dark time to be cleansed, so that the bride and the careless woman are naked and girded with a waistaband – on a naked body. It should be on her inside.
“And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever … hail will fall on the forest.” That is, the hail is the judgments. The hail doesn’t bring blessing, but it will be taken away from the harvest and will fall into the forest, where man doesn’t sow, where he doesn’t expect a harvest.
If there judgments come, they will bypass us. And hail will fall into the forest, and the city will descend into the valley, because in the valley there is greenery and water.
“Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.”
This is the promise of God, and here we see the mountain of the Lord, the princes who rule according to the law. Then the cleansing of the drunken Bride, who went into carelessness and fell away from the Bridegroom. He takes her through trials and cleansing because judgments begin with the House of God and the churches will go through those judgments. He is taking them, get ready to endure and receive the Spirit – pure and Holy.
When the Spirit comes upon her, she will be ready to receive it and never lose it again. “Blessed are those who sow beside all waters.” Let us sow beside all waters. Water flows from everywhere, sow where you can only see water, sow wherever you feel moisture. Sow seeds where you have never sowed, sow by all waters, feel the moisture, feel the water, dew, mist and sow there. Stream or river – sow wherever you feel water!
“Blessed are you who sow beside waters and send out freely the feet of the ox and donkey there.” Let’s sow and remember, the most important thing is faithfulness. It’s written about stewardship, it’s required that everyone should be faithful.
Holy and faithful in Christ Jesus.