“The man of God was shown as he was pouring new wine into new wineskins. Someone brought an old wineskin and asked the man of God to fill it. But the man of God said that this old skin had to be replaced with a new one, otherwise there would be no good. Some didn’t listen, but were offended and began to speak ill of the man of God. There was a bad smell from their old wineskin, and the wine in it was spoiled. And those who obeyed, replacing the old skins with new ones, came again to the man of God to fill their wineskins. They rejoiced and were very grateful: because when they accepted the new wine, they experienced something new, and their enlightenment was visible.
I absolutely agree with this revelation. This is an amazing revelation. Now is the time when the new wineskins must gain new strength. I see that it’s like a marathon – at first they all run together, but over time the distance between the people begins to grow, and after tens of kilometers there is a very big gap and the real thing manifests – the one who is a true champion has real strength.
The Lord is beginning to shake all the nations today. Somewhere there is moral decay, somewhere devastation, confusion. The book of the prophet Haggai says this: “… once more (it is a little while), I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land, and I will shake all nations, and the Desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of Hosts” (Haggaea 2:6-7).
“The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts; and in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of hosts.”
God is re-establishing the powers in heaven today. He says He will shake the heavens. The shaking of the heavens – for us, earthly people – so that we understand that God is shaking the heavens too. The realignment of powers is underway in the Angelic world.
God is shaking the planet. You don’t have to be a far-sighted prophet to understand that this is happening. Within one generation, we live through as many global catastrophes as we have not experienced within four or five generations in former times. The earth itself changes rhythms – time cycles, energy flows. Everything changes in the space. The planet is shaking. It is written: “the earth staggers like a drunk.” God is shaking the nations. The step of His feet is heard here and there.
But these are positive changes for eternity. Understand, He is shaking the nations for a purpose – for a purpose of cleansing and for a purpose of higher restoration. It’s very hard to see it when you’re an insider, when you’re looking from the inside. But God is hurt, and He is punishing His children for a higher purpose. He beats every son He receives. If He punishes you, realize that this is not sorrow, but joy – because you are His.
After this turmoil, God will fill the church with glory. He says He will shake all nations and fill the House with glory. Even if there are ruins, even if there is an economic decline. His House is not a prayer house in a chic setting, the state of the House is estimated by the spirituality of believers. Here’s what we’re talking about. It’s not about houses of worship, it’s not about structures, it’s about the Body of Christ. God says that after these upheavals, you should see their purpose – that He would fill God’s House with glory.
Those who see things this way receive mighty patience, they are clothed in long-suffering. It is written that “he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Endure to the end! There is a purpose in this.
After the House is filled with glory, resources will flow into it. Then in these cycles and in this chronology He says, “The gold is Mine, the silver is Mine.” But resources will flow not to the House where people are focused on consumption, but to the one where everything is targeted for the salvation of nations and to the increase of the glory of God.
God doesn’t want us to get richer for the sake of riches, because that’s idolatry. Covetousness is the root of all evil. Covetousness is idolatry. If I just love wealth for the sake of wealth, I am an idolater, but if I want more resources to expand the ministry of the Kingdom, I am a minister.
The glory of this temple will be greater than of the former. God is shaking everything towards this temple now. For the sake of this glory, everything is shaking. Understand the purpose.
Sometimes you have to react very quickly in order to get into the right position so that this shaking does not continue until we get it.
That’s the good, revealed Word, that’s what it is all being done for. The Lord not only punishes people, but He also blesses. This is how people with primitive consciousness think. I wonder at such “prophets” who don’t understand the essence of things, the ways of our Lord. Everything is done for the sake of eternity, and not for the sake of happiness on earth. And then the great peace will come. Here in this spiritual place – not geographical – the Lord of Hosts will give peace.
Then there will be an ascent of glory through the knowledge of God, an ascent in maturity. Maturity will come with the full age of Christ. The peace of God will come, it will return to the House of God the Father.
Today is the time that the pillar has lifted and moved. “Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, the children of Israel would camp” (Numbers 9:17).
Where is your cloud? What do you have with the cloud? – Many will not answer. Many don’t know where their cloud is. They think the cloud should live in their meetings. No! The cloud must guide us.
“On the day the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant; and from evening until morning, it was over the tabernacle having the appearance of fire.It was always so: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, the children of Israel would camp. At the command of the Lord, the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp: as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle, they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey; so it was when the cloud was above the tabernacle for a few days: according to the command of the Lord they would remain encamped, and according to the command of the Lord they would journey. So it was when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey. Whether it was two days, or a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, then they would journey. At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses ”(Numbers 9:15-23).
Yes, the cloud must be above our tabernacle during the day – this is the presence of God in our lives. And it guides us during the night – in the midst of temptations – the fire must burn at night. In church where the head is Christ, there must be God’s guidance.
Who among us can boast that you are accurately moving after the cloud? But Israel did. This is the leadership that the church must achieve today. At times the cloud remained. Perhaps Israel needed to gain strength, perhaps to comprehend the last part of the journey, perhaps it was necessary to communicate the latest revelations that were to be realized. There were many more reasons why the cloud could remain. This doesn’t mean that there was a break or vacation. In those days, cleansing took place: some were bitten by snakes, some went underground. Sometimes Israel shook off her impurities, sometimes, when the cloud remains, the church is to engage in deep sanctification, deepen in knowledge, strengthen in teaching. A pause is not stagnation. And holiness is not any constant “running around”, after which you go to bed with a “clear conscience”. But it is all from the Lord. We must understand the times and periods when the cloud moves and when it remains.
Why does the Lord write all this? – For you and me today, so that you find yourself in this. Today there are cycles and seasons – recognize “two days”, “a month” or “several days”. I believe that the church should not stand for a year or half a year – it should be reformatted, enter the season. A month is the maximum period for reformatting. God also has His own heavenly speed, which He communicates to the earth.
They followed the direction and command of the Lord. You need to obey, you need to follow the cloud.
God’s people recognize these things. The cloud stopped and shook off the dust.
Today the House is shaking. Because the judgment will begin with the House of God. And when the judgments move on the planet, the Lord shakes the Church first.
But now the cloud has lifted! Hear the voice!
But there are those who do not see, lagging behind. I think that in the camp of Israel there were also complainers, lagging behind, who crawled on the ground, and the Amalekites and Moabites “gnawed” their tails – they followed the lagging behind – like jackals and hyenas chasing the weak and wounded. If you want to be strong – you need to be in the forefront. The safest place is on the front line, in the fire, because it cuts through the darkness.
Now the cloud has lifted, it has moved. It’s just gaining speed. The speed of the cloud has not yet been set – it continues to gain its strength and takes into account the accordance – the speed of obedience of the people. The cloud doesn’t want to break away from the people and disappear beyond the horizon. The pillar takes them into account. And we can accelerate the movement through our reformatting into new wineskins.
The Cloud has now lifted above the people and is beginning to move in your churches. But many do not see this. They live in the old – they think that the doors are closed, nothing has changed. But the doors are open! You need to go and check if they are already open. But you just don’t believe. Because you don’t believe revelation. That’s what the Holy Spirit was talking about today – about new and old wineskins – about new and old thinking. I see this even among the ministers: when a revelation is conveyed, you have to face their unbelieving flesh, they begin to resist. Poor church under such a pastor! It is ruled by a skeptic, a coward, an unbeliever – blind and deaf.
We must be quick to hear in revelation and follow the cloud: run after it if it’s rushing. The speed is connected today with the response of the people. The people must be quick to hear and obey. Today the dynamics of the church life and spiritual discipline is very relevant. The doors are open!
Do you think the cloud remains above you? – No! It’s already moving! Run after it! Change the dynamics of your life! Live like it’s your last day! Do not look at yesterday’s closed opportunities, now everything is changing. There’s a need for new thinking today – a new, updated formation.
Many pastors are hopeless – one has to pass by them and enter into the new thing. They are unable to go outside their rooms. New churches have to be started. We need to send new teams and start new churches with people of new formation. Today my search is for these people with a mindset that believes revelation.
I believe there should be four clouds in a person’s life. These clouds are to guide the faithful of God on the path to glory.
First cloud is the cloud of grace – favor, blessings of your circle of life. We must feel the favor of God. God’s love surrounds me. One day He gave me the name – Jedidiah, “beloved of God.”
It doesn’t matter what your parents were like, what your past was, it’s important what you have with Him now. This cloud wants to surround you. It wants to cover you, your spirit, your soul and your life. This cloud extends to you to cover you with God’s blessing – to love, so that you abide in His love. It is a cloud of Christ’s love that every man of God can experience. Many live in pain. They live constantly fighting guilt, sin. Their prayer is all about them. I don’t pray for my own salvation – because I’m saved. There are more important and more interesting things in life than poking around in sins – getting stuck and digging into them. Sorry!
Obtain this cloud. It is not breaking through to many. Many feel, but don’t experience, don’t believe, can’t appreciate God’s favor towards themselves. Appreciate, recognize, experience this cloud of God’s favor. Personally to you, to your life. Value it – because it can slip away.
Hold it! It can take you into new realms. It can change your profession, move you into education, move into relocation, in your family life. It can move you into a new connection with the anointed ones, into new circles of people and rivers of life. This is all very serious.
Keep in mind, this is not any soft and drowsy cloud, this is a cloud of God’s favor, benevolence towards you, your life. Watch this presence, cherish and move after it! It is not a remaining cloud that follows you. It is the cloud that guides you and you must be in the center of it.
The second cloud given to the man of God is the cloud of glory.
“When the priests came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves without keeping to their divisions); and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen with cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounded with trumpets, – indeed it came to pass when 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 endures forever; that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (II Chronicles 5:11-14).
God established Shabbat, the year of jubilee. There are cycles, hours, weeks. God established the Shabbat day for us to give it to God, give it to Him completely. So that we don’t do our usual business, get distracted from the hustle and bustle, earning bread, etc. So that we give this day only to Him. When you experience this blessing, God will lift you up to the high places of the earth, and you will taste the inheritance of Jacob, you will experience an increased blessing – one hundred percent, because this is the promise of God forever.
Jesus said that He was the Lord of the Sabbath. If you want to know Jesus as Lord of the Sabbath, start keeping Shabbat. Personally, in my life, I experience a huge blessing when I give Shabbat in my heart. In our worship nights we experience a deep immersion in the Spirit, and there we made the transition – from the prayer of asking things to the prayer of cooperation and government: when you are not praying and asking, but when He proclaims things through you, and you move in Him, inside of Him. You see visions, you speak them, and then you see things fulfilled. One night I kept hearing inside that we had pulled out of perish about 300 people.
This cloud of God’s glory wants to break through to you, so that you move in your life with a cloud of enhanced, incredibly sweet presence. One of the saints said that man was created for taking delight in God, that this is the highest purpose of man. And God created man for taking delight, for fellowship.
When we lose this purpose, remain earthly, because we use faith for consumption, to satisfy our earthly values, we lose the most important thing. We must understand that the glory of God gives the highest level of happiness, the highest quality of life – to live in God’s presence. Many people think that money creates quality of life. According to the flesh – yes, but your inner happiness doesn’t depend on this. Many rich people live yelling, swearing, in obscenities, in a frenzy – they are trying to nock off the feeling that they are wasting their energy in the wrong direction.
But the cloud of glory in a person’s life is the return of Eden, this is the highest quality of life. A person with disabilities and a low income can be incredibly happy if God’s glory is present in his life. I urge all of us today – find this cloud and enjoy.
The third cloud that can be in the life of a man of God is the cloud of witnesses.
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Sin prevents you from connecting with the cloud of witnesses. You lose that connection. So you have to remove sin and weight out of your lives, in order to get connected with the cloud of witnesses.
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). What clouds does Jesus come with? – It’s the cloud of witnesses! When you focus your gaze at Jesus you see the cloud of witnesses with the peripheral sight. So , don’t seek the cloud, focus on Jesus and He will show who He is surrounded with.
Looking unto Jesus. The cloud of witnesses are not only Biblical, but also historical overcomers, God’s people.
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24).
When I pray, “Lord!” – I also call the cloud of witnesses. The Lord is surrounded by the spirits of the righteous. When you ask the Lord, the spirits of the righteous participate in the answers. Today there is little revelation on this subject. Especially among those who rejected the tradition of the church. Calling themselves Apostolic they have crossed out the history. It is so stupid. The Middle Ages, which we call the dark ages, were actually ages of prosperity – a cultural revival was under way. You can believe in a lie and thus deprive yourself of wealth.
There are many Catholics in the cloud of witnesses that moves with us. We don’t look at denomination, when some saint of God reveals himself to us with his riches. What matters to us is that this was a man of God who walked very high with God. This is freedom! I’m not a denominational man.
How to build the right connections – this is a deep topic. We have to understand where God’s part and where our part is. These people are Divine teachers on the journey.
The fourth cloud is the cloud of mystery. This is the sweetest. It is also calling. It may seem scary from afar, it may seem like a black hole, thunderous and threatening, because there are incomprehensible depths. Some of the backs of the saints you can see there – such as Jonah, who did not communicate the Christian teachings; such as Job, who was not a Christian; people like Melchizedek, who came from somewhere without family or tribe, but was the king of Salem; some men in linen with measuring sticks; someone who met Joseph and told him about the brothers.
These are incomprehensible high places in the knowledge of God, where contemplation is higher than thoughts, higher than the mind. Contemplation is not trusting thoughts. Contemplation is higher than thoughts; your experience is too small to legitimize for others, it is just your experience, your feelings. God always comes in a new way. It’s always unexpected. God surprises.
One saint said that everything we know about God is wrong. Not in terms of the fact that this is not true, but in the sense that this is not enough to label this experience as true. It inspires me a lot, for me it is a big flight that lies ahead. This is a cloud of mystery.
Contemplation is higher than feelings. Some focus on feelings. Walking in the depths of God is above the senses. Before I only heard, but now I come to know. Feelings are deceptive, especially if you are not a sanctified person – you are in passions, sinful thoughts. What does your experience as a “great pastor” mean? Often this is a religious form.
Welcome to the cloud of favor, glory, witnesses, mystery! All this is He, and this is an open door for every faithful man of God, for every lover.
Be a supernatural person! You can become one! You are a miracle of God! You don’t demonstrate miracles, but rather you can be God’s miracle yourself! Receive supernatural thinking! Embrace faith in a supernatural God! Always, right now! You can become a supernatural person. You can hear the Lord’s commands right now, right between the lines. Receive a supernatural spirit, become a supernatural person.
We can have the mindset of a heavenly person. We can move in His dimension. The testimony of Jesus upon you is the spirit of prophecy. You can be prophetic. You don’t have to worry about gifts. You can transit in your status. You can just walk up the ladder to where you can see everything. Change your status. Raise the level of your walk with Him. And the rest of the gifts will all “pour” on you. When filled with the Holy Spirit – hold the power! Open the nozzle! Freely! Let the fire beat out from there, like from a space rocket! Breathe, receive the power of God and open up your spirit! Pray! Sing with your whole chest, the way you are made! Connect with supernatural
people who don’t talk but walk in these gifts.
Enter the unknown.
There are new spiritual experiences that you have not yet had in your life, but they are from God. How much I desire to live! To such a God we go! Into eternity, immortality, radiant glory. Adam’s Eden will be a tiny place compared to where we’re going. We are not returning to Eden, we are going to the heavenly city. Eden was a garden, and we are going to a city whose Author and Builder is God. This is the true city. You will enjoy the fruits of your labors there, it will be endless creation.