Note by Immanuel:
Initially, I intended for this to be sent as an email. But the Lord told me to make a bit “official”, even as an open letter to the Body of Christ, esp. the remnant people of God in this day and hour.
For quite some time, the Lord has been giving me some discernment and insight of the season we are in now, the template of which is hinted in one of my writings concerning a heavenly visitation I had some years ago, A Great Turn.
As the fulfillment of these things, it will be evidenced in our real lives in terms of the shift of relationships, the endeavors of life, the facilitation of fellowships and ministries, etc.
As the work of genuine discipleship is being restored in God’s household, a great separation will be inevitably wrought: those who chose to believe and yield to this “new” order or ancient ways of imparting God’s Kingly and Priestly wisdom and those who don’t.
As I am now writing, in order to retrieve a dream I had, I ran into this vision of mine, which I have totally forgotten:
I think the Lord intended it so, so I can relate it here and offer us a better context.
Now the one concerning turning to the ancient path:
In this light, allow me to make some suggestions, if not instructions, in the contrast of some warnings as a context of balance:
Set a solid time to pray and quest God with humility and urgency on these very things. I think God will be strong and mighty on our behalf in order to enlighten, confirm, and counsel us with visions, dreams or gifts from others in the Body of Christ.
Foolish is a man who treats divine moment with a light heart; to miss the things he is prepared for by God Himself. My impression of his loss is like unto a man with a good ticket for riding a train. He has been waiting in the station all this time for the commencing of the next leg of his journey with God. Now the train of God’s assignment is pulling into the station and the conductor is blowing the horn. But the man, out of his foolish reasoning, would not choose to board the train as scheduled. His reasons can be many. For example: “I have the ticket, therefore the train can’t leave without me,” or “Surely it is no use to hurry as I have been impatient with this before, it is no different from my waiting time. The gracious conductor knows what I am accustomed to.” By regardless, the result for him is the same: he has missed the train on this divine timing.
Why do we become “foolish virgins”? Many reasons can be singled out and expounded. But my assessment of them would major around one root issue: a self-centered life, without much appreciation the order (relationships) and grace (economy of blessings) of God’s Family Culture or the divine order of discipleship into Sonship. As a result, the blessedness of God’s promises cannot impart to us the allotment of our spiritual inheritance or the “prosperity” springing forth from such a promised spiritual land. If we can’t even learn to be a “legitimate’ resident of such a holy land, how can we get “acquainted” with the business of the King’s affairs and the Priests’ services? It is an impossibility.
A self-centered life is by nature a rebellious life, if we choose to live it in a religious way, it will always idolize God as a means to our own end. But God is more than a good father, He is God. Through and through in the Bible, He admonished us to learn of His ways and warns us of the severe consequences when we chose not to. For a disciple of Jesus Christ to learn truly mature in Him, we will have to enter into the narrow path of the discipline of Sonship. But I am afraid, as God foreknew and warned, many will justify themselves away from this divine moment of His call. There will be a “great falling away”. How sad that will be!
So if you are called, then be awakened from your slumber and rise up to meet the train of glory. Learn to “make our salvation sure,” that we truly become His CHOSEN.
Rid of unprofitable entanglements and unproductive engagement with men of unbelief, pride or worldliness. Don’t be wise in our own eyes, rather learn true humility, which is sourced from divine wisdom and spiritual illumination only.
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Many prophetic voices have been announcing that God is finally bringing about something fundamentally new concerning His work in this “end time”. They even warned us to not “put the new wine” in the old wineskin. So let us be extremely aware of those who tend to rely on their speculations and a false sense of “entitlement”, without the necessary divine revelation and entrustment, to define what is this new thing. Many will go beyond their portion or grace to define the Newness of God’s work, while they are busy with their speculations and posturing.
However, God will work it out with a humble and willing people. Those who are “poor” in spirit, even in this life. Let us learn the lesson to not despise “the day of small things (unassuming beginnings)”.
God’s way and grace can never be speculated out: it is reality and it always comes with grace for discipline and empowerment, correction and judgment, holiness and glory. In essence, He will choose after He has called.
Concerning the Sin of Presumption
“Been there, done that.” “I know, I know.” Etc. Etc. These are a sign of a prideful heart and presumptuous attitude. Learn to silence these noises. And quiet our own heart and soul to hear and heed the CLEAR counsel and instruction of God Almighty. In this season, it is of paramount importance for us to deal with the fallacies of assumption and presumption. For they can serve as the very doors that the serpent stealthily veers into one’s heart and mind. Yes, let us learn well the lesson from the folly of Eve.
Concerning the Spirit of Lawlessness
Deal the spirit of lawlessness in us, around us. Untangle ourselves from those still walk and propagate the ways and “visions” of life of lawlessness according to God’s standard, regardless how spiritual they many seem to be. God is a God of order. If one is not interested in imparting to us such a culture of order for us as a people, it is time to turn away from them and move on with God’s vision of a holy people.
““Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers (lawless ones)!’
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.””
““When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘
The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.
“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied,“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said,
“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Then he turned to his disciples and said privately,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.””
To know, to sense, to detect, is simply not good enough for the coming changes God so passionately want to bring about. Let us be more than “warned”, let us rise up to His call and His divine occasion.
You all are in my earnest prayers. Amen and amen, in Jesus’ Name.
Oct. 16, 2017