Let Others Pray With You
Confronting Lance Wallnau's message for 2017
To read Lance Wallnau’s Message in full please click here: The Year of the Clashing of Swords and Taking New Ground
It is a mystery how God prepares His way, how He makes it possible for us to receive His word into our lives in such a way as to live with integrity. John the Baptist said the way to bear fruit was through repentance.
Repentance, or teshuvah in Hebrew, means returning in our hearts to God in such a way that mountains are made low and valleys are raised up in preparation to meet the Messiah. This point of view does not set individuals upon mountains of their choosing but creates a straight path of total allegiance to Christ who reigns on Mt. Zion, the only mountain that shall be standing in the end.
Ascending the mountain of the Lord requires following the leading of Jesus. At one point in Lance Wallnau’s article, he exhorts readers to build a prayer shield. This one example exposes the difficulty of his point of view. It is deficient. The problem is that while the exhortation to build a prayer shield has some truth to it, it also lacks the perspective of change required to carry it out.
The exhortation of Solomon in Proverbs 2:7-8 comes to mind to illustrate this conundrum. Paraphrased, the verses say, God secludes and is secluding with wisdom as a shield those who walk in integrity. To preserve the way of pious ones the Lord guards the pious ones.
The Lord Himself is our shield.
Paradigm shift through true repentance is necessary to align ourselves with the Lord as our shield and as our King. Applied to the prayer shield idea, the truth is that repentance makes the way for the Lord God to protect His people. As He tabernacled over Israel in their deliverance from Egypt in the Old Testament, Jesus promises to make those who overcome a pillar in God’s temple.
My response to 2017 Will Bring a Clashing of Heaven and Hell reveals a dividing wall between perceiving God’s word through a cultural lens verses understanding what God says from the standpoint Christ’s victory in heaven. Realizing the victory of Christ in a changed heart producing obedient action will break down the wall. This shift will completely change our view of life.
The Lord God in Psalm 2 announced:
“‘And I — I have anointed My King, Upon Zion — My holy hill.’
7 I declare concerning a statute: Jehovah said unto me, `My Son Thou [art], I to-day have brought thee forth.”
These words may sound familiar, for when Jesus was transformed in glory, the heavenly Father declared in a voice from heaven to listen to Jesus because He is God’s Son. Christ is He who rules from Zion —God’s holy hill.
When God gives us a mission, the power to accomplish it comes through Christ and Him alone. The intention of His rule in Zion is not to set His people on seven mountains but to grant us to listen to Him, stand with Him, be where He is, and follow wherever He leads. Based on Psalm 2 and particularly the fact that Christ reigns upon Zion, God’s holy hill, the seven mountains paradigm advocated by Lance Wallnau and others is fundamentally flawed.
One of the greatest needs in these last days is for discernment, so we are not led to latch on to anything false simply because it sounds good or culture affirms it. Discernment for what is true comes from the practice of doing God’s will, which comes from hearing the words of Jesus to us in such a way as to put them into practice. Said Jesus of His words (in Revelation 2), blessed is he who hears the word of this prophecy and keeps it. We are blessed in the hearing of God’s word in the doing of it.
Lance Wallnau’s article looks at the number 5777, the current year on the Hebrew calendar to draw lessons from it. There is, however, a contrasting way of viewing the number 5777 that aligns with the perspective of Christ’s victory.
The number seven is mentioned in five verses in Revelation chapter one. Out of the seven times in Revelation chapters two and three, where the word victory is used, the middle occurrence is quoted below from Revelation 2. In other words, out of the seven times victory is used in those chapters, three occur before Revelation 2:26 and three occur after the verse. The use of victory in Revelation 2:26 is the center of the seven times it us used in the two chapters, where it many be seen as the apex of its use in chapters two and three. The focus of writing about the number 7 should be on Christ, who reigns from the apex of the greatest mountain in history. He reigns from Mt. Zion in victory, not through numbers, but rather through the message of overcoming that we need to hear. Seven messages were given to the seven churches, so every believer in Jesus Christ can attain victory.
The clashing of heaven and hell occurred when Jesus appeared the first time, when through His obedience to the heavenly Father, He was condemned to die on the cross as a criminal and was raised victoriously from the dead. Having now been given all authority in heaven and earth and under the earth, He is able to grant His own to do His will victoriously and raise them to live in newness of life with the power to do so.
Jesus said in Revelation 2:26, “To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations;” Doing what is right and continuing to do so is what sets apart the faithful. We can look at Isaiah 32 for how the reign of Messiah is described and to shed light on our role in His reign, what it means to rule over the nations.
Isaiah 32 —Safe Houses, Quiet Gardens
32 1-8 But look! A king will rule in the right way,
and his leaders will carry out justice.
Each one will stand as a shelter from high winds,
provide safe cover in stormy weather.
Each will be cool running water in parched land,
a huge granite outcrop giving shade in the desert.
Anyone who looks will see,
anyone who listens will hear. (The Message)
The Messianic implications of Isaiah 32 indicate that Christ is the only King who rules in the right way. God is our shelter, and by what we do, we demonstrate that He is the only source of shelter for all those around us. Isaiah 32 implies that under the Messianic reign of Christ, believers, those who are made kings and priests through the blood of Jesus, each one stands as a shelter from the high winds and storms. While the inheritance of Christ is the nations —the well-message of Christ will be preached in all nations—our purpose is to be His witnesses and our inheritance comes from God’s great and many promises. Our inheritance involves our partaking in the divine nature through the promises of Christ.
Lance Wallnau mentions intimacy with Christ at one point in his article, but rather than being one point along the way, intimacy with Christ is the key to the change of heart, the being granted a heart of flesh in place of a heart of stone, so we can do the will of God from a new spirit given by God alone. Why I have taken the time to start my response to the author’s message this way is to establish a paradigm of overcoming through intimacy with Christ, a very different perspective than the one I see in Lance Wallnau’s article, which predicts a clashing of heaven and hell in 2017.
Though the title is dramatic and engaging, did the apostles ever speak this way, identifying that a particular year will be characterized by certain events? This message and others like it highlight the need for discernment to judge the merit of the content of such messages.
As stated earlier, discernment comes with the practice of doing God’s will as the writer of Hebrews established in Hebrews 5:14 when he said, “But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by continuous exercise to distinguish good from evil.” Obedience yields discernment between what is good according to the Lord’s will and what is according to this world’s system.
The book of Revelation describes a battle in heaven between Michael and his angels and the dragon and his angels, but the dragon was not strong enough to win, and so he was cast out of heaven. In the Gospels, Jesus said He saw the enemy fall like lightning from heaven as a result of seventy of Jesus’ disciples casting out demons in the name or authority of Christ. These two accounts illustrate two sides of the same coin, victory from a heavenly and earthly view.
While Lance Walnau describes the number seven and its meaning as sword or weapon and then identifies the number seventy as meaning “to see”, he does not refer to the fact that Jesus saw the devil fall from heaven in connection to the obedience of the 70 disciples Jesus sent out. Wholehearted obedience to Jesus is also the theme in Revelation 12’s description of the battle I referred to, when believers overcome the accuser by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony, and loving their lives not unto death.
The seventy sent out by Jesus acted in direct obedience to Jesus the Messiah. Obedience and overcoming the enemy indicates that the Lord Jesus Christ has taken His authority and has begun to reign. All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to its rightful King, Jesus the Messiah, the Lord of all creation. We can walk completely free from the accusations of the enemy.
The author says, “It [seventy] is also the number of the nations. By the end of this Hebraic decade (2010-2020) we will fully see that God is after nations—sheep nations…” yet we already know that God is after the nations, for Jesus said the Gospel will be preached to all nations and that God will save people from every tongue and tribe and nation.
After Babel, the languages were confused resulting in seventy nations. Israel is considered the seventy-first and was chosen from among the others to show the way back to God. The fact is, however, that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has completed the way back to Himself, as the number 70 suggests, already establishing His victory over the principalities and powers of the world system and the idols of the nations. Christ’s death and resurrection has already happened. Men and women from every tongue and every nation can now be brought into right relationship with God to walk in the victory Christ has secured on their behalf.
Revelation 12 identifies what may be described as a clash of heaven and hell since the dragon that Michael and his angels fought was the adversary, accuser, and deceiver of believers. The dragon or devil was cast down to earth, but the battle occurred in heaven. The battle is in the heavens. The enemy falling from heaven like lightning occurred as the followers of Jesus obeyed His word here on earth. There is a connection, therefore, between our obedience to Christ here on earth and the enemy being cast out of heaven and our overcoming his accusations.
Since we do not fight against flesh and blood, we must win the battle in the heavenlies to be delivered from the allure of earthly things. What we do on earth in obedience to Christ demonstrates heaven’s victory and lessens earth’s grip on us, despite our not directly battling earthly forces. The means of victory over the accuser and deceiver of the brethren is through the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives unto death. This is the way of gaining victory (Revelation 15) over the accuser and being raised to stand on the sea of glass before the throne of God.
God’s word in Revelation 12 affirms this perspective:
“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,
“Now have come God’s victory, power and kingship,
and the authority of his Messiah;
because the Accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them day and night before God,
has been thrown out!
“They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood
and because of the message of their witness.
Even when facing death
they did not cling to life.”
The victorious can only cling to Christ and His word and not even to life itself. This paradigm shift exalts Christ above all else, every other mountain, and stands in contrast to Lance Wallnau’s message.
Isaiah 34 shines light on the relationship of what happens in heaven and what happens on earth.
Isaiah 34:5 says, “For My sword has become sated in the heaven. Behold, it shall descend upon Edom, and upon the nation with whom I contend, for judgment.” Rashi, the Jewish commentator, understood that the judgment that transpires on earth first begins in heaven. He said, “…for no nation suffers until its prince suffers in heaven.” Put another way, victory in heaven produces results reaped in the earth. First the heavenly princes are slain and then the nations suffer. They are slain through the obedience of Christ and the power of His resurrection!
Verse 11 of the same chapter in Isaiah describes the condition of nations, whether Babylon or Edom or any other nation, which refuse to bow its knee to the Lord, Messiah.
“Horned owl and hawk will possess it, screech owl and raven will live there; he will stretch over it the measuring line of confusion and the plumbline of the empty void.” Doesn’t that kind of desolation characterize what it is like outside the life of Christ? The description of nations judged by God in Isaiah 34 goes along with the description of Babylon in Revelation 18, quoted here:
After these things, I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, the earth was lit up by his splendor. 2 He cried out in a strong voice,
“She has fallen! She has fallen!
Bavel the Great!
She has become a home for demons,
a prison for every unclean spirit,
a prison for every unclean, hated bird.
3 “For all the nations have drunk of the wine
of God’s fury caused by her whoring —
yes, the kings of the earth went whoring with her,
and from her unrestrained love of luxury
the world’s businessmen have grown rich.”
4 Then I heard another voice out of heaven say:
“My people, come out of her!
so that you will not share in her sins,
so that you will not be infected by her plagues,
5 for her sins are a sticky mass piled up to heaven,
and God has remembered her crimes.
6 “Render to her as she rendered to others!
Pay her back double for what she has done!
Use the cup in which she has brewed
to brew her a double-sized drink!
Israel’s historical Babylonian captivity lasted 70 years, but Jews believe God’s deliverance is twofold, a deliverance out of Babylon and the deliverance from the sin that caused the captivity.
The people of God are called out of Babylon to be cleansed of its influences, not to rule it. The Kingdom of God is in complete juxtaposition to Babel. Christ unites every believer under His banner of love while separating us from the system of Babylon so that we do not experience its judgments.
Someone may point out the prophet Daniel participated in the government of literal Babylon. This is true, but though he lived exiled from the land of Israel, his heart was wholly the Lord’s. Making our hearts wholly His is the goal of experiencing exilic distance from God’s inheritance. Daniel demonstrated faithfulness and the willingness to lose his life for His faith in God while living among a perverse and crooked generation.
To clarify, we cannot then conclude that God is calling us away from living as light in the world. Each person is called to live as salt and light. The issue is how we live out our role in the world, our waking up to see our lives through Christ the conqueror.
In the unseen, Christ rules both in our hearts and in heaven, so that when we speak His word it is in affirmation of His heavenly rule. What we do is not a matter of establishing our own will on earth. We can live in accordance with Christ’s word and victory only through His will, which nothing and no one can take away from us. Christ’s victory remains spiritual with implications in the world. Our obedience to the will and purpose of God affirms the enemy’s fall from heaven. As we do the will of Jesus on earth, our obedience witnesses to the fact that Christ has bound the enemy. Having no more power to accuse, he can no longer deceive nor trample God’s people. They walk in victory.
Let me make this as clear as possible by way of simple illustration. If an inappropriate thought comes into a believer’s mind, he or she, if walking in victory, may stand against it and reject it according to the word and reign of Christ in His or her life.
The Lord may lead us to apply His word in whatever context we find ourselves. For instance, a Christian politician is faced with an up or down vote on a particular issue. He or she, being led by the Lord, chooses to obey God’s word and His direction without compromise in the political environment. Not loving life unto death, believers stand firm in the word of Christ’s victory. Any fallout is put into the hands of God without regard to the life of the believer. They are victorious by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. They are upheld by His power.
Lance Wallnau’s message seems to imply a clash of heaven and hell on level ground. This simply is not the case. The author says, “By the end of this Hebraic decade (2010-2020) we will fully see that God is after nations—sheep nations. We will also see that the devil is solidifying an alliance of goat nations in response. It is going to get very intense but very glorious.” This perspective seen in the light of the eternally established victory of light over darkness, of the Kingdom of God over the kingdoms of this world, mischaracterizes the battle we are in.
From a perspective of victory, Christ’s death on the cross has stripped all principalities of their power over all the nations of the world. This is an established fact. Lance Wallnau, wroted “the devil will be solidifying an alliance of goat nations”. Then, he said, our weapon will be the word God gives us. Though God’s word both spoken and acted upon is a weapon, we must be careful to keep our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith and not upon any perceived enemy alliance. God is calling His people to Himself through the victorious word of Christ. We, showing forth the praises of Christ, are made a holy nation, set apart for God’s glory and to be gathered out of the nations of the world.
We have established that our victory as believers has been declared in heaven, the place formerly occupied by the enemy, but which is no longer his domain. The Kingdom of God is yet unseen and the people of God will not be revealed with Christ until He appears in glory. Who can say what we will see by the end of the decade.
The article stated, “We are also seeing into the realm of the enemy and how the powers of darkness are working through fallen man to produce chaos and conditions ripe for Satan’s manipulation of nations and counterfeit of the kingdom.” There is some truth to this, but there is a much bigger picture having to do with God’s purpose to bring all His people into the victory He has for each one of us.
The terrible things we are seeing in the world Jesus described as birth pains, but the point of labor is to bring forth life through the experience. We must battle by faith through to our deliverance by completely trusting solely in God’s word. The shortening of days occurs so the people of God will be waking up and walking in victory.
Jesus told us not to be deceived by those who point us to a place where Jesus supposedly is. Our eyes are to be set in heaven where Jesus has been raised, at the right hand of God, and not upon the earth or the realm of the enemy. Jesus saw satan fall like lightning from heaven, but we are seated in the heavenly places with Christ. We have been delivered from the darkness and from the face of the enemy. Those who overcome the mark of the beast and the number of his name stand before the throne of God. They face the throne of God. They are not called to be gazing into the realm of darkness but to be walking in the light, as Jesus is in the light, in order to please God in all things.
Achieving victory delivered by Christ frees us from the paradigm of the fallen world based on the knowledge of good and evil. We are called to dwell on what is good and right, and on whatever is worthy of praise. The reign of Christ is not about what we can see; it is about the seven Spirits of God being sent out to gather His own to Himself in victory. It’s about the gathering of His elect to Himself to extend His reign upon the earth through people obedient to His word.
Lance Wallnau asserted, “The clashing of heaven and hell will show up in the conflict of ideologies. The swords will collide as two incompatible spirit realms clash through vessels under their influence. This collision of kingdoms has already started in the political mountain, but will expand to all seven!”
Jesus, however, said that nations would be smashed like pottery in connection with those who are overcoming. That does not sound like a conflict of ideologies but rather complete and utter devastation of frameworks opposed to God.
The conflict between heaven and hell is much more than a conflict of ideologies, and it is a conflict of realms, but even describing light verses darkness this way can be misleading, because there really is no comparison between the power of Christ, which is infinite, and the power of darkness, which is limited in scope. By Christ coming into the world, obeying the Father in all things, dying on the cross, and being raised from the dead, God granted Him all power to reign in heaven and upon earth. Our obedience unto death attests to this truth. All human philosophies exist on the same plain, but the word of the cross and the paradigm of Christ’s victory is not an ideology. It is a fact on which believers take obedient action.
“The collision of kingdoms”, the writer spoke of, obviously refers to the Kingdom of God verses the kingdom of darkness, but the Kingdom of God has never been threatened. God’s victory is never and will never be in doubt. Christ is the victor, and when we obey Him, darkness must flee.
The writer said, “The parable of the “tares” tells us that Satan plants people “while men slept” (Matt. 13:25). Where does Satan plant them? He plants among the fields of harvest, at the gates of influence, where popular culture is formed through news media, Hollywood and academia.”
Jesus said in His parable, “but while people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, then went away.” The tares are among the wheat. And while Jesus explains that the field is the world, few would describe the news media, Hollywood, and academia as wheat. We must not fall into the trap of thinking we can be pure on our own.
We have to be careful to stay to the point of Jesus’s parable, which is about when the angels gather in the wheat at harvest at the end of the age. The point Jesus made was that at the end of the age angels would remove from God’s Kingdom all the things that made people sin and all the people who are doing lawlessness. This is not about the reverse, putting God’s people in positions of influence in politics, education, entertainment, and business in place of evil people, but rather the removing of evil and evil influences from the lives of believers. Only God can do this work in any of our lives.
Lance Wallnau wrote “God used a man in the business sphere and sent him into the sphere of government just like David was drafted to deal with a giant while working for his father’s family business. What does that tell you?”
This is a faulty analogy. David was appalled that a Philistine would taunt the living God. His faith was in the Lord who had chosen him. He had a heart after God’s own heart. The comparison between Donald Trump and King David breaks down on a number of different levels.
The author described a shake up. “Expect God to send outsiders into arts and entertainment to shake things up.” “Likewise, expect God to use youth (your children perhaps?) to shake up academia right on the campus. We will also see ministers shifting spheres into government to advance the kingdom!” If God allows a shaking up, it must be for a purpose, but we must not be mislead as to God’s purpose.
Spheres refers to spheres of influence in order to advance the Kingdom, but what is does it mean to advance the Kingdom? The key to Daniel and Joseph in their positions in worldly government was the grace of God and their faithfulness to Him. Jesus said to the Jews that those who accepted Jesus as the Messiah would be put out of the synagogues. He also said His people would be persecuted on account of His message. The point is that in every circumstance, the people of God are called to becoming faithful whatever the cost. This is true advancement through faithful obedience.
Regarding the response of darkness to the election of Trump, the author states, “But there is a counter-punch coming from the dazed and desperate spirits operating in and through the progressive ranks. They are reorganizing as we speak.”
Never have I read in the Bible or heard spirits being described as “dazed and desperate” or “reorganizing”. Jesus drove out and rebuked spirits, which travel through waterless places, but people living in victory are assured of their position in Christ and do not need to fear what has been overcome. They continue to overcome. What the author described, however, does not convey a paradigm of Christ’s victory established by His death and resurrection, through which Christ has stripped every principality and power of its authority over and upon our lives. Christ has already taken His authority and has begun to reign in the hearts of His people who achieve victory by His word.
The author’s statement, “We have crossed over into a place where our spiritual warfare is being played out in the institutions of nations” assumes too much. The crossing over seems to allude to Israel crossing the Jordan to enter into the Promised Land, but unless believers achieve victory in their lives according to the promises of Jesus, they cannot drive out the giants.
Lance Wallnau’s choice “to believe what Caleb said”, “Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land because they are bread for us. Their defense is gone from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them” ignores the context of Caleb’s words to Israel. Despite Caleb’s testimony, the people responded with fear. It was due to rebellion and unbelief that the people at that time could not go into the land. Fear and unbelief of the people showed they were not ready to cross over.
Had they gone in without the preparation, they would have been defeated. It took 40 years to complete their journeys out of Egypt and to get Egypt out of them, in order they may be prepared to go in. We can only get to the point of attaining victory upon victory as we respond with faith to what the Lord in saying to us now and how He leads us today.
Overcomers delivered from the face of the enemy see that God in His great power has begun to reign. He has defeated the enemy on our behalf. Psalm 2, which was quoted earlier also says,
“Why are the nations in an uproar,
the peoples grumbling in vain?
The earth’s kings are taking positions,
leaders conspiring together,
and his anointed.
They cry, “Let’s break their fetters!
Let’s throw off their chains!”
He who sits in heaven laughs;
Adonai looks at them in derision.
Then in his anger he rebukes them,
terrifies them in his fury.
“I myself have installed my king
on Tziyon, my holy mountain.”
The battle between heaven and hell has already been won. It is the Ancient of Days who pronounces judgment on our behalf. The nations of the world do not have a chance of defeating Christ, who leads His armies of heaven.
Alignment is a matter of being corrected by the Lord so that we can come to Mt. Zion. This is not a physical mountain and not a public arena but a spiritual one where the saints who have gone before us surround us. When we walk in obedience, we are automatically aligned with all those in Christ’s Kingdom who walk in the light as He is in the light.
In the section titled Alliances in 5777, Wallnau wrote, “Let’s look again at 5777. It starts with a “5” which is a number for grace and five-fold leadership (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher.) God has been giving you words to feed on. They will come as you read the Bible and as you listen to His five-fold voices.”
Leadership must be understood Biblically. The five gifts mentioned are not the whole expression of God’s grace. The church is characterized by both unity and diversity. Every person does his or her part and the body grows with a growth, which is from the Lord.
Jews have a related belief based on Moses’ instruction in the Torah which begins in Deuteronomy 29:10 with “Today you are standing, all of you, before Adonai your God — your heads, your tribes, your leaders and your officers — all the men of Isra’el, along with your little ones, your wives and your foreigners here with you in your camp, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water.” The reference to five-fold voices ignores the examples of others who are not gifted the same way but whose contributions to the growth of God’s people are just as important.
The title of the reading section beginning with Deuteronomy 29:10 is called “Standing”. Who stands before God? People of every social strata. In pursuing the question of how all can be equal when some are afforded every opportunity and are privileged with abundant resources to study the Scripture, for example, while others due to harsh circumstances or lack of ability or countless other reasons cannot have the same life, teachers of the law explain that the lack, for instance in the life of “the drawers of water”, actually serves to draw attention to every person’s true need for God, and I would add from a believing perspective, draw them to their true need for Christ and a hunger for Him. The example of the lowest in the world’s eyes serves as a powerful example to the most privileged or “gifted” of what it is to truly know God.
In other words, in drawing attention to all levels of people with their varied lives and livelihoods, God has removed every excuse. No one can say my life is a certain way, so I cannot be or do what God wants. All stand on level ground before God. In whatever circumstances we find ourselves, we can still serve God’s purpose, for all of us are granted the inheritance prepared for us, and all of us can turn from our own opinions to hear the voice of God to be His witnesses in whatever context we are living. We lack nothing at this moment that we need to serve God.
Each person is accountable to God. All the gifts of Christ, whether they are the five the author mentions or any other gift, are meant to build up the body of Christ.
The idea of five-fold voices is foreign to the Bible. It is a very strange teaching. We are accountable to the voice of God and not any other. The concept of reading the Bible as we listen to these five-fold voices exalts church leaders above their rightful place. No one should ever equate a person’s voice with God’s voice no matter the giftedness. The Bible commends those who search the Scriptures to see whether or not what someone teaches is correct or in error.
Later the article went on to say “As you study and drill down on the area of your assignment this year, God will release revelation insight. The words you speak will become sharp swords of utterance. You will cut through the atmosphere. Grace (5) will give you words, and those words will be weapons “777” to advance.”
Rather than thinking of “weapons, ‘777’ to advance”, why not go to the one time in Scripture where the number 777 appears. In Genesis 6, 777 is the number of years Noah’s father Lemech lived. This is the same chapter where God’s creation rebelled against Him, humanity became completely corrupted, and God sent the flood. As the result of sin, the life span of humanity at that point began to decrease. Lemech’s death at age 777 can remind us of God’s perfect plan for our overcoming the shortness of days and being drawn to the throne of God. Rabbis believe God gave Noah 7 commands as part of the Noadic covenant for all humanity to keep after the flood.
The gift of a rainbow (with 7 colors) in Genesis meant God’s covenant promise. Correspondingly, a rainbow in Revelation surrounds God’s throne, where stands the Lamb of God as if having been slain. Also, an angel of the Lord that comes down from heaven in Revelation 10 has a rainbow over his head, a face that shines like the sun, and legs as columns of fire. Rather than condemning us for our corruption, Christ has the authority to completely deliver us from it through the New Covenant in His blood. We were born anew not of corruptible seed but by the word and will of God.
The author asserted that revelation insight comes from drilling down on our assignment. We are called to complete the work God has for us to do, but coming to know God also happens when He seems far from us, when things may be unclear, so that we will draw near to Him. Look at the seven exhortations given to the seven churches by Jesus to the seven messengers of the congregations. They are all about overcoming. 1 corinthians 14: 26 indicates that revelation is given to build up. The goal is not insight but knowing God and His amazing power toward us who believe and to know the love of God that surpasses knowledge. Along with exceedingly great revelation to Paul came a thorn in his flesh, which kept him from becoming prideful. Revelation without humility leads to corruption. Revelation has to do with the secret of the New Covenant, God uniting Jews and Gentiles to Himself through Christ and His well-message to us.
The author said that the words spoken in connection to the revelation insight become sharp words of utterance to cut through the atmosphere, grace giving us the words as weapons to advance, but the book of Hebrews speaks of advancement in terms of discerning between good and evil through practice doing God’s will. We must be careful not to replace that idea with a foreign one.
While the article states, “The new gladiators are people with persuasive viewpoints”, Paul made it completely clear he would not present the Gospel with clever or persuasive words, so that the faith of the hearers would rest on the power of God and not on the cleverness of speech.
The article goes on to say, “Israel was hurt last week, on Hanukkah, by an evil alliance at the United Nations. It was an alliance of emerging goat nations, and America was with them. However, America is divided, and the sheep leaders are in office.”
Lance Wallnau is apparently saying that the goat nations are revealing themselves. Didn’t the Lord say He would separate them at the end of the age? Many false teachings have come about by identifying something currently happening in the world as being specific fulfillment of Scripture. We must be careful. The people of God cleansed by the blood of the Lamb are a holy nation, but we cannot separate weeds from wheat, goat nations from sheep nations. Only the Lord can do that. We will always get it wrong. We can, however, discern good from evil through practicing righteousness, that is, by doing God’s will.
Also, we best understand the division of nations from a Biblical perspective. In the world, there are the nations and then there is Israel, God’s chosen people. When Christ speaks of nation rising against nation, He is speaking of nations of the world and not the holy nation, believers in Christ cleansed by the blood of the Lamb being at war with the nations of the world. The nations gathered around the camp of the holy people of God in Revelation is something that, unbeknownst to the nations, leads to the wrath of God against Babylon.
The reference to the taking back or changing of the guard of the government mountain, is obviously describing Donald Trump’s political victory, but there is only one mountain, the Kingdom of God, that will rule. The Kingdom of God is not dependent on our ability to hold anything. Christ existed before us and we follow Him. His word rules; His word upholds all things.
Near the end of the article, the author wrote, “Therefore, 5777 is the year of the clashing of swords, but it is also the year for the taking of new ground. We will retake pockets of influence in the areas where progressives took over, especially in the minds of millennials. The whole nation has the potential to shift.”
The well-message of Christ absolutely impacts culture, but it is not culture-centered. It is Christ centered and so should be the message of 5777.
Tisha B’Av is a fast occurring in the fifth month (5) of the Hebrew calendar, exactly 21 days (or 3 7’s) after Tammuz 17. On that day, Tammuz 17, five terrible things happened in Jewish history including the ceasing of the daily sacrifices in the temple and its desecration. Those 21 days are a period of mourning to the Jewish people but as here quoted from Chabad.org, “A fast day is not only a sad day, but an opportune day. It’s a day when we are empowered to fix the cause of that destruction, so that our long exile will be ended and we will find ourselves living in messianic times; may that be very soon.” Jesus alone provides that deeper connection with God that we need to align us with the millennial reign of Christ.
Since the destruction of the temple, Jews still regard themselves as in physical and spiritual exile, but the return to God they seek to experience through fasting, Torah study, and deeds of kindness, Jesus has provided in Himself. Jesus declared that the raising up of His body is the raising up of the temple when He said to His opponents, destroy this temple and I will raise it up in three days.
Christ has repaired, through His death and resurrection, the spiritual breach of the walls of Jerusalem. His will, rather than a physical building or mountain, now connects heaven and earth. Jews believe that when they spend the 21 days in Torah study about the construction of the temple that the Lord God credits them as if they actually built the temple.
Jews during that 21 days study the details of the temple, its design and measurement. This action is based on God’s instruction to Ezekiel as described in the Midrash. In the New Testament, measuring the temple along with counting the worshipers in it are also part of the angel’s instruction to John in Revelation 11. Then, Revelation 21 provides detailed dimensions of Christ’s city coming down from heaven.
Jesus provided Himself so we could return to God in such a way that He would reign among us as His holy dwelling place.
Revelation 21:9 contains 3 7’s. The Scripture states, “And there came unto me one of the seven messengers, who have the seven vials that are full of the seven last plagues, and he spake with me, saying, `Come, I will shew thee the bride of the Lamb — the wife…’” Jews point out that the 21 days of mourning spoken of above will be turned to joy. The voice John heard from heaven in Revelation 21 spoke in conjunction with doing away with sorrow, “and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and the death shall not be any more, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor shall there be any more pain, because the first things did go away.’” Those who overcome will inherit all things.
The reference in Revelation 21 to the presence of Christ Jesus with the bride of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven negates the need for a physical temple. “And a sanctuary I did not see in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, is its sanctuary, and the Lamb”. The Lord has, however, provided us detailed dimensions of His city in Revelation 21. While we obey His word and leading to fulfill our role in God’s glorious plan, our hope should be set upon the grace to be brought to us at His appearing and not “retaking pockets of influence” here on earth. The world is passing away and so are its lusts, but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
Overcoming, returning from exile, and Christ dwelling with us forever shifts our attention from ourselves as the center of life to what we truly need to transform the world. When the lives of believers shift to a paradigm of overcoming, we will see everything through the eyes of Christ’s victory on our behalf and for all who come to Him by faith.
GOD'S MIGHTY STRENGTH
Belt of Truth
Respect for the place God has given each of us in His plan, we live and speak the truth in love.
Shield of Faith
Faith and trust, believing and trusting God, walking habitually with God through fellowship with His Son Jesus the Messiah.
Sword of the Spirit
Although No one truly understand the ways of God, He knows the beginning through the end and He gives us grace to obey what He says.
Helmet of Salvation
Central to a life lived obeying, Christ’s death and resurrection unites us to God and each other. His love and compassion extends to each person.
Breastplate of Righteousness
Living clothed with Christ’s righteousness. God gives us His grace to do His will with integrity.
Sandaled With the Message of Peace
Knowing in the deepest heart that all is only by grace, we offer peace with God through Christ alone, the message of well-being.
Praying and Watching
Pray God’s word into every nation, every people. Be vigilant to persevere and petition. May the greatest revival sweep the earth for the glory of Christ.
Having Done Everything To Stand
By Christ, His people are victorious through the power of His Name. His blessings are made reality in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.