One of the greatest times in history, with the most adventures, was when innovative inventions were released within the first Renaissance, which happened in the 1500’s. During this time the world saw the exploits of Christopher Columbus, the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci ~ and of course the revolutionary release of the Gutenberg printing press, which led to Martin Luther’s transformation of all the religious sects within Europe. Galileo’s telescopes unveiled distant stars, Newton discovered the laws of physics ~ and the list goes on and on regarding the incredibly new areas of science that such men were exploring.
It took a period of time for the rest of the world to realize that each of the visions given to these individuals would later become a reality that the average citizen in the future would experience. For example, Christopher Columbus made the first dangerous journey of discovering the New World, which we know as America. Now any middle-class European family can make a trip to America and experience all of its natural wonders. What was dangerous, rare, and the most exotic new venture imaginable ~ is a common summer vacation today. To take the example further, most of us reading this blog live in America, the land Christopher Columbus discovered.
To even make it more absurd, I live in a place called California, the name that was given to it by a Spanish author in 1510, “Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo.” He described this “island” called California, where the women were more beautiful, the knights stronger, the castles taller ~ a type of a heavenly island! So in a way you could say the conquistadors of 500 years ago considered the neighborhood I live in like heaven!
And if I add the modern technologies and conveniences to that picture, it actually becomes even more realistic: the powerful advancements of the cell phone, supersonic air travel, high-tech cars, and designer clothes conveniently purchased from a local mall. And don’t forget the year-round ability to purchase any kind of fruit, coffee, or exotic spice simply by passing by the nearest food establishment.
What I’m saying is that we are about to journey on an adventure that is just as exciting and breathtaking as those adventures the Christians went on in the 1500’s. The only difference is, their undertakings were on Earth. Our new enterprises will soon allow us to walk into outer space! Like Christopher Columbus of old, the Apollo spacecraft traveled all the way to the moon. There had been a space of time where those on earth waited and contemplated the future. But at the end of 2014 the European space probe landed on small rock beyond the moon and a new mysterious journey began. At my last count there are 19 private companies that are building a new kind of rockets (or I guess we could call them ships to sail into outer space).
Yes, this present generation is going to take us into the greatest adventure that mankind could ever experience ~ and that is exploring God’s wonderful universe that He has prepared for all of us. Don’t worry! Just like the first Renaissance, some leaders will become upset and say negative things about our exploration. Christopher Columbus faced the same opposition.
But Jesus gave us the answer in what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” (which is actually a model for us always to pray): “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We all have daily been praying that earth is going to become like heaven so we can visit and see how wonderful heaven actually is!
This is why the whole earth is coming to Jesus Christ and His wonderful ways ~ so we can go into outer space and experience the exploration of God’s wonderful heaven. You can just look at pictures of the galaxies, nebulas, and star clouds to see how wonderful heaven is! Heaven is so magnificent that even Jesus, God’s Son, visited heaven on the day He rose again from the dead.
For why else would Jesus make such a journey on such a day? He told Mary, who saw Him at the tomb just moments after He rose again, “Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, ‘I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.'” So where was Jesus going?
The amazing thing is, that Jesus at the cross not only rectified us so we could explore, but He also rectified heaven so we could visit the stars. Look at this quote in Colossians: “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.”
Actually what this is saying is very simple. The gospel of Jesus Christ is going into every nation on earth and God is saving every single human being so we as a people can visit God’s wonderful universe. Get ready! We are about to go into outer space! But stop! Don’t quit reading this blog! Because there’s one more thing I believe you must understand in order to realize how easy this is going to be for you and I.
Scientists currently tell us that the earthlike planets they are currently finding in outer space are too far away for you and I to get to in a lifetime. And yes, according to current inventions this is true. But I declare to you that Jesus traveled to deep outer space (or what the Bible calls “deep heaven”) in just a few hours and returned back to Jerusalem for supper with His disciples in the Upper Room. And that was where He allowed doubting Thomas to reach his finger and touch His side that was wounded at the cross.
What I am simply saying is European travel to America that used to take over a half a year, today takes less than half a day. As dramatic as that change in travel time is, today it is not considered to be dangerous or something we even discuss. It’s just the way it is ~ it’s almost as simple as walking down the street. I am telling you that God’s vision of the future is going to be so wonderful that you and I are going to travel and colonize planets and be back in San Francisco by dinnertime!
In the last series of meetings that we have held (which started on Valentine’s Day) the prophets Timothy Snodgrass and Gershom Sikaala have been taking us into a Renaissance of the Spirit ~ where the future God has planned for the Christian body on earth is being laid out before us. At the same time Jesus is healing all of our diseases, including reversing our ages so we can live longer to experience this incredible adventure! To be honest with you, for me to now go to church is like a child’s first visit to Disneyland. God is showing us such great adventures and wonders that I find myself giggling like a little boy in the presence and power of God. All my life I have dreamt about going on these kinds of adventures and now it’s happening!
So how do you prepare to see God’s future of technology? Well that’s the purpose of the Renaissance Revival that these two men of God are preaching about in San Francisco. When you come to a service date, the worship songs will usher you into the presence of God and then Timothy and Gershom will share with you the visions and teachings that God has given them, to prepare you for the future. What I’ve discovered, as a person, is the best way for me to individually prepare myself to receive what God is desiring to give me, is to exercise the fruit of the Spirit which comes from the Holy Ghost living inside my tummy ~ and that is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Probably the richest and most exciting thing about this revelation is that God is teaching you to enjoy wealth. And I really mean this He is going to make you rich and add no sorrow to it. That means every day you live is not only going to be joyful and exciting, but is going to be prosperous and full of first-class riches! Wow! That’s living in the perfect will of God! Come on and enjoy the adventure!
In the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the highest ranking employee is called the Chief of Staff. And essentially, that person acts as the nation’s intercessor. An unknowledgeable citizen they would think this person’s position is just to introduce proposals for the President to consider. But this is not what their intimate responsibility is at all.
The Chief of Staff must fully understand the office of the President, the unique personality of the President, and the political concerns that the President feels are important. This type of insight can only be accessed by a person that is close to the President in a personal way. Because the Chief of Staff has been given this quality of access, it also means they have the ability to shield, or reveal, certain crises that the nation might be facing.
Abraham was the first patriarch that was called and intercessor, when he made intercession to God concerning Sodom and Gomorah. The Lord said, “Shall I keep back from Abraham what I’m about to do? Abraham is going to become a large and strong nation; all the nations of the world are going to find themselves blessed through him.” In this example, God respected the call and the blessings that were already upon Abraham’s life. This caused Abraham to have such an intimacy with God that God shared his intimate plans with Abraham before he even committed them to action.
Abraham’s role as an intercessor was kind of a heavenly Chief of Staff for God. Of course there is no way that any human enterprise can reflect the vast array of authority and power in the kingdom of God, but He gives us an insight of how you and I ~ if we are to truly become intercessors, must be in a place of intimacy with God that causes us to understand what God is concerned about on earth.
Usually prayer warriors are concerned about things that affect them personally ~ their church, or their individual concerns ~ whether they be national, economic, or business. For example, if they work at an accounting firm they would be concerned to intercede about the financial situations around them. But this is not what a true intercessor is. A true intercessor will leave their own sphere of influence, their own area of responsibility, their own world of understanding and start to enter into the world and dreams of God Himself. They only become concerned about that which concerns God.
To the average person this would seem be a dream world where only a chosen few enter into the glory realm of Jesus Christ. I agree with you, yes, it is a dream world ~ but it’s an accessible dream world for any person desiring to become a true intercessor. If you leave your own realm of concerns and focus totally upon God’s will and purpose, guess what? God takes care of all of your problems and fixes everything in your own personal life. That’s what the Lord was saying about Abraham. Bear with me, at first this is something that is hard to see. God knew Abraham was going to become the father of a mighty and blessed nation. And because God had spent so much time blessing Abraham, He would not do anything bad to Sodom and tomorrow unless he first talked to Abraham about it.
By default, God’s blessings and intimacy with Abraham ~ based on Abraham’s personal obedience to God ~ actually put him in the position of an intercessor. It was never Abraham’s goal to be an intercessor. It is something that occurred to him by default. And so it is with you and I. If you’re trying to be an intercessor, you may miss the mark, if your desire is just to control others. But if you are trying to be intimate with God, to bless the Lord and fulfill his purpose in the earth, then by default you become an intercessor.
Intercession is a very deep subject. In next week’s blog, I hope to share much more of how important intercession is in your life.
A few weeks ago when I was in intercession the Lord spoke to me and asked me a simple question, “Richard, are you willing to ignore all of the laws of science and intellectual theories that have been taught to you, and learn the ways of God concerning innovation?” At the first receipt of this question I was immediately shocked by its contexts and implications. And then my flesh responded, “Who’s going to believe me?”
The intellectual cost of true innovation is priceless. The reason for this is simple because most the masses of population just seem to want better sameness. Haven’t you noticed this whenever you’ve gone to a church where the service was repeated from the last week, and the week before that, and so on? This is nothing but the drone of repertory sameness! But believe me it does have its benefits. If a pastor can get his congregation to faithfully continue to give in the offering without ever being upset or disrupted in their weekly routine, he actually has a pretty good and clear set of finances coming to him most of his life.
What a way to live, right? That’s why literally hundreds of thousands of churches throughout the world operate in this repetitive process. The only thing that messes this moneymaking system up is if the pastor is trying to connect the people with the living Jesus Christ. That’s because the Lord is a person and He does not like having a relationship with a machine, even if the machine is run by religion. Now you can begin to see the struggle I am going through.
I realize the premise that I just described to you about a church, is the predicament I am also am facing in my own personal life. Think of this absurd example. A farmer wants a field to look perfect every day so he plants plastic wheat, which always looks the same. But it can never fulfill the purpose of what real food was designed to do, and that is to feed the hungry. Oh, it’s nice to look at, but it has no reality. Now you see how God might look at dead churches. What is their real purpose?
This is where the true cost of making an intellectual quantum leap comes into play. Its expense is actually felt in your daily dying to intellectual premises that have supported your fleshly reasoning and have been the foundation of your own personal ego. This is why one of the breakthrough moments that I had in 2014, was the day the Lord told me I was narcissistic.
That statement explained to me why I was having such a hard time receiving the new innovations that God was downloading into my mind. It was really a battlefield going on in my thought process because any idea that was truly innovative was intellectualized in my mind by my personal pride, which was based on my previous understanding of scientific law.
But this is the new premise that I now must live by in the year 2015: my entire foundation of intellectual law and knowledge will be based upon the relationship that I have in Christ Jesus ~ through the salvation experience which is described in the Bible as being born again, which includes the infilling of the Holy Spirit by the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Through this experience God lives inside me and talks to me about new innovations.
When God talks to me about these innovations I realize they will not make sense to my intellectual understanding that emanates from my flesh, so I must be willing to move forward on these new premises in spite of my own restrictions and confusion. This is going to cost me, and I must be willing to pay the high price of being rejected, mocked, and even persecuted by the intellectual community around me.
Yet if I can do this and exude the fruit of the Spirit in every communication, then I will receive the greatest prize that a man in my time can receive. And that is innovations, which will increase man’s ability to extend his existence, enjoy the pleasures of life, and live well with his family and loved ones. I believe this will be the same group of people who will spend eternity with Jesus.
The Lord spoke to me this week to stop theorizing on what He’s about ready to do. God had spoke to me to just do it and stop thinking about it. Just obey Him and act! But as the message increase in revelation, it became much more clear that what He was saying was turn your mind into a blank page and don’t try to figure things out first.
A good example of this is Sherlock Holmes. He would approach a crime scene with no previously conceived idea. Instead, he would follow the facts as they occurred and spoke for themselves. This method of investigation changed the entire world of criminal CSI investigations. Today every criminologist knows that they must approach a crime scene with an open mind and not allow preconceived ideas to influence their investigation.
This same phenomenon needs to occur among Christians that are following the prophetic word of God. Too many times when we receive a dream, vision, prophetic word, or maybe just a word from opening our Bible, we can jump to conclusions which result in expectations that are in themselves proper and accurate ~ yet are much less than what God is promising us.
Sometimes following logical consequences actually causes us to try to fulfill the prophecy or the dream that was given to us by our own means and for own purposes ~ and then we take the chance of missing the plan of God completely. This kind of thinking has been one of my most difficult problems to understand. But I have also seen that if I patiently wait for the Lord to perform the word that He gave me, He not only fulfills my expectations but He exceeds them!
2015 is now before us, and until the last few weeks I had not heard any word concerning what was going to happen in this coming year. Last week Gershom Sikaala gave us the word, “2015 is the year of suddenlys”. Then I received a prophetic newsletter from Timothy Snodgrass who is in the Philippine Islands. He said, “Miracles are not planned, they explode unexpectedly. Do not plan your breakthrough ~ just expect it.”
This seems to be the directive that God has for us in knowing Him in the year 2015. It is important for you and I to keep our minds as blank as we possibly can, to allow God’s plans to occur before us every day. Yes, it is going to be a year that is full of unexpected breakthrough miracles!