We just finished a great weekend of prophetic training in Bellingham. We were joined by my good friends Bill and Linda Jonson from Tallahassee, Florida. We activated, facilitated, and released about seventy guys and gals in the life-giving prophetic power of Christ. We had several healings, miraculous testimonies, and life-changing words. Last night there was a packed house as a team of about fifty ministered and Jesus walked into the room!
A culture of grace is dependent upon the manifest presence of Jesus in our lives. Grace happens at a revelation of Jesus Christ. When we see Him in our lives, our lives are changed. When He walks into the room everything changes! The book the Apocalypse, the Revelation, is not about doom and gloom. It is about the person Jesus and what happens when He walks into the room. The apocalypse of Jesus Christ is about the person Jesus Christ. Each part of the book is a testimony of what happens when the person Jesus Christ walks into the room. The very 1st chapter is enough to stand on its own. Jesus loves us He has washed us in His blood. He stands in the midst of His Church. When we hear Him, we turn and we see Him and when we see Him something in us becomes like Him, because we see Him as he is. Grace comes at a revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the voice behind us. He is the voice that invites us to have an encounter with Him. Every revelation from Him is an invitation to have an encounter with Him so that we can be transformed by Him and become something of that revelation. This is grace!
You can take the 22nd chapter of Revelation on its own and have a wonderful reality for today, yesterday, and the future. There is a river that flows from the throne room. It comes out of the human heart. It doesn’t flow through the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It flows through the tree of life. It produces generations of humanity that bring healing to sick nations and fruit that feeds the hungry. When you discover this river that flows out of you, you no longer look at what is right and what is wrong. You think, ‘how do I give life?’ ‘I want to give life to the world.’ As a result, the fruit of your life is what the world needs. The touch of your life brings healing to those who are sick. The blessing that is in you heals the curse that is around you. It is a wonderful revelation! We saw the life-giving river of God flow last night in a powerful way as many were refreshed, envisioned, revived, transformed, and healed.
Chapter 21 of Revelation can also stand by itself. We could just take it and discover a great revelation of God’s grace. Look Up! There is a community coming out of heaven filling our lives. Things that reveal the character and nature of God are filling our hearts. God’s grace is working in us and the very pressures we find ourselves in are proving to be opportunities for God’s grace to cause our lives to shine. The many facets of God’s passion, love, victory, forgiveness, and life-giving power are at work in us. The destiny of the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God is being seen beneath our feet as a path for God’s glory is being set before us. We are being established upon the way and the path of God. God’s presence in us is empowering us to become a community of God in the earth. Even the gates of our lives are like pearls. Pearls are the result of wounds in the heart of an oyster. When an oyster is wounded, it releases enzymes and minerals from within that form a beautiful testimony. It is like our lives. When something wounding happens in lives, it can be a source of offence or it can be the source of a testimony of God’s love. An ugly thing happens to the oyster, but the oyster isn’t overcome by the ugly thing. It releases what is inside of it and turns the ugly thing into a pearl. If you ever go to one of those places where you can buy an oyster to find a pearl, be sure to pick the ugliest oyster. The ugliest shell usually contains the pearl. The pearl came because the oyster was wounded. The peal is a symbol of love. You can make a necklace, a bracelet, or a ring and it is a symbol of love. It’s an intimate love. It’s a lover’s love or even a father’s love. It is love that testifies of tender care. It is a love that reveals that the giver wants to spend the rest of their life with you. The pearl is a symbol of tenderness and intimate love. Like the wounding of an oyster, what the enemy intends for evil turns into a testimony of the Father’s love. The ugliest moments of our lives become pearls that others can see. People will get into this community by a testimony of love. The gates of the community are gates of pearl. They are gates that reveal a testimony of love. The community of God is filled with people who could have ugly testimonies. The potentially ugly people have become the most beautiful people in the world. It is a revelation of Jesus. A work of grace is the appealing invitation to enter the community of God.
Ted J. Hanson