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Yesterday I was blessed to be at Everyone’s Church in Mt. Vernon, Washington. There was a great spirit in the house. Once again thank you to all the hungry hearts in Skagit County. God is on the move and His grace is working in our lives!
As I wrote last week, there was a fulfillment of the removal of the Old Covenant Torah/Temple society when the first fruit New Covenant Spirit/Body Church was birthed. That which sought to be anti-Christ could not overcome that which was Christ. The presence of Christ in the first fruit New Covenant Church caused that which sought to destroy the body of Christ to be destroyed by the very weapons that they sought to use against her. There is a principle of this that is true for us today. I believe we are in a time of the grace of the Spirit of Knowing and we can expect whatever opposes us in becoming the people of God in the community of Christ will be destroyed by the very weapons used in an attempt to destroy the will and testimony of Christ. That which is anti-Christ, cannot destroy Christ!
Revelation 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
Horses are a testimony of the strength of the flesh. I believe this is a signification of our own personal opinions, our own agendas, and our ways that we seek above being the community of God. The fleshly agendas of our hearts and minds give an open door to demonic forces and influences. The self-seeking, self-righteous passions, and ways of our flesh (fiery red), open doors for spiritual forces from the realm of the second heaven (hyacinth blue), and it leads to demonic influences in our lives (sulfur yellow). Our fleshly desires become the headship of our lives (heads of horses) and we become unwilling to yield to the will of God in loving Him and others. Like the heads of lions, we seek to intimidate and devour others with our own judgments. Instead of being like the lion towards the true enemy, as are being the praise of God in Christ, we exchange the humble face of a man for the attribute of a lion towards one another. When this happens it is a manifestation of what is not a witness of God, and it causes destruction in our lives by the words of our own mouths. We fail to live in the life of community joined to the headship of Jesus and we lose our communion by the Spirit with our heavenly Father and with one another. We end up loving things, more than we love God and His family. We must let the New Covenant life of God and the grace of the Spirit of knowing remove the false things in our lives.
Revelation 6:12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
Earthquakes are significant of offenses. The sun turning black is significant of judgments according to natural sight. The moon becoming like blood is significant of defilement seen as reluctant responses that are manifested as bitter reactions to reject one another. The stars falling from heaven to the earth like figs fall when they are shaken by a mighty wind is significant of a willingness to speak evil of those who are sent into our lives. We become insubordinate and disconnected from the life of who another is as a life-giving authority that empowers us to be life-giving authorities to others. Our personal ministry is no longer sweet toward another but has become natural minded and critical as what is meant to be sweet gets swallowed up by our natural thinking. The sky receding as a rolled-up scroll is significant of apathy in our hearts. We no longer live for a heavenly us or us together. We don’t live for God’s covenant purpose of life. We become more concerned about our own lives than God’s will for our lives together and we are therefore distracted by things that prick and poke our flesh. The mountains and islands moving from their place are significant of a disconnection from community. Like islands, our own way of seeing things and, like mountains, the strongholds of our own minds prevent us from finding true community. We become disconnected and separated from one another. Isolation, separation, and division becomes the testimony of our environment. Every class of mankind calling for the mountains and rocks to fall upon them is significant of ending in divorce, death, and a grave to being the community of God or an expression of union with another. Offenses, judgments, defilements, insubordinations, apathy, atrophy for knowing too much to be naturally true or perceived to be true, and a willingness to forsake generational purpose must be removed by the New Covent grace of the Spirit of Knowing in our lives.
Ted J. Hanson
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