In my last message I shared about how I struggled to hear through the static in the spiritual atmosphere, but finally could see and hear the sound of the wind of the Spirit approaching. Since then, the Lord has been showing me what this static partly consists of and how to clear it away. I feel an urgency to get it out this week which approaches Passover on the Rabbinic calendar. During this time there was the removal of all leaven from houses in preparation for partaking of the Passover Lamb before heading out of Egypt. This in itself is a very prophetic declaration at this particular junction in world events. There is a pronounced escalation on the world stage as end-time events are rolling out and the people of God must be prepared with their feet shod and their staff in their hand to exit all that involves the world system. There is a feast prepared for the woman in the wilderness but there has to be a leaving and a cleaving to the staff of Truth (and no carrying of Egyptian idols in your backpack).
The spirit of Elijah is coming to the prophetic arena of the church in order to bring an end to the mixture that exists in prophetic circles. In 1 Kings 18, we have most of the true prophets already slain by Jezebel and the others hiding and being fed in a cave. Then God brings his prepared covenant son, Elijah from his time of instruction at brook Cherith (Cherith means ‘to cut a covenant’ so this is where he has been cutting a covenant with God) and He brings a showdown.
Ki 18:19 Therefore send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of [the goddess] Asherah, who eat at [Queen] Jezebel’s table.
In Strongs, G850 means ‘dark, dirty, squalid’ and is used in the following scripture which gives us a very apt picture of the false prophetic word as being a ‘dark place’:
2Pe 1:19 We also have a more sure Word of prophecy, to which you do well to take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Daystar arises in your hearts, 2Pe 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture came into being of its own private interpretation. 2Pe 1:21 For prophecy was not borne at any time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke being borne along by the Holy Spirit.
This is what the false prophets do; they send word after word, have conference after conference, write book after book, but it’s all full of darkness and filth! It comes forth from their private interpretation.
For 3 watches of the last prophetic day, for the last 3 years, there has been a tumult of the prophets of Baal doing their thing in the church, shouting, striding about all over the stage and calling down the power of God to endorse them as the true servants of God. But they have been eating at Jezebel’s table, having received words from familiar spirits and having added in their own vain imaginations, calling their speaking a message from the Lord. They have entered into the arena of divination. Let’s examine what divination really is: throwing the bones of the situation down on the ground, gazing intently at it and seeing something that is not there and then releasing a word as to what is going to be coming in the future.
Eze 13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own mind and heart, Hear the word of the Lord!
Eze 13:3 Thus says the Lord God: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit [and things they have not seen] and have seen nothing! Eze 13:4 O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins and in waste places. Eze 13:5 You have not gone up into the gaps or breeches, nor built up the wall for the house of Israel that it might stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Eze 13:6 They have seen falsehood and lying divination, saying, The Lord says; but the Lord has not sent them. Yet they have hoped and made men to hope for the confirmation of their word. Eze 13:7 Have you not seen a false vision and have you not spoken a lying divination when you say, The Lord says, although I have not spoken? Eze 13:8 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have spoken empty, false, and delusive words and have seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, says the Lord God. Eze 13:9 And My hand shall be against the prophets who see empty, false, and delusive visions and who give lying prophecies. They shall not be in the secret council of My people, nor shall they be recorded in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel; and you shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord God.
Just like the scene that plays out in 1 Kings 18, after 3 watches of the last day; the blood, sweat and tears from these members of the false prophetic, at last the evening watch has come and the true sent one from God is stepping onto the stage and showing the people of God how to rebuild the altar of sacrifice according to God’s instruction. This corporate company who move in the power of Elijah show step by step what true holiness looks like; what one’s life as a living sacrifice offered to God looks like.
A trench that can hold two measures of seed is dug around the altar of sacrifice – because the true seed of God are going to be sent with a baptism of fire upon them into all the earth. The much water of the Word is applied. And then the baptism of fire falls, confirming the Elijah Company as the true servants of God. But the fire is to consume the sacrifice, not to dance on the heads of the crowd like a magician’s trick. What does the baptism of fire feel like for the living sacrifice? The words released by the Elijah company burn within like a fire, consuming all that is not holy. The phrases don’t leave you. They speak to you in the night as you lie on your bed. They come back to you as you drive in your car. They are the love serenade of a fiery jealous God Who wants you all to Himself!
This is not about affirmation of the upper room crew. This is about incineration of the chaff and the driving out of the dross in people’s belief systems. It is about separating them from all the false prophetic words they have been given, which promise ‘peace, peace’ when there is no peace coming. It is about separation and silencing of the false so that the clarity of the true prophetic word can be clearly heard, as the darkness of the night of the tribulation falls. The words of the prophets of Baal have created so much static that the people of God cannot even hear the words of the true Shepherd speaking. His sheep are supposed to hear His voice and He is calling to lead them out of mixture and away from danger, but all they can hear is the static of false prophetic utterings filling the atmosphere. The spirit of Elijah comes to clear out the atmosphere so that the still small voice can be heard.
It’s time for the demotion of the order of Saul in the church and the transition to the order of David, a man after God’s own heart; a man whose heart was broken with sorrow for sin and begged not to have the Holy Spirit removed from his life. But what brings that cutting off point when the Saul order is condemned? It is the rebellion of consulting the witch of Endor after Saul himself condemning witchcraft, divination etc with his own mouth in the kingdom. Those that rule in the kingdom must be seen to know what God’s will is in a matter. They feel they should have advance warning of what to say to the people of God and when God says nothing to them, they tap into witchcraft to get a word (1 Sam 28:6). This is straight out and out rebellion against a standard you know is in the Word.
Saul has already been told by the prophet Samuel that his rebellion to God’s instruction was considered witchcraft two chapters ago. He has already been told that God is going to tear the kingdom from him because of this.
1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
The word for ‘rebellion’ also means ‘bitterness’. Saul was bitter about the way things had gone for him. And that bitter root led to rebellion. Rebellion is the fruit of a bitter root against God firstly, and secondly, against man who has not fulfilled your expectations. The present Saul era of kings and leaders is being rejected now because they have entered into witchcraft and idolatry. Oh yes, there are men with hearts after God like David among them but they are few. The lusts of the Babylonian system have largely defiled the modern-day church system and ministers cling to their idols of worldly business plans and church-growing strategies. And now the kingdom is being torn from their grasp by a God who requires a humble holy people in the earth.
The first thing Elisha does after receiving the double portion of the spirit of Elijah is to go to Jericho where the bitter spring is causing barrenness. (Remember Jericho is also the place where Rahab the harlot waited in the walls to be set free so she could be part of the lineage of Christ). Elisha throws salt from a new vessel into the source of the bitter water and it is healed. Beloved, perhaps you are staring at barren fields and a lack of fruit from the womb of your spirit. Could it be that the water of the words of prophecy spoken over you have their source in an earthen vessel in rebellion to the plumbline of God’s Word; someone who has consulted familiar spirits for their stroking counsel and dispensed the bitter water of a false prophetic word over your life. Remember false prophetic scrolls always taste sweet in the mouth but oh how bitter they are as they spread their poison in your soul. Throw in the salt of Truth into your spring and watch the separation between the holy and profane. Cast aside those false prophetic words like a filthy bloodstained cloth. Renounce those words and break the power of them over your life in the name of Jesus and return to the True Source of Living Water. He said in Deuteronomy 28 that there shall be no barren among His people.
The word of severing from Samuel was the last true prophetic word Saul received. Yet the root of rebellion was thriving in Saul’s heart; the tendency to lean on one’s own understanding, to work things out for oneself and not wait for the Lord’s instruction – all to look good in the eyes of the people, all to save face ( 1 Sam 15). God told him to slaughter the livestock (providing meat) and the king Agag, but no, he decides ‘for a sacrifice to the Lord’; he will preserve the best bits of the meat alive and not kill the king! Partial obedience is rebellion. Preserving the livestock of the enemy to provide meat to eat is serving the flesh. Judging by the sight of your own eyes and leaning on your own understanding is idolatry.
1Sa 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
Let’s look into why God wanted them wiped out? One has to know the background, where you have come from, to realise that God knows what He is doing. Simple obedience is always best!
1Sa 15:2 Thus says the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 1Sa 15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
That which is of Amalek must be utterly destroyed now, no compromise because it lies in wait for you on the way when you leave Egypt, the world system/ the Babylonian church. It’s out to destroy you so deal fully with it now. No compromise. No mercy.
When you got saved and were brought out of Egypt, you were supposed to leave all that pertained to it behind. But the Saul order has kept the king Agag and the best of the meat to be included in what is offered to the lord. The Saul order of leaders in the church has only got rid of what they determined to be vile and worth throwing out.
1Sa 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
Amalek was a descendant of Esau, the one who valued his stomach more than his birthright. He was a fleshly man, driven by his own appetites and generations down the line, it is the full-blown version of this love of the things of the flesh that God has told Saul to utterly destroy. But Saul is a man of fleshly appetites as well and what looks good to the sight of his eyes, he can’t thrust away from himself. The biggest idol in our lives is the idol of our own understanding of what is good for us. Only the plumbline of God’s word and fruit of the tree of life, from the mouth of Jesus is good for us. Fruit of the knowledge of what is good and what is evil brings death to the people of God and lies in wait on the path for you, waiting to attack you when you least expect it.
Guess what Agag means? Flame! Agag represents the counterfeit flame, the counterfeit fire of the spirit. The fleshly manifestations of a supposed move of the spirit in the church of God is defiling and confusing the atmosphere in the church. It is the false prophetic spouted by the prophets of Baal as they strike matches and produce temporary flames trying to bring the mighty baptism of fire promised by the One True God for His holy set-apart people. But the problem is, His people are not holy, or set-apart, they are wallowing in mixture, eating from the lunchboxes taken away from Jezebels’ table, warming up food sacrificed to idols and knowing no better. This is what produces lukewarmness in the Laodicean church – mixture, hot and cold water blended, just the right amounts to feel good for the flesh; mixture, tolerating the false prophetic, tolerating Jezebel and her filthy banquet table. The judgment of God is coming on this mixture and there will be clear separation. He is coming to strike down those propagating the false prophetic and operating in the spirit of divination and witchcraft. He is coming to silence the sound that counterfeits the true voice of the spirit of the living God.
1Sa 28:6 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 1Sa 28:7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
Now let’s just examine how deep this root of rebellion is in the Saul order of leaders. Saul gets told by the witch of Endor that he and his sons will die the next day- and what does he do? He sits on the witch’s bed and eats of her fatted calf and her bread before leaving. Here he is eating at Jezebel’s table again. Sin upon sin. No repentance.
1Sa 28:21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spoke to me. 1Sa 28:22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also to the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou got on your way. 1Sa 28:23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened to their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed. 1Sa 28:24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hastened, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof: 1Sa 28:25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.
Did you notice that witches can also produce unleavened bread? But it is not the true Passover, because it is served with the fatted calf instead of the lamb that was slain! So a word of judgment on Saul and his seed is given from the dark side and yet he still eats of her bread, sits on her bed. He still wants to feed his flesh. There is no falling to his knees and repenting. There is no fleeing that which is evil and clinging to that which is good. Continued intimacy with witchcraft results in judgment and death. And the servants of Saul are as bad as he is. They urge him to eat of her bread and meat and they eat themselves. This is a heart that is hardened by continual prolonged rebellion to the plumbline of God’s word. The conscience has become seared and only the fearful prospect of divine judgment remains.
Those ruling now who are profane and in rebellion and witchcraft shall have their crowns and leadership positions removed and the Lord will abase them and exalt the low. He will overturn, even as Jesus overturned the tables in the cleansing of the temple!! Out with those who oversee the temple currency. Release the caged doves.
As Jehu said to the son of Jezebel, “There can be no peace as long as your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft still lives”. And saints, there can be no true peace in the Bridal company of saints as long as Jezebel lives, lurking behind words of seductive comfort and speaking from her window in the second heaven into your lives. She makes eunuchs of the saints. Cast her down.
Let’s look at what He says to the church that is told to deal with Jezebel, and please note how He describes Himself in this address. He is the One with eyes like a flame of fire! He has come to kindle a fire in the earth:
Rev 2:18 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, Who has eyes that flash like a flame of fire, and Whose feet glow like bright and burnished and white-hot bronzeRev 2:19 I know your record and what you are doing, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your recent works are more numerous and greater than your first ones.
Look, it’s not all bad in the church. There is love and faith and endurance and plenty of good works….BUT:
Rev 2:20 But I have this against you: that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and who is teaching and leading astray my servants and beguiling them into practicing sexual vice and eating food sacrificed to idols. Rev 2:21 I gave her time to repent, but she has no desire to repent of her immorality [symbolic of idolatry] and refuses to do so.
What does Thyatira mean? Perfume! But is it the counterfeit perfume, the knockoff version of the fragrance of Christ that you are wearing or is it the real, the very costly fragrance that comes from breaking and crushing and blending by the hand of the great apothecary? You see, the problem is mixture!!! They tolerate the false prophetic. They tolerate the false flame, they let king Agag live, because he brings the best of fatted calves and the meat with him…. and those fatted calves bring in lots of money! The real fragrance of Christ is too costly. A cheaper version, a lookalike garment costs the flesh far less than the price of total surrender.
Food sacrificed to idols is dished up at Jezebel’s table. And what are those idols??? Selfish spiritual ambition, the removal from the congregation of any word-bringer that cuts the flesh – no, the flesh must be stroked, the ego must be exalted, bring a kind word, a word that ‘edifies’. Actually, to ‘edify’ means ‘to build up’, but in these days of mixture, firstly the wrong walls have to be broken down. First, the false foundations have to be exposed. All the whitewashing of the false prophetic has to be knocked down, before the rebuilding of the true altar can take place! And the spirit of Elijah will accomplish this in the evening watch!
It was at the beginning of the evening watch that Jesus said ‘it is finished’. And now God says ‘it is finished. Enough!! Enough of this counterfeit parading around as the authentic word from the throne. Enough!
Rev 2:22 Take note: I will throw her on a bed [of anguish], and those who commit adultery with her [her paramours] I will bring down to pressing distress and severe affliction, unless they turn away their minds from conduct [such as] hers and repent of their doings. Rev 2:23 And I will strike her children (her proper followers) dead [thoroughly exterminating them]. And all the assemblies (churches) shall recognize and understand that I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves.
A bed of anguish, my brothers and sisters! That reminds me of the people being tormented by locusts from the pit for 5 months in Rev 9.Sealed ones, the servants of God have peace that passes understanding during this time.
The prophets of Baal got what their work deserved, a silencing of their tongues forever! They were killed at the brook Kishon, the root of which means ‘snare’. They were a snare to the people of God, offering them food sacrificed to idols from Jezebel’s table. And Jezebel practised strong witchcraft. The time has come for the removal of mixture, of compromise, of confusion, so that only the voice of the spirit of Elijah can be heard in the land!! There must be no prophets of Baal speaking in the true church of Jesus Christ as night falls in the earth. (Of course, the whore of Babylon’s congregation is full of the false prophetic. Birds of a feather flock together. But those who call themselves part of the Bridal Company must remove all leaven from their houses. Their vessels must only carry the unleavened bread of the words of the Holy Spirit).
Rev 2:24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not explored and known the depths of Satan, as they say–I tell you that I do not lay upon you any other [fresh] burden: Rev 2:25 Only hold fast to what you have until I come. Rev 2:26 And he who overcomes (is victorious) and who obeys My commands to the [very] end [doing the works that please Me], I will give him authority and power over the nations; Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a sceptre (rod) of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, and [his power over them shall be] like that which I Myself have received from My Father; Rev 2:28 And I will give him the Morning Star. Rev 2:29 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).
There are 3 &1/2 watches of the night of dense darkness at hand; 3 &1/2 years of tribulation and trouble such as the world has never seen. Obey his commandments to the very end. Do what is pleasing to God, even at the expense of your own life. Hold fast to what you have until He comes! Flee from what is evil and cling to what is good. Heed the voice of the spirit of Elijah and don’t serve Baal, serve God!
Pro 16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresses not in judgment. Pro 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
The Hebrew translated ‘Divine sentence’ is the same word as ‘divination’! We must have God’s divine sentence in our mouths, not the divination of deceiving spirits. The Spirit of Elijah is coming to tear the people out of the arms of the deceiving spirits which have held them captive. He is coming to tear the veils of false prophesy away from the eyes of their hearts so they can clearly see the path ahead:
Eze 13:17 And you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who prophesy out of [the wishful thinking of] their own minds and hearts; prophesy against them, …Eze 13:20 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against your pillows and charms and veils with which you snare human lives like birds, and I will tear them from your arms and will let the lives you hunt go free, the lives you are snaring like birds. Eze 13:21 Your [deceptive] veils also will I tear and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted and snared. Then you shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord. Eze 13:22 Because with lies you have made the righteous sad and disheartened, whom I have not made sad or disheartened, and because you have encouraged and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way and be saved [in that you falsely promised him life], Eze 13:23 Therefore you will no more see false visions or practice divinations, and I will deliver My people out of your hand. Then you will know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord.
Go before the Lord, precious bridal saints. Ask for the Spirit of Elijah to come and show you what is false in the vision you cling to; what is from deceiving spirits in the prophetic words spoken over you. Ask the Spirit of Truth to come and separate the holy from the vile in your belief system. Consecrate and set yourself apart as you approach this Passover season. Ask Him to shed light on any leaven of the Pharisees and Herod lurking in the corners of your temple. Slay king Agag and slaughter the fatted calves, promising tasty meat at your table. You are going to be feasting on the Lamb that was slain from here on! You are part of the army of Light. Come near to the Spirit of Elijah in these days and receive truth that can set you free to hear and see the Lord clearly afresh. Let the static in the spiritual atmosphere around you be silenced so that the still small Voice can be clearly heard in the depths of your temple. You are leaving Egypt behind and travelling toward the marriage feast of the Lamb, unencumbered.
I encourage you to read the whole of Ezekiel 13 as you prepare during this season.