Inspiration from Dr. David White
The Kingdom Series – ‘The Apocalypse, and the sons of God
Creation is Waiting For’
“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of
the sons of God” (Rom 8:19).
One of the most highly anticipated events of all time is recorded in Romans 8:19 where
creation is eagerly awaiting the revealing of the sons of God.
The phrase earnest expectation speaks of creation watching with an intense anticipation. In
other words all of creation is sitting on the edge of its seat and can’t wait for this to take place.
This is true partly because of what creation itself will experience.
“Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21).
Remarkably the same Greek word translated revealing, referring to the sons of God, just
happens to be the same word used in Revelation 1:1 pointing to “the Revelation of Jesus
On the Isle of Patmos John described how the church is anticipating the revealing (the
disclosure, the appearing, the coming), the apocalypse ‘apokalupsis’ of Jesus Christ. Likewise
creation is waiting for the apocalypse of the sons of God. This is further explained in Romans as
being a cause for the increasing birth pangs to take place on the earth.
“For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together
until now” (Rom 8:22).
In the New Testament there appears to be at least three levels to what it means to be a son of
To eliminate any misunderstanding, Jesus is God the Father’s One and “only begotten Son”
(see John 3:16). Jesus is the only Son who was born of the Father sent because God so loved the
world. The Scriptures clearly declare, “for there is no other name under heaven given
among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus was the Son of God and the
Son of Man. He was unique, one of a kind and one with the Father.
The events surrounding the Lord’s second coming will pale in comparison to Him, the One
who is coming! Yet there is another apocalypse to occur on the earth. One that will demand a lot
of attention especially from creation who has been longing for this day.
First the scriptures confirm, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of
blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” John 1:12-13).
Being born again or born from above is the beginning of the journey into Christianity and opens
the door into the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “unless one is born again, he cannot see’, or
later He says, ‘enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3, 5).
Becoming a child of God includes all those who receive and place their faith in Jesus. This is the
initial step into an adventure that will last into eternity. We as well as creation will witness
multitudes of men and women coming into the Kingdom of God as sons and daughters in the days
that are at hand. Yet there is something more creation is longing for.
Second, once salvation is settled and a relationship with God has begun we see a higher level of
what it means to be a son (or daughter) of God.
Paul exhorted the believers in Corinth to not allow themselves to “be unequally yoked
together with unbelievers”. He assured them how God promised to dwell in and walk among
them as their God. He reminds all of us of a further requirement of what it means to become a son
Therefore "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not
touch what is unclean, and I will receive you." 'I will be a Father to you, and you
shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty." Therefore, having these
promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (II Cor 6:17-7:1).
The Apostle Paul is addressing believers who have been given promises. Yet having been
given promises alone was no guarantee they would walk in them. A responsibility given to sons
and daughters includes their making the choice to cleanse themselves, “from all filthiness of
the flesh and the spirit”, which would result in their “perfecting holiness in the fear of
the Lord” (II Cor 7:1).
The sons of God being revealed in this hour will be those who fear God above all others. The
fear of the Lord which is partly evidenced by the choice’s we make (see Pro 1:29), enables us
to “depart from evil” (Pro 16:6). Sons of God are those, “led by the Spirit of God”.
Those led by the Spirit of God choose everyday to “put to death the deeds of the body”
(Rom 8:14, 12).
A further meaning of the word sons refers to those who understand the privilege they have
been given and whose personal lives reveal the character expected of sons. Sons reflect the
nature and character of their father.
Because these sons walk on what is described in Isaiah 35:8 as the “Highway of
Holiness”, they will see the Lord (see Heb 12:14) working in their midst and in the lives of
others in ways many have only imagined. In humility they will direct the attention they might
receive to the One and only begotten Son of God in unprecedented fashion.
Finally, we see in the Scriptures the kind of sons of God all of creation itself is waiting for. In
addition to revealing the character of their Father, these will witness creation itself being freed
from the bondage of corruption and released into the glorious liberty all the children of God
have been called into.
Prior to the ultimate anticipated event known as the apocalypse, (the revealing, disclosure,
appearing and the coming) of the Son of God another highly anticipated apocalypse will take
place. The sons of God, the kind all of creation has been waiting for, will be revealed on the
The call and opportunity to participate in this first apocalypse is well underway and will
prepare the way for the one to come. There is much evidence that creation itself is now sitting
on the edge of its seats while the sons of God are arising out of theirs.
The Kingdom Series – ‘God’s Purposes in the Whirlwind and in the Storm’
“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm” (Nahum 1:3)
I will never forget that clap of thunder while playing with my cars in our driveway as a little boy that hot Louisiana summer afternoon. I was terrified! Even though I am sure that was not the first time that had happened to me it might as well have been. I was convinced God was speaking to me and Jesus was coming right then. After running into the house for cover my mom quickly assured me everything was alright and Jesus was not coming, at least not then.
It’s not politically correct to suggest God has anything to do with storms like hurricanes. This is especially true when lives are lost and people’s property is damaged or destroyed. However we are not called to be politically but biblically correct. It’s not our opinions the world needs right now but truth, God’s word, which as the Psalmist declares, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).
My mom was right in convincing me thunder was a normal act of nature and I had nothing to fear, but at the same time God was certainly speaking to me that day. Even though I had no understanding of what the bible says about this subject, God forever convinced me that He is the ultimate weatherman and is sovereign over the rains, thunder and especially the winds. When the prophet Nahum wrote how God has His way in the whirlwind and the storm, he was convinced as well.
Some additional scriptures to consider when addressing this include Psalms 147:16-18. “He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; He casts out His hail like morsels; who can stand before His cold? He sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow”. Then after determining how God’s decree’s will not pass away we discover, “Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word” (Ps 148:8);
Addressing how the people had refused Him, ignored His counsel and every rebuke when He stretched out His hand God, who is Wisdom, declared, “I will also laugh at your storm, and your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a destruction comes like a whirlwind” (see Proverbs 1:24-27). Yet this warning is later followed with the assurance, “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely and will be secure without fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:33).
The specific purposes of storms are found in, of all places, the book of Job.
"Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered. For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, 28 which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man. 29 Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, the thunder from His canopy? 30 Look, He scatters His light upon it, and covers the depths of the sea. 31 For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance. 32 He covers His hands with lightning, and commands it to strike. 33 His thunder declares it the cattle also, concerning the rising storm…
God's Works and Wisdom
1 "At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place. 2 Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth. 3 He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth. 4 After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice. And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. 5 God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. 6 For He says to the snow, 'fall on the earth'; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. 7 He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work. 8 The beasts go into dens, and remain in their lairs. 9 From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds of the north, 10 by the breath of God ice is given,
And the broad waters are frozen. 11 Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His bright clouds. 12 And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them on the face of the whole earth. 13 He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy. 14 "Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God”
A brief summary of these Scriptures confirms the following about the weather:
#1 – It is a way whereby God judges the peoples (36:31a).
While judgment is listed first, it is not God’s only intention. The gospel of John confirms Jesus did not come to condemn the nations. He came so that nations already condemned because of sin could be forgiven and free.
Even though sin must be judged, there is hope. That hope comes in the shed blood of Jesus offered to whosoever will confess, turn from their sin and follow Him as Lord.
In Genesis 4:10 we see where the voice of Abel’s blood cried out to the Lord from the ground for justice. One has to wonder how much longer God can ignore the voice of nearly 60 million aborted babies whose voices are crying out from the ground. The only answer for their blood is the blood of Jesus!
#2 – It comes as a blessing supplying water for food in abundance (36:31b).
#3 – It comes at His command (36:32).
#4 – It is one of the ways God speaks (His voice) (37:2-5).
#5 – Whether heavy or light the rain is evidence of His strength and majesty (37:6).
#6 – The weather is guided by the hand of God (37:12).
#7 – It comes as correction (the rod), to those He loves in order to turn them back to Him (37:13a).
#8 – It comes for the lands (37:13b).
#9 – It is an act of His mercy (37:13c).
Psalms 136 reminds us over and over how “His mercy endures forever”. This phrase is repeated because we need His mercy every day.
#10 – The weather represents God’s wondrous works that are perfectly fitted into His purposes (37:14-16).
Nahum reminds us how the Lord is slow to anger. But we can’t forget He is also great in power and because His word confirms He is holy and just, He will not at all acquit the wicked. Unless there is repentance from sin God eventually has to answer in His own way in order to turn the hearts of men and women to Him who is truly the only Way. One way of the other God will have “His way in the whirlwind and in the storm.
Referring to individuals as well as entire nations, it is still true, “the wages of sin is death”. However the good news comes in what follows, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
God is sovereign and reigns over the weather patterns, including the whirlwinds and the storms. One day, every man and woman, city and region and every nation on earth will “bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
The Eclipse, the Conference and a Sign of Revival
A Message from Pastor David
Sunday morning we briefly mentioned the total solar eclipse that will be occurring from coast to coast across America, (from Oregon to S Carolina). This will happen on the day after the conclusion of the ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven Conference’. I want to share some additional things we should be aware of regarding this eclipse, my thoughts on the upcoming conference and something we have waited and believed for that is happening right under our noses.
August 21st Total Solar Eclipse
After referring to how the lights in the firmament of the heavens were to divide the day from the night God said in Genesis 1:14, “and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;” In the Hebrew the word translated ‘signs’ refers to, a signal, a mark or an event that communicates a supernatural event or miracle as a sign from God. And since the eclipses path takes it across America and will be seen from all 50 states, there is no question that biblically it is God communicating to this nation. This has been the case numerous times in history. The question is, what is God saying and are we listening?
First, its path takes it on a course that almost divides the nation equally on both sides. If someone could estimate what the population is on each side of the path of the eclipse I can almost assure you the numbers would be very close.
Politically speaking America is currently divided almost down the middle and the divide is growing further apart at an alarming rate. What did Jesus say about a kingdom or house divided against itself? You can see the answer for yourself in Mark 3:24-25 and what He said would be the result.
It’s well known that the Rabbis believed a solar eclipse over a nation referred to God’s judgment on that nation. Now this is what the Rabbis believed yet there is more to the story as we pointed out Sunday at The Gathering.
I’m not disagreeing with the Rabbis because history has proven it. However I am also sure that God’s judgments, while they will certainly be destructive for some, are redemptive for others. Hebrews reminds us how God disciplines those (individuals and nations) He loves in order to turn them back to Him. Hebrews also confirms that every nation will be shaken so they will come to the ‘Desire of the Nations’. The nations will find what they have always been looking for. Furthermore we see in John 16 where one of the reasons the Holy Spirit was sent was to convict, (convince) us that the ruler of this world (the devil), has already been judged! It is vital the church fully grasp and walk out this truth in this hour.
It is the church which is this and every nation’s last line of defense. Regardless of what unfolds the church has not been appointed to wrath! In fact, in the midst of judgment and wrath Paul reminded the believers in Thessalonica, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, (live or die), we should live together with Him” (I Thess 5:9-10).
The sign of Jonah Jesus referred to in Matthew 12 is the resurrection. Yet it is also possible that the sign of Jonah additionally referred to a solar eclipse that occurred in June of 763 BC.
This was one of the most famous eclipses in history and was one of the signs that led wicked Nineveh to repentance. If this is true, then like Nineveh, America’s only hope is to repent and turn back to God quickly. What America desperately needs today is a new generation of Jonah’s whose preaching of repentance saves an entire nation. This is why we are crying out for this and other nations and preparing for another great spiritual awakening!
It’s interesting how the sign of Jonah historically included 5 things: plagues, civil war, military loss, an earthquake and as mentioned a total solar eclipse. I will include a link to a message which further explains the sign of Jonah along with some additional amazing facts about this solar eclipse at the end.
Next, on August 21, 1914, a total solar eclipse crossed Eastern Europe. This one was known as the World War I Eclipse because the eclipse occurred near the begging of the war.
The eclipse to cross America in just a few days occurs 40 days prior to the Day of Atonement and get this, at the exact moment of totality on the west coast, the sun will also go down in Jerusalem. You can’t make this up!
August 21st is also the first day of the month of Elul which means HARVEST! This explains why the Holy Spirit is clearly speaking to us to strengthen and again cast our nets!
For more on the eclipse go to https://youtu.be/-ZvIibUAY2o
This Weekend’s ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven Conference’
Knowing how significant this solar eclipse is and at the same time watching the unfolding of world events, I would agree with those who have concluded the world could be on the brink of another world war. Although there are more signs pointing to another civil war. Therefore I believe this conference could not have come at a more critical hour.
I have always believed that God was going to send His ministers from other nations to speak into this nation when we most desperately needed to hear what He is saying. I believe this now more than ever. Instead of boasting how much we have and how much we know America is no longer the hottest thing going in 21st Century global Christianity. The church in many other nations is shining much brighter than the church as a whole in the U.S. However the American church has cast its bread upon many waters and now, just in time, it is coming back to us.
I believe Brother Sadhu and Bruce Allen will be used of God to speak into His purposes for Moravian Falls and at the same time into what He is saying to this nation. Come ready to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church in the U.S.
God began to stir my heart about asking Sadhu to come to Moravian Falls at the time he was speaking how God had showed him that Donald Trump was going to win the presidency, long before it appeared he had a chance.
In addition, when I heard Brother Sadhu speaking about some of the things the Holy Spirit was saying to him and how some of it was exactly what God was speaking to me, I got even more excited about asking him to come.
Then after it was set for Sadhu to come, I read where he was having a Martyr’s conference in India. I had never heard of such but was even more convinced I had heard from the Lord. I don’t know all Brother Sadhu will share while he is here but I believe the American church needs to hear from those outside of the American church.
A SIGN OF REVIVAL AND GOD MOVING IN OUR MIDST
The signs of Jonah’s day spoke loud and clear to a nation that had turned its back on God. As a result God sent them signs they could not deny. They understood the ways God speaks probably better than most Christians in America today.
One sign taking place right under our noses that without question is a sign of revival is what God is doing among our youth and young adults.
Just a few years ago the youth were hard to find. We were becoming an older congregation. If youth did come they mostly sat outside during the service. The few who came did so because someone brought them. Church was irrelevant. Everything has changed!
Now our youth and young adults sit on the front rows and listen intently. They are now involved and leading worship, (thanks to Andy and Cindy Wallen and their leadership). They are involved in every aspect of the life of the church and they are touching our community. In fact, they are just about running the church, (which is the goal)! And all of this is rooted in their growing passion and in their relationship with Jesus. Their lives have been changed forever.
Please keep these and what God is doing in prayer. Ask God to guard them and keep what has begun. Ask God to let the wind of heaven blow even harder upon them! All of this was prophesied by the man whose bones these grounds house. What God is doing among our youth and young adults is a sign of revival! Now God, let it spread far and wide!!
I have known this is our day of visitation for a while. This is what the Day of Visitation Prayer Gathering and the personal visitation I had with the Lord was all about. For the sake of the lost and so the Lord will fully receive the reward of His suffering we can’t wait for someone else to do it. We, His church in 2017 in Moravian Falls have what America needs the most. We have been given the message this nation most needs to hear, the ‘good news’. We have a heavenly mandate to share with a greater urgency and fire than we’ve ever known. We have been given mantles and the anointing needed to succeed in places previously unreached. We now have the man power required for such a task with an army of youth and young adults arising among us. And most of all we have, as Cindy played on the violin this past Sunday, the right Man, ‘Jesus Christ’ on our side. That old hymn written by Martin Luther, ‘A Mighty Fortress is our God’ is still a relevant and timely word for today.
Let’s prepare our hearts, keep pressing on and see you this weekend!
PS: Arrive early as the traffic will be backed up! They are coming from everywhere to the Gathering of the Saints in Moravian Falls.
Our God Reigns!
The Kingdom Series – ‘Valiant for the Truth on the Earth’
“And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 9:3).
Shortly after our arrival at our hotel in what was then known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, I turned on the television curious as to what I might see being broadcast in a communist nation.
After finding a channel I could actually see, it shortly became apparent that I was watching a children’s program consisting of anti-American propaganda. The content and intention was so obvious that my not knowing the Russian language was no major obstacle.
I remember telling God how the program was filled with propaganda, as if that was news to Him. God then whispered something in my heart I will never forget. I heard how there was more propaganda being promoted and published daily in the United States than at any time in the history of the Soviet Union (Russia). Although I didn’t fully comprehend what I believed I had heard that June afternoon I now clearly see what God was showing me.
It could be said that no other generation in American history has been less prepared to cope with and escape the onslaught of deception now inundating America and indeed every nation on earth, from America, via the air waves philosophically, educationally, politically and religiously. One has to wonder if some American news outlets are even capable of telling the truth on any regular basis. Lies, fake news, misinformation and propaganda are backed up with even more lies, fake news, misinformation and propaganda. Yet the Scriptures have clearly pre-warned us of these days while offering hope on which we can stand.
When asked by His disciples about the timing and the events surrounding the end of the age, Jesus wasted no time by warning them to first, “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4). Then He cautioned them how, “if possible, even the elect”, (Mark 13:22), could fall prey.
Deception comes from a Greek word that means to roam from safety, virtue or the truth, and will abound and capture the entire world in unprecedented fashion at the end of the age. This deception will be so seductive and widespread that eventually it will be said that, “all the world, (world system), marveled and followed the beast” (Revelation 13:3).
Since the deceived do not know they are deceived escaping deception requires we continually examine our thoughts, beliefs and actions by the standard of God’s Word. Paul exhorted the Corinthians to, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (II Corinthians 13:5a). He reminded them, “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (I Corinthians 11:31).
The word translated ‘judge’ means, ‘to separate thoroughly’; ‘to withdraw from’; ‘to oppose’; ‘to discriminate’; ‘to decide’; and ‘to hesitate’. The wise will discriminate, decide and separate themselves from that which is unholy and untrue. They will hesitate before accepting and believing anything they have not thoroughly judged as being truth.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (I John 4:1).
“Test all things; hold fast what is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21).
Raising the Standard
Isaiah prophetically described a time when, “…truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (see Isaiah 59:14-15).
Speaking through His prophet, God confirms that, “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them; My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.” (Isaiah 59:21)
Although truth may fall in the earth, it will continue to march on, in and through His people. In the same context Isaiah reminds us that, “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).
The standard bearer for truth in the earth is defined when the Apostle Paul later describes the church as, “the pillar and the ground (mainstay) of the truth” (see I Timothy 3:15). It’s not the government, or politicians, or the news media that possesses the God-ordained authority to represent and declare truth on the earth. Although we want our politicians and news media to speak truth, ultimately it is the church of the “living God” that has been granted this authority and responsibility. As Paul desperately wanted Timothy to understand his role in representing and defending truth on the earth so we must understand the church of Jesus Christ has the responsibility of lifting up the standard of truth in each generation.
[If we fail to make truth known in our generation we can be certain enemies of the truth will fill that void with lies from their father the devil, who Jesus defined as, “a liar and the father of lies and of all that is false” (John 8:44 Amp. Bible).]
As someone has rightfully said, without God, we can’t, and without us, God won’t. God is sovereign and yet the church of each generation is responsible to represent, defend and be valiant for the truth to their generation.
Valiant for the Truth
Jeremiah recognized the lies and deceptions of his day and boldly declared “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.” (See Jeremiah 9:3) Jeremiah acknowledged the need for those who knew the truth to rise up and defend that truth, thus countering the lies and deceptions of his generation. Likewise God, who uses ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary, is looking for standard bearers who will be valiant for the truth in the earth at a time when lies and deceptions abound. The question is how do we do that?
To be valiant for the truth on the earth, we should be among those who continually hear the truth!
When the Apostle Paul declared to the Romans, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17), he was giving them a key to their receiving a saving faith necessary for salvation. He also gave them a key that would enable them to possess a sustaining faith necessary for their remaining free from any entanglement in the world. Just as it is necessary to hear God’s Word initially to receive salvation so it is necessary we continue to hear God’s Word to walk in the freedom salvation brings. We will either have faith to believe what is true or faith to believe what is false. Wisdom declares, “But whoever listens to me (God), will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:33). The same truth that sets us free keeps us free!
If we are to be valiant for the truth on the earth, we will be among those who consistently walk in truth!
Scripture confirms, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (II John 7). Though this warning applies to every generation, it is especially relevant for the church at the end of the age when the spirit of the Antichrist will become more and more of an influence in the world.
John does not tell the believers to try and figure out the identity of the antichrist, but rather challenges them to be among those who are “walking in truth” (see II John 4). Knowing the identity of the Antichrist will not deliver anyone from the deceptions promoted by the spirit of the Antichrist. Deliverance comes through our walking in and obedience to the truth. As the Psalmist cried, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth” (see Psalm 86:11).
To be valiant for the truth on the earth, we must be among those who stand on the truth!
Once during one of our family devotions when our children were young, I was trying to emphasize the necessity of their learning to stand on the truth (God’s Word). As we were finishing up our devotion for that night, my son, who was probably around five years old, jumped up on the bed, stood on top of the Bible lying on the bed and shouted, “Like this daddy?” I responded with, “Yes, just like that son”, and my prayer has been that he would never forget it.
Eleazar, along with two other mighty men of David, fearlessly faced the entire Philistine army while all the others fled in terror. It is written of these men, “But they stationed themselves in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory” (I Chronicles 11:14).
The Hebrew word “stationed”, simply means that these men ‘took their stand.’ They refused to flee because of mere words spoken by those who did not know God. They had far more faith in God who was with them than the enemy who threatened them. Refusing to follow the crowd, these brave and valiant men took their stand on the truth and in their place in history.
To be valiant for the truth on the earth requires we be among those who stand up for the truth!
It has been said, that “if you do not stand for something you will fall for anything.” During the end of the age, the world, including many possessing faith in Jesus, will be prone to believe lies strategically designed to lead people away from the truths of God’s Word. Paul warns the church to, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit (powerless unproved promises), according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).
In speaking to his generation and every generation that would follow, Peter says, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies . . . and many will follow their destructive ways (see II Peter 2:1-2).
Standing on the truth in the privacy of our homes is necessary and honorable, but standing up for the truth before a hostile and angry world brings a deeper meaning to what it means to be valiant for the truth in the earth.
The word ‘valiant’ defines someone who is ‘brave, courageous or heroic’. It also can refer to those who ‘overcome’ or are ‘victorious’. One source defines the word as someone who is ‘founded on the truth’, something that should be said of every believer in Jesus Christ.
Christian leaders throughout history were among those who led the way boldly and courageously standing against deceptions that had a stranglehold on individuals; as well as, entire nations. They rightfully saw themselves as pillars and standard bearers of the truth. These were called to walk the fine line of demonstrating God’s unrelenting love, while reproving the darkness of their hour (see Ephesians 5:2-11)
One example of how the church today can stand against the gross darkness and deceptions of this hour can be found in the misinformation of what in the 1970’s was decried as the world’s impending doom from the coming ‘ice age’ or ‘global cooling’.
Thirty years later liberal publications and politicians began to predict the earth’s imminent demise from what was explained as ‘global warming’ ignoring the growing challenges of many of the world’s scientists and climatologists who questioned the validity and the political motives behind their claims.
To promote further confusion the subject was strategically renamed, ‘climate change’. This allowed those promoting the deception, to include any normal change in the weather in the debate.
The Scriptures answer the questions of extreme global cooling and warming when God assured Noah, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).
God’s Word assures men and women that though the weather will naturally change the seasons and the earth’s heating and cooling patterns will continue until the end. Although we are called to be good stewards of the earth’s resources, as well as the earth itself, men cannot alter God’s pre-determined natural laws. Nor are we to esteem the creation above the Creator (see Romans 1:25).
Truth will always eventually prevail against darkness regardless of the persuasive power behind it. Whether political or religious all lies originate from the father of lies, (see John 8:44) and are intended to keep men and women from seeking the One who is, “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Rick Joyner in his book, Breaking the Power of Evil, gives an example of being valiant for the truth, by referring to an end-of-the-age righteous army who will declare, “We are here to stand for truth and proclaim the gospel of His Kingdom to those who are caught in the shackles of evil and on the path to destruction. We need rest when it is given to us, but how can any soldier of the cross want to rest for a long time while there is yet even a single soul in bondage to the evil one? Every Christian is sent out as a knight of the kingdom, to slay dragons, fight for the poor and oppressed, and establish the domain of the King”. It can be further said that the world desperately needs a generation to emerge that will fear no one but God and proclaim nothing but the truth regardless of the costs.
To be valiant for the truth on the earth, we will be those who know when to speak the truth!
In writing about the seasons and purposes of God, the wisest king who ever lived wrote about, “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (see Ecclesiastes 3:7). While most of us could use a lesson in the first part of that verse we still must be aware of the importance of the last.
During the years leading up to the Holocaust and the massive loss of life among the Jews, most of the world and sadly the church was strangely silent. There were those however that dared confront the evil of that day, most of which lost their lives. I wonder if at the Judgment Seat of Christ we will not only be judged for what we shouldn’t have said but did, but also for what we did not say when we had the opportunity to say it. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Yet truth kept secret sets no one free.
One of the greatest truths in the Bible declares, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). This verse inspires and gives the church hope in its commission of preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth. Yet the following verse reveals a deeper understanding of this truth. Paul continues by stating, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)
Anyone who really calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But no one can call upon Him unless someone speaks up and tells them about Him. When the Ethiopian eunuch questioned Philip about who it was that was being discussed as he read the Scriptures, we read, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35). If Philip had not opened his mouth the eunuch might never have known true salvation.
To be valiant for the truth on the earth, we will be among those who receive a deep and passionate love for the truth.
In referring to the end of the age, Paul explains that there will be an “unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. He then writes what may be two of the most frightening verses in the Bible when he says, “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
One of the greatest prayers we could ever pray for our children and this generation is not that they just recognize good from evil or truth from error, but that they might have a deep and profound love for the truth, that they might be saved.
If our children love the truth they will recognize what is good from evil through their knowledge of their Savior who has promised to lead them into all truth. Loving the truth along with speaking the truth in love will incite others to want to discover the truth for themselves.
To be valiant for the truth on the earth, we must be among those who most of all, know the Truth!
When standing before Pilate facing His eventual death, Jesus told Pilate that He had come to bear witness of the truth. Pilate then responded by asking the question, “What is truth?” (See John 18:38)
Although caught up in the entanglement of the world’s lies the overwhelming majority of people long to know truth. God has placed a deep hunger within the heart of every man and woman to ask the same question Pilate asked Jesus.
Knowing the truth is not about knowing all the right answers, the right people, the right formulas or always knowing what to do. It is about our knowing the right person. Truth above all else is a person, the person of the Lord Jesus!
Now is the Time
As in Jeremiah’s day, there are many who, “like their bow have bent their tongues for lies”. The time has come for those called to be valiant for the truth on the earth to arise, raise the standard and take their stand in the midst of the flood of some of the greatest deceptions ever introduced upon the earth. These will unashamedly speak the truth with the most outrageous and contagious love for God this world has ever seen.
As the church of Jesus Christ we must align ourselves with truth, walk in it, love it, proclaim it, and when necessary defend it with our lives. As in generations past, so His truth will continue to march on until the end of this age and throughout eternity.
(Revised from the book, “The Times to Come Have Come – Hope and Help in Troubled Times” by David White)
The Kingdom Series –‘How the Kingdom Comes’
“Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33).
(A Report on the Day of Visitation Prayer Gathering)
Quoting from Isaiah 56:17 Jesus taught and reminded His disciples how it had been written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17). Though Jesus died for individuals His redemption story includes the salvation of entire nations.
Early this past Sunday morning the Lord seemed to whisper into my ear how on the previous day June 24th, Isaiah’s prophecy Jesus referred to in Mark 11:17 was literally fulfilled, ‘in one day’, as believers from various ministries and places gathered in Moravian Falls for what was called ‘The Day of Visitation Prayer Gathering’.
While a number of people personally attended, others gathered and called in from various cities and countries to cry out to God to send another great spiritual awakening and reformation to this nation and every nation on earth.
It was a prayer event possibly unlike any in history. With many in agreement from different locations around the earth, the Holy Spirit placed on our hearts what He Himself desires to do. While we were reinforcing the ongoing prayers of the saints of generations, our intercession Saturday could have been the final drop that caused the bowls to overflow and tip over. One example of almost an immediate answer to prayer can be seen in how this week segments of the secular media are being exposed for its deception and production of fake news stories.
The question is what do we do next? If I have heard correctly we go on sabbatical, we rest, acquire fresh vision, wait, get quiet, cease from our labors, spend time in His word, draw closer to Him and one another expecting the increase and rippling effect He promised to come to pass in His way, timing and manner where He gets all the glory! At the same time we must prepare ourselves for what will one day prove to be some of history’s greatest battles and victories.
In the Parable of the Leaven Jesus speaks of the kingdom of heaven, (or kingdom of God, which used either way refers to the same kingdom in Scripture), as leaven. Often leaven refers to something evil but in this context it points to the good effect the gospel and the work He leads us into has upon the world.
A pinch of leaven kneaded into a lump of dough eventually transforms it into a loaf of bread. However this process does not come about easily. The dough has to be stretched, pulled, pounded, pushed and flipped in order for the leaven to be properly mixed. After this process the dough rests allowing the leaven to multiply. Soon the dough rises and is ready to be baked into the loaf of bread it is intended to be.
With so much momentum and expectancy currently going on at the Gathering, why would we take a sabbatical and not gather for a season on Sunday mornings? Wouldn’t common sense dictate that we can’t stop and rest now? Yet common sense is not necessarily kingdom sense.
In using the process of baking bread Jesus uses leaven as an example of how the kingdom comes. It doesn’t come through giving it our best effort but through our obedience to only what He tells us to do. The kingdom doesn’t come through our works but in our rest fully yielding to the Holy Spirit. After the leaven was distributed into the dough there was nothing to do except to rest allowing the dough to rise. Then the fire will do its job.
Regardless of the sabbatical, we are in a season where we must now rest, wait, worship and watch as His Kingdom comes.
Have a restful sabbatical and see you soon!
David and Shirley
‘A Rippling Effect’
“For the promise is to you and to your children and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).
I’m sure each of you are well aware of this weekend’s, (June 23-25) Camp Meeting with Roberts Liardon and the Day of Visitation Prayer Gathering. I want to encourage you to make attending these meetings a high priority. As I recently shared with Rick Joyner there seems to be a ton of faith about what God is and is going to do.
My connecting with Roberts was ordained and timely. He has been prepared for these times and so have we. Both he and the believers at The Gathering have endured, persevering to where our faith remains intact firmly entrenched in our King. Nothing can shake us from believing in a great big God who longs to show Himself strong in answer to the passion and prayers He Himself has placed in our hearts.
Please share about the meetings beginning Friday night with others, especially those who need a savior, as well as a miracle. Take advantage yourself and share with others about the healing room Saturday at the Welcome Center from 4 PM to 6 PM. We believe God has anointed our hands and signs and wonders will break out for His glory. Jesus will not lose the reward of His suffering! His dreams for Moravian Falls and His people will be fulfilled.
In addition to Roberts being with us Fri at 7 PM, Sat at 6:30 PM and Sunday morning, on Saturday beginning at 9 AM we will come together for the Day of Visitation Prayer Gathering. Throughout the day leaders from various ministries and places will join us both in person and by calling and video to lead in prayer. Some churches will be joining us from their own nation via web stream. From a number of places around the world and this nation leaders and intercessors will agree with us in calling upon God to remember His promises and His word and send another great spiritual awakening to this nation and the nations.
In addition to praying for nations, cities and states, we will intercede for a number of critical needs currently before our nation and many peoples. With the same desperation the nobleman had in John 4 when he cried out to Jesus to come heal his son who was at the point of death, so we will cry out to Him in intercession and He will hear and answer.
From the moment the man from Dallas told me I would receive a manila envelope on May 15th and how when I opened it something would take place that would have a rippling effect, I was expectant and full of faith. I believed God and it has and will further come to pass as was spoken.
When the Apostle Paul wrote, “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and much assurance” (I Thess. 1:5), he was referring to the assurance of those speaking the word. After declaring how the gospel comes in power and in the Holy Spirit, the Amplified Bible states how it is delivered “with great conviction and absolute certainty (on our part). This phrase describes the Thessalonians, but also the saints called to Moravian Falls.
Invite someone and see you this weekend!
We love each of you,
David and Shirley
‘Stewarding the Next Move of God’ – Part One
“Who then is that faithful and wise steward” (Luke 12:42)
“There shall be no ebb”, were the words Margaret woke up shouting out loud. Because she has a track record of accurately hearing the heartbeat of heaven, I paid close attention and believed she had heard a word about what God is doing in this season.
The ebb refers to the movement of the tidewaters out to sea. It’s when the incoming flow of water begins to diminish, retreat or recede from the shore. In other words the move of God that has begun will not retreat, diminish or recede. Therefore we must be prepared and ready to faithfully steward what is now upon us.
God is sovereign and can do anything He pleases anytime He wants to do it. Yet as His sons and daughters, especially the ones all of creation has been waiting for, we are responsible to do what He has appointed and anointed us to do. It is required that a steward be found faithfully doing His Master’s will when He returns.
One of the chief responsibilities of the priesthood was to keep the fire burning on the altar in the temple. God’s command to Aaron and his sons was, “And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it, it shall not be put out… It shall never go out” (Lev 6:9, 13). The fire could not be put out but they were also not to allow it to go out!
In the late 1800’s Revivalist Charles Finney, who was instrumental in a great move of the Spirit, published his ‘Hindrances to Revival’. In this work Finney warned his generation and those to follow of certain attitudes and actions that would grieve and result in a waning of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the midst of a move of God.
Finney begins stressing how revival, or the move of the Spirit, will wane when pride enters the hearts of those God has chosen to use.
Finney writes, “It is almost always the case in a revival, that a part of the Church will be too proud or too worldly to take any part in the work. They are determined to stand aloof to wait and see what it will come to. The pride of this part of the Church cannot stop the revival, for the revival never rested on them. It began without them, and it can go on without them. They may fold their arms and do nothing but look out and find fault; and still the work may go on. But when the part of the Church that does the work that has promoted the revival begins to think what a great revival they have, how they have labored and prayed, how bold and how zealous they have been, and how much good they have done, then the work will likely decline.
Finney continues, “When news begins to spread of a revival, how absorbed and devoted the members have been…, and so they get puffed up, and vain, and they can no longer enjoy the presence of God. The Spirit withdraws from them, and the revival ceases. The Spirit is grieved by the spirit of boasting. Some, under pretense of publishing things “to the praise and glory of God”.
Jesus spoke of a steward as one who had been given a charge or a responsibility. He was not given this because he was the most worthy or deserving but simply as one chosen for a specific work at a specific time. As Spurgeon once said, “God fits the man for the place and the place for the man; there is an hour for the voice and a voice for the hour”.
God does not choose a man, a woman or a specific church based on how well they have run but because they have entered the race refusing to quit. He chooses based on His purposes written from the foundation of the world and most of all His mercy. The Apostle Paul states, “So then it is not of him who runs but of God who shows mercy”. Furthermore he describes how God reveals, “the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory”, and how these are “called sons of the living God” (Rom 9:16, 23, 26).
Stewards in remaining faithful were to be wise, waiting and watching. They were to be prepared as an act of their own will yet ultimately be found doing their Master’s will.
After teaching His disciples on these principals of stewardship, Jesus reminds them, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (see Luke 12:42-48).
To be continued…
David White Th.D.
David and his wife Shirley are the head pastors at the Gathering Church in Moravian Falls, NC. The Fresh Bread Blog is where Dr. David posts inspiration and messages he receives from the Lord for the church and missions.
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