Monday, February 04, 2013

A Prophet's Word

Wood abalze
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Be consumed by the presence of God, less you perish.

What God started he finishes

Zurich
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God is going to complete what he started here (Switzerland) 500 years ago.

Inspired by this word by LeRoy from last Thursday I looked into some of Zwinglis life. He was the reformer in the German part of Switzerland, mainly Z├╝rich.I also thought about and prayed into the word.

Huldreych (modern Ulrich) Zwingli lived from 1.1.1484 - 11. Oct. 1531. He was priest in Glarus (1504-16), Einsiedeln (1516-19), and then Zurich (1518-31). He first was greatly influenced by humanism and Erasmus of Rotterdam, mostly by their believe to go back to the sources. This had Zwingli search the New Testament in Erasmus Greek edition, that was very close to the sources, and not the Latin Vulgata used in the catholic church. This inspired his 67 thesis that were directly motivated by exegesis of the gospels, the acts, and the letters.

Many of the thesis we read today and they seem modern biblical understanding, some speak into the lifetime of Zwingli and therefore have lost some of their relevance for today. But still, consider these ones for example:
VII. That he is an eternal salvation and head of all believers, who are his body, but which is dead and can do nothing without him.
VIII. From this follows first that all who dwell in the head are members and children of God, and that it is the church or communion of the saints, the bride of Christ, Ecclesia catholica.
IX. Furthermore, that as the members of the body can do nothing without the control of the head, so no one in the body of Christ can do the least without his head, Christ. 
X. As that man is mad whose limbs (try to) do something without his head, tearing, wounding, injuring himself; thus when the members of Christ undertake something without their head, Christ, they are mad, and injure and burden themselves with unwise ordinances.
Zwingli believed in the 5 solae principles of Luther:
  • sola scriptura (Scripture only, his starting point)
  • sola fide (by faith alone)
  • sola gratia (only by grace)
  • solus Christus or solo Christo (Christ alone or through Christ alone)
  • soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone)
Zwingli did not acquaint with Luther, as Luther still saw communion as Christ being present and his body broken, his blood shed anew every time, but Zwingli saw it as a remembrance:
XVIII. That Christ, having sacrificed himself once, is to eternity a certain and valid sacrifice for the sins of all faithful, from which it follows that the mass is not a sacrifice, but is a remembrance of the sacrifice and assurance of the salvation which Christ has given us.
Zwingli persecuted the next move of God, the Anabaptists. 2004 there was a reconciliation between the reformed protestant church of Zurich (Gerri Keller as a representative) and the Amish as representatives of the Anabaptists. I was at that conference.Zwingli wrote the first full German bible, 5 years before Luther.

That much about Zwingli.

I thought about the word. 500 years ago, the whole restoration of truth began. There had been moves before, but largely this was a red line of few, the remnant, with now major influence on the church of the day. The reformation certainly was different. Since then, numerous moves of God have restored truth progressively:

  • Anabaptists
  • Puritans, Pietism, Quakers
  • Methodists, Great Awakening
  • Babtists, Healing Moves
  • Pentecostal and charismatic revival, Latter Rain

And many truths have been restored in these moves: baptism by decision, all offices of the fivefold, the gifts of the Spirit, and so on. You all know better than me.

This reformation had to take place because of the great fall of the church 1700 years ago, bringing forth the dark ages and the catholic church.

I believe that the word carries the potential for restoration of the full truth of the Gospel - potential because God needs people to walk out the word, walk out his will, to establish as fact in the earth what has been truth in heaven all along. God is saying that he started to restore our understanding of and relationship with Christ 500 years ago with the five solae principles. From that basic groundwork he restored many aspects of truth up to now. Some where received, some not. Sadly enough the revelation of a new aspect usually brought about separation. Of the ones that were not received but by a very small remnant, and which God could at the time only partially restore, is Latter Rain. This ties this word right in with the word LeRoy and Lynne got from Mark T. Barclay that they will be of the distributors of Latter Rain.

Our responsibility will be to be available, willing, ready, teachable, open to the new. And that we press in in prayer. What does that mean? Mainly that we make ourselves willing to change our thinker. That we are ready to throw overboard religious principles. Jesus taught that traditions are the only thing stronger than the word of God, because we think we know and hold fast, failing to see the deeper layers of scripture and truth.

Another Point of Intersect

Intersecting the family trail
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A word delivered by LeRoy in Lebendiges Wasser, Switzerland:

I heard your cries. They came to my throne, and I am making you my home because I hear your cries. This house is full of the presence of God, and I don't mean with praises, it is full with God's ear on this place. I have never ever said this word ever. But I hear God saying that. He's heard you again, Herr and Frau Wehrli. And he is blessed because you taught a people to also cry out. He's heard again. Boy, I tell you, it's full in here.

God is hearing the cry. Hallelujah, Hallelujah. There were two hungry people in all of Israel: Josef and Mary. In all of Israel. And they brought God in for 2000 years of generations. See, we can never look around and say: it's just us. I have never done that all of my life, Peter and Ria can attest to it. I praise God, I pray to God, I have a service all by myself and then God comes. I say that because God's come to this house.

Peter added: God said: Tell my people I will visit them with my glory. And the voice came many times: Tell my people I will visit them with my glory.

This morning in an early morning vision - I haven't seen this for twenty years, no, 19 years. Naha, it was January 1993, so it's 20 years. And I saw us before we where KDI and I saw us come to a point of intersect, a PI in a survey map. And the Spirit of God told me 20 years ago: I want you to call Bob Lemon, We hadn't had anything to do with him for quit a few years. He hadn't in fact been back in BC ministering, I don't know, 4 or 5 years. And we continued a communication relationship. See, you never forget the people that cross your path in destiny. And God showed me a PI with Bob being in our midst. And I invited, I asked Bob: can you come up in December of 1993. I tell you, we had a Christmas banquet - people had never seen anything like it. (Lynne: Bob just said Jesus, and Mike fell.) The ladies had a wonderful banquet on the tables, and God had a wonderful banquet and people were under the tables.

And it changed us - PI.

Early this morning I saw us at a PI, Peter. And somebody, you know who his name is, was trying to move it. And, and they thought that they had destroyed it, and I was trying to fight it and I was so concerned that this PI was gonna be taken from us all this early morning. And the fight was over and I looked and I I thought: Oh, no, no, no it's destroyed. And there is this little mess over in the corner. And this hand came down from heaven and picks a cover off and under it was the pin of the PI - protected by the Heilige Geist. The baby in Bethlehem - protected. For this evening - isn't it interesting - we're at a PI in KDI. 20 years. 20 years. Yes, hallelujah.

And it's interesting that God is uncovering that in the Schweiz. See, thank God that he sent a man and a woman that taught you how to be hungry. Most miss these kind of meetings. Just about all of Israel - just a few shepherds had that PI uncovered to them in Bethlehem. It wasn't one, not one synagogue that knew about that. It is just about being hungry - that's what God told us Sunday morning. You see, he was preparing. Hallelujah.