A great change is coming. We will see three types of churches.
The first is Caesarean, completely devoted and “fermented” with the leaven, these will be churches from different denominations, all their sermons can be expressed in one word: “We have no other king but Caesar!” This isn’t something new, it was so, and so it will be, as long as the Lord allows it.
The second church is the sleeping church that will pretend not to know anything. This sleeping church will truly sleep. She will think that she is not sleeping, but she will sleep anyway. Or she will pretend not to sleep, but she will still sleep. In any case, the sleep will be her cover. This is the church that doesn’t notice anything, that jumped to the side, she won’t speak. This position will not work. This is the sleeping Bride who has lost her first love.
The third is the faithful Bride. She will stay on watch all the time, she will wake up. Some believers have grown weak, fallen away, defiled, but they will wake up and become faithful, because they needed the fire, they needed the burn, push, blow, whip – they will wake up. The Lord will cover her, forgive her sins, because she will stand in the fire, “incinerate” her past life, she will be in the fire. The elect will come and stand in the fire of the Gospel.
“A huge cloud that has risen above the Eastern Gates. This cloud was full of eyes that looked and scanned the Eastern Gates. A great veil emanated from this cloud and, like a mantle, covered the Eastern Gates. After it went up again, and inside this veil human hearts could be seen.
The Lord wants to reap the Harvest of people’s hearts from the Eastern Gates. Remember that you and I are the Harvest. And the Lord calls reapers today so that we can harvest.
One Scripture that will help us in how to pray. This is quite an unsimple question – what and how to pray. I want to tell you at the level of the Spirit how to pray. It comes from the Word of God, most reliable source.
“Then I heard Him cry out with a thunderous voice, saying, “Approach now, executioners of the city, each with his weapon of destruction in his hand.” Behold, six men came from the direction of the Upper Gate, which faces north, each with his battle-axe in his hand; and among them was a certain man clothed in linen, with a scribe’s writing case at his side. They entered and stood beside the bronze altar. Then the glory and brilliance of the God of Israel went up from the cherubim on which it had rested, to the threshold of the temple. And the Lord called to the man clothed with linen, who had the scribe’s writing case at his side.” (Ezekiel 9:1-3).
Thunderous voice! I believe that the Lord is not silent today. If you don’t hear the voice, understand that today He is shouting with a thunderous voice. If we don’t hear, then we are deaf. Hear the great voice. The Lord is shouting to us today, He is not silent. But when we live not hearing anything, we are in the second category – we are the sleeping bride. We are sleeping. If we don’t know the voice of God now, then we can’t hear the great voice. What other voice do we need besides the Holy Spirit?
I urge you to hear the thunderous voice!
The executioners are coming, and they are from God. The Angels of God set off and move towards the city of the saints. Among them is one clothed in linen, who has a writer’s case at his side. This is prophetic, this is revelation, this is a true witness who will give such a testimony, which is a voice from God. In linen clothes, in holiness, he has a writer’s case at his side. The witness is true.
What is your testimony? If this witness comes to your house at night, to your bed, what will he testify about you, to what rank of churches will he classify you? No one will help – neither the pastor, nor the leader, nor a sister and nor a brother. This witness will record.
The seven came, and among them – one chief, with a writer’s case. And they stood at the altar. The bronze altar will actually test who you are. Everything is tested by the altar – whether you have an altar, whether it is in desolation or not, whether you come to it, how much you care for it – the altar of secret and personal prayer.
Our altars will be tested. There is still a little time. Let us hasten to put the altars in order.
Let’s hasten to enter the “fire”, enter the “furnace” – a life dedicated to prayer.
Now is the time when people must repent, be baptized. This is the harvest time. Now is the open door time for evangelism.
The living Church has grown at all times.
“The Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, throughout all of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and grieve over all the repulsive acts which are being committed in it.” But to the others I heard Him say, “Follow him throughout the city and strike; do not let your eyes have pity and do not spare anyone. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women; but do not touch or go near anyone on whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple” (Ezekiel 9:4-6).
I’m talking about prayer now. There is a shifting of nations happening now. The Lord is shaking the nations and the earth. Our turn has come to show our faithfulness to the Lord – the height of the purity of faith. How pure we believe in Christ, how far we shall endure. It is not about giving praises, but about proving your faith.
Today our church is coming to this status of being truly saved, to be worthy of the Church of the prisoners, the Church that went before us and endured and overcame. So that we also prove that we are the true Bride, ready to suffer for Christ. Are you ready to suffer for Christ? Are you true believers or not?
The mark on the foreheads is of the ones who sigh and grieve. I urge you: grieve and sigh! This doesn’t mean that we should take on a despondent spirit and weep and complain. But catch a real groaning of the earth.
“The earth was shaking and periodically shuddered violently. The man of God lay down on the ground and began to listen to it as if it were alive. Some also lay down next to the man of God and began to listen to the earth and admire what they heard, but the man of God made a sign that they continued to listen and be silent. And some didn’t hear anything and said: “Why lie in vain?” Not wanting to make an effort, they got up and walked on the ground, shaking, shuddering and falling.
Hear the groan of the earth. Hear the groan of the earth and connect with it. Look, open your eyes to the city. Look out of your cars at the streets, at the people, catch their spirit. Look at their vibrations, catch their voice, catch their thoughts and pray, connecting the groan of the earth with the voices of people and with your spirit. I believe that this will be the prayer that the Lord desires.
Therefore, the man clothed in linen looked carefully into the faces and put a seal on the people sighing and grieving for the atrocities.
For us today, the temptation is not to be the first type of church, but to be the second – sleeping, which, as it were, doesn’t notice anything. This is a great temptation to pretend to be asleep. Many churches will do this. They will wait for someone else to do the work of revival, and when security comes, they will rise and switch on. I don’t know if they will succeed or not. But we don’t want to have anything to do with it.
“But to the others I heard Him say, “Follow him throughout the city and strike; do not let your eyes have pity and do not spare anyone. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women; but do not touch or go near anyone on whom is the mark. Begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple” (Ezekiel 9:5-6).
This is how it happens. These are the pictures that the prophet shows. But “do not touch anyone, on whom is the mark.” I believe that this mark will protect and, first of all, from the judgments of God. Perhaps these people will suffer too. But salvation will be their protection – they will be protected by eternity, they will be forever unshakable, they will be saved. Isn’t that the most important thing, what we are here for?
I urge all of us not to sleep, not to be distracted, but to catch this cry of the earth. What is needed is a prayer that reaches heaven. “And they began with the sanctuary, with the old men who were in front of the temple.”
We need the position of the faithful Bride of Jesus Christ.
Everyone will prove their faith in their own way. It is already happening. “Begin with the sanctuary,” is what it says. It starts with the church. What position have you taken? There are only three types of churches. The faithful one doesn’t sleep, she listens and obeys. Now is the time to work. We need to receive the seal of the Living God. It is the willingness to follow Christ wherever He leads us.
“ Then I saw another angel coming up from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living God; and with a loud voice he called out to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth nor the sea nor the trees until we seal (mark) the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:2-3).
We need to receive this seal. It’s not the baptism of the Spirit. This is a state of the spirit.
What to do during troubled times? Four things. The first is to sing a lot and worship a lot. The Church must be in worship. This spirit should emanate – instead of grumbling, fear and tears. The second is to pray. For people, for lands. The third thing – do good, a lot of good – people need hope, consolation. The fourth is evangelism. Not to speak, but to lead people. Offer repentance. Kneel with the repenting one so that he may taste of Christ and go on with Him. If you do not dare to tell a person the most important thing – about repentance and salvation – you are not ready to suffer for Christ. Rejection is the beginning of suffering. Christ has been rejected, and we fear rejection. We need to preach the truth of God. The Lord knows and sees everything. We need to live in the open heaven and keep an open spirit that grieves for people. Not indifference and carelessness, but the spirit of revelation and light.