lSaturday, July 29, 2006
Note: I'd like to announce the birth of our 13th grandchild, Tyler Anthony Dykstra, born to our daughter Ashley and her husband Tim. Tyler was born Thursday afternoon at 4:50 in Grand Rapids, MI. Corinne is currently there with our family celebrating this blessing to us all. I feel that little Tyler is going to be important in the Kingdom of God!
We are currently in meetings with our great friends, and co-laborers in the faith, Rick & Shirley Wiseman of "My House" in Mansfield, Ohio. During worship in Thursday nights meeting, the Lord gave me a very vivid vision. I saw out into outer space and from opposite sides of the spectrum I saw two large comets. They both were huge and had long tails of fire trailing behind. I noted that these comets were on a very direct collision course. This to me seemed strange as most thoughts about comets are about them striking earth, such as Hollywood depicts. But with these two comets, there could be no mistake about their imminent collision. I never did see this cataclysmic collision take place. However I did hear the Lord say, "These comets represent two large kingdoms and that they are about to strike one another with very explosive force. Only one of these kingdoms will survive, actually that one will completely blow through the other kingdom as if it were never there. However, even though the physical damage will not be apparent after the collision, the resulting shock waves will be intense and will reverberate throughout the universe."
The Lord spoke very clearly and told me that these comets, the kingdoms that they represent are the Kingdoms of This World, and the Kingdom of God. The further impression that I received was that this stellar collision was taking place within the Church. Wow!
The implication here is that much of the Kingdoms of This World are present within God's Church, the Bride of Christ. How can that be?
Lately I have been suggesting that people gather and very openly and honestly study the Bible. In so doing the question is asked, "What did the Church of Jesus Christ look like during her first 300 years of existence?" Based only on Bible facts, not our personal concepts or traditions, my suggestion to everyone within the Body of Christ is to ask themselves this same question. This observation alone might suggest that much of what we do in the contemporary Church is actually non-Biblical. Ouch! Fighting words here? I hope not, but hopefully some words that might get us all to re-evaluate ourselves, our ministries, etc.
The message of the Kingdom of God is beginning to come forth with the speed of a raging comet! Daniel 2:44, 45 (NLT) "During the reigns of those kings, the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever. That is the meaning of the rock cut from the mountain, though not by human hands. That crushed to pieces the statue of iron, bronze, clay, silver and gold. The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain."
In Mathew's Gospel Jesus spoke of the message of the Kingdom of God being preached prior to the end of all known things. In chapter 24:14 He said, "And the Good News about the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come." Some teach that the Gospel of salvation will be preached throughout the whole world then the end will come. But Jesus doesn't say that. He said that the Gospel of the Kingdom, the Good News about the Kingdom of God will be preached and then the end will come. There is a difference between the two. (maybe a blog for the future??)
Regardless, one would have to admit that the Lord of Hosts is certainly up to something these days. It is very obvious to me that the message of the Kingdom of God is coming forth like none other. This is the message of revival for the Church. It will soon fully strike the Kingdoms of This World, that have infiltrated the Church over the past 1700 years, and there are going to be enormous shock waves coming forth!
In closing I'd like to quote Ras Robinson. (www.fullnessonline.org) This Brother is from FT. Worth, TX and is an apostolic ministry leader in the Southwest States. He writes a daily email word, called "What the Lord is Saying." His word for yesterday, July 28 was: "Strange winds are blowing. As I drive about the countryside, I am seeing more "dust devils" twirling in the open fields than usual. They look like colorless mini-tornadoes.
I asked the Lord about them as I was praying this morning outside our front door. Here's what He said: "It is the season for many winds to blow. Dust devils have always been and always will be. They are a sign to you. Strange doctrines fill the air. Parts of the Body of Christ are mimicking the practices of the business world. Powerful men and women in the ministry, by shear force of personality and grace gifting are without bridle or bit. Their kingdoms are becoming enormous. Soon the wind will lay and all will be sifted and sorted out.
Cling to the good, spit out the bad. Strange winds are blowing!" (emphasis is mine)
The comets are racing towards each other. I am presently seeking God for the ability to firmly attach myself on the comet called the Kingdom of God. I want to ride that One into eternity!
Blessings ~ Larry