I shared a dream that the Lord gave my husband last week, which I will give a brief summary of. There was a main power source on top of a mountain and lower down the mountain there were a thousand or more people (he said it could have been tens of thousands, he was not sure) sitting around in lawn chairs and casual clothes who had extension cords that were hooked into the person’s extension cord next to them. The extension cords went on and on until they eventually flowed down to a church in the valley. The church had glass walls, no roof and no lights. The people in the church did not seem to have any joy or emotion in their faces and they were dressed formally, in their best Sunday clothes. There were large black extension cords flowing into the church, but by the time they reached the front of the church, where the pulpit and sound system were, the power went out, due to the low voltage. There were several preachers who had been preaching in a camp meeting type of event, who hardly seemed to notice or care that there was no longer any power. My husband said he thought about trying to reset the power by throwing the switch, but he said he realized that the power would only go out again due to the way things were configured.
As I shared previously, I feel a concern to pray for a fresh visitation of the Holy Spirit in the church (the body of Christ as a whole). If we’re going to reach the lost, we need the power of God, but I also feel a concern that there seems to be a trend of many Christians choosing not to be a part of the church anymore and it seems in the dream that people were feeding off of each other’s connection (like social media, etc.), rather than being hooked up to the main power source, which is God (having a personal one-on-one relationship with God). I am not against social media, tv, etc., I use it also, but it should not take the place of spending personal one-on-one time with the Lord and studying the word of God or being a part of the church. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching, (NKJV).
I know there are some good churches, who are having a fresh visitation of the Holy Spirit (and ours is one of them), but I believe the Lord was showing us, in the dream, that there are many who no longer have any power and the ministers hardly even seem to notice. They evidently do not have a real desire and reverence for the Holy Spirit or they prefer their own agendas rather than the presence of God. It made me think of the letters to the different churches in the book of Revelation. In Revelation 2:1-7, Jesus addresses the church of Ephesus 2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from it’s place–unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate, (NKJV).
Jesus commended the church of Ephesus for the things they were doing right, but he said they had left their first love and were in danger of having their lampstand (the anointing or presence of God) removed, unless they repented. However, Jesus also commended them because they hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which is also mentioned when He addresses the church in Pergamos in Revelation 2:14-16: 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth, (NKJV).
The teaching of the Nicolaitans evidently had to do with them claiming some kind of superior status, which permitted idolatry (anything that you allow to take the place of God in your heart and life or place above Him) and immorality (like those who try to turn the grace of God into a license to sin, Jude 1:4). The doctrine of Balaam, as mentioned here, also had to do with idolatry and sexual immorality. If you read the story of Balaam in Numbers 24:1 it says: “Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery, but he set his face toward the wilderness.” Balaam professed to be a follower of God (Numbers 22:17), but he also used sorcery. That seems to be a trend now also, that some people, who profess to be Christians, are mixing new age beliefs and witchcraft or sorcery with Christianity. That is why it is so important to know the word of God for ourselves, so we will not be deceived. Notice also that Jesus told the churches that they needed to repent. I know some are teaching that we no longer need to repent, confess our sins or ask for forgiveness, but clearly here, Jesus is calling for repentance from the churches; the body of Christ.
I think we all should beware, that if you are listening to preachers and teachers of the Gospel, but not reading and studying the word for yourself, you could get off track or be deceived. I like what the scriptures said about the Bereans in Acts 17:11, when Paul and Silas preached at Berea, it said that “the inhabitants received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” One of our former Pastors used to say that every false doctrine will be parked next to a truth, in order to make the whole idea seem believeable, that is why it is so important for us to know how to rightly divide and interpret God’s word.
Matthew 24:24 tells us that in the last days there will be such strong delusion, that if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived and II Timothy 4:3-4 says : “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to be fables.” (NKJV). However Paul encourages Timothy by saying: 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (NKJV).
I would like to encourage you all to keep spending personal, intimate time with the Lord, studying the word, fighting the fight of faith and doing the work of the ministry. God has good things in store for us. The best is yet to come! I am believing God for more of His glory (manifest presence), more healings, signs and wonders, etc. and to be part of the end time Revival that my husband had the dream about (which I shared in Revival Update) and I have heard many prophets and ministers (who are experiencing it) also speaking about. It has begun already, but Lord let it increase! God bless you all.