Prophetic Rhema – BT12

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What is the “living water” of the Holy Spirit as it relates to worship?

 

 

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The Living Water (a) of the Holy Spirit is by definition “perpetually fresh, running water” but often used figuratively of “the fresh breath of God running into and through a person to bring zoe genuine-life.”  God is the “fountain/spring of living water,” who His people had “forsaken,” which is their first “wrong,” but then they committed a second “wrong” – they “hew or dug out cisterns/pits/wells for themselves – [which are] broken cisterns that can hold no water” (b).  A “broken well” is one that is dried up, either because the spring that fed the water table has stopped or the walls of the well have caved in.  A pit collecting rainwater is a “broken cistern,” because it isn’t being fed by a spring, and stagnant water is not “living” – in fact, it will make you really sick and take your life!  So the prophet cries out in Jeremiah 17:13, “O Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame . . . for they have forsaken Yahweh, the fountain/spring of living water.”  <Notes> a) mayim chay, hudor zao, b) Jeremiah 2:13.

 

In Zechariah 14:1-8 God says: “Behold, a day is coming for Yahweh . . . I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle . . . Then Yahweh will go out and fight against those nations . . . On that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives . . . and it shall be split in two . . . And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of king Uzziah . . . then Yahweh, my God will come, and all the holy ones with Him. . . . On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem [through the valley that was created by the splitting] . . . And Yahweh will be King over all the earth.  On that day Yahweh will be One and His name One.”

 

Jesus refers to His second coming as “coming on the clouds of heaven with enabling-power and great glory, coming with His angels in the glory of His Father to gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and throw them into the fiery furnace . . . but the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (a).  This is Christ’ millennial kingdom, but meanwhile during the Church age, in Song of Solomon 4:1-15, Jesus woos His Bride (the future Church) saying, “You are beautiful, My love . . . you are altogether beautiful, My love; there is no flaw in you.  Come with Me from Lebanon, My bride . . . You have captivated My heart, My sister, My bride . . . A locked garden is My sister, My bride, a locked spring, a sealed fountain . . . a garden fountain, a well of living water, and flowing streams from Lebanon.”  <Notes> a) Matthew 13:41, 16:27, 24:30, 26:64; Mark 13:26, 14:62; Revelation 1:7.

 

So in the New Testament, the Bridegroom who is Jesus uses the same language He did before, offering the Samaritan woman at the well “the grace-gift of God . . . you would have asked Him (a) and He would have given you [that grace-gift of] living water . . . whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.  The water that I will give him will become in him a fountain/spring/spring-fed well (b) of water leaping/gushing/springing up (c) to eternal, zoe genuine-life” (d).  Certainly Jesus is using Old Testament wording to help Jews make the connection!  Jesus said, “I AM the zoe genuine-life” (e), but earlier (f) said, “The directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that I have spoken to you are [singularly] Spirit and [singularly] zoe genuine-life.”  <Notes> a) Jesus, to be recognized as Christ, b) pege, c) hallomai, d) John 4:10-14, e) John 14:6, f) John 6:63.

 

Later on at the great feast of the Jews, Jesus “stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his innermost belly/womb (a) will flow rivers of living water.’  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who had trusting-relying-faith in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified [after His resurrection]” (b).  Koilia (a) physically is the “interior cavity, gullet, or womb” of a man, but translated from the OT Hebrew as “the innermost part, soul, or heart of man as the seat of thought, feeling, and choice.”  This is one of the times Jesus and other rabbis quoted scripture that we do not have today, but have been lost in time.  Contrary to Christian propaganda, the bible we have now is not complete – see Bible Info. <Notes> a) koilia:  a place of reproduction, implying that this is where God’s creative power will now reside and operate, b) John 7:37-39.

 

Finally, Revelation 7:1-17 describes “a great multitude . . . from every nation . . . standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white robes . . . crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!’ . . . They shall hunger no more, neither thirst . . . For the Lamb . . . will be theirs Shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

 

“Living water” is physically brand-new and fresh, just as chadash and kainos describe the completely different-in-kind New Covenant!  It is a fresh outpouring of rain or the resulting streams/rivers on the surface of the earth or the fountains/springs under it.  Therefore, it never refers to water that has sat for long in a pit, pond, or well.  The Levitical laws for cleansing, physically or ceremonially, would prohibit the use of this stagnant water.  We know biologically that this water can make you sick and kill you!  But fresh dew and running/flowing water can give you physical life!  However, even dew, snow, or ice that has sat for very long can harm you, as many will attest to, so few animals can live through freezing winters.  Once winter snow or ice melts and starts ‘springing’ or flowing, the earth can dilute and filter out the harmful substances to once again make it “living.”  Symbolically, “living water” is the fresh breath of the Father or Son’s Spirit blowing zoe genuine-life into our innermost being/belly/womb cavity, for God is actually zoe genuine-life as are His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, “which man can live (zao) on alone” (a).  Man’s sinfulness is looking for zoe genuine-life everywhere but WHO it is!  However, if we look anywhere else, we will remain thirsty – we won’t be satisfied, but always restless.  The indwelling Holy Spirit, Jesus and the Father living within us, is the only source of zoe genuine-life.  This is the “promised grace-gift of God” through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus – see Genuine-Life page.  <Notes> a) Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3; cf. John 6:51-58.

 

I was proseuchomai conversationally-praying with a prophetic counselor once named Elizabeth Brown and she initially prophetically saw something I saw 2 days later:  a long winter of snow and ice and very few animals were able to live on this old water – they either migrate or hibernate.  But once spring came and water was once again running, life emerged!  So it is with the Word of God.  A logos message written with gramma letters thousands of winters ago, collected into books as graphe scripture highly debated then and now as to what exactly belongs in the canon, will not sustain you – you just can’t live on it!  We can only live on the fresh breath of God, and by definition this is directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words.  Now I admit that “once in a blue moon” while reading the bible, the Lord has personally spoken fresh words, phrases, and even between the bible lines, which was certainly prophetic rhema because it radically affected me, far exceeding 1000s of hours of previous bible study!

 

I had a dream once of a stagnant, murky, stinky pond fed by a trickling spring flowing into it.  I was told to work with a black missionary friend to take the boards and debris out of the pond that were damming it up.  Once it could flow out, the smell went away, and life came back to it.  When I looked back a river was flowing into what was now a lake.  This dream told me that the Church was “stopped up” because it was pre-occupied with itself by collecting money to build bigger buildings to keep up with Church growth.  In the early 1990’s I was led to challenge John Casteel of Grace Chapel that the Spirit was calling the church to support native missionaries worldwide, like the singer/evangelist Keith Green was also hearing and expressing in the “Last Days Newsletter.”  I explained that other organizations like Gospel for Asia were feeling this call and doing something about it, but He just said, “I can see you are not happy here.  Maybe you should look for another place.”  That really hurt because I was their worship drummer for 5 years!  He didn’t seem to really care.  Well, it’s sad to say that his continual insistence to preach sermons about tithing and giving to build a Christian school with a gymnasium and basketball courts, etc. apparently ruined the church.  He lost most of 100 elders when he stopped listening to them, insisting that it was “his church,” and soon hundreds of people left along with the revival.  It never did recover until he left, and still nothing like it was in the 70s and 80s!

 

The Church cannot live on graphe scripture as a collection of gramma writings from “thousands of winters ago” as a means of communicating the content of God’s logos message, even if that is the logos gospel message of The Truth is in New Testament gramma writings.  Only the living Logos of Christ speaking to use freshly through His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words by the means of the “Living Water” of the Holy Spirit, can we experience zoe genuine-life.

 

As Christian musicians, will we drink the stagnant waters of old songs, playing them with old flesh in the same old way, or drink the fresh, running water of “A New Song” spontaneously and prophetically by the anointing of the Holy Spirit just as David’s musicians did?  Anybody can do the former, but only surrendered musicians can do the latter.  The former may indeed be “for God” but the latter can only be accomplished “with God.”  The former is no different the Jewish religious system of worship, year after year for thousands of years, and they grew no closer to God but instead killed all their prophets and finally their Messiah.  Little good this kind of worship did them!  We must return to David worship by singular Spirit and singular Truth, which is total surrender to Jesus Christ, The Truth, and His Holy Spirit.  We cannot find the presence of God in ancient writings, only by entering through prayer and worship!

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT11

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Our control versus God’s prophetic control in worship.

 

 

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Worship by the Spirit” that the Father seeks eclipses our own self-control of our own “might and power” because that’s when the Holy Spirit begins to exercise His self-control (a) over us.  We may even become like King David dressed as a king but dancing in a twisting, rollicking manner in front of mere commoners in Jerusalem’s streets while others like his slave-girl Michal were very upset about such a king acting in such an undignified manner in the biggest parade of his kingship (b).  Why didn’t David care about being “decent and in order,” as so many church-people have misconstrued Paul’s advice to the exuberant Corinthians (c)?  Why was David willing to look so foolish?  Because the Ark of the Covenant was being carried down the streets, and David and all of Israel were celebrating before Yahweh with songs, lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.  However, because a priest reached out to catch the ark from falling when the cart hit a rut and died as a result of the Ark’s holiness, it took 3 months before David had the courage to bring it into Jerusalem.  He sacrificed in front of it.  David danced before Yahweh with abandonment and they shouted and sounded the horns.  David was going crazy but it didn’t bother him.  Why?  Because when you are in the presence of God, you are under God’s control and He captivates your attention, causing you to take your eyes off yourself and what others will think of you!  This is where our worship must take us!  <Notes> a) Galatians 5:23, b) 2 Samuel 6:1-23, c) 1 Corinthians 14:40.

 

God intends to control us, but are we willing to “let go and let God?”  God doesn’t want servants or slaves (a), but bond-servants by our own free-wills because of our love and gratitude for the Lord!  Ezekiel prophesied about the Everlasting New Covenant to come:  “I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall have zoe genuine-life . . . and you shall experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know that I AM Yahweh,” for “a completely different-in-kind New (b) Spirit I will put within them . . . that they may progressively (c) walk/live in/by/with My statutes (d) and progressively (c) guard/protect [against outside threat] My judicial decrees and ultimately do (e) them, and/thus they shall be My people, and I will be their God . . . I will put My Spirit within you, and completely (e) cause/make/fashion you to progressively (c) walk/live in/by/with My statutes/enactments and progressively (c) guard/protect [against outside threat] My judicial decrees and ultimately do (e) them” (f).  <Notes> a) His angels serve that purpose, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, c) Hebrew imperfect tense, d) ordinances, prescribed manners, customs, e) Hebrew perfect tense, f) Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:27, 37:5-6.

 

There is the radical difference between our own might and power” FOR God in the old covenant and His “will being done on in/by/with Him in the New Covenant.  Praise the Lord!  The “mighty hand that compelled the king of Egypt” (a)!  Paul new this control:  “For The Unconditional-Love of/belonging to Christ actually, ongoingly sunecho seizes/constraints us” (b).  This Greek word sunecho means to “completely ‘hold with hands’ together, constrain, hard-press in from every side, and to impel” us.  This intense pressure was how Christ felt about His “baptism (c) to undergo . . . until it is finished” (d).  Sunecho describes the smothering pressure of large crowds surrounding and pressing against Jesus (e).  It’s how Paul felt about the decision to die and be with the Lord or continue His ministry for others (f), because “Paul became continually (g) seized/constrained/impelled with proclaiming the logos gospel message, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ” (h).  <Notes> a) Exodus 3:19, b) 2 Corinthians 5:14, c) baptismo means to be changed by immersion into something, in this case into extreme suffering – see Water-Baptism and Spirit-Baptism, d) Luke 12:50, e) Luke 8:45, f) Philippians 1:23, g) Greek imperfect tense, h) Acts 18:5.

 

Paul reminds us that “God saves us through our trusting-relying-faith in Christ, but this ‘saving through trusting-relying-faith’ is not our own doing and thus not a result of our works, but is a grace-gift of God so that nobody can boast.  In fact, we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (a), for “it is God who works in you, both to desire/will and to work/do for His good pleasure” (b).  It is God who empowers all the grace-gifts in us, services through us, and effectual workings into others (c).  God will “equip you with everything beneficial that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight” (d).  God wants control, but are we willing to “let go and let God” by giving our “might and powerself-control up to Him freely? <Notes> a) Ephesians 2:8-10, b) Philippians 2:13, c) 1 Corinthians 12:5-6, d) Hebrews 13:21.

 

As Christian musicians, the worship God is looking for doesn’t come from our flesh’s “might and power” but surrenders all of this to Christ, The Truth, for God’s Holy Spirit to assume full control.  This is “worship by singular Spirit and singular Truth.”  When we “let go and let God” we will lose self-conscientiousness and likely will act very “un-decently and dis-orderly” by those outside of God’s presence.  In order to please God we will have to stop pleasing men.  We must get to the point that “the unconditional-love of Christ seizes us and impels us” and we “are caused by the Lord!”

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT10

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Prophesying is the greatest grace-gift to zealously pursue to build the Church

 

 

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Paul talks at length about the use of the Spirit’s grace-gifts in church meetings in 1 Corinthians 14:19-25:  “In church I would rather speak 5 logos messages by the means of my mind (a) in order to instruct others, than 10,000 logos messages (b) in a [supernatural] tongue . . . [which is] a sign for unbelievers not believers, while prophecy is a sign for believers not unbelievers . . . if, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?  But if ALL prophesy . . . that [outsider/unbeliever] person will be convicted by ALL, called to account by ALL, the secrets of his heart being disclosed, and he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.”  Doesn’t it sound like Paul hoped they would ALL prophesy in church and that this would have a profound affect, even on outsiders/unbelievers that prophesy isn’t even a sign for?  Paul did say in v. 14:5, “I presently/ongoingly supremely-want (c) you ALL to speak in tongues, but more so [ALL] to prophesy . . . so that the church may be built up!”  How does Paul “top” even his “supreme desire” for them ALL to speak in tongues?  By his “more so” desire for them to [ALL] prophesy!  Could it be that so few outsiders and unbelievers nowadays come to realize “God is really among” Christians in church services exactly because so many churches forbid prophecy?  Could this be another reason churches aren’t being built up much?  It sure seems that the “supreme desire” of many churches is NOT the same as Paul’s!  <Notes> a) context: by prophecy, b) context: by the means of the Spirit: 14:2, 14, c) thelo:  desiring the best or optimal for another.

 

Moses had the same desire as Paul but also the same problem with obstinate Jews.  In Number 11:1-30, the people complained about not having the foods they ate back in sinful Egypt now that they had followed the Lord through Moses.  The dew and manna wasn’t enough!  So Moses complains to the Lord that he can’t handle the responsibility of listening to their complaints.  So the Lord has Moses gather 70 elders to represent the people, bring them into the Tens of Meeting, and God will “take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them and/thus they shall bear the burden of the people with you.”  And for their grumbling, the people were made to eat bird meat for a month until they were sick of it!  “And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied.”  That’s what you will often see in Spirit-baptism!  “But they did not continue doing it.”  However, 2 men hadn’t gone into the Tent, but still “the Spirit rested on them. . . and so they [continued to] prophesy outside in the camp.”  Another young man reported this to Moses and a “leader” called Joshua the son of Nun, a long-time assistant to Moses told Moses to stop the 2 men from prophesying.  Can you believe that!  But you see that in today’s churches all the time!  The “leaders” are the first to try to stop the move of the Holy Spirit because “it is out of order!”  Nevertheless, Moses nailed it, saying:  “Are you jealous?  Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit on them!”

 

Well, Moses got his wish:  The completely different-in-kind New Covenant promises that ALL of God’s people can now be prophets!  That’s what Peter declared in Acts 2:17-19 citing Joel 2:28-29 and what Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 14:5 as his “more so than supreme desire” for Christians, and in verse 14:1 where Paul charges them in the imperative case:  “Presently/ongoing boil over with zeal (a) for the Spirit-kind-of [things], but especially/more so that you might prophesy.”  Paul even tells them to “ALL prophesy one by one, so ALL may learn and be encouraged” in v. 14:31.  Just in case, anybody doesn’t understand Paul’s emphasis, he summarizes with another imperative charge:  “So, my brethren, presently/ongoing boil over with zeal (a) to prophesy and/coupled do not in possibility forbid speaking in tongues.”  <Notes> a) zeloo: be deeply committed to something, completely intent on.

 

We see the history of the Church bearing that witness:  Paul lays hands on people, the Holy Spirit comes on them, and they begin speaking in tongues and prophesying (a).  We see woman prophets in the Church (b) as Paul teaches about “every wife who prays or prophesies” (c).  Paul teaches “We prophesy in part, but with the perfect comes, the partial will pass away,” but this happens when “we see face to face” and when we “shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (d).  We know from Paul’s other writings that “The Perfect” is Jesus Christ and His coming is our “blessed hope” when prophecy is no longer needed!  This has nothing to do with the canon of the NT that wasn’t decided by constantly-disagreeing Catholic Church councils until 367-397 AD.  <Notes> a) Acts 19:6, b) Acts 21:9, c) 1 Corinthians 11:5, d) 1 Corinthians 13:9-12.

 

Paul taught that Christ gave the grace-gifts of prophets to the Church to equip/coach/facilitate the saints for the work of the ministry (a), and in fact are the foundation of the Church along with the apostles (b), as the gospel is primarily made know by the “sent-out missionaries” and prophets (c).  Paul and Barnabas were among many prophets (d).  Cessationists who deny the grace-gifts for today have to twist the NT writings and ignore Church history!  Clearly prophesy was the dominant way God intended to make His will be known to individuals and to the Church, especially to equip them for ministry of the gospel.  When we ignore or contradict God, we end up using our own “might and power” instead of the “by My Spirit” tools God has given us to get the job done!  <Notes>  a) Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 Corinthians 12:28, b) Ephesians 2:20, c) Ephesians 3:5, d) Acts 13:1, 15:32.

 

As Christian musicians, if the NT and early Church history make it crystal clear that prophecy was the most important gift of the Spirit for the Church, then why are we trying to minister with less than this?  Why are we treating it as an oddity or only for a “special” few, when it is supposed to be the norm?  How it less important than “Shepherds who teach” when I counted 8 verses where it’s listed next to the grace-gift of apostle that is a church-planting gift?

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT9

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Gazing at Christ with wide-open eyes is how we are transformed into His likeness!

 

 

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In 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 Paul says concerning the Torah Law of conditional-favor, “Now if the ministry/service of death, engraved by gramma letters (a) on stones, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory (b), which was even then being brought to an end, will not the ministry/service of the Spirit have even more glory?  For if there was glory in the ministry/service of condemnation, the ministry/service of righteousness (c) must far exceed it in glory.  Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that has surpassed it.  For if what was then being brought to an end came with glory, how much more will what is permanent have glory!  Since we have such a hope, we are now very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was even then being brought to an end.  But their minds were hardened.  For to this very day, whenever they read the old covenant, that same veil remains un-lifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.  Yes, to this very day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.  But when one turns around/converts towards (d) the Lord [Jesus], the veil is removed.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of/belonging to the Lord is, there is freedom (e). But we all, with unveiled faces, habitually, reflexively, gazing with wide-open eyes for oneself as a reflection in a mirror (f) upon the glory of the Lord, are being metamorphically-transformed into the same image [of Christ] from glory to glory (g). For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

 

Here are the many Notes from above: a) gramma alphabet and any writings created by it, b) this occurred in the Tent of Meeting where Moses spoke face-to-face with God to write with ink the many scrolls of the 5 books of the Law, c) by the Spirit because of Christ’s righteousness, d) epistrepho: context implies a ‘face-to-face’ contact with, e) in context: from the inferior Mosaic Law of condemnation and death, f) katoptrizokataptron mirror + a derivative of optanomai gazing with wide-open eyes as derived from horao observing/perceiving-knowing/discerning when in the present middle/reflexive form means gazing with wide-open eyes for/of oneself as a reflection in a mirror, but since the object of the verb is given as “the Lord,” it is “for oneself,” that is, “for one’s own transformation!”  For more about discernment – see New Covenant Ways – BT16, g) an idiom for “one level of glory to another level of glory.”

 

Wow, Paul is really condemning the reading of Moses, the first 5 books of the bible, the Torah Law of conditional-favor, which makes up 97.4% of the essence of the entire Old Testament (OT) – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, because only 600 verses of 23,145 refer to New Testament (NT) realities, but that is the subject of the completely different-in-kind New Covenant.  Why are so many Christians enamored with the OT that “has no glory left” and “has been brought to an end?”

 

However, Paul’s focus here is this habitual gazing/staring at Jesus with wide-open eyes.  This is when cocoon-to-butterfly metamorphic transformation occurs – absolutely not by staring at Moses’ face by reading his OT writings, because his face-to-face encounter with God was fading away even then, the very reason he was wearing the veil.  He wasn’t wearing just to keep people from freaking out, but to hide the fading glory – this would certainly erode his authority and their confidence in him!  He had enough problems getting people to follow him as it was!

 

But Paul says that “glory” finally faded away long ago!  It’s history!  So why are we trying to “see God” by reading Moses’ writings?  This path to the knowledge of God to transform us is a waste of time!  It actually hardens our heart!  Paul’s argument isn’t that somehow with “the veil removed” that Christians are somehow immune to this effect and should embrace Moses’ writings anyway, but I’ve heard many Christians tell me this to defend their reading of Moses – that with the Holy Spirit it’s somehow different!  But Paul has the Holy Spirit and yells, “Don’t do it!”  Instead the answer to going from “glory to glory” in godly transformation is to make it a habit of staring at Jesus with wide-open eyes, just like people love to see themselves in a mirror!  Watch people’s eyes when they see a picture of themselves – they get bigger!  Although this is the only use of this complex word, the more common word optanomai is used many times elsewhere.

 

The Lord confirmed the context of 2 Corinthians 3:18 to me in a dream:  Only when we meet with Jesus face-to-face, will His glory transform us – and this time it won’t fade away like Moses!  Reading most of the OT will just keep hiding this glory, keeping the veil of Moses in place over our hearts, keeping them calloused, precisely because most of the OT is based on the conditionally-loving favor of the old covenant’s Torah Law of conditional-favor based on obedience to 613 commandments.

 

This optanomai staring/gazing at Jesus is very similar to Hebrews 12:2 where it says we should be “habitually fixing our eyes (a) toward/at Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith,” which in context means “turning our eyes away from every weight of the worldly concerns that lug us down and every sin that clings so closely to us, like wet clothes, that slow us down from running with endurance the race of trusting-relying-faith in Christ that is set before us.  Jesus kept His eye on the finish line, the joy of His resurrection to come, and that helped Him get through the suffering ahead of Him.  We need to keep our eye on our blessed hope, our glorification and eternal life with Christ! <Notes> a) aphorao for apo away/off + horao observing/perceiving-knowing/discerning = thus turning the eyes/observation away from something to another.

 

Optanomai vision is supernatural!  The God of glory was ‘seen’ this way by Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia (a). This was like Moses ‘seeing’ the angel in the flame of the burning bush (b). This was the way Zechariah ‘saw’ the angel of the Lord in the temple who told him that his son was to be named John (c). During Christ’s earthly ministry, Peter, James, and John ‘saw’ Jesus, Moses, and Elijah when they were transfigured on the mountain (d).  Near the end of His ministry, after bleeding from the strain of Christ’s prayer before His death, an angel was ‘seen’ this way to strengthen Him (e).  Nathaniel likely ‘saw’ this, just as Jesus predicted (f).  Paul may be referring to this “seen of angels’ event (g).  Before Jesus left, He said He would depart, but when He returned after His resurrection they would “see” Him this way (h).  Indeed, Peter, then James, and then other apostles ‘saw’ Jesus after His resurrection (i).  There was fear ‘seeing’ Jesus this way that He did acknowledge would occur (j).  In fact, more than 500 hundred Christians thus ‘saw’ Jesus for 40 days after the resurrection (k).  Paul even did on the way to Damascus years later around 35-37AD (l). <Notes> a) Acts 7:2, b) Acts 7:30, 35, c) Luke 1:11, d) Matthew 17:9; Mark 9:4; Luke 9:31, e) Luke 22:43, f) John 1:51, g) 1 Timothy 3:16, h) John 16:16-17, 19, 22, i) 1 Corinthians 15:5, 7; Matthew 28:7; Luke 24:34, j) Matthew 28:10; Mark 16:7, k) Acts 1:3, 13:31; 1 Corinthians 15:6, l) Acts 9:17, 26:16; 1 Corinthians 15:8.

 

Optanomai vision is the key way to prophetically ‘see’ for the Church.  People thus ‘saw’ the tongues of fire that landed on 120 at the Day of Pentecost when they were Spirit-baptized (a).  Paul stood up on that day and declared that the Church Age or Last Days started, will continue, and will finish as a result of the promised Spirit through Spirit-baptism as evident by prophecy, particularly by visions (b) and/coupled dreams (c and d), promising this to ALL those who come to the Lord, even to the end of the ages (e). There is no mention of any other way God would teach us but through this eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive type of knowledge.  In fact, Paul ‘saw’ such a vision (f) of a Macedonian urging him to come there and preach (g).  Such visions are throughout the NT (h).  Many Gentiles who never were told about the coming Messiah through the Jews will ‘see’ and get connect-the-dots understanding through their 5 senses ” (i and j).  Indeed, even many Muslims have ‘seen’ Jesus appear to them!  Jesus taught how we will indeed ‘see’ God and be “blessed, to be envied” – if we “are the pure/unmixed in heart” (k).  Again, in context Jesus is preaching to Jews under the Torah Law of conditional-favor, laying the foundation for them to turn over their trusting-relying-faith on the Law to trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as their Messiah who would free them from the Law and it’s condemnation.  However, the unbelieving Jews and Romans who crucified Him won’t ‘see’ Christ again (l) until it’s too late!  See the Prophetic page for much more about ‘seeing’ from the Lord through revealed knowledge!

 

Here are the many Notes from above:  <Notes> a) Acts 2:3, b) horasis from horao: generally to observe with the eyes, implying attention, concern, or heed, sometimes being acquainted through experience, but often emphasizing a mental ‘seeing’ to perceive/know with a discerning or ‘weighing-in’ mind – see Revelation 4:3, 9:17; See also optanomai: gaze in awe with wide-open eyes upon used in Matthew 5:8; John 16:22; Romans 15:21; Acts 13:31; 1 John 3:2 or katoptrizo that is kataptron mirror + a derivative of optanomai = gaze in awe with wide-open eyes as in a mirror, which is used only in 1 Corinthians 3:18, c) enupnion: in-sleep vision, d) Acts 2:17-19, citing Joel 2:28, e) Acts 2:38-29, f) horama plural from horasis singular from horao: observing/perceiving-knowing/discerning, g) Acts 16:9, h) Acts 9:10, 2, 10:3, 17, 19, 11:5, 12:9, 18, i) suniemi – see Knowledge, j) Romans 15:21, k) Matthew 5:8, l) Acts 20:25.

 

Optanomai vision will be glorious at the end for Christians. John the Baptist preached from Isaiah that ultimately “all mankind will ‘see’ the salvation of God” (a).  For sure, everyone on the earth will ‘see’ Christ’s glorious coming on the clouds with His great army to assume control of the earth (b) and to deliver salvation only for the Christians (c).  When Christians ‘see’ Him it will be glorious because Christ’s name/authority is on thier foreheads (d).  That’s when Christians will ‘see’ Him just as He actually is (e).  Only those who had trusting-relying-faith in Christ will ‘see’ zoe genuine-life after Judgment Day.  Otherwise, the wrath of God remains on people (f).  But it’s going to get so bad with lawlessness at the end that before Christ’s coming the surviving Christians will ‘lust’ to ‘see’ just 1 day of Christ’s return (g)! <Notes> a) Luke 3:6, b) Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27, c) Hebrews 9:38, d) Revelation 22:4, e) 1 John 3:2, f) John 3:36, g) Luke 17:22.

 

Optanomai vision will be terrifying at the end for non-Christians.  The end will be a terrible time for many others!  Terrifying signs will be ‘seen’ by the earth’s people right before Christ’s coming (a).  Hebrews 12:14-15 says that “without holiness (b) no one will ‘see’ the Lord.  Look diligently that no one comes short of the unconditional-favor-of-grace of God.”  We know that this “grace” only comes through trusting-relying-faith in Christ!  At the Day of Judgment, all people will ‘see’ the Lord at the right hand/authority of God, even the Jews and Romans that crucified Christ (c) – way too late for them for they will be mourning/weeping!  They will be thrown out of the kingdom when they ‘see’ their believing forefathers (d).  <Notes> a) Revelations 12:1, 3, b) consecration/purification to be made holy, c) John 19:37 citing Zechariah 12:10, Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62, 24:30; Revelation 1:7, d) Luke 13:28.

 

The Lord showed me that this wide-open-eyed optanomai gazing, is what lovers naturally do, staring into each other’s eyes.  This is how He looks at us and wants us to look at Him that way!  This is the koinonia fellowship He desires in proseuche conversational-prayer!  He has told me often about the attentiveness of the watchmen on the walls, keenly looking for their enemy.  He has told me to direct this attentiveness to Him.  When Jesus said “Watch in prayer,” He is saying “Be alert and observant!”  When I go into my drum room to learn from the Lord, He tells me to “Carefully watch your hands and feet, because I will show you many things.”  So I also use a mirror!  I tell my students that a picture is worth more than a 1000 words but more like 10,000, so try to picture what you want to accomplish before setting out to do it.

 

As Christian musicians, why if the NT speaks so negatively about the first 5 books of the bible, the books of Moses or Law, even warning us not to read it, are we disobeying by reading and studying it?  And all Jews, even the NT ones, regard the entire OT as “The Law.”  Why are we glorifying that “which has faded and now has no glory at all?”  Why are we treating prophetic vision as an esoteric exception for some mystics to enjoy when it was the ONLY way for normal Christians to become made holy?  Shouldn’t our obsession by Jesus Christ, yet many churches preach far more from the OT than the NT, and just count the references to Jesus compared other biblical figures!

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT8

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What is prophecy and how does this relate to music?

 

 

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“Prophetic” is the adjective form of the verb “to prophesy,” which comes from the original Hebrew naba’ that means “religious ecstasy under divine influence with/without singing and/or instrumental music” (a).  The Greek verb apophthengomai means “to prophesy:  to utter or declare oneself, not of everyday speech, but belonging to dignified or elevated discourse.”  Oftentimes the Greek verb propheteuo is used instead, meaning “to prophesy:  to assert by elevating one statement over another, thus Spirit-empowered forth-telling.”  When words are prophetically spoken by God directly to you so that you directly akouo hear to understand them, these are prophetic rhema words.  Once they are passed on second-hand verbally or through writings, they are no longer rhema words but fall under the term logos used for general communication with the focus on message content instead of method of delivery.  Logos messages can certainly be directly-spoken/heard via rhema words, but rhema words by themselves are not a logos message, especially since the latter can simply be written gramma letters collected into graphe books called scripture. <Notes> a) Spirit-kind-of odes in Ephesians 3:19 and Colossians 3:16 are spontaneous psalms or hymns, respectively with or without vocals, spoken by the Spirit.

 

Any skilled worldly musician can play an ode (a psalm or hymn) and even play it spontaneously as extemporaneously or improvisationally, but it takes God’s Spirit to make it a “Spirit-kind-of ode” (a), which then makes it anointed, prophetic, and spontaneous!  It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian musician or not, unless it’s “spoken” by the Holy Spirit, it’s simply not anointed or prophetic.  And if it’s not co-created spontaneously right then and there in the moment by the Holy Spirit, then it’s certainly not anointed, prophetic, spontaneous music.  In either case, no matter how much you want to dedicate your skill FOR God, it’s still just a product of the flesh’s “might and power,” and so it is simply not prophetic<Notes> a) Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16.

 

Church people can prophesy, cast out demons, and do mighty works in Christ’s name/authority, yet on Judgment Day Christ will say to many “I never experientially, relationally ginosko knew you; depart from Me you workers contrary to the law” (a).  What?  Is Jesus teaching the Mosaic Torah Law of conditional-favor?  No!  Remember that torah or nomos generally refers to “principles of instruction.”  There were Law-teaching Jewish false prophets then (b), even itinerant exorcists invoking Christ’s name/authority to drive out evil spirits (c), and there will be more in the future even near the end of the ages (c).  None of them were then or will be in fellowship with Christ, so they were then and will be workers contrary to Christ’s “law” – ‘the law of trusting-relying-faith’ in the Son sent from the Father (e) and the ‘law of Christ’ given by Jesus (f) to unconditionally-love one another as I have unconditionally-loved you (g) – these are the only 2 entole official decrees or commandments in the New Covenant (h).  <Notes> a) Matthew 7:23, b) Matthew 7:15; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1, c) Acts 19:13, d) Matthew 24:11, 24; Mark 13:22, e) John 6:29, f) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, g) John 13:34, 15:12, h) 1 John 3:23.

 

The distinctive ministry of the New Covenant to and through people to others is absolutely not gramma writings collected into books called graphe scripture, which never referred to anything but the Old Testament until around 200AD when the Catholic theologian Tertullian referred to the NT writings as such to desperately prove to the Jews that Christians also a “bible.”  No Jew in the NT, including Jesus and Paul, or after ever referred to NT writings as graphe scripture.  When the apostle Peter stood up on the first day of the Church when the Holy Spirit was given, just as Jesus told them that the Father had promised (a), Peter didn’t talk at all about “old scripture” or more “new scripture,” but He did quote the prophet Joel 2:28-29 in Acts 2:16-18 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I shall actually pour out My Spirit on ALL (b) flesh and/thus:  Your sons and/coupled your daughters shall actually prophesy and/coupled [related phrase introduced:] your youth shall actually envision visions and/coupled your elders shall dream dreams – EVEN (ge = qualifying emphasis) on MY male servants and/coupled MY female servants in those days I will actually pour out MY Spirit and/thus they shall actually prophesy.”  <Notes> a) Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:33, b) As here, pas rarely means “the whole of” but more often “each of a kind or category of” – the context “whittles down” the meaning through coupling/relating phrases and qualifying emphasis to God’s “male and female servants.”

 

The Greek structure is written in a series of qualifying phrases, as poetry is:  “Your sons coupled with your daughters” qualifies “all flesh”  – the whole world didn’t get the Spirit that day, but only “each of a certain kind/category,” just as pas translates in many cases.  For example, Paul’s saying: “All scripture that is useful” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is not “the whole of” as many erroneously assume, but “each of a kind/category of,” which is clearly defined in v. 3:15, the “sacred gramma writings from childhood you [Timothy] have been acquainted with,” which is further qualified by the next phrase:  “which are able to make you wise for salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.”  The Torah Law of conditional-favor never accomplished any of this, and so Paul forbid teaching of the Mosaci Law in churches per Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16; Titus 3:9; and 2 Corinthians 3:7-15.

 

The next qualifying phrase:  “Your neaniskos youth shall actually envision visions and/coupled your presbuteros elders shall actually dream dreams” qualifies “Your sons coupled with your daughters,” clearly allowing men and women to be “youth and elders” since these terms only refer to age and experience.  The final phrase would poetically be the narrowest qualification, and it is emphasized with the Greek particle ge:  “My male servants and/coupled female servants.”  It qualifies “your youth . . . your elders,” made even more obvious by the change in pronouns from “your” to “MY.”  So God systematically refines “All flesh” to “your sons and/coupled daughters” to “your youth and/coupled elders” and finally emphasizes “MY male servants and/coupled MY female servants.”

 

There are only 3 action verbs that God’s servants shall ACTUALLY do during the Church Age:  [actively] prophesy, envision [passively] visions, and dream [passively] dreams.  The first and last statements of Joel 2:28-29 are the main point – like a thesis statement and its re-statement – see Romans 1:5 and 16:26 “Obedience of Faith”:  “I shall actually pour out MY Spirit,” and in both cases God identified how we will know this for sure: “they shall actually prophesy.”  “Envisioning visions or dreaming dreams” is a further description of what happens to us, showing how we get the ideas to thus prophesy for God.  We will either ‘see’ them during the day or at night.  There is an excellent study of this subject by Jim W. Goll in his book The Seer – The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens.

 

A careful study of prophesy throughout the bible and today reveals that receiving God’s revelation is primarily through visually ‘seeing’ in your mind’s eye what God wants to say, either words or pictures, and this happens either during the day or at night.  Even akouo hearing-to-understand directly-spoken rhema words through our ear drums are just signals processed into mental pictures in our brain that we perceive either as words of letters or more often as word-pictures.  The Greek word eido for mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive/know is most often the word used for a prophet’s means of understanding or acquiring knowledge, which is highly favored over ‘connect-the-dots’ inductive sunesis understanding that comes from rationally understanding gnosis info-knowledge through “much study that is a weariness of the flesh” according to Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:12.  Furthermore, when Jesus often says as in Mattthew 11:15: “Let the one who has ears, let him akouo hear/listen-to-understand,” this Greek word akouo speaks of mental understanding through the ears into the brain, not just the physical act of receiving sound.  And this understanding is an action of the mind, just as all languages are processed as word-pictures.  In fact some languages like Hebrew, Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese are picture-based.  Nevertheless, there can be a lot “lost in translation” going from physically blepo seeing or akouo hearing gramma letters read to actual mental understanding, which lies heavily on the “might and power” comprehension skills of the flesh.  Since God doesn’t show favoritism or partiality, it’s no wonder there is no mention of continuing the knowledge of God through the reading, study, and comprehension of gramma letters collected as graphe scripture, and we’ve seen many verses that say God had abandoned that “old plan” because of its utter failure to communicate Him accurately to His people.  A great book about understanding directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words is 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark & Patti Virkler.

 

As Christian musicians, don’t we want “religious ecstasy under divine influence” and thus “to prophesy” through our instrument?  Isn’t what God has to say through us so much more “dignified and elevated” over anything our flesh’s “might and power” could produce FOR God?  It always comes back to whether we have an intimate relationship with Christ so that we can hear-to-understand His Voice or see it in “a picture worth a 1000 words” in order to communicate this to others?  Without this trusting-relying-faith, all we have is “flesh that profits nothing.”  The “promise” was never to continue learning ABOUT God through scripture or to do this with “new” scripture, but for ALL “MY male and female servants to prophesy!”  There is no other “instructions” given for the Church Age.  This is the unique, unprecedented, completely different-in-kind New Covenant “promise” spelled out so clearly in Jeremiah 31:31-34, quoted throughout the New Testament!

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT7

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Can God use Christian music that isn’t prophetic?

 

 

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Christian music that is not prophetic really only contains man’s music and words, no matter how well-intentioned “for God” it is, but remember that Jesus said in John 6:63: “the flesh is no real help to God.”  Jesus went on to say in contrast:  “My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are [singular] Spirit and [singular] zoe genuine-life.”  That’s where the Spirit-power of God is to accomplish what God says!  Christians have to make a choice between THEIR music FOR God or GOD’S music THROUGH them to Himself.

 

Remember that by definition, directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are always spoken and heard in the present moment.  When a Christian musician re-tells God’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words in music and/or lyrics, although they now have become their own directly-spoken/heard rhema words, by themselves they are no longer the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God and so no longer have the original impact – they often fall flat!  For example, Handel’s Messiah was originally anointed – the accounts of its composition and performance are truly supernatural!  However, since then many musicians have played it and people listened to it but nothing supernaturally occurred.  However, I watched it performed by a secular orchestra and choir, and sang along to it with a 1000 others at Grace for the Nation church.  People all around me sang it like any other Christmas song, but SOME of us who were “in the Spirit” before we came were actually filled by the Spirit during it!  That’s because God can spontaneously speak AGAIN through those old directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words and SOME people will pick up on this.  Certainly God can speak through even rocks in a wall, even secular musicians and singers, but it may not be His “first pick or perfect will” (a) as He states:  “in the last days, God declares that I will pour out My Spirit . . . on MY male SERVANTS and female SERVANTS, in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall actually prophesy” (b).  This is His first choice!  Nevertheless, all through the bible you see God working around the “free-will choices” of man!  <Notes> a) Luke 19:40, b) Acts 2:17-18.

 

God longs to freshly speak to us directly and through HIS people!  Sure God can speak through HIS old music and words, and even through unbelievers, inanimate objects, and Balaam’s donkey (e), but it’s not His “first choice or perfect will.”  Even when God does choose an alternative path to accomplish His will, despite our poor choices, God loves to add new and deeper directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words each time, because that’s what “living water” is!  It’s the FRESH, running water of a garden fountain (a) that we can truly live on, the presence of God as a fountain of living waters (b), the presence of the Holy Spirit that can flow out of our hearts through trusting-relying-faith in Christ (c).  This water isn’t snow or ice pack from a cold winter that few animals can live on!  It’s not found in a puddle or a pond or “hewn-out cisterns for ourselves” (d), which can actually make a person sick.  Anointed, directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema music is what God makes because this is how He speaks!  <Notes> a) Song of Solomon 4:15, cf. Revelation 7:17, b) Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13, cf. Zechariah 14:8, c) John 4:10-11, 7:38, d) Jeremiah 2:13, e) Numbers 22:22-29.

 

As Christian musicians, shouldn’t we long for the Lord to speak directly to us and through us to others, even musically?  Isn’t the fresh, “living water” that will refresh us and others?  If we do play an “old song” shouldn’t we prefer those that were demonstrably anointed originally?  But more importantly, shouldn’t we desire for the Lord to freshly anoint it?  Shouldn’t we be anointed while playing it?  Otherwise, all we are left with is religious “flesh that profits nothing!”

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT6

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God is talking, but are we listening?

 

 

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The problem isn’t that God’s isn’t speaking directly to Christians His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, but that most of us aren’t listening or haven’t tuned into the right ‘frequency’ on the dial to akouo hear-to-understand Him.  A powerful prophetess from Alaska found out about a Holy Spirit class that just started at Grace for the Nations in Tucson where I live, and she prophesied over the class – you could hear a pin drop as I was sitting on my hands shaking under the holiness of God in that room!  The Lord said through her to “Keep the clear channel open.”  Afterwards, we asked her what this meant.  Evidently in Alaska many people communicate via Hamm radio and the “Clear channel” is a special frequency nobody is supposed to broadcast on unless there is an Emergency Broadcast.  You wouldn’t even get any important information unless you knew about this channel and how to tune into it, or you would be getting the information second-hand from someone who did, which then opens you up to re-telling error.  What reporter hasn’t embellished the story?  That is exactly the issue of prophetic-rhema versus retelling of that came much later in gramma writings.  You either take the trouble of learning how to listen yourself or you hope you find out most of it through someone else, but God’s intention in the New Covenant is for the former because the latter is very untimely and unreliable, because much will likely be lost in translation.

 

I think most Christians and churches are more like Martha, busy running around trying to serve Jesus with their “might and power!”  I actually heard a preacher at Vineyard Connections in Tucson say that Martha was more mature in her trusting-relying-faith than Mary, and that mature Christians are busy doing for Jesus.  But that’s not what Jesus said:  “Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching, but Martha was distracted with much serving . . . The Lord answered Martha’s grumbling why Mary wasn’t helping:  ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but only one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the better (a) portion, which will not be taken away from her” (b).  I’d say that preacher was a false teacher, but the problem with the modern-Church format is that nobody is allowed to “weigh in on what was said” as in 1 Corinthians 14:29.  They would throw you out because you were “disorderly and disrespectful of authority.”  <Notes> a) comparatively good, beneficial, useful, excellent, b) Luke 10:41-42.

 

Certainly, supernatural results will occur when you are actually in God’s presence akouo listening to the Lord speak His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words to and through you!  One of the best books I’ve read on this subject is 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice by Mark & Patti Virkler.  It has worked tremendously for my dad, wife, and myself.  We all have many journals full of God’s direct words to us.  Kathryn Kuhlman said that we will have as much difficulty hearing God if our mind it too busy as is an ocean reflecting the image of the moon if it is not still!  Psalms 46:10 says:  “[Definitively] be still (a) and/coupled (b) experientially, relationally know (c) that I AM the Supreme God Elohim.”  These are coupled/related ideas, or very likely one “thusly” leading to the other.  If we stop moving and stop talking and draw near (c), wait, watch, and listen in proseuche conversational-prayer for God, then He will “show up” and “draw near alongside us” (d) and we will be connected to the Vine of Christ for zoe genuine-life and fruitfulness (e).  So I was again reminded to “Come near to Me, all you who labor and are heavily-weighed down (burdened), and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke (f) upon you and/coupled learn from Me . . . and you will find rest for your souls (g).  For My yoke [of teaching] is well-fitted to you (h) and My burden is light to carry (i)” (j). <Notes> a) raphah, scholazo: take a vacation, cease motions, be quiet, b) kai can also be cumulative meaning ‘and/thus,’ c) yada, ginosko mean “to experientially, relationally know,” d) James 4:8, Proserchomai:  a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship e) John 15:1-8, f) a harness between experienced animals and novices to train them, g) chrestos: comfortable, useful, beneficial, h) elaphros: easy to carry or move with, i) mind, emotions, will, j) Matthew 11:28-30.

 

The subject of akouo hearing/listening to understand will be covered at length in the Knowledge page and in the proseuche Conversational-Prayer page, because that’s what makes this dialogue unique from the monologue of deesis supplication!

 

As Christian musicians, we especially need to “tune into God’s frequency” and receive directly from Him what He wants to play through us.  Otherwise, we are just playing from our own flesh’s “might and power” for God, which is the essence of all religion.  Staying busy for God isn’t as important is waiting for the Lord to speak and move through us.

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT5

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Rhema word is our “daily bread” we should proseuchomai conversationally-pray for

 

 

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Do you think the “daily bread” that we are to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for in the Lord’s Prayer Model (a) is actually about God just meeting our physical food needs?  Why pray for our physical needs at all, because Jesus just said 3 verses earlier (b), “Do not be like them (c), for your Father already knows what you need before you ask Him?”  Is asking for our physical needs logically flow from asking for “Thy will to be done on earth as it is in heaven” (d)?  And how does asking for physical food logically flow into what comes right after it (e):  “And/coupled forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors” and the next verse: “And/coupled lead us not into testing, but deliver us from the evil [one]?”  Since the conjunction kai couples/relates two similar things together, how is asking for food coupled/related to asking for forgiveness within relationships in order to re-establish fellowship, or how is asking for food coupled/related to deliverance from the evil [one]?”  Remember there are no verse numbers in Greek – Jesus is speaking in 1 long sentence conveying 1 idea, linking all the parts together with kai, and He continues with the same idea in the next 2 verses, giving us the reason why to ask for this:  “For if you forgive others . . . your Father in heaven will also forgive you, but if you do not . . . your Father in heaven will not forgive your trespasses.”  It’s very likely that “the evil [one]” we want to be delivered from is unforgiveness or “the accuser of the brethren” who wants us to hold onto unforgiveness to further his agenda, but then how does this logically flow from asking for physical food?  It doesn’t!   Everything in Matthew 6:11-15 explains our asking for God’s kingdom and will to be done from verse 10 – everything!  That’s how people speak – supporting their main point or “thesis” with details!  Have we become blind to what “daily bread” we should actually be asking for, the bread that makes the kingdom possible, that makes forgiveness possible in order to be delivered from the agenda of ‘the evil one,’ the one who causes unforgiveness in the first place?  <Notes> a) Matthew 6:11-13; cf. Luke 11:3, b) Matthew 6:8, c) Matthew 6:7 – the pagans idolaters who think they’ll be heard by their many words, d) Matthew 6:10, e) Matthew 6:12-15.

 

“Our daily bread” is obviously Christ who speaks His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words into us to give us zoe genuine-life.  Remember what Jesus said when starving in the wilderness and Satan tempted Him to command that the stones be turned into loaves of bread?  “Man (humanity) absolutely in fact cannot actually, in the future, zoa genuinely-live (a) by the means of bread alone, but instead resting upon/by (b) every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that is ongoingly proceeding out thru-the-realizing-channel-of the mouth of God (c).  Now where else has Jesus talked about zoe genuine-life and associated it with directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words?  Jesus said: “It is the Spirit who is ongoingly giving zoe genuine-life; the flesh (g) actually, ongoingly profits (d) absolutely in fact nothing; the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that I actually, ongoingly speak to you are actually, ongoingly [singular] Spirit and/coupled zoe genuine-life” (e).  Zoe genuine-life is linked directly to the Spirit, which is linked directly to Christ’s directly-spoken/heard rhema words!  Only Jesus does “have the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of zoe genuine-life everlasting” (f)!  <Notes> a) zao from the noun zoe, b) dative case: resting on, or by the means of, c) Matthew 4:3-4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, d) is useful for, e) John 6:63, f) John 6:68, g) in context, the entire Jewish religious system.

 

Also, we know the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Jesus were the exact directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God, because Jesus said this:  “For I have NOT in fact spoken on My own authority, but the Father who sent Me has Himself given Me a commandment (a) – what to say as a message (b) and/coupled what to speak in words (c).  And I know that His commandment is zoe genuine-life everlasting. What I speak in words (c), therefore, I speak in words (c) as the Father has told me” (d).  Therefore, Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that make up His logos gospel message of The Truth are the Father’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that makes up His logos gospel message of The Truth, and these are the true Bread of life that makes up God’s Logos Message to man – not a bible full of ancient gramma letters!  <Notes> a) entole: official decree – see Only 2 Commandments, b) epo: “talk about something, emphasizing the message or topic, which creates a logos message,” c) laleo: “uttering words to people, emphasizing the creation of words and the social element of conversation,” d) John 12:49-50.

 

This also fits the larger context of John (a), because there Jesus said: “to not work for the food that perishes (b), but for the food that lasts unto zoe genuine-life everlasting, which the Son of Man will give to you . . . for the Bread of God is He who comes down-from/according-to heaven and gives zoe genuine-life to the world . . . I am the Bread of zoe genuine-life . . . I am the Bread of zoe genuine-life . . . I am the zao genuinely-living Bread that came down-from/according-to heaven . . . and the Bread that I will give for the zoe genuine-life of the world is My flesh.”  Isn’t it much more logical and reasonable that Jesus and His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are “the Bread” we can truly live on?  So, maybe, just maybe, that’s what Christians should be asking to receive daily instead of their next meal at McDonalds?  <Notes> a) John 6:27, 33, 35, 48, and 51, b) then why are we praying for it?

 

Certainly the anointed musician needs to be praying daily for Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word to be spoken to them, through their instrument, and into the lives of the listeners!  Otherwise, they and their audience are just eating “Big Macs!”

 

 

 

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Some of the prophetic rhema experiences to illustrate the need for faith

 

 

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Many times visions and messages came during my Spirit-baptisms so I’ve logged those on the Spirit-baptism page.  But there have been so many prophetic rhema words since and most haven’t been recorded except the early ones when I thought it was so unusual.  I’ve included many on the My Rhema & Logos Message page.  Here are some examples of others:

 

In June 2012 while watching Tyler Perry Good Deeds movie, I heard the Lord call me to missions in Africa, but although I contacted Unite4Africa and took a missionary prep class at Pantano Christian Church, no church or organization in Tucson was going, so I stopped pursuing this.  Instead I continued supporting Unite4Africa and then Gospel for Asia missionaries.  In November I got very long dreams about God’s unconditional-love for His bride, the Church, and He showed me His interpretation of Song of Solomon – it’s all prophetic of Christ and His Church.  I wrote a prophetic commentary!  Amazing!

 

Later He showed me in another long dream that all knowledge of Him that is written down would be only be second-hand, especially after 1452.  Well, that turns out to be when the Gutenberg Bible was printed.  He told me that people were trying to climb up Christ’s cross like a ladder to reach the oldest books on top of the library, but that this was “trampling on the Son of God.”  The true theology of God was found at the foot of the cross and angels descended on it and then ascended – just as with Jacob’s Ladder.

 

Later on at the Gospel Rescue mission nobody but 2 out of 5 of us showed up to preach one night.  We were terrified, so the 2 of us worshipped for 15 minutes, surrendered control to “let go and let God,” and then we became very aware that God spoke right through us that night, drunks got healed and saved, and 1 kid had a prophetic vision.  Our meetings never were like this!

 

Then I had a series of dreams about Christ’s unconditional-love being the cure for all ills and setting people free, but the organized “church” had many rooms to captivate people’s various appetites and interests.  The Highway home just ended at this “church,” but realizing that this was to keep people distracted, I went out the back door to find a trail back to the Highway and many tired, poor, ragged, injured people were walking it.  When I walked with them I felt unconditional-love, joy, and peace as they helped each other – this was actually the kingdom and we were heading home.  I also had a prophetic dream about the demonic lies spoken to black people to continue hating white people, but the Lord was telling them: “Rise above it.”  Some of my best friends were black.  I had a dream about churchmen adding different colors to a bucket of pure white paint thinking they were improving it, but the Lord said it was then no longer His logos gospel message of The Truth.

 

Then the Lord finished healing me of pancreatic and adrenal issues just in time for me to get married.  After 53 years of not being married, in 2013 the Lord got me married to Charlotte who is fluent in receiving directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words from the Lord and even writing a book called What One Sheep Heard the Shepherd Say.  What’s the chances of that?  Well since then I’ve had so many prophetic dreams and visions I can hardly keep up recording them!

 

What’s the point?  You get from the Lord pretty much only what you have trusting-relying-faith to handle – if just the bible, then that’s only what you get!  If prophetic words, then that’s what you will get!  Of course, God can always make a rock, a donkey, or a hard-hearted high priest speak for Him, but His preference is for us to have trusting-relying-faith and relentlessly ask, seek, and knock, looking with eager expectation for His answer.  He wants to partner with us!

 

As Christian musicians, what are some of your prophetic rhema experiences and is there any advice you have for others to grow in this area, especially regarding anointed, prophetic, even spontaneous music?

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT3

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“The Promise” is for more rhema Words of God not written logos messages, gramma writings, or graphe scripture.

 

 

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Do your own homework with Wikipedia’s “Rhema (doctrine).”  Rhema words are always directly-spoken/heard first-hand in the here and now, never heard or read or learned second-hand.  As we’ve seen in the previous BLOGs, logos is the common word for “communication that focuses on message content rather than on the delivery method as rhema does.” Thus “the logos of God” is best translated “Message of God” instead of “Word of God,” which not one English bible consistently does!  The relationship of rhema to logos is seen in Hebrews 12:19 that recounts God attempting to speak personally to all of the Jews on Mt. Sinai by His “Voice whose directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words made the hearers beg that no further logos message be spoken to them.”  Isn’t that what ultra-conservative, bible-only Christians are doing when they discount modern-day prophecy in exchange for bible study?  They really are no different than the Pharisees who “diligently search the scriptures supposing that you may take hold of genuine-life everlasting by them, but it is they that witness/testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me for genuine-life” per John 5:39-40.  Coming to Jesus is not the same as coming to the bible!

 

Gramma “letters” or “written code” literally means “alphabet or words formed from such,” and is where we get the word “grammar.” Graphe is a collection of these “letters” into a book, in this case, “scripture” that strictly speaking makes up ONLY the Old Testament, according to all Jews and even all Christians until 200 AD when a Roman Catholic theologian named Tertullian starting applying the term to New Testament writings in order to brag to the Jews that Christians had “scripture” also!  It just breaks my heart to see so many English translations obscure the radical difference – even Wikipedia states there is “a substantial distinction” – between these completely different-in-kind Greek words of rhema and logos, mistakenly translating them both as the “Word of God.”  What the NT says about each of these is completely different-in-kind, but you will never know any of this from reading many English bibles that obscure this essential truth!

 

Every promise of God comes through trusting-relying-faith, just as “the promise to Abraham and his offspring . . . [obviously] came not through the [much later] Mosaic Law of conditional-favor but through the righteousness of trusting-relying-faith” (a).  So we are to be “imitators of those through trusting-relying-faith and patience inherit the promises” (b), who “through trusting-relying-faith . . . obtained promises” (c), so “remember your leaders….imitating their trusting-relying-faith” (d), even that “we might receive the promised Spirit through trusting-relying-faith” (e).  How does this relate to prophetic rhema words? <Notes> a) Roman 4:13, b) Hebrews 6:12, c) Hebrews 11:33, d) Hebrews 13:7, e) Galatians 3:14.

 

Is your trusting-relying-faith limited to relying on God to speak to you only through a bible of men’s writings who once had first-hand contact with God, but long after this fact, were loosely collected by many other men, many who were no longer directly in contact with God, especially if you read the early Church writings to see that many were very politically motivated?  Then that is YOUR limitation.  If you can still do this after finding out that countless manuscripts having been lost or destroyed by the ravages of time and warring invasions, and that scholars are still arguing over what the actual text is from those we have found, let alone an accurate translation of them, then that’s YOUR limitation and you get what your trusting-relying-faith can accept!  Your reality is limited by your faith!  If you simply don’t believe these facts I’ve state, start using Wikipedia and other scholarly resources to dig into these topics:  Bible Manuscripts, Textual Variants, Textual Criticism, Bible Translation, and Bible Canon.  You will be absolutely shocked that many of YOUR views of the bible gathered from pulpit and Christian book tidbits is not based on much fact!  However, if you have trusting-relying-faith in God’s promised-Spirit that you can hear first-hand just as much as the original writers did, even from such verses about “the promise” as Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39, then that’s exactly what you will get also!  Our trusting-relying-faith is the only thing that limits our genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge with God!

 

The real promises of supernatural, zoe genuine-life are through the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ’s Holy Spirit (a), which is God’s singular “Word” (b) spoken faithfully by Jesus (c) because He had the Holy Spirit without measure (d). This sure isn’t scripture but “every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that comes from the mouth of God that man shall zoe genuinely-live on” (e).  Many preachers claim: “The bible is God’s Word that will never come back empty-handed, but accomplish what it was sent out to do.”  However, God actually says:  “My [singular] directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that goes out of My mouth that … shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (f).  Directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God make nothing impossible for Him (g).  They have the Spirit’s power to create universes (h).  It is Christ’s powerfully-enabling Voice that sustains all things (h).  God’s rhema word endures forever and it is this that originally made up the content of the preached logos gospel message (i).  This verbal preaching is the apostles’ witness (j).  Their logos gospel message of rhema words alone can save us (k), because it is Christ’s rhema words that will judge all people on the last day (l). <Notes> a) John 6:63, 68, b) John 8:47, c) John 17:8; 14:10, d) John 3:34, e) Matthew 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, f) Isaiah 55:11, g) Luke 1:37, h) Hebrews 1:3, i) 1 Peter 1:25; Acts 5:20, j) Acts 5:32, k) Acts 11:14, l) John 12:47-48.

 

Furthermore, it is the “directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that is, the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of trusting-relying-faith that we proclaim” (a) that produces trusting-relying-faith by hearing the directly-spoken prophetic rhema words of Christ (b).”  But how?  By their preaching:  “Their voice that has gone out to all the earth, their directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words to the ends of the world” (c) – not by reading about any logos messages in a bible thousands of year later!  Rhema words need to be near us, that is, in our mouths (d) and on the tablets of our hearts as was promised (e), for this is God’s real desire (f).  God’s rhema words are what washes, ceremonially ‘cleans,’ or sanctifies (g) the Church (h), not a logos message in a bible canonized 367-397 years later!  Rhema words of God are the ‘goodness’ Christians are to have tasted and/coupled tasted the Holy Spirit’s miracles of the coming age (i).  It is what we are to treasure up and ponder (j).  Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are what is to remain in us, and if they do, then our prayers are answered (k).  Rhema is the voice of the Holy Spirit spoken through the apostles and prophets (l), thus it is the very nature of prophecy (m). <Notes> a) Romans 10:8, b) Romans 10:17, c) Romans 10:18, d) by the confession of our faith: 1 Timothy 6:12; Hebrews 10:23, e) Romans 2:15, 10:8-9; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3; Jeremiah 17:1, 31:33 cited in Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, f) Proverbs 3:3, 7:3, g) makes holy or pure, h) Ephesians 5:26, i) Hebrews 6:5, j) Luke 2:19, k) John 15:7, l) Acts 28:25; Romans 10:18, m) n@buw’ah, prophetei: a discourse emanating from divine inspiration.

 

I bet you didn’t know that the “sword of the Spirit that we are to use in spiritual warfare is absolutely not bible verses?  But I was taught that!  Despite what you have heard from the pulpit and so many fluff Christian books, quoting bible verses against the devil isn’t what Paul was talking about! Paul strongly urges:  “Take up . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of God, thru-the-realizing-channel-of all proseuche conversational-prayer and deesis supplication-prayer, [that is,] at every time routinely, proseuchomai conversationally-praying by the means of the Spirit” (a). The NET bible correctly sees this last present participle phrase “proseuchomai conversationally-praying by the Spirit” as HOW to “take up . . . the sword of the Spirit.” Hearing God speak to us directly doesn’t come from bible study but through patiently-waiting, listening, and watching conversational-prayer, and that’s how we do spiritual warfare – not memorizing scripture so we can shotgun them back to Satan!  I used to have 100s of bible-verse index cards just for this reason and I struggled even more with sin, because “the gramma letter kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (b). <Notes> a) Ephesians 6:17-18, b) 2 Corinthians 3:6.

 

Once during a spiritual counseling session, my counselor-friend Elizabeth Brown had a clear vision of “a cold winter with lots of pure white snow that had become as hard as glacier ice. It once was “living/fresh water” in that it rained from the heavens and flowed upon the lands, but over a long winter it had become so hard that few animals could live from it. God’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words were actually “fresh, running, and life-giving” water when they were first given thousands of years ago, but once it was written and communicated second-hand to others and collected by men into a canon by 367-397 AD and now read thousands of years from copies of copies of copies of manuscripts (the number of such is unknown) now removed further from the original intent by translations into other languages, they are certainly by definition no longer “fresh, running, and life-giving.”  Do you think God meant for us to live off this “glacier ice?” Maybe if you are an Emperor Penguin!  See Spirit-Power-BT3.

 

When you READ written information as logos messages gleaned from gramma letters or graphe books of scripture, whether you later then speak these as directly-heard rhema words to others or write them down with even more gramma letters into a personal letter or epistle or collect them into graphe books like “scripture” for others to read, any of this reading in this long process requires rational, left brain cognition of the message’s logos content to be sunesis understand by rationally ‘connecting the dots’ in order to benefit from it. However, this largely relies on your eyesight reading ability (or finger sensitivity for brail) and concentration skills, vocabulary comprehension, and mental prowess of IQ, cognitive skills, etc.  All of this certainly favors the “wise and learned/understanding” people but excludes the little children – whom the kingdom actually belongs to (a).  It also excludes the blind (b) or dyslexic (c), the uneducated, the poor (d), and the mentally impaired – the other “least among you.” <Notes> a) Matthew 18:3, 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16, b) unless they can read brail, c) if they haven’t been retrained to read, d) who often can’t afford to be educated in order read.

 

However, God “shows no favoritism or partiality” (a), so why would God rely on a written bible in multiple ancient languages, which even the scholars are still debating about, to convey His nature and will to others?  Furthermore, shouldn’t we “speak and teach rightly, showing no partiality, but truly teach The Way of God,” like Jesus did (b)?  Did Jesus make it His ministry to teach their bible, the Old Testament?  Some Christians believe so, but Jesus only cites the Old Testament to answer trick questions and to point out its incompleteness and their need for a Him as a Messiah to save them from their sin!  Should our ministry of preaching and teaching show partiality to the “wise and learned” by expecting bible reading and intelligent comprehension?  Aren’t Christians to show no partiality in everything we do (c)?  Wasn’t the New Covenant Way supposed to do away with reliance on all forms of man’s “might and power,” especially that of the Jewish religion, and rely solely on the New Covenant’s Spirit of enabling-power (d)?  <Notes> a) Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, Galatians 2:6, Ephesians 6:9, b) Luke 20:21, c) 1 Timothy 5:21; James 2:1, d) Zechariah 4:6.

 

As Christian musicians, are you looking to the wrong “word” like the Pharisees did for the promises of God?  Are you trying to fight Satan with bible verses?  Are you trying to live off of 2000 year-old water, thinking this is still “living water?”  Or will you also become a prophet and actually know God and receive the enabling-power of the prophetic-rhema words of God?  Or will you remain duped by the Catholic theologian that the New Testament is just more scripture to read, study, memorize, and do as Christian rules?  If our faith keeps us stuck in the OT way of understanding scripture, than that will limit our experience of God.  Are you studying to hear God when you were told to pray?  Doesn’t requiring reading comprehension of the bible show favoritism to the “smarty-pants” people, when we are repeatedly told that God doesn’t require this, so neither should we?

 

 

 

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Rhema words of God versus logos messages, gramma writings, and graphe scripture.

 

 

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Rhema words in the original Greek are distinct from a logos messages because the former focuses on the method of delivery and/or receiving information, being 1st person direct utterance of speech, whereas the latter focuses on the content of a message, where the information is often received verbally second-hand or in writing with gramma letters, even collected into graphe scripture.  The exceptional case of logos in the New Covenant is that it primarily refers to Jesus as the personified Logos Message of God, similar to Wisdom being personified in the Old Testament (OT) Proverbs, who faithfully speaks the logos gospel message of The Truth of God to us directly, making this is also prophetic.  Not only is rhema the prophetic words from the mouth of God that is the “bread” that man can alone live on (a), it is this prophetic rhema that goes out from God’s mouth that will not return to Him empty but shall accomplish all that it was purposed for (b). <Notes> a) Jesus citing Deuteronomy 8:3 in Matthew 4:4, b) Isaiah 55:11.

 

In the OT Hebrew the word dabar can mean “of the talking of a word or words” and thus naturally correspond to the Greek word rhema in the OT Septuagint (a).  But when dabar  focuses on a “message, saying, sentence or section of discourse, report, counsel, charge, reason, a way or manner, or events explained in words” it is naturally translated logos in the OT Septuagint because it is focusing on message content, especially if written (b).  Only by the context can you tell how dabar is used, but you can always look at the different Greek words used because they are more specific!  <Notes> a) Jeremiah 1:1, 13:12, 14:17, 23:38, 31:23; Psalms 17:4, 30:8, 33:6; Isaiah 36:5; 1 Kings 1:7; 2 Kings 18:20; Proverbs 14:23; 1 Samuel 9:10, 9:10; 2 Samuel 3:17, and many other verses, b) Jeremiah 1:2; Exodus 33:4; 1 Kings 6:11, 10:6, 16:1, 13:20, 20:12; 2 Chronicles 9:5; 1 Samuel 15:10; 2 Samuel 7:4, 15:28; Jonah 3:6, and many more verses.

 

Prophetic rhema is distinct from any other word for “word.”  Jesus declares “the flesh is no help at all (a); the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and zoe genuine-life” (b).  Jesus was commenting on ALL of the religious gnosis info-knowledge and activities of man – all its “might and power” – even that of the Jewish religion!  There is no other place but Jesus to hear “the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of eternal life” (c).  The “bread that we can live alone on, is nothing but the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema from the mouth of God” (d).  This sure isn’t recitation from the bible.  Jesus wasn’t quoting scripture but quoting Himself, the living Logos Message of God<Notes> a) is of no advantage or profit, and is useless and worthless, b) John 6:63, c) John 6:68, d) Matthew 4:4.

 

Graphe scripture is never referred to as directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words in the New Testament!  The gospel isn’t about preaching scripture, but “speaking to the people all the prophetic rhema words of this zoe genuine-life” (a).  The apostles preached to people “a directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word by which you will be saved” (b).  “For absolutely in possibility or in fact no directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word is impossible WITH/alongside God,” (c) and we know this is about fellowship with God giving us His Spirit’s enabling-power. “The directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of the Lord endures forever, that is what has been preached to you” (d). <Notes> a) Acts 5:20, b) Acts 11:14, c) Luke 1:37, d) 1 Peter 1:25.

 

Furthermore,trusting-relying-faith comes from akouo hearing-to-understand the directly-spoken prophetic rhema word of God” (a) and this “directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of trusting-relying-faith which we preach” (b) – not bible verses!  The Church is “sanctified by cleansing her with the washing of the water (c) by the prophetic rhema word of Christ” (c) – not bible verses!  Christians are meant to “taste the good directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of God and the miracles of the coming age” (e) – not bible study!  Spiritual warfare is to be fought with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of God” (f), not bible verses!  Jesus told us the secret of answered deesis supplication-prayer:  “If you remain in Me and My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word remains in you, ask and it will be done for you” (g) – not bible verses! <Notes> a) Romans 10:17, b) Roman 10:8, c) likely a reference to water-baptism, d) Ephesians 5:26, e) Hebrews 6:5, f) Ephesians 6:17, g) John 15:7.

 

We can’t be like the Jewish leaders, who “don’t listen and respond to God’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word, because they don’t belong to God” (a).  Paul didn’t just come to preach a logos gospel message of The Truth with “words of eloquent wisdom” or “plausible words of wisdom” but “in demonstration of the Spirit, that is, of enabling-power . . . lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its enabling-power” (b), but “our gospel message came to you not only by logos message but also by enabling-power, that is, by the Holy Spirit” (c).  See Wikipedia’s “Rhema (doctrine)” for more on all this. <Notes> a) John 8:47, b) 1 Corinthians 1:17-18, 2:4, c) 1 Thessalonians 1:5.

 

As Christian musicians, isn’t the gospel message about Jesus Christ as the living Logos Word of God, instead of scriptures?  Isn’t that the point of the New Covenant and that now we “eido mentally ‘see’ to know God” directly per Jeremiah 31:31-34 so that “you absolutely in fact have no need that any man teach you” per 1 John 2:20-27?  Isn’t “the promise” that now all God’s people should prophecy per Numbers 11:29, Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17-19, and 1 Corinthians 14:5?  All the “promises” of enabling-power have to do with prophetic-rhema, never gramma written letters collected into graphe scripture.  Will we be just like the bible students of Christ’s day who were experts at sacred writings but were clueless about prophesy, and thus didn’t actually know God?  Are we going to be Christ’s sheep who do akouo hear-to-understand His Voice?

 

 

 

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1-22-21 Dream that Hamm radios on VA buildings involved in EBS that British will get first

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In my dream I saw “HAMM on VA” and “EBS to British first.”  Then I saw a power meter with the needle wiggling as I was it looking for center.

 

I remember around Nov 7th hearing 4 military analysts tracking 10x the regular flights to Gitmo prison and other off-shore interrogation black-op sites, in & out of Democrat states too.  One guy was reading an email he gets from a military commander Patriot he is in contact with wondering why the Trump Amin makes this huge purchase of HAMM radios and tasks his unit to install them on all the VA buildings.  It made no sense to him why they would need super-high powered radios that can broadcast to the poles, even into other countries, with a military jamming capability. Talk about upgrading military communications!  These are so powerful they can blackout all TV & radio signals and usurp their signal and broadcast on their devices without their compliance if required.  So the analysts were thinking this had something to do with upgrading the Emergency Broadcasting System, but for what, because this was done a year or so before the election. Was the Trump Alliance already planning something based on Intel?  My phone displayed long EBS messages 2 days in a row in Dec. And just days ago it first buzzed for long time. Then 10 min later rang for long time. But nothing! My friend’s TV did an EBS test, but others got nothing.  Weird!

 

Why are the British intel guys getting the Intel dump exposing all to the world first?  A lot of intel analysts there are watching the fraud here very carefully.  Maybe Trump Alliance involves British?

 

Posting this not on 3/2/21, I’m wondering why the Trump Alliance and military didn’t execute the plan?  Did they see too much collateral damage?  What there a division?  Are they seeing a better long-term strategy because they have waited so long as it is?

 

 

 

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Prophetic Rhema – BT1

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Prophecy is receiving or speaking Spirit-kind-of knowledge

 

 

Essentially the bible refers to 2 types of knowledge:  1) knowledge that is acquired by the work of man’s human, fleshly, “might and power” external resources and internal abilities, making it a human-kind-of knowledge, or 2) knowledge that is received by the grace-gift of God through revelation from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit, so it is a Spirit-kind-of knowledge.  This is exactly what the Zechariah 4:6 prophecy said about the completely different-in-kind New (a) Covenant Way that God was switching to:  “Absolutely not in fact or possibility (c) by might nor by power but instead by My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts (b).”  That is the strongest absolute negative possible – it’s like God bolding, CAPPING, and underlining it!  God is commanding His people to move away from human-kind-of knowledge of God and His will that the Jewish religion was all about to a Spirit-kind-of knowledge that the completely different-in-kind New Covenant was all about, because the old way was a disaster due to man’s sinful nature!  See the Knowledge page for greater depth! <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) or ‘ruler of all,” c) ou me.

 

Human-kind-of gnosis info-knowledge, sunesis connect-the-dots understanding, and correctly applying all this through sophia wisdom requires an enormous amount of “might and power,” which will favor the “wise and learned” over the “little children” and the other uneducated “least among you.”  Human gnosis info-knowledge is acquired through the work/doing (b) of reading, study, and keen observation, and then this data is rationally and logically understood by inductively sunesis connecting-the-dots to create understanding, and then human sophia wisdom is needed to figure out how to use this knowledge.  Thus it is a merit-based, conditional, work-kind-of knowledge perfectly suited for the Law of works obedience!  But it’s a “house of cards” and many terrible things have been created by man as a result of their human errors, even terribly destructive “teachings of men and demons” (a).  <Notes> a) Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7-8; 1 John 4:6; Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 4:1, b) ergon.

 

However, God shows no partiality (a) and so neither should we (b)!  Not only are the people on top of the human IQ hierarchy favored by their biblical knowledge but there is every kind of translation and transmission error possible over thousands of years of copying – see Bible Info.  Our great God had no intention of continuing this utter disaster into the completely different-in-kind New Covenant! <Notes> a) Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6, b) Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; 1 Timothy 5:21; James 2:1, 9.

 

On the other hand, the Spirit’s gnosis info-knowledge, the Spirit’s sunesis connect-the-dots understanding, and correctly applying all this through the Spirit’s sophia wisdom requires absolutely NO “might and power” of man because it is ALL received by trusting-relying-faith by the means of the Spirit via direct revelation from the Spirit!  Thus it is an unmerited-based, unconditional, gift-kind-of knowledge, which is the essence of the Spirit’s grace-gifts.  Human-kind-of knowledge does NOT require any relational koinonia fellowship with God, but Spirit-kind-of knowledge absolutely does!

 

Now prophetic knowledge is a Spirit-kind-of gnosis info-knowledge, even a “treasury of the sophia wisdom and gnosis knowledge” (a) and “Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and sunesis understanding” (b) of the Father’s mind that is then revealed through the Logos Message Communicator of God who is Christ, who thus speaks the Father’s mind with the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of the Father and puts these together into logos messages that then focus on message content for our understanding that Christ also speaks to us by the means of His Spirit, even through us to others as logos messages of gnosis knowledge and sophia wisdom (c).  <Notes> a) Colossians 2:3, b) Colossians 1:9, c) 1 Corinthians 12:8.

 

All of this is prophetic by definition because it is ALL revealed from God by the means of His Spirit.  It is not worked for or merited, but a grace-gift received by trusting-relying-faith.  I said “Christ puts His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words together into logos messages” for us to sunesis understand, because we don’t have to work to ‘connect-the-dots’ to get this understanding through rational, logical, inductive reasoning, which are sequitur connections between data points.  I can’t tell you the number of times that the Lord “connected” completely non-sequitur data points of information, completely irrationally and illogically so that my understanding had absolutely nothing to do with inductive reasoning.  By this method, He has given me great sunesis understanding of many things in this BLOG website, even about drumming – see Spirit-Practice-Drums.

 

Prophetic knowledge of God’s gnosis information, sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding, and sophia wisdom by Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words put into spoken logos messages is revealed to us through 3 channels or conduits – this is the preposition dia often used throughout the NT – see Bible InfoSpirit-power is the “realizing channel, conduit, interface, or way” in which Christ speaks to us His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words into prophetic logos messages.  This is how we receive it:  1) akouo hearing/listening to understand/know, 2) eido mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive or understand/know through visions and dreams, and 3) feeling to understand/know, specifically to ginosko progressively, experientially, relationally understand/know, and when the writers want to emphasis that this is genuine “the-real-thing” knowledge, then they will use epiginosko (verb) or epignosis (noun) – see the Knowledge page.

 

When we prophesy to others (a), we are also revealing prophetic knowledge that was directly-spoken to/heard/seen by us and thus revealed to our minds through the 3 channels or conduits above of hearing, seeing, and feeling.  Hopefully, we can also simply convey this “as is” to others so that they can hear, see, and feel the prophetic revelation of God themselves. <Notes> a) Acts 2:17-18, 19:6; 1 Corinthians 13:9, 14:1, 5-6, 24, 31, 39; Revelation 10:11, 11:3, 6.

 

 

 

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