We are at the literal End of the Age of Grace… and on the verge of the inauguration of the Kingdom from Heaven coming to earth, under the rulership of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ- though not yet on the near horizon. The many prophecies concerning the return of our LORD are beginning to manifest and accelerate as the world system under the sway of the fallen one shows all the signs of coming apart at the seams. Psalm 83 reveals an imminent Mid-East conflict that will clearly carry out GOD’s Judgment of Islam, and result in Israel expanding her borders in line with the promises given by YHVH to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (who became Israel). The nuclear WWIII of Ezekiel 38 &39 will follow sometime after that, and yet the world will persist in its rebellion against the Master of the universe, the Almighty GOD YHVH of the Holy Bible. The darkness will get ever darker while the sons and daughters of the Kingdom will manifest His Presence in the Preparation of the Bride of Christ, for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Revelation 19:7-9… “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the Marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: Blessed are those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!… These are the true sayings of GOD.”
When we see the deception of darkness- when the Antichrist rises- in ‘confirming’ a Peace Accord with Israel for 7 years (the covenant of death), all who have discernment will recognize the prophecy in the book of Daniel being fulfilled:
Daniel 9:27… Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week [of years=7 years]; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.
The LORD Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 24:15, while Paul goes into specific detail in:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5; 8… Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter… Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called GOD or that is worshiped, so that he sits as GOD in the temple of GOD, showing himself that he is GOD.
v8- And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the LORD will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His Coming.
With this post I begin an extended series that will last this entire calendar year 2013. It will focus intently on the work of Wolfgang Simson and his profound understanding of what is needed in this now Age of the Spirit– in the metamorphosis and preparation of the Bride. I will encourage you now and with every essay to acquire for yourselves his books: The Starfish Vision and The Starfish Manifesto… both available via the link in the titles.
In this first post though, I must share with you all an essay from one of my favorite men of GOD, Elder Ron McGatlin– originally listed at his ministry website: OpenHeaven.com. It fits perfectly into this series since it was through this ministry that I first learned about and came to love Wolfgang Simson, who has challenged my view of the End of the Age like no other! So here it is in its entirety:
The Great Spiritual Showdown of the Ages
By Ron McGatlin
It is impossible to make reasonable sense of current world events without considering the great spiritual showdown of the ages taking place worldwide. The ongoing war of the ages between two kingdoms for the rule of the world is coming to a showdown.
The kingdom of God has begun to arise in recent times. The revelation of the real gospel of the kingdom of God coming forth on earth as it is in heaven has begun to be widely proclaimed for the first time since Christ Jesus and His disciples introduced it to the world two millennia ago.
The false kingdom of darkness that has dominated the world since the fall of Adam is now being greatly threatened. The victory won in Christ Jesus is now coming alive in many people, especially young people who are beginning to spiritually sense the potential of the kingdom of light within them changing the world.
This spiritual war is first a battle for the minds and hearts of people. That which rules in the minds and hearts of mankind rules the world. If the light and life of Christ fills the minds and hearts of the people, the kingdom of God will rule the world. If the darkness and life of antichrist fills the minds and hearts of the people, the kingdom of darkness will rule the world.
The love, power, and wisdom of God is imparted and established into the world through redeemed mankind in whom Christ fully dwells by the Holy Spirit. This awesome leadership of supernatural heavenly strength coming forth in the world means the end of the false rule of the evil darkness that has burdened the entire world for millennia. Christ is coming forth in His people to save and rule in the world as the kingdom of God. This is the enemy’s worst nightmare.
In this day the ruling kingdom of darkness is waging an all-out offensive to stop the advance of the light and life of Christ Jesus and destroy the kingdom of God from the earth.
With great cunning and deception, the enemy has enslaved millions into a vicious army of enraged people bent on the removal of Christ by the elimination of all of God’s people form Planet Earth. Education and entertainment media are primary tools among many others used to capture and mold the minds and hearts of the people. They are not out to destroy just the religious lukewarm Christians. Their primary target is to convert or kill any and all who carry the life of Christ Jesus and the light of the kingdom of God.
The spirit of antichrist now occupies high places of religious and political leadership in the nations of the world giving the offensive against God’s people the very effective power of the deceived masses to rise up in direct conflict of all that is of truth and righteousness.
The situation now is much the same as it was in Elijah’s day as recorded in 1 Kings 18.
Evil had been enthroned in the political leadership of the nation. The prophets of God had been slaughtered by Jezebel, and the nation was in famine because God had withheld rain for three years. Ahab, the king, had become involved in worship of foreign false gods and brought in the evil Jezebel as his queen. Jezebel became a strong force in the nation, and Ahab became weak and tolerant of the evil Baal worship and ungodliness in the land. It was not a good time to be a follower of God in Israel.
It was time for a showdown between God with His prophet Elijah and 450 prophets of Baal. God spoke to Elijah to call for the showdown. You probably know the story how the 450 prophets of Baal set up a sacrifice and cried out for their god to send the fire to ignite the wood for the burnt offering. Nothing happened even after the prophets cried out all day and cut themselves till they bled, seeking to get an answer from their god, to no avail.
Elijah then rebuilt the altar of God with twelve stones – one for each tribe of Israel, dug a trench around it, and stacked the wood upon it. The bullock was cut into pieces and laid upon the wood. Then he called for water to be poured over the whole thing three times. Then he called upon the LORD.
1 Kings 36-39: And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.
Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
The Great Showdown of the Ages
World history is shaping itself for what may be the final great showdown, between the light of God and the darkness of evil, to turn the hearts of the people of the world to the Lord God Almighty.
We are now in the phase of the enemy gaining great strength and systematically killing the people of God who will not yield to the powerful deception of evil training and mental conditioning from cunning deception through secular education and media. The deceived masses, if not participating directly in the destruction of God’s people, are at least tolerant of the vicious killing of the people and destruction of the things of God and Christ across the world.
A people of God after the spirit of Elijah will arise – even in the midst of the darknessof evil oppression – to challenge the masses of evil prophets of Baal now marauding across the land and in high positions of authority ruling over the masses. In impossible circumstances of great oppression by the powerful spirit of antichrist leading the nations to worship Baal, a prophetic people of the true God will arise to demonstrate the awesome power of God establishing Christ Jesus as LORD and King of this world and all creation.
From out of the darkness of wilderness is coming the Spirit of God in a people prepared to stand in the power and presence of God to release the absolute authority of God of heaven upon Planet Earth.This awesome work of God is now preparing a people after the spirit of Elijah – a mass of people of Christ who regard not their own lives but present to the world the life of Christ Jesus by the Spirit of God from heaven.
In the deep darkness the light of God is brighter, and the great contrast of godliness and evil will once and for all bring the great showdown that will turn many of the people of the world to the kingdom of God and to Christ, the rightful King Who will reign forever. Everything that exalts itself against God will be consumed in the fire of God demonstrating once and forever the LORD is GOD of all.
The greatest move of God of all history is before us now. Be prepared to experience the fire of God beyond imagination and understanding. Only believe, and all things are possible to the people of God who believe. Faith grows in the presence of God in the time of desperate darkness and need.
Rejoice in the desperate times of utter evil and foolishness in high places bringing the madness of the enemy upon the land. Know that the enemy is rushing to his own end. The greater the darkness, the greater the light will come forth to bring forth the real kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
We are the people upon whom this time has come. There is no reason to hold back and no reason to procrastinate or look for some future event. Biblical history is being made, and you are there. This is your day of the Lord. Awaken and look unto the hills of heaven for the Lord is near, and even in His holy temple His purified body on earth. Arise and shine for your light has come.
Keep on pursuing love. It never fails,
and His kingdom never ends.
For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book and the Table of Contents on the Amazon website linked here via Book Title: “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”
“Days Of Elijah”- Twila Paris
“He’s Alive!” -Don Franscisco
“That’s My King” Dr. S.M. Lockridge