Life Verse #9: “Eagerly desire spiritual gifts” [1 Corinthians 14:1].
When I first began a walk in the Spirit, I did not understand much about spiritual gifts, and I had seen a lot of weird. But I knew that God did not limit Himself on what He could do at any time, so I technically believed in all the spiritual gifts.
Then the Lord arrested me, “Read that verse again” (speaking of 1 Corinthians 14:1). So I began to desire (more or less) spiritual gifts.
A while later, the Lord seemed to be saying to me again, “Go back to that verse, Read it carefully: Eagerly desire! I did not tell you to tolerate them, nor to accept them casually, but to desire my gifts eagerly.
I am still working on this! And recommend it for you as well!
Several years ago a prophetic brother told us we were to be producing “weapons of mass instruction.”
The “Your People Shall Be My People” book is now translated into Farsi and Arabic!
The Farsi translation was released last year and can be read or downloaded from the Internet without cost. The translator came to us through an Iranian brother now living in the Ukraine.
Through this same Iranian brother’s contact, the request came from Arabic-speaking pastors for the book in their language. That translation has now been completed and is ready for publication.
In the revision of the book, we have included additional information about the revival among Muslim background believers in the Arabic speaking countries.
In both cases we have raised the funds for the translations and the publications. If the Lord stirs you to contribute to the distribution, please see below.
Pray that we will fulfill that prophecy we received several year back!
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Equipping God’s People with His Heart and Purpose for Israel and the Nations
What is a “blood moon” and why is it important?
And what is happening in these days that has caused this to be such a topic of conversation?
A “blood moon” occurs when there is a total lunar eclipse – the earth is positioned between the sun and the moon, the sun is hidden from view and the sun’s rays shine from behind the earth, giving the moon a red hue. A total lunar eclipse can only occur with a full moon. A total lunar eclipse can only occur with a full moon.
Why is the “blood moon” potentially important? Because Joel prophesied and Peter affirmed that “the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Joel 2:30-31 & Acts 2:20). And God said, Genesis 1:14, that He put the sun and moon in the sky “as signs to mark seasons and days and years” (1:14).
What is happening in our day that has caused such attention to be focused on this prediction? Later this year and next year there will be four blood moons, all of which will take place on significant biblical feast days.
On the 14th of Nisan this year (Passover, April 15) the first will occur, the second on the 15th of Tishri (Tabernacles, October 8). Next year will bring precisely the same occurrence. A blood moon will take place on Nisan 14 (Passover, April 4) and again on Tishri 15 (Tabernacles, September 28).
The last time four blood moons occurred on these feast days in two consecutive years was in 1967/1968 during the time of the Six Day War when Israel took possession of Jerusalem for the first time in many centuries.
The prior occurrence of four blood moons in consecutive years on these two feast days was in 1948/49 during the time of Israel’s War of Independence. Before that time, we have to go back in history to 1493, the season of the Inquisition when the King and Queen of Spain were confiscating Jewish wealth, exiling or murdering Jewish people.
Another significant thing about this season is that in the midst of these four total lunar eclipses are two solar eclipses to take place on the first day of the biblical calendar, Nisan 1 (March 20, 2015) and the first day of the civic calendar, Tishri 1 (September 13, 2015).
- Nisan 14, April 15, 2014 – Passover – “blood moon” lunar eclipse
- Tishri 15, October 8, 2014 – Tabernacles – “blood moon” lunar eclipse
- Nisan 1 – March 20, 2015 – beginning of the year – solar eclipse
- Nisan 14, April 4, 2015 – Passover – “blood moon” lunar eclipse
- Tishri 1 – September 13, 2015 – Feast of Trumpets – solar eclipse
- Tishri 15 – September 28, 2015 – Tabernacles – “blood moon” lunar eclipse
What does all this mean?
Is this God’s proclamation that something extraordinary is going to occur during or just prior to the multiplicity of eclipses?
It would seem so, since that is what has happened in the past. Does this mean war in Israel and the Middle East? Will the outcome be good, as in the 1948 and 1967 conflicts? Or is greater hardship indicated as in 1493? We cannot know. Some suggest this could mean the rapture of the church prior to the great tribulation, but I find no biblical proof that we escape tribulation, and it seems the rise of the anti-Messiah will precede His return. Escape wrath? Yes, but not tribulation. We are continually warned to prepare for hard times, while at the same time assured that we will never experience God’s wrath. (See, for example, John 16:33 and Romans 5:9)
So what are we to do?
Keep walking strong and pray for victory for all of God’s people, and for millions to come into the kingdom. Surrender to Jesus! Listen to and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit! Worship! Share the good news! Be prepared to stand strong whatever may come. We have the assurance that in the end all will be well.
“Equipping God’s people with His heart and purpose
for Israel and the nations.”