Gaining Ground and Influence
The Authority of Using our Weapons:
Spirit-filled intercessors who pray in tongues enter into the Spirit realm. Although we have boots on the ground, this is where we are “seated in the heavenly in Christ,” far above principalities and powers to attain glorious victories as we blast through and bind strongholds of demonic influence! (Ephesians 1:3, 1:21 & 2:6) Have you noticed the difference in the heavens after the Supreme Court stood for our Constitution last Friday? Things are open and the Kingdom of God has come for the great Revival of souls! Does one intercessor in their prayer closet have authority to change things? Absolutely! You are one with a multitude of elite soldiers that gather together in the unseen realm. “The Kingdom of God suffers violence but the violent take it by force!” That force is the Holy Spirit within you and me! Intercession joins us to other Believers for a Kingdom purpose, even though we can’t see others or touch them. You are never praying alone.
The Day of Visitation
In my study yesterday of 1 Peter Chapter 2, I felt like I struck gold when I read verses 11 and 12. “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.” What does this mean, “the day of visitation?”
Bible Hub: One commentator said: “Peter hopes that this close observation of the lives of Christian people would lead the Gentiles to glorify God; he was thinking, perhaps, of our Lord's words in the sermon on the mount: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Another comment about “the day of visitation” was, “They did not know the time when God was visiting the heathen with His converting grace.” Someone else commenting also on Matthew Chapter 24 said, “The day of visitation is when God brings things to a crisis—bringing both grace and vengeance.”
Isn’t that profound? We are seeing this take place right before our eyes!
Other translations say the day of visitation is a day of inspection; a day of reward and retribution; a time when He comes to judge; when He visits them; a Day of Judgment; a day of examination when He will judge the world.
When Jesus wept over Jerusalem He was seeing the future destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. He said, “…they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:44)
The Day When God Visits
Bible commentator Ellicott writes: “And this will not mean only the great last day, but on whatever occasion God brings matters to a crisis. The visitation is a visitation of the Christians and the heathen alike, and it brings both grace and vengeance, according as men choose to receive it. (See Luke 19:44, and Luke 1:78.)
The Day of Visitation 2022: Judgment!
When God brings things to a crisis—bringing both grace and vengeance!
The Lord reminded me of two passages of scripture that are important for us right now. The Parable of the Tares and Wheat speaks of angels separating God’s worldly children at the end of the age from people that are wicked and delight in lawlessness. (Matthew 13:36-43)
These days we can certainly see an increase of people that delight in doing evil. Quite a change from when we were young.
The second thing God reminded me is found in Numbers Chapter 16. It is the account of those who rose up in rebellion to remove Moses and Aaron from leading God’s nation. God told Moses to separate His people from those leading the insurrection. What was God’s punishment on this violent uprising against authority? God opened up the earth and Korah, his followers, and all their families went down alive into Hell! Two hundred and fifty other leaders that Moses had chosen were also in rebellion. They perished as a “fire came out from the Lord.” Here too we see a separation of people taking place.
The church of 2022 has been warned: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)
The closer Jesus’ return comes, the more important separation is. We wouldn’t want to be left behind. Keep your oil lamp full! (Matthew 25)