The believers during the Revival
First posted: July 31, 2004
This article deals with some of the characteristics that will be prevalent in believers throughout the Body of Christ during the latter-day revival that is about to come. After the conflict between the true prophetic spirit and the current pastoral matriarchy is over, the path will be paved for a new Church where believers in general will finally manifest the God-potential in them.
After describing the "prophet vs. pastors" confrontation in chapter 31 (described in a previous article), the prophet Isaiah, under the anointing of the Spirit, declares the following:
"Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment" (Isaiah 32:1)
As we saw in our previous article, this verse speaks of a Church united under One King, King Jesus, but it also reveals that the latter-day Church will be ruled by righteousness (i.e.- "justice") and judgment. The latter-day Church will not be a Church focused on left-handed grace and blessings, but rather on right-handed truth and judgment.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)
Notice that Isaiah 32:1 speaks of a king reigning in justice, which corresponds with "the kingdom of God, and His righteousness" in Matthew 6:33. Notice also that Isaiah 32:1 speaks of "princes" ruling in judgment. Who are these "princes"? To answer this, we have to go to the following passage:
"24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. 32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank." (Genesis 32:24-32)
In the passage above, Jacob was a very wealthy man who understood that he needed God's blessing (v26). Notice that Jacob did not consider his natural wealth as "the blessing". Otherwise, he would not have asked for it. He was willing to wrestle with God and see Him face to face, exposing himself to death, since no man can see the face of God and live (Exodus 33:20). Before finally "blessing" Jacob, God touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh, and "dislocated" him, causing Jacob to come out of this struggle limping. That fateful night, Jacob faced the Glory of God's Face (2 Corinthians 4:6) and died, in a spiritual sense, because he died to his reliance on human ingenuity and strength. By touching the hollow of his thigh, God struck down the power of the largest muscle mass in the human body, the thigh, and exposed him as weak and dependent on God. By exposing himself to God's Glory and Judgments and dying, Jacob was renamed "Israel" and declared "a prince" by God (v28). These are the princes that Isaiah 32:1 refers to. They are the believers who wrestle with God and are willing to expose themselves to God's Glory and Judgments and die in order to resurrect to a new spiritual nature. The princes in the latter-day Church are the believers who do not shun away from God's Judgments, but who seek them so that God may mold them into His likeness. These believers will be given authority to "rule in judgment", as Isaiah 32:1 declares. The latter-day Church, therefore, will be full of believers, of spiritual "princes", who will be unleashing word of judgment through their prayers and through their very lives and will establish God's righteousness inside and outside the Church. These judgments will not be established through legalistic church regulations. These judgments are spiritual and will be unleashed by those who have a zeal for God's justice and judgments and who long for the fulfillment of the following prophetic word:
"1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. 2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. 3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. 5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth." (Psalm 105:1-7)
Notice that the passage above rejoices over God's judgments filling the Earth, not over God's material blessings filling bank accounts. Notice also that it calls us to seek His face (v4), even though God Himself has declared that those who see His face will die (Exodus 33:20). God is more interested in believers who are willing to die to self and know His face than in believers who are only interested in knowing what they can get from His hands. Those who long to have a face-to-face encounter with His Holy and righteous nature will be the "princes" who will rule in judgment in the final days. Notice also that Isaiah 32:1 does not say that they will "rule in gooey, feel-good tenderness".
After Isaiah 32:1, the Spirit of God declares the following:
"And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." (Isaiah 32:2)
When it says "a man", the passage above is declaring that every committed believer in the latter-day Church will have these 4 qualities (the phrase "a man" here is similar to the phrase "to a man" that is used in English to indicate that every member of a group shares certain qualities). The word for "man" in the original Hebrew text of Isaiah 32:2 is iysh, which refers specifically to "males". Obviously, this does not mean that literal women are being excluded from this passage. Instead, it is referring to believers who walk in the spirit as opposed to the soul. As we have shared many times in previous articles, the Bible gives a male connotation to the spirit and a female connotation to the soul. As we also shared in a previous article, the apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic ministries are "male" ministries that feed the spirit, while the pastoral and teaching ministries are "female" ministries that nurture the soul. After the pastoral matriarchy of the Church is broken, the Body of Christ will be exposed to a strong impartation of the apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic anointing, producing a Body full of believers (male and female) who will manifest the qualities of an iysh, i.e.- a male in the spirit.
When preachers speak of the restoration of the "apostolic ministry" in the latter days, most seem to think that it means that the Church will be full of ministers who will be allowed to paint the word "Apostle" on their office doors. I know of many full-time ministers who call themselves (and are called) "apostles", but who act more like pastors and teachers. The restoration of the apostolic anointing does not mean that "Pastor James" or "Pastor Tom" will finally be recognized as "apostles". Instead, it refers to a spiritual impartation over the Church that will cause believers in general to act like apostles who move in the Wisdom and Judgment of God. A truly apostolic congregation is not a congregation with a minister that is recognized as an "apostle"; rather, it is a congregation where every member walks, talks, and acts like an apostle. A truly prophetic congregation is one where every member walks, talks, and acts like a prophet. A truly evangelistic congregation is one where every member walks, talks, and acts like a true evangelist. Why? Because the shadow of God's anointing begets:
"And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
If you are exposed to a true apostolic anointing, you will eventually "conceive" an apostle inside of you, and you will start walking, talking, and acting like an apostle. If you are exposed to a true prophetic anointing, you will eventually "conceive" a prophet inside of you, and you will start walking, talking, and acting like a prophet. God's purpose for placing apostles and prophets in the Body of Christ is not so that they may be revered by other believers for being "apostles" or "prophets"; rather, it is so that they may impart their "apostleness" or "prophetness" on the believers around them. In other words, apostles and prophets are given so that other believers may be like them, not below them.
After the pastoral matriarchy is toppled, the latter-day Church will be full of apostles, prophets, and evangelists who will impart their male-ministry anointing on all believers, producing a Church where believers in general (men and women) will manifest male "spirit" qualities, instead of the "soulish" traits that most believers currently manifest.
Let us return to Isaiah 32:2:
"And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." (Isaiah 32:2)
From this passage, we can infer that believers in general will be
In order to understand this list, we first have to understand the "structure" under which the evil spirits operate. Based on our series of articles on the 7 types of evil spirits, we can infer the following "table of characteristics":
We now give a brief explanation for each column:
The motivation for the placement shown above is the following:
Based on this triangle, we can now see how Isaiah 32:1-2 describes the destruction of the hierarchy of evil spirits that rule over the Church and the world in general. In Isaiah 32:1, the Lord speaks of a king reigning in righteousness, which speaks of the toppling of the Amorite kings (literal and spiritual) so that the kingdom of God may be established. This means the elimination of the top node in the triangle above and the establishment of the "fortress of Zion", where Almighty God will be the King. In Isaiah 32:2, the Lord then describes how believers in the Church will act to repel the other 4 spirits on the outer edge of the triangle in order to protect the fortress of Zion from enemy attacks. As we said at the beginning of this section, Isaiah 32:2 declares that believers in general will be
The 4 enemies (shown above in red) refer to the 4 nodes on the outer edge of the triangle after the Amorite node has been replaced, i.e.- the Girgashites, the Jebusites, the Hittites, and the Canaanites.
[Each ministry has a natural tendency to degenerate into one of the evil spirits; when we replace the evil spirits in the "triangle of evil" with their ministerial "origin", we get this triangle]
Notice that the 5 evil spirits listed above correspond with the 5 evil spirits on the outer edge of the triangle, meaning that believers in the Body of Christ have, for centuries, been trapped as villagers inside the triangle of evil by ministers who have allowed themselves to be moved by spirits contrary to God's will. Through the prophet vs. pastors conflict described in Isaiah chapter 31, the Lord will liberate His prophetic people from the triangle that has imprisoned them for centuries, and He will raise up a spiritual nation of mighty believers who will keep these evil spirits from reentering the "fortress of Zion".
In the following sections, we will see what evil spirit corresponds with each of the 4 enemies listed in Isaiah 32:2.
To understand what "the wind" in Isaiah 32:2 is referring to, we have to go to what the Lord said in John chapter 3:
"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit" (John 3:8)
From this, we can discern that those who live in the Spirit are like sailboats that have their sails extended, allowing the wind of the Holy Spirit to take them wherever He may call them to go. As the Lord says in the passage above, the wind is physically invisible, so it refers to being led by a Person who cannot be perceived with the natural mind. Those who base their daily life decisions on what their logical mind can discern will never learn to be led of the Spirit, because God requires us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). This means that God will many times call us to do things that make no sense whatsoever to the natural mind. Obviously, this does not mean that we have to ignore our minds completely. It was God, not satan, who created the mind, so the mind does have a powerful purpose in God. We are to use our natural minds, but we are also to have our sails up and extended at all times, in a constant state of alertness to the leading of the Holy Spirit in case He calls us to do something that our natural mind does not yet understand. Our souls should be led by the Spirit, not by our natural minds, which must act asinstruments, not as the pilots of our lives.
As we have said in previous articles, the emotions play a strong part in a life led by the Holy Spirit. This is why believers tend to say, "I feel that God is calling me to do this or that". In a sense, the emotions act as the "sails" that perceive the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Our hearts act as the "pilots" of the boat that decide if the sails are to be up or down and what winds the boat will follow.
As we learned when we studied the Hittites, the spirits of deceit are Hittite spirits that affect the emotions of people and lead them in the wrong direction. This means that they can also act as "winds" on our sails. When we studied the Hittites, we also learned how they can make prophets prophesy things that are not of God, leading the people of God to do things that God did not call them to do (2 Chronicles chapter 18). Therefore, we can conclude that "the wind" of Isaiah 32:2 refers to Hittite spirits of false prophecy that deceive believers into doing things that are not God's will. The Holy Spirit is prophetic in His nature, and Hittite spirits make an effort to sound and feel like the Holy Spirit, but they can only deceive those whose hearts do not seek the will of God. This is why king Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles chapter 18 was not so easily convinced at first by the false prophecies he was hearing. He was eventually deceived because he allowed his emotional friendship with Ahab to take precedence over God's will for his life. It is important to note that Hittite spirits can lead people with a legitimate prophetic calling to say false prophecies. In other words, if a person gives a false prophecy, it does not automatically mean that the person is not a prophet. It only means that he or she allowed him or herself to get carried along by the wrong wind.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27)
When Isaiah 32:2 declares that believers in the latter days will act as a "hiding place" from the wind, it is implying that believers will have the ability to protect others from spirits of deceit and false prophecy. A "hiding place" speaks of a place of "aloneness" and secrecy, and refers to the intimacy that a prophet feels with God as he or she hears "secret things" from God. The Church will soon become a "prophetic people" where every believer will know that he or she is so special in the eyes of God that he or she is allowed to enter into God's intimacy and hear things directly from the mouth of God. This assurance that they have direct access to the voice of God will produce a people who will speak with strong prophetic authority and power.
To understand what "the tempest" in Isaiah 32:2 is referring to, we have to go to the word used in the original Hebrew text, zerem, which comes from another Hebrew word, zaram, meaning "to pour forth in floods". This means that the "tempest" in Isaiah 32:2 literally refers to a sudden outpouring of water. In Scripture, water is related to "life":
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." (John 4:10)
A person feels "alive" when he or she experiences a strong rush of emotions. This is why stoical, intellectual people who are reason-oriented and who do not exhibit emotions seem so dead or "lifeless". From all of this, we can infer that the evil "tempest" of Isaiah 32:2 refers to a sudden rush of evil passions, which points to the Canaanite spirits. As you may remember from our previous article on the Canaanites, these are the spirits responsible for addictions and sexual perversions. They are also responsible for things such as "peer pressure" and "fashion trends", which act as tempests that drive people to align their behavior to the convictions of others in order to please them. There are many believers who have lost God's calling for their lives due to a desire not to step out of the "party line", i.e.- the carnal mentality of the fellow members in their congregation. In the latter days, however, most believers in the Church will be a covering from these Canaanite tempests instead of being the tempest itself. The believer during the latter-day revival will be a believer moved by spiritual conviction, not by "soulish" conformity. The latter-day believers will be driven to do what is right, no matter the consequences, and no matter who opposes them, even if those opposing them are pastors or other men in "religious" eminence.
"9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Mark 13:9-13)
To understand what "the dry land" in Isaiah 32:2 is referring to, we have to go to Acts chapter 8:
"26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea." (Acts 8:26-40)
The eunuch was returning from Jerusalem, the "world center of Biblical knowledge" of his days. While at Jerusalem, however, he did not find a single Pharisee or Sadducee who could explain to him the meaning of the passage he was reading from Isaiah chapter 53. This is because Jerusalem was filled with Jebusite apostles who had reduced the Scriptures to legalistic rules and regulations:
"13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid." (Isaiah 29:13-14)
"6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." (Mark 7:6-9)
Jebusites, therefore, stifle the rivers of true apostolic revelation, replacing them with long lists of rules and regulations based on human reasoning, thereby producing spiritual deserts, dry lands where the Scripture becomes veiled to believers.
In His deep love for this eunuch who was sincerely seeking Him, God sent Philip to the desert to literally "run him down" and explain the Word to him. From what can be discerned from this passage, Philip was an "evangelist/apostle" (we will expand on this in a future article, God willing), and He was sent by the Lord to bring a river of apostolic revelation to the dry and thirsty mind of the eunuch. Notice how verse 35 speaks of Philip "opening his mouth", which refers to water of revelation that began to flow out of the mouth of a river. As the apostolic river flowed, the once-dry lake of the eunuch's mind began to fill up, and this is why water suddenly appeared in the middle of the desert (verse 36). The Church will be filled with Philips in the latter days, Philips out of whom mighty rivers of apostolic revelation will flow to quench the thirst of believers who are longing for a deeper understanding and a deeper walk with God. The rivers of water that Isaiah 32:2 refers to will be common in the latter days. Hallelujah!!! Believers in general will have apostolic anointing flowing out of them that will water the dry lands of many!!!
To understand what "the weary land" in Isaiah 32:2 is referring to, we have to remember that Girgashites are workaholics who become obsessed with earthly things. Since "Girgashite" means "clay dwellers", Girgashites become subject to the curse that God placed on "the Earth" when man fell:
"17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:17-19)
Notice that this curse on the ground or "earth" is a curse of weariness and troubles. This means that wherever Girgashites are predominant, people (and even the literal land) become as "weary land", people worn down by the curse of weariness and troubles that God has declared on those who are "clay dwellers", i.e.- those who forsake their spiritual nature and prefer to dwell in their earthliness.
Notice also that the passage above speaks of the "oppression of the sun" over people's lives when it speaks of the "sweat of thy face" in verse 19. When spoken of in a negative sense (as is the case in the book of Ecclesiastes), the sun in Scriptures represents the oppression brought by Amorite sun-kings over the lives of "clay dwellers"; it also represents the oppression of the natural laws of this universe over creatures that were originally supposed to move in the supernatural, i.e.- you and me.
In Isaiah 32:2, the Lord declares that believers in the latter days will be as "the shadow of a great rock" protecting others from the scorching Girgashite sun shining over a weary land. The word translated as "great" in Isaiah 32:2 is the Hebrew word kabed, which literally means "heavy", and is almost identical to the Hebrew word kabod meaning, "Glory". The word "rock" in Isaiah 32:2 refers to the manifestation of "spiritual nature", as can be seen from the following passage:
"And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:4)
The word "Rock" in the verse above comes from the Greek word petra, from which the name "Peter" is derived:
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)
Notice what Peter, the one mentioned in the passage above by the Lord, said later:
"2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1:2-4)
Notice how, in the passage above, Peter speaks of our "glory calling", which corresponds with the word "heavy" in Isaiah 32:2. Notice also that Peter ("Petros" in the Greek) speaks of us partaking of God's divine nature. Putting all of this together, we can conclude that the "shadow of a great rock" in Isaiah 32:2 refers to believers who will manifest God's divine spiritual nature on Earth, acting as a shield of protection against the oppression of the natural laws on the lives of others. Those who are trapped under Girgashite oppression because they forsook their spiritual nature will be rescued by those who did accept the call to manifest that spiritual nature. The believer of the latter-day revival will be a believer who will consistently manifest God's supernatural essence on Earth.
In conclusion, we can say that God will raise up a mighty people in the latter days. During this final revival, believers will be liberated from the pastoral matriarchy and imbued with male-ministry anointing, i.e.- apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic anointing, that will enable them to act as
In Christ, these final-day believers will break the Amorite stronghold and the triangle of evil that has trapped the Church for centuries, and they will establish the fortress of Zion on Earth, a fortress of judgment and justice in which the Lord Jesus will be King and against which the enemy shall not prevail, despite the enemy's final attack.