Saturday, September 19, 2015

Two Streams:One Prophetic River

                                             By Richard L Spangler

Recently, I have had many people asking me the same question, “Which prophecies are correct?  Are the prophecies concerning a coming judgment and destruction true? Or are the prophecies of Great Awakening and blessings true?” I say both are true. Before you stop reading let me explain.

God has always moved in two prophetic streams. There is always been two choices for mankind to make, first is to follow God and choose life, the second is to follow our own way into God’s judgment and destruction. This is exemplified when God spoke to Israel in Deuteronomy 30:19 (AMP)“ I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live." The book of Judges is another example where God says to his people do what is right or face judgment. Every time Israel did evil in God’s sight their enemies were able to overcome them but when they repented and turn to God he would raise up a judge, a deliver, who would set them free and they would prosper. All of the Old Testament prophets had two streams in their prophetic words the first was repent of your sins, return to God he will forgive you and he will cause you to prosper, in other words life. The second stream was one of judgment if you keep going the way you’re going you’re going to be destroyed because of your sin, in other words, death. These warning prophecies were given to Israel and to the nations of the world.

  Today is the same, God is calling to us to choose life and not death. Their prophetic warnings of destruction and God’s judgment on our nation and the nations of the world if we do not change our ways. There is also a prophetic statement of a Great Awakening and blessings coming to the nations if we repent and turn from our evil ways.
  Like Israel, our nation is at the fork in the Prophetic River of God, we can choose to repent and move into a time of great awakening, healing and prosperity or we can continue on the same path we’ve been on and watch our nation self-destruct. We will bring upon ourselves our own destruction and God’s judgment.

   But many ask, “How can the whole nation turn?” The answer is, “It doesn’t have too.” 2 chronicles 7:13-14 (AMP)13 If I shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence and plague among My people, 14 and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” The church, is God’s people, we need to repent and seek the face of God (craving God). There are some that say that the church is not willing to change it has been so corrupted by the world that there is no hope for the church to repent. There is always hope, God has always had a remnant. There were a small numbers people in the Old Testament that cried out to God in repentance for their nation. There were only 120 in the upper room, God heard their prayers, and began to turn the hearts of the people of the world back to himself. The Reformation started with just a few. The first and the Second Great Awakenings and the Azusa St Revival (the Pentecostal/charismatic movements) that have swept the nation and world started with a few people praying .So it is today, there has been a small number of people in the church crying out and repenting for the sins of the church and they have been seeking God’s face (craving God) and now their prayers are being answered. More and more of God’s people are awakening to the state of the church and of our nation and the world, they are beginning to cry out in repentance and they are seeking God’s face asking his forgiveness and God is moving.

But, just like a river, there is turbulence as the separation of streams occur. Two currents, each pulling in its direction. We have steering wheel of the ship and with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, we can turn the rudder, away from the stream of destruction and into the stream of the Great Awakening and Blessing.

  There is much to be done, it is not only a time to pray but to take action. Prayer is the most powerful action but we must stand up in the power, authority and love of God, that God has given us and begin to proclaim the word of God in every corner of this nation. It is time to come out of the prayer closets, everyone else has come out of their closets,  and to begin to proclaim the gospel with power and authority and with signs following in the streets in the stores in the halls of government regardless of what the world’s political correctness says. We can no longer afford to hide behind the four walls of the church buildings, or hide behind the world’s political correctness.

We do not need to be worried about offending anyone. I would rather offend to save, rather than see them destroyed and in hell. When we are told by many, to stop testifying to Gospel and to stop moving with the Holy Spirit, doing signs, wonders and miracles we need to respond as Peter and John did in Acts 4:19-20  (AMP)”19 But Peter and John replied to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must judge [for yourselves]; 20 for we, on our part, cannot stop telling [people] about what we have seen and heard.” 

We must arise with the leading of the Holy Spirit and take back the devil has stolen. Devil has stolen, our children, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our nations. It is time for the church to arise in power and authority and the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. We have the victory, for when we move, God himself will arise, moving with us, and He will release the armies of heaven to fight with us.

  So the choice is ours, to let our nation and the nations of the earth continue to go to hell in a hand basket or to rise up and proclaim the word of God in love and power and turned this nation and the nations of the earth back to God. We can have the Worldwide Great Awakening that has is promised.

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