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Contrast

Re-post January 12, 2010

I awakened Sunday morning, June 21st, 2009 (Father’s Day) with an excitement in my spirit. As with mornings past, I heard a single word that let me know that Father wanted to speak to me. The word I repeatedly heard was “contrast.” Contrast by definition means ‘clear distinction; an evidential difference.’ As I contemplated this word, I more deeply yearned to hear what God was saying about it. I picked this up in my ‘prophetic’ ear and knew it had to do with me, but also felt relevance to the remnant body. Years of training by the Holy Spirit has caused me to know and understand different purposes in different things I hear the Father saying, and this ‘Word’ measured in me in a prophetic sense. Often these words are directional and informational to me, and often relate to a test I am enduring, which subsequently becomes my testimony. There can never be a testimony without there first being a test.

I subscribe heavily to the belief that the highest form of communication (among men) in the earth today is ‘spirit to spirit,’ not intellect to intellect; and the highest form of spirit to spirit is testimony. “They overcame him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…” Revelation 12:11. No man can lead you where he has not been, as leadership in the powerless church of today is generally made up of men of theology rather than men of ‘testimony.’ Another perversion, which exacerbates the powerless state, is that many attempt to occupy the position of ‘spiritual father’ when they have yet learned to become sons (Romans 8:14). One must hear by the Spirit in order to be led of the Spirit. Obvious exceptions to this general statement are increasing in number, but as of today they are the exception rather than the rule. When a true ‘spirit to spirit’ word of testimony is released under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, impartation takes place; and impartation is a revelation so deep and powerful that it has immediate anointed ability to change the life of the hearer. “Gold and silver have I none, but such as I have I give thee, stand up and walk.” The lame beggar had not been sitting around listening to Gloria Copeland teaching tapes on healing, but rather received a spirit to spirit impartation from Peter that enabled him to stand up and walk. Impartation in this sense is the ultimate ‘contrast,’ as one minute this cripple laid helpless, and the next he was standing walking.

This ‘Word’ relative to ‘contrast’ is testimony, not theology. As most know who subscribe to www.lighthouseprophecy.com, I am a businessman – a real estate developer by trade, yet not in a business sense, but rather ‘called’ to the marketplace. My industry has been hit hard in the economic times in which we now live. And though I have ventured through failure (twice), learning the vast separation between being lead by ‘ambition’ and being lead of the Holy Spirit, I sense that I am living in the times of my destiny. These past lessons were hard, and until I died to it all, I could never live in this arena. The other half of one of my favorite scriptures – Revelation 12:11“they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death,” offers the key to being ‘called’ to an area – until one has died to it, he cannot truly live in it!

As I meditated the word ‘contrast,’ I began to have a ‘day vision’ of sorts as God was showing me separation. I saw a great shaking; an upheaval of sorts as I saw something belonging to Him coming out of and becoming separate from those things that did not belong to Him. I saw things being contrasted from other things, and a clear distinction between the two. I saw the things of Him increase and grow. As I dug deeper in the spirit, I heard “I, even, I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am He. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” Isaiah 43:11-13. Our country is undergoing what many thought could never happen again, a complete financial meltdown that has destroyed icons in American business history – AIG, General Motors, Chrysler, Washington Mutual, and many more. God is with His people in this time of famine, and this will soon become more evident than ever.

On April 2nd 2001, the Lord spoke and said there was a time coming in which the ‘Kingdom’ would arise and the Babylonian World’s System would fall. Perhaps no other chapter in the Bible more accurately portrays the fall of the world’s system than does Chapter 47 of Isaiah. What was so amazing about the 2001 ‘Word’ was perhaps what I saw; as I saw Isaiah 43:11-13 come out of and destroy Isaiah 47. Obviously, seeing one chapter of the bible consuming another made no sense. I am no bible scholar, and I had no real remembrance of these scriptures until I actually opened my bible and read. Of importance, in May of 1988 I had heard a similar ‘Word’ relative to seeing the Kingdom arise, and the world’s system fall. Since August of 2001, when we launched www.lighthouseprophecy.com, I have written much about the dichotomy of the two systems that compete for our affection daily – the World’s System and the Kingdom of God. I have felt since 1988 that my destiny, in great part, was tied to the rise of the Kingdom and the fall of the World’s System; and always I felt my involvement to be in the marketplace – specifically real estate.

The World’s System is alive and well in many aspects of our lives, but no place is it more evident than the marketplace. The Babylonian World’s System is satan’s bride, just as the true Church is the Lord’s bride, and for purposes of laying a foundation a brief description of the World’s System is necessary. This system is characterized by man’s complete and utter dependency upon man including themselves, institutions, systems, banks, etc., It is pride, arrogance, greed, territorialism, manipulation, control all stemming from the soul (intellect) of man. This system is served by men who are full of themselves. The Kingdom, on the other hand, is man’s complete and utter dependence upon God, not moving by anything except a proceeding word from the Holy Ghost, and is only possible with those who have come to the end of themselves.

As we all know, a true shaking is taking place in this world in all financial markets, as chaos, upheaval, wars and rumors of wars, besiege the world and men look to other men for solutions. There is however, another breed arising; those who like Jacob cling to the Father, who know that of their own selves they can do nothing (John 5:30). Years of shaking has caused the ‘clinging’ to be with a sure hand – men, of great resolve who say, “I will not let you go less you bless me.” For a while the shaking seemed to affect them too, but as time continued something different began to happen to these men: they began to emerge from the others. They began to rise to the top, and the evidence of their light was greater than ever because of the vast darkness around them. These emerging men in the marketplace will be the first great sign of separation, as God begins separating the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff, and reveals great contrast between what is His and what is not. While the marketplace is certainly not the only place this will happen among God’s people, I prophetically believe, to a large extent, it will be the ‘starting place.’ Like Joseph, these men will carry an anointing during times of great difficulty, and will make a difference in the lives of those God called them to. They will play dual roles in leadership, both visionary and provisionary, and by their example of ‘Kingdom’ practice they will shear the world’s system right out from under itself. The concept of hearing God first in business will not be a foreign subject, nor will the placement of large sums of money into non-profit ventures. They will know that God and God alone performed this. (Isaiah 41:20)

As I saw the contrast God was speaking of, and to which I am currently experiencing in my business, I asked for scripture that would confirm this word. Famine and disaster are all around me, but God said “In famine He would ransom me from death.” He told me to laugh at destruction and famine, for you have a covenant. Know your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing. In times of disaster you will not wither; in days of famine you will enjoy plenty.” (Job 5:20-26/Psalm 37:19). Famine has been all around me, as many large regional real estate developers have closed or now in some state of failure, yet I am still standing. God desires us to remain in the light, even when darkness surrounds us – “Then the Lord said to Moses, stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt – DARKNESS THAT CAN BE FELT (The darkness covering our country today can be felt). So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one else could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. YET ALL THE ISRAELITES HAD LIGHT IN THE PLACES WHERE THEY LIVED.” (Exodus 10:21-23) God makes a clear distinction between His people and others. We are entitled (covenanted) to have rights to a better way of life – “But on that day I will deal differently with the Land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. I WILL MAKE A DISTINCTION (CONTRAST) BETWEEN MY PEOPLE AND YOUR PEOPLE.” (Exodus 8:22, 23) No greater time of distinction between God’s people and those of the world, than in times of great famine and difficulty.

God’s covenant with us is to make a clear distinction (contrast) between our businesses and lives, and the world’s during times of famine – I still standing while large real estate developers, banks, financial institutions, and insurance companies have failed. Since this writing is more geared to businessmen, I asked for clear scriptural evidence of God’s hand on those of us in the marketplace. “But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, SO NO ANIMALS BELONGING TO ISRAELITES WILL DIE.” (Exodus 9:4) It is important to note that animals are animals, but “those belonging to Israelites” don’t die! Our livestock today is our stock and trade (business), and just as in famine’s past, so too is the same protection and favor upon us during times of crisis. As Christians, we have protection and provision during times of famine. Our homes and property are protected by God. The ONLY place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.

This final point is perhaps the strongest, especially for those suffering right now. Our companies have just gone through the period of ‘no straw for our bricks;’ a time in which our daily labor was made twice as difficult, but we are not ignorant of satan’s devices used to gain advantage over humans. One of those devices is to heap untold difficulties and discouragements upon us in the final hour in a final effort to cause us to give up. We have all heard the hour of greatest darkness is just before dawn. Just before our great exodus from extreme bondage to extreme freedom, satan will “Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to the lies” (Exodus 5:9). In reading the 5th Chapter of Exodus you will note that Pharaoh demanded the harsh taskmasters who enslaved the Israelites to make bricks daily, to make the task even more difficult. With all the commotion about leaving Egypt, Pharaoh’s reasoning was that if they were made to work even harder, and discouraged even more, they would “pay no attention to the lies” What lie? YOU ARE ABOUT TO BE FREE! In our companies, we have faced resounding discouragement as the enemy removed the straw in our brick making process, but we are not ignorant – WE ARE ABOUT TO BE FREE BY GOD’S OWN HAND!

 

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