Sound The Alarm
July 31, 2010
Sound The Alarm
I heard this phrase in my spirit this week. I wondered what it meant practically, and found its origins in Joel. It’s not about bars over the widows, buying guns and storing food. As I read Chapters 1 and 2 it sounded like an enemy invasion. Many commentators describe it as judgment from an angry God. What’s the real truth?
Whenever we stray too far from the Lord as individuals or a nation, we reap some natural consequences that can be very negative. The best way to think about them is “self-inflicted.” The enemy can certainly magnify the deception, the consequences, the fear and the calamity. We have the power at any time to reverse the process and get back under the blessing of God. We are in an hour of recession, political turmoil, unsustainable debt, and a growing and dangerous ideological bureaucracy that is willing to compromise personal liberty for an agenda not supported by the majority.
Reaction – There is a poverty mindset that succumbs to fear of enemy intimidation, which attributes everything bad to the purposes of God. For example, if I believe in a soon-coming rapture, I expect the world to be overtaken by evil (God’s judgment) as I make my escape to heaven. Spiritual people can pick up on the plans of the enemy (discernment is a good thing). When we start to “prophesy” the will of the devil as though it’s God’s plan, that’s not so good. Most of us have seen a false anointing for the doom and gloom of conspiracy theories. I was just at a conference 2 years ago where one of the session speakers unveiled a secret plan that proved the dollar would not exist in 6 months. He was sincere and “sincerely” wrong. However, there was a deceptive anointing in the room that no one refuted. He correctly prophesied the will of the enemy, but misrepresented God in the process.
The great conspiracy – Although the dark side really does have a conspiracy planned, and it’s not too hard to see what it is, there is a greater conspiracy that the Holy Spirit is executing through Kings. Many of us believe the enemy is coming in like a flood and have that emphasis in our spirit. Listen to the way the KJV translated. “The enemy has the initiative.”
Contrast that mistranslation with what the original really says: “We have the initiative!” The earth is about to be invaded by the goodness of God. We are the flood!!!
The Alarm – Similarly, in Joel 2 the alarm is sounded and we assume it’s a fire alarm for enemy activity and our signal to run for the hills! Take the time to read chapters 1 and 2.
Verses 3-10 describe a great conquering army that instills fear throughout the land… but listen to who’s leading the army? It’s Jesus!!! “We” are the forces beyond number. We are those that are “mighty.”
We win – To hear the alarm that is sounding, we have to adjust our theological expectations to winning instead of holding on until the end. We are not servants and serfs subject to the whims of the devil or circumstances or the politics of the day. We are Kings called to play a role in shaping the future so that one day the whole earth is filled with his glory. We really do win… in every mountain.
Contrast the Plans – with that much introduction, let’s see if we can contrast the enemy’s plan with God’s plan in this hour.
2. Freedom – The enemy would like to kill creativity in the arts, freedom in the press, entrepreneurialism in business, and replace parent-led education with government indoctrination.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Cor 3:17 NIV
3. Attitude – The enemy would like to leave an atmosphere of hopelessness, depression, and apathy. He wants to steal every opportunity for freedom from the “serfs.”
4. Kings – In politics, the enemy’s tactic is “sliming” Kings that are entering the political realm. Christians running for office are exposed to media assaults and lawsuits designed to discourage them from their destiny. The ACLU would like to strip away every vestige of Christianity by rewriting history, reshaping culture, and suing every possible expression of Jesus.
More than conquerors – we’re liberators: We are not trying to conquer the world to impose religion on others. Our goal is to subdue the earth; be good stewards and manage it. But for people, our goal is to free them into the desires of their hearts without “lording it over” them. The wheat and the tares will mature together until Jesus does return. Evil and wrong choices will not be eradicated as long as freedom exists. However, we can fill the earth with the glory of God in way that gives free people the opportunity to choose the grace of God and experience the love and abundance of the Father, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and forgiveness through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
We have great power and authority as Kings to release the captives so they can experience the desires of their own hearts. Some believe that people are depraved, so they try to control the “serfs” thereby abusing their power and authority. I’ve decided people are created in God’s image to be Kings and, when they freely choose their heart’s desire, they will stumble right into the will of God. I did! Our God is the King of Kings.
Some try to dismiss victorious eschatology as Christian imperialism. You can have a rapture and escape this mess or you can get involved and turn it around. I’m staying to change it! This alarm is a call to join His great assembly of Kings to “let thy Kingdom come on earth.” You’re invited. Can you hear the trumpet?
Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; Joel 2:15-16 NIV
Look who’s singing our song!
PS: I’m experimenting with a recorded version of this newsletter. Take a look and let me know what you think… criticism is OK.
John and Sue
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church.
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