God is not a Terrorist
While in Seoul, Korea, I, Bonnie, was given a vivid dream:
I was on my family’s ranch with several members of our natural and spiritual family. It was late spring and the desert scape all around was beginning to come to life from recent rains. At the edge of my hometown a ways distant there stood a huge, white water tower. A mild storm system gathered in the air beyond the town and a loose funnel cloud had begun to form out of the atmosphere. We watched with interest because that region of the country is mountainous and so tornadoes aren't able to configure and touch down.
Suddenly something else emerged. A furious cluster of six or seven very defined, earth-to-sky cyclones appeared and bore down on the town. They tore through the town with overstated fury, like a band of giants ripping up buildings and hurtling debris everywhere until they converged on the water tower. Still coming straight for me and those with me, they beat about the water tower as if to tear it out of the ground. I heard the metal groaning as the winds hit it. The storm was not powerful enough to knock the water tower over, though its support legs were twisted by the wind force, leaving the water supply slightly askew.
No one in our group was made afraid watching the scene. Then my brother said, "Those things (several well organized cyclones) are headed straight for us!" We all realized this was not just a natural storm system. The ferocity of the system materialized as a demonic personality bent on destroying us and everything in between us and our town. We assessed our situation and knew there was no place to take shelter. Our house was too far behind where we stood and, in any case, was aged and couldn't withstand this storm force.
I observed myself take one step forward, raising my hand toward the marching giants, in a normal speaking tone I said, "In Jesus' name." Instantly those organized funnels completely burst apart. They disseminated into a huge chaotic rolling wall of thick dust, still heading for where we stood together. As the storm got near the head of a furious serpent materialized out of the storm elements. The storm system was spiritually energized! The serpent flew toward us in a rage. Coming within a few feet of our company, it hit the atmosphere where we had spoken the name of Jesus. Instantly the entire rolling wall of fury just fell out of the sky, settling in a dusty layer over the landscape. The sky behind as far as one could see was blue and clear and peaceful.
We stepped forward in interest to look at the form of the serpent's head, now an outline of dust laying at our feet. Clearly the tornadoes had been demonically energized. The spiritual forces of destruction had taken opportunity in the natural atmospheric conditions to kill, steal and destroy. But at the name of Jesus it completely lost its empowering. The water tower stood over our town, ready to supply as repair for our city began.
I woke up from the dream to the voice of the Lord speaking.
“How did I deal with storms?” He asked.
Of course I knew: he stopped them in their tracks, saving the lives of all those with him. The scenes of Ezekiel and the recreation of the valley of dry bones came to mind as the Holy Spirit pressed my spirit with this, "My Church must be more discerning so as not to energize the path and plan of the destroyer with soulish proclamations and prophecies that are not borne of My breath. I have come to give life, not to destroy people."
As we drove to the Church that morning, my interpreter, a precious young lady named Joy, turned to me with tears in her eyes. "May I ask you about something," Joy said. "There are many prophecies about terrible destructions and judgment coming on Korea. I am so afraid for my family and myself in light of what prophets are saying. What do you think?"
I replied, "That spirit is not the Holy Spirit. God is not a terrorist."
God is releasing a fresh wind of the Spirit and calling on every believer to make a shift in our understanding that brings an adjustment in the tone and message we carry away from destruction and into harmony with God's breath. There is an account of Jesus' disciples presuming God's response to ungodly persons who were opposing Jesus personally. His followers were ready to call down destruction on those stupid people. Jesus told His disciples, "You don't know what spirit you are speaking out of. The Son of Man has come to save lives, not to destroy them" (see Lk. 9:55-56).
The spirit prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. Every prophecy is subject to scrutiny by local seasoned leaders. Unfortunately, the Internet allows the church at large to misuse and abuse prophesying. In addition to terrorizing the innocent and unlearned, words of warning and impending judgment also have an ability to energize the enemy and add fuel to the fire of destruction he plans against people everywhere. There is a certain naive arrogance that has seeped into the tenor of much of what is being received today as prophecy. Judgment will come when Christ appears. Until that day, our commission is the good news of salvation, deliverance, healing, repentance and forgiveness. Let's make that adjustment in our thinking and our message, especially prophecy.
If we continually view the world as under destruction and judgment from God in the light of storms that come, we tread on the cosmic reality of Christ's sacrificial "propitiation" (see 1 Jn. 2:2). The march of Messianic hope through the eternal promise of redemption bringing times of refreshing from the Presence of the Lord comes down to us throughout the old covenant. How much more should the message coming from us, the heirs of the better promises? We need a refresher course on the spirit of prophecy for a world that God looks at through the finished work of Calvary. If our prophecy promotes dread rather than the assurance of faith something is twisted. When our view and our decree is one presenting an angry God bent on destroying His world because of sin, we deny the reality and power of Calvary now!
We live in the age of spiritual amnesty offering for salvation for all who receive our Savior until the Day of the Lord when Jesus appears. At the same time we know Satan is out and about, using every opportunity of evil and misfortune to separate people from God. The King enthroned is the Lamb who was slain and who now withholds the destruction of judgment while He offers the good news of His plan for mankind. He is seated in Heaven and is present in the earth by His Spirit to do good, and heal all who are oppressed by the devil. The prophetic impetus of His Church must be one in the same with His Spirit.
Just like Joy, many innocents are being bound up in fear in response to the tone of much present prophesying. Judgment brings terror. It alienates those God would draw to Himself and immobilizes many who would otherwise be about our Father's business. While people are laboring under extreme situations and various terrors and hardship, Jesus is not standing over them wickedly pronouncing destruction because of their sins! Grace is not cheap but it is free because of His full payment on Calvary. The proof is His Spirit outpoured on all flesh. Joel declared the result would be recovery and restoration (Joel 2-4). The Holy Spirit is the Comforter and Helper. Nations are groping in darkness. Psalm 82 says the earth is off its courses and God seeks His inheritance. Far be it from us, ambassadors of heaven, to reinforce the determination of the devil with loose talk and unseasoned or unscrutinized prophecies. The gospel stands in contrast! God's inheritance is in the nations! And we are His recovery agents.
Joy is a type, even in her name. She is a child of this generation, many of them immobilized or alienated from the Holy Spirit because of rash words being viewed as prophetic. But we want to ask, "What spirit are we speaking from?" If the enemy of our souls, the enemies of Christ and His people, the enemies of life and good are vowing to destroy a people or a nation, shall we harmonize with that message? We think not. When I told Joy about the dream from the Lord, she was so relieved. Over the next few days, as we continued to encourage her and speak the plan of God for good into her and over her family and nation, she began to have hope that God had a future for her, delighting in His plan and faithfulness to lead and care for her.
Like the storm in my dream, we can easily see dire natural and spiritual dynamics on the horizon. Voices coming from every direction, from the media, from economic forecasters, from initiatives being made by people stumbling around in darkness, and by those who intend evil, forecasting destruction. But what is the word of the Lord? What are we energizing with our voices? Valleys are heaped with people languishing because of oppression all around. God is looking for instruments of His power to call life into those bones. Therein lies our faith, hope and love that must precede every prophecy. It is time for Christians to arise in the spirit of Christ and responsible prophetic utterance. Difficulties and storms, even natural ones, are our opportunity to deliver on the power and presence of God displaying His goodness and glory.
God showed His servant the valley of dried bones and asked, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel wisely replied, “What do you think Lord?” Ezekiel became God’s mouthpiece, laboring with God just like the work of creation when the Spirit of the Lord hovered over the chaos and God breathed into creation. Let there be light! in us; around us. Let our message and motive be shot through with the light of His glory in this hour. Ezekiel stood there, under the hand of the Lord, working with God, God working through Ezekiel to build, line upon line, breath after breath, until a living army stood on its feet before Him.
Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession (Ps. 2:8).
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Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, 5/24/2012