A WORD TO THE EKKLESIA:  BALANCE THAT PRODUCES RIGHTEOUS JUSTICE

 

Pastor Jim Sanderbeck

July 12, 2021

I have been meditating on recent prophesies relative to the current hour and a personal prophesy of 7 months ago and how we, as the Ekklesia of this hour, are to prepare and conduct ourselves as the Lord manifests His Word of justice to and in the world.  On January 4th of this year during our network prayer meeting, the Lord spoke very clearly that He was “preparing a table of justice and righteousness for us in the presence of our enemies.”  I have often referred to and released my faith for the manifestation of that Word.

Psa 23:5  You prepare a table [of justice and righteousness] before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

[of justice and righteousness] is inserted into this scripture to match the prophetic word given to me on 1/4/2021

The recent prophesies being released by the most credible prophetic voices indicate that God is about to bring forth His justice and righteousness through judgements that are coming to both the church and the world—especially to leaders who have practiced and winked at unrighteous social behavior and have violated their levels of authority both politically and governmentally. The judgements within the church, which will be shocking to Christians, and the judgements to those who have violated governmental authority will clearly point to the fact that God is releasing judgement.  These prophetic releases, I infer, indicate that there will be signs in the earth (such as weather phenomena, earthquakes, etc.) and there will be apostolic judgments as severe and public as the Ananias and Sapphira judgments as in the 1st generation church. (Acts 5:1-11) Prophetically, these judgments will come forth clearly in 2021.

So, on Sunday morning (7/11/2021) just after breakfast, the Holy Spirit gave me a picture of a 4-pointed balancing scale. On the 4 points of the balance scale were symbols representing the balance Christians will need to rightly display as these things unfold.  The symbols were:

  • A Lion with the counterweight of a Lamb
  • The ARK of the Covenant with the counterweight of the Word of God

The Lion represents the Warrior Messianic Spirit of Jesus and the Lamb represents the Loving and Peaceful Messianic Spirit of Jesus.

The Ark of the Covenant represents the Presence of God and the Word represents the written, rhema and prophetic Words of God.  For those with ears to hear, there is a correct balance that must be displayed at all 4 of these points of reference.  All 4 are collectively and perfectly represented in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Justice and righteousness are produced when these 4 points are in balance with one another.  Just as God is a Holy God of Love, He is also a Holy God of Judgment.  His judgment is included in His love.

The Ekklesia is now to be called upon to model this balance.  Ephesians 4:15-16 says “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”   This means we must judge and react with mercy and compassion as well as judge with through righteous Kingdom ordinances.  We can not judge out of arrogance or emotional preferences.  We must war against evil without sinning ourselves—righteous warfare.  This means that the “shock-factor” of exposure can’t enter into true righteous justice.  Jesus was love-balanced.  Jesus said forgive “7 times 70” (Matt. 18:22) and Jesus said “I don’t come to bring peace but a sword.”(Matt. 10:34)  Modeling this behavior can only come through spending time in the presence of God (I.e. the Ark of the Covenant)  The Word (which we read, where we experience revelation and hear contemporary directives) must always pass through the windowpane filters of the Holy Spirit.  In the writings of James, who was not the Apostle James but most likely the brother of Jesus, we read:

Jas 2:12-13  So we must both speak and act in every respect like those who are destined to be tried by the perfect law of liberty,  and remember that judgment is merciless for the one who judges others without mercy.  So by showing mercy you take dominion over judgment!  (The Passion Translation Bible)

Finally, I quote Bruce Strom author of the book Gospel Justice:

“True justice is not found in a blindfolded Greek goddess, but in a real God who gives sight to the blind.” (The blindfolded Greek Godess Themis who holds a balance scale in one hand and a sword in the other is the typical symbol of justice in the judicial system of the USA.)  “Justice is not found in a sword, but in the Word of God, which is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). And justice is not found in a woman holding scales, but in the Man who removes scales from eyes and who, with arms outstretched on a cross, bore the sins of the world that all who were willing might believe and receive His promises.” pp. 46-47

“My point in Gospel Justice was to demonstrate the shortcomings of relying on failed systems.  Social justice will always fall short.  Social constructs by their nature are sinful.  Only gospel justice can address the root causes of individual and systemic failure.  Only Christ provides hope in the midst of injustice.”

In the days, weeks, and months just ahead of us and again when we rule and reign in the Kingdom of God with Jesus, we must mature and perfect in our hearts and spirit the very nature of our God and of our Lord Jesus the Christ.  May we be so in tune with Father and Son through the Holy Spirit that righteous justice spills from our every word and every action.  All of the creation is now groaning for the revealing of the sons of God in this hour.  May the world know us by our love one for another.  The evil that has been demonstrated is about to be exposed and judged.  I truly believe this hour is upon us.  God grant us who are of your Kingdom the peace to know the things that you want changed in us, the courage to righteously judge the things that are unjust, and the wisdom to model the purity of your love for your creation.

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