Pastor Jim Sanderbeck
July 15, 2022
Our spirit-man, when properly tuned, will hear and know God’s message for today. It is not a mixed message–even though the souls of the unsaved and rebellious prodigals may see it as such. It is a message designed to let mankind know His love and sense His fearfulness. We will see both sides of His nature virtually every day UNTIL He rightly sits on the throne of righteousness and sovereignty. I believe this condition is the prophetic, pastoral and apostolic Word of the Lord to those who have ears to hear and those who have heretofore closed their ears to Him. You see, it really doesn’t matter on which side you sit. He is God and the choice is yours. He is God and we are the people. He is not subject to the creation; the creation is subject to Him.
First, He speaks of salvation today through the mouths of every credible five-fold office. Especially, in the USA right now (but applicable to worldwide), we hear and see the emergence of a great awakening. I have never seen such demonstrations of awakening on virtually every platform across the USA. Tents, concerts, stadiums, conferences and rallies are now filled with thousands of people who are receiving Christ, praying together, experiencing miracles of healings and deliverance, and learning they are not alone in an upside down world. Teacher, evangelist, pastor Dutch Sheets said today (7/15/2022) on his daily devotional Give Him 15:
“I have believed since 2000 that America will be saved. In spite of the filth, apostasy in the church, lies, wicked people in government, revisionist history, lying educators, corrupt media, overwhelming debt, and the disconnection with our spiritual roots, I have been confident that America shall be saved.”
“I must say, however, that when I read this dream [he was describing a recent dream of Gina Gholston], the faith in my heart penetrated to an even deeper level. America SHALL be saved – through a great, mighty, unprecedented revival. And this revival will also produce a billion or more conversions to Christ worldwide. My faith for this is not anchored in the Republican Party, Donald Trump, preachers, the American church, or any other human agency. My faith is anchored in the passionate love, unlimited power, and fierce determination of an all-wise God who has determined this will happen. And it will!!!”
“Do not listen to the doubters and don’t be moved by what you see around you. No revival I know of in history occurred when things looked good spiritually or morally. Revival isn’t needed then! The First Great Awakening came when America was at a low point spiritually; the Second Great Awakening did, as well. Salvation doesn’t come to those who deserve it, but to those who need it. It is not merit-based. Grace and mercy are what bring about revival – along with humble appeals to the God who loves to save!”
Jesus Christ is the only answer in an upside down world. At the same time, this God of love is holy. Just as He is a Holy God of love, He is a Holy God of righteousness, and, therefore, He judges all that separates us from that love. Mankind doesn’t hear much about judgement from pulpits. Righteous reqirements, because there is a price to pay for them, are not popular subjects. General audiences don’t like confrontation–especially if they are found wanting. However, God is not in the ‘comfort’ zone alone. He is also in the ‘growth’ zone which I often refer to as the ‘groan zone.’ If you want to grow into discipleship, you must spend time in the ‘groan zone.’ Disregarding the lessons of this zone is against the nature of God Himself and therefore rebellion–witchcraft and idolatry (1Sa 15:23a “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry….”
So, from the ‘groan’ zone perspective of judgement, there is a Biblical “type” I want to share with you. Notice please that this took place WITH God’s chosen people of Israel. If God will judge His own, how much will He judge those that rebel and turn their backs? It comes out of the Word of God in Numbers 16. It has to do with rebellion against Moses and Aaron by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram who desired to usurp God’s leadership (Moses) and priesthood (Aaron) assignment over Israel. Although the act of rebellion came forth in the natural, it was really rebellion against God and His purposes and plans. Basically, Korah and these rebellious men took ought against Moses (the man appointed to lead Israel out of their bondage and into the Promised Land) and Aaron (the chief priest of Israel) saying that Moses and Aaron had led them to die in the wilderness and lord it over them and all of Israel. (Num. 16: 13-14) That they (Moses & Aaron) had no more right to lead than they (Korah, Dathan, & Abiram) did. So they elevated themselves to be equal with them before the people and God judged them in their rebellion. And the Bible says in Num. 16:31-33: “the ground that was under them split open; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.” As quickly as the next day, the people then rose up and blamed Moses and Aaron for the deaths of the rebellious. This angered God to the point that He judged the entire nation and He declared a plague upon the people. However, Moses had Aaron intercede to God for the nation and, although more than 14,000 died from the plague, God relented and the plague was checked. (Num. 16:46-49)
Why bring this Biblical type to the forefront today?
- Because I believe, for very obvious reasons, we are approaching and entering a time of seeing God’s judgement against rebellion just as we see in Numbers 16 as mankind tries to elevate himself above the sovereignty of God. For a long time, I have contemplated the fate of Korah being swallowed by the earth as a type awaiting those who blatantly sin by self-elevating and openly rebelling against God. Could it be that mankind has reached the point of rebellion (especially in a nation built on a covenant with Him) that God will release Holy judgement?
- Because I believe we must prepare spiritually and practically so we are able to stand on the side of righteousness while the earth is in the midst of judgement. No longer can the righteous sit on the sidelines. His sons must engage and spiritually and practically be prepared to demonstrate their obedience and committment to their Holy God.
I don’t fully know what it will look like or when it will fully manifest, but judgement is coming! The prophets are getting more pointed and the descriptives are getting more defined. Since Roe v Wade was adjudicated by SCOTUS, there have been signs and prophecies that are more pointed and explicit towards God’s judgement of evil. Unrighteousness is now flagrant and “in your face.” One recent prophesy declared “God has said ENOUGH! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” May we of the Ekklesia be of the same spirit and posture as Moses and Aaron and intercede for those who will be caught in the midst of His judgement so that not all are lost. Look at this Scripture:
In Matthew 21:42-44 Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’? “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
When the vengence of the Lord comes forth in judgement, it will release again the fear of the Lord. Just as it did in Numbers 16. Just as it did in Acts 5:11 with Ananias and Sapphira.
On July 9, 2022, Pastor/Prophet Kent Christmas boldly spoke the Word of the Lord relative to the condition of sin. You may not embrace everything about his delivery and style but the clarity and the directness can not be missed. Prophetically, he does not stand alone. I’m hearing it more frequently, by more prophets, and even more strongly every day. He who has ears to hear what the Spirit is saying needs to hear. I encourage you to listen very carefully to this prophetic word.
Let us link arms and hearts together in this hour. Don’t run or hide in fear. It is not the portion of those who are righteous to be fearful. Rather, we are portioned to be in faith and faithful. We are to be filled with faith. Be a light on a hill. Engage and occupy your portion of land as did the Mighty Men of King David. Be a careful watchman on the wall. Get prepared as Nehemiah and bring your weapons (albeit spiritual under the new covenant) and your tools to your assigned place on the wall. Get prepared, get engaged, get encouraged in the Lord. This truly is the day of His power (Ps 110).