The COMING DAVIDIC ORDER -extracts by Clay Sikes

For many in the Church today there is knowledge that something is 
wrong. “What is it?” we ask. “Is it me?” “Is it my Church?” “Is it my 
Pastor?” The knowledge that something is wrong pervades the Church 
from Savannah to Siberia, the Internet and many prophetic lists 
confirm and link us to this truth. Be comforted that your situation is 
neither unique nor unusual, but of greater significance, be aware that 
God is signaling CHANGE. A new Davidic order is rising up and out 
of the existing Church, replacing the order of Saul…

The key to solving a myriad of problems in the Church is found in 
solving the main problem. When the main problem is dealt with, in 
an almost cataclysmic fashion, things will begin to dramatically 
change as God’s people begin to walk in God’s power. The problem 
that glares at us constantly is a powerless Church; a Church taunted 
by Satan on a daily basis much the same as Goliath taunted the 
Armies of God. Financial hardship, defeat, sickness, sin, divorce, 
jealousy, vain ambition, hype, programs, formulas, and relational 
failures permeate the Church from the pulpit to the pew. Since we 
know this is true, let us examine accurate, word filled, Holy Ghost 
inspired prophetic revelation for our solution.

In facing the powerless Church question, understand that the human 
resources are now in place to release this great power, but the old 
system (Saul’s armor) under which these human resources operate 
will not permit them the freedom to be used. Just as Saul’s armor 
constrained David, so too has the old order constrained those who 
are called to demolish Satan’s strongholds, strapped with the heavy 
cumbersome equipment of Saul. I feel the solution is prophetically 
answered in I Samuel 17. As you may recall from these verses, 
David was appalled that Goliath so freely taunted God’s people. With 
confidence he prepared to face Goliath, yet quickly recognized that 
the old order (armor) would not work. Similarly, as we recognize that 
the old order will not work for the Church, we too must seek the new 
Davidic order that God is raising up in this hour. To have what we 
have never had, we must do what we have never done. Much 
prophetic revelation is found in the meaty verses of I Samuel 17.

“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor 
on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword 
over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to 
them. I cannot go in these, he said to Saul, because I am not used 
to them. So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose 
five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his 
shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the 
Philistine” (I Samuel 17:38-40).

As with David, we must recognize that God is doing a new thing to 
bring victory to a less than victorious Church. Let us examine further 
the prophetic implications of these scriptures – “ I cannot go in these, 
he said to Saul, because I am not used to them. So he took them off. 
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream…”

The order of Saul was built upon a one-man system, the direct results 
of men directing God. This one-man system of Saul had more to do 
with man’s leadership than God’s. As a downward spiraling parallel, 
we see the Church dissolving from the powerful First Century Church, 
utilizing the entire five-fold ministry, to the one fold Pastor led system 
of today. Through the traditions of men, we have systematically 
eliminated four folds of ministry to the Body of Christ and of equal
importance, knocked countless thousands out of attaining their destiny 
and purpose in the earth. Many powerful, destiny filled ministries sit 
idle in pews, bound and constrained by an order that does not 
recognize any calling except Pastor (See Ephesians 4:11,12).

David realized, as we must, that victory would not come through the 
way battles were typically fought. David dared to look to a different
non-traditional manner to attain victory against Goliath, so too must 
the Church. In more than a twist of irony, let us look again to the 
word – “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones 
from the stream…” I submit to you that as the Davidic order replaces 
the order of Saul that a true victorious Church will emerge as the five-
fold ministry begins to find its way back into the Body of Christ. As 
David reached into the stream he pulled five smooth stones to the 
surface. Symbolically, many of those who are being raised up in 
this hour will be those that have been hidden from the Body, 
submerged for years, yet washed by the water of the word until all 
rough edges have been smoothed. Any stone that David chose was 
enough to bring Goliath to the ground…

The Church cries out for solutions to its problems, BUT IS IT READY 
FOR REAL ANSWERS? Much of the solution will require change from 
those in the old order of Saul, and many like those in Saul’s company 
will be ever so reluctant to join David the anointed and called King. 
Any change that has ever affected this world began in the hearts of 
men, so too will this move of God begin in the hearts of men.

All change must begin within each of us seeking change. At the risk 
of sounding redundant, let me state again THAT THOSE DESIRING 
WE MUST Be WILLING To CHANGE. The willing and obedient eat the 
good of the land and fulfill their predestined call. Just prior to David’s
Kingship he held up in the cave at Addulum (I Samuel 22). What a 
choice his followers had to make – a cave with David or a Palace with 
Saul. The palace represents a close parallel to decisions faced today: 
Saul offered comfort, stability, safety, prominence, position, power, 
influence and acclaim. David offered a cave, actually a hole in the 
side of a mountain, but deep in the hole was a dream. The order of 
Saul deals in the seen; the order of David in the unseen.

Those with an affinity for the external will likely stick with Saul, while
those with the eye of the Spirit will follow David to the death. “All those 
who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, 
and he became their leader” (I Samuel 22:2). The Davidic Order WILL 
NOT attract those who are happy with things just the way they are. 
We now live in the age of the Laodicean Church – “To the angel of 
the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the 
faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your 
deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one 
or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – 
I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, I am rich; I have 
acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realize that 
you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:14-17). 
In summary, the spiritually contented will stay with Saul, while the
spiritually discontented will hold up with David.

Several years ago the Lord spoke to me over a period of time and 
said several things that changed my life. First he said, “Anything 
growing will change – be open, be flexible, be willing to change.” 
This phenomenon is true in both the natural and the spiritual world. 
GROWTH REQUIRES CHANGE. Though all change isn’t a sign of 
growth, all growth is a sign of change!

Our growth will require change, but even more importantly and initially, 
our willingness to change. He then said, “Ignorance often comes 
disguised as tradition.” With those words, when combined, I realized 
that traditional thinking is dangerous in dealing with spiritual matters. 
I had hindered my own spiritual growth by my own preconceived 
traditions, much of which emanated from my soul. He then said a final 
word that has changed my life forever. “The sin of presumption often 
hides itself in noble purposes.” As with Sarah, I have been guilty of 
trying to help God by assuming roles that God had not assigned me 
(See Genesis 16:3), but because the purpose appeared noble and 
good, I presumed it to be God. This incredibly dangerous error, in 
my opinion, has stopped more people from fulfilling their destiny and 
walking in the real power of God than any other aspect of Christianity;
evangelist acting as pastors, businessmen in ministry, ministers in 
business, teachers acting as prophets, programs in place of prayer,
organizations in place of an organism, etc.

Much of the modern day Church is a result of works of the flesh 
(Ishmael). Said differently, presumptive decisions based on noble 
purposes run most churches today…

A major characteristic of the Davidic order rest in the fact that God 
does the leading. David always sought God for specific direction 
after learning that he was not only to get the direction of the Lord, 
but also the ‘how to’ within the confines of that direction (See 
II Samuel 6:1-13). Saul took matters into his own hands and lost 
his kingdom, not only for himself, but his heirs as well. Sadly, 
Jonathan stayed with his father, Saul and met an untimely death. 
How many who linger in the house of Saul will birth spiritual death 
for themselves and their families? During a recent time of praying 
in the Holy Spirit for several hours, I heard the Lord say that He is 
raising up a victorious Church, a warrior like David who operates 
in the true power and strength of the Lord…

Begin to look for the Davidic Order – it is soon coming to a town near you!

The Ten Reasons Why Organized Church Won’t Help You Grow

Reflections from a former megachurch pastor

Once upon a time, Jim Palmer was an evangelical powerhouse serving on the pastoral team at Willow Creek Church, preaching to a congregation of over 26,000 set on a sprawling 155-acre property.

Then, in 2004 he had a crisis of faith.

Despite the appearance of having a successful church, Jim realized that preaching nice, biblical, and theologically correct sermons was doing little to address the real, day-to-day issues that church members were experiencing — things like depression, addiction, domestic violence, divorce, and suicide. Jim Palmer faced a moment of raw honesty with himself and recognized that his public persona as a pastor was not in sync with the inner turmoil, dissonance, and anguish he felt inside.

Palmer says on his personal blog: “One day, I realized that for some of the theology I signed up to represent, I could not in good conscience believe or teach anymore. Shortly thereafter, I resigned as senior pastor, left professional Christian ministry, and began searching for answers.”

These days, Jim Palmer helps those who have been damaged by the misuse of religion, and while, he is happy to affirm what he sees as good about religious faith or belief in God, he also speaks out against those parts of religion that he sees as toxic.

He and I have a lot in common.

I was fascinated to see a Facebook post by Jim Palmer recently, explaining what he sees as ten dynamics of the organized church that actually undermine spiritual growth rather than promote it. As a man who has experienced being a pastor in the largest mega-church in the USA, he raised some valid objections to organized religion, particularly the mega-church movement.

I have my own thoughts on why big, organized religion can actually prevent spiritual growth, and I have added them to Palmer’s reflections. Here are ten reasons why organized religion won’t help you grow:

Churches focus on numbers

The church where I experienced the most growth never grew larger than about 30 regular attendees. By all the modern measures, it was a failure of a church.


Because in the circles that pastors move in, your level of success is measured by how many bums you can get in the pew on Sunday morning. “How big is your church?” is a question pastors are regularly asked at conferences and ministerial gatherings.

Anyone can attract a crowd with free beer and pizza, but transforming people’s lives is a messy, complicated, and time-consuming prospect.

Churches need novelty

While we are talking about free beer and pizza… when churches have an unhealthy focus on numbers, they must resort to one-upmanship in terms of the level of entertainment that they offer.

Better music.

Better coffee.

More dynamic and engaging sermons.

Luck door prizes?! I wrote recently about a church giving away free guns to get men to attend. No kidding!

The thing is, style over substance has consequences, and gimmicks might get people through the doors, but they never result in lasting transformation.

Pastors are focused on job security

If your livelihood depends on the success of your church as an organization (measured in number), then encouraging participation in church structures and programs becomes the main game. Transformation and growth are secondary to the main game. As a pastor, it’s all about putting food on your table.

Churches are built around personalities

If I were to name the five biggest churches in America, most people in the Christian sub-culture could name the Senior pastor/leader. The next best thing to being a rock star is leading the latest and greatest growing church.

Of course, the problem is, if churches are built on the cult of personality when one of these personalities falls (think Brian Houston, Mark Driscoll, Ravi Zacharias, or Bill Hybels), then the spiritual collateral can be enormous — even terminal — for the faith of those in the church.

The only personality a church should be built around is Jesus.

Churches are spiritual hierarchies

My last church always used to talk a “big game” when it came to the Biblical concept of the priesthood of all believers. “We are all supposed to be ministers of the gospel,” they would say.

Then they would put a so-called expert up the front every week to talk at you for forty minutes, downloading his wisdom in a flurry of words and exaggerated hand gestures.

The reality is churches esteem and give preference to people with theological degrees and paid church positions. The pastor(s), staff, leaders, elders, etc.… are considered a cut above with God compared to the rank-and-file church member.

Churches focus on believing rather than being

Too often, the church makes following God about having correct theology. But, there are a lot of unhappy, broken, hurting, suffering, depressed, lonely, and angry people in the church with perfect theology.

As long as you say you believe the “right” things and don’t sin too much publicly, you can call yourself a Christian without ever having to do the uncomfortable work of actually becoming like Christ, something that involves getting beneath the surface — underneath beliefs and behaviors — to find out what’s really going on.

Churches miss the true focus of Jesus’s ministry

The Bible never mentions a building called a “Church.” However, you could be forgiven for believing otherwise, given the fact that every second church seems to have a building program on the go.

Jesus spoke about the kingdom of God and the church as the worldwide body of believers. That makes “church” about as decentralized as any organization can be. When Jesus spoke about the kingdom of God, he was not talking about a building or a congregation. He was talking about ushering in a new way of living and being. It is a world where injustice is a thing of the past, where there are no more poor to feed and clothe, and where the inherent value of all people is recognized and celebrated. That’s the kingdom that Jesus instituted.

Churches disenfranchise 50% of their members

It is a huge and unnecessary mistake to prevent women from full self-expression and leadership in all areas and levels of church life. Yes, believe it or not, gender equality is not a thing in many churches. Many churches use obscure biblical texts removed from their cultural context and apply them to the modern 21st-century Church. “I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority” (1 Timothy 2:12) is a favorite of the gatekeepers of the misogynist boy’s club that is church leadership.

Don’t get me wrong… there are certain Biblical laws that should be applied verbatim — Moral laws like “Thou shalt not steal” is a good example. But, when you take cultural law that is clearly intended for particular culture in a particular place at a particular time and apply it to now, you end up becoming an oppressor.

Churches are too controlling

When I started a church in my home, well-meaning Christians would often ask me, “But who is keeping you accountable?”

The inference is clear: They are really saying, “What’s stopping you from preaching heresy and becoming some kind of cult?”

This points to a troubling truth: In the church, we are trained to believe that it is acceptable to have our lives examined and controlled by the church itself — specifically the church leadership. We outsource our faith and our morality.

It’s as if we believe that if church members were left to their own devices and forced to work out their own faith, they would descend into satanic worship without the church’s rules, policies, teaching, and constant sin-watching. In reality, working out faith for yourself is the best thing you can do for your spiritual growth.

Churches lack diversity

Walk into pretty much any church, and you will most likely notice that the people who attend are very similar…. culturally, racially, and socio-economically. Churches seem to attract more of their own kind.

The last church I attended was situated in one of the most multicultural cities on earth, with over 200 nations represented in that community. The church, though, was primarily white, educated folk. We did not represent, in any way, the community in which we were situated.

There’s a really simple reason for this phenomenon: Most churches focus their efforts on attracting people of the same kind. So, that’s what they get.

And it’s a shame.

Because the more diverse a church is, the more healthy. Not only that, when you are forced to work in a diverse environment, it causes you to grow: You grow in understanding, empathy, patience, and sensitivity and discover new and different ways to connect with the divine.

One more thing…

There’s one final reason why the organized church won’t help you grow. Here it is: The church doesn’t actually want you to grow.

Why not?

Well, if you are really growing in your faith, it will inevitably cause you to question the church system at some point. That is a given. Many things about the modern church are virtually incongruous with living a life that honors Christ. It shouldn’t be that way, but if we are really honest, we must concede that it is.

And that’s a problem for the church.

After all, a person questioning the church might be tempted to re-direct their tithes and offerings elsewhere — perhaps to say, helping the poor and needy — rather than paying the pastor’s salary and building more magnificent buildings.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

I still believe there is a way for the church to prove itself valuable to the world once more. However, as long the church continues in the patterns, attitudes, and behaviors mentioned in this article, the pews will continue to become more and more empty.

POWERFUL WORD from 2005 – by Ron Wood

Years ago as a young believer, naïve and full of zeal, I came to think that being like Jesus meant we should battle in prayer to heal, deliver, and encourage hurting people. That’s what my ministry beginning was like. Somehow I’ve gotten away from it and I confess that I miss it greatly.

I assumed then that everyone who claimed to be a Christian, and certainly every pastor, would be delighted to see more people becoming more like Jesus and doing more of his works. Before I became a paid professional pastor, that’s what I used to do. Then I found out that doing the works of Jesus had a lower priority in the religious world than having big crowds, fancy buildings, and keeping everybody under control of the system of our unspoken expectations.

It’s not the written expectations that hold us back, nobody would dare put on paper what is wordlessly communicated. For example:

Don’t get too passionate for Christ or too burdened for souls, it may become emotionalism. Don’t hold small prayer meetings in your home, it may get out of order if an elder isn’t there. Don’t prophesy out of turn, it may be imperfect or you might miss the mark. Don’t pray for the sick, only the elders are authorized to do that. Don’t attend other meetings across town, they may have error. Don’t plant another church or preach elsewhere unless we’ve sent you, or else you will be in rebellion.

How can obeying Jesus be rebellion?  To this day, the seat of Moses has not lacked a Pharisee to sit in it and issue new decrees.

There’s something about the clerical collar that chokes the spiritual life out of good men who used to be spiritual sponges. All of a sudden they know everything. The spirit of adventure, of learning, of lowering themselves to admit their need, departs. They quit humbly spreading the kingdom to small circles of intimate acquaintances and start managing the crowds, building the facilities, raising the money, holding advertising campaigns to reach the world. I’m saddened by this outcome of our success.

We’ve become ‘professional clergy’ instead of men who simply follow and imitate Jesus. Our prayers get pious; our demeanor gets cynical; our preaching gets hard; our family life suffers. People around us feel used instead of treasured. How do we get out of this trap? We turn and we bow down at the feet of Jesus. He hasn’t changed; we have.

The road back to reality is the road of repentance. It is the way of honesty and humility that first gave us our taste of salvation.

One of Jesus’ ways was secret prayer. He was always moving from one prayer meeting to another. He talked with God like He was his Father. Why, he even prayed with his eyes open! In between times of prayer, he was fellowshipping with real people. And along the way, he stopped to heal people, to forgive sin, and to break oppression off of them. Sounds like fun to me. Does it to you?

This company of un-churched, un-bathed non-religious pioneers ate together, drank together, sat around the fire talking, rode through storms on rough seas, and then worked miracles outside the sanctuary under the noses of the Pharisees. “Hypocrites, white-washed tombs, murderers of the prophets,” Jesus named them and shamed them.

Those same ordinary men watched Jesus demonstrate God’s kingdom through the power of the Holy Spirit. He demonstrated it by driving out demons, forgiving sins, curing diseases, and encouraging beaten-down people. Why, he even prophesied to blatant sinners! That, my friends, is the kingdom of God in a nutshell. We need it today.

No formality, no religious piety, no rigid rules, no legalistic “thou shalt nots.” Just men and women being progressively liberated and becoming whole, and in the process, doing real damage to Satan’s realm as many victims were set free. I like the thought of it, don’t you?

This band of brothers also saw Jesus get roaring mad at religious leaders who burdened people with rules but never lifted their loads.

Later, after training by “doing” (not lectures), Jesus sent his disciples out to do what he had been doing. “You go do it, too,” he was saying. He didn’t keep the authority to himself. He delegated to them the power to drive out devils and heal diseases. He shared his anointing with them. He made every person who believed in him an agent of his kingdom. He didn’t create a new elite priesthood who alone had the franchise; instead, he distributed gifts freely to his whole body.

Recently I had a conversation with an experienced supervisor at one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing companies. He told me that his purpose was to help the people under his care develop, to use all of their gifts and talents, and to be promoted beyond where he was. He said if they succeeded, then he was a success.

My heart cried silently inside. This secular manager knew more about God’s ways than most preachers. I said in my heart, “If only every pastor viewed every person on every pew as a soldier in the battle and would not rest until everyone under his (or her) influence was equipped to wage war and to win in the name of our King!”…..

DARK NIGHT of the SOUL by Mario Murillo

… Another key similarity between revival and nuclear fission is a strange phenomenon that occurs right before the atom splits. The nucleus actually depresses. Scientists observe that the neutron bombardment which seemed to be changing the nucleus, now shows no sign of reaching critical mass. Nothing seems to be happening.

That is also what happens right before a manifestation of God’s glory. The revival core will be praying and sensing a rising tide of power and expectancy. All of a sudden, you hit a brick wall. The power is gone. God’s presence seems to have lifted. Your prayers feel trapped in your mouth. A deep despair settles in. You feel physically drained.

This is the dark night of the soul. This is where every revival pioneer has been before you and now it’s your turn. It will take everything in you to keep moving. The sobering fact is that many who have reached the dark night of the soul have retreated. Eternity will reveal a long, sad history of revival near-misses.

Let me state emphatically that 90% of revival is getting to the point where an unshakeable resolve is born. Everything you have done before you reach this dark night will seem unimportant. It is what you do now that makes or breaks your heart’s desire.

At no other time does God express love more than when He allows this time of total emptiness. God risks being misunderstood. He faces the potential of one of His children walking away frustrated and confused, but He believes the good it will produce is well worth the risk.

What do you do when this cloud of darkness settles on you?

Scientists respond to a depressed nucleus by intensifying the neutron beam, and resolve to do so until fission occurs. They commit to keep moving, not relying on any physical signs. That is precisely what we must do to see the end of this night.

Why does God allow this dark night? I strongly believe that our Father realized that those through whom He works to bring revival receive great praise from the church and awesome attacks from Satan. A person lacking humility won’t survive the praise of men. A person without perseverance won’t overcome Satan. The revival core must realize this and stand the test.

Just as a scientist turns up the force of the neutron beam even though he sees no result, so true revivalists will turn up their prayer during the dark night of the soul. If the children of God demonstrate that they won’t go by what they see or feel, God will know that He has vessels that will not rely on circumstances or feelings to keep them on a straight course.

If the prayer of the revival core continues during this dark night, their true motive surfaces. The only thing that will hold us when the nucleus depresses is a pure heart of love for the lost and a true desire to see God glorified. God wisely observes that anyone who survives this night is rightfully suited to invade enemy territory.

Again we see this fifth stage in our key verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14, “…will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways…’

It would seem that by this stage, God would know we have abandoned our sin. The issue, however, is something deeper; it deals with our ways.

Our repentance has dealt with what we have done; now the purification focuses on what we are.

The psalmist distinguished two aspects of God: His acts and His ways. “He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel” (Psalm 103:7).

The children of Israel only knew God from miracle to miracle, but Moses knew the deep intentions and the long-range plan of God. Moses understood the essence, heartbeat and direction of God.

To turn from our wicked ways doesn’t just mean to repent of our sins. Hitherto, we have repented of our acts, now we need deliverance from our ways.

Gethsemane was the dark night of the soul for Jesus Christ; it was the test of His ways. You wonder if Jesus had to repent. The answer is no, but He had to be examined in His Father’s court of justice.

The dark night of the soul is a very baffling test, for it comes at a least expected time and with special conditions. The inner nature must be surprised, caught off guard, in order to be exposed and conquered.

In the many records of revival, there is an almost uniform description of this crucible… on the mountain top one moment, feeling run over by a train the next.

Joseph, barely recovered from a glorious dream, is thrown into a pit by his brothers. David, still hearing the chant of the throng saying, ‘Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands,’ wakes up in a cave being hunted like an animal.

Even Jesus, with the hosannas still ringing in His ears from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, now prays alone, cold, tormented, sweating blood, and surrounded by sleeping disciples.

The battlements of heaven are waiting for that unmistakable ring of genuine obedience where the dragon of human nature has been met and beheaded. “Not my will but thy will be done!”

Before the crown comes the bitter cup. It must be swallowed to the bitter dregs.

So then, what is the Lord really looking for? A servant who knows that the cup cannot pass. Take heart if you wish that it would pass. Even Jesus asked if it was necessary to drink. But He did not ask to escape because of fear of pain or selfishness. He asked because, for the first time in eternity, He would be separated from His Father. He knew that the plan to save man would have to break His Father’s heart. Only Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah could begin to understand the grief.

Herein lies the truth that releases the glory. In repenting of sin, we rid ourselves of evil but in the dark night of the soul, we surrender the things we dearly love, things we can’t readily identify as being in conflict with God.

Here the issue is not right and wrong, but high and low purposes of living.

Spiritual awakening is not simply getting rid of sin, it is giving God what He wants.

Again and again I have tried to stress that we must conclude with iron resolve that there is no substitute for revival. It is the higher ground we must reach because the flood is rising. No point of return can exist, no alternative can be considered.

For fire to fall and consume the sacrifice, it must be innocent and without blemish, but, most of all, it must be on the altar to stay.

Under every other circumstance our nature can hide, but in this dark night it screams for its way, and its many tentacles are exposed.

The protest was immediate. “Why this waste?” screamed the apostles, led by Judas Iscariot. Their outrage was almost convincing. The ointment was worth a year’s salary (maybe $12,000 today). It could have been used to have fed the poor, they argued (actually, Judas wanted to steal it).

This is the entire issue with revival. They wanted to do something for God. Mary knew it was time to do something to God.

The time has come to pour out our best on God. Jesus said, “The poor you have with you always.” Good deeds are always available.

America is spiritually dying because God has sales reps and not channels of His glory. We feverishly do the right things, almost as a bribe to postpone the needed pouring out of ourselves as a living sacrifice.

Again we must no longer see the bad things as barriers to revival, but the seemingly good.

We can’t dole out precious ointment to the poor in doses that don’t cure them or honor God. We must be poured out on God!

Spiritual awakening means that the faithful become fiery, the decent become dynamic, and the acceptable become excellent. But, most of all, we become disgusted with our evil, and totally dissatisfied with our good.

We realize that now is the time to pull out all the stops. No program is sacred, no worthy project is worth enough. None of the ointment can be spared. It is revival or death!

As I said before, the nucleus of the atom depresses right before fission and in that lies another key parallel to revival… the nucleus explodes from that depressed condition. It does not split when it looks inflated and energetic but rather when it is shrunken and lifeless.

Revival comes out of nowhere by sovereign timing. The prayer core is ready to fall from exhaustion but hangs on by its confidence in the faithfulness of God.

Jehovah detects that special quality that can be rewarded with revival.

An eviction notice falls with a loud crash on the porch of the local satanic supervisor. Angels receive their invasion orders. The prayer core looks up and sees the glory coming. The roar of God is about to be heard in the land once more….


    -From the book “Critical Mass” by M. Murillo


by A.W. Tozer

ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles.

It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before.

The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam’s proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor.

The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually.

The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the religious product is better.

The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and a jollier way of living and saves his self- respect. To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.” To the egotist it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.” To the thrill-seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.”

The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public. The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross. The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended.

The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more. The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is no commutation and no escape.

God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear or beautiful to the eyes of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life. That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers.

The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die. We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in God’s just sentence against him. What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life?

Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God’s stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die. Having done this let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power.

The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ. To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of approval upon this message from Paul’s day to the present. Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers, the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to God’s approval. Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount?

May God forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power. 


A. W. Tozer, ‘Man, the Dwelling Place of God.’


by Andrew Strom

Ten years ago my family moved for a time to a little country town here in New Zealand. While I was there I met a Christian man who had shifted his entire family out of the city into this little town because he believed that “Peak Oil” and other calamities were imminent. He felt the need for a place of safety.

I told him that I believed the 2020s would be the decade when the real shaking would happen. I said I did not sense any imminent threat at the time – though of course there are always serious incidents going on. So are the 2020s really to be a decade of shaking? Yes – I believe they are.


Years ago a friend of mine from Australia was trying to choose a name for his prophetic newsletter. “Construction Site” was one name he was considering. “Stormharvest” was another. Immediately when he shared this I told him that “Stormharvest” had to be the one. For there is no doubt that in these last days, many of us are going to be bringing in the harvest in the midst of a giant tempest. But never fear. One can actually get used to “storm-harvesting”. And that is exactly what a lot of us will be doing. We will live in the eye of the hurricane, calmly bringing in the harvest while panic is all around.

Stockmarkets may crash, oil markets may roar, divisions and schisms may roil the politics of nations – but we have a job to do – bringing in the sheaves. And brothers and sisters, our destiny is to get that job done. We need to keep our focus straight and our heart at peace. We are laborers in the harvest of the Lord – and our task is clear.


The very first book I wrote back in 1996 was called “The Coming Great Reformation.” I believe that book begins in this decade. Along with great shaking among the nations will come a great tidal wave of change in the church. This will not come from current church leadership. It will be forced on them from outside the ranks. The entire meaning of Christianity is going to change – back to the book of Acts. The “clergy-laity” divide will disappear and all will become “ministers”. It will be the greatest revolution in the understanding of “church” since the days of Luther. Much of the existing system will be dissolved as true New Testament Christianity returns.

My friends, we are headed into a decade of shaking unlike anything that most of us have ever seen. But it is a time to be excited – not to fear or become anxious. For those with boldness, this will be a decade of great opportunity and advancement in the kingdom. Do not be among those who shrink back or hide away. Embrace the shaking, embrace the turmoil – and get to work. A lot of it will just be “noise” – more fearful in people’s minds than in actual reality. Let others cower in fear. You can be one who goes forth in boldness at such a time – following the hand of the Lord.

We are living in the most momentous of times. Do not waste this window, my friends. It is time to put your boots on and get ready for a true “storm-harvest”.

God bless you all.

-Andrew Strom.

The Church of Tomorrow

-by Andrew Strom

A lot of people probably read some of our writings and wonder, “Where is all this headed? What is the goal?” A glib answer might be- “We want to get back to real ‘New Testament’ Christianity.” But what exactly does that look like?

This is an important topic – and something I have pondered a great deal over the years. What exactly would the ‘New Testament Church’ look like if it was translated into a modern western city?

To get started, I want you to forget about today’s church just for a moment – with all her obvious problems and contradictions, and picture something quite different. I want you to imagine that you are still living in the same city, in the same year, but you are right in the middle of a ‘Book of Acts’-type scenario. Somehow everything has changed.

For some reason, all of the Spirit-filled Christians in your city have left their Denominations and divisions behind. They have truly begun to fulfill the prayer of Jesus – “That they all may be ONE”. They now hold huge gatherings all over the city – right out in the open. And as well as these united gatherings, on most streets there is now a house-meeting, where all the Spirit-filled believers from that street gather together, eating and sharing and having communion, etc. (ie. A “NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH”). The power of God flowing in these house-meetings is amazing. Many healings and miracles are occurring. The ‘gifts’ flow freely every day.

It seems also that many of the church buildings and cathedrals have simply been abandoned. No longer do Christians want to hide them-selves away behind “four walls”. They want to gather out where the people are – presenting Jesus to the whole world. They want to be truly “one body”. There is no way that any of their old buildings could contain the crowds, anyhow.

And the men whom God has raised up to lead this vast movement do not seem much like the ‘Reverends’ or even the ‘televangelists’ of old. In fact, quite a few of them have never even been to Bible College, and they seem to be very plain, ordinary people from humble backgrounds. But what an anointing! It is very clear to everyone that these ‘apostles and prophets’ (as they are known) have spent many years in prayer and brokenness before God – drawing closer and closer to Him. When they speak, the very fear of the Lord seems to come down, and many people repent deeply of their sins. Demons are cast out and the blind and crippled are made whole. -These kinds of things are happening all the time. The whole city is just in awe of what is going n, and thousands upon thousands are being saved. Even the newspapers and television are full of it.

As soon as someone repents they are immediately baptized in water and hands are laid on them for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. -This is expected from day one! And it is also expected that every Christian has a gift and calling from God – and that they should be encouraged to move forward and fulfill their calling. No longer is there a distinction made between those who are “ministers” and those who are merely ‘laity’. Now it is expected that EVERYONE is a minister of the Lord! (However, there are ‘elders’ – ie. older Christians to guide things).

Some of the bishops and pastors from several denominations have actually denounced this great move of God very strongly. They say it is “deception” and warn their people to stay away. (-Every Revival in history has been accused of this – usually by religious leaders). But to be honest, it is so obvious to most people that God is the one behind it all, that very few take these men seriously. The Spirit of God is sweeping all before Him. The glory of the Lord has come.

One of the reasons that these leaders are so upset is that a lot of the Christians’ GIVING now does not go to church buildings, but rather to the POOR. In fact, God has spoken to many people to start supporting widows and orphans overseas, etc. They also give generously to anyone in their midst who is in need. Many even sell their own possessions in order to do this.

The huge over-riding theme of this great movement is LOVE. “Behold how they love one another” is the catch-cry of many who watch this ‘new church’ in action. And everyone is given to MUCH PRAYER.

And so, gathering “as one” in the outdoors and breaking bread from house to house, they eat together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord adds to their number daily those who are being saved.


The above description is taken straight out of the Book of Acts – as applied to today. Everything in the above paragraphs is put there to give you an idea of what it would be like to live in the Jerusalem church at the start of Acts. -And it was like that for YEARS. Imagine the impact of such a church on the world around it! God is wanting to do this again. And He wants to use ordinary people like you and me to help bring it to pass.

I am convinced that we are NOT supposed to treat the early church as a “special case”. It was given to us as an ‘example’. It is what the “normal” church should be like all the time! And yet we have fallen so far below this standard. Only in times of Revival do we approach it again for a time. But I believe it is supposed to be “normal” for the church to be like this – day in and day out. This is the way that Jesus always wanted us to be.

However, one thing is clear. It will take a great “SHAKING” for us to get anywhere close to the above description today. You have to be aware that in order to get there from here, a whole lot of ‘hierarchies’ and church boards and careers and titles and positions would be on the line. And a lot of men simply don’t want to lose those things. It doesn’t matter to them whether it is Truth or not. If it affects their reputation, their position or their organization, they will oppose it with everything they have.

Sadly it is very difficult to see a “smooth” transition to this kind of Christianity. I believe we are in for a shaky ride. But I certainly believe that it is on God’s agenda. And like the Great Reformation before it, I believe He will do WHATEVER IT TAKES in order to get us there.

Here’s to true ‘NEW TESTAMENT’ Christianity, my friends – the kind that Jesus and the apostles actually invented in the beginning.

Let us settle for nothing less – WHATEVER IT TAKES.

God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.


-by David Ryser.

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this:

“Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise”. Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old–barely out of diapers–and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.” After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.” She asked such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”

The room went dead silent. For several seconds no one moved or spoke. We were stunned, afraid to make a sound because the presence of God had flooded into the room, and we knew we were on holy ground. All I could think in those sacred moments was, “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that.” I didn’t dare express that thought aloud. God had taken over the class.

Martha’s question changed my life. For six months, I thought about her question at least once every day. “When a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?” There is only one answer to her question. The answer is “Yes.” The American Church, tragically, is heavily populated by people who do not love God. How can we love Him? We don’t even know Him; and I mean really know Him.

… I stand by my statement that most American Christians do not know God–much less love Him. The root of this condition originates in how we came to God. Most of us came to Him because of what we were told He would do for us. We were promised that He would bless us in life and take us to heaven after death. We married Him for His money, and we don’t care if He lives or dies as long as we can get His stuff. We have made the Kingdom of God into a business, merchandising His anointing. This should not be. We are commanded to love God, and are called to be the Bride of Christ–that’s pretty intimate stuff. We are supposed to be His lovers. How can we love someone we don’t even know? And even if we do know someone, is that a guarantee that we truly love them? Are we lovers or prostitutes?

I was pondering Martha’s question again one day, and considered the question, “What’s the difference between a lover and a prostitute?” 

I realized that both do many of the same things, but a lover does what she does because she loves. A prostitute pretends to love, but only as long as you pay. Then I asked the question, “What would happen if God stopped paying me?”

For the next several months, I allowed God to search me to uncover my motives for loving and serving Him. Was I really a true lover of God? What would happen if He stopped blessing me? What if He never did another thing for me? Would I still love Him? Please understand, I believe in the promises and blessings of God. The issue here is not whether God blesses His children; the issue is the condition of my heart. Why do I serve Him? Are His blessings in my life the gifts of a loving Father, or are they a wage that I have earned or a bribe/payment to love Him? Do I love God without any conditions? It took several months to work through these questions.

Even now I wonder if my desire to love God is always matched by my attitude and behavior. I still catch myself being disappointed with God and angry that He has not met some perceived need in my life. I suspect this is something which is never fully resolved, but I want more than anything else to be a true lover of God.

So what is it going to be? Which are we, lover or prostitute?

There are no prostitutes in heaven, or in the Kingdom of God for that matter, but there are plenty of former prostitutes in both places. Take it from a recovering prostitute when I say there is no substitute or unconditional, intimate relationship with God. And I mean there is no palatable substitute available to us (take another look at Matthew 7:21-23 sometime). We must choose.

-Dr. David Ryser.

Oh Sleeper Awake!

I feel like I am slowly waking up, and the more I do, the more I can see others around me who
are still asleep. Asleep to the realities of the world around them, it’s horrors and the hell that awaits those who are caught up in this world. Asleep to the realities of God and His grace, mercy, love and purpose. And oh the magnitude of His love. It rivals anything that this world has to offer.
I have been asleep to the reality of my own selfish nature, self-indulgence, self-reliance, self-defense and self-preservation. I have known in my head, but not in the reality of my life experience that God is my salvation, my justification, my defender, sustainer and my greatest joy and pleasure. And I am someone who has been walking with Christ since I was ten years old. So what does that say for the rest of us? Oh sleeper awake! Your salvation is drawing near!


by David Wilkerson

We are not ready for the coming of Christ! Is this the Church triumphant? Covetous, divorcing, depressed, worldly-minded, grasping for materialism and success, competitive, lukewarm, adulterous, rich and increased with goods, unaware of spiritual blindness and poverty, pleasure-loving, recreation-minded, consumed with sports, politics, and power – is this the Church Jesus is coming for?Simply coping, filled with fear and anxiety, satisfied only to have good health and happiness?

My Bible says He is coming back for an overcoming Church! A Church without spot or wrinkle! A people whose affections are on things above! A people with clean hands and pure hearts. A people who are looking for His coming! A people with a “new Jerusalem state of mind.”

The question is no longer, “What can my faith get me? What miracle will He perform for me?” The question now is -“How shall I stand before Him? How shall I make it at the judgment?”

“… who shall stand when He appeareth?” (Malachi 3:2 KJV)

The question is no longer, “How do I feel – how do I get happiness? How do I get the desire of my heart?”

The question Is- “Can I withstand that moment when I stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ? How can I withstand when I’ve lived so carelessly, so selfishly, so neglectful of His great salvation?”

The central issue now has nothing to do with this world at all. At issue is- “HAVE I NEGLECTED CHRIST IN THIS MIDNIGHT HOUR?”

The purge is going to begin in the pulpit! “…He shall purify the sons of Levi…” (Malachi 3:3 KJV) God is going to accomplish that by “turning up the heat ” God is going to make things so hot, so fiery, so intense, God’s men will be driven to their knees! This is the fire of the Holy Ghost! It is the fire of persecution. It is the fire of tribulation. The fire of unbelievable hardships, ridicule, gossip, financial problems. He is going to shake everything that can be shaken! He is going to shake, and scrub, and burn, and purge – and purify!

No man or woman of God will escape the purging! God is determined to get all the dross and filth out of us. The purge will spread from the pulpit to the pew! Get ready, saints! God is getting ready to expose all sin, all adultery, all foolishness! The Holy Ghost is going to reprove us of sin. How can you play games when God puts you in His crucible and turns up the fire? Your Holy Ghost baptism is going to have some fire put to it now!

Malachi said-“…the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven: and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up…” (Malachi 4:1 KJV)

God also promises to bring down the strongholds of the enemy!

He is going to once and for all let the devil and the world know who has the power!

If God is about to do all that the prophets predicted He would – WHAT A GLORIOUS FUTURE JUST AHEAD!

A purged, purified ministry!

A Church that God is calling back to repentance and holiness.

A people washed, cleansed – offering praises in true righteousness.

A revival among our young people! Drug strongholds coming down!

Alcohol and divorce no longer prevalent among God’s people.

The sound of prayer-intercession!

A people of God who will discern between the holy and the unholy!

Everywhere, God’s people turning again to the Word.

A tested, tried people, once again devoted to the Person of Jesus Christ!

His Person being lifted up to draw all men to Him!

Christ no longer the stranger in our midst, but CROWNED – PRE-EMINENT!

A Pentecost that truly exalts the name and power of Jesus Christ, the Lord of all.