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‘Proof of Life’ is a term used for kidnappers to prove that they have the victim they claim so that a ransom can be paid. Without ‘proof of life’, there can be no ransom or ransoming, and the kidnappers do not get their ransom and neither can the kidnapped be ransomed.

When John sent his disciples, calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the One who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”[1] we know that Jesus’ reply was, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of Me.”[2] That was Jesus’ reply to John when John wanted ‘proof of life’ because of the report that “A great prophet has appeared among us.”[3] John wanted ‘proof of life’ that Jesus is the One Moses wrote about, and John expected signs as well as a message.

As in all kidnap situations, kidnappers will send either body parts or a message so that the victim’s family would know the demand for ransom is true. John wanted to know whether Jesus was the One who was the One spoken of before he would hand over his ministry and his disciples to Him, as he had said earlier, He [Jesus] must become greater; I must become less.[4]

See the pattern of the Lord’s reply: action and then His words, action that was unique and unchallengeable: the blind see, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear and dead are raised – five conditions that are common to all, rich and poor, and words that were reserved for the poor. The ‘proof of life’ that Jesus offered was not just words of comfort or conviction, but of an action of a movement of a changing of circumstances and situations, just as a person who is alive can move about in a room. Kidnappers do not send videotapes of their victims lying motionless on the floor, but videotapes of their victims speaking and moving.

Being able to speak words of encouragement and giving people a lifestyle plan is not ‘proof of life’. Christ did not come to give us a lifestyle, but life… and not just abundant life, but eternal life. You do not have to be a believer of Jesus to be a world class motivational speaker and writer of best sellers. But you have to be at least a believer if the deaf are to hear what you say or listen to your CD.

You do not have to be a believer of Jesus Christ to build a palatial place of worship, but you have to be at least a believer if the lame beggars are to walk through those gates. You do no have to be a believer of Jesus Christ to become wealthy, but you must at least be a believer if the blind are to see what you have. You do not have to be a believer of Jesus Christ to make people feel good, but you would have to be at least a believer if lepers were to feel good about themselves.

You do not have to be a Christian or a believer of Jesus Christ to conduct a magnificent and moving funeral, but you would have to be at least a believer if the dead are to rise at the funeral. For Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing,”[5] which means and includes what He said in Luke 7:22-23.

Now, many believe but cannot and do not do what Jesus has done, just as we could not open the eyes of a blind man until March 2005. We believed before March 2005, but the proof of life did not come until then. Those who believe are saved, and many who believe in Jesus but cannot open blind eyes and cause the lame to walk are saved, but they have no ‘proof of life’. They have hope of faith, but not ‘proof of life’. Their deeds are motivated and result from their ‘hope of faith’, so they palliatively share words and items of comfort to the blind, lame, deaf, lepers and bury the dead charitably in the hope that they too may believe and share their ‘hope of faith’. But it is written in Hebrews 11:1: Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Therefore ‘hope of faith’ entitles a certainty, a surety, a proof of that which we want people to believe in… a ‘proof of life’, in the same way as kidnappers, if they want the relatives to believe that the victim is still alive, must offer ‘proof of life’. It is and has always been the will of Jesus to offer ‘proof of life’ upon which those who hear the message could base their faith on. That is why He said, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people and they will get well.”[6]

The ‘proof of life’ of a believer is the five signs of Mark 16:17-18, and the ‘proof of life’ of one who has faith in Jesus is the ability to do the things He has done and even greater things of Luke 7:22-23. Included in what is given as ‘proof of life’ by kidnappers is often a message by their victim so that the family may recognise the voice. Thus, with the signs of the ‘proof of life’, there must be included a message with a voice that can be recognised.

When Jesus said, “and the good news is preached to the poor,” it was His code to John so that John could recognise the voice behind the message, for in his own ministry, it was the tax collectors and prostitutes that believed John and not the Pharisees and teachers of the law. “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God ahead of you.”[7]

Of course, the good news is preached to the poor because “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God,”[8] and the Kingdom of God is not just a matter of eating, drinking or talking, but of joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit and of power,[9] power to cause the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the lepers cleansed and the dead raised.

The proof of the Spirit of Life is power, for Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”[10] The presence of the power of the Holy Spirit does not give you a lifestyle, but gives you the ‘proof of life’ that can come only from listening to the words of the One who said, “I am… the Life”[11] and, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”[12]

So, what does it mean if the signs of Mark 16:17-18 do not accompany the message? It means that person is not a believer of Jesus Christ at the very least. However, if the five signs do manifest, does it mean that person is a believer of Jesus Christ? Yes, in the same way as demons and devils believe, for deceivers will deceive with false signs and wonders. However, what does it matter, for if the message preached is the Gospel of the Kingdom, then the hearers will be saved even if the preacher is not? Our brother Paul has clearly warned us that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.[13]

You see, the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not save the preacher but the listener. The miracles do not benefit the miracle worker but the victim of the miracle. The driving out of demons does not benefit the exorcist but the demon-possessed, for Jesus plainly said, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in Your Name, and in Your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell the plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, evildoers.’ ”[14]

Preachers and listeners, both alike, need to repent and acknowledge Jesus as the One and Only. The exorcist and the demon oppressed need to acknowledge Jesus. The miracle worker and the miracle recipient need to acknowledge Jesus Christ first and last. This is ‘proof of life’ as well, and the safety guard against those dreaded words, “I never knew you.”

But if the signs are not there, then you are in truth not a believer. You may be a preacher, but the absence of those five signs is warning you, the preacher, that you yourself are not a believer of what you have preached. Your hearers are being saved, even as you are not. Repent if the five signs of the believer do not accompany your preaching ministry.

Likewise, if the blind remain blind, the lame remain lame and so on, no matter how large your reputation or your ministry is, or how large your worldly income is, or how many CD’s and DVD’s or books you have sold, the ‘proof of life’ is not there, then you are not of the One that John the Baptist was preparing the way for. You can fool the people and you can fool yourself, but you have not fooled God. Just like the kidnapper who sends a ransom note, but cannot provide ‘proof of life’, it means that those kidnappers are either lying or the kidnap victim is dead, in which case the kidnappers are murderers. And Jesus said, “You belong to your father, the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for his is a liar and the father of lies.”[15]

A kidnapper with no ‘proof of life’ is either a liar or a murderer. A ministry without ‘proof of life’ unfortunately is also a ministry of the liar and murderer. For Jesus did not come just to give us faith and words to believe in, but also the power of the Holy Spirit of the Father, so that we might also shine as the light of the world as He is the Light of the World. Without the signs and miracles accompanying the words of Jesus, we bring His Name and His word into disrepute. Even Jesus Himself said, “The miracles I do in My Father’s Name speak for Me…” and again, “Do not believe Me unless I do what My Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe Me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.”[16]

It is not just the message, but the proof of the authenticity of the message that miracles save to let people know that the Father is in Jesus and that Jesus is in the Father. Miracles that are done or miracles that happen to confirm anything else contrary to what Jesus purposed them for in John 10:38 are false miracles and signs.

In the same way, as a kidnapper offers ‘proof of life’ to acquire a ransom, that ‘proof of life’ is only complete in its final task if the kidnap victim is set free alive. A kidnapper who offers ‘proof of life’, yet kills the victim after the ransom is paid is still a murderer, a son of the Devil. Likewise, anyone who does miracles and signs and wonders in the Name of Jesus and preaches the Gospel of Jesus only to draw followers after themselves to practise their words, is still a murderer, a son of the Devil.

For ‘proof of life’ is meant to lead the kidnap victim to freedom alive. When the miracles are used to entice people to follow you and not Jesus, to listen to your words, your voice on your books and your tapes, and not Jesus, then you have not offered anyone freedom or life. For Jesus said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”[17] As such, be not prideful of miracles and of the ‘proof of life’ you have, for unless that ‘proof of life’ is used to obtain the freedom of the victims of sin by convincing them to hold to the teachings of Jesus and Jesus only, then the ‘proof of life’ is useless. ‘Proof of life’ that does not effect freedom is worthless and you are still a murderer and a liar.

Thus, the False Prophet and his cohorts, who are capable of false signs and wonders, will offer ‘proof of life’ and will offer no freedom for they will demand that their followers follow them and not Jesus, listen to them and not to Jesus, and their churches to listen to men and not to the Holy Spirit, proving themselves to be sons of the liar and the murderer.

For the time is coming and has now come when the sons of God can strike the Earth as often as they wish with plagues and kill, and like their Father, send a powerful delusion so that those who have not believed the truth will believe the lie. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.[18]

If Jesus was accused of casting out demons by Beelzebub, you will be accused of much worse, for indeed, you will do even greater things. To some, you will be even more devilish than the Devil because of the power and dangerous things you do, like controlling the weather.

Signs and wonders are the ‘proof of life’, but unless the ‘proof of life’ delivers freedom that comes only from Jesus, then even with ‘proof of life’, you are still a murderer. Now, how many who claim to have the life of Christ can offer ‘proof of life’? Are their blind seeing, their lame walking, their deaf hearing, their lepers cleansed and their dead raised, and is the good news preached to the poor?

The poor do not want to hear that if they give their money to God, God will bless them with prosperity. The poor have no money with which to buy God’s prosperity. Good news to the poor is that the power to change water to wine, walk on water, to heal the sick, to multiply the food, to raise the dead, to stop the storm and to open blind eyes are theirs for free through Jesus Christ, if only they believe and follow Him!

Know and understand, and let this warning strike terror into the heart of all who preach in Jesus’ Name, without ‘proof of life’ you are a liar and a murderer. And if you have ‘proof of life’, but do not use it to give freedom to those who come to you by ensuring they hold only to Jesus’ teachings, you are still a son of the Devil.

So, repent before the harvesters of the Lord come to you. “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the Kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”[19]

And who did Jesus say causes sin? Jesus said, “Woe to the man through whom they come!”[20], when He was answering this question of the disciples, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Anyone who causes these little ones[21] to sin in their ambition to be someone great in the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the Kingdom of Faith, is the one who causes sin. He who preaches without ‘proof of life’ and uses ‘proof of life’ to draw followers after themselves is he who causes sin. Along with those who do evil, those to whom He will say, “Away from Me, you evildoers,” will be weeded out of the Kingdom first. Read it. They are not being weeded out of the kingdom of Satan, but out of Jesus’ own Kingdom first, so be surely warned and repent and be in continuous repentance.

As the Holy Spirit’s elect, you must now familiarise yourself with what constitutes ‘proof of life’ amongst those who claim to have the life of Christ. In the coming days, those who sowed in error will reap what they have sown, from James the Younger to those who wrote gospels that are not gospels.

1. The letter of James has been placed in the scriptures to see if those who purport to teach in the Name of Jesus have listened carefully to Jesus. For if you have listened to Jesus carefully, you would have realised that the letter of James is written by a believer who did not know the business of Jesus when he wrote his letter. I am not saying James is not saved or that he never came to repentance, but that James wrote his letter at a time when he, James the Younger, was not fully acquainted with the business of his Master.

Had they read carefully and listened carefully to Jesus, they would have seen, and even we should have seen that it is written that Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his Master’s business.”[22] And James begun his letter admitting that he does not know his Master’s business by saying: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.[23] As such, at least James had the good sense not to write to the church, but to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations.[24] In this, James showed wisdom, more wisdom than those who teach from his letter to the church.

Paul started his letters: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle… just like the eleven who Jesus called friends in John 15:14, that is, a man who knows his Master’s business in many of his letters.

Peter started his letters: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.

John needed no introduction as such.

So those who will continue to insist on teaching the recommendations and letters of James to the church will show themselves for who they are and reap what they sow. The angels who are doing the harvesting know who knows their Master’s business and who doesn’t, for even now the finger of God is inscribing on the foreheads of those who belong to Him and upon their hearts the Law of God. “This is My Son, whom I love. With Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[25] Those who take offence at this truth about James’ letter will not endure the harvesting.

2. Gospels that are not gospels are being brought out now for study and for debate even more so that those who are more interested in following their law, as Jesus said, “But this is to fulfil what is written in their law: ‘They hated me without reason,’’[26] will fall for their delusions. The purpose of these false gospels is to give those who would seek to justify and sanctify themselves even more scriptures to search out… scriptures that lead them away from Jesus and the power of God. These false gospels hint at deeper truths and revelations that the practitioner can access for themselves because of their faith, their efforts and their holiness.

They are indeed clouds without rain, for scriptures are of much benefit for correcting, rebuking and disciplining, but unless the scriptures lead you to faith in Jesus Christ and the knowledge of Him, such scriptures are useless. You may acquire the power to have visions and dreams and plumb great depths as Paul wrote: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love… If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love… If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.[27] And as John wrote: God is love.[28] This is how God showed His love amongst us: He sent His One and Only Son into the world…[29]

Such Gnostic gospels may lead their believers to faith that moves mountains, to fathom mysteries and have knowledge, and even love, but if that love is not directed at Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, it is of no value at harvest time. You can love your fellow humans, you can love the planet and hug the trees, but if you claim to have the life of Christ, yet have no jealous love for Jesus, you are better off reading the Koran than a Gnostic gospel.

3. Power is being released to all and sundry in order to equip the False Prophet for his ministry of signs and wonders to deceive the elect, if that were possible.[30] So, ‘proof of life’ that does not lead to freedom does not count.

4. Repentance and forgiveness of sins will continue to be preached, but even the preachers better repent at their own preaching.

So, with the ‘Proof of Life’, we will then seek ‘Proof of Love’. Amen.

May the harvest continue and increase in the Kingdom of the Son of Man.

The Lord bless you holy Angels of God, harvesters of the End of the Age.

The Lord, who chose Jerusalem and condemned the Devil, bless you.

The Lord, who raised Jesus by His power, declaring Him to be the Son of God, bless you as you minister to the heirs of His salvation.

May He increase you in your powers, knowledge, understanding and your estates.

May your sanctuaries be kept holy with sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit forever and forever. Amen

Welcome to the Holy Spirits’ Workshop.


 

[1] Luke 7:18-19

[2] Luke 7:22-23

[3] Luke 7:16

[4] John 3:30

[5] John 14:12

[6] Mark 16:17-18

[7] Matthew 21:31

[8] Luke 6:20

[9] Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 4:20

[10] Acts 1:8

[11] John 11:25; 14:6

[12] John 6:63

[13] Philippians 1:15-18

[14] Matthew 7:22-23

[15] John 8:44

[16] John 10:25, 37-38

[17] John 8:32

[18] 2 Thessalonians 2:11

[19] Matthew 13:37-42

[20] Matthew 18:7

[21] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2006/13.05.2006_RepentanceAndForgiveness.pdf

[22] John 15:15

[23] James 1:1

[24] James 1:1

[25] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[26] John 15:25 [Psalm 35:19; 69:4]

[27] 1 Corinthians 3:13

[28] 1 John 4:16

[29] 1 John 4:9

[30] Mark 13:22

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