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What does it take for a group of ordinary men who were running failed businesses with careers that were going nowhere, who are then brought into a life where they not only witness but find themselves doing the impossible, to leave it all behind and go back to the ordinary?

Not only do they see their Master calm a storm, heal the sick, drive out demons, and even walk on water, but they themselves also walked on water, healed the sick and drove out demons. They were twelve ordinary men who were selected by Jesus and were catapulted into a life of miraculous proportions, the stuff that fantasies are made of. Imagine walking on water. Imagine feeding 5000 families from five loaves and two fish. Imagine the lame walking and the blind seeing because you said so.

Such was the privilege of the life that Jesus catapulted the twelve into. Yet, for thirty pieces of silver one would betray Him, and the others would by and by begin to listen to someone who did not believe in their Master in the first place, but because he was a blood relative. Did they not notice that the more they listened to the suggestions and demands of others around them, the less the power to perform those miracles manifested, until they returned to a life of ordinary means filled with extra-ordinary memories. The loss of the power of the Holy Spirit from the church, to do the things that Jesus had been doing and even greater things than these, meant that the life Jesus Christ planned for His church was replaced by a life planned and accepted by men for His church. A life of holiness and piety, pock-marked by the observation of rules of men and traditions without being able to make any miraculous difference to the lives of people.

Compare and see the difference. At a three-day conference with Jesus, seven loaves and a few fish fed 4000 people, now 4000 people will feed the conference speaker. With Jesus, one child’s offering of five loaves and two fish fed 5000 men and their families. Now it takes thousands of men and their families to raise money to feed a hungry child. I say thousands, because out of the 4-5 million families in Australia, only hundreds of thousands of children at best are fed through the charities.

When Jesus was around, the world sought Him out for healing. Patients of the best physicians of their time deserted their doctors just to touch His garment and were healed. The people brought their sick to the church for healing, that is, the hospitals sent their sick to the church. Now, the church sends their sick to the hospital.

When it came to prosperity, Jesus Christ introduced His twelve disciples to a form of travel not even the richest men on Earth can afford. He told them, “Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep.”[1] To this day, no one travels without baggage, much less without a wallet. However, when you are truly powerfully rich, you alone can afford to travel without your wallet and luggage because whatever you need has been prepared ahead for you.

And what do we have in place of this system today that is called the church and Christianity? Thousands of people feed a preacher. Families put together a little money to buy five loaves and two fish for a little child, the sick are taken from the church to the hospitals, and every traveller travels with baggage.

Unless we acknowledge that we have gone where Jesus never intended us to go to become a powerless institution that offers palliative distractions to the world’s problems, and unless we repent in the fullness of truth, without watering down the severity with which we have wandered away from His plans, we will never see the truth.

You see: God didn’t create the world for our benefit but His. God didn’t create Himself to fellowship with Adam, but God created Adam to fellowship with God. God didn’t save the world through Jesus for our sake but His. God didn’t send His Word into the world for our glory but His. Jesus didn’t raise up the church to glorify the church, but He said, “This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”[2] “…and glory has come to Me through them.”[3]

It isn’t about us, it is about Them. It isn’t that we hated Them, no, it is because They loved us that we are saved and Jesus Christ was crucified.

As long as we still want to relate to God according to our law of Psalms 35 and 69, which are: Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. …Arise and come to my aid. …Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”[4] Then we will never see the fullness of the power God had given the early disciples ever resurrected.

The secret to seeing the release of the full power of the Kingdom, for it is reserved for one thing only, is when we forget our law of ‘I, me, my and mine’, which hates God without a reason, but move into His Law that fulfils all the Law and the Prophets, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”[5] That we fight against those who fight against God, we contend with those who contend against God, we arise and come to His aid. When we finally see that God sent Jesus to save the world for His sake, not ours, then and only then, can we truly be trusted with full power.

Peter was concerned about losing his reputation so that when men from James went to Antioch, he stopped eating with the Gentiles, for which he got a well deserved and resounding rebuke from Paul publicly for his hypocrisy.[6] Peter forgot that Jesus had lost His reputation to save Peter and that the Holy Spirit had sacrificed His holiness to be poured out on all flesh.

As the elect of the Holy Spirit, and I speak, not as one of you for I am not, your zeal and your jealousy must be purely for the Holy Spirit, for His reputation and for His glory. For the power of the Holy Spirit was not released to Jesus for our sake, but for God’s sake. His power was not given out so that the sick were just healed out of compassion, but to take vengeance for God, destroying the very agent that brought illness to God’s image.

God is not a sick God; therefore neither should His image be sick. God is not blind; therefore neither should His image be blind. God is not a lame that He cannot walk or a leper that He is unclean and to be avoided or deaf that He cannot hear, and above all else, God is not dead. The good news for the poor who are still His image, is this: your God is neither blind, lame, deaf, unclean or dead, and neither should you be.

The power of the Holy Spirit is given out to take vengeance on the enemies of God who had spoiled His image and that power would continue to be poured out without limit only if there are ones or one who live for the vengeance of God.

The church was to continue the work of Jesus to take vengeance on the enemies of God – on Satan, on Death and on all men who loved wickedness and live to deny God. Since the purpose of the power then is to avenge God of the wrong done to Him for Adam sinned against God, not God against Adam; for Satan sinned against God and not God against Satan; for angels rebelled against God and not God against angels. Since the power of God is to avenge God, then it will and can only be released to those who are seeking to avenge God and to do His Name proud and give Him glory.

In the righteousness and mercy of God, it was released first to heal the sick and to raise the dead, to destroy the lack and remove the uncertainty so that men would come to know God, not just by word, but by deeds. That men who are the image of God would be set free of illness, set free from death, set free from torment by unclean spirits, set free from lack and hunger, set free from the uncertainty of the future and to be in control even of the weather, so that they may come to know that God who they are the image of is a God who has no illness, God who cannot die, God who has no fear of unclean spirits, God who has no lack or hunger, God who knows the future from the beginning, and who is able to control all things, even the decision of the lot that is cast into the lap.[7]

As you pass your tests of faithfulness, perseverance and endurance under trials, that is, as you prove your election by the Holy Spirit, when you come to that place where you are zealous for Him and Him alone, the power of the Holy Spirit will be entrusted to you in full so that to the world, it would appear the Holy Spirit has left.

Firstly, out of grace and mercy and compassion, it will be released for another wave of unprecedented healing and miracles of supply and deliverance. Then as these grace miracles are once more abused, the second wave of power will be released for devastation. For, have we not also forgotten the Lord has said, “See now that I Myself am He! There is no god besides Me. I put to death and I bring to life. I have wounded and I will heal and no one can deliver out of My hand. I will take vengeance on My adversaries and repay those who hate Me.”[8] “For the day of vengeance was in My heart…”[9]

If you who claim to know God, you would know there is a day of vengeance in His heart. If He decimated Israel after waiting patiently for 430 years in their adultery—how much more will He decimate he who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the Covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace? For we know Him who said, “It is Mine to avenge. I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[10]

Then should we not fear Him and repent of our ways and the way we have used the Name of His Son and insulted His Holy Spirit? Indeed, awake in fearful terror to see what the Lord God who decimated Israel will do to those who have used the Name of His Son and drunk His blood in an unholy way, when He comes to avenge the blood of His Son and for the manner of His death. Was any sacrificial lamb ever whipped, flogged and crucified as the Lamb of God was? If God had offered His Son as His Lamb for us, could we not at least have dispatched Him with one quick blow so that His death might at least be swift and merciful? God may have offered His Son as the Sacrificial Lamb, but I fear we have much to answer for the way we dispatched Him.

Should you now stand piously back, knowing what we know, and say, “Vengeance belongs to God” and once more, allow our Father to dirty His hands to satisfy His vengeance, or have you now learned to listen to Jesus enough and to believe Him enough to realise that when He said, “All that belongs to the Father is Mine,”[11] this also includes the vengeance of God. If Jesus did not hesitate to share with us the glory He received from the Father,[12] should we hesitate to share in God’s vengeance on His enemies? However, can we participate in God’s vengeance on His enemies, unless we fulfil the Lord’s word, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”?[13]

If we receive God’s blessing into our lives, we can bless others with it. For as the Lord has said, “Freely you have received, freely give.”[14] Then if we receive God’s vengeance into our lives, we can likewise bless others with it in the same spirit.

Avenge, O Lord, the blood of Your Son in our lives and with our lives, that as surely as we have ‘proof of foolishness’, let us manifest ‘proof of election’ by the Holy Spirit, that He may become in us the Spirit of Judgment and of Fire,[15] and He will be the Spirit of Justice to Him who sits in judgement.[16]

For your role as the elect of the Holy Spirit is proved by the power you will be given to take vengeance on behalf of the Lord, once vengeance has been taken upon you by the Lord so that you may truly do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.

And as Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ would say to all the elect of the Holy Spirit, for he was the first of two who were the original elect of the Holy Spirit. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience once your obedience is complete.[17] Nothing is complete until it is judged. So judge yourself. Does not God deserve vengeance for the blood of His Son and the insulting of His Holy Spirit? What say you, elect of the Holy Spirit? Let your yes be yes and your no be no, and show the proof of your election. AMEN


 

[1] Matthew 10:9

[2] John 15:8

[3] John 17:10

[4] Psalm 35:1-3

[5] Luke 6:31

[6] Galatians 2:11-13

[7] Proverbs 16:33

[8] Deuteronomy 32:39,41

[9] Isaiah 63:4

[10] Hebrews 10:29-30

[11] John 16:15

[12] John 17:22

[13] Matthew 7:12

[14] Matthew 10:8

[15] Isaiah 4:4

[16] Isaiah 28:6

[17] 2 Corinthians 10:6

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