Power of Love
The Harvest of Anger
Eph. 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them..I Jn. 3:8b The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. Heb. 2:14 NKJ.... that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.
Jer. 1:10 "See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant."
I Cor. 5:5 "I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
Mt. 13:40 "So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Rev. 11:3 "And I will grant authority to my two witnesses,... 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. 6 These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire."
Today we once again tackle a topic that is key to understanding wilderness prophetic ministry and to putting the complete nature of the Lord into perspective. We are confronting the issues of destruction and anger in the context of divine love.
No one given to the heart of God and to divine love relishes war. No one loves anger. No one likes conflict. No one embraces destruction. No one dotes upon the concept of hell. And so forth.
And yet, all these negative realities exist. They have existed from the beginning. They exist here and now. And they exist under a special unction in the heart of the wilderness prophet. Wilderness prophets are guardian warriors. And in a way that exceeds most other functions and offices in the body of Christ, they have been tasked with the demonstration of the destructive power of love and the anger of the Lord,
"to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God" and "to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written..." Is. 61:2; Ps. 149:7-9
Today's teaching is in defense of the wilderness prophetic ministry by way of explaining the destructive power of love and the harvest of anger. In a humanist world and an equally humanist church inebriated on the concept of "unconditional love," the concepts of love and destruction have come to be conceived of as universally incompatible.
From one perspective, there is a context in which this incompatibility is utterly true. For within the Godhead there is no conflict, there is no war, there is no destruction, there is no hate. And the same is supposed to be true of the people who directly reflect the internal union of the Godhead, namely, the body of Christ. ("By your love they [are supposed to] know you are my disciples.")
But the problem is that there also exists an outside-of-the-Godhead reality. There is that which from the beginning has transgressed outside the intrinsic love nature of God and to this day reflects against that interior love. There is a satan. There is a lucifer. And it is he who from the beginning is responsible for everything that exists "outside" the divine love union--responsible for everything antithetical to and destructive of that union, a union from which the universe was birthed:
John 8:44...He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Rev. 9:11 NIV They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name...(...is, Destroyer).
"And There Was War in Heaven...."
So there came to exist a reality outside the interior love within the Godhead, this love into which we were redeemed and were ordained to cultivate.
Once the divine union was violated, once there was an "outside" of the divine Love, it became incumbent on Love itself to oppose and destroy to the death that which transgressed its holy bounds. In order for divine love to retain its integrity, it must destroy that which now existed outside of it. It is from this reality that love became forced to express love's own capacity and power for destruction.
And who does not understand this? What child does not understand this? If someone builds something, and someone else comes along and wants to destroy it, the original builder has no alternative but to fight the destroyer of his building if what he has built is to survive.
What do you think? Once the interior divine love was transgressed, was the Godhead just going to sit there and let the Transgressor destroy Their Love and all that They had built? Was God supposed to "turn the other Cheek?" Was He supposed to in "unconditional love" let satan destroy heaven and take His throne? "Here Lucifer, I love you too much to fight you or destroy you. So I am just going to selflessly give you my Throne."
Come on you unconditionalists! Have you any creatorial sense left at all? All love must be conditioned on preserving and defending the integrity of what love IS! If love had made no war in heaven, there would be no heaven today as you believe in it. Love's capacity to preserve and defend the integrity of its nature is the source of love's necessary capacity and power for war and destruction.
Divine love could never allow transgression outside itself to stand without destroying what Love Is. And it is because of this fundamental reality that Love itself must show her own capacity for destructive power. Divine Love possesses a necessary destructiveness for the defense and protection of her Own Existence. Love must therefore be capable of war. Love must be capable of anger. It could be no other way!
And it is because it can be no other way that God must demonstrate Himself not only as a Lover, but as a Destroyer of all that would attempt to exist outside the Standard of His Inner Union--of all that would destroy the nature of His Love and what He has built.
Therefore to be a Lover, God must also fundamentally be a Warrior. And that is why "there was war in heaven." That is why He is profusely named the "Lord of Hosts" or "Lord of Armies." God's capacity for war is based in His capacity for love. That capacity for the fierce defense of and vengeance on behalf of His love is why God describes Himself as a Jealous God.
Ex. 20:5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
Again, who does not understand this? Who does not understand why jealousy has been built into the creation itself? Who does not understand the fierce jealousy of the mother cub or the violated marriage? Destructive jealousy belongs to divine love.
Have we got this clear now? To exist at all, love must have the capacity to destroy that which would destroy It. Therefore love is capable of war. Love is capable of hate. Love is capable of anger. Love is capable of conflict toward all that is without it:
Rev. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
That is the way it stays to all eternity(take note you universalists)
To Destroy the Works of the Devil
From the jealously destructive nature of divine love flows our understanding of the same destructive capacity imparted into those who are God's by redemption. God has imparted into His own people His own capacity for love-based destruction. His desire to cultivate divine love in us does not contradict this. It mandates it!
Further, God has specially imparted the heart of His destructively jealous vengeance into His wilderness apostles and prophets. Listen up, wounded warriors, and be no more condemned. And listen up you pastoral people, passionists, unconditionalists and universalists that have a hard time with the expression of divine destruction.
Look again then at the verses we have opened this article with. God said we were created in Christ Jesus for good works. He also said the purpose of His Son was to destroy the works of the devil and to destroy (not "redeem") the very devil himself. So if the works of Christ were to destroy the works of the devil, and we were created for "good works" too, what does that tell you?? It tells you that we too were created to destroy the works of the devil.
This is especially true of the apostles and prophets as seen also in the verses above. God commissions Jeremiah as a prophet to be a destroyer of the works of the devil. In what way??
"To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow"
To destroy what? Kingdoms. And you can read where Jeremiah was sent in the spirit to force all the kingdoms of the world to drink the wrath of God's destruction. Read about it in Jeremiah 25:15-29. The cup of God's wrath on the kingdoms of this world is a prophetic cup sent throughout the world by His servants the prophets, who are also referred to in Revelation as angels.
16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God."...17:1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,..." 19:10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
21:9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." .... 21:8 ...And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 But he said to me, "Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God."
What is this showing us? What is it all about? It is about the "vengeance" of our God on the kingdoms of the world. (Did you see any Seven Mountains teaching in Jeremiahs cup?)
What is vengeance? It is angry destruction. What is the anger over? It's over the violation of the divine love of the Godhead in the earth! It is the anger of divine love itself.
Who carries out this angry destruction? The angels. Who are the angels? They are the prophets and fellow servants of your God! Thats who. (I would not doubt that Jeremiah was one of these seven angels of Revelation 16 and that his world tour "cup drinking" venture was simultaneously expressed across time here in Revelation.)
This is further seen in Revelation 11 through the two witnesses. These witnesses are breathing out love's fiery destruction on the enemies of their loving gospel. What gospel is that? It is the gospel of the finished mystery in the preceding chapter, the gospel of no more delay, and the gospel of the impending judgment of the Lord following,
10:5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, 6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there will be delay no longer, 7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.... 11 And they said to me, "You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings." ...11:3 "And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." ...14: 6 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7 and he said with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters."
Can you see that all of this consummates together? Dont get lost in parsing the sequences and players in Revelation. It is all a consummate reincarnating of the destructive gospel of love sent to the nations through Jeremiah. This is the Gospel II under the next revelation of Christ. Even John is told that he will be participating in this international declaration! (when was that to be? Hmmm? Do you think John might still have an appearance to make here in our times after all?)
Now what is the object of all this loving destruction? It is to destroy the first destroyers:
11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." 16 And the twenty-four elders, ...worshiped God, 17 saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty,... because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18 "And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came... to destroy those who destroy the earth."
Isn't that what Hebrews told us about the Lord, that He was to destroy him who had the power of death? All of this demonstrates the necessary destructive power of jealous divine love.
This same power for love's destructive capacity is given to the apostles. Peter's word kills Ananias and Sapphira. Paul executes such destruction several times. He strikes Elymas the sorcerer with blindness. He binds over an incestuous adulterer in the Corinthian church to physical destruction. (Thankfully that man eventually repented! It's not known how much destruction he ended up suffering before his spirit came to salvation through his repentance.)
This is not a power Paul wants to use inside the church! But he does so if he has too:
I Cor. 4:21 What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness? II Cor.10: 8 For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
In other words, says he, "Do you want me to come to you characterized by the love inside of divine union, or do I have to come to you with the destructive love toward that among you which manifests outside of divine union?"
Don't miss this, and don't get trapped into a false dichotomy between the "rod" and "love" in Paul's question. Both of Paul's alternatives display love. But he uses the word love here to only represent interior love and fellowship. But the destructive rod is just as much the expression of divine love if he has to use it against them. He aches to say this himself:
II Cor. 11:11 Why [am I doing this]? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.
Love will manifest itself destructively wherever it has to in order to defend the integrity of its nature. Never forget this, and stop being fooled by the lie of luciferian love that says that love is never characterized by conflict, anger, destruction or war. That lie, which we will touch on further, is responsible for the shackling of the church under bonds of internal moral corruption, all but destroying the mandate of church discipline, and preventing its saltiness from standing up to and convicting an utterly immoral godless society.
The Heart of David (?)
The heart of David is not just a heart of "love for God." It is a heart of destructive love upon God's enemies. Read it for yourself. Read the life of David. Read his Psalms which over and over call for the vengeance of the Lord to fall on his / His enemies. David's psalms are full of the passionate display of the destructive love of God. And his life is characterized by the "much bloodshed" upon the Lord's enemies throughout the surrounding kingdoms in the execution of that love--all of which was commissioned by your loving God.
(What do you think, hmmmm? When is the last time you went to a passionist "Heart of David" conference to receive exhortation in how to carry out the vengeful destruction of the Lord against His enemies? When is the last time a Heart of David conference even taught you to become morally outraged at what is going on in the church and in society?)
But think back much further than David. Go back to Moses. Go back to God's love for His people in Egypt. What did that love eventuate in? It eventuated in the destruction of thousands of first born babies and thousands upon thousands of Egyptian soldiers in the Red Sea.
But it doesn't stop there. God's destructive love in pursuit of His enemies takes place throughout the entire wilderness journey inside the camp of Israel (where it should not have had to have been displayed) and then on through the campaign to conquer the Promised Land. This eventuated in the violent destructive extermination of perhaps hundreds of thousands if not millions of people!
If you were a Hebrew soldier, you would have had to take up the sword in defense of the integrity of the love of God. It was time for this to have to happen. (The word "time" is critical to that statement. We will come back to it at the end.) The question is, would you have--when the time came and you were called upon--would you have executed the Lord's vengeance upon His enemies? Would you have obeyed the counter-humanist admonition "not to pity them?" Would you have been able and willing to learn to display the destructive love of God? Would you have acted as Phinehas to spear through a man and his Moabite woman in order to stay the plague of God against His own people? Do you have any sense of the jealousy of God in your love for Him?
So what are we seeing throughout the Old Testament? We are seeing the destructive side of the love of God. Humanists and atheists cannot fathom this. It is beyond their comprehension to believe that a "loving God" could be responsible for the killing of a single flea, never mind millions of people. But this is because men do not understand the concept of intrinsic integrity to which love is bound and by which it is conditioned and defined. Lets talk about this....
The Spirit of "Anti-Love"
You have heard about the spirit of antichrist. You understand that the spirit of antichrist is already here in the earth. You perhaps even understand already that the term "anti" does not mean "against" as usually used (though it effectively means that), but that "anti" literally means "instead of." By this you understand that antichrist means instead of Christ. Something in place of Christ. In other words, something or someone that comes proclaiming himself to be Christ in place of the true Christ. A counterfeit Christ.
Very well. What we all need to understand is that the spirit of anti-christ does not just refer to a personage called Christ. It refers to all the qualities of spirit and nature that characterize Christ. And it applies to all the spiritual gifting and capacities and offices that characterize Christ.
So what does that mean? It means for every quality by which Christ is known, there is a counterfeit. The same is true for every office in the body. So if there are apostles, there are also anti-apostles. If there are prophets, there are also anti-prophets. In fact, that's what all false prophets are. They are anti-prophets. And there are anti-pastors and anti-evangelists as well. There is anti-prophecy, and there are anti-tongues.
Those are the offices and gifts. But today, we are talking about qualities of divine nature, specifically love. And so just as God is characterized by many originating qualities as love, mercy, compassion, etc., the spirit of antichrist produces anti-qualities that counterfeit the divine nature. The chief of these is anti-love.
What is anti-love? Anti-love is a form of love from which all standard of divine integrity has been eviscerated. It is in other words, love to no particular standard of belief or behavior. Anti-love is what is today known throughout the world as "unconditional love." It is also described by the unqualified words "tolerance" and "acceptance." So, within the framework of anti-love, to love means to tolerate and to accept into fellowship anyone for any behavior or belief on any terms without check of any kind. In a word, it is lawlessness. The spirit of anti-love is the spirit of lawlessness.
And of course then, by that understanding, anything that does qualify belief, check behavior or put any condition on any expression is "not love." It is "unloving." It is "hate." It is "intolerant." Anti-love is really the narcissistic "love" known by the two year old. ("If you really loved me, you would give me whatever I want and never spank me or do anything to make me feel bad. Whaaaah.")
Under the banner of (anti-)love, any form of critical evaluation, judgment, division, conflict, hate, destruction or war is forbidden (even though all people who subscribe to anti-love are hypocritically characterized in secret by these things anyway, if not openly.)
The "Antibody" of Wrath
By contrast the destructive power of love, also known as wrath, which appears as a mirror of satan's originating destructiveness, operates as a different kind of "instead of." It operates as an "antidote" or "antibody" within the internal immune system of divine love. Where the anti-love of lucifer is still finally destructive, the "anti-destruction" of love--as the antibody within divine love, is finally preservative.
This is what we must understand about the war in heaven and of all heavenly conflict carried out through history. When satan corrupted to become the original destroyer of the divine union, it was utterly necessary for heaven to release the antibody of destruction against that destroyer. Every time you read of war and destruction instigated by God in scripture, you are reading about the work of a divine antibody sent to purge the universe in some way from satanic destruction.
Similarly, every time you experience the release of divine anger or destruction in any form relationally, you are witnessing the same. When apostles and wilderness prophets release divine anger, they are releasing divine antibodies meant for the purging of carcinogens and pathogens from the body of Christ and from society itself.
This is what conflict, anger, wrath and war are to God. They are not the fundamental identifiers of his nature. They are the ancillary protectors of His fundamentally loving nature from pathogens as emerged with lucifer's destructive infection of covetous pride. A body with no antibody cannot protect its own integrity from a pathogen. And that is why love must carry the power for angry destruction.
A Matter of Discernment
So then it is important to know what is happening to the words we use in our identification of the Lord as well as of satan or lucifer. We have to understand the difference between originating love found only in God and counterfeit anti-love found in lucifer. And we have to understand the difference between originating hate and destruction found only in satan, and the integrous hate and integrous destruction of that destruction found as an antibody within divine love for its preservation.
So what are we to do then? If love's internal qualities are so counterfeitable, and love's antibody qualities mirror those of the original destroyer, how are we ever supposed to live as a society?? How is there ever to be understanding within a society or within the church itself of what is divinely loving and what is satanically hating?
This is admittedly a very hard issue to discern. On a battle field, a military sword severs limbs unto destruction. On the same battlefield, a medic severs a wounded limb to preserve the rest of the body. A soldier wears one uniform. A medic wears another, usually with a red cross on it. But how does one tell the difference on the spiritual battlefield of cosmic war between the Destroyer and the Healer who must first destroy in order to heal?
On the level of human perception, this is not resolvable. Flesh and blood cannot tell the difference between divine love and anti-love. Man cannot tell the difference between satanic hate and love's antibody-hate. Man can see no difference between satanic destruction and divine destruction, between the Destroyer and the One who destroys the Destroyer. It all looks the same. (Try convincing an atheist or humanist that there is any difference between the warring God of Old Testament Israel and the warring Allah of the modern jihadist. You can't. And will not the Two Witnesses be considered terrorists by the world, you think?)
But in the end, we have to remember that this is not ultimately about measurements and definition and argumentations among flesh and blood. It is a warfare between spiritual worlds of which we are caught in the middle, and must choose sides, and allow the true God to prove Who HE IS.
It is therefore up to the Spirit of Truth as we know Him to prove and to defend the divine qualities of love found in the originating union of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is up to the Spirit of Truth as we know Him to expose and discern for us the anti-divine qualities of lucifer. It is up to the Spirit of Truth as we know Him to discern for us between satan's originating destructive work and the angry destructive power of divine love.
This ministry writes to those who have already submitted in the same Spirit to the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is not written to convince those who have sold themselves to the opposing anti-spirit of the age. I will never convince atheists or new agers or luciferians of anything. But I will help those of us converted by the same Holy Spirit of the Lamb Slain to become more certified and grounded in our common spirit in Christ, and less able to be deceived by the anti-spirit. And hopefully I may be able to lead to repentance those of our common Spirit in the larger body of Christ who have been infected by antichrist qualities proffered as divine.
The Harvest of Anger
In this final section, we want to look more deeply into the antibody quality of divine love. We want to look specifically at anger. Anger is a quality belonging to the Lord's jealous defense of His righteous holiness. It is inseparable from His love. But belief in anti-love disallows anger. It is repeatedly taught that it is a sin to ever become angry, even though Jesus became angry and exasperated on more than one occasion, and even though we are told to "be angry and sin not."
Still, it is necessary to dispel confusion between righteous anger based in divine jealousy, and unrighteous human anger based in human frustration, expectation and pride. To do that, we need to understand the "harvest" of anger.
In the Lord, anger is not an emotion worn on the sleeve, or provoked at any small infraction of the will. Rather, anger comes at the end of a slow methodic process which allows room for repentance and reconciliation to intercept sin's fruition before it is complete. We start with God's own testimony to this in the law:
Ex. 34: 6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."
This statement about the slowness of the Lord's anger is repeated in several other places in the Old Testament. The passage shows how that slowness operates. First, God highlights His foundation in love. He is "compassionate and gracious" and He "keeps lovingkindness for thousands."
Compassion means to "feel with." So in other words, before God "feels against" us in anger, He "feels with" us in our weakness. And in so doing, He is showing grace. He allows room for error because of our weakness. He doesn't jump on us at the first sign of our messing up. He is saying that He is patient with us. And He keeps lovingkindness in this way throughout, because that is His fundamental heart toward us.
So this is what separates the antibody character of divine anger from the infection of satanic human anger, which is almost universally accompanied by impatience. In the beginning, the Lord's shelving of His awareness of transgression allows plenty of room for reconciliation before He releases that anger. The Lord is ever ready to forgive iniquity in the early period of transgression.
But then comes the rest of the story. Over the period of patience, also known as forbearance and which I sometimes call "amnesty," if the change required to cure the transgression does not come forth, then the anger of the Lord is finally released. The certainty of that release is promised in the rest of the statement "He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished."
The certainty of this punishment and the release of vengeful anger contradicts the pseudo teaching of anti-love that God never gets angry, that His patience is unending, that He eternally forbears, that He unconditionally forgives, and that we are to do the same in all respects. Believe the word! God's anger is certain upon an ultimately unrepentant people, church, relationship. The line from forbearance to punishment will be crossed past which there is no more room for forgiveness at that stage of the relationship.
In all then, we see that God is very careful and measured in how He releases the antibody of His destructive anger upon His people and upon the world. Nevertheless His release of it in jealous defense of love's integrity is absolutely certain. If there is anything to be believed "unconditionally" about the love of God, it is that He will unconditionally protect and defend the integrity of His love, and that any moves toward forbearance and mercy will be conducted on terms of His grace, not on any terms of human demand or expectation or sense of entitlement as anti-love doctrine has come to breed in the church!
- Coming to the Harvest
This idea of the slowness of divine anger followed by the certainty of its full execution evokes the picture of harvest. Now anybody familiar with this ministry or the teachings of Brother Earls knows how key the concept of harvest is to the ways of God.
It is no less true here regarding the release of His destructive antibody in defense of love's purity.
The best picture of the harvest nature of divine anger is given to us in the parable of the tares quoted at the beginning. The tares picture the transgression load of the earth's people. That transgression passes through a planting and growing phase just like everything else.
"Whatever a man sows, that also shall he reap." All our lifelong actions and their results are lived out through a planting and harvesting process. Actions are planted. Results are harvested. Results are the reaped end of all the actions and words that have been sown. And when it comes to tares, the certain results to be harvested are the judgments of an angry God upon such a crop.
For this we need to stop a moment and consider how all of the angry judgments of God have been carried out. They have all been carried out as the end result or harvesting of a transgression process. This is true for Noah's Flood. It is true for the dispossessing of the Canaanites. It is true for the Assyrian and Babylonian deportations. It is true for the Roman destruction of Jerusalem proceeding from rejection of the Messiah. And it is coming true for the final worldwide judgments on the kingdoms of this world out of the rejection of the gospel.
Immediate examples are in order. We see for instance in God's word to Abraham about the Promised Land,
Gen. 15:13 God said to Abram, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years.... 16 "Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete."
What is He saying? He is saying the He cannot remove the Amorites (Canaanites) from the Promised Land until their iniquity comes to a point at which it can be harvested. The Canaanites had to run through a certain course of sin from planting to harvest before it could be reaped in God's wrath. We're talking 400 years to go here. Talk about the patience and forbearance of God. (And who has any idea what kind of prophetic warnings those people received all of those generations.)
But once it was harvest time, then the anger of the Lord was displayed in full fury through the children of Israel, showing no mercy. Everyone and everything had to be killed. And it was all necessary as the antibody to defending the purity of the love of God in the earth and which at that time was decidedly covenanted with Israel (who as we know also had to be punished in due season for their iniquity). All this destruction of the Canaanites was a harvesting of iniquity, just as the parable of the tares shows us.
See also the example regarding the end times harvest of iniquity itself:
Rev. 14:18 Then another angel... called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." 19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.
Do we see this ever so clearly again? The end times wrath of God is dispensed only at the end as a harvesting process upon the fully planted and ripened actions of a rejecting mankind.
Notice the actions of the angels in this regard. It is an angel that swings the sickle of God's wrath. This brings us back to the parable of the tares. This parable shows us how careful God is in the manner and timing of the execution of His destruction:
Mt. 13:28 "... The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather [the tares] up?' 29 But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."' "
Now please pay attention to this, as it is very instructive for us. Remember that according to Jesus the slaves in this parable are angels. But also remember in turn that according to the Book of Revelation, these angels serving as the agents of the Lord's wrath are prophets and fellow servants of John! They are humans, just like the two witnesses.
Are we getting the picture? First, just as Israel conquered Canaan in their harvest of iniquity, and just as Elijah brought down fire on marauding armies in Israel, so in these end times, the judgments of divine wrath are to be executed by the prophets and fellow servants of God.
People, who are these prophets and fellow servants? Who is this talking about?? Go look in a mirror. God's judgments are to be executed by His saints. This honor have all His saints Psalm 149 tells us.
So let me ask you, is your heart getting prepared to execute the vengeance of our God in defense of the integrity of the Divine Union?
"But what about the rebuke of Jesus to the sons of thunder who asked, 'Lord, do you want us to call fire down on them like Elijah?' and He said, 'You know not what manner of Spirit you are of.' Doesn't this prove judgment is not a valid part of our ministry?"
Good question. I'm glad you asked.
What was Jesus really saying, People? Was He telling them they were never to act in judgment? Was he telling them they were never to execute the fierce anger of the Lord as unconditional anti-love teaches? How could that be when in a few short years Peter was going to be delivering up Ananias and Sapphira to death and Paul was going to be delivering people to destruction of the flesh??
No. What He was saying was what He told the reaper angels in the parable who asked, "Do you want us to go and gather the tares up?" That's what these guys were asking! These guys were ready to "gather the tares" now!
Jesus wasn't telling them they were never to execute the judgment of God. He was telling them, "You don't know what time it is. You don't know what manner of season it is right now and what manner of spirit you are supposed to have for this season."
At that point in Jesus' ministry, it wasn't time for the judgment to be reaped. Remember what I said earlier about the critical element of time in the conquering of Canaan. Well this is it. There is a timing to the anger of God. There is a season to the destructive power of love. The prophetic angels of the end times have to learn to be in sync with the divine timing. While the growing season is still in force and there is divine forbearance in waiting for repentance that can be forgiven, it is not time to release the divine anger. But the fact that it is not time at one time does not mean it is never time and never will be time for love to act destructively.
A lot of God's prophets in the wilderness have been in training regarding this anger issue. They understand the imperative of the wrath of God on a disobedient world. They burn with the jealous anger of God toward sin in the world and especially toward sin in the church. But they have tried to light the match and wield the sickle too soon in that situation. And so they got sent out into the desert like Moses after killing their one Egyptian. God wasn't ready to kill any Egyptian yet. But when He was ready, He was going to kill an entire army of Egyptians and their entire nation's firstborns! It was a matter of ripening and timing. You have to get this.
And so it is that today, an entire army of wilderness prophets has been in preparation after having tried to pull tares too soon. They have been in preparation for the executing of the vials of wrath upon a wicked society earthwide. You could be one of them.
So I conclude with this observation. God is about to shake the church loose out of its delusion under the smothering doctrine of anti-love. He is about to bring a Moses people back in from the desert who are going to execute judgments upon the system of Pharaoh. After having taken them out of the fields for many years, God is going to instruct his angel prophets in waiting, who had first wanted to pull up tares on the early side, to now go back into the fields for "truly the fields are ripe unto harvest." And we are not talking about the harvest of salvation. We are talking about the harvest of the anger of the Lord.
I'm sorry if this message does not sit well with you. As I admitted, none of us grounded in the love of God enjoys conflict, and many of us are wearied and weakened from it in our past. But we have not begun to see what God intends to do to fulfil His word regarding this in these last days. Somebody has to fulfill these roles in the book or Revelation. Why would it not be you?
Israel had to storm Canaan by force. They used carnal weapons. The force of the prophet angels to come will be the declared word of the Lord itself, a word that will carry its own fire power from heaven to destroy the destroyers of the earth and of the divine Union. Judgment will begin in the house of God. You will see deaths in the house of God. The Moses people will have to order Levites to execute their brethren. God's patience with the church has nearly run its course. It will not look pretty. And then all Egypt and all of the nations under the commercial system will experience the cup of Jeremiah.
Yes, we look forward to the positive harvest of glorification. And may we remained focus thereon. But we must understand that there is no harvest to glory without a harvest unto destruction of the Destroyer. We will be wielding the destructive love of the Lord upon Canaan before we ever possess it.
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