THE GATHERING AND MOVING OF THE HOLY ONES
By Dan Luehrs
"And the four angels (messengers) were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men" (Revelation 9:15 KJV).
According to Bible prophecy great men and women of God are about to arise on the stage of earthly events like never before. These people will have the power and authority of all those who have gone before them and much more. These people are not any better or greater than their predecessors; but it is God's timing and grace upon them for their task because they are, "Prepared for the hour and day and month and year!"
I know what has been taught about these verses on end-time Bible prophecy, destruction follows the release of these four angels or messengers. But please hear me on this. God does not want to destroy the people on the earth but He wants to save them by any means possible. God is a God of redemption and restoration! And that means He is going to save and deliver many people by His ministers of flames of fire! These will come in all the power of Moses, Elijah, Jonah, and John the Baptist, which are the greater works that Jesus said would come after He went to the Father.
I have written a whole chapter on the third part of man being killed in my book entitled, The Revelation Revealed so I will not elaborate much on it here but just give a few paragraphs on what I have seen and written.
"Most people interpret this verse to mean that one third of all men are to physically die by these angels. Notice that these are angels or messengers of God that are bringing death to the third part of man and are not demon spirits as many teach. Chapter 10:1 says, "And I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven…" Notice it says, "another," the word "another" means liken unto the four other angels that have already been loosed.
These messengers that are loosed will not bring physical death to men, but death to the man of sin, this is the old Adam that is alive in mankind and causes us to sin. The Greek clearly say's, "To slay the third part of man, not men." A human is a three part being, first he is spirit, then soul, and has a body. God has the hour, and a day, and a month, and a year already planned for this for this man of sin to be destroyed. Hallelujah! "And then shall that Wicked (man of sin) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth (words), and shall destroy with the brightness (truth/light) of his coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:8 KJV). For this man of sin in us is what has troubled man and his relationship with God ever since the beginning of time and now God is going to do away with it once His elect have been fully tested by the His fires.
The word angel means messenger, either a human or spirit being. A messenger has a message or word from someone else to deliver. And it will be the very words of God through His deliverers as Moses and Aaron did that will bring deliverance to mankind from sin (see Acts 7:34-35). Revelation 9:16 says, "And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them." These are none other then the army of the Lord riding on white horses to do battle against the man of sin that has controlled mankind for the ages. "And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses" (Revelation 19:14). To do what? Destroy people's lives? You know not what spirit you are of! Jesus came not to destroy sinners, but to deliver them from their sinful nature! "And from His mouth comes a sharp sword (word), so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty" (Revelation 19:15). If Jesus has killed the nations with His word, whom will He rule over with a rod of iron?
The number four is the number for the sons of God. I believe these four angels/messengers to be the Romans 8:19 sons of God that will deliver creation from sin and bondage through the power of their words. They are held up "at," not "in" the Euphrates River (the reasoning of man). But as we have seen there is a day coming that God will speak to all of creation and it will respond to His voice and be changed." (End of quote).
"And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth (hot bluish color), and brimstone: (This is the glory of God on His people to bring judgment against the man of sin) and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, (glory) which issued out of their mouths" (Revelation 9:17-18 KJV).
Notice how the third part of man was killed? By three things: the fire, the smoke, and the brimstone. 1) The Fire: our God is a consuming fire. He consumes all that is not of His nature and the man of sin in us is that very thing that He detests and hates the most! Mankind cannot deliver themselves from the clutches of the power of sin, so God sent Jesus to do it for us. Up till now our spirit man has been changed by the power of God, yet we still have struggled with the flesh for some two thousand years. But in these end-times God has promised to send forth His deliverers in the form of men and women, who have the likeness and power of Jesus Christ working through their inner man. 2) The smoke: which I could not understand at first until the Lord opened to me Revelation 15:8:
"And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled."
Do you see it? The glory of God is the smoke that fills the temple, which the priests of the Old Testament could not stand and minister in because of the weightiness of His glory. "So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD" (1 Kings 8:11 KJV). In fact, if anyone had entered the Holy of Holies before the prescribed time they would have died from the glory. The man of sin will be choked to death by the glory of God because He is invading the earth with His ministers of flames of fire and where His fire is, there is smoke (glory)! There is no sin that will be able to remain for long in His manifest presence. In the warm southern part of the Untied States where I live there are a lot of bugs that can get into your house. What we do to kill them is use smoke bombs so that the vapors of the poison can get into ever crack of the house to kill all the bugs at one time. People may try to out run the fire and brimstone but they will not be able to out run the smoke! Even as God had flooded the earth with water to destroy sinful man, He will do the same with His glory. Only those prepared beforehand will be able to stand in the glory and minister in it to bring deliverance to mankind.
I had a prophetic experience one day when I was going to bed about this very thing. As I turned out the light my room instantly filled with a white smoke and my natural reaction to it was to start to cough. As I did cough once or twice I noticed that I did not really have to cough because it did not hurt my lungs at all. Then I said to the Lord, "What is this?" He quickly replied, "Sit down. I want to tell you something.” Then He went on to say, “I am pleased with your life." Then the glory of the Lord lifted and I went to bed. When things like that happen our mind starts to play head games with us because they are so unreal and unbelievable to the natural mind. Yet the Bible says the natural mind cannot discern the deeper things of God.
3) The brimstone: the word "brimstone" comes from the word "Theios" meaning, "divinity, divine, and Godhead." Yes, believe what the Bible is saying. God is the brimstone that consumes the beast nature of man, the man of sin! There are two people living in us. One will be destroyed, while the other one will be left to inherit the earth, just as Noah and his family did. "Then there shall be two men (the two natures in man) in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. "Two women (the two natures in man) will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left" (Matthew 24:40-41 NAS). Jesus said this just after He told His disciples about Noah's flood and how the wicked were taken away, while Noah and his family stayed to inherit the earth. "And they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; (took the sinners away) so shall the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matthew 24:39 NAS). The man of sin will be taken away! Hallelujah!
FIRE PROCEEDS OUT OF THEIR MOUTH
"And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone." -- "For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads; and with them they do harm" (Revelation 9:17, 19 NASB).
"And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies; and if anyone would desire to harm them, in this manner he must be killed" (Revelation 11:5 NASB).
These verses have always caused a great controversy for the church. Some say these two witnesses are Moses and Elijah or Enoch, yet I believe it's none of them! I believe these verses are telling us that great power is coming to the faithful in His body, to those who have learned to be obedient to the word of the Lord and called to be His sons. When Jesus told His disciples that they would be His witnesses throughout the world was He just speaking of them? No, He was speaking of all Christians that would receive the power of the Holy Spirit to bring change in the lives of people. This great power and authority is now being released in the earth like never before because the man-child has been birthed to save and deliver mankind from the destruction of their own making. The "man-child" birthed is the power and authority of God that is being released in the earth!
"And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne (having authority in the heavenlies)." - - "And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night" (Revelation 12:5, 10 NASB).
The man-child (the power of God) that was birthed from the woman (the church) on earth must be caught up to the throne so that men do not corrupt its power with the working of the religious church systems of men. Yet there is a people prepared for this day and hour that will continue to grow. They will grow in spiritual power and authority coming straight from the throne of God because they are continually seated in heavenly places with Jesus. He will be manifested through them. Enoch prophesied of them in Jude 15, "And about these also Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
The verses above state that fire proceeds out of the rider's mouth and the mouth of the horses. Now remember that Jesus will also be riding on a white horse with His saints riding with Him on their white horses to destroy the works of the enemy. "And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war." -- "And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty" (Revelation 19:11, 14, 15 NASB). I know that our natural mind cannot comprehend this all. But when we realize that this is symbolic, that the fire, which is coming out of them is the word of God, (even as the sword coming out of Jesus' mouth is to consume all the wood, hay and stubble which is not of Him). Then we can begin to understand how Jeremiah had fire shut up in his bones to speak God's word to His people. And so will these riders; but this time the fire is going to burn up God's enemy, the man of sin that is in all people. The man-child (Christ's) power will consume the man of sin that is predominate in the heart of man, and bring to pass Enoch's prophecy of the holy ones coming in God's power and glory. His word created all things and the power of His truth will deliver all people from the effects of sin and death to be fully restored back to Him.
John Kilpatrick, the pastor of the Brownsville Revival, said that while he was preaching under a heavy anointing, a lady could see in the spirit realm that angels were surrounding him with their swords drawn. Fire was coming out of the mouth of one of the angels into John, and fire went out of his mouth into the people to whom he was speaking. Do you see that God is well able to anoint His people with power like that of Jonah to bring a whole city to repentance in one day? If fact, the preaching of Jonah is a sign for us in the days we are living in. "But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet" (Matthew 12:39 NASB). This sign is powerful, anointed preaching that changes lives.
Rick Joyner had a prophetic experience with one of these horses and was told that he needed to learn how to ride him. The Lord also showed him that the horses represent Christian movements that will arise in the earth, bringing forth the truth in great power to set people free from the lies and deceptions of religion. In fact, Jesus said that a Christian movement is something that does not stop moving. If it does stop, monuments will be built to it, which are religious organizations in remembrance of what once was. The powerful preaching of truth will set men free from the sin and death that is in them! Whether you want to hear it or not, the coming of Jesus Christ is the coming of truth to set the world free from the destructive power of sin! "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit (word) of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness (light of truth) of his coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:8 KJV). His coming is not to destroy the people that He came to save! Rather His cross was for the redemption and salvation of all men, not just a few. These great movements of truth will do just that. People will be free from false doctrines that enslave them everywhere in the earth into the freedom of the sons of God. "That the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children (sons) of God" (Romans 8:21 NASB).
TIME TO GATHER AND MOVE
"Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to (into) Him" (2 Thessalonians 2:1 NASB).
“And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:31 NASB).
I had a dream some time back about the body of Christ gathering together as one distinct identity. I saw the many gathering together as one to make up the person of Jesus Christ on the earth to be seen and minister to the masses.
I dreamed that I was in an auditorium just finishing up a meeting with a few people. Then as I turned around, the place was filled with people. I thought, “Where did all these people come from?” After that some really strange things began to happen! Without any leadership at all they formed into three groups, with no words being spoken to them. Then in one moment all three groups changed into the most beautiful bluish color, like that of the sky. No faces were seen but only a bluish canvas was on each person, yet they were as one, close together. All at once they got up together and flew up to form one large bluish-like cape with a hood. The image was dazzling, but as it turned toward me there was no one inside of it as if it, was a spirit and could move at will.
I believe what I was seeing was the body of Christ (His sons) arising and beginning to take form in the spirit realm together into Jesus. They were being given this shape to hide the identities of those clothed with His glory so that only Jesus could be seen in and through them.
A few months after this dream I was reading Rick Joyner's book, The Torch and the Sword where he recorded an experience that floored me when he wrote on page 140, "Then two of them approached with a large purple cape which had the same kind of gold border as the saddle… I looked around at the crowd and then looked at the cape. I was astonished that it was now a bright red. When I closed my eyes and opened them, it had turned into a blue more glorious then I had ever seen…" The Lord went on to tell Rick that this cape was his "covering" and that it would protect him from the coldness of evil and that it was very humble looking to others. A few days after reading this I was given a revelation from the Lord that absolutely astounded me as I read Exodus 39:34-35. "And the covering of rams' skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers' skins, and the veil of the covering, the ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the mercy seat."
According to these verses there were three coverings over the tabernacle in the wilderness besides the covering of the cherubim that were on all sides, including the roof of the tabernacle. "And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them" (Exodus 36:8 KJV). Besides the covering of the cherubim all the other coverings were very humble and unattractive in nature, a lot like our own flesh that covers the glory of God in the midst of us. We know that our flesh is there each day with us, yet we cannot always see the glory of God in us. Even though at times we can see it slightly and even feel the power that is within us, but not for too long lest we be tempted to think we were greater than anyone else in the body. God gives us garments of humility just for that very reason! We must keep them on unless we fall because of pride. He lets us be rejected by others because they cannot see who or what we are. He allows us for a time to work humble jobs and keeps our lives in total dependence upon Him. If we were to focus on either the glory or the humility of our surroundings we would be overcome by our pride or even depression because of the light and darkness that is dwelling in us at the same time.
The children of Israel were to move the tabernacle in the wilderness when the cloud of glory would move them on. And to do this there was a prescribed way of moving and packing up the tabernacle to be transported. Let me explain.
The tabernacle in the wilderness represented God in the midst of His people in the wilderness, just as He is living in the middle of us. It was literally made to represent a human body, the body of Christ! Many believe that we are like the tabernacle. In truth, the tabernacle was like us, made to be filled with His glory. Moses was to finish the tabernacle and place it in the midst of His people, and the people were to camp around the glory in a circle formation.
The outer tabernacle was made of skin, like us, so that it could be mobile and taken down to be moved wherever God wanted them to journey for their spiritual growth. But in order for it to be mobilized there were specific guidelines to be followed before they could do so. There were only three families that were chosen by God to touch and carry it to God's chosen destination. The Kohathites were one of these families that were given this privilege by God to move it.
"This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things: And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering veil (the cherubim), and cover the ark of testimony with it: and shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof." -- "And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:" -- "And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof: And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar" (Numbers 4:4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12 KJV).
Now the interesting part of the whole story is, before they could move the individual parts of the tabernacle (the body) they were to cover them in BLUE! They recognized the blue covering as the moving color; they were to disassemble the tabernacle and role it into the blue cloth for its protection. Blue is a type of God's glory and also a type of Christ's nature, which we are to be like. This is like what I had seen in my dream of the body of Christ being individually covered in blue and moving, then being gathered together into one body. God is now moving His people into strategic locations and unions with other parts of the body to fulfill His objectives. Jesus, being the Head, and we, His body, make up the whole Christ in the earth in the midst of all the people. So is the pattern of God in the middle of His people in the wilderness and is the witness of John the revelator in the book of Revelation 21:2-3, "And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem (Christ's bride, His body), coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God (Christ's bride, His body), is with men (mortal men), and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them (through Christ's body), and be their God." What awesome words have been penned for us to read and understand in these days we are living in to prepare us for the high calling of God.
There is one Old Testament feast yet to be fulfilled, the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Passover and the Feast of Pentecost were both fulfilled in us when we received Jesus into our heart and when we received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Tabernacles is called by different names like, "The Ingathering,” “Tabernacles” or “The Feast of Booths." In Exodus 23:16b it reads, "… The Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field." In this last feast Israel was to gather in and celebrate the final harvest. This is why it is called "The Ingathering." There is a lot to be said about the end-time harvest. Jesus said it would come about at the end of the age. "… The harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels (messengers)" (Matthew 13:39 NASB). The manifestation of God's sons is, the epiphany, or the revealing (the revelation) of Jesus Christ in and through His body and is the beginning of the ingathering, Tabernacles! This is His final harvest, which was planted in them as a seed when they received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Now that same seed has grown into the full likeness of Jesus Christ in them and they are harvested to be the seeds of God planted in the lives of others. "And the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one" (Matthew 13:38 NASB). This is the reaping of the mature seed that was planted in them and has now come forth in the likeness of Him to do battle against the forces of the enemy and to defeat them in the lives of others!
"Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord (in His sons). Behold, the farmer (God) waits for the precious produce (harvest) of the soil (His sons), being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains (Pentecost and Tabernacles outpouring)" (James 5:7 NASB).
Why do I say that the day of Pentecost was the early rain? Because God said in Joel 2:23-24, 28 that He would pour out spiritual rain on us to bring forth maturity and then harvest. "… And He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat (harvest), and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil." -- "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh…" What a hope, what a promise we have in our God! The day of Pentecost was the early rain, which was the outpouring of the Spirit and the teaching of truth. But God promised more than that; He said that the latter rain would come to bring us to the fullness of Him. This is known as the Feast of Tabernacle’s outpouring to bring us into His likeness by the teaching of truth. Jesus spoke of this latter rain outpouring in the book of John.
"Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand." -- "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)" (John 7:2, 37-39 KJV).
When Jesus said that, "Rivers of living water" would flow out of us He was not talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. No, He was speaking of the life-giving river of God that would flow through us! His life would be given to all people that were thirsty to drink of His love from our inner most being! He will bless the people of the earth with His life giving (truth) by us giving people a drink of Him through our words of life! "It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life" (John 6:63 AMP).
To make this clearer let me share a dream I had about this very thing. I dreamed I was driving a semi-truck like a Coke Cola delivery truck, but this truck was all white. When I was stopped at a stop sign, people would get out of their cars and come and drink water from this truck that had taps on the outside of it. The water that they were drinking represented the Holy Spirit's life and His teaching of truth that gave life to them.
God is now gathering in and mobilizing His troops to be one in Him for the final battle. The outcome of the war is certain and our resolve is set. We cannot lose because He is the Mighty Warrior who has never lost a battle and never will! This high calling is for all those who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the church. March onward, Christian soldiers!