The Last Leg Of The Race…
In one of my more recent dreams, I saw myself in the back seat of a car that was driving itself… My immediate thought was that I had to get in the front seat to take control of the vehicle because I sensed that I had to stop somewhere special a little further down the road. Just then, the car pulled over on its own to the place I was sensing and stopped by itself. I found myself at the “Lance Armstrong Cafe.” As I got out of the car and began to walk towards the destination, I audibly heard a voice say, “The last leg of the race is a praise parade!”
A City Of God
Our current vision for God’s House is much too small: God desires that the entire city of San Francisco should be His temple and it will be filled with His glory! The Lord will not bless our visions of San Francisco, but He will bless HIS. So let us deny ourselves and carry our cross so that we may see and believe that the Lord has a ‘city of God’ view of San Francisco (Psalm 46:4) and that He wants it to birth as we seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)
Isaiah 62:11&12 says, “Indeed the Lord has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’ “ And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.” San Francisco is at the end of the world geographically from Jerusalem and it has been termed forsaken by many, but we shall be called a Holy People and we must expect to be called SOUGHT OUT; A CITY NOT FORSAKEN as our reward for diligently seeking HIM!
Removing The Stumbling Stones
Titus 1:16 says, “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” The Lord spoke to me very clearly to expose and remove the stumbling stones from amongst His people, so to give them space to repent. (2 Corinthians 10:6: “and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”) The following are the major stumbling stones that God has identified to me:
*Minerva, Grizzly Bears & Goliath…OH MY!
There are recognized leaders in the Body of Christ that are teaching, with their own words and examples, that we have to study evil and undo every curse in order to overcome it. This distracting wind continues to blow through the San Francisco Bay Area. Romans 16:17-19 addresses this: “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.”
It is when leaders divert the focus and lend credence to such teachings as battling Minerva, who is on California’s state shield or the bear portrayed on our state flag, identifying them as significant enemies and encouraging the church to fight against these spirits that we need to wake up and refocus our eyes on Jesus. There are many more teachings such as these in the church today. 2 Timothy 4:4 says: “and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (NASB) Minerva is a greek goddess… a myth!!! We don’t have time for these shenananigans! The true Goliath of the hour is religious rebellion and we are not to tolerate it. Look at Revelation 2:20 and 2:24 (paraphrased): Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, who knows and teaches the depths of satan.
*Buying And Selling The Annointing
“And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” Acts 8:18-22
Today it is commonplace for our Christian conferences to hold impartation services as a selling point where recognized apostles & prophets will lay their hands on those in attendance to release the gifts of God. The problem is, there are many that will do so only if the price is right! Many of these same recognized apostles and prophets will not even appear at these conferences unless their (often times) high asking price is met in advance. Criminey! Please don’t get me wrong… we should 100% of the time pay tithes and offerings on the first fruits of our increase but to put a price tag and charge money for the Holy Spirit is a a very dangerous sin which I whole heartedly oppose and so should you. Why not just take an offering? I know that everything costs money these days, but God will provide when we do it His way!
*False Protocol & Authority Based On Ethnicity
I have personally attended many prayer gatherings all over the state of CA where in order for our efforts to be blessed we “needed” the benediction and blessing of a believing First Nations people representative. To this I ask you: do you think Paul sought the blessing of the First Nation Macedonians when God sent him? Or do you think when Joshua was leading Israel into the Promised Land he had to seek the blessing of the native dwellers there? If anyone had the right to boast in his ethnic status, it was the Apostle Paul and here’s what he had to say on the matter: “..though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:4-8)
I personally believe that the Lord has called and chosen some apostles that are of Native American origin, yet if they are truly sent of the Lord they would never base their authority in the land on their ancestry but rather on the sending of the Lord, for that would nullify the cross of Christ. As it is now, there are many meetings that are submitted to a protocol of authority that is based on the ethnic status of the First Nations peoples and not the sending of the Lord. This, my friends, is witchcraft and we must repent now.
*Carried Away With Angels
“Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are.” (Colossians 2:18 Message Bible)
A partner in ministry recently went to a Christian conference where he counted the times extra-biblical angelic visions and encounters were mentioned a staggering 59 times in the course of an hour and thirty minutes. Jesus’ name, however, was mentioned a mere 5 times in comparison. In this current culture, there is such a focus on angels, their names and ministry that it is really taking root as a popular wind of doctrine and primary focus of many in the church in this hour. San Francisco doesn’t need the angel Breakthrough, the angel Emma or angels of revivals past to save the day. What San Francisco needs is JESUS and He’s on the way! Psalm 103:20: “Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.” If you want to see angels move in a holy and awesome manner, it won’t come by from fixing our eyes upon them but rather by giving voice to His word!
*When The Holy Is Profaned
We’ve all heard the term “getting drunk in the Spirit” but how about “toking the Ghost” or sharing “needles” in the Sanctuary to get a “shot” of the Ghost? There are even those who are teaching young, impressionable Christians that you don’t ever have to repent; just sit on your couch and ‘smoke’ Jesus as if He were a joint! And as if that weren’t enough, how about rolling around at the altar on the floor in the “butter anointing,” in a co-ed setting no less! These are only a few examples that I was allowed to give- there are still others that are just too shameful to even mention!
“For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage” (2 Peter 2:18-19)
In summary, the spirit of this age is declaring that we must tolerate all things except Christ and this same tolerance doctrine has even infiltrated the church and seeks to replace the Word of God. It’s to the point that right now, well-known leaders are creating doctrines that will make unbiblical concessions on divorce, instead of following the clear Scriptural protocol. Where are all the spiritual fathers? And why aren’t you protecting the sheep from this madness? Well I say, “Enough is enough! Stop that foolishness, in Jesus’ name!”
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
RAISE THE BANNERS: SF PRAISE PARADE!
Now that we’ve gotten the stumbling stones out of the way (good riddance!), we can move on to the main event! From the Golden Gate of SF to the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, It’s time to light the beacon of praise and watch it go from city to city until Jerusalem becomes a praise in ALL the Earth! This act of obedience will usher in the Return of the King as He will come to the sound of His children crying, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” What earthly king doesn’t receive a kingly welcome when he goes to visit another country or city? How much more then shall we welcome the ultimate king, the King of Glory, with all the pagentry and praise that he truly deserves?
Glorious and united praise is the key to release the ‘suddenly’ of God and the true outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It’s just like when Solomon was dedicating the temple (2 Chronicles 5:13) and when the Holy Spirit fell on the early church (Acts 2:1-2). Right now, the Lord is saying that He wants us to dedicate His temple, San Francisco, with a praise parade unlike any other. ALL Bible believing Christians, across denominations, are welcome and absolutely necessary for the consummation of this glorious dedication, for we are ALL a royal priesthood in the Lord!
From the Port of San Francisco at the Embarcadero Center to the United Nations Plaza we are declaring the glory of the Lord will be sent from this place to all the nations of the Earth. We have already presented this to key leaders in the Bay Area and were received with a great response and interest and we are moving forward in contacting city officials and taking the next steps as the Lord leads. So far, we are shooting for this Christmas season 2009 as a trusted intercessor had a dream recently where Christmas decorations were lining the streets of San Francisco as the parade passed through. This is also a very strategic and favorable time to lift of the name of Jesus with boldness.
This praise parade will have no other agenda except to lift up the name of Jesus with pagentry, praise and the unity of the saints. This is not the time to focus on homosexuality, abortion, or any other ministry agenda (coming from someone who was almost aborted and lived in the San Francisco gay community for years- I hate those things as much as anyone but as we obey the Lord, He will shake it all in an instant and establish His kingdom gloriously!) This is the “Jehoshaphat” moment where the armies of darkness have arrayed themselves against us and all the Lord requires is for the people of God to march out and meet them, with the priests going out before them singing praises to God. This act of obedience brought derision to the enemies camp, causing them to destroy one another. Except now, it doesn’t just stop there. Not only is the Lord going to remove our enemies, but He is coming to dwell, abide and turn San Francisco into a City of God!
The only big name speaker on this bill will be JESUS, so we are asking everyone to come together in a spirit of unity and leave your positions and ministry titles at home. We are envisioning, by the spirit, everything from black gospel choirs in their choir robes to Chinese and Hispanic congregations, worshipping God in their own languges and flavor. We can see a whole troupe of mighty women of God in their wedding gowns, declaring the Bride of Christ with a multitude of little flower girls going before them and throwing flower petals as they go. We also see at least 1,000 Christians carrying beautiful banners, dressed and ready for this royal event. There are a troupe of Clydesdale horsemen who have expressed that they are ready to do this, just awaiting the final word to come! Another brother who is a Christian biker is contacting Christian biker groups! We are seeing many floats, where all the Lord’s artisans are fully activated to creatively express the glory of the Lord. Everyone should be carrying a bell, a tambourine, a trumpet, a shofar, or some instrument of praise and making a wholehearted joyful noise unto our Lord. This call is being put out state and nation wide- we are even considering notifying major news outlets as the Lord leads. The Praise Parade will end with a worship and praise concert at United Nations Plaza where we anticipate a time of feasting and fellowship with food and hospitality for all. Be on the lookout for further announcements, updates and progress reports to come. Please prayerfully consider your part in dedicating the temple, the whole city of San Francisco, unto the Lord.
“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad.” (Psalms 126:1-3)
Below is a video clip showing the torch of praise being raised up through the saints in San Francisco:
One In Christ,
It’s TIME! Unite and Pray, Night and Day