THE DAWNING OF THE CHURCH OF THE 21st CENTURY
Preached by Carolyn Sissom on July 5, 2005
I mentioned Hebrews 6:1-2, when I was preaching on the next move of
God which I believe will be a Reformation to not only the Church but to the nations and governments of nations.
The writer of Hebrews was admonishing believers who were under pressure to return to Judaism because of severe persecution. Comparatively men and women of God are under pressure today to maintain social acceptance by not embracing the New Wineskins of the Holy Spirit to fulfill our purpose which is to bring forth ministry in power that reveals the maturity and perfection of the full-grown son whose ministry flows in the authority of the throne of God. The realm of love is the realm of fullness. As he is, so are we in this world (l Jn 4:17). We have borne the image of the earthly. Let us now put on and wear as a garment the image of the heavenly (K.V. Kingdom principles for the home)
â€œTherefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Well, the church did backslide in the dark ages under the Roman Church and all of these foundations of the Pentecostal Reformation of the Book of Acts seemed to be lost until Martin Luther in 1517 laid again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith (Justification By Faith). Then the foundation of the doctrine of baptisms was restored by the Anabaptists (water baptism by immersion) in 1524 and Holy Ghost Baptism in 1906 by Charles Parham and William Seymour.
George Hawtin restored the foundation in 1948 of the laying on of hands and the restoration of the Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist, and Teacher to the church.
This continued during the 1950 (the evangelists), the 1960 and 70's (the pastors and teachers) the 1980's (the prophets) and the 1990's (the apostles). The resurrection of the dead and the season of eternal judgment in the earth is yet to come.
Sadly, we still have large segments of Christianity who are not laying these foundations in their churches.
" Hebrews shows the comparison and contrast of the splendor of Christ versus the fading glory of the Temple system and its ineffectual sacrifices. The key word throughout the epistle is better. With this as a backdrop, the Lord decrees in Hebrews 9:10 that the old covenant and the sacrifices were imposed until the TIME OF REFORMATION of the New Covenant.
Reformation always creates a new sound, new technology, new quality, condition or class of men on the Earth. The Holy Spirit actively prepares a new generation to carry the torch of Kingdom advancement into a new era at a higher level. Because of the prolonged darkness of Romanism, it took almost four hundred years to reform the outer court. " Many good women and men of God have laid all on the altar to bring the restoration of the Day of Pentecost to the church as well as move the church forward to the Glory of God.
" The opening of the twentieth century is the time God began to reform the Holy Place and all the furniture of the Christian experience within it. The furniture of the Holy Place the candlestick, the Table of Shewbread and the Altar of Incense is a type of the practices of the
" THE CHURCH OF THE 21st CENTURY MUST BE REFORMED IN THE PRACTICAL REALITIES OF THE MOST HOLY PLACE. (Rev. 4 "
Most of you have heard me tell of the vision I had in the late 90's where I was standing on a mountain, great and high. I had a dove on my shoulder and my hand could touch heaven. (THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND). In The vision I saw the sea and other great mountains. However, I was standing on the highest mountain. Many waves came in and covered the lower mountains. Then a huge wave came and covered all the mountains and picked me up and swept me into Heaven. (vision given to Carolyn Sissom)
Dispensationally, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND “WITHIN GRASP OF THOSE WHO HAVE PRESSED ON TO KNOWING THE LORD. OUR MESSAGE AND EXPERIENCE MUST ALWAYS BE CHRIST CENTERED,
I was astounded recently to find out that there are people who do not believe this. I don't know how I know it except I have always known it. I donâ't know where the teaching comes from that does not know these things. I believe in "LET US GO ON TO PERFECTION." Not that I have attained, but God willing I press on for full, mature sonship and total adoption. Experientially, an overcoming church is caught up to God and His throne, the redemption of the mortal body occurs, and a company rules with Jesus Christ (the Ark of the Covenant and His mercy seat).
You may say that we get all of this automatically when we are saved. Yes Sir, but have you noticed that at salvation, we still are faced with overcoming our sin nature and after we receive the Holy Ghost, we still are being sanctified and cleansed in the realm of the soul and when we cross that Golden Altar we are still being purified by the fire of ministering to the lost and the carnal Christians until we can walk in the realm of Love in the Person of Jesus Christ.
In every phase of reformation, there are three distinct releases when God is reforming the Church and culture. There is a release in technology (Streaming for Jesus - Streaming to the Nations).
2. There is a transposition musically and a unique sound.
Luther and Wesley gave us hymns.
The reformation of Pentecost gave us spiritual songs and psalms during the Charismatic movement) Judy Bou Khier is today hearing the Sound of Heaven in the songs of Perpetual Revival.
Gutenberg gave us the printing press in the early states of pre-Reformation. Pentecost was preceded by the telephone and tape recorder and the invention of the light bulb.
The 1940 and 50-s gave us the television and gave a platform for the Tele-
We now have Streaming for Jesus as a natural sign of the global superhighway of Internet communications. This speaks prophetically to the times of God's release from the Heavens.
The Holy of Holies must be reformed with the message of the finished work and the understanding and application of His total triumph over sin, sickness, poverty and death.
Yes we all have our Little White
The reformers are arising and the message will roar out of Zion. The net-working of the global church will be the net to bring in the Harvest of the earth. I have been persecuted for my revelations of the Kingdom of God and the Glory of God. In this economy of global net-working, there are more who are with me than those who are against me.
Carolyn Sissom, Pastor
Eastgate Ministries, Inc.
Passages taken from The Sound that changed Everything by Stephen Everett and Kelly Varner, Sound The Alarm are in parenthesis. Others are paraphrased from my own experiences or my own insights.
DEAR CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN,
Sunday, January 9, 2005
I SHALL BRING UP THE DEEP UPON YOU, AND GREAT WATERS SHALL COVER YOU.
(EZEKIEL 26:19: B)
The predictions set forth to Tyre have been fulfilled with unmistakable literalness. This was an ancient city of the Phoenicians. It was a great commercial city in O.T. times and was prosperous in the Rome period even up to the fifth century. Tyre was destroyed during the Middle Ages and has been a sleepy Lebanese town in recent history. Nebuchadnezzar, called king of kings by Ezekiel, besieged Tyre for 13 years (585-573BC) and, with its subjugation by the king of Babylon, it ceased to be an independent power. It was later subdued by the Persians and finally by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. Tyre surrendered to the Christians and was held until 1291 A.D. when it was abandoned to 50-60 families who spread their nets on the island, bringing to pass the word of Ezekiel in detail almost 2000 years later.
(PPT. page 94 KV)
The God of Tyre was Melkart, an idol with hands outstretched to receive human blood. Tyre speaks of the principle of trafficking and merchandising, the pomp and pride of the Satanic world system. Tyre speaks of the love of money. (1Tim.6:10) Tyre promised herself that the fall of Jerusalem would be an advantage to her in respect of trade and commerce, that now she shall have Jerusalem's customers, and thus the prosperity of Tyre will rise out of the ruins of Jerusalem. It is just like God to blast the plans and purposes of those who contrive to raise themselves up on the ruins of others. (M.H. page 1062)
God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His ways do not change, of whom is no variableness or shadow of turning. I researched nine Tsunami's on record since 1929. I do not know how accurate my findings are. However, when the Lord speaks through creation as He shall bring up the deep upon you, and great waters shall cover you, Then the sin and judgment is the same. Ezekiel spoke these oracles against the nations revealing the influence of the Glory of the Lord. His Glory will be over all and He will be there in the midst of His whole creation. Indeed this judgment is unto victory (Matt. 12:18-21). In the Judgments of the Nations each country is mentioned, then the charge of their sin, then the consequences and the conclusion is always the same, And they shall know that I am the Lord.
So, I believe it is a right comparison with the Tsunami which hit the Indian Ocean and the judgment of Tyre. Ezekiel 26:15: Thus says the Lord God to Tyrus; shall not the isles shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of you? Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at you. And they shall take up a lamentation for you, and say to you, How are you destroyed, that were inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city which was strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it! Now shall the isles tremble in the day of your fall; yea the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at your departure. For thus says the Lord God; when I shall make you a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon you, and great waters shall cover you. When I shall bring you down with them that descend into the pit, that you be not inhabited; and I SHALL SET GLORY IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING.
Matthew Henry states that None but Holy souls are properly living souls. Let the dead bury the dead.
In chapter 27, the prophet is ordered to take up a lamentation for Tyrus. It was yet in the height of its prosperity, The prophet must lament it, because its prosperity is its snare. He is directed what to say, and to say it in the name of the Lord Jehovah. He must upbraid Tyre with her pride. O Tyrus, you have said, I am of perfect beauty. Prosperity is the source of her pride.
Chapter 27 dwells on the worldwide trade, commerce, and material wealth of Tyre. Throughout the chapter Tyre is likened to a ship that is well outfitted, wrongly piloted, and ultimately shipwrecked. We can compare this to the shipwreck of Acts 27. The Wind is the Holy Ghost, controlling and determining all things. The east wind is always the wind of judgment. The Storm is the Day of the Lord. The ship is the world system (mentality/lifestyle) headed for the rocks the cosmos (system, order, arrangement of things).
The Man Paul, the Overcomer, the prisoner who became captain took over the ship in the midst of the storm.
Thus we see the description and the destruction of Tyre. Here we see Tyre personified as the Mistress of the Mediterranean, This mistress can also be likened to the soul estranged from the leadership of the spirit, a mind that is governed and dominated by an insatiable desire for things and what money can buy. Sadly enough, all the religious systems of the World are going to be marred. Her builders (27:4) fill our pulpits and seminaries. Her righteousness is from Egypt (27:7) Her glory will fade. (27:25) The East Wind will break her. the day of her ruin is the Day of the Lord. The Kingdoms of the Earth are to be enriched no more. She shall be broken and she and her company shall fail (27:34)
In Chapter 27, thirty-six nations are detailed as those who bought and sold with Tyre. This is a type of the mark of the beast. It also reminds us of our Lord who cleansed the temple of the moneychangers at the beginning (Jn2) and the end Matt.21) of public ministry, throwing out all those who bought and sold. The numerology here is interesting. This is Ezekiel 27 which compares with Acts 27. There are 36 nations: 2x 18 =Bondage or the covenant of bondage; 3x12=the completeness of human Government; 4x9=the universality of the finality of Tyre.
Each of these nations names have a prophetic meaning. Thirty-Five kinds of merchandise are listed as part of her great wealth.
Last Sunday the Lord spoke to me that he was now going to have a Tsunami of the Holy Spirit. I found a website today that describes a Tsunami of the Holy Spirit in Asia and Europe.
The Lord does not change, â€œYou Lord in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Your hands; they shall perish; but You remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment; and as a vesture shall you fold them up, and they shall be changed but YOU ARE THE SAME, AND YOUR YEARS SHALL NOT FAIL. (Hebrews 1:10-12)
Your Word is truth and light. It is clear when a great storm brings up the deep upon the land and great waters cover you, AND THEN HE WILL SET HIS GLORY IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING
His Glory will be over all and He will be There in the midst of His whole creation. â€œThe name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is There. (Ez. 48:35)
The Lord will one day gather his people from all the nations (or denominations, or imaginations or concepts). His Glory will be over all.
Taught by: Carolyn Sissom, Pastor
Scripture quotes from KJV and text from Princples of Present Truth
Eastgate Ministries, Inc.
THE BRANCHES OF THE CEDAR TREE - Ezekiel 17
July 8, 2004 VISION OF THE GOODLY CEDAR:
Don and I were sitting under a very HIGH CEDAR. Taller than any tree could be. The CEDAR touched the sky. A branch had grown straight out then down toward the earth. (Ez ek. 17: 7-9) Ezekiel was here referring to Egypt and the King of Egypt (world system).
I said to Don we need to get a chain saw and cut off that branch.. It will kill the tree. When I said that, a supernatural power CROPPED OFF the branch of the tree.(This power could be described as a wind .) The cutting of the huge branch caused the tree to sway and shake. This wind shook another branch as large as a normal sized tree from the interior of the CEDAR The branch crashed on the path and supernaturaly missed Don and I. From this momentum, another huge branch fell on the opposite side of the tree. It was a dead branch. Don and I stood in the midst of this unafraid and unshaken. I walked to the base of the very high Cedar and looked up. After the supernatural pruning the tree was healthy, strong , vigorous and a beautiful green color. The green Cedar was stretching high against the sky.
Trees metaphorically describe people and/or King's of Kingdom's
SECOND VISION OF THE CEDAR
I was on a wooded mountainside near the top of the mountain in a tree with a view of a beautiful forest. I was facing a tree from which a gentle wind (not a storm) blew a branch of the tree many miles into a valley, never breaking from the tree. (The branch stretched to an incredible length). The branch then returned in place and the leaves of the tree were gold in color and gloriously beautiful.
Then I was on the ground watching the wind blow through the trees. Out of the wind came the TOP of a CEDAR TREE. It was shaped like a CHRISTmas tree, but blue-violet in color. It was loaded with blue-violet pomegranates. I grabbed the tree and took it to a place where a banquet was being served to a large number of people. I spoke to the man-at-the-head-of-the-table announcing to him what we should have a banquet of thanksgiving because of the CEDAR TREE. He agreed and instructed me to open up this immense banquet room.
Then I sat down at the table and asked him for a $100 from the budget each month to set aside for kitchen expense whether used or unused, but to be there when needed. The next scene I was opening up this huge banquet room which had been unused for years. I immediately began to set out cold drink and food.
Forest.People (Isa. 7:2b)
Bad Branch. Babylonian system in the Kingdom, Egypt, etc., That which is produced by the carnal mind. Men try to establish their kingdoms within the Kingdom of God for their own selfish ambitions.
Wind in the April 1989 Vision....... Holy Spirit.. Since it was a gentle wind, the metaphor of the south wind would apply. (Job 37:17, 21;Jn. 3:;8) In the vision it was a Holy Wind.
Wind that cropped of the branches of the TALL CEDAR......... East wind of judgment (Ezek. 17:10)Blue-Violet Pomegranetes - Royalty - Fruit of Righteousness - fragrant sweet savor of the