DECEMBER 2011 NEWSLETTER
…FREED FROM PRISON ON THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY OF THE TWELFTH MONTH
It was early December and as always we had entered the countdown to Christmas with the usual flurry of activities in our North American culture which I am increasingly feeling the desire to withdraw from, being very selective in what I engage in. So then I read these words in Jeremiah 52:31-34:
And in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin [also called Coniah and Jeconiah] king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah [and showed favor to him] and brought him out of prison. He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat above the seats of the kings who were [captives] with him in Babylon, Jehoiachin put off his prison garments, and he dined regularly at the king’s table all the days of his life. And his allowance, a continual one, was given him by the king of Babylon, a portion according to his requirements until the day of his death, all the days of his life.
Here’s some thoughts of what I believe the Lord is saying:
12th MONTH, 25th DAY The Holy Spirit used this date to capture my attention regarding this scripture. Although the twenty fifth day of the twelfth month is Christmas Day for us, I believe it’s the significance of what we celebrate on that day, not December 25th, that is of importance here. Jesus – Immanuel, God with us; Saviour, Redeemer of all mankind came to earth in human form to reconcile man to God. The focus is Him, not the date. The message is FREEDOM THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, Son of God, to those who have been taken into captivity, held in bondage far away from the place God intended for them. The king was RELEASED from prison! That is the highlight of this message: YOU HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM YOUR PRISON! Freedom from those things that have held you captive; released into that place of freedom and light the Father intended for you to live in. Make this a declaration over your life and the lives of those in your sphere of influence. No more prison clothes! That old identity is being removed! That which identifies you by that old place of bondage – the Father is taking that off of you. With it goes the old thought patterns and mind sets. New garments are being given to God’s children. A new identity! A renewed mind – the mind of Christ. New freedom in discerning the will of God. (Rom 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].)
Another word is RESTORATION! Four more things happened to the king of Judah: his head was lifted up; he received favor; words of kindness were spoken to him and he was given a seat of authority above other exiled kings. What a day! From bondage, obscurity, hopelessness and defeat to all this? I try to imagine what he felt, what was going through his mind and how could he process all of this. Here is a classic example of God’s ability to restore – a life, a nation, a dream, hope, faith. It speaks loudly of the mercy and kindness of our God, not to mention His sovereig power. Ps 3:3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Ps 27:6a And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me: Prov 13:12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Earlier this year, the Lord spoke these words to me in Hong Kong. Open your heart to receive the extrvaganza of the Father. This is for all of us! I feel the Holy Spirit is shouting this! LET YOUR HEAD BE LIFTED UP above the mind sets, ideologies, belief systems of Babylon (world), above legalism, above fear, despair, shame, failures, hopelessness, unbelief. RECEIVE THE FAVOR AND KINDNESS OF GOD, YOUR FATHER! This is the time of His favor upon His people and vengeance of our God upon our enemies. (Is 61:2) His favor and kindness will awaken our hearts with renewed love and passion for our heavenly Bridegroom. TAKE YOUR SEAT! The next phase is the restoration of authority. God’s purpose for reconciliation and restoration is so that His Kingdom can be released on earth – the Government of Heaven to come here. Rev 1:6 – And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
Then came PROVISION. What would the diet of a POW (prisoner of war) be? Maybe crumbs, certainly sub grade food. Jehoiachin shifted from that to dining on cuisine fit for royalty at the king’s table and received an allowance according to his needs for the rest of his life. The KING has provided open access to His table and His storehouse! Song of Sol 2:3b-5 I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. Is 55:1-2 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Zech 3:7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then also you shall rule My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you access [to My presence] and places to walk among these who stand here.
ALLOWANCE? All the requirements for this end time generation – individuals and nations, to fulfill destinies and to bring in the harvest of the world has been provided and is being released. God is not speaking to us of material wealth, to pad our lives and make us comfortable while we wait for His return. Instead, it is the the CLOTHING, the SUSTENANCE and the EQUIPMENT we require now. This transition is essential for us to become fit to fulfill the purpose for which we were created…THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD ON THE EARTH TO REVEAL HIS GLORY! In closing, it is imperative to understand the posture we need to have during this time of freedom and restoration: HUMILITY AND BROKENNESS. Jehoiachin, who had forsaken God’s ways, had been held captive in a demonic, pagan land for thirty seven years, far from his homeland but worse than that, far from the Presence of God. Maybe his brokenness brought him to a place of humility of heart and repentance, we don’t know, but highly likely. WALK FORWARD HUMBLY AND POWERFULLY INTO NEW FREEDOM!
Enjoy celebrating Jesus! Merry Christmas!