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We Have Entered into a Historic Time!

On April 5th, 2013, Malachi Jess was born to my friends Maria and Clayton Whitson. He was a little miracle child! Due to complications, much prayer was invested into this little boy and his mother in the time leading up to his birth. He was born at 34 weeks and weighed 4 lbs, 12 ounces…but is perfectly healthy!

Clayton wrote, “Malachi means "messenger of Jehovah" and we know this little man will be a strong carrier of the message the Lord has to the earth. If you read Malachi 4:5 (the date he was born) will shed much light on the message we believe he will carry. Jess is a fourth generation name in the Whitson family and means "gift" and "Jehovah exists."

What a special little man with a strong destiny! But what I would also like to point out, is that I strongly believe his birth also heralds the arrival of a historic time that we have now entered…and here is why:

  1.  First, as Clayton pointed out, let’s take a look at the meaning of the scripture represented by his birth, Malachi 4:5. It says, “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes…” It continues in verse 6,  “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” And thus ends the Old Testament…those are the last 2 verses. We see in the Bible that just as the Spirit of Elijah was on John the Baptist, heralding the first advent of Jesus the Messiah (Luke 1:17), so Elijah is once again released to prepare the way for the second return of Jesus! So, we can clearly see that the historical significance of Malachi 4:5 is incredible!
  2. Secondly, the confirmation that I heard on Tuesday afternoon, May 21st, was simply astounding. I listened to a message called “A Historic Time” given by Terry Bennett (a prophet) on May 16th. He says the following about an encounter he had…also in April of this year:  "Elijah himself has come to me with Gabriel and the Lamb on several different occasions recently. What I am sharing with you is what I heard in declaration from Gabriel, who as you can tell in the scriptures, in the gospels, announced the coming forth of the spirit and power of Elijah to Zechariah. Gabriel has made that announcement specifically to me in April of this year, 2013. We have entered the time, I was told, to tell the people of God...and I want to be faithful to say this to us...to tell the people of God that that is the time we are in. God Himself...He's the only One who ever could...has released the spirit and power of Elijah back into the earth. Also, Elijah himself has been released. But the purpose is unto the Lamb..."

(Full message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKOcTzOzmz0)

What an exciting time which the Lord has chosen for us to be alive…the time leading up to the return of the Lord! There are so many scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments that reach their fullest meaning and purpose in the context of the time period we are now entering. It is a wonderful and powerful time of greater works, outpouring, love, light and harvest! However, it will be both a beautiful AND terrible time. The hearts of many will be struck with fear and there will be much sickness, disease and calamity. But we, the church, will rise up with healing in our wings (Malachi 4:2) and shine brightly in the darkest of times and lead many to righteousness (Isaiah 60:1-3).

Matthew 10:7-8 will have no greater meaning than the time we are entering, for the kingdom is surely near…and there will be many struck with fear for us to love, many sick with plagues (that baffle science) for us to heal, many demonized for us to deliver and scores of (emotionally, spiritually and physically) dead people to raise!!  So…let us prepare by positioning ourselves for this time, by giving ourselves in wholehearted consecration to the Lamb, to be loved and used by Him to share His love with others and win for Him the rewards of His suffering. Let us participate with Him in the biggest harvest this world has ever seen!
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There is no lack in the Kingdom of God

There is no lack in the Kingdom of God. If you are living in it and doing what He calls you to do...He will provide the resources and the instructions. If you seek Him, you will find Him. However, if you are working your plan instead of His, don't expect grace to be there or to accomplish the plan.
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What is soon to increase greatly upon this earth

What is soon to increase greatly upon this earth? Natural disasters, plagues that baffle science, financial meltdown that cause panic, sickness and death. Yes, even people dying all around us! There will be an increase in demonic attack and deception. All of this has started already! And along with all of that, comes the ultimate fulfillment of Matthew 10:7-8 and a huge harvest that comes with it!! Are you ready for this??!! "And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give." Believe me...there will lots of opportunity to heal sick people from all kinds of diseases and plagues that doctors can't solve or fix; to raise lots of dead people up and to cast out many demons; and then bringing people into the Kingdom of God! Don't wait...position yourself by practicing now!!
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Lord, please help us see more clearly!

Precious Lord Jesus Christ, today the morning is crisp and clear and beautiful. I can see things a little more clearly now as I look out across Tulsa, now that the clouds have moved away. My prayer is that I could also see things more clearly in my spiritual eyes. I know one day, many things will be revealed to me as I stand before You. I will learn about how many times You worked on my behalf and I didn't know it, or even think to stop and say thank You; how many hundreds of times You rescued me from certain death, or from injury, or from multitudes of sicknesses, or from many demons...while I was just acting like it was any other day...and not being very grateful or cheerful about anything! You will reveal to me how many times You were doing something to help me, yet I saw it as something that was meant for evil. I will see the times that You lovingly whispered to me for direction and for blessing, yet I was not paying attention, being distracted by my own desires and my own flesh and the things going on around me. I will learn how extremely difficult and powerful Your sacrifice was on the cross...and how complete the provisions were that it accomplished for me...yet I didn't take full advantage of it! I will learn how the sound of your voice held my body together each microsecond, and that by your grace you kept me alive every second and every minute of every day so that I could experience more of You and more of Your love. I will learn that You did this so that I would be overwhelmed and extremely blessed by Your love and then give You the praise and honor and glory that You alone deserve...and then to love others the way You extravagantly loved me! I will learn how completely dull I really was and didn't realize it! On that day, I don't want to be embarrassed and humbled to the point of burying my face in the ground before You...but somehow I know that I will!! I know that I just don't have the level of comprehension, the processing power or the clarity to perceive it yet! Help me to too see more clearly now with my spiritual eyes, so as not to waste my time hear on this earth! Help me to see, experience, accept and fully employ all the things you have for me...the love, the life, the gifts! In return, then help me to always give You the thanks, and glory and praise and honor that You deserve!! Help me to then love others the way You so completely and passionately loved me! YOU are the perfect Father...GREAT and PERFECT in ALL of Your ways! Holy Spirit, You are PERFECT!! Help me to always realize that, and to give ear to You and hear and fully receive Your comfort and counsel! Lord Jesus, thank You for the blood You shed, the body You gave for us!! Help us, in return, to follow You and lay down our lives for You and for Your kingdom!! Help us to reach the lost for You, the rewards of Your suffering!! I don't want to waste a microsecond!! Please SMASH the glass that we now see through dimly!! Rend the Heavens and come down! We need you here NOW more that ever!! We love you, Jesus!! In Your Precious Name, AMEN!!!
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Onething 2012 Trip Report / Looking Forward to 2013

Welcome to 2013!! Happy New Year! I believe this will be the best year ever!

Here is a Onething 2012 Trip Report and some thoughts Looking Forward to 2013…

It was such a privilege to go up with my family to Onething 2012 and to join 25,000 radical, passionate, voluntary lovers of Jesus (and 60,000+ more on the webstream from all over the world) in worship, praise and adoration of the Lion and Lamb of God!

The number one thing that I see happening right now, is not just the fact that 10,000 - 20,000+ 24/7-hearted houses of prayer have been emerging all over the world in the last 10 years (in fulfillment of Isaiah 42:10-13+, 56:7, 62 and Luke 18:7-8), but that over the last 6-12 months especially, the house of prayer (the prayer movement) has been joining hands with churches and missions movement! Many of the largest churches in China, Korea and other parts of the world, as well as the largest missions organizations in the world (YWAM, Campus Crusades, Intervarsity, etc) have been getting together with the prayer movement to work together to fuel missions with intercession. I believe that this is the HOW behind recent prophesies that have come forth recently stating that the biggest harvest of souls that the world will ever see will begin in earnest around ~2013 and will be growing to giant proportions over the next 4-5 years and beyond (many, including myself, are expecting a harvest of over a billion souls!) It's already starting!

Here are some additional signs of the times (some of which were mentioned at Onething 2012):

1. Wycliffe Bible Translators is holding that they will have finished translation of the New Testament into EVERY language and tongue by 2025. What used to take them 13 years (translation of a New Testament per language) is now down to 2 years due to new methods and technology!

2. Missions giant "Every Home for Christ" is seeing responses to the gospel at levels of 5-10 times higher than they saw just a few decades ago. Also, where they used to move into 1-2 new countries per year (they already operate in over 100 countries), they now are able to move into 10-12 new countries per year!

3. The amount of evangelism that is happening in the streets and through media all over the world is increasing dramatically. It is happening in the most unlikely of places...from the US to South America to Indonesia to Israel to Iran. Iran, for example, is now thought to have the highest annual growth rate of Christians of any nation in the world! The youth in the Russian and former Soviet states is also growing dramatically.

4. Personally, I have seen the numbers of young people and young leaders being activated in the Lord's calling on their lives grow exponentially. Some of these young people that I had planted seeds into several years ago, had not been all that strong in the Lord nor really that productive. But suddenly, the Lord is activating them and they are spreading the gospel and bearing much fruit. And dreams and visions are growing dramatically. It is something that God is doing by the power of His Spirit! (see Joel 2:28-32)

What do these signs mean in regards to the end times? Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." I believe that what we are seeing is the beginning of the great, final harvest described in Joel 2:28-32 and Matthew 24:14 and in Revelation. How much time will this harvest last? I do not know. But NOW is the time to plug in and participate with all of you mind, soul, resources, time and strength!

I believe that even now, as the time grows near, as we see darkness increase and light increase at the same time, that we will begin to see already the separation of the sheep and the goats that Jesus described in Matthew 25:31-46. We must decide NOW what side we are on...the neutral ground that we thought we had seen and experienced in the past, during this period of grace, will begin to disappear before our eyes as the period of grace begins to come to a close. We must focus on the first commandment and love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, so that we can take His love into our hearts and respond in His love to others...and then do His works: share the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers and cast out demons (Matthew 28:18-20 & 10:7-8) Act NOW...while we still have time! TODAY is the day of salvation!!

The good news in all of this...is that the Lord has already given us all we need to win the victory:

1. He will be with us until the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20)

2. We have all authority in Christ, since He lives in us (Ephesians 2:6)

3. We will stand, despite the attack of the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-18)

4. Finally, we will overcome, kicking our enemy out of this place and joining with the Lord to usher in His kingdom to the earth!!! (Luke 18:7-8, Revelation 8:3-5 & 12:10-11, etc)

So have a prosperous new year! Overcome in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit!

Also, since we are in a time of harvest…don’t also forget as we go out to win souls to Christ, to also pray that the Lord of the harvest would send out other laborers into the field, especially the very hard to reach areas of the world (Matthew 9:37-38)

God Bless!!


Stu Bents
Lion Gear, LLC
918-407-7427

Great message! -> "War in the Heavens" ~Allen Hood (Onething2012) : http://www.ihopkc.org/video-player/?pid=31&uuid=x69q3v38&offset=5700&auto=true

You can watch the others here: http://www.ihopkc.org/watch/onething/
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