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June 2, 2000

Watch and Pray

Mark Kaphaem

I believe there is a great transition coming to the body of Christ. What this will look like I do not fully know. I do know this, at His last coming His own rejected Him because they knew Him not. They had a religious system that had no room Him. A system built on the letter of the law and not the spirit of it. A system built on performance without relationship, sacrifice without obedience.

Even those who Jesus called out from this system totally missed the purpose of His coming. He walked with them for three years, shared meals with them, raised the dead before their eyes. And yet when it came time for His death, they were totally taken by surprise. They lost all hope, they were scattered like frightened sheep before the wolf. It is only when Jesus appeared before them resurrected that they began to understand.

I do not believe our transition will come any easier. We have had many years to develop our own religious system. I do not stand in judgment of it. I am a product of it. I cannot point my finger, I cannot call down words of judgment, I cannot criticize. All I can do is cry out for my eyes to be opened and for my ears to hear His voice. For those who have been given grace to see their own religious bondage, do not walk in pride. Your only protection is to clothe yourselves in humility. For those who have read "The Final Quest", I believe there are many who are now walking off in deception. If we simply judge the old system without owning it's sin as our own, we will just trade the old system for a new one and will be twice the son of hell as we were in the beginning.

His grace shall sustain those who seek it. His mercy comes new every morning for those who come to drink of it. Seek relationship above performance and obedience before sacrifice. Lay down your plans and desires for this world and take on the life of a solider living for the next. Whatever grace and wisdom you may find, do not use it to look down on others, but instead use it to lower yourself to raise others up. Do not grow weary, Watch and pray that you may be delivered in this day.

The Fathers Grace and Mercy to you,
Mark Kaphaem


Pat Gregory

Yesterday I heard the Holy Spirit say "divine realignment" and "changing of the guards." This realignment and changing of the guards is going to bring much change. Things are not going to remain as usual. This is a realignment ordained by God to bring about His purposes in these end times.

Many will be relocated, to different churches, to different areas, connected to different ministry organizations. God has already strategically placed many of His servants, but there will be more strategic placement of those being launched into service, and many of those that are being promoted, and so on. Relationships will change. There will be leadership changes in a big way. Some will be promoted and some will be removed. Divine order will come forth from this realignment.

As this all begins to manifest, a holy fear will once again come upon the church of Jesus Christ. Many miracles will take place, creative miracles, healings, divine provision and supply. What we've read in the word will be a reality, but in greater measure. We have never seen the likes of what's about to take place. Stand strong, in faith, with boldness and love, and declare my words and I shall guide you and perform my works. I am the Lord God and the world shall know that I am alive, reigning on high, guiding my sheep and so shall I keep. There is nothing, I say nothing, impossible with me, so stretch forth your hands, and you shall see. Marvel not at what I can do, but marvel that I reside in you. The God of the universe, come down to man, redeeming his soul, redeeming the land. I own all things, so ask what you need, I've given you my power and given you the keys. Go forward, press onward, I am by your side, and within you we three reside. Nothing is impossible, to those who believe, so expect dear children, expect, and ye shall receive. Then go, give freely, this is my plan, setting the captives free, restoring man. I shall come quickly, there's much work to do, arise in my glory, I've given it to you.

Glory to your holy name, Lord Jesus! So be it unto us, according to your word.
Pat Gregory



An awesome realm of glory entered the atmosphere of a recent meeting I attended. During the ministry time, a thick velvety anointing covered the room and I saw new doors open in the Spirit. I became aware that in an instant, waves of His presence could hit the crowd with most of the room going down sovereignly. But it didn't happen.

Why? I feel it is partly because a new dimension of His Spirit is coming and we don't understand it. Also, we so orchestrate ministry times that we are unable to even see the prophetic invitations Holy Spirit is extending!! We move with predictable familiarity instead of taking quantum leaps in the Spirit. We could launch off into the unknown, opening up realms of miracles and visitations ... but we don't.

Hundreds of people were invited forward as we prayed for them and the ministry time was wonderful! I want to try to give you language for what was happening so you can learn more about this dimension. As I moved through the crowd, I felt a radius of His presence moving around me. Groups of people would fall down without me touching them. Yet, I knew God wanted to do even more! He wanted to impact the entire room sovereignly, without the hand of man.

Systematically lining people up for altar calls is good, but the Lord wants to sovereignly visit whole congregations, grocery stores, filling stations, colleges, stadiums, etc. He wants us to be carriers of His glory ... a people of His presence. Later, as I walked into the bookstore and hallways of this conference, I would just look at different individuals and say, "There He is." Immediately they were gripped by the power of Holy Spirit manifesting in His many wonderful ways.

Some fell to the floor and others were shaking. Some commented, "He's so beautiful," as they were touched by Him. There was no music or sermons, yet I could feel His tangible presence. It was like walking in a 10 or 15 foot bubble filled with His living power and radiating His glory. God's Forerunners I felt the Lord saying, "Jill, you're one little spark, but the day will come when all of My people will be fiery sparks, igniting bonfires of My glory throughout the earth." They will all be His radical forerunners.

When you're enveloped in this mantle, you move more quietly and more diminished, and without even touching people, they're visibly impacted with fiery manifestations. He increases ... you decrease. In fact, you become "invisible"! People are astounded because man hasn't touched them ... only God! I'm convinced there's a new realm of His presence invading the earth that's deeply saturated in His Bridal love as never before. The global worship and prayer movement is releasing this sphere of His glory throughout the world. It's imperative that we enter into our houses of prayer in whatever cities we reside, in order to help usher in this unique level of His glory.

As the Lord moves His troops into strategic locations, new paradigm shifts are occurring. People in leadership for many years i.e. Jack Hayford, Mike Bickle, Peter Wagner, are leaving the old to birth new ministries for the 21st century. Geographical changes are moving players on His global chessboard. Whole movements are in transition as God realigns even denominations for His end-time thrust. Holy Frustration There is a holy frustration because we have no language and no blue prints for the new wineskin…

May our cry be for a renewed hunger and yearning for visitations like Ezekiel and Isaiah experienced! As Moses encountered God with the burning bush, may we also be consumed by the "Burning One" and see His glory and beauty. Oh, that we would become radical lovers ... able to confront the "Pharaohs" of this age as the temporal judgments of God are released.



Prophetic promise given to Sandy Warner
Tuesday, May 30, 2000

Sixteen years ago the Lord gave me a promise about Lazarus. He said, "I will raise him up." Now is the time! I want to tell you about Lazarus and his long journey, for you may have loved ones who fit this category. The following are the scriptures the Lord gave me at the time of the promise. They dovetail together to tell his story.


1) The story of Lazarus is likened unto the 200 men who stayed behind at the brook of Besor where David was told to take back what was stolen from them. When others were moving forward in the Lord and flourishing, "Lazarus" [like the 200 men] was too tired to go on.

"And the LORD told him, "Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!" So David and his six hundred men set out, and they soon came to Besor Brook. But two hundred of the men were too exhausted to cross the brook, so David continued the pursuit with his four hundred remaining troops." (1 Sam 30:8-10 NLT)


2) As the years grew, "Lazarus" grew dryer and without refreshment.

Besor was a dry water bed, and with the cloudbursts, it became a torrent. This is symbolic of where "Lazarus" has camped since the 80's, totally dependent upon the mercy of God's rain.


3) In the process of waiting for God's refreshing touch, "Lazarus" grew sick and hopeless. But the Lord gave "Lazarus" a promise.

"Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." (Hos 6:1-3 KJV)


4) "Lazarus" grew so sick that his loved ones made desperate pleas to the Lord on his behalf. But even though the Lord heard the pleas, He delayed answering.

"So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, "Lord, the one you love is very sick." But when Jesus heard about it he said, "Lazarus's sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God. I, the Son of God, will receive glory from this." Although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days and did not go to them." (John 11:3-6 NLT)


5) In the process of waiting, "Lazarus" became so weary that he and his calling were finally put to spiritual sleep.

"Then he said, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up." (John 11:11 NLT)


6) This sleep caused great disappointment for those that loved "Lazarus." But the Lord continued to reassure with His promise.

"When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask." Jesus told her, "Your brother will rise again." (John 11:20-23 NLT)


7) When the day came, God sent His Word and the door of hope was opened. The tomb door opened by removing the stone of hopelessness. Hope was once again stirred among disappointed and waiting hearts.

"And again Jesus was deeply troubled. Then they came to the grave. It was a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. "Roll the stone aside," Jesus told them. Jesus responded, "Didn't I tell you that you will see God's glory if you believe?" So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so they will believe you sent me." (John 11:38-44 NLT)

"But I will court her again and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak to her tenderly there. There I will give back her vineyards to her and transform her Valley of Troubles into a Door of Hope. She will respond to me there, singing with joy as in days long ago in her youth after I had freed her from captivity in Egypt. "In that coming day," says the Lord, "she will call me 'My Husband' instead of 'My Master.'" (Hos 2:14-16 TLB)


8) "Lazarus" rises to the Word of the Lord. He hears the Word, he obeys the Word, even though he is still bound in personal captivity.

"Then Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come out!" And Lazarus came out, bound in grave clothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!" (John 11:43,44 NLT)


9) The company of "Lazarus" is bound in grave clothes.

"Lazarus" face is bound. He can not see what is going on, even though he knows something radical is taking place, for suddenly God is speaking into his life and he is once again responding. No one can see him either, for even though he is rising up to the Lord's Word, his calling is hidden to himself, and to the world.

He is wrapped with grave clothes symbolic of death and preservation. "Lazarus" followed the Lord's will even to the point of death to self. In the process of death, in order to preserve "Lazarus" from his own self destruction during the wait, "Lazarus" was allowed captivity, enough to severely restrict his movements.


10) And the Lord said, "Loose him and let him go!"


The following scriptures use the same Greek words:

[ Words with the a given number are exactly the same word as the other words with that same number. ]

And he that was dead came forth, bound [1210] hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose [3089] him, and let him go. (John 11:44 KJV)

And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound [1210], lo, these eighteen years, be loosed [3089] from this bond on the sabbath day? (Luke 13:16 KJV)

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind [1210] on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose [3089] on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matt 16:19 KJV)

TO BIND: NT:1210 deo (deh'-o); a primary verb; to bind (in various applications, literally or figuratively): KJV - bind, be in bonds, knit, tie, wind. See also NT:1163, NT:1189.

[note the word wind here as though to wind around like graveclothes.]

TO LOOSE: NT:3089 luo (loo'-o); a primary verb; to "loosen" (literally or figuratively): KJV - break (up), destroy, dissolve, (un-) loose, melt, put off. Compare = NT:4486.


11) The reward given to Lazarus for waiting.

Just like the men who waited by the brook of Besor, the "Lazarus people" shall be given everything that was lost back to them and they shall have a part in the increased spoils of war.

"David got back everything the Amalekites had taken, and he rescued his two wives. Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back. His troops rounded up all the flocks and herds and drove them on ahead. "These all belong to David as his reward!" they said. When they reached Besor Brook and met the two hundred men who had been too tired to go with them, David greeted them joyfully. But some troublemakers among David's men said, "They didn't go with us, so they can't have any of the plunder. Give them their wives and children, and tell them to be gone." But David said, "No, my brothers! Don't be selfish with what the LORD has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the enemy. Do you think anyone will listen to you when you talk like this? We share and share alike--those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment." From then on David made this a law for all of Israel, and it is still followed." (1 Sam 30:18-25 NLT)


12) What is the purpose of "Lazarus'" journey?

Why the miserable journey of sickness, is it only to be raised up healthy once again with the addition of spoils? NO. We find the purpose of "Lazarus'" sickness hidden in both Jesus' promise and the meaning of Lazarus' name.


First, Jesus promises that the testimony of Lazarus' life, death and raising will be for the glory, honor, and testimony of Jesus Christ. "Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." (John 11:3,4 KJV)


Second, his purpose is found in his name. We can see that its meaning is a direct opposite of his sickness. Lazarus' name comes from a Hebrew word that is built upon several layers of words, all based upon an original word. Following is a Word Study for you to see for yourself. However, for simplification, here is a condensed version:

The Hebrew words and origins of Lazarus literally means: God (is) helper; strength; mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity): strength; hence, anything strong; specifically a chief (politically); also a ram (from his strength); a pilaster (as a strong support); an oak or other strong tree: to twist, i.e. (by implication) be strong; the body (as being rolled together); also powerful: to surround, i.e. protect or aid.

The origins of the word Lazarus is translated as the following words: - God (god), goodly, great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong. mighty (man), lintel, oak, post, ram, tree, mighty, strength, help, succour.

So now we see the true calling and nature of "Lazarus." He was called to be a mighty one in the Lord's temple, and his very name was a challenge to the enemy. Because his calling and purpose are so important in last day events, his flesh had to be stripped so that he trusted not in his own strength, but the Lord.


13) Word Study

HEBREW LAZARUS OT:499 'El`azar (el-aw-zawr'); from OT:410 and OT:5826; God (is) helper; Elazar, the name of seven Israelites: KJV - Eleazar.

OT:410 'el (ale); shortened from OT:352; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity): KJV - God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong. Compare names in "-el."

OT:352 'ayil (ah'-yil); from the same as OT:193; properly, strength; hence, anything strong; specifically a chief (politically); also a ram (from his strength); a pilaster (as a strong support); an oak or other strong tree: KJV - mighty (man), lintel, oak, post, ram, tree.

OT:193 'uwl (ool); from an unused root meaning to twist, i.e. (by implication) be strong; the body (as being rolled together); also powerful: KJV - mighty, strength.

OT:5826 `azar (aw-zar'); a primitive root; to surround, i.e. protect or aid: KJV - help, succour.


If you are among the statistics or have loved ones that fit this description, have hope! For Lazarus is stirring, as the Lord is calling, "Lazarus, come forth!"


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May 30, 2000: For I have spoken this and repeated it and My Word does not return unto me void but it accomplishes what I speak. Now as surely as I separated Goshen from Egypt and the Hebrews form the Egyptians, now will I separate the true believers who worship in truth and in Spirit from those who give lip service but there hearts are far from Me. Those who have been faithful in truth and in spirit to worship shall be blessed beyond measure and those who give Me lip service while there hearts are joined to the harlot even the little that they have shall be taken away. Now as I do this there will be some that turn and repent and they will escape having lost all but their souls. I would that you receive them back with mercy and blessings. Prepare your hearts for this judgment, it will be exactly as I spoke it to My friend Abraham. I will bless those who have blessed you and I will curse those who have cursed you. It shall be a fearful thing to fall into the hand of the Living God, and who shall save you then?

Changing Robes
by Bryan Hupperts

There is a truth hidden in the beautiful story of Joseph that speaks a godly encouragement to the persecuted and suffering among God's people. Joseph's father Israel presented him with a coat of many colors. This was a woven, seamless type of coat that children of nobles wore and it signified the wearer as one who is especially beloved of his father. It is significant that this robe was made of many colors because God, who is Light, is the collective of all colors, and it speaks symbolically of His myriad, great blessings.

Reading this story, I was struck at how many times the Bible mentions Joseph's clothes were changed. He wore a simple shepherd's robe until his father elevated him with the coat of many colors. Later his brothers violently stripped his robe off throwing him in a waterless well. They dipped his coat in animal blood pretending a wild animal had devoured him.

He was taken to Egypt and put in slaves' clothes. His boss's wife tried to seduce him ripping his robe off forcing him to run from the house naked. Rejected, she made a false rape accusation and he was stripped of even his slave status and was put in prisoners' garb. And later when Pharaoh found out about his gift for dream interpretation, he was washed and given new clothes and brought into the presence of Pharaoh. After his promotion to being the governor of Egypt, Pharaoh gave him a new robe - two changes of clothing in a single day! Whew! So what do all of these changes in clothes mean?

The changes in Joseph's clothes represent the various stages God walked him through to reach his ultimate destiny in Christ. He was shown his exaltation to power in two dreams as a young man but wisely enough, God didn't reveal the painful paths he would have to walk to arrive in the place of greatness.

Have you ever seen this in the Body of Christ? Someone comes to faith and they take off like a rocket. They suddenly walk in the power and presence of God putting the old seasoned saints to shame with their zeal and consecration. And then something happens. Often, as was the case with Joseph, their brothers in the Lord begin to get jealous and look for any excuse to "humble" this unsuspecting soul. Jesus warned that a man's enemies would be those of his own household - and that can include the household of faith.

Our meteoric young saint is suddenly attacked, deftly knocked out of orbit, and ends up being taken out of the limelight. Joseph was cast into a deep, dry well where light was scarce and the only reply to his cries for help was jeering mockery. Has this ever happened to you? You're going along serving God when unexpected opposition comes into your life. You ask for prayer and suddenly you're surrounded by people who are accusing you of every sort of wrong motive. If they can't find fault in your actions, they presume on your motives wounding you with jagged accusations wrapped in sweet words of grace.

It is as if the Father's favor is stripped from you and you're suddenly demoted to the lowest of the low places - a slave. Even the common rights afforded to all humanity are stolen from you. People treat you with contempt and you have to learn to bear the injustices in silence. Forsaken by family and friends, you learn in your isolation to draw comfort from God. Even as the Lord was with Joseph, he is with you as well.

After the slavery comes a small promotion and still another test. Will you abuse your newly found authority? Joseph could have taken his boss' very willing wife - but he refused to sin against God. Day after frustrating day she spoke seductively to him finally trying to seduce him. She grabbed his robe and he pulled away so hard he ended up running naked from the house. If she could not compromise his righteousness, she slandered him with a rape charge. For the second time, Joseph is stripped of his robe.

And then comes the prison, the dumping ground of ruined humanity, a place where all hope is vanquished. You're a nobody. The promises of God are now faint memories but His Presence becomes your secret abiding place. You have been wrongly accused, sentenced, and locked away. And in such places you learn to allow God himself to become your life. He becomes your comforter, companion, and sweet secret friend. Years pass and suddenly Pharaoh calls. Your gifts and wisdom are urgently needed.

Your prison garb is stripped away and you are cleansed and brought to a place of power where you speak the Word of the Lord. Suddenly a royal robe is wrapped about your shoulders. This is not the robe of a noble child, but of one in full authority. It is the kings' robe. You speak for the King! A gold chain and signet ring are placed on you and you suddenly have the power to conduct kings business.

The Father's favor is again publicly placed on you. After so many false starts, you suddenly find your true place of service. The taunts of your accusers fade in fear of the authority on your life. And the promises of God burst forth to maturity and you inherit his long delayed blessings. So when your robes are being changed or stripped from you, take heart: God is preparing you for your true place of service by first breaking you, and then remaking you in His redemptive image. Whatever robe you happen to be wearing at the moment, remember this: He who promised is Faithful and True.

© 2000 Bryan Hupperts
SheepTrax Ministries, Inc.

Is Your Life Comfortable Or Meaningful?

doug morrell

Sitting on the runway in Atlanta, Georgia this last week for seven hours provided a lot of time to think. It was during that time I heard the Holy Spirit say, "Is your life comfortable or meaningful?"

Now I wish I could say I am living every area of my life out of the comfort zone, but I am not. I was very convicted. I find it very easy to justify my way of living.

Just this past weekend, I read in a major metropolitan newspaper that many Christian-operated thrift stores are having a difficult time taking in all the "used" goods people are bringing to them. One second-hand store reported earnings over $4,000,000 last year! The article went on to say that we live in a society today where people thrive on replacing what's adequate for something perceived as better. These discarded, and often times new items, are then carted off to the local thrift store, given to charity, or to the church. I suppose this makes the exchange easier to swallow.

I thought about Jesus. Jesus lived the way He lived so that He could live the way He lived. It was a choice the Bible says:

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant..." (Phil. 2:5-11)

Jesus was humble, willing to give up His rights in order to obey God and serve people. Like Christ, we should have a servant's attitude, serving out of love for God and for others, not out of guilt or fear. Remember, the choice is always yours. You can choose to be served, or you can choose to serve others.

Often people excuse selfishness, pride, or evil by claiming their rights. They think, "I can cheat on this test; after all, I deserve to pass this class," or "I can spend all this money on myself--I worked hard for it," or "I can get an abortion; I have a right to control my own body." Yes, God can and does forgive all these sins if we repent, but as believers, we should have a different attitude, one that enables us to lay aside our rights in order to serve others. If we say we follow Christ, we must also say we want to live as He lived. We should develop His attitude of humility as we serve, even when we are not likely to get recognition for our efforts. Are you selfishly clinging to your rights, or are you willing to serve? Jesus said:

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (Mth. 6:25)

Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that Father promises to supply. Worry can:

  • damage your health
  • cause the object of your worry to consume your thoughts
  • disrupt your productivity
  • negatively affect the way you treat others
  • reduce your ability to trust God.

Would you describe your life as comfortable or meaningful? What would your next door neighbor say? More importantly, what would Jesus say? Maybe it's time we think about what we think about and do and evaluate our lives based not on what the world demands, but what the Bible requires.

At the last judgment even those who are condemned will recognize Jesus' authority and right to rule. People can choose to regard Jesus as Lord now as a step of willing and loving commitment, or be forced to acknowledge Him as Lord when He returns. Christ may return at any moment. Are you prepared to meet Him?

live Christ deliberately...

doug morrell
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