The Desert Season of Preparation (1)

INTRODUCTION

For us to know the Lord, intimately and passionately, we must go through the fire of testing. It’s in the heat of His Fire, a wilderness season with Him, where everything we hold onto, burns away so that what’s left in us, is Him alone. We get saved at the cross, we get sanctified in the wilderness. It is this process of purification that leads to holiness. 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)

His fire produces patience and endurance, which in turn, produces maturity. (James 1:2-4) The pure and mature Bride of Christ is called to reign with Him in Heavenly places, bringing Heaven down to earth, inheriting the nations alongside her Glorious King. Riding with Him, she will be translated from mortal to immortal at the sound of the trumpet, continuing the reaping of nations with Him.

God has a predestined plan for His Church. He calls us His Bride, and has promised to return for her, His Pure Bride, at the time when all things have been restored. (Acts 3:18-21) She is pursued by His Love, to know and to love Him with all her heart, and to come into the complete truth, freedom and victory won for her.

During the latter part of the last era, the Spirit of the Living God has been hovering over the earth, looking for sons and daughters willing to pursue Him into the wilderness of preparation, so they can be entrusted with His Glory in this New Era, partnering with His Spirit to build His Kingdom upon the earth.

A growing dissatisfaction with the status quo of church traditions and religion, pulled a holy remnant out of Egypt, into the broad dry place of the unknown, where they sought the Lord where He could be found. Egypt became a stumbling block and hindrance to their spiritual walk, a place of bondage. Their pure desire to pursue Christ led them into a desert season of preparation. 

Just as Jesus entered the desert for forty days, coming out empowered by His Spirit, and released into His ministry, so she will come out, empowered and released by Him. The works that Christ did, she will do and more, reaping an End-Time Harvest that will bring about the greatest world transformations ever seen, preparing the world for the Second Coming of Christ, our King. It is this holy remnant who will be called, ‘The Reformers of the New’ in this New Era, who will pioneer and forerun in the works of the Spirit, wielding the Two-edged sword of Word and Spirit, Truth and Fire.

They love not their lives unto death, for they have laid down their lives, taking up their cross daily, following Christ wherever He goes. (Revelations 12:11) She has stepped into Isaiah 60, ‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.’

The Lord is shaking the nations, He is shaking the earth, His impending judgment awaits the wicked. His Fire’s ablaze, calling forth nations to repent and return, escaping His Judgment. For as He sanctified His holy remnant, so He will sanctify and mature His church and the nations of the earth in His Fire of purification and preparation, removing everything until only He remains. His church will become His Beloved Bride – mature, pure and holy… the One He hastens to return for.

Hebrews 12:18-29

18For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23and to the assemblya of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.25See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29for our God is a consuming fire.



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