Part 1 – Zerubbabel – Out of Babylon

Zerubbabel – Out of Babylon (Part 1)

This message is about the subject of deliverance from any kind of captivity—whether it be physical sickness, addictions of any kind including sexual addictions, sin, sorrow and grief, emotional issues, financial problems, depression, demonic oppression, or whatever it is that has been keeping you in captivity. God wants us to be free from bondages and loosed from every infirmity.

The Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) breaks every chain and sets the prisoners free!

He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed! (John 8:36). Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).

The true story of Zerubbabel and the return from exile, shows us God’s faithfulness and sovereignty in our lives.

Zerubbabel was the first leader to lead the Jewish exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem. The date is approximately around 538-536 B.C. Seventy years had passed following the first siege of Jerusalem, where captives were taken to Babylon.

Zerubbabel was governor of Judah, and he is mentioned primarily in Haggai, Ezra and Zechariah. He is also referred to by the name Shezbazzar, and is the son of Shealtiel (or the son of Pedaiah). One school of thought is that Shealtiel died, leaving a widow, and his brother Pedaiah married her (Levirate marriage) to raise up a seed for Shealtiel. Zerubbabel is in the royal lineage of Jesus Christ.

Zerubbabel was born in captivity. He was born after the kingdom of Judah was taken into exile. Zerubbabel’s name means: “seed of Babylon” or “born in Babylon”. He was appointed as prince of Judah. Zerubbabel was probably in the king’s service, as he was given the name Shezbazzar, and granted favor by King Cyrus to lead the first group of exiles back to Jerusalem and begin to restore the temple.

God had moved upon the heart of Cyrus, king of Persia, to allow the Jews to return to their homeland. He gave them back the gold and silver articles that had been stolen from the temple, and furnished them with everything they needed to begin rebuilding the temple. This was prophesied by Isaiah. Isaiah was so precise in this prophecy that even Cyrus’ name was mentioned centuries before he was even born. Isaiah 44:28 says, Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.’”

Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years, and then the Jews would return to Jerusalem (Jeremiah 25:11-12 and Jeremiah 29:10-14).

Zerubbabel led out approximately 50,000 people (mostly of who were Levites, musicians, and singers). Jeshua, the high priest, assisted Zerubbabel in the mission of leading the exiles back to Jerusalem and rebuilding the temple. The first thing they set out to do was to rebuild the Altar to the Lord and restore the daily sacrifices. The feasts were re-instituted as well. Worship was restored.

Work on rebuilding the foundation of the temple began. They got only so far, and then were faced with opposition from enemies. Their enemies hired counselors against them, and even sent false accusatory letters to King Ahasuerus and King Artaxerxes, saying that the Jews had formed a rebellion and needed to be stopped. The king ordered that all work on the temple be halted.

Approximately 16-17 years elapsed with the work on the foundation of the temple unfinished and being delayed. In the meantime, the people were busy building costly homes for themselves. It wasn’t that God didn’t want His people having nice homes, it’s just that their priorities were out of order.

The people had gone through so much fierce opposition and intimidation from the enemy, and through such long years of delays and unfulfilled promises, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They were convinced in their minds that the promise of them restoring the temple was “miles or years out there in the distant future”. So therefore, they focused their task on building their own homes.

In Haggai, the prophet Haggai confronted Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, saying in Haggai 1:1-8: “This people says, ‘The time has not yet come, the time that the Lord’s House should be rebuilt.’ But is it time for you to dwell in your paneled houses while My House lies in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways!

You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough. You drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified, says the LORD.”

Because the people’s priorities were out of proper order, and their focus had been on building their own homes while God’s House was in ruins, the Lord had allowed a drought to come on the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.

Zerubbabel and Jeshua’s spirits were refreshed and re-activated to action after hearing the prophetic word of the Lord. They immediately obeyed God’s Voice, and resumed rebuilding the temple.

Again, enemy opposition came. This time Zerubbabel and Jeshua did not shrink back. When their opponents questioned their authority to rebuild the temple, Zerubbabel told them that they had been given authority by King Cyrus, and would not stop rebuilding until the work was finished.

Their opponents wrote a letter to King Darius of Babylon to request that a search be made in the archives for the original scroll written and signed by King Cyrus, granting authority for Zerubbabel and the Jews to rebuild the temple. The scroll was found. Darius issued a decree that no one was to hinder the work of the temple. And if anyone did interfere, they should die. Furthermore, King Darius ordered that the Jews be furnished with whatever supplies they needed.

The temple foundation was finished in the 6th year of King Darius, and was rededicated unto the Lord. The rededication was accompanied by great celebration, and concluded with the Passover Feast.

About 80 years later, Ezra led the second group of exiles to Jerusalem, with Nehemiah leading out the third group shortly after that. Ezra and Nehemiah’s task focused on rebuilding the walls and gates, finishing the rebuilding of the temple, and re-establishing Moses’ law to the people.

Within the literal events that happened during this period of approximately 20 years (from the first exodus out of Babylon led by Zerubbabel to the finishing of the temple foundation), there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives.

Babylon is still a literal place. Babylon, in the figurative and spiritual sense, is a prophetic picture of places of confusion in our lives. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. And also figurative of areas of our lives where we have been held in captivity.

Babylon also speaks of idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, immorality, perversion, and anti-Christ spirits and agendas seeking to slowly infiltrate our society and lives—slowly desensitizing us to the sin and corruption around us.

Spiritual Zerubbabel’s are those who have lived in captivity and confusion, but God has delivered them out, and anointed them to lead others out to freedom too.

The temple represents our life (we are the temple of the Holy Ghost according to 1 Corinthians 6:19). The temple also speaks of the House of the Lord (the church and kingdom of God).

The opponents represents the enemy of our souls—Satan and his demons—who are continually seeking to hinder, intimidate, destroy and stop God’s plans from coming to fruition. The enemy also uses people to oppose us.

Jerusalem signifies the work and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jerusalem is:

  • the place of God’s presence, glory and anointing
  • the place of worship and beauty
  • the place of holiness unto the Lord
  • the place of repentance from sin (offering up blood sacrifices)
  • the place of renewed fellowship and renewed passion for the Lord
  • the place of hearing God’s voice
  • the place of the Lord’s favor and commanded blessing
  • the place of peace and rest
  • the place of unity
  • the place of provision and prosperity
  • the place of joy unspeakable and full of glory
  • the place of freedom from captivity
  • the place of healing and restoration.

Jerusalem always speaks of God’s Throne headquarters and of worshipping the Lord. It’s the place of the Shekinah glory.

In Part 2 of this message, I will discuss the spiritual and prophetic application to our lives based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered in leaving Babylon and rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.

Also, the prophetic words spoken by Haggai and Zechariah, addressed to Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, applies to our lives today. “He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says” through those prophecies.

May you be blessed and encouraged today.

Psalm 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, “The Lord hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.” Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. KJV

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Part 2 – Zerubbabel – Set Free From Bondage and Captivity

Zerubbabel – Set Free From Bondage & Captivity (Part 2)

Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away (Isaiah 51:11, xref Isaiah 35:10).

The first siege of Jerusalem occurred under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. His successors after him also attacked Jerusalem, carrying away captives to Babylon, and finally destroying the temple.

Seventy years had passed since the first siege of Jerusalem. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years and then the Jews would return to their homeland.

God moved upon the heart of King Cyrus of Persia to grant favor to Zerubbabel, Prince of Judah, to lead the exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Approximately 50,000 people left Babylon on the first exodus out of captivity under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest.

Zerubbabel’s task was the rebuild the foundations of the temple, restoring the Altar and the daily sacrifices and worship.

Based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered, there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives today.

SPIRITUAL AND PROPHETIC APPLICATION

Kingdoms of This World

Babylon is not only a literal geographical place, but it represents the kingdoms of this world. We live in a Babylonian society, with anti-Christ spirits and agendas that war against righteousness.

Jerusalem represents the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, the world was taken into captivity by Satan. Ever since that time, everyone has been born into captivity (sin). We live in a world filled with ungodliness and evil all around us.

Sin brought captivity—such as disease and sickness, poverty, oppression, etc.

The ultimate captivity, which sin leads to, is eternal captivity in hell.

The great news is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to become the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the whole world. Animal sacrifices temporarily covered sins, but sacrifices had to be repeated over and over again. Jesus shed His blood in order to redeem us back from the devil and sin. He saved us from everlasting imprisonment and torment in hell, and He is the door to Heaven. He is everlasting life to all who will receive Him.

Even though we live in a Babylonian society, we have been redeemed out of darkness and into light. We live in a different kingdom than that of the world. The principles of God’s kingdom is based on the precepts in His Word. God’s kingdom is at constant war with the kingdom of Babylon.

Babylon Represents Areas of Captivity in the Life of the Believer

I wish that I could say that as soon as a person accepts Christ as their Savior, then everything in their life is perfect from that day forward. However, that is not how it is. For one thing, now we have a ruthless adversary (the devil), and we continually have to be on guard to resist his attacks.

Second, our spirits were saved at the point of salvation, but our bodies and souls are in the process of being sanctified and redeemed. Most attacks against Christians are in the areas of the soul (mind, will, emotions), the physical body and finances.

Opponents came against Zerubbabel and the Jews when they began to make progress in rebuilding the Temple. That’s a picture of how the enemy tries to make attempts to sabotage, hinder and stop our progress in what God has called us to do. However, the positive news is that we have the Greater One (the Holy Ghost) living on the inside of us, and He is greater than he that is of the world. We have been given power and authority over all the wiles of the enemy, and given armor to wear, faith as a shield, and the Word of God has an offensive sword.

Many Christians are in captivity, suffering with physical sickness and disease. God wants you completely well. By His stripes (scourging of 39 lashes), you WERE healed (according to 1 Peter 2:24). Our healing is already paid for in full. We just have to receive it by faith.

Many Christians are in chains of captivity in the area of unhealed memories and damaged emotions. Many suffer from oppression and depression. Many battle with a spirit of rejection and ongoing mourning. Many believers are bound to their past, or to guilt and shame. Jesus came to set us free from all these bondages.

Many believers are in bondage to various addictions and vice, ranging from alcohol to pornography to compulsive gambling. An addiction has control over a person. It drives a person to the point where the person cannot live without it.

A believer could be held in captivity to rage and anger, being abusive, filled with jealousy, envy, hatred, bitterness and strife.

Fear is a debilitating bondage that God wants to set us free from. He wants to fill us with His perfect love. Faith cannot operate properly when fear is present. Fear causes doubt and unbelief, and faith and unbelief are two opposites.

Many Christian men and women are bound in sexual immorality (lust, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography) and have a struggle getting free. Christ does not condemn, but He does convict because He wants people free and He is a holy God and is looking for holiness. The Bible says that no immoral person can enter into Heaven or inherit the Kingdom of God (Galations 5:19-21, Jude 7, Revelation 21:8), unless one repents with God’s help and grace.

Sometimes believers are not in bondage to sin issues necessarily, but their experience of captivity could be in the form of enduring very difficult situations, or remaining in unhappy, troubled relationships in which they feel entrapment.

In some situations (such as marriage when there are no Biblical grounds for divorce except for adultery and abuse), the Biblical thing is to stay and not leave. Other situations (such as unhealthy friendships) may call for the Lord leading you to cut off unhealthy soul ties. In situations where there is no way out, God can free you on the inside and give you grace to endure, filling you with His peace.

Being in the midst of confusion and chaos is a form of captivity. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. Sometimes there is chaos all around us—at home, at work, etc. But God can step in and bring peace and clarity to the situation. God has given us authority to speak to the winds of confusion and chaos, and say “Peace, Be still!”

Jesus Christ wants us free from every bondage in our life. The Blood Atonement of Jesus is not only for our salvation (which is the greatest gift), but the Atonement is also for the here and now on this earth. There is healing in the Blood Atonement (healing for the body, mind and emotions). There is provision in the area of finances, for Jesus’ blood redeemed us from the curse of poverty and lack. Christ’s blood paid for freedom from any kind of addiction, sin or bondage. His Blood breaks all generational curses. The Blood of Jesus contains power to heal, restore and deliver. Satan is afraid of the Name and Blood of Jesus, because of the power in that Name and Blood.

Jesus, our Mighty Deliverer, wants to set us free and lead us out of our exile. He wants to set people free from the tormentors (demons that harass, oppress and afflict). He wants to restore the foundations of our lives. He wants to give us freedom in areas of our lives where we have been bound in chains.

Psalms 146:7-8 says of the Lord, “Who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord looses the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises them that are bowed down. The Lord loves the righteous.”

The anointing of the Spirit of God lifts burdens and removes yokes. Isaiah 10:27 says, “In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because of the Anointing.”

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

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Part 3 – Zerubbabel – Prophetic Promises That Apply To Us Today

Zerubbabel – Prophetic Promises That Apply To Us Today (Part 3)

I’ve been talking about Zerubbabel, and the exiles leaving their bondage in Babylon, and returning to Jerusalem. Babylon in our lives speaks of areas of captivity and chains. Jesus has come to set the prisoners free, and loose every fetter.

Jerusalem speaks of the place of God’s peace, rest, and His Presence. It’s the place of healing and restoration, beauty and worship. It’s the place of freedom.

Prophetic words were spoken to Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest, through the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. These words from God are powerful and apply to our lives today.

Prophecies Spoken Through Haggai

  1. Blessings from God will come when you set your priorities in order.

Famine is broken when priorities are set in order.

Building God’s House is #1, before building your own house. Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

In Haggai, Chapter 1, verses 2-11, the people had encountered so much opposition and years of delay in finishing the temple foundation, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They thought that the timing for rebuilding God’s temple was somewhere out in the distant future. But God said that the time is NOW.

The Lord was grieved that they spent 17 years adorning their own houses, yet His House (Temple) was lying in ruins. Most of their energies were spent on personal goals. It’s not that God didn’t want them having nice homes, just as long as He comes first.

Having priorities out of their proper place, resulted in God allowing a drought to come upon the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.

A famine of food represents a spiritual famine of spiritual bread or manna, the Word of God. It also represents a natural famine resulting in financial lack.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: You will be fed the meat of the Word of God until you are full and want no more. The Lord will increase you financially as you obey His commands to tithe and give offerings, and to seek His kingdom first.

A famine of wine speaks of no joy or gladness. New Wine in the Bible is also symbolic of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: Your joy and gladness will be restored. Jesus wants to baptize you afresh, or for the first time, in His Holy Spirit. Rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being.

A famine of oil speaks of a lack for the anointing, God’s Presence being distant somewhat.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: The Shekinah glory shall visit you. His glory shall be upon you and in you.

A famine of fruit speaks of a lack of flourishing; lack of productivity; barrenness.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: Barrenness is removed and fruitfulness comes in Jesus’ Name.

Haggai said that they had sown much, yet reaped little.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: Things are turning around. Great harvest is coming from seeds planted long ago. The harvester is overtaking the plowman.

It was as if they earned wages, only to put into pockets that had holes.

God’s Promise if you put Him first: No more financial loss, debts, things breaking down, continual expenditures draining your pocket; there shall be increase and prosperity. God said He would rebuke the devourer for your sake.

  1. The Lord is with you … be strong … do not fear (Haggai 1:13; 2:4-5).

When the Lord calls us to do something, we can be assured that He is by our side, with us. We don’t have to be afraid because His Presence is there.

  1. “I will fill this temple with Glory” … “The Glory of the latter temple shall be greater than that of the former, saith the Lord” (Haggai 2:7, 9).

God will fill our lives with His Glory, and His Glory seen in us will be a witness to others. Our latter end will be greater than the former years. This promise applies also to our life, ministry, church, and to many marriages. “The latter end shall be more glorious than the former.”

And of course, this prophetic word is speaking of the literal Temple in Jerusalem being the Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7). The Glory and Splendor of the latter Temple will be greater than that of the former.

  1. In this place, I will give peace, says the LORD of Hosts (Haggai 2:9).

God brings peace to our lives where there was once strife, confusion, sadness or anxiety. There is perfect peace in His Presence, and His paths are the paths of peace (Proverbs 3:17).

  1. “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the LORD of Hosts” (Haggai 2:8).

Abundant supply. No lack. God owns it all. He promised to provide for all our needs. Plus, He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him. He wants to bless us and cause us to prosper. He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others and to His kingdom (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

  1. Holiness – “Be ye holy, for I am Holy, says the LORD” (Haggai 2:10-19, Leviticus 11:44-45, 1 Peter 1:16).

A lack of holiness resulted in unfruitfulness and a blockage of blessings of God in their lives. A return to holiness brought the full blessings of God. A lack of holiness, and disobedience to God’s commands, results in barrenness in our souls.

Haggai asks the priests this question: “If one of you is carrying a holy sacrifice in his robes and happens to brush against some bread or wine or meat, will it too become holy?”

“No,” the priests replied. “Holiness does not pass to other things that way.”

Then Haggai asked, “But if someone touches a dead person, and so becomes ceremonially impure, and then brushes against something, does it become contaminated?”

And the priests answered, “Yes.”

Haggai then made his meaning clear and spoke the word of the Lord.

“You people are contaminating your sacrifices by living with selfish attitudes and evil hearts—and not only your sacrifices, but everything else that you did as a ‘service’ to me. And so everything you did went wrong. But all is different now because you have begun to build the Temple.

Before, when you expected a twenty-bushel crop, there were only ten. When you came to draw fifty gallons from the olive press, there were only twenty. I rewarded all your labor with rust and mildew and hail. Yet, even so, you refused to return to me, says the Lord.”

Holiness in spirit, soul and body shall result in blessing blockers being removed.

  1. From this day I will bless you (Haggai 2:18-19).

But now note this: From today, this 24th day of the month, as the foundation of the Lord’s Temple is finished, and from this day onward, I will bless you. Notice, I am giving you this promise now before you have even begun to rebuild the Temple structure, and before you have harvested your grain, and before the grapes, the figs, the pomegranates, and olives have produced their next crops.

  1. God will raise up spiritual Zerubbabels, who will lead God’s people out of Babylon (captivity, bondage, confusion and sin) into healing and freedom.

The Lord will give His Zerubbabels authority in the Spirit, for they are His signet ring, whom He has chosen. (Haggai 2:23). The signet ring placed upon the finger speaks of authority to carry out God’s business.

Prophecies Spoken Through Zechariah

  1. Who has despised the day of small beginnings? (Zechariah 4:10)

As we are faithful in the little task or few people God has entrusted into our spiritual care, then God will bring expansion and increase.

  1. This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

It’s not by human strength that we will receive our healing, deliverance, breakthrough, miracles, answers from God—but it’s going to happen by the Power of the Spirit of God!

Whatever situation you are going through in your life in which you need God to intervene … whatever mountain you are facing today, where it says “Zerubbabel”, replace your name there.

Say outloud:

This is the word of the LORD to ________________, saying, “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before ________________ thou shalt become a level plain.”

  1. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a level plain.”

Matthew 21:21-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea’; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

What mountains are you facing? Jesus said to speak to our mountains of difficulties and command them to be removed out of our way, and it would obey us. Replace Zerubbabel’s name with your name, and declare outloud.

“Who do you think you are, O great mountain? (and name what your mountain is). I command you, according to Matthew 21:21, to get out of my way in Jesus’ Name! Before _________________ you shall become a flattened plain.”

  1. God will enable you by His Grace to finish the task He has called you to do (Zechariah 4:7, 9).

Vs 9: “Zerubbabel laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it.”

Vs 7: “Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by grace alone.”

Shout “Grace, Grace” as you lay the capstone of the foundation.

  1. When Satan accuses you before God, Jesus defends you because of His Great Mercy.

Zechariah 3:1-2 Then the Angel showed me (in my vision) Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord; and Satan was there too, at the Angel’s right hand, accusing Joshua of many things.

And the Lord said to Satan, “I reject your accusations, Satan; yes, I, the Lord, for I have decided to be merciful to Jerusalem—I rebuke you. I have decreed mercy to Joshua and his nation; they are like a burning stick pulled out of the fire.”

Revelation 12:10 For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

  1. Jesus removes our filthy garments and clothes us in robes of righteousness. HE is our righteousness. We are not righteous by things we do, but our righteousness is found in Jesus Christ.

Our filthy garments were removed (sin and junk of the past) and we are given clean, white robes of righteousness to wear. The Lord is preparing His Bride to be ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:8 And to her [Bride] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Zechariah 3:3-4 Joshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood before the Angel of the Lord. Then the Angel said to the others standing there, “Remove his filthy clothing.”

And turning to Joshua He said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”

Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

  1. We are given priestly garments to wear and a priestly turban to crown our head (representing anointing and authority), carrying out our priestly functions.

Zechariah 3:5 Then I said, “Please, could he also have a clean turban on his head?” So they gave him one.

The Lord gives us a crown of beauty where there was once ashes (Isaiah 61:3), and we are like a royal diadem in His Hands (Isaiah 62:3).

A crown is for beauty, honor, royalty, and signifies position. Our position is that of spiritual priests unto God, offering spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 1:6).

We are royal heirs of God.

There are various crowns that believers will receive as rewards.

Crown of Life (James 1:12) – “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Revelation 2:10b “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) – “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:2-4) – “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

Crown of Splendor (Isaiah 62:3 NIV) – “Thou shalt also be a crown of splendor in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.”

Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19) – “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”

Crown of Beauty (Isaiah 61:3 NIV) – “To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

  1. We have been given spiritual access to God’s Throne—we can boldly approach the Father through Jesus Christ, and our prayers and worship ascends to Him.

Zechariah 3:7 “The Lord Almighty declares: ‘If you will follow the paths I set for you and do all I tell you to, then I will put you in charge of my Temple, to keep it holy; and I will let you walk in and out of My Presence with these angels.’”

It’s also possible to be granted literal access to Heaven’s Throneroom, where you are there in person through Heavenly visitations (whether caught up in or out of the body) or through visions.

It seems as if Jeshua, the High Priest, was being given access to literally, whether caught up in person or through a vision, go in and out of God’s Throneroom. It seems as if holiness, complete obedience, and worship is the key.

You shall walk in and out of My Throneroom with the angels. You shall have Throneroom encounters, angelic visitations, visions and prophetic dreams.

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Are You Ready To Receive Your Promise?

Are You Ready To Receive Your Promise?

Today’s message is about us being ready to receive from God those things which He has promised us.

God has promised us many things in His Word. Also, many of us have prophetic promises that were spoken over our lives of what God desires to do. We want to receive our promise or healing. We KNOW that God will do it. But for some reason or another, many are not completely ready to receive their promise at this moment, right now.

For example, many people who are believing God for physical healing are delayed from receiving because they haven’t been ready to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle and nutritional habits. They may have to be willing to give up certain addictions that contribute to illness. Many people are miraculously healed, but then the sickness returns if they have not maintained their healing (i.e., if they go back to old bad nutritional and lifestyle habits, or allow doubt and unbelief to come in).

Many are in need of emotional healing. Complete healing comes when they are ready to forgive, ready to let go of their past, and ready to refuse to no longer be a victim.

Healing comes when they are ready to give their pain to the Lord. Healing comes when they refuse to no longer believe the devil’s lies that they are unlovable and unworthy. They have to be willing to refuse to no longer wallow in a spirit of rejection.

Some need deliverance from sexual addictions, but have to get to the place where they are totally ready to forsake it. Then God can bring about healing and freedom.

For some, God has promised to bless them financially, and He put business ideas into their spirit. But fear and uncertainty keep them from venturing out and entering into God’s promise. “What if I fail?” is the thought that plagues the mind.

For others, the Lord wants to bring healthy relationships that are God-ordained into their life. They want to receive but are having a struggle. There is a battle with feelings of fear, possible rejection, possible betrayal, and issues of trust and opening up to others. Perhaps painful experiences in relationships from the past, such as divorce, abuse, abandonment, disappointments, etc. causes one to be closed or have a very difficult time receiving.

Fear blocks faith from operating. Fear closes the door to receiving. Some are delayed from receiving their healing or promise because they have been a captive to the pain of their past, and living with a victim mentality for so long.

In John 5:5-9, Jesus came by the pool of Bethesda and found a lame man who had suffered with an infirmity for 38 years. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made whole?” Rather than the man instantly saying “yes”, he gave Jesus the reasons why he hadn’t been healed in the past. And the man was also stuck in the mode of blaming others for his condition. When the man decided to take responsibility for his own life and stop blaming others and making excuses, then he was able to receive his healing.

Often times we do the same thing as this man. Often times we justify our actions by blaming others or blaming our past for our problems. Even though others may HAVE done us harm and we were victims, God doesn’t want us to remain in a victim mentality for the rest of our lives.

Pastor Paula White often says, “A victim says: ‘I cannot get out unless you let me out’”. That’s too much power to give to a mortal man or woman.

Another reason why some are blocked from receiving their healing is because they are looking more to man to be healed, than to Jesus. Man can’t do much for you. Man is only the vessel, the instrument, in which the healing power of God flows through. Only Jesus can heal. The focus must be on Him.

What is keeping you from receiving God’s promises right now? Fear? Doubt? Past hurts? Unforgiveness? Bitterness? Unresolved past issues? Blaming others? Not ready to let go of something that is blocking you from receiving? Focusing too much on your past? Your past doesn’t have to dictate your present or future. God is doing a new thing. Now it springs forth.

Another thing that keeps us from being totally ready to receive is because we are familiar with the old, as unhappy as it may be. It’s predictable and we know what to expect. The new is uncertain. We have not traveled on the path of new before. There are so many “what ifs?”.

Also, many times feelings of unworthiness get in the way of us receiving. “I am unworthy to receive ______ because ______.” Those unworthiness thoughts are not of God. The author of those thoughts is the devil (whose character is that of lying, deceiving, undermining, cheating, killing, robbing and destroying). Unworthiness thoughts remain when we view ourselves lower than how the Lord sees us. We need to come up higher and see ourselves the way God does. We are royal heirs and heiresses of God.

Feelings of shame also block us from receiving what God has promised. Whether feelings of shame are the result of something we did in the past, or a result of dishonor and disgrace brought upon us by the actions of someone else—we must give it over to the Lord and receive His cleansing and grace. Believe what God’s written Word says and receive it for your life.

If prophetic words were spoken over you and it bore witness with your spirit and is in agreement with the Bible, then trust God to perform His Word. If God spoke some rhema words into your spirit of things He’s promised He’s going to do in your life, then believe God to bring it to pass. When I say “rhema words”, I’m talking about when the Lord speaks to you a fresh, “right now”, word directly through Scriptures that seem to be highlighted and grab your attention.

Your part to acquiring God’s promises for your life is to cooperate with God by doing whatever He tells you to do and by opening up your heart to receive.

May we prepare our hearts to receive all God has for us. May we make whatever changes God tells us to make, so that we are ready to receive.

It’s time to cross over into our promised land and receive what we’ve been believing God for. May we not let fear, doubt and other issues get in the way of receiving our promise. May we be ready to receive. Amen.

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Healing Scriptures – New Testament

Matthew 4:23-24  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

Matthew 8:7  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

Matthew 8:14-15  When Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him.

Matthew 8:16-17  When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

Matthew 9:20-22  And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.” Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Matthew 9:29  According to your faith be it unto you.

Matthew 9:35  Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Matthew 10:1, 8  And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Matthew 12:13  Then Jesus said to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Matthew 12:15  And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

Matthew 14:14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Matthew 14:35-36  And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

Matthew 15:28  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Matthew 15:30  And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them.

Matthew 17:18  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and he departed out of the boy; and the child was cured from that very hour.

Matthew 17:20  For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Matthew 18:18-19  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 19:2  And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Matthew 21:14  And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them.

Matthew 21:21-22  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Mark 1:34  And Jesus healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.

Mark 2:2-12  So many gathered [in a home in Capernaum] that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and Jesus preached the Word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” … Jesus said [to the teachers of the law who accused Him]: “Which is easier? To say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, He said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’” And he got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.

Mark 5:34  And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be whole of your plague.”

Mark 6:54-56  And when Jesus and His disciples had come out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Jesus. And ran about that whole country and began to carry about on their pallets those who were sick, to the place they heard He was. And wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and entreating Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.

Mark 10:52  Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Mark 11:23-24  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.

Mark 16:17-18  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Luke 4:18-19 (xref Isaiah 61:1-3)  The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luke 4:40-41  Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Jesus; and He laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And demons also were coming out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Son of God!” And rebuking them, He would not allow them (demons) to speak.

Luke 5:17  The power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Luke 6:19  And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and He healed them all.

Luke 7:7, 10  [The centurion said to Jesus] “Just say the word, and my servant shall be healed.” And his servant was made whole from that very moment.

Luke 7:21-22  At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.

Luke 8:48  And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Luke 9:1-2  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Luke 9:11  Jesus received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.

Luke 10:9  And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

Luke 17:6  So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Luke 17:19  And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

John 4:46-53  Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee where He had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him, and was requesting Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. … Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he started off. … And as he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living. So he inquired of them the hour when his son began to get better. They said therefore to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.

John 5:5-9  And a certain man was there who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years … Jesus said unto him, “Do you want to be made well?” … Jesus said unto him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” Immediately the man was made whole and took up his bed and walked.

John 10:10  The thief (devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) am come that they might have and enjoy life, and that they might have it more abundantly (till it overflows).

John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

Acts 3:6-8  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Acts 4:29-31  Grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Acts 5:15-16  Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Acts 9:34  Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise [get up].

Acts 10:38  God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Acts 14:8-10  And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

Acts 19:11-12  And God was performing extraordinary miracles through the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.

Romans 4:20-21  He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what God had promised (a son), He was able also to perform.

Romans 8:11  But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [revitalize, make alive, make whole, give life, raise you up from sickness] your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.

Romans 10:8  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach).

1 Corinthians 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the Blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the Body of Christ?

John 6:56  He that eateth my Flesh, and drinketh my Blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. [Life, strength, nourishment and health is imparted into our spirit, soul and body when partaking of Holy Communion in an attitude of reverence and discerning the Lord’s Body.]

1 Corinthians 12:7-11  The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

1 Corinthians 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Jesus Christ) was made a quickening spirit. (There is quickening life in Jesus. He breathes fresh life into us and dwells on the inside of us through His Spirit. There is an impartation of life and healing that comes when the Name of Jesus is called upon. Being in an atmosphere of worship sets the stage for healing to take place, because worship invites God’s Presence. And God’s Presence is a quickening presence.)

Galations 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law (sickness, poverty, etc) being made a curse for us.

Ephesians 3:20-21  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:23  May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:12  For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.

Hebrews 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised).

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

James 5:14-15  Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

1 Peter 2:24  Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

1 John 3:21-22  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

1 John 5:4  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.

Revelation 22:1-2 And He pointed out to me a river of pure Water of Life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, coursing down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew Trees of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month; the leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations (xref Ezekiel 47:12).

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