Revelation for 2013
Sep 17, 2012
Last evening I was led to go to David's church to receive whatever revelation he had to offer. As this was the evening of Rosh Hoshana, it occurred to me that this would likely be the revelation of what God would be doing shortly, or at least in the following year (2013).
Today (September 17) is Rosh Hoshana, or New Year's Day, also called the Feast of Trumpets. Traditionally, it was the start of Creation in the book of Genesis. On Day 1 of Creation, God said, "Let there be light." Many years later, Jesus was born on the evening of Rosh Hoshana in 2 B.C. His birth fulfilled the prophecy of Creation, for He was that true Light that came into the world to give light to every man (John 1:9).
John also says that "the Word became flesh" (John 1:14). When Jesus was born, the Word, which both "was God" and "was with God" took the form of human flesh. Spirit became flesh that day, and the implications of this event were enormous.
But Jesus Christ was only the Head. We know that in any normal birth, the Head appears first, then the body. So it is with these spiritual things. Christ the Head appeared first to become the Word made flesh, but the birthing process has continued unabated since that event. The full birth is not completed until His entire Body is brought to birth and also becomes the Word made flesh.
David preached on this last night, not realizing that this was the evening of Rosh Hoshana. He taught about the Holy Spirit and the fact that we are not merely to fill our heads with knowledge, but to assimilate the Word until we become the Word. We are what we eat, but more accurately, we are what we assimilate.
When we are truly the Word made flesh, we will walk in the Spirit as Jesus walked. Walking in the Spirit is not a matter of going to heaven. It is a matter of bringing heaven to earth. That is the meaning of the Word becoming FLESH. The spiritual life is walked out here on earth in a visible, tangible manner.
I have often said that the timing of a revelation always has something to do with its fulfillment. In this case, the timing of this particular revelatory Word on the evening of Rosh Hoshana links it to the beginning of Creation and the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. It is also the prophesied day of "resurrection," which is a re-creation, where the body of Christ becomes the Word made flesh in a greater manner.
It is one thing to receive the Holy Spirit into one's life; it is another to assimilate the Holy Spirit to the point where the Spirit becomes flesh IN US, that is, in our bodies. The distinction can be seen in that some Spirit-filled Christians give evidence with "tongues" but not with the Truth and Light that was promised to them in John 16:13,
13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. . . 15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. If people do not walk in the light of Truth, it indicates that they have not truly assimilated the Holy Spirit in the way that God meant. The Holy Spirit is about revelation and guidance, so that we may begin to walk as Jesus walked.
All of this has to do with being about our Father's business, which is one of the key revelations for the year 2012. Many of us have taught the Word for many years, but if this does not result in the Word becoming flesh in you, then we have failed to accomplish our main mission. On the other hand, there is really nothing that we can do to make you become the Word made flesh. That is dependent upon the Holy Spirit's work in you, and we cannot substitute for the Holy Spirit.
We have had to learn patience in this. I know that the disciples of Jesus had to learn patience as well, for they had to wait for the day of Pentecost to receive the promise of the Father. After Jesus' resurrection, they were anxious to move out and start preaching the word, heal the sick, raise the dead, and so on, but Jesus told them to tarry, or wait until the appointed time. They could not run ahead of the Holy Spirit.
On the other hand, we ought not to waste the preparation time that He has given us. Preparation is practice time. God gives us missions here and now, by which we are able to grow through practice of what He has already given us. This growth prepares us for the next stage of the work He will yet give us to do. So no one should think they have a mandate to do nothing. Use whatever He has given you NOW, for there is always a mandate that comes with the present gift and calling. Though we anticipate a greater work yet to come, our "lesser" work today is our present mandate.
Many are of the mindset that they will do nothing until that which is perfect has come. But Jesus says to be faithful in the little things if we want to be entrusted with the bigger things. For example, it is better to lay hands on the sick without results than not to do it at all. A failed attempt is better than inaction, because we learn through our failures as much as our successes. Don't be afraid to fail. God appreciates your efforts. Failure should drive us back to God for further revelation and guidance until we find success. John 16:23 says,
23 And in that day you will ask Me no question [not need to ask questions, because you will already know the answer before you ask]. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you shall ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My name.
As individuals, we each function on different levels of the Spirit and in different dimensions. But there is also a historic fulfillment, such as what occurred on Pentecost in Acts 2. Many individuals performed miracles throughout the Old Testament, long before Pentecost, but yet there was an appointed time in history for the day of Pentecost.
So it is with Tabernacles. We are called to walk in Tabernacles at least partially long before the historic fulfillment of that feast. I do not know when Tabernacles will be fulfilled historically, but last evening's revelation tells me that God is going to do something in the coming year that will empower us in a greater way to become the Word made flesh.
Because this revelation came in the evening hours of Rosh Hoshana, I suspect that we may see further revelation or experience in the coming feast days. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is September 26; The Feast of Tabernacles is October 1-8.
Dr. Stephen Jones