Continuation 3
 

By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., ©2002

Flowers

 

 
Not By Might, Nor By Power, But By My Spirit
 

This is perhaps one of the most quoted of all verses in the Bible. I doubt that many people really understand what it means. Why were these words spoken? It has already been mentioned that this chapter in Zechariah was given for exhortation to Zerubbabel and the high priest to carry on with the renovation. Outsiders harassed them and they did not have the protection of a city with walls. They became despondent but reluctantly proceeded with the work. For this reason, God sent word through the prophet Zechariah that absolutely nothing was going to interfere with them finishing the work they had begun. Verse 9 reads, "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it." Zechariah also encouraged them not to despise the day of small beginnings [verse 10] because that is the way God starts all His works. This way He gets all the credit. Anyone wanting to start out with a large group and acclaim had best reassess his calling. God permits impediments along the way to show that He is the one doing the work and He is the one protecting it. Therefore, let your faith be your servant and keep moving on.

Zechariah 4:6-7
6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, 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.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

The words "…(n)ot by might, not by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" means that no matter who tries to stop a work that God begins, they will never be able to do it because God is Lord of the armies of heaven, and He will not allow anyone to interfere with the erection of anything He has ordained. In Zerubbabel's case, He was commissioned to build God's house, and it would be done with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit directing the work. It would not come by means of one's own strength, nor would it be completed on the authority of an earthly king who might give him help from his army. When God ordains a work, He will bring it to pass. God's kingdom will come regardless of what great kingdom is in force at the time of its activation. Even if the Antichrist's kingdom covers the earth like one huge mountain, at the set time of manifestation of God's kingdom, the reigning king and his huge mountainous kingdom will become flattened like a plain. The prophet exhorts the two sons of oil even further by saying that the "headstone" would set on top of the kingdom shouting, "God bless it, God bless it!" The headstone is the same as a capstone, which is the culmination of a structure. Without doubt, Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, is the crowning achievement of all things created and will so be considered in that day of the Millennial Kingdom. With this kind of exhortation, Zerubbabel and Joshua did complete the Temple and the Messiah came as planned - the first time.

We have seen that the sons of oil characterize the coming kingdom whose citizens are king/priests. Application of Zechariah's exhortation today is for Philadelphians who should not despair of patiently waiting on it, because it will come at the set time. Do not get ahead of it and try to force it or produce it with your own ingenuity as some are doing. The Spirit clearly said in this passage that the Kingdom would not come by one's own human ingenuity as Reconstructionists propose nor would it result from endorsing manmade 'Biblical Blueprints' devising ways to Christianize the world as Dominionists purport they have. It will manifest when the body of Christ is completed and the last of the harvest of souls is brought in.

Like Jeannette and her two companions who heard a sound, looked up, and saw a transport vehicle waiting to retrieve them from earth, the remaining Philadelphian patriots who do not apostatize will hear a trumpet and the voice of an archangel that will cause them to look up and be caught up in the clouds. Her companions left earth permanently indicating that opportunity to enter the kingdom of heaven to become kings and priests was over. They thanked her for doing such a good job of staying pure for them and getting them out before the hour of trial. With this event, the Philadelphian remnant will be kept from (taken 'out of') the initializing hour of temptation. Note, if you will, that Jeannette could not completely leave earth because as the representation of the gospel, she has to stay around with the Laodiceans in order to rescue as many as possible from the deep deception of the tribulation period. Also, being refined, the Lord did not want 'that gospel' in heaven, so He told her to let go of the safety bar, which she reluctantly but obediently did, and go back to earth to finish her work of saving souls.

Although modern Bibles are impure because they are based on Greek texts of the Alexandrian type, Jesus can be seen on every page of any Christian translation and people can get saved. According to Scripture, there will be a multitude of souls saved during the tribulation [Revelation 7:14], so the gospel as symbolized by Jeannette still has work to do. She fell onto the plush environment of Texas, the place where she began. The gospel will have a difficult task of marching through the final awesome days until Jesus comes back with His saints to take His place as the headstone of the Millennial Kingdom. Therefore, the black oil that covered her as she lay on the ground represented a fresh anointing for the work ahead of the same kind that anointed this country in the beginning. As was noted, in the early days of America, the Bible still had impurities from being stagnant in the Dark Ages. They were dispelled over time, and God used the Puritan Bible to accomplish His work of spreading the message of salvation by Jesus across America and then the world. The black oil of the Holy Spirit will again in the tribulation do its work of cleansing the recently distorted Scriptures about the rapture, about the glorious blessing of a bride being raptured from earth to go where her beloved's mansion is in heaven. In this refreshment, the Word will be anointed to do its powerful work of saving souls through the 'clear' message…

Ephesians 2:7-9
7 That in the ages to come (God) might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

 

Conclusion

The kaleidoscope of this dream depicts how a subliminal power source has been working on behalf of the United States since her inception as a nation, causing and even compelling her to become Jesus' beloved Philadelphian church of Revelation. "The Flow" illustrates that she has been chosen, created, sustained, and shielded by Him, for a special sovereign purpose. That purpose has been to fulfill the prophetic banners of both the Philadelphian and Laodicean churches in the book of Revelation. As the name implies, the Philadelphian church is God's 'beloved' church because its name so indicates - "fraternal brethren" or "brotherly love." In the Greek language, 'philos' [NT: 5387] means a dear friend for whom one has fondness or love; and 'adelphos' [NT: 80] means a womb brother. There is a dual implication here. Firstly, implicit in the word 'adelphos' is the connotation that the Philadelphians are actually womb mates of Jesus having been born again as new creatures in the likeness and family of Jesus and are alive by means of His eternally living blood in the heavenly holy of holies. They are "members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones…" [Ephesians 5:30] and thus by extension 'of His blood' throughout the body. Secondly, 'philos' implies that this church's members have a blood 'covenant of strong friendship', 7 which we have seen is stronger than a womb-mate brother's bonding. This word's compounding infers that these people have a deep attachment with and to the family of God, and nothing which this world offers, can attract them to betray it. The banner of the Laodiceans is quite different.

 

 
The Great Commission
Pen and Scroll

 

   
The singular command of the church is, and always has been, the Great Commission, which is to take a pure gospel to a lost and dying world [Matthew 28:18-20].
 
 

 

Church history reveals that this directive has not always been properly or effectively carried out. Nonetheless, in military procedure, once an order has been given, it stands in force until rescinded by another authorized officer in the chain of command. The Great Commission has not changed. The cross of Christ has been the banner, the flag that waves on all seven hills of Zion throughout the Church Age. The last church's problem is that she has demoted Christ's banner on His old rugged cross, by elevating to the top of the pole a New Age green banner displaying holding hands circling a globe of the world. She is joining hands with unbelievers and non-Christian groups for common causes that promote social reforms, not holding fast to sound doctrine. She has turned upside down many orthodox teachings stemming from the Protestant Reformation and is on a march to take over the world, reconstruct it, and hand it over to Jesus after ruling it 'in His stead' - in His absence - for the thousand years of the Kingdom Age. These revolutionary 'new wine' teachings stem from extra-biblical sources and reads the rapture and Israel's promised restoration right out of the plan of God.

Paul admonishes brethren to "stand fast, and hold the traditions (the doctrines) which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle" [2 Thessalonians 2:15]; and Jesus warns, "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast (the doctrines and teachings of the faith by which they were saved), that no man take thy crown" [Revelation 3:11]. Indeed the Great Commission included teaching the newly converted disciples to Jesus' Kingdom "…all things whatsoever I have commanded you…" [Matthew 28:20]. The church was never commanded to reconstruct society, or set up a godly government to take charge of the world. In fact, she has been specifically charged to covet nothing, not to desire the things of this world. Jesus refused to partake of the zealots' plans to rebel against Rome because he came to call out of this world a people for Himself. The word church is the Greek word 'ekklesia' meaning 'called out ones.' The confluence of all the streams into the Kingdom Now teaching intrinsically does away with the 'servant' or 'foot-washing' spirit. Jesus said we are to follow Him, and His path led straight to a cross, not the reconstruction of society. No Scripture tells the church to set up His Kingdom without Him. We are told to wait and keep looking for Jesus because He will come with His saints to set it up Himself [1 Thessalonians 3:13;Jude 14] after the earth has been cleansed by severe judgment. We are told things will be so horrible during this tribulation period that Jesus will have to come intervene Himself or no flesh would be saved. Since they are new revelations, they contravene the Great Commission to teach only the things Jesus taught while on earth.

The Laodiceans were warned that they were about to lose their crowns because they were not holding on to the faith they had learned [Revelation 3:11]. According to the indictment of Jesus, which indicated they had apostatized, these people needed to do something about 'coming out' of the condition they were in. Her name bespeaks her condition, to wit, "the people judge" [how and when to worship]. 'Laos' (people of multi-ethnicity) plus 'dikee' (judgment or justice) stands for 'people judgment' or 'people justice.' It is important for "The Flow's" interpretation that the reader understands the significance of this church's label. 'Laos' with 'dikee' means "justice of the people." In other words, the people rule in this church as do the people of the United States. The US Constitution begins with "We the people of the United States…do ordain and establish…" and being a democracy, the people rule. I do not believe it is happenstance that Jesus called this church Laodicea, 'the people rule.' This namesake is a second disclosure -- like that of the Philadelphian namesake being Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - that the United States is the culprit in fostering the Laodicean church, and it partially explains why the Spirit saturated the States will oil in the dream. She was anointed to bring to pass the counsel of the Lord as written. Even though she is preaching a tainted gospel in a user-friendly church, God is sponsoring her role to fulfill His will by permitting America to prosper. Without her continued prosperity, there would be little money to meet humanitarian needs through tax dollars and to spread abroad the good news of salvation in Jesus through gifts and offerings to the church. Finally, she must be prospered sufficiently to bring about a glitzy, opulent, ostentatious church.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines indictment as: 'a written statement charging a party with the commission of a crime or other offense, drawn up by a prosecuting attorney and found and presented by a grand jury. 8 Being the prosecuting attorney, Jesus formally charged the Laodiceans with their offenses in Revelation 3:15-19. The indictment reads:

Revelation 3:17-19
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

According to the above, this church was blind and could not see that she was in the world chasing the wind. Any believer who digs into the Word and follows Jesus' life style denies himself, gets on his cross, and crucifies the flesh. The people in the indictment have done the opposite. Instead of this church changing the world, the world has changed it. He tells them how the true riches are obtained. Being deprived of significant things puts one in the furnace of fire. It is only in the fire that metal can be molded. It has to be softened up with white-hot heat. Job had to lose everything before God could get his attention to show him how self-righteous he had become. There is hope for this church or Jesus would not have pleaded with them to repent. America is still riding on the inertia of God's anointing and can continue to be shielded if she will repent of her foolish choices that have turned her toward relinquishing her Constitutionally guaranteed rights to a pool of United Nations. The place to turn this situation around is in the prayer closet. Without intercession, there is no hope, and at this point in time, all prayer can do is delay judgment.

 

 

More than likely, the grand jury presenting the information was made up of 'watcher' angels [Daniel 4:13,23]. The Bible indicates that there are holy and unholy ones, who watch over God's Word to see whether it is performed [Jeremiah 1:12]. Strong's Concordance denotes these beings as guardian angels probably because they were extremely alert as they watched and feverishly wrote all things down on the pages of their golden books. From the nomenclature of guardian angel we can legitimately surmise that these angels guard something. What is it? Are they guarding people as they make decisions, or, are they protecting God's eternal counsel and decrees? I submit they are guarding God's Word and recording compliances and abuses of it. Holy angels use the information they get to bless people and unholy ones to bring accusations on behalf of satan to curse them. Therefore, I believe that Jesus' indictment was founded by His angels who see everything. "Watcher" connotes the opening of the eyes, to be awake or alert in order to see what is going on. Its Aramaic root means to be made bare or naked. [For more information about these angels you might check out the interpretation for "Summoned" on this website.]

 

 

Changing Color/ Changing Kingdom?

The Lord pointed out to Jeannette to notice the different colors of oil, therefore, there was something important to learn here. We have found in analyzing olive oil that the clear oil comes from the first beating of olives and is raw unrefined pure oil for anointing purposes used in the sanctuary in the service of God under the Old Covenant. On the other hand, black oil from underground must be refined to purify it and make it useful. The gospel started out in the first century a pure gospel, which quickly became contaminated with unsound doctrines. The pollutants increased throughout the Middle Ages and darkness covered the world. Discovery of true copies of the original texts brought light into the world. Increased enlightenment kept refining the contaminated Bible until a pure gospel emerged simultaneously with the conception of America. This pure gospel brought prosperity wherever it went, and as long as it was kept pure, the children of light prospered. Prosperity put out the fires of affliction and ironically, the church suffered. Diligence to keep the gospel pure waned and impure doctrines began to contaminate the Word again under the deceptive guise of refinement. The one word that the Bible lists as the cause of the congestive heart failure of the final church is 'deception.' We have seen in this dream that the oil changed color from God's true anointing on the Puritan Pilgrims to a false anointing by satan on the Laodiceans. We have noted that once corruption sets in it is irreversible. Since Laodicea was the last church prophesied to exist, believers need to make sure they are in a Philadelphian church ready for that heliportation to heaven. The Bible says that we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air to go where He is in heaven [1 Thessalonians 4:17]. If you meet Jesus standing on earth, you have been deluded and are looking at the Antichrist.

Thus there is an indictment against the Laodiceans signifying that the 'people ruling' in the church are perverting the faith by choosing wrongly, i.e., bringing in the wrong verdict about spiritual matters. Instead of Bible doctrine governing worship, which keeps them free from ensnarement by the devil, the Laodiceans ad hoc decide what constitutes truth. The Philadelphians contrarily hold on to 'traditional doctrines.' New revelations not found in the Scriptures are accepted as truth in Laodicea, and personal experiences without biblical verification are as valid as those written up by inspiration of the Spirit. This is the natural consequence of faith in a Bible supposedly containing errors and reliance upon pseudo-Bibles that are merely men's commentaries on the Word. Without a true ruler, a benchmark by which to build, a carpenter commits mayhem with bricks and boards - the foundation slants, the house leans, the corners can't meet, the trim hangs, the roof leaks, the windows won't fit, and doors don't shut. Truly, this is the condition of the Laodicean church because according to our Lord' indictment, the apostasy is a case of wanton destruction through willful abandonment of orthodox theology. The Laodiceans have created a theology to fit their life styles and have shifted the focus of believers from heaven to earth.

If believers believe that the Bible has errors as false teachers would have us think, they can do what they please, because the Scriptures, not being authoritative, do not mean what they say. The wisdom that discounts Scriptural truth by superceding the inspired Word is dangerous. Fresh revelations from prophets and personal experiences deemed valid as truth means that people can choose their own approach to God. The implication is that this group of worshippers for whom Jesus could say nothing good, has chosen to 'do their own thing' similar to "…those days (when) there was no king in Israel: (and) every man did that which was right in his own eyes" [Judges 21:25]. This church has chosen to abuse grace and follow the way of the world. They do not delay fleshly or soulish gratification and lay up treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot corrupt nor thieves steal [Matthew 6:19-21]. They are off course and about to lose their crowns. If you are in a Laodicean church, my advice is to get out quickly and look up because our "redemption draweth nigh."

 

 
Exchortation for The Philadelphian Remant

We have seen the benevolent care of God over the United State's growth and development in this dream. She has been doubly blessed to be God's client nation in these last days. Similarly, if she falters by failing to proudly carry the Philadelphian baton to disperse a pure gospel to the world, she will have a double burden to bear. She will have caused the demise of God's beloved Philadelphian church and simultaneously inaugurated the fateful rise of the hateful Laodicean lie. This dream has painted the anointing of America for her work in the Church Age with a broad brush that is easily visible to anyone who knows American history and the Bible.

In several foregoing messages on this website, it has been shown that the United States is at risk of losing her supernatural protection to bless the world with a pure gospel. Why is she at risk? I submit that it is because 1) she is pressing toward unity of all political governments under a United Nations' Constitution, which will destroy her ability to unilaterally act for God, and 2) she is encouraging unification of dissimilar religious persuasions, which will ultimately blaspheme Jesus' exclusive claim that "…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" [Acts 4:12]. Either one of these is enough to hoist her cloistered heritage onto the back of the beast in Revelation 17.

Being raised up by God to fulfill the Philadelphian directive of nineteen hundred years ago, the United States has kept the lanes of communication and travel open through her Biblically based Constitution and the Monroe Doctrine foreign policy she decreed early in her history. 9 At a most strategic time in her growth and development, The Monroe Doctrine shielded the United States' role as God's secret partner in governing the world. Through its publicized foreign policy initiative, this doctrine kept an "open door" [Revelation 3:8] for freedom to travel in the western hemisphere as well as the waterways of the seas, aiding God's plan for saving humanity.

 

 

And Then the End Will Come

The boundaries of 'the trees' of the world [Ezekiel 31; Luke 21:29] are pretty much established today. Having been colonized, settled, and nationalized, most of the trees have received the kingdom message of salvation from evangelization either directly through missionary effort or indirectly through telecommunication sources of radio or television. Although the windows of opportunity for delivery of the gospel have been shut in some places, the Jesus message has gotten to those enslaved peoples using underground channels. In the last ten years since the fall of communism, the Schools of Christ that promote true doctrines of Jesus have reached into the back woods of most of the kingdom of darkness; and where face-to-face propagation has not been possible, the blessed Word has been spread through the air waves.

Even though the methods have changed, America continues to have a vital role in the 21st century in the dispersion of the gospel through high tech development of telecommunications. Will the Philadelphian church be preserved to continue her work? The twin towers have fallen, but God is still in control and can use that whip of the lash by our terrorist enemies to consolidate a fearless church's determination to rid this country of the unsound biblical policy of Dominionism, which shadows anti-Semitism. It does no good to polish brass on a sinking ship. Trying to remake this cosmic system into a godly one to present to Jesus is futile because God will not dwell with pollution. Remember that whatever man puts His hammer to, the works of the flesh, God rejects. "Thou shalt not build (the place of meeting with me) of hewn stone; for if thou lift thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it" [Exodus 20:25]. More importantly, believers need to stop the spiritual hemorrhaging resulting from adulterous worship with unbelievers. If she does not, she will bleed to death.

The ecumenical thrusts have done their damage as witnessed on the 9-1-1 day of humiliation. Our only answer for survival is repentance at the altar of forgiveness and, like Josiah, fortitude to tear down the idols in the temples. Today, as Jesus prophesied, many false rocks are crying aloud that Jesus is Lord. Much confusion stems: 1) from dissimilar faiths joining hands in common causes over the last couple of decades trying to legislate morals; 2) from the 'we are little gods' teaching that opened the door for Kingdom Now, Latter Rain, and Manifest Sons of God teachings that were rejected fifty years ago by spirit-filled men of God; 3) from the 'new wine' revelations that supposedly supercede the Word of God as fresh truths and elevate the ministers of God to a new protestant system of popery; and 4) from prideful people who would Christianize the world by reconstructing its political systems to conform to Christianity and take dominion over them. The foregoing is only a token of the confused and perverted thinking of the Laodicean church today. She has built her house not just on sand, but quicksand, for she is destined to become a quick work. Most assuredly did Jesus prophecy that when His "…gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations…then shall the end come" [Matthew 24:14]. I suggest that this key to the 'time-(c)-lock' of the door of judgment is in the latch and about to be turned. Given the above, I feel that America is now in danger of incurring the wrath of God by totally undermining the foundational Philadelphian truths upon which she was built and surreptitiously undergirding the Laodicean falsehood of 2 Thessalonians 2:11 that men can worship a holy God cafeteria style.

 

 

Epilogue

This interpretation is built upon many of the concepts developed in the prophecies extended in 2001. All the oracles since and including the "USA Prophecy" have been enlargements of the theme of America at risk. The war for the White House and The War on Terrorism along with a confluence of other factors have contributed to this circumstance. We have reached the point where repentance leading to revival is the only answer for America because it is the only means of attaining God's merciful supernatural protection against the deepening blackness of the kingdom of darkness covering the earth. It remains to be seen whether America heeds the warnings given to her. She has received a moment of peace in order to demonstrate her decisive moment to the Almighty God of the Bible who is our "…shield, and …exceedingly great reward" [Genesis 15:1].

 
…Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; …he shall build the temple of the LORD:
(Jesus of Nazareth)
… He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
(The King/Priest : Melchisedec, King of JeruSalem)
 
Zechariah 6:12-13
 
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