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Part 2 - Acting Like Mature Sons - Apostles
The Wonder of September 11th
Written September 11th 2003
"Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion." (Isaiah 8:18, Hebrews 2:13)
Pictured to the left is my son Stephen who was born September 11th 1999. The tragic events which occurred in America two years ago today on September 11th 2001 was a sign from hell of just how desperate the kingdom of darkness is trying to keep control of the earth. On the other hand, the events of September 11th 1999, four years ago, was a sign from heaven that God's plans to rule the earth are indeed right on schedule. You can be sure that what God has promised in destroying Satan, He will certainly fulfill.
While most people are familiar with the September 11th 2001 events, not very many know about the sign from God that occurred exactly two years before on September 11th 1999. On this day there were signs in the stars that were very similar to the sign described in the book of Revelation chapter 12. This passage of Scripture talks about a pregnant woman who is clothed with the sun and giving birth to a male-child who will rule the earth with a rod of iron. The dragon then tries to devour her child but is unsuccessful (Rev. 12:1-5). This exact scenario was played out in the stars on September 11th 1999 when the constellation Virgo, which was just below the horizon (clothed with the sun), gave birth to the moon (male child) at the same time that the constellation Draco (dragon) stood at the feet of Virgo. The details of this very rare celestial event and its similarities to the "star" of Jesus' birth will be discussed thoroughly in the next chapter.
Revelation 12:1-5 (with my comments in parentheses) - "A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman (constellation Virgo) clothed with the sun (just below the horizon), with the moon (male-child) under her feet and a crown of twelve stars (constellation Bernice) on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon (constellation Draco) with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child (the moon), who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to His throne."
While these signs can always be perverted (such as in astrology), they were originally given to herald important events in the history of humankind (Gen. 1:14, Luke 21:25, Ps. 19:1-6). The Jews understood this concept which is why they asked Jesus for a sign in the heavens to back up His claim of being the Messiah (Matthew 16:1). While you may be able to fake a healing or an earthly sign, no one can manipulate or control the stars. Hence, a sign in the stars provided a fool proof way of prophetic identity. Jesus DID have the credentials in His prophetic birth and accompanying signs in the heavens, but the religious people of His day missed those signs because they didn't come the way they were expecting. And so it is today. While the signs in the heavens have been all over the sky in our generation proclaiming a new era is about to dawn, few people are recognizing them.
What does this sign mean? God is certainly birthing something of great significance, but what is it? The signs would seem to indicate that this birthing was foretold in the Scripture similar to the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago when His life was the fulfillment of Scriptures that He could not have manipulated. I believe that this sign is prophetic of the Apostolic office that God is now restoring to the Bride Body of Christ. The "Restoration" birth pangs have been coming ever since the reformation with Martin Luther. Over the past 1,500 years, the ministry gifts of pastor/teacher, evangelist, prophet and now apostle are being restored to the corporate understanding of "church." With the restoration of the apostle, we can expect not just a revival of the old order "church," but a whole new revolution of what "church" is and how we do it. Those who are desperately hungry for a genuine relationship with the living God and are weary of playing the religious games with institutional church are among those who will receive and embrace this new revolution of church order.
I am certainly not degrading the labor of our forefathers who have fought valiantly by establishing the great denominations which are known throughout Christianity, but it is now the proper time in ecclesiastical history to unite under one banner and allow Christ in His Bride Body to reclaim the earth for His glory. Part of the apostolic anointing in our generation is for the purpose of bringing together God's Bride according to His pattern or matrix. The beginning of correct order involves Jesus truly becoming the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20) and the head of His church Body. This can only happen when we start giving our lives and meetings over to Him instead of looking to man's ability. Our natural abilities are often an affront to the finished work of Christ. We need to embrace the Cross and let God be God.
One of the biggest wrong mindsets that true apostles will help to crucify is the clergy vs. laity mentality. The priesthood of ALL believers must be restored where Jesus is the only clergy and his Body functions according to directions from Him (the Head). This does not nullify the servant leadership gifts that the Lord gives to people, and it is not an excuse for independence from others. On the contrary, Jesus will most often speak to us through people in His Body, and we must be able to discern His voice through whomever He decides to speak. However, true apostles will not draw men unto themselves like a pope, but will point them to Jesus. God is not impressed with the giftings that He gives to His apostles and we shouldn't be either. He rewards our faithfulness and obedience, and not the gifting which comes from Him. Our obedience is the worship to Him.
Many of the Lord's apostles are working secular jobs and considering it a full time ministry. The marketplaces will be transformed when they witness the true life of Christ in everyday action and not just in our preaching. We should preach the gospel always, and use words only when necessary.
Apostles will also help to restore the correct pattern for church, which includes a restoration of a "divine culture" to house the "life" that always results from a true move of the Holy Spirit. This divine culture will be an integrated pattern of: 1) thought, 2) speech and 3) action that is based on a proper balance of the Word of God and the Spirit of God. This pattern involves small group meetings weekly, larger "tribal" meetings monthly, and three big region-wide meetings yearly on the three main Feasts of the Lord (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles). This order is simply the biblical "wrapper" to contain the life of Christ. If it is done without the LIFE, then it will just be a dead religious work. Nevertheless, the Feasts of the Lord are a big key to divine worship order.
My three sons all have birthdays during one of the seven major Feasts of the Lord. Joshua David, the firstborn, has a birthday which falls on Pentecost. Our second child, Stephen Paul who is being discussed in this article, was born on the Feast of Trumpets. Finally, the youngest, Seth Harlow, was born on the Feast of Pentecost six years after Josh. My wife Linda happens to have a birthday during the Feast of Tabernacles, and my birthday coincidentally also happens to be during the Feast of Pentecost like my first and third sons.
This "birthing" sign and wonder on September 11th 1999 happened on the Feast of Trumpets, which is the fifth yearly Feast out of the seven major Feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23). Trumpets in Scripture are always symbolic of messages, and I know God is certainly trying to convey a message concerning the birth of a new age in Christendom. The specifics of this message will take decades to fully understand, but the birth of something very significant in the purposes of God for the earth has certainly been trumpeted for all who have ears to hear.