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Kenneth Hagin Prophecy on Restoration (2003)

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On February 18, 2003, the Lord gave the Body of Christ a glimpse into the future through the following prophecy, delivered by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin during the annual Winter Bible Seminar in Tulsa, OK.

Many are concerned about the future and they wonder what will happen. Will darkness overtake, or will the light shine bright?

Yea, saith the Lord of hosts, remember that you’re in My hands. And remember that I know the future better than you know the past—and all is well!

I will alert you concerning that which will affect you. I will show you the way to go, and you’ll walk in it and be blessed. Above all the people of the world, upon the earth, you shall be blessed.

For thou art My people, and My people shall rule and reign. And the blessings of God will fall upon them.

The latter rain shall be poured out. Yea, upon nations that are now barren and void. But the rain will be poured out. The seed will be planted. The harvest will come. The glory of God will shine upon the earth.

And they of the world will walk on in the way in which they’ve walked! And the darkness shall overtake them.

But ye shall walk in the light! The entrance of His Words giveth light! Walk according to the Word. Walk in the Word. Walk in the Spirit.

And the power shall rest upon you. And the glory of God shall be seen upon your face! Many shall turn to the Lord. Great days, great times, great blessings are ahead. So rejoice and be glad.

Many are concerned about things that have happened, the terror that has taken hold of the hearts of many. Many are concerned about war. Many are concerned about the future. Darkness seems to be developing. Dark clouds are on the horizon of time.

But, yea, saith the Lord of hosts, walk not by what you see with the physical eye. But walk according to what My Word says. Walk according to what the Holy Ghost is saying unto you!

For He’s speaking unto many hearts. And they walk on in the natural and pay no attention to their heart. He’s speaking to many spirits! They walk on in the realm of the mental, thinking their own thoughts, planning their own way.

But, yea, saith the Lord of hosts, listen to what the Spirit is saying to your heart, to your spirit. And what He said to you, act upon it! Act upon it! Act like it’s so!

Rejoice and be glad. In the face of adversity. In the face of seemingly natural defeat! Because you have inside information, information inside the Word, information given by the Spirit.

And it shall all come to pass. Amen.

We pride ourselves in being a Word church and Word people. And right and good. For it is true, saith the Lord, you are a Word people.

But do not forget that you’re also a Holy Ghost people—spiritual. Yes, the Word goes forth. But again and again, the Spirit has endeavored to move in your midst and you’ve ignored Him, and you’ve kept quiet.

Some have yielded temporarily to the Spirit. For the Spirit seeketh to manifest Himself. He’ll manifest Himself in revelation, revealing unto you through the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, the discerning of spirits.

And He’s endeavored to speak! For He does speak unto His people by the Holy Spirit. By tongues and interpretation, by prophecy. And many have held back and would not speak out. And by so doing have quenched the Spirit, and have not only quenched the Spirit, but have grieved the Spirit.

Yea, listen to what the Spirit is saying. For there will be an outpouring of the Holy Ghost in these latter days. The latter rain—the early rain and the latter rain to gather in the fruit of the earth which He is waiting to receive before He comes again. Yea, it’s coming!

And this year, the year of 2003, is a year of preparation. It’s a year of separation! There will be those who will separate themselves from you, and walk in their own way, carry out their own plan, and have no power, and no glory, and no Spirit. But a deadness shall overtake them.

But there shall be those who will respond in fullness and will say, “Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord, I’ve missed it in times past. I’ve even been disobedient. Forgive me.” And remember that He forgives. Remember that there is mercy. Remember that it is stated, “Let us come boldly to the Throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.”

And so there’s mercy and there’s grace. And so pick up and go forward and learn. Learn the ways of the Spirit. Study! Meditate!

There shall be a restoration! There is a restoration in progress at the moment. A restoration! A restoration, spiritually speaking, when there shall be restored a full manifestation of the Spirit. . . . and He’s endeavored to divide the manifestations unto many who sit here, and you have not responded.

Be not afraid. Yes, man is human and very often man misses it—misinterpreted, missed just [exactly] what He’s saying. But do not let those things deter you, but let them be a learning experience.

Yes! Yes! This is the time of restoration. And there is coming a restoration in the world, in the natural realm. Restoration of marriages. Restoration of those who have been out of fellowship one with another….

Many are out of fellowship! But get into fellowship. Get into fellowship with one another. And get into one accord in praising and worshipping God. And the glory shall come in a way that you’ve never seen it before.

So this year 2003 is a year of preparation. It’s a year of not only preparation, but it’s a year of restoration. And 2003 will be glorious; it’ll build and build one upon another, so to speak.

But it will not all be glorious. Yes, God’s blessings are always glorious. But remember Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. And that wilderness experience was not all glorious until the end.

And so there will come to some who sit here a time that’ll not seem so glorious. Tears [weeping], oh yeah, tears shall be shed. Grief shall be endured. But joy cometh in the morning.

And so in many ways, 2003 is a year of opportunity—a year of restoration, a year of rebuilding.

But 2004, what about 2004? 2004 will be a year for more. More power, more glory, more manifestation, more saved, more filled with the Spirit, more healed! 2004 will be a year for more.

What about 2005? Will time last or will it cease? 2005—oh my! A year of judgment. Judgment. If we judge ourselves, we’ll not be judged. But when we are judged, we’re turned over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh so that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

There’ll be judgment in the individual realm. There’ll be judgment in the family realm. There’ll be judgment on the national level. A day of sternness. A day of discipline. A day of correction.

But the end of the year will be glorious. Amends shall be made. Many shall judge themselves. Nations will turn to God. And it’ll end in a glorious manner.

Now what about 2006? There is no way to tell it! Oh Lord, oh my! How do you describe it? And that’s just the beginning. Yeah, when I say “beginning,” I’m talking about what happens just at the beginning of the year!

And it’ll grow in intensity….it will be a glorious year. It will be a year of heaven on earth! But the end will be [even] more glorious than the beginning.

So rejoice and be glad. The enemy is a defeated foe! Jesus has triumphed. Victory belongs to everyone. No one should come up empty-handed, but everyone should walk in full victory, commanding and demanding their rights and privileges in Christ Jesus . . . demanding nothing of the Father—He’s the One who made the provision.

But demanding of the devil, who is endeavoring to thwart the plan of God, who is endeavoring to keep it from coming to pass.

But it will all come to pass. It will all come to pass at last.

And the Holy Spirit has spoken unto a number of ministers here tonight. And He’s spoken to you in times past. He’s told you exactly what to do. You have not done it yet!

And you wonder why He withholds certain things. You wonder why it’s tough, or the way seems rough. Go ahead, listen to what the Holy Ghost is saying.

Make your church not only a Word church, but a Holy Ghost church. Put the Word first always. Move in the Holy Ghost in line with the Word.

And the glory shall be made manifest. The glory shall even be seen by many. And the blessings of the Lord will flow like a mighty river. Thank You, Lord Jesus.

Without Faith it is Impossible to Please God

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I was listening to a radio preacher this week who quoted Hebrews 11.6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

The preacher then said after reading this Scripture that he didn’t know why it was that we needed faith to please God.

That surprised me because I always considered that it was obvious why it is that you need faith to make God happy: you need faith to please anyone you are in a love-based relationship with.

Can you imagine marrying a wonderful person who says that they will love you always, serve you without hesitation, tell everyone I meet how wonderful you are, always cook your favourite meal for you, go on holiday where you want and let you control the remote every night? But – they will not believe a single word you say!

That would not please you, and it wouldn’t please anyone. We all want people to know when we speak that our words are honest and we can be trusted.

But that is how many Christians treat God – I will serve Him with all my heart, I will go to church, I will pray and fast and work and serve, I will evangelize, I will do this and that and this and that, but I refuse to believe His Word.

Don’t do that, because you won’t please God. If He says that “By His stripes you were healed” then you were healed and you are healed. Take Him at His Word! If He says “I will supply all your needs” then get excited – your needs WILL be met. If He says He will be your Shepherd then you don’t ever have to worry about getting lost.

Not only will you please God, but if you take Him at His Word, then you will simply walk in peace in your life. Now that makes God really happy – you being at peace. He loves you so much and you having peace makes Him really happy,

Blessings,
Ben

The Sower Sows the Word (IV)

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Firstly, thanks for your patience in waiting for part IV of our series on the Sower Sows the Word. I know I said I would be able to continue tomorrow and that was about ten days ago, however, we went to Wales for Christmas and New Year and did not really have access the internet.

But the issue of dealing with the thorns that choke the Word of God is vitally important at this time of the year. As people make New Year’s Resolutions, they normally make the mistake of trying to succeed in the flesh with willpower.

Realizing the truth of the Sower Sows the Word means that you are going to understand how to make choices that lead to permanent and effortless change.

Let’s use weight and diet as an example, as most New Year Resolutions are based on this. Not only that, I want to lose weight this year – and these are the principles I will be using myself.

In the world, what we do is make a pledge to lose a certain amount, or give up cakes, or stick to a diet. We then use all f our willpower to resist what we have decided to give up, and we inevitably fail. Just like the person told not to think of an elephant, the first thing that comes into our mind whenever we have a free moment is the very thing we want to give up. It is only the third of January, but I believe entirely that there will be people reading this who have already broken their resolutions.

However, Jesus does not leave us in condemnation or fighting the calories, or the smoking, or the pornography, or the anger in our flesh. He gives us the Word. When we sow the Word of God in our heart, there will be a harvest.

If we sow words of purity and love and freedom into our heart, and speak the Word over ourself, then we will have a harvest of purity, love and freedom. We will not be struggling in the flesh, in condemnation and feeling like death all the time – we can have the joy of victory.

Mark 11.24 says that you can have what you say. Rather than say “I am never going to make it, I am never going to win.” say “I am free from this, I am alive to God, I am more than a conqueror.” Say it again and again. We have in previous articles on the Sower Sows the Word spoke about meditating on the Word and how to put the Word in your heart. This is the key to change. Filling your mind with the Word will lead to victory.

But sometimes it doesn’t feel like that. We meditate on the Word and we feel great, but then it doesn’t seem to produce results. It doesn’t seem to change our lifestyle, or bring the peace, the prosperity or the healing we are expecting.

Well, one of the main reasons this is the case is due to the thorns. Mark 4.7 says:

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

I am sure that like me you have felt at times that even though you know the Word, are meditating on the Word and speaking the Word, you feel choked and unfruitful. You feel that it just isn’t going right for you, and you can’t seem to get it right. If that is you, rejoice! The solution is in the Bible:

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. – Mark 4.18,19

We are choked by three things:

1. The cares of this world
2. The deceitfulness of riches
3. The lusts of other things

If you can remove these three things from your heart then the Word will NEVER be choked again. Do you understand – you will never be unfruitful again. You will always bear fruit. You will ask and receive, you will walk in victory.

In the next two posts I want to look at 2 and 3. I might decide to spend several posts on the deceitfulness of riches, because this is one of the biggest issues in the church today.

However, for now I want to deal with the cares of this world. Most Christians have had the word of God choked due to the cares of this world.

The word used for cares in this verse is merimna which literally means different directions. The world tries to distract you by drawing you in different directions.

We go to church, hear a great sermon on the power of God to heal and we are focused and ready to receive. But the world distracts us by leading us in different directions: try medicine, try acupunture, try panicking, try anything. These distractions choke the Word and stop it working.

Or in the instance of New Year Resolutions. The Word says you change by changing your heart by what you hear. So you need to speak out and say “I am only going to eat what I need, I am in control of my appetites, my god is not my belly, my God is the Lord Jesus Christ.” But the world distracts you – you need to try Slimfast, this pill, this diet, this fad, that strategy, and the thorns will choke out the Word.

The sooner we realize that the Word of God plus something leads to nothing, but the Word of God only leads to something the more successful we will be.

Do not let the world distract you and lead you in many directions this year – choose one direction: the direction of the Word of God. If you do not know the direction of the Word then go and read it until you see its direction to you and then obey it. The Word will keep you right and bring a harvest of peace and freedom. The world will lead you back into the same world of hurt and confusion you have been in before.

Often one of the distractions of the world is impatience. The Word will grow, but sometimes it does not happen instantly. Do not let the world pressure you into a get-rich-quick or a get-slim-quick scheme, you will be conned. Let the Word have its perfect work in you…

It is your choice – choose life!

Blessings,
Ben

Tree of Life Church – Our History.

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In July 2007, we were in Sweden attending Ulf Ekman‘s church Livets Ord for a week’s conference. At the end of the conference, we travelled across Sweden from Uppsala to Gothenburg where we were flying back to the UK from.

We reached Gothenburg in the early evening, and our flights were not until 10am the next day. All day the Lord had been speaking to my wife and telling her that we were not to sleep until we knew what the next step in our destiny was to be. We looked around for a bed and breakfast to stay in for the night but every time we went somewhere the Holy Spirit let us know not to go there.

Eventually we prayed and asked the Lord what to do because He was clearly leading us somewhere. He spoke to the two of us – and our eldest son – and told us to go straight to the airport. So we obeyed. We arrived at the airport and didn’t know what to do so we just sat there and waited. At 10pm, they closed the airport for the night and we going to kick us out. We didn’t know what to do – surely we had heard God correctly? We looked for a taxi but they had all gone. Did God want us to spend the night wandering the streets around the airport?

Then a gentleman approached us – he was the airport manager. He said he had to hang around all night to finish his work. He took us to the VIP lounge and we stayed there for free. It was luxurious. He also fed us, and obtained some ice creams for our children.

In the morning, there was no rush to check in – we were already there. But when the children went to sleep, in the airport, I held God to His Word and I did not sleep and I started praying in the Spirit and in English, eager to know what the next step in my walk with Him was to be. After two or three hours of praying, the Lord spoke to me. I knew I was in the middle of a blessed provision, and the Lord provided not just a bed but a direction, a destiny and a destination. Praise His Name forever.

The Lord told us as a family to move to the east end of London. He told us to start a church. He told us it had to be unashamed about the fact that it loved the Word of God and knows the Word is the answer to every question humanity has. He told us it had to be based on cell principles – that everyone has to be equipped to minister in the supernatural.

He told us to hire a hall and start having healing meetings by the end of September 2008. He told us that this church had to be planted in the place where my father grew up.

We moved to London. It has not been an easy move – we have been attacked in ways we could never imagine. We started the first meeting in September 2008. I contacted the council and asked to hire a hall, after every church in the area turned us down, as did every school. They let us rent in the local library – which turns out to be around the corner from where my father grew up.

One person turned up at our first service. Some services we have had more than 10 people. Others I have preached to my wife.

Since September 2008, we have seen several miracles. Since then, we have seen people come in off the street. Attendance has not been large, and has not been regular, but this work is a new work, and we know God is the God of increase. We know that God is the God of multiplication and the hardest thing to do is to push the canoe into the river. Once it is in the river, people will jump in.

While praying in December for the Lord’s will for the 2009, the Lord started showing us some very exciting things. We are going to lay down the meetings in the library for four months, having cell meetings in our house instead. The Holy Spirit has said to turn the meetings over to Him, and He will reveal great and glorious things to us in those house meetings. We are looking forward to this a great deal.

In May 2009, we are going to re-launch the meetings in the library, this time as a more church-like meeting. God has told us to expect a worship-leader to come, to expect praying people to come, to expect a nucleus that wants to live the Word in an uncompromised manner, to follow Him no matter the cost, and to see His kingdom established in London. We will not stop. We will not quit. This is the revelation of God.

When we have a nucleus of about 12 people, we will start a cell group in our house on a Sunday evening. We believe this will be up and running by the end of 2009. We believe it will have multiplied to two house cells by the end of 2009, or be just about to multiply.

Once we have two or more functioning house cells, we will start looking for a venue for Sunday morning church. A celebration service of the life of God, where the worship is exquisite, the preaching is anointed and the people of God can enjoy the God of the people.

That is our future. That is Tree of Life Church. We value your prayers, we value your encouragement. When we moved to London, in the natural we thought it had enough churches, but the Holy Spirit told us: London needs more churches. We are not the answer, but we know we are part of the answer.

Blessings,
Ben

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