IN THE COMING DAYS

IN THE COMING DAYS

[Words received through 2020 and 20121]

NEW

I sense that YHWH is doing a brand-new thing in Scotland, and that he is doing a wider work than just in Scotland, and so we need to be watching, listening, and learning, as we move into a very important season for the church of Jesus the Christ. I sense a real examination coming which will test everything that is done in Jesus’ name, and that will especially test those who are leaders in churches, denominations and Christian organizations. I sense a coming testing as by fire that will reveal what the leaders’ hearts are really like, that will reveal what the true kingdom value is (or is not) of the work that they are doing, and that will reveal whether they are truly kingdom building or just merely empire building. I sense a coming revealing of how the church in Scotland really is as seen in the eyes of Christ, and how the nation of Scotland is seen as in the eyes of Christ. I sense a coming revealing of the ‘ordinary-ness’ of church and how the love relationship foundation of Christianity has been replaced by institutional religion. I sense a coming revealing of churches and organizations that are actually cults; cults that are led by one leader – usually a man – who exercises total authority, a man who is not open to question, and a man who does not submit to any accountability.

I believe that what is coming to Scotland is a new and fluid reformation. Indeed, I believe that we are already in the early stages of it. But I sense that the coming reformation that has begun will be a time of disturbing the comfortable, and a time of shaking up the institutional church. Church reformation is surely a continual process. It has been far too easy for Christians to think of ‘the’ reformation as a single event of history, rather than realizing that it is a process of change that never ends in this life. I sense a time coming that some people – perhaps many people – will find uncomfortable and difficult. I sense a time coming in which shallow Christian lives will be exposed – especially among leaders – and that the people of shallow lives will therefore hear the call to seek real depth in Christ. I sense that what I say could, at times, be regarded as judgemental, if it is not received and built upon the foundation of love and hope.

MANIFEST

In the coming days, Jesus will be made manifest: IN HIS CHURCH IN SCOTLAND. That means his invisible body in Scotland that is part of the true church of Jesus the Christ, and that is not the merely human and religious institutions that we see with our eyes and call ‘church’. Human and religious institutions very easily forget whose church it really is.

In the coming days, Jesus will be made manifest: IN THE NATION OF SCOTLAND. That means that even the politicians who shape the country’s political landscape will know that there is a living God in heaven and that his Son Jesus the Christ is not merely alive and well, but they will know that the Son is active in the land and that he is active in the politics of the land.

In the coming days, Jesus will be made manifest: IN HIS CHURCH IN THE UK. That means his invisible body in the UK that is part of the true church of Jesus the Christ, and that is not the merely human and religious institution that we see with our eyes and that we call ‘church’. Human and religious institutions very easily forget whose church it really is.

In the coming days, Jesus will be made manifest: IN THE UK AS A WHOLE. That means that even the politicians who shape the UK’s political landscape will know that there is a living God in heaven and that his Son Jesus the Christ is not merely alive and well, but that he is active in the UK, and that he is active in its politics.

In the coming days, Jesus will be made manifest: IN THE NATIONS. When Scotland begins to wake from its slumber and see the Son of God made manifest within the nation, the rising Son will touch the nations in whom Scotland’s diaspora had long since settled.

THE SON

When the Son of God is made manifest, there will be no mistaking him for anything else, and nor will there be any mistaking him for anyone else. This manifestation will not be a time of ‘religious experience’, but rather it will be a time of real encounters with the living God who is YHWH in three persons. This will not be a time of theological education, but it will be a time of genuine life transformations. This will not be a time of comfort, but it will be a time of a deep awe that approaches fear and that profoundly disturbs the comfortable. This will be a time of revelation – of a true revealing – and the shadows will no longer hide those who lurk beyond the light, and nothing will stop them from being seen for what they really are. This will be a time when the enemies of Christ will arise and be clearly seen for what they really are. This will be a time when the values of the kingdom of the Christ will begin to supersede and replace the values of the world order of things. This will be a time when the focus will be firmly fixed upon the Son of God, and there will be no mistaking his manifest presence. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

BLOWN IT?

In my past, I ‘blew it’ more times than I care to remember. In my past, I ‘quit’ on God more times than I care to remember. In my past, I ‘failed’ God more times than I care to remember. In my past, I repeatedly ‘screwed-up’ my life more times than I care to remember. In my past, I regularly hurt myself and hurt my friends to the point where I believed that God must surely have written me off as a hopeless case. Well, I really was a hopeless case. Actually, I still am a hopeless case. Fortunately, YHWH specializes in hopeless cases. He sets hopeless cases back on their feet, he gives hopeless cases a brand-new start, and he gives hopeless cases a true purpose in life that centers upon the Christ, and that does not center upon their own selves, and nor does it center upon their own lives.

In the coming days when Jesus is made manifest in both his church in Scotland and in the nation of Scotland as a whole, Christians who had thought that they had ‘blown it’ with YHWH and had therefore been abandoned by him will discover that they still figure in YHWH’s plans and that he had never abandoned them at all. Such Christians will discover that, in the years in which they thought that YHWH had abandoned them, YHWH the gardener was actually working quietly in the background to prepare them for their new growth in the coming new season. Now is the time for you to shake off the self-defeating burden of being a hopeless case. Now is the time for that oppressive heaviness that is upon you to lift and for it to be blown away by the wind of YHWH the Holy Spirit. Now is the time for you to realize that being a hopeless case is actually the perfect place to be in order for YHWH to build his life into you in new and exciting ways as the Godhead makes its home afresh in you and cleans you up and decorates their home, making it a fit dwelling for YHWH. Now is the time for you to know beyond doubt that your ‘blown it’ is itself being blown away by the wind of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time for you to rejoice in the Holy Spirit. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

TOO MUCH PAIN?

In the coming days when Jesus is made manifest, Christians whose inner pain had seemed to be too great for them to bear will discover that YHWH’s ongoing healing of their inner pain will actually enable them to help others to find their ongoing inner healing in Christ. Such Christians will also discover that, while YHWH does not inflict unnecessary inner pain upon his children, he does use their inner pain to help to make them into people that can be used in the inner healing of others, as they bring their experience of YHWH’s inner healing to other people in order to help them in their own situations.

In the past I had known so much inner pain that it felt like I was being utterly crushed. Of course, I acknowledge that some, perhaps even much, of my own inner pain was self-inflicted, but pain is pain is pain. Life just seemed to be one long and deep inner pain after another and, in suffering that pain myself, I often became a pain to other people who struggled to cope with me and my reaction to my inner pain. Then a revelation dawned on me that began to change my perception of my inner pain and what it does. I realized that, while inner pain can certainly be caused by fresh wounding and that I had known a lot of that for myself through the years, inner pain could also be the inner pain of healing as the master surgeon operated inside me to bring inner healing to those inner wounds. The wounds of inner healing were necessary for inner healing to take place, but pain was still pain was still pain. Knowing that the inner healing pain of the Holy Spirit would actually bring inner healing to my inner pain was a revelation to me, even if it could be difficult at times to discern which pain was which.

Now is the time for the relief of inner healing in YHWH to be greater than the inner pain of life. Now is the time for the inner healing that YHWH the Holy Spirit brings to give a new sense of inner wellbeing and to give a new experience of inner wholeness. Now is the time for the inner healing experienced to become the salve that helps other people to find their own inner healing in YHWH, even in the midst of their own inner pain. With inner healing comes a new purpose. With inner healing comes new ways of YHWH using you in the inner healing processes of others. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

EXCLUDED?

In the coming days when Jesus is made manifest, Christians who had thought that they were too far removed from the institutional church to belong to Christ will discover that they are very much a part of the invisible, but the very real, true church of Jesus the Christ. Such Christians will have their eyes opened to see that the true church of Jesus the Christ is not the visible institution that they could know with their physical senses, and therefore they will come to truly understand that Jesus is inclusive where the institution is so often exclusive.

If, in my early years of church, I was uncomfortable with church, then church was far more uncomfortable with me. Back in the late 60s and early 70s, church was all about respectability. Christian meetings required a shirt and tie with black trousers and nice shiny shoes, for that was part of that period’s respectability of Christianity. A young man who was dressed in jeans, a tee shirt, and training shoes was surely part of the rebellious and heathen youth, so they thought, and such a young man was to be tolerated at best and, even then, only if necessary. Apparently, this young ‘rebel’ of the jeans, tee shirt and training shoes did not know how to speak the ‘right’ Christian language, it seemed that he did not know how to dress ‘right’, he certainly did not know how to do church ‘right’, and he ably demonstrated that he did not know how to ‘fit in’. Actually, I still don’t know how to ‘fit in’ and, to be honest, I really don’t care to speak ‘right’ nor to do church ‘right’ either.

In the coming days, Christians will realize that a love relationship with Jesus the Christ is not a matter of dressing up ‘right’, that it is not a matter of behaving ‘right’, and that it is not a matter of fitting in ‘right’. Christians’ eyes will be opened to see that a love relationship with Jesus the Christ is not a matter of that which is external at all. The purely institutional church will have its eyes opened and it will then realize with horror that much of it had actually been a church of exclusion, not a church of inclusion, and that its rules and regulations masked its total bankruptcy of the presence of YHWH. The institutional church will realize with deep shame that, despite its fancy dress, much of it is naked, pitiful and helpless. Christians who were rejected, ejected, or dejected by the purely institutional church will find new homes in fellowships where YHWH lives and where YHWH is manifestly present. There they will find encouragement, strength and love in fellowships of ordinary people who live in the presence of the extraordinary and unique God that is YHWH. They will experience total acceptance and welcome in those fellowships, and there they will grow in Christ to become the people that YHWH wants them to be. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

COMFORTABLE?

In the coming days when Jesus is made manifest, those who were comfortable and set in their ways will know the shaking of YHWH that is designed to bring people to acknowledge YHWH, that is designed to bring people to worship YHWH, and that is designed to bring people to follow the Christ of YHWH. In the coming days when Jesus is made manifest, the established order of things will be disrupted, and the order of YHWH will be being established. Christians will realize with a fresh joy that they were always meant to be content in Christ, but that they were never meant to be comfortable in Christ. There is always more of YHWH to know and there is always more of YHWH to love. Our love relationship with YHWH never stands still. Christians will realize with smiles on their faces that the shaking of YHWH was always designed to have them set their faces towards YHWH himself, and that the shaking of YHWH was intended to move them closer to YHWH. Christians will know in their experience the deepest contentment in Christ that has nothing whatever to do with mere comfort. The rise of the previously invisible church of Jesus the Christ will dramatically shake the foundations of the purely institutional church and that shaking will cause its walls to fall in such a way that it will come to be seen as truly being church without walls. This will not be an event, but rather it will be a process that takes place under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

IN CONTROL?

In the coming days, some churches and organizations that bore the name of Jesus in one way or another will be revealed to have been cults, led by those who were empire building rather than building the kingdom of the Christ. Great will be the fall of those cult leaders, and it is better for them that they fall upon the rock now rather than have the rock fall on them in those coming days. The lordship of the Christ utterly excludes his people from lording it over others, and the coming days will reveal the true cost to individuals of their empire building. Some large churches and some big organizations will be shown to have been built on shifting sand by cult leaders who abused their authority and who built up their own empires while proudly wearing the name of Christian. Such large churches and big organizations will have their heads cut off and their people will suffer great loss because of their cult leaders who appeared to be kingdom building but who, in reality, were actually only building their own empires. In the coming days, some church and organization leaders will discover that the empire that they had built for themselves was nothing but smoke in a wind, and that it was nothing but the building of nothing on that shifting sand. The rising Son will save those who were led astray by cult leaders, and he will bring them home. Christians who were deceived by the cult leaders will find homes in fellowships where YHWH lives and is manifestly present. There they will find encouragement, strength and love in fellowships of ordinary people who live in the presence of the extraordinary and unique God that is YHWH. They will experience total acceptance and welcome in those fellowships, and they will grow in Christ to become the people that YHWH wants them to be. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

ALONE?

In the coming days, YHWH will make manifest the truth that Jesus’ church is actually one church, not many churches. YHWH will make known the blood connection that binds every church together – whether they realize it or not. YHWH will begin to demolish the walls that keep different branches of the Christian church not only isolated from one another, but actually opposing one another. As the invisible church of the Christ rises and becomes visible, so the blood connection between them will begin to be seen and that blood connection will begin to be known. Churches and Christian organizations that are not part of that blood connection must then seek the face of YHWH and abandon their individualism that keeps them from being part of the body of the Christ. In the coming days, some church leaders will discover that they have expended their energy in splitting up and separating that which YHWH had joined together, and they will discover that there is a real price to be paid for opposing YHWH in that way – whether they realized that they were opposing YHWH or not. In the coming days, the vibrant and living body of Christ will be seen and known to be inclusive – welcoming any and all who will come to follow Jesus the Christ. Alongside the recognition of the vibrant and living body of Christ will come the realization of the true state of those churches and Christian organizations that are not part of that vibrant and living body. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

HAPPY?

In the coming days, there will be a reckoning for those people who have grumbled and moaned their way through church, there will be a reckoning for those people who have consistently opposed some leaders, and there will be a reckoning for those people who have allowed their personal prejudices to be manifested as dislikes of some leaders and even manifested as hatred towards some leaders. In the coming days, those who seem to be always opposed to some in leadership will find themselves to be much further out on the fringe of what YHWH is doing than they thought they were. In the coming days, those who were persistent grumblers and continual complainers will realize that, in grumbling and complaining their way through church, they have actually missed out on the growth that YHWH wanted to give them. Such people will realize that they have wallowed in the mire of remaining the same or even of decaying while others have grown up into Christ around them. Such people will realize that they are still babies in the spiritual creche when they should be adults in the church. Such people must cry out to YHWH for them to fully receive the forgiveness and grace that will set them up onto their feet and that will enable them to finally begin to properly grow in Christ. The Son will truly shine in those coming days. The Son will reveal those who had never actually seen the Son, and his light will blind them for a season. The Son will expose those who had never actually met the Son, and his presence will terrify them for a season. The Son will reveal those who never actually knew the Son, and that revealing will greatly burden their hearts for a season. Such seasons will soon pass and the Spirit of the living YHWH will lead those who were blind, terrified and burdened into the worship of the awesome Son of God. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

PERSECUTED?

In the coming days, there will be a new move against the Son of God that will make the previous persecutions of the Son of God appear to be minor. These will be days of reckoning. These will be days of exposure. These will be days of knowing. These will be days when there is no more hiding. These will be days when there is no more camouflage. These will be days when there will be no more putting off. These will be days of accountability. These will be days when those people and regimes that have persecuted Christians will realize that it was not the visible human institutional church that they were persecuting, but rather that they were actually persecuting the Son of God himself. These are the days when that realization will polarize those who had persecuted the Son of God. Some will recoil in horror at what they had done and they will worship at the feet of the Son of God, but many will intensify and increase that persecution as they reveal themselves to be true enemies of the Son of God. These are the days when people’s true hearts will be being made known. These are days when regimes, governments and rulers will have their true selves laid bare for all to see.

These are days when those who only pretended to be for Christ will be revealed as actually being anti-Christ. These are days when the hidden friends of YHWH will be revealed and they will be a sanctuary for the persecuted of YHWH. These are the days in which persecution will be redefined as people see the true state of regimes, rulers, and governments. These are days in which those who were not against the Son of God will be revealed to be for the Son of God. These are days when those who plotted in secret against the Son of God will openly act in opposition to the Son of God. These are days in which persecution will no longer be only a possibility for those who worship YHWH, but rather that the true cost of the worship of YHWH will be made clear to all of those who would worship YHWH. These are days in which the enemies of the Son of God will be clearly revealed, and that will mean both his enemies within the visible human institutional church itself, and his enemies in the world order of things. Indeed, these are days in which the entire world order itself will be seen to be anti-Christ, and that those who worship YHWH are standing against that world order of things. These are days in which world rulers who paid lip service to the Son of God will be revealed to have been building their own empires rather than building the kingdom of the Christ of YHWH. These are days in which those world rulers will lash out against those who worship the Son of God, and they will take out their anger on the true worshipers of YHWH as they are themselves exposed as false worshipers of YHWH. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

JOY

In the coming days, the people of the Son of God will know great joy as the Son of God is progressively revealed as YHWH to the world and, in those days, the Son will begin to both challenge and to demolish the world order of things. Christians will be those who worship the Son of God and pay no heed to their own selves and their own lives, and they will be those who pay no heed to the cost that may have to be paid in order to worship the Son of God openly. In the coming days, Christians will count their earthly lives as nothing as long as they may know Christ and share in his sufferings. In the coming days, Christians will overcome not by violence, but by joy. In the coming days, the joy of those who worship the Son of God will confound and frustrate the enemies of the Son of God. In the coming days, joy will be the currency that builds the kingdom of YHWH peaceably in the face of a world order that opposes YHWH violently. In the coming days, the world order of things will realize beyond doubt that YHWH loves the world that he created, but that YHWH hates the world order of things that has twisted his creation into something that it was never meant to be. In the coming days, the fall of the world order of things will begin in earnest as the Son of God is revealed as being in his rightful place to a world that looks on in awe. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

FOR EXAMPLE

In the coming days, that which YHWH does in Scotland as he makes the Son of God manifest in his church will become an example to the UK as a whole, by showing the UK how YHWH will be at work in Scotland in those days. Furthermore, that example will be seen and known far beyond Scotland as YHWH progressively displaces the world order of things and makes the Son of God manifestly pre-eminent. In the coming days, people will come to Scotland in order to meet the Son of God and in order to worship at his feet, though just as many will flee from the presence of the Son of God lest his eye should fall on them. In the coming days, the truth will be made manifest that the Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it and that, in reality, there is nowhere that anyone can go to hide from the eye of the Son of God. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

NAKED OR CLOTHED?

In the coming days, YHWH will show the world the simplicity of a love relationship with him through the Son of God, and YHWH will confound those who had surrounded Christianity with rules and regulations of every kind. In the coming days, many who dressed themselves in their finery believing that it was what God required will discover that they are actually naked before YHWH. In the coming days, many who were stripped naked before the eyes of the world and before the eyes of people will realize that they are dressed by YHWH in the finest white robes. In the coming days, all of the extras that people had added to the Son of God will be stripped away, and the world will see that a love relationship with YHWH through the Son of God is for everyone, and that absolutely no-one is excluded. In the coming days, YHWH will show to the world the example of fellowships of believers who worship the Son of God in simplicity, and people will long for that love relationship to be realized in their own lives. In the coming days, YHWH will point to his Son who is lifted high and he will be their example of the likeness of God. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

RELIGION NO MORE

In the coming days, YHWH will show as examples the ordinary people that he has used to make his Son known, and their simplicity of faith in YHWH will be the example that is set for all to follow. In the coming days, many religious leaders will realize that they had been peddling only religion, and that they had not been making the Son of God known. In the coming days, many religious leaders will become the lowest of followers, and they will give glory to the Son of God. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

HANDLING THE SCRIPTURES

In the coming days, there will ordinary people who will show the religious leaders how to correctly handle the Scriptures, and those ordinary people will be filled with the revelation of YHWH as they teach and direct the people of YHWH. In the coming days, YHWH will make known that the Son of God alone is the Word of God, and that there is no other Word of God. In the coming days, the Scriptures will be seen for what they really are – the signpost to the Son of God. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

FOUNDATION

In the coming days, many Christians will be ashamed and distressed to realize that their faith was not grounded in YHWH at all, but only in the things surrounding YHWH. In the coming days, many Christians will be ashamed and distressed to realize that their faith was not grounded in the Son of God at all, but only in the things surrounding the Son of God. In the coming days, that which has hidden YHWH from the eyes of the world will be stripped away and YHWH will be plainly seen as he makes the Son of God manifest on Earth. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

INCLUSION

In the coming days, YHWH will strip away all prejudices and practices that had historically prevented YHWH from using whoever he wanted to use and that had prevented him from using them in whatever ways he wanted to use them. In the coming days, YHWH will use babes, infants, children, and kings to make the Son of God known and seen. In the coming days, YHWH will use creation itself as a means of making the Son of God known and seen. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

NEW

In the coming days, YHWH will confound human words and human languages and show the Son of God in ways that cannot be expressed in merely human words. In the coming days, YHWH will release new tongues and he will establish new ways of expressing love for YHWH. In the coming days, YHWH will give to his people new ways of worshiping YHWH that are not language dependent. In the coming days, those who worship YHWH will do so in Sprit and in truth and, in doing so, will worship YHWH in new expressions of worship that are far beyond the ability of mere words to communicate. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

NOW

YHWH is doing a new thing. YHWH is always doing a new thing. The people of YHWH must stop looking backwards and they must stop hoping – and praying – for restoration. YHWH never goes backwards. YHWH never returns to the previous things. YHWH always looks ahead. YHWH always works renewal in his people and in the nations. Hope looks forward; regret looks back. Faith looks forward; wishing looks back. YHWH looks forward. YHWH made people with eyes at the front of their heads; in order for people to look back they must stop looking forward. People who are looking back are not moving forward. People must learn from the past, but they can never relive the past. People must prepare for the future, for they can never return to the past. Time travel is not possible for human beings. Let those who have an ear heart what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

[December 2021]