HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING TO HIS PEOPLE.
by Ps Niko Njotorahardjo, Sermon of 2 December 2012
Time is passing so quickly. Without our realizing it, it is already 2 December 2012. Very soon we will enter a new year, 2013. Let us look at the message God has for us at the end of this year.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
How many of you want to enter heaven? Today, the Lord has spoken to us: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Frankly, if I read these verses, a sense of dread arises in my heart. I do not know if you feel the same thing too. To me, this is a warning to live our lives carefully, that is, to do the will of our Heavenly Father. Last night, I watched a DVD which has been circulating and I believe there are those among you who have also watched it. This DVD is about the testimony of a Korean pastor who, at the age of 50 years, had a church comprising 5000 members. At that age he died and was brought to see heaven and hell. After that, he was resurrected from the dead because God gave him 20 years to testify of this incident.
As I watched this DVD, it was as if I was reminded again that for all the time that we have lived in this world, perhaps we have not thought much about heaven and hell. When I watched the DVD about heaven, perhaps I was filled with joy, but do not forget that there are different levels of heaven. If we look at hell, it is frightening but it is real and will definitely take place. Last night, when I watched the DVD, I said to the Lord, “Lord, thank you for reminding Your servant again that Your servant can say to others that our life on earth is only for a certain span.” As the Bible says, a man’s life is 70 years, or 80 years if he is strong. It is the eternal life that is the problem. Do you want to go to heaven or hell for eternity? I pray that all of us here will meet again in heaven. Amen!
Today, the Lord is giving a key that is not talking about those who do not know the Lord, but I found it frightening when I read, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” Yet, the Lord said, “I do not know you!”… So where will they go? Definitely to hell.
Today, God is saying that those who do the will of the Father in Heaven will go to heaven. The question is: what will of God? Generally speaking, the will of God is written in the entire Bible, but I am reminded of David. God said about David, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22) David was favoured by God because he did the will of the Father. What will of the Father? The Bible says in Acts 13:36a: “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, …” David did not serve another generation, but what God wanted in his time that is what David did. If you read Revelation 2 and 3, there God is speaking to the seven churches. Each time God finishes giving direction, warning and advice to each church, He ends by saying, “…He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches …” Amen!
Maybe we generally do know the basic will of God, but what we need to pay attention to is the command of God for a specific period in time. What does God want to do at that time? This is more important and we have to pay close attention to this! If you read Isaiah 48:18-19 about the promises of God: “Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants also would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; His name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before Me.”
The powerful messages of God in 2012
The year 2012 will end soon. When I look back at the year, I see that there were 3 powerful messages that the Lord gave for 2012. And now we have to individually check ourselves: have I responded well to the Lord’s message for me? I believe this is what is meant by doing the will of our Father in Heaven. The three powerful messages throughout 2012 are:
1. The year 2012 is the Year of God’s Favour
The Lord says that 2012 is the Year of God’s Favour. Multiplication and promotion because of God’s favour will take place. Miracles still happen!
I believe that all of us want to receive the Lord’s favour. I pray that all of you, brothers and sisters, will be favoured by the Lord. Why? Because our lives are pleasing before the Lord. This is the Lord’s powerful message: live lives pleasing to the Lord. Let’s take a moment to examine if our lives, thus far, are pleasing before the Lord. The Lord promises that if our lives are pleasing to Him, 1 Corinthians 2:9 applies to our lives: “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, not ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Amen!
2. The year 2012 is the beginning of the harvest of 1 billion souls
A harvest that has never occurred in the history of mankind and before Jesus returns, will begin in the year 2012. I am going to repeat, and I do not care how often I have said this, so that you continually remember what God said to me several years ago: “I will pour out My Spirit! I will pour out My Spirit! At (this) time I pour our My Spirit …!”
Three things will happen when God pours out His Spirit, according to Joel 2:28-32:
- 3 generations will be used by God in amazing ways (verses 28-29)
- Shakening will take place (verses 30- 31)
You may have already heard me speak of this so often, but if you look at the situation of the world since I spoke of this a few years ago, do you not see the condition of world affairs intensifying? True! And it will increase in the future. But following on points 1 and 2 above is point 3:
- Many will call on the Name of the Lord and will be saved.
Today, the Holy Spirit is being poured out in amazing ways. A servant of God, Bob Jones, saw how the glory of God is being poured out. Through the World Prayer Assembly in May 2012, the world has been shown that which was spoken of in Habakkuk 2:14: “ For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
This is the era of the glory of the Lord when the Holy Spirit is being poured out. Do we respond to this?
We can respond according to the will of our Heavenly Father in the following ways:
- Desire to be brought deeper
Last month, I talked about how we are immersed in the Holy Spirit, as illustrated by the water flowing out from the threshold of the Temple (Ezekiel 47). Perhaps we are in a condition where the water level is at the ankle, knee, waist, or we fully immersed in water, but more importantly, is our response like this: “Lord, take me deeper!” Do you respond in prayer in this way? Amen! This is what the Lord wants.
I am reminded of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. There, Jesus prayed this way, “Father , the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know and believe.” (John 17:22-23) If the world believes, it means that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord! Jesus is our Lord and Saviour!
I want to ask, and come, let us each examine ourselves. Is our response [to]unity as mentioned?
- In the family, are husband and wife in unity? Are the parents and children in unity? Is there unity in family relationships?
- In ministry, is one church in unity with another?
This is the will of the Father in Heaven. I pray that we respond in this way.
Go to the Prayer Tower frequently
Brothers and Sisters, [in respect of the subject of] unity, we have been called to pray, praise and worship God together in unity, day and night. This speaks of the Prayer Tower. You need to frequent the Prayer Tower! Go often to the Prayer Tower! Today, I see testimonies from many servants of God, more so in America, that make no sense because the god of this world is the enemy. Chuck Pierce was shown that now the powers of darkness have made networks focus on law and finance. It is not surprising that Christianity is no longer the main foundation of America. It is said that they have compromised on many matters. This is saddening. This includes abortion and same-sex marriages and I was shocked to read that Washington state and Colorado have drafted a referendum requesting to legalise the sale of marijuana! Imagine – this is the condition of the world these days.
Servants of the Lord in those states have raised their hands in surrender and do not know how to enter the great harvest. Perhaps it has already been prophesied that Asia will be the trigger for other continents, which the Lord has spoken of 2 years ago so that everyone would enter the Prayer Tower.
Brothers and Sisters, let us enter the Prayer Tower often. Maybe you are a leader of a business. Come, as we enter the new year, invite key staff to enter the Prayer Tower to ask the Lord what to do because we no longer know what to do. But as you enter the Prayer Tower in united prayer, praise and worship, day and night, the Lord will lead you. This is important. Pay attention to what I am saying today.
3. The year 2012 is the year of going up to the next level
On 16 September 2012, the Jewish calendar changed year from 5772 (Ayin Beth) to 5773 (Ayin Gimel) [which will last until 4 September 2013]. God’s prophets have been given the understanding that the year Ayin Gimel is a bridge between the past and the future. The Lord explained to me that “I am taking the church to the next level.”
There are 2 reasons why the Lord is taking the church up to the next level:
a. Without[the church] going to the next level, the harvest of 1 billion souls will not take place
b. Jesus is coming very soon for the second time. We must be found to be without spot or blemish.
Perhaps some are asking from this level to the next, how far do we go? What is the target?
Romans 8:29-30: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
To be continued