The Suddenlies of God
Paul and Silas had been unjustly arrested. Because they had cast a spirit of divination out of a girl, the local Philippian authorities beat them and then threw them into the inner dungeon deep inside the prison. However, their crisis turned into an opportunity to experience a "suddenly" of God – a moment of divine intervention that instantly changes a situation.
And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:23-25
Besides the trauma of the severe beating, they were fastened in shackles that clamped their arms and legs in an immobile position, causing cramps and loss of circulation. The atmosphere was depressing. According to the standards of that day, a prison resembled more of a dungeon; a dark, damp, stench-ridden place, with no facility for waste or comforts of any kind.
Yet, in spite of the throbbing pain in their bodies and the disheartening atmosphere, Acts 16:23-26 gives us a clue as to what they did that ushered in the sudden intervention of Heaven. At midnight Paul and Silas were heard praying and singing praises to God! What a strange sound this must have been to the other prisoners who were used to only hearing the groans or cursing of those who had been beaten. They must have been thinking, "Those stupid Christians. Where is your God now? Obviously He doesn't have the power to save you from your situation!" They were about to find out that these two followers of Christ could sing their way to freedom as their praises tapped into the raw power of God. It says that as Paul and Silas were singing at midnight
"Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's [chains] were loosed" (Acts 16:26).
What caused this mighty discharge of power? The sound of the high praises of God vibrating through the atmosphere.
High Praise Unleashes the Presence & Power of God
Paul and Silas knew how to capture the attention of Heaven. They knew the power of thanksgiving and understood that the sound of high praise was the key to lifting their hearts above their situation into the presence and power of God. Not only did their shackles fall off, but everyone's shackles fell off!
In this generation there is coming a revelation and a release of the Spirit of Isaiah 61 that will result in people being set from every kind of life-controlling situation and captivity.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound. Isaiah 61:1
God is releasing His power through the sound of a praising company that even the elements will respond to. The praise and thanksgiving that came from Paul and Silas reached a crescendo in the atmosphere where Heaven responded with the "suddenlies" of God. The earth quaked, power was released from Heaven, and all were set free.
We are in a season where God is releasing the furious sound of revival and awakening upon the earth, and we will see whole cities and regions overtaken in revival as atmospheric power manifests through the release of people of high praise. The earth will respond to the resonance and release of the glory of God through Believers upon the earth, and it will shake nations.
Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. In other words, God "dwells" or actually lives in the atmosphere of His praise. When the praises go up, the glory comes down. This means that praise is not merely a reaction from coming into His presence – but rather praise is a vehicle of faith that releases the presence and power of God! You release praise and it opens up Heaven and brings the glory of God down. Praise is an action exercised by faith, and when released by the Believer toward God, it draws Heaven to earth around the individual and supernaturally changes the environment. Praise is the "gate" which allows us to enter His glory.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah and a Mighty Shout in Heaven
Paul and Silas understood what it took in order to get the breakthrough in their situation so that everyone in the jail benefited as well. Today there is a shift taking place in the Church that will focus on Jesus Christ as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. His roar will be heard and felt as a mighty vibration in the earth as it flows through the army of God. This vibration of the Spirit will be recognized by every living thing on the earth as well as the rest of creation. Did you notice the residual effect of the praise and thanksgiving of Paul and Silas resulted in an earthquake? Creation responded with an "amen" as these two sons of the Kingdom were harmonizing with the will of Heaven! A mighty vibration, or shaking, was released from the Throne Room resulting in an earthy quaking, and creation was moved.
After this I heard what sounded like a mighty shout of a great crowd in Heaven, exclaiming, "Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! Salvation and glory (splendor and majesty) and power (dominion and authority) [belong] to our God!..." And again they shouted, "Hallelujah (praise the Lord)!..." After that I heard what sounded like the shout of a vast throng, like the boom of many pounding waves, and like the roar of terrific and mighty peals of thunder, exclaiming, "Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns! Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His Bride has prepared herself." Revelation 19:1, 3, 6-7 (emphasis mine)
According to the Scriptures, it appears that the Throne Room is a violent, noisy, powerful place where flashes of lightning and rumblings are accompanied by clashes of thunder and the terrific roar of multitudes praising and shouting "Hallelujah!" Heaven is not for the faint of heart. It is a place of great dread and power! This heavenly rage is what was released when Paul and Silas synchronized Heaven and earth. This power was released with such fury that every chain was broken and the earth resounded with the same quaking that was in Heaven.
I'm telling you, I've been in meetings around the world where the greatest of miracles that have taken place were in the high praise of God.No man can do by the working of a gift what God will do when He releases His glory from the Throne Room of Heaven. I've seen those in wheel chairs stand up instantly, those on mats and cots in the United States and in third-world countries raised up by the atmospheric power of Heaven.
This was the case of revival meetings we did at Great Faith Bible Church in Seoul, South Korea. Six thousand people attended the nightly meetings, and before we got within a city block of the church, the glory of God could be felt in the air. It was electrifying! People would show up three to four hours early just to intercede for God to move. Each night we were so drunk in the Holy Ghost we would have to be escorted (practically carried) to the pastor's office and, then again, onto the stage to minister because of the overwhelming cloud of glory that was in the atmosphere. Miracle after staggering miracle took place each night. People brought in on mats would walk out healed. Countless blind and deaf individuals were completely healed. Tumors dissolved and legs grew out all because of the atmospheric glory of God that hovered in and around the building. It was literally like a tangible cloud you could feel.
There is not a sickness or disease known to man that can maintain its life force when the glory of God enters the atmosphere. Sickness is instantly driven out and demons must leave in the name of Jesus Christ. The earth shakes and quakes at the presence of the Lord. When Resurrection Life enters the room, the death causing peoples' emotional and physical issues must leave.
The Key of David
Keys open and close doors! Just as God places them upon the "shoulder" of the house of David, God also places them on us. David is a man who is known for his "worship" throughout Scripture. In a sense, worship is the key to opening doors. The keys to opening doors in the realm of the Spirit were not only given to Jesus, they are available to us as well. According to Isaiah 9:6, the government of the Kingdom of God rests upon the shoulder of Jesus. For foundational purposes, I want to take a quick look at the well-known key of David Scripture passage prophesied by Isaiah. Later we will go into greater detail.
And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open. And I will fasten him like a peg or nail in a firm place; and he will become a throne of honor and glory to his father's house. And they will hang on him the honor and the whole weight of [responsibility for] his father's house: the offspring and issue [of the family, high and low], every small vessel, from the cups even to all the flasks and big bulging bottles. Isaiah 22:22-24
We see this passage is not directly directed toward the Lord or a Messianic prophecy, but rather is directed to an individual – Eliakim – which can also be directed to us:
"And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open" (verse 22).
The key of the house of David is laid upon the shoulder. Keys open doors. Jesus told Peter and the Church that He would give us the keys of the Kingdom. The Bible also states that Jesus is the "Head" and we are the "Body" or the "shoulders." When these "keys" are laid upon the shoulder of the worshipping Body of Christ, each and every person has the potential to open doors that no one will shut, and shut doors no one will open.
Becoming a Throne of Honor and Glory
These worshipping, warring, Kingdom-minded overcomers will not only possess the keys of the Kingdom, but will understand how to use them. They will be able to speak into every situation, both to the natural and the supernatural realm. They will be able to open doors that no man can shut, and shut doors that no one can open. Remember, we are the only ones in creation made in His image; therefore, we have the choice to align our sound with the sound of Heaven. And when this happens, there will be a company of Believers that will move with unlimited anointing and authority that will possess revelation knowledge of the blueprints of Heaven and understand their position and point of access. This is all too exciting, but let's look at the rest of the passage:
"And I will fasten him like a peg or nail in a firm place; and he will become a throne of honor and glory to his father's house" (verse 23).
Isaiah saw this company of Believers and said that they would be like a peg or a nail in a firm place, like a peg that someone would use to hang a cloak or a mantle on!
The Scripture says that "...he will become a throne of honor and glory to his father's house." Who will become a throne of honor and glory? The one whom the key of the house of David rests upon. He will become unmovable to the world and will be fastened like a nail in a firm place. This individual will become a supernatural gateway for all of Heaven to flow through. Even more than that, it says that he will become a throne. I'm telling you that the worshipping sons of God will literally become the throne that the Lord Jesus Christ rests upon and flows through to reveal His Kingdom of power and glory!
Psalm 22:3 says that God is enthroned upon the praises of His people. The throne of God literally rests on the praises of His people. What does that look like? When we begin to praise God with the understanding that He is the great King of Heaven and we worship Him with this attitude and reality, the Scriptures say that His throne will literally be built upon, or come to rest on top of, those praises. Wherever the high praises of God are found on the earth is where the Throne of God will rest. Wherever the Throne of God is, the King is. Wherever the King is, there is a Kingdom. Wherever the Kingdom is, the angels are – and all of the resources of the government of that domain are present in reality. So when Isaiah 22:23 says, "and he will become a throne of honor and glory to his father's house," that's what it literally means. We become a gateway of the glory of God through which His Kingdom manifests.
Jesus said to Nathaniel in John 1:50-51, "'Because I said to you, I saw you beneath the fig tree, do you believe in and rely on and trust in Me? You shall see greater things than this!' Then He said to him, 'I assure you, most solemnly I tell you all, you shall see Heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man!'"
When we are connected with Heaven we literally become a gateway for the supernatural to manifest around us. Heaven moves up and down upon us, releasing signs, wonders, and miracles with our cooperation. God is looking for an army to arise with this revelation. And I fully believe we are the generation. There is a fresh sound being released from Heaven with an incredible power and glory the world has never seen – and it's falling on individuals that will bring it to the nations of the earth. This fresh sound is the same sound that ushered in the era of the early Church. It is called the "Sound of a Rushing Mighty Wind."
The Sound of a Rushing Mighty Wind
And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place, when suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words]. Acts 2:1-4
When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early Church in the upper room, it came as a sound from Heaven like that of a rushing mighty wind that filled the entire room. Along with that sound appeared forked tongues of flames that burned on top of everyone's heads. It was the return of the long lost government of God that was finally being restored to the earth. The ushering in of that wind and fire has changed the world and impacted every generation to date. Holy Ghost revivals and reformations throughout Church history have marked the return of the government of God to planet earth along with the impact and the influence it has had on commoners and kings of nations. That violent release of Heaven formed and forged the early Church, and in these days we will see nothing less than the culminations of all those anointings poured out in a concentrated form. Heaven is violent, and so will all those be who embody the true nature of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Sound of Unity
There is a sound rising in this generation that is necessary in order for Heaven to fully manifest on the planet. It's called the "Sound of Unity." When I talk about unity, I'm not referring to everybody getting together on some kind of common ground and having unity meetings. That never works. What I'm referring to is a place where the Throne of God will literally come down upon a corporate people who have one focus alone: the presence of Jesus.
What does that look like? There was a sound released in 2 Chronicles 5 when they lifted up their voice "as one" with the trumpeters and shouted the goodness of God. There was a sound of unity in Acts 2 when the disciples were in the upper room in "one accord" in prayer and fasting waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit by Jesus' direction. They didn't know what they were looking for exactly, or how to get the promise to come, but they were in one heart and mind – waiting, praying, contending, and fasting together for that promise. And when that promise came, it did so as a sound of a rushing mighty wind, not a rushing mighty wind.
There was a sound that came in unity in Acts 4, when the apostles were gathered together as a company of Believers of "one heart and soul."
And now, Lord, observe their threats and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly, while You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage. Now the company of Believers was of one heart and soul, and not one of them claimed that anything which he possessed was [exclusively] his own, but everything they had was in common and for the use of all. And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all. Acts 4:29-33
They were one heart and soul waiting for a second empowering of the Holy Ghost which came and filled them with great boldness and courage to preach. And the sound that came from Heaven was like that of a great earthquake that shook the place where they were gathered. This generation is going to see the same union of shaking as God releases the violence of Heaven upon a unified corporate Body. We again will testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and great grace will rest richly on all of us.
The Sound of Breaker Anointing
We're in a season in which we will again witness firsthand the sound of the armies of Heaven being released in America and the nations of the earth in the Spirit of Revival. I've been privileged to minister in crusades, revivals, and meetings around the world in which the power from Heaven manifests and results in amazing demonstrations of miraculous power. I've watched as the angelic army of Heaven descends on the masses in Africa, resulting in mass deliverance of demonic strongholds. Cripples walk, blind people are healed, tumors dissolve, deaf ears open, and children walk for the first time, along with countless other demonstrations of raw, supernatural power. Heaven responds to the initiatives of the saints on the earth.
A while back while doing a crusade in Indonesia, I witnessed the breaker anointing for miracles sweep through the stadium. I barely finished preaching when people began to cry out as fire from Heaven and a breaker anointing was poured out upon them. Many began to get out of wheelchairs, throw down their crutches, and run. Tumors evaporated and screams could be heard throughout the arena. God was releasing breakthrough anointing in a drastic way that no one in the arena could deny. The place was electrified with shouting and praise.
Jesus the Master of Breakthrough
God's plan for the earth and for us did not change after the fall. Immediately He set His plan in motion to restore the Kingdom to us and sent Jesus to get it all back for us. Jesus Christ is the ultimate Master of breakthrough who has broken open the Heavens for us – so we could not only receive the Kingdom of power and authority by the Holy Spirit here on the earth, but also so we would have access to the heavenly realm with Him.
Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the Blood of Jesus, by this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh... Hebrews 10:19-20
Jesus broke open the way back into the Holy Place. Micah calls Him (Messiah) the ultimate Breaker:
"The Breaker [the Messiah] will go up before them. They will break through, pass in through the gate and go out through it, and their King will pass on before them, the Lord at their head" (Micah 2:13).
As King David was waiting for direction from the Lord to move against the Philistines, he was told to wait for the sound:
"When David inquired of the Lord, He said, 'You shall not go up, but go around behind them and come upon them over opposite the mulberry (or balsam) trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then bestir yourselves, for then has the Lord gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines.' And David did as the Lord had commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba to Gezer" (2 Samuel 5:23-25).
King David knew that his only hope would be in the complete and utter dependence upon the armies of Heaven to accomplish the impossible. David had just recaptured the Ark of the Covenant that was taken by the Philistines and was in the process of bringing it back to the city of David. But, in order for this to happen, he had to deal one last time with the enemies of Israel. David's trust was in the God of the Breakthrough:
"David inquired of the Lord, saying, 'Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?' And the Lord said to David, 'Go up, for I will surely deliver [them] into your hand.' And David came to Baal-perazim, and he smote them there, and said, 'The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters.' So he called the name of that place Baal-perazim [Lord of breaking through].There the Philistines left their images, and David and his men took them away" (2 Samuel 5:19-20, emphasis mine).
David inquired of the Lord and God gave him Heaven's strategy. Even though in this text the angels are not directly mentioned, it was the assistance of the armies of Heaven that brought about the breakthrough David needed. The victory was such a massive blow to the Philistines that they didn't even have time to collect their images but just left them behind for David and his men to destroy! David called the place "Baal-perazim," which means, "God of the Breakthrough." This massive breakthrough was manifest by the release of the sound of angels marching on the tops of the mulberry trees. By the way, mulberry trees are also known as the "balm" trees, or the "healing" trees. The angels and healing go together.
I believe we are going to see in this season whole cities, regions, and even nations overrun by the power of Heaven evidenced by a release of the Sound of Heaven on earth. Angelic armies will descend with a sound of fire and wind that will unleash the Spirit of Revival over cities that will literally change culture as we know it. The multitudes will come to the brightness of our rising (see Isaiah 60, AMP) and spiritual hunger will be the catalyst for these suddenlies of God. The Lord will literally release the "roar" of His voice over a region; the earth will shake as all of Heaven breaks loose!
The Lord will thunder and roar from Zion andutter His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the children of Israel. Joel 3:16 (emphasis mine)
...The Lord roars out of Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem... Amos 1:2 (emphasis mine)
Jeff Jansen is Founder of Global Fire Ministries International in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The mission of GFMI as an apostolic and prophetic ministry is to pave the way for personal, city, regional, national, and world revival. The ministries of GFMI include: Global Connect, Global Fire Churches, Kingdom Life Institute, Global Fire TV, and international conferences and crusades. Jeff Jansen is well-known for his miracle/healing anointing and prophetic ministry worldwide, often giving revelatory directives for not only individuals but regions and nations. Jeff is also Founder and Senior Leader of Global Fire Church Murfreesboro, from which the Global Connect initiative of church planting and networking was birthed.
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April 21-24, 2016
Fresh Awakening: Releasing The Spirit of Revival
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