GOD IS BREAKING THE APOSTLE OUT OF PRISON, PT.1
For too long the apostolic has been caged up in the church, with all of its unadulterated power and glory behind bars, but now God is beginning to break it free! This true, authentic and pure apostolic has not been restored in its glory yet. If it were so, then Paul and Peter would have already been restored to the head of the Church, replacing the televangelist as the most influential leader in the body of Christ. This has not happened, but it will. God will flip the authority structure of the church upside down in the coming days. Where apostles and prophets of power and glory are now being marginalized, God will bring their gifts and offices center stage again in the church, and the teaching gift will take a back seat to the demonstration of power and glory that they release into the earth. It's coming saints. God will break the apostle out of prison in this hour!
EVIL SPIRITS TESTING THE PEOPLE WHILE HARASSING THE CHURCH
1 "Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.
2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover."
There is a spirit in society, a spirit in culture, and a spirit in the world which manifests through various authority structures, including civil government, to resist and harass the authority of God in the earth. It's interesting to note that Herod's name in Greek means "Hero", which shows how this spirit, working in the world to harass the church, seeks to promote heroes in society that persecute the church, and come against God's authority in the earth. In Western culture, homosexuals are made heroes and transgenders are made heroes, heralded for their bravery, when in fact they are exhibiting some of the most detestable traits a person can model: rebellion against God and His Word, and open celebration of sexual perversion and abominable sin before the eyes of God. They are among the worst, the chiefest of sinners and the greatest examples of societal degradation, but because the evil spirit promoting them flexes its muscles through platforms of power, such as politics and media, they are made the heroes. They, who oppose God and persecute the people of God, are made the champions of civil rights. They, who are part of drawing the judgment and wrath of God upon this land, are made the objects of progressive good will, representing moral evolution, decency, enlightenment, and compassion. Nothing could be further from the truth, for they are wolves in sheep's clothing. They are instruments in the hands of demons designed to draw the legal judgment of God, bringing down nations. We need to pray, saints, not only for the victims deceived by this demonic heroism, but for God to deal with the spirits behind them.
But notice how Herod proceeded to take hold of Peter and thrust him into prison only after He killed James and saw that it pleased the people. This is what this spirit does. It lies in wait, patiently testing the hearts of the people, looking for greater defilement in the heart of the nation, so that it can persecute God's leaders in the earth more, and harass the church even more. In reality, this is how these evil spirits gain power, for without the permission of the people, created in the image and likeness of God, these spirits ultimately cannot have their way in culture. But they are given legal rights through the hearts and decisions of the people turning against God. God must give the people what they ask for from their hearts. This in turn opens the gates of hell more and more from city to city, and Herods continue to rise up to keep testing the people by enforcing more anti-god policies, and promulgating more anti-christ ideas in the land.
WHEN THE PRISON DOORS REALLY OPENED
"Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church."
The Lord showed me a door opening recently when I read this scripture. It was only then that I realized the true origins of Peter's freedom from imprisonment in this passage. The Lord showed me that, in fact, this is when the prison doors opened for Peter. This is when his chains really fell off. This is when He was delivered from bondage. It was the moment the church began to offer up incense, offer up prayers, without ceasing!
The Bible says that from the moment Daniel turned his face to God and began to fast and pray for the nation of Israel that the command was sent from heaven through the Angel Gabriel, to give him understanding concerning the time of the end (Dan. 9:23). The breakthrough was released the moment he started fasting and praying. The breakthrough was released the moment he entered into intercession on behalf of his nation.
This is what must return into the Western church, saints. It's called prevailing prayer. We've had a lot of praying. We've had stadium events rallying people for solemn assemblies. We've had countless prayer groups, prayer chain emails, and prayer organized through social media. But where is the "prevailing prayer?" Prevailing prayer is not asking God for something hoping that He'll do it all in His good time. No, prevailing prayer is a special kind of prayer in which the answer is received from the very beginning as a very real, very tangible substance of glory and faith, and this is what causes the intensity and fervor in the prayer. This is what causes the relentlessness of the prayer. Because the answer is given and the outcome is sure, the burden will not lift until the desired outcome fully manifests in the natural. Prayer can add to a movement. Prayer can begin to cause momentum toward heaven's cause. But it is prevailing prayer that ultimately births the answer, and this is what was going on the night Peter was delivered from prison. We need prevailing prayer in the church again in America. We need night watches being established, but not out of guilt or sheer duty. We need night watches being established again because the prayer warriors can't go home. They can't go home until they see the answer, until the burden becomes the baby in their arms!
Tomorrow we will continue this subject, seeing prophetically from this Scripture how God is breaking the apostle out of prison in the West. We will also continue to see powerful principles of faith, life in the supernatural, and the power of prevailing prayer, as we go further in the study of these Scriptures together!