By Stephen Powell

Yesterday we reignited our study of "The Seed that Succeeds," which was a revelation that was brought to me through an angelic encounter I had in Albany, New York, a few months ago. We discussed the prophetic implications of Jesus' words which sealed the judgment of Israel, the former house, with His opening to the Olivet Discourse talking about their offerings adorned upon the temple. In this article, I began to flow in the prophetic as the Spirit of revelation tied prophetic utterances from Amos and John into a fresh understanding of God's dealings with man-made religion, the winter house, which shall be judged just like the summer house, Israel, two thousands years ago. Receive this writing with an open heart and a sober mind. I pray it enriches you spiritually.


(Amos 3:7-15)
7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
8 A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
9 "Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say: 'Assemble on the mountains of Samaria; See great tumults in her midst, and the oppressed within her.
10 For they do not know to do right,' says the LORD, 'Who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.'"
11 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "An adversary shall be all around the land; He shall sap your strength from you, and your palaces shall be plundered."
12 Thus says the LORD: "As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion two legs or a piece of an ear, so shall the children of Israel be taken out who dwell in Samaria- In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch!
13 Hear and testify against the house of Jacob," says the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
14 "That in the day I punish Israel for their transgressions, I will also visit destruction on the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground.
15 I will destroy the winter house along with the summer house; the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end," says the LORD.


As it was leading up to the end of summer house (which was Israel), so shall it be when an end comes to the winter house (man-made religion). The prophets will arise, anointed in the Spirit and power of Elijah, and will prophesy. They will roar and proclaim the Word of the Lord, and here it what they shall say:


"'Behold, you see your palaces, your houses, your churches as fine temples, adorned with the donations given to them, but I see the palaces of Ashdod, and palaces which belong in Egypt, not Zion. You see yourselves as rich, wealthy, and lacking nothing in the things of God, but I have seen your works and know that you are lukewarm, and I, the Lord, will spew you out of My mouth, church of this day, for many of the things you are doing in My name make Me sick. If you knew what was at hand, you would truly be zealous and repent. If you knew that My judgment was knocking at the door, you would be wise and repent. But you do not know, because you are away sleeping, not ready for My coming,' says the Lord. 'You are slumbering in your worldliness, your sensual desires, your carnality, and you have not responded to My trumpets, My servants the prophets, who have been sounding the alarm for years. You have not awoken to the dawn. You have not awoken to put on righteousness so that it might clothe you for this day and this hour.'


"But I, the Lord, will awaken you as with fire, and you will know the violence and robbery which you have stored up in My house. You will know that you have stored up wrath to be revealed in the day of My wrath and My righteous judgment. The King is coming, and He's coming to judge, first in His house and then the world, for judgment always comes first to the house of God.


"The Lord shall visit judgment upon our altars and try our sacrifices, just as the precious stones which adorned the temple were tried and torn down, as with fire. And will our winter house still be standing in light of what happened to the summer house when the trying fires came? No, it will not, for God will tear down our palaces of religion, He will destroy our ivory palaces, and this house shall perish too. He will destroy what we have tried to build in His name, for He has neither asked for it nor will receive it, for He will judge us just as He did Israel, for we are the same.


"Consider therefore the kindness and the severity of God, for Israel was severely cut off, so you might be grafted in with His kindness. But do you think for a moment that you would not be cut off just as them if you reject His precious gift with the way you live? You shall, for the Lord shall bring an end to the winter house and bring forth the New Jerusalem, coming out of heaven, the Church of the firstborn coming together with the bride to celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb. The only promise to remain was made to a house which 'continued in His goodness' (Rom.11:22). Otherwise the promise was sure, that you would be cut off just as Israel was, for He is not a respecter of persons. His righteous judgement is the same for all.


"The lion has roared, and God has spoken. We must stand in fear as His servants but prophesy, for the winds of change are blowing hard bringing the clouds from the east soon; for riding on them shall be the Son of Man, flashing in the east like lightning, making nations mourn at His coming. But I tell you a truth, these palaces, the current house, shall not stand for it shall be judged and it shall not endure.  For as the temple before, its precious stones which adorn it are not being received in many cases as pure sacrifices unto the Lamb. These sacrifices are to man, part of a gospel enterprise designed to celebrate celebrity christianity, stardom, and hero-worship. God says your hearts are far from me in these offerings and I will judge the validity of what you bring."




As one house falls, one stone not being left upon another, another house comes down out of heaven, and it is the New Jerusalem, adorned with the precious offerings which God has received, which God has accepted, built with the sacrifices of the saints over the generations, offered unto the Lord!


14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple."


The names of the apostles are written on the foundations of the walls, and notice the foundations of the walls are adorned with precious stones. These are not like the precious stones of men which adorn earthly temples and houses, with an appearance of pious devotion to God. No, these are the offerings of the apostles, sown into the New Jerusalem with sacrifice and martyrdom, their blood serving as the mortar which holds them. Their sacrifices from the beginning have held the foundation of this true house together, and this house shall never fade, and shall never be torn down, because its temple is Jesus, the Lord God Almighty, not a monument of men. The monuments of men are like wood, hay, and straw, and they shall not survive the coming of our Lord, for who shall endure His coming? He is like the refiner's fire, the launderer's soap, and He will purify us so that we might offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness, pleasant unto Him (Mal,3:2-5).




With such a statement like, "We need to buy from Jesus," many followers of Christ today would take occasion to posture against this idea. But don't blame me. I didn't write it. In fact, it was Jesus Himself who spoke it in the book of Revelation. That's right, that which is free under the New Covenant costs you everything, and you must come to Jesus to buy gold and silver tried in the fire. Jesus is the meditator, the recipient of your offering unto God, and He exchanges it for the spiritual riches which you shall carry for eternity.  But you as well as I, His church, must open your eyes and realize that you are poor, wretched, miserable, blind, and naked. Realize your true state, be zealous, and repent.


16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
17 Because you say, "I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -
18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock, If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."


The truth is, God doesn't accept partial obedience. He doesn't accept offerings offered with a partly pure heart. He doesn't accept a bride that is mostly not unfaithful. The preparation, which He desires to receive your offerings, requires repentance and zeal for Him and His ways. You have to be so radical that you dare to take an honest look at yourself from His perspective and see just how insignificant those precious stones are, with which you've been adorning His temple. It takes the gift of humility and meekness to see one's true state; to allow the eye salve to sink in, to be zealous, and repent. It takes true boldness and courage to admit one's true state in the midst of a Laodicean church which shoots down any narrative which does not fit with its propaganda stating, "The church is rich in God, wealthy, having need of nothing." The church today says,"We don't have to buy anything because Jesus paid for it all. It's by grace, not works."Yet, you reject the very words of your Master written in red here in this passage. I'm not telling you to buy from Him. Jesus is telling you, and you'd better listen. Repentance will cost you everything. True zeal for God will cost you everything, but it's worth it. Like the apostles of old, your sacrifice will translate into eternity, and you will be a part of the ever-emerging warrior bride. You will not perish with the religions of men, of which, at His coming, not one stone shall be left upon another. You shall live with your King in His house, and there you shall reign forever and ever!


In His Service,
Stephen Powell



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