Timeline for Jesus’ Real Birthday

There are two calendars to be aware of when studying the scriptures; the Jewish or sacred (religious) calendar and the civil calendar.

Note: If you study Bible prophecy always use the months and days from the Jewish calendar when studying events which occurred after the implementation of the Feast of the Lord. These Feast dates are recorded in Leviticus 23. (That’s my instruction given to me from Holy Spirit when I first began to study Bible prophecy).

Jewish torah scroll in coverChristmas (December 25) is the time we celebrate the time of Christ birth. However, I believe the keys scriptures and the prophetic symbolism of the Feast of the Lord contradict man’s tradition of December 25 as Christ birthday. I put together a timeline from some key verses, which point to Jesus’ birthday being in the fall most like at the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1).

Month 1: Nisan (Mar-Apr) – Zacharias – performing priestly services. LK 1:8-25 John is conceived during the first month which is Nisan.

Month 6; Elul (Aug-Sep) Gabriel visits with Mary. LK 1-26. Mary informed that Elizabeth is 6 month pregnant LK 1:36 Mary visit with Elizabeth 3 months before returning home in Month 9 which would be the month Kislev, Lk1:56. Hanukkah occurs in Kislev. Mary returned home and most likely conceived Jesus from Holy Spirit during Hanukkah.

Month 9: Kislev (Nov-Dec) Elizabeth gives birth to John. Lk.1:57. This would place John’s birth in the month Hanukkah occurs, not Jesus’ birth. Hanukkah is the Feast of “Dedication” or Feast of Lights. John was dedicated to serve God and prepare the way for the coming of the Lord.

Now let’s work with the clues in the text to locate the approximate time of Christ birth.

Months Before the Birth of Jesus – Caesar’s census decree went out to all the Roman Empire. LK 2:1. It took months for the news of the census decree to travel across the land and then additional time for the people to travel to their birth place where they were counted in the census and paid a tax. I can only assume that the taking of the census went on for more than a year or perhaps even two. However, we do have some clues to the condition of Mary and the season of the year in which they returned to Bethlehem. Mary was about to give birth.

With the decree Mary & Joseph returned to Bethlehem, Jesus is born shortly after Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem. LK 2:6-7

The shepherds are in the fields when the angel announces Christ birth. LK 2:8. The shepherds wouldn’t be abiding in the fields in the winter months when the rain and snow fall in some areas. This places the angelic announcement much sooner than winter or the traditional date of December 25.

Tishri 1- Is the Feast of Trumpets established by God. Lev. 23:24. This date is the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Trumpets are blown and the time of the early rains and plowing. It is taught in Jewish lore that Adam was formed on Tishri 1. “So also it is written, “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 1 Cr 15:45

Count backwards 9 months from Tishri to find the month of conception and you get Kislev (Nov-Dec) and Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights. Modern astromony software shows celestial studies very well may indicate that a uniques sign appeared in the heavens above Bethlehem during Tishri in 3BC. It is an amazing look at the celestial events which were occuring in the heavens leading up to Christ birth.

So I believe it’s accurate to say that John the Baptist was born during the month of Kislev and most likely during Hanukkah (Festival of Lights). Jesus was most likely conceived by Holy Spirit during Hanukkah (Jesus, the light of the world JN 9:5). John’s birth proceeded and prepared the way for Christ conception. Nine months later Jesus was most likely born on Tishri 1 during the Feast of Trumpets.

Follow the calendar timeline which I have put together and you will see the scriptures point to Jesus’ birthday being in the fall of the year and not in winter. Some people say, “What does it matter anyway when we celebrate Jesus’ birthday as long as we celebrate it?” Okay, then when your next birthday arrives how about we skip it for three or four months and celebrate it then.

 

Hebrew Calendar
Timeline for Jesus’ Birthday
Number OF Month
Hebrew Name
Modern Equivalent
Description
BIBLICAL REFERENCES
FEASTS
Sacred
Civil
1(Sacred sequence begins
7
Abib; Nisan
Mar-Apr
Zacharias – performing priestly services.
LK 1:8-25
Passover; Unleavened Bread; First Fruits
(John was conceived in Nisan)
LK 1:36
2
8
Ziv (lyyar)
Apr-May
3
9
Sivan
May-June
Pentecost (Weeks)
4
10
Tammuz
June-July
5
11
Ab
July-Aug
6
12
Elul
Aug-Sep
Gabriel visits with Mary;
LK 1-26
Mary is informed that Elizabeth is 6 months with child (John was conceived in Nisan)
LK 1:36
Mary visit with Elizabeth 3 months then leaves for home
LK 1:56
7
1 Civil sequence begins
Ethanim (Tishri)
Sep-Oct
Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles(Booths)
8
2
Bul (Marcheshvan)
Oct-Nov
9
3
Kislev
Nov-Dec
(This month is the seasonal time for winter rains and snow in some areas)
Mary returned home –(Conceives from Holy Spirit) John is born after 9 months from Nisan
LK 1:56
Hanukkah(Dedication)
Feast of Lights
John is born
Lk 1:57
10
4
Tebeth
Dec-Jan
11
5
Shebat
Jan-Feb
12 6 Adar Feb-Mar Ezra 6:15;Esth 3:7,13;8:12;9:1,
15,17,19,21
Purim
Number OF Month
Hebrew Name
Modern Equivalent
Description
BIBLICAL REFERENCES
FEASTS
Sacred
Civil
1(Sacred sequence begins
7
Abib; Nisan
Mar-Apr
Passover; Unleavened Bread; First Fruits
2
8
Ziv (lyyar)
Apr-May
3
9
Sivan
May-June
Pentecost (Weeks)
4
10
Tammuz
June-July
5
11
Ab
July-Aug
6
12
Elul
Aug-Sep
7
1 Civil sequence begins
Ethanim (Tishri)
Sep-Oct
Caesar’s census decree –
LK 2:1
Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles(Booths)
Joseph left Galilee to return to Bethlehem
LK 2:4
Jesus born
LK 2:6-7
Shepherds abiding in the fields (Shepherds didn’t abide in the fields in the winter months but moved the sheep to the shelter of caves for the winter months ruling out Kislev as the month of Christ birth.
LK 2:8
12
6
Adar
Feb-Mar
Purim

 



  • Seeing In the Dark

    Sunday morning I entered quiet time with a heavy heart, He had been quiet for so long. I needed to hear from Him and asked the Lord, “What have I done that so offends you? Are you not still my Lord? Do you not still have my heart?”

    Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Come let us reason together, for I have graced you in many ways and indeed you truly walk in them. Although it isn’t understood by many, my paths are difficult to tread, even on a good day.

    bubble boyBreezes blow and then they’re gone.  In the wind there is hope for a season of change. Light will once again shine upon you from out of the darkness; you will come to see more light. Dark times are necessary to teach you to appreciate the good things of life all the more; few can truly understand this principal. For to be able to see light and glory and hope while in the darkest of times, will be essential in the days ahead. It is vital to have “hope” when it appears to be hopeless.

    Trust in Me and I will deliver you from the hands of those who are at odds with you, they are as a vapor to Me and will not stand in truth before Me. Between now and tomorrow I will deliver you from them. It will occur and the wind will cover your face. Let the word settle in your heart.

    I am able to deliver you. I have a plan. I have a purpose. Come let us reason together. Light comes to you in the darkness. Light covers you in darkness. It is the way of the Lord.”  -Journal Entry End –

    When my wife and I entered this season of walking blindly in the darkness, it just seemed crazy to think of God and to think of darkness. What was God saying to us…see in the dark!?

    His Glory –

    “Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.  Ps 97:2 NAS

    “He bowed the heavens also, and came down

    With thick darkness under His feet.

    And He rode upon a cherub and flew;

    And He sped upon the wings of the wind.

    He made darkness His hiding place,

    His canopy around Him,

    Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

    From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds,” Ps 18:9-12 NAS

    After entering into this season of testing, while in my quiet time, my eyes were closed and I was meditating on Him.  I saw a dark shadow in a robe, shaped like the Lord, slowly pass between my head and the lamp sitting on the table to the right of my chair. After He passed, I opened my eyes and saw nothing nor did I sense anything there. I believe it was God showing me that His glory and presence can be as thick as darkness.

    Then the LORD said, ‘Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.’” Ex 33:21-23 NAS

    “Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud. I have surely built Thee a lofty house, a place for Thy dwelling forever.” 1 Kings 8:12-13 NAS

    “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze, and cut through their iron bars.  I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.” Isa 45:2-3 NAS

    Our God is ever teaching those who will follow Him in truth, new dimensions of Himself. Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

    I pray this often, and I like it when God is revealing more knowledge of Him to me in dreams, visions and prophecies. I like serving God when His glory and His tangible presence are upon me. I like it when He seems so near to me and the anointing of God is so strong that I feel purposed in Him for great things. Who wouldn’t love that?

    man on ladderHowever, God wants us to see another side of Him that is vital for the days and the years ahead and it is vital for the Bride of Christ to arm herself with this knowledge. God wants us to learn about seeing Him in the darkness. I know what you’re thinking that God is light and there is no darkness in Him, which is true but I’m talking about finding Him in the trials, insults, distresses, persecutions and in the most difficult of times, in the delay, in everything! We must learn to see God where He can’t easily been seen. As it is said, “There is an appointed time for everything, and there is a time for every event under heaven.”  Eccl 3:1 NAS

    Paul wrote, “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:10 NAS

    “Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:11-13 NAS

    Paul said I have learned the “secret,” …which was seeing God in the darkness! He could see God when in abundance or when suffering need or filled and going hungry, he was content because he knew how God saw it, He allowed it.

    Its human nature to want things to be easy, but God knows that isn’t the best thing for us. How can we learn to trust God unless we are placed into situations where we (or anyone else) are unable to deliver us? Years ago, I was in the attic of our home, when my eye caught some weight lifting equipment lying on the floor. I heard Holy Spirit say, “It’s the resistance that makes you strong.”

    God allows the darkness to come with the trials and the testing. Jesus told Peter that Satan had demanded permission to test him and it appears that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit agreed it was a good idea. Peter was tested, and even denied Jesus, but He had already prayed for Peter’s faith not to fail.

    “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, go and strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-33 NAS

    When I asked, Lord how do we learn to see You in the darkness?  He reminded me that the human eye must acclimate when going from light to dark or visa versa in order for us to be able to see. During times of adjustment, we are helpless and feel vulnerable until our eyes have fully accustomed to the situation. Fear desires to grab hold of us when we can’t see. The correct thing for us to do is to walk blindly and to trust the fact that your steps are aligned with God and knowing that He sees clearly.

    If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,

    And the light around me will be night,”

    Even the darkness is not dark to Thee,

    And the night is as bright as the day.

    Darkness and light are alike to Thee.” Ps 139:11-12 NAS

    Thinking too Much –

    Don’t think too much, it is possible to think ourselves right out of the plan of God. God is working on our behalf whither we realize it or not and regardless if it’s day or night. When we are in the period of darkness, God is working.

    Find Contentment –

    When we are in the darkness, we must become content with the darkness of unknowing and obscurity. We must learn to walk in pure child-like faith, relying on the Father and the fact that He is extremely aware of our plight. Eventually we will move from unknowing to knowing. We don’t have to understand why, we just have to believe!

    The Purpose –

    glass houseI believe that God is preparing people to train the bride of Christ. In order to properly undertake this responsibility, we must be purged, purified and refined just as the bride of Christ will be. The darkness and its process is part of God’s greater plan. The darkness is full of tilts, of topsy-turvy and of rollercoaster events which are meant to bring the believer into a place of insight, humility, and child-like faith.  The darkness is cleansing and gives us the ability to see God in the darkest of times. The coming years will be full of darkness and the greatest of evil is at the threshold of time now. Revelation 12: 7-14 (War in Heaven).

    Many church leaders around the world are reporting that the things in ministry that used to work are no longer working. Many ministries are struggling to make sense of it all. Attendance and offerings are down and the ones who are coming to church are perplexed as well. All the programs, sermons, praise songs, offerings, etc, aren’t able to keep people in church today. Many in leadership are frustrated and are making the mistake of brainstorming for new ideas to keep the people from leaving. They fail to recognize there has been a paradigm shift in the Spirit and that is the Preparation of the Bride has begun. The answer (insight) will be found when the church goes through a great period of darkness.

    “And some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge, and make them pure, until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.” Dan 11:35 NAS

    And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand”. Dan 12:9-10 NAS

    I pray this brings as much healing to you as writing it has to me.

    Be Blessed In Him,

    Bro. Bill Nelson



  • I Am Who He Says I Am

    II Peter 1:3-4 (The Message)

    “EVERYTHING that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously GIVEN to you by getting to know, personally and intimately, the ONE who invited you to God!  The best invitation you ever received!  You have also been given absolutely terrific promises – your ticket to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.”

    chainsDid you read that?  Read it again.  Slowly.  Chew on it.  Your mind won’t grasp it, but your heart and spirit will sense the magnitude of it.  This scripture has been the source of much meditation for me over the past year.  It says to me that regardless of how long I have battled, struggled and wrestled with the same stronghold in my life, He has ALREADY given me EVERYTHING I need to overcome it and lead a life pleasing to Him.  I know, we’ve heard those words before and we tend to read them with a numbness without really HEARING it.  As I have meditated on this scripture, I began to realize that who I AM is the person that is FREE of that stronghold.  The false belief system in my mind was that because I have always been a certain way, or practiced certain behavior, or yielded to the same specific bait that the enemy brought across my path, that it was just a part of who I am.  But that’s a lie!  You see, who I am, and who you are, is the person that is created in God’s image.

    As I would find myself yielding over and over to the same stronghold, I would become angry with myself….but I would still yield.  I would feel like a monster and a horrible person….but I would still yield.  I would become sick at my stomach at my repeated behavior…..but I would still yield.  I would cry buckets of tears before God accepting once again His mercy and forgiveness…..but I would still yield.  I would say to God, “I don’t know how NOT to be this way!  As far back in my life as I can remember, I’ve been this way!  I don’t even know how to NOT do this!”

    That’s when He brought me to that scripture….and began to lovingly show me that the first step in being free of that stronghold was to realize….that it was not me.   He reached down into the deepest places of who I am, because only the One that created me knows where to touch, and He whispered, “You believe that you’re that person.  You believe the lie the enemy has told you.  But I don’t care how long you’ve practiced that stronghold, or how many times you’ve chosen it over me….I did not create you that way and you are not that person!”

    potter's handsSo, who am I?   And who better to show me who I am than the only One that truly knows?  Because He fashioned me.  He molded me.  He spoke forth plans for my life.  He put gifts inside of me.  He put laughter and joy inside of me.  He filled me with His peace that passes all of my own understanding.  And He said, “You are mine.”

    So as I have progressed in soaking my mind in the fact that the real me has nothing to do with the behavior I once yielded to….and this is definitely not an overnight process…..and as I continue looking into the mirror of His Word that tells me who I am, the stronghold gets further and further away.  And the picture of how I see myself becomes clearer each day.  And old things become new.  And weights that once weighed me down fall away.   And although the picture of the real me is only a glimpse right now, I am beginning to believe that it’s the truth.  Why?  Because He said so.  And He has never lied to me.  He has never left me.  He has never presented Himself as anything other than Who He is.  And He is trustworthy.  And He is faithful.  And He has loved me every moment.  And He has hurt for me everytime I believed the enemy’s lie.  And He has picked me up.  And He has dusted me off.   A million times.

    I love Him.  You are who He says you are.  Believe it.  Think on it.  Meditate on it.



  • Release My Word

    It was during the night some years past now but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I found myself sitting in a chair in heaven, which faced a large picture window. Through the window I could look down upon the earth as it slowly rotated in the big expanse of space.

     Then I heard Jesus speaking from directly behind me say, “There’s the problem, here’s My word!” I didn’t turn around but only focused on looking at the earth trying to see the problem He saw but it just appeared to be the same revolving earth as before He spoke.

    window-heavenThen Jesus let loose with His word and it was glorious. Everything in my spirit and ever fiber of my being was excited by Him speaking for truth. He spoke and spoke and then He stopped. I immediately jumped up out of the chair and ran over to the window and said, “And I release that into the earth!” No one told me to do that I just was so filled up with His word that I had to release it or explode.

     No sooner had I sat back down in the chair I heard Him say, “There’s the problem, here’s My word!” Once again my spirit and body were saturated with the glorious power of the Jesus speaking the word.

    “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the word was God.” John 1. He spoke again as my entire being was shaking in the power of His word then stopped and as before I jumped up out of the chair and released it into the earth.

     This same process continued all of that night and then when I woke up my wife asked me if I had any dreams that night and I replied that it wasn’t a dream at all but I was in the spirit and I was taken to a room in heaven where Jesus watches over the earth, where He trains the saints how to address problems in the world we live in.

     The next night I found myself right back in the heaven, sitting in the same chair in front of the larger picture window watching the earth spin round and round. Jesus would point out problems then speak His word out loud and I would run to the window and release His word into the earth. As the first night the process lasted all night long. It was so thrilling and wonderful to hear Jesus speak forth the word. I can see why the officers that were sent to arrest Jesus returned without Him as in John 7:46 The officers answered, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.”

     Now on the third night I again found myself seated in the same chair in heaven in front of the picture window that gave a perfect God eye view of the earth from His perspective. Immediately I heard Jesus begin to speak the word so powerfully as my being was caught up in the power of the Jesus who is the Word speak the Word. I started to jump up and release His words into the earth when before I could do it He stopped and said, “And I release that into the earth!”

    heaven-chair I quickly turned around for the first time to look at Him trying to understand what had just happened. Suddenly after two nights of doing this one way we’re changing now? I saw Jesus in a simple light cream colored gown walking away. Then he turned His head just enough to see me as He continued to walk away and said, “That one was for you!”

     The night ended and I woke up in my bed next to my wife answering the same question we ask every morning, “Did I have any dreams last night?” I said, “No, it wasn’t a dream, I was there with Him. He spoke His word and released into the earth for me!” Now I have to know what He spoke and released into the earth for me. When times are hard, lean even dry in the walk I always draw on this experience and say to Him, “Oh Lord that I may fulfill that which you have released in the earth for me to become!”

     I’m still in awe when I think about it. Oh saints of God what was Jesus teaching me.

     The message is simple. When we see or encounter a problem in the world we live in we’re not to say our useless words, murmur and complain or run from the problem but to find out what the word of God says concerning the situation and release it directly at the problem. We speak the word directly at the problem  as Jesus taught in Mt. 17:20 “say to the mountain.” Whatever it is that is you see wrong in your life, your relationships, your employment, your community, your nation speak the word of God over and until you see the problem removed by the power of the spoken word of God.

     “And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Mt. 17:20

     Jesus wasn’t talking of the saints moving dirt or large rock formations but moving the impossible objects that oppose the plan and purposes of God in the earth from being accomplished as things are done in heaven.

     “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Mt. 6:9-10

    This is His will for you…to speak His word.

     Bro. Bill

     



  • God Is Waiting For You to Speak His Word

    A few years ago while asleep, I found my spirit man sitting in a room in heaven. Directly in front of me was a large window and I could see the earth down below. I sensed Jesus was standing to my immediate right and slightly behind me. earth

    I heard Jesus say, “See the problem” as I was directed to look upon the earth, He then said, “This is my word.” He began to declare His word over the problem. When Jesus would say, “See the problem” I didn’t see any problem when I looked out the window at the earth below. It soon became apparent I was in a training class and the instructor was Jesus Christ Himself.

    As He spoke His words, everything in my spirit man was filled with the most powerful anointing I’d ever felt, and as soon as He finished speaking, without hesitation, I stood up, pointed at the earth and shouted, “And I release that into the earth!” Then I sat back down and the sequence was repeated all night long as Jesus would point out problems in the earth. He would declare His word over it and I would stand up and release it into the earth.

    When I awoke the next morning, my wife asked me if I had experienced any dreams during the night as we do most mornings and I told her that it wasn’t a dream but I was sitting in a room in heaven with Jesus in some sort of heavenly school with Jesus.

    The next night I found my spirit man back in heaven sitting in the same chair I had sat in the night before, I was again gazing out the window at the earth. Then I heard Him say, “See the problem” as my attention was focused on the earth below. He then said, “This is my word.” Again when He spoke His word, everything in my spirit man was filled with the most powerful anointing I’d ever felt. As soon as He finished speaking, without hesitation I would stand up and point at the earth and shout, “And I release that into the earth.”

    This sequence was repeated all night just as it occurred during the first night.

    On the third night I was once again sitting in the same chair, looking out the window towards earth. This time Jesus began to speak and my spirit man was filled with excitement as the “Living Word” spoke. I was about to jump up out of my chair and release what He said into the earth when I heard Him say, “I release that into the earth”.

    This caught me off guard because the other two nights I had done all the releasing of His word. I turned to look back to where Jesus was and I saw Him in a cream colored robe walking away from me, and as He walked, He turned His head back towards me and said, “That one was for you.”
    That ended three nights of one the most amazing encounters with Christ I’ve ever had. About a year later, while my wife and I were sitting on the patio of a Mexican restaurant, I heard Him say, “Now you do it.” I knew He was referring to the heavenly encounter I had experienced a year prior.
    God wants us to recognize the problems in our life, family, church, city, region and world and find out what He says about it in His word and then release the word of God over situations in order to see dramatic change in the earth.

    On another occasion about a year later, I received an email from a man who worked at the same company I used to work, the email was very inspiring and I sensed the anointing of the Holy Spirit as I read it. I was very blessed by his words of faith and support and I said, “Lord, bless everyone who prays for us,” Immediately, I heard the Father say, “With what?”

    This response surprised me as what I had just said sounded holy, yet God’s response made me pause for a moment as I realized that God can’t do anything with just the word “blessed.” Yes, it sounds holy to say, and we say it all the time when someone sneezes, or as we say farewell to someone, “bless you” or “be blessed,” but it doesn’t give God anything to work with. His word teaches us that we have already been blessed and by just saying, “Bless them” or “bless you” or any variable of these words, gives God nothing to work with in order to truly bless them. “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ”. Eph 1:3

    I began to form a prayer from Ephesians 1 where Paul was praying that we may receive a spirit of wisdom and revelation with understanding of God’s nature.
    Eph 1:17-19 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”

    He once spoke to me in His authoritative voice early one morning while I was in prayer and slowly said, “My people limit Me,”! He used the voice like you heard used in the movie Ten Commandments.
    As you can imagine I didn’t move a muscle nor utter a word, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and I was on a crash course in the matter. If you want to see your world change, then speak the word of God over every situation that concerns you and watch God get involved in an awesome way. The prophet Daniel was told by the angel in Daniel 9, “I have come for your words.”

    God is waiting for you to open your mouth and proclaim His word over situations! Do it today and you will see God’s mighty right arm extend in the earth and things will change and they will change in a big way.

    I pray this gives you some wheels to run on and begin to grow in the dynamic use of God’s word to become a more effective Christian in your community and in the kingdom of God.

    In Christ Service
    Bro. Bill



  • The Way of Escape

    trustIt is said that there are three kinds of Christians at any one time in the body of Christ, those who are about to enter into a trial, those in a trial and those who have just come out of a trial. Today, I fall into the last category of just coming out of a trial; Allow me to explain.
    About ten days ago I found my faith and my assignment being challenged by a demonic attack that appears to be sweeping across the body of Christ. This demonic assignment is to separate us away from our appointed assignment in the local body, it’s very much a spirit of abortion for the body of Christ. While under the influence of such an attack I found I couldn’t even put forth a word to describe this feeling.
    I laid my heart before God and called His remembrance to all His promises to the believer that are in His word. I would go for walks in the park declaring my faith before Him and keep my heart open before Him. I declared, “Father if there be anything in me that isn’t pleasing to you, show it to me that I may repent of it!”
    I prayed in the Spirit allot during the course of the week and I did all I knew to stand under such an attack. I heard Him say, “You have to trust me that I can keep you.”
    1 Cor. 10:12-13 says, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
    I asked the Father, “How did I get in this place? What did I do to end up here?” I cried out to God for mercy. I remember six years ago I felt as though the grace band around me had been lifted, I felt as I had never known God’s peace or forgiveness, all I could do was to trust Him and stand in faith that I was saved. Then three days later He called me into my secret place and restored me. He was so excited to be with Me again. This current trial lasted for five days, five long days! Then, as suddenly as it began, He restored me with an amazing exuberance and wonderful peace. It must be hard for such a loving God to hide from His children for so many days, but He does it to teach us to be steadfast in Him.
    When I woke up last Wednesday morning I knew this attack had lifted. I felt the joy of my salvation once again and I knew that I had endured something meant to take me out of His will for me. I am stronger today for it, so what happened?
    Early this morning God gave me a dream and in this dream one man on my right, which represented Holy Spirit, was talking to two men on my left. One was an older man and right beside him was a younger man which was his son. The man on the right said to the older man, “Remember when you couldn’t get a ‘threshold’ and it looked like all progress on the projects would be halted?” The older man said, “Yes, so I made my own.” This older man (Father) was a master carpenter as well as his son (Jesus), I wanted to talk with them but I kept quiet knowing my wisdom couldn’t possible add anything to the conversation.
    In this attack of the enemy I was eventually given a ‘threshold’ or a way of escape that the Father provided me. He said in 1 Cor. 10:13 that He would provide the way of escape also, so that I would be able to endure it.It’s the resistance that makes us strong, just like a body builder. The very thing that is resisting us, is what is causing us to become stronger and stronger.In my quiet time this morning I heard Him say, “You were in a battle and it was fierce, but you kept fighting with spiritual prayers. Then I provided a threshold where there was none before and you escaped the enemy’s attack. Didn’t I say I’d make a way of escape?” Well, there is a great example!
    To try and put words to how I feel today would be difficult so I will refer to this quote, which was made by someone that I don’t even know, but surely they have been where I have just returned.

    “There is a moment when the words inscribed on a page so precisely reflect the pursuit of human truth that the chasm between us and the Divine is bridged, and we are changed!”

    Scripture References: 1 Cor. 10:12-13, Heb. 2 1-35-39


  • Expectancy

    “He will meet us at our level of expectation!”

    “What God wants to do and what God can do are two different things.”

    “If we raise our level of expectancy concerning any matter, God will not disappoint us. In fact He will exceed our level of expectancy above and beyond what we could think or hope for so He can stretch us to an even higher level of faith in Him.”

    I once heard Him say in His authoritative voice, “My people limit Me!”

    Scripture Ref:
    Phil. 1:18-20 Yes, and I will rejoice for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but {that} with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

    Heb. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    We first must perceive (discern) with our spiritual eyes or spiritual senses that in the Spirit of Christ, provision (supply) has been made which encapsulates our earnest expectation and hope that we will not be put to shame in anything.

    I heard Andrew Womack say that years ago he received a request from a mother to come and pray for her daughter who was suffering from a painful and debilitating illness. When he arrived he explained that Jesus has already healed us and that she could have her healing now. Her faith rose and he prayed for her and she was instantly healed. He heard the Father say something like, “The reason I couldn’t heal her any faster was that she believed that her healing would come slowly over a long period of years”. The young lady was limiting God by her expectation.

    God wants to do more so let’s raise our level of expectancy higher than ever and see signs and wonders like never before!