Years ago I read a good portion of Rick Joyner’s book ‘The Final Quest’ and found parts of it so bizarre and unbiblical, I didn’t finish it. This was years before ever hearing of Dominionist teachings or any of the teachings/movements associated with it.
Since, I’ve researched the beliefs and history of this movement, but haven’t read much concerning their beliefs on the second coming of Jesus, the resurrection, etc etc, which is not surprising for those associated with this movement (and that of Joel’s Army, Manifest sons of God, The NAR, etc) are more concerned now with ‘dominating’ or taking dominion of all spheres of the earth through means of their own.
Anyway, I came across what is referred to as a Seasonal Prophetic Bulletin by Rick Joyner today at Elijah List: “Highway to Heaven – It is Time to Learn to Fly”, in which Joyner writes on the Resurrection, The Coming of Christ, and what he’s been shown concerning the ‘New Earth’, plus. I thought you might be interested in a few of his comments/beliefs.
President-elect Obama won the election because he seized the high ground of hope for the future. The hope he gave was mostly undefined and superficial, which only goes to show the power of hope, especially in difficult times. This is a lesson we must learn.
One of the most tragic mistakes of Christianity has been to focus on the prophecies of judgment about the end of the age instead of fulfilling the commandment to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Gospel means “good news,” and it is the greatest news the world has ever or will ever hear. When that greatest hope of all is articulated, no message on earth will have ever had a greater impact. It is time to take up this charge.
This is not to imply that we should overlook the prophecies about the troubles that will come upon the world at the end of this age. A good case can be made that these troubles are already unfolding. We are foolish if we do not heed these and prepare for their fulfillment. However, the devil has been successful in getting the world to believe that Christians are fearful prophets of doom who are against just about everything and are out to spoil everyone’s fun. Many Christians have helped to feed that image by the message they preach, and the message they have preached has made them into that kind of Church. This will soon change.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is the greatest hope for the future this world has ever heard. This is the unshakable promise that we have from God that His Kingdom is going to come to this world and His will is going to be done, right here on Earth as it is in Heaven. When His Kingdom comes, He is going to restore the earth into the paradise that it was originally intended to be. The lions will lie down with the lambs, and children will play with cobras, because no one is going to hurt anyone else. All the mourning, pain, disease, famine, and even death itself will have been removed from the earth. At that time, the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
Even the most far-fetched concepts and dreams of utopia fall short of how great it will actually be right here on the earth after the Kingdom has come and the earth has been restored.
However, the greatest promise of all is that God is going to make His dwelling place on earth among men. As awesome as His creation is, God is far more interesting, compelling, and lovable than His creation. God will again walk with men in paradise and dwell among them. This will indeed make the earth the center of the universe. When mankind is restored to God and to our original purposes, the creation will come back into harmony and become the home for man and God that it was originally intended to be. This will be far more wonderful than we can comprehend at this time.
That is the hope given for the original creation, but what is promised for the new creation will be far better.
The new creation is the great company of those who responded to God in this age and who were redeemed, reconciled, and restored to Him. These are the ones who gave their lives to His service in preparing the way for His coming Kingdom and will have “a better resurrection” (see Hebrews 11:35). As the Lord Jesus testified, they will be like Him in His resurrected, glorified Body and will have transcended the natural realm to be “partakers of the divine nature” (see 2 Peter 1:4).
These will also rule with Christ over the earth during the “period of restoration of all things” (see Acts 3:21)—the one-thousand year reign of Christ over the earth.
We can see in the Scriptures that the restoration of the earth to the paradise it was originally created to be will take one thousand years.
The earth and all of the people on it will go through a renewing process similar to what a Believer goes through after being born again.
We are not instantly perfected and mature, but we must have our minds transformed as we grow up “into Christ.” This is similar to what the whole earth will go through, but it will be much easier after the Lord’s return and satan is bound. The period of restoration will be filled with wonders just as the progressing Christian life is. Again, all of this is seen in the prophecies of Scripture.
The reason why the Lord did not bind satan and cast him into the lake of fire immediately after His resurrection (which He had the authority to do), was because He did not want it to be easy for us…
There is a prevailing concept that when the Lord returns the earth will be instantly perfected. That is not the case as the prophecies make quite clear. In fact, that is not the way the Lord has ever done anything. The whole period of history since the Fall reveals His patient process with man. However, when He returns, it is obvious that the process of renewal will be hastened and made much easier for the earth and its inhabitants.
I have had prophetic experiences in which I was shown brief pictures of how wonderful the Kingdom of God on the earth will be. With sin and evil removed, the mental capacity of people grew to be many times what we have now. It has been estimated that even the greatest geniuses only use about 10 percent of their brains. In the Kingdom, the rest of the brain will be awakened, not just for people, but for all creatures. This will result in an ability to perceive and understand many times what we are able to now. The animals were also freed mentally so that there was a communication and understanding between all living things.
Animals such as lions seemed to have an intelligence approaching what people have now. The communication between people and animals was conversational and intelligent. I was shown that this was actually the condition in the Garden before the Fall, which is why Eve was not startled when the serpent talked to her—she was used to having conversations with animals.
After the Fall, the discord between man and creation grew as man fell deeper into depravity and selfishness. Noah, who had maintained a level of harmony with God, also had maintained a level of harmony with His creation. This enabled Noah to be comfortable with the animals in the ark and to communicate with them. That, too, is an insight into what the messengers of the Kingdom will be like. They will not only save man but the creation as well.
In the visions I have been given of the age to come, men were not teaching the animals tricks but high level concepts and the ways of the Lord. The creatures worshiped Him too and wanted to know Him and be close to Him. The animals were also sharing with men their understanding of Him and their understanding of the creation. It was as if man was having the kind of fellowship with the animals that God has with men. Knowledge was still increasing, and it was truth that led to an increasingly abundant life.
Because the curse on the earth was removed, the climate seemed much more uniform over the earth. This enabled plants to grow much faster and larger. Fruit was produced continually, not just seasonally. People did not seem to need as much food as they do now. The productivity of fruit and grains was so abundant that the earth could be occupied easily by many times the number of people who had lived during this age. In fact, several times the number of people who had lived on the earth could have lived in what is now an area less than the size of Texas. There was that much more productivity out of the land and less consumption by man and the animals.
Technology was also far beyond what we have now. Energy was given by nature in a way that was not only a ready source but clean and completely renewable. The energy from the sun was converted in such an efficient way that roads absorbed it and transferred it directly to vehicles traveling over them, with no pollution. There was air travel also, but the fuel source came from solar energy that was absorbed on the surface of aircrafts and was transferred directly into power. Engines were so quiet that they seemed to be an electric and magnetic combination. The energy transfer was so efficient that there was no waste and no pollution.
Travel was extensive for recreation, education, and trade. Commerce and interchange was vibrant, but without hype, pressure, and competition. There was not a mentality of getting the most out of a transaction, but rather giving the most. This made for a peace and tranquility that pervaded over all. Survival was not an issue and neither was prosperity, so fear and greed were no longer a part of human transactions. This made every day full of life and joy, and learning was the great treasure for everyone.
I did not see space travel but understood that the solar system was “the backyard” that those on earth were devoted to settling and bringing to life. To help life become abundant where it was not yet found was a great focus and devotion. The technology of harnessing the sun’s energy was making this possible for even distant planets and moons. The creation of this type of technology and this devotion to bring life where it was not yet found brought great pleasure to the Lord. It seemed that all of mankind’s now considerable genius was devoted to spreading life and helping it to thrive.
Why was I shown this? I think it was simply because I asked to understand what mankind would be doing after the earth was restored. It was just a curiosity, but I felt that it brought great pleasure to the Lord to show me these things.
What I have described above was what I was shown for mankind, but the “new creation” is given far more than this.
As stated, those who attained to the high calling of God by overcoming in this age were given “a better resurrection.” They were not just resurrected as humans on the earth, but in the nature of Christ in His resurrection.
They could visit the natural realm at will, but they did not dwell there—rather they dwelled in the spiritual realm.
In this life we can only see in part and know in part, and I have not been shown much more than this about those who attain to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. This is the race that the Apostle Paul wrote about (see 1 Corinthians 9:24). It was also what he was seeing when he said that he did not consider himself to have yet attained to it, but he pressed on toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Of course, Paul was not thinking about his redemption or salvation, which we attain as soon as we believe. He saw something so great concerning a high calling that he pressed on to attain the “one thing” (see Philippians 3:13-14), and he did not consider at that time that he had.
The mentality that in the resurrection we will all be the same is disputed throughout the Scriptures.
There are rewards and even the manner of our resurrection is obviously affected by how we serve Him in this life. Not understanding that how we live this life will affect our place in eternity is probably one of the main open doors to lukewarmness and even debauchery among Christians. Obviously, the Lord’s own disciples understood this or they would not have asked for certain positions in the Kingdom.
The Scriptures actually make it quite clear that there will be a resurrection to the Heavenly realm for some and the earthly realm for others.
Even being resurrected to the lowest state will be far more wonderful than the highest state in this life. However, there clearly is a “high calling” that even perceiving a little should wake us up to the greatest devotion. I have had some conservative evangelical leaders say that not understanding this is the one thing that is hurting the Church in our times, and understanding it could have a bigger impact on the Church than any other single factor. I am not sure if I would quite go that far, but no doubt it is very important.
“A voice is calling, ‘Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low. Let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’”
We prepare the way for the Lord by building a highway. To build a highway, the ground needs to be leveled, bringing down mountains and hills, and raising up the low places. A lot of work is done for us to be able to drive on our super-highways and zip along at 70 mph. Likewise, many have done a lot of work on our spiritual highway so we can go much further and faster than those who went before us.
This is one reason why it is so important and crucial for our spiritual health to honor our fathers and mothers in the Lord, who did so much to make our way straight and smooth. It is likewise our job to keep building this highway until it is complete and the Kingdom comes.
There is a straight, smooth highway right through the difficulties the world is presently experiencing. Regardless of how dark and confusing it gets in the world, for those who are on the highway, it will be getting increasingly bright and full of hope..
The Best of Times
There will be an increasing distinction between those who are on the path of life and those who are not. Churches and individuals who are on the right path will see increasing revival. Great and exciting new movements are about to be born all over the earth. The wise will rejoice in all of them. These will not bring competition but will be the streams that make glad the city of God.
The Church is going through a radical transformation, and radical, Biblical Christianity will continue taking root across the earth. Miracles will again be a main currency of the Church, verifying its message of the Kingdom, which will begin to be preached. Every new stream or movement will help carry the whole Church further toward her ultimate destiny. The whole Church should embrace new movements the way a congregation embraces new Believers.
Power and Dominion
I was told over twenty years ago that the Cross would be popular again and that it would be the message of our times—I know that we have come to that time. When this becomes a reality, it will pave the way for unprecedented supernatural authority to be given to the Church.
The Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in every place before the end of this age can come. Just as the Gospel of salvation can only be preached by those who have salvation, the Gospel of the Kingdom can only be preached by those who are living in the Kingdom. The highway to the Kingdom is open and many are traveling it. It is the higher-way of God.
A New Beginning
The number 8 in prophecy often refers to a new beginning, and 2008 was certainly a year of new beginnings. However, when a person is born, they are far from being what they will be when they mature, and the new things that have been born in the Church this year are a long way from being mature..
On 8/8/08, we had a gathering to celebrate this new beginning. It was an outdoor event on the grounds at Heritage and it drew thousands. The Lord gave us “signs in the Heavens” to testify that He was indeed bringing forth a new beginning. For days before, the heat had been hitting 100 degrees or more, and the humidity was almost too much to bear for more than a few minutes. Of course, we were concerned about the people in the open fields. However, the Lord turned on His air conditioner, and as we gathered for the meeting the temperature was a very comfortable 88 degrees with low humidity, and the wind was blowing 8 mph.
The presence of the Lord was remarkable, and there were many signs and wonders that day. Even so, the Lord had spoken through a number of dreams that September 21 was going to be an even more important day. We had changed the dates of our Harvest and Worship & Warfare Conferences so that September 21 was the Sunday between them. It was a powerful day, but not more than we were used to at conferences, and it did not seem that anything very significant happened—but it did. Through a number of prophetic dreams and experiences given to those who had gathered with us and others who were far away, the Lord proclaimed that day as the end of the Laodicean Church and the beginning of age of the 8th Church of the Book of Revelation.
This is not to add to the Book of Revelation, but there is actually an 8th Church in it—the Bride that is prepared for Him and comes down out of Heaven…
There is much more which can be read here