I Come Now As…

This is an updated post from Oct. 2018

Over a year and a half ago the Lord spoke to me that we are in a kairos moment of accelerated restoration. In this kairos moment there are decisions to make. Things have changed. In 2018 the Lord spoke to me from the Book of Joshua as to where we are and what is required. I do not believe this is the whole picture as we only know in part and prophesy in part, 1 Cor. 13:9. However, we need each other’s part. 

The first Passover was a miraculous dress rehearsal for the coming of Messiah, His crucifixion and resurrection. The Jews observed Passover for 1,400 years before Jesus came and fulfilled it. God’s plan for Passover (which means, exemption) was for the Israelites to be passed over or exempt from death, delivered from slavery, travel through the wilderness and arrive in the the Promised Land. However, the generation that participated in the first Passover never made it out of the wilderness. They died before reaching their destiny. Joshua 5:6 tells us they perished because they did not listen to the voice of the Lord. Hebrews 3:19 tells us they could not enter the Promised Land because of unbelief. 

 In Joshua chapter 4 and 5 everything changed for the people of God. The generation born in the wilderness crossed over into the Promised Land with a new leader. Joshua circumcised this new generation, reestablishing the Covenant with the Lord. They observed the Passover and the next day the manna stopped and they began to eat the produce of Canaan.

After four hundred and thirty years of slavery in Egypt and forty years of wandering in the wilderness, this new generation crossed over into the Promised Land. They have a new leader, they celebrated the Passover, they are eating new food and the Covenant has been re-established. Very significant details and timeliness of events laid out here for our instruction. Let the reader understand. 

Then, Joshua is standing near Jericho. He looked and a man was standing opposite of him with his sword drawn in his hand. Joshua went to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our adversaries? He said, “No; rather I come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” Notice two things. First He answered “No” to the question, “are you for us or for our adversaries”? The question is not, Lord are you on my side? The question is, are we on His side? Second, He said, “I come now”. This man with his sword drawn was Jesus. We know that because Jesus is the captain of the army. Also, as Joshua bowed in worship, calling him Lord, he was not instructed to stand up and stop worshipping as other times in scripture when a man was speaking with an angel. In saying I come now, Jesus was manifesting Himself much differently now than the past forty years wandering in the desert. He is ready for battle, His sword is drawn! We must have discernment when the Lord manifests Himself differently from what we are used to or we are in danger of rejecting Him.

Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” 

The first thing Jesus told him to do was remove his sandals for the place he was standing was holy. Chapter 5 ends with, and Joshua did so. When Moses approached the burning bush, God said the very same thing, “Remove your sandals for you are standing on holy ground”. In both cases, immediately following the removal of their sandals they were given strategy. Moses was given strategy for a military mission of rescue. Rescuing the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Joshua was also given strategy for a military mission; conquering and possessing the Promised Land. Each objective requires precise strategy from the Lord and strict obedience to that strategy. His first objective for Joshua from this encounter was to conquer Jericho.

In Ruth 4:7 we read something very interesting about removing sandals. Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel. Without going into detail here, Boaz redeemed Naomi’s Land as well as Ruth by the legal transaction of removal of a sandal. Boaz and Ruth then gave birth to Obed. Obed gave birth to Jesse and Jesse gave birth to David. It was through the family line of David that Jesus was born and through Jesus, all that receive Him and are born again into the Family Dynasty of the Lord God.

So, as Joshua was instructed to remove his sandals, Jesus was making a legal transaction for acquiring land! Joshua worshipped by submissive humility in removing his sandals and bowing before Jesus.

Genesis 1:28 tells us that God blessed man and woman and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Jesus reconfirmed this in Matthew 28:18-20 when He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

We must have divine strategy in this kairos moment of accelerated restoration. Man’s wisdom and strategies of the past will not work now. As Jesus said, “I come now as the captain of the Host of the Lord.” And, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” Then strategy is given and action must be taken in precise obedience. 

Things have changed and decisions must be made.

Joe Nicola

Let’s Pay Closer Attention

Pay attention to the phrase, “new normal”. This is what we are told when we are expected to accept change. I have made video blogs and written about Covid-19 and the overreaction to it since it began. Many of the things I have mentioned are now coming to light. We have experienced a fear pandemic that will have long term health and economic impacts. So many people are scared to death now. It will be interesting to see how people respond when the country is opened back up and for how long.

This is a real virus and it is making many people sick and leading to some death. Thank God not nearly as bad as the experts have told us. My purpose is not to make light of that, but only to expose another side. This virus is nowhere near as bad as we have been told nor will it be. There have been so many misrepresentations beyond what I have mentioned in other blogs, too many to list here.

The so called cure is worse than the virus. Of course, we are being told that the government health policies of extreme stay at home measures and social distancing is what is making the difference. “If you listen to us and do what we say, everything will be fine, but if you don’t, there will be horrific consequences”. At the same time keeping the public from building a herd immunity and therefore possibly allowing this virus to stick around, until we have “the vaccine”, of course. There was no good reason for shutting down our country like we did.

If you haven’t been paying attention, it would be a good idea to start now. If you haven’t been involved in politics and government before or believe the “church” should stay out of politics, perhaps you now see why Christians should be involved. We are called by God to be the ones who shape culture. Politics and government affect the lives of every citizen, as we have seen. If we care about people we will care about politics and government. We will preach it from our pulpits and encourage our congregations to be engaged. At very least, we all can be informed voters and vote according to what the Scripture says concerning the issues. That would be a good start.

Prior to this current crisis I have been asked a couple times about whether or not I believe President Trump would be reelected. I said yes, unless there is a major crisis that crashes our economy since most people vote based on the economy. Well, here we are just seven months away from the election in the midst of an economic disaster, which, will take some time to feel the impact. President Trump may be in trouble for reelection if the D’s had a candidate, which they don’t, right now. The President is in an extremely tough spot. Regardless of what he has done or does now it will be used against him. This is part of the plan, to remove this president from office. This time they will try the Constitutional way; getting us, the people, to remove him by our vote. I do not believe it will work, however we must not relax thinking everything will just work out. It is going to take time to get this economy back up and running, without a miracle. The longer they drag this “shelter in place” order out the worse it will be and longer it will take. How will this shake out? I believe it is up to the ekklesia. We need to continue to pray the will of God for our President and his team to make wise godly decisions.

We need to pray and prophesy the will of God.

Did you see this? The president agreed in theory with having a national Covid-19 surveillance tracking system being worked on by his son-in-law Jared Kushner. What!? This is troubling to say the least! He did say he has to see it first but agreed with the idea.

According to Newsweek; Kushner’s task force has reportedly contacted numerous health technology companies to create a system that would allow the federal government to track patients seeking treatments for coronavirus at hospitals across the country and whether hospitals can treat those patients. Ostensibly, the system would serve two functions: to allow the federal government to allocate resources to hospitals in need and to assess whether different areas should relax or increase their social distancing measures.

Surely this couldn’t be used for more nefarious unconstitutional means! Sounds more like Communist China than the United States of America! Dangerous precedents are being set all around. Advantage is being taken during this crisis to implement agendas. “Never let a crisis go to waste” as the saying goes. Just listen to the experts and the politicians on both sides of the political aisle. I have heard some crazy things from Republicans as well as Democrats. They tell us what they are all about if we pay attention.

We need to pray and prophesy the will of God.

Persecution of Christianity has been on the uptick for several years in America. Christianity is the most persecuted religion worldwide. Christianity or I should say, true followers of Christ, are a real threat to Satan and his domain. Therefore, we are a threat to those who desire to destroy this country, rip up our Constitution, erase our history and fundamentally change this nation. Christianity has to be overcome before our nation is overcome. I would say to some degree true Christianity has been overcome, but it is not too late for a reset.

Our civil liberties are being tested. This fear pandemic is a storm that has tested the foundation we have built our lives on as well as the building materials we have used. It has shown us who or what we have put our faith in and whose voice we are listening to. Perhaps, some Christians have put too much faith in President Trump or other politicians. Our faith is to be in Christ and in Him alone, it cannot be in ourselves, our jobs, our favorite preacher, other people or anything this world has to offer. 

We need to pray and prophesy the will of God.

Jezebel is alive and active in every sphere of our nation. Yes, even in Christianity. It is recorded in Revelation 2 in a letter Jesus had John write to the ekklesia at Thyatira that they were tolerating the woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess. Simply stated, a prophet is one who speaks a message from the Lord. After Elijah had an amazing victory over the false prophets of Baal and killed 900 of them, there was a devasting turn of events. In 1 Kings 19 Jezebel sent a “message” to this great miracle working prophet. Just a message, Jezebel didn’t appear in person. The message was informing Elijah she was going to kill him. Elijah’s first reaction was fear, which caused him to run for his life. This demonic influence of Jezebel caused Elijah to say and do things he wouldn’t ordinarily say or do. Instead of overcoming it he succumbed to it. This led to the loss of his prophetic mantle. We see the same thing happen to John the Baptist. John had the spirit of Elijah and he also came under the influence of this demonic controlling spirit and it too caused him to be confused and eventually lose his prophetic voice by losing is head. We cannot tolerate this Jezebel Spirit in any manner, in any place to any degree! Notice again that Jesus said, “You tolerate Jezebel”. It was up to the ekklesia to stop tolerating it, not up to Jesus. He gave the power and authority to accomplish His will and destroy all the works of the devil! We must do it and stop asking God to do what He called us to do.  

We must pray. But we must pray according to the will of God, not our own will. James 5:16 says the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Effective prayer is praying according to God’s will. One man, not a prayer chain, not everyone or even most. There is not more power in prayer because more people are praying the same prayer at the same time! That would be magic or witch craft. God is relational not transactional. No, one man praying effectively can accomplish the will of God. Determine to be that one man. There is a new normal coming, but not what we are being told it is.

Joe Nicola