Blueprint Leadership: Executing God’s Strategies

The Blueprint Room

I once visited a construction company’s offices to review blueprints, and the company had an entire room dedicated to blueprint storage. Large-drawered cabinets dominated the room, clearly marked, collecting a vast museum of proposed and previously constructed building projects.

The person I was with went to a drawer and lifted a set of blueprints from a stack stored in one drawer, throwing them out like a sheet on a bed upon a large table so we could review one section of the prints that were pertinent to my responsibilities.

Considering this situation today, I was struck with the analogy: perhaps we have such a room filled with revelations of God’s construction assignments as well, properly catalogue and often mentioned in terms of “we received a prophetic word.” Yet, the room is filled with God’s projects as if the blueprints He has revealed await God’s implementation. They do not. God has representatives on earth to build what He designs in heaven; waiting on God to do what God is waiting on us to do might be considered the greatest rebellion of kingdom history because it is a massive collection of disobedience!

Voicing Vision without Implementation

Beware the tendency to shout loud about a prophetic revelation and to do nothing about it, anticipating the God will enforce His judgments when the reason for the revelation has more to do with how His representative people will enforce them. Beware the immaturity of apostolic and prophetic leadership that hears and sees but fails to prepare and position.

The operative word for kingdom leadership says, “Prepare and position the saints.” To apply the physical body meaning of the word for “perfect” implies both preparation and positioning. A prepared body part must be put into place for the operation it was prepared to do, in concert with other body parts. This is the metaphor of Ephesians 4.

The operative word for kingdom leadership says, “Apostles and prophets lay foundations that align with the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. The master builders have blueprints for the entire building from site preparation to finish work.” The metaphor of building implies that the revelation is the approval for the plans and the authorization for the construction. Blueprints leaders have a much greater assignment than merely voicing a revelation or calling people to a vision. They must do something to implement the revelation!

Right now, kingdom blueprints remain in storage racks as accumulations of Divine assignments await apostolic and prophetic maturity. The point is that until we have an apostolic and prophetic people prepared and positioned to implement, the beauty of artist conceptions for kingdom construction become a gallery show of conceptualizations for us to ooh and aah over instead of a working blueprint calling every believer in a region or nation to their destinies.

“Accurately Anticipating” Applied to Alignment and Assignment

We are still making prophetic announcements of revival and Awakening now as if these are new and novel insights to be celebrated or general invitations to anyone and everyone to parade and party. They are a call to identify the authentic apostolic and prophetic leaders who can found things, kingdom representatives who can tell people what to be and do so that what they are and do builds a body and building.

After spending (almost wasting) time identifying bricks and piling them in neat stacks, we have yet to complete foundations for revival and Awakening, hoping that God will do it for us. He will not. After spending inordinate amounts of emotional energy identifying vision that paints the artist conceptions of the edifices, we have yet to identify the subcontractors or even properly assign the site preparation work that matches the finished product.

We revel in our vision and neglect our assignments. We are like Noah preaching a flood while staring at the timbers that he must assemble to save his family! We assume declaring something obligates God to build something when God reveals so we can do the work!

We may also assume that praying and worshipping will make things magically appear that only the grander kingdom leadership functions can bring to pass. That is, prayer and worship do not form physical things or transform people without the complete functional leadership of the kingdom in full implementation. Praying without preaching or worshipping without discipling won’t produce a mature body. Praying won’t lay bricks or install windows. Without prayer it won’t be right, and we know that. But, the idea that we wait on God to do what God waits upon us to do fills the blueprint with uncompleted assignments.

King Saul discovered quickly that God wasn’t interested in a leader who could offer a sacrifice but fail to obey. King Saul lost what prayer and worship provides because he thought 99% obedience would be enough. King Saul was replaced with David because God found in David someone with His heart, and God defines “has My heart” as “he will finish what I assign him to do.”

Identity: Ministry, Marriage, and Family

An observable pattern in ministry often reveals a pathology in the leaders: many ministry marriages and families fail to the point of discrediting or destroying ministry, and many ministry leaders ignore the more important and fundamental foundations upon which kingdom leadership rests.

For example, a preponderance of leaders who find identity in ministry undermine the foundations of marriage and family.

1. Your spouse didn’t marry a preacher. They married a lover. They didn’t marry a prophet or deliverance expert. They married a companion. THey didnt’ marry a life coach. They married a completer.

When the foundations of kingdom culture are ministry, and the identity of leaders comes from calling, as a first point of reference, marriage and family suffer. While some international leaders assume Paul meant to remain married because it takes away from ministry, thus postulating that calling trumps marriage and family relationships, they are wrong. They are missing the more important foundation of kingdom culture in their rush to spiritualize personal identity.

When fathering kingdom leadership, we do not begin with calling. We begin with creation. God began creation producing marriage. Then and only then, did He say, “Multiply and take dominion.” You ministry will only be as strong as your marriage, and you will only be as happy as your children as you grow older. All attempts to prioritize ministry over kingdom fail because of the obviously unBiblical idea that marriage and family are personal, none of anybody else’s business, and distant all considerations of calling, gifts, anointing, and leadership. A foolhardy supposition!

2. God doesn’t base identity on calling. The Son of God is the Son of God. He has a calling and assignment that He is perfectly fulfilling, but Father does not identify Him by ministry. He is Son representing Father. When the vision of John recognizes Him as Lamb, we still do not see a change of identity but a fullness of identity to which He arrives by obedience and submission.

The reality is if Jesus doesn’t finish His assignment, He remains Son of God. That is a purely ridiculous fantasy considered for the sake of discussion alone, for He is perfectly obedience and submissive to Father because that is what being His Son means.

So, none of us gain identity from calling and gifts since we receive identity in creation. Attempts to behave in ways consistent with ministry always damage the soul and all the relationships that join with it. Thus, a pattern of diminishing may be observed among ministers who gain identity from ministry, and their priorities turn from kingdom culture to performance at the expense of their spouses and children.

They find it easy to justify this by pointing to the benefits of ministry in others while dismissing discussions of diminishing marriage because they assume their spouses and children to be sacrifices to their higher calling. No higher calling exists. It is delusional to assume higher calling when God creates marriage and family as priorities!

Kingdom Culture

This is a good example of attempts at kingdom that ignore kingdom culture. Ministry becomes something odd and out of step to kingdom because it ignores kingdom culture. The resulting dysfunction piles up on the side of the road as wreckage: tens of thousands of leaders lying about too wounded to fight.

To assume we know better than our Maker is high dollar stupidity.

When we accept the world as a framework and its culture as a filtering system, our kingdom performers, like famous movie stars, singers, and cultural icons, experience two, three, and four marriages with children that act like hellish hooligans. Suicides in ministry occur. Children on drugs mar our private lives with pain. Leaders empty of soul turning to adultery and pornography as outlets for coping while maintaining the empty hallelujah of performance.

It is the reality of the kingdom we hope to ignore, or worse, as has now become pandemic, to justify with exaggerations of love, honor, and grace.

There is no amount of grace that makes adultery something we can ignore. There is not amount of love that gives God’s people a preacher addicted to porn. There is no honor that covers perversion. Marriage and family dysfunctions are not personal problems to be privatized; a kingdom leader’s marriage and family are everybody’s business because kingdom culture asks for integrity.

Ask Questions

As a fathering leader, I ask questions. I expect accountability about a leaders personal life to be the business of leadership, and I assume anyone running from those questions to be hiding something that should be available for inspection.

Really? Yes, really. I know that would empty most platforms of leaders. And, I know you are assuming that have expectations of perfections. You would be wrong. The point of being accountable isn’t about not having any problems but being teachable and transformable.

So, I can work with people in ministry with imperfect marriage and family realities as long as they are teachable and transformable, fully submitted to a process of improving kingdom culture in their personal lives. I cannot abide the most anointed leader for ten seconds who disdains accountability by offering me, even selling me, on the power and authority of ministry.

“A hundred were healed,” says very little to me when the hotel room pornography after the meeting answers to long ignored marriage issues.

Come off the road and prioritize your family instead of using the needs of people and the expectations of ministry performance to excuse you from being the man or woman you were created to be as the only healthy basis for representing God.

Reconciliation and Restoration, Matthew 18 and more…

You know you have kingdom cultural problem when the basis for relationship reconciliation and restoration has no basis in principle, procedure, or protocol.
Reading the analysis of commentators and pundits on the breach between Barnabas and Paul over John Mark, one would think their relationship met a suddenly when it would be more consistent to the story and human experience in general to assume the conflict was a final step in its deterioration.

Paul and Barnabas had failures on reconciliation leading up to the John Mark crisis.

Analysis of many relationship breaches reveal:

  1. People tend to overlook little breaches and misunderstanding when they fail to discern that the pile of unresolved things is growing. When the pile finally reaches a proportion that blocks passageways, they then deal with the final breach without reference to the previous pile.
  2. People tend to assume that reconciliation and restoration should be based upon “whatever it takes” instead of principle, procedure, and protocol. The definition of “good relationship based upon love” that assumes a mature believer will go along to get along is so obviously erroneous as to be unworthy of consideration.
  3. As with Barnabas and Paul, the irreconcilables may expose fatal flaws in submission to assignment. It appears that Barnabas walks away from the assignment to which Holy Spirit him in order to devote himself to a personal project with John Mark. That might be the best analysis of the Scripture, certainly best presentation of the facts given us in Acts and other Scriptures. Otherwise, we are projecting presuppositions on the passages without applying kingdom cultural principles.
  4. When God defines a relationship and the roles and responsibilities of the relationship, reconciliation and restoration must continue to respond His definition. If you breach a marriage relationship, for example, God’s definition of marriage, roles, relationship, responsibilities, must be the foundation for restoration. You cannot assume that a man can reconcile with his wife and maintain a relationship with his mistress, right?
  5. In the same way, those that rebel against assigned authority, breach their submission to alignments, cannot be reconciled and restored to a different relationship with those leaders. The rebel can’t write the reconciliation package as if a negotiation is in order when God is the One who makes the leadership assignment in the first place. If the change of relationship is defined by God, there is a procedure and protocol for that redefinition, and the leader is the leader in that procedure.
  6. With regards to friendships, the procedures and protocols of the kingdom continue to apply. If the friendship is between married people, ignoring marriage relationships isn’t possible. If the friendship is between leaders, ignoring leadership relationships isn’t possible. If the friendship is between leader and follower, ignoring leadership protocols isn’t possible.
  7. In other words, people in rebellion wish to redefine relationships to accommodate their demands, subvert their submission, and rewrite history to fit their justifications for having a problem with authority. Often, kingdom leaders as well as rebels ignore these kingdom culture dynamics in order to appear heroic or humble, and they allow or even celebrate the destruction of kingdom culture in so doing!

Kingdom has a culture, and that culture has principles, procedures, and protocols that help us define relationships, roles, and responsibilities. We cannot breach culture to mend fences. We cannot ignore God’s assignments because they make us uncomfortable. We cannot justify rebellion using cultural norms from the world or any other subculture without damaging kingdom culture.

The most obvious way we have failed to maintain kingdom culture: relationships.

Jesus Speaks

At first, we wonder why Jesus addresses relationship breach with such a lengthy treatment, as if this discussion is so important that He could leave out the big ticket items of modern churchanity to spend time discussing personal and corporate responses to relationship health. And, sad as it may be, the treatment of Matthew 18 in modern christianism is an insult and blasphemy to Jesus.

The reason Jesus focuses upon relationship for the Ecclesia answers to the discussion we are having about kingdom culture. Again, “the most obvious way we have failed to maintain kingdom culture: relationships.” We have sacrificed the principles, procedures, and protocols of the kingdom to “let’s find a way to get along.” That substitution of humanism and human cultural values for kingdom culture and kingdom values has so diminished kingdom culture that we have only some film and surface slush left!

Jesus speaks to the most basic because He speaks to the most general. If we get this right, we restore kingdom culture in fundamental ways! If we continue with our humanistic mores, the kingdom culture remains distant.

Kingdom has a culture. Relationships are fundamental to that culture. Marriage and family foundations come first. Government and social relationships come from those within the kingdom. Healthy Ecclesia relationships are as necessary to body health as the very systems of the physical body to its health.

Presuppositions

What fails us most often in reading Scripture is an insufficient mindset, a context of presuppositions into which the words of Jesus say what they mean coming out of His mouth.

Of course, there is a whole body of christianism that never even tries to do this, subverting the Bible and Jesus to a different context and creating a false impression about the mind of Christ. We are not those people, right?

The presuppositions upon which Jesus speaks do not damage any other Scripture, and any other Scripture, properly applied, does no damage to the words of Jesus. So, the presuppositions of Jesus about kingdom culture serve in applying and implementing relationship reconciliation and restoration.

“Gained a brother” is a powerful phrase. But the discussion begins with “if your brother sins (that sin directed toward or against or involving) you.” So, Jesus begins the discussion with a breach of relationship, and that starting point is of vital importance to the rest of the discussion. How do we determine what “sin” means? And, the presupposition of Jesus in this entire scenario, serious as it is, speaks to that breach of relationship, because that relationship is defined by kingdom culture.

False Expectations and Sins

Most of the relationship breaches in which I have been involved, whether between me and someone else in the kingdom, between people I lead in the kingdom, or between kingdom leaders, are not “sin” based breaches at all. They seldom involve sin; they are usually and predominately breaches of false expectations, selfish and childish, stubborn and silly, personal stuff that adults should be able to talk out.

I don’t think we do great disservice to kingdom culture when someone fails to offer us the response we imagine we deserve in our delusions, in other words. “They failed to greet me properly. They ignored me. I should be receiving greater honor around from them.” That isn’t “sin involving you from your brother.” That is dysfunction in relationship that mature people work out through dialogue because of love.

Sinning is a breach of kingdom culture in terms of principle, procedure, and protocol. When that occurs, damage done to the entire culture must be addressed, else continued disregard for these sins destroys culture altogether.

Determining what Jesus means by “your brother sins” is of paramount importance here. In most situations then, the “your brother sins” part of the relationship breach cannot be reconciled simply because the real issue isn’t an actual “sin involving you.” It is a matter of interpersonal maturity that needs long suffering, love, and honor.

Begin with the kingdom relationship definitions to determine “your brother sins involving you.” Then, address the breach of culture that answer to “sin” in order to repair the breach. For the most part, Jesus isn’t talking about friendship or people living up to your expectations of relationship, people treating you as you imagine, demand, prescribe, or expect, in other words. Those aren’t sins at all! Those are symptoms of your pride and immaturity.

Reconciliation and Restoration

You know you have kingdom cultural problem when the basis for relationship reconciliation and restoration has no basis in principle, procedure, or protocol.
Reading the analysis of commentators and pundits on the breach between Barnabas and Paul over John Mark, one would think their relationship met a suddenly when it would be more consistent to the story and human experience in general to assume the conflict was a final step in its deterioration.

Paul and Barnabas had failures on reconciliation leading up to the John Mark crisis.

Analysis of many relationship breaches reveal:

  1. People tend to overlook little breaches and misunderstanding when they fail to discern that the pile of unresolved things is growing. When the pile finally reaches a proportion that blocks passageways, they then deal with the final breach without reference to the previous pile.
  2. People tend to assume that reconciliation and restoration should be based upon “whatever it takes” instead of principle, procedure, and protocol. The definition of “good relationship based upon love” that assumes a mature believer will go along to get along is so obviously erroneous as to be unworthy of consideration.
  3. As with Barnabas and Paul, the irreconcilables may expose fatal flaws in submission to assignment. It appears that Barnabas walks away from the assignment to which Holy Spirit him in order to devote himself to a personal project with John Mark. That might be the best analysis of the Scripture, certainly best presentation of the facts given us in Acts and other Scriptures. Otherwise, we are projecting presuppositions on the passages without applying kingdom cultural principles.
  4. When God defines a relationship and the roles and responsibilities of the relationship, reconciliation and restoration must continue to respond His definition. If you breach a marriage relationship, for example, God’s definition of marriage, roles, relationship, responsibilities, must be the foundation for restoration. You cannot assume that a man can reconcile with his wife and maintain a relationship with his mistress, right?
  5. In the same way, those that rebel against assigned authority, breach their submission to alignments, cannot be reconciled and restored to a different relationship with those leaders. The rebel can’t write the reconciliation package as if a negotiation is in order when God is the One who makes the leadership assignment in the first place. If the change of relationship is defined by God, there is a procedure and protocol for that redefinition, and the leader is the leader in that procedure.
  6. With regards to friendships, the procedures and protocols of the kingdom continue to apply. If the friendship is between married people, ignoring marriage relationships isn’t possible. If the friendship is between leaders, ignoring leadership relationships isn’t possible. If the friendship is between leader and follower, ignoring leadership protocols isn’t possible.

In other words, people in rebellion wish to redefine relationships to accommodate their demands, subvert their submission, and rewrite history to fit their justifications for having a problem with authority. Often, kingdom leaders as well as rebels ignore these kingdom culture dynamics in order to appear heroic or humble, and they allow or even celebrate the destruction of kingdom culture in so doing!

Kingdom has a culture, and that culture has principles, procedures, and protocols that help us define relationships, roles, and responsibilities. We cannot breach culture to mend fences. We cannot ignore God’s assignments because they make us uncomfortable. We cannot justify rebellion using cultural norms from the world or any other subculture without damaging kingdom culture.

The most obvious way we have failed to maintain kingdom culture: relationships.

Jesus Speaks

At first, we wonder why Jesus addresses relationship breach with such a lengthy treatment, as if this discussion is so important that He could leave out the big ticket items of modern churchanity to spend time discussing personal and corporate responses to relationship health. And, sad as it may be, the treatment of Matthew 18 in modern christianism is an insult and blasphemy to Jesus.

The reason Jesus focuses upon relationship for the Ecclesia answers to the discussion we are having about kingdom culture. Again, “the most obvious way we have failed to maintain kingdom culture: relationships.” We have sacrificed the principles, procedures, and protocols of the kingdom to “let’s find a way to get along.” That substitution of humanism and human cultural values for kingdom culture and kingdom values has so diminished kingdom culture that we have only some film and surface slush left!
Jesus speaks to the most basic because He speaks to the most general. If we get this right, we restore kingdom culture in fundamental ways! If we continue with our humanistic mores, the kingdom culture remains distant.

Kingdom has a culture. Relationships are fundamental to that culture. Marriage and family foundations come first. Government and social relationships come from those within the kingdom. Healthy Ecclesia relationships are as necessary to body health as the very systems of the physical body to its health.

Presuppositions

What fails us most often in reading Scripture is an insufficient mindset, a context of presuppositions into which the words of Jesus say what they mean coming out of His mouth.

Of course, there is a whole body of christianism that never even tries to do this, subverting the Bible and Jesus to a different context and creating a false impression about the mind of Christ. We are not those people, right?

The presuppositions upon which Jesus speaks do not damage any other Scripture, and any other Scripture, properly applied, does no damage to the words of Jesus. So, the presuppositions of Jesus about kingdom culture serve in applying and implementing relationship reconciliation and restoration.

“Gained a brother” is a powerful phrase. But the discussion begins with “if your brother sins (that sin directed toward or against or involving) you.” So, Jesus begins the discussion with a breach of relationship, and that starting point is of vital importance to the rest of the discussion. How do we determine what “sin” means? And, the presupposition of Jesus in this entire scenario, serious as it is, speaks to that breach of relationship, because that relationship is defined by kingdom culture.

False Expectations and Sins

Most of the relationship breaches in which I have been involved, whether between me and someone else in the kingdom, between people I lead in the kingdom, or between kingdom leaders, are not “sin” based breaches at all. They seldom involve sin; they are usually and predominately breaches of false expectations, selfish and childish, stubborn and silly, personal stuff that adults should be able to talk out.

I don’t think we do great disservice to kingdom culture when someone fails to offer us the response we imagine we deserve in our delusions, in other words. “They failed to greet me properly. They ignored me. I should be receiving greater honor around from them.” That isn’t “sin involving you from your brother.” That is dysfunction in relationship that mature people work out through dialogue because of love.

Sinning is a breach of kingdom culture in terms of principle, procedure, and protocol. When that occurs, damage done to the entire culture must be addressed, else continued disregard for these sins destroys culture altogether.

Determining what Jesus means by “your brother sins” is of paramount importance here.
In most situations then, the “your brother sins” part of the relationship breach cannot be reconciled simply because the real issue isn’t an actual “sin involving you.” It is a matter of interpersonal maturity that needs long suffering, love, and honor.

Begin with the kingdom relationship definitions to determine “your brother sins involving you.” Then, address the breach of culture that answer to “sin” in order to repair the breach. For the most part, Jesus isn’t talking about friendship or people living up to your expectations of relationship, people treating you as you imagine, demand, prescribe, or expect, in other words. Those aren’t sins at all! Those are symptoms of your pride and immaturity.

Prophetic Word, 2017, The New Era of Pioneering

 

Representation

Anticipating this Era, a revelation of kingdom leadership dynamics brings emphasis to ministry of Jesus. Kingdom on earth represents kingdom in heaven. Jesus represents the Father on earth to reestablish representation between heaven and earth. Jesus prepares and positions His representatives who operate in the earth from His representation at the Father’s Right.

The sense of “seated with Him” that we put into practice is “representation.” He represents the Father to us and us to the Father so we can represent Him in the earth.

Representation of Jesus Christ establishes and expands kingdom from which He builds His Ecclesia. The Ecclesia called to together from among the kingdom represents kingdom culture from which to bring every member of that body or brick in that building into unified representation. The Ecclesia represents Jesus as a kingdom and cultural legislative assembly, called together to receive and execute what God wants in the earth.

All that happens within the kingdom Ecclesia leads toward representation so that each working part of the systems, adorning appearance of the Bride, and blueprinted part of the construction individually and corporately represents heaven on earth. (Community is a byproduct of this unity not the cause of it.)

To reset the kingdom, we resist representation. We set every kingdom leader free of the devastating tyranny of representing man or manmade institutions so kingdom leaders represent Jesus. We set every kingdom citizens free of the distracting roots of cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches to produce the fullest harvest of purpose. We set cultures free of the darkness through the influence of kingdom and kingdom culture because kingdom on earth represents kingdom in heaven.

This is the greatest reset of kingdom in millennia! And, we are part of it.

We are much closer to this turning point than we know! The church growth movement is coming full circle back to the understanding of discipline leaders instead of the accumulation of believers. The kingdom foundations are crying for reset. The children are seeking fathers. We are close to the breakthrough point of reset.

Rise and Fall

Expect the rise and fall of nations, paradigms, scientific systems, and movements both holy and lawless. What rises is already begun to rise but humbled by its beginnings; what falls is already on the decline or manifesting its demise and wallowing in pride. The “rise and fall of many” will bring rapid and sweeping change. Where there is nothing on the rise, an empty place will appear. Where there is nothing prepared to replace what is falling, an empty place will appear. However, some things dying will not leave an empty place because they were illegitimate, and some things not rising were never supposed to be.

So, in the rise, test the validity of what is beginning. And, in the falling, test the validity of what has died. Do not assume that all that rises is good or all that dies is bad. Do not assume every empty place should be filled because some things falling will leave no empty place at all.

Blasphemy

The world will use the word, “blasphemy” again. While the enemy successfully cloaked this condition in the past, even make blasphemy humorous, the word will gain both legitimacy and mystery in meaning. That is, it will make sense to say something is blasphemous and the mystery behind that legitimacy will be entertained again.

God will remove blasphemy from His people, and sometimes it will be an Ananias and Sapphira moment. The tendency toward airbrushing blasphemy with humor or casualness will be removed and a new fear of the Lord, as a spiritual condition, will return to the kingdom.

The Spirit and Power of Elijah

The joining of generations has reached a point of critical mass, and we will experience the rebellion of Korah. Those testing God with false equality, as Korah did, will be exposed. A division as great as the earth opening before Korah and the rebels will come. A season of legitimate authority and leadership being validated by God will come. Some who make claims to authority without authorization will be separated.

This crisis will break the power of lawlessness and join the generations for legitimate assignments upon which to discover legitimate alignments so authority from God flows from the center to the fringes of the camp, so to speak. “Every man in his tent” can see the Glory when properly aligned. Without alignment, all a man can see of his brothers is “someone in my way.”

While previous efforts to join the minds of fathers and sons have failed, the crisis will serve as a foundation for trust: “if God trusts these fathers, I will trust them too” will be the factor of faith for breaking the curse off the land.

Peacemakers

Healing will extend its reach to relationships. In this atmosphere, marriages that once failed will continue. Families that broke apart with find commonality. Ministries that were fractured in the past will reach for wholeness. Relationships that stagger from confusion will be strength by awareness.

Peacemakers will rise. They bridge the gifts of healings with the counsel of the Lord bringing wisdom as strategy to identify the fatal flaws and festering wounds, combining healing of the wounds with pathways to peace. During great battles, the army of God will experience great oneness and comaraderie.

The kingdom must identify and celebrate the peacemakers, authorize their function, and honor their contributions among the other gifts and leadership dynamics. Each ministry leader should ask, “Do I know the peacemakers in the house?”

Nations

Expect great change in North Korea as the status quo deteriorates because of the unexpected. A tiny change will produce a massive overhaul.

Japan will experience a great divide so that one portion prospers like Singapore and the other faces devastation. This divide will uproot ancient foundations for a “New Japan” to be built.

Greece will wither. Germany will riot in the street and have revival behind the doors. Spain will weep for sorrow yet become pregnant with reformation in the same month. Italy will continue to shake and the changes will be spoken of in terms of Eastern and Western, Northern and Southern, as God will deal with Italy by quadrants. A new Wesley with a heart strangely warmed in America is coming to England. The Dutch will duck from “a warning shot across the bow,” and the world will see whether they are ready for the battle. From Switzerland, a thinker will step out of hiding with a new idea that makes history.

In Peru, “a pea will rule”, so the smallest shall have the greatest influence and power. Bolivia will feel the heat. Argentina will have seven months of plenty and seven months of famine, in the extreme, so every nation around them should prepare for Argentine seasons, and after this a new ruler will arise to bring great change: the change depends upon whether plenty or famine comes first. Columbia will be the gem of the landmass, not the ocean; discovery will reset focus upon building stronger internal infrastructure, a foundation to rebuild national strength.

Brasil

In Brasil, the narrow road and gate are set, and it is the few that go in that will set the course of the many. Do not look to the many for your indicators but the Remnant. Install a Gideon test for leadership so that you do not praise yourselves for the victories that come and say, “Look! What we have done in our wisdom and strength.” What is strong is strong only in God. What is big is big only in God. What is right is right only in God. What is successful is successful only in God. The eyes of the world have been upon you. Now, the eyes of heaven are upon you, and only what heaven wants should matter to the Church in Brasil. The largest earthquakes of change have already happened but many aftershocks will be needed in every region to shake the church and government; “I have left the smaller adjustments for now,” says the Lord, “to spare the innocent and vulnerable. But, more revelations of corruption will occur in the aftershocks.”

In Brasil, many church and movement leaders are asking, “What now?” after years of success and growth. Many fathers are asking, “Who now” after years of success and growth. That answer: prepare to function at an international level at every level of your leadership, ministry, and success.

“For I have called Brasil to be a leader among nations for Me,” says the Lord, “and pouring success and growth back into yourselves will not result in greater success and growth if you ignore this calling. Keeping the best at home will not build strength at home. Hoarding what grows for bigger barns at home will result in death for kingdom leaders I’ve called to reach nations with that strength and growth. Look to the nations! Look to the nations and the strength will be stronger. Look to the nations and the growth will grow faster. Look to the nations and your highest and best will prosper. But, if you look only to yourselves, you will have yesterday as the mark of your highest and best.”

Nations, Continued

Mexico, you must fight a civil war against crime.” The Lord says, “What you see as great restriction will cause internal pressures to build to the point of explosion. You will reap the years of cancerous growth in your vital organs. You will require radical surgery to save you, but the surgery will also expose the true heart of Mexico again. Let the influence of Spain die! Let the influence of your redemptive purpose live! Let death and cruelty die! Let healing and love live! Let witchcraft be broken off your mountains! Let revival burn like fire in your valleys! Mexico, set a course for a decade of change.”

China will be fragile. Many of the hand-painted china plates will be shattered, but new patterns will be born. Old patterns no longer serve to feed the nation, so new patterns will adorn the china of China. A new radical economic model is coming. It embraces both old and new international partners. Beware the nations of oil and embrace the nations of wheat.

The Lord says, “I am angry with Russia. I turn my face toward Russia with anger to defend the poor and foreigner desecrated and devastated by your greed, pride, violence, and theft. Your judges are corrupt. Your pastors are frauds. Your leaders are tyrants. Your merchants are merchants of death. You survive by piracy and marauding, raping lands I want to produce life. So, I will put My hand on the table where your plans and schemes are being devised, and I will change the names and places of your focus so you will fight to own dry wells and empty treasure chests. I will fight you on the east and west. The Lord will contend with Russia and ancient causes will cry out for justice and their voices heard in heaven.”

I Will Break Your Heart to Reset It

I saw a bone broken and reset, healing at the break, and heard God say, “As a broken bone is reset for healing, I will break your hearts and reset your passion.”

“Your hearts will not be broken by disaster or death. I will break your hearts. Your hearts will not be broken by loss or sickness. I will break your hearts Myself! Your hearts will not be broken by enemies or betrayal of friends. I will break your hearts.

“I will break your hearts so that I can be One to reset them for healing.”

In the Seven Years of Plenty, 2016-17

Wealth of the Wicked Stored Up

Isaiah pictures what is available in the atmosphere as rain in ways that help us understand how God changes the conditions to release. A desert atmosphere contains a reservoir but the conditions distribute the moisture so randomly that it seldom produces rain. Water is available but the conditions don’t release it!

Consider the same concept with respect to seed in the ground that lies dormant when it is not germinated. When rains come, what is hidden but available begins to sprout. Consider what would happen when that germinated seed combines in one season with the seed we are planting. Consider the momentum that would come if that bumper crop were to be immediately proportioned for greater planting because we understood that the next seven years will provide optimal conditions for abundance with incremental increase and exponential multiplication year after year.

We may be looking for the wealth of the wicked in the wrong places. The wealth we are looking for isn’t for our ascendancy in Egypt but our investment in kingdom. We aren’t looking for a way to take over the seven mountains of culture so we have positioned people in them who are presently positioned in church-anity. That is, we shouldn’t be picturing “success” as TD Jakes for president and Joel Osteen as Secretary of State while Mr. Strang who owns Charisma magazine buys the New York Times and John Maxwell becomes the Secretary of Education or Michael Murdock becomes the Secretary of the Treasury or Benny Hinn becomes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to administer Obamacare.

While we aren’t establishing a subculture, we must always function in kingdom culture to influence and impact the cultures of the earth. We can’t properly confront those cultures with kingdom culture until we get it right ourselves! Judgment begins at God’s house.

Shifting the Balance of Power

Joseph interpreted a dream for Pharaoh with an international strategy for the strongest nation in the world. This scenario repeats throughout history, that God speaks into nations with international influence, especially the strongest of nations, to release something to all nations.

The US remains the strongest nation in the world by nearly any measurement of influence and leadership. While this makes other nations envious, jealous, and angry, allowing them to place blame upon the US for things that are not our fault and take for granted the good that we do at the expense of their weakness, God still speaks into the US because He has a strategy to touch all the other nations.

In Brasil, God is speaking about all the nations because He is originating something there that will touch the US as Brasil takes the lead in releases “the next move of God” and Latin Nations take the lead in kingdom expansion.

God directed a storehouse nation to become a center of influence economically and shifted the balance of power and the influence of culture in strategic ways. In the midst of this shift, He made provision to enhance the influence and impact of His covenant people, and He moved them into position to ultimately receive the wealth that Egypt gained from this strategy. When Israel left Egypt, they took the wealth of Egypt with them.

Seven Years

Joseph interprets the king’s dream of seven years of plenty followed by seven years of leanness and releases a strategy that puts the entire agricultural economy into a seven-year plan of action: during the seven years of plenty, because they will be followed by seven years of leanness, we will store harvest increases so we will have food for starving nations.

What I see coming, beginning in 2014, is just the opposite in sequence, therefore, opposite in strategy. I see that we have come through seven years of leanness and are coming into seven years of plenty. So, the strategy won’t be storing up for seven lean years but immediate reinvestment of increase for multiplied abundance. Each year will have the capacity for greater abundance if we continually to plant a portion from the harvest while we are harvesting.

The first year will produce bumper crop from seed already in the ground that has not germinated. The new atmosphere will cause it to germinate and sprout. It will begin to appear during the spring season of 2014. This will produce a harvest of restored purpose. When this harvest appears, the harvest from this seed already in the ground and the seed we are planting this spring with it, the plowmen must be in the field with the reapers, and a first-fruits portion of the harvest must be planted at the same time it is harvested. This portion never leaves the field.

In this way, as we continue this pattern into 2015 and 2016, momentum will increase and harvest will continue to expand.

Your Personal Position for Preparation and Producing

Most modern American believers are out of position. In order to be in position, they need to align with a blueprint leader who has been given both revelation and authority at a broader level. Notice I didn’t say “higher” level. Notice I said “broader” level. The ability to see enough of the blueprint to position people isn’t given to everyone, and those who insist upon positioning themselves, no matter how anointed, called, and precious they are, will create dysfunction in their own lives and bring that dysfunction into the Body. Blueprint leaders are positioned by other blueprint leaders who have a broader perspective than theirs; at the international level, the blueprint leaders have a perspective of purpose about nations.

Discover the power of accountability! Discover the peace of accountability! Discover the protection of accountability! Your alignment will position you in a place where God’s blueprint for your life can be fitted into God’s blueprint for the kingdom, and your accountability to be in that position and function from that position will release the greatest grace, favor, and anointing!

First, ask God for a revelation of personal purpose.

Expect that revelation to necessitate an alignment with an assignment greater than yours. Expect the revelation to be limited as opposed to exhaustive. None of God’s revelation is exhaustive, including the Bible. All revelation is limited, and the limit of your personal revelation should motivate you to seek alignment with a blueprint leader who can give you interpretation, application, and implementation of that revelation.

Purge yourself of the world’s thinking! Stop allowing the enemy to move you out of position so that your function frustrates more than it bears fruit. Consider that all the “pursue your own dream,” “be a self-sufficient person,” “get yours or someone else will get it,” and “God is there to get you what you want” slogans are of this world and not of God!

Get ready for God to clarify your personal purpose through His leaders. God has designed leadership strategies for marriage, family, Ecclesia, and kingdom through which He clarifies personal purpose: personal purpose can never be realized in a vacuum.

Our thinking and approach is to blend kingdom and Ecclesia leadership in this way: we are an international kingdom apostolic resource center with worldwide locations in which and through which a growing and maturing Ecclesia functions.

Second, submit personal purpose to the greater purpose that comes through alignment.

Consider alignment as a positioning, a “positioned to produce” privilege to be valued. Consider how this alignment and positioning releases greater fulfill of purpose in your life as you are prepared and positioned, that honor releases anointing, wisdom, favor, and grace.

Consider that the promise demands a position that honor will place you in: that is, the first commandment with a promise is “Honor father and mother;” and, this promise is released through honor. The people through whom you came into life – through honoring them, you receive long life. Apply that honor principle to your kingdom leaders at every level, then honor one another because of the mutual positioning of their personal purpose and promise. When positioning properly aligns the Body, it produces a perpetual “building itself up in love.”

Consider that the major message of the metaphor, the Ecclesia as a Body, focuses upon the how we relate to each other in ways that produce the greater purpose of the kingdom. Consider that this describes how Jesus, the Head, organizes His Body through leaders. Consider how your assignment and alignment with a greater assignment prepare and position you within the Body to produce the greater goals of the kingdom. Then, consider that this positioning isn’t a detraction from personal purpose, that the submission and sacrifice doesn’t diminish your purpose but prepare and position you to fulfill that purpose.

Third, get ready to learn and change. Be teachable and transformable.

Allow the preparation that will position you to work in every area of your life: physical, family, finance, friends, and fellowship (koinonia). Embrace change as a welcome friend! Stop blaming others, demanding God and others to do things your way, excusing your own silliness and foolishness with justifications that leave you saying that your present condition is someone else’s fault.

When you say, “If only they would do this, I could be successful.” That is the most obvious form of rebellion and rejection! Imagine Joseph looking back at his path to purpose and saying that!

Change produces a “prove the will of God” dynamic for your life. That dynamic never stops operating, a continuous lifestyle of personal learning and transformation. The “renewing of the mind” involves “the spirit of your mind” in a SpiritFirst, “top-down,” “trickle down” lifestyle. This is a lifestyle: consider that the posture of your priesthood is a condition of sacrifice, the world isn’t by source and resource thinking, a renewing of the mind transformation that results in living in a way that “proves” the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. The what-God-wants lost in my life before entering the kingdom becomes the what-God-wants of my personal restoration.

“Prove” [dokimazo] means to test to determine its level of authenticity or purity like testing metals for the purity or integrity of their condition. When applied in this statement to the what-God-wants, we can see a process in which only by self-sacrifice, mold destroying or avoiding, and mind-renewal can be more certain that we are actually doing the what-God-wants. No separation between experiencing the understanding of His will and doing His will exists.

Fourth, get some measurable, long-term goals that tell you what to do right now.

To be who God what you to be, to do what God wants you to do, where God wants you in 2020, you will need to know what to do about it right now, and your goals for 2014 should be goals that look to the next seven years for meaning, priority, measurement, and purpose. “I am doing this as a priority today because of where I’ll be by 2020.” Your goals for right now should be fully integrated with who to be, what to do, and where to be when you reach 2020.

You don’t want to wake up in 2016 with a sense that what you’ve done for this and the next years hasn’t pushed or propelled you closer to your purpose.

Transformation is about identity: stop identifying with the world in a way that allows you to measure your goals by your environment and start identifying with the what-God-wants for your life!

To the extent you are offered up, you can do the worship and intercession of your priestly position so that you can be transformed by spiritual mind renewal, breaking off the molds you and the world place as limiter on your purpose. To that extent the transforming can be worked out in lifestyle and behavior. Getting to a “hands-off” mode of surrender is key to personal preparation and positioning.

Fifth, get into a submission relationship and alignment with blueprint leaders so you will be accountable to those goals.

This will strengthen you in distraction and substitution when hell attempts to move you toward a sell-out for immediate happiness, offers you a glamor route to your dream, and asks you to align with him to get what God promised.

Measurable means accountable to a standard of normal outside and above yourself. Accountability enables and empower. If you become accountable to someone for their mold of your identity, you have surrender to that person; if you become accountable to a leader who recognizes God’s mold of your identity, you become enabled and empowered by the additional strength of their wisdom and strength. Their accountability doesn’t come in making you fit their mold, but in finding a leader who can see and understand your purpose in a blueprint that fits you into God’s great vision for the kingdom.

By submission we do not mean that man has a system, and your surrender to man allows you to be hammered into the system irrespective of your created design, calling, charismatic grace gifts, or life’s work.

Beware the pursuit of “I want my own way into function” that basically says you can just get the anointing and activation of gifts and “be me” however, feels good to you personally without proper alignment with blueprint leaders; such a pursuit is dysfunctional no matter how great you are at anointing and activation of gifts. Submitting to yourself as a way of submitting to God is a great deception.

Sixth, begin to immediately reinvest harvest in this place and position of preparation and invest a portion of that harvest back into the process.

Consider what you have time, energy, and money for, the passions that motivate you, that would be hard ground, shallow ground, or ground filled with drama that would choke the fruitfulness of what you’ve planted.

This doesn’t mean money only or even money first and last. It means life. Note the words, time, energy, money as examples of things to be invested properly.

Examine the major areas of your life: physical, family, faith, finance, and function.

Physically, I need God’s temple in a condition consistent with my calling.
Family, I need my role, responsibilities, and relationships healthy and functioning consistent with God’s designed norms.
Faith, I need my spirit to rule my life, personal alignment of spirit, soul, and body, to live SpiritFirst.
Finance, I need my wealth, to grow and mature consistent with my assignment, inheritance, and life’s work.
Function, I need my kingdom alignment of assignment to properly released charismatic gifts, anointing, calling, and my life’s work.
Here at FreedomHouse, we are putting together a personal path for your growth and maturity. We have instituted and maintain a strategically designed path to assist your personal commitments in reaching these goals.

We may enhance the offering of these enabling and empowering leadership dynamics as existing and emerging leaders grow and mature, so that everyone of you can be who God created you to be and do what God has called you to do. We may mature these discipling dynamics. We may expand them to include tens of thousands of people worldwide. But, in reality, you can plug into a preparation and positioning process right now, a path that will bring you to an international level of kingdom function in your life if you fully avail yourself of this pathway and make its provisions, procedures, and processes a priority of your life and lifestyle.

Seventh, reset intercession and worship.

Rediscover what Worship meant to Jesus. Rediscover what Intercession meant to Jesus. Then, partner with His worship and intercession by releasing what is happening in heaven into the earth. Examine how the previous years of intercession and worship have prepared intercessors and worshippers for this reset. Examine trends, what still has life on it, and what still has promise in it.

First, examine how your own intercession and worship may have stale formalities in it. Expect that all forms of intercession and worship can become ends within themselves. Examine your own intercession and worship for “this is how I do it” assumptions that basically turn your SpiritFirst response into soulish performances or processing. Examine your worship and intercession for a self-centric posturing instead of a heaven-centric reality.

“Father is seeking for those who will worship Him in spirit and truth.”

Spiritual reality is the beginning point of what Father is doing, and a return to this SpiritFirst “ministering to the Lord” is essential. Experience seems to reveal that God’s people require strategic leadership to enter this and maintain its purity.

We need to measure “success” with a new, fuller standard of fruit in our worship and intercession. The “Worship” to which Jesus refers in John 4 is more than music or prayer because it engages heaven in a way that releases kingdom into every part of our lives and region.

Certainly, “one new man” refers to the blending of Jewish and non-Jews in kingdom, but the “one new man” also moves the entire kingdom into a new worship to which Jesus alludes, saying, “The time is coming and now is” when this worship will be the kingdom norm.

The closer we get to the original design of Ecclesia, the more fully we experience this kind of worship, a worship that includes every aspect of kingdom culture.

The Leviathan Strategy

God authorizes apostles to represent Him through assignments and alignments. Once apostles receive assignment, God brings others into alignment with their assignments. Authority flows toward assignment–you have the authority of your assignment—aligning with apostolic assignments positions you to function in that authority as the apostle functions in his.

All authority comes from the King and flows toward His assignments. As Head of the Body, He makes all assignments, authorizations, and alignments work together so they accomplish kingdom purposes.

In this way, kingdom consensus combines kingdom coalitions to produce kingdom cooperation and collaboration. Kingdom systems are made by aligning assignments. Jesus has infinite genius to appropriate systematic spiritual dynamics, and the power of Holy Spirit in each of us that operates in these assignments, in a way that completely fulfills both personal destinies and corporate purposes.

In other words, the quickest and most efficient pathway to personal destiny fulfillment always lies in our surrender to align ourselves with apostolic assignments given by Jesus.

All the assignments come from Jesus; we submit to kingdom leadership because we are submitted to Jesus. This is the ideal seldom seen, difficult to experience, because we have lost so much of the kingdom norms. Without a good understanding of kingdom protocols, we fail to recognize these systematic spiritual dynamics. And, our distaste with religious institutions and substitutes for this kingdom leadership has made us leery of nearly all leadership dynamics. Our rejection of institutional bureaucracies has left us longing for Jesus to allow us all to be free spirits and turned the kingdom into a charismatic Woodstock. We mistake chaos for freedom, hoping God will somehow just make it all work out.

Enter Leviathan, hell’s answer to God’s systematic spiritual dynamics. Leviathan is a systematic spiritual delusion, the opposite spirit to that which functions in kingdom dynamics.

As we examine the many Scriptures that directly discuss the spiritual dynamics of Leviathan, and parallel them with the manifestations of the serpent/dragon who heads the spiritual conspiracy against the Messianic King, we see that Leviathan is a system of spiritual coalitions functioning strategically in a region, with an agenda to pervert God’s purpose for that region with confusion, substitution, and delusional pride. We should define pride as the distraction that produces substitution, the distortion of purpose that we welcome when we accept deceptions about ourselves instead of pursuing the rule of God.

Whatever Jesus is for, hell is against. We wrestle with the spiritual entities that produce the spiritual conditions called, “this present darkness.” The agenda of darkness is simply to avoid and empty the world of light. To defeat this darkness, we must reveal the Light of His Glory, punching holes at strategic points in the occult veil that Leviathan spreads over a region. Light pours through these punched holes and floods the region: “the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord fills the region as waters cover the sea.”

The punched holes become portals or windows through which God outpours Blessing for Curse, Glory for Pride, freedom for captivity, sight for blindness, favor for poverty, and rejection for the time of God’s acceptance!

Step 1 – Spiritual Refuge

“Church” has become a dangerous place. The stories about this syndrome are pretty extensive: first for leaders, because they have been drowned by false expectations created by warped “church growth” strategies. The disappearance of the “middle class of churchanity” has driven leaders out of the ministry: leaders are leaving ministry at an 1,800-per-month clip for various reasons. The expectation that every church of less than 200 should be larger is a delusion that drives many leaders out of ministry. Chad Hall says, “Perhaps more significant than the rise in the extremes is the decline of the middle: consider the disappearance of the middle-class, the demise of mid-sized companies, the loss of status for anything considered average and the polarization of politics in America. Our tastes and choices are shifting away from the middle and toward the extremes.”

We have moved toward extremes of massive or micro. Some demand intimacy at the expense of kingdom coalitions and other demand massive so they disappear in terms of accountability in the crowd.

The “middle class churches” are disappearing rapidly as those with the expectation that church and Disneyworld should merge so their children and youth will “want to go to church” shop churches in the city to find the mega-flavor they enjoy most. The “show” must be entertaining. The leaders must look like someone who could win “Dancing with the Apostles,” and the worship band should sound like something downloadable from “Iplod.” God forbid the leaders aren’t sculpted and beautiful! This level of Leviathan pride is simply stated as: “I deserve the highest level of professionalism, excellence, and identity because I’m so unbelievably hip myself!”

The middle class is also disappearing as another large demographic disappears into smaller expressions of church-anity, often something that is not and cannot function as an Ecclesia at all, that allows people to avoid accountability and nearly any form of leadership. This false refuge is another form of escapism that has fragmented the functional Ecclesia as millions of believers redefine “church” to fit their fears, rejections, and need for everything in their lives to be “tailor-fitted.”

We do not have refuge in these dysfunctional versions of church-anity in this season of confrontation with Leviathan; these dysfunctional forms manifest an invasion of Leviathan into the cultural mountain labeled “church.”

Isaiah records God’s promise of refuge in a season when He intends to deal with the dysfunctional substitutes to His expectations for Israel. “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon You, because he commits himself to You.” After making several specific observations about getting into this place of refuge, Isaiah says, “Because God is sure to come from His place to visit the people on earth [for an accounting of His expectations].” We need not fear the season of visitation! We have a refuge!

He will “visit” the people and the Leviathan. Some translations say, “Punish.” However, the sense of the Hebrew word, paqad, is basically “number.” When applied to specific situations, it is used to speak of “an accounting for expectations.” Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says, “the basic meaning is to exercise oversight over a subordinate, either in the form of inspection or of taking action to cause a considerable change in the conditions of the subordinate, either for the better or for the worse.” From this root, Hebrew language also says, “visitation, overseer, officer.” Also, words for “allocation, appointment.” This is the root of the word for “precepts, statutes, commandments” because it speaks of God’s expectations.

God’s expectations and assignments have been clearly communicated, and God is arriving for a visit to account whether His expectations are being met.

God plants a vineyard expecting grapes, an apple tree expecting apples, a nation expecting that nation to fulfill His expectations in their specific assignments, purpose, culture, and mission. God shares His expectations, and visits for an accounting to see if His expectations are being met; He shows up to bring people, places, and generations to account for what He expected of them, and He uses the originating assignment parameters to make that decision and subsequent correction so the enterprise returns to its originating purpose.

Jesus made the same reference to His own season of ministry: “One stone will not be left upon another because you failed to recognize the time of your visitation.” [Luke 19:44] The Greek word for “visitation” [episcope], means “investigation, inspection, oversight, officer, elder,” the word from which we get “bishop,” which means, “overseer.” In other words, this verse speaks the Greek word that answers directly to Hebrew word Isaiah uses.

Jesus also mentions that God has sent prophets and leaders previously to bring His people to account only to have them persecuted and murdered. Jesus makes it clear that God has now sent His Son to bring them to account: they murdered Him as well!

This is the sense in which I use the word, “assignments.” God has expectations for people, places, and generations, and He will periodically “visit” them to measure how well they are fulfilling assignment, maintaining alignment and maturing agreement. This is the only way to meet His expectations. He will deal strongly with people, places, and generations who have wandered off task, perverted His expectations by substituting their own, and He will deal strongly with His enemies who have perverted His expectations for people, places, and generations.

In the times of visitation, God’s righteous remnant can stand in refuge while a great cacophony of distress noises around them because they are being positioned to reset the expectations of God after the time of accounting. Our refuge is in our agreement with God’s assignments and our alignment with God’s authority.

So, we put Isaiah 27:1 with 26:21 in order to get the full scope of what Isaiah says about Leviathan. This enemy has come out of the sea and involved himself in God’s expectations for His people, place, and generation. In this picture we understand that a time of visitation means “open season for Leviathan hunting.”

Step 2 – Spiritual Restoration

Isaiah does not bring the division between verse 21 and Chapter 27:1. They read together. Verse 2 turns to another subject in response to “in that day,” but verse 1 is the conclusion of the discussion of Chapter 26. During a season of visitation, God brings the Leviathan to account for involving himself in God’s affairs.

Leviathan comes out of the sea, inserts and intertwines itself within God’s assignment and perverts His expectations (His Word). Leviathan is a systematic spiritual delusion that functions in a culture to pervert its assignment with substitutes. The system affects the beliefs, values, and behavior of the people in a place during a time. People and time are a generation; people and a place are a culture.

To better understand this scenario, recall Jesus’ discussion of the kingdom by the parable of the wheat and weeds. A man sowed wheat in a field but during the night an enemy sowed weeds. When the seeds germinated, it was obvious that weeds had been sown among the wheat, and some suggested that the weeds should be removed. To this the Master says, “No, you will destroy the whole field doing that. Wait until the time of harvest (accounting for expected return) and then separate the weed seeds into the fire. We don’t want to plant wheat and weeds next year.”

God deals with the separation of wheat and weeds in the day of visitation because the interwoven invasion of Leviathan must be dealt with strategically to avoid further damage and destruction to the people, place, and generation Leviathan has invaded. Otherwise, God would destroy the whole thing like Sodom and start over. But, He is not destroying the whole thing and starting over! He has put the remnant into refuge from which to partner with Him. He is doing a surgical strike against an ancient foe.

That He isn’t destroying the whole thing and starting over is made clear in Verse 2 with the song of the Vineyard: “During the same time, a new song for the pure wine will be sung! I, the LORD, will watch over the vineyard and tend its fruitful vines. Each day I will water them; day and night I will watch to keep enemies away. My anger will be satisfied. If I find briers and thorns bothering her, I will burn them up. Enemies will be spared only if they surrender to My power.”

God will deal with this Leviathan system that has invaded. He will restore His expectations to His dominion so that His paqad expectations have dominion. Keep in mind that the measurement of success in kingdom isn’t the disappearance of things that do not meet God’s expectations but the dominion of His expectations over these enemies. Do not fall for the idea that we will only see the kingdom of God when everybody is born again! God’s expectations can be realized by His remnant so that His enemies surrender to His expectations. Psalm 110 says He will rule in the midst of His enemies!

Isaiah introduces the spiritual entity, Leviathan, who is the dragon of the sea, as the culprit behind a culture-wide delusion. God will visit the Leviathan and bring him to account for coming out of the sea and intertwining himself in God’s affairs and assignments.

Leviathan appears a surprising number of times in Scripture. The picture of a very real physical creature also depicts a very real, spiritual condition. In the picture, we see a spiritual condition personified in the Garden of Eden and manifesting throughout history to reach ultimate exposure in the days of ultimates as that “old serpent or dragon, satan.” Revelation 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world.”

Two words are used here, “Livyathan and Tanniyn.” The first term is transliterated “Leviathan.” It is identified as a living creature in many accounts while appearing figuratively or prophetically to represent manifestations of a very real systematic spiritual delusion in others. The second term comes from the basic word, “tan,” to speak of serpents, sea or river monsters, dragons, whales, and poisonous snakes. We are not trying to track down these meanings in terms of dinosaurs and mythical creatures; we are looking wide-eyed at the revelation of a spiritual condition and systematic function God gives through the use of this identity.

“Leviathan” is a transliteration of the Hebrew that comes from the root word, lavah, “to join together” with a sense of “bringing together.” A variation serves as a root for “wreath, twist, coiling.”  Isaiah notes the “systematic joining and interweaving” of this spiritual condition with the terms, “piercing” and “twisting.”

Since Isaiah is speaking of Leviathan in prophetic language as well as the sword of the Lord that will be visited upon Leviathan and destroy or ruin the Tanniyn of the sea, we should learn why this picture is being presented so we can understand the spiritual revelation. From its name and descriptors, we see its character and how it works. It inserts into the culture and moves into place creating a spiritual condition, weaving itself into a people, place, or generation. In particular, we see the strategic and systematic way into which this spiritual condition becomes interwoven into the culture so that people, places, and generations are influenced and controlled by the Leviathan delusion.

Have you asked yourself or said aloud, at any time in the last decade, “How can people be so blind?” Did you ever say, “How can people be so easily lead around by obviously foolish, fantastical, and foundationless ideas?” Have you said, “It seems that the population is walking around dazed?” Perceptive and prophetic people commonly have this spiritual perspective with regards to a systematic spiritual delusion produced by Leviathan.

Leviathans live in the deep waters of the sea, come out of the sea to function in conspiracy against God’s purposes. “The sea” represents “humanity.” I propose that the “dragon or tan” represents this spiritual condition present in the populations, the ever-present spiritual conspiracy against Messiah that has been at work since Eden to thwart and frustrate the purposes of God in the earth. The “Leviathan” represents a specific, systematic, spiritual delusion of pride, a dominant and dominating characteristic of this spiritual conspiracy, rooted in humanity that weaves itself into place, people, and generation.

Leviathan in an individual is a root of pride. Pride in a culture is a Leviathan system. As this systematic spiritual delusion is expressed in a culture, specific characteristics of this principality are exhibited in the beliefs, values, and behaviors of the people living in that place.

“Systematic” answers to the characteristics of Leviathan’s scaled hide and the sense of the root word, lavah, “to join together, woven, wreath, twisting, coiling.” His scales overlap to create a system skin that is difficult to pierce, with a protective of overlapping that symbolizes the coalitions and patterns this spirit manifests in the seven cultural mountains. Leviathan joins coalitions of delusion into every aspect of society. With this patterned protection in place, it seems to hold together when attacked. It also maintains a pattern of growth through a coalition of movable parts.

A Leviathan pierces and weaves its way into a people, place, and generation in a way that protects the whole systematic delusion from outside attack. The system holds together and its overlapping layers make it seem impossible to penetrate, and intimidatingly fierce.

When we look at the inroads of delusion in the seven aspects of American culture, we discover a philosophical system that gradually perverts the foundations of medicine, education, arts, government, business, media, family, and religion. None escapes the pollution because each is infiltrated with this penetrating invasion, weaving itself into the fabric to produce a different pattern from that produced by God’s expectations.

For example, Leviathan thinking has so inserted and woven itself into medicine that what should be the safest place in the universe is now the most dangerous: the most dangerous place for a baby in modern America is his mother’s womb. A baby is more likely to be killed in his mother’s womb than anywhere else on earth! In New York City alone more than 80,000 babies are aborted each year, and in some demographics more than 60% are aborted! While not all medical personnel participate or approve of this spiritual condition; none are able to stop it.

“Spiritual” answers to the character of the Leviathan spirit. We can recognize any demon by its character, and we often name a spirit by its character. Paul says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” A spirit of fear is a demon most easily recognized by its character. Paul identifies a more systematic spiritual condition in Ephesians 2:2 as “the prince of the power of the air” and clarifies that this is “the spirit that is operating among and within the obstinate, rebellious children.” Paul says pre-saved people are influenced and controlled in their behaviors by this principality. Leviathan represents a manifestation of this kind of darkness. It is a spiritual system.

Leviathan is identified in Job 41 and here in Isaiah 28 with pride, or as God tells Job, as “the king of the children of pride.” In other words, Leviathan senses that he is impossibly powerful, overwhelming in his dominance, and becomes arrogant in his intimidation. He sees himself as undefeatable. He begins to throw his weight around, consuming more and more of the culture, growing fat by absorbing increasing amounts of the values, beliefs, and behaviors of the people, place, and generation. Leviathan is insatiable in its conquest of a people, in a place because it inserts and weaves itself into the fabric of culture as a way of substituting the expectations of people for the expectations of God.

A spiritual system affects the behavior of a people by perverting their beliefs and values. The purpose of God for that people and place becomes something foreign to the culture. Certainly, this is a clear picture of modern American culture! At times this culture ran nearly parallel with Scripture; now, it runs cross grain to Scripture.

“Delusion” answers to the understanding that pride is deception, and pride developed at a cultural level becomes a “strong delusion.” Isaiah 28 speaks of the “crown or wreath of pride.” Ephraim is “drunk” with pride, moving from deception and delusion into drunkenness. This is the picture of Leviathan interwoven into a culture, systematically deceiving the generation.

Delusions strike deeply into the minds of people driven by invading their beliefs. They believe someone is in love with them. They believe they have a great talent or ability unrecognized that makes them an exception or more valuable. They believe they are persecuted and treated unfairly or unjustly as a way of understanding their present conditions. They believe they are suffering from some malady undetectable to tests and examination. They believe people in their lives are betraying them or being unfaithful to them. They believe, and the belief affects behavior in a fundamental way.

Delusions provide a justification for personal problems. Delusions provide an explanation for why others succeed, have more money, friends, and happiness. Delusions invest value into things that are worthless as symbols of a fantasy. Delusions are escapes from realities too difficult to face.

Delusions are another level of deception because they affect beliefs, values, and behavior in a more systematic way.

Pride is deception. Pride is satan’s spiritual DNA and essential character. He is the father of lies because his DNA is deceptive pride. He raised his five-fingered fist in the face of God and said “I will” five times, and each of his “I will” deceptions define the delusions of pride.

Step 3 – Spiritual Retribution

God says He will visit the Leviathan with His sword. In other words, He will bring this Leviathan system to account with the very expectations He has for the people, place, and generation being held captive by this systematic spiritual delusion. This serpent inserted itself into God’s designs and twisted them into perversions, piercing weaving itself into the fabric of His designed purpose and using God’s people, places, and generations to produce an unholy result. Upon arrival for an accounting of His expectations, Jehovah sees that Leviathan has usurped His purposes and influenced and controlled His people by systematic deception.

So, He will lift and wield His Sword, His Word, the rhema of the Spirit, a revelation of His expectations. He will again speak His expectations and purposes over that people, place, and generation with the authority of the Originator. When we look at Isaiah 28, we will hear the phrasing, “precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

The Message version says, “He said before, ‘This is the time and place to rest, to give rest to the weary. This is the place to lay down your burden.’ But they won’t listen. So God will start over with the simple basics and address them in baby talk, one syllable at a time – “Da, da, da, da, blah, blah, blah, blah. That’s a good little girl, that’s a good little boy.”

In other words, the revelation that visits Leviathan will be an empowered Word of restoration. All transformation is restoration because God is restoring His expectations during a season of visitation.

Three specific characteristics of God’s Sword against Leviathan: unrelenting (qasheh), massive (gadowl), and sharp (chazaq). The Word that will “visit to bring to account” the Leviathan will have these characteristics, and it will also slay or ruin the dragon in the sea. God’s Word will strategically deal with the interwoven serpent and will strike so hard that the source of this systematic spiritual delusion will be ruined or destroyed among the population.

To understand the Leviathan and God’s Sword, we must understand the contrast between what God is doing to establish His kingdom purposes and what the enemy is doing to frustrate that establishing. God invested His expectations in people, place, and generation: He expects grapes so He plants a vineyard; He comes for an accounting of the vineyard to see if His expectations have been met. This is the sense of God walking with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. This is the sense of God’s leadership strategies throughout history. This is the sense of the Incarnation. This is the sense of the New Testament kingdom leadership strategy of discipling. This is how God deals with men, nations, and generations. This is one of “the ways of God.”

When God invests purpose, hell invests perversion of purpose. To understand transformation and the process through which it arrives, we must comprehend purpose because all transformation is restoration. God removes the delusion in order to establish the authentic. In other words, to speak of city transformation, we must have a very clear picture of what our city would look like in full restoration because the transformation will return the city to God’s original expectations. No matter how perverted the work of hell, how far afield the wandering of culture, or how deep the stain of blood on the ground, God maintains His insistence upon original purpose and empowers that Word to be spoken with authority!

God’s purpose cannot be destroyed because the power of the Cross, the Life of the Resurrection, the Authority of the Ascension, and the Intercession of Jesus guarantees that full restoration of purpose is possible so fulfillment of that purpose can be realized!

Once the Leviathan is engaged with the restorative Word, the effort must be unrelenting. We cannot pierce this monster without finishing the job! The systematic spiritual delusion, like overlapping scales, protects the serpent from piercing. Once God reveals the fatal flaws of that system, we must engage the monster with the idea that we will not stop until he is dead!

The indigenous people of North Florida killed alligators by driving a long, slender tree into its open mouth. They would cut down a tall tree, trim off its branches and sharpen one end to form a long pole. Several young men would hold onto it in pairs, and approach a gator. When the gator would open its mouth, they would thrust the pole into the gator and continue thrusting until they had driven it to the tail!

The most powerful part of Leviathan, his mouth, is the place of his vulnerability. His boasting is his fatal flaw. While the scales do not allow for piercing, the mouth does! The terror of facing that open mouth certainly makes gator hunters think twice, but God’s Sword must be thrust completely through the vitals of the beast. We do not want to wound it! We want to remove it! So, once God’s visitation starts, the Sword must be unrelenting.

In this same way, the Leviathan response must be massive. It cannot be piecemeal or patchwork in terms of dealing with the systematic spiritual delusion. Efforts to win “moral victories” that merely scratch at the scales or play games with the beast only stir the monster to greater delusion. Harassing the Leviathan will cause the system to rise up in defense, lead with its strengths, and increase its level of intimidation.

Efforts of this kind will bring discouragement to the warriors of God, and we have experienced this weariness for a decade. The monster cannot be tamed or domesticated! The Leviathan cannot be appeased or educated. God has allowed it to remain in place simply because any human effort to remove it would destroy the whole. The system is so entrenched that only God can unravel it. It is wrapped around the vitals of this region but must be destroyed in a way that does not sacrifice the vitals.

God introduces Job to His strategy of Leviathan hunting: “Can you hook a Leviathan with a fly rod or put a noose around his neck? Can you put a ring in his nose and lead him or secure him on a spike? Will he beg you for mercy and ask you for pity? Will he become your workhorse? Do you put Leviathan in a cage like a songbird or give him to your daughters like a kitten for play? Do you throw spears at his hide or harpoons at his head? If you attempt to wrestle him, you will always remember that struggle! It is useless to attempt his capture, and the hunter who tries will hit the ground hard!” God concludes by saying, “Of all creatures, Leviathan is the proudest, the king of pride.” Or, “Leviathan is the king of the children of pride.”

Leviathan is a system but the piercing Sword will deactivate the system at the source of its power and the resulting restoration will be massive. It is a territorial principality, entrenched and interwoven into the seven mountains. The Word of the Lord that brings it to account will be massive.

Then, Isaiah says that the Sword of the Lord will be sharp. This speaks of specific, strategic revelation: Not a blunt instrument to batter down the outside shell. This is scalpel-like precision. The sharpness of this rhema Sword of the Spirit speaks of a specific revelation of strategic words that punch holes in the occult veil blinding people’s minds. The holes will be punched at places in the veil that allow the inserted Word to penetrate to the source of spiritual power supporting and guiding the Leviathan’s spiritual structure.

Here, we must return in humility to wisdom; wisdom is strategy or the strategic use of revelation. Here, we must have a revitalization and maturation of our intercession and warfare. Here, we must have some mighty men and women like David developed in the wilderness. Here, we must immediately remove ourselves from the silly and supercilious intercession left when the intercessors went home bruised and discouraged from Leviathan wrestling.

Move away from the “internet conspiracy wonders” wishing to do intercession and warfare from a vantage point of “inside information.” This represents a Leviathan insertion into our regional intercession, people believing themselves to be more than they are, a product of illegitimate leadership and warfare malpractice. Out of place. Out of mind. Out of order. This kind of intercession must be marginalized from the strategy of God that will release a sharp sword with surgical strike capabilities.

The word, chazaq, speaks to the concept of the strengths of something reaches its greatest use or design, and with respect to a sword, it refers to its tensile strength and sharpness, or ability to hold an edge. Only the strongest steel can maintain sharpness in use. The best scalpels are made with hardened and tempered steel, or even high carbon steel. Modern scalpels made are coated with Zirconium Nitride to improve and retain sharpness.

So, whatever condition our warfare readiness may have been, or whatever strategy we have employed in the past, dealing with Leviathan requires us to run into the refuge of God’s visitation. It is time for new weaponing and training. It is time, perhaps most of all, for a deeper level of humility and surrender, submission and obedience, agreement and alignment with apostolic assignment. Any holes in our armor or pride in our souls will make us vulnerable to the same fatal flaw we intend to exploit to defeat Leviathan.

Step 4 – Spiritual Revolution

Isaiah says that God has been repeating the same message over and over, but the leaders of Israel are stupid with drunkenness. They simply refuse to listen to the revelation of God’s expectations, insisting upon God speaking a different message. So, God will reset the foundation cornerstone and put a plumb line on the foundation wall these leaders have built.

Deception and delusion have moved into drunkenness. A stupor has overcome the leaders; an occult veil has blinded the masses.

This revolution is a revolution of the spirit of leadership. The crown or wreath of pride sits upon Samaria, the capital city. Destruction is certain for the seat of pride, the delusion that leads the whole culture away from its purpose and calling. This is the focus of the reset coming to the leadership dynamics of Israel. The strategy of God to deal with the system of delusion is to strategically impact the leadership: a new spiritual leadership dynamic will reverse the effects of the delusions of Leviathan.

The crown or wreath of pride speaks of the leadership delusion that must be eliminated in order for a new systematic spiritual dynamic to be established. When that occurs, the crown or wreath of Glory will be restored, and the expectations of the King will be the motivating influence of the culture. This returns that culture to beliefs, values, and behaviors more consistent with the kingdom of God. Isaiah says judges will love justice and warriors will have the courage to stand guard at the gates.

The drunkenness of pride a deep delusional deception so that leaders hear the repeated, simple revelation of what God wants for the culture over and over without really listening. Leviathan turns deception into delusion, and drunkenness in the leaders best positioned to affect reform. Isaiah calls this “the pride of a people brought low by drunkenness.” Drunkenness removes inhibitions, causes unsteadiness in forward movement, and identifiable behaviors motivated by delusions.

Isaiah 28:16 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a splendid corner stone, fixed and established as a foundation. He who believes in it will not be shaken.”

Understand “Zion” by its initial and primary use: the citadel in Jerusalem where David established kingdom. In that sense, “Zion” is the establishment of God’s kingdom by a people in a place at a time or during a generation. While whole books can be written about “Zion” from many perspectives, this simple understanding makes this verse clearer in its application.

The work, “Look,” says, “Spiritual awakening.” When Isaiah hears God say, “Behold!” He knows God is calling attention to something, and he knows that He is doing so because the people He is speaking to are not hearing or seeing because of an occult veil.

About a year ago, I went south to share in meetings some apostles. I went on assignment and in alignment. I went also because I heard God speak to me about a word Chuck Pierce had released for Florida. I didn’t hear the word personally, didn’t see any pictures or charts. I simply heard someone tell me that Chuck had a word for Florida in which he saw a dark ribbon like a snake running through the state from south to north, so I looked up the word. I went that weekend, changing my schedule in obedience to the assignment, because God told me it was time to learn my assignment with reference to this word from Chuck Pierce. (I was in Brasil at the time Chuck released this revelation, but I knew Chuck was in Florida and knew that the word was something I needed to hear. I went looking for it.)

During the conference while preaching, the speaker turned toward me from the pulpit and prophesied, in part, “Don Lynch, there are thousands of people in Jacksonville and North Florida with your spiritual DNA, but they are blinded by an occult veil.” He went on to speak of some strategy to deal with it, and for a year we have been engaged in this strategic battle bringing us to where we are not as we begin this new year by the Jewish calendar.

Leviathan is the origin of the occult veil. God says, “Behold!” His voice contains the power of awakening! “See this!” He says. “I am setting a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a splendid cornerstone for the foundation, established. He who believes in it will not be moved to panic.”

Awakening overcomes the systematic spiritual delusion, the spiritual blindness, that Leviathan uses to veil the Light and Life of Jesus Christ. The battle for awakening is, in this sense, a battle with Leviathan.

In terms of revolutionary revival and reformation, God answers Leviathan with a reset of His original design and intention. He resets the foundations and recalibrates the meaning of “true” with a plumb line. This answers to the word “paqad” because God’s expectations haven’t changed, and He is resetting the foundation in order to restore the original design.

We can see this as well in the song of the Vineyard. To establish the vineyard that will produce the vintage God desires to drink, rootstock must be established and engrafting must be done. The rootstock is God’s systematic kingdom leadership dynamics, the apostles and prophets at the foundation of function; the grafted scions are true sons and daughters who align with the assignments of Jesus Christ. In the cornerstone picture, this means the authorized architecture of the building He is building will be assigned to leaders who can bring all the activities of His people together in a way that meets His expectations. In any case, a return to the original design is a first step toward giving God what He expects.