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Harvey, Houston, Hope and Joel's Army
Johnny Enlow : Aug 31, 2017 : ElijahList.com
"There is an opportunity for the Body of Christ to recognize that God, the Redeemer, is up to something big as it relates to the restoration of Houston." -Johnny Enlow
[ElijahList.com] As I write this post the rain is still falling in Houston. What reportedly is the worst rainstorm in US history continues to drench Texas and now Louisiana before it heads north to perhaps flood other states. In a matter of a few days, more than 50 inches of rain have fallen. Surely no city on the earth could take that much water in such a short time without dire consequences. As of this moment, the low loss of life has to be considered miraculous. Yet, a preliminary estimate has the damages of this disaster exceeding 50 billion dollars with a timetable of years before "normality" will ever come back to Houston, if at all. Even early in this process I believe that the Lord has something to say: Houston will rise again and be famed as a City of Hope—but I will get to that in a moment. (Photo: Johnny Enlow/via ElijahList.com)
First, I will address some relevant questions being asked:
Was it Judgment from God?
Why does God destroy the livelihood of thousands of innocents to judge the sin of a few? Even the "Old Testament God" wouldn't destroy Sodom and Gomorrah "if there were but 10 righteous." Yet, here He is wiping out a city of millions in order to get to the evil minority? Tragically this type of thinking represents the status quo thinking for so many Believers today. Sadly, it reveals our own broken perception of our Father, which we then confidently/defiantly pass on to others. For the record, I don't believe that this represents judgment from God. As Jesus told His own "judgment expectant" disciples in Luke 9:56 when they wanted to call down fire from Heaven on those who resisted God in the flesh (could there a greater offense?): "the Son of Man came not to destroy lives but to save lives."
Was it the Devil?
When Creation Groans and Travails
I suppose in some way it could be considered "judgment" that we are not yet there, but it is not intended as judgment but rather a cry for freedom. We know that when Jesus died the earth shook and went dark, and that neither of these were connected to either an order from God or an involvement of satan. Added to this mystery of creation having a voice, is the fact that certain angels are given latitudes we don't fully know the limits to even if we have neat and tidy "angel doctrines".
In Exodus 23:20-21, the Lord told Moses to tell the people to "not provoke" the angel that He was sending among them because if not he would not "pardon their transgressions." This angel was presumably Michael, and we are not told exactly what his "not pardoning" would look like. I do know that I was told by the Spirit some time back that territorial angels were being given orders to do what was necessary to bring their cities, regions and nations into alignment with their destiny. Ultimately, I believe we are going to see a lot more partnering between great angels and creation towards the reformation of cities and nations.
If it strikes you as bizarre that creation would have intelligence, remember that at the quantum, subatomic particle level everything has its own distinct frequency and sound. That frequency and sound represents some level of communicating intelligence even if it is operationally different than those made directly in His image.
I had a couple people later contact me saying they saw this great angel there and described him similarly to how I described him, with one person even drawing what they saw. He is huge and glorious and carries a sickle that operates as an extension of himself. He is all about harvesting people and nations, and is always associated with bringing great economic help and releasing great anointing and spiritual mantles. His initial activation, as it were, in the United States was at the 1906 Azusa Street Revival.
All the shifts and changes of the last year are very connected to the breakthrough of the AzusaNow event and Hurricane Harvey is now taking it to the next level. I believe this angel is being activated as a "heavenly hurricane" at this time and extremely anointed and change/reform is what he is bringing. (More explanation coming.)
Coming through Corpus Christi
Of no coincidence either is that the hurricane came through Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi means "the Body of Christ" and this is where the spiritual hurricane is now going to come through as we are thrust into the harvest glory of revival AND reformation. The nations are the reward HE is due for the suffering He went through. Corpus Christi was deeply affected by the powerful winds and over 20 inches of rain, but they were not devastated. Likewise, the Church is about to experience powerful and non-ignorable winds of the Holy Spirit, and a flooding of new manifestations and levels of His glory. There is definitely correction involved in this powerful visitation, but it is all to serve the greater glory. Expect to see an increase of strong winds of reformation for the Body of Christ.
A 500-Year Flood/500 Year Anniversary of Protestant Reformation
Harvey coming on the heels of a most rare total solar eclipse further confirms to us that we have entered into unprecedented days of Kingdom advance. Jesus is not now coming FOR us as many are mistakenly perceiving, but He is now coming TO us. It is a "coming" of sorts—but after coming TO us, He is going to come THROUGH us before it will be time to come FOR us. Before that stage 3 "coming" we will be a spotless Bride worthy of her majestic Bridegroom, but we are far from that at this time. Whatever plan you make, let it be at least 100 years.
September 23, 2017 Coming of Jesus?
In America, it seems half the Church "hated" Obama during the last presidency (and they let me know that when I informed how God was using him), and now the other half "hates" Trump (and they let me know that when I tell how God is using him). We are primarily an undiscerning, bickering, powerless, low-grade-love, Church at this time (yikes, sorry), and not really something that our doting Father is proud to present to Jesus as His Bride.
The good news is He loves us passionately anyway, and He is going to pour out His liquid love on us until we abandon our old "homes" and find higher ground. All we need is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. He is going to flood us until it is the only real story in town.
Hope and Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen has built his life and ministry on developing and releasing hope. If you ever just feel discouraged, turn on the TV and find Joel Osteen somewhere. You will immediately feel encouraged. Beyond his words there is an anointing he carries that is tied into multi-generational blessings that are on him. He has a church of over 50,000, millions of followers on social media, through TV he reaches over 20 million a month in over 100 nations, he has 7 NY Times best-seller books, there are radio stations that play his messages around the clock, and in every ministry expression you will find yourself exposed to and infected by hope.
He is widely followed by "unbelievers" because they are starving for the hope he dishes out. Somehow he has figured out that a minister of the "good news" has to carry a spirit of Good News. Joel Osteen is the world's greatest exporter of this rarest resource on the planet—hope. Furthermore, he has had to defend his hopeful perspective on God and life in setting after setting, both secular or religious.
If you look up his name, he has been labeled a "prosperity preacher" and that is somehow in today's Christian environment a no-no. Do we really want "poverty preachers" or "despair preachers"? Is that really what we think is the true essence of the Gospel (which means "good news")? Did Jesus really come and promote abundant poverty and challenge? Or did He say I come that you might have abundant life (John 10:10)? If poverty were a virtue would it not exist in Heaven? Does anyone believe that's the case?
Yes, I know there are and have been "prosperity preachers" who use it to manipulate for great offerings. Joel is not one of those. Oh, that the Christian world would embrace the God that is presented by Joel Osteen. If being hopeful and joyful is "shallow", then Heaven must also be shallow.
"Houston will rise again and be famed as a City of Hope—but I will get to that in a moment."
There is an opportunity for the Body of Christ to recognize that God, the Redeemer, is up to something big as it relates to the restoration of Houston. The spirit of death and the spirit of religion is being flooded out of town, and it is going to allow for this city to arise as a model of reformation. Houston was named after Samuel Houston and the Samuel anointing is going to rise in the city. Samuel was the prophet who carried oil. Houston has been known for natural oil, but will now be known for spiritual oil. The Hope Reformation oil from what God does in the city will spread and "anoint" cities that will arise like David and kill their Goliaths.
The "Joel's Army" for today will be those that arise in the same spirit as the appropriately named Joel Osteen. Joel Osteen is being commissioned and empowered to raise a "Joel's Army" and they will be victorious as the name of his life and ministry partner, Victoria Osteen would tell us. Corpus of Christi—get behind this man and couple and pick up of his spirit, even for yourself. You need what he carries to thrive in...
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