From time to time the Lord provides inspiration surrounding
current events or by conversation with readers over
important issues or by pertinent guest articles from our
readers and others. On this page you will find an archive of
In a few cases, commentaries have carried such an instructional weight that we posted them in the main index of articles. But these are also listed here as well.
November 11, 2022
well. I guess I would have to say, even I was fooled by
the red wave that wasn’t!
November 5, 2022
In some ways, this commentary is a sequel to the one made 20 years ago at this same time called “Election Reflection.”...But this commentary is different. While the mainstream prophets turned political pundits are heralding another similar overturn in the American congress this week (the “Red Wave”), my response is no longer one of merely appreciating differences in kingdom perspectives vis-à-vis our role in this American system....
October 8, 2022
[The following conversation with a local pastor is in response to a podcast Oct. 5, 2022 by Dutch Sheets titled Fires of Awakening Coming to the East Coast. The pastor had had a previous dream about a destructive tsunami wave coming to our New England area and wanted my opinion of this dream relative to the vision relayed by Dutch Sheets.] ....
July 28, 2022
[The following commentary follows on events held this past week by American conservative political and prophetic gatherings on the theme of “Turning Point” and “Turnaround.” The first is the political gathering at Tampa led by Charlie Kirk featuring Donald Trump. The other is the prophetic gathering held at Faneuil Hall, Boston led by Jon Hamill featuring Dutch Sheets.] ....
June 24, 2022
Some years ago I posted a commentary on a prophetic dream received by one of my good Canadian friends entitled "Will There Be Two Americas?" That dream and its commentary provide a circumspect platform for judging the true consequences of today's U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the federal "right" to abortion.....
May 10, 2021
conversation follows a home group teaching comparing the
possibility of incomplete regeneration with the
possibility of incomplete ("unsaturated") baptism under
the Holy Spirit. [Access to the complete teaching is
available to those participating in our weekly home
teaching ministry called "StoneBuilders."]..…
GUEST ARTICLE by SHIMON BAR-NERApril 10, 2021
We may have heard recently that “things are not falling apart, but falling into place.” But what does it really mean? I pray that what is written below may not only provide an answer, but also kindle a new fire in every heart that longs for the living God...
September 15, 2020
that has been predicted is unfolding before us, even
though it has been coming from a place beyond expectation,
and will continue to do so. Knowing who you are in Christ
alone, staying in the secret place of inner communion with
the Lord, and remaining fearless under external
psychological and physical pressure—these are the simple
basics that see an overcoming people through to manifest
eternal physical life. ..…
six weeks since my last commentary on world affairs
centered on the COVID Crisis, and now with multiple crises
erupting simultaneously in America with ripple effects in
other countries, I sense a charge from the Spirit to bring
forth further directive understanding for the Lord’s
people as to how to view and respond to what is happening..…
May 1, 2020
times since all mankind descended into a tailspin over
this “covid-19 pandemic,” I have set pen in hand to write
what has surfaced from within to offer those waiting on
August 7, 2019
This conversation follows our commentary on
Bro. Earls' article The
First and the Last, which outlines the three
stages of believers found at the harvest translation and the
requirement for third stage ripeness in order to be
August 5, 2019
As, on one hand, the mass shootings, civil
breakdown, moral lawlessness and political extremist
hate-language continues to accelerate in America; and, on
the other, the mainstream prophetic streams continue
trumpeting imminent cultural turn around through spiritual
revival, pushing the seven mountains cultural conversion
agenda and the lawless pastoral doctrines of unconditional
love and forgiveness, my heart has been moved to revisit the
masterful treatise by Leland Earls, The
First and the Last, in which he so exceptionally
lays out the full end-time paradigm of what is to happen and
when surrounding our gathering to the Lord at His
April 14, 2019
It is not often I am stirred to comment on current events relating to prophetic signs of the end times. Most such signs are so way over-hyped beyond their true significance. But the sudden inexplicable burning of France’s 850 year-old Notre Dame Cathedral this week against the backdrop of present Western (read, American) societal madness cannot escape observation.….
March 17, 2019
There comes a point in the life of every Christian, whether lay or clergy (I hate those words), when THE TEST comes. When it comes we don’t know. My test came at a particular time in my life when God sought to prove His work in me. Your test would undoubtedly come…
February 22, 2019
believe that we are, right now, in one of the “kairos
moments” of pressure that the Spirit warned us would occur
as this age draws to a close. And I also believe that the
Enemy is using social media and an inundation of news as
catalysts in this “opportune” moment...
October 8, 2018
This commentary is geared particularly to our American readers. We want to provide instructive insight on the intensely divisive hearing just held regarding the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court over a sudden accusation of a 36 year old sexual assault….
WILL THERE BE A LITERAL "MAN OF SIN" & THIRD TEMPLE?
This brief exchange with an earnest Circle reader tackles the common question of literal Bible prophecy interpretation in light of a still deeper premise that majority belief within the church over any prophetic truth should be presumed to be wrong. A must read for wilderness prophetic saints!
June 13, 2018
Given the historical significance of the just concluded summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and given the spiritual euphoria over it by the prophetic-intercessory (“P-I”) community in the U.S., the need arises for commentary from a different perspective….
May 30, 2018
(with Special Commentary on the Two-fold Dynamic of a Move of God)
May 16, 2018
want to forward on some comments from our friend
and sister Janell about the new US embassy in
Jerusalem, and then add some of my own. This is
a truly significant historic event, but not for
the reasons it would appear to be so.....
January 27, 2018
[A]fter 30 more years since of pressing on into
what is called "present truth," I have now come to see just
how unrooted everything called "prophetic" and "revelatory"
has become from the foundational truths of salvation…
December 30, 2017
...Jesus was the first "wilderness disciple." He lived what He taught and prayed. And He gave us a prayer born of wilderness suffering to guide us in how we ought to pray....
October 24, 2017
(This post is a prophetic challenge to some church
leaders. I may lose some friends because of this post. If so
I have one thing to say, “Bye, bye.”)...
THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING -
October 2, 2017
message resonates from what has occurred in
Las Vegas overnight. It is a message
commanding to attention for any and all with
ears to hear it. The message is that...
September 20, 2017
...This article deals with the immediate latest rash of “prophesying” about the supposed “return of the Lord” and “end of the world” on September 23 this week. For decades now and more, there have been repetitive cycles of soul-stoked predictions about the timing of the rapture, the beginning of the tribulation and otherwise the “end of the world.”...
September 2, 2017
The following brief conversation is a sequel to the last on The Sin Unto Death, highlighting the issue of condemnation that besets many who read scripture. The condemnation may be over any issue of neglect, or sin or even regarding loss of salvation...
August 21, 2017
The following conversation ensued with a reader seeking counseling about the state of her salvation after having fallen into a serious sin over a significant period of time. This rendition shares only key “book end” highlights from a lengthy series of more penetrating personal letters. May these counsels help those struggling with knowing if they have “crossed the line of no return” with the Lord.
July 5, 2017
everyone on the Circle is aware, we started a
series a few weeks ago about the end time contest
between the name of Jesus sealed on the foreheads of
God's people vs. the name of the commercial corporate
beast to be sealed on the foreheads of the world's
May 16, 2017
The concept of “unconditional love” is a subtle but
April 9, 2017
all the reporting I have heard these last weeks on the
many events and issues since the Trump administration took
office, up to and including this week's unexpected missile
attack in Syria, there is one overriding impression I
continue to receive from the Spirit of the Lord…
March 15, 2017
Do you make decisions in life by what feels right and natural? Are your relationships based on natural compatibilities? Do you discount what you hear from teachers of the Word because those things feel wrong and discomforting? Then guess what?…
January 4, 2017
Thoughts for today, people: We are heading toward convergence and showdown. The hidden Elijah movement is being prepared amidst the dearth. There will be a confrontation within the church. It will be in the face of the revelation of the cunningly persuasive political man of sin and the lying signs and wonders of his deceived culture-worshiping prophets from within the midst of the jezebel-tolerating "temple."…
December 11, 2016
A wedding is in preparation at this midnight hour. But who would look for a wedding to take place at midnight? Who would hold one, and who would attend one? Yet, "in such an hour as you [would] think not" the bridegroom comes...and a wedding will be held...
GUEST ARTICLE by SCOTT WEBSTERNovember 25, 2016
To the shock of many Trump is the president-elect. As pundits try to make sense of how he was elected and others focus on who he appoints, we want to look ahead to his administration – what will Trump’s presidency look like?…
September 2, 2016
Marriage between a man and woman, for it to be legitimate in the eyes of God, must include two essentials:…
June 24, 2016
Yesterday’s British referendum on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (known as “Brexit”) deserves prophetic comment….
May 30, 2016
“The eventual provision or healing or restoration are never and never were in doubt… What is always in doubt is whether we will enter into His rest out of the torturing paralysis of the inner fears and mental anxieties that stalk us in the face of our wait…”
May 23, 2016
As more and more reports of out-of-body encounters with heaven and angels proliferate, the need arises for more exacting tools for examining these claims. This discussion helps provide such tools.
March 19, 2016
Letters to a local pastor on the requirement of desperate asking, knocking and searching necessary to receive the true, full baptism of the Holy Spirit.
December 24, 2015
Its all there. It is screaming at you if you can hear it. Wake up! Wake up!
You have a choice to make today...tonight. You can stay down below under the toxic air. Or you can climb the mount above to breathe the rarified air of heaven, of eternal life, and of preparation for meeting the Lord.
But be warned....
OVERCOMING THE ANTI-PROGENITORIAL
SPIRIT IN TRIBULATION
May 14, 2015
describes the curse warned of by Malachi...
Perhaps more than anything, the end times
spirit of the world is characterized by the
anti-progenitorial spirits of a-parentism and
a-theism. The question becomes, are we
inevitably trapped and doomed to have to live
out our days under this curse?...
March 26, 2015
The following was posted to a blog discussing contrary prophecies of America's restoration ...centered on Scott Webster's recent book, Arc of Empires, which this ministry considers a must-read for American prophetic intercessors.
December 28, 2014
"Hello Chris, It seems I'm pressed to invite you to a sharing by Terry Bennett: google: Terry Bennett Dec. 21, 2014:------. ...I am expectant of great change this coming year. Do you have anything more to share with us about this at this time? We are waiting on the Lord for personal application and instruction in preparing.…"
December 27, 2014
This correspondence examines the weakness of argumentation behind the system of thought known as Covenant Theology which seeks to establish a carnal basis for infant baptism and generational godly favor based in Colossians 2:11-13.
December 16, 2014
In this conversation, we take a brief look at some of the New Testament scriptures that indicate the office of apostle was not limited to the 12 founding apostles…
February 20, 2014
"I've enjoyed reading Problems with Messianic Judaism. For years, I've been struggling with their teachings...I've read most of your teaching about this and have skimmed the rest looking for the answer to this one question I have at the moment. It's the verses in exodus 12:14 &17 &24 and others where they say to keep these feasts as an everlasting ordinance and forever. I realize this was written for the Jews only; but I believe as you, that there is now no distinction. I'm just having a problem with the words forever and everlasting. Thank you for any biblical help…"
January 25, 2014
January 11, 2014
In this letter to a daughter of the Lord, I deal with the common assumptive word association between "believing" and "will" most responsible for this misunderstanding of the role of human will in new birth contrary to John's founding instruction…
December 31, 2013
December 26, 2013
so long a time of wandering in prophetic
circles with the insight and information we
have on our times, the Lord speaks a
breakthrough word to boost us into another
dimension of prophetic vision and thinking.
believe such a time is at hand and want to
convey to you what I have seen and heard
within my own spirit in recent weeks.
July 1, 2013
Here is a useful brief chronology of the Book of Revelation based on the Leland Earls prophecies for anyone interested. May you all be blessed as we await the Lord’s unfoldings…
April 24, 2013
Despite the intensity of the darkness, be encouraged. An inner unquenchable light remains stored in these vessels of clay ready to be revealed in the night of victory. Click here to learn more....
December 4, 2012
A first look by this ministry into conflicting forms of human law that explain the gradual dissolution of natural constitutional rights worldwide in the face of growing commercial power, spelling the fulfilment of the beasts of Revelation 13.
November 22, 2012
Today is Thanksgiving Day in America—a day to feast in honor of a past event when plenty was provided out of nothing for the first settlers. But I see another picture today. It is not a picture of thanksgiving out of poverty. It is a picture of vomiting over plenty….
October 14, 2012
Responses to a friend’s dream that work to reconcile contrary prophecies regarding the future of America
September 16, 2012
The following letters address questions posed by two friends regarding the teaching of Christian Universalism, also known as Total Reconciliation or Universal Reconciliation. The points at the heart of these letters as well as many others with expansive discussion are contained in the [soon to be released] Prophetic Treatise on Christian Universalism.
July 12, 2012
Today’s conversation is a follow-up to the recent conversation on The Imperative of Identity Replacement in the Believer. Ray wants to know what “identity replacement” will actually look like in the manifest kingdom. Will we be recognizable? Or not? If so, how?
June 22, 2012
Janell asks about the latest in monetary currency, a “digital” currency called “Bitcoin,” and how this might relate to what we have written about before concerning a coming realm of stewardship salvation, including a new economy and medium of exchange (“money”) which I have called “Glorex.”
June 18, 2012
—a concept core to the meaning of conversion and new birth in Christ, but hardly understood or taught anywhere. The context for this discussion is a messianic article that emphasizes the importance of natural Jewish identity in understanding the fulfillment of end time prophecy...
A Balanced Prophetic Application of Romans 13
in Response to Bad Government
May 17, 2012
"Would you please give me your view of Romans 13 in the light of the insight God has given you here? Blessings, Ray....."
January 13, 2012
It's a wintry day in the state
Some if not all may have heard
of the recent controversy involving the
emergent church teacher
his new book Love Wins which
teaches the doctrine known as
Christian Universalism—the belief that
all men and eventually even the devil
and his angels will be saved and
restored out of the Lake of Fire....
I just attended a conference
where the speaker attempted to discuss
the seemingly unbearable tension between
man’s depravity and God’s beauty in
creation at the same time. “Even the
mountains of Bavaria saw the most
beautiful sunsets while Hitler was
committing his most heinous atrocities
there,” he said. The
question was, how do we handle this
tension in life, especially in these
depraved societal times?
Another new year and decade
begins with First Love Ministry, as it
does with all of you....In an article to immediately
follow this New Year greeting, I am
going to share with you a very large
picture of where I feel the Lord is
taking this ministry over the next
years. We are living in a time of
exceedingly great movements and shifts
in God's revelation of Himself and His
purposes. Older less complete prophetic
paradigms are in process of being
exceeded and outgrown. In the major
article to follow, I will share the
emerging understanding of "stewardship
salvation" the Lord is coalescing in me
as the outgrowth of 23 years of this
WHY DO THE HEATHEN
October 30, 2010
If you live in the United States
and are following the news on next week’s
federal elections, then you know people across
the board are in an uproar about the present
national political direction. By all
indications, there will be a major shift in the
balance of political power in the U.S.
If you live in the United States and are following the news on next week’s federal elections, then you know people across the board are in an uproar about the present national political direction. By all indications, there will be a major shift in the balance of political power in the U.S. Congress......
TRIBUTE TO JOHN FORTIN
Oct. 26, 1953 - July 16, 2010
July 20, 2010
the larger body of Christ and First Love
Ministry Readers Circle:
[Note to the larger body of Christ and First Love Ministry Readers Circle:
Fortin was the former assistant pastor of Faith
Christian Center, Bedford, NH and former pastor
of Believers Christian Outreach, Manchester, NH.
He was a long time personal friend and supporter
of this ministry. Underneath the glare of lights
of the mainstream charismatic community in his
city, John was one hungry for the truths found
only in the prophetic wilderness and a true
disciple-focused pastor--a rarity. We will
greatly miss his present fellowship. Following
is the text of the eulogy originally to have
been delivered at his home going memorial
John Fortin was the former assistant pastor of Faith Christian Center, Bedford, NH and former pastor of Believers Christian Outreach, Manchester, NH. He was a long time personal friend and supporter of this ministry. Underneath the glare of lights of the mainstream charismatic community in his city, John was one hungry for the truths found only in the prophetic wilderness and a true disciple-focused pastor--a rarity. We will greatly miss his present fellowship. Following is the text of the eulogy originally to have been delivered at his home going memorial service.....]
CITY - IS "SHE" MATURING?
November 21, 2009
months ago, Mike Bickle and the ministry of the
International House of Prayer in Kansas City
("IHOP-KC") marked ten years of "24/7" non-stop
worship and intercession. To recognize this
milestone, IHOP conducted a series of teachings in
which Mike and others outlined the core history of
Understanding the Three Phases of National Intercession
June 2, 2009
My comments on the beast system led Mitchell to write about the intercessory conflict his prayer group is experiencing now concerning America. He also forwarded a prophecy from a brother in Texas who had been praying for revival in America but was suddenly shown America’s identity as Babylon ripe for judgment beginning this summer...
Reading America's Sundial After the 2008 Election
November 7, 2008
searching has begun. Amid a silent awareness
Redeeming the Next 72 Hours
November 1, 2008
A number of weeks ago, I wrote you about our family's unusual encounter with Barack Obama in an Ohio cornfield. I told you about our word from the Lord to faithfully pray for the conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment on the senator as well as on his comrades, Sen. Biden, Sen. Glenn and Gov. Strickland. I also encouraged you to find your intercessory place as the Lord leads you, and that if all believers would find their targeted place in the Lord, we could indeed bring a godly influence to bear on the election.
August 24, 2008
By now, most if not all of us have read the apology from Dutch Sheets that reverberated late last week through the mainstream and wilderness churches. It was the noblest confession I have ever read from a mainstream culture prophet....
Under the hubbub around Todd Bentley however, my own heart has been in another place altogether. That place is revealed in an imaginary conversation I had with our Friend the Lord Jesus ("L. J.") Christ at Starbucks late last week....
More Tips on Kingdom Praying for Earthly Politicians
January 6, 2008
What started out yesterday as a home school civics project for my daughters proved to be a valuable lesson in spiritual civics as well, providing helpful perspective for prophetic people seeking solid direction in praying about presidential candidates this election year.
August 8, 2007
The following is based on a dialog with a reader asking about the biblical meaning of the length of a generation, a question I have received on more than one occasion….
Contemplating the Defeat of the Massachusetts Marriage Amendment
June 15, 2007
This past week a momentous defeat was served to the intercessory community in the state of Massachusetts, US. What was supposed have to been the final legislative ratification authorizing a ballot measure allowing people to vote on the definition of marriage went down to defeat through the defection of 12 representatives to the pro-gay side...
A Discerning Look at the Restoration of Heritage USA
December 5, 2006
One of the most significant exercises in prophetic harlotry to come to my awareness in a long time has commenced at the site of the former PTL - Heritage USA ministry outside Charlotte, North Carolina...
September 20, 2006
The airing of ABC’s Path To 9/11 together with the President’s address on the event’s 5th anniversary offered some pause for reflection. Against the backdrop of this combined docudrama, the familiar words surfaced to my heart:
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”...
A Spiritual Judicial Look at the Schiavo Case
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Gen. 2:24
The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. I Cor. 7:4
March 24, 2005
Doubtless the currently explosive Terri Schiavo case has prophetic significance for the American people. Usually, a case that grows to this magnitude shows that God is speaking to a nation....
Assessing the Faith of George W. Bush
November 6, 2004
My recent editorial on the presidential election landed some interesting responses. Among them was the question as to whether President Bush is truly a Christian. More specifically, can a man speak the way President Bush has been speaking about America and world democracy and still be a true Christian?...
November 2, 2004
So this is Election Day in America. The angst in the prophetic intercessory body of Christ is at its peak over who will be chosen as PresidentSenatorCongressman
In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and lifted up.
June 6, 2004
It is not possible for me to let the word of President Reagan's passage into eternity go by without comment. For any believer raised in America older than 35 and who ever desired to see a national righteousness established, the influence of Ronald Reagan is without comparison in our lifetime....
- In Response to the National Conflict Over Gay Marriage, Winter 2004 -
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh ( - he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire).
March 10, 2004
Four days before the second legislative debate over gay marriage (March 11, 2004), our family conducted a prayer walk around the Massachusetts state house, concluding with a worship session under its cavernous portico. (Many intercessory groups had targeted this location for several weeks.)...
REFLECTIONS ON "THE PASSION OF
February 29, 2004
Last night I went with my wife to experience the film The Passion of the Christ. It was to be the first time I ever viewed an "R" rated film, and I did not know what to expect. After much early uncertainty about going to see it, I finally determined it necessary from the Lord to do so....
What the Alabama Courthouse Drama Means For Revival
August 28, 2003
My heart remains strangely pensive over the moving of the Ten Commandments monument in Alabama this week. This pensiveness is not my own. Symbols by themselves mean nothing and in fact most are nothing more than religious idols. In my higher spiritual understanding, the removal of every religious symbolevery steeple, cross, and painting of Jesuswould actually be a good thing for the Lord's people. Then we might start to see real Christianity. And we may yet.
November 6, 2002
A few thoughts are useful in light of last night's overturn of government in the United States Congress. Leading up to the election, prophetic intercessory groups have been sending out prayer alerts, and since rejoice in the Lord over changes that appear to hold promise toward a greater agenda of social righteousness (as many did in 1980 with the election of President Reagan)....
A Reflection on 9/11
October 10, 2001
Perhaps the most amazing thing to me about the prophetic response to the recent terrorist attacks in New York is the astounding consensus that "none" of the prophets knew this attack was coming....
A PARADIGM FOR UNDERSTANDING
THE FINAL END TIMES
- In Response to the Palestinian Intifada, Fall 2000 -
October 13, 2000
world events heat up, it
important to gain an anchor
of prophetic understanding
greater than the intensity
of the events surrounding
us. Without such an anchor,
we risk becoming swept off
our feet by the events now
mounting in the Middle East
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