Sunday, May 6, 2018, the Year of Our Lord

Pastor Carolyn Sissom


It seems to me that the lightning of God’s glory has hit the earth.  Everything is being burned that is not of God.  Everything is moving at lightning speed.  


Psa. 97: 3-: A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.  His lightnings enlightened the world; the earth saw, and trembled.  The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the LORD of the whole earth.  The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.  Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols; worship him, all ye god.s  Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of your judgments, O LORD.  For you, LORD,  are high above all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.


Kim Jong un is purring like a kitten.  North Korea and South Korea are talking to end the war.  The United States and Israel are standing together against Iran, Syria, and Russia.  Finally a Federal Judge is taking a stand against the Deep State Coup to overthrow the President of the United States.  The list of suddenlies go on and on.


Without an earthquake entrance of the “fiery glory” into God’s people and the nations of  the earth, this world will never know the difference between religious idolatry and the true church.  The glorious church is wholly comprised of those within whom the fiery presence resides.  Ro. (9: 23-24)


When we are living in the presence of the Lord the “fire of his being” controls our spirit and establishes a conduit of fire in the yielded heart.  Last week, Apostle Darrell Johnson ministered in the “fire.”  We, have been through so many battles, we must take heed that we do not lose our fire and burn out.


Luke 11:36: Take heed that the light (fire) which is in you is not darkness.  If then you whole body is full of light (fire), having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light (fire), as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light (fire).


During the time of Jesus, there was no other form of light than that which involved flaming fire.  A candle or lamp had to be lit.  Warmth for the home came from a larger fire source.  Torches were fire substances.


Every major move of God throughout revival history has been from the fire of God burning in the spirit of men.  It is the coal of fire from before the throne of God.  It is the consuming fire of God.


2 Cor. 6:14-15:  Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  And what communion has light with darkness. For those of us who have gift of mercy and compassion for the lost and backsliders, this is a difficult scripture to process with our heart for soul winning.

However, this scripture determines one’s marriage partner, one’s employment and one’s church affiliation.  To be linked with another human through the bond of marriage either doubles the light (fire) or diminishes the light.  In the matter of business, one’s connectivity to unrighteousness or deleterious enterprise will affect adversely their light.  The same is true of one’s church bond.  It is blessedly impossible for a child of the light (fire) to fellowship in an apostate congregation without the consequence of light loss.  Fellowships for social, prestige and religious activities which leave God out of their reckoning will inevitably attack one’s light and then become dormant. 


The whole basis of fellowship is light.


1 John 1: 5-7:  This is the message which we have heard from Him and I declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.


This supernatural light (fire) whose source is undeniably from Jesus should shine just as brightly in the saint as it does in Jesus.  This light is a white hot flaming fire that will not be deterred nor extinguished in its journey.  The presence of the flame is undeniable proof that the one in whom this light dwells---dwells in Him.


You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood; a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.


John Lake:  “Real Christianity is the Divine power of Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, filling our souls and body and flashing through our nature like a holy flame, accomplishing the will of God.”


The darkness of the modern church can only be overcome with a burning witness.  We as ministers of the Gospel must become a flame of fire.  The only way we can become fire carriers is to pass through the fire.   We must shine brighter than the glare of flood lights and stage theatrics. 


Ps. 104: 1-2:  O LORD my God, You are very great.  You are clothed with honor and majesty, who cover Yourself with light as with a garment.


I have seen Jesus three times in White Light.  He is all light.  On one visitation, He stood by my bed and covered me with a blanket of light.  He spoke to me:


Arise and Shine for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.  Darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the LORD shall arise upon you and his glory shall be seen upon you. 


That visitation came just a short time before I received the commission to start a church. 


The armor of light is God’s garment of choice.


Rom 13:12: The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.


With all the battles against the ministry and personally, I feel like I have come up short of fulfilling all that He has imparted to me by visitation.


I will be teaching on Romans 13 this coming Tuesday.  This must be another on time message. 


Whether it is physical light or the insightful light of knowledge, the source is the same.  It is the vehicle God has always used to deliver both His prophets and His people:


Ps. 112:4: Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness.


Ps. 97: 10-11:  He preserves the souls of His saints.  He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.  Light is sown for the righteous.  


Light is sown like seed in fertile soil; the seed-Light grow and multiplies under the hand of God (Theos). 


So precious and holy is the fire/light of God, that Nadab and Abihu lost their lives for feigning its purity.


Lev. 10:1: Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took a censer and put fire in it; and incense thereon.  They offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.


Num. 3:4: Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children; Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.


They feigned the purity of the fire.  Whole nations are feigning it today.  Whole cities today are treading on dangerous ground with much feigned fire.  Communities and towns are raising up strange fire.  Such fire calls for immediate and forceful justice on the part of the LORD.  Religious communions are consorting with demons as their strange fire emboldens a rebellion which God Himself will challenge.


Psa. 97: 2-5: Clouds and darkness are round about him; righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.  A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.  His lightnings enlightened the world; the earth saw, and trembled.  The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the LORD of the whole earth.


Strange fire changes the definition of God to man’s definitions.


Isa. 5:20:  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.


Isa. 8: 19-20:  When they say to you, Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter, should not a people seek their God?  Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?  To the law and to the testimony!  If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.


The light has gone out in many modern churches.  When churches and governments redefine salvation, redemption, grace and strips the ancient meanings of many other Biblical terms, the light goes out of them.  God can never be pleased with a compromised (flameless) people preaching a compromised (flameless Bible).


God the LORD, has given us supernatural light (Ps. 118:27).  He has given light as a gift.  His Light-gift blasts spiritual ignorance into the next cosmos.  His Light-gift blasts past the entrenched darkness of classical religion.  His Light-gift exposes hidden sin, and like a magnet, draws a weary world to rest.  His Light-gift offers hope and shines out to a disheveled populace groping in their desperate search for what is real.  His Light-gift puts to shame a justice system that hobbles the purveyor of the scales, while tripping in blindness rather than striding in light.  His Light-gift is in cadence with the step of God and creates a path that men may follow with confidence rather than partnering with the perpetual skepticism hailed as technology, politics and education. 


John G. Lake: “Christians live in the light.  Christians live in the glory.  Christians live in the power of God, in the eternal presence of God.  And it is that consciousness of God and union with Him that gives us strength and assurance; confidence and helps to go on our way regardless of conditions or circumstances.  We are not governed by this thing or that, but by the faith of God.  Instead of conditions controlling us, we control conditions.  That is the power of God.”


As a prophet, John G. Lake firmly believed and prophesied that in the fullness of time, that God’s people would be totally filled with God’s flaming presence.


“I believe that  God Almighty’s outpouring of the Sprit upon all flesh is at hand.  And though we are receiving the drippings, and our own hearts are being warmed by the impulse of the Spirit that day is not far distance when the Flame of God wil catch the souls of Christians and the Church of the latter day will close this era with a place of divine glory exceeding that of the early church.”


We must declare and claim this prophecy just as we claim the promises of God.  Because light travels faster than any other element, the saints prayers should be beamed aboard light-filled speech and use the Word vehicle God has made available to His people,  When one prays in the light and calls for the things of the light, his or her prayer-light traverses space and illumines the vilest of dens.  Oh!  It is time for the light to challenge this mesmerizing darkness.


John G. Lake would describe the manifestation of healing powers as the lightning of God.  That flash of light, that contact between heaven and earth through mortal hands, that crackling power which changed despair to healing was more than just words; it was a quickening reality.  He knew that supernatural manifestation took many forms, but he always labeled the healing element of it as the lightning of God.


Daniel 10: 5-6: I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz!  His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, ad the sounds of his worlds like the voice of a multitude.


Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church

Scripture from K.J.V. – I entered into the labors of C. R. Oliver, Consumed by His Fire; Harold J. Chadwick, How to Be Filled with Spiritual Power.  Comments and conclusions are my own and not meant to reflect the views of those who I entered into their labors  

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