By Ryan Wyatt – Abiding Glory Ministries
I recently had an incredible prophetic experience with God where I believe He clearly spoke to me about one characteristic of the times we are living in. He was telling me that His eyes are roaming to and fro throughout the whole earth looking to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are completely loyal to Him (2 Chron. 16:9). Immediately after hearing this, a hand came from the heavenlies, pulled me upward and sat me down right before the throne of God. I looked in astonishment at Father God sitting upon His throne totally engulfed in the most brilliant flame. Hebrews 12:29 was immediately quickened to me, “For our God is a consuming fire.”
The Father reached His hand out from the fire and began to caress my face. He began to speak to me about holiness and setting our lives apart unto Him. For those who will set their lives apart unto Him in intimacy, He will experientially open up the heavens over their lives and manifest His glory upon them and through them. In this atmosphere of God’s fire the heavens truly did open and the whole atmosphere changed. I wept for over an hour as waves of His glory came rolling through the RV I was traveling in. As I left the RV I told the worship leader there was an open heaven in there and if she would just step in she would immediately enter into a visitation with God, and it happened!
We are in a time where God is looking for those who will lay their lives on the altar and let themselves be consumed by His fire. Only God can truly set us apart unto Him and make us holy. As we completely set ourselves apart unto Him then He will open up the heavens over us and show Himself strong upon this generation through awesome miracles, signs and wonders.
God is speaking clearly in these times to His people. God is looking for a remnant of people who are totally in love with and consecrated to Him that He might place His glory upon them and see Heaven brought to earth.
Earlier this year I released a word about how to “Birth Manifestations of the Realm of Heaven on Earth” and since that time God has brought more clarity to me on this subject. In that word I spoke about how Mary was chosen to bring forth the Son of God into the world in human flesh. The Holy Spirit overshadowed her and Jesus Christ was conceived within her womb. Jesus Christ was a living, breathing, move of God. Every place he went heaven was brought forth on the earth. The Kingdom of Heaven was truly “at hand” when Jesus was on the scene. A young virgin girl was chosen to bring this move of God forth. In the same way Jesus Christ was conceived within Mary, He was also conceived within every born again believer at the moment of salvation and we now have a move of God living within us.
The task and challenge of the hour is for the people of God to come into a place of such union and intimacy with the Lord that “Christ within” is released and the Glory of God is spread on the earth. One day while brushing my teeth, of all things, I began to ask the Lord, “If we truly carry Jesus Christ, ‘the greatest move of God’ within us, then why is He not being brought forth through the lives of His people?” Holy Spirit immediately answered me and left me standing at the sink motionless with my toothbrush still in my mouth. I stood there for quite some time as the Lord began to download revelation into my spirit.
The Lord responded with this: “It’s a miscarriage! My people are suffering a spiritual miscarriage.”
“But why, Lord?” I said.
CHROMOSOMES OF HEAVEN
He responded by telling me about chromosomes. It takes 23 chromosomes from a man and 23 chromosomes from a woman to produce a baby. A miscarriage is where something in the chromosomes is off or maybe there is not a perfect number of chromosomes, and therefore the baby is not born successfully. In Mary’s situation she had her 23 chromosomes within her womb but Jesus had no earthly father, so where did Jesus’ Father’s chromosomes come from? THE VERY DNA OF HEAVEN! The DNA of Father God, Heaven’s 23 chromosomes, was implanted within Mary when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and the Christ Child was conceived!
So, if God’s people are having a spiritual miscarriage then somehow, spiritually speaking, there is a bad mixture within the chromosomes. I remember Bobby Conner saying one time that the Lord spoke to Him audibly once and said,
“I will pour out My Spirit without measure when I have a people without mixture.”
This is one of the biggest problems facing God’s people in this day. God was using the analogy of chromosomes to speak to me about the mixture within the Body of Christ. I’ve already stated that Christ was also conceived within our spirit at salvation in a spiritual sense and He now lives within us. In a spiritual way, the very DNA of heaven has also been implanted within us and our mission is now to bring forth the Son of God on the earth and reveal His glory. This is Authentic Christianity: to live in intimate union with the Lord and out of that relationship destroy the works of the devil and manifest the realm of Heaven on earth daily. I would liken heaven’s DNA, or chromosomes, to “Grace and Power” from on high. All grace and power has already been made available to us and in fact already lives within us.
I would liken our chromosomes to “Consecration and Yieldedness.” The only difference between Jesus Christ in His earthly life and us is that He was completely yielded and consecrated to the Holy Spirit. When you have a perfect mixture of “grace and power” from on high and our “consecration and yieldedness” then you have a worldwide move of God! But instead, the church today is consumed with a mixture of the world and its systems in the midst of our relationship with God. If we can get the mixture of the world out and have clean hands and a pure heart then we will see the Lord and reflect His glory!
Many of us want to rule and reign as “overcoming kings” but first we must learn to be “consecrated priests.” The King is the one who administrates and wields the power and authority of the Kingdom. This would be the anointing for miracles, signs and wonders and powerful decrees that shift and change things in the heavenlies and the natural realm. However, before we operate in the anointing of kings we must first learn to function as priests of the Lord.
The Bible says that we are both priests and kings.
1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
I want to focus on the life of a priest for a moment because I believe this is where the mixture is coming in. The priests in the Old Testament were from the Tribe of Levi. The whole Tribe of Levi was called out and set apart by the Lord to serve Him as priests. The life of the priest was to look totally different from the lives of other people in Israel. When an Israelite came across a priest they knew right away because their lives were so totally different. We are now the royal priesthood of God and our lives, in a spiritual sense, should line up with those of the Old Testament. I’m not saying we are to follow all the forms and rituals that Old Testament priests followed but I do believe we are to have the same heart as the OT priests. The heart I’m speaking of is one of total abandon to the Lord, with no mixture of the world.
NO MIXTURE OF THE WORLD
The priests were to have nothing of the world in them. Their lives were to stand for “Holiness Unto The Lord.” Do you know what holiness means? It means set apart. We also are to have nothing of the world in our hearts. Now, obviously we live in this world everyday so it’s impossible not to be a part of it but what I’m saying is that nothing of the world should have a place within our hearts and our relationship with God. Look at this scripture:
1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Notice this verse mentions three major sins: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. I believe you can fit every sin of the world in one of these three categories. In the scripture above, John lists these three categories of sin as being totally of the world.
MIXTURE CAME IN THE BEGINNING
Before the fall, Adam and Eve were enjoying 24 hour God-consciousness in the Garden of Eden. They were living in the place of face-to-face relationship with the Lord. How awesome is that? What did the devil do to come and ruin it all? He tempted them with mixture. Adam and Eve were totally satisfied with the Lord and His presence and then Satan came in the form of the serpent and offered them some of the fruit of the world. He tricked them into taking part in the 3 sins of the world mentioned in the scripture above in 1 John.
Let’s read it in Gen 3:6; When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Eve saw that the tree was “good for food” which is the lust of the flesh. She saw that it was a “delight to the eyes” which is the lust of the eyes. Finally, she saw that the tree was “desirable to make one wise” which is the pride of life.
As soon as they took of the fruit and ate, the mixture of the world came in, and they lost their close fellowship with God. This is what is happening in the Body of Christ today. We want to rule and reign as overcoming kings with the power of God but we haven’t learned to live a life of intimacy, consecration, and yieldedness as consecrated priests. We have too much mixture.
The priests were called to serve God with their entire life. They were not to wrap God around their lifestyles. God was to be their lifestyle!
TENDING THE FLAME
The priests were called to do many things in the daily duties of the temple and serving the people, however, I only want to focus on one of those things right now.
The priests were called to “tend the flame”:
Exodus 27:20-21 “And you shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually. “In the tent of meeting, outside the veil which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall keep it in order from evening to morning before the LORD; it shall be a perpetual statute throughout their generations for the sons of Israel.
Leviticus 6:12-13 ‘And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it. It shall not go out, but the priest shall burn wood on it every morning; and he shall lay out the burnt offering on it, and offer up in smoke the fat portions of the peace offerings on it. ‘Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out.
Tending the flame is significant to us as the priests today because I believe that prophetically it symbolizes tending the flame of our relationship with God daily. The two scriptures above speak of tending the lamp and tending the fire on the altar. Every morning the priests were to put fresh wood on that altar to ensure that the flame didn’t weaken in any way but continued to burn bright. They were to keep the lamp burning continually and never let it go out.
This is part of our problem in the church today. Many Christians only tend their lamp and stoke their fire on Sundays when they go to church. But we’re supposed to be tending our lamp and stoking our fire every morning and all throughout the day. This is the difference between wrapping God around our lifestyle and God BEING our lifestyle!
ELI VS. SAMUEL
God is raising up a people who will be totally consecrated and yielded to Him with their entire lives. The people of the world are yearning and looking for something real and supernatural in their life. The problem is that the people of the world are not coming to the church to experience it. They are throwing their money away to psychics and fortune-tellers just to fill that desire to hear and feel something from the supernatural realm. Every person on the earth was born with what I call a big “God-shaped hole” in their heart and people will search their entire lives to find something to fill that void. We were born with a desire to see the impossible in our lives be made possible.
We as the Body of Christ on this earth must take hold of our inheritance and share it with the world. Our inheritance is none other than God Himself (Ezek. 44:28) and when we rise up and begin to live as true priests, with God at the center of everything, then we will begin to rule as kings and become carriers of God’s glory!
The church today reminds me of the days of Eli and Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-4: Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. And it happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was, that the LORD called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.”
In the days of Eli the word of the Lord was rare and there was no widespread revelation. In other words, the priests were not hearing from God and therefore neither were the people of Israel. Why were the priests not hearing from God? Because the mixture of the world had crept into the lives of the priesthood. Let me be blunt for a moment: Eli’s sons were sleeping with the women of Israel right outside God’s temple and Eli did nothing about it (1 Sam. 2:22).
All throughout the Old Testament we see God saying to Israel; “You have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me,” says the Lord (Jer. 3:1b). We are to have only one Lover in our life and that is to be Jesus Christ! Yet today we still have the same problem as Israel did in the days of Jeremiah. God’s people are settling for “lesser lovers” rather than fully embracing the One Supreme Lover of our souls!
This issue of mixture in the church is causing a famine of the word of the Lord in the Body of Christ. However, just as in the days of Eli, God is raising up the Samuel’s of today. There is a remnant of people who are not letting their lamp grow dim nor their fire go out. They are fully embracing the King of Glory as their one Supreme Lover and stoking that fiery love in their hearts everyday! In 1 Samuel 3:3 it says that the lamp of God was just about to go out and that is the reason why Eli was no longer hearing God. He had become desensitized to his relationship with God as a priest, called to keep the fire of love burning. Samuel was just a young boy but his life symbolized consecration. His mother, Hannah, made a vow before Samuel was ever conceived in her womb, that if God would give her a son she would offer him to the Lord to serve in the temple all of his life. God granted that request and raised up for Himself a man who would be totally consecrated as a priest and therefore, throughout Samuel’s life, God let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground (1 Sam. 3:19).
God is again, today, looking for that remnant that will fully consecrate their lives to Him, in love. This remnant of overcomers will come into such a place of union with the Lord that when they speak and declare a thing, it will be established and God will let none of their words fall to the ground because they are speaking His words. This is where God is taking us!