The Power Of The
preached by Pastor Joseph Prince
Glory and Celebration
Pro 28:12 “When the [uncompromisingly] righteous triumph, there is great glory and celebration…”
Thus when the uncompromisingly righteous saved by the blood of Jesus, jump up in joy, we are a beautiful ornament and glory before our Lord.
In spite of all we have done, God loves us constantly.
Pray for your child that as he grows up, he increases “in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men” just as Jesus Christ did as he grew up from a childhood.
God divides time
Parashat reading during Luke 4
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to [the] captives And recovery of sight to [the] blind, [To] set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:20 Then He closed the book, and gave [it] back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
The Son of God cannot be born. He is given by the Father. Jesus Christ has always been pre-existent. He is the executive member of the Godhead and created everything for the Father.
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to [those who are] bound;
It was a God-incidence that Isaiah 61 was the designated parashat or torah reading at the time when Jesus was called upon (in Luke 4) to read from the scriptures. However, Jesus was not merely reading scripture. By saying in Luke 4:21 that the “Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”, He was applying the scripture to Him.
To the people present at that Nazareth synagogue, it could not be clearer, Jesus was calling Himself, the Messiah!
Jesus closed the book after reading the words “the acceptable year of the LORD” as He knew that the “day of vengeance of our God” was yet future.
God prefers favour
The Lord majors on Grace and Favour!
The theme for NCC in 2009 is that this is the ACCEPTABLE year of the LORD!
Example: And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted [Editor: The root word for ratsone is found here translated as "accepted"] for him to make atonement for him.
In Luke 4:19, the Greek word translated as “acceptable” is transliterated as dektos and as per Thayer’s definition, denotes the most blessed time when salvation and the free favours of God profusely abound.
Free favours are truly free from the Lord and not what we deserve. Contrast this with rewards which are contingent on merits.
How do we know that this is THE acceptable year?
Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
Was not 2008 a time of darkness covering the earth? There was terrorism, global financial crisis, etc. Thus with Isa 60 corresponding to 2008. Isa 61 with its “acceptable year of the Lord” in verse 2 must surely correspond with 2009!
Pastor mentioned that we cannot be sure that Luke 4:19 / Isa 61:2 took place in a Jewish Jubilee year because there is no express mention of this concept in the context of those passages.
Our ears are not garbage dumps
For this reason, rise above the World and avoid bad news or TV shows which project bad values. Be careful on what your eyes and ears ‘feast’ on.
Pro 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat.
This means good news makes for good health! If your bones are not fat or healthy, you get osteoporosis. Fear comes from bad news.
That is why Pastor shared that he limits himself to just the headlines.
The great evangelist, Smith Wigglesworth, who raised 10 people from the dead during his ministry, was even more radical — he did not have newspapers in his house at all!
Amen is the most known word in all the world’s languages
2 Cor 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him [are] Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
The root word for AMEN is transliterated as AMAN.
AMAN a verb (Strong’s 539) which has the meaning of Faith [Editor: i.e. to support, confirm, be faithful, stand firm, believe, trust, or be certain]
The noun is EMUWNAH (Strong’s 530).
For instance, Abraham in Genesis 15:6 “believed” or AMAN “in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
In Arabic, AMAN is Amin.
Rev 3:14 …. These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God …
Rev 3:14 tells us that Jesus Christ is the AMEN !
When we say AMEN, it is to the glory of God and fulfilment in our lives. When we say AMEN, we are saying, “I believe and so be it unto me” and we will take the benefit of the blessings, preaching etc.
Pastor says in 2009 there will be more Salvation (part of the definition of dektos “acceptable” year of the Lord) than in previous years.
In 2005, there was an elderly gentleman named Tzvi (Editor: I am making an educated guess that this is how the name is rendered) who was about 102 years old, and could possibly be still alive today in Israel. He shared his story and with such clarity and presence of mind, that it is very likely the truth.
Tzvi said that at 15 years old in the 20th century, he fled Poland for Vienna. In Vienna, he attended a Jewish bible school. There a certain rabbi was teaching about a certain Jewish celebrative feast day. The rabbi said this feast day would at exactly 1 o’clock on a certain day every 87 years. The rabbi then uttered a blessing, “May we all live to see it in the next 87 years!” That would happen in 2005.
Tzvi took the blessing seriously and he was the only one in the class that said AMEN to the rabbi’s blessing. The rest of the class being kids, some older, some younger, laughed and sniggered in disbelief. Tzvi lived to at least 102 years old and to Pastor’s knowledge is still alive today and has clarity of mind to tell the story. More importantly, Tzvi is the only one alive in 2005 from the rabbi’s class in Vienna when that rabbi uttured his blessing of long life.
Tzvi said he felt a warm protective feeling, the moment he said AMEN. Tzvi said he knew that he would be protected because he said AMEN to the blessing and that sense of protection was what kept him through WWI and WWII and other subsequent traumatic events. Tzvi always felt that he would live as he had said AMEN to rabbi’s blessing of long life.
AMEN – The Royal Seal
The Jewish rabbis teach that if they bless and you don’t say AMEN — It is incomplete!
If the king sends a letter and you don’t say AMEN, in effect, no royal seal is fixed on the letter. If we say AMEN, we catch certain blessings. AMEN is Faith reaching out.
Amen is the royal seal to king’s letter. Without a seal, the letter is without authority from king. The seal gives the letter effect.
The seal is always red because Jesus’ blood is red. When we say AMEN, we are saying, Jesus!
No Amen in Nazareth
In Luke 4 after Jesus declared the blessings in Luke 4:18-19, there was no AMEN from the people in Nazareth. This is because the Jews were jealous and filled with envy because Jesus had in his preaching in Luke 4 used the examples of Naaman and the widow of Sarepta who received their miracles without merit, and because of the pure Grace of God.
The Jews then ‘naturalised’ Jesus (Luke 4:22) and called him merely Joseph’s son, and did not recognise him as the Son of God. Finally, the Nazareth Jews thrust Jesus out of the city and wanted to push Jesus down the hill (Luke 4:29).
[Editor: This is the last direct reference of Nazareth in the scriptures i.e. mentioned in the context of a distinct city or town, and not part of an individual's title. Nazareth could have been part of the greatest BLESSING and revival in history ever if the people there said AMEN. Instead, Nazareth henceforth faded into biblical obscurity. Jesus simply left Nazareth and went to where he was wanted by people who would say AMEN. ]
Zecharias – an example of unbelief
Another example of unbelief is the father of John the Baptist, Zacharias. In Luke 1, the angel Gabriel had just delivered the promise of God to Zacharias that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son, the future, John the Baptist. However Zacharias answers in disbelief in Luke 1:18 and says, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
As a result, Gabriel in Luke 1:20 had to render Zacharias unable to speak until the birth of the miracle child, John. Gabriel blocked Zacharias’ speech because God did not want Zacharias to speak words of unbelief henceforth until the miracle manifested lest the words of unbelief rob Zacharias of the miracle.
Mary – spoke in belief and said AMEN
This is in contrast with Mary, the vessel which God the Father used to bring Jesus to us.
After Gabriel had prophesied to Mary that she would bring forth Jesus, Mary replied in Luke 1:34 “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
Mary unlike Zacharias did not question the happening of the miracle, she merely enquired about how or the mechanism by which the miracle would happen.
Moreover, Mary in Luke 1:38 says to Gabriel “… Let it be to me according to your word”. In essence, Mary was saying AMEN as AMEN means : So be it!
OT Israel could not say AMEN as Jesus had not come
When the tribes of Israel were gathered (Deu 27 and Joshua 8 ) at Mt Ebal and Mt Gerizim to read the blessings and cursings of the Law. The Israelites said AMEN to the curses of the Law (Deu 27) but not AMEN to the blessings (Deu 28). This is because Jesus – the AMEN, had not yet come to the earth and thus there was no power to say AMEN to the blessings in the OT. All the promises of God in Jesus are Yes, and in Jesus Amen, to the glory of God (2 Cor 1:20).
Don’t say AMEN to the wrong things
Don’t make the mistake of some folks in certain congregations who get so charged up by the preaching that they say AMEN to fiery judgemental preaching. These folks are actually saying to the judgement, so be it unto our lives!
If we only learn to shut up [from negativety] for one entire day, we will see the best week of our lives!
Learn to say “NOT FOR ME” to bad news and say AMEN to blessings and good reports.
Christians who say AMEN won’t fall sick.
If you love Jesus, there will be suffering for love’s sake. Example: persecution from people who make fun of your faith in Jesus.
When you are attacked by people, don’t retaliate, forgive etc.
BUT reject and do not suffer what Jesus has borne on the Cross e.g. sickness, poverty, etc.
AMEN – a very frequent word in the NT
In the NT, AMEN is used very frequently. In fact the last word in the NT is AMEN and this is found in Rev 22:21, the last verse of the Bible.
Rev 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.
This contrasts with the OT which ends with cursing (Malachi 4:6).
Fix your eyes on Jesus
Don’t fix your eyes on the changeable economy, fix your eyes on Jesus! and declare that we shall see good days, AMEN!
1 Pet 3:10-11 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.”
Don’t make the mistake of Adam and Eve. They were in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. Eden means pleasure. Yet the devil made them focus on what they did not have — the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They should have focued on the Tree of Life — Jesus — which they had!
See Good Days
What is the you will “love life” blessing in 1 Pet 3:10?
It is the sort of feeling when you are in a beach resort in Maldives and you say, “This is the life” or when you say “Life is great! It is so wonderful to be alive!”
How do we procure this promise of “love life” and “good days”? One ‘condition’ as stated 1 Pet 3:10-11 is to refrain one’s tongue from evil.
1 Pet 3:10-11 is a quotation from Ps 34:11-14.
Ps 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Ps 34:12 Who [is] the man [who] desires life, And loves [many] days, that he may see good?
Ps 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
Ps 34:14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
It is the Lord’s WILL for us to see GOOD DAYS otherwise why ‘entice’ us this way?!
There is the macro part of the blessing in that 2009 will be the acceptable YEAR of the LORD and the micro part of the blessing in that we will enjoy good DAYS. Amen!
Refrain from evil
How? Example when you quarrel with spouse, don’t return the ‘attacks’ with evil. Similarly, when attacked by those who persecute your faith in Jesus. Bless them instead.
The evil day is but one day
Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
There are trials in the Christian life but the evil day is but one — singular.
We see many good days but only one evil day.
As per Eph 6:13, God wants us to withstand the evil day and we say AMEN to this! Our good days will be long and our evil day short. AMEN!
Say also AMEN to 2009 being the “acceptable year of the LORD” and you will ‘catch’ the blessing.
Evil day does not come to stay
Ps 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil …
You don’t have to but you chose to walk through the valley. But the valley is not prolonged. You walk “through” it.
It won’t be an evil day if you don’t agree to it. Reject it and don’t say AMEN to it.
Redeeming the time
The world says 2009 will be bad, we reject this, and our remedy is to redeem the time and the evil day.
Eph 5:15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
You can redeem or buy back time.
Redeem time by saying, e.g. “I have all the time in the world”. Immediately your body will move from crisis mode to relaxation mode.
Length of days
There are some days in which we feel we have experienced a long and fulfilling day where all your goals have been achieved yet you feel that there is time for relaxation, etc. This the Bible promise of length of days. Where the day remains 24 hours but you have experienced a fulfilling and complete day and you feel that you have had more than 24 hours! This is in contrast to days on which you don’t experience the “length of days” blessing. These are days where you feel stressed and still have not finished the work for the day.
Proverbs 3:2 For length of days and long life And peace [Editor: SHALOM] they will add to you.
From Proverbs 3:2, we can see that “length of days” and “long life” are distinct concepts.
A long life is useless if it is a miserable life, that is why God adds SHALOM to it (Proverbs 3:2).
If you proclaim the Word of God in faith in your life, your days will be multiplied.
Deu 11:18 Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
Deu 11:19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deu 11:20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
Deu 11:21 That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
What is “Let him refrain his tongue from evil” in 1 Pet 3:10-1?
Speaking evil does not always have to mean vulgarity. It can mean you speak pessimistically and against God’ Will.
It can also be an “evil report” (Num 13:32) as in the report brought by the 10 spies who spoke in unbelief about Israel being able to take Canaan.
Joshua learn from the mistake of the 10 spies and thus forbade the Israelites from speaking as they prepared to attack Jericho. He did not want a repeat of the previous incident of unbelief as the Israelites circled the walls of Jericho seemingly without result until the seventh day. Had the Israelites been allowed to speak, they could have spoke negatively and condemned Israel to another 40 years of wandering. Live long — be a positive person like Joshua.
Keep on speaking God’s Word consistently and you shall be blessed. It does not have to be always scripture but can be words in line with Godly principles and in line with His Word.
Rebut the nay-sayers with God’s Word.
Best thing we can do with God’s Word is not to simply do nothing. Do something, feel your mouth with good things. Example: Say AMEN to His blessings or speak in tongues.
Speak in tongues when you are angry, stressed. Let the stress go by speaking in tongues.
Women de-stress by speaking out or expressing their emotions and studies have shown that women on average live longer than men because of this.
Showing that God is good to your kids
Your kids observe you to see how God is.
So if you are constantly attributing the good things that happen in your family to God, they will be conscious that God is good. Likewise, if you are always talking about God to your kids, they will be conscious of His presence.
You could say: “You know what happened just now? God just blessed us.” OR “God is good, Daddy got a good bonus.” OR “We got a carpark space, thank you Abba God!” Speak in line with God’s Word.
Attribute the good things to God even if the event seems so natural. Children will attribute the events to God if you as the parent says so. Give your kids the sense that God is the master operator who can change and influence events to their good.
Catching the blessings of others
You might just be catching the blessings meant for others, if you say AMEN to those blessings to which these other people remain silent or indifferent to.
God says we are blessed with days of heaven on earth. AMEN!
Tisha b’Av or the 9th of Av
The 9th of Av has marked some of the most harrowing days in the history of the nation of Israel, including but not limited to the following:
(1) The golden calf was created by the rebellious Children of Israel whilst Moses was with God during the 40 days at Mt Sinai.
(2) The 10 spies brought an evil report and God prohibited Israel from entering the Promised Land.
(3) In the year 586 B.C., the First Temple, built by Solomon, was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, and the Babylonian captivity began.
(4) In 70 A.D., the Second Temple, that which was standing during Christ’s ministry, was destroyed by the Romans, precisely as Jesus predicted in Luke 19.
(5) In the year 135 A.D., the famous Bar Kokhba revolt was squelched when Bethar, the last Jewish stronghold, fell to the Romans.
(6) On March 31, 1492, the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella issued a royal decree that all Jews must leave Span. At that time, Spain contained the largest diaspora of Jews.
(7) The start of the First World War in 1914 (Germany attacks Russia). This started a series of events which culminates in the rise of Nazism, WWII and their anti-Semitic policies.
In 2005, the 9th of Av marked another milestone in Israel’s history. That year Tisha b’Av marked the beginning of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Now Gaza is a terrorist launching pad against Israel!
Thus the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av, has become a symbol of all the persecutions and misfortunes of the Jewish people, for the loss of their national independence and their sufferings in exile. It is a day of intensive mourning for the destruction of the Temple and for Jerusalem.
The 9 of Av usually falls in July or August in the Greogorian calendar. The Orthodox Jews fast on this day. It is viewed as the EVIL DAY for the Jews because so many evil things happened to the Jewish people on this date. No business is done for this month of Av. No one does anything and there are no marriages celebrated on 9 Av.
Christians are not affected by the 9 Av as we are redeemed from the curse of the Law.
For the Jews, the 9 of Av will be no more the moment they recognise Jesus as Messiah.
Moreover, Christians don’t even have 1 evil day as Jesus himself redeemed that evil day.
We may have trials in life but it should never last the whole year.
EDITOR: This seems to have been given only for the first service (towards the close of the service) as the CD of a later service does not make reference to it.
To my best efforts, the main points of the prophetic word which I managed to write down, seem to be as follows:
(1) Turning Point.
(2) 2009 is year of transition.
(3) Every year of life will turn around. Some slowly. Some quickly.
(4) Turn around is coming, even for those you love.
(5) Year of transition. Transition to a better, larger place beside the still waters, green pastures.
(6) The Lord will lead you as sheep. He will lead you to still waters.
(7) You won’t see war.
Ransomed from the Law
Matt 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Matt 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Jesus also came to ransom us from the Law.
The 6th hour by Jewish reckoning is our 12 noon. Ordinarily, this is the brightest time of the day. Yet mid-day became mid-night for 3 hours as Jesus took all the sin of mankind before He died. This was a miracle as mid-day became mid-night.
This is in contrast to when Jesus was born, midnight became mid-day as the glory of God and angels lit up the sky to declare His birth.
In the OT, only Moses saw the back parts of God. When the Children of Israel sinned, they saw the back of God who turned to face His delight, Jesus. But at the Cross, because Jesus took all of mankind’s sin, God the Father had to forsake Jesus and turn His back on Jesus. That is why Jesus cried out “Eil Eli …” Darkness illustrates the place of the curse which is what befall Jesus now at the Cross. Bright countenance of God is place of favour and blessing which we now enter into because of Jesus at the Cross.
No one will buy you?
Deu 28:68 And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.
The last verse of Deu 28 ends sadly with the curse that: no one will buy or redeem you.
But praise God! Jesus has bought and redeemed us at the Cross!
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
Declare the promises of Gal 3:13 in your lives , say: I am redeemed!
Day and Night @ the Cross
Ps 22:1 To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Deer of the Dawn.” A Psalm of David. My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? [Why are You so] far from helping Me, [And from] the words of My groaning?
Ps 22:2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent.
Ps 22:3 But You [are] holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Ps 22:2 seems to describe the scene at the Cross where it was daytime yet dark (“night season”) and God did not hear Jesus’ prayer. It cannot be Gethsemane because God still heard Jesus’ prayer there. Here, Christ can be said to be praying at day and at night at the same time, but the Father did not hear Him, this happened only at the Cross.
At the Cross, Jesus became sin. Therefore, Ps 22:3 tells us that God the Father turned His back and could not see the Son and answer the Son’s prayers.
Praise God! Jesus redeemed us from the curse of unanswered prayer. God shall now always answer our prayers regardless of daytime or nighnight.
Jesus Christ – fulfillment of the Passover Lamb Sacrifice
Exodus 12:6 And ye shall keep it [Editor: The Passover Lamb] up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening [Editor: The Hebrew has the connotation of "between 2 evenings"].
Editor: The Jews had the concept of 2 evenings. The first was at 3 pm at which time the evening sacifice was killed and the second at 6 pm or near sunset.
It is important to note that Jesus literally fulfilled the type of the Passover Lamb as He was literally sacrificed at the Cross in between 2 evenings. Jesus dismissed His spirit at 6 pm on the Cross at a time when mid-day seemed like midnight i.e. evening and thus before the actual evening of that day at 6 pm .
The day in which Jesus was crucified was literally the only day in history with 2 evenings!
Redeemed from the Evil Day
Deu 28:29 And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save [you].
Deu 28:67 In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.
Deu 28:29 also seems to describe what Jesus experienced on the Cross (groping in darkness at noonday) for our benefit, when day became night. Likewise Deu 28:67 is a curse which Jesus has redeemed us from.
Jesus has redeemed from all the horrors of Deu 28 and Ps 22:2 because Jesus suffered those horrors at the Cross for us on that day – the epitome of the evil day – when mid-day became mid-night. He redeemed us from the EVIL day!
In 2009, look forward to good days. Put on the helmet of hope and have a positive expectation of good!
1 Th 5:18 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Jesus can change your destiny
Your past does not determine your future. Jesus can change your destiny.
The rudder (your tongue) steers the whole ship (of your life). Thus say AMEN to blessings and good things and reject the bad reports.
Whether you do well or bad, people WILL find some things to say against you. Reject these.
You are not in this life to please your boss or friends. These people did not die for you. Jesus did. You should be impressing Jesus Christ and not them.
2009 is the detktos-ratsown year and you will walk greater and greater in the salvation and free favors and you will walk in them profusely.
It is going to be a year full of the detktos-ratsown blessings which profusely abound. Salvation will abound in every family here. Those who are not saved will be saved. The free favours of God will flow freely in our lives: families, marriages, business, ministry, church and nation.
Father, shut the eye and ear gate of our lives from the wrong frequency or vision, satanic imaginations and the voice of the enemy (e.g. such as in Eden which led Adam and Eve to focus on what they did not have instead of the plenty which they did)
Father, open our eyes to your vision, the vision of the Shadai, the Almighty and to hear your voice and your voice only as pre-eminent in our lives, so that our mouths speak after what we see and hear from you. Guard our mouths and give us the tongue of the learned. Protect our tongue from speaking evil and abound our mouth with your words, your Rhema word, with praying in the Spirit. Set a guard on the doors of our lips.
Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be completely pleasing to you LORD.
We give thanks to you LORD for 2009. We call this year blessed. AMEN. It is the acceptable year of the LORD. AMEN!