Encounter: God of the 5th Scene &
Psalm 67 Explosion
:On a number of occasions, I have been taken in the Spirit into a “reformation room.” Situated within is a table of communion where the Lord reveals His manifold faces and nourishes us with the bread of His presence.
In this encounter I was seated at the corner of the table on the Lord's right side. He strongly corrected His people who were speaking from areas where we were weary, wounded, disappointed, or hopeless. The Lord said, “Stop it! Wait and listen again until you get the hope, the love, and see My solution.” He was in pain over this and desired to help us.
He showed me it was the year for Psalm 67. He said, "There is an epic battle presently raging over Who I am." God spoke from Psalm 67 that He is going to open up His Face and His ways so that He will be seen and known, not only among His people, but also among whole cities, and even nations, that will open their gates to Him. I saw specific nations invite Him, with His gifts and building plan, into their cities. These cities became radiant with joy and pulsated with the presence of God.
The Fifth Scene. With this, the Spirit took me back, as He has many times, to one of my initial heavenly encounters in January of 1982 in Fort Collins, Colorado, when I was newly converted. It was so dramatic! I saw four visions of earthly scenes that were filled with sorrow, tragedy, despair, and death. They had so much evil and suffering. I was disrupted and deeply burdened by what God showed me.
But then I saw “The Fifth Scene.” The first four scenes were real, but the fifth scene was an even greater reality. I saw the Lord high and lifted up like Isaiah did – even though I had never read the passage at that time. The Lord Almighty was higher than the sky and the brilliance of His indescribable presence filled my whole view. He was filled with joy, celebrating, and even belly laughing.
I was so perplexed by the contrast of the fifth scene to the first four I had witnessed. I asked Him, “Lord, what about all the terrible evils and human suffering you just showed me?” Then I saw a small dark dot enter the lower left corner of the vision. It floated up a ways and then suddenly disappeared. The Lord authoritatively announced, “That dot represents all the evil of all beings and of all history combined. It's temporary and fleeting compared to Who I Am. So what are you going to magnify?”
The Lord is going to been seen as “The God of the Fifth Scene” or the “Psalm 67 God.” At the communion table He declared to His people, "I Am God, All Powerful."
Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God,
who keeps covenant and lovingkindness…”
He said, “I am the celebrating, covenant-keeping, sovereign God, and I will bring forth radiant cities and nations of the earth.”
The Gift of Himself. God is first offering to us “the Gift of Himself.” The Hope Reformation is all about a healed and expanded view of God. As we feed on this deeper knowledge of God, and feed others, we realize that though we truly know the Lord, surely there are many, many things about Him that we have yet to discover. This revelation caused me to weep for joy.
The Lord told me that we presently know 1% of the 100% of the knowledge of God that He wants to reveal to us in this life, not to mention what the future age will reveal about Him. It's not that the divine attributes revealed in Scripture will be contradicted by what we learn, but it's that we so easily misunderstand and misjudge His great heart and His manifold wisdom and thoughts regarding the people and situations in our world.
As a result, we often unwittingly misrepresent the Lord to the people and the watching world around us. Jesus wants to be more accurately “re-presented” in our day by His sons and daughters to a needy and spiritually hungry world. Psalm 67 speaks of causing His face to shine upon us. And He is promising to help us if we humbly acknowledge our need to learn and grow.
Psalm 67 speaks of the revelation of His ways. God will reveal a blueprint about specifically how He is seeking to dwell among us here and now, and how this union with Him will lead to a truly apostolic reformation that will eventually lead to the restoration of all things referred to by Peter in Acts 3:19-21. They saw the God of the Fifth Scene in their own day, and God wants us to as well.
Psalm 67 speaks of a revealed pattern for worship. It speaks of the nations singing for joy and salvation coming to the earth. As we unpack this Gift, we experience how divine hope heals and expands our view of God, and our own hearts too. Hope is the antidote for Misery Christianity. The heart sings as it gets liberated from it.
The Lord then instructed all of us to continue to sit at the table, and to keep watching and listening, so that we could see through the dark clouds. He said, "Wait, wait, wait for My Father's hopeful view because He has more things yet to reveal to us…"
The Hopeful Prophetic. The Lord held my face in His hands for two hours and repeatedly affirmed that He was delighted in me. I saw Him also holding the faces of others at the table. He kept saying, "I am delighted in all of you.”
He kept imparting the essence of Zephaniah 3:17 to my heart…and to theirs…again and again:
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”
It was so good that He did that because I didn't know at the time how much I would need that deep and warm fatherly affirmation and delight to handle the rebuke about hopeless prophecy and speaking throughout my life.
As this divine encounter took on a more serious tone, He took a fiery coal and put it to my lips to purify my speech. He said this was needed so that I could blow the trumpet He has put to my mouth to faithfully declare His nature.
He then took me, and many others, on a journey through a number of scenarios in our histories where we spoke out of a wrong frame of spirit, heart, or mind. He showed me the damage and discouragement I had caused…even in relation to people I love the most. It was so painful and humbling to rehearse. The Lord said, “The words I have given you to speak are a ‘holy sacrament.' Speaking hopeless words of negation only serve to ‘resurrect' the enemy that I have already ‘obliterated' for you.”
He took me back to a very dramatic experience I had years ago when He powerfully defeated a terribly intimidating demonic spirit of negation and hopelessness that had tormented me. I witnessed the heat of this battle with my eyes wide open! When had He vanquished this demon by His mighty power, He asked me in an audible voice, “Whom do you fear now?”
Now, in this recent visit, He proclaimed again with strength, "I am your Victorious Warrior." He said, “You have a choice to ‘resurrect' this old enemy, but it is not My plan.” Then He showed me times when I had chosen to do this. Ugh!
The Lord declared,”I intend to bring you into the goodness and blessing of Romans 5:17 so that you may reign in this life:
“‘For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man,
much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness
reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ."
God spoke He wants to raise us up as true Hope Reformers who partner with Him to “reign in life”…to prevail over the darkness and misery of this world and bring the hope of the true Gospel to the cities and nations of the earth that He so deeply loves.
The Holy Spirit said, “God has lifted you up out of the miry clay of Psalm 40 so that you can mount up on wings of eagles to declare Isaiah 40:31 – that 'the glory of the Lord shall be revealed' and how ‘all flesh will see it together.'”
The Lord was shouting, “Soar with Me! I want to take you to a place in Me where the enemy's voice ceases!"
I was aware that this era could become like the time of Solomon in which all of his adversaries were subdued on every side. Then He said, “Destruction is not My answer. I have a redemptive plan. As my ambassador, do not speak until I lift you up out of the miry clay, and put a new song in your mouths.”
He also declared with intensity, "I do not use the enemy to spank My children!" He said, "I intend to turn the enemy's assaults and attacks into opportunities for you to partner with Me to transform them into doors of hope."
“…I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.”
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!”
The Lord said that He will progressively reveal facets of His nature to us that will help us progress in His purposes this year and beyond.