by Ed Watts
I believe the Lord is calling us to consider 2 Kings 5:13. In 2 Kings 5:13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!”
Naaman almost missed his moment of transformation because of PRIDE & the Wisdom of Man. The Bridegroom, Jesus, is calling His Bride to the WATERS to wash and be cleansed! I truly believe the LORD is calling His Church to fill the baptismal tank and ask Him to make it a Baptism of Fire & Repentance. He’s calling us to CRY out and ask Him to burn away every belief, doctrine, system of religion that is not 100 percent His Image.
In Jesus day, a bride would be immersed into the Waters of a Mikveh (Baptismal Tank) right before she would get dressed for her wedding. The Lord raised up John the Baptist to ready the people for the Messiah. His baptism was a baptism of repentance for the present day covenant people of God. I tell you there is a Second Baptism of Repentance at hand for those that have an ear to hear. Even if you don’t immerse in actual water, which I truly believe the Lord is calling the church to! There is a baptism in the Fire of the Holy Spirit that will cleanse us & burn away 1,800 years of the mixture of doctrines and the agendas of man. The Lord is about to raise up people who Live for one Purpose, HIS PURPOSE, and LONG for the coming of their Bridegroom King, Jesus!
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Lord is raising up Bridal Preparation Centers that will Wash the Bride with the Pure Water of the Word of God and administer the Baptism of Fire.
In Flint Michigan our waters have been contaminated with lead so the blood of the people of Flint has become contaminated. But this is just a sign of a greater reality in the Body of Christ. The waters of the Church have become contaminated so the Blood has become contaminated, killing the Body of Christ. Where is the Power of the Blood of Christ in the USA? We see some instances of power, because of God’s mercy, but nowhere near the measure of the Book of Acts and what we see in 3rd world countries.
We see clearly throughout church history there are times & seasons when the LORD breaks in with light/revelation that begins a new move of God. I believe every generation from the time of Christ has been sincere in their practices but we see clearly through the lens of history that many were sincerely wrong. I know I have been very sincere in many things but came to realize that I was sincerely wrong, I just couldn’t see it.
There are many examples throughout church history that the old movement, that was revelatory at the time, ends up persecuting the new move of God.
I believe were at the Greatest Transition of Human & Church history that the Bible deems (the restoration of all things Acts 3:19-21). We are in transition from the 2nd day church to the 3rd day church “The Resurrected Body of Christ”.
We are NOT going into the promise land of revival but into the “PROMISED MAN”, the full stature of the Image of Christ. (Read Eph. 4:11-13 this will happen before He returns)
Is it possible that were asking the Lord to revive a system of religion that He is coming to tear down? The Lord once had me release a prophetic word amongst a group of pastors contending for revival in their city that “there would be No Revival until He first revived/Reformed the church because He loved the sinners too much to send them to the present state of the church.”
Jesus came to a Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-ff) who had five husbands and was presently living with a man who was not her husband. He did not come to judge her but to awaken her eternal purpose, read the story, she brought a whole city to the feet of Jesus. Throughout the bible God uses the analogy of a woman to represent His Covenant People (i.e. Book of Hosea). The woman/the church has had more than five husbands/denominations and is even presently non-denominational, apostolic & prophetic yet still unable to shift the culture.
The Samaritans were considered a people of mixture by the Jews and the Jewish people had no dealings with the Samaritans. (see John. 4:9) I believe this woman represents the American Church of mixture who’s waters are contaminated and who’s Womb is Barren, unable to produce the pure image of God!
I believe that, like the Israelites in the wilderness, we have crafted a Golden Calf, and call it Jesus. A Jesus that’s okay with living lives that do NOT model His lifestyle. Biblical discipleship in Jesus day was not about learning a Rabbi’s teachings but His lifestyle. Jesus lived for one purpose, His Father’s will to be done in the earth. We have an Americanized gospel that is powerless to shift the culture and transform cities. When a disciple refused to follow his Rabbis lifestyle after repeated correction a Rabbi would turn his head away from his disciple and say; “depart from me I have never known you”.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:21-23
We have made a doctrine out of one passage of scripture (Romans 10:9-10), we’ve told people if they only confess Jesus as Lord and believe in their heart, they will be saved.” We have failed to teach people about Covenant! Even more that they are entering a covenant with God through blood, the blood of His Son. What a weighty thing to enter into a covenant with anyone, but with God. We (the American Church) have led thousands of people into false conversions by telling them if they just ask Jesus in their heart and believe that God raised Him from the dead etc.
Hebrews 10:29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
The Apostle Paul addressed this Golden Calf Jesus in his day. He said just as the WOMAN Eve was deceived so has the church been deceived.
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. 2 Corinthians 11:2-4.
In Jesus’ day, if a woman was unable to conceive children, (John 4, the woman at the well) she was deemed useless and passed from man to man. The woman, the church, has been unable to reproduce the pure image of the first born raised from the dead, Jesus! (Read Romans 8:28-29 Colossians 1 and Revelation. 1:5-f)
The woman has been passed from denomination to denomination, institution to institution, unable to truly produce the pure un-compromised IMAGE of the First Born from the dead. But, the Lord will Not relent concerning His Love for His bride, His people. Yet in His love He will NOT allow us to reproduce a mixed image any longer, it’s time to take all we think we know about Him and let in die in the baptismal waters of repentance & fire. If what we believe, preach & live by is of Him it will be resurrected, if NOT let it die! My prayer is that the Lord would circumcise the eyes of our heart so that we could see Him fully. (read Eph. 1:17-20)
The systems of religion as sincere as they are (we are) has enslaved the people of God and made them powerless to shift or shape the culture. The Body of Christ has spiritual leprosy, and like Naaman we stand in pride thinking we know the truth, how dare you tell me to immerse, don’t you know anything about baptism?
It’s easy to have pointy fingers of accusation believing we know the truth when it’s possible that we are just blind guides as Jesus declared to the leaders of His Day. I believe the Lord is looking for us to be like blind Bartimaus who shouted; “Jesus, Son of David have Mercy on me I want to see.” That DAY, His EYES were opened and he saw the image of Jesus clearly.
Jesus told the religious leaders of His day; “your blindness/sin remains because you claim to see”. (JN. 9:40-41) They chose in pride to sternly hold on to what they claimed they knew about the Christ/Messiah, instead of becoming like children/teachable and truly SEE who He was.
The Lord loves the people in the system, but hates the system that enslaves His People, like in Egypt. Make more bricks, build bigger buildings that are void of the manifested presence and glory of God. But as the Lord said through Moses; He’s saying it again, “thus say the LORD, let My People Go”.
Transition is very TUFF STUFF. Study church history and every time the LORD breaks in with light on the scriptures.
This transition we presently face is the greatest transition every seen since Jesus’ first coming. The question is will you & I become like children and allow everything we think we know about God to baptized in the waters of death & burial and let what is truly of the Lord be resurrected according to His Will?
In the Flint Michigan area we have 500 plus churches but have a city with all the worst statistics for violence & crime. In our nation we have myriads of churches but we have a nation in bondage and a church that is powerless to shift the culture. The culture has way more influence on the church than the church has on the culture.
The 1st church shifted the culture and turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6)
The Lord has overlooked times/seasons of ignorance (lacking the full knowledge) throughout church history but is NOW commanding all people to repent.
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof by raising Him from the dead. (Acts 17:30-31)
I have great hope for the Covenant People of God because i know that the Lord has saved the Best Wine for last. (see John 2:1-ff) He will turn our water into the best wine of His Spirit that the earth has ever tasted, but will we allow Him to do it? In Jesus day, those who knew the scripture, sang songs to God, fasted twice a week and gave 10% of their income to the temple ended up rejecting what He was doing because they refused to be baptized by John in the Waters of Repentance.
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, Whom heaven must receive until the time of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.( Acts 3:19-21)
Repent & return is one word in the Hebrew, it’s teshuvah. Teshuvah means, return from apostasy. It’s the same word we find in (Jeremiah 15:19).
Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, (Teshuvah)Then I will bring you back; You shall stand before Me; If you extract the precious from the vile You shall be as My mouth.
Let them return to you, But you must not return to them. (Jeremiah 15:19)
The Lord is calling to His Remnant to Teshuvah. He will make us as His Mouth. We will see the greatest move of God’s Spirit that the earth has ever seen, but we must EXTRACT the precious from the vile. Or allow His Baptism of Repentance & FIRE to reveal & remove the vile. I believe the Lord will raise up Jonah Messengers with the word of the Lord in their mouths that cut whole cities to the heart! God gave me a word years ago that, “What I did in your life on December 12, 1990 I will do in whole families, churches, and even cities., contend for this and call My People to this”
I was raised in a very bad environment; my mother and father separated when I was 7 and my father passed away when I was 13. Because my mother worked outside the home my three siblings and I were unsupervised most of the time. They were 10, 8, and 6 years older than I and very much into the drug scene. During the 70’s our house became a daytime flop house for a group of druggies. Unfortunately, I looked up to them which led me to start smoking marijuana at age seven. By age 10, I was smoking pot regularly and experimenting with LSD, Angel Dust, and any drug that came my way. From age 10 on, I cannot remember one day I did not get high until my conversion.
By age 14 I was a drug dealer, heavy user, an alcoholic, a thief, violent, and a high school dropout with an eighth grade education. I was in jail several times and only the MERCY of God saved me from prison. By age 18, I was deep into addiction, sin, and darkness. I started using cocaine which few people can ever stop. Most of my friends from that era blew out their hearts (overdosed) smoking crack cocaine. I hung out with people who were drug dealers, thieves, murderers, very scary, and demonic. I had multiple drug related near death experiences from which the grace of God delivered and saved me. On December 12, 1990 I went to my mother’s church and God moved upon my heart. That night I responded to the gospel message and went down to the altar to surrender my life to the Lord. As I prayed at the altar, the Power of God hit my life and delivered me instantly from 17 years of drug addiction and 8 years of alcoholism! In ONE Moment everything changed. I went to God’s ONE STEP deliverance program and I have been burning with the Fire of God ever since.
The key to telling my testimony is a promise of transformation coming to regions. God is the God of Suddenlies, in one moment everything can be transformed. Can a nation be born in one day? Yes! (Isa. 66:8) BUT, will we allow Him to Burn Away all our Doctrines, Beliefs, and Systems that are NOT of Him?
The hour is Urgent and he will Not allow us to reproduce OUR PRESENT CONDITION!
The Hope of America is Not who’s elected this year but that the ELECT of God would arise to their appointed position to Stand before Him in His Council and hear His Word and turn His People back to Him. (Read Jer. 23:18-22)
I sincerely pray that I stay humble and teachable, so that after I have preached to others I myself do not become disqualified.
I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 9:27 & 1 Corinthians 10:1-12)