WE ARE STRANGERS 

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According to 1 Pet 2:11, you and I are strangers and pilgrims in the earth. When you live your life for Christ (Phil 1:21), when you are not conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:), when you abstain from fleshly lusts (1 Pet 2:11), when your speech is as the oracles of God (1 Pet 4:11), when your conversation is in heaven (Phil 3:20), when you keep looking for that blessed hope (Titus 2:13), when you keep preaching the Word (Acts 8:4), and so forth, people in this world think you are strange. And, you know what? To them you are strange. The Lord said you and I would be. We are strangers in this world. We are strangers:

Because the Lord is our God – We live in a world of strange gods. Deut 32:16 says of Israel, “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods.” Men are naturally drawn to gods that are strange. And yet when we preach about the true God, they think we are strange. In Acts 17:18 they said of Paul that he seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods; because he preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection. He was telling them the truth and they thought he was preaching something strange. This world will worship the antichrist in due time.

He is the strangest of the strange gods. He is a liar, our God is truth. He is a murderer; our God gives life. He has the power of death; our God has the power of resurrection from the dead. He is the ruler of darkness; our God is light. He is a destroyer; our God is the Creator. He will burn in the lake of fire forever; our God lives forever in the new heavens and new earth. You need to be very careful not to become ecumenical in this world, just so you can get along with everybody in it. You are a stranger. And your God is very strange to the people who love their gods.

Because heaven is our home – We know that this world is not our home, we’re just passing through. We are like Israel when they were taken captive in Babylon, Ps 137. They asked, “How shall we sing one of the songs of Zion in a strange land?” We sing here but our singing won’t be anything like it’s going to be when we get home. You’ve never heard anything like what you’re fixing to hear in heaven. Imagine Christians trying to duplicate the world’s music with Christian lyrics. You know what the problem with them is. They have made this world their home. They have made this strange land their home. This is not our home. This world is being run by the devil.

It won’t be run right until Jesus comes back and begins to rule. When he is ruling, the trees will shout and clap their hands and sing. Everything in heaven and on earth will praise the Lord. What a chorus of singing we will hear. When worldly people come to church and hear a bunch of Bible-believing Christians singing hymns about heaven, they don’t like it. They want what they’re used to hearing out in the world. Our music sounds strange to them. Indeed. It should. We are strangers in a strange land. Be careful not to get rooted and grounded in this world. Jesus will have to uproot you at the rapture. If you’re uncomfortable right now, you have become too comfortable in this world.

Because the Bible is our doctrine – We believe the Bible and it is the authority for our lives. We are to go by what it says; not by what men say. We are to live by the Bible’s words. We are to raise our children by what the Bible says. We are to handle our work, relationships, and finances according to God’s commands. This world runs by a completely different set of rules than its Creator established for it. The world is run by the god of this world, the devil. That’s why Paul said, “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines,” (Heb 13:9). Abortion is a very strange doctrine to God. Same-sex marriage is a very strange doctrine to God.

Evolution is a very strange doctrine to God. According to Col 2:8, you are to “Beware lest any man spoils you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” When you quote the Bible in this world, people think you are strange. Well, according to the Lord, you are. The words of God sound so strange to people who don’t want to believe in God and His Words. Despite this, we must keep preaching His Words because there are still people who will hear them and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Once they get saved they won’t think you are strange, at all. And, if they draw close to God and His words, they will think this world is a very strange place, particularly right now.

Conclusion: Worldly people have no connection with their Creator. He created everything that they enjoy. Yet, they have no gratitude, they give Him no glory, they have no desire to see Him, and they have no fellowship with Him, in the meantime. In fact, He is the only person and the only thing that matters in life. He is the Lord, His heaven is our home and His Words are our constant companion and guide until we get there. If your friend or family member thinks you’re strange because of these things, then so be it. God doesn’t think you’re strange, at all. To Him, you are accepted in the beloved.

 

The Hour of Mysteries Revealed: A Call Back to Sanctification

Over the last few weeks, the Lord has been reminding me of a prophetic word I released in March 2020 titled, “The Hour Of Mysteries Revealed.” This prophetic word was based on a vision revealing the exposure of global leadership and the removing and appointing of kings through the book of Daniel. When I asked the Lord what was on His heart, I heard in the Spirit 1 Corinthians 5, which is very direct and needs no interpretation.

The Lord is presently dealing with the church and its leaders globally for sin and specifically for the sin of sexual immorality. Relating back to the vision, the Lord said the church was going through a “liver detox,” and after over a year of opportunity to repent, I believe the Lord is extending opportunity for mercy before His divine exposure and judgment. The name Daniel in Hebrew means “God is my judge,” and though mercy triumphs over judgment, the Lord is both judge and bridegroom King.

“It is actually reported [everywhere] that there is sexual immorality among you, a kind of immorality that is condemned even among the [unbelieving] Gentiles: that someone has [an intimate relationship with] his father’s wife. And you are proud and arrogant! You should have mourned in shame so that the man who has done this [disgraceful] thing would be removed from your fellowship!

Your boasting [over the supposed spirituality of your church] is not good [indeed, it is vulgar and inappropriate]. Do you not know that [just] a little leaven ferments the whole batch [of dough, just as a little sin corrupts a person or an entire church]? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new batch, just as you are, still unleavened. For Christ, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:1-2, 6-7, AMP).

As Christians we have been born again into a new life; we have been changed, cleansed, set apart, and the Lord is calling us back to sanctification through behavior. He has cleansed us for Himself, and if we are going to be a people who bear His name, we have to be consecrated and holy to Him (1 Cor. 6:11). When one is sexually immoral, they sin against their own body, yet as a Christian, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore, this sin explicitly wars against our union, intimacy and oneness with Christ and directly affects the church as fornicators will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Eph. 6:9-10,16-20).

The liver is the largest solid organ in our created bodies, and its main function is to remove toxins from our blood supply. This deep cleaning in the church is imperative for the end time bridal message of the Lord’s Second Coming, as He is returning for His pure, spotless, holy, and set apart bride (Eph. 5:27). Let it be said, in this hour, the fear of the Lord is returning to the global church as the bridegroom King wars against those who have defiled His bride: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2).

The Hour of Mysteries Revealed

On the morning of March 19, 2020, I felt the pull to go into the Word of God. I opened my Bible and thought I was going to one book, and when I looked down, I was in another (Daniel) that I had not turned to, though immediately, “The secret is revealed to Daniel” was highlighted to me. I could feel the Spirit of The Lord hovering here, and my eyes went to Daniel 2:19: “Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”

As I continued to press into the Lord’s heart over this and wait upon Him, I had a vision. And in the vision, I saw roots exposed and upside down. I was looking closely at the root system, and as the vision began to pan out, I saw giant trees coming up from the earth. But they were upside down with root systems exposed, suspended in space. The trees were so large that the root systems could connect to the roots systems of other trees in other countries.

Then the vision panned in closer again, and I saw what looked like phone wires twined in the roots, connecting to other nations. The vision panned out again, and I saw the whole earth orbiting in space with trees all around the globe upside down. “He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him” (Dan. 2:22).

As I began to research the trees and their root systems, I came across this commentary. It is as if creation, science and God are prophesying back to us. Vice-chairman of the International Tree Foundation, Roger Leakey, says, “Globally, trees are often recognized as the ‘lungs of the world’ because they exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the atmosphere. However, this is an understatement.

If we think in these terms, trees are also the kidneys of the world as they regulate the flow and use of water by intercepting rain and releasing it slowly to the ground where it can either run off into rivers or enter the groundwater. Plants can then absorb it for use in photosynthesis. This absorbed water is then transpired back to the atmosphere and blown on the wind until it falls as rain somewhere else. Finally, they are like the heart of the world, as they drive the ecosystems that make the world healthy and function properly.”

I believe this is a divine hour where the Lord is flipping upside down and turning inside out to expose compromised systems in the heart of the world. In our created bodies, the lungs protect the heart, and the kidneys help pass waste and help filter the blood before sending it back to the heart. As roots of trees mimic the lungs in actual function and appearance, this is divine exposure to ultimately protect the heart of His created. There has been a “running off’ of tainted waters, but the Lord is exposing, so the cleansing may begin.

Isaiah 42:8-9 says: “I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

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Amy Sutherland is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the founder of Ablaze Global Productions, a ministry-production company formed from her dual call to minister to the church and the unreached around the globe. Investing years in ministry and the entertainment industry, she has had the opportunity to develop her giftings in a unique way for such as time as this.

From award-winning actress and producer to speaking and ministering prophetically worldwide, she desires to awaken and make ready a fiery bride for her King. Amy serves the body globally with prophetic words, insights, training and encouragement, though specifically ministering to leaders. Amy is a graduate of Marilyn Hickey Bible College and Harvest Missions School—Iris Ministries Africa. For more information about Amy, visit her website at ablazeglobalproductions.com.

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