The message of holiness and the rise of the prophetic voice
In Part 1 of this message, I shared about the dangers of being a lukewarm church. I shared God’s heart concerning this kind of church. I also began to touch on the importance of the message of holiness and the rise of the true prophetic voice.
I promised to share about how, as a young Christian, I struggled to speak out against sin, and how I swallowed the hard stone of knowing about a powerful man of God, who lived a double life for almost 15 years — living in sin and covering it up very well.
All I could do at the time was cry out to God about it. But as the Lord grew me as a watchman, and in the prophetic, He kept on emphasising Ezekiel 33:1-11, revealing the responsibility and the duty of the prophet and watchman. The day came when I could not be silent any longer.
Some years ago, a certain man from a nation near to South Africa, was in a relationship with a young lady that I was close to. For a couple of years, I knew this man as just a businessman, until one day the Lord revealed to me that he was actually a pastor in his nation, and he was a respected and powerful figure in that nation.
I then happened to attend a 40th birthday party, where there were some men and women of God from that nation, and the conversation somehow led to this particular pastor being mentioned, and that is how I found out that he was a pastor. And not just a pastor, he was an overseer of several churches.
I also found out that he was married, of course. I prayed for him and for this young lady, that he was involved with. I prayed that they would break up, that this relationship would end. But I never confronted them about it.
Afraid to speak out
I was a Christian, but I was afraid to say anything. Somehow. when I prayed about their relationship the enemy fought me strongly, alerting me that the principality that operated in this situation was at a high level.
This involved not just anybody, but an anointed man of God who had multitudes under his leadership. It involved someone who spoke over the nation. Therefore, he was a bigger target for the enemy.
If the enemy had him, he surely had everybody under him, because the immorality in him, as well as all the demonic spirits attached to it, would flow down to those under his leadership and care.
Of course, I still did not say anything, even though I had the revelation. I knew God wanted to correct this man, but I did not feel qualified to correct him myself or to send a message of warning from God to him.
In my heart, I was crying. I wished that I knew just one elder from that nation, who I could speak to about this situation. But I knew nobody.
My relationship with the young woman that he was involved with, slowly waned and I heard nothing of them for some years. I hoped that the problem relationship had ended without me having to do anything.
But I met the woman again after 7 years, and she told me that she and the church leader were now celebrating 11 years of being together. Oh, I cried to the Lord that day.
I had grown in the Lord over the years, and I had witnessed many things. I had seen the consequences of not speaking against sin. I had seen what happened when watchmen did not speak as commanded by the Lord.
This time the Lord heard my cry. Soon after I called on Him, I attended a prophetic conference where I met an elder from that nation who was close to the man of God in question.
I decided I would not talk to him at the conference but would write to him afterwards. But I kept procrastinating and a few months later, when I met up with this elder again, at a nations’ convocation in Israel, I still had not written to him.
Time to break silence
This time, though, the holy God would not let me remain silent. As we prayed, deeply interceding and repenting for the continent, with different men and women of God from the continent, the Spirit of the Lord convicted me so deeply, to a point where I felt physically sick.
The Lord said: “It’s been 12 years that you have been silent about this because you feared men, and disregarded my word. This, now, is the moment. You have to tell this elder from that nation, about what is happening right under their noses.”
I could not resist the Lord any longer. I arranged a meeting with the elder and told him everything. Oh he wept. He told me that they were wondering why there was so much immorality among the young married men in their churches, and every time they would speak about it as elders, the pastor in question, would say: “These boys, I wonder what is wrong with them.” And yet it was flowing from him, from the top.
This elder assured me he would take the matter up with the pastor in question. I actually gave him permission to reveal that he got this news from me, so that the pastor would not deny it.
When he got home the elder met the pastor and asked him about what I had told him. Sadly, the pastor denied everything. He even took his cell phone, and called me from his country, to try and convince me that it never happened, even though I knew every detail about it, and everybody knew.
I told him: “God is giving you another chance. He wants to use you. You better change your ways, while there is still time.”
He said: “Thank you, but you shouldn’t have told people about this. You should have spoken to me first.” He had been in this affair for 12 years at the time, and he still wanted to keep it secret.
Three years after I spoke to him, this pastor was invited to speak at a big conference in South Africa. And God said to me: “I am cleaning up the continent. My watchmen have no choice but to speak against sin and immorality in this hour. The weak sheep are getting harmed because there is no truth and no voice among my watchmen and my prophets.
“This time you will speak and you will defend this nation, from the enemy who wants to bring in more immorality, through those that are unrepentant.“
Authority of a watchman
After the Lord said this, I made sure that I would speak directly to this pastor — with the authority of a watchman in the nation.
I wrote to him and said: “I am aware that you are coming to speak over our nation. However. I write to you as a watchman in this nation, and I ask you that, if you have not made right with God and with your wife, concerning the affair that you had with this person ….., please make sure that you do not come to our nation, because God will expose you this time.”
His abrupt response was: “I handled the matter three years ago when you spoke to me.”
Well that’s between him and God. I had done my part. I had told him the truth. Of course, I also alerted two elders in South Africa, and another elder in his nation, besides the one that I had spoken with three years earlier. I told them what the Lord was saying. Needless to say, the conference was cancelled. Glory to God.
The Bible tells us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Just like Paul says, in 1 Timothy 1:15 — “Christ came into this world to save the sinners, of whom I am the worst.”
I might be a worse sinner than the pastor I am referring to, but what I know is that, when God extends His grace to me, it is not for me to mock that grace. Rather it is for me to repent and turn away from the sin, while the grace is being extended for me. God is a holy God. And He cannot be mocked.
After seeing a glimpse of God, in Isaiah 6, the prophet Isaiah cries out, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
Isaiah couldn’t bear seeing the holiness of God. He knew He was a ruined man. He recognised his sin and his nakedness. He felt that even his lips were dirty until the angel put a live coal on his lips and told him that his sin was atoned for. A Live coal could not have felt good on his lips, but that’s how much it took to remove the dirt from his lips, and to anoint him to speak over the nation of Israel.
Today we have the blood of Jesus that washes us and makes us clean. Our sins have been atoned for. But we are not to continually put Christ back on the cross, because of our unwillingness to repent
Watchmen are held responsible
The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’
7 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for[a] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.
10 “Son of man, say to the Israelites, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’
12 “Therefore, son of man, say to your people, ‘If someone who is righteous disobeys, that person’s former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that person’s former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous person who sins will not be allowed to live even though they were formerly righteous.’13 If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. 14 And if I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right— 15 if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die. 16 None of the sins that person has committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live.
17 “Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But it is their way that is not just. 18 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, they will die for it. 19 And if a wicked person turns away from their wickedness and does what is just and right, they will live by doing so. 20 Yet you Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But I will judge each of you according to your own ways.” — Ezekiel 33:1-20
in the above passage, the responsibility of a watchman is laid out very clearly. There is no need to explain further.
The Lord has been doing great things in recent weeks and months to purify the Church, destroying the works of the wicked one, and restoring our nation. Now it is time to make sure that we stand on the walls of this nation, we pray and we resist the enemy and the workers of iniquity.
It is time to confront sin, with love and truth. Being lukewarm and avoiding offending people, will only mean disobeying God, and putting a lot of people in danger.
His grace is sufficient for all of us.