Prepare the Way of the Lord

by | Jul 26, 2011 | Blogs, Prophetic Fire

rob_wintersIn March of this year, approximately a week after
the earthquake in Japan, I abruptly awoke at 1:23 a.m. I did not give it much
thought, until I again suddenly awoke at precisely 1:23 a.m. the very next
night. Knowing that the Lord was speaking through this prophetic sign, I
carefully examined all the 1:23, 1:2-3, 12:3 and 123 scriptures in the Bible. I
discovered in the 123 verses a clear prophetic message to America. The first thing that caught my attention was that
two of the 123 scripture passages in the Gospels proclaim a sober message to
prepare the way of the Lord, by making a straight path for Him.

John 1:23 says: “I am ‘The voice of one
crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet
Isaiah said.” Mark 1:2-3: “As it is written in the prophets:
“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before
You.” “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’”

There are many aspects to New Testament prophetic
ministry, including signs, wonders, miracles and prophecy. However, the missing
ingredient in many prophetic ministries today is repentance preaching.
Unfortunately, over the past several years, many have run greedily in the error
of Balaam for profit, proclaiming what the church wants to hear, instead of
what the church needs to hear.

In contrast, John the Baptist, without one recorded
sign, wonder or miracle prepared the way for Jesus’ first coming by simply
preaching a message and administering a baptism of repentance. Today the Lord
seeks to condition and commission a prophetic company of ministers with a
message and mantle of repentance, in order to prepare the way not only for an
unprecedented, worldwide revival and end-time harvest, but also for Jesus’
second coming. Therefore, judgment must first begin in the house of God,
starting with the foundation—His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and
teachers (1 Pet. 4:17).

Before we can prepare the way of the Lord, we must
be prepared by the Lord. In other words, before we can make straight the way of
the Lord, we have to straighten up. Indeed, America’s pulpiteers must
experience a purging and cleansing prior to the corporate purification and transformation
of our churches into temples of glory.

Ministers must therefore lead by example—confessing
and forsaking sins such as ambition, greed, pride, jealousy, prayerlessness and
pornography. Without genuine repentance, anointed and convicting messages of
repentance will not be heralded from America’s pulpits, and the church at large
will be left to drown in a quagmire of sin.

Because of the Sins of Her Prophets
After years of intercession for and passionate
prophetic pleas to his beloved Israel, the prophet Jeremiah was heart-broken
over Israel’s take-over and exile to Babylon. Jeremiah’s lamentations, recorded
in Scripture, reveal that the root cause of Israel’s backslidden spiritual
condition and resultant captivity was “because of the sins of her prophets and
the iniquities of her priests” (Lam. 4:12-13).

In the Old Covenant, prophets, priests and kings
were divinely delegated, authoritative offices through which the Lord achieved
His purposes. Prophets proclaimed and kings executed divine will, purpose and
direction. Priests, on the other hand, interceded to God in behalf of the
people.

However, in the New Covenant, apostles, prophets,
evangelists, pastors and teachers comprise the foundational authority structure
of the church. Through these offices, the church—Christ’s ambassadorship of
kings and priests, is edified and equipped to execute the Lord’s end-time
purposes in every kingdom of this world. These earthly kingdoms include
governmental, educational, marketplace, media, arts and entertainment venues of
our culture (Eph. 4:11-12, 2 Cor. 5:20, Rev. 5:10).

Therefore, the degeneracy and looming judgment of
America is due to the sins of not only our prophets, but also the entire
authority structure of the church, which includes pastors, teachers,
evangelists and apostles.

For example, some pastors, for fear of losing
members, have cowered from preaching on tithing and fasting or against adultery
and fornication. Apprehensive of losing popularity, financial support and
airtime, some evangelists have refrained from decrying sins such as abortion,
pornography and drunkenness. In order to maintain friendly associations and not
“rock the boat”, some apostles have failed to raise higher standards for
righteous and holy living, prayer, and accountability for their network
members. Indeed, ministers’ fear of man and love of money not only have kept
America spiritually lukewarm, but also have prevented revival fires from
burning throughout our nation.

To
continue reading this prophetic message, click here and go to
“Prepare the Way of the Lord: July 2011.”

About the author: Rob Winters is president and co-founder of
Prepare the Way International, an itinerant prophetic ministry based in
Phoenix. Prepare the Way’s mission is to ignite a spiritual
revolution and reformation in America through preaching repentance,
prophesying restoration and promoting revival. Material in today’s Prophetic Insight was adapted from Prepare the
Way’s prophetic bulletin, The Messenger. The
newsletter is available on the ministry’s website, preparethewayint.com.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Beware of Satan’s Deceitful Imitations

Beware of Satan’s Deceitful Imitations

During the week as I drive to my office, I almost always turn on the local radio station and listen to the news. On a recent morning, one of the main stories being covered was about a well-known musical artist who was suing a lesser-known artist for imitating them on...

It’s Time to Drain the False Prophetic Swamp

It’s Time to Drain the False Prophetic Swamp

I believe there  are many more false prophets than true ones in America. I applaud Mario Murillo, who came out and exposed the wokeness of Christianity today. The "prophetic" swamp must be drained. The degree of goofiness and tomfoolery in the false prophetic camp is...

Do You Follow God Out of Fear?

Do You Follow God Out of Fear?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTiiiTUQYKM&t=24s People are either saved by experiencing His goodness (Romans 2:4) or by the fear of being cast into hell (Jude 23). Jesus told us He is the only way of salvation and sadly, many people say they don’t believe Him....

Outspoken Christian Actress Cindy Williams Dead at 75

Outspoken Christian Actress Cindy Williams Dead at 75

Cindy Williams, the hit actress known for playing Shirley Feeney on the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died according to a statement released from her family. After battling a short illness Williams died at the age of 75. Williams was outspoken about her...

Cindy Jacobs: ‘God is Awakening and He’s Bringing Revival’

Cindy Jacobs: ‘God is Awakening and He’s Bringing Revival’

There is little doubt that Christian persecution is accelerating throughout the globe. People throughout the world are dying every day for the gospel of Christ, while others must endure great hardship because of their faith. Many Christians leaders have drawn a...

Prophecy: Get Caught Up in the Coming Revival Wave

Prophecy: Get Caught Up in the Coming Revival Wave

The Australian Prophetic Council met in early January to discuss, prophesy and weigh the word of the Lord for 2023. While not all individual words are captured here, there are key themes and major points that were established out of the mouth of many witnesses. Our...

RECENT ARTICLES

Franklin Graham Issues Stern Warning: ‘Judgment is Coming’

Evangelist Franklin Graham delivered powerful remarks before Friday's 50th annual March For Life event, warning "judgment is coming" and urging Christians to "lift up" Jesus' name to reach a lost...
Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Avid Chick-fil-A fans were recently served up yet another reason to love the iconic fast-food brand, as former CEO Dan Cathy spoke in-depth about the company's quest to "glorify God." Cathy, now chair of the board after his son Andrew Truett Cathy became CEO in 2021,...

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

We’re in the height of sports competition time around the world, aren’t we? In the United States we are getting all ramped up towards the Super Bowl. And then in the basketball world, it’s March Madness. Then somewhere along the way, it’s The Master’s golf tournament,...

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the second of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

As we have already entered into 2023, here are some prophetic thoughts about this year. This year has clearly been marked by the Lord as a time to prosper, to take back land and to see His glory. As we fully embrace a kingdom mindset, we will see these things take...

Pin It on Pinterest