Monthly Archives: January 2010

Gideon vs. Baal – The Restoration of True Worship

A few random thoughts inspired by the Biblical account of Gideon

It is interesting that baal the false canaanite god is often symbolized as a bull. There is also a prominent part of our society that is also symbolized by a bull:

A bull market tends to be associated with increasing investor confidence, motivating investors to buy in anticipation of future price increases and future capital gains.

It is known to us through Scripture that in the last days man will be totally corrupt. So much so that it is actually compared to the days of Noah. It was in the days of Noah that God become grieved that He had created man because the thoughts of man’s heart had become evil continually. Also Scripture tell us in that day that they would begin to call that which is evil, good and that which is good they will call evil.

It is interesting that in the Scripture God gives us types of this phenomenon happening. For example Gideon was told by an angel to destroy the altar of baal that was worshiped by the people.

The altar of baal represents a false god and a false spirituality that was worshiped and held in high regard by the people. Just as Gideon who was a prophet of God was commanded to destroy this false worship, in the same way God is raising up prophetic voices to bring restoration and reformation in the Body of Christ. The prophet is so powerfully anointed and equipped with God’s Word in His mouth that His delivery of that Word is the embodiment and manifestation of the true and living God to the hearers. The man indeed becomes his message.

As soon as the news traveled throughout the community of what Gideon had done, the townspeople whom consisted of mostly Israelites wanted to stone Gideon. Isn’t interesting that in their own law, which they professed to adhere to, it says that idolaters must be stoned to death. Therefore we have the scenario of the Israelites wanting to stone the one who exposed their idolatry, which in fact was the very punishment that they deserved for such a sin. Surely we can hardly find a better example of calling evil good and good evil.

The life call and mission of the prophet is to restore true and genuine worship of God as He in fact is.
-Often the false has to be destroyed first
-Then the genuine can be rebuilt

Gideon had such favor from God for the task he was called to that even the Midian armies whom God was sending him against, knew his name. So it is with God’s favor today, that we do not need to promote ourselves, but only allow the Lord to promote us to where He wants us to be.

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1965 Prophecy by Stanley Frodsham at Elim Bible Institute

This is a really great prophecy given by a minister by the name of Stanley Frodsham in 1965. Apparently Stanley was a close friend of Smith Wigglesworth, I am sure that name sounds familiar, right? It is a warning against last days deception. The prophecy is quite long and instead of posting it here I am just going to add it here as a link below and also as a PDF file:

Stanley Frodsham Prophecy – Elim Bible Institute 1965 PDF

http://bit.ly/4vAwQI

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Don’t Be Afraid to Broaden Your Perspective

Despite preconceived notions in the past that Eugene Peterson was a false prophet, I am actually beginning one of his books. I came under this assumption because of the influence of another person and not because I discovered this on my own. I really feel that the Lord is opening up my heart to a much wider perspective then I previously had. Jesus said that the way was straight and narrow, He didn’t say that we had to be narrow minded. Reading widely, widens our perspective. Interestingly enough the theme that the book begins upon, is a theme that the Lord has been showing me over the last couple of years, concerning spirituality and the transcendent life. I definitely do not want to be deceived by any man, however I also don’t want to live in fear of deception to the point where I don’t try to widen my perceptions by considering others revelation and points of view on spiritual things. If we close ourselves off out of fear, then we may lose out on depth and breadth of life and understanding. We will also come into danger of heresy which in essence is taking part of the truth and making it the whole. I trust in the Lord enough to believe that He will indeed keep me from error and if I do go into error I even trust Him to bring me out of it as He has time and time again.

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