As accurately prophesied by Ps. Joseph Prince in the first Sunday of January 2014, we have truly witnessed darkness covering the world during the year 2014, we witnessed catastrophes happening one after another: terrors and calamities; the war against Israel in Gaza; Soviet Union occupying Ukraine; four Airplanes disasters, and one disaster happened on the last days of 2014; the spread of Ebola virus like never before; etc-etc.
It was the year of Greater Glory for God’s Kingdom. We are not the world, we are the children of God, and as the world is getting darker, thus greater glory will be seen upon God’s children, who are shining brighter Light in the darker world.
Isa 60:2 For behold, the DARKNESS shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people (of the world); But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be SEEN upon you.
Isa 60:5 Then you shall see and become RADIANT, And your heart shall swell with JOY; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The WEALTH of the Gentiles shall come to you.
It is a matter of which side are you in? The world’s or God’s side? Just like the ten plagues in Egypt leading to Moses bring out the children of Israel to the promised land. Which side are you in? The Egyptians or Israelis? The plagues were the darkness that covered the Egypt land, it is a disaster to the Egyptians; while it is a blessing to the children of Israel because without the plagues they would not have been granted freedom from slavery and given post payment of wealth that rightfully belonged to them working as slaves.
In 2015, we may continue to see darkness that covered the world. Ps. Joseph Prince had the vision of some tensions going against Israel, like savage claws trying to squeeze her, the greed of taking over the land of Israel by her enemies; and also some shaking in the Financial sector of particular countries.
Although Israel had rejected her Messiah, Jesus Christ, but God has never forgotten her, she is still the chosen nation and chosen people, from where the Messiah had come. And, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would protect Israel at all costs. Any nations that go against Israel, will be “cut in pieces”.
Zec 12:3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. (NKJV)
(On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. – NLT)
THE THEME OF 2015: THE YEAR OF RESTORATION
The theme of this year is not a replacement to the previous theme/s, a new theme come does not end the older theme, but always an addition or add on to what we have had so far. It is complimentary to each other. In 2011 – the year of Restful Increase; 2012 – Unceasing Fruitfulness; 2013 – the Key of David, God opens door; and 2014 – the Greater Glory.
The Restoration principle:
Some believers in 2014 might have experienced some losses, cheated by the devils, or even having lost someone they loved, God will restore those losses in 2015, it may not come in greater quantity, but quality. Eg. Loss of a wife, restoration will not be 5 wives, but one wife with a better quality of relationship. Why Greater / Better?
This is because when a man restores, man can only put back as good as the original, but when God restore, the result is always better. This is the principle of God’s Law, taken from the Old Covenant. Although we are not under Law, but certain Law principles can still be applicable in to the New Covenant. For example the principle of Greater Restoration:
Exo 22:1 “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep.”
Five oxen for an ox vs. four sheep for a sheep, why different in the number of restoration? The principle is : the heavier the Loss, relatively the more Restoration received. Ox is heavier in value than a sheep.
This justification is being used by Apostle Paul and Timothy who used the Old Covenant Law and applied it for the New Covenant teaching, for example:
The Old Covenant Law:
Deu_25:4 “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.
It is literally referring to Ox while working on the field and we should not muzzle the snout (cover with something to prevent it from eating some of the harvest). The Law seems to concern about the oxen getting enough to eat, getting their fair share when working hard on the field.
But this principle was used by Paul, to say that God isn’t primarily concerned about the oxen, it is applicable to man.
In 1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE AN OX WHILE IT TREADS OUT THE GRAIN.” Is it oxen God is concerned about?
Paul was taking the Law on Oxen and then applying its principle to the people who serve in the full time ministry that they should be adequately provided for. “The laborer deserves his wages” (Luke 10:17; cf. Matt. 10:10). Paul’s point is that pastor-elders should not be taken for granted or taken advantage of, but rather should be adequately compensated for their gospel labors.
Therefore likewise, the principle on God’s Restoration is always Greater than the original Loss suffered; it is the principle of the Law that has been in the practice for thousands of years, The God-breathed written Laws through His prophet Moses.
Being charged guilty of sin (trespass offering), and the restitution (Restoration) value is always more:
Lev 6:4 then it shall be, because he has sinned and is guilty, that he shall restore what he has stolen, or the thing which he has extorted, or what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or the lost thing which he found,
Lev 6:5 or all that about which he has sworn falsely. He shall RESTORE its FULL VALAUE, ADD ONE-FIFTH MORE to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering.
Even if the mistake was unintentional, the Restoration value (restitution / redemption) is still Greater.
Lev 5:15 “If a person commits a trespass, and sins UNINTENTIONALLY in regard to the holy things of the LORD, then he shall bring to the LORD as his trespass offering a ram without blemish from the flocks, with your valuation in shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, as a trespass offering.
Lev 5:16 And he shall make restitution for the harm that he has done in regard to the holy thing, and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest. So the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.
v.15 = one ram for the unintentional trespass + plus v.16 adding any harm done (if any), the person shall add one more ram (100%) + add one fifth (20% more); which means a total Restoration of 120% additional (total 2 rams + 20% more, can be in shekels of silver.)
By now, I hope you are comfortable in the principle of God that His Restoration value is always Greater than the original value of Loss.
The ram in the New Covenant is referring to Christ Jesus, our perfect offering to God, and there will be no need for additional offerings anymore. Example of Unintentional trespass: during our praise & worship in the church, we may have unholy thought or thought against someone, this is called “in regard to the holy things of the Lord”. But that is fine, don’t be taken down by it, ignore it and continue your praise and worship, because our perfect offering of Christ Jesus has taken care of this kind of trespasses as well.
The Lord Restores although it was Satan who stole.
Jesus Christ did not cheat and has never cheated on us, He did not take anything away from us, nor caused our losses; and yet He is doing the Restoration. This principle was also explained by the scripture:
Joh 15:25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’
John was quoting from the Holy Spirit’s inspiration that David had in:
Psa 69:4 THOSE WHO HATE ME WITHOUT A CAUSE Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; THOUGH I HAVE STOLEN NOTHING, I STILL MUST RESTORE IT.
Whether it is unintentional or intentional Fault in the first place, God can still Restore!!! Because you are in Christ, and as He is so are we in this world.
WHAT CHRIST DID WAS MUCH MORE:
Somehow, if we think about it, Aren’t you glad that Adam fell? Because of his fall, Jesus came to redeem us, and made us joined-heir with Him. Although Adam was living in paradise but think about it: that paradise is still restricted with the Law of “Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” And, inside the paradise, was still infested with snake! There is still Satan (serpent snake) in the paradise; so environmentally the paradise is not “safe”, the enjoyment of the garden of Eden would depend on Adam and his offspring refraining from eating from the forbidden tree. There is still Law in the Garden!
But, today, of what Jesus has done on the Cross, we have no Law Restriction anymore; we are truly living in the Freedom of Christ. Freedom to live with peace and joy in Christ, and this does not make us want to sin, but want to glorify Him!
Secondly, Adam had no Holy Spirit like we do today, he was merely a created being like the angels, not a family of God (Son-ship) like we are today. Likewise, God has “gained” a family from the fall of Adam.
Jesus Christ has also “gained” a new crown “Crown of Redeemer”, from so many Crown He has got, this Crown is paid with His life & blood. Plus, we also become the brides of Jesus. Jesus “gained” having a bride from the fall of Adam.
Holy Spirit has also “gained” closeness in Relationship with us. We are now the temple of Holy Spirit, and no longer cold-stoned temple-buildings.
Last but not least, Man-kind (believers) “gained” being a joined-heir with Jesus Christ, we inherit heaven and earth.
Thus, we can say: it would be better for the devils not to attack us. Every time the devils attack, WE GAIN MORE IN RETURN !! Look for Spoils when there is attacks! Much more you will have in return in the eventuality.
Rom 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, MUCH MORE those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
We belong to the MUCH MORE here, because we are in this New Covenant of Grace. We have so much more to receive and to give, be blessed and be a blessing to others as well.
Testimony of Ps. Joseph Prince: before his second child: baby Justine was born, Wendy (his wife) had lost an unborn baby of 9 weeks pregnancy. It was the saddest cry he had heard from Wendy. But today, looking at the amazing intelligent and personality of Justine, he can say with certainty that Justin is a Restoration from God. Justin is so adorable and has so Much More than average toddlers will be at his age.
Isa 42:22 But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says, “RESTORE!”
It is amazing a believer being Robbed and Plundered, and yet he keeps quiet to himself, why ? You need to want to break free ! You need to say it and believe it ! And Rest in the finished work of Jesus. The Rest will be taken care of by the Power of His Holy Spirit.
God gave Ps. Joseph Prince the following verses:
- Restore the wasted time caused by your indulgence in sins, the wasted years we spent in sins, and as we return to Him now, He shall Restore the YEARS that has lost.
Joe 2:25 “So I will restore to you the YEARS that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
- Restoring your Soul: Soul is your mind, heart, and emotion. Restoring the shame you suffered from the lost years, and your depression into sound mind. He would do it for you, for He leads you by His Spirit and keep assuring you that you are still Righteous in His eyes even when you have failed many times.
Psa 23:3 He restores my SOUL; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
- Restore your Health: a prolonged ailment or great plaque.
Jer 30:17 For I will restore HEALTH to you And heal you of your WOUNDS,’ says the LORD, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.” ‘
WOUNDS here is the same Hebrew word used in Deut 28 that means “great & prolonged plaque”. Some ailment that you have given up or succumb to it, because of the prolonged period of suffering.
HOW TO POSITION YOURSELF TO RECEIVE?
You need to know that the Battle has been completed, accomplished and won on the cross by Christ Jesus. You do not fight to get victory, but you fight from victory. It is the fight of FAITH, just believe ! For instance: when you see your body having ailment, the physical may not show well, but believe: it is merely temporal symptoms, believe the unseen: that it is well “by His stripe your body is already healed”. Thus, your fight is the fight of REST, resting in Christ.
Psa 23:3 He RESTORES my SOUL; He LEADS me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Notice how does the good shepherd Jesus Christ Restores your Soul ? Look at the sentence before and after He “Restores my Soul” : it is being sandwiched by both “He Leads me” into Shalom Peace.
Psa 23:2 He MAKES me to LIE DOWN in green pastures; He LEADS me beside the STILL waters.
Firstly He makes you lie down peacefully grassing in green pastures (food), then He leads you into STILL water. In Hebrew STILL = “Manukah” which means REST. God wants you to REST before He will Restores your Soul. And then He leads you into the path of Righteousness, being the awareness of His imputed Righteousness as a Gift to you.
Therefore, the key word is REST to Receive. Your Faith is shown in Resting. Resting is not inactivity but Holy Spirit directed activity. BE STILL AND LET GOD TAKE OVER.
WHEN YOU REST , GOD WORK:
Ps. Joseph Prince has been using this phrase very frequently: “when you work, God Rest ; but when you Rest, God work”. This phrase is taken from the story of Ruth & Boaz :
Ruth represents all of us believers the bride of Jesus, while Boaz represents Jesus Christ, our kinsman-redeemer. Ruth was unable to rescue herself, requesting of the kinsman-redeemer (Boaz) to cover her with his protection, redeem her, and make her his wife. In the same way, the Lord Jesus Christ bought us for Himself, out of the curse, out of our destitution; made us His own beloved bride; and blessed us for all generations.
Rth 3:18 Then she said, “SIT STILL, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man WILL NOT REST until he has concluded the matter this day.”
You don’t have to know many things, in fact sometimes it is better not to know things in advance, that may even cause you to be in fear unnecessarily. Thank God that He did not reveal all things to us. He reveals what is necessary for us to know. Rest your Trust in Him who knows all things and who loves you so much that He will cause all things, good and bad to work for your good (Rom 8:28). So, If we just SIT STILL, Jesus Christ will not Rest but keep working until He has concluded the matter.
Rest your way into His RESTORATION.