WHAT THE LORD SAID TO ME TODAY
February 2, 2002
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God is speaking of a shift....a paradigm shift. Websters says of
paradigm: "Example..pattern..an outstandingly clear or typical
We....all of us...are such creatures of habit. In fact, everything
creation flows by an inertia that resists change.
Take, for example, the current weather in South Florida. We are
in the 17th straight day of a heat wave. 17 straight days of 83
weather or hotter. That is a record according to weathermen. It is
extremely unusual, but it is the model that has set in, and it is
resisting change. It will take an extremely powerful cold front to
cause a shift in what has been established now.
This week....early in the week...the Lord suddenly revealed to me
had the breakthrough.
Since last August, when the word came forth from Graham Cooke
this next year (Sep 2001-Sep 2002), I believed with all my heart that
was from the Lord, and that the ensuing year would be a year of
unprecedented and unparalleled favor from the Lord. That word of
prophecy warned of tremendous opposition that would arise against
receipt of what as promised, and that the breakthrough must come
in the realm of the spirit....in intercessions and battlings. Only
would we see any breakthrough in the natural realm.
On January 29, 2002 at 2 A.M., I reached spiritual breakthrough. As
week has unfolded, the Lord has spoken direction many times,
me to pray for and lay hold of my brothers and sisters who have not
broken through, and PULL them through the point of breakthrough.
As for me, the ensuing financial breakthrough has also begun that was
promised to follow the breakthrough in the Spirit. The favor of God
now nigh upon us. We can make great progress now in the Spirit, and
the natural realm.
And so....back to the paradigm shift.
We know that the church must change. This model we exist
which we function under, must fundamentally change. The role of the
prophet must change as well, but how we tend to naturally resist such
change. We war internally against such change, yet we know that now,
prophets mostly function in something that parallels the old
cave. The church does not really want us to come out of this
cave. And so we huddle together, trying to keep warm, waiting for
instructions from our master. We also huddle together because when
do venture out, we are, for the most part, run through by the sword,
deprived of our heads by well intentioned pastors.
We who are prophets know that we are of second order in rank. We
that when the King/Priest appears...we must point to him. We say, as
John before us....behold the lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of
Some will say this can only apply to Jesus, by I believe that Jesus
coming in His church, and real apostles are coming forth who will
this King/Priest anointing.
I am writing this on the day of two's----2/02/2002.
This morning, my understanding of Zechariah 4 was enhanced. We see
there two olive trees, with two olive branches beside the two gold
that pour out golden oil. We are told that these two are anointed to
serve the Lord of all the earth. We are told that an earthly example
that oil flow was seen in Zerubbabel, who had governmental authority,
but who also was a temple builder and restorer. In that day, it was
Zerubbabel, with some measure of Kingly authority, working together
Joshua, a previously soiled priest, who achieved great
small beginnings and things that were despised by some.
There is a reason why Bob Neumann is feeling the quickening of his
on "The Seven Thunders". It is time. The main message is that God
begin to move upon the church now in ways that cannot be denied or
ignored...in ways that are open and obvious...just as thunder cannot
Ransom Stoddard may move to town.....he may hang up his law shingle
humble place....all without attracting attention to himself, or
anyone as to the events he will one day be involved in. No one could
possibly guess that this man would one day be the highest authority
the area...in fact of a new state.
Ah, but the image is this.....of a defining event. An event that
the paradigm shift. An event that can be seen and noticed by all,
brings about the shift in the model, and brings authority and
anointing. It is like a thunder, and it cannot be ignored.
As a prophet, I want to see.....I want to recognize the rise of the
apostolic when I see it, and point to it and show others just who and
where the real is, for we have all seen so much false. Yes, Ismael
born first...and Isaac later.
I'm going to be inquiring of the Lord concerning these things. The
is giving me direction. He has told me to change, to shift my
There is a shift now that has occurred in the Spirit.
Yes....and all this blessing and mercy and outpouring and favor and
prosperity will be falling like rain upon us as all hell breaks lose
the world around us and as judgement upon judgement fall upon our
and others. It is going to be a wild ride.
How are we to shift now in our prayers?
1) Pray now, thanking God for His provision, rather than begging God
for it. It has arrived. Call those things that are not as though
2) Pray for capacity to receive what God is pouring forth. You do
presently have sufficient capacity to hold what God is pouring out
rain from the heavens.
3) Pray for wisdom
4) Pray for self control and charity to abound in us when unlimited
finances are made available to us.
5) Pray for protection from greed, from being puffed up, from pride.
6) Pray for spiritual sight to recognize the genuine apostolic when
7) Pray for courage and boldness to declare all of what God says to
in this hour.
Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ
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