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. I know that you folks were busy with many things and we didn’t mean to interfere or be a source of anxiety. I know you tried to make it happen, but it just didn’t work out. Thanks for trying anyway, and perhaps we will meet in Spokane or some other place before Jesus comes back! In the meantime I would like to share with you folks how our vacation went. I’m not a good tourist. I take much more interest in meeting people than I do in seeing things. Yet I do believe that my wife and I, even in the context of traveling for her “business trip,” were used by God for His purposes while in Mexico. We’re all part of the same ministry and we’re also part of the same Body of Christ, so I do believe that much of what we have to share will resonate with you, because the Holy Spirit seems to be speaking the same thing to many people at this time. Perhaps our experiences will confirm some of the feelings that have been on your hearts regarding Mexico. On Friday July 6, the day we began our trip and the day before we arrived in Mexico, there was an XClass solar flare (X1.1) from the Sun. It was the biggest solar flare yet this summer, kind of comparable in scale to an 8.0 earthquake on earth. During our trip there was the constant theme of the “Sun” as well as “Angels.” I look to Matthew 13:41-43 as a good description of what our trip was all about: “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling... then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” I’m very excited about what God is doing on the earth today. There is a spirit of revolution throughout the world, but it is complicated because people really don’t know how to actually change the system, or what they need to replace it with. It’s the same thing in the church. People are crying out for more of God and for revival to come, but they don’t know how to position themselves so that they can receive what God wants to do! We’re not waiting on God, God’s waiting on us! We can’t expect to just keep doing what we’re doing, hoping that God will eventually say, “OK, now the time is right, here’s a greater blast of my Glory!” Yet too many Christians think that’s the way it’s gonna work! The greatest opponent of the Body of Christ is shown in Revelation 17-18. The Church is the New Jerusalem, whereas the World-System is shown as Babylon, the Great Prostitute. She represents the culmination of mankind’s rebellion against God that began with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve in the book of Genesis3:6, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…” Eve in the book of Revelation18:14, “And the ripe fruits that your soul lusted after are gone from you; and all the things that were good for food (liparos) and attractive to the eyes (lampros) are gone from you, and you shall never find them anymore.”
In the Garden of Eden it was the serpent who deceived Eve and tempted her into disobeying God. At the end of the age it is the “merchants of the earth” who now play the role of the devil: The tempter in the book of Genesis3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” The tempters in the book of Revelation18:11,14-15, “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more… And the fruits (opora) that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were liparos and lampros are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing…” Many Christians today don’t realize that Jesus didn’t come just to teach us what to believe, He also came to teach us a better way to live. In our prosperity and comfort we forget this. We have fallen away by looking at our system of global capitalism and saying “This is good!” It is not. It is the culmination of wickedness upon the earth. Our focus upon material things has spiritually emptied us and transformed our values. People have been overcome by the love of themselves and by the love of money, and “the love of most has grown cold” Mat.24:12. We think we can separate “Faith” from “Life,” and that as long as we believe the right things it is OK to live exactly the same way as the World. Likewise, there are many competing “religions” throughout the world today, but only one “way of life” has steadily been overtaking every nation, every culture, and every tribe throughout the face of the earth. It is this system of global capitalism in which every thing and every person is turned into a commodity to be bought and sold on the marketplace. It has destroyed Hawaiian culture and it has destroyed native Mexican culture as well, driving millions of poor people off their lands and into the cities, where they can barely earn enough to survive and provide for their families. This global transformation is the single greatest thing destroying the traditional family. Not liberals, not big government, not gay rights… but the “love of money” and the transformation of society that has come from giving this base impulse free reign over the nations of the world. Just because Capitalism does not comment on heaven, hell, or metaphysical subjects such as God or the soul does not mean it is not a RELIGION. As a system of belief it has done more to shape how people live in the world than any other typical “religion” has over the last two hundred years. So when Lori and I arrived in Mexico City I was very surprised that the restaurant that she took us to on Saturday night was located in a building known as the “World Trade Center” in Mexico City! It was Bellini’s, located at the very top of the tower in a huge cylindrical revolving building, the largest revolving restaurant in the world. As we turned and ate and watched the city through the window far below us we interceded on behalf of Mexico against the power of the Whore of Babylon. She is a force that seduces the kings of the earth, deceives the nations of the earth, and OWNS the great merchants of the earth (Rev. 18:23). Our prayer is that the Church in Mexico will awake and obey the words of Jesus
and “Come out of her, my people.” The Church must rise up and resist the “World Trade System” by setting up a Kingdom Economy that is based upon the principles of the New Testament. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Covetousness is idolatry. The rich MUST BE generous and eager to share. Every able-bodied person MUST work. And NO ONE is left hungry or needy. The Church can play this role, but first we must renounce the wicked principles of covetousness, consumerism and competition that are the foundation of capitalism. As Jesus taught, the people of God cannot serve God and Capital, which is the very cause of the blindness of the Laodicean Church! After our Saturday evening at Bellini’s the next morning we woke up early for our next adventure. My wife had booked us some tickets to take a balloon ride over some “pyramids,” and a tour through the ancient complex that she had found out about online. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was happy to go on an adventure. Up until this time I had been doing some reading on ancient Mexican paganism and their holy sites and gods and goddesses. I was familiar with Quetzalcoatl and the rumors of 2012, but I didn’t know much else. I found out that we were going to Teotihuacan and to the Temple of the Sun and Moon. I figured that we would walk to the top of the Temple of the Sun and do some more intercession on behalf of Mexico and against false gods. I was beginning to connect the brutality of the drug gangs with the brutality of Mexican paganism and their bloodthirsty gods such as Quetzalcoatl. You know, I have a book coming out in August in which I mention Quatzalcoatl in passing. My book is on the subject of the King of Babylon and covers events that took place at the Tower of Babel five thousand years ago (when the current Mayan Calendar started). I have a deep interest in ancient history and mythology, but I have primarily focused on the Old World, rather than the New. In my book I deal with ancient history, with the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and with the constellation Orion. Imagine my surprise today (July 12) when I came across an article that connects all of these things with the ancient temple complex at Teotihuacan! No wonder then, that God directed our steps to this ancient site! (You can read this article at http://www.philipcoppens.com/orionimage.html; and by the way, if you are interested I will gladly send you folks a pdf copy of my new book immediately, and then a print copy when it comes out. You can see for yourself how ancient Old World myths connect with Teotihuacan and the book of Revelation). We arrived at the balloon launching site before the sun rose. Our driver had gotten us there early and we were the first tourists to arrive. We were able to watch the furnaces light up with bursts of flame in the night air, and then they began to inflate the huge balloons. After a while we boarded the basket under our balloon, along with a couple from Korea, a couple from Mexico with their little girl, and another lady from Mexico. Our pilot told us that we would be in the air for about an hour, and that he had no idea where we would end up! We were almost completely at the mercy of the wind. The balloon would rise when he sparked a flame from the propane tanks, but other than that he had very little control
over our flight path. As we rose, however, we were all happy to see that the wind was pushing us towards Teotihuacan. In fact, as we drifted over the rural neighborhood and heard the chickens, dogs and children making noise below, we noticed that we were headed directly for the Temple of the Sun, the tallest and most magnificent of all the structures on the ancient site. I could tell that the pilot was very pleased with where we were headed, and as we approached the edge of the pyramid he skillfully ignited the furnaces so that it was as if we climbed up one side of the pyramid, floated over the edge of the flat top of the pyramid, and then down the other side. It was an amazing ride, and the pilot told us that balloons very rarely get so close to the pyramid. There were about a dozen other balloons out that morning, and none of them came as near to the pyramid as ours did, although all were hoping to. As we floated over the top of the pyramid I grabbed my wife and we prayed out loud with each other, quietly, on behalf of Mexico, against the principality of Quetzalcoatl, and for the people of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. The end-times awakening of the Church will be a Holy Revolution. It will be profoundly anti-capitalist, but it won’t be directed by any atheistic human-centered philosophies. In the past such movements looked to documents such as the Communist Manifesto for their direction, but this move of God will be based upon the Jesus Manifesto of Luke 4:18-19, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." The final sentence speaks of the Year of Jubilee, when all debts were canceled and lands were returned to their original families. God never intended for land itself to become a mere commodity, to be accumulated by corporations or billionaires or bought and sold for profit, at the expense of the millions who have no land and no means to provide for their own. The year of Jubilee for ancient Israel was the 50th year. We visited Mexico from our home in Hawaii, the 50th State, whose state motto is Ua mau ke ea o ka aina ika pono, which means, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” I found it symbolic that one of the women on our balloon ride was celebrating her 50th birthday that day. Her family had bought her the balloon ride as a birthday present and on our basket a banner was hung that read, “Feliz Compleanos!”
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and we must proclaim the Jubilee! Rise up, Body of Christ, and become the answer to the world’s problems that we were created to be! Come out of Babylon, renounce idolatry, and grab hold of your inheritance in Christ! After our balloon ride we ate breakfast and then drove to the pyramid complex. Our driver Miguel told us a lot about the history of the place before dropping us off. We walked throughout the area, avoiding the numerous merchants of cultural commodities along the way, and climbed and prayed on the tops of both the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. Lori declared that the Avenue of Death would be redeemed by the Kingdom of Heaven and become the Avenue of Life. Afterwards Miguel picked us up again and we visited another cultural tourist stop before heading back for the city. On our journey back I got to know Miguel. He was very informed about political and economic issues, and eventually our conversation turned to religion and we got to share with him about Jesus Christ. He said he was a believer, but he was very skeptical of the Catholic Church. Miguel explained that the shrine in Mexico City to the Virgin of Guadalupe is the world’s largest religious spectacle next to Rome and Mecca. Millions of visitors come every year and spend money to purchase candles and icons in search of a miracle. Millions of dollars are harvested this way, every year, by the Catholic Church. I likened it to the cult business of the Temple of Diana in Ephesus in the book of Acts. Miguel also explained to me the tough economic situation that Mexico faces, the emptying of rural areas as the poor flood the cities, and the continuously growing gap between rich and poor. He was very concerned about the youth, and explained the massive uncertainty and disillusionment that most young people in Mexico have regarding the current system. Miguel was in complete agreement with me as I explained my view of the end-times move of God being a Holy revolution against the global system of today. Before he dropped us off at the hotel he let us pray for him and his family, and as we said good-bye I could see a redness in his eyes as he was emotionally moved. The last thing he did was give us his card. On the back of it he wrote his email address and his name: “Miguel Angel.” He had been an excellent guide, guardian, and messenger for us that day, and the name “Michael Angel” was a perfect sign to end our time of fellowship together. Monday was a new day. Lori woke up very early to get ready for her work day while I remained in bed. I vividly remember the very last part of my dream before waking up. In my dream I was crying, sobbing, for Mexico. I can’t explain it other than to say it was a deep cry of intercession as I felt the heart of God for this nation that he loves. This has happened to me a few other times in the past, and sometimes I allowed the grief to continue as I became conscious of the morning. This time, however, I repressed it, not wanting to alarm Lori as she bustled around getting dressed for her meetings. While she was at work I would be walking the city, looking for something, anything that the Holy Spirit might bring to my attention. After Lori left the room I prayed quietly by myself and then headed out into the neighborhood in search of coffee. I found my coffee and a muffin to eat that I enjoyed while seated on a bench in Lincoln Park in Polanco. In one area the statues of Lincoln and Martin Luther King face each other across a roadway. Every day in Mexico I recognized that revolution and sacrifice are greatly honored by the Mexican
people, as evidenced in their many parks and monuments. After coffee I returned to the hotel to pick up my phone. My first trip had been to the north, but on my second trip I headed out towards the south into the park area behind the Auditorio Nacional. It was a Monday and so the gates into the park were closed. As I headed south I was forced to swing to the east and then back north again towards the main boulevard. As I approached this primary roadway I came upon a large circular planter, with a message in black spray-paint graffiti on the side of it that read, its Revolution Baby. I took a picture and then headed to the left around the planter. On the opposite side I passed an old woman in black reading in Spanish from a little book that she was holding up close to her face. I stopped a short distance away from her and leaned against the planter. I knew that I needed to speak with her, even if she didn’t understand English. I could tell that she was reading the Bible, and after several minutes, when her reading slowed down, I was able to interrupt her saying, “Pardōn, are you reading a Biblia?” She said, “Si, Biblia. Nuevo Testamento.” She continued in Spanish but I told her, “No Español.” Then I motioned that I would like to look at her Bible and read from it. She gave it to me and I noticed it was a little pocketbook New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. I turned to Matthew 10:7-8, and then I read it in Spanish, Y yendo, predicad, diciendo: El reino de los cielos se ha acercado. Sanad enfermos, limpiad leprosos, resucitad muertos, echad fuera demonios: de gracia recibisteis, dad de gracia. As I read she kept nodding her head saying, “Si, si.” Then I read again, “El reino de los cielos se ha acercado,” with a great deal of emphasis, pointing to heaven. Then I asked her, “Enferma?” trying to find out if she had a health issue. She was a very old woman, but she just looked at me and laughed saying, “No, no.” After this she began to preach to me in Spanish. I could not understand everything she said but she kept repeating “Psalmos siete.” She was telling me that she had been reading Psalm 7, and then as she kept talking I kept hearing the word “problemo” in every sentence. She was explaining to me that she was an intercessor praying Psalm 7 asking God to bring an answer to all of the problems Mexico was facing! I put my hands together in the sign of prayer, and then pointed to her, “Can I pray for you?” I asked. She said, “Si,” and so I took her hand and I began praying for her, and then for Mexico. I did my best to pray what I felt was on her heart, and then I prayed what was on my heart. Afterwards I then asked her to pray for me. I believe she prayed for me in the same way, even though I did not understand a word of it. I then gave her some 10-peso coins and she accepted them gratefully, as we both thanked each other and said good-bye. Later on, after I returned to my hotel I looked up “Psalmos siete,” and I found out that this psalm was a prayer of King David asking God to rise up, defeat his enemies, judge the wicked, and uplift the
righteous. It is a prayer of David asking for a Holy Revolution against an evil oppressive system controlled by powerful wicked men: O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah. Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high. The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous-- you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God! My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. After leaving this saintly old woman I moved east down the boulevard. After a short walk I stopped to buy the best fruit cup I have ever eaten, full of mango, pineapple, watermelon and papaya. While I was eating I noticed a young man wearing a shirt that said “F*** THE FUTURE,” working at a nearby stand. I was immediately reminded of our friend Miguel’s words about the great disillusionment held by the majority of Mexican youth. This t-shirt was a confirmation of his words. I gestured to him, asking the young man if I could take a picture of his shirt. He turned to me laughing and displayed his vulgar message of protest as I clicked my phone. It is so sad to see so many people insecure and disillusioned about the future. My God, the promises of global capitalism are so completely hollow! It perpetuates based on promises of freedom and personal fulfillment of all of our heart’s desires, but it delivers us straight into spiritual bondage. As our lives become more and more dependent upon the buying and selling of things, we lose our humanity for each other. But a revolution is coming as this spiritual blindness is being removed from the Church. It will be the authentic Elijah Revolution that will confront the Whore of Babylon, that great end-times Jezebel with her seductive and deceptive system that promises the whole world as it drags our souls into Hell. This Elijah Revolution will be the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5-6. The spirit of Elijah will be poured out upon the Church, just as it was poured out upon John the Baptist. It will begin with repentance, and then gather momentum as God’s people change their ways and begin to bear the fruits of repentance. For John the Baptist this had everything to do with our willingness to renounce covetousness and to willingly share, and to turn away from fraud and extortion (Luke 3:9-14). This is a tall order if you, like me, have become convinced that the very
foundation of capitalism is based upon, or at the very least perpetuates, these very ungodly principles. And the masses of people demonstrating in city streets all around the world over the past couple of years know this! My God, when the Church is finally able to wake up, repent for wickedness and stand for righteousness, then these very same masses will be swept up in the end-times move of God, leading to the greatest harvest of souls in the history of the world! Our biggest issue is in the realm of economics. This very word is meant to be all about “family,” because economy comes from the Greek word for “family,” which is oikos. In Hawaiian the word for “family” is ohana. Economics is the science of how we live life and how we use things to build our communities and create a better life for our families and for the next generation. But it’s not all about things! Jesus Himself told us to “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth NOT in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). This covetousness is the primary issue of the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-22, which says to itself, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” Yet Jesus goes on to suggest that it is this rich and materially-prosperous Laodicean Church, and not the poor Church of Smyrna, which in fact suffers from a demonic “poverty spirit.” We must begin to understand that God gives us people to love and things to use, not things to love and people to use. The Laodicean Church is a church full of rich capitalists who have been blinded by their service to Mammon and their devotion to the marketplace. That is exactly why Jesus speaks to them in the language of consumerism, because it is the only language that they can understand, saying, “You need to buy from me pure gold, white robes to cover your nakedness, and eye salve to heal your blind eyes!” Jesus is saying, You are bewitched by Wal-Mart! Snap out of it! Only I have what you truly need! In a teaching on the end-times Jesus compares the coming of the Day of the Lord (which will include the Fall of Babylon) to the destruction of Sodom and the saving of Lot’s family. God’s people will be protected from this fall, if we truly repent, and bear the fruits of repentance. Yet not all of Lot’s family was saved. His wife lingered, and looked back in despair, because her heart was still knit to the luxuries, comforts, and prestige associated with city life and its bustling marketplaces. For that she perished, and for this reason Jesus warns us in Luke 17:32, saying, “Remember Lot’s wife!” We must flee from Babylon, and not look back! We must earnestly repent and ask God to protect our hearts from all idolatry! Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1Jn 2:15-17) After eating my fruit cup I continued east into the city for a few blocks before turning around and heading back west towards our hotel. As I walked I noticed a series of sculptures in the median of the boulevard. They looked like angels, so I crossed over into the middle, realizing that there was a wide walk-path that continued for many blocks. As I walked there were about a half dozen or so sculptures depicting angels or angel wings. Three of them are pictured below:
I also knew that this boulevard continued east to a well-known landmark in a central square where there is a sculpture and monument known as the “Angel of Independence,” pictured below, that celebrates Mexico’s victory in their war of independence from Spain.
All of these angel images were impacting me as I continued walking west on the footpath in the middle of the boulevard. The last angel sculpture was simply a pair of wings, used by tourists for a photo opportunity. The day before we had been at this spot where I had taken a picture of the most important angel in my life, my wife Lori!
After I passed this final angel sculpture I continued west and came upon a series of, I think, three brass bells. The first one didn’t work, but the second one looked like it might be ringable! Yet I resisted the impulse to make noise and continued walking. As I walked I felt as if I should ring the bell and say a prayer at the same time. I continued on and I found another bell, this one very large. Unfortunately it didn’t work. I took a moment to listen to the Holy Spirit and then decided that I needed to go back and try to ring the other bell. I was a little bit worried about what people might think of me, but I tested the ringer out first, and it worked! I smiled at a driver in traffic who was looking at me. He gave me no expression. I turned back to the bell and began to ring it vigorously. I rang it for about five seconds and it was very loud! Then I closed my eyes, raised up my hands, and began to pray. I prayed for the angels to wake up, and for them to go out and wake up the people of God! I don’t know how theologically accurate that is (do angels ever sleep?), so I won’t try to defend it, but that’s what I prayed. It was a prayer calling forth the awakening of the Church in Mexico, released to Heaven on July 9th, 2012, in the middle of the Paseo de la Reforma, the Avenue of Reform, in Mexico City. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling... then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Matthew 13:41-43) After ringing the bell I returned to my hotel room. I rested a short while and then headed out again, this time to the north, in search of some lunch to eat. It was early afternoon. I took with me my Spanish/English New Testament as well as a copy of a book I was reading called “Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism” by Richard Wolff. I intended to find something to eat and to then sit down in the park and finish reading this book. As I entered Lincoln Park I passed by a man on a bench reading a book that included the words “the End” in the title. I can’t remember the full title, but as I kept walking I was reminded of a book that was written in the early 1990s by a historian named Francis Fukuyama entitled “The End of History.” Fukuyama wrote it celebrating the triumph of capitalism and democracy over the fall of the Soviet Union. In his mind there was nothing conceivable that could ever improve upon, or defeat, these two Western values. When he wrote it he gained widespread acclaim and I believe it even became a New York Times bestseller. Looking back we can see that these two values have always been completely out of balance, and the most important value promoted by the power of the West has been capitalism ―ever greater freedom for merchants and markets― at the expense of true democracy. The world is waking up to the fact that as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer the Corporate State must increasingly depend upon bald-faced propaganda or brute force to either deceive or subdue the evergrowing mass of discontented poor people as they begin to realize that the system doesn’t deliver upon its promises. Now is the time for the Church to wake up too. So as I walked I felt the prodding of the Holy Spirit that I needed to return to that man reading on the park bench and engage him in conversation. I relented, partly from the fact that the book he was reading was written in English, and I knew a real conversation would actually be possible. When I came up to him I broke the ice by saying, “Excuse me, is that book fiction or non-fiction?”
He said, “Oh, this is fiction.” “Oh,” I said, “A novel. You know when I looked at it at first it reminded me of Francis Fukuyama’s work The End of History. Are you familiar with that book?” “Yes,” he replied, “I used to teach that book.” “So you’re a teacher? Where do you teach?” “Harvard.” Then we began to share more about each other, and how we had come to Mexico City. After our introductions, and after he had given me some suggestions regarding what my wife and I should do while we were here, we reached a lull in the conversation. At this point I pointed to my Bible and to my “Occupy” book that I carried in my hand and explained to him, “I’m trying to combine God and Revolution.” He looked at me intently and said, “You know, that’s the only way it’s going to happen.” Then he began to explain to me how Jesus was a revolutionary who died in much the same way that political revolutionaries have died over the centuries. He talked about how the American Church has been deceived into supporting the power structure and supporting the incessant march of global capitalism. He then spoke about the teachings of Jesus and He compared them with capitalism. The last thing that he said that I clearly remember was, “The reality is that the teachings of Jesus are directly opposed to the principles of capitalism.” Soon after that I thanked him for talking with me and we said our good-byes as I headed north in search of a taco. After a few blocks I came upon one of Mexico’s great bustling temples to Mammon, a shopping mall! Every day there is a revival at these temples, as hordes of strangers congregate, ignoring each other as they single-mindedly pursue the accumulation of more and more useless stuff, to the great delight of the merchants who sell them! I quickly passed through the shopping center, praying quietly in tongues, and turned east and then south again. It was right there, on the corner of Miguel de Cervantes Saavreda and Lago Victoria, that I found the place where the Holy Spirit had destined for me to eat a taco. They were only ten pesos each, but the one taco that I ate was the best that I have ever had! The presence of the Holy Ghost was very strong in that place as I ate my heavenly taco. Then I paid for it and tipped the vendor generously after she allowed me to take a picture of her and Jesus.
By the middle of the afternoon I got back to Lincoln Park. I was hoping to bump into my friend from Harvard again, but I didn’t see him, so I sat down on a stone bench, intent on finishing up my book on challenging capitalism. I had a hard time reading my book while also watching all the people who passed by. You know, God just really loves people, and when you begin to look at people from this perspective it is hard not to wonder about each and every one. Often, God will give you words of knowledge for people if you listen to what He has to say, but here I was not intent on doing prophetic ministry because I was too intimidated by the language barrier. However, I did notice a young man who passed me by, in dirty, dark clothes, who had a disfigured left eye. I tried to engage him in eye contact, but as I smiled at him he turned away and I doubt he even noticed me. A few minutes later he passed close by me again, looking as if he was kind of aimlessly wandering in the park. At this point the Holy Spirit convicted me to pursue him and engage him in conversation. I got up and began to follow him. He may have been moving aimlessly but he was a fast walker. I finally reached him after a few blocks after he had changed direction once again and turned back towards me. I walked right up to him and said hello. He seemed surprised but somehow I got him to stop and sit down on a nearby bench. I opened my Bible to Matthew 10:7-8 and began to read. I repeated to him the part about “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” and then I repeated the part about healing the sick. I said “sanad enfermos” and pointed to his bad eye. Then I put my hands together as in prayer and asked him if I could pray for his eye. He understood and said yes. I felt the Holy Spirit come upon me as I prayed in English, with my hand on his eye, trying to keep back a wave of emotion. After I said “Amen” I asked him how it felt. I couldn’t understand everything that he was saying but he indicated that the eye was blind and it seemed to me as if nothing had happened. But he thanked me and introduced himself as Miguel. I told him my name was Pedro. Then I opened my wallet and gave him a fifty-peso note. There really wasn’t much more we could say so we thanked each other and said good-bye. I don’t know what happened to Miguel’s eye, but I continue to pray for a miracle. In any case I know that he is loved by God and that our Lord hears our prayers. Miguel is marked by Heaven and his life is bound to improve! After this divine appointment I found a quieter place to finish reading my book. It is written from an American perspective and so it focuses on the effects of capitalism over the past few decades upon the USA. However, there is one other nation that the author spends some time analyzing and that country is Mexico. I did not know this when I bought the book and I did not know it until I reached page 137 while seated at Lincoln Park that afternoon in Mexico City. The problem with Mexico is that the USA has used her power to make the Mexican economy a servant to the USA. Our middle class is fortunate to get some of the “trickle down” from Wall Street, but most of Mexico must depend upon the “trickle down” that comes from our “trickle down.” We have used Mexico as a market for our corporations and as a source of cheap labor. Our driver Miguel on Sunday had made a joke about the fact that every American fast-food outlet is now thriving in Mexico, except for Taco Bell! They also have Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Office Depot and Home Depot, to name just a few. Global capitalism is an end-times juggernaut transforming everything in its path, turning everything, even the bodies and souls of men (Rev. 18:13) into commodities to be bought and sold for profits that are accumulated by the merchants of the earth. The great end-times move of God will be a peaceful but
forceful rejection of this system as the true Bride of Christ removes herself from, and emerges distinct from, the Whore of Babylon. Jesus did not just teach us what to believe, He also gave us Kingdom principles for how we are to live. The Elijah Revolution will involve a holy confrontation with the Whore of Babylon. Her system is largely voluntary, which is why Jesus tells us that all we have to do is “Come out” (Rev. 18:4). Yet even this peaceful renunciation of the worldly way in which we now live will be enough to enrage Babylon. Jezebel was ruthless, and we can expect nothing less in her end-times incarnation when she becomes provoked. Why do we not see wide-scale persecution of the Church in America today? It is because we still remain within her system. We honor the merchants and we are devoted to our markets. Even Church itself has become a marketplace run by CEO-type pastors overseeing the selling of various “Christian” commodities. The awakening in the USA will be difficult ―like pulling teeth― as the Lord confronts us with our sins, but it should be much easier in Mexico where the leadership is much less corrupted by Babylon or deceived by her sorceries. I have great hope and faith that the Church in Mexico will help to transition the Body of Christ away from the “every man for himself” system of global capitalism and into the “people working together” system of the new Kingdom Economy that the Holy Spirit is releasing into the world today. Yet even so, come Lord Jesus! Imagine the wickedness of the world as a tree bearing bad fruit, kind of like the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Off of that tree comes all kinds of bad fruit. 1 John 2:16 classifies all of the sins of the world into three categories: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The serpent tempted Eve using this three-pronged approach, and the devil tempted Jesus in the same way. In Revelation 17-18 we find that the Whore of Babylon is completely given over to the pursuit of these things. Yet we also find that there are many “Christians” trapped in her system, else why would Jesus say, “Come out of her my people”? How could Christians be a part of such a system of wickedness? Aren’t most of us living moral lives? We don’t swear, we don’t steal, we don’t gamble, we don’t generally murder or beat people up. We avoid excess, we preach heartily against sexual sins and speak out against prostitution, adultery, abortion, and homosexuality. We avoid drunkenness and drugs, and we generally have an easy time staying out of jail. For the most part American Christians are able to exercise self-control and we actually hate the terrible fruit coming off of this great tree of wickedness! So where’s our blind spot? The reality is that there is more to this tree than just its fruit. There is actually a root to this tree. The Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 6:10 explains that the “love of money is the root of all evil.” It is the root that provides nourishment for all of this evil fruit, and you can’t stop the fruit if you don’t first destroy the root! At the end of World War II American Conservatives were deceived by the voice of the devil who said to them, in various guises, “Did God really say that the love of money is the root of all evil? Just watch, we can control this thing and profit from it. We can defeat communism with it, and bring prosperity to all, if we just give maximum freedom to markets and merchants. Don’t worry, this ‘love of money’ thing isn’t really that bad at all!”
This was a lie. A seductive and deceptive lie, but still a lie. And now we are paying the consequences for believing it. The Elijah Revolution isn’t just about confronting the fruit of the tree of wickedness, it will also confront the root, just as John the Baptist preached in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 3:7-9): He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." Capitalism, a system of social relations that is based upon the carnal impulse of the “love of money,” has always had its enemies. From the beginning, as it sought to turn land and labor into mere commodities, the labor movement and the environmental movement were its fiercest critics. We can learn a lot from these critics, even if they have a humanistic or even atheistic perspective. At least they understand what the greatest enemy to the human race is in these last days. Another book that I finished reading while in Mexico was a book by a Marxist professor named David Harvey called “Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution.” Even as a secular Marxist he does an amazing job describing the nature and scope of the system of the Whore of Babylon that has culminated today in global capitalism: This is a world in which the neoliberal ethic of intense possessive individualism can become the template for human personality socialization. The impact is increasing individualistic isolation, anxiety, and neurosis in the midst of one of the greatest social achievements (at least judging by its enormous scale and all-embracing character) ever constructed in human history for the realization of our hearts’ desire. Truly global capitalism is “the greatest social achievement ever constructed in human history for the realization of our hearts’ desire.” It is the collective culmination of mankind’s self-centered rebellion against God that began in the Garden of Eden, of carnal human beings relentlessly pursuing worldly gain and the lusts of their wicked hearts. But one day the world will learn that “the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee… and thou shalt find them no more at all” (Rev 18:14). And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Eph 2:1-3) For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. (Eph 5:5-8)
David Harvey looks to Marx’s Communist Manifesto as a guide for a global anti-capitalist secular “revival” that he hopes will break out and then spread from city to city. The truth is he is clueless. There will be no new global economic system that carnal man will collectively agree to or submit to. In this sense, we truly have reached the “End of History.” There might be uprisings here and there, but they will be relentlessly subdued by armored soldiers wielding rubber bullets, tear gas, and attack dogs. Babylon will allow no alternative to her system and she can’t be confronted head on by any secular power. The only way to confront Babylon, as my friend from Harvard understood, is in the power of the Holy Ghost, choosing to “come out” of Babylon and to no longer play by her rules or live in her system. God Himself will lead the end-times revolution through the direction of the Holy Spirit using the Body of Christ on earth. “Rebel Cities” may indeed be established, but they won’t be inhabited by secular Marxist rebels, they will be inhabited by Heavenly rebels who are members of the Body of Christ as served by the five-fold ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. The upside-down governing structure of the Kingdom of Heaven will be revealed on Earth in these lasts days as entire cities repent and turn to God in expectation of the coming King. Bill Johnson, one of the few well-known Christian leaders in the USA that I generally admire and trust, has uncovered a key to the revival of cities and the end-times move of God. It comes from the words of Jesus (Matt. 11:21-24) who rebuked the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, saying that if the miracles performed there had been performed in Tyre, Sidon, or Sodom, then these wicked cities would have repented. The key then, to the revival of the wickedest of cities, is simply to perform the miracles of Jesus within them! After all, Jesus said that His disciples would be empowered to perform even greater miracles than He did in John 14:12! Supernatural demonstrations of the power of God have the potential to bring whole cities to repentance. Jesus said it Himself! Yet signs and wonders are not enough in themselves. Repentance can bring your heart to God, but then you must also strive to bear the fruits of repentance and allow God to change the way you live. The first part is free and is based on faith, but the second part can cost us everything and is based on love. Signs and wonders prove the power of God, but by themselves they won’t bring us out of Babylon. Faith and Power must combine with Holiness and Love in this end-times move of God! At the beginning I mentioned that our entrance into Mexico was preceded by an X-Class flare (X1.1) from the sun on July 6, which was the biggest solar flare recorded this summer. Well I also found out that the day after we left Mexico there was another X-Class flare (X1.4) from the sun on July 12. This was also the biggest flare of the summer so far, bigger than the first. We were in Mexico from the 7th to the 11th, and these solar flares acted as bookends, on the 6th and the 12th, for our journey into Mexico seeking God’s will for the Church of Mexico and for His entire Body of Christ. Fred and Laura, may God continue to bless you and guide you both in His purposes in these last days! Peter and Lori Goodgame Kailua, Hawaii
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