Oct 29, '10 2:10 PM
By Regner Capener
Salutations and Blessings upon you!
coffee is brewing…uhh…steeping in the French Press.
Ready for a cup? I believe we’ve got some of those smaller “vitamins” sitting
around the kitchen, too. You know…those things they call “donut holes”?
get right to it this morning continuing with the prophetic picture and
significance of what I saw in the dreams.
DREAM NUMBER ONE, Part One
to the person in the dream who was a Russian FSB officer, he represents an
authority-figure and someone who has the power to influence and control the
lives of many people. I noted in the previous Coffee Break that he was a type
of the “leader” who has charge over folks, but has no personal relationship
with the Lord. He was austere, legalistic, demanding and thought he had the
right to rule over them and say what they could believe and not believe.
Because he had no personal relationship with the Lord, anyone who talked about
such a thing was a heretic and a fool.
is the classic picture of leaders who have the “form of Godliness but lack the
power thereof.” (See II Timothy 3:5) I say that because when he first met me at
the airport, his demeanor and appearance was that of a well-polished, seasoned
minister. He had the appearance of being a Godly man. He had the ability to put
on a show – a façade – that was anything but real. His ultimate repentance at
the end of the dream is indicative of many leaders I’ve met throughout the
years who have been Bible College or seminary-trained – highly educated, if you
will – but whose knowledge is all academic, not revelatory.
is a huge difference between acquired knowledge and revealed knowledge by the Holy
Spirit. Acquired knowledge is what you get through book-learning and academic
pursuits. Revealed knowledge is what comes directly from God in an instant. It
is a “download” if you will. You instantly have the answer or the solution to a
situation that didn’t come through hours or days or weeks or months of study,
research and experimentation.
me digress a bit to give you an example.
in 1988 when I was Chief Engineer for KTBY (the FOX TV affiliate) in Anchorage,
I was called in for an emergency in the wee hours of the morning. The
transmitter had failed and the station was off the air. The transmitter was an
archaic relic of WWII-era design – an old Black and White RCA transmitter that
had been converted to color sometime in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. The
thing should have been retired to a museum many years before. There were no
schematics that covered the modifications, and many changes had been made to
the transmitter that weren’t recorded. When I walked into the transmitter room,
the place smelled of molten metal. The high-voltage cage had literally melted
and the final output tube was almost welded into the High Voltage cavity.
the first step was to rip everything out, clean up the mess and rebuild the HV
section. OK, so far. But what caused the meltdown in the first place? What had
failed in such a way as to cause such catastrophic damage? I didn’t have a
clue, so I did what I knew to do: lay hands on the transmitter and pray. (By
the way, this is something both Della and I have done on numerous occasions
with many different things. (Grin)
can laugh if you want. If some of my engineering friends had been there to see,
they’d have known I’d absolutely lost it! There’s a spiritual principle here,
however, that many believers miss in crisis situations. James put it like this
in his epistle:
1:5-6: 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But
let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
needed wisdom and understanding and the Lord gave it to me – in immediate
download fashion! In an instant, the Holy Spirit gave me a vision of an old
oil-filled capacitor in the HV power supply and told me it was shorted. When I
opened up the back doors of the HV cage, there was the capacitor just like the
Holy Spirit had shown me. A quick test showed that it was indeed shorted out. I
scrounged up a replacement, installed it and fired the transmitter up. Presto!
Just like that we were back up and running.
didn’t need an engineering degree (and truth is, I still don’t have one despite
international recognition for some achievements in science and engineering) –
just an impartation of wisdom and understanding from the Holy Spirit. My
achievements in the field of electronic engineering haven’t come through
book-learning; they’ve come as a direct result of revelation from the Holy
Spirit. Folks, it works, and it works reliably. But it only works when you have
the reality of a relationship, a personal love-relationship, with the Lord
Jesus Christ. There’s no form about this. It isn’t religious at all. And
there’s both power and authority that backs it up.
mean to get so sidetracked, but the personal illustration is a picture of the
difference between “the form of Godliness” and living and operating in the
power of God. Throughout the years, I’ve met many “pastors” who had the title
and fair-sized church congregations to accompany their title. When I’ve asked
them how the Lord called them into the ministry, they’ve given me a
deer-in-the-headlights stare. Some have stammered and stuttered around looking
for an answer. Others have simply responded dryly, “I just wanted to do
something to help my fellow-man.” Still others have answered, “It seemed like a
good thing to do.”
Duhhh….. No concept
whatever of the voice of the Holy Spirit or having a commission from the Lord!
used to say (and I think he was repeating something he’d heard throughout the
years), “There are lots of people in the ministry who simply “went” – but they
were not “sent”!” When that’s the case, you have the perfect picture of the
Russian officer in the dream: a person who exercises power, influence and
authority without wisdom and understanding.
here’s the best part of this picture: when folks like this come in contact with
real authority and power – that which comes by and through the Holy Spirit –
and they see miraculous events take place which defy all their logic and
learning resulting in real change to people, desire leaps within their being
for the “real.” For many there is recognition – whether ever voiced or not –
that what they’ve operated in was “will power” and not some God-given, Holy
Spirit-anointed dunamis power
and authority. Like the Russian officer in the dream, reality sets in,
repentance takes place and there comes a yielding to the Lord Jesus Christ.
* * * * * * * *
DREAM NUMBER ONE, Part Two
12:9-11: 9Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round
about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to
devour. 10Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden
my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate
wilderness. 11They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because
no man layeth it to heart.
our previous Coffee Break, we talked about Paul’s statement to the Galatians;
and I will expand on that for a bit because it bears directly on the prophetic
picture in these dreams.
5:13-26: 13For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not
liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14For
all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself. 15But if ye
bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16This
I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil
the lust of the flesh. 17For the flesh lusteth
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary
the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18But
if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which
are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of
the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they
which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness,
temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are
Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If
we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not
be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Jeremiah’s prophecy, he lays the initial blame for the “biting and devouring”
upon the pastors – the shepherds – saying, “They have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They
have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth
unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth
it to heart.”
takes it further as he writes the Galatians, however, and makes clear that each
individual who engages in “biting and devouring” one another lacks love (agape) and is engaging in one or more of the
works of the flesh. He describes the “works of the flesh” with the following
list of activities: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like.
graphic, don’t you think?
don’t remember who first said it, but Neville Johnson recently restated a
spiritual principle which accurately describes the condition of the body of
Christ today. It goes like this:
What this generation tolerates, the
next generation will accept as “normal,” or acceptable.
seen that in a growing tolerance and acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle
within this generation. In the previous generation, one didn’t even mention the
topic because it was so abhorrent and aberrant to human behavior. Without an
awakening in the hearts of God’s people in this generation and a refutation and
absolute rejection of homosexual activity as some kind of “norm” we will see
this sin quite accepted within the body of Christ in the coming generation. The
consequence will be exactly what Jeremiah prophesied: “The whole land is made desolate, because no
man layeth it to heart.”
is the condition that prevailed in the lives and hearts of the “believers” who
were biting, devouring and cannibalizing one another in the cage. They were
desolate. They had no hope. They had no manifestation of love between
themselves. They had lost the authority and the power that comes when folks
walk in communion with the Lord. Had that communion been present – the intimacy
of a love relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ – the authority and power to
deal with the crisis they found themselves in would have easily been accessible
said all that to say this: The “works of the flesh” Paul lays out in Galatians,
when tolerated within the body of Christ, leads to the breakdown of
relationship between God’s people, and a breakdown in the level of leadership.
The more a society tolerates, the more those who are trained and groomed for
leadership positions tolerate. It’s one of the reasons why we have seen some
major church denominations “ordain” homosexuals and lesbians to pastoral positions.
has been a breakdown of the moral and spiritual standards once held within
these organizations – so much so that people who don’t even know the Lord are
being elevated and “ordained” to ministerial places when they don’t even have a
call or beckoning from the Holy Spirit. As I’ve already said earlier, this is
the picture of the Russian FSB officer in the dream.
* * * * * * * *
DREAM NUMBER TWO
most of the past forty years, if there’s one thing that both Della and I have
learned, there is no quicker way to demolish and remove a yoke of bondage than
through prayer and fasting.
the first dream, it was very apparent that a trap had been set for me by the
Enemy – a trap designed for my destruction and death. My spiritual antennae had
been alerted before departing on the trip. It was a good thing that I responded
to the quickening of the Holy Spirit and instructed Della to wait until she
heard from me before coming to Moscow. Being “instant in season and out of
season” (II Timothy 4:2) applies to every part of our responsiveness to the
this instance, there was no time to stop and consider the check from the Lord.
If I hadn’t responded instantly and Della had gone with me, things could have
turned out very differently. As it was, she was prompted by the Holy Spirit (in
her dream) to be fasting and praying for my deliverance and restoration.
prayer and fasting became corporate. The spiritual principle of corporate
prayer is revealed in Matthew 18:16b and Matthew 18:19-20:
…In the mouth of two or
three witnesses every word may be established.
18:19-20: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as
touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father
which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.
certainly is power and authority through prayer; and the prayers of any
righteous individual, praying according to the heart and will of Father God,
are certainly heard. However, when you add the agreement – the sumphoneo
(symphony) – of
individuals there is logarithmic multiplication that takes place. It’s almost
like a row of bulldozers (or tanks) coming at the Enemy. Take a look at the
following verses of Scripture.
32:30: How should one chase a
thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them,
and the LORD had shut them up?
23:10: One man of you shall
chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth
for you, as he hath promised you.
how Solomon put it in Ecclesiastes:
4:12: And if one prevail
against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly
was obvious that I was up against a force of the Enemy that required greater
power than I could release by myself. I had authority – all the authority I
needed against Satan – but there was a need for the hosts of Heaven to be
released against him and to wage warfare in the realm of the Spirit.
took place as Della gathered with others on a daily and consistent basis.
have a few other comments and observations to share, and in the interests of
not making this Coffee Break overlong, I’ll save them for the next one.
The Holy Spirit is moving and
operating in this day and age in non-traditional ways; and any attempts we make
to box Him in or try to second-guess Him are doomed to failure. Those who are
willing to hear what He has to say and are ready to “operate outside the box”
will see and experience the Glory of the Lord!
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