Sep 9, '11 9:04 PM
By Regner Capener
Greetings to all of
you, and Blessings!
past six-plus weeks since I last posted a Coffee Break have been eventful to
say the least. Della and I were gone to a prophetic conference in Canada for
nearly three weeks. When we got back, Della was asked to lead the memorial
service for her uncle who had just passed away.
No sooner had that taken place when the sewer pipe to our upstairs bathroom decided to let loose and pour sewage down through the wall and ceiling of the dining room below. Our insurance company was slow in getting someone to come out and clean things up and dry out all of the water-soaked areas so -- being a carpenter (having helped my father build six of his seven churches) and skilled in most of the building trades -- I dived into (ummm....that might be the wrong term) the project and started tearing out the upstairs bathroom. Having done that, I began taking apart the ceiling in the dining room to let it air out.
Wrong move! Ever taken a shower in the sewer? I don't recommend it. Everything rained down on me. I want you to know I didn't waste any time afterwards in getting into a real shower and getting all that gunk off me. It was funny, but not funny if you know what I mean.
When the water remediation folks showed up to start drying things out with their equipment, all the fans and dehumidifiers caused the breakers to kick in the electrical panel -- twice in a row. My main computer was on when the breakers kicked and then came back on.
Even though I have a RAID array for safety's sake, it still took out the boot sector to my hard drives, and I was offline for days. The folks at Dell sent a technician with a pair of new drives to replace the bad ones, but it still took days to rebuild the RAID arrays with all of my backup data and get my system restored. Good thing I had everything backed up or I'd have been a sunk duck!
The fun continues as we wait for the restoration process to be complete. It's a pretty good spiritual illustration. You think things are taken care of in your life and you're crusin' along with the Lord; and all of a sudden something breaks and a whole lot of sewage comes out that you were not prepared for. Think maybe the Lord just might be permitting all of this to happen so that real cleaning, repair and restoration can take place? Yup. I think so.
Well, I thought I'd be able to get back to my experiences in Heaven, but that's going to wait a little longer. There are some things that need some immediate attention and there is a priority in the realm of the Spirit to cover these things.I'll get back to my experiences in Heaven in due time -- and I may yet do one more piece on Israel.
During the past month or
so, participating in a conference with Chuck Pierce, Paul Keith Davis, Joshua
Mills and Charlie Robinson -- not to mention the conference in Lancaster,
California with Paul Keith, Neville Johnson and Sadhu
Sundhar Selvaraj -- we've
seen a consistency and a continuity of the message of the Holy Spirit to the
Bride of Christ today. No matter where you turn, the Word of the Lord is the
The Holy Spirit is after a
people who are more in pursuit of the indwelling presence of the Lord in His
fullness with the accompanying manifestation of the greater works that Jesus
promised -- more in pursuit of Him than they are in pursuit of their pet
That may seem like a
strange thing to say so let me be clear. I'll make it personal so no one takes
offense or thinks I'm pointing fingers. There are lots of things that I
believe. There are many things I have experienced in a lifelong walk with the
Lord. But -- and here's the catch -- there are many things that I know, not
just because I've experienced certain things, not because I've studied and
researched and done a lot of academic pursuit of knowledge, (and I do
love Biblical history!) but because they have been revealed by the Holy Spirit in
my inner man.
If that sounds
self-serving, it isn't meant to be. Here's how the angel of the Lord put it to
John:"He that hath an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the
hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name
written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."(Revelation 2:17)
"Hidden manna" is
something that comes by revelation -- not by study and research and
careful calculation. There's a huge difference between "doctrines"
and revelation. I grew up in traditional Pentecostal circles with a lot of
"doctrines" being taught -- and a lot of those doctrines were
predicated in study, research, mathematical calculations or even some personal
experiences -- but they didn't produce the kind of inner life that the Holy
Spirit is looking for in us.
Once again, let me repeat:
there are lots of things that I believe. But believing is a whole lot different
from knowing! Again, let me build some fences around what I'm
saying. Let me give you some examples.
I know that
Jesus is coming soon. How do I know that? First, because He says
so in His Word. Secondly, because I've had personal visitations from the Lord,
along with angelic visitations to specifically confirm that fact. My knowing is
based in a combination of the Word -- and if it isn't in the Word, you'd better
really consider what you think you know -- and in that which has been revealed
by the Holy Spirit.
I believe that
we only have a few years before Jesus comes. I don't believe He
will come this year, or next, or even the next year after that. Why? Because
that isn't what the message of the Holy Spirit is in the body of Christ today. That
doesn't mean I'm right -- and no one would rejoice any more than me if I were
wrong -- but here's why I take that position. Consider what John wrote as he
closed out the Revelation.
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."(Revelation 22:17)
The Bride of Christ is not
saying, "Come, Lord Jesus."The Holy Spirit is not
saying, "Come, Lord Jesus."What the Spirit and the Bride are saying
is this: "Get the spots and wrinkles out of your garments, people! Make
yourself ready to receive Him."
Consider these two scriptures: (1)
(Ephesians 5:25-27) "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the
church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious
church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be
holy and without blemish."
19:7-8) "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour
to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white: for the fine linen is the
righteousness of saints."
If there is any message being trumpeted
by the true prophets in the body of Christ today, this is it: Invite the Spirit
of Judgment and Burning into your life to cleanse every last vestige of
religion, every last vestige of flesh, every last vestige of sin or error of
any kind! Make yourself ready so that Jesus truly receives the inheritance He
paid for with His blood!
In Paul's instruction in the letter to
Ephesus, he precedes his statement about the Lord giving Himself with a command
to husbands to love their wives in the same way that Jesus gave Himself for His
Bride. While Paul is speaking to husbands and wives, he does make it clear that
Jesus gave Himself totally, completely and without reservation in order to
redeem for Himself that people He designed for Himself before time began.
For Jesus to truly receive His
inheritance in His people, they likewise must give themselves totally and
unreservedly to Him -- no matter the cost -- so that His Glory can be seen in
them, so that His presence will be seen, and so that all that He is will be
demonstrated and manifested in the earth.
Sorry to have spent so much time on
this topic. There's a whole lot more here to talk about -- and maybe in the
future I can do a specific Coffee Break on the coming of the Lord -- but that's
not what this discussion is all about today. What I'm getting at is that --
because of the above Scriptures -- I believe there are some
things absolutely necessary to be accomplished in the Bride of Christ before
Jesus can come. Understand?
What I believe is a bit
different from what I know. I don't know the day or
the hour that Jesus will come, and I refuse to speculate on it or guess at it. There
is an alert that takes place in the realm of the Spirit for those who are
prepared and there's no guesswork to that alert.
There are times and seasons in God, and
we certainly know the season of Jesus' return. And it is important for us to
know the times and the seasons. That said, my objective is to allow the Holy
Spirit to do whatever it takes in me so that when the Lord Jesus Christ does
return, He can receive in me everything He paid for. Am I clear?
One more clarification on this topic so
there is no misunderstanding. I was awakened a couple of years ago early one
morning with the audible voice of the angel of the Lord speaking. I sat up
straight in bed when I heard it.He said to me,
"You have no idea how soon the return of the Lord Jesus Christ really
is!"Now there's an attention getter!
There is an alert that has gone forth
in the earth today, but that alert is somewhat akin to the parable that Jesus
gave in Matthew 25.The virgins (representing those who had their garments clean
and spotless) were first made aware that the Bridegroom was on His way. That's
the alert that has gone forth. The Bridegroom has delayed His coming so that He
will have a Bride who is ready for Him. In Jesus' parable, there was a second
alert, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him."That
alert has not taken place yet. Those who have ears to hear what the Holy Spirit
is saying will hear that alert! What the Holy Spirit is saying
is, "Bride, get yourself ready."He has not yet said, "Come, Lord
Good! Let's move on.
Some of you may wonder why I've taken
this path in our discussions today. Folks, because of what God is doing in the
earth today and because of what He is saying to the body of Christ, it is
imperative that I share the following with you.
It has been clear for some time now
that there is a clear dividing taking place among Christians -- a separating,
if you will -- that is making many believers uncomfortable. After all, we well
remember Paul's declaration in Ephesians 4 (verse 3) in which he instructs us
to "keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."But Paul
didn't leave it there. Watch what he writes a few verses later.
"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers for the perfecting (katartismos: the complete
furnishing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the
body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (teleios:
complete) man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ. (Christos: the Anointed One, and His
Unto a perfect man? Unto the measure (metron: the rule or
standard of judgment; the determined extent, the measured portion) of the
stature (helikia: maturity) of the fullness of Christ? Us?
Now, before we get to Heaven?
That's it, folks! NOW, not in "the
sweet bye and bye."
One of the difficulties in
the body of Christ is a wide spread of doctrines that push many things way off
in the future, or "when we all get to Heaven" as if Heaven is our
objective. Heaven is not our objective! Heaven is only home-base for the
By the same token, there
are many things -- interpretations of prophecies, for example -- that get
shoved into the 1000-year reign of Christ on the earth (the Millennium, if you
please).The problem is these interpretations is that they fail to give the Lord
Jesus Christ His due in us. Sometimes I wonder if people really understand what
Jesus did for us, and if they understand what it cost Him.
Let's see if I can put this
Every Christian believer
knows that Jesus died on the Cross for him or her, and that their salvation
from Hell rests in that fact. But does every believer understand that what
Jesus paid for on the Cross goes way beyond "fire insurance"?
Fire insurance --
deliverance from the penalties of sin and an eternal damnation in Hell -- is
only a fraction of what Jesus paid for. Let me digress for just a second.
If you go to Costco or
Sam's Club or Wal-Mart or Safeway (or whatever) and you decide to purchase
something, do you not expect to get what you pay for? Do you expect, for example,
to plop down the cash or a check (or a debit card) for food or household goods,
and then walk out of the store and leave them behind? If you paid for them,
don't you deserve to get what you paid for? Aren't you legally entitled to get
what you paid for?
Now, let's apply this
principle to the price that Jesus paid. Let me take you to a transliteration of
Isaiah 53:3-5 that I did from the Hebrew text:
(3) He is disdained and
scorned, and considered as having ceased to exist by men: a man of anguish and
pain, and has known grief by seeing and experiencing it; and we hid as it were
our faces from Him; He was disdained and scorned, and we maliciously
fabricated, invented and treated His suffering and death as void.
(4) Surely He has
suffered and accepted as His own our maladies, our anxieties, our calamities,
our disease and sicknesses, and carried our anguish, pain and grief: yet we
fabricated and maliciously invented His being stricken violently, beaten,
punished, wounded and slaughtered as if by God -- choosing to believe that God
browbeat, demeaned and looked down upon Him.
(5) But He was broken and
profaned for our rebellion, our revolt, our apostasy and our [religious]
quarrel against God; He was crushed, oppressed and smitten, and (emotionally)
broken into pieces for our perversity, our evil, our mischief, sins and faults;
the breaking and ridiculing of our peace, our welfare, our prosperity, our
health and our safety was upon Him; and with His bloodied and blue wounds we
are cured, mended, repaired and made thoroughly whole.
THERE!!That's what Jesus
did, and that's what it cost Him! Understand?
Now! Consider Paul's prayer
" I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so
that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the
glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of
His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of
the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him
from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places."(Ephesians
Lastly, do you understand
the word, "Salvation"?Do you know that this word was never intended
to be just about "fire insurance"?This word is a translation of the
Greek, sozo, (to protect, to deliver,
to rescue, to defend, to save, to heal, to preserve, to cause to prosper, to
make [completely] whole).It is the equivalent of the Hebrew, yasha (and its
derivative, ye shu ah), with the same identical meanings.
Having said all of that,
what do you believe? Now then, what do you KNOW? If Jesus paid for your
salvation, has He received it yet? He paid for your defense from the Enemy. Do
you KNOW that He is your defense? He paid for your healing. Do you KNOW that
you are healed? He paid for your deliverance from poverty. Have you received,
or do you walk in the totality of abundance that He paid for?
If Jesus paid for all of
this with such a high price, has He received in you what He paid for?
What do you believe? What
do you KNOW? It isn't your faith by which you receive all of this: it's Jesus'
See you again soon.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in
the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself
for me. (Galatians
Blessings on you!
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
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