[anzac] Vision of the FIRE-STARTERS

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic" <anzac_list@...>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2003 09:53:59 +1300
"Fire Starters - Releasing the Church"
-by Robert I Holmes.

John the Baptist was known for his fiery repentance preaching. This
wild man of God, to whom all of Israel came, declared concerning
Jesus: "I baptise you with water. But one more powerful than I will
come. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit, and with FIRE!" (Luke
3:16). Christ in fact said of Himself "I came to set the world on fire,
how I wish it were already kindled" (Luke 12:49).

The nature of this ministry was made clear to me on the last day of
1995 when the Lord cam to me and said: "The city of Sydney was
set on fire two years ago (January 1994 in fact). It was circled about,
and burned throughout by evil pyromaniacs. A dozen wicked men
touched the lives of every inhabitant in the Sydney area. These
things were a sign. I will again set this city on fire! But not with evil,
but for good, not by fire bugs, but by my Holy Ghost Fire Starters.
There are holy men of God, who will spark the fires that touch the
lives of every person in my kingdom one way or another!"

This very same message was heard by a colleague of mine- Kevin
Brennan, editor of "The Voice" prophetic magazine in Queensland. An
elder said to him on the same day that we would see the "Fire-bugs
of the kingdom" come forward, and that this group he was among
were just such people.

Then in January 1996 I had a vision confirming this message: In a
vision the Lord said to me "Look at the house of Israel", and I looked
and saw a teeming multitude. He said "Many who you see in the
church are not in the house [of the Lord]. Yet I have my fire starters
in every land and province. Behold, I am about to mobilise my church.
I will light a fire under them." I looked again at the multitude and saw
some lashing themselves, I saw men in chains, and others bound.
Some were sitting on the ground rocking back and forth. "See, in
the church many are bound by religion. They have been deceived
and follow in the traditions of men, they are ignorant of my Son,
they ignore Him. See those who have grown cold in captivity. They
think they are free but they are bound. They have been taken
captive to Babylon in chains. Some whip themselves with the Law,
for they are under the Law, and not under Grace". I could feel the
Lord's heart, burning for them, burning for the lost, and filled with
love for His bride."


The Fire-Starters

God is looking for a people He can use to start the fires burning.
The fires of repentance, the baptism of the Spirit, a fire under the
church! The fire starters will come in this aspect of Christ's ministry,
kindling a fire on the earth. It will bring with it division, but not like
church splits and doctrinal division. It will be division over Christ 
himself,
over the living relating, powerful Jesus whom we are called to be
intimate with. Men and women of God, called and raised up in the
anointing of Jesus who will do the works He did, and more in His
name. The anointing of the fire starter, I believe is linked very much
to Christs own mandate, to:

- preach the good news to the poor (in spirit?)
- bind up the brokenhearted
- proclaim freedom for the captives
- release the prisoners from darkness
- proclaim the year of the Lord's favour
- provide for those who grieve in Zion
- bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes
- bestow the oil of gladness instead of mourning
- put on them a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair
- rebuild the ancient ruins.


The Mandate for Fire-Starters

From the two revelations I heard at the beginning of this year, it is
evident that God shall soverignly raise up these individuals. Many are
in the organisation called the church, yet are not in the house of
the Lord. The fire starter will be used of God to lead many to true
faith in Christ, many who call themselves by the name of Christ 
(Christians).

They will soon be used to set the church on fire! The Lord will use
his remnant to touch the lives of every inhabitant. The revival fires
will not be hidden, but will be evident to all. I believe that the
media will play a large part in spreading this message. The fire
starters will mobilise God's church by lighting a fire under those who
slumber. As Tozer lamented "Those who have the light, are peacefully
at rest, alseep in it!" God is not at all happy with this situation, and
will use his servants to light the Lord's fires, which will stir the people
out of their slumber and onto the streets, into their given callings
and ministries.

They will loose the people from thier bondage. The place which was
supposed to bring liberty, has brought bondage. A friend of mine
had a vision several years ago in which he saw a giant man chained
to the earth. A hand came and smashed the chains off, and the
man rose. His name was 'lay man". It is true that the current
"Pastor/ flock" or "Minister/ laity" system has chained many. The
pastor does the work, the church pays him to do it. Because of this,
many have become captive to the a religious spirit.

The religious spirit looks for outward adherence to rules, not inward
relationship with the Lord. People look to performance rather than
relationship. Following religion is rather like following other deities,
which is explicitly spoken against in Deuteronomy 6: "Do not follow
other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the LORD your
God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn
against you" (vs 14-15). God does not look at outward appearance,
but rather to the heart.

Many follow in the traditions of men. We brand one another with
labels, depicting which segment of the body of Christ we belong to.
Paul lamented fro some in the early church who followed after Paul,
or Apollos or others instead of following Christ alone. Jesus also said
"They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by
men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on
to the traditions of men."(Mark 7:8). This is as true in the traditional
church as in Pentecostal/ Charismatic ones.

It is also an unfortunate truth that many ignore God's Son, and are
ignorant of Him. This sadly happens when we serve a system instead
of the Lord Jesus. Many in the church are busy, but they are running
about like Martha's. Many of us are busy 'about the Lord's business'
which is not ordained by Him at all. Christ said "I do nothing except
that which I see the Father doing. Likewise we must not do anything
except His mandated will.

Mary however, chose to listen to Jesus and not busy herself with so
called service. The Lord sternly rebuked martha saying: "Martha,
Martha... you are worried and upset about many things, but only one
thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be
taken away from her." (Luke 10:41-42). Intimacy with Jesus is sadly
neglected in the church- for those who chase knowledge over
relationship, and those who seek God's hand for blessing rather than
His heart for acceptance.

Many commentators have remarked that we live in a Laodicean age.
It is true that we live at a time when the church has unparalleled
prosperity. But the rebuke Christ gives the church of our age is clear:
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you
were either one or the other! For you say, 'I am rich, I have
prospered, and I need nothing.' You do not realise that you are
wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from
me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white
clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and
salve to put on your eyes, so you can see." (Rev 3:15-17)


Conclusion

The fire starters shall be found shooting flaming arrows into the
'establishment'! This will of course threaten to burn the work of
man down and bring people out to the city of God. People need
to come out of churchianity and into the kingdom! Chuchianity,
with all it's trappings, are in fact a kind of Babylon. Many in the
church are taken captive to Babylon by being wooed by
worldliness and wealth. Jesus said that for some the seed would
grow in the soil but the cares of the world rise up and choke it.
This leads to becoming captive in chains. When the cares of the
world have crowded out our prayer life and we have become
enslaved to our debts we are in danger of being captive to
mammon. It is for this reason Christ warned "You can not serve
two masters".

God's fire starters will bring the bride of Christ back into what she
was called for- as described in the closing parts of verses 6 and 7...
"and [then] you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be
named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of
nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a
double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs."
We are coming to a time in history, when the church will be
shaken, and the establishment of man will be burned. God is
going to 'test the work of man by fire' and only that which is
made of gold, and jewels will last. Many will come through this
period, but only as through the flames (1 Cor 3:13-15).

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