Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders. Since 1999. Not just 1 person speaking but a group of seasoned prophetic people. Word given for 2016
Concerning the Church, a shift in understanding of the connection between tithes, offerings and the BLESSING will cause poverty to be broken off many believers, (Mal 3 : 8_10) pastors will become bold and unashamed to teach on the subject of finances, and both the people and the church will be BLESSED.
Tithing – It’s about life not law.
Grace makes, faith takes. Grace has provided the benefits of tithing and faith takes those benefits and sees them manifested.
Gen 1 : 28. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
1st impartation to man, Plan A, never been changed. God BLESSED them and said, “Be fruitful, multiply, resupply the earth, subdue and take dominion.” BLESSED :- “Empowered to prosper” Prosper :- “Come up to a new level.” Bakers dictionary – “Clothed with the nature and ability of God to prosper and succeed.” Covers every area and aspect of life, not just money but includes money. The result of this BLESSING was favour, social standing and influence, ability to bless others, financial prosperity, strong family relationships, partnerships, fruitfulness, multiplication, dominion and authority.
Follow this BLESSING all the way thru the bible to Jesus and then to us.
What this BLESSING does – Gen 26 : 12, 28a, 29b. 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. 28a But they said, “We have certainly seen that the Lord is with you. 29b You are now the blessed of the Lord.
Gen 27 : 30 _ 38. Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.” 32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?”
So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”
33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed.”
34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”
35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”
36 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”
37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?”
38 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
Gal 3 : 13 _ 14. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The promise of BLESSED to be a BLESSING is for us. V 16 & 29.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
There is a connector to this activation of the BLESSING in our lives.
Gen 14 : 18 _ 23.
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.
21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’
Melchizedek is an office, like evangelist, prophet etc.
Heb 7 : 17
For He testifies: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.
Order of Melchizedek. Abraham is our Father of faith, he lived under grace
2 kings met Abram. 1 good bringing something good. 1 bad bringing something bad, just wanted to take. There will always be 2 ways to turn. Melchizedek = communion, sharing in covenant relationship and releasing the BLESSING.
King of Sodom V 21 _ 23. Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’
GIVE ME. His focus was only on himself. Abram was focused on 1 thing only, honouring God as his ONLY source of supply, not his ability to do anything. Remember Matt 6 : 24 – “You CANNOT serve God and mammon.” Attitude of the heart. Melchizedek = God, King of Sodom = mammon.
Mal 3 : 8 _ 14. “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts. 13 “Your words have been harsh against Me,” Says the Lord, “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the Lord of hosts?
V 8 _ 9 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
Rob God? God says it’s possible to rob Him. He asks the question and then gives the answer. Is He talking about money? The subject of these scriptures is not about money, it’s about the BLESSING. We are not robbing God of money, He doesn’t need our money so He doesn’t go broke and have to sell the throne on eBay. No, we are robbing God of the opportunity to BLESS us. To empower us to succeed and prosper in all we do. We are not cursed as we think because Jesus absorbed the curse. What happens is that the BLESSING is not activated in our life. Salvation has to be activated, healing has to be activated, love has to be activated. Grace makes and faith takes.
Mal 3 : 10 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
Bring – you have to bring. A decision has to be made. All the tithe – not some, we have no right to separate our tithe. Tithe means 10%.
Storehouse – where you get fed, looked after, where somebody can come visit you if needed. So there may be food in my house. No food, no feeding, no life. Try Me NOW in this. PROVE. Only time God says to try, test, prove Him. SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. God is saying this. Not some man.
Open FOR YOU the windows of heaven. Part of the reason the earth was flooded. Pour out – empty out. Fullness of the BLESSING. He did not say empty out money. Something greater – the BLESSING. Not room enough to receive it, abundance. BLESSING is so much bigger than money. It carries in it ideas, abilities, concepts, insights.
V 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts;And I (God) will rebuke (silence, restrain, punish, afflict) the devourer (consume, eat up, destroy, waste) FOR YOUR SAKE. God will do this for you who will honour God by bringing your tithe as you declare God is your source.
So that he (the devourer) will not destroy the fruit of your ground, your harvest. Fruit = Deut 28 : 4. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body.”
Family, your increase, your work – read thru Deut 28 : 1 _ 13, it covers every aspect of you and what you have.
Heb 7 : 9 _ 10 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Nor shall THE VINE fail to bear fruit for you. THE VINE ?????
John 15 : 1 _ 2. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Jesus is the true vine. Could Malachi be talking about THE TRUE VINE or a false vine? We bear fruit only when we are connected to the vine. He will not fail to bear fruit for you. SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. 2nd time.
ALL nations (people) will call you BLESSED (subject of Mal 3). You will be a delightsome (pleasure, desirable, pleasing) land.
MSG - country of grace
Wonderful country; land of delight; good place to live in.
SAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS. 3rd time.
Psalm 103 : 20 “Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.”
Heed/harken = be obeyed, to hear with attention, to grant request. The voice of His word. Num 23, “God is not a man that He should lie, has He not said and will He not do?”
V 13 _ 14 13 “Your words have been harsh against Me,” Says the Lord, “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the Lord of hosts?
Watch your words. Faith is released by believing and speaking.
What if a financial expert (Warren Buffet) gave you an insider tip on a great deal? May even sell some of your stuff to get in on it. Here is an insider tip from the most successful person ever. Never lost out on a deal, never gone bankrupt, can finance the whole world at once. ????????????
Tithing is not about your money, it is about His BLESSING FOR YOU.