This message is so fitting for where we, not just as a ministry but as the Body of Christ, are at in this time of history. The Lord gave Agnes this word of bringing back His Glory from captivity, back in 1996. Surely, we can see how today that is especially true! He’s beginning to raise a people for His Glory, a people He can give His Kingdom to! We pray you enjoy this message!
Our Precious heavenly Father, we have the privilege of standing in your presence today. Wonderful Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, breathe upon us today and cause us to realize how precious it is to have your presence in us. Precious, wonderful Lord, we bow before you in the awesome awareness that you are our provider, our savior, our Lord and King. We stand before you to acknowledge you in all our ways. You may direct our path; we may walk in the way you would have us to go. We thank you for the spirit of truth and the word of God and the blood of Jesus Christ; for our redemption through you. Precious Lord, refresh us even now, as we wait upon you. Give us, oh God, our direction and counsel from you. We thank you, Lord, that each one that is here today, let them open their heart to receive what you would have for us. We give you praise and glory, in your wonderful name we ask it. Amen.
Please turn to Psalm 66:1 “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
2. Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
3. Say unto God, How terrible [art thou in] thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
4. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing [to] thy name. Selah.
5. Come and see the works of God: [he is] terrible [in his] doing toward the children of men.
6. He turned the sea into dry [land]: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
7. He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8. O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
9. Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
12. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy [place].
13. I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
14. Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
15. I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
16. Come [and] hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
17. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]:
19. [But] verily God hath heard [me]; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
20. Blessed [be] God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”
It’s pretty mighty isn’t it? Amen. Of course, sometimes I think we feel the afflictions will go on forever. We think there is no end to them, but our God is a mighty God. I think, even here, if we were to stop and realize what the Lord is doing daily for us. He meets all our needs. We have worship and give Him glory and thank Him for what He’s doing. But He hasn’t yet begun what He has for this earth, if we will put our trust in Him.
There’s a scripture here, “But thou broughtest us out into a wealthy [place].” What is the purpose of God for us? He wants us to praise Him, to honor Him and worship Him realizing, that He has created man for one purpose. He didn’t need man, man needs Him, but He decided to make this wonderful creation for man. I often wondered when I was a child about the abuse that has been made of His creation and I said, “Lord, why don’t you show this world who you are?” He gave me Psalm 78.
I want you to be saved today and I want to show you who He is; but our God is asking you to let Him show you who He is. I want to read something.
Psalm 78:53. “And he led them on safely, so that they feared not:”
56. Yet they tempted and provoked the Most High God, and kept not His testimonies:
57. But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58. For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
59. When God heard [this], he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
60. So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent [which] he placed among men;
61. And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand. 62. He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.”
I want to give you this “And delivered His strength into captivity…” When I asked the Lord why He didn’t show this world who He was, He gave me this scripture. He was angry with them; He lifted His Shekinah glory from them and never since that day has God’s glory been given back to man. He said he delivered His strength into captivity, and He put His glory into the enemy’s hands. Then it says He shook Himself.
65. “Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, [and] like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
66. And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.”
The Lord awakened out of sleep. He has awakened but He’s saying to you, give glory to Him and praise Him and He’s going to show you what He can do in this day. He is now taking His strength out of captivity. He’s taking His glory out of Satan’s hands and He’s putting it in the people who will rejoice in Him and allow Him and take them where He wants them to go. And to know that there is a living God and it is His Spirit that is leading them.
He wanted to lead the children of Israel by His Spirit, but they wouldn’t have it. Now He has a people who will show forth His praise as He takes His strength out of captivity. So don’t be surprised that God is going to do some awesome things. He’s doing mighty things in the world today because He’s taking His strength out of captivity. He’s had enough of it.
It’s time for Him to arise and show forth His strength, that through Jesus, we might be used of Him. That Christ in us is more than being born again or being filled with the spirit, it is having Christ in us. He is the hope of glory but remember, its Christ in us that’s going to do it. We are the ones through whom He desires to move, if we allow His spirit to be in us and let Him train us; we will then know that God’s strength is coming out of captivity and His glory is coming out of the enemy’s hands. We can feel it in a great and mighty way in the world now. God is pouring out His spirit on all flesh it is up to us to get tuned with Him.
I want to tell you, this same Jesus is in the world today. Amen? He desires for you to yield to Him so He can bring forth His love and glory to a dying world. He wants to entrust to us His kingdom. Any king that has a kingdom has to be prepared for it. They start when they are little children, teaching them how to rule over the people. God is calling us, so He can teach us His ways, so that He can entrust His kingdom to us. He’s not going to entrust it to us if we want our own way or do our own thing.
He’s going to prove us to see if we will be able to stand. It says, “For thou, O God, hast proved us: Thou hast tried us as silver is tried: Thou broughtest us into the net.” How many times has God put us into the net and we have squirmed and tried to get out; but God wouldn’t let us out; because He was teaching us some things. How many times we have said, “Lord we don’t want to go this way, we want to do it our way.” But the Lord wants to train us, so that when He calls us, we will answer, so when He moves for us to do something, we will obey.
If we don’t have this training, we can’t obey Him. He has tested and tried us to entrust to us His kingdom. The churches today realize that Jesus came to give us His kingdom. Some think He came to give us His salvation, which is wonderful; but He came to entrust His kingdom to us. There is only one way His kingdom can be entrusted to us; if we allow Jesus to become Lord and King of our lives and we yield ourselves to Him so that He has full authority in us. The training must be because we are willing and obedient unto Him. Many are called; few choose to walk His way.
God is saying today, “It is time.” We need to realize that we are chosen to allow God to prepare us to take this Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth. Jesus told us there was a prayer that He wanted us to pray He said, “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” It’s a strange thing that God has chosen us to bring His kingdom to the uttermost parts of the earth; but only if we permit Him to test and try us. Only He knows what it takes to bring us, yielded to Him, where Christ can rule and reign in us, that we might be able to carry this gospel of the kingdom to the ends of the earth.
All Jesus talked about, when He walked on the Earth, was His kingdom. We little understood it. Only once did He make the statement, “And the kingdom of God is within you”; but in everything He did, He demonstrated this kingdom. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of love; but God’s love is a love in which Jesus has to rule and reign in us. When Jesus rules and reigns in us, He requires of us that we understand this kingdom. Without Him we have no love, peace, joy or compassion. Only through Him can we reach out and see the world changed. He must use us, for He has chosen that His son would bring forth the Kingdom of God through us. What an honor we have, that He would want to use us.
He entrusted the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, but they failed. This time He’s not entrusting us to do it; Christ in us is going to do it. We need to get ourselves out of the way, and submit to Him, so that He can bring back His Shakina glory. Bring it in us and bring us, who are in this place, through His testing and trials to that purity of spirit. We have been through the water, we have been through the floods and the fire, and that which remains, is His kingdom in us. The Lord is bringing forth a people to go into the nations of the world and bring this gospel of His love and glory to those who have not known God or His glory. It seems difficult for us.
Someone said something about dying, and I said, “It hurts when you die to the flesh, but after you are dead you don’t feel it.” That’s the place the Lord wants us to be in. I remember in my own life I thought I was dying; but I knew what God was doing, and still is. This process is so that we might be dead, that He might live in us, and that we might take this gospel of His love to the ends of the earth.
Again He shook Himself; He’s taking His strength out of captivity. He’s taking His glory out of the enemy’s hands; and as this people, that He has trained, arises to go forth, by His spirit, there will be no force of darkness that’s going to stop them. There will be no hindering of the enemy that’s going to stop them; because God is shaking Himself. He’s placing His strength, not in the enemy’s hand, but in His son: Jesus who is the caption of the Host. He’s going to do the warfare against the enemy; He’s pulling down the strongholds. Are we ready for Him to use us? Have we entered into that place where we can say, “Come out into a wealthy place.”
The Lord is moving by His spirit; so much is happening in the little things. God is moving in the little things to confound the wise. He’s going to take ‘the things that are not and make them as tho they were.’ Amen. Today, He is speaking to us and making us ready for Him. That He may be able to count on us to allow Him to perfect us; so He can fill us with His love and glory and take us, into all the world, and bring this gospel of the kingdom to every creature. Are we willing? Jesus became of no reputation when He walked this earth, so that He could entrust His kingdom to us. Why do we hesitate?
Some of you have heard me tell this story before. One time I was in India having dinner in a Catholic home. A young man said, “Any religion is alright, isn’t it, if you believe in it?” Something happened to me as I sat at that table. All at once the Lord took me by the spirit into the realm of eternity, before time was. I don’t know what happened at that table. I was there physically, but my spirit wasn’t. I don’t know what I was saying to them because the Lord was taking me, by the spirit, into the realm of eternity. I felt the great love that God had for His son and what it meant for Him to sacrifice His son to a world like this. He gave me a glimpse into it that day and how He felt; what it costs Him to give the savior to the world. And yet He hadn’t created the world or man, but I heard the conversation. Jesus said, “I will go! Let us create man and the world and I will be that ‘lamb that is slain’ from the foundation of the world.
I felt the heart of the Father as He so desired to have a world with little people in it.
I have flown high in an airplane and I looked down; even the cars looked tiny and there were tiny little people moving around. I said, “God, why would you desire to have a people like this, so small?” Yet, He longed for a people that would worship Him and praise Him. I don’t know how long I was there. The Lord said this, “I will not hold any man guiltless who refuses my son.” The only way to the Father is through the Son. If we choose to discredit Jesus, then there’s no way to the Father.
I felt the mighty love of God. He said, “Father, let’s create the world and the people! I will be the lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world.” It was a very awesome experience. How very much He loves those out there that don’t even know that He exists. We get so complacent in our area and in our lives. We forget that there’s a world that doesn’t know there’s a Christ that loves them. They don’t know there’s a Father that gave His only begotten Son, because He loves this world He made.
We think our sacrifices are so great, but all He is doing is taking from us the things that would destroy us. He is giving to us eternal life and that life is in His son. He has chosen another people because the Israelites wouldn’t do it. He said, “As truly as I live, the Earth shall be covered with the glory of the Lord.” We’re living in the greatest time in the history of man. Satan thinks he’s going to take it; but God has already taken it. He is preparing a people that He intends to use, by His spirit, to pull down the strongholds of Satan. His strength is coming out of captivity and His glory is coming out of the enemy’s hands. He’s preparing a people, tested and tried and made perfect in Him. This people He has formed for Himself, for His glory and they shall show forth His praise.
When I was in Israel I looked at those rocks and I could hear them crying out praise to God. He said, “If you don’t praise me the rocks will praise me.” God is calling for a people that will praise and worship Him so that He can carry this kingdom into the ends of the earth. Jesus can’t come yet, even though He longs to.
That was another part of what God gave to me; I followed the creation in the Garden of Eden down through the centuries until Jesus came as a little babe. I followed it with the very heart of God in it and as we watched and sensed what was taking place when He went to the cross and walked on earth and they were reviling Him and saying all manner of evil against Him, I felt the Father’s heart day by day. He was insulted and the heart of God was torn; because His beloved son was treated so terribly and yet He sacrificed Him for us.
God knew the Disciples were frail and couldn’t do it; but He also knew that out of heaven was going to come the Holy Ghost that was going to be poured out upon them. But I’m sure it’s the same, today, as He looks upon us; but He knows that it’s this Jesus that He has entrusted His kingdom to. He’s formed us for Himself; some through the fire and some through the floods. Everyone has to go through it; because He can’t entrust the kingdom to us, unless we have allowed Him to take from us, the things that are from the kingdom of darkness. Only God can change these lives but we have to be willing go through the net and into a wealthy place.
I saw this great number of saints looking down from the heavens as I was talking about the passage from Hebrews. Looking down on us, they were not feeling sorry for us because we are going through these horrible things, that some think they are. They are saying, “God, help them get rid of it all quickly, so the world will know who Jesus is, so the Lord can return as Lord of Lords and King of Kings.”
The Lord is speaking to our hearts today, to say this isn’t a little thing; Jesus wants to give us everything. He wants to give it to us so He can use us to bring those that know Him not, into His kingdom also. That He may be able to bring this message of love to the ends of the earth. If we’re not tested or tried, we’re not worthy of the King. If we don’t allow the Lord to work in our lives and shape us into His image and send us the way He wants us to go, we’re not worthy of Him. God is calling out a people for His glory and purpose.
I used to hear Christians say they just folded their arms and were waiting for Jesus to come, but they had the wrong idea; because there’s work to do before Jesus comes. There’s a world out there and He has to work His works in us, before we go to them. He’s preparing a people, because He longs for His kingdom to come on Earth. The Father longs for Christ to be able to come and take His bride away. It can’t be fulfilled until we, that He has called and chosen, obey Him, and go out to the world that doesn’t know him.
I think about Japan, when McArthur brought Japan down, he asked for 7,000 missionaries to be sent from America to Japan¸ that they could know this Christ. No people were prepared to send missionaries. How many went, 2 or 3? Today, Japan is unreached by the gospel. We weren’t ready to bring them the gospel. We have to be ready. For the Lord is waiting for us to obey Him so that He can come again and receive us unto Himself.
We can cry, “Come, Lord Jesus,” but He can’t come until we obey Him and reach the multitudes for Him. God is awakening these countries. He’s moving, in a mighty force, in countries that have refused to let their people know Him. He’s preparing a people to go and we must obey Him and go.
I want you to search your own hearts because Jesus is calling us. The Father is shaking Himself; He’s going to turn His strength loose in this old world and His glory He’s giving, through Jesus, to us. His love and glory is going across this world and His glory will cover the earth. His love is going to break down every barrier in this world; every Satanic power is going to fall, under the love of God. God must have a people to demonstrate what His love means to the people that don’t know Him.
There was a lady who was a Buddhist. She came here with Amy, who gave out food to the needy. We took semi loads of food for the homeless. She had meetings at this woman’s apartment house. God began to move and this woman said, “I want this Jesus!” She built a big 11 bedroom building and she didn’t say anything to Amy. She told Amy, “I have to go to the Ranch.” When she came she said to me, “I have this land in Cambodia I want to give it to Sommer Haven.”
She’s a woman of action. She was going to move her furniture back in a container. She said, “I’m not going to send the furniture, I’m going to send food and all the necessities for the people.” If God can transform this Buddhist and give her a burden to feed those in her own country, why can’t we do something? Now she’s asking Amy to go to Cambodia and help. We are going to have to run to keep up with her.
God loves you so much and desires to use you, so that you can bring His kingdom to the ends of the earth. I feel His awesome presence. What a mighty God we serve. “Our Father which art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.” His will can be done in us, through His kingdom. It is up to us to give our lives and let us be wholly dedicated. Father, we praise you. Jesus, we magnify you and give you praise. Breathe on us and cause us to realize the price you paid, in that you gave your only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We must be sent and we must obey. Father, we ask you now, to speak to us and cause us to know the way you would have us to walk. We trust these people into your hands, Father. Thank you, Jesus that you can change us and make us what you would have us to be. Breathe upon us with your compassion, your long suffering and kindness. Bring your kingdom in these lives that you have commissioned us to go into the world and preach this gospel to every creature.
Now, God, we thank you for this word. Prepare us for what you would have us to do and have your way in our lives. Cause us, Lord, to arise filled with your glory and love to go to a dying world that doesn’t know you. Christ move in us that we may be obedient to you. We give you glory for this word and we praise you for it. Amen.
Rev. Agnes I. Numer
December 2, 1996