5. THE VISION WITH LORD’S TEST AT THE WATERS OF JORDAN
My dear brother! My faithful friend!
One of the essential reasons why I am totally denied and rejected in the churches has always been the fact that I refused categorically to please people – especially such religious careerists who decided that the white name-plates upon their lapels are something like a seal by the Lord that marks supreme godliness. They like walking slowly with an air of importance and thinking that they are the centre of the Universe which is worthy of admiration and displays of awe. Actually, to be sincere with all my readers, I will say that for many years Lord has deprived me of any possible communication with them. I have been following my lonely way of Dedication and growth in the Holy Spirit and I do not regret at all that up to now my life and my service before Jesus has been happening in namely this way. There is nothing sadder and more pitiful than this – for you to start convincing a hireling in your own choosing by God, because the paid one will surely show you their certificate from a biblical school or academy and will want to see yours. He will start quoting the biblical doctrines to you and will want to compare them with your knowledge. He will start quoting a pile of American majesties to you and will want you to say “Amen” to his erudition and his learning. It is sure that such man will have in his home a big library, in which he will have arranged lustrous booklets which will most probably have been bought eagerly from church stalls. Quite possibly, he will be convinced in the greatest success of his life-saving investment in God. If I would spare even a single minute to communicate with such man, this will be a lost minute which will not pay for my efforts. Since, the churches are full of Pharisees and scribes today, and the religious careerism is the most desirable field of life in which many see the sense of their life. Such people turned into collectors of conferences and one day will present Jesus with heaps of them, in order to convince Him that they have abided in His New Testament and that they have been perfect executors of the Will of the Heavenly Father. However, they will not have noticed even for a moment the abomination which brings them desolation. Their consciences will not have been stung even once by the stalls and the merchants, by the business with human souls and ministries, by the abominable bows of the leaders before the spirit of Mammon, Jezebel, Korah, Moab, Molech, Edom and Amalek.
Then what must your standing before God have been, you, mad men?
Will you seek to please men, or to please Christ?
Have Herod and Herodias been your main inspirers, or has it been Apostle Paul who declared in his message:
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him Who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. But I make known to you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ…” (Galatians 1:6-12)
I should tell you, my dear brother, that the monstrous abomination of “the other gospel” has already turned into the most deceiving model of godliness. For when the deceived ones have gone as far as to cry out “Amen” and “Alleluia” with rapture, this means that the mass bacchanalia between men and worms is completely warranted.
The Christianity in Bulgaria did not believe that the books of one servant of the Lord are Holy Truth from Zion; instead, it accepted the clowns of the show-evangelism with wide open arms. Since, their show comes along with relief funds, heaps of second-hand clothes and financial bonuses. And nobody desired to recall the words of the Lord that “you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always” (Matthew 26:11). Well! Let the meetings fill with people who are in hurry to satisfy their material interest, while the Holy Teaching of Christ is just to wait for a while, because it is not easy for one to listen to a sermon on an empty stomach…
My brother! The reason why I begin with such exposing words before revealing to you the vision with Lord’s test at the water, is the fact that many will fail this exam. Not only will they fail it, but also will entirely drop out from the Covenant of Jesus Christ. Since, today is the day of the increased lawlessness when what is human displaces what is of God, and when the demonic replaces what is human. And, just as the Israelites endured like lambs without a murmur the yoke of the Midianites in the antiquity, so now the spiritual man bends under the fleshly one who arrogantly captures the pulpits, the halls and the meetings. And the thirsty and hungry people start listening to stammering preachers who, after a half an hour, are already exhausted of speaking and hurry to proclaim that the time has come for praising, for testimonies or for the collection of donations.
This is not anointment! This is punishment!
This is anointment – to call down God’s Glory into the meeting, in order for the people to experience repentance at God’s touch! This is anointment – to break the yoke of the demonic slavery and to lead the whole meeting into the words of Isaiah which say:
“And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil…” (Isaiah 10:27)
This is punishment – people to gather together in the Name of Jesus, and to listen to sermons by Mammon, Edom, Moab and Jezebel! To go with the desire to be watered, but to be intoxicated again! To stretch their hands, as if to the Daily Bread of their faith, but to be suffocated instead with mould and worms!
And this whole evil – for the sake of a single white name-plate, for the sake of the titling itself, for the sake of the single diploma, and for the sake of someone’s family business!
My brother! I am repeating to you again that I do not please men and that twenty years of work in preaching the prophetic Gospel testify to my words! Twenty years during which I did not retreat even a jot from my Lord and from His Holy Teaching! So, either people will submit to the Holy Spirit in order to become worshipers in Spirit and Truth before the Heavenly Father, or they will still remain in the wretched swamps of the human religion which has usurped the right to speak as if by God, but which actually overshadows through the abominable worms of the devil. Let the stronghold of the fraud which deceives men that God stands with His Presence where the many are be broken once and for all. Since, according to God’s appeal, Gideon also gathered an army of thirty thousand…
A thirty-thousand army, my brother! Just as in those revivals in America which provide so many occasions for the vainglorious self-confidence and the satisfaction of their Bulgarian sympathizers. However, after Lord’s test at the water, only three hundred men remained from those thirty thousand. Then, should God’s man be sorry for having just a hundred of Faithful friends who have been given to him by God? I will not be sorry at all, because Jesus has tested them with the sift at the Water. And, after approving them, He has added them to his servant as a support in his ministry. Therefore, I will continue from now on with His Blessing words.
Here is what He told me:
“My servant! If I have a reason to call you My servant and to declare to you that I will never withdraw My words, this reason is in your heart which accepted to not please men, but instead to always please Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
I would not have done anything through you for My Church if even the slightest trace of a human authority or name to which you would conform were found in your heart. Then, the devil would surely have overcome your faith and would have put upon your head a hat of religious control by which he would have restrained you from thinking “heretically” about his cruel and enslaving dogmas. I tell you the Truth, and may My people seal with “Amen” My words that neither any of God’s prophets has ever answered before any religious or worldly authority, nor have they ever knelt before the mantle of any earth ruler – be it king or governor over the people. In My jealousy, I will quickly strike down the madman who would dare demand from a messenger of Heaven any accounts or reports.
This is the reason why God’s prophets have always been denied and rejected by the many who have grown accustomed to obeying without murmur the human or religious authorities. This is the reason why the hell is not only filled, but overfilled, and why the increased lawlessness enthroned in the world the abomination that causes desolation.
My answer to this abomination is the sign with Gideon which I will perform among the churches all over the world; a sign through which I will sift out the people at the Water, in order to test to the utmost limit the inclinations of their hearts. And after this sign, out of the hundreds and thousands of flocks, Lord’s community will be again reduced to that “little flock”, to which I promised to gift the Kingdom. Therefore, follow now your Lord in order to see the very test as a sign by God in Gideon’s life…”
After these words, Lord touched my head, and the vision itself appeared in front of my heart. I could see God’s man Gideon at Mount Gilead, having gathered a great number of Israelites and waiting for Lord’s instructions. There, Jesus pointed at the crowds around His chosen man and asked me:
“Should I give the victory to Gideon who has gathered this great host? Will not the whole Israel decide then that Lord has rescued it by a numerous army?”
“Oh, my Lord! Your words inflame jealousy in my heart and the words of the psalm emerge in my spirit; the words which say:
“No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death…” (Psalms 33:16-19)
“The quotation of the psalm is absolutely right! Since, although I called My servant Gideon “a mighty man of valour”, it was not because of his virtues, but because of My benevolence over him. Since, the Might in Gideon is Lord God Himself and the valour in him belongs to Lord’s Spirit.
Therefore, see now how I will answer Gideon’s expectation…”
At the next moment, the Saviour approached Gideon, touching his shoulders at the side of his back, and spoke to his heart, saying:
“The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying: My own hand has saved me. Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying: Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead…” (Judges 7:2-3)
While Gideon was speaking Lord’s words to the numerous army, Lord asked me in a jealous Voice:
“My servant, which Mount do I have in mind when I tell Gideon that whoever is fearful and afraid must depart from Mount Gilead? Did I mean that they should depart from the forest of the earth mount, or was something else on My mind?”
“It must be something else, Jesus! For, as I look at the vision, I see that the people themselves look just like a very thick forest on Mount Gilead…”
“And, does this forest make them inhabitants of Gilead, My servant? Since, the secret you cannot see yet, is hidden in this very question. You will understand it when you examine carefully the way Gideon is dressed…”
I looked excitedly at Gideon, when I saw that he had put on the fleece of wool, by which he had received a Rhema by the Lord, as a mantle. Thus, Gideon strongly reminded me of prophet Elijah, about whom the Bible says:
“And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead…” (1 Kings 17:1)
This insight made me shout at Jesus:
“My precious Saviour! You want to see the Spirit and the Power of Elijah in all the inhabitants of Gilead!”
“Yes, Stefan! This Holy knowledge is prophetical, since it concerns the last test before the present inhabitants of Gilead, and not the one before the ancient ones. Since, prophet Elijah came three centuries and a half after the time of My Judge Gideon. So, one’s inspiration can easily follow the ancient relation from Gideon to Elijah, and then the present one – from Elijah to Gideon. For, all of you should understand how to stand spiritually before the Lord, in order for Him to find you as inhabitants of Gilead. You, however, see how, after the condition which was laid down by Gideon, twenty-two thousand of the people returned to their homes…”
And really, so it was. For, in the vision, the greater part of the army was already climbing down the steep mount to the valley, and only a third of the former number of people remained around God’s man. This event made Jesus touch again the shoulders of Gideon and tell him:
“The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you: This one shall go with you, the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you: This one shall not go with you, the same shall not go…” (Judges 7:4)
After this commandment of the Lord, God’s Judge gave a signal to the whole host, and so they set off eastwards to the Water of river Jordan. Then, Lord spoke to me again, saying:
“You surely remember My vision which I gave to you when you were writing the book about Jordan, do you not? There, I showed you that Its Water is the boundary of God’s Holiness; a boundary which My Father opens for all those who seek Him by the Spirit and the Power of Elijah, in order for Him to receive them in His Bosom as men and women according to His Heart…”
“Yes, Jesus! I remember Your vision perfectly and it is still living in my heart…”
“Then, let us follow Gideon and the crowd of people to the bank of Jordan, in order for you to see the very test which I imposed on the ten-thousand army…”
After Lord’s words, the vision moved to the very bank of the river and its Water. There, Jesus touched Gideon’s shoulders for the third time, telling him:
“Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink…” (Judges 7:5)
Here that Gideon formed his army in rows, each of them numbering a hundred of people, who were standing all along the river bank. Then, he commanded to them, saying:
“Come into Jordan and drink from the Water! Since, this is your test by the God Almighty in order for Him to give you the victory over Midian!”
After this signal, the first row of Israelites approached the river. Most of them knelt on the very bank and bent down their heads in order to drink. Only here and there two or three men came into the deep of the Water until it reached a little over their chests. Then, having stretched their cupped hands, they scooped up from the water and passed it to their lips. It was namely them who Gideon set apart by himself; as to the rest – he sent them to the others Israelites who had already been tested. Finally, when the whole multitude had already passed through Lord’s test and everybody had drunk from the Water of Jordan, the ones who were separated for Gideon’s deed were only three hundred people. This fact made Lord touch his shoulders for the fourth time, telling him:
“By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place…” (Judges 7:7)
Then, He turned to me and spoke to me in an innermost Voice, saying:
“Now, My Faithful servant, I will change the vision, in order for you to see your life and your service in it. Since, God’s Prophetic Spirit will shine in this Jordan river, in order to call My Church to Repentance. And you, Stefan, will be in its waters My last Baptist in the Spirit and the Power of Elijah…”
Here, the Saviour touched the Water of Jordan by His staff, and it shone with mighty Heavenly rays, each of them as the blade of a sword. In a Voice, full of mighty benevolence, He commanded to me, saying:
“Go into the middle of the River and start preaching repentance and denial from the religious worms of the devil! Let all those who hear your appeal enter the Water and drink…”
A bit after the last words of Jesus, I entered the deep of the River where the Heavenly rays flashed and drove into my heart, as the Holy Spirit turned them into prophetic messages. Then, I shouted by my whole power:
“Come here, people of God! Gather together at the Waters, in order for you to drink from Father’s Love and from the Light of His Spirit!”
In reply to my appeal, tens of thousands of people gathered by the riverside. Some of them started approaching the bank, but then demons jumped out of their hearts, hitting their knees, and so they knelt even before having drunk from the Water. After that, feeling weak in their knees, they bent down to drink, but, just having drunk from the Water, they started vomiting what they had drunk. This event repeated not just tenfold or hundredfold, but thousandfold. Only after a very long wait could I finally see brave and selfless people who entered the deep of the River. They not only entered, but also took firmly my hands, confirming thus their love for their brothers and God. The vision lasted not minutes, but years, since the Faithful ones got more and more. And it was there that the time fell in line with the present, that Lord came to me and my friends into the Water, telling me:
“Stefan, the destiny of My prophets is hard and painful! Only a separate few succeeded in overcoming the satanic worms, in order for them to be strength and support for My messengers. Tens of thousands of believers passed by to drink from the Water of God’s Prophetic Spirit, but none of them was by calling from Gilead, because, one and all, they had reasons against My Father, and He Himself had reasons against them, too! Therefore, may the ones I have given to you be enough for you, even though they decreased in number after the last treacheries, because I will not leave your soul in scarcity, but will lead to the Water others – from the east and the west, from the north and the south!
Now, I will tell the ones who are gathered around you in the River:
You are blessed, because you passed My test and I found you Called, Chosen and Faithful ones! You are blessed, because you neither bent under, nor knelt before any circumstance which had come to turn you against God’s Will, but accepted to endure the persecution because of My Name, My Example and My Word!
And to the ones who knelt at the bank of the River I will say:
Woe to you, captives of Baal of Peor! Since, the Midianites not only took you captive, but entirely assimilated and corrupted you! Therefore, you are already speaking like them, thinking like them and living like them! You believe yourselves that the truth of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law will be sufficient to you for My Wedding Supper, but did not notice at all that you remained far from the deep Water – in the shallow sermons of your hirelings and in the slime of your false prophets!
I no longer entreat, but call everybody who hears My Voice to abandon the places of the religious desolation and to come to the Water to drink from the prophetic word by which I am still Blessing and Life-saving! However, if somebody prefers and likes the place of their slavery – let them remain a slave forever!
Now, let the ones who are gathered around My prophet follow Me into the last vision which I will give to his heart – the vision with My Trumpets which will make you more than victors over the devil!
I, the Holy Examiner of Lord’s people, still speak and do not fall silent! Blessed are the inhabitants of Gilead who listen to My Voice!”