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2005 — The Year of Five Megas©
By Steven Lambert, ThD
The Year 2005 — Two-Thousand and FIVE — is a year in which "Fives are wild," and there shall be a Five-Mega Anointing released in unprecedented measure. In Scripture, the number five represents gifts and grace ("charis" in Greek). The Greek word for "great" is "megas," from which the English word "mega" is derived.
2005 will be a year of FIVE "Megas" — Mega-Boldness, Mega-Power, Mega-Grace/Gifts, Mega-Generosity/Giving (koina), and Mega-Fear/Reverence (Acts 4:23-5:16). All of which we can see reflected in the early days of the Early Church:
When Peter and John were released from their brief imprisonment pursuant to the Gate Beautiful Healing of the lame man incident, they went to "their own," that is, their group of companions, fellow believers, and recounted to them the remonstrations and threats the chief priests and elders made against them. Their primary response was increased resolve for unification and to remain unbowed, undeterred, and faithful in their endeavors to be witnesses of the risen Christ in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and unto the remotest parts of the Earth, per Jesus' charge prior to His ascension. That intense resolve culminated in a warfare prayer in which these determined believers petitioned the Lord to take note of their threats and that He grant that the apostles be empowered to speak His Word with all boldness or confidence, while He extended His mighty hand to work more and greater works of healing and miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Jesus.
The divine response to their requests was immediate and, as usual, exceedingly abundantly beyond what they had requested—the place where they had convened began to shake, they were all filled afresh with the Holy Spirit, and received an impartation that did indeed empower them to speak forth the word of the Lord with a greater measure of boldness than they ever had—even greater, ostensibly, than that which they received on the Day of Pentecost!
As you read the account that follows, even into the next few chapters of Acts, evidence of these five "megas" coming upon the Early Church is manifest. The first manifestation was Mega-Boldness (4:31) to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom with greater boldness and confidence than they ever had before. The second was Mega-Power upon and through the Apostles (4:33; 5:12) that produced even greater miracles, signs, and wonders, both in quantity and quality. The third were Mega-Grace/Gifts [charis, Gr.] being imparted upon the entire Church (4:33). The fourth was Mega-Generosity/Giving that produced an atmosphere of "koina," in which everyone had the sense that their possessions were no longer merely their own, that it was God who had given them their possessions in the first place, and they returned the ownership back unto Him, and began sharing it all with anyone who had need among them, as directed by the Lord. Soon, those who owned land were selling their land, and laying the proceeds at the Apostles feet for them to disburse as they were directed of the Lord. The fifth mega was Mega-Fear/Reverence, a prevailing atmosphere of holy reverential fear, awe, and high regard, first toward the Apostles, generated as a result of the awesome works of power that were being demonstrated through the apostles hands (Ac. 5:5,12), and later toward the entire church by the populace of the region (Ac. 5:11-16).
God is going to pour out these things upon the Latter Church beginning this year in unprecedented measure. This FIVE-MEGA anointing will be imparted upon the Church as leaders whom Jesus has called, anointed, appointed, and commissioned to walk in End-time apostolic dimension, walk into that dimension themselves, become thoroughly baptized, immersed, enveloped in that dimension of the Spirit, and then begin to impart it unto the Church that Jesus is building.
The things that happened in the Early Church happened because of the Apostolic Anointing. The Church was immersed in the Apostolic Dimension, and thus an Apostolic Ambience prevailed. 2005 is the year that the Apostolic Anointing and Dimension comes into full manifestation in and upon the Latter House. 2005 is a year when the Head of the Church is beginning to unveil through His apostles and prophets in the Spirit—the stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 4:1; Eph. 3:1-12)—hidden secrets and wisdom on how Fivefold ministers can begin to work together in true "concinnity" (harmonious arrangement, interarrangement, and interaction of individual parts together as a whole) as never before to release upon the Church the results that inure ONLY from the Ephesians Four Ministry Model when it is in place and functioning properly in the local church and therefore the Church at large that Jesus is building.
That real, functional concinnity can only happen as a result of the Apostolic Dimension the Lord is releasing in 2005. Apostolic leaders must begin to call the Church up into this higher dimension of the Spirit now. Nothing else will suffice or satisfy. Nothing else will produce the results the Ephesians Four Ministry Model pledges to produce, results which the Church must now produce.
Jesus has been standing at the door of His own Church and knocking, seeking entrance for some 1800 years. Once again, in 2005, He is knocking to see who will recognize Him as He comes to visit His Church in all His Glory. Jesus is coming to visit His Church in 2005! He will come with Glory and with Miracle, Healing, and Delivering Power—in unprecedented measure! But, He will also call His Church into the Apostolic Dimension in order that it be built according to the model. Wise master-builders shall come out from their deserts of obscurity in which the Lord has been hiding and preserving them for this end-time purpose, and they shall unveil the blueprint and oversee the building.
The Churches that bid Him entrance in His fullness, that is, in the FIVE manifestations of His ongoing Ministry (Fivefold Ministry), will have the Abiding Glory of the Lord—i.e., continuous Manifested Presence—in their midst, rather than merely His Omnipresence and an occasional transient, visitation. His Abiding Glory shall rest upon that people, that group of believers, that assembly, that Church, who receive Him in His Fullness.
"The administration of the Apostolic Dimension shall begin with an outpouring of Resurrection Power, progress to Kingdom Authority, and consummate in GLORY! And, I have a few select arrows in my quiver whom I have saved for the end-time administration of the Spirit to model and call forth a new breed of apostolic evangelists like unto Philip who have beheld and abandoned themselves unto the Apostolic Dimension I am now manifesting on the Earth. The Sickle of the Spirit shall be placed in their hands for the end-times harvest. But, they must work in concinnity of the Spirit with my apostles and prophets in the Spirit—the foundation-layers—to build My Church, against which the gates of Hell shall not prevail," the Lord says.
Though we've already seen revival fires burn to some degree here and there, in certain, isolated places, yet what we are about to see, and what a few select arrows will help to spearhead and impart, will so far exceed anything that we've seen thus far. And, it will start in Florida. FLORIDA SHALL BE SET ABLAZE with the FIRES of the Holy Spirit! And, it shall be just and only that—FIRES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ignited by a revival of the Baptism of Jesus, a Baptism in the FIRE of the Holy Ghost!
"I'm looking for a people," says the Lord, "who shall say, believe, and walk in the understanding that the Baptism of Jesus, the Fires of the Holy Spirit, are all that is needed for revival fires to be kindled again! And, these fires shall be REFINING FIRES to purify the Bride, to take the THIRD PART through the FIRE (Zech. 13:8,9). They shall be the prophesied REFINER'S FIRES that shall be kindled at 'the day of His coming,' when the Lord whom we seek suddenly comes to His Church (Mal. 3:1-3). The fires that were started in Florida in former eras and years were not the harvest but merely the seeds that had to be sown into the ground, and then die, in order to produce the Harvest that is now ready for harvesting—THE END-TIMES HARVEST!"
God is raising up a number of select, chosen, inordinately anointed, ministries as fire starters—"fox ministries," a la Samson's foxes who ran through the fields, setting them ablaze, thereby plundering the Philistines (Jdg. 15)! They will be "flames of fire" themselves (Ps. 104:4; Heb. 1:7)! Those flames of fire—apostolic ministries—will start the FIRES, and impart the fire to other foxes that must be sent out into the fields, and then stand back, and let the FIRES do their work! The Fires of the Holy Spirit shall be refining fires to bring purification of the Body of Christ in preparation for and as a precursor of glorification! "I am about to PURIFY the Bride, in order to GLORIFY her," says the Lord!
1 Acts 4:33 and 5:12, et al., in particular, expressly testify that the Lord answered this prayer immediately with a definitive increase in miraculous wrought, especially through the hands of the Apostles, but the entire book of The Acts of the Apostles is a testament of the undeniable fact that the Lord chose to work many mighty miracles through the Apostles, later through some of the first cadre of deacons, and the Church as a whole, as a result of the Apostolic Dimension that was poured out upon the entire Early Church.
2 Root Greek word, each time it appears in the passages quoted here.
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