A Great Season Is Upon Us
Evangel Tabernacle | On 01, Mar 2017
Preached by: Winston Vincent Yap
1st Service @ Etab
Feb. 26, 2017
20 Daniel answered and said, “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.21 And He changeth the times and the seasons; He removeth kings and setteth up kings. He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.22 He revealeth the deep and secret things; He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.
I was fortunate enough to see the season of this church, in fact by the age of 7 I was already attending Sunday school and Pastor Ephraim was my teacher.
Throughout our lives we really can’t tell what life will bring us but if we’re in the Spirit we can know what season we are in
54 And He said also to the people, “When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, ‘There cometh a shower’; and so it is.55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, ‘There will be heat’; and it cometh to pass.56 Ye hypocrites! Ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it that ye do not discern this time?57 “Yea, and why even for yourselves judge ye not what is right?
1. Season of Covering
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, “Inasmuch as God hath shown thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art.40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled. Only in the throne will I be greater than thou.”41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, “See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.”42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck.43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, “Bow the knee!” And he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
This is the season wherein we are under a ruler
Joseph and Pharaoh
Xerxes and Nehemiah
Solomon and God
This is a season where everyone is well “depending on your leader”
Where salaries are on time, tuitions are on time and the presence of God is also on time.
The presence of God was so magnificent in those days, every time you go to the altar, you weep.
Joseph was under Pharaoh but Joseph found favor in the sight of Pharaoh
It was the season where everything is well.
In fact it was the season I got saved, and I mean 100% saved. SEALED, SEPARATED, STAMPED
And this season is Long, and I mean Long…
Even the Mayor visited us in this season
The camp was still fresh in my mind “Ignite and Encounter” It was at this time I became a member of the Primary Cell of Pas. Tohnee and Pas. Lily.
Services were not cancelled wherein the Old ways were kept.
Bible study, HOF, all night prayer, Sunday service, house prayer, prayer walk, sports fest. Cellgroup after bible study with food…
It was indeed a glorious season until our church was shaken
Shaken with treachery, ambitions
2. Season of Trials
Exo 1:6-11 6
And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.7 And the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph.9 And he said unto his people, “Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we.10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply and it come to pass, when there befalleth any war, that they join also unto our enemies and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.”11 Therefore they set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
Israel in bodage
Jeroboam and Rehoboam
Dark Ages – 400 yrs between Old Testament and New Testament
For us this season started with a rebellion
Suddenly we feared for tomorrow.
Members were walking out
The Church Struggled
I remembered those days, when everything was uncertain. Many mocked and questioned me for my decision to stay, when all were falling away.
But I got news for you, I know this church changed my life, though many won’t understand this.
Our Personal Struggle
Even my personal life was shaken. It was the time Micah, my first daughter was born. After several months I had a quarrel with my parents to the point I left our store.
So I just focused on my video business called “Pillar Productions”
It seemed good. but it was not possible to sustain us. There were times I didn’t have clients for 3 months
This is the season that when you sin you’ll really get it.
This season was so hard
– My wife asked me for a maternity dress and it was hard for me to say yes because money was so limited
– My knee broke several times I had to have surgery.
When Micah was born, the next day I had to shoot a video for a client.
After I had my surgery for that knee injury, 1 month after I was shooting a video on a swollen knee.
And everyone including our Pastor’s went through this season.
Every time we went to the doctor I would check my bank account. Eunice, my second daughter was born through a “caesarean section.” And the procedure was so expensive
But even in those times God’s favor was present. He provided just what was needed at the moment.
Did you know when this season stopped for me?
– When the Church crossed Tabuc Suba.
3. Season of Restoration
Many of us think that when this season starts, God will suddenly restore all things
No, this season starts hard and i mean hard
Moses started in the wilderness
Elijah Started by declaring no rain will fall on Israel
John started by declaring words against the religious system of Israel in the wilderness
This season starts with a shaking.
Exodus 17: 1-3
And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the Wilderness of Sin after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched camp in Rephidim; and there was no water for the people to drink.2 Therefore the people chided Moses and said, “Give us water that we may drink.” And Moses said unto them, “Why chide ye me? Why do ye tempt the LORD?”3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses and said, “Why is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?”
As Moses was betrayed by Korah so was Etab.
Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men;2 and they rose up before Moses with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown.
But there was a prophecy given by Pastor Lily that on the 1st yr on the 2nd on the 3rd we’ll rise
And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
And I remembered that Pastor Lawrence preached one of the most impacting messages I have heard in my life
He had a different view of the prodigal son. Where it was a family business
So I followed God I returned to my father in all humility. And he accepted me back.
Now this season has two names: Restoration / Prophetic Season
– Why? Because every restoration concerning of the people of God, God sends a prophet
– A prophet came here – Prophet James Singh
You see when the prophetic comes, the prophetic anointing breaks every bondage / stronghold.
I remembered months after I returned to our store, old trusted employees stole from us amounting to 1 million, they were captured by my friend William, 3 of them were involved.
And later that time my father was hospitalized for a procedure. He went to Manila for a surgery, sadly the procedure didn’t go well. I was in the service when my mother called me that he had only turned for the worst. I didn’t know what to do at the time.
I prayed in the car with Brother Joel and flew to Manila as a chance passenger.
My father was all connected to tubes when I arrived, fighting for his life, and my mother was inconsolable.
And it was that moment that the prophetic really helped me out. I prayed to God to not let go of my father until his soul was saved. And God gave me an angelic vision. True enough my Father received Jesus into his life. I had to fly back to Iloilo though my Father was in critical condition due to business.The moment I came home, I broke all my Father’s idols. And that moment I received a vision of a chain that had been wrapped around my Father’s head broken. The next moment I heard that He had passed away into eternity, as surely as the Lord is faithful and good, He took my father to be with him in paradise. As such, I did not thoroughly mourn his death, I cried only once. For I knew the victory had already been won.
His burial caused a rift between family members, as I stood on my Christian principles, and eschewed our Chinese burial traditions.
Yet, God in His faithfulness started restoring all things at this time. He opened a way through a Hardware and Pepsi business. God is faithful
In like manner, I also saw members restored
Jobs, business, promotion, ministry, prophetic, gifts, presence of God,
Visitors came to our church
Financial support would come to our church
Members suddenly acquired houses, new baby, old members came back, members graduated, or started schooling again
God restored our Pastor’s Navarra
And this is the season you cannot back slide
God told me my members will be left out if they don’t push forward.
So what slows down: people? The Jezebel spirit
• 1 Kings 19
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and also how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”3 And when he saw that, he arose and went for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
• Matthew 14:1-11
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus2 and said unto his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He is risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works show forth themselves in him.”3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.4 For John said unto him, “It is not lawful for thee to have her.”5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,7 whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.8 And she, being beforehand instructed by her mother, said, “Give me here John the Baptist’s head on a charger.”9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and those who sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.11 And his head was brought on a charger and given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother.
And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married, for he had married an Ethiopian woman.2 And they said, “Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath He not spoken also by us?” And the LORD heard it.
It is usually a woman in authority
Can be a mother , a wife , pastor , elder or a leader
Denies the miracles given by God through “A man of God”
One who dictates/controls the one in Authority
Hates the restoration season
Always says no to restoration
4. Season of Full Restoration
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all this people, unto the land which I give to them, even to the children of Israel.3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your border.5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.
This season will be greater than the former season, or the seasons combined
Joshua, Elisha and Apostles
Great men of God prophesy that the greatest revival in history is about to take place.
The world system will die but the church will flourish
– Where sin abounds grace abounds even more
– This season also has two names:
1. Season of full restoration
2. Apostolic season
Miracles will be a normal thing
– 1. Joshua: The wall of Jericho, Stopped the sun and the moon etc.
– 2. Elisha performed double miracles than of Elijah
– 3. Miracles were a normal thing in the book of acts
High Ranking officials will visit us and will believe God
1. Inhabitants of Gibeon came to Joshua
2. Naaman came to Joshua
3. Cornelius sent for Peter
This is the season when God will backup the church
1. Joshua and Achan
2. Elisha cursed the children
3. Peter cursed Ananias
Famine will not affect this season
1. Joseph was not affected by famine
2. Elisha was not affected
3. Apostles were not affected
– Financial backup will take place
Where the Church won’t be slowed down by money
1. Naaman offered Elisha money but he denied it and he cursed his servant
2. Joshua didn’t take the Idols and Gold and killed Achan
3. Peter rejected the money from Simon the sorcerer and cursed him
Many will be saved at that time
– Because they will hunger for the presence of God
– The church won’t beg for members like in the past, members will beg to enter the church
What will slow this season?
• Acts 15:1-7
And certain men who came down from Judea taught the brethren and said, “Unless ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.3 And being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and by the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying that it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.6 And the apostles and the elders came together to consider this matter.7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up and said..
• Acts 15:19-29
Therefore my judgment is that we trouble not those from among the Gentiles who are turned to God,20 but that we write unto them that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.21 For Moses from olden times hath in every city those who preach him, he being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.”22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, together with the whole church, to send men chosen from their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely Judas surnamed Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren.23 And they wrote letters to accompany them in this manner
• Idolatry , Fornication , Blood
• Do not neglect the Apostles Doctrine
The Apostles Doctrine
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread and in prayers.43 And fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common,45 and they sold their possessions and goods and divided them among all men, as every man had need.46 And continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
God is moving in a fast phase to restore what was stolen from the church, and we the “Church” must change our lifestyle / mindset to flow with the movement of God. Because God looks for that unblemished Church / Wife
We received the promise because we didn’t let go of the promise
Every testimony within us is a prophecy