Gallery Greeting Card "Restoration"

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Revelation6:5, 6 When He broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out, Come and look! And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and in his hand the rider had a pair of scales (a balance). And I heard what seemed to be a voice from the midst of the four living creatures, saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius [a whole day's wages], and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm the oil and the wine!
Judges 15: 3-5 Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.” 4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, 5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
Psalms 37:18-19 The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
Restoration: Interpretation by Leslie Young Marks
We are living in the day of the finial apostolic reformation. This is a new day and a time of new beginnings. God’s chosen ones are advancing as a triumphant reserve, well equipped to bring transformation in the earth. We are taking the kingdoms of this world from the clutches of our adversary, the devil, reforming them according to God’s divine blueprints, and expanding the Kingdom of God on every front. The Way, the Truth, and the Life has prevailed and is leading us by His Spirit of Truth into sweet victory.
One of the greatest weapons that this fearsome army of God possesses is both defensive and offensive; it is truth, the Word of God. A weapon so powerful that it shut the mouth of Satan at the time of the wilderness temptation, caused him to retreat, and brought forth the ministry of angels. The second Adam triumphed over that which the first Adam yielded to, with “It is written.”
In an attempt at counteraction, an ancient weapon that the enemy is pulling the stops out on in this season is deception. The hordes of hell are stepping up their efforts and doing their own “evil” power evangelism. Deception is invading all seven mountains of our culture; government, education, arts and entertainment, media, religion, economics and family. The warnings against deception resound throughout the Word of God and permeate both the Old and the New Testament. Theses admonitions concerning the dangers of false christs, false teachers, false prophets, false doctrines, idols to false gods, lying signs and wonders, angels that appear to be angels of light, even counterfeit messiahs, are emphatic. One example of many such is found in Mathew 24 where Jesus himself warns us:

Mathew 24: 23 -25 (NIV) At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.

We need the spiritual gift of discernment in full operation to unmask deception, no matter how subtle, prophetic and apostolic warfare strategies to subdue it, and the sword of the Spirit, the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ to cut its head and hands off.
This is the Kairos time for the Church to execute the judgments of God on this malevolent spirit that seeks to “toss us to and fro like children and carry us about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.” Ephesians 4:14 (NIV)
Revelation 6:5,6 holds a key for us, at this time, to operate in this apostolic dimension, bringing destruction to deception, and a release of the truth of God’s Word on the earth that will bring a new anointing, revelation and restoration to the people of God.

Revelation 6:5, 6 (AMP) 5 When He broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out, Come and look! And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and in his hand the rider had a pair of scales (a balance). 6And I heard what seemed to be a voice from the midst of the four living creatures, saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius [a whole day's wages], and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm the oil and the wine!

When the black horse and its rider are sent forth they bring famine as a result of war ignited by the release of the red horse and his sword clad rider. The rider of this black horse holds a pair of scales to measure food sold by weight. Because of the scarcity of food, a whole day’s wages would buy only one quart of wheat, which ordinarily would buy 15 to 20 quarts.
It is the season that the church must decree the loosing of the black horse to bring famine on the false doctrines (of men and devils), vain philosophies, antichristian religious dogma, and occult teaching. These tenets of deception are the enemy’s bread and those who are seduced to partake of his table will never be satisfied, but eat and drink unto themselves damnation.
Jesus said in John 6: 35 “I Am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” In 1Corinthians 11: 24 Jesus instructs us to “take, eat, this my body broken for you. Do this to call me (affectionately) to remembrance.” (AMP) He is the Word made flesh. In Revelation 10: 9 John was told by the angel to eat the little book. Both are representative of Jesus, the living Word.
Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4 that if she drank of the living water (the Spirit anointed Word), that only He could give, she would never thirst again, and that it would become a spring of water continually bubbling up unto eternal life. For that which is truth, Satan always has a counterfeit, a perversion of kingdom reality. He creates nothing himself, but distorts and mutates everything that is good for his own evil purposes. There is a satanic river also. A polluted river of lies that is laced with a bit of half truth, just enough to deceive, seduce, and attempt to lure and carry away those who don’t have the Word of God written on their hearts and have not been transformed by the renewing of their minds.

Isaiah 59: 19b (AMP) When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]

The Word “standard” here does not mean flag or banner as in every other case where the word is used. It means to vanish away, subside, abate, to make flee away or to put to flight. Prophesy, pray, decree, declare, and proclaim the Word of the Lord, and the River of God will cause Satan’s vile river to subside and vanish away. In Revelation 12 we learn the source of this river of deception.

Revelation12:13-17(AMP) 13And when the dragon saw that he was cast down to the earth, he went in pursuit of the woman who had given birth to the male Child. 14But the woman was supplied with the two wings of a giant eagle, so that she might fly from the presence of the serpent into the desert (wilderness), to the retreat where she is to be kept safe and fed for a time, and times, and half a time (three and one-half years, or 1,260 days).15Then out of his mouth the serpent spouted forth water like a flood after the woman, that she might be carried off with the torrent. 16But the earth came to the rescue of the woman, and the ground opened its mouth and swallowed up the stream of water which the dragon had spouted from his mouth. 17So then the dragon was furious (enraged) at the woman, and he went away to wage war on the remainder of her descendants--[on those] who obey God's commandments and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ [and adhere to it and [a]bear witness to Him].
As we decree the judgments of God that are decreed in heaven, bring them down and execute them in the earth realm, here is God’s final word on the matter. As the dragon influences an ungodly alliance set against God and His people, the Ancient of Days rules in favor of the saints.
Daniel 7: 25 – 27 (AMP) 25 And he shall speak words against the Most High [God] and shall wear out the saints of the Most High and think to change the time [of sacred feasts and holy days] and the law; and the saints shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a time [three and one-half years]. 26But the judgment shall be set [by the court of the Most High], and they shall take away his dominion to consume it [gradually] and to destroy it [suddenly] in the end. 27And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heavens shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions shall serve and obey Him.
By releasing the black horse, we decree judgment and a sentence of famine to the enemy’s grain (false doctrine), his oil (evil anointing), and his new wine (deceptive revelation) and we interrupt the harvest of the kingdom of darkness. Samson’s strategy is a prime example.
Judges 15: 3 – 5(NIV) 3 Samson said to them, "This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them." 4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, 5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.
We have a kingdom right, just as Sampson did, to bring devastation to the enemies of God. While we decree famine and destruction to the doctrines of antichrist, we must decree that the Word of God will be released in greater power, authority, and anointing, that a new dimension of revelation will be granted to those who seek, and that the fire and passion for the living word will gain such momentum that it chokes out and incinerates every false religious structure and their doctrines; all legalism, humanism, hedonism, atheism, socialism, communism, and any other “ism” or “ology” contrary to God’s Holy Word.
Although God’s wrath burns against the spirit of deception and His judgment is imminent, He loves those who are ensnared by its web of lies and desires that they be set free. In the book of Jude we are instructed as to how to handle these.
Jude 18 -23 (AMP), 18They told you beforehand, In the last days (in the end time) there will be scoffers [who seek to gratify their own unholy desires], following after their own ungodly passions. 19It is these who are [agitators] setting up distinctions and causing divisions--merely sensual [creatures, carnal, worldly-minded people], devoid of the [Holy] Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life. 20But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [[a]make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; 21Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)--[which will bring you] unto life eternal. 22And refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and on some have mercy who waver and doubt. 23[Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality.
Our Heavenly Father is a God of righteousness and justice. He is merciful and always makes room for those who have a heart to repent.
Job 5: 17 -27 (AMP) 17Happy and fortunate is the man whom God reproves; so do not despise or reject the correction of the Almighty [subjecting you to trial and suffering]. 18For He wounds, but He binds up; He smites, but His hands heal. 19He will rescue you in six troubles; in seven nothing that is evil [for you] will touch you. 20In famine He will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword. 21You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes. 22At destruction and famine you shall laugh, neither shall you be afraid of the living creatures of the earth. 23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 24And you shall know that your tent shall be in peace, and you shall visit your fold and your dwelling and miss nothing [from them]. 25You shall know also that your children shall be many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth. 26You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, and as a shock of grain goes up [to the threshing floor] in its season. 27This is what we have searched out; it is true. Hear and heed it and know for yourself [for your good].
When we understand this scripture, we begin to see that we need not fear the breaking of the seals and the loosing of the four horses in the book of Revelation.
In Psalm 37 God confirms the inheritance of His children and insures their prosperity in times of famine.
Psalm 37: 18,19 (NIV) 18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, and their inheritance will endure forever.19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.20 But the wicked will perish: The LORD's enemies will be like the beauty of the fields, they will vanish—vanish like smoke. 21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously; 22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land, but those he curses will be cut off.
This painting entitled “Restoration” prophetically states that we are not only redeemed from the calamities brought upon the wicked by the breaking of the third seal and the release of the black horse in Revelation 6, but that God is restoring that which was lost. This is our crossing over season. We are coming out of the wilderness no longer suffering lack, loss, or reproach. Joel chapter 2 is a passage of scripture that speaks of restoration, restitution, deliverance, refreshing, abundant provision, gladness and rejoicing; all a result of prophetic intercession and proclamation. It is a relevant word to the Body of Christ. God is pouring out His Word and His Spirit in the earth today. The third and finial reformation is here!
Joel 2: 17 -32 (AMP) 17Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the [heathen] nations should rule over them or use a byword against them. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God? 18Then was the Lord jealous for His land and had pity on His people. 19Yes, the Lord answered and said to His people, Behold, I am sending you grain and juice [of the grape] and oil, and you shall be satisfied with them; and I will no more make you a reproach among the [heathen] nations. 20But I will remove far off from you the northern [destroyer's] army and will drive it into a land barren and desolate, with its front toward the eastern [Dead] Sea and with its rear toward the western [Mediterranean] Sea. And its stench shall come up [like that of a decaying mass of locusts, a symbol and forecast of the fate of the northern army in the final day of the Lord], and its foul odor shall come up, because He has done great things [the Lord will have destroyed the invaders]!21Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!22Be not afraid, you wild beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness have sprung up and are green; the tree bears its fruit, and the fig tree and the vine yield their [full] strength. 23Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before. 24And the [threshing] floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice [of the grape] and oil. 25And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten--the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame. 27And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame. 28And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit. 30And I will show signs and wonders in the heavens, and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. 32And whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered and saved, for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the remnant [of survivors] shall be those whom the Lord calls.
The Lord is restoring the truth that was lost in ages past. The five fold ministry and the creative arts are functioning in a new level of apostolic authority to pull down the word of God from the heavenly realms and rain it down violently on earth. This passage in Joel 2 is not speaking only of natural rain. The former or autumn rain, translated from Hebrew is: a teacher or teaching, an archer that shoots an arrow (the word), to point as by aiming a finger, lay, show, to inform and to direct. The latter rain is a spring shower. In Hebrew it means eloquence, and to gather the after crop and latter growth. It is harvest time! These rains are falling together, pouring down with violent force, the word of God, Old and New Testament as one; prophecy and its fulfillment. As a result of our present truth being complete, we no longer see through a glass darkly, but we can see the Lord for who He is, therefore becoming like Him. Heaven has come to earth. The grain (the word made flesh in our bodies), the oil (the transformation of our souls, bringing forth obedience, the anointing, and purity of mind), and the new wine (our spirits experiencing complete revelation of Jesus, and being one with Him, the first fruit of the Spirit), are being restored in full measure, making His body whole, we are experiencing the Lords presence unveiled, and the Truth is making us perfectly free.
The Bride is arising in this hour having become the full measure and stature of the Word, clothed in righteousness, adorned in the splendor of the glory of the Lord, and wrapped in His light. All nations will be drawn to her beauty and provoked to jealousy as she stands as a witness testifying to the Lord’s goodness, and they see the abundant blessings that overflow as a result of and intimate relationship with the King of kings, Lord of Lords, the King of Glory – Her bridegroom. Amen!

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