Bob and Bonnie Jones, Dec. 15, 2013
In a vision I saw a group of dedicated people, like the sons of the prophets, but one of them had put green gourds in the cooking pot. Immediately I knew this was a parable from 2 Kings 4 with Elisha and the sons of the prophets.
Elisha came back to Gilgal during a famine in the land. The sons of the prophets were sitting before him, and he said to his servant, Set on the big pot and cook pottage for the sons of the prophets. Then one went into the field to gather herbs and gathered from a wild vine his lap full of wild gourds, and returned and cut them up into the pot of pottage, for they were unknown to them.
So they poured it out for the men to eat. But as they ate of the pottage, they cried out, O man of God, there is death in the pot! And they could not eat it. But he said, Bring meal [as a symbol of God's healing power]. And he cast it into the pot and said, Pour it out for the people that they may eat. Then there was no harm in the pot. 2 Kings 4:38-41, Amplified
The young prophets made this pot of stew and partook of it and then cried out to Elisha "death is in the pot!" These were the next line of prophets that would carry forth the word to the people, but the enemy used this opportunity to try and kill all the young prophets at once.
A lot of people have been gathering that which they think is fruit, but in fact it's a gourd that represents a religious spirit. It looks just like a vegetable but it has death in it. Instead of gathering the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) many of the vegetables with the wrong spirit got thrown into the cooking pot. These have brought forth mixed messages and confusion that leads to death. Therefore the Body has received stew that contained bitterness, strife and jealousy instead of faith, hope and love.
Just as the young prophets cried out to Elisha (verse 40), I feel the Body is crying out to the prophets of today for the truth. The true prophets have been going through a time of cleansing and purifying to rid themselves of any poison that might be left in them. One cannot bring a pure word while they are struggling with infectious spiritual disease that will contaminate the whole Body when they release it. We need to have a more sure word of prophecy being poured out from purified vessels.
Healing PowerElisha got meal, which is a symbol of healing power (verse 41), threw it in the pot and stirred it and said, "Now eat!" The meal neutralized the poison. The religious spirit has been operating in the Church for a very long time. But I feel the real prophets are going to come against it in such a powerful way that it will neutralize this poison and bring healing of all kinds to the Body. Our job is to take the death out of the pot.
There's a lot of false doctrines and heresy being taught right now and once the prophets start dealing with it, it's not going to be pretty. In fact it will be rather messy. But it's going to take a remnant that's dedicated to the Lord to address these false doctrines and heresies. This is not for the faint of heart but for those who have a heart after God's. These untruths are poisoning the Body of Christ and killing it.
Elisha who was chosen by God and mantled by Elijah with a double portion of his spirit (2 Kings 2:9-13), returned to Gilgal during a famine in the land. Gilgal means a place of faith (2 Kings 4:38), and I believe that is where this generation of prophets must dwell. There has been a famine of hearing the inspired word of God because many of the prophetic voices have been eating from the wrong cooking pot.
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but [a famine] for hearing the words of the Lord. Amos 8:11, Amplified
Now is the time for the tried and true prophetic voices to deliver the "real meal" that will bring healing power and deliverance to the Body and salvation to the unsaved.
The Lord is calling forth a mature remnant to promote them with new authority. They will have the ability to come together in unity because they have settled their affections on Him (Colossians 3:2). Therefore, they can agree with one another in unity. And when they do, they will have koinonia (communion) together for the common purpose of the Church. When they meet together in unity, a higher wisdom will be imparted. This remnant can be found in 1 Corinthians 2:6-10:
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
Get ready to bury the good and bad past and come into maturity where everyone hears from God in corporate meetings. Then His plans and purpose can be set in motion because the Body has come into agreement with Him. Then at the end of this time the greater works will begin. And one of the things we will do first is glorify the Father in great signs and wonders.
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. John 14:12-13, Amplified
Father Loves Mashed PotatoesWe're coming to a forty-year timing in the Spirit. In 1974, the Father told me that He loves "mashed potatoes" and that is what He wants out of all of us. He wants all of us to come together in unity as one Body. Then when the greater works comes forth, no one person will get the credit. It will be corporate because His Body of Believers will function as one under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and in demonstration of His power. The Father wants mashed potatoes – to where love is revealed in a remnant group and the love would be revealed for Him, His Son and the Holy Spirit.
Tomato vs. PotatoThe tomato and potato are of the same family. The tomato grows above ground on a vine and represents revealed love that everyone can see. Whereas the potato represents concealed love because it grows underground and remains hidden so only the Father can see it. Now, get ready for this hidden love to be revealed. There's a revealing of the Father's love in His Body and the mashed potatoes are the koinonia.
When the Body comes together in love, there's no distinction between the Believers. Like mashed potatoes, they all look the same and are mixed together for His purpose. And this love we will have for Him is greater understanding. For all things are in the hands of the Father and He does with them as He chooses. And He chose to give His sons and daughters special understanding that must come concerning the future.
Through corporate love understanding will be given. There were two hundred sons of Issachar and that was corporate understanding. When those who are of mature wisdom come together a higher wisdom is imparted. I would say that higher wisdom is understanding. The Holy Spirit has been moving for the last forty-five to fifty years in equipping and preparing for what is about to come forth in the Body of Christ.
Once meal is thrown into the cooking pot and the religious spirit dealt with, the Body will heal and come together in corporate love, koinonia. New leaders will arise and take their place and walk in demonstration power. Then we'll begin to see new things coming to the Body of Christ.
Church services like we've known in the past and present are coming to an end because there's going to be a significant change. We can't continue on the same road we've been on and expect the Holy Spirit to anoint it. The old system of doing things is coming to an end and we are in for a new beginning.
It's only a remnant that will enter into it. There's a hunger and thirst for the next step, and those who have remained steadfast through these years of testing shall advance to the next level of authority. And many shall be those who follow them because the religious spirit will be put to death. When it tries to raise it's head, the Body will quickly discern it and not allow it to take root in the Body again because Holy Fire will devour it.
Bob and Bonnie Jones
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