Voice of the Kingfisher speaks out …from a different perspective
by Elinor Montgomery
A Voice from the Wilderness
February 14, 2011
John the Baptist was no ordinary man. In many ways he was uniquely like Elijah. He stood unwaveringly before and against unjust, religious and political authorities, and judged them severely, according to God’s standard of truth.
But could we not say that he was a religious man, himself? Was he not born into the high priest line through which both his mother and father claimed direct lineage from the sons of Aaron? He had the right to sit in the spiritual office of the high priest, Caiaphas, wearing the traditional, elaborate, priestly robes. Instead, he chose to wear animal skins and live in the wilderness eating like an animal as he feasted on honey and locusts.
Jesus compared him more than favorably to a high priest, king or emperor, gorgeously appareled while living in the lap of luxury. Yet, John lived not unlike King Nebuchadnezzar who was forced to live like the beasts in the field, among them for seven years, eating grass until he came to know the Most High God.
Jesus said, “For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist (Luke 7:28).” Previously, He had said, “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet (Luke 7:26).” John was a messenger sent by the Lord before the face of a corrupt Israel, so corrupt she was about to lose her first-son position of inheritance in God. This was definitely not the voice of a religious man.
John was the one of whom it was written by Malachi in prophecy; “‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You (Luke 7:27).’” God had sent John to prepare the way of Jesus, before Him. They were the religious men and the lawyers who rejected John – you could say – the Pharisees and the scribes, the same sons of the beast (so named by Jesus) who would likewise reject Jesus.
To them it did not matter which route a man of Christ would take, be it eating and drinking wine, such as Jesus, or not eating the food of men and not drinking wine, such as John. If any man should call for repentance and for getting right with God, both nation and religious men would reject him. The religious and the lawmakers, Pharisees and Romans, for the most part, were in darkness and could not bear the light of truth.
John had the legitimate right to sit on the throne-like chair of the high priest, the office held by Caiaphas, who was appointed by Rome. John’s priestly throne could have been a legitimate one appointed by God, but John was a man with the Spirit of God in him, longing to be back on the way established by God in the Garden, to the kingdom, the garden paradise of God, which had been lost to man due to sin.
John knew that one was coming from God much greater than he, who, by taking the sin of man upon His shoulder, would open that incredibly blessed way to eternal life with God in His family. John was bold in calling for repentance and even called to the Pharisees, identifying them as a brood of vipers, which needed to repent just like all the rest of mankind who would remain as sons of the beast if it were not for Jesus who would defeat Satan at the cross.
John refused to play the religious role; he stood on the truth of his beastly nature in need of a change of the spiritual waters in his life. John understood better than any other prophet, with the exception of the bride of Christ, that the spiritual waters of the garden kingdom had changed from those, which were life-giving to spiritual waters that would lead men to death, because of sin.
When God established His Garden in goodness and in truth, the Pishon River surrounded it. But the waters changed from the source waters to, first, the spiritual waters of the empire of Satan called Egypt, then to the spiritual waters of his empire called Assyria and finally, to the waters in which John’s world was trapped, being those of the Babylonian system of spiritual waters. They are symbolized by the river Euphrates, with sin still allowing them to hold man captive to Satan, until they dry up like the other empire waters. This will only happen when the Lord returns to take up ruler-ship of His kingdom here on earth.
Rome is about to rise up again out of the ashes of the first Roman Empire, while, at the same time, the true church will rise up from the ashes of the institutional church, which is about to come under the fire judgment. I did not make this up – Revelation indicates judgment will fall first on the institutions we have erroneously called the church over the centuries; the true church will never come under the judgment of hell. Jesus declared that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church, which He, and not Rome, founded.
Yes, there will be a second voice coming out of the wilderness of America, crying just as John cried in the wilderness of Judea, to prepare the way of the Lord who is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap, the purifier of silver who will purify the sons of the priesthood of spiritual Israel. They are no longer the Levites, but rather the church of Jesus Christ, which has been corrupted by religious Christianity. When we cease to rob God He will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings for which there will not be room enough to receive them (see Malachi 3:10).
The words of America have been harsh against God. We call the proud, blessed – the Hawkins, the Gates and the Rockefellers, to name a few; for those who do wickedness are exalted in our cultures and those who tempt God go free. Yet, a book of remembrance is being written before the Lord of those who fear Him and meditate on His name. They will belong to the Lord of hosts, and they will be spared from the coming judgment as the sons and servants of God.
The judgment day of the smoking oven, as seen by Abraham in a dream those millennia ago, is now approaching. Hitler presented the preview of Satan’s oven, prepared for the wickedness of man, and for those who were called to serve but refused. All who do wickedly will become stubble, yet how can they do otherwise if we remove the Law of Moses and the book containing the statutes and the judgments?
There is yet the final voice of the Spirit and the bride to come in the spirit of the prophet Elijah, just as John came, calling the nation to repentance before that great and dreadful day of the Lord. There will be no fence-sitting between a little truth of God on one side and a whole lot of religion on the other side. The children will either return to the truth of God’s Word, which is at the heart of the Father, or else a curse will strike the entire earth.
The One World Order of satanic, empirical government will be the catalyst that does the trick. And a trick it is, which has resulted from the deception of an uninformed mankind, which has refused to listen to the truth of God but rather has loved the lies of liberalism spoken in the spirit of ‘Political Correctness’, but never in truth.
There is only one way to the kingdom and it is the straight way of truth called Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (see John 14:6). Make straight His way, turning the hearts of the children to the Father, and the heart of the Father will return to His children. Do not allow Satan to come between you and God with his spiritual waters – the Gihon, the Hiddekel and now, the Euphrates.
Jump in up to your neck and swim in the Pishon river, the river of life, which flows from the throne of God never to be divided again into those destroying waters, which will have all dried up, thanks to that water that flowed from the side of Christ on the cross.
There are five great lakes, the largest in-land waters in the world, right in the heart of America, representing the spiritual waters of the four Babylonian empires, the last of which is divided into two parts, with a powerful waterfall between them like that of a crashing, institutional church. The Niagara leads into the last lake, representing the final empire, which, in turn, flows into the largest river of all, the St. Lawrence, carrying all the waters of evil back into the sea, which was separated from the dry land at Creation.
At the end of the last lake where it joins with the river, sits Kingston, the King’s town in Canada, which has ‘Cana’ in her name, the nation of the wedding feast with the healing of the nations represented by the leaf on her flag. The waters in the heart of America are a sign of spiritual failure within a land designated to be a witness to the truth of God’s Word. There is a similar picture of the spiritual waters found within the heart of Israel as a sign of the failure of the nation, which came before the failure of America. They flow from the clean mountain waters of Mount Hermon into the Sea of Galilee, and from there into the Jordan and, finally, into the Dead Sea.
The Fisherman of the Galilee came to fish those who would take the bait of His bread and come out of the waters that lead to death in the Dead Sea. Likewise, the Kingfisher of men has raised a voice in His town, the King’s Town, to fish for men at the last port-of-call before they enter the St. Lawrence and into that Great Sea that divides East from West, the goats from the sheep and the dead from the living.
And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2). These words were spoken about the tree of life on either side of the river of the water of life, which proceeded from the throne; for the spiritual waters are about the empires of this world and a kingdom of the next. Those of the empires will all dry up, but the river of life will flow forever from the throne of God. Understanding of this can come from no other place; only Jesus can open the scrolls with all the glory going to Him.