Archive for March 12th, 2012
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” Matthew 16:18-19
The prophets that came to us in these recent years have proclaimed that the nation of the Philippines is in a critical crossroads, a forked road that leads to a contrasting end: one road leads to destruction; while the other road leads to our destiny! The prophets were all one in emphatically telling the Philippine Church: “Contend for your destiny!!!”
Prophets Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, Vincent Selkvakumar, Neville Johnson and Robert Misst released similar and complementary prophetic words to the nation clearly spelling out the role of the church in enforcing the destiny of the nation. In the past three years of intense prophetic prayer gatherings, these anointed servants of the Lord showed to us two opposite scenarios: 1) A destroyed, ruined people ; 2) A righteous, prosperous and missionary sending Philippines! The prophetic directive is to contend; to fight for our destiny!!! The mission order is to bring the whole nation back to God (Matt 28:18-20)! The enemy that we are fighting against is Satan and all his demonic hosts (Eph 6:12)! The weapons that we have are not natural weapons but mighty weapons of God (II Cor 10:4-5; Eph 6: 13-17). The reward of victory is to see the nation set free from the evils and curses of idolatry, immorality, corruption, violence poverty and other forms of wickedness and lawlessness. The “Canaan Land blessing” is to see our land being spared from terrible calamities such as earthquakes and tsunamis, typhoons and floods, drought and other forms of judgments that characterize these Last Days. This is the time for the church to rise up and intercede on behalf of the land so that the judgment may be averted as we appeal to the mercy and kindness of God (II Chron 7: 14; Ezek 22:30).
The Lord is giving us time and reprieve to deal with the sins of the nation through intensified prayers and intercessions humbling ourselves with fasting and supplications. The Lord is giving us a window of time to proclaim the gospel of Christ with such importunity and resolve to bring our people into a saving knowledge and experience of God and His forgiving grace! It is only when people are set free from the power of Sin that they become instruments of righteousness to shine in these darkened world (Matt 5:14-16)! It is when they are rescued from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ that they become deliverers and saviours of their families, communities and nation (Col 1:13; Obadiah 1:21).
Finally, as we pursue this battle contending for all the promises of God that will lead us to take hold and enter our destiny, we must have the overcoming faith so that we will persevere with all our might in the face of all the resistance, obstacle and opposition that will come from the evil one (I John 5:4)! By faith, we shall overcome!
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No. 329 on March 11, 2012
The Intercessors for the Philippines (IFP) has launched the 21 Day Fasting and Prayers for the whole Body of Christ in response to the prophetic directive of dealing with the sins of the church, the government and the nation in the light of impending calamities that is to hit the Asia-Pacific region in this crucial End-Time hour. For the past many months, hundreds of prophetic intercessors from all over the country have been receiving warnings of impending disasters like huge earthquakes and tsunamis that threaten to hit our shores and cause an unimaginable widespread destruction of hundreds of thousands of lives obliterating entire cities and communities in the country. These prophetic visions and dreams confirm what the prophets have prophesied in the recent huge prayer gatherings conducted by the IFP last year like the 22nd National Prayer Gathering, the End Time Harvesters’ Boot camp (ETHBC) and the National Youth Prophetic Conference (NYPC) all held at the 12,000 seating capacity Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The prophetic warnings have been intensifying in occurrence from all over the country that Bishop “Kuya” Dan Balais, the CLSF Senior Pastor and concurrently, the IFP National Chairman conferred with the IFP Board to launch the 21 Days Fasting and Prayers beginning March 15, 2012 and ending on April 4, 2012.
Kuya Dan himself saw in a vision, last week, while in prayer during the IFP Board Meeting at CLSF, torrents of water travelling at tsunami speed reaching the third floor of the Goshen building. The prophetic vision went on for some three minutes as Kuya Dan was horrified to see houses around the building totally inundated and destroyed by the tsunami! It was then that Kuya Dan told Ate Nona, the IFP National Director, Ate Tanette and Pastor Ed de Guzman, IFP Vice Chairman that the Lord is strongly admonishing us to waste no more time and call for all the intercessors to pray and fast for 21 days! Kuya Dan said to the IFP Board that it was a strong prophetic warning that cannot be ignored. Immediately, Ate Nona called for an emergency meeting of all the IFP Coordinators in Metro Manila including all the chairmen and leaders of the Ministerial Fellowships all over Metropolis.
The response of the pastors, prayer leaders and intercessors was overwhelming! More than 70 leaders from all over Metro Manila came at the CLSF Goshen Center last Friday, March 9 to receive the prophetic message and the instruction on the mechanics of the 21-Day Fasting and Prayer. Ate Nona presented the review of the landscape of prophecies that were released for the nation since 1992 when the prophetic movement came to the country. Prophecies of well-known and established International prophets like Dr. Brian Bailey, Dr. Bill Hamon, Dr. Cindy Jacobs, and Rev. Abu Bako that spanned almost three decades were reviewed and arrayed side by side in parallel timelines with the most recent prophetic pronouncements of Bro. Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, Bro. Vincent Selvakumar and Bro. Robert Misst. The result was an astonishing confirmation of what, where and when the Body of Christ missed to do what was ought to be done and a prayer plan was forged. This prayer plan would be the agenda of the 21 Day Fasting and Prayers.
Kuya Dan then commissioned all the Pastors and intercessors for the great task ahead. It was a “Kairos” moment that the church must not miss. The declared that the Philippines is now at the forked road, a cross road like never has been to either seize our destiny and fulfill our calling as a blessed, missionary sending nation or end up in destruction like other nations who have missed their time of visitation. Kuya Dan gave everybody a stirring challenge to fight for the destiny of our land and people. Kuya Dan said that the nation today is experiencing a fresh economic resurgence with the change of our status from a borrower nation to a lending nation in the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the unprecedented, all time high in the stock market and the influx of investors to the country including oil exploration companies that suddenly have shown tremendous interest in our unexplored oil deposits. In all these positive signs of our Jubilee as a nation, the enemy would do what he can to sabotage, hinder or delay God’s plan. We, as a church, therefore would have to arise and fight this battle for our destiny! The Pastors and intercessors were all moved and committed themselves to form a wall of protective prayers around the country.
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No. 329 on March 11, 2012
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.” Haggai 2:9
In these recent weeks, Ate Tanette, Lemuel and I have to deal with a monumental transferring of residence since our rented house will now be used by its owner. After ten years of being settled there as parsonage and more than 30 years of living as a family, the task was not easy and extremely physically and mentally stressful! It is amazing how the Lord has enabled us to cope with this change. First, God’s amazing favor and grace supernaturally enabled and buoyed us up; second is the love and dedication of the CLSF leadership and the brethren, church workers who are ever ready to lend strong helping hands and diligently sacrificed their time and strength to help us in this difficult, earthly necessity!
Challenging and tiresome as it is, we are quite excited of the prospect of transferring house, hopefully for good until the Lord comes! The new location is within Mandaluyong City; a bigger, two-storey private house in a better, more peaceful neighborhood! On top of these, a very excellent and kind couple, Kuya Ric and Ate Angie Galang, accomplished house designers and interior decorators committed themselves to make our new house a beautiful and restful enclave! From the very lips of Prophet Robert Misst learning about our house transfer: “Bishop Dan, your new house is very prophetic as the scripture says- “…The glory of the latter house will be greater than the former house and in this place, I will give peace” (Haggai 2: 9). Indeed, what the prophet from New Zealand said witnessed and ministered in our hearts. With more than 30 years of extreme commitment to the Lord and His call not only for CLSF but for the whole Body of Christ, our passion is to see the glorious purposes of God fulfilled in our nation and the world! In the midst of the shakings, intense spiritual battles and painful birth pangs, the end of the age will see the glorious unveiling of the Kingdom of God revealed throughout the world! It is this glorious hope that has kept the Church victorious and overcoming in the midst of vicious attacks of Satan and his evil hosts! The Lord’s purposes will prevail! It will take a lot of sacrifices and single minded focus not holding back even the greatest and ultimate of all costs, our very lives! Yes, the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former one!
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank all of those who lend their brains and brawn to make sure that we will be comfortable in this time of transition. From the National Elders to the hardworking CLSF maintenance and construction crew in charge of the renovations, we deeply appreciate all your help and sacrificial efforts. We thank all who are praying with us and appreciate the people who are helping and caring for our needs. As we continue to work together and pursue God’s vision and mission for CLSF in the midst of the challenges that we face in these Last Days, we are certain of one thing: The Glory of the latter house will be greater than the former house!
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No. 328 on March 4, 2012
“But let justice run down like waters and righteousness as a mighty and ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24
The Lord has a way of turning disaster and human tragedy into revival and outpouring of His glory! This was the exhilarating statement of Bishop “Kuya” Dan Balais, the senior pastor and spiritual director of CLSF as he again visited Iligan City for the second time since the terrible twin disasters of widespread flooding and landslide at the aftermath of typhoon “Sendong” that claimed the lives of thousands in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. Barely three excruciating months after the killer floods that hit the city, Kuya Dan was invited to be the main speaker of the culmination of the 40-Day fast that IFP-Iligan spearheaded inviting the whole Body of Christ in this Industrial City of Northern Mindanao. IFP-Iligan is headed by Pastor Arnold Anoya, IFP City Coordinator.
The two ministerial factions, Iligan Ministerial Association (IMA) headed by Pastor Cocoy of New Life Church and the Shekinah Ministerial Association headed by Pastor Rene Suarez came together to launch the 40- day prayer and fasting chain as a response to the recent terrible disaster of “Typhoon Sendong”. Indeed, the pastors of the city discovered the reality of the scriptures in Isaiah 26:9 that says:
“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness”
Kuya Dan spoke in the pastors’ luncheon meeting whose aim of to bring the key pillars of the church leadership of the city to reconcile with one another. The enemy was moving for the kill when, after the Sendong tragedy, the key pastors of the city went into a heated argument on the conduct of the relief work. Accusations and counter-accusations were hurled against each other. This vicious rift threatened to divide and fragment the ministerial fellowship such that their key leaders resigned from their posts offended and bitter of what happened. This was the time when intercessors cried out to God to help them in their desperate condition. Worse than the Sendong tragedy was when the spiritual elders of the city, the key pastors, ceased to stand and watch at the gates (Lamentations 5: 14)! The core group of IFP-Iligan led by Pastor Arnold Anoya called for a 40-Day prayer and fasting chain to ask the Lord for His mercy in their desperate situation! Intercessors coming from different churches in the city began to gather for prayers every night! Following the condition stated in II Chron 7:14 that says:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”,
they cried out to God confessing the sin of the prophets, the priests, the princes and the people (Ezek 22: 24-30). Then the Lord showed to them prophetic visions of more destructive calamities to come. Many intercessors saw a huge earthquake and tsunami hit Iligan City and caused massive destruction and death many times over than the devastation of the recent “Sendong” tragedy! The Lord showed to the intercessors the desperate condition of division in the Body of Christ and how this sin reached heaven that will cause the release of God’s wrath upon the city. These prophetic warnings caused the intercessors to cry out more to the Lord with tears in deep repentance for the sins of the church and the iniquities committed by the people of the land. Night after night for the next 39 days, they gathered in repentance and brokenness. It was at this time when they all agreed to invite Kuya Dan and Pastor Ed de Guzman to minister to them at the culmination of their 40 days fasting and prayers. Kuya Dan and Pastor Ed, sensing their desperate condition, readily obliged. Pastor Ed came on March 1 and ministered to the church leadership of the city and counseled with them to forgive one another and be reconciled. Kuya Dan came March 2, the final day of the 40-day fast and ministered to the pastors at the luncheon meeting. The Lord moved mightily as the message hit the pastors, especially the key leaders, deep and hard! When Kuya Dan began to minister to them prophetically, they began to weep in deep repentance of their sin of division, approach each other and ask forgiveness in humility! They began to embrace each other and cried on each other’s shoulders. The whole gathering then burst out in loud cries as tears flowed like torrents. Suddenly, the spirit that caused the division was broken and they began to rejoice of this tremendous breakthrough! The pastors meeting lasted through almost the whole afternoon because of the move of the Holy Spirit. In the evening, Kuya Dan ministered to more than 700 intercessors and pastors and heaven broke loose as the glory of the Lord came upon the gathering! The church in Iligan City was restored and strengthened with all of God’s might! Another kind of flood that hit Iligan City: It was the flood of great revival and restoration! All Glory to God!
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No. 328 on March 4, 2012
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence” Colossians 1:16-18
In these recent years, beginning with our Jubilee season, the Lord has given us tremendous grace and privilege to connect with a new breed of prophets who do not only prophesy but also experience being taken to heaven and sit with the divine prophetic councils in heaven. End-time dispensation Prophets like Bro. Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, Bro. Vincent Selvakumar, Pastor Neville Johnson and the most recent one Prophet Robert Misst have one over- arching theme in their messages: The day of the second coming of the Lord is near! Tremendous prophetic revelations are being poured out today to prepare the Bride of Christ and equip the church for the End-Time harvest of souls from every tribe, tongue and nation (Matt 24: 14; Rev 5:9). Indeed, this is a new season and the Final Dispensation of God’s redemptive work throughout the world! As the prophets declared, we are living in the last of the Last Days! We are the End-Time generation that will see the second coming of the Lord. There is no time to lose; no time to waste! The Apostle Paul gave us this important directive for our times:
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is…” (Eph 5: 15-17).
All the prophets agree that the veil that separates heaven from the earth is getting thinner and thinner as the Day of the Lord’s coming draws near. More and more, the spiritual realm is going to manifestly invade the natural realm. The Bible tells us of these two realms which at the Last Days will work together so that Christ will have the pre-eminence (Col 1:16-18)!
Angelic manifestations, divine prophetic councils and unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2: 28-29) will begin to break in to our natural, physical realm. This heavenly, extra-ordinary phenomena will not only shake the usual, traditional theologies of the church that has stood for hundreds of years but will unveil the mysteries of the prophetic scriptures in such a powerful way that will do away with the wineskin of traditions and legalistic beliefs that has fossilized the church and made it inutile and inept in coping with increasing mountain of wickedness throughout the nations of the earth! The Lord of Hosts will come and scorch the fallen earth with the fire and fury of His judgment (Mal 4: 1-3). Terrible natural calamities like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and drought will come upon the earth that shall bring to nothing and crumble the proudest of nations! Wars and chaos will increase on the earth; pestilence and pandemic diseases will shroud the nations with terror by night and day!
It is in this dark and fearsome scenario that the Lord will unfold the brightest and most powerful manifestation of His Glory! As the scriptures say:
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Num 14: 21; Hab 2:14).
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No. 327 on February 26, 2012
The CLSF Central church experienced again another level of worship when Bro. Robert Misst, a prophet from New Zealand spoke in the CLSF Sunday Worship Service last February 19, 2012 at the CLSF Goshen Center at 453 Calbayog St., in Mandaluyong City. More than 700 people came as the CLSF was joined by two other kindred churches namely Christ Is Exalted Community (CEC) headed by Pastor Ed de Guzman and the NFS Church of Bro. Wyden and Sister Antonia King. With the CLSF main sanctuary being filled to capacity, the CLSF provided an overflow room at the first floor that was also filled with more than a hundred people who joined the service through a close circuit video monitor. It was an anniversary type of gathering because of the great expectation the of the Lord’s mighty move from all those who came!
The Lord moved powerfully indeed! Prophet Robert Misst spoke about the worship in heaven and how the angelic host and the saints in glory join us every time we come together to worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Lord Jesus Christ. He spoke about his own experiences of being visited by the divine council in heaven and how the worship there of all the heavenly hosts and the saints propels the events that are happening on the earth. Prophets Robert emphasized that our Sunday worship services in the church must mirror the great non-stop worship gathering in heaven! He stressed the point that our worship service must not be segmented and structured based on pre-planned program but must be a seamless, continuous event exalting the Lord through the praise and worship singing, dancing, preaching, teaching, exhortations and giving. Every component of the worship service has to be done for the glory of God from beginning to end.
Prophet Robert helped the people to grasp what he meant by intermingling worship singing, prayer time and ministering to the people with the ministry of the preaching of the word of God. Everybody was treated to experience of how it was done as it is in heaven! The result was powerful! People began to flow in the Holy Spirit anointing, singing, listening to the word, praying and interceding and being ministered unto in one seamless continuous train. After the ministry time of Prophet Robert Misst which lasted for more than an hour, Bishop “Kuya” Dan, the CLSF Senior Pastor and Spiritual Director, took over and led the people in another 30 minutes of worship and prophetic ministry. The Lord released tremendous healings and powerful word of knowledge to the people. Everybody experienced the presence of God and were built up and edified! Kuya Dan, the National Elders and the KE Pastors are determined to follow these dynamics of heavenly worship in CLSF’s worship succeeding worship services until the Lord’s return! Indeed, the Lord is doing a new thing in our midst!
The following week after our Sunday worship service, Prophet Robert Misst ministered to more than 270 pastors coming from some 76 provinces in the country. The Intercessors for the Philippines (IFP) and the NFS Ministry of Bro. Wyden King jointly held this equipping seminar held at Armadillo Holdings Inc. (AHI) facility in Bangkal, Makati City. It was a 5-day conference from Feb 20-24, 2012. Pastors from all kinds of denominations came and received tremendous prophetic teachings from Bro. Robert Misst. Bro. Wyden King and the NFS Ministry sponsored the transportation fares, food and lodging of all the delegates in this week long stay-in seminar. Kuya Dan imparted fire and passion to the delegates as he spoke in one of the sessions on the topic: “Philippine Prophetic Update and Marching Orders. This powerful and stirring message was received by the people with such impact and depth setting the stage for the anointing service which was the culmination of the whole prophetic training and seminar. People’s hearts were powerfully touched as the anointing service ensued lasting for three solid hours! Prophet Robert Misst and Kuya Dan led the anointing to impart a new prophetic mantle on the participants. They were joined in the “anointing tunnel” by Pastor Ed de Guzman and Bro. Wyden King; Bro Joseph Lee (TNO) and Pastor Nate Yage (NFS); Ate Nona Londonio, Ate Tanette Balais and Dra. Grace Ramirez of IFP National Board; Atty. Lyndon Cana (IFP-West Visayas).
It was a week of prophetic experience for CLSF and the Body of Christ. Kuya Dan and the church leadership know that there will be more in the coming months and years!
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No. 327 on February 26, 2012
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect…” Hebrews 12:22
The Last Days will be characterized by the emergence of a new, transformed and glorious Church that will operate in the power of the age to come (Heb 6:5; Eph 1: 21). This glorious church will far outshine her predecessors since its birth some 2,000 years ago in an obscure upper room in Jerusalem. She will be endowed with power and authority that eyes have not seen nor ears have heard nor have been imagined by the minds of man (I Cor 2:9). The “Ezer”, the Warrior Bride of Christ will emerge in this Final Dispensation Era that will reap the greatest harvest of souls from every nation on the face of the earth (Matt 24: 14).
The Book of Hebrews gives us a glimpse of why the End Time church will be so powerful (Heb 12:22-24). In this Last Days, the glorious end time church will be joined by the great Heavenly Army composed of innumerable company of angels and the millions of the redeemed saints in heaven. The Lord Jesus, riding on a white horse will lead this heavenly Army for the Final battle to establish His eternal Kingdom on the earth! The prophet John saw this is a powerful vision of the glorified Christ:
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev 19:11-16.
Heaven will come closer to the earth! The Supernatural experiences of angelic visitations and interventions to help the glorious End Time Church fight her battles and win nations for Christ will become more and more common! The Prophetic Council will enter into our realm to guide us and direct us as we, the Church, seek God more than ever and walk in such holiness and obedience to God. The Holy Spirit will be poured out in its full measure to all flesh as the prophets prophesied (Joel 2:28-29). The Lord will have His glorious Army on the Earth fight the battle with the Glorious Army in heaven! It will be an awesome sight; an awesome and unprecedented manifestation of the Glory of God that shall fill the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14). Let us arise, be transformed and become part of this glorious End Time Church! The Lord of host is with us together with His innumerable company of angels and heavenly saints!
Also published in Eagle Christian, Issue No 326 on February 19, 2012