As we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord, we need to understand some principles for end-time revival.
Revival First Starts with Prayer
"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. Now Mine eyes shall be open, and Mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place." (2 Chronicles 7:14-15, KJV)
Angels respond to the prayers of the Ekklesia, the Church of God that has governmental authority from God on the earth. When we pray, Heaven moves and angels of fire are dispatched from the throne room of God. The angels receive the prayers of the people and help to distribute the answers from Heaven back to the earth in the form of fire. These, I believe, are seraphim at work.
Revival comes when the fire of God comes to purify His people, who are ready to live as God has always desired them to live. He comes to bring purity and holiness to the earth. He comes to clean it up. We first cry out in repentance and humility asking God to deal with us.
"When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God's people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake." (Revelation 8:1-5)
"However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the Gospel of God? And, 'If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?' So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good." (1 Peter 4:16-19)
We must be willing to let God deal with us. Purity, holiness, and righteousness are character traits of God, and the seraphim and cherubim carry these attributes from His throne to purify His world as He sees fit. In all miracles and healings there is an element of fire that comes forth through His Word. The angels are present when these things happen. Where He is, angels are. They reside with Him. They carry His fire, glory, love, justice, peace, protection, provision, restoration, purification, holiness, and righteousness. They are an extension of Him. They are servants that do His bidding.
"The Lord has established His throne in Heaven, and His Kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His Word. Praise the Lord, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Praise the Lord, all His works everywhere in His dominion." (Psalm 103:19-22)
So what do angels do? They accomplish God's purpose and they obey His Word. Even on Earth, people in leadership have other people following them to do their bidding. Well, in Heaven the angels do this for God. They are servant followers night and day, who act like Him and do as He does and says. They work alongside us when we do and say what is in the Word.
You have fire angels with you right now to assist you in prayer and healing ministry, keeping you in a place of accessing Heaven, and keeping you holy by touching you with the glory of God. All you have to do is speak the Word of God and they will obey and hearken to it. Praise the Lord!
The Church's Role
"Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." (Hebrews 12:14-15)
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." (Matthew 5:8)
This is who we are to be as His Church in the end times. He is coming back to a Church without spot or wrinkle. How can this be so? The apostle Paul teaches the church at Ephesus about the mystery of the Gospel using an earthly example of a husband as and wife. Jesus is the head of the Church, and we the Church are His body. This reveals God's heart and how He loves and cares for His Church:
"For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the Church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant Church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Photo via Unsplash)
"In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the Church—for we are members of His body. 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the Church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." (Ephesians 5:23-33)
We cannot be without spot or wrinkle until we take our proper position in Him. We must understand that Christ overcame sin, death, and the grave, and the ascension makes it possible for us to be seated with Him in heavenly places where every spiritual blessing is ours.
"But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:4-10)
This has been done already. When we the Church begin to live like this, we will be holy and walk in power on the earth. Then the angelic hosts will join with us because our faith is in what God says about who we are, and we are not waiting only for His return but now ruling on His behalf as His Kingdom leaders.
"Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'
"Since you call on a Father who judges each person's work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious Blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God." (1 Peter 1:13-21)
We are called to be different. You are living on Earth from your heavenly seat and God sees you as holy and righteous. This is where we must be in these last days as Heaven joins with us and we see angelic intervention like never before. If you want to see angels manifest themselves and feel God's presence and participate with angels, then you must be like them. They are holy and purified first and live in the throne of Heaven. They did not need salvation, as they did not sin, but we do, and when we are redeemed we can live and work alongside them to bring God's will to Earth. Hebrews 2:5-8 clearly states our position in Christ:
"It is not to angels that He has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: 'What is mankind that You are mindful of them, a son of man that You care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; You crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.' In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them."
Even the angels are subject to us because they are the servants of the Lord. Our salvation has made us rulers with Christ and heirs of salvation so that we can partner with them.
Angels Are Harvesters
In the end times, we partner with angels for the harvest, bringing in souls to the Kingdom of God through prayers and following their lead.
"The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil." (Matthew 13:41)
Angels are harvesters. They harvest the land for God. They harvest the good from the evil, and we can read that in Scripture also:
"Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of Heaven, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." (Matthew 24:30-31) (Photo via Unsplash)
Who's going to collect you and take you to Heaven at the end? It's going to be the angels. This is the rapture of the Church.
Jesus explained the end-time parable of the weeds in the fields. In this parable, we see that God is sending His angels to make the earth like Heaven and removing that which is not like Him. The angels are the ones who are sent to bring in the harvest:
"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear." (Matthew 13:40-43)
The word "Kingdom" in this parable is the Greek word basileia, which means royalty, rule, or realm. The realm of God and His royalty has come, but even now we are helping to prepare this realm. We are living out the Word of God daily as righteous men and women who live the ascension life here on the earth. Jesus spoke of this truth:
"Once again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
"'Have you understood all these things?' Jesus asked. 'Yes,' they replied. He said to them, 'Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.'" (Matthew 13:47-52)
This means that those Jews who lived by the law and even taught by it who now received Jesus as Messiah would be storehouses of the power of the law and also the power of grace and the fulfillment of the times. Those teachers of the law would be carriers of a greater grace to those in the end times. It is like that with those of us who are growing in an awareness of the ascension life of the Church. We are positioned with a knowledge of salvation but also a heavenly knowledgeâ€”a knowledge of living in earth with an ascension perspective. We are now the rulers who have dominion that will bring about what was prophesied by God:
"So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'" (Genesis 1:27-28)
God has given us a mandate to do these five things: be fruitful, increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it, and rule or have dominion over it. As the Church that has ascended with Christ, we have this dominion and power just like Adam and Eve had in the garden. Jesus severed the stronghold of the enemy over us and then He positioned us to be seated with Him in heavenly places as an ascension Church so we can rule and reign on the earth now in His power with the angels by our side. It is true that He will come back with His angels and an end-time reaping will occur, but we are called now to live like this in faith and not to wait.
"For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
There is a time coming when the Church will be caught up to Heaven with the voice of an archangel and a trumpet call, but until then we are called to act like we are risen, now. When we do this, the angelic hosts cohabitate with us and do the work of the Kingdom on Earth, now. (Photo via Unsplash)
The angels watch our moves of faith and rejoice and follow the heirs of salvation as they live out, now, the ascension because of the resurrection. We have this power in earthen vessels:
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
"We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
"For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:7-18 KJV)
We are eternal creatures living in earth suits required to act heavenly even though we feel earthly. When we do this, all of Heaven rejoices with us as we act in faith on what Jesus did and we begin to see miracles happen and angelic activity occur.
This life is for you now! Just begin to live and believe it as a citizen of the Kingdom wearing His robe of righteousness and you will begin to attract angels to your atmosphere and sphere of influence.
Angels Are Watchful
When we are considering the return of Jesus, we must be watchful. Christ and the angels do not know the day or hour of Christ's return; however, they are watchful. We are called to create a heavenly habitation of watchfulness on the earth.
"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
"For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come." (Matthew 24:36-42)
In the very next chapter of Matthew, Jesus continues to emphasize this point in the parable of the ten virgins:
"At that time the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'
"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. 'Lord, Lord,' they said, 'open the door for us!' But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I don't know you.' Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour." (Matthew 25:1-13)
We make ourselves ready by prayer and spending time in the presence of the Lord, activating our senses to the times and seasons and creating environments where angels can work alongside us to get things ready for the day and hour He comes.
Heaven is waiting for the King to rule Earth in person. We must wait and watch along with Heaven and prepare this place as though He were here already. Angels prepare a place for Jesus, and we as the heirs of salvation are called to also. Angels will join us when we live by faith. We should be so eager for His return that we live like we're in Heaven now, and we participate with angels now, and we seek His heart now on Earth.
The Father is pleased when we operate in faith for what is to come and live it out now. We should be saturating ourselves in His presence and creating environments for angels, and then we will see Heaven open and the Son of Man, Jesus, coming even now before He comes.
When I teach people these truths they begin to see and experience Heaven. Their soul—their mind, will, and emotions—along with their spirit begin to grasp the reality that is before them, and they learn to live in that heavenly seat and begin to see Earth responding.
There are many end-time Scriptures where angels are present. As you can see from this whole book, there is a correlation between angels and fire. Angels and fire are compatible and both represent purity and holiness. In each case, angels are serving the King. They are where He is! And they are where we are because we are in Him. (Photo via Unsplash)
The final end-time statement that Jesus makes is in Matthew 25:31-33, where He talks about separating the sheep from the goats. This is a judgment for those who believe and follow Him and those who do not. The angels of fire will play a role in His return and in this judgment. They accompany Him, as He is the head of the angel armies.
"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left." (Matthew 25:31-33)
This is His second coming, when He declares Himself Lord of the earth. What category will you be in? Are you a sheep or a goat? Are you in a sheep nation that has claimed Jesus as Lord and Savior, or are you in a goat nation that does not believe He is the Savior of the world? It is time for us to decide where we are now.
If you are not a sheep, then it is time to repent. If you say you do not believe, you are part of the goats. He will take His sheep to their pasture of paradise, but the goats will be separated to a place of no rest. This place is called Hell, and it is not for us. It was made for the fallen angels of destruction led by the forces of satan.
It is not too late to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior if you have not. I have shared with you multiple times in this book the importance of repentance and purification of your heart. The angels carry fire from His altar to those He purifies for His Kingdom. If you have repented before, you do not need to do this again. However, if you have not, here is another opportunity. All you have to do is believe in your heart and confess with your mouth Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.' For there is no difference between Jew and Gentileâ€”the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'" (Romans 10:9-13)
Prayer for Salvation
If you want to do this now, simply say:
Father, forgive me of my sins. I have made mistakes; I have fallen short of the glory of God. I ask You to forgive me and cleanse my heart. I thank You for sending Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son, to die on the Cross for me, be buried, and resurrect so that I may be saved in my spirit and soul. I want to receive Jesus now as my Lord and Savior. I want You to come into my heart and make residency here. I want to live my life for You, Jesus, and make You Lord of my life. Thank You, Lord, for having mercy on me, and I am grateful for Your righteousness and peace in my life.
If you just prayed this prayer, the Word says you are now saved and will spend eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven with Jesus. You are now a sheep in His paradise pasture.
Now call up someone and tell them the good news! It is time to celebrate! You are now an heir of salvation and you are seated with Christ in heavenly places. You are now a participator with the angels of fire in the end times. God is so good and He loves you so much! Your next step is to ask Him for the baptism of the Holy Spirit by fire. Just read Acts 2 about the tongues of fire and begin to pray. You are clearly on your way to being a living epistle to the love of Jesus.
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Founder, Dream Mentors Transformational Life Coaching Institute
Dr. Candice SmithymanÂ is an international prophetic revivalist & healing minister who is founding pastor (retired) of Freedom Destiny Church with husband, Adam, and vice president of Dream Mentors International. She is also host of the Glory Road Television broadcast shown on a variety of networks and also hosts Your Path to Destiny on ISN - It's Supernatural Network. She has appeared on Sid Roth's It's Supernatural among other shows, and is the author of "Releasing Heaven: Creating a Supernatural Environment through Heavenly Encounters" and "Angels of Fire: The Ministry of Angels in the End Time Revival" among other books and publications. For a full bio you may visit: www.candicesmithyman.com.
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