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Hunters – by Dana Thompson

Have you noticed how many people from your past are starting to resurface?  These are not people you are looking for to fill some hole in your heart, or some High School friend from the past, but divine connections from years ago whom God seems to be joining you back with for His will and purpose.  I encourage you not to take these encounters casually, but to seek the Lord concerning his will and desire for these reunions.  Desolation is caused by people not receiving whom God sends them; but when we receive those whom God sends, we will have visitation.  If you receive anyone in His name, you will be rewarded.

If there has ever been a call to Evangelism, it is now!  Now when one hears the word “evangelism” he resorts back to the old paradigm of handing out tracts, pronouncing the goodness of God from the street corner, or organizing a massive group of people in location to announce the good news of the Gospel.  While these have been tools and means in our past to share the gospel, this is not the Evangelism I speak of, nor is it what I am seeing.

What I see is similar to the days of Noah, when the ark was being constructed; the grace of God brought the animals to Noah.  Noah did not have to go catch or compel the animals to come into the ark.  The scripture says, “they went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female…” – Gen. 7:9.  Noah could not leave off from constructing the ark, to gather animals.  It was the grace and mercy of God that brought the animals to Noah.  It would take us years to gather fowls from the air and the beast of the field.  Imagine trying to catch a giraffe without transportation, it would be no easy task.  However, when Noah obeyed God, the animals gracefully came to him before the coming judgment.

Noah was a hunter.  He was not commanded to throw out a net to catch the masses, but build an ark and household that would maintain the selective two or seven animals the Lord sent him.  As we obey God in building what he has given us according to the Heavenly blueprint, He will compel those who are to come into His House by His great love, grace, and mercy.  In the kingdom of God, there is only one compulsion…the compulsion, which is the love of God!  It is by His Spirit, not by or through any man.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do, of His good pleasure.  And like Noah, the hunters are looking for the very elect which the Father has given to the Son.  The hunters are looking for those coming from the highways and byways; they are looking for the remnant…the tithe of the tithe.

However, there are two hunters in the earth.  When I speak of hunters, I speak more of the “spirit” working in the men than the men themselves.  We find the first mention of a hunter in Genesis 10:8-9, “Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore, it is said, “like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.”  So the scripture says Nimrod, whose name means “rebellion“, the founder of Babylon and builder his own kingdom, that he was not only a hunter, but “mighty hunter”.  His description as a might hunter I don’t think ascribe to his mastery of the bow and knife as much as it does to what he actually hunted.  The phrase “mighty hunter,” mighty is referred to the word “pride” – so the spirit that worked in Nimrod is characterized by pride and ambition.  What did he hunt?  Well, he was a hunter of the children of men.  He had the spirit of a predator that hunts for the souls of men, and this spirit seeks ownership of other human beings.  We see how this spirit works in others throughout scripture.  This spirit worked in Pharaoh, who believed the people of God belonged to him.  It worked in the King of Sodom, listen to what he said to Abraham in Gen. 14:21, give me the persons and take the goods for yourself“.  The king did not want goods or material possessions, but human resources; he wanted to take captive the souls of men.  We even see a guy in the New Testament named Diotrephes in 3 John vs. 9, who believed he had the preeminence over God’s people.  In addition to being ambitious, proud, disrespectful of apostolic authority, rebellious, and inhospitable; Diotrephes tried to hinder those desiring to show hospitality to the brothers and to expel these from the congregation.  We have to constantly guard against this “hunter spirit”.

It is clear; Nimrod hunted the souls of men!  Look what you find even in Babylon, “and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men” – Rev. 18:13. The purpose of Babylon is to enslave and capture your soul. And, the “spirit of Nimrod” still prevails in our culture.  Nimrod had a deep contempt to God and believed that man’s happiness is due to his own strength and courage.  Nimrod believed that submission and dependence on God is “cowardice“.  He brought men to depend on their own power; Babylon is that which is being built by a man’s own vision or own strength.  That is why God confounded their language.  To this day, Babylon has its own language, a language different from the language of the Kingdom. Babel means “confusion” which means its message is distorted.  Nimrod was pronounced the founder of Babylon because according to Historian Josephus, Nimrod purposed in his heart that God would never destroy him and his offspring by water again.  Nimrod heard the story of his great grandfather destroyed by the floodwaters; as a result, he purposed to construct a tower that would reach heaven, so he would never be destroyed again by floodwaters.  Nimrod’s direction for building the tower was correct, but his motives were wrong; therefore, God had to judge this act of rebellion.

Listen, we are nearing the time for the end of the Gentiles.  There is a trumpet blowing, it is the “last call” for those in Babylon to come out of her.  We live in a time when especially many believers have been taken captive by spiritual Babylon … the political, religious, and economic systems of the world.  Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons to me, says the Lord Almighty.  The prophetic as a whole has been silent these past couple of years, yet we have an expectation in our hearts that we will see the full function of the prophetic in the Body of Christ.  We are at a place where the enemy would love to stop the flow of the prophetic along with the function of the apostolic and prophet together.  Yet, in the next five years, we will hear and see the prophetic work alongside the apostolic to decree and establish the building of the Lord’s House.

The other hunter is mentioned in Jeremiah 16:16, “Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the LORD, and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.”  The fishing season is ending.  The hunting season has begun and the Lord has prepared the hunters.

This current group of apostles did mostly fishing and some gathering, but the next group of apostles will be more hunters who selectively single out those whom they are to invest their energy.  Out of a multitude of people, we will see the one or two whom the Lord will have us to pass on what He has given us.  The next group of apostles is not to fill the shoes of the current apostles.  We are to do what God has given us.  I hope that the current group of apostles will complete what the Lord has entrusted to their care.  The apostolic will not only continually check the foundation for cracks and holes, but will examine what is being built on the foundation as well.

The fishers speak of the quantity of those coming to the Lord.  Currently, the fishers appear to be looking for Arabs, Hindus, Muslims, etc.  There are many reliable reports that confirm many Muslims are coming to accept the Lord Jesus Christ in this hour.  Yet, the time of the fishermen is ending.  Rose and I were recently at a gathering in Atlanta, and we met one of the facilitators for Billy Graham’s last crusade.  If you are not aware, Billy Graham has asked the Lord to allow him to live at least until December, which is the month of his last crusade.  This time, these crusades are conducted in individual homes, not at a stadium.  This is very prophetic as to what the Lord is saying during this season.  I prayed and asked the Lord to grant Billy Graham’s prayer request; he has labored as a fisherman.  Even though, his testimony today is that he would have done things differently, it is apparent the Lord used him to share the good news to many nations.  To see his last crusade go from a large venue into homes speaks volumes to me concerning the transition from the fishers to the hunters.  Notice the scripture says, “afterward” – after what?  After the time of the fisherman has been gone forth, the time of the hunter will come.  Yes, there are many people still holding conventions by the thousands; however, there is “no grace” on most of these gathering.  These types of gatherings will not satisfy the hungry soul looking for that city whose builder and maker is God.  Fishing is quite different from hunting: fishing speaks of quantity; hunting speaks of quality in small numbers.  The hunter looks for one in some area, two in another area … those who are hidden away in the holes of the rocks.  The hunters shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.  We are on the threshold of the times of the Gentiles being fulfilled.  Now the Lord is sending forth His hunters.

All things are prepared and the banquet feast is ready.  It is time for the hunters to receive those whom the Lord is bringing to you.  We must know that God has a dwelling place, a habitation on earth.  The thought in the Bible of a habitation for God starts with the tabernacle and continues right on up to the present. In the past God dwelt in a magnificent house, the temple of Solomon.  Now He dwells in the church, for today the house of God is God’s habitation.  We, the many, are joined together to be God’s habitation.  It takes many of us, God’s sons, to be the house of God in the Spirit.  1 Peter 2:5 says, “Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house. . . .”  This house is being built with living stones, not dead ones.  Solomon’s temple was built with dead stones, but today God’s house is made with living stones.  The hunters in this hour will help the “living stones” find their place in the habitation of God.  The hunters have the grace to hunt you in your cave of depression, to hunt you from that financial rock that have been holding you down, and to hunt you by bringing you down from the hill where no one sees you.  It is pertinent you find your place in this habitation that will shortly experience mighty visitation! 

 

 

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