WATCHMEN CONNECT | EDITION 10
Welcome to the tenth edition of Watchmen Connect!
As the Body of Christ has been walking in greater measures of oneness and has been responding to God's invitation to partner with Him, to take what we see in heaven and declare it on earth, we have been witnessing unprecedented breakthrough and change around the world.
A SWIFT CLOUD OF CHANGE
“Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.” — Isaiah 60:21-22 (NIV)
What a great privilege we have been given to be alive in these days! Yes, the world is in growing darkness but the brilliance of God’s eternal masterplan is unfolding right before our very eyes as we see the unveiling of the One Global Body of Christ, rising up and shining in the light of His glory.
We are hearing the voice of the Lord declaring that we have landed in a time of great acceleration and radical change. God is shifting paradigms. The world as we know it is about to change. The expression of Christianity as we know it is about to change. We are witnessing nations that have been enemies become restored to the oneness Jesus died for. We are seeing the power of His love transform regions where the world had lost all hope for peace.
He is moving on a swift cloud towards Egypt, Assyria and Israel, bringing those who were once hostile and alienated together at His banqueting table for a feast of love, in the presence of their enemy. We see a torrential river of life coming, releasing blessing in all the earth from this Isaiah 19 communion.
KINGS AND PRIESTS
As we gathered under the canopy of a beautiful wedding tent in the heart of Jordan, the Lord brought us all closer to the burning desire of His heart: that we would “marry” one another, reaffirming His eternal covenant with the Father, for us to be one, as He and the Father are one. In the womb of the Middle East, covered by His love, He reminded us that we, His Church, have all been chosen and anointed as kings and priests.
“And have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”— Revelation 5:9-10 (NKJV)
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light;”— 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
As the Spirit of God reveals to us our identity in Christ, as His Kings and Priests, God is inviting us to partner with Him and to take what we see in heaven and declare it on earth, for as we speak, it will be done. This is the time of fulfillment of all promises and realization of all prophecies. We are the Family of God on Earth, we are chosen by Him. He is giving us His Kingdom authority to release His will on the earth and make disciples of all nations.
JULY 24-27, 2019 — HONG KONG
“AS ONE” CANADA
AUGUST 7-10, 2019 — OTTAWA, CANADA
EUROPEAN FAMILY GATHERING
AUGUST 21-23, 2019 — ambilly, france
From the beginning of the Malaysia Gathering, the Lord impressed a phrase deeply on the hearts of the family:
Beyond the breakthroughs and miracles He has accomplished for our nation, Jesus was beckoning us to long for His Presence. Like the two disciples on their way to Emmaus who urged strongly for Jesus to stay after He had finished interpreting the Scriptures to them (Luke 24), our hearts were stricken to look beyond the manifestations of His Presence, to pursue relentlessly for the Person we long to have fellowship with.
In this “New Era: Oneness” Gathering, the hearts of the people groups of Malaysia and the nations who came to stand with us were melted into ONE in His glorious Presence. Our hearts were expanded to honour and release one another in a greater measure. This included the release of our smallest Aboriginal group in the land, the Orang Asli people. The Malaysian-Chinese were also propelled into new heights, following a breakthrough in their sense of identity in a strategic meeting that took place before the Gathering. Beyond recognizing their identity, they have stepped into a place of ownership in their unique calling as Malaysians carrying the Chinese bloodline.
In this “New Era”, there was a sense that the Lord was giving us new shoes to walk in. New shoes may be uncomfortable to break in at first, but they represent our deep commitment to walk the journey ahead of us. We are in for the long haul. As our hearts have been melded into one, we have entered into a new level of walking together with our people groups, and among the generations. Through this oneness of spirit, a deep corporate yieldedness and surrender was evident in our midst. Flooded by the waves of His Presence and His longing for oneness in the Body, we vowed to give it all for the dream of His heart. We will waste it all that He would have all that He had wanted from the start.*
The Gathering ended with a powerful release of faith, followed by a deep roar that shook the ground and literally caused the circuits to go out. We were beckoned into His Presence, feasted at His table, and released into the unique callings of our people groups. As ONE Body in Malaysia, we offer ourselves and say YES to the fulfillment of our destiny in the land and among the nations.
* “Dream of Your Heart” © 2019 Furnace Worship
A TRIBUTE TO PETER JORDAN
One of the early fathers of Watchmen, Peter Jordan, has gone home to our Father in Heaven on May 22nd.
Peter was a genuine, wise, trusted spiritual father. He had a way of making everyone feel at home, whether he was speaking one-on-one or to thousands. He always saw the funny side of things and never took himself too seriously. He was even-keeled through every changing situation, a resilience that no doubt was formed during his training and experience as a pilot. He understood the plight of missionaries’ returning from the mission field, something he captured so well in his book: Re-Entry.
Both Peter and Donna have been spiritual parents to countless, all around the globe. Besides being one of the early fathers of Watchmen, Peter and Donna worked with the Cunningham’s from the pioneering days of YWAM.
In the final chapter of Peter’s book, The Last Thing I’d Ever Do, Peter wrote: “Through storms and failures, if I and my family have learned anything, it is this: Listen for God. Trust Him. Obey Him. That’s an unbeatable formula for life.”
We lift up in prayer Peter’s dear wife, Donna, along with their children and their grandchildren at this time. We thank God for the honour of knowing Peter and for the privilege of continuing to walk in the fruit of so much that he has sown over the years!