KINDS OF RHEMA WORD
THAT WE ARE TO SPEAK FOR THE LORD
THROWN STONE INTO THE HENHOUSE RHEMA
One day the Lord told me to post a particular passage on the internet. I did, but of course, I asked ‘why?’ The Lord told me, I was ‘throwing a stone into the hen house’ and I would see what happens when that is done. The passage was from II Peter, and described the traits of false prophets. I called no one a false prophet, but simply posted how God described such false prophets to be. Suddenly, I was being called a ‘sorcerer’, ‘devilish’, and a ‘vampire’. Others were attacking me for everything but for how I parted my hair. The ‘hens’ were flying, and they could easily be counted and recognized due to their own unwitting revelation of who they were. It was amusing to watch, though sad to know there were so many who were scared by that ‘stone’ thrown into the hen house.
The rhema word is a stone, and whatever the subject, it has effect on those for whom, or about whom it was meant. The word is powerful. If they had been true prophets, and none of those traits described them, they would have said ‘amen’. But the description of the false prophet, so closely described what was in their life, that it scared and upset them.
PIERCING SWORD RHEMA
Peter preached on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), and the hearts of the people were ‘pricked’. The word ‘pricked’ (Acts 2:37) is the Greek word ‘katanusso’ meaning to ‘strike violently, producing strong emotion.’ The rhema word pierced through the hard-heartedness and pride of the souls, and opened the heart to conviction. Three thousand were saved that day, when the piercing rhema opened them to the truth. Stephen’s message continued to work on Saul of Tarsus, preparing him for the encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
God’s ministers are authorized to speak a message, a rhema, that will cut through the insulation to conviction that many have upon their hearts. The rhema will pierce the hardened heart and mind. The rhema will sever the excuse and pride from one’s actions, making it possible for the Spirit to convict without hindrance.
In Hebrews, we are told that some would ‘not enter in to the rest’. (Hebrews 3:18). They had rebelled, murmured, sinned. They were finally ‘severed’ from being able to enter in. The same passage goes on to state that the ‘Word of God is quick, powerful, sharper’ and it is the Word, the rhema word through the God’s preachers will sever and announce that many have lost out of the ‘rest’ that they should have been striving to reach. (Hebrews 4:11-12). Paul in Romans spoke to the possibility of those who were ‘grafted in’ when Israel had been ‘severed’, could also be ‘severed’. (Romans 11:17-24)
The rhema words in the last days, will oft include announcing that some of those grafted in branches are now being severed. Paul warned of that happening, and we live in the day, when it is happening. The lukewarm are being spued out, the cold are going to be severed, and oft the Lord will use a rhema word to announce His decision.
Missiles launch from one site, and travel to distant places, to hit a target unseen by those at the launch site. The rhema of God can be spoken in one place, and have effect in another. Jesus was willing to go with the centurion to his home, but the centurion said ‘Speak the Word only... and...” (Matthew 8:5-9). The word of God is powerful. It can have effect wherever it is meant to have effect. We pray here, it is heard in heaven. We can speak rhema here and have effect anywhere.
In Luke 4:16-22, Jesus was at the synagogue at Nazareth. There, He opened the Scriptures, and read from Isaiah 61. That passage was a rhema announcement from Isaiah and was being fulfilled before the eyes of those in that synagogue that day. Jesus stood up and read that passage, and then told them the rhema word from Isaiah was being fulfilled before their eyes.
In John 9:1-41, we see Jesus speak a message that the people did not comprehend, and the pharisees rejected. As they sought to kill Him, Jesus escaped through their midst, but stopped to heal a blind man.
“...I am come into the world that they who see not might see, and they who see might be made blind.’
This is the message of Jesus, His rhema word. Yet, happening as He was speaking it, was the illustrated lesson of God. The pharisees had been blinded to Jesus’ message and were unable to see truth. The blind man had been blind, but now could see. Spiritually, we come to Jesus blind, and can be made to see. Some claim to see, and when confronted by the rhema of God, become blind.
This illustrated lesson is but one of the many illustrated lessons that God intends to show in these last days.
‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, we are told. And God loves to illustrate His lessons to us.
SIGNS AND WONDERS RHEMA
Moses announced to Korah and the rebellious Levites, that if God did not accept their premise and teaching, that the earth would open and swallow them down into sheol. The earth suddenly opened and took them down to sheol alive.
Jesus told Peter to fish, and the fish he would catch would have money in its mouth. Peter did fish, found the money, and it was twice what he needed.
Peter and John spoke rhema to the lame man at the Temple. The man obeyed the rhema command to ‘rise and walk’, and he not only rose, but he walked, ran, shouted, testified, etc.
Jesus spoke many a ‘woe unto...’ In Luke 6:24-26, we find Jesus speaking ‘woe’ to those who are ‘rich... those full... those laughing now... those who have men ‘speaking well’ of them. In Luke 10:13, He spoke ‘woe’ to Chroazin and Bethsaida. In Luke 11:42-52, He spoke ‘woe’ to the pharisees, scribes, men of the law...’ These were bombarding their walls of separation from reality. Those words broke down walls, destroyed the separating walls from the Lord.
As fiery darts from the devil and his cohorts strike saints who have let their shield of faith too low, so the ‘bombardment’ woes, that the army of prophets speak, do strike the heart of the apostate, of the hypocritical ones, of the false prophets.
COMFORT AND BLESSING RHEMA
In Matthew 5:1-12, we find Jesus speaking beatitudes, ‘blesseds’ to those they describe. The ‘poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, those that ‘hunger and thirst after righteousness’ are blessed by that rhema word from the Lord.
Saints today oft say ‘God bless you’, and speak to the hearer the blessings of God. There is power in rhema blessing. And we need to understand this, and speak that ‘bless’ rhema properly.
In II John 10-11, we are told that those who come with false doctrines, we are not to receive them into our homes, not to speak ‘Godspeed’ to them. If we do speak and impart blessings to one who will use that blessing to spread damnable doctrines, we have helped the enemy and the error they preach. That makes those who speak ‘Blessings’ to them to be ‘partaker of their evil deeds.’
We need to be careful whom we bless. Sinners can be blessed with conviction. Yet, some just pass out blessings, not realizing there is real power in the ‘blessings’ that one passes out.
Elijah went up Mt. Carmel, there to confront the priests and prophets of Baal. He challenged them to call fire out of heaven to prove their god was great. He taunted and comically spoke that maybe he was sleeping, on a vacation, etc. This comic message was, I believe, rhema word, illustrating the humor of God. The message was showing that Baal was powerless before the Lord Jehovah. Though taunted to ‘shout louder’, we find that Elijah and God saw humor in their desperate strivings to get their god to act.
God still has a sense of humor, and laughs at men’s attempts to defeat Him. There will be times, in these last days, when God will still have the rhema to contain the humor of the Lord.
II Timothy 1:5-6
“...stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.’
Paul had laid hands on Timothy, and spoken rhema, imparting upon Timothy, gifts of the Spirit. Paul and Barnabas had ministry and a mission imparted to them by the rhema, prayers, and laying on of hands of others. (Acts 13:1-3)
Gifts will be imparted to others, with laying on of hands, and rhema word. This has been a forgotten type of rhema in many congregations, but it will be revived further in these last days.
In Matthew 16:19, and 18:18, there is instruction and authority given to the saints, to ‘bind and loose’. We, of these last days, will lay hold on this authority. There will be rhema spoken that will bind the devils, bind the schemes and schemers of the devil, bind sickness, and curses that some attempt to put on others.
In that same passage of Matthew, authority is given to ‘loose’. The saints will loose angels to take evil spirits to the abyss. We will also loose health in persons, loose people from gripping habits and addictions, free prisoners of the devil, loose eyes from the blindness of satan.
Jesus cursed the barren fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22), and that was a riddle lesson. One has to think what did that cursing represent. Ministers of God today will speak words that seem strange, but they will be riddles for others to figure out the meaning.
The parable of the wicked husbandmen (Matthew 21:33-46) shewed in rhema form a warning of judgment to come on such type of ones. There we see Jesus speak: “...the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”
Trials, persecutions, judgments are soon to come. Betrayals, back stabbings, etc. will soon occur. Ministers will be forewarning in rhema word.
“...He cast out the spirits with His word and healed all that were sick.”
The rhema words of Jesus cast out devils, healed the sick. In our time also, we should be finding that rhema words from God, will do the same.
GRACE AND FORGIVENESS RHEMA
Jesus said the man lowered through the roof, that ‘thy sins be forgiven thee.’ To the woman caught in adultery, He spoke, ‘neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.”
We do not forgive sins, Yet, the rhema word they speak is from God, and He does forgive sin, when repented. God sees the heart, and knows when the person is repentant and accepts salvation from Jesus. In rhema word from God, we will be speaking forgiveness and grace to many in these last days.
There are likely many other types of rhema words for us to be speaking. These are the ones about which the Lord has been talking to me.
There are also ‘profane and vain babblings’, that are words that lack the authority of God, and are to be shunned. They are not rhema, for they do not find their source in God. From man’s own heart, he may speak, or from a demonic obsession, he may speak. These kinds of words need to be ‘shunned.’
We, as did Jesus, are to speak words authorized by God, and powerful by that authority. During the lenten observances, we are to be reminded of the authority with which Jesus spoke, and follow His example.