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New Video Resources on the Joshua Revival Project YouTube Channel

by JRP Ministry Staff on 04/05/20

There are nine videos on our Joshua Revival Project YouTube channel that deal with Judgment: China, America & the Church.  


They are designed to provide an understanding about the Coronavirus and Covid-19 and what the Lord has said He would do and is now doing in the earth.  I provide both a Biblical perspective and prophetic revelation.

Make no mistake, the Lord has released this judgment in the earth for a multitude of purposes.  I recommend that you share these videos with everyone you know.  Until we understand the root of why judgment has been released, we will never get out from under it.  The Lord is bent on setting some things straight nations and with His Church.  It is time we heeded.

Mark Biteler 

A Simple Strategy & Helpful Exercise

by JRP Ministry Staff on 03/28/20

I submit an abridged version of an article below by E.M. McCrum who puts forth a simple exercise of applying Psalm 91 in our lives and certainly during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak.  I share it hoping that many who read it will find a model that demonstrates how we can apply Scripture as well as how Church at home can work.

I find that many Christians simply cannot grasp how to gather in their homes and invite Jesus in, sharing the Bible, praying and worshiping.  We have gravitated to a dependence upon large group gatherings when the definition of Church is wherever two or three are gathered (Matthew 18:20); this is where the Church began.

A SIMPLE STRATEGY TO DEFEND YOUR HOUSEHOLD AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS

COVID-19 literally means “coronavirus disease 2019”. Only this past week did I figure out that the “19” stood for the year 2019. While God’s Word does not mention the coronavirus disease specifically, it does address disease and plagues in general and specifically. So, if we want to see what God’s thoughts are about disease and plagues, then we only need to look up Scriptures on these topics, read them, and then apply them to our family, friends, neighbors, cities, states, and nations.

The Insurance Psalm

Shortly after my parents were born again, their pastor in Williamsport, Pennsylvania asked them if they needed anything. They told him that their one-year old child, me, was born with an immune system deficiency and had to get shots for the rest of his life. The preacher prayed for me, and I was miraculously healed. I did not have to get any more of those shots. That was 48 years ago, and I have had a strong immune system ever since.

Over the course of my childhood, I witnessed the faith of my parents and saw them put their trust in the Lord repeatedly. They claimed God’s promises in His Word and the benefits that we have from being in Christ.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

– 2 Cor 1:20 (NKJV)

Much of my life, I have lived without traditional health insurance. When I was about 6 years old, my dad left the Army. He received health coverage from the VA, but my mom, my sister, and I did not have health insurance most of my growing up years. Thankfully, I learned repeatedly throughout my childhood that God is the Great Physician and that one of his names is Jehovah-Rophe, meaning the Lord who heals you. As an adult, I have also gone without health insurance a great deal: during college, for most of the time between college and law school, as a young attorney with a young family when running my own law practice, and twice when I was working for small, private law firms. As such, I am grateful that when I was a young man, my dad taught me about what he called “God’s Insurance” – found in Psalm 91.

Psalm 91 (NLT) states:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

He will cover you with his feathers.

            He will shelter you with his wings.

            His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.

Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.

            I will protect those who trust in my name.

When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.

            I will rescue and honor them.

I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” (Emphasis added)

Conditions Precedent

In three different verses in this psalm, the Spirit of God (the author of all Scripture) mentions a phrase or word that is inclusive of COVID-19: deadly disease, disease, and plague. Many of God’s promises in His Word are conditional. In Elementary Logic class in college and in my Contracts class in law school, I studied something called a condition precedent. A condition precedent is simply the “if” in an “if-then” statement. The Bible is full of condition precedents. In Psalm 91, the condition precedent to God’s promise that no plague will come near our homes is that we must make the Lord our refuge and our shelter. If we make the Lord our refuge, then we are entitled to His insurance benefits. His promise is conditional.

Hearing v. Obedience

So many times when we are in church services and hear sermons, we hear God’s Word and grow in head knowledge but not in experience, not in obedience. Hearing is not the same as believing. Hearing is not the same thing as obeying. Hearing is not the same thing as experiencing God’s promises. Neil Cole, a leader in the organic church movement, writes, “We in the Western church are educated beyond our obedience and more education is not the solution, we need more obedience.” In other words, we need to apply God’s Word in our lives so that we experience His truth – that is true wisdom. So how do we apply the promises in Psalm 91 to our lives and those around us?

Practical Steps to Apply Psalm 91 to Your Household

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 

- Ephesians 5:18-19

STEP 1: Read Psalm 91 again. Then meditate on it; ponder it. Think about the words and their meaning. Note if there are any conditions to the promises within the psalm.

STEP 2: Read Psalm 91 to your family aloud. Don’t hog all the reading to yourself. Learn to involve others by giving them a chance to participate in the reading. If you have a family, divide the Psalm into the same number of parts as the number of people in your family. (For example, if your family has 4 people in it, divide the 16 total verses of the psalm by 4 so that each person gets to read 4 verses.)

STEP 3: Discuss the passage with your family. Ask them questions based on the Psalm – questions like:

  1. What does this passage teach us about God?
  2. What does God require of us to receive these promises?
  3. What does refuge mean? How about shelter?
  4. What is your favorite part of this passage and why? (this is one of my favorite questions for Bible readings)
  5. Is anything in this passage “jumping out” at you?
  6. How can you apply this passage to your life over the next week?

STEP 4: Personalize the passage or pray your way through the passage, using the first person or inserting a family member’s name throughout the reading. Here’s an example from verses 8 and 9 of personalizing the passage by replacing the second person with the first person:

“If we (you) make the Lord our refuge, if we (you) make the Most High our (your) shelter, no evil will conquer us (you); no plague will come near our (your) home.”

Or here is an example of praying through the passage:

“Lord, I make You my refuge; Most High, I make you my shelter. I receive Your promises that no evil will conquer me and no plague will come near my home.”

STEP 5: Ask your family members to pick out one of the “if-then” statements with a promise and then ask each person how he or she will practice meeting that condition during the next week.

Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine

It is interesting to me that “91” is “19” in reverse. If you want to reverse the rise of COVID-19, just flip the numbers to “91”. If we flip the numbers and apply Psalm 91 to our own lives and our households during this global crisis, the Lord will protect us from the COVID-19. And we can stand in the gap and intercede for our cities, states, and nations. Recently, I was thinking about whether Psalm 91 could be analogized to an antidote, but very quickly I realized that an “antidote” is not a good analogy since antidotes are for people after-the-fact, after they are poisoned (not before). God’s promise that plagues won’t come near our homes is preventative rather than after-the-fact. Instead, God’s promises in Psalm 91 are like vaccinations – something one uses ahead of time to protect from disease. f

In his article “The Gifted Teacher”, Neil Cole writes:

Getting the message right is only a quarter of the task for the teacher. Communicating the message so that others understand the content only brings the teacher to half of his or her role. Seeing the content applied well in the listener's context is another 25% of the task of the teacher. Yet this only brings the teacher to 75% fulfillment of the task. 75% on an exam is barely passing, and certainly not a success. How can a teacher get to 100%? The only way a teacher can fulfill one hundred percent of the call of the teacher is by releasing the learners to fulfill the task of the teacher themselves with other people!

When you are starting to pass the content on to others is when you have learned the content on its fullest level. To teach others best you must see the process through until the learners become the teachers.[1]

If Neil Cole is right, then we really have only fully learned Psalm 91 when we pass it on to others.

People are ready to hear about God’s vaccine – PS 91. Everyday across the world, people are keeping abreast of the daily news, whether through tv, social media, or newspapers. People are reading about infection rates, shortages, quarantines, and death stats.

Yesterday, I was at a supplement store and made a purchase. I’ve known the owner of the store for about 10 years now – I’ll call him Bob. I don’t think Bob’s born again, but he believes in God. We started talking about the coronavirus and its spread. Before leaving, I told Bob that the Scripture contains a vaccine for COVID-19 … and that it is found in Psalm 91. That is pretty much all I said. I may have mentioned that there are some conditions to the vaccine. I then left the store. Before driving away, I called my wife. She asked me to get one more item in the store. So I went back inside. When I arrived at the counter, I was surprised to see that on Bob’s computer screen, he had Psalm 91 pulled up. Less than 4 minutes after I told him about God’s vaccine for COVID-19, Bob dug it up on the web on his own and was reading it. He even complained that his computer didn’t have printing capability. He was hungry for preventative medicine.

Right now, there is a global concern about the pandemic of COVID-19 to the extent that governments and individuals are taking radical action: closing businesses, working from home, quarantining, practicing social distancing, testing, etc. And we, wanderers in the Way, have the vaccine. Help reverse the curse. Turn COVID-19 on its head by vaccinating your household with PS 91. Then freely distribute the vaccine to others. Tell others of His promises found in Psalm 91.

-        written by E.M. McCrum, an ordinary Jesus-follower, on March 19, 2020

Joshua & His Committee: Running Blind

by JRP Ministry Staff on 03/24/20

The latest video regarding people committing the sin of presumption in the Bible: Joshua & His Committee - Running Blind. Not just good information, but essential to keep at the forefront of our thinking in this new season. What happened to Joshua and his committee is a grave warning to us.

https://youtu.be/Gk1ooJHJD_g


Mark Biteler

The Judgments of the Lord are Released With Purpose

by JRP Ministry Staff on 03/21/20

The judgments released from the Lord are designed to bring us to repentance.  He has sounded His alarm!  The time has come to turn to Him and cast off the lukewarmness that has infected our hearts.  It is time for the Church to align with what the Holy Spirit is doing and saying.  The Lord is shaking the heavens and the earth.

More judgments will be released from the Lord.  This is but the beginning.  Why won't we turn back to the Lord now.  The Lord says, "Woe to those who stand against Me Lord in the day of My wrath."

Only those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty (Ps 91:1).  The Lord's protection is entirely conditional upon our obedience, not our Christian label.  Just because we call ourselves Christian does not automatically mean we will be protected from what has and will be released in the earth.  The Lord is not obligated to protect the rebellious.

To leaders, the Lord says, "Change or perish!"  We must allow the Holy Spirit in and surrender our agenda.  Seek the Lord while He may be found!

Daniel 9:13–14 (NASB95) 
13 “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth. 14 “Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice. 

Mark Biteler

Prophetic Bulletin: The Lord is Shaking the Heavens & the Earth

by JRP Ministry Staff on 03/13/20

I saw the Lord standing upon the earth with a Thompson sub-machine gun (made infamous by both criminal syndicates and law enforcement during the era of prohibition; it was also the weapon of choice in robbing banks), firing down upon the nations.  The interpretation is that the Lord is taking the wealth of the nations.  He is doing this with great purpose.

I then saw the financial and economic connections between nations rolling up and being disconnected; this will bring severe economic hardship to the peoples of many nations, if not all.  The first example/model of this is the economic ties that the Lord intends to break between the U.S. and China.  The judgment that has come in the form of the Coronavirus/Covid-19, that has brought economic havoc to that nation, is what the Lord is rolling out to the nations.  The Lord’s intention is to bring the government of China to its knees and turn to Him.  It is also His intention to bring the nations to the Lord through His judgments.

To understand what is coming, we should be watching what the Lord is doing in China.  What the Lord has released, and will release, upon China is a warning to the United States as to what is coming if we do not repent.  The Lord is firing a warning shot across our bow.

As the people of the nations cry out to the Lord for deliverance, He will bring economic restoration, but not without leaders relying on the Lord for revelation as to what they should do.  Man’s wisdom and the wisdom of the world will not save a nation from economic chaos and judgment.  The Lord has already planned on the restoration of the nations even though judgment is being released, but reliance and obedience to His Holy Spirit will be required.

 The restoration the Lord intends to bring is a holistic revival; it will be multi-dimensional including salvations, healings, miracles, restoration of economies, etc. 

As the Church aligns with the Holy Spirit and repents of its rebellion, many Christians will be given authority over great wealth for the purpose of ministering the Gospel.  With great resources comes great responsibility to follow the Holy Spirit in the administration of the wealth He is entrusting them with.  This will be the fulfillment of Haggai 2:6-9 (NASB) –

6 “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.7 ‘I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. 8 ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts. 9 ‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give peace,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”

The Church will be entrusted with great wealth to reach the nations with the Gospel.  The Lord intends to use the Church to bring the resources needed to minister to the spiritual and practical needs of the nations to demonstrate His love for the world.

 

As the financial and economic situation becomes severe and desperate, He will bring the supplies that are needed.

 

This is a time of incredible opportunity for the Church to align with the Holy Spirit and to come under His glory.  Obedience in this hour is critical, for the Lord is not obligated to protect rebellious Church leaders or Christians who are bent on doing their own thing without the counsel of the Lord.

 

As we align with the Lord, asking for spiritual eyes to see what the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, is doing the Lord will reveal His plans and strategies for us.  As we cry out to the Lord for ears to hear what He is saying, He will bring the revelation needed during the dangerous and perilous times that He has proclaimed were to come upon the earth and are now here.

 

Please refer to our website for a historical overview of what the Lord has been revealing to me since 1996 and especially since 2013.  The revelations include prophecies concerning the judgment He was bringing to China that would have a ripple effect around the world.

 

May the Lord give us eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church!  The time is now for Church leaders to repent of doing ministry the way they think they should conduct ministry.  Following the Holy Spirit, being sensitive to His promptings and allowing Him to flow like a River in and through His Church is absolutely necessary; there is no Plan B. 

 

Heaven is sounding an alarm!  His message is simple to pastors and Church leaders – “Change or Perish!”

 

Mark Biteler

Martha, Do You Know…You are in the Way

by JRP Ministry Staff on 03/10/20

There are interesting points one can observe about Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus. 

In Luke 10, she is attempting to pull Mary away from Jesus, demanding that He instruct her to help serve, yet there is nothing more important than sitting at Jesus' feet in simple devotion.

In John 11, she is attempting to keep Jesus from raising the dead, her own brother, even though she called Him into what was a desperate situation.  A word to the wise: when you call Jesus into a situation to raise the dead (physical or spiritual), don't attempt to tell Him how to do His business.  The best course of action is to get out of His way and do what He tells you to do. 

In either case, Martha represents the religious.  The religious attempt to pull people away from their simple devotion to Jesus, demanding they "get busy", or they attempt to obstruct Jesus from getting to those who need Him the most, with their rational and worldly arguments as to why certain things can’t be or shouldn’t be done.  For the religious its far better to simply let the dead remain dead.  The stone that must be rolled away is deep in the heart of the religious.

The funny thing about those who are steeped in religion is that they tend to think they know what's best when it comes to revival.  They want control of the Lord and the people who need Him; they want revival their way.

The dangerous issue about Martha is not that she was so busy, "worried and bothered about so many things", as the Lord points out (Luke 10:41), but that she attempted to keep people away from the Lord.  Well-meaning Martha’s are praying for revival in many churches, but they will never see it if they don’t decide to allow the Lord to be exactly who He is in His Church.

Mark Biteler

China: Judgment will Quickly Escalate

by JRP Ministry Staff on 02/25/20

{Note:  It is with a very heavy heart that I am releasing this prophetic word concerning China that I received on February 20, 2020.  Please pray that the leaders in China would turn to the Lord and surrender to Him.  I submit this word to the Church.} 

In a vision I saw the Emperor’s palace in China.  There was a wall with three doors and on the far left a man, who appeared to be a Chinese government official, declared, “We do not have any answers!  Bow the knee to the Lord!”  This will be the direct result of the judgments the Lord will bring with increasing intensity.

The first judgment the Lord has released is the coronavirus/Covid-19.  The second judgment He will release will be incrementally more severe.  The third will by exponentially more severe than the previous two.  This third judgment will bring the nation of China to its knees before the Lord; the government will declare openly that they do not have any answers or solutions for the judgments the Lord has brought upon the country.

The Lord’s purpose in doing this is to tear the spiritual veil, revealing who He is to that nation. 

The financial and economic sector controlled by corrupt men will be systematically dismantled and demolished.  I saw a building representing the financial and economic systems within China full of cracks from top to bottom.  There appeared to be left, middle and right portions or sections of the building.  The Lord would work from left to right and I saw Him begin at the upper-left corner of the building.  The sense I had was that He would remove the building, piece by piece.  Underneath the building was a vault where the wealth of China was stored.  The Lord stood in that section of the building giving directions to angels for them to remove the wealth that would be used by the Church.

What the Lord is doing and will do in China is a warning to the nations.

Jesus will then reveal to the Chinese government why He has dismantled the nation through His judgments.  He will let them know that He has taken control, and what they must do for Him to bring restoration.  Restoration from the Lord for China will be conditional.  He will help the people in China and will not leave them helpless.

All of this is coming sooner than we think.

Mark Biteler

Lessons from King Saul's Life

by JRP Ministry Staff on 02/21/20

Saul was called and anointed of the Lord.
His life was changed and he experienced the power of the Holy Spirit.
He was given a father in the Lord who was a powerful prophet with wise counsel.
He would not hearken diligently to the Lord’s commands.
He feared people more than the Lord.
He built a monument to himself and his accomplishments.
His sin of presumption in attempting to act as a priest, ultimately led to his downfall.
He was habitually disobedient which resulted in opening himself up to an evil spirit and wickedness taking over his life.
He fought against the Lord’s anointed and His will.
He was guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, murdered 85 priests, exterminated the inhabitants of Nob, consulted a medium and then committed suicide.
What can we learn from this?
We would do well not to follow “leaders” who are bent on living a life of presumption and disobedience; it is impossible for the Lord to protect those who do.  In the end he was overrun by his and the Lord's enemies.

1 Samuel 31:6 (NASB95)

6 Thus Saul died with his three sons, his armor bearer, and all his men on that day together.


1 Samuel 31:8–10 (NASB95)

8 It came about on the next day when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 They cut off his head and stripped off his weapons, and sent them throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to the house of their idols and to the people. 10 They put his weapons in the temple of Ashtaroth, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.


Mark Biteler

China, Judgment & the United States 02.14.20

by JRP Ministry Staff on 02/15/20

Please view and consider sharing my latest video regarding China and the coronavirus.  

https://www.facebook.com/joshuarevivalproject/videos/2601208319978539/

Mark Biteler

Video Discussion Regarding China, Judgment & the Coronavirus

by JRP Ministry Staff on 02/08/20

Please find the video link below to my discussion regarding a prophetic revelation concerning judgment coming to China and the Coronavirus.

https://www.facebook.com/joshuarevivalproject/videos/222810178716489/?eid=ARBrZD8RZ7rZY5XDNFo8CWLR7wlGTsnSUN7txtYHGt9nR3zivWfBAZG8_ytJYL1rduCd16rDqNQHGlM8

The Lord isn't playing games like the Church.

Mark Biteler

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