"After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:1-2)
The Lord is going to send a mighty harvest in the days to come. The harvest belongs to the Lord and the battle too. It is His harvest and He needs His laborers. Jesus sent two by two laborers ahead of Him before He could go to that place.
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10)
When the laborers go, God will make them prophesy and as they prophesy, Jesus will come into that city, state and country. That is why God has given you a heart for God’s ministry. Because you love God more than anything else in this world, God has chosen you. As you go, you shall see nations opening up. We need to pray today that God should send more laborers.
How God will raise an army of prophets and prayer intercessors?
When God called David and made him ruler over Judah and Israel, He sent the laborers to him. Amasai had a group of 30 under him. He was under David and he prophesied by the Holy Spirit and blessed David. The Bible says that everyday men came as such to help David until he had a great army (I Chronicles 12:18 & 22). David had an army of prophets and they were mighty warriors too. Amasai, who joined David knew that God’s hand was upon David and that he was destined to succeed. We need to pray so, “Lord we need prayer warriors who are also prophets.” God is raising you up with that same grace.
I want to show you two people whom God chose and shook the world. God called them together. We see Barnabas. The Bible says that Joses, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet (Acts 4:36). This is what happens when you are called for God’s ministry. Barnabas didn’t want to do ministry all by himself. The Bible says that when Paul went to Jerusalem, he tried to join with the disciples but they were afraid of him, and didn’t believe that he really was a disciple. It was Barnabas, who introduced Paul to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and had spoken to him and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus” (Acts 9:26-27).
God gives the teaching ministry
"Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul." (Acts 11:29,30)
For a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught a great number of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. When Paul and Barnabas were brought together, Christians were born (Acts 11:26). God gave them a teaching ministry. Until then they were Jews. But after these two people went and taught at Antioch, God brought them under a banner called “Christians”- a new breed of people. At that time when Herod was persecuting the people of God, Paul and Barnabas were bringing funds for the people. When they placed their foot in Jerusalem, the angel of God rose up and hit Herod. Just after their mission was over they went to Antioch. Their mission was to enter Jerusalem and the angel of God to hit the enemy of the gospel (Acts 12:21-24). As soon as their mission was over, they left immediately. God is going to give such power to those whom He sends by two. When people enter into a city or country in two's, you will see enemies falling down. The door will open for the preaching of the gospel.
As they go two by two, and if anyone opposes the gospel, God will remove the obstacle. Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). The evil powers over every city and country shall fall. That is why God is sending them two by two. If two of you agree, it will be agreed by the Father in heaven (Matthew 18:19) and that is the grace that God is giving us. Two people will teach all over the world, and they will bring offerings for the ministry. Then they will bring about the fall of the evil ones and the evil power from their position. Then God takes these two to the next level.
Prophets with the prophetical anointing
The Bible says, “In the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul" (Acts 13:1). God made Barnabas and Saul prophets and that's the next stage. God will make those who go "two by two" as prophets. What does the prophetical anointing do? Firstly, it makes the power of Satan fall in every city and country. Secondly, the leadership will be made righteous. Thirdly, churches will be formed and fourthly, servants of God will rise up. Many others will become servants of God through them.
The apostolic anointing
Then God takes Paul and Barnabas to the fifth level. The Bible says “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away” (Acts 13:2,3).
At a fasting prayer meeting on October 2nd 1994, God spoke about how He had chosen me for ministry and He anointed me that day. It was prophesied by a prayer warrior and my father interpreted it. God granted me a double portion of the gifts and the grace that was upon my father. Since then did the gifts of the Holy Spirit started to operate in me.
Nothing to lack
The Bible says that with great power, the apostles continued to testify the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all, that there were no needy persons among them; for from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them and, brought the money from the sales (Acts 4:33,34,35). This is going to be the future and there shall be no shortage in the ministry. All the people who go in two’s will be filled up to the brim. It is not that they sacrifice something and go but they shall have no shortage. God shall provide everything to the people in two's. Jesus asked his disciples, “When I sent you two by two, did you lack anything?” They said “No, Lord, nothing was lacking” (Luke 22:35). God is going to prosper his people. Those who have two houses will sell one house and give it to the ministry to prepare the world for the second coming of Jesus. There shall be nothing lacking for those who serve Jesus.
Signs and wonders
When Paul and Barnabas went together, the Bible says, “At Iconium, Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. Yet, Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of His grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders (Acts 14:1-3). Signs, wonders and miracles will follow as never before in the cities, which never knew about Jesus. A lame man was sitting as Paul was preaching. He was a cripple from birth and he could not walk. Paul looked at him and said, “Stand up straight on your feet” and immediately that man got up, and walked. The whole city came to listen to him (Acts 14:8-10). Signs and wonders would follow as never before. When the next Sabbath day came, almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of God and those who honored the sign of God followed him. The people who never knew God before, honored God.
The Gentiles heard the Word of God and those appointed for eternal life believed. The Bible says that the news of how the gentiles transformed, made the disciples filled with joy (Acts 15:3). All these three types of people; people who honored God, the Gentiles who never knew God and the people called as disciples touched by God. The whole city came to listen to them. Such will be the move of God in the coming days through the people anointed and sent around the world.
Apostles around the nation
God will anoint people and send them as apostles around the nation. The Bible says, “When they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch…"(Acts 14:21). The two whom God anoints, will bring forth disciples and elders who will continue the ministry that God starts. We shall stand where God has called us as evangelists with the added grace of prophetical and apostolic anointing. The Bible says,
“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:57-62).
The Lord says, “Let the dead bury the dead.” There is no time to look after your own personal pleasures and desires. This is not the time to look back. After you have put your hands on the plow, you have to go forward. You have to go with Him. That is what the call of Christ is. That is what Jesus expects from the laborers. Only those, who have won souls for Jesus Christ will be taken by Him in His second coming.
When Jesus comes back, who will He take to heaven? Only those who have brought five more talents from the five talents given to them and only those who bring two more talents with the two talents given to them will be taken to Heaven. He/she that wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30). You win souls and it comes into your account, which is your treasure in heaven. When Jesus comes, you will be ready; Jesus will be ready and to tell you “Well done, thou faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Master for you have been faithful in small things” (Matthew 25:20-23). Unless a person brings souls into heaven, he cannot and will not be taken into heaven when Jesus comes back. What happens to those who do not bring souls? He will just say, “Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30; 24:51). When Jesus comes, He takes those who have won souls for His kingdom. All those who are saved but did not win souls will be left behind.
Let us continue to pray, win souls and bring laborers into God’s ministry. As you pray and bring laborers, every soul that is won through those laborers will be written into your account in heaven. We will have multiple returns. Pray that God should send laborers who will prophesy and do His ministry. God will send laborers not only from your place but from all around the world. There shall be nothing lacking for anybody. God is sending that blessing right now. Nothing will be lacking in ministry.