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Matthew 16:13-18 TPT

When Jesus came to Caesaria Philippi, he asked his disciples this question: “What are the people saying about Me, the Son of Man? Who do they believe that I am?”

They answered, “Some are convinced that you are John the Baptizer, reincarnated, or Jeremiah, 01 of the prophets.”

“But you- who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked.

Simon Peter spoke up and said, “You are the anointed one, the son of the living God!”

Jesus replied, “You are favoured and privileged Simeon, son of Jonah! For you didn't discover this on your own, but my father in heaven has supernaturally revealed to you.

I give you the name Peter, stone. And this rock will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build my church my legislative assembly and the power of death will not be able to overpower it!” (The gates of hell)

What isn't immediately noticed is that Jesus and his disciples actually went out of their way to go to Caesarea Philippi. Approximately 30 miles out of their way! But it was obviously a very important diversion.

Caesarea Philippi was a Pagan Roman stronghold. Known as the ‘Gates of Hades’ because of all the worship of Pan, idolatry, debauchery and darkness. It was most likely Jesus’ visual description to his disciples of just how bad the state of the world was in their time. It didn't get much worse than what went on in Caesarea Philippi. In fact, it would make our modern-day Hollywood, Davos, and some cities in the world look like something out of Home Beautiful.

But here he asked the question to his disciples, and Simon, bless him, came out with the revelation that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God.

I pause and think about this; perhaps there was deathly silence when Jesus asked this question, a lot of shuffling of feet, folding arms and looking at one another as if to say well what are you going to do? I don't think anyone would have wanted to be the first to answer.

We are all asked at some point, “Who do you say that I am?” It must be a personal reality in our lives. You see, nobody can answer that question for us.

I'd like to recommend the book by Dean Briggs ‘Ekklesia Rising’ and would encourage you to take a read. How much we have missed form the original meaning of this text!

Jesus said, “You are favoured and privileged Simeon, son of Jonah, for you didn't discover this on your own but my father in heaven has supernaturally revealed it to you I give you the name Peter, a stone. And this rock will be the bedrock foundation on which i will build my church my legislative assembly (Ekklesia)

Some denominations say that Peter was the Rock Jesus was referring to; but this is not the case. In context, the rock is not Peter but the revelation he received from the father that Jesus is the Christ. Upon this principle, this truth, Jesus being the son of God was the rock upon which the church would be built.

But what happens when we take it a step further in research to discover that verse 18 does not truly interpret correctly the words of Jesus.

The Greek word for church is Ekklesia means legislative assembly or selected ones. This is not a religious term at all common, but a political and governmental term that is used many times in classical Greek for a group of people who have been summoned and gathered together to govern the affairs of a city. For Jesus to use this term means he is giving the keys of governmental authority in his Kingdom to the church!

When we delve into the history and writing of the King James version of the Bible, it's revealed that the word Ekklesia was highly unpopular and discounted from use by King James himself. He believed it was an affront to his kingship. Thus, in an early form of censorship it was changed to the word Kirk. It's not a poor translation, but a mistranslation of the original language, according to Dean Briggs. “There is no way around it: the Greek word Ekklesia means something more and different than the English word church; the gap is meaningful and real.”

There are many Christians who believe that we should just quietly pray about the state of our countries, and the culture war taking place everywhere we look.

There are those who think keeping quiet will somehow stem the tide of evil at them; keep our heads below the parapet so we don’t draw enemy fire.

BUT should we consider Jesus’s words in the light of this revelation I just explained? Then can we look at Luke 10 17-24, (TPT) and experience a Light Bulb moment, and understand our authority to pray in a new depth?

Dean Briggs calls this a ‘prayerdigm shift’

The Seventy Return.

When the 70 missionaries returned to Jesus, they were ecstatic with joy, telling Him, “Even the demons obeyed us when we commanded them in your name!”

Jesus replied, “While you were ministering, I watched satan topple until he fell suddenly from heaven like lightning to the ground. Now you understand that I have imparted you my authority to trample over his Kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power satan possessed. Absolutely nothing will harm you as you walk in this authority. However, your real source of joy isn't merely that these spirits submit your authority, but that your names are written in the journals of heaven and that you belong to God's Kingdom. This is your true source of your authority.”

Then Jesus, overflowing with the Holy Spirit’s joy, exclaimed, “Father thank You, for You are Lord supreme over heaven and earth! You have hidden the great revelation of this authority from those who are proud, those wise in their own eyes, and You have shared with these who have humbled themselves. Yes, Father. This is what pleases Your heart: to give these things to those who are like trusting children.

“Father, you have entrusted me with all that you have. No one fully knows the Son except the Father and no one fully knows the Father except the Son. But the son is able to reveal the Father to anyone He chooses."

When Jesus was alone with the 12, He said to them, “You are privileged to see and hear all these things. Many kings and prophets of old longed to see these days of miracles that you've been favoured to see. They would have given everything to hear the revelation you've been favoured to hear. They didn't get to see or even hear a whisper.”

Perhaps you would like an Old Testament scripture for cross reference.

Isaiah 9: 6-7. (Amp) For unto us a child is born….and the GOVERNMENT will be upon His shoulder….of the greatness of His Government and peace there will be no end…

I started off this article asking us the question: “Who do you say that I am?”

Now it’s time to ask another question: “Who does HE say that WE are?”

The obvious follow up to the latter is, are we, His Ekklesia, aware of the answer and are we walking in this calling and authority?


This excellent and thought provoking piece was written by Leonie Robson. Leonie is a Christian singer songwriter and together with her husband Ivan, are contestants of the Firstfruits Music Awards.

To check out their YouTube channel, ‘The Latter Rain’, please visit:

WARNING – This could impact the way you see scripture. Only the brave should watch!!

What you are about to view will blow your mind.

Tom Bradford, Founder and CEO of Torah Class has kindly provided Firstfruits Music Awards with permission to post this lecture extract from Matthew episode 24.

Highly recommend that you check out Torah Class, their biblical teaching is first rate!

Article submitted by Firstfruits Music Awards song contestant Leonie Robson. In addition, Leonie is a writer for the Daily Declaration ( ), an Australian Christian publication.

Jonathan Cahn: Prophetic Voice In The Coming Wilderness of Deception

The Lord spoke to me a week or so ago; He said, “There is a turning taking place.” I asked Him what he meant. I was led to 2 Timothy 4.

We shouldn’t be surprised by what the Lord says to us, and how He dovetails His messages and meanings into a narrative blind Freddy could see; yet in my human frailty, it still leaves me gob smacked.

Just a few days before, He reminded me of the necessity and urgency to ‘Preach the Word, in season and out of season’ *regardless of the consequences.

I believe the Turning He was referring to is found in 2 Tim 4:3-5. Amp.

3. For the time is coming when people will not tolerate endure sound and wholesome instruction, but having ears itching for something pleasing and gratifying, they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,

4. And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.

5. As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist; fully perform all the duties of your ministry.

Having just read these words I looked to the top of the chapter and behold, here were the verses He spoke to me about only days before.

1. I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ who is the judge of the living and the dead, and by in the light of his coming and his Kingdom:

2. Herald and preached the word! Keep your sense of urgency, stand by, be at hand and ready, whether the opportunity seems to be favourable or unfavourable, whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it be welcome or unwelcome, you, as preacher of the word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong and convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.

To me the ministry of Jonathan Cahn exemplifies this. Here he speaks on the Pope. He doesn’t hold back. He speaks of this ‘Turning’ The video link I have provided shows how very strong Cahn is; he’s quite fearless. Ought we not be so?

I first became aware of Jonathan Cahn watching a Christian channel. He had a series running calling called ‘The Book of Mysteries.’ What I heard and saw in his teaching was truly astonishing and opened the word of God, intermingled with Hebrew meanings that are so key, yet not understood by mainstream Christianity. To put it bluntly, most clergy would not have a clue of the things he teaches.

So, what happens when you really appreciate an author? Why, you look for other things he is written. This opened a journey for me and my husband into prophetic insights explained by Jonathan in a narrative that is quite unique, yet so easily understood. We have gone through all his books, with the exception of the last one, the ‘Josiah Manifesto’; believe me, that's our next purchase!

All Best Sellers, but who is Jonathan Cahn?

‘Jonathan Cahn is a Messianic Jewish Rabbi and Pastor best known for his bestselling novel ‘The Harbinger.’ His next four books were also New York Times bestsellers. Long before writing these books, he was known for opening the deep mysteries of scripture and bringing forth messages of prophetic import. He leads ‘Hope of the World,’ an international outreach of the word, teaching, and compassion projects for the needy around the world. Called the prophetic voice of his generation, Cahn is a much sought after speaker of international renown.’

The Harbinger

I won't be giving any spoilers, take heart. The dust jacket proclaims, ‘is it possible… that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of the world's future? That this mystery is behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That God is now sending us a prophetic message on which the future hangs?’

Written in a narrative that comes over like a novel, it's an intriguing read; however, when one looks at each notation at the end of the chapter the full portent of his words come into play. Every reference in the chapter is based on truth and real time events. To me and my husband it was a shock and quite confronting to say the least! Lots of ‘Are you serious?’ Moments.

The Paradigm

‘Is it possible that there exists an ancient master blueprint that holds the secret behind the events of our times?

Could this blueprint lie behind the rise and fall of leaders and governments?

Could events that took place nearly 3,000 years ago now be determining the course of our world and with it the course of our lives?

Could ancient figures from the Middle East hold the key to the leaders of our own day, what they do, when they rise, and when they fall?

Is it possible that this ancient paradigm has determined not only the events of our modern times but also their timing-even down to the exact dates?’

How's that for a teaser? Be prepared to be stunned.

The Oracle

‘The Jubilee and mysteries unveiled. Embark on an epic journey to meet the man known as the Oracle and unlock the seven doors of revelations. Each door will open up a stream of mysteries in which you'll discover secrets from the past, present, and future.

A mystery that birthed in a Middle Eastern desert over 3,000 years ago that is now determining the events of our day.

A secret that connects some of the most famous people of modern times to what took place in ancient times-even a modern President of the United States.

An ancient revelation that pinpoints the happening of modern times down to the years, the months, and even the dates.

What is now taking place in the world, what is yet to come and where it will all lead and so much more’.

The Harbinger 2

Written in the backdrop on the covid pandemic, Cahn reintroduces the principal character of The Harbinger, Nouriel.

With the same amazing notations, quotes from Senators, statesmen and Presidents, there truly are not coincidences in God.

‘Is the shaking that has come up on the world a sign, a judgement, or a warning of things to come?

Could the global pandemic, 9/11, the financial collapse, and other shakings or be joined together as part of an ancient mystery?

Is that ancient mystery determining the events of our time, and does it reveal the secret of our future? And what does it reveal about judgement and how much time is left?

The Harbinger caused the worldwide stir; Harbinger 2 goes even further and reveals what could not be revealed until now…’

If you're not on Amazon or down at your local Koorong (Australia) book shop by now, keep saving because it's going to be worth it.

The Return Of The Gods

When we read this book, the truth and spiritual realities of the Trans push came glaringly into focus!

Ever heard of Stonewall? Perhaps if you're an American you would have but I certainly had not. It's a spiritual epicentre of the shifting of American culture and the rise of what we now know as the LGBTQ I plus agendas.

‘Jonathan Cahn's most explosive book ever. Is it possible that behind what is happening to America and the world lies a mystery hidden in the ancient inscriptions of the Middle East?

Is it possible that the ancient entities known as the gods have returned to our world? In the return of the gods Jonathan takes you on a journey from ancient Sumeria, Assyria, and Babylonia to find the puzzle pieces that explain what is now taking place before our eyes.

* Could the mystery of the gods have determined the exact days on which some of the most crucial Supreme Court decisions have been handed down?’

Get your head around that one!

I think you'll agree that we live in a time where how eyes and our ears have to be opened in the natural and the spiritual.

I highly recommend these books to you and ask that you take the time to read them. I haven't included the ‘Josiah Manifesto’ as I haven't purchased it yet but believe me, I will!

Thank you to my beautiful friend Bev Terry who loaned me some of these books that started me on a journey, an incredible journey….

Will you join me?

This excellent and thought provoking piece was written by Leonie Robson. Leonie is a Christian singer songwriter and together with her husband Ivan, are contestants of the Firstfruits Music Awards.

To check out their YouTube channel, ‘The Latter Rain’, please visit:

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