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You Shall Be Rebuilt in 2018
Sadhu Sundar Selavarj

I had several visitations during the month of December 2017 where the Lord Jesus spoke to me concerning various things about the year 2018. During the first visitation, which happened on the morning of December 12, 2017, I was called up before the Lord’s presence.

The Lord handed me a golden cloth-like parchment scroll. When I took the scroll, I saw the scriptural text: ISAIAH 49:17 emblazoned on it in red. I asked the Lord what this meant.  The Lord said, “This is the Word of promise I am giving to My people.”

THE PROMISE
“Your sons shall make haste; Your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you.”
This is the Word of Promise for you: They who destroyed you, they who wasted you, shall go away—shall be removed from you—in this New Year.
When I read this Scripture in several other translations of the Bible I found something very interesting.

  1. The Living Bible: “Soon your rebuilders shall come and chase away all those destroying you.”
  2. Message Bible: “Your builders are faster than your wreckers. The demolition crews are gone for good.”

If you put these translations together the combined meaning is: Whatever you have built last year or the previous years, evil people have destroyed. Have you seen buildings been pulled down and destroyed? The act of pulling down a building is called demolition. So God is saying to you: Those who destroyed you, those who demolished whatever you had built, every one of them, are going to be removed far from your life for good. “For good” means forever—you will never see them again in your life.

All throughout 2018, claim this promise. God is going to rebuild your life, rebuild your broken marriage, rebuild your broken career, rebuild your broken church, rebuild your broken ministry, rebuild your broken self-esteem and rebuild your broken reputation. God is going to rebuild you again in 2018.

The wealth you lost will be restored back to you. The property you lost will be restored back to you. The good name—the reputation—that you lost will be restored back to you. The health that you lost will be restored back to you.

EXEGESIS OF ISAIAH 49:17
Let’s examine this Word of Promise very closely. You will find five important words and phrases in this promise. Let’s look at them one by one.

1. Children—Rebuilders: The children will come, that’s the first word that we find in this Promise. Who are the children? They are the rebuilders.

As I was delivering this Word on January 1, 2018, I saw a vision. Many angels were stationed around you. The Bible says that God sends angels to minister to the heirs of salvation (Heb 1:14). You are an heir of salvation. So angels are stationed around your life to rebuild you.

I heard the chief among this group of angles stationed to rebuild you say, “There is only one thing they need to do – they need to totally surrender their life to the Eternal God. Don’t stubbornly hold on to the past. Don’t go back to the past to look for it. Ask God to rebuild you anew.”

I then saw a half-finished church. A pastor was trying to build the church. The church’s wall was only a few feet high. The floor had not yet been covered with cement. There was sand everywhere. The pastor was standing in the center of the doorway of his church, wondering how he will build it. I saw angels standing all around the unfinished church building. They have been sent by God to help you rebuild it.

2. Make haste: The word, make haste in Hebrew is mahar meaning: to be liquid or flow easily, to hurry. What does this mean? If something is in the form of a powder, when you try to pour it out, it comes out slowly. The same goes for solid things, like grain or rice. When you try to pour them out they will fall grain by grain. But if you pour out liquid from a bucket, all of it will come out at once—it will happen very quickly.

This is what God will do for you in 2018. Those who destroyed and those who wasted you will hurriedly leave you. They are not going to leave your life slowly – they will make haste and go away from you.

3. Destroyers: The word destroyers in Hebrew is haras, meaning: to pull down or in pieces, break or destroy. Destroyers are those who have pulled you down, those who have broken you in pieces.

4. Made you waste. The word waste in Hebrew is charav, meaning: to parch (through drought), to desolate or kill.

What does this mean? Let me explain to you this way. When it does not rain and the sun shines continuously on a dry ground, eventually, the land will become parched and break up because of drought. The land than becomes a wasted land. You cannot sow anything on it. That’s how your life has been made by the wasters. The wasters have made your life and the things in your life to be like a parched land.

5. Go forth. That phrase in Hebrew is yatsa meaning: to go out.

If we put all these phrases together, this is what we can understand from them: those who cause you to waste, those who plundered your money, either through cheating or through circumstances like bad health, will be removed from your midst. Secondly, those who sought to destroy you, they, too, will be removed far from your midst.

Let me give you one good example. We read in the Book of Esther concerning Haman who became very jealous of Mordecai. He always looked for ways to put Mordecai down. Then we read that this Haman, the very man who tried to destroy Mordecai’s reputation, was compelled by the king to honor Mordecai (Est 6:10-11).

After that, we read that Haman planned to kill Mordecai (Est 5:14). He made a very high (75 feet) gallows to hang Mordecai from. But Haman himself was hanged on the very gallows that he made for Mordecai. Mordecai never saw him again for the rest of his life.

This is what God will do for you in 2018. God will remove far away from your life all those who seek to destroy you, and those who seek to waste you. You will never see them again—Joel 2:20.

After removing the destroyers and the wasters from your life, God will then send people—rebuilders—who will build you up again. The destroying and the wasting could have taken place a long time in your life. But when God has purposed to rebuild you, that work of rebuilding God will do speedily, so that you will regain and redeem the lost years—Joel 2:25.

Consider this. The Hebrews served the Egyptians as slaves for 400 years. Slaves are not paid and do not get any vacation time. When they fall sick, they cannot claim medical leave. They cannot apply for leave and take their family for vacation. Slaves have no rights.

The Hebrews were under this heavy burden for 400 years (Gen 15:13; Acts 7:6). Then God decided to set them free (Ex 2:23-25). He sent a man called Moses – a rebuilder. God sent the prophet Moses to set the people free (Ex 3:10). When the Hebrews left Egypt, they did not go out empty-handed. In compensation for the centuries that had been wasted in hard labor, they received lots of gold, silver and precious stones (Ex 12:35-36).

Not only that. After several days of walking away from Egypt, a threat came chasing after them. The Egyptian army came chasing after them to enslave them again. All of them cried unto God. God told the prophet Moses that the Egyptians who destroyed them and who wasted them shall go out from them. The Hebrews would never see them again (Ex 14:13).

As the Egyptians were crossing the Red Sea, the sea that had opened up and made a way for the Hebrews to walk across came crashing down on the entire Egyptian army (Ex 14:5-9). The wasters and the destroyers were themselves destroyed and the Hebrews saw them no more for the rest of their lives (Ex 14:26-30).

Be of good cheer my dear brothers and sisters, my dear sons and daughters; God will do a wonderful good thing for you in this New Year.

HEBREW CALENDAR
The year 2018 corresponds to the year 5778 in the Hebrew calendar. The number 8 corresponds to the Hebrew letter chet. Chet is written with two long pillars and a line on the top connecting them. Chet signifies a fence or enclose. It also signifies an inner room; heart; private and separate enclosure.

How shall we understand this? Consider the passage in Mark 14:12-16.
12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, "Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?"
13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.
14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"'
15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us."
16 So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.

Just before the Lord Jesus was going to be crucified, He gave directions to His disciples where to look for a place to eat the Passover. The disciples found a place just as the Lord had told them. The place was well furnished and prepared.

What can we learn from this? Most Christians, expect to be caught up when the rapture happens. And most Christians desire to have a very intimate relationship with God. But is the inner room of your heart ready and furnished, prepared for the Lord to come in? Is the inner room of your heart, the private inner chamber of your heart, made ready for the Lord to come in?

The Bible says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20). Is the inner room of your heart prepared and furnished? When the angel blows the trumpet during the time of the rapture, only they who have had made themselves ready like a bride will be caught up and not everyone who claims to be a Christian (Rev 19:7).

Many church leaders and Christians will be disappointed that day. The Lord will come and take away, or rapture, His Bride. Many church leaders and Christians will be left behind. It’s not good enough just to simply argue about the timing of the rapture or the sequence of events surrounding it.

There are three different interpretations concerning the rapture. Most Christian leaders believe the rapture will take place before the Tribulation. Some believe the rapture will take place in the middle of the Tribulation. And a third group believes the rapture will take place after the Tribulation. These three groups are constantly fighting among themselves.

What is the use if your heart is not prepared and furnished for the Lord to come, even as you argue and debate concerning the timing of the rapture? What is the use if your heart is not ready like the Bride to meet the Bridegroom? All your knowledge and vain arguments are like the white-washed tombstones!
My dearly beloved brothers, sisters and fellow ministers of God, cast away all this fighting and put your house in order. That’s what the man who owned the house in Mark 14 did. He put his house in order by preparing and furnishing it, making it fit for the Lord God to come and dwell in.

PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER
How shall we do that? Prepare your house by cleaning it: throw away un-Christlike habits and character. Secondly, furnish your house by putting on certain things:
1. Put on the armor of light – Rom 13:12
2. Put on Christlikeness by not making provision for the lust of the flesh – Rom 13:14
3. Put on the new man who is created in righteousness and true holiness – Eph 4:24
4. Put on godliness, that is, Christlike character – Col 3:12,14.

There is another interesting fact about the letter chet. It looks like a doorway with two wooden posts, one on the right and the other on the left, with a header joining the two wooden posts. Chet, the eighth letter in the Hebrew alphabet, signifies new beginnings. If we connect these meanings together, it signifies: Put away your old lifestyle and enter through the doorway of new beginnings.

The Lord Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (Jn 10:9). When you put away all the old, new grace and new life, the true life, will be poured inside you. When you put away the old, a new doorway will be opened to you – a new doorway into the realms of God where you can have intimate relationship with God.

SLEDGEHAMMER
On December 29, 2017, as I was praying in the morning, the Lord Jesus Christ visited me. As He sat regally yet meekly on the sofa, I saw Him holding in His right hand a large sledgehammer. A sledgehammer is a tool with a large and heavy metal head attached to a wooden pole. 

An ordinary hammer is about a foot long, but a sledgehammer is about three to four feet long. An ordinary hammer is used to drive nails into wood or walls, but a sledgehammer is used to break and tear down walls. It is also used in demolition and to forcefully drive fence posts into the ground.

Holding the sledgehammer in His hand the Lord Jesus said, “I will break in pieces the abominable and deceptive works found amongst My people. Cast away the unwanted things and flee from them. Walk in a way that is pleasing before My Father.”

When I saw the sledgehammer in the Lord’s hand, I remembered a vision I saw in July of 2016. Together with Pastor Joseph Sweet, I was waiting at the Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight to Houston. As I waiting near the gate, I saw a mighty angel standing on my right side who had a large sledgehammer in his hand. He said he was going to use this hammer to strike the ground in California to cause a massive earthquake.

However, this time, the sledgehammer was not in the hand of an angel but in the hand of the Lord Jesus, who is the Head of the church (Eph 1:22; 5:23; Col 1:18). It is He Who now says, “I will break in pieces the abominable and deceptive works found amongst My people.” He is going to smash and break two kinds of works: abominations and deceptions.

I pondered deeply about the sledgehammer. A sledgehammer is used to knock down things that are concrete or rock solid. So, for the Lord to bring a sledgehammer and say that He will break in pieces the works of abomination and deception, must mean that these works and practises have become deeply ingrained and concrete-hard in His church and amongst His people.

Before the Lord Jesus Christ begins to break, He is admonishing us to cast away these works of abomination and deception voluntarily. Start walking before God with a perfect heart that is pleasing to the Father God. If we will not do it of our own free will, He will use a sledgehammer to break us to pieces.

My dearly beloved brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, let us humble ourselves and cast ourselves at the feet of the living God. Better for us to fall on the rock and be broken than for the rock to fall on us and crush us to powder.

TWO WITNESSES
While I was praying on the morning of December 12, 2017, I was caught up to heaven. Many people find it difficult to believe in such experiences. Many people, sometimes even deceived by misinformed ministers of God, make fun of such experiences. Many ill-informed ministers mock and ridicule them.

There is a proverb in the Indian language that goes like this: when the cat closes its eyes, it thinks that the whole world is darkened. Just because you may not have had such experiences, does not mean such experiences don’t exist. There are many scriptural proofs in the Bible of the validity of such experiences that have been experienced by many saints. Please read the following scriptural references: Genesis 32:24-30; Exodus 24:9-11; Isaiah 6:1-8; Ezekiel 1:1; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Revelation 4:1. So such experiences are absolutely possible. God gives these experiences to some of His servants for the purpose of communicating a message to us.

So, by the merciful grace of God, I stood before the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ. I saw the saints Moses and Elijah also standing towards the left-side of the throne. The Lord motioned for the saint Moses to speak to me. He then said, “The ministry of the Two Witnesses will begin very soon.” He further said, “Malachi 4:4-6 will begin to be fulfilled from the year 2018.”  What does Malachi 4:4-6 say?

4 "Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." 

Verses 4 and 5 mentioning the names of the two prophets, Moses and Elijah, confirm the experience I had in heaven. Then the saint Moses said, “Pay close attention to verse 4.” What does it say? “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb.” The prophet Moses fasted on Mount Horeb (Sinai) for 40 days twice, and both times received an abundance of information and revelation from God concerning commandments and laws (Deu 9:9-18).

Please don’t be mistaken and quote me out of context saying that I am advocating the observance of the Old Testament laws and commandments. Please take note of one thing: the Book of Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament and it is written for these last days – the days in which we are living now. How can I say that with such certainty? The answer lies in verse 5. It says that the prophet Elijah will be sent back to this world in the end times when it will be very dreadful. The dreadful days mentioned in verse 5 are these present last days.

Alright then… let’s look at verse 4 closely. It starts by saying “remember.” Remember what? The commandments, statutes and judgments of God. These must be restored back to the Church. “Now he is advocating the observance of Old Testament laws,” you may mistakenly think at this point.  The commandments that the Lord God gave to the prophet Moses on Mount Sinai were advocated by the Lord Jesus in their spiritualized form.

The Lord Jesus summarized all the laws, statutes and judgments of the Old Testament into just two commandments: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt 22:37-39).

Now please pay attention to the next verse, verse 40: On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Wow! The Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are summarized in just two sentences by the Lord Jesus. And if you look at these two sentences very carefully, you will see that the Holy Spirit further summarised and revealed to the apostle Paul the greatest commandment to the Church:

ROMANS 13:8-10
8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Love, the new commandment the Lord Jesus Himself gave (Jn 13:34), is the fulfilment of all laws, commandments and statutes that God gave. Love is the crown on the Bride’s head. The Bride should be adorned with its beauty. Ephesians 5:2 also admonishes us to walk in love.

We are getting closer to the rapture of the Bride-Church and the coming of the Lord Jesus. If you really want to be part of the Bride who is going to be raptured, then you must walk in love. If there is no love in your heart, if you cannot walk in forgiveness towards one another, if you cannot stop your lips from criticizing, backbiting, gossiping and murmuring, then you will never be raptured. Not only that, you will not even enter into kingdom of heaven.

Dearly beloved, walk in love. Put away all criticizing, backbiting, and gossiping about one another. Put away all manner of writing fake news on social media. Repent and put a full stop to all that today!

The saint Paul then appeared, standing beside the saint Elijah in heaven. He said, “Principles of church government should be restored back in the church.” When he said this, I perceived in my spirit he was referring to the epistles he wrote for the Church.

Today, churches are being run according to the ideas of the founders of each church. God is now going to rule His people by the very principles on which the Church was originally founded. Those principles are the very ones that are found in the epistles of the apostle Paul, also known as the Pauline Epistles. These are the principles of discipline, order, sacrifice, caring for one another, and helping one another. The early church was founded on these principles.

These principles enshrine the characteristics and beauty of the Lord Jesus. They must be restored back to the Church in these last days.

DEN OF THIEVES
The Lord Jesus then said quite sternly, “The church has become a den of thieves.” These are the very words He used reprimanding the temple leaders when He entered it during His earthly ministry. He said, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves'" (Matt 21:13).

The Lord God is saying to us that the church has become a den of thieves. Robbery and thievery are found among the people of God. They not only steal God’s money but also steal the time that belongs to Him. They are also worshipping other gods. What other gods? They worship their own stomachs as gods (Phil 3:19). The other gods are money, self-centred dreams and ambitions. Dreams are the making of your own plans, aspirations and ambitions. They have become fat with their own dreams and ambitions. God has no place in their lives; each seeks his own pursuits and his own desires.

“The Kingdom of God is not eating or drinking,” the Lord Jesus said, “It is the seeking of the righteousness of God and seeking to establish the peace of God” (Rom 14:17). Do not seek God’s kingdom nor do the ministry for your own benefit or growth but only to seek after righteousness and peace.

Why do we eat or drink? Isn’t it in order to live and grow? So when the Scripture said, “The Kingdom of God is not eating or drinking,” it means that you don’t grow the church with the idea of just benefiting one’s own person. Don’t just grow your church according to what you like or according to your own understanding. Don’t try to please everybody. Seek the righteousness of God. When you seek to do the works of God, it will allow the peace of God to rule in society.

The Lord Jesus further said, “My servants (Church leaders, shepherds) should be alert and watching the seasons and the times in which they are living.” Don’t just be satisfied with a large church. Don’t become dull of understanding. Be alert and watch closely the seasons and the times in which you are living. Then the Lord said this very strictly to the church leaders, “Wolves have already come in” (Matt 7:15; 10:16; Acts 20:29).

Who are the wolves? The Scriptures warn us about three types of wolves: false believers, false teachers and false prophets. The Lord Jesus did not say, “wolves will come”; rather, He said, “wolves are already in your midst.” Therefore, the Lord counsels you to discern carefully and protect your sheep.

In closing, I lay before you this strong reminder: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor 7:1).




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