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Constantinople! Constantinople!!

This morning, I was standing at my kitchen counter and was simply making turkey sandwiches. Not really engaged or fully awake.  I had basically rolled out of bed and with one eye open, headed out to make my sweet daughter’s lunch for the day.

At first it came to me a bit garbled, breaking through my fog.  “Constantinople.”

But then, just as I was grasping that an unfamiliar word was entering my thoughts, there was a shout in my Spirit. “CONSTANTINOPLE!!”

It was so loud and so clear, there was no mistaking! Listen up!

I, still in my jammies, hair tussled, head out to start the car and I can’t stop this feeling that something is emerging! Something is happening.  Constantinople.

I head back inside and ask my son, “What does Constantinople mean to you?”

He replies, “Ummm…. (eye roll)… it’s a city?”

Yeah. No kidding.

So, I do what any uneducated parent does who resorts to asking their freshly schooled children and falls short. I Google it!  (Not that I am uneducated. I’m certain I have learned about this already but my every day usage of Constantinople is a bit rusty. Especially since  I was unsure of even how to spell it. And it’s not exactly something I need to refer to when making cheese raviolis for dinner and it’s not an item on my list of errands to run.)

So here it is, according to Wikipedia and you can find the entirety of the explanation here…  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantinople

From its foundation in the 4th century to the early 13th century, Constantinople was the largest and wealthiest city in Europe[6] and it was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times as the home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and as the guardian of Christendom’s holiest relics such as the Crown of Thorns and the True Cross. After the final loss of its provinces in the early 15th century, the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire was reduced to just Constantinople and its environs, along with Morea in Greece, and the city eventually fell to the Ottomans in after a month-long siege in 1453.

Aerial view of Byzantine Constantinople and the Propontis (Sea of Marmara)

Constantinople was famed for its massive and complex defences. Although besieged on numerous occasions by various peoples, the defences of Constantinople proved invulnerable for nearly nine hundred years before the city was taken by foreign forces in 1204 by the Crusader armies of the Fourth Crusade, and after it was liberated in 1261 by the Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos, a second and final time in 1453 when it was conquered by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. The first wall of the city was erected by Constantine I, and surrounded the city on both land and sea fronts. Later, in the 5th century, the Praetorian Prefect Anthemius under the child emperor Theodosius II undertook the construction of the Theodosian Land Walls, which consisted of a double wall lying about 2 km (1.2 miles) to the west of the first wall and a moat with palisades in front.[7] This formidable complex of defences was one of the most sophisticated of Antiquity and the city was built intentionally on seven hills as well as juxtaposed between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara and thus presented an impregnable fortress enclosing magnificent palaces, domes, and towers, necessitated from being the gateway between two continents (Europe and Asia) and two seas (the Mediterranean and the Black Seas).

 

From this, I am bulleting some things that are of importance to take note of.  As with anything, take what is good (what comes from God) and discard the rest.  This is simply history and if history repeats itself, perhaps we can learn from it.

CONSTANTINOPLE WAS:

  • the guardian of Christendom’s holiest relics such as the Crown of Thorns and the True Cross
  •  famed for its massive and complex defences
  •  proved invulnerable for nearly nine hundred years
  • The first wall of the city was erected by Constantine I, and surrounded the city on both land and sea fronts.
  • later, a double wall was erected.
  • a formidable complex of defences which was one of the most sophisticated of Antiquity and the city was built intentionally on seven hills.  (Makes me think of Lance Wallnou’s, The 7 Mountain Mandate)

Is there a Constantine arising?

Isaiah 60:18, Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

 

 

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Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Church, Government, Prophecy

 

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Chambers of Commerce

Last night during intercession, God said that he was taking the “pits” out of the olives, the place where the anointing would flow from.  Some have gone through hard times and hard things have taken place but they aren’t to become a part of us or hinder the flow of the anointing.  The prayer that followed  was, “tread on us Lord, tread on us.”  Those words alone bear witness with the cry of my heart.  Later, the Lord said that he was creating in us a new heart.  I saw a picture of  a human heart and God spoke very clearly and said, “I am giving you CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE.” 

That was later confirmed to me when I was being prayed over and the words were, “I see your chambers.”

Now, I don’t know much about government but I do know that when God says something, research it because that is a work He is doing in my life.  An not only mine, but I feel this was a word for the body as well.

So, off to Wikipedia  and Merriam Webster I go to get more definition and this is what I found. 

#1– Chambers of commerce are a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. 

From a Kingdom standpoint, this would be an organization of churches whose goal is to further the interests of the one and only business, which is Father’s.  Luke 2:49 says, “wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.”   That’s one way of looking at it.

The other is…an organization of churches whose goal is to further the interests of the seven mountains, which are also Father’s businesses as well.  These seven mountains are religion, family, education, media, arts & entertainment, government, & business (marketplace).  Lance Wallnau, the 7 Mountain Mandate is a great teaching on this.

#2-  Some chambers have joined state, national, and even international bodies. 

#3- The chamber of commerce network is the largest business network globally. This network is informal, with each local chamber incorporated and operating separately, rather than as a chapter of a national or state chamber.

#4– There are basically three models of chamber. 

Compulsory/ Public Law

Continental/ Private Law

Bilateral Chambers

The bilateral is the one which has caught my attention.  Read on:

A bilateral chamber of commerce is an organisation formed of individuals and companies who share a common interest in trade and commerce between two countries. (Sounds like HEAVEN and EARTH to me.  Philippians 3:20 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  & Matthew 6:10, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” )

The role of the chamber is to represent and further the interests of each of its member countries. We are to further the interest of the country of our true citizenship.  Hebrews 11:16 says, “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” 

This is achieved through the promotion and encouragement of bilateral trade and investment.  We are promoters of the Kingdom, encouraging lives to be invested in it.  Trading salvation for eternal damnation, righteousness for sin, health for infirmity, peace for torment, joy for sorrows, prosperity for poverty.  Representatives of every good thing heaven provides.

Bilateral chambers of commerce exist as independent entities yet maintain a close relationship with their embassy and/or consulate – playing an integral role in strengthening bilateral relations and economic interactions. Members of a bilateral chamber benefit from a useful range of business services, support and advice aiming to help fulfil each member’s professional goals.  This is the church friend!  We maintain strong communication with our pastors and leaders and with one another.  Yes, we must continue to be edified and encouraged through fellowship but also must operate independently in terms of the market place, in our communities, families and homes to strengthen relations to Father God.  This is CONNECTIONS! 

Bilateral chambers form a key component in the creation, growth and development process of a company or individual seeking to operate in a foreign business environment. The opportunities and advantages which membership confers should be considered essential in light of the chamber’s culturally sensitive insight and in depth knowledge of the respective countries political and economic structure.  Heart is key. Relationship is key.  Connections are key in seeking to operate within the “foreign” business enviroment which is this world we are living in.    The opportunities and the advantages of being a citizen of heaven, a child of the Kingdom are essential.  We must have a culturally sensitive insight.  Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” 

 
 

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