– Through Fire And Water

In the new millennium Canada’s destiny now manifests in a unique way through its Judeo-Christian foundations, established in conjunction with its First Nations citizens. This is because the fullness of the gospel goes full circle from the creation of the world to God’s covenant established with Israel and the Jewish people, to the Spirit-led Church, and back to the ways of His creation in order to avoid the strife and confusion arising from empty religion that exists to serve itself only. This book shows how.

The name is drawn in part, from a speech made by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper at Israel’s Knesset, on January 20, 2015. After demonstrating with his leadership that he believed it was in Canada’s best interests to stand in support of Israel and the Jewish people, he said “Through fire and water Canada stand with you.”

The year 1967 is a pivotal part of God’s Kingdom arising in both nations, with the Church in Canada playing a critical role. In Canada’s centennial year Israel was forced to engage in the Six Day War. At the same time, Canada celebrated Expo ’67 which featured two Jewish pavilions. While a huge propaganda campaign was launched against Israel from other nations, the truth about Israel’s past, present and future was being broadcast from Canada to the whole world.

This, while seven denominations of the Church in Canada, including Protestant, Orthodox and Roman Catholic, worked together in unprecedented unity to share the truth of the gospel (and the faith of the majority of Canadians at that time) with all who visited Expo ’67. From then until today it set Canada on course to be fully redeemed in the Kingdom of God, regardless of what else would follow to prevent this from happening. It set the stage for full manifestation of the parable of the wheat and the weeds as described in Matthew 13; giving way to the birthing of Kingdom sons for whom all of creation awaits (Romans 8:19-21).

During his time in office Prime Minister Harper stood all alone, on behalf of Canada, to defend Israel and the Jewish people around the issue of their 1967 boundaries. At the G8 Summit in 2011 he blocked proposals put forth and agreed upon by everyone else, which would force Israel back to boundaries held before the Six Day War. In this way he was used by God to seal Canada’s destiny in His Kingdom and to raise up a body of believers in Canada who will stand firm as an unconquered Church capable of casting down the gates of hell itself.

From then until now we witness the enemy of God try to undermine it all. As we go through the current times of lawlessness and chaos we still have a sure foundation for a prosperous nation based on what’s already been accomplished in Canada by God Himself. The powers of darkness now pull out all the stops to steal, kill and destroy but they will not succeed.

A prophetic word given to an Ontario believer in the 1980’s, provided the basis for an overcoming body of believers to come out of the wayward church system and into a new relationship with the Holy One of Israel. This is done through the Son of God – the Lord Jesus Christ – by learning to take up the cross and walk as He did: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. The prophetic word is from Isaiah 54:2 which says “Enlarge the place of your tent.” The entire chapter speaks of the Glory of Zion from a distinctly female perspective with the Holy One of Israel as a Husband. It says “Whoever attacks you will bow to you.”

This book shares overcoming testimony, wisdom and revelation on how exactly this happens. The body of Christ in Canada is now in a unique position where God’s natural creation all around us provides the setting for the birthing of Kingdom sons. All of creation is waiting to see the results. The life of Christ at work in the Church draws Spirit-led believers out of a religious system that functions much like a prostitute and into a deep and eternal intimacy with the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through that relationship He does for the Church what we could never do without Him: enables us to stand unconquered as a blazing beacon of hope, of Judeo-Christian love, and of the Light of Christ beaming into a hurting, broken world. It automatically means we are also capable of going through fire and water with Israel for His glory alone.

Prime Minister Harper’s statement at Knesset lines up with a scripture from Psalm 66:10-12 which says: “For you, O God, have tested us; You have refined us like silver. You led us into the net; You laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water but you brought us into abundance.”

This accurately describes the experience of the Canadian Church today. The spiritual battles arising from political realms are rife with much deception, fraud and intimidation; prompting believers to step back and re-evaluate their own personal relationships with God. How do we square our destiny in Christ with the current political scene? How does the Kingdom of God – which is a government of peace without end – bear fruit in an environment of chaos and strife?

The answer lies in the centrality of the cross of Jesus Christ and the inconvenient truth to nominal Christianity, that Jesus didn’t go to the cross so we don’t have to go there ourselves; rather He went first to show us the way. He calls us to take up the cross and walk as He did, for the same reasons: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. He said “If anyone would come after Me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16) He stated that “anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me” (Mathew 10). And 1 John 2:6 says “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”

Hindsight vision from a Kingdom-hearted Canadian point of view, confirms that the Church in Canada has been set apart to do a work of the sovereign Lord related to the year 1967. At the same time the Six Day War raged in the Middle East, millions of people strolled through Expo ’67 to celebrate Canada’s centennial year. The churches across Canada were ready. Those millions not only visited the Christian pavilion set up for the purpose of sharing the gospel, they learned the truth about Israel’s history and destiny in two other pavilions created for that purpose. Altogether they pointed to a Kingdom truth: that the overcoming Church must learn to put first things first in a covenant-building relationship with God, in order to succeed in every other area including the modern political arenas.

At Expo ’67, Israel’s pavilion was one of the most popular. It displayed a turbulent history beginning with Biblical accounts of ancient Israel, supported with archeological evidence including some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Documentation was included about everything from the holocaust to the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy about a newly created state of Israel where, as Isaiah 60:21 says “The people will possess the land forever.”

Ironically, the builders of this pavilion did not want a synagogue on the site. When approached by Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat of a Montreal synagogue, who asked for a place of worship as well in the Israel pavilion, they informed him it was not about the Jewish faith, but only the history and progress of the modern democratic state of Israel. So Rabbi Shuchat took it on himself to have another pavilion dedicated solely to the Jewish faith.

The second structure was called the Jewish pavilion which showcased the faith of Jewish people specifically. Its walls had the appearance of an unfurled scroll with Hebrew lettering on the side. A group of statues outside, called ‘the Procession’, showed worshippers walking toward the building carrying scrolls. Inside was a copy of the Torah under glass and a theater to host worship services, lectures and musical performances all related to Judaism.

Meanwhile the Christian pavilion featured was a film about the end times called ‘The Eighth Day.’ It showed apocalyptic images of Biblical precepts related to the world in crisis, followed by a new heaven and earth.

The year 1967 was called ‘the last good year’ for Canada,by a prominent Canadian writer (Pierre Burton). What followed was a literal version of the parable of the wheat and the weeds described in Matthew 13:24-29,36-43. The next year saw the enemy of God sow seeds of anti-Christian, anti-Jewish influences that have continued to this day. A new Canadian government came into office that set out to completely destroy the Judeo-Christian foundations of Canada. From then on both wheat and weeds have grown alongside each other until harvest time which is now upon us.

The 2015 national election may have looked like defeat in the eyes of this world but in fact it was a time of preparing for a Kingdom harvest. As in a real wheat field, when wheat becomes fully mature it is top-heavy, full of grain, and naturally bows over before the Creator. This exposes the weeds for what they really are as they come up empty, having produced nothing but seeds for more weeds. The posture of the mature wheat is the signal to God that both harvests are ripe.

The position of humility before God coming from the Kingdom sons is not a sign of weakness as this world might think. Frustration follows as the weeds stand tall and erect, lording themselves over everything else from their positions of pride. This is also part of the process. Romans 8:20 puts it this way: “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”

Kingdom sons are those who are deliberately chastened by God during a temporary time of hardship. Hebrews 12:4-11 says “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.”

“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Kingdom sons born for such a time as this are raised up in part, as a result of extreme frustration caused by the ways of this world. That includes the political structures which are prone to much deception and fraud. Taking an unyielding stand for truth anyway, brings divine wisdom and revelation to raise up an invincible standard of righteousness in the face of all the lawless thieves and liars among us. It requires the opposite of self-righteous posturing and self-serving pride. It’s not enough to fire political fire with more political fire. Instead it calls for abject humility before God in private places of prayer, where we plead with Him to deliver our nation from all evil for HIS Name’s sake, and so we can prosper against all odds at His Hand to demonstrate who He really is. We aim to honour who HE is above all else.

While some might not want to go there, thinking it will cost them something to take a stand that might be unpopular, the truth is that God shows Himself the strongest on behalf of His people when they are greatly out-numbered by the enemy. He insisted that Gideon scale down his army from thirty-two thousand men to three hundred, let someone boast that the victory coming their way was by their own hand instead of the hand of God (Judges 7). He empowered David the shepherd boy to take down the giant Goliath and defeat the Philistine armies coming against Israel. In the same way He watches to see if just a few Kingdom-hearted Canadians will rise to the challenge and overcome those who seek to destroy Judeo-Christian Canada.

The photo above is taken of the Centennial Flame at Canada’s Parliament Building. Installed to commemorate Canada’s centennial year in 1967, it uses both fire and water to create a literal symbol of Canada’s destiny in the hands of Almighty God.

At this point the best way to defend the nation of Canada is to line up our lives with God’s plans already being carried out. Ultimately it’s the difference between being forced to function from a place of fear and hatred of all that is not of God, versus being motivated by His love which never fails to stand for what IS from Him, to benefit the free Judeo-Christian world. See more wisdom and revelation on this subject from the personal testimony shared in this book:

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Israel Pavilion, Expo ’67, Montreal, Canada
photo by Bill Dutfield
Pavilion of Judaism, Expo ’67, Montreal, Canada