Foreword

Dr. Bruce Cook

My close friend, covenant brother, kingdom ambassador, and fellow network leader Dr. Gordon Bradshaw has done it again. I See Thrones! is a call to spiritual arms, to maturity and wisdom, and to cultural relevance, engagement and leadership for the modern church and all kingdom citizens globally in the 7 Mountains of Culture. It is a call to shift not just attitudinally or behaviorally into a more alert and aggressive and proactive posture and mindset, but positionally as well. As a theological treatise, it is revelatory and scholarly. As a roadmap and blueprint for change in tactics and engagement with culture, it is strategic and masterful. This is an important, vital and essential “missing piece” to the kingdom model that God has released to Dr. G.E. Bradshaw for the benefit of and use by the entire body of Christ. This summer as we have watched the foundations of America and Western culture shake and veer further to the left before our very eyes, and continue to erode and disengage from their Judeo-Christian origins and heritage, the phrase “Everything that Can Be Shaken Will Be Shaken” comes to mind and seems applicable and relevant in light of current events.

 

Thus, the question is posed: How can we become unshakeable in a shaking world? Heb. 12:27-28 (AMP, emphasis added) says, “Now this expression, Yet once more, indicates the final removal and transformation of all [that can be] shaken—that is, of that which has been created—in order that what cannot be shaken may remain and continue. Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe;…” The word “shaken” in the Greek comes from the root saleuó, meaning “to agitate, shake, by extension to cast down, to excite, disturb in mind, stir up, drive away.” Strong’s Concordance, 4531, says there are 15 occurrences of this in the New Testament, including derivatives such as asaleuton, Saleuomenōn, saleuomena, saleuthō, or Saleuthēsontai. Jesus warns us in Luke 21:26 (AMP, emphasis added) of a time coming where we will see “Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and caused to totter.” In addition, Luke in Acts 2:25 (AMP, emphasis added) says, “For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state].” This is no idle statement but a proven reality tested in the heat of battle and the crucible of life of one of history’s greatest leaders, a man after God’s own heart. We must learn from the life of David and others to be seated on our throne so that we are not overthrown. As one of many examples we could cite, when David and his men returned from a raid to their base in Ziklag and saw their homes and city burned with fire and their wives and children and animals and possessions missing, his men “wept until they could weep no more” and were “bitter of soul,” and “threatened to stone” him. David quickly called for the ephod to be brought to him and went to inquire of the Lord. In his flesh he was tired, heartsick, “greatly distressed” and in “great danger,” but “David found strength in the Lord his God” and in his spirit He was seated with the Lord on a throne in heavenly places when he heard the words, “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!” (1 Sam. 30:1-8, NLT). The NAS translation says, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.” The rest is history and David and his men won a great victory with the Lord’s help and recovered their families and property plus spoils and plunder from the Amalekites.

 

We see the Lord constantly before us and at our right hand when we are seated with Him in heavenly places. That can only happen when our spirit rules our flesh, and not the other way around, so there is a price we must pay to follow Jesus and be His disciples, and to access our throne. We must be willing to take up our cross daily and to die daily, as the Scriptures teach, exhort and admonish us. Jesus must become Lord of our lives in every area, and not just our Savior. This is part of what it means to rule and reign with Christ, not just in the age to come, in the sweet bye and bye, but also in the here and now, in the nitty gritty of life on planet Earth. The kingdom of God cannot be shaken; neither should we. Scripture tells us that the foundations of God’s throne are righteousness and justice and love (Ps. 89:14; Isa. 9:7, 16:5, 28:16-17), and that the foundations of earthly thrones of kings are built on righteousness also (Prov. 16:12-13; Prov. 25:5). Neither God nor His throne nor His word nor His plans nor His kingdom can be shaken or defeated (Matt. 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; John 1:1-5; Ps. 119:89, 160; Isa. 55:8-11; James 1:13; Heb. 12:28). This is an example for us, since our lives and our thrones must also have godly foundations to endure and prosper.

How does this work? Quite simply, we must internalize, incubate and incarnate the DNA of heaven and the word of God in our own lives and character before we can influence or transform others. Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV) says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” When our foundations are the same as God’s, we will be properly aligned and will start seeing His affirmation, favor and blessing in our lives on a regular basis. Others will notice, too. Like David of old, we must learn to fix our eyes upon Jesus and see or set the Lord constantly before us, rather than giving too much of our precious, valuable time and attention and hope to secular sages, political pundits, media moguls, cultural icons, reporters, analysts, fearmongers, racial agitators, economic doomsayers, color commentators, “spin doctors,” “talking heads,” and “conspiracy theorists,” realizing that as Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, as an eternal high priest who ever intercedes for us (Heb. 7:1-8:6), so is He seated at our right hands also (a place and position of strength and stability and permanence) since we are “seated (raised up) in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:6, emphasis added) Therefore, we can be confident that as we adopt a renewed mindset and assume our rightful positions, that we also will “not be shaken or overthrown or cast down,” but rather, as those who know God in an intimate, personal way, we “will participate in the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4), “will do mighty deeds and exploits” (Dan. 11:32), “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16), “pray for kings and all who have authority” (1 Tim. 2:2), “take the kingdom by force” (Matt. 11:12), be “rooted and grounded and built up in Christ Jesus and His love” (Col. 1:23, 2:7; Eph. 3:17), be “steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58) and “occupy until He comes” (Luke 19:13).

Rom. 8:18-19 (AMP, emphasis added) tells us, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and [a]for us and [b]conferred on us! For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].” It is time, and past time, for the sons and daughters of God to be revealed and made manifest in the Earth and to the 7 Mountains of Culture—some overtly and some covertly—and be seated on their thrones. From there we can rule and reign and exercise influence dominion in our respective spheres of society. The tactics and strategies of the church over the last several decades have largely been ineffective in slowing or stopping cultural and moral decay, decline, deterioration and degradation. We have not been positioned properly, either in the natural or heavenly realms. Dr. Bradshaw’s new book I See Thrones! is a seasoned and well-reasoned and -articulated antidote, remedy and prescription for this cultural cancer, and a blueprint and roadmap for God’s plan for the future and way forward. It infuses and imparts fresh revelation, strategy, tactics, wisdom, order and hope for us in a world that is spiraling out of control. Thank you Dr. Bradshaw for your faithful service and sacrifice to fulfill this assignment in a timely and effective manner. History, and generations, will be changed and impacted because of this book. Buy it, read it, share it, and put it into practice as soon as possible…and the sooner the better.


Dr. Bruce Cook Chair, KCIA, KEYS, Kingdom House, VentureAdvisers www.kcialliance.org www.keysnetwork.org www.kingdomhouse.net www.ventureadvisers.com

 

 

 

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