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Sophisticated Monsters

KATHY–While working for his father and helping to support his family, David faced the intimidating, mouthy, monstrous Goliath in his day. Today we are facing a more sophisticated monster with many mouths. Nevertheless, like Goliath, this monster has stood on the battlefield, arrayed in armor that implied its own success and presumed to set the parameters for battle. A giant’s voice launched an attack on the ear, the mind and the heart of the hearers (as has the voice of the monster’s fake media). The voice appealed to reason and logic, to narrow everyone’s thinking down to a dark, one-sided agenda. For 40 days, twice daily, Goliath challenged Israel to be “reasonable” and believe that he had thought things out and was offering the best scenario for all concerned.  Are we talking giants, monsters or politicians or all of the above?  (Did I mention bullies lie?) Daily the giant and monster were convincing them that the outcome was a given so they might as well just suck it up, get it over with and walk into slavery, (with the least bloodshed possible, especially on their side). Bullies will threaten and intimidate with brute strength or accusation or blackmail or logic or sentiment or an edge of superiority (in knowledge, intellect, reason, information, experience, wealth, age, etc.).  An experienced bully can even swing to the other end of the spectrum and use his own neediness or weaknesses or lack of self-worth to manipulate people and events.  In fact, a cunning bully can make a weapon of most anything.  For example, he can condemn someone into action by manipulating their “sense of responsibility”.   Then he can twist his own “sense of responsibility” to justify his brutal or selfish behavior.  The bottom line is that an established bully intends to be king of the mountain . . . at any cost.   


BULLIED by GIANTS

KATHY—Goliath played “King of the Mountain” in the valley!  As big as he was, his greatest strength lay not in his muscles but in his schemes, (sounds like a present-day, ongoing face-off if you ask me.)  He was a giant in stature yet an even bigger bully in character.  His essential nature was that of a bully with the goal of control through manipulation.  He basically walked out on the battlefield and manipulated an entire army into a stand-off! The shock and awe of a giant yelling the rules of engagement paralyzed the troops.  The audacity of such unfair odds like one giant to one average sized soldier was never negotiated and never will be with an unscrupulous enemy.  We have to wonder why King Saul did not send a platoon to rush the giant and change the rules of engagement (but time will tell).  Instead, a nation’s army was arrayed for battle yet one bully used his manipulative mouth (and minions in media and machines) and convinced them the outcome would be the same whether they fought or not.  (Don’t ever expect bullies to tell the truth.) An experienced bully will exert as little effort as it takes to be successful, and sometimes the mouth is a big enough weapon.  Goliath bullied an entire nation with the power of his tongue.  Has the enemy raised up a bully to steal your destiny?  Gather up his EITHER’s and OR’s and shove them into a good hiding place, out of view, so you can get a clear view of God’s instructions.


Subterranean Giants

Kathy—Near the end of 2019, Marty made the *Declarations for 2020”.  The one that impacted me most specifically was “Subterranean Goliaths will fall!”  I took it to heart to ponder and looked up the words he used.  Subterranean means “hidden, secret or literally operating beneath the earth’s surface”.  (In one gathering, as Marty released this declaration, he paused and added, “Watch for what is happening literally in tunnels beneath the earth.”)  Fallen means “in a lapsed or degraded state, prostrated or ruined”.  So, it was a vivid picture to me of reports that came out then and are still coming out about secret giant organizations falling apart behind the scenes and powerful hidden handlers falling on their faces in ruin.  Since we can’t always see their presence and operations, I wondered if we will see their fall.

But you can rest assured that even if we don’t see or hear of the felled “Goliaths”, we will feel the effects of their demise in our world.  The declaration stirred me to agreement and prayer because the fall of subterranean Goliaths directly relates to my prayer of the last several years:  “Lord, avenge the children”.  The fall of subterranean forces will be relief from atrocities against children as God’s justice brings down the giants behind abuse and trafficking, no matter who they are or what sewer they work within. Within a week after that declaration we heard that a tunnel was discovered from Mexico into the U.S.A. in southern California. It is the longest smuggling tunnel (4309 feet) ever found in the U.S.A.; and they mentioned it was likely used for human trafficking as well as drug running. Subterranean Goliaths are getting taken down!! 


Schemes of the Times

ManHandsSchemingKathy —As big as Goliath was, his greatest strength lay not in his muscles but in his schemes (sounds like a present-day, ongoing face-off if you ask me).  Today we are facing a more sophisticated monster with many mouths. Nevertheless, like Goliath, this monster has stood on the battlefield, arrayed in armor that implied its own success and presumed to set the parameters for battle. A giant’s voice launched an attack on the ear, the mind and the heart of the hearers (as has the voice of the monster’s fake media). The voice appealed to reason and logic, to narrow everyone’s thinking down to a dark, one-sided agenda. For 40 days, twice daily, Goliath challenged Israel to be “reasonable” and believe that he had thought things out and was offering the best scenario for all concerned. Are we talking giants, monsters or politicians or all of the above? (Did I mention bullies lie?) Daily the giant and monster were convincing them that the outcome was a given so they might as well just suck it up, get it over with and walk into slavery, (with the least bloodshed possible, especially on their side.) Bullies will threaten and intimidate with brute strength or accusation or blackmail or logic or sentiment or an edge of superiority (in knowledge, intellect, reason, information, experience, wealth, age, etc.). An experienced bully can even swing to the other end of the spectrum and use his own neediness or weaknesses or lack of self-worth to manipulate people and events. In fact, a cunning bully can make a weapon of most anything. For example, he can condemn someone into action by manipulating their “sense of responsibility”. Then he can twist his own “sense of responsibility” to justify his brutal or selfish behavior. The bottom line is that an established bully intends to be king of the mountain . . . at any cost. Deut.31:6, Amp — “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”


Stretched for Greatest Outcome

SlingshotPullMelissa — After having some wearisome days I was praying and I saw a slingshot being pulled back slowly to the point of release.  I could hear the sling snapping as it was being pulled to the its limit in order to hurl the stone at peak velocity.  Then I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You are feeling this way because this is where you are.” We are being stretched to the limit for the greatest outcome.  Don’t forget what happened when David release


Promised-Land-Possessor Mindset.

We live in a nation that must be turned to God. There are many difficult nation-affecting challenges before us and the coming generation. Every challenge and difficulty that we do not meet and overcome in our generation is weight that gets added to the load of difficulties that our children will have to deal with, and that is added on top of the ones they will have to handle in their own generation. Those challenges require much more than a viewpoint which expresses a belief that they will be met and adequately handled by divine fiat in a time period that is yet to come. The Israelite generation exiting Egypt viewed the challenges before them as giants and themselves as grasshoppers (Num.13:33). The giant/grasshopper mindset was not a Promised-Land-possessor mindset. After the giant/grasshopper mindset generation died off, there finally arose fathers (Josh.14:10-13) with a gonna-take-that-mountain mindset that produced a take-the-land-mentality generation—not a generation of mere survivors, but one of possessors. (Marty Gabler will be speaking and ministering at Dreams Visions Prophecy 2020 — Sept.11-13, 2020)

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Don’t Leave the Giant in the Valley

If David would have gone home just to pray about Goliath it would have left the giant in the valley. The problem with giants is they don’t stay in valleys. Had David ValleyStreamClouds.jpegnot confronted and contradicted Goliath, he would have marched up the mountain and right into Jerusalem to capture Zion. The giants of this hour are after the defeat of “Zion”, i.e., determined to take out every practice and symbol of our Lord in this nation. Joel 2:17, Msg — “Between Sanctuary entrance and altar, let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance. Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people! Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt. Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?’”


Giants and Causes

Those were dark, oppressive days. The raging giant held the entire Israelite army in tense, intimidating suspension. David searched the faces of the older generation GiantFootMan.pngattempting to determine why the offensive oaf was going unchallenged. Could it be that a nation would just sit by while an uncircumcised leader and contingent openly expressed their intentions to subdue and rule them? When David inquired as to why the armored titan was only passively being confronted and not at all contradicted, he was sharply rebuked and told to go back home. Problem: the giant didn’t intend to stay in the valley. Giants always want more. Question: Is there a cause? 1Sam.17:29, KJV — “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”

 


Unprecedented Victory

StoneSlingshotDavid hit Goliath in the mind with a rock. That resulted in an unprecedented victory. There are unprecedented events that are making history for the first time. There are more to come. Unheard-of giants must be met with unprecedented courage and means. “I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told you. (Hab.1:5; Acts13:41)


Facing Goliath

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We aren’t weenie-armed sissies facing giants in an immoral world, we are DAVIDS facing GOLIATHS! Do you hear the difference? —Kathy Gabler


The Same Scale as God

Prophetic voices are voices that speak on the same scale God is speaking on.  We should be speaking the heart of God which brings about those things which man cannot accomplish. If we speak for God we speak in “giant” language, not “ant” language like those who have adapted their thinking to the present world system (Rom.12:2). In many cases we have learned to talk like the Egyptians and the Babylonians whose gods had moral shortcomings and fickle emotions like the people who served them.

Early in the twentieth century aged plodders were still plowing with mules while young women were flying solo coast to coast. The aged plodders were using language like “plow”, “mule”, “harness”, “one acre”, “man wasn’t meant to fly”; and young women were using language like “magneto”, “propeller”, “rudder”, “elevator”, “altitude, “three thousand miles” – words the old plodders could not even define. The old plowmen would hold tightly to their plows, look up at the new-fangled flying machines and sadly shake their heads at what they perceived was utter nonsense. Prophetic voices have God’s perspective on what is and what shall be and refuse to be bound by the limitations of the poverty of the human experience. The only word God will get into agreement with is His Word which is more than adequate in any age.  (Marty will be speaking at DVP2018 Sept.14-16)

Dreams Visions Prophecy 2018  September 14-16
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The Ordinary Ordained by God

Something very ordinary ordained by God to be applied in a unique circumstance turned the tide for a nation. Though the giant loomed large in the valley (1Sam.17:3-4), God had sent a shepherd boy over the top of the hill for the purpose of going down into that valley to contradict the giant. An army did not take out the giant. A small smooth stone from an ordinary shepherd’s sling was all it took to end the giant’s career. The faithful God of Israel still does business the same way He always has.
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God’s Supremacy Working

LionDavidIn the Bible the LION could not prosper against David because David kept God in the supreme position in his life, in his thoughts, and in his consideration.  The BEAR could not prosper against David because of the supremacy of God in David’s life. The GIANT could not prosper against David even though he came against David with the deadliest of weapons. KING Saul could not prosper against David even though he was conniving and had supreme authority in the land. God’s supremacy was far greater than all of them. (Ps.74:12, NASB) “Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.” We are praying that no matter what the opposition, you discover daily God’s supremacy working in you and in your behalf.


 


The Giant And The Stone

StoneSlingshotThough the giant loomed large in the valley (1Sam.17:3-4), God had sent a shepherd boy over the top of the hill for the purpose of going down into that valley. An army did not take out the giant. A small smooth stone from an ordinary shepherd’s sling was all it took to end the giant’s career.
Something very ordinary ordained by God to be applied in a unique circumstance turned the tide for a nation. The faithful God of Israel still does business the same way He always has.


Click the link below to hear Melissa and Marty singing “Rise Up”
on Track 10 of their worship CD “An Encounter.”
The CD is prophetic worship. Produced by FICMI Studio Conroe,TX.
Arranged and engineered by Jorge Gamboa.
* The audio is best enjoyed using earbuds or headphones.
Click on this link:
http://martygabler.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-30T20_14_28-07_00


Difficulties Of Change

GiantsTwo1.) GIANTS—Giants represent the difficulties of change and the difficulties involved in making adjustments. When the 12 spies went in to spy out the promised land there were two different reports filed (Num 13:30-33). Caleb reported that the land was a “good land” and that they were able to take it. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it (Num 13:30). However, there were others who noticed the giants (v. 33-Heb.: bully, tyrant) in the land and decided that, even though the land was flowing with milk and honey, the difficulties this change offered were not worth the effort. If they could have walked in without any difficulties or having to make any adjustments, they would have voted to go into the promised land.
(This is the fifth excerpt from Marty’s article “Giants, Athaliah and Michal“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)