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April Means Sugar-Coated Candy Unicorns for Everyone!

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Really. The last time I checked, the Lord is our portion. It is because of this that we do not seek the earthly plunder of our enemies. It is because the Lord is our portion that we do not lose faith in the absence of the miraculous. The only glory we seek is that of the Lord.

'"This month shall be the beginning of months to you. It shall be the first month of the year to you. ..." (see Ex. 12:2-11). April is a month of new beginnings. New doors are opening up for you. New doors of favor are flinging wide for you. New hope and life are coming over you. You are embarking upon a new season of blessing and favor. "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert" (Isa. 43:19, ESV). April consists of two Hebrew months: Nisan and Iyar. Nisan is the first month of spring where flowers begin to bud, bloom and blossom; it is when promises begin to be fulfilled and the joyful hope of harvest fills the hearts of God's people. There is great joy as the people of God exit Egypt and begin to worship Him amidst supernatural provision. New things are being built and God is reconstructing His temple of glory and holiness within you. God will fill His house anew with a new glory. God is doing a new thing and you shall spring ahead and forward like never before. Nothing shall stop the promotion and the elevation of the Lord.' - Ben Lim

Exodus 12 outlines facts for the nation of Israel, not the church. Either way, look at what goodies and unicorns are waiting for us just behind the doors that need to be flung open! New doors of favor! New hope and life! New seasons of blessing and favor! He then co-opts the new thing God did in the days of Isaiah. Now I understand why people would want to hear this word. Who does not want new life, favor and blessing? Remember however that this is presented as a word for everyone! According to Ben Lim, this is a new season for everyone! Everyone gets the favor and blessing! He is not a preacher. He is Oprah - you get a blessing and you get a blessing and so on. Is there no one who will be in a month of testing? A month of pain? A month of loss? While I agree that nothing will stop the promotion and elevation of the Lord this word is the promotion and elevation of man. This is a carnal word, for a carnal church. Now, I expect nothing less from Lim, who boasts in his biography as being ordained by Benny the Huckster Hinn.

"God is raining His mercies of miracles upon His people. The dead will be raised and the keys to death and Hades will be handed over to you in Jesus' name. "I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades" (Rev. 1:18).

and quickly exiled out of Egypt, so will this happen with you. Even as the strictly guarded tomb was blasted wide open and the stone rolled away, so shall this take place with you. All bouts of shame, sin, slander and attack will be rolled far away from you, without effort, and you shall rise forth with the power of the purity of the Passover Lamb. God is about to set you apart from Egypt, the days of yesterday and the old year and life of sin and death. He will distinguish you, and the favor of being God's chosen children will be evident and will be well known and heard all across the lands. God is setting you apart for more. Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread just concluded. This is a portrait of a time of soul searching, a time of cleaning out--of your heart and home--all of the old and dead leaven of the last season. Leaven can stand for the teachings of the world and for the sinful residues of Egypt." - Ben Lim

The false prophet mishmashes and cobbles biblical concepts together without regard for what the truly mean or represent. We have seen this already as Lim has spoken largely in terms of Passover but completely misapplying it to believers today. Now he takes the keys to death and hades out of the hands of Jesus and givers them to you! These keys are referenced in Revelation and are critical in our faith as they represent the power of Christ over death and the grave. They are the reason we can have enteral life. We however, did not defeat the grave. He is the resurrection and the life. All we have is through Him and because of Him. Similar to many false teachings today, Lim is trying to have us usurp God. It is the same sin as Lucifer and Eve. Wanting to be God. All of this pursuit of favor overlooks how much favor God has already showed us. Why is Calvary not enough? Why is the forgiveness of our sins not enough? When did the Gospel become insufficient? He has already distinguished us! He has already favored us! He has already blessed us! The apostate church is constantly seeking a blessing from God. The body of Christ is constantly thanking God for the blessings they have already received.

"April is the time for spring cleaning. God is sweeping His house clean and a move of the Holy Spirit is about to take place in your life. God is preparing you for Pentecost power and for the harvest of nations. God will set you apart as you cleanse yourself of the world's leaven, and as you partake of the Passover Lamb. God is about to sweep clean the residue of all the filth identified with you and your reputation and marred onto your inheritance. April is a time where new things are birthed and where commerce and economy boost and boom again. Get ready for your baskets to overflow with harvest. God will renew your strength as you spring forward in the power of Christ's perfect resurrection." - Ben Lim

So after prophesying all the earthly residue our wickedly deceitful hearts could imagine you claim God is going to sweep that all away and then fill my baskets to overflow again? That does not even make logical sense let alone biblical sense. Beloved do not be fooled by such carnality. This entire "prophecy" played to the flesh with a sprinkle of confused righteousness at the end. Every scripture reference was abused, misapplied and poorly understood. It is however your typical apostate church prophesy. It had all of the call signs and bells and whistle. Except shifting, there was no shifting in the atmosphere. Perhaps Mr. Lim needs to update his Charismaniacal thesaurus. Either way, stay far away from greedy profit-lies. Be thankful for all God has already done and remember that Christ is the blessing, not the blessing dispenser.

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