The usher quietly passes around those little plastic ups of red juice and is followed up by a plate of crackers. You quietly take some and still your heart, while your toddler jumps around your feet. You’re thanking God for these special emblems but you feel you really don’t understand the depth of what Jesus did for you, yet you swallow them down, grateful. The Holy Eucharist. (Why do we call it that?)
For a long time I longed to study deeper into this communion taking, understanding a little, yet not enough, and I finally took the leap in October of 2015 when I wrote a 31 Day series about communion, writing day by day the truths that I studied out. That series was overwhelming to many and now I’ve broken it down into palatable chunks, and today I’m focusing on the Blood of Jesus.
Studying communion is something I would recommend everyone does, it’s very foundational to understanding the Old and New Covenants and how they link together. When you have that foundation and the foundation of how God sees you now, your life is built on such a solid foundation. I feel confident now to share with people what I believe, where before I really didn’t.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
I also feel far more stable in my doctrine, and that I’m not going to be tossed around, and be deceived.
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning.
I’m understanding the covenant of healing we have with God so much better, not just that but everything we have available to us in the covenant, and today I want to specifically look at the blood covenant.
The prayers and supplications made were more than just empty red candy wrappers, they were the very blood of the Lamb sprinkled and drawn into a blood line.
There are two elements to communion, the bread which is the body of Christ and for our healing, and the blood which is for our forgiveness and for our atonement, but what exactly does that mean? The word atonement is used 80 times in the Old Testament referring to blood sacrifices of animals and just once in the New Testament referring to Christ’s atonement.
On the day of Atonement in the Old Testament there were two goats presented to the Lord, one would be slain and the other would be the scape goat that was led into the wilderness with a scarlet thread tied around it’s horns, when it was a long way out of the city it would be pushed over a cliff, and in Perry Stone’s book The Meal that Heals, he shares how it’s documented that a crimson thread tied to the Temple door would supernaturally turn white when this happened. What rich imagery God uses in the Bible, with so much woven in together.
“Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
When the blood was honoured in the Old Testament, the anointing of the Holy Spirit followed swiftly and so did the Glory. As Jesus blood is honoured today, it becomes a breeding ground for miracles and healings, one of the very gifts He died so that we should receive. Stephen’s aunty shared once that as a young man at a church camp shared about a vision of Jesus and His blood on the cross that He saw, the Holy Spirit came and swept into the room and changed her life.
The blood of Jesus protects and cleanses. It is stronger than occult blood covenants and so if there is a haunted area, taking communion there can cause a breakthrough in the spiritual atmosphere. My husband Stephen has experienced this numerous times, especially pouring out communion over the land to cleanse it from any blood pacts that have been made there, which can be hindering people’s spiritual progress and causing illnesses from the curses placed upon the people who dwell there, or even cleansing the atmosphere in a new or existing home.
For an example of how this really works, have a listen to Jennifer Toledo, who also wrote one of my favourite books: Children and the Supernatural. (I realise that the audio is long, but if you can make time for it, it will truly challenge your faith and your relationship with God, I have listened to it numerous times and gained so much from it.)
1 Corinthians 11:26
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Col 2:15 NIV
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
For a really comprehensive look on the power of the blood, have a read of these stories, including one of how a particular denomination took all the hymns regarding the blood of Jesus out of their hymnals because it was supposedly ‘irrelevant and old fashioned’ with devastating results.
In his powerful book on Jesus Blood, Benny Hinn examines blood covenants, and the symbolism of the first blood shed after Adam and Eve sinned, tracing this theme all the way through the Bible and draws out why it is so important to God, but it’s also filled with modern day stories and examples which makes it easy to read.
He shares personal experiences of what it means to apply the blood around your life, and pleading the blood over your family. He teaches about using the blood in spiritual warfare to set people free from demonic oppression and bringing purity into homes that have been defiled by the occult.
This book has been for me, a wonderful way to draw together the truths I have learned about communion and the Blood of Jesus, and it finishes with how the Blood of Jesus brings us rest, a truth that as we learn to enter into everyday, not just eternal rest when we die, can change how we live now.
MY DREAM OF COMMUNION AND REVIVAL
Just before reading this book, I had a dream about how God is going to bring a fresh revelation to the church regarding communion and how it’s going to be used to cut through so much junk that we currently spend hours praying through, and this book really confirmed that dream for me.
The other night I had a dream about communion and the revelation of the blood being used powerfully to set people free from the demonic that have plagued them their wholes lives. In my dream I saw a woman writhing on the ground, and nothing I was praying was working and then I went and grabbed communion and literally threw the wine and bread at her. She immediately stopped as though she were dead and then came back to life, whole and healed.
I’m not advocating throwing communion at people, but when we are faced with situations where the demonic is not moving, applying the blood over their lives breaks things in the spirit. This has also been my experience when working in the healing rooms where we would pray as teams for people both Christian and non who came off the street for prayer. I was praying for confirmation of this part of the dream and in the last few days I have been reading Benny Hinn’s book, ‘The Blood’, and he has had the same situations where nothing moved until he applied the blood, and the situation was actually physically dangerous for him with the person trying to attack him.
Secondly in the dream I was trying to teach people, even other Christians about the blood of Jesus, but some were not receiving the revelation because they were deliberately meddling, watching and playing computer games that glorified the occult. It was leaving open doors for the demonic to come in their homes with depression and anxiety and illness. These are not always caused by this root, but it’s a good idea to pray with an open heart and ask God to show you anything in your home that would be causing an open door, and to repent of watching, reading or being involved in it and destroy it.
This part of the dream is one that I’ve had experience with. Sometimes even watching a ‘harmless’ children’s movie with the occult in the background can be enough to cause havoc in our home, until we repent and destroy it. I’ve also had experience with this in Papua New Guinea where people have an incredible understanding of the spirit realm and I know many other teachers and leaders who have had experience in this area too.
Thirdly in the dream I saw people, everyday Christians in the market place who were suddenly empowered by God’s fire to start moving into praying for their customers for healing and giving them encouraging prophetic booths, to the point where people were coming to their shops for these purposes and the owners needed help to manage the flow of people.
Wow, that was a lot for you guys to get through, but I hope you were able to. I’d love to hear from you if you’re thinking of sharing communion in your home together as a family or just individually.