In the last few years, Junior has completed several books he began working on years ago when he first began speaking. Many years, many experiences, and many hours of study later, some of those books are finally complete and available for purchase.
Four Rivers Flowed from Eden: Who God Is, What He is Like, What it Means
Education & Discipleship
Fourrivers flowed from Eden and watered the entire earth (Gen 2:10). Paul says, "For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes…have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made…" (Ro 1:20 AMP). These four rivers, then, have a declaration about their Creator: He has four main attributes. As these four rivers watered the entire earth of that time, so also God's four attributes provide or offer life to all humanity. Did not Jesus say "rivers of life"would flow and overflow in any person who believed in Him, watering every corner of their life? These rivers flowed from a place called Eden, which means in Hebrew "delight or pleasure." God Himself is delight or pleasure (Ps 16:11). Eden is a fitting illustration of God. Just as these four rivers flowed from a place called Pleasure, so also God's four attributes are outflows or expressions of the perfect pleasure that He is. We find the purest, most pristine happiness by drinking in our Creator's four attributes daily and for the rest of our lives.
Psalm 36:8 (NKJV): ...You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
New Testament Prophecy: Healthy, Mature Prophetic Ministry in the Church
Education, Ministry, & Leadership
The validity or nature of contemporary prophecy is a struggle in today's born-again, Bible-believing community. Commendable, responsible Christians are situated on various points of the opinion spectrum. Prophecy is indeed a subject with significant electricity. Speaking for Yahweh Elohim, explicitly or implicitly, is a matter of daunting voltage. Christians of different generations and different geographies have had variable attitudes toward prophecy. However, almost all Christians in two thousand years of church history have believed in some level of Spirit-guided speech. It is simply too common and too recognizable among born-again worshipers. Junior deSouza Ministries unequivocally and unapologetically celebrates and practices New Testament prophetic ministry. This resource is devoted to educating and equipping the body of Christ, the prophetically-oriented in particular, on this important ministerial apparatus. May you read the following with an open Bible and open heart under an open heaven.
Think of all the First Coming signs: a pregnant virgin (Isa 7:14), a birth in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2), a devastating infanticide (Jer 31:15), a mysterious retreat in Egypt (Hos 11:1), an Elijah-esque prophet in the desert (Isa 40:3), and so on. We often take these fait accompli signs for granted, not realizing we are under an identically grave responsibility to recognize the prophetic precursors to the Second Coming. We are never to be concerned with a specific date of Jesus' return. Instead, the Spirit has provided numerous scriptures with verifiable signs to signal the final generations of human history to His overcoming remnant. Perhaps the most important of these is Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a strange statue.
Humanity as we know it is fundamentally unsustainable. The century that brought us the most unprecedented advances in intelligence and technology also brought us the most destructive global conflicts in human history...with new ones looming on the horizon. Jesus said this present age of civilization would end, and not millions of years down the road when the sun burns out or burns us up. He gave numerous indicators that would mark that "fourth quarter" generation. He even said the ekklesia of that generation would recognize itself. Could we be that generation? Maybe. In the last hundred-plus years, so many eschatological signs have been and are being fulfilled that we no longer have to look for them, we have to list them! This book does just that: organizes and simplifies the eight categories of signs found throughout the totality of the Old and New Testaments, and their easy-to-verify fulfillments. For those of you turned off by endtimes emotionalism, foolish date-setting, and seemingly irrelevant Bible prophecies, this book will breathe a fresh apocalyptic rationalism into your worldview.
God is a communicating being. Does not everything in nature express itself? Dogs bark. Dolphins squeal. Stars twinkle. Clouds pour. Genes program. Even flowers speak to pollinating insects and birds with strategically color-coded blossoms. The nature of nature illustrates the nature of God (Job 12:7,8, Ro 1:20). But many Christians, and people in general, are squeamish about a God who speaks. Suicide bombers claim to have perceived the will of God. Christian cults have ended in unspeakable devastation because someone claimed a message or two from on high. On a less sinister level, some eccentric spiritual individuals drift further and further into weirdness and shadiness because of their alleged revelations, while others simply take the wrong job, spend unnecessary money, link up with an unhelpful person, or make some other self-sabotaging decision, because, oh yes, "God told me to." Like any other subject with high valence, there will always be dysfunctional extremes and a messy fringe around a God who communicates. Has this stopped Him from speaking and wanting to speak? Absolutely not.
The right configuration of international geopolitics, especially in the last days, is priority on God's sovereign to-do list. He is building to Ephesians 1:10, where heaven and earth finally reunite in Christ and under Christ in the Millennium reality and ideality. In one of the very first revelations of its kind in Scripture, Job revealed (Job 12:23 NKJV), "He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them." The psalmist continued (Ps 47:9 NIV), "...the kings of the earth belong to God..." Solomon continued (Pr 21:1 NKJV), "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." How astonishingly true this has proven to be in that already-fulfilled 80% of Bible prophecy. How astonishingly true this is proving to be in the remaining 20%. While all of God's plans emanate from Jerusalem, the place of His feet (Eze 43:7) and His eye-pupil through which He views the world (Zec 2:8), there are other geopolitical epicenters that also have sensational purposes. They are the last-days superpowers.
As a born-again, Bible-believing Christian since the age of 14, I have always believed in angels, demons, and the unseen world. However, writing this book, I was pricked over and over and over regarding its reality and efficacy. Memories came to mind. Individuals came to mind. Situations came to mind. How much was the unseen world and unseen beings involved? Could I have changed the course of this or that situation, had I fasted, prayed, or acted with greater understanding, zeal, or stratagem? Or could I have changed merely my own responses and actions in situations truly beyond my control? In the Judeo-Christian worldview, there is no doubt or ambiguity that an invisible world bears significantly on the visible world. And, in a splendid twist of God-given dignity upon humans, there is no doubt or ambiguity that the visible world can bear significantly on the invisible world. This interface, this law of action-reaction going both ways, is complex. Anyone who tells you otherwise does not truly understand its profundity and nuance. Perhaps more than any other book of the Bible, the book of Revelation constantly articulates and displays this interface. Perhaps more than any other event in the book of Revelation, the four horsemen reveal the straightforward, unmitigated bearing of the spiritual world upon the physical world. The effects of these supernatural horsemen are so destabilizing that God uses them to initiate the final years of human history, climaxing with the Second Coming of our King.
There are many things to learn from these four horsemen, things beyond simply, Who are they? and What do their colors mean? For God to initiate the apocalyptic "two-minute warning" with these horsemen announces their importance in several dimensions.
Imagine dropping a lamborghini into Medieval Europe, and walking up to a landed aristocrat or a peasant and giving him the keys. Imagine telling him to drive it without any example or explanations whatsoever. How long would it take just for him to start it? How long until he figures out how to drive it forward or in reverse? How long until he bumps into something, or wrecks it altogether?
What a silly scenario, right? Well, this is precisely how the overwhelming majority of people have relationships. Somewhere in early childhood a lamborghini appeared in front of us: we awakened to family relationships, then friends, then best friends, then romances, then professional relationships. For most people these relationships were/are filled with ignorance, errors, frustrations, delays, fender benders, and total wrecks. Very few people had family experiences that gave them an ideal example and careful explanations of how to have holy, healthy, happy relationships. While some truly learn from experience, watching others, or autodidactism, many, if not most, do not. Let us not allow another minute--or another relationship--to go by without a wise and mature relationship philosophy, intelligence, and technique. Let us choose today to no longer be a medieval peasant still trying to figure out how a lamborghini works.