CMM, the Spirit of Issachar and His Sons

Given a new sword and seeking a sharper focus at CMM in this new season the Lord is showing us fresh ways of how we can connect and strengthen as we anticipate and see more fruit with our network friends, our family, in the nations as we align with heaven for the glory of the Lord.  Everything in every sphere in the world is changing fast. We sense a real acceleration in available revelation and grace from Daddy to be more and do more to prepare ourselves, the Bride and the Body for what lies ahead.

Sidney and Helen Correll were loving visionaries raising up nationals in many nations to reach their own people for the cause of Christ. Many of our leaders and staff have grown in their hunger and realization of the necessity of knowing his voice and discerning the times as read about in the ‘sons of Issachar.’ We have been blessed to see tremendous growth at CMM in hearing the voice of our Shepherd without losing the vital, preeminent ‘love’ factor the Apostle Paul speaks about 1 Cor 13.

Bold Flames of Fire

Missionaries are called to be ‘flames of fire’ everywhere we go. We are called to be humble and life giving-speaking ambassadors of Heaven.  Some missionaries fall into a thing of ‘false humility’ and that’s when we get into danger. We are called like the Apostle Paul says, ‘to be all things to all people in order that may win some.’  Knowing our identity in Christ and that we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus gives us faith and courage to go beyond the veil into the throne of grace to get help, mercy, and grace in time of need. Heb. 4:16.  But, we must walk out with all the authority we have been given by Christ our Lord.

We want to bring joy every day to our Father’s heart and real, lasting relationships are built on mutual respect, honoring each other and trust that lead to an authentic, vibrant, organic, Spirit-led life in Christ.

CMM-Equipping the local church on a global scale.

CMM is Building and Strengthening the Net globally.

Recently the Holy Spirit has been giving me more clarity on what some of our next steps are to be.  We are thankful and really blessed with deep and trusted friendships with truly amazing and anointed leaders on fire for God, who have gotten closer with us on life-changing mission trips and in our CMM College of Theology.

The Council of Issachar

The Lord gave me a name for this new, focused initiative-The Council of Issachar. We have heard many teachings about the sons of Issachar and discerning the times, but let’s not forget their ‘father’ Issachar himself and what transpired in his life to make the way for his ‘sons’ to be so blessed. We all want our children, natural and spiritual to go beyond us in every area. The Word says we have many teachers but not many fathers.  Often real, godly fathers are the best teachers.

Chuck Pierce writes this: “Issachar was the ninth son of Jacob and the fifth son of Leah. The tribe of Issachar was positioned strategically with Judah and Zebulun (Numbers 2:5; 10:14-15). Zebulun, the tenth son of Jacob and the sixth and last of Leah, meant “dwelling, habitation.” Zebulun was the tribe of war, ships, and trade. Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. His name meant “may He [God] be praised.” Judah prophetically was always destined to go first as the warrior tribe that would conquer.

You can see now why the famous Scripture from 1 Chronicles 12:32, “And of Issachar, men who had an understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command” (Amplified version), had such significance at the time. The tribes were in tremendous conflict and transition. The government was changing. They were moving from the government of the house of Saul to the government of the house of David. David was of Judah. Issachar could give great insight into how to make this shift. The Issachar tribe had several distinct characteristics in its DNA.”

Much can be said about Issachar the father of this tribe. He had a governmental anointing.  He was a burden bearer, compared to a donkey. A donkey was often used to guard the sheep, as it needed little attention or care from the owner.  It didn’t take from the sheep or harm them and needed little supervision to fulfill its assignment. Issachar was known as a real scholar of the Torah and the tribe of Zebulon was strongly connected with them supplying funds to the tribe of Issachar for their scholarly pursuits and thus the 200 ‘sons of Issachar’ became leaders in the Sanhedrin.

These sons are watchmen over the sheep. Their father, Issachar was able to bow his shoulder and serve as the burden bearer for future generations.  Joe Shrewsbury adds: “Donkeys are also known for bearing burdens. This speaks of intercession.  This is not the stereotypical intercession that consists of requests and petitions before God, but acts of intercession.  Just as the donkeys attack the coyotes and wild dogs who attack the sheep, the sons of Issachar are responsible for actively engaging in warfare to protect the body of Christ.  When the predators are too big, the loud braying of the donkey alerts the Shepherd to get involved.

Another aspect of burden bearing is related to the presence of God.  Twice in scripture, we see a donkey carrying Jesus into a city.  The one everyone thinks of is the ride into Jerusalem when the crowd was throwing palms onto the ground in front of Him.  A less momentous time was when a donkey carried Jesus into Bethlehem inside the womb of Mary.  This entrance was not accompanied by people praising Him, but the heavens were full of angels singing praise to Him.  The first time He entered into a city it was on a donkey, and the last time was also on a donkey.”

CMM In The 21st Century

This is similar to CMM in the 21st century in watching over and caring for the fullness and completion in all those we minister to in the nations. Col. 2:10 is what the Apostle Paul wanted to see in each one he ministered and raised up, that was ‘to see everyone complete in Christ.’ Holiness is essential. Every person is a unique creation of the Lord and his desire is for us to be ‘our selves’ as in that we each are fearfully and wonderfully made, conformed to the image and DNA of Jesus Christ, not mere men.

Joe Shrewsbury writes “This combination of mystical visions, faith to end barrenness, and a workman who receives a return is a theme we see woven in all that we learn about Issachar. The men of Issachar are further described in the oral traditions of Hebrew teachings.  These oral teaching tend to speak more to the mystical aspects of Hebrew teachings.  The men of the tribe of Issachar were frequently associated with mystical insight.  They were able to observe things in the natural and see spiritual connections, and they were able to observe in the spirit and make natural connections.”

Because of the anointing the Lord put on the father, Issachar, his sons were given their anointing to discern the times and seasons.  So too, CMM is called to provide a broad spectrum of ministry services: love, the Father’s heart, revelatory education, Kingdom worldview, humanitarian aid, love of Israel, stopping human slavery, safe water, hygiene training, caring for widows and orphans, sustainable agriculture and community development etc to our Missionaries globally. We seek growing intimacy with our Daddy so we may be able to lead others into heavenly encounters aligning ourselves with the Lord of the harvest for the end times.

The ‘sons of Issachar’ prophetic anointing is one of the callings CMM is appointed to equip and release to establish and strengthen the ‘net’ globally.  In addition to the prophetic ministry, CMM provides there are all the rest of the five-fold ministry gifts at work to impact and transform individuals, students, graduates, and the lives of those in the many house churches, schools, congregations, businesses, communities and movements in the many nations we sow into.

How Will The Council Of Issachar Work?

Teams serving on the Council of Issachar will pray for and minister, often in online video conferencing to a region, ministry leadership, or a topical theme, depending on the focused need.  Anointed men and women will be asked to pray and seek the Lord for wisdom and prophetic insight and speak the word and heart of the Lord to recipients in the nations.  Team members will come from our friends who are available at that time and have a heart or special word from the Lord for the people receiving the council or the topical theme or purpose of the call.  Follow up will be allowed to be organic and free as the Spirit leads so team members may rotate in and out depending on availability and being led for each call by the HS.  Relationships can organically develop and team members will be welcome to conduct for further follow-up, training, impartation or possibly visit that nation for conferences, in-depth training, prophetic summits and fellowship.

Chuck Pierce goes on to say this about Issachar: “They moved toward their promise as the trumpet sounded and His presence, which was central, shifted them toward their destiny. Three of the twelve tribes moved together. Judah, the apostolic warring leadership tribe who understood sound, moved first. Then came Issachar, the Torah tribe, who would bear the burden for victory and wages. This tribe understood the time and could interpret the Word of God in time. They were connected to Zebulun, the wealth tribe because the provision for the journey and the supply for victory were important.”

Welcome to the Council of Issachar with CMM to reach and bless the nations for the glory of the Lord.  We’re glad you are here and look forward to all the Lord has for us to build his Kingdom together, for his glory.  Jorge Parrott October 2018

“G‑d has given me my reward.” (Genesis 30:18)

Leah’s fifth son, Issachar, embodies the notion of the reward that comes from hard work. The painting takes us to the Jezreel Valley in the north, where the quilted landscape shows the lush reward of the pioneers and farmers who labored to transform an arid land into a productive one. The valley unfolds before us like a scroll or a book, mirroring the role of the tribe of Issachar as Israel’s scholars and educators. Through the labor of Torah study, we harvest the richness of G‑d’s wisdom, which provides us with guidance, sustenance and direction, allowing us to see far into the peaceful distance. The deep blues of the painting reflect Issachar’s gemstone, sapphire, which was also the material from which was carved the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, the Divine source of our wisdom and scholarship.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel-Issachar is represented as the donkey.

The Blessing of Jacob

Before each Jacob’s twelve sons left to form their own tribes, Jacob bestowed a prophetic blessing upon each of them. This blessing defined the characteristics and fortunes of each son, as well as the tribe that would bear their name for generations. Jacob’s blessing of Issachar was something like this:

Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens; He saw that the rest was good And that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden,  And became a band of slaves.

We See In Part…95% of the matter in the universe is invisible and unknown to us.1 Corinthians 13:9-12 New King James Version (NKJV)9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is [a]perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

95% of the matter in the universe is invisible and unknown to us. All we know about the universe is from the 5% of the total.  The Word unlocks many mysteries and reveals even more mysteries we are yet to know or understand. Through Jesus’ life and words and example, we are given access to explore what is unseen, eternal and true. How humbling it is to know where we are now and the unfathomable riches he holds for us to truly be like Him. See 2Kings 6:15-17 Elisha asks the Lord to open his servant’s eyes2 Kings 19:35 185,000 Assyrians and Angels. As you study the Word and the supernatural life Jesus gives us allow the faith keys and revelation the Lord gives you to ignite your hunger and desire to know and receive all He has for you in your studies to show yourself approved.2 Timothy 2:15 New King James Version (NKJV)15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

In Christ, Jorge Parrott,
Ph.D. President of CMM.world and CMMTheology.org

By Jorge Parrott (all Scriptures from The Passion Translation unless noted)

“The Lord is looking for available hearts.” Michael Correll replied to my question of “who am I?” after I told him that I had neither been to seminary or Bible school nor been ordained by anyone. Michael was the son of Sidney and Helen Correll (founders of Correll Missionary Ministries) and had just asked me to take on the leadership of CMM in 1998. I was not qualified, but I was available and I said “yes.” I had no idea what I was getting into, but my spirit leaped and my faith, fed by the Holy Spirit, compelled me to jump in. Little did I know the risks involved in laying it all down and yielding to the Lord. It would cost me everything. He is worth it all, and if I had known this sooner, I would have done it. Read more “The Coming Waves of Available Hearts”

By Jorge Parrott (All Scriptures from NKJV)

‘There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on’ Jerry Lee Lewis wrote long ago. Italy has been shaking too, both in the natural and spiritual. The Lord often uses shaking to get our attention as we are forced to look beyond our own strength and understanding. In Hebrews 12:26-29 we see “Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our, God is a consuming fire.” Read more “Fire in the Shadows”

By Jorge Parrott  (All Scripture references from the AMP Bible)

Many have asked us how we are able to minister to, oversee, serve, and pray for hundreds of our precious missionaries serving in sixty-eight nations. The best one word answer is—faith. The best two words to answer are—faith and love. It is only by the grace given to us by the Lord that we “get” to do this. It is our passion and our life to be living the greatest adventure.

What is also amazing is that our full-time staff in the Missions Department is predominantly made up of volunteers from the U.S. and seven foreign nations.  Imagine working in your calling by faith with no pay and trusting the Lord every step of the way for your family’s care and provision. Some call us nuts, but we really don’t care. Read more “Nuts, Bolts, Wheels and Gears”

By Jorge Parrott

 India is intense. It is fascinating, dangerous, and worth the effort to those prepared to encounter the Lord of the harvest. The Lord of surprises moves in mighty ways in India. In each of my trips, I was amazed at the Father’s heart for the country. Yes, India is intense but the Lord wants to use our faith to reach her people—any effort or sacrifice on our part is nothing in the weight of His glory. Will you pray for those who go? And pray about going with us?

Along with the resources from Rick Joyner and MorningStar Ministries, we are now connected with over seventeen thousand churches providing fellowship, ministry services, prophetic team ministry, site visits, humanitarian aid, and Theology school degrees. With over 1.3 billion souls, India is expected to surpass China in population by 2020. The harvest is great and the laborers are few. Our job is to train and impart to leaders, and the Lord is giving us clear strategies for the days ahead. Read more “India: Seeing the God of Breakthrough”

By Jorge Parrott

One primary objective in missions is building ongoing, deepening relationships with strategic partners sent by the Lord. We need sharp discernment as we seek the Lord in all areas. We are blessed with divine connections and the strategies of the Lord to do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission. The Holy Spirit allows us to “connect the dots” globally for a holy alignment of God’s people and purposes for this season.

We welcome you, our Partners, to engage in God’s heart for the nations by joining us in intercession, ministry teams, Skype prophetic ministry, discipleship, fundraising, and furthering our involvement in Christ’s Mandate for Missions—all to equip and disciple the nations. Rick Joyner asked me two years ago how we had so many volunteers working in missions. I replied, “It is easy, really. We take them into the presence of the Lord to see His heart for the nations.” The simplicity and power of the Gospel emphasizes the importance of building our relationship in the presence of the King.   Read more “Impacting Leaders in the Nations”

By Jorge Parrott

The host organizer opened the covert meeting with this security status update, “Security is normal. We are under surveillance.” The security camera in the room was covered for our meeting. They told us not to take pictures and to guard our phone conversations and discussions our entire three days in the undisclosed location in mainland China.

Our dear friend, Eugene Bach, who spoke at our Missions Conference in Moravian Falls, was one of the main organizers of this meeting along with about fifty leaders of the underground churches. Eugene is the American leader of Back to Jerusalem, founded by Brother Yun (also known as The Heavenly Man).

While at this meeting, we met with ministry leaders working in North Korea and Iraq. One of our friends led a team that rescued four hundred Yazidi women raped by ISIS terrorists. The team’s commitment is based on prophetic words the Holy Spirit gave them about their assignments for the cause of Christ. Read more “Report on Historic Meeting with Underground Leaders in China”

By Jorge Parrott

Are you ready for some good news? We hear enough bad news. The kingdom is advancing. Your prayers and generosity are making an impact in sixty nations. We are blessed to do this. We are seeing fruit that remains as souls are saved, discipled, healed, and delivered. Long ago I heard this saying with regards to missions—“The water is free but the pipes are expensive.” Missions have indeed changed, and our prophetic teams, intercessors, and staff seek divine strategies and strategic alliances as they discern the times.

Read more “Missions Highlights From 2015”

By Jorge Parrott

(All Scripture NKJV, except where noted)

Thomas Paine wrote almost two hundred fifty years ago, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” These words are often thought of as the seeds of the American Revolution. Faith, courage, and obedience are necessary to bring restoration to our families and those the Lord calls us to as reconcilers and peace-speakers.

Today the unrest is spreading in many nations around the world. The mass migration of immigrants fleeing from evil is an opportunity to win many to the Lord in spite of the failed policies and vacuum of leadership that is inciting terrorists and thugs. The Good News of Jesus Christ is spreading. Persecution, spiritual warfare, wars, turmoil, and corruption represent the enemy of our soul fighting harder than ever, as if he knows his end is near and Who wins the battle at the end of this age. Read more “Two Essentials: Urgency and Rest”

By Jorge Parrott
All Scripture references are English Standard Version.

Are we prepared to be hated for the name of Jesus? In John 17:14 we learn, “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” Then in John 17:18 we read, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” He is in us and He has sent us to release the good news. In verse 26, Jesus prays to the Father: “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Our part in fulfilling the Great Commission authorizes and empowers us to disciple the nations and learn to see and love with His heart. This will cost us dearly in terms of our comfort zone, our lukewarm complacency, and our own desires and agenda as our carnal nature is burned up.

Jesus is worth it all. He desires us to have His joy, and He speaks to the Father on our behalf: “But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13). We live this set apart life for His joy, not our own. We know without faith it is impossible to please Him (see Hebrews 11:6).
Read more “Sent To Cross Enemy Lines”