Vision 11/07/2017: I saw a white and tan-speckled owl sitting on a stool in a movie studio. A makeup artist was sitting in front of the owl with a brush in her hand as though she were painting the owl. I was amazed at how this live bird was in the studio, sitting still and allowing the artist to paint it! It reminded me of clips I have watched in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop as they create different types of muppets. But it also reminded me of how a makeup artist prepares an actor for their role. 

As I pondered this vision several things came to me. In recent months, the Lord has been speaking to me about the times ahead. His glory is set to return to the earth in magnificent ways. The Lord has been preparing His people to steward His glory through rigorous “dress rehearsals”. Long have we practiced what we’ve learned from Him, individually and corporately. In fact, many individuals have rehearsed God’s Word and ways in their hearts in seasons of hiddenness.

Yet the time is approaching for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19). These manifested sons and daughters will soon be called to step into the spotlight of the “world stage”. When we do, we will be called to walk in Yeshua’s role in a sense. We will each walk as Yeshua walked but in a double portion of His Spirit.

Much of the preparation for this important role is done for us. Christ is the one who dresses us and beautifies us. He has also promised to fill our mouths with His Word when we need it (Luke 12:12); Christ has given us the “script” so to speak. As we rest in Him, it is the anointing of His Spirit that truly does the work and equips us for our roles.

In Hebrew, one of the definitions of the word “anoint or smear”—מָשַׁח mâshach (Strong’s H4886)—can also mean “to paint”. Therefore, “painting” in my prophetic language often represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I believe this vision of the owl represents the anointing of the Spirit of Wisdom (Isaiah 11:12).

In secret, God has been preparing His children to be wisdom. Just as the owl is a popular symbol of wisdom, get ready to see sons and daughters of God who will embody this aspect of His divine nature. They will have the role of being a source of light during times of darkness, a source of wise counsel when people will not know what to do.

In 2 Chronicles 1, King Solomon humbly asked God for the wisdom and knowledge needed to be the ruler of Israel. Solomon was wise enough to know that he could not to rely on his own human wisdom to do such a big job. As a result, Solomon walked in such a level of wisdom that his renown has reached into the secular world as being the wisest man who has ever lived.

Well, get ready to see a generation of Solomons arising in the Body of Christ! They too have seen the road ahead and have cried out, “Father, we can’t do this in our own wisdom! We need yours!” Therefore, God has prepared these humble ones to arise as wise counselors in the earth.

Let us follow King Solomon’s example. Let us seek the Lord for wisdom. Let us also be sure to sit patiently and peacefully before the Master Artist, Yeshua our Messiah. He will prepare us to fill much-needed roles in the Body of Christ and in the earth. He will anoint us liberally to have what we need for the times ahead.

1 Chronicles 12:32 (NKJV) of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;

Esther 2:12 (NKJV) Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.

Proverbs 2:6-8 (NKJV) For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.

2 Chronicles 1:10 (NKJV) “Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”