I wanted to share some encouragement and insight from God’s heart that I received last night. We are certainly in a season of transition where many in the Body of Christ are crossing over into their personal Promised Land. Something I have been seeing echoed by different prophetic voices is the fact that, as we cross over we need to position ourselves to receive revelation concerning that which lies ahead. A recent word by prophet Lana Vawser is a prime example of what others in the Body have been seeing and sensing.
In recent years, I have personally been experiencing much persecution in preparation to cross over into my personal Promised Land. Recently, through a close friend and sister in Christ, the Lord reminded me of Rick Joyner’s The Torch and Sword. In his book, an important key demonstrated for coming through the enemy’s ranks and to Christ’s stream of living, refreshing water is looking for the weakest point to come through. One of those points is the division of the army called “ridicule.” That has certainly been the division I’ve been walking through!
Last night, I laid down and was thoroughly exhausted from another day in this part of the journey. Still feeling the sting of the arrows of ridicule and with no place to go where I could openly seek the Lord to worship and cry, I was too grieved to fall asleep. Yet Christ blessed me greatly in this moment. He reached between the veil of heaven and earth, and I felt Him grab me and hold me! Miracle of miracles, I cried softly in this world yet, in the Spirit, perfect love held me in His arms!
I relaxed a little and rested a bit more with His comfort. After a few minutes, I heard in the Spirit, “What’s the rush? Exhilarating.” Then over and over, I kept feeling this rush of wind and energy over my entire being going from head to toe. I felt like I was on Star Trek, and I was being “beamed up” or “energized”—literally energized! With wave after wave, I felt lighter and lighter. Then in the Spirit, I saw angels dancing around me in a circle. I have been seeing this for several days now. Angels will just appear around me in a circle, hemming me in. I knew this represented God’s whirlwind as well as His hedge of protection surrounding me.
Standing beside me, Yeshua asked with a smile, “Shall we dance?” This is His special code phrase to me. It is a reminder of moving to the rhythm of His love, His heartbeat. It is also a reminder that I can trust Him to lead.
As we danced, the King of Kings truly romanced me! He spoke tenderly to me, words of comfort and encouragement concerning my current situation. As He spoke, He cracked more than a few hilarious jokes or puns. It is funny, one trait I have always prayed for in a future spouse is a great sense of humor. Well, even before the natural fulfillment, Yeshua Himself has displayed a sense of humor that always lifts the heaviest mood! Even more, His humor rubs off on me, and helps me come out of my shell to be silly too. Truly, through the midst of trials God has restored joy to me. He is my joy and therefore I bear the fruit of joy.
While Yeshua and I danced and talked, I felt the continual rush of these joy bubbles soaring past me, lifting my spirits and cleansing me of the fifth from this world. The sting of the arrows of ridicule were being washed away. Inside of my little bubble world with the Lord, this shelter of the Most High, every arrow sent by the enemy and through the mouths of others was truly being turned into blessings. He reiterated His promises to me over and over. The future was looking brighter.
Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
So is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down in his shade with great delight,
And his fruit was sweet to my taste.
The Shulamite to the Daughters of Jerusalem
He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.
Sustain me with cakes of raisins,
Refresh me with apples,
For I am lovesick.
His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.
—Song 2:3-7 (NKJV)
“I’m taking you to you’re new view,” Yeshua said. Suddenly, we were elsewhere in the Spirit. We were dressed as bride and groom, and He carried me in His arms. We were walking up to what felt like a very large beach. However, when He set me down and I looked out, it was not a beach at all. Before me stood the houses on the island of Crete. “The city on a hill”, the Lord said.
A wonderful, refreshing breeze blew through the city and toward us. The smell of the salty sea was on the air. As I meditated on this vision today, the words “sound of the sea” came to me. I am reminded of the moment when God delivered Israel from Egypt and the pursuing Egyptian army. At the Red Sea, the tribes of Israel sang of God’s deliverance. They sang one song in one accord.
Like many, the Lord has been speaking to me about this next season and has been promising a new “bay window”—a new view and deeper revelation. I discern that this new view will be dealing with deeper revelation of what it means to be “friends of God”, as well as fellowship and unity in the Body of Christ. Already as I’m making my transition into the new, He is beginning to address the concept of unity, the issues that cause us to “cleave together” or be torn apart.
This summer, the Lord has shown me the houses on the island of Crete several times. It is representative of the New Jerusalem and the Body of Christ itself. Psalms 122:3 describes Jerusalem as a city that is “compact together” where the tribes of the LORD go up. I always thought that the way some of the houses on Crete are arranged make them look “compact together”. It is hard to tell where one building starts and another begins!
This idea of compactness also relates to Hebron, the first city King David ruled from before coming to Jerusalem to rule all of the tribes of Israel. Hebron in Hebrew means “seat of association”. It’s root words link to the idea of friendship, fellowship, to cleave, to join together, or to be compact.
Truly, this reflects the compact city, the New Jerusalem, a people who are married and one in the Lord. For eternity we will sing of God’s great salvation. We will sing of His power to deliver us from our captivity. He has taken us out of darkness and into His marvelous light, where we can forever be bonded with Him and with one another through His Word.
I truly believe in this new season, the Lord is going to begin releasing His hidden arrows from His quiver. He is going send forth those who have come to know His deliverance personally, on a deep level. By partnering with Him, they have been able to battle as one with the Lord to tear down enemy strongholds that create separation between themselves and God. These individuals have been intentional in pursuing the Lord and removing anything that would seek to hinder intimacy with their King. As a result, the King will use them to bring this same deliverance to the Body. He will show them how to take what they have learned in secret and bring it to others. Through the love they have come to know so well, they will, in turn, lift up others, just as Christ lifted them. This will begin what I believe is a great move of God that will begin stitching and healing the Body back together as one.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.