Vision: A friend shared a vision he had while in prayer of a silhouette of a mountain range with the dimly lit sky behind it. Where the “V” of each mountain joined there was a large man standing facing each valley in the mountain range.
It immediately reminded me of the these two scriptures:
Is. 21:11 The oracle concerning Edom.
One keeps calling to me from Seir,
“Watchman, how far gone is the night?
Watchman, how far gone is the night?”
Is. 21:12 The watchman says,
“Morning comes but also night.
If you would inquire, inquire;
Come back again.”
Psa. 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
The Vision represents what the Corporate Church will be facing in our future. Although we are facing the approaching Dawn of His New Age Kingdom, we will encounter walking into the valley of decision together, even though we are separated geographically because it will be worldwide:
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of the decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Joel Chapter 3 reveals the nations are ripe for judgment as the Lion of Judah roars from heaven against the enemies of Israel:
Joel 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem,
And the heavens and the earth tremble.
But the LORD is a refuge for His people
And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.
God will be a refuge for His people in the midst of this shaking.
The range of evil will be colloquial and widespread and no one will be exempt from the effects of walking through it in our journey in the coming decade.
The Churches Journey Preparation
The book of Ezra contains a similar scenario in Chapters 7 and 8 that will help us prepare for the journey. Ezra had received a decree from the King of Babylon to gather all the Jews that would volunteer to return to Jerusalem to finish the restoration of the Temple and worship. He ordered provision to be given to them as needed.
Ezra gathers all the people and leading men near a river for three days of fasting, prayer and consecration in preparation for the journey. It was also like a staging area where he organized and selected responsible men of understanding who were commissioned with accountability of tasks and provision.
This would give the people one vision and one mind for the journey, preparing them mentally and spiritually, as well as connecting them together as one. I strongly believe it is what the Lord is doing in the body of Christ today at every level for our journey ahead.
Being Connected as One
Ezra knew that the hand of the Lord was in this decree and it was also well known to the people of Babylon. However, Ezra knew that the journey would be dangerous because of the threat of ambush on the way. The main reason for the fast:
Ezra 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions.
Ezra 8:22 For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, “ The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.”
Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty.
I believe this is a priority prayer for every Church family, our own families and individuals in the body of Christ in this hour. A simple break down of prayer expression:
Prayer for Guidance- seeking His counsel for every decision
Prayer for Assistance- protection for our families
Prayer for Sustenance- guard our possessions on the way
In the Scriptures we see many places where the people of God were concerned about falling into the hands of men. Indebtedness and compromise are very strong pulls to the weakness of the natural man in all of us. The more we become indebted to the Governments, the more we are obligated to their decrees. He is a jealous God. However, we are only obligated to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.
Psa. 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Here are a few extracts from the Scriptures of our arsenal of armor, but remember Jesus is the living Word of God who will save us:
“I have overcome the world”- John 16:33
“your right hand will save me”- Psalm 138:7
“And laid your hand upon me”- Psalm 139:5
“You O Lord, are a shield to me”- Psalm 3:3
“a very present help in trouble”- Psalm 46:1
“My help comes from the Lord”- Psalm 121:2
“in the shadow of your wings I will rejoice- Psalm 63:7
“He will deliver the needy”- Psalm 72:12
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble”- Psalm 50:1
Eph. 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
The Restraining Force
It is important we understand that when things begin to disintegrate around us, as Jesus predicted, that through the Holy Spirit we will be the restraining force that God will use to throttle the evil one until the Lord comes.
Th. 2:5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
2Th. 2:6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.
2Th. 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
Preparation To Be Rescued
We are to be positioned and harnessed by the Lord to be rescued. Our faith will save us and keep us from falling away through words of living faith we receive:
Th. 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;
2Th. 3:2 and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.
2Th. 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
Meanwhile, praying for those who are around us will be essential for our welfare on our journey as well as their salvation:
Jer. 29:7 ‘ Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’
The reason this Scripture is very applicable for the times ahead is because I believe this nation will change to such a degree that it will seem like we are living in another nation. We are to remember we are only sojourners here on earth for our citizenship is in heaven if we are truly born again.
Phil. 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;