“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
The Hebrew year 5778 has been prophesied by many to be the “Year of the Door”. Since Rosh Hashanah (September 20-22) I have had a profound experience of crossing through what I felt to be a door—or gate—into new realms. As I have passed through this threshold, it is like I received a “biohazard cleansing”. In the natural, a biohazard cleanup is done when a crime or traumatic event has released blood or hazardous waste in a structure. This is a graphic picture of the great battle by the thief that has left spiritual trauma on many, creating the need for a spiritual biohazard cleansing.
As we walk through the doorway of Christ this year, we are receiving a deep cleansing from past traumas and “hazardous waste” that has impacted our lives and left toxic residue on our souls. This year is a year to walk through a doorway in the heavenly realm that leads to abundant life in Christ.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
The body of Christ has come through a great battle, especially in the Hebrew year 5777, which was the “Year of the Sword.” Now we have taken possession of the sword through the victory of Christ and we enter into 5778 to possess and occupy the land of promise. After a great battle, even in victory, there is a time that soldiers need to change their dirty, blood—stained garments, wash themselves, and allow their minds to be renewed from all that they witnessed while on the battlefield.
As we have been meditating in Zechariah 3 and the changing of Joshua the high priest’s filthy garments, we recognize a parallel picture of this biohazard cleansing that is occurring even now for the body of Christ. We are receiving fresh, clean garments and being washed from everything that has stained us as the thief came to kill and destroy.
I saw a clear vision of God’s people walking through a man who was dressed in white linens, and as they passed through Him—as if he were a doorway—they were purified, sanctified, and refined like gold. They received the white linens that he wore in exchange for heavy, war-stained armor, and the bloodied swords in their hands became like bolts of lightning; powerful yet light.
This is happening even now. We have been passing through the doorway of Jesus and we are finding safe pasture and restoration for our souls. There will be more battles ahead and we will fight with the power and authority that has brought great rest to God’s soldiers. We will be clothed in light and purity that is like spiritual camouflage to the demonic forces. The oneness in spirit with Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:17) causes the promised protection we read of in Psalm 91 to come upon us in greater measure.
Today is a day to pass through the door. The door is Jesus, and He is clothing us anew with His white garments. He is taking the heavy and burdensome sword from the past season and handing us a sword of light and power for the days ahead. We are clothed in Christ and walk in His ways as we are one in spirit with Him.
This is a good day to be alive and to go beyond survival to abundant life!
The Lord led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to "who is God?"; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the "impossibilities" that are even now upon many of the lives of God's people. Maybe we are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering