And the LORD answered me:"Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it."
Two Types of Wrestle!
I saw in my spirit God sending His angels as “messengers of hope” to the earth in this hour. They are coming with messages of hope, promise, truth, comfort and love. These messages are being poured into His “messengers on earth.” These earthly messengers are to be voices of peace and hope to those who are hurting and lacking strength (their hope is fading). Words of edification will be like a glass of cool water in the heat of summer during this time. They will be more desirable than wealth, for they will refresh, comfort and strengthen the souls of men.
Proverbs 25:11-13 says,
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.”
What does it mean when it says, “Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest…”? Snow is known to be catastrophic upon a harvest so why does this proverb compare snow at harvest to a messenger that refreshes the soul of his master?
Solomon is referring to the practice in Lebanon of storing up the winter snow in the clefts of the rocks (mountains) to be distributed in the heat of harvest time. They would use this “storehouse of snow” to bring cold drinks to the people during the hot months. It symbolizes a welcomed refreshing and quenching of thirst.
As I write this, I am looking out at a snow-covered land. The beauty and peace is like a visual drink of cool water in a time of the colorless landscape of winter. Out of the storehouse of heaven— a message of hope has covered my yard…and covered all of Washington D.C. as well. It speaks to me the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” He will refresh our land with hope.
His angelic messengers are coming to give messages of hope and life to those who are struggling to hold onto hope. They are appointing messengers who will bring words that edify, encourage and strengthen during this difficult time. These messages will be like a cold drink on a scorching day. They will refresh and bring renewed life to many.
These “Messengers of Hope” will be like Joseph when he fed his family and the nation in a time of great famine. They will be storehouses of hope to the hungry and thirsty. In a time of famine (global pandemic, injustice, division and losses) these messengers will feed and refresh the multitudes. Their words will be water to the thirsty soul as they pour out truth and God’s good report.
It is said that the word “hope” is commonly used in the world to signify a wish; its strength being the strength of the person’s desire. But in the Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness. The messages of hope coming will carry an anointing to give confident expectation to all that God has promised and an anointing that comes directly from His unwavering faithfulness.
The world will long to hear words of true Biblical hope as the desires of men are found greatly wanting. The Church will become the storehouse of snow that was preserved in the cleft of the Rock as we come into the time of the harvest of souls. We will be used to clothe men in white garments of purity and to give a glass of cool refreshing “living water” to the thirsty and parched.
Come to us heavenly messengers of hope! Make us the storehouse of hope in a dry and thirsty land.
“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
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We are at Jabbok
The Spirit of the Lord has been speaking to me daily over the past month about Jacob’s wrestling match recorded in the book of Genesis. This story could be described as Jacob’s wrestle with his flesh, in order to surrender, so that he would “prevail with God!” Remember, at the end of the wrestle God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning, “The one who prevails with God.”
Here is the story in Genesis 32:22-28:
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
This wrestling occurred in a place called “Jabbok.” For the past month I have felt that the body of Christ, both corporately and individually, are at a spiritual “Jabbok.” We can no longer go forth and overcome in the ways that we have in past seasons. This is a time to wrestle down our flesh with the Lord until full surrender comes upon us. It is as though there has always been a mixture of God’s power and our human strength that has overcome past battles but no longer is that the case! God will touch our hip socket so that He will prevail, leaving us with a fleshly limp but a spiritual victory.
It is time for our name to be changed from Jacob (Jakob) to Israel. Jacob means supplanter and supplanter means “someone or something taking the place of another, as through force, scheming, strategy.” As I said earlier, Israel means the one who prevails with God. The Lord is removing any attempts of our flesh to usurp the glory, strength and honor that rightfully belongs only to the Lord. Every desire within us to force or scheme our way to victory will be surrendered so that we can truly prevail with the truth of Zechariah 4:6,
So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of Armies.
When Jacob fully surrendered—after his flesh/hip socket was weakened, and his name was changed to Israel—he changed the name of Jabbok. Jabbok, meaning “to empty itself” or “a place of passing over” was now named Peniel, which means, “The face of God” or “he who strives with God.”
I believe that this is a prophetic picture of where we are at as God’s people. We are Jacob at Jabbok, and our wrestle will result in both names being changed to “Israel at Peniel.”
I love the way the late David Wilkerson describes Jabbok,
“Jabbok is the place where Jacob wrestled with the Lord. It is where he made his total surrender to God. It is where he got his new character, and new name – Israel. It was the place where he cast down his last idol, and won his greatest victory.
‘And he rose up that night… and passed over the ford Jabbok…’ (Gen. 32:22).
Jabbok means ‘a place of passing over’. It also stands for struggle; to empty and pour out. What a glorious truth is revealed in this place called Jabbok. It has everything to do with us today. It is the place where God’s people discover the secret of power over every besetting sin. It represents a life and death crisis – one that leads to absolute surrender.” (David Wilkerson)
Absolute surrender! We may have to wrestle with God in order to receive absolute surrender because our flesh and the sins of our flesh can be strong and overcome us. But, in mercy, God caused Jacob’s hip socket to be wrenched, thus causing a physical inability to continue to wrestle in the flesh. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows motion and gives stability needed to bear body weight. This is why he walked with a limp thereafter. We may walk with a limp to wrestle down our flesh and the sin that has prevailed, but afterward we will “prevail with God!”
Do not shy from this place or this wrestle because it is the greatest victory you will ever experience in becoming “one with God.” It is where you will learn to dance with God according to His steps and His lead. It is where sin will no longer prevail in your life but you will prevail with God. No more force— “by His Spirit” will be your victory song and it will bring you into a Shalom (rest) that is greatly needed.
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