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Prophetic word for today

In God's country

First posted: November 3, 2008

Word received by: Shamah-Elim Bible Studies

 

Yesterday (October 18, 2008), as I asked the Lord what He wanted us to write on next, He began to strongly impress something that He had spoken into my heart ever since some months ago. That is when I understood that the time had come to share that word with others.

 

Some time ago, the song "In God's country" by the Irish group U2 began to sound in my heart over and over again. These are the song's lyrics:

 

[Adapted from lirama.net and u2.com]

 

Desert sky

Dream beneath a desert sky

The rivers run but soon run dry

We need new dreams tonight

 

Desert rose

Dreamed I saw a desert rose

Dress torn in ribbons and in bows

Like a siren she calls to me

 

Sleep comes like a drug

In God's Country

Sad eyes, crooked crosses

In God's Country

 

Set me alight

We'll punch a hole right through the night

Everyday the dreamers die

To see what's on the other side

 

She is liberty

And she comes to rescue me

Hope, faith, her vanity

The greatest gift is gold

 

Sleep comes like a drug

In God's Country

Sad eyes, crooked crosses

In God's Country

 

Naked flame

She stands with a naked flame

I stand with the sons of Cain

Burned by the fire of love [2x]

 

As we have shared before, this song is a prophetic word on the green-horse remnant's plight as they go through the despair and uncertainty of their 5th-seal hibernation. Every line in this song made complete spiritual sense to me, and it fit perfectly with the spiritual picture portrayed in Scripture regarding the remnant's struggle. Yet, the second-to-last line would intrigue me, and it was some months ago when the Lord began to stir my heart's curiosity as to that line's exact meaning.

 

Earlier this year, as the Republican nomination race in America intensified, I asked the Lord whom He had set His eyes on, and, one Saturday morning, he made me listen to a brief speech by John McCain. After hearing that speech, I was left with a strong impression of "quiet genuineness". I then understood that he was the, shall we say, "least worst" of all the candidates and that there was something about him that was pleasing to the Lord. Shortly after that, the phrase "sons of Cain" in U2's song began to resonate in my mind, and that is when I finally understood that this song's second-to-last line pointed to John McCain. As indicated on searchforancestors.com, the prefix "Mc" that appears in many Irish surnames literally means "son of". Thus, the surname "McCain" literally means "son of Cain". Therefore, since the song is sung by Irishmen, the second-to-last line could be changed to "I stand with the McCain's".

 

According to messages posted by various visitors on songmeanings.net, the song was inspired by U2's visit to the Arizona desert during their "Joshua tree" tour (they started and ended their tour in Arizona). The Arizona desert is sometimes referred to as "God's country", and the "crooked crosses" referred to in the song could be interpreted as being the cactus trees that anyone would see as he or she would gaze into the desert. All of this correlates with John McCain, since McCain is a senator from Arizona. The largest city in Arizona is Phoenix, which points to the believers who go through green-horse death and who allow themselves to be sent to the 5th-seal desert as Azazel goats in order to fulfil God's purposes on Earth.

 

As is also indicated on songmeanings.net, the phrase "sons of Cain" is also a reference to the descendants of Cain mentioned in Scripture:

 

"16And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 18And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech. 19And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. 21And his brotherís name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. 22And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. 23And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold. 25And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD." (Genesis 4:16-26)

 

A close study of this passage reveals that the descendants of Cain listed here lay out an intricate "restoration" process, a process that "Cain" goes through to make up for what he had done. After killing Abel, Cain had in a sense "cut off" the line of descent from which the One promised by God in Genesis 3:15 would come, so Cain and his descendants were forced to carry out an invisible spiritual work that allowed the cut-off line of descent to be restored. That is the reason why, after detailing Cain's descendants, the Spirit of God suddenly turns back to Adam and his wife in verse 25, explaining that Adam's wife had a son called Seth. As is indicated in verse 25, Adam's wife understood that Seth (whose name means "compensation") was a "replacement" for Abel's spiritual seed. As indicated in Luke 3:38, Jesus descended from Seth.

 

The spiritual process delineated by Cain's descendants in the passage above also portrays the spiritual process that the Church must go through, a process that destroys the domination of the matriarchal soul and allows for God's spirit-centred remnant to be manifested. Just like Cain, the matriarchal Church has "killed" God's remnant, and she must endure a painful spiritual process to make up for her sin. That is the reason why verse 26 above declares that Seth had a son called "Enos" (meaning "mankind") and that, after he was born, "began men to call upon the name of the Lord". Once the remnant are finally manifested, the human race as a whole will be transformed, and mankind in general will begin to "call upon the name of the Lord", which means that mankind will "call upon the Spirit nature of God so that He may be manifested in and through us".

 

Event Meaning of name Spiritual significance Apocalypse seal
Birth of Enoch "Enoch" means "dedicated" This is when it dawns on the believer that he/she has been "dedicated" or "consecrated" unto God, thus becoming aware of his/her spiritual priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). This happens in the depths of the believer's heart.

White horse

(seal 1)

Building of the city of Enoch   This is the beginnings of the external manifestation of the priesthood word that has been planted in the believer's heart. This word turns the believer into a source of contention, of internal conflict within the Church's Old-Covenant priesthood structures.

Red horse

(seal 2)

Birth of Irad According to abarim-publications.com, "Irad" may mean "to go away, escape through sprightliness" and may be translated as "fugitive". According to Strong's concordance, the word "Irad" is derived from a word meaning "to sequester itself". This is when a physical separation occurs between the faithful believer and the Old-Covenant followers. The believer flees the structures of Cain, "sequestering" or "isolating" him or herself in the lonely wilderness of scarcity, leaving the followers of Cain behind.

Black horse

(seal 3)

Birth of Mehujael Mehujael means "obliterated by God" This is when the believer becomes a living "burnt offering" unto God, allowing God to shackle him/her and to have his/her life taken down to the depths of Death and Sheol.

Green horse

(seal 4)

Birth of Methusael According to abarim-publications.com, "Methusael" can be translated to mean several things. One is "man of God", in the sense of a male who is old enough to fight and die in battle. Another possible translation is "I'm mortal; where's God?". Another possibility is "The man we wanted". Interestingly enough, the suffix "sael" can also be traced back to the word "Sheol" meaning "hell, grave, pit". This is when the believer is forced to hibernate in a 5th-seal "Paradise" in Sheol after their sacrificial death in green-horse battle. This is a period of utter weakness and "powerlessness", a period during which the remnant are forced to wait inside their narrow but relatively-safe bunkers as the drama outside plays itself out and their vindication is eventually manifested. During this difficult time, they become aware of their "mortality" and are at times compelled to ask God, "Where are you? Why hasn't our vindication been fully manifested yet?" Just as the Lord Jesus was killed by the Jews who awaited the Messiah, the remnant are killed by the very people who were awaiting their anointing's manifestation. God then waits for the people who either ignored or killed the remnant to realise that they needed the very remnant they let die. In other words, God deals with the non-remnant believers until they are willing to admit that the remnant they killed were "the man we wanted".

Temporary stay in Sheol's Paradise

(seal 5)

Birth of Lamech "Lamech" means "powerful" This is when the power of God's vindicating vengeance is released. As this power is released, His remnant are finally manifested and justified before those who had judged them wrong.

The vindicating vengeance of God (seal 6)

Marriage of Lamech to Adah and Zillah "Adah" means "ornament" As we have studied before, the ministry most directly related to impartation of spiritual gifts (charismas) is the teacher ministry. Since spiritual charismas are like ornaments that embellish the believer, we can safely say that wife Adah represents a restored teacher ministry.

The time when the soul finally sits silently at the feet of the Spirit (seal 7)

Adah gave birth to Jabal, the father of those who dwell in tents and have cattle. This means that the teacher endowment will no longer degrade into the Girgashite spirit, which, as we have studied before, compels people to act as if the natural flesh were our permanent residence instead of a temporal tent. Therefore, the birth of Jabal symbolises a restored teacher endowment that will make believers aware that we are dwelling in temporary tents that must be transformed into houses for the green Eternity of God. The word "cattle" in Genesis 4:20 was translated from the Hebrew word miqneh, which is derived from the word qanah meaning "to buy, acquire, possess". Thus, the birth of Jabal also speaks of material possessions (which the Girgashite spirit can become obsessed about) becoming subservient to God's Eternity. Being "tent dwellers" first, Jabal believers will see material prosperity as a means to further eternal ends, for it makes no sense to obsess about accumulating material goods in a place you are staying at temporarily.
Adah also gave birth to Jabal's brother Jubal, the father of all who handle the harp and the flute, i.e.- the father of "musicians" (the harp represents stringed instruments, and the flute, translated as "organ" in the King James Version, represents wind instruments). As music students surely know, there is a "methodical" element to music, but that methodical element must not be allowed to constrain musical creativity. As we have studied before, teachers are methodical by nature. Therefore, Jubal's birth represents a latter-day teacher endowment whose methodical nature enables (as opposed to constraining) prophetic flow and random creativity. This is the reason why both the name Jabal and Jubal have meanings related to "flow" (Jabal means "stream of water" and Jubal means "stream"). As we have studied before, teachers are perfected when they become prophets, meaning that Adah and her offspring represent a latter-day teacher endowment that has been perfected in the Spirit.
Zillah means "shadow" As we have studied before, the ministry with the most direct calling to remain in the shadows of anonymity is the pastoral ministry (which is the opposite of what man has done, for soulish man has turned the pastoral ministry into the most visible and preeminent ministry). Therefore, Zillah represents a restored pastoral ministry.
Zillah gave birth to Tubal-Cain, the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. As we have said before, "bronze" represents formation judgements and "iron" represents judgements of correction. As we have also said before, pastors who stray from God's will turn into judgement-abhorring Canaanites. Therefore, the birth of Tubal-Cain speaks of a restored pastoral endowment that operates in God's apostolic judgements without hindering them. In Hebrew, the name "Tubal" has the connotation of someone being dragged; thus, the name "Tubal-Cain" speaks of pastors dragging the unrepentant to judgement tribunals rather than shielding them from God's restoring judgements. Just as Tubal was a forger of metal, the latter-day pastoral endowment will forge righteousness by allowing God's sledgehammer to mould His people into His likeness. As we have said before, pastors are perfected when they become apostles, and, as we have also said before, the ministry most related to judgements is the apostolic ministry. This means that Zillah and her offspring represent a latter-day pastoral endowment that has been perfected in God.
Zillah also gave birth to a daughter called Naamah. It is interesting to consider that she is the only woman mentioned amongst Cain's descendants, which correlates with the fact that both the pastoral and teacher ministries are "female" (with the pastoral ministry being the more "dominant" of the two). The name "Naamah" means loveliness, and is derived from the word naem meaning "to be pleasant, beautiful, sweet, delightful". This means that the latter-day pastoral ministry will forge "female" souls that are pleasant, beautiful, and delightful to God's eyes, for they will have a grace founded on righteousness forged through judgements. They will be yielded souls, souls that stand silent before the Spirit without trying to domineer over Him.

 

Therefore, the spiritual meaning behind the phrase "We stand with the sons of Cain" in the lyrics above speaks of those who participate in the silent restoration process that allows for the remnant to be manifested in these latter days. In Genesis 4, the spiritual restoration being carried out by Cain's descendants was silently taking place far away from Adam and his wife. However, that silent, faraway process ended up affecting their lives directly. In the same way, the remnant have been forging a silent yet violent spiritual process during their 5th-seal period, and as they have, their hearts have been burning with the vision of God's latter-rain manifestation, a manifestation that will be evident to all of mankind, even to those who were not aware of the invisible spiritual process that led to it.

 

I stand with the sons of Cain

Burned by the fire of love

 

In their hearts, the remnant live in God's country. Their hearts are consumed by the vision of God's Kingship being established on Earth. Unlike the rest of the Church, they do not see God's Kingdom in terms of submission to hierarchical religious structures in the middle of an otherwise rebellious world that is indifferent to God's plans. Instead, they see the work of the Spirit in terms of spiritual warfare where you are either on one side or the other and where the side of God is called to overtake the side that is against Him. They do not see the work of the Spirit in terms of political squabbles where the main interest is to establish who the "elite" and who the "subordinate" are. They do not see the world as a permanently-divided parcel of land where two kingdoms can coexist without a constant and direct conflict between them, a divided world where each kingdom's elite are more concerned with maintaining hegemony over their own ranks than about destroying the other kingdom. The remnant, under the "green-horse" anointing, are uncompromising believers who are bent on seeing the fullness of God's spirit nature manifested on Earth. Unlike the "Trekkie Church", God's green remnant are not waiting for God to come down and magically set up His kingdom on Earth. They understand that God's Kingdom is already here, only that it is hidden inside God's faithful and it must be birthed forth through believers who are wiling to bear the "gastric burden".

 

"22Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26And if satan cast out satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29Or else how can one enter into a strong manís house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." (Matthew 12:22-30)