Prophetic word for today
First posted: March 27, 2005
E-mailed: March 25, 2005
Word received: May 12, 2004
Word received by: Robyn Cavalera
We received the e-mail with this word exactly one day after we posted the word entitled "Hospitality". This word was in the middle of the e-mail, in between other words and dreams sent by sister Robyn. She received this word from the Lord on May 12, 2004, which is 316 days before March 24, 2005, when the "Hospitality" word was posted. Yet, this word matches perfectly with what the Lord made us share in the "Hospitality" word. Notice, for example, what the Lord said near the end of this word:
This coincides with what the Lord prompted us to write in the "Hospitality" word:
"If you are not willing to play by the rules of the Spirit, you are not going to be allowed into His game."
The fact that sister Robyn received this word 316 days before we posted the "Hospitality" word also has spiritual significance. The number 316 equals 79 times 4, and, as I pondered on this, the Lord said to me, "Psalm 79:4", which says the following:
"We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us." (Psalm 79:4)
Notice how this passage speaks of someone not being accepted by his neighbors, which speaks of living in an "inhospitable" neighborhood.
As I meditated on the number "316", the Lord also said to me, "Isaiah 31:6", which says the following:
"Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted" (Isaiah 31:6)
This speaks of how the children of Israel (i.e.- the believers in the Church) have rejected and separated themselves from God. Notice how the verse seems to speak to a specific individual as if to say,
"Buck the trend; go against what the other believers are doing, and follow the God that they have rejected. Don't allow your acceptance or rejection to be based on what the others accept or reject, for, although they have the name of 'children of Israel', they have rejected Me, says the Lord, and they have shown themselves to be hostile and inhospitable towards Me."
Interestingly enough, Isaiah 31:6 comes two verses after Isaiah 31:4, which speaks of a young lion fighting against a multitude of shepherds. This correlates with the contrast between the "one young man" and the multitude of "young girls" mentioned in the prophetic word on "Hospitality".
As I meditated on the number "316", the Lord also brought the verse "1 Timothy 3:16" to my mind:
"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." (1 Timothy 3:16)
[The word "justified" was translated from the Greek word dikaioo, which can also be translated as "vindicate". In other words, the Lord will be vindicated in the spirit realm, despite all those on Earth who questioned His authority.]
Notice how this verse speaks of God being manifested in the flesh, with correlates with God's angelic visitations in forms and shapes that are unexpected by the natural mind.
The phrase "seen of angels" in 1 Timothy 3:16 was translated from the Greek words optanomai (meaning "to see") and aggelos (meaning "angel" or "messenger"). These two Greek words appear together in only 5 other verses of the New Testament (Luke 1:11, Luke 22:43, John 1:51, Acts 7:30, and Acts 7:35), and, in all these verses, the verb optanomai is used to refer to people who saw an angel. 1 Timothy 3:16 is the only verse where the verb optanomai is used to refer to angels seeing someone else (instead of the other way around). Another difference is the fact that 1 Timothy 3:16 is the only verse of the 6 besides John 1:51 where angels are referred to in the plural. There is a reason for all of this.
While the other 5 verses (listed above) speak of angels coming from above with a direct message to a given individual, 1 Timothy 3:16 is referring to "intermediary angels" on Earth. This is why the phrase "seen of angels" appears before the phrase "received up into glory", which shows that these "angels" were not up above when they saw Him. The "angels" of 1 Timothy 3:16 are the same "angels" referred to in the following passage:
"1God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?" (Hebrews 1:1-5)
The "angels" of 1 Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 1:1-5 are the intermediary messengers on Earth who relayed messages from God under the scheme of the Old Covenant, in which the people in general did not have a direct relationship with God. In the 5 verses listed above, the "angel" in question would descend from above and bring a direct ministration of the Father's Presence and Glory to the person. On the other hand, the "angels" of 1 Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 1:1-5 are men on Earth who would deliver a literal message from God without a direct ministration of God's Eternal Glory and Presence:
"6Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious." (2 Corinthians 3:6-11)
Therefore, we can conclude that the phrase "seen of angels" in 1 Timothy 3:16 speaks of how God would vindicate His Son in the eyes of the "intermediary angels" who would refuse to believe in Him because He did not rest His authority on the Old Covenant structures they had placed their faith in.
There are many believers who are "hospitable" to the intermediary angels. I know believers who would give anything to give room and board to a recognized pastor visiting from another city or country. These same believers, however, become very hostile and skeptical when an unknown person speaks a previously unheard message to them under the Anointing. The ironic thing is that, if a recognized and well-accepted pastor gave them the exact same message, word for word, they would "believe" him. This shows that these people believe in ministers, but not in God Himself. God cannot be seen with the natural eye (1 Timothy 6:16); therefore, if you need humanly visible authority to believe a message from God, you don't really know God in your heart.
"29And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 30For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. 31The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. 33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light." (Luke 11:29-33)
Those who refuse to discern the sign of Jonah will not be hospitable to God's "strange" angels.