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Prophetic word for today

Hospitality

First posted: March 24, 2005

E-mailed: Feb 1, 2005

Word received by: Celestia Gibson

 

{This first paragraph happened in real life}

I was literally awakened around 2:08am (I looked at the clock) by my side door bell ringing. I got up and went downstairs and turned the hall light on to find a young man with the outside door open (the main door was securely locked) asking me if "Ronald or Randall" was here? I responded by saying you have the wrong house. He then apologized for waking me and left. I went to my window and watched him stand in the street trying to determine if he should go up further or not. He eventually turned and went the other way. I stayed by the window for a while, just to see if he would come back, and saw a black car come up the street and turn around and back into his driveway. I  went back to bed around 2:23am, and pondered on this event and fell off to sleep.......
 
Dream:

I had this dream that I was awakened by a sound downstairs, and I got up and went downstairs and began to look around. I noticed that the downstairs side door was open because the light was on, and, then, I began to see some young girls coming in the house; I felt they were girls because of how they acted. I asked them why they were in my house, and didn't really get a response. I remember then running out of the house and looking for someone who could call 911 for me. I saw this man in a white car and got him to stop by, telling him that someone had gotten into my house and I needed to call the police. He agreed to let me use his cell phone. As I talked to the dispatcher, they stated they would send somebody.

 

In the meantime, the young girls came out of the house, and I knew they had found my rings, so I began to tell them to give them back. Slowly, after a short while, they gave them back. I remember seeing the opal ring (because they dropped it) that I wore on my left hand and the diamond that I wore on my right hand that has 50 sets in it. I began to stress to them to give back the ring that was the most important to me, my anniversary ring that I wear on my left hand, and was the most expensive ring. They would not acknowledge they had that ring, but I knew they did.

 

After a while, I went back into the house and began to go upstairs, and found some small children playing on the steps. As I came back down the stairs, there was a woman in the house who appeared to be one of the children's mother. She began to explain something about the young men in the neighborhood, as if to express some reasoning why this event had happened. I then woke up and realized it was a dream because it had seemed so real.


Celestia Gibson

mwcoutreachministries.com

 

 

Our comments

Ronald & Randall

The key to understanding the dream above lies in the two names ("Ronald" and "Randall") that were asked by the young man who rang the bell. This may sound a little strange, but these are the first things that the Lord brought to my mind soon after I read these names for the first time:

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Ronald ... Ronald McDonald

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Randall ... Tony Randall

 

As you all may know, "Ronald McDonald" is the name of the clown that symbolizes the McDonald's hamburger franchise. A clown's job is to entertain kids and to make them laugh, and he or she must be willing to do foolish, self-deprecating things if that's what it takes to make the children laugh. This means that a clown must be a "people-pleaser", and, as we have said before, this means having a "spirit of service". As we have also said before, the ministry most related to God's Spirit of Service (one of the 7 Spirits of God) is the pastoral ministry. Therefore, when the young man asked for "Ronald", it was a prophetic way of asking for "pastoral service".

 

As many of you may remember, "Tony Randall" is the name of the actor who played the "neat guy" on the "Odd Couple" situation comedy. In this TV show (which was on the air over 30 years ago), two men shared an apartment. One of them (played by Tony Randall) was a compulsively meticulous and organized person, while the other one was disorganized and spontaneous. As we have said before, teachers are endowed with God's Spirit of Perfection (one of the 7 Spirits of God), which makes them very methodical, organized, and detail-oriented. Therefore, the character played by Tony Randall in the "Odd Couple" sitcom was a "teacher". This means that, when the young man asked for "Randall", it was a prophetic way of asking for "teacher attention".

 

All of this means that the young man's request for "Ronald or Randall" was a prophetic way of asking to be served by the pastoral and teaching ministries. As we have said before, these two ministries are spiritually "female", and their calling is to stay "home" in order to nurture and edify what the "male" ministries have brought "home". The "male" ministry anointings (apostle, prophet, and evangelist) are projection anointings that propel believers out to blaze new trails, see God's visions, and wage spiritual warfare, while the "female" ministries are designed to "refresh" and give "rest" to those who come home from spiritual battle. The pastoral and teaching ministries are called to "wash the feet" of the saints who come home with their feet "dirty" from the battle, and they are called to nurture and edify the "new things" that the male ministries bring "home".

 

As you may have noticed, both the names "Ronald" and "Randall" begin with the letter "R". Therefore, they could be abbreviated as "R & R". The abbreviation "R & R" is commonly used to refer to the phrase "Rest and Relaxation", and this is no coincidence. As we studied before, Isaiah 32:18 reveals that pastors in the Spirit have the gift to establish "quiet resting places" where believers can have mental rest, while teachers in the Spirit have the gift to establish "sure tabernacles" where believers can relax their emotions. Therefore, the "rest" in "Rest and Relaxation" is provided by "Ronald" the pastor, while the "relaxation" is provided by "Randall" the teacher.

 

The young man represents the male ministries who are coming "home" and are asking for "R & R". 

 

The inhospitable General Hospital

In a sense, the pastoral and teaching ministries (especially the pastoral ministry) act as the spiritual "nurses" that cure and care for those who are injured in spiritual battle. They help the church to act as a "spiritual hospital". The Church is supposed to be a military encampment with a hospital to treat the wounded. However, when the "female" ministries are dominant, the Church is turned into a permanent hospital where believers are in a permanent state of weakness and dependency, and where no one goes out of "home" to do battle in the spirit realm. What was originally meant to be a "sub-role" has become the generalized role of the Church. The Church has becomes a "General Hospital" instead of a military camp with a hospital.

 

When the "female" ministries rule, the soul rules and the Spirit is covered up. This creates a General Hospital with a "hospitality" problem, as shown by the following passage:

 

"1Let brotherly love continue. 2Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body." (Hebrews 13:1-3)

 

The phrase "entertain strangers" in verse 2 above was translated from the Greek word philonexia, which is derived from the word philoxenos, which in turn is derived from the following words:

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philos -- meaning "friend" or "beloved at the soul level"

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xenos -- meaning "stranger" or "foreigner" (the English word "xenophobia" is derived from xenos)

In other words, the word "hospitality" in Greek is equivalent to saying "love of strangers". In a sense, "xenophobia" and "hospitality" are antonyms in the Greek.

 

The word "entertained" in verse 2 above was translated from the Greek verb xenizo, which is derived from the word xenos and means "to receive as a guest" or "to show hospitality to". Therefore, it becomes evident how the concept of hospitality is intimately related to taking in "strangers" or "unknown" people. The Western mindset does not easily associate "hospitality" with "strangers", but the Middle Eastern mindset does. Passages such as Judges chapter 19 and Genesis chapter 19 clearly show how important hospitality to strangers was to people in the Middle East.

 

The phrase "brotherly love" was translated from the Greek word philadelphia, which is derived from the Greek word philos mentioned above and the word adelphos meaning "brother". In other words, philadelphia represents a strong love at the emotional, soul level towards our "brothers" in Christ. The only reason why believers can call each other "brother" or "sister" is because we belong to the same Father --- God --- and He calls Himself the "Father of spirits" (Hebrews 12:9), not the "Father of souls". We are brothers and sisters because we all have God's spirit nature (Colossians 3:10) inside of us. This means that our connection to each other is at the spirit level, not the soul level.

 

At the soul level, we are all very different. Some believers in Christ might like reggae music, while others might like country music. Some believers might like football, while others might like tennis or hockey. In a sense, our soul is influenced by many circumstantial factors, and God has decreed (Genesis 11:1-9) that true unity based on the soul level is impossible. However, God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4), meaning that, when we move in the God-nature inside of us, we easily identify with the God-nature in others. Therefore, the "brotherly love" of Hebrews 13:1 means having a soul that agrees with the spirit in loving the spirit-man in my fellow brother or sister. Fellow believer, I can call you my "brother" or my "sister" because there is a spirit-man inside of you that is made of exactly the same spiritual substance as the spirit-man in me. We are not "soul brothers"; we are "spirit brothers".

 

Our spirits easily identify with each other because they all proceed from the same Eternal Father. However, when we allow our souls to domineer over our spirit-man, our mutual identification in the Spirit is lost. The soul finds the spirit's behavior strange and incomprehensible, because our souls were not designed to understand the things of the spirit on their own:

 

"12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)

 

This is why people "in the soul" find the things that are said and done by people "in the spirit" to be "weird" and "quirky":

 

"51I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" (John 6:51-52)

 

"1In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it; 2At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot." (Isaiah 20:1-2)

 

Talk about "odd" behavior!!! The prophet in the passage above was walking around without a "loin cloth", and he even claimed that God had told him to do so! You can only imagine what a typical, modern-day "evangelical" would have said regarding such weird behavior: "That man Isaiah must surely be a false prophet. Why would God tell him to walk around naked?" They would even add, "That is not the God I know", and they would be right in saying that, because the traditional, religious evangelical does not really know the God of Scripture. They have fashioned a "God" according to the likings of their soul, and anything that is unpleasant or foreign to their souls' liking is simply hidden under the rug of willful ignorance.

 

Spitting image

I love to ask stubborn evangelicals about the blind man that Jesus healed by spitting. Most seem to conveniently remember the blind man whom Jesus sent to the pool of Siloam (John 9:6-8). In that case, the Lord spat on the ground, "made clay of the spittle" (John 9:6) and anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. Weird enough as that was, there was an even weirder healing performed by the Lord that involved spitting:

 

"22And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought." (Mark 8:22-23)

 

Notice that the villagers at Bethsaida asked Jesus to heal the blind man by touching him. In other words, they wanted a traditional-style healing to be performed. Jesus, however, took the blind man and led him all the way out of town. After that, He proceeded to spit on His eyes!!! Why would Jesus do such a strange thing? Why didn't He just lay His miracle-working hands on the blind man and make him see? Because, by taking the blind man out of town, he was removing him from the spiritual influence that produced his physical blindness, and that influence was the Perizzite lack of spiritual vision that was shared by the villagers in Bethsaida. As we have said time and time again, Jesus was more interested in plucking out the spiritual root of the disease than in removing the disease itself. Every act he performed while healing this blind man was addressing the invisible, spiritual issues behind this man's physical blindness.

 

Can you imagine the uncertainty that the blind man felt as he was being guided out of town by Jesus? "Where is this man taking me?", he must have thought. "Who is this stranger who is leading me by the hand? Can this guy be trusted? Where are my friends and relatives who brought me to him? Are they coming along too? What if this man wants to do something bad to me?". This man was a man trapped in a spiritual comfort zone; he always played it safe, and he was always afraid to step out into the unknown. As we have said before, the Perizzite spirits disable people's feet and prevent them from venturing out of their small-village atmosphere. When Jesus allowed His feet to be nailed to the cross, He was paying the price so that our feet could be free from the bondage of Perizzite fear.

 

Can you imagine what the blind man felt as Jesus finally stopped walking? He must have thought, "Well, nothing bad has happened so far. I guess this man can be trusted. He must be preparing himself to lay his hands on me right abooooout now!", when, suddenly, he heard two "ptooeys" and he felt as if two chunks of sticky liquid had hit his two eyes, and he began to feel the spittle running down his face!!! Can you imagine what the blind man's friends would have said if they had been there to witness this moment? They would have said, "Man, I told you this guy was a false prophet. Look at him. We asked him to heal our friend, and all he does is spit on him? Come on, let's take our friend and get outta here!!".

 

Why did Jesus spit on the blind man? To spit on a person's face is a sign of "profound repudiation". When Yeshua spat on the blind man, He was saying, 

"Blind man, I hate and repudiate the attitudes in your heart that have led to your blindness. You have allowed yourself to be foot-bound by your Perizzite fear long enough. The Father hates the fear in your heart. When you persist in belittling yourself, He does not say, 'Oh, what a humble servant'. He says, 'Oh, what a faithless coward'. Step out into the unknown and trust Me, for I have great things for you. Today, you will begin to see the growth potential in others, and you will also see it in yourself"

 

This is why the blind man then said the following:

 

"And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking." (Mark 8:24)

 

Why did he see men "as trees". Because trees are not static living beings. They start with a small, "insignificant" seed and they can grow to be large and majestic trees:

 

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." (Isaiah 61:3)

 

When this man finally saw the inherent growth-potential in all men, the spiritual roots behind his physical blindness were destroyed, and he began to see, both physically and spiritually:

 

"25After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town." (Mark 8:25-26)

 

After all the "strange" things Jesus did at first, He "finally" laid His hands on the blind man's eyes and the blind man "saw every man clearly" (v25). Notice that it does not say, "saw everything clearly". Why? Because his problem was the way he perceived the God-potential of man. His mind was unable to see the growth-potential in all men, including himself.

 

Notice also that Jesus told him not to go back into the town. Why? Because that would have exposed him once again to the influence of the Perizzite spirit of blindness. He also told the blind man not to tell anyone in the town about the healing. Why? Because that would have drawn the inevitable questions, "How did he heal you? Why did he take you out of town? Where did he take you?", which would have then forced the blind man to narrate the "weird" spitting "incident", and you can only imagine the "yucky" faces everyone would have made. This would have exposed the once-blind man to the Perizzite's simplistic way of seeing things, and it would have led to Perizzite seeds being planted in his recently-cleansed heart once again.

 

I'm amazed at how most believers can read through Mark chapter 8 without ever stopping to notice all the strange and "unorthodox" things that Jesus did while healing this blind man. Most evangelicals who would have witnessed this story in person would have had serious doubts about Jesus' ministry. It's easy to say, "I would not have doubted, because Jesus is my Lord". However, you have to remember that, at the time of these events, Jesus was "nothing more" (humanly speaking) than an itinerant preacher who was hated and reviled by the recognized religious leaders of his day. Whenever Jesus entered a town, He would not say, "I am Jesus of Nazareth, pastor of the Nazarene Synagogue of central Galilee". He would simply show up and start preaching, and the people who did listen to Him did so because they recognized the Anointing in Him, not because they recognized the name of his "home synagogue":

 

"19And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 20And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." (Matthew 8:19-20)

 

All of the above reveals the following undeniable spiritual truth: If you expect to recognize the things of the Spirit through human means that are familiar to the natural soul, you will never recognize them, for God has declared that no flesh shall glory in His presence. If you are not willing to play by the rules of the Spirit, you are not going to be allowed into His game.

 

Therefore, your soul must learn to be "hospitable" to strange and unfamiliar things. If your soul is willing to love the things of the Spirit (philadelphia) you will become a host to "angels". Why does Hebrews 13:2 (quoted above) speak of hosting "angels"? As we have said before, Scripture portrays angels as "soulless spirits", i.e.- spirits who do not exhibit any soul weakness. The angels portrayed in Scripture are not the adorable, cuddly creatures the world makes them out to be. Angels are fear-inspiring beings who mercilessly execute God's judgments, killing thousands of people on many occasions. The natural soul is not able to stomach such "nasty creatures". The natural soul will never put out the "welcome mat" for angels. They are too "strange", too "foreign" to fit in with the natural soul because the natural soul focuses on two things:

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Girgashite mental understanding and 

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Canaanite soul communion and mushy unity.

Therefore, the reference to "hosting angels" in Hebrews 13:2 goes beyond giving "room and board" to winged dudes who glow in the dark!!! It is referring to souls that are not inhospitable to strange messengers who speak the weird and "soul-offensive" things of the Spirit.

 

2:08am

The Lord sent the young man to sister Celestia's house to give her a real-life illustration of what many congregations (and the Church in general) have done when God's "angels" have showed up. For starters, the young man arrived at an hour that was completely unexpected by the natural mind, and some would even label it as a "rude" time to be ringing a door bell. The time was 2:08am, and that time has prophetic significance.

 

The time between midnight and 0:59am is the 1st hour of the day, and the time between 1:00am and 1:59am is the 2nd hour of the day. Therefore, the time between 2:00am and 2:59am is the 3rd hour of the day. In other words, the young man rang the bell on minute #8 of the 3rd hour. As we have said before, the number "8" in Scripture speaks of regeneration, and it inevitably points to Noah:

 

"19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water." (1 Peter 3:19-20)

 

"4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly" (2 Peter 2:4-6)

 

Notice that brother Noah is called a "preacher of righteousness", not a "preacher of love and compassion" or a "preacher of mercy and mutual understanding". Noah was a man who spoke word of judgment, and, as we have said before, the first and only time that Noah is ever quoted in Scripture, he appears cursing his own grandson Canaan (Genesis 9:25) -- talk about a loving grandfather! Hebrews 11:7 clearly declares that Noah used his faith to condemn the world (not to get a brand-new camel). Words such as "curse", "condemn", and "judge" are unpleasant and strange to the natural soul. That is why the natural soul will always be inhospitable towards the angel Noahs that knock on their doors.

 

The fact that the young man knocked during the 3rd hour points to the following passage:

 

"1Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." (Hosea 6:1-3)

 

I have heard preachers (especially those who move in the prophetic) enthusiastically quoting verses 2 and 3, emphasizing the blessings and revival that are about to come upon the Church. However, they rarely focus on what God says in verse 1 and in the verses after verse 3. Notice how verse 1 clearly declares that God will "heal" us after having "torn" us, and that God will "bind us up" after having "smitten" us. Yes, the God of love "tears people up", and, yes, the God of love "smites people". Why? Because God is a God of regeneration. When the clay vessel goes irremediably crooked, He shatters the vessel and starts over. This is what He did in the days of Noah, when He wiped out the human race and started all over again with Noah's descendants, and this is what He is doing in the spirit realm to a pastoral Church that has gone irremediably crooked.

 

"1The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel." (Jeremiah 18:1-6)

 

God is sending angel Noahs into the Church to regenerate her. Regeneration implies judgment unto destruction of all that is unrighteous so that righteousness may flourish. The natural soul thinks that all that is needed is a "spiritual touch up"; the natural soul is unwilling to admit the need of going through the painful process of removing the deep, underlying roots of sin and iniquity inside the Church. The Church needs painful, tumor-removing surgery; she needs righteous, Noah-style regeneration, and that regeneration is inextricably tied to the coming of the Lord:

 

"37But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:37-39)

[Notice that the ones "taken away" are the unrighteous ones, not the righteous ones]

 

God will not bring the longed-for "latter rain" of Hosea 6:3 without a foundation of righteousness. This is why the rest of Hosea chapter 6 says the following:

 

"4O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. 5Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. 6For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. 8Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. 9And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. 10I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled. 11Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people." (Hosea 6:4-11)

 

It angers me to see how preachers quote Hosea 6:2-3 while conveniently forgetting the rest of the chapter. Why can we say that verses 2 and 3 are words for us while the rest of the chapter is word for those "nasty" and "rebellious" Israelites of centuries past? If God spoke of the third-day "latter rain" in the context of judgments against superficial devotion, it means that the "latter rain" will not come until those judgments are executed. Notice how the Lord speaks in verse 5 of "hewing" His people by the prophets and of "slaying" them by the words of His mouth. Notice also how verse 5 speaks of the "judgments" against them as the "light that goes forth", meaning that, as God's Glory begins to shine in the East (as the sun when it rises in the morning), these judgments will grow in devastating intensity.

 

Notice also how verse 6 speaks of God's people practicing "sacrifice" instead of "mercy". This does not mean that God is calling people to be more "tolerant" towards sin. As we have studied before, what God calls "mercy" is the giving of self so that others may enter into God's righteousness. True mercy is willing to pay a heavy price so that righteousness may be fulfilled, just as the Lord Jesus did when He died for us at Golgotha. God did not simply say, "OK, all you sinners; I am kind and merciful, so I am willing to forget all your sins. You know what? We will pretend as if nothing happened. What happens on Earth stays in the Earth. I freely open the door of heaven. Come on up and live it up, for I am a kind and merciful God". Instead, He sent His Son to die on the cross --- He gave of Himself so that righteousness might be fulfilled; He did not pronounce an "amnesty decree" that cost Him nothing. And even after His Son died, He demands that we die with Him in order to be forgiven, for no man shall be forgiven if he does not first recognize his sinful nature and dies to it through repentance. The Church is very good at practicing a falsified version of mercy where God's judgments are simply ignored.

 

Most believers are very good at sowing "seed offerings" during "Praise-A-Thons" in order to get a healing for themselves or a family member, but they are very reluctant to pay a spiritual price at the hands of principalities and powers in order to see others restored spiritually. Most believers are very good at putting in hours of work at the church cafeteria, but they are very reluctant to suffer isolation, loneliness, rejection, and hardships so that others may manifest all the God-potential hidden in them. Believe you me, you don't have to go off to some remote corner of the world as a missionary to suffer isolation, loneliness, rejection, and hardships for the Lord's sake. The moment you tell the Lord, "Do whatever you want with me", the principalities and powers in the air will immediately start attacking you --- and you will feel and see their attack! This is the type of spiritual warfare that most believers are unwilling to engage in. Why? Because the pastoral matriarchy has taught believers to go after blessings and spiritual contentment for themselves and for their immediate family. This is why the Lord says in Hosea 6:6 above that His people are practicing "sacrifice" without "mercy".

 

Notice also how Hosea 6:8 speaks of God's people working iniquity --- as we have said before, the "workers of iniquity" are those who emphasize the blessings of dynamis power and who de-emphasize God's judgment logos. Hosea 6:9 then speaks of the "company of priests" who "murder in the way". This speaks of how the Church's leadership works to spiritually murder all those who speak words of righteousness that make their works of iniquity look bad, just as the religious leaders, and all those who supported them, murdered Jesus for speaking words of judgment against them and their human ways. The Church's leadership is murdering those who are propelling fellow believers to step from the "Way" stage into the "Truth" stage so that they may reach the "Life" stage. As we have said before, the "Truth" stage involves exposing ourselves to God's flaming sword of judgments, and it involves dying to all self-interest so that God's desires and purposes may be fulfilled. "Truth" believers who are more interested in pleasing God than in pleasing man are a danger to earthly, religious leaders. "Truth" believers who are more interested in executing God's justice than in soul communion are a danger to pastoral leaders whose main interest is to possess the flock than to see its sheep grow. This is why the company of priests "murder in the way".

 

Noah-style, truth-based angels are never welcome at places ruled by the natural soul, but it is only through Noah-style judgments that the "latter rain" will come in this, the third day of the Lord. As you all know, this is the third millennium since the Lord's birth, and His Glory shall be seen in His Church in these latter days. Those who refuse to understand God's visitation on the 8th minute of the 3rd hour will not be vessels of the latter rain.

 

Who's that young man?

The fact that the person who showed up at sister Celestia's house was a young man has prophetic significance. When God raised up the man who would avenge the blood of His prophets by killing the house of Ahab along with Jezebel, He sent a "young prophet" to anoint the man:

 

"1And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead: 2And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; 3Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not. 4So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead." (2 Kings 9:1-4)

 

Why didn't Elisha go in person to anoint Jehu? Because God wanted to show why He had picked Jehu over others in order to destroy Jezebel. Notice that the man who was sent to anoint Jehu is referred to as a "young man" in verse 4. It is also interesting to note that this young man's name is never mentioned. When this nameless, young prophet appeared, this is what happened:

 

"5And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain. 6And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. 7And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. 8For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: 9And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: 10And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled." (2 Kings 9:5-10)

[Notice how the God of love told Jehu to kill all the males from the house of Ahab (v8). The reason for the phrase "him that pisseth against the wall" has spiritual significance. As you may know, wild, territorial animals use their urine to "mark" their territory. Therefore, by referring to the males as those who "urinate against the wall", the Spirit is saying that the males in the house of Ahab had a strong influence of the Amorite spirit, which by its nature is very territorial. The Church is full of ministers who urinate on their church walls to mark the church (and sheep) as "theirs".

 

Notice also that the command to kill all the "wall urinators" appears in verse 8, and "8" is the number of Noah-style regeneration.]

 

The young man said "I have an errand for you, oh captain" (v5), and all the men there were captains. Yet, the only one who decided to pay attention to him and reply was Jehu. This means that Jehu did not belittle this young stranger who appeared in front of them out of the blue. It also shows that Jehu did not have a sense of self-importance over the other captains. He saw himself as an equal to his co-laborers, and he didn't simply "assume" that they were talking to him when the young man said "captain" in the singular.

 

Notice also how the young stranger tells Jehu that he shall smite the house of "Ahab thy master" (v7). This contradicts the traditional evangelical belief that all rebellion is from the "devil". Under the prophetic anointing of the Spirit, the young prophet was saying, "Yes, Ahab is your superior, yet I am calling you to kill his entire family". Here, the name "Ahab" refers to more than a person; the physical "king Ahab" was already dead when these words were spoken, yet the Lord says, "I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall" (v8), which shows that Ahab was a "living entity". Ahab here represents all the people who were imbued with Ahab's style of "leadership".

 

After the young man anointed Jehu as "king of Israel", he opened the door and "fled" (v10). Why the hurry? Because he understood that the other captains did not recognize the spiritual authority in him. If he "stuck" around, they might have felt compelled to kill him for being a "rebellion instigator", since he told Jehu to kill the current "king of Israel".

 

"11Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication. 12And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. 13Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king." (2 Kings 9:11-13)

 

Notice how the other captains referred to the young man as a "mad fellow" (v11), which reveals their complete lack of respect for the invisible anointing inside that young man. Had Elisha gone in person, I can assure you that all the captains would have immediately stood up upon Elisha's entrance. They would have vowed in a spirit of "deep religious reverence" in the presence of Elisha, "the great man of God". These fools, however, did not realize a true but often denied spiritual principle:

 

A person who is sent always goes with the authority of the one who sent him or her

 

This is why the Lord said the following:

 

"20Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 21When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." (John 13:20-21)

[Notice that, immediately after speaking of the authority of those who are "sent" (v20), the Lord was immediately troubled in spirit and said, "one of you shall betray Me" (v21). Why? Because those who are not willing to recognize the invisible authority of those who are "sent" are prime candidates to betray Him.]

 

"21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." (John 20:21-23)

[Notice that, immediately after speaking of the authority of those who are "sent" (v21), the Lord breathes on them and says to them "Receive the Holy Spirit". Why? Because the authority in us emanates from the Spirit that is inside each believer. Who can see a "breath of air"? Who can "see" the spiritual authority inside of us? The answer to both questions is one and the same.]

 

The word "remit" in verse 23 was mistranslated from the Greek word aphiemi, which literally means "to send away" and is also the Greek word for "to forgive". This is the word that appears in the Greek every time that the Lord speaks of "forgiving". Therefore, verse 23 should say, "Whose so ever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained". This shows that we have the ability to act as spiritual judges. A judge has the authority to let a defendant go or to make a defendant spend time in jail for a crime. As far as I can recall, I have never heard anyone ever preach on John 20:23. This is because pastors are too afraid to let the "sheep" understand the spiritual authority they have as judges. Jesus had the authority to "forgive" sins, and John 20:21 declares that those who are sent by Him (i.e.- you and I) walk in the same authority as when Jesus was sent by the Father:


"1And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. 2And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7And he arose, and departed to his house. 8But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men." (Matthew 9:1-8)

 

Notice that Jesus says that the "Son of man" has power to forgive (v6); He didn't say, "I, Jesus, have the power to forgive" or even "the One and Only Son of God has the power to forgive". Notice also that the multitudes glorified God when they saw the power given unto men (v8). They didn't marvel at the power that God had given Jesus of Nazareth alone (remember, the word "men" in verse 8 was inspired by the Holy Ghost). The word "power" in verse 8 is a mistranslation of the Greek word exousia, which literally means "jurisdictional power" (as opposed to the word dynamis, which speaks of raw, literal "power", as in the case of "electric power", for example). Therefore, Matthew 9:8 speaks of man's authority to judge.

 

In 2 Kings 9:11-12, quoted above, Jehu says to the other captains who belittled the young man, "You know him and his communication", to which they replied, "It is false". It is evident that they did not know the young man. Why, then, did Jehu say that they did know him? Because he was speaking of the one who sent the young man, i.e.- Elisha. In other words, Jehu was saying, "You know Elisha, don't you? If you do, you should recognize this young man as well, because those who are sent go in the authority of the one who sent them."

 

Jehu was used by God to destroy Jezebel because he recognized invisible authority and because he was not afraid to rebel against visible authority. The latter-day men and women who will destroy the spirit of Jezebel inside the Church will do the same.

 

The black car

Soon after the young man left, sister Celestia saw a "black car" coming up the street. In a prophetic sense, it is as if the young man "morphed" into a "black car". Why? Because, as we have said before, the color "black", when used in a good sense, speaks of the prophetic spirit operating under the darkness of anonymity. Congregations (and the Church in general) are generally unable to see the invisible authority of the "young prophets" God sends to them. Since they "come in anonymity", without a "recognizable name" over their heads, they are generally looked upon with great suspicion and are "sent away". The pastoral matriarchy willingly lodges sinful and unrepentant men and women inside the Church, but it is very reluctant to give "R &R" to the anonymous, war-weary prophets who ask for it.

 

2:23am?

When sister Celestia went off to sleep, it was 2:23am. Therefore, she rested on minute #23 of the 3rd hour. As we have said before, the number "23" points to the pastoral ministry. Therefore, this is a prophetic figure of how the Church has said the following to itself:

We can experience the 3rd day's "latter rain" by resting in our current pastoral state (2:23am). We don't need a major, Noah-style regeneration (2:08am). We don't need a message of judgments and righteousness to see God's Shekinah Glory in these latter days. We may need to tweak a thing here and a thing there, but there is no need for any major spiritual overhaul. Besides, any spiritual overhaul would mean that we, the pastors, would lose control of the Church, and we don't want that, do we? Do we want the Church to be run by some "inexperienced", nameless young men?

 

After the "young, anonymous prophets" are sent away and rejected in favor of a "pastoral" state, the door is opened for spirits that get people to focus on soul issues and that slowly rob people of their spiritual gifts and prophetic calling. This is why sister Celestia immediately dreamed that she was going downstairs once again, only to find the side door open. Instead of a "young man", he found a group of "young girls". As we have said before, "woman" in Scripture is generally a figure of the soul, while "man" is a figure of the spirit. This explains why there was only one young man in real life and multiple young girls in the dream. As we have said before, "multitudes" often refer to "crowds of souls" in Scripture (compare Revelation 6:9-11 with Revelation 7:9), while "oneness" often refers to the Spirit of God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 31:4).

 

In the dream, sister Celestia could discern that it was a group of "young girls" because of the way they behaved. Spiritually speaking, she was able to discern that these people were acting like souls, not like spirits, because of the soul-centered way in which they behaved. There was no air of "spiritual maturity" about them.

 

When sister Celestia asked the young girls why they were in her house, they did not respond. The reason for this is because they showed no respect for her authority to make judgments. Where the pastoral ministry dominates, Canaanite, judgment-hating spirits take over. Hivite spirits also swarm in, and people become irreverent and fearless towards God's judgments.

 

Sister Celestia's need to call "911" points to a prophetic word on "lost pearls" that we posted before. The pastoral ministry in the Church loves the number "9" because it represents blessings-gathering dynamis power, but it hates the number "11" because it represents painful purifying judgments. Since the Church has rejected the "anonymous young men", she has fallen to the number "9" and needs to undergo a judgment process that will get her from the number "9" to the number "11" where God has called her to be. Without this transition, the "young girls" will continue to invade the Church and rob her of her spiritual gifts and potential.

 

The white car

The presence of the "white car" in the dream contrasts with the "black car" in real life. While the color "black" speaks of "anonymity", the color "white" speaks of "open manifestation". Instead of a "young man", sister Celestia saw a "man" in the white car, which implicitly speaks of a "grown adult". While the young, unknown man aroused suspicion to the natural mind, the adult man in the dream did not evoke any suspicion. The man in the white car, therefore, represents a humanly recognizable ministry that is not overly unfamiliar to the natural soul.

 

In the dream, sister Celestia ran out to find someone who would call 911 for her. However, the man in the white car did not call 911 for her; he simply "agreed" to let her use his cell phone, forcing her to make the call herself. This man did not show himself to be "actively cooperative". He did not visibly help the sister to deal with the young girls as they came out of the house, and he immediately disappears from the dream soon after the call to 911. This means that, despite being a "male" on the outside, he never took "male authority" of the situation. Once the invisible "male" anointing has been sent away, the visible "male" presence becomes meaningless:

 

"2I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. 3I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? 4My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. 5I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer." (Song of Solomon 5:2-6)

 

When sister Celestia called 911, she was told that they would "send someone". This ironically means that she would be sent a "stranger" to help her with the situation. This is a prophetic figure of what we said earlier: We must be able to accept the things of the Spirit that are unfamiliar to the soul. God's rules are unavoidable, and no "latter rain" Glory will be manifested without us playing by His rules.

 

The rings

Opal is a stone of various colors that reflects light in a play of colors, which speaks of left-handed, prophetic freedom and creativity. Therefore, the opal ring that sister Celestia wore on her left hand represents the prophetic gift. The fact that the young girls dropped it to the ground is a figure of how soul-centered believers misuse the prophetic gifts, turning them into the means for obtaining temporary blessings. As we have said before, soul-centered believers make the prophetic go "Canaanite".

 

The diamond that sister Celestia wore on the right hand with 50 sets in it emphasizes what we have already said concerning the "latter rain". As we have said before, the number "50" speaks of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which points to the "latter rain" of Hosea 6:3 that God will pour down in these latter days (the Primitive Church Pentecost was the "former rain"). The "diamond" is a hard stone that can easily cut through many things, which points to the judgment logos of God, which is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). The fact that sister Celestia wore the diamond on the right hand, also speaks of God's "right-handed" judgments, righteousness, and laws. Therefore, this diamond with the 50 sets is a prophetic figure of the fact that no "latter rain" will come without an apostolic foundation of justice and judgments.

 

When the true "male" ministry anointings are not given R & R, the door is opened for soul-centeredness to come in and steal the spiritual gifts of God's people. They deprive God's people of their apostolic judgment authority and their prophetic potential, turning them into weak and spiritually irrelevant souls that go to church to get a "mental" and "emotional" filling every Sunday but nothing more.

 

Day-care church

At the end of the dream, sister Celestia found small children playing on the steps. This is a prophetic figure of how the Church has become a "day care center" for immature believers who never quite grow up in the Spirit. The children sitting at different steps speaks of believers who grow a little but who become stuck at a given spiritual level, without ever fulfilling their great God-given spiritual potential. As we have said before, true spiritual growth is impossible when apostolic judgments are abolished, and, as we have also said before, the "male" ministries are designed to feed the spirit, while the "female" ministries are designed to nurture the soul. Therefore, when the "male" ministry anointings are not welcome, spiritual growth is automatically stunted.

 

The mother who was with the children was the "day-care keeper". She represents the pastoral ministry that oversees the spiritually idle sheep at church. Instead of giving R & R to the tired believers who come "home" from battle, the pastoral ministry acts as an "entertainer" for spiritual children who are going nowhere fast.

 

It was sad to see how the mother immediately tried to link the problems in the dream to the "young men in the neighborhood". As we have said so far, the natural soul is inherently suspicious of the things of the Spirit. By blaming the problems on the "young men", she was expressing this "soulish" suspicion and feeding it in the hearts of others. This is what pastors generally do when confronted with apostolic and prophetic word that challenges their paradigms and interests.