Prophetic word for today
The Indus River
First posted: January 19, 2005
E-mailed: November 19, 2004
Word received by: Sophia Bailey
In 2002, I had the following dream:
The word "bishop" that appears in the New Testament is translated from the Greek word episkopos, which is derived from the word epi, meaning "upon" or "over", and the word skopos, meaning "watchman" or "observer". Therefore, episkopos refers to someone who "watches over", "oversees", or "supervises". A bishop is to oversee others, as a shepherd does with a flock of sheep. Since the word for "shepherd" and "pastor" are the same in Greek, we can say that the bishop ministry is a functionality of the pastoral ministry. This connection between "bishops" and the pastoral ministry is reinforced in the following passages:
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood" (Acts 20:28)
[The word "overseers" was translated from the word episkopos mentioned above. The word "flock" was translated from the Greek word poimnion, which is related to the word poimen that means "pastor" or "shepherd".]
"For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls" (1 Peter 2:25)
[The word "Shepherd" was translated from poimen, and the word "Bishop" was translated from episkopos]
Since "bishop" means "overseer" in Greek, we can say that we act as bishops when we are making sure that the people around us are growing in the Spirit and are not "going astray" from God's goals for them, as 1 Peter 2:25 declares. The Greek word skopos, which is related to episkopos, means "mark" and appears in the following passage:
"13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)
A bishop, therefore, must make sure that fellow believers do not lose sight of the "mark" or "goal" that God has for their lives. This means that, on occasions, a bishop will have to confront fellow believers when they begin to stray from the mark that God has set before them. Therefore, a bishop must be willing to reprove others, which, as we have seen before, refers to the pastoral task of making correction judgments (or iron judgments).
From all of the above, we can say that both the bishop and the pastor in the dream represent the pastoral ministry. The "bishop" represents the "overseeing" and "reproving" side of the pastoral ministry that makes sure that believers keep growing in their calling, while the "pastor" represents the side of the pastoral ministry that consoles (or "washes the feet") of fellow believers who are "going out to battle" in the Spirit, i.e.- those who are allowing God to project them outwardly under the "male" ministry anointings.
The Indian man
In the narration, sister Sophia does not specify whether the "Indian man" was a man from India or a native American Indian. As I pondered this, the Lord said to me,
"It does not make a difference. Focus on the word 'Indian'. The key is inside that word."
Regardless of whether or not the man was from India or a native American, it is evident that the word "Indian" has an air of "mysticism" attached to it. Both Indians and native Americans are known for their focus on "ethereal" and invisible things. Therefore, the Indian man in the dream speaks of a person with a spiritual focus that defies a "literal" or worldly understanding of things. In this case, the Indian man speaks of a prophetic vision that sees things from the "eagle" perspective, i.e.- from the Heavenly (not the earthly) perspective.
According to a name-origin site, the nation of "India" was named after the "Indus River", one of the world's longest rivers. According to various sources on the Internet, this river is 1,800 miles (2,900 km) long. It originates in the mountains of Tibet and flows west through the Himalayas; it crosses the Kashmir region and Pakistan before entering the Arabian Sea near Karachi. Its annual flow of 272 billion cubic yards (207 billion cubic meters) is twice that of the Nile.
The fact that the Indus River's origin is in the mountains means that the Indian man in the dream is bringing prophetic rhema word from above. The fact that it flows from east to west also has spiritual significance. In a map with the north side up, the "east" corresponds with the "right side" and the "west" with the "left side". As we have said before, the "right-hand side" is associated in Scripture with concepts such as "law", "truth", "judgment", and "death", while the "left-hand side" is associated with "life", "grace", and "freedom". As we have also said before, God "writes from right to left", meaning that He always begins with a foundation of righteousness, judgments, and truth before building and edifying "grace" and "life" in our lives. Therefore, the Indian man in the dream is bringing prophetic word that has an apostolic foundation of justice and judgments. This is reinforced by the fact that the Indian man was "sent from God", since the word "apostle" is the English version of the Greek word apostolos, which means "one sent".
The "no-title" man
The bishop and the pastor are identified in the dream by their ministerial titles. The Indian man, however, is not given any title, and is simply identified as a man "sent from God". This means that the Indian man represents a latter-day remnant who will not have the backing of well-respected ministerial titles but who will rest the credibility of its message on the invisible anointing of the Spirit.
"14Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? 16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:14-18)
[The word "doctrine" in this passage was mistranslated from the Greek word didache, which literally means "teaching"]
The long message
The fact that the Indus River has twice the flow of the Nile also has spiritual significance. The Nile speaks of Egypt, which, as we have seen before, speaks of the Girgashite spirit of earthliness. Therefore, the Indian man in the dream is bringing a prophetic flow of revelation that greatly surpasses the flow of the Girgashite teachers in the Church who interpret Scripture with a literal, natural mind. The Girgashite teachers' flow is limited, because they disdain the prophetic anointing. Since the Indian man is allowing the prophetic anointing to flow through him, his flow is "greater", which explains why his message was so long.
"And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them." (Acts 15:32)
In these latter days, God is raising a prophetic remnant that will uncover the true meaning of many, many, many passages of Scripture that have remained sealed for centuries and centuries. The condition for being a part of that secret-revealing remnant is not a "ministerial title" but a heart that longs after God's righteousness and purposes:
"9Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 12And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. 13Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid." (Isaiah 29:9-14)
The fact that sister Sophia had this dream in 2002 has spiritual significance. The number 2002 can be obtained by multiplying the numbers 11, 13, and 14. As we have said before, the number "11" in Scripture is a figure of God's apostolic, purifying judgments, and the number "13", when taken in a positive sense, refers to prophetic rebellion against human structures. The number "14" in Scripture is a figure of a prophetic remnant that is beginning to "operate" but is not yet fully manifested, as is the case with Paul in the following passage:
"1Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain." (Galatians 2:1-2)
"But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no manís person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me" (Galatians 2:6)
The phrase "these who seemed to be somewhat" above was translated from the Greek word dokeo, which is translated as "reputation" 4 verses earlier, in Galatians 2:2 quoted above. Therefore, the phrase should really say "those of reputation". Here, Paul is saying that those with humanly recognized titles did not give him any new wisdom beyond the revealed wisdom which he had already received directly from the Lord. In a sense, the Paul of Galatians chapters 1 and 2 is a prophetic figure of the "Indian man" in the dream.
Putting it all together, the year 2002 (= 11 times 13 times 14) speaks of a remnant with an apostolic ("11") and prophetic anointing ("13") that begins to speak in relative anonymity ("14"), just as the Indian man was speaking in private to the bishop and the pastor as sister Sophia was silently present.
Sister Sophia's silent presence
The name "Sophia" literally means "wisdom" in Greek. Therefore, sister Sophia's (or sister Wisdom's) presence as the message was being read to the bishop and the pastor is a prophetic figure of how the Indian man's message is laden with apostolic wisdom. The fact that sister Sophia's presence was silent means that the Indian man's wisdom is discernable only by those who have a heart that is willing to hear the voice of the Spirit.
As we have said before, Scripture declares that the purpose of wisdom is for the making of judgments. This is why sister Sophia remembers that the Indian man's message was a serious warning of coming judgment. The Indian man represents a latter-day remnant imbued with a strong prophetic and apostolic anointing that is coming to pronounce judgment word against the pastoral matriarchy inside the Church. It is coming against the wolves that emphasize a "left-handed gospel" of blessings and receiving things from God. As the Church is restored through the "Indus-River" anointing, the River of God will begin to flow, and the Name of the Lord will be Glorified on Earth.