Prophetic word for today
Red Sox win!
First posted: October 29, 2004
Last updated: July 29, 2005
Word received: Early October & October 28, 2004
Received by: Shamah-Elim Bible Studies
In early October, 2004, the Lord said to me:
October 27, 2004
He repeated this to me about a day later, but I was unable to discern the meaning of that date. I began to fear that something terrible like 9-11 would happen, but the Lord reassured me that nothing terrible would happen. Yet, I kept feeling as if that date was somehow related to 9-11.
A few days later, I found out that the New York subway system would be celebrating its 100th anniversary on October 27, 2004. A few days after that, I learned that there would be a lunar eclipse on that date.On October 27, the Boston Red Sox ended an 86 year old drought by winning the World Series in 4 games over the St. Louis Cardinals. To be honest with you, I never thought I would ever see the day when the Red Sox would win a World Series, and I began to discern in my spirit that this seemingly "unimportant" sports event had tremendous spiritual significance. As I began to ponder on the details surrounding the Red Sox victory, I was surprised by the powerful spiritual message behind it.
October 27, 2004 was indeed a historical date in human history.
This is the prophetic interpretation:
The Red Sox' inability to win the World Series since their last Series championship in 1918 was attributed to the so-called "curse of the Bambino". According to many, bad luck began to haunt the Red Sox ever since they traded pitcher/slugger Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees after the 1920 season. After that trade, the Yankees went on to win 26 World Series, while the Red Sox never won another Series. Their previous World Series appearance occurred in 1986, where they were 1 inning away from winning it all in game 6, but an unfortunate error by the first baseman led to a total debacle that resulted in the New York Mets winning the Series in 7 games.
The "curse of the Bambino" has spiritual significance. The Bambino, George Ruth, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. As we share in a previous prophetic word, "Mary" has become a religious figure representing the "pastoral matriarchy" that has dominated the Body of Christ for centuries. Therefore, the fact that Babe Ruth was from the state of "Mary-land" means that he represents the presence of the pastoral matriarchy inside the Church in the USA.
The Bambino's last name, "Ruth", literally means "pity, compassion", which represents the spirit of "human mercy" that has dominated the Church as a result of the pastoral matriarchy. As we have shared before, this spirit of "human mercy" has turned the Church into a spiritual "Bethesda" where believers are seen as nothing but weak and dependent souls that need the compassion and mercy (i.e.- the "ruth") of their glorious "ministers"; the Church has been a spiritual Capernaum where pastors reject the God of righteousness and preach a "God" of mercy that acts like a grandfatherly Santa Claus whose only interest is to make his little children "feel good".
As many of you may know, the famous Pentecostal revival of Azusa Street started in 1906. In chapter 8 of his book "Azusa Street" (written in 1925), Frank Bartleman declares that he, along with others, had prophesied that there would be 7 years of "Pentecostal abundance", followed by 7 years of "famine" (Genesis 41:29-30). Frank Bartleman then declares that this was fulfilled with the advent of World War I in 1914. It is interesting to consider that World War I ended in 1918, the last year that the Red Sox had won a World Series, and that the Bambino was traded at the end of the 1920 season, 14 years after the Azusa Revival of 1906, meaning that the 7 years of "abundance" plus the 7 years of "famine" had passed. Something happened in America by the end of the year 1920. Frank Bartleman describes how the Azusa revival began to fall into the hands of man, who, as always, began to "methodize" everything, thereby restraining the move of the prophetic Spirit of God. Man, once again, became the "lord" of the Church (cursed be the "baals" of the Church), and the revival ended. At the end of 1920, God sent a curse on the Church in the United States, because it had backslidden once again. When God saw that America was becoming a "Mary-land" where the pastoral matriarchy would not be broken and where "pastoral ruth and compassion" would once again be the predominant element of the Church, He officially pressed the "pause" button on the spiritual Revival of 1906, and the revival had been on "pause" for 86 years, up until these days.
In 1918, the Red Sox won their 5th World Series; they had won 5 of the 15 Series played up until then, and it took them 86 years to win their 6th. This has spiritual significance. As we have shared many times before, the number "5" in Scripture represents "grace to serve" and is generally related to "ministering", while the number "6" is the number of "human weakness". This means that the Church in America wanted a revival where ministers (represented by the number "5") would be in control, and where the Spirit of God would serve as the "tool" to enlarge their churches, their ministries, and their purposes for the "sheep" (not God's). It has taken 86 years to break this ministerial stranglehold on the Revival, and the groundwork is being laid so that the Church in America will recognize its human weakness ("6") and allow God, not man, to rule over the Church and to achieve His Righteous and Holy purposes, not the ministers'. It has taken America 86 years to go from "5" to "6", but she is on her way, and the glory of God shall be seen in the U.S. and across the entire planet in the years to come. To quote the old hymn, "my eyes shall see the glory of the coming of the Lord", and I shall see Him come into His Church to tear down the strongholds and to establish His Kingdom over His people, because His mighty purposes for His people shall be fulfilled.
I know that I may get criticized for the things that I am about to say, but those who may criticize me are too blind to understand that God is involved in everything, and that everything that happens in the physical realm is always a manifestation of something happening in the spiritual realm. God is involved in sports. He is involved wherever His Name is called upon, and there are many devout believers in Major League Baseball and in the NFL, and He will manifest His purposes in anything that His people consecrate unto Him, and that is a undeniable fact of spiritual life. What is the point of doing anything in life if God is not involved? (I hope and pray, fellow believer, that you will read the rest of this prophetic word in the light of 1 Peter 4:11).
"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever." (1 Peter 4:11)
In game 7 of the American League Championship Series in 2003, the New York Yankees were playing the Boston Red Sox. As I was watching the game (and rooting for the Yankees, of course), the Lord clearly said to me, "Ask Me for a Yankee homerun". From then on, every time a Yankee would come to the plate, I would pray for a homerun, but nothing would happen. It was interesting to me how, as I prayed, I seemed to know in my knower that the homerun would not be hit on that particular at-bat, but I kept praying because that is what God had clearly instructed me to do. The game went into extra innings, and, on the 12th inning, a young pinch-hitter named Aaron Boone (who had not played all game long), stepped up to the plate and proceeded to hit the homerun I had been praying for. The Lord then said to me,
"Notice that it was not Derek Jeter whom I used; notice that it was not Bernie Williams, or any of the other famous hitters, whom I used, for I glory Myself in using those whom man sees as small, so that all may know that it is I who do the mighty works of salvation. Those who have the heart of a priest shall I use, for I glory Myself in those who sacrifice themselves for others."
["Aaron" is a name that represents "spiritual priesthood" in Scripture. Aaron means "light bringer" and represents those of you who to seek to abide in God's light of revelation and be used as instruments to restore others.]
Because of Aaron Boone's homerun, the Red Sox were once again denied the opportunity to reach the World Series, and everyone said, "the curse is still alive". The game mentioned above ended in the wee hours of the morning of October 17, 2003. If you count the number of "agonizing midnights" that transpired in Boston since Aaron Boone's homerun and the Red Sox victory of October 27, 2004, you will count 376. It is interesting to consider that 376 is 47 times 8. As we have said before, "47" in Scripture represents the "River of God", while "8" represents "regeneration through judgment". This means that the only way God will bring His River is through a process of spiritual regeneration that involves suffering and the yielding of our wills. This is why the Red Sox had to go through 376 agonizing midnights to see their joy fulfilled. Now I understand why Dad told me to ask for a homerun that night!!!
As I mentioned at the top of this word, when I heard the Lord say, "October 27, 2004", my heart was filled with fear, since I felt that this date was somehow related to September 11, 2001; the Lord, however, kept reassuring me that it was not related to 9-11 in the way I thought. After the Red Sox won the Series, I decided to count the number of days between September 11, 2004 and October 27, 2004, and I found that October 27 is day #47 if you count September 11 as day #1. Once again, this points to the "River of God", and fits in with what the Lord said through the prophet Isaiah:
"And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall." (Isaiah 30:25)
The Twin Towers fell on September 11, and their sacrificial fall (which includes the sacrificial deaths of so many brave police officers and firemen) served as a fragrant offering unto God that sowed the seeds for the River of God to flow out of New York into all of the USA and the world.
When 9-11 occurred, I was struck in my spirit by the fact that the planes used to attack the Twin Towers took off from Boston. I know that this might offend some of you who may be from the Boston area, but, I have for years been convinced that Boston has a strong influence of Amorite pride and Girgashite intellectualism, and is a physical stronghold out of which Amorite and Girgashite spirits influence the entire country, so it was not surprising to me that the Hittite terrorists used Boston as their launching pad. This also explains the connection between September 11 and October 27, when the Red Sox finally won their 6th World Series.
I was compelled by the Lord to search the Internet in order to find the date when the Red Sox won the 1918 World Series. I was completely stunned to find that they beat the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 2, winning the final game on September 11, 1918!!! This is no coincidence!
If you count the number of "nights" that have passed since the 9-11 attacks up until the night when the Red Sox won the Series, you will count 1143. This means that the night of October 27, 2004 was night #1143 in which America has gone to bed with the thought of another terrorist attack. Interestingly enough, 1143 is 127 times 9. A month before September 11, 2001, the Lord kept speaking to my heart about Sheol (hell in the center of the Earth) and the terrors of Sheol; Hittite spirits are spirits from Sheol that bring terror to the Earth above:
"4The sorrowsof death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 5The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me." (Psalm 18:4-5)
[The word "hell" was translated from the Hebrew word "Sheol". Notice how this verse connects Sheol with "fear" or "terror", and Hittites are spirits of terror. Notice also how the "sorrows of death" and the "sorrows of hell" are spoken of together. In Scripture, "death" and "Sheol" often appear together.]
"4My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me." (Psalm 55:4-5)
"Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them" (Psalm 55:15)
[Again, the word "hell" was translated from the Hebrew word "Sheol". Notice how "death" and "Sheol" are mentioned together again, and notice how verse 4 of this Psalm (quoted above) relates "death" to "terror", which shows the spiritual connection between Sheol and terror.]
As the Lord spoke to me about Sheol in the month prior to September 11, He kept bringing Psalm 127 to my heart and mind:
"1Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127)
[The "vanity" referred to at the beginning of this Psalm speaks of "empty purposelessness", and the Hittite spirits are spirits that bring about emptiness and lack of prophetic purpose. The "gate" referred to at the end of the Psalm speaks of the "gates of Sheol" or "Hades" that the Lord refers to in Matthew 16:17-19].
It is very interesting to me, therefore, how the number of "restless nights" since the 9-11 attacks and the night the Red Sox won the Series is 1143, which is 127 times 9. The number "9" has various meanings in Scripture, but one of them is "the power of the Holy Spirit" (there are 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit --- 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 --- and the fruit of the Spirit has 9 manifestations -- Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore, October 27, 2004 represents God's official endowment of Holy Spirit power upon America to storm the gates of Sheol.
As I pondered all these things, the Lord made me realize how often the number "43" popped up. Consider, for example, the number "1143" discussed above. Consider also that the Red Sox waited 86 years to win their 6th World Series, and 86 is 43 times 2. Consider also that their previous World Series appearance had been in 1986, and 86 is 43 times 2. It is also interesting to consider that October 27, 2004 was day #301 of the year 2004, and 301 is 43 times 7.The constant appearance of the number "43" kept bringing "Ezekiel chapter 43" to my mind. When I went to read what this chapter says, I found the following:
"1Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: 2And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 3And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. 5So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. 6And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. 7And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. 8In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger. 9Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever. 10Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. 11And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them." (Ezekiel 43:1-11)
The number "1143" means that the U.S. reached verse 11 (the spiritual stage where the Church will recognize her shame). Therefore, the U.S. will be restored spiritually and America shall see the Glory of God in righteousness.
The previous World Series appearance by the Red Sox in 1986 also has spiritual significance. I am strongly convinced that, between 1986 and 2003, God gave Latin America the opportunity to do in the spirit realm what the U.S. had been refusing to do. However, Latin America failed miserably, and is now a modern-day Capernaum that was cast off by God on June 29, 2003. Latin America wants a "gospel" of blessings and contentment, and the spiritual revival that she is so proud of shall be revealed for what it is over the next 10 years. People will look to Latin America (with the possible exception of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay) and recognize that it has become a miserable swamp of spiritual stagnation, and it shall remain a swamp until the end of time.
Those of you who watched the final game of the World Series on TV will have noticed how many of the Red Sox players thanked and praised God for their victory. Orlando Cabrera, the shortstop, said that he felt that God had brought him to the Red Sox and had set everything in order for a purpose. Pedro Martinez, one of the pitchers, kept thanking God for the victory. David Ortiz, one of the Red Sox sluggers, kept looking up to Heaven and thanking God as he sat in the dugout, watching the final 3 outs of the game; when the game ended, David Ortiz came out of the dugout and lifted up his hands in praise towards God, publicly recognizing Him for the victory. Curt Schilling, one of the pitchers who was key in getting the Red Sox to the Series, is also a born-again Christian.
As the Red Sox made an unprecedented comeback from a 3 games to none deficit against the Yankees during the American League Championship Series, Curt Schilling was forced to pitch with an injury to one of his ankles. The TV cameras caught a shot of how his sock was turning red from the blood that was coming out of his ankle as he pitched. This has prophetic significance. A few months after the 9-11 attack, the Lord taught me that those who are walking in His prophetic will are like men and women clothed in brilliantly white garments, but whose feet are bleeding because of the attacks of earthly, Girgashite believers upon their souls. As we have said in previous articles, Girgashites hate prophets, and they often attack prophets, causing their souls to "bleed". Girgashites are spirits of earthliness, and they torture the "souls" (or "soles") of prophets as their feet make contact with the Girgashites' thorny earth. The name "Red Sox", therefore, refers to the prophetic call upon believers to bleed from their feet and to dye their socks with their red blood as they struggle against the attacks of Girgashite believers and spirits throughout the world:
"11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (Matthew 5:11-12)
"24And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 25But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian." (Luke 4:24-27)
[The word "country" refers to the prophet's land or "earth" of origin. Since Girgashite spirits are spirits of earthliness that establish earthly traditions, they are being referred to when the Lord uses the word "country" (along with the Canaanites, in a subtler way).]
The fact that Curt Schilling bled from his ankle, therefore, means that the true prophetic spirit will be restored in America and throughout the world.
The fact that the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals also has spiritual significance. As you may know if you follow Major League Baseball, the Cardinals' official color is "red" and their nickname is the "redbirds" (for obvious reasons). The name "Cardinal" is also used as a religious title of honor in the catholic religion; even the name of the city that the Cardinals play for (Saint Louis) speaks of religiosity, since the "canonizing" of "saints" is man's effort to glorify man instead of God.Therefore, the battle between the Red Sox and the Cardinals represents the spiritual struggle between those who are willing to be red in their feet versus those who want to be red all over. It represents those who want to suffer prophetically versus those who want to live in the comfort of Girgashite structures and religious hierarchies (the color "red" is related in Scripture with the Girgashite spirit). The fact that Boston beat St. Louis means that the prophetic, foot-bleeding spirit, finally overcame the red Girgashite spirit of religiosity in America.
It is also interesting to consider that the Cardinals had defeated the Red Sox in two previous World Series (in 1946 and in 1967). This third try represents the last chance America had to manifest the prophetic spirit, and, thankfully, the U.S. responded, and it shall be blessed for it.
The connection between Boston, St. Louis, and the 9-11 attacks is also evident by the fact that the first Super Bowl played shortly after 9-11 was Super Bowl 36 (in early 2002), where the New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams to win their first ever NFL title (Boston belongs to the area of the U.S. known as "New England"). Isn't it interesting that God made the Patriots win the Super Bowl right after the U.S. had been savagely attacked on September 11? "Rams" in Scripture represent "spiritual strength", meaning that God was anointing America with power to tear down spiritual strong men in high places. This is why the Taliban and Saddam Hussein fell as a result of 9-11.
It is also interesting to note that, in January of 1986 (the same year that the Red Sox had last reached the World Series and lost), the New England Patriots were blown away by the Chicago Bears 46-10 in Super Bowl 20. Chicago (and the state of Illinois as a whole) is a spiritual stronghold of the pastoral matriarchy in America, and is dominated by Amorite and Hittite spirits (no wonder the Cubs and White Sox have also been under a curse). In 1986, the Lord tested America, and she was found unwilling to break the "bear hug" of pastoral domination, so He gave Latin America the opportunity to do what the U.S. was unwilling to do, but she failed, and the calling has returned to the U.S. and Europe.
The fact that October 27, 2004 was the 100th anniversary of the New York City subway system has spiritual significance. This means that a spiritual undercurrent is already moving in America, and that undercurrent will lead to a great revival that will flow out of New York and into New England, and then to rest of the planet. New England will be hit with a mighty revival, but New York will get "first pickings". This is why the Yankees beat the Red Sox in 2003 on the strength of Aaron Boone's homerun, and why the Red Sox defeated them until the next year, by completing the greatest comeback in playoff baseball history, coming from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees in 4 straight games (something never done before) -- God engineered this spectacular comeback in order to show that He was the One at work here, not man in his natural strength.
The fact that a lunar eclipse occurred in the Western Hemisphere on October 27, 2004 also has spiritual significance. In many parts of the American continent, the moon could be seen as having a shade of "red" over it during the eclipse. In Scripture, the moon represents the "soul" while the sun often represents the "Spirit". Therefore, the eclipse means that God is coming to execute judgments against the domination of the soul over the Spirit inside His Church and throughout the Earth. He will show that the Canaanite, soul-oriented, pastoral "gospel" that is being preached is red with Girgashite earthliness, and He will make this evident to all those who are willing to look up and listen to Him directly.
It is also interesting to note that October 27, 2004 marked the 9th anniversary of Ytzhak Rabin's assassination (it is no wonder that Yasser Arafat, the big scoundrel and thief that Rabin foolishly shook hands with, had to be flown to a hospital in France -- land of Amorites and Girgashites -- yesterday, October 28, 2004). God will come against those with "Rabin-ical" tendencies who want "peace" so much that they are willing to make compromises with sin and iniquity. God will come against them and He shall cast them down:
"Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee." (Leviticus 19:19)
On October 27, 2004, a tape made by an Al-Qaeda idiot (cursed be Al-Qaeda) was made public. This idiot, who spoke in English, threatened the U.S. with an attack greater than 9-11 and threatened to target those who voted for Bush, in a pathetic effort to influence American elections. As we have shared throughout this prophetic word, there is a strong spiritual connection between October 27, 2004 and September 11, so it is not surprising that such a tape was made public on October 27. The enemy is mad at what God is starting in the U.S., and this explains why anti-American and anti-Bush sentiment is so strong throughout the world, but the Lord shall have the final word, for He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and cursed are those who get in His way:
"1Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? 3I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. 4For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. 5And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. 6And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth." (Isaiah 63:1-6)
[Verses 3 and 5 explain why the U.S. is fighting terrorism alone in the natural realm, and it explains why those who speak words of justice and judgment many times feel so "alone" in their proclamation of judgment word in the spirit realm, because most people want Christians to be non-confrontational and sin-appeasing, because that is what the world thinks Christians are "supposed" to do. God is coming against Girgashite strength (v6), and no amount of human effort will stop the execution of God's spiritual judgments, because "the year of His redeemed" (v5) has come.]
October 27, 2004 was indeed a fateful day in human history.