Prophetic word for today
The Right River
First posted: October 27, 2004
E-mailed: October 26, 2004
Word received by: Twila Highline
Lord gave me this vision several months ago that keeps recurring to me over and
over to this day.
Then the boat went around a curve, and the river turned into a road. Now the people are walking down the road. As far as they can see the road is straight and they know that they are on the right road. And then, a big huge sign that said "DETOUR" popped up. The people saw the sign and began to complain, because they could see the direction they wanted to go. But they went to the right anyway. And they went around another curve, and came back to the road they were on originally. God spoke to them, "Behold," and the people all turned to the left and looked, and there was a huge canyon in the road. And I heard the Lord say, "I am calling My people to be repairers of the breach."
The river that sister Twila sees is the River of God that the Lord describes in Ezekiel chapter 47. This River will represent the uncovering of God's Spirit throughout the Earth, which will produce the greatest spiritual revival and transformation in the history of mankind. Many preachers preach on this coming River, but, when they do, they almost always fail to recognize the spiritual foundation out of which this River will flow:
"Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar." (Ezekiel 47:1)
"And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof" (Revelation 21:23)
"16And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." (Revelation 1:16-18)
"16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
The east speaks of the manifestation of God's Glory, which implies death. Most believers associate God's Glory with happy feelings and emotions, but Scripture describes God's Glory as fear-inspiring and destructive of all mortal nature. Notice, for example, how the apostle John (who used to rest his head on Jesus' bosom) literally "dropped dead" when he beheld the Glory of God in Christ in Revelation 1:17 quoted above. Notice also how Ezekiel fell on his face when he beheld God's Glory:
"27And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake." (Ezekiel 1:27-28)
God's Glory brings judgments and destruction of sin and iniquity. Therefore, the fact that the River of God will flow from the threshold that faces east means that God's River will flow when the Glory of God is established inside the Church, and that will mean the manifestation of the fierce God of judgments and justice that most pastors want to ignore. Notice, for example, how the apostle John saw a two-edged sword coming forth from out of the mouth of Jesus when he beheld His Glory in Revelation 1:16; this emphasizes the fact that God's Glory comes with judgments.
Notice also that, according Ezekiel 47:1, the waters came down "from the right side". In our articles, we have shared that, in Scripture, the right-hand side is associated with concepts such as judgments, truth, death, and limitation, while the left-hand side is associated with concepts such as grace, life, and freedom. Believers, especially pastors, love the left side because they see it as the side with the "goodies", but they fail to forget that God writes from right to left, meaning that God always establishes justice and judgments before life, grace, and freedom may flow. God's throne is established on the foundation of justice and judgments (Hebrews 1:8, Proverbs 25:4-5, Proverbs16:12, Psalms 72:1-2), and no amount of pastoral pandering will ever change that.
The fact that believers prefer the left side is shown by the fact that the people on the boat, who represent the Body of Christ, wanted the boat to go left, instead of right. The fact that the boat came to a "Y" means that the Church is at a crossroads. Believers want Revival because Revival is synonymous in their hearts with "blessings", "happiness" and "healings". However, God wants Revival because Revival means a Church full of justice and judgments, a Church full of His Holy Presence that will take over the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth and reveal God to all the nations.
For the Lord, Revival means the full manifestation of our God-given spiritual potential as sons and daughters of the Most High God. However, most pastors want a revival moved by the spirit of Assyria (the spirit of "blessings" and "spiritual contentment") propelled by the preaching of a left-handed gospel which, according to Scripture, draws in Hittite spirits of emptiness and prophetic purposelessness. This explains why a canyon appeared on the left side at the end of the vision. The world lives in Hittite emptiness and purposelessness because it does not know God, and a Church that is full of Hittite spirits cannot rescue the world, because the enemy must be conquered inside the Church before it can be conquered outside:
"4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brotherís eye." (Matthew 7:4-5)
"1And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer." (Revelation 6:1-2)
The passage above speaks of the Church "going forth conquering and to conquer" (v2). This means that those of you out there who have the remnant spirit will be used by God to wage spiritual warfare to overthrow the iniquity and sin strongholds inside the Church first; after conquering the spirits inside the Church, those with the remnant spirit will go out to conquer the world back spiritually unto God.
The process of conquering the spirit of Assyria inside the Church is a silent struggle that is going on inside the Church today. This is why the vision speaks of an undercurrent carrying the boat to the right. This is not being done by the "leadership" of the Church, because the visible "leaders" don't want to scare away their members by speaking of God's righteousness and judgments, and their spiritual hard-heartedness makes them incapable of distinguishing between religious legalism and God's judgments. Therefore, God is using a remnant core of believers through whom He is taking His Church in the "right" direction.
When the Lord warns the people in the boat that they will "drown" if they persist in going to the left, He is giving them the "Noah warning". Noah's flood came as a result of God's judgments against the people who harbored Girgashite spirits in their hearts:
"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth" (Genesis 6:13)
["Girgashite" means "clay dweller" and refers to a spirit that focuses on earthliness and temporality. Therefore, Noah's flood (which came to destroy those "with the earth") was a judgment against spiritual Girgashites, and, as Matthew 8:32 bears out, people who harbor Girgashite spirits in their hearts are condemned to die by "drowning". The reference to "flesh" in the verse above also points to the Girgashite spirit, since "flesh" speaks of our human bodies, which, according to Scripture, are made from the earth (Genesis 2:7). According to what I have heard, the animal whose flesh most resembles the human flesh is the pig, and pigs are a figure of Girgashites, since pigs love to "dwell" in the mud, and "Girgashite" means "clay dweller".]
God is calling His people to remove their focus from earthliness and to pursue His eternal inheritance. Those who insist on pursuing earthliness will suffer God's judgments, and will drown into spiritual oblivion in "Noah's flood". This is the reason why the Lord declares that the latter days shall be as in the days of Noah:
"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. 40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left." (Matthew 24:37-40)
[According to verse 39, the ones "taken away" are the "bad guys", so verse 40 is not talking about the "Rapture", since the ones "left behind" will be the "good guys", based on verse 39]
"24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:24-27)
[Notice, once again, how the house that is "left behind" is the "good" house, while the "bad" house is the one taken away.]
The reason why the river turned into a road in the vision has prophetic significance. At the beginning, the Lord will compel His Church into accepting His righteous judgments, as when children are compelled into going to school. Centuries under a pastoral covering that hates judgments have "shielded" the Church from growing, leading to a very immature Church:
"12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." (Hebrews 5:12-14)
As the Church begins to mature, God will allow believers who have been exposed to the Gospel of Justice and Judgments to make up their minds on their own. Believers will be allowed to decide whether or not they want to continue in the straight Gospel of Righteousness or turn back to the "gospel" of blessings and spiritual mediocrity. This is why the "DETOUR" sign appeared after the compelling river turned into a voluntarily-walked straight road. This sign will be put up by satan (cursed be him) and those who, along with him want to turn back to the "good old days".
The "complaining" done by the believers in the vision also has prophetic significance. Of the 7 types of evil spirits, the one most related in Scripture with "complaining" is the Girgashite spirit:
"1And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. 2And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. 3And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them. 4And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 5We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: 6But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes." (Numbers 11:1-6)
[Notice, how, after being "compelled" into the desert, the people of Israel began to long for the "good old days" back in Egypt. As we mentioned above, the "flesh" is strongly associated with Girgashite spirits, and, as we mention in a previous prophetic word, Egypt was a land dominated by Girgashite spirits of human traditions, meaning that the Israelites' desire for flesh and for Egyptian "delicacies" speaks of their hearts harboring Girgashite spirits.]
Girgashite spirits will try to tempt believers into allowing them to return into their hearts, but those who remain faithful will continue on the road of righteousness and will be used to fill the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth with God's Glory:
"11For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! 13Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:11-14)
[I know of many preachers who love to quote verse 14, but they rarely ever read or interpret the verses that precede it. Notice, for example, that verse 12 speaks of judgment against a city (the spiritual Jerusalem) that is established by "iniquity", which, according to Matthew 7:15-23, refers to those who do works of human mercy but who are not interested in God's righteousness being manifested in the lives of fellow believers.]