Prophetic word for today
The New York Gates
First posted: March 4, 2005
Word received: February & March 2005
Received by: Shamah-Elim Bible Studies
Between February 12 and February 27, 2005, New York's Central Park was decorated with an exhibit of 7503 billowing bright orange nylon sheets that hung from 16-foot high frames. The 7503 frames covered the 23 miles of the park's narrow footpaths. The gates exhibit was the idea of artists Christo and Jean-Claude, and it had a cost of US$21 million; the two artists covered the cost out of their own pockets. Christo and Jean-Claude had wanted to install the gates since 1979, but had not been allowed to do so until now. The Park's Department denied the project in 1981.
Hundreds of thousands flocked to Central Park to see the gates. The visitors included people from various cities in the U.S. and even people who came from Europe for the specific purpose of visiting the gates. Most visitors believed that the orange gates made the winter-brown landscape of the Park come to life, and one visitor even declared that she found them to be what her soul "needed".
A great number of workers were hired to "patrol the gates". They would walk along the gates with telescoping metal poles to unfurl any nylon fabric that might become wrapped around its frame due to the wind. One of these "gate patrollers" shared that the void left by the dismantling of the gates would be more prominent than their actual presence.
Around the days when the gates were installed, TV station WNBC reported that the catholic archdiocese of New York had decided to close down several parochial schools in the New York area. More closings in the New Jersey area were announced two days ago (Mar 2, 2005).
This is the prophetic interpretation:
The color "orange" has prophetic significance. Around November or December 2004, the Lord began to impress the color "orange" upon my heart, and I felt compelled by the Lord to buy an orange shirt. I was then surprised to find out that the people in Ukraine who were protesting against the fraud in their presidential elections had adopted the color orange as their symbolic color. I then understood that the color "orange" represents the people with no human titles who are not willing to let wrongs go uncorrected and who are willing to make "noise" and to cause "internal unrest" in order to see evil structures tumble to the ground. In other words, "orange" people have a red-horse, "pestilence" anointing on them. Since the colors "orange" and "red" are very similar, this is not surprising.
In European history, the color "orange" has been associated with internal unrest. In the early 1600s, for example, the Netherlands were controlled by Spain, which led to the rise of a Calvinist-supported party that was led by the House of Orange (William the Silent's family). This party fostered internal war against Spain's domination and opposed the party led by the Dutch mercantile class that wanted a "peaceful" solution with Spain that would promote their trade interests. The House of Orange was able to shake off Spanish domination and was an important contributor to the rapid decline of the Spanish empire and its influence on the rest of Europe. In the 1670s, as France threatened to invade the Netherlands, the House of Orange once again prevailed over the "tolerant" mercantile class that did not want to engage in a war against France, even when their sovereignty was at stake. A mob in The Hague literally tore to pieces the leading member of this "tolerant" class, Ian de Witt, and the head of the House of Orange, a young Prince William III, was called upon to lead the Dutch in war against France. As a result of this, the color "orange" went on to become the Netherlands' national color, which is the case even to this day.
The great Dutch national soccer teams of the 1970s, which played in two consecutive World Cup championship games in 1974 and 1978, were nicknamed "The mechanical orange". In both championship games, they played against the World Cup's host country, which once again shows how the color "orange" is spiritually related to "pests" that infiltrate a group to cause unrest and turmoil. The Dutch lost both finals, but they forced the Germans to come from behind in 1974, and forced the Argentineans to beat them in overtime in 1978.
The Dutch national team's failure to win the World Cup in two consecutive tries (1974 and 1978) is a prophetic figure of how the "orange people" were unable to rise up and fully conquer during those days. This is consistent with the fact that Christo and Jean-Claude had wanted to install the gates ever since 1979 (one year after the Dutch 1978 loss in Argentina), but had been unable to, even being denied by the Park's Department in 1981. They had to wait 26 years to finally place the exhibit!!! This is a prophetic figure that, this time, the spiritual "orange movement" will not fail. Time's up!!!
Visitors to the gates believed that the orange gates made the winter-brown landscape of the Park come to life. There is a spiritual reason for this. As we have shared before, computer screens display different colors by combining the colors red, green, and blue. The color "orange" can be obtained by combining red, at 100% intensity, with green, at 50% intensity, while the color "brown" can be obtained by combining red, at 50% intensity, with green, at 25% intensity. This means that the color "orange" is obtained by combining the same colors as with brown, but at twice the intensity.
As we have said before, the color "green" is strongly related to the prophetic ministry, since it speaks of "life" and "hope", and the prophetic anointing imparts a sense of vision, life, and hope. As we have also said before, the color "red" in Scripture speaks of our "earthly, Adamic nature". Therefore, the color "brown" speaks of a "green" prophetic anointing that is somewhat hidden by a more intense "red", Adamic exterior, while the color "orange" speaks of the same, but at twice the intensity. The duplicated intensity of the color red speaks of the "brown" people manifesting their anger against the established paradigms, while the duplicated intensity of the color green speaks of the "brown" people openly manifesting their prophetic nature as they defy human structures and authority.
Two nights ago (Mar 2, 2005), as I was typing the paragraphs above, Fox News Channel showed a video on TV of the Lebanese people who are currently out in the streets protesting against the decades-old Syrian oppression of their nation. Many of the protestors were holding Lebanese flags. As I observed the video, I was surprised to see that the flag is comprised of 3 horizontal stripes: a middle white stripe and two stripes with an orangey-red color, one at the top and one at the bottom. Again, this is prophetic confirmation that the color "orange" speaks of "brown" people with a red-horse anointing who are boldly willing to prophetically defy long-standing structures of evil.
One of the persons who walked through the gates testified that the gates were what her soul "needed". This means that the gates gave her soul a sense of fullness. As we have said before, this points to the prophetic ministry, since the prophetic anointing imbues people with a sense of the fullness of God's presence. The connection between the orange gates and the prophetic anointing is reaffirmed by the gate patroller who felt that the dismantling of the gates would leave a great "void" in Central Park, which speaks of how a Church devoid of the prophetic anointing is invaded by throngs of Hittite spirits of emptiness and purposelessness.
As we have said before, gates in Scripture are a figure of judgments. Therefore, the gates that "flooded" Central Park are a figure of the latter-day Church where God's judgments will be present everywhere:
"5Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 6O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 7He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth." (Psalm 105:5-7)
[Notice that, according to verse 7, the recognition of the Lord as "our God" implies the awareness of His judgments]
God's judgments will be manifested as the "brown" people are manifested. The brown people are currently ignored and belittled by the Church's current hierarchy, which, as we have said before, considers them "unfit" to make judgments. However, as we studied in a previous word on "tigers loose in New York", Psalm 104:21 prophesies that the latter-day Church will be full of believers acting as young lions, executing God's spiritual judgments on all the fleshly carnality that may try to enter the Church. Instead of the non-Christians throwing Christians to the lions to be eaten by them, it will be Christian lions eating up anything non-Christian that tries to enter the Church to contaminate it.
There is a prophetic reason why the orange-gates exhibit was placed in New York. As we have shared throughout various articles and words, New York will be host to a spiritual revival that will impact the nations of the Earth. As we shared in a previous word, New York (the Empire State) will be a place where spiritual giants will be raised up who will dethrone the Amorite kings that are currently ruling inside the Church. Those who are now "First" shall be "Last".
The reason why God chose "Central Park" for this exhibit has prophetic significance. Parks are places of refreshing and recreation. In Scripture, the ministry most related to the provision of spiritual "refreshing and recreation" is the pastoral ministry, as shown by Psalm 23:
"1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake." (Psalm 23:1-3)
[As we have said before, the words for "shepherd" and "pastor" are the same both in the Greek and in the Hebrew languages]
Notice that the passage above speaks of "lying down in green pastures", which is what many people literally do in a park. It also speaks of being led beside "still waters", which resembles what many people do in parks, since many parks (including Central Park) contain ponds beside which people can walk.
Notice also that the passage above speaks of walking in "paths of righteousness". In Scripture, righteousness is equivalent to abiding in God's judgments:
"He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he" (Deuteronomy 32:4)
"Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous" (Psalm 1:5)
"And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness" (Psalm 9:8)
"The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether" (Psalm 19:9)
Therefore, the footpaths with the orange gates of judgment hovering over them were a prophetic figure of "paths of righteousness". In the latter days, the pastoral ministry inside the Church will be restored. Instead of acting as "pander bears" who condone iniquity and abhor judgments, the latter-day pastors will operate in apostolic judgment. The present, evil generation of Canaanite pastors will be removed by God, and He will raise up a new generation of Godly pastors who will reprove in apostolic righteousness and judgments. They will be a source of comfort and refreshing for all the weary and tired believers who go back "home" after a day of "spiritual battle" outside. Instead of refreshing unrepentant sinners, the latter-day pastors will wash the feet of the saints, i.e.- of those whose souls pay a spiritual price because of their determination to abide in God's apostolic righteousness and prophetic purposes, and who battle in the Spirit in order to see God's kingdom manifested.
The fact that there are 23 miles of footpaths in New York's Central Park confirms all of the above, since the number "23" is related throughout Scripture with the pastoral ministry, as shown by the fact that the Lord is called "my Pastor" in Psalm 23.
"1Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. 2Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. 3Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud." (Psalm 123)
[The word "contempt" in verse 3 was translated from the Hebrew word buwz, which is derived from another Hebrew word meaning "to judge as insignificant" and is very similar to the word buwsh meaning "to put to shame". In other words, buwz speaks of "belittling" and putting other people "to shame".
Notice that verse 2 speaks of God's mercy for those who are suffering in spiritual battle (v3,4). As we have studied before, God's abiding mercy is oriented towards strengthening those who are fighting in Him.]
As people would walk through the tall, orange gates, they would be forced to lift their eyes up towards heaven (Psalm 123:1) to see the billowing fabric above, and the dullness of the brown winter around them would be replaced by a sense of brightness and hope as they gazed upon the sunshine that would filter through the bright saffron fabric. The "refreshing" that the orange fabric would bring upon their souls is a figure of how the latter-day believers will be refreshed in God's assembly after a "day" of fighting against the triangle of evil (Psalm 123:3-4) in order to further God's purposes and kingdom on Earth. In today's assembly (i.e.- Church), Canaanite pastors work to refresh believers who have been at spiritual "ease" all day, which leads to lazier and more self-centered believers who don't care about fighting in Christ but who go to church to get drunk on religious experiences that do not transform them internally. It is worth noting that to "fight in Christ" is not directly proportional to "participation in church-related activities". I know believers who are very "active" in their congregations but who stopped fighting in the Spirit decades ago. Those who are truly fighting in the Spirit have a strong distinguishing characteristic: they are willing to fight the triangle of evil anywhere they see it, and that includes the evil spirits who are currently inside the Church. This is what being an "agent- orange believer" is all about.
As we said above, 7503 equals 123 times 61. Whereas the number "123" speaks of a pastoral ministry that refreshes believers who are battling Amorites and their triangles of evil, the number "61" speaks of a pastoral ministry that nurtures spiritual giants, as shown by verses 1, 2, and 3 of Isaiah chapter 61:
"1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3To 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 61:1-3)
A park is a place with many trees, and God wants His House to become like a forest where each believer grows into a tall and mighty spiritual tree. The word translated as "trees" in verse 3 above is the Hebrew word ayil, which can mean "ram", "strong man", "mighty tree", or "oak". When we become "tall trees", we become spiritually strong evangelists with the strength to tear down Amorite strongholds in high places (Amos 2:9), and we become warriors who establish God's Kingdom in the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth. The purpose of the pastoral and teaching ministries is to nurture and teach our souls so that we may grow in our spirit nature. The pastoral matriarchy, however, has worked to bless and exalt the soul while diminishing the spirit, which leads to churches full of believers whose souls are deceitfully "cared for" while their spirits remain painfully "petit".
It is no coincidence that one of the names of the artists is "Christo", since it is almost equivalent to the word "Christ", which is Greek for "The Anointed One". As we said above, the number of gates (7503) points to Isaiah 61:1-3, which speaks of the Lord's Anointing. In the latter days, His Anointing will lead to a Church full of "trees of righteousness", a Church that, as a whole, shall be called "the planting of the Lord" where God will be glorified.
The word "planting" in Isaiah 61:3 was translated from the Hebrew word matta, which in turn is derived from the word nata; nata is very similar to the word nataph, which means "to drop, to distil, to prophesy". Therefore, Isaiah 61:3 speaks of a mighty Church full of believers who will distil a strong prophetic anointing.
Besides Isaiah 61:3, the word matta also appears in Ezekiel chapter 34, which prophetically speaks of the days (which are now) when God will judge the Church's shepherds (i.e.- pastors) for using God's sheep instead of serving them. At the end of this chapter, the Spirit of God declares the following:
"29And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. 30Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD. 31And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD" (Ezekiel 34:29-31)
[The word "heathen" that appears in verse 29 was translated from the Hebrew word goyim, which literally means "nations". As we have said before, "nations" are a spiritual reference to the Girgashite spirit when used in a negative context.
The word "plant" was translated from the word matta mentioned above.]
Notice how God declares in verse 31 above that we are His flock; in other words, the sheep belong to God, not to any human pastor. Besides this, the Lord declares a truth that most human pastors fail to understand: "His flock are men". When most pastors refer to themselves as the "shepherds" and to the rest of believers as "sheep", they interpret it as meaning, "We pastors are humans while the rest of the flock are animals", which immediately creates in them a sense of spiritual superiority which leads them to see their fellow brethren as dependent little animals. In verse 31, the Lord is saying the following to pastors:
"Your brethren are human beings too; they are as spiritually valuable as you are, and in no way are you inherently superior to them. Cursed be those who belittle My people, for those who belittle My people belittle Me."
The name "Jean" is the French form of the name "John", which means, "Jehovah has graced", and is a spiritual reference to prophetic grace. The name "Claude" is the French form of "Claudius", which, according to a name-origin site, means "lame, crippled". Therefore, the combined name Jean-Claude is a prophetic reference to the crippled man (Acts chapter 3) who would beg at the temple gate called "The Beautiful" (as we have said before, "beauty" and "grace" are spiritually synonymous).
The Church is unfortunately populated with wonderful believers who have been spiritually crippled by the Church's structures and who are unaware of all the prophetic grace that is available to them, just like the crippled man who would beg right by the very gate that represented spiritual grace. Just as the lame man of Acts chapter 3 was restored, so will the latter-day believers be restored. God will make His people aware of the prophetic grace that is available to them, and they will begin to walk in the spiritual authority of the prophetic anointing. Being a true "Christian" means more than believing in Jesus. Since the word "Christ" means "the Anointed One", a "Christian" is a person who manifests the Anointing of the Messiah. The latter-day Church will be full of "Christians". Hallelujah!!!
The artists Christo and Jean-Claude gave US$21 million dollars out of their own pockets to pay for the orange gates exhibit, which points to prophetic sacrifice. The number "21" points to "spiritual warfare", as shown by Daniel chapter 10:
"1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. 2In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. 3I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." (Daniel 10:1-3)
[Notice that Daniel fasted for 21 days (v2)]
For some strange reason, the phrase "time appointed" in verse 1 above was translated from the Hebrew word tsaba, which literally means "war, warfare, host", and the word "long" was translated from the word gadowl, meaning "great". In other words, verse 1 should really say, "but the warfare was great". Since verse 1 declares that "the thing was true", this verse is prophesying about the spiritual warfare that is taking place in these latter days so that truth and judgments will finally be back inside the Church. The name "Daniel" literally means "God is my judge", which means that God will raise up spiritual Daniels in these latter days who will understand that our Lord and God is a God of truth and judgments, even in the New Testament.
As we said in our previous prophetic word, the God of Israel will be manifested in the latter-day Church. This is the fearsome God who is consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28-29), the God whose very presence will fill the Church with spiritual judgments (Psalm 105:7). The Church has resisted the God of judgments -- the Lion God -- because of the bitterness that the pastoral matriarchy has instilled in believers against judgments. Anything in Scripture that points to the Lion God is conveniently swept under the "Old Testament rug" because the carnal mind is unable to comprehend how a God of Love can at the same time be a God of judgments. To the carnal mind, it is impossible to reconcile the fact that God can be "love" (1 John 4:8) and "consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29) simultaneously. Notice that the Scriptures do not say "God has love" or "God has consuming fire". Deuteronomy 6:4 clearly declares that "God is One", meaning that there is no "internal division" inside of Him. Therefore, if God is Love and is Consuming Fire, both His love and His Consuming Fire emanate from One nature, not from two different natures coexisting inside Him. The reason why the carnal mind is unable to understand this is because carnal mind does not know the meaning of true love. God's love is not soap-opera love; it is truth-based (1 Corinthians 13:6), and it is based on selfless prophetic sacrifice that is willing to go to Sheol in order to see justice and the true purposes for others fulfilled --- without ever compromising the truth.
Daniel chapter 10 happens to have 21 verses, the last one being the following:
Notice that the chapter ends by making a reference to the "Scripture of truth", not the "Scripture of love" or the "Scripture of mercy, tolerance, and mutual understanding". Those who promote the true Gospel of justice and judgments are very few and far between. This explains why the man speaking in the verse above declares that no one was helping him in His spiritual warfare except "Michael your prince". Why Michael? Because, as we have said before, Michael represents believers with a red-horse anointing who have had direct encounters with God and who therefore defiantly ask, "Who is like God?" when any human tries to use his or her greatness to intimidate them into silence. The Michaels are the spiritual orange people who are waging war in the spiritual atmosphere against the crippling spirit of unmerited accusation that prevents believers from fulfilling all their prophetic potential (Revelation 12:7-11). We pray, fellow believer, that you will choose to be a spiritual Michael.
In Daniel 12:1, the Lord says to Daniel that Michael is the "great prince who stands for the children of your people". This means that Michael is the prince who stands for the Israelites, since Daniel was an Israelite. Therefore, Michael is the prince who stands for all the believers who know the fearsome God of Israel, the God of justice and judgments, the God of Daniel, whose name means "God is my judge". The Lord defines a "true Israelite" as follows:
"Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" (John 1:47)
[The word "indeed" was translated from the Greek word alethos, which literally means "true", so the Lord really said, "Behold a true Israelite"]
According to the Lord, a "true Israelite" is a believer in whom there is no deceit, i.e.- a believer who abides in integrity, which means abiding in God's truth and judgments. Therefore, when the Word declares that Michael is the prince of the Israelites, He is declaring that Michael represents the spiritual authority in the heavenlies of all believers who abide in God's truth and judgments.
There is a spiritual reason why the gates exhibit ended on February 27, 2005. As we have shared before, October 27, 2004 was a very meaningful day in the spirit realm, and February 27, 2005 is exactly 4 calendar months after that date, which points to the following passage:
"34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours." (John 4:34-38)
[Notice that verse 35 also speaks of "lifting up our eyes", which correlates with Psalm 123:1 above]
Both dates (Oct 27, 2004 and Feb 27, 2005) were spiritually related to the red horse of the Apocalypse. Therefore, the Lord is declaring that, as those of you who are red-horse riders fight in the Spirit, a path will be opened for others to reap a mighty spiritual harvest. The red-horse riders are a spiritual Pharez who breaks through and opens a breach for others to walk through:
"The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them." (Micah 2:13)
[Notice that this passage speaks of the breaker "passing through the gate", which correlates with the orange gates in Central Park]
As we have seen so far, the orange gates are related to both the apostolic anointing of judgments and the prophetic anointing of structure-defiance. As we have studied before, apostles and prophets are "sowing" ministries that lay the foundation (Ephesians 2:20) so that the evangelistic ministry may reap hearts unto God. This correlates with John 4:34-38. The "orange people" will, in the latter days sow their lives so that the pastoral ministry inside the Church will be restored to its God-designed role. In these latter days, the Church's assemblies will turn into Central Parks of true refreshing, instead of the falsehood-based refreshing that the pastoral matriarchy is giving out today.
February 27, 2005 is also 123 days after October 27, 2004, which correlates with we said above on the number "123".
Since the "orange people" are red-horse riders who come to destroy human traditions and structures, they are religiosity's worst nightmare. Since one of the bastions of religiosity on Earth is the catholic church, it is not surprising that God forced the closing of various catholic schools in the New York area shortly after the gates were installed, and more parochial school closings in nearby New Jersey were announced two days ago (Mar 2, 2005), a few days after the gates exhibit ended.
The Lord prompted us to post a prophetic word on "Rome" on February 12, 2005, which turns out to be the very day that the orange gate exhibit was opened. The most prominent promoter of religiosity on Earth also had his throat cut open during the days of the gates exhibit (hallelujah!). All of this serves as prophetic confirmation that, in the latter days, God's orange people will pave the way for the utter defeat the spirit of religiosity, both inside and outside the Church.
"1Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 2Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 3Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain." (Zechariah 8:1-3)
The reference to the Lord's jealousy and fury in verse 2 speaks of His red wrath. The fact that this passage refers to God as the "Lord of hosts" --- Jehovah Tsabaoth ---means that He is coming to wage war (not to promote "peace") so that Jerusalem (i.e.- His Church) may be called a "city of truth" (not, a "city of happy blessings"), and so that His mountain (i.e.- His spiritual stronghold) may be called a "holy mountain". The days when verse 3 will be fulfilled are fast approaching, because His orange people are already waging war on Earth.