Prophetic word for today
First posted: November 10, 2004
E-mailed: November 5, 2004
Word received by: (Anonymous)
The vision took on an illumination that caused me to think of Thomas Kincaide, "Painter of Light". There was an opening in the side of a mountain that resembled a cave entrance. From the opening, a waterfall flowed. You could not see the end of the waterfall, to whence it flowed; it just seemed never-ending or as if it flowed into itself continuously. From the opening came a lion that had the persona of majesty. He wore a crown. Embedded in the crown was an emerald at the top. There was an embedded design in the front of the crown in the shape of a triangle. As the lion walked out, a gate closed over the entrance. The lion stopped, looked up, and lifted his left paw off the ground. The vision ended.
The mountain represents the Body of Christ, and the cave represents the spiritual darkness and isolation that God's prophetic remnant has been placed in. While the pastoral matriarchy maintains its control over the Body of Christ, those who seek God's prophetic purpose have been forced to hide in a cave:
"20Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." (Isaiah 26:20-21)
"David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his fatherís house heard it, they went down thither to him" (1 Samuel 22:1)
[David was escaping from Saul. David represents the latter-day prophetic remnant while Saul represents the pastoral matriarchy inside the Church that wants to prevent the manifestation of God's true prophetic spirit.]
As we have shared in our articles, flowing waters represent the flow of the prophetic spirit, meaning that the waterfall in the vision represents the flow of God's prophetic "rhema" word. The fact that the flow seemed never-ending shows that the origins of that word (which is already beginning to flow) are eternal; in other words, that rhema word is not flowing out of human paradigms and traditions:
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38)
The fact that the waterfall also gave the impression of flowing into itself points to the concept of a "circle", which in Scripture is generally associated with God's purifying processes that remove imperfections:
"But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream." (Amos 5:24)
[The phrase "run down" was translated from the Hebrew word galal, which literally means "roll down", which speaks of a circular motion. The waters in the vision, therefore, are laden with purifying judgment and righteousness.]
"7And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. 8And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. 9And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day." (Joshua 5:7-9)
[The phrase "rolled away" in verse 9 was also translated from the Hebrew word galal mentioned above. The name "Gilgal" is derived from this word.]
The fact that the lion could not be seen (at first) as the water flowed out of the cave means that God's prophetic remnant throughout the Earth are already unleashing the flow of the Spirit on Earth, even from their anonymity. If you are part of God's prophetic remnant, God is already using you, fellow believer, and you are already beginning to stir up the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth, even if no one else is yet aware of what God is doing through you; our work is in the Spirit, not in the flesh.
The fact that the water was flowing from the side of the mountain points to the following, since the mountain represents the Body of Christ:
"33But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water." (John 19:33-34)
Powerful, life-changing rhema word will flow out of you and bless others, fellow believer, if you are willing to shed your life voluntarily for the sake of God's purposes, as was the case with the Lord Jesus. If fulfilling God's righteous purposes is more important to you than leading a nice, religious life, God will use you, and He will shake the nations of the Earth through you.
As we have shared before, the "lion" in Scripture generally represents the manifestation of God when He comes to execute judgments on Earth (which, as we have shared before, speaks of an apostolic anointing, since apostles are endowed with wisdom in order to make judgments):
"For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him" (Hosea 5:14)
"They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west" (Hosea 11:10)
"18As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it. 19Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?" (Jeremiah 49:18-19)
[The word "shepherd" and "pastor" are synonymous both in Hebrew and in Greek, so verse 19 is speaking of God coming to execute judgments, even if pastors, in their human mercy, try to prevent those necessary spiritual judgments because they cause growing pains that are deemed to be "unfair" (Amos 3:12)]
The fact that the lion emerged from the cave means that the time will come (and it will happen over the next 10 years) that God's prophetic remnant will emerge from its spiritual anonymity and be manifested publicly throughout the Earth. Fellow believer, as you remain faithful in the darkness of the cave, the time will come when you will be able to emerge from the cave and be used mightily by God in a more visible way.
The fact that the lion represents God's judgments emphasizes the fact that God's wonderful latter-day revival will flow from a foundation of righteousness and judgments.
The fact that the lion came out with a crown means that God will endow the prophetic remnant with a powerful evangelistic anointing, since evangelists are the spiritual conquerors in the Body of Christ; they are the giant-killers who dethrone Amorite kings and establish the kingdom of God; the evangelistic ministry, therefore, is the one most directly related with the manifestation of God as King. The latter-day remnant Church will have a persona of majesty, because it will be anointed to conquer the spiritual atmosphere of the Church and the Earth in general unto God:
"And 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 6:2)
[As we have shared before, this passage is not referring to the anti-Christ, as most "eschatologists" mistakenly declare]
The fact that the lion's crown had an embedded design in the form of a triangle emphasizes that the latter-day remnant Church will have a strong impartation of all 3 "male"-ministry anointings. The Church, under its current pastoral matriarchy, is dominated by the 2 "female" ministries (pastors and teachers), but, in the latter days the prophetic, apostolic, and evangelistic anointings will be restored in believers throughout the Church. Notice that all three of the "male"-ministry anointings are present in the vision and have been mentioned so far.
"And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald." (Revelation 4:3)
The rainbow mentioned in the verse above refers to the sign that God gave Noah after the flood of judgment over the Earth:
"15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth." (Genesis 9:15-17)
The rainbow, therefore, represents life and hope after judgment and death have passed. The fact that emeralds are green also points to hope, since the color green is known to impart a sense of life and hope. The emerald on the crown, therefore, means that God will crown you with the anointing to conquer if you are willing to accept that resurrection must be preceded by death and that true regeneration is impossible without judgments, as shown by Noah's flood. The emerald speaks of prophetic power being unleashed after apostolic judgments have been made.
The fact that the lion looked up and lifted his left paw from the ground after he came out of the cave means that the latter-day remnant will openly confess that the power and Glory that will flow out of the Church will be as a result of a direct relationship with God that is not encumbered by ministerial hierarchies. As we have shared in our articles, the prophetic ministry is left-handed (while the apostolic ministry is right-handed), and the prophetic anointing gives believers an awareness of grace and direct intimacy with Almighty God. As we have also shared before, the Girgashite spirit of earthliness is very anti-prophetic, and the presence of Girgashite spirits inside the Church prevents many believers from moving in the freedom of the prophetic. In the latter days, however, believers will be able to lift their left "paw" from the ground of earthliness in order to move in the freedom of a direct, prophetic relationship with the Father.
The lifting of the left paw from the ground also serves as a sign by the lion to indicate to others that the water that was flowing out of the cave was a result of understanding the Scriptures prophetically, not literally, as is now being done by Girgashite teachers through out the Church.
The fact that the lion looked up also means that the latter-day remnant will not be interested in possessing and being revered by their brethren (as is the case with most of today's pastors). Instead, they will point everyone towards a direct relationship with God:
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:10)
The fact that a gate closed over the entrance after the lion came out of the cave means that God will bring judgments on those who forced the lion to live in the darkness of the cave. As we have shared before, gates represent judgments in Scripture, and the gate closing over the cave is prophetic of how the door of opportunity will close on those who have belittled God's remnant, as was the case during the days of Noah:
"15And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in." (Genesis 6:15-16)
[When the Lord shut Noah inside the ark, it's as if the door of salvation was shut for those outside the ark. Those outside were "enclosed" in the judgment of Noah's flood, and all of them perished.]
"21And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 22All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 23And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 24And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days." (Genesis 6:21-24)
[The waters in the vision bring destruction against Girgashite earthliness inside the Church]
The fact that the vision took on a special illumination which brought to mind the painter Thomas Kincaide also has prophetic significance. Brother Kincaide's paintings minister God's presence at the unseen level; his paintings speak to people about God and His prophetic purposes, even without an explicit reference to Christianity or religion. The vision of the lion and the cave is coming to pass, even as we speak, but it is unseen to natural man because it is occurring in the spirit realm. While man is waiting for revival to hit the Church as a result of his human methods and systems, God is surreptitiously bringing His revival in a way totally unforeseen by man. As revival comes, man will be looking one way, and will be surprised to find out that God was coming from the side he was not watching. God will sneak up from behind man, and He will reveal to man a Glorious and Righteous nature that man was not aware of:
"10I was in the Spirit on the Lordís day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 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 1:10-18)