I came across an interesting prophetic word and wanted to share a portion of it. Three phrases particularly caught my eye as representing biblical principles worth reflection:
“Anything is Possible,” A Prophetic Excerpt from Gretchen Rodriguez
“I’m here to encourage you that anything is possible with God.
“This year (2015), Yom Kippur( A Jewish time of repentance — 9/22 & 9/23/15) coincided with theYear of Jubilee (which happens every fifty years.) Jubilee was a time of celebration when debts were forgiven, slaves set free, and all land was restored to its original owner, whether it was stolen, sold. etc. Before I knew anything about it being Jubilee, my spirit was jumping with excitement. The Lord spoke to me and told me to get excited, because He was bringing surprises. I knew it wasn’t only for me, but for the Body of Christ. He told me to stop looking at the circumstances and start anticipating the answer – to start thanking Him in advance…right now everything may feel like it’s being shaken and sifted, but don’t let it scare you. It’s just those final pieces coming into place — it is the enemy being crushed beneath the core of your faith. Keep your eyes focused on Him. Refuse to allow these last attempts to scare you out of faith and knock you off course. I see the Lord holding your face between His strong, yet gentle hands, and looking intently in your eyes. He’s saying, ‘Focus on Me. I’ve got this.'” (For full prophetic word, click here)
And now, my musings — a contemplation — regarding the manifestation of His Kingdom: just what does it look like or sound like, to have “the enemy being crushed beneath the core of your faith”?
Scripture gives us a few clues, and I think that may become a question we should be asking ourselves more and more frequently, seeking Him for wisdom and understanding.
One significant event in the Book of Joshua describes an enemy-crushing this way: “So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat…” (Joshua 6:5, NASB)
Hard work. Repetition. Following instruction. Rejoicing. And, from this description, I gather that sometimes the crushing of the enemy is loud, dusty, and chaotic…
Matthew 27 describes Jesus’ final hours on earth by starting off, “Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour…And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised…” (Matt. 27:45, 50-52, NASB)
A new component: the descent of darkness. Sometimes the crushing of the enemy starts with a dimness of vision that causes consternation and confusion. Perhaps that’s where “the core of our faith” starts to shine the brightest. Ephesians 6:12 is a reminder that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (NASB)
A chapter later, Matthew records, “And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said…'” (Matt. 28:2-6, NASB)
Another earthquake. More dust. More loudness…and more apparent chaos.
Perhaps that is because the precursor to the statement regarding the crushing of the enemy is, “everything may feel like it’s being shaken and sifted.”
And the line that follows is, “Keep your eyes focused on Him.”
We are reminded in Hebrews 12, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” (Heb. 12:1,2, NASB) After listing the “full armor of God,” in his Ephesian letter, Paul admonishes us, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit” as well as to “be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” (Eph. 6:18)
In whom does the Spirit of God dwell? In us. In what sort of culture and age do we live?
Perhaps one in which it is not the “end of the world” we are witnessing, as many around us would say….but, rather, the core of our faith breaking the enemy.
I am reminded of the reality described in Isaiah 9: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; they will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest…for a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.” (Isa 9:2-3,6-7, NASB)
There is no shortage of people walking in darkness. And that is exactlyt where the enemy wants to keep them. Keep your eyes focused on Him. We are called to be great lights for Him, and He will open peoples’ eyes and hearts, drawing them to Himself.