A 3rd day message for the 3rd day church as the body of Christ receives resurrection and revelation power from this 3rd day event. It is declared and prophesied that the church has risen with vision and armed with the knowledge of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit whom works mightily in you. The Spirit of the Lord says, Come, for the hour has struck in which great feats will be accomplished and awesome changes will be birthed in the valleys of decision as dead dreams are resurrected to life.
“Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have laid Him.” (John 20:2)
The Bible states that Mary “saw” that the stone had been rolled away and that someone had “taken the Lord’s body.” First, was this an accurate statement that Mary had just spoken to the disciples? Did someone actually take the Lord’s body as Mary clearly interpreted? The answer is no. Most reading and hearing this know and understand that Jesus had been resurrected in power. What Mary had ‘seen’ was according to her vision in the natural realm and what she discerned from a natural perspective. Essentially, Mary was formulating a belief system and a conclusion based upon her past experiences in life rather than a prophetic promise which could only be comprehended by spiritual discernment. In other words, Mary’s past natural experiences wrongly influenced her spiritual insight. The Greek word in the earliest surviving Codex and manuscripts for ‘saw’ in the original language is ‘Blepo’ which means to ‘casually or naturally see which is limited to natural observation’.
“Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.” (John 20:4)
The original intent and context for what John ‘saw’ in this verse is the same word ‘Blepo’ that Mary had previously based her assumptions on. We see very little progress in discerning the resurrection and the supernatural events Jesus had foretold concerning Himself and the future of the church. We also notice that John did not go into the tomb (which is a picture and type of dying to oneself). Because of this perspective, John’s spiritual understanding would be limited to what he ‘saw’ with his natural eyes and past frames of reference.
“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.” (John 20:6-7)
We’ve now read and recognize that Peter chose to go into the tomb. The original context in which Peter ‘saw’ is the Greek word ‘Thereo’ which is the obvious Greek equivalent of the modern word ‘theory’. Peter is pondering the facts that he is witnessing and we do have some progress, but we do not base our faith and prophetic discernment on theory, assumption and presumption.
“Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he SAW and BELIEVED.” (John 20:8)
John “saw and believed” and something spiritually snapped in the blink of an eye. The Greek word for ‘saw’ in this verse is ‘Eido’ which means to see with understanding or revelation. It’s no accident or mistake that we have three different Greek words for the same modern translation of ‘saw’ in this short passage and historical event. This is the prophetic and spiritual vision that the Lord desires you and I possess as we continue to experience the kingdom of God on earth moving in power. (Remember the statement: Kingdom of God on Earth. It’s important that we understand that the earth is evolving as more and more corrupt by the sons of perdition. But the earth is crying out for the redeeming of the sons and prophets of God!) John saw into the reality, power, and love of the Spirit realm and this anointing of prophetic vision would continue to increase and mature in John’s life, culminating in the Revelation of Jesus Christ – The Spirit of prophecy.
We must come to terms that revelation whether heard or experienced is only active when its power is possessed or revealed in our own lives. If revelation is not manifested in our lives – it is nothing more than good information. Our first step is stepping into the invisible realm of faith is recognizing what is possible and at arm’s reach because it has been proclaimed and promised by the Spirit of God.
The Lord is calling forth a people with prophetic vision and revelation to understand his heart…A commissioned people who see clearly that the same resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead and the same mighty power of the Holy Spirit have already enabled the church to advance the kingdom on earth. Social resistance and even persecution on various institutional levels will continue to wage war upon truth. But our current trials will drive God’s people into great and awesome acts of evangelism which will define the eternal legacy of the bride as she awaits her bridegroom.
Being open to deeper revelation does not mean being unscriptural. All revelation must be line upon line and biblically founded rather than simply following the crowd of modern and strange end-time doctrines. All of the scriptures speaking of people being separated and removed from the earth refer to evil ones and not believers! Maybe, just maybe, you are not the one taken – but the one left in the field to continue the Lord’s work and fulfill our individual destinies. Why would we leave to immediately come back and reign with Christ for a millennium? Our work has just begun and a new anointing and mantle of prophetic evangelism is awaiting us. This message is to prophetically confirm the releasing of the evangelistic commission and the soon arrival of the five-fold manifestation and affective leadership to seal it.
A prophetic empowered evangelistic expression has been commissioned and we will need to be prepared for its arrival. The Lover of souls will promote and confirm those who have been called into the power of the commissioned. The Lord will answer the prayers of his elders and fulfill the five-fold power, promise and commission of souls to the church.
As stated, John moved from the realm of the natural and into the supernatural in just a brief snap of time. A very similar prophetic insight and parallel played out a long time ago in history in the natural life of the prophet Elisha. Elisha would see – make a decision – and speak a prophetic declaration within a matter of seconds which would change the course of history and save the lives of thousands…Including his own! I believe that our prophetic template going forward as the days unfold are woven within the scriptures and following revelation.
“And it happened after this that Ben-Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria; and indeed they besieged it until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one-forth of a kab ( about a half of a cup) of dove droppings for five shekels of silver.” (2 Kings 6:24-25)
This event may be one of the most desperate situations that I have ever read or heard about. It is vitally important that we are led by the Spirit and move with spiritual vision into these biblical passages as history may repeat itself very soon.
Ben-Hadad (A type of Antichrist spirit) was waging war on Israel (Let’s say for reference sake – a type of the Church) and had finally pushed on to the capital of Samaria. What is interesting is that some time prior to this (2 Kings 6:8-22), Ben Hadad attempted to conquer Samaria — only to have his band of raiders blinded by the prophet Elisha. The blinded men were led into Samaria and instead of being killed, were given grace in the form of a meal and sent home! This is incredible considering that these folks were enemy combatants. Why did Elisha direct the king to let the Syrian raiders go? I personally don’t know at this time and I can only speculate that it was a prophetic signpost of the Lord’s patience, love, and mercy – even for the rebellious. However, there is a clear prophetic word for the body of Christ at this hour as we continue in this historical event.
First, we need to understand what a spiritual and a natural ‘siege’ is. A siege is when nothing of value gets into an environment and nothing gets out of that same environment. When the kingdom of heaven is not received in to our individual and corporate lives…Nothing of eternal or kingdom value is released out into our natural and corporate lives. In a spiritual siege, the enemy of our souls camps outside the walls of our individual mind with the intent to starve us to death, ultimately manifesting as a spiritual holocaust on a corporate level. In this event, nothing and nobody was allowed to get into this city and nothing or nobody was allowed to leave. Sadly, the Samarians were led astray by inept leadership (both natural and spiritual) into a defensive posture. Demonic entities, always prefer de’tente rather than open warfare as to mask their weakness and to neutralize our true strength in Christ.
The Bible states that this famine was ‘great’. The situation concerning this great famine within the city walls was so desperate that to buy a donkey’s head for food would have cost you about $10,000.00. And a half a cup of bird droppings would have cost you a mere $800.00. A spiritual siege utilizing natural economic and social systems can easily enslave people to influence behavior patterns that would otherwise never occur as we shall read and witness. These patterns may certainly unfold in the not so distant future if positive cultural change is not implemented and realized. This was a desperate situation; however, it gets even more desperate!
“Then, as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help my lord, O king!” And he said, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I find help for you – From the threshing floor or from the winepress? Then the king said to her, ‘What is troubling you?’ And she answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ And I said to her on the next day, “Give your son that we may eat him”; but she has hidden her son.”
The siege and situation had now become so desperate that there was not even a morsel left on the threshing floor. The granaries were empty and the winepresses were dry. Water (a figure and type of the Holy Spirit) at this time was evaporating from the city and the people were moving into areas or acts of literal insane behavior. People were actually eating their own children for self-preservation. I realize this is hard to digest or even read, but it is in God’s Word and presented by the Holy Spirit for a reason for such a time as this! We need to understand what the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to the churches and why the Lord chose to put this desperate and almost unbelievable event in His Word.
What is amazing is that this woman, even after having an entire day to reflect upon her actions, did not show remorse or repentance due to the external pressures that were altering the social norm of behavior. I see a parallel at numerous times in our own societies with this same mindsets. Prophetically speaking: Much of humanity and believers alike, are willing to devour others for their own perceived survival as many have cornered or enslaved themselves into the world system (external pressure) of debt and government reliance.
Humanity’s greatest weapon in killing or devouring the hope and dreams of the church’s mandate are the words that are spoken or proclaimed against another. The root word for ‘gossip’ in its original English translation was derived from the Latin word ‘diablo’ which means ‘demonic’. The seemingly minor but deeply demonic activity of gossip will be one of the church’s greatest temptations as tribulations and travail come upon the earth. The overcoming of this warped emotional issue will have a direct effect upon the power and impact of the latter-day church, our personal wellness, and ultimately – the harvest.
“Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he tore his clothes; and as he passed by on the wall, the people looked, and there underneath he had sackcloth on his body. Then he said, “God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on him today!” (2 Kings 6:30-31)
The situation is becoming worse and more and more desperate by the hour. We read that the prophet Elisha, the one who may have had the words and answers from God to save the city was now a marked man! The king most likely was recalling back to when he had the Syrian army within his city walls, blind and at his will to be killed! We recall that Elisha directed that the invaders be given grace and released. This must have angered the king to the point of rage – especially after witnessing what he just heard from the woman who along with another ate her own child. This is an incredibly desperate situation. But it gets even more desperate.
It is interesting that Elisha prophetically ‘saw’ and understood that the king was on his way with an officer to take his head off. But, Elisha in the midst of his personal desperation had to come up with something quick or his head was coming off!
“Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” (2Kings 7:1)
Note that Elijah (Elisha’s spiritual father and mentor) prophesied both drought and rain. But here we are in the midst of a great famine with no rain, no food, and people eating each other under a siege by a demonic principality. Obviously, Elisha’s prophetic gifting was still intact because he knew the king was coming to take his head off. However, where was the ‘double portion’ of Elijah’s mantle which should have brought rain and relief? Where and how is your double portion exhibited?
I believe it is clear and is clarion call to the church today – It wasn’t until Elisha became personally desperate that he brought forth the true, genuine and powerful (actually ridiculous) word of the Lord. If you think about it, this was a prophetic word that was both ridiculous and incredible. Not only would provisions miraculously appear, but it would also be in abundance and affordable as well. It wasn’t until the prophet was desperate that God took ownership of his words and brought forth what was supernatural and would bring glory to his name. This prophetic declaration was so ridiculous and so incredible that only the Lord could bring to it to pass.
I believe that like most of us, Elisha became spiritually complacent and socially hypnotized until he truly realized how desperate the situation really was around him. Is it today?
It’s interesting that we read of Elisha just casually sitting around with the elders of the ‘church’ of his time while people were desperately eating themselves (both in word and deed). Is the prophetic voice today striving for approval by speaking elementary, irrelevant and abstract words? Or, maybe we on the opposite spectrum proclaiming declarations of self-righteous judgment? Much of the prophetic voice is weak or ineffective because many fear man for acceptance rather than being fearless in proclaiming and speaking to both the spiritual and natural needs of mankind. Our abstract spiritual or charismatic lingo and self-righteous declarations of judgment find no place in the hearts of the lost and unsaved. It’s time that we cease proclaiming from Blepo (our past experiences), Thereo (our hyper spiritual theories), and declare with “Eido” (proclaiming revelation and resurrection to that which is dead or dying).
Many in the Body of Christ fear others because they are too much in love with themselves. Many times, we fail to see or realize this and we are all guilty to some degree. When the Lord deals with the love of one’s self – He simultaneously addresses the fear of man. Simply put, the fear of man is but a symptom of self(ish) love. Overcoming our love and protection of self is an important key to our prophetic understanding and destination.
The story continues with the governmental officer’s rebuttal to Elisha’s prophetic word: “So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” And he said (Elisha), “In fact, you shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”
This man obviously did not believe the words of the now desperate prophet and his fate would be sealed by his arrogance and disbelief of what the Lord declared. I have stated many times that our chances of experiencing a genuine prophetic word coming to fulfillment in our lives can be as much as 100% or as little as 2 in a million. Remember – only 2 out of at least a million coming out of Egypt (Joshua and Caleb) would witness the prophetic word of a promised land fulfilled in their lives.
Two men, regardless of the situation; regardless of what they saw in the natural; or based on past experiences – believed God and had faith that He would fulfill His promises through the prophetic voice. God has promised an abundant life to every individual who enters into the Kingdom Life of Jesus Christ. It’s our position to prophetically declare it and believe it by faith. The story does not end here and it gets even more desperate as if that were possible!
“Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” (2 Kings 7:3-4)
This historical event unfolds with four pitiful and desperate leprous men. They cannot go into the city for there is nothing or nobody there to help them. Beside that, they were considered unclean and would have to beg in their condition of which at this point was no different from the desperation of those inside the city.
So, here we have these pitiful men standing with their backs against the city walls and the Syrian army facing them as if they were sitting ducks. These men were at a point of such desperation in their lives that they felt they had nothing to lose and everything to gain! We read that these desperate men went right into the heart of the enemy’s camp!
It would be the willingness and mind-set of desperation that the Lord would use to bring fulfillment of the words spoken by the prophet. God would use the most desperate and reliant to fulfill His purposes – Even that which may seem incredible and even ridiculous to our natural senses. God would use four desperate leprous men who were completely reliant and broken to extend His grace and kindness to a disobedient and rebellious people.
The bible states that these four leprous men arose at twilight to go to the Syrian camp. As they came to the outskirts of the camp, they were surprised that no one was there. Amazingly, the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and horses of a great army. The sound was so tremendous that the Syrian army thought that it was not only one, but two of the greatest armies of the world in that time – the Hittite and Egyptian. (Ref. 2 Kings 7:5-8)
The Bible continues saying that the Syrians fled in haste and fear; leaving food, clothing, and provisions at “TWILIGHT!” Listen! For every step that those desperate men took at twilight, their steps were as the sounds of a GREAT ARMY to the hordes of the enemy. It would be through these desperate and reliant men that the words of a desperate prophet and the purposes of God would be fulfilled. Sure enough, just as the prophet spoke – the officer saw the abundance of food at the city gate, but was trampled to death by the people and would not partake of it because of his lack of faith and rejection of the Lord’s promise and provision. (2 Kings 7:17-18)
The situation in Samaria as described in 2 Kings was a terrible time in history such as many parts of the world is today. Many prophetic lessons are to be gleaned from this story. Israel, like the church was and has been warned prophetically that national and corporate disobedience would reduce the people to these terrible acts (see Leviticus 26:29 and Deuteronomy 28:53, 57). We witnessed tragedy unfolding and continuing to worsen as the prophet and elders sat in a comfortable or spiritually complacent position. We also see that it is through desperate and reliant men and women that the Lord delights and fulfills His purposes on the earth as the power of the resurrection is realized and becomes a reality.