“…For Such a Time as This…”
Isaiah 40:31… But they that wait upon the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
This post will be particularly unique and timely as to what is happening in the spiritual realm and in the material world as we approach the end of the Age of Grace… and soon transition into the Millennial Kingdom of our LORD Jesus Christ. There is yet time for the Greatest Awakening in the history of mankind which is on the near horizon, as well as the magnificent Harvest at the end of the Age where the veils of deception will be removed from the eyes of multitudes- who will gladly surrender their lives to the LORD of Glory when they see and understand what is coming upon the Earth.
I will be sharing an awe-inspiring message of hope that originates on one of my top five favorite ministry sites, White Dove Ministries which is the ministry of Paul Keith Davis and Wanda Davis. They have posted in their October 2012 eNewsletter three separate yet overlapping visions/prophetic words that are pregnant with present truth teaching for what the Body of Christ must strive for in the united mandate of the Preparation of the Bride. Three firebrand ministers of the Gospel of the Kingdom- Paul Keith Davis, Steven L. Shelley, and Jason Hooper bring forth what the LORD is decreeing for His ekklesia- ‘called out ones’ in these Last Days. It is not just that “The Eagles are Coming!”, but also the White Dove of GOD’s Love- the Holy Spirit’s Presence and Power in much greater measure for these sobering times of great universal need.
Empowered by His Divine Love
I will be citing all three vision essays in their entirety, and encourage you to prayerfully consider printing these out- and holding them up before the LORD in continuous intercession over the next season- with the very real hope of appropriating all that the LORD desires for the children of the Kingdom to wholeheartedly receive. But before I do I must tell a personal story…
The Epic Allegory of Good vs. Evil
When our children Anthony and Sarah were 11 and 8 years old, I took the opportunity in reading to them before bed- to read The Hobbit which they loved. They were sad when this short book was finished, though they cherished the grand adventures that were so skillfully presented by J.R.R. Tolkien who was a dedicated Christian. His GOD-given intention was to present the classic timeless struggle between good and evil, and yet do it in a powerful fiction format that would convey deep truths of character and righteousness- which will always in the end prevail against the forces and schemes of darkness.
As a professor at Oxford University in England he had the privilege of impacting and leading his dear friend and fellow professor C.S. Lewis to the LORD. This relationship and their dedication to the GOD of the Holy Bible has given mankind the many great writings of both these gentlemen- a legacy with great eternal rewards… PRAISE THE LORD! My children were so happy to find that The Hobbit was but the introduction to the magnum opus of Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy… The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; and The Return of the King.
What is clear to devoted Christians is that this combined 4-volume classic of nearly 1500 pages (which took me 2 1/2 years to read to my kids), is full of types, symbols and characters that present our human existence in the stark reality of great spiritual, emotional, and often physical warfare. Sauron, the Dark Lord is of course Lucifer/satan… though there are several different characters who reveal our LORD Jesus Christ in His multi-faceted beauty of holiness. The primary one is first known as ‘Strider’ who veils the Lord Aragorn, the rightful King to the contested throne of Middle Earth. My son Anthony and I often pondered while he was growing up how they could portray such a remarkable work on the ‘silver screen’. Of course Academy Award winning Director Peter Jackson did exactly that! He and his team were able to capture the most profound essence of Tolkien’s vision, and have given us all a brilliant gift of film-making.
The Rightful Heir Returns to Claim His Throne!
So therefore the natural question is: “What does this have to do with “The Eagles Are Coming!” and the prophetic words which follow? At the very end of The Trilogy in The Return of the King when all hope is nearly gone, and mankind is on the verge of extinction in Middle Earth, the giant Golden Eagles appear to assist in the Epic Battle of the Ages. This is why the combined Vision that is being shared is so timely: Our wayward planet is at the end of its rope… we need the mighty Eagles to Arise, and also we need The White Dove of GOD’s Love to empower us for victory! Please prayerfully contemplate the eternal significance of these profound prophetic words. It is my hope and prayer that we will all see their manifestation in our lives- as we draw ever closer to our Sublime LORD Jesus Christ.
The Rare White Eagle Comes!
The Dove Company
Paul Keith Davis
During Atonement 2012 I was given a vivid dream in which I revisited three prophetic encounters that occurred in the mid-90s. One of them involved a vision that I was given of a Brown Eagle beautifully gliding across a body of water. Following the Brown Eagle I saw a White Dove and then behind him a regal White Eagle.
I intuitively knew in this experience that the Brown Eagle represented a profound prophetic message that was given in the prior generation that is essential in the preparation of a body of people to function as a “Dove Company.” This body of people will be uniquely prepared and qualified to function as friends of the Bridegroom to prepare the Bride of Christ (White Eagle) without spot or wrinkle.
Our ministry has been dedicated to recapturing the revelatory messages of the Voice of Healing/Latter Rain Revival and incorporating them in everything we say and do along with the fresh understanding of those messages given in this hour. The Dove Company will be endowed with not only a 21st-century apostolic mandate but also the Spirit and Power of Elijah to help turn the hearts of this young generation back to the faith of our first century Apostolic Fathers in the order of Paul and John.
The Holy Spirit in Greater Measure
Furthermore, I once again saw that the Brown Eagle ministry or, the prophetic messages of the prior generation, has been opposed by two diabolical spirits attempting to hinder this generation from embracing that truth. One was criticism and the other fanaticism.
I saw these two spirits functioning like book ends coming from two diametrically opposing directions yet with the same determination to squelch the prophetic release of God’s Kingdom and hinder the harvest. The first was a dark wave of fanaticism that will sweep behind the Kingdom truths that were revealed with the expectation of pressing them beyond biblical parameters and proper balance.
The Fear of Fanaticism
Fanaticism is simply defined as “wildly excessive or irrational devotion, dedication, our enthusiasm; an extreme zeal or enthusiasm as in religion or politics.” Unfortunately, Church history is filled with more instances of spiritual fanaticism than we could possibly enumerate and this has been especially true surrounding the ministry of William Branham.
Every revival in modern times had its fanatical element. Clearly, the prophetic movement has had its fair share of hype and fanaticism that has effectually driven many away from this vitally important aspect of our heritage. Even so, we must embrace the admonition of 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 saying:
Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.
The diabolical intent of this spirit is to drive things beyond biblical balance and sway people away from the core truth because of the fanatical element that the more grounded Christians desire to distance themselves from.
Of course, fanaticism must be defined within a certain context. I remember as a young college student in the late 70’s, that word got back to my father that I was born again and participating in an on-campus Presbyterian Fellowship. Naturally, the Presbyterian movement is not known for excessive spiritual manifestations yet my unsaved father called me into his office at that time and expressed his concern that I had become, to use his exact phrase, “a religious fanatic.”
This perception primarily stemmed from the fact that I was very zealous about the salvation I had discovered and often prayed, read my Bible and attended Bible studies with other students. You can imagine his shock when I became a Holy Ghost “Book of Acts” preacher. Fortunately, he came around and accepted the Lord Jesus as his Redeemer shortly before his death in 2005.
The point is I do not believe that I would have genuinely fallen into the definition of a fanatic as I am seeing it today. The fanatical spirit will have a tendency to cause genuine Kingdom seekers to sway away from the truth in order to distance themselves from the fanatical element. That would be tragic!
We need the balance of the Holy Spirit!
History records this fascinating observation concerning Martin Luther. Although Luther made glaring mistakes involving Israel and the Jewish people, it remains a historical fact that God used him to launch a great Reformation for God’s people. Many historians marveled not at the fact that he was able to survive his direct assault against the religious organizational structure of the day that possessed great political power to eradicate its enemies, but that he was able to keep his head above all the fanaticism that followed his movement.
My experience revealed the tendency of many saints to turn away from vitally important truth because of various fanatical elements that have and will continue to attach themselves to that truth. We must be like the Bereans and study the Scriptures to see if these things be so. If indeed it is supported by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit then we must embrace the balanced truth in order to become what we are called to be, despite the fanatical element.
The Spirit of Criticism
The other spirit that I saw coming from the opposite direction was criticism. Criticism is defined as “the act or instance of making an unfavorable or severe judgment, comment, analysis or interpretation of one’s theory, doctrine or life.” From what I saw, this season will produce even more harsh critical religious opposition to Kingdom truth with the hope of deterring the emerging army.
Like fanaticism, history is littered with countless examples of unwavering criticism against spiritual outpourings and movements. This was clearly seen in the Azusa Street Revival, the Voice of Healing Revival in the ministries of A. A. Allen, William Branham and others. Even the Charismatic Renewal has seen its share of harsh criticism.
In my experience, I was personally told that the one that I must be the most cautious of is fanaticism, although I am to also be aware of the critical spirit. As an individual, I would be more prone to distance myself from the fanatical element than to give in to criticism. Even so, we must develop fortitude like the early apostles to forge this new day and present to God’s people r revelatory truth that has been reserved for our day.
We are literally living in the day foreseen by Jeremiah when he said:
Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). –Jeremiah 33:3 AMP
Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that much of this truth extends beyond traditional belief structures and into the realm of revelation. The Word of God is to be revealed in this hour on a scale never before seen in Church history.
That is the prophetic directive of Daniel 12 and Revelations 10! It will expedite the emergence of God’s people in great power and facilitate the harvest. This prophetic promise will be realized despite spiritual opposition including fanaticism & criticism.
Our Families as the Golden Eagles of the LORD!
A Major Shift
I believe these revelations are indicating a shift in our emphasis beginning in the fall of 2012 into a more aggressive and offensive posture that will not merely hold ground but begin to noticeably take ground. An apostolic commissioning is soon to take place with many in the order of Paul’s in Acts 22:14-16:
The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. ‘For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard. ‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.
This fourfold apostolic mandate is experiential in nature. He was commissioned:
I. To Know His Will.
II. To See the Righteous One.
III. To Here Utterances from His Mouth
IV. To be a Witness or Testifier of What is Seen and Heard.
Then I heard the question asked; Why do you delay? We are entering a season of no more delay. I believe this will be true for the remnant that has been equipped, refined and prepared for this mandate.
His Messengers Anointed of GOD!
21st-century Messengers of the Kingdom will be commissioned and set forth with profound revelation of the Father’s heart. They will be brightly illuminated lights in the midst of great darkness. The Scriptures tell us that His Messengers will turn many back from iniquity by preserving knowledge and causing mankind to seek instruction from their mouths. (Malachi 2:6-7).
There will be notable acceleration in the emergence of present-day apostolic ministry. Much of this will be done with team ministry as opposed to “lone rangers.” Those who participate in this fresh anointing will have experienced God’s threshing floor having all mixture and corruption sifted from their soul.
Note from Paul Keith: Pastor Steven and Stacy Shelley have become dear friends of ours beginning in 2006. One of the things that drew us together was the realization that we had many of the same revelations and experiences long before we knew one another. This revelation concerning the Eagle and the Dove is one such message. It was extraordinary to discover how similar our revelations were once we met and began to discuss them. I believe you will thoroughly enjoy Steve’s experience and its present-day application.
Riding on the Wind of the Spirit
The Eagles and the Dove
Pastor Steven L. Shelley
Exodus 19:4…and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself.
I have found myself lately revisiting a Trance vision that I had some years ago. Perhaps we are moving into the season where it will have significance and application among us. A narrative of this vision follows:
I remember going very deep into the realm of the Spirit. My body was stationary, but my spirit was moving forward on a journey toward something beautiful. The first thing I saw was a crystal clear river flowing from a huge throne in the distance. The throne was so large it appeared to have many levels.
The river was very deep and flowing swiftly. I knew somehow that, in these waters, there was deliverance, freedom, and full provision for all that would be needed by the bride in the last days. There was a tangible anointing and glory released by the swirling of the water.
An Eagle Brings a Message
I then saw a golden brown eagle flying in from the west and I knew he was coming with a message. An eagle often types the prophet or prophetic seer anointing. I discerned that this eagle was bringing a word of revelation for the bride. As I watched, a white dove flying in over the churning waters joined the eagle. The little dove flew faster and faster, following the eagle.
A voice then spoke and said, “First comes the prophet with a hat and then the little dove following.” I recognized this prophetic riddle. It had been spoken to me in prior visions. The phrase, “prophet with a hat” had been used to identify William Branham. Brother Branham was often seen and photographed in a hat, as was the custom of a gentleman in his generation. The voice continued to explain that the dove represented a true and genuine baptism of the Holy Ghost.
The Fresh Anointing We All Need!
The Bride Wades out into Deeper Revelation
Looking down again, I saw a beautiful bride dressed in fine linen. She stepped into the river but was quickly moving away from the safety of the shoreline into deeper water. I understood that the deep waters beckoning her represented the profound revelations and mysteries that the bride of Christ had been called to walk in. His Word was being revealed to her in more intimate ways as the waters coursed over her.
As I looked up again I saw the eagle beginning to circle a large blue ball. I could see the shapes of the continents and realized that I was seeing the earth. As the eagle continued to circle the globe, the little white dove was following closely behind.
Suddenly there appeared another bird, also white in color but much larger than the dove. It had the same body structure as the eagle but his feathers were pure white. Loudly I exclaimed, “It’s a white eagle.”
The Angel of the Lord Appears
Then an angel stepped into view dressed in white linen. I discerned that he was not an ordinary angel but carried a high level of authority.
I need to explain a bit about the nature of these trance visions. I am sometimes able to communicate with those in the room while not breaking free from the spiritual realm. At this point in the trance a friend asked me who this angel was. I answered him saying, “He’s the angel of the Lord.”
The angel then asked me if I was familiar with this white eagle. I remembered hearing something about him but had no real understanding of what he represented. The angel explained that it was more important for now that I see and hear him than understand him.
The angel then began to teach me with the patience and simplicity one would use in interacting with a small child, carefully repeating the details of what I had seen thus far. He reminded me that first the eagle came leading the dove, a type of the prophet leading the way for the true infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Warrior Angels with US…
The Earnest Gives Way to Fullness
Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, (14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
He said that the advent of the prophet had already taken place. As to the true infilling, I knew in my spirit he was describing more than just another Pentecostal blessing, feeling, or sensation. This baptism would not produce another man-made denomination or religious system, but a genuine change in the life of the believer. He added, “This time will be much different.”
Dove Leads the Eagle
The angel of the Lord explained that the true baptism of the Holy Spirit would prepare the way for the white eagle. He said the white eagle represented a revelation of the fullness of Jesus Christ, not just a greater knowledge of Him but an infilling and indwelling of the very character and virtues of Jesus.
This revelation would produce the living Word made flesh again, not just in one man as in the days of the Lord Jesus Christ but in a whole company of believers. This message would act as a plumb line, a measuring device to gauge the uprightness of all Words given to the end time bride of Jesus Christ.
I spoke out to those in the room, “The world has never seen what it will see in the bride. Fools will mock and reject it, some religious leaders will scorn it, but His true bride will receive it with gladness.”
A New Thing- The Bride’s Revival
I believe these words were referring to the Lord doing a new thing that will not follow historical revival patterns but will have a distinct model and administration. It will be an expansion of the ministry model of the Lord Jesus Christ as seen in the Gospels. It will be authority and power functioning and flowing in a corporate body of believers especially chosen for this purpose, even before the foundation of the world.
I then heard him say something odd, “Things are stuck on Mount Zion. The saints are stuck; they have climbed as far as they can and it seems they cannot move any higher into the virtues and attributes of Jesus.” He added that I should not give in to worry.
The Kingdom from Heaven soon touching Earth!
Mount Zion- the Backside of the Throne
Suddenly before me was this beautiful pyramid shaped Mount Zion. It was the third time I had seen this massive mountain in vision. As I looked closer I could see the saints climbing among its cliffs, scattered along the sides of the mountain. Some had reached higher places than others, but all were moving slowly toward the top. I was getting a closer look than I ever had before and now I could see the roughness of the slopes and the rocky, jagged terrain. Small rocks tumbled off the ledges, loosened by the climbers. There were also large, unstable boulders that could become dislodged and crush the climbers in their paths.
Some had climbed to places where they were unable to navigate obstacles up ahead. Some had to stop because there was no place to get a foothold or even dig in with their hands and pull themselves higher. I was blessed to see their progress but started feeling sad that more and more were becoming stalled with no way around the hindrances. It appeared that most of them would be forced to retreat and re-navigate their ascent.
The angel of the Lord startled my sad contemplation when he again reminded me, “Don’t worry.”
The Dove Releases New Strength to Climb
I saw a flash of movement overhead. It was the little white dove circling the top of the mountain. A fresh anointing began showering down and I knew it was being released by the presence of the dove.
The angel then reminded me of a day when Brother Branham was climbing in Sabino Canyon and he had stopped to rest. I saw this scene unfold just as Brother Branham had described it in a sermon. He was leaning against the side of a cliff, using his shirt to wipe the sweat from his face and neck.
He then took his hat off and reverently held it against his chest as though sensing God’s presence. Suddenly I saw clearly the word “eagle” embedded in the stone face in white quartz letters. Brother Branham bowed his head as though receiving a divine message. I heard him say, “I have taken you as far as I can.”
I heard the saints begin to shout and rejoice as the fresh anointing fell on them like a blanket. They started shouting to those below, “We can make it, keep on climbing!” Someone replied, “How do you know? “Look up!”
Everyone could see the dove still circling the mountain and in the distance something else was approaching. We watched as it drew closer.
Someone shouted, “It’s the white eagle!”
I was deeply concerned about the saints standing at the bottom of the mountain. I felt that the lateness of the hour would make it impossible for them to make it to the top.
I asked aloud, “How will they ever make it to the top before the headstone comes to cap the pyramid.”
I was familiar that in 1962, William Branham preached a sermon from 2 Peter chapter 1, entitled The Stature of a Perfect Man. He used a pyramid chart to show how attributes listed in these verses bring us into the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ. He also mentioned that one of the pyramids never received its capstone.
When the chart was drawn he left a gap between the top of the pyramid and the capstone. In the gap he wrote, “The Holy Ghost” and on the capstone he wrote, “Perfect Love”. From the bottom they were listed, “Faith, Virtue, Knowledge, Temperance, Patience, Godliness and Brotherly Kindness.”
His Love Never Fails!
Carried to the Top on the Wings of the Eagle
Suddenly the white eagle came swooping down low on the side of the mountain and then up near the top again. He drew in close, nudging the saints, encouraging them to climb higher and not to give up.
I heard the eagle scream out with a natural call and then suddenly he began to cry out in a powerful voice, “When you have climbed as high as you can, I will bear you on My wings to the top of Zion. My bride will make it to the top; I will give her My virtues, I’ll carry her, the rest of the way. Even as I bore Israel out of Egypt on My wings, so will I carry you to the top of Mt. Zion.”
I joined the other saints in screaming; “Great white eagle, come and take us on your wings.”
I knew in my spirit that this would in no way constitute a short cut; we would not be able to by-pass any of the lessons, preparations or impartations. This bearing up would only happen in the hour when we could not climb any higher on our own. It also spoke of an end to all of our human striving to be qualified as overcomers, and a new place where we would finally emerge totally dependent on the Lord Jesus.
I pray that we are now entering into the season of revelation that will lift us to the top of Mount Zion, and cause us to be seated with our beloved Bridegroom in His throne.
Fields Ripe for Harvest
A New Season of “Increase”
By Jason Hooper
We have crossed over into a new season in God. It is a season that carries with it promises fulfilled, promotions granted and “increase” by the Spirit of God.
The word right now is “increase”. For the past two weeks I have continued to see the word “increase” everywhere I look. The Lord is highlighting this time as a season of “increase” and with this I have the feeling that our present is about to catch up with what has been prophesied.
He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children (Psalm 115:13-14).
The blessings and increase of God that are being granted to us in this season will not be awarded based on our personal accomplishments. Rather, the blessing and increase of the Lord will rest upon those who possess a loyalty of heart and the knowledge of God that can only be found in the Fear of the Lord.
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6 NASB).
It is in the inclining of our ear to wisdom and the applying of our heart to understanding that we will begin to understand the fear of the Lord and in that place of understanding find the knowledge of God. It is there that we are given access to the treasuries of wisdom and knowledge He has stored up for the upright (see Proverbs 2:1-11).
Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness (Psalm 33:18 AMP).
It is when we find ourselves in this place of sincere devotion that the hidden mysteries and secrets of the Lord, as they are revealed to us, find a home within our hearts (see Deuteronomy 29:29). With this heavenly counsel, we are also granted covenantal blessing as the Lord shows Himself strong on our behalf in response to a heart that is wholly His (see 2 Chronicles 16:9).
The Fear of the LORD is the Beginning of Wisdom
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Psalm 25:14).
“Aaron’s Rod Has Budded”
On September 17th, 2012, the first day of Rosh Hashanah, I was awakened by the Voice of the Lord at 6:39am, saying, “Aaron’s Rod has budded.” Often the timing of when the Lord speaks in this fashion carries with it a revelation that accompanies the message.
This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day (John 6:39).
The fact that “Aaron’s Rod has budded” has a number of applications. The timing of this revelation however speaks to the ministry of restoration and resurrection that it contains.
Restoration & Resurrection
Many have emerged from what could be considered a challenging season marked by an outward appearance of loss. And although there has been tangible loss, I can tell you this; it is the will of the Father that of all He has given to you nothing has been lost that will not be fully restored and completely resurrected in these coming days.
Now, if on the other hand the Lord has allowed a “material downsizing” that has simplified your life in preparation for this coming season-be thankful. It is this preemptive downsizing that will afford you the freedom to move with the cloud when He says move.
Korah’s Rebellion & Aaron’s Intercession
Before we look at the prophetic significance and application of Aaron’s Rod budding, let’s take a quick look at the timing of this miraculous event. Directly preceding this divine vindication we see two uprisings against God’s appointed leadership represented in Moses and Aaron.
The First uprising we see in the person of Korah and the 250 men of renown that had taken on his offense with Moses. Korah had been able to whisper in the ears these men creating an offense while sowing tares of rebellion that ultimately cost these men their lives.
Up until now, complaining and murmuring had only delayed their entering into their appointed land of promise. Now, however, their grumbling and questioning of God’s choice of leadership caused them to be literally swallowed up in their offense.
You would think that after this, the children of Israel would know better than to speak against God’s choice of leadership, but the very next day we are told that the entire congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron blaming them for the deaths of Korah and his cohorts.
In response to their criticisms, the Lord purposed to consume the children of Israel in a moment. But Moses and Aaron recognized that even if they people rejected them Aaron had been entrusted with the ministry of priest and had a responsibility to make atonement for their sins.
As they continued to curse Aaron, I can imagine him literally turning his cheek to their verbal blows, as he took his priestly censer, the fire and the incense and ran into the midst of the assembly standing between the dead and the living and stopped the plague. Although, 14,700 Israelites died in the plague the Lord honored Aaron and received the offering of incense as a steadfast confirmation of ministry. Interestingly enough, it was the illegal offering of incense from a place of counterfeit spiritual authority that was the downfall of Korah and his men the day before.
Although Scripture does not specifically make mention of it, we have to recognize the obvious leadership lesson here. Any leader can lead when they are celebrated, some can even lead when they are tolerated, but the willingness to lay down your life in intercession for the very people who praise you one day and want to crucify you the next? That is Christlike leadership.
Accelerated Growth Possible with GOD!
The Budding of Aaron’s Rod
We pick up the story in Numbers 17 with the Lord telling Moses to gather from the children of Israel rods from each father’s house, twelve rods with the names of each leader written on their respective rod (see Numbers 17:2). Although the Levites were not numbered with the other tribes, the Lord told Moses to take the rod of Levi and write Aaron’s name on it (see verse 3).
The Lord then told Moses to place the rods in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where Moses would meet with the Lord (see verse 4). Once there, He would cause the rod of the man He chose to blossom as a sign to the people.
And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom (Numbers 17:5).
So Moses gathered the rods and placed them before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness. Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds Numbers 17:8).
Let’s look at some of the prophetic significance found in the budding of Aaron’s rod and its application to your own life.
Faithful to Receive Accelerated Increase!
1. Spiritual Awakening & Commissioning
The Almond Tree is referred to as the Awakening Tree. Rosh Hashanah (the day I was told that Aaron’s Rod has budded) is also known as the Day of the Awakening Blast. We are entering into a season of Awakening.
The Almond Tree is actually the first tree to bloom in terms of the Gregorian calendar. It blooms January 16th and produces ripe almonds within ten weeks time. In terms of Awakening, I find it very interesting that the announcement that Aaron’s Rod, an almond branch, had budded on Rosh Hashanah-the first day of the Jewish New Year.
The budding of Aaron’s rod followed a process of consecration for both he and his sons. It was a process where he was publicly stripped, washed, clothed and anointed for priestly service (see Leviticus 8). He had walked through a season of consecration and was now being commissioned to operate on a new and higher level.
2. Supernatural Fruitfulness
The rod had been situated in a dark and isolated place, but it had been laid to rest in the presence. In this place of hiddeness, it not only flowered but became fruitful by supernatural means and in a supernatural way producing ripe almonds (considered among the best and highest fruit- see Genesis 43:11)
3. Acceleration & Affirmation
The full cycle of the almond tree had transpired overnight. What would typically take ten weeks was accomplished in one night’s time.
Aaron’s rod had not only blossomed as the Lord said it would, but it was also producing ripe almonds. Aaron’s rod had gone beyond the requirements of the test, a strong affirmation of his authority and a sign to the people. Often times a rod or staff is prophetically understood to represent authority.
Aaron did not have to do anything or tell anyone that his rod had budded. His authority and the acceleration of his process were evident to all.
The Lord took up his case and affirmed his life and ministry with power. His authority and priesthood were confirmed publicly after a time of being scrutinized, questioned and at times doubted by those he was called to lead.
4. llumination, Enlightenment & Fresh Anointing
The bowls of the Golden Lampstand, the very containers that held the oil, were fashioned in the likeness of almond blossoms (see Exodus 25:31-34 & 37:17-22). The Lord is creating and establishing containers of fresh oil and causing them to become carriers of the fire where His flame rests and remain in this new season as we seek to become living lampstands anointed with the Seven Spirits of God (see Isaiah 11:2).
5. The Fulfillment of Prophetic Promises
We see this application in the life of Jeremiah as he is being commissioned as a prophet to the nations. The understanding here is found in the fact that the Lord actually used a Hebraic play on words to get his message through to Jeremiah.
The word of the Lord came to me saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree (Hb #8247 shaqed).” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching (Hb #8245 shaqad meaning “to be alert, awake, on the lookout, hastening to, watching”) over My word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:11-12 NASB).”
The pronunciation of the Hebrew word for almond was so phonically similar to the Hebrew word for “watching” or “hastening” that they could almost be used interchangeably although there meanings were much different. The Lord used this play on word in his communication with Jeremiah as He showed him an almond branch in a vision and then asked him what he saw, while using the similarity of the two Hebrew words to communicate that He was watching over His Word to perform it.
The King James translation of verse 12 reads like this, “Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” There is a quickening, a hastening and acceleration of to bring to pass that which has been previously promised.
Thanksgiving that leads to Increase!
Some have felt a bit like Joseph in recent times. You were given magnificent prophetic promises, but the wilderness between the promise and the promise fulfilled looked like anything but that which we had been promised.
He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free Psalm 105:17-20).
The Word of the Lord tested Joseph until someone with authority stepped up released him and the promise that he had carried for all those years. The King of Kings is alert and active, watching over His Word to perform it in your life (see Jeremiah 1:12 AMP).
Just about every prophetic person you can think of has been seeing and hearing portions of Isaiah 60 for this season. The applications are endless and the promises long-awaited. Although, much attention has been given to the first three to five verses of this chapter, I am putting the Lord in remembrance of the entire chapter with my faith and focus resting on the last nine verses of this passage:
“I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time (Isaiah 60:22b).”
Deuteronomy 28: 12 tells us that our land has an appointed season of blessing. The Lord will open to you His good treasure (storehouse) the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
Galatians 6:9 tells us that there is such a time as “due season” in which we will reap a harvest if we do not lose heart. We see in Isaiah 60 that each promise we have been given has “its time” of fulfillment.
We have crossed over into a new season in God as we have stepped into what Paul called “due season” and “it’s time!”
His Light Shining Through Us!
I thank GOD that we are truly living in the times when every prophecy will be fulfilled! Yes, the many that have yet to manifest from the Holy Bible, as well as the prophetic words spoken by the LORD over our lives! Rejoice and fully enter in to what the LORD Jesus Christ is doing in these Last Days by His Holy Spirit in the Earth realm… His Love and Power through us… AMEN & AMEN!
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His Promises Are Yes & AMEN!