On 10 January 2016 the Lord began to teach me about His process of transition. Since then I have had countless people telling me that they are in transition and finding the process difficult. I am posting this as it may be helpful.
The Lord led me to Joshua 5:6
The Israelites had moved about in the desert 40 years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land that He had solemnly promised their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Those who had obeyed the Lord then went through a definite process to enter into the promise.
1. The people were to follow the Ark of the Covenant and the priests.
Joshua 3:4 “Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before”.
2. The people were instructed to consecrate themselves because the Lord was going to do amazing things among them.
3. The Lord stopped the flow of the river to enable the crossing.
4. The new generation crossed over the river and were circumcised.
5. They remained where they were in camp until they were healed.
6. The Lord rolled away the reproach of Egypt at Gilgal (sounds like the Hebrew for roll).
7. On the evening of the 14th day of the month they celebrated Passover.
8. The following day they ate the produce of the land and the manna ceased.
Those of a generation who are moving into God’s promise will find themselves in a similar process.
1. There will be a specific preparation, and then a need to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit very closely because we have not been this way before.
2. There will be a God action – something that only He could do.
3. There will be a cutting away of the things of the flesh
4. They will be required to remain in one place until they are healed.
5. The reproach of the past will be removed from them. (Reproach: disapproval or disappointment).
6. There will be a time of acknowledging what God had done for them and that He has been sovereign in what has taken place. They will celebrate their new freedom.
7. They will need to begin to actively partake of what is in the new place.
8. What sustained them in the past will dry up.
This is the process of transition, crossing over, moving from one season into the next as God’s people are currently being called to do. Those who are not obedient will cling to the things of the past and will not see the new that is before them, neither will they taste of the goodness of the land of milk and honey.
On the evening of the 14th day of January 2016, we took communion to ‘pass over’ and leave the pain and reproach of the past behind. A new day, a new land.
We prayed out Psalm 105 – remembering all that God did for His people Israel and celebrating His constant love and goodness, acknowledging that it is the Lord who leads, guides, protects and provides for us. He is good. We proclaimed our belief that we would now taste of the land flowing with milk and honey.
I believe it was a process given specifically in order that we might enter with Him into this new season, and a door has closed behind us at the end of 2015.
THE LORD’S TEMPLE
22 January 2016. In my morning prayer the Lord led me into chapters in Ezekiel 40 onwards.
Ezekiel 40. Specific steps towards what God is setting in place for this year.
Ezekiel is shown the ‘gates’. They have very specific measurements. In each of the gates to the Inner Court the portico faced the outer court and palm trees decorated the jambs, eight steps led up to the gate. (I suspect that in what is being prepared the Lord will show a total of eight specific steps).
Ezekiel 41:17 Palm trees and cherubim surround the sanctuary.
In the space above the outside of the entrance to the inner sanctuary and on the walls at regular intervals all around the inner and outer sanctuary were carved cherubim and palm trees. Palm trees alternated with cherubim.
(The palm tree symbolises the upright and faithful and in this context is connected to the things of heaven and the throne room.)
Ezekiel 43:1 & 2 The East Gate
Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.
Years ago when we began to pray through NZ ahead of Impact World Tour, the Lord took us first to Gisborne. It was a most special time and I made a friend there who I have subsequently prayed with along the confiscation line and in other parts of the East Coast. I believe, and it has been spoken over her life by others, that she is a gatekeeper for that coast, and she has been most diligent in her task. She is a Pastor in Opotiki.
In one of the most powerful visions I have ever experienced, the Lord showed the ‘people of the mist’ coming forth as leaders. Tuhoe of the East Coast have been referred to in this way. (Copy of the vision attached)
Ezekiel 44:23 Holiness
They (the priests) are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.
This verse stood out as a very specific instruction for the moving into the new. For some time I’ve carried a strong sense that much of the church today has grown way too familiar with God and have forgotten that He is Holy. The function of a father is not just to play with his children, have fun, and give them good gifts. He also provides security, instruction in how to live and work, models a functional way of life. There is some teaching to be done carefully to bring back a sense of what is holy, and what is acceptable in the eyes of the Lord to move His children into maturity for this season.
Galatians 6:7 & 8
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature (flesh) will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
April 20, 2004
This vision and word for New Zealand came at the very end of an extended time of intercession.
The vision began with the Lord bringing BREAD to the intercessors in the middle of a green field. He then released a light covering, or mantle, like a tent over everyone.
I saw workmen under this tent (like workmen when they are repairing telephone wires), they were digging deep down into the soil.
As the digging went deeper they uncovered a new substance, I believe the Lord was saying it was the true heart of the nation which no-one has yet seen.
I saw Maori warriors doing a haka ( challenging dance) on top of the land, but the Lord said even the Maori have not yet dug for His heart.
We were connected to the beat and pulse of this heart. Those who get down low, close to the land, will find the heart.
There is still something to be found/released in Matamata (centre of the North Island) in this regard. He clearly said “I have not yet finished with Matamata”. (Note: I think of the young Maori woman who carried the bible over the Kaimai range to Matamata where revival broke out among the people.) Matamata is the geographical heart of the North Island.
I saw strong figures emerging from a thick grey fog and mist. The Lord said there would be a new release of leaders in the nation, unknown men and women brought forth by the Lord.
As those who were prepared to dig deep in the Lord continued to dig, the heart was found and I saw the whole of New Zealand become a huge heart. Every part of the nation was this immense heart.
Then I saw the Lord’s hand take pieces of this heart and drop them into the nations. He had lifted me up high and I saw the nations of the earth, they looked like pieces of paper floating on the ocean compared to the size and depth and substance of this ‘heart’ nation.
There was so much substance that the pieces of heart placed in the nations radically affected each one. All the nations of the earth were affected.
Then the Lord showed me connection between this heart and Jerusalem. I saw a surge outward over the northern tip of New Zealand that became a powerful arrow-shaped flow into Israel. What has been prepared, and will be released, in the uttermost parts of the earth, will reach back into the land of Israel.
Finally I saw those who had been digging. They were sitting deep down in a furrow, between banks of well-tilled soil. These were deep ploughed furrows.
I was reminded again that He had brought us bread in a green field – this indicated to me that much of what I had seen was ‘grass roots’ (indigenous) in nature.