Marked for Harvest

Marked for Harvest

I am excited to release this word since harvest is one of the topics that the Lord has laid strongly on my heart. A lot of prophetic words have been released recently about harvest – which shows that harvest time is truly drawing near!

A while ago, I was watching an episode of the series called Chosen. (If you haven’t watched this, make an effort to do so – it is truly amazing!) Our six-year-old boy absolutely loves it and I was ‘obligated’ to watch it with him again, probably for the 4th time! While watching I suddenly saw a brief vision of angels going out and marking people on their foreheads. The words “Book of Remembrance” then dropped into my spirit. I instantly knew that these angelic hosts have been sent out to mark the ones that need to be gathered for harvest.

The Book of Remembrance
Earlier this year I had an interesting experience. I was sitting on my bed busy praying but I become quite tired and almost fell asleep. My mind was drifting off but My spirit kept praying over and over again, “remember us.” It became quite earnest as the Spirit kept praying these words through me that we should be remembered. All of a sudden, I was wide awake and I had no idea what it meant. All I knew what to do was to pray an earnest prayer that the Lord will not forget me, my husband, and our two boys. I felt to specifically call our names before the Lord so that we will be remembered.

I still didn’t understand what this meant so I stood up and went about my day. A while later I felt prompted to check my emails, something I must admit I don’t do so often. I received a newsletter from another ministry and when I opened it, great was my surprise when I saw the following scripture:

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name.

 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”

 ~ Malachi 3:16-17

God was so faithful to show me exactly what the Spirit was praying through me! I was in awe and realised the importance of praying that prayer. That we will be counted amongst those who fear the Lord and meditate on His name. There is a beautiful promise in this scripture, that God will spare those whose names are written in the book of remembrance.

Call the Harvest in!
There have been many seasons in my life that I have fervently prayed for loved ones and unbelievers to come into the Kingdom of God. At times we get weary to keep praying for them (as I also believe the Lord lead us into seasons praying for the lost) but after I saw the vision, I feel the Lord is stirring my spirit to call them in as part of the harvest! Now is the time to endure in steadfast prayer for the harvest to come in.

The names of the faithful remnant are written down in the book of remembrance. Because of this, God will also remember our prayers. He will not forget how we laboured in prayer for loved ones and other precious souls. Let us continue to call their names before the Lord.

Let us inquire of Him to also remember them, that they too, may be spared and become part of the Fathers’ jewels. I believe now is the time to endure as we fill the bowls of incense with our prayers (Rev 5:8). Although the battle is fierce over every lost soul, and we get tired and weary at times, let us persevere in prayer. The prayers that we sow into the Kingdom of God will surely bring forth a harvest!

“Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.”

~ Psalm 126:5-6

A Great Door is Opening for the Gospel of the Kingdom to be Preached
There has been a season of harvesting the harvesters. I believe God has been preparing, and still is, harvesters, to gather the coming harvest. There has been a definite shift in the spirit in the month of September. One of the verses the Lord is highlighting in this hour is:

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”

~ Matthew 11:12

“Kingdom Push!”
The words “kingdom push!” are being spoken by the Spirit presently. Now is the time to push forward even more and to advance the ground of victory that has already been attained! It is also like a woman in labour that has to: PUSH!!! The promise is about to be birthed!

Paul states in 1 Corinthians 16:9 that there was a great and effective door that opened to him, but there were also many adversaries. The enemy will not hold back in this hour for he knows he has little time. Let us stand against his wiles and plans, and take the Kingdom of God by force!

The Lord reminded me of a dream I had more than 10 years ago and I now strongly feel that we are entering into this season. In the dream, we were on a beach in Cape Town and suddenly a massive wave was coming towards us and we started running away. In the next scene of the dream, I was back in Bloemfontein (a city in South Africa far from the coast) and the streets were flooded with water, about ankle deep. I knew that the water came all the way from the wave that hit Cape Town.

I quickly went home to fetch my running shoes as I knew we have to go and preach the gospel in the streets.

The wave symbolizes the wave of revival that is coming to this nation, it will start in Cape Town and will spread across South Africa, Africa, and eventually the whole world. We need to put on the shoes of preparation of the gospel of peace (Eph 6:15). As this wave hits a door will open to preach the gospel of the kingdom and we need to be prepared for it.

Pay the Price.
The Lord showed me in another recent dream that running shoes are being tailor-made for those who order it. The shoes were quite expensive in the dream and I could not think that one would pay so much for a pair of shoes! The Lord revealed to me that these shoes come with a price tag – it is definitely not for those not willing to pay the price. It will surely cost us our comfort and the laying down of our lives.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”

~ 2 Chronicles 16:9

 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

~ John 4:35

Are you willing to be part of the harvesters?

This is the Qualifying Year! (Radical Obedience Part 2)

This is the Qualifying Year! (Radical Obedience Part 2)

 

Earlier this year I had a few dreams, all with the same theme. The Lord was showing me that this is the qualifying year. We are running to qualify for the next phase of the race.

In one dream me and other members of my family had to run a 12meter race. At the 7meter mark, there was a big 7m sign. My father was sitting at this 7m mark and he was timing us.

We were not running against one another but were individually timed. In the dream I was wondering why my father sat on the half-way marker, and not at the 12m finish line. The person with the fastest time received R350 prize money.

In the next scene, the track was overcrowded with athletes all over the place. Looking with natural eyes it looked chaotic. We were running a medley relay. In a medley relay, the first athlete runs 100m, the second one runs 200m, the third 300m, and the last athlete runs 400m (a full cycle).

I struggled to see my teammates and realized I was standing at the wrong place. I then had to run an extra 100m to get to the right place to receive the baton.

Interpretation
The 12m race is symbolic of this year. Each meter symbolizes a month of the year. According to the Biblical Hebrew calendar, we are currently in the month of Elul (Neh 6:15), which is the 6th month of the year (around August–September).

Many prophecies have gone out that there is going to be a great shift in the month of September. September also falls in the month of Ethanim (1Ki 8:2) the 7th month of the year (September–October). Note: To avoid Confusion. This is according to the Hebrew names of the months in the Bible and not according to the modern Jewish names that came in later through the corruption the Babylonian captivity.

The 7meter mark symbolizes God’s ‘halfway’ mark that we need to cross over before a certain time in order qualify to finish the rest of the race. Much like the famous Comrades Marathon where the athletes need to pass the half-way mark before a certain time to qualify to continue running the remainder of the race.

As the Lord revealed to me and my husband: the 7m marker is the 7th month on God’s calendar. It starts on 19 September this year.

My father in the dream symbolizes Father God. He is timing the runners – the family of God.  He sits at the 7m mark to evaluate our progress.

Since the 7m marker is symbolic of a fixed date in time (the 7th month), we being timed by the Father actually has to do with how well we are redeeming the time. In other words, are we making the best use of our time? Are we making good progress spiritually with the time we have?

The ones with the fastest time will win the prize money. Meaning, the ones who made the most of their time will be rewarded accordingly.

We are not running against one another. We are running against ourselves to redeem our own personal time (make the best use of our own personal opportunities – Eph 5:15-20; Gal 6:9-11).

This shows that we are not measured against one another, but that each of us has our own unique pace. “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift (Eph 4:7).” 

The question is: Are you doing the best with what you have been given before we reach God’s 7m mark?

The R350 prize money is given to those who cross the 7m marker in their best possible personal time. The ones that did their own personal best with what they have been given.

The money in Scripture refers to talents. Talents have to do with responsibility and the grace to carry out that responsibility (as we see in all the parables that have to do with talents).

We are the generation that runs the final part and full cycle of this medley relay race. It will be a time of great chaos upon the earth (symbolised by the overcrowded race track with athletes all over the place).

We need to be in the Spirit’s rhythm and trust Him, because we will not always be able to see our teammates. It is important to position ourselves correctly, according to His patterns and ways otherwise we will run further than we need to, unnecessarily exhausting ourselves in the process.

The Golden Gate Opens at the 7m Mark  
The Lord He showed me a Golden Gate. This gate was situated on top of a mountain. I received this scripture:

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established on top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

~Micah 4:1-2

I saw the golden gate is like a window in the spirit, the ones who pass through the gate enter GOD’S WINDOW. A couple of years ago I had a dream where I was told to go on holiday with Wisdom to a place called God’s Window (the name of a literal place in South Africa.)

The dream meant that the Spirit of Wisdom wants to take me to God’s window: HIS PERSPECTIVE. The way God sees things.

We can only see what God is seeing when we go higher, for God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isa 55:9).

The next phase of the race is this prophetic window that is opening. The ones that have crossed over the 7m mark making the best of their time will qualify to pass through the golden gate.

On this mountain (Mount Zion) God will teach us His ways and we shall learn to walk in His paths. I saw that the mountain is a place of instruction, where maps (blueprints) were handed out by the angels, and strategies were being released.

Specific orders were given to those who passed through the gate. These orders are crucial instructions for the change in TIMES that we are moving into.

I feel the Spirit is urging us to exert ourselves vigorously so that we can cross the 7m marker on the 19th of September (Ethanim).

Remember that this marker will look different for everyone. We are not compared to one another by our Father, He knows our abilities and challenges, and evaluates us according to the measure that was given to us.

Each of us must seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal to us what this marker represents for us personally, since each of our journeys looks different.

The Road of Humility
The ones who walk in radical obedience will be able to enter through this golden gate. The road that leads to the top of Mount Zion is one of complete surrender and obedience.

Not many will find it because it is an uncomfortable road to walk on. This road is marked by humility and serving, walking in the footsteps of Jesus. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” ~ 1 John 2:6. The humble that does not seek their own glory or fame will be found on this road.

God will only reveal His strategies and instructions to the obedient ones, the empty vessels. The bond slaves that have given themselves WILLINGLY to Him and to His purpose.

While I saw this vision, I had a strong sense that our talents are being weighed, those who have been faithful with little will be entrusted with more (Luk 16:10). They have proven themselves as good stewards and God will increase their capacity and appoint them over more.

I once had a dream where I picked up an envelope with a significant amount of money in. I was told the woman “lost” the envelope on her way to the bank, and that it was now given to me and my husband.

When I prayed about the dream the Lord showed me that this was someone’s “talent” but because she didn’t steward it, it was given away. I came to realise the importance of stewarding what has been given to us, lest we forfeit it.

May God grant us the wisdom and the grace to steward what He has given us, that we may walk worthy of the calling with which we have been called (Eph 4:1).

I also believe that God, in His faithfulness and mercy will restore to us what we have not been stewarding well if we repent and start to walk on this road of obedience.

His Strength is Made Perfect in Our Weakness
It is important not to interpret this word in a legalistic way. Obedience is not about performance. Obedience is about presenting ourselves to the Lord as WILLING VESSELS in spite of our weaknesses. Knowing that His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Cor 12:9).

In essence, obedience is about presenting ourselves with endurance. If we keep presenting ourselves, He can work with us. He will finish what He has started, provided that we keep presenting ourselves, and giving Him something to work with.

This is why God could do such a mighty work through the apostle Paul because he knew how weak he was, claiming himself to be the least of all the apostles, and the worst of all sinners.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”

~ 2 Corinthians 4:7

I keep hearing the Spirit say: “Present yourself to Me willingly”. The Lord is not after a perfect people, He is after a willing people. Imperfect and weak people that give themselves unto Him so that His purposes can be fulfilled.

“Your people will offer themselves willingly [to participate in Your battle] in the day of Your power; In the splendor of holiness, from the womb of the dawn, Your young men are to You as the dew.”

~ Psalm 110:3 AMP

BRIDE OF CHRIST, TAKE HEART!!!

You are in training.

Let’s press forward to cross the 7m mark so that God’s purposes can be fulfilled in us.

GIVE YOURSELF TO HIM WILLINGLY!

The Key of Greater Dependence (Part 2)

Be sure to read Part 1 before you continue reading Part 2…

Elijah Arise!
A few days after I had this dream (See Part 1) the Lord woke me up one morning with a clear word in my spirit: “Like Elijah you need to be fed twice”. I immediately understood that God is instructing us to ask Him to feed us a double portion for the coming second storm.

In 1 Kings 19:1-8 we read the story of how Elijah fled from Jezebel. This was after she threatened to kill Him in the same way he killed the prophets of Baal.

After he left his servant in Beersheba, we read:

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.”

~ 1 Kings 19:4-8

ARISE AND EAT, THE JOURNEY IS TOO GREAT FOR YOU
During this time of transition, Elijah’s greatest enemy was fear and depression. Fear paralysed him as he lay under the broom tree. He wanted to die. He believed that he had failed God.

God saw Elijah at his weakest point and sent him food, supernaturally prepared by an angel.

He had to be fed twice, for the forty-day journey into the wilderness was too great for him. Forty days symbolises a time of testing. Elijah was in great dependence upon the Lord to sustain him for this journey.

We should not allow fear and fear of failure to overtake us in these TIMES of transition and testing. God is making a way out – He will send supernatural provision our way. You should ask God to feed you twice!

We need a DOUBLE PORTION of revelation in this hour. We need to know who our God is, what He has promised and what He is able to do for us! We need to prayerfully study and meditate on Scripture! Now is the time to eat God’s Word!

Discerning His Whispers
After the 40-day journey, Elijah had an encounter with God. God revealed Himself to Elijah in a still small voice (1 Ki 19: 11 -13).

After a great and strong wind, an earthquake and fire, God chose a gentle whisper to reveal himself to Elijah. God will take us through a time of testing to bring us to a place of stillness and draw us deeper into His presence.

The purpose of the testing is to teach us to hear His whispers. Discerning His whispers is crucial for the times we are moving in as mass deception will be released upon the earth. Our ears need to be circumcised to hear His whispers amid the coming turmoil and deception.

Time of Testing Followed by New Assignments
Elijah was catapulted into new assignments after he endured the forty-day journey. After the coming second storm, God will release greater authority upon His remnant bride.

This authority will only be gained by learning greater dependence upon God. Strength and power will be gained through surrender.

Only those who are fed by and whose ears are circumcised by the Word of God will hear His whispers and walk in this greater authority for the new assignments.

“To whom shall I speak and give warning, That they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, And they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; They have no delight in it.”

~ Jeremiah 6:10

The Key of Greater Dependence (Part 1)

The Key of Greater Dependence (Part 1)

God is about to and already is, giving the body of Christ ample opportunity to learn greater dependence. Are we going to learn now and be prepared for what is coming? Or, are we going to try to survive by our own plans and efforts, and by relying on man-made systems?

Dream: The second storm is greater than the first.
About a month ago I had a dream that took me some time to ponder and pray over. In this dream me and my husband were on the ocean travelling from England to South Africa on a rowboat.

There was a big storm up ahead we had to pass through. Initially, we were a bit fearful but the stormy weather opened up supernaturally. Almost like the opening of the red sea.

We rowed through with ease and arrived at the coastline of South Africa safely. I felt confident as I thought to myself: “we can do this again”.

I then dreamt that we had to go on a second trip: from South Africa to America. This time we had a bigger boat. It had an engine and storage space for food.

We ended up in a massive storm. It was so great that we could not see how we would survive. We had no hope. I went and lay down with our children as I was thinking to myself: “we are going to die in this storm”.

In the dream, I woke up the next morning and the ocean was completely calm. I was surprised that we survived this great storm.

Interpretation:
Little storms require little faith and little dependence. Greater storms require greater faith and greater dependence.

The boat in this dream is symbolic of our faith (1 Tim 1:19). Travelling first from England to South Africa and then from South Africa to America has to do with the time zone difference.

“THE TIMES ARE CHANGING”.
Between England and South Africa there is only a two-hour time difference. Between South Africa and America there is a massive eight-hour time difference.

We are all now experiencing how the times are changing. “THE NEW NORMAL”, is a buzz word being thrown around a lot these days.

In this first storm, the times have changed a little. It is going to change A LOT in this coming storm. We will need “greater faith”, a “prayer engine” behind us, and our “storeroom” will have to be full!

Firstly, we must learn to trust God more. The more you trust Him, the greater your faith (boat) becomes.

Secondly, your prayer life needs to become a priority. Prayer is the engine that drives your faith by running on the fuel of the Spirit.

Thirdly, we will have to stock up on spiritual food: The Word of God (1 Pe 2:2; Heb 5:12-14) and The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Mat 16: 15-18; Jn 6:55-58).

Put No Confidence in The Flesh
In the first storm I was confident: “we can do this again”. Philippians 3:3 reveals that a believer should “…have no confidence in the flesh”.

Rowing in this first storm speaks of self-effort and little dependence on God.

God knows that in this first storm we have little faith and He is being somewhat accommodative towards us. In spite of our self-effort, He is opening up the storm for us.

Faith and Trust is: “THE NEW NORMAL” for Believers
But NOW, we will have to use every opportunity to develop greater faith and dependence. In the second storm, I gave up. I didn’t do anything, but instead went to: “rest in faith”.

I had greater faith and I went into greater dependence by just resting in the faith that God already worked in me.

Faith and effort are in direct opposition. Faith’s focus is on God and what He wants to and can do. Effort’s focus is on self and what I can or “need” to do.

Exhortation: Trust God, Rather than Yourself and the World
We have to be careful not to waste our opportunities to learn to trust God. Trust God with your finances rather than using your credit card or running to the bank.

God is still somewhat accommodative, but a time is coming where you won’t survive spiritually if you depend on your own plans and efforts or on man-made systems and solutions.

Jesus could sleep through the storm because He knew who His Father was and who He was to His Father. May we rest in confident trust that God meant what He said in His Word!

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
~ (Matthew 6:26-34 NKJV)

The Key of Greater Dependence to be continued in Part 2 next week…

Winds of Resistance Against Faithful Witnesses

I had a dream symbolising what is now happening to those who are committed to run this great race of faith without compromise.

Dream
In my dream, I was running the 400m nationals. I saw my father, my mother and my one brother (whose name means lion) in the audience. I was running in lane 8, unenthusiastically referred to as the ‘blind lane’ because you can’t see the other competitors. You are running in front making it difficult to pace yourself against the other athletes.

As we got into the back straight there was an extremely strong wind from the front. It was so strong making it almost impossible to run. As I was pushing forward my legs was burning of fatigue. I wondered how the other athletes were coping and looked behind me to see how all of them were struggling to run against this strong wind. Some even got out of their lanes in a desperate attempt to make progress against this wind.

I knew I had to keep on running although it seemed impossible. As I got to the turn, I felt completely exhausted. Upon entering the front straight, the wind now behind me, I saw that the last 100m was packed with hurdles. Now I had to jump over these hurdles if I was going to finish this race.

Interpretation
Those who have set themselves to uncompromisingly uphold the truth of scripture and follow their resurrected Lord will now start experiencing extreme winds of resistance.

We are entering a phase of resistance followed by a phase of potential stumbling blocks in this great race of faith. First, we will experience fierce opposition against our faith, then the world will create situations on our way to try to get us to compromise our faith.

Take Courage
The Father (symbolised by my father) the Holy Spirit (symbolised by my mother) and the Lion of the tribe of Judah (symbolised by my brother) is watching over us and cheering us on.

Jesus as the lion is present to impart boldness and courage so that we can face what is ahead. In these winds the enemy will whisper in our ears: “You cannot do this, the resistance is too strong for you, give up…” But “…If God is for us, who can be against us (Rom 8:31 NKJV)?

The Forerunners
The forerunners are called to run in lane eight. Many have prophesied about the nameless faceless generation. Those who have previously flown under the radar and aren’t well known. They occupy lane 8 as it is given to the person with the slowest qualifying time.

Wisely they have prepared themselves and have saved their energy with the final race in mind. They are the ones who will run in front and blind: they will “…walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7 NKJV).”.

They will break open new roads few have travelled before. They will set the pace for the rest to follow and they will be an example for the others of how to run in this new season.

A Warning!
There is also a stern warning to those who are tempted to get out of their lanes by adjusting the truth in their attempt to cope with this opposition.

In a natural race, you are disqualified if you don’t keep in your lane. But in this spiritual race, it will make you more likely to compromise your faith, stumble and fall further into the race.

Don’t Waste Opportunity to Prepare
The strong wind of resistance on the back straight will be used by God to build our faith muscles so that we will not compromise and fall over the obstacles in the front straight.

In the first straight, our faith will be vigorously opposed. In the last stretch, we will be actively persecuted. The former will be words of opposition. The latter will be actions of persecution.

We will be put in situations where we will have to choose between “peace and safety” (that is with the world) or to follow our LORD and suffer persecution.

Harvest?
Although the last stretch of the race is going to be riddled with potential stumbling blocks the wind will now be behind us. The wind of opposition will turn into a wind of support to propel us forward. In this time, many who have opposed us will now join us.

Finish Strong!
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4 NKJV).”

“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6 NKJV).”

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14 NKJV).”

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