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?

Arise, You Who Sleep, and Christ Will Give You Light! (Radical Obedience Part 3)

Arise, You Who Sleep, and Christ Will Give You Light! (Radical Obedience Part 3)

These past few weeks have been quite challenging. It really felt as if the enemy kept on knocking and knocking on the door trying the gain a foothold into the lives of God’s children.

This comes as no surprise. We are moving into crucial times. Like I mentioned in my previous blog, this upcoming weekend, the 19th September marks a very important date on God’s calendar. We are crossing over into the 7th month, which signifies the 7m marker which I wrote about in the previous blogpost (read here if you missed it).

Now is the time to push forward and give no place to the devil!

Guard against Complacency  
Amidst the battle, I clearly heard the words “Do not become complacent.” English is not my mother tongue, so I had to look this one up. I found the definition quite interesting:

Complacency:

  • a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like.
  • self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.”

(Dictionary.com)

I realised how dangerous it is to be a complacent Christian and the Lord is specifically warning us against having a complacent attitude. Complacency might be one of the biggest enemies we need to overcome.

“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.”

~ Philippians 3:13-14

May we have the same mind as Paul in the above scripture, that we do not become complacent but that we stay focused on the Lord and press forward towards His purposes.

Entertainment Culture
A few years ago, the Lord spoke to my husband in a series of visions and impressions. He kept on hearing: Entertainment Culture.

The Lord revealed to him what is going on in most of Christianity. One of the greatest strongholds over the church and Christianity, in general, is its entertainment culture.

We listen to a good biblical sermon, hear a true accurate prophetic word, read a sound biblical book and we get excited about it. It stirs our excitement and we then share our excitement about this “prophetic word”, teaching or book with others. Like you would when you watched a good movie.

The problem is, like the movie, a week or two goes by and you kind of forget about it. You move on to the next “exciting” thing. You got entertained by God’s holy gifts! You never really took it to heart with the intent of DOING something about it. Or sometimes, we tell ourselves: I will give attention to this LATER. Are we not guilty of this verse?

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

~ James 1:22-25

We must heed against being so “super-spiritual” receiving so many prophetic words, teachings, read books, etc but then almost immediately after receiving it we turn away and forget about it. Or worst even, like Paul says we get puffed up by all the knowledge we have (1 Co 8:1).

The book of James clearly states that if we are only hearers of the Word and not doers we are in deception. If we don’t apply the Word as a seed to cultivate in our lives it will not take root and there will be no harvest. We will in fact, still be caught up in religion and in essence, deception.

The only way to counter and overthrow this massive stronghold of entertainment culture is to become doers of the word by walking in obedience.

We need to walk in the realities of the revelations we receive. Only when we start walking in the realities of the revelations, these strongholds will come down and we will start to bear fruit in the likeness and image of Christ.

Again, it all comes down to obedience.

The Awakening Trumpet will be Released through Obedience!
I asked the Lord “how do we ‘get’ people to walk in obedience”. I heard the Spirit say: “You will not get people to obey. You have to be obedient yourself and only then you can effectively intercede for others.”

This answer pierced right through me! It was like a sword dividing the soul and spirit, and it discerned the thoughts and intents of my heart (Heb 4:12). I felt the Spirit saying, “The time of talking is over, you will be positioned by doing!”

The Lord will use our obedience as an awakening trumpet for many other members of the body to arise out of their slumber. Our lives and footsteps of obedience will release a sound and cause a great awakening among believers.

It is from this position of doing, that we will be able to intercede and our intercession will become much more than prayer: It will become a lifestyle as a sweet-smelling aroma unto the Lord. We will carry the fragrance of Christ and others will be attracted to obedience.

I recently read a book that made a great impact on my life. In fact, it challenged me to the core and really made me question a lot of things in my own life and in Christianity in general.

I want to encourage you to read this book as I strongly feel God wants to restore these principles to the end-time church and that we need to be equipped in these truths.

The name of the book is Reese Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb. You can download a free PDF HERE or search for the audio readings on YouTube or elsewhere or buy a hardcopy on Amazon or on Loot in South Africa.

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!

Radical Obedience

We are entering a time where radical obedience is more important than ever before. The Spirit is leading me to do a series of blog-posts on obedience since it is a topic that He has laid heavily on my heart.

Before you continue to read, remember that the motivation behind everything God does is always love. He loves us and therefore calls us to obedience (more on this in the next blog post).

The Obedient Will Enter into Higher Realms of Authority
In 2019 I had an experience that the Lord used to teach me the importance of walking in obedience. As I was spending time with Him, I felt He was calling me to enter higher realms of authority.

That day I was struggling to breakthrough deeper into His presence, but I felt a prompting in me “to press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14).

The Lord showed me layers of victory in the spirit, and only when we have broken through one layer, we can enter into the next level. This is how we train ourselves unto godliness (1 Tim 4:8).

I kept pressing in and eventually, I felt the perfect peace of the Fathers’ presence. I saw a vision of a Lion’s face and I heard the words “The spirit of Elijah.” I then saw mantles of Elijah being released from heaven. It was such a heavy weight in the spirit that I could barely keep standing.

The Lord showed me that these mantles will be given to very specific people in the body of Christ. I received the scripture:

“Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things,
which you do not know”

~ Jeremiah 33:3

These great and mighty things are found in higher realms of authority. We will access it when we call on the Lord’s name and set our heart’s desire on Him.

The Lack of Obedience in the Body of Christ
Immediately after I had this intense encounter, I had a very strong feeling that the body of Christ greatly lacks obedience.

A strong conviction came over me that we do not listen and obey. We hear His words but we do not put them into practice. According to scripture, this is what a foolish man does, and his fall will be great on the day of testing (Matt 7:26).

I realized that we are so eager to receive the supernatural gifts and that everyone wants these mantles but God simply cannot entrust it to people of disobedience.

I saw a vision of what this looks like in the spirit. I saw people with layers of cement all over their bodies. Each time they hear the Lord speak and they do not obey, a layer of cement flows out of their hearts.

This then forms a thin layer over the body of that person. The more the person ignores the voice of the Holy Spirit the more cement is being secreted from the heart and the thicker the layer of cement becomes over their body.

This vision reminded me of the verse in Hebrews:

“Today, if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion”

~ Hebrews 3:15

All of a sudden, I saw what looked like an army of people that were completely stuck in cement and I heard: “THEY HAVE BECAME IDOLS OF THEIR OWN WAYS.”

These words pierced through me because I knew that most of us are guilty of this. The people in the vision could not move because they were idols of cement! I felt the grieving of the Lord Jesus over these people because He could not use them as a result of their condition.

God can only use those who walk in HIS WAYS and these people were walking in their own ways. They have stopped their ears and they cannot perceive His voice. I heard the Spirit say: They cannot walk in their destinies because My Spirit cannot move them”.

This Condition is Not Incurable
This looked like a hopeless situation but the Lord said:

“You need to see your condition so that you can come to Me to fix it. Come to Me with a contrite spirit, ask for My Spirit of repentance to come upon you. Humble yourself at My altar and allow Me to crush the idols that you have created. Allow My Spirit to anoint you with oil so that I can flow through the cracks of your self-made idols to destroy it”.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

~ 1 John 1:9

Repentance is a beautiful gift! The Lord longs for us to repent from our wicked ways and to start walking in greater authority. He desires that we become good stewards of the mysteries and He longs to reveal them to us.

How to Gain the Mantle of Elijah
We will gain the mantle of Elijah in the same way Elisha gained it – through responding with immediate obedience!

I love the way Elisha responded when Elijah threw his mantle on him. We read in 1 Kings 19:21:

“So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and become his servant.”

Elisha immediately recognized the upward call of God! When Elisha uses his livelihood to host a farewell celebration, he openly declares that there is no turning back to his former way of life. What a beautiful and inspiring way that Elisha responded in. He gave himself as an empty vessel to the Lord.

While not everyone is called to receive the mantle of Elijah, the Lord is calling everyone to a higher life, by receiving the upward call of God in Christ Jesus and to walk in new levels of authority. Whatever the Lord’s call is on your life, it will require sacrifice and obedience.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me”

 ~ Matthew 16:24

I pray that these words will penetrate your heart and minister to you and that you will present yourself as an empty and useful vessel to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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