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SHAVUOT—SETTING A NEW COURSE FOR OUR FUTURE
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Today we culminate the “By My Spirit” prayer watch. What an awesome season of watching with the Lord!
I believe we will look back at the time from Passover to Pentecost as a season where God’s Spirit set a new course for our future. Together we explored the “re-emergence of the forerunner spirit,” casting vision for forerunning prayer. We drank deeply from the well of forerunning intercessor Daniel Nash. We continue to contend for freedom for the girls held captive by Boko Haram. Moving with God in breakthrough prayer that takes down terrorists and tyrants!
Thanks to Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce, many of us embraced a new awakening schedule between Passover and Pentecost. And we discovered just how early 5:15 am really is…
Passover & Pentecost
On a personal level, the Lord directed us to start a home group. Our third meeting was last night. What an amazing group of leaders with mature prophetic giftings. Remember how the Lord spoke about a new movement that combines the miracles of Exodus and Acts—Passover and Pentecost.
Welcome to Pentecost, by the way!
The Spirit of God was very weighty last night as we culminated our gathering with a prophetic act that demonstrated this marriage. We received the Table of the Lord together as we lit our lampstand on the porch overlooking Washington DC. And we knew that God was somehow conveying the release of this new move!
A Time to Receive God’s Spirit and Word
The Feast of Pentecost, or Shavuot, celebrates the release of Gods’ word—specifically the Ten Commandments, given on Mt. Sinai on this very date. Not a coincidence that the Spirit was also poured out on this day, as recorded in Acts 2. What a privilege to receive of God’s Word and Spirit together. Drink deeply!
The Bible has a way of penetrating through the fog and bringing clarity to the situations of our world. One of our biggest priorities during the “By My Spirit” prayer watch was to receive fresh prophetic direction from the Word of God. One morning, I clearly heard the Spirit of God direct me to Isaiah 32:15. It was the only specific scripture the Lord spoke to me during our watch. As you will see, this passage seems to address current conditions in Washington DC. And it has everything to do with an outpouring of God’s Spirit.
Isaiah: Wild Asses Remain Until the Spirit is Poured Out
For weeks now, sharing this passage with you became one of the biggest wrestling points of my obedience. I simply did not want to share what the Lord was showing me. Today on Shavuot, I am bringing this obedience to completion.
(14) For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.
(15) Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken. Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever, A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks; Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest.
(16) Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.”
Note that Isaiah addresses “the Palace, the Hill, and the Watch-Tower” of his Capitol city, Jerusalem. But I immediately saw a correlation with our Capitol city of Washington DC. Could the Lord indirectly be addressing the palace of the White House, Capitol Hill, and the watchtower of the Pentagon? If so, what is He warning about?
In Isaiah’s day, the evidence that his Capitol was under God’s judgment is that wild donkeys inhabit the palace, the hill, and the watch-tower. It’s where they fed themselves.
I was stunned when reading this, especially as a donkey is a symbol of the Democratic Party. But this passage speaks far beyond partisan politics. It is a clear warning about the consequences of decisions made by unjust rulers. And in case you’ve concluded that this passage refers only to Democratic leaders, let the King James Version speak to you. The KJV refers to them as “wild asses.”
By this passage you can literally infer that wild asses will remain until the Spirit is poured out.
Replacing the Political Spirit with the Holy Spirit
Republican or Democrat, most Americans would agree that there are some ‘wild asses’ now in power in Washington DC—whose purposes are defiantly contrary to the heart and nature of our God. Records demonstrate that many are wild, or lawless, trampling upon the boundaries set in place for our common good. They make questionable decisions—as even today’s headlines bear witness. And many have burrowed in deep, draining the resources of the nation, feeding themselves and their friends at the expense of We the People.
And if Isaiah’s prophecy proves true, they won’t be fully dislodged “until the Spirit is poured out from on high…”
Do you want true change in Washington DC? How about in the capitals of your own state, or your own city? Yes we need to vote. But friends, in the spiritual realm we are facing a level of evil in our nation that only a move of the Holy Spirit can restrain. And the garden of our national governance has every potential of becoming a wilderness.
Until the Spirit is poured out from on high. Only then will our fields bear righteous fruit that the nations applaud instead of disdain.
Friends, may your intercession release the river of God’s Spirit, and direct its path! Pray for your leaders. Utilize the gift bestowed upon the church at Pentecost, and pray in the Spirit for His move. Pray for His Glory Procession!
This Sunday, in the solitude of a Vermont village church, Pastor Janet Bishop prayed a simple prayer that sums up our most desperate need. “Lord, in Washington DC, replace the Political Spirit with Your Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ Name.” On this Pentecost 2014, from our watchman’s perch overlooking the Capitol, I couldn’t agree more.