In 2005, Matthew and I were invited to speak at a conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. There was great emphasis on the particular uniqueness and calling of Williamsburg which was laid out by the conference host. We understood callings on cities, communities and nations, so this was not new to us. We were happy to listen and honored to be among the other notable speakers, most of whom we had great respect.
As was our custom, Matthew and I often presented together unless the Holy Spirit singled one of us out to share the message. On this particular occasion, we had prepared together and we were preparing our hearts in the midst of worship. My attention was drawn to one of the musicians and the unique instrument he was playing. It was a long, slender, white flute type instrument. The sound it created was hauntingly beautiful and I could sense the Lord’s pleasure as he played. Suddenly, the atmosphere shifted and the room became electrified. I immediately knew that the Ancient of Days had stepped into the room.
Now, the Lord has met me in various ways over the years. When I experienced salvation, He revealed Himself as Savior and Lord. He also manifest Himself over the years as Healer, Redeemer, Deliverer, Strong Tower, Refuge, and Lover of My Soul, to name a few. This, however, was the FIRST TIME I encountered Him as the Ancient of Days. I was literally stunned in His Presence. As I stood there in complete and total awe, I heard words, faint at first, and then they grew louder. The Ancient of Days was speaking. He said, “Before…before…before…” In my mind I questioned, “Before what?” He immediately said, “Before the Foundation of the World, I AM!”
Immediately, I was thrust into a vision. I saw the Spirit of the Lord hovering over the face of the deep as the earth was formed, a timeless place. At the Word of the Ancient of Days, the uncreated God that has no beginning or end, TIME WAS FORMED. Holy Spirit then proceeded to “fly” over various time periods which I understood by faint images. Adam and Eve, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Israel, Joseph, Egypt, Moses, David, the Prophets, Jesus, and so on. Holy Spirit was not only moving over the times recorded in the bible, but time periods across the earth. I saw the formation of nations, empires that had risen and fallen and Holy Spirit was scooping things up into His bosom, from the four corners of the earth through all generations since Adam. He continued all the way up to the current time and stood before me in the room. I have to admit, destinies over cities seemed small by comparison, though I understood in Him they have significance.
I asked the Lord what the Spirit had gathered. He said:
I HAVE GATHERED THE INTENTIONS OF MY HEART THROUGHOUT THE GENERATIONS. THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED. I AM PLACING THEM IN THIS GENERATION TO TAKE ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. NOT ONE THING I HAVE SPOKEN WILL FAIL TO COME TO PASS! I AM THE LORD!
I then saw His hand on tribes, tongues and nations. I saw His hand on bloodlines, ancestors in family lines that had encountered the King of Glory, those to who He had His hand upon. Many had not completed the task given to them. Many peoples have experienced injustice and many of the same, at one time or another, treated others unjustly. I understood that the desire for people to understand lineage and past history was more than just curiosity or to find that “castle that is ours from the old country!”. There was and is DIVINE DESIGN on it. There is history that needs to be acknowledged. Both holy and unholy, righteous and unrighteous. The PURPOSE for all of this is not so we can be GREAT in the eyes of man or try to one up one another with our famous ancestors (some we would most likely hide). It is to DECLARE THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS AND TO MAKE AN OPEN SHOW TO THE ADVERSARY DECLARING THE GREATNESS OF OUR GOD.
NOTE: TO ALL WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR HERITAGE… FOLLOW THE LAMB, YOU ARE PROBABLY FULFILLING IT NOW WHETHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT. ALL WILL BE REVEALED AT HIS COMING! FRET NOT. SOME OF US KNOW TO PROVE A POINT REGARDING THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD.
So, to the reason for this post. I share this encounter because we are at the eve of the Jewish New Year 5777. When I looked at the numbers (and I am not a numbers person) I was immediately reminded of the encounter with the Ancient of Days in 2005. I heard the Lord say, THIS YEAR THERE IS GRACE FOR COMPLETION. (5 is the number of grace, 7 is completion — I am sure that there are numbers people out there that would find other meanings…but this is what was shared with me).
This DOES NOT MEAN that ALL THINGS BEFORE THE LORDS RETURN WILL BE FULFILLED in 5777 (though He will accomplish ALL THINGS before Jesus returns to the planet), but it does mean that there are many things God has spoken to His people, some odd and unusual things, which WILL BE fulfilled and completed in this next year and they must be. It may look impossible to some reading this…but…there is GREAT GRACE FOR YOU TO COMPLETE THE TASK. By 5778 a season on the earth will be ushered in and I understand by the Spirit of the Lord that:
NATIONS WILL DECIDEDLY BEGIN TO RELATE DIFFERENTLY AS THE CLIMATE IN THE NATIONS WILL NECESSITATE CHANGE!
AND THE MIDDLE EAST WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE THE CENTER OF THE WORLD’S ATTENTION AS THE DAY OF THE LORD APPROACHES
The year 5777 will determine if the “lines will fall in pleasant places” or not for various countries and nation states. The shift will be apparent. Not small. We will see alignments that we never thought we would see in our lifetime, while others will break ranks. It is all part of God’s set up to fulfill all that He has spoken.
In the midst of all of this, there are things each of us must complete. Things we must do. Doors we must walk into and gateways we must pass through. It is not a time to be afraid, laid back, or put things off for another day. We must be about the Father’s business.
My word of encouragement to you as we step into 5777 is:
WHATEVER HE SAYS DO IT
THERE IS GRACE TO COMPLETE THE TASK
5777 WILL BE A YEAR THAT WE WILL SEE A GREATER MEASURE OF THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD BEING DISPLAYED, THROUGH THE CHURCH, TO RULERS AND AUTHORITIES IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS (Ephesians 3:10)
IF HE SAID IT, HE WILL DO IT. HE IS JUST LOOKING FOR SOMEONE IN THE GENERATION TO SAY YES.
HE USES PEOPLE TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WILL-THIS MEANS YOU!
FOLLOW THE LAMB!