3 Days at the River Jordan are up
3 Days at the River Jordan are up: Back in the year 2000 I was privileged to hear a word being ministered about the River Jordan. From that time on during various seasons of my life, just before I awake out of my sleep. I find myself standing before a river that is too wide to cross and then I hear a voice saying “The river Jordan and the third day” The side of the river which I am standing is a desert type land scape, on the other side a beautiful jungle forrest with lush green grass on the foreshore.
I began some years back to seek and enquire what it meant to me, but on enquiring, this word is not for me but for all of God’s people I believe “You Judge”.
The River Jordan in the Word, speaks to me prophetically as a “Place of Change”.
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan in the old testament, things changed instantly. No more manna, giants in the land, warfare tactics had to change, open field warfare stopped, fortified city siege warfare began. Most importantly the Israelites”style of leadership” changed from the old to the new. Things changed very quickly and the average Israelite had to adapt to the change quickly. They went from learning of God (with Moses) and his ways, too executing Gods will in the promise land under God’s supervision and direction (with Joshua).
Another of the bigger signs in the Word that the River Jordan is a place of change is when our Lord was baptised there and the Holy Spirit came upon him. Things changed for the whole earth on that day.
Interestedly enough though, the Prophet (John the Baptist) who 1. baptised Jesus 2. pronounced that the Kingdom was at hand, was not able to give up his personal ministry and follow Jesus. He continued on in his ministry even though the Messiah was right in front of him, the King of the Kingdom was right in front of him and he continued in what he knew. I guess thats why his head was removed, thus ended the ministry of John the Baptist.
Back to the River Jordan and the Third Day!
Having arrived at the river Jordan the Israelites stopped. Time was no doubt needed for the leaders to organize the crossing and pass instructions on to the people. The delay also gave everyone an opportunity to get close and see the river. Now there was a strong current at that time due to the melting of the winter snows of Mount Hermon in the north. They must have faltered at the seeming impossibility of the crossing.
When we study the first few chapters of the book of Joshua, I find most interesting what the Lord said to Joshua “Say to the people”. Joshua has always been referred to as Gods man of war, however what strikes me is he always had a heart for things of the spirit first. Mostly obedience to Gods direction first, then secondly warfare. There had been much preparation in the heart of Joshua in his early years. Many of his life lessons were to do with being humbly obedient and serving those in authority over him.
As you can see in the Word the Lord gave him specific commands to give the officers, but he actually added something from his heart when he spoke to the people:
This is what he said, not what the Lord had instructed him to say.
Joshua 1: 10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
11“Pass through the camp and command the people, saying,
‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross
over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which
the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’”
Joshua 3:5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves,
for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” 6 Then
Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the Ark of the
Covenant and cross over before the people.”
It would have been more correct for him to say, and the people would have probably understood better if he said
“Sharpen your swords, get your shields
ready, we are going to war”
But no not Joshua, he told the people to “Sanctify Themselves”.
Brothers and Sisters there is vast, awesome and magnificent change coming to Church very soon. Things are going to change so dramatically and be not what we are used to. The current form in which we the Church finds its self is mostly unprepared for what is coming. Most of all, some current church leadership and more mature Christians will not cope with the change. Many will be offended by some of the instructions that the Lord is going to give new leaders amongst his people, those who have been prepared with a sensitive ear to His voice.
When the hardly known servant comes with a powerful word of authority and direction, then God’s people will take notice, and a pure undefiled word of God is going to come from their mouth. It will offend many of the religious types such as it did the Pharisees. This will cause a great rift in church leadership. Many will be offended and call the truly anointed ones, not of God, mostly because of shady back grounds.
But it will be God that will appoint and call them forth, call them forth just like Moses the murderer, King David the adulterer and Paul the persecutor. In the end it will all come out in the wash and the church will go on like never before in great power and new style of leadership and structure. In fact a new vibrant Apostolic Kingdom style leadership is going to be established as the Lord has ordained.
My hearts cry and prayer for God’s people in Australia at this moment is that they would be first ready for the change. The Lord is going to bring forth a new style of ordained leader. These new leaders will have been prepared with a heart for earthly dominion, rather than being in a hurry to get to heaven.
More recently now in year 2014 just before I awake, I find myself in water up to my neck swimming across a river. I have realised after some time that this an extension of my older dream. I am almost at the other side of the river. I am hearing the voice of Joshua again in the early mornings:
The 3 days at the river Jordan are up,
hear well God’s people the command is again going
through the camp, “Sanctify Yourselves”
for the mighty and great things of God cannot be
achieved with out consecration. It is now the
third day and the priests must lead the way, take the
burden of the manifest Glory on your shoulders and cross over.
THE FORMAL SENSE OF SANCTIFY.
Sanctification ordinarily means that hallowing of the Christian believer by which he is freed from sin and enabled to realize the will of God in his life. This is not, however, the first or common meaning in the Scriptures. To sanctify means to make holy, that is, to separate from the world and its ways and consecrate to God.
2 Peter 3: 8 But, beloved, do not forget this
one thing, that with the Lord one day is as
a thousand years, and a thousand years as
one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning
His promise, as some count slackness, but
is longsuffering toward us, not willing that
any should perish but that all should come
Hosea 6: 1 Come, and let us return to the LORD;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
2 After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
Well not sure what season others believe we are in, I believe we are about to see a big change amongst God’s people for the better.
3 Days at the River Jordan are up
I have had some thoughts bubbling around inside of me lately about a mountain, you know the one when Jesus took the three disciples up the Mountain and came back down. Hopefully I can do this on the Lampstand video Log soon. Also Jennifer informs me she has something new to blog as well.