Kohathites III – Temple Servants

This is part III of the lesson on Kohathites. In this section I tell stories about some of my experiences as a Kohathite in real life.

TEMPLE SERVANTS

Several years after the above Scriptures were given to me the Lord gave me more about who the Kohathites were. In I Chronicles 16:4 King David appointed some Levites to make petition before the Ark of the Covenant. Some of these same men were gatekeepers (verse 38).

I Chronicles 16:4 “And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and to praise the Lord God of Israel.”

Minister (#8334) to attend as a menial or worshipper; to contribute to: – serve, wait on.

Record (#2142) to mark so as to be recognized; to remember, by implication to mention: – to call to remembrance….

In Ezra 7:24 porters are mentioned. #8652/8651 calls them doorkeepers. I Chronicles 15:23-24 names several individuals who were doorkeepers for the Ark. The Hebrew definition of a door keeper is #7778/8179 a janitor: – doorkeeper, porter. To split or open; to act as a gatekeeper; keeper of a palace gate.

This definition has a lot of meaning for me because in Asian cultures specific individuals have the keys to various doors. The keeper of the keys may be a janitor, a lowly person, but with more power than the occupants of the building. I and my students have stood outside a classroom door waiting for the one with the key to unlock the padlock so we could have a lesson. In the spiritual sense, the gate keeper was a door guard with much power to present himself to the Lord on behalf of others.

Asaph was a well-known Kohathite and a recorder in the temple during David’s time.  He also was a musician and his descendants were musicians. One of Asaph’s contemporaries was a gate keeper and musician: Jeduthan (#3038/3034). His very name means laudatory; open, extended hands as in reverence and worship; make confession, give thanks. What a beautiful name! Apparently this man also had prophetic abilities (II Chron. 35:15). Jeduthan wrote Psalms 39, 62, and 77.

Jeduthan’s sons were gate keepers. One of his sons was Obed-edom (#5654/5647) whose name meant to serve, till, enslave; bond servant, worshipper. Obed-edom’s house was where King David left the ark after the Lord struck down Uzzah for touching it to steady it during a rough cart ride while it was being moved to Jerusalem. You can read the story in II Samuel 6.

DOORKEEPER

My first ministry experience was back in the late 70s when a friend asked me to take her through deliverance. I didn’t want to work alone (Kohathites form alliances, remember?), so we agreed on a third woman to do the actual ministry. I was to be the silent, prayerful “watcher” (not the priest; just a servant).

The one going through deliverance experienced a mental shut-down; that is, her brain couldn’t retain the words of confession and repentance she was repeating after the “minister.” I stopped them and asked the “minister” to speak just one or two words at a time so the one experiencing the opposition could say just one or two words of renunciation at a time. After a few minutes she was able to relax and we continued peacefully to a sweet conclusion.

This experience confirmed something about being in the place God wanted me and the satisfaction that resulted. Not long after that I sometimes traveled with a lady minister who recognized my gifting and used me as an intercessor. I didn’t really understand how valuable my gifting was and wondered why she asked my opinion from time to time. Fortunately I was wary.

ALLIES

I first became involved in strategic-level warfare in Beijing in the 1990s. To be as concrete as possible I will use initials so that you can follow my story without betraying anyone’s identity.

The 30-something team members in Beijing were extremely varied in religious and cultural background. We made teams according to our giftings and preferences with the goal of praying through the city of 12 million according to historical sites dedicated to devils. Everyone helped to compile a history by researching folk stories and finding out what Daoism, Buddhism and animism involved. We compiled lists of city officials, their phone numbers and addresses, etc.  Then groups went on-site to do warfare prayer which was risky, so no one was coerced. Only three of us chose to stay home and do intercession for the teams. As you might imagine, we became very close and maintained our relationships long after the two-year warfare thrust. The leader of the warfare and I became close as well. (Kohathites are a gift of the Lord to the Body and they make alliances.)

At each meeting, the first item of business was confession of sin – out loud to each other.  That sure helped us to stay as close to the Lord as possible! Who wants to confess sin in front of others?! Because of this the principalities over the city were stirred up and tried to kill members. For example, S and some friends were traveling to the International Christian Fellowship venue when their taxi hit a median and flipped over. That type of taxi had a high center of gravity and often one would roll, catch fire and burn with no one escaping. However, the covering prayers of brothers and sisters saved all of them, even the driver. No one was injured! Other weird things happened, such as knocks at the door when nobody was there although footsteps could be heard running away down the hall.

This was a spirit of death though I didn’t know it at the time. When my mother came to visit me in the winter of 1995 the two of us went from door to door throughout the foreign student dormitory anointing the doors with oil and praying deliverance prayers.  The key to our safety was the stripping of ourselves in humility before each other to be clean so that the enemy couldn’t use our weaknesses against us. Later I learned that the foreign students’ dormitory was built over an ancient burial ground where the graves of the dead had been disturbed. But there was no more knocking and running footsteps after Mom and I prayed through the building.

CLEANING HOUSE

In another situation during this same period of time, a Taiwanese Christian lady really liked S and me, so she invited us to her house nearly every Sunday for fellowship. Her wealthy American husband had rented the whole courtyard complex in a historic area.  Their two little boys couldn’t sleep at night, and had terrible nightmares, awoke  screaming and refused to go back into the room they slept in. Finally, she asked S and me to “clean” the house. Never in my life could I have imagined what that would be like!  We chose to limit the “cleaning” to two hours each Sunday afternoon and bound other demons from further manifestation during the lapses.

We asked H to find out what she could about the house. Apparently generations of a high level official had lived in the house from the Ming Dynasty, the first owner being a close relative of the emperor, possibly 400 years ago. When S and I began to pray there was loud, desperate wailing in the spirit realm. I seemed to be the one to express the wailing and deep anguish. I could see beautiful young girls clutching and pulling at their clothes and bodies, weeping inconsolably. They were forcing themselves to vomit…. How is this possible, I wondered? But being Chinese, H understood immediately that the girls had been raped in the apartment and out on the unusually commodious balcony in full view of the gaping crowds of men standing below. The resulting babies were sacrificed to the gods. Her research had confirmed what I saw in the Spirit but had no prior knowledge of.

After praying through the house with binding and loosing, we went out to the balcony and washed it with soapy water and brooms. There were potted trees on the balcony forced into circles and I cut them all free after asking for permission since this is a Chinese custom related to the gathering of Qi (In Daoism, qi is “breath” or “air” and is very powerful). The Lord gave us the redemptive vision of a lighthouse on that spot. Now the little boys slept peacefully after those weeks of intense war.

 

Kohathites’ Service in the Temple

This is part II of IV of a lesson on the Kohathites’ service in the Tabernacle, and later the Temple, as the Lord used it to speak to me about my function in His plan for my life.

Division of Labor in the Temple

According to Ezra 2:40-43 and I Chronicles 6, there were divisions within the Levites.  The line of high priests would descend directly from Aaron. Keeping in mind that Moses and Aaron’s parents were Kohathites, other Kohathites were temple servants. The Nethinim were Kohathite servants which included singers called Korahites. (Asaph was David’s chief singer) and gatekeepers (Korahites and Merarites).

In Joshua 21 we read that Hebron in Judah went to Aaron’s descendants, the high priests;

Shechem in Ephraim went to other Kohathites;

Kadesh in Galilee (Naphtali) went to the Gershonites.

All these cities were located west of the Jordan.

Golan in Bashan (Manasseh) also went to the Gershonites;

Ramah in Gilead (Gad) went to the Merariites;

Bezar in Reuben also went to the Merariites.

These cities were located east of the Jordan.

Gershonites were in charge of the treasury, gifts, spoils (I Chron. 26:21-27).

Kohathites, other than the descendants of Aaron, were priests and temple servants  (Num. 4:37). During times of sojourning they were responsible for packing and carrying the most holy portion of the vessels and tabernacle furniture, including the ark itself, on their shoulders.

Merariites were over the service of song (I Chron. 6:31-33).

Warning

I believe we are gifted at conception with spiritual gifts just as we receive our unique DNA. What we do with what we are given is critical to our lives and the lives of those around us who could benefit from our giftings. One who has a strong gift in the area of perception (wisdom and knowledge) must submit the gifting to the Lord or be guilty of heresy. Having studied Hebron and having received a stern warning from the Lord about renouncing power not submitted to or disciplined by Him, I searched the Word for warnings about the occult. A Christian dare not exploit the power within. Instead, in the fear of the Lord I shake my hands free and avoid situations that might compromise me.

Kirjath-arba was a Philistine city known for it’s magic (Josh. 14: 13-15). I took that to mean that I needed to search myself and get rid of all occult tendencies, personally and ancestrally, and surrender any power of my own to Him, even to the point of being powerless that He might be exalted.

To have any dealings with spiritism is to be defiled and therefore unfit to appear before God in worship.

Lev. 19:31 “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.”

Dabblers in any form of the occult were to be killed.  Leviticus 20:27 and Deuteronomy 18:9-12. “A man or also a woman that has a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall be put to death.…”

“….you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.  There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or who uses divination,

or who is a soothsayer,

or an augur,

or a sorcerer,

or a charmer,

or a medium,

or a wizard,

or a necromancer.

For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord: and it is because of these abominable practices that the Lord your God is driving them out from before you.”

To have any dealings with spiritism is to be defiled and therefore unfit to appear before God in worship.

Leviticus 19:31AMP “Turn not to those who have familiar spirits (mediums), neither seek after wizards; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”

It is because of spiritism that the Canaanites were destroyed. Deut.18:12b (see above). The enormity of the sin of disobedience was compared to spiritism and/or witchcraft. I Sam. 15:23 “….for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”

When Saul was zealous for God he cleared the land of mediums (I Sam. 28:3). Only after his sins had made communication with God impossible did Saul consult a medium (I Sam. 28:7). Saul’s wretched death was partially caused by consulting a witch (I Chron. 10:13).  God was angered by other kings who dabbled in magic (II Chron. 33:6).

One of the reasons for Israel going into exile was their traffic in spiritism.

Isaiah 2:6 “Surely, [Lord] You have rejected and forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with the customs from the east and with soothsayers who foretell like the Philistines, also they strike hands and make pledges and agreements with the children of aliens.”

It is insulting to God for people to consult the dead when they can inquire of Him. In the New Testament the rich man could not communicate with his brothers after death, nor could Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Also see Acts 8:6-24 and 13:6-12.

Isaiah 8:19AMP “And when the people [instead of putting their trust in God] shall say to you (Isaiah), Consult for direction mediums and wizards who chirp and mutter, should not a people seek and consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?”

Converts in the New Testament brought their books of curious arts and burned them before all men (Acts 19:19).

Spiritism is one of the works of the flesh.

Galatians 5:19-21AMP “Now the practices of the flesh are obvious: they are immorality, impurity, indecency; idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), factions, sects with peculiar opinions (heresies), envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand just as I did previously that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Revelation 21:8 AMP “But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage

and the cowardly submissive;

and as for the unbelieving and faithless;

and as for the depraved and the defiled with abominations;

and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous

and the practicers of magic arts

and the idolaters [those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other                  than God]

and all liars [those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed,

all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.”

Revelation 22:14-15AMP (emphasis mine) Blessed are those who cleanse their garments that they may have the right to the tree of life and to enter in through the gates to the city.

For without are dogs and sorcerers

and whoremongers and murderers

and idolaters

and whoever loves and deals in falsehood –

untruth, error, deception, cheating.

 

One last observation: Renewed activity in spiritism and interest in its teaching is a sign of the last days.  

I Timothy 4:1-2AMP (emphasis mine) But the (Holy) Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in the latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized)….

Temple Servants

Several years after the above Scriptures were given to me the Lord gave me more about who the Kohathites were. In I Chronicles 16:4 King David appointed some Levites to make petition before the Ark of the Covenant. Some of these same men were gatekeepers  (verse 38).

I Chronicles 16:4 “And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and to praise the Lord God of Israel.”

Minister (#8334) to attend as a menial or worshipper; to contribute to: – serve, wait on.

Record (#2142) to mark so as to be recognized; to remember, by implication to mention: – to call to remembrance….

In Ezra 7:24 porters are mentioned. #8652/8651 calls them doorkeepers. I Chronicles 15:23-24 names several individuals who were doorkeepers for the Ark. The Hebrew definition of a door keeper is #7778/8179 a janitor: – doorkeeper, porter. To split or open; to act as a gatekeeper; keeper of a palace gate.

This definition has a lot of meaning for me because in Asian cultures specific individuals have the keys to all doors. The keeper of the keys may be a janitor, a lowly person, but with more power than the occupants of the building. I and my students have stood outside a classroom door waiting for the one with the key to unlock the padlock so we could have a lesson. In the spiritual sense, the gate keeper was a door guard with much power to present himself to the Lord on behalf of others.

Asaph was a well-known Kohathite and a recorder in the temple during David’s time.  He also was a musician and his descendants were musicians. One of Asaph’s contemporaries was a gate keeper and musician: Jeduthan (#3038/3034). His very name means laudatory; open, extended hands as in reverence and worship; make confession, give thanks. What a beautiful name! Apparently this man also had prophetic abilities (II Chron. 35:15). Jeduthan wrote Psalms 39, 62, and 77.

Jeduthan’s sons were gate keepers. One of his sons was Obed-edom (#5654/5647) whose name meant to serve, till, enslave; bond servant, worshipper. Obed-edom’s house was where King David left the ark after the Lord struck down Uzzah for touching it to steady it during a rough cart ride while it was being moved to Jerusalem. You can read the story in II Samuel 6.

 

Kohathites 

part I of III

This study is how the Lord spoke over a period of years to me about how I was to be a servant to all those to whom I was sent. His admonitions and His desire for me/His servants to be holy and consecrated to Him is spelled out clearly in the following study.

While the Hebrews were still in Goshen in Egypt, the Lord was giving Moses instructions regarding the Passover when all the first-born would be killed, except where the blood of a lamb was placed on the door-posts and sides of the door of Hebrew dwellings.

“The Israelites were to redeem their first-born sons; they were never to slay them in human sacrifice. In this way the people were reminded emphatically of the extent to which the Lord had gone to free them from slavery. He had spared their first-born even as He slew the first-born of Egypt, human and animal, to buy their freedom. Later, the Lord claimed the Levites for Himself in exchange for the first-born sons of the people (Numbers 3:40-51).” (Ex. 13:13 comment in the Nelson Study Bible NJKV, 1997; p.121) Emphasis on the substitution of the Levites for the first-born reminds us of the substitution of Jesus for us when He died on the cross for our sins.

Numbers 1:12-13 “Now behold, I Myself have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of every first-born who opens the womb among the children of Israel. Therefore, the Levites shall be Mine because all the first-born are Mine. On the day that I struck all the first-born in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Myself all the first-born in Israel, both man and beast. They shall be Mine. I am the Lord.”

Exodus 13:11-12 “And it shall be, when He brings you into the land of the Canaanites as He swore to you and your fathers, and gives it to you, that you set apart to the Lord all that open the womb, that is, every first-born that comes from an animal which you have, the males shall be the Lord’s.”

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Gershon                                       Kohath                                           Merari                                                                                                                                                      _________________________________|____________________________

Amram               Izhar                 Hebron              Uzziel

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Miriam          Aaron       Moses (Num. 26:57-61)

The Kohathites were the most important of three Levitical clans: Gershonites, Kohathites, and Merariites, sons of Levi (Gen. 46:11; Ex. 6:16; Nu 3:17; I Chron. 5:17). Kohath had four sons: Amram, Izhar, Hebron (not related to the biblical geographical location mentioned much later), and Uzziel (Ex. 6:18). The Kohathite participation weaves in and out of Israel’s biblical history in four periods;

  1. The wilderness wanderings;
  2. Exploration and settling of the Promised Land;
  3. The monarchy;
  4. The return of the captives to rebuild Zion.

During the wilderness wanderings the Kohathites camped on the south side of the Tent of Meeting. When they broke camp to move on, the Kohathites were charged with carrying on their shoulders the most sacred furniture and furnishings of the interior of the Tabernacle: The Ark, the table of showbread, the lamp-stand and altars, the utensils, and the heavy curtain which divided the out portion of the interior from the most Holy of Holies (Nu. 3:29, 31; 4:2; 7:8-9).

While the Gershonites and Merariites transported the outer portions of the Tabernacle on ox carts, the Kohathites carried the sacred inner furnishings on poles resting on their shoulders. Their responsibilities were greater, representing the burdens they carried for the people’s spiritual well-being.

Rebellion in the Desert

The institution of Aaronic priesthood and the Levitical service of the tabernacle was a thorough religious change. The former priesthood of heads of families was replaced. This gave rise to murmurings and discontent which erupted in open rebellion at Kadesh. Korah, the son of Izhar, brother to Amram who was father of Moses and Aaron (Ex. 6:21), joined by Dathan and Abiram, incited two hundred and fifty princes to demand that the old order of things should be restored. Moses and Aaron had taken too much upon themselves (Numbers 16: 1-3).

All these men put fire in their censers and laid incense on them. Immediately fire from the Lord burst forth and destroyed them all (Numbers 16:35)! The earth opened up and swallowed their whole families (because they were contaminated by the murmuring) and a plague raced through the camp among those who sympathized with the rebellion. Only Aaron’s quick action of making atonement for the people saved the camp.

Later, Korahites were porters (I Chronicles 9:17-19; 26:1; II Chronicles 31:14), over things that were made in pans (I Chronicles 9:31; Leviticus 2:5); and singers (II Chronicles 20:19). Eleven psalms are dedicated to the Korahites (Psalms 42-49, 84-85, 87-88).

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While we were chatting, my friend looked askance when I said I preferred being “number two” during ministry. Actually, it isn’t a matter of being number one or number two. It is a matter of taking the place God made for me.  Only in people’s eyes is that first place, second place, or whatever. The Lord used the Bible study of the Kohathites to speak to my heart over a period of years, unfolding what He wanted me to understand in a gradual process.

Kohathites

Amram and Jochebed’s bold faith in God to see that baby Moses lived caught my attention. Later, in the plan of the tabernacle and division of menial labor for the worship of God, the Levites were given by God as a gift to the Israelites (Num. 18:6; Jer. 33:20- 22). The Levites, including all three families (Ex. 6:16), were to have no inheritance among their brethren. Instead, in the Promised Land they received a specific number of cities, some of them designated Cities of Refuge (Num. 18).

Both Jochebed and Amram were Kohathites. According to Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary the word Kohath (#6955) means to ally oneself. Jochebed (#3115) means blessed of Jehovah. She was rich in faith and honor. Amram (#6019) means a people set on high. Jochebed’s rich faith prompted her to put little Moses in a small basket in the reeds of the crocodile-infested Nile River, trusting God to take care of him.

Importance of Hebron

During the settlement phase of Israel’s growth there were six cities of refuge included in the forty-eight cities given to the Levites as their inheritance in the Promised Land (Num. 35:6-7; Josh. 20:7-8).

Josh. 14:13-14 “Then Joshua blessed him and gave to Caleb Hebron for an inheritance because he wholly followed the Lord. The name of Hebron was formerly Kirjath-arba, the greatest city of the Anakim.

Kirjath-arba was located in the hill country of the south. The Israelites under Joshua completely destroyed all the inhabitants of the hill country including Kirjath-arba (Josh. 10; 11:21).

According to Strong’s (#7153) Arba means “city of the four giants.”

Hebron (#2275, from #2267) means “seat of association.”

#2267, from #2266: “a society; also, a spell:- charmer(ing), company, enchantment, x wide.”

#2266: a primary root; to join (literally or figuratively); specifically (by means of spells) to fascinate:- charm(er), to be compact, couple (together), have fellowship with, heap up, join (self, together), league.

Before the city was Hebron it was Kirjath-arba, a Philistine settlement built seven years before Zoan in Egypt (Num. 13:22). It was one of Abraham’s dwelling places. In Gen.13:18 God told Abraham: “Arise; walk through the land, the length of it and the breadth of it, for I will give it to you. Then Abraham moved his tent, and came and dwelt among the oaks of Mamre which are at Hebron, and built there an altar to the Lord.

*Hebron is where God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (Gen. 17:5).

*Hebron is where Abraham had three visitors who promised him a son (Gen. 18:1-2).

*Hebron is where Sarah died and was buried (Gen. 23:1-20; 25:10). This field became the family burial plot for Isaac, Jacob and all his sons.

*Samson once removed the gates of the city (Judges 16:3).

*During the Israelite conquest Kirjath-arba was taken and renamed Hebron (Josh. 10:36-37; 20:7; 21:10-11).

*For his faithfulness in returning a good report when the ten spies returned from the land of milk and honey, Caleb was allowed to choose his inheritance forty years later during the conquest of Canaan and he chose Kirjath-arba (Josh. 14:13-15; 20:7; Judges 1:20).

*Hebron was located in Judah’s inheritance. Later, it was designated a City of Refuge (Josh. 21:10-13), and became the city of the high priests.

*David was crowned king in Hebron and ruled over Judah seven and a half years before being crowned by all Israel (II Sam. 2:1-4,11). He bore several sons while living in Hebron, also (II Sam. 3:2-5).

*Absalom proclaimed himself king in Hebron (II Sam. 15:7-12).

Past Finding Out

Thinking about my journey of healing starting with Dissociative Identity Disorder. When the Lord first came sovereignly to me, He asked what kind of a house I would like to live in if I could choose any type and I said I would like to live in a tree house high up in a tall tree. Immediately He lead me through a meadow to a small house high up in a tall tree. In the spirit realm there is no need for a bathroom or an elaborate kitchen, but there was an adequate family room with a love seat and an overstuffed lounge chair. There was also a small table beside the love seat. During the healing of DID I often slept in Jesus’ arms on the love seat.

About a year later I was feeling much better, more loved and more curious about my surroundings. I asked to explore the woods behind my tree house. so the Holy Spirit took me by the hand and walked with me into the trees. The path lead downward so the going was easy. Eventually I saw a waterfall in the distance. It was tall and thin and the water sparkled like diamonds. And there was a pool at the bottom. I was delighted and asked if I could play in the water. The precious Holy One nodded assent so I waded into the warm water with wonder and delight.

During this period of time I discovered memories of sexual abuse by my father when I was an infant. I was sickened by the memories and the body memories came between me and my sweet Jesus. I could only respond to His love in inappropriate ways and didn’t know how to overcome my soulish behavior. It didn’t occur to me that the sparkling waterfall was God’s provision for my cleansing.

I visited the pool at the bottom of the falls daily and sometimes several times a day. One day I decided to explore the deep place where the water had eroded the bottom of the pool. I slipped and fell into the depression, and needing a breath of air, I breathed in. But I didn’t choke! I could breathe in the water! What a revelation. After that I spent days just standing in the water as it poured downward into the pool.

Eventually, the waterfall faded. Other aspects of my inner system began to fade as well and I began to be alarmed. I realized I needed some deliverance, as that was what was acting like a veil over my face and mind, so I began to persist in asking the Holy One to make me holy and pure as He is. One morning in the wee hours I awoke and began pleading again for a pure heart – and He came.

First He delivered me of two huge, filthy demons of sexual perversion that had claimed me as their own through rituals of ancestors on both sides of my genealogy. They had laid quietly until the Lord began to take me through emotional healing, but now they were stirred up and panicky. I knew when they exited because I sneezed violently, twice. Such a sense of freedom from bondage. I savored that sweet freedom and lightness all day long.  The following night in the vision I saw a beautiful, well cared for garden with shrubs and fruit trees, all heavily mulched and healthy looking. The vision was sacred so I stayed in my apartment all day and savored it. His love poured over me lavishly and I had no problem receiving as I had previously.

After waking I continued to explore the property He had given me. It was much larger than I had first thought. There were meadows, orchards, flower gardens and pots of exotic plants up near the house. In fact, the house was nearly obscured by rich, luxurious growth.. More interested in the property, I asked Jesus for a couple of horses and invited Him to ride with me out into the meadow. We rode with no saddles or bridles, just guiding our mounts with our bodies and legs. My horse was very responsive to my cues. He even changed leads as I prompted him. It looked like he was dancing – so graceful and exuberant. What an incredible gift from my Beloved. At this writing I still have not fully explored the property and haven’t even looked in the house yet.

I can see the progression of healing in this saga of my journey and it is awesome. Our God is sacred and holy and full of passionate Love. He is worthy of our fear and respect. King of kings and Lord of lords; He is my Master. He owns me. I am a love slave. I have an active imagination but His riches and creative gifts are far above what I can ask or imagine.

The Prophetic Year of 5779

The following prophesy is from a friend who wishes to be unidentified but whom I trust:

This year everything will be about Creator God.

A year of true justice where evil (on one one hand of God) and good (on the other hand of God) will manifest depending upon a person’s relationship with The Creator.

On the good side, there will be creative miracles. These may manifest in dreams and visions, as birthings, babies, pregnant mothers, and miraculous situations.

This year God will create health, healing, restorations, redemptions, wealth, dreams from the past, and answer many prayers once thought to be forgotten.

As for wealth, this will be a time specifically for the creation of wealth in all of its forms – not just earthly monetary wealth, but also wealth in eternal meanings.

Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV) says, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

Deuteronomy 8:18 Tree of Life version (TLV) “Rather, you are to remember Adonai your God, for it is He who gives you power to make wealth, in order to establish His covenant that He swore to your fathers – as it is this day.”

This will be a year where the nine gifts of the spirit and the nine fruit of the spirit will become pronounced and abound throughout the earth.

On the evil side there will be justice for wrong doers and people who mock God and place themselves above others – especially those people who have been given positions of authority and who abuse those privileges. There will be creative techniques of destruction used by God to punish wrong doers. These may manifest in dreams and visions, as earthquakes, fires, explosions, bad storms, crowds intending insurrection, war, and spilled blood, etc.

Following on the heels of 5779 it is very important to note that the year 5780 (originating on Sunday night at 6:00 pm, September 29, 2019 on the Gregorian calendar) will begin a ten-year period of new opportunities where great prosperity and blessing of every kind will occur for God’s people – His remnant people.