I am so encouraged by the experience I had on the morning of the Day of Atonement. I was in prayer with the Lord and had a sense of a revelation on the horizon, as we are in the shifting of times into new dimensions of God’s Glory. I had asked the Lord to help me understand and process this time with wisdom, and not with personal emotional desire. After a wonderful time of communion in His Presence, I opened my Bible and it fell open to 1 Kings chapter 22, I read:
“Jehoshaphat also built a fleet of trading ships to sail to Ophir for gold. But the ships never set sail, for they met with disaster in their home port of Ezion-geber.” 22:48 NLT
This is an account that God had highlighted to me in past years. Now the scriptures say that Jehoshaphat did right in the eyes of the Lord, but he did make some big mistakes! His first mistake was joining with King Ahab in battle—Jezebel’s husband. After this battle Jehu the seer said to him, “Why should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?” Because of this God was angry with Jehoshaphat! Jehoshaphat’s second mistake was to ally himself with Ahab’s son Ahaziah in an endeavor to build ships at the port Ezion Geber, with the intent of getting gold from Ophir. Eliezer prophesied against Jehoshaphat because of this:
“After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.” 2 Chronicles 20:35-37
As I pondered this account, I thought to myself that even though the Lord has been very good to me, and I have seen many dreams come to pass, the big dream and vision God has given me, kept hidden in my heart over numerous years, has never come to pass—the ship that carried my dream has never left port!
I began to wonder if I, my parents, or my ancestors had ever entered into partnerships that God was not pleased with. I asked the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me in a prayer of repentance. I stood before God’s Throne of Mercy and began to systematically repent for every type of unholy yoke we as a family could have entered into. As I was slowly allowing the Holy Spirit to guide me in prayer, with my eyes closed I saw a picture of a heavy chain across the screen of my mind, from left to right. My eyes were intently focused on the chain, so I wasn’t really paying attention to the full picture as it was a bit foggy. But there was a sense of something on the left and something large on the right, and behind it was very blue. Something then came down with great force, so fast that I did not see what it was, and snapped the chain in two! Immediately a burst of energy flooded my chest that took my breath away, and I gasped in great surprise! I asked the Lord, WHAT WAS THAT! My eyes were still closed and I had a sudden realization that it was a large ship on the right that had been held by the chain, and now that it was broken, the ship began to slowly move out to sea! THE SHIP WAS LEAVING PORT! Hallelujah!
Immediately I knew that what I had experienced in the Spirit was about to become reality for many who have been prepared for this hour of history to shift with God into a new levels of His Glory—passionate saints who have been given big dreams but had not seen them materialize to date! This is a significant year in God’s purposes. It is a year of trouble and seeming chaos, HOWEVER, it is the year of the beginning of a Reprieve, the year of the Favor of the Lord where the Spirit of the Lord will rest heavily on a prepared people, a year of release and the thrusting out of the saints—an anointed and appointed time for the dreams of God planted in His people to materialize!
It is now the new Jewish year 5778—the year of the door and new beginnings. In this time of chaos and darkness looming on the horizon, GOD’S ARMADA is leaving Port, sent out onto the great Sea of Humanity! The ships are moving out in the season of Harvest—the time of a very significant Feast of Tabernacles, which is a celebration for the Great Journey that has brought us to this day, and the Ingathering of the Great Harvest. To the Jewish people the Fast of Tabernacles also represents the DIVINE CLOUDS OF GLORY that covered Israel during the 40 years the wilderness.
“Arise shine for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Behold darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the peoples…Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the ABUNDANCE OF THE SEA shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you…They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD… AND I WILL GLORIFY THE HOUSE OF MY GLORY. Isaiah 60:1,5-7
I asked the lord where the ships were going and He said, “They are on a quest for Gold of Ophir.” This Gold is the GLORY OF GOD that the Bride wears— representing the great Harvest of souls and all the provision and resources with which to gather the Harvest and build the House of His Glory, “… At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir” (Ps. 45:9). King Solomon also built ships to bring back gold from Ophir.
“King Solomon also built a fleet of ships at Ezion Geber, which is near Elath on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom… And they went to Ophir, and acquired four hundred and twenty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.” 1 Kings 9:26-28
Much provision is about to be released to fulfill the dreams of God! Four Hundred and twenty talents equal sixteen tons of Gold! It is now time for dreams to be fulfilled as the Ship of Dreams heads out into the Great Sea, leaving the Port of Ezion Geber in strength and great authority; Ezion Geber means the spine, or STRENGTH OF A WARRIOR!
God’s Armada is leaving in the Port, Strength of a Warrior—an Armada comprised of many types of ships to accomplish His great Campaign—there are passenger fellow-ships, great rescue ships like the Carpathia, Mighty War ships armed and powerful, Hospital ships providing support to heal the Harvest and the wounded, Cargo ships loaded with supplies, Oil tankers carrying oil reserves, Apostle-ships—apostolic, prophetic networks equipped to lead the Campaign, in mighty Carrier ships, providing defense and air support for attack sorties.
The many disasters caused by recent hurricanes, and the volatility of present world concerns, has caused President Trump to send out various types of military ships to protect and to bring relief. This is a prophetic picture of a move of God now underway! President Trump has recently commissioned a new warship—The USS Gerald Ford—the first of a next generation of nuclear powered aircraft carriers. According to Wikipedia, an aircraft carrier is: a warship that serves as a SEAGOING AIRBASE, equipped for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft. Typically, it is the Capital (Leading) ship of a fleet, as it allows a naval force to project air power worldwide without depending on local bases for staging aircraft operations. A seagoing airbase is a picture of the Church now untethered from the building, moving outside of its walls into the marketplace—the Sea of Humanity.
As I thought of the things taking place in the world, I said, Yes God, it is time for You to do something! I heard Him say, “Yes! And what I am about to do, I am going to do through My people!” I then thought of the marvels that God had done through His servants under the Old Covenant—Noah built an Ark, Elijah stopped the rain, Moses parted the Red Sea, Joshua caused the sun and moon to stand still, David destroyed Goliath, Israel conquered great enemy armies:
“…through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Hebrews 11:33-34
The saints of God now function under the New Covenant—a better Covenant, one that allows the very King of kings to dwell in us by His Holy Spirit, in the Power of His Resurrection! Nothing is impossible to the people of God! Great exploits, signs and great wonders will be done through the people of God in the days ahead! So, let us gird up our loins like Elijah, get ready by humbling ourselves before the Lord of Heaven and Earth, and pray the prayer of repentance that always precedes a great move of God! Jehoshaphat made the mistake of becoming unequally yoked with someone who was defiled by sin and rebellion against God. God has said in His word:
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM. I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” Therefore “COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.” “I WILL BE A FATHER TO YOU, AND YOU SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY.” 2 Corinthians 8:14-18
Dear Father, God of Heaven and Earth, Creator of the universe; all powerful, mighty and majestic God, holy are you lord! We stand before Your Throne of Mercy today. I ask your forgiveness for myself, my parents and my ancestors back to Adam for ungodly and unholy covenants, alliances, pacts, agreements, partnerships, and friendships we have participated in that yoked us in a defiling way to the kingdom of darkness. Forgive us and our ancestors for opening the doors of the gates of Hades into our lives and our families lives. Forgive us for opening doors through sexual immorality, business partnerships, and financial agreements. Lord, in agreement with the Blood that cancels and removes all sin, in agreement with Christ and in agreement with the power of the mighty name of Jesus, we ask that all verdicts, consequences and reaping effects be now nullified and cancelled, broken by the power of the sword of Your Word. Break now every ungodly soul tie binding me to the kingdom of darkness. Lord in Your great power, break once and for all the chain that binds, tethers and restricts me from now moving out in the Strength of a Warrior, to fulfill the dreams you have planted in my heart. May I set sail on your Dream Carrier with You as You chart My course. Loose me now in the Resurrection Power of the Holy Spirit! Let my ship of dreams set sail with integrity, majesty, power and great authority into the Sea of Humanity to gather in Your beautiful Harvest. Lead me safely through the storms that may arise as I move out with You to accomplish Your will. Amen