When Two or Three Are Gathered
Sometimes we have absolutely no idea what God has planned, and how He puts his "teams" together. Yesterday was one such day.
I drove to one of Denver's largest hospitals to spend the weekend with a dear sister in the Faith who is very ill with cancer. When I arrived the nursing staff filled me in on the latest report. It seems she was refusing all food and all water that morning, as well as any medications or treatments. I was quite surprised at this news. I had not realized the illness had been so aggressive.
When I entered her room I noticed the woman sitting near the window, saying not a word. I wondered who she was, but I wanted to focus on my friend, so I pulled a chair up next to her bed and tried to engage her. Her eyelids were fluttering rapidly and her teeth in a continual, rapid clicking. She was not responding or using any words. So, I opened my bible and began reading over her the healing words of Psalm 91 and Psalm 139. Then I began to sing and give God worship for her wonderful life. Slowly she began to respond. After a couple of hours, the clicking and fluttering ceased, the eyes engaged mine, but still no words spoken.
The woman at the window closed her eyes when I prayed and smiled when I sang. Finally, I went to the cup of water at my friend's bedside and put it to her lips. "This is living water," I told her, "and Yeshua wants you to drink. Drink and receive life!" She looked again into my eyes, this time with comprehension, and she drank deeply. My heart was filled with joy. Next I tried a little food - fresh, organic veggies, her favorite. She began to nibble on the food and then she began to eat.
I continued in praise, both spoken and sung, to fill her room with the Word and with worship. Finally the woman at the window got up and helped my friend to use the bathroom and to take her vital signs. "I am Edna. I'm a CNA," she told me, "assigned to sit with her all day today and keep her safe." "You are a believer, aren't you?" I smiled at her. "Oh yes, ma'am," she replied enthusiastically, "and I can see that today we are going to get to watch our God at work!"
The rest of the afternoon we partnered, Edna and I, to "keep her safe." We sang old hymns together, and my friend began to sing them too, in a soft, hoarse voice. Then she began to giggle, so we all giggled together, in the joy of the Lord. A soothing bed bath was given and as the woman comforted my friend's body with her gentle touch, and warm soap and water, we kept singing, giving God glory. Then as she removed the covers from the hugely swollen, red legs, we both gasped. The swelling was down, almost to normal size legs! My friend began to move her leg for the first time that day and it was no longer painful.
I stared at Edna. "You were assigned here today. I was assigned here today. We are two or more...and we are powerful unto the pulling down of strongholds and victorious in the Mighty Power of the Holy Spirit!"
My friend's body had rejected the last three attempts at blood platelet transfusion. I mused about the pattern I was seeing. Food and water had been rejected, but was now being blessed into her body. What about the platelets? Could we bless those to her body too and cause her body to accept them? She had to have them to stay alive! So when the nurse arrived with the little bag of life-saving platelets, Edna and I began to pray, and my friend prayed in the Spirit, right alongside us. Now we were three, asking the Lord to bless these platelets to her body, that she would LIVE AND NOT DIE, that her blood would be restored! In less than an hour we got the news. God had answered. Her body received them. It was a glorious moment and my friend began to wave her arms around in a "happy dance," a huge smile across her face, victorious in her spirit.
I won't soon forget yesterday. God had put together His chosen team to win a victory. He was right in the midst of us! Matthew 18:20: When two are three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them.
Now it is one week later since I wrote the words above. I did not want to publish this blog until I had my friend's permission and she has now granted it.
John and I visited her again yesterday, exactly one week later. The Sabbath was here again and my friend had called me in the morning, asking if we could come. I gathered together a little kosher Pomegranate wine, a small loaf of crusty bread, two tiny olive wood wine cups from Israel, and my Bible. When we entered her room I was overcome with joy and astonishment, my memory hearkening back to what I saw one week ago in this same room. I had know in my spirit that she was literally at death's door that morning, and she told me she had known it too. The fluttering eyelids and clicking teeth, the altered brain waves, the rejection of food and water -- all these things were signs that she was truly in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But, my friends, the glorious news is that she passed THROUGH that valley (as the psalmist tells us) and was delivered by God's merciful hand!
So, we celebrated yesterday. My friend had such joy in setting up her little hospital bedside table with the small decanter, the little olive wood cups, blue napkins to make a "tablecloth" and a few gold-wrapped coins someone had brought as a Hanukkah gift! We sang the sh'ma, we prayed the blessings over the bread and the cup, we prayed to bless our children and grandchildren, and then we gave God all the mighty praise He is due!
When our little service was over, my friend got really excited about just having a small celebration with what she had to offer from her little dorm-size refrigerator: hummus to spread on the bread, Kalamata olives, and slices of red pepper. I am certain that after four weeks in a hospital room, after countless transfusions and poking and prodding of her body, after untold nights of sleeplessness and finally, the darkness where death tried to take her, this little "party" seemed like a huge vault back into some sort of "normal," where she could set a lovely table and celebrate a special Shabbat with friends.
Again, my heart gives God deep thanks and praise, as He demonstrates for us once again, "When two are three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them."
On the 24th day of the Ninth Month
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Haggai 2:20-22: The word of the LORD came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the [ninth] month: Tell Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, that I will shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother.
Yesterday morning the LORD spoke to me in my prayer time and said, "I want you to study the book of Haggai with me this week." I read through the whole book and when I got to this last paragraph (above), my spirit was greatly quickened. These verses are a continuation from verse 18, where the prophet mentions the "twenty-fourth day of the ninth month." The ninth Hebrew month is Kislev, the month we are in right now. The 24th day was yesterday (Tuesday), the day the LORD asked me to study this prophecy. I never cease to be utterly amazed by God's perfect timing in all that He does and all that He shows us! He led me to a prophecy that was given ON THIS DAY in approximately 538 B.C.! Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah had returned from Babylon along with the remnant of about 50,000 Jews. In verses 10-18, on the twenty-fourth day of Kislev (the ninth month), Haggai is drawing upon priestly knowledge to tell the people that the LORD is able to bless their meager crops and offerings to make clean what is unclean through their re-building of the Temple.
So, last evening was the first day of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, and this feast recalls the cleansing of the Temple altar by the Maccabees after it was horribly desecrated by the edict of the evil ruler Antiochus Epiphanes.
So, you're saying, "Great, what does this have to do with me today?" It has everything to do with where we are today, in terms of Israel, Jerusalem, and also many of the "foreign kingdoms" spoken about in this prophecy! As we look through spiritual lenses, through the eyes of Haggai the prophet, we see that this prophecy was fulfilled on the 25th of Kislev in 165 B.C.E. by the Maccabees, who cleansed the temple and re-lit the lights of the menorah; and we also look ahead to 2017 when events seem to be fulfilling this prophecy a second time.
God says that on this day He will be shaking the heavens and the earth, and overturning royal thrones, shattering foreign kingdoms. Anything outside the borders of Israel is considered "the nations" or "foreign kingdoms." So, are we not seeing a day in which Saudi Arabia has arrested eleven of their princes and assassinated many of them? How about the nation of Lebanon, where the Prime Minister fled to Saudi Arabia and there offered his resignation from office? Do we not live in a "foreign kingdom" where the government offices are cleansed of evil and wickedness, and where even Hollywood celebrities, and high business and corporate officers are being exposed and arrested? God is even now overturning and overthrowing that which is "unclean" and opposed to HIS Kingdom!
And as if that were not enough to take my breath away, we have just witnessed the Proclamation going forth from this nation that Jerusalem is indeed the Eternal Capitol of Israel, which has sparked much discussion regarding the re-building of a third Temple in Jerusalem!
The LORD also speaks of shaking the heavens and the earth, and on this same day in 2017, there were two significant earthquakes in the Middle East, centered in Iran, arguably the most fierce of all Israel's enemies. As God is shaking and overturning wickedness and shattering the power of foreign nations, He is also preparing us for the war that is very soon to come - "horses and riders will fall, each by the sword of their brother."
How gloriously the LORD led me to these passages in Haggai, where He showed me events coming to pass, even in this week of Hanukkah, thousands of years after the prophet spoke it. Let us be FILLED with the light of Yeshua/Jesus, in this season of light, and let our hearts - the temple of the Holy Spirit - be cleansed and made ready for His soon return!
Shalom and blessings,
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Kelly Ferrari Mills