I sit here in the stillness of my little home, after getting John safely to bed. I'm thankful we kept such a quiet Shabbat. We watched God unfold His sign in the heaven today and John spent a full hour in the front yard, sitting in a chair with his Eclipse glasses over his eyes. The 33-degree temp brought on shivering and I wrapped him in a big, fleece blanket. How he loves watching the signs in sun, moon and stars, even as the Lord promised in Luke 21:25!
Then together we watched Jacob's Tent Shabbat Service and the wonderfully anointed teaching of Bill Cloud. He mentioned a few things today that went deep into my spirit. I wouldn't have expected anyone to use Isaiah 60:1-3 in reference to the horrific, bloody terror-filled days of this past week. But I'm glad Bill did.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Thick darkness does indeed cover the peoples in these days - but what is this LIGHT that comes and draws even kings to the brightness of the glory? We do have a mighty HOPE in Yeshua, the Promised Messiah, who WILL one day soon return to His homeland of Israel, conquer and completely destroy His enemies, and set up His Kingdom in Jerusalem, amidst the glory of God. But I want to submit to you that I think there is an additional understanding of who carries this LIGHT. I believe it is also you and it is also me. The thick darkness and demonic deception of Satan is over SO MANY PEOPLE OF THE EARTH, that if we are not careful, we will grow weary and hopeless. We are pummeled with the unbelievable images and numbers of people, worldwide, who wave flags of Hamas and shout jubilant cheers for the unspeakable, barbaric murder and torture they inflicted upon people in Isreal. Who celebrates this? Whose heart is so dark that they choose to support it?
It's incomprehensible to us. But instead of retreating into our rooms and filling our eyes with tears, we can begin to pray for this LIGHT that is rising upon us. We can share the Word of God, we can read the ancient prophecies, and in so doing, we become aligned with His purposes and His will. We can BE the light in the darkness by encouraging ourselves and one another with prayer and encouragement.
As Bill Cloud said this morning, we certainly should feel grieved and angered by the horrific atrocities against our Jewish brothers and sisters and others who were murdered or kidnapped in Israel. But we should not be surprised or rattled or in fear because we have read the prophecies of these events in our Bibles for years. I found myself in Habakkuk Chapter 1 all week, marveling over the words that so perfectly foretold this massacre. I spent a lot of time in Isaiah Chapter 5, meditating on the "woes" - the WARNINGS - that the LORD spoke over His people. They are as pertinent today as the day Isaiah uttered them. Israel has NOT been a light to the nations as she was ordained to be. But I believe that is a work of God amidst all the blood and all the mourning - a work of salvation through Messiah Yeshua, as He makes Himself known to His lost ones. His Light rise upon you and His glory will be over you in many ways, as you come alongside the grieving and the wounded. His radiant Light and His great Heart of Love will permeate Israel in a way that it never has before - and eventually even kings will come to His brightness!
But the ancient Amalekite spirit that is still attempting to rid the whole earth of every Jewish person is still alive and operating across the earth, and it must be vanquished. I believe that Israel's leadership is finally understanding that LIGHT AND DARKNESS CANNOT CO-EXIST. GOOD AND EVIL CANNOT CO-EXIST. Even as God separated the light from the darkness in the Creation story of Genesis 1, so it must be now. HAMAS - the Hebrew word for VIOLENCE - must be fully eradicated from the earth.
I am posting a link below that just blessed me with an anointing and peace of the Holy Spirit. It will bless and inspire you - and perhaps bring you to fresh understanding of what our FAITHFUL GOD is doing in the earth. Take the time to click on the link and listen. Continue to pray. And continue to shine your light into the darkness!
Kelly Ferrari Mills