Great Wall – BT5 – Prophecy: Abiding in the Mountain-Kingdom Fortress Rock of Christ
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Awhile back I was seeking the Lord about “abiding in the Vine of Christ to bear/carry much fruit,” which Jesus spoke of in John 15:1-17, because I was really struggling to live the victorious Christian life. One morning a few days later, the Lord gave me a vision as I tried to wake up, but then I would fall back into pseudo-sleep to dream more of the vision. This back-and-forth went on for 2 hours! I would ask questions and fall back into pseudo-sleep, and after a while I just stared into my dark pillow over my face, to keep prophetically ‘seeing.’
I was walking along a sea shore in the water and wave after wave would crash into me. I tried taking swings at the waves, but obviously that didn’t work. I tried locking my back leg and “resisting” them as I was told James 4:7 meant about “resisting the devil so he would flee from me,” but that surprisingly didn’t work. I tried standing up taller, but then the wave just got taller! Then I remembered my physics class that said when the wave doubles in height the force is 4 times as much. It’s exponential!
Nothing worked and I was losing ground, so I walked out of the deeper water and walked along the very edge, but periodically rogue waves would surprise me and I’d get soaked or almost knocked down. I remember when I was in Cabo San Lucas, some people were washed out to sea and drowned that way!
Then I heard the Lord say, “Don’t even sight-see at the world or its sin. Run up the beach directly away from it. Don’t walk, run! Flee the devil – that’s how you resist him!” Interestingly, James coupled using the conjunction kai “[I strongly urge you to] definitely/wholly anthistemi ‘take a complete stand against, militarily or conspicuously by refusing to be moved’ the devil kai and/coupled/thus he shall [at some indefinite future time] actually pheugo ‘flee/escape to find safety’ away-from you.” However, James first says “[I strongly urge you to] definitely/wholly be-submitted/subjected/surrendered-under to God.” And immediately after this and the stand against the devil, James continued his thought: “[I strongly urge you to] definitely/wholly draw very-close-near to God kai and/coupled/thus He shall [at some indefinite future time] actually draw very-close-near to you.”
I’m thinking that most us have totally missed James’ point: Submission by drawing very-close-near to God gives us the dunamis dynamite-like powerful-ability to make ‘the devil flee from us to find safety,’ because we have run from the devil & his world of sin TO God in submission to draw very-close-near. When we do this, then God draws very-close-near to us, which then causes the devil to flee from us to find safety! He’s fleeing from God who is NOW very-close-beside us! There is a lot of rebuking of the devil while staying in the middle of the sinful situation instead of running to the safety of the Lord! I asked the Lord later about those greeting cards about our footprints running along the wet sand of the ocean called “Footprints in the Sand.” He laughed and said it was just marketing! He said to flee the world of Satan & sin by running to Him for safety! If you are going to do any standing against Satan that is effective, you first have to come under the authority & power of God, which you do by drawing very-close-near to God. Then when God shows up, NOW you have an effective strategy against Satan, who will then flee from you and God working together as a team!
Back to the dream: So I ran away from the ocean waves of Satan & sin, up the beach, and came to a Petra massive wall or cliff of Rock that ran down the beach in both directions as far as I could see, and upwards past the clouds. It was pure black, crystalline, jagged, and very sharp! It looked like the walls of a mighty Fortress or a castle as far as I could see in all directions. But now the tide had come in and the waves were crashing against me once again. Now it was even more dangerous because the waves were slamming me up against the sharp Petra Rock face. I couldn’t see any way around it, so I looked for a cleft in the Rock to hide (a), but the water was still drowning me. <Notes> a) Exodus 33:22; Judges 15:8, 11; Song of Solomon 2:14; Isaiah 2:21, 7:19, 57:5; Jeremiah 13:4, 16:16, 49:16; Obadiah 1:3.
So I started climbing up the Rock face, but the Rock was so sharp it made my fingers bleed. I tried to find a ledge to rest on, but they were so narrow that I couldn’t sit or lie down. I caught my breath but could see that I couldn’t stay there very long. So I thought I would climb higher, but when I looked up, there was no end in sight – it went past the clouds, and I just knew it went to the throne of God. After the dream, I was aware that this represented the impossibility of climbing up the holiness of God through our own flesh’s might & power works, giving us no peaceful-rest, just more suffering.
So I jumped back down into the water and swam along the edge of it, looking for any land, but I saw none. I despaired, but then I saw a sea-cave a ways off and I made my way to it. I went through the door but the waves were still rushing in, so I went deeper. As I did the waves posed less and less of a threat because the land underneath me was naturally rising as I travelled further away from the ocean. Finally my feet were dry and I was safe. Exhausted from all this fighting, running, climbing, swimming, and walking, I found a big flat rock in a big cavern NOT to far in, to lie down and I fell asleep immediately – for a long time! Later the Lord told me this was the “Sabbath Rest” (a). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:9.
When I woke the sun must have almost set because I could barely see in the cavern, which worried me. I couldn’t go back to the dangerous waters, so I walked deeper, hoping to find an outlet to dry land. I thought as I went deeper it would get darker, but now I could see even better! I asked myself how that could be, and then heard a Voice say, “I AM the light of the world.” Wow! So I walked deeper but started to get really hungry, and I heard the Voice say, “I AM the bread of life,” and my hunger was gone. So I walked deeper into what must have been a mountain! Now I was starting to run out of air being so far from the door, but then I heard the Voice say, “I AM the breath of life,” and now I had no problem breathing. Well I continued walking until I heard the Voice say, “Rest! Now you are in the middle of Me. This is the safest place to be. Here you will find rest.” When I woke I knew exactly what “meno Abiding/Remaining IN Christ” meant of John 15:1-17, and what the Rock and Fortress were that David and the Old Testament prophets spoke of in Great Wall – BT4.
Interestingly, scholars argue that the Greek preposition “en” with “Christ” in the dative case only means the first of these 3 options: “IN the location or sphere of, by the means of, or with the company of,” so they always translate it “IN Christ.” Ha! God told me that all 3 options are always true when it comes to the Father and the Son – safety from Satan’s world and sin, but “The Light” and “The Breath” and “The Bread” and “The Rest” are all INside the Father & Son by the means of the Father & Son, and also with the company/fellowship of the Father & Son.
However, my extensive studies on God the Spirit show that the pneumati Spirit is the dunamis dynamite-like Enabling-Power or DOer or WORKer – the Action Hero – for the Father & Son – see Identity. Douglas Petrovich in The Meaning of En Pneumati and Daniel B Wallace in Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament both believe than en pnuemati in the dative case always means “by the means or instrument of.” This makes sense because the Spirit is the DOer or WORKer, until you realize that “The Spirit” is often used interchangeably with “The Father” (a) and “The Lord Jesus” (b). If that’s the case “in/by/with the Spirit” all could make just as much sense, and only the context can tell you what is being emphasized! <Notes> a) Matthew 10:20, b) 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Absolutely no fruit in the Kingdom or “Mountain” (a), which Jesus is, can occur without BEING and STAYING in the middle of Him. That’s what Jesus meant by: “Whoever meno abides/remains in-inside/with Me and I in-inside/with him, he it is that bears/carries much fruit, for apart from Me you can do absolutely-in-fact-NO thing” (b). a) Isaiah 2:2, 9:7; Daniel 2:44-45, 9:16, b) John 15:5.
Since then, the Lord has taken me to the ‘Flat Bed’ many other times because of restless nights of sleep (see below) and as soon as I lay down there, I’m out cold. Recently, I was kept awake working to get into that “sea-cave,” and He told me it’s not way “out there” to work to get to, but “the kingdom of God is in the midst of or within you” (a). This sure has “saved me a lot of steps” and made it easier to get to the place of rest! I just have to “Be Still” (b) and settled down into myself where the Lord is. <Notes> a) Luke 17:21, b) Psalms 37:7, 46:10, 62:1.
He has also been telling me that ‘working’ in His kingdom isn’t effective because we are putting our trusting-relying-faith in our own flesh’s “might and power” skill, like the old covenant was based on per Zechariah 4:6. Instead I need to go into this “sea-cave” of rest and peace within me, and just BE there with Christ, trusting in His Spirit’s abilities. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who work and are heavily burdened [of the Law of 613 commandments] and/thus I will give you rest. Take My yoke (training harness) upon you and/coupled learn from Me for I am gentle . . . and you will find rest, for My yoke is chrestos custom-fit/tailor-made [so comfortable, pleasant, and productively-effective] and My burden feather-light-weight to carry” (e). I noticed that I’m starting to see, hear, and feel more of His kingdom after I do this. <Notes> a) Matthew 11:28-30.
For a little bit different perspective of this vision, check out:
Spiritual Education, ONLY abiding in the Vine of Christ bears must fruit, Christ is the Fortress Rock of the Old Testament, How to defeat Satan & Sin, RUN away from Satan & his world of sin to seek refuge in God, Submitting to God by drawing close to Him, When God draws close to us THEN we can stand against Satan, THEN Satan flees from God being close to us, Holiness of God can’t be scaled, No rest for those who work FOR God, INside Christ there is Light Breath Bread Rest, The Spirit is the powerful MEANS of God, We can REST from our works INside the Prince of Peace