Wednesday, August 09, 2006
A while back (April 06) I was praying for an outreach I was going to do, or at least I saw myself preaching there and in the spirit, I saw in my mind, two angels that stood on both sides of me. At first I was startled because they looked kind of scary. They were so intimidating I first thought they might be evil, but as I looked closer I knew that the two of them were by my side to protect me. They were dressed in major warrior clothes and what they wore reminded me of the evil army in Lord of the Rings, those big fierce beings who fight against the fellowship, except the ones in the movie had very different and much more evil faces. But their apparel was almost exact, the same detailed warrior kilt and rustic warrior clothes. Their faces, though, did not look human; they were like a mixture between an ox/ horse and a man. The shape was the same as such an animal but with no fur, only smooth skin, almost like the way you picture a dinosaurs skin; leathery. The only similar references to such beings in the bible are the descriptions of the four living creatures around the throne of God who have faces like an ox, man, eagle, and a lion. These are mentioned in Ezekiel chapter one as well as Revelation 4:7. These are references to such angelic beings who have animal like features found in the word of God. So, as I looked closer I saw that in their hands they held huge sickles, or the weapons that have a long pole and then a very sharp, curvy blade at the end. These are also used in the book or Revelation and Joel to reap the harvest in the end times (Joel 3:13, Revelation 14:14-20). They were big, and my first impression was that you do not want to mess with these guys! And they stood right by me, warring for me and collecting the harvest.
Interesting thing is that the outreach itself, when it came to pass, did not seem as I had hoped, having had much less people than expected. I had hoped for much more of reaping the harvest as well as for more opportunity for signs and wonders. My first reaction was, “God, why did you show me that if it was not going to be big!” I could not see through the result. Finally I realized the importance of focusing on what I was able to see in the heavenly realm more than what I could see in the natural. Then about a month later, as I asked the Lord specifically about the results of that outreach, he spoke to me very clearly and informed me that the anointing for signs and wonders and harvest was there, the angels were there. He said and as a result, the enemy did his best to scatter the people. I felt like there were evil assignments out that day to put things in the way of those who received our flyers and planned on attending. I also felt like there was a major assignment against us with the weather, being cold, and super windy. But the Lord confirmed to me that I did not lack the anointing to bring it in, it was the warfare that hindered the people from coming that evening. So I will press on for next time, and for a more complete harvest! I am learning to pray against the demonic warfare in the heavenlies against our plans to minister and against the people that will come. But I thank the Lord for the encouragement that heaven was standing by my side and for allowing me to see and understand that physical presence that would be with me. Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come!!!
Posted by Diana Sutherland at 5:40 PM