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I hope I haven’t lost you during the chewing of the dream I received in part III. Usually I receive everything in one woosh download and then the putting in order and applying English words to the sights I have seen can be somewhat of a challenge!
Anyway, to pick up where we left off in part III, plugging into a permanent power source to provide stamina and might has a dual purpose. Firstly, it clearly identifies which camp you are part of. This very much indicates that you have come out of Babylon and are functioning apart from her power to deceive and control. The strength you are filled with is required to not only stand defensively against an onslaught, but to also be on the offensive and wage a good warfare.
At the end of the dream concerning being plugged into heavenly power sources, I surfaced from sleep and the name ‘Arnon’ was spoken out in my hearing. The river Arnon is significant because it is a boundary point in the journey of the people of God. Before this, they had just been putting one foot in front of the other in their pressing toward the Promised Land. But here at the River Arnon, God had an instruction for them:
Deu 2:24 Rise up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. Deu 2:25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.
Notice, He said ‘Rise up’ – Qum, precious doves! Take up your tent pegs and PASS-OVER to take possession of what God has already given you! He is saying to us today, strategy has changed. You are not receiving strength to be on the defensive and to guard your own house alone. Now the time has come to be on the OFFENSIVE! Wage war using the power of the PASSOVER. You don’t just get to conquer the king of the Amorites, you get everything that belongs to him! Begin to possess and contend in high praise and triumph, decreeing the finished works of the cross. TETELESTAI – it is finished! Notice also that the results of this battle at Arnon put the fear of God into all the nations, because they have heard the armies of Heaven fight alongside God’s people. Rahab was one who testified to this truth to the 2 spies in the Book of Joshua.
Deu 2:31 And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that you may inherit his land. Deu 2:32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
Notice, that God draws the enemy out into the open along with all his supporters – He causes them to come out first onto the battlefield; that means it becomes blatantly obvious just who is with the Amorites or the forces of darkness and who is with the people of God. The place at which the battle was won is Jahaz, meaning ‘THRESHING FLOOR’. Here, at the place of separation from the old covering; the outer sheath being removed from the BAR-ley grains, at this place God gives victory. At the place of separating from the previous chapter and all that lies behind, and separating unto Him, God gives a glorious victory which precipitates the releases of the first portion of stored up inheritance to His people. Remember, ‘Bar’ in Aramaic refers to a son who is ready to take over his father’s business. (If you are new to my blog, please visit it and read the series on the Firstfruits Barley as this is all connected.) When the outer covering is removed at the threshing floor, the bar=ley grains are revealed for all to see. before this, they were shrouded, hidden. At the threshing floor they are manifested openly as sons of their Father God, Yahweh. Likewise, the Amorite hordes accompanying king Sihon are seen to be of his kind.
Here, at the same place where Boaz spread his wing over Ruth at Shavuot, those who refused to bless and feed God’s people peaceably were overcome and destroyed and their property possessed as part of the inheritance of the tribe of Gad and Reuben, the firstborn! Remember God spoke to me of the tribe of Gad in another blog post; how they represented the overcomers; the warriors who would help all God’s people possess their promised portion..
Deu 2:33 And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. …Deu 2:36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us: the LORD our God delivered all unto us:
Deu 3:12 When we took possession of this land, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites the territory from Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead and its cities.
This River Arnon which is such a significant boundary line (depicting a complete change in status quo for the people of God before they enter the Promised Land) has a name meaning ‘brawling’ or ‘tumbling’, from a root word ‘to shout to rejoice , to triumph’. (Well, there certainly is a lot of brawling in the streets of American cities right now… but we are going deeper, right into the foundations of the place Arnon and from this place, we shout and rejoice! Beloved, it is using the high praises of God in our mouths and the two-edged sword in our hand which we use to execute the judgments written and bind kings with fetters (Psalm 149) and then the Lord at our right hand strikes them through (Psalm 110:5)
Psa 110:5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. Psa 110:6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
He is executing judgment on the principalities and powers over many nations, wounding them! They are about to be cast out of the second heaven! This is a heavenly battle and heavenly weapons are used. This is not a time to take to the streets with bricks and guns. This is a time to dance upon injustice in your prayer closet with the shout of victory in your mouth. It is here, where only Your Father sees you, that exploits are done:
Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
In Numbers, there is something very interesting recorded about Heshbon, the city of the king of the Amorites. But firstly, let me share that Hesh means ‘ intelligence and devices – or plots’. So this whole heavenly battle we are being strengthened to fight is to overtake and overturn the plots and wicked devices of principalities and powers who seek to subjugate the earth. Now let’s read what Moses recorded – and notice he says that first the buildings of the city must be erected by the Amorites BUT then God’s judgment strikes through His divinely directed and empowered people and they possess the gates of their enemies AND the wealth and property of the wicked which has been built and laid up for the righteous is possessed. First the Amorites must build and prosper and spread out, they must plant vineyards and lay out gardens and add extensions on their houses – not knowing they are doing it all for the people of God:
Num 21:26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon. Num 21:27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared: Num 21:28 For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon.
God executes judgment by fire on the city of the pagan king and it is consumed and the king executed. Note His fire also consumes the lords of the high places – this refers to the principalities behind the idols which the Amorites worship! And that which the wicked possessed is handed over as an inheritance to God’s warriors.
Psa 68:12 The kings of the enemies’ armies, they flee, they flee! She who tarries at home divides the spoil [left behind]. Psa 68:13 Though you [the slackers] may lie among the sheepfolds [in slothful ease, yet for Israel] the wings of a dove are covered with silver, its pinions excessively green with gold [are trophies taken from the enemy].
I am going to say it again, warrior Bride of the Lamb, plug in now! Precious doves of the Lord, there is an unfailing supernatural power supply available to you as you navigate your way through the time of dense darkness and do exploits. You will be M-powered to N-dure! And as you execute Spirit-led warfare using the hidden wisdom of God and high praises, the judgments written will be carried out by His angelic hosts. The God of Angel armies is pitting the sons of Zion against the sons of Greece in a spiritual battle. You will possess the gates of your enemies and receive your inheritance, even while the wicked are being dealt with by His judgement fires… and Jesus will see the fruit of the travail of His soul and rest satisfied.