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I Lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone.
Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds his people.
A prophetic dream.
Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
Lately, a lot has been said about Zionism and Zionists. I rejoice with the Jews, being returned to their homeland! Because God said that was what He was going to do in the latter years, He would return them to their land! We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. However my support stops at the rebuilding of the temple. Jesus tore that temple down and raised it up after three days. Clearly He spoke of HIS body. I’m not touching that, I’m not sending in my fifty dollars to clone back a red heifer. Jesus is the true temple. Do Christians really need to be reminded that the sacrificial lamb was sacrificed in the person of Jesus Christ, the son of God? Jesus, was once and for all sacrificed for the remission of sins, and there is no other provision, but what Jesus did for all man kind upon the cross, I would never support, or want to support, an institution that Christ himself has done away with! Reinstating the daily sacrifice, would be an obomination. If I am wrong then I am wrong; however, if I am right and Christians are helping to rebuild that temple to reinstate the daily sacrifice, they are Apostate. Paul called this category of activity, a bewitchment from the truth. The Jews do not have a separate work to be performed for them. The first Christians were Jews. They must receive Christ, as us all. Make sure you’re not perpetuating a damnable offense, by helping to raise an altar Christ himself has done away with. Nothing, can trump the Lord’s sacrifice. EVER.
That being said, scripture brings us back to the pure stream of God’s word! In regard to ZION!
I had a dream that cleared it all up for me. Maybe my dream will do it for you too.
There was a young Christian man. He seemed weathered and in some turmoil, his companion was dressed in black, she was about to have a baby. They were in an unholy union, a Christian bound to the Law. Married to it! He kept saying “When Zion comes it will be better, I’m looking for Zion.” This went on for awhile, he was defeated and broke, his clothes were ragged, and dirty. This Christian was full of sin awareness. He confessed Christ but the blood of Jesus needed more of his help, in his mind. He was married to the law. He was always coming up short. Him and the sin awareness he was married to were going to have a baby, his offspring would be called the Final Church of the Dead Born. Their destiny (man, woman, and offspring) was a place called much tribulation. My SPIRIT Had enough, listening to him mourn for Zion. In the dream I abruptly turned to him and said, Look here “I Am ZION!” The words rolled off my tongue with righteous indignation! Justice seemed to accent the words when I said, “I !!Am!! ZION!!!” A little surprised at myself, I had to stop and think about it, but knew it was true!
I want to tell you that before this dream I never really thought about Zion one way or another. Not in any special revelatory way. Though not surprised by the statement, I Am Zion. It fits in the scheme of things pretty well, right now.
I wanted him to know Christ as I did, and himself as the blood bought that we are. Letting those words drop deep into his soul, knowing how I would have to explain it to him later. He just kept looking at me in shock, while we were trying to get him to face this birth (the ramifications) of this un holy union HE was responsible for. The birth of his offspring (come from doubt and unbelief) would bring much tribulation. I believe that this dream reveals what mixing the law with grace looks like. Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law. If we continue sharing the altar of Christ’s sacrifice, with our own kind of righteousness, and refuse to seek understanding to know how great a salvation HE attained for us, then this mixture will bring forth a new and terrible religion of compromise, it will secure millions of souls into the grip of the last horse and rider of the apocalypse. Death followed by hell. Whole cities, and armies, will be swallowed up into the yawning gasp of the devil’ s hell. Along the lawless will be those who still believe their own kind of righteousness will award them heaven. They don’t know who they are. Zion is a distant and lofty dream. In that they have neglected a great salvation, disqualified from obtaining the full benefits of Christ’s work on the cross. The healing, and deliverance, the power of God, the Ambassadorship, and the authority.
Sweet praying CHURCH who makes herself ready, you’re the redeemed of the Lord! We are ZION we have come, already. I believe in a literal return of the Lord Jesus Christ- I believe His head quarters will be in Jerusalem, what ever that will look like, what ever that will be. We have earthly bodies, and heavenly bodies, God is redeeming the earthly body last. We still live in the body of this death; but, as Job 19:26 said “my dead body eaten of worms, will one day rise, and I will see God in my flesh! The first fruits of the dead, even Christ himself said, “I AM HE who liveth and was dead, now behold I am alive forever more! Saying, I am He who WAS, IS and IS to come …!” HE is in us, dwelling in the city of a heavenly Zion, where the Lamb is the light in us, in these earthen vessels! The Spirit of God wrote the CHURCH a love letter in Isaiah 62, while comforting His people He spoke of the Church, prophetically, so we can rise up and know we will manifest HIM in the earth for we (the Church) is that enduring CITY, individually and collectively where the LAMB IS THE LIGHT! As there will be a city with HIM in it, when HE comes! I’m not one of those who looks at the spiritual only, because we live in a material world. Jesus came in the flesh, He is here in us, and He will soon return, and we shall be changed, when He does. In fact the word says:
… beloved believe not every spirit, for every spirit that believes not that Jesus is come in the flesh is not of God 1 John 4:2-3
We are spiritual Israel the people of HIS promise grafted in! He described us in Isaiah 60, and our commissioning in Isaiah 61!!! With out revelation of that (of who God says we are) that “the CHURCH (spiritual Israel) is ZION NOW, of Isaiah 62- even the by-product, virgin posterity, maiden daughter, of the original … daughters of Zion.
Those who came from us who do not continue in the faith, but who do co-mingle in this unholy union with death, (my people perish for lack of knowledge) produce dead religious works. This is death followed by hell in its purest form. There is nothing more dead than those who refuse to continue in the truth, in what God has done through Jesus Christ! And who we are in HIM! The physical City of David is an archeological wonder, of rock and dirt. The promise of God was that David would never lack an heir sitting on the Throne Of David. When we become a Christian, Christ the root of Jesse, lion of Judah, and Judge of Israel began to reign from the throne of our hearts. Christ in us the Hope and Glory. We are the fortress of David,
When we realize we are Zion in Isaiah 62 (the Lord said, “I’ll not rest until she receives the torch of her salvation!” then we will rejoice in understanding that Isaiah 60 is us now too, saying: arise and shine For your light has come! … Christ in us the hope and glory! That Isaiah 61 is our commissioning, (the Spirit of the Lord is upon me …) the works he did shall we do also. Study these three, put your hand on your heart and say, the Lord my God dwells in Zion!
Joel 3:17 I Am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion.
Isaiah 60:14 And they shall call you The City of the Lord,
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling!
I want to say this, it doesn’t matter who will, or who won’t rise up and come along; for many, their mind sets, and their traditions, will get in the way! They will continue to serve a defeated Christ under the ordinances of men! Never moving beyond the more elementary provisions of the law. Forever preaching on sin, because they still stumble on that stumbling block themselves. Nothing will make you clean but trusting in the power of the blood of Jesus. If we are going to camp out in one place, let us camp beside this cleansing stream.
1 Peter 2:7-9 But to those who do not believe the stone the builders rejected has become the corner stone, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” Because they do not obey His word .. But You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation …
But know this, the REMNANT has always been a straggling few, the marginalized, the disenfranchised; even as David’s band of brothers, whom knew God’s chosen, that were mighty warriors who won battles for the benefit of the reign of David. Great accomplishments for the kingdom of God will be won by those who believe in the power of Jesus Name! God reserves the most awesome battles for the smallest of armies. And has his 300 (type) in reserve; even HIS weaker vessels shall arise in this hour!
To Display His Power!
In a time when righteous judgment is needed in the land- God is calling, “Deborah, arise and go down. Bring this word to the commander of hosts …”
God used Deborah to take down the iron chariot army, that intimidated Israel, holding hostage (lands of promise) too long. These biblical and prophetic types are now IN CHRIST, and IN Christ Jesus there is no race or gender that is disqualified. Male or female Greek or Jew …. Those who rise up and join the faithful GET TO SHARE in Christ’s reward. I’m not waiting for NO ONE TO CATCH UP with me. That is the devil’s lie! Even Deborah’s Barak said, “If you go I will go.” And Barack was mentioned in the FAITH HALL OF FAME, listed as one who subdued kingdoms with the rest of God’s flawed, but faith filled valiant! He didn’t care about ego! The etymology of Deborah means BEE which is spoken as Devorah. It is the feminine form of davar, litterally meaning: Word! You see BARAK took the WORD OF THE LORD into battle with Him! So this nonsense regarding Barak being a coward is a spot and wrinkle in modern Christian teaching, needing ironed out once and for all! Barak was ORDAINED TO TAKE THE WORD OF GOD with HIM TO BAttlE, and he did so prophetically when Deborah went with him! The ancient letter of Hebrews lists him in the Faith HALL of FAME, not shame! Let me tell you God gives that kind of warrior (who insists on the WORD with HIM in every battle) the blessing of thorough and accurate resolve. This kind – even this one of biblical acclaim Captain BARAK, isn’t just any HIGH level commander, He is a true defender of the faith that went out against that dreaded army of iron. Others avoided this same people before him. Certainly the early CHURCH regarded Barak well.
To demote such a man as so many have in their sermons and commentary, who have labeled him a coward for taking a woman to battle with him, lack in understanding, and have not “searched the matter out.” Erroneously, using this as a lesson that weak men need a Deborah. When actually God was revealing his might against a powerfully strong army. It was a house wife named Jael that took down its commander!
In the song of Deborah and Barak a GENERAL OF GOD’S ARMY, (who didn’t get there by weakness by the way) sang a song that GAVE all honor and glory to The Father, it wasn’t in him to get the glory, he just wanted the VICTORY, a woman getting praise for her bravery outshined Barak’s exploits, not because He was less of a man- but because the woman who killed the captain of the opposing army, Sisera, was A WOMAN in her home serving milk! It wasn’t even Deborah who was the hero in all of this but Jael! She utterly defeated the CAPTAIN of the army of of 900 iron CHARIOTS! That was the point!! Once again to remind the Children of Israel, The Lord thy God In the midst of thee is mighty! The week shall be strong, and it will go well with those that know how to give honor to the weaker vessel, for it is through them, He reveals HIS power. God has proven over and over again the battle is not to the swift or to the strong, but the battle belongs to the Lord! When they ask you who you are tell them: I Am ZION!! As Zion is in the midst of Jerusalem, so the Lord is in the midst of His people, the Lord God, in the midst of you is mighty! CHRIST in us the Hope and glory, and we are in Him abiding. He is our head and we are HIS body! WHO is Zion, who is Jerusalem? Who is the city where the LAMB is the light? I Am, WE ARE- You can call me ZION!
Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, thus said the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth …
Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
As Mount Zion is in the midst of Jerusalem, so the Lord is in the midst of HIS people.