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I had a vision of Ezekiel 47, the vision Ezekiel received about the life healing river of the Holy Spirit. I saw Zion, the holy city of heaven shining brightly. I saw the throne of the Lamb, our Messiah King, with a crown sitting upon it illustrating the authority and power and holiness and glory of God. I saw the river flowing, just like the Scripture, from under the throne. The Holy Spirit is flowing from the kingdom of heaven to the kingdom of earth. I saw an open door through which the river was flowing, and the door is the hearts of leaders in our generation. This vision is for leaders to understand how healthy disciple making and church planting movement streams are cultivated and sustained.
Along the banks of the river are all the healthy, fruitful trees. These are disciples who are abiding in Christ through praise, prayer, and prophecy (ministry of the Word). Ezekiel 47 describes the fruit and leaves of these trees as fruitful every month, in every season, and they are food and medicine for all nations. Wherever the river flows there is life and healing and deliverance and breakthrough and victory and resurrection. The trees are always fruitful because they are planted along the river’s bank, and each tree’s roots reach deeply into the depths of the river’s water, to draw their strength and life from the Holy Spirit river.
When I first saw the vision, I only saw Zion city, the river, and the trees. As I rested in the vision and experienced our Father’s heart for the ministry of his Son and Spirit to the domain of earth, I asked the Lord for more. So, he raised me up into the sky so that I was looking down on the river. I saw past the river and trees into a wilderness and a desert. These places were in darkness and countless men and women from every nation were wandering around blind and hopeless. Those closest to the river could see the fruitful trees, but the trees were so close together that they could not see the river, and the people never went over to the trees to eat the fruit and be healed. They would look at the beautiful, fruitful trees but not want any part of them and continue to wander forever in darkness.
Then, I saw a few of the trees change into men and women and they jumped into the river to swim and rest in the river. When these disciples went into the river, the water level of the river rose, and a few bright, shining streams overflowed from the river bank and streamed slowly into the dark places, into the wilderness and desert. Soon, some of the streams flowed under the feet of the wandering, lost souls in darkness, and because the lost were looking down at the ground hopeless, they saw the bright, shining, living water, and all of a sudden their faces changed from despair or anger to innocent surprise. They were fascinated by the water flowing under their feet for they had never encountered anything like this glowing, flowing water, and then they began to look beyond from where the streams were flowing, and as their eyes followed the streams, they saw past the trees still on the banks to catch a glimpse of the Holy Spirit river of life and light. They could see the river through the spaces made between the trees where some trees had transformed into people who had gone swimming.
When they saw the river, they saw the people swimming in the river, and they wanted to go swimming also, so they ran along the flowing streams towards the river until they reached the bank and jumped in to join those swimming in the river. As these people of peace jumped into the river to swim in the river, the river water level rose some more. As more people entered into the river, the existing streams flowed further away from the river deeper and deeper into the darkness and forgotten lands. Sometimes the streams would split into multiple streams reaching ever deeper into the darkness, shining light, and more and more people received the river’s water flowing beneath their feet, following the flow back to the river, and beginning to run in the water back to swim in the river.
In the river, more and more people are swimming, but they are not laboring to stay afloat. Some are playing in the water, some are laughing, some are singing, and some are laying back floating with their arms and legs spread out, their eyes are closed, and they have a peaceful countenance on their faces; a picture of enjoying the Holy Spirit together as a growing community of disciples.
The city is heaven. The throne and crown are Jesus Christ and the authority he has received from Father Yahweh. The river is the Holy Spirit. The door is the hearts of leaders. The fruitful trees on the banks are Jesus’ followers who are walking with him and he is bearing fruit through their lives. The men and women changing from trees to men and women to jump into the river to swim are disciples in local churches awakening to the apostolic mission and the prophetic calling and resting together in community of the Holy Spirit’s resurrection life ministry through praise, prayer, and prophecy.
The streams are both the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our harvest fields preparing people of peace through the sovereign lordship of our Lord of the Harvest and also healthy, disciple making and church planting movement streams with generations of new disciples and churches all being reached through the shining resurrection life waters of the Holy Spirit.
The whole picture is a vision of what a network of disciple making and church planting streams looks like that depends upon the work of the Holy Spirit, where every disciple, church, and leader is flowing with the Spirit, swimming in the river, resting in our Master’s sovereign plan, design, and destiny for each of us.
All the life, community, unity, healing, deliverance, and movement is dependent upon the door to the leader’s heart being and remaining open to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s ministry.
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1 Samuel 3:7-10 > Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him. And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli who perceived that the LORD had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant hears.” (NKJV)
Ezekiel 47:8-9 > Then the man said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. (NLT)
Psalm 139:11-12 > If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you. The night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (NIV)
Jonah 2:6-9 > Ocean gripped me by the throat. The ancient Abyss grabbed me and held tight. My head was all tangled in seaweed at the bottom of the sea where the mountains take root. I was as far down as a body can go, and the gates were slamming shut behind me forever. Yet, you pulled me up from that grave alive, O Yahweh, my God! When my life was slipping away, I remembered Yahweh, and my prayer got through to you, made it all the way to your Holy Temple. Those who worship hollow gods, god-frauds, walk away from their only True Love. But I’m worshipping you, Yahweh, calling out in thanksgiving! And I’ll do what I promised I would do! Salvation belongs to Yahweh! (MSG)
Matthew 5:3-10 > The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled. The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy. The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God. The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons of God. Those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. (HCSB)
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Heavenly Father, thank you for your unfailing love. Father, how you love your children! We will never be able to communicate in any language the depth of joy we have to be saved; to know you, to have your Spirit sealed in our bodies, to hear your voice, to see your face, to taste your grace, to share what we have received with all nations and peoples in every place. We love you.
Father, I am so thankful for this vision of your Holy Spirit river. I am so thankful for Ezekiel 47. I am so thankful for your Word. I am so thankful for your love and adoption, Father. I am so thankful for your Holy Spirit helping me to follow you with every breath and every step I take. Thank you for being our Wise Counselor. Thank you for being our Wonderful Father. Thank you for being our Messiah Rescuer. Thank you for being our Power Igniter. Thank you for never, ever forsaking us when we surrender and lay down our crowns at your feet and trust in you with all of our hearts, minds, souls, and lives.
We say no more kingdoms. No more kings. No more lords. No more dominions. No more division in the body of Christ. No more control. No more pride. No more exclusion. No more records of wrongs. No more frustration. No more aggravation. No more rage. No more lust. No more despair. Our hope is in you, Mighty Refuge of Heaven!
Father, thank you that your Son Jesus is the Door of Heaven. Thank you for counting us worthy in Christ to receive your Spirit. Thank you for inviting us to open the door to your Spirit and Resurrection Life. Thank you for what you are doing among us. Thank you for what you are working through us. We are amazed. We are in awe, Beloved Savior. Father, let your river flow in our hearts. Let the wells of our hearts be immeasurable deep. Let your shining river flow through us to our brothers and sisters around the world. Let the overflow stream to the nations, Father. We want to simply be pure, empty vessels for your abundant bread and fresh wine.
We rest in you. We receive your truth, and in Christ we are free. We release whatever you give us that we know is from you, and we release your gifts and fruit and truth and freedom to all the nations around us. We want all peoples to sing your praises. We want all nations to taste of your mercy and grace. By faith, the end is coming soon, and we cry out in holy desperation, “Maranatha, precious Lord Jesus!”
Father, set apart our generation to obey all of your commands and disciple everyone to obey all of your commands. Set us apart to walk in your authority and remember every sunrise and sunset that you are with us, that you will never leave us, that you will never forsake us, that you will no longer reject us, and that no thing or being can ever separate us from your love. We are free from condemnation and accusations and we rest in your peace and under your sheltering wings.
We love you and release all these blessings as a healing anointing over the kingdom of earth. Let the rains of your Holy Spirit consume the whole world in our Day, in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.