The Lord is preparing a body of spiritual warriors to emerge in our generation to meet the scripturally foretold challenges and prophetic destiny ordained for our age. One of the greatest mandates of all time is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to taste the good Word of God and the powers of the age to come and see the Biblical directive in Numbers 14:21 fulfilled-to be the instruments by which He fills the whole Earth with His glory.
So the LORD said, “I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD – Numbers 14:20-21
Like Abraham, it is our heart’s cry, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by” (Genesis 18:3). Our earnest desire and highest aspiration is to be the chosen generation through which the Lord imparts revelation and expression of His nature, character and power that we may begin to fill the entire Earth with God’s Glory. That would be the fulfillment of the awesome prayer outlined by the Lord Himself, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”.
We have the incredible privilege of living in the generation that will witness the unveiling of great mysteries and hidden secrets reserved for the “time of the end.” (Daniel 12:4). Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is beginning to unleash “great and mighty things” related to our prophetic mandate. These Scriptural directives impart insight with understanding concerning the revelation of His Glory.
With perfect certainty, there will be a company of people who reside in this place of promise. Just as surely as the prophetic fulfillment of the restoration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel miraculously took place; so also will there be the divinely motivated establishment of the Bride to her inheritance.
In the same way we witnessed the awakening of the Jewish people to their homeland, so will the Bride of Christ be awakened to her birthright. There will initially be a message of restoration for those with ears to hear followed by times of intense tribulation and difficulty driving the people to the fulfillment of God’s Word.
Fishers and Hunters
Early one morning just as the sun was rising; I heard a voice in a dream saying, “I am going to send both the fishers and the hunters.” Naturally, I initially related this pointed statement to the restoration of the Jewish people to their native land and the establishment of a sovereign state. I later discovered a broader application of this certainty.
One of the most profound prophetic accomplishments in human history is the restoration of the Jewish people following the Diaspora. Never before has a nation been dead for almost 20 centuries and then reborn in accordance with prophecies recorded over 2,500 years ago.
Even so, our generation has witnessed this astounding fact and we recognize only God’s sovereign power could accomplish such a miraculous undertaking. Gods Word cannot fail. Every “jot and tittle” will be accomplished in its entirety.
As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them. For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers. Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will fish for them; and afterwards I shall send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and from the clefts of the rocks – Jeremiah 16:15-16
Jeremiah prophesied the manner by which the Lord would execute this notable task after many centuries of dispersion, persecution and murder. He foresaw the Lord would birth in the hearts of men, the vision of restoration of a natural homeland and entice the Jewish people to return to their inheritance. They were the “fishers” who delivered a message of restoration and promise.
The Fishers Message
Among them were great leaders such as Theodore Herzl who was recognized as the founder of modern Zionism. He laid the foundation for the creation of sovereign rule in 1896 through his book, “The Jewish State”. Another was Chaim Weizman, the first president of the Jewish state and creator of the World Zionist Organization aimed at encouraging Jews worldwide to help develop and settle Israel. The Hebrew language was reintroduced under the leadership of Eliezer Ben-Jehudah and others.
As is generally the case when the Lord births something new, the “restorers” views were met with mixed reactions among the Jewish community. Nehemiah also encountered similar opposition in his commission for the reestablishment of the Temple. In spite of the resistance and difficulties, there would be a people who returned and fulfilled this Biblical mandate.
Their message awakened in the hearts of many Jewish people the desire to return to their own land. Many were willing to forsake the wealth, friendships and security of the nations in which they were sojourning to return to their heritage. The early “pioneers” laid the foundation for the economic and social rebirth of the Jewish nation. They paved the way for the Lord’s timing when conditions were ripe to possess the land promised to Abraham and his seed.
Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; they will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them,” says the LORD your God – Amos 9:14-15
“Zionism” became a rallying cry for the Jewish people and many from Europe and Russia answered the call. They were provoked by the proud beliefs of the Zionist movement. It proved to be an awakening in many for rebuilding the country. During the years 1882-1905 more than 25,000 Jews arrived in the land of Palestine, mostly from Eastern Europe. Between 1905 and the outbreak of WWI another 40,000 immigrated.
Following the “Fishers,” another form of motivation began to emerge in the form of the “hunters.” The intense persecution and anti-Semitism prevailing throughout Europe and especially Russia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries began to hasten the development of modern Zionism. Finally, the genocide of Hitler’s insanity forged another exodus driving the Jewish people to the creation of a state and their independence.
God used these persecutions to press the Jewish masses home although it was Satan’s brash intent to completely eradicate worldwide Jewry and circumvent the ultimate plan of God. As it turned out, because of the atrocities of the Holocaust, the horrified nations of the world granted official sanctions for a Jewish state and on May 14, 1948 Israel was born. Over the following three decades almost 2 millions Jews would return to their homeland. Naturally, the numbers have increased substantially since then.
Our Fishers and Hunters
It is an interesting observation to note that in 1896 when Theodore Hertzl published his book “The Jewish State,” arousing the Jewish people to the restoration of their inheritance, Alexander Dowie was also in Zion Illinois commissioning an apostolic ministry and awakening the Church to the restoration of her inheritance. Likewise, in 1948 with the official recognition of the Jewish state, the Church was also experiencing a massive Healing Revival. It is clear there is an undeniable link between Israel and the Church.
At the same time the Lord was restoring the land of Israel and eventually Jerusalem into the hands of the Jewish people, he was also awakening the Church to her inheritance. In the same manner the Jewish people were dispersed among the nations of the earth, so also were Spirit-filled Christians scattered among the many religious institutions and organizations following the compromise of Nicea in 325 AD.
Israel realized her prophetic fulfillment with the establishment of a sovereign state. Likewise, the Bride residing in her full inheritance must also be apprehended. Heaven will retain the Lord Jesus until that covenant declaration is accomplished. As with Israel, there will be the perfect accomplishment of God’s word relative to the Bride of Christ who have been betrothed to Him and know His intimate chambers.
A Prophetic Lure
Our spiritual “Promised Land” is in view and God’s mandate will be accomplished. He will first utilize the “fishers” to entice and lure many to this spiritual domain through a prophetic message of restoration of our desolate heritages. Then He will allow the “hunters” to drive still others from necessity to the place of promise. There will be an overcoming body who will occupy their birthright. The Scriptures declare it to be so.
The Lord has always had His faithful remnant throughout Church history that modeled their faith according to the standards established by the early Church. Numerous end-time prophecies within the Scriptures will become timely as the Church is fashioned according to His design. The full stature of the apostolic Church will be functioning in our day that shapes a “called-out” body of believers to function in Kingdom power and authority.
The time of the end is a period for revealing and reinstating truth and exposing the hidden things of darkness. “Restorers” are beginning to emerge with a “fishers” anointing that will birth desire in the hearts of Christians for the full measure of God, regardless of the opposition.
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. -Ephesians 5:13-16
The rebuilding of our apostolic heritage can be achieved through desperate hearts pursuing the Lord and the fullness of His heritage awakened through the “fishers”. It can also be experienced through persecution or God’s discipline on “spiritual Babylon,” driving His covenant people to the land of their promise by the “hunters”.
The Lord has pledged to reverse the captivity of His people and be jealous for His Holy Name. At that time we will forget the shame and reproach of our unfaithfulness and begin to dwell securely in the land of our promise. Through His justice and holiness He will set apart and vindicate His people from the hand of their enemies. This is true both for natural and spiritual Israel.
It is our prayer that each will receive with hearing ears and sincere hearts the message of the “fishers” and respond to the call to enter our destiny. It will behoove us to notice the example of the Jewish people according to the admonition of the Apostle Paul for therein we discovery God’s ways.