On the morning of December 24, 2004, as I was being awakened from a dream, I heard a scripture being recited directly from the Bible. It was Isaiah 51:15-16 saying,
“For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the LORD of hosts is His name). “I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are My people.”
Naturally, living in Orange Beach, AL, this passage immediately had a measure of significance. Just three months before, on September 16, Hurricane Ivan devastated our hometown with a 25 foot wall of water. Even now, almost two years later, our area is still in recovery mode.
Even so, this strategic scripture had even greater meaning two days later. On December 26, 2004 an event transpired that caused me to look at verse 15 in and entirely new light. On this date the tragic Asian tsunami took place. The seas truly were stirred and the waved roared in an unprecedented way.
I was not able to forecast the Asian tsunami from this dream, but the fact that the tsunami occurred provides incredible affirmation that the truth resident in verse 16 is a present word.
This particular passage has been one the Lord has utilized often through prophetic experiences to illustrate a function of His end-time army. The Bible promises that He will put a prophetic word in our mouths that is full of both life and power. This word comes directly from His heart and establishes the revelation of His kingdom.
Furthermore, when this impartation takes place it is fundamentally necessary that it be pronounced from an atmosphere of spiritual anointing. He said, “I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand. The overshadowing of His hand is the forum from which decrees and proclamations must proceed. Mary was overshadowed by the power of the Most High and her agreement with Him was creative.
This is an illustration of His anointing for power and authority. When this takes place it is the consolidation of the Word and Spirit that will not fail. It will accomplish every purpose for which it is intended.
According to Isaiah 51:16, when the Lord puts His Word in our mouths and covers us with the shadow of His hand, the resulting prophetic directive is intended to do three things:
1. To establish the heavens
2. To found the earth
3. To say to Zion, “You Are My People.”
A Prophetic Commission
The prophet Jeremiah was once privileged with an incredible face-to-face encounter with the Lord. The Prophet records that,
the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant —Jeremiah 1:9-10
As it was with Jeremiah, Kingdom authority has been delegated today to accomplish the same purpose and model as in his day. We are being appointed with spiritual oversight to root out, pull down, destroy and overthrow, but also to build and plant. That is the directive of Isaiah 51:16.
What is established in the heavenly places will be released on the earth. When this takes place there will be a calling out of the bridal company to take her rightful position of power and authority for the great harvest. The Holy Spirit is speaking to the seeds of destiny resident in the Zion company saying, “you are my people.” We will be identified as bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh to accomplish the same mandate given to Him by His Father…to bring the message of redemption and to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
On Earth as in Heaven
The attributes of the spiritual atmosphere surrounding a region dictates the characteristics that region demonstrates. For instance, if spirits of witchcraft and sorcery predominantly occupy the heavenly places over a region then many of the people living under that jurisdiction will be captured by these spirits. Likewise, if an open Heaven can be achieved over a territory, then righteousness and truth will flourish. Many souls will be won through a fruitful harvest and God’s people will walk with Him in fellowship.
The videos we have seen of the cities that experienced transformation are clear evidence of this reality. We have watched South Americans cities previously bound with corruption become totally renewed spiritually and naturally. Even the vegetation responded to the revelation of God’s kingdom with fruits and vegetables produced in unparalleled ways.
Many Christians are being positioned to experience this commissioning. The Lord is stretching forth His hand to fill our mouths with decrees and proclamations direct from His heart. Like Jeremiah, the anointed words of God’s people will uproot the forces of darkness and plant the revelation of His Kingdom. When this takes place there will be an abundant harvest of souls and the Lord Jesus will begin to receive the full measure of His great reward. (Revelations 5:9)
We are presently living in a season that will be identified with spiritual breakthrough. A Heavenly host has been assigned to us in this task. Our responsibility is to articulate the Lord’s desire through His anointing to establish the revelation of His Kingdom. The battle is won in the Spirit first then manifested in the natural. This is our strategy for corporate breakthrough.