Immediately prior to the Day of Atonement 2001, the Lord granted a dream continuing His teaching of the soon emerging Apostolic ministry. During this experience, I witnessed and participated in a battle that was taking place between the army of Light and the army of darkness.
In a way that can only be expressed in symbolic experiences of this nature, it seemed the score was being kept between the two armies as the conflict heightened. At some points the army of darkness was pressing the army of light and the score would reflect that advance in much the same way that a sporting event would keep score.
Then, the army of Light would rally and begin to take ground against the army of darkness and the scoreboard would likewise change to show the army of Light in the lead. This transition took place many times with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions until time was about to expire on the clock.
With only seconds remaining in the contest, the army of darkness was leading on the scoreboard and rallied all their strength for one last assault in their attempt to totally overrun the army of Light. As we in the army of Light observed the scoreboard and discovered only seconds remaining, we called upon the Lord with all our strength. In an unprecedented release of divine grace, He intervened in our behalf allowing us to mount a formidable assault, achieving a great victory as “time” ran out.
The victory was significant and the jubilant celebration erupted among those participating in the army of Light. As we were enjoying the Lord’s great grace and the victory He had given, I looked at the scoreboard. To my surprise the score read, 41-41. Needless to say, I was somewhat dismayed at this discovery.
The victory was sure and the celebration was evident and I knew it was not a tie. A voice then spoke and said, “Genesis 41:41.” I understood this parable could be interpreted from the truth communicated in Genesis 41:41, although at the time I was uncertain of the specific wording of this passage.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put the gold necklace around his neck. (Gen 41:41-42)
As I began to meditate upon this notable scripture and the promotion of Joseph from the dungeon to the throne in a single day, the Lord began to quicken significant Truth related to our calling as the Apostolic church. The dream related we had received the grace to overcome the resistance of the enemy attempting to prohibit the birthing of this significant ministry designated for the end-time.
I had never before recognized the often promised “Joseph Anointing” was much more than providing a great source of plenty in time of famine. Included in this significant calling and commission is an Apostolic mantle with great spiritual authority and Godly character.
THREEFOLD “JOSEPH” ANOINTING
The emerging “Joseph” ministry will be much more than providing a source of plenty in time of deficiency. The true Joseph ministry is a threefold anointing as typified in Genesis 41:42.
Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck. (Gen 41:42)
In one day Joseph was elevated from the dungeon to the throne. Joseph received first the signet ring illustrating the spiritual authority that will emerge in the “Joseph” company. The ring of authority was given to announce to all that Joseph had the full influence of the king and answered only to the king in his power.
Secondly, Joseph was also dressed in linen garments to prophetically depict the priesthood of the Lord, clothed in purity and the nature of Christ. This prominent ministry will require great meekness of heart because of the natural and spiritual resources that will be confided in them.
Finally, Joseph received a gold chain to exemplify the prosperity that will be entrusted to this company. The purposes of God will require great sums of resources to fully accomplish end-time ministry and fulfill the will of God in the earth. These will include places of refuge and provision for those who will be persecuted as well as those displaced by the extreme natural disasters and military confrontations that will be taking place.
OVERCOMING THE DEVOURER
Facilitating the revelation of the kingdom throughout the earth, along with the historic things that are about to take place worldwide, will require considerable resources devoted for this purpose Part of the promise for this day is the emerging “Joseph Ministries” that will provide a great source of plenty in time of famine. The enemy knows that day has now come and is assigning weighty demonic assaults against the financial structure of individuals and the overall economy of our country. His primary aim is to deplete our resources to hinder our ability to invest in divine opportunities.
It is not presently the desire of the Lord for our economy to be destroyed, although recent events have been allowed to awaken us to the seriousness of the hour. With that assurance, we can pray with greater authority and power against the demonic forces devouring our financial resources individually and within the church.
This awareness can radically change our entire perspective of prayer when we recognize the enemy assault against our economy and the emerging “Joseph” ministries. That is another of the many reasons for the arising of intercessory ministries in the order of Esther who pave the way for the righteous government typified by Mordecai.
It is the power of the enemy and we must take our stand and ask the Lord to rebuke the devourer in our behalf and open the windows of heaven to release His blessings upon the pure hearted to become a source of plenty. Even so, we must be careful not to place our faith and confidence in the economy but only in the Lord’s ability to use us and the blessings He provides to facilitate the revelation of His Kingdom.
Satan is planning a major assaults against the church financially. He plans to attempt to deplete our resources to frustrate our ability to support the great move of God coming to the earth and hinder our reinforcement of Israel. This can be overcome through prayer and the awakening of the Church to her Apostolic destiny. There are many men and women hidden in recent years being groomed by the Holy Spirit to meet the challenges and needs of this generation.
A careful study and examination of both biblical and natural history will support the conclusion that God creates men and women to meet the challenges and needs of the generation to which they are born. This can readily be recognized in Scripture with the emergence of prominent prophets, judges and leaders who led Israel during times of apostasy, adversity, prosperity and war.
In modern history, we can evaluate World War II and discover the advent of distinguished leadership such as George Patton and Douglas MacArthur. These great commanders acknowledged that their earliest memories consisted of becoming military leaders and fulfilling their destiny as conquerors. From the time of their youth each devoted himself to the preparation, training and strategy necessary to be regarded among the greatest military leaders in modern history. Clearly, the Lord imparted this desire in them at an early age in order to meet the distresses of our nation and the free world during the great conflict of World War II.
A GENERATION OF DESTINY
Likewise, the Lord is also creating and preparing a body of spiritual warriors to emerge in our generation to meet the spiritual challenges and prophetic destiny ordained for our age and foretold in Scripture. One of the greatest mandates of all time is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to “taste the good Word of God and the power 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. (Num 14:20-21)
Like Abraham, it is the cry of our hearts, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by.”(Gen 18:3) It should be our earnest desire and aspiration to be the chosen generation through which the Lord will give revelation and expression of His nature, character and power that we may begin to fill the entire Earth with the Glory of God. 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 end-time generation. (Daniel 12.4) Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is beginning to unleash “great and mighty things” related to our prophetic mandate from the Scriptures and imparting to us insight with understanding concerning the revelation of His Glory.