Many years ago Bob Jones had a profound revelatory encounter in which he was shown the Mississippi River. In the experience he was told of a significant application of this river in the strategy of Heaven. It was portraying the River of the Spirit with specific application to the Lord’s plans for this nation.
Recently, he was given another experience in which he saw the Mississippi River again. Only this time he also observed four evil spirits that were represented by crocodiles. Although he was given a sharp sword to deal with these evil opposition’s, he was instructed to harness their mouths and render them powerless. He put a bridle on their mouths and used their strength to move through the River at a great pace.
That in itself is a prophetic message to the church. Putting a bridle on our mouths can help nullify many of the schemes of the adversary set against Christians through words we speak. Oftentimes we articulate the plans of the enemy when our revelation unknowingly comes from the “second” heaven rather than the third heaven where the plans of God are formulated.
The River was originally intended for fruitful spiritual purposes. Unfortunately counterfeit spiritual authority hijacked the high purpose of Heaven for the River and the Lord is indicating His intent to take back possession of the River. According to Psalms 74:13-14,
You divided the sea by your strength; you broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters. You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness. Psalms 74:13-14
There is a present work of the Spirit to sanctify the gifts and callings of Heaven so that they can be used for their ultimate destiny. Many of the false prophetic voices, the occult and psychics to this generation actually possess genuine gifts that have not yet been sanctified. Once purified, then the gift becomes food of the people. The same is true for many musical and creative gifts that are being utilized in the world rather than its highest purpose. The Lord is announcing His intent to redeem and reclaim those spiritual endowments.
Authority is being given to pull down the strongholds, arguments and every high thing that has set itself against the pure knowledge of God. This is the River that is to be purified. The Bible declares,
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
The weapons of our warfare empower us to refute unrighteous thoughts set against the knowledge of God. Every proud and lofty imagination that is harnessed against the true knowledge of God will be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. That is the sanctification process presently unfolding.
Unrighteous thoughts do not merely consist of sinful actions that we perceive as incorrect behavior. More fully, it includes any thought process we have that is not consistent with the nature and character of God and His word. These are the strongholds and dominions that attempt to taint our knowledge of God and the plan of heaven for this generation. The Lord’s thoughts for us are lofty and powerful— we must come into agreement with that perspective.