A test on physical and spiritual stamina
He was put to test physically as he chose not to take a back-pack. Thus he suffered. He had to carry a heavy sling bag with two Bibles (an English Standard Version and a Bible in a tribal language), with water and provision and another heavy traveler bag (with no roller wheels). He only managed to sleep about four hours on the previous night before the usual 5am meeting before the Lord.
He was further tested in having to move and stay in three different places within four days. For a watchman intercessor this is no news. He obeyed and experienced watching the spectacular panorama view of the city and the spiritual midnight and dawn sky, while praying and interceding in the Spirit and in understanding as led by the Spirit of the Lord.
He walked hours in the daytime, woke and slept at short intervals at nights. He was given conducive and non-conducive external environment to watch the signs and pray. The spiritual environment was challenging and with another intercessor they broke through.
Journey began with a Message for him personally (which he only knew on the last day! )
The first day’s bus ride was comfortable. He was led to read Jeremiah 1-9. One verse struck him specifically, Jeremiah 1:17 (ESV) spoke to him specifically, “17 But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.” (He did not know then that this was the key theme of this journey at this time!)
A dream of his late brother: the time is urgent!
On the second day’s early morning, by 4:30am he woke up from a dream in which his late brother was trying to tell him something. He knew it was about the urgency of the next morning’s appointment with a nephew of his. He noted the message. The brother repented and had his life transformed a year before he passed away peacefully without sickness. The message was: “tell the 23 years old nephew that while he is still young he should respond now to the Lord’s calling ant not hesitate, as no one knows what happens tomorrow”.
The TEACHER appeared and discoursed about Law
Then he was led to read Mark 1-4, all about Jesus being a divine teacher. He teaches the truth of God’s word, as He preaches the kingdom of God. The way Jesus teaches is different from others. He looks at the intents/motives behind a principle or a law. He sums up His interpretation and application of the Law of God in this verse,
Mark 3:4-5 (ESV) And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart,The Law kills. The Spirit gives life.
The watchman noted this truth: that unlike the religious leaders who talk only of ‘lawful’ or ‘not lawful’ regardless the purpose or effect -causing harms or even death, the Lord Jesus talks about ‘doing good to people’ and ‘saving people’s lives’. The Lord has shown that the true purpose of God’s Law is to do good and save life. He was even angry with and grieved at the hardness of heart of the religious leaders, who were motivated by evil and murderous intents: jealousy and envy. They were not concerned with the healing and deliverance of a dysfunctional man. He attended their synagogue but they could not heal or save him. Jesus healed and saved him.
This confirmed what the Lord had earlier forewarned the watchman to beware of this religious snare in his previous journey of faith. Galatians 3:10 The Righteous Shall Live by Faith “10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
A vision of an eye in the open sky
When dawn broke the watchman was led to take a few pictures of the sky. The pictures showed the capture of an eye in the opening of the sky (in answer to his sudden prayer asking to see the unseen).
Intercede for children and descendants
For a considerable part of the four days, the watchman was led to read Isaiah for prayers for children. For example, he was led to read 1:2b, “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.” 30:1-2 ““Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine,
and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; 2 who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!”
66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” “23 They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them.”
A prayer call for God’s Way (painless and grace without limit)
On the third day after midnight, the watchman was led to a prayer that opened by itself: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.
A Second Dream: Lord, what about their souls?
He went back to sleep and dreamed of a big place like a religious place he previously attended. It had a big garden compound and many people dressed well and in white attended the activities. He did not know anyone. Like other dreams he always inspected back rooms which no-one bothered much. The doors were faulty. The washrooms were filthy. The kitchen was run down. There were rooms cluttered with broken furniture and useless old stuff, rubbish and cobwebs. He knew the people were not spiritually clean. When the Holy Communion was served, he saw a brother carrying a tray with an idiotic look on his face (like he was charmed under a spell). So the watchman ran away, whilst knowing that he was being singled out for persecution.. When he woke he heard himself crying out, “What about their souls?”
Then he was led to read 2 Peter 1:1-11. Verses that spoke to the watchman included the following. The verse 11 is crucial as it tells how how an entrance into the kingdom of God is made, through the eight qualities.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.One book with two messages: Jesus -the bright morning star; the messenger of God
He was then led to read Derek Prince’s “Power in the Name” and noted the two chapters that he was asked to read. The author wrote: “The morning star rising in our hearts refers to our inner experience -when we have come to know Him personally and through the revelation of God’s word.” (2 Peter1:16-18)
The messenger: “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me, receives the One who sent Me.” (Matt.10:40) The author wrote: “God comes to us in the form of His messengers.” “He identifies with the one whom He sends to represent Him.” “To reject the messengers of God is a worse sin than Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Journey to see God in Isaiah (chapters 55-58)
- Seek God’s Way and will succeed: 55:8-11 God spoke: take heed “My thoughts”, “My ways”, “My word”, “My mouth”, “Me”, “I purpose”, “I sent”.
- With God all things are possible: God gives grace and favor to outcasts. 56:4-5
- Do not seek your own ways. 58:8-13
Journey ended with a prophetic Act: “dress yourself for work”
On the last night, the watchman was led to sleep with all his working clothes and socks on. He was led to pack his two bags and put them next to the exit door. He also had to put his shoes by the side of his bed. He had gone to bed in his sleep clothes but he heard the words, “dress for service’ (for the Lord). So he got up and changed and got everything ready as if he was a soldier or doctor on call, according to the command. He did not feel fearful or anything in the natural. But he knew in the spiritual realm the urgency was real. Only after he returned to his own abode after the journey he opened his little note book and discovered that on the first day, on the bus, he was led to read Jeremiah and wrote down this verse, Jeremiah 1:17 (ESV) “But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you.”
The last day of this journey to see God, was a Sunday morning and he attended a worship service in a church. The pastor preached on “Be ready” to meet the Lord. The verses read and preached were among those he just read during the journey. The preacher/teacher of the word ended with the following: Luke 21:34-36 (ESV) Watch Yourselves
34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”