Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away (Isaiah 51:11, xref Isaiah 35:10).
The first siege of Jerusalem occurred under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. His successors after him also attacked Jerusalem, carrying away captives to Babylon, and finally destroying the temple.
Seventy years had passed since the first siege of Jerusalem. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years and then the Jews would return to their homeland.
God moved upon the heart of King Cyrus of Persia to grant favor to Zerubbabel, Prince of Judah, to lead the exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Approximately 50,000 people left Babylon on the first exodus out of captivity under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the high priest.
Zerubbabel’s task was the rebuild the foundations of the temple, restoring the Altar and the daily sacrifices and worship.
Based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered, there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives today.
SPIRITUAL AND PROPHETIC APPLICATION
Kingdoms of This World
Babylon is not only a literal geographical place, but it represents the kingdoms of this world. We live in a Babylonian society, with anti-Christ spirits and agendas that war against righteousness.
Jerusalem represents the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, the world was taken into captivity by Satan. Ever since that time, everyone has been born into captivity (sin). We live in a world filled with ungodliness and evil all around us.
Sin brought captivity—such as disease and sickness, poverty, oppression, etc.
The ultimate captivity, which sin leads to, is eternal captivity in hell.
The great news is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to become the Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the whole world. Animal sacrifices temporarily covered sins, but sacrifices had to be repeated over and over again. Jesus shed His blood in order to redeem us back from the devil and sin. He saved us from everlasting imprisonment and torment in hell, and He is the door to Heaven. He is everlasting life to all who will receive Him.
Even though we live in a Babylonian society, we have been redeemed out of darkness and into light. We live in a different kingdom than that of the world. The principles of God’s kingdom is based on the precepts in His Word. God’s kingdom is at constant war with the kingdom of Babylon.
Babylon Represents Areas of Captivity in the Life of the Believer
I wish that I could say that as soon as a person accepts Christ as their Savior, then everything in their life is perfect from that day forward. However, that is not how it is. For one thing, now we have a ruthless adversary (the devil), and we continually have to be on guard to resist his attacks.
Second, our spirits were saved at the point of salvation, but our bodies and souls are in the process of being sanctified and redeemed. Most attacks against Christians are in the areas of the soul (mind, will, emotions), the physical body and finances.
Opponents came against Zerubbabel and the Jews when they began to make progress in rebuilding the Temple. That’s a picture of how the enemy tries to make attempts to sabotage, hinder and stop our progress in what God has called us to do. However, the positive news is that we have the Greater One (the Holy Ghost) living on the inside of us, and He is greater than he that is of the world. We have been given power and authority over all the wiles of the enemy, and given armor to wear, faith as a shield, and the Word of God has an offensive sword.
Many Christians are in captivity, suffering with physical sickness and disease. God wants you completely well. By His stripes (scourging of 39 lashes), you WERE healed (according to 1 Peter 2:24). Our healing is already paid for in full. We just have to receive it by faith.
Many Christians are in chains of captivity in the area of unhealed memories and damaged emotions. Many suffer from oppression and depression. Many battle with a spirit of rejection and ongoing mourning. Many believers are bound to their past, or to guilt and shame. Jesus came to set us free from all these bondages.
Many believers are in bondage to various addictions and vice, ranging from alcohol to pornography to compulsive gambling. An addiction has control over a person. It drives a person to the point where the person cannot live without it.
A believer could be held in captivity to rage and anger, being abusive, filled with jealousy, envy, hatred, bitterness and strife.
Fear is a debilitating bondage that God wants to set us free from. He wants to fill us with His perfect love. Faith cannot operate properly when fear is present. Fear causes doubt and unbelief, and faith and unbelief are two opposites.
Many Christian men and women are bound in sexual immorality (lust, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography) and have a struggle getting free. Christ does not condemn, but He does convict because He wants people free and He is a holy God and is looking for holiness. The Bible says that no immoral person can enter into Heaven or inherit the Kingdom of God (Galations 5:19-21, Jude 7, Revelation 21:8), unless one repents with God’s help and grace.
Sometimes believers are not in bondage to sin issues necessarily, but their experience of captivity could be in the form of enduring very difficult situations, or remaining in unhappy, troubled relationships in which they feel entrapment.
In some situations (such as marriage when there are no Biblical grounds for divorce except for adultery and abuse), the Biblical thing is to stay and not leave. Other situations (such as unhealthy friendships) may call for the Lord leading you to cut off unhealthy soul ties. In situations where there is no way out, God can free you on the inside and give you grace to endure, filling you with His peace.
Being in the midst of confusion and chaos is a form of captivity. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. Sometimes there is chaos all around us—at home, at work, etc. But God can step in and bring peace and clarity to the situation. God has given us authority to speak to the winds of confusion and chaos, and say “Peace, Be still!”
Jesus Christ wants us free from every bondage in our life. The Blood Atonement of Jesus is not only for our salvation (which is the greatest gift), but the Atonement is also for the here and now on this earth. There is healing in the Blood Atonement (healing for the body, mind and emotions). There is provision in the area of finances, for Jesus’ blood redeemed us from the curse of poverty and lack. Christ’s blood paid for freedom from any kind of addiction, sin or bondage. His Blood breaks all generational curses. The Blood of Jesus contains power to heal, restore and deliver. Satan is afraid of the Name and Blood of Jesus, because of the power in that Name and Blood.
Jesus, our Mighty Deliverer, wants to set us free and lead us out of our exile. He wants to set people free from the tormentors (demons that harass, oppress and afflict). He wants to restore the foundations of our lives. He wants to give us freedom in areas of our lives where we have been bound in chains.
Psalms 146:7-8 says of the Lord, “Who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord looses the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises them that are bowed down. The Lord loves the righteous.”
The anointing of the Spirit of God lifts burdens and removes yokes. Isaiah 10:27 says, “In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because of the Anointing.”
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”
Zerubbabel – Out of Babylon (Part 1)
This message is about the subject of deliverance from any kind of captivity—whether it be physical sickness, addictions, sin, sorrow and grief, emotional issues, financial problems, depression, demonic oppression, or whatever it is that has been keeping you in captivity. God wants us to be free from bondages and loosed from every infirmity.
The Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) breaks every chain and sets the prisoners free!
He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed! (John 8:36). Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).
The true story of Zerubbabel and the return from exile, shows us God’s faithfulness and sovereignty in our lives.
Zerubbabel was the first leader to lead the Jewish exiles out of Babylon back to Jerusalem. The date is approximately around 538-536 B.C. Seventy years had passed following the first siege of Jerusalem, where captives were taken to Babylon.
Zerubbabel was governor of Judah, and he is mentioned primarily in Haggai, Ezra and Zechariah. He is also referred to by the name Shezbazzar, and is the son of Shealtiel (or the son of Pedaiah). One school of thought is that Shealtiel died, leaving a widow, and his brother Pedaiah married her (Levirate marriage) to raise up a seed for Shealtiel. Zerubbabel is in the royal lineage of Jesus Christ.
Zerubbabel was born in captivity. He was born after the kingdom of Judah was taken into exile. Zerubbabel’s name means: “seed of Babylon” or “born in Babylon”. He was appointed as prince of Judah. Zerubbabel was probably in the king’s service, as he was given the name Shezbazzar, and granted favor by King Cyrus to lead the first group of exiles back to Jerusalem and begin to restore the temple.
God had moved upon the heart of Cyrus, king of Persia, to allow the Jews to return to their homeland. He gave them back the gold and silver articles that had been stolen from the temple, and furnished them with everything they needed to begin rebuilding the temple. This was prophesied by Isaiah. Isaiah was so precise in this prophecy that even Cyrus’ name was mentioned centuries before he was even born. Isaiah 44:28 says, Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.’”
Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years, and then the Jews would return to Jerusalem (Jeremiah 25:11-12 and Jeremiah 29:10-14).
Zerubbabel led out approximately 50,000 people (mostly of who were Levites, musicians, and singers). Jeshua, the high priest, assisted Zerubbabel in the mission of leading the exiles back to Jerusalem and rebuilding the temple. The first thing they set out to do was to rebuild the Altar to the Lord and restore the daily sacrifices. The feasts were re-instituted as well. Worship was restored.
Work on rebuilding the foundation of the temple began. They got only so far, and then were faced with opposition from enemies. Their enemies hired counselors against them, and even sent false accusatory letters to King Ahasuerus and King Artaxerxes, saying that the Jews had formed a rebellion and needed to be stopped. The king ordered that all work on the temple be halted.
Approximately 16-17 years elapsed with the work on the foundation of the temple unfinished and being delayed. In the meantime, the people were busy building costly homes for themselves. It wasn’t that God didn’t want His people having nice homes, it’s just that their priorities were out of order.
The people had gone through so much fierce opposition and intimidation from the enemy, and through such long years of delays and unfulfilled promises, that they had fallen into a spiritual slumber. They were convinced in their minds that the promise of them restoring the temple was “miles or years out there in the distant future”. So therefore, they focused their task on building their own homes.
In Haggai, the prophet Haggai confronted Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, saying in Haggai 1:1-8: “This people says, ‘The time has not yet come, the time that the Lord’s House should be rebuilt.’ But is it time for you to dwell in your paneled houses while My House lies in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways!
You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough. You drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Thus says the LORD of Hosts: Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified, says the LORD.”
Because the people’s priorities were out of proper order, and their focus had been on building their own homes while God’s House was in ruins, the Lord had allowed a drought to come on the land—a famine of food, wine, oil and fruit.
Zerubbabel and Jeshua’s spirits were refreshed and re-activated to action after hearing the prophetic word of the Lord. They immediately obeyed God’s Voice, and resumed rebuilding the temple.
Again, enemy opposition came. This time Zerubbabel and Jeshua did not shrink back. When their opponents questioned their authority to rebuild the temple, Zerubbabel told them that they had been given authority by King Cyrus, and would not stop rebuilding until the work was finished.
Their opponents wrote a letter to King Darius of Babylon to request that a search be made in the archives for the original scroll written and signed by King Cyrus, granting authority for Zerubbabel and the Jews to rebuild the temple. The scroll was found. Darius issued a decree that no one was to hinder the work of the temple. And if anyone did interfere, they should die. Furthermore, King Darius ordered that the Jews be furnished with whatever supplies they needed.
The temple foundation was finished in the 6th year of King Darius, and was rededicated unto the Lord. The rededication was accompanied by great celebration, and concluded with the Passover Feast.
About 80 years later, Ezra led the second group of exiles to Jerusalem, with Nehemiah leading out the third group shortly after that. Ezra and Nehemiah’s task focused on rebuilding the walls and gates, finishing the rebuilding of the temple, and re-establishing Moses’ law to the people.
Within the literal events that happened during this period of approximately 20 years (from the first exodus out of Babylon led by Zerubbabel to the finishing of the temple foundation), there is spiritual and prophetic application to our lives.
Babylon is still a literal place. Babylon, in the figurative and spiritual sense, is a prophetic picture of places of confusion in our lives. The definition of Babylon means “confusion”. And also figurative of areas of our lives where we have been held in captivity.
Babylon also speaks of idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, immorality, perversion, and anti-Christ spirits and agendas seeking to slowly infiltrate our society and lives—slowly desensitizing us to the sin and corruption around us.
Spiritual Zerubbabel’s are those who have lived in captivity and confusion, but God has delivered them out, and anointed them to lead others out to freedom too.
The temple represents our life (we are the temple of the Holy Ghost according to 1 Corinthians 6:19). The temple also speaks of the House of the Lord (the church and kingdom of God).
The opponents represents the enemy of our souls—Satan and his demons—who are continually seeking to hinder, intimidate, destroy and stop God’s plans from coming to fruition. The enemy also uses people to oppose us.
Jerusalem signifies the work and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Jerusalem is:
- the place of God’s presence, glory and anointing
- the place of worship and beauty
- the place of holiness unto the Lord
- the place of repentance from sin (offering up blood sacrifices)
- the place of renewed fellowship and renewed passion for the Lord
- the place of hearing God’s voice
- the place of the Lord’s favor and commanded blessing
- the place of peace and rest
- the place of unity
- the place of provision and prosperity
- the place of joy unspeakable and full of glory
- the place of freedom from captivity
- the place of healing and restoration.
Jerusalem always speaks of God’s Throne headquarters and of worshipping the Lord. It’s the place of the Shekinah glory.
In Part 2 of this message, I will discuss the spiritual and prophetic application to our lives based on the true events that Zerubbabel and the exiles encountered in leaving Babylon and rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.
Also, the prophetic words spoken by Haggai and Zechariah, addressed to Zerubbabel and Jeshua the high priest, applies to our lives today. “He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says” through those prophecies.
May you be blessed and encouraged today.
Psalm 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, “The Lord hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.” Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. KJV
In the last post we talked about emotional distress and distractions. When you are very close to receiving your breakthrough, you might be surrounded with those who cause emotional turmoil, as well as the gossipers. Confusion and chaos may be all around you. But continue to hold on to your hope.
Some people may have given up hope on you, and think that you will never rise again. But it’s not what others say or think that matters, but what you say and believe that matters the most.
Your situation is not hopeless. You shall rise again. You shall rise up from your sickness, from that depression, from mourning, from that loss, from financial setbacks, from past mistakes.
In Mark 5:39-40, it says in the Amplified Version:
39 And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.
40 And they laughed and jeered at Him. But He put them all out, and, taking the child’s father and mother and those who were with Him, He went in where the little girl was lying.
The Message Bible says it like this:
39 Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”
40 Provoked to sarcasm, they told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. But when he had sent them all out, he took the child’s father and mother, along with his companions, and entered the child’s room.
The Thesaurus gives related words that have a similar meaning as to the word “jeer”:
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says the following about this passage:
“When the party arrived at Jairus’ home, the flute players and the noisy crowd of mourners had already assembled to weep for the family. They believed the child was dead, for when Jesus said the girl was merely asleep they laughed.
Jesus was not denying she was actually dead. He was simply comparing her dead condition to sleep. Like sleep, her death was temporary and she would rise from it.”
There are many who suffer with an illness of any kind, including depression and anxiety, but it’s temporary and not a lifetime sentence. You shall rise up from your bed of affliction and be healed and whole. You shall live, and not die, and declare the Word of the Lord.
Some who have gone through a divorce shall rise again. Some who have gone through the loss of a loved one, or a financial loss—you shall rise again.
Remember … Jesus said in Mark 5:39, “She’s not dead, but is sleeping.” You shall rise again. Jesus has the power to bring resurrection life to your body, to your situation, to some relationships in your life where you are holding on by a thread.
Jesus arrived at the house to do something that would be a wonderful miracle. The best gift in the world would be for a parent to receive their beloved daughter raised to life. The father (Jairus) and the mother believed Jesus would raise their daughter from the dead. Yet their so-called friends did not believe. Instead, they mocked and laughed at Jesus when He compared the little girl’s death to temporary sleep.
Part of the problem is that they misunderstood what He meant. Another part of the problem is that they never believed there was any hope in the situation to begin with. They were supposed to be the friends of Jairus and his wife. But in that instance, they demonstrated that they were not really their friends at all. If these friends truly had Jairus and his wife’s best interest at heart, they would have stood in faith with them for the raising of their precious daughter.
When Jesus told the crowd to calm down from all the commotion, because the girl was not dead but just sleeping, the wise thing (even if they didn’t understand Jesus) would have been to remain quiet and just ponder what He said … and then observe what Jesus was going to do. Instead, the Bible says they began to jeer Jesus and say sarcastic remarks. Their professional weeping turned into ridicule.
They showed the Lord no reverence or respect. And their jeering also gave a message to Jairus and his wife that said “we don’t respect you either”. The crowd was totally insensitive to the feelings of the little girl’s parents.
The Bible Exposition Commentary says in regards to Mark 5:40:
“Unbelief laughs at God’s Word, but faith lays hold of it and experiences the power of God. Jesus did not make a spectacle of this miracle. He was sensitive to the feelings of the parents and grieved by the scornful attitude of the mourners.”
Jesus kicked all of them out of the house. They would have no part in being an eyewitness in seeing this miracle take place. Jesus was only going to allow those people who had faith to remain in the house.
After the girl was raised to life and brought outside, then the crowd of mourners who jeered Jesus would see for themselves the power of God at work. Perhaps some of them would be transformed by that experience and put their trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we are almost at the point of breakthrough, there may be those who begin to jeer us, mock us and say derogatory remarks. When you are that close to receiving your miracle, you have to have zero tolerance for negativity and doubt.
When people laugh and mock at your belief in receiving the promises of God, your miracle or your healing, you have to shut the door on them. You cannot tolerate it. You can’t let others throw cold water on your faith.
When people mock you for your belief, it isn’t just you they are scorning. Whether done knowingly or not realizing it, they are showing disrespect for the Lord too. After all, He is the One who is doing the miracle. The only part you have to play is to just have faith and believe, as well as to position yourself to receive. It’s God who brings about the healing, the breakthrough, and brings the promise to pass.
In the last post we talked about transition. When you are transitioning into your promised land, and very close to receiving your miracle, you have to separate yourself from the multitude, from the naysayers, from those who are not in faith and agreement for what you are believing God for.
You can only take with you on your journey into your promised land those who are in agreement with you for your healing, promise or miracle, and those who have faith to see your miracle come to pass.
When you are that close to receiving your breakthrough, you have to have zero tolerance for any negative talk, or doubt and unbelief concerning receiving your answer to prayer.
Jesus told His disciples, and everyone else, to stay put where they were until He returned. He only allowed Peter, James and John to accompany Him and Jairus to the house to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead.
Mark 5:38-39 (Message Bible)
38 They entered the leader’s house and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and neighbors bringing in casseroles.
39 Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”
The Amplified Version words Verses 38-39 like this:
38 When they arrived at the house of the ruler of the synagogue, He looked [carefully and with understanding] at [the] tumult and the people weeping and wailing loudly.
39 And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.
The Living Bible words it like this:
38 When they arrived, Jesus saw that all was in great confusion, with unrestrained weeping and wailing.
39 He went inside and spoke to the people. “Why all this weeping and commotion?” he asked. “The child isn’t dead; she is only asleep!”
In Mark 5:38, they arrived at the house. It was a scene of tumult, confusion, commotion, weeping, professional mourners who wailed loudly, plus the gossips (neighbors and friends of the family who were looking for a story to tell).
When you are very close to receiving your promises, there will be those people you encounter who cause much emotional distress and chaos. You might be going through a situation where you are being verbally and emotionally abused. If so, the Lord sees your pain and hears your cries. He will show you what to do.
You may be dealing with selfish manipulative people (who are abusive one moment, and the next minute are weeping as if you hurt them).
Then there are the gossipers you have to deal with who like to discuss everybody else’s business and stir up rumors, and cause confusion.
The devil uses these negative things as distractions to keep us from fulfilling our destiny in God and coming into our full inheritance in Christ. The enemy wants us to become discouraged, depressed and to give up.
You have to “push through” that crowd and not let them tear down your faith. You may be experiencing opposition or might feel like you are swimming upstream against the current. But in the process, you are becoming stronger.
You cannot listen to their unbelief and sarcasm (which can produce fear in you).
Fear tolerated is faith contaminated.
The Message Bible says in Verse 38 that when they (Jesus, Jairus, Peter, James and John) arrived at the house, that the neighbors were already bringing in the casseroles. As far as everyone else was concerned, the situation was hopeless. The girl was dead. Nobody (except for the girl’s parents, Jesus, Peter, James and John) believed that she would rise again.
In the figurative sense, does it seem like in your life that a lot of people have given up on you, feel that your situation is hopeless, do not believe that you will receive your miracle, if you are down they don’t believe you will ever rise again … and it’s as if they are already bringing over the casseroles?
(In the USA the custom is for people to bring over food—especially casseroles—when there is a death in the family.)
Are these same people who have given up on you ones who cause much emotional distress and try to distract you from receiving the promises of God?
Do you feel surrounded by the naysayers and the gossips (even at church)? Is there confusion and tumult all around you?
In Mark 5:39 the Message Bible says, Jesus was abrupt: “Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn’t dead; she’s sleeping.”
In the Amplified Version, it says in Verse 39: And when He had gone in, He said to them, Why do you make an uproar and weep? The little girl is not dead but is sleeping.
Does it feel like others are causing an uproar in your life?
Even in the midst of turmoil, just remember that you are very close to receiving your miracle. The heat seems to get turned up seven times hotter right before your breakthrough comes.
You may be surrounded by chaos and confusion. Don’t let others get you stressed out. Don’t let others steal your hope.
You may be tempted to let go of your hope and faith. Hold on to your hope. Hope and faith are two different things, but you have to have hope in order for your faith to be alive and active.
Hope is always focused on the future … “someday this will happen in my life.” Faith is “right now” … “I believe I have my promise right now.”
Faith believes you already have your miracle even before it’s in your hands. Faith is like placing the order and completing the transaction, and you know that what you ordered “is yours!” It may take some time for it to arrive, but it’s already yours as far as you are concerned.
Others may have already given up on you, deeming your situation as hopeless. Other people may think that you will always be down and never rise again. They think you will never arise from your sickness, depression, financial setbacks, past grief or whatever has gotten you down. But that’s what “they” say.
What really matters the most is what “YOU” say. Are you going to be in agreement with those who are negative and full of unbelief, especially as it concerns your life? Or are you going to believe what God says?
You have to take charge of your own soul. You have to learn to be the prophet over your own life, speaking those things into existence that which you want to see happen. It’s not what others say or think, but what YOU say and believe that matters the most.
We are talking about Jairus. We are at the part in the story where Jesus has finished ministering to the woman who was made whole of the issue of blood. By that time Jairus’ servants had showed up with the heart breaking news that Jairus’ daughter was now dead, and to not bother the Teacher any further.
Jesus heard what the servants said, but ignored them. Jesus said to Jairus, “Be not afraid, but only believe.” Jesus was giving Jairus hope in a hopeless situation. Jesus was planning on raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead to show Jairus, and us today, that there is no circumstance that is impossible for God to turn around.
Jesus would not permit any of His disciples, or anyone else, to accompany Him and Jairus to the house, with the exception of His inner circle—Peter, James and John.
When you get to the point of transitioning into your promised land, you have to separate yourself from the multitude.
You have to separate yourself from the naysayers and those who do not have faith to believe with you for your miracle. You have to separate yourself from those who think that “it will never happen for you”, or laugh at you, or try to talk you out of receiving your miracle.
Jesus told His disciples—except for Peter, James and John—to stay put where they were until the four of them returned from the house. In the same way, we have to tell our friends and even family, who are filled with doubt and unbelief, that we will see them later when we get our miracle. But they can’t cross over the Jordan River with us into our promises. If you take them with you, their doubt and unbelief would drag you down.
Look at Joshua and Caleb. Their report was positive. They said that the children of Israel were more than able to take on the giants in Canaan and to go up immediately to possess the land. But the ten other spies gave a negative, fearful report. Therefore, there was a forty year delay in Israel crossing over the Jordan and entering their promised land.
This is not at all saying to walk away from your spouse or family if they don’t believe like you do. This is all figurative language, saying that in the spirit realm, they can’t go with you on this journey if they are not in agreement with what you are believing for.
(There are some friends and even church folk that you do have to literally separate yourself from for a while if they are not in agreement with what you are believing for.)
When you are very close to receiving your miracle, you have to be around likeminded individuals full of faith, and in 100% agreement. You cannot tolerate any doubt and unbelief, or negative words.
Jesus said that if just two on earth agree as touching anything, that it shall be done for them of our Father in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in His Name (in unity), He is there in the midst of them. Matthew 18:19-20.
There were other instances in the New Testament where Jesus could only take with Him Peter, James and John. Those three were His closest associates. They were always in agreement with whatever Jesus wanted to do. They were teachable. They were leaders in training.
Jesus took those three with Him to the Mount when He was transfigured (human form, yet spirit form), and Jesus talked with Moses and Elijah. His garments shone with bright light. Then a Voice from Heaven (Father God’s Voice) said: “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (2 Peter 1:16-18, Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36). They were surrounded by the Shekinah Cloud.
Jesus’ inner circle—Peter, James and John—represent for us today the importance of having a few close friends who stand in agreement with us in prayer. Peter, James and John experienced spiritual intimacy with Jesus Christ. Being Jesus’ friend. Being open and teachable for Jesus to pour out to His wisdom and revelation. An attitude that says to God, “Have Your own way in my life … You are the Potter and I am the clay … mold me and make me after Your will, while I am waiting yielded and still.”
How many can truly say: “Lord, have Your way in my life … You are the Potter and I am the clay … I allow You to mold and make me after Your will, while I am patiently waiting yielded and still.” At first, it may feel like a “death to self” saying that prayer, or singing that song.
But there is a realm in God where it brings joy and delight to say that to God, or to sing that song of consecration. A place in God where you truly mean it with all of your heart. Where you want Jesus more than anything, and it’s no longer about your agenda but God’s agenda.
There’s even a realm in God where you even welcome His discipline in your life. Because if you are disciplined, that means that you are a loved son or daughter. And if you yield to His discipline, you can avoid the judgment of God. Although getting a whippin’ or a stern warning is not pleasant for the moment, it produces a harvest of righteousness in the long run.
When you are about ready to receive your promise or miracle, surround yourself with positive, faith-filled people who are in agreement with what you are believing God for. Cross over your Jordan and enter your promises with those likeminded people cheering you on.
We become like the people we associate with the most. So therefore, when you are transitioning over into your promised land, it’s important to keep the right company.
Jairus believed for his miracle. He believed in his heart that he would find Jesus in the crowds, and upon explaining the situation to the Master, that Jesus would agree to come to his house. For Jairus said, that if Jesus comes to his home and lays His hands on his daughter, that she would be healed and live.
Then Jairus put action to his faith. He sought out Jesus and found him. He had the Master’s full attention. He explained his emergency situation. Jesus agreed to come with him to his house and lay His hands on Jairus’ only daughter and heal her, and she would live.
On the way to the house, they were interrupted by a woman in the crowd who had pressed through the crowds to receive her healing from Jesus. They were delayed for quite a while as the woman told Jesus the WHOLE story.
She probably told Jesus every detail of her sickness—when it began, the symptoms she suffered with, how no doctors could help her but only made her worse, how she had spent every dime she had on physicians and still was not any better but rather worse, and so on. She probably told Jesus all about her life, her history and about her family.
By this time, Jairus was probably getting very impatient at this woman who was taking up so much time when his daughter could die at any moment. He was probably frustrated because Jesus didn’t act the least bit worried.
And maybe Jairus felt that it was his turn to have the attention of the Master and someone cut in on him, which was rude and showing lack of courtesy. Maybe Jairus felt that she could have waited her turn, or at the least, didn’t have to take up so much of their time in explaining her sickness, her life and her entire life history. These are human emotions that most people would probably feel if in Jairus’ shoes.
Jairus looked out of the corner of his eye and saw his servants from the house coming. His heart probably sank right then and there. It was bad news … he knew his daughter was gone. The servants said, “Why trouble the Teacher anymore, your daughter is dead.”
Upon hearing the news, Jairus’ heart was filled with sorrow and was gripped with inexpressible pain at the loss of his daughter. And all the faith that was in his heart to see her be healed and live … it was all leaking out … he experienced major disappointment … it was now too late. She was gone.
When Jesus heard what was said, He said to Jairus:
“Fear not, but only believe.”
Jesus was telling Jairus to stick to his original confession of faith for his daughter’s miracle when they first began their journey to his home.
There is power in what we say. We have to learn to be the prophet over our own life and declare the Word of the Lord over our own situations.
What did Jairus originally believe in his heart and say with his mouth concerning his daughter’s miracle? Jairus said: “When Jesus comes to my house, and lays His hands on my daughter, she will be healed and live.” That was his statement of faith and his heart was in agreement with what he said.
And so Jesus agreed to go with Jairus to his house and heal his daughter.
Jesus was telling Jairus to not back down from his original stance of faith, in spite of delay or even death. Even death was not the final word.
Fear is the opposite of faith, and Jesus told Jairus to fear not, but keep on believing.
Jesus is saying to us, prophetically, to hold onto our original confession of faith for whatever it is we are believing for—even if there has been a delay, detour or death of a dream in that promise coming to pass. Stick to what you believed and confessed in the beginning. Do not back up or back down from when and what you first believed. Press in.
Once you release the word of faith from your mouth for your situation, never back up even if the situation now seems dead, totally impossible and even unrealistic. Keep moving forward.
Jesus is not bound to our realities on this earth. God has His own idea of what is reality. He lives in a higher realm than we do. He can reverse sickness and disease. He can reverse setbacks and problems. He can reverse some of the consequences of mistakes we’ve made in the past because of His mercy and graciousness.
Jesus can even turn back the clock on the aging process. For example, I’ve heard of many testimonies where God touched someone’s body and although they are still their biological age, their physical body was years younger.
I’ve heard of people who had heart problems and God healed them, and when they went to the doctor, the cardiologist said that they may be 65 but have the heart of a 20 year old.
Francis Hunter received a creative miracle—a brand new heart when she was in her 70’s or 80’s. God is not only able to heal, but He can also replace organs with brand new ones. God’s warehouse in heaven of spare body parts is accessed through faith.
I’ve heard of cases where women who were around 45-50, that God touched their body and it was as if they were 30 years old again in terms of fertility and they conceived, had healthy pregnancies and gave birth to perfectly normal children. They even looked younger than their natural age.
I’ve heard testimonies where someone’s vision or hearing was failing, but God restored it as if they were young again. These are just a few examples of testimonies I’ve personally heard of where God turned back the aging process.
If there are dreams in your life that have died out, Jesus says to you: “Fear not, but only believe. I am not a man that I should lie, nor the son of man that I should change My mind. What I said, will I not do? What I have spoken, will I not make it good?”
If you have received promises from the Lord, and many confirmations along the way, that God said He was going to do a certain thing for you and yet it seems as if too much time has elapsed … maybe now it’s too late … it’s unrealistic … it’s beyond hope – Jesus says to you:
“Fear not, but only believe. What’s impossible for man is possible with God. Even Abraham, being not weak in faith, considered not his own body now being dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:19-21)
When Jairus got the news that his daughter was dead, Jesus’ reply was that she wasn’t dead, she was just sleeping. As in the case with Lazarus, Jesus knew in advance what He was going to do. He was planning on resurrecting her from the dead, as an illustration to us that He can resurrect any situation, dream, marriage or promise.
Vision I Had in 2011 About Jesus Raising Marriages From the Dead. Prophetic Words from Harp & Bowl Meeting
During the Harp & Bowl meeting, I saw a vision. In the vision, the setting was a chapel with a small stage or platform. I saw Jesus, and He was dressed in a long white robe. He was standing at the front of the chapel on the ground floor level in front of the center of the platform, in front of the pulpit on the stage in back of Him.
Right in front of Him on the floor level was a white adult casket which was open. (From my vantage point at the entrance to the chapel, Jesus stood on the ground floor level behind the casket.)
I knew Jesus was beckoning me to come and see who or what was in the casket. I slowly walked down the middle aisle of the chapel and looked down inside the casket. The casket was lined with white satin and lace. I was stunned when I saw two gold wedding bands lying side by side in the casket.
I remained very quiet and did not say a word. Then I looked up and looked into Jesus’ eyes. Then Jesus said to me, “Do you believe that I can raise the dead?”
End of vision.
Now years later (2017), I believe Jesus was referring to Benny and Suzanne Hinn’s divorce, which happened around that time between 2010-2013. But a few years later (2013), God resurrected their dead relationship and they remarried on March 3, 2013. It was a miracle.
The vision also applies to other marriages that are dead or struggling.
God also wants to restore youthful functioning to married couples as well. God can do creative miracles.
Jesus wants to heal and restore marriages. He is able to bring resurrection life to a lifeless situation. Jesus is the mender of a broken heart. Nothing is impossible with the Lord.
Luke 1:37 (Amplified)
For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.