I had a very interesting dream just before the changing of the new year from five, seven, seven, eight to five, seven, seven, nine. I was actually in Norway at the time, but I believe that this dream actually has great relevance to the people and the body of Christ.
In the dream, I had a vision in the dream. I know that that sounds kind of crazy, but I saw what was coming in the dream. And in the dream, I saw that these two guys were coming, and they had a very particular assignment to break leaders that are Apostolic prophetic leaders, reformation leaders.
In my dream, that was represented by my husband, but I really believe that this is a word that goes out to those that are trying to bring God’s reformation in the earth today. And in the dream, they came, they ripped the shirt off of his back, they spread poison along his back and then they took this metal rod. This guy took this metal rod, and begin to beat my husband’s back.
Now, when you think symbolically, the back is where a man carries his burden. A back is where a man carries his strength, and I believe that God is showing us that the enemy wants to come and he wants to attack our strength. He wants to attack where we’ve been carrying our vision, where we’ve been carrying our burden. And the enemy comes in, and he wants to spread poison. He wants to stir up discord. He wants to stir things up, and he wants to beat our back. He wants to beat us until we break. That’s what happened in the dream.
Now remember, I was seeing what the enemy wanted to do. So in the dream, we alerted the authorities and the authorities came. And when the attack came, rather than them being able to carry it out, the authorities actually captured the attackers and they took them outside, they stripped the shirt off of their backs and they took the metal rod out of their hand, and they put it in our hand instead and said, “Go ahead and beat the back of your enemy.” I’m sorry if that’s a little violent for some of you, but that was my dream.
Now, the interesting thing about this dream was that, I knew the name of the man that was coming to attack and in the dream, his name was Rabshakeh. So, when I woke up from my dream, I was writing my dream down and I thought, “What in the world does Rabshakeh mean?” That sounded like a reggae band to me. I had no idea what that meant.
But as I looked it up in the Scripture, I actually found the story in first Chronicles chapter 37 and 38, Second Chronicles 37 and 38, and it’s really the story of Sennacherib who was the king of Assyria who had come through Israel, he had Israel and Judah had divided and Israel had gone apostate. And he comes through and he destroyed all the cities of Judah. And now he was laying siege to Jerusalem under the reign of the righteous reforming King, Hezekiah.
Now let me tell you, Hezekiah was turning people back to God, renewing their heart for worship, renewing their love of the law of God. He was overthrowing the temples of Baal and Ashtoreth. He was a righteous, godly man, and yet, his city got besieged.
Let me tell you something, some of you are wondering, why in the world? What have I done wrong to find myself in a place of besiegement? The answer could be, you’ve done nothing wrong. The answer could be, you’re reformer moving forward. Now, you’ll have to let the Holy Spirit speak to you to make sure that there’s not anything that God’s after in your heart. But let me just say, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve done something wrong when you find yourself besieged.
So, Sennacherib, who was this cruel evil … I mean, he was historically, one of the most violent kings that we’ve ever seen in history. As a matter of fact, it was about him that Isaiah wrote the words when he said, “No weapon formed against you will prosper,” because Sennacherib was always devising these super cool ways to torture people. It sounds like the devil, doesn’t it?
I mean, it sounds like a personification of the devil. So, who was Rabshakeh? Well, when he laid siege to the city, he sent his chief prince. That’s what Rabshakeh means, chief prince. See? I think it’s a principality that’s assigned against reformation. It’s a spirit of resistance. And he sent him out to basically, give terms of surrender.
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