In a vision, I sensed that I was standing beside the LORD. In the vision, I saw men and women walking across a barren, rocky appearing landscape. In the distance, I saw high craggy mountains.
I saw the openings of many caves in the mountains. The clothing the men and women wore appeared to be robes and mantles. I noticed that each man and woman also held a long staff in their hand.
The bottoms of the staffs had a sharp point. The tops of the staffs were curved. The men and women appeared to be of advanced age. Yet I sensed their age pertained more to spiritual maturity and wisdom than actual years.
“Who are these people, LORD?’ I asked.
“Apostles,” the LORD replied.
I continued to watch the apostles as they roamed across the barren landscape. Each apostle stopped at a certain place and began to inspect the ground. After inspecting the ground, they began to remove rocks and debris from these areas. After they had removed the rocks and debris from these areas, they began to dig into the ground.
“What are they doing, LORD?” I asked.
“They are reopening stopped-up wells,” the LORD replied.
The apostles continued to dig until the wells were unstopped. Yet there was no water in the wells. The apostles fell face down before the wells and began to pray for the wells to be filled with water.
“Arise and hold your staffs out over the mouths of the wells,” the LORD instructed the apostles.
The apostles did as the LORD had instructed them. As they held their staffs out over the mouths of the wells, the wells began to fill with water.
“Go and call the prophets from their caves,” the LORD instructed the apostles.
The apostles began to trudge towards the mountains. When they reached the mountains, they stopped and gazed upwards. “Come out of your caves!” the apostles cried out.
I also gazed upwards. I began to notice many men and women emerging from caves in the sides of the mountains. They all appeared thin, and were wearing ragged clothing. Some of the men and women appeared to be bound in some manner. All of the men and women appeared to have wounds of varying severity.
“Who are these men and women?” I asked the LORD.
“My prophets,”the LORD replied.
“Come down from the mountains!” the apostles cried out to the prophets.
I watched as the prophets began to climb down the sides of the mountains. The prophets who were bound needed the assistance of some of the other prophets in order to descend down the sides of the mountains.
The apostles began to lead the prophets towards the wells. Some of the prophets were walking slower than the rest of the group. A few of the apostles walked behind these slower prophets and began to goad them to walk faster by prodding them with the sharp pointed end of their staffs.
Some of the apostles hooked the curved end of their staffs around the prophets who were bound in order to keep them with the rest of the group of prophets.
When the apostles and prophets reached the wells, they formed into small groups. Each apostle had at least one prophet in their group. Some of the apostles had many prophets in their groups.
The prophets who were bound were ministered to by some of the apostles, and were set free of what was binding them.
The apostles began to draw water from the wells. They brought the water to each of the prophets and urged them to drink. I saw that as the prophets drank of the water, they began to be healed of their wounds.
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3.
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14.
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38.
The apostles began to give instructions to each of the prophets in their groups. They presented each prophet with some water from the wells they had drunk from.
They then began to send the prophets forth with instructions to minister in certain places and to certain people. Some of the prophets set forth immediately with their water to perform their duties of ministry.
Some of the prophets resisted when they were told they would be returning to minister to people and in places where they had been abused, misused, or driven away. The apostles ministered intensely to these prophets.
Yet some of the prophets continued to refuse to return to the people or to the places where they had been wounded. These prophets turned and walked back to the mountains. They returned to the caves where they had been dwelling before being called forth by the apostles.
I watched as the prophets began to share the water from the wells with the people and in places where they had been sent to minister. Some of the prophets who had been sent back to people and to places where they had been wounded poisoned the water before giving it out for others to drink.
“Why are they doing this?” I cried to the LORD. “Why are they poisoning the water?”
“They cannot forgive and refuse to let go of the wrongs from the past,”the LORD replied.
I watched as some of the apostles searched out the prophets who were poisoning the water. They ministered successfully to some of these prophets.
They were able to bring these prophets to repentance and to being able to forgive those who had wounded them. The restored prophets were then able to offer pure water to the people and in the places where they had been sent to minister.
Some of these prophets, however, resisted the discipline of the apostles. They turned away and returned to the caves in the mountains.
“For a season,”the LORD said to me, “I supplied these caves for a place of refuge for many of My prophets who had been wounded.
These caves, however, were never intended to become a permanent place of habitation. Those of My prophets who have returned to the caves that once protected them will die spiritually within those same caves.”
The LORD has impressed on my heart that this is a time where the ministry of the apostolic and the prophetic will be restored to people and in places where it was once resisted.
Many of those in the prophetic ministry first are in need of intense healing and deliverance from past wounds inflicted upon them before they can be restored to health in order to minister to the LORD’s body effectively.
To accomplish this, the LORD is raising-up and sending forth spiritual fathers and mothers moving in the apostolic ministry to discipline, instruct, and at times reprimand wounded prophets.
This apostolic ministry often will be misunderstood and be accused of being judgmental, harsh and/or unloving. Those in the prophetic ministry who resist forgiving those who wounded them, will poison the messages with the bitterness contained in their hearts that the LORD desires them to share with others.
The LORD’s will is to bring His people, His Church, His Bride, to a place of mourning for sins, to repentance, and to spiritual health and wholeness so He can send them to bring the lost to salvation.
God desires to pour out His Spirit on the lost as water is poured out. It is God’s will to strengthen and prepare His people for His return.
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb…..
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be…..
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely,” Revelation 22:1,12,17.
~ Hollie L. Moody