Forerunners, Unifiers and The Army of God
– A Prophetic Vision and Insight
Today’s podcast is going to be an interesting one!
What I’m sharing on this specific podcast is about a Vision that I had when my husband and I were first engaged.
I was staying in his parent’s home and my husband had his own house, about 10 miles away. We spent a lot of time talking together and praying and just contemplating what our future would look like in The LORD, and how he was going to use us, when Steve would come over to spend time with me after work.
One evening I had gone into the living room of my in-laws to play the piano and worship and sing to The LORD, and while I was worshiping Him and enjoying being in His presence, I had what would be described as a screen being dropped out in front of my eyes take place, and I had a very visual picture to watch or as the Bible would call it, a Vision.
I saw myself running across some semi-rocky land and Steve was behind me. He was trying to direct a group of individuals to stay in line and be in unity together.
All of us had what looked to be like a stretchy headband wrapped around our heads and across our foreheads . Attached on the front of these were round lights like miner’s lamps.
Some of lights on the people in the line where Steve was trying to get them to come into unity and walk together would flicker and not come on brightly. Others were very bright and consistently steady.
I was running ahead like a scout and the word “Forerunner” came into my mind as I was running ahead.
I turned around and looked at what Steve was doing and he was trying to stop these individuals from elbowing each other and fighting over whose theology was the most correct.
Above the heads of these individuals I noted that there were Denominational Church organizational names and also nondenominational titles.
I turned back around and continued my scouting and forerunning and was jogging at a relaxed pace, but I knew I was heading towards something in front of me that I needed to get to.
The path had embedded rocks and bumps that I had to avoid so I wouldn’t trip. The lamp or miner’s light strapped to my forehead kept a bright light steadily beaming in front of me.
Suddenly, in front of me, was a large chasm or a gap and I had to stop and pull back so I wouldn’t fall headlong into the huge gap.
There was no possible human way to run and jump over it and I was at a dead stop staring over the edge.
Intuitively, I knew I needed to get to the other side and that there was something very important for me to engage in and be a part of.
But! I didn’t see a ladder or a bridge long enough or safe enough in any direction, to try to cross over with.
I heard a Voice in the Vision tell me to take a step of Faith, and that as I walked forward, not in my own strength, not in my own might or power, but in The Spirit, that I would make it safely to the other side.
I remember feeling hesitant and thinking I needed to warn Steve.
I turned around and told him I’m going to take a leap of Faith to get to the other side. He looked at me and seem to understand what I was doing and turned around and tried to tell the other individuals that they were going to have to lean upon God‘s Power and Might and supernatural ability, to get them all to the other side.
I once again turned around and backed up and took a running leap across this wide chasm. I was immediately on the other side and waited for Steve.
I realized that I had to do this on my own, with The LORD, and not depend upon Steve to get me to where The LORD wanted me to be. Nor could I get him there. We were each responsible to trust in The LORD with all of our heart.
It was as if I was lifted back over the chasm for a moment so I could observe what was taking place with Steve and the others.
Several of the individuals who were irritated that others were not listening to their great rhetoric and interpretation of things, began to break loose and run forward while telling everyone how they were going to make it across the gap/ chasm.
Several of them literally walked off the edge of the cliff into the chasm due to not paying attention, and fell completely to the bottom.
Others were fighting and several were in fear and would not attempt a leap of Faith.
They wanted to build a structure or devise a plan to get them there. Their lights were flickering very low by this point.
Steve finally said, “I have to go”, and he too, took a running leap of Faith and threw his arms upward, eyes closed, trusting in The LORD’s provision to get him over the chasm. He met me standing on the other side of this wide gap.
Immediately We Became Members of a Large Army
Everyone was dressed in a White Robe and had different colors of Sashes to indicate which Battalion or Team of Army Members they were marching with.
Everyone’s headband with the lamp on the front of it was brilliantly white and the lamps were shining intensely!
Everyone was in order and marching in unison, with thousands of members.
Overhead There Was Something Like Artillery Fire Taking Place in the Sky
It seemed as if there were missiles and different kinds of weaponry clashing above us, but we were all marching calmly and firmly in unity and we knew we were marching under the direction of our Leader, King, Jesus Christ.
Shortly after this surprising Vision I “came to myself” again and sat there and pondered what I had seen, for a very long time.
Steve and I have often talked about this and have often shared the details with each other again as we l pray and ask The LORD why he would show it to us at that time, and what we were being prepared for.
Christian Allegiances Are “Strange and Strained Affairs”
Many denominations and non-denominational groups as well as progressive and New Age influenced churches have chosen to embrace a corporate world structure and more eagerly, “hunker down” into a “murky version” of The Word of God.
Many have embraced the cultural pressure to push away pure living, and interpret The Word of God to fit the current day embracing of immoral sexuality and freethinking on many levels.
The current blathering intellectuals of the era mock and criticize those who choose to live a morally and biblically pure and truthful application of God’s Word.
You know, It just not “cool or hip” right now to not be a little edgy and nasty!
I believe that in the Vision that I had, those who were elbowing and arguing and posturing while on their way to what they felt was an event (that would be in fact an important moment in the collective body of Christ), these individuals had “dimmed” their approach to allowing their minds to be renewed and cleansed by The Word of God.
I believe the headbands that weakly flickered with the mining lights were symbols of what they fed their minds with, weakening their discernment.
Those who were focused on having their minds renewed by The Word of God, being illuminated by His Word, and having their minds renewed had no wavering or angst taking place.
Those that were fighting and pontificating the most, had the dimming lamps that flickered and seemed to short out, and they insisted that adaptations and adjustments could be made according to the way that they interpreted faith and how to walk with Christ.
They refused to listen to anyone else and they refused to have any kind of unity, but needed to push forward to prove their point.
When Steve kept telling them in the Vision that they had to be unified and that they had to be humble and to humbly care for one another as brothers in The LORD, they became all the more enraged, condescending, and began to rush ahead in arrogance and with great irritability.
One individual was walking backwards, lecturing everyone and literally fell over the cliff edge into the chasm, screaming all the way down.
So Where Are We?
Anyone who is doing all they know to do to have a close walk with The LORD right now at this time, who desires to hear what The Spirit of The LORD is saying to the churches and us individually, is fully aware of the deceptive clouds of wickedness and filth hovering over the world.
Lying has become an honored and cunning attribute in order to confuse, control, and break other human beings.
Sadly, many in the faith have chosen to become rabid political activists to the point that it’s all that they devour and think about day and night.
They shun anyone who will not listen to them and certainly have embraced on many levels, the message of a “one world unified socialist lifestyle”.
This is where a great delusion has been allowed to deceive many. Second Thessalonians 2:11 warned us about this!
“Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false.”
There Is Going to Be a Lot of Godlessness in the Last Days
In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 we have quite the strong warning about how it was going to roll out and unfold. (I think that we are already there.)
“So! Understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, but treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but they deny its power. Avoid such people.” (Emphasis added).
Wow! Avoid These People?
These are strong and difficult words to hear aren’t they?
When I was forerunning ahead in the Vision, I believe it was a indicator of a prophetic forerunner seeing the things to come as well as seeing what God was asking of his people, as the world became more corrupt and dark, and decisions that were difficult that were coming, were about to be made.
The entire time I was running I was watching and looking to make sure that my feet would not trip, and when I came to the edge of the chasm I knew that I had to completely abandon myself, to everything that I could possibly fashion or create in my mind, leaving behind the hopeful use of any personal skills to get to the other side of where God wanted me to be.
There Was No Possibility to Run and Jump and Make It on My Own
I had to abandon myself to the fact that God said to take a leap of faith. That I must trust Him spirit, soul, and body, to be moved into position in His kingdom where I would be in unity marching with His great army of servants.
Somehow in my spirit, in the Vision, I knew that Steve was going to be okay and also knew that we had to individually make a choice to trust God completely with our lives, no matter what difficulties we were about to face.
There was great sadness on Steve’s face when he turned around and knew he had to now leave those who were rushing ahead and jumping or still arguing on the edge of the chasm, and that it was his time to risk everything and take a step of faith out into the unknown.
The minute Steve arrived on the other side of the chasm with me we were side-by-side marching to the sound of thousands of feet in unison and voices praising God.
There was a look of determination and sobriety on every face that was in every battalion of people, but everyone knew why they were there, and what they were being assigned to.
The flashes of light and military type of war going on above us was constant but no one broke rank and everyone was marching in the battalion that they were a part of.
Praise and powerful prayers were coming out of all of all of the people’s mouths as they raised their hands forward in honor of what was up ahead, which I believe was King Jesus himself.
In Joel 2:11 it says
“The LORD utters his voice before his army,
For his camp is exceedingly great;
He who executes his word is powerful.
For the day of The LORD is great and very awesome;
Who can endure it?”
Now, I will not presume to try to unpack all that is going on in the earth today, nor will I say that I understand all of the applications of The Book of Revelation or End Time thoughts.
What I will say is that The LORD has told us that the difficult days would come and that antichrists and deceivers would rise up from among us, even trying to deceive the very elect, God’s own precious, set apart children.
1 John 4:3 tells this clearly!
Every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
You see, this is a time where God is already showing those who have ears to hear what He is saying and that we are being called to take great steps and leaps of trust and faith in Him, like we have never, EVER done before.
It’s scary out there in the world, and tyrants and wicked men and women defy and mock anything that interferes with their corruption and filth.
They are absolutely not interested in the sound of the voice of The LORD or in his people challenging them. But this is where our faith and trust in God must exceed and excel.
It is a time where you and I must continually and constantly renew our minds by intentionally reading and listening to The Word of God.
How many times a day do people check the social media updates and news feeds on their phones and iPads? Is this where the light of Christ is found and minds are renewed?
No. It’s a place where distractions and debates and the opinions of man drown out truth and any trust in God.
Run Away From the Pack
Believers! Get a firm pace going in your pursuit of The Truth!
Be aware of those snares and rocks placed there to intentionally get you to change course or quit and become part of the world’s narratives!
There’s no need to figure out what you are going to do in tough times if you stay close to The Word and Voice of God!
He absolutely WILL guide you, and His word IS the lamp for your feet and the light that will keep your path lit up as you journey through dark days!
“Your Word is a Lamp to my feet , AND a Light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105).
In closing, I encourage you to allow The LORD, to do a deep purging and searching of your heart.
Don’t push away where he is trying to get you to give up your own, personal opinions about how things are to be done in a time where recklessness and chaos are rewarded.
Get quiet and be still in His Presence, and ask Him to tell you exactly what to do.
He Will Direct You Through His Word!
He will bring people across your path who are either like-minded or who will point the way to absolute sustaining truth.
Stay away from those who are so full of themselves, and who love the sound of their own voices, so that there is no room for tenderness and dialogue for a soul that is hungering after God.
You and I Are Right Now, a Part of the Great Army of God
We are to march to the sound of His voice and have our voices raised in praise of who He is and in declaration that we are of another Kingdom.
Even if it seems as if nothing is changing or that God is at a distance, we are not to walk by how we feel, or how things look around us.
We are to be determined to be in union and in communication by the spirit with the Spirit of the living God.
Ask The LORD to draw you close to Him. Choose to run after Him!
Don’t wait for others to lead you or guide you to answer the questions that you have in your heart right now.
Jesus by the Holy Spirit is able to speak clearly to you and he is able to give you direction, because, He IS the great I AM.
He IS wisdom.
He IS light!
And, He has promised…
…To never leave us in the dark.
“Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” John 8:12.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.