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      Zion is Giving Birth – Part Two
      Julie Volby

      May 16, 2004
      I submit the following to you with great fear and trembling and at the same time with great joy and
      hope. I know it is only God who can provide a way to experience all of these things at once. I pray you
      would carefully consider what is shared. Please test, discern and pray about what the Lord may show
      you concerning these things.

      On 04/03/04 the Lord allowed me to release a revelation He was unfolding to me regarding Zion
      giving birth in one day, the one day being the Third Day or the Third Millennial year that we are now
      living in since Jesus physically walked the earth. This article was sent out across the internet a week
      later. I received many confirmations, revelations, dreams, and visions from people all over the world
      having seen the ‘baby’ or Manchild being birthed. I believe this Manchild as spoken of in Revelation
      12 is the Manchild of our destiny in Christ as He is continuing to reveal Himself through a many
      membered Son or ‘one new man’. I also shared about bringing one’s faith, which is the currency of
      heaven, into God’s Storehouse or Treasury Room. This brought about a revelation and exhortation to
      the Joseph Company or Remnant of Overseers to RISE UP and leave the prison of maturity and
      equipping and to begin to move into their God given destinies in Christ. Please see the first article for
      supporting Scripture and understanding. Zion Is Giving Birth.

      Today, I feel another release to share the continued unfolding revelation concerning Zion giving birth.
      Since the first article was written I have experienced a fair amount of what the Lord showed me was
      like ‘turbulence’. I was led to study a bit more about turbulence and found the following:

      Webster’s dictionary definition:

      Turbulence - the quality or state of being turbulent, wild commotion, irregular atmospheric motion
      especially when characterized by up-and-down currents, departure in a fluid from a smooth flow.

      I also found an article that described ‘turbulence’ as ‘air pockets’ described as “irregular air motion
      that normally cannot be seen and often occurs unexpectedly. It can be created by a number of different
      conditions, including atmospheric pressures, jet streams, cold or warm fronts or thunderstorms.
      Turbulence can occur when the sky appears to be clear.

      Flying in medium air turbulence is like driving a car through a road with lots of pot-holes. Severe air
      turbulence can cause abrupt changes in aircraft airspeed and even temporary loss of control.

      Generally, flying through turbulence of the milder nature, if prolonged, can be fairly uncomfortable to
      the passengers. If such turbulence is detectable by the weather radar or from weather forecast, pilots
      would avoid them by deviating off track.

      Flying through severe turbulence can result in injuries to crew and passengers if they are caught
      unaware and without seatbelts. So, have your seatbelts on whenever you are seated at all times.” -
      Source: Federal Aviation Administration.

      I felt the Lord showing me that as we continue to ascend higher and higher in the Spirit, that we would
      encounter some ‘turbulence’ or ‘air pockets’ that were really just portals into higher realms of His glory.
      From glory to glory we shall ascend! I believe He is calling us to fasten our seat belts (belts of Truth)
      and let Him pilot this “flying temple” or mobile Tabernacle of God. We are to remain in our seats or
      seated with Him in the heavenly places in a position of deep rest and secure trust in Him. I believe we
      will eventually leave the ‘earth’s’ atmosphere or the limitations of our own flesh (the earth representing
      the dust we are made of) and be as rockets propelled into ‘outer space’ in which nothing can hold us
      back, including gravity. I know I am sounding a little ‘spacey’, but please bear with me as I paint this
      prophetic picture for you. I believe we are not going to have to physically leave the earth to see the
      glory of God manifested in His Temple (not made with human hands), which is what He is building us
      together into. This is laid out in the following verses of Scripture.
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      Ephesians 2:21-22 says, “In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously,
      and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated,
      consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you
      yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling
      place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit” (Amplified Bible).

      Because we are progressively being called into a time of CORPORATE ANOINTING, which is what
      the Third Day or Feast of Tabernacles (Feast of Ingathering) is all about, I feel led to share the
      following dream and its interpretation with you. It is burning on my heart as I write and therefore believe
      that it is a “Kairos” or “NOW” word.

      On Sunday, 05/09/04, right before going to bed, I was led to pray for all of my friends, family and those
      that the Lord has been bringing alongside me in ministry. After praying I saw this large cobra in the
      spirit lifting its head toward me. I remember seeing this cobra type snake when a wave of witchcraft
      was released against the church a couple years ago. However, this serpent was much larger,
      especially the head. I saw this serpent as if he were the dragon waiting to devour the Manchild to be
      birthed out of the woman. The revelation of who this Manchild is was discussed in the first article.

      Revelation 12:1-2 says, “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with
      the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried
      out in labor and in pain to give birth.”

      It goes on to say in Revelation 12:3-4, “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery
      red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third
      of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was
      ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.”

      Upon still seeing this serpent in the spirit, I began to praise and worship the Lord as I fell into a rather
      restless sleep. I then had this intense dream.

      Dream of 05/09/04

      I was in a closet type room with my two physical brothers. The walls and shelves in the room were
      painted white. My brother, Joe, had a pet snake in a fish tank sitting on a high shelf in the room. There
      was actually water in the fish tank also and at least two fish swimming in it. I scooped the two fish out
      and for some reason decided not to use them and put them back in with the net. One fish was healthy
      looking and the other looked terribly sick, blackened and diseased. Then I noticed a snail crawling on
      the inside of the tank and wondered what the snake ate. Suddenly it lashed out its tongue and ate the
      snail! It kind of jolted me and I told my brothers that we must leave the room. As we exited the room
      the snake suddenly emerged out of the tank (at least the head did) and his long, thin, tongue lashed
      out and nearly missed my youngest brother's head. We closed the door behind us as we left.

      Next we were all sleeping in a single bed just outside the room with the snake. All three of us were
      uncomfortably scrunched into it. I awoke (in the dream) and realized that this little bed we were in was
      actually aligned longitudinally along the end of a full size bed. I woke my brothers up and asked if one
      of them wanted to crawl up into the other bed so there would be more room. I thought Jeff moved up
      there, but later realized that I was the one who had moved up to the full size bed. Suddenly, somehow I
      realized what had happened with the snake. I knew that someone had been practicing witchcraft and
      voodoo and they just needed to take this 'porcelain doll's head’ and touch it to something to activate
      the spell.

      No sooner had I realized this, then I knew that they were approaching the front door. I crawled across
      the full size bed and walked to the front door of the house we were in. I opened the door to find this
      woman coming up the driveway with the porcelain doll's head to complete the spell. At the same time I
      saw out of the corner of my eye the angel of death standing in the shadows in the corner behind me.
      As the woman (witch) approached the door I knew she was planning to finish her spell and I stood
      there in her way. The fear was so thick I could literally cut it with a knife. I could barely speak and the
      only words that I could use against her was "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus..."
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      End of Dream.

      I awoke (for real) saying this to myself over and over and over. I could still sense the fear and see in
      the spirit the snake in my midst. I just kept saying “Jesus” and then began praising and worshipping
      the Lord for the victory. Even though I could see the large cobra's head in my midst I thanked the Lord
      that it was all a lie and that it was actually under my feet. Suddenly I saw a big foot came crashing
      down upon the serpent's head. It was a really big foot! I know it was the Lord's Foot. I was rejoicing in
      the victory of the Cross and believing the feet of My Savior have already trampled the father of lies as
      the Lord prepares and is releasing the Remnant into her destiny in Him.

      I have since then had a series of dreams almost every night for over a week. I have been given partial
      interpretation for some of them and continue to wait on the Lord for further revelation. Most of them
      seem to be related to this particular dream in one way or another. I want to point out that I am usually
      not much of a ‘dreamer’, but in the past few years have been given more and more dreams, with
      increasing intensity and depth of meaning. To start with, I sought the Lord for interpretation on a
      personal level in which I received some understanding in the form of a personal warning, but in my
      spirit I knew there was more. I asked the Lord to show me the kairos revelation and I believe He
      answered. I believe that the interpretation is not only personal, but also Corporate.

      This past week various things have transpired to point me in the direction of the understanding of this
      dream and some of the others. I cannot get into all of it at this time because it would take too long to
      explain. So, I will highlight the things that were revealed to me in an attempt to explain how I was led to
      the interpretation of the dream. As I had seen the gigantic foot of the Lord come down to crush the
      serpent’s head, I was reminded of a vision my friend Pastor Vincent Xavier had shared with me
      earlier in the day before having the dream. He had been at a conference that weekend and the Lord
      had given him a vision of the Lord’s Feet walking in the earth. He said as the Lord walked, the
      mountains were trembling and the earth was quaking. He said the Lord said He was coming for His
      own and the earth was His and He was taking it back. He was given Habakkuk 3 for understanding. I
      then felt the Lord tell me to study His Feet. The following verse seemed to come alive through my own
      vision of His Foot as the Lord spoke to the serpent:

      Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her
      Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

      It is clear that the Seed that God is speaking of in this verse is Jesus Christ and His complete and
      total victory over Satan on the Cross. All of us have been given access to this same power, yet we do
      not yet see the full manifestation on the earth as stated in the following Scriptures:

      Psalm 110:1, “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your

      1 Corinthians 15:24-25, “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when
      He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies
      under his feet.”

      It is clear to me that if we are the Body of Christ and Jesus is the preeminent Head, then we are to
      function as HIS FEET through His direction in bringing an end to all rule and all authority and power of
      the evil one. I have much more to share regarding this, but will have to stop for now to continue with the
      unfolding interpretation of the dream.

      I later sat down to read my Bible. As I began reading, I suddenly remembered the name of the witch in
      my dream had been “Ashtoreth”. I thought it was interesting and recalled hearing that name
      somewhere in the Bible. After a bit of research I learned that she was an Old Testament Canaanite
      goddess of love, fertility and lust that the Israelites committed adultery with. They forsook the Lord to
      serve Baal and Ashtoreth. I noted this and didn't feel led to study any more at that time.

      Friday morning (04/14/05), after having a series of 3 more dreams I awoke and began to study
      Scriptures about the Fullness of Christ as He had directed. I turned on my computer and decided to
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      check the online news. The following article caught my eye:


      Lesbian Rabbi Finally Gets Turn As Bride
      After Performing Countless Weddings, Lesbian Rabbi Finally Gets Her Own Marriage Rights

      The Associated Press

      I was quite surprised that I had not heard anything recently in the news about the gay unions. I also was
      saddened to see that the Jewish religion was allowing gay unions and Rabbis into the ministry.
      Please note that I am not highlighting this article because the couple in question happen to be Jewish,
      but am more concerned right now about the couple being of the same gender. This reminded me of
      the dream I had the night before the dream containing the snake and Ashtoreth. In the dream two
      lesbian women at a “Woodstock” type gathering confronted me. I did not know what to make of that
      dream, but after having the second dream I began to see a connection.

      Let me also state that I am at a place in my walk with the Lord in which I know the enemy is a defeated
      foe through Jesus FINISHED WORK on the CROSS. So, studying spiritual warfare type things is
      something I am no longer drawn to, as the Lord had called me to ‘come up higher’ to the Third Heaven
      or Third Day perspective. I do believe what Ephesians 1:17-22 says that Christ was raised from the
      dead and seated in the heavenly places FAR ABOVE all principality and power and might and
      dominion. So, if we are in Christ as a new creation, then this is also where we are to live and abide
      positionally in Him.

      However, with that said, I still felt led to do a little more research on Ashtoreth and found that Astoreth
      was not only known as the goddess of love, fertility and lust, but also a goddess of war and also
      believed by some to be known as the ‘queen of heaven’. I found the following definitions on the

      Strong's Exhaustive Concordance: Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary:
      "6252. Ashtarowth ... or Ashtaroth ... the name of a Sidonian diety ... : —Ashtaroth."
      "6253. Ashtoreth ... the Phoenician goddess of love (and increase): —Ashtoreth."
      Webster's New World College Dictionary:
      "Astarte ... a Semitic goddess of fertility and sexual love, worshiped by the Phoenicians and others:
      see also ASHTORETH, ISHTAR."
      "Ashtoreth ... the ancient Phoenician and Syrian goddess of love and fertility: identified with
      "Ishtar ... see ASHTORETH ... the goddess of love, fertility, and war."
      Encyclopedia Britannica:
      "Astarte/Ashtoreth is the Queen of Heaven to whom the Canaanites had burned incense and poured
      Encyclopedia Britannica:
      "Through her identification with the Greek Aphrodite and the Roman Venus, Inanna-Ishtar, the queen
      of heaven, still survives in Roman Catholic iconography - e.g., as the Virgin Mary standing on the

      I was then led to the following Scripture verses.
      Judges 2:11-18
          11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals;
          12 And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt;
             and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them,
             and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger.
          13 They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Astoreths.
          14 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of
             plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around,
             so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
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          15 Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity, as the Lord had
              said, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed.
          16 Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who
              plundered them.
          17 Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed
              down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the
              commandments of the Lord; they did not do so.
          18 And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them
              out of the hand of their enemies, all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by
              their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them.
      I was very surprised because on 11/21/02 a trusted friend had give me Judges 2:12 along with
      Judges 2:18. At the time we had no idea what the Lord was referring to when she gave these verses
      to me. We had not been in much contact in recent months and suddenly this week for some reason we
      reconnected. This same friend shared that she had just had a strange dream containing lesbians
      hiding. She had recently been at a church function where she discerned two of the women there were
      lesbians. She thought perhaps this is what sparked the dream. I thought it was interesting that she
      would have a dream with similar contents in the same time frame.

      I was also been reminded of a series of 3 dreams another friend had late last year and earlier this
      year. At the time I somehow had partial interpretation that it had to do with the homosexual agenda
      being pushed forward specifically by the females or lesbians. These are not things either of us had
      been led to intercede about, so it was strange to have it come up. I believe she had these dreams
      right before the first same sex marriages were performed in San Francisco of which I learned the first
      couple to be married were female. These unions were later halted by the State of California and not
      recognized at that level. My friend’s dream also contained 3 snakes (boa constrictors) that were in a
      bag trying to get out.

      The same day she had the dream, I found out that a fellow co-worker had passed away. He had taken
      a leave of absence, so I had not seen him in months. As soon as I heard of his passing, I suddenly
      somehow 'knew' that he had had AIDS. While he was openly gay, it was not openly known if he had
      AIDS. It was very sad as I found out how many had tried to minister to him. I felt that perhaps this was
      confirmation of the interpretation I had for the dreams, though we still await full understanding. I also
      realized that this was not about some controversial agenda, but was in fact a matter of life and death.

      Saturday (05/15/04) as I watched the news and another program, it was evident that something major
      was going on with the gay marriage agenda as I could see the spirit of perversion flooding this Nation.
      The story I saw on the news was unreal to me. It was about a same sex couple (women) and the
      children they birthed through artificial insemination with a gay couple (men) and how they were a
      happy 'family' unit. Then I felt the Lord tell me that on Monday (05/17/04) an even stronger spirit of
      perversion, lust and homosexuality was going to be unleashed over the United States. I believe this
      spirit may be the spiritual strongman of Ashtoreth or the Queen of Heaven (see Jeremiah 7:17-18),
      which I confronted at the door in my dream. I felt the Lord say that the door would open to the full
      workings of this spirit through the first gay unions that would take place legally in the state of
      Massachusetts on Monday. I found the following article as well.


      This is just a portion of the article if you click on the link above.

      May 15, 2004 — For better or for worse, depending on which side of the ideological aisle one
      chooses, a divided America crosses a historic threshold Monday as state-approved marriages of
      same-sex couples take place for the first time.

      I thought it was interesting that this story has not been making the major headlines, nor did I find this
      topic highlighted on any of the other major news websites. It seems most people are focused on the
      war in Iraq and all the perversion and violence taking place there. This could be related to my friend's
      earlier dream as everyone was focused on a roulette wheel with a ball of flesh (perhaps representing
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      the unknown outcome of these ‘war games’). An even deadlier thing lied in wait behind a wall, which I
      believe this to be.
      With all of that laid out I now hope to provide the interpretation of the dream to you.

      Interpretation of Dream from 05/09/04

      I believe the fact that my dream contained my two brothers and I was significant. At first I thought it
      represented my physical brothers, but as I sought the Lord I realized that He was painting a prophetic
      picture of the Church for me. You see, in the natural I am the oldest of three children. Jeff is the
      youngest and Joe is in the middle. I believe the significance of this is that the youngest brother
      represents those believers standing in the Outer Court of God’s Temple. They know Jesus as Savior
      and have experienced Passover, but have not come into a deeper knowledge of God. I believe the
      middle brother represents those believers that have entered into the Holy Place of knowing Jesus as
      both Lord and Savior. They have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or Feast of Pentecost and
      move in the gifts of the Spirit. They also know the ins and outs of spiritual warfare as they battle with
      the enemy in this soul realm. I believe that since I am the oldest, I represent the believers that have
      matured into Christ and stand in the Holy of Holies. They have entered behind the veil of the flesh and
      are experiencing the Feast of Tabernacles in a very tangible way as they commune intimately with the
      Lord continually. Not only is Jesus their Lord and Savior, but He has become their All in All. I am not
      saying this is where my brothers are as individuals, but using this as a frame of reference to
      understand the dream. I believe the three of us together represented the living Temple of God.

      I believe the closet type room we were in was painted WHITE because of its contents. It reminded me
      of what Jesus said to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:25-28, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
      hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and
      self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them
      may also be clean. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like WHITE WASHED
      TOMBS which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all
      uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy
      and lawlessness.” It also reminded me that as Paul stated, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and
      the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons” (1 Corinthians

      The fact that the snake and fish tank belonged to my middle brother was significant as many of those
      walking in the revelation of the Holy Place or second heaven have continued to keep the enemy as
      their ‘pet’, as the Church has warred with a defeated foe for over 2000 years. This is not to say this
      warfare did not have its time or place, but I believe that it is time to ‘come up higher’. The fact that the
      tank was on a high shelf represented it as something that the Church has set up as an idol or a high
      place, as many have chosen to feed their pet demons or sins, keeping them hidden in a white washed
      tomb or closet, rather than repenting and leaving them at the Cross where they were already dealt with
      by the Blood of Jesus.

      I believe the two fish that I first took out to use, then put back, were significant as well. Through another
      dream I received the next night I was able to identify the healthy looking fish as a spirit of religion
      which would explain why it looked ‘healthy’. The other black, sickly looking fish was a spirit of
      slothfulness and spiritual apathy, gluttony, drunkenness, hatred and deceit, which inevitably causes
      lukewarmness. These perhaps have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof. I was also
      reminded of Proverbs 23 and was given Proverbs 26 by another friend. These Scriptures warn of the
      consequences of becoming spiritually lazy and overly indulging or feeding on the things of the world
      and becoming drunk with its pleasures. Proverbs 23:32 explains what happens as a result, “At the last
      it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.”

      I believe this lines up with my wondering what the snake ate. It was the snail that I saw him eat, the
      snail representing something ‘sluggish or slow-moving’, not able to escape should the enemy come to
      devour him. It was after I saw the snake eat the snail that I realized we needed to exit the room taking
      both of my brothers with me. I believe the snake nearly missed my youngest brother or the immature
      brethren because they do not stand in much protection against the wiles of the devil standing in the
      Outer Court, yet they are still spared. We shut the door behind us signifying that the Church is to no
      longer hide within the veil of white washed religiosity, but instead called to come out of the closet of
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      lukewarmness, thereby shutting the door to all dealings with sin and the devil.

      Next, I believe that the fact that we were all lying in the same single bed at the foot of the full size bed
      was also significant, the bed signifying a place of rest. When I awoke I had realized that there was not
      enough room for all of us. So, I woke my brothers up to try to get one of them to move up HIGHER to
      the FULL SIZE bed. I believe the full size bed represented the FULLNESS OF CHRIST or a bed of
      MATURITY and as I ROSE UP and got onto it my EYES WERE SUDDENLY OPENED to see what
      was really going on in the Spirit. I had moved to the Third Heaven or Third Realm and could see from
      ‘above’ and accurately discern what was happening.

      At that moment I knew that the woman, Ashtoreth, was bringing a porcelain doll's head to complete the
      spell. I believe this may represent the connecting of the head of her authority over her body, which is
      already operating quite freely in our Nation and perhaps even in many parts of the Church. I passed
      through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’, when I saw the angel of death in the shadows, as I went to
      meet Ashtoreth at the door. I believe her ultimate plan is the enemy's attempt to marry himself to the
      world as a counterfeit version of Christ and His Bride. She is trying to bear her own 'offspring' through
      it. Her plan was to cause death with a flood of perversion, but God had raised up a standard against
      her. It was the mature remnant that was this standard. It was also very significant in the way that I
      (representing the mature ones) stood against her, not by warring, but simply by calling on the Name of
      Jesus. After I awoke the fear was still thick in the air and I continued to see the Serpent’s head, but
      upon proclaiming the Truth (standing against the lies) and worshipping and glorifying God for the
      victory on the Cross, the enemy was clearly defeated as the FOOT OF THE LORD crushed the
      serpent’s head.


      I believe that the Lord issued these things for such a time as this to warn the Church and this Nation of
      what is about to happen. I believe that tomorrow (05/17/05), by the first State recognized same sex
      marriages taking place, a door is going to open over the United States and a flood of perversion, that
      has not yet been seen openly, is going to come flooding into the land. Not only into individual
      households, but also especially into THE CHURCH. It is clear in the Bible that God esteems the
      covenant of marriage very highly as He even relates His own relationship with Israel in the Old
      Testament and the Church in the New Testament as a spiritual union of marriage, in which spiritual
      adultery and perversion, especially of an abominable type, is not met without severe consequences.

      I believe that this same flood of perversion is the same flood spoken of in Revelation 12. The purpose
      of this flood is to devour the Manchild of Destiny or Christ in us the hope of glory. I believe the full birth
      of the Manchild will cause the unraveling of a series of worldwide events that has not yet been seen to
      this degree as the dragon attempts to stop this from happening. This can be likened to Herod’s
      attempt to find and kill Jesus when He was first born. I have not addressed the rest of the world in this
      revelation because the Lord has only shown me things specific to this Nation. However, it is clear that
      what happens in the United States seems to have a domino effect in the rest of the world in one way
      or another. I am also not saying that the Remnant resides in the United States only, but believe that
      there are hidden ones across this earth that have been prepared and equipped for this time in history.

      I was also reminded this morning of David Wilkerson’s prophetic warning to this Nation that was given
      decades ago called, “The Vision”. Upon listening again to a taped sermon he gave regarding this, I
      was surprised at how, for the first time, it became alive to me. I had at one point grown weary of his
      teachings, but the Lord had directed me to learn from him for a season of time. Though much of what
      he preaches sounds like ‘fire and brimstone’ I believe that what he was seeing was real. You see, I
      believe that the Sword of the Spirit is double edged with one side being judgment and the other being
      mercy. The following verses speak of the duality of God’s righteousness:

      James 2:13, “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over

      Romans 11:22, “Therefore consider the goodness and the severity of God: on those who fell, severity;
      but toward you, goodness if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you will be cut off.”
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      I believe that each individual has a choice and that where we stand with God is a matter of
      perspective. Many would choose to stand on the side of judgment and choose not to repent and to
      remain in bondage to their sin. Others would choose to stand on the side of mercy and only see the
      goodness of God. But my friends, we are coming into a time that we will see both the goodness and
      severity of God demonstrated across this earth in all its fullness. As the darkness increases, so will
      the light. We have got to come up higher and have the Lord’s perspective. The judgment that is
      coming is not to condemn the world, for the full account for sin was already taken upon the Son of Man
      on the Cross over 2000 years ago. The world does not need to be condemned for as John 3:18
      states, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned
      already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” I believe the
      JUDGMENT OR CRISIS that is coming is as Rick Joyner has been talking about as the Final Harvest
      or a reaping of what has been sown both unto life and unto death.

      It is indeed time to COME UP HIGHER! The coming flood of lies can only mean that the Manchild of
      Destiny in Christ is also being birthed into FULLNESS. The good news is that like in my dream, if we
      call on Jesus and proclaim Him as the Lord and the King over all the earth, worship and praise His
      Name, and stand firm in the Spirit claiming complete defeat over the enemy, eventually the Lord's
      Foot of righteousness will bring a final crushing blow to the enemy. I do not yet understand the timeline
      of how this is going to unfold, but know that the Lord has promised to provide the Daily Bread of His
      presence for us.

      Upon sharing all of this with my friend Pastor Vincent last night, he gave me confirmation of the
      coming flood of perversion and lies that the enemy was planning to flood the earth with as explained in
      Revelation 12. As we discussed these things we moved into a time of prayer and prophetic
      declaration calling forth the hidden remnant that the Lord has prepared for such a time as this. We
      called forth those that were hidden in the spiritual prisons, wildernesses and deserts of preparation
      and maturity. We were led to call forth not only the Josephs, but the Daniels, the Elijahs, the Joshuas,
      the Jeremiahs, the Jobs, etc. This holy remnant of people are going to be used mightly in the days to
      come to light the way.

      I also believe as we enter into and pass through the next season of PENTECOST we must BE IN
      ONE ACCORD and seek Him as never before. I believe this season is like no other we have seen on
      the entire earth. As the season of Passover was taken to another dimension with the release of “The
      Passion”, displaying Jesus finished work on the Cross across the world, so this season of
      PENTECOST is going to be taken into another dimension. I believe that those that are in ONE
      ACCORD seeking Him will be filled with the DUNAMIS POWER FROM ON HIGH, displaying the full
      manifestation of what this entails including healings, miracles, signs and wonders. I also believe we
      shall see Joel 2:28-29, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
      Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see
      visions” fulfilled as never before. The BEGINNING FULFILLMENT of this prophecy happened in Acts
      2, but we shall now see an even GREATER DIMENSION UNTO FULLNESS in this year and in the
      time to come. As these POWER SURGES of the Holy Spirit infiltrate the Church this will cause a
      ripple effect that I hope to address in a future article.

      For now I charge you to seek to enter into this kairos moment in time and SEEK HIM AND HIS
      BEFORE FOR WHAT IS TO COME. As Jesus said in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is truly great, but the
      laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” We will
      need to completely rely on GOD’S POWER AND PRESENCE THROUGH HIS SPIRIT to bring in the
      Harvest. Please do not take these words lightly. It is a time to consecrate yourselves and your Church
      Body before the Lord God Almighty! PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD!

      One last thing. Along with the flood of lies, there is another flood coming as well. I leave you with this
      promise from God’s Word.

      Isaiah 45:8, "RAIN DOWN you HEAVENS, from ABOVE, And let the SKIES POUR DOWN
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      Julie Volby

      Two Visions

      May 16, 2004
      I just wanted to share what happened today. Upon awaking, the Lord laid it on my heart to write Part
      Two of "Zion Giving Birth". I wrote for about an hour and a half and then headed to church. During
      worship I was given 2 very brief, but absolutely incredible visions.

      In the first vision I saw myself standing up straight and something outpouring over my body that is hard
      to describe. I didn't really pour out like a rushing flow of water, but was more like a light, transparent,
      gold toned oil. The incredible part was that as it poured over me, it became this type of embalmment
      or encasing (like an opaque membrane or cocoon) and as I saw myself standing in it, the membrane
      was actually made of what looked like lightening, thunder, wind, and water (not that we can 'see' some
      of these things with the natural eye). It was like I was encased in this electric shock wave membrane.
      Suddenly, the worship music stopped so they could make an announcement and the vision ended as
      well, but was still fresh in my spirit.

      Then the worship continued and this time I saw another vision. It was as if I saw Jesus being baptized,
      rising up from the River, and as the waters dripped down His Body, the water was so reflective as if
      composed of millions of little diamonds glistening off His body. There were rainbows as the light from
      the sun reflected off the water. It was similar to the vision I had just seen on my own body.

      As worship continued I began clutching my stomach with one hand and the other one raised to Him. I
      have learned to understand this is a prophetic act of the Lord ministering to, in, with the Manchild
      within the spiritual womb as He prepares to birth something in the Spirit. As the worship went on, I
      was led in and out of speaking in tongues, singing and silence for most of the time. The woman next to
      me thought something was wrong with me, so she prayed for me while we worshipped. After the last
      song in the set, there seemed to be a miscommunication between the worship leader and the Pastor.
      The Pastor asked him to play another song and the worship leader did not have one prepared. So, he
      decided to sing "These are the Day of Elijah". I knew this was of the Lord.

      The congregation continued in worship and I continued to clutch my stomach in a bent over fashion by
      now. After the song was finished it was quiet for just a moment and suddenly someone broke out into
      a prophetic tongue very loudly. This has only happened once since I have been at this church (that
      time being the very first time the Lord sent me to this church last Fall, which gave me confirmation that
      I was in the right place). As soon as the tongue went forth I began to weep deeply and the
      interpretation came immediately. The tongue went on for some time and then the Pastor called for the
      interpretation. A man immediately began to speak forth part of the interpretation as I continued to
      weep. I do not remember what he said because the word of the Lord was burning so strongly on my
      heart. After he finished my weeping became louder as I poured forth what the Lord had laid upon my
      heart. It was something like, "THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLS THE EARTH. THE WHOLE EARTH
      BOW DOWN." I don't remember the last part. By then many others were weeping as well. A few
      others brought forth more interpretation. All I remember is some others speaking forth something like,
      beautiful. God is good. Zion is giving birth! Glory to God!

      The Pastor later announced that the prayer class group also felt led for those attending the All Church
      Prayer Meeting this Wednesday to fast. This gave me confirmation of the Lord calling for His people
      to consecrate themselves as we enter into the season of Pentecost. I then went straight home and
      wrote for 5 hours straight to complete Part 2 of “Zion Giving Birth”.

      I believe that my vision had something to do with Pentecost. From the things the Lord has been
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      revealing to many others, and me it is apparent that we are living in the days of the Latter Rain
      outpouring in fullness. I believe there are coming great tidal waves of His Spirit upon the Church and
      all flesh. These power surges are going to bring forth the true anointing of God in a fullness that we
      have never experienced. These power surges, will in turn, trigger an unfolding of worldwide events. I
      will share more when the Lord releases me to do so. For now, here are some related Scriptures.

      Habakkuk 2:2-3

          2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
      “Write the vision
      And make it plain on tablets,
      That he may run who reads it.
          3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
      But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
      Though it tarries, wait for it;
      Because it will surely come.
      It will not tarry.

      Matthew 3:16-17

          16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the
             heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and
             alighting upon Him.
          17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well

      Revelation 11:19

          19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His
             temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

      Acts 2:16-17

          16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
          17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
      That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
      Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
      Your young men shall see visions,
      Your old men shall dream dreams.
          18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
      I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
      And they shall prophesy.

      Isaiah 6:3
          4 And one cried to another and said:
      “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
      The whole earth is filled with your glory!”

      Deuteronomy 16:16-17

          16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He
             chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of
             Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed.
          17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He
             has given you.

      Leviticus 23:15-16

          15 “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day
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      that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.
          16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to
             the Lord.

      Deuteronomy 16:9-10

          9  “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you
             begin to put the sickle to the grain.
          10 Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with the tribute of a freewill
             offering from your hand, which you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you.

      Acts 2:1-4

          1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
          2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the
            whole house where they were sitting.
          3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
          4 And they were all filled, with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the
            Spirit gave them utterance.

      Haggai 2:6-9

          6 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake the heavens and the
            earth, the sea and dry land;
          7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this
            temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.
          8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.
          9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in
            this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

      Zechariah 10:1

          1 Ask the Lord for rain
      In the time of the latter rain.
      The Lord will make flashing clouds;
      He will give them showers of rain,
      Grass in the field for everyone.

      James 5:7

          7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits
      for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You
      also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

      Run To Win
      Julie Volby

      April 17, 2004
      1 Corinthians 9:24 – “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?
      Run in such a way that you may obtain it.”

      There are many of us running this race Paul speaks of. The race of humanity is running the course that
      was laid out before the foundation of the earth. What we may normally refer to as ‘the rat race’ is
      nothing more than those who are running to and fro without direction or true purpose.

      So, I begin this writing with one question for you, “Are you running to win?”
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      I have long wondered about this verse of Scripture. Why would Paul tell us that those who run a race all
      run? This seems obvious to me. Perhaps the question is do we all know that we are supposed to be
      running? Paul also exhorts us to run in such a way that we might obtain the prize. The burning question
      on my heart has been, if only ONE receives the prize, then what is the point of running the race?

      I found that in my childhood years through adolescence I was, in most cases, numbered with the
      shortest ones in my class. “Shorty” was a common nickname growing up. While in school, this height
      challenge followed me as I tried to make the cut in various sports, never being the best player, but still
      having a measure of fun. At one point, I joined the track team. I soon found that with my short legs, I
      was never able to run as fast as those with longer legs, especially in the short distance races. I then
      found that in the long distance races leg length became less important, as focus and endurance took
      precedence. However, I was not very good at, nor did I enjoy, long distance running. Therefore, I never
      won first place. So reading Paul’s words about only one receiving the prize left me rather frustrated. I
      had always wanted to win the race, but knowing that only one obtained it, what was the point of trying?

      I finally accepted the fact that I was indeed a part of this race Paul speaks of, so I decided that the only
      way to finish the course was to run. However, I needed to understand that this race was not about a
      competition with the other runners, but was all about RECEIVING THE PRIZE. As I gazed around at
      the mass crowds of those running by me, I realized that I could never keep up with their pace. I tried to
      stay in step with them, but could not. Although I had some training as a child, many old habits, thinking
      patterns, and experiences held me back. This left me tired and discouraged. Instead of seeing these
      wise ones, who were gliding by me, as an inspiration, I saw them as prideful and lofty. How could I
      ever compete with their long, graceful, and enduring strides? Though they had never done anything
      personally to me, I inwardly decided that they were unbalanced and what they were doing was not for
      me. So I continued running the race with a small amount of energy and little hope that I would actually
      finish. It was kind of lonely at first. I did not know how to discipline myself and would run in sporadic
      and meandering patterns. Over time I realized that there were others like me. They were not quite as
      swift as the ‘gazelle’ runners, but were running at a pace I could handle. I found comfort in running
      alongside them as we discussed our relationships with the Lord. As we ran together, I found healing,
      knowing that I was not alone and that my own self-pity, pride, fear, and unbelief had actually caused
      me to look at the forerunners in the wrong light or perspective. I realized that perhaps the forerunners
      did know more than me, as they saw further ahead. I knew I needed to be open to what I could learn
      from them.

      As the race continued, I realized as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:25, “And everyone who competes for
      the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an
      imperishable crown.” This race had seemed so long already. However, due to the length of the race,
      the fruit of the Spirit had been growing, including the temperance and self-control that Paul spoke of.
      The Word tells us that fruit is grown through patience (see James 5:7). It was during these times of
      trial and tribulation that I learned to, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the
      testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect
      and complete, lacking nothing” (see James 1:2-4). I had to also realize that those who had gone
      before me did not have it any easier, but also went through their own tailor made trials of suffering to
      produce this patience. It became apparent that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. And that
      those who endured were counted as blessed. Just like Job, the end intended by the Lord was much
      better than in Job’s early years. (see James 5:10-11). Job persevered to the end and the Lord
      blessed his latter days more than his early days with a double portion. It was the LORD who had
      brought the adversity upon Job to test and purify his heart. This was all done to fulfill God’s purpose in
      his life (see Job 42:9-12). I realized that there was hope as I studied the lives of so many in the Bible
      whom God tested with fiery trials, but later restored. This encouraged me as I continued to run by faith
      in God’s Word.

      As time passed, my legs became stronger and my faith grew. This race was not so bad after all!
      Suddenly, before I knew it, my legs were able to run swiftly and with great speed and endurance. I
      related this spiritual growth spurt to the maturing and physical growth of a child to adolescence thru
      adulthood. Individuals will grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically at their own set pace. Because
      my growth in these three areas never seemed to be in alignment as an adolescent, it many times left
      me confused and hopeless. As I eventually matured into adulthood, it seemed that for the first time
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      things began to come into alignment. But back to the race…

      As I got accustomed to my new found strength and tenacity, I realized that the pace that I had been
      running was no longer comfortable for me. It had been a place of such comfort, growth and healing. It
      had been a season in the race where many hardships and trials were overcome together with others
      at my side. But there was something inside of me saying I must go on. I must leave the comfort of
      those I had run with for years and move forward at the rate of growth, which the Lord had destined for
      me. I must let go of many old habits and ways of doing things that I had come to depend on to survive
      the intensity and length of the race. This was by no means an easy choice, nor did I fully understand
      what it meant. As this transition occurred, I found myself misunderstood and often confused as I tried
      to explain what was happening. It was painful to feel the distance between my co-runners and I grow
      further and further apart, as my legs began to pick up speed. I wanted to stay where I was because it
      was comfortable and seemed safe, since I knew what to expect. But the stirring inside of me was too
      much. I realized that like Paul I needed to, “Forget those things which are behind and reach forward to
      those things which are ahead. Pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in
      Christ Jesus” (see Philippians 3:13-14). Here the Greek word for press is ‘dioko’, meaning to pursue,
      as an extended meaning of pursuing a person on foot in a chase. It seemed that perhaps there was
      more strategy to winning the race than I thought.

      If I wanted to take advice from Paul, who was a forerunner (or one who went before), I would need to
      use the same strategy that he used. He had exhorted us to ‘run in such a way that we would obtain the
      prize’. It seemed that as Paul ran, he was not running in a random fashion but was, as the Greek word
      ‘dioko’ suggests, pursuing something or Someone! It seemed I had found the key to running with the
      same passion that Paul spoke of. I was to run as if I were chasing the One I love! It reminded me of the
      Shulamite bride’s desire as she sought her bridegroom. We can hear her heart’s desire being poured
      out in the following verses.

      Song of Solomon 3:1-3

      1 By night on my bed I sought the one I love;
      I sought him, but I did not find him.

      2 “I will rise now,” I said,
      “And go about the city;
      In the streets and in the squares
      I will seek the one I love.”
      I sought him, but I did not find him.

      3 The watchmen who go about the city found me;
      I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”

      Oh how chasing my Lord gave me renewed hope and fresh strength. It was as if, for the first time, I
      could see a glimpse of the Finish Line! I ran with such fervor that I did not notice any obstacles that
      would have distracted me in the past. It was as Paul wrote, “Therefore I run thus; not with uncertainty.
      Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air” (1 Corinthians 9:26). I now ran with much certainty knowing
      my heart’s desires could all be fulfilled in knowing my Lord even more. But I still had to fight as Paul
      did. What does this fighting entail? It is obvious, I hope, that Paul did not write this to get us into a
      fistfight with our brother or sister in order to win the race. Again, our eye or focus must be singular on
      the Prize or the Purpose, not the Process. So, what did Paul mean when he said this? I had for a long
      time understood this to mean that when I got involved in spiritual warfare I was not to shoot my prayer
      arrows in an aimless fashion, but was to make sure I hit my target. This ‘fighting’ brought much
      success, but in most cases left me exhausted. Now looking back, I think I may have missed the mark
      all together. It does appear that Paul does intend to fight or contend…but not as one who beats the
      air. I believe there is much well-meaning spiritual warfare that goes on with nothing but thin air. Please
      know that I understand that the enemy is real and so are his minions, but according to the Word of
      God, this prince of the power of the air works in the sons of disobedience, which we are no longer
      called to number ourselves with. We are to understand that “God, who is rich in mercy, because of HIS
      GREAT LOVE with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us ALIVE
      TOGETHER WITH CHRIST (by grace you have been saved), and RAISED US UP TOGETHER, and
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      This place that we are sitting with Him is FAR ABOVE all principality and power and might and
      dominion (see Ephesians 1:21). I realized that I had spent many years fighting an enemy, that my
      carnal nature had empowered, by believing the lie that they had any authority over me at all. By God’s
      grace, I came to know the Truth that set me free. The truth is that Jesus’ Finished Work on the Cross
      was one of COMPLETE victory over sin, death and the devil. This is FULL SALVATION of the body,
      soul and spirit! This could not be done by might, nor by power, but only by the Holy Spirit! The only
      thing Jesus called us to do is BELIEVE IN HIM by faith.

      The Lord finally revealed the reason that only ONE won the race was because the only way to WIN
      was to find oneself in ONENESS with Jesus Christ, who is also ONE with the Father. “Therefore we
      also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the
      sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us RUN WITH ENDURANCE the RACE that is set before us,
      LOOKING UNTO JESUS, the AUTHOR and FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, who for the joy that was set
      before Him ENDURED THE CROSS, despising the shame, and HAS SAT DOWN at the right hand
      of the throne of God”, Hebrews 12:1-2. From these verses we can truly see that the Author and
      Finisher of our faith is also the Sole Winner, or SOUL WINNER, who is our Lord and Savior Jesus
      Christ. He is the ONE who paid for our lives with His Blood. He is the ONE who deserved to win the
      race for humanity! He was the FORERUNNER of all forerunners (see Hebrews 6:20) and we must
      obtain the PRIZE (a fully restored relationship with the Father) the same way! It is from this position of
      correct identification of ONENESS with Jesus that we can truly live a victory filled life in Him. Romans
      6:8 states this quite clearly, “Now if we DIED with Christ, we believe that we shall also LIVE with Him.”

      I like the way the Amplified Bible summarizes all of this:

      1 Corinthians 9:24-26

      Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your
      race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.

      Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all
      things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal
      blessedness] that cannot wither.

      Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and
      striking without an adversary.

      Now I need to clarify a few things. I had described my experience of transition when I began to pick up
      speed and leave behind those things that I had been a part of for some time. In this transition, I am in
      no way advocating an exclusivist mentality, nor church hopping, like a frog. I am simply trying to make
      the point that there comes a time in one’s life that they must choose to let go of anything that may
      hinder them from following God wherever He may lead. These things may include old mindsets,
      attitudes, belief systems and sometimes even the influence of others. This process may actually entail
      an outward physical separation or may be more inward, where the closeness that was once shared
      with others is no longer the same as it once was. The same can be reflected in the natural, as we
      normally do not see 8 year olds relating to 18 year olds on the same level of understanding, nor do I
      know of too many Kindergartners taking Calculus class. This is not to say that they cannot co-exist
      together, it just means that their rate of spiritual maturity may be different, thus the relationship may be
      one of more a mentee/mentor than one of close friends or ministry partners.

      There are many, myself included, that have mistaken this sudden growth spurt, as our eyes were
      opened, as a means to pick apart the Church and others. The intent is not to tear down people, but
      instead to tear down old mindsets, the end product being restoration. It is simply a season of growth
      ordained by God. Some call it death to self, others call it the cave, the prison, the desert, crucifixion of
      the self-life, and some a “Patmos” experience. Perhaps we could call it ‘Tomb Time’. Whatever the
      name, it is designed to squeeze the flesh life out of us in order to come into a deeper, more intimate
      relationship with our Father. Crossing the Finish Line can only happen by placing our faith in Jesus’
      Completed work on the Cross. The Resurrection that results from the death of our old man or carnal
      nature, through proper identification with His death, will then enable us to more effectively and
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      efficiently fulfill our destiny in Him. It is much easier to encourage and train others if we have already
      passed across the Finish Line ourselves. While many may believe this Finish Line is the end of their
      life, it is in fact just the beginning of a whole new world filled with God’s light, love, peace and rest. It is
      the eternal life in the Kingdom that Jesus promised and prepared for us.

      If I have now obtained the Prize, which is an intimate ONENESS OF RELATIONSHIP with the Father,
      through the Son, by the Holy Spirit, I must recognize my citizenship is not of this world. I am a
      “Kingdom Dweller”! This must mean that I definitely need a CROWN! What happened to the crown
      that was promised to me for obtaining the prize? Recall that in 1 Corinthians 9:25, this crown was
      described as an imperishable crown. The word imperishable is the Greek word, ‘aphthartos’, which
      means immortal or lasting forever. An eternal crown for eternal life! That makes sense. However, I had
      to see that it was not one of those shiny metal imperishable crowns that are worn by the haughty and
      prideful. It was not one that could be bought with money, nor gained through popularity, charisma, self-
      ambition or coercion. This imperishable crown, was instead, a CROWN OF THORNS. The Greek
      word for crown, ‘sephanos’, used in this context means a woven crown, wreath, victory garland; of
      various shapes and various materials, leaves, twigs, flowers, even metal as a sign of victory, honor
      and in some contexts authority.

      I remembered having a vision recently that seemed to illuminate the understanding of this crown. The
      crown that I saw in the Spirit was a crown of thorns. However, this crown was not only one of thorns,
      but it was laced with beautiful jewels round about. It was a CROWN OF HUMILITY AND GRACE. It
      was laced with the living stones that had been hidden deep within the earth, crushed by extreme
      pressure, and purified by intense heat. These jewels are the Lord’s treasured possession (see
      Malachi 3:17), reflecting His beauty and His splendor. It is by identifying with the Lord’s humility, that
      we find true spiritual authority to rule and reign with Him on this earth now and forevermore. The whole
      race was actually TRAINING FOR REIGNING!

      With that said, I leave you with these thoughts to ponder:

      The wise runner will run at his or her own God ordained pace. Their eye or purpose will be single,
      focused solely on the Lord. They will run with those that the Lord has placed in their path and will allow
      Him to lead and guide as they trust in Him. They will view adversity as a stepping stone from God,
      rather than a hindrance from the enemy. Their authority will come from above and not below, though
      they will reign from a position of lowliness and not be high minded. They will weather the storms of life
      by faith and through patience they will renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary. They will
      walk and not faint. They will learn to fly upon the wings of Love soaring through the air unhindered and
      in carefree abandonment with their Lord.

      The turtle and the hare may run the race. It is not important who comes in first, but that they both cross
      the Finish Line! This is true victory! Hallelujah!


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