While I was meditating on this message, the Lord showed me a vision of Commander in Chief calling his troops in front of him. I heard him read out a decree detailing movement of a platoon commander to another position in another platoon. And as he went immediately to fulfil his new assignment, I looked at those who were left behind in the platoon. There was confusion and consternation on their faces because this was the person who had led and guided them; this was the skilled and trained person could showed them what to do. This was the person under whose covering they felt safe to operate in the platoon they were assigned to. But the minute that one soldier was moved, then promotions were handed out and new authority and power to operate within new metrons was granted. There was a shuffling of the troops and it couldn't happen; people could not step into the new positions of higher authority until the person who was the head of that platoon was moved out of the way. The increase in authority and the receiving of new metrons of power was precipitated by the sending away of the first senior officer. It seemed he was moved to a different position in a platoon which was out of sight and I knew the Lord was showing me this man represented a dove who was martyred, but that his death was not a waste or a tragedy because he was being assigned a heavenly platoon position, functioning in another section of the army of God in the unseen realm. Remember the apostle John was visited by a fellow saint when he was receiving revelation concerning the end-times. Those who go to be with the Lord are still very much involved in Kingdom business, even though we see little of what they do. Remember also that in a previous word from the Lord, He said the army of God on earth would be working closely with the troops of Heaven in these days.
Rev 22:8 And I, John, am he who heard and witnessed these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell prostrate before the feet of the messenger who showed them to me, to worship him. Rev 22:9 But he said to me, Refrain! [You must not do that!] I am a fellow servant along with yourself and with your brethren the prophets and with those who are mindful of and practice [the truths contained in] the messages of this book. Worship God!
So what the Lord was saying is be flexible. Yes, He will bend Judah as His bow and fit it with Ephraim and pit the sons of Zion against the sons of Greece (Zech 9:13), but the bending of Judah into a better shape requires flexibility. Ephraim was also Jacob's grandson, so in actuality he was the next generation, but both of Joseph's sons were counted as part of the 12 tribes even though they were a generation down the line. So Zech 9:13 contains a cross-generational plan depicted. One generation is launched forth from the previous generation who are conformed to God's blueprint as His bow. The Hebrew word for bow also means 'iris of the eye', so there is a depiction of the launching of Ephraim using the spiritual vision and revelation of Judah! So things might not be quite the shape you pictured or anticipated them to be. Let Him adjust your vision or bend your bow to spiritual 20/20 vision.
He also showed me a bullet leaving the chamber of a gun being shot into its target, leaving behind an empty space in the ammunition chamber. AS He gave this picture, He said 'a shot over the bows', which is a warning shot before the thick of battle commences if the enemy does not surrender. The martyrdom and taking home of the doves chosen for this honor is a shot over the bows to the prince of darkness. (interesting that the word 'bow' is used differently in this spiritual picture). That space left behind in the ammunition chamber was a signal to the other bullets in the chamber that their turn to leave the safety of the chamber was close at hand and that they are about to be shot to their assignment during the heat of the battle, each in their order.
Stephen was the first one who was launched heavenward, with the cry, "Father, forgive them; they know not what they do" and then all the other disciples were launched in different directions. The book of Acts tells us that severe persecution broke out after this and the church was scattered. Actually, it is recorded in extra-biblical documents that the disciples drew straws, being assigned to different countries where God was sending them.
Deployment can look a lot like scattering in the frenzy of the moment of launching. Deployment can look a lot like 'crushing the power of the holy people'; martyrdom can look a lot like the enemy is triumphing and achieving his goals BUT we have already passed from death to life at the moment of our baptisms. We were baptized into his death and we were raised with him when we came out of that water. Jesus also taught us that:
Joh 5:24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.
One of the letters of John says we know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren; anyone who does not love his brother remains in death.
So expulsion from a home or geographical area can look a bit like purging and persecution, when in fact it is the Lord using the hammer in the trigger mechanism of the enemy's weapons to launch that bullet and shoot His fully prepared and sealed saints to their places of deployment in His end-time army, whether it be in the earthly or the heavenly realm. The enemy cannot threaten us with heaven! In the natural, the outbreak of severe persecution and the martyrdom of the saints can sound like the silencing of the lambs... However, all it is doing is stocking the ranks of the troops of Heaven with new soldiers, the voices of which cause an increase in the sound of the war cry from above to crescendo rapidly. It is triggering promotion and releasing new metrons of heavenly authority on a massive scale in the army of God on earth. Mantles are distributed for the remnant who know their God to do mighty exploits.
You know in World War 2, when the soldiers were and on the front line, firing at the enemy, if the one on the frontline fell, someone behind them stepped into that place. That is how the army of God functions in this endtime battle. As a wave of frontline troops go to receive their martyrs crowns, a new wave of anointed and appointed warriors step up to the plate. You cannot wipe out the people who already walk in eternal life. You may have moved them from one location to another - you may have driven them from their homes or the enemy through men even being used to launch them from an earthly to the heavenly platoon of the Lion of Judah's troops. But you cannot silence the sound of His roar! You cannot dampen the sound of the Blood as it sounds forth from the Mercy Seat, satan cannot change what is written in the volume of the Book (no matter how many 'new' versions of the Bible he concocts to placate sinful men) or sidestep the verses that speak of the heavenly court being seated and the books being opened and the judgment being given in favour of the saints (Daniel 7:22). The enemy cannot overrule that righteous judgment which dictates that the saints will possess the kingdom. Everything the enemy intends for evil – including the martyrdom of His doves, God will use for good for his kingdom and for the furtherance of his kingdom rule
The outcome of this great battle between light and darkness is not hanging in the balance; the scales are not perhaps tipping in favor of the prince of darkness winning. NO! The outcome was settled once and for all at Calvary. The Lamb that was slain – now, this was a masterful move by the One True God; to use the enemy's hand to strike the blow that would execute his own certain demise – that Lamb that was slain decreed, not in a whisper or a whimper, but in a shout of victory, the final verdict of the battle between good and evil. He released the judgment that the end time remnant army of Light will carry throughout the earth in these days – IT IS FINISHED. Once and for all. No appeal is allowed on this judgment. The battle has been won and Elohim is the victor. There will be no overturning of this judgment. Death has lost its sting. Nothing the powers of darkness can come up with will overturn this verdict! They may press forward and role out their schemes for a New World order for a time, and for 2.5 years it may even seem like they are tipping the scales back in old slewfoot's favour, and much blood may run in the streets. It looked like that 2.5 days when they crucified the Lord of Glory – that sealed tomb looked like a victory flag for the darkness horde... That was until the third day! Very early in the morning, Mary went to mourn at that very spot and discovered that grace and resurrection power was the order of the day. He had led captivity captive and led away a train of vanquished foes and given gift unto men.
During those 2 days, Jesus was not lying waiting on a stone slab; he was busy preaching to the souls in prison. He was busy taking back the keys of hell and the grave. This is exactly what the remnant army will be doing during the dark years – preaching to those held captive by the fear of death, spreading the gospel of the Kingdom fearlessly; overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, until the very moment of their deaths. And what is the word of their testimony? Are they going to talk about themselves and all their previous exploits in the church? No, they are going to do what Paul did. They will preach nothing else but Christ and Him crucified, They will shout out the judgments written! "IT IS FINISHED. There is no other name under heaven whereby man might be saved. The UN can't save you, your parents can't save you, FEMA can't save you and your stock market shares certainly can't save you. Flee to the name of Jesus! Why do you hesitate? Repent and be baptised for the salvation of your souls". And God will work with them confirming the Word of Truth by signs and by wonders. So, beloved doves, do not fear those who can kill the body, fear Him who is able to cast a man's soul into hell.
The continent of Africa has been adding its weight to the numbers appointed for the martyrs very quietly, day after day after day, and it hardly makes news on the world news media. Christians are being slaughtered like goats in central and north Africa on a large scale, as they are in Middle Eastern and radical Muslim countries - and of course, in places like China and North Korea, where there is severe persecution of the church. Their lives are falling to the ground and being yielded up for His glory, as seed to produce the hundredfold harvest. How is this glory shown and displayed by a life cut off? It is seen in the harvest of souls snatched out of the clutches of the satanic hordes in due season. It is seen in the outpouring of miracles of provision and healing amongst the ranks of the remnant.
Heaven's influence is not diminishing in the earth during the chaos that is presently unfolding. The focus for the church of Jesus Christ has changed from the building of massive monuments of personal ministry to the steady rise and fall of the sickle wielded by the nameless faceless multitude who seek not their own glory, as the harvest is brought in. The church age is over! We've got to get that! The kingdom reapers stand ready to plunge into the harvest. There is no more building of earthly kingdoms to elevate a man of flesh, but rather a sweeping up souls into the Kingdom of Light; the reapers empowered by the full backing of Heaven and the baptism of fire from the Holy Ghost.
You know there was a man whose name escapes me now, but he was told by God to purchase a ticket for the Titanic's maiden voyage - that was his last earthly assignment. And God knew that ship was going down. Did the Father warn this man what was coming? Perhaps, but there's no record on earth that he knew he had only hours left to live. He entrusted his life as a bond servant of Christ into God's capable hands and he stepped onto that gangplank and boarded the ship... and when that great ship went down, this brother in Christ swam around in the icy waters asking people if they had surrendered their lives to Christ. We know this because of the testimony of survivors, but that man kept swimming, refusing to be lifted into the life boats, kept treading water and asking any drowning soul he found that all-important question, "Do you know the Savior?", until finally, the cold and exhaustion sent him home to glory.
Beloved, who knows how God intends to take you home... perhaps you will be among those who remain; who were kept safe in the hour of trial that is coming on the whole earth, and that you will rise to meet Him in the air. But perhaps He's been speaking to you about the fact that you were chosen to be one of the endtime martyrs. Whichever it is, we are the generation that has been appointed to operate in kingdom business during this tumultuous time in world history.
Here you are, freshly emerged from your wilderness preparation season, because God is entrusting you with the dearest topic of His heart – the harvesting of the souls of men made in His image; the participation in the transference of lives from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son. What an honor! What a privilege! And as those who have already passed from death to life, there is no need to seek to save the present parameters of your own life, because you are looking for a city whose Maker and Builder is God. Jesus warned that if you seek to save your life, you will surely lose it, but if you lose your life for the kingdom, there will be great reward for you in heaven. So we are not of those who draw back in fear! We move forward, leaning the full weight of all our concerns and our lives upon Him who is able to keep us by his grace. WE are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God and we are drinking of that living water continually, offering ourselves willingly in the day of His power as psalm 110 mentions. God has decreed He will be glorified in the earth. We know the end of the story and because we know our God, we do exploits in His Name. We can be still and know that He is God and that we live out our earthly existence in the palm of His mighty hand.
So, beloved doves, if you've been given beautiful blueprints for magnificent endtime kingdom projects and if you've been shown you may not be a part of the full manifestation, but that your portion is for the full preparation, I want to encourage you to be like David, a man after God's own heart. He pressed forward with the same passion with which he brought the ark back to Jerusalem. Prepare abundantly while you are alive and He will show you who to hand the full pattern with all the preparations to. And they can be trusted to bring it to manifestation for the glory of his Name, because they are handpicked by Heaven. Only the Lamb is worthy of glory and honor and power and dominion forever and ever, throughout all ages, amen.