Word for 2011: The Message
is in the Mantle
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me. Ps 119:14-16
Do these pictures make you curious? At the recent “Feast of Tabernacles” gathering, this “mantle” was passed around. In the process of sharing and passing it around, we realized there was a message of a horse and an eagle imprinted in its worn fabric. It is a message to us individually and corporately as the body of Christ for this coming season and year.
The Mantle's History:
In June, I was privileged to go to Sacramento to attend a State-wide prayer breakfast for our legislators with one of our recently elected officials (running unopposed in the November elections). After the breakfast, we decided to go to the capitol where my friend introduced us to staff and a few legislators. What I personally encountered was quite different than any expectation I had. Truly it was a divine encounter of quite a different kind.
We entered the rotunda only to find that June is the prescribed month for the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite” Pride Month. A display of legislators espousing this agenda and all the Assembly and Senate bills they have sponsored was in the center of our Capitol!!!! As I walked through the display, an agony hit my spirit and increased as I walked from display to display. I sensed how grieved the Holy Spirit was. In the distress of the moment, the Lord took me into a vision. The vision was of a dirt road in a barren landscape. On the road was a tattered, beaten, dirty mantle that had been run into the ground. I heard the Lord clearly say, “Are you going to pick it up?” In the distress of the moment, I cried out, “Yes, Lord, with your help, I will pick it up,” In agony, I bent down and picked up the dirty, filthy, torn up mantle and hugged it as I cried in the spirit, begging God for His help and grace to carry it.
The moment was life changing. The Lord re-arranged my spiritual DNA that day. Something of heaven touched my heart in the agony of the moment. Over the years, I have heard of people desiring mantles of previous champions of the Lord and going after them, even fighting for them. I have visited William Seymour’s grave and laid on it begging God for the mantle to return. This was a completely different experience. There was no inner drive and desire for the mantle, but rather a desperate agony to pick it up for the sake of the Kingdom for the times we are in and to serve Him with my whole heart. It was a moment when the fear of the Lord gripped my heart…the fear of not being in alignment with His destiny and purpose compelled me to pick up the mantle. In the midst of abomination, I picked up the mantle.
While preparing for the Fall Feast of Tabernacles gathering, I was privileged to go to Taft, CA to look at the sight of the “Lakeview Gusher,” for a possible sight to build an altar during the gathering. The Lakeview Gusher was an oil gusher of historic proportions, one of the largest in the world. It flowed uncapped for 18 months. This is the 100th year anniversary of that gusher. As such, we sensed that it would be highly appropriate to build an altar there. As we looked over the sight and were about to leave, I looked at the barren landscape and road before us. Suddenly, I realized I was there in the vision from the time at the State Capitol. There on the side of the road was a beaten, tattered, “mantle,” the exact image of what I had seen in the vision in June. It was nearly invisible, being ground into the ground with tire tracks over it.
The Mantle's Message:
Having the vision of this mantle in a governmental place and being physically in the vision at the site of the largest oil gusher in the world got my attention and as things have unfolded since...carries great significance. Finding the mantle from the vision at this site is a redemptive call to the Body of Christ. We are in a season of tremendous transition. This transition requires us to re-evaluate where we are spiritually. The good idea is not enough. It needs to be God’s idea. God wants us to align with and pick up our mantles He has pre-ordained for us to have. Scriptures are clear that we each have spiritual destiny that God spoke over us before we were formed in our mother’s womb, Ps. 119:16, Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned formed, when as yet there were none of them. How we carry the mantle will determine how we transition.
Finding the mantle ground into the dust on the road with tire tracks almost hiding its form carries great lessons from the past season. Key symbols in the vision and experience are as follows:
Finding our mantle and aligning with it to carry it is vital for the coming season. Often our mantles are in the places that have been most difficult for us, where we have been challenged or rejected the most. These are the very places of our anointing and mantle God has for us. We are in good company with Joseph, Moses, David, and even more importantly Jesus Himself where rejection was the birthplace of their ministry. The difficulties and misunderstandings, betrayals of the past season may very well be the very place God wants us to step. But as we do so, we must be careful how we proceed, i.e. without hurt, or the pointing of the finger. We simply need to align with heaven, agree with God’s clear vision for us and determine to walk with blessing and build others in the process. God will do the rest.
The vision of the Eagle:
The Eagle represents vision that will carry us into the destiny and purpose of God in this time of transition. Vision and purpose is vital to clarify both individually and corporately. The more specific and clearer the vision is, the better. Defining vision will help you or your ministry know how to work with other ministries. Clear vision driven by the calling of God clarifies and brings a life-giving flow between ministries. It fosters the “ministry of recognition,” which was most clearly demonstrated in Jesus discussion with the disciples in Mt 16:13-20. In this critical moment of Jesus life, He asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” v. 15. It was Peter who blurted out, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” v. 16. Jesus response is noteworthy and carries keys to the vital importance of valuing and recognizing those around us in their ministry call. He said, And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (of recognition) I will build My church.” V.18 This moment of recognition pulled heaven into earth for Jesus. His ministry completely shifted from this point on. No longer was the emphasis on ministering to the needs of people, but His focus turned towards Jerusalem, the coming cross and resurrection. The world was changed that day through simple recognition. Having vision and calling clarified personally is a vital first step. Having it publicly acknowledged and acclaimed brings heaven into place for individuals and ministries aligned with proper vision and call and is vital in the building of a strong and united body of Christ. It may be a very real key in helping ministries and churches move into greater strength.
Too often, “good ideas,” are the very thing the enemy sends to keep us from pursuing and clarifying the vision and purposes of God. The enemy knows if he can get us distracted and off the real “oil gusher” for our lives and ministries, he will have kept the Kingdom of heaven from advancing in the earth. We have seen this time and time again. God can, however, use all things for His good. We are in a season of grace to refresh and restore proper vision. If our vision is off, it is impossible to truly build and the risk of running over others or cutting off the anointing that is on others is multiplied.
We are in a time of convergence…healthy convergence. It is vital to know how your ministry vision builds others and with others. Many ministries that have been covered and rejected will come alive if we align and encourage one another. Not desiring to run over others but to build. We are in a season when God Himself is putting “living stones” together, Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 2:4-5. The eagle being on the back of the "mantle," signifies vision carrying us into the destiny of God.
The strength of the Horse:
The horse is a symbol of strength. It is important to note that once vision is clarified, it is just the beginning. It requires the strength of commitment and discipline to press in for its manifestation. At the Bakersfield Business Conference this year, one of the speakers made a profound statement. As best recollected it is as follows:
The Oak Tree you see today was yesterday’s acorn that held its ground!!!!
A profoundly simple but incredible truth. As we pick up our mantles with clearer vision and seek to bless others with it, we must have the strength and discipline to pursue it, no matter what. There is a supernatural strength God will give us as we pick up our mantles in this hour. Your mantle, is your mantle not your neighbor’s. It was an incredible site to see people pick up the mantle, wear it, pray, then turn and pass it on to the next person.
There was no contentious pulling or tearing, but a willingness to share…a picture of the coming season when our individual mantles will be used to bless and strengthen the corporate body and those around us. This can only be done, however, when vision is clear, and hearts aligned with heaven. The horse being on the front of the mantle signifies the strength of the heart filled with God's vision carrying us forward.
A Sign and a New Sound:
At the Feast of Tabernacles, after the mantle was shared and prayed over, a sign occurred. A drum present, began to vibrate on its own without anyone playing it. All there felt it.
It was as if we had tapped into a “resonance” of heaven. Apprehending our spiritual mantles individually and seeing how it builds and blesses those around us, releases a sound of heaven. It is as if the heavens were rejoicing in what was transpiring. It was also as if effectual warfare was now being apprehended. When people line up with their mantles, the power of heaven is released. Some key scriptures regarding this:
Our earnest prayer is that throughout this year, we will line up with the mantles God has pre-ordained for us to carry. But as importantly, learn and understand how to operate corporately with our mantles. God is forming a new wineskin that will carry the anointing oil, the “oil gusher” of our future, to turn the battle at the gate in this incredible time. The import of lining up with our mantles and carrying them in such a way as to help build others is reflected in the last scripture spoken at the Lakeview Gusher site. It carries prophetic weight as God supernaturally moved to align ancient paths globally on that weekend, from California, to Plymouth Rock, to Europe, to the Middle East, and to Israel at the altars of Abraham:
I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the Kingdom. Dan 7:21-22
Let it be so Lord!!!!!!!!
Sue and Fred Rowe