In a recent prayer time, I began to hear the scripture Isaiah 61:4 in my spirit, “They shall build up the ancient ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” In 2020 we’ve been in a season where the Lord has been exposing and tearing that which cannot go into the new. I had a dream in June 2020 where the Lord showed me He was bringing down those who have in high places that have exalted themselves above the Lord. There is more exposure coming to those in places of influence.
In the beginning of August I had a dream where I saw the storm of this season moving out and the sun came out again. As this storm begins to shift we’ll begin to see the things that need to be rebuilt and repaired. Isaiah 58:12 AMP declares, “And your people will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up and restore the age old of foundations of buildings that have been laid waste; You will be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” What is a ruin? A ruin is the physical destruction or disintegration of something, the state of being destroyed, reduced, decay, or collapse (dictionary.com). Part of the Jeremiah 1:10 mandate is to tear down and uproot, but we often miss the part where it says we are to build and plant where things have been uprooted. When we fail to repair or fill the gaps again, it gives the enemy opportunity to build and plant what he wants.
As we step into September and the Hebrew year 5781, one of the word pictures of that year is represented through the ox. Prophetically an ox represents strength and the apostolic grace. In the midst of all that’s going on there will be a grace to build and advance. Remember natural seasons don’t dictate the spiritual seasons. As I pressed into this more, the Lord reminded of the story of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was the King’s cupbearer, his heart was troubled when he heard the news of his people being in exile and the wall was devastated, “They said to me, “The remnant in the province, who survived the exile, are in great trouble and disgrace. Jerusalem’s wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned” (Nehemiah 1:3 CSB). Nehemiah was broken and burdened by the state of His people. The Lord gave gave him favor with the king to build and get the resources needed. As you begin to step out and purpose in your heart to do that which God has put upon your heart, I prophesy the favor and resources will meet you.
Know that when you begin to build and advance. There will be opposition. There will be those who don’t have your heart and will come against you to distract you. This was true for Nehemiah. As he began to asses the damage, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshmen came against Nehemiah. They began to mock and accuse him of being in rebellion to the king (Nehemiah 2). Radical obedience will look like rebellion to those who don’t understand. When you begin to build its important to know your enemy or opposition.
Sanballats carry a spirit of distraction, and is an enemy in secret. Sanballats are those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Sanballat was under the rule of the king with Nehemiah, but he hated him. You must be able to recognize and discern your Judas. Sanballats carry a religious spirit.When God increases your influence in heaven and upon the earth, the devil will send people into your life with the intent to derail you from your destiny. Be discerning.
Tobias means the Lord is good. When building be aware of those you call family in the Lord that have lost the understanding for where you’re going. As you advance there will be those who don’t have the capacity to go with you. Good people can become the enemies of your destiny. Don’t get bitter, bless them and move on. Sometimes you have to separate to multiply.
Geshem means rain storm. These are those who are your enemy in the open. Identifying the demonic resistance against you will help direct your warfare. Know and discern the principalities and stronghold in your regions so you can be effective
Throughout the book of Nehemiah these three came against Nehemiah relentlessly. They tried to distracted him, scheme against him, slander and accuse him, and even plotted to kill him. God was faithful to keep Nehemiah and expose the plans of the enemy every time. Nehemiah 4:14-16 says, “ “After I made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons and daughters, your wives and homes.” When our enemies heard that we knew their scheme and that God had frustrated it, every one of us returned to his own work on the wall. From that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half held spears, shields, bows, and armor.” God was faithful to his people and protected them. Throughout Nehemiah it would often say the Lord strengthened their hands to do the work (Nehemiah 2:18) God is going to release a grace upon you no matter the warfare you will succeed and overcome. What made Nehemiah and the people effective was they knew how to build in one and ready to defeat the enemy with the other hand. Don’t fear God is with you as He was with Nehemiah. He will empower you to complete what He has put in your heart to do.
I have a felt a prophetic stirring about the month of September. Where there has been a prophetic pause and reset, I see the pace shifting and picking up. September is the 9th month. Prophetically 9 is the number of fullness and birthing. In July the 7th month, the Lord showed me there was a completion happening, the turning of a new page. In August the 8th month, we stepped in a time of new beginnings, a fresh start. And now as we step into the 9th month, I see many relaunching and launching. What God has been building in you over the past few months in the hidden place, will come in view and fullness in September. September is a month of expectancy. Expect to see. Watch and see what the Lord will do in your life. As confirmation, I see a rocket launch happening in September that will bring confirmation.
Amos 9:13-15 MSG, “ ““Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” GOD ’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel: “They’ll rebuild their ruined cities. They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine. They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables. And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land. They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.” GOD, your God, says so.”
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.