Open Ears and Open Doors!

by Rebecca Olmstead on February 19, 2018

in Dreams and Visions

Blessings Friends,

We’ve hit the ground running this year. The Lord is opening up new and unexpected doors which I’m very excited about, and I’ll be sharing more about that soon.

I’ve received so many dreams and visions concerning the church and strategies of the enemy, I’ve had to take care to really press in and seek the Lord’s direction on how much to share. Much of what I’ve seen and heard in the spirit are warnings and prayer strategies, but before I start releasing that, I want to share one of the most encouraging dreams I’ve received for this new season. A powerful impartation was released to me during this dream, which I share at the end.

The Dream: I was at our county fair, an event which my family has participated in for many years. But, this time I didn’t fit in. I went to areas on the fairgrounds that were very familiar to me, trying to be a part of it, but everywhere I went it was clear I no longer belonged.

Fair

At one point, I found myself in a building watching three young ladies performing a dance routine. As they danced, I had instant knowledge that they were all completely deaf. I wondered if they could somehow feel the beat of the music, but they were never quite in sync with it. I realized then that they had memorized the dance and were simply hoping to match the music. As they danced, the tension and frustration became more evident in their faces.

When the performance was over, all three girls were suffering from excruciating headaches. They seemed to think that eating some stew would alleviate their pain and grew angry, not being served fast enough to suit them in their desperation.

As they sat, each at her own table, I raised my hands over them and began to command their ears to be opened. As I prayed, I heard the voice of the Lord behind me. He leaned closed to my ear and said, “Have I not promised open doors in this season? Prophesy open doors!”

He didn’t need to tell me twice. I did as the Lord instructed me, pressing in to see what lay beyond the open door that materialized before me. The Lord then told me that each door was as individual as the person it was for. No two doors are the same. It’s up to each of us to press in and discover our door (or doors) and pass through.

The Interpretation: There was much symbolism in this dream, as usual, so I went to the Lord and His Word for understanding—as usual. The first thing that stood out to me was where I was. A fair is a place of fun, indulgence, and strutting your stuff to win awards and accolades. But I no longer fit into these old, familiar surroundings. As disorienting and scary as this sounds, it is a fact of the Kingdom that we must embrace and submit to in faith. Even the laws of physics tell us that we cannot occupy two physical locations at the same time. In order for us to move to higher ground, we must step off of the ground we currently occupy, and start climbing.

Parched PlaceThe next thing that stood out to me was the three young ladies. As I asked the Lord about this, I kept hearing the same phrase, “Daughters of Zion.” The fact that there were three of them speaks of Divine perfection, representing the three-in-one nature of God. But who are the Daughters of Zion? The word Zion, or Tsiyon in Hebrew, means “parched place” and also “signpost” [1].

Bear in mind that the use of the word, “daughter” is not about the gender, but the nature of the individual. One of the root words of “daughter” or “bath” in Hebrew, is banah, meaning to build up or establish.

“Go on through, go on through the gates, clear the way for the people! Build up a highway, build it up! Clear away the stones! Raise a banner for the peoples!” Isaiah 62:10 CJB

The other root word is ben which means “son,” referring to having children. So, a daughter is one who multiplies, building up the house. But before a daughter can multiply, she must first become a bride. In this case, the Bride of Christ. And, what house is she building up? The House of God. Zion is also called the City of David. It is a mountain of Jerusalem and the permanent capital, and with Jesus seated on the throne of David, it represents the seat of authority in the Kingdom of God.

So, here we see the destiny of the Daughters of Zion, as signposts (raising up a banner) pointing the way to and multiplying or building up the Kingdom of God. But how do they do this? Looking back to the literal meaning of Zion, “parched place” we see the character of the Daughters of Zion. They are those who thirst for the Living Water above all else, relentlessly pursuing the Lord day and night.

Daughter of Zion

We are even shown how they do this in the name Zion, or City of David, by looking to David himself. Above all, David was a man of prayer and worship, which is why he was a man after God’s own heart. His relentless pursuit of God enabled him to know God’s true nature, giving him all the more reason to worship Him.

Isaiah gives us a picture of what will happen to a parched place, when we turn away from the world and seek after the Lord with all our hearts.

“Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped;
then the lame man will leap like a deer,
and the mute person’s tongue will sing.
For in the desert, springs will burst forth,
streams of water in the ‘Aravah [desert];
the sandy mirage [parched land] will become a pool,
the thirsty ground springs of water.
The haunts where jackals lie down will become
a marsh filled with reeds and papyrus.

A highway will be there, a way,
called the Way of Holiness.
The unclean will not pass over it,
but it will be for those whom he guides —
fools will not stray along it” Isaiah 35:5-8
CJB.

So, now we know who was dancing in the dream. The only problem was, they couldn’t hear Heaven’s music. They were focused on performance, and they were trying to do it their way. This brought intense pain because they were trying to intellectualize the process of worship and make it about outward appearances.

This is in no way a criticism or judgment. Think of it as a heads-up. An opportunity to reassess our walk with the Lord and realign with Holy Spirit. These spiritual disconnects can be caused by a number of things: demonic interference, distraction, and pride being a few. Isaiah 3:16-17 speaks of a falling away of the Daughters of Zion, warning us that we must never lose sight of our first love.

StewThe dancers in my dream sought to remedy their pain with worldly food symbolized by stew, or by satisfying the lusts of the flesh. The first we read of stew in the Bible is when Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of lentils, so this is a big red flag. However, in spite of this, in Isaiah, Chapter 4 we see that God’s ultimate plan is the restoration of the Daughters of Zion.

So it was in my dream. I was immediately aware that I was there for a purpose, and without a thought, I raised my hands and began to command their ears to open. But I was thinking too small. The Father’s plan for the Daughters of Zion goes far beyond restoring us to our former state. His desire is for us to go above and beyond what we ever imagined! The Lord had to remind me not to just declare what I know should be, but the very destinies only He can know and reveal!

“Have I not promised open doors in the season?” He asked. “Declare open doors!”

As I mentioned in my previous post, “A New Year: Playing With Fire,” the fulfillment of prophecy requires not only our faith, but our humble obedience. It is vital in this season that we set aside all previous perceptions and head knowledge—about ourselves and God—repent of wrong attitudes, and seek Him with all our hearts.

The Lord is opening doors into the new! But, as He recently showed me in a more recent vision, the openings are small, and only a newborn can pass through. Yes, this is a birthing process, and as the body of a baby (specifically the head) must be supple and pliant to pass through the birth canal, so must we become in spirit. Surrendering to the process and trusting the hands of the Great Physician to deliver us into our new.

Open Door

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait! So, if you are ready to leave the old behind and be birthed into your new, lift up your hands now and receive it!

The Impartation:

By the authority granted to me by our Lord, Jesus Christ, I command spiritual ears be open now! Let the voice of the Lord and the music of Heaven be heard loudly and clearly, that the Daughters of Zion may dance in harmony with the God of All Creation! I decree and declare open doors in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, that the Daughters of Zion may be birthed into their new season of glory, going higher and closer to the heart of God than we have ever been before. That we may bring the Glory of God to Earth in our worship, praise, and honor! As the word of God was spoken to me, so let it be done! Amen! And Amen!

Let me know what the Lord is showing you and doing in and through you as you press in. And please let me know how I can pray for you. This is an amazing time to be alive in Christ! Let us encourage one another with our testimonies as we pray for one another. All to the glory of God!

God’s grace and peace be yours,

Rebecca

[1] Strong’s Concordance

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A New Year: Playing with Fire

by Rebecca Olmstead on January 13, 2018

in Promise of the Day

Blessings Friends and Happy New Year!

Here we are in 2018, 5778 on the Hebrew calendar, both numbers ending in eight, signifying abundance and new beginnings. I’m reading and hearing so many prophetic words focusing on this eight, speaking about all the great new things being poured out from Heaven this year, which is great—but we are not in 2008, we are in 2018.

2018

I, too, have been pressing in to hear what the Lord has to say about the new year. Beginning with the symbolic meaning of the number 18. Eighteen is basically 2, which can represent either unity or division, times 9, which is the number of judgment or finality. What I heard in the spirit was that this is a year of separating the sheep from the goats in the church. As we learned in our study of Amos, the Church is by no means exempt from the great shaking we are seeing in the other mountains of influence today.

With all the prophesies about mantles being released, double portions, and breaker anointings, what I’m not reading and hearing is how to position yourself to receive all these great things. The impression being that all we have to do is say, “Yes,” and “Amen,” and the gifts are ours. But the release of a prophetic word isn’t the end of the story, it’s just the beginning. There are conditions which must be met to bring prophecy to fruition. The gifts the Lord gives come with responsibilities and expectations of stewardship. The Lord will not give you what you are not prepared to steward. He does not set us up for failure.

Even as with the priests in the Temple, we must be prepared to enter into the Holy of Holies. I’m not talking about Salvation, I’m talking about hosting the presence of the Living God. Even though the veil has been torn, granting us access, there are still things which cannot enter into the presence of God, which is why James wrote (to the Church, not to the unsaved),

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” James 4:8-10.

Jesus may be our sin offering, but He did not eliminate the other sacrifices, He merely brought them home. We may not offer bulls on the altar, but we must sacrifice our souls. Our willful desires, which the bull symbolizes.

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all”  1 Chronicles 29:11.

 

Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10.

We may not offer rams, but we must sacrifice our bodies. Our power and governing authority, which the ram symbolizes.

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20.

 

 “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder” Isaiah 9:6.

We may not sacrifice lambs, but we must sacrifice our spirits, our weakness, worry, fear, which the lamb represents.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” John 10:27.    

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” 1 Peter 5:6, 7.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths”
Proverbs 3:5, 6

SanctificaConsecrate Yourselvestion is the process of the Holy Spirit, gradually revealing the unclean parts of us that need to be laid on the altar and consumed by God’s Holy Fire, cleansing us from within that we might dwell continually in His presence. That we might be pure conduits for His power on Earth, unhindered by enemy strongholds, hidden or unrealized sin that keeps us from hearing the Lord clearly and seeing His creation through His eyes. It is a process His bride submits to daily, replacing the stench of the world with the sweet aroma of Heaven in preparation for her Bridegroom.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

In fact it’s more like the wonderful aroma of coffee brewing in the morning. It smells so good…and then you take a sip of that bitter blackness and have to reach for the cream and sugar just to get it down. But there’s no cream and sugar in sanctification. Only the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the sweetness of worship to get you through. I can say that in all honesty, because I’ve just survived another trip through the fiery furnace.

I’m a little late with my New Year’s message this year because, frankly, I ended 2017 in a pretty dark place. In fact, it was probably the biggest crisis of faith I’ve experience to date. I don’t share this to gain sympathy or discourage you, but because I strive for authenticity and transparency in my walk, in the hope that it will strengthen your faith and encourage you when you face similar trials.

The enemy did his best to convince me that I was fooling myself into thinking I could be of use to the Lord and His Kingdom, using the death of a precious friend, overwhelming me with “prophecy” contradicting what I was seeing in the spirit, creating strife in my family, and, as always, one of the enemy’s particular favorites, severing the lines of communication between my husband and myself, isolating me even more. Thankfully, I’ve been paying attention and learning from my enemy, who is consistent if nothing else…not that that made this go-around easy, it just helped me fight wiser.

Accuser

So what did I do? In spite of the voice of the enemy roaring in my ear, “GIVE UP! GOD ISN’T LISTENING TO YOU! HE WON’T ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS!” I continued to drag myself up to my prayer room at 5 every morning for two hours, forcing myself to focus on God’s promises to me (dreams, visions, and words spoken over me), praying in tongues, and waiting on Him.

In spite of my weariness and fatigue, I returned to my prayer room at midday with my young daughter to sing praises, worship our Almighty God, and soak in His presence.

In spite of the lies bombarding me with, “YOU’RE NO PROPHET! YOU’RE NOT HEARING WHAT OTHER PROPHETS ARE HEARING! WHY WOULD GOD TALK TO YOU?, keeping me from sleep, I fought against them, praying in the spirit and worshipping until sleep came.

With childlike defiance, I clung to God’s promises that,

No weapon made will prevail against you. In court you will refute every accusation. The servants of Adonai inherit all this; the reward for their righteousness is from me,” says Adonai” Isaiah 54:17 CJB.

and…

Yeshua said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Remember, I have given you authority; so you can trample down snakes and scorpions, indeed, all the Enemy’s forces; and you will remain completely unharmed’” Luke 10:18, 19 CJB.

Again, I’m not sharing this to show you what an awesome warrior I am. I know it was only by God’s grace that I overcame. I’m not proud of how close I came to walking away from ministry, but at the same time I never considered walking away from God, so I’m thankful for that. And it is because of past battles that I have learned to discern the enemy’s tactics and how to fight back. That said, I still have a long way to go.

I laugh now, because once the lines of communication were restored between my husband and me and he began to encourage me, reminding me of one of his favorite Bible heroes, Job, it was as if a light switched on. I started laughing, and my husband of course asked why. I had suddenly remembered the words I had been praying every morning for months—“Sanctify me by Your Holy Fire!”

Somehow, when the Fire came—in answer to my request—I kind of forgot I had been asking for it!

Looking back, it’s a little unnerving to think that lies could make me doubt or even forget such powerful visions, like the one I shared in “Stronger Than Ever!” just this past Rosh Hashanah. But it stands to reason that each time I defeat a demon, the next one (or ones) to be sent in will be more powerful than the last. Like any battle field, in the smoke, noise, chaos, and physical and emotional pain, what elevates survivors to victors is the ability to transform training into instinct. How do we do that? Practice, practice, practice.

Basic Training

 

 

 

 

“Meanwhile, through trusting, you are being protected by God’s power for a deliverance ready to be revealed at the Last Time. Rejoice in this, even though for a little while you may have to experience grief in various trials. Even gold is tested for genuineness by fire. The purpose of these trials is so that your trust’s genuineness, which is far more valuable than perishable gold, will be judged worthy of praise, glory and honor at the revealing of Yeshua the Messiah” 1 Peter 1:5-7 CJB.

So will I stop asking God to sanctify me by His Holy Fire? NO WAY!

The burning furnace isn’t my idea of a great time, but each time the Lord brings me through it I lose a little more of myself, and gain a little more of Him. The more like Him I become, and the more AWESOME He becomes to me.

One day I will be as Jesus in the wilderness, facing off with Satan, and dispatching him swiftly and thoroughly. And I, too, will be able to say,

“He [the ruler of this world] has no claim on me; rather, this is happening so that the world may know that I love the Father, and that I do as the Father has commanded me” John 14:30, 31 CJB.

While the gifts of God are wonderful and to be desired, know that it is not merely His gifts that make us mighty in Christ, but the proving of His good and perfect will on Earth through the sanctification of His saints. So, don’t just sit idly by waiting for the gifts to start raining down. Cry out to God, “Sanctify my by Your Holy Fire, Lord! Cleanse my hands and purify my heart! Make me a holy vessel to carry Your presence and glory!” Then, like a warrior training for battle, submit to the process. Learn. Grow. Trust. And when the enemy comes to temper you, don’t curl up in a ball and cry, “Uncle!” Stand up! Put on your armor! Raise your sword, and yell, “You want a piece of me?!”

Then worship the Lord with all your might—and watch God work!

Warring Angel

“Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.
Through God we will do valiantly,
For it is He who shall tread down our enemies”
Psalm 108:12, 13

Next time, I’ll be sharing some of the amazing dreams and visions the Lord has given me concerning the Church in this season. Until then,

God’s grace and peace be yours,

Rebecca

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