After my deliverance process started two Sundays ago (20.08.17) I tried to lie down in the afternoon to take a nap. Although I was exhausted I could not sleep. As soon as I closed my eyes, I would hear a voice praying and I heard the words as tongues in my mind. I recognised it as tongues because the words and the sounds were the same as the tongues that I usually pray in when I pray in the Spirit. I was unable to sleep because the praying was really fervent. But because I was so exhausted, I did not open my mouth to speak out the words that were being uttered by my Spirit. It was the same later that night. I was able to catch a few hours of sleep but most of the night I would be woken up by that praying voice. I cannot claim full understanding, but I believe that the Holy spirit was interceding on my behalf and I could hear him.
Romans 8:26 (NKJV)
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The next day on Monday, I was more rested and I spent a lot of time in the evening singing, worshiping and praying in tongues in my room and then I slept. Early in the morning on the 22.08.17 I was suddenly woken up from my sleep. I woke up very alert and the following words suddenly rushed through my mind:
“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.”
I was suprised because I did not know that verse (Joel 2: 28) off by heart (now I do). Thereafter I suddenly started to speak in a torrent of tongues. The tongues were flowing and bubbling up from somewhere deep within, just like a river. They came out in a joyful stream. I have never experienced something like this ever since I have been baptised with the Holy Spirit. I rejoiced in my soul and kept flowing. I then prayed and asked God to give me an interpretation. This is when God opened my eyes and I saw a vision.
In the vision I was standing on a mountain edge, and there were thousands of people standing in the desert before me. I saw myself shouting out to the crowd. I was given the translation of the tongues and I understood the words that the Spirit was uttering. They were words of encouragement and exhortation. I understood that the multitude that was gathered were believers and the words that I was speaking were to encourage, impart faith, set them on fire, comfort them and to rev them up for the battle. They were words affirming that the Lord would give them victory over their enemies, although they were outnumbered 1 to a 1 000, even 1 to 10 000. They were words informing them that the Lord of Hosts would go before them, that they would run and overtake their enemies and destroy them with the Sword and the Truth.
It was an amazing vision and I praised and worshiped God afterwards.
Two days later, in the middle of a three day fast, I was praying in tongues and I felt that my spirit was grieved. I kept praying and asked the Lord to reveal to me why my spirit was grieved. At that point I received another vision. I was standing on exactly the same mountain as in my previous vision, but instead of a multitude of people standing in the desert, there was a huge crater in the earth and I saw that it was full of bones. I understood that the previous vision I had received was the future, and the vision I was now seeing was the present. I understood that the Holy Spirit was grieved because there was still so much work to do.
I heard the voice of the Lord speak and He revealed to me that now is the time of the gathering. God is gathering his prophets throughout the earth, prophets who uphold holiness and faithfulness, prophets who have laid down their lives to become prisoners of the Lord, prophets who have the heart of Ezekiel; such prophets is the Lord sanctifying and gathering, He will take them to the valley of dry bones and command them to prophecy over the dry bones and they shall come to life.
If you feel that you have been called into the office of prophecy, your great time is coming when God will use you to exhort, edify and comfort to the soldiers in His army. He is taking you now through a time of preparation and sanctification so that He can pour out even more of His spirit upon you. Prepare your heart and go through the refining fire with joy and gladness. You will be instrumental in the raising up of the army of the Lord of Hosts. Use this time to study the Scriptures, write them down in your heart. As a prophet the Word of the Lord should flow out of your mouth. Record your dreams and visions. Step out in faith, find other prophets in your city and grow in your gift, invest in books and learning material but always test the Spirits that you may not be deceived. Go and get a deliverance and in doing so you will be cleaning up your house, get rid of all your strongholds and footholds. To those who are undergoing the sanctification process here, here is a verse that can encourage you.
Ezekiel 36:25-28 (NKJV)
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.