No More Delay! The Almond Tree Has Blossomed
December 18, 2019
If you would like strategy in these pivotal times of possessing, I encourage you to read this word; it just may hold keys for you.
An Interception of Time
This past November was an intense month full of intentional intercession and partnering with the Word of the Lord in agreement that it is time to possess promises. As I look back over this time, the theme in my dreams and intercession has been the enemy trying to hold back promises and intercept timing through DELAY.
Daniel 7:25, "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law..."
Seeking to interfere with time is one of the enemy's key strategies in seeking to frustrate the saints' purposes and rob them from powerful faith that is needed to inherit. He uses this strategy to cause discouragement and a "sick heart" by hope being deferred (Romans 4:16, Galatians 6:9, Proverbs 13:12).
Early on November 10, 2019, I had a dream someone was trying to give birth or give me promises but I somehow couldn't receive. Then in the next scene of my dream, I saw an hour glass nearly about to run out of sand, and I felt the sense that "time is running out."
I believe, in some ways, this part of the battle of possessing promises was against time. We must understand that in possessing and inheriting, battling and advancing, we are engaging different enemies at different stages of our advancement, and in this case, this enemy has been fierce. Discouragement was almost like a wedge of defeat that had to be fully overcome and dislodged if this battle was to be won.
When you feel in your heart that you are not able to go on and endure one more disappointment, this can cripple your advancement, and thus the enemy's plan can look like it is succeeding.
"000" and "Reset"
For two days following this dream I kept seeing "000" EVERYWHERE, and I kept hearing the word "reset" over and over. Not fully understanding this, I just trusted that the Lord would reveal exactly what He was trying to show me.
Interestingly enough, a few days after this dream and after I started seeing "000" and hearing "reset," my intercession partner sent me an excerpt from "Prayers and Declarations that Open the Courts of Heaven" by Robert Henderson. It was the passage was from chapter 10 on "Resetting Timing in the Courts of Heaven."
My intercession partner didn't know about the dream I had just had, nor what I was hearing about "reset," so I knew this was the Holy Spirit walking us through a very strategic battle strategy to overcome the enemy's tactics and plans. The actual title to the chapter used the word "Resetting." WOW. God is good!
As I interceded through the confessions laid out in this chapter and began to receive healing for a "sick heart," I began to feel a significant shifting and breakthrough take place. However, I felt the battle on time wasn't fully over.
You Are on Your Last Trip Around Jericho
The following week during Sunday service, I went into a prophetic space in worship. I saw the sun going down and I heard in the spirit, "Oh, no! The sun is going down!" I understood this to mean the "pressing of time," the feeling that time was running out. I then heard the Lord say, "No, you are just on your last trip around Jericho!"
The vision opened up and the Lord began to show me that on the last day of triumph at Jericho, the Israelites marched seven times around the walls Jericho – every other day before that it was only once, so it would make sense that the sun was going down on their last trip around on that final day (Joshua 6).
You see, as we are getting closer to our breakthrough, when it is "possession time," we find ourselves close to those impenetrable walls of Jericho. We are no longer viewing them from a distance and seeing the promise from afar. The inheritance the Lord has given you is right behind those intimidating walls that scream, "Impossible!"
But when we are at the threshold of breakthrough we have to keep striking the ground, circling the city with intentionality and in a saturated, focused fashion until the shout of victory can be released from our bellies.
We don't fight against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12); our fight to possess is in the spirit through intercession. We must continue partnering with the Lord in strategy and intense focus in order to fully defeat our enemy.
Offensive warfare is very different from defensive warfare, and right now, in this season, the saints are in offensive warfare; they are possessing and taking back what the Lord has given them. You must keep striking the ground in intercession until victory. This analogy is explained in 2 Kings 13.
So back to the sun going down. I felt the enemy was seeking to spin another story in the ears of those who are in the midst of possessing. He was seeking to twist the narrative and spell out an outcome that isn't true. This is his tactic. He throws projections and thoughts at you in the realm of the spirit so that you will believe and align with the lies and not with what the Lord has said. This could be projections of outcomes of defeat, fear, catastrophe, and thoughts that if you don't get your breakthrough it's all over! But that's all they are – projections. They are smoke screens and not truth.
Where the enemy is screaming, "The sun is going down on you!" the Lord is saying, "No. It's just your final trip around Jericho!" You are getting ready to shout, for the Lord says, "I am filling your belly with a sound of victory you have never released. I am filling your vocal cords with a blast of frequency that is going to see the enemy flee seven ways. Wait, just wait, and expect Me!"
Isaiah 64:4, "From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides You, who acts for those who wait for Him."
In the Hebrew language word "active" means "active, operative, effectual, powerful, accomplish, to do; to be mighty in."
So the Lord is going to powerfully accomplish His Word and be mighty for those who "wait" on Him. In other words, He does this for those who don't try to do it in their own strength, but flow with His timing and partner with His strategy in prayer, faith and intercession.
Command the Sun to Stand Still
The next morning, my mind was taken to the Scripture in Joshua 10:12-13 where Joshua commanded the sun to stand still so the nation could take vengeance upon their enemies:
"Then Joshua spoke to the Lord on the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, and he said in the sight of Israel, 'Sun, be silent and stand still at Gibeon, and you, moon, in the Valley of Ajalon!' And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance upon their enemies..."
If you are feeling you are in a war against time, in your health, finances or other pressing situations in your battle for victory, know that you have the authority to command time to stand still until vengeance against the enemy has fully taken place.
For awhile, I just sat on this revelation, not feeling a full release at the time to press into it in prayer. We must also understand that the Lord fills our hearts with revelation to bring it to a fullness of time in power. I will continue in my story and you will see what I mean by this.
After holding this word in my heart and meditating on it, a few days later I had another dream pertaining to delay. In this dream, the sun was going down and I was being "locked" out of my inheritance. The current owners of that which I was seeking to possess came at "closing time" in the afternoon. They locked the doors and said, "Sorry, too late. You didn't get the victory in time."
In this dream, the Lord revealed different blockages that needed to be prayed into which were hindering the breakthrough. These can be bloodline hindrances that need to be rectified in prayer, as was the case in my dream. So I prayed into this as the Lord led and received the victory.
Can you see now why we have to flow with the timing of the Lord in strategy and in intercession? I would not have been able to stand in victory, commanding the sun to stand still, when these things needed to be rectified.
Interestingly enough, that same morning after having this dream, while I was driving my daughter to a birthday party, I saw on a sign, "NOV. 999." The Lord was speaking to me regarding November, and said, "Anita, this is the month of restitution, recompense, victory and justice." So I thought, "OK, keep fighting on, keep pushing through, keep striking the ground, and the turnaround will come!"
The Victory Over Time
In the last week of November, I felt intense warfare from the enemy. As a confirmation of this from the Spirit, I was seeing "000" and "666" everywhere. I was thinking, "OK. There is more warfare needed here to reset the works of the enemy (666)."
In 2018, the Lord gave me a dream about Him restoring fortunes from Psalm 126. In my dream I saw a gold box, and written above it was "666." I then saw the numbers flip to "999." I knew the number 9 symbolizes divine completeness or conveys the meaning of finality in the Hebrew language, and I understood this to mean that where the enemy was holding God's people's inheritance through the demonic plans and works through man, the Lord was bringing complete recompense and justice (999) and bringing forth a restitution.
When I was seeing "666" everywhere I knew this meant the enemy's works needed to be flipped on their head.
As November came to a close, and with the Lord continually confirming this demonic resistance against us fully breaking through, He brought me another physical sign. On November 28, I was walking through the grocery store and heard on the radio the words, "I won't let the sun go down on me!" I was particularly drawn to the words, "I won't." In other words, the Lord was saying, "Anita, you have a responsibility here, now, to take what is yours by using your authority."
The next day, November 29, was my team intercession. I shared all of the previous week's occurrences with everyone, and we all collectively understood it was time to command the sun to stand still. So, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we appropriated this in intercession and felt in our spirits that it was indeed done.
The Almond Tree Blossoming – a Sign of Breakthrough
On December 1, I ask the Lord early in the morning, "Father, can You please confirm that indeed there was a shift, and that we fully got the breakthrough over delay?"
Forgetting I had prayed this prayer in the early hours of the morning, as I was later standing in worship during Sunday service, I went into a vision. In the vision I saw a blossoming branch with gorgeous pink flowers.
I was reminded of Jeremiah 1:11-12 (AMPC):
"Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a branch or shoot of an almond tree [the emblem of alertness and activity, blossoming in late winter]. Then said the Lord to me, you have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it."
One commentary on this passage on Biblehub.com explains the meaning of the almond tree as the "watcher tree that hastens to awake out of its wintery sleep, and thus expresses the divine haste which would not cause delay to the fulfillment of its gracious promise, but would, as it were, make it bud and blossom, and bear fruit."
WOW! This was the answer to the prayer I prayed in the early hours of the morning on December 1. The Lord said that the almond tree blossoming signifies NO MORE DELAY. The word of the Lord is coming to fulfillment in DIVINE HASTE (which is the opposite to delay), and will bear much fruit! We have broken through! 666 has now been turned to 999!
Get ready to shout, shout, shout! For the Lord has given you the city (Joshua 6:16)!
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