December 2, 2020 10:01 AM
On 4/17/2020 I saw a vision of a naked man. Then I saw myself covering him with towels. End of Vision
The Lord revealed to me that the reason the man was naked is because he was living in unrepentant sin. When the woman covered his nakedness (sin) with a towel that meant she was interceding on his behalf with God. She was going to God in prayer asking for forgiveness of the man’s sins and asking that he be saved.
Job 22:30 says that “HE WILL DELIVER ONE WHO IS NOT INNOCENT; YES, HE WILL BE DELIVERED BY THE PURITY OF YOUR HANDS”. When I came across that verse, it filled me with so much hope for all the people in my life who are deceived, backslidden and unsaved. There is actually something I can do to help them – I can intercede on their behalf. As long as I continue to keep myself as pure as possible by inviting God to examine my heart daily, to repent of anything He doesn’t like, to walk in his ways, and to be obedient, I believe my loved ones will be saved!
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Balaam and his talking donkey. I used to read that story over and over, fascinated by the talking donkey, wondering about the deeper meaning. Recently the Lord revealed to me that the talking donkey was actually an intercessor! Balaam was walking in flagrant sin before the Lord and not even aware of it. His eyes were closed to not only his sin but to the fact that the Lord was about to pass judgment on him and take him out. It took a talking donkey (his intercessor) to stop the Lord’s judgment. First the donkey walked off the path where the angel of the Lord stood. Then she crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. Finally she lay down on the ground so that Balaam couldn’t go forward. And what reward did the interceding donkey receive for all her efforts? She got beaten and persecuted by Balaam. Balaam even wanted to kill the donkey. And isn’t that still so true today? Many of God’s people are trying to warn the “Balaam’s” of this generation of God’s impending judgment for unrepented sin and what do they receive in return? Often times it is mockery, scorn, unbelief, persecution, excoriation – just to name a few.
Another interesting little tidbit is in Genesis 49:14 where Jacob said of his son Issachar: “Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens”. Now I’m sure Issachar must have loved hearing that description of himself from his dad! But I actually think Jacob meant it in a good way. My interpretation is that Issachar was an intercessor and he was crouching down like Balaam’s donkey in order to stop the Lord’s judgment from falling on those he was praying for. Regarding the 2 burdens, I think that one of those burdens is one that all of us have – the burden of working out our own salvation with fear and trembling like Paul says. And I believe that the other burden may be the burden of carrying/covering others – the interceded ones.
Want more proof of the power of intercession? Consider the story of Abigail meeting David for the first time. She interceded on behalf of her husband, who was too selfish to share some of his food with David and his men after they had been protecting him. So what did Abigail do? She gathered up some of her food (a sacrifice), offered it to David, humbled herself before him, and asked David for forgiveness of her husband’s sins. And her intercession worked – David spared all the men on her land from death that day.
JOB 22:30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.” (NKJV)
JOB 22:30 He delivers even the one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” (ESV)
JOB 22:30 He will even rescue the guilty one, who will be rescued by the purity of your hands. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
JOHN 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
JAMES 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
NUMBERS 22 (the story of Balaam and his donkey)
THE SINS OF BALAAM:
• He was a diviner (Numbers 22:7 and Numbers 24:1)
• He did not convey God’s message to the people accurately (Numbers 22:12-13)
• He disobeyed God’s command (Numbers 22:20-21)
GENESIS 49:14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:15And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
1 SAMUEL 25 (the story of Abigail meeting David)
ROMANS 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.