I was walking in the park today and saw a cloud that looked to me like tongs. Immediately, I thought of the Scripture in Isaiah 6:6-8: “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.’ And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.'”
Later on the walk, I saw another cloud that looked to me like a skeleton lying down. And I heard in my spirit, “I will raise up skeletons, and they will walk.”
Later, I came to a great spreading oak tree. I was impressed in my spirit that there was something Scripturally significant about it. When I got home, I did a keyword Bible search of the word, “Oak” and was surprised how many times it is mentioned in regards to people sitting under its shade or people committing iniquity under it or people’s bones being buried under it or memorials being set up under it. It is distinguished as a place of shade. From it, Absalom, the son of King David was hanged because his hair had caught in it. It seems to be as a canopy under which are committed the acts of men. I sensed that it was a metaphor for something.
Later, I prayed and asked the Lord if He had a meaning to give His people related to the oak tree. In my spirit, He answered:
It is indeed a metaphor of the canopy of Heaven under which all men live and die, rest and commit war, under which they find ease. But those who have not sought me and have rather worshipped the created things are indeed cursed, like Absalom who sought his own power and glory rather than waiting on me. And like Absalom who was caught in the branches of the oak, men will be caught by their own folly and reap the rewards of their own labor–a labor that does not honor me and will end in death. I will bring an end to their labor because it was for the glorification of the earth which I have made and not for my honor and glory. And while the shade of the pleasures of this earth was meant to cause men to look to me in praise and to rest their weary bodies for the continuance of work that brings me honor, that shade rather ended in acts of indecency, self-indulgence, and hedonism, which is idolatry.
Ezekiel 6:13: “And you shall know that I am the LORD, when their slain lie among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every leafy oak, wherever they offered pleasing aroma to all their idols.”
Isaiah 57:1-5: “The righteous man perishes,
and no one lays it to heart;
devout men are taken away,
while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;
he enters into peace;
they rest in their beds
who walk in their uprightness.
But you, draw near,
sons of the sorceress,
offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman.
Whom are you mocking?
Against whom do you open your mouth wide
and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
the offspring of deceit,
you who burn with lust among the oaks,
under every green tree,
who slaughter your children in the valleys,
under the clefts of the rocks?”
I continued my walk, and once again, I saw another image in the clouds. At first I saw what looked like a great big wing with feathers. Then as I looked closer, I saw what looked like a great eagle in flight. I did not see its head but the great wings that were spread. I immediately thought of the Scripture, “But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). The Lord continued in my spirit:
As surely as the evil man will be destroyed in his way, so also the righteous man will be raised up. It will be clear the Lord distinguishes between the righteous and the wicked! Thus says the LORD, and it will be accomplished! Do not fear, my daughter, those things that are about to come to pass. My people will shine like the stars and like the sons of righteousness in a dark and weary land. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’ Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel”