Restaurant Rows to Close
October 26, 2022 11:14 PM
October 27, 2022
In a dream vision, the Holy Spirit took me to what looked like a main street in a town, the kind of block that would be called a “Restaurant Row”. It was daytime, when most restaurants are open, so I decided to step inside the restaurant before me and see what the place offered.
I walked through the entrance, and though a staff member was there, the place looked dim. Suddenly, I realized the place was closed, even though the front door had not been locked to customers. But it wasn’t just closed for a few hours between shifts, the way many eating establishments set their schedules. The tables and chairs had been pushed aside as if for floor cleaning or waxing. Some of the furniture appeared to be missing. The overhead lighting was off, and the place looked half-empty. A few lights remained on, just enough to see one’s way around. Overall, the place looked dismal and cave-like.
I spoke to the woman manager, who informed me, almost apologetically, “We’re closed and don’t know when we’ll open again. If ever.” She looked sad and lost as if she was grieving. “The restaurant next door closed first, and we thought we might make it, but we’re not. We’re closing our doors.”
When I awoke from the dream vision, I asked the Holy Spirit what message He wanted to share through the vision. Then he asked me, “What would cause so many restaurants to close down at once? The answers to that question are the message.” Then I remembered how COVID-19 had caused so many restaurants and small retail businesses to fail. Lockdowns and quarantine, customer seating spacing regulations, supply chain problems, worker layoffs, the decrease in disposable incomes—all led to the closure of restaurants.
But then the Holy Spirit told me to add more to the “mix”—a new and more dangerous plague, an economic crash, currency failure, food shortages, and war—that would close down far more than restaurants across the nation.
Restaurant owners and employees, God in His mercy is giving you advance warning of what is to come. Prepare yourselves and families. Ask for God’s provision now and in the times ahead, and remember that repentance makes way for receiving His bounty.
1 Kings 17:2-17 NIV
Elijah Fed by Ravens
2 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
5 So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
Job 38:41 NIV
41 Who provides food for the raven
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?
Psalms 23:1 NIV
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Psalms 37:18-17 NI
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
Psalms 132:15 NIV
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;
her poor I will satisfy with food.
Isaiah 58:6-9 NIV
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
Matthew 6:31 NIV
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Luke 12:24 NIV
24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Romans 8:32 NIV
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 NIV
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Philippians 4:6 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
1 Timothy 5:8 NIV
8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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