This message came initially to a small group of believers, thus there are references that might not be familiar to the casual reader. The following message, Resurrection Life, is also part of an ongoing dialog between certain believers, and also contains references that might not be familiar to the casual reader. This dialog that is opening is not limited or exclusive in any way, but open to all that are hungry.
1 ¶ And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it.
2 Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.
4 Each of them will sit under his vine And under his fig tree, With no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
We have come to the mystical fulfillment of these verses. We are not interested in the state of the world, per se, but what God is opening for us in the realm of spirit. For many years the emphasis has been on Joel 3.
9 ¶ Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
10 Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
We are passing from the realm of war into the realm of planting and harvest. As Ecclesiastes states, there is a season for everything under heaven. “A time of planting . . .” Warfare and battle as we have known it will continue to fade as we move deeper into Zion, the realm of spirit. We are coming into the days of Isa. 51:11: “So the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, And everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
It is no coincidence that our swords are to be hammered into plowshares. The instruments of war become the instruments of fruitfulness. Hammered is also a pertinent term. God does a deep work in us; He hammers us coming and going. We first learn to war, and He hammers us until we can wield the sword of the Spirit. He hammers us until we learn how to fight and resist all of the Adamic nature’s influence over us. God then hammers us into instruments of peace. The planting and sowing of seed is indicative of the realm of peace. Our spears becoming pruning hooks express the tending of the garden of the Lord. We are all going to be God’s farmers! Tune into it. Farmers express the opposite of soldiers. We are moving into the days of peace. God will continue to deal with us, but we have turned a corner. Things are to become easier as far as finding God’s heart for us. It is to be according to Isa. 65:24: “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” It’s all about the relationship God desires to have with us. Many things have been withheld because we were not yet in the realm where He could be to us His heart’s desire. But we are entering now. How important our last couple of Saturday meetings have been! They have defined to us the distinction of soul and spirit, of one realm’s dominion over another.
All of Zion has waited for this hour. She is to be exceedingly fruitful. If we have read the book Zion is a Relationship, we understand how all of the prophecies of Zion point toward many sons coming forth. They shall come forth very quickly. God’s sons are to be as plants grown up in their youth (Ps. 144). If we were reading a novel, we would say, “Now we are getting to the good part.” Everything has led up to this present hour of fruitfulness.
Prepared hearts are of the utmost importance right now. When the seasons of God open to us, we cannot take advantage of them unless our hearts are prepared to walk in the releases. It is very impersonal. God turns loose something, and as many who are prepared, enter in. “Whosoever” is the word of the hour. It only becomes personal as we step in. It doesn’t matter at what point we enter. Jesus told the parable of how those who entered the landowner’s vineyard at the last hour received the same wages as those who had born the heat of the day (Mat. 20). John (Robert Stevens) used to say that if you join a wagon train in Texas that started in the East, you don’t have to go back to the beginning. You just fall in from where you join. And so it is for us. Our greatest joy is to see each one of God’s sheep entering into the joy of their Master. All that is necessary now is to have eager, hungry hearts for the Lord. This is our preparation. If we are busy and distracted by other things, this hour will pass us by. It’s a steadfast focus that will sweep us into the great rivers of joy set before us. It is God’s delight to give us our desires on every level. The only criteria are that our focus upon Him never waver.