A Vision of the “Season of Hunters”
On January 13th-20th, 2014, I had two visions that to me indicated that the recent killings of French Jews in a Paris kosher super market were not just “another” escalation in anti-Semitic violence in France, but that this incident was a marker of a change of seasons spiritually. Those of you who have been following our prophetic updates may remember that I had felt that 2014-2015 were two “hinge years” during which certain key events would set the stage for shifts that would have a major effect in events in the nations over the next decade. Below I share this vision, and then some prayer and action points I would encourage:
In this vision, I saw Jerusalem in a season of unusual calm, and as the eye in middle of concentric storms in the nations. The storms I saw indicated increasing shakings, especially in France, Nigeria, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, Iran, and the Arab nations.
In Jerusalem, I saw the Holy Spirit as a Dove, hovering over the Temple Mount, and continuing to restrain what Satan had intended last September and October, when I believe a great demonic dragon principality was put under a “restraining and gag order” in a dungeon for a period of time, restoring a relative peace to the Temple Mount.
In this January 13th vision, I saw above Temple Mount and the Dove, a Throne. The One sitting on it was holding leashes in His hands going out to several nations. At the end of each leash was small dragon spirit that was breathing out incitement to violence against the Jews. I believe this was a picture of the Lord allowing these demonic spirits a limited action to shake the Jewish people loose from all that holds them back in the nations, and keeps them from returning to Israel.
(This image could be understood Scripturally by what is described in 2 Chronicles 18:18-22: Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ 21 So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him and also prevail; go out and do so.’ 22 Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.” (New King James Version). This passage shows that the Lord will sometimes allow demonic spirits a limited action that does not in the end further the kingdom of darkness, but the kingdom of light. )
Then I saw the Seven-fold Spirit of the Lord circling earth, like seven winds, and the winds were blowing on backs of the Jewish people to gently push them towards returning back to Israel.
These same winds of the Breath of the Lord were also raising up and accelerating the building of “underground railways” back to Israel with houses of refuge along the way, to aid Jews who in a future time would have to flee for their lives from the places where they presently live.
Then I sensed the Lord saying: “The season of the fisherman is coming to an end. The Season of hunters is starting gradually, but will increase in intensity.”
This terminology comes from Jeremiah 16:14-16:
‘However, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when men will no longer say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,” but they will say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.” For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers. ‘But now I will send for many fishermen,’ declares the Lord, ‘and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.’ (NIV)
In a last part of the March 13th vision, I also saw this Seven-fold Spirit breathing on the Middle East, especially on refugees to open their eyes, resulting in a great harvest among Muslims, a revelation to these new believers of the Isaiah 19 Highway (see Isaiah 19:23-25 where Assyria would refer to a region that includes most of the Middle East), and a supernatural love for the Jews which would provoke them to jealousy, as they see the stark contrast between Islamists and those who come to Jesus, and are radically changed to love them.
Just as I finished seeing this vision, the worship leader (who had no idea what I had seen) started singing spontaneously for the winds of the Holy Spirit to blow more powerfully across the Middle East.
On January 20th, 2015, I received a second vision flowing from the first, and what we had received the day before in a time of intercession in Succat Hallel:
I saw the seven-fold winds of the Holy Spirit blowing from clouds over the Middle East. Then I saw the Lord “riding on a swift cloud” (see Isaiah 19:1) with lightning bolts coming from His hands, as He was coming to judge the ancient gods of Egypt and Assyria. The same winds softened hearts that were open, and hardened hearts that were closed. This was much as in ancient Egypt, when the same plagues further hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and softened the hearts of many Egyptians who came to believe in the God of Israel, and left with the Israelites to the Promised Land.
I also saw in this January 20th vision the Jewish heart, with three layers enclosing it: The first layer were chains of “death and hell” that were a result of Jewish persecution, and especially the Holocaust. The Lord took the “keys of death and hell” and unlocked these chains, causing them to fall off. Then I saw there was a layer of ice around this heart. The seven-fold winds of the Holy Spirit blew upon that ice until it melted. Thirdly, a final layer of stone was revealed. Then the finger of the Lord began to touch the stone, and each time He did, a portion of that stoniness fell off, and a heart of flesh started appearing, and this “heart of flesh” that had been frozen started beating.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
I believe the Lord is saying that we are seeing the start of a new season where He is removing the heart of stone from the Jewish people, and giving them a heart of flesh.
May we give ourselves to the full birthing of this new season.
Some Points for Prayer:
- Pray revelation and mercy on the Jewish people in the nations to return home to Israel with their families and finances, and not to wait too long, as did so many of the Jews in Europe during the Holocaust who refused to believe the signs of what would lead to the genocide of six million Jews.
- Pray mercy on the nations, to not add to, or go beyond what God is allowing. “Then the angel who was speaking to me said, “Proclaim this word: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.’ (Zechariah 1:14,15 NIV)
- Pray for Israel, that there will be a multiplication of employment opportunities, and wisdom to aid in the absorption of these new immigrants who will make “Aliya”, returning to the Land of their forefathers.
- Pray for the softening of hearts and a great Harvest and opening of the eyes of Muslims across the Middle East.
- Ask forgiveness for the Gentile Church for failing the Jewish people, especially during the Holocaust. Pray for the Gentile Church in the West to arise with finances, comfort, and houses of refuge to receive those Jewish people who may have to flee the “hunters” in the future.
- Pray for the freeing of the Jewish heart and soul from the chains of “death and hell”, for a melting of the ice, and for the stoniness of heart to break off. Pray that this 70th anniversary of the physical liberation of Auschwitz may be a time for the spiritual liberation of the Jewish people from chains of shame, rejection, and abandonment, and a time for the outpouring of the Spirit of Adoption upon their hearts.
For more information on the “Global Prayer Call” and the conferences in Auschwitz/Krakow, in the nations, and in Jerusalem, refer to the website: http://www.100-days.eu
Written by Rick Ridings in Jersualem, 22 January, 2015