“God said to Moses: “Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea: Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground.” Exodus 14:15-16, THE MESSAGE)
When the Holy Spirit starts moving in a gathering of His people, things begin to happen. The anticipation is building. The atmosphere is stirred. The prophetic ministry starts to flow. I love it!
On April 7, 2019, in the Sunday morning service of Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina, the worship team had completed our last song on the list. Two hours before that, the leader Toni Bogart had seen me sitting in the back-row chairs of The Barn auditorium, as I had gotten there early to listen to the team practice, starting around 8 am. I was not scheduled to be one of the vocals that day, but shortly after their practice start, Toni called me out and asked if I wanted to join them for the worship. Of course, I said, “Yes!” (She told me later that two others had been scheduled but weren’t able to make it that day.)
When the meeting began two hours later, as is the norm we finished the first song before Dr. Peter Wyns came to greet the people. From that point on all gathered were free to leave their seats and participate in communion at the front table as the next progression of songs were sung. I don’t recall the list exactly, for I hadn’t seen it until then. Of the five songs, I had heard two before, and asked the Lord to help me! One was sung by Kari Jobe, entitled “Worship the Great I Am”, and another I knew by the worship artist Julie Meyer, “Unto the Lamb”. These two were last on the list.
Even during practice, I could sense the anointing of the Holy Spirit on them.
When the Holy Spirit moves in my spirit prior to receiving a prophetic word, my heart begins to race a bit. I sense the extra energy excitement come, and so I prepare to hear what He has to share. Most commonly it is only one word, making me trust in faith that more will come as I begin to speak forth. Or in this case, sing out.
But as the worship time was ending, there hadn’t seemed to be the right time to share the word I was getting, so I assumed it wouldn’t be today.
Dr. Wyns had come back to the platform podium and had one of his youngest grandsons, Asher Enns, join him, to tell us of Asher’s dream he had had that previous night. From what I could hear, in the dream he had seen a “spiritual bomb” exploding over Israel. That was good, catching as much as I could from above them. (I found out later the reason I couldn’t hear the platform mics that well was because they were not in our stage monitors.) Peter and Asher then left the podium.
Pastors Jesse and Elizabeth Enns then came up. Liz had a prophetic word. Again, it was hard to hear what she was saying, but I am glad Matt Wyn’s production team (Harry Cogan, Tiffany Bryant, David Lopez, Luke Bender) record these times, and then also live stream on YouTube. I hope to hear fully later.
While this was going on, Toni was continuing to play on her keyboard. The Holy Spirit then spoke to me quietly in my head, saying now was the time that I had an open door to sing a prophetic song I thought was to have been for before. So, I stepped forward a bit and sang.
“The waters have parted for you. The waters have parted for you. Walk through. I parted the waters for you.”
I repeated this simple phrase a few times, with my eyes closed as I usually do, to concentrate on His voice. I was not aware that Peter had again returned to the platform for the third time and was exhorting the people to begin to pass through the waters that the Lord was opening for them. Waters of deliverance, healing, and salvation. By this time a few had come to the altar area already, and then Peter began welcoming others to join them. The Holy Spirit was moving among His people.
For those who have walked with the Lord for any measure of time, this is not unusual, having the Holy Spirit give a prophetic word or song through people, followed by a response from those within hearing. And yet, this was a bit more special. Almost all the congregation had come forward, seeking to receive what the Lord was freely offering.
Personally, I will recall this day in the months to come, knowing that many, many more moments like this will be experienced here. The Lord is moving at Antioch. The former spiritual wells dug during the decade of the former Heritage USA in the 1980s, long ago filled in over the past three decades of time, are being opened once again in this place.
On the other hand, the prohibiting waters that have kept people from crossing over, into freedom and release to accomplish the Lord’s will, are being parted, and His people are walking through, leaving behind bondage, sickness, hurt, pain, and unforgiveness. The time has come. Now is the time.
May you know of the Lord’s heart to take you through the parted waters, even as He did with Moses and the Hebrews, the Israelites. He has come to take you over, to walk through. He has parted the waters for you also.
It is a faith journey, but He is the One who is Faithful to carry you through. Trust in Him.
He is also bringing forth the unplugged springs of living water, for refreshing and much, much more. His heart is for the nations!
“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will shepherd them, will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17, Complete Jewish Bible)
The Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, is giving us fresh springs to drink from and is declaring that now is the time to walk through the parted waters also.
Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).
Now think on this,
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