"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind; that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1-2
Several days ago the Lord woke me up several times during the same evening, starting around one o'clock until early into the morning. Each time He would wake me up I was shown the same vision. What I was shown was an altar that was made of stone. It was located out in a remote countryside, on a hill, surrounded by various sized bushes, and trees.
Each time I was awakened I was shown another detail of the altar scenario. The first time I was awakened what I was shown was an altar that sat on a level section at the top of a hill. Though I saw an entire mountain scene, it was the altar that was the predominate object of focus. The first time I woke up I was aware that this was the location where altar sacrifices were performed. So I looked around to see what was to be sacrificed, nothing appeared.
The next time I was awakened, even though I never saw any people, it seemed that I was looking through the eyes of someone as they made the climb up the hillside to the altar. I saw the ground they walked on; I saw the path they followed. I knew they had a definite purpose in climbing the mountain. The person whose eyes I seemed to be looking through, I was made to understand, that he knew the altar awaited him at the top of the mountain. There was some anxiety that I felt as I knew he was questioning, wondering what was to happen at the altar. When he made it to the altar, I found that I was looking through his eyes as he searched the area for a sacrifice. He knew there was to be a sacrifice, but couldn't seem to locate it. He looked in the bushes, everywhere, but there was no sacrifice.
The next time I woke up, the people, where at the top of the hill looking upon the altar, they were still looking around, searching for something. It seemed to me that they were becoming anxious as they looked for the sacrifice. Not that they doubted there was a sacrifice, just that they were anxious to find the sacrifice. I seemed to move with them as they continued the search through the bushes, and remembered how they kept looking to the altar itself, as if they expected a sacrifice to be laid out upon the altar.
I would be awakened two more times that night, and the vision was the same. Except the last two times, were just glimpses of the altar. I knew the altar was ready, the people were ready, but that there was no sacrifice. No one seemed to doubt that there was to be a sacrifice, just that it hadn't appeared yet.
The next morning as I was getting ready to meet two fellow intercessors for a day of worship and intercession I was shown the same vision. The altar, the people waiting for the sacrifice to appear.
Later that day as I met with two other intercessors, one of the intercessors, who also moves into visions, without my telling her anything about the altar vision, started to describe the vision I had been given the night before. She described it in perfect detail, we both seemed to sense it was representative of Abraham and Isaac. Father and son. I said something about how we were to wait for understanding, to wait before we moved into prayer, because what was supposed to be laid on the altar hadn't appeared yet. But she immediately said, no, the word from God was that it was all about obedience. She said this three times, that it was all about obedience. She said that she saw that there was the older man, who was the Father, and she saw that he was carrying a lamb that had been slain in his arms. The lamb had been sacrificed. His obedience had been the sacrifice.
Earlier that morning while getting dressed, when I had seen the altar, the Lord had spoken these words to me, that it was about obedience, and sacrifice. I hadn't really thought these words applied to the vision, until the other intercessor spoke out the word that she had received from the Lord.
A few days ago, I was shown the altar again, along with the rest of the mountaintop background scenery. Except this time I knew that what was supposed to be placed upon the altar, had already been placed there, and the sacrifice had been completed. In this vision I was now seeing the light of God's presence shining upon and within the altar. The urgency, the expectation was gone. I felt a peace, freedom, joy and hope. I was shown the altar where a sacrifice had been laid out and performed, but what was a new addition to the vision, was that I sensed that there had been a fire that surrounded the altar that had burnt up and consumed the sacrifice. A fire of purification had burned with so much heat that not even the ashes from the sacrifice remained. All that remained was the glory of God's presence shining within and upon the altar.
I would see this vision several times that evening. This time I was with another intercessor and we both began to experience the presence of the Lord strongly, flowing throughout our bodies. His presence seemed to be moving us past seeing in the natural, to seeing, or sensing another depth of spiritual reality. We saw the world around us, the buildings, the people, but they seemed to disappear in importance, the world seemed to be more of a backdrop to the presence of God who was moving us into visions.
Each time that I would see the altar, the altar where God's presence seemed shining upon it, within, a great joy welled up within me. I couldn't seem to suppress the joy and so I laughed. When I laughed it felt as if joy was an emotion that moved through every vein within my body, from my toes to the top of my head. Each time I laughed the joy was released so that it made it impossible for me to not continue laughing. God would keep showing me the altar, the altar where the sacrifice had been consumed, where His presence was the fulfillment of the burnt sacrifice and my joy would be increased. The joy that led to laughing increased in power and flowed steadily through my body each time I was shown the altar. This continued for over an hour.
Later my friend and I would pray that the fire of God's purification would come down from heaven. We prayed for the fire to burn off the dross within His children's lives. That the fire would consume anything, any thoughts, actions that would take them from Jesus. We prayed for the baptism of fire to fall upon the church. We prayed that God's children would be released from anything that kept them in bondage to the world. Freedom, the joy of the Lord, and the Baptism of Fire so that God's Bride stood reflecting the glory of His presence to the world.
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."Romans 5:19
"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:8-11
"John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water: but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." Luke 3:16
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