On November 14, 2021, the Lord came and took me into a vision in which I was in a desert area with an old city nearby that I knew had been there for a long time. An old well was there, but was not being used. Jesus was sitting on the stone edge of the well. He pointed to the well and said, “This well is a spiritual parable of many cities and is also a depiction of the condition of that city and the believers within it. Come, and let’s look within.”
As I approached the old stone well, I noticed that its stones were worn and many were crumbling from age. Then I looked into the well and saw it no longer had any water in it. It was full of dirt and stones with lots of black spiders and webs. When I saw the spiders, I stepped back. Jesus was watching my reaction and nodded. He sighed, and said,
“Wells are a sign of life to a city. They are needed not just for natural water which everyone needs, but you also know that the spiritual waters are needed by the city to grow and to flourish. When the natural mirrors the spiritual, then death has already been sown and has become full grown. It’s time to clean out the wells that will be needed for the future restorations of many cities in your day.
I brought you here to show you things that will clog up the life flow of a city and of the church that dwells within it. Come and sit by Me, and let Me show you the strategies of the enemy to stop a well that is living.
When a well begins to bubble up and flow, you are each to keep it flowing and growing until it becomes a mighty river in your region. But even then, the enemy will try to bring flowing rivers to an end. He does not want life to begin and will do all he can to bring that source to an end. For this river to remain, you must all contend! But that is not going to be the focus or our lesson for today.
A key for your day is found within Proverbs 11:9-11. I told you that 11:11 is a major key to sustaining the freedoms and liberty that are available through Me for cities that want it, and also especially for yours.”
9 With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge and superior discernment shall the righteous be delivered.
10 When it goes well with the [uncompromisingly] righteous, the city rejoices, but when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God’s favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
“The words that you all speak from your hearts are either a wellspring of life flowing into people, into situations, or even into cities, or they are stumbling stones to them, and they empower every evil work to operate and the curses of death to work among you all, bringing misunderstandings, separation, offenses, and the fruits of unbelief and rebellion. You are each that well of living water that is pouring out for people to receive, or you are a dead dried up well that brings no benefit to people’s lives. It is time for cities to live again and to also thrive with My Presence again. I am going to clean out the wells of people, of homes, of cities, and of nations again. It’s time for this to begin.
If the leaders would ask Me for the key to change their cities, I would first show them what lies buried within them. You are the light of your city. If your own light flickers, your city’s light will flicker. If your own light is out, then your city’s light will go out. You must understand that you are the light, and you must endeavor to keep your light very bright. If you rule well in your own soul and life, then you will rule well in your city’s gates.
You must see what I see to rule efficiently and without respect to what people want. I am going to open all of your eyes to see what I see, so you can choose what I want for your city and not what men want. Men shape cities into their own desires and into their own image, but you must allow Me to change your city into what I want them to be, and then continue to lead and administer My Kingdom as you all follow Me continually. It’s up to you how far you will all go together in that transformation process. Each city has its destiny and its own choice, and the leaders within it will determine its success or failures. What your choice will be, we will certainly see! Now follow Me!”
With that final statement, Jesus walked purposefully towards the ancient city with me hurriedly following Him to see what He was going to do. Anticipation filled my heart, for I knew that this city was going to receive a new heart and a new start!”
The Lord highlighted the following scriptures to me:
3 When the wicked comes in [to the depth of evil], he becomes a contemptuous despiser [of all that is pure and good], and with inner baseness comes outer shame and reproach.
4 The words of a [discreet and wise] man’s mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].
5 To respect the person of the wicked and be partial to him, so as to deprive the [consistently] righteous of justice, is not good..…..
20 A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
22 He who finds a [true] wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
2 Corinthians 2:15-17
15 For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing:
16 To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is qualified (fit and sufficient) for these things? [Who is able for such a ministry? We?]
17 For we are not, like so many, [like hucksters making a trade of] peddling God’s Word [shortchanging and adulterating the divine message]; but like [men] of sincerity and the purest motive, as [commissioned and sent] by God, we speak [His message] in Christ (the Messiah), in the [very] sight and presence of God.
And seek (inquire for, require, and request) the peace and welfare of the city to which I have caused you to be carried away captive; and pray to the Lord for it, for in the welfare of [the city in which you live] you will have welfare.
After the vision, I went and studied various aspects of the symbolism of the well and its contents to get more understanding of what they represent and found the following scriptures showing the meaning of the parable symbols:
The dirt within the clogged well:
14 He owned flocks, herds, and a great supply of servants, and the Philistines envied him.
15 Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had closed and filled with earth.
16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we are.
17 So Isaac went away from there and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the names by which his father had called them.
19 Now Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of living [spring] water.
20 And the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, The water is ours. And he named the well Esek [contention] because they quarreled with him.
21 Then [his servants] dug another well, and they quarreled over that also; so he named it Sitnah [enmity].
22 And he moved away from there and dug another well, and for that one they did not quarrel. He named it Rehoboth [room], saying, For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
The stones within the well:
However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.
1 Peter 2:7-9
7 To you then who believe (who adhere to, trust in, and rely on Him) is the preciousness; but for those who disbelieve [it is true], The [very] Stone which the builders rejected has become the main Cornerstone,
8 And, A Stone that will cause stumbling and a Rock that will give [men] offense; they stumble because they disobey and disbelieve [God’s] Word, as those [who reject Him] were destined (appointed) to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.
And even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and turns to you seven times and says, I repent [I am sorry], you must forgive him (give up resentment and consider the offense as recalled and annulled).
2 Corinthians 6:3
We put no obstruction in anybody’s way [we give no offense in anything], so that no fault may be found and [our] ministry blamed and discredited.
But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me]; for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men.
For what reason? Because [they pursued it] not through faith, relying [instead] on the merit of their works [they did not depend on faith but on what they could do]. They have stumbled over the Stumbling Stone.
The spiders and their webs:
13 So are the ways of all who forget God; and the hope of the godless shall perish.
14 For his confidence breaks, and [the object of] his trust is a spider’s web.
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand; he shall hold fast to it, but it shall not last.
4 None sues or calls in righteousness [but for the sake of doing injury to others—to take some undue advantage]; no one goes to law honestly and pleads [his case] in truth; they trust in emptiness, worthlessness and futility, and speaking lies! They conceive mischief and bring forth evil!
5 They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and [from an egg] which is crushed a viper breaks out [for their nature is ruinous, deadly, evil].
6 Their webs will not serve as clothing, nor will they cover themselves with what they make; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
The House (City) that God builds:
1 Peter 2:1-10
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”
8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
More signs of 11:11 for our generation to apprehend:
9 [Prompted] by faith he dwelt as a temporary resident in the land which was designated in the promise [of God, though he was like a stranger] in a strange country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.
11 Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word.
11 But the land which you enter to possess is a land of hills and valleys which drinks water of the rain of the heavens,
12 A land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
13 And if you will diligently heed My commandments which I command you this day—to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being—
14 I will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
15 And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, that you may eat and be full.