The Lord has continued to minister to me on the liberating of those who are bound as a result of the roar of the Lion of Judah, and He showed me that some of those who are wise have had great onslaughts of the enemy against them, as a result of their stand for Truth. He led me to the account in Jeremiah 38 and began to reveal that there are many prophetic messengers who have received similar terrible backlash as a result of faithfully delivering the word of the Lord to those it was intended for. It has brought them into a position of darkness and struggle, where they are unable to free themselves.
Jeremiah prophesied that the people needed to flee the city or face destruction, but this was not well received by the ‘princes’, the upper echelon in the ruling hierarchy. The city in this case is the organized religious system; ‘churchianity’ for want of a better word. Let’s look at Jeremiah’s word:
2 Thus says the Lord: He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life as his only booty [as a prize of war], and he shall stay alive.
3 Thus says the Lord: This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it. (Jeremiah 38:2-3)
Well, that sounds like a passionate warning from someone concerned for the welfare of those living in the city, but it was not well received. In fact, Jeremiah was seen as a trouble-maker because he didn’t bring a ‘prosperity prophesy’. Immediately he became persona non grata, even though he was a true messenger of the Lord:
Therefore the princes said to the king, “We beseech you, let this man [Jeremiah] be put to death; for [talking] thus he weakens the hands of the soldiers who remain in this city and the hands of all the people by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of these people, but [to do them] harm.” (Jeremiah 38:4)
So great was the dislike of these princes for the prophet that they asked for the death penalty! And the person in charge gave them permission to carry it out.
So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the dungeon or cistern pit [in the charge] of Malchiah the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard; and they let Jeremiah down [into the pit] with ropes. And in the dungeon or cistern pit there was no water, but only mire, and Jeremiah sank in the mire. (Jeremiah 38:6)
Do you feel like you have been struggling in the mire of words spoken against you? Are you in darkness, sinking under the weight of the onslaught against you. The power of life and death is in the tongue and words of death and judgment have power. Sometimes the faithful servant of the Lord who brings a warning from the Lord that runs at cross-purposes to the church program or the leadership doctrine, ends up being thrown in a pit! It’s quite likely that demonic decrees are behind your current situation. The accuser of the brethren has fashioned this waterless muddy pit as your tomb. He wants you to die there after starving to death waiting for words of affirmation or bread from above your head.
There was no bread in the city; nothing nourishing was available in that famine-stricken place It was a famine for the word of the Lord and yet they threw the one who was bringing the true word of the Lord into the pit because they measured his words and didn’t like the sound of them. It sounds like a total crisis, but Jeremiah means ‘Jah will rise’ and I want to say that within you, Jah will rise. The Spirit of the Living God will quicken you with His resurrection power; the very same power which God used to raise Jesus, the Anointed One, from the dead is available to you (Ephesians 1:19,20). The enemy wants you to die in that pit formed out of the decrees his henchmen made over you, but the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you and you will be brought forth into the light and you will be called upon and sought out as someone who can hear the voice of the Lord.
The time in the waterless pit was not Jeremiah’s last chapter. Later, the king sought him out and asked for counsel. You may have been struggling and almost drowning in the mire of all the fleshly judgments spoken over you by ungodly men, but now you are being lifted to the light and Kings will come to the brightness of your rising and seek godly counsel. The enemy intends to separate you from contact with others, to isolate and slowly kill you, but the Lord of Hosts says He reminds you of your inheritance in Him and He raises you up and separates you from those who would destroy you and closely guards you as the apple of His eye.
When Jeremiah was lifted out of that pit, he was placed with the prison guard for his protection. God is placing you in reserve as His remnant because, in due time, there will be a call upon your gift and a need for fresh bread from Heaven and counsel and light. In the time of the famine of the Word, kings will seek you out. So God is bringing you out of the pit and placing you under protection, separate and holy unto Him and His purposes. Yes, you as His prophetic messenger will speak His word again and yes, people very likely will not heed them, but you will be protected and provided for when others are going into captivity. And every bondservant of the King who has helped lift His servants and prophets out of the waterless pit shall be preserved in the time of trouble.
16 Go and say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring to pass My words against this city for evil and not for good; and they will be accomplished before you on that day.
17 But I will deliver you [Ebed-melech] on that day, says the Lord, and you will not be given into the hands of the men of whom you are afraid.
18 For I will surely deliver you; and you will not fall by the sword, but your life will be [as your only booty and] as a reward of battle to you, because you have put your trust in Me, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 39:16-18)
“I lift you out of disease and death, out of inactivity and obscurity. Rise up, stand up. Take your appointed seat at the table. Take your place in the family. The grave has no victory. You are loosed from the decree of death birthed in the halls of Hell. The Sun of Righteousness arises with healing in His wings over you. Be released from the snare of death. Be loosed from the body bag that the enemy has zipped up round you. Oh yes, he has had his so-called ‘doctors’ examine you for signs of life and usefulness and declared there is no hope. It’s all over for you, they say. He has even signed the death certificate in a great flourishing hand ~ ‘The Angel of Death’, but he has forgotten who you are! And this is what the Covenant Maker says:
As for you also, because of and for the sake of the covenant blood, I have released and sent forth your imprisoned people out of the waterless pit. (Zechariah 9:11)
The accuser has forgotten about the sound which emanates from the Covenant Blood. It has slipped his mind that you have been bought with a Bridal Price and your husband is the Lion of Judah, the conqueror! Your Bridegroom has not forgotten you!
19 For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary, from heaven did the Lord behold the earth,
20 To hear the sighing and groaning of the prisoner, to loose those who are appointed to death,
21 So that men may declare the name of the Lord in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem
22 When peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to worship and serve the Lord. (Psalm 102:19-22)
There is a decree issuing forth from the throne in these days to loose those appointed to death; to set free all those who have been imprisoned in some way, whether by sickness or forced obscurity; all those whom the enemy has thrown into a tomb or a waterless pit and slammed a gravestone firmly in place to keep them from functioning in their appointed place in God’s plans. The King of Glory, the Lion of Judah is issuing a decree to loose you from the prison house and the pit. Those words of death and destruction are broken over your life. The death sentence has been annulled over you. You are coming forth to a place of ruling and reigning, a place of sharing the wisdom and counsel you received in the prison days.
20 The king sent and loosed him, even the ruler of the peoples, and let him go free.
21 He made Joseph lord of his house and ruler of all his substance,
22 To bind his princes at his pleasure and teach his elders wisdom. (Isa 105:20-22)
The Jeremiahs and Josephs are being brought into the light and positioned for their part in the days that will shortly unfold. Even now, the sound waves of that decree, “Loose Them” is galvanizing angels into action and very soon the prison door is going to spring open and you are going to emerge into the light of a new day; a day of protection and favor; a day of provision and prominence, a day quite unlike the many that you have endured in the last chapter. Rejoice in anticipation – the King has remembered you! You are the treasures of darkness, the hidden riches of secret places, the tested and tried company reserved for such a time as this!
Author: Christine Beadsworth
Christine Beadsworth lives in Somerset West, South Africa. She is an artist, poet and speaker, also writing and publishing articles under the ‘Fresh Oil Releases’ banner. She has authored several books, which she offers for free on her blog, Fresh Oil Releases. In 2017, she started a new site for posting her podcasts, called Fresh Air Releases.