These days of awe have been a time rich in revelation and outpouring of understanding. During the night of 13th September 2018, I heard an instruction, “go back to 20th March 2015.” I realized as I surfaced that it was approximately three and a half years ago. I felt the Spirit emphasize that I must check my journals as to what the Lord had promised then. Then I heard the word ‘deferred’. Defer means ‘put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone. In Law, (of a judge) postpone (a sentence) so that the circumstances or conduct of the defendant can be further assessed’.
When the word ‘deferred’ was spoken connected with this time period, I believe it represents a period of grace for completion of the work needed in the remnant company. Both judgments and potential rewards and promised recompense were deferred in order to complete the preparation of the Lord’s holy vessels. He wants them to be fully ready for the Day of the Lord.
On the night of 13th Sept 2018, after hearing the instruction about 2015, I then surfaced and saw a vision of a bare rocky mountainside with sheep following the shepherd as he led them step by step. Then they were led down to a very green valley, surrounded by mountains and the Lord said,”I am leading My little flock of sheep to safety.”
I recently watched a Ray van der Laan video of what a green pasture looks like in Middle-eastern understanding. It consisted of a bare rocky hillside with almost invisible little shoots of grass growing next to rocks, but one could not see any green from a distance. An observer would consider it a barren dry stony piece of territory (much like the territory we have traversed in the last three and a half years). Yet the shepherd led the sheep slowly over the hillside and they found mouthfuls of grass as they went.
The green pasture shown in the video clip below is exactly what the mountain looked like in my vision. Please watch this short clip before you continue, in order to be on the same page with me as we go on.
He has led us these three and a half years step by step, mouthful by mouthful of revelation, to this juncture. But now something is going to change. For that little band of sheep, the next chapter is about the emerald green valley, surrounded by mountains.
The word in Psalm 23 for ‘still’ waters is ‘menuchah’. So the green valley is depicting ‘menuchah’. It means repose, peacefully; figuratively consolation (specifically matrimony); an abode, comfortable, ease, quiet, rest (-ing place), still’. The same word is used in this verse:
They departed from the mountain of the Lord [Mount Sinai] three days’ journey; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them during the three days’ journey to seek out a resting-place for them (menuchah). (Numbers 10:33)
Beloved, you have been on a 3-day journey to menuchah. God has been seeking and preparing a resting place, an abode, a planting place for each of us during the last 3 years. It is a place of matrimony! That 3-day journey as described above has been through dry, stony territory, but we have lacked no good thing. He has fed us with the words of His mouth and we have laid down in green pastures. The three and a half years from Aviv 2015 have been in order to bring us to maturity, to prepare and equip us for the time and the appointment ahead.
My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places. MENUCHAH (Psalm 32:18)
When I looked at that green field in the vision, I could just see the other side of those protecting mountains, at the edge of my field of vision. There was war and bloodshed and brother attacking brother and much chaos. Somehow I could ‘see’ the sound waves of the great noise of what was happening. Yet the green field seemed far removed from the tumult. The sun was shining down brightly and all was quiet and peaceful. The light actually sparkled and it seemed worlds away from the chaos on the other side of the ring of mountains.
So, if we continue in Psalm 23 past the green pastures and the paths of righteousness, we come to the valley of the shadow of death. This is depicted by the green valley I saw, that’s where the table is spread for us. We need fear no evil. Death and mayhem is happening right next to us, but we are unharmed (as psalm 91 describes). We are in the presence of our enemies, but we are feasting and being anointed with the oil of joy because we are the Bride with the Bridegroom. The death and mayhem is happening on the other side of the mountains (representing the Lord surrounding us) He has led us down to this place and we are safe. The shadow may fall over the valley, but the shadow is not the experience or the actuality, the shadow is next to the event and what is happening. The death and horror is not happening where the shadow is!! We can liken the shadow to hearing or reading news reports of the destruction happening. Know that it will not come near your tent.
My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places. MENUCHAH (Isaiah 32:18)
That green valley is not only a place of dwelling and resting, but of planting! When I looked closely, I could see that the green is planted barley, growing where God has placed or sown each of His barley remnant. This is a spiritual planting of a handful of barley grain, a sowing of each barley seed in the place appointed. They are seed for the Sower and as they grow up, He surrounds them like mountains round Jerusalem to protect them where they are planted to provide bread to the eater. Geographically, they may be scattered all over the earth, but they are in the same spiritual field, under God’s encircling protection during the days ahead.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 125:2)
The Spirit also spoke the word, “Tel Aviv” that night. Aviv is the state of barley which is ready for the first fruits offering, first-ripe ears of barley. He continued,
“I have my own Tel Aviv, my own hill of first-ripe barley. I have my first-fruits company, My wave offering. They stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of readiness for reaping for they have yielded to the ministrations of My wind and My rain and they have soaked in the light of the Sun of Righteousness. These are the ones that are My jewels. No leaven is in them. I will gather them by My own hand and wave them as a trophy and an offering before My Father. They are the first of the fruit of the travail of My soul and because of these, I rest satisfied. These are the seed which I will sow; these are those which shall become unleavened bread to the eater.”
I asked Him, “Is this the seed that grew to make the bright green field in the vision?” YES!
I had previously had a dream in May 2018, where the Lord had said He was going to strike Tel Aviv and I asked, “How does this connect to Your spiritual Tel Aviv?”
“I will strike the natural Tel Aviv and I will reap the spiritual Tel Aviv. Remember when My spirit left the temple and resided on the mount of Olives for three and a half years, saying ‘return to Me’ and then it lifted and the temple was destroyed?”
“Yes, Lord,” I answered.
“Well, so it shall be with My first fruits company, who reside on the Mount of Olives. They have been in the place of perpetual pressing and My Spirit comes to clothe them anew and abide strong within them. They are the voice that shall cry these three and a half years for My people to return to Me and then I will bring them home.
I release a baptism of fire upon them and announce that a new day has come, the Day of the Lord. Dense darkness is even now settling upon the earth and soon no-one will be able to see their hand in front of their face. It is a 3-day darkness, a 3 watches of the dark night, when the enemy thinks he has the upper hand, but I will wake and I will shake and I will sound and resound through My fiery torch company. My roar shall be heard in them and My roar opens prison doors and blind eyes and many shall be released from the prisons of their own understanding.”
I asked Him, “Lord, will the striking of the natural Tel Aviv and the reaping of the spiritual one be the same time. How will we know?”
”First the natural, then the spiritual. That is My pattern and that is My mercy. I will strike the head to turn the heart. I will reap My first fruits barley company to turn the heart of the rest of the harvest”.
Why is the Lord using the name Tel Aviv to describe His remnant? The first part of Tel Aviv is the noun תל (tel), which denotes the kind of ruinous mount that arises from multiple destructions and subsequent coverings over and rebuilding of the destroyed site. Beloved, does this describe your life? The pain, destruction and having to start all over again on the ruins and efforts of previous generations. Well, you are a ‘tel’ and the Word promises that you will raise up the devastations of many generations.
The second part of the name Tel aviv comes from the noun אביב (‘abib) meaning barley or ears of barley. In fact, you are a tel aviv, ripe and ready for harvest.
Barley is harvested at Passover. The First Fruits wave offering on the first day after the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread requires the barley to be ‘aviv’, which is a Hebrew term referring to a level of maturity of the barley harvest. Aviv barley is the stage 2 weeks before picking. To test if the barley is aviv, barley is put in the fire, and when the flames singe that barley, if the barley is not aviv, all of the seed heads will just be vaporized – there will be nothing left. But, if you put it in the fire and then it leeches out all of the moisture and you can actually take that grain and grind it, then the barley is ‘aviv’. What an amazing prophetic picture. Beloved, you are ready to be part of the firstfruits barley offering when the fire no longer diminishes or harms you but only has the effect of hardening you to difficulties and preparing you to be a part of the firstfruits wave offering – and to become food for the eater!
The ripening of the corn/barley represents the readying of the remnant, and the ‘not ready’ spiritual condition of the remnant, precipitates a ‘leap month’ occurring in the spirit. In the Hebrew calendar, Adar II is an extra month added to give time for the barley to ripen. It occurs for only one reason, the presentation of the corn on the Feast day of First Fruit can only occur after the grain is ready. In other words, the spiritual fulfillment of the High Holy days will wait until the LORD’s remnant are ready. We are all longing to experience the spiritual fulfillment of Tabernacles, when the manifest presence of God is in the midst of His people, and yet, despite many prophetic words spoken over recent years, it is yet to be fulfilled. So perhaps what was to have occurred round Passover 2015 was ‘deferred’ due to the lack of ripeness or readiness of the remnant company.
Now we have come to the end of that three and a half years and much change is ahead. The books of our lives have been examined during the days of awe and decrees made over us for the year ahead. We are His firstfruits company, ready for harvest. We are not our own. From the womb of the morning are coming those who have offered themselves willingly:
Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew. (Psalm 110:3)
The barley company of remnant sons will offer the bread of His presence for a starved generation. Gideon dreamed of a barley cake rolling into the enemy camp. It had passed through the fire and came out unburned, like the 3 men in Babylon, seen with the fourth Man in the midst, thus this barley cake is carrying His presence, which is what causes the enemy to be destroyed. The barley cake that rolled down was the bread of the Presence. You roll down the hill into the valley to be planted in your position of authority, extending His scepter in the midst of His enemies.
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.
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