Once Joseph received his prophetic dreams, he entered a period of testing. He was tested by the Word of the Lord to see if he would remain steadfast and faithful, trusting and holding onto God, knowing that He would fulfil what He had promised.
The Philadelphia Church, described in Revelation, is commended for keeping the Word of the Lord and not denying His Name. She has come through a time of great testing, left with little power. Having endured, she will walk through the open door that no one is able to shut.
“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Rev. 3:8)
We have entered the crossover between enduring and inheriting. The winepress and fire of the Lord has been long and intense, often feeling like it would never end. However, when looking at Ps. 105, we see the flow of events, set in motion by God, taking us from promise to inheritance.
1. God speaks a promise.
God loves to declare His plans for us. He gives us visions, dreams, prophetic words and Scriptures, leading us in the way that He has prepared for us. His Words are the seeds sown deep within our beings, that through faith and endurance become fruitful trees for all to see.
His promises remain the vision before our eyes, even when we are imprisoned and unable to see it in reality. Here we press into His faithfulness where His Word is what we cling to in the midst of impossibilities. When we endure in the waiting, we come to know that our God has exalted His Name and His Word above everything. It may tarry, but it will come on its appointed day!
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. (Ps. 138:2)
2. God is sovereign to protect His people.
We may go through a season of wandering, unable to see God’s promises over our lives, however, we are assured that God watches over us at all times. No one can harm or touch His anointed ones. Ps. 91 is our portion forever. We are covered by His feathers and under His pinions we will find refuge.
When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it, wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, he allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account, saying, “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!” (Ps. 105:12-15)
3. When God sends a famine, He also sends His servants ahead of time to accomplish His purpose of salvation.
We have each been prepared for a time as this. We are God’s chosen servants sent ahead of time in our nations to bring forth the salvation and deliverance that’s needed for our people. We have been positioned strategically by God, exactly where we are meant to be, when our day of summoning comes.
When we walk in humility, surrender and obedience, not hardening our hearts in the fire, we will come forth as pliable pure gold in the Hands of our God, fit for the work He has called us to.
When he summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. (Ps. 105:16,17)
4. He trains His servants through the testing of His Word.
His Pure Bride has endured the fire of delay. His Word, she has kept, not denying His Name. She has become intertwined with Him in intimacy, walking in the revelation that His Word and Name is exalted above everything. This faithfulness will cause her to be protected and safe from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world and all those who dwell on the earth.
She will be as Israel was in the land of Goshen. Covered by His favour and protection in the midst of plagues, famine and calamity. His Words and His Name is upon her tongue and engraved on her heart, which she wields in the power of His Spirit to bring Heaven down to earth, manifesting His Kingdom here.
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. (Rev. 3:10)
When he summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. (Ps. 105:16-19)
5. God summons us at the appointed time.
When the time of testing ends, there is a summoning from Heaven. God promotes us from obscurity to a governmental authority. We have entered, a slave, but will come forth, a king.
We have been transformed in the prison, our focus now plainly and wholly on our King. Co-labouring with His Spirit, we will show forth His wonders, bringing forth His purposes on the earth.
We have been summoned, can you hear the Call? The open doors are set before you, the delay will be no more. Place His Word and His Name upon your tongue, it is your finest hour! Speak and declare, for it is already done!
You are remembered in this hour. God is working on your behalf. Trust Him, you have come into your prophetic destiny as promised by Him. It is your time of laughter where you will feel like you’re in a dream. You will shout with a victory shout, ‘Glory to our King! He has done great things for me, He has restored our fortunes like streams in the desert!’
The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure and to teach his elders wisdom. Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And the Lord made his people very fruitful and made them stronger than their foes. He turned their hearts to hate his people, to deal craftily with his servants. (Ps. 105:20-24)
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of Abraham, his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones! He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as your portion for an inheritance.”
When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it, wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, he allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account, saying, “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!”
When he summoned a famine on the land and broke all supply of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.
The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure and to teach his elders wisdom. Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. And the Lord made his people very fruitful and made them stronger than their foes. He turned their hearts to hate his people, to deal craftily with his servants.
He sent Moses, his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen. They performed his signs among them and miracles in the land of Ham. He sent darkness, and made the land dark; they did not rebel against his words. He turned their waters into blood and caused their fish to die. Their land swarmed with frogs, even in the chambers of their kings.
He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country. He gave them hail for rain, and fiery lightning bolts through their land. He struck down their vines and fig trees, and shattered the trees of their country. He spoke, and the locusts came, young locusts without number, which devoured all the vegetation in their land and ate up the fruit of their ground. He struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their strength. Then he brought out Israel with silver and gold, and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
Egypt was glad when they departed, for dread of them had fallen upon it. He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light by night. They asked, and he brought quail, and gave them bread from heaven in abundance. He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham, his servant.
So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing. And he gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil, that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the Lord!