On Shabbat morning, March 21, I heard, “I have given the enemy permission to develop and diffuse the coronavirus and now they think they control it, but no weapon formed against My Bride will prosper. Their plan is to create a pandemic of fear, hopelessness and a reliance on anything except Me for a cure. They know that people who don’t fear Me will turn to cooking shows, games, movies and every possible distraction. But My plans and My thoughts are higher so I’m going to use this weapon to draw people who are the wife and the children of Hosea.”
: יִזְרְעֶאל G-d sows
On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.
I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel. I will certainly take them away. But I will have compassion on the house of Judah, and I will deliver them by the L-rd their G-d.
not My people
For you are not my people, and I will not be your G-d. Yet the number of the Israelites will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted. And in the place where they were told: You are not my people, they will be called: Sons of the living G-d. And the Judeans and the Israelites will be gathered together. They will appoint for themselves a single ruler and go up and flourish in the land. For the day of Jezreel will be great.
Therefore, this is what I will do: I will block her way with thorns; I will enclose her with a wall, so that she cannot find her paths. She will pursue her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will think, “I will go back to my former husband, for then it was better for me than now.”
My Bride will be נגמר – finished with her own ways
Therefore, I am going to lead her to the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her vineyards back to her and make the Valley of Achor into a gateway of hope. There she will respond as she did in the days of her youth, as in the day she came out of the land of Egypt.
In that day — this is the L-rd’s declaration — you will call me, “My husband,” and no longer call me, “My Baal.” For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth; they will no longer be remembered by their names.
On that day I will make a covenant for them with the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the creatures that crawl on the ground. I will shatter bow, sword, and weapons of war in the land and will enable the people to rest securely.
I will take you to be my wife forever. I will take you to be my wife in righteousness, justice, love, and compassion.
I will take you to be my wife in faithfulness, and you will know the L-rd.
On that day I will respond — this is the L-rd’s declaration. I will respond to the sky, and it will respond to the earth. The earth will respond to the grain, the new wine, and the fresh oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will sow her in the land for myself, and I will have compassion on Lo-ruhamah; I will say to Lo-ammi: You are my people, and he will say, “You are my G-d.” Hosea 14-23
One more thought about the enemy who has sown fear, hopelessness and a reliance on everything except G-d:
In Matthew 13:24-30 the kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed tares among the wheat, and left. When the slaves realized what happened, they asked their master if they could pull up the tares but their master refused, saying it would destroy the good seed.
One who is hateful, those at enmity with G-d by their sin
A slave, one who is devoted to his master to the disregard of his own interests
So it’s very clear that we are in the season of the separation of the wheat and tares. And I’m hearing the L-rd say that this is what is coming on the earth now – “I’m raising up My Bride”.
What an absolute delight to hear this on Shabbat! For many years while in the midst of worship, the L-rd led me to sing His declarations from Hosea 2 in the Spirit with a great expectancy. And though I had no idea how it would come to pass, I knew it would be fulfilled.
Received yesterday from a friend in Jerusalem:
“I had a dream about you last night. I was somewhere I didn’t recognize – in Israel or some other place. But I saw you and when we recognized each other my first instinct was to give you a hug because for a moment I forgot about this whole virus thing but you restrained and reminded me and I said oh yeah.
Then you said to me, I am pregnant. I am so pregnant with the things of G-d I just know I am about to give birth to something. And then I said to you, you’ve been pregnant for a long time. I seem to remember that it was a Shabbat when this conversation happened, when you were describing to me how you felt you were so full of joy and loving G-d‘s tender care for you as you carried this “baby“.
This dream that my friend had yesterday was fulfilled today! And again I rejoice over how the prophetic voices in the Land are speaking up and receiving Joel 2 dreams and visions that will build up and prepare the way for the coming Harvest!