Today I had the most intense feeling. It was a deep feeling like something huge and emotion filled was about to happen. It came very suddenly and with no context. I was in a cafe with my family in a very relaxed country-like place, the Blue Mountains, NSW. I was really unsettled and started looking for reason and context around me. I found none. I started to pray in the Spirit, as the feeling was deeply overwhelming and I knew it wasn’t mine. I wanted insight. Then almost as quick as it came it went away.
Then about 2-3 hours later, at home, I saw a vision:
I saw a Kings large sceptre hit the earth. When it did I saw something like an earthquake, but looked more like a large sound wave move over the earth. Then I heard the words, “I am bringing a separation. A divide. A distinction. I say Enough no more! With my roar (I heard and saw a Lion Roaring) I will bring division and distinction. I will consume the enemy and destroy it’s power. I am the King Almighty. I am THE ONE who has ALL authority!”
There was an urgency to this vision/word. Like there was a violent happening in the heavenlies. This was God’s response to the cries of His people, their prayers and declarations of breakthrough. In this picture I was reminded of how God responded to the cries of the Israelite’s held captive in Egypt. He heard them and saved them from the torment that they were enduring under Pharaohs strong unmerciful hand.
Later I was thinking about and asked God what He meant by the words separation, divide, and distinction? Why did He use those words?
I looked up the definitions of the words. I found the word separation in terms of relationship interesting. Concerning relationship, this is when one person or both decide to no longer continue in an ongoing intimate relationship. It is the end or total division of a relationship as it originally stood. In terms of the word divide, this is the action where an object or thing is separated into parts. Lastly the term distinction, this is when something is set apart or distinguished from another. Often this distinction results in being treated differently from what it is distinguished from.
When you put these terms in the context of Israel’s freedom from Egypt; the journey God took to bring freedom to the Israelite’s, God did this very thing. God brought a separation from, and a breaking down of the relationship that had formed between Israel and Egypt. He also brought a division and a distinction between the two nations. You see this from the moment Moses comes to speak out God’s request for Pharaoh to let His people go. You see this in the miracles that Moses performed, the plagues that God brought upon the Egyptians, the separation by fire when the Israelite’s fled Egypt and finally the parting of the Red Sea. The plagues brought a breakdown of the long ago formed relationship Egypt had with Israel. God showed distinction between Israel and Egypt by blessing Israel and cursing Egypt. God’s usage of the wall of fire to separate Israel and Egypt, brought both distinction and division. Despite Pharaohs attempt to destroy and reclaim Israel, God made the Pharaohs plan impossible by bringing a division through a wall of fire. This same wall of fire brought distinction. On one side of the wall of fire Egypt was shrouded in darkness and the other side the Israelite camp was lit up. His last outworking of redeeming Israel was Egypt’s crushing at the Red Sea. God successfully crossed Israel over the Red Sea by doing a miracle and parting it, but then destroyed the Egyptian army in the very same sea after they attempted to pursue Israel on the formerly dry land. This final act was an absolute breaking of the relationship, a total division and a definite distinction of the two nations. Israel was God’s chosen, blessed and redeemed people, no longer owned by Egypt.