2014 Hinge of History

"See I have set before you and open door, and no one can shut it; for you have little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name."  Revelation 3:8

Recently, an international team went on a strategic prayer journey to Turkey and Israel.  What we encountered accentuated the sense that we have entered into a “set time.”  In seeking the Lord on this, I continued to see an ancient double door, a smaller door within a door that people enter but keeps loaded animals out, much like you see in the old city of Jerusalem.  In the vision I heard the words, the “Hinge of history.”  Like a door hanging on its hinges, we are in a year when much is hanging in the balance. We have just entered the Hebraic year 5774.  The year of ayin-dalet.  Ayin (7) means eye.  Dalet (4) means door.  It is the year of the "Open door."  Can you see the open door before you?  What does it mean?  How do we proceed?
            As altars have been laid at the 7 churches of Revelation and 5 key sites in Israel, the Lord is saying "Go through!'  Go through the gates before you!  Do not fear.  Do not go back to former things.  Behold, I am doing a new thing. Can you not see it?  Build up, build up the highways of praise and worship.  Seek My face and I will uphold you, I will direct your steps, I will be with you."  We are in an hour when the safest place to be is in His Presence and His perfect will.  Now is the time, now is the hour for shift. Much hangs in the balance…a hinge of history.
            As times are intensifying, it is vital for us to see the pathway and the door before us. God is doing a “new thing.”  How often have you heard that?  Are our actions and reactions helping us get through the door, or hindering us from going through?  Our reaction to change and shift will determine our course.  New things in our lives, work, and ministry require us to let go of the past.  Letting go of baggage or even good things that consume our time and energy lighten the load to help us enter the new.  Jesus warns in Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  The doors God is opening are narrow.  The burdens of the past must drop off our backs to get through the door.  Many in ministries are finding God whittling down to the core values to once again circumcise our mind, will, and emotions.  Hanging onto old ways of doing things, old ways of thinking will not get us through the door.  He is circumcising us to get our attention, to consecrate us anew in Him.  It is an hour to drop the mantles of complacency, disappointment, burdens, discouragement, hurt, wounding, fear, even familiarity, and go through the narrow door.  Is this easy?  No.  Is it convenient?  No.  Does it take commitment?  Yes.  Is it rewarding?  Eternally! 
                The altars represent lamps with oil in it, the light of God’s glory shining forth in our hearts.  When fueled with worship and desire for more of Him, the oil from heaven supplies the altars of our hearts with the oil of His Presence.  His Word, and His Spirit breathe fresh oxygen on the fire.  Fire within our hearts is further fueled when gathered with others seeking His face. We are in an hour when the safest place to be is in His Presence and His perfect will.  As we fuel the altars of our hearts and our communities join together in worship and praise, God will open the door before us with transforming power.  We will see the new paths and horizons set before us. The Lord is moving.  He desires to meet with us, but we must let go of that which holds us back from worship and praising Him and walk forward in faith with Him.  The doors will open as we step forward in faith, focus and commitment to Him and one another.  He will fuel the fire on the altar of our hearts with transforming power.  We are on a hinge of history.  The door is opening...can you see it? 
Fred and Sue Rowe