Temple Vessels Filled
Oct 14, 2009
Last evening I attended a home meeting in Pensacola, Florida, where the pastor's message was based upon 2 Kings 4:1-7. It is the story of the widow woman whose sons were about to be taken into slavery by the creditors. Elisha told her to gather all the vessels that she could find from the neighbors and to put oil in them from her little bottle of oil. The oil multiplied and filled all of the vessels until there were no more vessels to fill. Then it ceased. She sold the oil, and her sons were freed from potential slavery.
Well, I had already been on high alert while driving to the meeting. I had been contemplating the sequence of signs in the story of Elisha which I have written about since last April. Recall that April 12 was the date of the commissioning of the Joshua-Elisha ministry, followed by a series of events that closely paralleled the stories of Elisha found in 2 Kings 2 and 3.
Chapter 3 was about the war with the king of Moab, and this is why we had to go to Moab, Utah last June while we were on our way to Colorado Springs to deal with Pan (or Azazel). If you are a new reader, you will need to read some of the trip reports from last June that I posted.
In July and August we began to contemplate the fact that we were soon finishing the 3-1/2 year period of building the temple vessels. (March 15, 2006 to Sept. 15, 2009). The building process was finished on Sept. 15, and the consecration of the vessels by the evening of Sept. 18 (Rosh Hoshana).
We took note that the story of Elisha in 2 Kings 4, dealing with the vessels of oil, might connect also with the vessels of the temple.
Well, now we have the answer.
Last evening, as we were being driven by a friend to the meeting, I prayed about what to expect at this meeting, because I discerned that it might be the occasion where the temple vessels would be filled to prepare for their actual USE in God's Temple. So the pastor spoke on 2 Kings 4:1-7, the very story that was most pertinent to what we have been expecting next.
At the end of his teaching, he opened up the meeting to those who needed prayer. My normal practice is to keep quiet and observe what God does. But I asked God if I should step forward and ask to be filled as a vessel in God's Temple. The Lord reminded me that in the story of Elisha, the vessels did not present themselves to the widow woman to be filled. They were brought to her. So I sat back and waited to see what would happen.
About three seconds later, the pastor called me up to pray that I would be filled with the oil of the Spirit. Nice timing, Father. I went up and told him, "I am a vessel that wants to be filled." He prophesied about my calling and then prayed that I would be filled with the oil. What he prophesied about my calling gave me no new information, but I figured perhaps it was for the benefit of those witnessing it in the room. The important factor is that the "vessels" indicate the various and unique callings that each of us has in the divine plan. So his prophecy about my calling was precisely what this occasion was all about.
I was then asked to speak, and so I explained to the group how the pastor's message was on the cutting edge of what God was doing at this particular time. I gave them the bigger picture, summarizing the 2,520-year cycle of the Temple-building process from March 15, 515 B.C. to March 15, 2006. I explained how we had just completed the 3-1/2 year period for building and consecrating the vessels of the Temple, and how the vessels were now being filled at the feast of Tabernacles.
It appears that the time is fast approaching when the actual work--the move of God--will begin (on this particular level). It will be interesting to see if Oct. 13 was the culmination of this, or if there will be another step at the meeting in Sweetwater this week end. Regardless, I know that we will receive more revelation in Sweetwater, and I will report it as I am able.
Having fun. Wish you were here.
Dr. Stephen Jones