Last week about this time, I felt a strong stirring in my spirit and the Lord instructed me to begin interceding. He said, “It’s time to put to flight.” Immediately, I connected that phraseology to the passage Leviticus 26:5, And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
I began praying, not realizing what the Lord had set out to accomplish through my prayers. I was riding on the wind of the Holy Spirit.
As I walked and prayed, I had a vision. I saw the land (farm land, harvest fields and vineyards) covered in locusts. I understood that it was the land the Lord has given us for inheritance. It’s the ground we have invested ourselves in. It looked brown and barren…dead. Yet, as I continued to pace, the ground began to move in almost fluid motion before me and I realized that the wind had begun to pick up and it was sweeping over the ground and over the trees.
Again, God spoke to me and said, “There is a strong west wind blowing.”
You’ll find reference to that in Exodus 10:19, And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.
As I kept praying, I saw that what I perceived to be fruitless and barren… stripped to dirt and bark was actually the remains of what had been plaguing the ground. The wind made quick work of blowing every last locust away and there in the soil were tender green shoots. The very thing that had been sent to strip the land was in fact covering precious seedlings. The harvest is here. What has been just under the ground shall produce suddenly. Many have sown and many have watered but God is bringing the increase. Now is not the time to gauge our success by the world’s standards or the condition of Pharoah’s heart. God is bringing the harvest for the coming harvest. What we have been waiting and believing for is here and it’s for His glory.
In Matthew 3, we read of another time when there were locusts in the land… on the threshold of the Lord’s entrance… on the brink of liberation! It’s evidenced in verse 4, John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. The man crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!” fed on the very locusts that preempted a move of God like the world had never seen!
What has been stripping you down has been itself stripped away. Look up! Your Redeemer is drawing near! You are on the brink of your breakthrough!