What Heaven is Saying TodayBy Pastor James Durham

Once again the presence of the Lord was awesome this morning. There is something special about His “kavod” in this season and I quickly found myself face down on the floor seeking a revelation about what it means. I prayed in the Spirit for several minutes and then got still as my spiritual eyes and ears were opened to hear from the Lord. I asked if there was anything He is saying and doing today that we need to say and do. Suddenly, I was in the midst of an open vision in a place that looked like an airport waiting area. I saw a little girl who appeared to be around six years of age walking shyly up to a female police officer who quickly picked her up and began to hug and reassure her that she was now safe. As I watched, I prayed for understanding. I wanted to know if this was something about to happen in the natural or if it was spiritual. The answer was both. We are in a season of restoration for families, friends and loved ones: Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers,” Those taken captive by the enemy are being released to return to their Lord, their homes and their families. Hallelujah! Thank you Lord! 

Then another open vision was given. I was standing in what looked like a large living room or the fellowship hall in a church. I saw a man suddenly move purposefully to leave the room through a door on the opposite side. As he left, it looked like all the light in the room was somehow connected to him and left with Him. We were in darkness for a very brief moment when new light suddenly filled the room. The new light seemed brighter and it felt fresh and clean. I understood this to be a reference to the solar eclipse coming next week. Many people have gotten into fear over this event. Others are seeking some insight into its deeper spiritual meaning. The solar eclipse comes on the eve of Rosh Chodesh Elul. Elul is a month in which the Lord chooses to release an abundance of mercy and forgiveness. It is written in Hebrew as “Alef-Lamed-Vav-Lamed.” This has long been understood as an acronym for the words of Song of Songs 6:3a, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” Do you feel yourself being drawn closer to the Lord in this time? The invitation has been given and the pull of His love and grace is strong. The sense of pain and loss associated with the month of Av is being removed and the light of restoration is being released. 

The basic meaning of the word “Elul” is “search.” This is a season for us to search for the grace and forgiveness of the Lord as we sincerely repent and return to Him. This is a season for the restoration of families in the natural as well as the restoration for many into the family of God. This is a season of extraordinary grace, but not “greasy grace.” It is given to those who repent, humble themselves and pray. I was led by the Spirit to 2 Chronicles 7:14, “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

It was on Rosh Chodesh Elul that Moses ascended the mountain for another 40 days with the Lord after the people had sinned in the golden calf incident. During these 40 days, the Lord let Him see His back and pronounced His thirteen attributes of mercy. As Moses prayed on behalf of the people, the Lord released grace and forgiveness. These forty days in the Hebrew calendar lead up to Yom Kippur and include Rosh Hashanah – a new beginning with our souls cleansed by the mercy and forgiveness of the Lord. As we humble ourselves, sincerely repent and earnestly pray, the promise of Jeremiah 29:11-13 is released once again: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” The Lord is good! His love and mercy endure forever! Amen! Hallelujah! Thank you Lord!