Yom KippurBy Pastor James Durham


October 8-9, 2019


We did our daily home worship service as the Sun was going down and ushering in Yom Kippur. The presence of the Lord was strong as we read the scriptures for this very special day. We felt His presence as we gave Him our praise and worship. As the service came to an end, we turned out the lights and soaked in this atmosphere as we waited expectantly to hear from the Lord. After a time of waiting, I began to receive a series of visions. 

At first all I saw was darkness and I was uncertain if this was a vision. Very soon I began to see more clearly and found myself outside (in the vision) looking up a sky filled with ominous looking storm clouds. In the center of the clouds, I saw an eye and immediately understood in my spirit that it was one of the Lord’s watchers. We looked at each other for several minutes and then he closed the eye had been able to see. This was very comforting – knowing that the Lord is watching over us, but I also sensed that it was an eye of justice. As the eye closed, I saw the storm clouds begin to roll and then tumble as they slowly moved in my direction. I felt no fear and waited upon a further word from the Lord. 

Suddenly there was a breakthrough in the center of the storm. As the clouds opened up, I saw a beautiful blue lake surrounded by lush green plants. It didn’t appear that anyone had been in the place because all the plants were undisturbed. As I moved closer to the beautiful blue water, I cupped my hands and took a handful. In my hands the water was crystal clear. I felt like I was standing in a lake filled with the pure living water of heaven. As I continue to stand in that place, something unusual began to happen. I was aware that I was not alone although I couldn’t see the other people around me. Standing together we began to receive what I can only call a spiritual feeding. Our mouths were not involved, but we were being filled with spiritual sustenance. I immediately understood by the help of the Holy Spirit that many of us are being fed to strengthen our spirits for the new season opening on this Yom Kippur. There will be challenges, but we are being fed to withstand through it all for a great victory. 

Suddenly, the worship room was filled with the fragrance of freshly brewing coffee. It was a wonderful smell and it was waking up the Lord’s people spiritually to do His will today. As I celebrated this experience another fragrance filled the room. It was the smell you get when chocolate cake is baking in the oven. I really like this fragrance in the natural, but especially in the spiritual realm. This is the fragrance I smell when the Lord enters the room. 

The warm feelings I was experiencing were shattered by the next series of visions. I saw very similar things in multiple locations and with people of different ethnic groups. People were angry, shouting and physically abusing others. The Lord gave a warning that we are going to go through a powerful and destructive season of rebellion. Rebellion will manifest in many places with various groups. I saw social unrest breaking out into violent rebellion, and knew that another season anarchy is emerging. I saw rebellion in families between spouses and between parents and children. This will be a season of disrespect rather than honoring. I saw religious rebellion as people with impure motives were leading people away from the Lord and apart from one another.   

I was very joyful as Yom Kippur began in such a wonderful way. I felt this in spite of the problems which will be caused in the rebellion. I looked at the storm clouds again, but felt no threat. As I looked at the clouds, it was as if the center portion took the shape of a rectangle. Then in the middle I saw an extremely bright amber colored phone receiver which look similar to those in an old style phone booth. The amber was like fire and my thoughts went to Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” In my Bible study this morning, I was reading Psalm 20 and connected strongly with verses 6, “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.” and 9, “Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.” I believe the Lord has established a strong communications connects for us today and I waiting for us to call upon Him. 

This morning, the Lord gave me a very beautiful vision of a home with two breakfast tables set up and filled with wonderful foods being bathed in the warmth of the morning sun shining through a window. I spoke to the Holy Spirit and said, “I don’t want to write this down if it is coming from my hunger during this time of fasting.” Very shortly I received a message from the Holy Spirit confirming this was a vision of the Lord. He is speaking to us of this being a double portion (two tables) season of blessing. Once again the theme was about a new day – a new season – and the Lord’s provision for us to accomplish His plan and purpose in our lives. Are you willing to be fed and equipped to face the challenges which are yet unknown? 

In the last few moments of Yom Kippur, I prayed to the Lord: “Lord I am here and available. If there is anything else you want to release for me to hear or see, I am ready and willing. Suddenly, I went into a vision. Everything looked dark. This was similar to the way the day began. As I looked intently into the darkness, I was surprised when suddenly something broke through the darkness. It was an amazing and awesome sight. Hundreds or maybe thousands of white horses were moving toward me at full speed. Each horse had a rider. Some were the white robed saints as described in the book of Revelation. Others were angels. I saw two kinds of angels. The first type were dress in white like the saints but were clearly brighter in appearance. The second type of angels looked like they were made of fire. All of them were rushing toward us a great speed led by Yeshua ha Messiach. The power and speed of the horses made huge sparks like fire under their thundering hooves. I immediately thought of the Lord’s promises from the Revelation of John 22:12, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Are you ready for the army of heaven to invade earth? Yeshua said again in verse 20, “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”




Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!