Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Walking in the Realm of Authority



A prophetic dream about Ivanka Trump.

A couple nights ago, I had an unusual dream in which I seemed to play dual roles. It was as though I was Ivanka Trump. I saw myself walking closely by my father, being drawn into his confidence and a part of his decision making process concerning significant high level security matters.

In many ways, Ivanka is a picture of the bride of Christ. She has been groomed for many years in preparation for this particular time in her life. Although she may have not understood that one day she would walk alongside her father in the White House and be involved in certain aspects of helping to make weighty decisions concerning the future of our nation, everything in her life has been to prepare her for what she is doing now. Her name, by the way, means "God is gracious."

In a similar fashion, we, as the bride of Christ, learn to listen to our Father, to learn of God’s ways, and to walk closely with Him. He, in turn, allows us to be intricately involved in the matters concerning the citizens of the earth. The bride of Christ is entrusted with a great deal of authority and high-level security clearance, to not only hear what the Spirit is saying, but also to make important decisions that will affect millions of people world-wide. Ivanka, like the bride of Christ, has been given authority to exercise her decision making capabilities necessary for carrying out ‘the family business.’ She began years ago, helping to run her father’s company. Now, for such a time as this, she has been prepared to work with him and be about ‘her father’s business.’ This is a prophetic picture that allows us to see ourselves in light of who we are in Christ.

In another aspect of the dream, I also played a role of someone that had the responsibility of choosing wedding rings for Ivanka and her soon to be groom. Now, in the natural we all know that Ivanka is already married, so I knew that God was speaking prophetically about who she is and what she represents. It’s interesting in the fact that she is married to Jared Kushner, yet her identity is more widely known, and I think perhaps always will be known more so as who she is in relationship to her father. Ivanka’s identity is tied into her relationship with her father, just as we receive our true identity from our heavenly father.

I picked out an elegant yet simply set of rings. When I presented the ring boxes to Ivanka, her ring had golden initials carved into it, and I instantly recognized it as some sort of a signet ring. That was the end of the dream.

Signet rings have been used for thousands of years. They have played an important role in business and politics, as well as meaningful family matters. They were created for the purpose of acting as a signature or seal of authenticity. Historically, a gentleman wore a signet ring that had some unique identifying mark, such as his initials or the family crest, that identified the person wearing it. When dipped in hot wax, the signet ring would be applied to important documents as a seal of authenticity. In Medieval times, signet rings became a sign of nobility, class and wealth. They were was used to sign and seal important papers and formal documents. The King’s signet ring became the most prized in all the world.

I believe the dream represents God’s affirmation of His transfer of authority. He wants His children to walk confidently, knowing that as we walk closely with Him, we are no longer slaves, but heirs to the kingdom. 

"Now you are no longer slaves, but God's own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir." (Galatians 4:7)

We must be about our Father’s business, and He has empowered us to execute justice and judgments that will bring the authority of God's kingdom into the earth. 

In Genesis 41:42, Pharaoh took off his signet ring and gave it to Joseph. This indicated a transfer of authority. Pharaoh empowered Joseph to be in charge and carry out his God-given assignment. Joseph was promoted to the highest office in the land, second only to Pharaoh. Joseph was given a great deal of authority that enabled him to save many lives and provide for others during a lengthy famine. Although Joseph went through a long period of preparation and testing, the day finally arrived where he was taken out of a place of obscurity and confinement, to a place where he was catapulted into a position of prominence. The very quality that others lacked was what was needed in a time of national crisis. God placed His wisdom and ability to interpret dreams in a man that others, including his own family, rejected. The wisdom of God would become the most sought after commodity by the world’s most important person at that time (Pharaoh).

Another illustration that seems to be more fitting with the context of the dream is when King Ahasuerus gave his signet ring to Queen Esther and advised her to write a new decree, protecting the Jews from an evil plot conspired for their imminent destruction.

"For how can I endure to see the calamity which will befall my people, and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?" So King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, "Behold, I have given the house of Haman to Esther, and him they have hanged on the gallows because he had stretched out his hands against the Jews. "Now you write to the Jews as you see fit, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's signet ring; for a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king's signet ring may not be revoked." (Esther 8:7,8 NASB)

The king’s signet ring carried such authority that whatever received the royal stamp of his approval became ‘law.’ It could not be reversed or broken except by writing a new decree. The enemy, Haman, had tricked the king into passing a law that was very destructive in nature towards a certain class of people – the Jews. What Haman didn’t know at the time is that the King’s wife had been secretly hiding her identity as a Jew! When Esther revealed her secret to the king and exposed the plot orchestrated by Haman, the king was outraged. King Ahaseurus was delighted to accommodate Esther’s request to help her people, but he surprised her by telling her that he was giving her the authority to act, on her own. Whatever decree she wrote would essentially be signed and approved in his name. As the king’s royal bride, Esther shared as an equal partner in His authority. She was empowered to change unjust laws, and there was no one in the kingdom that could nullify the decree that she wrote. It carried the word of the king and the weight of his authority. No one could break the power of the law written in his name.

This is the message God wants us to understand. Like Esther, we have been empowered to act. Our King, the Lord Jesus Christ, has transferred His authority to us, the church. There are many unjust laws that have been written under the cloak of deception, intended by the enemy to bring people into captivity. Some have been written in order to remove certain civil liberties. Others have an assignment of death attached to them. These things should cause a response of righteous indignation in us and compel us to take action! God is raising up a new generation of Esthers. A new generation of Josephs. A new generation of people who are coming into their God ordained authority, position and influence for such a time as this. In the natural, it may seem like some of the battles we face seem impossible. Who ever thought that trying to overturn government laws would be something God called them to do? Contending with the government appears to be an impossible task, yet God’s word tells us,

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to them that believe.” (Mark 9:23)

“Therefore I say to you, what things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

God’s word has spiritual laws encoded into the scriptures. God’s word, His law, is more powerful than earthly laws. He is more powerful than mere men that pass ungodly laws. God’s word trumps everything man has done! He is reminding each of us today that He loves us and trusts us to do what is called for in this hour – to write a new decree – and it will carry the weight of His authority. He has given us His signet ring. We have His stamp of approval. We are empowered to act, to change the laws of the land by declaring the laws encoded in His scripture. Rise up, man of God! Rise up, woman of God! Write a new decree! Overturn injustice. Rewrite the future of your people. Rewrite the outcome of the story for the citizens of this earth. The King has given you His authority to release change in the earth!


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