36-Then came Jesus unto a place called Gethsemane, and said unto the disciples, Sit here while I go and pray yonder.
37-And He took with Him Peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy,
38-Then, He said unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death:, tarry ye here and watch with me.
39-And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.
40-And he came unto the disciples and found them asleep, and said unto Peter, What, could you not watch with me one hour?”
Joel 2:17-- “Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Your people, O Lord, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?”
On this particular morning in prayer and communion with the Lord, I heard Him say:
“Where are My weeping prophets who will watch with me one hour? Where are My weeping prophets who will weep with Me for the lost? I have a few who have come into that place with Me to weep and learn My ways, and to know My heart. But where are the rest of My prophets who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the cause of Christ? To know and reveal My heart to hurting people all over the world?
The greatest Prophet to walk among you in the flesh was not ashamed to reveal the Father’s heart through tears. I stood atop a hill outside of Jerusalem and beheld her destruction and desolation to come. It broke My heart because I longed to show Jerusalem My mercy, but she rejected My hand of mercy and grace and chose judgment.
I wept over Jerusalem that day but those of My company were dry-eyed. They had no revelation or understanding of what they had witnessed. My weeping made them most uncomfortable because of their own lack of compassion for the destruction of others. Have people not looked at you strange when in the midst of the congregation when your tears began to flow? (I remembered very well the times Holy Spirit had wept through me in church, etc. because He was grieved. There were times when I didn’t know why I was crying, sometimes, I did. And yes, I’ve had people close by look at me a little bit strange because of it.)
Where are My weeping prophets, priests and ministers who will weep between the porches and altars to stand in the gap for the land (America) and its people? The tears you shed by yourselves have little power but when you watch with Me, and My tears mingle and mix with yours, your tears will become liquid fire of the anointing. Liquid fire that you will carry with you to release by faith in the congregations and into the streets.
It will ignite My word as it goes forth out of your mouth’s to burn as liquid fire in the hearts of the hearer (those on the road to Emmaus said, did not our hearts burn as fire within us?) When it connects with the hearer, they will sizzle, as it were, and burn with the fire of My anointing. It will become a baptism of fire that will burn up everything that is not of Me. It is the Refiner’s fire. The Refiner has come and He is taking My people through the fire so they can come forth as pure transparent gold. Who will be able to withstand this day of visitation? I say, prepare. Get ready for your visitation. Watch and pray, for you know not the hour in which your visitation will come.
Where are My weeping prophets, priests and ministers who will spend time with Me in communion? Look now and see that the fields are white unto harvest. I tell you that it is the time of the harvest now! Therefore, business as usual for the Church is over. You either stand with Me in this hour, or you stand against Me. Choose this day whom you will serve.
Many of you have prayed for ‘rain.’ Keep praying for the rain of My Spirit to come into your assemblies, for the rain you pray for is the liquid fire of My anointing. Its time to get in the fire with Me where every bondage of the flesh is burned off and you are free to weep with a heart of compassion for the lost.
Not only do prophets speak forth the prophetic word of the Lord but they are first of all intercessors. Not only that but prophets are also “Watchmen.”
Ezekiel 3:17-- “Son of man, I have made you a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore, hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me.”
A lot of the old time prophets wept and stood in the gap for God’s people when judgment was about to fall on them. Jeremiah was one of these. He was called the “Weeping Prophet” because he was called to reveal the heart of God to a certain group of people.
Jesus, who is THE Prophet, also wept for His people. He said, “I only do what I see the Father doing, and I only say what I hear the Father saying.” When He saw the Father weep for the lost, for all people, Jesus revealed His heart by weeping also. He said, “When you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” He made it known when He heard the Father say, “I wish none to perish but to come to have everlasting life.”
Jeremiah was one of the major prophets in the Old Testament. He was called from His mother’s womb. God called him and sent him forth to speak to a hard-headed, hard-hearted bunch of people who refused to listen. They would refuse to repent for their wicked ways unless they got caught in the consequences of worshiping other gods.
Jeremiah spent countless hours walking the streets, weeping as he prophesied Jerusalem’s destruction and soon coming captivity if they didn’t repent. God had shown him, no doubt, visions of lay ahead for these people. It gripped his heart so much that he couldn’t help but weep for his fellow countrymen who were blind and rebellious to a God who loved them and wanted to show them mercy instead of judgment. God hasn’t changed. He still would rather show mercy to people and nations instead of judgment but because of man’s rebellious choices against Him, judgment on the sin always has to come.
Judgment for Jerusalem finally came. They were captured by the armies of the North. This meant that both Jerusalem and Judah would be destroyed. They would be robbed and stripped bare of everything. Jeremiah had know this was coming through revelation. The Israelite’s constant rejection of a merciful and loving God (sounds like America) so broke God’s heart that He wept through Jeremiah.
Did Jeremiah’s endless tears soften the hearts of the people so that they came to repentance? No. Instead, they thought Jeremiah was crazy and that he was a troublemaker. They wanted him to shut up, go away and leave them alone. So much so that they tried to kill him. He was put in prison and finally, they threw him in a dried up well that was only mud and mire at the bottom of it.
No doubt, Jeremiah thought this was the end of him. And where was God? He cried out for help. God heard and answered by having a group of men tie several rags together to make a rope. You could say that this was Jeremiah’s “rope of hope.” Light at the end of the tunnel. Or light dawning at the end of the night. The Lord said, “Jeremiah, don’t worry. My arm is not so short that I can’t rescue you out of trouble.” And so He did. This same thing applies to you and me today. God is an ever present help in our time of trouble. Amen.
Down In the Dumps:
Even though Jeremiah was a great prophet and he knew his God, did he ever get discouraged and want to give up his calling? Just flat out quit? Yes, he did. More than once, in fact. I mean, how would you like God to call you as a prophet (or into other ministry) and right at the start, God tells you, “No matter how hard you preach and declare My word, no matter how many tears you cry, these people are not going to listen to you. They’re not going to respond. In fact, they will turn against you for speaking My words. They will even try to kill you.” On top of all that, God adds that you’re going to walk the streets of your city weeping.
How’s that for a job description? Jeremiah might have thought to himself, “I’m defeated before I ever get started.” He could forget about having big crusades with thousands of people attending and cheering praise to God and congratulating his efforts. He could forget about fancy titles and having his name in lights and receiving an abundance of invitations to come preach and prophesy.
Instead, he would go through the streets of Jerusalem declaring the word of the Lord and weeping as he went. He would earn a title but it would be that of “weeping prophet,” not a title he would have given himself. To do this type thing seemed foolish no doubt. What the people of that day, and even some people in the Church today don’t understand is, Jeremiah’s weeping was a form of ‘prophetic intercession.’ It was the liquid prayer of intercession for a hard-headed, hard-hearted bunch of people that God loved and wanted to show mercy to instead of judgment. So, Jeremiah, one of God’s key prophets, wasn’t foolish in what he was doing. He wasn’t defeated as He had thought. He was successfully doing the will of God.
Fire In My Bones:
As stated earlier, Jeremiah did become discouraged and he did want to forfeit his calling as a prophet. He didn’t want this ministry of being God’s ‘mouth-piece’ any longer. Therefore, he declared that he wasn’t going to speak the word of the Lord anymore. He couldn’t take it. It was too heart breaking to see the sinful state of his countrymen and know the destruction that was to come if they continued to reject God. If they refused to repent.
Jeremiah temporarily forgot that God had said to him, “I have put My words in your mouth.” So, as he tried to go about his own business, refusing to speak out and prophesy the word of the Lord, he became most uncomfortable. His mouth might have been shut but that didn’t stop God from speaking His prophetic word to Jeremiah. After a while, trying to withhold God’s words was like having a fire shut up in his bones.
When you have God’s prophetic words of fire in you, no matter how hard you try to keep quiet before a bunch of hard-headed, hard-hearted bunch of people, you can’t be quiet. You have to release them. And once this happens, people had better look out because now you’re a Holy Ghost fire-bomb looking for the right place to happen. Once there, you will let loose the fire-power of almighty God. The liquid fire of the anointing.
When this kind of explosion takes place, there is not one person who won’t get hit in some way and to some degree with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Its not going to be a little dribble that gives you a tingle, you will experience the hot oil of the anointing. You will experience the firey electrical currents of the Holy Ghost that will bring about a real and dramatic change in your and life. Amen!
We’re coming into that place more and more, where God said, business as usual for the Church is over. We’re in the hour of God’s accelerated dunamis, resurrection power---that liquid fire of the anointing. Forget the little sprinkling you’ve received here and there and look instead for a downpour. We’re no longer talking about sprinklings or dribbles or drips. We’re looking for a mighty downpour of God’s miraculous and glorious resurrection power. The river of this liquid fire anointing is pouring down the holy mountain now, coming out of the very throne of God. Hallelujah! When you’re set on fire, you can then go set someone else on fire. Amen!