Updated: Mar 28, 2019
The Spirit of Issachar
Recently while ministering in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Jeff and Bob and Bonnie Jones, I was reminded of an encounter that I had several years ago. I actually dreamed that I was preaching and sharing this encounter at the conference we were ministering at. The next morning I woke up wondering why I had dreamed of preaching this now. The Lord spoke to me and said, "The word is for NOW and is meant for this season in time."
Regarding the encounters, I remember the Lord actually coming to me on two separate occasions. First, the Lord came to me in the night in a red convertible. He said, "Get in," so of course I did. As we drove He began to tell me how important it is to discern the times and seasons we are in and said, "I'm giving you the spirit of Issachar, so you will know the times and seasons" (see 1 Chronicles 12:32).
We continued down a very long and straight road that had evergreen trees on both sides. When we came to the end of the road, He asked me to get out. He pointed to the horizon and said, "Look." As I gazed at the gorgeous horizon all around me, there was a straight line in the middle of the sky between earth and heaven (heaven and earth were aligned perfectly). He told me that THIS is what perfect balance looked like—perfect harmony between heaven and earth. He explained that in everything there must be balance. He told me that the church has been out of balance, but He would be restoring balance in the coming season. A couple definitions for the word "balance" in Webster's dictionary are, "to equal or equalize," and "a means of judging or deciding." The Lord made it clear that this judging and deciding period was coming upon us in the very near future to restore balance in the body.
The Plumb Line for the New Temple
In another visitation just a few days after the first, the Lord spoke again and said that during the time of this "judging or deciding," the enemy would come against the church in a strong way and would use the religious spirit to lead away many. The Lord said, "The plumb line is falling," and immediately in this visual encounter I saw the plumb line fall into place. It was like a heavy weight had fallen among God's people. Webster's describes a plumb line as a line (cord) that has at one end a weight (plumb bob) which is used especially to determine verticality—to find out if a wall is perfectly vertical.
Zechariah 4:10 says that the plumb line is in the hands of Zerubbabel, the King of Judah, and that the finishing gable or cap stone will be brought forth for the new tabernacle with shouts of Grace! Grace to it! (see vs. 7).