Recently, I wrote about a revelation that I received from the Lord several months ago, regarding suffering. He asked the question “Do you want to know why I allow babies to get cancer?” The answer wasn’t a precise jumble of words – it was more like a vision of how we live our lives – distracted by a delusion of time remaining in our future. He showed me that our system of things is a lie. We rush through each day, chasing after the next goal – the next accomplishment – the next 3 years or 10 years, never realizing that tomorrow isn’t even promised to us at all. He was explaining to me that our expectancy in waiting until we’re old and retired to get to know Him (truly know Him), and put him first in our lives, was walking a dangerous tight-rope, gambling with our eternity. In essence, children getting cancer doesn’t make sense. It seems out of line with our expectancy to live long lives and only face illness as we enter our elderly years. So what is the purpose of it?
I was first led to the book of Ezekiel in researching “stroke in the bible”. Like many people, who endure great tragedy, I wanted to know what the Lord had to say about our circumstances. Was there anyone written of in the word of God that had experienced similar circumstances to us?
Through a deep study on the book of Ezekiel, I’m now pondering a potential connection in the trials of our personal lives, with the story of Ezekiel, and with the revelation the Lord gave me about illnesses that come upon our children – which seems to be widespread and more frequent in the days we live in now.
Ezekiel is believed to be the first prophet chosen by God outside of Israel – sent to God’s people as a WARNING of things to come. He didn’t come here to live it up and have a party on earth. In fact, his life wasn’t a journey that any of us would likely choose.
Ezekiel’s assignment on Earth in a nutshell….
Encounter the living God and receive prophecy of destruction to come.. Deliver God’s messages to people that won’t listen to you, then lose the ability to talk as your tongue cleaves to the roof of your mouth and you’re bound to lay on one side for 390 days (endure a stroke for the days that represent each year of Israel’s sin), as you drink water in measures and eat soup prepared in cow dung, then do it again (endure another stroke) this time laying on your right side for 40 days in demonstration to Judah’s 40 years of sin…. then shave all your hair off, separate it in 3 portions to show what will become of God’s people (fire, famine and a remnant).. then when your wife dies, speak to God’s people without mourning her death to demonstrate that God will not mourn the destruction of his bride that betrayed him.
What is a prophet of God?
So many people today claim to be prophets, (just as Jesus said this would happen). But what is a prophet? I’ve read over the book of revelations so many times – wondering about the martrys and the saints and the 12 tribes and the elect ones. And while my theories are severely flawed – which I openly confess in a deep understanding that I’m just a child, being raised and taught by our Father in Heaven – I can’t help but ponder why the martyrs are the ones standing at the throne of God when the sixth seal is opened. And even more intriguing, is my fleshly desire to not be in that group. No one in our carnal minds, wants to be brutally killed, right? Yet, that group of people are standing at the throne. So my second question to myself is, Do I want to be a prophet? It sounds really cool to be “chosen by God” to deliver an important message to the world. But what kind of qualification does that assignment require? What if being a prophet has little to do with our words, and everything to do with how God uses our lives to WARN others – as Ezekiel was sent to perform demonstration as warning to Israel of destruction that was coming upon their land.
In conclusion, I don’t know for sure that Ezekiel’s symptoms describe a stroke. It certainly appears that way to me – forced to lay one side (because half of his body is paralyzed?) – he’s made dumb and his tongue cleaves to his mouth as he’s unable to speak, (Josh went through that stage and it sure sounds like the immediate effects of brain damage). But the importance here is the lesson of Ezekiel’s life – the life of a prophet of God.
Who are the prophets of God today?
In the book of Acts, verse 2:17 says, “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Let’s examine this! God didn’t say the old men, or the preachers or the elders of the church or the wise men (or elderly) would prophesy. He said “your sons and daughters will prophesy”. Is this not the young people – the children? If we take this text and relate it to the life of Ezekiel, is God implying that our children (sons and daughters) will suffer various forms of illness as a demonstration of what is to come? – as a WARNING of the lies we live inside of – believing in a time-line that we simply don’t have?
How does this link to the question the Lord asked me, “Do you want to know why I allow babies to get cancer?” How does this make sense with my own life – watching my healthy, (not a candidate for stroke), husband, fall into such horrid disabilities in his thirties? And is this entire process, a purposed path for the Lord to use our lives to minister and warn others? – not through our words, but through demonstration in our lives, serving as a reminder to everyone that sees us that tomorrow is not promised?
Gosh, I wish I had all the answers…. The Lord certainly knows.