“Be Not Cast Away” by Theresa Phillips
I love Holy Week. It sets me on course for THE NEW. Each year I feel like I’m expecting. This year is no different.
I am convinced God is calling people in this day and time to return to the Love of Life – perhaps returning to their first love (see Revelation 2:4). Over the last several weeks, we have had entry into the presence of God while praising Him in church. It just gets sweeter. During that time, I have felt a tangible burden to cry out to God.Save us, O Lord! Save Your Church, save Your house, save, save, save…
Each week, the passionate cry in my heart intensifies. I come home more desperate to see the Church of Christ come alive with signs, wonders, miracles, and HOPE! When I enter a store, or look at others while driving, I see frowns and sadness everywhere; my heart cries, Help them, Lord, for Your joy is their strength!
“I Am Cast Away”
Then I had a dream. I dreamt I was pregnant and had gone into labor. I was being told by a doctor that I was about to give birth to a girl. I gave birth to the child, and suddenly the child grew up. The girl became a young lady.
I asked her her name; she said, “I am Cast Away.” She was a girl with long hair but gray skin. I thought, How odd to name this child Cast Away and how sad her skin was the color of ash.
I awoke from that dream with my body drenched in sweat. I was shaking; my heart wrenches still with the thought, “I am Cast Away.”
I started to pray. I prayed over my own children; I prayed over my neighbors and extended family.
Then Jesus spoke to me, “Theresa, ‘Cast Away’ is the Church. There the Church is hurting and it is losing strength. Many feel like castaways. Many have felt abandoned, and many have lost hope, vision, and their journey.” I understood, for I too have felt that lately.
Tears were streaming from my eyes as He spoke again, “The spirit of our enemy is forcing a compromise in the Body. Tell the people that I love them and I prayed for them that their faith be strong (see Luke 22:32). But I will never leave you or forsake you; be not cast away! Tell them to shout their praises to Me and sing aloud. ‘He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and He talks with me along life’s narrow way…”
I could hear a chorus all around me sing with me as I enjoyed this old song, and I sang that for a long time. I was revisiting a well of the past, remembering the days when the Church would sing the old hymns and BELIEVE them. And O how I longed for that sensation of unity, the feeling of safety and extreme joy in the house of the Lord! I started to stomp the floor as I was praying. I saw myself walking in different steps; I was actually dancing upon the nation, and crying for my own region:
“O I love You, Jesus, in my land. I love You in my city, I love You in my church, I love You in my home. I love You…”
A Season of Great Change
When suddenly I knew a season of great change had come upon us. We have entered into a season of great change.
I knew in my heart the Body had not totally understood it, but I knew we had, as a Body of Believers, believed a change had come.
I saw in the Spirit demonic forces that had been loosed; they have been subtly loosed, thinking they could deceive. Yes, God revealed them to me, and I’m certain many others have seen these deceptive forces: Oppression.Rivalry. Fear. The Accuser. I saw them coming in numbers, a force angry and determined to destroy the Body.
I could hear sounds of thunder roaring across the sky, forces clashing in the atmosphere. I was not afraid. I love You! As I was in the Spirit, I saw the hill of Golgotha. I saw the wounds He took for me. I saw the abandonment He suffered, and I saw the Body torn and weary… The very spirits that tried to destroy Him were here. Yet I was not afraid.
I felt the Spirit surge inside me. I knew we were on the brink of revival.I felt myself strong like a lion. I knew He was about to speak to me again. I heard these words:
“The Cross will be preached.
The Resurrection will be preached.
The visitation of Holy Spirit will come with strength and great power, and many will be rescued from their sins.
“A new breed of evangelists will come forth out of the tombs of doubt and unbelief. The wisdom-carriers are about to come forth with their hair shining white like wool. These two distinct groups of people will arise and take the platform together.”
“He lives, He lives, Christ (the anointing) Jesus (the Son) lives today…”I was singing again that old song, and I was getting stronger and stronger.
I felt myself soaring; I was being taken by the Presence to a high, open place. I was then looking down upon the earth. I was feeling a bit like Rachel weeping for her children. I covered my eyes; I was overwhelmed. I moved my hands. I was allowed to see with the eyes of Jesus. What He sees, I saw, and I fell in love with His people more than ever before. I fell in love with the poor, the weak, and the mighty, and I was deeply moved by the lonely. My heart was stretching once again. I was changed.
It’s NOW, and It’s New
Then I had another dream. I dreamt I was standing in church. I was starting to give the message, when suddenly I cried, “Jesus, I love You, I love You, I love You.”
As I did this, I saw many people come to the microphone, and they too began to cry, “Jesus I love You. I love You. I love You.” The line of people was endless.
I stood back watching them all come one by one…something had begun. I heard them say, “Jesus, I love You! Come, Jesus, I love You!” Soon the sound of Jesus entered; I could hear horns blowing. The King had come into the house, and again I was watching. His time had come. Our time had come. It was NOW.
I felt the Presence begin to speak to me: “This Holy Week will be different all across the world. A changing of the guard has taken place in the natural and in the spiritual.
“But I, by Blood right, have been enthroned as your Sovereign on your praises. I have been enthroned on your praises. Praise Me!” (See Psalm 22:3.)
He continued to speak, “It’s NOW, and it’s new. Look to the east, and look to the west. I am about to show how much I love My children. I am about to pour out a fresh wave of strength. You will see Me shake the earth with wisdom, power, and might. You will see and hear of accounts of many coming back from the dead.
“You will hear of many new young people falling in love with Me. You will see the Church shake at My presence. Yes, a shaking has begun, for I am about to RESURRECT old dreams and visions. I am revisiting My people who humble themselves and pray. I am calling back those who have been led astray by deceitful gains, and oppressors, and many who have felt cast away. I am calling them to return to My house. Accept them…
“Church, O Church, go get My people and bring them home. Build Me a place to dwell, for the dwelling places of My presence.
“I will equip you for the days ahead. I am coming with strength and power. I will see many healed, and many will arise to destiny. Fresh authority will I pour out; it’s game-changer time!
“The land is about to shake at My presence. Come. Come. Come back to My House. No more scattering of the sheep. No more striking the shepherds – no more!
“Return with love. ARISE with Me to show I am real. I have given you POWER!(See Acts 2 and Mark 16.) Awaken your heart to the newly resurrected life.Let a new day come forth.”
I then awoke to the phone ringing and was no longer in a slumbering state. On the phone, a man who had left our church years ago called to say, “I am coming home…”
Chicago Prophetic Voice
Dr. Theresa Phillips is senior pastor of Praise Ministries Church and dean of Praise Christian Seminary in St. Charles, Illinois. Theresa is dedicated to helping you encounter the living God and be filled with His never-ending glory. Pastor Theresa and her husband Robert have started an online publication called Chicago Prophetic Voice. This online publication is intended to help you see and hear the unseen and unheard realms of God as they are portrayed in the written Scriptures of the Holy Bible.