This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to preach and to minister at my spiritual parents’ church, Open Heavens at Miranda Ranch, in Nipomo, which is in Central Coast, California.
That was a lot of names and places in one sentence right there! (Haha)
Anyhow, so I had the opportunity to preach and to minister and it was po-wer-ful! It was full of power! It was powerful! It was #Glorylicious!
We arrived at the Mirandas’ home, late on Friday night, and the Lord dropped a prophetic word for their church and family right then and there. I knew it was Him and I knew that it was an on-time, on-point, Karios, now Word for them.
So here I am, talking about the four living creatures, as mentioned in the prophetic books of Ezekiel and Revelation. I began to share about each of the faces of the living creatures, and their functions and roles being before the throne of God.
Their bodies are completely covered with eyes, signifying that they are like God, in seeing and knowing all things. The eyes covering their bodies are seeing the glory at all times, in every single form and direction.
They have six wings, meaning that there’s both a covering and a swiftness and agility in their mobility. They are able to move around with ease in His Presence, and go to and fro from the throne of God.
These four living creatures, have the faces of an; human, ox, eagle, and lion.
Each of these faces represents different facets of God’s nature and character, which is being put on display to us on purpose. Everything which we see in the Lord’s prophetic books, has symbolic purpose, on purpose!
This church, Open Heavens Miranda Ranch, has experienced a lot of glory and God encounters that will cause heads to turn and nod and wonder.
This was the place, where Prophet Gershom Sikaala’s ministry in California and America blew up! It was on this property, that they held the Seven Days of Glory in Santa Maria! In the seven days, thousands of people began to take word and come and experience what the Lord was doing there. Even the world renown, Prophet Paul Cain came to see what was rumbling!
Angelic visitations of royal blue were caught on video. Miracles and healings were the norm. And the fire department came because the neighbors exclaimed that they saw raging fire on top of the property! So the fire department came thinking that there was an emergency case of a fire, but it was the fire of God! It was the angels of God showing themselves; for it says in God’s Word, that His messengers are like flames of fire and wind.
It was on this property that I, humble, little, Ben Lim, had the opportunity to preach and minister.
As I ministered this word to the congregation, I prophesied and said that many people want to be like the lion or even the eagle; maybe even the human, which is the chief of all of creation. However, nobody wants to be the ox.
Proverbs 14:4 – “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”
Would you rather have a clean storehouse because you don’t want to deal with the messiness, or would you want to have much increase by utilizing the ox? We won’t be able to gain a harvest if we don’t know how to down and dirty in the ditch and trenches! It’s time for the Body of Christ to roll up their sleeves and get to working! The harvest is waiting and golden yellow, ripe and ready, waiting for us to sickle it!
Other words to describe the trough, is a storehouse, crib or a manger.
Where was baby boy Jesus born here on earth? In a crib; in a messy manger. In order for us to have the miracles of the Messiah in the manger, it’s going to be messy and dirty. It may seem crazy and wild and disoriented, but it is the best thing to be in! The only way that you and I will ever gain an abundant harvest of the Spirit of Jubilee, is by being like the ox; working and plowing and kneading and breaking through.
The Lord is giving us His apostolic grace to be like the ox, this facet of the living creatures of God; to be like Him in His nature to gain a great harvest!
(You can listen to the full message and revelation of this, on my podcast – Ben Lim, Open Heavens Miranda Ranch)
Anyhow, as I was preaching this word, the Lord prompted me to call up Pastor Peter and Brenda Miranda, who are the senior pastors of the church. They came up and I placed a single flag of a pair, in each of their hand, as they stood side by side. They both held up the prophetic flag, titled, “Dreaming with God.”
I then called up Greg and his wife Linda, to come up beside them, side by side. The Lord showed me that they were meant to be the associate/assistant pastors, the next leaders to be ordained in their church. As they came up, together, standing side by side, tears began to stream down all of their faces. The people in the congregation began to tear and cry out in response to this prophetic act. I was later told, that this was something that everybody was waiting for and praying into for decades!
I then prophesied, and said that these four people who were standing together, were a representation of the four faces of the living creatures. Right when I proclaimed that, a grayish dove, flew right across us, right above their heads!
I knew that this was a sign of the Lord, signifying His seal of approval and peace over this prophetic proclamation.
The Lord wants to send the dove of His Holy Spirit wherever there is an agreement in the Spirit and in the natural. He wants to send His signs to confirm the proclamation of His prophetic words. He delights to send His shalom and peace to assure the very things which He has called us to.
This dove flew above them, right in front of me! Holy, holy, holy!
Jesus loves to confirm His Word. Jesus loves to show off His signs and wonders! Jesus will only show more of His glory when we step into obeying His Word.
This was a holy moment. The four pastors knew it, the congregation knew it, and I knew it! This was a God moment!
Jesus is into the complete leadership of His Church. He is into the rightful ordination of His people. He is into the government of His Kingdom expanding and being established here on this earth.
I want to proclaim this over you:
I proclaim and prophecy the peace and the shalom of God’s covenant over you, as you step up and into realms and forms of leadership. His peace will be upon you as you step up into your calling and destiny. He will give you a sign from Heaven to display His pleasure whenever we come into unity, teamwork, and agreement. In the midst of the two or three, He is there. He is, and He is with you.
His peace is with you as you step up and into being like one of the four faces of the living creatures; whether you’re called to manifest more-so, the face of the human, the lion, the eagle, or the ox, in this time; manifest the glory of God oh man and woman! His peace is with you!
The dove of the Holy Spirit is your covering, which flies, rests, and hovers over and above your heads. He is your authority and Christ is your Headship.
God will always anoint what is His. He will always pour out His Spirit over the things which come into agreement with what He is doing.
His covenant of shalom is with you as you finally step into the very things which you’ve been created for; the very things which have been sitting on the sidelines; the very things which you’ve been waiting to pursue for years and years and decades and decades.”
As the Lord spoke this to and over Gideon, He is declaring this over you and your life today:
“Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14)
“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” (Judges 6:23)