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prophesy and interpretation

Bishop Duncan received this prophesy:

The Year of the Gate ---
Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.
-- Isaiah 62:10
In Hebrew, the number eight is rendered by the letter CHET, which is depicted in the form of a GATE. The number eight is related to new starts and new life in the Scriptures – the most notable being the resurrection of Jesus which occurred on the eighth day… Eight is the number of the gate… And I sensed the Holy Spirit saying simply this:
2008 is the year of the open gate. Prepare to pass through the gate. There are new beginnings ahead for those who have been waiting patiently for their moment to come. Obstacles are being removed. The Father is breaking his children out of a sense of captivit y to past restrictions. The anointing for new beginnings is on many in this year. The time of frustration and exile is coming to an end. This is the Lord’s time for his people to rise up and follow him through the gates of opportunity. New star ts are looming. Many are on the point of experiencing the new life that convergence brings. And the true church – even though it will know many trials - is on the point of experiencing new life, a new season of vitality and creativit y, a brand new Reformation. A highway is being built, stones are being removed, and a banner is being raised for the nations. So get ready… and do not be afraid. Do not be anxious. 2008 is the year of the gate… And there is a BREAKER ANOINTING on those who are pushing up to the threshold of their opportunity: One who breaks open the way will go upbefore them; they will break through the gate and go out.Their king will pass through before them, the LORD at their head.
-- Micah 2:13

... about which Scott Allen posted to the listserv for bishops, deputies, and members of interim bodies of General Convention:

I thought Jesus was raised on the first day of the week, not the 8th (and the 3rd day after his death)....

To which I say:

Jesus was indeed raised from the dead on the third day, not the eighth, and therefore the correct interpretation of the prophesy obviously is that 2003, not 2008, is the year in which God anointed people to break barriers, remove obstacles, and open opportunities in the church for "those who have been waiting patiently for their moment to come." That seems to fit.

Either that or it means that Green Day -- green being the color of new life, and Green Day being a band with three members -- will win best record at the next Grammy awards, becoming the first punk band to do so and therefore opening the way for others and revitalizing the U.S. punk scene.

Oh, wait a second ... my band has three members too, and our first gig together was in March, the third month of the year! Clearly the prophesy is telling us that we are to play outside the gates of Harvard -- or maybe that we should approach Bill Gates for patronage. I hope it's the latter, as we really ought to get a P.A. system, a couple of monitors, and a vocal reverb unit before our friends get tired of us borrowing theirs for U2charists. Ooh, and I've had my eye on this instrument made by Reverend Guitars that's got three P90 pickups! Talk about a convergence of signs ...

Anyone have a phone number for Bill Gates? I hope he buys the guitar from me in orange, though of course I'd be happy to get the black, if that's the color God wants me to have. Funding from Bill Gates is going to open up so many opportunities ... clearly the moment for my band has arrived! Thanks be to God!

April 7, 2008 | Permalink

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