“And I, Daniel, saw the vision…”
Today is a day to be taken with the utmost seriousness. It is in fact the Shabbat that precedes the day of the destruction of the both the first and second temples in Jerusalem. For believers in Yeshua it is not a time to mourn that destruction, but most definitely a time to check the status of our own temple’s. This Shabbat of the Vision refers to Daniel 10:7 when Daniel saw a vision of Adonai that his companions did not see, but even though they did not see it they still fled in a great panic and went to hide themselves.
Today is a time to remember the Father is not all sunshine and rainbows, though we are still living in the period of Adonai’s grace. When we go to answer for our lives we do not stand before Yeshua the redeemer and savior, but rather the Judge. This is a time to remember Isaiah 1:1-27, the rebellion, rebuke, and redemption. It is a Shabbat of repentance, understanding that first and foremost the (reverent) fear of YHWH [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Today is a day to reflect on where we have fallen short, make it clear, and bring it before Elohim with repentant hearts. That means tomorrow will not be business as usual when it comes to the blatant sins against Him. Intentional is the word of this day. We have only a short time here before we don’t, and it would be absolutely heartbreaking to know that we have squandered this time rebelling against the One who loves us with a perfect love, redeemed us, saved us, and died for us just so He can be close with us, and yet we chase after vices instead of Him.
What if you saw Abba as Isaiah saw Him, would you rethink how you are doing life? Do not take this lightly. This is a turning point Shabbat, and if we repent of our rebellion against the Ancient of Days He will forgive us and reset His mercies and grace over us. Today Abba Father is saying to us, let us reason, and when He says that we had better pay very close attention. “Come now, and let us reason together,”says Adonai. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the best of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of Adonai has spoken” (Isaiah 1:18-20) The restoration of the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit is right now. No more compromise against the perfect love of Yeshua. We are spiritual beings in a human body, and the flesh desperately wants us to conform, while the Spirit is yearning for closeness and oneness with the Bride Groom. Today we implement the instruction of the Father in Isaiah 1:16-17 that says, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; get your evil deeds out of My sight. Stop doing evil, learn to do good. Seek justice, rebuke the ruthless, defend the fatherless, plead for the [rights of the] widow [in court].” Let us rise up to the standard of Holiness that we have been reborn into, and chase after the good things of the Father’s heart instead of the things He detests. Surrender to His perfect love today, so that tomorrow is no longer me walking astray, but according to Holy Spirit.
As we restore our relationship with the Father through repentance, it is also a restoration of our vision, our ability to go to the heavenly places and see from the eyes of the Almighty. Instead of seeing our lives, families, friends, cities, and nations with faulty lenses, we now see through the eyes and the heart of Abba. The time of letting other people, circumstances, and situations be what consumes our time, determine how we feel, and be what we worship, we let God in us be the all consuming fire. Enough of the idolatry, and all of Him. He is my lense through which I see every person, situation and circumstance. The prayer and the call of today is Abba Father, change my perspective! I am no longer a product of fallen man, but reborn in Yeshua and the Holy Spirit. I want to see from your perspective, so that whatever I see, my self included, is through the lense of perfect Love. I am not my own, but I am yours. Open my eyes to see beyond the chaos and confusion, and instead take me above it all seated with You in Your throne room according to Your understanding. I thank you Adonai, that today you have renewed my vision according to your heavenly 20/20.