Dear beloved: Isaiah speaks that one of the results of fasting and prayer will be that the glory of the Lord will take up position as your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8 Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. The rear guard is a military term that defines a military unit that is charged with protecting the rear of the main unit of troops who are either advancing or withdrawing. Their duty is to keep the enemy at bay and protect the flow of travel, supply, and communication, and to keep the enemy from coming in and attacking from the rear. When the glory of the Lord is our rearguard, we don't need to look back to see if the enemy is moving in on territory we have already moved through and taken; we can keep our eyes focused ahead for the territory that is out in front of us, we can move forward with boldness and confidence; the Lord literally "has our back."
As we commemorate the 40th year of Roe vs. Wade and the resulting death of 54 million infants murdered in the womb, the Lord wants us all to pray and meditate on the payment that must be made for the shedding of all that innocent blood. Genesis 9:6 "Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. v 7 "And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it." . The children of Israel were guilty of the same offense and the Lord eventually allowed their enemies to come in and remove them from their land. Psalm 106:37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, v38 and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with the blood. v39 Thus they became unclean in their practices, and played the harlot in their deeds. When we as individuals and as a nation choose to rebel against God's warning and clear message given in His word, we can expect repercussions to come in ways we never imagined, for the payment must come from us who shed the blood.
The Lord gave me a dream in 2010 that showed we are in that place of vulnerability to attack from the rear. In the dream, I was standing behind the platform at a campaign rally listening to President Obama speak. There was great enthusiasm and support for his message. Suddenly, someone came rushing in from the back of the platform with a spear in his hand, and he lunged the spear into the President's back. I believe the Lord was showing that the President, who is the Commander in Chief of our defense forces, and therefore in the dream represents the defense of this nation. The Lord revealed that because of our shedding of innocent's blood and other policies that represent unclean practices in this nation, we are wide open to attack. Beloved, pray today that we will forsake this scourge of shedding innocent's blood, that the Lord will once again take up His position as our rearguard.. God bless you as you pray, in Christ, Jim www.gathertheoutcasts.com