The Journey of "Breakthrough"
I was invited to paint during worship at the Glory Realms conference in March 07 in Manhattan Beach by my friend Dale. I agreed, but first I wanted to spy out the land to get a vision. So the journey began.
As I sat on the beach looking at the waves breaking on the shore, I reflected on how I had been in a season of seeking for the Lord’s presence. My thoughts shifted, and I remembered what Dale had said to me earlier that day. She and others had been faithful in praying for the land, contending for the churches, schools, government, families, etc. She knew the high places, but also had the promises the Lord had given her for His presence and revival to come into the region. Once, while prayer walking at the beach, she saw the Lord coming in with great power at the pier. “There will be breakthrough for this region.” The warfare has been intense, but God is faithful to His promise.
I looked down the pier as the waves were coming in. It looked like water breaking through gates. I just love how the creator God speaks through His creation. Gates in the Bible are a place of governmental position, where justice is performed, and noble men gather. Scriptures started coming to mind. “In that day the LORD of Hosts will become a beautiful crown, a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people and a spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, and a strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate.” Isaiah 28:5-6. I could feel the Spirit all over me. The waves were getting stronger and bigger as the water seemed to shatter like glass against the pillions. Then I heard Him say the word “Breakthrough.”
Another scripture came to mind. I remembered a battle that David fought against the Philistine who had stolen the Ark of the Covenant. David knew he needed to get the presence of God back to the people and to Israel.
2 Samuel 5:20-25
“So David came to £Baal-perazim and defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim. They abandoned their idols there, so David and his men carried them away.”
It’s important, at this point, to note that Baal Perazim means, the Lord who breaks, or breakthrough.
“Now the Philistines came up once again and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim. When David inquired of the LORD, He said, “You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the £balsam trees. “It shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the £balsam trees, then you shall act promptly, for then the LORD will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” Then David did so, just as the LORD had commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.”
The sound of marching in the top of the trees intrigued me. Is this a heavenly army that came to assist David? What does that look like? I broke down the scripture. The sound of marching was a sound of horses hoofs like a mighty army.*Horses are a representation of strength and power. I began to see the vision for the painting. Again, I began to remember some of the words that came forth while praying with other intercessors. “There is a move of God coming from the west coast to the east, It will be a wave of worship that will spread out over the earth.” I knew there had to be four horses in the painting. It would be the power of God going out through the earth to the north, south, east and west.
While painting at the conference, an intercessor came to me and asked, “Do you realize what you are painting? It is the breakthrough we have been praying for this region.” This confirmed that the name of the painting is “Breakthrough.”
What is this painting saying? This is a move of God breaking through as the voice of many waters. It will be a move of power by horses that are prepared for the battle. God will bring the victory going through the gates; these are governmental gates in all arenas: Politics, government, judicial, education, arts media, health, and medicine; economical and marketplace; family, and religion.
This will be the breakthrough in California that will go out to the north, south, east and west. The move will go out until it returns full circle and the knowledge of His glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. The time of breakthrough is now!