Dear Testifying Ones,
 
we are called to harvest and the Spirit of the Lord is aligning us to be sent forth into our field. Do not fear the division that would separate you from the familiar and keep you advancing as part of a Kingdom troop.
 
Here is a portion of the prophetic revelation I heard yesterday to help us prepare for the dividing that will send us forth into harvest.
 
“This will be a time of dividing out. I Am beginning to divide, and I Am beginning to raise up so those divided out and set aside will conquer what I have put in their path.
 
Know this will be a time of sanctification so that how I set you apart will position you to step upon the head of the enemy. The enemies have risen up, but you will rise higher. Get ready, I Am dividing you out for the war ahead. I Am dividing out the states of this nation, and I Am dividing out the nations of the earth.
 
This is a time of Me dividing and setting apart, and I will align the armies of Heaven with My armies that are divided out in earth. Get ready, for the march is beginning.
 
“I know who is following and who is lingering, and I know who has pulled aside rather than come with Me as a tribe corporately to war. I am watching carefully, for this is a dividing time, and because I Am dividing out, many will find themselves on the wrong side of the door. Press in, press in! I know who is pressing, and I know who is pulling back.
 
This is a time to press together, for the fragrance of life will be a corporate fragrance that will cause much death to flee. You are in a conflict with death, but I will have a triumphant people who will rise up and win this war!
 
“I Am the possessor of heaven and earth! I Am a possessive God who longs to call forth My possessions. Watch carefully, for this is a time of new harvest fields. I have designated the harvest fields, and I will have harvesters that I send into those fields.
 
Get ready, for I Am dividing to send! Lean not on your own understanding, for harvest fields are being assigned this hour.”
 
Blessings,
 
Chuck D. Pierce
GZI Ministries

It says in Acts 12:1-2 that king Herod afflicted the ecclesia and killed James, one of the Boanerges sons of thunder, with the sword (cf. Mark 3:17).

Acts 12:1-2:
1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.
2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
  
Mark 3:17:
17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means ‘sons of thunder’), …
 
The Enemy’s attack on God’s Communication among His People
 
In a prophetic context, this means that the dynamic of God’s communication within the ecclesia was attacked by the adversary, since thunder, among other things, is connected to the language of the LORD and His hidden eternal plan (cf. Exodus 19:19 i.c.w. Acts 7:38; Revelation 10:4).
 
Exodus 19:19:
19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him [Note: with thunder].
 
Acts 7:38:
38 He [Note: Moses] was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.
 
Revelation 10:4:
4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down [Note: keep secret].’
 
In John 12:24, Jesus reveals a spiritual principle of the perfect surrender of the righteous in Christ Jesus, the result of which produces much fruit, even if it initially means an apparent loss for the ecclesia.
 
John 12:24:
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
 
God as our Heavenly Father will not allow a spiritual void to occur, He provides a substitute to fill the empty place.
 
It was in the interest of the adversary to destroy the prophetic, symbolized by James, or to remove and block it from the truth of the Word of God, symbolized by Peter, in order to disconnect the prophetic from the Word of God. This is with the aim of creating room for an independent mindset that leads to desolation (cf. Isaiah 14:13-14 i.c.w. Proverbs 29:18; Isaiah 5:13; Hosea 4:6).
 
Isaiah 14:13-14 [Satan’s drive for independence]:
13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
 
Proverbs 29:18:
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
 
Isaiah 5:13:
13 Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding; those of high rank will die of hunger and the common people will be parched with thirst.
 
Hosea 4:6:
… 6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. ‘Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
 
This is made clear by the act of king Herod who, after murdering James, one of the sons of thunder, which had a great resonance among the Jewish people, took Peter (Note: means ‘rock’ => substance of the truth of God’s word) captive at the time of unleavened bread (cf. Acts 12:3).
 
Acts 12:3:
3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.
 
The principle of linkage between the truth of God’s Word and prophesying should always be interwoven in the will of God (cf. 2 Peter 1:19-21).
 
2 Peter 1:19-21:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
 
The Phase of Acceleration and the Liberating Intervention of God
 
The period of unleavened bread mentioned in Acts 12:3 can also be described as the time of ‘acceleration’, as the bread is also called ‘bread of haste’ and the people of Israel had to leave Egypt quickly at the time of Passover (cf. Exodus 12:11 i.c.w. Deuteronomy 16:3a).
 
Exodus 12:11:
11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
 
Deuteronomy 16:3a:
3a Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste – …
 
Since the Word of God says in Romans 8:28 that all things must work together for good to them that love God, it is necessary that we judge the circumstances of affliction when they come to us in our lives from the right perspective.
 
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 
The minimization of the dynamics of God’s voice and the seeming absence of the truth of His Word can manifest itself in our lives in such a way that we are as if inwardly blocked from reading the Word of God and hearing His voice. If this is the case, it is necessary to recognize the distressing circumstance on the basis of Romans 8:28 with a redeemed spiritual view.
 
In Hebrew, the word ‘bajit – house’ is used for the word ‘prison’, which is intended to draw our attention to the fact that God doesn’t see a prison from His perspective, but a place of fellowship with Him, which serves to increase perseverance in faith (cf. James 1:2-4.12 i.c.w. Revelation 2:10).
 
James 1:2-4.12:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. …
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
 
Revelation 2:10:
10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
 
God will quicken in terms of suddenly the truth of His Word out of the affliction at the right time, which is like Peter’s supernatural deliverance from prison by the angel who prompted him:
 
  1. to wake up from slumber => to confront the spirit of resignation [Note: spirit of sleep] and to enter into the prophetic perspective (cf. Isaiah 29:10 i.c.w. Ephesians 5:14-15),
  2. to rise up quickly => to enter the phase of acceleration and thus have the right perspective (cf. Isaiah 601-2),
  3. to gird oneself => to apply the truth of the already established Word of God in oneself in the situation (cf. Ephesians 6:14),
  4. to put on one's shoes => to go forward in the dynamic of the good news (cf. Ephesians 6:15),
  5. to put on his cloak => to act in the awareness of the God-given anointing (cf. Matthew 3:4),
  6. to follow the angel => to react sensitively to the supernatural presence of the Lord and to follow His instruction (cf. Colossians 3:1-4).
The four guards [Note: night watches] of four soldiers each played a role here, which were already intended to serve Peter as an indication of the time of ‘the open door’. In God’s communication, the number ‘4’ is associated with the Hebrew letter ‘Daleth’, which means ‘door’ and pictographically represents an ‘open tent door’ (cf. Acts 12:4-11).
 
Acts 12:4-11:
4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.
7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. ‘Quick, get up!’ he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
8 Then the angel said to him, ‘Put on your clothes and sandals.’ And Peter did so. ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me,’ the angel told him.
9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.
10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.’
 
Being Active in the Fullness of the Time of the Blood of the Lamb
 
Peter acted in faith and obedience in the fullness of the power of Passover, the blood of the Lamb, as he entered the ‘glorious freedom of the sons of God’ at the end of the Days of Unleavened Bread by being delivered by an appointed angel of God. In doing so, he acted in a similar way as the people of Israel at the time of the Exodus from Egypt, who followed the angel of the LORD (cf. Exodus 12:11 i.c.w. Exodus 23:20-21).
 
Exodus 12:11:
11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
 
Exodus 23:20-21:
20 ‘See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.
21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.
 
Peter was not only freed from prison, but also from the city that was under the control of Herod, who as a political leader allowed himself to be regarded by the people as a ‘liberator’ or God, which had serious consequences for him (cf. Acts 12:21-23).
 
Acts 12:21-23:
21 On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people.
22 They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not of a man.’
23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
 
Sometimes it is the society deceived by the political leadership whose outcry contributes to the revealing of the hearts of the respective people in political responsibility, resulting in a deposition through the intervention of God.
 
The Intercession in the House of Mary
 
It was the intercession of the saints in Mary’s house that, together with Peter’s action in faith, contributed to his release from prison and the city. However, when Peter left the city and went to the house of Mary, who was in spiritual intercession with many saints, he encountered a locked door during the phase of the ‘open door’ initiated by God.
 
At first, the attending saints couldn’t believe that Peter himself was standing outside the door, which is a call to us as saints today that we should not spiritualize the circumstances out of the soul when the Lord has already answered our prayer (cf. Acts 12:12-16).
 
Acts 12:12-16:
12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.
13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.
14 When she recognised Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, ‘Peter is at the door!’
15 ‘You’re out of your mind,’ they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, ‘It must be his angel.’
16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
 
It is no coincidence that the death of the one son of thunder, James, was accompanied by the mention of his brother named John, and the deliverance of Peter was also accompanied by the mention of the name John as well as James, this James being the half-brother of Jesus (cf. Acts 12:12.17).
 
Acts 12:12.17:
12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. …
17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. ‘Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,’ he said, and then he left for another place.
 
This means that Peter filled the spiritual void due to the death of James with the joy of deliverance by instructing the saints in the house of Mary to convey this message to the second James, the half-brother of Jesus, and his brothers.
 
It is in the will of the Heavenly Father that we abide in His grace as the name ‘John’ means ‘YAHWEH is gracious.’ and cling to His power of deliverance as the name ‘James’ means ‘heel-holder’, in order to leave behind the place of testing or trial we have passed through or passed over and enter deeper into our promise in the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm

From Genesis 29:15ff. we know that Jacob stayed with his uncle Laban in order to marry his daughter Rachel. The name ‘Laban’ means ‘white’ and is intended to point us in a spiritual context to the dimension of purity and righteousness in Christ Jesus, in which we must walk (cf. Isaiah 1:18 i.c.w. Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 1:7).
 
Isaiah 1:18:
18 ‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
 
Hebrews 9:14:
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
 
1 John 1:7:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
 
Laban identified himself completely with Jacob because he recognized him as his own bone, which is a reference to Jesus’ identification with us as His bride (cf. Genesis 29:14a i.c.w. Genesis 2:23).
 
Genesis 29:14a:
14a Then Laban said to him, ‘You are my own flesh and blood.’ …
 
Genesis 2:23:
23 The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman”, for she was taken out of man.’
 
This means for us as disciples that Jesus Christ stands by us in all our upcoming testing in life and is with us.
 
The Necessity of Divine Testing
 
As saints in Christ Jesus, it is inevitable that the Holy Spirit will lead us into a phase of divine testing that requires all our strength and constancy as well as holding on to the promise. God doesn’t test us beyond our own strength (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:13), but in certain phases of our lives we cannot avoid testing that are destined to lead to a great result with an eternal character.
 
1 Corinthians 10:13:
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
 
It is said that the violent take the kingdom of heaven (cf. Matthew 11:12).
 
Matthew 11:12:
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.
 
The term ‘violent ones’ includes people who fervently cling to the promises of God despite all circumstances.
 
During such testing times, it is necessary that we already have the truth of God’s Word within us in order to respond to the tempter confidently with the power of God’s Word and thus remain living in the centre of God’s will (cf. Luke 4:1-4ff.).
 
Luke 4:1-4:
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.’
4 Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone.” ’
 
This results in a greater power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, with which God as our Father wants us to be able to go forward in it (cf. Luke 4:13-14).
 
Luke 4:13-14:
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
 
The Timeframe of the Twice Seven Years
 
With regard to Jacob and his testing period with Laban, the LORD’s primary concern was that Jacob would hold on to his promise, which in this case was Rachel, even though he had already served seven years with Laban for Rachel in order to be with her. Laban, however, gave him his first-born daughter Leah, so Jacob decided to serve another seven years with Laban to obtain Rachel as his wife (cf. Genesis 29:18-28.30).
 
Genesis 29:18-20:
18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, ‘I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.’
19 Laban said, ‘It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.’
20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
21 Then Jacob said to Laban, ‘Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.’
22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.
23 But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.
24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.
25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, ‘What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?’
26 Laban replied, ‘It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the elder one.
27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.’
28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife….
30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
 
The number ‘7’ plays a significant role in connection with the promise to Jacob in the form of ‘twice seven years’ in receiving Rachel. It can be said that Jacob passed through the level of the power of the truth of the Word of God, as the numerical value ‘7’ is associated in Hebrew with the ‘crowned sword’.
 
It is the Word of God, which is living, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, to be active in us on the inner man (Note: soul and spirit) and to cut off those things that do not conform to the will and eternal value system of God (cf. Ephesians 6:17 i.c.w. Hebrews 4:12).
 
Ephesians 6:17:
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
 
Hebrews 4:12:
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
 
This reveals to us that the first seven years of Jacob’s ministry under Laban were for a pruning of the soul and the second seven years comprised a pruning of the spirit for spiritual quality progress and growth.
 
The Level of ‘Dim Eyes’
 
Jacob had to deal with the influence of unenlightened spiritual sight and weakness as well as weariness represented by Leah, as Leah is reported to have had dim eyes. When Jacob had passed through this time, he entered a new level of spiritual vision in order to act in the revelatory truth. This is represented by Rachel because of her beauty and that she had enlightened eyes (cf. Genesis 29:17 i.c.w. Luke 11:34).
 
Genesis 29:17:
17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.
 
Luke 11:34:
34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.
 
As already mentioned, we are told by the Word of God about Leah (Note: means ‘wild cow’ or also ‘weary, tired’) that she had dim eyes and that her name is associated with a wild quality. Her name and the cloudy state of her eyes can stand for an unenlightened spiritual vision (Note: lack of knowledge), a spirit of slumber (cf. Isaiah 29:10) and a spirit of legalism, which results in wildness and a disorderly walk (cf. Proverbs 29:18; Hosea 4:6a i.c.w. 2 Corinthians 3:6).
 
Isaiah 29:10:
10 The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep: he has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers).
 
Proverbs 29:18:
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
 
Hosea 4:6a:
… 6a my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. …
 
2 Corinthians 3:6:
6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
 
The Visitation of the LORD as Bridegroom and the Call to Vigilance
 
In addition, these above-mentioned spiritual deficiencies lead believers to run the risk of not recognizing in time the visitation of the hand of the LORD, who stands ‘at the door’ as the bridegroom and is full of mysterious revelation as well as longing for true spiritual intimacy, as Song of Songs 5:2-6 explains.
 
Song of Songs 5:2-6:
2 I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My beloved is knocking: ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.’
3 I have taken off my robe – must I put it on again? I have washed my feet – must I soil them again?
4 My beloved thrust his hand through the latch-opening; my heart began to pound for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the bolt.
6 I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer.
 
This visitation of the LORD includes revelation about the bride’s position and various levels of relationship, which is made clear by how He calls her:
 
  1. friend => He recognizes her as a partner in the love relationship with her,
  2. sister => He sees His beloved bride as part of His family,
  3. dove => He recognizes her as a person filled with the Holy Spirit,
  4. pure => He recognizes her in the lifestyle of purity and holiness.
While the bride sleeps, her bridegroom approaches, entering the realm of relationship with her as a bride (Note: garden; cf. Song of Songs 5:1).
 
Song of Songs 5:1:
1 He I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Friends Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love.
 
The bridegroom’s approach leads Him to see His bride as part of His family calling her sister, and as a true beloved in the covenant calling her bride. Here He is deeply touched by various qualities, which is made clear by Song of Songs 5:1. These qualities are the following:
 
  1. the fruit of her unconditional obedience (Note: myrrh),
  2. her worship (Note: spices/balm),
  3. her walk in the revelation of the Word (Note: honeycomb),
  4. her walk in the spirit of prophecy (Note: honey)
  5. her walk in joy (Note: wine) and
  6. in the purity of the Word of God (Note: milk).
While the bridegroom is moved by the devotion of His bride and therefore makes His way to her, He is accompanied by the presence of the increase of these above-mentioned qualities as He has spices picked and by increase of strength by eating, which is accompanied by encouragement by drinking.

In addition, the presence of Christ as the Word of God increases in the structure of the bridegroom which is the love relationship of eternity. This presence is associated with a great power of revelation and transparency that encompasses nothing other than the revelation of the Word of God as represented by the head full of dew and locks full of night drops, and the stripped garment.
 
The Increase in the Relational Environment and the Economic Growth of Jacob
 
Returning to the ‘twice seven years’ that Jacob served under the leadership of Laban, these contributed to Jacob’s growth in his relational environment (Note: Leah and her handmaid Zilpah, Rachel and her handmaid Bilhah; cf. Genesis 29:24-29) as well as in his economy and growing influence.
 
Jacob’s economic increase was because the LORD sent an angel to Jacob in a dream and revealed to him a strategy of personal economic development in order to move out of the area of testing with economic increase (cf. Genesis 31:4-13).
 
Genesis 31:4-13:
4 So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.
5 He said to them, ‘I see that your father’s attitude towards me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.
6 You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, 7 yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.
8 If he said, “The speckled ones will be your wages,” then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, “The streaked ones will be your wages,” then all the flocks bore streaked young.
9 So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me.
10 ‘In the breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.
11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, “Jacob.” I answered, “Here I am.”
12 And he said, “Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.” ’
 
We need to know that with the period of Jacob’s ‘twice seven years’ of ministry under the leadership of Laban, there is a new spiritual dimension connected that comes with the powerful hand of God, as the numerical value ‘14’ gives the Hebrew word יָד – jād’, which means, among other things, ‘hand’ or also ‘power, force’.
 
Based on this, we should be encouraged to respond sensitively in spirit to the presence of God and, amid a spiritual testing, carry the inner confidence that the Lord is with us. This helps us to experience the effect of His hand opening the door in the form of an opportunity.
 
It is therefore advisable to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to prepare us in trials and situations of being tested in faith. He can best guide us inwardly in such a way that if we are willing to learn and humble ourselves, we will recognize the corresponding trial as such in order to apply the truth of God’s Word victoriously.
 
It is not up to us to go into trials only when we feel ready for them, but it is up to us to recognize such a testing in order to stand firm in the promise given to us as well as to walk deeper in Christ in it and bring glory to the Father in it.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm