A Spirit-Led Adventure
“Holy Bridges” is the crowning culmination of an absolutely amazing Spirit-led adventure. Transpiring many years and traversing many places—the story this painting tells took place in the natural, the spiritual, and the word of God. Please be forewarned—its supernatural content may be contagious. Because, wherever the Spirit of God leads there is always an inspiring, exciting, enlightening, invigorating, and life-giving adventure to be had. The true story and events that follow cover 12 hundred miles in three-days and one special night, five years later, when the painting came to life along with its revealed message. May your heart be stirred and your spirit encouraged as you read about this extraordinary testimony of a Holy Ghost adventure.
It was just a few months before Queen Elizabeth II of England was to arrive in Jamestown, Virginia (on my birthday) for the 400th year celebration of America’s first settlement. The morning my traveling prayer partner and I were to arrive in Jamestown—her husband called to say that he had heard the song, “Ferry Cross the Mersey,”* by Gerry and the Pacemakers playing in his mind all through the previous night. He didn’t know that the route we had chosen the night before was going to take us by ferry across the James River to our destination that very morning. Later, while reading II Samuel 19:18, we found that King David had crossed the Jordan by ferryboat to take back His kingdom after his traitorous son, Absalom, was killed in battle. So—with these two confirmations—we knew we were on the right path and that Holy Spirit wanted us to pray for God’s kingdom to be re-established in the original foundations of America at Jamestown.
Thy Kingdom Come
In God’s perfect timing—we arrived at the Jamestown settlement and witnessed the moment that excavators struck water in the redigging of America’s first well. Spiritually speaking, this ground breaking event represented the reopening of the wells of revival in our land. Moved by the power of God at incredible event, I began to weep in intercession standing next to a tall bronze statue of Pocahontas. As the intensity of the intercession increased, my friend helped me get to a bench away from the public eye where I let the tears flow for God’s America. As soon as the burden lifted, Holy Spirit led us—past a newly erected evil masonic monument on the site—to the original settlement’s excavated foundation. Here we were impressed to boldly pray and passionately declare the Lord’s prayer! “…Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” especially in our nation. Also—according to a prophetic dream the night before—my friend symbolically removed a false stake or claim over America from the exact location in the settlement she had seen in the dream. In its place, she staked a claim for the kingdom of God. Oddly enough, our witnesses for this act of faith was a murder of black crows that gathered and loudly cawed at us from the branches of a very old tree.
Pocahontas & Friends
Filled with wonder at what we had experienced, we departed Jamestown and headed to our next divinely orchestrated stop. In historical Williamsburg, we were to meet and have lunch with a 14th generation descendant of Pocahontas—whom we had never before met. She was there doing a true documentary about the life story of her ancestor. When we arrived, she introduced us to another woman—whom she had also just met—who ran a ministry to the First Nation people that reaches out all over America. (You just can’t make this stuff up.) Very aware of God in our midst, we enthusiastically shared our God given pieces with each other. We wanted to fully understand why we were there together in order to accomplish His purposes—both individually and corporately. The common thread in this meeting, other than God, seemed to revolve around the importance of Pocahontas. Earlier, while in the chapel at Jamestown, I had been impressed that she was a key part of the reason we were there. I later learned that Pocahontas—given the Christian name, Rebecca, after marrying an Englishman—became known, like Rebecca in the Bible, as the “mother of two nations” or a bridge between two nations. On the third day of our spirit-led adventure through Virginia—we would learn more about a bridge between nations.
But first—having been freshly-filled with sustenance and encouragement over our divinely appointed lunch—we blessed each other’s endeavors and said our farewells. Holy Spirit then led us to take the highway around Richmond as we prayed concerning specific things that had taken place there during the Revolutionary and Civil War. As Holy Spirit navigated, we traveled on to northern Virginia to accomplish more of His purposes. There we stayed overnight with other friends and shared the stories of our God inspired adventure. It seems we were there not only to fellowship but to encourage and spark a passion in our friend’s hearts for their own spirit-led adventures with God.
The Mercy Seat
The following morning, after enjoying a home cooked breakfast, we traveled south to Charlottesville and its world-renowned medical center. I had been corresponding with one of its leading neurosurgeons, Dr. Laws, about a pituitary tumor. I thought, perhaps, this was part of why I had been sent to Virginia other than the connection that my given name is Virginia. But what could a pituitary tumor have to do with Jamestown, the well, a kingdom stake, Pocahontas, a bridge between two nations, or “Ferry Cross the Mercy?”
The answer to this question centers on the mercy seat of God’s presence. Before Christ, the mercy seat was found on the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies of God’s temple. Under the new covenant, Jesus made us the temples of God’s Holy Spirit. (See I Corinthians 6:19) Therefore, could it be that we have a type of mercy seat within our temples? A doctor once shared with me that she believes the cranial sphenoid bone where the pituitary sits looks like the mercy seat. Imagine that! Within our body’s temple might actually be a mercy seat. But what if there is a tumor sitting on that mercy seat?
In I Samuel 5:8, there is a story that tells about the Philistines stealing the Ark of God’s presence and being cursed with tumors because it did not belong to them. They were not God’s people. They worshipped false gods and, therefore, could not be carriers of His ark, His presence, or His glory. God’s people, however, can and are carriers of His glorious presence. It is His desire that His people carry the light and love of His presence to those around them. And it is the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the mercy seat that made it possible. Before Christ, God’s people—the Israelites from whom the Ark had been stolen—spent twenty years without the Ark or God’s presence. (See I Samuel 7:3) They, too, were worshipping false gods. However, when they repented and reestablished God on the throne of their hearts, He allowed them to bring the Ark of His presence and His glory back into their midst.
Because we are the temples of God—there should be nothing but the presence of God and His love sitting on the seat of mercy within us. If it doesn’t line up with what His Son’s blood has accomplished for us regarding forgiveness and atonement—it must be removed in order for us to communicate the mind and mercy of Christ to those around us. We are called to be His kingdom bridges to the nations. We must always remember that what He has done for us has been done for all. The Philistines had to make a guilt offering for their sin, but Jesus was our—once for all—sin and guilt offering. If we are holding on to any guilt, there needs to be conviction that leads to repentance; that lead to forgiveness; that leads to freedom at the cross of Christ. If we are holding on to someone else’s guilt we must forgive, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us! He did not come into the world to condemn it but to save it to eternal life. And He wants us to be ferries, carriers, and bridges of His message of mercy.
Before leaving Charlottesville and its medical center, we stopped at a convenience store for refreshment and I specifically heard Holy Spirit say to get a V-8. To my surprise, printed on the V-8 bottle was a promotion proclaiming “Bone Health.” As I drank it in obedience, I realized my bone issues—that could have made the trip impossible—were healed. Hallelujah, the Lord works in mysterious ways!
Speaking of bone health, I had been hearing a lot about prophesying to the dry bones—to come together and have the breath of life in them—like in Ezekiel 37. It seemed that God was and is confirming that it is time for His people to come together as one in the body of Christ—with the mind of Christ—filled with the breath of His Spirit—so that the life and mercy of Christ can flow freely through us to a world in need. If, in fact, there is a mercy seat in us—our lives should be manifesting His compassion, His love, and His forgiveness in such a way that it creates a bridge for others to come to know and experience Christ the way we do.
A Natural Wonder
Heading home through Virginia, we passed billboard after billboard advertising one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It was called the “Natural Bridge.” When Holy Spirit said “Go,” we quickly exited the interstate and went. Previously owned by Thomas Jefferson and surveyed by George Washington it is certainly a historical landmark. Legend tells of the natural bridge miraculously being formed in response to a tribe of desperate Indians (men, women, and children) praying for God’s deliverance when trapped by their murderous enemies at the edge of a 200-foot high chasm. They prayed to God in their time of need because someone had previously shared the message of God’s goodness and provision with them. In response to their prayerful need, God created a bridge across the chasm that saved them all. God loves bridges! They make a way where there seems to be no way. They connect people to Him and to His kingdom.
There is a nightly performance at the “Natural Bridge” called the “Drama of Creation.” We didn’t stay to see it, but its brochure about the 7 days of creation would play an important part of knowing what I was to paint at an upcoming event. When I was led to read it, at a later date, Holy Spirit highlighted the second day of creation scripture that it quoted. “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters above from the waters below’…And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day” (Genesis 1:6-8 KJV). To my surprise, this is the only day where God didn’t say it was good. As I studied, I came to realize that it was the separation or division that wasn’t good. On the second day of creation, God’s heaven was separated from our atmosphere dividing the spiritual from the natural and God did not say it was good. Selah!
After collecting information about the “Natural Bridge,” Holy Spirit directed us to drive over the bridge 3 times. And we prayerfully obeyed. Without knowing the purpose, it seemed the drive was uneventful. Even so, we knew it was part of a bigger picture and looked forward to more understanding in the future. As it turns out, the road over the “Natural Bridge is called Lee’s Highway or Route 11 and evidently Lee’s highway transverses our nation. Also, Lee’s Highway was connected to the Civil War when slavery and money separated the north from the south and divided our nation. This, too, was not good. But, without knowing this at the time, we were just following Holy Spirit’s direction wherever He led.
A New Day Commission
Our historic journey through the state of Virginia was coming to an end, but the amazing adventure had only begun. Fast forward almost five years to the summer of 2011. I was about to close my tent early at local art festival when I heard Holy Spirit clearly say “Wait, there’s one more person coming that I want you to talk to.” So I waited and she came and Holy Spirit ministered. It was a precious time and a bridge was made which led to meeting her mother whose ministry was hosting a prayer gathering in Cleveland, Tennessee.
The event was to be held on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year, in September 2011. It was called “The New Day Gathering” and I was asked to come and paint whatever the Lord put on my heart. When I sought the Lord about this, He told me to get a large square canvas because there was going to be a large open portal or window to heaven. He showed me some basic colors and their placement on the canvas, but no clear picture of the subject. Then, from the trip almost five years earlier, Virginia’s “Natural Bridge” pamphlet appeared right in front of me with its second day of creation scripture highlight. As I pondered these things, I was led in my devotional time to Isaiah 6 which referenced Revelation 1 and 4. With these scriptures connected to the Virginia adventure, I began to understand what the Lord wanted the image on the canvas to represent.
In preparation to go and paint, I looked up Cleveland, Tennessee on the internet and was amazed to find that Route 11, Lee’s Highway, ran right through its middle. In addition to that—Cleveland was named after a commander at the Battle of Kings Mountain in the Revolutionary War. The connections to the Virginia adventure and the referenced scriptures kept coming. Cleveland was listed as the headquarters for the Church of God with its seven separate divisions represented. (See Revelation 1:20) All this and more confirmed what Holy Spirit was unveiling. Based on Isaiah 6, I understood that the painting was to contain a message to the church of God at large about a new day of commissioning for the gathering of souls into the kingdom of God.
Since I had been seeing 11:11 on the clock repeatedly for an extended period of time and was preparing to paint on Route 11, Lee’s Highway, I sensed that God was saying—it is time. Wanting to know more, I found that many others were seeing 11:11 as well. I even found three articles by Shane Lindsay, on Identity Network, that thoroughly described its significance. To sum it up, he says 11:11 represents the vibrations or tones that were produced when God spoke, or sang, creation into existence as recorded in the book of Genesis. Mr. Lindsay shares that 11:11 not only has to do with creation and vibration, but transformation as well. According to His research, “11:11 is showing us that God is about to create a second time … the new heavens and new earth.”** Perhaps a new day.
Bridges to the Kingdom
I do believe God is doing something new and He wants us to do it with Him. He wants us to be His holy bridges connecting the natural to the spiritual everywhere we go. Remember, Jesus was and is our bridge to God and we have been commissioned by Him to carry on. While God was revealing all of this, I heard many reports of people on bridges waving flags on 9/11 and people being saved from jumping off bridges. There was even a new CD released whose title referenced the number eleven. Its songs encouraged Christians to say it anyway, even if no one listens—like when the Lord commissioned Isaiah. I also heard of a woman getting pregnant after 11 years of waiting. The stories associated with the number 11 and people being bridges for others—connecting them with God through prayer, witness, or a life-giving testimony—were many. One day, I even found myself giving directions that kept repeating the number 11. It was and is continuing to happen. Simply, profoundly, and powerfully—His kingdom is increasing through His bridges. Therefore, “as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matthew 10:7 NKJV).
As I continued to meditate on Isaiah 6, songs came to mind about seeing the Lord in His holiness—high and lifted up. So I read again about the vision Isaiah had in the year King Uzziah died. As history reveals, King Uzziah’s pride in his own strength, or flesh, caused him not to do things God’s way. When corrected he became angry, contracted leprosy, and died as an outcast. I guess you could say that when pride died, Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up. In contrast to the holiness of God—Isaiah saw himself for the first time among the people he served and fell on his face in repentance saying, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! …” (Isaiah 6:5). In response, God sent an angel to cleanse him of his iniquity before He commissioned him with a message. It was then and is now time for the repentance, cleansing, and commissioning of God’s holy bridges. Holiness is what we need and it is what God wants for us. I believe we are living in the 11th hour of the 11th season of creation and that God wants us to see Him high and lifted up—exalted above all else—filled with His glory. He wants us crying out like the fiery angels in Isaiah 6.
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3 NASB)
When we exalt God, the foundations of the thresholds will be shaken—closing doors to ungodliness and opening doors to holiness. Like Isaiah, we need to see ourselves and our own strength in comparison to the King of glory seated on the throne. We need to pray: Lord, cleanse me of anything that exalts itself above You! Cleanse my speech, my heart, and my lifestyle. Send me to the people to tell of your goodness. Use me to carry on the work of Jesus. I want to be a bridge between heaven and earth—between the spiritual and the natural. Let me be a witness and a testimony of Jesus that all men might be drawn to You, the one true God.”"
The Eleventh Hour
This is God’s 11th hour message to the church: purity and holiness based on the Lord high and lifted up. God is calling us to be holy bridges—in intercession, in ministry, and in everyday life—to bring unity and reconciliation with God. I am hearing Him say that He wants us to be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”*** But first, it has to begin in His church, the body of Christ. The number 11 means: end, finish, last stop. The number 12 means: joined, united, divine government, apostolic fullness. The 12 apostles were the ones sent of the Lord to bridge the gap between God and mankind. We, the church, have the same commission—to advance and establish the kingdom of God by helping others find their way through Jesus Christ. Because He, alone, is the way, the truth, and the life. (See John 14:16) As we go forth, He sends His word in us that does not return void but goes where it is sent and accomplishes His purpose. For this reason, we confidently pray and proclaim that eyes will see; ears will hear; hearts will respond; and a harvest will come.
The Crowning Culmination
To sum it up, “Holy Bridges” is an inspired painting of Isaiah 6 (quoted below) and Revelation 1:12-16 and 4—when John saw a door standing open in Heaven and one seated on the throne—who had hair as white as wool and eyes that looked like flames of fire—holding seven stars, or messages, to the seven churches in His right hand—while an emerald rainbow surrounded His throne. In front of the One seated on the throne, is painted a type of Isaiah fallen on his knees in humble awareness and repentance of his human condition before a holy God whose glory billows forth—filling the earth’s atmosphere and the sea of lost souls. The seraphim on either side of the bridge are trumpeting the holiness of God. If you count the stones in the bridge, you will find there are exactly 12 to represent the 12 apostles whom Jesus first commissioned to carry on his work in establishing God’s kingdom. In the middle of the bridge, under Isaiah, is the keystone with the number 11. It stands for Route 11, 11:11, and God creating a second time—the new heavens and the new earth. Are we ready? We have a lot to do! Like Isaiah—when the Lord says, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us”—will we respond, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8 NASB)) On each outside edge of the painting, I was instructed by the Lord to paint the 12 foundation stones of the new creation, the New Jerusalem. They are not polished like the ones described in Revelation, but rough cut similar to the stones forming the bridge. As an explanation, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “It is because they are on earth as it is in heaven.” Since twelve on one side of the canvas multiplied by twelve on the adjacent side equals 144, I believe this also speaks of the faithful and complete, 144,000 remnant. The time is now—the foundation has already been laid. Will we be bridges for Jesus like Isaiah, the apostles, Pocahontas, and so many others who have pioneered the way for us.
Will we go whenever and wherever He sends us to bridge the gap in this eleventh hour?
The Vision and Commission of Isaiah
*Gerry and the Pacemakers. “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” Gerry and the Pacemakers. Writer, Gerry Marsden. Producer, George Martin, Columbia, 1964. Vinyl.
**Shane Lindsay. “Keys of the Kingdom & 11:11 (part 2). Identity Network. http://www.identitynetwork.net/apps/articles/?blogid=2093&fldKeywords=11%3A11&fldAuthor=Shane+Lindsey&fldTopic=
***Bellamy, Francis. "Pledge of Allegiance." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance>.
1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; keep on looking, but do not understand.’ 10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, houses are without people and the land is utterly desolate, 12 “The Lord has removed men far away, and the [h]forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. 13 “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, and it will again be subject to burning, like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains when it is felled. the holy seed is its stump.”
By, Ginger E. Mosher
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