I couldn’t seem to let go of The Vision. There was more to be said…
The fact that help came to me in a most unlikely way, and from an unusual source, speaks for itself. We are stepping into a time that requires us to be open to things we have never seen or heard before now. As the Lord instructed Joshua to follow Him, that he had never passed this way before…so we must follow the Lord closely as we go into “the promised land”. This refers to both new circumstances and places in our everyday lives but also new realms in the spirit!
Because God is sovereign, He can use anyone or anything to accomplish His will. We must lay aside all prejudice and/or preconceived ideas of what is possible or impossible. If a snake could talk in the garden of Eden, and a donkey chatted with Balaam, my being cared for by the wolves doesn’t seem too bizarre. Out of the ordinary, yes, but that is where we need to be willing to go. Everything keeps coming down to hearing God’s voice, trusting Him, and being obedient to what He says.
Still, my mind was drawn back to the wolves….what was it about them I needed to know? My starting place, of course, was the Bible.
There are scriptures that alert us to false prophets, who are like wolves, appearing as sheep. Other scriptures warn of the destructive nature of fierce and savage wolves. Wow…this was not my experience! I knew there must be more. Suddenly, I found something amazing!
Genesis 49:27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at night he shall divide the spoil”.
Benjamin! What did I know about Benjamin? Apparently, not enough. I knew he was Jacob’s youngest and greatly favored son. I learned that Benjamin was born in Bethlehem, which means “house of food”. Benjamin’s mother died when he was born. She had named him “Benoni” (son of my sorrows), but Jacob changed his name to “Benjamin” which means “son of my right hand”.
My study progressed onward to the tribes of Israel, especially to study the tribe of Benjamin.
The children of Israel encamped, each one by his banner according to the insignia of their father’s household. Each tribe had a symbol related to the blessing which Jacob released to each one of his sons before his death. This was not only a blessing, but a revelation of the character of each tribe and a prophetic picture of the nature of the end time Church!
The first born son, Reuben, represents the early Church and Benjamin, the last born, represents the end time Church. Hence, Benjamin’s name reveals a Church that will be a ”house of food”, ie provide provisions for to feed others. When Joseph’s brothers came to visit him in Egypt, Joseph invited them all to eat with him. Benjamin received 5x’s the portion of food as his brothers 🙂 Biblically, five is the number of grace….grace multiplied 5 times! This is a picture of the extravagance of God available to the end time Church! There will be abundant resources, both physically and spiritually, to provide and care for others. As Benjamin represents those who have been abandoned or orphaned, this is a Church that will also oppose injustice toward widows and orphans.
Jesus sits at the right hand of HIs Father. The right hand presents authority and power. Benjamin, as the “son of the right hand”, lives in intimacy with the Father. Those who intimately know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits. (Daniel 11:32). This is a Church that will demonstrate a new realm of authority to release unprecedented signs and wonders.
The tribe of Benjamin was known to be particularly warlike and courageous. The symbol of the tribe was a predatory animal. Yes.. .the wolf! The biblical phrase on the banner tab reads, “…in the morning he shall devour the prey”. (Gen. 49:27)
I found another blessing, by Moses, in Deuteronomy 33:12 “Of Benjamin he said, ‘May the beloved of the Lord dwell in security by Him, Who shields him all the day, And he dwells between His shoulders.”
Suddenly it all came together. My wonderful God was not showing me He will shield me, be fierce to protect me, and devour those who seek to harm me but also revealing that the end time Church, positioned in intimacy, will be victorious!