Hello, Brothers and Sisters and Heartdwellers family.
After receiving the Lord, I immediately heard him say, “There is great hope in the future for My brides”
So I came before him saying, good morning, Lord.
Jesus, what’s on your heart?
“There is great hope in the future for My brides. Please, My beloved ones, stick close to me and be unmoved by what you see or all that is going on in the world. It will cause many to become hopeless, despairing, and utterly discouraged from moving forward. But, My brides, stand with Me and in Me. I am your hope and the source of it, with Me you will do valiantly with all that is given for you to do. I am raising up many Judiths in this hour who see the ruin of their nation, the ruin of the church, the ruin over families, and will not bow down to the taunts of My enemies but rise with great wisdom and great strategies to overcome and lead My people into truth and freedom.
This anointing is not just for women, but for men as well. When you read the story of Judith you see a widow who is honored and respected by her people. She was filled with wisdom from on high but carried a deep burden to see her people liberated. When the enemies of Israel came to taunt and intimidate, even the elders and religious leaders of her day buckled and gave in. However, she did not, she cried out to Me morning and night for wisdom of how to bring justice to her people. And, although the route she took was not at all kosher, she obeyed and did it, with or without someone else.
She didn’t seek man’s approval or question my counsel to her but moved on the inspiration given and I used her to subdue Israel’s enemies and bring victory through the hands of a woman. All My brides, you are my Judiths. This is the season for you to rise up in great strength, great victory, and great resilience to see the enemies of God crushed, walls broken, and strongholds destroyed that have caused My people to be imprisoned for so long.
Do not give in to the circumstances you now are in—how you feel and what you see. Continue to stay close to Me, close to my Mother, and imitating her in all virtue as she leads the way for the greatest harvest yet to be upon the earth drawing all men to me before I return. ‘Rejoice in hope, persevere in tribulation and persist in prayer’ My beloved brides, for I am with you.” [And that is from Romans 12:12]
That was the end of Jesus’ message.
If you do not know the story of Judith it is found in the All-American bible translation which is the Catholic Bible. In it, there are some amazing Apocryphal books that are not included in the Protestant Bible. The Lord used women in the most amazing ways, and very non-conventional, I might add, but to fulfill his purpose.
As soon as Judith had ceased her prayer to the God of Israel and finished all these words, she rose from the ground. She called her maid, and they went down into the house which she used only on sabbaths and feast days. She took off the sackcloth she had on, laid aside the garments of her widowhood, washed her body with water, and anointed herself with rich ointment. She arranged her hair, put on a diadem, and dressed in the festive attire she had worn while her husband, Manasseh, was living.
She chose sandals for her feet and put on her anklets, bracelets, rings, earrings, and all her other jewelry. Thus she made herself very beautiful, to entice the eyes of all the men who should see her.
She gave her maid a skin of wine and a jug of oil. She filled a bag with roasted grain, dried fig cakes, and pure bread. She wrapped all her dishes and gave them to the maid to carry.
Then they went out to the gate of the city of Bethulia and found Uzziah and the elders of the city, Chabris and Charmis, standing there.
When they saw Judith transformed in looks and differently dressed, they were very much astounded at her beauty and said to her, “May the God of our ancestors grant you favor and make your design successful, for the glory of the Israelites and the exaltation of Jerusalem” Judith bowed down to God.
You see, Judith was very much like Deborah. Although she wasn’t a judge of Israel she loved the nation and was highly respected. So was her husband before he died. When the Assyrians made a threat to attack Israel in five days the leaders of Israel gave in. But she wouldn’t and told them to let her seek the Lord and that the God of Israel would deliver the nation into her hands. However, they couldn’t ask her how she was going to do it, but it would be done.
They gave her their blessing and when she sought the Lord, He gave her the inspiration to entice the men. Although an older woman, she was very beautiful and had continued to wear sackcloth since the day her husband died. But that day she dressed up with makeup and ornaments to seduce the leader of the Assyrian army. When she came from the City Gate into the enemy’s camp they were all overtaken by her beauty and listened to her. She told the leader of the army that Israel had sinned against God and that is why the Lord is allowing them to take the nation over. She also asked if she could pray daily to seek the Lord to give the leader of the army instructions on where to strike and how to overtake the city of Jerusalem. She was so wise in following the Lord’s instructions that the leader of the army was not able to defile her in any way as he wanted. On the fourth day before the attack on Israel, the Assyrian leader asked Judith to join them in the celebration. She gladly did as his plan was to get her drunk and then finally take advantage of her. However, he got too drunk with excitement and, in the tent, was knocked out and left alone with Judith. There, with God’s strength, she struck two blows and severed his head and gave it to her maid. They quietly left the camp that night and enter back into the city Gates.
Judith urged them with a loud voice: “Praise God, give praise! Praise God, who has not withdrawn his mercy from the house of Israel but has shattered our enemies by my hand this very night!” Then she took the head out of the bag, showed it to them, and said: “Here is the head of Holofernes, the ranking general of the Assyrian forces, and here is the canopy under which he lay in his drunkenness. The Lord struck him down by the hand of a female! Yet I swear by the Lord, who has protected me in the way I have walked, that it was my face that seduced Holofernes to his ruin, and that he did not defile me with sin or shame.”
All the people were greatly astonished. They bowed down and worshiped God, saying with one accord, “Blessed are you, our God, who today have humiliated the enemies of your people.”
Then Uzziah said to her, “Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the Lord God, the creator of heaven and earth, who guided your blow at the head of the leader of our enemies. Your deed of hope will never be forgotten by those who recall the might of God. May God make this resound to your everlasting honor, rewarding you with blessings, because you risked your life when our people were being oppressed, and you averted our disaster, walking in the straight path before our God.” And all the people answered, “Amen! Amen!”
God bless you family, until the next message.