The Vision of The Rabbi
by Chad Taylor
I heard vehement crying and weeping. His body was collapsed at the altar, sobbing. He had the garments of a Rabbi-teacher, disarrayed and wet with His tears. Even as I looked at this spectacle, I knew who it was, The Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus.
Immediately, a scripture was brought to my attention by the Spirit from Jeremiah 3. "A voice was heard on the desolate heights, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. For they have perverted their way; they have forgotten the Lord THEIR GOD." The words "Their God" pronounced in the Spirit, and the Lord said, "I am still their God."
As this was taking place, Jesus rose from the altar and turned to me and spoke "Return, you backsliding children and I will heal your backslidings." (Jeremiah 3:22)
In an instant I was outside the synagogue on the streets and hills of Jerusalem. I was following the Lord as He walked the hi-ways and the by-ways of the city.
He spoke as He walked "I am walking the streets of Jerusalem once again. I am homesick. I've come to visit the same places I walked as a boy, then later with my disciples. Some nights they will walk with Me. We all miss these streets. I love My people. I am revealing Myself in ways I never have before. I'm once again walking into their locked rooms and corridors, speaking to them.
I am saying to Thomas touch My hands! Thrust your hand into My side and believe! I am once again walking with My people on the road to Emmaus and opening their eyes to My identity one last time.
I remember distinctly every spot. Gethsemane, Golgotha, where we ate the last supper. though the buildings are different and even the landscape, I remember. angels guard these places vigilantly.
We walked down an alley way to see a small child, poor, wretched , naked and blind. The child was startled at our presence and cowered against the wall.
Jesus spoke "This is the condition of My church. It is a child, naked and vulnerable."
Then the Lord went to the child and held him to his chest. Once the Lord was close enough to touch him, all fear left. The child obviously knew the Lord and desperately threw himself into Jesus' arms.
Jesus said "Rise up to your feet and walk, and be made whole."
The child suddenly rose up to the grown stature of a strong young man, fully clothed in royal garments with an instrument of praise in one hand and a golden rod in the other.
Jesus exclaimed "Behold, My son and brother! I am restoring the power and authority to My church once again. They are taking down their instruments of worship from the willows and playing them once again.
Songs of deliverance, songs of joy and adoration. I am clothing them with My glory and My splendor. All the earth shall know this is My son and My brother. The firstborn from the dead"
The young man began to play his instrument. Jesus and the young man began to sing Psalm 138. Tears of joy fell from their cheeks, they danced and sang in the streets of Jerusalem. I danced and sang with them. Glory!
Taking the streets to the church
and compelling them to go out...
Chad Taylor - 5/13/98 -