Today, if anyone passes away at 65, it would be said that "He/She was too young to die."
Nevertheless, for many who are older, like me, you need to read this word by Joni Ames. I assure you that you will be encouraged! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Hunters and Fishermen
The hunters and the fishermen are being gathered throughout the whole earth for a huge task. We might call them evangelists or missionaries, but they are hunters and fishermen – they are the gatherers of souls of our day. It is the commissioning of an epic evangelistic army for the great commission to bring in the biggest harvest of all time.
"'Behold, I will send for many fishermen,' says the Lord, 'and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.'" (Jeremiah 16:16)
Some of them are very young, but some of them are very old. I heard the old ones say to each other, "This is our last chance. Whether it is because we are so old that we are going to soon die or whether it is because the end is near for the earth, I do not know and it does not matter. What matters is that we must complete our assignments before our own time is up."
I saw and heard a huge shofar in the sky above the darkness of land. The trumpet of the Lord is being sounded over the areas of harvest, even now. Those who are bringing it in and those who are being brought in will both hear it.
"Fear not!" says the Spirit of the Lord. "For I am coming for you, My lost ones! You shall not be lost forever."
Treasure Maps and Treasure Hunters
I saw the old prophets and evangelists in Heaven who have gone before us sitting at tables. The tables became like movie screens showing what looked like a GPS map, and then a visual of particular areas of harvest. I then saw those scenes become as treasure maps to be given out. They were treasure maps to where the souls were, showing those who were to be brought into the Kingdom – treasures in earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7).
They were speaking with the angel messengers, sending them to tell the seers of our day to gather the evangelists and give them their treasure maps of souls, commissioning them to where their next harvest-field assignments would be.
I heard the older evangelists, who were still alive, being instructed to grab and take the younger ones with them to be apprentices in training as they went. They will go to both new and old places. They will even bring in a second harvest in places where people thought the harvest was done; the messenger said that there should be a second and even a third harvest in those areas.
Some of the areas they were being sent to had been devastated through natural events. In some spots there were wars going on. Other places had been passed over many times before now because they were so small that others considered them too insignificant to go to; but they are not insignificant to the Lord. God's Word still stands. He is sending His harvesters into the highways and byways to bring them in.
"Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.'" (Luke 14:23)
Some cities of gloom and doom will become cities of refuge (Joshua 20). They will not be places where people will be free to commit sin. They will be cities of refuge where people are brought to salvation. Even now their framework is being established by what looks completely the opposite.
"But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more." (Romans 5:20b)
Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
Many are being tested in this season. The Lord is not only gathering in the lost, He is storing up treasures for those who have been faithful and yet have experienced much warfare and testing.
As Moses said to his people in Exodus 20:20, the Lord says to you in this new year of 2020, "Don't be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that you will fear Him and will not sin."
Dwelling in and upon the Word of God is vital.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
I believe these things have already begun. I want to encourage you by letting you know what I saw so that you may know He is not through with you yet.
You are alive for such a time as this. We are entering into adventure-filled times. Don't give up. You have a part in it all. You are being cheered on from the balconies of Heaven (Hebrews 12:1) as you are launched into this amazing season. The best is yet to come!
The Ministry of Joni Faith Ames
Joni Ames is an itinerant prophetic minister, writer, teacher, encourager, mentor, mother and grandma. Joni has taught in Churches of many varied denominations including: conferences, government offices, Christian businesses, Women's Aglow groups, Full Gospel Businessmen groups, house groups, prisons, and wherever the Lord leads. Joni believes that the Lord wants to encourage and activate the laborers as we continue to move into the harvest and does share specific types of teachings (activating others in personal prophetic ministry, intercession, etc.). Joni believes that the job of the five-fold ministry is "for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry," (Eph. 4:11) and that "...the whole Body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the Body for the edifying of itself in love" (Eph. 4:16).