Last week, Graham (church elder) kindly agreed to postpone group study of Ephesians 2 because of an intriguing video our elders had just received from Charles Shamp.
The video’s content spoke very deeply into their sacrificial service of going wherever the Lord sent them to plant churches. They shared how each move was one of ‘burning bridges’, just as Elisha had burned his plough so there’d be no returning to farming and indicated a wholehearted response to Elijah’s call. We then read aloud these associated scriptures:
I Kings 19:19-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
19 So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him.
20 He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you. And he [testing Elisha] said, Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.]
21 So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen’s yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him.
Isaiah 6:1-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple.
2 Above Him stood the Seraphim [The Burning Ones]; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew.
3 And one cried 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 shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
6T Then flew one of the Seraphim [The Burning Ones] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with tongs from off the altar;
7 And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Next, Margaret read out Charlie’s covering note before she ran the video,
“Check out this awesome testimony from my good friend Gary Beaton. Almost a year to the date of his visitation from two burning ones that brought a commissioning from The Lord. God is using him in such a mighty way! Love how God always confirms His word with promotion from above.”
Be mightily blessed as you listen to Gary’s amazing account of what happened whilst worshiping the Lord, and to the subsequent understanding and confirmation that he received.
For reference purposes, Gary’s much shorter account of that event published on Transformation Glory Ministries website, reads as follows:
I live in the country near the Smoky Mountain National Park. This past Saturday morning, I had a quickening to go out back and down to the back of our property where I’ve had a large garden each year for nearly 20 years. This year I felt to leave the ground fallow and not plant a garden. Near the same area there is a large burn-pile where we collect limbs and dry wood throughout the spring. The pile was high and we hadn’t had a burn in a long time. The air was fresh and clear… and the wind was calm. The conditions were perfect and I felt moved to burn the pile.
I took a little bit of gasoline and dribbled it in strategic places on the sticks. I stood back and lit it with a match. Within seconds, it erupted into a large bonfire. It was beautiful and the flames rose high against the backdrop of a clear blue sky. I stepped back to watch and raised my hands in worship to the Lord. It seemed fitting and I also began to sing in the Spirit as I worshipped.
Seemingly out of no-where, the story of the calling of Elisha came to me, where he had been plowing his field with 12 yoke of oxen. Then, Elijah the Prophet arrived while Elisha was plowing and wrapped his own mantle around Elisha and then invited him to go with him. So Elisha burnt his plow and oxen to feed the people and then went on with Elijah.
As I stood there with my arms still raised in worship, I told the Lord in front of this massive bonfire, “Lord, in this moment, I burn my plow and oxen symbolically in this fire to follow you in whatever you would have me do.”
Then, immediately, the scriptural passage out of Isaiah 6 came to me, where the Lord says “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” Isaiah replied… “Here am I, send me.” So I repeated that phrase out loud also, as I have in times past… “Lord, Here am I, send me.” (I know that this is the heart of everyone in our team.)
At the bonfire, it was a powerful moment in time and I felt the presence of the Lord all around me. What I didn’t know is that my wife Kristi was taking a picture of the bonfire from the house nearly 100 yards away because it’s a rare event I would have one… and what ended up appearing in the photo looks like two Angelic beings. While all I was seeing was a massive fire, the camera captured what the Lord wanted us to see…. Heavenly Beings that are with us. It says in Hebrews that they are “Ministers of Fire sent to aid those that are the Heirs of Salvation.”
I’ve had many supernatural events and encounters in my life before, but none like this one. I’m not sure if they are Angels or represent some facet of the Trinity. Either way, it was meant to be a visual message for some distinct dimension in my life. I also believe that this was sent by the Lord and was intended for our entire Apostolic Kingdom Leader Tribe as a sign and wonder. The Lord has come to wrap His Mantle around us and these “Beings” were somehow revealed in the fire to bear witness to the event and to our ultimate call as His A-Team in the Spirit realm….
I would love to hear your input as you meditate on these scriptures (above) and the photograph I’ve attached. You will see things I have not and collectively we will gain His thought, intentions and wisdom. One thing that does come to me relates to what Dr. Joseph has been sharing on rest…. that once Elisha responded to the call, he entered into a rest by burning the plow and oxen, and was able to make the shift into a new dimension/paradigm for his life and call, ultimately into the double portion…
Blessings to you all.
Gary – August 28th 2012