Last night, I had an open vision of a Runner, a River and a Train. The vision first began with a woman who was dressed as though she was about to run a marathon of some kind. As I was watching, the woman, who is the Church, was suddenly propelled forward and it became obvious that she was running in a cross country race.
Suddenly, the vision divided into two frames. Here, I could see the woman running with great speed and strength in one frame while I could see the landscape that paralleled her in the other frame. As the woman was running with great speed, there were events taking place within the terrain that I couldn’t catch because they were happening so quickly. As I was watching this, both frames repeatedly stopped to show motion through individual seconds so that I could see one movement at a time in each frame. It immediately became clear that the events that were unfolding in the landscape were directly affected by the race that the woman was engaged in.
A mighty, rushing River was the greater part of the focus in the landscape. In the freeze frames, I could see the pulse of the River in perfect time with the strides of the Runner. The River and the Woman seemed to be running side by side in the way they paralleled each other. It soon became evident that the events that were unfolding in creation were a great part of this race.
At different times, the vision would shift and the focus would be fully on the River. As I watched, the River would sometimes change into a Train that was traveling at a high rate of speed. Rather than rails, this Train rushed through what appeared to be a water tunnel on the surface of the earth. As the Train rushed over certain areas, I began seeing the forms of people rising up out of wet mud. The ground would bulge and people began coming up out of the ground. This appeared as though the earth was spitting them out from where it had previously swallowed them. I saw people run to the River and as they stepped into the waters, the mud was completely washed off of them. The next vision showed their faces and they appeared to be embedded within the River. I watched their countenance change from that of confusion in realizing their present condition to become very peaceful and determined to stay in the River. Those who became determined to remain in the River boarded the Train.
The River represents a pure prophetic flow of ministry as the waters were always crystal clear. The Train moving within the waters represents the acceleration that takes within appointed times through apostolic ministry.
The day before I was given this vision, I had a vision of the Lord. In this vision, it appeared as though His Body rose up out of the earth in a horizontal position. Then, the Lord sat up, stood up and walked away. I knew by the vision that He was bringing His people into a new place and into a new level of faith. This relationship is not only where we discern the Lord, but where we become better able to discern the members of His body and especially the ministries that serve to express Him in His fullness.
1 Cor 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.