Running With the Vision: Washed Heart, Clean Heart, Healed Heart







Today’s passage is found in the first twenty verses of the first chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah. The first thing we notice when we begin to read this passage of Scripture is the first two words, which are “The vision.” It would be incredibly easy to quickly glance over and move past these two words, however, to do so would be incredibly detrimental to understanding the entire context of the book. Everything which the prophet penned within this book is based on these two words and without these two words there would be no prophetic writing contained within the canon of Scripture. Everything that is written and recorded within this book—every word, every phrase, every sentence, every paragraph, every chapter—is directly bound and connected to these two words. Without and apart from these two words Isaiah the son of Amoz would have had no message to proclaim and declare to the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. It is absolutely necessary that we pay attention to these words for they help serve as the foundation for everything we read within this prophetic book found within the Old Testament. The prophetic book of Isaiah opens with a powerful declaration of the source of the word(s) which he proclaimed unto the house of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. In all reality these two words bring us face to face with something that is absolutely crucial within our own lives as the saints and servants of the Most High God. If there is one thing we must understand and recognize it’s that we dare not speak without and apart from receiving and seeing a vision from the Lord. There are and there have been far too many men and women who have attempted to speak without and apart from a true vision of the Lord and as a result have spoken nothing but their own imagination. These men and women believe they can stand before men and speak without receiving a vision from the Lord and therefore get caught up in their own imagination, their own inspiration, their own charisma, their own intellect, and even their own wisdom. This is incredibly dangerous and can have a tremendous impact on the lives of others in a negative manner.  Pause for a moment and consider how the prophetic writings of the Old Testament begin and what stands as the foundation and cornerstone for the prophetic message which was proclaimed—either in Israel and Samaria or in Judah and Jerusalem. “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw…” (Isaiah 1:1). In the prophetic book of Jeremiah we read these words “…to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah” (Jeremiah 1:2). The prophetic book of Ezekiel begins as thus “…as I was among the captives by the river Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:2). In the beginning of the prophetic book of Hosea we read these words “The word of the Lord that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri” (Hosea 1:1). In the book of Joel—“The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel” (Joel 1:1). In Amos—“The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Josh king of Israel, two years before the earthquake” (Amos 1:1). In Obadiah—“The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom” (Obadiah 1). “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying” (Jonah 1:1). “The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahvaz, and Hezekiah” (Micah 1:1). “The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite” (Nahum 1:1). “The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see” (Habakkuk 1:1). “The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah” (Zephaniah 1:1). “IN the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest” (Haggai 1:1). “In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying” (Zechariah 1:1). “The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi” (Malachi 1:1).

THE VISION. THE VISION OF ISAIAH THE SON OF AMOZ. THE VISION OF ISAIAH THE SON OF AMOZ, WHICH HE SAW. THE VISION OF ISAIAH THE SON OF AMOZ, WHICH HE SAW CONCERNING JUDAH AND JERUSALEM. THE VISION OF ISAIAH THE SON OF AMOZ, WHICH HE SAW CONCERNING JUDAH AND JERUSALEM IN THE DAYS OF UZZIAH, JOTHAM, AHAZ, AND HEZEKIAH. It is necessary to break down the first verse of this chapter and passage for it sheds a great deal of light upon the concept of the prophetic word and voice of the Lord. The prophetic book of Isaiah begins with the words “the vision” which reveals what was released unto Isaiah. Thus everything begins with the vision which the prophet Isaiah received from the Lord. If you continue reading this passage of Scripture you will notice it begins with a vision and then continues to reveal who the vision was given and released to—Isaiah the son of Amoz. Furthermore, you will notice that this was a vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw, which reveals something equally as important as the vision itself. While it is necessary and imperative for the vision of the Lord to be released in the earth in these Last Days, it is equally as important for men and women to possess the ability to see. This prophetic book didn’t just begin with the concept of vision and who that vision was released and given to, but continues to reveal the sight [insight] which Isaiah possessed. I am thoroughly convinced that were it not for Isaiah’s ability to see—his possessing both discernment and insight—this vision might not have been received much less understood by him. IF there is one thing I must declare at this moment it’s that the Lord is releasing vision in the earth during these Last Days. The question is not whether or not the Lord is releasing vision, but whether or not we possess the ability to see the vision He is releasing. The prophet Joel declared that in the Last Days the Lord would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, that sons and daughters shall prophesy, that old men shall dream dreams, and that young men shall see visions. Please pay close attention to those words “your young men shall SEE visions,” for it not only confirms the release of vision, but also the receiving [the seeing] of that vision. There is a great need in these Last Days for men and women to see the vision(s) which the Lord is releasing in the earth. There is a great need for young men to see visions as the prophet Joel prophesied—and not just for young men to see visions, but also for old men to dream dreams. It is imperative that we associate and connect the vision released from the Lord and the sigh of Isaiah for vision requires sight. The question is not and has never been whether or not the Lord is releasing or has released vision, but whether or not we possess the sight to see and lay hold of the vision. Oh that there would be a generation in these Last Days who would possess the sight and the discernment to receive the vision which the Lord is releasing in the earth.  

If you continue reading this first verse you will not only notice the concept of “The Vision,” as well as the concept of “Sight,” but you will also notice “The Focus of the Vision.” THE RELEASE OF THE VISION! THE SIGHT OF THE VISION! THE FOCUS OF THE VISION! This passage of Scripture began with the words “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw,” yurt goes on to reveal how Isaiah saw this vision “concerning Judah and Jerusalem.” This is as important as the ability to see the vision itself, for when the vision is released from the throne of the Most High it is released with a specific target and audience in mind. This vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw wasn’t merely a vision for himself but a vision for the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. The vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw was a vision for the inhabitants of both city and nation, for each and every inhabitant within the southern kingdom of Judah and capital city of Jerusalem needed to hear the words of this vision. When speaking of vision it is absolutely vital that we understand and recognize that vision not only requires sight to be able to understand it, but each and every vision released from the Lord has a specific target and focus. The vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw was a vision that was directed toward Judah and Jerusalem, and thus must be conveyed to both the nation and city. As soon as Isaiah recognized who the vision was concerning he bore the incredible and tremendous responsibility of conveying that vision to both nation and city alike. In other words, when you know for and to whom the vision has been directed, you bear the responsibility to rise up and proclaim that vision. There are men and women in this generation who have seen a vision and know to whom that vision is directed, yet who conceal and withhold the vision from those who need to receive it. This is best illustrated and manifested in the life of Jonah who received a word from the Lord to go and preach in the city of Nineveh, yet who chose instead to travel by boat in the opposite direction toward Tarshish. The vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw was a vision that was directed toward a city, a nation and a kingdom, and therefore required tremendous courage and boldness, for the prophet would speak before kings, priests, rulers, princes and the like. The vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerned the whole nation and kingdom and would therefore set him before—and even set him at odds against—many to whom he would prophesy to. The vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw was a vision that would encompass each and every inhabitant and citizen of Jerusalem and Judah and therefore there would be none who would be excluded.  

When speaking of the vision as mentioned in this passage of Scripture, it’s necessary that we understand THE RELEASE OF THE VISION, THE RECIPIENT OF THE VISION, THE FOCUS OF THE VISION, BUT ALSO THE TIMING OF THE VISION! Notice that before the first verse concludes we read concerning the vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerned Judah and Jerusalem and came “in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.” This is absolutely and incredibly important for when seeking to understand vision it is necessary that we understand vision is for an appointed time and an appointed season. The vision which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw took place during the days of four different kings which reigned over Judah and sat upon the throne of David. A true and proper understanding of vision cannot be understood without understanding that vision is released at an appointed time determined by the Lord. The words which Mordecai spoke to Esther prior to her appearing before the king of Persia are befitting this line of thought—“Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether boldest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: AND WHO KNOWETH WHETHER THOU ART COME TO THE KINGDOM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS” (Esther 4:13-14). I’m also reminded of the words which Habakkuk recorded in the prophetic book which bears his name—“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. FOR THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:2-3). Mordecai acknowledged that it was not quite possible that Esther (Hadassah) was raised up for such as this—a time to present herself before the king to intercede on behalf of her native people. It was revealed to the prophet Habakkuk that the vision was for an appointed, and although the vision tarried, the prophet was instructed to wait for it, for it would surely come.  

These words are absolutely and incredibly important when seeking to properly understand vision for when speaking of vision we must recognize that it is set for an appointed time as determined and set by the Lord of hosts Himself. It is the Lord Himself who determines the timing which the vision is released, as well as the length in which the vision remains upon the earth. THE TIMING OF THE RELEASE OF THE VISION & THE TIMING OF THE REMAINING OF THE VISION! The prophet Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah because that was the length of time the Lord had decreed the vision to remain. This is absolutely vital for our understanding of vision for it is the Lord and the Lord alone who not only determines the timing of the release of the vision, but also how long the vision is to remain upon the earth. The vision which the prophet Isaiah received from the Lord spanned the reign of four kings and was ordained for that specific period of time. We dare not miss the significance of this, for there have been far too many who have attempted to rush and move the vision along. There have been many who have seen the vision the Lord released in the earth, and may have even proclaimed the word(s) of the vision, yet in the midst of it they grew tired and weary, and ceased speaking prematurely. If the vision is and has been released for an appointed time we dare not, we cannot, we must not be anxious or quick to rush it. Consider what may have happened had Isaiah chosen to prophesy during the reign of two of these kings, yet chose not to prophesy during the reigns of the other two kings. Such would have been a terrible tragedy for the the nation and kingdom of Judah, and would have been rebellion and disobedience on the part of Isaiah. It is not enough that we see the vision and understand to and for whom the vision is directed—we must also understand the appointed time of the vision. Every vision released from the Lord has an appointed time for its release, as well as an appointed length of time it is to be proclaimed. So long as the vision remains within and upon the earth we must be faithful to the vision—faithful to proclaiming the vision to those to whom the vision is directed, and as long as the Lord directs and instructs us to.  

Vision alone isn’t enough for anyone can claim they have seen a vision. The true crux of the matter is understanding for and to whom the vision is directed and for when and how long the vision is appointed. If the Lord has released vision in the earth and you have been privileged to see that vision, you must also actively seek discernment to understand and know to whom the vision is directed and for when the vision has been appointed. We must not run ahead of the vision, nor should we run behind the vision—rather, we must wait for the vision and run in step and in line with the vision. Far too much damage has been done by those who have attempted to run ahead of the vision—adding to the vision what was not ordained by the Lord and not waiting for it to manifest and be fulfilled. An equal amount of damage has been done by those individuals who have run behind the vision—those who have not aligned themselves with the vision and run with it. When understanding spiritual vision and its being released from the Lord it is imperative that we neither try to add to or take away from it—that we remain with the vision as long as it has been appointed by the Lord. Consider the prophet Jeremiah who at one point thought about keeping silent despite the word and vision which had been received from the Lord, yet the prophet couldn’t keep silent for it burned within him and was like a fire shut up in his bones. Tell me dear brother, tell me dear sister—have you received a vision from the Lord which is like a fire which is shut up within your bones? If you have received vision from the Lord it is imperative that you neither run behind nor run ahead of the vision, but instead choose to align yourself with the vision and run alongside it. The prophet Isaiah prophesied as long as the vision had been directed and appointed by the Lord—a reality which brings us to another powerful truth. We must prophesy so long and as long as the Lord directs us, and must not seek to seal up or shut up the vision. Dear brother, dear sister—if the Lord Himself has not sealed up or shut up the vision then you would do well to do neither. If the vision is for an appointed time then it must be the Lord Himself who directs the vision, determines its course, and ultimately determines its outcome.  

With all of that being said, the first twenty verses of the prophetic book of Isaiah contain a great amount of truth concerning Judah and Jerusalem. While the first verse sets the stage and opens up the entire prophetic book, it is necessary that understand the message of the vision. THE RELEASE OF THE VISION! THE RECIPIENT OF THE VISION! THE AUDIENCE OF THE VISION! THE TIME OF THE VISION! THE MESSAGE OF THE VISION! Beginning with the second verse the prophet Isaiah begins to acknowledge the rebellion and stubbornness of the house of Judah, and even declares unto them that “Israel doth not know, and His people doth not consider.” The prophet goes on to describe this nation as a sinful nation, and a people laden with iniquity—a seed of evil doers, and children that are corrupters. Not only have the people rebelled against the Lord, not only does this people not know nor consider, but they had also forsaken the Lord and provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger. Furthermore, these people haven’t just stopped moving forward, but have actually gone away backward—they were moving and operating in the wrong direction. The prophet then begins to ask them a very pointed question—a question that should be asked of a number of men and women in this generation. “Why should ye be stricken any more?” The prophet proceeds to declare how they will revolt more and more and how their whole head is sick and their whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness, but wounds, and bruises and putrifying sores. Such have not been close, neither bound up, nor mollified with ointment. The nation to whom the prophet was speaking was a nation that was both sick in the head and faint in the heart. The nation itself was completely consumed and ravaged by wounds, bruises and sores which had not been closed, bound up, nor mollified with ointment. In other words, the people chose sickness, the people chose wounds, bruises and sores rather than being healed and made whole by the Lord. The prophet Isaiah acknowledge that this nation was desolate and that its cities had been burned with fire. The land which was given them as an inheritance was devoured by strangers in their presence, and it remains desolate, as overthrown by strangers. The prophet even goes so far as to declare that except the Lord of hosts had left a very small remnant, they would have been as Sodom and should have been like unto Gomorrah.

The prophetic word of Isaiah gets even more intense when the Lord actually declares that He has had enough with their sacrifices and offerings, and doesn’t even delight in them anymore. The Lord went so far as to encourage and instruct His people to bring no more vain oblations before Him, and that their incense is an abomination unto Him. As if this weren’t enough, the Lord also declared that He cannot away with their new moons and sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies. The Lord even declared that His very soul hates their new moons and appointed feasts, and that they are a trouble unto Him. The Lord was weary to bear their assemblies, their feasts, their worship, their offerings, their sacrifices and the like, and even declared that He would hide His eyes from them and would not hear when they made many prayers unto Him. Such incredibly powerful words were proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah—words which actually reveal the Lord’s distaste, disgust and disdain for their assemblies, their feasts, and their gathering together. In essence, the Lord was emphatically declaring that their prayer meetings and worship services were an abomination before Him and that He could not stand them. Such language is very similar to the words which the Lord would speak during the days of Malachi just before the four-hundred years of silence would move upon the earth. Their hands were full of blood and therefore when they lifted and spread forth their hands before the Lord He would hide His eyes from them. BEFORE I SACRIFICE I WILL EXAMINE! BEFORE I WORSHIP I WILL JUDGE! Please mark these words well for along with worship and offerings and sacrifices comes a practice of self-examination—the act of examining our heart and hands before the Lord. There is a reason David cried out before the Lord and asked to be given clean hands and a pure heart. There are far too many men and women who are attempting to ascend the hill of the Lord with unclean hands and an impure heart, and therefore are in great need of washing and cleansing.

It’s interesting to note that this particular section of Scripture concludes with the Lord calling the people to wash and to make themselves clean—to put away the evil of their doings from before His eyes. This particular section of Scripture concludes with responsibility on the part of the nation, as well as the response of the Lord. In other words, the response of the Lord is directly linked to the responsibility of the people carried out within the land. The Lord instructed the people to wash, to make themselves clean, to put away the evil of their doings from before His eyes, to cease to do evil, to learn to do well, to seek judgment, to relieve the oppressed, and to judge the fatherless and plead for the widow. In response to this, the Lord calls His people to come and reason together with Him, and then goes on to proclaim something incredibly powerful. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” In other words, the Lord would completely remove their sins and would produce within the nation righteousness and holiness. Sins as scarlet made white as snow; sins red like crimson made as wool. What an incredibly powerful promise and one that is incredibly relevant to this generation in these Last Days. It has been said that the prophetic book of Isaiah is “the Gospel of the Old Testament,” for the many references to the coming Messiah, and the Lord’s willingness to clean His people and make them whole. WASHED! CLEANED! HEALED! Please don’t miss these three words, for these three words express and reveal a great need within our lives today—the need to be washed, the need to be cleansed, and the need to be healed. WASHED HEART, CLEAN HEART, HEALED HEART! Oh dear brother, dear sister—are you in need of your heart, your mind, your soul, your hands, your being to be washed? Are you in need of your heart, your mind, your soul, your hands to be cleaned and cleansed? Are you in need of your heart, your mind, your soul, and your life to be healed? The Lord called the people to come and reason together with Him and then declared the outcome of that reasoning together would be their sins being made white as snow and their sins being made as wool. Are you ready to be washed? Are you ready to be cleansed? Are you ready to be healed? This is a prophetic word that is absolutely crucial as we begin this new year, for the Lord God of Israel desires to wash you, desires to cleanse you, and desires to heal you. The true question is whether or not you are willing to let Him do so. Dear brother, dear sister—do not delay and do not hold back, for the Lord is calling and has called you to come and reason together with Him in order that you might be washed, cleansed and healed this day.

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