by: David Ruleman
Worship at The Gate watch accelerated quickly from the first notes and picked up on the themes of the previous 25 hours of Washington Worships. It was as if the wind of the Spirit were blowing in the room. Words and songs of the wind blowing on the garden gave way to songs about the city on a hill that cannot be hidden and about our calling as salt and light of the world. “Let your Light shine, let the world see, the glory of the Lord. We are the light. We are the salt.” Then someone began to sing, “You give me wings to fly on” and someone released the sounds of an Eagle and we soared in the spirit.
Someone spoke of the word of the Lord to Moses that the sign of freedom for Israel would be that they would come out and worship on Mount Horeb. The sign of our freedom in Christ is to break strongholds and worship freely. Someone read from Micah declaring that the breaker would break through the gate so the people could follow. The breaker anointing was released in the room and all the people began to say; “Yes Lord. We will follow you.”
The worship team began to sing over and over Hosanna, Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest. The drums and the instruments began to create a visual environment as the atmosphere was filled with the presence of God. Some began to hear the processional of the King. Some one said it was like a procession of, “majestic ones” As if the seven spirits of God were entering before him. A song erupted with the call to “Open the gates. Open wide the gates. Open wide and let the King of glory come in. Open wide and he will usher you in.” Sounds of the shofar and then another spontaneous refrain, “A city on a hill cannot be hidden” You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world” and “Hosanna in the highest.”
We could see in the spirit the procession which was the presence of the Lord coming into the city just as they cried out “Hosanna in the highest” as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Hosanna is both adoration and a prayer, “Oh Lord, Save us!” Save this city Lord we prayed for him to come and the worshippers shifted from Hosanna in the Highest to Hosanna in the City. Our worship shifted into intercession for the full salvation of the city. We cried out: Arise! Arise. Fill this city with your glory. Someone read Isaiah 60. Arise and shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you, declaring that the glory of the Lord would rise upon his people and cities and nations will see his glory. Another repeated the blessing that will be heard in Jerusalem at the coming of Messiah, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord” and then said that we are speaking it now in Washington DC. “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.”
Holy Spirit took us back into the wind as some read from Ezekiel 37 and declared that the wind of God, the breath of God would bring the dry bones to life. “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain that they may live.” So we prophesied that they would rise up and stand on their feet, an exceeding great army. We prayed for the churches and leaders in the Church. We prayed that dry bones in the city and region would be filled with the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. With the sound of dry bones crackling in the microphones the entire room rushed forward and everyone began to dance like a mighty army filled with the breath of God before the Lord. Someone said, “They went out with a great shout.” And the voices of the whole room full of love sick worship warriors lifted a mighty shout to the Lord as we were sent out filled with Holy Spirit to represent the King of Kings and to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. The prophetic voice of the Lord and the sound of worship are still in the atmosphere.