Going back a few years now, some time around 2010 I found myself sitting in an empty room right after dismissing the students to go out and meditate on what was taught. As staff I was not required to spend this time seeking God. I thought to myself “well I’m staff and I don’t have to do this” but again I found that the room was quite empty. I closed my eyes and said to myself “okay God, what do you have for me?”
Almost immediately a picture flooded my mind. I saw a great stone hall, so large that it disappeared into its own darkness as the only area lit by torches was around the throne. Massive pillars held up the ceiling and were spread far enough apart to allow large round wooden tables to fit in between. Each table had ten to twelve chairs assigned to it. All of this was focused around the great throne, elevated to view all and everything in the room and to establish authority.
My view of this great hall was right next to the throne looking down on the tables. I could see the throne out of the corner of my eye but did not look at it. I noticed men sitting at the tables but there were one maybe two at the most at each table. They were not dressed as such but I knew (as one does in a dream) that they were knights.
The end! No really that was all I saw of the picture. Over the next few days maybe even weeks I prayed into this picture and did research on knights and how they may represent something more. Now the comparison of men and knights has been done, maybe over done and truthfully can be a bit corny. For the sake of you the reader we will skip these connections, minus two. They were given great authority and were big targets in battle. Remember these…
At the end of the “vision” God asked me one question. “Why are there so many empty chairs” (it’s bold because that’s how I imagine God speaks!) anyways, this question stuck in my mind like a corn kernel between your teeth (you know what I mean) and it drove me to find an answer. An answer I received…
A quick look at the current condition of the world will show manlessness (made it up) as in fatherless families, even a lot of families with fathers still find a lack of a man in the house. Pornography should be considered a plague, integrity has lost importance… The list goes on far too long. The specific reasons for these atrocities are for another discussion, but the overall reason I believe goes back to the vision.
God created Man and Woman, each with roles and strengths. If spiritual warfare is a real thing (which it is) then the best way to win is to take out the knights right? Take out the family structure. Take out the ones carrying the banner of the King; demoralize the troops under them and its easy pickings. We have an entire week committed to father wounds here! Something is wrong! We know the end, Jesus wins, it’s determined and we look forward to that day. But for now the battle rages on and we men are being picked off…
It’s time to get off our knees and stop letting the enemy run spears through us (gross? It’s true!) Stand up! It’s not enough to just not do wrong it’s time to choose right even when no one is looking. Especially when no one is looking. So many exclamations! We here at DP are striving for this as a community and as individuals. We are exploring what it even means to be a man after Gods own heart, what it looks like practically and spiritually. I could go on for 6 more pages but for the sake of short attention spans we’ll wrap up.
What’s my point? … There are a lot of empty chairs; seats of authority given to us by God Himself that are collecting dust. It breaks Gods heart, it robs Him of glory and the consequences are… Well they are listed above. Rise up take your seat! If this Is something on your heart, consider joining us here at YWAM DP. If not, find a friend, a father, a church leader and discuss this! It’s worth discussing; it’s worth fighting for.
Jeremy McArthur- YWAM DP Staff