I recently shared a word about the release of the Issachar anointing.
As we read in the scripture it says that the sons of Issachar “had understanding of the times.” This means that they were able to propel the nation of Israel into their destiny as they came out from wandering in the wilderness into the much-awaited Promised Land.
Just as the sons of Issachar led the children of Israel, we are called to take our strategic place in the Kingdom of God.
Each of us hold a unique calling from the Lord, and in the midst of these times we must strengthen our strengths… and surround ourselves with those who will support us in our weaknesses. This is what a healthy congregation truly looks like.
I often find it difficult to understand church denominations where the pastor may lead for two or three years and then be replaced. How can trusted relationships ever be built?
At House of David Ministries, we’ve spent over 16 years together. During that time, we celebrated during our times of success, and we’ve encouraged each other during times of failure. We are a family, and that’s what family does for one another.
In this key season of Jubilee, I would like to share a deeply introspective word given by Pastor Tim Alsbaugh, just a few weeks following the release of Issachar. In his studies of the names of the 16 cities that were established by the sons, he discovered an interesting pattern that parallels the life of the Believer. As we go through the transitions and change that must take place in order to obtain the promise, be encouraged!
- Jezreel – God Sows
The city of Jezreel has great significance throughout the history of nation of Israel. It also will be a place of immense proportions in the future, as it is the appointed place for the Battle of Armageddon. It is a battle ground, where historically despite the odds, the nation of Israel has been victorious. This will be true in the future, as well. Although we often shy away from the battles of life, truly it is the only way we can ever experience victory.
- Chesulloth – Flanks, Fattened, Confidence
The Lord desires that we are confident children. And although we’re human and WILL make mistakes, we can rest secure in the presence of a loving heavenly Father, who will guide us through every experience safely.
- Shunem – Quietly, “Double Resting Place”
Just like Elisha sought a place of rest in the Shunemnite women’s home, while the battles are raging, we too must rest in the surety of God’s ever-present presence. God will lead us to a restful place, if only we will allow Him to do so.
- Hapharaim – “Two Pits / Two Wells” to Seek to Conceal Oneself
We must understand our weakness’. Ask the Lord to show you how to operate in those areas, and how to make the best choices. When trouble comes we have a choice to see the glass half-empty or half-full. Our attitude will determine the outcome.
- Shion – Ruin
We must look beyond the destruction that we see in order to see the way out.
- Anaharath – The Groaning of Fear—A Narrow Pass
When we are in the narrow places, where God is taking us to new levels, we may not feel comfortable. Possibly He is asking us to slow down beside the still waters when all we want to do is run ahead. Still, we must listen, although this may seem impractical, even foolish. Flowing in the symmetry of the Lord’s timing will bring about a return in our lives that we never dreamed possible.
- Rabbith – Multitude
The enemy would like to expose us, in order to discredit the power of our testimony. It is interesting that many times we desire to hide when we’ve made a mistake. However, even in our failures, when our confidence is placed in Christ alone, others will only see the light of Jesus Christ shining forth through us.
- Kishion – Hard
Although times of hardness will come, these tough places are truly a time to grow in dependence upon the Lord. As we place our faith in the one who will never fail us, the difficult times make way for joy once again.
- Ebez – I Will Make White; To Gleam
The polishing process is not always easy. It takes something rough, like sandpaper, to grind away rusty areas until they are smooth once again. The end result brings new life to a once darkened object. God is polishing each one of us to become the jewel He has created us to be.
- Remeth – Height
Peter so enjoyed his time at the mount of transfiguration that he desired to never leave. However, when we are at the peak of the mountaintop while we are experiencing the transformation of His glory, we must understand that we cannot remain transfixed in that place. We must listen during that glorious time to hear the clear voice of the Lord as he prepares us to begin to walkout our callings.
- En-Gannim – Fountain of the Garden
The land of Issachar is one of the most fertile locations in Israel. It is well watered by fountains. We must understand how to maximize the resources the Lord has given us. This will determine what sort of warrior we will become in the battles ahead.
- En-Haddah – Swift Fountain
The joy of the Lord is our strength, and we must harness negative emotions and let the inheritance of joy that the Father has passed down to us, bring us through times of sorrow, pain, and stretching.
- Beth-Pazzez – House of Dispersion
God’s people are called to be blessed so they can be a blessing. He desires that our lives be so filled to overflowing that we do not have room enough to keep it all. He desires a relationship with those around us who are lost. He wants to show forth His goodness through us, so that others might wish to meet with Him also.
- Tabor – Mound or Mountain
Another meaning for Tabor is stone quarry or place of purification. God has hewn each of us out of the rock. We then go through a purging process so that the light of Yeshua can be seen through us.
- Shahazumah – Toward the Heights
Everything that God has promised will be revealed in His timing. We often live beneath what God has called us to, but if we allow the Lord to do a work, He can lift us toward greater heights than we ever imagined.
- Beth-Shemesh – House of the Sun, Sun Temple
The Word says in Psalm 84:11-12, “The Lord is a sun and shield the Lord will give grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” This is the inheritance we look forward to—this the hope of our calling in Him.
Be encouraged! No matter where you are at in this list, you can rest assured that you are safe and secure in the arms of the Father.