72 years ago today, on February 23, 1945, six American Marines carried the American flag to the top of Mount Suribachi during the bloody battle of Iwo Jima and raised it in a declaration of victory. The photo of the raising of the American flag is now iconic.
When I saw that today was the anniversary of this historic moment I immediately went into a vision of many of God’s people who have faced the largest mountain with the fiercest battle finally reaching the peak and planting a flag of victory! God has given you the mountain and many will see your victory secured and sure by the end of March.
We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
I have been hearing the verse from Isaiah 59:19 in my spirit for the past few months that reads,
“So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.”
Often “a standard” refers to a flag or banner. This past season was truly a time where the enemy came in like a flood but God has turned what the enemy meant for evil for our good and restored the “fear of the Lord” within His people (trust, confidence, full dependency, etc.). Now it is time to hoist the flag (banner) of victory, for you have overcome the armies that stood against you and have taken that mountain.
“You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.”
Truth has been established and has given God’s people victory over the lies and accusations that were against God and His character.
The enemy created a great battle of resistance and negative circumstances to “prove” that God is not faithful but truth has defeated this battle that was aimed at the faithfulness of God. His people where tested but a large remnant of faithful soldiers have scaled the mountain, in the fear of the Lord, to plant the flag that declares Him “Forever Faithful”.
On this day, February 23, 2017; 72 years since the flag was raised on Iwo Jima, we will declare the words from Psalm 72:17 that say,
“His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.”
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