By Kathi Pelton
In late 2019 my family received a prophetic word about General George Washington crossing the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 (establishing the first victory for the continental army in the Revolutionary War). This confirmed the timing of our family’s move from the West Coast to the Washington DC region to begin the assignment God was asking us to go on. Yet— we knew that there may be more to this prophetic word then merely the timing of our move.
Then on 11/11/2020, while in Plymouth, Massachusetts with a group of national prayer leaders, the prophetic word about “crossing the Delaware” was brought up in conversation and a trusted (and keenly prophetic) friend said, “That has a much bigger meaning than the timing of your move!” When she said this is was like the word was prophesied over us once again. It was fresh and new.
During our time in Plymouth we added our signatures to the original Mayflower Compact and the Lord helped pen a new covenant/compact for this group to make with Him. We signed it and sealed it on the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims coming to our shores.
The next morning, only moments prior to leaving Plymouth we met a woman who was deeply hurting and “battle weary” from a lifetime of pain. I had the honor of leading her to the Lord and watching the bitterness of the battles wash away into the river of the overcoming love of Jesus. Her first name is Norma, which means: Precept. The definition of precept is this, “A precept is a rule or direction, often with some religious basis, dictating a way you should act or behave. Precepts are life lessons that are usually passed down to children by leaders/authority figures such as parents, teachers, or religious figures (I’ll return to this point and why it is significant in a moment).
For some unknown reason to us, right before leaving our time with our new friend and new sister in the Lord, she told me us her middle name, Lorraine. Well, my husband and I looked at each other in amazement because that is my middle name as well!! It means, “famous in battle”, overcomer or famous army. This lady and I had almost identical childhood trauma (which is why I could minister to her so readily) and we shared the same middle name; a name that represents a great battle that is overcome and becomes historic or famous. Her first name represented what we are fighting for in our nation and why we were in Plymouth— to secure the precepts of the original Mayflower compact and to receive a new covenant to secure for our children and their children! We also are in a great battle in our nation that will decide the behaviors, rules and precepts we will align with in the days ahead. Her salvation felt like a sign of the “conversion of a nation coming back to God.”
As we left Plymouth we put our home address into our navigation phone’s GPS and expected it to take us on the exact route as we took going to Plymouth. As we drove through the state of New Jersey we began to notice that our GPS had taken us off the “original path” and through a rural landscape. Not knowing where we were (but trusting our navigation system) we forged ahead. At one point we found ourselves on a narrow bridge crossing a river. As we crossed over the sign in front of us read, “Welcome to Washington Crossing”— I just about jumped out of my seat and quickly got my phone out to look for the name of the river that we had just crossed— YES— you guessed it! We had just crossed the Delaware River!
I knew that the journey we have been in the past year has been a prophetic one but this was a huge piece and significant moment! As we crossed the Delaware I felt like Miriam when she and the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea— I felt like dancing! I knew that God was saying that a miraculous crossing was about to happen and we would see a great (and soon to be famous) battle won that would secure the precepts of our nation. In my spirit I could see Moses and George Washington as they both faced impossible crossings that would establish victory and freedom from tyranny. I saw the bold courage that they carried as “men who brought nations into deliverance” come upon our leaders and upon the Church. This courage carried a mantel of great faith which gave bold courage in the face of certain defeat. God was about to do the impossible and reveal that He alone is the great I Am!
My family crossed the country a year ago between the dates of December 26th – January 10th. These dates are highlighted once again to me. We are in a true spiritual and national battle that the global Ecclesia will need to battle in prayer throughout the month of December but I sense that there will be a crossing over that begins on Christmas that will secure a victory over what appears to be sure defeat.
We cannot look at what our eyes see because we will merely see a sea before us and a great enemy army at our backs. We must keep our eyes upon the Lord and trust in Him! Can we, even now, establish the precept of “In God We Trust?” In the midst of tyranny, oppression, the seeking to remove religious freedoms and a plethora of anti-Christ agreements— will we trust God or will we shrink back in the fear of men and in what appears to be sure defeat. We lay everything down to see the glory of the Lord established in our nation and throughout the nations of the world.
Let us receive the mantel of Moses and the bold courage of George Washington, who both faced the impossible and believed that in the face of sure defeat, it is God who can establish our victory.
“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury. For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.” The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’” Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!”
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