Inward Ascension

Beloved, Revelation 12 bespeaks of a second heaven war (“And there was war in heaven…”), and for many of us I believe that this is now taking place, it even being the overthrow of that last great Citadel and something which runs parallel to David’s taking of Zion. In David’s day the Jebusites had control of the “City of God” and would not release it. Other armies and nations had tried to storm it and take it but all had failed. This city was impregnable from any outward assault.

For some of us, beloved, there seems to be one last citadel which remains to be taken. We have tried all the outward methods known to man to overthrow it and none of them have worked. We have wept, and prayed, and fasted, laid hands on one another, spoke to it, tried to sing it out, prophesy it out, cast it out, curse it, … and STILL it remains to be taken.

In David’s day, the Jebusites knew that the city could not be taken by any outward method and that they could man their walls with the lame and the infirm and still it could not be taken. But when David came to Zion, he said, “Whosoever getteth up first to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites …that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain” –2 Samuel 5:8.

About a hundred years or so ago, a Captain Anderson stood outside the same walls before which David had uttered those words. He found himself at the spring Gihon and as he stood there, he noticed in this small cave-like place that there was an indentation up above him and, being curious, he climbed up to take a look. It turned out to be a “water course” (the King James version translates it, “gutter”), which led upward through solid rock and came out inside the very city of Jerusalem. This was how mount Zion was taken, beloved. Not by an outward method, but by an inward ascension! That is how we are going to take it too. By an inward, spiritual ascension!