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Veronika West, out of the UK, posted a word about Victory yesterday. I did not see it (nor Lana Vawser’s word) until after I had posted my own discernment that morning. It is entitled:
“The Sound of Victory Will Be Heard this Season”
Listen! For the sound of victory will be heard in the tops of the balsam trees in this season….!
“And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines,” 2 Samuel 5:24…
The LORD made people of every nation fear David, and so I declare and decree that you will hear the sound of great victory in the tops of the balsam trees, and your victory will be so decisive that news will spread near and far and those that hear of it will fear the name of the LORD….! (See below: 1 Chronicles 14:8-18.)
I suggest that you read the entire word in the link above.
There are many lessons to be learned from this story of David’s victory. The foremost lesson is that one must not get ahead of God. Timing is important. We must be led by the Spirit, which means we should not try to lead the Spirit.
Secondly, the KJV says that these trees were mulberry trees, but actually, they were balsams. Balsam was a tree cultivated particularly in Gilead, and the Israelites there obtained from it an essential oil, called “balm of Gilead” (Genesis 37:25; Jeremiah 8:22; 46:11; 51:8). Balm is just a short way of saying balsam (from the Latin, balsamum).
Balsam oil is a healing oil. Jeremiah uses it as a metaphor for divine healing for the spiritual sickness in Israel, asking in Jeremiah 8:22,
22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has not the health of the daughter of My people been restored?
The balm of Gilead contrasts with opium in the juice of poppies, which the prophet calls, “the water of gall” (Jeremiah 8:14 KJV). Recall that “gall” is rosh, “head, or poppy.” Poppies were called rosh because of their large “head” (flower). Israel was sick from head to foot, as Isaiah 1:5, 6 tells us,
5 Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts, and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened with oil.
Part of the spiritual sickness is in the fact that Israel had become like Sodom and Gomorrah (Isaiah 1:9). So the prophet chides Israel for using drugs to mask their symptoms and reduce the pain of sin, rather than going to the true source of healing. Poppies were cultivated in Sodom and Gomorrah, and Moses calls poppies “the vine of Sodom… from the fields of Gomorrah” (Deuteronomy 32:32). The “wine” from those poppies is poisonous, bitter, and “the venom of serpents” (Deuteronomy 32:33).
Hence, it is significant that David’s victory over the Philistines came after the Spirit of God blew through the balsam trees. Does this not speak of divine healing from the root problem of lawlessness in the nation? In order to obtain victory, God told him to wait until he heard the sound (or voice) from the wind in the balsam trees.
From a prophetic standpoint, America (and most western countries) became Sodom and Gomorrah a short time ago with the legalization of homosexual marriages. I saw it coming decades ago by studying Isaiah’s prophecies. It is now clear that we would have to wait until the fulfillment of Isaiah’s word before we could apply any balsam to the situation, or before we could go forth in victory.
We have had to await that sound of the Holy Spirit. Those who have tried to obtain victory too early have had little success, if any. Though it has been hard to wait for the appointed time, we see that timing is important. When David seemed to do nothing, God was not waiting for David; David was waiting for God’s timing.
I believe that we are about to hear the sound of wind in the balsam trees. I cannot make it happen, but I can be ready for it by preparing my heart to hear the voice of the wind.
At the Passover conference in a couple of weeks, we will be declaring victory. That seems to imply that the Holy Spirit’s wind will be heard at the conference (or perhaps before it). I am hopeful that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will have its beginning point at the wave sheaf offering this year. It is too soon to say for sure, but I am hopeful and will be watchful.