GOD’S PROMISE OF RESTORATION
The Holy Spirit gave me a powerful word for you today about restoration. He brought me back to a vision that I had in a prophetic class in 2006. In the vision, I saw a huge ancient clock with a pendulum. On the face of the clock the hands were rotating counterclockwise rather than clockwise. I understood that this meant that the Lord was going to “turn back the hands of time”.
The teacher/prophet then began taking about Joel 2:25, and how the Lord was going to restore the lost years of our lives. Many of you have lost things in your lives. You may be older and you feel like you are not in the place where you should be spiritually due to battles that you’ve encountered. Some of you feel as if you "missed it", and some feel that you’ve "lost it".
Jesus wants you to know that it is His desire to restore to us the years and everything the enemy has destroyed and plundered from us. His promise to us is to redeem and restore those things that were damaged, and stolen in our lives. He even promises to resurrect those things that have died prematurely.
In the book of Joel 2:25 the Lord says; I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, the caterpillar, and the palmerworm. There are three different locusts mentioned here, and they are all insects that attack a tree. The locusts attack the fruit, the cankerworm attacks the tree and the branches, and the palmerworm goes much deeper and eats away at the roots.
All three types of locusts are an analogy of the enemies who come to steal, kill and destroy. The first locust mentioned is at an early stage of development. The second type of locust was to devour and the third type of locust was to totally annihilate. Jesus wants to recover and restore all that the enemy dismantled, and bring completeness to your entire life.
This word “restore” in Joel 2:25 is Šālam שָׁלַם. It means to make amends, finish, full, give again, make good, repay, be at peace, recompense, render, require, make restitution, restore, reward, surely. To be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications)
Don’t look at the opposition that seems to continually rise against you, because the plans of the enemy will certainly come to naught. Some of you distrust God because of what people did to you. Don’t allow your past situations and failures to dictate your future “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Whatever He promised in His word, He will do.
The Lord says I am the God of restoration and I desire to renew and restore everything that concerns you. I will fill those desolate and barren places with My glory, repair those wounded places and reconstruct every area of your life. I will restore the years that have been lost. Release your life to Me and I will build something strong and majestic out of the debris and fragments of the past.
Don't hold on to those failures any longer, but allow Me to heal the wounds and mend your broken hearts as you submit and trust in Me. I desire to give you beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy for mourning. I will rebuild the old ruins and reconstruct your life. Trust Me to take you out of the dark place, and bring you into a life of joy and abundance. As you trust Me in the process, I will make the crooked places straight and the rough roads smooth says the Lord.
Psalm 116: 1 - 9 (NLT)
I love the Lord because He hears and answers my prayers. Because He bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath! 3 Death had its hands around my throat; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: "Please, Lord, save me!" How kind the Lord is! How good He is! So merciful, this God of ours! The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and then He saved me. Now I can rest again, for the Lord has been so good to me. He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord's presence as I live here on earth!
To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."
Joel 2:25 & 26
"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.