My heart has been heavy as I am watching the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and its effects on the East coast. Homes have been washed away, business’s gone, Schools flooded, Churches flooded with windows blown out, electricity off for days and the tragic loss of human life. This all happened within 24 hours. The pictures are heart breaking.
Yet at the same time, a dream I had has been replaying within my mind in regard to the arising of cities of refuge. I feel as if the Lord is reminding me of this dream to ‘show me the vision again’ and to put a new hope in my heart.
For I had a dream and I have seen where we are going, where we are headed though we are not there yet; I am asking myself – ‘What steps do we set in place today so that we are moving closer to this city of refuge? In the dream I had, this city of refuge was called a ’City within a city’. I saw it as a City functioning within a larger city that is able to reach out into the larger metropolis and care for those when the government has exhausted all means of help. It will take every believer…from those in the Market place to stay at home Moms, child care givers, farmers, the Church, prayer movements, every person will play a part in the cities of refuge that God is beginning to birth again on the earth – For a city of refuge to be able to function within the walls of a larger city; we have to begin to set things in place today and begin to pray about this today.
I am personally asking the Lord, ‘How do we do this”?
Each city had a House Of Prayer in the very center, news and media played a big part in the City within a City. There was always enough, it was as if we were back in time to Goshen. There was an element of Divine protection that went hand in hand with believers who were living within the cities of refuge and believers ‘running’ the cities of refuge. We will be the ones running these cities of refuge. So I want to share this dream to cast vision again. I believe even as you read this The Lord will strike your heart with an action plan, with wisdom and simple Divine ideas on how we walk this out. The ‘cities within a city’ are on the Lords heart because many people living in different places are having similar stirrings and dreams. In all of my travels, this is what has been on the hearts of believers. So lets begin the journey. Let’s commit to each other to walk this out in servanthood, kindness and Prayer. I also saw the Lord begin to shine a light on the Amish community and that we will really begin to learn to live from the Amish community. I am remembering another dream where I was watching my ‘tell-a-vision’ and I was watching the amish community and how they worked together, ate together, did community together, planted crops together but I saw the government begin to say ‘Teach us how to do this’…For the Lord will raise up His cities of refuge that will be fully functional within itself.
I had a dream.
I saw cities of refuge—each of which became labeled “A City Within a City”—these began to arise in the earth. It was as if each of these communities was its own city within its own city, complete with stores, food, and social structure. It seemed the world was dark, but these “cities within a city” were not looking to the world for answers. They were not overtaken by the surrounding spiritual darkness. They were divinely protected by God’s favor from what was happening in the world. What was happening in the world was dark and there was not enough food or medical care. This was not the case in the arising cities of refuge. These cities of refuge were not cities unto themselves, for they began to take on the type of fasting mentioned in Isaiah 58.
They reached out to the poor. Even when large worldly cities in themselves could not take care of their own, somehow the cities within the city—the cities of refuge—always had enough.
These cities had arms that reached out to the poor, the outcasts, the sick, and the lost. When large cities in the natural couldn’t handle the need, when they could not take care of their own, the cities of refuge were able to take care of all. There were medical facilities open to the community. When the local government could not help and did not have economic and medical resources or plans, they sent people to “the city within the city.” When hopeless medical words were pronounced, then even the lost and those out of covenant with God made their way to the cities of refuge.
I saw that God will greatly bless in this manner; I saw there were many cities worldwide on which God will pour out the same favor. I saw a change concerning creative and journalistic media that will come from these cities of refuge. All types of media were released in waves that were more expansive than anything I had ever seen. In fact, the means of releasing information to the public increased at a dramatic rate as well. The media created in these cities was broadcast globally and covered everything from movies and concerts to news and television shows—every category of media.
I also saw a house of prayer right in the middle of each city. A white smoke was rising that was visible to the whole of each city and beyond. The smoke was as white as could be and ascended as continual incense. It never stopped; it was always ascending. It was as if every person who lived outside of the walls of the city of refuge was reminded by the continual white smoke arising that there was prayer arising to God on behalf of the city and it brought peace to even the hearts of unbelievers – just to look up and see the incense arise to God on behalf of the city.
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Julie Meyer is a longtime and beloved worship leader and songwriter at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City since its beginning in 1999. She is a prophetic singer who carries the glory and the presence of God as an abandoned worshipper. Her passion is His presence as she trumpets the message of the Bridegroom preparing His Bride!
Knowing her King and Bridegroom through the lens of the scripture and prophetic experiences has led her to write many spontaneous choruses and worship songs. Her worship leading and prophetic songs have inspired many to lean into their Beloved. Julie has recorded several CD’s and is the author of ‘Dreams and Supernatural Encounters With God’.
She has lead worship and spoken worldwide on hearing the voice of God, Prophetic singing and Worship.
Her 3 sons, Isaac and twins Jesse and Joseph all grew up at the International House Of Prayer serving and playing on Worship teams. Julie and her husband Walt help and support the growing community at the International House Of Prayer Missions Base. Julie is a regular speaker at Joseph International events, and provides monthly updates in the JI blog about what the Lord is speaking to her regarding marketplace Christians.
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”