Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.
But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.
The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
I had a dream. I was only an observer in a prison. I was not a prisoner but merely watching those who were in prison. I looked to my right, I saw an Angel. He handed me a pad and a pencil. He said, ‘Write this down. Write down what you see’. I sat in the corner of a dark, wet cave and began to scribe what was in front of me. It was dreary and very oppressed. Some men were allowed to walk free but most had chains around their ankles that would drag on the floor as they slowly walked. The floor seemed to be a made out of stone. It was cold and it was wet.
When the prisoners would walk the sound of chains could be heard clinking together on the stone floor. Some were actually changed to the walls, with their hands and feet bound. It felt oppressed. It felt depressing. There was a feeling of hopelessness and lack of purpose, but of course, I thought, for this was a prison. I was writing all of this down and all the while the angel stood beside me watching me to make sure I was watching this whole scene and scribing everything.
A young man walked in front of me and something about him caught my attention. He seemed to have purpose and a spirit of might even in the middle of those who didn’t. He did not seem depressed, though everything around him was depressing. I found myself just watching him move about the prison, talking to prisoners and doing the duties set before him. He did not seem to hate his tasks. He was working yet his countenance did not look like the others that were in this same place.
The angle who was with me bent down to my right ear and said ‘Do you know who this is?” I said’ No, I do not’. I had no idea for the heaviness of the oppression and darkness was making me depressed and I was only the scribe in my own dream. The angel whispered softly, ‘This is Joseph’.
I thought, ‘This is Joseph?’ He didn’t look like the other prisoners. He didn’t carry their hopelessness, their anger or their lack of destiny. The angel I was with suddenly held a Bible in his right hand and he turned to Gen 39: 20-23. This passage was highlighted and I began to read. This is the second time Joseph was thrown in prison and still this young man has hope and he seemed to walk with a purpose even to the point where Joseph was the one who had all authority under the keeper of the prison. There was a deep humility about this young man. He was broken but not crushed in spirit. And in this dark and dreary place, what surrounded this young man was the presence of God.
At this point the angel I was with leaned down and said, ‘Take note. This is the message. This is the place many people give up. For many of the Josephs in the earth are only in the middle of their journey and they, are letting their circumstances govern their emotions. They are being pressed down, crushed from every side but they need to turn their eyes upward. For there is coming a mighty shift in the earth and a clarion call for the Joseph’s will arise. And just like Joseph, there are those that are appointed to arise in the earth, from the prison to the palace in one day.
Suddenly, the scene changed and I could see all those who were just like Joseph; those who seemed to be in their own prison of life. But this was a prison of God’s making. Whether it is work that seemed trivial, whether it was being caught in false accusations, caught in jobs seeming going nowhere. In this dream, I felt specifically this was about the market place men and women, those with smaller businesses who sweat to bring in every single penny.
I was brought into ‘today’ watching men and women who seemed to be in their own prison, but they were walking with hopelessness and lack of destiny. I saw that they seemed to be like the prisoners in the prison and not like Joseph who walked and worked with purpose.
But, I woke up with a new hope in my heart. I wanted to shout and encourage our Josephs, our marketplace men and women, even our stay at home mom’s and dad’s. I wanted to encourage those who feel beat down and over looked that it is not the end of the story. You are only in the middle of your chapter. There is a whole book yet laid out in front of you. Do all that you can do in this season to find the Lord and go after His presence. It is a necessary season to find His presence in the places where you are pressed down. You cannot rebuke it or walk around it – it is an invitation to walk through it and listen to His voice ‘in the middle’ of the pressure.
The key about Joseph is said best in Matthew Henry’s Commentary as I have studied the life of Joseph. For in the dream I saw Joseph in prison after he was falsely accused.
We have him here a sufferer, falsely accused (v. 13–18), imprisoned (v. 19, 20), and yet his imprisonment made both honourable and comfortable by the tokens of God’s special presence with him (v. 21–23). And herein Joseph was a type of Christ, “who took upon him the form of a servant,’’ and yet then did that which made it evident that “God was with him,’’ who was tempted by Satan, but overcame the temptation, who was falsely accused and bound, and yet had all things committed to his hand.
Those that have wisdom and grace have that which cannot be taken away from them, whatever else they are robbed of. Joseph’s brethren had stripped him of his coat of many colors’, but they could not strip him of his virtue and prudence. (2.) Those that can separate us from all our friends yet cannot deprive us of the gracious presence of our God. When Joseph had none of all his relations with him, he had his God with him. Joseph was separated from his brethren, but not from his God; banished from his father’s house, but the Lord was with him, and this comforted him.
Matthew Henry’s commentary
When I woke up from this dream, I knew the Joseph’s were created for such a time as this. IN this season, God is giving great wisdom and supernatural strategy. God is giving fresh revelation in the middle of the pressure. The Josephs have been hidden away but in an instant God was going spring a ‘suddenly’ and the prison door would fling open wide. But the season ‘in’ prison is part of the testimony. This is the place of encounter. This is the place of reaching for the presence of God, call on His name and learn to hear His voice. This is the also the place to not be offended.
Though the Joseph’s might feel pressed down on every side, just keep walking – keep listening for His voice. You are in the middle of the story. Remember, no one is out of the gaze of our God. He is the one who gives wisdom, knowledge and strategy. This is a ‘now time’ to ask for the strategy of Heaven because God will send out his Joseph’s to take care of the crisis.
God has set it up so we need Him. The wise men of the earth with all the knowledge of economics and finance will not be able to solve the problems because God is doing a new thing and when God shifts we have to shift with Him. I have heard it said; ‘small is the new big’. We are in a season where the Lord is going to surround small business owners with great favor and their words, their advice will be heard by nations. This is why God is inviting the Joseph’s to wake ‘through’ the storm, to walk through every step – there are no short cuts for the Joseph’s are in training to lead a people and to lead a cities of refuge. They will walk through every step of the process so they learn every step of the process and find their ‘own’ shortcuts.
Joseph was not offended at his situation, he found God there. Therefore when the Lord opened the prison door Joseph did not come out with an offended and angry heart, but he spoke in words of wisdom because even in prison, he had been with His God. In one day, one moment in time Joseph went from the prison to the palace…so are the Joseph’s that God is calling forth in these days.
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.
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.”