Saint Louis and the Gateway Arch
On Sunday June 21, 2015 Craig and Rica Doriot along with Douglas and I arrived in Saint Louis, MO. For Craig and I it was our fourth and last time in a series of trips down to meet with the design team as we developed dodles under the headship of Christ. Craig wanted to bless us so he reserved a King Suite in the Four Seasons hotel. It was posh and we were blown away by the place. But what deeply struck us was that directly out of our floor to ceiling windowed “apartment” the “Gateway Arch” stood. It is 630 feet tall and looms over the city like an ever present marker of something great. We stood there in front of the window in each other’s arms in shock that we were living in a prophecy, think living in a memory. It is very weird. Something as fundamental as time has shifted and you loose your “footing” for lack of a better word. We were whispering, “Can you believe this? Can you believe this is happening?”
We have heard so many prophecies about Saint Louis, this arch, being lifted up, dodles, that we were blown away to be standing there in it all.
UXPath at Techartista
The next morning Craig and I head over to the Techartista where we meet with UXPath~Ron, Sean, and S.J. to continue to plow through the designing of how dodles will work. Ron wont be in until 1:00 and I am concerned.
The Apostle Goes to the Arch
That same morning Douglas prays alone in the hotel room. He asks the Lord why he is in Saint Louis other than to begin to understand the enormity of what has been going on there. He prays that He is able to assert himself spiritually to fulfill the purpose of why he is there even if it seems odd or confusing.
The Lord began to speak to him about the corruption of man and the glory of God that transforms men into the image of his Son. As he thought about that and how it applies he looked up to see the gigantic arch just a bit past the block that the hotel is on. The arch, which is called the “Gateway Arch”, reminds him of Psalm 24 and he reads it.
The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah.
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.
The Prophecies about Saint Louis merge with others
The revelation of how many things the Lord has been speaking to us prophetically that exist in this chapter begins to dawn on Douglas and he feels that the Lord wants him to walk over to the area below the arch and read the Psalm out loud. So he does. There he is standing with his Bible open, facing the arch, reading at a good healthy volume, as people are walking by. As he reads he realizes that for Jesus to come in, as He has said He would, our heads need to be lifted up. So without restraint and with lifted head he reads this Psalm. He reads loud enough for those passing by to hear but also for the spiritual realm to be impacted as well. He is reading and proclaiming to the angels, to the devil, to his demons, before God and His Heavenly Hosts. Let them all hear and know that something is shifting. Something is beginning. Something is being built up that the King of Glory may come in.
Psalm 24: 7 says~“Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!”
It begins to sink in that this text is also speaking to those who believe in Jesus who are cleansed, but it also speaks to our corruption and the need to purge it from our interactions with others. It is speaking about our own sanctification. The message and testimonies shared in Rwanda about resisting corruption come to mind and again how the Lord was directing us to remove the stones and build up the highway, …so that the King of Glory may come in.
Isaiah 62: 10-12
Go through, go through the gates,
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
clear it of stones,
lift up an ensign over the peoples.
The Lord has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion,
“See, your salvation comes;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.”
They shall be called, “The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord”;
and you shall be called, “Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.”
He Wants to Lift Me Up
Also in Psalm 24:5 it says; “He shall receive a blessing from the Lord”.
There has been a progression of revelation that the Lord is about to “lift us up”. He has been speaking to me for some time now about His plan to “lift me up” and how I have been actually fighting that. I was confused and uncomfortable but finally in a vision He simply told me that I have allowed Him to humble me, in Rwanda and in the dealings at CCV and the numerous people in the Valley who joined in on the slander generated from the prophecies to CTR and CCV, but that now he intended to lift me up as part of the testimony that he was creating about Headship. In both Psalm 24 and Isaiah 62, chapters that we have been given over and over again in seeking the Lord it speaks of a lifting up, a blessing as part of the testimony of when we humble ourselves and obey what he is asking. We are on that threshold and as Douglas was hearing about this in the park under the arch I was also hearing from the Lord at the meeting with UXPath a crossed town…