The Torch is Being Passed…
This design is called Torchbearer, it represents the heritage laid up in the ecstatic visionary realm by the mystics and forerunners of the past being passed to you!
I felt led to paint this particular Chazown design for a young lady. This is a 3 in 1 Celtic spiral representing the Trinity. It also is 3 interlocked chazowns. The chazown is a ancient Hebrew symbol for the word vision. However this simple design carries with it our legacy for encounters! The word chawon is used when men and women encountered God in a vision. The chazown has layered meanings, one of which is to gaze into God’s beauty–unveiled, in a ecstatic state!
This is the word I felt from the Creator:
“I believe that the Father’s heart for you is that the realm of encounters that the mystics, ecstatics, and wild fire lovers of the past centuries would come to you! That it would come to you Gretchen as one who will lead His army in these last days! That you would emerge, fearless, faithful, burning, courageous and carrying the wild fire of divine love!
He will be faithful to you every step of the way! Every step you take forward is bringing heaven to earth!
Here are some of the wild lovers of Jesus that God is giving you treasures from their lives to receive from! They were the generals and bridal lovers of Christ in their day!
Joan of Arc lived in the 15th Century. She was a radical visionary! She was a heroine of France during the 100 year war. She was marked by heaven at a young age, and it was her visions and her obedience to them that made her a great leader. Joan engaged in the ecstatic realm of Father’s Kingdom and this is what led her to great suffering and great Glory!
Catherine of Sienna (25 March 1347 in Siena – 29 April 1380 in Rome) lived in the 14th Century and was a reformer in the Dominican Order. ‘Catherine had her first vision of Christ when she was at the age of five or six, saying that Jesus smiled at her, blessed her, and left her in ecstasy.’ She encountered Christ and often choose to forsake a meal but would be rapt away to feast with Jesus in the Heavens instead!
Julian of Norwhich (ca. 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) lived at the turn of the 15th century. She was wrote a book of her visions of Jesus, called Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love. This is believed to be the first book written in the English Language by a woman!!! Thats a forerunner!
Teresa of Avila (March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582) lived in the 16th Century. And was a wild lover of Jesus. She along with St. John of the Cross helped reform the Carmelite Order with their mystical writings on interior prayer! There are treasures in her book Interior Castle for you! Some thought that these mystics were striving to attain encounters with God, but it was their love that drove them into His presence. This is the Father’s heart, that again there would be a reformation, of people returning to their First Love!
Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 17 September 1179) was a German mystic who lived during the 11th century. She was a remarkable visionary, and reformed music, poetry, and the realm of mystery (she created her own language, that she learned in her experienced in the depth of Christ!). Check out this song.
Resources: The Ecstasy of Loving God by John Crowder. A great resource detailing Christian history from reformers to modern day revivalist!
Wikipedia for a taster of the different mystics!