On May 14th, the 144th Kentucky Derby was won by the young horse, “JUSTIFY.” The number 7 stallion passed up “Promised Fulfilled” and crossed the finish line, conquering the 3 inches of rain without a trace of mud on her face.
I wrote in a blog a couple weeks ago about the vision God had given me several years ago that was a scene from the Kentucky Derby. After watching this year’s Kentucky Derby, I knew I was seeing the vision take place through a horse named “JUSTIFY.” I seriously flipped, and I was eager to find out when the second race was. What? The weekend of Pentecost! And then it happened again:
“Good Magic stayed nose to nose with him for much of the muddy and foggy Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, but Justify broke free down the home stretch once again to walk away with his second major victory in two weeks. The horse now takes a monumental step forward in his hunt for an American Triple Crown.”
“JUSTIFY” has a chance now to be the 12th horse to join the elite triple crown winners after winning the Preakness Stakes last Saturday. Ahh!, I can hardly wait for race three; the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9th.
It may seem strange to be pointing out all these details and relating them to signs from the Lord, but when God gives anyone a vision that unfolds in front of their eyes, they cannot discount the details.
In this year’s Kentucky Derby, the horse “Promise Fulfilled” lead most of the race until “JUSTIFY” sped by, confirming that we are about to see God’s promise fulfilled for the remnant who are “Justified in Christ.”
I need to point out a key piece of information I wrote about in the last blog about it being the 144th Kentucky Derby. 144 is the number that symbolizes the remnant in the book of Revelation. So this whole story unfolding through the horse “JUSTIFY” is about God’s remnant overcoming the oppressive strongholds that are wrapped up in the world systems that have taken dominion in the earth.
The second race, The Preakness Stakes, had “Good Magic” neck in neck with “Justify.” I believe “Good Magic” symbolized the Holy Spirit, the “invisible” power of the Lord, sent to accomplish His plan through an election of champions; God’s remnant. The Holy Spirit is our “comforter, coming alongside of us as we run the race. He is our “strength” to endure the race. And He is our “victory” to overcome the odds to finish the race set before us. Once again, this race was in the rain….another symbol of cleansing and the power of the Holy Spirit.
For all of us today who have been “waiting” and believing its our time to move forward, but circumstances still prevent us from being free to do so, this race was a picture of the “in-between period” that is so difficult. “Justify” didn’t win this race easily, but she didn’t give up. So much training, perseverance, and trust is needed to remain steadfast, even when the pressure is on. But isn’t it great knowing that WE WIN!
Another significant sign of this second race was that it was foggy. If you talk to anyone who has been chosen by God to run this race we are in, EVERYONE seems to be in a fog as to what the hec God is doing right now with the body of Christ. We can all surmise it is something new. We can all sense that Christ is returning soon. We can all agree the old is passing away before our eyes. BUT ALL are in a fog as to what it is to look like NOW. And so we pray, rest, and wait until the KING’S race begins.
So what makes “JUSTIFY” special? There hasn’t been a 2-year-old un-raced horse that has won the Kentucky Derby since a horse named “Apollo” in 1882. Many headlines have written that “JUSTIFY” broke the 136-year “curse of Apollo.” Apollo means “destroyer,” and I believe it is symbolic of what the Lord is in the process of doing to set His remnant free by breaking the curse of the destroyer who has kept God’s people hidden and oppressed.
In 2015, when “American Pharaoh” won the last triple crown, America was in a tumultuous place, and the name actually represented her character. There were racial riots, cop riots, terrorism, severe weather patterns, and a Supreme Court that was about to become a majority who would vote against God’s righteous laws. The nation was reaping from her idolatrous decisions and her position of worldly influence was waning.
The President at the time was Obama, whom God put into office. Every elected official in America is God’s choosing. It’s hard to come to terms with that sometimes when we see ANY leader we feel is ungodly, corrupt, or self-serving. But the bible is clear that God raises up leaders and takes them down (Rom. 13:1-10).
During the 8 years Obama was in office, America had already been heading down a wrong path, but it seemed to escalate dramatically during his years in office. America’s Constitution was challenged, her Christian foundations were being attacked, and the people were divided and angry. This caused a movement of prayer all across America amongst Christians, to plead to God for intervention, and to have MERCY on a nation that kept making choices that were contrary to God’s Word.
“American Pharaoh” winning that year summed up what our country had become. We had become like Egypt in the days when the children of Israel were enslaved to Pharaoh. The difference today was that America had many “Pharaoh’s” in governing positions that infected and affected the nation. Only by the MERCY of God, and the blood of Jesus, could God keep His promise to His people and halt the destruction planned for America.
Let’s compare the history of the story of Pharaoh, who was oppressing the Israelites, to what we have experienced in America:
There came a time during their slavery under Pharaoh’s rule, when the prayers of the Hebrews came before the Lord after years of persecution, oppression, and bondage.
“So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham,with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them” (Ex. 2:23,24).
The Lord shared with Moses His execution plan to deliver the Israelites by anointing him and Aaron to go before Pharaoh and declare, “Let My People GO!” God told Moses that he would give him a SIGN that God indeed sent Moses to the people:
“So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a SIGN to you that I have sent you. When n you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain” (Ex. 3:12).
God was about to fulfill the prophetic word He had spoken to Abraham 430 years before when He made a covenant with him (Gen. 15:13-16). And in order to do so, He would harden Pharaoh’s heart:
“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments”(Ex. 7:3,4).
We all know the story of the ten plagues that followed because Pharaoh would not heed God’s command. As the plagues were being released by the Lord, the people had doubts if God was going to come through. Some even attacked the messenger, Moses, because through the whole process of deliverance, THE CIRCUMSTANCES GOT HARDER ON THOSE WHO WERE BELIEVING FOR THE MIRACLE.
But SUDDENLY, all of the Israelites were free to leave Egypt, and go Feast (celebrate) with the Lord:
“Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness (Ex.5:1).
God is using “JUSTIFY” to show us that the prayers of the saints “have been heard from heaven.” The bowls are full, and being tipped over to answer the pleas. And the process actually started with our last election. Who would have thought that God would “TRUMP” the enemy with a businessman named Trump. But who would have thought that a carpenter would save the world in Jesus’ day?
Against all odds, leaving everyone stunned, including the political experts, God put Trump into the most powerful position in the world. And now, President Trump is being used to shake America free from the entanglements that have kept her from her true identity, exposing the iniquity, and adjusting her course. It may appear like chaos and not how you and I would have designed to move God’s plan forward, but thank God He is in control.
America has been governed by many in high places, who like Pharaoh, became a god to themselves, and allowed money, power, and fame to control their agendas. They fell prey to the working of “The Harlot,” in whom God describes in imagery a woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, who sits on the seven mountains of influence:
” And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:5)
It is interesting how the Lord describes the “Mystery of Babylon” as a “mystery.” It is only a mystery because we haven’t been able to see with our own eyes the iniquitous workings of the “harlot’s” tentacles behind the scenes of government, banking, and business. They have been hidden for years.
But God tells us in Revelation that the “Mystery of Babylon” will fall:
“And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich though the abundance of her luxury” (Rev. 18:2,3).
God also warns His people before it happens:
“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities”(Rev. 18:4,5).
God’s word says that His ways are higher than our ways, and that He raises up leaders, even evil ones, who’s hearts are hardened toward God, to fulfill His Covenant purposes. That is a mystery in itself when you stand by and watch corruption happening and wonder “Why is God allowing this to happen?” But God ALWAYS is just, and ALWAYS follows the blueprint of HIS LAW AND TIMING, although admittedly it doesn’t seem to be quick enough for our flesh most of the time.
These horse races are a wake up call for those who have waited patiently. They are an encouragement for those who have been faithful. God is not done with America, nor has He forgotten about His remnant. As a matter of fact, God is about to reveal His identity and purpose for blessing the land of America, and a remnant who are have been waiting to see how God will cause the “American Pharaohs” to “Let MY PEOPLE GO!” Those who are “JUSTIFIED IN CHRIST will be crowned!
“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Rev 14:12).