The Case of the Visitation in the Time of John the Baptist
The theme of ‘visitation’, פָּקְדִי (ppakedi), is a theme as old as man himself, and is associated with the manifestation of God, in principle, to a community, a people or an entire nation. It should not be related to ‘appearence’, accidental וַיֵּרָא (yera), or deliberate הַנִּרְאֶה (han.nir’eh), for it is not the same thing. The nature of ‘visitation’ is of the group type, while the appearance can be both group and individual.
The apparition brings with it an evident presence, while the ‘visitation’ does not necessarily mean an evident presence of God. Rather, ‘visitation’ is an event that marks the difference in time between one season and another, with the purpose of emphasizing that the change is a decision of God over the community visited.
Although a visitation is determined by the Will of God, and it is He who decides when to provoke it, nevertheless, ‘visitations’ have very similar cause-signs among themselves, so that the manifestation of one of them is evident to those who have understanding in the times. On this occasion we want to study the case of the visitation of God that began with the birth of John the Baptist, referred to by the writer of the Gospel of Luke. Let us begin by studying the prophetic words of the priest Zechariah, precisely the father of John the Baptist:
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, 69 and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;Luke 1:67-69
A ‘visitation’ is intended to establish a time of redemption in the region where the visitation is taking place,
And as soon as this time of ‘redemption’ is inaugurated, a series of characteristic ‘evidences’ of the manifestation of God arise as a consequence. The writer describes several of them.
The first and most important being the presence of a ‘liberator’
God’s work is established through men and women, and even children. This is a fundamental characteristic of the legitimate work of God. In the case where an angel of God has intervened, his participation is only as a messenger to make known about an event, or to give instructions about some action that people should take; but it is men or women who establish the work.
This operational form of God’s action is widely highlighted in the writings of the book of Judges :
18 And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. 19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.Judges 2:18-19
The second characteristic of a ‘visitation’ is the establishment of liberation throughout the land visited.
The deliverance is not only about people but about places and regions over which a curse has fallen because of the satanic practices and invocations performed by its inhabitants, which means that the land comes to life, and produces as it did in the beginning, before the curse entered the region. The writer of Luke’s gospel, citing the words of the priest Zechariah, establishes this emphasis,
Deliverance is the strong evidence that the Kingdom of God has been established over a place and its inhabitants; the expulsion of demons from a person and from a place, is not an isolated and independent event, it is the visible evidence that the kingdom of darkness came to an end in that region; Jesus himself established it as the strong sign of the establishment of the Kingdom in an area,
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.Matthew 12:28 (Luke 11:20)
A time of ‘visitation’ brings with it the exercise of expelling demons from places and liberating the inhabitants of the regions. There cannot be ‘visitation’ without a real manifestation of liberation. It is the very foundation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven;
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.1st. John 3:8
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;Hebrews 2:14
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;Philippians 2:9-10
Another characteristic of a ‘visitation’ from God is the recovery of the worthiness of God’s people in the eyes of the local people.
As clear examples we have, first, the case of when the people of Israel were delivered from the hand of Pharaoh of Egypt: and the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.(Exodus 12:36); the second example is the case of when the people were delivered from the hand of Haman the son of Amadatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews: And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them. (Exodus 12:36); the second example is the case of when the people were delivered from the hand of Haman the son of Amadatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews: And many of the people of the land became Jews, because the fear of the Jews had fallen upon them. (Esther 8:17); these two examples suffice to show how a manifestation of God causes those who walk according to the Truth and faith of Jesus to acquire a value of honor and respect in the eyes of their own community.
The cases cited are not isolated cases, it is the operating platform on which it operates every time a ‘visitation’ of God is performed.
The ‘visitation’ of God makes participate among those who live under the Lordship of Christ Jesus, the Revelation of the Eternal Covenants by which Israel was founded as God’s chosen nation;
during this time of ‘visitation’, the Gospel of the Kingdom discovers mysteries of Revelation that had not been seen in normal times, to establish by this form that the life of the Gospel of the Kingdom consists in living on earth by the principles of life in Heaven, as it is written in the epistle to the Ephesians: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (Ephesians 1:17).
A ‘visitation’ from God is a time of discovery of the Father’s mysteries. God validates the mercies given to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David, and activates them in favor of those who live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
This means that in a time of ‘visitation’, the mercy dispensed to all who avail themselves of it is a mercy magnified, like the mercy David received when he was in extreme distress; let us see how this applies:
O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.2 Chronicles 6:42
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.Isaiah 55:3
And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.Acts 13:34
A time of ‘visitation’ is a time of Revelation of the mysteries of the Almighty.
The holy covenant is the covenant to inherit the land. A time of ‘visitation’ is a time of taking over the places of the earth that God has given in inheritance to his people. It is not about opening churches, it is about establishing the Kingdom of God in the regions, and establishing spiritual government so that the people may walk in the light of the Gospel. Psalm 37 is the psalm that best describes the holy covenant.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, (v.3)… For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. (v.9)… For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. (v.10)… But the meek shall inherit the earth; (v.11)… The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. (v.18)… But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away…. For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.(v.22)… He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed (v.26)… For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever. (v.28, 29)… Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. (v.34)Psalm 37
A time of ‘visitation’ activates God’s promise to Abraham
God’s oath to Abraham is found in the book of Genesis,
17 that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.Genesis 22:17-18
The promise has two emphases. The first is that of possessing the gates of his enemies, a promise that was validated to Peter on the same terms: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18).
The second emphasis of God’s promise to Abraham is the ordinance to establish and regulate the terms and conditions under which the nations of the earth will live: In your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. It is not just a matter of ‘giving’ an extended benefit, of prosperity and blessing, to the nations of the earth; it is rather a matter of regulating the conditions under which the other nations will receive the blessing that will be dispensed to them in return. The prophet Isaiah presents this same theme but emphasizes that its application consists, above all, in a kind of spiritual covering that Israel imposes on those who walk in her light,
And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.Isaiah 4:1
If we carefully review other prophetic texts, such as the blessing of Moses to the twelve tribes, for example, we will see that from ancient times it was prophesied about the regulating character that God’s people would have over the inhabitants of the earth:
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.Genesis 49:10
Therefore, understanding and validating this Word, the cause of the moral, social, economic, and political debacle of any nation in the world does not consist in the multiplication of evil within it, only, but rather, and above all, because of the treatment given to the people of Israel, in the first place, and by extension, the treatment given to the people of faith in Jesus.
Ignorance of these principles of faith has caused many communities of faith not to exercise the authority they should have in their regions, and therefore, they do not enjoy the life of faith based on the promises given to Abraham, our father in faith.
And now, let us note again the words of Zechariah as he concludes his prophecy. Since the people possess the gates of their enemies, they can now live in peace,
Many men and women of God have been called as liberators, but because they are immersed in religious environments they do not know it; their ministry is not a pulpit ministry to pastor a local congregation, their ministry is a breaking ministry, to bring ‘visitation’ from God to the regions they inhabit, but they have wandered the path and are looking for pulpits and churches to work in, believing that this is the only way to ‘do’ ministry.
There are men and women already chosen in Venezuela, in Mexico, in Spain, in El Salvador, in China, in Iran, in Bolivia, in Europe, in many different places in the world, places that God has disposed to initiate ‘visitation’ on earth. They are men and women without a pulpit, without a church that recognizes them, without much ministerial prestige, some even unknown, some even children … but they are the deliverers who will bring God’s ‘visitation’ on earth in preparation for His coming.
In the last times God is also raising up men and women who are called to finance the ministry of these deliverers.
All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.
Pastor Pedro Montoya