God says, "My Children Must Be Willing to Be Last"

by Catherine Brown

"'I am the Alpha and Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty...

"...'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.'" Revelation 1:8, 17-18

Messiah is "Alpha"

On the evening of Yom Kippur, I had a lovely vision of Messiah during which the Lord planted the "Alpha" symbol in the ground (Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and symbolically means "first"). I went to bed that night thinking of the vision and wondering what it might mean. The morning after Yom Kippur, I waited on the Lord in prayer and the vision continued to unfold and Jesus spoke the following words to my heart. His words to me are also intended to be words for the global Church.

It is my sincere belief that this is a time to plant and a time to build the Kingdom; it is a time to nurture and a time to grow; a time to receive the increase of apostolic grace and compassion that Christ is releasing upon the earth. God's love will mature the Church into the image of our wonderful Saviour. His Love disciples us and transforms us to become like the One we behold. Love will win the nations for His glory and hasten Christ's return.

Below are words Messiah spoke to me:

Love Must Be First

"My child, the Church must be first to love, for the most important foundation in the lives of My children is love. I am your first love and My love must take first place in your heart and mind. My love positions you to be a vessel of My glory. My love will affect your destiny.

"Do not allow your schedules to be motivated by any other source than My love. When My love becomes your priority, My Father will honour the one who follows and serves Me. Love enables you to be a son serving in My vineyard. By embracing My compassion and love, you will access the key to walking in My power and authority."

Compassion - a Fruit of Love

In my vision as we were turning to the garden before us, Jesus said, "Let Me show you some fruits of love."

We walked together for a short time and came upon the most beautiful blossoms. They were a delicate peach colour, fragrant, seemingly fragile and with a translucent, transparent quality to them.

Jesus said, "These are blossoms of compassion."

Struck by their beauty and fragrance, I was keen to touch one with my own hands. Quickly, the Lord responded, "My child, be careful of the thorns."

I was somewhat surprised that such a lovely flower would have a stem with thorns. Pre-empting my next question, Jesus spoke again:

"My child, compassion was purchased at great cost. The cross has released the fullness of the Father's compassion on the earth. Love comes to you at a great price, but it was My joy to endure such pain and suffering so that the world might be reconciled to My Father and each of you to one another.

"In love I wore a crown of thorns as I surrendered in obedience to endure the cross to birth the beauty of compassion for the multitudes. These blossoms represent the beauty and the cost of Calvary. My pure and holy love must become the precedence of My people. If My people will let My love be the precedent then My Kingdom will advance upon the earth."

His Eternal Love and Life-Giving Presence

Moving on, Jesus led me to another spot. Before us were the most wonderful evergreen bushes with remarkable, strong ivy-like branches which formed an arch above us, providing a shade and a shelter. Jesus said, "They are called 'Evergreen' because they speak of My eternal love and life at work in you and through you, for My love knows no boundaries and My love is unending."

The evergreen bushes were covered in tiny red fruit berries. Jesus picked one and invited me to try some, "Taste." I ate the berry He placed in my mouth and at once the sweetness flooded my senses. There was no hint of bitterness or unpleasant aftertaste. I felt completely refreshed.

"My children can only bring refreshing to the lost when they continue to be refreshed from My eternal Presence. My children must be first to seek Me with all their hearts, minds and strength. In being filled to overflowing with the fruit of My Spirit, you can then bring My life-giving presence to others. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Receive My love."

The Treasure of Humility - We are Called to Be Last

We walked a little further and sat down on a nearby wooden bench. It was not so pretty in this part of the garden. It was quiet, and overhead, a few clouds darkened the skyline to a light shade of grey. I was disappointed that there were no beautiful blossoms or interesting ivy to see, touch, taste and smell.

As we sat together, I gazed at the stony ground ahead. I was amazed to see what looked like a tiny snow-drop triumphantly growing amongst the hard, unyielding ground. It glistened with morning dew and its delicate petals were of the purest white, and on its stem I noticed a minute silver "Omega" growing there (Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and symbolically means "last" or "finality").

Jesus smiled at me and said:

"Well done, My child - you saw beyond the circumstance and the apparent lack of fruit. You looked with eyes of faith and found a pearl of great price which My Church must also embrace. Those who sit with Me in humility will receive this redemptive treasure within: My children must be willing to be last. As 'Omega' I have shown you how to live a life of selfless love.

"This tiny snowdrop growing in the most difficult terrain represents the gifts of humility, meekness and grace . It is symbolic of My Church, postured to serve and to love no matter what the circumstance; whether in good times or bad; whether in times of war or peace; whether in times of plenty or famine. I call My Church to a lifestyle of holy love."

Jesus picked the flower and placed it as a living brooch on my lapel. My coat speaks of the mantle of righteous love that Jesus has placed on the Church.

"Treasure this revelation. I did not come to lord it over people, even though I am the Lord of all Creation. I came as a Servant King, as Alpha and Omega - the first to love, firstborn from the dead and firstborn over all creation.

" My child, walk in humility and in the power of My love. Let this snowdrop be a sign of your surrender and your sonship. Be first to love, be first to give, be first to run to Me, be first to make peace, be first to speak a word of healing, be first to love the poor, be first to give all and in giving all - receive all that I am. These are tender words from My Father's heart, yet they are indestructible in My love.

" My Beloved children, be first to be last and the last shall be first. You cannot sit upon a throne and rule until you have understood how to serve those who sit at My table. In lowly love I confer My Kingdom of grace and glory upon you." Amen.

"Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, 'The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

"For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as One who serves. You are those who have stood by Me in My trials. And I confer on you a Kingdom, just as My Father conferred one on Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My Kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'"