|Releasing the Oil Gusher! - Tanksley|
"Releasing the Oil Gusher!"
by Jason Tanksley, Bristol, VA
Below is a prophetic vision the Lord gave me recently. I pray it blesses you, the well digger, the revivalist, the relentless pursuer of His presence.
During worship on a recent Sunday morning at our Bristol, VA revival hub, the Lord began to show me a vision. I saw an oil field, abundant and flowing with rich oil. Separating the surface and the reservoir of oil was a layer of hard rock. In my spirit I knew the rock was slate. As I begin to pray over what I was seeing, I began to see the ground being broken up, first on the surface level and then the breaking started penetrating deeper into the ground. As it reached the slate the breaking began to slow down, however it remained persistent.
The slate began to break and give way as this unseen force drove through each layer. Like a spiritual jackhammer this supernatural "breakthrough" penetrated through the slate and drew closer to the flowing river of oil underneath. Suddenly, contact was made as the last segment of earth relinquished to this relentless force. The oil then literally exploded through to the surface of the ground as if it were under intense pressure. It became an "oil gusher" with a constant and powerful surge!
"What Am I Seeing Lord?
The Lord began to say, "The oil is a deeper level of My anointing. A deeper level of healing and deliverance. The oil is the manifestation of revival. The hard rock, or 'slate' separates many from reaching the reservoir of My next level anointing. The persistent force that broke through from the surface, through the slate and made contact with the river of oil is the 'continual intercessory prayers and the sacrifice of praise and worship.' The breaking through is the times of fasting and the released prophetic words."
Each of these acted as a spiritual jackhammer that literally moved earth to reach a new revelation and anointing from Heaven. Needless to say, that morning worship service erupted into a wave of God's glory that carried on well into the afternoon. Holy Spirit just took over the service!
A couple of days later, after returning to my hotel room as I was traveling, I felt prompted to look up the characteristics of slate. I found that slate is a very hard rock that is formed when shale is exposed to intense pressure and high temperatures!
Many have been experiencing intense pressure and "high" temperatures in their personal lives and in their ministries! Families and finances may have been under attack and many leaders may have felt like giving up! These attacks have formed a layer of "slate" between your current dwelling place and a next level anointing! The attacks exist to make you give up before reaching the oil of restoration, release and revival! There is a "breakthrough" for those who will not relent!
Desperation Will Break the Hard Places
In Mark 2:4, we see what happens when determined people refuse to be separated from their miracle: "And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay."
The book of Luke (5:17) further explains that that the reason they could not reach Jesus through conventional means is because of a large crowd, partly composed of Pharisees and doctors of the law who were sitting by. The power of the Lord was there to heal but the only recorded healing was due to people who apprehended the promise by breaking through the roof! This is a perfect picture of intercessory prayer and the power of desperation!
Desperation will break through the hard places and tap into the miraculous!
God told Israel in Hosea 10:12, "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness upon you."
Fallow ground is ground that had once been tilled but has been lying dormant and allowed to harden. God was speaking to Israel about a heart issue! The spirit of religion, disappointment and the pressure to please man can harden the soil of our hearts and keep us from the rich flowing rivers of a next level anointing and awakening.
I believe this is two-fold in that not only does the ground of our hearts need to be cultivated for awakening, but also ground that was cultivated by the revivalists of yesterday, the Smith Wigglesworths and Oral Roberts, the Mary Woodworth-Etter and John G. Lakes will once again be broken up in this generation as God releases this gusher of oil on His people.
I hear the Lord saying, "The relentless will tap into the release! They will uncover and uncap an untapped river of My glory and power!"
While the slate (hard times of heat and intense pressure) may have tried to separate many from reaching a reservoir of revival those who keep digging the well will be rewarded with a gusher of His oil!
Jason Tanksley started in ministry after training and serving under his spiritual father Ryan LeStrange. As campus pastors, Jason and his wife Robin, lead Impact International Ministries of Bristol, VA, a growing and thriving revival Hub located in southwest Virginia. Jason has a heart to see purpose and destiny ignited in individuals and to see them burn with revival fire that will transform their families, cities and regions. Jason and his wife Robin have four children and reside in Bristol, VA.