20/20 Vision for a Breakthrough

Perhaps you are in a situation where you are suffering (1) physically, emotionally, or spiritually and have been in this condition for months, years, or decades. Perhaps, you have prayed to the Lord, and He has given you His comfort and strength to endure, but you have not obtained victory over the situation.

Furthermore, you understand the principle that if you call upon God in prayer (1) or song in one of His many names, then He becomes that name to you (see the list below). For example, you call upon Jesus (1) (Jesus means God Saves), and He becomes your Savior (Romans 10:13). You call upon God as your Healer (Adonai Rof’ekha)(3), and He becomes your healer, etc. Realize, God is all names independent of our declaring them; however, it is when we declare them from our spiritual heart by faith that they become a reality in our lives. Listed below are some of the names of God from the Bible. (3)(5)

Yahweh Tseva’oth – Lord of Hosts (i.e., the Armies of Heaven) (1 Samuel 1:11)
Adonai Tzva’ot – Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Joshua 5:13-15. Psalms 84:3. Revelation 11:16,17)

El Shaddai – God Almighty (Genesis 17:1;35:10,11. Exodus 6:2,3. Numbers 24:4. Job 32:8)

Yahweh Yir’eh (Jireh) – The Lord will see to the provision (Genesis 22:14)
Adonai Yir’eh – Lord My Provider – Lord will See (to it)” (Genesis 22:7,8)
(New Covenant Equivalents: 1 Corinthians 10:13. 1 Timothy 6:17)

Yahweh Tsidqenu (Tsidkenu) – The Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)
Shamash Tzadik – Righteous Servant (Isaiah 53:11. Matthew 20:26-28. John 13:12-14. Philippians 2:6,7)

Yahweh Shalom – Lord of Peace (Judges 6:24)
Sar Shalom – Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6. Philippians 4:6-9. 1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Adonai M’kadishkhem – The Lord Who Sets You Apart (Leviticus 20:8. Exodus 31:13. John 17:17-19. 1 Corinthians 6:11)

Adonai Rof’ekha – The Lord Your Healer (Exodus 15:26. Psalm 30:2;103:3. Matthew 4:24).

Magen – Shield (Genesis 15:1. Psalms 3:3;7:10;18:35;28:7;33:20. Proverbs 2:7)

Yahweh Nissiy (Nissi) – Lord my Banner (Exodus 17:15)
Adonai Nissi – Lord My Banner (Exodus 17:14-16. Isaiah 11:12;49:22. Song of Songs 2:4)

Adonai Shamah – Lord is There (Deuteronomy 7:21. Isaiah 48:16. Ezekiel 48:35. Zephaniah 3:5,15)

Ro‘eh – Shepherd (Genesis 48:15,15. Psalms 23:1;95:7. John 10:11. Hebrews 13:20. Revelation 7:17)

El Elyon – God Most High (Genesis 14:19,20. Psalm 50:14;57:2;83:18;91:9. Daniel 4:2)

Again, while you have been strengthed and comforted, you have not received victory over what is affecting you (e.g., an addiction, sickness, financial problems, etc.).

Then what you need is a breakthrough! Fortunately, Jesus is not only the personification of all the names listed above but also, He is the Lord of the Breakthrough! Let us look at a time when King David needed a breakthrough to learn how he obtained it.

When the Philistines heard that David had been designated king over Israel, they all went up to search for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the fortress. Now the Philistines had arrived and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. So David asked the Lord, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord said to David, “March up, for I will indeed hand the Philistines over to you.” So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there. Then he said, “The Lord has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men picked them up. (2 Samuel 5:17–21)

Below is the same event from a different book of the Old Testament:

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of all Israel, all the Philistines marched up to confront him. When David heard about it, he marched out against them. Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim. David asked God, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord said to him, “March up! I will hand them over to you!” So they marched against Baal Perazim and David defeated them there. David said, “Using me as his instrument, God has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So that place is called Baal Perazim. The Philistines left their idols there, so David ordered that they be burned. (1 Chronicles 14:8–12)

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed as King over not only Judah but of Israel as well, they all marched up to confront him in the valley of Rephaim. Note, David did not react to this threat of the enemy but rather sought God for the correct response. Again, David had all of the Philistines’ army camped in the valley of Rephaim with the apparent intent to kill Him, steal his possessions, and destroy his kingdom (John 10:10).

The Lord answered David’s request with an attack order, which he obediently carried out by attacking from a higher location, thus giving him the tactical advantage. The Lord struck along with King David exploding or breaking forth upon the enemy suddenly and swiftly, resulting in absolute victory! King David was so amazed by the Lord breaking forth upon the enemy that he named the location of the place “Baal Perazim” (2), which means; Lord of the Breaches, Divine Outburst, Lord of breaking through, or Lord of the Breakthrough! God was glorified in the defeat of the enemy and their false gods, which David instructed the soldiers to collect and burn.

The Lord delivers and vindicates me! I fear no one! The Lord protects my life! I am afraid of no one! When evil men attack me to devour my flesh, when my adversaries and enemies attack me, they stumble and fall. Even when an army is deployed against me, I do not fear. Even when war is imminent, I remain confident. (Psalms 27:1-3)

Nevertheless, the previously defeated enemy decided to attack King David again. Realize that we must not allow the celebration of our present victory over the enemy blind us to the subsequent attacks! (1 Peter 5:8-11)

The Philistines again came up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. So David asked the Lord what he should do. This time the Lord said to him, “Don’t march straight up. Instead, circle around behind them and come against them opposite the trees. When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively. For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” David did just as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Gibeon all the way to Gezer. (2 Samuel 5:22–25)

Below is the same event from a different book of the Old Testament:

The Philistines again raided the valley. So David again asked God what he should do. This time God told him, “Don’t march up after them; circle around them and come against them in front of the trees. When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, then attack. For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” David did just as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. So David became famous in all the lands; the Lord caused all the nations to fear him. (1 Chronicles 14:13–17)

The Philistines mounted another attack, and once again, King David did not react using the previous guidance from God but instead sought the Lord for His unique plan for this situation. David had learned that God provides a unique way out of each trial (1 Corinthians 10:13), whereas implementing previous guidance from God would result in disaster. Why is this? I am glad you asked! Because God, our Father, is interested in developing an intimate relationship with each of His children. This relationship grows as we learn to copiously communicate with Him and not merely run off with His “formula for success.” Furthermore, Satan would quickly learn how to prevail over repeated strategies for deliverance.

No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

This time the Lord instructed David to wait until he heard Himself, the Lord Sabaoth (3), leading the Holy Angelic (1) Army marching in the tops of the trees before attacking. David obeyed, and resultantly the assault was so powerful that the Philistine Army fled the battle but were pursued and killed by the Lord’s and King David’s Army over a distance believed to have been 18.5 miles! I believe King David had seen the return of the Philistine army after the first battle and decided to fight the second and all subsequent battles against the Philistines that day! We must have this attitude when we fight the enemy of our souls. That is, not simply to cause Satan to back off temporarily but to fight as if to end all fighting!

The one who can break through barriers will lead them out they will break out, pass through the gate, and leave. Their king will advance before them, The Lord himself will lead them. (Micah 2:13 NET)

Jesus is Baal Perazim, the one that goes before us to “breakthrough” so that we can follow Him and be more than conquerors! More than conquerors because Jesus, the Lord of the Breakthrough, will go before us, breakthrough, lead us to absolute victory, and then share the credit for the win and its spoils with us! Hallelujah!

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith. Now, who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4–5).
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Jesus has already gone before us as the pioneering trailblazer that has broken through the Covenant of Death (1) to make a New and Better Covenant (1) for us!

For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer (4) of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10).

I encourage you to seek the Lord of the Breakthrough starting today. In His timing, He will explode on the scene with grace, mercy, and compassion. He will deliver those that are His; however, wrath (1) will be given to those that are not.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and the regaining of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18–19)

Jesus, the New Covenant maker is the bondage breaker – the Lord of the Breakthrough!

He is the Bondage Breaker,

Promise Maker,

Kingdom Shaker!

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(1) Left-click on the underlined phrase to open another article in a different tab with more explanation.

(2) The location of David’s victory over the Philistine army after he was established as king over the entire nation (2 Sam. 5:20 = 1 Chr. 14:11). Although not precisely located, the site is most likely above the valley of Rephaim, SW of Jerusalem (cf. Mt. Perazim in Isa. 28:21, an apparent allusion to David’s victory). The high ground there afforded David the tactical advantage in his battle with the Philistines in the valley below. After his victory David gave the site its name, which means “Lord of Breaches” or “Divine Outburst.”  Swanson, D. M. (2000). Baal-Perazim. In D. N. Freedman, A. C. Myers, & A. B. Beck (Eds.), Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible (p. 136). Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans.

(3) Vander Meulen, E. L., & Malda, B. D. (2005). His names are wonderful: getting to know God through his hebrew names (p. 121). Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers.

(4) Both the NIV and NASB translators of Hebrews 2:10 referred to Jesus as the author of their salvation. The word author appears three others times in the New Testament in reference to Jesus. In Hebrews 12:2 the NIV translates the term as the author … of our faith. In Acts 3:15 the NIV translators used the phrase “author of life,” and in Acts 5:31 they use the term “Prince” to translate the word. Its two basic meanings involve either “Prince” or “originator.” Hebrews 2:10 presents Jesus as a pathfinder or pioneer of our salvation. It referred to someone who took action and then helped those for whom he acted to reach the intended goal. As a pioneer he has preceded us, cleared out a path leading to salvation, and is now leading believers along that path. We see Jesus in the role of an original settler in a wilderness who cleared out the land for additional inhabitants, invited others to join him, and assured that they would reach the destination. Lea, T. D. (1999). Hebrews, James (Vol. 10, pp. 35–36). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

(5) Guide for Pronunciation of Hebrew Transliteration

“An effort has been made to conform to the modern Israeli pronunciation of Hebrew. We have adhered to the pronunciation guide below, except in cases where convention has rendered a standard spelling.

• “a” is pronounced “ah” as in “hurrah”

• “ai” is pronounced “uy” as in “buy”

• “e” is pronounced “eh” as in “get”

• “ey” is pronounced “ay” as in “day”

• “i” is pronounced “ee” as in “see”

• “u” is pronounced “oo” as in “soon”

• “kh” and “ch” have no actual English equivalent; they are gutteral sounds, which are made in the back of the throat” (3)

Hal Warren

Hal has been teaching the Bible for over three decades. Through an interdenominational ministry dedicated to helping the local church build men for Jesus, Hal trained men, the leaders of men’s ministries, and provided pulpit supply. Before that, he was a Men’s Ministry Leader and an Adult Bible Fellowship teacher of a seventy-five-member class at a denominational megachurch. Presently, Hal desires to honor Jesus Christ through this Internet teaching ministry, thereby glorifying the Heavenly Father, in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Hal is a Professional Engineer, holding an MBA from Liberty University and a Ph.D. in Engineering. He is in his second career as an adjunct professor at a large research university. In his first career, He served six years honorably in the USN Nuclear Power Program, followed by a distinguished 36-year career in the commercial nuclear energy field. 

Hal and his wife have five adult children, several grandchildren, and with more grandchildren on the way! He believes, second to cultivating his relationship with God, that raising his family unto the Lord is the most significant task for him while on Earth. Furthermore, Hal believes that being a successful leader in the church or workplace is no substitute for failing to be a successful leader at home. 

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