What would you think if you had a vision of yourself having a tongue of a serpent thrusting itself out? Now don’t you be freaking out on me, but Dan, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, had that tongue and it’s OUR tongue UNTIL we stop judging and speaking our own words. Just recently I had that vision of ME, but thankfully, the aLord spoke these words at the same time the vision came: “You shall no longer use your tongue to bring harm to anyone.” Hallelujah! What a promise!
Then He brought the prophecy Jacob spoke over Dan to my attention whose name means “law”… to judge,” and also, the fact that the tribe of Dan was not included in the 144,000 of the sealed company having their Father’s name/nature. (Rev. 7: 4-8) Have you ever wondered why that tribe was missing? A look at the prophecy given about him gives a clue: “Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horses heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.” (Genesis. 49: 17)
Can you hear the message in Dan’s name being left out, replaced by Joseph’s son Manassah?: The etymology of Manassah’s name according to Abarim Publications’ Biblical Dictionary is: “to forget, but forgetting due to “evaporation” of a memory, the way water evaporates due to solar heat, or the way a principle evaporates due to interest.”
Dan represents all that has to do with the law,…. even the law of the Pharisees. The word “adder” in Hebrew means to “snap at, thrust out the tongue” and depicts spoken venom as a weapon. Do we use our tongues to strike out at people cutting them down? Do we detect evil in others and talk about them, instead of covering them with love? Moses was called to speak to the Rock, not strike it, and look what happened to him. Yes, his judgment was correct and ours might be, too, but we who are under grace are not to do what Moses did. The gift of discernment was intended for a blessing, not to be exercised as a weapon to injure and cause others to fall. If we use the law in this way, we will not inherit the throne, but instead, a curse.
This message is stated succinctly in 2 Corinthians 5: 19: “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” Oh brethren, we’re not called to impute trespasses to people…. If we do, we’re not reconcilers, but judges who will be judged by the same measure of judgment we judge with. Ah, but thank God, the “Law of Life” is mightily at work in us, and as soon as Dan is removed, we’ll have a tamed, loving, and life-giving tongue,…. even a tree of life! (Proverbs 15: 4)
Hallelujah for reformed tongues!