We all have our own idiosyncrasies in regard to food. Some like it hot, some like it cold; some like meat and potatoes, some like salads; some love chocolate and can’t comprehend why others don’t. When I say I don’t like honey people look at me like I’m crazy. Who in their right mind doesn’t like honey? Me! So I was very surprised when an angel showed up in a dream and gave me a jar of honey to eat. Hesitant at first, I tasted it and was amazed that I liked it – in fact, it was delicious. I was especially glad to have learned that I enjoy the heavenly version when shortly thereafter at a Come Up Higher conference in Fresno, honey manifested in the Spirit and we were instructed to eat it.
Below are testimonies our ministry has experienced – written by Barbara Parker:
Honey: The Anointing and the Word of the Lord
Sometime around 1987 Paul Cox had his first significant spiritual encounter as he read, “Eat honey, My son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 24:13-14). At the time he didn’t know what an anointing was, let alone what it felt like, so he likened the experience to having bells and whistles going off in his head. Many years later he received a prophetic word for 2010, which included the same verses.
Within a few weeks honey was referenced again in another word, “There is no turning back…we are rediscovering something. There is new revelation…you will confirm it in Scripture. It is the pure honey of the Word.”
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103).
Receive the Honey from Heaven
In prior years there have been other references to honey that we received revelation from:
• April 2005 – Receive from the tree of life; receive the honey dew – the dew from Heaven that is like honey.
• March 2006 – Discernment is being dispensed…receive what is being dispensed to you. The honey. The dew. Receive the manna. (Note: “And the house of Israel called its name Manna…and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” Exodus 16:31)
• October 2006 – You cannot go back…unity brings a cup of gold and He’s going to pour out that gold and honey of revelation over us…the angel is pouring gold and honey over us.
• November 2008 – During a time of revelation and exploration, a lady received in the Spirit a large vat of honey and invited all to taste and see. A sense of unity became increasingly evident as they began embracing one another and offering their insights regarding the manifestation of honey.
– Paul Cox asked “What does this have to do with honey?”
– “It’s strength for the battle.”
-“When you talk about protection, I still see a honeycomb, but it’s dripping.”
– “Honey means provision.”
– “Honey was always healing for me.”
– Paul continued, “It never deteriorates, nor does it get contaminated. Is the honeycomb inside the Mighty Ones? We’ve seen the yellow light inside the tree; honeycombs are in the trees.”
Paul’s reference to the Mighty Ones is further clarified by his description of his initial encounter with them:
I was in North Carolina a few years ago when the Lord first revealed the Mighty Ones. I perceived something in front of me and we got the words “Mighty Ones.” People saw them like cedar trees with hollow centers. They appeared to change shape into men with gold helmets with red and purple feathers, and honey dripping down over them. We also noticed that our faces were hot.
“‘Lift up a banner on the high mountain…I have also called My mighty ones for My anger’…The LORD of hosts musters the army for battle…from the end of Heaven – the LORD and His weapons of indignation, to destroy the whole land…all hands will be limp, every man’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid…their faces will be like flames” (Isaiah 13:2-5, 7-8).
Honey: Heavenly Revelation and Health to the Bones
References to honey during episodes of revelation are consistent with the accounts of both Ezekiel and John: “So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness” (Ezekiel 3:3) and, “…the little book…was as sweet as honey in my mouth” (Revelation 10:10).
During a ministry session in July 2010, a very unpleasant, ungodly depth was discerned and the word was given, “Now we are being taken out of…flying; going to a place of revelation. Now the dark place is gone. Lord, we praise and exalt Your name. It’s a heavenly place. I am being taken through a honeycomb.” And then the Lord said, “My people have judged the time by the darkness. They have decided their position according to the darkness. Their perception was too small…their understanding led them into darkness…into false perceptions.”
What an amazing example of the truth that “the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold…sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:9-10).
And then the person who received ministry that day obtained significant healing, illustrating again the properties of honey. “Understanding is a wellspring of life…Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:22, 24).
In April 2011, honey began manifesting on hands. Paul wrote in an email, “I have been having spiritual honey show up in my hands recently. It is very sticky. It happened the first day of the conference and again yesterday during deliverance. I do not fully understand why. Is it tied to a new level of deliverance?” This happened again at Sagebrush Ranch in June, with most of us examining our shiny, sticky hands in awe; and about a week later at Collingwood, Mimi Lowe observed as “an angelic being is pouring stuff on each one of us. Like honey…” It now manifests regularly.
In May 2011, the LORD took several of us into new realms of deliverance in regard to ungodly generational trading. At one point, Paul discerned a whirlwind swarming with flies that had to do with Beelzebub coming off of the generational line (Beelzebub in Hebrew is literally “Lord of the Flies”). He asked the Lord to apply honey, and immediately he not only felt better but also discerned that the whirlwind stopped and thousands upon thousands of flies were coming off and rushing upward. Is this spiritual evidence of the strengthening effects of honey in the physical realm as experienced by Jonathan when he stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his countenance brightened?
We’ve seen that the eating of honey is a pleasurable, and even life-sustaining experience, yet the wise father of Proverbs uses it as an example as he encourages his son to balance the pursuit of pleasure with the pursuit of wisdom, and to seek pleasure in moderation. Honey may also symbolize physical pleasure, in both positive (“Your lips, O my spouse, drip as the honeycomb; honey and milk are under your tongue…I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey.” Song of Solomon 4:11, 5:1) and negative (“for the lips of an immoral woman drip honey” Proverbs 5:3) connotations.
Honey: God’s Provision
The value of honey cannot be understated – there are 20 references in the New King James Version to Canaan as a land flowing with milk and honey, as well as multiple Scriptures that designate honey as a precious gift or valuable commodity.
As Isaiah prophesies both the coming of Immanuel and imminent destruction, his references to honey illustrates deprivation, but I prefer to view it as God’s provision in the midst of tragedy. How much worse things would have been without it!
“[She] shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat…The LORD will bring the king of Assyria upon you…It shall be in that day that a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep; so it shall be, from the abundance of milk they give, that he will eat curds; for curds and honey everyone will eat who is left in the land” (Isaiah 7:14, 17, 21-22).
Some might also view John the Baptist’s diet of locusts and wild honey with a sense of deprivation, but how much better to realize that John, as the forerunner of Jesus, was simply living out prophetically the teaching of his LORD that had yet to be spoken? Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). What better example could we ask for of God’s provision in the midst of obedience to His commands?
Honey – such a common substance that most of us take for granted. Yet, it is apparent that it is representative of so much more that God has for us. Bring it on LORD; bring it on!
Dr. Paul L. Cox
Paul L. Cox