As we approach 2018, these are five clear prophetic words that I hear the voice of the Lord declaring. Join me in believing that we are moving from the Great Reformation to the beginning of the Great Transformation in the earth. We have just shifted into the New Hebrew year 5778 and in the civil calendar we are headed into 2018. 5 is the number of "grace" and 7 is the number of completeness. 8 is the number of a new beginning. So, there is "grace to complete old tasks in order to proceed into the new things" that the Lord has for us. It is a season of shifting.
There is something in all of us that's raw, painful, complicated, growing, beautiful and we rarely show it. It would be embarrassing, it could hurt our reputation, it might be too heart-on-the-sleeve, or "too much information." Vulnerability is a buzzword many talk about. We can all dip our toe in the shallow end, but how about the deep end? No way, I'll stick with the subtle references to "hard times" and "difficult situations." I'll talk about my impatience and neat-freak tendencies but not the real ugly parts.
I awoke this morning with the verse from Habakkuk 2:14 flowing through my mind and spirit. "For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD." I heard in my spirit all of the noise coming from news reports and social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and the rest. I heard the noise of divisions, anger, hate, and rage, all resonating like "resounding gongs and clanging cymbals". It was deafening. Then suddenly I heard the voice of the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.
The past week the Lord has been pressing on me a simple but profound image. It being fall with harvest themes all around, He showed me a farmer who, instead of planting and watering seeds, was watering his picked baskets of fruit. It seemed silly until He told me, "Don't keep watering past harvests." We are always somewhere in this growth cycle, and we can tell by our lives. Are we seeing lots of fruit or progress? It's harvest time! Are we sowing a lot of ourselves into callings? It's planting time! Are we pressing through the waiting season? That's growing time! Sometimes these seasons even overlap.
Recently, it became clear the Lord was revealing that anxiety (the spirit of the age) wants to subvert your constant, current connection with God's peace & progress in the Spirit. God wants you free & Jesus fully paid for you to live in liberty. Anxiety is dangerous; we know that it's detrimental to life in every way. That said: we tend to look at everything about just how it impacts us personally, but there is a greater issue at stake. Anxiety causes you to dishonor God, because it "exalts itself against" what the Lord says, wants, is doing & has prepared for us to receive, believe & see established. And it has various manifestations.
In the past month before the Jewish new year up to Yom Kippur there were some intense battles going on in the spirit realm. Many felt personal turmoil, then just a general spiritual resistance to their lives. Since then there has been a crossing over into a new place of blessing, rest and peace. There was a definite bending of the bow and release of God's arrow that had taken out much resistance. Many felt like they were the bow being bent! God shot His arrow through them. The week after Yom Kippur I heard the Lord say that "We've passed through the fire and have come out pure as gold."
When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive.
The Lord identified eleven, ancient apostolic scribal functions to me through a dream several weeks ago that are still thriving in the earth today. These functions have been with us since before the first government of the congregation was established in Numbers 11. We can see them clearly as we study certain scribal patterns throughout the Bible and bring them into a modern day focus. In sharing these, I pray that you are empowered in comprehending the depth of the Office of the Scribe in the earth, and perhaps your role in it.
Problems are going to be solved in this time. There are many who have struggled for years with certain troubles or issues. They've sought understanding and counsel but to no avail. Some of it was because the time had not yet come for the revealing of such knowledge, but the time is now. And as you work through untangling these difficulties, I will open access to the truths surrounding them. There are bridges to the past that must be crossed and dealt with.
What did the apostle James say about David's Tabernacle? Acts 15:16-17 "After this I (God) will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I (God) will build again the ruins thereof, and I (God) will set it up. That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called," saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. What did the prophet Amos say about David's Tabernacle?