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October 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm #16627
“A Season of Prophets and Pentecostal Power: It’s Going to Be a Good Year!”
Diane Lake, Missoula, MT
I believe this new season of the “mouth” will reverberate with the voice of the Lord—both to His people personally and through His prophets—and will usher in new levels of restoration, radical obedience, radiance and Pentecostal power. Friends, it’s going to be a good year!
The Prophets as a Voice
This past July I released an article in which I shared how the Lord had been showing me that this upcoming year of 2020 would become known as “the year of the prophet.” I had heard Him say, “The prophet has been very much swept under the rug, but that’s about to change. They’re a rebel (meaning the prophet)—not in the sense of what might typically be thought of as rebellious, but that it can be difficult to fit in.”
Upon hearing this, I immediately thought of John the Baptist, who was clothed in camel’s hair, lived in the wilderness and ate locusts and wild honey. I imagine he indeed stood out—more than just a little bit—and most definitely had difficulty fitting in!
Like many prophetic voices, I am hearing that this will be the year of the mouth, or voice, and I also believe it will be a year of endless possibilities! Remember, it was John the Baptist who came in that same spirit as the great Prophet Elijah. He was a voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord!” (Matthew 3:3, 11:14; Luke 1:17).
Just as John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lord’s first coming, a company of prophets has been raised up to prepare the way for Christ’s second coming. In the same manner that one prophet (John the Baptist) prepared the way for Jesus to come and usher in the Church Age, this company of prophets will prepare the way for Jesus to come and usher in the Kingdom Age.
I believe we are about to see a whole new level of prophets’ ministering to nations, peoples and kings (see Revelation 10:8-11). The Lord is about to take His prophets even higher, and it will be this company of prophets that function as a collective voice proclaiming, “Prepare for the glory of the Lord!”
A Progression to Pentecostal Power
At the time that I wrote this we were in the Days of Awe—the ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur. Even if you don’t celebrate or follow the feasts, there is a huge significance to the fall feasts, with much accompanying activity in the heavenlies.
In fact, there is so much new revelation coming forth it can be difficult to keep up with it all! I saw this illustrated in a recent vision in which I was walking beside an angel who handed me some paper resembling a pamphlet. I believe this represented a “scroll of revelation” and that those willing to listen for themselves and to the prophets in this season will receive key strategies and revelation for their lives and destinies.
Since crossing into the New Year 5780, some verses have come back to my remembrance: Jeremiah 33:11, Isaiah 6:8, and Zechariah 9:16. My sense was that the Lord wanted to show me a progression in them which ultimately connects to Acts 19:11-12.
Jeremiah 33:11 (NKJV) speaks of a return to renewed covenant blessings and restoration. It reads: “‘The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the Bridegroom and the voice of the Bride, the voice of those who will say: “Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endures forever”—and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,’ says the Lord.”
This one verse alone mentions “the voice” five times as a precursor to a time of excellence and restoration!
Isaiah 6 contains the passage of Isaiah’s commissioning as a prophet. In verse 8 (NKJV) Isaiah says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then said, ‘Here am I! Send me.'” It was Isaiah’s encounter with the voice of the Lord that propelled him into new levels of radical obedience!
Next, Zechariah 9:16 (NASB) says, “And the Lord their God will save them in that day as the flock of His people; for they are as the stones of a crown, sparkling in His land.” In this passage we see the Lord’s restored remnant as radiant or “sparkling,” and the dots begin to connect. The voice leads first to restoration, then to new levels of radical obedience, and then results in a radiant, shining remnant.
Finally, Acts 19:11-12 (NKJV). This passage reads: “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.”
Paul walked as an epitome of Pentecostal power, and I believe this is why: He allowed the voice of the Lord to lead him through a progression from personal restoration to radical obedience to a sparkling, radiant remnant—which is the place of Pentecostal power!
Back to the Basics
As Kingdom-minded saints, we’re always looking for something better—a more excellent way. Yet the Lord gave me this simple solution from Acts 10:38, and here is why; it tells us, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” That same Spirit and power that raised Christ from the dead also lives in us—it’s really not all that complicated (Romans 8:11)!
The Lord’s been taking me back to the basics as we enter this new year. For me, personally, the last several months have been challenging. Several months ago—completely out of the blue—my husband had a heart attack, and although I’m extremely grateful he’s okay, I’d somehow fallen into a state of being neither encouraged nor discouraged, just plodding along day to day.
Then one day, in the midst of some wonderful revelation the Lord was giving me, I heard, “Don’t be encouraged if you don’t want to be.” Ouch! Being encouraged in the Lord is a choice—an important one that each one of us has to make individually.
He also began speaking to me of the importance of declaration, especially regarding thankfulness. Now every morning when I wake up, I declare, “Thank You, Lord, that it’s going to be a good day. Thank You, Lord, that it’s going to be a good year. Thank You that it’s going to be a good life!”
Other basic declarations He’s given me include: “God is my strength,” “God is my healer,” and “Nothing will separate me from the love of God” (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Exodus 15:2, 26; Romans 8:38-39).
Ask the Lord to reveal specific declarations to speak over your life and begin the new year by thanking the Lord that He has a good year for you!
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