Mature prophets walk in a statesmanship, a diplomacy. I compare mature prophets to ambassadors who represent nations.
In this video, Jennifer LeClaire and Johnathan Stidham share some heavy prophetic words and teach and train on how to deliver difficult prophecies with accuracy and diplomacy.
Ché Ahn has been a dear friend of mine for about 20 years. One of the great privileges of being in covenantal relationship with people is that you get to know them both in and out of their ministry setting. In our case, we have ministered at each other’s churches and vacationed together. In that time, I have watched him fall in love with a city and, through that love, initiate ongoing transformation. Southern California will never be the same because of the apostolic calling on his life. God has used Ché to infuse many with hope, advancing the kingdom into every sphere.
In Modern-Day Apostles, Ché has written a book that will help clarify and equip a new generation of apostles. With years of experience behind him, Ché calls on those anointed as apostles to rise to the biblical standard of character, of leadership, and of union with the Holy Spirit. This book does an excellent job of demystifying a leadership role in the Body of Christ that has been misunderstood—and therefore underutilized—for too long. The apostolic is not spooky, nor is it a corporate ladder to climb. It is a vital issue for us to attend to for where the Church is headed.
We are in an hour where God is restoring the apostle in a way that reflects His beauty, while avoiding the pitfalls of prior generations. One of the evidences of this is the rising “water level” for the miraculous in the church. This is just a byproduct of the restoration of that gift. Years ago, Bob Jones said, “I am waiting for the full release of the apostolic gift. I won’t be able to work in the fullness of the miracle realm that God has called me to until the apostle is in his place.” This was a man who experienced the supernatural in an astounding way. And yet, he said that there was an element missing. He felt that, until the apostolic was restored, there was a level of the miraculous that was not going to be released into the world. New wine cannot be poured into an old wineskin. The infrastructure of heaven needs to be in place to sustain a full outpouring of God’s presence. The apostle is a gift to the Body, used to set the standard and release the anointing. Done right, this gift is a benefit to everyone and is the opposite of “self-serving.”
A new breed of the seer anointing is coming forth, invading spaces (realms) and places (geographical locations) with heavenly revelations and Kingdom solutions.
Kings and leaders of different spheres of society will lend their ear and give attention to what the seers are seeing and hearing. God is releasing His Kingdom solutionists who have the true light and revelation to solve cultural issues, like Joseph, Samuel, and Daniel, who had influence and favor with leaders.
Where New Age mediums have forced their counterfeit ways into places of influence, God is opening doors of favor for His prophets and seers who, being moved by the impulses and the leading of the Holy Spirit, will bring light into places clouded by the enemy's counterfeits.
This is a time of great multiplication. Many sons and daughters will be born again and brought into the Kingdom of light. They will release the glory of the Lord from coast to coast, continent to continent. A multiplication of resources is at hand, like the 5 loaves and 2 fish that fed the multitudes. Expect a 30, 60, or even a 100-fold return on what you have sown. It's an overflow season of presence, grace, provision and favor.
"These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated." (Genesis 9:19 NKJV)
A Season of Divine Protection and Manifest Miracles
As we've entered 2019, there is a deep work of the Spirit happening, cultivating and birthing something so great this year that we will "only begin" to see the fullness of all God is bringing forth. From the birthing will come extreme acceleration—a season of suddenlies.
I saw the Lord put His foot on the pedal and push it to the floor. The momentum is becoming a movement! This movement will shift this generation into new realms of glory. It's a move of the Holy Spirit, spirited by forerunner friends of God! We will begin to see extraordinary signs, wonders and miracles. God is getting us ready to see 2020 with clarity (20/20 vision), where we will experience even more of the fullness of His Kingdom coming.
Birthing Bells Are Ringing
I believe 2017-2018 will go down in history as "turning point years" for America. Certainly, there have been other crossroad seasons in our nation's 240 years of existence: but these two years have been epochal. The exposing of the Deep State, certainly not complete but at least begun; the confrontation and interruption under the leadership of President Trump of the left's mad dash to globalism, secularism and amoralism; halting the suicidal weakening of our military; the determination of millions of Americans to recapture our roots and our destiny; and the beginning of shifting control of America from government back to the people starting with the courts. All these events have made this season pivotal.
A Prophetic Warning From Jefferson
America's judicial system has long been its Achilles heel. This shift alone could be instrumental in saving America. Thomas Jefferson warned of the dangers of an out-of-control judicial branch 200 years ago!
Political correctness, new cultural norms and social pressure is trying to reshape the very fabric of the church to be conformed to this world instead of being the transformative force we are called to be by the renewing of our minds by God’s word. (Romans 12:2)
Without the Word of God as our basis of truth, the church is doomed to fail. The enemy wants us to Crack under the pressure! Crack doctrinally, morally and spiritually. The Scripture says that the enemy is like a ‘roaring lion’ seeking the weak out to see whom he can devour. I believe that is true in this generation more than ever before.
The enemy has loosed a spirit of seduction, deception and intimidation against the church that, if we are not strong, will cause our very foundations to crumble. Hebrews 12 says that everything that can be shaken will be and all I have to say is that there is a whole lot of shaking going on right now! It goes on to say that only the things of the kingdom will remain and stand.
Recently I had a powerful encounter with the Lord where I heard His voice thundering over His people, "Make up your mind!"
It wasn't an angry "make up your mind," it was a strong decree and invitation to partner with faith and to move away from being double-minded.
The Lord showed me that there was an "entry point" for the enemy to come in with his torment, fear and oppression that was in the hearts and minds of God's people and that "entry point" was called "DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS."
Permission means different things to different people. To some, they find it easy to accept the Lord’s hand of grace, and so acknowledge His permission without much trouble. To others, the idea of having permission raises a lot of questions. You feel like it’s too broad and you need something more specific. Permission to do what?
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37: 4
I have had a number of dreams over the last few months which suggest to me that many in the Body are about to experience promotion in the Holy Spirit. I don't know about you, but if the Lord has more for my life than what I am living already, then I want it. Whatever He wants me to do to get to that promotion, I will do it because I don't want to miss one of the gates that He has for my life.
Dreams of Vehicles and Personal Ministries
I saw in a dream a number of people who were driving vehicles. The vehicles were getting older and needed to be replaced. Two of the people actually got new cars but one person didn't bother to change. To me this is a picture of what God wants to do in your life. A car in a dream can represent a personal ministry. It can represent your business or what it is you do. Your job, your profession, etc. A small car can represent a small, personal ministry that God wants to do in your life and a larger car is a bigger endeavor.
Many times people will have dreams where they see themselves on large ships or flying in a large aircraft. This can often mean that God is going to advance your life through a bigger ministry. I understood in my dream that the person who did not replace their car lost an opportunity. He/she was being set-up for advancement, but for one reason or another he/she ended up missing the change that God had for their life.
Don't Miss Your Open Doors!
When I have a dream like this, I usually pray that God will help me to not miss my promotion. I ask Him to deal with my heart. If there are people that He wants me to forgive or areas in my own life that He wants me to repent of, then I am open to it. I want my heart to be ready so that when His doors open, I am in the place that I need to be to walk through.
I pray for you right now and ask the Lord to open doors for your life and to heal your heart and emotions so that you won't miss the opportunities that He has in store for you in this season. I don't know about you, but I don't want to appear before the Father at the end of time only to hear Him say, "I gave you a talent that you didn't use. You buried it beneath the sand." I want to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. I gave you 2 talents and you multiplied them by 2 more. Welcome into your reward."
The Reward of Peace and the Presence of God
My motivation is to be filled with the peace and presence of God. I want to accomplish His will so that I remain in the place of His presence. I don't care what I have to face to remain there either. I will do everything I can to stay in my Father's arms. There is no place like His presence. I know what it is like to not serve God. I know what it is like to not have His peace in my heart. So now at this time in my life I choose to do His will to remain in peace.
The reward of peace in my heart is greater than anything else this world could offer. It is better than houses, cars, or money. It is better than traveling the nations or getting the best education. It is better than rising through the ranks of a corporation or a government agency. Just to have His peace in my heart I became like the man in the Bible who sold everything so that he would be able to obtain the pearl of great price, the Savior of his soul (Matthew 13:45-46).
High Towers and Spiritual Promotions
In the second dream, I saw that I was walking into high office in the spirit. In the dream it looked like the kind of office that you would expect a vice president of a bank to have in a major city. It was in a high floor (which is representative of Christ; He is our high tower). It was pristine, clean and very modern. When I walked through that door there was a person who was really upset that I was being given this office. He figured that office was for him, but I said to him, "No, this is my office."
I believe that dream applies to me, but I also believe it applies to you. You may be reading this now and in your heart you sense that there is a promotion that God has for your life. You can feel it. You can taste it. He has been speaking to you and telling you that He is about to open a very effective door for you. I believe that door is about to open.
Allow Him to Course Correct Your Path
Allow Him to be the King of your life. Let Him bring you to the place that He has in store for you. Let Him trim your heart of the things that are not right. Let Him be the amazing gardener that He is. He wants you to be prepared for the season ahead. Hebrews 12:6 says, "...because the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His son." He may rebuke, but it's to get ready for the blessings He has in store.
Don't reject the Lord's correction. It really is like a course correction in an aircraft. Sometimes it only takes a little change to bring you thousands of miles into a different place. God may be speaking to you about something that is small in your life. If you let Him into that spot it will likely result in an amazing adventure.
Consider It Pure Joy
There will be those who will not like that you are going through doors that they feel are for them. The truth is, those doors could be for them. There is no lack in God. What He does for one He will do for another. You may experience some persecution and rejection as a result of moving to your new place, but let yourself be promoted anyway. Consider it pure joy when you faces trials of many kinds (James 1:2-4). You may have to leave some folks behind who are not willing to go with you. Let them go and you will meet new folks who will are prepared to walk with you in your new season.
I know you can do it. All things are possible for those who just obey the Lord. It is His power and authority that opens the way before you. I pray today that you will see how easy it really is. I pray that you will go adventure!
We usually begin each New Year with 40 days of fasting and prayer. In early December, while seeking the Lord about our upcoming fast, the opening phrase of an old hymn suddenly sprung up from within my spirit.
"Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee..."
Over and over again, the words of that song flowed from within me, becoming my prayer of repentance and surrender.
I then heard the Lord speak the instruction given to His people, Israel, just before crossing over the Jordan River (in the harvest season) to possess their inheritance: "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you" (Joshua 3:5).
This call to consecration was actually made each time God desired to release a powerful move of His Spirit among His people. I sensed this invitation was not for me alone. The Lord was asking me, as He did with Joshua, to release a corporate call to consecration as we cross over into this new year of power and great harvest.
Confirming the Call to Consecration
Just days after receiving this personal word and public assignment, a prophet came seeking to meet with us to deliver a word from the Lord. He began to share a vision the Lord had given him of a great wave of revival, glory and reformation. "The big one's coming! The big one's coming!" he said repeatedly, "And I see you riding the crest of that wave! Just like a surfer out in the ocean, watching and waiting to catch the big one, you are to burn the midnight oil! Roll up your sleeves for spiritual things! Study past revivals to prepare for the big one that's coming."
Around the same time, I (Melissa) was contacted by my dear friend, Dehavilland Ford, who leads a ministry called 818 The Sign. Their mandate is to raise up an Isaiah 8:18 generation: "Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and wonders..." She shared a dream given to one of her ministry leaders.
In this dream, I (Melissa) phone called them and began shouting with urgency, "818, meet me in the secret place!"
The Lord is announcing His wave of revival and glory, coming with signs, wonders and a harvest greater than any we've yet to see. God desires that we walk in the fullness of all He's destined for us. He's calling us to meet Him in the secret place of consecration so we'll be ready to ride His wave.
The 3-Month Purge
Around the same time, Melissa heard God's call to consecration, the Lord was speaking to me (Anthony) about a coming season of cleansing. He brought to my remembrance the events that took place one ordinary day in 2006.
Melissa and I were students at Christ for the Nations Institute, a Bible college in Dallas, TX. Students and staff had enjoyed another great morning in worship and intimate moments with Jesus. As the school director got up to make the transition and release us to our classrooms, a guy on the front row raised his hand and asked if he could say something publicly. The director agreed and called him up to the mic.
"I want to publicly repent to my sister sitting next to me," he confessed. "I've been looking at you with eyes of lust and I don't want to do this anymore. I'm a married man but I've been looking at you wrongly. Please forgive me." The atmosphere shifted. Travail and repentance hit the entire auditorium of 1,200 students.
That one public confession opened the door to hours of public confessions, deliverances and great freedom.School began at 8 am. and was supposed to be over by noon, but this all went on well past 5 pm. that day. It was an invitation to holiness, the doorway to revival.
"Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive a blessing from the Lord
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah." (Psalm 24:3-6)
I hear Heaven declaring the first quarter of 2019 as "The 3-Month Purge." The Lord is calling us to rend our hearts before Him. He is calling us to lay aside our pride and arrogance and let His purifying light into our dark places. Our ministry can be bringing life to many, while the minister is slowly dying spiritually. This cannot be.
There is a great release of power and an incredible harvest of souls coming in 2019, and the Lord desires that clean sons and daughters steward what He is putting forth.
This may not be "popular" talk in today's modern Church landscape, but the hour we're in requires a level of consecration, the likes of which we've not yet seen.
"'Yet even now,' declares the Lord,
'Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
And rend your heart and not your garments.'
Now return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil." (Joel 2:12-13)
Whether you are new in the Lord or have walked with Him for many years, there are greater depths of consecration God is inviting you into. It's time to burn the midnight oil. Roll up your sleeves. Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow, the Lord will do wonders among you.
On the morning of January 1st, 2019, I awoke and looked at my phone to see the time. It was 4:44 am. When I saw this, something quickened in my spirit and I knew I needed to pray and pay attention to what the Lord desired to say.
The number four Biblically represents a demarcation point in creation. On the fourth day the sun, moon, and stars were created, separating day from night and providing light for both. There are also four separate seasons in a year providing a demarcation of changes throughout each year. The fourth commandment is to rest and honor the Sabbath, which is a demarcation in time each week, where we go from active work to focused rest.
This new year (2019) is a demarcation year that signals a time and season, shift or change. It is also a year that God will reveal great light in the day and great light in the night (darkness). His light comes from the place of His perfect love, and perfect love cast out fear. Fear of darkness will be met by the light of His perfect love, and that love will cast our fears that have gripped the hearts of so many.
A Time of Rolling Away the Stone
Immediately upon waking on 1/1/2019 at 4:44, I went to my Bible and opened it. As I did, the Spirit asked me to look down and read the page that I had opened to. These are the first words that I read in 2019:
"Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'Today I have rolled away the reproach (captivity/slavery) of Egypt from you.' So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan." (Joshua 5:9-12 emphasis mine)
In the Hebrew language, Gilgal means "circle of stones." We see the "reproach of Egypt" (captivity) rolled away just as the stone was rolled away from the tomb of Jesus when He was resurrected. Light suddenly emerged out of darkness; both the darkness of captivity and the darkness of the tomb. Both events are "demarcation" moments that changed history by rolling away a stone.
Joshua 5:9-12 also speaks of leaving a forty-year time of wilderness living, where the Israelites survived on daily manna for their provision rather than the fruits and harvest of the Promised Land. Suddenly manna was no longer needed and the Israelites enjoyed their first meal from the crops of Canaan. This marked the end of the time of manna, stagnation, and wilderness survival; they were moving into the land of their inheritance.Though there were many enemies occupying their land, as they kept the Lord's commands and instructions, they would overthrow their enemies in order to possess and occupy their promise.
I truly believe that this is a picture of the time that we have now entered. We have crossed over and are having our hearts circumcised. The time of being idle has come to a close and the reproach of captivity is suddenly rolled away. We are getting our first tastes of the riches of Canaan.
The Old Must Pass Away
The Body of Christ is being asked to walk forward as one people; one family that follows all of the Lord's commands and instructions. In doing this we will conquer enemies, tear down strongholds, and occupy lands of long-awaited promises.
The rewards and victories ahead are remarkable and yet we must be sober to the truth that the penalty for not following His ways and instructions will be costly. We must walk as one army, as one family, without jostling for position or moving according to the flesh. This is why it is imperative to allow the circumcision of our hearts to take place as we enter this new season.
The old must pass away and we must all ascend the mountain of the Lord together to meet God face-to-face. There, we will receive wisdom and instructions of how to proceed while coming daily into intimacy and nurturing His presence.
"Then he said to Him, 'If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.' So the Lord said to Moses, 'I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.'" (Exodus 33:15-17)
As we meet with God and follow His instructions, our enemies will be struck with fear as they see the miracles and victories that the Lord will do through His people.
Scriptures for the Time and Season We Are Entering
I conclude with a number of Scripture verses that the Lord has highlighted to me for this time and season. I encourage you to read them, pray into them, and carry them with you in your heart and mind:
"Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: 'The days go by and every vision comes to nothing'? Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.' Say to them, 'The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled.'" (Ezekiel 12:22-23)
"I am the LORD your God: Walk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them..." (Ezekiel 20:19)
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)
"For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do – to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him – then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand against you; the Lord your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you." (Deuteronomy 11:22-25)
"This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:5-9)
Take time to meditate on these verses. His Word is the lamp that lights the way of our paths ahead. Let us hold fast to His written and spoken words as we move forward to possess the land.