As I began to ponder with the Lord about the upcoming year, I realized he had been giving me hints all year long about what 2017 was going to hold for the Body of Christ. I had been given several key points that almost became a life message. It is these points that I believe the Lord is going to cause to come about in 2017.
I believe the theme for many in 2017 will be a year of restructuring how we do life, ministry, family and many other areas. I believe specifically the first 3 months of the year are key in this process to prepare us for great shift to come in the second and third quarters of the year.
I sense that if we will begin to embrace these "restructurings" we will begin to see a move of God take place in the Church like never before.
Apostolic and Prophetic Shift There has been much teaching and revelation on the apostolic and prophetic released as of late. The shift I believe that is taking place is a return to simplicity of what it means to be apostolic and prophetic.
To be apostolic, in the purist sense, is to walk in a place of governance and authority. Understanding that while we are not all called to the office of the Apostle, we are all called to be apostolic in nature. We are to govern our metron of influence. We shift into our authority and then release it to those around us.
Then, to be prophetic is simply to hear and obey. Prophets are waking up in this hour to their true form—a mouthpiece of love, redemption and exhortation. That being said, I believe that in this hour, prophets are also waking up to the holiness and discipline of the Father. All true prophecy is coupled with correction through love—we are all being conformed into the image of Christ. As we are being conformed, the prophetic comes in handy to exhort us or pull us up to the higher place. This is legitimate sonship.
An Internal Shift We are not governed by external influence or circumstance. We are governed by the Kingdom within. The fulfillment of Jesus' promised Comforter, the Holy Ghost, was to wake us up to the internal reality of the Kingdom. In this hour, the Church must begin to be governed by this internal truth. When the Church begins to be governed by what is inside of them then they will begin to see greater authority over the circumstances on the outside of them.
"Rivers of living will flow from within," (John 7:38). When you encounter a river, it is very difficult to stop its path; so should it be with the Believer. Whenever a circumstance, whether human or demonic, meets the Believer it should not be able to stop them. The river of God flowing from the inside of you should create your reality. Regardless of facts, we are governed by the internal truth. I believe that the Church is arising to it's a truest form in this season – an unstoppable river! Restructuring the Ranks
The Lord spoke to me and said, "Too often My Church misses the purpose of their fellowship. It is time they remember that they are in a war and that they each have a part to play."Earlier in the year, I had open vision of wells of revival being opened across the continent of North America. They were birthed in prayer.
When we each realize that we have a part to play we will move past the "fellowship mentality" into a "wartime mentality" and begin to accomplish more for the Kingdom than we ever thought possible. There are real lives at stake. Don't jump ship because you're tired or offended.
From Church to Kingdom - Ready for a Shift? One of the greatest restructurings taking place is living from a Kingdom mentality. Church has, for too long, been personality based. I love what John Wimber used to say, "Everybody gets to play." In the Kingdom, we all have a part. The Church mentality of yesteryear has hindered much of the work of the Kingdom. This is not to say that God is doing away with the local church by any means. I believe God is and will continue to use the local church (I'm a local church pastor). But I do believe that HOW we "DO" Church is about to shift in big way.
When the Church lives for and from a Kingdom mentality we will never stop advancing. We realize that we can't just love His face and hate His Body. We become one!
There's a New Sound
I recently had to trade out our church sound board. For months I hadn't been happy with our sound in the sanctuary but I was hesitant to switch things up again. (It was my bright idea to switch in the first time.) However, when we finally got it switched again, I couldn't believe the difference it made.
Too often the Church uses the wrong equipment for the job. We have the right tool but it's either out of date or it doesn't meet the requirements of the job. Our Christianese and Evangelical Latin is not going to reach the millennials, the broke, the busted and disgusted. We have got to ask the Lord for the sound of the hour. I believe He is releasing it, all we must do is "tune the dial." Sound releases breakthrough!
"Because You love Me…" Prayers
Jesus didn't pray weak, whiny prayers. He prayed from the place of identity. When He stood before the crowd outside of Lazarus' tomb, He prayed this, "Father I thank You that You hear Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but said this for a benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe You sent Me." (John 11:42)
Jesus knew He was loved, and pleased the Lord. When we pray from that place of identity and authority, we see things shift. Jesus prayed the way He did so that those around Him would believe. He said at one point in His ministry, "If I don't do the works of the Father, you don't have to believe a word I say." (Jacob's translation.)
I believe the Father is looking for us to say the same thing and it starts with how we pray. We pray from the place of authority, knowing we are loved and bringing His will through us into the situation.
A New Strength Through QUICK Obedience Many have been weary in the last season and I believe it is because they have found themselves over-committed and "under-obedient." I sense the Lord issuing a challenge to the Church to be quick to obey Him and slow to say yes to others. I have felt the hand of the Lord hinder my ability to commit to things as quickly.
Much of the wear and tear you have experienced in the last year is from doing things that were good but God never asked you to do. As you begin to slow down and only do what the Father is asking you to do, you are going to find a joy that you have been lacking. What does the Bible say? The joy of the Lord is your strength (see Nehemiah 8:10). Many will find a newness of strength and vitality that you have felt missing for a long time.
"It's not about me, it's about those after me." One of the greatest tactics of the enemy is to steal revival from the next generation. We must begin to live for the next generation. We must be willing to leave a spiritual inheritance that the next generation can carry on and birth as well.
I believe that if we will begin to instill true relationship with the presence and person of God in our own lives, we will become undeniably attractive to the next generation. They need less preaching and more presence; you can't stay in sin in the presence of God. Man's words fail but His presence never does. I desire revival more than anything it seems, but I understand that if I don't raise up the next generation to hunger after Him then any revival I have will amount to nothing IF it ends with me.
From Natural to Supernatural to Natural I heard the Lord clearly say, "Stop calling what is natural from Me, supernatural for you! You're creating a distance in reality for yourself."
I believe the Church is going to begin to have an outbreak of what is natural for the Father. It is natural to have encounters with the Lord, to have limbs grow back, to be transported to another country by His hand. As we seek Him, all of this is possible but we must stop putting it out of our reach and truly believe that it is natural to have all of this.
To sum it up, I truly believe we are on the precipice of the greatest time in the Kingdom; but to receive all of it we must make room for it. Get ready to see what the Lord is going to do through you in 2017 as you restructure to host the presence in a powerful way!
Belize shall Believe
Belize is about to become Believe
As i sit in the back of a church in the nation of Belize I am overcome with the weight of destiny over this nation. There is coming an outpouring of glory over this nation that will shift the entirety of South and Central America.
During worship I was taken into an open vision regarding this nation. I share what I saw below. I believe the word of the Lord for Belize is this: the prophetic words, the sowing of the nations that has taken place is about to have a divine convergence on her shores. There is a busting open of the nation of Belize as many alight to her shores.
The Great Reef
in the vision, I saw the reef to the East of the nation. I saw the reef rise out of the ocean and into the air and I heard the Lord say, “I am about to place a wall of fire around this nation. The plan of the enemy is being contained and rooted out. Corruption is about to end. Poverty in the nation is about to end. I am surrounding the nation with my glory. I am protecting this nation with my glory.”
Then I saw giant waves begin to crash over the reef. This huge waves began to build far away and by the time they reached this great reef they were stories high. They were not waves of destruction, they were waves of his presence. I heard the Lord say, “I am sending waves of my presence over this nation. These waves will not end, they will be continual rhythms of glory over this nation. Belize will be known as a nation of my presence.
A Divine Melting Pot
I then saw the words written in the sky “A Divine Melting Pot.” I heard the nations will alight to the shining light of Belize. Belize will be known as a melting pot of power for Central America. There will be a mixing of streams and movements in this nation that will birth a revival that will impact Central and South America. There will be ministries who wouldn’t have even thought about this nation who all of a sudden will want to jump on board to take claim of the revival, but I heard the Lord say that this will be birthed out of what is already present in the nation. Many have been through the fire and have been melted into this nation and they will be the catalysts of this nation.
A Royal Nation
I heard the Lord say, “From the beginning I created Belize as a royal nation. At its inception i placed a royal call on the nation and while it may seem covered up, I am about to rip the veil that has hidden it’s royalty. Even now they will begin to discover hidden royalty in their nation. One of the signs will be discoveries of gemstones that have been hidden until now but will come to light in days to come. What has been hidden in darkness and witchcraft will now be flipped upside down and anointing and righteousness will be the buzzwords of belize.
A Millennial Revival that will Bust Corruption
I then saw an army of millennials taking to the streets of Belize to break down any form of corruption taking place. I heard the Lord say, “Watch the young people. Watch the young people. There will come out of the midst of them key leaders around the ages of 23-27. These will be the leaders of this nation in the days to come. They will come with a holy roar to dispel corruption not only governmentally but in religious structures as well. It will leave me astounded at the power that they walk in. The previous generations won’t be able to stop what is about to roll through this nation, rather they will finance it. They will come with their money and they will come with their wisdom not to control but to fund and to steward. Watch and see!”
As I was exiting the vision, I heard the Lord say,
“Belize, Belize how I have longed to bring you into the fullness of your destiny. The time is right. The time is now! It’s time to break out! It’s time to shine. It’s time to Believe!”
The Mantle of Awakening
The Angel with the Mantle called “Awakening” Jacob Biswell I was sitting in my living room preparing for a meeting that I was to speak at later on in the evening. I heard the Lord clearly say, “Prepare yourself for an Encounter.” I assumed he was speaking of the meeting. I began to worship and immediately the atmosphere shifted. Through the front door entered an angel. He was about seven and a half feet tall. He carried in his hands a very large tallit. He said, “I am the Angel with the Mantle called “Awakening.” Instantly I went from my living room and into an open vision where I saw the angel stretching the mantle over people and dropping it on them. One by one they came and stood under the mantle and it would drop on them. I was reminded of Elijah when he threw his mantle upon Elisha. It was the same principle here. This angel was throwing his mantle on a people who were willing to receive it. There were others who stood by and watched, “ooing” and “aahing” at the activity of the angel, but they didn’t draw near. The angel spoke to me – “They love the atmosphere, but they don’t like the cost of getting out of their comfort to possess it.” The Lord then spoke and said, “There will be those who possess the mantle, there will be those who will avoid the mantle and then there will be those who attempt to abuse the mantle.”
Breaking through and Breaking forth Then I heard the Lord say, “In this season I am releasing this mantle to bring about a restoration of the church to their true identity. In doing so they will step into the breaker anointing. If they will be broken, I will cause them to break through and break forth.” I then had a vision of someone standing at a door. The Lord said, “This is break through.” The person stepped through the door and it closed. Then I saw the same person break down the door and remove the door frame. The Lord said, “Break through is one dimensional, breaking forth is generational.” I was reminded of Caleb – “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” Numbers 14:24 Caleb was of a different spirit. He was able to bring about generational possession of promise because he followed whole heartedly. This is what the Father is looking for. Whole-hearted devotion. Verse 26 reveals a key for us – “Tomorrow, turn” The Lord is bringing about suddenlies where “tomorrow” there will be great possession of promises longing to be fulfilled.
The Impartation I was then back in my living room with this angel standing in front of me. He handed me the mantle he was carrying. He said, “Release this Mantle of the Awakening and as you do, watch the body be restored!” So I release this impartation of the Mantle of Awakening to you now! May you find yourself awakened to all that God has – walking in the fullness of the Breaker anointing.
Impossibility is a laughable word
I heard the Lord clearly say "I laugh at the word impossibility." I was facing that word head on in some personal situations and I said "God, these are all impossible situations."
He replied -
"I laugh at the word impossibilities. Don't you see I've given you authority? The realm of impossibility belongs to you. I've given you that realm. For with man these things seem impossible, but with me impossibility doesn't even exist. I have not asked of you more than I expect you to deliver. I have quipped you with all of the necessary armor that you will need to go out in my name. I have equipped you and I will sustain you with My strength."
"Change your thinking. Change your world. Change your understanding of the word impossible and that through me - everything is possible. YOU are possible. Begin to declare, 'I'm possible! I'm possible" because of what I have done in you!
"I laugh at the word! I laugh at it. It's a laughable motion for you to use the word impossible. I laugh at the word impossibilities. I laugh! I urge you to begin to laugh at the word impossibilities. Laugh at it!"
“I've heard you say to me "God, this is impossible" and I just had to chuckle. I just had to laugh and say, "Oh you don't know me well enough yet. Don't you see - it's possible! Ha! Ha! It's so possible! Just begin to laugh at that word! Ha! Ha!"
"Don't you see, as you walk with me, impossibilities will leave your vocabulary. It's going to leave your thinking - you'll forget the word!"
“Impossible... Ha! Ha! Ha! All things are possible! You are my sons and daughters and I have given you the realm of impossibilities. I'm going to use you to make a laughingstock of the word - that wherever you go and whatever you do - whenever you are faced with that word you would laugh and see situations reversed. See those impossibilities become staggering awe-evoking miracles in the sight of those who would never believe.”
“When you understand that when you live in me, you live in the realm of impossibility - when you live in me those things that were impossible are so easy! So laugh, laugh, laugh at the word because I am laughing right along with you," says the Lord.
Psalm 18:29 (paraphrased) - "With my God I can trample the hoard of hell, with my God I can jump over the word impossibilities"
"Awake! Arise! Abound! You Have a Birthright!"
by Jacob Biswell, Bryan, Texas I heard the Lord say, "I am about to break out across this nation. There is a break out about to take place across this land. There are pockets of revival being birthed across the nation. Over the next few months they will begin to take form and take shape because I desire to awaken a sleeping Bride. Awake! Awake! For I desire to use you to establish My glory. Over the next 90 days I am going to awaken a people. I am going to awaken them to their destiny – to their birthright. I am going to awaken them to the things they have forfeited and let go of for the sake of religiosity and for the sake of remaining comfortable. "Where you have grown comfortable and have stayed the same," the Lord says, "I am awakening you and I am opening the doors of the cage for you to fly free. In this season where you have been held captive by finances and by sickness and you have been held captive by complacency," the Lord says, "I am opening the doors of the cage. "In the next few days you will even begin to sense an awakening in your body. Where there has been a slumber and a sleeping and the inability to wake up," the Lord says, "I am about to renew your strength. I am about to strengthen you from the tip of your head to bottom of your toes. Where the fog has been there, the fog is lifting. I am causing you to awaken you to your destiny." "So awake! Awake! O sleeper! Awake! For I desire for you to enter into the birthright which I have purchased you. When you were born again you entered into your inheritance. O taste and see that I am good. The cage doors are opening. It's time for you to fly. Where there has been atrophy in your wings, I am renewing the muscles in your wings," says the Lord, "so that you may fly. Oh that you would fly." "Let not your heart be troubled. You shall see the victory and those things which you have sought for diligently. You have been under much pressure, but I have removed the oppressor. Surely I say unto you, you shall mount up in this season of time. You shall run and not be defeated. You shall walk and calm the roaring seas. You shall be a stronghold, for you have made Me your stronghold and have trusted in Me to bring those things which you have desired to come about. You shall see your enemies defeated." See From a New Perspective "That you would see from a new perspective. I am giving the Church a new perspective. I am giving them the perspective of Love. I am awakening you to the eyes of Love. That if you would see through My eyes, oh the things that you would see! If you'll see through my eyes, oh the things you will see. For I desire you to see through a new perspective," says the Lord, "I want you to see the things that I am doing. I want you to see from my point of view. I am calling you up and I am calling you higher." "In this season I will bring fire and the things that you desire. I am calling you higher," says the Lord, "I am calling you higher. Do not vacillate on the ground any longer but come up to the high place. Come fly with Me. Come fly with Me. Come fly with Me. You are not earth bound, no, you are Heaven bound. "In this season I will show you how to use the keys that I have given you. The keys of authority; the keys of breakthrough. Even in this season I will begin to assign the angelic to you like never before. The angelic will begin to take place in your life in a new form and fashion that you have never known before. You will begin to see, see, see," says the Lord. "And My glory will cover the earth. There will not be a place that isn't touched with My glory. With the good news of My Gospel, there will not be a place is that isn't touched. For I desire to send you to the nations. Church of America – Arise, arise, arise to the height of your calling. For great is your calling, too long you have been asleep and much has gone on, but in this season you will wake up. Resurrection power is your inheritance," says the Lord.
Prophetic Word for 2016 “The Year of the Embrace” Jacob Biswell
And the Lord says, “2016 shall be the year of the Embrace! This is the year my people begin to embrace my promises. They begin to embrace my Kingdom and I begin to embrace them in new and fresh ways. This is a year of mutual embrace where my church begins to embrace those around them and they begin to embrace me as their Father.”
And the Lord says, “In this year there will be different levels of embrace.” “Embracing of promises – even in this time you will begin to embrace the Kingdom. You will begin to embrace the “NOW” that you will not have to wait for another season to embrace your promises but that I am bringing a paradigm shift unto you to shift from a futuristic mindset to a kingdom now mindset. I am causing you to embrace a now season. I am causing you to embrace my kingdom which is at hand! If you will embrace the now Season – you’ll embrace your inheritance!”
“If you’ll embrace my Kingdom now – you’ll embrace me. This is the year you embrace all that I have given you. Notice that I have said, “I have given you the keys to the Kingdom.” It is something I have already done. It is nothing to come – no – it’s a done deal. They are yours for the embracing! You don’t have to contend for it – just walk out the embrace of the Kingdom.”
“This is the year you embrace your family. I am even bringing about family restoration. A familial restoration,” says the Lord. “I am bringing families back together and there will be a family embrace. Households will be restored. You will embrace your family.”
This is the year you will embrace your finances. You will take ownership for the misdeeds and the misgivings of your finances. But you will also embrace my provision. There will be an embrace – a God kind of kiss on your finances,” says the Lord. “I am even going to cause finances to alight upon you. You will embrace finances in a new way. You will even embrace ownership of stewardship. You’ll become stewards of heavenly finances. At your hand others shall be blessed,” says the Lord.
This is the year you will embrace healing. You’ll understand what healing truly is. I am releasing a new rhema of healing. You’ll experience the fullness of healing. Great healing. Great restoration. This is the year you will embrace flight. You will begin to take flight into destiny! Embrace destiny! Embrace your Prophetic Words! Dust off the cassettes. Crack open the journals. Revisit the words and embrace them like never before. If you will embrace them you’ll embrace destiny! If you’ll write them plainly you will run with them! This is the year you embrace destiny!
This is the year you embrace vision. Without it you perish – with it you will thrive! I am releasing the Hosea 12:10 anointing – the multiplied visions – the seer anointing. You will begin to embrace a realm of seeing like never before. See! See! See!” says the Lord.
This is the year you will embrace me as the Lion with fire in my mouth! You will begin to embrace correction and discipline in a new form and fashion. An embrace of my holiness! You will begin to embrace my roar and even from your mouths will come a roar and a fire that will devour the enemy’s plan against your destiny! Receive me as the Lion and you will walk in boldness and righteousness.
This is the year that you will embrace the wounded. However, you must use wisdom in how much time and attention is given to the wounded. If you do not use wisdom you will end up spending most of your time on those who will not change, while the ones who could have been helped are not. This is the enemy’s plan to wear you out.
This is the year that you will embrace the secret place. There is a call to return to the secret place where I dwell. I am calling and asking you to come and dine with me. Will you heed the call? If you will embrace the secret place, I will begin to pour out more of a demonstration of power in the open arena of the world around you!
This is the year that you will embrace unity amongst the brethren. Man's concepts of order and unity are often very different from the Lord's. The Lord makes every snowflake different, every tree is unique, and so is every person. The highest unity of all is realized when all of the different pieces come together like a puzzle to form the whole picture.
This is the year that you embrace power from on high. It is a 1 Corinthians 4:20 time – “For the Kingdom of God is not in mere talk but in power!”
This is the year that you embrace the Light. For many have been in a dark night of the soul as it would seem, a disparaging time of great disappointment but this year the Lord is releasing light and a sound of hope from on high that will cause you even to rise up to your high calling and see great fulfillment of the things that you have been believing for. You will embrace a new season of hope and the dark night of the soul for which you have been standing in will come to quick end,” says the Lord
This will be a time in which you embrace visitation from the Lord. The Lord says that the church is going to have a KAIROS Time. A divine appointment with God. This visitation will produce fruit, more fruit, much fruit and lasting fruit (John 15). God will "visit the camp" so to speak with a great army and take the spoils. There will be an unprecedented number of souls saved and some of the people you thought would never respond, will.
There will be an embrace of the “go.” I saw in a dream an eagle come and begin to take the down out of the nest. The nest has become uncomfortable. And it's a strange time. There's kind of an anxious time, an anxiety that's kind of surrounding this season. And some people get cranky. But this happens. So some of you have been kind of cranky lately because you're frustrated and you're disrupted and you don't know what's going on.
But the Lord is wanting you to move out into new territory. That's what's going on. He's wanting you to get out of the comfort zone and he's just using his ways and means committee to help you get there. And he's setting us up for a change.
“Embrace the Change! Embrace My heart! Embrace 2016!” says the Lord!