Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Ten Times Better! Netherlands Prophetic Council Word for 2015" - Arleen Westerhof, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Introduction

The Netherlands Prophetic Council consists of church and ministry leaders from across the Netherlands and is a platform where prophets from different denominations and movements are trained, encouraged, and raised up. Their goal is to release the prophetic voice in the Netherlands and in Europe. Several times a year they organize events aimed at seeing the Kingdom of God advanced across Europe.

The season that we are currently in began in 2012. In our Netherlands Prophetic Council word for 2012 the key word was "SHIFT!" The Church had entered a new era of revival and reformation and a new breed of "Priest-King" was raised up by God to meet the challenge. Back then we wrote:

"Apostles and prophets will be raised up who have the wisdom, strategy and grace to mentor and disciple people who can lead corporations as CEO's, entrepreneurs, heads of communities, states, and even nations. Apostles and prophets will not just plant and build churches, but they will have the structures for managing and rebuilding ruined cities and nations. Prophets will serve in government, helping to structure the educational policy of nations, etc."

The Prayer Movement would start to play a major role in this. 2012 was also the year that God started to challenge some of us to pray for practical wisdom to solve problems, especially the economic crisis. This led, among other things, to the European Economic Summit, which took place in September 2014 in Amsterdam.

In 2013 one of our council members wrote in her prophetic word for that year that there would be food shortages even in nations which have never known this before. That summer, 25% of the Russian wheat harvest failed due to drought. At that time Russia accounted for more than half of the world's wheat production. For the first time in modern history some western nations experienced shortages of bread that year.

Last year, 2014, was the "Year of Open Doors" and the "Year of the Evangelist." Great doors of opportunity for preaching the Gospel opened in nations, some of which had not known this before. Amazing doors of opportunity also started to open for business people and the Marketplace Movement was established in Europe.

Many of the things we prophesied from 2012 to the present are still happening. The Netherlands Prophetic Council word for 2015 is not meant to cancel the past words, but rather to build on them.

In Christ,

Arleen Westerhof
Founder and Facilitator, Netherlands Prophetic Council

Ten Times Better! Netherlands Prophetic Council Word For 2015

2015 is the year in which we will see an unprecedented advance of the Kingdom of God throughout the nations. Our understanding of the precise meaning of the Gospel of the Kingdom has been maturing and a new missions mandate is being released to the Church of Jesus Christ: "[Bring] the Gospel to every tribe, tongue, nation, and sphere of influence on the Earth."

The Spirit of the Lord is releasing supernatural wisdom and creativity among God's people the likes of which have not been seen since the times of Joseph, Daniel, and Solomon. There is a sense of urgency this year as the eyes of the Lord search for those who would dare to believe that they can transform nations in His name and who are prepared to receive the wisdom that He wants to pour out for our times.

Daniel In Babylon

We are living in a time which strongly resembles the time in which Daniel lived. The governments and spiritual climates in many of our nations are no longer Christian. In Europe we have actually become Christophobic. The Biblical Book of Daniel is therefore very relevant for us in this season. Every one of us is called to be a Daniel in Babylon. The Book was written in a time of national crisis. The people of God had been exiled, the temple destroyed, and they were now living in one of the most godless empires in history – Babylon!

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8

Daniel's lifestyle of intimacy with God and his willingness to allow God's preparation processes to work in his life had had their effect by the time that he was carried away into exile. Daniel had become a man with a good character. He was so in love with God that he was prepared to give up everything, including his life if necessary, to obey his God. In this season we are going to see many Believers displaying radical love for Jesus and becoming a testimony to the nations: "And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Revelation 12:11).

Ten Times Better!

The result was that God gave Daniel favor and wisdom to come up with practical solutions:"Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, 'I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.'

"So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 'Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king's delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.' So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.

"And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables" (Daniel 1:9-16).

God didn't only give Daniel and his friends favor, He gave them wisdom and understanding, which made them ten times better than all of the others around them: "Now at the end of ten days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm" (Daniel 1:18-20).

God is busy doing the same thing today. For those who embrace the Kingdom paradigm, there will be downloads of ideas from Heaven. These will be filled with such a high degree of supernatural wisdom that they will be much better than anything those who do not have the Spirit of God living in them can come up with.

In 2015 God is going to display His glory and His multifaceted wisdom by giving templates for (social) transformation so that the world will know that He lives and that He loves them. These templates will be especially prominent in the areas of government, business and economics, and technology. I keep hearing God speaking about "information traveling at the speed of light." This technology doesn't exist yet for commercial purposes, but when it comes, it will be a game-changer, permanently impacting the way we communicate and altering our economies.

Quick Transitions and New Callings

2015 will see some making surprising career changes this year. This will apply especially to some who have always thought that they would be in full-time ministry for the rest of their lives. In 2015 God will call some of these to step into the arenas of government, business, the media, etc., for His name's sake and for the advancement of the Kingdom on the Earth. Others will be called to make quick geographical shifts.

The Power of God on Europe

In preparing for this word, God gave me a dream. In the dream I was at a revival service in a massive stadium. This stadium was much bigger than anything in existence. It was so big that you couldn't see the other end of it, and it was packed with people of every race and from every nation. There were several podia in the stadium and all sorts of revival activities were going on there.

The people in my section were from Europe. We were way up in the bleachers and it was hard to see and hear what was going on from the podia below. Not far from me there was a woman holding what looked like a baby boy with blond hair. There was a divine light from Heaven shining on him. I spoke to the woman and she explained that her boy was not a baby, but that his spine was so crippled and badly deformed that he was locked into a twisted and distorted fetal position. He desperately needed to be healed.

I laid my hands on her son to speak out healing over him and was filled with an overwhelming sense of the love and the compassion of God. Others in our section had also seen the light on this child and had gathered around to join us. As we prayed, power from Heaven hit the boy. His legs shot out and his torso straightened up. I took him from his mother and stood him up on his feet. He seemed to grow before our eyes. The dream ended with the power of God still all over him and him trying to straighten up his shoulders, neck, and head.

2015 will be the year in which God's power will start to heal the Church in Europe. For many years it has been powerless, crippled, and almost unrecognizable. God, however, is not finished with His Church.

This year we will see signs, wonders, and miracles being released in churches across denominations. This display of the supernatural power of God will restore the Church's faith in Jesus Christ. Once again we will start to believe that God is able to do what He says He will. This outpouring of the supernatural will also cause accelerated growth and maturity among Believers. Unity between networks and denominations will increase as we grow in the realization that we need each other. We will also start to see greater numbers of Believers rise up with the delegated authority that Christ has given them and disciple nations. This process will continue for several years.

Upheavals

In 2015 light will exist beside great darkness on the Earth, and we are really going to have to be careful about what we focus on. 2015 will be a year of dramatic upheavals and events that will threaten to shake our faith. More people will give their lives because of their faith in Christ. Nowhere in the Scriptures, however, are we commanded to focus on negative events. Instead, we are repeatedly commanded to fix our eyes on Jesus:

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2).

An important strategy for individual Believers for 2015 will be to cultivate intimacy with the Lord so that we will be able to trust Him and obey Him in everything. In 2015, worship will be extremely important: "I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth... I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" (Psalm 34:1, 4).

Arleen Westerhof
Founder and Facilitator, Netherlands Prophetic Council

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Arleen Westerhof is the founder and facilitator of the Netherlands Prophetic Council and is the lead pastor of the God's Embassy Church in Amsterdam together with her husband Dick. Arleen has a passion to help Believers receive revelation aimed at advancing God's Kingdom on every one of the Seven Mountains of influence. As such, she is also an advisor to The Coalition for Apostolic Reformation (CAR), a network devoted to promoting the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Seven Mountains in the Netherlands, and the Coordinator of the European Economic Summit.

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