We know that God speaks to us in many ways, but this year, in particular, He has spoken to me through numbers. I've noticed numerical patterns, an alignment of numbers, as well as, of course, numbers in the Scriptures, dreams, visions, etc.
I've also met people, people I don't know, that He has previously spoken to me about. He seems to have used these meetings as highway markers on my journey to encourage and build faith into the other things that He has said to me, as well as releasing blessing upon the people that I've met.
These have been coupled with an ever-increasing awareness of Heaven's perspective in any given situation – rather than my own natural, earthly perspective. I have experienced much more of "What is Father saying in this? What are His plans?" rather than just "jumping in" with prayer or declarations in situations and circumstances.
So...while I've been praying and thinking about next year (2016), I sensed the Lord asked me to look at the numbers 20 and 16. Immediately, I saw the number 20 as John 10:10, and the number 16 as 2x8. The number eight represents "new beginnings.”
What Does John 10:10 Have to Do with You in 2016?
The thief's purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. John 10:10 TLB
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.John 10:10 NKJV
Holy Spirit was showing me that many of God's children have been robbed! Robbed of health, robbed of finances, robbed of vision, etc. And many prophetic words and promises from God often seemed such a long way off that doubt had crept in, followed by unbelief and a loss of hope, resulting in a downward spiral of battle with everything related to the Kingdom of God.
I began to pray concerning this, and I felt such an assurance that full restoration is coming and, for some, is already here, as the plans from our Father's heart override the plans of our enemy – the robber, the thief, the destroyer, the father of lies.
I also saw many, many prodigals returning home, returning to their Father.
Now, What About You and the Double Eight – Sixteen?
This, too, excited me! Firstly, the Holy Spirit caused me to think back eight years ago to 2008, asking me what happened then and what were the promises and prophetic words that I was praying into at that time.
As I was pondering this, I remembered we moved houses, traveling was on the increase, and lots of other things were happening that year, too. God said that He was releasing promises again (generally, not just for me), as His plans, His word, never, ever, ever return to Him empty – but that the enemy had robbed so many of us of the fulfilment of these.
In this coming year, however, we will be rising up as eagles, soaring from Heaven's perspective; and yet, just like the eagle, have an eye on the ground, praying explosive prayers!
Also in the year of 2008, while I was in the Czech Republic, I received a vision of God'sLove Army coming across Europe.
This was part of the manifestation of "Go into all the world and preach the GOOD NEWS to everyone, everywhere. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved. But those who refuse to believe will be condemned. And those who believe shall use My authority to cast out demons, and they shall speak new languages. They will be able even to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them; and they will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them" (Mark 16:15-18 TLB).
I state part, because this Love Army was so weighted with the manifest presence of God that people were coming to Jesus like iron filings to a magnet; the lame and the sick were being healed, like on the day when Peter's shadow overpowered people and they were instantly healed and many miraculous happenings were occurring.
Lastly, the 2x8 double portion – "double for our trouble" – which the Lord spoke to me about at the beginning of 2015, will be continuing, trickling through into 2016.
We are all journeying, so different times and seasons will affect us in different ways. As we, sons and daughters of God, receive the revelation of who we are in Him, and align our hearts, our minds, and our mouths accordingly, continuing to live from a place of a healed heart (ongoing) and a passion to walk SO intimately with Him that we're almost bursting, at times, to see His Kingdom explode upon the earth, then we will see our heart's desires and fulfilment of the things that God has said.
As we "seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33) in every situation and yield ourselves (it is a choice, to live as Jesus did – the John 5:19 lifestyle), we will truly be the happiest people on earth!
Patsy Southway is based in the West Country in the heart of Somerset, United Kingdom. She has been involved in various levels of ministry and leadership roles across denominations for over 25 years, including co-pastoring an AOG church. Patsy currently heads up PICK Ministries (Praying In Christ's Kingdom), which is part of the Partners in Harvest / Friends in Harvest network. She also heads up the A303 House of Prayer, which prays for the A303 highway in the UK and Europe.
With a seer anointing and a prophetic mother's heart, she brings a wealth of experience and understanding to many, both in the UK and Europe. She regularly hosts "Heart to Heart" weekends for women and is part of the South West Prophetic Roundtable. Her desire is to see the Kingdom of God expand all over the world, until He comes! She particularly teaches on: Intimacy with God, Prayer, The Prophetic, and Calling & Destiny.
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