This word is a bit lengthy, however, it has been interesting how God has shown me several different things like puzzle pieces and fit them together for the fullness of what He is saying for this exciting and challenging season.
"If You Will Show Up, I Will Show Off!"
On the morning of December 24, 2015, I dreamed for hours with God speaking the same thing to me over and over. He would say, "If you will show up, I will show off!" In the dream I saw different Scriptural scenarios in which this occurred. Jesus showed up at the pool of Bethesda and showed off God's power to heal. Jesus showed up at the tomb of Lazarus showing off God's power for resurrection life. In 2 Chronicles 20, God told Jehoshaphat that they would not need to fight in the battle, but that they still had to show up on the battlefield and He would show His power to destroy the enemy that had them surrounded.
I heard a second phrase in these dreams, "If I did it then, I will do it again!"Every miracle we have ever read about in the Word, every revival or awakening from a past season, every example of a city or nation turning towards Christ becomes a foreshadowing of what God desires to do again!
In the dreams I was also reminded of Exodus 9:16 where God says that He raised up Pharaoh to show His power and that His name would be declared in all the earth. The word show means to show or present oneself. In Egypt God first presented Himself and declared who He was to all the earth. God used an obstinate, hard hearted, impossible situation to demonstrate His goodness and His power to His people. God partnered with Moses and Moses partnered with God to see a nation set free so that the whole world would know God's name!
The Lord says, "I will cause Heaven to partner with earth in a new way in 2016. My people, if you will show up, I will show off! There are 'Pharaohs' and 'Pharaoh situations' that I have raised up which I will use as examples to demonstrate My power in the earth and make My name great. As Moses showed up before Pharaoh, I showed off with signs, wonders and miracles that caused My people to be set free, the enemy to be destroyed and the wealth of Egypt to be released. I brought a divine reversal, out of slavery into freedom, out of besiegement into Jubilee, out of poverty into wealth. If I did it then, I will do it again!"
As I prayed about this I believe I heard the Lord say that He is bringing us into a time ofSpiritual Climate Change. Now, I am not necessarily a proponent of the current controversial thoughts on man-made global warming. My father is a meteorologist and reminded me that in the 1970s scientists were convinced we were headed into a new ice age because the earth was in a cooling cycle. However, in spiritual terms, God is saying that man has the capacity to change the current spiritual atmosphere and heat things up through our prayers, prophetic declarations and through our praise, melting the ice off the hearts of His people to bring change.
There has been a hostile spiritual climate in the nations, in media and governments which has marginalized those who follow Christ, but there is a change coming. With the rise of ISIS and terrorism in the earth there has been a pouring out of the blood of martyrs that is stirring the global atmosphere. In the midst of ISIS persecution, in the midst of a growing hostility and persecution against Christians in media and government, I believe the enemy is overplaying his hand and a spiritual climate change will result, continuing to make the earth ripe for awakening, revival and reformation.
5776 – A Jubilee Year of Release!
2016 corresponds to the Hebraic year 5776 (beginning in September 2015). 5776 is considered to be a Jubilee year by Hebraic scholars and the 70th Jubilee year observed since Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land! The number 70 corresponds with a total cycle being complete and perfected. Jubilee occurs every 50 years, after a cycle of 7 Shemitah years. Scripture calls Shemitah the Year of Release and Jubilee is a double portion of that! In Jubilee all slaves were released, debts were cancelled, families were restored, inheritances restored, property returned. 2016 will be a year of Jubilee blessing and release!
Leviticus 25:9-10 says, "Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family."
It is interesting for America, that this Scripture (Leviticus 25:10) is inscribed on our famous Liberty Bell. I believe it is a declaration from the Lord for us all to speak and decree over our nation!
But Jubilee and the Year of Release (Shemitah) also came with some instructions for us to follow: Deuteronomy 31:10-13 tells us we are to read the word to the whole community so that even the little ones know it and understand it. Leviticus 25:13-17 warns us not to oppress one another. Deuteronomy 15:7-11 tells us to open our hands to the poor during this time.
With all the shaking in the earth today, with tension in our nation and other nations, with Christians being martyred and persecuted in record numbers, we must not just celebrate our own freedom and Jubilee, but find ways to reach out to others who are being oppressed to see them also set free. The application is both spiritual, to set the spiritual captives free, but also practical to do what we can to see those who are physically captive set free. If we will show up and get involved, God will show off!
The Hebraic word Ayin, which refers to the 70, this current decade, is the 16th letter in the Hebraic Aleph-bet. It means "eye" or "to see, to discern." In this 16th year of this Millennium, God is sharpening the prophetic vision of His people. The sixth letter in the Hebraic aleph bet is Vav, which has the numeric value of six. The Hebrew "aleph bet" is a pictorial language and Vav is pictured as a hook, a tent peg or a spear.
Man was created on the sixth day and for this reason six is often said to be the number of man. Vav is used in Scripture as a symbol that hooks things together. In Genesis 1:1 it is the symbol that hooks the words Heaven and earth together. (In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth). This verse is made up of seven Hebrew words and the Vav is the sixth word "v'et." The other two letters are aleph and tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew aleph bet. So this word "v'et" is the Vav, then would be the English equivalent of basically saying A to Z.
In Revelation 1, Jesus Identifies Himself as the first and the last, the "aleph tav." Hebrew scholars believe this Vav symbolizes the presence of Christ at creation as Messiah, joining creation with its future salvation...the past "vaved" to the future. God "vaved" to man, Heaven "vaved" to earth, spiritual things "vaved" to earthly things. The Vav symbol becomes the divine connecting force that joins Heaven and earth together. The very number of this year is an indication of the season we are in, when God's Kingdom will come and His will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
The Vav is also a picture of a tent peg or a stake. This is a time for us to stake our claim for all God has promised from the past...driving it home for our present fulfillment. Hebrews 11:1 declares, "Now faith is..." It is time to shift out of a "someday mentality" into an expectation for a "now" manifestation! We need to shake off all helplessness and hopelessness to understand that our actions on earth give us the ability to partner with Heaven to see breakthrough occur.
When we humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways, God hears from Heaven and will forgive and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). When we praise, God silences our enemy (Psalm 8:2). When we decree, God establishes things for us and shines light on our path (Job 22:28). When we prophesy and release the Voice of the Lord the enemy is shattered (Isaiah 30:31). When we give our tithes and offerings Heaven opens its windows of blessings over our lives, rebukes our Devourer and causes us to be happy and blessed (Malachi 3:10-12)! What we do on earth, good or bad, has a corresponding response from Heaven!
One last note here is that the word Jubilee is the Hebrew word is truwah, which means an acclamation of joy, a battle cry, to blow the trumpets, to sound an alarm, a great shout, a shout of victory, rejoicing. It comes from the root word ruwah which means to mar by breaking, to split the ears with sound, to rejoice, to destroy, a sound of triumph, a joyful sound, to sound an alarm. God is releasing a Jubilee sound from Heaven declaring release, but He is also listening for the sound of Jubilee coming from His people in the earth.
There is an alarm, a war cry sounding in Heaven and God desires to hear the urgency and fervency of His people rising in the earth. Can we release both the sound of rejoicing and victory and the war cry sound of battle? When the sounds of Heaven and earth connect there will be a resonating battle cry for God's angel armies to bring breakthrough for us as never before.
The Jubilee shout at Jericho caused walls to fall! The sound of breaking pitchers and drawing swords caused Gideon's enemy to be defeated! The sounds of praise from Jehoshaphat's army caused the enemy to destroy one another. The sound of people crying out at Pentecost caused God to release a rushing mighty wind of Holy Ghost fire that would change the world! If He did it then, He will do it again!
Still a Time of Divine Reversals
At the beginning of 2015, I heard the Lord say that this would be a Year of Divine Reversals. As a matter of fact, in Esther 9:1 when it speaks of the decree of Haman it says of that day "that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, though it was turned to the contrary (the reverse occurred) that the Jews had rule over them that hated them." I was surprised to find that the word "turned" in this verse is the Hebrew word haphak and is the Strong's number 2015!! It means to overturn, to change, to overthrow, to turn around, to transform, to be reversed! We are in a time of Divine Reversals! We have seen incredible miracles in bodies, families, jobs, churches, finances, etc. to evidence the reversals.
The Strong's number 2016 (hephek) also means to turn, to be reversed, to go contrary, to make a difference, opposite. In this time of connecting Heaven and earth God is challenging us that we can make a difference, we can cause things to be reversed. Things that went against us, or contrary to us in the last season can see a turnaround. How can we show up so that God can show off?
In April, prior to the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage, Tom was praying and complaining to the Lord that we shouldn't call them the Supreme Court. "They aren't the final say in what happens in the land." But the Lord replied back that they were the final say in our nation's court system. But when a lower court makes a bad decision your only option is to appeal to a higher court...the Sovereign Court...to see a reversal. Then all the lower courts have to align with what the highest court decrees. We are believing for some reversals from the court of Heaven.
Momentum Shift: Something else the Lord showed Tom is that we are getting ready to see a momentum shift. It seems the momentum shifted against the Church for a while this year. But just as in a football game a team can be losing in a big way, there can come a point when something happens, an interception, fumble, etc., which causes the momentum in the game to shift. The team that could do nothing right can suddenly do nothing wrong! They come back and win the game. This is how the Church has been. But the momentum is shifting!
The State of the Church
Back in 2000, I wrote that we would see a wider and wider gulf between the true, Bible believing remnant and those who are "Christians" in name only. The old, dead, historical church would maintain the name Christian as a form, but the true Church would eventually be called by a brand new name. Just as in the second reformation the present truth church was known by a new name, Protestants, in the next few years we will see a whole new term used for those who believe the Bible, the power of the Holy Spirit, and in the Church's role to interact with culture.
I don't know the name, but I know it is coming. I am praying this defining term will come from the Church rather than the media trying to define us in times of persecution. Increased controversy will continue as Believers are pressed more and more to decide which side of that gulf they will stand on. Persecution will continue to rise against Bible Believers, but God is raising up strong voices in the mountains of culture which will give strength to those making the choice.
The Four Horsemen of Awakening: The Light Horsemen Are Arising!
I had the following dream on August 6, 2015 which speaks to God's plans for awakening nations. We were in Australia at the time. I call this dream: The Four Horsemen of Awakening meet Leviathan.
I dreamed of the Four Horsemen of Awakening and Revival. They were Angels dressed in white and were linked arm in arm. They presented themselves to me as the necessary team to bring nations into their destiny of breakthrough, revival and awakening.
1.) The first horseman worked with the recent past moves of God, revivals, outpourings, movements. In the dream I knew he carried the anointing of the time of the Charismatic Movement which was a catch up movement of outpouring of the Holy Ghost, even into denominational circles. I knew God is visiting the denominations again...pouring out His Spirit and giving people an opportunity to update or vacate those denominations. This horseman also represented redigging old wells of revival and outpouring. Fresh pockets or wells of outpouring and revival are springing up throughout the earth.
2). The second horseman was the angel that worked with the prophetic movement. The Voice of the Lord is a Force! (Psalm 29). I knew there was a fresh wind of revelation and power coming to the prophetic people. More people were embracing and being trained in hearing God's voice. A whole new prophetic wave is being released.
3). The third horseman worked with the apostolic movement or anointing: anointed to equip people to be sent ones with signs wonders and miracles. Apostle is a military term. Apostolos means one sent into a territory on assignment to bring transformation. Many more saints are catching the understanding that they are to be sent ones into their world and into culture.
4). The fourth horseman worked with prophetic evangelism...the new kid on the block; he looked to be the youngest of the four but still very powerful and necessary for completing the team. God is stirring boldness and urgency in His people to reach out to the lost with the power of the Holy Spirit and the prophetic word to bring them to Christ!
These four Angels were linked arm-in-arm as a unified force with an assignment to bring awakening into nations. Every church and ministry must fortify and develop these four areas to prepare the way for awakening and revival to come.
The Time of the Light Horsemen
Interestingly, the man preaching the night after I had the dream (Prophet Greg Bailey who heads up Christian International Australia and New Zealand) had us all stand and link arms together as a sign we were partnering with Heaven. He said it was the 100 year anniversary of the battle at Gallipoli in which the ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) armies penetrated the Middle East.
These brigades were called the "Light Horsemen". Though they were eventually pushed back at Gallipoli and suffered a horrible defeat, they went on to win a major, miraculous victory at Beersheba (meaning the well of the oath or covenant) where 800 Light Horsemen, armed only with bayonets and a Bible, charged the guns of the Turks and Germans and miraculously overtook them.
Their bravery was so amazing, some of the Turkish soldiers, the enemy, actually put down their guns and applauded the Light Horsemen brigade. It was these armies, along with the British forces, who in 1917 took Jerusalem back from 1400 years of Muslim rule!
There are hundreds of military testimonies from both sides of the battle for Jerusalem in which soldiers report seeing lights, or "light beings" fighting with the Light Horsemen. Clearly both sides saw angels mobilized on the field of battle. They won the battle and liberated Jerusalem against impossible odds! This took place in 1917 which was also a Jubilee year.
As a sound of freedom was arising in the earth, the angel armies were sent to war to see a land set free. Heaven and earth worked in partnership to see Jerusalem released! As God's people arise the angels are being given orders concerning us (Psalm 91). God's Light Horsemen are arising! Heavenly Horsemen who will fight for us and earthly horsemen who will rise up to take cities and bring Liberty for the cause of Christ.
These Light Horsemen penetrated the Middle East in 1915, but didn't win the full victory until 1917. This is interesting as 2017 is the 500-year anniversary of the second reformation. One more interesting fact is that the victory at Beersheba took place on October 31, 1917 – the exact date of the 400-year anniversary of Martin Luther launching the second reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church.
I believe our prayers have penetrated spiritual and cultural issues in 2015, but as at Gallipoli we may have seen some push back and seeming defeat. However, I also believe God is anointing us with the courage of the Light Horsemen to charge the enemy's front lines for some miraculous victories in the place of covenant (Beersheba). These victories will open the way to see cities and nations turned. But the Church must arise and be God's voice and God's force in the earth.
(...To be continued in Part 2.)
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Tom and Jane Hamon are the senior pastors of Vision Church @ Christian International in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Their ministry together is an example to the Body of Christ of a husband and wife team working in tandem and unity to accomplish God's purposes. Their ministry is characterized by a rich deposit of God's wisdom to provide apostolic covering for the Church, prophetic teaching and ministry, and demonstration of Kingdom anointing and power. They travel as an apostolic/prophetic team to the nations, imparting both the spirit of wisdom and revelation to establish the Church and break open territories through spiritual warfare for the Kingdom of God to be experienced in a powerful and practical way. Jane has also written several books, including her very practical work on Dreams and Visions, her call to marketplace ministers called The Cyrus Decree, and her proclamation over women in the Church to arise and be The Deborah Company.
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