As we are transitioning out of the Jewish year of 5777 (the year 2017) into 5778, one thing is for certain: the mandate is still very much about harvesting a culture of Revivalists trained to hear the sound of heaven. I hear Him say, “Come up here”, but even in our ascent from earthly places to heavenly places, we must remain mindful of the crosscurrent outpouring from heaven to earth. Heaven’s vaults will be opened, pouring forth Angelic assignments to the body, and opening the gate of revelatory knowledge.
On Rosh Hashanah, the sound of the shofar blows. I saw a vision of this. I saw the shofar from the viewpoint of heaven rather than on earth. I then saw the Lord with clouds all around him, holding up the shofar. As the Father blows the shofar sound, I believe it is to announce that a Great Awakening has begun. I see tens of thousands of faces, old and young, and of every color and ethnic group. Just as soundwaves move, we will hear the shofar blast and we will move with Him. Just as in Genesis 1:2, I saw God’s Ruach (His very breath of life and wind of His spirit) being blown through the shofar, and a violent awaking is taking place. Church, rise up! This is our finest hour!
God has announced his verdict in the courts of Heaven; the petition has gone forth, and the orders will be executed on your behalf. God’s people have journeyed to Bethel and Gilgal (Bethel means “a Holy place”, and Gilgal is the Hebrew verb גלל (galal), meaning “to roll”). After Joshua had circumcised Israel, God said that He had rolled away the reproach of Egypt, and the place where He had done this was called Gilgal ever since (Joshua 5:9). Now God will execute judgment against Jericho, and will demolish all assignments in the natural and spirit that have kept His people b
ound in chains. Soon when you hear the shofar blast, you will shout, and the walls of Jericho will come down. The walls of defeat, discouragement and doubt are coming down!
When the shofar blows, many of you will feel a shaking on the earth, for He is shaking the heavens with a radical love that will reverberate from heaven to earth. A revolution will sweep the lands, and you will be given keys for the year 5778. I feel there is prophetic significance in highlighting 5778 in two parts: 57 and 78. This is a year to storm the gates (“57”), and to tear down the false idols, false gods, and false religions of man. (“78”) I hear the Lord saying, “It is time, for I have blown open the gates to the city’s. You will see a great revelation of my spirit. What once held you back behind those high walls will come crumbling down as the shofar blows. The rubble from the tearing down of these walls will become a stepping stone into your freedom. Go and possess and enlarge your territory, for I have now taken back the land markers that the enemies encroached on and stole. I have called you for this hour, and I will open up new gates before you.”
There are two passages of scripture that are beautiful illustrations of what I feel the Lord has been speaking/showing to me:
The first is Genesis 28:10-19 (NIV):
“Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the Gate of Heaven.” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel.”
The second passage is Revelation 3:7-13 (AMP)
“And to the angel (divine messenger) of the church in Philadelphia write:
“These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He who has the key [to the house] of David, He who opens and no one will [be able to] shut, and He who shuts and no one opens:
‘I know your deeds. See, I have set before you an open door which no one is able to shut, for you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not renounced or denied My name. Take note, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet and make them know [without any doubt] that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My endurance [My command to persevere], I will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial, that hour which is about to come on the whole [inhabited] world, to test those who live on the earth. I am coming quickly. Hold tight what you have, so that no one will take your crown [by leading you to renounce the faith]. He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God; he will most certainly never be put out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My [own] new name. He who has an ear, let him hear and heed what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
We have all gone through hardship, but it often prepares ordinary people to do extraordinary works for the King. Let’s rise up and Storm the Gates and recover all from the enemy’s camp. Father may we be that face in your Shofar as you Blow we get up and GO!
Till the End