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The Year Behind and the Years Before

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This morning I come not as a teacher to teach, but as a simple messenger, delivering that which is not my own. We are in a crucial time and it is very important how we face and walk through it.

 2008, was a year of strategic change. The changes that have only begun have altered historical, economic and political equations in the world. These changes have shook the economic, financial and political foundations of the nations, yet it is only the beginning of what is to come.  It has been a year of many types or forms of hurricanes orchestrated by God.

 2008 has seen the end of an economic era and a new global economy has begun to form. Things will never be the same. There is no going back. America’s strongman that has ruled over this nation has been in New York City. But God has begun cleansing Wall Street and exposing the wickedness in high places to bring down financial corruption and greed in our money markets that has caused our economic problems. Bernard Madoff will not be the last revelation of financial corruption that will come to light. God wants to eradicate the systematic corruption in the money and banking systems so that he can eradicate the systematic poverty of His people who have been kept in economic bondage by wicked men who have used their money to promote wickedness.

 Remember what I shared last time about the seven mountains of influence in society. They have been under the control of evil men because the church relinquished their inheritance many years ago, because of false teaching and a doctrine of escapism, rather tha taking over the kingdoms of this world for God. But God is raising up a new breed of people, to take back those mountains of influence and change their world, brining the order of the kingdom of God from heaven to the earth. This will not take place overnight but over years of time.

 The economic judgment has just begun, but how long it lasts and how hard it affects us depends on the intercessory prayers of God’s people. We must pray that God give wisdom to leaders to change the debtor system currently in place. If God’s people do not cry out, there will be a very bad collapse in the economy that will be like a tsunami whose waves cover and destroy the land. Yet God is able and wants to heal the land and change the outcome. The banking crisis will not end this year, but will last for several more. More banking changes are ahead. But what God is doing is for the benefit of His people, in the end. God is birthing something new and in every birthing, there is pain before the joy and rejoicing that follows afterward.

 But know, thought there is a financial recession in progress; that will continue to worsen for several years, know that there is no recession in heaven and God’s resources are limitless. God is not limited in His ability to provide for His people! We must believe that. And it is by revelation that God will assist His people through the recession. If we walk in fear, it will blind us to God’s provision. Old strategies will not work. Old market methods of investing will not work. Don’t look at the dollar, it will continue to stagger and fall like a drunkard till its value will become like the peso. New money is already in the works. Get out of credit card debt, and learn to live by grace. Credit card debt is not God’s will for you. Some of us need to downsize our spending. There will be a short time of economic hope, only for God’s people to make adjustments, not take on new debts.

 God wants to use the current difficulties to bring transformation and His people to living by the ways of His kingdom. You can reign where you have endured pain. If we respond correctly, God will allow the current difficulties to bring us new affluence, wealth and success. God’s provision structure has changed, to an economy of enablement, favor and grace to those who sow sacrificially and distribute with discernment for they will cultivate a storehouse. We have to stop thinking what I earn is mine; to I am only a steward of what God gives me. It is possible to sow in the time of famine and reap 100 fold, but only if God is in it. Gen. 26:12Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold…”  

Heb 10:35-36Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

Prov. 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Forget the ways and things of the past for God is doing a new thing. In 2Kings 3, Jehoshaphat had agreed to go with the king of Israel and Edom to battle against Moab. They had gone 7 days and had no water for themselves or their cattle.

2Kings 3:11a “But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him?” Elisha told them, 2Ki 3:16  “…Thus says Jehovah, Make this valley full of ditches. 17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.” In their valley of lack and need God caused the water to run, but not in the normal way. Further the Lord said, 2Ki 3:18And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD:Our lack and need, is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord. We have to change our way of thinking and receiving from God and take Him out of our boxes to free Him to do things in a new way. If we will prepare for the provision of God, it will come, but not in the same manner as before. We must enter the new economy of grace. We must think – grace and live by grace.

 The outcome of the presidential election has brought much antagonism and fear to many people. The cry of the people, their desire and the will of God was for change. The church attempted to assert a supremacy that was devoid of clarity in the spirit. The church didn’t know God’s will. There was no unity among the people of God concerning the election. I will not talk about what went wrong, but what God’s Word tells us to do.

Rom.13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.1Tim. 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”

We must follow these scriptures, believing that God is sovereign over Obama. God knows how to deal with Obama. There is nothing he can do that God doesn’t see and that God can’t influence or change according to His sovereign will. God raises up kings and puts them down according to His own will and purpose.

Some think Obama is ‘their messiah’, as proclaimed by the black Muslim Farakan who said “This young man (Obama)is the hope of the entire world… “The headstone that the builders rejected is becoming the headstone of the corner. This is a sign to you. It is the time of our rise. It’s the time we should take our place in the future. It’s all about you….  

He continued, “You are the instruments that God is gonna use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.” How true that is, but it isn’t messiah Obama, but Messiah Jesus, the Lord of hosts. And when King Jesus speaks, all of creation listens.

 The radical Muslim’s will try to kill Obama to bring chaos and instability. Their desire is to have a Muslim president by 2024. In the coming years they will take over an American city, they will try to intimidate congress to bring Muslim prayers into schools, still without Christian prayer.

 We must know that there is nothing negative happening in America that is new with Obama. The things that have gone wrong were not started by Obama. He didn’t create the problems we have and neither can he fix them. The dow will drop below 6000 this year. The gay community has been increasing for years, despite all opposition. We cannot make an impact in the spiritual realm through noise and political opposition, but only through prayer. It is the one instrument in the arsenal of the church the devil can never stop or challenge. Positive changes will only be gained through prayers that bring heaven to earth, that brings kingdom realities into our lives. Mat 11:12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”

 We have entered into a new time, a new realm of kingdom violence. Many will be decimated by current happenings in the world. In the next 5 years we will see tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes in intensity never seen before and in places never seen before. Every time the U.S. forces Israel to make concessions to the Muslim’s, there is a corresponding judgment in America. When we forced Israel to make many of their people homeless to give more land to the Muslim’s, we immediately had Hurricane Katrina, making multiplied more homeless here. If America forces Israel to divide the land into two states, and scripture seems to indicate that will happen, God will divide America. In 2009 look for Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. The slumbering bear in Russia is arising and will be working with Iran to bring instability and cause oil prices to rise because they need the money.

 Many will be hindered, by the coming judgments, but the violent shall take it by force. This new cycle of violence will produce amazing results from very obscure quarters around the nations, in families, among individuals and businesses. It is a new time for those who truly mean business with God and will not be denied the blessing and promise of God to take hold by faith and prayer.

 In 2009, the church is entering into a new realm of signs and wonders. Our apostle spoke of this. In the coming years there will be signs in the heavens like never before. God is shaking our solar system which will bring great changes upon the earth as changes in the magnetic fields and the atmosphere.

 2009 will not be church as usual. More pulpits will be closed and hidden ones will be anointed and released to carry out the Great Commission. God is not only changing the political and economic realities but those of the church. It has been 490 years since the last reformation and God is telling us that it is time for a new reformation to begin. Revival in the church and the great commission is paramount in the heart of God for 2009.

 The current world depression and upheaval will be a means through which God will draw many to Himself. We have already seen the closure of some ministries, even mega-churches. In the coming years many large churches will fail and there will be many exposures of sin in the church that will be surprising. As large churches fold, house churches will grow as people seek greater intimacy and fellowship.

  *The major miracle of 2009 is that things in obscurity shall come to light, whether they are good or evil. God shall expose many things. It will be a year of continued shaking. The spiritual shall abide during the shaking, and the carnal will be swept out of the way. There will be more exposure of political corruption in years ahead.

 Hag:2:6-7For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7: And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” 

Hag:2:21Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;”

Heb:12:26-27Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.   27: And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”

 God is saying, let all the leaders of nations, economies and businesses take note, the shaking will continue. It will be a time that nothing that is without solid spiritual foundation will stand. The economy is like a patient rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Beloved, many prophets will come out to tell you that things will get better and there will be a quick fix. I have heard and read a well know prophet on TV that for the past couple years has been saying, there will be no judgment; the cup of judgment has been broken. There will be no recession, where is the recession? Yet, there will be no quick fix or short cut, for we are entering the threshold of the other side of life of a new day. There must be massive shaking before we enter into that realm. God has to shake out that which is corrupt that He can replace it with His kingdom system..

 Our apostle told us that we are either entering into the time of the greatest light or the greatest darkness man has ever known. The outcome depends on God’s people alone. I believe God wants to let the light of heaven shine through the darkness of this earth as never before and transform the world and societies as we know it to bring in and establish His kingdom upon the earth, through His people reigning as priests and kings unto Christ. I believe the best years of evangelism and revival are ahead and about to begin. But the church must get ready. Remember it was not God’s will or desire for the children of Israel to spend 40 years in the wilderness and die there, but it happened because they would not believe God and take that which He desired to give them.

 Many people have lost hope in their investments, retirement accounts, some have already committed suicide. Worse is to come. People are without hope, without direction, stumbling in the darkness, unable to see clearly or know what to do. The church must get ready and open wide its gates so the wind of God can blow many into the church. Psalms:118:19Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:” It is when they have no place else to turn, that many will turn to look at Christ.

 2009 is a time to stand on our knees, so to speak, a time to push and bring forth that which is in darkness, that it might come into the light. It is a time to take the place of righteous Abraham and pray for the salvation of the remnants in this world’s financial, economic and political Sodom and Gomorrah’s.  Let us pray and believe until Habbakuk 2:14 becomes a reality we can see and the will of God and knowledge of God is established upon the earth. Hab 2:14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Heb.12:12-13Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

 This past year we saw an increase in blessing, an increase in healings, deliverance and restoration. In the ministry of our apostle and prophet, they saw many new miracles of God, as the river of God has begun to flow in a greater way and will continue to increase. Sue had a vision of that river and is preparing a teaching on it. God has paid attention to our faithfulness or not, our obedience or not in financial giving and He will repay accordingly. God has brought us here, together for such a time as this, for His kingdom.

 Those who have been like Aaron and Hur in this past season, who held up the hands of the servants of God that they might fight the battle given them and might have a new lease of life and be launched into the next level of ministry, as Aaron and Hur held up Moses hands on the mountain while Joshua in his ministry dealt with Amalek, will not be disappointed but will receive the blessing and reward for their faithfulness.

 2009 will be a great year of ordinations for national, family and individual destinies. The ordinations of God for this next year were set and presented by God before the foundations of the world. Your gift and calling was settled before you were born. It has not changed. Eph:2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.I”

 Psalms 139:12-16Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13: For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.   14: I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15: My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  16: Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

 Mat 6:31-33Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” What you will be, what you will eat, what you will use for clothing, all your financial provisions, the number of children you would have, and all else has already been provided for and ordained before you were born. They are all written in God’s book. The devil may try to contend with you over them, but you will have all power and authority to enter into your divine ordination for 2009.

 Dan.11:32 “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.Isa 41:10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Psa 37:25I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” God is going to provide for His bride in a special way. A Joseph anointing is coming to the body of Christ.

 On the 1st day of Hanukkah, Sunday Dec.21st, 2008, or Kislev 24 on the Jewish calendar, there were a couple significant events in Israel. On that day, fulfilling a prophecy that as a sign that the new Joseph anointing was being poured out would be that the tomb of Joseph would be restored. In 2000, the time of the beginning of the intifada, Muslims filled the tomb with tires and gas and burned it and desecrated the tomb in every way possible, dancing upon it. But on Hanukkah, 8 Jews began a cleansing of the tomb and worked for 8 days, cleaning, plastering and repainting the tomb of Joseph and beginning its restoration. On that same day, the 1st day of Hanukkah 2008, they were digging at a parking lot, on Mt. Zion in the city of David and found 264 gold coins from the 7th century. They call it Hanukkah money because on the first day of Hanukkah the Jews give cash to their children. These gold coins had a cross on the back and the image of a 7th century Christian emperor on the other. (Kislev 24-25 are important dates because they are the only dates that God began the restoration of the temple. Haggai 2:18 is Kislev 24. It was Kislev 25 in 70 A.D. when the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.)

 Talking about 2009, in the Hebrew table of alphabets, the ninth letter is not a word but more of a concept, depicting new life. In the Hebrew tradition, teth (which is nine), represents a woman in travail to give birth to bring forth something new. Teth pictures something hidden in darkness that comes forth into light like a seed bursting forth from the womb of the earth; like a baby bursting forth from the womb (matrix) of darkness. There are nine fruits of the spirit and nine gifts of the spirit. This year is loaded for you. God wants to give you more, that 2009 be a year of increased blessing. You not only have a hope, you are a hope – for others. You were created with purpose; to change the world around you. God wants to expand our borders of influence in the midst of recession.

 Important Final Words: We know 2009 will be a decisive year that will determine the direction of our lives for the next 7-10 years. Let us be bold in serving the Lord. Yet, we must not go beyond God’s promises to us, or we will only become impatience and not have the faith to win a battle alone. No matter what Satan does in the world, we are better off than when we first believed. Christianity is a race towards perfection and life doesn’t end here, lest we run to seek man’s approval and neglect the crown. Don’t live your life seeking man’s approval, he will magnify your errors and neglect your great testimonies.

 Because we pursued our ambition in place of a simple vision from God, we suddenly discovered the vanity of chasing shadows. Because we ran without asking for His direction, we run into our pursuers. Because we built up towers upon sinking sands; we watched in shock as our toil of many years counted for nothing. Because we often sought for great men in palaces, we’ve forgotten that He has made a king for Himself amongst the rejects.

 Finally, don’t cry when you faithfully fail in Christ, I assure you; it could be a stepping-stone to a greater summit. Your story so far is God’s best for you; the greatest story of rejection and disappointments can yet become the greatest source of inspiration and faith to others, if only you’ll tarry in faith and wait for Him, He never fails. 2009 is an amazing year; God will teach us how to do the right things and equip us to succeed greatly. 2009 is a year of great possibilities for God’s children.

 Satan hates that we are putting off old garments and becoming new wineskins. He wants to keep us bound to our past so we won’t go forward and fulfil our destiny. But God has given us all that we need to break free from the past and walk with Him into the future.

 May you enter into your inheritance as provided by the Lord, in Jesus name! May you be branded with heavenly glory this year! May your life be a wonder in the midst of your enemies! May your spirit, soul and body be decorated with the glory of Zion!  As you seek the Lord this year, may He be found of you in a new and glorious way!  May you be the scepter that shall rise out of your father’s house to smite the enemies from this year and generations without end!   As you stand on your knees interceding for many around the world, I put the name of Jehovah upon you: may He bless and keep you and your family every second, minute, hour, day, week and month of 2009;

 May the face of the LORD shine upon you, and may He be gracious unto you; May the LORD lift his countenance upon you and give you peace that surpasses all understanding in the Mighty Name of Jesus!  May the womb of darkness vomit out that which belongs to you in Jesus name! May the treasures of darkness be revealed and released to you in Jesus name!  You shall not lack the good things that pertains to life and godliness this year in Jesus name!

 Your riches are in glory: may you triumph over every economic problem that shall befall the earthly realm, in Jesus name!  The enemy shall not push you out of your abiding place, in Jesus name! May you be blessed with new favor!  I pray for your divine recovery; may you recover all that you have lost in the past nine years.  I decree multiplication factor of increase in your endeavors this year. May you overcome your reproach and mockers this year, in Jesus name!

 Shout from your heart with me: Oh my God, remember why I was created and what you have ordained for me this year, and grant me the grace to fulfill my divine destiny for 2009, in Jesus name. AMEN.

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