5776/2016: Now is the Time to Secure Kingdom Partnerships and Purpose

As we entered the Jewish New Year, I began to study the prophetic insight on this coming year 5776/2016. For the past few years I've noticed some patterns that seem to present themselves with each year.

For instance, last year, 5775/2015, had a meaning "to see the wind or breath." And from last year until now we have seen exactly that as it relates to the body of Christ. We saw God breathe and bring life to things we thought were dead; we saw the wind of God come in and separate the wheat from the chaff. We also saw winds of doctrine infiltrate churches and ministries as it relates to the legalizing abominations, etc. I was interested to see what insights could be found for this year.

The Hebrew alphabet is alpha-numeric; it also has word pictures associated with its letters. The letters associated with this Hebraic year 5776 are the ayin and the vav. The ayin has a numerical value of 70 and the vav has a numerical value of 6 forming the "76." The word picture associated with ayin is an "eye" and the word picture associated with the vav is a "peg, nail,or hook." When one puts the pictures together it could be said that the year 5776/2016 would be a year "to see the peg," or " to see the nail or hook."  

As I looked at the Scriptures regarding a peg, nail or hook, I believed there is some insight that can be gleaned on what to look for in this upcoming year 2016/5776. Practically speaking a peg, nail or hook is and was used to secure and connect things. One of the places to see the picture of the peg in Scripture is found in the tabernacle. The peg was used in several places to secure the curtains of the inner veil and the pillars of the outer wall (Ex. 26:32, 27:17).

Just as last year we saw the wind come and separate, I believe this year will be a year for the things to be connected and made secure. This year will be a year to see positions, partnerships, and purpose become secure so that strategies will be released to advance the kingdom.

In the book of Judges, we see that victory was secured with a tent peg: "Then Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg and a hammer in her hand and went quietly to him, for he was fast asleep and tired. She drove the tent peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground, so he died. Now as Barak had been chasing Sisera, Jael came out to meet him and said, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you seek." When he came in, there was Sisera fallen dead with a tent peg in his temple." (Judg. 4:21-22, MEV).

The battle was going on in the field but victory was secured in the house. She secured the victory by going "softly" or "secretly" towards the enemy. We must wage war from the secret place of the presence of God. We must wage war in the secret place of prayer. I believe this is key in the days ahead. There may be all types of battles and chaos going on around us in the field, but we must secure the victory in the house. We must make sure our houses are secure and in order before we can impact what is around us and this comes through prayer. Jael drove the peg into the head of the enemy.

Jael functioned in the place of her authority (her house) and finished the fight completely by attacking the head. She used her dominion mandate to destroy the enemy. The best way to kill a snake is to take off its head (Gen. 1:28, 3:15). She took the hammer of God's Word (Jer. 23:29) and the peg of the prophetic (Judges 4:14) and drove it completely through to the ground. This is a picture of a complete victory by using God's word and waging the warfare with the prophecies that has been spoken (1 Tim. 1:18).

Another thing to look for in 2016/5776 is for God to exalt and secure the position He has for you in the kingdom. In Isaiah 22:15-25 we will find the story of Shebna and Eliakim. Shebna who's name means "youthful," "youthfulness," and "vigor," was trying to promote himself in the kingdom. He did this by building a tomb so he could be placed among the rich and royal of the day.

"Thus says the Lord God of Hosts: Come, go to this treasurer, even to Shebna, who is over the royal household, and say: 'What right do you have here? And whom do you have here that you have dug out for yourself a tomb here, as he who hews out for himself a tomb on high, and who cuts a habitation for himself in a rock?'" (Isa. 22-15-16, MEV).

God saw that Shebna's motives were not pure. He wanted to advance himself in the kingdom more than he wanted to advance the kingdom. Shebna's labor was in vain. (Psalm 127:1).

Any time man tries to advance himself in the kingdom, the only thing he really ends up building is a tomb. We must learn to remain humble with a heart of a servant and let God advance and position us in HIS timing. In verse 25 we see that the Lord removed the "tent peg" of Shebna because of self-promotion.

"In that day, says the Lord of Hosts, the nail that is fastened in the firm place shall be removed, and be cut down and fall. And the load that was on it shall be cut off, for the Lord has spoken it.'" (Isa. 22:25, MEV).

The Lord will not leave a position void in HIS kingdom. He is always looking for one to stand in the gap. (Ezek. 22:30) Eliakim fills the role that once seemed like a secure position for Shebna. Eliakim's name means, "God raises," "God sets up," or "God establishes." The servant Eliakim was called, clothed, strengthened, and positioned in the kingdom by God. He was promoted and raised up by God and not man. What Shebna forfeited God fortified with Eliakim. He was given the "key of David" to open things that were shut, and to shut things that were open (Isa.22:22).

The Scripture states that God would fasten Eliakim as a nail/peg in a sure/secure place and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house. 

 "I will fasten him as a nail in a firm place, and he shall become a glorious throne to his father's house" (Is. 22:23, MEV).

Look for God to remove things you thought were secure, things that were actually built on self-promotion and not true servanthood. "Kingdom connections," ministries, and relationships in your life that are more about themselves than having a mutual advancement of the kingdom will be removed. The Shebna's in your life and ministry will be removed and God will raise up the Eliakim's that will have the key of David to close doors that need to be closed and open doors that need to be opened. This is a time of being established strengthened and secured in your position in God's house to advance the kingdom (Isaiah 22:23, 54:2).

Has there been a space of grace in 5776 shown to us that we may have revival in America? In the book of Ezra we can see another reference to the use of a tent peg or nail.

"Yet now for a little while, there has been a favorable response from the Lord our God—leaving us a remnant to escape, giving us a tent peg from His holy place, having our eyes enlightened by our God, and giving us a little reviving in our bondage. For though we were slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage but has extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, granting us a reviving for the rebuilding of the house of our God, for the repairing of its ruins, and for giving us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem" (Ezra 9:8-9).

I believe there has been a space of grace given for the believers to recognize their position in the holy place, and to have our eyes enlightened to the Scriptures so that even though the nation may be going slipping into bondage with its abominations, we will still have revival in the midst of it. God always has a remnant that is secure and will not bow their knee to any false images of religion and false doctrines of devils out there (Dan. 3; 1 Tim. 4:1).

The vav when added to the beginning of any word creates the meaning "and." When writing a sentence, the "and" is the "peg" or "hook" that connects a word or clause to the next. We first find the vav written in Genesis 1:1 when it speaks of the heavens and the earth. This is why the vav is known in some traditions as the divine connector. It connects the heavens with the earth.

Again, a tent peg was used all throughout the tabernacle in the wilderness. The tabernacle was a picture of the blueprints of heaven manifested on the earth (Ex. 25:9, Heb. 5:8). On a practical perspective look for God to breathe a fresh wind on tent revivals this year. It's already started in some places throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The Lord is strengthening the stakes/pegs so that we can take territories for the kingdom. The tabernacle in the wilderness and the tents God is moving in now are places for divine connection with the presence and power of God.

"Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations; spare not, lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes" (Isaiah 54:2, MEV).

With that said there is a greater divine connector that we have now and his name is Jesus. He is the prophetic tent peg that has secured our position in HIM by nailing the ordinances against us to his cross. Let this year be a time of finding your place in Him and in doing so you will understand your position in the kingdom making your calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10).

"From him comes the cornerstone, and from him the tent peg. From him comes the bow for battle, and from him every ruler goes out, all these together. And they will be as mighty men, who trample down in the muddy streets in battle. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and He will put to shame those riding on horses" (Zech. 10:4-5, MEV).

"He blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us and contrary to us, and He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed authorities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them by the cross" (Col. 2:14-15).

Watch for God to secure your position in Him and in the kingdom. Watch for the removal of those with selfish ambition and those that are about self-promotion. Watch for a space of grace and for a reviving in the midst of bondage. Watch for partnerships and purpose to become secure so that strategies and victories will be released to advance the kingdom.

Jason Armstrong is the founder of Remnant Fire Ministries based in Cleveland, Tenn. Jason travels as a prophetic teacher releasing kingdom strategies, prophetic insights, and practical revelation to ignite individuals, families, churches, and nations with a burning heart for God and His kingdom. Connect with Jason online at remnantfireministries.org


Prophecy: You Can Sound the Alarm, But ...

Nine months ago, I heard in my spirit a strong and clear word from the Lord. This encounter was at a stadium prayer event that changed my mind about the supernatural—and signs and wonders have been following me ever since.

I'll always remember it. It was January 24, 2015 at The Response prayer rally in Baton Rouge. Thousands of people were crying out to God for our nation when I heard the words below in that still small voice I so love. I've waited nine months to release them on this platform because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of what the Lord was saying—and I was waiting for His timing. I believe the time is now. Here is the prophecy:

"My blood is sufficient. My covenant is sure. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is truth. You need not operate in fear but embrace the power to cleanse that's inherent in repentance. I want to cleanse America. But it starts with purifying your hearts.

"The church in this hour must herald the message of repentance in the same way as preachers in the Voice of Healing movement heralded the message of healing. Then will you see the manifestation of My presence and the wells of the supernatural will be unlocked and many who are lost will be restored to My love.

"It starts with the message of repentance. This is the message that I need you to shout from the rooftops in this hour. Everything the church needs to fulfill her call in this hour flows from a contrite heart. You can sound the alarm but without repentance it will fall on deaf ears.

"Many are entering eternity every day without My Son because they have not heard this message. Some of them are sitting in the church right now. Start there with this message and it will position the church to rise up in My power for My glory."


When I asked the Lord how the voice of healing preachers heralded the message of healing, He gave me three points: repetitive, passionate and scriptural.

The Voice of Healing preachers were repetitive. You heard many of the same core messages about God's power to heal and deliver over and over again in these tent meetings. The Voice of Healing preachers were passionate. Think of A.A. Allen jumping up and down and Jack Coe's exuberant singing. And, of course, the Voice of Healing preachers were scriptural. These preachers knew that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word (see Rom. 10:17) and they kept their messages in line with the Word of God.

Two-Sides to One Word

After much prayer, I've come to the conclusion that there are two sides to this prophetic word: We need to repent in the sense that we need to ask forgiveness of our sins and stand in the gap for our nation. Indeed, we need to see repentance in the church—widespread repentance. But it's not just changing the way we think about sin—and turning away from it—that is required in this hour. We need to change the way we think about the supernatural.

When Jesus rebuked the cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida for not repenting after they saw the mighty miracles He did (see Matt. 11:20-21), that word repent is the Greek word "metanoeo." Metanoeo means "to change one's mind, i.e. to repent; to change one's mind for the better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins."

The spirit of religion, along with a lukewarm mindset, prayerlessness and the tradition of men, has all but killed miracles, signs and wonders in our churches. Paul saw this threat in his day, which is why he gave his spiritual son Timothy this advice about those in the church that "have a form of godliness but deny its power." In 2 Timothy 3:5 he said, "Turn away from such people."

We need to turn away from thoughts that limit God in our lives. We need to turn away from a powerless expression of the gospel. We need to turn back toward faith in God to heal the sick, cast out demons and, yes, even raise the dead. God is a God of miracles! Jesus walked on water. Jesus healed a man born blind. Jesus healed the deaf and dumb. Jesus fed many thousands of people with a few loaves and fishes—more than once. Jesus raised people from the dead. Jesus healed a man's withered hand. Jesus turned water into wine. Jesus healed a paralytic.

Getting Back to the Great Commission

I could go on and on—and it wasn't just Jesus. The apostles and the disciples in the book of Acts did miracle after miracle—even special miracles so that handkerchiefs which Paul had touched were brought to the sick who were then healed (see Acts 19:11-12). And Jesus told them, "Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me will do the works that I do also. And he will do greater works than these, because I am going to My Father. I will do whatever you ask in My name, that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:12-13).

The supernatural is part of the Great Commission! A lost and dying world doesn't want to engage with a lukewarm religion. In fact, it's obvious that the world finds lukewarm Christianity tasteless. When Jesus issued the Great Commission in Mark 16, He was very clear that "these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

We need to repent—to change the way we think about the supernatural. We need to believe God to walk in His supernatural power. People are dying and going to hell because the power of the gospel has not been demonstrated. Religion in many cases has replaced relationship. It's time to press into what God wants to do in this hour—and I believe He wants to restore the supernatural to the church in a convincing way. Like Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but power" (1 Cor. 4:20). {eoa}

Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, co-founder of awakeningtv.com, on the leadership team of the New Breed Revival Network and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual AwakeningMornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of GodThe Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Jennifer's Periscope handle is @propheticbooks.

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