I'm really excited to bring you the word of the Lord for 2020. We just finished meeting with a group of the Global Prophetic Movement from 42 nations, and we gleaned so many things—in fact, so much more than I'm going to be able to give in this particular sharing with you. We're going to do some transcripts [from that gathering] and pull some more of the word of the Lord out from it. But I'm going to share with you some things here that are life-changing.
2019 was the year for joyful increase. And many people told me they believed for that, and they did see an increase financially or an increase of blessing or a new job or a new house. We know perhaps it wasn't that way for everyone, but in general, we are still in that season of increase. The prophetic words continue to say the increase is coming, and it will be wonderful.
2020 is significant in that it is literally a new era. One of the words God has given is that we're going to grow into our own skin. What do I mean by that? We're going to grow into the purpose of God that He has for us. It's time to intentionally say: What is my purpose, where am I going in life and how do I achieve that? And how do I do come into conversion—a place where our full gifts, our full abilities, are used? It's a very exciting season.
Of course, it will be a challenging season as well. Any time you're going to a new level—we used to say, "New levels, new devils"—there will be some resistance. Think about going into the promised land, how there was resistance and there were giants that met them when they went into the promised land. If you've heard me speak very much, you know what I say: If you're going into your promised land (your purpose, your destiny, what God has for you), and you're not having any pushback (there are no giants in the land), then you're not going in the right direction. There will be Jerichos to take, so there will be battles, but it's going to be exciting. When you're going the way the Lord has for you, there is that sureness inside of you most of the time that, "Wow, this is what I am made for. I'm just created to do this." And I believe that for you.
All of you are listening to this, and we want to give you hope for your future. Maybe you've gone through terrible times of loss, terrible times when you feel like you've had setbacks, but I want to say to you: Believe God. Believe God that He does have something wonderful for you, no matter how many things have happened to you, how much loss. I think many of us in the past few years have lost family members; there are things that have happened to us that we didn't want to happen. Sometimes it can make us feel out of control. But this is a year where we are literally starting not only a new decade, but a new era.
Year of the Voice
This year in the Hebrew is 5780. There's symbolism in this to help us understand what the Holy Spirit is saying. It's not only a new era, but it is a year of the voice. Now, what do we want to say about the year of the voice? Second Chronicles 20:20 says:
So they rose up early in the morning and went out to the Wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, Judah and those dwelling in Jerusalem. Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be supported. Believe His prophets, and you will succeed."
Then he goes on to talk about something that is very critical for this season. It says:
And he consulted with the people and then appointed singers for the Lord and those praising Him in holy attire as they went before those equipped for battle saying, "Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever" (2 Chr. 20:21).
So we say that this is a season where we're going to have to go to war if we're going to get into our promised land. Looking at the biblical symbolism of taking your promised land, when the children of Israel crossed the Jordan, there were all kinds of tests and things they had to do. They didn't just stand on the promised land and say, "Well, here I am!" and all the giants ran away, and all the problems ran away. No, they had to fight for it.
This is a season where we're going to have to go to war to come into our reset and our blessings and our purpose. But don't let that make you afraid. Just learn how to go to war—it's very important. This is why, at Generals International, we teach on spiritual warfare. And we tell people how to navigate in prayer and [deal with] the powers of darkness coming against them. We need to go back and re-teach those things that we taught many years ago, because one of the things that my generation should do is teach the next generation what we know, and my generation knew how to go to war.
We need to understand that there are nations that need Jesus Christ. There's going to be a battle over that happening. There are people who need to be saved. There's going to be a battle for the soul of those people. It's time to establish war rooms once again. It's time to learn to war, and, in the passage mentioned above, we see one of the principles of warfare was worship. We know in this 2020 season and from 2 Chronicles 20:20 and 21 that there is a connection. The prophets prophesied, and the people who believed the prophets prospered. And what did the prophets say to do that would bring that blessing? It was worshipping the Lord—an intense worship of the Lord and intentional worship of the Lord.
Coming Into Fullness
Another thing that we heard as we were meeting together is this was the 20th year of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders. We first began meeting in 1999, and in this 20th anniversary, the prophetic movement in year 2020 is coming into a fullness. Many are learning to prophesy around the world and learning how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. They're learning when God is speaking to them and how to hear the voice of God. We especially see this in evangelism. It is so exciting.
Now, I do want to say, I know we are not the only prophets; there are many groups of prophets. But our particular group that's met so long felt that we should give a cautionary word that we need to once again issue guidelines on prophesying, like not telling people who to marry, when to make a move and things like this, or saying "thus saith the Lord" as you're just beginning. We need to be teaching these things again. My book The Voice of God is a good place for you to begin if you're just learning in that. Many other leaders, like Christian International Bishop Bill Hammond, and many, many others, have written books on the prophetic.
We also saw that the prophetic is going to rise up in many spheres of authority. There are going to be marketplace prophets. We were talking to one the other day, and he was telling us that when he's with a group of business people, he gets very detailed words. And some other people call it an "Issachar Prophet" who knew the signs of the time. Chuck Pierce I think is certainly one of those, and there are others as well who are those kinds of prophets. So look for some of these guidelines to come out and a fleshing out more of these [different] kinds of prophetic types. We know there are psalmists who will sing just the Word of the Lord. It will be exactly what needs to be heard.
Another thing we heard in this year of the voice was that we need to let the Spirit's voice be heard around the world and be established. And here's some ways:
1. A voice of warning: watchmen sounding the alarm. If you are feeling something coming that is dangerous to your nation or if you had a dream, many times that's God telling you to pray about that thing.
2. A voice of righteousness.
3. Increased guidance given through the prophets to world leaders. There are governmental prophets rising up, and it's very exciting. This is a really common occurrence for me to speak to world leaders, to give them prophetic counsel or to prophesy to them. That's one of the jobs of the prophet.
4. Decrees and proclamation.
5. Wise choices in what we preach. I saw a vision of the word "watch," and the Lord told me that He was going to confirm that we were going to have more intercessors. They're going to have more war rooms, and we'll be able to watch and be watchmen. At our Global Prophet Summit, the Lord actually gave us a sign of this. The first night, a woman who was legally blind was completely healed, and she was able to see. I always like to test this out for myself. She stood about 10 feet away, and she was legally blind; she couldn't see. I held up fingers, and I moved further and further back, and she could still see the number of fingers I was holding up. I really felt that was one confirmation at least of what God is going to do this year in the miracles that we see as we watch over the nations.
Stay tuned for Part 2!
Cindy Jacobs is an author, speaker and teacher with a heart for discipling nations in the areas of prayer and prophetic gifts. She and Mike—her husband—co-founded Generals International in 1985.
This article originally appeared at generals.org.
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