A YEAR OF THE PROPHET’S REWARD
In the midst of increasing instability on the global scene, God has an exciting word for His people, especially those who have embraced His prophetic Voice. I believe we are in a turn around season and that we will continue to see divine reversals in our personal lives and circumstances, in the positioning of the church in culture and even in the legislation of nations.
As I prayed about the upcoming season in the Church and what God is saying to us for 2018, I had a vision in which I saw and heard the words “A Time for the Prophet’s Reward.” Jesus spoke about this in Matthew 10:40-41 saying “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” The word “receive” means “to take hold of, to accept, to receive favorably, to embrace, to give ear to, to make one’s own.” This is what we must do with Christ in our lives. To receive Him is to receive the Father. And to receive a prophet and those who are righteous will bring blessing in our lives.
Later I saw just the words “Prophet’s Reward” written on a giant battering ram which was slamming against a huge locked gate. I knew the anointing of the Prophet’s Reward was going to open tremendous opportunities for the Kingdom of God to advance. Those who have received prophetic promises from God and those who operate and function in prophetic ministry will experience one of the greatest seasons of honor, advancement, promotion and favor as we align and actively participate with all God has said.
Now Is the Time!
So why would this be a focused year to receive this anointing? This year we celebrate 30 years since the birth of the prophetic movement. Prior to 1988, there were only a few places in the earth that were experiencing dreams, visions, angelic visitations and prophetic revelation. However, that year at Christian International (as well as several other places on earth) we spiritually birthed the prophetic movement. We recognized that God was raising up a company of prophets and prophetic people who could communicate His heart, will and mind to the earth. Today, it is now widely accepted throughout Christianity that God is still speaking TO His people and THROUGH His people and that as we hear God’s Voice it can change our world.
The number 30 signifies a promotion into a new season of success. This is a new season of authority and blessing for prophetic ministry and for seeing the prophesied word come to pass. It is a launching season! Jesus was launched into his earthly ministry at the age of 30 accompanied by signs, wonders, miracles, authority, power over demons and a heart to demonstrate that the Kingdom of God had come. 30 was a very important number in the Jewish culture. It was considered to be the year of maturity for leadership. Priests were dedicated to service at age 30. (Intercession). Men were eligible for military service at age 30. (Warfare). Ezekiel was called as a prophet at age 30 (Prophetic). Men were considered of age to run their father’s business at age 30. (Marketplace). This year get ready to be mantled for a new level of authority in your area of prophetic calling.
A Time of Prophetic Fulfillment
30 was also a year linked to fulfillment of prophetic destiny, overcoming & rulership. Joseph came out of prison and had his prophetic dream fulfilled as he became a ruler in Egypt at the age of 30. David came out of the cave & saw the prophecy fulfilled as he was anointed King of Judah at Hebron at the age of 30. Jesus was 30 when he was baptized and the Holy Spirit came upon him and anointed him to fulfill his prophesied destiny. All the difficulty these men went through leading up to their time of success was worth it to see all God promised come to pass. The Prophets Reward launches us into similar times of fruition when all we may have struggled through comes to an appointed time of grace and fulfillment so that we can step into our time to rule and legislate for the Kingdom of God in the earth.
30 also signifies prosperity & posterity. In the book of Judges, one of the judges, Jair, had 30 sons. He gave each of them a horse and a city! ( Jud 10:4)
So you see, in this 30th year of the prophetic ministry, all that has gone before has actually only been preparatory to what comes next. Where before the prophetic was met with skepticism and resistance, now there is honor and excitement to hear the Word of the Lord. The Voice of God is being integrated into the church and being drawn on in the business world. Even local and national governmental officials long to hear answers from the heart of God so they can have the capacity to bring their city or even nation into the Prophets Reward of breakthrough. One of the new things to watch for is how effectively prophets and prophetic ministry cross into the mainstream of culture, not just the mainstream of the church. Secular leaders will become increasingly open to hear what God is saying, even those who don’t know Him yet.
The Lord is saying it is time to receive the Prophet’s Reward whether you have been a part of what God has been doing the last 30 years or if you are brand new to the movement, your reward is the same. During this 30th year of prophetic ministry we should expect a greater anointing for fulfillment of prophetic destiny, blessings of prosperity upon ourselves and our families, greater revelation, greater miracles, signs and wonders than ever before.
So what is the Prophet’s Reward?
There are several examples of people being blessed, rewarded and advanced because they received a prophet or a prophetic message. In all these examples we find that receiving the prophet or prophetic word was not a passive response of hearing a word and hoping something good would happen as a result, but rather one that required active alignment, an expectant attitude and corresponding action. The Prophets Reward released rapid fulfillment of the things God had promised. In most instances below, the prophecy was fulfilled almost instantly, without delay. The Prophets Reward brings an acceleration of the process of divine fulfillment.
1) The Miracle You Need That Money Cannot Buy! Prophets release the miraculous! The story of the Shunamite woman is one of the best examples of receiving a Prophet’s Reward. In 2 Kings 4 we meet this woman who is wealthy, but has no child. Not only did she receive the prophet, she actually had a room built in her house for him. Each of us need to be challenged to build a room in our life and in our heart for the Word of the Lord to dwell. Rather than just occasionally receiving “a word” we must receive the abiding Voice of God. It seemed this woman didn’t need anything. She just wanted the anointing in her home knowing it would bring a blessing. But it was discovered that she did not have an heir. The prophet told her that the following year she would bear a son. She was so heartbroken from her years of barrenness that her initial reaction was not necessarily one of faith, but rather “don’t mess with me prophet!” Nevertheless, the next year she had a son. She blessed the prophet by honoring the gift within him, she made place for the prophetic anointing in her life and she received a miracle which she needed which money could not buy!
One of the beautiful things about a Prophet’s Reward is that it is not a one time blessing but continues to perpetuate the anointing through the years. When the boy was grown he was working in the field with his father and suddenly held his head and fell over dead. The Shunnamite, drawing on that Prophet’s Reward anointing, ran to get the prophet to raise her son back to life! Her heir was given back to her and all the enemy tried to rob was returned. This theme continued later in 2 Kings 8 when Elisha told her to go live somewhere else during a famine. She was gone seven years then returned to make an appeal for her house and her land. The king was hearing the story of how Elisha had raised the boy back to life, when his servant said “look! Here is the woman and her son!” The Prophet’s Reward Set her up with the anointing for favor for her to be in the right place at the right time! The king not only gave her back her land, but all the proceeds of the land that should have been hers for the past seven years! The prophet’s Reward will bring restoration of all that has been lost or stolen! It is a blessing that keeps on giving and in this time of the Prophet’s Reward God will make sure you are in the right place at the right time to receive your miracle and to bring influence for the Kingdom of God.
Not only will God bless those who have made room in their lives for the Voice of God, but it is now time to see blessings come upon churches who have made a place for the prophetic within their church structure. Have you given God’s Voice a place to move and minister whenever you gather? Then you will see the Shunnamite Blessing of the Prophet’s Reward upon your church and growth and increase will be the result.
2) The Reward of Provision
Prophets release provision. In I Kings 17 the Prophet, Elijah, had a word from God to go to a widow at Zarephath to be fed during a time of famine. When he got there he found the woman gathering sticks by the city gate, preparing to fix her last meal for her and her son before dying of starvation. He asked her for bread and she said she only had a tiny bit of flour and oil left. He asked her to go fix him a small cake first because he knew God sent him to this widow. He gave her a promise that if she did this the bin of flour would not be empty and the oil would not run dry. The widow received the prophet and fed him because he was a prophet and she and her household ate for months until the famine was broken. The prophet was blessed with food but the woman received the Prophets Reward that lasted for months or possibly even years of unlimited supply. It is time to see the Prophet’s Reward of unlimited supply manifested, not just for survival, but for the advancement of the Kingdom endeavors God has charged you with.
3). The Reward of Posterity
Prophets will bring generational continuity. In the previous two stories the prophet came and brought sons back to life. God cares about our generations! Likewise, the Prophets Reward can be seen in 2 Kings 4. A prophet died and left his wife in debt so that her sons would need to be sold as slaves. Elisha told the woman to take the small amount of oil in her house, go gather as many vessels as she could and begin to pour the oil into the vessels. Her obedience to the word resulted in a Prophets Reward of supernatural multiplication of oil which enabled her to pay the debt and set her children free. She worked with the word of the Lord through the prophet to see her generations free and blessed. We also see the Prophets Reward and generational synergy with the ministries of Elijah and Elisha. Elijah prophesied to Elisha and Elisha responded by wholeheartedly going after Elijah until he received the double portion blessing. The Double Portion anointing and the Prophets Reward are synonymous and it is time to receive this fresh mantle on your life, family, ministry, and business.
4) The Reward of New Beginnings
Prophets declare the new things and bring Reformation! Isaiah 42:9 says “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” This is prophetic function: to declare what God is doing before it even happens. Isaiah 43:19 says Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it. This year will be full of new things as reformation aligns God’s people to proper heart positioning and proper function so the church can thrive as Christ intended.
This is the Roman calendar year 2018 and the Hebraic calendar year 5778. Both years end in the number 8 which signifies new beginnings, reformation and resurrection life. Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week which was the 8th day. Josiah, a reformer, began his reign at age 8 bringing a new era in the midst of idolatrous predecessors. He also began to seek the Lord for himself in the eighth year of his reign which later resulted in His purging Israel of the altars of Baal. Likewise, Solomon began to purge the idols from Israel in the 8th year of his reign. The 8 of Reformation will always call us back to the straight path.
Since I mentioned the number 8, I should mention here the biblical meaning of the number “18” is blessing and long life . In the Hebraic culture the number 18 is very significant as the word Chai, which is the word for life, has the numeric value of 18. This is where Jews get the saying L’chaim…to life! Eighteen also represents a time of coming out of bondage. Twice Israël was in bondage for 18 years when God delivered them. It does not signify bondage but rather freedom from bondage. In Luke 13:16 Jesus healed a woman who had been sick for 18 years saying Woman Thou Art Loosed! Finally, the number 18 is tied to judges. There were 18 judges from the time of Joshua until Saul became king. The first judge, Joshua, ruled 18 years. I believe it is time to see a new beginning in the courts of our land with a return to righteous rulership.
5) The Reward of Breakthrough!
Prophets bring breakthrough! David was Jesse’s 8th son and he ushered in a new era for Israel. David was a prophet who led Israel in battles of victory against the Philistines. He received the prophecy from the prophet, Samuel, that he would be king. He believed it, received it then acted on it by stepping up to face Goliath. This will be a year to see Goliaths fall! Goliath systems. Goliaths of intimidation. Goliaths of impossibility. The Prophets Reward released vision, courage, and a prophetic edge which was imparted through Samual and acted on by David. This anointing brought Goliath down. The Prophets Reward releases the ability to do things that have been impossible up until that time. It is a breaker anointing that will bring down spiritual foes. This year will be a record-breaking year! Things that have never been done before will breakthrough! Things stagnated or stalemated in previous years will break open through the Word of the Lord!
6) The Reward of Opportunity & Favor
Prophets release favor and open doors of opportunity. The prophet, Moses stood before the throne of Pharoah and said “Let My People Go” and God released favor in the courts of Egypt. In the Hebraic alphabet, the number eight is drawn as a picture of a gate or a door. Remember my vision of the battering ram with the words Prophets Reward pounding against a giant gate. Gates were always places of government and authority. Kings issued decrees from the city gates. Prophets prophesied from the gates. Jesus raised the dead in the gate. The apostles healed the lame man in the gate. Jesus identified Himself as the Door. In Revelation 3 he says he has the Key of David and opens so that no man can shut and shuts so that no man can open. Expect doors of favor and access which have been shut to you in the past to be opened to you for your future!
In I Corinthians 16:9 Paul says “for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” As we embrace God’s prophetic words in this season we will see unprecedented times of open doors, but also may have to contend with some adversaries. But take heart and have no fear. I heard the Lord say, “Your opposition will become your opportunity!” Just like when David faced Goliath & defeated him, it caused promotion to come that he could marry the king’s daughter and move into the palace. The opposition became his opportunity. In the same way, your adversaries have been given for your advantage. Your trial and trouble will become your triumph! I felt this year would be characterized by Gates, Goliaths and Glory! Go through the gates, defeat your Goliaths and then step into the glory!
Along with supernatural opportunities God is asking us to spend our favor. Faith is the currency of heaven. All we desire to receive from God takes faith to receive. On the other hand, favor is our currency of our dealings with men on the earth. We must understand that we can actually have favor without knowing how to spend it. Just as one can have money without spending it, one can also have favor without spending it or spending amiss. Favor opens doors for kingdom influence and kingdom endeavors. Favor assures we are in the right place at the right time for kingdom results. Favor is one more aspect of our Prophets Reward and part of the blessing God gives to those who receive prophets and prophetic ministry.
7). The Reward that Heaven Will Fight For You
Prophets release heaven’s angel armies. We see several times in scripture when a prophetic word is released by a prophet and when the people of God actively position themselves in agreement with that prophecy, heaven supernaturally intervenes in the battle. In Judges 4-5 Deborah released a prophetic word regarding the Israel’s harsh bondage under the Canaanites. The people and the generals responded by going to the prophetically indicated place by the River Kishon. Kishon means, “to set a trap or lay a snare for the enemy”. This is exactly what happens as part of the Prophets Reward. When the enemy showed up for the battle God caused torrential rain to fall and the heavens fought for Israel flooding the riverbed and washing away the enemy. In another battle in 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat, a great reformer and righteous king was surrounded by the enemy. He called the people to fast and seek the Lord during which time the prophet Jehaziel prophesies that they will not need to fight in the battle for “the battle is the Lord’s”. As a response to this prophetic word Jehoshaphat sends worshippers out in front of the armies singing “Praise the Lord for his mercy endures forever.” As we know, once the army got to the enemy they discovered that they had turned on one another and wiped each other out. Heaven got involved and fought for them. Again in Joshua 10, Joshua is in an epic battle with a coalition of Canaanite kings when God speaks prophetically to him. “And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.” Joshua was exhausted but went to confront his enemy as instructed by God, but instead God Himself fought for Joshua and Israel and together they wiped out the enemy. As a matter of fact it is recorded that God killed more than Joshua! Part of our Prophets Reward is that God will cause His angels to fight for us. Hebrews 1:14 says that God sends his angels to assist those who are to inherit salvation. In the Book of Acts we see multiple times when angels intervened to deliver one of the apostles and position them to advance the gospel of the kingdom. This is part of our reward for receiving God’s prophetic voice. Send down your mighty ones oh God! You can expect angelic help in your battles in 2018!
8). The Reward of Nation Changing
Prophets change cities and nations. Jeremiah was tasked as a prophet to the nations to root up, tear down, throw down and destroy and to build and plant. The prophetic anointing has the ability to shift an atmosphere over a territory which can result in changes in government, business, economy, and even break the territory open for revival. We can see this demonstrated in 2 Kings 2 after Elisha received the double portion mantle from Elijah. The first thing he did was go into Jericho and break the curse of death and barrenness off the city. The city was forever changed by the word of the prophet and the city that received him received the prophet’s reward and was forever changed.
So in 2018 it is time to proactively step into your Prophet’s Reward. Align with all God has charged you with, embrace the prophetic anointing which God is releasing to you and expect the reward of His blessing.