Prophetic Insights For 2012
Articles - Prophetic
by Lyn Packer
Please also do take the time to re-read the prophetic Insights for 2011 (click here to read them) These will continue to play out over the next few years as God is unfolding his plan for the church. In writing these insights, while I call them Prophetic insights for 2011 or 2012, they are in fact prophetic insights into a "time-frame" that spans a few years, as well as being relevant to this particular year.
While these insights are what I believe the Lord has shown me I would encourage you to seek the Lord for yourself regarding them and ask him what his plans are for your personal life for this coming year.
Prophetic Insights for 2012
As I have been praying about this coming year there are a few things that the Lord has been saying, but one has rung louder than all the others. I believe we will hear more and more about this thing coming from many different sources. It is the foundational thing that all else is being built on - both in our personal lives and corporately, as the Church. When I share what God has been saying, it may sound in some ways innocuous or "old-news" at first, but everything the church becomes and does in the years ahead hinges on us getting a greater revelation of it.
That statement is "Look at the Cross!"
God is calling us to look back in order to properly find our way forward!
A Largely Lost Revelation
Over the centuries the church has largely lost her way and we are hearing the voice of the Lord say again "This is the way, walk ye in it" (Isa 30:21). And the way he is calling us to walk in is not some great mystery recently revealed, it is not some new revelation, but it is a revelation that we have largely forgotten. The revelation of the Cross – what Jesus did for us by his death and resurrection (check out 2 Cor 5:19; 1 Cor 15:22; Rom 5:18,19; Rom 6:8; Col 2:20 to start with).
The revelation of the cross is all about the grace of God and what it means to be born again and live in that grace. God is bringing a refocusing on the freedom that the gospel brings people into and reminds us that we live not under law but under grace (Rom 6:14; Gal 3:3; Col 1:23). While people initially get saved by grace, many all too soon get encumbered by teaching and beliefs that cause them to be unable to continue to live by grace. It is this that God is drawing our attention back to – the need to continually live in and by the grace of God. This revisited revelation of grace is revolutionizing the church.
Like with all things that God reveals or re-reveals, there is the possibility that some will believe and others won't. The enemy wants to make mileage out of that and cause both sides (supporters and opponents) to rise up in self-righteousness and pride and defend their beliefs by tearing down the other side. Don't let him draw you into that devilish trap.
Some in the Body of Christ are calling this the "grace revolution" but I would caution against using labels to define what God is doing. Our man-given labels have caused much dissension and fighting within the Body of Christ. Jesus is not calling us to give another label to what he is doing but to discard the labels altogether! We should not say I am of the "grace movement", the "prophetic stream" etc – the early church had that problem (1 Cor 1:11-13) and Paul basically told them to grow up. Today I am doing the same. It is time for us as individuals to discard our stream or denominational labels. It is time to leave them behind and simply be "Christians" again.
I see in the days ahead the Lord bringing the revelation truths of those different "streams" and "denominations" - Pentecostal, Evangelical, Charismatic, Prophetic, Grace, Glory etc together into a mighty river of revelatory understanding. He is currently bringing to the church an understanding of how the truths we have had revealed to us are all a part of the whole. Each has restored important revelation to the church and God is blending the truths together to cause us to grow up into a whole body, not factions that are set against each other.
There will still be some who refuse to leave their labels behind, but more and more people are discarding them and moving on to a greater maturity because of it.
The outworking of all this is that we are continuing to grow up and become the sons and daughters of God we were called to be.
It is "Christ in us" being revealed and released. It is releasing the Kingdom of Heaven into earth wherever we go, sharing the true "good news", bringing hope, setting the captives free (both inside and outside the church), healing the sick, seeing the lame walk, and the blind see.
It is the time to reclaim our lost heritage. It is a time for the church to take back the ground we have let the enemy steal from us. It is time for stepping into our destiny and calling, to see the seemingly impossible bow to God as he empowers each of us to fulfill his plans and purposes in the earth.
Wisdom is key in this season (Matt 7:7; Prov 2:2,6). This wisdom is not just the revealing of some mystery, knowledge or mindset. It is Wisdom – the person, making himself known to us and showing us how to walk as he does; it is Jesus! Paul tells us that in 1 Corinthians 1:24 "Christ, the power of God, and the wisdom of God." Now, more than ever, we need Jesus, the wisdom of God, to live in us and through us.
Shift in the Prophetic
There is a coming shift in the prophetic – more and more the prophetic will not just say, "There is something new coming" - that 'ever elusive something new'. They will not just say "Revival is coming and starting here, or there." As well as pointing us forward, they will point us back to the regaining of what we have lost. They will proclaim that a revelation of the old is here – Christ and Christ in us - the hope of the world.
The "Good News" will be preached in a way that it has not been for many centuries. The prophetic will trumpet the "Good News" to the church and many in the church will get truly converted as a result of it. They will then spread out like fire from their churches, proclaiming and demonstrating the Kingdom of Heaven in such a way that countless others will be saved.
The prophetic will more and more proclaim, "Christ in you (NOW) is the hope of glory – not Christ coming some day, somewhere, to do something! Christ in you here and now, revealed to the world through sons and daughters who are fulfilling the mandate given centuries ago."
The prophets will say, as God does here and now, "Look at the Cross, look at the cross, look at the cross! See what I did already. Walk in that! Don't keep looking for something new. I don't need to do something new - I already did all that was needed at the cross. Look back so that you can walk forward!"
We will recognize that there have been prophetic voices amongst us who were prophesying a true word, even though we did not want to hear it. The word…. "That church, as we have known it, has not been working and that God is changing that."
There is an increase in revelation that is here now. People are, and will be, seeing more visions, having supernatural encounters with Jesus and angels, receiving revelation in dreams. This will continue to increase this year and in the coming years as people allow God to be the supernatural God who communicates in supernatural ways.
Miracles, Signs and Wonders
These will continue to increase in frequency as Christians believe again that Christ will work through them to do miracles, signs and wonders. Miracles will no longer be the domain of the 'few' but of every man, woman and child who believes.
Justice issues will continue to become more of a focus for the church, but not in the old way of only doing the practical, but a combining of the practical and the miraculous. Hope ambassadors will continue to proclaim and demonstrate God's heart and intent, and peoples and nations shall come to him because of it.
We will continue to see instability and even collapse in nations' monetary foundations as things in the world's system get worse, but we will also see the Lord provide for his people in miraculous ways. Make sure that you know who your provider is. Is it your employer or the hope of winning Lotto, or do you truly believe that God has, is and will provide your every need? (2 Pet 1:3)
It is not all doom and gloom, despite what the news media tell us. The world's best days will soon be upon us, as we Christians become who God originally intended us to be, and live the life he always intended us to live – bringing hope, salvation, healing and freedom to many thousands. This will, in the days ahead, even lead to whole cities and nations becoming filled with true believers and as a result we will see some of those cities and nations become safe houses for those that are persecuted elsewhere. We will also see their economies bloom as God gives ideas and witty inventions to them. The world will begin to turn to the church for ideas and strategies to feed the poor, ideas for how to provide housing and education for their people and more. Some will even ask the church for strategies to bring their nations out of the crises they find themselves in. While this will bring increased freedom for some, it will also bring an increase in persecution and hatred of the Church by others.
To be alive and representing Christ in this day is an awesome privilege and we are called to that. Releasing heaven into earth is our mandate for 2012 and beyond. We were created and called to release it now, tomorrow and every day that follows. Let's have fun doing it!