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As we enter into the year 2023, it is important to see the full spectrum of what the Holy Spirit is doing, both locally and internationally. This year's theme, Bountiful Blessings and Turmoil, may seem to be contradictory! How can we have both bountiful blessings and turmoil?
The explanation is that we will see blessings in the midst of turmoil.
As the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, we have set our hearts to issue prophetic words, warnings and admonitions, as well as calls for prayer. Prophetic intercession is an important part of our meetings as we both hear from the Lord and intercede.
When we were founded 23 years ago, we agreed to release words that we have consensus about. Individual members may have their own prophetic take upon what they are hearing. However, we have chosen, according to the Acts 13:1-3 model, to only write in this record words that the "Holy Spirit" has said which we all agree upon.
Looking back in our collective history, we see that the words we have issued have been remarkably accurate. One year, it was that the European Union was going to fragment. This was before Brexit was announced and the United Kingdom left the EU. Another word was that a virus was coming upon the earth that would seemingly be incurable, and that, of course, was COVID.
Here are significant words for this new season:
The Lord has spoken to us that He is going to help each of us establish ourselves as a Goshen. Goshen was the land given to the children of Israel when Joseph was the Prime Minister, in effect, of Egypt. It was the choice land. This land provided for them during the lean years of famine. There are some lean years ahead, and God will reveal to us how to establish our Goshen's for the days ahead.
There was an admonition given not to let the enemy feed our fears, but to trust in God for our well-being. How this is to take place will vary. Some will plant gardens. Getting out of debt is important. Others will physically relocate to areas where a Goshen is already established. Still, others will stay and establish their Goshen in the midst of great darkness.
There will be cities of refuge that will be Goshen's and experience supernatural prosperity. They are already in the process of forming now.
Psalm 23 will be a very significant scripture passage for the days ahead: "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies."
Around the table this coming season will be restored families. Prodigals will come back to the Lord. Family unity is going to be restored. Another important part of this will be the restoration of hospitality, where believers invite non-believers to dine with them in their homes.
Generosity is going to be poured out as we come to the table of the Lord. Sharing of goods and finances will bless many. This will also manifest through the taking of Communion around the table of the Lord.
Covenantal friends will sit around the table and dream God's dreams, and then go out and manifest them together throughout the earth. They will form companies together and will literally be "companies of people". People who have felt lonely and out of place will find lasting friendships. These friendships will provide "nets for harvest." This will be the harvest of souls and the coming together of disconnected people around the table.
God is going to reveal Himself as the Good Shepherd to us, who will lead us beside still waters and green pastures. The admonition is to stay very close to Him, and He will lead and guide us in troubled times.
A Time of Fruitfulness and Bounty
Businesses that have struggled will have their breakthrough. Bounty in the hands of God's children will be a sign and wonder to many.
This bounty is not just for personal security and safety, but to eradicate poverty and misery in others.
This chapter is thematic as to what God is doing worldwide today, and especially in Israel today. Gross darkness will encompass the earth, but the glory of God will shine out of the midst.
Provisions are coming for God's people. We were given the analogy that the "camels are coming" with all we need for our financial harvest (Isa. 60:6). As the body of Christ drinks deeply of the Word of God, revelation will flow to show the directions we need to take in our lives. A cursory knowledge of Scripture, of the milk of the Word, will simply not be enough to release you into what God wants to show you.
World War III
World War III is going to take place in the future. The word of the Lord was that it can still be delayed. Prayer teams had already independently planned to go to Taiwan and Wales, to the school that Rees Howells founded to pray about war. They have also subsequently gone to Israel to pray against a world war started by Iran.
Again, over 10 years ago, the Lord showed us an alliance of Russia/China/Iran would form as an axis power in a war. Already this has formed on many different levels, and we continue to pray against this alliance that would embroil the world in a horrible war.
(Note: While the teams were in Wales, a bomb fell in Poland that could have started WW3. This was a spill over from the war in Ukraine. However, after the team prayed at the school in Swansea, the news was, "War delayed!" Thank God for intercessors!)
Since 1999, the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders has gathered some of the most respected prophetic voices from around the nation (United States) to pray and seek the Lord for a word for the next year. It is their conviction to function as an Acts 13:1-3 group; and it is the consensus of the ACPE members that the Holy Spirit is speaking the following prophetic words to them. The council is comprised of such prophetic voices as Cindy Jacobs, James Goll, Chuck Pierce and many anointed others.
Note: This is the first of a three-part series. Stayed tuned to Charisma News for parts 2 and 3.
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