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2012: A Year of Discovery
2012 will become known as a year of discovery. As we begin to live under the rule of God's divine government, the mysteries of the end of the age will be revealed. The hidden manna (the mysteries) will be given, and revelation of God's purposes will come forth (Revelation 2:17).
The establishment of God's government, which will lead to discovery, will begin with a season of recovery.
The Trumpet: "I say unto you, truly, truly, that this is the day of recovery, so rise up with hope renewed. Gain access into My goodness. For surely I will restore that which has been stolen. I have come to set My people free, and I continue in the process by restoring them from time to time when it is necessary. Receive today the power of restoration and let the Spirit of the living God now invade your spiritual space; let it overtake you; let it embrace you."
The Trumpet – October 3, 2011: I prophesy to you that the Feast of Trumpets will birth a new season that will come into full manifestation and go forth in great strength into 2012. This will be the beginning of God's government becoming very, very apparent to us. The blessings of that government will come when we are living under His rule.
"Go forth with great joy, for indeed these are the days of the manifestation of My Kingdom. In these days, the reality of a supernatural Church will begin to be understood in the land and will be according to My purposes," says the Lord. "It is My will for My people to live in the glory of the supernatural realm. The supernatural events that you desire to see will become a reality, which will establish you in a greater measure of faith than ever before. So, arise and come forth into Kingdom purpose," says the Lord God Almighty.
Divine government will be the result of establishing the Kingdom. God's rule will begin in 2012. Twelve has always been the number of God's government; this has been established in Scripture and by divine pattern.
God's government began with the twelve tribes of Israel and continued in the New Testament with the designation of the twelve apostles. The rule of God and of the Lamb (see Revelation 22:3) will be in place for eternity. Again, the number 12 is found in God's eternal city, the New Jerusalem (see Revelation 21).
The city has 12 gates and 12 angels at the gates. The names of the 12 tribes of Israel are written on them. The wall of the city has 12 foundations, with the names of the 12 apostles on them. The city is 12,000 furlongs in length, breadth and height, and there are 12 precious stones on the foundations of the wall of that city.
On January 1, 2012, the Lord gave me this Scripture:
Habakkuk 2:1-3 I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
When I read this Scripture, I knew that it had to do with God's divine government, and I knew that it would be progressive in nature – not all at once. However, the vision is for an appointed time (2012). I then saw the beginning of the manifestation of the Kingdom and that it would be as it was in the beginning of the rule of the King of kings:
Luke 2:41-42 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Luke 2:46-47 And it came to pass, that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Jesus at age 12 went into the temple (place of government), and the Scripture says He was in the midst of those there – on the third day.
Hosea 6:1-3 Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.
As we come completely under His rule, He will come to us, lead us, and guide us by His Spirit. He will reveal that which is hidden (see Isaiah 48:6). We are in the third day of Christ, who is establishing His third-day government over His people. Habakkuk says in 2:3 that at the end the vision will speak.
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: and there were loud voices in Heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
So the end time (third-day government) rule of Christ will begin in 2012 with a season of recovery, and then discovery as our King reveals the mysteries of the end of the age to His people. The manifestation of the Kingdom will be progressive and become complete when Christ returns to set up His physical Kingdom here on earth.
Signs in the Earth (Acts 2:19)
The sign that is visible regarding the need for divine government was given in 2011; the protests and uprisings against governments around the world have taken place, from the Arab Spring uprising to the Wall Street protestors in the USA. The world needs Divine government, and the Church does, also.
First the natural signs, then the spiritual signs will follow. The Scripture declares the spiritual reality of the rule of God over His people:
Revelation 19:15-16 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Satan will fight against the establishment of God's government. The battle is going to heat up. This is the season that the prophet Jeremiah spoke about:
Jeremiah 12:5 If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?
The floodplain of the Jordan is historically known as the battleground between Israel, or God's people, and their enemies. Horses represent spiritual power: In the Church, apostolic power; and in satan's kingdom, the power of darkness. The horses that Jeremiah talked about represent the rulers of darkness that the apostle Paul identifies in Ephesians 6:12:
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
If the footmen (lower level demons) have worn God's people out, how can we contend (or war) with the rulers of darkness in the heavenlies (spirit realm)?
Unless the Lord helps us we will not have victory over the rulers of darkness. However, the Lord will help us. He will empower us for warfare. He will lead us in victory, because it is written:
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
The Lord of Hosts will also reveal the plan of the rulers of darkness to His people. The promise He has given for 2012 is found in Isaiah 45:3:
"I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel."
The Lord's horses represent apostolic power for war (see Revelation 19:11-15). Apostolic power for war will come to the Church under God's divine government. Zechariah 10:1-3 tells us that at the time of the latter rain, which is in the third day of Christ (see Hosea 6:2-3), the Lord will make His people as "His royal horse in battle."
The royal (kingly) horses will defeat the rulers of darkness and put them to shame.
Zechariah 10:5 They shall be like mighty men, who tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle. They shall fight because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be put to shame.
Victory is assured by the Word of the Lord and the sign in the earth, which was released on Christmas Day, the movie with the title of "War Horse."
God's divine government will be established in a time of intense spiritual warfare. The good news is that we win if we fight the good fight of faith.
The tests of this season will be two-fold: We will be tested with regard to our willingness to live under God's rule, and to obey Him... or not. He will lead and guide us, but we must follow. We will also be tested (tempted by satan) to rebel against God's rule and His Word.
The Trumpet – December 5: "You have been taught My Word, and My ways have been revealed to you by the Spirit of Truth. You have been equipped by the Spirit of Power as you have embraced the gifts of the Spirit and have believed that you can operate in these. And now you are entering a time of testing so that you can apply that which you have learned and that which you have received. In this season, you can pass the tests that come by using the authority that you have been given. These tests will strengthen you and will teach you responsibility and integrity. They will equip you to be more than conquerors and enable you to be overcomers. This is an important season in which I am preparing My people to become a glorious Church. It is a season in which you must live by My prophetic and written Word. You must now learn to apply by faith My words to every test, and if you do so, you will have victory and reason for celebration. Present vision will be established as you embrace the challenges of this season.
"Rejoice and be glad, for the time of the victory and the Day of My power is at hand," says the Lord.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
May we all be doers of James 4:7-8: "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
The government of God will be progressive, and each progression will come with a shifting in the spiritual realm. The spiritual atmosphere of each shift will cause us to become unsettled in our spiritual space. Each shift will cause us to enter into unfamiliar territory.
The key to recognizing the shifts is to stay connected in the Spirit of God and allow Him to lead us into each shift with understanding.
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
A New Covering
A new covering of God's glory will be established over those who establish themselves under the rule of God.
Isaiah 4:5 Then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.
This covering of God's glory will bring the manifestation of the power of His Word. The written Word will birth revelation of the inner workings of the Kingdom of God. The Spirit of truth will amplify the written Word so that it helps us understand our personal destiny. The prophetic word will give direction and help us understand the times and seasons in which we live. The word of the Word:
Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
When we live under the rule of God in spirit and truth, then all of the written blessings become yes and amen.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
God's promise for 2012 is found in the 12th verse of Psalm 5:
Psalm 5:12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.
The blessings identified by the number 12 include provision, spiritual empowerment, healing, and miracles. Please allow the Holy Spirit to bring you into a position of faith so that you can receive the promises that you desire.
1. Provision and Empowerment
Mark 6:6-7 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
Mark 6:41-43 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to Heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.
Mark 5:25-29 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
Mark 5:41-42 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
Spiritual empowerment will increase in this year as the Lord comes to His people and His rule is established. Healings will take place more frequently than they have in the past. The miracle of spiritual resurrection will take place. Spiritual life will come forth. Prophetic words, dreams and visions will become the result of this spiritual revolution.
As this season progresses and the spiritual shifts take place, more of living under God's divine government will be understood. A greater anointing will be available because of the covering that will keep the glory of God upon us. The spiritual war will escalate, but we will have the victory. The blessings of God will be received, and we will bless His holy name.
A new frontier lies before us; it is waiting for us to discover the spiritual landscape. Let us rise up, full of faith for the journey, and let us go forth like the spiritual pathfinders of past generations. Let us be like those who have gone before us.
Hebrews 11:32-34 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Our King will establish His Kingdom among His people. My prayer is that all of God's people will enter into this year with the expectation of discovery.
Matthew 6:10 Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
About Bill and Marsha Burns: Bill Burns is the Apostle and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle. He has a powerful prophetic gifting. His heart is to bring revelation with clarity and purpose to the Third Day Church and to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. He continues to raise up the next generation of prophetic ministers. Marsha Burns is a teacher with pastoral anointing and a Prophet to the local assembly in Kremmling, Colorado. She has been commissioned by the Lord to speak forth words of knowledge and words of wisdom to the nations via the Internet – best known for her Small Straws in a Soft Wind.