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Note: This blog post is part of a series titled "The saints prepare to rule." To view all parts, click the link below.
The year 2016 properly began at the feast of Trumpets, September 14, 2015. Prophetic events are timed (normally) by God’s calendar in Scripture. On the tenth day of the year, the Day of Atonement, we declared a Jubilee on September 23.
Jonathan Cahn was also telling us that this was a Jubilee year by his reckoning. The pope declared a Jubilee as well, calling it a Year of Mercy, beginning December 8, 2015 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) and ending on November 20, 2016 (the Feast of Christ).
All of this talk of Jubilees made its way into the jargon of the economists as well, giving more and more of them the idea of a debt-Jubilee. Little by little, the term Jubilee was being used in the English-speaking world. I remember the days when it seemed like I was all alone in talking about the law of Jubilee. A few economists began to use the term after the bank crisis of 2008, but by 2016 the term reached the mainstream public.
The Year of Cleansing
After the legal declaration of the transfer of authority on October 16, 2014, we entered into a year of cleansing. In Scripture, the priests were to cleanse themselves at the laver before entering the Sanctuary. Cleansing was very important. We ourselves are cleansed by the washing of the word of God. Without some knowledge of the word, we cannot truly be cleansed of our old manner of living, especially while we live in an unclean Babylonian society.
As I showed earlier, our Tabernacles conference in Branson (October 2-4, 2015) was the culmination of the Year of Cleansing (2014-2015), characterized by the number 76, which is the biblical number of cleansing. Recall that Highway 76 runs through Branson. Hence, the next year reflected that cleansing even within the Jewish calendar itself, because the year 2015-2016 was their Year 5776 (76 x 76) as if to affirm that we had been cleansed.
A Jubilee year is also a Sabbath year in Scripture, and so we find that Strong’s Concordance’s number 7676 is the Hebrew word Shabbat, “Sabbath.” In other words, on a prophetic level we had entered into God’s Jubilee rest, as defined in Isaiah 58:13 and Hebrews 4:9, 10. As first fruits of a greater harvest, the overcomers sanctified the harvest, setting the stage for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit yet to come.
The Year of the Wind (2016)
As I have shown many times earlier, each Prophetic Year begins shortly after the feast of Tabernacles with two cycles of 76 days. The Prophetic Year 2016 began on November 13, 2015 and was marked by the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, where followers of ISIS killed 129 people.
At the same time, prophets Dutch Sheets and Chuck Pierce were in Duluth, Minnesota, prophesying many important things at this “gate.” The name Duluth is actually from a Hebrew word dalet, “door, gate.” My friend, Phil, attended this conference and was able to transcribe some of the prophecies for me.
Unlocking the Covenant State
From Chuck Pierce….
“I say to you I have brought you to Duluth because I am giving you an authority in this city to stop the move of the blowing of the witchcraft that has blown across this state. I say beginning this weekend I am capturing the structure of witchcraft that has operated through My people and stopped My movement, and I say because you have gathered, witchcraft will no longer rule in this state.
“I say to you the witching winds of the past now will not have the authority to control the movement of My people. And I say to you the treasures that have fallen and been hidden over the last 40 years, I say to you tonight, I start causing those treasures and those resources that have been held up to rise up; and I say out of Minnesota there will come effecting change that will affect the resource of this entire nation.
“I say to you, this is the beginning of My glory coming in and beginning to be the band around the waist of this state. I say the belt of truth now that has longed to rise up and be seen in Minnesota will now rise up and be seen. I say the pulpits of this state will begin to come alive in a new way. The Word of God will come alive and be spoken in a new way. And I say to you the gatherings and the sound of the waters and the wind that have been held up and stopped in past seasons will now begin to come forth, surround this state, and this state that is filled with lakes will flood My glory down across this nation, saith the Lord.
As a teacher, I am encouraged by the prophecy that “the belt of truth” is about to “rise up and be seen in Minnesota” and that “the Word of God will come alive and be spoken in a new way.” Here in Minneapolis, we live at the belt buckle at “the waist of this state,” and so perhaps we will be able to get front-row seats as the truth is spoken (and heard) in a new way to the church. The prophecy continues:
“I say to you: Get ready, for I will deliver you in a new way, and your sons and your daughters will begin to prophesy. This is the beginning, here in Duluth, of breaking open the gate that will cause a movement that floods through a state and then floods down into a nation. I repeat. No longer will the witchcraft that has held captive this state be able to capture this people any longer.
“I say to Duluth, Get ready, for your gate will be opened and a highway will come through that gate that restores the covenant power that has been rejected. And I say to you: Make way, for My people will be coming from the North through your gate and will find their way throughout this nation and back to My land. I say to you this night: Minnesota has now shifted under My rule.”
When he says that opening this gate “restores the covenant power that has been rejected,” it is probably a reference to the fact that Minnesota was the 32nd state to be admitted to the United States (1858). The biblical meaning of 32 is “covenant.” Minnesota is also known as the Gopher State. The ark of Noah was made of “gopher wood” (Genesis 6:14 KJV). The word simply refers to a resinous wood of some sort. The Ark of the Covenant in Moses’ time was made of acacia (Hebrew: sitta, “shittim” KJV). See Exodus 25:10.
This may have been the same type of wood as was used in Noah’s ark. The point is that Minnesota, for prophetic purposes, is the covenant state, providing the wood that was to be overlaid with gold (Exodus 25:11) from the Golden State (California), which was the 31st state.
The problem is that Minnesota has been run by the spirit of witchcraft for a very long time and has thus rejected the Ark of the Covenant and the revelation of the New Covenant. I was called to move to Minnesota in 1996 to work to reverse this situation.
The Fivefold Government
After this, Dutch Sheets also prophesied….
“That which has been decreed tonight by leaders has been received by heaven, and so we say, ‘Come forth through the gate into that new place of apostolic wisdom and prophetic revelation, Minnesota.’
“Ecclesia, come to the fullness of fivefold expression, come to the fullness of fivefold government, come to the fullness, because even as you have come into that expression, you have not yet come to fullness. So come forth now in fullness. You are free now to come into the next level of your maturity. You are free now to become the wineskin that He has been preparing you to be. You are free to step into the season of full government…
“And so we say the four winds of heaven that we heard about are blowing, forming a vortex of tornadic activity of the four winds of heaven. For the four winds of Ezekiel will blow upon the dry bones… They will now cause these bones not just to live but to begin to become the army that has never yet been seen in this region. The army that is now coming forth will be the Four Wind Army. And I do not ever know what that means, but the Four Wind Army, sealed with the fullness of the breath of heaven.”
This previous year (2015) was marked by the revelation of Divine Government being raised up in the earth. Although the fivefold ministry in Ephesians 4:11 gives us the New Testament structure of this government, the twelve patriarchs of Israel are an expanded revelation of this government, as I showed earlier. Nonetheless, we have also been developing an online Bible School with five “modules,” based on the fivefold ministry.
Wind and Shaking
Chuck Pierce prophesied again at the Duluth meeting….
“The Lord said this would be the beginning of opening this gate, and you will have charge of the winds that blow across this land…. The Lord said you have authority within your bones to prophesy…. And I say from this gate the army begins to move, and from this gate a wind begins to blow that changes the course of the entire nation. I say from this port city there is now an unlocking that has never been unlocked in this nation, and you will see great change as the army across this land receives the wind that you sent forth from this city.”
Dutch Sheets added to this, saying,
“…The wind of heaven and the fire of God and the work of God is now dealing with chaff and is now going to thresh witchcraft out of the state of Minnesota, and it will even become a place from which intercession will be released for the nation to bring witchcraft even out of Washington D.C…. You will see witchcraft dismantled in this region, and the religious spirit married to the witchcraft will be broken, for the two-fold alliance of witchcraft and religion has caused this stronghold to be there. But I say to you, it is being dismantled from this day forth…
“The time of heaven and time on earth are now being married into an alignment and realignment, reconnected, and so heaven (can) impact earth, and earth can receive heaven and the two can march together in the timing of the Lord. So Minnesota comes into its appointed time… And you can move forward, knowing that you do not have to panic, and you don’t have to be in a hurry. You are now in time. You are now aligned with His time, so you can ‘rise and shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you’ … until the rising of the glory will be so bright in this state that you will be known as the Glory State.”
When we moved to Minnesota in 1996, we joined forces with Arise and Shine Fellowship that had been established and named prophetically in 1993. Chuck Pierce added to this, saying,
“This stake is to be pushed at the gate of this particular city, and decree that it is opened up for the Glory to come… and every iniquity up North and down South—once this is staked into Duluth—will start shaking in this state. Father, we loose it now, and we say, ‘Let the shaking begin, and let the glory begin to come down’.”
As I pondered and prayed further to know the meaning of this, I was led first to Ezekiel 37:1-14. It is the prophet’s vision of the valley of dry bones. He was told to prophesy over those dry bones, speaking life back into them. He then saw the bones come together, then flesh upon the bones, and then the breath (or wind) of God gave them life. They then became a great army. This is what Dutch Sheets prophesied as the Four Wind Army.
God has been raising up this army for a long time. To raise up such an army, it requires a lot of time preparing the hearts of the people, teaching them faith and obedience, and then giving them the experience and testing that is necessary to build endurance (James 1:3, 4; 5:11). This has been one of the primary goals of our ministry since its beginning.
Chuck Pierce also prophesied that the “shaking” is about to begin. This is a reference to Haggai 2:6-8,
6 “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations; and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. 8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”
This prophecy is also referenced in Hebrews 12:26, 27, telling us that God’s purpose in shaking the heavens and the earth is to shake all things so that only the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God will remain standing. In other words, do not be afraid of the shaking, because God has strengthened you to withstand it.
The wind has a dual purpose. It is used to blow away the chaff when grain is winnowed (Isaiah 41:2); and it is the breath of life that gives life to creation (Genesis 7:15). Both wind and breath come from the same Hebrew word, ruach. Hence, the same wind that destroys the carnal works and practices of men is also that which brings life to all who stand for Christ’s Kingdom.
I expected to see this wind begin to blow in 2016 and continue indefinitely until all the chaff is gone and all that remains is Christ’s Kingdom.
Note: This blog post is part of a series titled "The saints prepare to rule." To view all parts, click the link below.