Leveling your Jericho

A word for the year 5777

I had a vision in Rosh Hashanah 2015 of a sea crossing much like in Exodus where the water was parted, and new breed prophets were standing at the entrance leading people in and to the other side. There was a strong sense of invitation from the Lord to step into something new and leave something behind. It was then that I saw a group of people standing to the side of the sea and they were discussing what was before them, doubting it could be God, fearful of deception, and just hesitant of change. This group were considered the “wise” and “learned” yet had become too attached to a previous move of God, expression, or method to accept the new thing the Lord was opening the door to. God revealed to me that the body if Christ was entering into a new season, into their promise, but to do so they would need to cross over.

So over the past year the Lord has been speaking to me about the "process" the church is in as we are transitioning, just like the Israelites leaving Egypt we are moving from one way of Kingdom life to another, Gods plan? Reforming the church and breaking us free from the tyrant master of religion.

On October 1st this year I was in worship when I had entered into a vision. I was running with a vast army of people and quickly approaching a city ahead of us that looked like a fortress. The people I ran with were passionate and had a look of crazy in their eyes, carrying their weapons in one hands, and many blowing a shofar in the other, the scene to the enemy would have been terrifying. These people had no hesitation about the battle outcome, confident that this fortress would be taken by them easily.

After the vision I was led to look at the significance of Rosh Hashanah and discovered it means literally "head of the year" as the event to usher in the beginning of the New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah which means "day of shouting/blasting" or translated as the “Feast of Trumpets” Trumpets were used often in the nation of Israel. The sound of a trumpet could call for an assembly of the congregation, direct the movement of the camps, or announce the beginning of months or appointed feasts, and to mobilize the army. In Rosh Hashanah it is noted that a ram’s horn (or shofar) was used on this Feast day. The shofar produced piercing blasts that symbolized an alarm of impending attack or war.

“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand” Joel 2:1

As the “head” of the year, God is declaring war on all that robs and plunders his people, and anything that stands in their way to their promise.

YEAR 5777

When asking the Lord about the year 5777 I heard him say “Take your inheritance" 

5 represents “grace”, and Seven represents “completion”. There is a GRACE to move bring finality to obstacles, and the past battles of your life.

Interestingly the pictogram of the number seven is that of a “vav” (letter in Hebrew alphabet) with a crown on it. So what significance does this have? The number seven is both the symbol of the sword and of a bowing man. The number seven means “cutting” or to “cut”. As I was pondering on this I realized something incredible, the number 7 is equally about “cutting away” “taking back” as it is about “surrender” “intimacy”. The key to advancing this year is equally found in moving forward with our the sword of the spirit, as it is in rest and in “knowing” who we are.

I couldn’t help but wonder the significance of the crown on the letter 7, then the Lord said to me so clearly “Only KINGS know how to wield the sword”. Wow, it dawned on me that this journey the body of Christ has been in has been all about identity, being reminded of WHO she is!

Royalty is the most powerful position we have! I believe this year the Lord is saying there is a GRACE(5) to SLASH(7) SLASH(7) SLASH(7) through every roadblock in your life and come into your inheritance.

Romans 8:19 says

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” 

Royalty is what defines how we see what is before us, and determines the battle. As orphans or slaves we cannot defeat the enemy, but as sons and daughters we know WHO is backing us, and are confident of the end result. Just like I saw in that vision, God has called us to be the fierce bride with fire in her eyes!

Matthew 11:12 says;

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”

REMOVING OBSTACLES

The Lord led me to Joshua 6:5 which says;

“And it shall come to pass when the ram’s horn makes a long blast, when you hear the sound of the shofar, the entire nation will shout a great shout, and the wall of the city shall fall in its place, and the people shall go up as one man against it.”  

How amazing is it that it was on the 7th day that Jericho fell, just as they marched around it 7 times, and 7 priests were blowing 7 shofars. 

Yet again I was astounded to find the significance of the number 7 and realized that Jericho was an obstacle in the Israelite’s way of their promise. Jericho means “city of the moon” and represented a pagan, idol-worshipping city, and just like in those days, there are many times idols and obstacles in our lives that need to be leveled to the ground.

In Joshua 5:9 we discover the significance of Gilgal, which was the first place the Israelite’s settled as they crossed into the Promised Land.  God ordered Joshua to circumcise all the men. As many of the men that had come out of Egypt has died, all their sons hadn’t known Egypt but still had Egypt in their heads by their upbringing. This circumcision represented a fresh slate for Gods people, and a clean break from the mindset of bondage and slavery. That’s exactly what God has being doing in many of us! We are in our promised land but just cant see it because we are still rehearsing the slavery of Egypt!

Joshua 6:16 says;

 “Shout for the lord has given you the city!”

Its time to shout and move forward and take down the mindsets, giants, idols, in your way, breaking all past alliances, all past cycles of dysfunction and things that war against who you really are as a son and daughter, and step into your inheritance as royalty. God has given you the city!

I pray as you read through the “breaking alliances” declaration that God would set you free of your Egypt, and level your Jericho, its time to take your city and rise up in all that Jesus afforded you at the cross!