"2018: The Year of Family, Fruitfulness and the Fear of the Lord"
About 4 months ago, the Lord began to speak to me about 2018. The Lord highlighted to me that, "2018 will be the year of family, fruitfulness and the fear of the Lord."
What the Lord is going to do in 2018, is going to leave God's people and the world in awe and wonder of who He is. 2018 is going to be a year of the unexpected in many ways and will leave people and nations in awe of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
As we move into 2018, I believe that the Lord is asking for a deeper level of yieldedness. A deeper level of trust that says, "Lord, whatever Your way, I am ALL in. Even if it looks like I didn't expect, I am ALL IN!"
Family and Fire: Dreams Do Come True!
The Lord spoke to me many months ago concerning this new year, and firstly about 2018 being the year of FAMILY. I have sat on this word since then, just waiting on Him and seeking His heart. What the Lord showed me was that in 2018, FIRE is going to come upon FAMILY in a way we have never seen before.
He showed me His fire falling on individual family units and the family of God. The fire of God is coming to PURGE and IGNITE. These were the two themes that I saw happening in individual family units and in the family of God. I felt the Spirit of God whisper to me that: "2018 is going to be a year of INCREASE IN FAMILY." The increase may not look "how" you expect, but God is building withinfamily—both individual family units and the family of God.
Some of the increase is going to come through shaking. Some of the increase is going to come through restoration. Some of the increase is going to come through promises fulfilled. Some of the increase is going to come through purging; but these processes will accomplish—in the family units and family of God in 2018—increase, intimacy and maturity.
I had a vision where I saw Jesus unraveling a banner over family units in 2018. The words written on the banner were, "Dreams Really Do Come True!"
"The fire of God's love through this revelation is going to unite, transform, mature and birth a greater LOVE and DEMONSTRATION of honor for one another in the family of God."
Many long-awaited promises and healing of family units are going to manifest in 2018. I saw many families that have been attacked, many families that have been in the valley and many families that have been broken—and they've been believing for the promises of God without any fruit of those promises manifesting. I saw many families that have faced cycles of brokenness and pain, heartache, disappointment and lack of breakthrough or change, but then SUDDENLY meeting their tipping point moment in 2018.
"But Lord, Your endless love stretches from one eternity to the other, unbroken and unrelenting towards those who fear You and those who bow facedown in awe before You! Your faithfulness to keep every gracious promise You have made passes from parents, to children, to grandchildren and beyond." (Psalm 103:17The Passion Translation)
Harvest and fruitfulness is coming to the family unit in 2018 unlike anything seen before. The power of God that is going to be demonstrated in the family unit in 2018 is going to leave many in awe and wonder of God and His goodness. That is why the enemy has been so relentless in going after the seeds of promise in the family unit. The seeds in family are about to spring forth and they will bear long-lasting fruit. For many, by the end of 2018, their families will be unrecognizable in the most glorious ways because of the work of His hand.
Many families have lost hope because of the onslaught in 2017 and have felt like nothing is ever going to shift. In 2018, God is going to show Himself strong in the restoration, increase and fruitfulness that will manifest. No longer will many family units feel like a dry wasteland; but by the power of His Spirit bringing transformation and healing, dry wastelands are turning to fruitful vineyards.
I prophesy over the dry wastelands in the family unit. That in 2018 those wastelands will turn to fruitful vineyards. Where there has been dryness, I prophesy a great outpouring of His Spirit—rivers in the wasteland in Jesus' name. God is doing something completely new in the family unit (Isaiah 43:19).
Running Together – United in the Vision
The Lord showed me such UNITY coming to many family units in 2018, and I heard Him whisper, "2018, family units are united in the vision."
I saw a "getting on board" with the vision from Heaven happening as a TEAM. Where the enemy has come and attempted to separate and only one or two have been standing with the vision and carrying the vision (praying and believing for the other family members to come on board) I saw the Holy Spirit doing a swift, deep work within the family unit. Suddenly, the entire family unit will be running with the vision from the Lord.
I then saw the Holy Spirit beginning to release new vision and blueprints to ENTIRE family units. I saw the Holy Spirit whispering to family members, individually, the same vision—the same blueprint. Family members were having the "same dream" and "same encounter" with the Lord that was confirming the vision. I heard the Holy Spirit decreeing: "You shall RUN AS A FAMILY."
I saw a great awakening coming upon individuals in the family unit to know their giftings and their role in the vision and to run in what God has called them to. As they did, each part was working beautifully, displaying the beautiful masterpiece He was painting. I saw such a pioneering spirit falling upon family units in 2018. This fresh vision and blueprint being released is going to be the vehicle for a great outpouring of God's Spirit in the areas where He is targeting this vision. (Photo via Unsplash)
"No longer will many feel like they are running alone, but the power of My Spirit's work within their family unit will see a miracle of unity and healing take place, and families will RUN TOGETHER with the vision I release."
Incredible amounts of provision will be released to FAMILIES in the RUNNING TOGETHER. The "running together" of these families will also become a testimony and model for other families. Many of these family units will teach and equip other families in pioneering what the Lord is speaking and running with His vision.
"Then the LORD replied: 'Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.'" (Habakkuk 2:2)
Children of Promise
The Lord spoke to me many months ago that at the end of 2017 and into 2018, that many families were going to receive their "child of promise".
Many who have been believing and holding onto the promise of God for the children that He has promised them, are going to see their promise received.
"Children are God's love gift..." (Psalm 127:3 The Passion Translation)
I felt the Lord show me that many who have been waiting for their child/children of promise, have been on the verge of giving up and losing hope and despair in the promise. But I want to encourage you: HOLD ON, for the faithfulness of God is going to be seen. Miraculous turnarounds, conceptions and increase will take place in 2017 and into 2018.
Shaking in 2018
"It was a fire of furious love; unquenchable intimacy with Him unlike anything known before. This fire was exploding His Word within them."
There is a shaking happening in the earth right now and there is a shaking that has begun in the Body of Christ. This shaking is going to continue into 2018. I want to encourage you that the shaking is not something to fear. The shaking is not to harm you; the shaking is to increase, unite, awaken and mature the family of God.
The Lord is shaking everything that can be shaken. He is rearranging, He is shifting and He is rebuilding. The shaking is going to bring increase. The shaking is bringing a maturity and a strengthening to the Body of Christ that is needed to carry the harvest that is coming.
The Lord showed me that a lot of what He is going to do in 2018 is going to be unexpected. It may look completely different to what you thought or anticipated but again, I felt the invitation from the Spirit of God to trust in His way.
"As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him." (2 Samuel 22:31)
In 2018, there will be a great divine rearranging to set the stage for the new day! I have been prophesying that a new day is upon us and it is harvest time. We are going to see a move of God upon the earth, unlike anything we have seen before. The Lord wants us to be able to carry the harvest that is going to come in.
The Fire will Cleanse and Purge
So in 2018, the Lord showed me fire coming to the FAMILY OF GOD. His fire is coming in greater ways to purify, cleanse and purge. I saw the fire of God coming, and was awakening and birthing holiness in the Body of Christ. I saw the fire of God going "beneath the surface" into the "hidden things" and beginning to burn things away. He was cleansing impurities, He was cleansing offenses, He was purging wrong foundations, and He was burning away snares. He was shaking everything that could be shaken.
"Now this phrase 'once and for all' clearly indicates the final removal of things that are shaking, that is, the old order, so only what is unshakeable will remain. Since we are receiving our rights, to an unshakeable Kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights His heart, as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe. For our God is a holy, devouring fire!" (Hebrews 12:27-29 The Passion Translation)
As He showed me this shaking and purging, it was not something to fear. It was glorious; it was BEAUTIFUL! It was the cleansing and purifying of God to bring us to a deeper place of UNITY and ONENESS as the family of God. It is to usher in the awakening burning so deep within the people of God. It's a beckoning to stand with brothers and sisters in Christ; laying down offenses, jealousy, competition, bitterness, unforgiveness, wrong motives, striving, backbiting and lack of honor, so we may stand in LOVE and HONOR of one another.
It may get messy before it gets better, but the Spirit of God is working deeply and raising up His people, shoulder to shoulder. The army of God will be decreeing together: "AS ONE FOR JESUS!" I saw the fire of God burning away the "games" that have been played within the Church for too long, and rising up the family of God as one to shine with His love and honor for one another and move forward together in PURITY, INTEGRITY and CHARACTER.
The beautiful and glorious thing about His fire was that everything and everyone it touched was being marked by His LOVE in a way they had never experienced. As the fire of His love fell and purged and purified, the all consuming fire of His presence birthed forth an even greater REVELATION and MANIFESTATION of John 17 and the prayer of Jesus in verse 17:21-23:
"I pray for them all to be joined together as one even as You and I, Father, are joined together as one. I pray for them to become one with Us so that the world will recognize that You sent Me. For the very glory You have given to Me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that We enjoy. You live fully in Me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that You have sent Me, for they will see that You love each one of them with the same passionate love that You have for Me." (The Passion Translation)
Increase of Identity and Revelation
The Lord has been doing a deep work within the Body of Christ in the area of identity. He's awakening His people to the beautiful reality of their identity in Him. The Lord showed me an even greater increase of identity revelation that is going to explode in 2018. I specifically saw this revelation coming out of the glorious truth of Galatians 2:20:
"My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of His Cross crucified me with Him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives His life through me — we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who LOVES ME SO MUCH that He gave Himself for me, and dispenses His life into mine!" (The Passion Translation emphasis mine)
"What the Lord showed me was that in 2018, FIRE is going to come upon FAMILY in a way we have never seen before."
I prophesy, in the name of Jesus that in 2018, an increase of identity revelation is going to come through the deeper revelation of the Cross and the love of Jesus—that He gave Himself for His people and we now live as ONE WITH HIM!
This deeper revelation for many in the family of God is going to transform everything. The fire of God's love through this revelation is going to unite, transform, mature and birth a greater LOVE and DEMONSTRATION of honor for one another in the family of God.
"For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends" (John 15:13 The Passion Translation). (The translator for the Passion Translation, Brian Simmons, notes here in the footnotes that the Aramaic word for "friends" is actually "family" or "relatives".)
"Be free from controversial or pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don't allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let His mindset become your motivation." (Philippians 2:3-5 The Passion Translation)
Demonstrations of His Power
The Lord has been speaking to me so much about the fear of God being restored to the Church beginning in greater ways in 2018. The Lord showed me this happening through signs and wonders. Huge, amazing demonstrations of His power are going to manifest—in the UNEXPECTED ways of God.
The Lord is about to BLOW YOUR MIND in 2018! He is going to do things you have never imagined. You are going to see Him move in nations in amazing ways.
In 2018, there will be greater demonstrations of how the Lord uses the things that the world considers foolish—the unexpected and lowly things—to display His power. He will restore the fear and awe of God to the Church (and the world) through the display of His glory.
"But God chose them who the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty. He chose the lowly, the laughable in the world's eyes – nobodies – so that He would shame the somebodies. For He chose what is regarded as insignificant in order to supersede what is regarded as prominent, so that there would be no place for prideful boasting in God's presence." (1 Corinthians 1:27-29 The Passion Translation)
Going Back to School with the Holy Spirit
I heard the Lord say, "Get ready to go back to school with the Holy Spirit."
I felt the Lord drawing His people deeper into a place of "learning" and I saw Him giving people the desire to learn. I saw the Holy Spirit opening up the Word of God and revealing the deeper meanings of revelatory truths in Scripture in greater ways. He was unraveling wrong mindsets, breaking off deceptions, and giving His people eyes to see and ears to hear. He was giving them encounters with His heart.
God is unleashing greater understanding of the wisdom of God (James 1), His ways (Isaiah 55:8), and the ability to perceive what He is doing. His ways will be understood in a whole new way. We will have the ability to recognize Him moving when He moves in unfamiliar and unexpected ways! In this process, the Lord showed me that we MUST be willing, humble and teachable to what He wants to show us. For many, there will be a lot of "unlearning" taking place and an awakening to the truth of Scripture.
A New Season of Isaiah 6
About 6 or so months ago, the Lord spoke to me one line over and over: "A new season of Isaiah 6. A new season of Isaiah 6."
A whole new realm and increase of God's glory is being entered into. We will be seeing His glory in the Church that is going to leave the people of God undone. People will be on their faces, seeing the King in His glory. It will be unlike anything we have ever experienced before. Many will be entering into a whole new waterfall of revelation and realm of encountering the heart of God, and His ways and language for communicating.
There will be a rise of personal encounters creating deeper levels of intimacy, deeper purification, deeper yieldedness, and a deeper level of revelation of who He is. We will have a deeper level of receiving the Rhema Word of God—all flooding into our lives through throne room encounters. (Photo via Unsplash)
I had a vision where I saw the Body of Christ crying and decreeing, "Our hearts are burning within us!" They were crying out with such delight, such awe and such passion: "My heart is on fire! My heart is on fire! Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty! The One who was, the One who is, and the One who is to come! Holy! Holy! Holy!"
I then I heard the Lord decree: "Fire in your bones. Fire in your bones." I saw the fire of God come flooding from His heart as He sat on the throne and was CONSUMING the people of God; consuming their hearts.
Song of Songs 8:6-7 filled the atmosphere: "Fasten Me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore. This living, consuming flame will seal you as My prisoner of love. My passion is stronger than the chains of death and the grace, all consuming as the very flames of fire from the burning heart of God. Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being. Rivers of pain and persecution will never extinguish this flame. Endless floods will be unable to quench this raging fire that burns within you. Everything will be consumed. It will stop at nothing as you yield everything to this furious fire until it won't even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore." (The Passion Translation)
There was such a weighty impartation being released to God's people that was depositing the fire of God—the fire of His love within His people, like they had never experienced. Such awe of who He is was burning within them, and NOTHING was able to stand against this fire. Everything was being consumed as He was birthing vessels that were consumed and yielded to Him in a deeper way than they ever thought possible. Hunger for Him and Him alone was exploding all around. It was a fire that would never be extinguished; a fire that would never be put out. It was a fire of furious love; unquenchable intimacy with Him, unlike anything known before. This fire was exploding His Word within them.
The people began to cry out like Jeremiah in Jeremiah 20:9: "But if I say, 'I will not mention His Word or speak anymore in His name' His Word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in My bones. I am weary of holding it in, indeed, I cannot."
"The shaking is not to harm you, the shaking is to increase, unite, awaken and mature the family of God."
I believe the Lord has already begun this work, but it is going to INCREASE in greater ways in 2018. Like Ezekiel's bones, He is going to make you come alive in the revelation that He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The fear of God falling is going to bring you to life in greater ways to carry His fire and have encounters with the power of God! A season of greater revelation, prophetic insight and flow is being heralded so loudly. His voice is going to be heard and resounded louder in the earth than has ever been heard before. Out of these life-changing throne room encounters, new assignments and commissioning will take place for God's people.
There will be no striving; no trying to make anything happen. As we lay low before Him, He will position, commission and release His people into different areas. They will be in new places and positions; carrying His fire and the Words of His heart. Their mouths will be full and carrying an unquenchable fire that will change atmospheres, cities and nations.
Your Greatest Year of Fruitfulness Thus Far
The Lord spoke to me to end this word with a decree from Amos 9:13. I believe this is a decree for the season we, in the Body of Christ, are in:
"'Behold, the days are coming,' says the LORD, 'When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it."
I prophesy over you, in the name of Jesus, that it is HARVEST TIME! I decree over you, in the name of Jesus, that 2018 will be your greatest year of fruitfulness THUS FAR! I prophesy over you, in the name of Jesus, that there will be SO MUCH FRUIT you will be left in awe and wonder. All the seeds you have been sowing from years and years ago to present day, you are about to see HARVESTED. In 2018, there will be incredible acceleration of fruitfulness and harvest and new, sweet wine.
So get ready! \Stay close to Jesus! Stay deep in the secret place. Allow the Holy Spirit to do what He needs to do within you, so you can carry the fruitfulness and harvest coming to you. I encourage you to accept His invitation and say, "Yes Lord, I surrender! I am ALL IN!"
2018: The year of family, fruitfulness and the fear of the Lord. Be expectant—God is on the move! You will be transformed by the wonder of His beauty, love and kindness. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)