Archive | January 2014

A Small Cloud on the Horizon by Elaine Tavolacci

Creation Laura Sotka 2008

For many years the body of Christ has been crying out to God for another great revival. There is a scripture in 1 Kings 18:41 when the Prophet Elijah had told Ahab that there is a “sound” of an abundance of rain. He then prayed and sent his servant to go and “look” towards the sea. The servant didn’t see anything, so Elijah told him seven times to go back. He then returned and told Elijah that he saw a small cloud rise out of the sea, as a mans hand. This was a sign that the rain was coming.Then it came to pass that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. In the same way, some of us are hearing the sound, and some are beginning to see a cloud as a mans hand, but there is an abundance of rain approaching.

The Lord says; I am sending an abundance of rain, the latter and the former rain. As you launch out in faith and open your spiritual eyes, you will begin to see the rain arriving. As you open your spiritual ears, you will hear the sound of revival approaching. I am about to bring many streams together for this great outpouring and as you look, you will begin to see a small cloud as a mans hand. In this season of rain, ask for the rain. There is a dimension that is available to you and as you step in and allow Me to take you deeper, you will begin to experience a new level of My glory. In this time of acceleration, hearken unto My voice and surrender yourself to Me. I am looking for willing and obedient vessels who will be carriers of My Glory, and usher in the latter day rain. Do not stay on the outskirts, but enter in to what I am releasing. Do not count yourself as unworthy, but many will be used who are in a hidden place right now with Me.

The days ahead will be glorious for those who receive. Many things will transpire and multitudes will be brought in to the Kingdom. Many will experience breakthroughs of significant proportions. There will be great miracles that will accompany this outpouring. What seemed impossible with man will become a natural occurrence. Do not be influenced by those with wavering faith, but stand steadfast knowing that I will watch over My word to perform it. Have nothing to do with those that try to cut off the flow of My river. Do not allow anything to deviate you from this truth. Do not become discouraged when the darkness appears to be dominating, because it is the dark clouds that are carrying the rain. You will see that the glory of this latter house is going to be greater than the former house, and in this place I will bring peace says the Lord.

Deuteronomy 11:13-14
And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,Then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
1 Kings 18:44-45a
Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.'”Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.
Zachariah 10:1
Ask the Lord for rain In the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.

Acts 2:17-19
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says god, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath.

2014—A Year of Prophetic Alignment by Bill Burns

Alignment
In 2012 God began to reveal His divine government to the hearts of those who desired to live under His rule.

In 2013 the Lord brought His order into the lives of those willing to live under His rule.  Divine order has been established among His people.

2014 will be known to many as the Year of Prophetic Alignment.  In this season the Spirit of the Lord will align His people with His purposes.  This alignment will be brought by way of revelation of God’s purposes (plans) for individuals.  These revelations will come through dreams, visions, prophetic words, signs and wonders.

We must stand watch and listen so that the opportunities for alignment are not missed.  When the revelation of God’s purpose comes, you will be aligned, brought into spiritual positioning, to go through the door that is being opened to you.

Spiritual Doors will open in this season that will bring you into a new spiritual landscape.  It will become a place of elevation—a higher place than you have been before—a place of purpose. Revelation 3:8  “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Once this door is opened to you and you enter into this spiritual environment, you will find the pathway that leads to the fulfillment of your destiny.

The Pathway

Some time ago I had a vision of this pathway that leads to spiritual understanding.  The pathway went up a mountain and was called the “Ancient Pathway.”  I understood that this was the pathway that the prophets of old walked on.  As you begin to follow this path, you will see more clearly that which the Lord is showing you, and you will become more supernatural than you are now.

The doors will open, and the pathways revealed in this season because this is a season of divine fulfillment.
Isaiah 42:16   I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.
 
A Season of Transformation

This will be a time in which great grace will be on those who follow the path that the Lord has established for them.  There will be designated places on the pathway that will become flash points of God’s glory that will transform them.
2 Corinthians 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

This transformation will align us with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).  Our thoughts will become more Christ-like.
Romans 12:2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
 
A Season of Restoration has begun and will continue into 2014.  The first three months will become key months in which to believe for restoration.

December 2013 Small Straws by Marsha Burns:

The process of restoration has begun.  Move with it in faith that what has begun will come to a full completion.  Trust Me to help you move forward with strength and in the power of My Spirit, says the Lord.  Refuse to allow fear to derail your progress.  Stand unwavering and be resolute.  Be renewed in faith, in hope, and in peace.  The work of the enemy to tear you down has been formidable, but I will restore what has been torn down.  I will strengthen what has become weakened through attacks on your body, soul and spirit.  Yield to My power to build you up and prepare you to fulfill My purposes in your life.  Yours is to overcome the despair that has developed as a result of relentless difficulties and begin to look to better days, says the Lord.

In a vision I found myself in an old house that was in need of repair. I heard the bells of destiny and was suddenly engulfed in a whirlwind of the Spirit of God that removed the structure of the house from around me. There I stood in midair with the things of the earth that weighed me down removed from me. The light of God was all around me and above and beneath me. I felt light as air; without hindrance. I was aware of a unity with God that manifested without any effort on my part. It was beautiful, exhilarating, refreshing and revitalizing. My youth was restored. And, I heard the voice of the Lord:  “Beloved, I see and know your struggles and the weariness you have experienced.  But, I tell you truly that a time of restoration and healing is upon you.  Relax and receive all that I have for you.”  Isaiah 40:31  But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

A Season of Perfection

Seven is God’s number of perfection, and 2014 has two sevens in the number 14.  Two sevens indicate a double portion.  The double portion will begin with the anointing and will manifest in various blessings in this year.

Generational blessings will come to many this year because the number 14 belongs to this purpose and this time.
Matthew 1:17  So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.

We are coming into a set time in which the Lord’s favor and blessing will come to His people.
Psalm 102:13  You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.
 
Watch and Learn

The Lord often asked His prophets, “What do you see?”  In this time it will be important to watch; to see what we are being shown.
Habakkuk 2:1  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.

The Lord is going to use your circumstances to show you things that need to be corrected.  Our circumstances will reveal our motives and attitudes as we interact with our circumstances.  Allow the Lord to use them as a classroom.  Watch, listen, and learn.  He will bring both correction and victory into every situation that you are involved in.
Proverbs 4:10-13  Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.  I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.  When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.  Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
 
Signs & Wonders  will also be seen and understood as we stand our watch.  The Spirit of God will show us signs and wonders that reveal and/or confirm that which is coming into alignment with His Word.

Acts 2:18-20
18  And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. 19  I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.

This year will be very interesting as we will see blood red moons at the same time of the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.  This sign is one of double portion for both the Church and Israel.  It is a sign of great significance for 2014.

One of the signs of the end of the age that we who watch the news have become aware of in this last year is:
Luke 21:25  “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring.”

The Distress of Nations

The word “distress” indicates that nations are in anguish and with perplexity (unable to think clearly).  We see this distress in the Middle East among the nations as civil unrest. This is clearly a sign that we are living in the end of the age.  The people are rising up against the established authority, and they are demanding change.  Are You Prepared to leave the past behind and press into the glory of this new season?  The apostle Paul encouraged us to do as he has done.

Philippians 3:13-14   Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Small Straws (12/17):  The season of adjustment is upon you, but you will have to mentally and emotionally let go of things that tie you to the past before you can move forward in My purposes.  If you will take this step of faith you will come into a place of liberty and fulfillment that you have not known before.  Trust Me to bring you through this awkward transition with great grace, says the Lord.  All you have to do is be willing and flexible.

This Year Will Be:

1. A time of intense spiritual warfare, but  you will have a more powerful anointing, which will enable you to have victory over your enemies.
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.

2.  This season will be one of acceleration—things will move fast, so you will have to be found in a position of readiness to move with the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

3.  This will be a season of convergence when those things that have been ordained by God come together.  When His Word comes together with His purposes in His set times, all things will become possible to those who believe.
Mark 9:23  Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

4.  It will be a time in which you will need to set a watch and guard your heart.
Proverbs 4:23  “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Our prayer must be:
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

5.  Hidden things that you have not been aware of will be revealed.
Isaiah 48:6 You have heard; See all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, Even hidden things, and you did not know them.

Things are not always as they seem to be.  Some things are hidden in darkness behind the scenes.  Now you will know that which is hidden, and you can then deal with it.

6.  The Lord is aligning us with victory.  Victorious mindsets will be established in us by the Spirit of God.  Defeat and victimization will no longer be a part of your DNA.  Divine health will come to those who ask for and believe it.
3 John 1:2  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

7.  Supernatural provision will come to those who align themselves with God’s Word and His purposes.
Luke 6:38  “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Conclusion
These are the things I have seen, and they are yours to receive.  It was as though I was riding on a very fast train, and these things came into view from the window that I was looking out of.  They are just glimpses of the future, and I have a sense that they will be expounded by the prophets in this coming season.

Have a blessed ride; it will be a fast one.  So, I suggest that you buckle up because our Lord is going to put His foot on the pedal.

Shared From Bill & Marsha Burns @ Faith Tabernacle be sure to visit their website for more teachings and prophetic words

Change Your Garments by Bill Burns

“Cast off the garments of old, My people, for this is a new day, and it is time to change your garments. I have come to give you beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. It is time for you to remove the cloak of unworthiness and wear robes of righteousness. No longer allow the enemy to clothe you with condemnation. No longer allow the words of man to become curses that hold you in bondage. No longer wear garments defiled by your unpleasant circumstances. It is time to cast off the old and put on the new, says the Lord.”

Coat of many ColorsJoseph’s Coat of Many Colors:

This time of Joseph’s covenant will be a release of the Joseph’s in the Church. Joseph was a favored son. His father gave him a coat of many colors, which was a prophetic symbol of Joseph’s circumstances that would release Joseph into his destiny. The multi-colored coat first represented God’s covenant with Joseph (like the colors in a rainbow). The coat represented that fact that God would be with him on his journey through adversity and into his destiny.

The coat also represented the many voices that would speak against Joseph and thereby release curses against him. Joseph’s brothers sold him into captivity, but they unknowingly covered Joseph’s journey and his destiny with a blood sacrifice.
Genesis 37:31-32 So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said, “We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son’s tunic or not?”

Joseph was sold to Potiphar whose wife falsely accused him of sexual misconduct. She tore the garment from Joseph’s body.
Genesis 39:11-13 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside.

We can begin to see that our circumstances can change the garments that we wear, but we must not forget that we have a covenant with God and that He is with us.

Joseph was then given prison clothes to wear, but after two years (the third year) he once again changed his garments and moved into the fulfillment of his destiny.
Genesis 41:1 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river.

Genesis 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.

Joseph then interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, and Pharaoh appointed him second in command of the kingdom.

Genesis 41:38-42 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. “You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

Joseph was now wearing the clothes of a king and a signet ring, which authorized him to do business for Pharaoh.

Robes of RighteousnessRobe of Righteousness

It is time for a change of garments. The dress of this day is fine linen. This is the dress of the kings (Bride) of this age.
Revelation 19:7-9 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

You might be one who has been worn down by your circumstances, and you don’t believe you can change your garments. Let me show you a pattern in the scriptures on the how-to part:

Worship DancerThe Garment of Praise

Paul and Silas were about the Father’s business when they cast a spirit of divination out of a slave girl. This upset the girl’s owner, who incited a riot against God’s servants.
Acts 16:22-24 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Please notice that Paul and Silas had some help by their circumstances that removed their clothes. But, they put on the garment of praise.
Acts 16:25-26 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

The garment of praise loosed everyone’s chains; the jailer and his family got saved, and Paul and Silas were set free from prison. Cast off the spirit of heaviness and put on the garment of praise, and you too will be set free.

The Garment of Healing

Do you need healing in your body? Then, cast off the garment of sickness. That is what blind Bartimaeus did.
Mark 10:46-50 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.

There it is … cast out the spirit of infirmity. Cast off the cloak of doubt and unbelief. Come to Jesus in faith, and touch the hem of His garment.
Luke 8:43-44 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
Touch the Master’s garment, for it is filled with the anointing of God, and the anointing will break the yoke of sickness, and you shall be made whole!

Waters Bound In A Garment

The water that we are talking about is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus has given us (see John 7:37-39). Agur asked a question, which we know the answer to:
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know?
Our heavenly Father has bound the waters (anointing of the Holy Spirit) in His Son’s garment.
Acts 10:38 “…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
And, on the Day of Pentecost the Lord gave this same Holy Spirit of power to those who ask for Him. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

The Elijah Garment

The hearts of the spiritual fathers (Elijah’s) are being turned to their spiritual sons (Elisha’s) in these last days (see Malachi 4:5-6). Elisha was serving Elijah and being trained by him. Elisha was watching Elijah’s every move and following him wherever he went. Elisha asked for the double portion anointing, and Elijah said, “If you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you.” I believe that Elijah was saying that if you can see where I go in the Spirit, then you can have the anointing that you desire.
2 Kings 2:9-14 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.

Elisha changed his garments, and the mantle of Elijah, which he then wore, became the symbol of his power. Elisha struck the waters of Jordan, and the waters were bound in his garment. The Jordan River was where Jesus Christ was baptized in the Holy Spirit. In the waters of Jordan the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus.
Matthew 3:16-17 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

The water is now bound in the Master’s garment, and on the Day of Pentecost He dropped His mantle upon His Church. It is now for us to follow Elisha’s lead. Will we discard our old garments and pick up the mantle of Christ? This is the day of His power, and it is time to change our garments and be about the Father’s business. It is time to put on Christ (the anointed One and His anointing). It is time to rule as joint heirs, as the kings of this day. It is time to be done with the old, and dress ourselves in the power of this day. Amen.