I am not accustomed to publishing a prophecy for every year. However I felt impressed to do so this year. This is a general prophecy of what I perceive God is saying and doing in the Body of Christ and in the nations, what He wants to do during this season. I do not believe it is limited to a 12 month time period. It would be more accurate to say that it is for the season before us starting now. I submit this with a measure of fear and trembling because I consider this to be a very serious word.
I do not see the full picture. I know in part and prophesy in part (1st Corinthians 13:9,12). There are elements of this prophecy which speak of nations. We see biblically that when a city or nation repents and aligns with God’s heart the Lord can extend greater mercy (Eg., Jonah and Niniveh). How this will play out in the lives of each one depends greatly on how we respond. It is my sincere prayer that we all respond well to the Lord and that we all will enter through the gates of blessing God has prepared for us.
– Cliff Bell
The Hebrew Year 5777 was declared to be the Year of the Ruling Sword. The Year 5778 will see a continuation of the Sword of the Lord in the earth, both in the nations as well as in the Church.
The Sword of the Lord is pointed towards whatever is not properly aligned with His Kingdom. So for those believers who are living in faith and obedience, there will be blessing, protection and miraculous provision. In fact, the Sword of the Lord will fight on behalf of the sons of obedience. But for those who insist on continuing in arrogance and disobedience, the Sword of the Lord will come to bring discipline, to reveal the hidden things, and to cut off the branches which do not produce fruit.
It is the mercy of God that drives the Sword. It is to awaken us and to bring repentance so that His purposes may be fulfilled in us. I do not consider it judgment (which punishes), but discipline, which has the goal of correcting and teaching.
We have seen the Sword of the Lord (the Sword of Truth) come into Hollywood, New York and Washington revealing sexual sin and corruption. This will continue, and it will also be happening in the church. The Lord will continue to allow a shaking. That which is not founded on the Kingdom of God, righteousness and justice will crumble.
Many have prophesied about new beginnings and open doors. And it is a true word. However, some of the doors are doors of exit as well as entrance as God removes some out of positions of power and puts new ones in. This is a time to examine our foundations and ensure that we are rightfully aligned with the Lord if we are to advance and go through the open doors of opportunity, blessing and influence God has for us. It’s a time to receive God’s grace to walk in victory over the habits and sins that easily beset us in the past, to remove anything the enemy can use as leverage against us.
God’s redemptive purpose in the shaking and sifting is to cause a revival of the fear of the Lord and a repentance which is the foundation for the needed revival and a spiritual awakening which can then lead to reformation.
We have prayed for awakening and reformation, but only the Lord knows what it will really take for that to take place. It is a time to be honest with ourselves and before God and fall upon the Rock so the Rock doesn’t fall upon us. God has a purpose for His Church to fulfill in the earth.
As Bishop Hamon has said, God was willing to sacrifice His own Son to birth His Church, and will not hesitate in taking out those men who oppose His eternal purpose in the nations. He will allow that which has been hidden to come into the light during this time. That is a reason to rejoice, for God is answering our prayers.
In the New Testament, during the First Reformation, the transition from Old to New Covenant, God had to establish the fear of the Lord. That’s why He dealt severely with Ananias and Sapphira because they lied to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. I believe we will see such happenings again as we are in the beginning of the 3rd Reformation and, once again, God is establishing His Church in purity and holiness so we can have the power required to fulfill His purpose.
As spiritual warfare intensifies there is another level of sifting taking place as with Gideon’s army, to identify those who will be used as the vanguard of the reformation.
I sense God raising the standard of the fear of the Lord and of holiness throughout all the Church, including with prophets and prophetic ministers. He is highlighting the Third of the Ten Commandments: to not take the Name of the Lord in vain. One of the definitions of taking God’s name in vain is “to attribute unto God something that He has not said.”
In the current resurgence of the Prophetic Movement as we prophesy and activate the saints in the gift of prophecy with faith and joy, the Lord will also establish the balancing quality of fear of the Lord, one of the Seven Spirits of God named in Isaiah 11:2-3.
God wants the words of His true prophets to carry a clear message which bears the weight of anointing to take it to fulfillment. Rather than many mystical meaningless words to impress men, God’s true prophets will release at times fewer but more powerful words which propel divine purpose and destiny.
The United States is in a temporary season of grace, therefore it is not a season to fall into complacency, but to purposefully and strategically advance to be properly positioned for when that grace wanes. That is, so we are able to penetrate and occupy seats of authority and positions of influence for Kingdom purposes.
We must take advantage of the season of grace to move forward, establish and occupy. If we do, the season of grace can be extended a while longer. However, if we, the Church, do a half-baked job and fail to occupy, when the season of grace wanes it will be like the generation Jesus mentioned in Matthew 12. There was a house cleaning, but no occupancy, no reformation. So the evil spirit which left returned with seven worse than the first. So it is a time to renew our first love and commitment to God’s Kingdom purposes.
In the midst of the shaking, those who are properly aligned with God’s Kingdom will experience divine favor and a release of miracles as never before. It will be like the Hebrews living in Goshen during the plagues of Egypt. There will be a grace and an anointing to “rule in the midst of your enemies” (Psalm 110:2). Though the world’s environment is hostile in many cases, God will promote His covenant people to position of influence. The rod of authority will arise within the Church to subdue God’s enemies under our feet.
Psalm 110:1-2 “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!”
God’s people who hearken to His Voice will be motivated with divine purpose and willingly serve qualified by holiness. There will be fresh wave of healing and renewed strength where before there had been a wearing out and fatigue.
Psalm 110:3 “Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.”
Many of God’s people have in this last season been burdened down with battle fatigue, and some have adopted a victim mentality. I see God’s people being delivered from that battle weary state and rising up with new vision, restored strength and renewed identity as warriors for God and who run to the battle enthusiastically possessing the land and the promises. As they seek God’s Kingdom rather than their own personal blessing, God’s blessing will be released (Matthew 6:33).
SEVERAL NATIONS ARE AT A TIPPING POINT:
Venezuela: God is about to surprise Venezuela. The current government is losing credibility and the confidence of the poor it once enjoyed. God will bring the arrogance of President Maduro to his knees. Maduro has foolishly and publically challenged God to a fight, and he will get one. I see a Nebuchadnezzar style humbling, and God will show Venezuela that He Alone is King of kings and Lord of lords. The land is ripe for revival, and God is raising up a generation of revivalists and reformers. I don’t perceive a specific time line, but I anticipate it to be soon.
God has been orchestrating a divine set-up for a while, and there will be a sudden surprise. The Church needs to pray for Venezuela so that the reforms happen in such a way as to avoid violence and bloodshed as the enemy will not give up the territory easily. The strongholds of santería and witchcraft have been entrenched for a long time invited by Chavez and Maduro. If the Church does the spiritual warfare, and wins the spiritual battle, they can avoid a natural civil war.
The Lord says to the Venezuelan Church, “Do not dismay. I have heard your cry. Hold on to hope. Weeping has endured for the night, but joy comes in the morning. I love you and have not abandoned you. Hold fast to My Truth and continue to pray. Surely the sun of righteousness will arise with salvation and healing in His wings.”
Mexico: 2018 is a year of key government elections. It will be a year of unprecedented spiritual warfare, and also of experiencing the discipline of God in the nation. The recent earthquakes shook the heartland and southern portions of the country. We will see the Sword of the Lord come to Mexico in diverse ways this coming year as He seeks to awaken the heart of the people towards Himself and to show that He is the Lord of Life who has conquered death.
Those who have sown to death and who have worshipped death will reap consequences. I see a time of chaos and instability. But in midst of the shaking, the Church will have a powerful opportunity to be the Hand of the Lord extended bringing help, truth, miracles and life. There will be opportunities for some Mount Carmel type moments such as Elijah had with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. God will show that He is the only One who can respond with fire. He Alone is God.
Ironically, those who worship the death idol are not the ones who most grieve God’s heart. The idolatry which will most see the Sword of the Lord is that which happens within the Church.
The Church in Mexico is positioned symbolically at the beginning of Joshua Chapter Seven. After Israel took Jericho, confidence was high. Yet because of the selfishness, greed, disobedience and personal ambition within the camp, there came a terrible defeat at Ai. Some accursed things had been hidden within Achan’s tent. In order to proceed, the cursed things had to be removed.
Ecclesiastes 9:12 “For man also does not know his time: Like FISH taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.”
The Lord says, I have granted favor and open doors of influence to my people, and there have been some great advances, even within politics. Yet within the camp there are elements I cannot bless, promote nor protect. I will set my Face against the proud, against unholy alliances and spiritual mixture. In order to occupy the positions I have for you in the land it will require a doing away with the accursed things and sinful attitudes and pride. For your salvation does not come from the hand of man but from Me.
The direction of the nation will be determined by the willingness of My Church to unite in repentance before me. I am calling My People to unite in repentance and humility willingly before Me according to 2nd Chronicles 7:14. If you do, I will cause this to be the year of miraculous open doors, a turn-around, and then use you to instigate change. Otherwise, there will be a sharp setback and a season of humbling in the Valley of Achor (Affliction). I will allow this to awaken My Church. In the midst of a hostile political environment repentance, revival and repentance will begin to break out. In the midst of the discipline, I will also show mercy.
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”
Brazil: 2018 will be a year of turn-around for Brazil. My people have called out to Me and I have responded by allowing corruption and greed to be revealed. Now is the time for My people to arise and occupy the seats of influence at the gates as you continue to guard your hearts.
A second wind of My Spirit will blow through my Church causing a great harvest of souls. My Church will begin to operate with greater discernment, and there will be a separation between the true and the false. True prophets and ministers will begin to come forth in holiness and integrity. Denominational barriers will begin to fall as My Church comes together in the unity of the Spirit. I have been purifying the sons of Levi and now your worship will create a Throne where I can begin to move mightily in the nation.
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.”
Because of My people, I will begin to revitalize the Brazilian economy as a new season of grace dawns. The tourism industry will begin to grow, and I bring in the nations to your door. Many foreigners will go to indulge in sensuality, but will instead have an encounter with Me as My Church arises in a new thrust of power evangelism.
© Cliff Bell, December 31, 2017, All rights reserved.
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