This month of December is the 12th month on the Gregorian calendar. The number 12 is the number of government. It is also the 9th month of the ecclesiastical calendar year and the 3rd month of the civil calendar year on the Hebrew calendar. The number 9 means finality. Number 3 means resurrection, wholeness, and completeness, and 9 + 3 = 12. As you can see, there is a finality to God’s work in this month of December.
Prophetically, you are going to see some governmental shifting in both the Kingdom and in earth realms this month. The kingdom changes will come as we see new apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists answering the call of God on their lives and beginning to step out in unprecedented faith to minister the gospel. You will see the new apostles and prophets God is raising up to be bold leaders with kingdom authority who will call for their congregations to be set in alignment with Kingdom mandates.
Matthew 4:17 (KJV) says, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
What time was that? It was the time when John the Baptist was put in prison. That was a time of pending death for John, but Jesus arrives and says these very words.
I prophesy, though some have felt death the past few months, Jesus says that His Kingdom is at hand. We must remember we are the body of Christ called to be sent ones who bring the good news of Jesus in times of trials and pending death. It is only the gospel of the good news carried by those of us, who are His apostolic church, that will set into place the broken places of the kingdom.
Ephesians 4:10-16 (KJV) says, “ ( He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
He that died, buried, resurrected, and ascended has given leaders a mandate to, “perfect the saints.” This word perfecting is the Greek word katartismos, which means to repair or adjust, to frame or mend, to prepare and restore.
The apostles, prophets, and five-fold ministry leaders are called to get the body of Christ into a place of alignment with the Head of His church, Jesus Christ. We are called to speak to the dry bones that bring about the flesh and tendons and call for the breath of the Holy Spirit to come.
We are called to proclaim as Ezekiel 37:10-14(KJV) says, “So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.”
The people had been saying in Ezekiel 37:11 (NIV), “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.” This was the mantra of the people. This sounds a bit like today. So, this means the apostolic and prophetic church leaders need to remind the body of Christ where they are out of alignment due to lack of faith and have them prophesy to the dry bones of the church and say, “We are not dried up, we have not lost hope, and we are not cut off.”
God is on His throne and He has not left us. When the body is out of alignment or katartismos, the job of church leadership is to give it a good chiropractic realignment with the word of God and say, “Our God has not abandoned us. He is with us. He loves us. He wants us to prophesy to these dry places AND begin to live.”
Yes, live this December! In this month of government, your prayers are so very important. Your prayers are the four winds of north, south, east, and west upon the USA and abroad.
God told prophet Ezekiel in 37:9-10 (NIV), “Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.” So, I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.’”
Let us the church of Jesus Christ be the vast army come to life – speaking only life!
Festival of Dedication
On December 10 at sundown through December 18 at sundown, we enter the season of Hanukkah or Festival of Dedication or Lights on the Hebrew calendar. Jesus Himself was in Solomon’s Colonnade during this time according to John 10:22-23 (NIV), which reads, “Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.”
This is a time where the Jewish people remember a family called the Maccabees who found one vial of oil that was left after the defilement of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes, a Syrian ruler who had tried to force the Jews to abandon their laws. He put pigs on the altar and turned them to the worship of Zeus. Then, the Maccabees, led by Matthias and his five sons fought back and one of his sons Judas cleansed and rededicated the temple. The story goes that when the priests went into the light the menorah, there was only enough oil for one day of burning, but when they used it, miraculously it burned for 8 days. Eight is a spiritual number for new beginnings.
This is a time remembered on the Hebrew Calendar where no matter what pain comes against the temple, there is a miracle waiting to happen and a cleansing and rededication ready to abound. No matter how the world may be trying to put out your light, do not let it! A new beginning is awaiting us.
For those who believe in Jesus and are part of His body, we have Jesus, who is the miracle oil in the temple, making every day new. He is the light of the world inside us, His temple, and inside His church body as a whole. We must only dedicate our worship to Him and our spirits will burn bright and we will come alive.
No matter what voices are trying to defile your temple or the church of Jesus Christ as a whole, we must stand up and let the light of the world be seen.
The prophet Isaiah tells us that the government is on Jesus’ shoulders: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
John 1:1-5 (NIV) says, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him, all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
During this time, we remember when His light shines, the darkness of the world will not overcome it.
We remember the story of the Festival of Lights and how the small vile of oil that was found in the Temple after its destruction burned for 8 days. Keep your light burning bright and your temple pure and holy, undefiled before the Father. Confess your sins quickly, as this keeps the devil from getting a foothold in your life. The joy of the Lord is your strength and it’s the season for you to experience this joy!
If you are in a place of desperation or discouragement, speak life, and love over yourself. Prophesy to your dry bones as you have not lost hope, you are not cut off, and if you speak your bones will come alive. When you do this, you will begin to operate from the position of knowing the power of the Father of Lights Himself.
Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) says, “ A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
This is my challenge for you today: live your life to the fullest! Laugh this holiday season- be merry. Then your light will shine so bright that demonic forces will flee. Angelic hosts will come and join you. Amazing! If the church is to be strong and healthy for 2021, we must get our bones in alignment and strong with a merry heart.
Keep your spirit uplifted. God is doing mighty things on the earth right now. Do not let your faith wane. Press forward. You are the one God is calling to change your environment. He wants you to have joy. He wants you to obtain an overwhelming sense of His love for you. Seek Him and receive who He is. No matter what you are going through, take an action step of faith. Get that tree up; get those lights and garland out! Decorate your house! Light candles, and don’t let anything stop you from bringing forth this Christmas season! When you act in faith and do these things, then your light will shine so bright that the Holy Spirit will rule and reign in your home and you will have angelic visitations. Angels are drawn to the light because they live around the throne of God, which is full of light, so when you light your home, they will come and fellowship with you. They will surround you with the joy of the Lord! Speak life and the Word of God and the angels will respond to the Word.
It’s going to be a great December! Start celebrating Jesus. Then you will attract everything that you really want to see happen in your life. God is full of joy and full of light. He is on His throne with a colored rainbow and lapis lazuli above Him. His eyes are flames of fire, His feet are bronze, and glory-fire is all around Him. God is the light and lives in the light. You can have this in your temple too, and the angels will come and join you! Live by faith and all fear will flee!
Let me pray for you: Father, pour out the oil from heaven upon my friend today. Help them to feel Your love and connection with You. Uplift their spirit. Help them to learn to light their own flame and speak in tongues. Lord, strengthen them to speak life to themselves, their family, home, city, state, and nation. Father, I thank You that they will speak global glory, and the glory of the Lord will fill their heart and home. Thank You for leading them to rededicate their temple. May they be a huge light in the darkness that attracts others to You. Help them to lead others to know You, Jesus, as their Lord and Savior. Open their eyes to see all kinds of angels – seraphim, cherubim- the angels of fire. Help us create an environment where the Holy Spirit can rule and reign in Jesus’ name, amen.
Blessings from heaven are yours. Go and rejoice. It’s a season of rejoicing! Share this with a friend and get happy!
|Dr. Candice Smithyman is an international prophetic revivalist & healing minister who is Executive Pastor of Freedom Destiny Church, and Vice President of Dream Mentors International. She is also Host of the Glory Road Television broadcast shown on a variety of networks and also Hosts Your Path to Destiny on ISN- It’s Supernatural Network. She has appeared on Sid Roth’s Its Supernatural among other shows, and is the author of “Releasing Heaven: Creating a Supernatural Environment through Heavenly Encounters.” among other books and publications. For a full bio you may visit: www.candicesmithyman.com
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