Part 111 >>> Start of Review
|For those who are here for the first time… here’s a quick review from previous years|
|There are 3 fundamental principles that you need to arm yourself with, as we prepare to crossover into the New Year.
Here’s the VERY first one. And you need to apply it diligently at the “gate” i.e. midnight as Dec 31, 2017 transitions into Jan 1, 2018.
If you’re ready, let’s go…
We’ll open this section with a short prayer. Please just close your eyes where you are now and take this singular prayer point with fire in your spirit:
“O LORD, open my spiritual understanding today in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
We’ll take off by looking at the popular story of the ten virgins. In Matthew 25:1-10 we read:
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”
This is a familiar story.
Two phrases are of particular interest to us here:
(i) At midnight there was a cry made…
Here is Key #1…
Midnight is the time when “doors” are spiritually shut against people in the realm of the spirit.
It is also a time when satanic cries are made against people by the evil powers operating along the bloodlines of their families.
Please hold these thoughts while we back up to Psalm 24:7-10:
“Lift up your head, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.”
Again we see the word “doors” but this time, at the appearance of a Superior, Sovereign Power … Instead of being shut, the doors (and gates) are being commanded to “lift up” i.e. to open.
Putting what we’ve read so far together, we arrive at the inescapable conclusion that doors can be opened and shut in the spiritual realm.
In many places in the Bible, we see references to doors and gates.
For instance, we find them at the at the entry point to cities (1 Kings 17), temples (Acts 3), prisons (Acts 12), and palaces (Esther 5).
At the gates of the city, important decisions and verdicts were handed down. Controversies were settled there. Financial transactions were sealed there.
Honor was bestowed at the gate. Blessings were pronounced at the gate… and curses were issued as punishment for offences at the gate.
In fact, the gate played such a pivotal role in the life of any community that in times of war…
The enemy’s first order of business was to seize control of the gate!
What’s this got to do with the New Year?
You can liken the New Year to a well-fortified city with a strong gate.
The gate is the entry point into the city.
For the purpose of this conversation…
The door or gate of the New Year is currently shut. It is supposed to swing open IN THE SPIRIT at 12 midnight on January 1st.
Notice that I used the word, ‘supposed’ … that is what should happen in an ideal situation…
The reality, however, is that for most people, the gate of the New Year never opens to them spiritually… it remains tightly shut against them year after year, often without their knowledge!
Why is this so?
The Bible reveals that there are invisible “horsemen setting themselves in array at the gate” (Isaiah 22:7).
And here’s the SECRET:
The entrance or gate to the New Year is the midnight hour between December 31 and January 1st.
The truth remains that this gate is the point of the hottest spiritual battle you can think of.
Whoever takes control of that gate in the crucial first few seconds of the New Year determines what happens throughout the entire year!
What I’m sharing with you is well-understood by the children of darkness. No wonder our Lord Jesus once said (in Luke 16:8b):
.. for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
At the critical midnight hour of between December 31st and January 1st the children of this world (darkness) that Jesus is referring to here will be busy taking off in their evil aircraft and making evil prophetic pronouncements to renew age-old bondages… capture the entire year (and shut the gates of the next 12 months against ignorant people).
At this exact same time, most modern-day believers will be dancing and partying the night away!
Unknown to them, at this critical hour of midnight when the new year is being “delivered” (think of a woman in labor), whatever decrees are issued (good or bad) have the capacity to alter the destiny of an individual, family or nation.
You remember how many prophecies of greatness that Christians usually receive at the beginning of every year?
How many of them ever come to pass?
You know why?
At the most critical first few seconds of the New Year, the enemy gets busy “shutting the gate” and cancelling those prophecies by issuing ungodly decrees against people, using words anointed with satanic power!
Â· Doors of opportunity remained tightly shut throughout the year.
Â· The heavens refuse to open and pour out the expected blessings in abundance.
Â· Divine benefits refused to manifest…
Â· Divine helpers were nowhere to be found…
Â· Most prayers went unanswered… leaving so many believers scratching their heads.
If you keep records of all the wonderful prophecies received every New Year (like I do) you’ll realize that most of them NEVER come to pass.
It doesn’t matter how many great men or women of God prophesied.
Because most Christians allow the enemy (either out of ignorance or sheer laziness) to take control of the GATES when it mattered most..at the critical moment of transition… when most people are in slumber.
You see, in the spiritual realm, just one second’s delay can cost a person an entire year.
Like the prayer bullets you will see shortly, if you were to pray them at any other time of the year, you won’t achieve the same results [except in very few cases which we will discuss at various times during the year in the prayer blog for Members’ Forum].
Thankfully, the Lord has not left us ignorant about this matter.
For years ago He the Lord gave us a battle plan which has never failed.
If we execute on this plan diligently…
These 90 minutes prayer force AT THE GATE can save you 9 months of frustration, disappointment and sorrow.
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