2008 The Year of the Open Door
By Bill Burns
January 7, 2008:
In November of 2007 the Spirit of the Lord began
to speak about spiritual doors that would begin to open to God’s people. On
December 18th the Lord labeled 2008 as “The Year of the Open Door.” This theme
was also confirmed in a prophetic word to the church by Marsha Burns on December
Revelation 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."
The things that I have seen concerning the year 2008 I am now revealing to those who have ears to hear eyes to see, and a heart to serve. If you are one of these, then you have this promise from the Lord.
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.”
This door will open for you as you continue to ask, seek and knock (Matthew 7:7-8).
On December 24th the Master said, “As you worship Me, I will open a door to you of My great favor and blessings, which will come down like rain to water a dry and thirsty land.” He also exhorted us to “face the new year with great courage and without worry.”
I saw a celestial place in the spirit that has been called the “New Plateau” in various prophetic words. A plateau is “an extensive level expanse of elevated land; a period of stability” (Webster).
This plateau is a high or elevated place in the spirit realm to which the Lord is calling His people in 2008. In the vision I saw a large plateau with a multitude of doors around the perimeter of the expanse. These doors were doors of bright light, and they had the names of people engraved upon them. I watched as a seeker came up in the Spirit to the plateau and began looking for the door with his name on it. As the believer found his door he began to hear the sound of knocking that was coming from the other side of the door (plateau side). The door would then open at the sound of the Master’s voice. (Revelation 3:20).
And, the Lord said, “I am calling you, My people, to a higher place than you have ever been before. It is a place of favor and blessings, and it is a place where My treasure is hidden. Come up here, Beloved, and I will give you some of the hidden manna (revelation).”
2008 A Year of Treasure Hunting
As people went through the doors of the New Plateau, an angel would give each one a backpack that contained food for the journey (manna) and a canteen of living water. The pack also contained a treasure map and digging tools consisting of a small pick and shovel attached to the backpack.
Instructions on the pack read: You are to become prospectors in this season. The Bridegroom’s treasure chest has been opened for the Bride, and His gifts will be found on this plateau.
Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."
The Word (Scribe) has opened His treasure chest and has brought gifts to this place to be found by His beloved Bride.
In this place you will find revelation of that which is written, the old, and receive that which is new – spiritual gifts, prophetic words, visions and also that which you need physically such as healing, deliverance and prosperity.
In this place and in this season you have many prospects – those things that have the possibility of future success. Many opportunities will come your way as you go prospecting. These treasures that you find will expand your spiritual perspective, and you will gain revelation of the Lord’s kingdom and your part in it. Be sure to enjoy the journey with faith and anticipation of the goodness of the Lord and that which He has in store for you.
The Circle of Life
This year, which is the Hebrew year 5768 is the year of the full circle of life, which is perpetuated through new beginnings. The Lord is going to impart His grace or empowerment to perfect man by giving him a new beginning in 2008.
What goes around, comes around. What began in 2007 will continue on a higher level in 2008. Last year the Lord gave me a word in which He would do a specific corporate work for the Body of Christ, which was broken into four quarter of the year. This year everything that was done in four quarters last year will take place simultaneously in various ways for each individual. You will have to use your discernment to perceive that which the Spirit of God is doing in your life and what He is leading you into.
A Season of Divine Vision
This will take place as revealed in Ezekiel’s vision of the four wheels or circles. In Ezekiel chapter one the prophet sees four living creatures and four wheels. A wheel was beside the creatures on the earth, but it carried them into the spirit realm. The rims of their wheels were full of eyes (spiritual vision). You will find your ability to see spiritually will increase dramatically. The Spirit of the Lord will lift you up (Ezekiel 1:20), and as you are lifted up to the New Plateau you will see and hear that which is going on in the valley of vision.
John 16:13-15 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
A Time of the Fulfillment of Covenant Promise
The Lord recently said to me that He will fulfill His covenant promise of healing and that 2008 will also be a time when many covenant promises made through prophetic words will come to pass. When Israel was given a new beginning, they came out of Egypt (bondage), and they went into the promise on the other side of the Jordan River. The first place they went was to Gilgal to establish a covenant of the promise of victory (Joshua 4:19 and 5:1-9).
Joshua set 12 stones from the Jordan River, which represents the anointing, in a circle in Gilgal. Gilgal in Hebrew means a rolling wheel.
Once again this promise is confirmed in the year of the circle that brings life to God’s people. New covenant promises will also be established in this season.
A Season of Divine Decrees
2008 will be a season in which the Spirit of the Lord will establish divine decrees through the mouths of His prophets. These decrees will open the doors of the Lord and shut the doors that Satan has opened against God’s people. A decree spoken into the heavenlies by the Spirit of God will establish His purposes among His people and will become a shining light of direction for His people.
Psalm 148:6 He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.
As surely as the Lord has established all of creation by decree, He shall also establish His people by decree in 2008.
Prophetic Psalms for 2008
Psalms 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 ¶ When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen––Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
This will be a year of divine visitation and one in which the Lord will establish His order (dominion) over His Church. The decrees of God’s people will silence Satan’s voice of accusation (verse 2). Great spiritual victories will be achieved by the Lord’s anointed ones in 2008. Thrones of principalities will be destroyed by divine decree.
Psalms 28:1 To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications When I cry to You, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not take me away with the wicked And with the workers of iniquity, Who speak peace to their neighbors, But evil is in their hearts.
4 Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, Nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them And not build them up.
6 ¶ Blessed be the LORD, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.
8 The LORD is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
9 Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, And bear them up forever.
Again, the Lord will hear the voice (decree) of His saints, and those who are working against the purposes of the Lord will be removed. The Lord will be our strength, and His blessings will be inherited by those who faithfully serve Him.
The year of preparation is coming to an end, but it is not complete. Those things that began in 2007 will continue, but on a higher spiritual level.
The time of new beginnings is upon us and will now start to unfold. God will take some back to visit the old places where it will be like Jacob’s journey back to Bethel to remember the covenant. From Bethel, Jacob went on to Bethlehem to establish spiritual authority for the birth of the King of the twelve tribes of Israel.
May your journey in this year be blessed, and may the Lord, Your God, visit you and lead you upon the path that He has designed for you. Follow the path of life, and you will fulfill your God-given destiny.