THE GREAT RELEASE
by Marsha Burns

Twenty eleven!  The number 20 symbolizes expectation in this century and eleven symbolizes disintegration and transition.  The eleven faithful apostles after the disintegration were released
to build the Church.
 
Hebrew year 5771:  Israel was held in captivity 70 years and released in the 71st year.
 
Ayin is the word for 70, which names the decade:  Ayin means eye:  to see, understand and obey.  Ayin is described as having two eyes representing the choice of good or evil; optimism or pessimism.  Ayin can also mean fountain – the fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive.  This is the decade of enlightenment to the Church and prophetic insight.
 
Aleph is the word for 1, which names the year:  Aleph is the symbol of the ox, which means strength and leadership.  It represents the breath of God and the revelation of the mysteries of God through His leaders who have been sent to equip and prepare His people.
 (aleph) has two arms, one above and one below connected in the middle by a hook, which represents humanity.  The humanity that connects heaven above to earth below is Christ.  Expect heavenly reality to invade the earth in greater ways this year.
 
Genesis 46:27  And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were seventy who became captives.
 
Jeremiah 25:
8  "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words,
9  ‘behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says the LORD, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.
10  ‘Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.
11  ‘And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12  ‘Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the LORD; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation.
 
Daniel 9:24  "Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
 
We are now in the 71st year, which presumably represents the release from captivity and punishment. 
 
Nehemiah 1:
1   The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel,
2  that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3  And they said to me, "The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire."
 
This is somewhat reminiscent of the cleaning of our own spiritual foundation and the burning of the wood, hay and straw or the works of the flesh. 
 
2010 has been a year of change on every level as God has swept the foundation clean.  Our good ideas for ministry and our American religious traditions have been challenged and found lacking.  Our focus cannot be people, church growth, and finances; our focus must be God Himself and no other.
 
We are now in the position of Nehemiah to rebuild that, which has been torn down.  And, this time we must build only as led by the Holy Spirit of God.
 
We can probably expect opposition such as Nehemiah experienced as he went forth by the mandate of God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and Ezra in rebuilding the Temple.
 
Nehemiah 2:
17  Then I said to them, "You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach."
18  And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work.
19  But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?"
20  So I answered them, and said to them, "The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem."
 
Nehemiah 4:
7  Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry,
8  and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.
9  Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.
 
Nehemiah 4:
16  So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.
17  Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.
 
We also, will watch for the enemy to stop the work and to create confusion.  And, we will pray to our God and be ready to fight against every attack.
 
Jeremiah 20:11  But the LORD is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
 
Words of Knowledge and Words of Wisdom from the Lord for 2011:
 
I see in a vision the engine of an automobile that needs to be adjusted and tuned up so that it can run better.  Expect to make some adjustments as you are being fine tuned to fulfill your purpose in the overall scheme of things.  Things that once sparked your interest will be replaced by that which better suits your level of spiritual maturity.
 
As you continue to draw close to Me, you will see My creation from a new perspective.  The sky will seem bluer and the grass greener, yet worldly interests and the satisfying of your flesh will become a secondary pursuit at best.  And, your knowledge of the written Word will combine with your experiences to produce fresh, life-producing revelation.
 
Just when you think you’ve lost your edge, spiritual clarity will come forth like a picture coming into focus.  You will be able to see and discern with greater depth and lucidity than ever.  Expect to be more decisive with issues and concerns where you have been duplicitous.  Instead you will be focused and more efficient.
 
I kept hearing in my spirit the term “quantum leap”.  You will broaden your spectral lines.  This means that you will move beyond your normal limitations into a new realm of understanding and activity.  You will no longer allow circumstances or people to hold you back or keep you from achieving your spiritual and natural potential.
 
I have torn, but I will heal.  What has seemed like destruction has only been a good house cleaning to remove from your life the things that were no longer relevant.  You have been released from the things that have held you back or created spiritual stagnation, and you can now move forward with a greater sense of freedom.
 
Do not concern yourself with thoughts of what you cannot do.  Refuse to be a “Jack in the box” confined by old mindsets.  Instead of focusing on your inabilities, let Me reveal your possibilities.  I am with you to take you beyond your perceived restraints.
 
I am taking you to new heights.  You will be delighted in what you see, but you must wait for Me instead of striking out on your own in presumption.  This will be a time when you will begin to know the difference between the leading of My Spirit and the impulse of your own soul.  I will lead you in perfect timing if you will wait on Me and trust in Me, says the Lord.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.