2013—A YEAR OF ORDER by BILL BURNS:
This message is a continuation of the “2012 A Year of Discovery” word. The overall theme of last year’s prophetic overview was Divine Government. In this past year God began to establish this divine government (rule) in the hearts of His people. His people are those whose desire is to live in the fullness of His kingdom.
The establishment of the government of God will be progressive, and each progression will come with a shifting in the spiritual realm. The major shift this year will produce “Divine Order”. This will be a major work of the Holy Spirit in 2013. If order is not established, government will not work properly.
The Trumpet: The foundation of My government has been established in the hearts of My people. Now, My house will be built, and My kingdom will be established. Divine order will become the present work of My Spirit in this year. Order must be established in the lives of My people because disorder will govern the world and its systems. Make every effort to establish yourselves in My order. You can do this by staying in touch with Me, and by allowing My Spirit to guide you from day to day. Stay connected!
The spiritual progression of divine government is established in God’s Word, and the pattern is found in the Book of Joshua. After 40 years in the wilderness for rebellion to God’s rule, Israel entered into the promise of God.
Joshua 1:1-3 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: "Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.”
Their journey began by crossing over through the Jordan River, which represents the anointing (Joshua 3). They were anointed for the journey. Our present journey is also established by the anointing and the 12 doves that visited our house this summer.
Twelve stones were set up in the Jordan River as a sign of God’s order, and twelve stones were also taken from the river and set up in Gilgal (Joshua 4). Gilgal means “a rolling stone.” It represents the place of covenant promise. The twelve stones represent the foundation of God’s government set over our hearts. (Exodus 28:15-20) Gilgal is also the place where the past reproach was removed.
Joshua 5:9 Then the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.
2013—A Year of Victory
God’s order as established by the anointing, covenant promise, and liberty from the past sets us up for victory according to the pattern. The first battle for Israel’s conquest was at Jericho.
Joshua 6:1-4 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.”
Twelve is the number of divine government and thirteen is the number of divine order (obedience) that leads to victory. Israel marched around Jericho once for 6 days and then 7 times on the 7th day. Six and seven are thirteen, the number of victory that comes as a result of obedience to God’s rule and His directives.
The apostle Paul was not in the upper room with the twelve, but on the Road to Damascus he became the 13th apostle. On the Road to Damascus Paul was brought into divine government and order.
The anointing that Paul walked in is what I call the anointing of victory. Listen to Paul’s testimony:
2 Timothy 3:11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
This anointing of victory that is coming to God’s people this year was spoken of prophetically by Marsha Burns:
Small Straws--November 30, 2012: I am releasing a wave of extraordinary grace that will see you through the weeks ahead. For, I will indeed empower you to do what is necessary to fulfill that which is required of you. This is a time to lean on Me for strength and wisdom. Do not forget that I am your help in times of trouble, so you must not depend on your own understanding. Rather, rise up in the supernatural realm of the Spirit to gain insight and spiritual support, says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my weakness, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Grace is empowerment, and the anointing is that which empowers us to live in victory.
Victory Over Generational Decrees
For some time now we have known that generational curses must be broken off of God’s people so that they can be set free from generational assignments. However, some generational curses have been around for so long and have become so strong that they have become decrees that can’t be broken.
For these kinds of curses, a decree must be written that cancels the generational decree. This wisdom comes from the Book of Esther. The king wrote a decree that couldn’t be broken (see Esther chapter 8). So he instructed Esther and Mordecai.
8 "You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke."
11 By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions.
The result of the decree was revealed in:
Esther 9:1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.
On the 13th day victory came. This is the year for the writing of decrees that will bring victory. If you have broken generational curses and haven’t gotten free, try writing a decree that gives you the right to freedom from the hindrances that are set against you.
Expect The Unexpected
This was a word that the Lord spoke to me: “Expect the unexpected to take place in 2013.” I understand this to mean that:
1. Unexpected blessings will take place.
2. Unexpected visitations from angelic beings will take place.
3. Unexpected manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit will take place.
4. Unexpected signs and wonders will take place.
5. Unexpected opportunities will present themselves.
It is a year in which we can’t keep God in our proverbial box. We should, instead, expect the unexpected in 2013.