As the New Year was approaching I heard the Lord say 2018 would be a year symbolized by ‘bang and the butterfly’. I knew He was saying the year would be one of impacting and startling ‘suddenlies’ as well as metamorphosis where a complete transformation is seen. 2018 will be a year where we see dramatic suddenlies and transformation in individuals, families and nations.
Year of Bang
A bang is a sudden and impacting sound. If an event goes off with a bang it means it is very exciting and successful. This year will be an exciting year of Holy Spirit adventures for those who are obedient to the leading of the Spirit. It will be a year of blessing and harvest for what has been sown in faith. This year will be one of impact suddenlies where people are suddenly catapulted into the next step in their destiny in God. The year will see the Lord bring divine opportunities and connections that suddenly launch people to a new level and people will be in awe of God’s goodness and faithfulness. God is going to suddenly open up new paths for people that will be beyond what they could have asked, dreamed or imagined. I see people being awakened to their calling and stepping into the next assignment the Lord gives them with a bang. People will be given divine ideas and strategies which will advance them in the assignment the Lord has for them. The people of God will be in awe and wonder of how He works in and through their lives and works all things for their good. Angelic visitations and activity will increase and the people of God will partner with the angelic hosts in a greater way.
Isaiah 25:1 (NASB) – ‘O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will give thanks to your name; for you have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) – And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Ephesians 3:20 (NASB) – Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us
I see people of God arising on the world scene with a bang and having great impact and influence for the kingdom of God. These people have been hidden in God but the Lord is going to highlight them and give them great influence as they are humble and live to see His name glorified. People will arise to powerfully impact their sphere of influence.
Many forerunners will arise with a bang and they will take much territory for the kingdom. They will have eyes to see what the Lord is doing in this hour and have faith to see God’s will established. They will be given detailed and strategic revelation from the Lord and will use this revelation to blaze the trail for others and impact their sphere of influence.
A bang is also a shock sound that awakens, jolts and alerts people. This will also be a year of awakening for the body of Christ in a much greater way than seen before. The Lord is going to challenge mindsets that are not of Him and not in line with the word of God. He is jolting people out of religious mindsets and bringing people back to the foundations of the word of God. The Lord is breaking down denominational barriers, and people with the same mandate and vision from the Lord will align to see God’s purposes fulfilled. The body of Christ is awakening to the truth of who they are in Christ and what is available to them as co-heirs with Christ.
Year of the Butterfly
This year will see dramatic change or metamorphosis in the lives of many individuals and families. There will also be changes in regions and those areas will see turn arounds and transformations on a broad scale. Metamorphosis is a dramatic, abrupt transformation like is seen with the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. Many will look back on this year and see God’s hand in the process of change or metamorphosis that will be seen in their lives and the lives of their families. They will see a divine, supernatural change to something so much more beautiful than they could have imagined.
The Lord will do a great work of transformation in the lives of those who are yielded to Him this year. The Lord’s heart is that we will move from glory to glory and become more like Him. He is a willing potter ready to do the work necessary to shape us as He wills. Our role is to yield and submit to this process. Those who have surrendered their all to the Lord and embraced the refining fire, will see the Lord transform them from the inside out and they will be used in a greater way to impact those around them as they become vessels through which Holy Spirit can move. They will reflect the glory of God to the world.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NASB) – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Isaiah 64:8 (NASB) – But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.
Many will see promises fulfilled and the plans of God manifested. In families one of the ways this will be evident is restoration of marriages and return of prodigal children. The Lord showed me many people have been standing in faith for the promise God has given them for themselves and their families and their stand and intercession and will see the promise fulfilled. A harvest is coming for what has been sown in prayer and intercession for individuals, families, regions and nations. Those who have sown in tears will reap with joy. It will be a time of double blessing and double harvest for what has been sown. Many, many have sown in tears and have waited in faith for God to bring forth the harvest and they will reap with joy as they see the promise manifest. The year ahead will be one of fruitfulness and we will see God move in new ways in our lives and in the nations.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (ISV) - But as it is written, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him."
Metamorphosis or transformation will be seen over regions as a harvest for what has been sown in intercession, faith and obedience comes. Spiritual shifts will occur over regions as the people of God partner with Him in intercession and pray in the revelation they receive with authority to see God’s will established. People of God will arise in great numbers and impact their world with the power of the Spirit and the love of God which will bring a harvest and transformation across regions around the world.
2018 – A year of impact suddenlies and metamorphosis is ahead!