After all, God did it many times throughout the Bible, where He changed others' names.
Now, this may not be a literal name change...it could be a new identity in the Lord, and more.
You'll read about this in this fascinating word from Elaine Tavolacci as she shares:
That's a good word. I pray, as you read through Elaine's article, that the Lord reveals what He wants to change for you personally in this new era! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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The past few weeks I have been sharing some of the recurring dreams that I've had concerning Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin and Kim Clement. The Lord is preparing Believers to be used for an end time revival in the coming days. We are going to see mantles being passed, just as Elijah's mantle was passed to Elisha, but there is also a generation that the Lord is preparing and anointing for His end time purpose and plan.
Throughout the Bible, we find several different ways that the Lord confirmed people's callings by raising them up and ordaining them for ministry. We see many instances where God Himself changed someone's name. A name change has a lot of meaning. Whenever God changed a person's name, He was changing their identity. He was changing their eminence and giving them a new direction. He was giving them a new authority, and a new anointing.
Every name has a meaning. The etymology of that name helps to understand the significance of the name. In the Hebrew language, a person's Hebrew name is their life force, and has a tremendous impact on that person. Therefore, in the Bible, a name is intrinsically connected with the essence of the person, and is a critical component of the person's makeup.
Name Changes in the Bible
When God made a covenant with Abram He said: "No longer shall your name be called Abram (exalted father), but your name shall be Abraham ("father of a multitude")...I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you" (Genesis 17:5-6, emphasis mine). (Photo via Flickr)
He then changed his wife Sarai's name ("princess") to Sarah ("noblewoman"). And God said: "...I will bless her and also give you a son by her...and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her" (Genesis 17:16, emphasis mine).
When Jacob wrestled with a man, who is believed to be Jesus, he said to Jacob: "'...Your name shall no longer be called Jacob ("supplanter"), but Israel ("God prevails"); for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed'...Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: 'For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved'" (Genesis 32:28, 30, emphasis added).
In the book of Genesis Joseph stayed faithful to the Lord through all his trials, and eventually Pharaoh made him the highest official in Ancient Egypt. Pharaoh also gave him a robe, a gold chain and his signet ring. He had authority over everything that was Pharaoh's, and ruled over Egypt. Pharaoh then changed Joseph's name from Joseph ("Jehovah has added") to Zaphnath-paaneah ("treasury of the glorious rest" and "a revealer of mysteries").
Daniel and his three friends had names with meanings connected to their faith in God, but Nebuchadnezzar, who was the ungodly king of Babylon, wanted them to conform to the pattern of Babylon, so he changed their names (Daniel 1:6). Their names were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He changed their names to try to associate them to a Babylonia deity.
• Daniel's name ("God is Judge") was changed to Belteshazzar (meaning the chief deity of Babylon).
• Hananiah's name ("gift of the Lord") was changed to Shadrach ("command of Aku," the moon God).
• Mishael's name ("who is what God is") was changed to Meshach ("who is as Aku").
• Azariah's name ("Jehovah helps") was changed it to Abednego ("servant of Nebo").
Sometime later Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which troubled him greatly. He called in the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers and wanted them to tell him what his dream was, and give the interpretation. They were unable to, so he called in Daniel. When Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar his dream and interpreted it, he fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel and said to him: "...Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret" (Daniel 2:47). He then promoted Daniel, gave him gifts and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego became administrators over Babylon.
In the New Testament, there was a man named Saul who mercilessly persecuted Christians. He went from house to house, into the homes of Believers, to arrest both men and women and drag them off to prison. One day, he was on the road to Damascus and a bright light shone around him. He heard a Voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" Saul replied, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting." Saul was blinded for three days (see Acts 9). (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Then a man named Ananias had a vision and the Lord told him to go to a particular street to meet with Saul. The Lord already gave Saul a vision of Ananias laying hands on him. Ananias was afraid to go at first but he went and laid hands on him, saying: "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 9:17). Saul then began preaching about Jesus. The Lord changed his name from Saul ("desired") to Paul ("small or little"), and he had a powerful ministry of healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out demons. He also wrote thirteen books in the New Testament.
God Wants to Change Your Name
The Lord wants to change your name—not necessarily literally, but He wants to give you a new identity and anoint you for service. He is equipping some of you to go to the nations like Abraham. He is about to promote those of you who lost your dream and your coat of many colors. He will raise you up as Joseph and give you authority over your land. He is looking for those whom He can use, like Daniel, to interpret dreams in the King's courts. He is looking for the Shadrachs, Meshachs and Abednegos who have been tried in the fiery furnace but came out unharmed. He will also raise them up to govern people. He is looking for the Sauls whom He could convert to Pauls and use in a ministry of miracles, signs and wonders.
As I was writing this, the Lord also showed me that this doesn't only pertain to individuals, but to the Body of Christ as a whole. The Holy Spirit showed me five streams flowing into one (the fivefold ministry); He showed me denominational barriers being torn down. He wants a Body that will no longer be divided and critical but will come together in unity. When people no longer say, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow a denomination," but they follow Jesus...when Believers are no longer following "Faith movements," "Prophetic movements" or "Healing movements," then they will merge as one movement.
When the Kingdom of God is no longer divided against itself, it will stand strong, and we will witness great exploits. As the Body of Christ and the five-fold ministries come together in unity, then we will usher in a great revival, and we will see multitudes saved in the days ahead.
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A Word in Season
Elaine Tavolacci resides in Staten Island, New York. She has been a student of the Word for twenty-nine years. She has a prophetic gift as well as a ministry of encouragement, which teaches the Body of Christ to walk in the fullness of what the Lord has called them to. She teaches others how to be overcomers in every area of their lives and understands the power and authority that Jesus has assigned to them. Her ministry, "A Word in Season," has been an encouragement to others for nine years. She has learned the transforming power of the Word of God and encourages others that nothing is impossible with God.
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