God is preparing His sons and daughters to be a strength, to be a refuge, to be a place of HOPE to the world around us...now that's good news.
In Madeline James recent word, she shares how God is preparing us to be a HABITATION...and with that, don't ever discount the importance of your purpose in Him.
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I believe, as we've stepped into 5782 and heading into 2022, we've entered into a very strategic time. In Hebrew, the letter "bet" has the numeric value of 2. Bet has the word picture of a tent or a tabernacle. Prophetically, a tent or tabernacle is a place that houses the presence of God or a place where you meet with God face to face, like Moses did. I feel one of the main areas of emphasis for 5782 is building the habitation of God for the things to come. The Lord gave me a dream concerning this in August 2021.
In the dream, a known apostle of Kentucky asked me to be a part of a church service. It was night time, and I was making my way to the church where I knew we were gathering because of the end time events and circumstances that were happening.
As I reached my destination, I could see that we were meeting in a house church that looked similar to the meeting house at Cane Ridge, where the 2nd Great Awakening was birthed. On the lower level everyone was packed together, huddling in prayer because of the times we were in. I then found myself on a hill overlooking the meeting house and the river. Suddenly, the night sky split open and I saw Noah's ark right before me. I was amazed at the sight – I couldn't believe Noah's ark was before me! The front of the ark hung over the church for a bit and then turned to its side where I could see whole length of the ark. Then the dream ended. (Photo via Pxfuel)
Building the Ark
As I began to press into the meaning of this dream I was reminded of the verses in Matthew 24:37-39 (NIV): "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man."
In that time, we read in Genesis 6, the Lord encountered Noah and gave him the blueprint from Heaven to build the boat. Now, in this hour, we are in a very apostolic time of advancing and building the Kingdom of God. Over the past couple of years we have been in a divine reset. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. As structures and systems come down, we must also "build up" with the things of God (Jeremiah 1:10).
One of the main areas of emphasis in the year 5781 was the ox anointing. The ox/apostolic anointing is going to help us carry the burden to see the manifestation of the habitation of God in 5782 and beyond. The ox anointing has come upon different people throughout the Bible, like Noah, Moses, Nehemiah, Solomon, Jesus, the disciples, etc.
Noah, in his time, was anointed to build the ark, which was the vessel needed to weather the storm and flood that would come. The ark was a place of safety and provision – a storehouse that could withstand the judgment of God. I believe the dream I had about the ark is pointing to this. There is an apostolic blueprint which the Lord desires to release to His leaders and people.
Acts 7:44 (TPT) says, "God gave Moses the revelation of the pattern of the tabernacle of the testimony. By God's command, he made it exactly according to the specifications given to him for our ancestors in the wilderness."
This "ark" is the representation of the habitation of God that will sustain the Church and the people of God in the days to come. I've had several dreams over the last few months where the Lord has shown me that the Church will be vital and necessary in the days to come. It will be the safe place of refuge for the people of God to run to, and for those who want to be saved.
Over the past couple years, in this divine reset, the Lord has allowed "church as normal" to cease. There is a new normal that as been set and is needed in this hour. It's causing the Body of Christ to get back to the apostolic mandate of the Bible. This can be reflected in another meaning or spelling of the word "ark," which is arc. I believe the word "ARC" can stand for Apostolic Revival Centers. This is the heart of God for this hour. There's a Nehemiah mandate to build. It's no longer about just going to church. These Apostolic Revival Centers are meant to awaken, equip, and mobilize Believers to build and advance the Kingdom of God as the disciples did in the book of Acts. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Prayer and Unity Are Key
Another point and strategy to take from the dream is this: Prayer and unity for the Body of Christ will be key in these last days. We see this modeled in the book of Acts.
Another meaning of the number 2 in 5782 is 2 worlds colliding. More than ever, we are seeing the influence of the spirit realm in our natural earth realm. In the book of Acts, one of the ways in which the Church dealt with the antichrist spirit and demonic influence of their time was to gather and pray until things shifted. Acts 4:31 (TPT) says, "As they prayed the earth shook beneath them, causing the building they were in to tremble. Each one of them was filled with the Holy Spirit, and they proclaimed the word of God with unrestrained boldness."
As they gathered together in unity and prayed on a regular basis, they were continually filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enabled them to walk in great power, signs, wonders, miracles, and great boldness. In the days to come, these are some of the keys needed for the Body of Christ to advance and overcome.
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Madeline James Ministry
Madeline James is an emerging prophetic writer and voice who desires to release the heart of the Father, and be a tuning fork for the Body of Christ. She operates in the seer and revelatory realm. Her heart is to release revelation and wisdom that will help propel and push the Body of Christ forward. Madeline is the author of Rooted In Love, Declaring Your Morning, co-author of Emerge, and the blogger of the prophetic blog Nabi's Pen. She resides in Lexington, KY with her husband Richie and their two daughters.
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