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Dr. Arleen Westerhof: "Shining in Deep Darkness: A New War for the Church"

Dr. Arleen Westerhof
Feb 20, 2023

From the Desks of Steve Shultz and Julie A. Smith:

Steve ShultzWe just had an amazing interview with Arleen Westerhof of the Netherlands and it was packed with powerful revelations from the Lord...over the nations!

It is high time that in deep darkness we learn to shine as Arleen says here:

There is a war for our nations and what we, the Ekklesia, do will be key to seeing our nations come into the Kingdom. Up until now, we have had to learn how to shine in the midst of relative darkness (Isaiah 60:1). However, now we're going to have to learn how to shine in the midst of deep darkness...

Steve ShultzSaints, we are NOT running away from darkness but running TO the darkness to shine for the Lord. With that, read the rest of of Arleen's word and the keys she offers for the healing of the nations and more! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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As we entered this decade, the Lord told me that the 2020s would be known as the "Decade of the Nations." He also said that we would have culture wars that would be so violent that they would go down in the annals of history. As He spoke, He gave me Revelation 21:24, "And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its (the New Jerusalem's) light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it" (emphasis mine). This verse says that nations will be saved and offers hope in the midst of what has turned out to be one of the most turbulent decades in human history.

Shining in the Midst of Deep Darkness

What the world looks like at the end of this decade will be very different from what it looked like when we entered the 2020s. There is a war for our nations and what we, the Ekklesia, do will be key to seeing our nations come into the Kingdom. Up until now, we have had to learn how to shine in the midst of relative darkness (Isaiah 60:1). However, now we're going to have to learn how to shine in the midst of deep darkness.

This year, God is retooling and refitting us to shine. He is highlighting that there is:

• A new D-Day – the tables have turned

• A new war for the Church, but there's also a new war in the Church

• A new marriage – God is marrying the anointing of the apostle, the prophet and evangelist for nations

• A new holiness movement

• A new strategy for dark times – 'be yeast'

• New books being opened for the healing of the nations. It's no longer time for arks. It's time for Goshen.

A New D-Day

For much of 2022, I heard the Lord saying that it would be a turning-point year. As He said this, I saw the world on a knife's edge. It was balanced so finely that it could tip one way or another. This was confirmed this past September. Rosh Hashanah, 5783, marked a new D-Day on the spiritual calendar. The fact that something significant had changed was emphasized to me by a dream around this time.

In my dream, a woman was driving in a car along a country road. The sky was overcast with thick, white clouds. All of a sudden, a white capsule fell from the sky and crashed onto the pavement of the road in front of her. The woman got out of the car and looked into the hole at the capsule. When she asked the Lord what this meant, He said, "The things that have already been established in Heaven by the prayers of the saints have now been released onto the earth, and you are going to start to see them unfold."

I hear God saying, "Am I not a Man of war? Do I promise victory and not deliver it? Behold, I AM the LORD!"

"The LORD is a man of war. The LORD is His name." (Exodus 15:3)

It's a time of war and it's time for us to rise up and reclaim our nations. One of the ways that we'll do this is by allowing God to update our callings, our wineskins and the way we think and operate. Words and phrases like "update," "vacate" and "not escape, but dominate" are key words for this season.

A New War for the Church and in the Church

I heard the Lord say that He is waging war on the religious spirit that has opposed His apostles and prophets coming forth. This spirit has sought to limit or, when this didn't work, extinguish their functioning altogether. Some of apostles and prophets have even died because of this spirit. However, God is reminding you of your apostolic and prophetic roots. (Photo via Unsplash)

Lord, we bless Your apostles. We bless Your prophets. We decree and declare that they are released from religious captivity and that they will come forth now!

There is a new war in the Church! There is a new war for the Church. This new war is shaking us out of our confinement and complacency. "As I shake," says the Lord, "I will ignite your hearts and bring you into My purposes and passion. I AM returning My Body on the earth to her original roots. I AM raising her up to be the nation-changing, soul-winning people movement she was always meant to be."

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matthew 11:12)

Proclamation: We call forth a new Holy Spirit militancy in the Ekklesia, in Jesus' name.

A New Marriage

In this season, God is marrying the anointing of the apostle and the prophet with the evangelist for the great harvest of souls, and for the great harvest of nations. As these three anointings are coupled, we will see the Kingdom come. To the Ekklesia, the Lord says to tell you that your new missions movement is upon you! It's here!

"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'" (Matthew 28:18-20)

Proclamation: Lord, we call forth this marriage of Your apostles and prophets with the evangelists now, in Jesus' name.

A New Holiness Movement

We know 2 Chronicles 7:14: "[I]f My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." We know what it is to pray. We know what it is to intercede. However, now we are going to know what it is to turn from our wicked ways. This year, we are going to know Christ as LORD Рthe LORD of the Church first, and then LORD of the world. "I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images" (Isaiah 42:8).

The bowls of the prayers of the saints are filling up. There will be more solemn assemblies in the nations as this continues. All of the prayers since this decade began are starting to cause the bowls to tip over. Some will tip for righteousness and others will tip for judgment:

"Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand." (Revelation 8:3-4)

Proclamation: We call forth this new holiness movement and fear of the Lord that causes us to break with our sin and fear and exalt Christ alone.

Be Yeast and Use the Blood!

A new strategy for dark times: "Be yeast" and "Use the Blood! Remember the Blood."

One of the key strategies for our times is to be yeast. (Photo via Unsplash)

"Jesus also used this illustration: 'The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough" (Matthew 13:33). This will be uncomfortable, because it will call us out of our revival settings (our safe space) and into the world.

In June 2022, I was at a meeting in Rome that was literally "Babylon in Rome." Many of the organizations that I have spent time doing spiritual warfare against were represented. I felt extremely uncomfortable and the warfare was intense.

I asked, "Lord, why did You tell me to come to this meeting?"

He answered, "Look around you. What do you see?"

What I saw were people who sincerely wanted to do good, but who were demonically influenced because they didn't know Christ and didn't have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. As I started to talk to people, I realized that out of the 640 very prominent individuals present, only six of us were Believers! This was less than 1%! Then I heard the Lord say, "This is one of My new mission fields."

As we enter these arenas, this is God's word to us: "Use the Blood! Remember the Blood!" God is giving us a new understanding of communion ‚Äď the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross. This will be our protection this year as we go into these arenas of deep darkness. So, "Use the Blood! Remember the Blood!"

Proclamation: We proclaim the Lordship of Christ over the new mission fields – these arenas of deep darkness. Father, use us as yeast, and as we go, we say, "We will remember the Blood. We will use the Blood!"

New Books Are Being Opened for the Healing of the Nations

New books are being opened. They are for the healing of the nations. I see books in Heaven being opened that have been closed for a very long time – millennia. I had the idea that some of these books might have even been those closed up when God spoke to Daniel and to John, the Revelator (see Daniel 12:4; Revelation 10:4). The words "The leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations" are for now (Revelation 22:2). They are for our times. They are for this decade. I saw cancers being healed because healing agents are being found in the leaves of the trees. Ask where the ancient ways are and you will find healing for your souls.

God is raising up modern-day Josephs and Daniels who will have the solutions to heal sick economic and governmental systems, the metaverse and sick nations. This is a time for divine intelligence. The Lord has a modern-day army that He is raising up, and that He can trust with His divine wisdom and revelation to heal nations. This wisdom will come from the books that were sealed.

Proclamation: Lord, thank You for opening the books that were sealed up in Heaven; and as these books are opened, we will call forth the Joseph and Daniel prophetic army that You have prepared! We will call forth the digital prophets! We say, "You have eyes to see and ears to hear. Come forth now, in Jesus' name."

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Dr. Arleen Westerhof
Founder and Facilitator, Netherlands Prophetic Council


Dr. Arleen Westerhof is the lead pastor of the God's Embassy Church in Amsterdam together with her husband Dick. She is a prophet, an author and an international speaker. Her passion is to help people learn to prophesy with accuracy and authority into every sphere of society to see transformation come. She does this through her Living In Your Destiny Schools of the Prophets, and her English and Dutch language prophetic mentoring communities. She is also the founder and facilitator of the Netherlands Prophetic Council, she co-leads the European Prophetic Council together with Dr. Sharon Stone, and she is a member of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders. Arleen is the author of the book "IMPACT. Prophesy and Change the World," and you can find her "Weekly Word of Prophetic Encouragement" videos on her YouTube channel, Arleen Westerhof.

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