What Lies Ahead for 2014?
By Rick Ridings, Succat Hallel 24/7 in Jerusalem
There are four Scriptures I hear the Lord highlighting in a special way this year to express some ways in which I believe He will be both shaking and awakening:
1. Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these (Mark 10:14). I believe this year we will see the beginning of a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit on very small children (ages 2-10). They will be prophesying things that are beyond their natural ability to understand at that age. They will be awakened in the middle of the night to hear the Lord as did the child Samuel. They will receive key visions and dreams that will bring direction not only for their own lives, but for adults. They will operate in a surprising way in words of knowledge, healing and miracles. It is important that we do not quench, but gently pastor this move of the Lord among children. We must pray to help give birth to, and to protect, this move of the Holy Spirit upon children.
2. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four elders.. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads (Rev. 4:4). Even as the Harp and Bowl (Rev. 5:8) was greatly emphasized in these past fifteen years, so this year will be very key in the prayer movement for the raising up of an emphasis upon the other two things that characterize the elders around The Throne: their own thrones and crowns. There will be an increased understanding of the exercise of governmental intercession.
Similar to Rees Howells, many intercessors will not pray so much in reaction to what is reported in the news, but will receive detailed visions and instructions as they learn to enter into the council room before the Lords Throne. They will proclaim His Throne-room decrees upon the earth with increasing accuracy, detail, and authority. Certain intercessors will be recognized by high governmental authorities in their city or nation, who will seek their counsel concerning security issues and decisions.
3. If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come (Mark 3:24-26). I believe this is a season where the prayer movement will use against Satan the tool he has so often used against the Church: division. This will be especially true as we learn to proclaim division upon the nation and house of Islam.
This is a season for proclaiming increased division between the demonic powers behind Islam, especially that the Sunni and Shiite movements be distracted from Israel, as they act upon their deepening divisions. I felt the Lord spoke to me that I will shake everything that can be shaken, and Islam can be shaken. A house divided against itself cannot stand, and the nation of Islam can be divided. The harvest from Islam can be harvested.
The great harvest that is exploding in Indonesia (and which followed their own great shakings) will gradually move westward, with nations falling like dominoes before the hand of the Lord.
Look for increased shakings and upheaval in the Middle East, especially in Egypt, Turkey, Iran, and among the Kurdish people. Look for the Lord to supernaturally intervene to protect Israel, further exposing the lies of Islam. As the shakings become increasingly violent, the true face of Islam will be exposed for those seeking truth to see. There will be a quick movement of houses of prayer across the Middle East to pray their nations through these shakings into a place of harvest. Much of this harvest will start amongst children and youth. In a vision concerning Syria, I saw it like the scene after a forest fire, mostly ashes. But young seedling were springing up everywhere, and angels were pouring Miracle Grow fertilizer on these young trees to cause them to quickly grow into oaks of righteousness.
Tied in with this will be a huge Student Volunteer Missions Movement mobilizing young adults from the Far East into Central Asia, and the Middle East to establish houses of prayer, and to help reap the harvest.Market place apostles from the Far East will release wise counsel, and help with visas and finances into this movement.
4. At least here is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and it new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put for shoots like a plant (Job 14:7-9). In some places we have thought beyond hope, prayer and worship will water ancient roots of the Kingdom of God, which will send for new branches of life.
I believe this will be especially seen in Israel, in the Middle East, around the Mediterranean, in France, and on the East Coast of the United States.
I just spoke for a national seminar on houses of prayer in France. This nation has been so dark for so long, but I was greatly encouraged by the testimonies of many houses of prayer quickly being planted there, and by many reports of the Holy Spirit moving upon small children in prophetic ways. I had gone there to proclaim that this is a time where the Lord is going to bring new branches from the roots of an outpouring upon children that occurred during the time of the Huguenots in the late 1600s, but most of the Huguenots were killed or forced to flee in the face of severe persecution. I was so encouraged by reports of how the Lord is already bringing forth new branches from those old roots.
In a similar fashion, I (and others) have had visions of flames of fire around the Mediterranean in areas many had thought of as without hope.
There is a new stirring as well on the East Coast of the United States (in the thirteen original Colonies). I recently had a vision of an eagle circling over Philadelphia, who then swooped down to pull out a serpent which had been laced through thirteen original Colonies, and whose head and mouth were over Massachusetts. This serpent had swallowed a generation of young people into its belly, where they were trapped in deep darkness.
I understood this serpent to be the sprit of the Prince of Greece, of secular humanism, and it had especially swallowed young leaders attending Ivy League universities in the North East of America. As intercessors cried out, the eagle grabbed this serpent between its claws, took it up and then ripped it apart, with this young generation released from the prison of its belly, and parachuting down on the East Coast to become points of burning fire in the darkness. I saw it had the potential, if guarded and fathered, of growing into a Third Great Awakening. At the same time, we can expect increasingly violent persecution to come from secular humanists against Christians, but if we persevere, it will only fuel great growth in this new move of the Lord.
May we hear the Lord in this season to press in for a great outpouring upon children; for greater authority to be exercised in governmental intercession; for the protection of Israel, and a great harvest amongst Muslims; and for new life and fruitful branches to spring up from old roots.
Succat Hallel (24/7 worship and prayer overlooking Mt. Zion and the Temple Mt. in Jerusalem)