"PARTNERING WITH HEAVEN IN 2021: DANCE THE DANCE OF THE MAHANAIM!"
2021 will see the "Shulamite Church" battle, contend, and war, but God will also give us a dance of victory! Stay in the fight! Dance the dance of the Mahanaim! 2020 was an unprecedented year in history. Every single reader across the globe was affected by the pandemic of COVID-19 which came from China. Though most of the prophetic words for 2020 did not mention a virus or a global shutdown, many, including mine, did indicate it would launch us into a time of breaking old cycles and stepping into the new – that it would be a RESET year.
I believe, as we have entered 2021, that we are still amid the RESET, which by definition means, "to move something back to an original place or position; to put back in the correct position; to set, adjust, or fix in a new or different way." God has been resetting His Church as well as resetting nations of the earth for His last days' purpose of global revival and awakening.
STAY IN THE FIGHT!
The number 21 is associated in Scripture with covenant and conflict. It was in Genesis 21 that God fulfilled His promise and gave Abraham and Sarah a child after 25 years of waiting. They named him Isaac which means "laughter." It was here, in this same chapter, that Abraham planted the tamarisk tree of a covenant with El Olam, the Everlasting God, the God outside of time. This was the foundational passage that launched Dutch Sheets in his Appeal to Heaven message and movement. Get ready to laugh this year! We will laugh in joy at God's fulfillment. We will laugh with God as He deals with the corrupt plans of men (Psalm 2:2-8).
Watch as God fulfills His word this year in and through and to the Church who has partnered with His promises.
21 is also associated with conflict and contending. In Daniel 10 we see an angel coming to answer Daniel's petition. He said he was sent with an answer as soon as Daniel prayed, but it took him 21 days to get there due to the heavenly battle which ensued with the Prince of Persia. Daniel stayed in position in prayer and fasting the entire time, fueling the angel armies for victory. The Archangel Michael came in and continued the fight as the angel broke through with the message from Heaven. Never before in Scripture do we see such a clear picture of heavenly warfare.
In Numbers 21 God gave Israel victory over the Amorite giants, Og and Sihon. In 2 Samuel 21, David and his army took out the giants at Gath, including the next generation of giants. And in 1 Kings 21 the righteous man Naboth was killed, but the prophet Elijah arose and declared that enough is enough! He then pronounced judgment on Jezebel. It was the beginning of her end.
In 2021 the Church will learn to partner with heavenly armies as never before to see God's will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Battles against the virus, battles against chaos and corruption, and battles for our nation will continue throughout the year. Stay in the fight! I will discuss this further in my word for 2021, however, let's review the promises still in effect from 2020 that we will carry into 2021.
STANDING ON THE PROMISES AND WARRING WITH PROPHECIES
On the morning of December 27, 2020, I woke up hearing the words from the old hymn "Standing on the Promises." I knew God was issuing a challenge for the Church to not be moved by what we see in the natural, but to continue to stand on His promises, both from the written Word of God, as well as the prophetically spoken promises from the last season. He was making it clear, as we came to the end of one year – with so many things unresolved politically, globally, economically, and spiritually – that He is not done accomplishing His divine work of RESET.
Romans 4:16 tells us, "Therefore, [inheriting] the promise depends entirely on faith [that is, confident trust in the unseen God]..." God has given His promises; it is our responsibility to stand on them in faith and, according to 1 Timothy 1:18-19, to wage war with the prophecies that have been spoken. We have a saying around Christian International, "Never doubt in the dark what you heard in the light." In other words, we cannot allow challenging circumstances to get us out of our "faith positioning" regarding what we heard before trouble set in.
The interesting thing about prophecy, however, is that many times God speaks something to us and we assume we know how that word will come to pass when God has something altogether different in mind. For example, David received a prophecy that he would be king. He was merely a shepherd boy at the time and it seemed unlikely the word would come to pass. But the next thing you see is that David kills Goliath, marries the king's daughter, and moves into the palace. He probably thought, "Oh, now I know how this word will come to pass." But anyone who has ever read the story of David's life knows that was not how the word was fulfilled. David had to walk through many years of believing God's promise, faithfully serving both the Lord and His people amid severe difficulty and adversity, before he saw the fulfillment of his prophesied destiny.
The following are some of the things I heard God say for 2020, which I believe have positioned us for this new year of 2021. (I am merely touching on some of these things, as I have written extensively about their deeper meaning in the past.)
In September 2019, as we entered the new Hebraic decade of Pey (meaning "the mouth"), I was awakened to God saying that we had entered the Decade of the Dynamo. A dynamo is a generator that creates current power that can be converted into electricity. The word comes from the same root word in Greek that we get the word "Dunamis" from. Jesus told us, "You shall receive power [Dunamis] when the Holy Spirit comes upon you" (see Acts 1:8). This would be a time where we would use the anointing of the Holy Spirit, partnered with the words of our mouth and our spirit language, to generate intense spiritual power for the breakthrough.
2021 will see a greater emphasis on the power of prayer, decrees, prophecy, and worship to shift the heavens and change the earth. The miracle is in our mouths!
At the end of December 2019, I had a vision of Jesus handing out white stones to each Believer, as well as to our president and his family. He would place it in each one's hand, look them in the eyes, and nod as if to say, "I've got this." The white stone was spoken about in Revelation 2:17 and was given to those who overcome.
When God speaks and commends us for overcoming, we must learn to read between the lines and understand that it means we are going to face challenges that we will have to overcome by His grace and strength. This vision wasn't a commendation; it was a warning – a prophecy – that we, as well as our president, would face things in 2020 that would be difficult, but as we kept our eyes on Jesus, He would give us the victory. 2021 will carry us across some finish lines to a place of victory, but there are some even greater challenges that lie ahead. What we overcome in one season will position us for victory in this next season.
God highlighted these phrases to me at separate times before 2020: "Crazy Increase" (through a dream) and "Super Bloom" (through hearing another prophet). I knew these were words for our new season. You may say, "Well, you missed it there! We are in a time of economic shaking and decline due to COVID-19 and shutdowns." Yes, it has been an interesting year in this regard and has taken a great deal of faith and standing on God's promises to see provision come. Yet, in the midst of the shaking, we have seen God do some amazing things.
For example, the majority of our income comes not from our pastoral position, but rather from travel and speaking engagements which were shut down this year. Yet, God has surprisingly blessed us and provided for us in ways we cannot even explain. Though our church services have had some disruptions due to outbreaks of the virus, and we have experienced diminished in-person attendance, God gave us strategies for nightly online communion on Facebook, which has increased our reach globally and grown our congregation.
Our church finances increased rather than decreased. People in our church have experienced miraculous advancement as over 21 families bought new homes this year, and businesses have reported record-breaking numbers in 2020.
We are in a time of crazy increase and are experiencing a supernatural super bloom! 2021 will continue to see God's supernatural hand of provision and financial breakthrough in ways we have not yet imagined. Position your faith not just to survive but to thrive in this new year.
God spoke this to me in March 2020 when the shutdowns began. Several years ago I heard the Lord say, "Your setback is only a setup for a mighty comeback!" I am pretty sure He was prophesying into our current season. The word "comeback" is defined as a regaining of success, fame, health, prosperity; recovery, revival, resurgence; to return to a former good position or condition after a loss; the act of making up for a deficit.
God loves to take the plans of the enemy and turn them back on his head. Think of Haman and his sons being hung on the gallows they built for God's people. Think of Jehoshaphat taking 3 days to gather the spoils after God caused their enemies to turn on and destroy each other. Think of Joseph telling his brothers who sold him into slavery, "You meant this for evil but God meant it for good."
Deuteronomy 23:5 declares, "Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you." In Esther 9:24-26, it tells us how the plans of the enemy boomeranged back on his head!
Contending: 2020 was certainly a year of contending and will continue in 2021. Political tension, economic shutdowns, racial tension, social justice, riots, and disputes – even over how churches were to respond to the current crisis – marked the year. Before we can look at what the Church should be contending for, we must recognize what we are contending against, and it is none of the above.
Ephesians 6:12 in the Passion Translation tells us, "Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage." I believe our current battle is with the spirit of lawlessness and chaos operating in the spirit realm.
Isaiah 51:9-11 speaks of Rahab, the Egyptian god of chaos and destruction (The Message Translation calls him the "chaos-dragon"). This is a picture of our enemy, the devil, up to his tricks to kill, steal and destroy; only this time it's not just individuals but nations hanging in the balance, and so much more.
In January 2019, while traveling to Korea, I dreamed that the Church was fighting a seven-headed dragon. We were taking on one head at a time through prayer, decrees, and prophecy. A sword was in our hand and as we took off one head of the dragon and moved on to the next, the previous head grew back. It was a hopeless battle...but then I saw something occur that caused the entire global Church to fight against the dragon, and God's hand came out of Heaven with a golden sword and took all seven heads off the dragon at once. I then saw God drive a lance through the dragon's heart, and when He pulled it out, a billion-soul harvest spilled out of the opening.
When I shared this with a team of prophets, Becca Greenwood mentioned that she had been a part of spiritually mapping China a few years before, and they determined that the heart of the dragon (China is a dragon culture) was located in a then little-known city to the Western world named Wuhan.
In 2021, God will use this current crisis to begin to set a powerful prayer initiative in motion that will take out Rahab, the chaos-dragon, and release a harvest of souls over the next decade. However, tensions with China will continue to increase through this decade as the enemy fights to hold onto what is his and to extend his dominion in the earth.
The Church worldwide must be awake and alert as to how nations are aligning and to the growing threat, the Chinese government presents to world peace.Pray especially for Korea, as God raises up a mighty army of prayer warriors to be the edge of the sword and the point of the spear to take this stronghold down.
In August 2020, I heard the Lord clearly say these words during a time of prayer: "The God of Peace is rising over chaos."
Isaiah 9:6 declares Christ to be the Prince of Peace. This may evoke a tranquil, happy, calm picture in your mind; however, I believe a more accurate translation of the Hebrew word for prince would be "The Warring, Wrestling, Ruling, Governing Prince of Peace." He brings peace – shalom – through His strength. Shalom means much more than peace and tranquility. It also means completion, wholeness, health, wealth, favor, and prosperity, which are all available to every Believer. Some rabbinical scholars say that the Hebrew letters which spell shalom each carry a word picture connotation, conveying the deeper meaning of shalom as "peace comes when you destroy the authority of chaos."
Wow! Chaos is not just the dragon from China but is a spirit that wants to hit us at a personal level financially, in our families, in our health, and circumstances. It also wants to hit at a regional or national level to overthrow cities and nations. Chaos, corruption, and confusion have partnered in America to take our nation captive. However, our battle is not with flesh and blood but with the demonic spirit of chaos that is pushing an antichrist agenda, knowing a massive revival is on God's schedule.
Romans 16:20 (TPT) encourages us, "And the God of peace will swiftly pound satan to a pulp under your feet! And the wonderful favor of our Lord Jesus will surround you." In 2021 God will give specific assignments to watchmen and intercessors regarding how to contend against chaos over cities and nations. Yes, the God of Peace is rising in this hour and the Ekklesia is arising to engage and contend in prayer, in praise, by prophesying and making decrees. This year we must partner with God to see this great victory; we must stay in the fight!
6. America Shall Be Saved!
This declaration came from a dream given by an intercessor to Dutch Sheets, where they saw an angel walk into a joint session of Congress, walk up to the podium, unroll a scroll and read the declaration, "America Shall Be Saved." We have been warring and declaring this over our nation.
In August 2020 I heard the Lord say that we were coming into a time which would be known as "The Great Unveiling," for God would pull the covers off the corruption that was destroying the foundations of America.
We know our founding fathers dedicated this land to God and dedicated it to a divine destiny. Though many have walked away from those dedications and foundations, God has not forgotten and has raised a remnant Church to contend for the destiny of this land.
At the moment, we are still in the midst of a contentious election, where there are many allegations of fraud and corruption in the election process. (Please join Dutch Sheets on GiveHim15.com with a daily prayer initiative.) I believe the word of the Lord, and that in 2021 the Ekklesia must war with the prophetic words spoken over our nation, that all corruption (from both parties and wherever it is found) would be exposed and dealt with, and that "America Shall Be Saved"! This assignment in prayer is not only given to us until the election is resolved, but we will need to press in with revelation and declarations throughout the entire year.
7. A Time to Dance the Dance of the Mahanaim: Partnering with Heaven in the Reset
On December 13th, 2020 during our morning prayer at Vision Church, Pastor/Prophet Greg Catalano began to prophesy:
I hear a trumpet in the heavens...no, I hear trumpets – many trumpets – because the Lord our King is about to make a decree:
"First, tell My Bride, the Church, 'Bareness is broken, bareness is broken.'"
As He is breaking bareness, He is decreeing that He is placing His left hand under her head, and with His right hand He is stirring up that which is in her (her Spirit life).
The Lord declares, "My people lay hands on your chests and begin to thank Me for the Holy Spirit, the Helper, who lives in you. For I would have you declare what I am saying to My Church, My Bride: It's time to dance the dance of the Mahanaim." (Prophet Greg then said, "I am not sure what this means but God is declaring it is time to dance the dance of the Mahanaim.")
"Put your hand in Mine and your arm around Me as I embrace you and follow My lead. You do not know this dance; let Me lead (Spirit life) and I will cause an activation in you – that which has been held until this time. It will cause an appearance to come through you, a supernatural manifestation of who I AM, that all those in the world/darkness will see and be drawn to. I AM stirring My gifts to be released in My Church/My Bride for this day! RECEIVE IT, EMBRACE IT, PASS IT ON!"
As Pastor Greg prophesied this, I thought, "I know Mahanaim! I have studied that this year, as much of my word for 2020 was based on the life of Jacob. It was the place of a reset." This is found in Genesis 32 when Jacob – who had just gone through a personal reset and left Laban's house to return to claim his inheritance in the covenant land of Israel – was getting ready to meet Esau again after previously getting him to give up his birthright, cheating him out of the first-born blessing of his father.
As he was returning, at a time of great personal distress, he was met by a great company of angels. He named the place "Mahanaim," meaning double or two camps – two companies or two armies. This speaks of one company or army on Earth and one company or army in Heaven. It's a picture of Heaven and Earth partnering together in a spectacular "dominion dance," bringing God's predestined purposes to pass.
The angels were watching over the land until Jacob returned to claim his inheritance, even though naturally it looked like Esau was in charge. It doesn't say the angels appeared to Jacob, it says they "met" him, which is the Hebrew word "paga," meaning "to encounter, to impinge (to get in the way) and to intercede." This year will be a time of increased encounters with angel armies who are assigned to partner with the Ekklesia in the earth as we contend for the destiny and inheritance of our land.
From there, Jacob traveled a bit farther and wrestled with a man or an angel, but we know his wrestling (or dancing) was with God. Through this divine encounter, God transformed Jacob (the deceiver, supplanter) into Israel (one who has power with God and men and has prevailed). This is the transforming work God is doing in each of us this year. This year, do not be afraid to wrestle, or dance, with the Lord over your destiny, calling and divine assignment, for you shall prevail. Do not be afraid to wrestle for the destiny of the land. God is in the wrestling!
To more fully understand the dance of the Mahanaim, let's look to Scripture to understand all God has in store for us.
THE DANCE OF MAHANAIM
1. It's a dance of intimacy.
We actually find the phrase "dance of the Mahanaim" in Song of Solomon 6:13, which says, "Come back, come back, O Shulamite; come back, come back, that we may gaze on you! Why would you gaze on the Shulamite as on the dance of Mahanaim?" The Shulamite, Solomon's lover, is a picture of the deep love-relationship between Christ and His Bride, the Church. Her name means "perfect or peaceful," and like the word "shalom," it doesn't always mean quiet and tranquil, but one who fights for what is right.
God wants to dance a dance of intimacy with us this year as never before. We must reset our love-relationship with Jesus, putting behind us every place of disappointment, hopelessness, or confusion. He longs to bring us into His presence to give us His peace and to lavish us with His love. We must reset our lives with complete Christ-centered living, not just an occasional encounter with the King of kings. It is only through this place of intimacy that we can experience glory, for He is the King of Glory and longs for partnership with us in all things.
2. It's a dance of destiny and supernatural partnership.
The Dance of the Mahanaim is a dance between dealing with the challenges and limitations of the past and breaking into unlimited spiritual authority to accomplish God's dream.
In Genesis 32 Jacob had just fled from Laban, breaking out of 20 years of robbery and being cheated, but now had to face his brother for his trickery and cheating. In our time of trouble, God will send angels down to intersect our reality. Angels encountered him on his way. They met him at his hour of need. Jacob was not a warrior...he was a businessman, a shepherd/rancher, a father, and a husband...but he needed an army. God sent him an army of angels. The angels didn't just appear to him....they met him to help him accomplish his destiny and to watch over the destiny of the land.
3. It's a dance of victory and justice.
Mahanaim became a place where God dealt with illegitimate things in lives and even in kingdoms. Ishbosheth, the last king in the house of Saul, reigned in Mahanaim but was killed by his men. God established the legitimate kingdom of David over all Israel. Watch for conflict between the house of Saul and the house of David this year.
When Absalom rose against David to form another illegitimate kingdom, David went to Mahanaim...the place where angels camped to partner with Heaven for the destiny of the land. From there David's men killed Absalom, the usurper, and returned the land to its rightful king. Though David mourned his loss, justice had been served. This year, God will deal with that which is corrupt and usurping and will hear the cry of His Church to see justice roll down like a river.
Some Hebrew scholars say that Song of Solomon 6:13 should read, "What will you see in the Shulamite? As it were a testimony in the dance of victory." 2021 will see the "Shulamite Church" battle, contend, and war, but God will also give us a dance of victory! Stay in the fight! Dance the dance of the Mahanaim!